Where is my running Oomph!

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!

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I’m really happy it’s the weekend and not just because it’s Mother’s Day weekend. I’m just looking forward to spending time with my family…and not working😉 Though I love my job, I love being with my family more.

Where is my Running Oomph?

This week I am struggling with my running oomph! You know, that passion or excitement to run. Last week was a really good week so maybe I’m just coming down from that high a little.

Don’t get me wrong, I ran this week and enjoyed it. Last night instead of doing the 5k + strength training workout that was on my schedule, I did nothing. Once we got the girls to bed, I literally sat and read articles online for an hour. After that I crawled in bed at 8:30 to which my husband said “Are you really going to bed now?”. Yup, I responded.

I didn’t go to sleep but watched Chicago PD on my tablet and turned the light off just shortly after 9:30! I just didn’t have any oomph in running. I slept all night until 4am when Hilary decided to yell out (she was still asleep), then went back to sleep. I’m feeling like I had a good night’s sleep so maybe that’s all I needed.

Tonight after a little pizza party with some friends & kids, I’m going to do last nights workout. I’m okay with switching days around (runs vs rest days) so it’s all good but I’m hoping to get my oomph and excitement back about running. 14k isn’t going to run itself this weekend.

I even put my running clothing on my bed so when I get home and get the girls to bed I can quickly change and start running. My desire to run is there but my oomph is missing.

Good luck to all those running at the Fredericton Marathon this weekend.

Ever lose your oomph?

Anyone racing this weekend?

What are your weekend plans?

April Mileage and May Adventures

As each month passes this year, I am blown away at how fast it is happening. It might have something to do with two little girls that are growing like weeds and also up to lots of adventure, who knows! Well, it’s now May and I have a race coming up! Before I get to that, here is how April went.

April, Twenty Six-teen.

My goals for April were to enjoy half marathon training and get better sleep.

Well, I’m definitely enjoying my half marathon training and now into week 6. I ran 93 km this month, went to 3 yoga classes and did 4 IronStrength workouts.

I’ve started to grasp running 400’s on the treadmill and am still sorting out tempo runs but feeling like I’m on the right track. I’ve struggled a lot with my SI joint but that seems to be getting back on track with all the foam rolling I’m doing. I didn’t once make it to GoodLife Fitness Gym but it’s also located in Halifax and I am not. Maybe next month as I do enjoy hitting up the gym.

April Mileage

As for the sleep, I’d give myself a B- as I started off the month really good and then sort of started to fail. It’s really hard to get everything done (work all day, stuff with girls, dinner, dishes, laundry, running/workouts, shower, dog stuff, husband working) before 10 PM which is my goal for getting to bed early.

Since Friday’s are my official “rest days” from running, I’m usually in bed at 9 PM just to catch up on sleep. Yes, I lead a crazy Friday night! I’m not going to lose sleep over it (haha!) but I’m aiming to be in bed by 10 PM each night.

May Happenings:

  • Training for Johnny Miles Half.
  • Try to hit up GoodLife Fitness when I’m in the city.
  • Running 10k at the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax.
  • Both girls are running the 2k Youth Run at Bluenose:)
  • Outdoor adventures: biking, hiking and maybe evening dipping toes in some water.
  • Blog more than once a week!

I’m hoping May is a month spent mostly outdoors (when not at work or sleeping), good runs/workouts, time with family and friends and enjoying life. Pretty simple really.

How was your month of April?

Any big plans for May? 

What are you most looking forward to this month? Me, warmer weather.

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 5

What a great week of running and workouts! It ended with a great day with my family being outside ALL day. Yesterday started off with my long run, the girls biking, me hiking with them while my husband ran and then a great meal all together!!!!

This last week of running was amazing. The workouts were tough, the runs challenged me, exhausted me and made me feel confident and strong. Between going to yoga and doing the IronStrength workouts I’m finally starting to see the pay off in my running (skip to Sunday’s run if you want to).

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday April 25th: Stretch & Strengthen | IronStrength 45 minutes. Though I am loving this workout I still strongly dislike burpees. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the second last exercise in the sequence or the fact that my body is just exhausted by the time I get to them but I just don’t like them anymore. IronStrength is HARD work and I feel I can push it more. I know it’s making me stronger (see Sunday).

April 25th IronStrength

Tuesday: 6k |Yoga + 6kAn unplanned double workout day. I love going to yoga and Tuesday was the only day I could go (Monday was cancelled) but I also wanted to run that night. I jumped on the treadmill that evening and had a great 6k.

Wednesday: 7 x 400’s | 7 x 400’s (treadmill)Honestly, I love doing my 400’s on the treadmill now. Though I think I’m starting them off to slow and will correct that next time, I love it. I can push the pace (mental and physical challenge) but feel like I am in control because I know the actual pace I’m running. Also, I’m able to know exactly how much faster to run each round vs running via my Garmin. Again, see Sunday’s run.

Thursday: 5k + Strength Training | 5k + Strength Training This was a quick 5k (31:55 that’s quick for me on the treadmill) and then one round of IronStrength workout – which was enough for me. Boy was I looking forward to Friday’s rest day after this one!

Stepped outside post run to cool down in the cold temps.

April 28th run

Friday: Rest Day | Rest DayI did nothing. Lovely. Perfect. Early to bed. Nailed it.

Saturday: 5k | Rest Day.  I had to work Saturday and travel for a hiking summit! 1.5 hour drive one way for a great day of hiking chats. I didn’t go on any hikes as I needed to get back home (1.5 hours back) and get some sleep for my long run. They had two great hikes planned for Sunday but my long run was more important for me to do – AND spend time with my family for a day.

Side note: I’m actually thinking about dropping these runs as I like to have a rest day before my long run day.

Sunday: 13k | 13k Oh Sunday! How you treated me too kindly! You can read in detail about my run here but in brief….

Early morning run in cool weather was perfect. I felt comfortable despite having cold hands for the first 4k. I brought fuel with me (learned my lesson from two week prior). I pushed the pace when I felt like it was easy running.

I made a goal of 6:15/km since it’s been far to long since I’ve managed that thanks to last year’s hamstring injury. There are certain inclines/hills that are challenging along my route but I managed to get up them fairly easy (IronStrength is making me stronger).

It was just a great long run, hard a few times but great to push through the hard (like doing my 400’s or tempo runs). Sunday, we also biked in the morning and hiked in the afternoon with the girls. My husband ran over 10k while we hiked (he’s been out 3-4 times this week running which is awesome!).

May 1st Running

Major turning point: FOAM ROLLING. So last week (read it here), I was still having major pain with my SI joint which didn’t go away this week…. UNTIL, I started foam rolling. I started religiously foam rolling 2-5 minutes on my glutes which are super sore and pulling on my lower back muscles.

Honestly, this made me go from being in major pain to almost no pain at all! So, I now have our three (yes three) foam rollers strategically place around our house. Bedroom, downstairs and upstairs. I foam roll in the morning, before bed and I even take my travel roller to work! LIFE SAVER!!!!!

KM this week: 30 km (missed 5 km)

Km this training cycle: 196 km 

Week FIVE was a great week! I also have to get a little more focused as I have a 10k on May 22nd {Bluenose Marathon in Halifax} that I am running. My brother is doing it too which is awesome! I’m really excited to run with him as we’ve never done that before!

How was your weekend?

Race/Run/Train? 

Did you get outside at all?

Cooler Morning Run

I finally feel like I’m moving the right direction with running during this training cycle. I’m really looking forward to running my 4th half marathon in June but I keep forgetting I have a 10k on May 22nd as well.

Today’s long run was supposed to be 13k. My last long run was two weeks ago since I was sick last weekend and that 11k was horrible. I went to bed earlier this week, which is key for me and I also brought some water and GU with me. Yup, it’s back to running with GU, chocolate of course:)

I got up at 6:30 and the whole house was up…so much for sneaking out while they slept. My husband had to work and since I was at a Hiking conference the day before, my Dad was down. He stayed to watch the girls while I ran (I’m so lucky to have great parents).

I planned to be out running at 7AM but it was closer to 7:30, meh….that’s life. As I started running I was thinking about what pace I wanted to run at Johnny Miles Half in June and figured 6:15/km would be good goal. In October last year, I ran 6:20/km as my goal and pretty much nailed that so I figured I’d aim for 6:15 in hopes I’d run a little faster (haha!).

I set out on a cold morning wishing I had my gloves on that I left behind last minute. Ahh well, I kept running. The sun was shining down but it was still cold, I was really glad I had on a tank top, long sleeve shirt and jacket…not to mention my Nuun visor and sunglasses.

I was feeling great, trekking up long inclines and dodging pot holes on the side of the road when not on the road (highway). I took at GU around 39 minutes in with some water and kept going. I had to turn around and then face the one incline that I absolutely HATE! Hate is a strong word but that’s how I feel about it.

Somehow I nailed that incline and managed to recover at the top and keep going. A little water here, 1-2 walking breaks to rest for a few seconds but I kept going. The last kilometer would have me running up a good but short hill but still would have to run more than 1/2 a km until I was done 13k.

I glided up the hill with ease and then the effort hit me hard at the top so I walked a few steps but picked up running again. I pick up my pace and finish my long run strong without my jacket or buff around my neck as it was now really warm. I felt great. I felt happy. I finally felt like I’m on the right path with my pace.

May 1st Running

It’s not by luck, it’s by sticking as close to my training plan as possible and increasing my strength training with IronStrength workouts twice a week. It’s working for me. My hamstring *knock on wood* is feeling wonderful but my SI joint is still a little unhappy. Notice I said a little? I’ve been foam rolling like it’s going out of style and it’s reliving the pulling pain around my SI joint.

I ran 10k around 1:02:xx today but hoping I can run the Bluenose Marathon 10k (May 22nd) a little faster. If I can run 10k in an hour and two minutes, I’m hoping to be able to run my half under 2:10…that’s what I am now working towards:)

I’m off to go hiking with the girls because riding their bicycles this morning wasn’t enough activity for them!

How is your Sunday going?

Do you focus on pace often during training? 

What’s your number one tip to increase your pace?

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 4

Since I am a few days into week #5, I figured I should hit publish on this post! I’ve been neglecting my little blog only because life happens. Life happens and I just didn’t have anything to blog about I guess.

Last week sure wasn’t the week I had planned. I was (and still) having SI joint issues and decided to go to my Osteopath and then was ill for a few days. Life happens, you keep moving forward and enjoy the rest days while you can, right.

Though I’m into week 5 as I write this, this is how last week’s training went down….

What was Planned VS What Really Happened:

Monday 18th: Stretch & Strengthen | Yoga. Love me some yoga! Monday yoga class is always more challenging than Tuesday’s (different class, different instructor). This was the last day with Christina😦 which is a bummer as she challenged me in ways I didn’t think I could accomplish. Thank you for that!

Tuesday: 6k run| 6k run Outside. It was a last minute decision to run outside but such a good one. I was running a much faster pace then I have in the past so that was really encouraging.

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Wednesday: 35 minute tempo run | 6k + Osteopath Appointment. I ran a slow and hard 6k during my lunch break as I had an Osteopath appointment at 3:15 PM. If I didn’t run it then, I wouldn’t be able to that evening. After an Osteopath appointment it’s recommended that you take a few days off to allow your body to recover from the treatment. Let’s just say, my SI joint and left side of my body was a mess. She released my SI joint but I was extremely sore that night and spent a lot of time icing it.

Thursday: 5k + Strength Training | Rest DayKinda had to rest as my SI joint/back was still sore.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest DayNailed it…again enforced rest day. Started to feel ill and went home in the afternoon for a nap! Seriously, who takes the afternoon off work to nap? I did. Don’t worry, my boss knew I was going home.

Saturday: Rest Day | Rest DaySI joint was feeling okay but I was the worst stomach cramps ever – very comparable to childbirth contractions. My whole abdominal wall would tighten in server pain throughout the day. I had planned on running that night but my symptoms just got worse. Early to bed for me.

Sunday: 5k Race | 4kI skipped the local 5k race as I still wasn’t feeling great. That evening I was feeling a lot better so I did a slow 4k on the treadmill. My body felt great but my SI joint area/lower back still aren’t happy.

We watched this lady run past our house Sunday – the girls cheering her on and me just wishing that was me:)

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So not a great week but I’m hopeful my SI joint/lower back will sort itself out soon. Sitting is the worst for me. I did have a great IronStrength workout last night and really looking forward to yoga at lunch today!

KM this week: 16k 

KM this training cycle: 86km

If you missed last week 3, you can find it here.

How was your weekend?

Anyone race/training?

What’s the longest number of days you’ve taken off during a training cycle?

 

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 3

It’s a big day for some people in BOSTON! I can’t even imaging how excited, nervous, anxious all those runners are. Good luck to all those running Boston, especially Kyla, Heather and Andrew!

Now back to little old me reality…half marathon training:) I don’t know about you, but we just had the most amazing weather on the weekend. Well, Saturday was a bust with cooler temps and a few flurries to make us all freak out but Sunday was gorgeous! We got outside for some bike riding and bubble blowing! I even managed to sneak in a long run!

Biking weather.

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What was Planned vs What Really Happened.

Monday April 11th: Stretch & Strength | Massage. No workouts for me today as I had an appointment for a massage. My SI joint and hip flexors were giving sore so I though a massage would help…and it did immediately!  It was worth missing my evening strength training to feel better.

Tuesday: 6k | Yoga. I went to yoga class at lunch time and that helped my back/SI joint as well. I had planned to run that evening but complete wasted my night. However, my husband did jump on his bike – so a win for him:)

Wednesday: 6 x 400’s | 6 x 400’s + 2-3k more (8k total ran)This was a great run! All day I had planned to do it on the treadmill and last minute I took it outside to our local trail. The trail is just over 1km from our house so I used that as a warm up.

I did 3 x 400 along the trail with 30-60 seconds of rest in between and then turned around and did that again. Once I finished that I just wanted to keep running and thought I could get in 6-7k in total for the day. I remembered it was #worldlitterrunweek so I picked up a bag and started trotting along my run picking up litter.

Eventually, I turned around and put the whole bag in the trash at a local grocery store but still had to run the 1km home. In the end, I ran 8k. It was a successful 6 x 400 and run in general.

Thursday: 5 k + Strength| 5kNo strength training. I had planned on doing a double workout once the girls were in bed but life happens. My husband was working and when I got home our dog had not one but two accidents in the house😦 Off the girls went to play with our neighbour while I cleaned it up and then made dinner. We were running behind all night and I didn’t start my run until 8:25 PM. I finished my 5k and turned off the treadmill and my phone rang; an old high school friend of mine. I thought about doing the strength training while chatting with her but I just wanted to sit chat and listen. So worth it.

Friday: Rest Day! | Rest Day! I just love Fridays! I think I was on a high all day because I knew I wasn’t doing ANYTHING that evening. I painted my nails and got caught up on Grey’s.

Matchy match totally unplanned.

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Saturday: Rest Day | 11k Long run. Nailed it. Okay, I didn’t nail this run at all. I started my run at 6:45 AM – that was a BIG win! It was terrible after 4k! I didn’t fuel properly and took nothing with me. It was cold but the temperature wasn’t bothering me, nor the route I ran. It was just physically HARD!

The face of struggle post run!

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I did managed to run up two challenging inclines/hill. The first incline I always dread as it just goes on for days. Honestly, you wouldn’t even notice that it’s an incline until you run/walk it. The second challenge was a hill just over 1km from my house. I was hurting but just kept saying “run to this point and then see how you are doing”. Which turned into “I can do hard things” and then “just a littler further and you can rest”.

I trotted home to my girls and my vegan husband who made me THE BEST scrambled eggs with cheese and toast with peanut butter. Lilly and Hilary stretched with me and then I gobbled up my food before a quick shower as Lilly has morning swimming lessons.

Sunday: 5k Race | IronStrengthI managed to get in a 45 minute IronStrength workout Sunday evening. I still hate burpees and my arms feel like jello as I type this AND I’m probably going to hurt tomorrow. It’s all good!

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KM this week: 24 km

KM in this training cycle: 70 km 

Overall: I feel good about last week even with missing a 6k and then struggling through an 11k when I was only supposed to race 6k. I’m hoping to run a 5k race next Sunday.

My SI joint is still bothering me, however the massage on Monday made it feel amazing and took away the pain immediately. I’m planning to book in with my Osteopath later this week, which will mean 2-3 days of rest/light activity. This could be good timing with week 4’s training plan. We’ll see!

Links for Training PlanWeek #1, Week #2 in case you missed them!

How was your weekend?

Anyone run? 

Who’s watching the Boston Marathon today? now anyone running?

 

Friday 5 Favourites: Half Marathon Training

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I can honestly say I’m really happy to see Friday. It hasn’t been a terrible week or a long week but I’m just looking forward to the weekend.

To sleep in…ha ha, just kidding. I have kids that won’t let me sleep in. I’m also trying to figure out if I should keep to my training plan this weekend of a “5k race” which would be done on my own OR switch to a long run of 11k and then race 5k next weekend. There is a local 5k race next weekend on a course that I got a PB on in 2014! What would you do?

I’m joining Mar on the Run, Cynthia and Courtney on the {Friday Five Link Up}. It’s all about “Favourites”!!! Not Favorites…Favourites, I’m Canadian:) So, I’m talking about all my favourites related to training for my current half marathon.

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Foam Rollers

My oh my, I’m loving my foam rollers (one is missing from the photo). These are key to keeping my glutes happy while training for races. My legs are tired by the time I hit Friday and I’m hoping that will change over time but it’s foam rollers that keep my muscles happy.

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Strength Training

I’ve been digging the IronStrength workouts the last few weeks even though I skipped it last night. I ended up talking to a girlfriend of mine for almost an hour after my run. The chat was worth it though.

These workouts are hard! Sweat dripping off your body hard. Muscles aching for days hard. The workout where you grunt to get those last few reps in. The workout that is just what you needed.

Yoga

After spending the last 6-7 months going to yoga once a week, it’s still one of my favourite workouts. It’s something my body needs as well as my mind. It’s not always easy but sure is rewarding. It’s a chance to work on my strength, push my limits sometimes and have my body feel good. My body also knows when I miss a class.

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Smoothies.

It’s fair to say that I’ve become addicted to making smoothies throughout the week for me and Lilly. She’s still not a fan of the protein powder so I don’t put it in hers. This past week I forgot to make them and Lilly got after me. Atta-girl! During dinner the other night, I quickly prepped four zip-lock bags with cut up bananas, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. I put them in the freezer and then each morning I add in oj/water, Greek yogurt, protein powder for me and sometimes other fruits as we have them. Quick and easy!

Rest Days

Oh glory rest days! Friday’s are my official rest days. As in, I do no workouts. I try to get outside daily when I’m at work for a short walk but that would be the most activity I would get on a Friday. I usually go to bed early (9 PM), I know, I know…don’t be jealous! I’m such a wild cat, ha ha. I’m really looking forward to today’s rest day as I might get up early do to my long run tomorrow. That also is determined by switching up my training plan this weekend and next!

This weekend Lilly has swimming lessons and I’m taking the girls to an ice show “Frozen on Ice”! They don’t know about it yet so it should be fun. I’m also looking forward to playing outside and getting the girls on their bikes..maybe some hopscotch! Happy Friday!

Would you switch your training weeks around? 

What’s your favourite thing right now? 

Weekend Plans?