Win one of these 4 boxes of eload gels! Enter my raffle (find out how at www.see-steph-run.com/raffle) and support the Canadian Cancer Society. A donation of $5 gets you 3 entries to the raffle. More prizes to win! Raffle ends this Saturday! :) #prizes #contest #win #eload #gels #marathon #run #runblr #training #race #racing
Guess who went to the pool today and swam lots of laps!? THIS GAL. Except I lost count and oh my god it was hard. It’s an Olympic sized pool so by halfway I was like”where the eff is the END!?” I also now understand the point of pool etiquette. There were a few ladies there today who clearly were unaware of any sort of organization just swimming in the middle of wherever. It was pretty rude but I just sort of waited till they left. I think the lifeguard told them to get out. I think I may be improving with freestyle. I did some kick drills also. I don’t bother practicing breast stroke because I need more coaching on that one and I’m terribly slow with it. I had a blast though and I’m very pleased with myself. Time for lunch and studying. Also petting puppies. #swim #swimming #training #triathlon
Happy as a clam on my run! It felt like a piece of cake. I’ve been really lucky that during the build back up to marathon distance all my runs have gone really well so far. Now time to shower, get some warm comfy clothes on and enjoy the rest of the day :) #ontherun #runblr #running #run #training #fitblr #winter
I spent the afternoon creating a PDF document with 22 weeks of strength training scheduled to do in addition to marathon training. Each week I planned 2 strength workouts that are either, CORE, UPPER BODY, LOWER BODY or FULL BODY. Nothing is exactly the same, so lots of different stuff to keep me motivated. The number of sets done will be decided by dice roll. Because I like a little bit of randomness sprinkled into my training schedules.
Then I read my book and had dinner.
Just 50 minutes till the Biggest Loser! Gotta get my workout gear on and prepare all my school stuff for tomorrow beforehand!
With 2014 around the corner I needed to sit down and think about my running-related goals.
For the past year or so, I’ve been very torn between wanting to train for longer distance races or shorter ones. Obviously those two goals don’t jive. The training is very different. But of course, I’m stubborn and was constantly attempting to merge the goals somehow. I tried to do this by trying to stick in more running days, I neglected cross training and other activities because I figured I could just cram in a bunch of training. I felt unmotivated. (no duh!) I wasn’t doing all the things I liked to do because I was trying to cram training in without building up properly and logically I was failing at doing what I wanted to do and felt disappointed with myself.
In 2014, I’m going to help myself instead of sabotaging myself. The Ottawa Marathon is going to be my big goal. Which makes sense considering I am fundraising for it and putting in a lot of effort on that front. So naturally, it makes sense to make it my big goal for the year. So long distance training will trump the short distance training. It seems that I tend to do well with the shorter races after long distance training anyhow. I work off the fitness built up. It works, so it’ll just have to stay that way.
I also realize that while it would be nice to run every single day and run doubles at that, it’s just not realistic for me. So I’ve decided to schedule 3 mandatory runs. The rest will be icing on the cake. The reason is really because of my issue with chronic migraines. I schedule and plan and I am motivated up the whazoo but when a migraine hits, I am worthless. I can’t do anything and don’t feel like doing anything either. And subsequently, I feel awful because I miss scheduled training. It’s a vicious cycle. So in scheduling 3 runs, I acknowledge that the migraines will happen, but they won’t ruin my training or make me feel like a failure.
So if I feel like running more one week because I feel exceptionally awesome, I will. But the other days - hopefully migraine free! - will be for cross training. I’ll be incorporating swimming in my training starting in January, which will be a nice way to mix things up. I also intend to include other activities like yoga, pilates, strength training and when the mood strikes even snowshoeing, hiking etc.
I think it’s a good plan. And I’m hopeful that 2014 will be a brand new start to my running life!
I also plan on signing up for a summer 50K (possibly 25K - haven’t made up my mind) and a 6hr or 12hr track run in September.
But for today, it’s time to take a shower, have a nice hot coffee and relax. :)
This is my “holy crap that was cold” look. 5K in that was enough. I felt good and was actually planning to do my long run but my legs begged to differ. My thighs and ass were frozen solid! And I’m wearing my super warm ones! It’s -30 with the windchill and it is in fact darn windy. Regardless it was very nice to be outside and migraine free :) didn’t bring Zoe this morning because it was a bit too cold for her little paws. #runblr #running #run #training #winter #cold
Watching The Biggest Loser
They showed a clip of Michelle Obama promoting a health campaign encouraging people to drink more water.
She’s just wonderful. How is she not every girl’s role model?
Speaking of fitness and health…….
I haven’t done my speed work yet today. I got home from work and just zonked out. I was so tired. I passed out cuddling with Zoe-pop.
But I’m definitely going to get my run in. I’m sticking to this goddamn schedule!!!!!!!
One thing I’m going to focus on trying to do this time during training is try not to freak out if I can’t get my workout done at 5am. If I sleep in a bit because I need to, that’s okay. I don’t love working out in the evening, but it’s not impossible. It’s a mental roadblock that I need to kick in the ass.
Okay, bye. Gotta get changed and hit the treadmill!
I unfortunately did not get my long run in today.
That’s okay though. Just another migraine. I think it’s the weather. Though I’m paying closer attention to my headaches now and I caught it early so treated it early. But because of it I slept badly last night. It’s also been shark week so I’ve had cramps and night sweats and just generally been uncomfy. It’s okay though. I spent the day doing work for school. I’m really on top of things this semester. I don’t want to be doing anything last minute because I never know when I’ll get a migraine. Plus getting stuff done in advance leaves me way more stress free time to train. I’m starting to really come to terms with the fact that my migraines get in the way of things and I’m working around them instead of trying to control everything which is obviously impossible for me.
This week I’ve written out a schedule which technically begins an official training phase. I haven’t decided between the 5K or the half marathon race in February but the training will suffice for either a 5K PR or a fun half. I was using the plan last winter but things happened, I was very sad and I lost my desire to do anything productive. So I’m hoping to use the plan to its full potential this year. I’m also hoping to do some swimming lessons (stroke improvement) starting in January. But for now I’ll be following the plan and incorporating HIIT workouts for strength. I only wish I had space for my bike trainer because it’s a really neat little thing and it would be great for cross-training.
Anyhow. This week = operation awesome.
Going to get those workouts in and feel awesome. And also get all my homework done! YAHOO.
In the gardening world, the sweet peppers that I planted indoors are starting to sprout - YAY! Nothing in the outdoor garden has germinated yet which makes sense. Things should start to pop up later this week. I should be getting some row covers in the mail this week to cover the in ground garden and protect it from cold and evil squirrels. I’m really missing having so much squash from the garden. Definitely need to plant that again next year.
So my goal race is this weekend, I’m excited for the weekend with the dogs and the bf in Vermont but I don’t think I’ll be looking to PR anymore. I felt really great back at the beginning of June but I really didn’t think about the weather change and how it would affect me. I ran a few times in hot weather, but the humidity hadn’t really kicked in yet. If this weekend is really humid again I won’t even be thinking of a PR. But that’s okay, I just want to run and enjoy the scenery!
After that I’m going to go back to using the 5K training plan I was using back in the winter, but cutting out a run or two to make sure I include a lot of strength and HIIT. The HIIT and strength training give me results fast and they make me a stronger runner, I have no doubt about that. So I have no intention of cutting them out. Each time I begin a training plan for a race though, they end up being cut out or sidelined. I have two 5Ks in August and then I’m not sure about the fall. The 5K plan has rather long runs so if I decide I want to train for a fall marathon I can tweak the LSDs to be longer. Which I think I might do. I wish I had a coach again, but it’s just too expensive for me. I love being told what to do in training though, having someone else do the thinking is awesome. Sometimes I think too much.
Also, this week back to regular sleeping! I was getting up regularly at 5:30am for a good month and a half but then a bad migraine hit me for 2 days and my sleeping got all out of whack.
But tonight I’m wide awake…. so…..
Tomorrow is Canada Day! So Happy Canada Day to all you fellow Canadian tumblrs. I’m hoping to get up to run and do a few hill repeats and then I have a lunch date with a friend. Then of course, I need to do some stuff in the garden. I have to pull a few plants that are pretty sad looking and replant something else. I have to replant where things haven’t sprouted and I have a bit of space where I want to plant more lettuce. I’m taking the time this year to really pay attention to the garden and it’s allowing me to sort of dabble in succession planting so not everything comes up at once. Every year I learn from my mistakes and I really find I’m getting the hang of it. The little tasks of replanting, fertilizing, composting, weeding, hilling, watering, really help me to be patient with my garden. I’m watching it grow now and not with the impatience of last year and the year before. I’m not pulling things up way too early because I’m going crazy waiting. I’m hoping that my dad and I can build a cold frame so I can grow into the fall and start seedlings early. That would really help since I really love growing things from seed. I’m not big on buying transplants, although I did buy brussel sprouts and tomatoes this year. Growing from seed is way more fun and rewarding and you can grow different interesting varieties. It’s also easier to plan and you can replant too.
Hopefully tomorrow is a nice day!
The new receptionist at my Dr.’s office is so much more pleasant. It made my day. I usually dread calling to make appointments because I always get sass. No sass today just friendliness! And she even said to have a good day!
Now I have to get my ass to get blood tests or risk being scolded by the doc when I go in for an appointment. tsk tsk. I’ve been really procrastinating about it because I’m nervous. I’m not nervous about the actual test taking. Stick a needle in me, I won’t flinch or care and will stare at it because I think it’s neat. But for some reason I’m nervous something will show up, it’ll say there’s something abnormal. I suppose that’s the reason I’m getting the tests taken in the first place, to check to see if there is something wrong with me that might account for certain things but it’s nerve wracking. Especially for someone like me…. 100% hypochondriac.
Ok. Time to get some more work done.
Rest day today. I’ve been feeling guilty about that… but I guess I shouldn’t. My week so far:
Mon - 1 hour yoga and walk to and from which is about 7km
Tues - Treadmill Run 5km
Wed - 5km outdoor run in the searing heat
Thurs - P90X Shoulders + Arms in the AM & 30 Day Shred in the PM
Fri - (today) Rest
That’s acceptable, right?
Sat - hopefully 6 miles and hopefully just as beautiful and breezy as today *fingers crossed*
Sun - 4 miles easy - might split it into two since I have work.
Very excited for this summer’s half marathon. I think last summer’s 50km really made me less anxious about racing in the summer. It was tough but it wasn’t awful at all. I liked it running a race in the heat way more than I thought I would. Getting a video of myself talking about running out of water like I was recording my last moments was pretty great too. I still look at that video and laugh. The RD for this summer’s half even sent a personal welcome email. I thought that was lovely.
Anyhow, very glad to be building back up and to be working on different things like strength and core work to be a better balanced runner. Slow build. Sometimes it’s so tempting to just go out and run stupid but I know that if I train smart now I’ll be able to achieve the goals that I want without burning out.