Day 152: 12 miles on the bike.

This morning was an “easy” training day – 12 miles on the bike (my nemesis.)

The time actually went by quickly as I was busy reading a new book… on my iPad (I’m sitting here picturing my friends doing the slow clap.) Some of you probably know I’ve been a late comer to the whole “reading a book on a kindle/iPad/iPhone.” I like to read books…on paper; that require a bookmark; so I can see my progress.

Anyway, I completed the 12 miles and I’m all ready for tomorrows long run.

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there. Stay warm if you’re in Calgary – brrrrr!

Day 151: 5km on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the AMT

funny comic girl on treadmillOkay, so yesterday we got a major blast of cold weather (like a 20 degree difference). Generally, I would suck it up and go out however, that’s after becoming acclimatized to it. NOT after the previous day being +11. So I felt really unmotivated to run outside. I kept putting it off and putting it off; I went back and forth on my plans: Ill run at the gym… No. I’ll run outside… I’ll run at the gym… No. I’m not going to run. No I’ll run outside… this went on until I realized it was 8:45 p.m. and I just couldn’t motivate myself.

I knew I had to make today count, so I went to the gym and hit the treadmill. I started off at 5.5 speed and incline of 4. Then I wasn’t paying attention when I was lowering it and got to -3 on elevation. Uhhh – hello?!?! When was this feature added to treadmills?! I smirked my entire run. Now, I didn’t run the whole thing at -3, but I did a good chunk. And for anyone who participates in the Cabot Trail Relay Race in Cape Breton (May) and running leg 14; you need to either get one of these or get to a gym that has one. Awesome.

Anyway-  had a great run despite my hate of treadmills. Then I hopped on the AMT and did another 15 minutes – by the time I went to pick F up at daycare, I was wiped right out (but in a good way!)

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Happy Friday & Happy Trails!

Day 146 & Day 147: Snow running and Cross Training!

Calgarys Sidewalks photo 2 Again, I’m combining two training days in one post. Yesterday was a gorgeous day so I hit the road for a 5km run. I had initially planned to do somewhere between 8km – 10km, however, the sidewalks were absolutely treacherous so I cut it at 5km. In fact, that’s why I took photos because despite being absolutely glorious I couldn’t wrap my head around how people with mobility issues are supposed to manoeuvre. I’m able-bodied and I had to run out into traffic to cut across Anderson. And I’m not above going out there to shovel on my own, God knows I’ve shovelled our neighbours pathways several times this winter, but I wonder why the city doesn’t do this? Anyway,  I also didn’t stop the time at stoplights because my hands were so cold; so the time isn’t really a terrific reflection of the run. It was nice to get out though, I have spent the last several weeks working out mostly indoors. It seems I’ve caught some other bug again. Actually, I’m not sure I ever fully recovered from the first one to be honest! Runny nose, sore throat and horrendous headache. Oy vey!

Here are yesterdays stats:photo 3

  • Distance: 5.03km
  • Time: 34:49
  • Pace: 6:55
  • Best Pace: 5:25

Today I was up early and headed to the gym for cross training. I did about 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by about 10-15 minutes on the mats between YOGA and Tabata workout. I am always wary before a long run that I don’t push too hard; I want to preserve as much strength as possible! 🙂 Anyway, that’s it for workouts. It is a fantastic day out there, Calgary! Get at ‘er!

 

 

Day 143: 5km track run with Dr.Nana

“I run simply because I can – When I get tired, I remember – those who can’t run, and what they’d give to have this precious gift that I take for granted. – Then, I run even harder – I know they would do the same for me.” 

katpatThis morning I was scheduled to run in Eau Claire with Dr. Nana, however, for anyone that doesn’t live in Southern Alberta you may not know that we are getting hammered by a winter storm. So when I woke up I thought, hmmm, probably won’t have to run and I was sort of relieved because of everything that went on yesterday – I thought “WOOOWHOOO, a break!!”  I wasn’t feeling it this morning. So I sent a text just to see, but she had passes for the track at the university so we decided we would meet there. I was a little disappointed and not feeling energetic, but I went to my book of quotes to get myself going and was reminded that it’s a freaking gift that I could handle six (6) straight hours of exercise and ever consider running the next day. I knew I wasn’t sore or tired enough not to go, so I decided to buck up.

Off I went to catch the LRT.

We hit the track and completed 5km. It was nice because it was so consistent, but my goodness is it ever boring to run around and around and around!  I think it took us about 30-32 minutes which was great. My shoulders are still a bit stiff from yesterdays work out, but other than that I’m feeling pretty good.

We treated ourselves to brunch at Cheesecake Cafe and now to relax for the rest of the day!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there; and if you’re in Calgary, be careful on the roads!

Day 142: We’re #1! #MountAllison

we're #1 mount allisonTonight I was chanting “We’re #1, we’re #1” as I ran. It’s all because I got the Record in the mail today and learned that MTA (my alma mater) was ranked #1 undergraduate university in Canada for the 16th time – YAHOO!!!!! My old stomping grounds… And seriously, check out the Harry Potter doppelgängers – how could that not put a smile on your face?

So anyway, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling 100% yet. My run was a good one (strong) but it took a lot of effort to lift my feet and pump my arms. And I can’t get over how much ice is on the sidewalks still – so slippery!

I had a few really tough hills to get through but managed alright. I have a bit of an issue though, my new sneakers are pinching my baby toes too much! It’s been a while since I bought a new pair of sneaks so I forget how long it takes to get them worked in. I’m afraid that I’ll do some permanent damage if I continue to run despite aches and pains in my feet/shins. Does anyone out there know what I should do? Should I try another sneaker? Or keep going?

That’s it. Tomorrow night is a wedgie run after we register for BAM! Woot!

Here are tonights stats:run keeper kat calgary

  • Distance: 6.75km
  • Time: 43:22
  • Pace: 6:26
  • Best Pace: 4:42