Monday Accountability…on a Tuesday

Last week:

Monday: rest! / check!
Tuesday: 6K with clinic / we ran 8
Wednesday: 11K with clinic including 8 hills! / check
Thursday: gym (X-train) / fell down the stairs after physio and my butt hurt too much!
Friday: 5K / as above
Saturday: rest / as above… but I packed and cleaned all day!
Sunday: 12K LSD with clinic / check!
Total: planned 34… completed 31, not bad for an injury. 😉

This week…

Monday: X-train (elliptical) / done!
Tuesday: 7K with clinic
Wednesday: 12K with 9 hills! Eek!
Thursday: MOVING DAY!
Friday: rest (i.e. unpacking!)
Saturday: as above…
Sunday: LSD 18K
Total: 37K

Let’s get this party started.


Well, hubby has decided not to run the Chilly Half on March 2nd. He’s just starting to recover from his injury and there’s no way he’ll be ready in time. Plus, it’s not worth jeopardizing weeks of treatment and recovery (and down time!) even if he does feel up to it at that time. I know he is making the smart decision. I’ll be running with my instructor who will be a Pace Bunny for 2:05:00, which would beat my previous time, so I’ll be happy with that. The nice thing is, Mark will be able to cheer me in at the finish line. :) Hopefully he will be up for Around the Bay by the end of March, but if not, we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes.

In other news, my good friend Patricia has taken the plunge and signed up for her first marathon! She’ll be running the New York Road Runners Marathon for Women Only in NEW YORK CITY on April 6th. So exciting! I’ll be cheering for you from a distance, Patricia! I know you can do it!


I started seeing a new Physiotherapist last night, Beth Wightman of Life Spring. She was fantastic. She’s a competitive runner (just placed 3rd in the Naples half with a time of 1:17!!) and really seems to know her stuff. After an indepth assessment, including a run on the treadmill and gait analysis, she determined that the root of my problem is running mechanics (which actually makes perfect sense since the original injury occurred only a couple months after I started to run). I have a severe pronation (which my currnet shoes do not correct sufficiently) and a tendency to twist my hip (common in women), both of which are causing strain on my knee. Basically, the knee cap is supposed to move, but mine moves up and to the side when it should just move up. Over time this has caused wear and tear on the cartlidge, which is not causing the grinding.

Beth is confident that we can fix the issue relatively quickly before it starts to cause real problems for me. I will be going for weekly deep tissue massages of the inner quad, which will loosen up the muscles and encourage movement of my knee cap in the right direction. I also have quad stretches to do at home three times a day and a hip strengthening exercise for every second day.

I have also been ‘prescribed’ a new pair of shoes. I currently wear Brooks Trance but Beth recommended Brooks Ariel for more stability. I tried them on at Physio and ran on the treadmill and she could already see a significant improvement in my mechanics. Hopefully the Running Room has my size!


Last night at clinic a lady named Helen came in to speak to us from the Markham Running Room and shared her story.

In 2003 when she retired, Helen decided to take up running to A) improve her health, and B) fill her time with something productive.

At 65 years old, she took Learn to Run at the Running Room, followed by every subsequent clinic all the way to the full marathon. Within two years, she ran her first marathon. Within three years, she not only achieved her “pipe dream goal” of qualifying for Boston, but completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon first in her category.

In 2007, at 69 years old, she ran the Boston Marathon.

She told us stories of hope and pride, of the inner strength it takes to run a marathon, of determination, of all the friends she’s met in her journey. She brought a beautiful scrapbook filled with race day photos, race bibs, printouts of her finishing times, newspaper clippings. It was wonderful to hear all about her experience. She gave me goosebumps!

Helen shared her own personal goals going in to her qualifying race.
1. (of course) Qualify for Boston
and if that didn’t work out…
2. Achieve a personal best
and if that didn’t work out…
3. Cross the finish in good form and smiling

She suggested that we do the same because let’s be honest, not every race is going to our best. We can have high hopes, but we also have to keep realistic expectations. This is something I firmly believed leading up to my first half marathon and I will continue to do so. Yeah, I’ll set big goals, but I want every single finish line I cross to feel like the big accomplishment that it is. There are no disappointments.

For interest’s sake, these are the Qualifying Times for Boston. I’m thinking I might have a shot at qualifying when I’m 65.

Monday Accountability

Reporting on last week…

Monday: planned 7.5K / ran 3 and went ice skating for an hour
Tuesday: 6K with clinic / check! + strength workout
Wednesday: 10K including 7 hills (eek!) / check!
Thursday: gym (X-train) / 5K treadmill + strength workout
Friday: rest / check!
Saturday: 16K LSD / check!
Sunday: 7.5K / 5K treadmill + strength workout
Week total: 45K … no wonder I am so wiped!

This week…

Monday: rest!
Tuesday: 6K with clinic
Wednesday: 11K with clinic including 8 hills!
Thursday: gym (X-train)
Friday: 5K
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 12K LSD with clinic (easing up this week before two weeks in a row of 18!)
Total: 34K … that’s better. :)