CDR – w/e Jan 26 and Feb 2

These last two weeks have not been great for training.

The week ending  January 26th was just too cold.  It was -30 something with the wind pretty much every day and I just couldn’t face running in this cold in the dark, be it the morning or after work.  Normally I don’t ‘wimp’ out of my runs but the incessant cold was just to much for me this particular week.  I did manage to get in all of my weight training and treadmill runs (four of them).  On Sunday I ran the hypothermic half marathon which was run on the Marshe’s golf course.  It was another really cold day (- 30 something with the wind),but at least it was somewhat sunny which made the cold somewhat bearable.  I ran a really slow race which I think was due in part to the uneven footing, the cold, the fact I wasn’t wearing a watch – but mostly because i have just gotten slower…..need to work on some speed again.

Then the week  ending March 2 I ended up getting some kind of flue bug and didn’t run or do anything else for three days. By Thursday though I was feeling better and ended up getting in a total of 42km and one gym workout.

CDR – w/e Jan 19

I had another great week of training…..the milder temperatures sure helped.

Training this week  consisted of the following:

Monday: 20 min. treadmill hike (15% grade and 5 kph);strength training (lunges, squats, abs, bicep curls)

Tuesday:  7km run (hills);20 min. treadmill hike (15% grade and 5 kph)

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: run 10km;20 min. treadmill hike (15% grade and 5 kph)

Friday: strength training (pullups, pulldowns, triceps, abs)

Saturday: 13km run (from home – two hills about .5km in length)

Sunday: 20km run (along the canal)

Total run: 50km

The Canadian Death Race – Week 1 (w/e Jan 12)

I feel as though I am in pretty good shape….I can easily run 20km and I know if push came to shove I could run a marathon – not very fast, but I could do the distance nonetheless. 

But wow….this week showed me that I really have a long way to go in terms of being ready for CDR.  I did a 20 minute treadmill walk (15% elevation at a 5kph pace) and was it ever hard!  My goal is to get up to an hour walk twice a week on the treadmill until I can get outside and hike up in the Gatineau Park.

I know that I am back in my stride because Saturday (January 11) I persevered until I could train.  On Saturday morning I knew we were having freezing rain, but I thought I could probably run on the main roads.  I got dressed and put on my ice cleats and skated all the way down the driveway….my road was sheer ice and I gingerly made my way to the main road and it too didn’t look so great.  I went home and decided to drive up to the Gatineau Park and go for a snowhoe hike.  I went to 4 parking lots and discovered snowshoeing wasn’t allowed.  I got to the 5th parking lot and I couldn’t get up the little hill to the parking lot because of the ice….I really wanted to do something so I decided to park at P9 and run along Meech Lake road which had just been salted.  I ended up having a great 12km run and felt great.  Now last year I would have just looked outside and said forget it and not done anything.  Training this week consisted of the following:

Monday: 

Tuesday:  7km run

Wednesday: 20 min. treadmill hike (15% grade and 5 kph)

Thursday: run 7km

Friday: 30 min. treadmill hike (15% grade and 5 kph)

Saturday: 12km run

Sunday: 14km run

Total run: 40km

Thank You!

I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment having run this 52cnd marathon and I am so thankful to all my family and friends who have supported me this past year and who have given so generously to the Snowsuit Fund.  With their help almost $8,000 was raised which means close to 200 kids in our region will have warm clothes this winter. 

I would like to thank my Sunday Run Group for always being there at 8:00 on Sunday mornings…….although I enjoyed running the first 20 odd km on my own, I always looked forward to meeting up with you at the Arboretum. What I loved about our run group was that while we are all serious about our goals, we were never so serious that we couldn’t have a bit of fun on the runs. For instance there were many times we’d stop and take pictures of something cool along the way, or there was the time we ran a different route and all stopped for a quick coffee enroute….those are very special memories!

The party was a huge success and Laurie thank you for suggesting we have a party and wanting to organize it. You did an awesome job as “Master of Ceremonies” and thank you too to Kim, Jenn, Ingrid and everyone else who helped out for all of your work putting such a fun event together. I will always treasure the medal you had made for me and I will proudly display the award from the run club. I love the running tops too!

Paula and Dave your speeches were so touching. Thank you so much for your kind words. Paula, sorry but you probably won’t see too much of me as I plan to stay healthy and pain free….but I will keep sending you the wounded from my office :)

Cheers!

Marathon 52 – December 8

I woke up knowing that the goal I had set out for myself was about to be accomplished in a few hours. What a fantastic feeling that was!
 
The day started as did most of my runs, with a trip to Tim Hortons.  Rather than just ordering my coffee and two timbits, I decided to buy a box of them for any of the runners who were coming out.  I also had water, gatorade, bananas and granola bars for the runners.
 
As I drove up to the window to pay, the girl said my order had already been paid?  Really?  By whom and why?  She didn’t know.  I have no idea who did this, but it was most unexpected and just so very nice and a great way to get the day started.  A random act kindness I suppose. 
 
The day was a mixed bag of snow, rain, wind…..but it didn’t matter.  I had friends and family running with me for every loop and I just felt amazing the whole time.  In fact, I think this was probably my fastest run this year….likely it was just all that adrenaline knowing I was accomplishing the goal I had set out a year ago. 
                    
At the 36km mark, CBC did an interview and then they were taking footage of us running the last 5km.  I think that was my fastest loop because of course you want to look good for the cameras :)
                    
I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment having run this 52cnd marathon and I am so thankful to all my family and friends who have supported me this past year and who have given so generously to the Snowsuit Fund.  With their help over $8,000 was raised.             
 
more pictures to come.         
 

Marathon 51 – December 2

This was an amazing run! My youngest brother Jim wanted to be here for the final run, but due to other committments wasn’t able to do so.  He decided though to come out for a quick visit (he’s in Vancouver) with the family and to run the marathon with me.  Jim ran the Seattle Marathon last week and two weeks prior to that he ran Boundary Bay Marathon in Vancouver….so I knew he probably wouldn’t mind slowing down on his third marathon this month :)

The temperature was about -5 (-10 with wind) and for the first 35km was just great.  Then the freezing rain came and all of a sudden we noticed the sidewalks getting slippy…..we all slowed way down and even got out on the road for the stretch along Majors Hill Park. By the time we got back on the Canal the footing wasn’t too bad, although we did have to watch our step going down some of the little declines.

It felt amazing to be running about 6:15 – 6:30 pace for most of the run which is what my pace was a year ago when I first started the marathons.  As well, I knew that it was the last run where I had to wake up at 3:30 to start running by 5:00.

The weather was looking very good for the final marathon. I decided to hold the run on Saturday because I wanted to be able to sleep in on Sunday and have a really relaxing day.   This one will be a looped run so friends and family can come out and participate which will make it a lot of fun.  Followed by a party at Pub Italia it is going to be an awesome day.

Cheers!

Marathon 50 – November 25

One of the best things about running is the fact you can do it anywhere, anytime! I was all set to run from the Arboretum as I usually do, but Saturday night as I was getting on the highway I ended up hitting a huge pothole. Even though Val yelled out “mom there’s a huge pothole’ it was too late …the next thing I knew I had a flat tire.

While I was only about 5 minutes from home, I was on the on ramp to the highway. I couldn’t turn around, so with the four ways flashing, I slowly started backing up….stopping every time a car got on. It took about 15 minutes to get back home because I drove the car so very slowly because I didn’t want to risk any further damage. I called CAA and they showed up within 30 minutes. The guy changed the tire in no time. But with that tiny little spare on my car, I didn’t want to drive it unless absolutely necessary.

Truly running is such a flexible sport!  I was able to start from home and still meet up with the run group for 8:00am. Starting out it was about -5 and -10 with the wind so a little chilly, but once I got warmed up and especially when the sun came up it was a beautiful day. I couldn’t believe though how good I felt on the run….it took me about 4:45 which is the fastest I have run in quite a few weeks. I am just so happy that I am getting my stride back!

Cheers!

Marathon 49 – November 18

Time has a way of curing all ails…..today’s run was absolutely fantastic!! I got a real early start this morning – 4:30 and although it felt like I was running in the middle of the night the temperature was not too cold at all.  The sunrise was beautiful and as the sun started to shine I felt so good to be out there this morning and enjoying the beginning of the day. 

What made me feel even better was the fact that nothing was hurting like it had been these past few weeks.  I still took the first 26km pretty easy, but even those km’s were faster than I had been running lately and then the last 16km I ran with the group and was maintaining a 6:00 – 6:15 km pace! Unheard of for me for a very long time!  I think by the end of the run the group was getting tired of me saying “I know I’ve said this a lot already, but I FEEL FANTASTIC!”  I can only hope that the next 3 marathons feel the same.

A big thankyou to Gilles for the hot chocolate he provided at the 33km mark.  Earlier this week he asked if I preferred coffee or hot chocolate…I wasn’t quite sure if he meant in general or on a run.  So my answer was pretty general in that I said I liked both, but that if I were to drink one of these on the run my preference would be hot chocolate.  That hot chocolate just hit the spot…it was so good!

Cheers!

 

Julies inspirational story

As parents we want the best for our kids and more importantly we want to be around to watch them grow up. Julie although struggling with weight issues wanted to be there for her kids and she also wanted to provide for them in the unlikely event she couldn’t.    With this in mind, she applied for life insurance.  Within a few weeks she received the response back in the mail – Application DENIED! Reason given:  MORBIDLY OBESE! .  

Morbidly obese….those words hit a nerve because it  means you are at increased risk of having many health problems and quite possible a reduced life span.  This was the wake-up call Julie needed and she decided then and there to take action!

It’s one thing to want to take action, but it is quit another to actually take that first step to begin the long journey of getting healthy.  But Julie started with baby steps and as she started changing her lifestyle by eating better and exercising which included running, she started to set goals for herself. Goals that for many of us who haven’t had to struggle with having to lose a lot of weight would never even think of. Thinks like being able to sit with your kids on a roller coaster ride or being able to sit in a swing at the park. 

With these goals and with the determination to get healthy, Julie has become half the woman she once was!  And that’s a very good thing because in two short years Julie has lost over 130 pounds. 

So yes Julie can go to the park and sit on swings, she can take those roller coaster rides, but more importantly she has the energy and focus to be healthy.  This new way of life not only benefits Julie and her family, but it also has an important impact on her work.  Being healthy means she can be a more productive employee at work. And not only that but she is a role model and an inspiration to others who want to become more healthy and active and in the end more productive!

 

Marathon 47 and 48 – November 4 and 11

These marathons were much like numbers 44 and 45  in that they both very, very slow. 

The routine of the marathons hasn’t changed either…..up at 3:30, out the door by 4:30, starting to run at 5:00am.   Mother Nature for the most part is providing excellent weather for these runs. Although it was a bit rainy and cold on November 11, it could have been a lot worse in that it could have poured the entire time.

My hip, heel and toe issues are starting to feel much better though.  And I know that even if they don’t there are only 4 more marathons to go!

Cheers!