Half Marathon Training Week #5 Wrap Up

Since I officially registered for my half marathon last week I figure my weekly wrap up will slide right into my training recaps.

Last week I finally hit the registration button for the Johnny Miles Half Marathon on June 18th. If you are new to the blog, I ran this last year but it went horrible wrong when my dog died at home two days prior to the race. My training was on point for a decent race but once I lined up and started running I wanted to quit by 5k. Long story short, I almost had a personal worst and to be even more honest – I don’t know my exact time but it was over 2 h 30 minutes.

Having said that, I’m not setting large expectations on this half marathon. The event itself is great but my goals for the race are to run it better then last year and enjoy it. It’s a double loop and relatively flat course with some long inclines along the road, crusher dust trail and great community involvement (sprinklers and extra hydration stations).

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Race: Johnny Miles Event Weekend – Half Marathon (Full, Half, 10k, 5k/kids event)

Where: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Who is Johnny Miles? Well, he’s a Nova Scotian runner that won Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929. Yes, ages ago but his story is pretty awesome.

Number of runners: Roughly 3,000 (I think – don’t quote me).

My Johnny Miles Half Marathon 2016 recap can be found here

Training Week #5

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: Cross Train | Cycling 20k. I challenged myself to see if I could get in 45-50 minutes and then decided I wanted to make it to 20k, so I kept going. My legs were like jello after that workout!

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga.  I went to my lunch time yoga class and it was everything I needed. My back is responded really well to yoga so I’m trying really hard to get to this class as well as 5-10 minutes of stretching/yoga each day.

Wednesday: Run | 7k Treadmill run. I glance briefly at my half made up half old training plan and realized that my mid week runs needed to increase in distance so I went for 7k and it was pretty good.

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Thusday:  5k Run | Rest Day. I wimped out and took a rest day.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I kinda wanted to work out but I took the girls to the city for the night so I could have a little break. You see my husband worked M/T/W/F/S/S this week which was 1 day extra and I’ll be completely honest here – I knew that I’d need a little break from my girls to survive the weekend with them. It may sound horrible or selfish or terrible but I’ve come to know my limits and I’ve come to know when I need a little help from my friends and family.

Saturday: 12k Long Run | 12k Treadmill run!!!! I’ll break it down for ya. Saturday morning was going to be spent running errands (without kids) and then the afternoon was going to be my long run. It’s not quiet how it went down but I did get my run in.

I desperately needed new work clothing so I literally spent 3 hours shopping and it was horrible and great. My first purchase was for my daughters – go figure, right! I manged to find some great outfits (shirts, blazer, pants) and even ate out for lunch – by myself! I dropped by to visit my Aunt and Uncle and spent a little more time there then I expected but it didn’t really bother me. My run would happen later in the evening or I’d move it to Sunday.

I eventually made it back to my parents house, had dinner and packed up the girls to head home – it’s an hour’s drive. They brushed their teeth and had their pj’s on as it was straight to bed when we got home. It took about 45 minutes for them to settle down and fall asleep so I jumped on my treadmill at 7:50 PM – YUP!!!

I figured I was either crazy or stupid for attempting to run after such a long day but I didn’t want a third day to be a rest day. So, I plugged away at the 12k. I watched Chicago Med, polished off a bottle of lemon lime Nuun, 2 fruit-to-go bars and a larger bottle of water. After C.Med ended, I started watching Grey’s Anatomy.

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I ran at a slow but steady pace. It was comfortable at times and then I’d speed it up. I took a few walk breaks, food/water breaks and then at 11.6k in I heard Hilary crying upstairs. I paused my treadmill and ran up the stairs. HAVE YOU EVER RUN UP STAIRS AFTER 11 KILOMETRES???? Wobbly legs 100%.

She was crying on the toilet for who know’s what reason. So I cleaned her up, washed her face and hands and got her back in bed. “Love you Mama” she said as I left her room, “love you too sweetheart”, I replied back. Oh…some Mama moments are the best.

I ran back down the stairs with slightly less wobbly legs and finished off the last .40 of the last kilometre. And just like that it was done! I stretched, showered, put on a clean pair of Tiux compression socks – actually the red endurance socks and laid on my bed with heat on my back.

I eventually fell asleep but woke up when my husband got home after he finished his shift (he’s a Paramedic). Not 5 minutes later Hilary was up and in our bed upset about something else! She slept between us for a while….well, let’s be honest, it was more like she had her own personal boxing match between the two of us. Hand jab to my back here, foot kick to my leg here, who know’s what she did to my husband. We put her back in her bed and both finally got to sleep.

Sometimes I wonder how we parents function on NO sleep!

Total mileage for this week: 19 km running, 20 km cycling, 1 yoga class.

Last year’s training at this stage in the training plan can be found here. Not a bad week of training. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see my mileage a little higher at this point but with one missed 5k and some good cross training this week, I’m find with how it my training this week went.

How was your week?

Have you ever gone back to a race for redemption? 

Does your Province or State have an event similar (after a Boston Marathon winner) event?

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April Runfessions

Another month, another round of Runfessions! It’s been a month of trying to get back into running more regularly but also doing other sports to cross train.

April Runfessions

I runfess that I’m struggling to increase my running days while trying to train for a half marathon. I’ve been loving having an indoor trainer and working through some challenging rides. I’ve also been loving getting back to weekly yoga classes which seem to help my back a lot.

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I runfess I’m done with Physio. I feel like I’ve spent the last 2 years going to physio for either my hamstring, my SI joint, my ankle injury and now my back from the car accident. I’m just done with going but I’m still going as I kinda have to if I want to get my back better. I’m tired of leaving work for PT but I’m also tired of having a sore back. Catch 22!

I runfess that I’ve been loving all the Boston Marathon coverage but secretly would love to run the London Marathon! My husband is from England, so it would be nice family trip for us but I just feel like running in London would be awesome! PS – I’ve never run a marathon before.

I runfess that I FINALLY registered for Johnny Miles Half Marathon (June 18th) – whoop whoop! I guess I took the month of April to convince myself that I can get back into training for a half marathon. Though my training and lose training plan have been wish-washy, I’ve managed to get through some long runs with limited back pain – so that’s a win in my eyes!

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I runfess that I’m loving the kinda spring like weather we are having but haven’t had many runs outside. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful to have a treadmill to do most of my runs on but I’m sure looking forward to more outdoor runs this spring!

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I runfess (yes, an extra one) – that I’m really missing playing soccer and can’t wait to get back on the field. Having had this car accident and dealing with whiplash has sidelined me from contact sport – which makes sense. However, I’m missing it.

Do you have an Runfessions for the month of April?

Are you loving the spring like weather, or has it even arrived ?

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month! Check out my March, February and January Runfessions.

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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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Run|Cycle|Earth Day Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Monday folks!

Last week we had a COLD week in Nova Scotia and even saw snow twice! The first morning that I woke up to snow I actually wanted to cry. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow in the winter but not mid to late April. Luckily the snow (1-2 cm) melted by the end of the day. The second time it snowed I had my long run scheduled – awesome!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling. 40 minutes on the indoor trainer. I’m starting to push myself a little more on the bike by increasing/decreasing the speed/gears to make it more challenging. It was hard and my legs were tired afterwards.

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga at lunch. I still love going to this class. I always feel great afterwards and my back feels so much better after an hour of yoga.

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Wednesday: Run | 5k Treadmill run. Struggle bus!!! There was nothing pretty about this run. I kinda hated it but loved it at the same times as I know getting back into regular running is going to be hard work. I also has Physio for my back.

“Sometimes it’s not what’s in front of you but within you that can get your through challenging runs”.

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Thursday: Cycle | Rest Day. I wanted to cycle but was just too tired so I took a rest day.

Friday: Rest | Rest Day. This was a scheduled rest day but to be honest I wanted to do something. However, I took a rest day and hung out with my husband that evening (most of my workouts are at night)

Saturday: Long Run | 10k Long Run + Earth Day. This was a test to see if I could handle the longer distances, even after finishing an 8k last weekend I wanted to get this under my belt before trying to move forward. Though the run was good, bad and ugly – I got it done!

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I wanted to get up early and get my run in but it was more like 8:30 when I started. It was snowing. I had to wear gloves and a toque and the wind was whipping.

I knew I’d be just over an hour and wanted to stay on some flat terrain instead of hills. The first few km’s were great but then it got a little hard. After it got hard, it got bad so I had to walk a little more. The it got ugly on km number 9, so I walked. There is nothing wrong with walking. I managed to run my last km and felt strong at the end, so I’m taking that as a win!

Earth Day

My oldest daughter wanted to do something for Earth Day so we decided late afternoon to go clean up garbage. We started in our front lawn but could only find a few things so we went down to our local trail. It’s used by walkers, runners, cyclists and some motorized vehicles. There was garbage everywhere!!!

We cleaned up an area of almost 1 full km and called it a day (mainly because our bag was full)

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Sunday: Cross Training | Rest Day. The morning was spent at swimming lessons for the girls and they both did awesome! Hilary hates the water but she finally did 100% of her lesson. The afternoon was spent doing laundry, cleaning the house and being referee to the girls. Saï took Hilary out shopping and Lilly and I baked vegan blueberry muffins. I wanted to get on my bike that evening but was exhausted so we watched a movie instead.

Total # of KM this week: 15 running, 13k cycling

Though I had a few more rest days the I wanted, I’m okay with that. I’m trying to get back into half marathon training while keeping in mind I’m still dealing with whiplash from my car accident in March. I don’t think it’s going to be fully heeled any time soon but I’m doing everything I can to reduce the pain and get stronger.

How was your week?

Anyone do anything for Earth Day?

Anyone race this weekend? 

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Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

I think this is the first time that I’m actually sick of chocolate. I feel shocked that I could even say that! Way too much Easter chocolate over the last 4-5 days has me looking the other way.

In running news…I ran three times this week, even with a minor set back with my neck/back injury. I’m really excited to see what happens on the roads in Boston today! From Kathrine Switzer and the 261 Fearless crew to local Nova Scotian’s and of course the elites!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. This is where things went down hill for me with my neck/back after feeling really good. I co-facilitated a workshop and we were on our feet for 3.5 – 4 hours. I was doing a lot of writing on flip chart paper on the wall for a good chunk of that time. Pretty much right after we finished, I started to feel nauseous and my neck hurt a lot. It was kinda horrible but I had already booked a massage appointment so I quickly went to that appointment.

The massage helped significantly but I took it easy for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: Rest | Rest 

Wednesday: Rest Day | Plank: 2:08. A last minute decision to start planking again … right before bed of course. I was hoping for 45-60 seconds but just kept going. After a bit I wanted to see how far I could go and managed 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What a rush!

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Thursday: PT and Run | PT and Run. I was introduced to “dry needling” at physio and I’m pretty sure I cried a little! It was way more painful then the cupping (stripping) I had last year on my glutes and hamstring when I swore a few times. I could only handle two needles and I was done! I think it helped but didn’t feel good in that area until Sunday morning.

As for my run, it was all about just moving and getting active. I ran after our girls went to bed. My pace is slow for me, though after months of not really running I’m not disappointed. I’m just happy to be running. I’ve managed to drop my pace from 6:26/km to 6:13/km in a few days. I even saw a 5:55/km – the last one…guess I really wanted to get home!

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Friday: Rest Day| Cycling (10k). After a full day at the Zoo, walking trails and hanging out at a playground (plus laundry, cleaning the house etc.), I was spent. Although I had planned it to be a rest day, I wanted to do a little cycling and some PT. It felt good to cycling and have tired legs with less impact than running.

Saturday: Run outside| 8k Treadmill run. This was my longest run in MONTHS and it felt great. I just wanted to run and see if I could managed 7-8k. Again, this was after a busy day with the girls: errands all morning, another playground with friends, baking for Sunday dinner, more laundry and dishes for days!

To be honest, it took everything in me to put on my running clothing after getting the girls to bed. I was relaxed and just wanted to skip my run.

For the most part it was easy and felt good. I tried to channel my inner #261fearless girl as there were a few times when I had to either get off the treadmill or just slow the pace down. However, I was also able to increase the pace during the last 2-3 km, so that was awesome.

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Sunday: Rest day | Rest Day. I took Sunday to rest. Ideally, I would have liked to get on my bike or do some yoga. We traveled to the city for a family dinner and after that BIG meal all I wanted to do was hang out and relax…so I did!

Total km this week: 13 running (10 cycling).

This week I’m hoping to go to yoga again as I found that helped my back a lot. I need to register for Johnny Miles Half. And I need to change my current half ass training plan into a better, more formal plan.

How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else training for a spring race?

Okay – who is glued to Boston on TV, online, social media etc. today?

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Hop Hop Hop Easter Treats & Tricks

Happy Easter!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend with family and friends. We’ve managed to spend most of our time outside at the Zoo, in our yard, playgrounds and found a bunch of chocolate in our house this morning?

I may have got a sunburn Friday watching them play (this playground was actually massive! This is just one section.

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Then we climbed a dead tree at the Zoo – a must-do each visit.

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Yesterday, we started making these Easter nest/eggs together but somehow the girls were drawn to the outdoors and started raking our neighbour’s leaves with her. So, I continued to finish them by myself and brought some over to taste test.

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We’re off to spend today with my family in the city while my husband has to work. Sure thankful for Paramedics (fire fighters, doctors etc.) who have to work holidays but kinda wish it wasn’t my husband’s weekend to work. Oh well…we still got to see him before his shifts.

I’m looking forward to seeing my family and doing our little Easter egg hunt that ends up becoming a bit of a competition to re-hide the eggs. You see, we each get 1 egg with our name on it that the Easter bunny leaves behind while we all eat….but we never notice (this is actually pretty cool for the girls). Anyway, my brother and sister tend to re-hide each other’s eggs to they can’t find it and then the Easter Bunny can’t remember were it was hidden.

Never a dull moment with the family on Easter weekend 🙂

How’s your weekend going?

Do you have any Easter traditions? Egg hunts, family dinner, church?

Anyone excited about Boston?

Planned vs Reailty Workouts Wrap Up

Sometimes you have a planned workout and it happens with no problems. Sometimes you plan a workout and nothing goes right and your workout changes or doesn’t happen at all.  It’s life!

When I train for races, I try to share my “what was planned” vs “what really happened” because as a working mom of two young children, with a house to run, husband that works shift work and random life moments that POP out of now where – workouts can change.

Though I still need to actually register for Johnny Miles Half, this was technically but 2nd week of “training”. I say that loosely as I haven’t done much training but more getting back to running and other workouts.

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday:  Rest Day | Physiotherapy. I had electrical stimulation with heat and laser on my back.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga.  I went to my first yoga class in a month and was just what I needed. My back stretch, cracked and popped in places that just needed that. I did take it really easy and didn’t get to do all the fun poses that I like to do. Slow and steady wins the race!

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Wednesday: Easy run | 3k Treadmill Run. That’s it? Well yes, that’s all I was allowed. When you are permitted to run, but only a certain distance – you listen and follow instructions. I walked for 1k and then ran 3k. I’ll be completely honest, though the run was awesome my legs were dying…DYING during that first kilometre.

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Thursday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I figured I’d take it easy just to allow my body to sink into the affects of Wednesday’s run.

Friday:  Physiotherapy | Physiotherapy. It was the same as Monday – at this point my back was really starting to feel better.

Saturday: RunRest Day. I had planned to run on Saturday in the afternoon but life just happens. My husband had a 2 hour ride in his training (cycling) and did that first thing in the morning. I was going to run after that but it was just one thing after the other. I was all ready to go for a run just before dinner but yet again, life took over and had to be dealt with. I took that evening just to rest and try to get over a head cold I picked up a few days prior. Sadly, no run.

Sunday: 5k | 5k. First off, I woke up to my kids and husband doing morning yoga in the basement together! No photo’s were taken, though I was dying to snap one. Second, the girls had swimming lessons at 9:45. Once we got home from that I went out for for a run.

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My plan was to stay as close to home in case my back started bothering me but I was fine. It was a slow and steady run with an average of: 6:26/km but managed 6:06 on my last kilometre. I felt great during my run and after which was a relief as I wasn’t sure how it was going to go.

Total KM this week: 8km  Not much, but any running is good running right now.

How often to you plan a run/workout only to change it up?

How was your weekend?

Did anyone else enjoy some spring like weather?

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March Mileage & April Goals

I kinda wanted to call this post “Lack of March Mileage & April Goals” but I changed it last minute to stay in tune with other months. In February, I set a few goals for March that I seriously thought I could handle but you can’t always control what’s going to happen in your life, no matter how hard you try.

March Goals:

  • Increase days per week of running – Nope.
  • Continue with soccer, yoga and barre – Yes, yes and no.
  • Ski as many times as we can (hello melting snow) – Yes.
  • Register for Spring/Summer Race – Picked a race (Johnny Miles Half – June 18th).

For some reason I didn’t write that last goal on my blog but I did in my running/workout log book so it still counts…you just didn’t know about it 🙂  I don’t feel like I failed at my goals last month but just as my running mojo was starting to come back I got into that dang car accident.

We did enjoy St. Paddy’s Day 🙂

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The first half of March was great; lots of soccer, skiing, cycling and yoga. I even had a random night (work related) where I played basketball (not my strength), hula hooping, lacrosse and floor hockey. We had a blast that night.

My horrible penmanship: 

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Insert the car accident late into the month which put a stop to everything. I took a solid week off everything to recover from the accident. I was able to do a little more cycling towards the end of the month. I’m in physio yet again but for the minor whiplash, along with the occasional massage which has helped a lot! Okay… I’m sharing this one picture of the accident …

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Okay, now that’s all done with, I’m moving on. Though I didn’t get back into running as much as I had planned, I feel that I didn’t fail on my goals. You win some, you lose some but as long as you enjoy the ride, you are winning, right!

April Goals:

  • Normal life (no accidents, no injuries).
  • Start training for Johnny Miles Half – (slow and steady folks).
  • Daily yoga and foam rolling.
  • Run with my daughters (and husband once his knee is better).
  • Dust off my journal….

One thing I’m really looking forward to is Spring weather. I love winter and snow but I’m done with it, time for spring! I’m also loving that it’s still light out at 7:30 pm and really only getting dark around 8 pm. It makes such a difference.

If you missed the other months, check them out here: January, February.

Are you loving the later evenings? 

Did you achieve your March goals?

Any April goals you want to share?