Tag Archives: swimming

Marathon Training: Week 3 Rewind

8 Aug

It’s time to ‘fess up. I was a bad runner this week. My long run on Saturday was supposed to be 17km but I came up 2km shy. Although I didn’t run the full 17km, I felt strong all throughout the run so I can’t say that it was a wasted training day.

The rest of my training days were fairly uneventful. I did not fall or see any old men yelling “bimbo!”

Saturday afternoon Mark and I spent the day in Toronto. We took the bus into the city and wandered around for hours. We walked through Chinatown, ate lunch in a hippie/granola market, spent a bit too much money on shoes in MEC and had delicious drinks by the water.

Waterfront drinksSunday was a much needed relaxing day after walking the streets of the Big Smoke. We went for an early morning swim at the outdoor swimming pool. I can’t say how much I love swimming in that pool. The water almost seems more refreshing than the indoor swimming pool.

Swimming poolIt was a bit of a chilly morning so we had  the whole pool to ourselves. So perfect! I saw my 1500m and Mark stayed in the pool for over 3000m. It was a great weekend wind-down.

It wouldn’t be the end of the weekend without a Sunday night beer.

SomersbyMy Somersby must be dreaming of Europe…

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Runners in Bloom

5 May

Runners in Canada are sort of like flowers in the spring. They start to sprout out of their homes, slowly at first, testing the weather, and when it has been gauged fair enough, they are out in full bloom. Of course, not all Canadian runners hibernate during the winter. But there does seem to be a greater number of runners when the sun brings some warm weather.

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That being said, I am very happy to be wearing less layers on my runs. I feel lighter as though I am running faster. Oh wait, I think I am running faster. All that winter training totally paid off. I ran a 23 minute 5k on Wednesday and a 50 minute 10km this morning. I am so ready for the Chocolate Race next Sunday.

What is the Chocolate Race, you ask? It is a 5k, 10k or 10m race with chocolate along the course at different station. They have chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows. And for the souls running the 10miler, they get a chocolate shot at the turn around. The Chocolate Race also boasts a pretty awesome chocolate party at the end – which is why I am running. Mark is also going to run and I can’t wait to indulge in the chocolate. I think it’s a pretty great way to spend a Sunday.

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I’m pretty sure there is still room for late registrations. Even if you can’t run or walk it, it’s worth a drive to St Catherines for the chocolate after-party. I will be sure to post plenty of pictures.

In other training news, half-Iron training is ever consistent. I had a panic moment in the pool last Monday and refused to finish my work out. Mark suggested the noon swim, instead of my usual 6am swim. I said ‘ok’ because a swim buddy is always nice. But for whatever reason, or maybe the noon swim is always like that, the pool was the place to be. We started our pyramid work out just great and had one other person join us. Soon after, our lane had six swimmers including us. It wasn’t just our lane that was busy, they were all busy! I dislike sharing a lane with more than four people. It gets too crowded, I feel pressure to swim fast than I can, and I start to panic. Then comes the anxiety.  Needless to say, I couldn’t exit the pool fast enough and hit the gym. At least my day wasn’t a complete waste. I’m looking forward to my regular swim time with my regular lane buddies.

Energy Bites

30 Apr

I’m happy to announce that my hours (although not as many as Mark would have liked) on the trainer have paid off! I have completed two hill repeat sets – one last Tuesday and one today – and a long ride. Although the hill repeats were extremely hard and I felt my heart was going to explode out of my chest, the long ride was a lot of fun and I was proud when I finished the whole 56km. I know, strange kilometerage but I got a little lost which tacked on a few kilometres.

Of course, the trainer has prepped my muscles for long rides and holding myself up on the handle bars. It did not, however, prep me when I could not unclip my shoes fast enough. I had a pretty nasty fall with a couple of good scrapes and bruises to show for it. Nothing too damaging though.

With my biking and running right on course for where it should be in my training, I suppose I should mention a little something about swimming. I have been going to the pool early in the morning quite faithfully twice a week and debating whether I want to add a third swim. There is an other triathlete with whom I share a lane with who is good motivation. He is quite an experienced swimmer, friendly and offers great advice.

Since my swim workouts are early in the morning and I’m an a big breakfast eater, I am always looking for a good quick snack before my swim. I often turn to toast and peanut butter but sometimes I feel it is too filling. I recently came across these Energy Bites that are just the right amount of food for a morning swim.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  4. 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
  5. 1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for 1 hour. When chilled, roll mixture into 20 – 25 balls. Keep Energy Bites in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Per serving: 86 calories; 8 gramsof  carbs; 5 grams of fat; 3 grams of protein; 2 grams of fiber; 4 grams of sugar.

Life in the fast lane

19 Oct

I went swimming last night and it was really busy. I had a disagreement with the swimmers in the medium lane where I normally swim. I know, how mature! But I maintain that I was right. I won’t get into the specifics but it ended with me moving to the fast lane. I’ve always been afraid of making the move to the fast lane. Mark insists that I could hold my own but I prefer to be the fast swimmer in the medium lane. I often tire and slow down half way through my swim which would not bode over well in the fast lane. Regardless, everyone in the fast lane was friendly and welcomed me. I don’t know why I thought they were scary and competitive because there were not. I enjoyed my swim and was actually motivated.

My life on Sunday, however, will not be in the fast lane. I’ve gone through my 12 step program for the marathon: admittance, denial, frustration, anxiety and acceptance. Ok, I know that isn’t the 12 steps but they’re my 5 steps to accepting that I am running a marathon. I am happy to announce that I am in the acceptance stage. However, I will be back in the anxiety stage at the start line until that gun goes off.

Mark’s best friend Sunday will be Frommer’s Guide to Niagara Falls.

I love working in a library. I would have never thought to pick up this gem if I wouldn’t have been shelving books in the travel section.

Earth Hour date and Sunday morning work out

1 Apr

Mark and I decided to go on a date Saturday afternoon that would continue on into Earth Hour. We went to the cinema to see The Hunger Games.  Both of us are big fans of the book so we were looking forward to seeing the movie. Mark is fairly critical of movies based off of novels. He did not like the Harry Potter movies so I wasn’t sure how he would like The Hunger Games movie. But it turns out, we both really liked the movie. Not much was omitted and most events from the movie were true to the book. So we were both satisfied and enjoyed the action, the directing, and all the small details that was the world of Panem.

For our Earth Hour date, we decided to have a fondue. This is our second year with this tradition. I have a candle powered fondue set which is perfect for 4-5 people. We are both chocolate fanatics but control our cravings most of the time. So last night was a perfect opportunity to eat all the chocolate we wanted. It was a nice quiet evening eating chocolate strawberries by candle light.

On to training now. I had a really good workout this morning. The weather is pretty yucky right now. It’s about zero with wet flurries changing to rain and back to flurries. So I really did not want to run in that; it is rather depressing. So I decided to go to the gym and run on the treadmill. I had a great run (compared to yesterday) but it was only for 4k. I did not want to run longer because my hamstring is still sore.

After a 30min, I went for a good swim. The pool was very busy but I felt motivated. I swam 200m and was happy so I said to myself: “Let’s see how much you can do until you tire yourself out. Let’s aim for atleast 300m.”  So I looked at the time and I was off. 300m and 6minutes later, my lungs were tired so I decided to stop. I was happy because my muscles were not tired. Now I just need to work on my anaerobics.

For this yucky spring afternoon, I am going to cuddle on the couch with my man and my cat, enjoy a nice cup of tea and watch an old film…we’ll see what I find on Netflix.