February Mileage

Oh February, we weren’t really running friends were we?

I only ran twice outside but managed 27.03 km of running between those two runs and my soccer games. So my legs got in some mileage.

We (family) skied twice, I had three soccer games, we skated outside twice and I made it to three yoga classes.

Though I didn’t run a much, I still had an active month with other winter activities. I also walked my dog 2+km most days of the weeks, so lots of walking.

I’m still far away from signing up for any spring races but think I need to start training to run a 5k or 10k race. At this point a spring half is out the door. And that’s okay.

How was your month of February?

Did you rech any goals?

Spring race fever or “meh” feelings like me?

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Running, What Running

Confession – I don’t remember the last time I ran outside. I literally, had to look it up on Garmin Connect just. It was February 10th.

So, its only been two weeks since my last run, that doesn’t seem too bad. It was a shitty run, that’s why I don’t care to remember it. Before the 10th, I ran with Carmacks on the 3rd. Though not an awesome run, it was better than my last run, as I ran with him.

We’ve been skiing a little bit, skating this past weekend on a local outdoor rink and I’ve had a few soccer games here and there.

And yes, I count soccer towards my running mileage because I AM RUNNING. Sprint, recover, sprint, recover, jog, walk, sprint, recovery over and over again for 60 minutes. I’ve been getting between 5.3 km and 6 km during one-60 minute soccer game.

Even though I’m not running outside right now, I love playing soccer, skiing and skating with my kids. I’d much rather do an activity with my family, then on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good solo run or soccer game where I can get lost for an hour.

This time last year I had already racked up some big mileage on my bike….not this year and that’s okay too.

I have no spring races planned and I have no clue why I haven’t registered or sorted out a training plan yet. I guess it will happen when it happens.

What winter activities are you loving right now?

What’s your biggest motivation right now?

Ever forget when you last ran?

January Mileage

With no planned mileage for January, I managed some decent numbers. I’m pretty happy with my mileage in January.

I was sick for close to three weeks but plugged through it and tried to keep active. January is usually a very low running mileage month for me, mainly because we are skiing or snowshoeing. Between a few wintery outdoor runs, indoor soccer games, a trip to England with my family, a few ski days and one yoga class, my monthly mileage was pretty good!

I’ve yet to set any goals for the year but I’m working on a list of “things I want to do”.

It’s super cold….everywhere, so its bundle up in layers season everywhere too. I’m hoping to get in a few more outdoor runs in February.

I’m still doing my bullet journal and got a little more colourful in January. Also, I’m currently writing this from my phone and thinking this might be the new way of blogging for me. Quick, short posts sandwiched between some longer posts. We’ll see!

How are you staying warm?

How was your January?

Do you prefer to read quick blog posts or longer posts?

Happy 2019!

We are well into 2019 and I have no new year’s resolutions (though I don’t do resolutions), no goals (well, I do but I haven’t shared any of them yet) or BIG things I want to accomplish in 2019….as of yet.

And that feels good!

I’ve been since since New Year’s Day, just with a nasty head cold but it’s taking the good out of me. January 1st, I spent the day in bed in pain and then Jan 2nd I woke up feeling awesome. Maybe even too awesome! However, I didn’t sleep well that night and then went skiing the following day with my Dad. I likely over did it and then spent that Saturday afternoon in bed. The head cold was shared around the family so we’re all sick.

Having said that, I’ve only run once so far this year! We did our annual “run the 1st km of the year together” run on January 2nd. Check out those road conditions….they haven’t changed.

It was super icy and C-O-L-D but my girls wanted to go anyway. And that was after we went skating for an hour. That was the 5th time we’ve run my first km of the year together and the 6th with Lilly. A fun tradition to do each year. Lilly enjoyed it so much she wants to run more with me!

I’ve managed to get to soccer as well – thinking that running around an indoor soccer facility would help break my head cold. It didn’t but I got a goal and felt great during and after the game. So, that’s a win!

I have a few things I want to do this year (goals, I guess) and I’ll share those soon. I still have to wrap up some 2018 running post….which I’m slacking on folks! Eventually, I’ll get them done (this month).

Anyone else not set goals, resolutions yet?

What’s your number 1 goal for 2019?

Anything non-running (workout) goals you are working on?

March Mileage

March brought more variety of activities into my training for a half marathon while slowly increasing my weekly running mileage.

We managed to get up skiing a few times – mainly on March Break and skated a number of times with both girls learning how to skate on their own! I really wasn’t sure how running was going to go with increasing my mileage and still working through this hip/oblique injury – but I’m still moving forward.

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March: 

  • 105 km cycling (met my goal) on my indoor trainer
  • 63 km running (met my goal)
  • 4 days of skiing with my girls (loved it)
  • 3 days (hours) skating with my girls (love it also)
  • 1 Yoga class
  • 1 Snowshoe (that I forgot to write on the picture).

March was a great month for activity!

February mileage can be found here. 

January mileage can be found here. 

 

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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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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