Summer 2013

I truly cannot believe that the last weekend of summer 2013 has come and gone. Kids are back to school today, the days are getting shorter and the chilly mornings of Autumn are among us. I must say that I did not plan on being away from the blog for all of August but when summer calls one must be ready to answer.

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How to Turn 5km into 10km…

You keep putting one foot in front of the other, walk when you have to, push through your limits, tell your brain to shut up and just keep going. I decided that enough was enough and if the weather is not going to cooperate then I am just going to have to run in the cold…

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Vancouver and my first 5 km this year

I should elaborate on my trip to Vancouver this past weekend. It was a short trip over the Rocky Mountain border that separates Alberta and British Columbia for a work conference on Safety. It was a relief to get out of Calgary for a few days and breathe the fresh coastal air. The weather was superb with temperatures in the high teens and spring was in full force with the tulips and cherry blossoms all in bloom. My co-worker and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Vancouver. Great location, walking distance to Gastown, Cardero’s Restaurant, and Robson Street (all very trendy places to check out if you are planning on visiting Vancouver).

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no pain, no…

Last night was my very first experience running in my Vibram five finger shoes. I hit the trail about 7:00 pm and knew I had about an hour before the sun went down. My goal was to do 5 km and see how my foot felt after. I must admit that it was a weird feeling running in these shoes but I started off nice and slow ( at the recommendation of my friend German) and before I knew it I had ran 2.5 km without any pain in my foot. I decided to keep going unless I felt any pain as it was a perfect night for running; warm enough for a tank top and tights, but cool enough to not feel like I was overheating.

five “fingers”

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the “perfect” runner…thoughts?

If you have been following along, (much love for your support) you know that not long ago I completed my first 10 km race with a time of 1:10.56 and that I also did a little damage to my foot. Just to recap, as I was nearing the 8.5 km mark I started to get a cramp in the arch of my right foot. Because it was painful to run normal heel to toe, I overcompensated and started running on the outer edge of my foot. At the time I didn’t really notice that I was doing this and it wasn’t until a few hours post-race that my foot really started to ache. When I woke up on Monday morning I could barely walk and this continued on until Wednesday when I could finally start putting normal pressure on my foot. Today, almost a week and a half later I am back to walking normal but I can still feel a little bit of pain when I put pressure on my foot a certain way. My first reaction of course was that it’s because I  just didn’t train enough, that I’m out of shape, or that I’m just using the wrong shoe (maybe a combination of all three??)

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Today, IAM a runner!

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posted at the finish line

I thought this was an appropriate quote to begin the events of this weekend which is quite ironic because it was the last quote of the day at the end of the race. So, I will start from the end and finish at the beginning…

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