Monday, October 20, 2014

Motivation Monday: October 20

Apparently it's that time of the week. 

I hope you all had amazing weekends! It was gorgeous around these parts and I failed to believe it was the second half of October. I got some solid workouts in over the weekend including a fun two-part workout yesterday! I am running a half marathon with my mom on Saturday, and I haven't really been digging my runs lately so I hope this weekly dose of motivation will get my legs moving faster and my mind ready for 13.1 miles of fun!

In case you didn't see it, after the world record was broken in Berlin, Runner's World did a lot of algorithms and scientific research to figure out what it would take to break 2:00 for the marathon. It would take a whole lotta crazy, that's what.

THIS article really breaks it down, from perfect race temperature to perfect race course and the exact amount of turns and elevation loss necessary. It is super cool but it made marathons sound really technical and boring - which is not what they are about for me. I am certainly fascinated by the elite runners so this article was great for that :)

Oh and in case it wasn't difficult enough with the weather, the course, the time of year…  you need the perfect runner to run sub-2. No big deal.

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon happened over the weekend - one of Canada's biggest events! Congratulations to everyone that participated in the event! If you forgot to train for the race, don't worry, it happens all the time and you can just watch how Bill Murray is doing it for NYC!

Over the weekend, in an American cross country conference championship, one of the competitors injured herself and was in distress on the side of the course. Many passed her, but one girl stopped and made sure she finished the race. She didn't just support her and help her walk to the finish, she carried her on her back! THAT deserves a medal! 

Over the weekend THIS man ran his first half marathon after losing 400 lbs! The story of why he started to get into shape and lose weight is pretty cool too. After striking up an internet friendship with a woman in England, he told her his whole story and what his life had come to - being 625 lbs and in serious trouble with his health. She said, "You're pissing your life up the wall." It wasn't exactly the response he expected but when she told him she had myotonic muscular dystrophy and how important health was to her, he made some big changes and lost a ton of weight. He ran his first half marathon yesterday, raising money for… you guessed it… Myotonic Musclar Dystrophy. You can read the whole story HERE.

After a solid week of workouts last week, I am determined to have an even better week this week! It starts with a jump in the pool this morning!

What is motivating YOU this Monday?

Have you ever run a race for charity? Do you always run races for charity? What are your favourites?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap: more cycling than running?

These weekly workout recaps pop up so fast every week! I think I ended this week on a pretty fabulous note. I had the chance to sleep in a bit this morning and didn't get out of bed until 7:45. I immediately laced up and hit the cool streets for a sunday morning run. I headed out into the quiet countryside which had terrible views.

Just really gross. 

I think I saw a total of three cars drive by me this morning. I ran 8.14 miles, nice and easy, nice and flat. My hands were cold when I started my run but they warmed up really quickly and it was the perfect morning for running weather-wise. I actually wore my heart rate monitor this morning for the first time in a while, and now I have a lovely cut across my chest to prove it. I should really remember to tape it or put a Band-Aid on it one of these days. 

I stayed in my sweaty clothes and made some oatmeal with peanut butter before part 2 of my sunday workout. It was strange eating breakfast in my wet and smelly clothes but I wasn't planning on showering in between workouts! I got my spin gear ready, did two rounds of my favourite 8-minute abs video, and then headed to spin with my neighbour. I changed my shirt before I left because I figured I didn't want to kill too many people around me. 

My mom did the earlier drop-in spin class but decided to stay and do A SECOND CLASS half an hour later. That woman is crazy. She spent the time in between classes stretching and doing core work and usually the class isn't too full so she didn't rush to get a bike. She should have. I looked around for her everywhere and couldn't find her, so by the time she made it to the bikes, the class was FULL! She tried her very hardest to convince people to abandon their bikes so she could ride… 

My mom ended up just riding the "spontaneous use" bikes that aren't for the classes and trying to follow along to a bit of what the instructor was saying around the corner. It was a great class! I haven't been to this instructor's class in a while but I love it, he is wonderful, and I always get such a good workout… not Thursday-spin-class-of-death workout, but about 85% of that. I left my HR monitor on for the spin class to see exactly how hard I work according to my heart during these classes. I think you can tell where each and every drill was and where we took our little rests. I burned a total of 650 calories in that 60 minute class according to my Garmin. My average HR was 149 rpm - which means one thing - I need to be working MUCH harder on my wind trainer at home. 

I came home from spin and it was past noon. The only thing about that drop-in spin class is the time… half of your day is gone by the time you get home and hop in the shower! I think it's worth it though, because as you saw from my HR chart - it's a major workout! When I got home from spin, this is what I came home to. Whatta guy :)

With a run, some abs, and a spin class, that about tops off my week of workouts. I used Thursday as my "rest day" because the only thing I managed to fit in was a short and sweet swim that was mostly to justify spending time in the hot tub. I have a half marathon to run with my mom in 6 days meaning this week will be a lot less intense so I don't die during the 13.1 miles on Saturday. I told her I am running with her no matter what and we aren't going to go fast, or even try and run hard, which makes the race - and the days leading up the race - really relaxing. 

Ran: 24.47 miles.
Cycled: 230 minutes.
Swam: 1000m.
Strength: 105 minutes.
Elliptical: 30 minutes.

Not bad, not bad. I definitely achieved my goal of increasing my strength training from last week (30 minutes)! My mileage has dropped to about 50% of where it was in the summer but my legs are tired from everything else I do so I'm not worried. Besides, if I sign up for a triathlon, I need to be focused on three sports - not just running, right? ;)

How was YOUR week of workouts?

Does anyone have a race coming up?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This is how I roll.

Yesterday was a fabulous day. I BOUGHT A CAR! I had a Honda Civic when I lived in BC but sold it when I moved out to Alberta two years ago. I have been driving my parents' and brother's vehicles because I thought it was so ridiculous that we would have four vehicles in one household. Now that everyone moves in a million different directions a day in my family, it was time for me to get my own vehicle again. Many of the "errands" I have been talking about in my blog were car shopping errands. I have spent countless hours on AutoTrader and Kijiji the past couple of months looking for the perfect little SUV. I think I found it. 

I went to see many different vehicles from many different people and nothing felt "right" about any one of them until I stumbled upon this beauty. It was actually being sold just a few blocks down the road and everything just felt perfect about it. 

It's an adorable 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara. I was originally set on buying a Toyota RAV4 because I wanted an affordable small SUV, not too bad on gas, good for driving in Alberta in the winter, and enough room for me to go camping in mountains or haul my bike out for a ride. When I found this one I knew it was love. 

My mom is super jealous because I have a navigation system in my vehicle now. I was kind of high maintenance in this car search - just ask my dad - and I had a lot of "necessary" features on my list that probably weren't actually necessary. Navigation system, back up camera, keyless start, leather seats, etc. 

Alberta necessity: heated seats.

I was so so so excited getting the keys to the vehicle. Investing in something like this with my own money made me feel super awesome. I also learned a ton about buying used cars, insurance, registration… my dad was super helpful and somehow just knew everything. I couldn't stop smiling yesterday. It was a tad windy as well :)

Now that I have this bad boy in my driveway, and it is insured to the highest gold standard (based on the price I paid)… THIS:


This is quite possibly the highest achievement of my Uncle's life - HE MADE IT ON THE BLOG. We roasted up some of his fresh garden carrots for dinner last night and they were amazing. He brought us parsnips too, which we roasted as well, but they don't take as long as the carrots in the oven so they were nice and "crispy." It was amazing. 

How cool is this? This is what the centre of a purple carrot looks like! Tie-dye carrots!

I am in love with my new vehicle and I am plotting out a road trip to test out this awesome SUV soon! I can stop trying to work on my orienteering skills now that I have navigation. I will never get lost. My butt will also never get cold again. Love it. 

What kind of vehicle do YOU have?!

What is the BEST thing you have planned for this weekend?