Training Lately #1

Happy Monday!


Hope everyone had a good weekend! Nothing too special around here except spending lots of money at the Home Depot buying new flooring for our house. Lucky for us, I re-organized the basement last week and we had room to put the boxes. As I mentioned a few months ago, we are planning on moving next spring/summer. We have been looking at homes every once and awhile but nothing special yet. We looked really closely at two homes on Saturday but didn’t find “the one” yet.

I’ve started “training” again – although really, I’m not sure if you can actually call it training. I’m really not training for anything but staying active and maintaining a solid base. Half Marathon training season will be here before I know it, and I don’t really want to be burnt out before that starts. I mentioned my plan last week – and I plan on sticking to that for the next few weeks. Then I might ramp things up a bit in order to prepare for the MEC 5K in January and then another early spring 5K. I will be 100% honest in saying that winter running is really not my thing but every year I get better at it. I also started writing in my Believe training journal again. I haven’t written in it since August when I pulled the plug on marathon training.

Training – November 16-22nd


Monday Nov. 16 – GoodLife workout

The plan is to continue going to GoodLife 1-2x a week until the snow starts and then regularly in the winter. This workout I ran 1 mile on the treadmill and did a series of weights. Last year I focused heavily on upper body strength, but this year it is more about my core. I did some squats, lunges, press/twists and hip abductor exercises.

Tuesday Nov. 17 – Nothing

Wednesday Nov. 18 – 3K run in 17:30

I ran 3K after school. I planned on running a bit more but my tummy wasn’t being cooperative.

Thursday Nov. 19 – Speed workout

It has been awhile!! I did not make it out on the track once this summer. What a bummer. I ran my standard 800m warm up with dynamic drills and then 5x400m at 1:45ish pace. Although I packed about 3 different shirts, two pants and socks – I neglected to bring my running sports bra and only had my yoga one packed. Let’s just say that the run was a bit uncomfy (tmi?) and I totally had two shirts on the whole time. The workout seemed manageable. I felt a bit slower (I have to check to see if 1:45 is my usual 400m speed – can’t remember if it is 1:45 or 1:35) but I recovered very quickly. I only took about 1:30 rest in between each set.

Friday Nov. 20th – Badminton

Yes – that is right, badminton. My job right now is mainly covering other classes and on Friday I covered Boy’s phys ed. They were on the last day of badminton and one boy didn’t have a partner. So I played with him. I got my butt handed to me. My favourite is when you swing to hit the shuttle and completely miss.

Saturday Nov. 21st – Nothing

Sunday Nov. 22nd – 5K run in  31:00

When I woke up yesterday the wind was pretty strong and I figured I would be heading to GoodLife for a treadmill run. P took Max to drop something off in the afternoon and the sun was shining – so I went for an outside run instead. I cursed the wind a couple of times but it wasn’t so bad. I really just have to suck it up and get outside while the sidewalks are still clear.



I really had to force myself to go out for a run on Sunday. I’m at the point where I’m a bit not into running right now – and I blame the cooling temperatures for that. But at the back of my mind, I know that I have to keep running in order to get faster for next season. Work right now is allowing me to run pretty much whenever now, so I need to take advantage of that extra time. I’m pretty sure my afternoons are going to remain the way they are in second semester (I work 10 minutes from home – no traffic) but my mornings, who knows! I also have to remember that I don’t have to run in order to maintain fitness. I proved that with my training for STWM which was very low-milage, but had cross-training on non-running days. In more positive news, I do notice that my super easy pace is faster now – progress!

Speaking of GoodLife/Being Active:

GoodLife Fitness and ParticipACTION are teaming up to get Canadians started on the path to an active and healthy life. From November 22-30, GoodLife is hosting a ParticipACTION Open House, and will be giving Canadians access to all clubs across the country, for free!

This is a great opportunity to give GoodLife a try and see how much fun you can have at the gym.

  • Sign up for a 7 Day Pass
    • Activate the pass any time between Nov 22-30, and have access to any GoodLife location for the next 7 days!

I took zero pictures this week of training….

This one will do


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  1. Kristi@BlogforanAverageRunner

    You never know, you might become a winter runner this year 🙂 I find it hard to get myself out but once I’ve done that first km I LOVE cold weather. It even makes me faster 🙂
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  2. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I’m struggling with winter running and it’s barely even winter here yet. It’s been so nice but still. The motivation factor is hard.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile

  3. Mary

    Ah Winter running! So tough! Good for you for getting some workouts in.
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  4. Carmy

    Badminton is my jammmmmmm. Played competitively throughout highschool haha. It’s a great workout 😉
    Carmy recently posted…Monday on the Run #36My Profile


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