Snapshots & Thoughts

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I’m not a pie person, but my boyfriend is. He gets to be my guinea pig while I practice working on my crusts and with different fillings.

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I always mean to take more photos of the things we do but I end up wrapped up in the moment. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Elora Brewing Company was probably my favourite stop on our beer adventures last week.

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It’s gotten to that time in my marathon training where compression socks and ice baths feel luxurious. This is the look I was rocking after my 19.5K long run on Sunday.

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I’m slowly growing my indoor plant collection. My room is in the basement so I have to be careful about choosing plants that only need minimal sunlight.

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Having Scene debit and Visa cards means I rack up a crazy amount of points. We don’t go to the movies often so I end up using my points against purchases at Sport Chek. I bought the Fitbit Charge 2 for $2.10 after cashing in my points.

Marathon Training: Week 11

Last week’s long run was very hot, very slow, and very sweaty, but I did it and I came in just under the pace that Nike set for me. It’s been so hot that I haven’t been taking in any fuel besides water/Gatorade during my runs, so I’m bringing along different fuel sources to see what my body is willing to eat. So far, this Sunday’s Starbursts are the winner.

Michael and I went away for a night last week, on a trip that included a lot of beer and not-so-great food options, so I’m happy that I made it to the gym both the morning of the trip and to the hotel’s fitness centre the morning after.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (legs) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms) + 15min Benchmark Run
Wednesday: Nike Training Club app + 5K run
Thursday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Friday: Strength Training (arms + core)
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 19.5K Long Run

Total Mileage: 31.72K

This week:

Monday: 6.5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 5K Recovery Run
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8.5K Recovery Run
Friday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Saturday: REST
Sunday: 21K Long Run

Strength Training: 4
Mileage: 41K
Rest Days: 1

Marathon Monday: Week 10

Last week went really well but my long run was a little more difficult than the week before – more walking and more water, but I finished. I’m a little nervous for this week because my boyfriend and I are taking a small, overnight trip which means it’s difficult to move around my runs. Luckily, my training plan only includes two real runs this week, plus one 15 minute Benchmark Run and one Nike Training Club session. I added an extra 8K (will take it super easy) but we’ll see if I have the time with it. I’m also excited because the hotel we’re staying at has a small gym area, but they have a deal with a large gym across the street so there’s lots of opportunity to fit in my workouts.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 12x200m Speed Training
Tuesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30 min Cycle
Wednesday: 8K Recovery Run
Thursday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 8x200m Speed Training
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18K Long Run
Sunday: Rest

Total Mileage: 30.12K

This week:

Monday: Strength Training (legs) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms) + Benchmark Run
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs) + 8K easy run (not on plan)
Thursday: Nike Training Club + 30 min cycle
Friday: Strength Training (arms + core)
Saturday: 19.5K Long Run
Sunday: Rest

Total Strength Training: 5
Approximate Mileage: 34.5K
Rest Days: 1

Marathon Monday: Week 9

Guys, not to toot my own horn but I am killing lately. Three weeks in a row I’ve hit all of my training runs!

I was a little nervous I wasn’t going to fit in my long run, though. I like to leave it for Saturday mornings, but when I woke up on Saturday I was exhausted and my calf had a strange twinge in it so I went to the gym for some light strength training to loosen up, and then went I scheduled it for Sunday morning I woke up at 4AM with a blinding migraine and night-sweats. I took a Naproxen (the only thing that will cure my migraines) and went back to bed until my body naturally wanted to wake up. I drank lots of water all day and after dinner I was able to pound out that run.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 5.55K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout + 30 min cycle
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs + core)
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8K Recovery Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Strength Training (full body) + 30 min cycle
Sunday: 16.5K Long Run

Total Mileage: 30.08K

This week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 12x200m Speed Training
Tuesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30 min Cycle
Wednesday: 8K Recovery Run
Thursday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 8x200m Speed Training
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18K Long Run
Sunday: TBD.

Approx. Mileage: 30K
Strength Training days:  3
Rest days: 1

Marathon Mon…Tuesday: Week 8

image1 (4)I guess the long weekend got the better of me, because I seemed to lose my Monday. Instead of sitting behind a computer screen I tried to take advantage of the beautiful weather we had for Canada Day, and I spent most of my time outside.

Last week went really well. I managed to fit in all of my workouts and my eating was on point. Last Wednesday I hit a new low weigh-in so I think it made me more conscious of choosing better options and eating proper portions.

Last week:

Monday:  8K Recovery Run 
Tuesday: 
Strength Training (arms) + 6K Recovery Run
Wednesday: 
Rest Day (3-hour Cake Decorating class)
Thursday: 
Rest Day (in the city to meet a friend)
Friday: 
Strength Training (arms, core) + 15min Benchmark Run
Saturday: 
15K Long Run
Sunday:
 Strength training (legs)

Total Mileage: 31.27K

This week I’m hoping to ride last week’s high and hit another perfect week.

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout + Cycle
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs, core)
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8K Recovery Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 16.5K Long Run
Sunday: Cycle

Total Strength Training Days: 3
Approx. Mileage: 29.5K
Rest Days: 1

 

Marathon Monday: Week 7

img_3278So last week I made a slight error and posted the wrong training plan information. It was my previous Week 6 plan before I had adapted it. Based on how my training goes and how many runs I’m hitting (lately I’ve only been getting in 3/4 scheduled workouts), the Nike Run Club app gives me the option to have them adapt my plan every Sunday.

The updated training went well. For the first time in seven weeks I actually completed everything that was scheduled, including a half-hour workout they provided me with through their sister app, Nike Training Club. I thought that the workout would be a breeze since I’m still doing other unscheduled strength and cross-training. Let me tell you, I was wrong. In half an hour Nike had me working up a sweat without using any equipment.

Anyways, here’s looking at what I actually did last week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 3.5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout + 30 minutes cycling
Wednesday: Rest Day (3-hour Cake Decorating course)
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 5K Recovery Run
Friday: Rest (my commute home took me two hours)
Saturday: 11x400m Speed Training
Sunday: Rest

Total Mileage: 13K

This week I have two busy nights in a row so I’m a little worried about having time for all of my workouts but I’ll try my best. My main goal is to to finish the week feeling strong and accomplished – mainly a mental game.

Monday:  8K Recovery Run + yoga
Tuesday: Strength Training (legs) + 6K Recovery Run
Wednesday:
Rest Day (3-hour Cake Decorating class)
Thursday:
Rest Day (in the city to meet a friend)
Friday:
Strength Training (arms, core) + 15min Benchmark Run
Saturday:
15K Long Run
Sunday:
Strength training (arms) + yoga

Total Strength Training Days: 3
Total Yoga Days: 2
Total Mileage: approx. 31K
Rest Days: 2

Recap: Toronto Waterfront 10K

This past Saturday I ran the Toronto Waterfront 10K, part of the Canada Running Series, and I was surprised at how much I loved the race. I seldom have a bad race experience, but this one exceeded my expectations.

It started with the race kit and kit pick-up. Sponsored by Lululemon, you could pick up your kit all week leading up to the race at the Queen St store in Toronto where you were eligible to get 25% off of your purchases. My mom was in Toronto that week so she picked up my kit, and grabbed a pair of my favourite running pants for me – the Pace Rival Crop. I was also excited to see that the race shirt was actually something I would wear again – Lululemon’s Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew in black, with the race name screen printed onto the sleeve. Not only a great shirt – but I only wear a couple of my race shirts (funny enough, they’re all only from Canada Running Series events) because I’m picky about shirt design, so this passes the test.

We drove in from Oshawa on race morning and parked the car at a lot just North of the start line. Suggested parking was at Nathan Phillips Square but there are so many lots in the area it really didn’t matter. We left around 6AM and made it before 7AM. This gave me time to use the bathroom before I got in line. I was in the Green corral, starting at 7:45AM.

The first two kilometers were fast, but I lost service going under a tunnel so my Nike Run Club app kicked me ahead by half of a kilometer and screwed up my pacing and distance for the rest of the race.

I tried to drink more on Thursday and Friday so I didn’t have to worry about hydration as much on Saturday morning, but I should have used the bathroom one more time because I ended up having to use a port-a-potty at the 3K mark. I never have to use the bathroom on course so I was disappointed to be losing out on time. I rejoined the race and the next two kilometers went smoothly.

However, at 5K I decided I needed to walk. The morning was sunny, hot, and humid. As someone who always sweats I wasn’t surprised at how much I was sweating, but seeing the amount of sweaty people around me was a little shocking. I wasn’t feeling sick yet, but after a horrible experience on the previous Tuesday I decided to take a break before I became nauseated and weak.

I picked it back up just before the 6K mark and ran another easy two kilometers until I hit a water station around 8K. I was running with a diluted mixture of water and Gatorade, but I needed a cup of plain, cool water. After downing that cup I felt relieved. I only had two kilometers to go, I was hydrated, I wasn’t feel sick… I was ready.

I ran one more easy kilometer to the 9K marker, and then I picked it up for the last kilometer. My official finishing time was 1:17:59. It’s disappointing because I was hoping to get closer to the 70 minute mark, but between my bathroom and walking break I knew I was adding minutes to my time.

The finishing chute was one of my favourite parts. Not only was the finishing medal was one of the prettiest I have received, but there was also a wall of donuts, and individual damp towels to wipe up the sweat! I wish I had stayed around for the after party because I would have loved to attend the huge yoga session that was happening, but I didn’t want to hold up the people I was with. Maybe next year I’ll come alone.

Overall I loved this race. The course was fun, the spectators were great, and the organized cheering sections were some of the best I have ever seen (they had a group of amazing people doing a cycling class, on stationary bikes, right beside the course!).  I would definitely run this race again.