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?

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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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Half Marathon Training Week 4 ~ Bluenose

With spring in the air…oh wait, spring has not sprung in Nova Scotia just yet! We had a big snow storm last week and ended up with over 25cm of snow! Don’t get me wrong, I love snow but it’s a little to late for me.

Having said that, I changed up my week a lot and it barely resembled my training plan, you can see what I did below!

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What was Planned vs What Really Happened!

Monday 19th: 40 minute cross train Rest Day! After traveling to the city for a full day meeting I was spent by evening time. Therefore no cross training and I went to bed super early – extra sleep was welcomed!

Tuesday: 7 k run | Yoga Flow class at lunch. It felt great to stretch really well.

Wednesday: 35 minute tempo run | 7 km run with Carmacks. I decided to take our dog out for 5 k that evening and then I went back out for another 2 k.  I also had my last (potentially) physio session for my hip/obliques – woohoo!

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Thursday: 5 k | Rest Day. Snow storm!!! Though I had planned to either run on my treadmill or get on my bike, it didn’t happen that evening.

Friday: Rest Day | 14.32 km cycling. I decided to do a short ride on my bike: 33 minutes.

Saturday: 5 k | 11 km long run. This run started off really great as I ran through my subdivision for the first 5k and then things went down hill slightly. Well, I literally ran down hill out of my subdivision but that’s not the point. Some portions of the sidewalks were still covered in snow. I  run in the snow for certain parts on on the sidewalks or on a very small path – like one foot in front of the other kind of path. No room for anything else.

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Needlesss to say 6-11 km was hard going. My hip and obliques held up pretty good, though I did some some slight discomfort around 5k in. I stretched for 30-40 minutes and did legs up the wall for 10 minutes post run which both helped to make a difference in my post run recovery. I also wore my Tiux compression socks during my run and another pair for the remainder of the day.

Sunday: 11 km run | Skiing! This is why I moved my long run to Saturday, so I could go skiing one last time with my daughters on the last day of the season. I was feeling great post long run and felt really good skiing down the hill.

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Though it wasn’t a great week of following my actual training plan, it was still a pretty active week so I’m really happy with that!

Total running km this week: 18 km (14.32 cycling, 1 skiing, 1 yoga)

Total running training cycle: 48 km

When was the last time you took an unplanned rest day?

What’s your favourite cross training activity?

How often do you change your training plans?

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Run, Ski, Cycle, Skate, Ski MORE! Weekly Wrap Ups.

Happy Monday!

I’m way behind in blog posts and sharing my weekly wrap ups but it’s for good reason. I’ve basically spent the last week with my kids and made zero time for blogging. So you are getting two weeks of workouts in one blog post!

Weekly Wrap Ups!

March 5th – 11th:

  • Monday: Rest Day (day after long run)
  • Tuesday: Indoor training – cycling 20.21 km
  • Wednesday: 5 k run with Carmacks.
  • Thursday: Rest day…aka watch all kinds of TV by the fire!
  • Friday: Rest Day
  • Saturday: Snowshoeing with my daughters and our friends. (Fresh snow!)
  • Sunday:  10km long run!

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This was my first 10k since November and it went rather well. I decided not to take my dog out and just see how I could make out with the distance. I have some minor pain in my obliques but seemed to work it out over a few days. Happy to say that my half marathon training has begun.

March 12th – 18th:

Keeping in mind this is week is March break (spring break) for my kids and I was on vacation with them. We stayed home and didn’t stop all week. My body is completely exhausted and I really should have taken Monday (today) off just to recover.

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  • Monday: Skiing with my daugther’s all day.
  • Tuesday: Skating with my daugther’s. Ran 5k at the beginning of a snow storm.
  • Wednesday: Skating again with my daughters.
  • Thursday: Cross training: indoor Cycling – 24.46km
  • Friday: Skiing all afternoon/evening with my daugther’s.
  • Saturday: Skating AGAIN!!!!!!! And 5k with Carmacks.
  • Sunday: Skiing one last time on the most beautiful day of the year!!!!

It was a pretty great March break for our girls. We also went shopping with gift cards and hit up the library twice.

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Running with Carmacks this winter has been lots of fun. He sure is making me run WAY faster then I would on my own….by about 20-30 seconds. I guess those will be my tempo/speed work days! As I mentioned above, I’m completed exhausted! My body is tired and I feel like I could sleep for a full 24 hours to recover. A rest day can’t come soon enough!

Half Marathon Training:

Early last week I had a bit of an eye opener! I realised the I’m basically in my half marathon training without having a training plan or actually realising that I should be “training” for a half marathon.

I’m running the Bluenose Half Marathon with two girl friends, our husbands use to work together a few years back and we became friends. It’s a girls weekend and I convinced them to run their first half marathon!!! Anyway, I freaked out a bit and then sat down and decided on Hal Higdon Intermediate training plan – which I’ve done before. I’m going to modify it as I need to and don’t plan to run 5 days a week as it’s planned out.

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My body is not ready for 5 days of running…at the most 3 days of running a week, plus yoga, cycling and lately a tone of skiing and skating! I’ll be writing more about my training plan and how training is going. I’ll also be going back to my “What Was Planned vs What Really Happened” recaps. Because, the reality of a full-time-working-mother-runner-who’s-husband-works-shift-work running schedule doesn’t always go as planned. Just being honest!  Let’s do this!

How was your week?

Did you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day?

Training for a race?

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February Mileage

First off – HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!!!!

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February Mileage:

February was a really busy and fun month! We skied, I cycled a lot and even got in a little running, yoga and went skating once.

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This was one of my favourite days in February, skiing with my girls and my Dad. Nothing better then spending time with your family doing the thing you all love to do!

If you missed January’s mileage, you can see it here.

Weekly Workouts Feb 26th – March 3rd

  • Monday 26th: Skiing with my girls. One daughter had no school while the other one played hooky and I took the day off. Though it was raining while we skied, it was still a great day with my girls. Plank and PT.
  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow class, plank and PT.
  • Wednesday: Cycling – 25km! Plank (2:06) and PT exercises.
  • Thursday: Worked that evening. NO PLANK!
  • Friday: Mama’s night out with some girl friends.
  • Saturday: Too many chores done around the house. I was pooped!
  • Sunday: 8k trail run with Carmacks. Just what we needed!

I forgot to post my weekly workouts on Monday, so I figured I’d add it in now. We are getting a little snow storm today followed by some rain but I’m hopeful that it will stick around so we can snowshoe a little in the next few days as we head into March Break.

Are you celebrating International Women’s Day?

Any plans for March/Spring break? 

Anyone racing this weekend?

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Run, Cycle, Yoga, Ski {12th – 25th} Wrap Up

It’s been two weeks since I’ve done a weekly wrap up only because I didn’t have time to blog it out! A little running outdoors, cycling, yoga and some good ski days in there! The last two weeks went a little like this!

Feb 12th – 18th:

  • Monday: Cycling 20km, PT and plank.
  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow Class, PT and plank.
  • Wednesday: Rest Day  (PT and plank).
  • Thursday: Cycling 22km, PT and plank.
  • Friday: 5k Outdoor Run, PT and plank.
  • Saturday: Rest Day (PT and plank).
  • Sunday: Indoor Cycling (PT and plank).

February 19th – 26th:

  • Monday: Skiing all day with my girls! It was so busy with it being a holiday here but it was still great skiing! Plank and PT.

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  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow class at lunch. So good! Plank and PT.
  • Wednesday: Rest Day but yes…plank and PT.
  • Thursday: Rest Day…again, plank and PT.
  • Friday: 1 hour of skiing at lunch, PT and plank.

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  • Saturday: Rest day….a.k.k. Costco plus visiting some family and Plank.
  • Sunday: 7k trail run with Carmacks, PT and plank.

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Right now, it’s all about the variety in my workouts! There is no consistency and I’m totally fine with that! We have very little snow (on the hills) but skiing is still pretty darn sweet. Yesterday’s run on the trail with Carmacks was great!

Also, if you missed my February Runfessions….because I didn’t post it on Friday – you can check it out here!

How was your weekend/week?

Are you training for anything?

Are you all about variety in your workouts or focusing on one thing?

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Feb 5th – 11th Wrap Up

February has kicked off with some snow, then rain, a little more snow and yes, MORE rain! I’m trying to not let the weather stop me from being active but I’d sure love a good dump of snow to play in for more then 1-2 days. My poor snowshoes are feeling neglected!

With the Olympics kicking off last Friday, we’ve been catching games and events as we can in between basketball practices and birthday parties for the girls. Watching athletes in the Olympics sure can light a fire under your butt to get moving just a little bit more.

Feb 5th – 11th Workouts:

Monday: Plank + PT exercises

Tuesday: Plank + PT exercises.

Wednesday: 5k run in the snow. Plank – not in the snow.

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding running due to my hip injury for no reason other then I was trying to avoid pain. It started snowing Wednesday around supper time and I had this great motivation to run outside in the snow. So, I laced up with my Yak Trax’s on and went out for a 5k run. I miscalculated a bit since I hit a button on my Garmin a few times but was satisfied with the 5k in fluffy snow. There was so much snow coming down, that when I came back around one loop my foot prints had almost disappeared. After all that snow, we had rain and by morning it was all gone!

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Thursday: 23 km cycling, plank. I was having some pain in my hip/back so decided that cycling would be a good workout for me….and I could watch 9-1-1 while I rode. Have you seen that show yet?

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Friday: Physio appointment, Plank, PT exercises.

Saturday: Plank + PT exercises.

Sunday: Last minute 5 k at 9:20 pm! Plus, Plank and PT exercises.

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After a busy day with the girls and visiting with my parents, my opportunity to run was slipping away fast. My husband got home later then normal and I just kept cleaning up and getting organized for the week. All of a sudden it was 8:30 and I wasn’t even in my running gear. Urgh!

Once my husband got home, we chatted for a while about our days and I just figured my run would happen another day. At 9:09 (yes, I remember looking at the time), I decided screw this, I’m running and blurted it out of my mouth. My husband’s response was “good, go get ready”. So I did.

I really wasn’t expecting much and started my run at 9:22 on the treadmill as it was freezing rain outside. I figured if I got in 3-4 k, that would be great. I had some slight discomfort in my obliques but not pain so I ran. I ran, and I ran. It was comfortable. It felt easy. It just felt really GREAT! I don’t remember the last time I felt that good running.

It was close to 10 pm and I had gotten heavily into an old Grey’s episode and couldn’t stop watching (the one where they all get shot). Anyway…I stretched and did my PT exercises followed by a plank. I quickly showered and went to bed sometime after 11 pm. Such a late bed time for me but that run was WORTH it!

And yes, I’m tired this morning. Super tired! I was up at 3 am with one girl and 5 am because I couldn’t sleep. Still, that run was worth it!

How was your week/weekend?

Favourite Olympic moment so far?

When was the last time you had such a great run (or workout)?

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