Week 4 Half Training MRW

It was a week of a variety of activity for me: running, cycling, soccer and a little more running and cycling. I’m enjoying adding in cycling to my training as it’s a great leg workout yet low impact on your body.

On Wednesday I surprised myself with an awesome run after a long day and coaching U6 soccer on one of the hottest and most humid night of the week. Those poor kids were feeling the heat just as much as all the coaches.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Stretch & Strengthen. I was really stiff after my soccer game on Sunday, so during my lunch break I transformed our office boardroom. After moving tables and chairs around, I did a 20 minute Melissa Bender stretch & strengthen workout. It was just what my body needed.

Tuesday: 6k | 10k Cycling. I wasn’t feeling the best as a stomach bug was going around our house so sitting on my indoor trainer was the best option for any activity.

Wednesday: 35 tempo run | 37 minute (6k) negative split run! This was the best run I’ve had in ages. I started out with no intentions of trying to run negative splits but it just sort of happened. As I was knocking off the km’s, I noticed I was getting faster but didn’t know if I could hold that pace for the last 2km and going up a steep hill. Somehow I managed to really push my pace and even saw 5:45/km! The breakdown of my run per km: 6:47, 6:33, 6:21, 6:04, 6:02, 5:45.

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthen | 20k Cycling. I rode my bike to work 9.92 km and then home for 10.42 km. This was my first time bike commuting to work and I loved it. Though I can’t do it all the time, I sure enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it!  I was pooped from my week and my legs/boy were just ready for this rest day. I ended up hanging out with my running buddy that night without kids and without running! We may have enjoyed a nice summer beverage 🙂

Saturday: 3k | Leisurely swimming. I had wanted to try and get in my long run Saturday as I had soccer Sunday night but it didn’t happen. Instead, my girls and I swam for 4-5 hours in my parents pool!

Sunday: 11 km Long Run | 10 k Long Run + Soccer Game. WHAM! I decided to get in a 10k run before my husband went to work Sunday morning. My legs felt heavy for the first 5k but I seemed to get into a better rhythm for the last 5k. After a busy afternoon (mowing the lawn, playing outdoors with the girls and walked Carmacks), I somehow manage to play soccer. The girls came with me and had a blast on the playground while we battled it out on the field. We lost 5-2 but I got a goal….from half field! It was kinda weird as it just bounced passed everyone and we all weren’t sure it was a goal or not. Anyway….I did a lot of sprinting that game so my legs are toast! I’m sure looking forward to some stretching tomorrow.

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Weekly mileage: 16k running, 30k cycling.

Though I wish I didn’t miss my run on Tuesday and Thursday, I’m still happy I got in some good leg activity on my bike. I really enjoyed riding my bike to work and hope to do that again this summer at least once more. My week ahead of running might be all over the place but I’m going to do my best to get in what I can.

Do better: I need to do better with my strength training. I missed yoga and with confess I haven’t been doing many PT exercises for my ankle. They need a little TLC, so back at those PT exercises this week.

I’m linking up today with Darlene at My First 5k & More,  HoHo Runs, and  MissSippiPiddlin Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

How was your weekend?

When was the last time you did double sports in one day?

Do you have a “do better” for this week?

Week 3 Half Training MRW

I finished week 3 of half marathon training for Maritime Race Weekend (MRW) with a smile on my face but it started off not great and wasn’t sure it was going to turn around. Luckily it did!

Last week (Mon-Fri) could go down as one of those “bad” weeks of training. It was a week of ups and downs, missed workouts, feeling rushed and exhausted and just counting the days until the weekend. It was a week of learning that I can’t win them all but when I do, it feels so good!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen Day | Nothing. To be honest, I had a horrible day. So many things went wrong and it just felt like a gong show at work/home. After a crap-shoot day, I coached Under 6 soccer. We got home from that and trying to get Hilary to bed turned into hanging out eating a bunch of snacks (watermelon, cheese, apples and blueberries) while I made lunch for the next day. I ran out of time to do any type of workout however, my day turned around when Lilly and Saï got home from her soccer. It was also my birthday so we celebrate with some cake (late night to bed for the girls #1).

Tuesday: 5k | Walking. I was on the road for work and wasn’t able to get in a run before we left at 7:30. I did managed to get in a 40 minute walk later that evening as part of our meeting/walking to dinner on a trail – which was nice!

Wednesday: 5K | 5k. After an extremely late night, I woke up early and got out for a run. The first kilometre I’m pretty sure I wasn’t awake but the being about to look out into the ocean while you run kinda wakes you up. It was great to get it in. I also coached U 6 soccer that evening – late night to bed for the girls #2.

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Thursday: 5k + strengthen | Nothing. Okay, I didn’t do nothing. I walked my dog for 20 minutes first thing in the morning which was actually really peaceful. I worked all day then picked up the girls in different locations. We had a picnic dinner at my work and then went to Lilly’s soccer game! Not done yet….when we got home, I cleaned up the girls, gave them a snack and tried to get them to bed – this took us until 8:30/9pm – late night #3.

During this painful extended bedtime, I did a load of laundry, folded two loads, made half a lunch for Lilly, got all the garbage ready for garbage day, took the dog out in the yard twice. Oh yeah, we got a dog two weeks ago. It was 9pm and I’m pretty sure the girls just feel asleep. I was beyond exhausted but wanted to work out. Instead, I crashed on the couch where my dog just wanted me to pet him (Doggy blog post to come).

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I brought all my gear to run at lunch but ended up not running. At least I was prepared, right!!!

Saturday: 5k Race | 11k Long Run. Oh this run was just what I needed! It was so great! I got up at 5:30 and was out the door just after 6am by myself. It was an out and back kinda of run.

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As the sun started to rise and hit my face on a very cool morning (12C or 53F), I trekked along, one km, two km, three km, four. Sidewalks, cross walks, pavement and crusher dust/gravel. I started off around 6:40/km and then 6:30/km and managed to work my way down to 6:24/km and 6:20/km, I even managed 6:18/km. IT. WAS. GREAT!  I haven’t felt that good after a long run in probably a year.

We then spent the day at Lilly’s soccer tournament where they lost two games and tied one! She had a blast and Hilary did too playing on the playground.

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Sunday: Run | Soccer Game (aka speed work). Sunday night I had a soccer game after a busy day with the girls. We won 3-1. Though the girls didn’t come to my soccer game, it was late night #4 of going to bed!

Weekly mileage: 16k + a soccer game.

Though my week started off rough and I missed some workouts, I’m happy with what I could accomplish with my training. You can’t win the all but you can at least try, right?!?!

We are skipping our girls soccer tonight as they are so exhausted. Between late nights at soccer, long days outside and extremely hot weather both girls are done! Poor Hilary isn’t handling the heat well so we’ve got to get her back on track. Sometimes you just have to miss out on a night of soccer practices (both girls) to regroup for the rest of the week.

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Janelle at Run With No RegretsDon’t forget to check out their blogs!

Though I’m not posting on here much these days, you can always find me over on Instagram.  Also, check out TIUX compression socks (as seen above) and use this discount code for 20% off your next order: ANNASTIUX .

What’s your number 1 summer tip for staying healthy?

Anyone else have a roller coaster week?

Anyone race/train this weekend?

Started Training for Another Half

I’m two weeks into another round training for my next half marathon. This will be my 2nd planned race this year and 2nd half marathon this year. It’s actually a double race: 5k Friday night and half Saturday morning at Maritime Race Weekend in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr, right! It’s a pirate themed event.

I’ve been following a plan that I used last year and another race a few years ago but I haven’t sat down to modify it. By modify, I mean move things around, include my soccer games and changing my long run days around to meet my families’ needs. Last week started off a little rough due to a long weekend road trip to Ontario (I’ll tell you more about that soon). Little sleep for a family of four is hard on everyone!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Nothing. Late night of little sleep – no workouts.

Tuesday: Yoga | Rest Day. Literally, I booked it as a vacation day as I knew I’d need it from the long Canada Day weekend we had.

Wednesday: 30 minute tempo run | Ran 5k. It was a pretty basic 5k but I enjoyed it.

Thursday: 5k + strengthen | Soccer game. We had no subs, so it was 60 minutes to running, sprinting and recovery. Needless to say, I’m taking this as my speed work/fartlek training week. And we won 1-0.

Friday: Rest day| Rest day. Nailed it.

Saturday:  5k Race | 10k Long Run. I went out mid morning Saturday in the rain and just ran along our main road/highway. It was muddy and I ended up with lots of sand on my legs by the end. It warmed up throughout my run and I thought the heat was going to get me but I managed to finish strong (which felt good).

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Sunday: 9k Long Run | Cycling 10km on my trainer. I had a rather long day at home with the girls (challenging day) and needed something to do Sunday evening. I jumped on my bike which is still on it’s trainer and got in 10k in 30 minutes. I also planked, did some abs exercises and PT exercises for my ankles – gotta keep them happy.

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Though I didn’t follow my training plan to a T, I still managed a pretty good week of workouts. I’d love to know how many km’s I ran during my soccer game!

Weekly mileage: 15k (1 soccer game and 10k cycling)

How was your week?

Anyone else run in the rain this weekend?

What’s your favourite cross training workout?

I’m linking up today with Christine @ Into the Glimmer, HoHo Runs, and MissSippiPiddlin. 

Happy Monday!

 

June Mileage & July’s Goals

I can’t believe we are now half way through the year and into July. I’ve been pretty MIA on the blogging/social media front lately. Life. Is. Just. Busy! I’m sure you can all relate!

My running mileage for June was pretty good – 84km. I took a full week off after my half marathon which I hadn’t planned on doing but it actually felt pretty great. I managed to go to my weekly yoga class three times and three soccer game as well. No complaints here.

June Mileage

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June’s Goals

  • Relax about my running pace. Finally felt like I accomplished this!
  • Decrease social media time (gasp!!!). I did on weekends.
  • Figure out our summer holidays. Done and done!
  • Set up 1 page in my bullet journal to track “x” daily. It’s not pretty but it’s done.
  • Enjoy my upcoming half marathon. Accomplished – you can read about it here.
  • Check in at least once a week on these goals. I did, twice.

July’s Goals.

  • Family vacation in Ontario and PEI. (Ontario completed already!).
  • Use our Canada 150 National Park Pass (camping, hike, canoeing, beach going).
  • Start training for Maritime Race Weekend (6th) Half Marathon.
  • Read two books. (Well, finish the one I’ve been readying for 2 years and one more).
  • More early morning runs before work.
  • Bike to work at least once this month.
  • Focus on good sleep.

As for my goals for the whole year – you can find them here – I’ve checked a few off my list but have completely ignored many of them. Time to get back into crossing those off my list. So far I’ve done this year I’ve accomplished:

  • Being outside as a family – yes we have been doing this.
  • Run at least two half marathons – 1 out of 2 so far.
  • Keep blogging – I’m still here but far less then ever!
  • Declutter the house. This is in high gear right now.
  • Set mini monthly goals – all over this one!
  • Journal – it’s pretty minimal.

I have many more items on my yearly goals/to-do list and I’m sure I’ll get a few more before the cold month of December hits! Speaking of weather – it’s been rather amazing summer weather around here!

How was your month of June?

Do you have any summer goals?

How long does it take you to read a book?

June Runfessions

Blink your eyes and time just passes you by…can’t believe it’s July tomorrow! July is an exciting month for us – no school, summer day camps, coaching soccer, playing soccer, camping, I get a little older, vacation and tomorrow – July 1st – is Canada Day!!! Or Canada’s 150th birthday!

June was a rather nice month of running. I managed to get in a good number of kilometres, ran my first race of the year and got a few more freckles 🙂

June Runfessions

Runfession #1: I had the best morning run on Wednesday. Let me tell you about it. Tuesday night as I’m about to go to bed I said to my husband “I might run really early in the morning” but kinda hoping he’d talk me out of it. Nope, he didn’t. He just said “Okay” from him. I felt like I had to at least set out my running gear so I could be quick to get ready if I actually got up. So I set my alarm for 5:30 AM…WHAT!!!!!! NUTS!!! I had to be finished running, shower etc by 6:30 am.

At 5:30, I got out of bed totally regretting setting my alarm. I washed my face and managed to put on my running gear. I put on my sports bra inside out by mistake but it was dark in our bedroom but I fixed it before I left. Have you ever done that?

It was cool and perfect running weather. I left about 5:50 from my driveway and ran 5k around my subdivision before arriving back at home. I saw two runners and 1 dog walker . Only one other person was up, dressed and ready for summer day camp and the other two were snoozing away! It was a perfect morning run and I felt energized for the whole day!

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Runfession #2: Sprinklers! If you saw my Instagram post on Wednesday morning, you’d notice that I may have run through sprinklers…or not! Did you know that running before 6am is prime time for sprinkler fun!!! Best morning run ever!

Runession #3: I had a few moments during my half marathon when I decided that I hated running. In fact, I hated running the half marathon distance and was close to giving up running that distances. Thankfully, I’ve changed my mind and about to start training for my 6th half marathon in September.

Runfession #4: I’m kinda miss doing my morning long runs! There is something peaceful about them. Whether it’s the fact that I’m up and out the door before my family gets up, time to myself, time with my running buddy or the enjoyment of coming home to my family – I kinda miss it. Good thing – I’ll be back at it possibly this weekend!

Runfessoin #5: I haven’t figured out my training plan for Maritime Race Weekend and I’m pretty sure this should be week #1 of training. Having said that – it’s been a great week of soccer games, coaching, running, yoga and a maybe a run this weekend too.

Do you have any runfessions from June?

What are you looking forward to the most in July?

Who is celebrating Canada 150 or 4th of July? What cha’ doing?

Happy last day of June!!!!

AND………

HAPPY CANADA 150!!!!

You can check out my other Runfession posts: May, April, March, February and January. I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month.

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

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Post Race Weekly Recap

Ummm….last week was a zero running week for me! ZERO!!! It wasn’t because I didn’t want to but it just didn’t happen. And, I’m okay with that.

Last Sunday I ran my 5th half marathon at Johnny Miles, if you missed the recap you can find it here. It was good, bad and ugly and good again – I’m happy with it. I took Monday off work (planned) and was wanting to rest and take it easy but it ended up being a really busy day of errands (unplanned). This is what my week looked like:

Post Race Running…or Rest Days.

Monday: Rest & Recover Day. I wanted to do a shake out run but that didn’t happen. My thighs hurt so much going down stairs.

Tuesday: Yoga. Oh, yoga felt great…except for the chair pose. I wasn’t having any of that and everyone laughed at me as they knew I just ran a half marathon. I did alternative poses when needed. My thighs still hurt.

I also wasn’t feeling awesome and thought I might have had a touch of heat exhaustion based on the systems I was having. Lots of water and rest in between work and kid stuff.

Wednesday: Rest Day. Relief with my thighs came on day three post half marathon. Hilary had soccer which I’m coaching so I was on my feet that night for a bit.

Thursday: Rest Day but I really wanted to run.

From my garden.

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Friday: Rest Day. I planned to run but decided I need to just do nothing. Honestly, I sat down in front of my TV and couldn’t even figure out how to watch a show because it’s been so long. (We don’t have cable but Netflix).

Saturday: I planned to run that evening but totally wimped out last minute and watched Netflix that night. (It was a busy day between errands with the girls and an outdoor birthday party in the rain (it was fun!) in the afternoon. That run just wasn’t happening that evening.

Sunday: SOCCER!!!!!!!!!! Finally, I moved more then walking! Oh, how I love soccer! I do, I do! It was great. Well, not great, we lost but it felt great to play. I need a tan!

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That’s it. Super relaxed, super non-active week! I’m thinking I really need to get my butt in gear as I’m pretty sure I should be at least one week into my next half marathon training. That would be for Maritime Race Weekend 5k & Half Marathon September 15/16th. I might not be on track with training for that but I’m going to get more focused this week and figure out my training plan.

Anyone else take a full week off after a race?

What’s the best thing you do to recover after a race?

How long do you wait to run your next race?

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Zenaida Arroyo. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Johnny Miles Half Marathon Recap 2017

Just like that, another half marathon done! It’s been a full year since I’ve run a half so it was kinda nice running the same race/course again. It was great, it was hard, it got a little ugly but got better again and I finished!

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Pre Race

Since it was a family trip, we took our time getting on the road Saturday and left just after lunch. It was raining and the girls weren’t loving the 2.5 hour drive but we only had a handful of “are were there yet?”. My friend picked up my race kit so I didn’t go to the expo. We went directly to the hotel, had birthday cake as Krystol’s son was turning 7. We went down to the pool and swam and hung out in the hot tub with all of the kids – three families, 7 kids. No photo’s were taken at the pool but I’m pretty sure the THREE DAD’s had more fun then the kids did on the twisted slide! (They went back Sunday morning too…with the kids).

We had dinner and tried to take it easy that evening but with bunk beds and a tv in their room it was a much later night for the girls then we wanted. I had a horrible sleep – not sure why but that’s just life sometimes.

Morning of Race

I went and had breakfast with Krystol and Melissa, who were running the half and 10k, respectively. My husband and girls came down after and then we left for our race around 8am. This was probably the best weather a runner could ask for! It was cool but about 18c with an overcast sky. The marathon started at 7 am (lucky!!!) and we started at 9:05.

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Half Marathon

The first 10k was really awesome! My pace was better then I expected (6:20 – 6:57)/km, I felt really good and I was enjoying the course. My plan was to run and walk when I have to. It was a 10k loop, so I had to run it twice and since I ran it last year I felt good about it. I knew where the hills were, where the trail was covered in shade and when I would be in direct sunlight.  The humidity started to increase around 13k which didn’t help me.

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I want to say the wheels started to fall off between 10-13k but they didn’t really fall off. I just felt like I didn’t have anything left in me to give. There were a few moments of “I hate this”, “I’m NEVER running a full marathon”, to “I hate the half marathon distance” but also many moments that I loved.

The times I loved: when I wasn’t expecting to see a friend of mine at the race but she passed me on the route and we quickly chatted. Or the time when an older guy passed me coming in the opposite direction. When he saw me, he put on this big smile and I smiled back. He reminded me that I do love running, that I can love running during hard times and that I’m lucky that I can run right now. It was a good reality check.

From there, I didn’t care if I walked or ran. I powered up all the hills so strong I’d make anyone proud. However, after I’d get past the top and try to recover I struggled so much. I walked on straight stretches feeling a little sour that I was choosing to walk and that I didn’t come here to walk the race…so I’d run again.

I also saw another friend who was volunteering at a water station so it was fun to quickly chat with him and run on. After 15, I was kinda done. I drank my Nuun in between water stations, grabbed Gatorade and a glass of water as well at each aid station. I’d take a swig of water and poor the rest over my head to cool down – relief! Gu’s, chew’s and even a fruit to go bar made it’s way into my mouth over the course.

 

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I noticed a blister forming on my left pinky toe (and later my right) and that wasn’t really all that fun. It’s pretty big (I’ll spare you a photo) but from 15k onwards that pain of a blister forming was zapping me in the toe. (I normally don’t blister).

I wasn’t give up but I surely was done by 17k so I just kept thinking that I only had four more kilometres to go. Then 3k. Then 2k. As you ran, you would see people on the other side of the road – essentially ahead of you. There was so many people saying “great job”, “way to go” and I was saying it back as well. There is something about the running community that can lift you up when you need it OR, you can lift someone else up.

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I had the finish line to myself. There was no one in front of me and I don’t remember anyone behind me. It was kinda fun running in by yourself and hearing them call your name. I was happy and relieved I finished. High fives and hugs from strangers – you know, those people who volunteer at races are awesome people! They hug you when you are extremely sweaty 😉 But seriously, thank you to all those who volunteer!

I finished the race in 2:27:11 and was happy it was under 2:30. Was I disappointed with my time, hell no. I finished a race 12 weeks after a winter car accident with no pain. It was great, it was hard, it was was ugly and I finished 🙂 After finishing, we made our way back to the hotel were the girls were enjoying father’s day with Saï. We eventually made our way home but not before lunch at Subway and then ice cream sundae’s and a milkshake for me!

Happy kids!

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Today (Monday), my thighs hurt the most and I’m really hating stairs. All stairs. They – Are – Everywhere! I’m hoping to get in a short shake out run but that’s on the fence as soccer season starts for both girls tonight and Saï is on shift. Even if I walk around the field tonight for a walk, I’ll consider that a win!

How was your weekend?

Anyone race?

Did you enjoy Father’s Day?

Today, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Run & Live Happy. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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