The Daily EO: April 22nd, 2013

The day after 10k that you weren’t prepared for is a tottering one.  Yes, you have that ground swell of pride and good feeling, but sitting down to pee is problematic.

Nonetheless, I still think it was worth it.

Ow.

No more water, Thanks.

April 22nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Knowing today’s pain is better than tomorrow’s will be.

The Daily EO: April 21st, 2013

Today was the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run – a 10k run through Vancouver’s downtown and Kitsilano areas.  I signed up about 30 days ago, certain that it would motivate me to get running and exercising.  It didn’t.  And since all I have been doing during the last week is blowing my nose or coughing, I was uncertain of my ability to join the run and actually make it through without stiffened sleeves due to . . . well, wiping my nose the whole time.  (sorry about the graphic image)

I was still toying with skipping when I awoke this morning, but cheapness and knowledge that I would regret not making it spurred me out of bed to the longest and hottest shower I could stand.  I took a Drixoral, ate some oatmeal and greek yogurt, had a sport drink (with caffeine), blew my nose for the 15th time that day, stuffed my pockets full of kleenex and hit the road.

I am glad I did.  I can’t explain what it feels like to walk from your house and see almost everyone around you sporting numbers indicating they are doing the same thing you are.   It’s like this weird sense of community that makes you say “Hey!  Me too!” to everyone.

I’ve only run a 10K once before and logged in about 1:22.  But I was determined that I was not going to break the rules of my colour which was runners between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.  Could I run that fast with my snotty nose slowing my pace?  My strategy was to make up a lot of time in the early part where most was downhill, then I could slow up and walk during the other portions.

I use an ap to track my pace and generally it is fairly accurate – it lets me know every 2 minutes and every 1/2 kilometer what my pace and time are.   So, as I bolted out of the starting gate – well, it felt like a bolt – I was blown away to hear after two minutes that I had a pace of 3 mins 40 seconds.  What?!  That’s crazy town.  Maybe I did bolt!  Look at me go!  Then as I passed the 2 km mark, my ap announced that I had moved 2.5 kms.  Sigh – little GPS problems somewhere I think.

The sport drink I had consumed earlier now wanted out, but I would be damned if I was going to wait in a line and hurt my time, so I held it for 8 kms.

False information, kleenex stops and full bladder aside, I pushed through and did feel a twinge – well, wave – of sadness passing the 5K mark where I usually would be finished.    Oh, god, I have to do the same distance again!

My left ankle hurts, my right shoulder hurts, my shins hurt, I have a headache, and I am starving (yes, weirdly I get hungry during and directly after exercise).  Surely, I can’t be too far now.  Oh, good, here’s the last bridge.

I have a rule in all races or runs I undertake – I have to run across the finish line or the end regardless of how I feel.  So, as I came down off Cambie Street bridge and could see the finish line in sight, I spurred my aching body on.  For the first time in my life, I felt nauseated due to exercise and I thought I was running on a sprained ankle.  I think I had a bit of a bladder accident too, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to cross the finish line running.

April 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:

The Vancouver Sun Run:  Vancouver, British Columbia, April 21st, 2013 (10K)

Emile Results:
Time:  1:01:24  (current personal best)
Gender Overall Finish:  9089th
Category Finish:  822th

Susan Results:
Time:  1:14:53  (current personal best)
Gender Overall Finish:  11535th
Category Finish:  1122th

And now for some sweet cream and rhubarb ice cream.

The Daily EO: April 7th, 2013

I’ve been up since 7 am awaiting our expected 1 pm ice cream delivery.  Well, that isn’t entirely true.  I got up at 8 – woo hoo sleep in – and spent time searching for sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichokes or sunroots) recipes.  That lead me to re-finding  The Guilty Kitchen  so I changed into running gear after seeing what she is doing and seeing her ridiculous abs.    Then I heard Emile sniffling – sure sign that Emile is awake –  and went in to convince him that we should go for a run.  That lead to him getting up and making pancakes (which weren’t his best, but he states he is hindered by missing ingredients).  I am not sure how running became pancakes.

Then I was disgusted by the state of my bathroom, so I cleaned it.  What is with soap scum?  I use all natural shower items – so it would follow that my all natural cleaners should take it off easily.  Then I put away all my purchases from Saturday (I did get some shopping in after heading home to change).  Then unloaded the dishwasher.  Tidied up the kitchen, cleaned off my desk.  And still it was an hour before our expected delivery time.  Sigh.

But finally the phone rang!

I wish that these pictures had timestamps, because you’d see that ridiculously we ate all the ice cream in about 4 minutes.  It was sour, sweet and tangy all at once.  Yum!

April 7th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I love lemons!  I love Ice Cream!

PS  I end up working out that day – that is why you’ll see me stiffly walking up and down stairs.

The Daily EO: March 29th, 2013

Easter is early this year, and part of me wishes it was deeper into April – I suspect I am going to need a short week somewhere in there.  But nonetheless, we are not going to let this full day off work go to waste.

First Light
First Light
Old Family Recipe
Old Family Recipe
Gift from my mother-in-law
Gift from my mother-in-law

 

We all want to capture and keep Spring close
We all want to capture and keep Spring close

 

We also went for a run around the sea wall and Stanley Park and I did my first “10K” which is 1/2 walking and running, but the first time I ever did one at all.  So, my benchmark is 1 hour and 22 minutes, and I can target improvement each time I try it.  And I saw someone I knew sitting on a bench – I know people here!  And they saw me “being that girl” running through Stanley Park.

March 29th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Sun on my cheeks, clean air to power my lungs, love in my family and chocolate to eat.

 

The Daily EO: March 18th, 2013

For a couple of weeks now I was pretty certain I was going to enter the Vancouver Sun Run this year.  That was until I found out it is 10K not 5K.  I’ve never run 10K, I’ve moved 10K certainly.  I’ve run 5K, and I have run/walked 7K.  I have walked 17 km continuously and I’ve worked several 12 hour shifts serving that included only one 15 minute break.

So, can I enter the Vancouver Sun Run?  And run/walk 10K?   I have not got enough running in for the last month for a variety of reasons, so I am nervous.  The race is only 30+ days away.  Can I be physically prepared for such a race?

Even as I type this, it for some reason seems to be a bad idea.  I asked Emile if he would do it with me, and he said – unfortunately – that he would.

I just checked the balance of our bank account – we can afford it.

March 18th, 2013 Extra-OrdinaryRunning out of excuses, we are now registered.

The Daily EO: February 16th, 2013

I can tell you this – it is much easier to get in exercise and healthy eating when you are not working.  With everything happening in our lives and my demanding job, I let my exercising and healthy diet slip.  Fortunately, I never returned to my high of 176 pounds from a few years ago and can say with certainty that those 15 pounds have successfully been banished.

But also, I have never returned to my low of 152 pounds either because well, I don’t have all day to just focus on me.  So, I try to make sure I run 2 times a week and work out at least once beyond that.

3 weeks ago, I ran/walked a loop from my house up Pender, Main, the Sea Wall, underneath Canada Place and back home on Cordova.

Pathetically, it took me 42 minutes.

Today I did the same loop again and it took me 37.

Okay, okay, it’s not 25 minutes like some can do, but exercise isn’t about anyone else, it is about you.

Trying.  Doing.  Failing.  Succeeding.  All on your own terms.

February 16th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Goodbye 5 minutes.  You’re not coming back.

The Daily EO: January 31st, 2013

So, the end of January is upon us and that means I have to give you an update on Cliche January – or my journey with the other masses of people trying to remove the Christmas chocolates from my ass.

I’ll tell you now – the numbers are not too impressive.  My weight is generally the same, but I can live with that, maybe down a couple of pounds.  I am sleeping better, and feeling better also.

For the first 2 weeks of January, I was sick, so getting in exercise proved to be difficult when all you really wanted to do was lie on the couch and moan.  Work also got quite overwhelming for a while, so I really just wanted to lie and the couch and be left alone.

So instead of beating myself up about that, I will celebrate the times I got off the couch.  This month I:

  • Got outside to run 2 X 5+K.  This is difficult to do because when I leave for and return from work, it is dark.  I don’t feel comfortable running in the dark alone, so it ends up being Saturday and Sunday.  Also, I don’t really have proper rain gear, so it has to be a Saturday or Sunday when it is not raining.  All in all, that is 25% success rate of the 8 available days.
  • I did 130 squats according to the Squats Pro App I have.
  • I hit the gym in our building about 6 times this month and while that number is not very high, it is 6 more times than I actually did in December.  Besides the hordes of Cliche January-ers are there, and it bugs me to be part of their movement, so okay.
  • Went for a 17 km walk with Emile around the sea wall and Stanley Park.  That was a long walk.
  • I went to a spin class at a GoodLife gym which was pretty hard but I did the whole thing.  Classes are included in a gym membership there, which I do not really want (see noted gym in my building), but they charge $15/class for drop in fees.  Which then makes the gym membership thing cheaper than taking classes.  So, waiting to understand how Emile’s contract renewal is going to look – don’t want to sign up for a long term commitment right now.
  • I took a healthy lunch to work every day.  And packed one for Emile too.
  • I stopped caffeine again (and so much better for it).
  • Use Mind Jogger to remind me to “Drink some Water” and “Count to 10 and breathe” twice a day each.
  • Watched 5 episodes of the Biggest Loser.  (doesn’t that count?)

There is lots of room for improvement in Fit February, and I am committed to continuing my efforts.

January 31st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Cliche January’s mixed success rate inspires me to keep on moving into Fit February.

The Daily EO: November 8th, 2012

God, I hate running on treadmills.  The sheer boredom of it makes me avoid it.  Yet to head to the streets and run through downtown Vancouver at 6:30 am isn’t going to happen for several reasons.  First, I’m scared of that, and well, it’s too far.  So, I find myself climbing the 2 flights of stairs to get to the building gym discovering that the hill training in Huntsville has spoiled me.  I could run and make no concern about incline, speed, just try to run as far as I could without stopping in the trees, sun and the hills.

I try all sorts of games – think about something else.  Do 10% incline, then 6.0 speed.  Do Sprints, do walking.  Think about work, think about a book.  Listen to music, listen to an audio book.  Something – anything! – to take my mind off how many minutes I have left.

But who am I kidding?  In Huntsville by now, I would be running around the 200 m indoor track complaining to you that I couldn’t possibly go around the same track yet again without falling over.  The snow bluffs make is hard and dangerous to run, so I’d be inside either way.

And this leads me to the human condition.  My gym is well equipped with maintained equipment.  It looks over the Vancouver Harbour off of the 43rd floor.  The walls are floor to ceiling glass and the cardio machines are positioned to look out the windows.

I’m bored looking at this?

November 8th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Ho-hum.  Another day with a million dollar treadmill view.

 

The Daily EO: September 16th, 2012

Participating in the Terry Fox run is pretty easy when you are 2 people in your thirties.  You can start getting ready about 15 minutes ahead of time, and arrive about 5 minutes before it begins, run/walk/bike, and be done.  With a group of seven people – 3 of them people children under 10, things get more complicated.

By the time we left at 11:30 am with 3 bikers, 2 rollerbladers and 2 runners, we had already been at preparation for about an hours.  First there was snacks, then making sure the bikes were ready, then the appropriate attire/shoes discussions, then snacks again because both parents were asked, then finding money for the donation, then screaming, then crying when an accident happened, then peeing, then eating, than strapping on the roller blades, then searching for headphones and house keys.  Finally, we were ready to leave.

After all that, I could have just stayed home.

As Terry Fox was from Port Coquitlam, the close by Coquitlam run is pretty small, but very convenient for us.  We walked/cycled/bladed up to the park when the event was taking place.  Everyone got free lemonade.  Then everyone had to find the bathroom.

We managed to get ourselves registered, donate and everyone got Terry Fox ribbons.    We started out in the middle of the pack at the first turn a friendly policeman directed up right when we should have got left.  Alison – whose days of blading were sometime before – found her self barreling down a hill while her husband shouted stopping directions at her.    Her horrified children watched as she grabbed on to a rotund stranger and managed to slow down so when she did actually fall, it was  a minor scrap on one arm.

Emile wanted nothing of this chaos and left us well behind and we didn’t see him again for an hour as he decided to complete the 10 k route.

After her terrifying blaze of glory, Alison and the two younger children turned off at the 2K route, while I continued on with the oldest child on her bike.  I encouraged her, I coached her, I told her she was doing great and we both eventually managed to get up that first long hill in the blazing sunshine.  As I felt the strength wan in my legs, her Dad caught up to us on his blades and I found myself abandoned without a backward glance.  Children are so fickle.

I proudly ran my 5K with my ribbon flapping – only occasionally sticking to my sweaty skin.

September 16th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Seeing the next generation of children learning about Terry Fox – a man who had set out quietly but made a big noise.

 

The Daily EO: August 14th, 2012

Good news, people!  My sports doctor – yes, I have a sports doctor – ahem.  As I was saying: My Sports Doctor says he doesn’t think I have compartmental issues (at least in my legs – I probably have them mentally, but no sports doctor is going to fix that).  As you may recall, I was referred based on shin pain while and from running.  The doctor listened to my symptoms and asked me a whole bunch of questions.  I got nervous and sweaty – I really don’t know why – and tried to answer them to be best of my ability.

I felt foolish – who doesn’t experience pain while running? – if we didn’t, we probably wouldn’t have invented cars.   And it’s wasn’t an obvious traumatic incident with bones sticking out, or crutches required.   And with the Olympics wrapping up, I felt a little silly.  I mean Clara Hughes broke her back and placed 5th in the cycling time trials!  Paula Findley refused surgery on her hip and cried through an entire triathlon!  Tory Nyhaug has his spleen removed to make it to the Olympics!  Oh Poor Little Me.  My shin twinges a little sometimes.  Sally.  Wuss.   No Olympics will I be attending with my lack of grit and fortitude (And I had such a chance at the age of 38).

Apparently, you can’t just go out and start running.  Did you know that?  You can run wrong?  Wha!?  How can I run wrong?  It’s it like eating, sleeping, or any other normal body function that you do?  Well, after reviewing the soles of my shoes and my awkward hallway jogging, it appears that I run too much on the front of my foot.  Which apparently is better than running too much on my heels.  And good news, I am an efficient walker!

All this front foot running is causing my gastrocnemius muscle (the one on the inside of my lower leg) to try to contract and expand at the same time. Hence micro tearing, pain after extended use and couple days recovery.

I’m like a sprinter – not enough like an endurance athlete.  Unless I want to reduce my daily workout to 10 seconds a day – and I do really, but that would defeat the purpose of exercise – I need to fix my running.

Now, I have to find myself a running coach to watch and assist me with running mechanics.

August 14th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:   Focusing on putting my foot down more in the centre.  This is seriously jeopardizing my ability to chew gum and walk at the same time.