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

Day 115: 5km run through #GlenmoreReservoir with Wedgie a.k.a. Sunday-Funday-Runday

asics best running socksToday was my first day back pounding pavement – it was tough! I knew it would be and that I’d probably have a hard time motivating myself to get out, stay out and finish, so naturally I called on my great friend and running buddy, Susan (a.k.a Wedgie). She obliged (thankfully.) I bought a pair of Asics socks last week, anticipating that I’d get to try them out for a long run. However, when I got sick they just sat in the drawer so this morning I pulled them out, put them on and laced up. They were fantastic! They’re not the typical ankle style (as you can see.) They stayed dry, breathed and didn’t let my foot move around in the shoe. The best part: NO blisters! YAHOO!

running buddies!We hit the trail at around 10:30 a.m. It was snow covered, slippery and cold out there but we had a great run and finished very strong. Our pace was good and consistent and faster that it usually is when we pair up! I’m still a little bit congested, so my breathing was the hardest thing to keep consistent, but I’m glad I held off all week and didn’t push myself because I think it would have been to my detriment. We had lots of laughs, saw many faces as people were out walking, running, skiing. Oh and I was lunged at by a dog – side note: did not have my glasses on and wasn’t sure if it was a full-grown, medium sized dog or a puppy, turned out to be a “puppy”. It was so bizarre. The guy was just waiting at the gates with his dog, watching us come along from several hundred metres back. He didn’t move and was definitely trying training him to stay. Dog failed. I nearly peed my pants. Thank you for making us part of your lesson!

Anyway, it felt so nice to get back and especially doing so with a friend. Thanks for coming out, Sue!

Here are todays stats:runkeeper

  • Distance: 5.02
  • Time: 33:40
  • Pace: 6:42
  • Best Pace: 5:50

Day 97: running with a #wedgie is loads of fun!

sueandkat_dec13 runTonight was the much anticipated wedgie run. The two of us had already had long weeks it seemed and neither were feeling particularly motivated to run, as we were to catch up on what was going on with each other. However, we got our butts in gear and started out. The sidewalks were snow covered and slippery – definitely need to watch out if you’re running in some areas of Willow Park (some people shovel their sidewalks and others don’t). They have been out with gravel, but I don’t think it really does anything other than get tiny bits stuck in your shoes that scrape slate floors (whoops).

Anyway, as usual we had some good laughs and it felt like the run went by in no time at all. Our pace was comfortable and I have to say that despite wanting to gab more than run, I enjoyed myself. The only downer is that we forgot to do a post-run photo, so instead I just photoshopped our pictures together. Sorry Sue… my brain is fried. I threw in the old balls just to make it interesting…haha…

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Thanks for coming out tonight wedgie! That brownie is safely hidden so I will remember it for our next visit.

Here are tonights stats:decrun3

  • Distance: 5.02km
  • Time: 35:35
  • Pace: 7:06
  • Best Pace: 7:00

 

Day 84: Who knew #running with a #wedgie could be so marvellous?

“Don’t run in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t run behind me; I may not lead. Just run beside me and be my friend.”

(a modified quote from Albert Camus)

This morning was a four mile trail run with my Wedgie (thank you for getting out today)! I don’t think there’s anything better than having a great running buddy – I always look forward to runs I otherwise wouldn’t be and always enjoy our talks. Funny enough, I never thought I’d ever be able to run again let alone run and talk, but I do manage to find a way to talk in almost every situation so it shouldn’t really be a surprise!

It was a gorgeous morning here in Calgary and we hit the trail around 10:30 a.m. The temperature was crisp, but not so much that it made it hard to run. For anyone who has run the Glenmore Reservoir, you know that it’s delightfully paved during the summer/spring/fall months, so the first kilometre of the trail was fairly bare with a few icy spots. However, apparently since we’ve been blessed with lots of snow and low temperatures early this year we spent the better part of our run today on snow.

As you know, getting around in snow has its many challenges and so imagine what we looked like running through it. Slipping and sliding all over the place and avoiding animal turds everywhere (that’s a plus with the white snow, you can’t miss a huge brown turd). Wedgie even commented that it was comparable to running in sand (I said specifically it reminded me of one hateful run on Dominion Beach in Cape Breton). But we powered through it and kept a pretty good pace given the conditions. At about the 3.5km mark, we had a big hill to climb. There was a nagging voice in the back of my head saying, “Quit. You do not want to do this hill.” But I just wasn’t ready to give in and the two of us hit the hill and were treated to an incredible view from the top (or as incredible as you can get inner-city).

We turned around at the 4km point and finished the last 2 km so we would avoid the super steep hill on the way back. It was a well-devised plan.

A great running date with Wedgie! Thanks for coming!

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 6:05
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:38
  • Best Pace: 6:00

YAHOO! Participating in @BaMCalgary – need your support!

The first wealth is health. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Okay – so I’m super pumped to be participating in Bust A Move Calgary – it’s a six hour exercise session to raise much needed dough for the Tom Baker Cancer Center here in Calgary. I’ve been lucky to enjoy good health, but I know that the centre needs these funds in order to continue offering the programs and services it does. Events like Bust a Move ensure that dollars are invested into areas of highest need like diagnostic tools that catch cancer early, survivorship programs for women and educational programs.

Investments in the past have enabled progress such as:

  • Two state-of-the-art digital mammography screening units which were introduced in 2009 offering greater accessibility for more than 25,000 women in more than 100 rural Alberta communities each year
  • More than 50 breast-cancer research projects that are currently underway at the Cross Cancer Institute and beyond
  • Researchers such as Dr. Christine Friedenreich have discovered that physical activity can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Studies continue to focus on type and amount of activity to further reduce risk
  • In 2012, Bust a Move Edmonton raised an incredible $400,000 in support of an innovative breast cancer virus discovery project and led by world renowned medical oncologist Dr. John Mackey.

No kidding that this will result in a considerably painful week afterward. No joke. I have full intentions of walking around like a cowboy who’s ridden a clydesdale. But I know that we need these centres to operate at top performance to help women: our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends.

Please support! Check out my personal fundraising page here.