Half Marathon Training Week 9 Wrap Up

Half marathon training is moving along, hard to believe week 9 is done. I’m kinda loving the fact that June is in a few days and hopefully some more consistent warmer weather for us!

Last week wasn’t the best and at times I felt like I wasn’t progressing with my pace. At the same time I don’t want to put all kinds of pressure on me to complete my 5th half marathon in a certain time. I just want to run it and enjoy it…okay, and finish better then last year.

My pace is way off for me and I’m finding that hard to accept but your pace can’t change over night. In 2014, I ran A LOT!!!! And my pace got really good (for me) but with so many injuries in the last few years, my pace has gone out the door. What I need to remind myself is that I’m just lucky to be running at any pace and not injured anymore.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling 17km. I’m really loving adding in a day of cycling to my half marathon training. I’m hoping that it will help reduce some injuries yet keep my legs active.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Still loving my Tuesday yoga class.

Wednesday: 8k | SLEEP. I just needed sleep and nothing else after a few sleepless nights.

Thursday: 5k | 8k. Somehow, I managed to get in 8k after a full day of work. My husband was home so I went for an evening run and it was a hard one but I got it done.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I woke up with a nasty head cold – just not my week! I was pretty run down from lack of sleep and trying to do it all…I guess.

Saturday: 10k Race | Rest Day. Still was feeling horrible and spent the afternoon at a parade in the cold. When we got home, I made hot chocolate, put a fire on (yes, May 27th I had a fire in my woodstove!!) and did nothing that night.

Sunday: Cross Train | 10k. No racing. Ha, the thought of “racing” a 10k right now isn’t pleasant. Actually, let me rephrase that – I’m not “racing” anything. I’m simply running the distance in whatever pace I can manage these days. No “racing”.

This long run (cut back week in my plan) was kinda last minute in between swimming lessons for the girls and my husband leaving for work. I was cranky, still sick and was encouraged out the door….so I went.

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It was an ugly run. There really wasn’t anything pretty about it. I’m confident it was the head cold, not enough food, warmer weather and just being in a cranky mood that didn’t help. BUT, I got it done and for that I’m happy.

Sometimes you can’t have a great week of training. Life happens and you have to readjust your training and take care of yourself. That was me last week and so far this week too.

Weekly mileage: 18 km running, 17 km cycling.

Last year’s week nine was a great training week, you can read it here.

How was your week?

Anyone else wishing the weather was warming up?

Do you worry about your pace?

 

 

May Runfessions

Somehow it’s the last Friday in May….to me, it just appeared out of nowhere. I don’t think I’m quite ready for it to be June. The month of June brings my oldest turning 7, I run my 5th half marathon, school finishes AND summer begins!

Runfessions

I’ll runfess that getting back to my lunch time running (aka RUNCH) was really, REALLY nice! There are so many reasons why I love to run at lunch but mostly, it frees up my evening when I’d normally work out. I may be a sweaty mess at work afterwards (don’t worry, I clean myself up) but I also love the bonus of feeling energized for the afternoon.

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runfess that I love running with my husband! It’s not that often when we get to run together so when we do, I love it. We talk about everything and nothing, we run in silence, we laugh at stuff and sometimes we pick up our pace to see if the other one is paying attention (and will keep up). But mostly, I love that we share the same passions.

runfess that I’ve written a blog post about how I feel like a running failure and doubting my running ability but haven’t published it yet. About a year ago I was doing my thing, training for my goal half marathon which went out the door before it started. I was wearing my Nuun hat & shirt but felt like I totally didn’t even represent what they are all about. I know, super silly of me because taking the time to look back (writing the blog post), I know that I was representing what they are all about – active lifestyles. Though I didn’t finish anywhere close to my goal time, I finished! I’m sure we all have negative feelings sometimes about running or life stuff so, don’t worry about me runfessing this…it’s just a moment I wanted to share.

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runfess that I’m starting to feel excited about my upcoming half marathon in three weeks! Though it’s father’s day when I run, I’m looking forward to *hopefully* having a redemption run and FUN running 21.1. It will be a exactly a year since I’ve run that distance and felt like a failure (runfession from above). Though I still have some long runs ahead of me, I’m feeling pretty good.

runfess that I have no desire to register for any races (to date) but am totally scoping out ALL THE RACES. There are so many around but most of them are during weekends when my husband works, so I have to find someone to watch my girls. Don’t get me wrong, there are family members that would take them in a heart beat but I just haven’t committed to anything else. I’m just not registration-trigger happy yet and that’s okay. When I find the next race I want to sign up, I’ll do it.

That’s all I’m runfessing today. We’re in for a wet and rainy weekend but I’m looking forward to squeezing in my long run at some point!

Have any runfessions this month?

Ever doubt your running ability?

Who do you love to run with?

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month!

Check out my other Runfession posts:  April, March, February and January.

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I’m also linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

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Have a great weekend!

Bluenose Youth Run Recap 2017

Last weekend the girls both ran in the Bluenose Marathon Youth Run. This was Lilly’s fourth year and Hilary’s second year participating.

Friday afternoon we drove into Halifax to pick up their race kits. This was the first year I wasn’t running at the Bluenose and they were. I kinda wondered if we were silly for doing this just for them and then I snapped out of that thought. Yes, they are with it – the drive to the city, the stress of navigating a race with two kids, the few complaints they may give us as they creep towards fussiness from waiting in line or walking a lot to the start line. It was worth it.

Pretending to run up Citadel Hill

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They LOVED the expo!! Free sample foods, pictures taken, seeing Bo from Bo on the Go (TV show), and seemed okay that we didn’t see Myles (Bluenose guy) this time. Navigating a race expo with kids can either be super fun or mayhem, we just went with it. After the expo we got to have dinner with my family and visit with my niece.

We had the girls up at normal time on race day and out the door to get good parking. We arrived way to early and had some unhappy campers but….sometimes it’s worth a good parking spot, right?!?! We met up with our friends and made our way down to the start where we had to walk even further to get into the start area. Lots of walking!

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There was a sea of kids. I’m unsure how many participated this year but for every child there was at least 1 parent, if not two it seemed. There were strollers with little ones and all ages dancing to “Sunshine in my pocket”…oh I mean “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as part of the warm up. Hilary didn’t like my dancing….I’m confident my husband didn’t either 😉

Didn’t like my dancing…just kidding, father-daughter pep talk!

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Lilly ran with Saï, my friend Krystol ran with her son while I stayed back and ran with Hilary and Braegha, Krystol’s daughter. Both girls were LOVING IT! We ran 90% of the almost 2k distance, stopped once to take off a long sleeved shirt and then once more to catch B’s trucker’s hat blowing away in the wind as we turned the corner to the finish line.

She looks like a bad ass (cause she kinda is) but really she has a mouth full of food. 

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We managed to find everyone in the metro centre…yes I still call it that. I think it’s called the Scotiabank centre now but to me it’s the metro centre. The girls had some snacks while we watched the crowds trickle in from the 4k youth run.

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After that we went out to lunch and back to my parents place again. Saï and I snuck away for a 15k afternoon run while the girls hung out with their cousin Ava. We then had another family dinner before heading back home later that evening.

It was a whirlwind 24 hour trip to the city but by far so enjoyable, so much fun and really, just a great weekend together. That’s it’s, another great running weekend with my family.

.Anyone take in a race with their kids?

How close to a race do you try to park?

Do you dance/do the warm up at races? (I do 🙂 )

 

Half Marathon Training Week 8 Wrap Up

Last week’s training plan had me running lots and not just on my own. It was a week of sunshine runs, cool breezes (enjoyable) and some family time.

Technically, last week was week #8 of Johnny Miles Half Marathon training. I missed placed my training plan and was just kind of going with what I normally did in the past. Usually I have my training plan on my fridge in the kitchen so I see it every day and can check off each day I complete. Having that visual is an easy reminder of what’s to come in the coming days. This time around, my training plan was completed but I never checked off each day or each week. It was kinda lost and I was aloof with it and care-less about it. You can’t training half ass for a half marathon. Okay maybe you can, but I sure can’t! If I don’t put in the time, I suffer late in the training or on race day/recovery.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling. 17k on the indoor trainer.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Nailed it, loved it.

Wednesday: 8k | 6k. I got my days mixed up and thought I was supposed to run 7k but I knew I could only fit in 6k during my lunch break.

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Thursday: 5k | 8k. I wanted to make up for not getting in the 8k so I did so during my lunch again. This was a HOT ONE! I hydrated all morning, brought water and Nuun with me on my run, ran in the shade (trail) for a bit and finished super sweaty! Thank goodness I was the only one in the office 😉

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed this one too!

Hilary had her Primary orientation day in the morning which was really exciting and then we headed to Halifax to pick up their race kits for the Bluenose Marathon Youth Run (2k). We had a great evening with my family and even got to spend some time with my niece.

Saturday: 16k | 2k + 15k. This was a loaded day of being on our feet!

Bluenose 2k youth run: My husband Saï ran with Lilly and I ran with Hilary and her friend Braegha. There were thousands of kids and parents and it was a tone of fun! They did awesome, I’ll recap this tomorrow.

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15 Long Run: My husband and I planned on running the Bluff Trail which is a 9.5k loop near my parents place. Forest, open areas, rocks, lakes – heaven really. I’ve hiked it before a few times but Saï had never been. I thought it would be fun to run and then finish off my distance on the BLT section. However, my ankles had other plans.

We started out and earlier in the day I had tweaked my good ankle running with the girls, yes my good ankle 😦 It apparently didn’t like the uneven terrain and I broke down crying because it hurt. We walked back out of the Bluff trail and walked for a bit before we decided to run on the BLT trail. {BLT = Beechville – Lakeside – Timberlea}My husband didn’t care where we ran but that I wasn’t injured badly. I wasn’t, however I was determined to get in a long run.

We ran along the BLT trail together for an hour and forty-six minutes. We took our time, chatted and just enjoyed being outside together. We ran out from our car 7k and back 7k, then added on 1 more kilometre.

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When we got back to our car, we stretched and checked our Garmin’s, then I did something to mine and it froze!!! I lost all my steps for the day (30,000+) and thought I lost my runs too 😦 However, my husband reset my watch later on and I only lost my steps. We then had another family dinner and had awesome entertainment from our 21 month old niece. She had everyone around the table clapping and laughing hysterically. After dinner, we drove home (an hour away) and got the girls to bed, then enjoyed some wine 🙂

I have to admit, this was my favourite weekend so far this year! So much family time, being outside together with our kids, having some time as a couple and then relaxing a bit more on Sunday.

Sunday: Cross Train | Rest Day. I thought about doing a short run or a little cycling, I didn’t do anything. The girls had swimming and I got busy with house chores. In the evening I wrote this blog post I enjoyed more wine with my husband and relaxed.

Total Mileage This week: 37 km running, 17 k cycling, 1 yoga class!

Definitely my highest weekly mileage in about a year! My body was super achy Saturday night but after you take 30,000+ steps between walking and running, you should be achy. Though I’m achy, I’m happy 🙂

Oh, and I think I managed to avoid FOMO running the Bluenose for myself. I think between all my kids running, family time and enjoyed 15k with my husband, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything! Now to enjoy Victoria day (Monday) off with my girls (Saï is working).

Where do you keep your training plans?

How was your week/weekend?

Have you ever run a race with your kids before? 

Anyone run Bluenose Marathon weekend ?

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Long Weekend Friday Five

Oh, the glorious May 2-4 weekend is here! Monday is Victoria Day (celebrating the Queen’s birthday) so I took today off to  have an extra long weekend.

This is one of my favourite weekends as I usually run the Bluenose Marathon but not this year! I might have a little FOMO (fear of missing out) going on but I’m trying to focus on other things this weekend.

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I’m excited that my youngest is doing her Primary orientation today…woah! I can’t believe she’s going to school in September, however she is ready for the change. She is so excited to be going to school today. I, on the other hand am writing this post before I have to take her so I can stay awake! I had a horrible sleep last night – it was well after 3:30 when I fell asleep! I’m hoping for a short nap while she’s at school.

I mentioned the infamous Bluenose Marathon is this weekend. Both girls are running the 2k kids run which means I’ll be running it with them. I love seeing how many people are there as parents can run with their kids!

Last year’s Bluenose Kids Run:

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I have a 15k long run today and I’m really looking forward to it! I think that’s a good sign I picked the right race (June 18th) for me this spring. I’m hoping to do my long run with my husband which makes it even better. We’ll see if we can find someone to watch the girls.

My ankle is acting up a bit from the increased running I guess so I need to figure that one out. I wish I could find my own cupping set to massage out the pain I’m feeling. I’m not going to let it bother me this weekend. Positive thinking.

The girls have swimming lessons on Sunday (one of the reason I chose not to run Bluenose) but I’m hoping we’ll get out biking! It would be great to get the girls out on the trail but the bugs are just starting up so we’ll see if they’ll been keen.

That’s what I’m looking forward to this May long weekend! Oh and maybe a little BBQing, enjoying some of my Mother’s Day wine (Tidal Bay) and having all four of us home! Monday will be an bonus day with the girls since my husband has to work.

What are you up to this weekend?

Are you taking advantage of the May long weekend (if applicable)?

Anyone have any strategies to avoid FOMO?

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Rest & Run Weekly Wrap Up

Happy (late) Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there! Hope you all were spoiled yesterday!

Last weeks workout’s were all over the place but I feel good about getting in what I could. It was a bit of running and a bit more resting last week. The beginning of the week took me to Halifax for three days for a course that was non stop. I brought all my workout clothing with the expectation of going for a morning run, hitting up the gym or maybe even a yoga class. However, I did none of that.

Also, I’ll be honest….I’m kinda behind in my training plan and not really following it so well. I really need to get refocused on where I am and what week I should be at. I know, sounds kinda silly to be so aloof about a training plan but that’s kinda how I’ve been feeling about running these last few months.

What was Planned VS What Really Happened.

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I don’t even want to say I nailed this as I sat WAY to much during the first day of my course. Blah!

Tuesday: Yoga | Hotel workout. I went out for dinner, enjoyed some wine and then decided that I just wanted to relax on my King size bed (with no kids) and watch the hockey game. During the game I felt guilty for not getting in a workout (other then walking a lot in the day), so I did a short hotel workout. Everything from squats, triceps dips, plank and a series of all my PT exercises for my back, hamstrings and ankles.

Wednesday: 7k Run | 5k Run.  On the last day of my course, I was tempted to hit up the gym on my way home. I took a quick trip to Costco and then picked up dinner at Mezza for my husband and just kept driving home. I just wanted to see my girls before bed time. However, I also really wanted to run. Once they went to bed, I went for a quick 5k (30:46) and enjoyed a late night dinner with my husband.

This run was great. I finally felt like I was gliding up some hills with little effort and not feeling “out of shape”. Bit of a confidence booster run!

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Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. Too exhausted to do anything.

Friday: Rest Day | 13k Cycling. I got on my indoor trainer and peddled out 13k in just under 40 minutes. My legs just wanted to move but I wasn’t wanting to run on the treadmill (husband working), so I cycled.

Saturday: 10k Race | 10k Treadmill Run. Since I got a new Forerunner 230 Garmin for Mother’s Day, I decided to test it out! I’ve been eyeing it for months now but my husband beat me to the purchase line and the girls surprised me mid week with it.

 

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With my husband working all weekend, the girls and I had a busy weekend ahead of us. Saturday was a mix of a play date in the morning for Lilly and me running errands with Hilary. The afternoon was another play date for all of us which is always fun to hang out with my friend and her daughter, who is friends with both my girls.

Saturday night (whoop whoop), I jumped on the treadmill at 8pm and pounded out 10k. It was an interesting run watching my Garmin do it’s thing and the treadmill do it’s thing – they never matched up but I ran 10k in the end. It felt like the quickest 10k treadmill run ever!!! I almost couldn’t believe I was done!

I did make a rookie mistake and forgot to stop my Garmin at the end!

Sunday: Cross Train | Rest Day. Exhaustion hit me hard.

The girls had swimming lessons first thing and then I took them out to Brigadoon Village (a Camp for kids with chronicle illnesses) for their Mother’s Day brunch. My parents, brother, SIL, her parents and brother and my Aunt and Uncle joined us. We ate some amazing food and got to try archery, hiked around and climbed on a bunch of massive rocks.

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By the time we got home, I was so exhausted I fell asleep on a chair while the girls played near by. Lilly covered me over in a blanket so I would be warm – she’s such a sweet girl. I wanted to get on my indoor trainer Sunday night but decided I needed a super early to bed night. My body is craving sleep.

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I wish I had half their energy!

Total mileage this week: 15k running, 13k cycling.

How I’m feeling about my training? Well, I feel pretty good. I’m feeling more confident with my running and able to push myself a little more with my pace. I’m also feeling good about pushing forward up long hills which sometimes kills me. I feel like I need to get my training plan focused a little more and plan out my training to balance with my work life and home life. Fun times being a mother runner!

I haven’t been writing very often here but you can always find me over on Instagram.

How was your week or weekend?

Did you do anything for mother’s day?

Do you always feel focused on a training plan or aloof like me lately?

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High Mileage Weekly Recap

I’m pretty sure this is my “I’m-back-in-the-game” weekly recap of half marathon training. Up until now, I’ve been following a training plan that I used last year but really just using it as a bench marker.

Last week I managed to increase my mileage a whole latta without planning to. Though it lacked good strength training, I still went to yoga, did my PT exercises and been foam rolling daily.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened.

Week 6 of Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training.

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it!

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Had another great yoga class at lunch.

Wednesday: 7k Run | 7k Treadmill Run. Oh this was a sweet run! I wasn’t expecting anything out of it other then getting it done but it was magical! Okay, maybe not magical….but my legs finally felt like I was flying. I just wanted to keep going but it was getting close to 9pm and I still needed to stretch, shower, foam roll before bed. I love runs like these…..can we say “runner’s high”.

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Thursday: 5k Run | 5k Runch. I packed my bags the night before in hopes that I could get in my run but when lunch time approached I really didn’t want to run. I got dressed anyway and headed out. I ran on our local trail but went in a different direction then normal and just took it easy.

There were so many people on the trail which is always great – bikers, walkers, even birders – is that a thing? There was a group photographing birds in the trees. I’m pretty sure I thought they were going to hate me running by as I thought the bird would fly away, but that didn’t happen.

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Friday: Rest Day | 20 minute walk. Friday was a planned rest day but I had to take my car to the local garage and decided to walk home so I could work from home all morning. It was just over 20 minutes to walk back home, not a bad way to start the day!

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Saturday: 13k Long Run | 13k Long Run. I could probably write a long blog post about this run but I’ll try to keep it short. Friday night I messaged my running buddy Krystol to see if she was up for running together. It’s been months…months since we’ve run together so it was so great when she said yup!

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We met at my house at 7am and left promptly after that. We ran out of my subdivision and down to our local rails to trails (railway beds turned into trails) and ran out just under 6k and found another trial head called “Seven Bridges”. She’s been back there before so we decided to explore the trails a bit.

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What a cool place. It was single track running which didn’t bother us at all. Eventually, we came to a junction and decided we’d turn around and head back. I was fine up until 9k and then my legs just felt tired. It was a bit of a struggle bus to finish the 13k but we also did a lot of talking – not something you are used to when you run on your own. We finished the run, stretched and drank some Nuun while we chatted with my girls and Saï.

Sunday: Rest or cross train | 5k Shake out run. I didn’t plan on running on Sunday but mid morning my husband politely said to me “so, are you going to do a shake out run today?”. {Apparently, I was a little grumpy and he thought a run would help} I hadn’t planned on it but figured it couldn’t hurt so I got dressed and asked our girls if they wanted to join me on my last kilometre. Of course, they said yes.

They changed into running clothing as it was warming up outside. I told them and Saï that I’d be about 25 minutes (4k) and then we’d run 1k together. As I left on my run, I was running way too fast for a shake out run but I didn’t care until I hit the long incline and then a big hill – I felt like I hit a wall. I slowed down my pace and made it home in 25 minutes and just over 4k traveled. The girls joined me and we ran around the block for 1km.

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This is probably when I love running the most – when the girls run with me. It’s fun trying to teach them about pacing themselves and it’s not easy for them to do but we’re getting there. The 1 km took us 8 minutes flat!

Total km this week: 30k!!!!! No cycling 😦

I’ve been doing my PT exercises daily for my back and it’s getting stronger which is good. However, my lower back isn’t too happy on days when I run. The lower back muscles are pulling on my glutes a lot – at least that’s how it feels to me. Foam rolling helps so I’ve been doing that daily as well! Last week’s training can be found here –> week 5.

I’ll be taking it easy today (Monday) as I’m on the road to the city for three days. Unfortunately, there is a lot of sitting during the next few days during a course that I’m taking. However, it’s about physical activity so at least there will be some “activity breaks” and walking involved. I’m hoping to sneak in a work out at the gym or head out for a run but the schedule is rather intense! We’ll see – maybe some hotel yoga or HITT workout will be on the agenda.

How was your week / weekend?

How do you fit in workouts when traveling?

Do you run with your kids, niece/nephews, friends kids? 

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