Running Errands (Literally)

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I’m doing my best to pretend I don’t have a race on Sunday. A triathlon. And that I still can’t swim to save my life (that’s a lie – I can save my life, just not swim efficiently or effectively or fast or, or, or…)

Last Friday I was supposed to do a long run of 6km, but I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating stomach pains. They finally went away midday, so I headed to CrossFit for the 4pm class. The WOD was brutal:

1km run
50 bench press
25 back squat
1km row

I managed the run in 6:03 which I was pretty happy with, given how hot it was and how much I suck at running lately. I did the bench presses at 45# and the squats at 115#. It took around 23 minutes I think.

By the evening my stomach hurt again – I’d even laced up and gone outside to run, but didn’t think I could risk it.

The long weekend happened (I worked), and on Wednesday morning I met up with fellow FitApproach #sweatpink Ambassador Michelle of Push.Pump.Progress for a hilly trail run! It was neat exploring a new area and meeting a new friend, and the hills were ridiculous.

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Wednesday afternoon at CrossFit we did the WOD that I am STILL feeling today:

Every Minute On the Minute
10 deadlifts
100m row penalty for not getting 10 in a minute

I started off with the prescribed weight of 135#, but by the 5th or 6th minute my legs were BURNING and I just couldn’t continue at that weight.  We switched plates and I finished with 115#.  I love deadlifts, but not 100 in 10 minutes. (And I had to row 200m after, too).

And now it’s Friday and my hamstrings and glutes are still in some serious pain from that workout.  It made my long run this morning pretty difficult.

I had 8km planned for today, and the forecast was calling for thunderstorms.  I had gotten permission from a friend I’m cat sitting for to use her treadmill, but when by noon the rain still hadn’t shown up I decided to combine errands and running, and run the 4km to my friend’s house, check on the cats, and run home for a combined distance of 8km.

I gotta say that it was a lot more fun to run with a destination in mind.  I don’t really like out and backs as much as I like loops, or even better, point to point.  My run felt like it had a purpose beyond just covering the 8km.

My screaming hamstrings and glutes made my pace a lot slower than I’d intended, and led to some walking up hills, but overall I was pretty happy to be out running the longest run since my injury in March.

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Tomorrow is Fight Gone Bad at the gym – we are doing it as a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. At this point I don’t think I’ll be participating, as I’m sore AND have a race on Sunday, but I’ll bring my gym clothes with me, just in case.  In either case there will be lots of pictures and a recap next week!

Have a great weekend!

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Have you ever “run” errands before?
Anyone else racing this weekend?

Tri Training Tuesday

You like that alliteration, don’t you? I’m so clever.

Happy May 1! I can’t believe it’s May already – it still seems like New Years was just here.  Time moves way too quickly for me these days.

May means – eye doctor and therefore new glasses, one month closer to my June specialist appointment, VACATION at the end of the month, and yes, one month closer to my try-a-tri.

Uh so I attempted to swim last week.  Attempted because I got dressed in my suit and went to the community centre pool (yes I did wear normal clothes over top of my suit, it is Canada and still cold here) at 10:30 like the times indicated for lane swim.  Although on this particular day they had decided to change it to 11:30.  So I left and came back at 11:30.  But there were no lanes put up, and the lane pool was full of older people (and a gentleman in a wheel chair?) and thus not conducive to swimming laps.  So I went home and had a nap instead.

This week I have a new plan of attack – I’m going to go to a different pool, at 7am, and hope that I can beat the crowd. And that maybe they’ll have lanes set up.

My training for this week will hopefully look something like this:

Monday – rest (I was just lazy, and tired from working 3 overnights in a row)
Tuesday – Run + CrossFit
Wednesday – Bike + CrossFit
Thursday – Swim + CrossFit
Friday – Run + CrossFit
Saturday – Bike + CrossFit (or just CrossFit – and if so then Sunday will be Bike)

I’m still not sure how many workouts a day is normal – I feel like a crazy person scheduling 3 in a day, but I’m hardly running 19miles, and I’m used to doing 2 a day fairly often.  If anything the CrossFit will go from 5 to 4 days this week, but I really need to get the 2 bikes and 2 runs in (oh and the swim, clearly).

Things I have learned so far:
- my bathing suit doesn’t look that bad on
- I’d really like a funky suit – kinda like this:
- I need a new bike!!

On another topic – I was chosen to become a FitFluential Ambassador! I’m very excited to be joining the ranks of other inspiring, fit, like-minded ambassadors. 

Not sure what FitFluential is? Check out their site at and read the “About Us” and “Ambassadors” sections.  I’m really flattered and honoured to be chosen!

Now back to bed for a nap (hard life, I know, but I work again tonight) then off for a run and then the gym.  Apparently we are doing Fran today – I’m going to be so sore tomorrow!


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Happy Tuesday everyone!


Eeeek it’s official!

I’m sure some of you have noticed the new badge at the side of my blog – the “sweat pink” one.  Well I applied and was accepted as a #sweatpink ambassador for Fit Approach! I love their mission, and I’m proud to represent them on this blog and in real life!

From their site:

Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.

Feel free to check out my profile on the Fit Approach website, and definitely check out the other ambassadors there, too – I’m in some awe inspiring company.

Interested in becoming an ambassador? Check out the #SweatPink ambassador program.