Day 185: Happy Mothers Day!

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”

SportChek Mothers Day Run CalgaryToday we started the day with the SportChek Mothers Day Run. It was a great run to participate in. Felix’s stay at the Children’s Hospital opened our eyes to just how fortunate we are to have a pretty healthy kid and as you may know, the funds from this run went to Sick Kids. My future mother-in-law (a.k.a. Dr Nana) and myself completed the 5km course. My goal was to at least beat my bib number (3524) and I did! I placed 233 out of 7083 [but actually 37/881 in my category]. It wasn’t my fastest 5km, but I was definitely pleased with it. My MIL and I were running together and being pushed and shoved all over the place by people; we both saw openings on opposite sides and went for it. Unfortunately, we lost each other. I crossed the finish line and figured she had completed it ahead of me, so called/texted and didn’t hear anything. Then we stumbled toward each other, got our picture taken as proof and came home to brunch on the back deck. I must interject to say that I was super pleased for a good friend who placed first in the 5km for MEN and WOMEN… she is a rockstar, way to go Sam!!

The rest of the day was spent reading the book, “Let’s pretend this never happened: a mostly true memoir” by Jenny Lawson I laughed until I cried! For anyone who just needs a good book to laugh at, this is definitely the one….[She finds a giant metal chicken at like a Winners or some such store and puts it on their doorstep, rings the bell & waits for her husband] He comes out, looks at it and shuts the door. “Then I yelled through his door, “It’s an anniversary gift for you, asshole. Two whole weeks early. FIFTEEN YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS.” This part especially spoke to me because I’m fairly certain I would do the same thing to Patrick. Though I feel I would do it with some sort of water creature (he claims to be allergic to fish…) Maybe a giant lobster? He is also the type to shut the door. And pretend that it didn’t happen. Oh man, my stomach aches from laughing all day long.

Anyway, I also spent a good portion of the day being very grateful for my mother. For her patience with me as a stubborn kid (and adult) and her willingness to do whatever she can for her kids. I never really understood how you can have  a screaming match with a kid, but in a split-second desperately want to jump in and do whatever you can for them when they’re sick or in danger (that is, until I had my own kid, now I get it.) “Thanks” to my mom and all the moms in my life who have helped me along the way…and to my mom-friends who have been so supportive over the last two’ish years and my non-mom friends who are just as supportive – love you guys!

love you felixAnd a good portion of the day was also spent reflecting on how lucky I’ve been to have such an incredible little person in my life. The little boy who forever changed me (for the better I think.) I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing little boy and so we (him and I) spent some time (and I mean a lot of time) viewing home videos of him from the last two years. There were tears and laughter at the silly stuff he/I have done to get a rise out of one another (e.g.: laughing trying to roll over; dancing to Pantera; skyping & FaceTime, getting ahold of cameras etc). It reminded me of how lucky I am to be a mom; how quickly time passes; how fast things can happen and change. He reminds me that the most important thing in life is to make the most of each day, because you can’t buy time back. Love you to the moon and back, Felix.

Happy Mothers Day to all the incredible moms out there. And to the dads who do the job of both.

Day 180 & Day 181: cross training and Glenmore Reservoir

Felix and Kat after a runLast night I completed a 7 mile bike ride (30 mins) and I completed 3 rounds/3 cycles of Tabatas. I am a little bit sore today, but it didn’t stop me from getting out with my son for our first Spring run together at Glenmore Reservoir!

Today was a beautiful, sunny day. It wasn’t too hot, but I didn’t want to leave my run to late in the day or evening (I really just wanted to get it over with!) We hit the reservoir late morning, after an insane morning of errands etc. The trail wasn’t too busy, but there was another mom out pushing her kid in a stroller as well (we crossed paths twice and gave one-another an empathetic smile.) We did a few hills, which were a bit tough given the fact that my son is nearing 30 lbs! But we finished strong and were happy to finish.

Here are our stats:

glenmore reservoir

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

Day 156: beautiful day for a run!

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!”

calgary downtown and stampedeicy river in calgaryWhat a morning! I was totally frazzled – lots on the go in this joint! Therefore, I wasn’t really sure what kind of distance I would have time for (I’m single-parenting this weekend)…so I took advantage of “Nana” to get out for a run. I decided to run from our place downtown, which is only about 10km. The temperature was a bit nippy, but the sun was shining so it made it easier to enjoy the run. And it turned out to be a really nice run, despite physically feeling awful (another cold.) Seriously. For the first few km I was cursing myself, my running shoes, the wind, my runny nose – everything. But I’ve been making a serious effort not to complain about dumb stuff (because I’ve noticed lately that there are a lot of people who could make a living complaining…about everything…. every single bloody day) so I made the conscious decision to enjoy the darn thing, and remember that not everyone has the opportunity to run…

There weren’t many people out, but it was fun to run through a few neighbourhoods; I ran along MacLeod Trail which was interesting (anyone who lives here would get that…sketchy…) And then I cut through the old cemetery to get to the river trail to Stampede Park. It was lovely. I hopped the LRT back to Willow Park and enjoyed some homemade pizza. Delish!

Hope everyone is having a great day out there – HAPPY TRAILS!

Here are todays stats:run keeper

  • Distance: 10.53 km
  • Time: 1:07:04
  • Pace: 6:22
  • Best Pace: 5:35

Day 149 & Day 150: speed training on glorious clear sidewalks & cross training on the bike (ow)

I’ve been doubling up on my posts because I’m having an issue with time these days – I’m sure no one minds 🙂

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day here in Calgary. The temperature was awesome and the sidewalks were…wait for it… BARE! Can you believe that? Amazing. Now, I have to be completely honest, I wasn’t really feeling like running yesterday. I was tired when the time came to get out and I had to dig really deep to get my gear on. However, once I got into the mindset of how lucky I am to have the ability to run, I hit the road. It took me a few minutes to find my stride (as usual) but once I did I felt terrific! My speed routine was same as usual: 0.25 km steady, 0.25 km fast and 0.50 km steady. I’m super excited to report that I completed a 5km run in under 30 minutes! I even felt like I could have pushed harder, but my right ankle has been bothering me and of course, I’m still taking quite the beating from this latest cold (blasted immune system!) At any rate, was thrilled with this workout and feel like I’m progressing quite well despite a few setbacks.

Here are yesterdays stats: BestRunMarch

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 29:31
  • Pace: 5:53
  • Best Pace: 4:16

And this morning was cross training on the bike – my arch nemesis. The bike is to me, like Harry Potter is to Draco Malfoy. A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G!  However, I got it done. Completed 7.5 miles in 32 minutes, which considering I hate the darn thing, was pretty good. I hopped off and did some Yoga & weights (enough so that my arms are currently killing me) and called it a day at the gym! I have to tell you that the best part of the gym is watching the 75+ crowd who come in the morning, flirt with each other. You can’t help but smile!

Hope everyone is HAPPY and HEALTHY out there =)

Happy Trails…!

Day 148: 12 km run along the Bow River

running calgary kat macaulaySo today was my first long run back after having been sick with the awful flu that is making the rounds. In actuality, I’m sick with another cold as well – when does flu/cold season end, by the way?

Anyhow, the weather wasn’t too bad. Temperature was above zero and there wasn’t really any wind to speak of, the only thing is that it’s pretty grey out there! I was having a bit of a hard time this morning motivating myself to get out after not doing a long run in several weeks, but I made myself go (begrudgingly.) After about ten minutes of running I felt I found my stride; to get myself going I listened to Will I.Am and Britney’s new song, “Scream & Shout” – LOVE it! I found myself singing along. People were giving me the side-eye. Oh well.

Loads of people out running. Most people smile and say “hello” or “good morning” but then there are other “elite” runners, with their sunglasses on even though there’s no freakin’ sun, who don’t even acknowledge you share the track! These are the same ones who like to run triple-to-quad wide and push you over to the mud and ice – real nice!

At any rate, I had a really fantastic run, even though mentally and physically I wasn’t feeling terrific. I knew I was going faster than normal, but I was totally shocked to see my pace was a solid 6:08/km! My goal for the day (to ease myself back without injury) was to do at least 7 miles at a 6:30 pace – I was thrilled! The only thing I would change would be that I should have filled up on whole wheat pasta last night, rather than pizza (white flour.) And this morning, I should have eaten more before going out. However, had a lot of water and even had half of a water bottle left when I got back.

Glad to get back to double-digits again.

Here are todays stats:run keeper kat macaulay

  • Distance: 12.03km
  • Time: 1:13:50
  • Pace: 6:08
  • Best Pace: 5:03

Day 144 and Day 145: snow, CT and hill training – giddy up.

Someecard Funny!So I’ve been a tad busy lately so my blogging hasn’t been on track (sorry!) But despite that, I have been going full tilt with training. The day before yesterday I completed cross training at the gym on the elliptical and then did some yoga. It felt great! And yesterday I did about 40 minutes on the treadmill, varying my speed and elevation. I started out at 5 for both and gradually got myself up to 15 for elevation and 6.5 for speed. It was good. Got my sweat on. Due to my flu and other stuff over the past few weeks my training was thrown off a bit in terms of distance, but I plan to get back on track (literally and figuratively) within the next week.

Stay tuned!

Happy trails 🙂

Day 112: a brutal and gruelling 2.5 mile run. Yes you read right.

Rick Hansen Difference Maker JacketOkay. Tonights run was supposed to be an easy 2.5 mile run to give my legs a break in preparation for tomorrows long run. However, I spent a lot of the day in front of my computer trying to catch up on work and literally went from chair to pavement without any warning to my body. Naturally, it fought back. Within one kilometre I had the worst stitch I have ever had – truthfully! And I really don’t remember the last time I even had a stitch to boot! I forced myself to slow down and at one point I even had to stop and stretch. It felt kind of silly to me because usually it’s only around the 2.5 mile mark that I actually feel warmed up for the rest of the run.

I also had a really weird pain in my shoulder. I can’t really describe it other than it felt like pins and needles.

So in conclusion, I really didn’t give my run tonight my “all.” But I did it. It’s done. Now to rest and get ready for tomorrow.

Here are tonights brutal stats: Run Keeper Half Marathon Training

  • Distance: 4.03 km
  • Time: 26:23
  • Pace: 6:33
  • Best pace: 5:10

 

If you’re interested in learning about stitches continue reading. (From Wiki)

  1. The pain may be caused by contracting the liver or spleen, which squeeze extra oxygen-carrying red blood cells into the circulation. Although there does not appear to be much muscle in the capsule of the spleen, there is direct and indirect evidence that its size does change with exercise. This autotransfusion, (which is much larger in some animals) increases exercise capacity but the associated pain may be severe, relieved only by rest. A plausible mechanism for the pain is that high internal pressure in the liver or spleen restricts blood flow, causing hypoxia.
  2. Diaphragmatic Ischemia
  3. Imbalances of the thoracic spine
  4. Irritation of the parietal peritoneum

Prevention:

  • Drink water or fluids before hand. Dehydration is a common cause of side stitches.[
  • Improve fitness
  • Strengthen the diaphragm by using exercises such as those that aid respiratory rehabilitation
  • Strengthen core muscles (abdominalslower back, obliques)
  • Limit consumption of food and drink, two to three hours before exercising (in particular, drinks of high carbohydrate content and osmolarity (reconstituted fruit juices))
  • Warm up properly
  • Gradually increase exercise intensity when running
  • Run on soft surfaces
  • Breathe with full exhalation
  • Slow the pace of the exercise.

Treatment:

Pain induced by the stretching of the visceral ligaments is relieved by removing or minimizing the applied force, by slowing or stopping the exercise and lying down until the pain subsides.

  • Stretching may relieve the pain of a stitch. Raise your right arm straight up and lean toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
  • Slow down your pace until pain lessens.
  • Massage or press on the area with pain. Bend forward to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.