Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good Weigh In, BAD Run

I had a horrible night last night, my feet were so sore and I had a really hard time getting to sleep and then stating asleep. I finally gave up around 4:30 a.m. and got out of bed, let the dog out and then wandered through to the living room to sit on the couch. I wish I could find out more information about neuropathy and why it becomes intolerable when laying down, yet instantly feels a little better when my feet hit the floor.

As the sky started to brighten I headed off to weight watchers for my weekly weigh in and meeting. It was quite busy there this morning which is a good thing. It makes for a more interesting conversation in the discussion. I enjoyed our meeting today and I always enjoy our leader Mare. I was very happy to be down 2 pounds today. I was a little concerned after the gain last week, so a two pound loss was a good thing.

After weight watchers I headed home and got changed into my running clothes. Although I was tired I wanted to get my run done right away. It was a beautiful dry morning and I decided that rather than doing 9K on the treadmill I would hit the road. 

I plotted out a course, started my Road I.D. app and headed out. I would have to say  that the first 2K were all right as there were sidewalks to run on but then I had to start running on the side of the road and then onto the shoulder which  consisted of dirt, stones, rocks and grass.
Finally a car that moved over a little!

It was pretty busy with traffic and it made me feel really uncomfortable. I should have stuck with my usual area which has a nice paved shoulder that just felt safer. Into km three and the run was getting harder and I started to feel a twinge in my knee again. Half way through the 4th kilometre I decided to call it done. I called my wonderful husband to tell him where I was and he headed out to pick me up. 

Long story short. It was a bad run!  I only got in 5K not the 9 that was on the  schedule so I'm going to try doing my run again tomorrow. Only I'll plot a route in which I know what the terrain is like. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hill Repeats

I think I'm having a love-hate relationship with hill repeats right now.  Tonight was my last Thursday night in the gym. My new run clinic starts next Thursday, so as per the schedule I've been following tonight was hill repeats. I seem to do ok for the first couple and then the last few just about kill me. 😃

I started out with a brisk walk for 5 minutes to warm up then kicked the speed up to 3.5mph. I did the gradual increase in incline like I did a few weeks ago. I like it better than the hill program in the machine. I can put the incline up and down as I choose so it's easier to get the proper rest segments.  I ran each incline for 2 minutes and walked for one and repeated 12 times and finished off with 5 minutes of walking brisk. 

I missed getting a picture of the machine during cool down as someone I hadn't seen in years came over to talk to me as I was cooling down.  It was as I was going downstairs that I realized I didn't get the picture. Thank goodness I looked at my distance when I started my cool down.
Tomorrow is a rest day and then I have weigh in on Saturday and a 9K run on the schedule. 

I'm a little nervous about weigh in on Saturday after my gain last week but I'm hoping for the best. I've been on plan and gotten in a lot of activity. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday Night - Training Run

Happy Tuesday!

It's been a busy few days, filled with a lot of activity.   On Sunday I attended the Investor Group Walk for Memories, which is an annual fundraising event held in 24 communities across British Columbia for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.   I was honoured to be asked to attend the Walk for Memories that was being held in Chilliwack.  It's a great community about 25 minutes from where I live.  It was great to see the community out supporting and honour those with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia's.  The age range at the walk varied greatly from the four year old running circles around everyone else to the elderly using their walkers or wheelchairs to do laps in the sports Centre.  I participated in the walk doing laps for about ninety minutes, stopping only when there was someone at our table needing information.  It was a great day!

Cake for participants after the walk

It's Tuesday which means run day.  I headed to the gym after work, all of the treadmills were busy, so I jumped onto the AMT machine.  I really think I'm the only one who uses it, as I've never seen anyone on any of them.(There are 4 of them).  I was scheduled to do 8K tonight, but my feet started going numb by the time I was 1.5miles in.  By the time I was 3 miles it was just too painful so I decided to cut it short and stop at 5K. 

I know it's important to build my mileage up for my half marathon training, I will be doing a 9K run on Saturday, rain or shine!  I've mapped out the route on map my run, and I'll be doing it outdoors come heck or high water!