Another Runch Bites The Dust

I planned it out.

I backed my back pack.

I EVEN charged my Green Garmin.

I mapped out a different route to run in my head on my drive to work.

I got through a busy morning and work and accomplished a lot on my to-do list. All was good.

Twelve o’clock hit…..time to runch!

I gathered my gear and headed off to change.

FaaaaRIG! I forgot my sports bra!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve got to be kidding me. I needed this run. I. JUST. NEEDED. TO. RUN!

Should I run in my normal bra….nope. Run with no bra, hell no. Seriously! I can’t believe I forgot my sports bra.

no-runch

So disappointing…I just wanted to run.

Never forget your sports bra. Another runch bites the dust!

When was the last time you forgot a key piece of running gear?

What will you run without?

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, bloggers and followers.

 

Maritime Race Weekend Week #9 Half Marathon Training

This was a rough week! It started off really good and then went downhill fast. Basically, we think I had heat exhaustion from my Wednesday night run and Thursday’s runch in the heat. Though I thought I had been hydrating and eating well, something did not agree with my life at the time and decided to act out.

Week #9

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday August 17th: Rest DayRest DayGosh, I’m good at this!

Tuesday: 5k5k morning run before 7am. Had a nice run outside before work as my parents were visiting. One must take advantage of being able to run outside even in this heat. 

Wednesday: 8k8k treadmill runAfter working all day, getting the girls/dinner/play/bed time, I laced up and had a great but HOT run on the treadmill. I had the door open/window open and the fan on while I ran. I was very warm after this run but didn’t think anything of it since I usually feel that way after a treadmill run in the summer.

Thursday: 5k5k runch.  I ran outside on the trail at lunch time *hottest part of the day*. This is where things REALLY went south for me 😦 About 20 minutes after my run I started to not feel good and ended up not being able to keep any food in me. {sorry, TMI}. I left my air conditioning office into the sweltering heat, picked up the girls and went home. At his point I was in survival mode until bed time…which happened at 6:40 pm. I got the girls to bed and I fell asleep on my bed instantly! I slept for over an hour and still felt terrible. I got up, had a cold shower and drank some Vega hydrator, then went to be around 10ish.

Friday: Rest DayREST DAY in bed. I took Friday off work and slept for 3.5 hours in the morning!!!!!! I felt terrible all day and figured I had “heat exhaustion”. I took it easy and was happy to see Sai when he came home. I couldn’t eat too much but was able to drink lots of fluids. Felt pretty crappy {bad word to use} that night.

Saturday: 10k RaceUnplanned rest day. Still wasn’t feeling 100% but was able to start eating normal food and do normal things with the girls and Sai. Took it easy energy-wise and had a really good night’s sleep.

Sunday: Cross Training12k. I had the best run! I woke up at 6 am to run 10k. I was going to run with two others but one family had the flu and one family slept in….when you have little kids and you ALL sleep…you don’t wake up early to “go for a run”…you sleep. So, I ran on my own after waking up slightly pissed off at myself for wanting to run so early. What’s up with that! Maybe, my bed was just to cozy 😉

Anyway….at 6:36 am I started running and ran out 5k from my house on the main road. It was a slow pace for me 6:30-6:45 for a while with a little 6:18 thrown in there. Around the 5k mark, I decided to run 11-12k and see how it goes.

I managed 10k in 1:06 {which will come in handy later in this post} and then kilometre 11 was 6:27 up a good hill and kilometre 12 was 5:35!!!! WOAH…….I pushed that last kilometre so much it was awesome! I was breathing hard and I’m pretty sure the look on my face was nothing but ugly but I ran 5:35 after running 11k!!!!!

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That felt SO good!

Overall: I felt great running Tues-Wed-Thurs. Other then the heat and humidity, they were really great runs. Even Sunday’s run was great. It was the in-between that was a little challenging for me.

Highlights: “Long run” after three days of feeling terrible.

Low Points: Hanging out in the bathroom getting sick.

Weather: THE PITS! Super humid and HOT, HOT, HOT.

Total week 9 km: 30

Total km during training: 252   {102 km for August already}

Looking forward to this week: Hopefully feeling 100% in-between runs and my long run (18k).

Big News: The other day I was getting ready to sign up for the 10k Valley Harvest Marathon that is in October (11th) but before I did, I saw a post on Facebook from White Rabbit Pacing. They were still looking for a few pace bunnies. You can see where this is going.

So…….you are look at the {10k} 1:10 pace bunny at the Valley Harvest Marathon!!! This will  be my first time pacing other runners, so I’m really excited and hope I do a good job of it!

Week #8 here…just in case you missed it.

How was your weekend?

Have you ever had heat exhaustion, heat stroke etc. ?

Have you ever paced a run or been paced by a bunny?

Runchin’ It Up!

I’m now in the middle of week #9 half marathon training. It’s been a pretty good week. I managed one morning run {5k} and has an awesome treadmill runs last night {8k}. I wasn’t diggin’ running on THE BEAST right tonight so I figured I’d runch since my work schedule didn’t have me on the road.

Today, I got out for a 5k runch on the trail.  It’s was a hot one but I sun screened up and slowed my pace down. To be honest, I don’t know if I could have run too much faster as it was bloody hot outside!

aug 19 run

I ran on the trail and thought about going out to the main road to run some hills but that idea when down the drain fast. Again, way too hot out.

aug 19 run 2

Afterwards, I cooled off in my office with a frozen drink box, drank some Nuun {FINALLY found a flavour I like!} and got back to work. It was after all, a “runch” break.

I also have some excited news to share with you but it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow 😉 Stay tuned for the update!

How many bottles of sunscreen have you gone through this summer?

Push the pace in the heat or not?

Runching Again

Lately, my workout plans is to run every other day, plank and follow my PT exercises in between those days. A big piece of my current recovery plan is to run outside! I’m super thankful I have a treadmill but LOVE to run outside. I knew I was going to be in the office all day Monday so I packed my bag so I could “runch”. I love having evenings free and by “free”, really I mean having time to get shit done around the house/blog/email/phone people and maybe relax a little 😉

The plan was 5k on the trail and then hit up the sidewalk, a.k.a. hills for the return route back to the office. Around noon, I got my running gear on and hit the trail. It was sunny, hot and there was a perfect breeze  – best running weather you could ask for! I was a little worried I forgot my sunscreen but hoping that I could hide away a little in the shade on the trail.

Runch time!

Runch time selfie!

I’m not going to say this run was easy because it wasn’t. My pace is slow (for me) and I’ve accepted that for the time being. All my runs seem to be hard lately and I am okay with that. I need to build up my fitness and strength again and that’s going to take some time. Hard runs are good runs.

Running on the trail was great, I could smell that scent of “hot summer trees” and felt the sun on my face. I’d dodge over into the shade every so often and then crossed the main road to the sidewalk and faced my first HILL. Of course, the longest slowest incline ever! At one point I had to walk because it was a big struggle in the direct sun going up that hill.

I kept trekking along, glided down a long hill and then faced my second hill that I ran all the way up….then walked again 😉 As I ran back towards my office, I picked up my speed and finished off with a last fast kilometre. Again, my pace was slow for me but I averaged a 6:17/km pace which I can’t complain about with my fitness level, the hot sun beating down on me and the hills.

Oh, that feeling of a good run, an accomplishment achieved, a sense of the runners high. I ran 6k and it felt great. So far, I’ve been pain-free in my hamstring unlike last week I had some minor pain about 24 hours after running. Today I did my 1:50 plank, will walk 4k (getting car work done and walking home/to the shop) and will follow-up with my PT exercises later today.

Speaking of planks, they are still hard but I haven’t given up yet. It’s not easy at all and I’m finding I need to distract myself from my timer which is challenging to do when planking. Maybe I should put music on next time and focus on a song. I much prefer to do my planks first thing in the morning before the girls get up. It’s nice to have a few minutes to myself and it’s so much harder doing planks later in the day when my body is exhausted.

What time of day to you work out?

Plankers – what time of day do you plank?

Runners – how’s your pace lately? Slowing in the heat or speeding up because of training?

Injury Running Recovery: Low & Slow

I’m trying to find a way to share with you my current status with running and I think “Injury Running Recovery” is going to be it. I wrote a few weeks ago about my current status of “So Far So Good” and I’m still in that same frame of mine.

I had one week off from Physiotherapy because he was away at a conference, however I followed everything from my PT exercises to being allowed to run outside again (low km and slow pace). “Low and Slow” is my new motto, which isn’t a bad thing. It just means that I’m allow to run outside (yeah) but need to keep it safe in terms of the brunt force that my hamstring can take.

I did a few runs outside and had very little pain. Even with some of the pain I was discouraged as I thought I would have no pain since I’m on a new PT plan but that’s not always the case. My glutes and hamstrings are getting stronger but aren’t at 100% yet. The pain level is a 1-2 out of 10, which is great but we want to get me to a 0 eventually. I learned some pain during recovery can be okay – it all depends on the level of pain. My pain level is getting lower as I get stronger.

Since I am getting stronger, I can now run outside 5-6k every other day! Honestly, when Chris, my physiotherapist said that I feel like it was Christmas for me! It also helped that on Wednesday morning #nationalrunningday, I went for a quick (for me) 3k run outside before the girls got up AND before my physio appointment. I was feeling pretty good and happy going into my PT appointment and having learned I was getting stronger and could increase my distance (not my speed) that just made it better. Oh – and my husband was home so all was great!

Early morning run for National Running Day

Early morning run for National Running Day

I’ve also started a monthly plank challenge and am doing good so far. I struggled on Day 4 (1 minute 15 seconds) when Hilary decided to help Mommy by pushing on my pack in encouragement but today was a lot better (1:15 again). At least she didn’t sit on me 🙂

plank week 1

One more day of planks (1:20) and then I get a rest day. I’m starting to get a little worried about planking next week! Today, I’m hitting the trails for a “runch” so check out my Instagram for an update on how that goes!

Did you run on National Running Day?

What’s the longest plank you’ve held before? (Me: 2 minutes)

Anyone “runching” today? Or running in general?

The Day I Thought My Garmin Died!

Gulp! Oh man I thought my Green Garmin died today!

Last night I went to bed super early, before 9:30 as I just wasn’t feeling 100%. I missed the opportunity to run and honestly, didn’t even care – what’s up with that? I even started second guessing myself with my running.

Anyway, as I was going to bed I thought I’d pack my running gear in the morning so I could run OUTSIDE at lunch. My, how I’ve missed my “runch” time this winter! I grabbed my gear; clothing, runners, foam roller (yes I’m going to foam roll at work) and then my Garmin. And it looked like this……..

green garmin

No time. Nothing 😦

Well what do you expect when you don’t use it for more than a month and not charge it? I dies.

So, I charged it up while I worked and went out for my RUNCH! This wasn’t an awesome run as the sidewalks were still ICY!

Nice sideways, eh!

Nice sideways, eh!

Up hill, down hill, ice everywhere, some clear spots, slush and ended my 5 k run with only 5 soakers. Good thing I brought extra socks with me!

"runch"

“runch”

I was a little unsure about running on the sidewalks so I brought my old yak traxs with me and put them on when I saw a women slip with cowboy boots on (Umm, who wears cowboy boots in the WINTER in Nova Scotia?). I took it easy (7:00 minute km pace) and then foam rolled when I got back to the office.

Happy to have that run behind me as I was feeling super low about my running yesterday/this morning. My energy level has picked up which is already great and I managed to hit my 10,000 steps with my Fitbit Flex already (we still have a love-hate relationship going on).

Good news – my hamstring felt great.

Bad news – my ankles aren’t too happy after that run.

You win some you lose some!

Anyone “runching” lately?

Sidewalks clear, snow-covered (I hope not) or icy like ours?

PS we are expecting a snow storm on the weekend!

Would you have run on those sidewalks or call it a day?

 

And THEN I Forgot My Sports Bra!

After yesterday’s little extra snooze session, I thought I was getting back on track. I even packed my bag the night before so I could run during my lunch break – you know, a “runch”. Win – win for everyone, right!?!?!?

I spent the morning hydrating and eating food at the right time so that I could run and THEN eat my lunch. As I opened my bag and starting pulling out my running sneakers and clothing, I KNEW I had made a mistake.

I forgot my sports bra! Frig! (And that’s not really what I said but it started with the letter F, so you get the point).

Well, sh*t, I forgot my sports bra…worst thing I could forget…besides my running shoes.

Option #1: Run in normal bra and not wear a bra for the rest of the afternoon.

Option #2: Run in normal bra and wear a sweaty bra all afternoon.

Option #3: Run without a sports bra.

After 5 minutes of contemplating each option, I decided NO to all options. I just couldn’t do it. What a fail…I was so pumped up about the run.

I managed to get my run in and more later that night. But, really, I just wanted to hang out with my husband since he was home. After we got the girls to bed, I hopped on the treadmill. My run went a little like this:

Run 1k, 40 jumping jacks, 30 crunches, 20 squats, 10 push ups and then repeated this 5 times. 

After the first round I kinda thought it was going to be a weak workout. Then around 1/2 way I decided I should add some weights to the squats…yeah bad idea. As each kilometer started I would increase my speed and incline and my little legs where just pumping during that last kilometer!

I got off the treadmill and got ready for my last set of jumping jacks, crunches, squats and push- ups….man this round was WEAK!!

BUT…at least I had my sports bra on 🙂

Ever forget that essential piece of gear for a run or workout?

What have you forgotten in the past?

What run / workout combo do you like to do?