Day 97: running with a #wedgie is loads of fun!

sueandkat_dec13 runTonight was the much anticipated wedgie run. The two of us had already had long weeks it seemed and neither were feeling particularly motivated to run, as we were to catch up on what was going on with each other. However, we got our butts in gear and started out. The sidewalks were snow covered and slippery – definitely need to watch out if you’re running in some areas of Willow Park (some people shovel their sidewalks and others don’t). They have been out with gravel, but I don’t think it really does anything other than get tiny bits stuck in your shoes that scrape slate floors (whoops).

Anyway, as usual we had some good laughs and it felt like the run went by in no time at all. Our pace was comfortable and I have to say that despite wanting to gab more than run, I enjoyed myself. The only downer is that we forgot to do a post-run photo, so instead I just photoshopped our pictures together. Sorry Sue… my brain is fried. I threw in the old balls just to make it interesting…haha…

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Thanks for coming out tonight wedgie! That brownie is safely hidden so I will remember it for our next visit.

Here are tonights stats:decrun3

  • Distance: 5.02km
  • Time: 35:35
  • Pace: 7:06
  • Best Pace: 7:00


Day 96: running with the stroller… in the snow… seemed like a good idea at the time!

snowy sidewalks.. somewhereToday I had every intention of waking up early (which I did) and heading out the door for a 5 km run. However, I woke up at 6’ish and wasn’t feeling fantastic so I decided to stay put. Knowing that the forecast was calling for snow all day and that I wouldn’t have anyone to watch my son this evening so I could nip out for a run, I knew the only chance I’d have to get out would be mid-morning after he got up.

So after we got up and had some breakfast, we got bundled up and headed out into the winter wonderland that was Willow Park. The temperature wasn’t too bad at all, but the sidewalks were a total mess. It was slippery. The first part of the run he was excited and mesmerized by the snow. It was eerily quiet as the snow fell but despite pushing another person around it was actually quite peaceful. However, he started getting a bit restless more than half-way through so I let him watch “Elmo” on my iPhone. Unfortunately,after about five minutes the darn thing shut off… then the screaming began. Fun times. Lesson: either take a fully-charged iPad (with cover) out for runs or get a babysitter. For me, the babysitter wasn’t an option, so we will be taking the iPad for the next run.

I don’t know what our time ended up being, but I did a typical 5km run; it was definitely slower than usual given the fact that I was pushing a 30lbs toddler + stroller on snow, but I’m glad it’s over for the day. Now I can enjoy my Wednesday evening shows with some treats (I know I said no cheat days until Christmas, but I don’t care.)

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!


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 87: a run in -12, feeling like -20.

“Then the trainer says to me, you know you’re tired now, you’re a little sore from working out but once you start you get addicted.” John Pinette: “I don’t think so. I think I can quit this gym stuff any time I want. I got a lot of willpower.”

How quickly we become addicted. And when we miss it, we miss it. Tonight was a four mile run and I must be addicted (or crazy) to get out and run in this weather. It was around -12, but with wind chill it felt like -20 (a considerable difference). It was also snowing and had subsequently snowed all day long so the sidewalks were completely covered. Oh, and it was a sheet of ice underneath the snow as well (temperatures have been going up and down; thawing and freezing; thawing and freezing.) I took my time and although it was chilly I enjoyed how peaceful it was. The light snow on the street lights and trees was nice and there wasn’t much traffic in the neighbourhood. Before I crossed Anderson I was admiring the beautifully lit homes. And I was surprised that on the other side of highway, there were hardly any houses lit up for Christmas. (Willow Park is kickin’ ass in that department!)

Not surprisingly I only almost wiped out a dozen times, but that was terrific compared to two dozen the last time I ran in these conditions. And I wasn’t the only crazy one out this evening either; I saw a few people out with dogs and also another runner. It was funny when we met one-another at the stop light; we both looked at each other as if to say: “What the heck are we doing out here…?” It has been so long since I have sincerely pushed myself to get out in terrible weather to run, so I can’t help but feel a little sense of pride tonight. And it really wasn’t that bad. Really. As long as I kept moving I felt fine but the minute I stopped I could feel the deep cold creep up my legs. I was wearing layers, including a long scarf around my face (still haven’t purchased a balaclava but it’s on my list!) My eyelashes had icicles on them and despite having the warmest Cape Breton wool mittens on, my fingers were freezing! But I survived. And before you preach about it being so cold that I’m asking to get sick,I want to tell you that that’s complete bologna. 

FACT: You cannot get sick from being out in the cold. The flu and common cold are caused by viruses. During colder months, when you’re stuck indoors with lots of people around, you are more susceptible to passing and sharing the virus around. Therefore, it has absolutely nothing to do with being outdoors in cold weather.

And besides, as a Canadian I’m pretty tough. I handled crappy weather in Sackville, New Brunswick for four years while I attended Mount Allison. I can handle this west coast weather!

Here are tonights stats:

  • Distance: 6.45
  • Time: 39:24
  • Pace: 6:07
  • Best Pace: 4:29

P.S: John Pinette is amazing. He always makes me laugh and cheers me up. Hope you enjoy!