Day 72: 5km run, plank-a-day continued and “Out of Africa”

Today was a busy day! Was up early to run a 5km and then we hit the road for “Out of Africa” – a zoo in Camp Verde, Arizona.

My run this morning was alright. I slipped and fell on my hip in the hot tub the day before yesterday; yeah, I realize it’s hard to have sympathy for that, but it really hurts. Every time my leg jiggled I would cringe. It feels like there should be a big ass bruise, but there isn’t and so I look like a wimp! At any rate, I finished the 5k in less than thirty, which was my goal this morning knowing I’d be in some discomfort. Also, I thought I saw snake skin on the sidewalk; I ran by and I was too scared to look back but thought I’d definitely snap a picture of it because it looked big. However, when I turned around on the way back it turns out it was just a rope! Oh, how the imagination works!

I also completed my “Plank-a-day” and I am up to 2:40. My son also joined me for this – it was tough. I transition between regular plank and standing plank. Some day I will be able to do one or the other continuously – some day!

Completely unrelated to running, I want to tell you about our trip to Out of Africa – it was so neat! We saw camels, zebras, tigers, lions, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, leopards, lemurs, anacondas, boas, vipers and loads of other stuff too. It was a beautiful day to be outside (nice temperature) and we laughed when we realized most people were wearing long pants/sleeves and here we were in shorts/t-shirts! Anyway, I have never been to a private zoo before, so it was an experience. They did something called “Tiger Splash” where they get the tiger to chase after balloon toys and such (trying to get it to jump); I tell you, there were two chain-link fences between us and them and I was still a little nervous! Felix fed a giraffe – it was awesome. They did a giant snake show which was also cool even though I despise snakes. AND it rained RAINED in Arizona!!! Can you believe that? They are calling for snow on Sunday in the mountain area. I won’t believe it until I see it. It was 33 today!  At any rate, we had a terrific day! Hope everyone is well out there!

Day 67: How to stay warm while running 3 miles in the bitter cold.

How to stay warm while running?

Remember your mitts.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little over dramatic, but it was cold yesterday. I wore layers and my retro running jacket, but forgot mitts. I got about five minutes in and thought, I should just turnaround and go get them, but decided to tuck my hands into my jacket and keep going. It was the kind of evening where it took more energy to breath and it felt really cold on my lungs (whether it was, or just my imagination). It was slippery; there was snow on the ground and ice in patches everywhere. And of course, yesterday was also a really busy day. I had about an hour to run, get into my Halloween costume and get my son ready before heading over to a friends. Of course, this would be the day that my legs would feel so heavy that I felt like I couldn’t run any faster. Honestly, keeping a pace of 6:30 per km was a real challenge when weeks ago I was running short distances at 5:30-5:45 per km but I got it down to a comfortable 5:56. It was a tad discouraging, but I know that every run won’t be terrific, so I’m just happy I finished it under thirty minutes.

It was neat to run through the neighbourhood and see all the kiddies dressed up. They’re pretty tough to get out in sub zero weather for some treats, but I guess I probably would have been the same. I’m posting a picture of him in his costume. Which, by the way, he hated. I loved it though. He was so cute.

Anyway, enough rambling.

Here are yesterdays stats: 

  • Distance: 4:82
  • Time: 28:44
  • Pace: 5:58
  • Best Pace: 4:12

Day 63: Just not brave enough to run in Invermere, so I hit the treadmill!

Alright, so despite growing up rurally I blame the city for my scaredy-kat nature I’ve become familiar with. I had every intention of running outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of Invermere for the weekend. But as soon as I saw warnings about cougars and bears I lost my nerve – Duh. And there’s been a bear hanging around in the neighbourhood for the last little while so there was no freaking way I was chancing it. I’m not even sure what the statistic of attacks are, but I was definitely certain that I didn’t want to become them. And with that, I settled for running in the gym; I know, boring.

There’s not too much to detail other than it was pretty terrific to be in a private gym by myself. I didn’t have anyone waiting to hop on the treadmill after me; tapping their feet and giving me the side-eye because they thought I’ve gone over my time. I had total control over the television and could enjoy the run without worrying about who was watching me. I did however, wear a long sleeve shirt and pants while running (big mistake) so I will be wearing shorts and t-shirt tomorrow. I definitely don’t want to make the treadmill a habit, but I’ll probably try to do my six mile run in there tomorrow because I’m a wuss and don’t want to meet a bear! Has anyone out there encountered wildlife during a run? The worst for me was moose while running the Cabot Trail, but I was completely oblivious (thank goodness) otherwise I would have jumped in a car. Like I said, scaredy-kat!



Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 4.01 miles
  • Time: 40:41
  • Pace: 6.0
  • Best Pace: speed of 7.5









Anyway, we are just going to enjoy the rest of the day and the awesome view… can you believe this?! Mt Nelson to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. Incredible! We love spending time here, a nice break from Calgary!

Day 62: Running with a wedgie @morrison_susanj – nothing like it!

Tonight was a four mile run and it was fantastic – you know why?

Because I finally got to go with my running buddy. It was terribly icy so we took our time, but that was alright because we had tons of catching up to do from the last time we ran (not that we don’t text on a daily basis, but this is different!) We did a route in my neighbourhood that is relatively flat, with only a few sets of lights that can mess up rhythm. I think the temperature was just right for an evening run, anything colder wouldn’t have been nice though. And there were definitely areas of extreme ice where we took it especially slow. I could feel my feet slipping and at one point I thought I was totally going to lose it (coincidently, in the same spot I almost REALLY fell last night.)

Other than that, the run was filled with the typical laughs, stories and general observations. Oh yeah, and at one point I thought I saw something move behind a power transformer. I only saw it out of the corner of my eye, but I was pretty sure it was a boot. We got closer and it most definitely was a boot – there was a little person hiding behind it. No doubt hiding from dinner. I was happy it wasn’t the drunk who likes to hang out in the bushes in front of our place. Awkward.

We didn’t have a super fast pace tonight, but I blame the fact that we talked from the start of the run until the very end (even when walking to cool down). And we are running in winter conditions and it’s frisking October 25th! Hello -16 + snow + ice. Now, after all that I’m going to enjoy a glass of wine and a movie. Tomorrow is a rest day. Yahoo!

Here are tonights stats:

  • Distance: 6:45
  • Time: 46:37
  • Pace: 7:14
  • Best Pace: 6:30