Day 113: Yeah buddy! Hit some big running milestones today!

First, let me start by saying that I feel complete elation with the three PRs I met today:

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Greatest number of calories burned

OH SNAP!

When I woke up this morning I definitely wasn’t feeling like I’d have a successful run; truth-be-told, we had kind of a long week and I really just wanted to laze around in my PJs. However, with some motivation from my FB friends, I hit the pavement.

funny slip on ice runningIt is gorgeous out there today – clear, blue sky, the sun is shining and the temperature is above zero. I decided last night that there was no way I was running one of my regular routes today because I am getting bored of them (naturally), so I parked the truck in another neighbourhood and hit it. Of course, in doing this I had no idea what to expect in terms of hills, traffic, sidewalks so I did run into a few glitches. First, within the first kilometre I had to run a hill, however, it was followed by a nice 2 km slope back down again. I also didn’t account for wind today and spent most of the run running into it (which sucked). There were some really icy spots in shaded areas that didn’t look too bad until I did the old polar bear move (no – I didn’t fall, but just about.) I went through four neighbourhoods that I’ve never really seen before (that’s how geographically large this city is.) I cut through one neighbourhood and there was a kid tempting the ice with roller blades – it made me laugh out loud. I can’t even remember if she had a helmet on. I even needed one running today!

Glenmore Reservoir Calgary Winter RunningThere was a bit of traffic so I had to be pretty alert when crossing streets. One guy almost hit me because he was too busy picking his nose. Seriously. I was waiting to make eye-contact with him and he had his pointer-finger so far up there I’m sure he was massaging his brain. Anyway, the next thing I saw on my run was an old guy on a motorized scooter going against traffic on 24th street (this means nothing to most people who aren’t in the city; but it’s a four lane street.) He wasn’t smiling. He meant business. I finished my run at Glenmore Reservoir. I must admit, at the 9km mark I sent a text to a friend to say I had 3km left and I was tired. And she responded almost immediately with “You can do it!!!” So I kept going. THANK YOU! I know you think it’s all me, but I really needed the encouragement – I was beat!

The last leg was good. I pushed hard and managed to keep a really consistent pace. Of course, my time isn’t exactly where I want it to be but I know it will come in time (pun intended). Overall, I’m pleased to have gotten this distance in – I could have wept when I finished as it’s been such a long time since I’ve run that distance. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever do it again! Here I am though..

Here are todays stats:runkeeper calgary running training

  • Distance: 12.04 km
  • Time: 1:15:12
  • Pace: 6:15
  • Best Pace: 5:05

Day 100: A delightful #Christmas run & thanks!

YAHOO! Kat from RunningKatTales done Day 100 of trainingYesterday marked my one hundredth day of training, a pretty special milestone for me. And coincidentally I received an email congratulating me on hitting one hundred “likes” as well.

When I began training in August there was certainly a part of me that was a afraid that I’d give up after a month or even a week (despite the blogs purpose to keep me on track). And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there are still days now that I get a little anxious thinking: “Holy crap, what if I can’t do it!?” But then I have to remind myself that there will be many little milestones before I hit my goal and I’m okay with that because I believe I can do it. 

And the timing of yesterdays milestone couldn’t have been more perfect. Coincidently, I had been asked to look over a manuscript about perseverance in business and life; it was during this that I was reminded that my own personal success is based on belief in myself (thank you Millar; author Boardroom to Basecamp). It doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a company or run a marathon, if you don’t believe in yourself you’ll never get anywhere. So as I hit this milestone with a mixture of elation and trepidation of what’s to come, I know that in order to succeed I have no choice but to believe in myself.

And in the words of Sir Richard Branson:

I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think and in the hearts that love.

And with this milestone on my mind, I had a terrific run. I threw on some Christmas music and ran through my neighbourhood enjoying the beautifully lit homes. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy shop; my head was swivelling in every direction to catch all the lights and decorations. Some houses are just so gorgeous; they’re picturesque with their white lights and red ribbons. Then there are houses where you know some “characters” live there. They’ve got loads of bright lights of all colours, twinkling away. It was great. I didn’t have a PR or PB, but I really enjoyed myself (and even the cold!) I finished confident, feeling terrific and hopeful for what lays ahead.

I truly hope it goes without saying that I’m incredibly grateful for the encouragement from everyone out there who has followed me and my mission to get fit and train.

Thank you P & F for constantly reminding me what’s important and how to keep it close to my heart.

Thank you to my awesome running buddy who listens to me vent, makes me laugh and is just an all-around great friend.

Thanks to my family – I know I’m probably too boisterously honest for a small-town girl, but I was raised to speak my mind (sorry if I embarrass you 🙂 )!

To my WP running buddies: You. YES YOU. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

To my crew on Facebook and Twitter – especially Lorna – you always “like” my posts, even when they’re boring and I’m appreciative of that 🙂

Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart. Your notes, comments, encouragement and “funnies” keep me motivated. It keeps me putting one foot in front of the other (which seems like an easy task until you have to do it for an hour-plus!) – this is OUR milestone!  And I know to some people this all seems like such a silly mission in life, but to me, it’s a big part of my bucket list. And I very-much look forward to checking it off! And also, I don’t give a flying f… what the haters think. Haters gonna hate!

THANK YOU FOR SHARING “OUR” TRAINING DAY 100 MILESTONE WITH ME!!!!

Here are tonights stats:Day 100 of Training! Amazing!

  • Distance: 6.44 km
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:14
  • Best Pace: 5:15

Day 22: 3.5 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with a double wedgie

YAHOO! We did it – 3.5 mile run early this morning and it was terrific! We added a new lady to the group runs (hence the double wedgie);  we had a great pace and we did a hill about 3/4 of the way through the run. It was a nice morning, very busy on the trail and of course, I continued with my “Project Morning.” To be honest, most people were fairly cheery (I think a lot of them were from the Glenmore Landing Running Room.) At any rate, it was nice to see some pleasant faces 🙂

There were no bear sightings today, but we did see some horse shit (Andrea joked it was bear poop… not funny!)

Our run was great and we were very steady the whole time.

Major, major kudos to Andrea who up until this point was putting in about 30 minutes of running, and today she smashed that time – way to go pal! Of course, to Sue, I don’t know how you possibly did the run today after drinking a whole bottle of Dom last night. Youse is crazy! And last but not least, our pal Amy ran a 10k this morning all the way across the country in Cape Breton. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for a great run, gals! Looking forward to next week already!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are todays stats: 

  • Distance: 5.6km
  • Time: 38:17
  • Pace/km: 6:50
  • Best Pace: 5:18

The good old kick in the butt!

Well Good Morning folks!

Let me start off by saying that this morning I woke up, thought to myself, “no effing way am I running today. I’m sore. Didn’t sleep well. And I just don’t feel like it.”

And then I checked my email. Let’s just say there were several emails of encouragement – and this turned my mood around. And surprisingly, I had a few notifications on my Facebook page that I had some “likes”! Granted, I’m related to a few, but I didn’t solicit the support – I didn’t even send out invites to the page!! Thank you guys, for your support – you know who you are!

Pictured is my pre-run breakfast. Let me break it down for you:

  1. French pressed coffee (Tim Hortons coarse grinds today)
  2. My favourite mug that I made (It says “keep your hand on it” – which Mimi used to say & I thought it was funny; some may say it’s inappropriate, so it’s a good thing I don’t care what “some” say. 🙂
  3. My favourite water glass; also inappropriate. From the best pal in the world. It says “TGIF Mother F……” Again, I know this is offensive to some, but it makes me laugh and life’s too short not to laugh, right?!
  4. Steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and blueberries. I actually quite like it;the taste reminds me of blueberry pancakes. Y’all know I’m not a bullshitter and I’d tell you if it was gross – so give it a try!
  5. Third Eye Chakra by Full Moon Goddess (lol). Okay. Done laughing yet? I don’t usually believe in Hocus Pocus crap, but I picked this up at Planet Organic and I use it a lot. Yes, it makes me smell like I’m from BC, but ya know what? It works! (I’ll explain below)

So what the heck is Third Eye Chakra? 

It claims to help with self-awareness, command, power, authority (and you would swear that Christian Grey developed this in his own creepy lab.) However, I just find it helps wake me up in the morning. You’re supposed to spray on eyes (not whilst open); pineal gland (though it’s spelled wrong on the bottle) and temples. I’ve used things like Caudalie Elixir (retails for $48) which is supposed to wake your skin up but let’s be serious, I’m not the 1% and $48 for some skin stuff is a little steep. Therefore, since the Chakra is like $10 and works just as well I’ll stick with it. Don’t believe me? Try it out! Like I said, this morning I had no energy to get up and get moving, now I’ve had my breakfast, sprayed me face – I’m ready to rock!

Hope everyone is well out there. Thanks for your support!

Thank you!

 

I just want to thank everyone for all of the support and encouragement I have received so far. To say it’s been overwhelming is a complete understatement – from one corner of the world to another – thank you!

“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording, Marathon winner