Half Marathon Training Week #6 ~ Bluenose

So, I’m half way through my training and I’m kinda wondering how that happened. Could it be the fact that two weeks into “training” I finally put together my training plan – likely so! I also just find time is flying by!

Last week’s training was kinda all over the map…and not following my actual training plan but just getting in workouts when I could. I’ll also admit, I was extremely relieved to see that I had a “10 k race” on the schedule and not a 14 k long run. I did not race but I did get in my 10k….on the treadmill – such is life!

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What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 min x-train|Rest Day. This was a MUCH needed rest day after my 13 k long run. It really took a toll on my body. My hip hurt and my back from my car accident from a year agi. It’s been probably over 6-7 months that my back hurt so much.

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga Flow. My body really needed to stretch, so off to lunch time yoga I went and it was just what I needed. I contemplated running that evening but I started to feel ill (head cold) so I took an easy night.

Wednesday: 40 min temp run | Rest Day. Again just not feeling well.

Thursday: 5k | 5k and Soccer Game!!!  It was parent teacher day at our daughters school so I went to that in the afternoon and then took a little time for myself on my treadmill. I wasn’t feeling great (again, head cold still forming) but I ran anyway. Afterwards I actually felt better.

That evening I had a soccer game but I haven’t played since November. Last minute (7:45 pm), I decided I’d go test out my hip and play half the game. All went well! It was so nice to be out on the field again playing and with my team mates. I was super cautious playing as normally I’m more of an aggressive player so it was a little hard for me not to play at 100%. However, my hip did well and I had no pain!

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Friday: Rest or Easy Run| Rest Day. I needed another rest day.

Saturday: Rest day| 10 k Treadmill Run. With my husband working all weekend, there was no way I was getting to a 10k race. Not to mention, I had no intentions of running a race this weekend. I figured 10 k on the treadmill would have to do while my girls played in the house. The girls had swimming lessons mid day, so I got in my run first thing in the morning.

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Sunday: 10 k Race | 50 minute Hike/50 minute Leisurely Swim/ Cycled 40 minutes for 18 km. My only plan today was to be active and do some cross training. We took Carmacks on a little hike in the woods which turned out to be a 50 minute hike. I spent the rest of the day doing chores around the house and the girls played (made forts etc).

We then went swimming for about 50 minutes as my youngest isn’t loving swimming lessons, and I figured it would be a good way to help make her more comfortable in the water – she had a blast as did her sister. I had a fun time but it was more of a light leisurely swim for me.

I still wanted to get in a intense workout so I got on my bike and peddled out 18 km and also used my 5 lb weights to do some upper body exercises. Needless to say, I was tired last night.

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Though I really didn’t follow my training plan, I still had another active week of training. As mentioned before, I don’t plan to run 5 days a week but I am “following” this training plan. I realize I could just find another training plan that is for 3-4 days of running per week but this format just works for me.

Total running km this week: 15 km (18 cycling, 1 yoga class, 1/2 soccer game)

Total km this training cycle: 88 km

 

How was your weekend?

Anyone still bundled up inside because of COLD wintery weather?

Are you running inside or outside right now?

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March & April Goals

I tried really hard to reach my goals in March, leaving some to the very last few days which I don’t recommend. Sometimes when I set goals, I try to make them attainable yet slightly lofty at the same time.

My March goals were: 

PR March Goals

  1. Cycled 105 km (but just got it in during the last two days)
  2. Ran 63 km – nailed that one!
  3. March Break activities with the girls – non stop skiing, skating, library going. Nailed it.
  4. Read a book – nope! I started one a few times but it didn’t amount to anything substantial. I just don’t make time for reading but I want to!

What am I planning for April? Well, that’s a great question. I’ll be training for my May half marathon so that will be part of my goals.

April Goals:

April Goals Pipers Run

So my goals really don’t differ from March but I made a few additions.

Running: I’m hoping I can pull off about 80 km of running this month. Technically, if I follow my training plan I’ll be well over 80 km and maybe more towards 100 km but I don’t think my body can handle that many. Also, my training plan has me running 5 days a week and I only ever plan to run 3 days a week with adding in cross training on two expected run days. I’m trying hard not to push it too much with my hip.

Cycling: This is actually going to be a hard one to meet this month. It’s really easy for me to get on my indoor trainer (bike) and peddle out for 45-60 minutes in the comfort of my home. I usually can ride 18-26 km during those time frames but with the weather getting better outside, we’ll be wanting to get out bikes out very soon. If I take my bike off the trainer, it won’t be going back on since it’s a challenge for me to switch out the tire. So we’ll see how this goes!

Play Outside with My Kids: We all love be outside so this one might be an easy one for us. If they want to ride their bikes or scooters, I’ll likely run beside them so I can leave my bike on the trainer as long as I can. However, I want to do some hiking with them and Spring is a classic “road chalk” time, so we’ll likely be out doing that as well!

Start/Finish Book: I’m not a big reader but I have a pile of books to read! I’m currently reading Heather Moyse’s (Canadian Olympic Bobsledder) new book called “Redefining Realistic”. So far so good but I really just need to make time for it. Maybe I should start reading books while I’m on my bike rather then TV!

Strength Training – Upper Body 2x week: My back is starting to hurt again from my car accident last year – whiplash. It’s like someone is standing on the left side of my back constantly putting pressure on me AND like I have the wind knocked out of me. So, back to PT exercises they gave me a year ago plus focused strength training for my upper back.

Physio Exercises: I’ll be going back to my old upper body PT exercises but I need to continue to do my hip/back and oblique PT exercises in order to keep my hip happy. I usually do these after I run or cycle but also on rest days.

That’s it! Those are my April goals – some easy to do, some a challenge ahead of me.

What do you have planned for April?

Cyclists – Indoor or outdoor riding in April?

What’s your favourite upper body workout? 

 

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!

Half Marathon Training Week #4

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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Week 11 Half Training Maritime Race Weekend

It’s race week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or week 12 of training, which will be pretty light. I’ll be going to yoga, a short run mid week and then a rest day or two as I’m running a double race. Friday night is 5k and Saturday is the half marathon for me (Tartan Twosome).

Last week was pretty good for training despite missing some mileage and taking an extra rest day but felt it was successful.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Stretch & Strengthen. I finally managed this! I did a Jillian Michael’s DVD workout which I have done in about a year. THAT was fun!

Tuesday: 5k | Yoga + 5k. I went to my normal Tuesday yoga class at lunch but needed to run Tuesday night. It was the night before school and things weren’t going great for bed time. My husband was home so I went for a run after a little frustrating bedtime moments for the girls. It was just what I needed.

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Wednesday: 10 x 400 @ 5k pace | Rest Day. My body needed this.

Thursday: 5k + Strength | 5k + Strength. Nailed this workout too! I went for an evening run in the dark and then did a number of exercises: Clam shells, squats, lunges etc.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed this one too! We had a kid free weekend and went out for dinner.

Saturday: 5k pace | 13k Trail Run at Cape Split. My husband and I wanted to run this for awhile and this was our opportunity. I’ve hiked it a number of times but the last time we did it together was 10 years ago!

Cape Split

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It’s now a Provincial Park and even has a proper parking lot (yes, you can tell how long ago I’ve hiked it based on the parking lot). When we arrived it was windy and cool and I was worried I didn’t have enough clothing on – fear not – I did!

We started off ahead of a large group of students but had to run past a hand full of small groups of people. It starts off up rocky hill and I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to run it. It’s a 6k out and back – used to be 8 but that parking lot took a bit off the trail since I was last there.

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It’s a small trail where you can walk one behind the other in some places and 4 wide in another section. It’s up/down, small and large mud puddles, extra paths you can take and has a great canopy overhead. When you make it out to the point you can see (if there is no fog) other parts of Nova Scotia. It’s really stunning. There are a few places that you can hike to and sit and take it all in.

We hung out at the point for 15 minutes or so, took a few pictures, ate a snack and drank some Nuun. (You need water and food on this trail). We headed back as the heat of the day was really starting to increase. Sweat was starting to drip down my face from the heat and the challenging terrain was getting hard for me.

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You see, I’m not a trail runner so navigating roots, rocks and large puddles of mud was a challenge. A fun challenge none the less. My husband had trail runners on and would run right through the mud but I’d have to slow down and take an alternative route, sometimes climbing through trees and side paths. My little Asics held up but trail shoes are in my future!

I struggled on the downhills that had a lot of stumps and rocks but just took my time. Luckily my pacer (aka husband) would notify me of what was ahead of me so I could adjust in time. As we got out to the trail head, we reached 12.24km and I wanted to finish on an solid number so I ran around the road and parking lot to finish with 13km.

Sunday: 19k Long Run | 3k walk + Soccer Game. I used my trail run on Saturday as my long run to free up Sunday. Saï and I went for a nice walk in the morning with Carmacks before the girls came home and then Sunday evening I had a soccer game. We won our soccer game 2-1 and I’m achy from everything.

That’s it! Here I am, week 12 of training and the double race is this weekend! It’s a pirate themed event and I have no costume so I’ve gotta figure that one out soon or just wear what I’ve worn the last two years.

I’m looking forward to running my 6th half marathon in a few days. I’m not sure if I’ll get to post here again before the race so if you want to follow along you can check me out on Instagram.

How was your week?

Anyone else running Maritime Race Weekend or another race?

Do you like trail running?

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Week 10 Half Training MRW

And just like that we’re done week 10 of half marathon training! Despite being on vacation, my motivation to run was extremely low. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I’ve felt this way about running. I just didn’t want to run. The weather has been cooler and very little sun which makes for a kinda crappy week/vacation.

Also, if you missed my August Mileage and September Goals I posted on Sunday, you can check it out here. I’ve finally started bullet journaling my runs. Check it out!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | 5k + Osteopath appointment. I wanted to get in a run before my day started so I got in 3k on my own and came back to our house and ran 2k with Carmacks.

I’ve been dealing with back, SI joint and hip flexor issues for a month now so a trip to the Osteopath was in order. That also means, two days of rest/no activity….and I listened which may have had an affect on my motivation for the rest of the week.

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Tuesday: 8k | Rest Day.

Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run| Rest Day + Massage.

Thursday: 5k + Strengthening |3k + Soccer Game. We got nailed 8-0…seriously! I’m taking soccer as my speed work for the week. I ran 3k in the morning with Carmacks.

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Friday: Rest Day | 16.53 km of cycling. Wasn’t having the best day and wasn’t feeling like running so I went for an hour (1:05) bike ride. My bike chain fell off at 16.53 km, so I walked the half kilometre home with my bike.

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Saturday: 8 km | Hiking with the family. I wasn’t really feeling like running or doing much of any activity so we took the girls for a walk on a trail near our house. Carmacks was loving but went into “sled dog” working mode and just wanted to pull. You can’t take the sled dog out of a sled dog!

Sunday: 18 km| Berwick 5 Miler Road Race. I signed up last minute for this race (literally decided the night before to run it). This was the 66th year of this race and it’s only about 10-12 minutes from my house.

My plan was to just run and enjoy since it was last minute but I found myself running faster during my first kilometre (6:12/km). Lately, I’m around 6:40-7:00/km starting off my runs. Yes, it was a 5 mile race or but since I run in kilometres, I had it in my head 8k. I figured I’d later regret my first kilometre as I didn’t think I’d keep that pace for the whole time.

Honestly, I don’t know where it came from but I averaged 5:56/km! My legs were pumping, my lungs felt great and the course was great. It was mainly flat with a few inclines but I pulled off 47:45 (5:56/km) – a pace and finish I haven’t seen in over a year! My last 8k training run was 53 minutes – now that was a training run and a completely different route but taking roughly 6 minutes off your 8k is pretty sweet. With it being my first 5 miler race, it was an automatic PB for me!!! I’d totally do this race again.

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Weekly mileage: 16 km runnning, 16 km cycling, 1 soccer game.

Yup, so that wasn’t the best week of training but in reality, I got some running in and some other activities so I’ll take it. Now to get a little more serious this week with training, back to work and BACK TO SCHOOL for BOTH girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone else’s children going back to school this week? (or just recently)?

Ever register last minute for a race?

Loving or struggling your weather right now?

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