Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I am a newbie when it comes to running a race with the Forerunner 305! Although my race is not until April 26th, I am thinking about it lots, lately. I have a question for those of you who are experienced in this area!
How soon before the gun goes off at the start line, do you turn your Forerunner on to catch the satellites so it's ready to start once you step on the mat?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It was a slippery drive to Prince's Island and a slippery run too, for the most part of it. I headed east to the Edmonton Trail bridge and crossed over to north side to head west! Five minutes into the heading west part, right before me, a car slid off the road, over the little bank, across the pathway and smashed into steel poles stopping it from dropping into the river! Cars pull off to the side coming to aid when the guy dressed in his Sunday Going-To-Church outfit gets out of the car looking a little shaken but appearing fine physically-wise. Lots of folks were now there to assist so I did not stick around. The incident did make me pay attention to traffic thereafter. If I had been a minute sooner, I would have been in his way!
At about 18 km into my run, Kelly caught up with me! I have been following his blog for about a year or so now and it was nice to run into him running on the running path. We chatted for a bit but he is speedier than I am and if I wanted to finish my run I had to do my pace, which I think is a little more than a minute slower.
I was not surprised when I downloaded my 305 and it spit out the results. I knew it was a slower run this time around but hey, isn't that what the LSD is! Long SLOW Distance!
This is what my 305 spit out:
Distance: 24.26 kms
Pace: 6:49 min/km
After a week and a half of being down on my running, it feels like I am back on track!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Every once in awhile our plan of attack changes for one reason or another such as two much snow for hiking boots or daylight hours are closing in. Today our plan changed for a totally different reason!
Our adventure designer completed an exhaustive level of research on the area we planned to venture to. The plan was reviewed by overseers and we were good to go! Simply shown here in this elevation graph is how the day unfolded!
It was the first time I ever did a hike or snowshoe where right from the vehicle is a steep downhill. We parked by a snow bank along the Smith Dorien Highway just 2 km past the Peninsula Day Use area. We climbed up on the snow bank only to see this steep downhill in front of us. The only way down was to sit down with feet in the air and just go. Once at the bottom, we had a steep uphill climb ahead of us in deep snow through the trees and bushes. This is me through the tree with my head down, labouring through. I can only believe this has to be an excellent upper body workout pulling yourself uphill in deep snow with a heavy back pack on.
We reached the old gypsum road and began to follow it. We had a steep up hill to our left and a steep downhill to our right as we followed the narrow road which was more like a two foot wide path. In a previous flat area a few experienced a gentle sensation. Along this road is where I felt it! Standing for a second, I heard a whoomph and felt my whole body drop except my heart, which felt like it was in my throat ready to come out my mouth. At this point others felt it quite significantly and frequently. We saw in front of us, a fracture line. If you click on the whoomph above and hit play, you can see what was ready to happen next.
I was thankful we had knowledgeable people with us who knew exactly what was happening and suggested we turn around and get out of here, back to before the old road. We found an opening on a gentle slope and decided this would be our dining spot. One of the fellows shoveled a hole to see what the layers of snow looked like. There you go, underneath was a layer of crystallized snow and then a wide pocket of nothing.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 27:12 Distance: 4.3km Pace: 6:19 min/km
Today was a practice run through of how long it takes me to get to the gym, to change, to get out the door, do my run, shower, dress etc. and get back to my desk! With more practice, it should become a quicker and smoother process.
We are off to explore tomorrow, looking for an old gypsum mine. I was checking out my GemTrek Map to see what neck of the woods we are heading to this time! My map gives a route but whether we follow that is yet to be determined! After all, it's all about adventure!I love my maps because, to me, they are more than just a piece of paper. They represent so much more! I even blogged about them last year in a post called Map Mania! Since that post, my map collection has grown!
Time to dig out my snowshoes, GPS, camera, pelican snow-flite and decide what attire will be suitable! Here's hoping for sunshine and lots of reasons to smile!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have not run since my home run last Thursday! I missed last Sunday's 26km and have not made it up. The weather got in the way, the sidewalk conditions in my neighbourhood and on my home run route are downright treacherous. Work is very busy and the transit commute home seems to be taking longer these days. By the time I get home, I am beat! I need to run my runs!
Once the panic passed, I had a light bulb moment! I do my best thinking in the early morning.
I got to work, did a little work, then skipped out of work! All it took was 25 minutes! I popped into a gym close by my office and explained my situation! I told her, I just want a two month membership, a place to change, to shower, to lock up my stuff and once the last week of May comes, that's it. I told her I only want to run, I don't want anything extra, I do cross training on Saturdays, I do weights at home. She knew I meant business. She quoted me a price and it included a sign up fee and an initiaiton fee which made the grand total $315.00. I told her that was a little more than I was hoping to pay for two months. I asked if we could work something else out and she said what if we make it $100.00 a month to which I quickly said yes, signed up and 25 minutes later I was back in the office.
The pressure is off to try and fit runs in after work! My bag is packed, I will be running tomorrow at lunch time on clear dry paths!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We came across this unusually shaped tree and it looked like an open invitation to conquer! We each had our turn scrambling onto it! Me, being the last, it wasn't pretty but I did it! You see, I was told if I could do this then I could probably do a moderate scramble. Game on!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Sporting my helmet getting ready for the crash, this is the entrance to the Dark Secret! I have driven by here so many times never realizing this existed. I guess that was the whole idea when the shelter was built.
This is the view of Lac Des Arcs looking across the highway from the cave entrance.
Friday, March 20, 2009
2 cups of Yoplait Regular Yogurt
1/2 cup of milk,
Blend them together and pour into a thermos to keep it cool.
Drink as soon as possible after the long run.
I used this for my marathon training a few years ago. It was the advice of a running guru and I found it worked. I would drink it on my drive home after my run. It's time to now through it into my routine.Not only is my recovery plan ready, but ready is what I am for Saturday too! It's a helmet! Not a bike helmet! Time to try something new!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I have yet to bare my legs while I run this year! Today would have been a great day to! I'm not quite there though...I need to work my way towards that. I should get a pair of those running capri pants!
So, it's another home run to add to my stats and the outcome was:
Distance: 8.1 kms
Pace: 6:35 min/km
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Boy, lessons were learned this weekend! Not only was I reminded not to second guess, but I was reminded how important proper fuel is for energy. You see, after our hike yesterday, we stopped in Longview and I devoured a greasy burger and glass of 7-up! It was delicious at the time but geesh it sure did a number on my stomach, I made it home last evening just in time and I still felt the after effects during my run this morning.
Feeling like a bump on a log, this is what my run turned out to be:
Distance: 22.2 km
Pace: 6:42 min/km
It was slow, it was difficult, it was short by .8km but I will take it!
Then there was yesterday! Eleven of us spent most of the hike, climbing up and down terrain that looks like this, battling wind that I have never experienced before in my life. I'm disappointed that my GPS did not spit out the weather information this time because I sure would love to know what speed the gusts reached. A few lost items that were not tethered down one way or another! We guesstimated that the gusts were possibly around 100km/hr.
When we were not climbing up and down the mountains, then we were breaking trail through (thigh deep for me, hip deep for some and even waist deep for a few) snow like this.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Ah! Family and Fun! That's what this week is all about! Here we are at Lake Louise, me, my niece and brother all bundled up to endure the elements! It was -29C! I'm use to it but it was an eye-opener for them! Good thing blankets were provided for the sleigh ride! We spent a day at Sunshine! Them skiing, me enjoying the sunshine! I like the "then and now" photos. I hiked up on top of the ski area back in October and it looked like this! Yesterday was a different story! They skied for about three hours and I let my brother take my 60CSX. It was interesting to see what their ski looked like on Google Earth and to see the speed variances plotted.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Today called for 19 km! At the 25 minute point into my run, I thought if I stopped to walk across the ice patch, I might not run again. I felt tired and my legs felt heavy. The whole first hour was into the wind, which was continuous and at times gusting to 35kph (according to my 305). I pushed into it until the 9.5 km mark and felt a big relief when I got to turn around and head east. I took my jacket, gloves and hat off and unzipped my top.
At Edworthy I saw my hiking buddies gathering to head out to the mountains for the day. I really wanted to be with them! They had a great itinerary to attack! I carried on and shortly thereafter, a fellow who I had a few dates with last year caught up with me. In the span of 30 seconds, he said "you need to stretch", "you look stiff", "you should lengthen your stride", "you should do speed work"! Then my 305 signaled to me that it was time to walk and he does not walk so continued on running. Thank you 305, if not for you, I would have heard more unsolicited advice! It reminded me of when I use to be a big time golfer and people just had to give advice on my swing, as if they knew it all!
I love the long runs! Today's was just over two hours and that was perfect for me! I look forward to next weekends 23 km distance. As for today though, the final tally looks like this:
Distance: 19.23 km
Pace: 6:32 min/km
Now it's time to relax and then finish getting ready for my brother and niece who arrive tomorrow from Nova Scotia, to visit with me for a week! Boy, I feel like the luckiest girl alive these days, almost like I am "on top of the world".
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Along with trying out the new gel routine, I also tried out my brand new spankie sneakers. With that new duo, and having to wear only one layer on the bottom and two light shirts, I felt light and bouncy and I just sailed through my run.
I like how my out and back route looks on this google map! It looks like I ran really far! What I did run was: