Before, After and some Bits in Between

Stand Up Paddle Board 08/14/2011

Sean came to visit this weekend and today we went Stand up Paddle Boarding for 3 hours.

It was with a group of 8 people and we were in and around the Lachine Rapides. So much fun!!! I had gotten two passes through “Groupon” for his birthday for half price and today was the day to do it!

On the way there

...and again the way there

On the board and ready

Sean's moving fast!

Getting instructions of how to enter rapides

More lessons....


today is brought to you by the number….. 215 08/11/2011

Why 215 do you ask?

That is approximately the amount of kilometers I ran in the month of July. It is actually more than that because I wasn’t being very consistent about writing it all down.

I just thought it would be fun to add it up and now I’m totally in awe of my own number!

How many steps do you think that might be?





My race in Quebec City is about 2 weeks away and I’m starting to think of how much I’ve put myself (and my feet) through over the last couple of months. All the tempo runs, steady runs… Oh gawd the LOOOOONG runs! At this point in time I have to say that although I’d love a PR at this race it really is okay if that doesn’t happen. I’ve hit other PR’s and am so proud of what I’m accomplishing. I didn’t really realize it all until today.

Cheers to many more miles to come!!!



Strength 07/28/2011

Part of the marathon route

This week has been great so far for training. Here’s what I’ve done:

Monday 25th: rest

Tuesday 26th : 20min stairs – various weights for my legs and core – 5km on the treadmill

Wednesday 27th: 10 minutes running warm up/ 10x300m sprinting with 150m rests./ Cool down. It was all about 8km

Thursday 28th: 15km planned, steady run

Friday 29th: 8km planned, steady run

Saturday 30th: 6km planned, steady run

Sunday 31st: 32km planned, run/ walk

If all goes as planned for the remainder of the week I’ll be doing great for the Quebec City Marathon on Aug. 28th.I’m not too sure how I feel about my times  but at least I know I’m working my butt off to get there!!

So; strength. For a really long time I’ve known that I have what it takes on the inside to carry me through 42.2 km. This I can do. The mental strength required is absolutely amazing but somehow I am able to talk myself through it.

The “other” strength that I’m now working on is how to push my body to new limits in order to run faster. Just in adding weights once a week I feel stronger. I have also paid more attention to hills (which I still find are my weakness) and speed work.

Stay tuned… just about a month to go until race day!



BBQ’s make everyone happy! 06/29/2011

Last weekend I went up to Petawawa to spend time with Sean and Bella!

Here’s what we did:

Friday night: We were invited to Noel and Krystal’s for dinner and drinks. We ordered in from pizza pizza because they have gluten-free crusts for yours truly! It was pretty good; chicken, mozzarella and spinach. I set my bed time at 10pm… that did not happen; it was more like midnight.

Saturday: Sean and I puttered around Canadian Tire and Home Depot and I got Sean an early birthday present. Luck guy! We were walking by the BBQ section and buying some cedar planks  to cook salmon on and he saw a beautiful bright red charcoal BBQ. Simple but spunky. I thought it was great when he mentioned that his dad used to use a charcoal BBQ. I’m a sucker for old family stories and memories.

We also watched the last Harry Potter movie that came out. I love the series so thought is was great!! Can’t wait for the very last movie that comes out 2 days before my 30th!

Saturday night: After all the charcoal BBQ talk we had to test it out so we grilled up some chicken and vegetables in a grill basket. It was so delicious and the taste was definitely different than a regular propane BBQ. I think it’s a really nice change.

Sunday: I did a very slow 15km on a very hot and humid Sunday morning. I’m not sure why but my runs seem harder in Petawawa… I’ll have to look into this.

After my run we decided to take a walk to some rapids near by just along a park side. Sean got Bella’s back pack on and we headed out into the sun. It was a very wonderful afternoon and sadly afterwards it was time for me to get moving for my three hour drive.


Kickin my butt

Training so far has proven motivational and a huge help to get me going.

The count down to the Quebec City Race is on and I need to see some very big improvements. I’m not a naturally fast runner so I know that I’m going to really have to focus; more than that I’m going to have to want this really bad!

Hills are kickin my butt! I did a 10km run on the treadmill all at an elevation between 1% and 3% and I really felt it. At the 8 km mark I was at 51minutes. That’s 6 minutes slower than my previous 8km run that was outside and relatively flat!

The good news…. I’m doing hill runs! As something I’m not good at I always would avoid this.. so I wouldnt get any better of course!

Tonight; weights.. and really looking forward to it!


What drive’s me to run

Filed under: Crosstraining & Workouts,Inspiration,Running — whatdoiluv @ 10:07

There are all sorts of reason’s why people run…..

When I started running it was mainly because I had quit smoking and needed to fill time. But it’s also because I wanted to feel healthy again. I’ve always loved sports and exercise.

Yesterday I ran 8km and it was absolutely glorious. It took 45 minutes and started off as a kind of angry run; I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with my living situation and the fact that my house just isn’t selling.

So I set out on my regular route and just simply ran.  I didn’t think about fast or slow… I didn’t really think about anything at all. That’s what running is all about (to me)


Training 06/22/2011

Filed under: Crosstraining & Workouts,Running,Uncategorized — whatdoiluv @ 13:23
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The past week has been great for training and last night I had my first session with a personal trainer.

I was there for about 2 hours and here’s what I did:

2 X 2min skip – 30sec rest in between

2 X  2min skip on my toes – 30 sec rest in between

3 sets of however many leg raises I could do. (for these I was lying down; after leg raise I also lifted my bum and lower back off the bench)

8min bike – 105 rpm – level 10

8min bike – 90 rpm – level 12

8 min “monster step thing” – left side

8 min “monster step thing” – right side

45 minutes of running: 10 min at 5mph, 10 min at 6mph and 5% incline, 10 min at 7.2mph and 10 min at 5mph and 3% incline. The extra 5 minutes was cool down. It felt great!

Tonight I’m in for another 2 hours but focusing on legs and weights.