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Training August 18-24

Posted: August 27, 2014 in food, running, training

Better late than never right?

This was definitely a busy week. Family plans, date nights, a pretty big bombshell at work that still is a little up in the air. Added stress and all that, but I got in all my runs/miles that I had planned and came close enough on the gym. September will definitely be a month of working on being more consistent in the gym…. and training legs for real instead of a set here and there. Oops.

Monday August 18:

  • 5 miles in the AM. Very consistent 9:36-9:42 pace for this one. Finally felt like I was back on track and it was “easier”. Not perfect and I can tell the volume is effecting my legs a bit speed wise (who am I kidding using words like speed) but feeling good.
  • Back workout PM. Very quick and efficient. I’m not one to spend hours in the gym like years past. I’ve been having really solid workouts with super and tri sets and leave feeling “done”

Tuesday August 19:

  • 5 miles of awesome (compared to last weeks suck) in the AM. Miles 1-3 were at a comfortable 9:14-9:25 pace and I finished up with the last two miles at a 9:35-9:40 pace. Was definitely spent after this but it felt really good to have a “fast” solid run two days in a row.
  • Arms PM. Supersets and drops sets.

Wednesday August 20:

  • 5 morning miles. Tired legs after the last two days, but got it done. Kind of wanted to go for 7 miles in my head, but I knew as soon as I made the turn for my long route it wasn’t happening so I quickly reversed and headed towards home.

Thursday August 21:

  • 35 minutes of cross training in the morning. Bike/Stair sprints.  I have had zero desire to run on a treadmill even though I had intended on speed work a few times a month. Honestly the weather has been awesome and I’m enjoying the great outdoors so I’m sticking with that until Canadian winters force me inside. 

Friday August 22:

  • 6 miles pre-work. Started out way too fast (I blame that friday feeling) and kind of bombed during mile 3. Stuck it out and finished a solid five even though my head said quit about ten times…. and my legs said quit even more 
  • Post work shoulders. Really good workout. I have no idea where this came from but it was awesome.

Saturday August 23:

  • 4 miles. Thought about 5 but was pretty dead and craving a rest day. I got in my 25 miles for the week and was very happy at that.

Sunday August 24:

  • Full rest day

Total weekly miles: 25

Total August miles: 75/100

Overall…. Decent. Very solid runs, missing one gym workout, but my priorities have definitely changed from two years ago and that’s just the way it should be.

Food was good. Frozen pizza twice, but fitting it into my plan and enjoying it (and not enjoying the ENTIRE thing) is really great for me right now. I’ve found my stride with my meals and prepping and it’s just become business as usual. I found the courage to haul on the green pants I want to fit into and sadly…. they actually are a size 0. Definitely not putting the pressure on myself to fit into them, but I can get them on and comfortably button them…. there is just no sitting down and they definitely do not fit as baggy as they should. 2 months to go so we shall see what kind of shape I’m in come October 22.

How was your week? Did you meet your goals?


My 100 Mile Debate

Posted: August 25, 2014 in goals, running, training

Last summer I tried to hit 100 miles in a month. I came close with 90-something miles, but never succeeded. Running was put on the back burner when I (again) entered prep but I always kind of wanted to say I ran 100 miles in a month.

Again this summer I wanted to achieve this… I came close with 98 a couple of months ago… But then running slowed down before I committed to 75 in July (and succeeded)

I know for a lot of people that’s not much. Hell, a lot of runners pull that off in a week, but for someone who started running 3 miles here and there it’s kind of a lot.

Declaring my goal of 75 miles in July really committed me to it and I actually stuck to it and followed through so I decided to make the 100 miles a goal in august. I started out strong and even with a bad week of quitting running and not quite hitting 20 that week I’m still right on track to hit 100.

As we close in on the end of August I can’t help but think ahead to what’s next. I fully intend to set another mileage goal for September and initially I told myself 100 again. However… It makes me nervous, I admit it’s been tough, I had some bad runs, I’ve had to get up even earlier… But to be able to say this weekend I finally succeeded in this big goal will be rewarding.

So what’s next? Do I want to be a little crazy and do it all over again? With no big commitments and cooler weather finally arriving I’m pretty tempted to do it. I set a goal way back when to double my 2013 miles in 2014 which would be 730. Another big month would definitely help me out in that department… But we shall see how I feel as I finish the last 19 for august.

what’s your next big goal?

Training February 3-9

Posted: February 11, 2014 in running, training

Better late than never…

Main workout: squats 3×10
Accessory work: hamstrings, back, biceps

Preworkout: 1 mile

Main workout: flat bench press 3×10
Accessory work; shoulders, triceps, back

Post workout: 4 miles outside

Usual full rest day for date night.

**enter lobster risotto and other Chop Chop week deliciousness**

Second rest day thanks to bum foot/forgetting sports bra

Main workout: overhead press 3×5
Accessory work: chest, back, triceps, shouldersssss

Post workout: 10 minutes spin bike

Main workout: leg press 3×5
Accessory work: quads, back, biceps…. Abs

Post workout: 10 minutes spin bike

Rest day… Again

total workouts: 4
Total miles: 5

Workouts good. The leg press was my way of not doing deadlifts while my foot hurt… Probably not the swap I should have gone for but my booty is sore sooo…. All in all felt like very solid work was put in and that’s good enough for me.

Running wise… Well, see previous post. Thankfully that one outdoor run was kick ass and actually leaves me happy and anticipating my return to running. That’s a win in my books

Here Goes Nothing

Posted: January 5, 2014 in gear, goals, running

Last Spring I randomly suggested going for a run at the nature park with Jason. This was his first time going there and our first time running together… And it wasn’t awful. For my birthday in April he gave me new running shoes. I was in prep at the time and all I had to wear running was best up frees, which was obviously not the best option.

Between when I started tracking my runs through daily mile and the end of the year I put 365 miles on those best up nike flex something or others… So yeah. I knew I needed new kicks. I had started wearing my old Pegasuses and was aware I needed a more supportive shoe for the new goals I have.

Enter my Christmas present…


I admit I’m a life long nike shoe snob and thankfully Jason is too. He grabbed me an updated pair of the Pegasus while he was down in Florida and while they felt a bit.. Clunky?… At first I absolutely love them now. It also helps they’re part of the “shield” line and totally look super glue in the dark like in the gym. Yeah, easily amused.

So why the new kicks? Why the emphasis on a more supportive shoe for my “freakishly high arches”?

2014 goal:

A goal: TBD
B goal: 1:59:59 half marathon
C goal: … I hate “just finishing” goals

The goal race is still up in the air as it’s a challenge finding a race on a weekend Jason isn’t at the track, but I’m not too worried about it at this point. There’s still a half a foot of snow/ice on the sidewalks (if they’re plowed at all) so I’m just putting in the time on the treadmill for now and will re-evaluate when the weather is a bit more favourable.

My biggest priority right now is working on eating habits. In the past I’ve taken to running to lose weight/count as cardio… Not specifically to accomplish what I feel is a big goal (for me). I’m not usually one for these type of pictures, but I felt like this was fitting considering my current outlook.


I’m not a natural runner, nor am I fast or anything special. But I am hardworking and committed to this. I do however refuse to give up lifting and life to accomplish this. I love the gym and I love that running is a tangible goal, but one I can fit into my life rather than try to fit my life around it like competing was.

So here’s to the beginning of my first half marathon training, doubling my miles from 2013 (hitting 730 total) and just being the best running, non-runner I can be.