Day 132: 8km run with Wedgie

kat and sue on wedgie night runLast night I was pretty rushed for time so I didn’t get a chance to blog (sorry!)

I am happy to report that despite the fact that both W and I weren’t really feeling the run, we went anyway. And in fact, when it was all over we were surprised because it wasn’t so bad after all! Our pace was fairly steady given our constant dodging of ice and snow and at one point, climbing over a significant embankment to get to the other side of the sidewalk. I would warn those of you running at night that it’s probably best to run with a buddy and take your time – it’s slick. The temperature was pretty great though and I think we were both feeling good.

For the rest of the week I’ll be focusing on cross-training and a little more weight training. I’m excited to take a break from long runs (even though I love them now) because I want the chance to do some new stuff without being worried about sore muscles and yadda yadda.

Anyway, here are last nights stats:run keeper kat calgary running

  • Distance: 8.02 km
  • Time: 57:19
  • Pace: 7:09
  • Best Pace: 5:45

Thanks for the great run!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now, And bless you evermore.

Au Revoir 2012. Allo TWENTY13

Happy New Year! All conspiracy theories aside, holy mackerel! 2012 went by too quick!

What can I say about the past year? It definitely gave us a run for our money. There were some tremendously tough days throughout 2012, but I feel very blessed to live in this world. As always, we saw good and evil; from triumphs to scandals, untimely deaths to miraculous medical discoveries.

For me personally (like most), there were ups and downs. Of course there was some sadness and heart ache, but mostly happy times. I created many new wonderful friendships and let go of old ones. As a family we enjoyed fairly good health and only visited the hospital a handful of times (which is pretty good in this household). Our son took his first steps, said his first few words and started kissing/hugging everyone – pretty amazing stuff. We’re very blessed to have a strong family, the best of friends and now we’re leading into 2013 happy and healthy. And, at the end of the day (or year) when you have all these things, what else matters?

I hope we can all look back on 2012 with few regrets and consider our choices as lessons learned (I know I do).

Now onto 2013. I’ve read a few blogs already, with great goals and resolutions for 2013. I figured it was time for me to get something out there to the universe so here it goes:

  1. Be totally authentic, even if the consequences may suck. I’ve always tried to do this; I try to be an open book (hello, I share my petty struggles daily on here). But I say what I mean and mean what I say. Some like it. Some hate it. But like many people I worry about the consequences. I worry that if I say something out loud (that everyone else is thinking) what does that say about me? Then I realized that the people I have the most profound respect for are the ones who are honest, true and direct, even when they know it can get them into hot water. It reminded me of something a friend once said to me: “’re honest with me…some people think that good friends don’t judge or any other shit like that. But you help me work towards being who I hope to be because you do give me shit if necessary and are honest with me.” But I expect the same of those around me. It’s a two-way street. When I’m not doing my best or acting my best, I expect to be called out on it. How else do we get better?
  2. Finally run a half-marathon in 2013. I have been training harder than ever before and I feel like 2013 will be the year that I can check some major items off of my bucket list. This is a major one. I feel stronger every time I hit the pavement. I know the hard work involved in this. I started out with the couch-to-5k and now I’m finally at a comfortable 11 km. I need to build up another 11 and I’m good to go (I think). Please keep me honest on this. Share your tips. Motivation. Everything!
  3. Cut out fast food for one year. I’ve seen this on a few blogs in previous years and it seems logical. Much the same as my current blog, I also like the idea of having to stay honest online. Oh and when I say fast food, I mean EVERYTHING fast food. If I want chocolate or chips, I have to make them from scratch. (chocolate treats from cocoa etc.) We all know I like treats, but I’m having some digestion issues so I want to start getting serious about the stuff I put into my body. And maybe I will actually learn how to cook… hah… yeah right.
  4. Do something new once a month. Time is tickin’ and I want to start trying some new stuff (or force myself to). The last few months haven’t been too bad; I tried TRX and bootcamp as well as new yoga classes. But I want to expand that to Seldge hockey, horseback riding, climbing and hiking. I’d love to push myself to at least try something new once a month (and I’ll blog about it). If you have any ideas of things to try, shoot them my way.

I am so excited for what 2013 holds. I look forward to more running, blogging, meeting new people and introducing some new guest bloggers to RunningKatTales. I wish you all the absolute best in the year ahead. Let’s show this year who’s boss!

Happy New Year!!

Day 73: the last 5km in warm weather!

This morning was my last run in Arizona before my Remembrance Day 10k in Calgary tomorrow, where the temperature is hovering around the -16 mark. Good grief!

Surprisingly this morning, the temperature here was cooler than it has been all week, around 65 F. But I completed the usual 5k and didn’t mind it at all; I even could’ve thrown a long sleeve on (imagine that!?). My legs felt a little heavy; I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t stretch enough or if they were just restless. I made it in under the thirty minutes, but don’t know pace/best pace because I didn’t use RunKeeper to track it. I definitely could have run further, but I didn’t want to push it as I need to conserve energy for tomorrow! After tomorrow, I’ll be half-way to half-marathon and I will be starting my next round of training on Monday – no time for breaks!

The past week has been awesome– it was like a nine-day cheat retreat! We had hot dogs, nachos, chips, chocolate, beer, wine, margaritas and loads and loads of Mexican food; simply delightful! And although I’m not looking forward to the cold weather in Alberta, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine (I’ll likely forego cheat days for the next several weeks).  HUGE thanks to our friends, the Millar’s, who opened up Hacienda Millar to us so we could relax and enjoy some beautiful weather. We’ll have to hang onto the memories to get us through the LONG winter in Calgary! 

Tonight we head back to Alberta and to the aftermath of a blizzard (so we hear). Time to really break out the snowsuit and winter gear. But as Anthony D’Angelo  would say:

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Hope everyone is doing well out there, especially those of you in the eastern United. We’re thinking of you every day!


Day 22: 3.5 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with a double wedgie

YAHOO! We did it – 3.5 mile run early this morning and it was terrific! We added a new lady to the group runs (hence the double wedgie);  we had a great pace and we did a hill about 3/4 of the way through the run. It was a nice morning, very busy on the trail and of course, I continued with my “Project Morning.” To be honest, most people were fairly cheery (I think a lot of them were from the Glenmore Landing Running Room.) At any rate, it was nice to see some pleasant faces 🙂

There were no bear sightings today, but we did see some horse shit (Andrea joked it was bear poop… not funny!)

Our run was great and we were very steady the whole time.

Major, major kudos to Andrea who up until this point was putting in about 30 minutes of running, and today she smashed that time – way to go pal! Of course, to Sue, I don’t know how you possibly did the run today after drinking a whole bottle of Dom last night. Youse is crazy! And last but not least, our pal Amy ran a 10k this morning all the way across the country in Cape Breton. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for a great run, gals! Looking forward to next week already!!!!







Here are todays stats: 

  • Distance: 5.6km
  • Time: 38:17
  • Pace/km: 6:50
  • Best Pace: 5:18