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 125: “YOU GO GIRL!!” 10 miles. 4 personal bests. YEAH BUDDDDDDDDDY!

peace bridge calgaryAlways a creature of habit, last night I decided I was going to carb up on my pierogi pizza  and beer. Yep. Exactly what I did last weekend before a terrific long run. Figured it wouldn’t hurt. And it didn’t.

I got up this morning and had a really sore neck. I was tired (was up several times through the night) and wasn’t generally feeling a great run today. To top things off, my porridge burned and the only coffee left for the Keurig was fricking hazlenut, not my usual Columbian. All these things were annoying me and I thought for sure it was going to be a really crappy run. But it wasn’t.

It was grey out, but the temperature was about 12 degrees warmer than last Sunday and I hit the same trail (Memorial along the river) with a goal of 10 miles! There were so many people out today. I was lapped a few times by various people but I kept my head down and kept going. Around the 5km mark I had to stop and adjust my fuel belt (which is AWESOME by the way) and then again at 9 km. I took water at several points because I was feeling parched (maybe the beer from last night?) Overall, I had a really great run and was extremely pleased to maintain a really strong pace. It gives me confidence and comfort to know that in a few months when it’s a little warmer I may be able to get it back down below 6 minutes/km.

A few things I noticed on my run today: 

  1. People running with dogs. I get it. It’s nice to kill two birds with one stone. However, there are a few things to consider.  The trail I was on today is generally packed with people who are running long distances. I passed by a few different people running with dogs and forty minutes later, we passed each other again on the turnaround. Generally I don’t take much notice of dogs (unless they’re intimidating) but several of the the dogs I saw running today were tongue out and dragging behind. They did not look happy. In fact, I swear one dog was looking at me like, “Please come back and pick me up in your truck. Please.” Honestly, I get that dogs need exercise and they probably enjoy the first thirty minutes, but if the dog isn’t conditioned for a long run, why the heck would you do that to them? 
  2. The Peace Bridge is fricking amazing.
  3. Having the wind at your back is far more awesome than in your face.
  4. Sunday activity enthusiasts are the best – always friendly, always supportive.

Finally, I was being heckled on the Peace Bridge – like the guy ahead of me – I knew it was coming. I tried to tape it because I thought it would be funny, but I failed so it’s just a quick video of me running across (and I can’t upload for some reason) But the best part was when I came out of the bridge and there was a little, old Indian woman on the other side waving her cane in the air saying “YOU GO GIRL!!!!” and giving me a thumbs up. I had just under 2 km to finish and that was exactly what I needed to keep going. I yelled back “THANK YOU!” and kept going. I ended the run with the sun shining. It was amazing.

And that’s how my run went today. But I just quickly want to draw your attention to what’s going on in Australia. I had no idea, but one of my WP running pals is in the middle of it. We are thinking of you all and hoping that this will pass quickly and with as minimal damage as possible.

So in light of the awful weather they’re experiencing, I promise that for the rest of this winter  you will not hear me complain about the weather. And if you do, I expect you to raz me about it.

Anyway – here are todays stats:run keeper 16km run in calgary

  • Distance: 16.01km
  • Time: 1:41:50
  • Pace: 6:22
  • Best Pace: 5:06

PERSONAL BESTS:

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Most calories burned
  • Biggest elevation climb

Day 120: why planning a route is important!

frozen bow river calgary albertaToday was the “long run Sunday” – and it was the longest distance for training to date. Not going to lie, I woke up this morning, checked the weather and thought “how in the heck am I going to do this?” But I got dressed, ate the usual (banana + porridge + coffee + water) and headed to Eau Claire. Interestingly enough, when I got to Eau Claire market to use the “facilities” there was a Spinathon going on. It was the 4th Annual Tri It Charity Spin-A-Thon with all proceeds going to MitoCanada (provides support & awareness to Canadians affected by Mitochondrial Disease.) I have no idea how many people were there, but there were tons!

I bundled up and headed out to the trail. I wasn’t two feet when I noticed a whole bunch of cop cars across the Bow River. No idea what they were doing. Then a little bit further down there were several firetrucks. Upon further inspection, it appeared as though they were doing some type of training in the freezing cold Bow River – exactly why I’m not a firefighter! I have a chill just from running today, I’m sure they’re freezing!

Anyway – despite it being -17 (windchill brought it to -24) I had a fantastic run! I really enjoyed running along the Bow River, I loved the scenery and everyone on the trail just seemed so pleasant and happy to be there. The sun was shining and the wind was at my back – it was grand! The whole time I listened to two podcasts (marketing/publicity) and thoroughly enjoyed them; I must say, it was a really productive run! However, I did not plan my route properly. I miscalculated my turnaround point (exactly why I hate turnaround points) and ended up having to run about 1.5 km extra. Which, on days like today when I was having a terrific run, wasn’t bad but imagine if I was feeling awful? I shudder thinking about it. I will definitely be planning out the route for the next long run.

So that’s the long run to wrap up another week of training – it feels like it’s going by so fast!

Here are todays stats:RunKeeper for Jan 20 Calgary Run

  • Distance: 15.2 km
  • Time: 1:41:11
  • Pace: 6:39
  • Best Pace: 5:50

I also should add that I had a few personal records today. YAHOO!

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Most calories burned
  • Biggest elevation climb

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 62: Running with a wedgie @morrison_susanj – nothing like it!

Tonight was a four mile run and it was fantastic – you know why?

Because I finally got to go with my running buddy. It was terribly icy so we took our time, but that was alright because we had tons of catching up to do from the last time we ran (not that we don’t text on a daily basis, but this is different!) We did a route in my neighbourhood that is relatively flat, with only a few sets of lights that can mess up rhythm. I think the temperature was just right for an evening run, anything colder wouldn’t have been nice though. And there were definitely areas of extreme ice where we took it especially slow. I could feel my feet slipping and at one point I thought I was totally going to lose it (coincidently, in the same spot I almost REALLY fell last night.)

Other than that, the run was filled with the typical laughs, stories and general observations. Oh yeah, and at one point I thought I saw something move behind a power transformer. I only saw it out of the corner of my eye, but I was pretty sure it was a boot. We got closer and it most definitely was a boot – there was a little person hiding behind it. No doubt hiding from dinner. I was happy it wasn’t the drunk who likes to hang out in the bushes in front of our place. Awkward.

We didn’t have a super fast pace tonight, but I blame the fact that we talked from the start of the run until the very end (even when walking to cool down). And we are running in winter conditions and it’s frisking October 25th! Hello -16 + snow + ice. Now, after all that I’m going to enjoy a glass of wine and a movie. Tomorrow is a rest day. Yahoo!

Here are tonights stats:

  • Distance: 6:45
  • Time: 46:37
  • Pace: 7:14
  • Best Pace: 6:30