Friday, September 30, 2011

36kms to hell

Yesterday I had my last long run before the Marathon. And since I got rained out last week for my 35 km run and ended up doing it on the Treadmill I was determined to get on the road for this 36km.
I had a delish pre-run meal
Sugar free jam, Natural PB, Hazelnut spread, Chia seed, Toast and a banana......(I swear I only do long runs so I can eat this meal)........So good!
 It wasn't looking good but I waited it out and around 130 there was a break in the weather and I got my but out the door.
 My fuel for the run. A clif bar, nuun tabs, salt stix and big foots.........I love Clif bars but at km 20 when I trie to eat it it pretty much made me throw up in my mouth......Guess I am sticking with the banana for the marathon......It made me a bit crampy though but I have to eat something.
I had to bring directions just in case, so I put everything in baggies cause it still looked like it may rain. Learned my lesson and put my phone in a baggie too since I wrecked my last one running in the rain.
I listened to my dad
He is running the marathon as well (This was us at the half marathon in May in Ottawa that we ran together).....He has done way more research and know a lot of people who do full marathons. He has followed his training plan to the T so I took his advice and SLOWED it down. He says I should be running approximately a minute slower per km then race pace.....hmmm......ok......Doing 6:15-6:30km Sucks......But I did it for the first 10km then I speed up to do 5:55-6:05 kms till about km 27...Then I turned into and the wind punched me in the face for the rest of the run......I slowed back to 6:20-6:30 until the last km then somehow pulled out a 5:25 km.
Now I honestly don't think I could have done 6 more freaking kms!...
Final time for the 36km-3hr 39min......

Friday, September 23, 2011

Long run on the Treadmill

I hydrated for 2 days.....Carb loaded and everything....Only to wake up to a cold and pouring rain day.....Damn it....
Well I was not about to go do this long run in the rain and get sick (if it rains the day of the marathon there isn't much I can do about that but today it wasn't happening).
I couldn't put it off until tomorrow or Sunday I have way to much going on this weekend, so there was only one option......The gym.......Treadmill....Damn
So I laced up and hit the hamster wheel.
My first hour I did
 My second hour......
 I had a banana and filled up my water after 2 hours.........This is my third hour....Sped up a bit
 and my last 2.25 miles.....sooooooo
 21.5 Miles or 35 Km is 3 Hours and 18 Minutes.......Not to bad on the stupid treadmill poor feet....I have the most disgusting feet in the whole world......
One more long run on Thursday then taper time....Thank Goodness.....Marathon is in 23 EFFIN DAYS.......

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Its been so crazy lately. So much to tell. Living alone is weird I don't mind it though, gives me lots of time to concentrate on training. Here is my pre-run meal. I get excited for my long run days just cause I get to have this for breakfast! Delish!

I probably shouldn't of had that second coffee....Had a bit of heart burn from it, but it was short lived......
I did a 33k on Saturday. It went well. Its kind of hard to hold back on these training runs and not go as fast as want to but on the advice of more experienced runners I am doing it. I did the 33k in 3hr 25 min.Seams sooooo slow. On the plus side am still doing negative splits on my long runs so guess that means I have more in me.......AND my shin splints seam to be gone!!!! Yeah....they were killing me for the first 5 kms of all my runs for the last month or so. Don't know where they came from , but I am glad they are gone! My friend Julie ran the first 16 k with me, it was nice to have company.  At the half way point my stomach was growling and I knew I knew I would never made it with out some fuel. So did something I have never did before. I ran into a gas station ad grabbed a power bar.

I ate while I ran. My stomach hates solids  before a run so I was nervous about what would happen. But oddly enough, it was ok for the most part. I got a small stitch for about 2k but it went away and I finished strong. I may try to bring a banana this week.
I had a nice COLD ice bath when I got in.....There were way more ice cubes when I first got in just forgot to get the picture until after. I was making ice for 2 days to prep for this ice bath.....It helped a lot!

My thighs were pretty tight for about 2 days after the run so I will do one more 33k this week and then a 36k next week. I can't believe the marathon is in 4 and a half weeks! OMG! I am kinda scared. Any advice to get over these jitters? I know a lot of you all have marathons coming up too! I did go out he other night on a whim with my friend Heather. I felt so old at the bar! But we had good time. Just had a couple glasses of wine and danced up a storm! Should be fun, but gotta get my long run in before do. Does anyone else have trouble finding a place to do these super long runs? Its hard to find places, I don't wanna run in circles. Would rather do one huge loop or a straight line. On the plus side it has helped me to learn my new city very well already!                  

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Pad

I am pretty much all settled in to the new place! Lovin it, but I need a few more things (TV stand, pictures ect....) Here are a few pics of the place!

So I am off to the gym. I have a 33 km run tomorrow morning!!!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The big move

Well I am all moved into my new place. Thanks to my Dad and a few big guys from work I didn't even have to lift a finger.....I am way better at telling people where to put stuff anyways.
Once everything was all moved in my Dad and I went to The Brick and I got a beautiful new leather Living Room set. Love it, and a kitchen table. After he left I went shopping and got a bit excited and spent way too much money on things for the house.
The first night in my place alone was great. Besides the fact that I was tripping over everything. When I took a closer look I saw that they didn't do a very good job of cleaning this place......actually it was gross. So glad my Mom and Step-Dad were coming down the next day to help me. I had to work Friday-Sunday 12 hour days, so My Mom and Kevin got here around 10am and started the process of storing all my things out. First off my Mom is the best cleaner in the world, so when she offered to set me up I was excited. Now Kevin is a handy man and also an electrician so I knew that they were gonna get me in order.
I got home Friday night only to hear that there were so problems with the new place. I'll short list it here for you, Mice......I had Mice.....gross.....So they set traps and I think we are ok. No shelves in the linen they went and got some cut at Home Depot. The light in the bathroom over the vanity was shorted out and a fire hazard cause it wasn't installed properly. Kevin bought and installed a new one. The back yard was full of garbage and just gross over all. Mom took out a full garbage bag of crap from the back yard. The windows were disgusting as were the baseboards. The toilet seat had to be replaced......The stove top took two hours to clean from all the baked on gunk.
Now don't get me wrong, this place is so cute and in a great area, the landlords just didn't do a proper cleaning before handing me the keys. So the landlord is coming tonight since I called to tell them what was going on. I have about $250 in receipts that she needs to pay back.
By Saturday when I came home Mom and Kevin were gone, but my place was completely unpacked and CLEAN!!!! So exciting.
Yesterday and Today are my days off and yesterday EVERYTHING was closed because of Labor Day. Ugh....I need stuff! Julie came over for a 8km run with me and then I went to Johan's to watch Bachelor Pad (Since I don't have a TV.....Don't worry I am getting one today!).
This morning I am drinking coffee and waiting for Julie to run again (10km) Then we are off to shop! I will take some pictures very soon of the new place.....It is so adorable and I am in love with it. Living alone is ok so far, I can see how it can get lonely for sure.
Now that I have a home base again I can get back to normal, which means cooking, baking, seeing friends, and of course Blogging! I have missed it sooooo much. I managed to keep up with my running for the most. I did my 30 km run in the blazing heat last week, and have a 33km scheduled for this weekend! The marathon is coming up quick! Only 6 more weeks!
Other then that I am pretty boring.....I am now ``the single friend`weird......
I don`t wanna date right now....I hate the whole dating process in general....
Besides where am I even going to meet someone? Not at WHERE????
Anyways I don't need to worry about that right now!