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 😉

TTP Christmas Marathon

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.

#ttpchristmasmarathon:

  • 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?

 

BLT 5k Recap

My last official “race” of the year has happened! I would like to run 1-2 more 5k’s but I’ve yet to register or commit 100%.

Saturday morning was the BLT 5K (Beechville – Lakeside – Timberlea) put on by the Timberlea Tundra Pounder’s founder, Courtney! She blogs at Runner Girl. Let’s just say, she thought of everything and put on a successful event!

Pre Race:

BLT 5k run flag

It rained on the way to the run.

As I drove the 3 minutes from my parents place to my old school (yes, I actually attended this Elementary school when I was in Grade 6), I noticed the signs that we hand crafted. Nice touch! Then I parked at the school and took a moment to watch the Canadian flag flap around in the wind at half mast. Eventually I went inside the school where is was super warm and got my race kit… a personalized race kit.

“It may be hard now but someday this will be your warm up”

Cute, eh!

Cute, eh!

When I got my race kit, I was able to meet some runners/bloggers that I’ve been following and connecting with at recent events. I got to meet Heidi from Idle Hide.

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Heidi and I.

Race:

I ran most of the race with my long time friend Tracey. It was nice to run together and catch up. We both wore our Red/White Maritime Race Weekend shirt as we wanted to #raceredandwhite this weekend.

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Me and Tracey

I had no goals for this race other than to do it and have fun. We went out really fast and then let up a bit. It was nice to run on the trail which recently had four days of rain on it. The trail was in great condition but I sure was dreading that hill at the end.

I’m finally starting to trust my training but more specifically my hill training. I dread running up those hills but am always surprised after reaching the top of them how strong I am now. Must keep that in mind over the next  few cold months.

I wasn’t sure if I’d get a PB and actually couldn’t remember what my 5k PB was until after the race. No PB for me but it was a great run under 28 minutes (27:46 on my Garmin).

Tracey and I post race

Tracey and I post race

Post Race:

I also got to meet Heather – super-duper Boston Marathon runner 🙂 Not only does she know my buddy Hal Higdon (she was in his book 4:09:43) she blogs over at Girl Goes Running. We’ve tried to meet up at other runs but it just never worked out until now. She is super friendly and passionate about running. It was great to finally chat with her.

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Heather (right) and I.

I also got to chat with Samantha. She ran her second full marathon at the Valley Harvest so it was nice to chat about that run and her experience with FULL marathons. It’s something I want to do someday but not sure quite when it will all line up for me; training wise.

Anna and Samantha BLT run

Samantha and I.

I hung around and ate too much cake with Heather, Samantha and a few others 😉 What a great event! Courtney did an awesome job, as did the volunteers. I look forward to more runs with the TTPer’s when I’m in town and their event next year 🙂

PR Medal Garmin

I came home to my girls out walking with “Grandad”. Lilly asked me “Did you win your race Mommy?” And I said, yes Lilly…I sure did 🙂 I don’t know if I’ll ever “win” a race but I will always win my race.

Last few days for the Runalicious contest/giveaway (Canada Only).

Anyone run the BLT 5k ?

Do you meet up with other bloggers at races?

Anyone race this weekend?