K100 - A Great Day

I will have to say, I'm not sure the last time I had that much fun. It started Friday night with vehicle decorating and the mannequin Jen managed to talk her neighbour into donating to a worthwhile team event - after all, it had only been in his backyard for a few years. So Charlotte the Zombie joined the team and got a bit muddy; Those are her original clothes. Charlotte was a feature attraction on the course this year with many teams stopping to take photos.

There was no shortage of team spirit from 4:30am onward into the evening. Air horns, car horns, music blasting - it all earned us a reputation. "That Zombie team honks at everything", "That Zombie team is really loud". Ah, they wish they had the guts to be like us. Speaking of honking, I'm clearly the hornier of the drivers - right Chris? That's ok, I forgive you for the slip up as your cookies made my day. Of course being like us comes with its own downfalls too. In spirit and haste to meet up with our runner at the 2km mark we might have left a team member behind at the start of a leg. Oops, sorry Rob!

Despite the chillier weather this year we managed to all have good runs and good times. Dave and Molly pulled through and each ran extra to cover leg three. Thanks - I guess I better train up better for next year in case I have to take a turn.


Trail Thursdays

Today was the first Trail Thursday. I'm going to LOVE Trail Thursdays because:

1. I got new trail shoes - pictured nice and muddy after their debut and
2. I got a new trail buddies - Lisa & Kaidee

We might not be able to get our hubbies geared up for the Spartan Race but we sure are - and we're going to take it to them on the course! Here's the loop we did today - the plan is to extend the distance to around 6 0r 7km then put in some more hills and speed. Ooops, did I forget to mention that to you Lisa - that I'm formulating a plan for us based on my previous tried and true running successes? Well let's just say we are both going to have to put in some speed shifts to get us that 5km in 30min with all the obstacles. But not to worry I am confident we can do it!

Now, I can't forget to mention the best thing about my run today. As I was leaving to go out the door Stu brought Mallory over to say good-bye. Well I guess she recognized me in running gear and remembered the drill from 2+ weeks ago- she started clapping. My own little cheerleader no matter the distance or terrain - what mom could ask for anything better?


Mix and Match

Well I'm slowly easing back into this thing called running and working out after nearly a two week hiatus after the half. Why so long? Well it wasn't the intention but let's face it, moving was a hell of a lot of work every day for nearly a week so I pretty much didn't rest for a week after the half. That and the achilles was nagging me and the hubby gave me a death look every time I suggested running until Monday. So on Monday I blasted out a 7.5km along the pathways near the new digs. I started out much much to quick and gassed out about 6km as a result. I blame: 1. not having a charged Garmin to consult my pace and 2. the itch to run super fast, mostly away from the homeless shelter that is right near the beginning.

I have put in two decent workouts that have included the bike and some weights. I am glad to be back in the balance of things. As much as I love running the mix is what keeps running exciting for me. When I match the right cross training with my running I become super runner. I try not to get too gushy about cross training but if I could walk around street (pathway) preaching to runners about anything it would be just that. Mostly I see a bunch of crappy form and all I can think is - get an assessment and get your form back, you'd love running more! Disclaimer: though I haven't personally watched myself but the hubby tells me I'm doing ok. Another reason I need to keep up with the weights: the Warrior Dash and Spartan Race. Thursday night I'm going hill training with teammate Lisa for the Spartan Race. I have proposed to her that one of our final workouts be the movie 300 workout. It looks like this:

Pullups - 25 reps
Deadlifts with 135 lbs - 50 reps
Pushups - 50 reps
24-inch box jumps - 50 reps
Floor wipers - 50 reps
Single-arm Clean-and-Press with 36 lbs Kettlebell - 50 reps
Pullups - 25 reps

It might get modified via weight and doing girly assisted moves on my part (I don't doubt Lisa will be able to crank this out). But for now I'll pull and push what I can to get strong and hopefully post a decent time at both events.


1/2 Marathon Summary and What's Next

I really wanted to write this a week ago but moving has gotten in the way of writing. So, my first ever half - here's how it went: FANTASTIC! Really, I don't think I could have predicted a better race. I had super dooper fans out to cheer me on (thanks Robyn, Mary, Sylvie, Tricia, & Christine) and run with me (thanks Mom, Dave, & Stu ) and I got to kiss my beautiful one year old at the finish. Hubby got me a new outfit - I sported only the top - for the race so I felt hot and confident. I was so so close to my sub 2 goal with a time of 2:02. Perhaps if it wasn't for the potty break.

The race went something like this: dash out of the vehicle at 6:58 for a 7:00 start time (ask Stu why); smell tiger balm for the first 3km (yuck); hear the Boston bells from M, D, S, & M at km 5; see the best shirt on the course reading 'I don't know you but I'm proud of you' - if she didn't have her headphones in I would have told her I was proud of her too; feel the pain around km 18 where knowing the finish line was so close was the only thing to keep me going.

I definitely hurt the first few days post race having only trained up to 16km. My right achilles screamed out - what the heck! I think this was compounded by the excessive amount of stairs I did in moving. I seem to be back on track though and I can't wait to crank out a run tonight.

What's next? well on the racing calendar K100. But I have to mix up my training because I've also added the Spartan Race to the schedule. I been invited to guest blog on our team site IN4it where fellow team mate Lisa leads us and encourages us to train like Spartans. We're In It to Win It!