Monday, December 31, 2012

Last day of the year

UGH what a week.  Wasnt a great end to the year around here training wise.

I totally dropped the ball and will be redoing THAT week for my marathon running schedule.  3 out of 4 kids were I.L.L over the holidays AND my husband.  Seemed to hit one and then hit someone else each day. 

Add in Christmas and visitors and family time- running just didnt take the number one spot.  I did get a few 5 km's in and a ride on my stationary bike. 

Today rounded out the year, another 5 km and since we are staying in tonight, I know I will be feeling great for a run tomorrow. 

Happy New Yr.  Stay Safe, have fun and DON'T drink and drive!

2116.34 kilometers in 2012
1315.03 miles


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve!

GRRRR, went to go for a run, got a short way from home and these 2 dogs came running out. They never made it past their driveway BUT they have previously, so I turned around and came home.  Only 1.5 km in, MAY go on treadmill later.

Did laundry and did 30 min on bike with weights.  Battery went dead on my bike, so I have no idea how much distance I covered.

I have still wrapping to do, sort 'stocking' stuff and bake a few things.   T'is the season!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Treadmill AND snow!

Winter has hit! Sick kids, and snow. 

I have been trying to stick to my schedule and get my Christmas stuff done and with school germs and coughing kiddoo's, sometimes it is hard to get it all in.
I have been a few kilometers short each week and trying to make it up --sometimes a shorter run (but at least I ran) or  a hillier route to work a little harder.

Last night, I HAD to get the treadmill out and it wasnt too bad.  I figured 30 minutes but also realized if I am going to do longer runs on the dreaded tread, I am going to have to hook the TV back up downstairs.

I stayed with the treadmill at 1.5 incline and 6mph for the first 20 min, then the last 10 minutes, I played with the speed going up to 7 for a minute, back to 6, etc.

Woke up this am, and there was a bunch of snow!  Bah Humbug!  And I am trying my best to ignore I am getting the cold going thru our house. SHHHH!
 I have stuff to do tonight in town--so no treadmill, so while it was slushy and big flakes, it wasnt that cold and I got a quick 5 km in.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Yesterdays run was a struggle.  Heavy legs, plodding along on the road--just not a good run.  At 3km I left the road and took a sharp turn to the left and finished running thru the corn field.

Immediately, I can feel my pace quicken and I instantly feel lighter.  I needed the break from the road.  I had been strictly road running for the past few weeks.

Timewise, yesterday only allowed for 5.5km and today, I had an appointment in the morning, which I struggle after to get out to run.  Paxton was up at 4am last night (grr) so I was tired and not feeling 100%.  I figured I'd aim for 5k and anything over that would be a bonus. 
Scott told me to rest today, but honestly I ALWAYS feel better after a run/workout, so I went.

I put in 8.5 km and feel WAY better.  I stayed only in the fields and trails today, and worked a couple of huge hills.  I didnt aim for any pace, just to run and have the time on my legs.  I didnt bring water with me, which I dont mind if I am not working too hard.

My ankle was feeling better, though I have been noticing it on walking downstairs.  I am pretty sure I tweeked it again in the field yesterday on a rut.  It was mild today and a little muddy and slippery.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Biking indoors

Today I skipped a run and did my bike and some weights inside.

I spent 41min 25 seconds on the bike (15km) and then did some core exercises.  I used weights while I was on the bike.  Just some 8 lb dumbells and did high reps of 30, doing tri's, biceps and shoulders.

After I did some planks and weighted crunches. And used 15lb weights for 3 sets of 15 reps, more biceps & triceps.

I havent added my 15 km to my ticker........ is it cheating if I did??  Because it's not actually running?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



AND I am past last years distance! :)


Ticker is still not holding information.  ??


3 km warm up (16min)
2 km tempo (9:55 into wind)
2 km tempo (I turned around and had to reset my garmin, I think the wind was making it act wonkey and EACH step was a lap!!!  9:38 )   <----SO HAPPY!  I felt cold and thought for sure I was going to be over 10 min on that.
3 km cool down (17min, hill and into wind)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ticker issues


Seems my ticker won't update, when I put the info in, it shows but when I hit 'next' , the new info is gone.

I know yesterdays and todays run DID NOT get added, I wonder if this has happened before

17 km Sunday
6.3 km Monday.

I will keep trying and keep track here so I know.  ARGH.

Sunday's run was a little tough, I was a little behind in kilometers for the wk, (missed Saturdays 10k) and one run was 9 km but called for 10k. So Sundays 15km turned into 17 kilometers and I took an extremely hilly route to 'make up' for it.
I think my total elevation for the run was 637 ft

Friday, December 7, 2012


Hmmm, I glanced at my ticker and I dont' think I will make 2500km before January 1st.  BUT I am ok with that, it was a number I put in to aim for after doing 2012(actually 2022) last year.  So as long as this years total is higher, it's winning in my books!

Lately I am obsessed with picking up beer cans!  It started in the summer my son and I started doing it.  We had decided to save for a trip out West for our family,  and now I cant stop.
Sunday 14 cans
Wed 16
/Thurs 11
Friday 19

Crazy that many people are drinking and driving.  This is about a 10km radius around my area. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Loving it!

I have to say that I have refound my love of running.  I admit that I had a few weeks of 'eh..... it's run time'. 

The schedule my friend made is pretty aggressive.  Which I am happy for.  I told her I needed something to push me, I had been checking my Garmin dashboard and I had no significant change in 1 year. 
I like having a set schedule and the fact that I will be accountable for doing it.  It's so easy with no schedule, to go out and not run as far, or as fast as you should.  And I think I had been doing that for longer than I like to admit.

I am on week 2, and it's a 50+km week.  I had an appointment Tuesday, which turned it into an unscheduled rest day, so tomorrow that should be my rest day is going to be a run day.  But even after the first week, I feel stronger.  I am excited to see what results will come.

*picked up another 16 beer cans yesterday and 12 today!  Same road, different sides.

Monday, December 3, 2012

I am a winner!

I don't know what I actually won, but I did the reader survey on iRun and recieved an email that my email was randomly selected. 

WHOOT!  I never win anything, so I am pretty stoked!  (THANX!!) 

Must be the karma gods!  I found a Blackberry last week running and made sure it was returned to the owner and he came the next day and brought me a15$ Tim Hortons card. 

I ended up braving the rain yesterday.  By the time I left the rain had pretty much stopped and it was a slight drizzle and just DAMP out.  I did 14k instead of the 15k but added in about 5 good sized hills.

Backed it up today with a hilly 6 kilometers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play
So we sat in the house
On that cold cold wet day

I have 15km on tap today.  I am 'considering' running in the pouring rain, because if I don't--it means treadmill!  I THINK I've mentioned how much I hate the treadmill??
This seems WAY more enjoyable