Half Marathon Training Week 8 Wrap Up

Last week’s training plan had me running lots and not just on my own. It was a week of sunshine runs, cool breezes (enjoyable) and some family time.

Technically, last week was week #8 of Johnny Miles Half Marathon training. I missed placed my training plan and was just kind of going with what I normally did in the past. Usually I have my training plan on my fridge in the kitchen so I see it every day and can check off each day I complete. Having that visual is an easy reminder of what’s to come in the coming days. This time around, my training plan was completed but I never checked off each day or each week. It was kinda lost and I was aloof with it and care-less about it. You can’t training half ass for a half marathon. Okay maybe you can, but I sure can’t! If I don’t put in the time, I suffer late in the training or on race day/recovery.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling. 17k on the indoor trainer.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Nailed it, loved it.

Wednesday: 8k | 6k. I got my days mixed up and thought I was supposed to run 7k but I knew I could only fit in 6k during my lunch break.

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Thursday: 5k | 8k. I wanted to make up for not getting in the 8k so I did so during my lunch again. This was a HOT ONE! I hydrated all morning, brought water and Nuun with me on my run, ran in the shade (trail) for a bit and finished super sweaty! Thank goodness I was the only one in the office 😉

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed this one too!

Hilary had her Primary orientation day in the morning which was really exciting and then we headed to Halifax to pick up their race kits for the Bluenose Marathon Youth Run (2k). We had a great evening with my family and even got to spend some time with my niece.

Saturday: 16k | 2k + 15k. This was a loaded day of being on our feet!

Bluenose 2k youth run: My husband Saï ran with Lilly and I ran with Hilary and her friend Braegha. There were thousands of kids and parents and it was a tone of fun! They did awesome, I’ll recap this tomorrow.

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15 Long Run: My husband and I planned on running the Bluff Trail which is a 9.5k loop near my parents place. Forest, open areas, rocks, lakes – heaven really. I’ve hiked it before a few times but Saï had never been. I thought it would be fun to run and then finish off my distance on the BLT section. However, my ankles had other plans.

We started out and earlier in the day I had tweaked my good ankle running with the girls, yes my good ankle 😦 It apparently didn’t like the uneven terrain and I broke down crying because it hurt. We walked back out of the Bluff trail and walked for a bit before we decided to run on the BLT trail. {BLT = Beechville – Lakeside – Timberlea}My husband didn’t care where we ran but that I wasn’t injured badly. I wasn’t, however I was determined to get in a long run.

We ran along the BLT trail together for an hour and forty-six minutes. We took our time, chatted and just enjoyed being outside together. We ran out from our car 7k and back 7k, then added on 1 more kilometre.

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When we got back to our car, we stretched and checked our Garmin’s, then I did something to mine and it froze!!! I lost all my steps for the day (30,000+) and thought I lost my runs too 😦 However, my husband reset my watch later on and I only lost my steps. We then had another family dinner and had awesome entertainment from our 21 month old niece. She had everyone around the table clapping and laughing hysterically. After dinner, we drove home (an hour away) and got the girls to bed, then enjoyed some wine 🙂

I have to admit, this was my favourite weekend so far this year! So much family time, being outside together with our kids, having some time as a couple and then relaxing a bit more on Sunday.

Sunday: Cross Train | Rest Day. I thought about doing a short run or a little cycling, I didn’t do anything. The girls had swimming and I got busy with house chores. In the evening I wrote this blog post I enjoyed more wine with my husband and relaxed.

Total Mileage This week: 37 km running, 17 k cycling, 1 yoga class!

Definitely my highest weekly mileage in about a year! My body was super achy Saturday night but after you take 30,000+ steps between walking and running, you should be achy. Though I’m achy, I’m happy 🙂

Oh, and I think I managed to avoid FOMO running the Bluenose for myself. I think between all my kids running, family time and enjoyed 15k with my husband, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything! Now to enjoy Victoria day (Monday) off with my girls (Saï is working).

Where do you keep your training plans?

How was your week/weekend?

Have you ever run a race with your kids before? 

Anyone run Bluenose Marathon weekend ?

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I’m joining the Weekly Wrap “Guest Host Series” hosted by Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

Bluenose Kids Run 2016 Recap

One of the things I love about the Bluenose Marathon is the race expo. Race info, products, prizes to be won, meeting friends and race directors. It’s that side of the running community that is motivating and inspiring. You meet people you would have never met before and then want to follow up with them on how their race went!

Last Friday, Saï and I drove into the city to pick up my (and the girls) races kits, we also hit up Costco (deadly) and went out to lunch together (bonus!).

It’s always great seeing the BEST.RACE.DIRECTOR ever! Michelle has been the race director for Maritime Race Weekend (September) for the past 5 years. I’m starting to get excited for this double race (5k & Half) but nervous about the massive hills! We also dreamed about places we’d like to run: Me – Hawaii and Saï – Nepal!

Best Race Director May 21

Youth Run

Saturday morning the kids run was supposed to start at 11 am so we made it downtown, found great parking, our friends and then walked over to the start area. It was such a HOT day, I think it got up to +24 c. Around 10:40 am an announcement was made that the race would start late but we didn’t know what time. Parents weren’t too happy about that and the poor kids where beside themselves.

In the end, it started at 11:15, so we spent a lot of time standing around in the crowd ready to go. I forgot their water bottles in the car but figured it would be okay since we were so close to start time…NOPE! Poor Hilary had a meltdown while Lilly was just so happy to be there. Thankfully, I ran into a friend that had an extra water bottle and we showered hair/next with it. Some parents were extremely upset about the late start. We tried to make the best of it.

Once we got started, Hilary didn’t want to run. Lilly had gone with her friend Teghan and Krystol, while I took Braegha with us. We caught up to them as well but there was 4,300 kids running (aged 3 months to 15 years) PLUS roughly 1 parent per child. IT.WAS.NUTS!  There was no way we’d run the whole 2 km but walk most of it because it was so crowded. Just when Hilary was feeling comfortable and started to run on her own, she felt flat on her face on the pavement. I felt so bad but she got up, cried and kept walking.

Kids Bluenose Run 2016

 

A few hours after the race, the girls loved it. Too many people may have cramped their comfort during the run but they were happy. They got some food after running and we sat on the cold floor in the Scotiabank Centre before they got tattoo’s.

I’m really hoping they make some changes to the run next year so it’s not as crazy. They delayed the start because they were still having people register and get their kit bags. I get that and amazing numbers for the youth BUT!!!!! YES, BUT….how many months did people have to sign up? And how many emails/notices when out about kit pick up????

My suggestions:

  • Have three waves. One – grade school kids that can run the distance on their own (2k and 4k). Two – grade school kids with parents. Three – Anyone in strollers. (We almost got hit but a few strollers which made Hilary pretty upset). If we are out growing the space, it’s time to start thinking about corrals for the kids…yes for the kids. I’m okay with crowds but not all parents or kids are.
  • Have water at the start when they know it’s going to be super HOT and DELAYED.

That’s it. I hope that wasn’t too much like a rant but it’s how I feel.

The girls had a blast, we were active, we cheered on others, we were outside. It was a great morning!

Ever run with your kids in a race?

Ever have a race delayed due to registrations/kit pick up not going fast enough?

Anyone else run the kids run at Bluenose?

Bluenose Marathon (10k) Weekend!

It’s Bluenose Marathon weekend!

It’s an extra long weekend for me (feeling lucky about that). It’s Victoria Day on Monday and I am taking today and Tuesday off. It’s going to be like a mini vacation before work gets a little crazy busy.

There is so much to look forward to this weekend; the girls running their 2k, my brother and I running 10k on Sunday and even better…I get to babysit my niece Ava! It’s really a win-win weekend.

Expo & Youth Run 2k

I’m planning to take in the Expo this morning with my husband, a quick trip to the city and back before I head back in with the girls. I didn’t really bother with it last year as I had to sit that race out 😦 Who knows, maybe I’ll sign up for another race or buy something I need like GU’s!

The girls are getting excited about their run; from what “running” clothing they want to wear, to running with their friends. This will be Lilly’s third year and Hilary’s first…fingers crossed it goes well.

10k Thoughts

Alright…the 10k. As I mentioned last week, this race hasn’t been my focus and I’m okay with that. To be honest, I’ll probably finish around 1:02…at least that’s what I’ve been running lately. Who knows, maybe I’ll pull off 60 minutes or 58-59 but I can’t see being able to push it too much as the course looks like this:

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The middle hill is in Point Pleasant Park and I’ve run there numerous times. Actually, I worked out of that park for two summers doing day camps. The hill at 5k is nasty but it’s short lived and into a downhill. Around 6k, another hill and then a gradual climb just before the finish line.

Right before the finish it’s all uphill and you can see the finish but it’s so far away. You are trying to sprint up that hill only to realize how L-O-N-G it actually is! Everyone is cheering you on and you are trying so hard to finish strong but THAT hill is just rough at the end of a race.

So again, I’m not aiming or a PB (55:59) but feel I will come under my worst time (1:13). To be completely honest, I’m really proud of those times. My 55:59 in 2014, I worked really hard for and then ran another 6k later that day for my long run. The 1:13 in 2010 was four months after Lilly was born and I was using it to get back into shape. For me, it wasn’t a great time/pace etc., however it was more about getting running again while being a new Mom.

There you have it. I’m ready to run on Sunday. Excited for my girls and to start off the race with my brother AND see him cross the finish line. I’m also excited to see lots of running friends and RunAtCan peeps.

If you want to see how it goes, check me out on Instagram.

Who’s running Bluenose?

Do you take in the Expo’s at races or skip them?

What are you up to this weekend?

Good luck to all those running Bluenose!

 

 

 

Ummm, So I have a Race in A Week (or so)

Holy Sh*t, I have a 10 k race in 9 days that I haven’t even really put much though into!!!!! How does that even happen? I was reminded by Running Four Love that the race is just around the corner.

Thanks for your comments yesterday, I’m still sick but hopeful this will pass soon. I’m sure the sugar coated donut, bag of skittles and plain salty chips I ate yesterday was the key to getting through the day. Don’t worry, I had some veggies, toast/eggs, lots of water and Nuun…and BBQ roasted GARLIC to try and kick this head cold to the curb.

Back to the race: Bluenose Marathon 10k Sunday May 22nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m a big fan of the Bluenose race. I first ran Bluenose back in 2005 (10 k) and then it was my first half marathon in 2006. I ran the 5k when I was pregnant with Hilary in 2012. I also had a great 10k PB in 2014. The only distance I’ve yet to do is the Full and to be honest it’s not even on my radar….yet. 😉

With John Stanton and some #RunAtCan peeps (2015)

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

They also have an awesome youth run component and both girls are running the 2 k distance this year. Lilly ran it in 2014 and 2015 , she’s an old pro!

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Me and my girl

I’ve been focusing so much on training for my half marathon (Johnny Miles on June 19th) that I didn’t really pay much attention to May 22nd. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the weekend planned out (packing up the kids/dog, traveling to the city, staying with family, running with the girls, childcare for the girls while I run as Saï is working, finishing first before my brother, ha ha) but just not my 10 k race! It’s on my calendar but not my radar.

I had planned for it to be part of my training as I should be running 16 k that day and still might run the 6 k post race to get the distance in. But I’ve yet to focus on any goals, what pace I want to run it and my own expectations.

My last 10 k race was pacing at the Valley Harvest last October, which was awesome but I didn’t run a 10 k race for me last year. It’s been since 2014! I had some great 10 k PB’s in 2014 that I know I am not going to hit, and that’s okay.

I think for now I’m going to consider this part of my training for Johnny Miles, run it, enjoy it, push it when I can, hope for under 60 minutes which might be a stretch for me right now. But really…just enjoy being there and being able to run it. I missed it last year due to my hamstring.

2016 is all about training smart, getting stronger, running the race(s) and remaining healthy. PB’s will can come later. After writing this post, I’m already feeling better about my 10 k on May 22nd. Now to just get this head cold in order.

Ever have a race just sneak up on you?

Are you hoping for all PB’s/PR’s this year or something else?

Do you run with a head cold?

Any big weekend plans?

 

Bluenose Marathon: Lilly’s 2k Run Recap

WOW – WHAT A WEEKEND!

We arrived in Halifax Friday afternoon after Lilly had her Primary Orientation in the morning and went directly to the Bluenose Marathon Race Expo! We picked up Lilly’s kit (and her friends) and walked around the expo. We met Krysten from Darwinian Fail, she’s super sweet and was there representing Polar.

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Saturday morning before breakfast Lilly wasn’t feeling great. We thought it was just nerves but later in the day we figured out she was at the start of feeling ill. Poor girl.

We managed to pack up the car and headed down to the youth run with Grandad and Hilary in tow 🙂 Once we found good parking we walked about 1/2 km over to the start area and ended up running into my friend Tracey and Jeana and their children – former soccer team mates of mine. It was SO great to see them and then I found my running buddy, Krystol and her family.

Me and my girls.

Me and my girls.

While Lilly and I got ready to run, Hilary and Grandad went in to check out the expo. My Dad (who had a heart attack back in March) got a Polar recently to monitor his heart rate when he walks and this summer when he get’s back into referring soccer again. Anyway, he met with Krysten from Polar to ask her a few questions and she was awesome! She talked him through some stuff and set up the program on his phone. Dad greatly appreciated her help.

Lilly’s run: 

Lilly was SO excited. My Aunt and Uncle came to cheer her on and we managed to find them in the sea of the crowd just before the run. We ended up dancing a lot during the warm up to music and then it was time to start running.

And yes…this Mama wore her Garmin…but later forgot to stop it 😉

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

We ran, we walked and we ran some more. Once, she even took off ahead of me, weaving her way through the crowd of children and parents. My heart melted in excitement for her and then we crossed the finish line together and she got her medal.

Giv'er Medal!

Giv’er Medal!

After grabbing some food and water, we met up with Hilary and Grandad and hung out with friends for a bit before they went to have a picnic lunch together at Point Pleasant Park.

I went back to the Scotiabank Centre to meet up with some #RunATCan peeps! I was part of a panel that was discussing “The Benefits of Social Media on the Running Community”. Paul Merrigan, Andrew Paris, Andrew Chack and myself were speaking. It was a great experience and so awesome to meet a lot of the #RunATCan group in person.

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Paul Merrigan (back), L to R: Andrew Paris, me and Andrew Chak.

After that, I hit up MEC for some goods and then walked 4k to the mall to pick up the bus – mainly because I wanted to get a little work out in. {Update: I’m not allowed to run at the moment but I can power walk outside}. For some reason I wanted to walk and not take the bus from down town to the mall. Once I got to the mall, I realised the bus wasn’t going to come 😦 Luckily, my mother was getting off work and was able to swing by and pick me up.

I’m pretty sure I walked 7-8km in total Saturday. My legs were toast! Oh my, Saturday was such a great day!

Anyone take in the Bluenose Marathon Expo?

What’s your favourite part of a race expo?

How was your weekend?

Spartan Race Giveaway still going on here. 

Other posts this week – Bluenose as a spectator and Biking at the Gym!