Three Days a Week

That’s it. I feel like I can manage running three days a week right now.

I look back to previous years and can’t understand how I was training for races left, right and center…..4-5 days a week. I mean, I was fully committed to training for those races and this year I’ve only run one race and I was a pace bunny (my favourite kind of race).

Life is just busy with kids and work as I’m sure many of you can relate. Both girls have been doing swim lessons and basketball this fall, so I’m a really good chauffeur. Joking aside, I love that my girls are active and learning life long skills, but it’s exhausting.

Making sure meals are made in advance, prepping lunches days before, relying on grandparents to help out when my husband is working and I’m on be road for work.

Early morning run on the road

Somehow, I’ve been struggling to find time to run as I’m prioritizing sleep over anything else. Having shingles back in September was horrible and I’m trying to avoid THAT burnout again.

So, three days a week is what I am aiming for. Run three days, throw in a soccer game here and there, keep up with my PT exercises, a random yoga class when life permits and getting my bike back on the trainer is a top priority.

I’m already thinking about winter and spring races to run which makes me excited! For now, three days a week it what I am focusing on.

Running with Carmacks

Carmacks and I had a great 7km trail run yesterday. This is his second run this fall, he ran 3k last Wednesday morning with me. Talk about a happy dog!!

Anyone else focusing on short term goals?

Planning any winter or spring races?

What’s your number one go to when you don’t have time to run or workout as much as you want to?

Run Off a Sour Mood

And that’s just what I did last week (Nov 2nd)

Let me back it up a bit. After a long and busy work week, Halloween shenanigans, a basketball tournament for my oldest, I forced myself to go for a run.

I was in a crabby mood for no reason. Well, it was likely due to being really tired and maybe a little run down. I really wanted to get up and run early before heading off to my daughters first basketball game but that didn’t happen. Life with kids sometimes dictates when you can do the things you want to do (fun thing, eh!) 😉

Anyway. Two basketball games later, a little laundry done and waiting in the dryer, then a big grocery run and I was making dinner. I wasn’t overly enthused over what we were having for dinner – again for no particular reason, just wasn’t loving what I was making. I made myself put on my running gear after I told my husband I wasn’t going to run.

He did a double take and I just replied with….”If I have my running clothing on, I’m less likely to back out”. He responded with “good, when are you going?”.

After dinner, I almost backed out of running and then forced myself to get everything together: headband, gloves, warmer shirt and my jacket. Carmacks, our dog knew exactly what I was doing and he started prancing around as he thought he was coming too. Nope, it was just me going. Sorry buddy.

I said goodnight to the girls as it was right before their bedtime and I’d be back when they were alseep (well, going to sleep). I found my all my lights so I could see the ground where I was running as it was pitch black out.

Man it was cold….1°c, I wasn’t ready for that and turned my Garmin on to start my run. I left my Garmin under my jacket and gloves so I couldn’t see my pace and just ran.

It felt good. My lungs hurt at first in the cold but they got used to it. I saw no one on my run as everyone was hibernating inside their warm homes. I ran my normal route and enjoyed how I was feeling without knowing my pace.

It felt great to run a little faster than I have been lately. When I returned home I found out I ran a progression run.

I stretched while Carmacks gave me the evil eye, then showered and relaxed by the fire with my husband. Not going to lie, I’m SO glad I did that run.

Running has been one big struggle this year between injuries and just not interested. I’m hoping to be active every day in November. Be it running, walking my dog, soccer, yoga and cycling.

Anyone struggling with running right now?

What are your late fall/early winter running goals?

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 Runfessions

Knock, knock!

Hello….anyone?

My, my…. I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve really fallen off the radar these last few months with my blog and I’m not going to lie but I’ll runfess that I’m kinda not all that upset about my lack of blogging.

I’m also going to runfess that I’m back to RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, let’s back that up a little bit.

Happy runner!

Last week, I was give the a-okay to start some light jogging. So that’s what I did. My first run since I sprained my calf muscle was a walk/run/walk. I walked for 7 minutes, ran for 10, then walked for 6 minutes. Those 10 minutes of light jogging was plenty for my calf muscle. I had no pain but it felt weird and awkward.

I did a second run but with my running buddy, Krystol. We haven’t ran since last fall or summer together, I believe. Anyway, it was a great walk/run/walk. Just what we both needed – a little running, more walking and some good conversations with a great friend.

I ran again the other night and was told to increase my running time. I ran for just over 20 minutes and managed to increase my pace each km. This was not planned or something I was focusing on. I just went with how I was feeling. I will runfess that those first two kilometers, I honestly thought I was going to die. Man, starting over is friggin’ hard work but so worth it. Also, I should avoid hills and inclines during my first few km of any run right now.

Starting over!

I runfess that I have zero interest in running any races right now. Likely because I physically can’t do them but mentally I just don’t want to even think about trying to run in a race. However, I’m eyeing some summer and fall races that are local events.

I runfess that I’m jealous that my husband ran Cape Split last weekend and that all I really want to do is go run some trails with him. We don’t get out together very often but we do love getting out on a trail run together. When I first hurt my leg on Easter weekend, we had plans to go for a run together but that went out the door fast.

I’m also going to runfess that I’m absolutely LOVING the new TIUX compression socks that just came out!!!!

I runfess that though I was completely exhausted this morning, I loved getting up at stupid o’clock to walk our dog. I’ll also runfess that I want to start running at stupid o’clock and secretly eyeing the houses around us that have sprinkler systems for those hot summer morning runs.

That’s all I have to runfess for this month. Sorry I’m not blogging much these days but you can find me almost daily on Instagram.

Have any runfessions from May to share?

Early morning runner – heck yes or heck no?

Road run or trail run?

Check out the Runfessions Link Up here with Marcia at The Healthy Slice.

Injured Runner Life {Lately}

I’m not going to sugar coat this, being injured sucks. I’ve been trying really hard not to focus on what I’m missing out on but sometimes that can be hard.

Having said that, pre injury I hadn’t signed up for any races (minus pacing Bluenose 10k). With lots of races starting here this weekend, I’ve got some serious FOMO. Even seeing someone run while I’m driving makes me sad I’m not running.

Now having said all that, I’m doing really well with this recovery. I’m progressing way faster then I expected and seeing really good results because I’m working hard at what my physiotherapists has given me to do.

I’m getting tired of the doing the same exercises three times a day but they are making me stronger. Basically, I heat up my calf muscle, do band exercises, then various double calf raises followed by 20 minutes on my bike (once a day) which is on a trainer in my basement. After that I do my balance exercises to strengthen my ankle (to support my calf muscle).

I was told I had a Grade 2 Sprain in my calf muscle which was extremely painful for about 2 weeks. It’s been 3 and a half weeks since I got injured and I’m now able to drive. Not driving sucked more then not running.

I can now walk up and down stairs without pain, something I wasn’t sure would happen for a few more weeks. So that’s really great too. I’m thankful that I can get on my bike but eager to start running again. Running will have to wait until my PT gives me the a-okay.

So, that’s where I am at. It’s also Mother’s Day today and I’ve been spoiled with home made cards and gifts, swim lessons (not me) and a big breakfast. I’m looking forward to some time with my family today and maybe a little run…..just kidding, but a ride on my bike later today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tell me how your running is going!

Anyone else having FOMO?

POP, Goes The…..

Calf Muscle.

I’m just going to jump right into this one (not literally though)…I’m injured. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the injured list and boy am I thankful for all those uninjured months. Sometimes it takes an injury to really appreciate what your body will allow you to do. I’ll back it up a bit and share what happened.

I was playing soccer a week ago (yeah, another soccer injury) and we were about 45 minutes into the game and I stepped with my left leg and felt and heard a POP in my left calf with instant pain. I hobbled off the field and everyone thought I got a charlie-horse. You know, those painful cramps in your calf muscle that EVERYONE dreads. And they are even worse when pregnant (talking from experience years back…not pregnant now). No, it wasn’t a charlie-horse. So, I sat on the bench the furthest away from my team’s bench because I couldn’t even walk. Eventually, I got some ice on it and was chauffeured off to the hospital by a team mate (and her family). So thankful for nice people out there.

I arrived at the hospital after 11 pm as it was a 10 pm soccer game and waited for hours. It wasn’t life threatening, so you gotta wait your turn, right. Eventually I saw the ER doctor who said I tore my left calf muscle. I can’t say I was a happy camper at that time but that was my new reality. The worst part – I couldn’t drive my car which is a standard for 4 weeks. And yeah, no running/soccer/yoga for 6-8 while it recovers with physio.

Note – this was Thursday night of Easter weekend…..so nothing is open. Certainly, not my physio guy. I took a cab home because I couldn’t drive my car and my husband was home with our girls….sleeping. No need to wake kids up at 4 am to go pick Mom up at the hospital. I crawled into bed, waking my husband and told him that we’d have to put off our planned weekend run together for a while.

Since I couldn’t drive, my husband has had to run around for me: picking up my car, crutches, groceries (which isn’t unusual) etc. Friday and Saturday were a bit of a right off and I became one with my crutches. Sunday rolled around and we had Easter dinner with my family in the city which was great.

It’s been a challenging few days as I can’t drive myself to work or for work meetings. Nor, can I get the girls from the sitters or to their soccer practices etc. I kinda feel helpless in the family department. And, 3 out of 4 of us are sick with a head cold in our house. We all just kinda feel like shit.

Enter good news: I got into physio Tuesday morning and my amazing neighbour drove me there and I cabbed it back. After a second physio session on Thursday (a friend drove me there AND back!), my physiotherapist determined I have a grade 2 sprain which is WAY better then a torn muscle. Agreed! I’m walking with the aid of crutches now and can ditch them by Monday! As for driving my car….it might be a while off.

I know all you runners are thinking…..it’s time to give up playing soccer as you get too injured playing it. I’ve actually had a few people tell me that to my face. (Which is really frustrating). Sure, I can get injured playing soccer, running or heck – cycling on the road or walking down the trail – but I’m not about to give them up because I get injured everyone once in a while.

So no….I don’t regret playing the sport I love the most. I am disappointed that this injury has other plans for me right now. And, that it won’t allow me to be a pace bunny at Bluenose this year (I was the 1:20 -10k bunny). This injury has definitely given me a greater appreciation for when I’m healthy and strong to not be lazy and waste my time doing nothing.

Life’s too short to not enjoy playing soccer, running in a race, hiking a trail or trying to break my fear of riding next to cars on the main road in town.

Has anyone ever told you to stop playing the sport you love the most?

Anyone else on the injured list right now?

What’s your favourite non-weight bearing workout to do at home?

Hilly Runs

I used to love running hills. Sometimes even repeating them over and over again.

That’s not my current mood. However, running is hard for me right now. I struggle to run 5k. True story! No pun intended but running has its ups and downs and I’m feeling more in the downs lately. That’s okay, as I know if I keep at it those hills will get easier and I might enjoy them again.

While in Halifax last night, I decided to go for a run since I had the time. Well, if you know downtown Halifax, is that it’s ALL hills. I literally started my run on a massive hill. This might have been a bad idea but ah well.

I was secretly thankful for traffic light stops and took the time to catch my breath. Clearly, I needed the break.

I had no plan to my run but was hoping I’d survived 5k around town. I saw so many runners out and ran though a group of runners. Not going to lie I felt intimidated, especially as I ran in the opposite direction of most runners I saw. Was I running he wrong way? Nah, I was just running my way.

I ran up Citadel Hill and thought I’d die at the top. Then on e up top, I ran around it and then back down. I wasn’t keeping track of my km and hit 5k and was finally feeling good (after all those hills). I decided to run a little further away from my hotel and then back towards it to finish off for 7k.

My route took me all over. Many roads I’ve run before during Bluenose Marathon (5k,10k, 1/2, kids run) so they weren’t a surprise to me, I fact I probably chose them since I’ve run them before.

Running is hard sometimes. Hills aren’t fun sometimes. But, you keep moving forward anyway.

Anyone else not loving hills right now?

Anyone else struggling right now?

Do you avoid races with lots of hills?