Day 142: We’re #1! #MountAllison

we're #1 mount allisonTonight I was chanting “We’re #1, we’re #1” as I ran. It’s all because I got the Record in the mail today and learned that MTA (my alma mater) was ranked #1 undergraduate university in Canada for the 16th time – YAHOO!!!!! My old stomping grounds… And seriously, check out the Harry Potter doppelgängers – how could that not put a smile on your face?

So anyway, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling 100% yet. My run was a good one (strong) but it took a lot of effort to lift my feet and pump my arms. And I can’t get over how much ice is on the sidewalks still – so slippery!

I had a few really tough hills to get through but managed alright. I have a bit of an issue though, my new sneakers are pinching my baby toes too much! It’s been a while since I bought a new pair of sneaks so I forget how long it takes to get them worked in. I’m afraid that I’ll do some permanent damage if I continue to run despite aches and pains in my feet/shins. Does anyone out there know what I should do? Should I try another sneaker? Or keep going?

That’s it. Tomorrow night is a wedgie run after we register for BAM! Woot!

Here are tonights stats:run keeper kat calgary

  • Distance: 6.75km
  • Time: 43:22
  • Pace: 6:26
  • Best Pace: 4:42

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 129: elliptical. thirty minutes. yeah buddy.

running board Yesterday morning was just a cross-training day. I was up early and hit the elliptical for thirty minutes. I didn’t want to overdo it because today was a really long run (18km) and I felt like bracing myself was in order.

I decided to walk over to the gym because it was a nice morning; the temperature was perfect and it was easier than scraping the truck. I started out and just a few steps in I remembered why I had been driving over – ICE! I was literally shuffling along on the ice so I wouldn’t slip. Ever-so-lightly moving my feet and thankfully didn’t bail. I got to the crosswalk and busted it across; just as I finished crossing (on a legit walk light) a big-ass red truck ran through the lights (I guess red lights don’t apply to him.) As I was staring in disbelief, he whipped into the gym parking lot. Must have been anxious to get his workout over with too!

The gym wasn’t really busy at all, but the rinks were just hopping with kids and parents. I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge that at 7 a.m. there were at least four adults on the ice (that I could see) volunteering their time to help out these hockey kids (and parents). With all the stuff we’ve seen lately about sports, volunteers and hockey parents, I must say that seeing this warmed my heart. I don’t think a lot of people have a handle on how much work (and stress) comes with volunteering your time, so major KUDOS to the people who give up their time so generously on a Saturday morning (and any time for that matter.)

Anyway, back to the workout. The elliptical was good, but I must confess that I had it on pretty easy settings (vertical: 4, resistance: 5). Not a whole lot even happened in the time I was there. No one farting or being inappropriate. There was really nothing great on TV either so I just quietly did my thing and hopped off. However, as I went to erase my name off the sign up board, I noticed this obnoxious comment: I never sign up. Really? So despite the gym monitors asking people to please be respectful of others time and sign up, you don’t? Why, pray tell? Someone needs a refresher on gym etiquette I’d say!

Overall, I enjoyed my mini-workout. Love cross-training days!

Day 109: #YOGA with @BryanJonesYoga — SLAINTE!

yoga stretchSo TRX didn’t happen. It was a busy morning at our joint and I didn’t manage to get over to the gym in time, so I pulled out the old yoga mat and followed along with Bryan Jones on YouTube. It had been a while and was long overdue.

It felt really great to do the stretching and complete poses that a few months ago I found incredibly tricky. It’s unreal how it gets easier and easier; binding isn’t nearly as painful as it used to be (it’s still not always comfortable though). The pace of his yoga session allowed me to push just enough, but not too hard to quit. I also spent some time afterward doing a few circuits of weights and planks. It was grand!

Now that I’m all stretched out I’m ready to bring in the new year with some great friends!

SLAINTE!