Day 171: Cross training at the gym

Nike Just Do ItOh boy – am I ever falling behind on this! However, I did some cross training at the gym yesterday. I hopped on the AMT for 15+ minutes, and then did some yoga/floor work for another 15. It wasn’t a terribly long workout but I can definitely feel it today! I planked for 1:30, which I am assuming is what’s hurting so much 🙂 Feels good to start getting back into things. I have gone back to week 9 of training to get myself back on track – it seems like the winter/spring has just taken the energy out of me! So tomorrow will be a 5 mile run in the morning. Wednesday will be speed training (3 miles) and Thursday will be a 4 mile normal run. Send me your strength to stay on track!!

Stay tuned!

 

Day 141: Speed training and bike.

Bust A Move Calgary This morning I woke up to snow on the ground, so decided to head to the gym for speed training. It was an interesting walk over there; lots of snow fell over night and it was slick!

The track wasn’t busy at all and I ended up doing 18 minutes; which worked out to be two minutes of running and one minute of sprinting. Once I wrapped that up I hit the bike to do a quick 5 miles.

You know how much I hate the bike, right? Well it was remarkably less painful than usual because I caught the news, so I was feeling incredibly productive! Before I knew it, time was up and it was time to hit the showers.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Only four more sleeps until BAM Calgary – can’t wait!!!!!! To donate, please check out my profile here.

 

Day 121: speed training on ice is not fun.

falling on iceIt took every ounce of effort to get out this evening. It has been one long-@ss day. I was up super early and went non-stop until about five minutes ago.

At any rate, the temperature wasn’t too bad (around -10) but there is a ton of black ice and it was lightly snowing while I was out; yes. That spells disaster. I cannot tell you how many times I yelped and had to do some sweet-manoevres to avoid falling. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow, not from running, but from tensing up on the ice.

The focus for tonights run was sprints. I finally completed a true-fartlek. I did not plan it out. I sprinted when I felt like it and slowed down when I felt like it. I even got that burning sensation in my chest that I used to get when I played basketball (for any of the gals I played with, you know what I’m talking about – SUICIDES!)

I finally got so frustrated with the amount of ice that once I found a dry spot (after about 25 minutes of running) I started running back and forth over about 200m. I looked ridiculous, but I didn’t fall. And I couldn’t handle the annoyance of having to slow down to a walk every 50m …seriously.

And P.S: Willow Park – sand your damn sidewalks!

Anyway, here are tonights stats. kat macaulay running results ice speed training

  • Distance: 5.62 km
  • Time: 35:29
  • Pace: 6:19
  • Best pace: 3:44

Day 95: 5km of speed training in #WillowPark

I’m not going to lie, I did not want to get out this evening; at all. In fact, I was conversing with a friend and commenting on how much I was dreading speed training (but running in general tonight). It’s not even the weather, the temperature is a balmy +1… if you can believe that! I guess I must be hitting a bit of a wall. Anyway, after much procrastinating, I did manage to get myself out there.

pruneyMy original plan was to run two minutes slow and then one minute sprints (ten rounds in total). In actuality, I started out and completed just over two (2) full intervals (1.12 km) when my dang phone shut off. This is right after I started researching the Garmin and thinking, what the heck do I need that thing for, my iPhone works just perfectly… WRONG.  It may, or may not have something to do with running in the POURING rain while home in Cape Breton (because my “issues” with it started while there). But at any rate, it annoyed me. I kept going and just guessed at distances (usually by the street lights) though in Willow Park they are rather sporadic.

About ten minutes went by and my phone turned back on (so creepy). I restarted RunKeeper. Again. This time I made it 1.84 km. I was super aggravated at this point because I had absolutely no idea what time it was and took it as a sign to head home. I was annoyed with myself because I knew that I should have put a case on the phone before going out (knowing darn-well that it is finicky) but didn’t. And I was also annoyed because I thought for sure I didn’t get the 5 km of speed training distance in. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had indeed met my speed distance! I pulled up trusty old google and sure enough, 5 km on the button! YAHOO!

Anyway, I’m glad it’s over for the week. Tomorrow is just a regular old run. Looking forward to a Wedgie run on Thursday evening 🙂

P.S: the picture has nothing to do with running, but after having a kind of “annoying” day – I thought I’d share and hopefully lighten my mood and anyone else who isn’t have a terrific day!

 

Day 77: #Speed training at the track. Ouch.

“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” -Ken Doherty

Tonight was speed training at the indoor track because it was way too slippery outside. I’m not much of an indoor runner (as you know) for a few reasons: (1) it’s boring, (2) I feel like people stare and (3) it’s too stuffy. I do find a huge difference running on the rubberized floor though, my knees are thanking me rather than hating on me this evening. However, my quads are still incredibly sore from TRX the other evening. No joke. I’m still bracing to go down and up stairs, as well as sitting (first time I have ever wished I had those senior handles in the loo). But the stubborn person that I am, I cannot bare the thought of losing another day of training so I felt like powering through it. Not going to lie, literally half-way through I was almost ready to quit.

The internal struggle:

“Don’t be silly Kat, no one else would continue in this pain. Quit. You have blisters on your feet. Your quads are burning. Your chest is burning. You’re red and sweaty.QUIT!vs. “You can do this. You’re half-way done. Everyone else has had awesome runs this week, join them. Dig deep. Take a break if you have to, but DON’T QUIT!!“.

So, I grabbed a quick drink of water and hopped back on the track. And then when I had about six minutes left I took another break to stretch. I didn’t quit.

In total, I did ten minutes of sprinting and twenty minutes of regular pace running. So the intervals were one minute sprint, two minutes regular running (sometimes slow). I have absolutely no idea how many laps I completed, but I didn’t really care this time I was just thrilled to finish. I felt really good for the first 15 minutes, but it took a lot of willpower to continue the sprinting once I hit the halfway mark. I am proud to say that I finished on a sprint interval and finished strong. I took a half lap around the track just walking – my legs felt like rubber! It reminded me of the days when we would be training for basketball and had to do suicide after suicide after suicide (without the throwing up afterward). I wouldn’t say it was completely miserable because I actually felt like I showed the track who was boss but I would say that I’d take hill training over speed. Nuff said.

To cool down was some yoga and of course, planks. I did lots of stretching and drank lots of water and now I’m just relaxing in front of the tube.

Hope everyone is having a terrific Friday out there!