Day 157 & Day 158: Cross training and a wicked fast 5km run!

photo 2So yesterday was such a busy day that I completely forgot about blogging- whoops! But I didn’t forget to work out. I did almost 50 minutes of cardio between the AMT and the bike. Both were great, well, the bike was boring as usual but I felt the burn. Then I did about 25 minutes of weights using my tabata timer. It’s loud and obnoxious but it does the trick! There’s really nothing spectacular to report from yesterday’s workout – felt great to sweat through this cold.

And then there was todays run, which was frickin’ amazing! I had only about 4.5-5 hours sleep last night and an incredibly busy day with work stuff, so by 6:30 this evening going for a run was the last thing I wanted to do. However, both Wedgie and I weren’t feeling it so we set up a run together and I’m glad we did. We had a super, super fast run. Wait for it… wait for it…. we did 5km in 25:39!! Fastest run in a long time!! Way to go Sue!!!!! We can get it under 5:00 min/km for sure 🙂

Tonights stats:photo 1

  • Distance: 5.00 km
  • Time: 25:39
  • Pace: 5:07
  • Best Pace: 5:00

Day 140: Fantastic first run back with Wedgie!

Kat and Sue runner girls“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

I have to admit, I had nerves about running today. My chest is still sore from coughing, my nose is still running, I’m still tired and I was worried it was too soon. However, I went ahead and set up the run with Sue because I knew I would need the support in order to get out after a long week off.

We met at Eau Claire market, did some quick stretching and hit the trail. It was absolutely gorgeous out and the temperature was perfect – above zero!! There were loads of people out along the river and the geese were hanging out on ice blocks (loudly I might add.) We crossed the Centre Street Bridge and headed back towards Kensington.  My breathing was a bit difficult, but we powered through.The run didn’t take any time to go by and I think it may have been our fastest pace together yet! It felt great to get caught up, share stories from the week and of course, laugh! After we finished we headed over to Tim Hortons (naturally) and got something warm to drink. I must say, I am 0 for 2 (for my non-North American friends, it’s Roll Up the Rim at a coffee shop here)! This is deja vu from last year, and the year before that and so on! Oh well.

Anyway – just want to say a huge thanks to Sue (aka Wedgie) for coming out today. I know it took a little bit to haul your behind out of bed due to social festivities last night but I really appreciate your support! And I should also say (even though someone else told us not to brag about it…) that it’s pretty impressive to be nearing 30 and still have the ability to bounce back after a night of indulging in the booze. LOL… you da best!

Here are todays stats:run keeper kat calgary running

  • Distance: 7.03 km
  • Time: 45:50
  • Pace: 6:31
  • Best Pace: 4:59

Day 136: 8km run with Wedgie!

running buddies calgaryLast night was an 8km run with Wedgie – I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed it. I had absolutely no energy and my legs felt like frickin’ cinderblocks! But I wouldn’t have gone on my own, so I’m incredibly grateful that Wedgie agreed to do a run with me. So as you can imagine, the social bit of the run was great – we caught up on everything that had gone on since the last time we ran together. As usual, there were some laughs and gossip! But the physical part of the run was a real struggle for me – I felt beat.

However, our time was fairly consistent, despite the terrain. I need to tell you how absolutely treacherous it is out there. The temperature is fantastic (above zero) but with that comes major melting and flooding. There were many times we had to gear down and hop around gigantic lakes of puddles. There wasn’t too much excitement as far as interesting things happening along the run; we did come across a lady walking a dog who seemed over-zealous, but other than that, nodda!

Thanks for the run last night W!

Here are the stats:runkeeper calgary running

  • Distance: 8.01km
  • Time: 53:48
  • Pace: 6:44
  • Best Pace: 6:10

Day 132: 8km run with Wedgie

kat and sue on wedgie night runLast night I was pretty rushed for time so I didn’t get a chance to blog (sorry!)

I am happy to report that despite the fact that both W and I weren’t really feeling the run, we went anyway. And in fact, when it was all over we were surprised because it wasn’t so bad after all! Our pace was fairly steady given our constant dodging of ice and snow and at one point, climbing over a significant embankment to get to the other side of the sidewalk. I would warn those of you running at night that it’s probably best to run with a buddy and take your time – it’s slick. The temperature was pretty great though and I think we were both feeling good.

For the rest of the week I’ll be focusing on cross-training and a little more weight training. I’m excited to take a break from long runs (even though I love them now) because I want the chance to do some new stuff without being worried about sore muscles and yadda yadda.

Anyway, here are last nights stats:run keeper kat calgary running

  • Distance: 8.02 km
  • Time: 57:19
  • Pace: 7:09
  • Best Pace: 5:45

Thanks for the great run!

Day 128: warm temperatures and a pretty good run with Wedgie

funnyTonight was a good night for a run outside, except for ice. The temperature has been going from -30 to above zero on and off so sidewalks are a bit treacherous. I must admit, it was nice to be outdoors again as most of my workouts have been at the gym lately.

We were scheduled to run 6.4km and we ended up doing around 6.15 km because I rolled it on a curb (didn’t fall completely) but my ankle took a bit of a beating. I thought I’d finish but I couldn’t handle the aggravation! Our run wasn’t super fast, but it was pleasant, despite the slipping and sliding.

The best part of the night was the shopping afterward. We went to Lululemon so Wedgie could fill her Lulu addiction and then Calgary Runner Girlswe shopped around a bit. We decided to go to Sears because I wanted to see if they had any deals on boots (and despite my annoyance with their online business, I like the deals in-store.) Anyway, we managed to find a pair of boots in my size and they barely went over my calves. Then, out of nowhere, I got a spasm in the arch of my foot. I immediately tried to pull my leg out of the boot and it was freaking stuck! I mean, REALLY stuck. Because I couldn’t relax my foot, my leg was tensed up and there was absolutely NO wiggle room. Of course, then the woman comes over the system saying they are closing. Wedgie and I are standing there roaring: one foot in sneaker, one foot in boot. I was laughing so hard, I legitimately could have peed my pants. I thought for sure I was going to have to buy the boot. But with one final tug, I managed to get it off. What a horrifying, yet hilarious experience.

Anyway, here are tonights stats:runkeeper stats

  • Distance: 6.15 km
  • Time: 46:52
  • Pace: 7:37
  • Best Pace: 6:23

 

Thanks for the run Wedgie!

Day 123: Wedgie run in a new neighbourhood!

Last night was a Wedgie Run in her neighbourhoods – thank goodness, because I wasn’t feeling like hitting the pavement on my own.

calgary girls runFirst, let me tell you that it is icy everywhere in this city. Although there were many bare spots last night, we had to slow down a lot to cut across streets that had knee high ICE banks. I would definitely say the run through Glamorgan and Glenbrook was rolling; we were up and down but nothing too drastic. I tried out my awesome new fuel belt that I got from Running Room just to get a feel for it. It was sort of annoying at first (kept sliding down) and then I would tighten it; then it would slide down again. Finally, I must have managed to find the right spot on my hips and forgot about it. I also tried out the socks from Lululemon. This is the first item (other than a headband and a shirt I received as a gift) I have ever bought on my own from Lulu. I have to tell you, they were pretty good. I’m thinking about going back to get another pair. They stayed warm and dry and didn’t have the same rough feeling as other running socks (the ones with mesh.)

Anyway – thanks for the run last night Sue! Let’s get signed up for Mud Hero!!

Here are last nights stats:run keeper kat calgary

  • Distance: 7.43 km
  • Time: 54:07
  • Pace: 7:17
  • Best Pace: 6:23

fuel belt body glide and lululemon socks

Day 115: 5km run through #GlenmoreReservoir with Wedgie a.k.a. Sunday-Funday-Runday

asics best running socksToday was my first day back pounding pavement – it was tough! I knew it would be and that I’d probably have a hard time motivating myself to get out, stay out and finish, so naturally I called on my great friend and running buddy, Susan (a.k.a Wedgie). She obliged (thankfully.) I bought a pair of Asics socks last week, anticipating that I’d get to try them out for a long run. However, when I got sick they just sat in the drawer so this morning I pulled them out, put them on and laced up. They were fantastic! They’re not the typical ankle style (as you can see.) They stayed dry, breathed and didn’t let my foot move around in the shoe. The best part: NO blisters! YAHOO!

running buddies!We hit the trail at around 10:30 a.m. It was snow covered, slippery and cold out there but we had a great run and finished very strong. Our pace was good and consistent and faster that it usually is when we pair up! I’m still a little bit congested, so my breathing was the hardest thing to keep consistent, but I’m glad I held off all week and didn’t push myself because I think it would have been to my detriment. We had lots of laughs, saw many faces as people were out walking, running, skiing. Oh and I was lunged at by a dog – side note: did not have my glasses on and wasn’t sure if it was a full-grown, medium sized dog or a puppy, turned out to be a “puppy”. It was so bizarre. The guy was just waiting at the gates with his dog, watching us come along from several hundred metres back. He didn’t move and was definitely trying training him to stay. Dog failed. I nearly peed my pants. Thank you for making us part of your lesson!

Anyway, it felt so nice to get back and especially doing so with a friend. Thanks for coming out, Sue!

Here are todays stats:runkeeper

  • Distance: 5.02
  • Time: 33:40
  • Pace: 6:42
  • Best Pace: 5:50