Day 185 and Day 186: speed training and early mornings!

Nike Just Do ItThe night before last I completed a set of speed training and tabatas. I completed 3 tabatas with 6 cycles (my arms are still sore today.) I attempted to get on the monkey bars and they are a LOT harder than I remember. A LOT HARDER. I feel like I am going to need those dorky gloves weight lifters use in order to get this done. Anyway, in the end I believe I ran a total of 2-2.5 km doing sprints of 100m and a lot of old basketball moves to get my legs stronger. But seriously, my arms are so sore.

Yesterday morning I was up at 5am, ate and then ran a 4 mile run in just under 40 minutes on the treadmill. You know how I detest treadmills so this was a real coup. I was sweating my little heart out. It felt good to be that productive so early. And then I headed off to the Goodlife Fitness Leadership Summit downtown where I saw AMAZING speakers. We heard from John Herdman, who is head coach for the Canada Women’s National Soccer team. He was so inspiring and his message was pretty simple: Be good. Be a good friend, a good mom, a good community member – just be good. Then we heard from Jane Riddell (COO, Goodlife) she told a funny story about an 80+ year old beating her in the last few hundred metres in an 8km run (I can relate.) We heard from a tech fella… then Todd Millar who shared his message from Boardroom to Base Camp… and we heard from Yvonne Camus, the Canadian gal who participated in Geo-Challenge Borneo. Her story was incredible. Her pictures were gross. But she had some ties to Cape Breton, so as soon as she was done I booted it over to meet her. (sidenote: and en route introduce myself to Jane Riddell to commiserate about being beaten by people double our age.)

As it turns out, Yvonne will be in Cape Breton speaking in October, so we traded notes about running and training on the Cabot Trail. We have both run French Mountain and although she says it’s one of the toughest runs she has ever done, I am pretty sure that a 500 km trek through Borneo would kick anyones ass.

The day was a very motivational one. The message I heard was that if you want to be successful, you can’t take shortcuts. Period. You must set your horizons on your goals and maintain true grit to achieve them.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

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!