Back to Running

I’ve been cleared to run again and play soccer….wooooohooooo!!!!!!!!!

This past Wednesday I had my much anticipated physiotherapy appointment and it was great. I injured my ankle Aug 14th playing soccer but it was the oddest injury to date. Very little swelling with lots of pain. I rested, I swam, I did yoga, I even cycled a bit. Then I broke down a snuck in a run AND then a double race at Maritime Race Weekend.

After my hour and a half assessment, it was figured that I probably had a first degree strain but most of the injury was joint not ligament, hence the limited swelling I had. He was happy with where I was at and asked me to stay a little longer to go over some exercises. My stability is horrible so most of the exercises focus on that, plus will assist with my running.

Back to Running Favourites:

  1. Easy running outside in the fresh cool air. Glorious!
  2. Running is time to myself. This may sound greedy or selfish but I know that when I’m running consistently, I’m a better Mom and wife.
  3. The sound of my Garmin beeping, I think it’s happy I’m back to running too.
  4. Permanent smile on my face during last nights run. I even had people wave at me and I don’t know who they were.
  5. The struggle. When you are almost done your run and your lungs are giving up before your legs but you just keep pushing forward anyway.
  6. Accomplishment. That feeling when you finish the distance or time you’ve set out for. You smile, you breath easy, you feel great.
  7. PT exercises that are actually really hard to do. My stability is horrible I’m learning.
  8. The support from loved ones, thank you🙂

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For now, I’m back to running one day and taking the next day off so I can build up my distance and avoid injury. I’m even allowed to play soccer with my brace so, yup you guessed it…I’ll be back at that too.

If you’ve been off running for a while, what’s your favourite thing when you get back to it?

Any weekend plans? Racing, training?

Are you into fall temps yet?

Maritime Race Weekend Sunrise 5k Tartan Twosome Recap 2016

One of the fun parts about Maritime Race Weekend is that you can run two races if you want to and it’s called the “Tartan Twosome”. You get a medal for each run plus one more medal for completing the Tartan Twosome duo!

If you missed my Sunset 5k recap check it out here. That was the Friday night run and this is about Saturday morning’s Sunrise 5k, which was supposed to be my half marathon. Though I was really wanting to run the half I’m so glad I made the decision to change over to the 5k.

Saï and I got up at 5:30 AM and left the house around 6:20. The race started at 8 am but we wanted to get there before 7am to get a decent parking spot which was about 1km away from the start area. It was cool enough to need a long sleeved shirt and I even saw some people with gloves on! We hit up the porta-potties cause you never know on race day, right! Then made our way to the start and waited for the crowd to fill in.

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Eventually, Krystol met up with us. Somehow she always finds me in the start area in time for a selfie and good luck wishes. Both her and Saï were running the half and thought they’d probably run together.

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As the gun went off to start the race, I wished them both good luck and that I’d see them later on. My ankle was a little stiff but after the Sunset 5k the night before, I was expecting it. This run would be an easy run, take in the scenery and just be present. I quickly lost Saï and Krystol and just tried to focus on a comfortable pace for my ankle.

High five happy

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A house was blasting Michael Jackson from their home stereo, the small waves were crashing on the rocks, lots of chatter and excitement between runners and the most beautiful view you’d want to see at 8am on a Saturday morning was off to our right. Kilometre 1 hit, 6:35 and I thought, perfect…just where I need to be. As I kept running my ankle loosened up a bit and it felt good.

Kilometre two hit, 6:10…apparently I picked up my pace a little. At the 2.5km mark, all the 10k runners, half and full marathoners kept running straight while we turned around and headed back to the start. There was a massive sea of red shirts on my right and the ocean on my left. I took a number of glances to the ocean as the sun was just hitting it right. If I wasn’t running a race, I would have stopped to really admire the view but instead I just glanced back three or four times.

Kilometre 3 hit and I saw 6:07. Part of me got a little excited and though maybe I could run a negative split! However, reality of no training for four weeks hit and I had to slow down and take a short walking break at a water station. I was back at it as kilometre 4 hit and 6:22 came across my Garmin. Dang…no negative split but hey I’m running pain free – win win win!

I started to pick up my pace again and my last kilometre was 6:01. I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face in 32:18. No complaints, no regrets, nothing but happiness. It was the run that I needed.

My booty!

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After I finished I managed to find a number of RunATCan {Running Atlantic Canada} folks and hung out with them for a while. I used the foam rolling station *loved this* and ate an amazing bagel. I saw family friends and spent a short time with them, then found Krystol’s husband Casey and kids.

We waiting on the side of the road for them to finish and I saw Saï coming in the distance and jumped up to take some photos. Casey took some great shots of us running!

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It was then that I had tears in my eyes. I was so proud of him. He was looking so comfortable, like he was out for an easy Sunday shuffle and gliding across the pavement with ease. I knew he was going to finish under two hours as we smiled at each other and high-fived as tears fell down my face. I was truly excited for him. However, it was the first time that I was really sad that I didn’t get to run my half marathon. I honestly had the half distance out of my head and was so focus on getting through 5k that it kinda just hit me. By the time he finished and came out to the road for us to see Krystol finish, I was all done with my pity party.

Finished!

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Saï finished in 1:54:45 and Krystol in 2:03:xx. We all had great runs, loved the views and just had a great weekend of running. Maritime Race Weekend is such a great event and we didn’t even take in all the events; race-kit pick up, fireworks, temptation station on the half route (candies and Adirondack chairs to take in the amazing view), a Captain’s bell you can ring if you PB and the kids parade to name a few. We did go to the candy shop and bought our girls some treats…which I may or may not have taste tested.

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I had some issues post run with my chip time not showing up in the stats which didn’t really bother me until I had three people tell me I wasn’t in the stats. I contacted Atlantic Chip timing and they shorted it out quickly. They were so easy to work with..

My ankle held up amazingly! No pain, no aches, no problems. It feels stronger but I know it’s not close to being better. The good news is that I see my PT tomorrow!!!!!!!!

Anyone run the Sunrise 5k, 10k, half or full?

Post race, what do you do right away? Water, food, stretch?

And yes, I’m signing up for the half marathon next year!

Ever done a double race?

 

 

Maritime Race Weekend Sunset 5k Recap

I don’t even know where to start! The weekend was great, just great in so many ways!

Friday actually started with 4 laps around Lilly’s school soccer field for the Terry Fox Run and then a drive to the city. We dropped off the girls to my parents and drove over to Cow Bay to find parking and make our way to Fisherman’s Cove. My gawd it’s beautiful there!

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This was one of the views on our runs! I taped my ankle in the car and then we walked just around 1km to the start area. This was nice as it gave my foot some time to settle into the tape job I did and this was the best one I’ve done so far this injury.

Just *some* of the race swag!

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We met up with my friend Tracey and then Krystol (my running buddy) and her family. As the race time approached we headed to the starting chute and waited. Garmins turning on and beeping, space getting limited, making friends with your neighbours you were standing by and the sun slowly setting behind us.

With a few minutes to go we were all jumping up and down doing a warm up. However, when the lady said to kick your butt, we all turned around to make sure we didn’t kick the person behind us. Everyone kinda laughed and just moved as they could – WE HAD NO ROOM TO MOVE.

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The gun went off and we slowly moved forward. It took us 1:17 to get to the starting mat and then we were dodging runners. It was expected with all 2000-2500+ people running all together. I was a little further back in the crowd then I wanted to be but my husband and I just started weaving around people when it was safe. There is literally people everywhere on the out and back course.

My watch hit the first kilometre and I saw 6:08 and I thought…nice, but that’s fast for me. We kept moving forward through the sea of mostly red shirts. My Garmin beeped kilometre 2 with a pace of 5:51 and I though oh shit this isn’t good, this is too fast for me. As we came close to the turn around the middle of my chest was painful, likely from breathing too fast. My fitness wasn’t there and this pace was too fast, the middle of my back started hurting too!

Shortly after this my husband said to breathe in twice – or at least what I thought he said. For some reason I took two breaths in and then two breaths out which actually relieved some pain. However, that is not what he said or meant but when your running sometimes you can’t always hear the person running beside you clearly. We had a laugh about this post race.

My husband wanted to pick up his pace so we wished each other good luck and we’d meet up at the finish. At kilometre 3, I hit 6:01 and wasn’t sure if I could keep this pace as my body wasn’t loving it so I slowed down and too a break walking and stretch my back out for a few seconds. I was trying to relieve the pain I was having in my back and it work.

I saw so many old and new friends running, I high-fived some I’ve met on twitter which was fun. As kilometre four hit and my Garmin beeped 6:22 and I was having no pain in my ankle still – yeah! As I approached Fisherman’s Cove where you run a semi-loop to the finish line I picked up my pace even more. Pushing my body forward, keeping my posture upright and trying to just enjoy the pain of finishing hard. I’m confident I had the ugly runner’s face on as I knew I was so close to a sub 30 – 5k.

I cross the finished line and paused my Garmin {30:14} and had to take a break on the side of the chute where I saw Krystol. Her face was looking like she was concerned for me but I assured her I was okay and that I just pushed it a little too much for my current fitness level.

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I was happy. My husband finished in 26:31 and Krystol in 25:08, she was just 8 seconds or so off a PB!! We grabbed a banana and met up with Krystol’s family, found Tracey and Saï. We took off after a few pictures in the long line of cars and made our way back to my parents house. Both girls were sound asleep when we got home but Saï got to snuggle with Hilary as she woke up for a short period of time.

I had no intentions of running so fast with my current fitness level and injury that I’ve been told “not to run on” but I have no regrets. It felt good minus the chest and back pain but I’ve done very limited upper body strength as well. You don’t just run with your legs! It was fun running with Saï, seeing friends, then finishing the race really strong. It was just great!

Race recap for Saturday’s Sunrise 5k to come next (provided I have time to write it).

Anyone race this past weekend?

MRW Runners: did you love Friday night’s Sunset 5k?

What’s the first thing you do after crossing the finishing of a race?

Terry Fox Run & Apple Picking

This weekend has been such a busy one. It started off with a Terry Fox Run at my daughters school, traveling to the city for Maritime Race Weekend and running two races (recaps to come). After we ran the Terry Fox run this morning and went apple picking. Phew!

I received a message Friday evening from a friend of mine … “Terry Fox Run Sunday 10am, are you guys going?” I knew the event was happening but didn’t think about since we were at Maritime Race Weekend but replied with yes, will do it. You don’t pass up an opportunity to go somewhere with friends. So, Sunday morning after sleeping for 10-11 hours (no joke, we went to bed at 7:30 last night), I got the girls ready to run 2k as my husband was working.

If you don’t know who Terry Fox was… well… he was a true Canadian hero and icon. He was diagnosed with cancer and had to have one leg amputated. He decided to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg to raise $1 per Canadian in 1980. Unfortunately, his cancer spread and he passed away but his legacy has carried on. We gave our donation today as well as during Lilly’s school run on Friday to help raise money.

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It was a warm morning with the sun peaking in and out behind the clouds, there were young and old people, runners, walkers and strollers. The route was hilly at first but fun. We mainly kept to the sidewalks, crossed a few crosswalks and we were back quickly to enjoy some banana’s and local apples. I loved running with my girls and friends and wish there were more parent/kid events like that. The 2k distance was just enough for them.

As we returned back, one of my girls asked if we get to meet Terry Fox? I’ve explained to our oldest but she forgot so I talked about who he was and what he did. Death is a little hard for them to comprehend and they’ve only experienced our dog passing away this past June. It’s a hard concept to explain to a 3.5 and 6 year old but they understand the basics. I love that we can be involved in a great event as a family and hope that this local event will continue to grow in numbers but also in fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Apple Picking

This was our original plan for Sunday. We ended up going right after the run to a local farm called Gates Farm. We picked Macintosh and Cortland apples and some pears too. I’m pretty sure the girls ate at least three apples each and 1-2 pears! You can’t go apple picking without tasting the apples you are picking?

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I’m slowly getting to writing my race recaps for Maritime Races but both my husband and I had really awesome runs and are very happy runners waiting for our next event😉

How was your weekend?

Did you participate in a Terry Fox Run? Ever hear of him before?

Have you gone apple, pear or pumpkin picking yet?

MRW: Goals for an Injured Runner

Drum roll…….race day is TOMORROW!!!!!!!! The Tartan Twosome is a double race at Maritime Race Weekend and I’m supposed to be running 5k & a half marathon. Right now I would be freaking out, panicking a little about my upcoming hilly half marathon. I’d be questioning my training, double checking my fuel for race day, packing my clothing must haves and yes, butterflies of excitement in my stomach.

However, I’m just relax’ and maxin’, I’m freaking out because I have nothing packed and ready to go for my family (it’s a family trip to the city) and I don’t even know where my Garmin is. That’s a lie, I know where it is🙂

Runner Plays Soccer: Get’s Hurt.

As I mentioned before, I made the decision to play soccer back in June knowing injuries can happen. It was training for soccer that got me into running. I hated it at first and I remember I was so slow at the beginning of our season. However, over the four months that I trained: speed work, fartleks, sprints in between power poles, puking occasionally at the soccer field, going for a long run, I eventually became one of the fastest forwards on my team. I was 15/16 years old.

Lucky for me, I continued to play soccer and run. Lucky for me, I get to still play both sports with a young family and husband that works shift work. Lucky for me, I get to make these decisions. Sometimes decisions have consequences and you have to live with the outcome. Getting injured during soccer was always something that “could” happen and it did to me.

Do I regret playing soccer this summer…ha ha, heck NO! I loved it and am waiting patiently (or trying to) until I can get back on the field too. Yes, I’m going back to playing soccer when my ankle is ready for it. My cleats aren’t ready to retire.

So, really…I’m just feeling happy and thankful. Thankful that I get to be at such a fun event, thankful that I get to see my family and so many friends running. Thankful that I’m going to run/walk two 5k’s, thankful I get to show my daughters that I have goals, passion and am not going to let anything stop me, and thankful that I have a supportive husband. I’m happy he is running HIS half and can’t wait to see him cross the finish line.

Life throws you lemons, so you make lemonade and ENJOY every last sip!

Me making lemonade at yoga Tuesday!

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Injured Runner Race Goals

My goals for both 5k races are to simply enjoy them; take in the gorgeous scenery, pose for selfies with friends, enjoy the atmosphere, cheer on other runners, wait for my husband and Krystol (my running buddy) to finish rocking their half marathons; and really JUST BE PRESENT.

I couldn’t run last year due to injury but was so lucky to be able to volunteer last minute. Though I feel my ankle is a minor injury, I’m still going to wait until next week to get an accurate diagnoses to figure out long term running. Why? Well, I signed up for another race in October….seriously! Lemons and lemonade folks!

Good luck to all those running Maritime Race Weekend Friday night and Saturday morning. May your feet feel light, the weather just right and finish your race with a fight.

You can see all the fun on Instagram!

Anyone else running Maritime Race Weekend? Say Hi if you see me!

Anyone racing this weekend?

Maritime Race Weekend Training Week 11

It’s race week! This Friday is the start of the Maritime Race Weekend events, with the Sunset 5k that everyone runs. Saturday is the Sunrise 5k/10k/half/full plus a pirate parade later that afternoon (kids walk).

Even though my training has come to a halt (basically), I’m still looking forward to the weekend and yes running/walking in both events. Maritime Race Weekend is such a great event and SO much energy has gone into it…I’m not just talking all those weeks the runners have been training. The race director and her team, pour hours into this weekend year round. I’m excited to see old and new friends, watch my husband run his half and just be in a positive environment, especially since I’m a little bummed about not running my half.

Half Marathon Plans

Well, it was supposed to be my fourth half marathon and I questioned it from the beginning (which I’m regretting now). Anyway…as my long runs increase I got more excited about completing the half only to come down with another injury playing soccer. That’s life, right! You make decisions and you have to live with the outcomes even IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM. I am now fine with what I will be running this weekend but don’t worry MRW half marathon…you are still on my list.

What was Planned VS What Really Happened:

Monday September 5th: Rest Day | 9k Bike Ride. I got up early to get out for a short bike ride before the girls and I went to the city to spend the day with my family, Saï had to work. Other then being chased by a dog, the ride was great.

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Tuesday: Yoga | Missed yoga. I was in a meeting with my boss and it didn’t finish until 12:10 and yoga starts at 12…bummer😦

Wednesday: 8k | Rest Day. Was thinking about running but folded too much laundry and lost my motivation.

Thursday: Hills | Rest Day. I was actually planning to run on my treadmill and even bought more tape for my ankle but it was like a switch went off and my motivation disappeared. I was still just bummed out that I’m not running.

Friday: Rest Day | 16k Bike Ride. After dinner and bed time for the girls, I got out for a quick bike ride….felt great! 16k in 58:58. My ankle loves cycling.

Saturday: 16k Run | 45 minute walk + Ran 5k. The girls and I went for a walk/run/bike ride  on our local trail. Hilary had a tantrum within the first 30 seconds so she decided to run/skip and walk while Lilly biked the whole time. The did a little off-road or off-trail riding/running while I stayed put on the crusher dust. Mama doesn’t need to roll her messed up ankle again!

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Ummm…what, you ran? Yup, you read that right. I gave up on the “no running” rule and went out for a run. I taped my ankle and off I went. The first kilometre I was unsure about it but just felt like I needed to settle into the tape support. Around 1.5k in, I wasn’t sure if my ankle was sore or it it was me working through the tape so I walked for a bit. Just as I was about to turn home I started running again and everything felt really good. So, I ran and ran and ran until I got home, finishing 5k.

It felt so nice to run again. My lungs didn’t die and I wanted to run faster but didn’t think pushing the pace was smart. There were so many kids outside playing. I ran by one group playing “kick the can” and was so tempted to kick it and keep running but I didn’t. Could you imagine if I did that!!!!

I managed to run 6:45/km (starting off) and finished with 6:14/km and 6:07/km. The pace just felt right. With my injury and not having run in three weeks, I was surprised about my pace. My ankle felt good that evening and slightly sore the next morning. I am finding I need support so I wear my burks non-stop and the pain goes away. Basically, I live in my burks right now.

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Sunday: Cross Train | Rest Day. Took it easy but thought about going for a ride on my bike. I didn’t go as I just ran out of time. My legs were a little stiff which felt kinda nice too. Again, no regrets about going for a run.

KM this week: 5k running, 25 cycling.

KM this training cycle: 137 km running and no more planned before race day.

Overall: I’m so happy I got out on my bike a few times, it gave me a little rush of working out again and working your body hard. Also, I’m pretty happy with my 5k run.

What now? I was going to wait until Thursday to decided on my distance for Saturday but decided after my 5k run that I should only run/walk the 5k/5k not 5k/10k. I’m thinking a double race of two 5k races will be enough on my ankle. Also I’m still holding out I can get in on a cancellation this week but if I don’t it’s not the end of the world. I do have an appointment Sept 21st, so that day is getting closer.

In case you missed some of my favourite training posts: training plan; favourite long run, PEI vacation running the soccer injury, and first week of recorded training. 

How was your weekend?

Anyone run, race, train?

Did you feel like you were wrapping up summer this weekend?

Friday Five – What’s Happening Right Now

Happy Friday!!!!!! I’m sure all those teachers who started back this week are happy to see Friday on their calendar (I would be). I love weekends because it means that I get to spend time with my family…and not at work. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job but I love spending time with my family more.

I’m going to hook up today with the Friday Five’s but not write about food. I’m going to write about five things happening right now.

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  1. Back to School started and was a great success. Lilly was really excited about her new teacher but more importantly seeing her friends. I asked her a bunch of questions last night and she was the most excited for the reading corner in her classroom! Apparently it has a large mat with the alphabet and 1 pillow with more to follow. Little things are big things.
  2. Bike Rides & Outdoors: I’m hoping to get out for a few bike rides this weekend since it actually made my ankle feel better when I went Sunday & Monday. Its’ been a pretty sad state for me these days. Contemplating workouts but just not having the motivation to even get in my workout clothing. The girls having been riding their bikes again so I’m hoping we get to take them on the trail…you know, change it up from riding their bikes on our street.
  3. Family: I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with my family. It’s rare that we get a whole weekend together. I’m sure we’ll even watch some of the Paralympics too (have you seen those athletes – woah!).
  4. Running: I want to run, that’s no surprise! I may or may not go for a run in the next few days. I am going to run my double race at Maritime Race weekend but still on the fence between 5k or 10k on the Saturday. I’m thinking 5k since I’ll be running 5k the night before but so tempted by the 10k course🙂 I have until Thursday to decide.
  5. Canva: I just discovered this website through some other bloggers. See the picture above…way cooler then I’ve done before! Look it up, you’ll love it!

Thanks to Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?! for hosting the Friday Five’s!

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I’m posting more over on Instagram these days and even opened up a second account that is just me and the family…almost no running photos (shocker, I know!).

What’s happening right now for you? Back to school for your kids, training for a race, racing this weekend, spending time with family, loving the weather lately?

Have a great weekend!