Before, After and some Bits in Between

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!



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.


Updates Galore! 06/13/2011

It’s already June…. almost half way through June.

I can’t believe it! In just over a month I’m going to be 30 years old. Another fact that I can’t really believe.

I don’t feel 30; is that old? I remember when I thought 20″something” was old. Now I’m about to enter into my thirties and feel just as good (if not better) than I ever have. Most of the time I actually feel like a kid still; like I’m still waiting to feel like an adult. I’m going to take that as a good thing!

Here’s what I’ve been up too over the past couple of weeks:


4th June – 5 miles – I was happy with the speed of this one and felt really great afterwards.

5th June – 5miles – I was either tired or not in the head space today because I really was moving slowly but none the less it was alright.

6th June – 3.5miles – this was a last-minute late run on a mountain. The first half was down hill and the second half was back up and it was brutal. Felt awesome!

9th June – 9miles – this was a great run. The weather was sunny as I headed out and whenever I had to run into the sun it was hiding behind clouds. I got quite a lot slower near the end. There’s a picture of my start line.

13th June – 3.25 miles – This was a treadmill run and I killed it! A little old man actually came to find me afterwards while I was stretching to tell me how well I ran. Thank you little old man! After I was all done at the gym I enquired about a trainer and sat with the owner for about 20 minutes. So next week I have 3 X 1.5 hour sessions with him to show me the ropes. I explained my goals and we’ll see what happens next week. I’m really excited about this!

The plan for the rest of this week before training next week:

14th June – I’m going to attempt a long run as I didn’t get one in on the weekend. 15miles.

15th June – Yoga in the park for 45minutes and a 30km bike ride.

16th June – 9 miles

17th June – Rest day

18th June – 15 miles

19th June – 5 miles, very easy.

20th June – Cross training for 40 minutes. Probably bike.

3rd, 4th & 5th at Sean’s House

I was able to leave work last Friday after all and got through Ottawa traffic no problem on the way to Sean’s. I think I arrived at about 4 or 4:30. We had a wonderful evening of grocery shopping, cooking and eating. We sat outside and enjoyed some afternoon sun as well.

Saturday was low-key. I went for a 5 mile run and we ran some errands here and there.

Sunday is the day I have to leave so it got off to a slow start but it turned into date night and Sean took me to Ottawa to see “the Hangover 2”. We had some dinner at a pub before the movie. Because we had to go separate ways afterwards we drove there in separate cars but it was still fantastic. Thank you Sean; it was wonderful! Below is our dinner. (mine was curry stir fry chicken, his was honey garlic)

date night dinner

After the lovely weekend it was back to work and a relatively uneventful week.
When Friday rolled around I had decided I was going downtown Montreal for Grand Prix festivities.
I met up with Sharon; an old friend from college and we watched SLOAN start their set on Crescent street. She soon had to head home to meet some friends that were staying at her house.
I then met up with Becky; my oldest friend in the world; and we had a blast watching the rest of the concert and headed to Grumpies pub after. We closed the place down over amazing chats, great beer and a lot of laughs.

Down the escalator in Mtl. Friday night begins

Sharon and I at some point in the night


Becky and I enjoying Sloan right up front


Quebec City Marathon Training Plan 05/30/2011

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From today I have 13 weeks to continue training for the Quebec City Marathon that’s on the 29th of August.

The main plan is on paper and I feel pretty good about it since I’ve been training for the last few months. My only concern is this weird abdominal strain that I seem to still have.

I’ve really cut back on the running over the last 2 weeks (and am going a bit stir crazy) and it’s there. It’s not a terrible pain and it only lasts the first 10-15 minutes of a run but is frustrating. Two weeks ago I ran a great 11 miles and the next day was when I felt the pain.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Alright the plan:

Monday May 30th: 8×600 meters with a 200 meter jog in between. I’m going to focus a lot on warm up and cool down to make sure I don’t make my injury worse.