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!

 

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 Training Week 11 Recap

Well folks…this is the last week of my half training and I feel as ready as I’m going to – which is good! Johnny Miles Half Marathon is next weekend (they also have 5k,10k and Full) which I’m ready to run! Week #11 was pretty good but I threw in a few changes due to work and life.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Cycle | Rest Day.

Tuesday: Yoga | 5k Treadmill Run. Was on the road for work, so I missed my lunch time yoga class. Tuesday evening I ran 5k on the treadmill and my legs felt great! Dirty treadmill run…

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Wednesday: 8k | 8k. I ran with my running buddy and it was rolling hills the whole time. She continued on and ran another 7k! Did you run on Global Running Day?

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Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. But really, I was spending time with my husband….getting ready for a birthday party. Party planning isn’t something I love and procrastination is my game. I wanted to at least jump on the bike and peddle out a few km but that didn’t happen.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it! It was also known as “frantically clean the house while the girls sleep night”.

Saturday: 15k | 12k Treadmill Run. The morning was spent finishing cleaning and setting up for 12 girls to come celebrate my daughters 7th birthday. This meant that the afternoon was party central….12….girls….for….2….hours! Wow, they are busy and loud!

I wanted to get my run in but it was going to have to happen on the treadmill (hubby was working all weekend). So, I jumped on the treadmill and figured after the day I had I’d run 10k. It was 8:30 PM. I ran at a steady pace yet I pushed the speed a little bit throughout my run. As I approached 10, I figured I had another 2 in me so I finished off with 12k.

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I’ll be completely honest here – I’m probably more stuck in my ways or stubborn and less determined but I’m so glad I got that run done. I  got off the treadmill feeling ready for my 5th half marathon next weekend.

Sunday: Cross Train | Soccer Game! Yup, I’m back at it! It was my first game since March and my car accident. I was a little “off” during the first half but felt a lot better in the 2nd, we tied 3-3.

Smile for the picture. Hilary – NO!

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Total km this week: 25k.

This training cycle has seen the lowest amount of “km” I’ve put in during 12 weeks of running! I know that I should have done speed work to improve my pace but I also know that I listen to my body way more then I ever have. This would be because of the whiplash I’ve been dealing with and I’m finally feeling good about where I am.

Week #12 will have me running a little bit, going to yoga and celebrating our daughters 7th birthday. This race will be what it will be and I need to keep in mind how far I’ve come in 12 weeks (not running due to car accident to running a half marathon).

 

What’s your favourite thing to do during your last week of training? 

How was your weekend or week of training?

Birthday parties at your house or elsewhere (pool, theatre etc.)?

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

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Half Marathon Training Week 10 Recap

Sometimes training seems to take forever when training over 12 weeks (or more) and then sometimes race week creeps up all of a sudden! I’m feeling a little shocked that I’m in 10 weeks out of 12 already but also happy to be wear I am.

10 weeks ago, I wasn’t even running as I had just got in a car accident. 10 weeks ago, I was in a lot of back pain because of that accident. 10 weeks ago, I hadn’t even decided what spring race I wanted to do! And here I am running 19k this past weekend.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Cycling | Rest Day. I slept for 4 hours Monday afternoon because of my head cold. Then slept 6.5 hours that night. (Listen to your body!)

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga + Osteopath – which required 2 days of absolutely no activity.

Wednesday: 8k | Rest Day. Had great results on my back from the Osteo appointment.

Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. I was eager to be active but had to rest – that was hard.

Friday: Rest day | Rest Day – nailed it!

Saturday: 18k | 19k. A hard run.

Sunday: Soccer Game | Rest Day. Just not feeling well.

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What I learned from my run:

One – Mosquitoes can bite through compression socks.

Two – I stopped 20 times on that run….TWENTY! Thank you Garmin connect for letting me see that on my profile and Thank you to my running buddy for putting up with me.

Three – Running with a friend is way better then running alone.

Four – Running your hills at the beginning is a great way to get them over and done with.

Five – Ending your run with 1 more hill that you’ve come to love over time makes you feel accomplished. (Even despite the 20 stops you had to take).

Six – I can’t run and talk, especially when I still have a head cold. Results in stopping lots.

Seven – My pace sucks for me and that’s okay. Training for my 5th half marathon isn’t about a PB. Remember, I wasn’t running 10 weeks ago.

Eight – Being reminded by a running friend that speed work during training will make your pace improve was just what I needed to hear (thank you).

Nine – Coming home to my daughters and husband is still one of my favourite parts of my long run.

Ten – Though running is REALLY hard for me right now, I still love to run.

How was your weekend?

Anyone race or have a long run?

What have you learned lately on your most recent run? 

I’m linking up today with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Tutus and Tennies. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Happy Monday!

High Mileage Weekly Recap

I’m pretty sure this is my “I’m-back-in-the-game” weekly recap of half marathon training. Up until now, I’ve been following a training plan that I used last year but really just using it as a bench marker.

Last week I managed to increase my mileage a whole latta without planning to. Though it lacked good strength training, I still went to yoga, did my PT exercises and been foam rolling daily.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened.

Week 6 of Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training.

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it!

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Had another great yoga class at lunch.

Wednesday: 7k Run | 7k Treadmill Run. Oh this was a sweet run! I wasn’t expecting anything out of it other then getting it done but it was magical! Okay, maybe not magical….but my legs finally felt like I was flying. I just wanted to keep going but it was getting close to 9pm and I still needed to stretch, shower, foam roll before bed. I love runs like these…..can we say “runner’s high”.

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Thursday: 5k Run | 5k Runch. I packed my bags the night before in hopes that I could get in my run but when lunch time approached I really didn’t want to run. I got dressed anyway and headed out. I ran on our local trail but went in a different direction then normal and just took it easy.

There were so many people on the trail which is always great – bikers, walkers, even birders – is that a thing? There was a group photographing birds in the trees. I’m pretty sure I thought they were going to hate me running by as I thought the bird would fly away, but that didn’t happen.

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Friday: Rest Day | 20 minute walk. Friday was a planned rest day but I had to take my car to the local garage and decided to walk home so I could work from home all morning. It was just over 20 minutes to walk back home, not a bad way to start the day!

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Saturday: 13k Long Run | 13k Long Run. I could probably write a long blog post about this run but I’ll try to keep it short. Friday night I messaged my running buddy Krystol to see if she was up for running together. It’s been months…months since we’ve run together so it was so great when she said yup!

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We met at my house at 7am and left promptly after that. We ran out of my subdivision and down to our local rails to trails (railway beds turned into trails) and ran out just under 6k and found another trial head called “Seven Bridges”. She’s been back there before so we decided to explore the trails a bit.

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What a cool place. It was single track running which didn’t bother us at all. Eventually, we came to a junction and decided we’d turn around and head back. I was fine up until 9k and then my legs just felt tired. It was a bit of a struggle bus to finish the 13k but we also did a lot of talking – not something you are used to when you run on your own. We finished the run, stretched and drank some Nuun while we chatted with my girls and Saï.

Sunday: Rest or cross train | 5k Shake out run. I didn’t plan on running on Sunday but mid morning my husband politely said to me “so, are you going to do a shake out run today?”. {Apparently, I was a little grumpy and he thought a run would help} I hadn’t planned on it but figured it couldn’t hurt so I got dressed and asked our girls if they wanted to join me on my last kilometre. Of course, they said yes.

They changed into running clothing as it was warming up outside. I told them and Saï that I’d be about 25 minutes (4k) and then we’d run 1k together. As I left on my run, I was running way too fast for a shake out run but I didn’t care until I hit the long incline and then a big hill – I felt like I hit a wall. I slowed down my pace and made it home in 25 minutes and just over 4k traveled. The girls joined me and we ran around the block for 1km.

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This is probably when I love running the most – when the girls run with me. It’s fun trying to teach them about pacing themselves and it’s not easy for them to do but we’re getting there. The 1 km took us 8 minutes flat!

Total km this week: 30k!!!!! No cycling 😦

I’ve been doing my PT exercises daily for my back and it’s getting stronger which is good. However, my lower back isn’t too happy on days when I run. The lower back muscles are pulling on my glutes a lot – at least that’s how it feels to me. Foam rolling helps so I’ve been doing that daily as well! Last week’s training can be found here –> week 5.

I’ll be taking it easy today (Monday) as I’m on the road to the city for three days. Unfortunately, there is a lot of sitting during the next few days during a course that I’m taking. However, it’s about physical activity so at least there will be some “activity breaks” and walking involved. I’m hoping to sneak in a work out at the gym or head out for a run but the schedule is rather intense! We’ll see – maybe some hotel yoga or HITT workout will be on the agenda.

How was your week / weekend?

How do you fit in workouts when traveling?

Do you run with your kids, niece/nephews, friends kids? 

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Half Marathon Training Week #5 Wrap Up

Since I officially registered for my half marathon last week I figure my weekly wrap up will slide right into my training recaps.

Last week I finally hit the registration button for the Johnny Miles Half Marathon on June 18th. If you are new to the blog, I ran this last year but it went horrible wrong when my dog died at home two days prior to the race. My training was on point for a decent race but once I lined up and started running I wanted to quit by 5k. Long story short, I almost had a personal worst and to be even more honest – I don’t know my exact time but it was over 2 h 30 minutes.

Having said that, I’m not setting large expectations on this half marathon. The event itself is great but my goals for the race are to run it better then last year and enjoy it. It’s a double loop and relatively flat course with some long inclines along the road, crusher dust trail and great community involvement (sprinklers and extra hydration stations).

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Race: Johnny Miles Event Weekend – Half Marathon (Full, Half, 10k, 5k/kids event)

Where: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Who is Johnny Miles? Well, he’s a Nova Scotian runner that won Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929. Yes, ages ago but his story is pretty awesome.

Number of runners: Roughly 3,000 (I think – don’t quote me).

My Johnny Miles Half Marathon 2016 recap can be found here

Training Week #5

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: Cross Train | Cycling 20k. I challenged myself to see if I could get in 45-50 minutes and then decided I wanted to make it to 20k, so I kept going. My legs were like jello after that workout!

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga.  I went to my lunch time yoga class and it was everything I needed. My back is responded really well to yoga so I’m trying really hard to get to this class as well as 5-10 minutes of stretching/yoga each day.

Wednesday: Run | 7k Treadmill run. I glance briefly at my half made up half old training plan and realized that my mid week runs needed to increase in distance so I went for 7k and it was pretty good.

Tiux Compression Socks discount code: ANNASTIUX get’s you 20% off!!

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Thusday:  5k Run | Rest Day. I wimped out and took a rest day.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I kinda wanted to work out but I took the girls to the city for the night so I could have a little break. You see my husband worked M/T/W/F/S/S this week which was 1 day extra and I’ll be completely honest here – I knew that I’d need a little break from my girls to survive the weekend with them. It may sound horrible or selfish or terrible but I’ve come to know my limits and I’ve come to know when I need a little help from my friends and family.

Saturday: 12k Long Run | 12k Treadmill run!!!! I’ll break it down for ya. Saturday morning was going to be spent running errands (without kids) and then the afternoon was going to be my long run. It’s not quiet how it went down but I did get my run in.

I desperately needed new work clothing so I literally spent 3 hours shopping and it was horrible and great. My first purchase was for my daughters – go figure, right! I manged to find some great outfits (shirts, blazer, pants) and even ate out for lunch – by myself! I dropped by to visit my Aunt and Uncle and spent a little more time there then I expected but it didn’t really bother me. My run would happen later in the evening or I’d move it to Sunday.

I eventually made it back to my parents house, had dinner and packed up the girls to head home – it’s an hour’s drive. They brushed their teeth and had their pj’s on as it was straight to bed when we got home. It took about 45 minutes for them to settle down and fall asleep so I jumped on my treadmill at 7:50 PM – YUP!!!

I figured I was either crazy or stupid for attempting to run after such a long day but I didn’t want a third day to be a rest day. So, I plugged away at the 12k. I watched Chicago Med, polished off a bottle of lemon lime Nuun, 2 fruit-to-go bars and a larger bottle of water. After C.Med ended, I started watching Grey’s Anatomy.

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I ran at a slow but steady pace. It was comfortable at times and then I’d speed it up. I took a few walk breaks, food/water breaks and then at 11.6k in I heard Hilary crying upstairs. I paused my treadmill and ran up the stairs. HAVE YOU EVER RUN UP STAIRS AFTER 11 KILOMETRES???? Wobbly legs 100%.

She was crying on the toilet for who know’s what reason. So I cleaned her up, washed her face and hands and got her back in bed. “Love you Mama” she said as I left her room, “love you too sweetheart”, I replied back. Oh…some Mama moments are the best.

I ran back down the stairs with slightly less wobbly legs and finished off the last .40 of the last kilometre. And just like that it was done! I stretched, showered, put on a clean pair of Tiux compression socks – actually the red endurance socks and laid on my bed with heat on my back.

I eventually fell asleep but woke up when my husband got home after he finished his shift (he’s a Paramedic). Not 5 minutes later Hilary was up and in our bed upset about something else! She slept between us for a while….well, let’s be honest, it was more like she had her own personal boxing match between the two of us. Hand jab to my back here, foot kick to my leg here, who know’s what she did to my husband. We put her back in her bed and both finally got to sleep.

Sometimes I wonder how we parents function on NO sleep!

Total mileage for this week: 19 km running, 20 km cycling, 1 yoga class.

Last year’s training at this stage in the training plan can be found here. Not a bad week of training. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see my mileage a little higher at this point but with one missed 5k and some good cross training this week, I’m find with how it my training this week went.

How was your week?

Have you ever gone back to a race for redemption? 

Does your Province or State have an event similar (after a Boston Marathon winner) event?

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Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

I think this is the first time that I’m actually sick of chocolate. I feel shocked that I could even say that! Way too much Easter chocolate over the last 4-5 days has me looking the other way.

In running news…I ran three times this week, even with a minor set back with my neck/back injury. I’m really excited to see what happens on the roads in Boston today! From Kathrine Switzer and the 261 Fearless crew to local Nova Scotian’s and of course the elites!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. This is where things went down hill for me with my neck/back after feeling really good. I co-facilitated a workshop and we were on our feet for 3.5 – 4 hours. I was doing a lot of writing on flip chart paper on the wall for a good chunk of that time. Pretty much right after we finished, I started to feel nauseous and my neck hurt a lot. It was kinda horrible but I had already booked a massage appointment so I quickly went to that appointment.

The massage helped significantly but I took it easy for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: Rest | Rest 

Wednesday: Rest Day | Plank: 2:08. A last minute decision to start planking again … right before bed of course. I was hoping for 45-60 seconds but just kept going. After a bit I wanted to see how far I could go and managed 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What a rush!

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Thursday: PT and Run | PT and Run. I was introduced to “dry needling” at physio and I’m pretty sure I cried a little! It was way more painful then the cupping (stripping) I had last year on my glutes and hamstring when I swore a few times. I could only handle two needles and I was done! I think it helped but didn’t feel good in that area until Sunday morning.

As for my run, it was all about just moving and getting active. I ran after our girls went to bed. My pace is slow for me, though after months of not really running I’m not disappointed. I’m just happy to be running. I’ve managed to drop my pace from 6:26/km to 6:13/km in a few days. I even saw a 5:55/km – the last one…guess I really wanted to get home!

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Friday: Rest Day| Cycling (10k). After a full day at the Zoo, walking trails and hanging out at a playground (plus laundry, cleaning the house etc.), I was spent. Although I had planned it to be a rest day, I wanted to do a little cycling and some PT. It felt good to cycling and have tired legs with less impact than running.

Saturday: Run outside| 8k Treadmill run. This was my longest run in MONTHS and it felt great. I just wanted to run and see if I could managed 7-8k. Again, this was after a busy day with the girls: errands all morning, another playground with friends, baking for Sunday dinner, more laundry and dishes for days!

To be honest, it took everything in me to put on my running clothing after getting the girls to bed. I was relaxed and just wanted to skip my run.

For the most part it was easy and felt good. I tried to channel my inner #261fearless girl as there were a few times when I had to either get off the treadmill or just slow the pace down. However, I was also able to increase the pace during the last 2-3 km, so that was awesome.

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Sunday: Rest day | Rest Day. I took Sunday to rest. Ideally, I would have liked to get on my bike or do some yoga. We traveled to the city for a family dinner and after that BIG meal all I wanted to do was hang out and relax…so I did!

Total km this week: 13 running (10 cycling).

This week I’m hoping to go to yoga again as I found that helped my back a lot. I need to register for Johnny Miles Half. And I need to change my current half ass training plan into a better, more formal plan.

How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else training for a spring race?

Okay – who is glued to Boston on TV, online, social media etc. today?

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