Training Recap + My Race Calendar for 2013

I had a great week of training last week! 🙂 I increased my running just slightly, every little bit counts right? Anyways lets get right to it! 


Monday – 4.8 miles elliptical (interval) 

I got home late after class Monday and still hadn’t squeezed in my planned workout. I was exhausted and by this point it was almost 10 but I decided no excuses and turned on Private Practice and got my intervals done. I was glad by the time I finished and passed out shortly after. The life of a graduate student, eh? 


Tuesday – 0.98 miles treadmill, 4.4 miles elliptical, and Body Pump 

One of my usual 2 hour Tuesday sessions that I have a love/hate relationship with, I love how I feel when I’m done but it’s rough pushing through 2 hours at the gym. I upped my body pump weights with the hope that I would be sore in a good way the next day. I guess I didn’t lift enough because I wasn’t sore at all. 


Wednesday – Spinning 

I love this spinning class, it’s in the morning and the instructor is great! This one had a tough final track, my favourite tracks are the speed tracks but the last “mountain climb” was rough. 


Thursday – 4.8 miles elliptical and body pump

I increased my weights again from Tuesday with the hope of again pushing myself to some great muscle soreness the next day. Again I was fine the next day though I felt like I was fatigued at the end of each set. Anyways Ill keep trying to push out of my comfort zone.


Saturday – 3.7 miles treadmill (interval) + Ball Squats and Core work 

 This run was supposed to be outside but we got another 15cm of snow Friday night so I missed hot yoga and had to run inside Saturday as the roads weren’t totally cleared yet. Anyways the run went well but I am counting the days until summer! : ) I also did some weighted ball squats (see pic below for example BTW that is not me), I have been trying to do them lately to help strengthen my weak glute muscles from my back injury and adding in additional core work (planks) to help speed recovery as well. 




Friday & Sunday – Rest 


Total Miles – 19 

Total Strength – 2 classes + my own core/squat work 

Total Yoga – 0 (have to make sure that doesn’t happen this week!)

Ah so very true, I am taking it these days one mile at a time! : ) So after some Googling I have made a tentative race schedule. I will probably add in a few other smaller races and I may potentially move my first 5K out a few weeks if I don’t feel ready as well. 


Tentative Race Schedule – 2013


April 14 – Flat Out 5K

July 1 Weekend – Run For Freedom 8K 

July 28 – Tely 10 (10 Miles)

Sept 20 – Huffin’ Puffin Half Marathon 


What does your race schedule look like this year? 

How was your training week? 


A Snowy Weekend + Training Recap

Well we had a huge snowstorm hit us Thursday evening, 48cm of snow fell (though was supposed to be 70 – 100), combined with high winds and blizzard conditions it was a bit of a mess. Friday we spend digging out, the entire city was shut down and we lost our power for 25 very cold hours but survived curled up in blankets and played board games. It wasn’t all that terrible but I was glad when it ended and we got our power back! 🙂 








Other then the snow I had a pretty good week of workouts. I missed hot yoga Friday night because of the snow but other then that everything went as planned. Monday I did 2.95 miles in 30 min of intervals on the elliptical before my first official graduate school class. Tuesday I ran 1.36 miles in 15 minutes on the treadmill and then 2.9 miles in 30 minutes on the elliptical after a body pump class. My muscles were heavy for sure after that. Wednesday I went back to spinning for the first time since before Christmas, I went to a morning class so it was a great start to my day. Thursday I squeezed in a workout before the storm, I had 60 minutes planned on the elliptical so I got ready for boredom with my iPad with Runner’s World and a great playlist and did 6.63 miles. Friday – does snow shovelling count? haha Saturday when we finally had power back I headed to the gym to run an interval workout that I planned to do outside but instead due to weather had to do on the treadmill and did 2.9 miles in 37 minutes of walk/run intervals. Sunday (today) I did a body pump class that I loved, though I think next week I would like to up my weights again and make it a little more challenging. 



I read an interesting article about goals for the year in Runner’s World and it said you should have 2 primary goals for the year for your training. Mine are a PR in the 5K and running a new distance, the half marathon. I am trying to decide what my race calendar will look like this year and started doing some searching. Anyone have any opinions on what order I should do them? Go for the 5K first or the HM? Any locals have any suggestions on races to consider? 


How was your workout week? 

What’s your race schedule like this year? 

Resolution Run 5K, New Year’s Eve and 2013 Goals

On New Year’s Eve I ran the Running Room Resolution Run 5K with Bruce’s sister and my friend Sarah. It was a great way to kick off the new year! 🙂 I ran it for fun due to only starting running again 3 weeks ago but I still managed to put a little bit of a push on towards the end. I didn’t love the course, apparently it was different last year but I found it had too many turns and it was a double loop which I hate. I don’t know the official term for it but we had to come back to the start and do the loop again which is mentally draining. I also stepped in a puddle during the first loop so my right foot was cold and wet the entire time. Anyways I finished in 33:23 which I am happy with given the circumstances. I don’t think I’ll be doing this race again next year though. I didn’t love the course and then when I finished I was in too much of a rush getting ready for New Year’s festivities. BUT I love the idea of running on New Year’s so I will probably just run my own Resolution Run in the morning. : ) 



My New Year’s Eve consisted of an amazing meal (tenderloin and tons of sides) and champagne and fireworks with friends and family. It was my favourite New Year’s yet. : ) 


2013 Resolutions 

This year I have decided not to have a huge list of arbitrary resolutions but just a few main things I really want to accomplish and work on. 

1. Run a half-marathon 

2. Strength train twice a week 

3. Yoga once a week 

4. PR in the 5K 

5. Blog consistently 

6. Unplug more, connect in real life, reduce stress and just enjoy every second. (should be easy right?)


So here’s to 2013 and just hoping for a healthy happy year! : ) 



What did you do New Year’s Eve? 

What are your goals for 2013? 

Anyone run a New Year’s Race?