Friday 5 Favourites: Half Marathon Training

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

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

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

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Foam Rollers

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

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Strength Training

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

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

Yoga

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

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Smoothies.

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

Rest Days

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

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

Would you switch your training weeks around? 

What’s your favourite thing right now? 

Weekend Plans?

 

The Day I Thought My Garmin Died!

Gulp! Oh man I thought my Green Garmin died today!

Last night I went to bed super early, before 9:30 as I just wasn’t feeling 100%. I missed the opportunity to run and honestly, didn’t even care – what’s up with that? I even started second guessing myself with my running.

Anyway, as I was going to bed I thought I’d pack my running gear in the morning so I could run OUTSIDE at lunch. My, how I’ve missed my “runch” time this winter! I grabbed my gear; clothing, runners, foam roller (yes I’m going to foam roll at work) and then my Garmin. And it looked like this……..

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No time. Nothing 😦

Well what do you expect when you don’t use it for more than a month and not charge it? I dies.

So, I charged it up while I worked and went out for my RUNCH! This wasn’t an awesome run as the sidewalks were still ICY!

Nice sideways, eh!

Nice sideways, eh!

Up hill, down hill, ice everywhere, some clear spots, slush and ended my 5 k run with only 5 soakers. Good thing I brought extra socks with me!

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“runch”

I was a little unsure about running on the sidewalks so I brought my old yak traxs with me and put them on when I saw a women slip with cowboy boots on (Umm, who wears cowboy boots in the WINTER in Nova Scotia?). I took it easy (7:00 minute km pace) and then foam rolled when I got back to the office.

Happy to have that run behind me as I was feeling super low about my running yesterday/this morning. My energy level has picked up which is already great and I managed to hit my 10,000 steps with my Fitbit Flex already (we still have a love-hate relationship going on).

Good news – my hamstring felt great.

Bad news – my ankles aren’t too happy after that run.

You win some you lose some!

Anyone “runching” lately?

Sidewalks clear, snow-covered (I hope not) or icy like ours?

PS we are expecting a snow storm on the weekend!

Would you have run on those sidewalks or call it a day?

 

Roll It Out

My legs are super sore after a long, hard week of runnin’ and stuff. I was hoping to get another 10k in before Sunday but I had to slow down and listen to my body. No 10k training run before my 5k race on Sunday – I’m too sore.

However, I can proudly say I’m now a member of the foam rolling community. My husband bought me a foam roller for Christmas and I’ve used it here and there. It’s a love – hate relationship 😉

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I’m not as graceful as the lady in this photo….and not sure if I would do this outside as I’m sure people would laugh at me 😉

My week’s workouts looked a little like this:

Sunday: 8k (Before Easter Dinner)

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 6k Terrible Run

Wednesday: 8k (2 on the treadmill and 6 outside)

Thursday: Indoor Soccer Game. We won 6-1 and are in the final game next week!

Friday: Unplanned Rest Day: Foam Rolled/Epsom Salt Bath

Saturday: Planning to run an easy and slow 5k today, we’ll see if it happens!

Foam Rolling Friday Night

Last night I was really wanting to get a little 5k run in and planned to rest Saturday. I got through my day at work with lots of aches and pains after sitting, going up stairs and even getting in/out of the car. Whoops! I didn’t stretch after my soccer game the night before and now I was paying the price 😦

Instead of running last night, I took a HOT bath with Epsom salts and foam rolled for a little while. Hurts so much but felt so good! Here are two “foam rolling” blogs that I used:

1. Kate Moving Forward – Basic Foam Rolling

2. Gina from Fitnessista How I {foam} roll + a video

When I woke up this morning, I had this message on Twitter from Maritime Race Weekend:

I am running the Tartan Twosome Sept 12th: 5k at sunset and Sept 13th: 10k at sunrise. It was a pretty awesome way to start your day!

Do you foam roll? 

Every “forget” to stretch after running/soccer/a workout?

Do you win stuff from races you sign up for?

Anna