Category Archives: running

Sea Wheeze Training

So this totally snuck up on me! It was last week when I got my shorts that I remembered I should probably put together a training plan for the race. I cheated and am almost using the same plan as Phoenix since it worked pretty darn good for us.

Like always, I plan to follow this plan 80% of the time, summer is busy and goes by so fast that there needs to be flexibility in the plan. Lets hope this plan earns me a new PR ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lindsey

Weekend Recap

Since my brain seems to be drawing a blank right now, jumping into the weekend recap:

Friday

I left my run for this day since it was supposed to be really nice. But it turned out windy and cloudy, after Chloe was in bed Avery decided to join me versus watching hockey with Chad. We did a quick 6km:

Running with the BOB is so much nicer than the double stroller!

Saturday

Since Avery gets to stay up later than Chloe me and Chloe have a morning tradition where we cuddle in bed for 5-10 minutes before we start our day:

We met up with some of Chad’s co-workers to pick garbage for the morning bright and early. It is the annual city clean up so we make sure to do our part. The girls and I spent 90 minutes picking garbage before calling it a day and heading home.

I think Chad said total (about 10 of us) we did 20 bags!

We had lunch before heading to the backyard to play for a bit:

Later on we went to have a BBQ with my family then my Mom, Avery and I headed to a local market. I usually am on top of it and know what vendors are going to be there that I follow on Instagram but did not and was happy to see a few favourites – even if I did not recognize some of the ladies! Mom brain! I promised myself that I would buy myself something and not the girls, which I did and will share later this week ๐Ÿ™‚

I did pick up some cookies and this juice for the girls though:

Once Avery was in bed Chad and I watched The Accountant – two thumbs up!

Sunday

It was not as near as nice as Saturday but keeping with my promise to run outside I went out for a run. About a minute in I regretted my clothing choice of shorts and a t-shirt but decided I would warm up – WRONG. I had a cold head wind and was so cold! No photo since I ran my butt off just to get home!

Our day was spent doing chores, planting out front porch flowers and visiting the SPCA:

And that is a wrap to our weekend!

Lindsey

 

Save the Date – Upcoming Local Races

If I had unlimited time (and bank account) I would run every race I could, but alas that is not life ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย I find every year there are more and more great races popping up.

I have already shared my 2017 race calendar but for local(ish) people wanted to share other great races that I am not able to do but are still worth looking into.

May

Woody’s Half Marathonย – I am still on the fence on this one for this year. Call me a wimp but I want to see what the weather will be like ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014:

Red Deer Women’s Fun Runย -This race has turned into an annual tradition for my Mom and I. We started doing Mother’s Day runs in Calgary, then found this great local one and did it before I had any kids and ever since ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a great family morning!

2014:

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June

City Chaseย – This is Canada’s largest urban adventure race and every year it is on my list to do but ย I have to make the dates work. I have only heard great things about it and know I would love it. Teams of two navigate around the city to do various challenges.

Foam Fest Runย – Another one on my list but I am actually scared of hurting myself falling with the foam – haha!

Troubled Monk Runย (We are running this one!)

2016:ย 

BDO Run for Youth

Spartan Race

August

Mud Heroย – We have been doing this race ever since it came to Red Deer and I am SO sad to miss it this year due to being gone for Sea Wheeze. I have ran this race 7 months pregnant & 3 months pregnant and have always had a blast! This race is the largest obstacle race in Alberta with 18+ obstacles over 6km. It isย already over 70% sold out so if you are thinking of registering get on it ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014/2015/2016 photos:

Chocolate Chaseย (We are running this one!)

September

Harvest Runย – Another run I’ve always wanted to do since I love fall running in our city but we always seem to be away this weekend so maybe this year I will stick around for it ๐Ÿ™‚

What I love most about these races is that there is something for everyone, no matter your running/fitness level ๐Ÿ™‚

Lindsey

 

Phoenix Marathon Recap

On the weekend Chad and I ran the Phoenix Half Marathon, it marked my 10th and Chad’s 4th half marathon. It was a about a year ago that at 8 months pregnant I signed us up on whim. But I knew I needed motivation at that point to start running post-partum. From the very start I had a goal in mind but honestly deep down I felt that goal was pretty far fetched since it was almost 3 minutes off my PR from 2010, since then life has changed a little ๐Ÿ˜‰

My goal was to run the race in 1:45. So in the fall I started to research training plans to learn more about training in general so that this goal became more attainable. I also knew that running more than 3 days a week was not going to happen 90% of the time so I needed flexibility. I came across the 80/20 Training and instantly knew it would be the key to running a 1:45 half. Disclaimer – I modified the half plan in the book to work for me and then stuck to that plan 80% of the time, I rarely ran more than 3 days a week (4 max) and my max weekly mileage was maybe 34km.

Now onto the RACE!! I absolutely love big races, the energy of them are just amazing. With over 10,000 runners this was fairly large but so well planned. The day before the race we went to the race expo which was at a Mariott conference centre.

I probably could have parked walked in, got my stuff and got back to car in 15 minutes if I wanted to – WIN! We looked around at the expo, grabbed some samples, then got our shirts and headed out. I am not one to stick around expos too long. Oh the shirts – women had tanks! Something I will actually wear versus a t-shirt. Only downside is the XS is still massive on me but still a great tank for sure.

Race Day

So I never looked until a week before the race where the race start was – haha. Turns out it was an 1+ hour drive to the start and the last bus from the parking area was at 5am which meant a 3am wake up call. I broke this to Chad only days before ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite an early wake up and drive went well until we went to merge off the interstate and the traffic was backed up, so what should have taken 5 minutes it took us 30 minutes. Luckily we had a ton of time still. We parked then ran over to where to half marathon buses were. Everything was very well signed so it was almost impossible to get confused.

I made a slight error when I only wore a tank top and shorts and brought nothing to wear beforehand thinking it is a race in sunny Phoenix! ha. I should have known better than the dessert gets darn cold at night until the sun comes up. Luckily they had a ton of heaters which we huddled by until 10 minutes before the race.

Once we made our way to the start it was very weird since the race had thousands of runners but there was nobody at the start line! Everyone was by the heaters.

It was not until they gave a one minute warning that people finally filled the shoot. I was shocked the start was self seeded but also really liked it. We started near the front since we could and that way there would be less dodging of people that way too. The fireworks went off and away we went!

I was FREEZING COLD you guys. My hands were numb and turning red from the cold for the first 5km. Since it was still dark out I figured once the sun came up I would warm right up.

Chad and I agreed to run together but he had to keep my pace ๐Ÿ˜‰ I figured out approximate paces and times to meet my goal and after the first 5km I was feeling more confident since we were running a 4:45min/km (5min/km was to meet our goal). I made sure I was sipping water throughout the race regardless of if I was thirsty and taking sport (jelly) beans every 15 minutes as well.

At 10km I planned to slow down if needed but felt great still so kept my pace at 4:50 and told myself I could do that to 15km and then re-evaluate again. Around 13km I started to doubt that I could hold that pace much longer and nudged Chad to see how he was. He felt good so I knew I had to keep going. By 15km I felt good again and at that point I was really excited as a calculated our finish time if we could maintain that speed. At that point I knew there was no slowing down and found some good songs to keep me going and just did not think about much else.

The last 2km I stopped checking my pace and just ran hard. I felt great crossing the finish line and told Chad after I had more kms in me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really think it came down to the weather. It was the perfect running temperate once the sun came up and the sun was never in our face running – for me this makes me feel almost sick sometimes!

I had started my watch a bit late so was not sure our time but the clock when we crossed the finish was 1:43:14 so I knew we were sub 1:43!!!!

Here are my stats:

How on earth we ran a faster second half of the race baffles me still!

We grabbed our medals then headed over to take some photos:

Then to the food – I expected the usual, fruit, water, bagels and cookies but was blown away at all the free options. Our restaurant was giving out free french toast – brilliant! We grabbed some other things then sat down to eat. It was so good I did not remember a photo until it was all gone!

The race start and finish was at different points which I really liked since you did not have that mental mid way turn around and then we ended right where we had parked to catch the bus to the start – so smart! We had a 2 minute walk to our car, changed and headed back home.

In all honesty never did I think I would beat my goal by over 2 minutes and my previous PR by 5 minutes. And now I am ready to push myself a bit harder – who knows one day maybe I will run a sub 1:40!

Lindsey

 

Run Chat: Recovery

Want to know what I really suck at when it comes to running (or working out in general?) – RECOVERY. I am the type of person that only uses recovery methods when I need to – like I am hurt or sore. SO BAD you guys.

Going into 2017 I have three half marathons planned, each three months apart which means I am never really out of training, that is 9 months of consistent training. Usually my recovery is simply less running/working out and more time off in between races but seeing as that is not happening in 2017 I am making it my goal to have recovery as part of my plan.

Here are the top ways I plan to do so:

1- Stretching. Poor stretching, I feel like we all know to do it, but we don’t do it or near enough. And then there is so much information around when to do it! It overwhelms me for sure. BUT here is the thing, I am going to start stretching at every single workout for at least 5 minutes – small goals ๐Ÿ˜‰

2- Foam Rolling. This is a game changer. I bought my foam roller about 5 years ago and have not looked back. It is an amazing tool for recovery and a cheap one too!

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Crops – Silver Icing

I won’t get into methods since I am no pro but this article explains foam rolling in more detail. Want to know what else is great about it? You can do it while watching TV!

3 – Deep Relief products.ย As an Ambassador for the 2017 Mud Hero you will hear me talk & learn a lot more about these products! Even with all the stretching and foam rolling we still get sore and that is where Deep Relief will come in. It is pain relief without pills and has been a ย trusted brand in Canada for over 50 years! They offer a variety of products from warming deep relief which is recommended for treating chronic pain and every day aches and pains to their ice cold relief gel which is for inflammation and swelling.

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I have been experiencing achy hips for months now (ever since having Chloe) and when I received these products I went straight to this products for relief (amongst other things) and definitely found relief with the warming heat relief. For more information on how their prodcust can help you, give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter!

4 – Dynamic Warm-Ups. This is something my younger brother told me about, as it has really helped him in his recovery. After he told me about it I Googled it to find a quick 5 minute routine to do before a run here.ย These are simple moves that help the body warm up before any workout by increasing the body’s temperature, boosting blood flow and improving your range of motion.

Lindsey