Day #47

8 km evening easy run

Knee is still bothering me a fair amount. At the beginning I would rate the pain at a 4 out of 10. It started changing my stride momentarily. But after 10min it was much better with the pain subduing to a 2. The hard workout yesterday did not help, nor sitting at a desk all day – although I went out for a 20min walk today. The other not so good thing today was the fact that my crown felt out today and now I need to go to dentist. It was just a matter of time, but I am really dreading this visit…

Day #33

20 km mid day long run

Big mistake planning to run up Heritage Mountain Blvd. I nearly died going up there. I had to take three (!) walking breaks just to make it up to the High School. Once I was up there it was okay. It was not easy running to Noons Creek, but manageable. Downhill was, of course, easy after this torture making it up there. The remaining 13 km were fairly uneventful – decent pace all the way back although it did catch up to on the last few kms. I know I will feel this distance in my legs for the next day or two. Curious to see how the Tuesday clinic will work out.

Was fairly cold and windy, but I was so exhausted and warmed up that I hardly noticed the environment.

 

 

Day #32

6 km mid day run with dog

Lily drove me a little crazy today. She acted out three times and tested me. But finally she caved and we got along just fine. The run itself was easy enough. Getting pretty chilly, though. I had to wear a sweater for this run as it was too cold. If this continues I will need a toque and some gloves. Also, some very light flurries during my run. Nothing that would stick on the ground, but nonetheless I hope this is not a sign for things to come this winter.

Day #30

8 km mid day run

Had to let off some steam today as Amelie spent the previous day in the hospital due to strong stomach aches. If felt good to get out during the week at day time. Very little traffic on the trails and beautiful – I guess everybody was home prepping for Halloween. The run itself was very uneventful. Felt fairly hard and strenuous, perhaps due to the lack of sleep in the last couple of days.

Day #29

15 km mid day run

This was pretty good. Today’s pace was 10 sec faster per km than 2 weeks ago on exact the same route, but even more important I dropped 7 bpm of my heart rate (156 -> 149). The first half felt very easy and much slower than I was actually running. On the last third I got too ambitious (again) and started pushing myself so I would get a sub 5:30 min/km pace. Not sure whether this was a good idea, but I pulled it off. Pretty warm today – single T-shirt weather will soon be over I guess. Tomorrow I will put in an easy run as Tuesday is Halloween and there is no clinic that day. With tomorrow’s run it will have run 5 days in a row. Haven’t done that in a really long time. I do feel that my legs are getting tired, but I think I can another easy one tomorrow.

Day #24

18 km midday long run

My first “real” long run in the sense that it was longer than 90 mins or longer than 15km. 18km seemed a little daunting at first, but then I started finding my rhythm and I wasn’t worried too much about the distance, but rather the pace. I was aiming to run the whole distance at around 5:50 min/km, but of course I went too fast, especially on the way out, so I finally ended up with 5:36 min/km which was slightly faster than last Sunday’s 15km run.

The run itself felt good and I actually caught a phase where it felt really easy (on the first few kilometers coming back from Hyde Creek) – I guess the endorphins kicked in 😉 I was pretty dead when I finally got back home and I had no immediate opportunity to put up my legs, but it was really well worth it. I know that these runs will make be much stronger.

Day #20

15 km mid day long run

Technically this was not a long run, but it sure felt like one and it’s main purpose was to put mileage / time on my feet. Today was a gorgeous day in Port Moody – one of the few beautiful Fall days of this year. I started off too fast, of course, and subsequently most of the run felt like real work. But I did hang in there despite it being really hard on the last 3 km. It felt good and gave me a feeling of accomplishment. I know that this type of run will make me stronger and carry me through the week of regular runs. Next week I should really start slower…

Day #6

6km late night run

Had a busy day with a Middle School open house in the evening. After a late dinner I only got out of the door by 10:30pm. I was also in a foul mood today, so it was good that I could run off some steam. It was nice and quiet with perfect running conditions. Overall my running felt pretty good and I managed to go at a decent pace resulting in the fastest run since I started.

Garmin tcx export is still broken 🙁

Day #4

8km evening run in light rain

Amelie has been asking to run with me for weeks, so I took her along. At first she wanted to do the full planned 8km with me, but after 3km we turned around and she did 6km. We had a few walking breaks on the way back, but Amelie did very well – I could tell she was hurting. Hope she won’t be too sore the next few days… Lily also ran along, but she was a little annoying today weaving left and right in front of us.

I felt pretty good, probably because the pace was a little slower than it would have been had I run by myself. I added 2km in our neighborhood running to the Middle School and picked up the pace. All in all, good workout.