Day 154: 5km purple and neon yellow run with wedgie!

“Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You’ll get there, I promise.” Zoe Koplowitz

kat and sue yellow and purple runningLast night we had a wedgie run. I think I can safely say that the two of us weren’t looking forward to it. It has been a rough few weeks here weather-wise (going from -24 to +10) and in my house alone, we’re going on week four of being sick (GROSS.)

At any rate, we decided we would keep it to a 5km run (or 30’ish minutes) which interestingly enough was recommended for the latter part of training anyway. [Side note:  I have always under the impression that I had to be hitting double digits at least twice a week, in order to make my long runs safe. This is not the case.] YAHOO!

As it turns out, our run was awesome. We had a great pace and got faster and faster throughout and finished strong. I love running the eau claire area because there’s always interesting stuff going on and people to see. We took our standard picture at the end, but I accidentally took this one. When I went to load them this morning, I saw it, laughed and thought I would pass the laugh along. [you’re welcome.]

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Here are yesterdays stats:running with wedgie in Calgary

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 31:42
  • Pace: 6:19
  • Best pace: 5:02

Day 153: 10.6km in the blizzard along the Bow River!

HAPPPPPPY ST.PADDDDDDY’s Day!!!!!!!

ice on the Bow River CalgaryIt was a pretty nasty start to the day. Snow, wind and very cold temperatures and of course, today was a long run day. I refused to make an excuses, so I started my long run routine of stretching, coffee and eating my porridge then hit the road for a run.

I should have known what would be in store when I parked the truck downtown and there was a foot of snow on the sidewalks (mostly drifts.) I got to eau claire, ran in to get ready and warm up and as I stretched a couple stopped in the doorway; looked me up and down and said, “You are crazy, but good on ya!” I didn’t even know what to say (probably because my brain was so cold from the windchill: -24) so I smiled and half-laughed (I had a long run ahead of me and I knew it was nuts to be out in this weather.)

At any rate, off I went. I started my warm up part of the run by cruising through the downtown area. I played the old “green light” game, where you just run and whatever walk light you get, you keep going. It was great not having a route because it kept me moving (and believe me it was so cold out you had to keep moving!) It was very slippery and I had snow in my shoes within the first few feet – therefore, I was soaked by the time I got back in.

Once I finished my warm up, I hit the trail along the Bow River. I’m not going to lie, it was incredibly tough. It wasn’t clear, so I was running (mostly slipping and sliding) on snow for 99% of it. Add the wind off of the bow, plus blowing snow and it just wasn’t that enjoyable at all. There was hardly a soul out as well and any time I met another runner we gave each other the, “we are definitely nuts for doing this,” look and nod.

I had planned to complete 14 km today, but my phone died around the 7.3 km point so I decided I’d run back toward eau claire and call it a day. It took me approx 20 minutes from where I was (my pace was 6:07 according to my phone when it died) so I estimate I did just over 3 km by the time it was all said and done. I was disappointed not to get the entire distance in, but I’ve got to say it was MISERABLE out!! Kudos to anyone who got out in it, I saw a few bikers and nordic walkers. It wasn’t fun at all.

Anyway, I’m home and warm now. Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Day 130: an amazing day all around. Personal records, awards and a very special birthday party! Love life.

This weekend was incredible, but today was especially so.

Last night I celebrated a very special occasion with a good friend, but I managed to maintain my long-run eve ritual of pierogi pizza and four beer (I think I may be a little superstitious.) I managed to get a really good nights sleep, was up early had a couple more pieces of pizza and a banana (no porridge today), lots of water and hit the road.

When I got Eau Claire I was horrified to find that the washrooms were locked. I started to panic a bit thinking I’d never make it through that distance without going. Then, I saw the beautiful glow of “the Running Room” sign. I KNEW if they had a washroom in there that they wouldn’t deny me. I slipped in and asked the cashier, he jokingly said no…and then my face must have dropped because he started laughing and said, “Of course you can!!!!” PHEW!

feathered friends under the centre street bridge calgaryThe sun was shining, the temperature was terrific, I put on a podcast from Judith Briles and hit the trail along the river. The first thing I came across were our feathered friends under the Centre Street bridge – holy mackerel! They were just camping out on the ice. It was so funny I just had to stop and take a quick picture. There were loads of people out (mostly serious runners – you know the kind I mean. The ones who don’t acknowledge you on the trail.) I like the theory laid out in the letter “Hey Fat Girl” (which is awesome) where they say that “elite” runners bow down to the rest of us, but I have a healthy amount of scepticism about it. I held my head high and proud; I was smiling from ear to ear; I made eye contact and I said”Good morning!” to literally everyone I met this morning; walkers, runners, bikers – everyone! But in my case, the elite runners pretended I wasn’t even there – uhh hello, I’m wearing a bright yellow jacket, you ain’t fooling anyone! So about half way through my run I decided to start keeping track of how many ignored me; you’ll be interested to know that about 8 out of 10 did. Sad, eh?

18km running route around calgary But nothing (not even personality-lacking elite runners) were going to spoil my run today. I came to my turnaround point and an older lady said, “Way to go. Running is tough. Just keep going.” I was so grateful to her for taking the time to say hello and encourage me. I was feeling great (when usually at a turnaround point I don’t.) My pace on the final leg of the 18km stretch was faster than it had been, I even had it down to 5:06/km at one point for about 2-3 km. I stopped for water twice using my handy fuel belt. I felt great. My legs felt great. My chest felt great. It was amazing.

When I finally finished I probably could have cried. When I first started training I didn’t think I would make it back to 8km let alone 18km. But here I am.

I also had a pretty special birthday to celebrate today – my son is turning two tomorrow. When I got home, we had our close friends and family over for an incredibly sugary cake and it just made the whole day even more wonderful. So thank you for coming out – we’re so lucky to have extended family here and friends who are our family by choice – you.are.awesome. 

Finally, I’ve heard good things happen in threes and I checked my email and found out I was nominated for the “Sunshine Award,” by the wonderful ladies at “We Shall Have Pie” – thank you 🙂

So that’s it. The end to a wicked weekend. I did it. 18 LONG kilometres. Only a few short weeks and I hope to hit that half marathon mark – YAHOO!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Here are todays stats: run keeper calgary runner girl

  • Distance: 18.05km
  • Time: 1:54:36
  • Pace: 6:21
  • Best Pace: 3:55

Here are my personal records:

  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Calories burned
  • Elevation climb

Day 120: why planning a route is important!

frozen bow river calgary albertaToday was the “long run Sunday” – and it was the longest distance for training to date. Not going to lie, I woke up this morning, checked the weather and thought “how in the heck am I going to do this?” But I got dressed, ate the usual (banana + porridge + coffee + water) and headed to Eau Claire. Interestingly enough, when I got to Eau Claire market to use the “facilities” there was a Spinathon going on. It was the 4th Annual Tri It Charity Spin-A-Thon with all proceeds going to MitoCanada (provides support & awareness to Canadians affected by Mitochondrial Disease.) I have no idea how many people were there, but there were tons!

I bundled up and headed out to the trail. I wasn’t two feet when I noticed a whole bunch of cop cars across the Bow River. No idea what they were doing. Then a little bit further down there were several firetrucks. Upon further inspection, it appeared as though they were doing some type of training in the freezing cold Bow River – exactly why I’m not a firefighter! I have a chill just from running today, I’m sure they’re freezing!

Anyway – despite it being -17 (windchill brought it to -24) I had a fantastic run! I really enjoyed running along the Bow River, I loved the scenery and everyone on the trail just seemed so pleasant and happy to be there. The sun was shining and the wind was at my back – it was grand! The whole time I listened to two podcasts (marketing/publicity) and thoroughly enjoyed them; I must say, it was a really productive run! However, I did not plan my route properly. I miscalculated my turnaround point (exactly why I hate turnaround points) and ended up having to run about 1.5 km extra. Which, on days like today when I was having a terrific run, wasn’t bad but imagine if I was feeling awful? I shudder thinking about it. I will definitely be planning out the route for the next long run.

So that’s the long run to wrap up another week of training – it feels like it’s going by so fast!

Here are todays stats:RunKeeper for Jan 20 Calgary Run

  • Distance: 15.2 km
  • Time: 1:41:11
  • Pace: 6:39
  • Best Pace: 5:50

I also should add that I had a few personal records today. YAHOO!

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Most calories burned
  • Biggest elevation climb