Day 184: ‘Round Glenmore Reservoir!

photo 1This weekend is a busy one, so I decided to do my long run this morning so that I could get it out of the way. I got out the door just before 9 and hit the trail. It was really quiet and hardly a soul around.  I came up behind this man (this is mean) but he totally gave me the creeps. I can’t really explain it, but he just didn’t fit in on the trail. I got myself kind of worked up, so I ran pretty fast after passing him (5:25 min/km)

photo 2There were some bikers, a few other runners and walkers, but other than that it was a pretty peaceful and quiet run. There were kayakers and lasers on the reservoir, which was neat to see. But I will say that Body Glide let me down. I have the worst chafe marks on the inside of my leg; they hurt. I had to stop several times to adjust my shorts. But the sun was shining, the temperature was great and the new songs I added to my playlist made me pretty well forget about my legs.

Here are todays stats:

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Looking forward to a beautiful weekend!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Day 153: 10.6km in the blizzard along the Bow River!

HAPPPPPPY ST.PADDDDDDY’s Day!!!!!!!

ice on the Bow River CalgaryIt was a pretty nasty start to the day. Snow, wind and very cold temperatures and of course, today was a long run day. I refused to make an excuses, so I started my long run routine of stretching, coffee and eating my porridge then hit the road for a run.

I should have known what would be in store when I parked the truck downtown and there was a foot of snow on the sidewalks (mostly drifts.) I got to eau claire, ran in to get ready and warm up and as I stretched a couple stopped in the doorway; looked me up and down and said, “You are crazy, but good on ya!” I didn’t even know what to say (probably because my brain was so cold from the windchill: -24) so I smiled and half-laughed (I had a long run ahead of me and I knew it was nuts to be out in this weather.)

At any rate, off I went. I started my warm up part of the run by cruising through the downtown area. I played the old “green light” game, where you just run and whatever walk light you get, you keep going. It was great not having a route because it kept me moving (and believe me it was so cold out you had to keep moving!) It was very slippery and I had snow in my shoes within the first few feet – therefore, I was soaked by the time I got back in.

Once I finished my warm up, I hit the trail along the Bow River. I’m not going to lie, it was incredibly tough. It wasn’t clear, so I was running (mostly slipping and sliding) on snow for 99% of it. Add the wind off of the bow, plus blowing snow and it just wasn’t that enjoyable at all. There was hardly a soul out as well and any time I met another runner we gave each other the, “we are definitely nuts for doing this,” look and nod.

I had planned to complete 14 km today, but my phone died around the 7.3 km point so I decided I’d run back toward eau claire and call it a day. It took me approx 20 minutes from where I was (my pace was 6:07 according to my phone when it died) so I estimate I did just over 3 km by the time it was all said and done. I was disappointed not to get the entire distance in, but I’ve got to say it was MISERABLE out!! Kudos to anyone who got out in it, I saw a few bikers and nordic walkers. It wasn’t fun at all.

Anyway, I’m home and warm now. Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Day 148: 12 km run along the Bow River

running calgary kat macaulaySo today was my first long run back after having been sick with the awful flu that is making the rounds. In actuality, I’m sick with another cold as well – when does flu/cold season end, by the way?

Anyhow, the weather wasn’t too bad. Temperature was above zero and there wasn’t really any wind to speak of, the only thing is that it’s pretty grey out there! I was having a bit of a hard time this morning motivating myself to get out after not doing a long run in several weeks, but I made myself go (begrudgingly.) After about ten minutes of running I felt I found my stride; to get myself going I listened to Will I.Am and Britney’s new song, “Scream & Shout” – LOVE it! I found myself singing along. People were giving me the side-eye. Oh well.

Loads of people out running. Most people smile and say “hello” or “good morning” but then there are other “elite” runners, with their sunglasses on even though there’s no freakin’ sun, who don’t even acknowledge you share the track! These are the same ones who like to run triple-to-quad wide and push you over to the mud and ice – real nice!

At any rate, I had a really fantastic run, even though mentally and physically I wasn’t feeling terrific. I knew I was going faster than normal, but I was totally shocked to see my pace was a solid 6:08/km! My goal for the day (to ease myself back without injury) was to do at least 7 miles at a 6:30 pace – I was thrilled! The only thing I would change would be that I should have filled up on whole wheat pasta last night, rather than pizza (white flour.) And this morning, I should have eaten more before going out. However, had a lot of water and even had half of a water bottle left when I got back.

Glad to get back to double-digits again.

Here are todays stats:run keeper kat macaulay

  • Distance: 12.03km
  • Time: 1:13:50
  • Pace: 6:08
  • Best Pace: 5:03

Day 130: an amazing day all around. Personal records, awards and a very special birthday party! Love life.

This weekend was incredible, but today was especially so.

Last night I celebrated a very special occasion with a good friend, but I managed to maintain my long-run eve ritual of pierogi pizza and four beer (I think I may be a little superstitious.) I managed to get a really good nights sleep, was up early had a couple more pieces of pizza and a banana (no porridge today), lots of water and hit the road.

When I got Eau Claire I was horrified to find that the washrooms were locked. I started to panic a bit thinking I’d never make it through that distance without going. Then, I saw the beautiful glow of “the Running Room” sign. I KNEW if they had a washroom in there that they wouldn’t deny me. I slipped in and asked the cashier, he jokingly said no…and then my face must have dropped because he started laughing and said, “Of course you can!!!!” PHEW!

feathered friends under the centre street bridge calgaryThe sun was shining, the temperature was terrific, I put on a podcast from Judith Briles and hit the trail along the river. The first thing I came across were our feathered friends under the Centre Street bridge – holy mackerel! They were just camping out on the ice. It was so funny I just had to stop and take a quick picture. There were loads of people out (mostly serious runners – you know the kind I mean. The ones who don’t acknowledge you on the trail.) I like the theory laid out in the letter “Hey Fat Girl” (which is awesome) where they say that “elite” runners bow down to the rest of us, but I have a healthy amount of scepticism about it. I held my head high and proud; I was smiling from ear to ear; I made eye contact and I said”Good morning!” to literally everyone I met this morning; walkers, runners, bikers – everyone! But in my case, the elite runners pretended I wasn’t even there – uhh hello, I’m wearing a bright yellow jacket, you ain’t fooling anyone! So about half way through my run I decided to start keeping track of how many ignored me; you’ll be interested to know that about 8 out of 10 did. Sad, eh?

18km running route around calgary But nothing (not even personality-lacking elite runners) were going to spoil my run today. I came to my turnaround point and an older lady said, “Way to go. Running is tough. Just keep going.” I was so grateful to her for taking the time to say hello and encourage me. I was feeling great (when usually at a turnaround point I don’t.) My pace on the final leg of the 18km stretch was faster than it had been, I even had it down to 5:06/km at one point for about 2-3 km. I stopped for water twice using my handy fuel belt. I felt great. My legs felt great. My chest felt great. It was amazing.

When I finally finished I probably could have cried. When I first started training I didn’t think I would make it back to 8km let alone 18km. But here I am.

I also had a pretty special birthday to celebrate today – my son is turning two tomorrow. When I got home, we had our close friends and family over for an incredibly sugary cake and it just made the whole day even more wonderful. So thank you for coming out – we’re so lucky to have extended family here and friends who are our family by choice – you.are.awesome. 

Finally, I’ve heard good things happen in threes and I checked my email and found out I was nominated for the “Sunshine Award,” by the wonderful ladies at “We Shall Have Pie” – thank you 🙂

So that’s it. The end to a wicked weekend. I did it. 18 LONG kilometres. Only a few short weeks and I hope to hit that half marathon mark – YAHOO!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Here are todays stats: run keeper calgary runner girl

  • Distance: 18.05km
  • Time: 1:54:36
  • Pace: 6:21
  • Best Pace: 3:55

Here are my personal records:

  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Calories burned
  • Elevation climb

Day 122: Does anyone actually enjoy the treadmill?

Cause I don’t.
run because you can

Last night I was forced to run on the treadmill at the gym; the bane of my existence. It was way too slippery to run outside and even though the days are getting longer, by the time I can go in the evening it’s too dark (and I can’t see the icy spots). So I headed over the gym (which was a total gong show) and hopped on a machine.  Unfortunately for me, I was stuck between two big men, you can’t even begin to imagine what that was like. It was hot. Smelly. And uncomfortable.

As you know, I hate the treadmill. I decided that I would kill two birds with one stone and listen to a podcast for some work stuff. I enjoyed the podcast just about as much as watching paint dry, so I won’t make that mistake again! The run wasn’t much better.

At any rate, I finished in just under 42 minutes. I have no idea what my true pace was and quite frankly, didn’t much care because I’m faster on pavement than indoors (ironically). I then went on to complete a bit of TRX, yoga and left.

The bottom line: I wasn’t feeling training yesterday (if you hadn’t picked that up already). So I was pleased when it was over. I found myself questioning what the heck I was doing. I have so much to do, and I started feeling overwhelmed, like I shouldn’t be at the gym, I should be doing the other things that need to get done. But then I snapped back to the reality that being health IS a priority. Training IS a priority. And then, when I woke up this morning I ❤ to Run had this great infographic on their Facebook page and it reminded me to stop being so ungrateful. I’m lucky I can train (even if I hate it). I know there are others who would love to do the same. So thanks for giving me a good kick in the butt – I needed it.

Hope everyone is having a great week! And to those of you on the east coast freezing your arses off… just thank God that you only get winter for a few weeks. We’ve had it since September!

We’re going to enjoy this balmy weather and hit the pavement tonight – YAHOO!

 

Day 98: 6.5 mile #run listening to @bookgal #powerfulbookpromotion

I would be lying if I told you that I looked forward to this mornings run. I took a second rest day yesterday because I was feeling tired and just thought I needed the break (it was just a short run anyway, or so I tell myself). Instead, I prepared for the holidays which included baking two loaves of banana-chocolate-chip cake, banana muffins, four batches of fudge and some brownies. (No wonder we get fat over the holidays; oh well, it’s worth it!)

And today I woke up and thought there was no way I would be able to run. I was still tired, kind of sore and just not in the mood. But, because it’s that season where time is at a premium I knew if it was going to get done today, it would have to be this morning.

I layered and laced up, and out the door I went. It was a gorgeous morning and the temperature was pretty-well as perfect as you can get this time of year. In fact,  I wore my big mittens from Cape Breton and ended up taking them off less than 10 minutes in. The sidewalks were still a tad slippery in spots, so I had to be careful. but I met lots of people out walking, running and enjoying the outdoors with dogs (I even saw one kitty!). Unfortunately, I had an ice cream headache for at least thirty minutes of the run, which made it somewhat uncomfortable.

I have to make a confession. Despite today being a long run training day, I didn’t listen to ANY pump up music. You know what I listened to?… I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it… I was listening to Penny Sansevieri‘s podcast: Powerful Book Promotion Made Easy. I know. Who the heck listens to podcasts while running? This girl. I’ll admit that I intended to kill two birds with one stone (work + fun) but I truly enjoyed it! For anyone in the book publicity industry or just has an interest in it, the podcast is a gem.

When it was all said and done, I ran 6.5 miles. I’m feeling great, but I am glad it’s done for the day. Now it’s time to get some more work done and prep for the holidays.

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Here are todays stats: 6.5 mile run calgary

  • Distance: 10.47km
  • Time: 1:06:11
  • Pace: 6:19
  • Best pace: 4:47