Monday, 19 March 2018

I'm back + a Great Yoga video's been a long time of not blogging...October of 2017 to be exact!

This weekend I realized that the years that I was a consistent blogger, I was also more apt to keep my running and fitness schedule.  Why?  Because you guys kept me accountable! So I'm back!  Even if just for myself as a way to look back over my training and my year of running, I am committing to blogging at least once per week!!!

So what have I been up to?  Welllllllll....not much running or fitness to be honest!  Watson has kept me busy....having a puppy is exhausting!  Thank god he's cute!
He is 9 months old and 76lbs.  Yup...he's a big boy!
But it's time to take back my fitness!  Last week I got notice that I was accepted as the 1:10 10k pace bunny at our big Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon in May.  I didn't realize how much I had missed having something to look forward to.  Ever since the double stress fracture diagnosis of 2016, I haven't actively looked forward to any race, knowing I may not be able to train for it!  I plan on having a blast at the Bluenose....celebrating 15 years of the race....I'm already planning my outfit!  Check out the tshirt design this year......

Given my lack of running and fitness this year, I knew I needed a solid plan to get me there injury to plan...plan to fail as they say!  So for the next 2 months, my plan is to follow this schedule:

Monday - strength training
Tuesday - Rest day - yes...this is an odd rest day...but I teach bootcamp AND have doggie obedience
Wednesday - run per schedule
Thursday - yoga - I found this great 14 minute yoga video on's tough and stretches all the right places.
Friday - run per schedule
Saturday - strength
Sunday - long run per schedule

Yesterday was my first scheduled run....3 miles...which equals 4.8k...but then I couldn't just leave that .20 5k it was!

Yesterday's run reminded me that my core needs a ton of work!  A side stitch the entire time makes for a painful run!  Strengthening my core/back made for much better running a few years in addition to my weekly workout schedule above, I'll be adding core work too.  A few years ago, I made this youtube video of 'Core work for Runners' and it's still a doozy! 

So that's it for now!  My hope is to post my weekly training updates as well as one workout for you guys to try if you want!

In the meantime, would love to know what keeps you guys accountable to your training???

Sunday, 15 October 2017

2017 Valley Harvest 10k Review

My last race of the season...and my first 10k race.

I really do love the Valley's usually a perfect time of year...crisp and cool...the colors and the scenery are beautiful. 

The night before I laid out flat Courteney....
the blanket was in the race kit this year
It was supposed to be 19 degrees by 8am by the time the race started...with humidity!  I guess crisp and cool was out this year!!!  I woke up way too early....5:30am the alarm went off and 6:15 I was out the door. 

I met Jill at the race....when I got to her she was already pacing...not hard to tell it was her first 1/2!
At 8am we lined up and were off.  I was aiming for 58 minutes which would make for a comfortable run.  The first part of the course is pretty much flat...then at 1.5k there is a downhill and subsequent uphill...a little valley...and then flat again.  The course runs along the dykes and is very one point a cow actually mow'd at me.  LOL  And then you have to climb the 'irving' ramp on the return...that blasted hill is looonnnnggggg....and yes....I walked it!!!  The final 3k pass quickly...and yes...that little valley jumps in at 9k...and then you are upon the track at the university.  You can see/hear the finish line...but you still have to run around the track.
I'm actually watching a mom encourage
her daughter to finish the 5k
I finished in basically where I wanted to be. 
I walked around and found Jill's boyfriend and then we waited!  It was a beautiful day in the valley and a great morning to relax and enjoy everyone finishing their race.  Jill came in strong!!  She crossed that finish line at 2:16 and officially became a 1/2 marathoner!!! 
she doesn't even look like she ran
The Valley never disappoints....but I do have to say that I wish there were more photographers on the course.  I know it has to be difficult/expensive to find someone to stay on a course for numerous hours to capture pics but I also know how much runners really like seeing their pictures!!

Unless I suddenly sign up for a last minute race, my racing season is now over.  Time to just run to run and cross train for next year!