Day 185 and Day 186: speed training and early mornings!

Nike Just Do ItThe night before last I completed a set of speed training and tabatas. I completed 3 tabatas with 6 cycles (my arms are still sore today.) I attempted to get on the monkey bars and they are a LOT harder than I remember. A LOT HARDER. I feel like I am going to need those dorky gloves weight lifters use in order to get this done. Anyway, in the end I believe I ran a total of 2-2.5 km doing sprints of 100m and a lot of old basketball moves to get my legs stronger. But seriously, my arms are so sore.

Yesterday morning I was up at 5am, ate and then ran a 4 mile run in just under 40 minutes on the treadmill. You know how I detest treadmills so this was a real coup. I was sweating my little heart out. It felt good to be that productive so early. And then I headed off to the Goodlife Fitness Leadership Summit downtown where I saw AMAZING speakers. We heard from John Herdman, who is head coach for the Canada Women’s National Soccer team. He was so inspiring and his message was pretty simple: Be good. Be a good friend, a good mom, a good community member – just be good. Then we heard from Jane Riddell (COO, Goodlife) she told a funny story about an 80+ year old beating her in the last few hundred metres in an 8km run (I can relate.) We heard from a tech fella… then Todd Millar who shared his message from Boardroom to Base Camp… and we heard from Yvonne Camus, the Canadian gal who participated in Geo-Challenge Borneo. Her story was incredible. Her pictures were gross. But she had some ties to Cape Breton, so as soon as she was done I booted it over to meet her. (sidenote: and en route introduce myself to Jane Riddell to commiserate about being beaten by people double our age.)

As it turns out, Yvonne will be in Cape Breton speaking in October, so we traded notes about running and training on the Cabot Trail. We have both run French Mountain and although she says it’s one of the toughest runs she has ever done, I am pretty sure that a 500 km trek through Borneo would kick anyones ass.

The day was a very motivational one. The message I heard was that if you want to be successful, you can’t take shortcuts. Period. You must set your horizons on your goals and maintain true grit to achieve them.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

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