27 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday #23

By |November 27th, 2014|Random|2 Comments|

Another Thursday, another Thursday Thinking Out Loud! Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons.




…. American Friends!

It seems that Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal in the US than here in Canada. Multiple days off work/school, a parade and of course, Black Friday. In Canada, we like to keep it simple and just have Turkey+pie! I’m really craving a Thanksgiving dinner right now. I wonder if any restaurants around here have a dinner special on tonight? I could just go to the Work’s and order a turkey burger!


#2 Who knew that would work

I went for a short 4K run on Sunday and went out too fast and therefore did not feel good. It was just a miserable run. I laughed that I found 4K hard, yet three weeks earlier I ran 10x that amount. Also, my IT band felt tight as well. I was not a happy runner camper. Yesterday, I went out for a 5K run. I used a cadence beep app on my phone to let me know what my cadence should be at. I also concentrated on leaning forward from the ankles and keeping my core engaged. Funny enough, the run was much easier for me. I was only a few seconds faster, pace-wise, but the effort was significantly less. My IT band didn’t hurt at all. Are you surprised? I am not. I have also been doing all my hip/glute exercises too. Funny that all these things help!


#3 US Adventures

I went across the border the other day to pick [...]

24 11, 2014

2014 Running Season Review

By |November 24th, 2014|Random, running|7 Comments|

PicMonkey review done



Since I am not going to be “racing” for the remainder of 2014, I figured now was time to write my 2014 race season review! I might run the Resolution Run (offered at various locations in Canada near New Year’s Eve), but that will probably be for fun – and to get the jacket. If you are interested, I would definitely sign up! The race costs $50 and you get a sweet Running Room jacket. I ran the race in Port Credit two years ago and it was not a fast race (it also is not chip timed or anything fancy like that) but it was tons of fun!

I am going to break my review up into three main chunks: winter running, spring/before injury training and then marathon training. Really the key idea behind most of this year’s racing was to gear up for the marathon. As most of you know, I registered for the marathon on December 2nd, so I had exactly 11 months to plan for it and really – it totally decided my 2014 racing plans. It will be different for the 2015 NYC marathon hopefuls, as they are not even opening the lottery application until January this year. Much less time to panic over marathon training :-)

Winter Running

Looking back at my Garmin Connect activity log – I barely ran in the winter last year. I was fairly active up until the end of January with my phys ed class that I had every day. I do remember being on the treadmills a bit and playing tons of dodgeball!  I ran [...]

21 11, 2014

Workout for Professional Development Day

By |November 21st, 2014|running|2 Comments|

TGIF!! Not much on the agenda for this weekend – but I do hope to sleep in!


This Friday is a PD Day for all the schools (except maybe the French schools) in Ottawa.  We had an in-school PD Day, and because I am only part time, I only have to attend part of the PD day. I wanted to be at the meetings at the beginning of the day and then right after lunch, so I had a bulk of time free. I figured I would go to the gym and do some running drills and body weights. But, the gym was completely locked and I didn’t have a key. I went back to my office and was about to go to the community centre that is attached to the school when my friend said he would let me into our cardio/weights room – a room that I did not know existed before. Sweet!

I had about 45 minutes of free time so I ran through the following workout:


PD Day


My warm-up was just an easy 5 minutes on the treadmill at 16:00/mile – super, duper slow


The rest of my drills are common running drills I do with my track team, and some specific drills that were given to me from my PT to help with some of my leg/hip/glute imbalances. I have listed a number of drills on this post and this one.  Ankle Hops and taps are as simple as they sound. You basically hop [...]

20 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Winter is coming Edition

By |November 20th, 2014|Random|5 Comments|

Another Thinking Out Loud Thursday – linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons




It has been a mighty cold week here in the Northeast. Actually, come to think about it, I think it has been cold everywhere. I am definitely getting a chuckle from my Florida social media friends who are thinking that their current temps are “cold”. I would be in shorts if it was 12C! Seriously, I would be. It is hard to think that just a few weeks ago we were running around in shorts. Thankfully, the NYC trip was not this weekend, because driving home would have been a nightmare! Although we did not drive through Buffalo, there was still lots of snow right in the area we drive in to get to NYC. Crazy amounts of snow! It isn’t even winter yet.

Although many of us have been complaining about the winter approaching and the “brace yourselves” winter running posts are all the rage right now – there are a few things that are fun about winter. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely more of a summer person, but there is something not quite right about having a nice fire going when the temperature is soaring past 30C. It can be a nice evening if you build a little fire (or turn on the gas switch), get into PJs and some blankets and read a good book. Someone on my street had a fire going this evening, I was smelling the burning wood with envy! Another point comes to mind when I talk about PJs – winter is all about fun and comfy pyjamas! [...]

19 11, 2014

Did you Know?

By |November 19th, 2014|Random|7 Comments|

Happy Wednesday!

I only worked a half day today because the daycare had to close because everyone is sick. YAY! So Max and I are at home for the rest of the day. I’m so sick of this cold, it is never ending!  We will not talk about how many kleenex boxes I have gone through!

For today’s post – a few “did you know” points!




1) Hamburgers are an important part of my diet. I love burgers! I could eat them every day. Five Guys is great, BBQ is great, The Works is great. All burgers are great. Except A&W, my stomach doesn’t like A&W at all.


2) This one time, which actually means yesterday – I almost walked right into one of Canada’s richest people, all while carrying 8 cans of soup. I was at the Superstore buying pants and tylenol, and was about to head out when I forgot to buy soup. So I went to the soup aisle and was all excited that soup was on sale for a crazy price. So I filled up my arms and hightailed it to the cash. As I turned the corner, I almost walked into a tall, well-dressed man whom I immediately recognized as Galen Weston Jr – the current executive director of Loblaws, Canada’s largest food retailer. Loblaws is part of an even bigger company, Weston’s which owns Weight Watchers, Ace Bakery and is the Canadian Wonder Bread distributer amongst many other companies. The Loblaw brand supermarkets are everywhere and feature a whole pile of different stores, depending on location and store type. The Weston family either outright owns [...]

18 11, 2014

Marathon: What did I learn?

By |November 18th, 2014|running|6 Comments|

It has been over two weeks since I ran the NYC Marathon. I am very glad that I did not have to drive home yesterday, as most of NY State was being dumped with snow. Winter driving is not fun in these parts!

So what did I learn from my marathon experience?


1. Weather, Smeather

I was thinking the other day that during the 2014 race season, I had the worst luck in terms of weather. For four years, I have been very lucky to almost always run on nice, sunny days. 2014? Not a chance. My first race featured temperatures below -30C. Ottawa Race Weekend was really warm and humid which resulted in overheated runners. Army Run included a downpour of epic proportions. NYC had cold, super windy conditions. But, I found that despite all of that, I still ran fairly well. Here is hoping that 2015 = partly cloudy with temps at 18C.

2. Bagels matter

I will never, ever attempt to run a long distance race while taking GU Gels without eating a bagel first ever again!

3. I can run without music

I ran most of my training runs without the use of my iPod – including that super long 20 miler. I used to always run with my headphones in. But, I have become used to running without no distractions at all. I can not imagine running NYC with headphones on as one would miss so much of the music and noise from the crowds. I had my iPod in my pocket, but didn’t feel the need to have it on at all.

4. Training works!

No way, you don’t [...]

14 11, 2014

Off-Season Plans

By |November 14th, 2014|running|2 Comments|


It is Friday! Another really quick week has gone by. It has also been two weeks since we started our drive to NYC! Wow…time flies!  Since time does seem to go really quick these days, I have been thinking about my off-season plans, also known as winter training. As of right now, I am not registered for any races at all. I know I have to get on Ottawa Race Weekend as the 10K is almost half full. If you are interested in the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon, I would suggest getting registered ASAP as it is now 68% full. I might run a Resolution Run (Running Room event during New Years), but that would be “for fun” more than anything. Eventually, I will get registering, but I’m looking at different options for 2015. Who knows, I might also win the NYC Marathon lottery…..

For me, Off-Season is all about trying to stay in reasonable good-running shape during the winter months. I’ve mentioned a number of times that winter running is not really my thing. I actually don’t mind the cold (I did run a race in -20 conditions once), but it is the ice and dark that really makes running difficult. I also need to take advantage of not being on a training plan to really make sure that I continue with my strength workouts. If I don’t fix some of my running form errors, I will just develop injuries, not speed.

What does my Off Season plan look like?

1) Running

I would like to run at least 2 times a week, but no more than 3 running workouts. In an [...]

13 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday #21

By |November 13th, 2014|Random, running|2 Comments|

Another Thinking Out Loud Thursday, linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons.



#1 School Early

Not sure if I have mentioned it before – but I only work part-time. Some days I do work a full time, and some times I only work a part day. That is the nature of my job. Anyways, the period that I am assigned to teach every single day, is in the morning – but my schedule flips every other day. Somedays I have to be in for 8:20, the other days around 9:15. Today was supposed to be a 9:15 day, so at 7:30 I was still in PJ’s. I got a call to come in for 8:20, which meant I had to hurry up. I was able to shower, dress, get things together, drop off Max and make it to school in 45 minutes. Of course, what happens – a mix up in the schedule and I am now sitting in my office on a free period. I should explain that my contract states that I must have a ‘prep period’ – but because my contract is only 33% of a full contract, my ‘prep period’ is less than 30 minutes of a day. The rest of the time is my time and I can be out of the building (which is why I run 90% of my runs during the work day). I now have to teach the last period of the day – which means I am probably going to be in the building all day. YAY! I’m probably going to watch some Netflix during my next free period…..


#2 Dr. [...]