Half Marathon Training Week #8 ~Bluenose

And I’m back! I seriously thought I was never going to shake the flu! My family was sick for 7-10 days between all of us and it was horrible. I can honestly say, I never wish this virus on anyone. I thought I was never going to feel better or get back to running again. Seriously!

Having said that….I’m finally feeling on my way to better. Thank goodness! I didn’t do a whole lot of activity last week but I did get in a ride on my bike and ran as well!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 minute cross training | Rest Day. Confirmed with family Dr. we had the flu. Rest. My husband was back to work.

Tuesday: 7km | Rest Day. The girls and I slept, watched TV and tried to eat whatever food we could. I felt like crap.

Wednesday: 40 minute tempo run | 15k Cycling. My girls and I  started to feel better so that evening I jumped on my bike to try and peddal off the remaining sickness. It felt good to be active on my bike.

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Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. I went back to work but only lasted until lunch time and I decided to head home. I then slept for 3 hours in the afternoon, both girls were back to school today.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest day.  Just needed another rest day.

Saturday: 8k |Rest Day. It was a busy day of swim lessons, a short play date, finishing our taxes and running errands.

Sunday: 16k | 15k.  Whoo, hoo, I’m back! I was really hoping to get in at least 12-14k to see if I can pull myself back into half marathon training.

The first 11k was great. I felt good, the hills and inclines were good when I really thought I’d struggle. I even managed to pick up my pace a few times and then the wheels slowed down around 12k. I had my Nuun with me and took in some fruit punch chews and may have perfected the snot rocket a few times. Hey, when a girl has been sick there is no need to keep that shit in your nose when running. I was really close to home but decided to see if I could pull off 15k and made a few extra loops to get it in.

I got back home, sat down on our stairs and felt like I coughed up a lung! It was the first coughing fit I had all morning. My body just needed to have one more coughing fit before I could head inside and warm up. It was cool and sunny on this run – so beautiful.

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I stretched and did yoga with my girls for about 35 – 40 minutes post long run, grabbed a shower and then made my second breakfast – so good! Banana/blueberry smoothie (with almond milk and strawberry Greek yogurt) plus scrambled eggs, a baby bell (okay 2) and then a crumpet with melted butter.  The smoothie was SO good!

It was such a beautiful day outside that I took the girls biking (I walked) and we went to their school to play basketball and then hit up the playground. They biked around a bit more then we went home to have a nice BBQ – first of the season!

I’m really pleased with getting in my long run and ready to continue training for my upcoming half marathon in four weeks!

Total km of running this week: 15k running, 15k cycling.

Total km this training cycle: 115km 

Total km missed: TOO MANY!!!

How was your weekend?

Anyone race or have a long run?

Have you been BBQing yet?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #7 – Bluenose

I had such high hopes for this week! I had it all planned out so that I wouldn’t miss any running. Keep reading to find out what actually happened!

With my hip joint/obliques still not at a 100% and my upper back sore again from last year’s car accident (whiplash), I decided to go see my Osteopath. I had an appointment scheduled for Wednesday which meant two days of rest post appointment – so no running. I tried to pile on a few runs Monday and Tuesday knowing I would have two days of rest before a long run. Well, life sure can change in a instant and change ALL OF YOUR PLANS!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 minute cross train | 7k treadmill run. An evening treadmill run for the win!

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga Flow & 5k treadmill run. This was my first double day work out in months and it was a good one. However, my husband came home from work in the middle of the night (mid shift) super sick. Keep reading.

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Wednesday: Speed work | Osteopath appointment – no working out.

Thursday: 5k | Rest day / Rock Climbing. I did about 15 minutes of rock climbing during a work meeting. No, this was not resting but I did it anyway. I didn’t do a lot of climbing but it probably was only about 15 minutes at the most of actually climbing – maybe less.

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I had a phone call from school saying Hilary was sick and I was an hour away while my husband was at home…sick. He went to pick her up and Lilly was waiting to – TWO SICK KIDS. We had a horrible night of little sleep and early in the morning we packed up and went to the hospital.

Friday: Rest Day | rest day.  You know where this is going, don’t you?

Yes, I was sick by now at the hospital and we were told it was just (yes just) a viral infection. This has been THE worst viral infection our family has ever had. It’s. Been. Horrible! We all slept most of the day, barely ate anything, drank water, ate Popsicle’s, took advil or tylenol and just felt horrible.

Saturday: 5k | Super SICK. No running. No Swimming lessons for the girls. No anything. This by far was my worst day of it all. More naps, more water, a little more food, and more meds. I think I walked the dog at one point just to get a little fresh air.

Sunday: 14k | MISSED. Still sick. There was no way I could run 14k. I did think about getting on my bike and peddling out a few km but I still felt horrible. The girls got out on their bikes for about 25 minutes but it was so cold out, we called it a day. Fresh air for the win.

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It’s Monday as I write this and I’m home with one sick kid, not to mention I’m still feeling like crap. I’m not sure what viral infection this is but it’s HORRIBLE! I don’t remember ever being so sick for so long and having very little aids to get better (other then advil, vicks vapor rub, hydrating and sleeping).

I’m done with sick!

Beyond the sick, I’m questioning my training now. With missing most of last week, I kinda don’t know what to do. Do I jump back in and pick up where I left off or where I should be at week 8? Do I easy back into running? Do I scale back and no worry about catching up. I missed my 14k long run, so what do I do next weekend – 14k or the 16k in my training plan. My last long run was 10k – my cut back week, before that it was 13k.

ANY ADVICE WOULD BE AWESOME!

So it wasn’t the week I had planned out, that’s life right. We’ll it’s life with kids and I just want to see us all get better…SOON! My goals for my half will likely change to just wanting to finish and I’d be happy with finishing under 2:30 to be completely honest. At the rate I’m going right now, that’s a realistic finish for me. Time will tell.

How was your week? (tell me something good)

Any suggestions on what I should run next weekend as my long run?

Who’s watching Boston?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #6 ~ Bluenose

So, I’m half way through my training and I’m kinda wondering how that happened. Could it be the fact that two weeks into “training” I finally put together my training plan – likely so! I also just find time is flying by!

Last week’s training was kinda all over the map…and not following my actual training plan but just getting in workouts when I could. I’ll also admit, I was extremely relieved to see that I had a “10 k race” on the schedule and not a 14 k long run. I did not race but I did get in my 10k….on the treadmill – such is life!

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What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 min x-train|Rest Day. This was a MUCH needed rest day after my 13 k long run. It really took a toll on my body. My hip hurt and my back from my car accident from a year agi. It’s been probably over 6-7 months that my back hurt so much.

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga Flow. My body really needed to stretch, so off to lunch time yoga I went and it was just what I needed. I contemplated running that evening but I started to feel ill (head cold) so I took an easy night.

Wednesday: 40 min temp run | Rest Day. Again just not feeling well.

Thursday: 5k | 5k and Soccer Game!!!  It was parent teacher day at our daughters school so I went to that in the afternoon and then took a little time for myself on my treadmill. I wasn’t feeling great (again, head cold still forming) but I ran anyway. Afterwards I actually felt better.

That evening I had a soccer game but I haven’t played since November. Last minute (7:45 pm), I decided I’d go test out my hip and play half the game. All went well! It was so nice to be out on the field again playing and with my team mates. I was super cautious playing as normally I’m more of an aggressive player so it was a little hard for me not to play at 100%. However, my hip did well and I had no pain!

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Friday: Rest or Easy Run| Rest Day. I needed another rest day.

Saturday: Rest day| 10 k Treadmill Run. With my husband working all weekend, there was no way I was getting to a 10k race. Not to mention, I had no intentions of running a race this weekend. I figured 10 k on the treadmill would have to do while my girls played in the house. The girls had swimming lessons mid day, so I got in my run first thing in the morning.

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Sunday: 10 k Race | 50 minute Hike/50 minute Leisurely Swim/ Cycled 40 minutes for 18 km. My only plan today was to be active and do some cross training. We took Carmacks on a little hike in the woods which turned out to be a 50 minute hike. I spent the rest of the day doing chores around the house and the girls played (made forts etc).

We then went swimming for about 50 minutes as my youngest isn’t loving swimming lessons, and I figured it would be a good way to help make her more comfortable in the water – she had a blast as did her sister. I had a fun time but it was more of a light leisurely swim for me.

I still wanted to get in a intense workout so I got on my bike and peddled out 18 km and also used my 5 lb weights to do some upper body exercises. Needless to say, I was tired last night.

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Though I really didn’t follow my training plan, I still had another active week of training. As mentioned before, I don’t plan to run 5 days a week but I am “following” this training plan. I realize I could just find another training plan that is for 3-4 days of running per week but this format just works for me.

Total running km this week: 15 km (18 cycling, 1 yoga class, 1/2 soccer game)

Total km this training cycle: 88 km

 

How was your weekend?

Anyone still bundled up inside because of COLD wintery weather?

Are you running inside or outside right now?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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March & April Goals

I tried really hard to reach my goals in March, leaving some to the very last few days which I don’t recommend. Sometimes when I set goals, I try to make them attainable yet slightly lofty at the same time.

My March goals were: 

PR March Goals

  1. Cycled 105 km (but just got it in during the last two days)
  2. Ran 63 km – nailed that one!
  3. March Break activities with the girls – non stop skiing, skating, library going. Nailed it.
  4. Read a book – nope! I started one a few times but it didn’t amount to anything substantial. I just don’t make time for reading but I want to!

What am I planning for April? Well, that’s a great question. I’ll be training for my May half marathon so that will be part of my goals.

April Goals:

April Goals Pipers Run

So my goals really don’t differ from March but I made a few additions.

Running: I’m hoping I can pull off about 80 km of running this month. Technically, if I follow my training plan I’ll be well over 80 km and maybe more towards 100 km but I don’t think my body can handle that many. Also, my training plan has me running 5 days a week and I only ever plan to run 3 days a week with adding in cross training on two expected run days. I’m trying hard not to push it too much with my hip.

Cycling: This is actually going to be a hard one to meet this month. It’s really easy for me to get on my indoor trainer (bike) and peddle out for 45-60 minutes in the comfort of my home. I usually can ride 18-26 km during those time frames but with the weather getting better outside, we’ll be wanting to get out bikes out very soon. If I take my bike off the trainer, it won’t be going back on since it’s a challenge for me to switch out the tire. So we’ll see how this goes!

Play Outside with My Kids: We all love be outside so this one might be an easy one for us. If they want to ride their bikes or scooters, I’ll likely run beside them so I can leave my bike on the trainer as long as I can. However, I want to do some hiking with them and Spring is a classic “road chalk” time, so we’ll likely be out doing that as well!

Start/Finish Book: I’m not a big reader but I have a pile of books to read! I’m currently reading Heather Moyse’s (Canadian Olympic Bobsledder) new book called “Redefining Realistic”. So far so good but I really just need to make time for it. Maybe I should start reading books while I’m on my bike rather then TV!

Strength Training – Upper Body 2x week: My back is starting to hurt again from my car accident last year – whiplash. It’s like someone is standing on the left side of my back constantly putting pressure on me AND like I have the wind knocked out of me. So, back to PT exercises they gave me a year ago plus focused strength training for my upper back.

Physio Exercises: I’ll be going back to my old upper body PT exercises but I need to continue to do my hip/back and oblique PT exercises in order to keep my hip happy. I usually do these after I run or cycle but also on rest days.

That’s it! Those are my April goals – some easy to do, some a challenge ahead of me.

What do you have planned for April?

Cyclists – Indoor or outdoor riding in April?

What’s your favourite upper body workout? 

 

March Mileage

March brought more variety of activities into my training for a half marathon while slowly increasing my weekly running mileage.

We managed to get up skiing a few times – mainly on March Break and skated a number of times with both girls learning how to skate on their own! I really wasn’t sure how running was going to go with increasing my mileage and still working through this hip/oblique injury – but I’m still moving forward.

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March: 

  • 105 km cycling (met my goal) on my indoor trainer
  • 63 km running (met my goal)
  • 4 days of skiing with my girls (loved it)
  • 3 days (hours) skating with my girls (love it also)
  • 1 Yoga class
  • 1 Snowshoe (that I forgot to write on the picture).

March was a great month for activity!

February mileage can be found here. 

January mileage can be found here. 

 

Half Marathon Training Week #5 ~Bluenose

Happy April!!! Another week of half marathon training is in the books and it was a little all over the place. I took an extra rest day and then piled on a few cycling miles to try and reach my cycling goals for the month of March! I’ll write about that soon for now, this is how week #5 went of training.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 min x-train | Rest Day. Just didn’t have it in me to work out.

Tuesday: 7k | Nothing. This wasn’t a great day. Our hot water tank died and I had to get that replaced, drove to the city for a workshop and drove back. Got home after 630, got the girls to bed and ate a late dinner sometime after 730. We then had to clear out our old couch from one room and put it in another room. I was just spent after all that.

Wednedsay: 7 x 400’s | 7k treadmill run. It was a long day at work but I managed to get in a good 7k treadmill run. It wasn’t was of those runs where I was dreading how long each km was taking me but more of a surprise…I’m already at this point in my run. Kinda slow going but it felt good!

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Thursday: 5k |5k at lunch time. My first runch of the year up and down some hills, it was rough going.

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Friday: Rest Day | 26.27km Cycling! I pounded away on my bike for an hour and one minute to get in 26 km. My monthly goal was 100km and this would get me SO close!

Saturday: 5k pace | 20.18km Cycling. As noted above, I was so close to my goal for the month I couldn’t let it slip away. Happy to say I met it with a little to spare.

Sunday: 13k |13k long run. Boy, was I NOT wanting to do this run. I just wanted to put it off, and put it off again. We did a small Easter egg hunt for our girls and then my husband went back to bed (night shift) and my girls and I drove to Halifax for family dinner.

Before dinner, I had to get in my long run so my girls hung out with my parents and I ran. Even as I put on my running gear, I didn’t want to run. For some reason, running just hasn’t been FUN lately for me. It’s more then likely because I’m really having to work hard during all my runs. Hills are hard, distances are hard, speed with with Carmacks is hard BUT, I’m still doing it all. No one ever said it would be easy…and I’m okay with that.

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As I started out for my long run in my parents subdivision that is nothing but hills, I decided to hit the main road (St. Marg. Bay Road – SMBR) and then head up towards the 101 highway. This meant that I had to run up a really massive hill and I was half excited for the challenge and have scared I couldn’t do it. I made it to the first street and took a short little jaunt down the road to catch my breath and reset for the next leg of the hill.

I wanted to make it to the bridge to the Golf course and once I got there I decided to go over the bridge and run around the golf course. This might have been a bad decision as it was nothing but hills again! After a kilometre in there, I left and ran back down the massive hill to SMBR towards another subdivision where my sister lives. I then back tracked to my parents place but those last 4 km were the worst.

I took some fuel and water with me (left my Nuun at home – sad day) and consumed them along the way. I finally tried the “salted” maple syrup my friend gave me from Endurance Tap – WOAH!!!! This stuff is AMAZING! I honestly though I was about to dive into a plate full of pancakes with THE BEST maple syrup around! It was thick and sweet. I have no sweet clue if it helped me but it was by far way better then any fuel I’ve had to date!

I finished my run strong which made me feel good however I could hardly comprehend how my legs even knew how to keep running those last few kilometres. I had on my Tiux compression socks which are a life saver for me. I did some stretching and legs up the wall for a bit, grabbed a shower and was ready for Easter dinner with minutes to spare!

Total running km this week: 25km (46 cycling)

Total km training this cycle: 73

I’m happy with my week of running and cycling but looking for a little more balance during the whole 7 days rather then packing it all in a few days. More planning is needed on my end.

How was your Easter weekend?

Anyone run a race this weekend?

Favourite fuel for training/racing?

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March Runfession 2018

I can hardly believe that March is ending this weekend. For some reason, this month felt REALLY long for me. Big work events at the beginning of the month, march break with my kids with LOTS of activities, then two weeks of busy work and half marathon training officially starting.

Winter came at us again last week with lots of snow but I’m done with it and now enjoying watching all the snow melt.

Runfession #1: Though I’m done with winter, I’m really not loving the muddy season. Mud is everywhere!!!! I kinda wish we could skip this stage and just go right to full on beautiful spring!

Runfession #2: I skied a lot in March and ran very little. The same could be said for January and February but I’ll be honest, I’m okay with it. I love skiing, skating and snowshoeing and my girls love it too. I’d much rather do an activity with them then on my own, therefore running sure took a back seat and I have no guilt!

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Runfession #3: I’ve stopped using my phone before bed! Yes, I was one of those people who would sit in bed right before going to sleep catching up on social media. NO MORE! I leave my phone in the kitchen and if I need to check it first thing in the morning, then I have to walk all the way to my kitchen to get it. Otherwise, it stays there until I’m dressed and ready for the day.

Runfession #4: This one goes with #3 but I’m trying really hard to make sleep a priority.  My body needs 8 hours of sleep to function well…yeah, I never get 8 hours of sleep until recently. I’ve been trying to go to bed (sans distractions like social media) between 9:30 and 10 pm which is super hard for me. Since my nights are my time to workout, clean the house, do dishes, prep meals and lunches etc., I’m usually short on time.

Runfession #5: RUNCH! I officially got back to my weekly runching! I love being able to fit in my run during my lunch break at work but only do it on days when I don’t have any other meetings post run. My work doesn’t have showers and I don’t like sitting in my sweat all day…thank goodness for baby wipes, water/mini towels and dry shampoo!

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I managed to get out yesterday on my lunch break for a little 5k, out and back kind of fun. I’m glad I got it done as shortly after that our school called to tell us Lilly’s ear was really bothering her. Luckily, our family doctor squeezed us in at the end of the day and sure enough – ear inflection. What a way to start the long Easter weekend!

Runfession #6: I’m totally using my running this weekend to eat all the junk food – not going hide it!

What do you have to runfess from this month?

Anyone running on their lunch breaks?

Do your Easter plans include any long runs (because of extra food consumption)?

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Happy Easter Weekend!