Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Scotiabank Calgary marathon: training week twelve

Another week of no running in the hopes that my knee would start feeling better. But, no luck at all :( I was going to recap what I did last week instead of running, but I apparently did a really crappy job of recording it. Aka I have nothing in daily mile from Monday to Saturday, which is definitely not like me. 

I have really been dreading writing these words because then they are true and I can't do anything to change it, but I won't be running the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on June 1st :( I was really hoping that time off of running would help my knee, but it hasn't gotten any better at all. I tried running on Friday, but couldn't even make it half a mile without pain. Poor Mr.D had to witness a very emotional breakdown after the running attempt. Even thinking about it now makes me want to cry.  I wish I could say that my knee would heal in time for the race, but I highly doubt it will be.

I think the thing that I am struggling with the most about this is that I put so much time into training and was on track for a strong marathon. But, I guess this wasn't meant to be my race and life has other plans for me. I doubt that she feels this way, but I also feel like I disappointed Solana in a way. She was kind enough to put a training schedule together for me and answered any and all questions I had. I promise that once my knee heals, I will be back to take on the marathon and will be coming back to you for training help! :)

For now, the tears have dried up, but I have a feeling they will come back when I get my first and second DNS (did not start) this weekend and on June 1st. Fingers crossed my knee heals up and I can run a fall marathon.

Tell me: have you ever had to stop training and drop out of a race because of an injury?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Scenes from the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I was off Friday and am off today too, so have been enjoying an extra long weekend. I only work two days this week too (heading to Ontario on Thursday), so really looking forward to that!

Let's see what we were up to this weekend:
  • went to the mall on Friday, which was surprisingly busy!
  • went to Butterfield Acres with our nieces and family on Saturday for the legendary Easter egg hunt.  They also had animals, which you could pet and feed. 
  • after the farm, we went to my SIL sister's house for dinner. It was a laid back and fun Easter
  • on Sunday, we took Harley for a long walk in Bowmont park. It was a windy, but sunny day out!
  • the rest of the day was spent cleaning the house and finishing Suits.
Today, I am off to get a massage, get groceries, take trouble for a walk and workout. Perfect way to end a long weekend.

Tell me: how was your weekend and Easter?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY medal hanger

A couple months ago, I switched offices at work and no longer had a place to hang all of my medals from. After thinking about for far too long and not wanting to pay $70 for one, I finally decided to pick up everything I needed for it. This is a super easy tutorial that anyone could do!

  • nails
  • wood in your choice of shape and size
  • stencil
  • paint
  • paint brush
1. Paint your wood in your choice of colour
2. Once dry, stencil your choice of words or saying 
3. Hammer in as many nails as you want (I used six nails about two inches apart)
4. Hang up on the wall and hang your medals from it

Total cost was less than $9 (I had already had the nails, paint brush and paint. Just had to buy the piece of wood from Michael's)

Tell me: how do you think it turned out? Would you rather pay for one or make it yourself?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon: training week eleven

Eleven weeks down, only seven more (or 46 more days!) to go. This training cycle is going by quickly, but I also don't want it to. I need more time to heal! This was the week of zero running. I really want my knee to heal, so no running will hopefully help with that. I started feeling antsy on Tuesday if I am being completely honest! I also felt like I had so much free time and remembered that's what it's like not to workout or train for a marathon ;)

Find my previous recaps here:
Week one 
Week two 
Week three 
Week four 
Week five 
Week six 
Week seven  Week eight Week nine
Week ten 

This week included lots of this:

April 7, 2014
  • 3.2km walk with Harley
  • T25 beta upper focus
April 8, 2014

April 9, 2014
  • 2.5km walk with the dogs
  • Upper body weight and abs workout from Efit mama
April 10, 2014
  • rest 
 April 11, 2014
  • 3.0km walk with the dogs
  • weights workout
April 12, 2014
  • 3.2km walk with the dogs
  • 40 minute spin on my bike on the trainer {my knee didn't feel great doing this}
  • Upper body superset workout from Peanut Butter Fingers blog {see above}
April 13, 2014
  • 4.0km walk with Mr.D and the dogs 
  • T25 beta rip't circuit
 Tell me: how was your week of training/ workouts?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scenes from the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I took zero pictures this weekend, so you get words from me today. This weekend, we:
  • took the dogs (we are dog sitting my in-laws dog for two weeks) for multiple walks
  • had a two hour nap on Saturday morning
  • watched Wolf of Wall Street- holy boobs, drugs and craziness!
  • vacuumed out the car
  • went for lunch with a friend on Sunday
  • went out for pizza on Saturday night
  • only cried once over my knee
  • made a medal holder for my office at work. Will share it once I've got it hung up! 
Tell me: how was your weekend?


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