Day 18: 3 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with stroller – YEAH BUDDY!

Today was a perfect morning for training. The temperature was around 12 degrees, the sun was shining and Felix and I had an awesome run through Glenmore Reservoir. We went the hilly way and survived (surprisingly.) I didn’t wake up thinking I wanted to do hills today (or any hill), but when we hit the trail I just felt like I could handle it (even with the stroller.)  I do believe that it was all due to my amazing mathematical skills. I worked out how far I needed to go so that when we turned around I would only have to do one really steep hill and get to finish at the top. It worked out perfectly.

That hill was a real bitch though (excuse the language.) I didn’t even want to look up because I was scared I’d lose steam so I just looked at the ground, pushed with one arm and prayed to God that if I passed out they’d find me before the bear did. Oh yes. There’s been a bear out on the reservoir. I truly hope I never see him (I do have bear spray, though I have no idea how to use it.) We made it to the top and I really wanted to do the Rocky move but thought the old fella I met up there would think I was a total nutcase, so I did it in my head. Todays run wasn’t fast but I really enjoyed it.

I continued “Project Morning” and said “Good morning” to everyone we met (some we met twice); I have to say, 99% of the folks we met today

were smiling and cheery. I talked to a few people along the way. One older man asked me if I planned to do the whole trail; I asked him if he was crazy. But did say “maybe some day!” There were lots of dogs and bikers; Felix loves seeing both. We snapped this picture of the pond as we were nearing the turnaround point. Yes, for my Nova Scotia friends, this is exciting for us here in Alberta. Water. It actually looked really nice; despite a little voice in my head telling to keep checking to make sure there are no moose, cougars or bears around it. I don’t even know what I would do if I saw any of the three. Surprisingly, I am most scared of moose.

I have to say that the runs and recovery are getting easier, but I do know that in the coming weeks my mileage will go up quite a bit. I’m also dreading the hilly runs that are also coming up in training e.g.: 5 x 200 yards uphill. Ouch.

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 4.81 km
  • Time: 32:07
  • Pace/km: 6:41
  • Best pace: 6:05

Anyway, as you can see the time wasn’t the best, but I’m not a bit sore and had a great run – it’s all about the journey, right? Here’s a picture of me and Felix after we finished. YAHOO! Big Smiles all around.:)

Day 9: No longer a Fartleck virgin.

Tonight was my very first attempt at the Fartleck – what a time! All I can say is thank goodness for Run Keeper, otherwise I would have quit! Today was an incredibly hot day in Calgary and I ended up having to wait until after 8:30 p.m. to go for a run – heat makes me tired and I was watching a good episode of Teen Mom (don’t judge me). I had a pretty busy day with my son, so as many of you parents out there know, energy levels weren’t at their highest! But I went and I’m glad I did!


So back to Run Keeper. The app allows you to customize your runs and add coaching in – this came in handy at weak moments when I wanted to throw in the towel. When your intervals change, the coach comes over your own playlist and lets you know. Coach also tells you your stats as you run; cuts into tell you time/pace/mileage – very cool. The image above is a picture of my stats. In total, I completed 6.78 km (4.21 miles); it took 46:31; and my average pace was 6:52 (keep in mind that this is averaged over sprinting and walking.)

Here’s the breakdown of my training session:

2.0km – warm up pace

2.5 km – steady/fast pace

0.25 km – fast

0.25 km – slow

0.25 km – fast

0.25 km – slow

0.25 km – fast

0.25 km – slow

0.25 km – fast

0.50 km – slow

Run Keeper breaks down your run on a minute to minute basis – really cool. It also emails you every single race result – and posts to your online profile. Overall, I thought tonight was pretty good. I felt like I could have started out a bit faster, but wasn’t really sure what lay ahead so wanted to conserve energy. I found the warm-up may have also been a bit longer than most training sessions (at least the ones posted online.) However, the timing fell perfectly into what was described on Running Worlds website (45 minutes) – so I’m thrilled with that.

I am looking forward to next weeks Fartleck training session already!

P.S: I’m having a glass of red to celebrate this achievement.

P.P.S: Don’t worry. I hydrated before. Cheers!