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I Run…

27 Jan
  • For my health. When I couldn’t walk up to the fourth floor of the math building at university with any speed and not wind up breathing heavily, it was a sign that I wasn’t all that fit.  Funny, I ran 13.1 miles on Sunday but I still sometimes get winded climbing to my office on the second floor.  During university, I walked to and from school.  I played badminton a couple of times a week.  Now that I work full time and own a car, it would be too easy to never exercise.
  • So I can eat. It’s cliche, I know.  Everyone says it.  But there is a bit of truth to it.  I love food, but I’m convinced that I put on 5 lbs just looking at a slice of cheesecake.  Like many females, I’ve had my issues with my body and particularly with food.  I was going to talk about it here but I realized that there isn’t really enough space here to say what I want to say, so I’m going to leave it for a later post.  I think it’s something I need to address though, at least for myself, because it’s something that I think about constantly and that definitely impacts everything that I do.
  • To prove that I can. I’ve always seen running as something I just can’t do.  Even as a kid, I wasn’t good at it.  In Primary 4, as part of our physical fitness test, we had to run a mile on a 400m track (4 laps).  If memory serves, I was only ever able to run one lap at a time and then I had to walk/run.  What’s sad is that my raw score was 11:35.  With all the walking, I still ran a mile in 11:35.  My pace is slower than that on training runs sometimes now and I actually run the whole way.  *sigh*  I suppose there is something to be said for youth.
  • So I can run away. I’ve always been a bit afraid of walking around alone in the dark.  I’ve always joked that if anything happened, I’d just have to run away, since I’m 5’4″ and not very strong.  At least I’d have a shot at getting away now, I suppose.
  • For the beautiful runs. Like tonight, which inspired me to write this post.  I ran home from work and most of my run felt like floating.  Even when I was cursing myself for picking that particular route because it is uphill most of the way (I usually run it the other way and didn’t realize just how hilly it actually was), it was a fantastic run and I loved almost every step.  Sadly, I thought it was at least 6 miles and I just mapped it and it’s only 5.6 miles.  Oh well.  I’d only planned on running 4.7 miles tonight so I’m still ahead 🙂

This is for the days when I go out in -25C and hate every step of the way.  For the days where I swear that I’m hauling around a 20lb weight on my back because that’s just how slow I’m going.  For all questions I get from friends about why I run and whether or not I’m crazy (the answer, for the record, is probably yes).  And for all the times that I wish I’d picked a different sport.

Back And At It… Sort Of

6 Jan

After veganmofo, I stopped posting much.  I was a bit tired of trying to find things to write about.  I also stopped taking as many photos of my food.  Which is kind of sad because I’ve made some pretty yummy things. 

On the running side, lots (ish) has happened.  After my crappy November of mileage, I’ve been back up at 30+ miles per week.  I got new Mizuno Wave Rider 13s on sale in December to replace my Asic Gel Pulse shoes since I was having arch pain in my right foot.  I like the light weight of the Wave Riders but I think they may be just a touch tight… either way, they don’t sit quite perfectly on my feet *sigh*  Well, I paid for them so I’m going to run in them.  As long as I don’t lace them too tight, they seem to work.  They’re kind of temperamental… some days, they’re great.  Others they’re kind of meh. 

I also ran the KW Resolution Run 5k on January 1… 29:46, which is 4 seconds above my Mississauga 5k time, but this wasn’t chip timed and I have my doubts about the length of this route.  I admit that I didn’t run it full out at all (about 3/4 through the race I realized that I wasn’t even breathing heavily, which is a sign that I’m not racing very hard)… it just didn’t feel like a race, more like a group of people out to run 5k.  *shrugs*  I have most of my 2011 races planned out and they’ve been added to the race history page… along with my potentially unrealistic goals.  Ah well.

Back to food…

Dear Soup: I think you are my best friend, especially on cold winter days.  Maybe tied with stew and mugs of hot chocolate or green tea.

 Moroccan Red Lentil Soup: Taken from Alice in Paris add carrots, minus tomato paste, sub sweet potato for normal potatoes, sub 3 tomatoes for canned tomatoes, less sour cream and parsley.  Not bad but needed more spices… more salt.  And I never say that!

veganmofo 4: More Oats!

4 Nov

I realize that pictures of my oatmeal aren’t very exciting, but I tried steel-cut oats for the first time this morning! 

The ridiculously long cook time for steel cut oats has turned me off them in the past, but I found a recipe that said to boil the oats for a minute before bed and to leave it on the stove.  It sort of soaks and cooks overnight then you wake up the next morning and the oats will only take 10 minutes to cook.

Good idea, right?  Well, my oats turned moldy on the top 😦  I don’t know why… it’s not like it’s hot out or anything, it’s late fall and it feels kind of like a fridge in my apartment.  That sucked.

But I got some steel cut oats anyway and they’re pretty good.  If I can get past the cook time, they would be great.  They feel more substantial, somehow, chewier and all that.  It may become a weekend treat or something like that.

In other news, halloween sucks because everyone at work brings in candy and some of it is veg and/or vegan and because it’s there, I tend to eat it (despite not generally eating candy or any chocolate about 300 days out of any given year).  In addition to my love of cakes in general, the recent baking posts, etc etc, i’m in danger of my new winter coat not fitting anymore 😦  Even with my running!  Sadly, most of these days all I seem to want to do is sit around and eat.  But I will stop sometime… haha!

And because I can: I got a new running toy!

Yep, that’s my desk at work!  So far, I’ve only used it twice but it’s been handy to have.  The second time, it pushed me to an average pace of under 10 minutes per mile, which is extremely speedy for me.  I never run sub 10-minute miles except during races!  (Or for short bursts in interval training but even then, my average pace usually works out to 10:20 or so).  That made me happy!

Oktoberfest 10k PR

19 Oct

TL;DR Version

0:57:53 chip time PR; met < 60 minute goal, didn’t quite meet the 55 min training plan goal

Long Story

Perfect day, sunny, temps around 7-10 deg.  I hit the 5k mark at a bit under 28 mins, but also hit all the hills after and thus ended up with a chip time of 57 mins and 53 seconds. 

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Taper Week!

14 Oct

Short story:

  • 10k race this Sunday (October 17) – Oktoberfest 2010
  • Goal to run it in < 60 mins (current PR is ~ 63 minutes – event was not chip timed)
  • Following a 10k in 55 minutes training program (~30 mpw with 10 mile long runs)
  • I’m Canadian but yes, I run in miles.  10 miles sounds so much less daunting than 16 kilometers, somehow. 

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