Three Things Thursday

1. For those who read my training recap on Monday, I’m happy to report that my saddle sore is gone after a couple of days keeping pressure off it. I rode my [hybrid] bike in to work this morning without any discomfort. Phew! Looking forward to picking up my Speed Concept from the shop (tune up) this weekend.

2. I was lucky enough to receive this luscious box of goodies from Clif the other day. This is definitely going to come in handy with a couple of big races coming up. I’ve always liked the Bloks (although these are some new-to-me flavours to try), but generally stick with Gu gels. I’m excited to try these out! What’s your favourite gel?

3. It’s [almost] Labour Day Weekend! The timing is excellent since I’m tapering for Muskoka 70.3 next weekend, which means my days won’t be filled with hours upon hours of training. Whatever shall I do with my time??

 

BONUS! This is what Miles does in the morning when he realizes that it’s almost time for me to leave. He makes every attempt to make me stay home and he is very convincing! Do you know how hard it is to get out of the house for work?! He tugs on my heart strings, that’s for sure.

 “Don’t leave me, Mama!”

What’s On My Smartphone

Rather than the usual “What’s in my purse/fridge/gym bag”, Page has challenged us to expose our Smartphones with a little game called Smartphone Creeper.

I finally got an iPhone this summer, which is shockingly my first Smartphone ever. (Better late than never?)

My measly two pages [and zero folders] is pathetic next to Page’s complex matrix of apps, so don’t get too excited… but here it is.

First, my locked screen – because I love this picture of me and Miles.

 Next up, Screen 1:

Most frequently used, in addition to basics (Messages, Camera, Mail, etc.):

  • Instagram & InstaCollage (obsessed!) 
  • Draw Free (addicted!)
  • Facebook (love having it at my finger tips. very dangerous!)
  • Twitter (see? I don’t even have Tweet Deck!)

I love My Fitness Pal, however I rarely use the app because it just seems too tedious.  I find it a lot easier to use on the computer.

Behold, Screen 2:

Noteworthy:

  • “Pages” is for managing my Mission to a(nother) Marathon FB page, although I haven’t actually used it on my phone.
  • Emoticons is fun!
  • Have an account on Pinterest, but have not gotten around to figuring it out.
  • Bomb Panic is infuriating but I can’t stop playing. (Found this in the top 25 free apps list)
  • “Pair” as recommended in Page’s post. :)

That’s all I’ve got! I told you it was pathetic. I’m working on it… slowly but surely. I showed you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours! Share the (un)organized chaos that is your Smartphone!

Muskoka 70.3 Training – Week 7

My last big week before taper is complete! And not a moment too soon… I seem to have developed my first ever saddle sore. I’ll spare you the details, but OUCH! Time to rest up and let this bad boy heal. I just dropped my bike off for a tune-up, so the timing is good for some time off the saddle – hopefully not too much!

Monday 8/20 – Rest!

Tuesday 8/21 – Started the day with the 5am crew for a run. It’s hard to get out of bed, but I’m always glad I did. I then squeezed in another frantic lunch-hour swim, and finally finished off the day with an easy ride after work.

Wednesday 8/22 – Despite puppy protests in the morning, I bike-muted to work and back on my hybrid, and added a short run off the bike in the morning. I love it when I wheel my bike into the office, then see the look on my co-workers’ faces when I turn around and head right back out to run.

Thursday 8/23 – Another lunch-time swim, followed by the marathon clinic that evening. We headed to the track for some intervals and and I finally broke in my Boston tank!

Friday 8/24 – Went for a swim at the lake after work and wore my wetsuit. The water is getting a lot cooler with the cold nights rolling in and we will definitely be wearing wetsuits at the 70.3, so I want to make sure I am comfortable wearing it. This summer I’ve been swimming more without it and then it feels pretty restricting when I put it on for a race, so I’m hoping to avoid that feeling. Had a good swim despite some chop. (1500m in 30:00)

Saturday 8/24 – I had a big ride on deck and rallied up some company at the last minute. I met my friend Paula at her place and we rode to the lake and back. It turned out to be my longest ride yet (by quite a bit) – 117K (73 miles) in 4h12m. We stopped mid-way for a refreshing dip in the lake before making the trek home into the wind. When we finally made it back to the house, I quickly swapped shoes and headed straight out for a 20-minute run, even though what I really wanted to do was lay down in the shade – or on Paula’s kitchen floor! All in all, I felt great and gained a lot of confidence for the longer distances I will be facing next year. Let me tell you, that cold shower felt good after!

Sunday 8/25 – I winced at the 5am alarm on Sunday. Sleeping in would have felt good, but alas I had a long run on deck. Our group took a new (to me) route along some country roads and the scenery was great, although it felt like we were continuously going up and down. I didn’t expect my legs to show up after the 4.5+ hour workout on Saturday, but I ended up feeling pretty good. Lowering my expectations and backing off the pace slightly on Sundays (although we ended up pretty quick overall this time) has done wonders for how I feel on the long runs.

Week 7 Totals:
Swim 3x for 4700m in 1:39:18
Bike 4x for 198.6 KM (123.4 mi) in 7:08:03
Run 5x for 52.8 KM (36.2 mi) in 4:58:00
Total Time: 13:45:21

6 months!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 whole months since our little bundle of joy was born. Looking at him now, it’s crazy to think he was ever so small!

Miles has been home with us for almost 4 months now and we can hardly remember life before him. He makes us laugh constantly and we can easily interact with him or just watch him play for hours at a time.

He has such a personality and it’s fun to identify his expressions and behaviours – sucky, playful, pensive, excited, etc.

Miles wants nothing more than to be with us 24/7 and tends to stay within an arm’s reach at every possible moment. Whether he is playing with a toy or vegging on the couch, if one of us gets up and leaves the room he will inevitably follow. He is also extremely affectionate and loves to give kisses and snuggles.

Leaving him in the morning is just about the hardest thing in the world, but there’s nothing better than coming home to him. How can you not be happy when this little guy comes running over unable to contain his excitement every time you come in the door?

He is full of energy and we can’t wait until he is fully grown so we can start running with him. For now, he enjoys running around fields and will fetch his ball for as long as we let him.

It took a while for him to go in the water, but now he loves to swim and retrieve his “Chuck-It.” And then he shivers when he gets out, no matter how warm it is out! (Definitely going to need a coat this winter…)

Just as much as he loves to run and play, Miles enjoys his rest. He takes great naps and winds down every night by 9PM like clock work. He’ll chill out or snooze on the couch (in various positions) before we bring him to bed.

Miles takes up a lot of room in our bed… but even more room in our hearts.

Happy (Half) Birthday, Buddy!

Thank you for bringing more joy to our lives than we ever dreamed. <3

 

Remember that time I ran the Boston Marathon?

JUST when you thought I wasn’t going to talk about it anymore. Should have known better. ;) I found a pleasant surprise in the mail box yesterday…

After opening the mail, finding the certificate and heading upstairs to get ready for the marathon clinic, I was rooting around in my drawer and stumbled upon a tank I picked up at the Boston Expo, which I have yet to wear. Somehow I completely forgot about it in there, so this felt like the right day to bust it out.  

One sweaty track session later, it had been broken in. (Super light and comfy, by the way!)

Crazy to think it’s been over 4 months already. A lot has happened since and there are very big things to come, but I just don’t know if anything will ever compare to the experience, from qualifying all the way to crossing that finish line. Running changed my life and Boston changed me as a runner. To me, it felt like the ultimate achievement – something I never would have imagined possible just a couple of years ago. This may sound cliché, but I think I learned more about myself in my journey to Boston than through any other experience in my life.

I wonder what Ironman will bring…