Tuesday, March 18, 2014

500 mile March- Day 17- Monday (Mondays can eat it)

I hate mondays. Mondays are the bane of my week. it means I have to get out of bed. It means I have to go to school. It means I have to interact with people. It means I have to be a person. Ug. To make matters worse, I think there is an animal living in the attic above my room. It woke me up at 3:30 last light scratching and moving and it didn't settle down again until 5. I am ready to torch the whole place to get some decent sleep that's how mad it made me.

I ended up on the indoor track first thing in the morning to ensure I didn't have to dodge any ice on the trails in guelph. That was boring. just laps on laps on laps on laps. ALL OF THE LAPS. Sigh. I had to do it alone too. Not so much fun. I'm not one to wear music while I run, but sometimes things get so boring that you just have to.

When I run with music I want something that has a "dope" beat and some "jive" sounds (I used those correctly right? Is that how you kids these days talk?). Also, Mashups. Mashups make my world go 'round.

I Also greatly enjoy singing while I run with my music so that may be why I don't run with music much. It makes me look silly. And running is serious business.

After the track and after school I went to the gym for my workout. I ended up on the treadmill (that dang ice jsut won't go away around the lake) doing 7x 1 mile at 5:17-5:20 on 90seconds rest. It was good workout.

TODAY: 20.1


500 Mile March Day 16- Sunday- Lazy Sundays are best Sundays

Well. Not much to say today. I am beat. Sunday is usually a lazy day for me to begin with, I took my dog for an easy jog then I went to the gym and finally looked at a place to live in Guelph for next year.

The time in between such activities was comprised of binge watching the office/playing video games and sitting in my pjs. All in all I thought it was a pretty good day.
The lake was in fine form today- bright blue skies and a warm sun. It was chilly out but the nice weather more than made up for it.
Treadmill runs are a little less painful for the shin because of the lower impact. it felt okay, not great, but I should be good tog et through the rest of the month problem free.. I hope. I'm right on track and I'm not stopping for anything.

TODAY: 16.6

TOTAL: 259.7

500 mile march day 15: Saturday- Dawn of the third week (dumm dumm DUMMMM)

Ouch. My shin. I was supposed to do 20km with the first time half marathoners, but I decided to play it safe. Going that slow for that long, does nothing but hurt my poor bones and muscles. Bracing with every step sucks yo. I just want to go fast!

I ended up running about 8 miles, and then took it to the gym to do some serious cross training. About 22 miles on the elliptical. I'll tell you, that is no way to have to workout for very long. But better safe than sorry. I am trying to keep a fairly decent weight routine through this as well- gotta get nice and swole for beach season right?
One of the upsides of being a skinny runner: we can easily create the illusion of muscles just by being skinny.
While on my 8 mile run, I did a quick loop through the marsh again, it looks very pretty with the melting snow...

Today: 18 (equivalent)


500 mile march day 14- Friday (SO ENDETH THE SECOND WEEK OF OUR CHALLENGE)

Two weeks over and done! AND IT FEELS... zzzzz. I am so tired. Like so much so that the thought of doing anything active that I don't have to is sickening.

I was on my feet all day long running around in the store (and you know, running around just in general...) I finally finished merchandising the store... I think that it look pretty swell and that you should all come and visit it. Because I am lonely and working in the same room for 10 hours can get pretty mentally taxing.

Cool panorama of all the work I've done in the store!
Anyway, running was a drag today. I sat my butt on the treadmill for 2 hours to get in about 14 miles, then a quick 5 miler in the evening just to wrap up the second week of this challenge.

Here's a picture of my bird helping eat my cereal because why not? Food is important too.

I may have tweaked my shin a little. I will see how it feels in the next little while but I have a feeling I am not eating enough and have tapped my reserves. Food is important. Never forget that. Nutritionally dense food can make or break a runner. It's time to start practicing what I preach. I am in nutrition after all.

Today: 19 miles

TO DATE: 225.1

500 mile march day 13- Thursday (SUCH WINTER)

Recovering for the indoor track, had a little tumble on the snowy, icy trails this morning. Folks, falling hurts. Falling in front of people hurts more. Don't fall in front of people. They will laugh. They won't ask you if you are alright, they will just flat out laugh in your face. What dinks.

The marsh is nice at dusk...
I worked in the store the rest of the day. It was pretty boring. None of you fine runner's came by to say hello! Jeeze. I started to re-merchandise the store as well. I should be done tomorrow! We have some really cool stuff in... there goes the next paycheck... ouch.

Went to the gym after work to do some miles on the treadmill. It was still slippery from the previous day's snow fall. I didn't want to fall in the dark. Coyotes may be waiting in the wing, ready to pounce! Yikes!

An hour and a half and 12 miles later, we are done for the day!

TODAY: 17.0

TOTAL: 206.1

500 Mile March Day 12- Wednesday (SNOW DAY!)

Old man winter is one grumpy SOB. I get up, it it still mild, do an easy 5 miler, then as I am going to school, it really starts to come down. REALLY STARTS. No way I am running outside again today. I was relegated to the indoor track YET AGAIN! Luckily I was able to meet up with my good buddy James and we ended up doing a 70 minute long run on the outside lane of that indoor beast.

I am getting REAL tired of your shit winter. I am so ready to have a solid week out outdoor mud runs. No tights, not hats- just shorts and some trail shoes.

MILES: 16.2

TO DATE: 189.1

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

500 mile march- day 11- SPRING IS HERE???

It was 12 degrees out there folks. Yesterday... But then that didn't last not did it?

Not much to say... soul crushing defeat out there today.

MILES: 17.4