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Run Chat

I feel like Spring is just around the corner these past few days, call is wishful thinking or maybe it is just the warmer than usual January temps but I cannot almost feel it. Yes, I am saying that with 3 plus feet of snow outside. So sad… Anyways, with Spring brings races! And while I am still not running marathons for 2o13 I am going to run a few other races. My goal is 4-5 races in total, so about one a month during the running season around here. I won’t lie about my jealousy when it comes to seeing and reading about all these other people signing up for marathons (I am looking at you Leigh!) but at the same time I am excited for them. And I am also excited to share any tips or info I can with them. If you are one of these lucky people please feel free to email me, I will type your ear off 😉 What I decided to do instead was share my top running/training tips. They are very simple tips, nothing mind blowing but at the minimum a good reminder for us all.

Here are my top 5 running/training tips:

1- Make a plan that works for you but my suggestions are – run no more than 3 days a week. More than that equals burnout and you will soon not enjoy running. Cross-train one day a week, this will help keep your cardio up but be easier on your body versus running. Stretch always! Practicing yoga is a good way to accomplish this – I wish I had when I was training!

2- Refuel, refuel and refuel some more. After my struggles with HA I cannot say this enough. Eat MORE. haha. I did not do this and have more than learnt from my mistakes. But eat whole, clean foods, lots of veggies, fruits and protein. Eating lots is good for you, if you eat the right things.

3- Hydrate. This goes along with #2, and is so, so important. I learnt recently I was WAY under hydrating. I was drinking enough for my weight with no activity, let alone the 70km a week I was running. Dehydration can cause your body lots of harm. Also, make sure you keep those electrolytes up, there are many healthy powders you can buy to add into your water for this. Like this one from Vega.

4- Invest in good runners and talk to a professional to see what is best for you. Again, such a important component. Old shoes or shoes that are not right to you lead to injury, injury means you are stalled in training and might even miss you race. Do not cheap out on running shoes, they are worth every penny. I have paid as high as $180 for runners and do not regret it. Some favorites of mine in the past, Mizuno Wave Riders, Nike Frees and now Asics Nimbus runners.

5- If you are tired one day, take a break, maybe your body is trying to tell you something.You need recovery and rest days too. Don’t burn yourself out! I promise a few days or even more will not make a difference in the end, quality over quantity people!

Now moving on, last night we did a home workout. I decided to use my stairs as my cardio in between my sets and it worked great and kept my heart rate up! I am loving home workouts these days, so much more convenient. Now to bite the bullet and buy a tmill for my house! For supper I made a delicious salad from Iowa Girl Eats, Autumn Salmon Salad:

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Today was a rest day since I had a meeting will just after 6pm, it was also a easy supper day – grilled cheese on pumpernickel break with avocado and smoke cheddar and roasted tomato soup. Such a comfort meal.

I am told our TV shows have started up again this week! Yay! I missed them. So lame, I know.

Lindsey

When is your next race?

What is your top running/race tip? Share!!

Marathon Series: The Gear

I think it is that time to have another post on the Marathon Series, so this time around I am going to share the gear I used for my training!

First of all, because I live in lovely Canada and training started in the middle of winter (I mean minus 30 temps here) I will most likely have different running clothing compared to you lucky buggers readers that live in warmer climates! But now that the weather is (finally) warmer I do have some favorite warm weather running clothes too, even though they were not technically used for training.

I love to shop, period. And my husband can attest to this. I love running because it gives me and excuse to shop more, kidding, well sort of. Anyways, I definitely have my favorites when it comes to running clothes are here they are:

Nike Tempo Running Shorts

Love, love, love these! I used to wear the Lululemon type workout shorts but when I ran but on a hot day (or just in a stuffy gym) those aren’t too cool. These shorts are by far my favorite, the material is lightweight and they sit right on my hips (I hate when running shorts sit high). They have a little pocket on the inside that is just big enough for my iPod shuffle or house key. I picked these up at Winners for $12.99, a steal if you ask me!

Lululemon Alpine Thermal Winter Running Tights

These saved my butt, literally. After training for a half marathon last winter and not investing in any true winter running tights I knew this time around with full training that wasn’t an option. I bit the bullet and bought these tights for $90, which are worth every penny and really not that expensive when it comes to winter running tights. They always kept me warm, wicked away the sweat and fit like a glove, not to mention they are incredibly comfy!

One Tooth Spilt Capris

These are my “go to” capris. I love the spilt in the back behind the knee, it gives you that extra flexibility when it comes to not only running but any exercise. I would wear these in the Spring once the temperature had warmed up enough to ditch the tights but not enough to wear shorts. They also have the hidden pocket feature – and to be honest this feature is almost a must for me when buying any workout bottoms now!

I have two “go to” pull overs for running, a North Face and the Lululemon Run: Inspire Pullover. Both of which I love. Musts for me, high neck, half zipper and hand cuffs. I used these all winter as a layering piece, with a jacket, but then once the weather warmed up I would wear just one of these and a tank underneath.

One area where I don’t typically splurge is on my tanks I have basically two brands – Gap Body and joe. I always go for the same style, racer back and fitted. I also like them to my longer (not hard when you are 5’2″) so that they don’t ride up when I am running.

When I started running in January 2010 I had only ever wore Nike’s. For the most part they did the job through 2010 and half marathon training, but in 2011 when I started training for my first full marathon I knew I would need a better shoe. Enter the Mizuno Wave Rider 13’s. I am ashamed to say but I blind ordered these from runningwarehouse.com. They were on clearance, and shipped cost me under $80. I did do research on them before hand but never had tried them on. But I got lucky and loved them, for 3 shorts months. Just after this time I started to experience knee and hip pain and knew that meant it was time for new runners. After visiting my local running shop with my 13’s they confirmed that I needed new runners and with 2 weeks till my full marathon I walked out with the Mizuno Wave Rider 14’s, half a size bigger (yes, the ones I blind ordered were too small – surprise!). I still am running in these today and love them.

My fuel belt – can’t say much here, I won’t carry a water bottle so this is a necessity. I usually take it with me for runs over 10km. I wish the zippered compartment was a bit bigger so I could fit in more snacks for races or longer runs. But I have made do.

Last summer (though I tried to avoid it since they are so darn pricey) I bought my first Garmin. It was when they came out with their new, smaller Garmin and Costco was clearing out these babies for $170, a steal compared to over $300 – what it was. I cannot stress enough how much I love this and rarely run without it now. If you are seriously thinking of training for a half or full marathon buy a Garmin or something similar.

Truth be told I had never had any issues with chaffing until my full marathon. Thankfully, a coworker of mine (also a runner) knew this could happen and bought this for me prior to the race. I covered myself in it (or so I thought) before the race but missed my lower back and ended up with a quarter sized chaffing spot from my fuel belt! But without this I think it would have been much worse!

Some people can run without music – I am not one of those people 90% of the time. I need my music and therefore this little thing is another must for me. My pink iPod shuffle. I love the shuffle for a few reasons, one it’s small, two it clips onto my pants and three if you are like me and break technology often, it is not expensive to replace (in less than a year this is my second shuffle!).

Lastly, but not least – Lululemon headbands! I have quite a few of these and being someone who cannot stand hair near my face when I workout this are another must! I like the wider headbands so that it holds back all my bangs and I don’t get those little hairs sticking up everywhere! I also use a winter running headband from Lululemon that I love, it covers my ears, keeps out wind and holds back my hair!

















What is your favorite piece of workout/running gear?
That is a tough one for me – but I will have to go with my iPod, it is my motivation some days!


PS I finally installed Intense Debate on the blog so that I can now reply to everyone’s lovely comments and they actually know so! But in the process all the previous comments disappeared on old posts! I can still see them on my end though. It isn’t a big deal but if anyone knows how to fix this, let me know please!

Happy Mothers Day!

First of all I want to start out by saying Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there – especially my Mom!

Here we are on my wedding day 🙂

I don’t think I could ever say thank you enough for all my Mom has done for me and my brothers over the past 26 years, she is truly the best Mom out there 🙂

The last couple of years we have ran a Mothers Day run in Calgary together but due to a very likely chance of rain this morning there we decided to skip the run this year. I think it was the best decision – after all making my Mom run in the rain might not be the best gift 😉 But I am still sad not to run a race this morning. I guess that puts even more excitement into my Marathon – which is in 2 weeks by the way (not that I have any type of official countdown).

For Mothers Day we are having Chad’s Mom and Stepdad and my family (Mom, Brothers and Grandma) over for supper – wish me luck I have never tried one of the recipes we are making!

Yesterday morning I had a important errand to run – taking my beloved Mizunos (which are only 3 months old) to the local running shop… I have started to feel the same knee (and now hip) pain over the past 10 days or so that I felt last time I needed new shoes. I know what some of you are thinking (the same thing I thought!) – new shoes already!? Yes, I have been tracking them on dailymile and since I got them at the start of February they have over 650km on them! I was really hoping these shoes could push through the marathon because after I wanted to try a more minimalist shoes for the summer and couple half marathons I have coming up. After talking to the experts though it was recommended to buy new shoes before the race – but the same shoes. The cushioning was basically gone in my shoes which was most likely the source of my knee and hip pain. I also was wearing my shoes about a half size too small (which I kinda knew) which could also be a problem when running the marathon.

As some of you might know I had Mizuno Wave Rider 13’s – which I basically blind ordered online, but now they are impossible to find since they have been replaced by the 14’s. I know from some of my own research online people say they are not the same BUT when I tried them on I honestly didn’t feel the difference and decided it was better to stick with the same brand and shoe (even if its a tad different) versus buying a whole new shoe and brand. So without further ado, let me introduce to you Lindsey’s marathon shoes:

The Mizuno Wave Rider 14’s in PINK! Not to say the colour had any relevance in my decision 😉 I am taking them out for a run right after this post so wish us luck!

Yesterday I started off my day with this little beauty:

Vegan Overnight Oats parfait – Peanut Butter and Jam from Oh She Glows! Best way to start a Saturday ever! Want to know how to make it ever better?! But then going to Starbucks to also enjoy my favorite drink – a Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte. I figure my days are limited to enjoy hot beverages from there so might as well do it when the weather calls for it! One slight change though… it was decaf! Yes, I am worried about becoming caffeine dependant so have decided to opt for decaf every once in awhile. I don;t know for sure but I almost can say I think decaf tasted different and I mean better!

We also had to make a Costco run yesterday – usually we try and only go every other weekend because if not we tend to over spend there but we had to buy some stuff for Mothers Day out there so we made the trek and once again got suckered into a few purchases 😉

Last night we kept it low key – stayed home and watched The Switch – has anyone seen this movie? We both really liked it. Chad was unsure at first but I got him with the it’s made my the same people that made Juno and Little Miss Sunshine (two movies we both love). I thought the little boy was hilarious but will keep it at that for those of you that haven’t seen it.

One last thing to share before I take off running (literally) – Friday’s supper, chicken spinach salad with strawberries, oranges, goat cheese and pecans – wholly yum! Served with homemade garlic toast.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mothers Day!