Day 164: 5km trail run by Fish Creek Park

winter its time for you to leaveWhat heck, Calgary?!

Sunny and +18 yesterday, snow today – make up your dang mind! I was hopeful that the temperature would be warmer today but I was mistaken. After four years here in Alberta I should be used to this, but I’m not.

“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger

It took all my willpower to run 5km today. It’s funny how some days are just like that. I could have pushed through and done a miserable 10km, but I felt like it wasn’t in my best interest. I started out with 1km hill, literally. I parked at the bottom and just started running with no route in mind just that I needed to get out before the day got on too far. I decided I’d try to run on the grass as I’ve been getting shin splints lately and was hoping this would help – it didn’t seem to make it worse! There was a fellow with an enormous black dog (off-leash) who smirked at me as I ran by nervously. I don’t get people like that? Even if your dog is the “nicest” dog in the world, don’t you think you should still at least call to them when strangers are in the picture? I thought it was really weird, especially as I seem to be a dog magnet! Seriously. I’ve had more dogs hump my leg whilst running than Samantha Jones has had in her bed. And that’s a lot!

Further, I’m still not quite over this cold business and my nose was running faster than me. But I have to say that I really enjoyed running on the grass, it was a nice change from the sidewalks and pavement (not to mention, the treadmill!) My pace wasn’t super fast, but I’m okay with that. I pushed hard yesterday at the gym, so my legs are still a little tight. I will be running an 8km tomorrow with my running pal and I’m looking forward to that!

Here are tonights stats:runkeeper kat macaulay

  • Distance: 5.06km
  • Time: 31:23
  • Pace: 6:12
  • Best pace: 4:48

Day 159 and Day 160: If I can do it, you can too!

stronger

Recently, I’ve had a few people ask me how I manage to get family, work, volunteer work and exercise balanced…well to be honest, I can’t take the credit. A good friend of ours just published a book called, “Boardroom to Base Camp,” and in it, he has this exercise called: “The Balance Exercise.” It asks you take the hours in each week, subtract sleep and then divvy up the remaining hours to different things like: yourself, mission, spiritual, community etc. So when I was first completed the exercise it made me rethink how I approached each day because it clearly shows that we have a lot more time than we think. Just to give you an idea: I’m a work-at-home mom. That means I watch my son and also work about 8 – 10 hours each day; Monday – Sunday 😉 but not necessarily straight through.  Now I will admit that he does go to daycare one day per week so I can get out to meetings in and around the city, but that’s it. I also usually do a bit of volunteer work 3-4 times a week (sometimes more or less depending on what’s going on); I exercise 5-6 times a week ranging from 1-2.5 hours each time and on top of that, I make time to socialize with friends. I’m not saying a busy life is for everyone, but I am telling you that there’s a whole lot of time available to get this stuff done if you really want to! 

Anyway, with that I want to tell you about my awesome workouts both yesterday and today – I think the fact that it’s been above zero (well above) has really turned my attitude around. Even despite having another nasty cold again (and it’s quite nasty) I managed to do 35 minutes on the treadmill and another 20 minutes on the bike today! And yesterday was terrific as well. I completed my hill work on the treadmill (which I’m normally against) However, I started out at an incline of 2 and every 1.5 minutes, I moved it up. I believe when I was finished I was somewhere past 11. And I kept my speed at a steady 6! I was absolutely sweating out my cold, and it felt amazing. I’m not sure if I could have pushed much harder, but I’m completely satisfied with both workouts.

In the spirit of encouragement when I know some people are also having a rough time getting out with the transition of seasons and sickness, read this quote. I hope it’s as effective with you as it was with me! 🙂 HAPPY TRAILS!

 

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Day 155: 4.5 miles on the dreadmill!

runners prayer“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

Oy vey.

You know how much I detest the treadmill… well I had planned to do 5 miles today, but I was absolutely, positively done after 4.5 miles (and mind you, the last 0.3 mile I was at an elevation of 15 and speed of 4.) So over the treadmill. The good news is that it’s above zero outside and the sidewalks are fairly bare (though the grass is a mess in areas where the snow is melting!)

Not too much else to report. It wasn’t a terribly great run as my ankle is acting up again. It feels like I’ve hyper-extended something! No matter the stretching or massaging, it is just sore.

Anyway – hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

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.