Saturday, January 31, 2015

Adios January!

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. January was a bitch of a month. Mostly it had to do with work-related stuff. I wrote my law exam on Friday morning. Whew! I think/hope/ I passed. I will know my grade in about two weeks.

The first thing I did when I got back to the office was toss all my study notes into the recycling bin. Now I can finally exhale and move on to other things. It was a challenge to stay motivated to work the rest of the afternoon.

I treated myself to a bottle of wine and a veg sub from Subway after work. I barely got through the glass of wine. Too tired! I went to bed early so I could get up for Saturday crossfit and a short run.

I don't go to Saturday WODs often because I like to sleep in one day a week. But I only went three times this week so I figured I might as well go for it. A few of the regular 6 a.m.ers were there so that was nice. Kelly was my partner for this crazy partner WOD.

In a word? Ugh. It was 3,000 metre row, 150 thrusters and 80 pull ups. You know how much I just love rowing (sarcasm). The WOD completely did me in! I still managed to recoup and do some ab work and a 30-minute run on the treadmill. I was starving by the time I got home. 

(Alix writes her time after an earlier WOD this week) 

Typically I will only grab a banana and some water before I head to the gym. I can't stomach anything at 5 a.m. I would have to get up a couple hours earlier (like I do for running) to ensure I give my body enough time to digest the food.

On the training side, January was not so bad. (I am going to ignore the two weeks of sickness and drop in mileage). I weighed myself at the gym this morning. I am down two pounds. How did that happen? I thought for sure I gained a few pounds due to emotional and stress eating this month. Not so much! I am still about 8 pounds away from my goal-weight. I'll take slow and steady as long as I get there!

Bring on February, I am so ready for you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tony: I am a Runner

Let me introduce you to Tony from Calgary. I bumped into Tony a few times with the Calgary Trail Runners and at the odd race. He's seems to a solid runner who will be chasing some great goals in 2015. 

But I am a little bit worried about Tony. Check out his answer to question #3. Come on, Tony. You must have SOMETHING to share. 

Name: Tony Gordon 
Age: 50
City: Calgary
Runner Since: 2013

1. Why did you start running? What pushes you to keep going?
A friend asked me to take her spot in a Spartan race, which introduced me to a few runners, who then asked me to join them with a Saturday morning running group, that led to increased distance and in invite to run with a Sinister 7 group. Of course, that meant training, which led me to the Calgary Trail Runners. I don’t need much pushing to keep going most of the time, but having a group to run with helps on those days you’re just not quite “up to it."

2. What is your running/fitness routine for a typical week?
I typically only run 3 days a week, Tuesday and Thursday nights, and a weekend longer run, and I’ll add some gym time and maybe some shinny (Hockey) if I have time.
3. Best running memory? Tell us about it.
I got nothing.

4. What is your dream race? Tell us about it.
So far, my favourite race is Sinister 7, but I’m starting to look at off continent ultras, destination races to blend vacations with running, Australia might be my first stop. (Although I do have two in California coming up.)

5. Do you run alone or are you part of a running group?
I run with the CTR, but will run alone when I’m just looking to put in a few kilometres close to home.
6. What’s your biggest running accomplishment?
So far my biggest accomplishment was completing my first ultra, the Grizzly back in October. My first big accomplishment was running Leg 5 of Sinister 7. (This year) I’m doing Legs 4 and 5 to push myself a bit farther. 7. How has running made a difference in your life?
My liver thanks me. I have met some great people through running. I suspect it’s the type of person that runs, but my circle of friends has become enriched by a very supportive and encouraging group. (Who I blame for most of the crazy runs/races I get sucked into.)

8. Did you ever experience a runner’s high or an “ah ha” moment?
Haven’t hit that “wall” but I truly feel complete when I’m finished a run.

9. What are your favourite running gadgets?
My Garmin Forerunner 10, a basic watch that tells distance and elevation. 
10. What are your running goals for 2015? I’m looking to run four ultras this year, plus a bunch of half marathon distances, and 90% on a trail somewhere. I’m already signed up for Blackfoot, Sinister 7, Fat Dog, and Grizzly, two Tough Mudders (Cross training…) We’ll see what else comes up throughout the year. I’ll try to run between 200K and 300K per month, and NOT get hurt along the way.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday night studying blues

I was too busy preparing for my local government law exam to run last night. My exam is on Friday and I can't wait to be done with it. My brain is just bursting with law and government jargon that I will likely never use in my life! Ha ha just kidding ... this course has been very helpful in my reporting.

Who knows one day I may run for public office? I'd have your vote, right?

But all that government law jazz didn't stop me from thinking about running. Imagine my delight when I spotted the updated version classic book, Lore of Running by Tim Noakes, as I walked by the public library book sale. And it was only $1 and in great shape. What a bargain! (It was first published in 1985 and I didn't read it then either.)

I've learned about Tim Noakes, the author/runner, through Trail Runner Nation but I have never ready any of his books. I remembered my interested was piqued after listening to a podcast on his latest book Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports podcast a while back. 

I am excited to crack open it this weekend. There's nothing like a big fat book on running to motivate you to keep moving in the winter months! I have plenty of running books to keep me busy. What's another one?