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Friday, November 19, 2010

Week of November 15, 2010

On Sunday evening, I looked at the calendar and quickly calculated that there was not much time left until the 5k run I had signed up for so I decided that I had to get a better handle on consistent training.

I started out strong, running 5k in 40 minutes on Monday (yes, the baby cooperated) and then... nothing. To my credit, I was out all week (Doctor Monday - the three month old is almost 15lbs! Play dates Tuesday and Wednesday and the dentist on Thursday with my older son). I did think of running back to my parents from the dentist (3.5k - they were watching both boys while I got my teeth cleaned), but it was raining and well, I'm a wimp. I did manage 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight for a total of 3.5k.

I know that I have to just stick to a plan of running at night if I don't get time in the day, but motivation escapes me so often. Maybe I should just pay the half marathon fee and then there would be no skipping allowed.

At least I'm doing something. On my last mat leave I relied on lugging my baby around for fitness.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A runner is born!

Tonight, my husband was home from work early and I was cooking prime rib for supper,

(What? doesn't everyone have prime rib on Tuesday? - It was still frozen solid when we tried to have it Sunday and Monday nights are a write off due to lessons)

so I was able to jump on the treadmill for a 30 minute run without having to watch the monitor for a crying baby the entire time (whee - I could enjoy "Say Yes to the Dress"). Needless to say, I was stoked to be able to hop on and bang out 30 minutes doing 3 and 1s.

What I didn't count on was my own personal cheering squad:

You guessed it. My almost four year old son decided to come down to the basement with me to watch me on the treadmill. I didn't think he'd last five minutes (as our basement is an unfinished abyss without toys or anything fun), however he spent his time alternating between cheering me on ("Go Mummy, go!"), "running" beside me and playing with the cat (I do think he watched a bit of "Say Yes to the Dress" as well). When I was finished, he jumped on the treadmill and banged out a minute at a 1.5 pace, "jumping" to the sides to have a drink and wipe his sweaty face.

I can't wait to race with him.

Nov 9: 30 mins, 3 and 1s, 3.7k
Nov 4: 30 mins, 3 and 1s, 3.7k

Monday, November 1, 2010

Success x 2!!!

I've had two successful runs now while the baby slept!


The first was on Thursday and I ran 3.5k in 30 minutes doing 2 and 1s.

The second was today (November 1st) and I ran 3.1k in 25 minutes doing 3 and 1s (the baby woke up about 24 minutes into the run so after I settled him down, I decided to shower and stretch rather than tempt fate a second time just for 5 minutes).

I think the goal will be to do at least two daytime runs and then get one good 30-35 minute run in at night after the kids go to sleep.

In other news, a friend and I have signed up for the Santa Jingle Run on December 11th in Burlington. Some of you GTAers may know this run as they give you a Santa outfit that you MUST wear to participate! I can't wait! This is totally going to be a fun run with no expectations at all except to finish.

I'm toying with attempting one race per month (the Robbie Burns 8k in January seems interesting), but I think I'll see how November goes first.

I'm going to do the Mississauga half marathon in May for sure and will likely follow an internet group as I can't do long runs on Sunday mornings (my husband plays hockey). I can't wait to start training and have targeted January to start the plan. I'm wondering if it is worth it to sign up with the Running Room online or to just go it on my own. I will ask some of my real life runner friends, but feel free to offer advice here.