Friday, July 31, 2009

Take 2 Day 12 of 84

got in 5 km this morning before it was too hot although it was 19 C and 97% Humidity. It was misting and cooler but humid and sweaty. The air is hard to breath when its that wet ;)

Have a ball hockey game tonight - another hour of running. Going to go ride the horse afterwards.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Take 2 Days 9, 10, 11 of 84

Summer hours and Scott working so much is taking a toll on my running :( Between him not being here and the kids being here, and the hot muggy weather, I am barely getting out running at all. :(

Tuesday was a rest day. Not planned to be but no time.
Wednesday got up early and ran a tempo run in the morning. Going to have to do that at the track or the TCT because hills here make it way too hard to keep a consistent pace. Tempo run was not very nice.

Thursday was another rest day. Scott was home for half an hour but it was muggy and gross and I didnt go out :(

May get out Friday morning (day 12) :(

Monday, July 27, 2009

Take 2: Day 8 of 84

Since long run Sunday became Long Run Monday, got up at ass crack of dawn to run the scheduled 8 km. It wasnt hot (19 C) but humidity was 100%. SHEEIT. The air felt wet. Did a familiar 8 km route which wasnt bad but felt absolutely awful at about 6.5 km in. Dont know how I kept going. Ugh humidity sucks.

Ball hockey in the evening for 50 minutes.

Take 2: Day 6/7 of 84

weekend = Rest. Busy with the picking up of the horse, the horse show, the visiting of the horse. So no running was to be had.

Take 2 Day 4/5 of 84

Thursday I made into a rest day (busy week!) and Friday became an easy 3 miles day. Did it on the roads out here. Hot. LOVE hot. Except for when Im running.

Take 2 Day 3 of 84

Was a big day :)
Rained and I thought I could totally wait it out but then the skies opened up so I went to the gym and did 3 miles on the treadmill. THAT SUCKS.
Then since Day 3 is supposed to be interval day I went and did those while Taylor was at soccer; again avoiding the rain but not the humidity.
Warmed up for a km then Did 5 X 400 m intervals at about 5:30 minutes/km average. It was actually a nice change but hard :)cooled off for a km.

Big day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Take 2: Day 1/2 of 84

Supposed to be Stretch and Strengthen. Didnt do it; 4 H projects need to be done. Didnt worry too much, since its only the first day.

Day 2: supposed to be 5 km run. Again 4H took over and didnt make the run. Also Pony Club Rally so a few hours were spent vet checking horses. Just really tired now.

Maybe Day 3 is the charm!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just a hot morning :)

Yesterday I went to the gym. I didnt know how much I missed it! I didnt expect to! So I rode my bike there (7.65 km) and worked out weights (arms and legs) and then biked home (7.65 km) for a nice workout.

Today it was back to the sneakers and pavement. I had Scott drop me off about 6.4 km away (plus some room for walking warm up/cool down). And it was pretty hot.

Walked half a km (about 5 minutes) before starting the run which was backwards from how I usually run in that area and I liked it backwards better lol. Got to the bottom of WMR at 6.4 km (4 miles)in 41:54 minutes and walked up to the house;About another km in about 10 minutes. Hot. Ok likely not that hot but 19 C felt hot to us after the chill we have been having. lol

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Still in Limbo

8 days and counting to the next training schedule - right on track for the Valley Harvest Half Marathon on October 11!! As long as Scott doesnt mind spending our Anniversary hanging out in Wolfville lol.

Went to the Pictou County Run for the Lobster this morning with Lavinia. Despite the On Site registration I resisted signing up; haven't run enough in the past 2 weeks, would have had a poor time, and the shirt wasnt that great lol. Not in a Race sort of place right now with having taken a lot of the past 2.5 weeks off :)
So while she raced her butt off (winning the 10 K race) I did a couple (4.3) km around the town trying hard to avoid the racers without knowing where the course was going. There was a lot of hill which I ran up and down, got a little bit lost, and got back to the race site a bit after Lavinia finished. Meant to see her finish :( she said she was a little out of it when she was done; very hot and tired. :(

After getting a bit to eat and drink we did a couple of slow km UP ANOTHER HILL and back down to keep moving and cool down. That was kinda nice, lots of talk about nutrition and relaxing stretch of muscles. Gotta remember to do that more often because it felt really nice. I am guilty of neglecting warm up and cool down.

Working out the training schedule this afternoon and trying to find some races to match up with the schedule dates. Can do some adjusting but it would be nice if things would just fall into place lol. there are NO 15 km races around here at any time including the 20th of September...hahha might have to just do another 10 K on that day. Going to do a 5 K around the beginning of August; not sure which one because I wanted to do the 6 mile Natal Day Run (too far and wrong day) and there is a 5 K Lung Association run on the 9th (right day, right distance lol) and a 10 K at the end of August; Cobequid 10 K falls on just the right day :):). Got all my LSD runs and week start/ends all stuck on the calendar. Should put to paper. Cant remember to check calendars!

So not sure what to do this week. I should follow a modified version of the Schedule I will be using for this last night relaxing week just to start the habits. Throw in some cross training :)

Whatever will be.

Friday, July 10, 2009


got to go 2.7km last night. SIGH. It was a beautiful night and a beautiful road and 2 little tired girls on bicycles didnt want to go any further and burst into tears so we sat in the car instead and waited for Taylor to be finished her 4H meeting. It WAS a really nice night for running :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

attempt to remain consistent

until starting a new program next week; made a 6.4 km run Tuesday and going to go again Thursday. Walked Wednesday night. Not easy to eke out time these days with the warm temps and kids home.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

After 4 days off

pulled off 6 hot km on Friday to start off the month. Same ol route, same ol results. lol

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Not Since Moses 2009

Last weekend was the Not Since Moses Run; Saturday and Sunday with a collection of 5 and 10 K runs and a Basket Run for the kids (1km) all done on the Ocean Floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide.

Its really a Unique event :)

We planned to camp the night before but didnt manage it with poor weather forecasts and cranky kids and now I am regretting that because the weather didnt turn out awful (not too much rain) and it would have been a lot of fun. :(

So we drove up the morning of the race. I thought we were too late for the Basket Run (for kids) but we ended up in time; I couldnt convince Holly to go in it but we watched it and I think she thought it would be fun :)

The Bay of Fundy has really high and low tides. When it goes out it leaves miles of ocean floor uncovered. So we waited until tide was way out, and then started from the beach. :)
Behind me and the lighthouse you can see the five Islands named Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg, and Pinnacle lol. Long Island is the big one back there behind the lighthouse, where we landed.

The girlies on the lighthouse :)

I think that is Moose Island. Im not sure. lol
Girls on the beach
And the other girl on the beach. Left them all there and ran away on this awesome trek!

This is us starting out on the beach :) It was loose gravel which ended up being comparatively easy to run in ;)I thought it would be was nothing compared to the loose sand moguls.

Crossing some water after the mud. The first few puddles I was thinking Oh dont get my feet wet. What was I thinking? there was No choice but to get feet wet :):):)

Lovely sucking, slippery mud. OH my gads like nothing you've ever ran in! lol
Amazing view of the rocks behind Sarah :)
After crossing mud up to our ankles we went into water. THIS water wasnt deep and cleaned the mud off of our shoes. Not out of them, but off of them haha. There was a lot of water like this and sometimes so deep and with such a current that we almost fell into it lol. we crisscrossed lots of ocean rivers like this. It was almost impossible to run in ;) The waterways were kind of interesting and forced some walking breaks for us. lol

lol After Sarah and I were separated I was reduced to taking my own photo lol behind me is the mud we were running in and the islands that we were running to; once we left the beach there was no time to get back before the tide came back in so we landed on one of the "Five Islands" (Long Island) to wait for boats. That behind me is one of them.

This hole through Long Island was crossed twice. once on the way too and once on the way back.

Some of the Rocky Terrain we crossed.

LOL rock.

So we went around these islands when there was No water surrounding them (this was later when tide was coming back in) and between those rocks out there and back through the hole on the big Island (picture it to the can see the trail where hundreds of runners passed through....)

Second time through the "Keyhole" was annoying; I was still running but some of these people stopped and others were finished...and they blocked the hole and they stood in front of me and they basically made me climb over rocks so that they could take photos. There was a lack of etiquette at this race.

Not much photo taking after this; between the soft sand which was hard to run over, and the moguls caused by tides and waves, I was doing pretty well just to finish. I felt more tired after this race than I did after the 21 km the week before! lol

View of the Finish line from on top of the Island; can see the mainland in the distance from where we came :) The tide soon covered this area.

Once Sarah was back we had a bit of food and then went to grab the bags; someone thought they were on top of the Island so I climbed the 194 steps to the top to get the bags. They were not there by the way; they were on the beach. Sarah waited on a rock a few feet away from them for me to come down lol but once I was at the top I didnt go back down until I had looked around! and the view was AMAZING.
The Stairs

This boardwalk was all over the Island to protect the plants and ferns on the top of the Island.
One of the Views from One of the 4 cottages on the Island. It was neat from up there!

There was a "dumbwaiter" on the beach for hauling up heavy things; I stood on the edge to take this photo of the runners resting below on the beach.
And from the beach this is looking up at the platform.

Neat view of a cliff on the Island

Hard to see but Blomidon/Cape Split is over there. Normally only seen from Wolfville! I thought it neat to see it from this other side.

Once into drier clothes moods improved hahah

View of the dock on the beach with the stairs climbing from there. Portapotties not normally there of course. This dock floats.

The tide creeping closer. Boats almost floating!!

This is the boat we made it onto...I think it was the fifth trip.
The beach from the boat....Few people left :)

Hanging on for dear life!

Ready to go!

And the Island from the boat.

And the boat ride back was SO Awesome on a speedboat! TOTALLY AWESOME!

So my 10 km took me 1:23:15 to do, which isnt a best time but under those conditions I was not going for a best time! I was exhausted, after the mud, water, soft sand, rocks with barnacles, seaweed.....and did I mention moguls? Yea the sand in the tides forms moguls lol try running up and down those!

Definitely the best race ever! I hope everyone gets to experience races like the Not Since Moses!

2012 km Goal