An "off" day

Sometimes you just have an off day. Yesterday, I was SO off. It was an extremely difficult 6 KM. I couldn’t keep my breath, my legs (and everything) were killing me and I was low on energy. The first 2 KM’s went okay but the rest were brutal. Didn’t help that we were running into the wind for a good stretch and there were a lot of inclines. Not to mention very icy, snowy sidewalks. The worst part is, we were running in the subdivision where we live and I was so tempted to just hang a right and head home to the warmth and comfort of my couch! I dug deep, found some willpower and kept on going. Reluctantly, I took a brief walk break (<1 min.) to gather some strength to finish the run, which actually helped quite a bit. At the end of the run there was a nice (read: nasty) hill leading back to the Running Room. My hubby could tell I had ZERO juice left so what does he do? He goes behind me and actually pushes me up the hill! I have the best husband in the world. I wonder if he would push me through an entire marathon? I am taking tonight off (and maybe tomorrow too) for a few reasons. I’m still feeling pretty tired and sore so either yesterday really did me in or one day rest (Monday) was not enough. We have the Santa Shuffle on Saturday so I want to be feeling good for that and a 9K Sunday morning. Besides that, I have had a pretty bad week at work, I feel like I might be getting sick (hope not!) and I am PMS’ing. So yeah, I am taking a break. And that’s that. :)

Run Colin Run!

Just a quickie to congratulate Colin on surviving the run yesterday. We did over 4K (close to 4.5, I think) and he did an awesome job, keeping up a good pace and running continuously all the way through!

Good job buddy!! We’re proud of you!

I will post tomorrow about tonight’s run, but right now I am too cold, pooped and sore to do anything but curl up on the couch with a glass of wine.

A friendly affair

Tonight is “Bring-a-Buddy” night at the clinic and one of our best friends is coming along to see what it’s all about. He and his wife recently decided that they want to give running a shot (I really should convince them to turn around now! lol) and I give them big, huge kudos for that. It was around this time last year that I started running. On one hand, I am thinking “Has it been a year already?!” but at the same time, it feels like I have been running for decades. Weird. Anyway, if I can do it, these two can do it because I am talking about two motivated, ambitious, hard-working, dedicated and HARDCORE individuals.

Did I mention they have two very young (<1 yr.) children at home? But I have no doubt that if they put their minds to it, they can do it. I hope to see you guys at the Scotiabank Half next September. No, wait, I am COUNTING on it. :)

And on the seventh day

I have run every day for the last 6 for a total of 33 KM. Today is a much-needed and well-deserved day of rest!

Yesterday was LSD of 8 KM with our clinic. It was a beautiful morning, just slightly below zero and sunny. Only six of us came out. Ten showed up but four went with out another group (fine by us – two of them were the annoying whiners). We had a good run, but I could really tell that my body needed a rest by the time we finished.

Getting up when the alarm went off at 7:30 was much easier this week after our Lesson learned last week. :)

Ode to winter

There’s more to running in the winter than being prepared for the cold. This morning was my first run in the snow and let me tell you, it was an adventure.

The sidewalk conditions varied from ice to snow with the occasional clear patch. I had to keep my eyes on the ground and be constantly prepared for what lay ahead. My feet had to be planted ever so carefully because the slightest mis-step would have had my legs flying out from under me. It was extremely tiring and all the muscles in my legs are sore. I remember the first few times I ran outside, I felt soreness in muscles I didn’t know existed. Well, here we go again!

I’m still mastering the art of dressing for the weather. I always seem to be too cold or too warm, usually the latter. I’ll figure it out, eventually…