Chit Chat: Monday Victories

 

Good morning!

This post is coming at you a bit later as we had a busy Sunday where I didn’t have a ton of time to sit down and write my usual blog post. So, this is coming atcha in real time on a Monday morning as I’m typing away with wet hair, a smoothie, and coffee going beside me. I wanted to start a new thing on the blog called Chit Chat – where I catch you guys up on what’s been going on, giving my opinion on things, and just sharing things with you guys in a more unstructured kind of way. It may not be a weekly thing, but what’s the harm in starting today, right?

Let’s rewind a bit though. So, yesterday Ryan and I went on a little date night together, which was a great way to do something different on a Sunday night, as opposed to just plunking down on the couch watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong. I love doing that, but it’s fun to switch it up, you know? We did the ol’ dinner and a movie, and by the time we got home I was super FULL, tired, and ready for bed.

And now we are at today. Okay, so. I ran today, guys. If you read my posts last week, you’ll know that I was super bummed out because I came down with a groin strain injury. The doctor quickly said NO when I asked about doing my long run on Saturday (which I obviously knew the answer, but I mean, doesn’t hurt to ask), and I haven’t ran since last Tuesday. Well, up until today, anyway. I woke up and thought to myself, today is week five of this marathon training plan. I am feeling good. Why don’t I try to run? The training plan called for six miles and I did eight.

 

 

 

Just KIDDING! That would be downright stupid. No, the training plan called for six, but I cut that in half and did three. On the treadmill, too, so it was softer, flatter, and easier on my body to start with. I figured that easing myself into the training again will be much better on my body (from an injury standpoint) in the long run. Why go too hard, too much, too soon, and risk making things worse? The last thing I want to do is aggravate my body and be out for another week. So, I am happy to report that I am feeling GOOD post run! After my run was finished I did a resistance band work out, focusing on my upper body, some core work (planks!), and then stretched and foam rolled. Taking injury prevention seriously is definitely a priority of mine, as I want to be sure I cross that finish line in October as strong and healthy as can be.

I also wanted to share this quote because it is quite fitting for me right now. I know my body can run a marathon. I know my body can go further and faster. However, I have to be patient with myself now and give myself grace every day as I make this “comeback.” I mean, maybe you can’t call it a comeback right now, but I am feeling so much happier knowing that I am on the mend!

With that, I hope you all have a HAPPY MONDAY!

 

Track Time + Let’s Talk INJURIES

Hey everyone!

Back again on the blog, but I don’t have much running to update you on. Actually, I skipped yesterday’s run, and this morning’s run, buuut… We will get to that in a minute.

First let’s chat about my workout on Tuesday. If you listened to my latest podcast episode, you would’ve heard all about the bathroom drama during this workout. The workout was a two mile warm up, four laps around the track (sprint on the straightaways, recover on the curves), and a two mile cool down. Seems easy enough, right?

Well, I did the workout, got home, stretched and foam rolled after as usual. My legs felt a bit stiff during the day, but nothing I haven’t felt before. When I got home, I made dinner, carried on with the evening activities, and had an Epsom salt bath. I figured this would take away any soreness I had, though I was wrong. I woke up yesterday morning with my left hip feeling stiff. “Hmm, okay.” I thought, and so I skipped my six mile tempo run, figuring my body needed more time to rest after the track workout. However, as the day went on, I noticed the pain was moreso in my groin area, and off to Google I went. Now, it’s a little scary searching for your symptoms because it comes up with a whole list of injuries that I do NOT want to have. So, I am going to play it safe. Last night after I work I came home and immediately grabbed a couple ice packs to try to numb the pain, which is good for a while but it doesn’t last long. BLAH! Why now!? I mean, I am happy that it is now and not in September when the marathon is only one month away, but come on. Right when I was getting into a routine and feeling excited about my training, I get derailed. I mean, maybe I am blowing it out of proportion and it will heal on its own, but to be on the safe side I have booked an appointment with my doctor, and an appointment with an athletic therapist to make sure I am doing all that I can do stay injury free throughout training.


That’s it! I wanted to update you guys in case you were wondering why there won’t be any running updates for a little while. I’m not too sure how long I won’t be running for – I pray not TOO long, because there’s 87 days until the marathon, and I want to make the most out of my training cycle. What can you do though, right? I just gotta make it work.

 

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Back in the Groove + Workout Recap

 

We are BAAAACK!

I am finally feeling like I am in (somewhat of) a routine again. Yes, that even means waking up early, as I had mentioned in my latest podcast episode. If you didn’t know, I HAVE A PODCAST! They are just fun little snippets of my life every Wednesday morning. Be sure to give them a listen if you haven’t already!

Monday morning called for a 4 mile run. As I discussed in my podcast episode on Wednesday, I chatted about how I changed my training plan. One big difference between these plans is that the old one was for TIME (example, run for 30 – 40 minutes), whereas this new one is for DISTANCE. While running for time is great, I do like knowing exactly how many miles I am supposed to run. It just feels more concrete, you know? Plus, then I can gauge how much my weekly mileage will be more accurately as opposed to training by time. Of course, there are positives and negatives to both, but running X amount of miles has worked well for me in the past.

 

 

Monday was the only day this week that I slept through my run. This meant squeezing it in after work. Part of me thought to take the “easy” way out and hop on the treadmill. The treadmill is so convenient. Almost too convenient. However, I thought about how muggy it is in the shed and the shady trails won by a long shot. I am so happy that the Trans Canada Trail is a two minute walk from our house. Seriously. It’s great!

 

 

I kept things pretty easy and ran while listening to the latest Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast. Lauryn & Michael are hilarious, and this episode featured Kaitlyn Bristowe from The Bachelorette – how fitting considering Mondays ARE Bachelorette days. Is anyone else snoozing through this season now? Twitter is blowing up with funny tweets about the season and I’m over here watching with my eyes half closed because it can’t keep my attention for more than ten minutes. The men are a bit of a snooze-fest and SO dramatic. I thought women were dramatic but wowee.

Okay, so I’m not about to recap The Bachelorette here, so let’s carry on, shall we?

Wednesday was a HILL run! I haven’t really had hill runs specifically on my training plan, but this one has quite a few mixed in with speed workout. Of course, I found ALL THE HILLS during my run and my quads are still crying. I didn’t snap any pictures from this run because I literally laid down on the grass when I got home. You should’ve seen my face! It was soo red and so sweaty. Such a pretty sight!

Thursday’s run, which had me running with the sunrise. It really was so peaceful and quiet outside at 5:30AM – as it tends to be!

 

 

I had to stop and snap a pic along the way to share with you guys. Well, and Instagram!

 

 

Once I got home, I grabbed Nala and we headed out to the trail for a little run/walk. A lot of people ask me if I run with Nala often and the answer is no. BUT – here’s the but – I want to start, but we have to start with a little bit at a time to make sure she knows how to run properly on a leash. Speaking of leashes, if anyone has any running & dog specific leash recommendations, please leave them in a comment below!


Another week of training done and done! Well, almost. Tomorrow is long run day, but I will savour the rest today. It sure was nice “sleeping in” a bit – well, until 6:00AM anyway!

Hope you have a fantastic long weekend if you are in Canada! Happy Canada Day : ) I will be celebrating with my long run and LOTS of smores (my parents are camping so we are going to head over Saturday for a campfire).

 

Snackin’ & Runnin’ & BBQin’

Good morning, party people : )

Today I am sharing some of my Saturday adventures with you as usual. Mondays are generally a Saturday or weekend recap, so continue reading to see what I was up to!

Since Saturday is my long run day, I made the effort to wake up early and get my run on. My alarm was set for 6:45am, and I ate my bowl of pre-run Special K (which I topped with some of Ryan’s Cheerios – shhh) and then got my stuff together. I had 18 km on my plan for Saturday, and while I normally would’ve taken an energy gel or something with me to have on the run, I actually went fuel-less this time. Instead, I put some cherry lime Nuun in my water bottle (bonus: it has caffeine!) and got to work.

I covered just over 18km in about an hour and 44 minutes, then headed inside to quickly stretch & shower because I had a hair appointment!

Breakfast was two over easy eggs, sauteed spinach, Brussels sprouts and zucchini. I also made a smoothie with banana, maca powder, spinach, cashew milk & a plant based protein that I have been trying. I was extra hungry post-run, so the smoothie was slurped down in a hurry!

After my hair appointment was finished, I headed out to Winners to look for some summer clothes. I am actually heading to VEGAS on THURSDAY (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I desperately needed more breezy summer dresses. I found a cute red one aaaand that’s about it. Ah well. I also found a pair of sunglasses because I don’t want to take my fancy ones there just in case I lose them!


Once I got home I was hungry again (story of my life) so I put together a little snack plate.

Gone in 60 seconds ; ) Let’s rewind for a minute to Friday night when it was #nationaldonutday. Yep, there’s a day for everything! Ryan and I went out for dinner, then we went to Tim Horton’s to celebrate with some Timbits. Nala wanted in on the action but sadly she was denied the goods.

I did a bit of work in my journal as I had to rearrange a few workouts for this week. Since I am traveling on Thursday and will not feel like running in Vegas (it’s supposed to be between 38*-40* degrees while we are there!!), I want to make sure I get my long run in before I go. This means swapping out my cross training day on Wednesday, but relaxing all weekend!

Speaking of relaxing all weekend, Saturday night we went to our friend’s house for a BBQ! It was super fun to hang out on the deck, have some drinks and just enjoy the evening. While it’s not as hot as it has been lately, it was still a beautiful night and always made better with good company & delicious food! The s’mores were a nice addition, too ; )


I hope you all had a great weekend and I’ll see ya tomorrow!