Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Back on some trails

A bit nervous though, I have to admit I've been carrying my bear spray!
The weather here has literally been up and down. 22 degrees Sunday , 11 degrees Monday and then shoot back up to 20+ on Tuesday.

After running the fields and trails again, as much as I love it- I have to do short spurts because I notice my ankle is tender again.
Cathy loves her leash, and every time I leave I think she thinks its run time.
I tried the New Balance 750 v1 on a short 5 km run.
Hmmm not sure I loved them. I am going to try again, but they felt too roomy (size 8) and I noticed a pain thru my left foots arch. I am hoping because it was abnormally warm that day, I was just having an off day .

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mmmm shoes

Another pair to add to the mix!
New Balance 750 v1

They look very similar to the Saucony I just purchased, and I considered the teal. They weren't available in my size PLUS who am I kidding-- I LOVE PINK!

Weight is about 7oz, will try them tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Did I ever mention Santa brought a puppy?
Did I mention I am a cat person??

Since the weather has been warming and my hamstrings were screaming (??) I took Cathy (yes that's her name) for a walk/jog on the leash.
It was pretty much her first time on the leash- but for a few times the kids have put it on and walked her around the living room.
Cathy is a pretty ugly cute dog. She remind me of a 50s actress who has had her face pulled to often and her eyes are on her forehead. Add in her terrible underbite.... She made me laugh running.
BUT she did awesome!
Nicci and I ended up registering for the color me rad run coming to Toronto! Sooo excited!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Updates and babbling

I ended up using my $35 grift certificate from the Sporting Life 10k for a pair of Saucony Vittara.
I always have issues with Saucony shoes. 7.5 is too small and 8 too big -- on one foot! But I keep going back.
My first few runs were on the treadmill in case I needed to return them.
First run was awesome- did intervals on the treadmill and they really felt great.
The shoes claim to have a wider toe box (a selling point for me!) and a 0 mm drop.
2nd night the toes felt tight on my right foot (it's usually my left) but not unbearable. A light 5 km .
Today I took them outside for a hilly route and they were really good! Light and very comforting.

Saturday was the Marden Marathon. Brooke, Nicci and I were signed up for the half .
I left my house before 6am - grabbed coffee and Nicci and we carried on to Toronto to grab Brooke . We got slightly confused for the turn off where to go- but seemed to get back on track.
In dire need of gas- we pulled off and the broke down station we went to wouldn't read my card and the attendant seemed unwilling to offer any help. Found 20$ and quickly pumped and got out of there.
Unable to park at the race site we needed to go up to the next lot - half field. Changed shirt and shoes , complained of the cold, rainy weather and the shuttle was pulling up to bring runners down to the site.
We realized we wouldn't be able to grab that shuttle I ran ahead to get kits and such. Noticed the time as I was walking up and figured out that the half had started and gone- 15 min earlier!!
Called Nicci's cell and told them we'd be switching to the 10k. We had 15min to get our bibs and switch it all over.

NOW the website mentioned "mostly flat with moderate hills". <---lies! Lol
It was hilly- steep and rolling . Ha
The "field" I parked in - turned to mush mud and I got stuck and needed to get pushed out. 2 of the 4 that pushed me out were waiting for a tow truck b/c they were stuck so bad. YIKES!

Today I took advantage of the nice weather for a quick 7km down the dirt roads with the new shoes and HILLS! Lots and lots

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Easy day

Today I was short on time and we are doing a late Easter dinner this evening, so an easy walk/jog with the stroller. 2 kids in it and a hilly route still makes a great workout !

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paying attention

For the last 5 or 6 runs, I keep my iPhone in my pocket, but haven't turned on my music.
I have run on occasion with no music before- when its been cold and my phone has died, or I have had earphones just completely putz out during a run. It's always seemed devastating , the thought of running with out that distraction , singing along to my fave songs, or having an upbeat song for hills or a faster run.
BUT I started hating the feeling of buds in my ears, or having the cord slip inside my sport bra , OR having a least favourite song pop up in my playlist!
I usually run with one bud any how, so it's never blaring -more "company" as I am always running alone.
But I have been feeling I wanted one less distraction, and I like it. I am not fiddling with the cord, no pulling from my ear. I can hear my breathing and I am focusing more on ME than what is playing for music.
I still carry my phone for safety- being rural and running long from home. Plus with 3 kids at school, you never know if someone is going to call home sick!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Somewhere over the rainbow

Had to resort to a treadmill run yesterday . It was so windy my vehicle was blowing on the road- was pretty sure "I" wouldn't stay put!
Followed up with 30 minutes of core. Good workout!