Early Morning Run – Global Running Day.

Last September I was getting up at stupid o’clock…aka 5am to get my runs in. It could have been a 5k, 6k or 8k training run. It really didn’t matter the distance, I’d get up to run it and I feel in love with EARLY morning runs.

I found it really hard to get up but I have a dog that loves to run whenever and my husband was always getting up at that time of day for work. I started taking advantage of that time to get our dog active and my training runs in.

Being injured the last few months allowed me to get super lazy, Haha. Seriously though, it allowed me to crave those early morning runs….well any run really. I figured it was time to get back to it now that it’s light out at 5am here.

So, today was the day. Global running day was a good motivator and again, I had to walk my dog. I did a 1k loop of mostly walking my dog till he pooped, then we ran the rest of the way home, about a 1/2 km.

I ran my semi regular route with a little change up to try and keep it somewhat flat except for that one BIG incline. I found I wasn’t struggling like I have been lately. My fitness is B-A-D. Really bad but I’m not letting that stop me.

This coming weekend I should be pacing the 10k (1:20) time but because I got injured ack in April, I had to back out. Not going to lie, I’ve got some BIG FOMO going on and trying to limit my social media time so I don’t get too sad I’m not pacing it. I really love pacing races. I’ll be keeping myself busy this weekend with my daughters soccer games in Truro and then possibly a family cycling event Sunday.

Anyway, I got my 5k run in this morning just after 5:30am. Man, I was sluggish starting out but woke up quickly as I got moving. I almost had a progression run but was off by 10-15 seconds. I’m not paying attention to my Garmin when I run right now but going by how I feel, so I wasn’t paying attention.

My calf muscle feels awesome and I’m still doing my PT exercise for a while longer. Almost 100% cleared…well hopefully in 2 weeks time.

Anyone else run today for the Global running day?

Early bird runner or no, just No?

May Mileage & June Goals

Happy Global/National Running Day!

Are you getting out for a run today? On your own, with a friend or group? I’m looking forward to running tonight with my running buddy. I haven’t been blogging much lately and I’m behind on sharing my May mileage/June Goals. I figured today would be a good day to share them.

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May Mileage:

No doubt, May was a great month of increased mileage. It helps when you have long runs to do!

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May Goals:

Okay, I’ll be honest – I wrote my May goals and never looked back at them until drafting this post! I have such great intentions but don’t always use my own resources to keep me on track. Having said that, I do try to make my goals realistic and things that I want to work on anyway – nothing new or outrageous. There were:

  • Run more outside + Runches – Did this.
  • Add in more strength training to my half marathon training plan – a little bit but not really.
  • Continue with my PT exercises for my back, ankle and hamstring – Yes.
  • Go outside more with the girls (running, biking, hiking etc.) – I think so but wish I had more time to do this.
  • Start Bullet Journaling since I’ve put it off for months – Nope. Thought about it.
  • Bonus: Clean up my house (so many piles of “stuff” lying around everywhere!)  – I started this, so yes.

Having gone through my list I didn’t really miss anything. I’ve thought about starting my bullet journal many times in May but just never sat down to actually do it. I clean randomly when I have time…ha ha, what mother has time to deep clean!!!! This is going slow. Moving on….

June Goals:

  • Relax about my running pace.
  • Decrease social media time (gasp!!!).
  • Figure out our summer holidays (book hotels/cottage etc.)
  • Set up 1 page in my bullet journal to track “x” daily.
  • Enjoy my upcoming half marathon.
  • Check in at least once a week on these goals. *Yeah, this should be a good one.

That’s it. Now, let’s if I can stick to all of this. June is a busy month for our family. Lilly turns 7, I run my half marathon on Father’s Day – yeah planned that one well. Both girls and I start back up in soccer (5 days/week), work is busy, school ends on June 30th. Let’s hope we survive!

Have you set goals for June?

How was your month of May?

Are you running as part of Global/National Running Day?

 

Happy Global Running Day!

Happy Global Running Day!

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If you are new to this blog, you will come to know I love to run. I’m jumping on board the Global Running Day event and sharing why I love to run.

Why do you run? To be honest, there are many reasons. Everything from dealing with stress, me time, to living healthy, role modelling for my daughters, and to challenge myself.

How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day? I’ll be running probably in the evening. Ideally, I’d love to run outside if my husband is home but I’m completely fine using the treadmill too, even after last night’s failed 8k attempt. I only managed 6 for some reason I just couldn’t do it.

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How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

I’ve run 409 kilometers this year (254 miles). I honestly don’t have a number that I want to reach this year. It’s all about running strong, avoiding injury again.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year? 

That’s it! My focus is on Johnny Miles Half but not for a PB. More to get my hamstring stronger, complete the distance without any hamstring issues during or post run. I have 2-3 other runs that I want to do but waiting to get through my current training cycle to see how it goes with my hamstring.

Before I leave for a run I must have: I’m pretty attached to my Garmin and Road ID not because I need to know my pace at all times but I like to know my distances. My Road ID, well…you can never been too safe if something happens on your run.

Do you track your runs? If so what do you use? Sure do! I have a Garmin Forerunner 10, it’s about 3 years old now. I bought it in the summer of 2013 when I was wanting to change the way I was running.

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I also use a log book. Nothing fancy, not branded or marked out with a calendar. Strictly a book with lines in it that I make into a chart. I log all my runs, bike rides and workouts each month.

Who is your favorite running partner? My buddy, Krystol. She’s great and fast too but willing to run at my pace. You know, it’s hard to find a good running partner. The stress of not being able to keep up or when/where to run. She’s so laid back, our kids are friends, we have similar interests besides running and a great motivator and inspiration!

2015 Maritime Race Weekend

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I also love to run with my husband when our schedules permits and our kids. They are so fun to run with and are keen to just go, go, go!

What races have you run so far this year? I’ve completed the Bluenose Marathon 10k a few weeks ago (May 22) in 1:04:22.

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If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?  This is a good question! Surround yourself with other runners (fast ones, slow ones, 5ker’s, long distance runners). You will be amazed at the community around you, the support around you, the sharing, the motivation, the inspiration and the excitement for the sport!

It doesn’t matter what pace you run, how far you go but what matters is taking the steps to keep moving forward. You will be rewarded in ways you never imagined!

Describe your relationship with running in one word: Rewarding.

Your turn:

Are you running on Global Running Day? 

What’s your best piece of advice about running?

Before you leave for a run, you must do….?

Thanks to jonesinforarun.com for hosting the link up.