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 96: running with the stroller… in the snow… seemed like a good idea at the time!

snowy sidewalks.. somewhereToday I had every intention of waking up early (which I did) and heading out the door for a 5 km run. However, I woke up at 6’ish and wasn’t feeling fantastic so I decided to stay put. Knowing that the forecast was calling for snow all day and that I wouldn’t have anyone to watch my son this evening so I could nip out for a run, I knew the only chance I’d have to get out would be mid-morning after he got up.

So after we got up and had some breakfast, we got bundled up and headed out into the winter wonderland that was Willow Park. The temperature wasn’t too bad at all, but the sidewalks were a total mess. It was slippery. The first part of the run he was excited and mesmerized by the snow. It was eerily quiet as the snow fell but despite pushing another person around it was actually quite peaceful. However, he started getting a bit restless more than half-way through so I let him watch “Elmo” on my iPhone. Unfortunately,after about five minutes the darn thing shut off… then the screaming began. Fun times. Lesson: either take a fully-charged iPad (with cover) out for runs or get a babysitter. For me, the babysitter wasn’t an option, so we will be taking the iPad for the next run.

I don’t know what our time ended up being, but I did a typical 5km run; it was definitely slower than usual given the fact that I was pushing a 30lbs toddler + stroller on snow, but I’m glad it’s over for the day. Now I can enjoy my Wednesday evening shows with some treats (I know I said no cheat days until Christmas, but I don’t care.)

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!


Day 95: 5km of speed training in #WillowPark

I’m not going to lie, I did not want to get out this evening; at all. In fact, I was conversing with a friend and commenting on how much I was dreading speed training (but running in general tonight). It’s not even the weather, the temperature is a balmy +1… if you can believe that! I guess I must be hitting a bit of a wall. Anyway, after much procrastinating, I did manage to get myself out there.

pruneyMy original plan was to run two minutes slow and then one minute sprints (ten rounds in total). In actuality, I started out and completed just over two (2) full intervals (1.12 km) when my dang phone shut off. This is right after I started researching the Garmin and thinking, what the heck do I need that thing for, my iPhone works just perfectly… WRONG.  It may, or may not have something to do with running in the POURING rain while home in Cape Breton (because my “issues” with it started while there). But at any rate, it annoyed me. I kept going and just guessed at distances (usually by the street lights) though in Willow Park they are rather sporadic.

About ten minutes went by and my phone turned back on (so creepy). I restarted RunKeeper. Again. This time I made it 1.84 km. I was super aggravated at this point because I had absolutely no idea what time it was and took it as a sign to head home. I was annoyed with myself because I knew that I should have put a case on the phone before going out (knowing darn-well that it is finicky) but didn’t. And I was also annoyed because I thought for sure I didn’t get the 5 km of speed training distance in. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had indeed met my speed distance! I pulled up trusty old google and sure enough, 5 km on the button! YAHOO!

Anyway, I’m glad it’s over for the week. Tomorrow is just a regular old run. Looking forward to a Wedgie run on Thursday evening 🙂

P.S: the picture has nothing to do with running, but after having a kind of “annoying” day – I thought I’d share and hopefully lighten my mood and anyone else who isn’t have a terrific day!


Day 88: a short, cold Friday #run and intro to Sledge Hockey

Last night I braved the cold and running. I wasn’t scheduled to do anything more than 2.5 miles, which was fine because it was was crisp out! I was at 2.44 km, had just snapped a photo of a crazy-decorated house in Willow Park and my phone shut off! I could have sworn it was charged enough for the run. So not knowing the distances I turned around and headed back to the house. When I got there and plugged my phone in, it turned right back on – is it possible it was too cold out? My iPhone has been so finicky. Eek.

So I ran for about 25 minutes. Not sure the total distance. It was slippery, windy and cold. There were only a few houses lit when I went out for my run at around 6:00, so it was a little boring. Tonight I have to do hills. And it’s still cold out.

I do want to tell you about a really awesome event going on in the city this week: the World Sledge Hockey Challenge. I’m actually a volunteer (surprise, surprise). We had our orientation this morning and it’s definitely going to be a terrific week!

Screen Shot 2012-12-01 at 3.15.29 PMWhat is Sledge Hockey? (From the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association & Hockey Canada)

Sledge Hockey was invented at a rehabilitation centre in Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1960’s by a group of people who wanted to continue playing hockey despite their physical disabilities. Interesting fact:  At the recreational level, anyone can play sledge hockey, disabled and able-bodied. At the international level, however, only athletes with a disability in the lower part of their body can be classified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to participate.

Rules and Equipment

The rules for Sledge Hockey are the same as able bodied hockey. The game is played with most of the same hockey equipment used in any ice hockey league. In Sledge Hockey, there is a need for protective equipment as the game is fast paced on the sleds with tight turns and high shots of the puck from a seated position. In senior leagues, body checking is allowed.The equipment for sledge hockey is usually adapted to fit the needs of each athlete. Each player is seated on a sled that is two to four feet long and glides on the ice with two skate blades. The distance from the ice to the top of the frame of the sled must be 8.5 cm to 9.5 cm to keep them from overlapping on contact. A back rest may be used on a sled and straps can be used to fasten the player’s legs and body to the sled. The players use sticks(maximum length is 75 cm) with a pick on one end and a blade on the other for the dual purpose of skating and puck handling.

I still don’t know a heck of a lot about sledge hockey, but I’ve already met one player and she’s totally inspired me to check it out further. She was encouraging me to give it a try – I jovially said, “There’s no way I can do that; I have terrible balance and I’m uncoordinated.” Not missing a beat, she replied: “You’ll never know if you don’t try it!” It was so simple. And something we’ve all heard a million times, but she was totally right. I may just give it a try so stay tuned 🙂