Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July recap

Holy crow! Where have I been? This blog is collecting dust like the desk in my office! (We have no cleaning service) The summer is flying by yet I feel like I've not accomplished a whole lot. The story of my life I suppose. I'm already into week 7 of my fall training plan and the days are ticking closer to Kyle's departure to university. I try not to think about that too much though because it makes me sad! Wah!

I won't bore you with mundane details regarding every single run that I've had the last four weeks (besides, more than likely you are my friend on Daily Mile and already know every run I've had the last four weeks!), but I will let you know that for a time it was hot as balls and making things more difficult. Right now we are having amazing temps that more than make up for the heat. If every morning was 15* I would be a very happy running girl! I had to resort to doing some of my speed sessions on the treadmill at the gym because it was just too hot for me outside. I was born in England, my body was not created for 40*+ temps!!

This week our training paces have increased by 6 seconds. I'm really curious to see what my 5K time could be by the end of this training cycle. I've been feeling very strong the last week or so, I honestly think that I can crush beat my current 5K PB, 23:whatever the heck it is. :oP Yesterday I ran my 14K tempo run with 2x10min at Tpace (4:46) and hit 10K around the 52 minute mark. Seeing as my 10K PB is 51:somethinsomethin I think that I also need to see if I can improve on that!

With my final run of July completed this morning, I'm taking the time to look back and notice that this month is my second highest mileage month EVER, only 2K behind my marathon peak month in April. My weekdays runs have been a lot longer this cycle, averaging about 10K so I think that this has been what has pushed me over. I've been picking up shifts here and there at work lately to make some extra money for the university money pit so I've been feeling a bit stretched thin with going to bed late and getting up early, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. One day Kyle will thank me for it. If he knows what's good for him any way. ;o)

So time to bring on August, with faster paces and the Midsummer Night's Run 15K where I will see how I am looking for my fall1:45 half time goal. All the perks, half the suck because that's how I roll......


Who hasn't seen a million baby bunnies on their runs this summer?

More babies were hatched on our coach light.


Canada Day 5K AG winners!

 Canada Day bar losers. I'm talking about me having to work this snoozefest not the Lone Wolf
at the bar.

Noah & his friend Adam on the way to board the plane to St John's. I miss him but it's nice to get to use the computer!

 Sunrise at the corner of Burloak and Lakeshore. Getting up super early has a few advantages.

The view of Bronte Creek from the bridge on Rebacca St. This is the same place that Patty and
I found the frozen dildo this past winter. I still look down everytime I run on this bridge!

Bronte Harbour. What do you mean you can't see the boats in my photo taken
with my high-tech HTC Desire phone's camera?!

That says Cudmores which is the name of the nursery. Plant art amuses me.

This picture makes me laugh. Not even sure what I'm trying to do here. Me in front
of Shell Park. Yes THE Shell Park. Obvs I'm not by the bathrooms though. Please note last nights makeup.
This isn't July related, it's from the Moon in June but Patty found it on the Burlington Lulu's facebook
page last week so it sort of counts. See if you can find me, :o)


  1. Great month of training for sure, you are doing fantastic. Sure you are not going to reconsider a marathon with that training? You will be trained for one...just sayin'. Love the pics! They are great. Must be hard seeing your son off for sure. Oh and you are right there on the bottom right of the photo, white hat!! Happy running, can't wait to see what you knock out next!

  2. I will never get tired of that Thug Nicole pic from Canada Day! And you need to blog more. Great month! Your 5k and 10k times are going to be incredible after this cycle, I suspect.

  3. I lvoe how "thug" Nicole looks in the Canada Day 5K picture! Lol!

    And yes, a surprising number of little bunnies out. I wonder why?

  4. Awesome training, Sam! Yes, you WILL crush those times! Even though you aren't wearing your customary pink, I can still find you -- and Emma, too.

    1. My skirt had pink in it and I had on pink socks. LOL I never even noticed Emma back there and I'd been looking for her too.

  5. Ha Mari! I'm not sure why I look so annoyed in that picture. Perhaps the overly chatty lady who was standing next to me. I was trying to get into BEAST MODE and she would not stop talking!

  6. Great training month. I bet you get those prs.

  7. Great work again Sam! See what August brings us! Should be awesome!

  8. Great month! The more you run, the better you will be! Blog ROCKS as always :-)

  9. I love the Canada Day race pics. So cute! Good luck with crushing that 5K PR. I kind of want to set a 5K PR, but I think the trails have made me too lazy to ever try and go fast. And no I don't see bunnies all the time! That must be a Canadian problem.:)