Snapshots & Thoughts

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I’m not a pie person, but my boyfriend is. He gets to be my guinea pig while I practice working on my crusts and with different fillings.

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I always mean to take more photos of the things we do but I end up wrapped up in the moment. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Elora Brewing Company was probably my favourite stop on our beer adventures last week.

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It’s gotten to that time in my marathon training where compression socks and ice baths feel luxurious. This is the look I was rocking after my 19.5K long run on Sunday.

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I’m slowly growing my indoor plant collection. My room is in the basement so I have to be careful about choosing plants that only need minimal sunlight.

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Having Scene debit and Visa cards means I rack up a crazy amount of points. We don’t go to the movies often so I end up using my points against purchases at Sport Chek. I bought the Fitbit Charge 2 for $2.10 after cashing in my points.

Marathon Training: Week 11

Last week’s long run was very hot, very slow, and very sweaty, but I did it and I came in just under the pace that Nike set for me. It’s been so hot that I haven’t been taking in any fuel besides water/Gatorade during my runs, so I’m bringing along different fuel sources to see what my body is willing to eat. So far, this Sunday’s Starbursts are the winner.

Michael and I went away for a night last week, on a trip that included a lot of beer and not-so-great food options, so I’m happy that I made it to the gym both the morning of the trip and to the hotel’s fitness centre the morning after.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (legs) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms) + 15min Benchmark Run
Wednesday: Nike Training Club app + 5K run
Thursday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Friday: Strength Training (arms + core)
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 19.5K Long Run

Total Mileage: 31.72K

This week:

Monday: 6.5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 5K Recovery Run
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8.5K Recovery Run
Friday: Strength Training (legs) + 30min Cycle
Saturday: REST
Sunday: 21K Long Run

Strength Training: 4
Mileage: 41K
Rest Days: 1

Marathon Monday: Week 10

Last week went really well but my long run was a little more difficult than the week before – more walking and more water, but I finished. I’m a little nervous for this week because my boyfriend and I are taking a small, overnight trip which means it’s difficult to move around my runs. Luckily, my training plan only includes two real runs this week, plus one 15 minute Benchmark Run and one Nike Training Club session. I added an extra 8K (will take it super easy) but we’ll see if I have the time with it. I’m also excited because the hotel we’re staying at has a small gym area, but they have a deal with a large gym across the street so there’s lots of opportunity to fit in my workouts.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 12x200m Speed Training
Tuesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30 min Cycle
Wednesday: 8K Recovery Run
Thursday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 8x200m Speed Training
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18K Long Run
Sunday: Rest

Total Mileage: 30.12K

This week:

Monday: Strength Training (legs) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Strength Training (arms) + Benchmark Run
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs) + 8K easy run (not on plan)
Thursday: Nike Training Club + 30 min cycle
Friday: Strength Training (arms + core)
Saturday: 19.5K Long Run
Sunday: Rest

Total Strength Training: 5
Approximate Mileage: 34.5K
Rest Days: 1

Marathon Monday: Week 9

Guys, not to toot my own horn but I am killing lately. Three weeks in a row I’ve hit all of my training runs!

I was a little nervous I wasn’t going to fit in my long run, though. I like to leave it for Saturday mornings, but when I woke up on Saturday I was exhausted and my calf had a strange twinge in it so I went to the gym for some light strength training to loosen up, and then went I scheduled it for Sunday morning I woke up at 4AM with a blinding migraine and night-sweats. I took a Naproxen (the only thing that will cure my migraines) and went back to bed until my body naturally wanted to wake up. I drank lots of water all day and after dinner I was able to pound out that run.

Last week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 5.55K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout + 30 min cycle
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs + core)
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8K Recovery Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Strength Training (full body) + 30 min cycle
Sunday: 16.5K Long Run

Total Mileage: 30.08K

This week:

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 12x200m Speed Training
Tuesday: Strength Training (legs) + 30 min Cycle
Wednesday: 8K Recovery Run
Thursday: Strength Training (arms + core) + 8x200m Speed Training
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18K Long Run
Sunday: TBD.

Approx. Mileage: 30K
Strength Training days:  3
Rest days: 1

Marathon Mon…Tuesday: Week 8

image1 (4)I guess the long weekend got the better of me, because I seemed to lose my Monday. Instead of sitting behind a computer screen I tried to take advantage of the beautiful weather we had for Canada Day, and I spent most of my time outside.

Last week went really well. I managed to fit in all of my workouts and my eating was on point. Last Wednesday I hit a new low weigh-in so I think it made me more conscious of choosing better options and eating proper portions.

Last week:

Monday:  8K Recovery Run 
Tuesday: 
Strength Training (arms) + 6K Recovery Run
Wednesday: 
Rest Day (3-hour Cake Decorating class)
Thursday: 
Rest Day (in the city to meet a friend)
Friday: 
Strength Training (arms, core) + 15min Benchmark Run
Saturday: 
15K Long Run
Sunday:
 Strength training (legs)

Total Mileage: 31.27K

This week I’m hoping to ride last week’s high and hit another perfect week.

Monday: Strength Training (arms) + 5K Recovery Run
Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout + Cycle
Wednesday: Strength Training (legs, core)
Thursday: Strength Training (arms) + 8K Recovery Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 16.5K Long Run
Sunday: Cycle

Total Strength Training Days: 3
Approx. Mileage: 29.5K
Rest Days: 1