01 Jan

1 week until show time

Happy 2012 Everyone!

It’s January 1st, which means New Year’s for some, but for me it means on week until I’ll be running the Walt Disney World Marathon at the ungodly hour of 5:30am.

My training plan has had me tapering since the weekend before Christmas (so 3 weeks before the race) but I hit a chink in that plan on Friday that made me miss 8 miles of running this week:

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I started to get a sore throat on Thursday night and knew that a cold was coming on. Since then I have been doing everything I can to keep the symptoms at bay. Normally I wouldn’t miss a workout for just a cold but with the marathon next weekend I don’t want to take any chances.

Luckily the cold symptoms haven’t hit me too hard but that could be because I’ve been doing everything I can think of to keep them minimal:

– gargling salt water
– resting and napping
– deep breathing a steam bath of lavender-infused hot water

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(I spent much of the last few days with my head over this sink)

– taking an extra vitamin C
– drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm water with lemon and ginger
– using the steam room for 15 minutes followed by an ice cold shower to boost circulation

On Friday I went to use the steam room at the gym to help clear my sinuses and forced myself to stay in there for a full 15 minutes.16, actually, if we’re getting technical. When I got home Matt looked at me and started laughing.

“What happened to your nose!? Why is your nose purple?”

I don’t if it was from the steam or what but somehow the tip of my nose turned purple, it looks a bit like a bruise but more like I dipped the tip of my nose in an ink pad.

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For the rest of the night he couldn’t look at me without laughing. Thanks, husband.

The purpleyness has since gone down a bit but the tip of my nose is still off-coloured, though now I can conceal it with make-up pretty effectively. Good news, since I went out with a big group of people for New Year’s Eve last night. I don’t think anyone noticed, although maybe it’s just rude to ask about it.

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So rude.

So I’m holing up in my house and trying to get some rest and fluids and praying that I’m back in peak shape for the trip to Florida this week. Staying up way too late last night was a bit of a set back, but there was champagne to be popped, and Rock Band to be played, and lots of friends over at my house for the celebration.

In retrospect, jumping around and singing Bad Reputation at the top of my lungs might not have been the best idea.

Wait, who am I kidding? When is that ever a bad idea?

19 Dec

And so begins the taper

Saturday night I made the idiotic decision of having a very spicy stirfry at Chanoso’s for dinner at 10pm. I got an 8 on their 1-10 scale of spiciness which was perfect for my heat tooth but not so good for my intestines.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I weren’t planning to run 20 miles on Sunday morning. So I guess there will be no spicy food the night before the big marathon. Lesson #1 learned.

To spare myself from being miles away from home and having to squat in the woods, I decided to run my longest run of marathon training on the treadmill at the gym (in close proximity to a bathroom). I wasn’t too happy about it, because the weather on Sunday was pretty mild and would have made for a nice run, but luckily there was a decent movie on TV (Kingdom of Heaven) to occupy my boredom.

The run actually went really well. It took me 3:06 (not including bathroom breaks) which is a 9:18/mile pace.

I wasn’t as tired as I had expected to be. Unfortunately I forgot to vaseline my chaffing spots so by mile 9 my ribs and back were raw from all the rubbing against my sports bra and by mile 13 my ass was starting to chafe too. Ass chaffing might be the worst thing in the world. Lube up before you run! Lesson #2 learned.

I took a quick break at mile 13 to refill my water and eat a few dates as a snack. Once I stopped running I noticed that my right knee was hurting just a bit. I’ve never felt knee pain before so I was a bit worried about whether to keep running but I decided to give it a go. It was only 7 more miles. My knee felt uncomfortable but not painful while I ran so I just let myself run through it and after a while I didn’t notice anything. Today it feels a bit ‘off’ but I don’t think it’s anything serious.

So now that my big 20 mile run is out of the way it’s time to taper for the marathon which is only 3 weeks away! Eeeek!

The next big things to do before the marathon are 1) massage. Scheduled for Thursday.  2) put together a packing list of all the things I’m going to need so I don’t forget anything important (like vaseline or moisture wicking underwear).


Holiday Health Challenge Update:

This is week  5 of my Holiday Health Challenge with less than a week to go before Christmas. I was lazy this week and didn’t do a great job sticking to my plan.

1) Keep a food journal – B-

I got lazy and missed a few days of journalling and I wasn’t really considering what I was eating. I would look at my journal and say ‘I ate a lot of nuts today’, but then eat just as many the next day. It was pure laziness and lack of planning.

2) Eliminate processed sugar – C

Not a good week for this at all. I really want to do better this week bit in the week before Christmas I’m wondering how?

3) Floss my teeth every day – B

I think I only flossed 4 days this week.

4) Start the day with lemon juice and water – C

I missed 4 days.

5) Run 150 miles – A+ – (177/150 miles)

I ran all 39 miles I had scheduled for this week and so I smashed my goal of running 150 miles before Christmas by 27 miles. This might have been my best week of running ever with an amazing 5 mile run, a 3 mile run in 23 minutes where I beat my own PR!!!, and of course my big 20 miler.

6) Squat 155lbs for 5 reps – A+

I smashed this goal last week and this week I got up to 8 reps at 155lbs. I tried for 160lbs and got 4 reps! Yowza. I’m rockin’ it.

7) Make my walks with Bagigis 5 minutes longer – C

I think she only got 2 long-ish walks this week. Bad puppy mom.

8 ) Take all my vitamins – A+

Done and Done.

13 Dec

Glory Days

So apparently that little fall down the stairs wasn’t a big deal at all because my run today was amazing!

I set out for a 5 mile run this evening which included four speed intervals of 2 minutes each that I spaced randomly throughout the run.

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Well, I must have been haulin’ ass because i finished the 5 miles in 40:43 seconds, that’s an 8:08 pace!

Ahh, that kind of speed takes me back to my running glory days of ‘07/’08.

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This smile is much more genuine than this one from Sunday’s 18 miler.

This kind of pace makes me want to focus on running shorter distances again. Once the marathon is done, that is.

I just wanted to gloat a bit for you guys… now I’m off to bake more cookies.

11 Dec

18 mile training run

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Fakest smile ever.

How I really felt after the run.


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A little bit like this.

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And a little bit like this.

Today I ran 18 miles in my training run for the upcoming marathon. This is the first Sunday in a few weeks when the weather has been nice enough to run outside. It was sunny and cold—my kind of running weather.

My technique was to run a 9 mile loop, then back to my house for a bathroom/water/cookie break before running a different 9 mile loop.

The first 9 went really well. I had a lot of energy and had a good tempo going. I finished the first 9 miles in 1:23 with no walking breaks.

The second 9 was a little rougher going and took me 10 minutes longer. I definitely slowed my pace and walked whenever I felt tired. I didn’t pick a very good route for this one because it was boring, windy, and extra cold. In my last 3 miles, though I did run by Santa Claus in front of a Christmas tree shop who gave me a high five and told me to “keep on truckin’!” It definitely kept me motivated. I can’t wait to see what Disney characters will do!

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I am not exactly looking forward to running 20 miles next week knowing what my legs felt like after my run today. But at least that will be my last long run before I start to taper. I don’t understand how some runners complain about the taper. I’m excited for it!


Holiday Health Challenge Update:

This is week  4 of my Holiday Health Challenge and I think I did much better than last week.

1) Keep a food journal – B

I only missed 2 days of journalling.

2) Eliminate processed sugar – B

3 days without desserts again this week. Woot!
Matt and I made some caramel corn last night to eat while watching Just Got With It (which was really funny by the way) which ruined me for the weekend.

3) Floss my teeth every day – A-

I only missed a couple of days.

4) Start the day with lemon juice and water – C

I missed a bunch of days this week, unfortunately. Again I’ve been waking up later and later every morning :/

5) Run 150 miles – A – (138/150 miles)

I ran 30 of the 32 miles I had scheduled this week.

6) Squat 155lbs for 5 reps – A+

This week I squatted 155lbs for 6 reps, in each of 4 sets. I had an amazing workout on Friday night. So good that some guy came up to me and said, “I see you here all the time. You work out hard! Do you play sports?”

I did 4 sets of each of these exercises:

Squats: 155lbs x 6reps
Deadlifts: 155lbs x 5reps
Dumbbell Rows: 60lbs x 5reps
Bench Press: 125lbs x 4reps
Turkish Get-Ups: 10lbs x 8reps (<—my new favourite exercise)

7) Make my walks with Bagigis 5 minutes longer – C

I did a pretty bad job at this, but she did get a day at the doggie spa with extra special scented shampoo 🙂

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8 ) Take all my vitamins – B

I only missed a few days this week.

04 Dec

Getting psyched

So I’ve taken my last kickboxing class that I prepaid for. I decided to take December off so that I can get ready for the big marathon coming up on January 8th. I don’t want to get injured and I want to focus more on my running from now until January. Kickboxing classes are, by far, my favourite workout and I love going. I’m going to miss it this month.

I started training for the marathon just after Labour Day and have been slowly incrementing my weekly mileage. The main structure of my training has been:

Marathon Training Structure

Tuesdays: 4-5 mile runs with either uphill intervals or aerobic intervals.

Thursday: Easy, 6-10 miles. I increment these every couple of weeks.

Sunday: Long run. I started with 9 miles and have been incrementing by 1 to 2 miles per week.

Click the photo for my full Training Schedule:

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Today’s long run was 16 miles.

I wanted to run outside today but it was pouring rain almost all day long so I headed to the gym for a looooong run on the treadmill. At least I was entertained by watching the movie Mona Lisa Smile and some shows on HGTV. I ended up getting the run done in 2h 35min, just under 10 minute miles.

My 16 mile run this afternoon left me chaffed and a bit bloody but not even all that tired. I’m getting very excited for the big marathon!


Holiday Health Challenge Update:

This is week  4 of my Holiday Health Challenge and I think I did much better than last week.

1) Keep a food journal – A

I only missed one day of journalling and I was much better about journalling while I ate rather than waiting until te end of the day to say “oh shit, I ate too much.”

2) Eliminate processed sugar – B

3 days without desserts. Woot!

3) Floss my teeth every day – A-

I only missed a couple of days.

4) Start the day with lemon juice and water – C

I think I only did this 3 days this week. I kept waking up too late to do much of anything in the morning. Gah, winter mornings. The bed is so warm… who wants to leave get up?

5) Run 150 miles – A+ – (108/150 miles)

I ran all 30 scheduled miles this week, even squeezing in a 5 mile run before kickboxing. 

6) Squat 155lbs for 5 reps – A+

I did it!!

7) Make my walks with Bagigis 5 minutes longer – A

With all the heavy rainfall this week Bagigis didn’t get a walk every day. But all the walks were longer than normal.

8 ) Take all my vitamins – C

I forgot a lot this week :-/

20 Nov

I’m going to Disney World!

So, this is happening:

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On January 8th I’m going to be running my first ever real marathon! (Not counting my solo 26.2 this summer of course)

I first decided last March that I wanted to run this marathon but I wasn’t sure if it would actually happen in 2012. I’m so happy that it is!

The Walt Disney World marathon is so cool. It winds 26.2 miles through Disney World so runners can experience all 4 theme parks—Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios— by foot. The course is lined with entertainment and practically all the Disney characters who are even available for photo ops.

Truth be told, my priorities for the race are 1) surviving, 2) not getting injured, and 3) getting photos with the Disney characters. Finishing the race in a particular time isn’t really as important to me as just plain finishing.

The race is only 7 weeks away (wow, just writing that is making me nervous!) but luckily I’ve already been training for it since Labour Day with this training plan. I’ve just been waiting patiently until someone confirmed that they would travel to Florida with me, and half expecting not to end up going at all.

But on Friday night my girlfriend Tina and I booked our Florida vacation for the new year. I’m happy to go with her because it’s been over a year since we’ve travelled together and I love travelling with her. We’re planning on hitting up Disney World, Universal Studios, and of course running (Tina is planning on running the 5K race).

I’m excited. I’m ecstatic. I’m nervous as hell.

Isn’t a marathon at the beginning of January such an awesome way to kick off the year? My Holiday Health Challenge is taking on a whole new meaning, since I want to be in tip-top shape for the big run.


Holiday Health Challenge Update:

Two weeks into my Holiday Health Challenge and I think I fared well. I’m still having trouble with the whole “no sugar” business so I’m trying to focus on not eating desserts rather than specifically sugar. It’s still been hard. Very very hard.

1) Keep a food journal – A

Again I wrote down all my food intake for all but one day this week. While I’ve been writing down my food I haven’t been doing anything about the things that need improvement (like the too many grains and not getting enough protein that I’m eating). Maybe this week I will try to plan what I eat before I eat it.

2) Eliminate processed sugar – F

I didn’t eat sweets 2 days this week. An improvement from last week, I guess. Baby steps.

3) Floss my teeth every day – A+

Every. day. I use floss picks which are way better than cutting off the circulation to my fingertips with regular old floss.

4) Start the day with lemon juice and water – A

Every day but once this week.

5) Run 150 miles – A

Logged 27 miles this week as planned. I’m at 61 miles since Nov 6.

6) Squat 155lbs for 5 reps – A

Getting there. I did 2 reps at 155lbs. I’m not sure how my form was though because I don’t have a weightlifting partner. (I really need a partner).

7) Make my walks with Bagigis 5 minutes longer – A+

Done and done.

8 ) Take all my vitamins – A+

Done and Done.

06 Jun

Reasons Not to Run A Marathon Alone

On the heels of my first marathon I’ve been contemplating how positively draining the whole experience was. My marathon was not a race, just a personal goal of mine to run a 43 kilometres long trail across Essex County Ontario (from the green arrow to the red one).

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I was convinced that running 43K by myself would be awesome:

-No waking up at an ungodly hour to make it to the race on time!
-Running on any day that I feel ready!
-Changing the date if the weather isn’t optimal!
-No worrying about times and paces!
-No dealing with crowds of people!
-No bathroom queues!

So many sweet reasons to run a marathon by yourself. . . unfortunately none of them involved the most important thing that an athlete needs during a run of this distance: motivation. I learned hard this the hard way.

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Reasons Not To Run A Marathon Alone

It’s not really a marathon. A marathon is a race which means there are multiple competitors. But running 26.2 miles by yourself? I guess that’s just, you know, a leisurely Sunday morning run.

What’s the point? In the end you have nothing to prove that you actually ran it. All you have are the memories of how mentally draining and physically painful the whole ordeal was. There’s no official time, no cool tech t-shirt, no embarrassing photographs of you on the verge of passing out, and no medal when you cross the finish line. Speaking of which. . .

There’s no finish line to cross. Crossing a finish line is exhilarating. The big clock boasting what you hope to be your new PR and the cheering spectators give you a sense of accomplishment. When you run a marathon alone there is no finish line—it’s just a point at which your run is finally over.

There’s no one to help you keep your pace. Most marathons have rabbits, or official pace-setters. When you run a marathon by yourself there aren’t any, and you can’t even pick your pony (ie. the competitor that it would be embarrassing to see leave you in the dust).

There’s no one to cheer you on. Sometimes I get annoyed by spectators. Especially the ones that shout things like “You’re almost there!” when you’re really not. But annoyed as I get, they really can be motivating and Motivation is Key. Running long distance is more mental than physical and not having anyone on the sidelines nudging your confidence up a bit can really be draining. All you’re left with is your thoughts of why the hell you decided to do this in the first place.

There are no water stops. FYI you need more than a litre of water and four dates every 15K. Plan for that.

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In the end, I’m really glad that I ran my first marathon, in spite of all my bitching. Because the #1 Reason that you SHOULD run a marathon alone:

Regardless of your time, YOU are the new official World Record Holder of your own personal marathon (even if you don’t have a medal to prove it).

05 Jun

I Ran a Marathon

Yup. I did it. I took the Chrysler Greenway, a former railway cum nature trail, all 43kms from in Leamington to Oldcastle. Straight across Essex County.

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It wasn’t a race. It was a One-Woman Marathon – just me and endless, endless trail.

The weather was sunny and not unbearably hot (about 80*F), but it was humid (88% humidity, yikes!) and that ended up making the run really difficult.

I started out by dropping off a litre of water and a ziploc bag with 4 dates at 2 different locations on the trail: 14Kms into the trail, at County Rd 23, and another at 31Kms in, at County Road 12.

I loaded a little fanny pack with my camera, 4 more dates, a tampon, a map of the trail (which was rendered useless when my sweat soaked through it. Ditto with the tampon—super absorbant, my ass!), and Matt’s cell phone (I don’t have one) so I could call to check-in. Just so he knew I hadn’t passed out face first into the gravel as I was expecting.

At 8AM I started at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Kilometre 43.

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I looked tired even before it began. Do I look terrified and sick to my stomach too? Because that’s how I felt at the starting point. I was questioning why I was even doing this stupid, stupid thing. Bucket list be damned! I was tempted to feign an injury and go back home to bed. Not a good way to start any run.

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But I sucked it up and started running.

The first half of the trail, through Kingsville, is the most interesting part of the run. I spent this half of the trail listening to two This American Life podcasts (one on Psychopathy, the other on Infidelity) while taking at least a few sights.

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Pelee Island Winery

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Old Kingsville Train Station

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Kingsville Golf Course

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Poultry Farm!

But all the excitement and interesting sites lasted just the first 14Ks. I picked up my water and dates at kilometre 14 and was so thirty by that point that I chugged 1L and ended up without water for the next 17kms. Not good.

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Kilometre 19, 2.5Ks passed the halfway point. I somehow missed kilometre marker 21 and 20.

I ran the first half almost exclusively. Slowly, at around an 11 minutes/mile pace, but without too much walking.

The second half was much, much tougher.

I switched up my playlist to some music to keep me pumped, but it was still really tough to keep running.

First of all it, the whole rest of the trail looked like this:

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Can you see the end of the trail? Yeah, me neither.

The endlessness of the trail is apparent when the land is so flat and the trail doesn’t wind, running North-South for about 20 straight kilometres. And there were virtually no people on the trail either (hence the need for Matt’s cellphone)

Secondly, I was parched and starting to lose steam fast. I still had 9kms left before my next water stop and I contemplated drinking from a random farm’s pesticide runoff, I mean, ditch. Or possibly hiding in the bushes until the next cyclist came by and jumping them to steal their water. I didn’t though, mainly because that opportunity didn’t present itself.

Eventually, I made it to the second water station. I practically swallowed my dates whole and I chugged back another litre of water in literally 20 seconds. Fuck. I did it again. No more water until the finish line.

Thirdly, my ass was on fire. Not in a good “Damn girl, that ass is hawt!” kinda way. I mean it is, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the “Oh shit, I clearly didn’t apply that vaseline liberally enough because my entire backside is chaffing up a storm” kind way. FML.

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So the second half of the marathon ended up being more walk than run. I started by walking for 2 songs then running for 1, but even that was getting to be too tough. My legs were killing me. My feet were killing me. My cramps were killing me. The raw skin on my ass was killing me. It was a downward spiral. I’ll even admit that almost cried. Twice.

I ended up running only when I felt that I could– when I was getting too sore from walking and thought thought running would feel easier. It never did though.

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5 kilometres to go, and the longest most painful of my life. Like most of the second half of the run, I walked a lot in this 5K and it took me almost 50 minutes to do it. It was so rough, but I had to run the last little bit because Matt and Bagigis were waiting at the finish for me.

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By the end, I could hardly stand up. I was so tired I could barely talk (except maybe to utter I hate you when Matt made me walk to get my water bottle. I don’t hate you Matt, it was the exhaustion talking, I swear.)

So the whole ordeal ended up being the most painful, exhausting, and frustrating, 6 hours of my life.

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Attractive

Yes, it took me 6 hours. And No, I’m not happy with that. In spite of not having a time goal to finish I was kinda hoping for something in the 5h30min range. Don’t judge though, what were you doing Sunday morning?

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The End

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08 May

Today I Ran 16 Miles

16 miles; 26 kilometres. It’s the farthest I have run, ever.

Since it was a gorgeous day out today, I decided to run outside. I was secretly hoping that the weather would be crap so I’d have an excuse to run on the treadmill and watch a movie and have access to a bathroom. No such luck.

I ran on the Greenway for the first time. The Greenway is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. It’s 26 miles long and was made from an unused railway line that runs from Oldcastle to Leamington, right across Essex County. It’s the trail that I am hoping to run for my first personal marathon.

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I have to admit, it was boring as fuck. Seriously.

No wonder I barely saw anyone on the trail besides a few cyclists and a dog walker here and there. The trail (like all of Essex County) is completely flat, almost entirely straight, and flanked by farm fields on both sides. You could see for kilometres and kilometres and kilometres and it all looked like this:

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I’m bored just looking at that picture.

Thankfully, the trail has distance markers to keep me from going insane, not knowing when the path is going to end. I parked my car at the Oldcastle trailhead (kilometre 0), tied my keys to my laces and I ran out 13 kms and then back.

Keys tied to shoes

 

The First Half:

I ran every step of the first 13kms, which went really well. It was slow, but I suspect that I’m still recovering from my blood donation. It took me 1:33 which is an 11:30 min/mile pace. I did a little fist pump action when I hit the 13km marker and then turned around to face my certain death (potentially from boredom).

The Second Half:

13kms to go and I was feeling good. No chafing, thanks to some strategically smeared vaseline and I was still running! Go me!

10kms to go and all I could think to myself was: You are a complete idiot. I didn’t want to be carrying anything while I ran so I didn’t bring water with me or a few dates as a mid-run refuel. I would have kicked myself if I had the energy to do so. I was burning out pretty quickly.

8kms to go and I was regretting the enormous plate of vegetables I ate at Mother’s Day Brunch. My intestines were having a party and there was no bathroom anywhere on the trail. The alleged bathroom at the 12km mark that I was banking on was non-existent.

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7kms to go and TMI ALERT: I had no choice but to duck in the bushes to relieve my terrible case of the runner’s trots. With 7K left, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do right? Thankfully there was no one around anywhere.

My stomach felt much much better for the rest of the run but I was still dealing with exhaustion and dehydration, and I was losing steam fast. The only thing that kept me going was that I had to be home by 6:30. I told Matt that if I wasn’t home by then, to come out looking for me. 6:30 was coming up pretty fast.

For the last 5kms I ran at an embarrassingly slow pace (but luckily no one was around to see it. No paper bag required!) and actually walked for most of it because I was so tired. I added about 15 minutes to the time it took for the first half. But in spite of it all,

I made it!

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Trust me when I say that I sweat A LOT. This terrible selfie with a painfully force smile is proof. Check out all the salt on my hat… and then look closely at all the salt on my face!

Salty Sweaty Runner

 

Results: 16 miles – 3:21. Slow as hell, but completed.

01 May

Windsor Essex County Community Wide Cleanse

Today marked the beginning of the Windsor Essex County Community Wide Cleanse.

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It’s a one week long cleanse that focuses on healthy eating and exercise to detoxify the body and it’s happening throughout the local area. I was pretty keen on taking part.

The cleanse information and the recipe booklet were put together by my naturopath. Several yoga studios in the area are taking part and offering free or discounted classes as well. If you are interested in the cleanse you can sign up online.

The benefits of participating in the cleanse include: improved energy levels, an increased ability to cope with stress, improved recovery time after strenuous exercise, improved physical performance and stamina, a strengthened immune system, improved concentration and focus, enhanced weight loss, and feeling healthy!

Here is a breakdown of the foods that are allowed and to be avoided during the cleanse:

Cleanse Diet:

Vegetables

Allowed – all fresh vegetables except white button mushrooms

Avoid – canned vegetables, white mushrooms, corn/corn products

Fruit

Allowed – fresh and frozen fruit

Avoid – oranges and grapefruits and their juices, melons, dried fruit containing sulphites

Grains

Allowed – rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, tapioca, teff, amaranth

Avoid – gluten (incl. wheat, spelt, rye, barley)

Legumes:

Allowed — legumes and peas

Avoid – soy products that are not organic

Nuts/Seeds:

Allowed – Raw nuts and seeds including almonds, walnuts, hemp, flax, chia, sesame, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts

Avoid – peanuts; any roasted/salted/flavoured nuts

Animal Products

Allowed – organic chicken, turkey, and lamb; wild game; low mercury fish (Clam, Ocean perch,
Alaskan salmon, tilapia, flounder, sole, catfish, sardines, herring, and anchovies)

Avoid – red meat, processed meat, dairy, eggs, seafood, high-mercury fish (shark, swordfish, king
mackerel, tuna, orange roughy, marlin, Chilean bass, lobster, halibut, and snapper), Farmed or Atlantic salmon, fish from the Great Lakes.

Oils

Allowed – EVOO, coconut, grape seed, sesame, walnut, hemp, almond, flax

Avoid – canola, sunflower, safflower, peanut, refined oils, margarine, shortening, salad dressing, mayonnaise

Condiments

Allowed – sea salt, herbs and spices, nut butters, bean dips, mustard, apple cider and brown rice vinegars, sweeteners: stevia and agave

Avoid – table salt, MSG, food additivies, preservatives, colouring, Sweeteners: corn syrup, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose, maltose, maltodextrose

Beverages

Allowed – 6-8 glasses water daily, 100% fresh fruit/vegetable juices, Herbal and Green teas, Unsweetened rice, soy, or almond milk

Avoid – Caffeinated beverages including coffee, black tea, pop, alcohol, dairy, fruit juices high in sugar, vegetables drinks high in salt.


In running news, I am 5 weeks into my marathon training and I ran my personal distance record today for my marathon training. 14 miles!!

Sweaty Post-14mile Run

Sweaty Me, post-run in the locker room.

I ran on the treadmill because the weather wasn’t the greatest, but mainly because I wanted to watch In Her Shoes while I ran. Love that movie. I love the fact that W’s chick flicks coincide perfectly with my long Sunday runs!

I fuelled up with 3 dates halfway through my run to keep my energy levels up. The run itself felt great. I ran at a speed of about 5.8 miles per hour. I didn’t tire out too much, but my only complaint is the chaffing. Oh the terrible chaffing! I have sore, unsightly red marks on my chest, back, and bum. I need to do something about this chaffing problem.