Good evening! We JUST returned from a day on the road from the beautiful Lower Mainland in BC and to Calgary where we will be staying put for the first time in about 5 months. *Did you know that in the last 5 months we have only been home for 2 weeks?* …time to get into routine and see what this next phase of life holds for us both. In the meantime, I thought I’d keep up with the new weekly “WIAW” tradition and also add a “What I Ran Wednesday” section today as I’ve been experimenting with going looooonnng. I’m all about the “What I Ate Wednesday” series after discovering it on Lindsay’s blog (which you should check out too! She’s awesome!) as hosted by Jenn!
So without anymore delay, here’s a taste (literally! ) of some of the eats of this past week since I didn’t document one day specifically enough for a post:
At the hotel before the YACC retreat started: leftover oatmeal from our last backpacking trip with a dollup of almond butter and a nectarine on the side! Better than buying some eggs n’ hash browns at a hotel sans continental breakfast – there are always healthy options.
The food at Edenvale Retreat Centre was incredible, but I’m not surprised because I’ve come to expect nothing less from this amazing place. You can’t beat the produce in the Lower Mainland – things just grow in BC! Everything we ate was local, cancer-fighting foods (often plucked from the garden that morning!), Omega-3 bursting and antioxidant-rich foods. The above-pictured salad beast was the bomb!
Learning how to make our own salad dressings, which oils are better for you and why, the benefits of cruciferous vegetables and getting excited to eat the carrot nut loaf for lunch after this healthy living session with Joseph!
Salad picked from the garden, local BC Yukon Gold potatoes, local chicken,and Safeway coleslaw (yum!). Served up with a glass of white wine for a treat with our Aunt Enid and Uncle Doug – family rocks.
And dessert…how could you not have some homemade, freshly picked strawberry-rhubarb pie and ice cream from such a cute piggy scooper?!
Beginning the drive this morning…a grande, black French Roast. Yesssss.
Stopping at a fruit stand on the way home in BC! #summerfruit
What I Ran Wednesday:
A record of this past week’s experiment in going loooooonnng!
As I mentioned earlier, ever since reading Born to Run I’ve been stoked about running long. Even before then my mind has mulled over if I could map out a marathon and simply run it, with walk breaks and hitting the wall and the full experience, one Saturday morning. I’ve wondered if you have to race distances increasing in mileage or if it’s okay to train for and run a 50 mile race before ever running a marathon. To date, the farthest I’ve run is 17 miles. So last week, I decided to amp up my mileage just to see how my body would handle it and write about the experience. Here’s a bit of what happened:
So proud of Mikey for running several times this week! Another highlight of my week was running with him!
Monday: finished off our Rockwall Trail backpack in the Kootenay Mountains, about 11 miles (miles not counted as I specifically tracked miles running, but fun to look back on!).
Tuesday: rest day and travel day to Vancouver!
Wednesday: 10 miles: 1:25:04 – Is it any coincidence that I ran my fastest ever 10 miles after hiking 54 km the weekend before with a 30 lb pack? I didn’t allow my body much rest but keeping some principles in mind from McDougall’s book, I ran “easy, light, smooth, and fast” and had an amazing run!
Thursday: 7 miles: 1:03:45 – Why not follow it up with another “long run” rather than a 3 or 4 miler? I tried it, on the treadmill, and felt fast. My only quip? I had some tightness in my left calf. Not too bad!
Friday: 9 miles: 1:18:05 – I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get up early before breakfast with the start of the retreat for this run, but I went for it in the spirit of my going long experiment and the run went so well! As usual, I left the iPod in the car and ran, relishing every step and catching myself smiling along the way.
10.83 miles: 1:34:06 – The beginning portion of this run began in a downpour. With my Go-Lite rain jacket on, I pounded through the puddles and pushed on, finishing most of the run in the humid, post-rain air, noting that I wrote “fairly enjoyable and fatigue-free run” in my running log.
4.6 miles: 36.43 – We had free time, I knew I wouldn’t be running tomorrow, and the sun was shining…so I headed back out! Crazy, but when you break runs up you can get many miles in a day without feeling like you’re doing them all in a row.
~ 1 mile – With my wonderful friend Karine! She’s an amazing, shining woman who breathes life into others everywhere she goes and has recently started running with the Running Room. It was an absolute joy to run with her for in the woods, 10 min on, 1 min off, chatting and gliding along the trails.
Sunday: rest day
And that takes us through the week! It was amazing getting so many miles in: 42.43 miles to be exact! I felt great, was never drained or tired, and continued to employ the tactics of running with a forefoot strike, back erect and tall, repeating my new mantra to myself: “Easy, light, smooth, fast.” When I did feel tired or sore, I smiled. Next time you find yourself struggling during a workout of any kind, try SMILING…you’ll be absolutely amazed at what it can do for your morale and attitude, even affecting your physical feelings. I loved the feeling of moving across the earth only by the power of my own two feet, covering more of a distance than usual. I ran with joy and can truly say that I enjoyed every step of last week’s running journey.
Did my overall fitness suffer from only running and mainly running long? Maybe. I know I need to reintegrate more strength training in my routine; as a personal trainer I’m well aware of the need to train your entire body, and runners specifically need strong cores which you don’t get simply from running. But these days, all I want to do is lace up my old shoes and hit the road. So ends my week-long experiment, but so begins a new outlook on running which I am excited to blend with strength training throughout the week too.
That’s about it on the WIAW and WIRW edition! After seeing my recent eats and runs, I’m curious:
Runners: what is your favorite type of run? Speed? Long? Tempos?
Any especially delicious, healthy recipes from the week to share? Link it up!
Thanks for reading guys, and I look forward to getting back into a routine this week and staying in touch better with many of you after an amazing time away from home. Have a great rest of your night and a good end to the week! I’ll be back tomorrow with an interesting post…I’ll leave you in suspense for now.
Live well & be well,
A view from the drive home.