Sunday, 24 September 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 12


I've been starting to feel a lot better in my hip.  Good thing too, since I had a race this weekend! I went back to Ottawa for my fourth Army Run. For their tenth anniversary this year they did a 10k as well as their regular 5k and half marathon, which I have been very excited for, as Army Run is always a great event.

Here's what I got up to this week:

Monday: Joined Lululemon again, and with them ran up to Bond Running to meet them on the first day of their new training program. They had a track workout on the schedule which some Lulu runners stayed for, but I didn't want to push my luck so I headed back to the store. Once home I did about an hour's worth of stretching and foam rolling. [4.4 km | 26:41 | 6:02/km]

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: Physio. I skipped my evening run to have dinner with some girlfriends at Sabai Sabai (totally worth it).

Thursday: Chiro, plus a short run home afterward and Yoga for Runners: Post-Run with Fiji McAlpine as a cool-down. [4.5 km | 27:50 | 6:11/km]

Friday: REST

Saturday: Flow class at Elevate, plus LOTS of walking around town since my brother was out of town with my parents' car.

Sunday: Race day! It was HOT. I knew I wasn't going to PB and that I probably wasn't going to have as good a race as I did in Tremblant, so I set my goal at sub-60 minutes. And I did it! My official time was 59:55. Once I finished I walked backwards along the course to find my parents, who were walking the 10k, and then my dad took off for a running finish and I walked with my mom for a bit. Then I found my run crew and stood around for over an hour cheering on the half marathoners before walking home. [10 km | 59:57 | 5:57/km]

xx,

C.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 11


Another week very light on the training. I did some running where I could and focused on stretching and foam rolling afterwards, but didn't put in any cross training.

Monday: Clem and I spent part of Labour Day at his parents' place in Mississauga eating our weight in barbecue, so I was happy as a clam to put in a run with Lululemon's Queen Street Run Crew. It was rainy, and I was conscious of keeping my pace slower than usual. I followed it up with Yoga Moves for Runners and my physio exercises. [5.2 km | 32:35 | 6:13/km]

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: Physio.

Thursday: Chiro.

Friday: REST. Unless you count speed-walking from my office to Union Station to catch a train to Ottawa for the weekend.

Saturday: REST, but we had family friends visiting in Ottawa so there was a lot of walking and sight-seeing.

Sunday: Finally did a long-ish run! Managed to get in one of my favourite loops of the Rideau Canal before another full day of sightseeing and a train back to Toronto. [9.5 km | 1:01:21 | 6:25/km]

xx,

C.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 10

Did this instead of training. I'm not even mad.

Ten weeks into training, and only 7 more weeks til the STWM Half Marathon! My hip problems caused me to have a very slow August, but I've made some great progress with my chiropractor and have started seeing a physiotherapist as well, so I'm hoping September will be good to me.
Here's what I got up to this week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Chiro

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Chiro

Friday: REST

Saturday: Had an initial assessment with a physiotherapist at the same clinic I got to for chiropractic. We're going to work on deep core strength and deep glute strength, which will hopefully help be become a better runner while at the same time keeping any injuries at bay. After physio I went on a slow run to test the waters and then did some stretching with 9 Way to Stretch Your Hip Flexors. [6.2 km | 40:08 | 6:28/km]

Sunday: 18 Moves to Tone Your Butt, Thighs, and Legs. This went hand-in-hand with a lot of the work my chiropractor and physiotherapist are having me do, and man oh man was I ever aware of my glute medius afterwards.

xx,

C.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 9

Credit: Tribe Fitness
Another slow week in terms of activity and mileage, but I'm making great progress with my hip through chiropractic, and I don't want to mess that up by getting back on the horse too soon. I'm also taking the time to enjoy what's left of summer, so if I want to have a drink on a patio or go get ice cream instead of doing a core workout, guess which one I'm going to pick!

Here's what I got up to:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Chiro

Wednesday: Tribe Crew Run to the CNE. I had some minor discomfort in my hip at the beginning of this short run, which reminded me to pull back on my pace. We finished at the CNE and promptly negated any calories burned running by eating some of the weirdest food on offer. [5.8 km | 31:32 | 5:24/km] <- I'm sure Strava is lying to me with this, I can't even go that fast on a good day.

Thursday: Chiro

Friday: REST

Saturday: Abs, chest, & legs workout plus a variety of hip-opening stretches. The circuit was just challenging enough for what I needed, and boy did I feel the burn in my abs after.

Sunday: The last Tribe Yoga Jam of the summer! Two months has blown by, and I can't wait for winter Yoga Jam to get up and running.

xx,

C.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 8


On the advice of my chiropractor, I cut way back on running after my 10k in Mont Tremblant. And as it turns out - when my running routine goes out the window, so does my cross-training routine. Throw in a cottage weekend and a busy work week, and I only managed to be active for three days this week.

Here's what I got up to:

Monday: 45 minute Go With The Flow yoga at Elevate. Took the day off work so I wouldn't have to rush home from Tremblant post-race on Sunday morning. My flight back to Toronto wasn't until the evening, so I snuck in a yoga practice at my old studio in Ottawa.

Tuesday: REST. This was our office summer party, so I chose to spend time getting to know my colleagues outside the office context.

Wednesday: Chiro & A Dynamic Yoga Sequence to Help You Build a Stronger Body

Thursday: Chiro, which I really shouldn't have done two days in a row, but there was no way I could have squeezed in a second session on any other day.

Friday: REST

Saturday: 8.6k run near my friend's cottage on Lake Simcoe. I ran over to Sibbald Point Provincial Park and spent some time on the trails. I slowed way down so I wouldn't trip over any rogue roots and to let some mountain bikes pass, and took a few minutes to just enjoy hearing nothing but some birds and the wind through the trees. I'd hoped to get up to 10k, but was happy with the distance I managed and had very little hip pain afterward. [8.6 km | 57:56 | 6:43/km]

Sunday: REST

xx,

C.