Running is hard

Temperature: Tuesday was the worst day of all this week to run. By the time we finished our warm up, I looked like I had been running around in a sauna.

Distance run/type:

  • (Tues Aug 10) 30 min tempo pace run + 6k warm up/cool down
  • (Wed Aug 11) 9 hill repeats + 6k warm up/cool down  / hills
  • (Fri Aug 6) 6k tempo

Clothes: Various pairs of Adidas shorts & pants, various Adidas shirts & Lululemon tops, Asics 2150s.

Feeling: Tuesday and Wednesday’s work out wiped me out but both were good work outs! Friday’s run was relaxing as usual. I ran a little slower than I normally do on Fridays, but I ran up hill for almost the entire first half of it and my legs were just tired. I did, however, really like the warm up/cool down element that was added to our tempo run work out on Tuesday. Both my naturopathic doctor and physiotherapist recommended that I do a full warm up/cool down before I do a tempo run so it was a good experience to actually do it!

100 Push Ups Challenge

  • (Wed Aug 11) Exhaustion Test: Exhaustion test: 40 🙁 I think I was too wiped from the Tues/Wed work out to really give it my all. I hope this doesn’t count as cheating but I’m going to try again today!

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As of this week, there are less than two months to go until the big day and I have to say that I am still uncertain about how everything will turn out. I am still determined to trust and stick with the training, but it frightens me slightly that I’ve felt wobbly and delirious every time we’ve added mileage to our Sunday LSD runs. When we did last week’s 29k, I was sure that it would go better than the week before because it was the second time running that distance. Not only did I accidentally run into a parked car (let us never speak of that again), but I felt utterly spent by the end of the run and we actually only did 27k since we got lost a few times and took a wrong turn. Partway throughout the week I came to an important realization amidst all of my constant fear and doubts: Running is hard.

I am certain that this is the hardest goal I’ve worked towards in a long time. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and determination to come out week after week to put in the effort necessary to run a marathon. I still believe that anyone can do it if I can do it (and I will do it, even if it’s a pitiful attempt!). But what do I really expect? To come out each week for a pleasant jaunt across a flat, pleasant dirt road? No, the point of each training run is to put my body to work, and that is what is happening each week. Nobody can deny that it’s gross outside, but it is possible to run in this horrid weather – our large group of fantastic runners can testify to that week after week.

If I really wanted to take the easy way out, I could have quit a long time ago and made better use of my gym membership on treadmills with a 30-minute time limit. But I’ve come this far, and I’m not about to back down now. So yeah, my response to people who constantly ask me what would possess me to run outside in this weather when I could be relaxing with sangria by the the pool is this: training for a marathon is hard, running in this weather is even harder – but crossing that 42.2k finish line on my birthday is going to be worth every single minute of it.

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It’s been quite the week. Aside from two back to back challenging runs, I also spent the week condo and cat sitting for a friend who was on vacation. I didn’t bring my regular camera with me, but I did manage to take some iPhone photos while I was there. On Tuesday morning, I made the omelette that puts all of my previous omelettes to shame.

I started off by sauteing red onion and broccoli together using a dash of olive oil and water. Then I whisked together one egg and a spash of soy milk. When the onions and broccoli were done, I removed them from the pan and poured in the egg mixture. After letting it cook on medium heat for a few minutes, I added the broccoli, onion, one slice of lean ham and some crumbled feta cheese over one side and flipped it over. I also decided that wasn’t delicious enough and added 2 tbsp of some white bean salsa into the omelette just before serving it.

With two pieces of 12-grain toast which was later slathered with strawberry cream cheese and almond butter.

The egg looks burnt but I assure you it wasn’t. It was very, VERY tasty. I would gladly eat another one right now…

On Tuesday night, I decided to take a trip to the grocery store and picked up this 7-grain pizza crust because I was too tired to make my own or roll out a pre-made dough. Sometimes, you’ve just got to take the quick and easy route out!

Instead of pizza sauce, I topped it with Salba salsa (the Hot flavour, obviously), ground turkey, mushrooms, broccoli, and some shredded marble cheddar cheese. I’m not going to lie, I could have eaten this entire pizza in one sitting. It really hit the spot!

Then on Thursday night, I decided that I was in the mood for nachos. It happens, right?

Instead of the traditional bar or pub nachos (although I won’t deny that those are delicious), I decided to make my own at home. I started by sauteing about 1.5 cups of chopped broccoli with red onion. When they were softened, I added in salsa and mushrooms and let everything heat through. Then I layered some Spicy Black Bean tortilla chips on a plate, and threw on the broccoli/salsa mix and sprinkled some crumbled feta cheese on top.

It was pretty perfect and so easy to make! I guarantee you that I will be having this again soon. Likely this week. 😀

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5 thoughts on “Running is hard”

  1. Love your determination, Allison 😀 You know your body’s limits but you’re also a go-getter. So inspiring!

    Seems like everyone has been making their own pizzas lately. Yours looks fab 🙂

    Btw, October 10th is also my mom’s birthday! She was just raving the other day about 10/10/10 haha.

    1. I am totally on a huge pizza kick right now. Last week I must have had it at least four to five times.

      And awesome about the 10/10/10 birthday!!! Is she going to do anything special for the celebration?

  2. Congrats on the great training! People ask me why I run outside, but I can’t stand running on a treadmill in place. Of course, right now, I’m on a month long break from training (grrr)
    Love those eggs! Way to make do with IPhone photography. Mine wouldn’t have looked that good.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I agree that treadmill running is the worst! That sucks that you’re on a break from training, but I’m sure you will come back faster and stronger. 🙂

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