21k and some Wild Turkeys

That was wild turkeys, not Wild Turkey. 😉

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I managed to talk myself, kilometer by kilometer through my 21k today. Again by the time I was done I couldn’t run another step, but I’m that much closer to 30k. Starting to feel a little less like I won’t make it. Although, when I reached 15k today I got a little mopey when I realized that was only halfway through the race distance.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here. A day that makes me think that summer actually might come after all. It was about 3C while I was running and so sunny that I got a tan. (forgot my sunscreen) Around 5k into my run, I saw a few wild turkeys in a green space by my house – that’s a little rare. Look really hard, they’re there.

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I also took a picture of how I looked when I finished today – I felt horrible. I’m not showing you the picture.  I want to do one more long run, a 25k, before the Around the Bay 30k.  I had planned to do it this coming Saturday, but Mandy has pointed out to me that I have run a lot over the last few days and I need some recovery time. So I am taking her advice and I will attempt my 25k on Tuesday. I am also going to try and fit in a little cross-training on Piratebobcat’s advice. I often forget about how important that is.

One of the things that keep me going through a long run is thinking about the delicious burger I’m going to have when I’m done. What’s your favorite post run treat?

Jackie

– Jackie-

18K – My First Real Long Run Since My Injury… and only 3 weeks til my 30k

After my botched 20k yesterday that quickly turned into a 7k, I hoped to get the full 20k in today. The temperature was perfect for running, a gray but warmer -2. I was able to run comfortably in regular running tights, compression socks and 2 long sleeved running shirts. It’s nice to be able to run without several more layers of constrictive running clothing for warmth.

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Since I hurt my leg in December I haven’t done much running at all. My longest run lately was 11k, so I was hoping to do 20k in about 2hrs. Well, I ran until 18k  (144m of elevation) and I was so exhausted that the run ended there, but I managed to do it in 1:47 which made me happy. The 30k Around the Bay Road Race that I signed up for before I hurt myself is only 3 weeks away.  I’m hoping to do a 21k this Tuesday and maybe a 25k the following weekend. Hopefully I’ll be prepared enough that I can finish the race.

Anyway, an 18k, even though it is 2k short of 20k, still deserves a treat. I made this awesome Apple Fritter cake, and ate several pieces of it. It is delicious – I’ll be making this again and again. (BTW if you make it, I doubled the apples and only cooked it for about 30 minutes based on other peoples comments and it turned out perfectly)

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I’ll be a little anxious over the next 3 weeks worrying about the race. If you have any suggestions of what I can do over the next 3 weeks to be a little more prepared, I’d love the advice!

Happy running!

Jackie

– Jackie –

BRRRR – Chilly spring morning running

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Well, I had planned to do my 20k training run this morning – and it didn’t quite turn out as planned. It got up to a high of 2C today (so nice to have temps above freezing finally!), so I mistakenly thought that early this morning it would already be nice, you know, maybe a nice -8 or so. It ended up being -18C when I woke up, and still -18C when I started my run around 6:45. It was a beautiful morning, but almost immediately I knew that my running tights weren’t going to keep me warm enough – you’d think living in Canada that I’d have a proper pair of winter running tights by now. I kept going until it was clear my legs were not going to warm up, and at 7k (and still -17C) I made it back home and decided tomorrow will be my 20k day.

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I was aiming for visibility when I got dressed this morning – so I wore all the bright runner colors. 🙂
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I broke out my pink Mizuno Wave Rider 9s for their maiden voyage. Can’t wait for dry sidewalks, they’re coming, I can feel it. Even though it was so cold, it was soooo nice to be out on such a beautiful sunny morning and see the sun coming up. Yay for spring mornings – even if they are -18C.

Did you have a beautiful running morning where you were?

Jackie
– Jackie –

People Watching at the Track

After having some decently warm weather this weekend, (-4°C now feels balmy to me) we are back to the bitter cold in Southern Ontario.  I am so ready for spring!  I just want to go for a run without piling on 100 pieces of clothing and worrying about falling on my butt.

On Monday, I had the day off of work, so I decided to head to the indoor track in the morning.  Running inside on a track can be a little monotonous, but after three months of icy sidewalks, it was glorious.  In past winters, I used the track regularly, but this year, I kind of forgot about it.  There’s something about the place that I love.  IMG_20140224_120733

Good memories are one of the reasons I love it.  The first couple of years that Jackie and I started running, we used to meet up at the track early in the morning to run together.  I would usually sleep in, and wake up to a call from Jackie to get my butt over there.  (“No, I wasn’t sleeping.  Yes, I’m already up.”)

Like I said, running in an oval…in one direction…inside can be BORING, and you might forget how to make a right turn, but what it lacks in scenery, it makes up for in people watching.  On Monday, I was there for just over an hour, but it went by so quickly.  I credit that to how much there was too look at.

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The track during the day is mostly used by retirees to get their exercise during the winter.  And it gets really busy!  It’s nice to see walkers and joggers in their 60s, 70s, and 80s taking care of their health.  All fitness levels and speeds are represented.  You can see that some people have always been fit and are maintaining it, while others are trying to get back into shape.  It’s nice to see the social aspect of it too.  The track is filled with old friends chatting away, couples holding hands as they walk, and the regulars joking around with each other.

Along with the retirees, there is a good variety of other people who use the track.  Runners from the university track team often train here.  They are always inspiring to watch.  They are so fast and have such good form.  Sometimes, when they are running a warm up lap, I run my hardest so I can pass them and feel speedy.  🙂

There are also always one or two really strong women putting in a good workout.  Whether it’s doing walking lunges around the track or burpees between laps, they always put me to shame.  On Monday, there was a lady who ran up and down the stairs of the arena for almost the entire time I was there.  That’s tough!  She hardly even broke a sweat.  What I was mostly impressed with was her leg muscles.  Holy cow, the stairs definitely paid off for her.

I saw at least two people jogging in jeans!  I wanted to take a picture for the blog, Jogging Jeans, but I am not stealthy enough for that.  I also like to think that they just showed up to walk, but were inspired to run a little bit.  So, I can’t hold it against them that they were wearing jeans.

Anyways, that’s why I like my local indoor track.  There’s lots to see and keep you distracted while you’re getting in a workout.  I’m going to try to get in a few more runs at the track until the sidewalks start to clear in the next couple weeks (or months).  Sigh.

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You don’t NEED to race the Recyling Truck down the hill…

Number 1, you don’t need to race the recycling and garbage trucks down the hill because they are slow. Secondly, you’ll hurt yourself.

The good news is, I know exactly how I injured myself last time. My 1.5km flailing run down a snow covered mountain in Vermont is definitely how I tore a muscle in my calf. This week, on garbage day, I was doing a leisurely 8k through my neighborhood. For some really silly reason, after passing the recycling truck on a few streets, I decided to make sure I beat him to the bottom of a 1km long hill. Part way down I felt a bad twinge in my previously injured leg. Fortunately I came to my senses, slowed my pace considerably and the pain went away. I still beat the recycle truck to the foot of the hill and managed to do the last 2km to my house pain free.

I’m feeling pretty good about my recovery now, especially since I know what I have to be careful of. Now to start increasing my mileage.

I tried taking a “selfie” of the running clothes I wear in -10C, but I suck at it…

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The neighborhood stray cats hanging out in the warmth of the sun on my hot tub. 🙂

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Dreaming of spring…

 

Anyone else as foolish as me? (what weird thing have you raced lately? 🙂 )

Jackie

-Jackie-

 

Thank You for Shoveling Your Sidewalk :)

The next time I go out for a run I’m packing my pockets with some thank you cards for the people who do a fantastic job of shoveling their sidewalk.

Despite the cold I managed to get out for a 5k on Saturday and an 8k this morning. I haven’t been running outside since I injured myself, but after blogging about it Saturday morning, I was pumped up by the comments and decided to brave it. This morning was beautiful and sunny and despite the -12C temperature I was hot for most of my run. However, it is really exhausting running on snow-covered streets and sidewalks. Although almost everyone shovels, there are some people that do a fantastic job. When you run on sidewalks packed with 2” of snow or have to hurdle a 2 foot snow bank at the end of a sidewalk, it is such a treat to get 50ft of dry sidewalk. Thank you!

MOST SIDEWALKS
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THE AWESOME SIDEWALKS
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THE SNOWBANK OUTSIDE MY HOUSE (and my close to awesome sidewalk)
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So, I’m up to an exhausting 8k. I have just under 7 weeks left to train to get up to 30k at the end of March. Any tips?

Jackie

– Jackie –

Getting back to running … slowly

I haven’t been running outside.

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I can hardly wait for spring.

I’ve been recovering from hurting my calf muscle back in December, so I’ve done no running outside since January 1st. I had to take several weeks off completely before starting back to short 10 minute runs. My goal of maintaining the level of fitness throughout the winter went out the window. My injury has finally healed and I’ve managed to get up to 21 minutes of running without feeling pain, so I’m feeling pretty good about recovery. What I’m not feeling good about is the 30k Around the Bay Road Race that I have coming up in less than 2 months.

I took some comfort today in a post called “Revisiting my 2014 Goals” on Motivation. She talked about her excitement for the new year of running and how an injury has changed her goals. She listed her original goals and how she has modified them. Although I know that there are tons of people going through this, when all your running friends are training while you are injured,  it’s nice to read a fellow blogger’s experience.

So now my big goals for a personal best at the 30k have taken a backseat to trying to get back in shape enough just to finish the race comfortably. Do you think it can be done? (Seriously)

This weekend I’m going to do a 3o min and see if I can do more than one set of this Kettle Bell workout from the 30 Day Fitness Challenge website. I only got through the whole thing once and I’ve been sore for 2 days.

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I hope your running year has started off better than mine! 🙂

Question: What do you do, besides a treadmill, to keep up your cardio when you can’t run outside?

Jackie

– Jackie –