Category: running

Using the Gym for Recovery

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The gym is a really awesome place. This is somewhere that many things can happen. You can use it for growth, gains,strength and even recovery. 

After this weekends 50 mile trail race I will be using GoodLife Fitness for 1 purpose- Recovery! 

My goals for the next 2 weeks are to recover and feel good. 

I will be spinning, foam rolling and doing lots of yoga and stretching! Thank god my gym can handle all these things. I plan on popping by on my lunch breaks or between appointments so I can recover in a nice cool air conditioned facility. My body will thank me! 
How do you recover ? Let’s discuss 

Running trumps weights

  Ok , I’ve had a change of heart. 

I need to run all the miles and decrease the time spent in the gym. Yesterday I had my first ever Long run post boot/cast and it was magical! 

   
  I ran/slogged my way through 17 freaking miles!  

 
I have now realized that I no longer worry about my mins/miles , my pace but more about time on my feet. I am not a sprinter or a 5k runner – I don’t Do fast. I want to be alone with my thoughts, singing my heart out just focusing on covering distance and being upright! 

So does this mean No More Lifting? No way! It’s just not going to be my focus at the moment. Winter was awful here and I spent no time outdoors logging miles and now that spring has finally sprung – I want to enjoy it and be out there Running! 

I will continue doing as much of the LiveFit program from home and I will find ways to substitute the machine exercises – I have resistance bands here. 

I will work on my core and upper body and let running be my leg day! 

So guess what, it’s now Run O Clock ! 
Happy feet away! 

Do You Even Altra? 

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In case you missed it , I love love love my Altra Running shoes and I want to share with you their top selling products.

1. Intuition 3.5


2. Lone Peak 2.5


3. Torin 2.0


4.0 Paradigm 1.5

5.0 One 2.5

Aren’t they so pretty!

I’m currently rotating between the Torin and Paradigm for roads and the Lone Peaks for trail runs!

Happy shopping!

 

LiveFit Program Round 2

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Summer is coming and that means 1 thing…..bathing suit season!

Oh Boy! This girl has some work to do. My running is going well and I am still running all the scheduled races this spring/summer but I need to seriously start back on my lifting program. The program I love and have used previously is Jamie Easson’s LiveFit trainer.

So it looks like I will be spending lots of time at GoodLife Fitness over the next 12 weeks!

So I stepped on the scale today at 172lbs eek not what I want to see and I did some pre photos. 

 
Lots of work to do! Here is what the program called for today 

   
Done! FYI I cannot do push ups and I suck at them but I will get there. The program calls for no cardio during the initial phase but I have to run for my training so I will continue and I won’t run on leg days. 

Meal plan will stay the same – Vegan! However I will be focusing more on the fresh veggies and increased water consumption. 

Here’s to the next 12 weeks friends – lift heavy run hard. 

Altra Running Lone Peak 2.5 

  

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JUST ORDERED THESE BAD BOYS!!! 

I cannot wait to hit the trails and test these out! 

I’ve run in both the Paradigm and Torins for roads but this will be my first Altra trail shoes 

You can check them out here at Altra Running 
Happy Trails 

So, You’re Running a 50 miler in 2 months

How’s that working out for ya??? 

Omg, I am running the Sulpher Springs 50 miler May 28 and I’m starting to freak the freak out! 

My winter training has been atrocious! I was in a boot/cast up until December, did 8 weeks of physio and have been baby stepping my way back. I think my longest run has been 10 miles! I’m so screwed! 

Plans for the next 2 months include hitting the trails Hard! I need to climb and descend like a boss and the trails are nice and muddy right now – perfect for playing and training. I again will not be using a training plan and have full intentions to just wing it. I know I am crazy but crazy gets me through it. 

This course is beautiful  

 and I look forward to spending 12 hrs admiring it( if I’m lucky) and can Finish in time. The goal is to just finish – cross that line , grab a medal and fall into bed with room service! 

I will not let my asshole foot get the best of me and I know that all those fellow runners out there will push me to get it done! The ultra community is a special breed! 

  
I GOT THIS! 

It’s Tshirt Time!

Oh em Gee! 

I ran in a tshirt today and I need to shout it out to the world! 

It was a balmy 48 degrees when I set out today with a hoodie and gloves – but I quickly realized it was time to lose some layers! So freaking stoked! 

  
It honestly has felt like forever since a run like this could happen. I despise winter and have spent the majority of it either injured or on a treadmill. What I also learned today is I may never be a 9min/mile runner ever again. I have a lot of work to do to get back to that. It will take time but if it doesn’t happen then I’m totally ok with that too. I ran today on both roads and trails and the trails were muddy, icy and treacherous in spots 

   
I loved it! There is no place I’d rather be than getting dirty on a trail with no one watching you but the squirrels and birds. Peaceful calm! 

  
These were long slow miles but each and every breath I took refreshed my soul and made me realize that no matter how slow it goes it’s still a run. I’m a firm believer that #allmilescount regardless of pace or distance. 

Just get out there and Do You! 

Here’s to us Back of the Pack’rs 

No Chick’n Noodle Soup – Vegan 

It’s a blustery cold day here in Canada so I made the ultimate comfort food Chicken Noodle Soup – minus the actual chicken of course. 

You will need 

6 cups water

4-5 tbsp of Bulk Barn vegetarian chicken broth mix

2 large carrots chopped 

1/2 onion chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

2 bay leaves

Sage, Italian seasoning and thyme

1 cup small shell pasta

Small handful of spaghetti noodles broken down

1 sweet potato peeled and chopped 

1 package of Tofurky slow roasted chicken 

1/2 cup brown rice 

   
 
Add water to a large pot, bring to a boil. Add veggies , rice and broth and reduce to low heat. 

Let simmer on low for a few hours then add the chicken and pasta. 

Let pasta cook until tender 

  
The longer you simmer the better it is! Do not add pasta too early though or you will have a soggy mess. 

  
Comfort food at its finest 

Running is Not my Job

Today is one of those days where I ponder…….

I’m a very busy professional in my everyday life. I do not work a scheduled 9 to 5 job. I’m on call 24/7 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

  
I used to find myself overscheduling my busy days because I was always training for a race. I would put running ahead of work appts and sit and think all day long how I would fit in a training run. It was overwhelming. I got hurt. I overtrained. 

Running started to feel like a job! 

I see posts everyday about people and their run streaks , logging all the miles, team “no rest days ” and I think – good for them. I don’t have to compete with them. I am not part of some secret running society that will judge me by the miles I accumulate. I needed to take a step back a focus on why I run. I love to run , it is my escape from day to day life. I am not a sponsored elite athlete who gets a pay check for running. I get a pretty decent pay check from my real job! 

Running has to be about you and your why’s. For some it may seem like and be a job for them . Kudos , Do You! 

I have decided , maybe very foolishly , to train for my upcoming 50 miler sans training plan. WHY? Mostly because my goal for this race is to simply finish , claim my medal and chalk it up as another personal victory for me. It can’t feel like a job to train for this race or I will hate it by the time race day rolls around. I will run as many miles as I feel like on days when I feel like it. I have found through my own experiences that if I just listen to my body I can accomplish the tasks I put forth. I have run many races ill prepared yet still finished them . The ones I trained hard, vigorously and without altering from the plan – I got hurt. 

Basically what I need to do is continue on with the thoughts that for me running will always be about finishing. Finishing what you started and completing goals. I don’t place on the winners podium, never intended too , it is for me simply doing what I set out to do. 

I will finish this 50 miler, it will be hard, I will probably cry a few times but in the end it will all be worth it. 
Running is FUN but it’s not my job. 

Spaghetti with Lentil Sauce

Who needs meat sauce, right?

I made this delicious dish tonight with my favorite meat substitute – Lentils!

  
Super easy, quick and yummy! 

You will need 

1 cup dry lentils

Diced onions, garlic and mushrooms

Canned diced tomatoes

Marinara sauce – jarred 

Step 1 – bring lentils to a boil in 3 cups water , cover and simmer on low until cooked. Rinse and drain 

  
Step 2 – sauté veggies in oil. Add in lentils, canned tomatoes and marinara. Season with Italian spices ( I also add a little cinnamon, trust me!) 

Step 3- boil spaghetti noodles to al dente then add to pan of lentil sauce  

 
Top with Vegan Parmesan and serve with fresh crusty bread and you have one heck of an Italian feast! 

  
Enjoy! 

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