Around the Bay

I ran my 1st Around the Bay today. Now I only ran the last 15km as I did the relay with a friend. It was the last 1/2 that I did and it was crazy hilly. Although the 1st few hills weren't too bad, it was the last 2 hills that killed my achilles heals. Specifically the last hill, known as "Reaper's Hill". I ran up the hill. Ok, more like a jog but I didn't walk it. When I got up to the top and started running a little faster I could feel some kind of pull in my achilles heal on both legs. Not good. I had to slow down even though the last 3 km is a slight decline.

New Workout!

I've been kind of bored of my previous workout. I hadn't even gotten to 3 sets & max reps (12 for upper & 15 for lower body), but I don't want to get bored, so I'm going to change it up.

My Back Situation (Good news)

On Monday, January 17th, I went and saw a physiotherapist in Toronto. Wow, I'm glad I did! She did some stretching and gave me some exercises to do. She also said I could start running again, but to wait another week. She also said I could do other exercises in the meantime, so I was able to get on the elliptical that week. Not a moment too soon. I was going a little crazy since I hadn't done any exercises in over a week. That day I went on the crosstrainer and got back into my weight lifting plan, only doing 2 sets though.

Back pain sucks

This year is not starting out well for me. I have been experiencing back pain for the last 3 weeks. I was still running up until this past Monday. The pain was only occuring when I was sitting @ my desk or when I was in a car. The best way to describe it was nerve pain. Since it had gone on for over 2 weeks I decided to call my doctor about the lower back pain & booked an appointment for Friday (Jan 14th). Since the back pain didn't occur when I was running, I kept at it. On Monday evening however that changed and my back was hurting while I was running. Plus my right big toe was sore.

Mostly365.com

Check out mostlylisa's new project mostly365.com. Find the instructions here. Here's my first pic for January 1st, 2011.

Workout plan for January 2011

I've got 1 more workout for 2010 and then I start 2011! I'm still working on my preliminary training for the Mississauga half-marathon. Starting January 17th, I will be in full swing of my training. I will be using the Toronto Women's Half Marathon training program (17-week Half Marathon Schedule for a 1:45 - 2-hour finish time). I also will be starting a new workout program.

Preliminary Training

I start my preliminary training this coming week for the Mississauga half-marathon. I don't start my "real" training until mid-January. I still will be running only 3 times a week, but my 1st run of the week will be tempo runs. Thursday will be just a regular run & Saturday or Sunday will be my long runs. Easing back into it, I won't be running too long my 1st week or so, but my 3rd week my long runs will be 10k+. Sweet. Getting really sick of 8k runs as my long runs. It just isn't enough.

Back to the gym!

I have been neglectful of my workouts since early September, when I was starting to taper for the marathon. I did get back into the running quickly after the marathon and have been running twice a week during the week after work. Since Daylight Savings Time ended this morning, I have decided to go back to the gym. Running in the dark is not for me. A woman alone in the dark, not so good.
I have come up with a new workout plan.

1st Marathon Complete

I ran my 1st marathon today! Some how I managed to survive. Not sure how yet. I have to give credit to the little girls passing out bananas on Queen st. I think that saved my ass.

Here is the runkeeper map. Unfortunately my GPS went out on me around 25km, so I had to stop & restart Runkeeper as it crashed on me. So the times aren't accurate but the final time & routing are correct.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is tomorrow!!

I will be running my 1st marathon tomorrow. I'm a little nervous, but not as nervous as my 1st half-marathon last year. My nerves aren't about getting there and being on time like last year, but more "am I going to finish this thing". That's where I am a little scared. Yes, I've done all the training but I'm afraid my body will give out on me. Just need to make sure my body is well rested before the run.

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