Day 111: First 2013 #run with #wedgie!

yahoo calgary wedgie runYAHOO! Wedgie is back in town and we went for our first run of the new year this evening. The weather was perfect. The sidewalks were pretty much bare except for the part where I completely, and totally almost wiped out. P.S: You should all take comfort knowing that the first thing I reached for was Wedgie (sorry) because apparently I am one of “those” assholes – when I go down, so will everyone else!

We changed the route up a bit tonight. I won’t tell you how because I’m too freaked out about creepy people following or trying to find us, but it was a good one. Only a few yappy dogs barking from behind fences and few spots that weren’t very well lit.

Our pace was consistent. Super enjoyable. We carried on our normal conversation. We had lots to talk about (well, I may have talked too much – sorry!) But I had an awesome time! I was a little worried beforehand because I’ve been eating veggies pretty much all day and thought the run could literally go either way. It was good! We also looked like “real” runners with our Lululemon hats and mitts. They are pretty awesome, however, I sort of feel silly like the hat doesn’t fit or slides around. Does anyone else notice that?

Anyway here are tonights stats:day 111 half marathon training calgary

  • Distance: 6.71km
  • Time: 46:22
  • Pace: 6:55
  • Best Pace: 6:05

Also, I want to acknowledge that tonight was Wedgies first official night of training for half-marathon herself. YAHOO!!!!! I’m so honoured to be a part of your training and  I know you’re going to kick-ass friend!!!!!!

Day 110: Best motivation to get out and run is…

It’s been a long day. When it came time to run this evening I literally had no juice left and looked to my SM family to give me a  boost. Best motivation for running This by far hit the nail on the head. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of having an awesome run and hitting the shower afterward, followed by a reward in the form of vino. Thanks friend!

And tonight was also my very first run of this beautiful new year so I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer and not go out. I also know darn-well that running is a gift that I shouldn’t waste, so in combination with that and the motivation I got from friends online I kicked my arse off the couch. And although I moved a little more slowly getting my sneaks and running gear on, I did get out.

bonespur_runner_footThe plan tonight wasn’t anything too hectic, however, I did decide to do some speed training so chose Fartlek train #2 on RunKeeper. I forgot why I stopped using it and remembered about 1.5 km in. It’s tough. Run 1.5 to warm up, run 2.5 steady (under 6:15 min/km), then alternate 0.25 km fast (under 6:00/km) and 0.25 km slow (under 6:30/km). This went on for just over 5km. I probably should have gone longer but I realized the other evening I may have my second running “injury.” Actually, I’m not even sure if it’s classified as an injury but in any case, I think I have bone spurs on the top on my foot. The picture really doesn’t do it justice because it’s really quite out there. Ew. They’re not too sore yet but are swelling. Naturally, I googled what to do so I’m going to ice them and see if they come down. If not, I guess I’ll have to see my family doc (boo. I mean, she’s the best but I was really trying to limit my visits to her this year!)

And the other reason I decided to come in early this evening was because felt spooked. I was warned the other evening to be very careful while running at night, especially since a Calgary woman went missing. This has weighed on my mind very heavily and I haven’t been able to shake it. It seems like lately there has been a terrible string of violence all over the city. It makes my heart sick for the families and I pray that she is found unharmed and returned home. So with that on my mind, I purposely turned my music down low, switched running jackets, put on a vest and tried to run faster than usual. I felt pretty awesome and strong, but I really couldn’t enjoy it. I kept thinking of the segment Oprah had on how to fight off attackers (which, by the way, if you missed it you just drop like a ton of bricks and scream “FIRE!” though in my head I also kick them in the nuts). But at this point I really started creeping myself out, so I booted it home. Where I enjoyed a little visit with my son before bed. (He is still protesting now that he’s in bed; I love his determination.)

Here are tonights stats:FartlekRun_Kat_Calgary

  • Distance: 5.35 km
  • Time: 32:12
  • Pace: 6:02
  • Best Pace: 4:12

Hilarious Twitter Run MotivationP.S: I got this after my run and it made me laugh and laugh and laugh – THANK YOU! I needed it 🙂

Day 108: Sunday-funday long run.

kat running outside in calgary

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day out there! The sun is shining and the temperature isn’t too cold (-9). As a matter of fact, I layered up before I went out and I was too warm for the latter part of my run (but better than the alternative). I snapped a few pictures along the way, but I don’t even think they do justice to how beautiful it was out there! It was so clear that you could see the mountains from Canyon Meadows. Unbelievable. Made me miss Christmas and being in the mountains with my family. But…. then I snapped back to reality and kept on moving.

The route was about 50% bare from snow – which was much appreciated. And the route along Fish Creek was completely bare which was awesome! But with that, I must admit that I didn’t even feel like running this morning (terrible sleep last night; tossed and turned). That was until I read Runninbears blog and was so honoured to see that she’s going to start training for a half in the New Year (I can’t wait to compare notes!) I was reminded just how fortunate I am to be able to run and to have my WP friends to kick my butt into gear and remind me to get out there and just do it! 😉

The beautiful mountains in Calgary My pace was very consistent, it took me a little while to get into a good stride but I managed to maintain it the entire time. I think my best pace was somewhere around the 5:25 mark, but I wasn’t too worried about it since I have a long way to go just to get my distance up; I’ll worry about pace and time later. My intention today was to run a full 7 miles (11.2 km) however, at 6.5 miles (10.5 km) my phone decided to quit and I had no idea where I’d have to go to make up the distance so I threw in the towel as well. I’m a tad disappointed, but I know that I kicked ass during my run, so I’m also pretty happy. I was also getting a bit of a chill, so decided the best thing to do was to get in and start stretching. I’m not sure what I will do for training tomorrow. Believe it or not, I’m sort of missing TRX! I think I may get up early and try to get a work out in before the glorious New Years Eve festivities with our good friends.

Here are todays stats:IMG_6962

  • Distance: 10.51
  • Time: 1:05:46
  • Pace: 6:15
  • Best Pace: 5:25