Monday, 19 June 2017

Another Week, Another Rundown!

Hey everyone!

I hope your week was super fab! Me, I'm just trying to stay afloat during these last two weeks of school. So. Much. To. Do. And I don't believe I told you but I'm moving schools next year! It was very tough decision to leave a school that I love. But I will be teaching the exact same grades (1/2) closer to home. :)

Before we get going let me share my two favourite running tunes with you!

And!!!!!!!!!!! Let the tune kick in....I love it!

On Monday I met up with the BLT runners for another great short run along the Rails to Trails. I love how many people turn out for it!!! In the summer I'll definitely be able to attend more of these runs. 

On Tuesday when the humidity made the air feel like 33 degrees, Stacey invited Marg and I out for speed work! LOL, gulp. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to hit the paces planned but it was pretty awesome once we got going. We were covered in bugs and one even got stuck to my eyeball so Marg pulled it off!

We did a 3k warm up with 1k fast/1kslow 5x plus a cool down. Check out our graph:
We were so proud of ourselves when we were done!

On Wednesday I ran really easy for a little over 5 miles. I took one of those on the run selfies, and I look like I'm airborne!

On Thursday I got my butt kicked with 1 minute hill sprints! There was a 3 mile warm up followed by 8x 1 minute up hill and jog downs. I cooled down with super duper noodle legs.

On Friday my only workout I did was lift candy to my mouth...seriously. Then after work I had my legs worked on and Yee found some real goodies in my calves, yikes!

On Saturday it was rainy so my running mojo had exited the to speak. Marg and I were texting and we decided to suffer through together in the rain.
 We did 5 easy miles followed by 5 strides and a little warm down. Friends don't let friends run in the rain alone! lol.
Yeah, I'm really hoping this comes out! 
 On Sunday I ran 14 humid solo miles on the trail. It was pretty uneventful really but it felt so good to run on the gravel trail after a hard week of training.
What "BLT" really stands for!
I did stop to take a running selfie during the last two miles though. :)

So there it is! Another week and another school year nearly complete. Time sure flies!!!! Super congrats to all my friends who raced this weekend!!! Everyone did awesome!

How was your week? Weekend? 

Happy Running,
Heather :)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

GGR Weekly Rundown!

I really hope where you are is as beautiful and sunny as it is here in Halifax! At first I was a bit annoyed that Summer made an early appearance while I'm still teaching---we had a deal so I could focus on report cards Mother Nature! But it was so hard to not get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

p.s. The Mizuno weightless tanks are amazing for hot summer runs!

Monday: My Monday was awesome because I got home from work and these beautiful Mizuno Wave Sky shoes arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was crazy excited!!! 

It was also the one year birthday of the BLT Runners!!!! We celebrated in style post run with a delicious Costco cake...mmm!
LOL I had to post this photo of the BLTlyweds...just kidding! 
Look at the turnout! Don't forget we meet on Mondays at the Coke Plant 6:30 and NO ONE runs alone!

 "Heck yeah, I'll take a corner piece!" 
Thanks for the Cake!
Tuesday: On Tuesday I did 7 miles plus 6 strides at the end. Nothing stood out on this post run cake or anything. But I did refuel with tacos!

And I listened to this song on repeat. I tend to do

So much deliciousness!

Wednesday: Oh my goodness Wednesday was Global Running Day as you probably know, and I wasn't exactly sure when I'd fit my run in because we had a retirement dinner after school for our Phys. Ed. teacher Brad! It was so delicious but I was reminded why I shouldn't run on a full belly of pasta....oh boy! It felt like a brick was in my belly the whole 4 miles. 
It was almost 9 before I left for my run but I wasn't going to miss running on GRD!!!
 Another great mail day!!!! Maritime Races sent out these little medal hangy things to add to the medals for Age Category awards! I love that idea!
This year at MRW I'm doing the Sunset 5k and Saturday afternoon 15km trail run! 

Thursday: I was soooo tired on Thursday I did not want to all. The only thing that pushed me out the door was that Friday would be a rest day and I was looking forward to that. #teachertired
Facebook told me on Satuday that I had my Garmin for one year now!!! 
The funny thing about this run was that I was all sad a few weeks ago because a Strava segment I created was never showing up on my runs. I realized when I got home and uploaded my run that it DID work...I was just running it in the wrong direction! LOL.

p.s. Now that I know how to create segments Strava users, expect to see them pop up all over my runs! ;)

Friday: My Friday sort of sucked. :( I had to leave work at lunch because my eye was very irritated and swollen..and RED! I went to the doctor and got some medicine so my leg massage was cancelled for the day because I couldn't imagine laying face down for an hour with an inflamed eye. 

Saturday: Saturday I felt a bit better but the sun was blazing! I left way to late for my run, (which was planned speed work). It did not go as planned but I still got in a few fast miles. 3 mile warm up, 3.1 miles hard and 2 mile cool down.
Matt aqnd Lola are the best 
Matt and I enjoyed some Saturday nachos later that day!

Sunday: Today I wanted to do a sort of longish run but not too long. So I decided between 10-13 miles would be good. I slogged through the heat once again for 12.5 miles and when I got home I drank ALL THE LIQUIDS!!!! 
Check out the mirror! <3
 Week total: 43.2 miles.

Well how was your week? Did you celebrate Global Running Day?

Thanks for checking in on GGR!

Happy Running,
Heather :)

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Post-Ottawa ...The Half-termath

Hey guys,

Sundays sure have a different feel during the springtime than they did on those dark cold wintry evenings of February and March. I love the extra hours of daylight and how much more perkier everyone seems. :)

Once Matt and I arrived home after the Ottawa half, Matt's friend had this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake waiting for us!

Yep, it was as delicious as it looks and immediately after it was gone we made the decision to get BACK ON the healthy eating train, lol.

I took Monday as a running rest day but did a great strength workout at home for my upper body and core.

On Tuesday I did an easy 5.3 mile recovery run at 8:21 pace and it was a very eventful run! With one mile left to get home I felt a plop of "water" on my head and I said to myself, "gee I didn't think it was supposed to rain this evening." As I touched it with my fingers and palm of my hand to wipe it off I realized that it was bird poop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh the horror. I know what you're thinking, "that's good luck!" Right? Well, no. It had dripped down my body onto my NEW Mizuno running singlet. :( When I got home I realized that when Matt had left for the office HE LOCKED ME OUT! So I got pooped on and locked out...awesome. :S I remembered that Courteney (who lives down the street) still had a key of mine. So I ran down there and banged on her door for forever!!!! She was in the tub and finally when she heard me she gave me the key, lol. By the time I got home, 8:27 p.m., I was so cold!
But there's always time for a post-run
 On Wednesday I did another short run at an easy pace. Nothing eventful happened thankfully!

And on Thursday my legs felt great so I ran 2 miles easy with 3 miles progressively faster and the final mile easy. It was a great run!

On Friday my student gave me these beautiful lilacs and they smell so amazing!

It was also a running rest day which worked out well because Matt and I went out for fish and chips with my sister and her BF!

On Saturday I ran early for 5 miles plus six strides at they end. It was so awesome to run on the trail and I remembered how much I used to miss it in the winter.

Sunday long run!!!!

Marg, Stacey and I met late morning to get in a sort of long run and I couldn't believe how fast it went by! I really do enjoy Loooong runs but right now I'm loving these shorter ones.

Weekly total miles: 34.9

And will you just look at how beautiful my girl is now that her hair is all cut! <3

I hope you've had an awesome week and thanks for checking in!

Happy running,
Heather :)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

That Time I Ran The Ottawa 1/2 Marathon!

Hey guys!

The past few days have sure been a whirlwind!!!! It's amazing how exhausted a super quick race trip can make you. A sure sign of my age???

Anyway, lol I'm sure you'd rather hear how the race went as opposed to my thoughts on the inevitable ageing process. Am I right?!

Matt and I headed to the expo shortly after arriving which was conveniently across the street from our hotel!
 Fun fact: There is waaaaay less stress and pressure when you are NOT racing a full the next day!

See how close we were to the race start? I was watching the Saturday afternoon 5k from our room!

Okay, I have to be honest, I did not envision Ottawa being so pretty!!!!!! 
Running along the Canal by the Shaw Centre was so beautiful!!! 

 Hey Paul! Fancy running into you at the expo!

Can you spot our names???

I got to meet Michelle and Larry from Mizuno who I am super fortunate to have met!

We had an amazing lunch at the Clockwork Pub!

And I laid out Flat Heather who really only partially made it to the start line, lol.

I was fascinated with this phone on our hotel floor!

Race morning!!!!!
Can you spot Matt in the crowd? 

The marathon started at 7:00 a.m. which I was very happy about since the temperature would be cooler, not cold, but cooler at least. The humidity was quite high very early in the morning though....not good for marathon running.

John Stanton started the race and these guys dressed as older Prime Ministers showed up, lol.
After the fulls took off I did a 2 mile warm up around the start area and I was already sweating...yikes! The half started at 9:00 and at 8:35 I ran up to the hotel room and quickly made a wardrobe change!!! I was thinking, what the heck am I doing the race is about to begin and I'm not even at the start!!! 

Thankfully we were put into assigned corrals by pace (which I love!) and therefore even though I arrived later than I usually would I was able to get a great spot.

Sun sun and more sun!

I was warm from the get go and by the second mile in the race I could feel sweat running down my face. I knew it was going to be a hot one!

Admittedly I was very unprepared to 'Race' a half marathon and I was totally okay with that. I was just happy to be injury free and my allergies had settled down a lot!

My plan was to keep it between a 7:30-7:40 but race adrenaline pulled me ahead for the first two miles and then I pulled in on the reigns a bit. Later that same day, the heat very forcefully slowed me down, lol.

I am not purchasing my race photos but take a look if you will.

I was not prepared to run in a bra at all! But it was just so hot I didn't even care! The heat and humidity was really getting to me and everyone else around me. I was grateful for the spectators! They had heavy misting stations near the water stations and at one point there were wet sponges which offered incredible relief! You know what's challenging? Navigating around runners who abruptly STOP at a water station...Yikes!

Never have I ever poured so many cups of water over my head while running! At one point I accidentally splashed my face with nuun!!! LOL. 

The course was great for the most part! I got to see a lot of Ottawa and at one point we were in Gatineau, Quebec! It was quite beautiful and Ottawa is beautiful! For a brief moment in time as we ran over a bridge to the left there were these incredible rapids! And for a split second in time I was distracted from how hot I was...but just for a second. :0

With each mile split I was happy with the pace. And then I bonked. Mile 10 presented us runners with a massive long gradual incline. I felt like I was basically walking and then when I got to the top I did walk through the water station. People were yelling, "Almost there!" and I was like, nope. I chugged down two cups of nuun ( I took liquids at EVERY station). I started running again and I was steps behind the 1:40 bunny and was pleasantly surprised. Then suddenly I saw Paul cheering! I needed that little pep in my step at that very moment! Thanks Paul!!!!
Guess which mile I walked!!!! LOL.

According to my pace/distance I was headed for a squeaking 1:40 half...But leave it to me to add on 0.1+ mile.
The stats--->

 The finishers!
 Somehow in the blistering heat Matt ran a 3:03!!!! I can't even comprehend how.

All done 1 hour and 40 minutes later!

 Look at this sweet medal! It also spins and my students called it an adult fidget spinner...LOL.

So long Ottawa!

I am pleased with my run and motivated more than ever to begin marathon training and onto the next running adventure! Thanks for all of the support and it was so fun to meet reader Susan at the airport!!!

Happy Running,
Heather :)