Monday, September 27, 2010

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

These two cute guys want to say well done to all those who ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM)yesterday!!! Many of my friends ran yesterday's race - one qualified for Boston and another had a PB. My husband and I went down to watch the race and were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the front runners running at about kilometer 32 and these men and women were still SPRINTING, not running, but sprinting. That was truly inspirational.

I was a little sad to be sitting on the sidelines this year as the STWM was my first (and so far only) marathon. When I found out I was pregnant in the spring I had just come of a PB in a 10km and half marathon race and I was training for another marathon. Those plans were put on hold but once the baby comes I plan on trying to run a sub four hour marathon (yikes I said it, I put it out there). The STWM was a fantastic first marathon - nice and flat - and while I might not be quite up to par next September considering the baby is due in January I'm sure it is a race I will run again one day.

The above picture is of my kids with the shirts my husband made for them to wear while they watched me run my first marathon. It says Run Like the Wind Mommy on the front with the date of the marathon on the back. I had no idea that he had done this and when we saw them on the sidelines at 30 km I was pretty tickled.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I'm back...slower...but back nonetheless

That's right, I'm back running, well sort of. I finally feel better (touch wood) and have been back at the gym where I have been trying a run/bike combo. It feels great to be back running, although at a very modified pace. I hope I can keep going for the next 16 weeks. The one thing I am finding at six months pregnant is the baby seems to be sitting quite low so there is a lot of lower stomach pressure when I run, but I find breaking into a walk once and awhile helps with that. Hopefully I will be able to keep going until this little guy is ready to get here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Since there has been little running in my life at the moment so here is a cute pic of my tw0 monkeys. Happy Wednesday and back to school!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Maybe it was not meant to be

When I started my running blog in the middle of the summer it was meant to chronicle my attempts at running throughout my pregnancy and then my return to running in the spring after the baby is born. I felt like the goal of continued running was attainable as I had run a PB half marathon and 10km while in the early months of this pregnancy and had even been training for a second marathon. But alas my body had other ideas. You see with this third pregnancy I have been sick, really sick. I have had the usual early nausea sickness and exhaustion, coupled with terrible flues and cold, the latest turning into a full blown sinus infection which required antibiotics from which I had an allergic reaction to culminating in a massive hive breakout. Phew!

I don’t want to complain and I certainly don’t want this blog to come off as whiny. But I guess I want to capture how I felt at this time and describe why I’m not running so when I look back on this stage of my pregnancy I have a journal of why I didn’t manage to hit my goal. But the good news now is that I am starting to feel better and hope to get back out there, even if it is only a slow shuffle.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an all night runner by Dean Karnazes

Even though I’m certainly not running at full tilt at the moment I still find myself wanting to read about running. A running friend still forwards me all the emails from my old marathon clinic, I occasionally pick up a copy of Runner’s World and I am devouring running books. Hopefully this will keep my head in the game for when I ready to get back into it next spring.

I recently finished Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man. This was an easy read which I managed to whip off in three nights. I'm sure many runners know who Dean is - the guy who runs all night, thinks nothing of running 100 km+ at a time. Dean starts off by giving background on how he got into running, how it changed his life and than focuses on describing a few of his ultramarathons. And while it certainly is interesting to read about the ins and outs of competing in a race like the Badwater Ultramarathon, a feat I can’t ever imagine undertaking, I wanted to know more about how he manages to train for something like this which isn’t really covered. I’m sure he truly is superhuman and there are some genetic explanations for his feats, but as someone who struggles with the day-to-day of training and all that it entails (i.e. what to eat, how to recover properly, how to cross-train, how to carve out enough time) I would have found it equally compelling to hear more about how he gets ready for these races. Nonetheless, I found the description of each of the ultramarathon races fascinating and Dean’s hour by hour or even minute by minute description of them was gripping. Finally it is always fun to hear about why a runner runs, Dean’s answer seems to evolve throughout his running career. For someone who loves to run and loves to read about the world of running this is a fun quick read about races most of us can only imagine doing!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Out for the count

I have been seriously sidelined by the cold that never goes away. It seems I caught a cold about 2 and a half weeks ago, than I proceeded to catch some kind of flu on top of that and this mess has now turned into a sinus infection. The kicker is because I am pregnant I can’t really take anything but some regular Tylenol and usually I like to have a few nights with extra strength Cold Tylenol to help me sleep, but not right now!
So for now I am sidelined. Not only do I not feel like running because I am tiered but there is no way that my poor stuffed up head would allow it. But the funny thing is, as I always find when I can’t run, I miss it. I miss my outlet and my quiet alone time. Hopefully I can shake this thing off be back running and writing soon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Back to running like the wind

Last summer while I was training for the marathon every time I left the house on a run (which was frequent) my kids and my husband would yell out, “Run like the wind mommy.” My husband even had t-shirts made up for the kids for when they watched us run the Scotiabank Marathon.

I loved training for the marathon and often felt like I was running like the wind. But since the end of May after my last half marathon race I have felt like every run was a chore. It turned out that this was due to being pregnant which sapped my energy. But even though I knew there was a good reason I wasn’t running like the wind at the moment I was disappointed that I was no longer getting the same high from my runs and found each such a challenge.

Well this may have changed. Last night I headed out for my usual five km pretty late in the evening because it is so hot here. With my music playing and the air cooling down I found myself zipping around our neighborhood and I was so pleased to finally get a great run under my belt.