Monday, December 30, 2013

1st Week of Training - officially official this time!

Wow, talk about starting off Week 1 in full force! And we are in pain because of it!

Because of Christmas, the only way to be on track was to do the 3 scheduled training runs for the week back to back. I don't think we have ever run 3 days in a row but it was the only option to keep us on schedule.

I also have a friend who has just started running and all of her completed runs were putting me to shame! It was a great motivator to get me out of the winter running blues. It's funny how someone that you inspired can just turn around and inspire you right back!

I worked on Saturday so we planned to run around 4ish. It gets dark really early so by about 4:30 there is not too much light left. It was another 5k on the schedule and we mapped out the 5k the night before pretty perfectly so we did the same route - into Steveston Village, to Garry Point Park and back.

It was a little bit cooler than the night before and I said I wasn't going to wear my vest again but decided to forego my running jacket instead, wear a warmer top and keep the vest on. It was a perfect choice. I wasn't too cold or too hot.

Here is my OOTD:

I wore my Ebb and Flow crops which are my fave type of Lululemon crop. They are made of this seamless compressive material that doesn't attract lint or cat hair like luon does. This version of the crop is a lot longer than the current In The Flow crops. I like the longer style for winter running. Only problem with these crops are that they are a tad big on me. I got them when I was a bigger size so they are a 6 and I really am a size 4 right now so they got a little saggy in the crotch by the end of the run but nothing that I needed to keep adjusting. I also wore a rulu (running luon) zip up pullover from a few seasons ago and a swiftly t-shirt underneath. Rulu is so cozy soft and moisture wicking at the same time. For winter, I like to layer with a thin sweat wicking top first and then put something warmer over it. My absolute favourite piece of clothing for winter running right now is my What The Fluff vest that I got last year. It is so light that it doesn't add any weight but it it gives just that extra layer of warmth over your body. It is perfect. It is also reversible to black and has great reflective spots for night running.

This run was harder for me than the Friday run. I had a hard time with my breathing. We did go a bit faster but it was still more of a mental challenge for me to get through. Not every run is going to be great! I know that for sure. But we still did it!

We woke up on Sunday feeling quite sore. Two 5k runs back to back after about a month off was hard on our legs so to get out there and do the last run of the week was a mental battle of will. We had a nice lazy morning but eventually got out there to do a 6k. This was a much better run. It just seemed to go faster than the previous 2 runs and that extra kilometre didn't hurt us.

Here is my OOTD:

I wore some old Run Chase Me Crops which have a nice big side pocket and a waist cincher which helps since they are a size too big as well. I went with a nice think rulu top called the Star Runner pullover. I love the feminine details on it and the reflective bits on the arms. I wore my Nothin But Run Jacket which is really nothing but a wind breaker with some great venting, reflective details and good pockets.

We were incredibly sore after so did some stretching and then rewarded ourselves with a movie. We were going to see Catching Fire but it was sold out so we saw 47 Ronin instead. I had no idea what it was about but if you told me it was a Samurai movie to begin with, it would have been my first choice. I LOVE movies about the Samurai. I find their culture and honor system to be so fascinating so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oh and I just wanted to give an update on my toe! I last posted about my right toenail that was black. Well that toenail fell off. More like I had to extract it myself. Gross I know. Aren't you sad I didn't post pics of that mess! It didn't hurt because all the skin under it was dead. It has started to grow back but my left toenail has now fallen to the same black fate : ( I think it will be time for some new shoes in the next couple of months with a bigger toe box. I love my shoes and they cause me no other issues but I really would like to be able to paint my toenails in my new Pink Essie Ballet Slippers nail polish color in the summer!

Well that is week 1 in a nutshell. The times were not important to me as we are just building back our endurance right now. Speed training will come, I know. I just have to be patient as always... sigh.

Today is rest day! Thank god! We need it!

Resolutions/Goals for 2014

As 2013 comes to a close it is time to think about resolutions. I don't actually ever make resolutions. I don't really believe in them so I want to focus more on goals.

Here are my fitness/health goals for 2014:

1) Enjoy running more. I run right now to get results. I want to eventually be able to run because I enjoy it.

2) Get faster. My first 1/2 was about completing it and having fun while doing it. My second will be about proving to myself that the first one was not just a one hit wonder. After that I want to start getting a bit speedier which means I will have to push myself.

3) Get stronger. Yoga has done SO much for my strength and I love it. But now I want to see muscles! lol! I want arm muscles! Hubby says he will help me with that so hopefully by the end of the year I will have some guns : )

4) Do a headstand without a wall behind me. Enough said.

5) Drink more water. I have gotten a lot better about drinking more water but I need to drink MORE!

6) Eat breakfast. This will be a hard one. I don't like breakfast but I know it is necessary.

That is all I can think of right now but if I think of more, I will post them : )

Being Inspiring

When I first started running I was inspired by others and told them so. I thanked them for making me realize that you really can do anything you set your mind to, you just have to start somewhere..... and so I started.

One 1/2 marathon later and training for my second I am still proud of my accomplishments but I never expected to be an inspiration to others, EVER! It truly is such an honor to hear from someone that you have inspired them. It makes my running journey even more special to hear that I have touched someone. Even if it is something as small as making them think differently about what their potential is. By no means am I changing lives but if I even make one person think for a few seconds that what they thought was impossible really is possible then that makes me really happy.

As the New Year approaches and people start to think about their resolutions, one of the them is to obviously get more fit. I have had a few nice surprises of people that have reached out to me saying that I have inspired them to start running and asking for advice. Me!? It still shocks me! 

An old friend from high school that I have kept in touch with through social media has started her running journey just recently and asked me for tips. I enthusiastically passed on all the knowledge that I have gained but reminded her that everyone's running journey is their own and to always do what is best for her. But to hear that I even had a small part in inspiring her to start means so much. She is keeping me updated on her progress and now in turn has inspired me! Her enthusiasm and commitment got me out of a running rut! So thank you A!

I really did start this running journey just for me but being an example for others makes my path so much more brightly lit 😊

Friday, December 27, 2013

I Suck Part 2

Let's see, last time I wrote I was all gung-ho about our new training program. Hmmm, that lasted about another week and a half!! Lol! Therefore, I Suck Part 2!!

November had some sickness but December is just well... December. Not a good month to try to train. Too busy with parties, shopping, bad weather and Christmas! Jeff works crazy long hours in December so some nights he was lucky to be home by 7. 

So here we are a month later and it is time to get down to some serious business! I have adjusted our training program from a 24 week one to a 17 week one. And we officially registered for the Whidbey Island 1/2 marathon in April!! Can't believe we are doing another one! Here is what our training program looks like:

Oh and some very exciting news... we finally bought a Garmin! It was a Christmas gift we got for each other. Not very romantic, but definitely wanted and needed. We got the Forerunner 10 and it is perfect for what we need. Since we do all training runs together, only one was needed. Check this bad boy out-

Never thought I would be so excited for a running watch! Who am I??!

So tonight we did an easy 5k and it felt really good. The Garmin was awesome and I really think it will help make us better runners. The virtual pacer will help so much with keeping a consistent pace.

The weather is pretty mild right now so it's hard to know what to wear. It was about 6 degrees or so. Here's my OOTD (outfit of the day) -

I figure I will start doing outfit posts as it can help me decide what worked for the weather and what didn't. Plus since I spend so much money on running/ yoga clothes I might as well review them. I wore a new pair of Lululemon Can't Stop Crops in a multi space dye print. I got them on markdown and really liked them. They performed well, didn't fall down or need any adjusting during the run and kept me comfortable after working up a sweat. One feature I loved was the deep side pockets to hold my phone. Here is a better pic of the pattern and color -

I love fun, patterned workout tights. I like black but my faves are the fun ones. Jeff LOVES my unconventional tights!

My top is the Lululemon Swiftly long sleeve in Frond. Swiftly's are the best running tops (long sleeve, short sleeve, and tanks). They are light, comfortable, sweat wicking and anti stink. They are great for layering and have a flattering fit.

I can't run in cold weather without covering my ears so I wear an ear warmer headband. I get really bad earaches from cold air on my ears. This keeps them perfectly protected and also collects all my head sweat!

I threw on a very light running jacket and a super light down vest. I could have done without the vest. I am really cold when I start but quickly heat up and start pealing off layers. It is all about the layers when training in winter! So next time it is this temp I will not wear the vest.

So the plan is to run Saturday and Sunday this week to keep us on track for Week 1. My legs were a bit sore after tonight since I am working the kinks out. So I will be stretching lots!

I saw this today and loved it!

Okay folks, it's time to get down to get serious which means more blog posting to keep me accountable!! I don't plan on doing an "I Suck Part 3"!!