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This is going to be a really quick status post. I just had my first outside run in 2017! Continue reading

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More Emphasis on Bodyposi

Good day Internet,

Just thought I’d do a status post on the orientations I wish to give to my blog and online activities.

I think I definitely need to put more emphasis on body positivity than I have in the past. Continue reading

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A Thought

February 15, 2017 – 7:36 A.M.

In the midst of the off season, I want to share a thought I stumbled upon yesterday. Mostly, because I want to mark January 14, 2017 as the day I stumbled on this thought. Continue reading

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Marathon’s over. Now What?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Good day Internet,

This is just a quick status post after finishing my marathon for this year. As I’ve repeated again and again, my goal is to run one marathon per year for as long as I can, so this adventure is far from over. Continue reading

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Time for another status post!

Okay, first off, since my last status posts, two weekends (and two long runs) have gone by.

The first thing I have to mention is my diet. I have stuck with the low carb keto diet Continue reading

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August 9th, 2016

Good day Internet,

I haven’t been too regular with my status posts, but I thought I’d write another one today.

Over the weekend, I did one carbed-up long run (28km) after having been on a low-carb diet for the last few weeks.

First off, let me say that the weather was great. It had been really hot all week (temperature over 30 degrees celsius everyday) and on Saturday, it dropped to a max of 26 degrees celsius. Wow, was that nice! It wasn’t too humid and there was even a cool breeze. The weather felt like a gift.

The weather was nice, there were carbs in my system, and since this was a long run, I wasn’t trying to exert myself or go too hard, quite the contrary. The first two thirds of the run were a real pleasure, totally enjoyable – I wish everyday of running could be like this. And the big upside of this run was that, for those first two-thirds, I wasn’t even thinking about my knees. They were doing doing what knees are suppose to do – allow the leg to bend and be forgotten.

However, for the last 8km or so, 1) I was working hard and 2) I did start to feel my knees becoming a bit sensitive (though not painful, so there definitely is progress). There’s been a drop in my training volume in the last few weeks because of my bad knees, and it showed. Normally, at this point of the season, 28km of running should be totally doable, but it’s not presently. I’ve got some catching up to do to crank up my endurance. But I’ve still got time until the marathon in November, so I’m not stressing too much about it. In the past, I’ve been able to crank up my cardio fitness and endurance in a matter of weeks. Heeling runners’ knee, however, is much more touchy. That my knees are getting better is what is making me the happiest.

Went cycling on Monday and did a good 8km run today. Absolutely no issues with my knees on my 8km run today.

Tomorrow, the weather is suppose to be really hot and humid, so I’m thinking I might hit the gym to get my cardio work done indoors.

Cheers and until next time!

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Chanelling Cliff Young

Today I had a training run that, objectively, was probably one of the worst I’ve had in the last few weeks. Continue reading

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Monday, August 1st – Update on my training

Hello Internet,

This is just a quick status post about how my training has been going since the onset of my runners’ knees a few weeks ago.

First off, let me mention that during these last two weeks, since I knew that my training would be less intensive because of my knees, I took the opportunity to switch to an extremely low-carb keto diet. Anybody who’s done a strict low-carb diet knows that the first few days are hard and exercise becomes torture… until it gets better.

So strict low-carb it was.

I stopped running for one whole week. I hit the gym two or three times that week and spent the time mostly on the elliptical, also did some steep uphill fast-walking on the treadmill. I know none of this is very exciting, but I just wanted to avoid losing cardio-fitness.

What else did I do?

Biking, lots of biking. The weather was nice and I wanted to get outside.

Added a velvet antler supplement with glucosamine to my diet, since I thought it might help my tendons.

Started taking tart-cherry juice (a quarter of a cup before bed – it’s fruit juice, so full of sugar and hard to fit in a low-carb diet, so I kept the portion to a minimum and made sure to eat nothing a few hours before or after taking it).

Some yoga and stretching.

New running shoes.

Bought two patellar tendon straps and I wear them during running – they’re giving me ugly tan lines on my knees, but who the f*** cares, they seem to help.

That’s about it. This week, I actually went running three times, including one 21km long run with both knees strapped. Considering I was in keto-mode and did not fuel at all before or during the run, I think it went pretty well. I was definitely not at my best, but I was happy when I got home that my knees were (relatively) okay. A bit stiff, but they didn’t hurt and I felt I could still run  on them. Running on keto is not easy, but I know that I’ll benefit from it. May lose some weight (I lost the predictable water-weight on the first few days, then my weight stayed dreadfully steady… I just stopped weighing myself the last few days since the numbers on the scale aren’t moving anymore). But weight loss is not the goal, it’s the fitness gain. You train your body in low-carb mode, and on the day of the race, you get the carbs back in and you feel like a superhero.

My eating plans for the rest of the summer are as follows: low-carb diet during the week, so this is for all my training on shorter distances. As for the long runs, I plan on doing one every two weeks with carbs in my system (this basically means a fruit smoothie for breakfast – gotta treat myself since I can’t have those the rest of the week -, a few spoonfuls of honey or maple syrup before the run and in my water bottle, and some sort of fuel during the run – I usually went with fig cookies in the past, but I’m thinking I might try actual running gels for those carbed-up long runs). But I still want to benefit from low-carb long-distance training, so one out of every two long runs will be done in keto mode with no carbs. Trying to get the best of both worlds here.

Today’s a public holiday and I’m about to go out on a 8km weekday run.

Cheers!

 

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Bummer, Runner’s Knee

The last few weeks training have not been so good. My knees have started acting up. Not the first time I’ve had runner’s knee, but the first time this year.

At first, they didn’t hurt much, they were just a little sensitive. So I decided to take it easy, run only every other day… but then, I went on a long run and they gave in. I finished walking  limping with hurt knees (both of them).

Took my first ice bath… gotta say I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I loved it.

I often take cold showers and they are tough to withstand. I try to stay a whole two minutes under cold water in the shower, and it’s two minutes of constantly feeling the running cold water and it’s not easy. With the ice bath, I was pleasantly surprised to not feel the cold much after an initial 5 or 10 seconds. I followed advice found on the web and went in drinking a hot tea with a towel on my shoulders to warm my upper body, only submerging my lower body in the ice water, and it was very withstandable… even pleasant. Stayed in for over 5 minutes.

Bought new running shoes, thinking I may have gotten too much wear out of my last pair and this could be one of the causes of my knee pain.

And have decided to take a whole two weeks off of running. Instead, I’m climbing hills on my bike (no choice, where I live!)  and going to the gym and giving the elliptical and stationary bike a whirl.

But it’s depressing to not be able to run without pain. I really hope it subsides soon.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Wow, I haven’t written anything in the last few weeks. I have to say that I had a really late start to my training, since temperatures were really crappy in April and the beginning of May. There was still snow and ice on the ground at the end of April and temperatures weren’t going much over 10 degrees celsius in mid-May. It was a really cold spring and I wasn’t running as much as I wanted to.

But training did progress.

Two weeks ago, after what seemed like just a regular good 8km run, I got an email from runtastic.com telling me I had beat my “fastest average pace”. Which meant that I beat none of my speed records for distances shorter than 8km, but that I had maintained a good pace throughout without taking walking breaks. And I was surprised the next day to again break that record from the previous day (I ran just a few seconds faster overall).

What this tells me is that years of training is making my body progress. I’m actually running faster now at near 200lb than I ran three years ago 40lb lighter.

Yesterday was the Ottawa Race Weekend. I took part in the half-marathon. I’ll write a separate post on that, but I’ll just mention that I had a performance that was WAY beyond my expectations.

Since my training has been so short, I actually only ran one 20km run before the half-marathon, and that was the Wednesday just before the Sunday race. I ran those 20km in 3+ hours, walking most of the distance after 18km.  I was out of town the weekend prior visiting relatives and didn’t get a chance to do a long run that weekend, and I knew it was important to get at least one long threshold 20km+ run in my training before the half-marathon. Hence the Wednesday long run… just before going to work.

Temperature were really hot and humid on the day of the race, reaching over 30 degrees celsius mid-day.

Before the race, I told my boyfriend (so he’d know what time to wait for me at the finish line) that I was aiming to run it in 2 hours 30 minutes, but that that was pretty optimistic and unlikely, and that a time of near 3 hours was more realistic.

Yesterday, I PRed in all the following distances: 5km, 3miles, 10km, half-marathon, plus I beat that “fastest average pace” record set in the weeks beforehand. I still can’t believe it and am wondering what happened!!

I ran the half-marathon in 2:27. My previous record was 2:33 (set 3 years prior when I was about 40lb lighter).

Overview of the 2016 Ottawa Half-Marathon to come!

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