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?

I’m linking up today with Sara Runs This Town, HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin.

Weekly Wrap

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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?

I’m linking up today with Pretty Lil Mudder,  HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin.

 

August Mileage & September Goals

August was a busy, busy month! I had set a goal of 100 km basically as a lofty goal but actually managed to meet it!

We started off August on vacation and ended it on vacation; played lots of soccer between both girls and I, and just hung out a lot together. We had one injury but it wasn’t me! My husband fractured his left arm cycling, so he’s on the injured list.

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August Goals:

  • Run 100 km – Yes, 101 km!
  • Go on a LONG bike ride. I did one 23k ride but was hoping for further.
  • Finish my frigging book. Nope! I’m officially giving up.
  • Work on strength training to complement my running. Yoga & soccer count, right?
  • Camping – Sadly this didn’t happen. Each opportunity we had to do this it rained.
  • Paddling. This got rained out too – so disappointed.

I also started bullet journaling properly in August. Though it wasn’t a goal for August, it’s been something I’ve been wanting to do and finally managed to pull it off!

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September Goals:

  • Back to school (celebrate!).
  • Run Maritime Race Weekend Tartan Twosome (5k & Half marathon) Sept 15/16.
  • Keep running post half marathon.
  • Ride my bike more – maybe 50 km of cycling.
  • Bullet Journal my running.

Honestly, I’m so sad to see August end. Summer feels over and done with and the cooler temps have already started. I’ve been wearing pants and sweaters for a few days – yuck! I think I’m one of the few that want a few more weeks of the heat (don’t hate me).

How was your month of August?

Any goals for September?

Anyone have a BIG race coming up?

Week 9 Half Training MRW

What a week of running! This might be my first week (of 9) that I actually did all the running!!!!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I was done after four games of soccer on the weekend.

Tuesday: 8k | 8k morning run! I still can’t believe I managed this before work.

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Wednesday: 5k | 5k. Another morning run done before work!

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthening | 5k + SUP Yoga! Yup, another morning run before work AND I went to my first ever SUP Yoga class! I was super nervous about falling in the water but also because I didn’t know anyone going. Apparently,  my desire to try the sport trumped the desire to have a friend go with me. It was so much fun and I didn’t fall in. At the end of the class I even managed to hold a crow pose!

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. FAVOURITE. DAY. OF. THE. WEEK!

Saturday: 15k Race | 18k Long Run. I was up early and hit the road by 5:47am and managed to finish my run in 2:00:02! It was really cool out and I was nervous I wasn’t dress warm enough but once again, you warm up once you get going.

It was an out and back kind of run with a few little spin offs into subdivisions and random roads. I was kinda hoping I’d be able to finish around 2 hours and when I was 2.5k from home I picked up my pace as I though I had just enough time. The last .3/km was uphill which wasn’t smart to finish on but I pushed it hard through the last few hundred meters.

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Sunday: Soccer Game|Rest day. I had to miss my soccer game as we were busy with two family parties: one celebrating my Mom’s 70th and another send off party for my brother and SIL as they are posted to another Province 😦

Weekly Mileage: 36km running, 1 SUP Yoga class. No soccer.

This was probably my best week of running and I’m really loving my early morning runs. This week coming will be a little all over the place as I’m on vacation and have an appointment with the Osteopath on Monday to sort out my back, SI joint and hip flexor, which means 2 days of rest (no activity).

How was your week?

Ever try SUP or SUP Yoga?

Are you into early morning runs or another time?

Week 8 Half Training Maritime Race Weekend

What a busy week! I’m starting to feel a little nervous at how fast this half marathon is approaching.

When I signed up for Maritime Race Weekend last December (yup!), it was just a plan. Now, it’s four weeks away. That’s four more weeks of running but also back to school and a whole new schedule for our family with both girls in school. This is going to be a short and sweet kinda of post.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

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  • Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Coached U6 soccer one last time.
  • Tuesday: 7k | Yoga. I went to my weekly yoga class.
  • Wednesday: 40 minute tempo run| 5k Runch. Rough run.
  • Thursday:  5k + Strengthen|16k Long Run. You can read about it here
  • Friday: Rest Day| Rest Day. Nailed it again!
  • Saturday:  8k Pace | 2 Soccer Games in the rain (1 win, 1 loss)
  • Sunday:     16k Long Run| 2 Soccer Games in the heat and humidity (1 win, 1 loss).

It rained so much here Saturday, my whole body was soaked playing soccer – dripping socks and all. Sunday was extremely hot and humid, it was like night and day. Muddy/grassy cleats after Saturday’s games:

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I missed lots of running this week – roughly 13-15 km but I’m pretty sure the 4 games of soccer on the weekend made up for any missed mileage. Do you know how much you can run in a 60 minute soccer game? All I can say is that I’m thankful for subs!

Weekly mileage: 21k running, 4 soccer games, 1 yoga class.

This coming week we have absolutely nothing going on in the evenings….NOTHING!!!! I’m hoping I can get in a few morning runs, my long run and maybe even some strength training – you know, that workout I’ve been basically ignoring for the last eight weeks. Sorry for the short post. I managed to sprain my pinky finger playing soccer (collision with a group of people), so I’m trying not to use it much.

How was your weekend?

When was the last time you played (ran, walked) outside in the rain?

Anyone race this weekend? I know there were some local races here!

I’m linking up today with Ponder ‘N’ WonderHoHo Runsand MissSippiPiddlin.

Dear Mid-Week Long Run

Dear Mid-Week Long Run,

You got me! I didn’t really want to do my long run mid week but life had me moving you around to another day. There would be no Sunday Runday. No early Saturday morning run like last week. No running in my sneakers this weekend!

My alarm was set for 5 am but my body woke up at 4:45 so I went with it. I had all my gear lined out and even a half a peanut butter sandwich and bottle of water waiting for me. I didn’t want to bonk on my run so I had to fuel myself with something.

I got dressed in the dark to avoid waking my husband – though I may have woken him. I snuck down the hallway, pass our daughter’s bedrooms trying not to wake them. I also hit every creak in our floor and thought for sure I’d wake up our dog and my long run plan would go out the door.

I laced up my sneakers on the deck in the cool morning air (12c) and questioned my compression socks, short-shorts and neon yellow t-shirt. Then I remembered that my body temperature would rise quickly and I’d be just fine.

Off I went with my husband’s headlamp (it’s better then mine) because I’ve misplaced my Night Runner lights (sad day). As I ran out of my subdivision, I’m pretty sure the truck that passed me thought he was seeing a ghost because who runs at 5:30 am for fun???

I continued on our main road along the sidewalk with my headlamp beating down on the ground in front of me. A handful of cars on the road, potentially shaking their heads at me “what is she doing?”. My pace was way too fast (6:20/km) and I was hoping that regret wouldn’t set in later in my run.

I ran and thought of nothing and everything. As a crossed the roads and picked my path to take, I found myself at a good hill that challenges me. Yes, I ran up it and back down. I slowly took out my GU that I found in the dark – dang… salted watermelon! I could have sworn I picked out chocolate outrage, my favourite. I downed the salted watermelon and some water and kept running.

Runner’s should never do math while running, it’s almost impossible. There I was, trying to calculate my estimate time of arrival at home as my husband had to hit the road for work. I said I’d be back by 7:15. I had 15 minutes to run 3k but my legs were getting tired. Somehow, I managed to pick up the pace and climb that last hill home.

Once I got home, I grabbed our dog’s leash and yelled up the stairs that I’d be back in 13 minutes. My math work had calculated that it would take me roughly 12-13 minutes so I went with 13. I still had another 2k to run plus get a walk in with my dog before my husband left. Genius idea – run your dog for 2k. Carmacks is a retired sled dog, so he’s all for running and that he did. Our first km together was 6:05/km – whoops!. We settled down for our second km at 6:18/km. My legs were on fire but I finished my 16k long run by 7:20 am.

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Long run, you don’t get off that easy – the layers of salt on my face and sweat all over me washed off quickly in the shower but oh you decided to surprise me with chaffing! My heart rate monitor left a nice little mark behind but it was my left hip that really surprised me. Apparently, my belt shifted a little and the water in the shower notified me of the chaffing by screaming in pain – you all know that feeling.

I stretched, ate a quick breakfast and got the girls out the door (my husband fed them and got them ready for the day) and I, off to work. I sat and stood at my desk throughout the day and only started to crash around 2:30 pm. A little walk around the town and I was good for the rest of the afternoon.

I just had to make it to 8pm (or around there) as my youngest daughter had a soccer event that would have us on our feet for a few hours. Mid week long run – you were a good one. Now let’s hope this weekend’s soccer tournament (in the rain) treats me just as good.

Cheers,

Another Mother Runner.

Ever switch up your long runs to mid week?

Cooler temps in the morning for you or still hot and humid?

Ever try to do math while running?

I’m linking up today with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

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Week 7 Half Training MRW

Last week just seem to fly by! Training was kinda all over the place but going into last week I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do all of my workouts in the order on my training plan. Sometimes you just have to readjust or miss a workout in order to take a much needed rest day.

When I chose my training plan, I didn’t really choose wisely. I basically took last year’s training plan and changed the dates. It was simple and easy. I still had to add in my soccer games and oh you know – juggling life with kids and their soccer too.  I’m all about listening to your body and sometimes I miss a run or two because of that but honestly, I just want to avoid injury. I’ve had my fair share, that’s for sure!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I was pretty tired from my weekend (long run and soccer) so I took a rest day. Really, I should have just changed all my Monday’s to a rest day as I’ve done that in other training plans.

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga. I went to my lunch time yoga class after a few weeks of missing it. It felt great.

Wednesday: 8 x 400 @ 5 pace | Soccer Game x3!!! All three of us had a soccer game Wednesday night! Hilary’s was a practice at a different field then Lilly’s game that was right before mine. Thank goodness for grandparents as my husband was working! Speed work on the soccer field instead of the track – I’m fine with that. We won our game and I did lots of sprinting and recovery – so basically – fartleks.

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthen |5k Runch + Strengthening – kinda. I ran at lunch which wasn’t the best run but I got it done. That evening I didn’t do any major strengthening but did some of my ankle PT exercises, squats, push ups and lunges.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again! Oh, I love Fridays!

Saturday: 7k | 14k Long run + Yoga. My long run had me up early, so early (5:15am) that I felt back to sleep for 30 minutes! When I finally got out for my run, I got to watch the sun rise in the distance and then the grey sky move in. It was an out and back kinda of long run and on the way back I got caught in the rain. Despite the rain, I had a great long run.

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After I quickly showered and ate breakfast, I took the girls to Valley Yoga Fest! We did it last year and they loved it. I did the Vinyasa yoga class while the girls did the kids yoga and it was all indoors as it was pouring rain! They had sessions all day but we just couldn’t swing getting back to any other classes, maybe next year. It’s a great event and always inspiring to see the strength of the yoga community. It’s also awesome to see other Mom’s bring their little kids and practice yoga. The rest of the day was spent crafting and relaxing.

Sunday: 14k Long run | Soccer Game. Since my long run was done, we took the day to get school supplies for both girls. What an adventure that was shopping with two girls – thank goodness Saï was with us. School doesn’t start until September 6th here.

I had a soccer game that evening that had me running and sprinting my tired (post long run) legs off. My legs are tried so you bet today’s going to be a rest day.

Total weekly mileage: 19k running, 2 soccer games, 2 yoga classes.

What I’m loving lately: Tiux Seawall compression socks. Oh my, they are so soft yet the compression is just right. Discount code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off!

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My running mileage might be super low but those soccer games have me running hard so I’m find with missing a few runs for soccer. Yoga is such a great complementary activity for me to do. I’ve been hanging out with my foam rollers lots as I have glutes and quads that are hurting.

How was your week?

Do you replace runs with another intense activity?

What are you working hard for lately?

Last week’s training can be found here.

I’m linking up today with Running with AttitudeHoHo Runsand MissSippiPiddlin.