I Finally Pulled It All Together and Had A Great Run

It was about time! I was starting to get worried after hitting my snooze button too many times and forgetting my sports bra that I wouldn’t be able to pull it all together. I took a rest day Saturday and boy did my legs need it!

Don’t forget about my AMRAP Bar Giveaway – 3 lucky winners 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up really early and was out running by 7 am. It was Sunday Runday for me 🙂 17k awaited me and the plan was to run towards work and back (It’s just around 10 one way).

I woke up at 6:15 am, checked Facebook/IG etc., got dressed, ate breakfast and went outside to fire up my Green Garmin {yes, in that order}. It was also the first day I was wearing my Nathan “Trail Mix” Hydration Pack….after all, I was running 17k.

I laced up my sneeks and shook out my hands (for some odd reason) and off I went. Slow, real slow. Just enough to get my legs moving and feel like I was running. I still can’t believe I got up that early to do my long run. The sun was just starting to rise and there was barely any cars on the road. I ran along the sidewalk for most of the run.

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I took my first GU (Tri-Berry) at 42 minutes in with a little Vega electrolyte drink and kept running. At the half way point I decided to stretch out my legs and then got back at it. The sun was beautiful and the temperature was starting to increase. I had to take a photo as it was really quite beautiful but I kinda just look angry (that’s just me looking into the sun).

Around 12 km my legs were getting tired but my mind wasn’t so that was good! As I ran by a Paramedic base, I took my next GU (chocolate) at around 13k with water and for some reason had a hard time getting this one down, even though it was one of my favourites.

I increased my speed when I could and paced myself on the long inclines and hills as needed. My legs started to come around and I was feeling really good. I really wanted to run 18k even though my training plan only called for 17k.

As I got close to home I managed to finished of the last km really strong and faster than any other kilometer.

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Sunday Runday 19k done

I couldn’t have asked for a better run; perfect temperature, the new hydration pack was awesome and my pace was exactly where I wanted it to be overall.

When I got back home the girls and Sai were hanging out. Hilary came running up to me so I quickly picked her up. Then after realising I was completely sweaty, she gave me the ugliest face ever and I put her down. “Mommy swea-ty”. Yes, dear, Mommy was sweaty. We then did some yoga and stretches together – so cute watching them do pigeon pose.

Anyone run or race this weekend?

Hydration pack on long runs or not?

What’s the earliest you’ve started your morning run?

Running: This OR That

It’s time for THIS or THAT! A while back Amy at Fitness Meets Frosting posted these questions and I thought I’d give it a go. 

This or That

1. This or that: 5K or a half marathon?

This is a tough one. Since I am currently training for my 2nd half marathon my head is focused on 21.1 but I do love a good 5k. Oh wait, I have a 5k and 10k in September – the Tartan Twesome…then my half in October 😉 Guess I’ll do both distance soon!

2. This or that: flat race in the heat or hilly race in the cold?

Hilly race in the cold any day! Really, living in Nova Scotia you run in the cold, in snow, on ice conditions that are on hills 😉

3. This or that: new running shoes or a new running outfit?

I recently won a pair of running shoes *yes, I know…I am lucky* so I’d go for a new running outfit that matches well.

4. This or that: run a half marathon without headphones or Garmin?

I would run a half marathon without headphones over not having my Garmin! I do all of my outdoor runs without any music because I can’t find the time to download/upload any music to my IPod. I’d want to know how I was doing on my pace for that distance.

5. This or that: race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?

I’m a big fan of racing because of the convenience – location and travelling. With two little ones and my husband away, I am lucky enough to have my family take care the of our girls if my husband is away.  Don’t get me wrong, the swag is fun but I don’t need it.

Best swag to date – a large bottle of sunscreen back in June!

6. This or that: PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?

Finish strong and miss a PR 100%. I wouldn’t risk having an injury just to get a PR.

7. This or that: 100 squats or 100 push ups? [Now take a break and go do them. ;)]

100 Squats – I really, really suck at push ups and I’d rather have wobble legs then jello arms.

8. This or that: run without socks or without sports bra?

Oh dear lord, this is cruel! I would run without socks but would slab on body glide or vaseline to my feet/heels and pray to god it’s not bad.

9. This or that: treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?

Humm….I dunno! Being the Mother Runner that I am, I run for an hour on my treadmill all the time.  How long is this street block?

10. This or that: Ragnar Relay or Marathon Relay team?

I think a Marathon Relay Team would be fun to do….I may have to put that on my bucket list. It would be awesome to do with my husband and a bunch of our friends.

11. This or that: Naked run or naked yoga?

Ahh…..ummm…. *puts head down in embarrassment* …. I would do naked yoga in my house and that’s it. No naked running, no naked yoga class. Oh god, now everybody’s thinking I do naked yoga in my house! Awesome!

12. This or that: Come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in NYC marathon?

I would love to be a Canadian Olympic athlete – so 4th in the Olympics would win over 1st in NYC Marathon. However, I bet there is more money in the NYC Marathon then the Olympics…..nah, I’d still pick the Olympics.

13. This or that: give up running for 3 years to get a BQ or never BQ but run as much as you want?

Though running the Boston Marathon would be ah-may-zing I’d probably lose my mind if I gave up running for 3 years.

Now it’s your turn….

Naked run or naked yoga? Be honest!

PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?

If you are running this weekend, enjoy and have fun!

 

Photo’s From My Run

I try to run on my lunch break 1-2 times a week when I’m not traveling to meetings. It’s not always idea but it then free’s up my evening to do chores blog 😉 Today’s run didn’t really have a distance attached to it but more speed work.

I headed out for my run and waited for my Garmin to catch the satellite …. kinda awkward to do on the corner of a busy intersection.

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Then, I decided to run a long the trail and hit up the local track…it’s been a long time since I did “fartlek training” (okay about 15 years) . I thought I would do some around the gravel track. There was one other person at the track and he was walking when I arrived and the hopped on his bike. We exchange “nice weather” and then he added “nice shoes”!

They do kinda rock. especially with the florescent neon yellow socks my husband bought me at Christmas. It works!

Gravel Track - Fartlek time...

Gravel Track – Fartlek time…

However,  before I got to the track, I saw these steps and thought “that would be fun to run up/down”.

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I took it slow and stead and did them twice, only because I had to get back to work, ya know.

My whole run was easy other than the speed work and steps. I ran an easy pace but a few times had my head down by my feet breathing every ounce of air I could, walked a little, stopped at a cross-walk but managed to get in 5k in about 32 minutes.

It was a nice change and in the end, I really didn’t mind the stairs. After I picked up the girls, we got the mail and this arrived:

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From the Virtual 5k Keep Calm & Run On 5k Run I did back in April. Fun!

Then, I ended my night hanging with these cuties….a good night selfie to Daddy while he works 🙂

Lilly, me and Hilary

Lilly, me and Hilary

All in a day’s work 😉  Well…kinda of.

Do you change up your runs randomly or follow a strict plan?

Ever see stairs and think “that might be fun”?

Do people complement your runners?

First Date with my Green Garmin

Last night I went on a first date … with my little Green Garmin. We walked together slowly and then thought it was time to see what kind of trouble we could get into. It sat quietly on my arm and beeped a few times at me….

I started my run last night and within 60 seconds I had to stop because I had something in my shoe that just had to come out. Still not sure what it was but my head wasn’t too happy with my foot because it was interfering with my first date. Shoe off, fixed foot, shoe back on and we were back on our first date.

Usually when I run my normal little route I have targets that I like to run to: a house, a driveway, the school parking lot etc. However, I found myself looking at my Garmin and seeing the time, the distance (or lack of), I even managed to take a look at the calories burned. Yeah, don’t do that until you finish your run – it’s kind of irrelevant at the beginning of your run.

I found myself running faster than I normally do, especially since I haven’t been out running in a little while. There were lots of people out walking, kids getting their last bike ride in before bed time and even one other runner along my short little running route.

My watch beeped for “Lap 1” which meant 1K finish … that was fun I thought, let’s make that beep again! So off I continued and decided a little walk was in order just before 2K. Bad idea. It made my time go over 7 minutes for 2K two. What was I thinking? Obviously I am a GPS/Garmin virgin and I need to learn to take my walk breaks either well before the end of a kilometer or just after I finish one (after it beeps at me).

I really wanted to get 3K in so I ran a little extra. Here are my details:

First Garmin Run 2013

I have to admit, I’m really happy with my time. I ran fast for my fitness level last night and I loved it. I pushed myself more then I normally would on my short run. Last night’s run reassured that I want to challenge myself and that taking my running to a new level for me is just what I want to do.

First Garmin Run Details

Since this was my “first date” with my Green Garmin (ps – you need a new name), I have a few other details to share:

Longest Run: 3.08 kilometers (yeah, I’m Canadian and use KM not Miles)

Fastest 1K: 6 minutes and 39 seconds

Fastest Mile: 10 minutes and 56 seconds (1.6093 km)

I have to admit, it was quite a nice first date with you Green Garmin…you did not disappoint. I look forward to our next date and see how good/bad I do 🙂

Do you run with a GPS? 

Did it help you improve your running?

Did you give it a name?

Some people name their bikes, cars (mine is Murphy), so I thought I’d ask if you’ve given your bike, car, GPS etc., a name?

Happy Running!

Taking my Running to a New Level

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now…months even. My running is about to change.

I’ve been running since I was a kid; mainly on the soccer field, then on the roads to train for competitive soccer (distance, fartlek etc) and then I moved into just running for fun. I started to actually like running so much that I decided to train for a 10k race – my first ever race in 2005.

Since then I’ve done numerous 5k’s, a few 10k’s and one 1/2 Marathon which I loved! I ran during both pregnancies but more during number 2. While pregnant with baby #2, I craved running even though I spent 95% of my pregnancy feeling beyond ill. I even managed to run two races; you can read about them here and here. Shortly after those races I had some major pain in my pelvis and got taped for a few days by my Physiotherapist and then had to wear this awesome brace most days.

Don't be jealous

Don’t be jealous

Even with the brace I had to call it quits and only walk, do yoga or a prenatal DVD that I loved … and no longer need. Over the course of the summer months all I wanted and needed was to go for a good run. I just needed that rush, that feeling of sweat running down my face and accomplishment of having a great workout.  It just wasn’t going to happen while pregnant and it took me 8 weeks to come to terms with that.

Fast forward to today, I have a 3-year-old and a 9 month old and am able to get out for occasional runs by myself and with baby H in her jogging stroller. But, I am ready to take my running to a new level – no not competitive running or racing in Marathons – that’s just not for me and I’m cool with that.

I want to start focusing on my runs; good runs, bad runs, in the rain, sun and yes the cold snowy weather we will see in about 4 months; coincidently when I start back to work full-time. I want to track my runs, push my distance, train again. I want to get a personal best of:

  • 5k – under 29:18 minutes
  • 10k – under 60 minutes (or under 62 minutes)
  • 1/2 Marathon – under 2:33:56 (I am very proud of this time)

So I bought this while on our mini-vacation last weekend in PEI:

My Green Garmin

My Green Garmin

It’s been on my wish list for over a year and I figured it was time to just buy it and get going. I’m going to track my running and see where it’s going to take me. Hopefully to a new level…a new level of accomplishment, sweat dripping off my face and my two girls (and my husband) cheering me on.

Happy Running!

When did you decided to start tracking your running or work outs?

Did you buy any fun/fancy gadgets ?

What’s are your running goals?