Grey Skies

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Last week, I used the ‘Its my Birthday’ excuse and barely ran. After my fab 7.2 on monday, I only went for one walk and did some stretching. I have been feeling pretty unmotivated this week. I missed the only BEAUTIFUL (-1C) day working….so Ive been stuck with dreary, grey, cold days.

This week I MUST get back on track. I need to be fit a fab to start marathon training on new years day, that will give me a couple extra weeks to allow for any set-backs that may occur before the race in April.

Yesterday I had my car in the shop to have a new window put in (some jerk smashed it in while I worked). Being without transportation for the day ended up being a really good thing as I had to go on foot to do my errands. I walked somewhere around 5km and did some stretching at home.

For runs this week, here is what I have to accomplish by Sunday:

7.2km @ a comfortable pace

4.8km @ race pace (7 minute kilometers)

8km @ a comfortable pace

40-45 easy run (I am going to call my walking day my easy run due to lack of days left in the week)

I will be proud to have these runs accomplished by the end of the week. Its going to be busy: My best friend is in town, my parents/brother are coming to town, and sunday morning we leave to visit the in-laws. Busy busy.

I am BEYOND excited to share that my husband has signed up for his FIRST half marathon!!! YAYYYY!!! I think he was inspired by doing so well at the Santa Shuffle, and his ‘tuxedo’ sweats he recently bought (he tells me they are so nice he could wear them to tuxedo events).

Off to juice, and see my BEST FRIEND for the first time in a month!!!! YAHOOOOOOOO!!! [Did I mention I am off for 11 days? On the up and up!]

 

 

Birthday Recap

I started off the week with a longest run I have done in a year! I have been running 5km distances for way WAY too long, and 7.2 was looming. It took some working up to. It was cold, difficult, SLOW and I felt SO good after compleating it!

The next two days I worked…..and some jerk smashed in my car window. =( Boo.

Finally, it was my birthday. This year, I just wanted a relaxing night with my man…cheating on my allergies and eating a little dairy.  Nothing crazy or special.

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G came home early from school and spoiled me with presents and gluten free cupcakes. He gifted me some yoga pants, a scarf, and my favorite tea! LOVE. (perfect compliment to my parent’s gift of yoga classes)

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We enjoyed some tea/cupcakes along with too many episodes of Dawson’s Creek before we headed off to grab some supper. [Dessert before the meal…duh. Its my birthday.] My favorite cupcake place Cupcake Conspiracy is peanut free, and you can order gluten free cupcakes as well. These were heaven! I couldn’t even taste the difference from their regular gluten infested treats. My favorite was the white chocolate cupcake- Moon Landing.

After we had stuffed our faces with sugar, we headed to La Bamba. We had never been, but chose it for it’s great reviews on Urbanspoon and the fact that it is 100% gluten free.

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I am so glad we chose this place! It was AMAZING. We both ordered the enchiladas (spicy for graeme). We both forgot to order them dairy-free, so we indulged in a little dairy + an allergy pill for me! After only about 5 minutes, our food was ready. They came with mexican rice and beans as well as house made chips and salsa for the table. I ordered a size of guacamole as well. SO GOOD. Graeme ate his up in about 5 seconds while I savored mine. We will definately be back!

We came home, watched the boringest movie ever on itunes…and then retreated to the bed all snuggly in our jammies for a couple more episodes of Dawson’s Creek before bed.

The perfect lazy birthday.

 

Quarter Century Eve Year

Today is my 24th birthday. This year, before I hit the big 2-5, I have some things I would like to accomplish. Instead of new years resolutions, I am going to make birthday resolutions. =) Some are serious, some are fun.

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1. Do yoga at least twice a month.

2. Run two half-marathons.

3. Achieve a 5km PR.

4. Go on a vacation.

5. Get a new bike and start biking everywhere again.

6. Move out of my stinky, no good, annoyingly broken-all-the-time apartment.

7. Get a tattoo.

8. Learn to bake amazing gluten free bread.

9. Get a facial.

10. Juice 5 days a week.

Frost Bite!

Today was monumental for me as a runner. When I first started running back in 2010, my first race was the Santa Shuffle 5km. I ran it in 35 minutes on a -15C day. Today, I returned to the race, despite enormous amounts of fear. I woke up and my weather app said with windchill, it was expected to warm up to a bone-chilling -49C by the time the race started. I decided to race down and only do the 1km to avoid the cold. When I arrived at the race, and met with my amazing friend, Becky, she encouraged me that I could do the 5km. She had previously offered to pace me to break my PR. So we started, and despite emense amounts of fear that I wasn’t ‘good enough’, ‘brave enough’, ‘dressed warm enough’, ‘fit enough’, I finished. Becky encouraged me through the entire race. I didn’t break my PR, but I did  break a record for the coldest run in my history of running. I finnished in 37 minutes. ONLY TWO MINUTES SHORT! I am so proud of myself. =)

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Not only did I finish emensly proud, but my husband was awarded 2nd Male overall, and Becky’s husband finished 1st Male overall. Neither wore a watch so we have no clue how fast they were. Our friend Kerri walked the 1km Elf Walk, and I am very proud of her as she usually volunteers! It took a lot of effort to get out in temperatures colder than the North Pole today. Becky’s friend, Natasha, from work joined us and also encouraged me the whole way. The only members of our team not in the photo were Chantel and her mom (chantel’s picture below), who we didn’t connect with until we were leaving the start line. They set out to walk the 1km Elf Walk, and ended up doing the entire 5km. Did I mention Chantel JUST had a baby? Which makes her mom a GRANDMA? You go girls!

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It was a great race, with lots of volunteers along the way, freezing their bottoms off! The finish had coconut water, muffins, david’s tea and other randoms, and the metals were super cute! For a cheap race ($23)…I will definately do it again!

Needless to say…I am SO proud of our whole group, and so incredibly thankful to one of my best friends, Becky (my drill saergent). I came out with a small patch of frost bite on my side-butt and a even smaller patch on my forehead. War wounds that I am so proud to have [and my Grammy Speach ends here…]

So, What did I wear? [For lack of arctic running advice online…]

My base layer consisted of a sweat-wicking Lululemon t-shirt/sports bra.

My warmth layer consisted of a half-zip long sleeve ruffle shirt from Target (fleecy lining) + a long sleeve Lululemon sweater made out of luon

My wind breaking layer was my winter edition of the running room wind breaker

I also wore The Running Room’s thermal tights which are similar to a scuba material, lined with fleecy fabric + a Lululemon ear warmer headband, balaclava from The Running Room, some random crappy Walmart fleece gloves, and a pair of my husbands botton socks (poor choice) since mine were all dirty.