Day 151: 5km on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the AMT

funny comic girl on treadmillOkay, so yesterday we got a major blast of cold weather (like a 20 degree difference). Generally, I would suck it up and go out however, that’s after becoming acclimatized to it. NOT after the previous day being +11. So I felt really unmotivated to run outside. I kept putting it off and putting it off; I went back and forth on my plans: Ill run at the gym… No. I’ll run outside… I’ll run at the gym… No. I’m not going to run. No I’ll run outside… this went on until I realized it was 8:45 p.m. and I just couldn’t motivate myself.

I knew I had to make today count, so I went to the gym and hit the treadmill. I started off at 5.5 speed and incline of 4. Then I wasn’t paying attention when I was lowering it and got to -3 on elevation. Uhhh – hello?!?! When was this feature added to treadmills?! I smirked my entire run. Now, I didn’t run the whole thing at -3, but I did a good chunk. And for anyone who participates in the Cabot Trail Relay Race in Cape Breton (May) and running leg 14; you need to either get one of these or get to a gym that has one. Awesome.

Anyway-  had a great run despite my hate of treadmills. Then I hopped on the AMT and did another 15 minutes – by the time I went to pick F up at daycare, I was wiped right out (but in a good way!)

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Happy Friday & Happy Trails!

Guest Blogger: Amy + Cross Fit

active mom tries cross fitI am so excited to be doing a guest blog! Kat and I always knew each other but have really bonded over the last year. We have lots in common and it’s been wonderful to know I am not alone in the journey to be an active mom. I am not a writer so I am going to answer some questions about my experience with CrossFit. I am a 33 year old mother of two, I am a runner and like Kat am training for a half marathon. I am happy to share my experience with starting CrossFit

Where did you hear about CrossFit?
– My cousin and his wife started CrossFit and a paleo diet last year. I have never seen such a transformation and really decided to look into it. I noticed a CrossFit gym opened here in Sydney. I vowed to try it when I finished my mat leave.

What motivated you to try it out?
– Like Kat I have been training for a half marathon. I completed a few races and run regularly, I also love yoga. I wanted to start lifting weights but just couldn’t get myself doing it alone. I needed motivation and felt CrossFit would motivate me and teach me how to lift weights and build some serious muscle.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?
– My biggest challenge so far was my first day!!! I am in the best shape of my life and my first WOD (workout of the day) kicked my ass so bad if I hadn’t already paid I don’t know if I would have went back! I felt like I was really bad at it and I didn’t belong there. I was assured that everyone feels that way at first! After my second class I was hooked! I started out feeling super weak but feel stronger every day!

Are there certain rules? e.g.: must have prior weight-lifting or cardio experience?
– Not at all!!! I had plenty of cardio experience but pretty much zero weight lifting. The coaches are amazing at accommodating everyone! At the moment I use a empty bar for power cleans and shoulder presses. The most important thing is getting the technique correct, then add weight.

Do you love it, hate it or undecided so far?
-I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! I am always lifting the least amount of weight, am usually the slowest and need a whole lot of coaching but I am addicted. I am doing things I never dreamed I would be able to do. No one judges or looks down on you. It is a fantastic, welcoming community. It is all levelled so that everyone is working at their maximum all the time. I look forward to every workout.

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Day 98: 6.5 mile #run listening to @bookgal #powerfulbookpromotion

I would be lying if I told you that I looked forward to this mornings run. I took a second rest day yesterday because I was feeling tired and just thought I needed the break (it was just a short run anyway, or so I tell myself). Instead, I prepared for the holidays which included baking two loaves of banana-chocolate-chip cake, banana muffins, four batches of fudge and some brownies. (No wonder we get fat over the holidays; oh well, it’s worth it!)

And today I woke up and thought there was no way I would be able to run. I was still tired, kind of sore and just not in the mood. But, because it’s that season where time is at a premium I knew if it was going to get done today, it would have to be this morning.

I layered and laced up, and out the door I went. It was a gorgeous morning and the temperature was pretty-well as perfect as you can get this time of year. In fact,  I wore my big mittens from Cape Breton and ended up taking them off less than 10 minutes in. The sidewalks were still a tad slippery in spots, so I had to be careful. but I met lots of people out walking, running and enjoying the outdoors with dogs (I even saw one kitty!). Unfortunately, I had an ice cream headache for at least thirty minutes of the run, which made it somewhat uncomfortable.

I have to make a confession. Despite today being a long run training day, I didn’t listen to ANY pump up music. You know what I listened to?… I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it… I was listening to Penny Sansevieri‘s podcast: Powerful Book Promotion Made Easy. I know. Who the heck listens to podcasts while running? This girl. I’ll admit that I intended to kill two birds with one stone (work + fun) but I truly enjoyed it! For anyone in the book publicity industry or just has an interest in it, the podcast is a gem.

When it was all said and done, I ran 6.5 miles. I’m feeling great, but I am glad it’s done for the day. Now it’s time to get some more work done and prep for the holidays.

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Here are todays stats: 6.5 mile run calgary

  • Distance: 10.47km
  • Time: 1:06:11
  • Pace: 6:19
  • Best pace: 4:47

 

 

Day 95: 5km of speed training in #WillowPark

I’m not going to lie, I did not want to get out this evening; at all. In fact, I was conversing with a friend and commenting on how much I was dreading speed training (but running in general tonight). It’s not even the weather, the temperature is a balmy +1… if you can believe that! I guess I must be hitting a bit of a wall. Anyway, after much procrastinating, I did manage to get myself out there.

pruneyMy original plan was to run two minutes slow and then one minute sprints (ten rounds in total). In actuality, I started out and completed just over two (2) full intervals (1.12 km) when my dang phone shut off. This is right after I started researching the Garmin and thinking, what the heck do I need that thing for, my iPhone works just perfectly… WRONG.  It may, or may not have something to do with running in the POURING rain while home in Cape Breton (because my “issues” with it started while there). But at any rate, it annoyed me. I kept going and just guessed at distances (usually by the street lights) though in Willow Park they are rather sporadic.

About ten minutes went by and my phone turned back on (so creepy). I restarted RunKeeper. Again. This time I made it 1.84 km. I was super aggravated at this point because I had absolutely no idea what time it was and took it as a sign to head home. I was annoyed with myself because I knew that I should have put a case on the phone before going out (knowing darn-well that it is finicky) but didn’t. And I was also annoyed because I thought for sure I didn’t get the 5 km of speed training distance in. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had indeed met my speed distance! I pulled up trusty old google and sure enough, 5 km on the button! YAHOO!

Anyway, I’m glad it’s over for the week. Tomorrow is just a regular old run. Looking forward to a Wedgie run on Thursday evening 🙂

P.S: the picture has nothing to do with running, but after having a kind of “annoying” day – I thought I’d share and hopefully lighten my mood and anyone else who isn’t have a terrific day!

 

Day 78: 2 miles slow and missing @Cape_Breton

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

For the next part of half marathon training, my schedule has long runs slated for Saturdays. Try as I may, I can never run long distances on Saturdays, I don’t know why (mental, I’m guessing). Anyhow, after having kind of a “blah” day, it was all I could do to reverse my Saturday and Sunday runs (which I believe I’ll do permanently). So instead of running four miles tonight, I ran two. And I don’t regret it. At all. I should also mention that it was getting late in the day and I still didn’t want to peel my behind off the couch (we were watching movies) and I got a motivating tweet from one of my online running buddies:

THANK YOU! I needed that push – I honestly thought to myself, I’d rather be running than planking . . . sucker! 🙂

I started out really slow. My quads are still very tight (but thank you Runninbear a.k.a Clair for sending me the stretch video – it helps!) It took me almost half the run to get really warmed up. Once I got going I just cruised around the neighbourhood checking things out. My legs felt incredibly heavy and although I pumped my arms harder, there was no way I was going any faster. I gave in and just ran at a comfortable pace for the duration. It was slippery, but the temperature was above zero – which was delightful!

During my run I noticed that there are about half a dozen homes already lit up with Christmas lights! I had to laugh because it reminded me of walking/running through the neighbourhood this time last year and seeing a house that could only be described as the Griswold’s Part II. The lights were EVERYWHERE! I did manage to snap a picture of it, but now I can’t find it. There are no words to truly describe it.

It also reminded me of Christmas’s at home. When I was growing up, my parents were pretty traditional with the lights: some in the windows, on some trees and one Frosty the Snowman hanging out by the deck. Does anyone (other than my siblings + parents) know what I’m talking about? I would go as far to say that this particular Christmas decoration is vintage. I also want you to note that if you scroll across the photo it says “Frosty Misses You” – this is how my parents saved the photo and sent it to me last year. Notice there is also no snow on the ground? As you can see, Frosty is so old that his colour is faded. The poor thing is just hanging on by the red of his hat. Which is why several years ago, we told our dad to get rid of it or we (the kids) would. Of course, he didn’t so we tied Frosty over the side of the deck so that when our dad got home it looked like Frosty was trying to off himself. But, Frosty still lives today and I expect I’ll be getting photos shortly to prove it!

The whole point of my rambling, is that this time of year is one of my favourite times to run. Yep. It’s cold out. Yep. It’s slippery. Uh huh. It’s hard to breath. Yes. People think you’re crazy. But you there’s no way around it. You cannot beat Christmas lights and spirit. When I still spent Christmas’s in Cape Breton, I would do my usual evening running and it went by that much faster by checking out all the lights and beautifully decorated homes – I miss it. So, the next few weeks I’m going to start reporting back on all the fantastic stuff I see. And if anyone out there wants to submit photos – get at ‘er!

Here are tonights stats: 

  • Distance: 3:23
  • Time: 20:14
  • Pace: 6:17
  • Best Pace: 5:34