A Mixed Bag of Treats: Halloween, Workout Plans, & A Mantra

So yesterday was Halloween, Bruce and I hung out around the house and gave out candy to our about 20ish trick or treaters. The pumpkin we carved Sunday night:




So last week went okay, I ended up taking the weekend off because I had a midterm.

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)     25 min 15 min 33 min    
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min 50 min   20 min   50 min  
Class  Body Pump   Body Flow Body Pump      
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 4.66 4.5 2.5 3.11      
Class Body Pump   Body Pump        
Swimming (meters)              
Total Miles this week: 14.77            


So the weekend was basically a write off but I have started this week off right.  I’ve already did my Monday and Tuesday workouts as planned. IT band was good throughout my run today but not so great now. It was freezing, dark outside, and it was a tough run! I was slow and this injury has really set me back speed wise. I find my motivation to run outside is not good on the weekdays, it’s dark when I wake up and dark when I get home from work. I hate these short days! I don’t know if my leg will hold up for the 11k race next week, I’ve got a few days to make up my mind.


Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   32 min   15 min 30 min 15 min  
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min   30 min 20 min   45 min  
Class      Body Pump     Body Pump  


Monday Mantra: Complete A 25 for 25

Last week’s second cooking mantra went great, I have tons of new recipes to share with you over the next few weeks so look forward to that!  I am officially back in love with cooking! I have been neglecting my 25 for 25 list so I am going to complete at least one thing on my list this week! Wish me luck!


Ever had an injury, how did you recover? I am losing patience it has been almost 2 months!

How do you run outside in the winter, any strategies? 

I am obsessed with reading about the NYC marathon training, if you are running it leave me a comment! I want to read all about it! That marathon is on my life goals list!

October: Consider THIS Your Warning




Let’s have a chat about this graph shall we? Now don’t get me wrong, September has been a lot of fun. Ran my first race, one of my closest friends got married, Bruce celebrated his Birthday, and I ran a little. But I was injured and because of that when my mileage should have been increasing significantly…it wasn’t. I blew August out of the water in terms of training and my plans for September were just as aggressive but it just wasn’t meant to be. So there’s a new plan in town and it’s call lets make October awesome.


I went to physio yesterday and discovered that alignment has been my issue all along, which is great because it is fixable! My right knee is supposed to be in line with my second toe and instead it turns in so I have a list of exercises I have to do to train it to be in line again. So I will be doing my exercises and continuing to run including my race on Sunday. Though for the time being I have to do the run 5 walk 1 method. Which is fine by me because I’d rather heal this injury and get it over with!


So that being said October will be a month of increasing mileage (running, elliptical, & arc trainer), swimming, biking, yoga, and body pump/weight training. I have been all over the place this last month with both training and cooking healthy so it’s time to get my focus back and really show this month what I’m made of! So get ready because October is going to be great! : )

Nautilus Provincial 5k Recap – My First Race

So today was a very exciting day for me. After about a year of training and over 2 months intense training, I ran my very first race. It was on my list of things to do in my 25th year and I accomplished it early on. Leaving plenty of time for more races this year! Winking smile


So last night I laid out all the things I would need for my race: outfit, race registration, iPod, Spibelt, and hairbands & ties. I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anything! I didn’t actually end up wearing the shorts below because it was a chilly 7 degrees Celsius so I opted for cropped pants.



I didn’t sleep well last night because of a combination of nerves and excitement. I got about 5.5 hours sleep which was not near enough but adrenaline and excitement helped. I got up bright and early for an energy-packed breakfast of banana oatmeal. In the mix was 1/2 cup raw oats, soy milk, water, chia seeds, banana, and a big scoop of natural pb.



Bruce and I left the house around 7 and headed to race kit pickup at City Hall. When I got there I got even more nervous because everyone looked like an elite athlete to me. I got my race bib – lucky 930!



So this is when things got a little unlucky. Bruce and I left City Hall and headed to what I thought was the start of the race. Turns out we actually headed to the turn of the race (it was out and back). Lucky we had plenty of time and managed to get to the start but apparently I need to learn to read maps and instructions better!


Finally, we made it to the start of the race and they told us all to get to the start line. I beelined it for the back because I didn’t want to get in the way of any of the elite runners. There were some pretty hard core people there! Once I did make my way to the back I discovered that I wasn’t the only one running my first race. The girls I met were really nice and I was glad I wasn’t alone in my nervousness. Before I knew it the gun went and the race began (I’m in black and grey behind the girl with the pink jacket)!



It was a perfect day for a race, no winds, sunny, and cold REALLY cold. But it worked out well because there was no chance of overheating. haha The race route was in downtown so it was really scenic and I was surprised at how many spectators there were along the route. The volunteers along the route were really great as well – they yelled encouraging things as you went by which I loved.


I ran all the way to the turn without taking any walking breaks but after the turn I had to take a few short ones. My splits were really good though according to my GPS:

Mile One: 8:49

Mile Two: 10:10

Mile Three: 8:30

I remember thinking to myself I can’t wait to see the finish line to see what time I’m at and as I got within distance of it I noticed the numbers on it made no sense. Apparently it reset itself when the gun went off and they couldn’t fix it so they were logging the times manually. Anyways I finished strong and according to my GPS at 29:07, as I said I started it early so that means I should come in somewhere in the later portion of 28 minutes but they haven’t posted the official times yet so I’ll update this when they do. I have been checking all day!


All in all I loved my first race. My goal was under 30 minutes and I know I accomplished that. I really enjoyed the entire race and the encouragement that came from the spectators, other runners, and volunteers. I’m already looking forward to my next 5k in less then a month and perhaps another race I am considering in November.


My friend the running coach was there to cheer me on and he actually filmed my finish so when I get that I will post it on the blog! Thanks to everyone who tweeted or commented advice and encouragement the last few days – it meant the world to me!


After 7 straight days of running tomorrow is a rest day so I’ll post workout plans then!

Update: Official time was 27:56 

What was your first race experience like?

Race Panic

As I have mentioned I am planning on running my very first 5k in September. I was just looking at local races and triathlons online and dreaming of one day aspiring to run a marathon or a triathlon. These goals are way down the road but one day maybe. Smile Anyways I happened to look  make the mistake of looking at the 2010 results from the race I am running. The last finisher was at 36 minutes. Right now I am running 5k on a treadmill in that time, that’s with a/c and no hills. So now I am panicking! I did my first outside run in forever on Wednesday morning.



This is what it was like out, humid, and damp. It was a challenge to do the 4.2 k I managed in 29 minutes. I did (as per my plan) jog 2 walk 1. I am just worrying now because I am afraid I will finish last and look like an idiot. The race I plan to run also has the title provincial championship in it which makes it even more intimidating (anyone can run it though). There’s another 5k sooner that is just a normal non-championship but I am in Toronto that weekend so I can’t run that one. I’m wondering if I should just do the Run for the Cure in October as my first race because people walk that one so I know I won’t finish last. Or maybe I am just being silly and should just trust my training (and practice the race route repeatedly). I know lots of people jump in and do a half marathon for their first race but that’s just me. I like to do things in order and build my confidence. I am not the jump in without knowing type as you can tell I plan everything.


So I have 51 days till the race and my question to you my readers – I know you’re out there I see the site stats – what do you think? If you are seasoned racer can you offer advice? If you are a newbie like me – are you scared to? I can’t be alone on this.