Day 75: 5km #run & #plankaday challenge fr @ChatelaineMag

Today was a 5km run day at a slow and steady pace. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a big deal, I mean, I’ve been running 5k’s for a while now. However, I have never run a 5k the same day that I completed the #plankaday challenge from Chatelaine Magazine. What’s that, you may ask…

The “challenge” defined:

Complete one plank per hour for twelve hours (Learn more) And being the stubborn person that I am, I decided to really challenge myself and do at least one minute continuous plank; I’m proud to say not only did I do one minute continuous, but I actually completed several two minute continuous planks. If you are better at math than yours truly, that would be at least 12 minutes of planks; But I finished the challenge with 21 minutes of planks! I also have to tell you that my son did a few planks with me for moral support. Although he did more of a downward dog and when I was nearing the end of the challenge, he came over looking very serious and gave me a pat on the back. I laughed and then laughed some more.

Hence, the reason I feel like this explains why my run was a little tougher this evening than usual. The temperature was pretty nice around -2 or so and I had lots of fuel in my system, but lifting my legs and trying to pump my arms was a bloody nightmare! It didn’t matter how hard I tried to pump my arms, I could not get my legs to go any faster. Seriously. When I began my run, for the first kilometre or so, I was running at a pace almost two minutes off of my normal long distance pace. I finally got warmed up and got it down, but there was no negotiating with my body to go any faster this evening. I guess it’s a good thing that the run tonight was supposed to be at a slow and steady pace. The sidewalks were treacherous as well; between the slush in some areas and sheer ice in others I was elated to hear the coach come over the headphones to tell me the interval was complete.

Tomorrow is a cross training day. If I can get my act together, I plan to hit the gym early in the morning. Not sure what I’m going to do (we all know how much I hate biking). Thinking about hitting the elliptical up and maybe some weights (though I may have to wait and see how the old legs/arms are feeling after these planks!) What’s everyone else doing these days for cross training? And if I can’t make it to the gym in the morning, it will have to wait until tomorrow night because I get to see my best friend tomorrow! She has a layover here in Calgary (from Halifax) and I cannot wait to see her! It feels like Christmas Eve! YAHOO!

Tonights stats: 

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 31:37
  • Pace: 6:18
  • Best Pace: 5:37


Anyway, friends, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there! Happy Trails 🙂

Day 71: 3 miles to escape Election Day TV

Of course, every network is covering the election today. After watching Robin Meade for about an hour, I decided that was enough and left for a run. Today was another three mile run. I did the same route I did yesterday – it was pretty flat and shaded. I left a little later this morning, but it was still cool enough to enjoy it. There were lots of folks out biking, walking dogs and running. I continued my scan of the ground, but also noticed (after reading) that some of the trees lining the sidewalk have little creatures in them, so I was keeping an eye on them too.

Have no idea what my pace and actual distance was because I didn’t use RunKeeper today since Fido charges $10 for 10 MB per 24 hours. So for the rest of the week, I’m just going on the route I already know! Not much else to report. On other non-running related business, I watched the premier of #RHOBH last night – cannot freaking wait until it comes to Canada. This business of staggering them between the two countries is annoying.

Anyway, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there. Felix is giving everyone the thumbs up!


Day 68: Wonderful wedgie evening run!

This will be short because I have a ridiculous list of other things I’m supposed to be working on. Here’s the quick rundown: had a terrific run with my Wedgie – she’s the best! I think we have more laughs and near falls every time we hit the pavement together. The sidewalks were literally like a sheet of ice; the scary kind that you can feel under your feet. Any time we took a corner or an uneven part of the sidewalk one of us would nearly land on our rear. But with that said, it was a good night for a run. Not too cold.

Huge thanks to Wedgie for coming out for a run tonight. I know it’s a pain to haul ass across town after a long work day just to run- but you do and I’m grateful. You’re the best and a good friend! Look forward to our next run!

That’s it. Here are the stats:



Day 47/48 – Personal bests, weddings and road trips!

Alright, I haven’t been so great at my usual daily blogging, but I do have legitimate excuses. You know what vacations are like – you’re all over the place trying to cram as much into your time as you can. This vacation has been terrific – we’ve been all over the place: Descouse, Port Hawkesbury, Whycocomagh, Sydney, North Sydney … I’m pretty sure we’re on the road daily. At any rate, I have been getting my runs in, I just haven’t been diligent enough to write about them.

Yesterday I ran my fastest 3 mile run since I started tracking. I felt great and really enjoyed it. For those of you who know Baddeck, I did the Shore Road and part of the Bay – the shoulder on the Shore Rd is awesome with tons of space in comparison to the Baddeck Bay Road but definitely need to pay attention to the pavement rise. The steep drop-off to the gravel is deadly and definitely worth paying attention to; I had a few awesome moves going from gravel to pavement as I try to move as far over to the left as I can when I meet oncoming traffic. Yes. I know some runners don’t…. but I’m not sure why… I mean, why the hell would you want to put yourself in a position of getting clipped by a car? I was really happy to finish yesterday and get the email saying it was a personal best. I was in the middle of doing some stretching and yoga on the boardwalk across from the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. The village is definitely getting busier and busier with the start of Celtic Colours. There were tourists hanging out on the benches giving me the side-eye. Oh well. These are the same people that jaywalk incessantly so I dare say they’re not in a position to judge. I’m still loving the yoga but can’t wait for classes at the Trico Centre with Rachel – it’s hard to do it on your own all the time!

Here are yesterdays stats:

  • Distance: 4.82
  • Time: 26:55
  • Pace/km: 5:35
  • Best Pace: 4:30







Now for today, I have to admit I did not want to run tonight. The past two days have been super busy with loads of driving. Yesterday my cousin got married in Whycocomagh (beautiful wedding) and I MC’d the reception. Yesterday was a rushed day. I finished my run around 11 am. Got ready for wedding. At 1 pm we left for wedding (25 minute drive). At 3:15 we came back to my parents house (another 25 minute drive.) And at 4:30 we left for the reception (60 minute drive.) So…when we left the wedding around 10 pm, we had another 60 minute drive back home. Needless to say we were exhausted! And today we did a trip to Sydney (60 minute drive both ways). We did a lot of driving in two days. However, it was all worth it. I had a terrific time at the wedding and then speaking at the reception,though I can’t speak for the poor suckers who had to listen to me. There’s one other unrelated running thing I want to tell you. When the night was coming to the close and the bride and groom were getting ready to do their first dance, what they didn’t know was that I had rallied some people do sort of a flash mob ahead of them. So I said something like, “It’s time to get ready to click your heels Gangnam Style….” and up these amazing people got up (THANK YOU GUYS!!!) And we all did the first few seconds of the dance; then the music cut and the lovely couple had their very first dance as man and wife. It was so special to be part of the day.

Okay. Enough of that. Now back to running. Today, I was tired. But I had another two personal bests: distance and elevation. Was super pumped because I felt terrible starting out. I do, however, believe that my moms macaroni was the only thing that gave me energy today. Oh. my. goodness. So. Good. And of course, fresh biscuits. Not too much to say other than I did the museum hill three times, and rounded water street twice. It was good. The only thing that made the run difficult was coming through Water St. and having oncoming traffic turn their high beams on. It made it terribly difficult to see the ground and I pretty much needed to stop on a few occasions until said people passed by.

My ankle is still a little tight and I’m not too sure what to do to stretch it out better but I’ve been doing the ABC ankle exercises and I hope they do the trick.

That’s really it, I think!

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 7.25 km
  • Time: 47:05
  • Pace/km: 6:30
  • Best Pace: 4:31