Today we got a later start than we expected for our run. We headed out really close to noon (dumb) when I had actually planned to hit the trail for 10 am, when it was much cooler. At any rate, we put our sunblock on, packed our water, treats and toys and off we went.
I was scheduled to run an easy 4 miles and I was thankful for that. The trail was pretty easy with just a few short hills. It was busy though! Lots of people out during their lunch hour (I assume) and making the best of an incredibly gorgeous day. Felix was awesome. Pointing things out, reading his book, eating treats and just enjoying the sunshine. I had lots of support on the trail. One lady was resting on roller blades and said “You go girl!” and I met a man further on who said, “It’s a good day mom. Way to go.” These little words of encouragement mean the absolute world when you are hitting the wall.
So I calculated the distance so that we would finish right by the park (about 1km from our truck) so that on our way back, we could stop and play for a bit. Well, that was a terrible mistake. After 30 minutes and well-passed lunch I tried to get my toddler out of there. He was not having it. I negotiated as best I could, but in the end I pulled the old football-under-arm trick and off we went. He screamed and screamed (fantastic). People stopped walking and running to comment (thank you) “Oh, someone isn’t enjoying the walk” … “oh yes, it’s hot out for everyone.” No. Ladies. He is pissed because he wasn’t finished on the slide. And I got a sunburn.
At any rate, he forgave me by the time we got back to the truck. Just before he asked if he could “nap.” It was a good day. We ran. Together. Love this kid.
Here are our stats:
So last night was hill training. I wasn’t super excited to go as we had a busy day, I was exhausted and we ate Indian for supper. However, once I got to the hill in Lake Bonavista, I got into a really awesome rhythm. I was consistent with my 250 m up and fast on the way down (no stitches!) There was another gal sharing the hill with me. Each time I passed her (she was going up, I was going down etc.) I felt like I should high-five her. Hills are the devil. Anyway, after I completed my fifth interval, a Honda civic pulled over on the hill about half-way up; I thought “uhhhh that’s weird.” And I started thinking, oh my God, someone is trying to kidnap me (I watched the news coverage on those three girls in Cleveland) + overactive imagination.
Anyway, just as I turned back a fricking dog came out of the middle of nowhere… barking his ever-loving-mind at me. The Honda ripped around and came down the hill to where I was (and dog). The girl was like “Is that your dog?” uhmmm lady… I don’t think I would be crapping myself and stiff as a board if I knew this dog. But anyway, she was kind enough (and brave enough) to pull over and try to calm the dog down, but it only aggravated him further. She jumped behind her car door. I was standing below a tree. I tried to break a branch off (it was a ridiculous branch anyway, much too small) and it definitely wouldn’t have done SFA if that dog decided to really attack. Panicked I switched on the old safari looking for animal control. The dog put itself between me and my truck and would not let me move anywhere. If I turned away, he would run at me. If I faced him, he would run at me. It was the most uncomfortable position I have been in, in a while (except maybe labour.) Finally this enormous truck came barreling down the hill. I frantically waved them down so that they could at least occupy the dog so I could get into my truck. Out hops a guy apologizing and saying it was his best friends dog and “he’s a nice dog, wouldn’t hurt ya” …. uhhhmmm hmmmm At night, without glasses on and a dog furiously barking and stalking me didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Anyway, after they took off I thought I would finish the last five intervals. Then, I looked at the top of the hill and saw another loose dog and thought, “Oh hell no. I am not doing this again.” So I turned around and jumped into the truck. It was disappointing not to finish because I was doing so well and so strong, but my heart probably couldn’t handle it anyway!
Okay, today was a big day… I finally ran the entire distance around Glenmore Reservoir! Woooowhoo!!! Now, the distance is shorter than what I have done in the past but the terrain was up and down with a few real tough hills (it was also warm out.)
I was so pleased that the sun was shining, my ankle was all worked out (had been tight) and I felt like it was a day for a good run. There were a ton of people on the trail by the time I got on it. Saw lots of bikers, runners, walkers, dogs, skateboarders, roller bladers – everyone wanted to enjoy the sun. I was, however, astonished that this family was walking with their kid (who was on a scooter) with no helmet? It may not have startled me so much, but I met them as I was coming up a really long, steep hill and they were coming down. It struck me as… well… dumb… and unnecessary.
The run was a good one. There were definitely moments when I wanted to quit (namely at the base of one of the hills) but at the exact moment I wanted to throw in the towel, a guy came up behind me and said, “Hey….. you are doing great…. keep going..” And that was all I needed. I kept replaying that over and over and managed to just keep going. By the end of the run it was quite warm and I knew I had a sweet sunburn. Next time I will remember sunscreen!
Anyway, I was super proud of myself and I had a few personal bests:
- Largest elevation climb
- Furthest distance in a week
- Longest duration in a week
- Most calories burned
And here are my stats:
“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.”
Last night I was pressed for time, as I left my run to the end of the day (of course…) I completed 4.84km on the treadmill in 28:00, which I was really pleased with. It isn’t my fastest time, but for treadmill running it is remarkable improvement. For some reason, I always find it takes more effort to go the same distance. Why is that? I googled (naturally) to see what other people are saying. So far it seems somewhat split. Some folks find treadmill running way easier than outdoor running, and the other half seem to believe (like me) that treadmill running is more challenging. I do believe part of it is obviously mental, but when I did a little more digging I learned that if the machine isn’t calibrated properly it can give results either way (e.g.: the machine may say you’re only running a 11 minute mile, when in fact you may be running a 10 or 9 minute mile; OR it could say you are running a 9 minute mile and you could be running a 11 minute mile – make sense?) Now, I’m not sure if the machine I was on last night was calibrated properly but I ran my little heart out and was sweating like a pig when I finished. Whatever the case, I had a good workout!
Here are last nights stats:
I love running outside, especially now that the ice has cleared. However, I will tell you that loose gravel is the pits! I slipped a few times today; I didn’t fully wipe out but I was darn close! I really struggled with the run this evening. My legs felt really heavy and my whole body just felt tired. It was one of those runs where within the first few steps you know it’s going to be a doozy. The temperature was perfect and I did a few minor hills, but other than that I was pretty pleased when all was said and done.
Here are tonights stats:
Tomorrow is a rest day – YAHOO!
Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!
Last night I mixed up training and ended up doing 5km (30 mins) of speed work, rather than a 3 mile run.
I headed to the soccer field right by our place and completed 1 minute fast to 2 minutes slow. I don’t think I was as fast as last time, however, I could feel the burn in my lungs. Some of my sprints were great because I knew each time I was going further and further around the field, but by the end of it I was exhausted! I also almost face planted a few times as I tripped through the hay at the end of the unkempt field.
Not too much else to report. Oh yeah, we got snow yesterday. Guess I will have to pack this up for a few weeks yet!
Here are yesterdays stats: