Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Shoes!

I got a new pair of Saucony Triumph ISO 3's this month.

They're very colourful like all my Saucony runners. I'm still wearing my last pair to walk and cross train in. I actually wear my first pair too but as work shoes.

I love the mesh on these shoes. They are super breathable which is important for me. My feet get hot and then they smell, like feet. I'm not fond of the smell of feet... I'm hoping I don't bust through the toe box on these puppies for a long time but I have a bad feeling that could be a future possibility.

These shoes are super light weight and have enough cushion to make things comfortable. They also don't seem to irritate my left Achilles like my last pair of shoes were doing. I'm hoping that as my ankles get stronger through training, that particular pain will stay away (it wasn't fun).

This wall of shoes at the Running Room in Regina made me so happy. I tried on maybe 5 different pairs of shoes, all kinds of brands. Funny how each time I get shoes I'm happiest with Saucony. I have to admit that the price tag on my shoes was terrible. They are maybe the most expensive shoes I own...

I think this year I'm going to get some running shorts (I run in tights or capris, I don't even own regular shorts) and I'd love a lightweight windproof jacket. I have a great lined winter running jacket but nothing for spring. The wind here can get pretty intense and nothing sucks more than wearing a jacket that feels as breathable as a plastic bag...

So any recommendations on gear? What shoes do you wear? Got a favourite brand or do you switch them up?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday Recap

I took a few weeks off running and also blogging, sorry about that. I got the worst cold I've ever had as an adult and honestly didn't get off the couch for about a week. It was really awful. But I started back at running last weekend and this week was a nice full training week. I'm so happy. I also feel really strong and mostly pain free! So that's fabulous.

I started personal training on Wednesday with a great runner and fitness guru (Mallory - Breathe, Run, Repeat on Facebook). I'll be training with her twice a week for the next 6 weeks. I'm pumped about this. I've never had a personal trainer and I've also never been much for strength training. It shows. I can barely do one pushup. Kinda pathetic but a girl's gotta start somewhere. Anyway, on to some stats...

New Shoes!

For the week of March 20th to March 26th:

Monday: Week 2 Day 1 C25K
Distance: 4.1K
Time: 36:39
Average Pace: 8:51/k

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: PT with Mal
Duration: 1hr
Notes: did a fitness test, went thru the hiit workout once and generally got a feel for what this is going be like for the next 6 weeks, pretty excited!

Thursday: Rest Day - omg sore!

Friday: Rest Day - why is day 2 always the worst!!!

Saturday: Week 2 Day 2 C25K
Distance: 4.1K
Time: 36:23
Average Pace: 8:41/k

Evening Walk at the PFRA
Distance: 3.3K
Time: 41:13

Sunday: Week 2 Day 3 C25K
Distance: 4.2K
Time: 36:05
Average pace: 8:32/k

PT session 2 with Mal
Time: 1hr
Notes: This was another hiit style all body workout. Weights ranged from 3.5-10lbs. My upper body, core and legs were fatigued by the end. It was hard! It hurt in some parts. I'm so excited to do it again!

Total Distance: 15.7K

I'm happy with how this week looks! Next week should be similar. I'm onto week 3 of my Couch to 5k app and the run/walk intervals are getting harder... looks like 2.5 minute runs and the same for walking. That's going to feel brutal because the 1.5 minute running felt tough! I kept telling myself I can do anything for a minute and a half. And I did it too. Crazy stuff this mental game...

Anyway, hope you have a great next week and let me know if you are training for anything. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Recap

Well here's my first Sunday Recap. I'm not sure how this should look, I may change it up until I'm happy with it but for now...

For the week of February 27- March 5th

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Week 1, Day 1 C25K
                    Distance: 4.1K
                    Time: 37:07
                    Speed: 8:56/km

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Walk
            Distance: 5.93K
            Time: 1h

Saturday: Week 1, Day 2 C25K
                Distance: 3.21K
                Time: 29:38
                Speed: 9:16/km

Sunday: Walk
              Distance: 6.4K
              Time: 1:04:35

Total Distance: 19.64K
Total Time: 3:11:20

Did you work it this week? Keeping track of your stats? How did you do?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

And now it's March!

Well February flew by! I didn't mean to take a month off. I'm still a bit shocked by that actually. I've been busy doing stuff and not so busy, got sick, recovered, been working, knitting, and started running again.

Yup, that's right, I've started running again... I blame Brent.

You see it was my birthday a few weeks ago and while it's not a big round number, it was close enough to make me reassess a few things. I felt that maybe I could make some goals and try to hit them this year. Then Brent went and got me a Fitbit charge 2. It's so easy to get addicted to gadgets isn't it?!

I figured that to easily reach my step goals I should take up running again! Cause that sounds easy and sane right?

So I signed up for the 5K Perogy Run in May and will sign up for the Stampede with the Broncs in June (another 5K, registration opens on Monday). And then today because I've been drinking the Koolaid, I signed up for the Queen City Half Marathon in September.

I'm determined not to hurt myself this year. I blew my knee out last May and it took me months to walk pain free. I refuse to do that to myself again but man it's hard to ease into training! I want to run. I want to run everyday. I know I can't though, I'm already feeling tight in my right hip and my left Achilles is giving me little jabs during the day. I'm not a wuss when it comes to pain and I can suffer through... but... I'm not into the injured and out for 6-8 weeks because I can't slow down (funny that, cause I am slow, but I have no fear when it comes to long distance).

I bought Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training book a few years ago and I'm planning to use the Novice 1 plan. Before that though I'm back to the Couch to 5K app that I downloaded on my phone. I've had this app for many years and have never completed it. I'm going to this time.

I've done 2 runs and they felt really really good. I remember the last time I did them, I was huffing and puffing and maybe dying a little each run. I'm not feeling that this time. I read an article on muscle memory recently and how runners have that even if they've taken years off running. I'm not sure I buy into it for myself because I've never been a very serious long term athlete but I think the years of yoga everyday have paid off in an increased fitness level. That's my theory anyway :)

So that's what I thought I'd share today. I'm throwing myself all in like I do, reading running blogs, articles and following Instagram accounts. I'll probably try to do a weekly recap of my workouts and stats, not that they mean much right now but I know I'll enjoy looking at them later.

As you can see it's still winter here. It's melting though! Into the plus temps this weekend, I'm so ready!

How about you? Do you run? Any race goals this year?

What about fitness in general? How do you enjoy moving your body most?

Out with the old and in with the new

As I mentioned in my last post, we got a new camper last summer. I've been ready for an upgrade for ages. I loved the freedom that the...