Thursday, May 31, 2012

Joggermom Marathon = Done!

In the end - it worked out to around 32 miles for me.

and I got a virtual medal:

Tonight, I really needed a little run.  It only ended up being 3.15k because I went a bit too soon after dinner and cramped the entire way...BUT it was still a run and I needed it.

May Recap and June Goals

And there we have it, folks.  May is done.  How fast was that?

Here's how I did on my May goals:
  • Rock the Van Marathon half - DONE! I am really glad I didn't make my time goal part of the goal list.
  • Stick to the Canada Food Guide Challenge - tried to, but not really
  • Low 150s by the start of June - not even close...
  • Mothers Day 5k - aim to be sub 30min - DONE! did the race.  Didn't do the goal.
  • Calgary Marathon 10k - aim to come in under 60mins - DONE! did the race.  came SOOOOOO close on the goal but still didn't make it
  • Try to fit some yoga in at least once a week - um...*looking away*
  • Weekly meal planning. *continuing to look away*
  • Find more time to read -DONE! at least it feels like it.
  • Joggermom Marathon!!!! Run 42.2k in one month. - DONE!   The Jugo Juice 10k brought me over 30 miles!
  • Find a moment to transcribe my first year of running over to Daily Mile.  I'd love to see what my ACTUAL running career has been in kms.... - DONE!  I am happy I kept such good written records now - I was able to transcribe pretty much everything over perfectly.  Now my little widget on the side shows all of the kilometres I've run since buying my first Garmin

I totally didn't make myself a calendar for my May workouts and I think that was a HUGE factor in why I didn't workout hardly at all.  In June, I will have a calendar again.

June Goals

For June, I am revamping things a bit.  I've come to realize that calorie counting is not going to be my way of life.  I really liked the little Canada Food Guide challenge I did at the end of April BUT eating well needs to be planned.  So, for June I am going to plan better and shop accordingly.And my fitness needs to be more varied so this month I am focusing on that.

  • Follow Canada Food Guide as closely as I can
  • Regularly grocery shop so fridge is always stocked properly
  • Pre-prep my meals so I can grab and go with healthy options
  • Try one new vegetable each week

  • K-100 Relay on June 23rd - Goal? Have fun
  • Officially sign up for the Goofy Challenge with TNT
  • Run on Tues/Thurs/Sat
  • Strength on Mon/Wed/Fri - Rip:60, it's time to come out and play
  • Use the Another Mother Runner June Challenge as planning inspiration
  • I really wanted to use Gympact as financial motivation, but it won't count a home gym (yet). Instead, I pledge to put $5 in a jar for each workout I complete (hopefully $30/week) and will buy myself something cute to run in with the proceeds at the end of the month. If I miss a workout - it will be $5 taken from that jar and put into another jar - to be donated to my TNT fundraising.  Hopefully that will be enough to keep me accountable.
  • Take my kids on outings on Sundays
  • Try to incorporate more solo outings with each girlie
  • Get both kiddos potty-trained (Buggie is there during the day...Doodle still won't try)
  • At least one book finished each week
  • Take one day off this month to write

Three Things Thursday - Almost June Edition

Holy crap - I can't believe tomorrow is June!  Where did May go - it feels like just last week I was getting excited to run Vancouver and now I am all done my May races!!!!

1) The past two years, I have run it but this year, I am putting together a cheer crew for the Stampede Road Race on July 8th.  J and I had so much fun cheering at the Last Chance Half last November that I figure it's time to get out there and support local runners with some cheer when they need it most!  I'd love to get a bunch of people out there to shake some pompoms and noisemakers and really get the half and 10k runners motivated in the homestretch.  

If you'd like to join me - I'll be posting more info shortly.   I promise it will be fun and you can bring your whole family if you want!  After all - runners give the best hi-5s to the little ones!

I will also be making up signs for the cheer crew so will need y'all to submit your best sign slogans!  I want this group to be a cheer crew to remember! 

Are you interested in joining me?  I'd love to get a huge crowd out for this!  Rain or shine - the runners don't get to pick the weather but that doesn't make them less deserving of support!


2) Possible TMI warning!   I am going to attempt to train my bladder.  I have been suffering (and I mean REALLY suffering) with this for the past two years.  If I drink ANYTHING within 2 hours of a race start - I suffer during the race. Just seeing a portapotty is enough to set me off so it must be partially mental.  Kind of an "I'd better go now, just in case" thing.  Another part of me realizes that this line of thinking has probably caused my bladder to shrink.  I'm hoping I'll be able to train my bladder to give me fewer issues so I won't feel the need to completely dehydrate myself on race day again.   Sunday, I was definitely dehydrated at the end of the race...possibly dangerously so. I don't want to end a race feeling that badly ever again.

I found this little document online from the Canadian Continence Foundation.  It makes a lot of sense so I hope it helps (and maybe it will help someone out there too)

Let me say - after following this for a couple of days, I am already feeling much better.  I think I am getting over the mental hurdle of it during the work week.  The real test will be on my 18K run on Saturday...wish me luck

PS - this is like potty training for mommy. Seems only fair that if Buggie is potty training (she suddenly decided she will use the potty on her birthday and has only had a handful of accidents since - so easy) than maybe it's time for momma to do it too.   LOL


3) It feels like the "Read" part of my blog has been super absent lately.  the "Run" has definitely taken over a bit.  This makes me sad to admit, but May made finding time to read pretty difficult.  But, if you've been following me for any amount of time, you know reading is super important to me and as I near the end of Book 5 in the Game of Thrones series - it's kind of consumed me for a couple of months now -  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that will open up some time to plow through a bunch of shorter books again and get my reviews happening again.  I truly cannot wait!

Some of the Books I have on my Kobo that I am just itching to devour are:
  • Drawing Free - Elena Aitken
  • The Enchantress - Michael Scott (the next book in the Nicolas Flamel series)
  • The Omen Machine - Terry Goodkind
  • EnLIGHTened - Jessica Berger Gross
  • Healthy Tipping Point - Caitlin Boyle
  • Insurgent -Veronica Roth
  • Mental Training for Runners - Jeff Galloway

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Official Photo: Mother's Day Run & Walk 5K

It was so hard to find myself in these.  Inner Spirit Photography did the race photos for free but they weren't sorted by anything but location.  It is amazing to me that I even found myself in this one.  I look like I'm dying...probably because I was.  At least the really pretty vein on my forehead didn't pop out for the occasion...

I couldn't find Hubby or Gramma with the stroller-full of Girlies at all.  

Official Photos: Jugo Juice 10K

Most of my finish line pics are classic "Where's Waldo?" crowd pics...see if you can find me in most of them.  There was, however, one AWESOME shot!  I look FIERCE!  I just wish it wasn't $25 to buy a single digital...

I wish the race would have photographers at multiple locations along the 10k course.   It would be nice to have mid-race pics when I run solo!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Race Report: 2012 Jugo Juice 10K

It's taken me a few hours to process this race.   I am hoping that writing the race recap will help me put it into better perspective.

My day started at freaking early.  I got up and had myself a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and quince jelly and a big bottle of Nuun.

I was parking at JS's house so I had to get there early so we could walk to the grounds.  I left the house at 5am and arrived there by a quarter to 6.  At 6:01, we were out the door...

We got there with plenty of time to hit the potties and get JS to the start for the Half Marathon.  By then, S (my Tuesday night running buddy) and her daughter had met up with me too.  We headed off in search of another potty stop AND my other running buddies.

Found them:

Mayor Nenshi had been at the event to give a pep talk to the half and full marathoners and our little group accosted him after he left the stage for a photo op.  He was impressed by our teams dedication to Team in Training and told us about a friend of his in Toronto who had run 5 events for TNT.   I may not live in Calgary, but I do really like Nenshi.  He is a great and engaged Mayor.  He lends a certain youthful energy to the city and he makes a point of being EVERYWHERE!  I love that.  In my 16 years in the Calgary area - he is the first to actually make the effort.

Then we all headed to the start line.  Funny story - it was only 5 mins or so to star and we were amongst the only people lined up...then the announcer said "Oops - I was wrong...the lineup needs to be on the other side of the arch for the 10k"

So everyone flooded over to our side.   It wrought havoc with the order of the pace bunnies and everyone was crowded right together.

I had intended to track my run using the mywhereabouts app, so I started it as the gun went off and put it into my hydration belt pouch.  I didn't realize it until after the race, but I'd paused it at some point - so my run didn't track at all.  Guess I'd better practice before I use it again...

 So, my intention was to line up with the 55 min pace bunny.   Since the bunnies were all clustered together - I was right with the 45 min, 55 min and 1 hr bunnies.   Worst case scenario - I wanted to stay between the 55 min and 1hr bunny.  It was a solid plan and some internet research told me I should be able to do that kind of pace.

I couldn't have been more wrong...or rather - those bunny ears couldn't have been more wrongly labelled.  The 55min bunny was actually "Matching the speed of light" bunny and the 1hr was "Energizer" bunny.

As we left the start line - I was feeling it was a bit speedy with the 55 min bunny.   I was running just over a 5 min pace and he was losing me. Then the 1hr bunny blew past me.   My plan was out the window and I was on my own. 

The race course ran out of the south entrance of the Stampede Grounds and then to the left.  Through Ramsey.   At around 3k, the 1hr pace bunny had decided he was going the wrong pace and had backed off a bit.  I sidled up to him and said "Hello there, new friend" and he asked if I was going to stay with him for a bit.  Then we passed a water station and I lost him.  Then he blew past me again a few mins later.  Did he not get the memo that he was a PACE BUNNY?!?!?!   I was so disappointed in the pace bunnies and I heard so many horrible stories from other people after the race.   

So - I was back on my own.  and, despite the cold morning, I was burning up.  and cramping.  BUT this race, my research paid off.  I was able to manage the cramping by breathing out HARD when the foot on the opposite side hit the ground.  Seemed to work.  Still there but not debilitating.  I also had another oddity I was battling.  My fingers were falling asleep.  Toes too.  I felt like I had no circulation in my hands.  It was freaking me out and I was constantly shaking my hands to try to wake them up.

I ran across the overpass over Memorial and down St. Georges into Bridgeland.   I looked down at my watch as I passed the 5k point and saw I had finally broken 30 mins in the 5k...28 mins and change.  FINALLY..though not in a 5k race...I just wish I'd felt good.

As I ran along First Ave, I was tired and seriously in need of a pick-me-up.  That was when I saw Mr. JS!  He was out to cheer on his wife and was holding a sign to cheer everyone on.  When he saw me - he flipped the sign around - it said "Free High Fives!"   I sped up and lept up to slap his hand and yelled my thanks and let the inspiration of my cheerleader carry me for a ways.

Turning onto Edmonton Trail and then back over the river.   My next pick me up was in the East Village where the Lululemon cheer squad was out in full a cheer leader robot!  I can't even make this shit up.   I passed it pretty fast, but it looked like a robot from SAIT and it was waving pom poms.  Awesomesauce!

Then it was into the home stretch.   A couple of hills later I was really exhausted.  It made the finish line seem so far away.  Onto 9th ave then toward Inglewood and back toward the Stampede Grounds again.  When I saw the 9K sign, I was really drooping.  But I could make or break my goal of sub-1hr.  It was going to be close.

It was time for a pep talk.  "Self," I said "It's time to do this thing.   Your feet know the way.  Stop looking at your watch and just get it done"

My Garmin said "54:00" at that time.  It was the last time I looked at it until I crossed the finish line.

As I ran behind the Saddledome and then across the grounds, all I could think was how hard this was.  I was tapped out.  Likely the result of having breakfast too early and not topping up with a gel before the race.   The wall was pushing me back with every step.   But I pushed back.  As I entered the grandstand - I was coming around the corner when I heard my coaches voice.  REALLY.  Sheena was there and was yelling with all her might (whatta way to spend your birthday).  Then I realized she was screaming at me:


Because I trust that coach of mine - I did it.  My arms started to pump like crazy int he finish chute.  I was picking people off one by one.  Then I crossed the finish line and hit stop on the Garmin.   and felt like I was going to throw up. I was so nauseous.

My Garmin said this:

25 seconds slower than last year.  I was crushed...but was still going to hold out until the official results were in before I let myself be too disappointed.

I collected my medal and then carried on through the chute...which was too narrow for the number of people coming in.  Congestion city!   But I made it through and climbed into the grandstand.

I had a finish line angel to find. 

Shenna's words had helped me finish ALOT stronger than I would have.  I had to say my thanks.

And while I was with her - I got to also see Anna and April and Mary and Fay cross the line!!!  So awesome to cheer friends in!

Best. Coach. Ever.  Two years later, she's still cheering me on!

After many hugs and happy birthdays (her birthday goal was to lose her voice cheering - I wonder if she succeeded) - I headed into the stands to wait for JS to cross the line.   It didn't take me long to find Mr. L (JS's dad) so I chatted with him while we waited for our girl to come in.

JS was running her first solo half and was aiming to beat her PB of 2:07 that she'd set years ago.  Beating this had eluded her since then and she was determined to do it this day.  When we finally saw her, I looked at my watch and was so elated for her!  I figured 2:01.  Her Garmin said 2:03.  So proud of my runner girl.

So proud of all of  my runner buddies today!  Watching peoples updates on twitter has been awesome!  And knowing so many people in real life who finished today - it was just awesome!

 Once JS was in - we HAD to go pancake hunting.  I was still feeling a bit queasy and I was really cold.  REALLY COLD!  Made me mad at myself that I had made a last minute decision to not check a bag.

Luckily - the pancakes were in vast quantities and were pretty easy to catch.

Showing off our bling. I swear - these style of medals always make me feel like I won the olympics. 

And the Garmin Geekery:

Official Chip Time: 1:00:27 same as the Garmin. Boo.

The Good:
  • Sub 30 min 5K - even if it wasn't in a 5k race.  I know I am capable.
  • JS's MAJOR PB!  So fun to live vicariously.  I am just so happy she got it!   
  • Meeting Mayor Nenshi
  • Still having a really decent time
  • Controlling my cramping
  • High fives and screaming
  • No knee pain at all...not even a whisper of it
  • Finishing in front of the Stampede Grandstand - very cool
  • GIGANTIC medals

The Bad:
  • No PB for me :(  25 seconds shy sucks worse than 4 minutes shy
  • Cramping and nausea and sleeping fingers
  • Really bad pace bunnies.  I went across the start line at the same time as the 1 hour pace bunny - yet he finished long before me.  I think maybe he didn't know his job.  AT ALL.  It appears few of them did.
  •  The cold.   So, so cold.
I've been beating myself up for a few hours - despite half of the twitterverse telling me that it was still a speedy time.  I just really wanted to PB at one of my May races and this was my last chance.   Now I need to rethink my race plans for the rest of the year so I can try to reach some time goals this year.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Scenes from a Saturday

Today, I met up with the Fall Team in Training group for their Season Kickoff.  Since I am doing my next TNT event through flex and won't have an in person kickoff, this was kind of a kick off for me too :)

Milling about:

Mission Moment:
So many inspiring people make up the TNT family.  Charles is a survivor!  Still battling and choosing to live!

Meet your new mentors:
My TNT Buddy, Kerry, is in white in the middle.

Then we ran 2.5k - I stuck with my TNT buddies:

Two of these ladies, Vanessa and Claire, are on my Goofy team too :)   And I am trying to convince Lorraine (in the middle) to run with the 55min group tomorrow.  I totally think she can do it).  And how much of a giant am I?  Holy hannah - I look HUGE compared to everyone! 

After the kickoff, I headed over to the Calgary Marathon Expo.  Package pickup was MUCH smoother than last year, though I found the vendors will all kind of the same old same old from past years.  JS and I wandered around there for a bit, saying Hi to everyone we knew and then headed for coffee.

Once we had Starbucks in our hands, it was time to explore the area and see where the start and finish would be.   The start is on the main thoroughfare through the Stampede Ground.

The finish? RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GRANDSTAND!!!  How awesome is that!?!?!   There is seating for trillions of people right there at the finish line.  SMARTEST IDEA EVER!

Got my obligatory shot with the finish line:

SWAG Report? Well, here's what was in the bag:


And the back of the shirt:

I only bought one thing at the expo - a new non-slip headband for $5.

I also hit MEC one the way home and got a new tank (I know, I know - breaking the cardinal rule of race day but I needed some colour for this one.  I'm starting to feel all drab in my blacks and greys)  I bought a great royal blue one that will look great with my purple sparkle skirt.

My outfit for tomorrow:

Now my bag check bag is all packed and my outfit is laid out.  I am ready to rock this thing.  My plan for the race is to stay with the 55 min 10k pace group and see if I can't smash a PB!  Wish me luck!

See ya out there, Calgary!

PS - I'm trying out a new app tomorrow that will track my progress and post km by km updates on Twitter.  So between 7:30 and 8:30 - I may be annoying your twitter feed every 5 mins or so... :P

Happy Birthday, Midget Girlies!

Today, my babies turn THREE!


How on earth did that happen?

Three years ago today, I woke up in the hospital - hurting from an emergency surgery that happened at 2am - half in disbelief that down that hall, in the NICU, two teeny little princesses were mine to hold and love. The other half of me was scared witless (that wasn't the word I was going to use, but this is a b-day post for toddlers preschoolers).

Everyday I now watch as these amazing little babies -  these preemies who so rocked my world - turn into little ladies (though sometimes, from the mouth on her, I'm not sure Buggie will ever be a true lady)

But let me tellya - I love these two little midgets so much more than I ever thought it was possible to love a human being.

I love the way Doodle sees her little world! And how she can change the way I see it!   She helps me notice things that would otherwise pass me by!

I love Buggie's happy-go-lucky attitude! and her infectious little smile!   Even my worst day is made better by her presence.

I love that Doodle will get my attention and pull me aside so she can tell me she loves me.  Our one on one time is insanely special to me.

I love that Buggie will sing and dance all day!  Her beautiful voice makes my heart sing.

I love the stories Doodle makes up from the storybooks we share! Her retention and creativity will serve her well - though I may come to regret that when she's a teen!

I love that Buggie will only draw smiley faces!   It shows that she is positive to the core!

I love that they are sweet and beautiful and grateful and generous!

I love the special bond they share!

Happy birthday, midget girlies!   
Momma loves you more than you will ever know!

#runCalgary Weather Watch - Saturday

With one day to go - it's looking like the rain worries were all for naught (you can all thank me for buying that rain jacket now).   Hopefully the "cloudy" will mean I won't rue the fact that I still can't find my sunglasses...

And today I am off to this:

and to the Expo!  Can't wait to pick up my race stuff and explore!  Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, May 25, 2012

#runCalgary Weather Watch - Friday

Lookeee Lookeee - suddenly that sprinkly action has vanished from the forecast....guess the Raincoat Effect (meaning - I bought a raincoat and therefore will not need to run in it for a year) is still very much in play...

And I have pretty much made a decision about whether or not to run with a pace group on Sunday.  I am determined to beat last years time so I am going to run with the 55 min group and see how that works for me.  It will be fun to meet some new people out there!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

#runCalgary Weather Watch - Three Things Thursday Edition

Including the weather watch for Thursday here.

It still looks like perfect running weather to me, but just in case - you may want to run your running clothes through a couple of rinse cycles on your washer tonight.  Don't want to end up with Foamy Knees like I did for Footstock last year (though it DOES provide some comic relief)

1) I am so excited about Calgary Marathon this weekend!!! It is my favourite 10k of the year AND another shiny medal for my medal rack...

BUT the new venue is screwing me up!  I have been having really vivid and messed up dreams abut it all week!  Like dreams where I show up in Bridgeland and then have to run to the Stampede grounds but they keep getting farther away.   Or where JS and I want to attend the speakers with J but for some reason, we can't all sit together and if we try - we are all forced further apart.   They are just odd dreams.

It might be all the cream cheese icing I've been snacking on this week (Ya - I've been eating STELLARLY in prep for the 10k)

On that note - Package Pickup starts today and runs through Saturday:

Where: The Big Four, Stampede Park

Thursday, May 24: 4-8 p.m.
Friday, May 25: 11 a.m. -7 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Parking is NOT free so take transit if you can...

2) Potty training is well and truly underway in our house.  We have been promising balloons for potty use...every successful "go" is a balloon.  A really serious "try" is worth a sticker.   As long as the girls aren't in diapers - they will ask to use the potty.   

I've been thinking of actually giving the 3 day Potty Training thing a try.  I've been hearing ALOT of success stories this week and think my girls might actually thrive if we can get all of the adults on board over a weekend.  Might even be worth my taking a Monday off.   We've just been winging it to this point, but let the potty planning begin!!!

3) I may have found a great tank to wear for my K-100 leg - thanks to Jen at Runner...Maybe.   The  Firedaughter "Amaze Yourself" tank

So me. Super cute.  Purple - for all of my purple needs for this race.  Apparently highly recommended for endurance running - despite not being a tech tank.   If I order it - it will be today or tomorrow.

Have you ever had bizarro dreams about a race?   Did 3 day Potty training work for you?  Have you ever run in a Firedaughter tank?  How comfortable were you?  Please share your experiences in the comments!

And a fun thought to leave you on this Thursday - so funny yet so true!