Day 190 & Day 191: Cross-training and 5km of exploding pain in shins

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Yesterday was a cross training day at the gym. I did thirty minutes on the AMT and then I did what I will describe as “hell-for-abs.” I bought this app called iBootcamp and it kicked my arse (well, my abs.) As I am still paying for it today (ouch!) The workout really did feel great though and I enjoyed the gym more than usual (I always like people-watching; except for the cocky teenage boys who smell bad, I could do without them.)

shin splintsThis evening I had planned on an 8km this evening, but I only did 5km. Now, in my head, that is a bit of a fail. However, after the first 250m, I almost turned around. But I pushed myself to do another 250m, and then another and then another. Finally, I told myself if I did at least 5km I could call it a night. I didn’t want to quit because I didn’t have the energy, or the weather or not the right kind of music on my iPhone, I wanted to throw in the towel because I had the absolute worst pains in my shins. They were EXPLODING with pain. My right leg is still throbbing!

Despite being an absolutely beautiful evening, the entire run was awful. Just awful. The mosquitos are out already and I have bloody legs and arms. At any rate, I guess I will have to make up for missing the 8km but I am pretty proud of myself that I kept going even though every bit of me wanted to quit!

Day 187 & Day 188: just lean in and carry on.

“If you’re lost and alone

Or you’re sinking like a stone

Carry on

May your past be the sound

Of your feet upon the ground

Carry on”

On Thursday I did a 4 mile run with my son in the stroller at Fish Creek Park. I have concluded two things (1) I need a new stroller and (2) I need a new running bra. It was a tough run for the first few km. I started at the base of a really steep hill and was basically walking because it was faster. Felix was an awesome companion – he smiles and waved to people as he ate his “gold Bish” and sipped on apple juice. At one point he even put his feet up on the bars and looked quite comfortable. The temperature was really nice, with a good breeze. It wasn’t a terribly fast run (I can’t find the stats but I believe I was running a 6:35 min/km?) But I finished!

Today I ran my long run. I had planned to do 10 miles, but ended up doing 9.3. I was tired and left late today, so by the time I was nearing the end of my run it was warmer than I expected; I just couldn’t push myself any further. But it is a gorgeous day out there (much nicer than the rain we were supposed to get). I ran along the river to downtown, crossed one of the suspension bridges (scary as heck) and came back.  I knew at the 8km mark that I was getting tired. I took a shot of gatorade and water and kept going. Again at 11km I took another shot and so on until I finished. There were many times I wanted to quit before getting back to the truck but I kept thinking of the line “lean in.” So I started repeating it to myself. I was getting discouraged by my time (I got down as slow as 7 min/km because I wasn’t pushing it) but I kept going. There were loads of people out today: dog walkers, roller bladers, bikers, runners – everyone was enjoying the heat and sun. There were loads of guys running without shirts on. I laughed to myself thinking how startled they would be if they met a chick running through the trail without a shirt on (sans bra)… I am sure they thought I was going nutty with dehydration (maybe I was?)

Anyway, I am super pleased to be done my run for the day. A tad disappointed it wasn’t as long as I had planned but proud of myself for finishing nonetheless.

Here are the stats:

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Day 173, Day 174 & Day 175: “To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.”

can't is the real C wordBoy – it has been tough to get back into my regular routine. I have to admit that I’ve been looking for excuses not to get out: (1) I am tired, (2) there isn’t enough time, (3) the stars are not aligned… but the truth is, I am just struggling to get back at it! I’ve been reading a little bit about trying to move through running plateau and that’s been helpful: e.g.: go to the gym, cross train, do one week of light training, try something new etc. I think my biggest issue is that my sneakers are just fitting wrong and they’re causing painful runs. Actually, I’m almost certain. Tonight I wore an old pair of trainers and I had a spectacular 10k run. I guess I need to start pinching my pennys for some new ones!

Here is a quick recap of the last few days:

buffalo calgary runningDay 173: Wedgie Run along the river in Inglewood

The weather was awesome – I even wore shorts! We had intended to do a 7km run, however, my right ankle was killing me and we decided to cut it short at around 6km. It was a nice run for the most part; a change from the usual. There are so many paths around Calgary, it seems like we could likely do a new one every week if we tried!

Day 174: Hills in Lake Bonavistarunkeeper hill training

On Friday I decided to do hills in Lake Bonavista. The weather was gorgeous. I completed 8x 250 metres uphill. I kept to the grass because a minute before I started this guy came pounding down the road going way too fast (blind hill) so I decided it was safest. I didn’t mind the run, however, I forgot to put the body glide on the old armpits and legs ahead of time and there was some chafing. Yikes! But it was nice to wear a tank top + short combo for the first time (outside) this season!

Day 175: 10k evening run

Tonight was an awesome run! I was really pleased to get out and run a strong 10k. It wasn’t as long as some of the runs I’ve done, but I felt fantastic! I wore my old sneakers and I think they made a difference compared to my new ones. There were lots of people out walking dogs, biking and running. I almost got hit by a girl who was texting and driving. That was interesting. I stopped and she kept going; I made eye contact with the passenger who was horrified (hand to mouth scream) and the driver still didn’t see me (I usually try to make eye contact with driver but she had these big, bug sunglasses on)… I don’t get wearing sunglasses at dusk, anyway? But that was the excitement. Busy week ahead!

Here are tonights stats:run keeper kat

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Time: 1:04:09
  • Pace: 6:24
  • Best Pace: 4:14

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Day 172: speed training

“Every day is a good day when you run.”

Well, my 8km run will have to happen either tomorrow or Friday as this morning I only had enough time to complete 30 minutes of speed training.

healthy sonFinally, after a few weeks of chaos I finally got up early and ran! Woot! The run wasn’t fantastic (although I am pleased with time and distance) however, my shins are killing me! I guess I need to get new sneakers, which is disappointing because I just bought a new pair in February. Any suggestions? I guess I need some with more cushioning.

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and my fingers are crossed that it will stay this way for a little while anyway! I haven’t set a date for my half marathon yet. I have a few races coming up, one on Mothers Day and another in August (Mud Run). I’m just playing it by ear as the latter part of this winter really sucked the energy out of me!

Anyway, I’ve heard from a few of you wanting an update on my son (thank you for your concern); I am pleased to tell you he is doing very well; in fact, here is a recent photo of him enjoying a wagon ride sans boots. Love this kid.

Here are todays stats:run keeper calgary

  • Distance: 5.01km
  • Time: 29:21
  • Pace:5:51
  • Best Pace: 4:30

 

Day 171: Cross training at the gym

Nike Just Do ItOh boy – am I ever falling behind on this! However, I did some cross training at the gym yesterday. I hopped on the AMT for 15+ minutes, and then did some yoga/floor work for another 15. It wasn’t a terribly long workout but I can definitely feel it today! I planked for 1:30, which I am assuming is what’s hurting so much 🙂 Feels good to start getting back into things. I have gone back to week 9 of training to get myself back on track – it seems like the winter/spring has just taken the energy out of me! So tomorrow will be a 5 mile run in the morning. Wednesday will be speed training (3 miles) and Thursday will be a 4 mile normal run. Send me your strength to stay on track!!

Stay tuned!

 

Day 167: back at it…

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

love you felixWell, it’s been a long week.

I won’t go into much detail, but I do want to thank everyone for their care over the last week. It was a devastating time for us and the outpouring of support has touched us deeply. To our family and friends who have flown thousands of miles, and drove through the night to be with us, thank you. For the meals, notes, calls, texts, prayers, messages – everything – you know who you are, thank you.

So after more than a week, today I finally hit the gym for some cross-training. It felt great to be back at it. I did about 50 minutes on the AMT and performed four tabatas. I was sweating when the time came to go home, but felt good. It had been a long week and I could feel the stress leave me with every stride on the AMT.

I’m going to attempt a run tomorrow – looks like it will have to be on the treadmill as it’s snowing and we’re supposed to get 15cm!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there.

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