Nuunin’ It Up Again

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ll already know what I’m talking about. For another year, I going to be apart of Team Nuun again!

 

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Wannabe Cyclist

In other news, I bought a insider trainer tire for my bike!!!!!! Yup, that means I’ll be spinning on my husband’s bike trainer when he’s not this winter 🙂 I’ve been wanting to get one since last winter but finally did this week.

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Now, I just have to learn (ask my husband to do it) how to put this tire on my wheel and bike and I’m good to go. I’m your typical newby cyclist…wannabe cyclist. You know that person that wants to ride more but just doesn’t push the envelope!

I need to get more confident on the road with cars and eventually buy a proper road bike as mine is more for trails. I’m okay starting off where I am but some day I’d love to to a ride/event with my husband. I even have one in mind!

Eventually, you’ll start seeing some more pictures of my pushing the peddles which will be nice since I’m limited to 2 days of running per week at the moment.

What’s your favourite Nuun flavour? 

Are you a brand ambassador for a product? If so, which one?

Best tips for an indoor trainer newby???

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Cooler Morning Run

I finally feel like I’m moving the right direction with running during this training cycle. I’m really looking forward to running my 4th half marathon in June but I keep forgetting I have a 10k on May 22nd as well.

Today’s long run was supposed to be 13k. My last long run was two weeks ago since I was sick last weekend and that 11k was horrible. I went to bed earlier this week, which is key for me and I also brought some water and GU with me. Yup, it’s back to running with GU, chocolate of course 🙂

I got up at 6:30 and the whole house was up…so much for sneaking out while they slept. My husband had to work and since I was at a Hiking conference the day before, my Dad was down. He stayed to watch the girls while I ran (I’m so lucky to have great parents).

I planned to be out running at 7AM but it was closer to 7:30, meh….that’s life. As I started running I was thinking about what pace I wanted to run at Johnny Miles Half in June and figured 6:15/km would be good goal. In October last year, I ran 6:20/km as my goal and pretty much nailed that so I figured I’d aim for 6:15 in hopes I’d run a little faster (haha!).

I set out on a cold morning wishing I had my gloves on that I left behind last minute. Ahh well, I kept running. The sun was shining down but it was still cold, I was really glad I had on a tank top, long sleeve shirt and jacket…not to mention my Nuun visor and sunglasses.

I was feeling great, trekking up long inclines and dodging pot holes on the side of the road when not on the road (highway). I took at GU around 39 minutes in with some water and kept going. I had to turn around and then face the one incline that I absolutely HATE! Hate is a strong word but that’s how I feel about it.

Somehow I nailed that incline and managed to recover at the top and keep going. A little water here, 1-2 walking breaks to rest for a few seconds but I kept going. The last kilometer would have me running up a good but short hill but still would have to run more than 1/2 a km until I was done 13k.

I glided up the hill with ease and then the effort hit me hard at the top so I walked a few steps but picked up running again. I pick up my pace and finish my long run strong without my jacket or buff around my neck as it was now really warm. I felt great. I felt happy. I finally felt like I’m on the right path with my pace.

May 1st Running

It’s not by luck, it’s by sticking as close to my training plan as possible and increasing my strength training with IronStrength workouts twice a week. It’s working for me. My hamstring *knock on wood* is feeling wonderful but my SI joint is still a little unhappy. Notice I said a little? I’ve been foam rolling like it’s going out of style and it’s reliving the pulling pain around my SI joint.

I ran 10k around 1:02:xx today but hoping I can run the Bluenose Marathon 10k (May 22nd) a little faster. If I can run 10k in an hour and two minutes, I’m hoping to be able to run my half under 2:10…that’s what I am now working towards 🙂

I’m off to go hiking with the girls because riding their bicycles this morning wasn’t enough activity for them!

How is your Sunday going?

Do you focus on pace often during training? 

What’s your number one tip to increase your pace?

Building My Base Week #6

It’s been six weeks of building my base for half marathon training which really doesn’t start until the end of March!  I’m hoping that if I keep this “building” phase going it will help me jump into a good half marathon training plan. At least that’s the idea.

The last six weeks have been all over the map. From extremely awesome to struggling to find my motivation, to battling head colds that take over your body and just life in general. Things are changing around here and I’ll tell you more about that in a few days. Don’t worry, it’s all good and no I’m not pregnant.

Building My Base Week #6 

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday Feb 22ndYoga | Yoga. Felt so good!!!! I managed to hold crow pose for 8 breaths and then birds of paradise on both sides for 6-8 breaths. Getting stronger. She did some more killer ab work.

Tuesday: Run | Ran 6k on the treadmill, good run…happy to have done it.

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Wednesday: Run | Ran 8k  on the treadmill. I’ve been skipping 5-10 minutes before I run lately to warm up and enjoying the challenge. It gets my heart rate up and my legs burning when I’m on a roll. It also hurts when I make a mistake and the rope whips my legs – ouch!

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Thursday: DVD Workout | Nothing. Starting to feel under the weather. Went to be early.

Friday: Rest Day |  Sick. Full of a nasty head cold.

Saturday: Run | No way I was doing anything today. Pounding headache, nose running, completely stuffed up. Actually, I shouldn’t say I didn’t do anything. I took the girls to our local indoor soccer facility where they have “open play time” each Saturday morning. So we played soccer, baseball, jumped, hoola-hooped and tag. Hilary loves playing tag and SHE can actually run fast. I was running to keep up!

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Sunday: Run | Ran 5k on the treadmill. It was a good run that I was happy to finish and not bother trying to run any further. 

Even with a nasty head cold, I’m happy with my workouts last week. The weather here has been spring like which is not normal for February. It’s a bit of a tease really.

I also signed up for a spring 10k at the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax (Nova Scotia). I was wanting to run a race before my June half marathon but couldn’t decided between 10k or Half. My brother wrote me a message the other day to say he signed up, so I literally dropped what I was doing and signed up right then and there.

Races I’m signed up for (to date):

  • 10k Bluenose Marathon, Halifax, NS.
  • Half Marathon @ Johnny Miles Running Event, New Glasgow, NS.
  • 5k & Half @ Maritime Race Weekend, Cow Bay, NS

That list seems so little to the 12 races I ran in 2014 and all the races I signed up for in 2015 but only ran two of them. It’s all good. I’ll sign up for a few more; 5k’s and maybe another half marathon, we’ll see. I’d love to do a race with my husband 😉

If you missed the last few weeks check them out here: Week #1 and Week #2, Week 3, Week 4 & 5

What’s your secret for getting rid of a head cold?

Can your kids run faster then you thought they could/should?

How was your week/weekend?

Happy LEAP YEAR day!

 

 

Friday Five ~ This Week’s Adventures

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!! Oh my, I’m so glad the weekend is upon us! I’m ready to do nothing and everything, ha ha! Apparently Nova Scotia isn’t going to be hit with THE big storm this weekend so we’ll see how that turns out!

Today I’m linking up with Mar on The Run,  You Signed Up For What and Eat Pray Run DC for Friday Five Link Up. I’m sharing “Things I’ve been up to this Week”.

One: I managed a great treadmill run last night: 8km! I’m now trying to build my base back up so I’ll be ready for Half Marathon training soon. Yup, I’m running a late spring half marathon June 19th = Johnny Miles in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

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Two: I’ve been using my balance ball at work more and trying not to sit so much. Since returning back to work from the holidays, sitting is killing my upper back. Gotta move more, gotta stand more.

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Three: Mid week I borrowed some snowshoes for the girls and when I got home from work took them out to play in them. They were too big for Hilary, so she wore her “stompers” and was just as happy. Lilly was loving the “big kid” snowshoes! Glad we have tones of snow to play in.IMG_20160119_164019

Four: Since the girls went snowshoeing, I decided to go on my lunch break by myself. It was the perfect day to be out snowshoeing.

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Five: I’ve been fueling my runs a lot lately with Nuun and discovered the “tropical” flavour. A must while I run – watching Chicago Fire/PD/Med or any other show on my tablet. Last night my internet was a little wonky so I had to run for a bit without anything, then reset my tablet and all was good.

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How’s your week going?

Are you expected to get any of this crazy/intense snow storm? (be safe)

What gets you through your treadmill runs?

Forty Two Point Two Done

Honestly, running a marathon over the holidays was a last-minute decision. I saw the posting on the Facebook group and thought “that would be fun”. I seriously thought it would be fun but most of the runs were a struggle.

Day 1: 10 km ~ 1:04 Christmas Eve

This was a terrible run outside and it was an easy out and back on fairly flat grounds. I was dressed way to warm, had a long coat on as it was raining. Took it off around 8k and felt so much better. Though it was a struggle for most of the run, I did feel great afterwards.

Day 2: 6 km ~ 37:02 Christmas Day

Another terrible run outside but got it done. It was super warm outside and I could have run in shorts and a t-shirt but I didn’t want to blind anyone with my legs 😉

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Day 3: 5.2 km ~ 30:59 Saturday 26th (Boxing Day)

This was an awesome run that almost didn’t happen. My family drove to Halifax and Saï and I planned on running together but were exhausted after getting up at 4 AM. You see, Hilary fell out of her big girl bed for the first time which had us up so early and the three of us couldn’t get back to bed.

We drove back home that night as our first winter storm was coming Sunday morning and I wanted to be off the road. On the way back Saï decided not to run as he was starting to feel horrible (man cold coming on) and I decided to not run. As we got closer to home I changed my mind again and decided to run.

The girls were already in their pj’s (smart idea for night trips) and once we got them to bed I went running. IT FELT SO GREAT! I was running fast and my legs/feet felt like good. Mission accomplished.

Day 4: 10 km ~ 1:10 Sunday 27th

This was a treadmill run and I was planning for 7 km which turned into 10 km. I started to watch Scandal again and got lost in it and decided to keep running. I was dripping in sweat and my clothing was soaked. Honestly, if it wasn’t after 9 PM I probably would have kept running. Even though the man cold took over Saï, he ran earlier that day.

Day 5: 6km 41:10 Monday 28th

This was another hard run. Maybe because I ran 10k the day before, maybe not. Maybe because it was my first “snow run” of the winter. I was just happy to have it done.

Day 6: 5 km ~ 34 minutes Tuesday 29th

I was planning on getting dropped off about 5 km from the house and running home but started to not feel well and figured I’d run the 5 on my treadmill. However, when I got home I changed my mind again and ran in the snow.

The streets and sidewalks were covered in snow but my Yax Traxs helped for the most part and I took it real slow. This run was just about finishing 5 km and finishing the last little bit of the forty-two point two.

Total: 42.2 km = roughly 4 hours 37 minutes and 11 seconds of running.

Day 7 – I can rest…oh and shovel snow most of the day since we got 25 cm of snow last night! So glad I participated in this challenge and had my husband do it as well. Hoping to do this again next year!

Have you wrapped up all your Christmas things?

Any New Year’s Eve Plans? 

Major goals for 2016?

Christmas & a Marathon

It’s hard to believe Christmas is over and done with, especially when seeing lots of “2015 recaps” and 2016 goals popping up in emails and news feeds. I’m not ready to even think about 2016 goals.

We had a great Christmas here. My husband has been home for closed to 12 days, Santa arrived, lots of food was eaten and we even logged a number of kilometers. Yes we, my husband got out for a few good runs too!

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We had our first snow storm on Sunday night and getting another storm Tuesday night. Welcome to winter!

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Marathon

No, I don’t have any plans for a 2016 marathon…at least not yet. I’m not sure if a marathon is in my near future but I was happy to jump on board this Marathon adventure.

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What Marathon? Well, over the Christmas break a running group {Timberlea Tundra Pounders) I belong to, put out a challenge to run the distance of a Marathon over seven days (Dec 24th -30th) as a way to keep you active over the holidays and over indulging in food.

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  • Day 1: 10 km (1:04:xx) Terrible run outside.
  • Day 2: 6 km (37:02) Terrible run outside.
  • Day 3:  5.2 km (30:59) Fantastic evening run that almost didn’t happen (picture above).
  • Day 4:  10 km (1:10:xx) Great treadmill run that was only going to be 7km turned into 10km.
  • Day 5: Today – hoping to get out this afternoon.

It’s been fun to see how everyone is doing with their marathon distance when juggling Christmas, work, family time and yes the snow too! So that’s my update for now. If you celebrated Christmas, sure hope it was great!

Anyone else running a lot right now?

Ever run a Christmas Marathon?

Anyone thinking about 2016?

 

Team Nuun 2016

So this happened late last week:

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I am joining Team Nuun in 2016! Looks like I’ll be staying well hydrated while I run, cycle, ski, snowshoe and run after my girls next year! And yes, running after your children is a workout!

Have you ever tried Nuun?

What’s your favourite flavour? (Fruit Punch is mine)

Anyone else on Team Nuun or a Nuun Ambassador?

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