Archive for January, 2014

FREAKING COLD!!

That wraps up my run today – FREAKING COLD! -14 degrees celsius but -24 with the wind and it was windy. It didn’t look like it was blowing from my nice sunny living room window, however when I got dressed and got to the end of the driveway, it was COLD. The wind was blowing across the fields and I decided to go the route where I would be most sheltered. Well that worked for the first half of the run, but not by much. My legs were cold the whole time. My muscles did not loosen up any. I was very thankful for my Buff as it went from a head warmer to a full on hoodie. I was wearing sunglasses too so I was pretty much fully covered but I was very happy that I only had 4 miles on the schedule today and I still didn’t finish the whole 4 miles.

Usually I don’t give up before I see the number on my watch however it was just too darn cold. I didn’t even stop to talk to my neighbor who was taking out his recycling. That never happens. I was never so glad to arrive home, take off all my wet clothing (it’s funny how you can still sweat like crazy when it is freezing out), take a hot shower, blow dry my hair and have a hot tea. I think I am finally back to the right temperature.

A big thank you to all of the wonderful people taking part in the Another Mother Runner Challenge and that are part of the Strava online group. What a fabulous group of people. They are so encouraging and they are the real reason I “got up and went” today. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Another big thank you goes out to the ladies in my workout group on Monday and Wednesday nights. They are another fabulous group of ladies and really organize a great workout. I am certainly feeling muscles that needed to be worked out and I truly enjoy going.

Tomorrow is XT or another 2-3 easy miles. Depending on the forecast it may be a date with Mr. Elliptical, as it was just too freaking cold outside today.

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Licorice and Olive 5K practice run

Saturday was Long Run day, however it was also a practice run for the Licorice and Olive 5K series that starts this Saturday. It was COLD and WINDY on Saturday. The schedule called for 4-5 miles, I managed to finish 5.7 kms (3.4 miles).

Check out the running conditions.

Check out the running conditions.


As you can see the running conditions were not that great. However great for working those stabilizer muscles. My ankles hurt after this run. So after I finished this 5K, I restarted my watch again and finished another .7 kms. On the way back I was also facing the wind and called it quits when I reached the farm where I met up with hubby and kids checking out some newborn baby calves.
Yesterday was a very nice break and this week is another week of EASY runs (hahaha Easy my butt). I am also hoping to get to both exercise nights this week. It will be a busy week with everything going on, so I really want to get my runs in at lunchtime. I will be upping the interval times on my watch to 6:1, however I do not expect I will be any great gains in speed this week. The road conditions around our house are less than stellar for running, so slow and steady will mean completion not breaking records.
I must say as well that I LOVE my new Forerunner 10. It is wonderful and I LOVE how I can download the information and visually see my results. AWESOME.
Here is to another great week!

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Switch up

Yesterday it called for 3 miles, however due to weather I switched it up for Friday’s Cross Training and did 40 minutes on the elliptical. I like the elliptical, I find I work more, sweat more and it REALLY helps with the cardio part of running. Today I want to get out for the switched-up 3 miles, however it is blowing out there. Perhaps if I bundle up and run a route that has the wind at my back it will work out. I will have to convince my husband to come and pick me up somewhere along the route.

Tomorrow is my long run 4-5 miles. I was going to run the MEC run but I am going to run a virtual practice run for the Licorice & Olive Virtual Run Series. For budgeting purposes I really want to keep the number of pay races I participate in to a minimum. Although the MEC runs are very reasonably priced (only $20), I still have to drive to the city to participate.

So I will get the 3 miles done today, it may not be speedy due to the road conditions, but it will be done.

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Got it done

I got in the 3 miles today like it said on the schedule. And for the first time ever I ran in the dark by myself. It was a beautiful night out, no wind, full moon, great music and lots of fresh air. Today was crazy busy with work and I wasn’t able to get out before the kids got home from school, then there was supper and swimming. I didn’t want to alter the schedule so close to the start, so I told my husband that I was going out and I would be within yelling distance from our home. So off I went, flashlight in hand, very overdressed and ran all three miles within a half mile from my doorstep – out and back, out the other way and back. I may have mentioned before, I generally really dislike out and back routes, it gets kind of boring, however tonight it was so quiet outside, with the moonlight on the snow, everything looked so peaceful and the time seemed to go by very quickly. I wasn’t breaking any records for speed, but I.got.it.done! Another happy face on the training schedule.

My legs were pretty sore today after yesterday’s run and then exercise class last night. The class I go to is pretty flexible and unstructured, however it is wonderful. Lots of great ladies and lots of laughs. After working from home, I truly appreciate the opportunities to get out and visit with others, the additional bonus is the exercise that goes along with it. Ladies take turns running the class and last night was circuits for legs and abs, what a workout. Loved it!

Tomorrow is cross training on the schedule, not sure what I am going to do yet. Either the elliptical or perhaps the Boot Camp working from the Shrinking Jeans website. Another one of the wonderful support groups/websites/blogs that I follow.

I have to say a big thank you to all of those who sent notes my way on the Strava site. I have to play around some more to figure out how to do this too. All these technical things to learn (blog, websites, social media). Although I consider myself technologically capable, and use a computer all day long, these new social sites take some getting used to. However they have also allowed me to surround myself with positive, motivating, encouraging, supportive and thoughtful people. Most of them I will never meet however each and every comment is a little blessing and I hope to be able to share some positive messages with others as well.

A big thanks to my hubby who is my positive, motivating and encouraging support at home. Although some times I think he thinks I am nuts wanting to run another (few) half marathon(s), he is always supportive along the way. I found a great love with him.

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Let the training begin

Today is start day for the AMR Strava Prove It Challenge through the Another Mother Runner Website. The goal is to run a half marathon on Mother’s Day. Seventeen weeks of training to PROVE I can do this again! I am also scheduled to run the Niagara Falls Women’s Half the first weekend in June, so I am going to use this training to get ready for this run as well so that I can really RUN it. My goal is 2:15. Lofty I know, that is knocking a full half hour off my time last July. I need a goal to work towards so this is it 🙂 Today’s training was an Easy 3 Miles….CHECK. I received the Forerunner 10 for Christmas and my first run on it was today. It was great to see RECORD RUN, FASTEST TIME. A little motivation. I like the fact that I am starting this challenge with fresh records. I can really see my improvement run after run. I am hoping to drop a few pounds along the road as well. I have also added my Garmin results to my Strava account so that my training schedule is out there for people to see, another level of accountability!

I also signed up for a 14 in 2014 Challenge this year. To run 14 runs in 2014. The first run I had on the schedule was for New Years day, however that didn’t happen – no excuses, it just did not happen. However I have since added a few virtual races to my roster for 2014, two happen to fall on January 25th, one with RUN FOR COOKIES and one with LICORICE AND OLIVES. I am going to do two separate runs on this day, one for each of these, as that is my long run for the AMR Challenge. My schedule has more than 14 runs in it for 2014 which is awesome, many of them being virtual races, or free races. I am hoping to keep the running budget in check for this year, as it does not take long for things to add up; so these virtual runs are wonderful. However I have signed up for a few races so that I gather a little bling throughout the year too.

I am off to a group fitness class tonight as well. It is good to be back into a routine, there is something to be said about the consistency and the ability to schedule things that makes life seem to be in balance.

Day 1 = New Start

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Out with the old, in with the new

A new year = another opportunity to start fresh, leaving behind all the negative thoughts from 2013 and building on all of the wonderful events and lessons learned.

As I look back and read my original posts from the beginning on 2013, I realize two things:
1. I accomplished more than I remember: COMPLETED THE 1/2 MARATHON, lost weight, built on a healthy lifestyle
2. There are things that I can still build on. Just because I fell off the wagon, today is another day and I can hop back on. There are lots of great things in store for 2014 and I am going to enjoy them.

I am starting out this year with a few goals that I want to build on. No “new resolutions” for this girl. I want to continue to grow, build on the things I have learned along the way.
1. RUN: I want to run 14 races in 2014.
2. RECORD: record the moments, record the not so good moments, record feelings, record achievements, accomplishments and the all of the joys of each day.
3. REMEMBER: I am worth the efforts, I deserve the best for my health and my family, believe in myself and my abilities.

Here is to another great year! One that will see my family healthy, happy and prosperous. There will be many challenges along the way, but one the other side of things, we will be victorious!

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