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Marathon Training Week 2 Rewind

29 Jul

Another week has gone by and more miles were covered. This week’s training was pretty much the same except for the added miles on Sunday. I did one of my training runs in Georgetown during my lunch break. I knew I was spending my afternoon at my desk in the workroom which meant no customer interaction. This was a free ticket to  being gross and sweaty. I also want to do a lot of running in Georgetown because of the hilly terrain in the town will hopefully prepare me for the mountainous terrain in Greece.

I’ve been trying to stay motivated both mentally and physically. The problem I’ve had in the past is mainly staying focused and faithful to my training. I often tend to skip runs if the weather isn’t perfect or if I’m tired or if I don’t want to get up early. So in order to keep my mind on the prize, I’ve been reading up on running, races, and runners from all levels. One runner I came across is Orville Rogers – a 95 year-old track and field record holder. Orville has 5 key rules to stay focused and injury-free:

  1. As far as training goes, listen to your body. Don’t go too fast or too far.
  2. When you’re upping your training, increase your speed or distance, not both.
  3. Look at the records and then make a goal for yourself that you think you can do.
  4. Visualize, and when you visualize, picture yourself breaking those records.
  5. Never give up.

These rules can be applied to any runner training for any distance. After reading these rules, I find myself thinking of #2 often on my long runs – I need to remember to take it very slowly. I always want to run faster and at a pace that my legs cannot maintain. Then comes the blow  out…

I am determined to not let this happen during this training session. Here is my motto:

slow and steady



Marathon Training: Week 1 Rewind

24 Jul

I always love the beginning of event training. Everything is so relaxed and easy. I look forward to completing my training sessions because I know it won’t take me very long. Starting small also gives your mind a nice break too. I know I won’t be out for long hours so I don’t have much mental preparation to do in order to pump myself up for a 20 or 25 kilometre run.

This was my week 1:

Monday: Cross train 30 minutesTuesday: Jog 40 minutes
Wednesday: 6 X 400 metres at 2:05 – 2:15
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Jog 30 minutes
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 7 miles at 10:40 – 11:10

I nailed week 1! I love the flexibility and it’s not always “get out there and run.” I find running for a specific time difficult as I’ve never trained using that method. I find myself constantly looking at my watch. I have had to tell myself not to look at my watch because there is never as much time that has elapsed as one thinks.

My 7 miles went well. The highlight of that run was an old man yelling “BIMBO!” to a female driver who was turning right without looking for pedestrians. There were two of us. How do you miss that? Anyway, things like that don’t bother me as I’ve become distrustful towards drivers. I don’t assume they see me which is a rather basic sense of self preservation. I digress. I can spend a whole post discussing the relationship between drivers/pedestrians, drivers/cyclists, and cyclists/pedestrians.

But after a well run 7m, I was entitled to a peach flavoured iced tea beer.

Iced teaMark and I visited a new Beer Store on the weekend and I noticed this tasty gem. It was rather tasty and very peachy.

I wonder if they’ll be serving this beer at the finish line in Greece, though? marathon beer


Sunday Bake Series – Granola Bars

4 Nov

I feel I have been neglecting my Bake Series as well as my conviction against buying and eating processed food. I’ve been working so much that when I do my groceries I really do not feel like going home and preparing some kind of homemade snack. So I’ve had this obsession for ClifBar granola bars. ClifBars make energy/protein bars that use mostly natural ingredients but I would prefer to have made my own in the end.

This morning is the perfect Sunday for baking. Mark is starting night shift tonight so he was up all night so he can sleep during the day. I woke up extra early because of the time change – which I don’t mind. I thought it was 7am, but it was actually 6. So what a great day to make some homemade granola bars to bring to work as a snack?!


  1. 1/4 cup oil
  2. 2 cups oats
  3. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 1 tsp flaxseed
  7. 1/3 cup chopped almonds, cranberries, and any other nut/dried fruit you like (each)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F, mix oil and oats. Roast oats in oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all remaining ingredients.
  3. When oats are roasted, lower oven to 350F. Mix in oats to the rest of ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

Unfortunately they are not as crispy as I would have liked, but they will do for this week.

I have a weak spot for historical fiction. Last week I finished The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon. I had previously read her last book The Golden Mean and in 2010 spent a week in Athens with the author and a group of 30 odd people from university. I was so surprised when I saw this in her acknowledgement:

I was really not expecting to receive that acknowledgment. It’s funny because I almost didn’t visit the Lyceum – it was an optional evening tour. I remember it was our first day in Athens, I was exhausted but riding a great travel high. My roommate Anna convinced me to come on the walk and I’m glad I did. We snuck into the archeological grounds. It was a recent find which meant no signage so no tourists were interested in it. We snuck into someone’s back yard and climbed a fence to get in. But it was worth it. We were walking around Aristotle’s Lyceum. Here is the group of trespassers back in 2010:

Annabel Lyon is second from the left. I am farthest on the right with my eyes closed… That Greek sun is bright!

Finally I want to send a shout out to Natalie. She is running her first marathon in Hamilton today. I wish her all the best of luck!