Day 128: warm temperatures and a pretty good run with Wedgie

funnyTonight was a good night for a run outside, except for ice. The temperature has been going from -30 to above zero on and off so sidewalks are a bit treacherous. I must admit, it was nice to be outdoors again as most of my workouts have been at the gym lately.

We were scheduled to run 6.4km and we ended up doing around 6.15 km because I rolled it on a curb (didn’t fall completely) but my ankle took a bit of a beating. I thought I’d finish but I couldn’t handle the aggravation! Our run wasn’t super fast, but it was pleasant, despite the slipping and sliding.

The best part of the night was the shopping afterward. We went to Lululemon so Wedgie could fill her Lulu addiction and then Calgary Runner Girlswe shopped around a bit. We decided to go to Sears because I wanted to see if they had any deals on boots (and despite my annoyance with their online business, I like the deals in-store.) Anyway, we managed to find a pair of boots in my size and they barely went over my calves. Then, out of nowhere, I got a spasm in the arch of my foot. I immediately tried to pull my leg out of the boot and it was freaking stuck! I mean, REALLY stuck. Because I couldn’t relax my foot, my leg was tensed up and there was absolutely NO wiggle room. Of course, then the woman comes over the system saying they are closing. Wedgie and I are standing there roaring: one foot in sneaker, one foot in boot. I was laughing so hard, I legitimately could have peed my pants. I thought for sure I was going to have to buy the boot. But with one final tug, I managed to get it off. What a horrifying, yet hilarious experience.

Anyway, here are tonights stats:runkeeper stats

  • Distance: 6.15 km
  • Time: 46:52
  • Pace: 7:37
  • Best Pace: 6:23


Thanks for the run Wedgie!

Day 123: Wedgie run in a new neighbourhood!

Last night was a Wedgie Run in her neighbourhoods – thank goodness, because I wasn’t feeling like hitting the pavement on my own.

calgary girls runFirst, let me tell you that it is icy everywhere in this city. Although there were many bare spots last night, we had to slow down a lot to cut across streets that had knee high ICE banks. I would definitely say the run through Glamorgan and Glenbrook was rolling; we were up and down but nothing too drastic. I tried out my awesome new fuel belt that I got from Running Room just to get a feel for it. It was sort of annoying at first (kept sliding down) and then I would tighten it; then it would slide down again. Finally, I must have managed to find the right spot on my hips and forgot about it. I also tried out the socks from Lululemon. This is the first item (other than a headband and a shirt I received as a gift) I have ever bought on my own from Lulu. I have to tell you, they were pretty good. I’m thinking about going back to get another pair. They stayed warm and dry and didn’t have the same rough feeling as other running socks (the ones with mesh.)

Anyway – thanks for the run last night Sue! Let’s get signed up for Mud Hero!!

Here are last nights stats:run keeper kat calgary

  • Distance: 7.43 km
  • Time: 54:07
  • Pace: 7:17
  • Best Pace: 6:23

fuel belt body glide and lululemon socks

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 107: 5.5 km run through the ol’ hood

Lululemon hat and rick hansen relay jacket = good runToday was my first run back since Dec 22. It was a pretty enjoyable run. I did a regular loop – I had only intended to do three miles today just to get the wheels turning again, but when I realized I had gone to far, I couldn’t turn around so I kept going.

My left knee started aching so I stopped at the 3 km mark to stretch it, which also happened to be a set of lights by Lake Bonavista Drive. I was stretching it out and noticed these two teenagers staring, pointing and laughing. My first thought was, ” Oh man, is my fly down?” Second thought was, “Gawd am I ever glad I’m not a teenager any more.” So I  just flashed them my biggest smile and waved. In which case they abruptly turned around and drove. Pffft…. kids!

I should say that I expect to get some stares because I was wearing my awesome new hat compliments of my brother and Lululemon, but I was also PROUDLY wearing my bright yellow RHR jacket. I’m not sure if they thought any of the above was humorous, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone had reacted that way to the jacket. Not long ago I was running in the neighbourhood by a bus stop and a kid said, “Nice jacket…” and sneered. Is that the best insult these kids can come up with? They’re so lazy these days!

In any case, I love my jacket. I love wearing it. And I love running in it. I got it because I was one of 7,000 relay runners chosen to participate in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. So, yeah. With a maple leaf on my left shoulder and the relay logo on the right, I’ll totally wear this thing everywhere and be proud of it. And if it was because I was red in the cheeks, a little out of breath, well by golly, at least I got out and ran today! But to lighten things up, I met a man two minutes later who smiled and said, “G’day princess!” And that was pretty much the end of my run and a damn good note to end on.

Here are todays stats: running stats running kat tales calgary

  • Distance: 5.55 km
  • Time: 33:15
  • Pace: 5:59
  • Best Pace: 4:50