Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back on the bike and a much needed recovery week

Yesterday was my first bike ride in 2 months, and I opted for the trainer as the wind was FIERCE! And it was a long and tedious 50 minutes, which was all I could manage as the motivation is still not there to do bike training.

I am very thankful this is a drop-back week for my running, as the past 2 weeks I have averaged 7 hours per week of running (7:15 the first week, 6:45 last week). WOW, that is a lot! Close to 80km both weeks. My long run at 8:30am on Sunday morning (sooo early!) was especially tough. About 25 km, 2hr 10min, and after only about 75 minutes my hips become sore and just start to ache! All that repetitive pounding and my joints start to feel like they are 80 years old and trapped in the body of a 29 year old. After completing that run, doubts crept into my head about how on earth am I going to run 20-22 miles in training, let alone run an entire marathon! I really need to keep those thoughts from creeping into my mind and instead be confident and continue to be consistent. There are still 2 months to go - and Geoff knows what he is doing with our training plans!

An excellent but painful massage today (it's Wednesday now - I apparently can no longer finish writing an update in one sitting) has done me wonders. Having the day off of running doesn't hurt, either! I was supposed to do some core/strength exercises but it is now 9:30pm and I still haven't done them. It's looking like I'm going to take a pass on doing any exercise today after all!

This week has been super-busy for me with work and it will only continue to get busier! I'm flying to Calgary Sunday night for a conference on Monday, then back to Edmonton for the same conference on Tuesday here. But I will not continue to talk about work here as I'm sure nobody really wants to hear about that! Enough already. Things are busy for me in all aspects what with coaching 3 swim practices a week again but I quite enjoy that and would not consider it work at all.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 21, 2009

a lotta lotta runnin'

This past week was my biggest week of run training to date. Crazy-big for me, anyway. Here are some of the numbers:

-Total time spent running was about 7 hours 15 minutes.
-Total approximate distance was about 78km (almost 50 miles).
-Longest run was 2 hours in very strong winds (yesterday).
-Shortest run was 40min very SLOW and EZ on the tready (twice).
-One interval session (6 x 3 min @ 10km pace).

My long run yesterday capped off my 9th day of running in a row! Thank goodness today is a day off. Surprisingly, my legs are feeling quite good (knock on wood). I have done lots of stretching, icing, and the wearing of compression calf sleeves to bed, which I find really helps. I swam twice this week and after taking a month off from the pool I am extremely slow in the water. I also did a strength workout at the gym.

The mileage and volume is going to continue to increase, there is still a long way to go! All this running better pay off... but I am really enjoying it nonetheless!

Geoff's 30th birthday was on Saturday so we hung out during the day and celebrated at night by going to dinner at Lazia with a few friends. We were home early and I was crashed out on the couch by 10:30pm. With this much running, going to bed early is a really good idea! Yesterday evening was a birthday dinner at Geoff's parents, with my family. Hugo got a new t-shirt which matches his fur - I'll have to get a picture up of it soon as it was so hilarious (done and done)! Good food and good times!

It says 'Digging my way to China' on the back....

And on the belly, it says 'Ni hao', which is apparently 'hi' in Chinese...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rotary Run - in support of suicide prevention

The Rotary Run in Stony Plain, Alberta, is an event that holds an important place in the heart of my family, and one that i will continue to participate in every year, no matter the circumstances. This was my 4th year in a row participating in this event. The first year, 2006, I was there for very different reasons than the following years. Little did I know that everything would change in 2007.

In 2006, I was ignorant as to the main cause of the event; I was really just there to do a 10km - it was not until during the race that I realized what this was about. There were people walking the 5km with pictures of loved ones pinned to their back, with the words, 'in memory of'. They had lost a loved one to suicide. There are also memory markers placed along the route, which are dedicated to those lost to suicide.

My family forever lost my 24 year old brother on May 24, 2007. On that day, we lost a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin, a friend.

Which is why I will always give my support to the Rotary Run and its cause...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

back swimming again

Yesterday was my first day back coaching the evening group swim, after being off for the month of August. I also got myself back in the water following the practice, after a month hiatus from all things chlorine. Yes, it appears there is a coincidence here - I seem to swim when it is convenient! I do my swim workouts right after coaching the practice, as it is so simple to just jump in the pool after being on deck for an hour. No coaching, [apparently] no swimming. Of course, if I had a triathlon coming up to train for, it may have been a different story, but anyways....

It was very refreshing to dive into the water and swim an easy 2km with lots of drills, kick, and some pull. I plan to do 2 swims a week until the New Year, as swimming is at the very bottom of my priority list. It is inevitable that I will lose some speed during this time, but there is a lot more ground to be made for me in the run as compared to in the swim. The ceiling for improvement in my run is sky-high; the ceiling for improvement in my swim is much, much less.

Friday I have to make a quick, whirlwind trip to Vancouver for work, which means catch the 7:30am flight there, which means get up at some ungodly hour like 5am. Which means I will be requiring one of these:I have to fly home that evening, so there won't be any time for training. Friday will be my day off!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Old dogs, new kicks

When I arrived home from work on Thursday, I was pleasantly surprised to see that UPS had stopped by and my new shoes had been delivered that day! I immediately laced them up and took them out for an easy 40min run.

Nike Free 5.0

These shoes are great! They are literally light as a feather and feel like slippers. There's nothing to 'em, and they really do live up to the concept of barefoot running. They weigh less than my racing flats. My legs are feeling good so far, and I wore them again yesterday for a progressive/build run on the tready. With the shoes being slipper-like, though, my feet and toes are a bit beat-up with a few blisters. I'll take this over musculo-skeletal issues, though! My hips are already feeling better and my lower legs are not sore!

The real test will be trying them out for my long run tomorrow (12 miles planned), to see how the hips hold out. If they work out, I may plan to wear them in the marathon. I'll probably test them out in the 10km race next weekend. Which reminds me, I better get myself registered for that one...

Other exciting news: my BFF Jadeen has decided to re-schedule her wedding from the weekend of Great White North (first weekend in July), to the 3rd week in July! Which means Geoff and I get to race GWN again next year! I have only raced it twice now, but this is one of my top favorite races. So glad that I get to be a part of it for 2010! [Yikes, I will have just turned 30 at that point!]

See if you can spot the Hugo-monster, eating berries and enjoying the last bit of this wonderful end-of-summer heat wave...