Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Mizuno Wave Rider 20!!!

Say hello to my new baby blues!

This is my second pair of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 series and I think we make a great couple! ;)

I've logged about two hundred miles on them so far and I have no complaints! They are a neutral shoe and I really enjoy how soft they feel! Mizuno has made a few changes to the Wave Rider to make them more responsive and durable than the previous models. You can read more about the updated shoe here!

I wear a D width because I find the "narrow" model a little too snug around my feet. 

I've used these shoes for short, medium and long runs as well as slow distance and speed work. They offer fantastic breathability and I really enjoy how they feel on my feet.

They've also run many miles with me on the treadmill!

Look at all the amazing colours they come in!!!! 

Mizuno has recently launched the "Retro Rider" as a 20 year celebration for the Wave Rider and I have to say they look insanely cool and I love the old school look. Check them out!!! I definitely need a pair.
These shoes definitely live up to their reputation! Thanks Mizuno for the amazing shoes!!!

Thanks for stopping by the GGR blog space and have a wonderful day!

Happy running,
Heather :)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Boston Training: Week 12 of Project PB!

Well today was the last super duper long run for this training period! And I'm so happy to announce that every run from here on in will be shorter! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's take a look at how the week went:
PS if it wasn't for Strava or Instagram I'd have no idea how each run went by the time Sunday rolled around!!! LOL

Monday: Not a lot to report other than it was a snow day!!! Again, I should clarify-freezing rain day. It was nice because I got to relax, stretch and recover from the previous day's hilly long run.

Tuesday: 11 miles @ 8:10 pace!

6 miles @ 8:23 followed by tacos...what else is new? :)

Thursday: It was crazy cold out and in fear of making myself cough or short of breath I opted for the treadmill. I am so grateful for my TM! It was super convenient for me when the air was so frigid on Thursday. 6.3 miles @ 8:34. I watched The Wedding Singer and laughed a lot on this run!
Guys help!!!! I can't decide on my white or black BLT Runners singlet for Boston!!! Should I save the white for hotter summer races???

Friday: I could not wait for Friday! I had an after school leg massage and I was going out with the girls for Burger Week! :D

We went to The Anchor and it was so yummy!

So delicious!!!

Saturday: Saturday was very Spring like out! I had 5 miles on the plan, which I did at 7:39 pace followed by 8 strides with jog backs. I did the strides in the elementary school parking lot and I really enjoy doing them here. Plus it's only 1/2 mile from my house for the warm down. ;) 6.7 miles total for the day.

Sunday: Oh. My. Goodness. I had 22 miles on schedule today!!!!! That was 35.4km!!!! I was thrilled when Marg said she'd run with me because that's a long time out on the lonely streets especially when your legs are screaming at you. It was a bit cold and windy so we both wore a buff to cover our mouths when the cold air was blowing in our faces. I really can't wait for warm temps!!!!!!!! 22 miles @ 8:44 pace. (35.4km @ 5:25).

The rest of the day I had ZERO energy!
Lola and I were chillin' at the office...lol.
Week total: 52 miles (83.2km)

Thank you so much for stopping by the GGR page! I hope you have a wonderful week!!!
Boston is in 22 days!

Happy running,
Heather :)

Monday, 20 March 2017

The 25th Annual Moose Run 25k!

Happy  first day of Spring!!!

I know Spring is right around the corner (and yet another snow storm) when the Moose Run rolls around!

Gee, flat Heather sure gets messy when she's laid out at 10:30 on race-eve! 

Marg, Sam and I arrived in Cow Bay around 8:30 and met up with the BLT gang. We snuck in 7k easy before the race to add to the 25k so that we'd have a big 32 in the books for the day!
Ahh, everyone looks so fresh! lol
I'm pretty sure Sherry was the unofficial photographer this year at the run. ;)
I love the relaxed feeling of the no pressure pace of this run. Greg gave me strict instructions not to race it but to log it as a training run. 
Did you know that for the 25th anniversary of the Moose Run 25km there was a record number of runners?! Yesterday 243 runners ran the roads of Cow Bay for the race. I love this race for so many reasons: the route, it's free (but they accept donations), the prizes and the food!!!!

It is a pretty rolling route but on the way out to the turn around I kept thinking at each downhill that we will have to come back up it again, gulp. I do like that it's an out and back so that you get to see everyone. Oh, and it also has a relay in case you weren't interested in the full distance.

Stacey and Marg just loved the fact that I was sneaking mid-run selfies! LOL.

We kept the pace pretty conservative and chatted the whole time.

I took this photo at the top of a hill on the way back. I wish you could smell the salty air like we did Sunday morning. I told the girls it smelled like home in Newfoundland!
I packed my Camelbak so that I could carry my water, puffer, gels and phone. And I'm so glad I did. I was super thirsty and twice noticeably hungry. I guess a long run over 30k will do that to you.

Natalie finished up her relay leg and then cheered on the runners!

 Jeanne was at the bottom of a hill and captured us zooming down! ;)

Sherry got some great photos of us finishing!

Pweph, that was close! We were only going 69km/hr...LOL.
We finished in 2:11:04 with 8:26 pace/mile. 

I really like the fact that this race has  a late start (10:00) which means a lunch-ish finish. Therefore, hot food for the refuel! I seem to remember beans but this year there was Vegetable Soup/Chilli? It was nice and spicy and OH! There was cake!!!!! 

An after shot of the gang!

In case the hills interest you...

Well Moose, until we meet again next year! Congratulations to all the runners!!! And a huge THANK YOU to each and every awesome volunteer!

Thanks again for reading the running rambles of GGR!
Boston is in 27 days!!!! 

Happy Running,
Heather :)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Project PB: Week 11!

Happy Sunday, happy RUNday and happy FUNday!

March Break is coming to a conclusion ALREADY and I feel like I literally just blinked and it was gone. :( I spent a whole chunk of it doing my report cards and I'm very pleased to announce that as of Thursday I am DONE! :D

Don't worry, I did get some training, eating and Netflix-ing in too. ;)

Monday: If you recall, on Sunday I wasn't feeling the best. I had a bit of irritation in my chest so I was worried my bronchitis was coming back. I decided to take it easy and put my long run off until Monday if I felt okay. So Monday meant that I had early morning Physio, lunch time leg work at massage and late afternoon long run...lol. Lots of running around that day!

I ran on my own for a bit and decided I'd try to aim to be at the Coke Plant for 6:30 when the BLT runners meet. I ran 40 minutes with them and then 1.2 miles to Matt's office to get a ride home, lol. 16 miles for the day!

Tuesday: Since I ran long the day before, I decided to switch my Wednesday run with my Tuesday run. Therefore, on Tuesday I ran an easy 5 miles. The OCD runner in me really did not like all this switching business and it was only Tuesday! 

5 miles at 8:31 pace
It was so snowy on my run!!! 

The BLT runners were hosting a guest speaker (Jeff Zahavich) to talk to the running group about Heart Rate training. It was quite snowy out so I watched from home instead of driving to Nova Physiotherapy on the slippery roads. It was very interesting! 

Wednesday: On Wednesday I headed out for my Medium long run for the week which was 11 miles. It started to snow AGAIN when I was out there which made for some very tricky footing near the end. I managed 11.1 miles at 8:20 pace.

Thursday: Rest day from all the snowy running!!!! I did go to lunch with my friend Erin though. :) Cora's for the win!

Friday: Okay, my Friday run sucked. It was intended to be a tempo run with some VO2 max thrown in. It did not go that way. I was feeling congested and I knew during the warm up that my body would not want to hit those faster paces. I stopped my watch and walked a few times and really hoped someone I knew would drive by to take me home. :( By the time I was done attempting, I had logged 10 miles and walked the final mile home with the biggest pity party you have ever seen, lol.

I enjoyed a hot chocolate with Lucky Charms marshmallows when I got home...mmm.

And of course Lola was down for some snuggles.

Saturday: Since I basically planned two long runs this week, I decided that I would take Saturday as a rest day. It was glorious and not a lot of productivity happened. :)

Look at this sweet little goody bag Marg delivered!!!

Sunday: Sunday was Moose Run day! I honestly debated all week whether or not to take part this year because I wasn't feeling awesome. But on Saturday evening Marg and I chatted and she assured me that she would run at a nice easy pace with me if we went. I'll have a full recap tomorrow, but the short story basically tells of how we did 7k before the race started to give us 32km (20 miles) for the day. Marg, Stacey and I paced together and I have to say the run was tough but I had a lot of fun!
Thanks Sherry for the photo! Apparently I am Social Media-ing the crap out of it...lol.
Weekly mileage (I have 2 long runs in this week remember!!!!): 61.9 miles (99.6km).....like, whaaaaat?! I sort of wish I'd known so that I'd run a extra 400m to get that 100....the day isn't over yet...lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by my little space in the blogosphere! Have a wonderful day!
Do you use heart rate training?
Have you had a run recently that really sucked?
Did you run the Moose Run?!??!
Boston is in 28 days and 17 hours!!!! 

Happy Running,
Heather :)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Importance of a Strong Network in Creating a Strong Runner!

Recently I've had a few obstacles arise in my marathon training. I had some extra thinking time on my hands and it really made me grateful for the awesome support network that I am surrounded by. 
My biggest support crew right here! I can always count on Matt to boost my confidence when I am just plain doubtful of my abilities and Lola is always down for a post-long run nap on the couch.
Running is one of those powerful things that can make you feel like you can conquer anything one day and then have you sobbing in a friend's arms the next, (not that I have ever done that-wink wink).

One of things that's really important to me is having a strong support crew that I can draw upon when things get tough. Remember, not every day will be PB breaking with unicorns, BQ'ing with glitter, coffee and rainbows. That's just not how the pendulum swings.

I am very fortunate to have so many running friends in my neighbourhood! On very cold days when I just want to snuggle in bed with Lola, I'll get up and join them for our monthly Jog and Joe. And I think we can all agree that running with friends is way more fun, especially when the mercury dips below zero. Not to mention the promise of a nice hot cup of java at the end! Am I right?!
Photo from our Jog and Joe on the Road: Location - Jumping Bean, Bedford
It's also a great excuse to whip out the Santa Socks when the holidays are upon us.
Photo from our Christmas Marathon Launch on Dec. 24, 2016
Sometimes you need support tackling that marathon pace run.
And clearly a jump shot is in order when you do.
You also might need support when you feel like nothing is working out...

It's also a bonus when you have a  "training partner" for an upcoming race. I don't necessarily mean that you train with each run stride by stride and side by side, but someone you can hash out training challenges and successes with.

Although we are very different paces, Matt and I enjoyed our Chicago Marathon training that much more because we shared the journey together. 
And obviously it doesn't have to be your significant other - in fact many races I do are shared with running friends as well.

It was an amazing feeling to wish each other luck at the start and then see everyone rock their race at the finish! Clearly, post-race big smile selfies are the best!
Sometimes your support crew comes from the people who you have NEVER met in person! For instance, check out my Insta-friends I met at Chicago for the very first time! 

 And let us not forget Blogging friends! Virtual support goes a long way!!!!
Megan from Meg Go Run and I at the Athlete's Village in Boston 2014.

I LOVE that even though I'm the only member of my family who enjoys road racing, they ALL come out to cheer me on for one of my favourite races each summer when I go home to visit. The race becomes something we all take part in together at some capacity and I'm not leaving them during my short time home.

And they come out even when it's sideways rain!!!!!

It's also fun to "Race" with friends! Each year for a local 25km race I run it as a training run for the Boston Marathon. I don't like to race it fast because of how close it is to the marathon, but it's great to run with friends and take in the scenery.

Marg and I at the 2016 Moose Run 25km
Not everyone in my support network is a running friend clearly! If  you're like me many of them are! It's always great to spend time with friends talking about and doing other things than running as well. It always becomes very apparent to me how much of a role running plays in my life when I'm down and out on the sick or injured list. And I have to say that I find it very refreshing at times to take a mental break from training and hit up a movie or favourite restaurant with friends.

My coworkers and students are also a strong component in my network. Last year I was blind-sided when my school threw me an amazing kick-off to Boston assembly! I couldn't be more thankful truly! During the marathon I drew so much strength from them. 

No matter what, I would not be as strong, confident or dedicated if it wasn't for my crew! Thank you. :) 
Who do you consider to be your biggest supporters?
How have they helped you succeed?

Happy Running,
Heather :)