Saturday, March 31, 2007

Got a Grip

Goodmorning to all you in Blog Land.

Its 7:15 and while my family is sleeping, I have already been out for a 7.5km run. Yup.

I would give you stats and stuff, but I don't have them, as my Garmin decided that it didn't want to wake up before 6:50am. I was standing at the edge of my building in the wind and cold for like 15 minutes and it still wouldn't connect to the sattelites. And then, it was dark, and I am paranoid, so I just started running. And it was a good run.

I stopped on the way home to get some Nutella and Bananas for breakfast (we were out) and the last oh 1.5km were kinda like a run/walk jig. Yeahh. It was a little difficult running with 3 lbs of Bananas and a kg of Nutella, in a plastic bag. Note to self: Next time, bring empty backback.

It was so nice out, as soon as the sun started coming up, i was on top of a hill, and I looked down, and it was all like pink sky and really nice. Once the sun came up totally, I took off my headphones, turned off my music and just kind of enjoyed the silence. Then I stretched near a tree. I think I needed that, the whole beauty and stuff.

I have also been looking back through my logs, and I have realized that every few weeks or so, I have a relatively good week, and then i have a couple days where I am struggling. And then I am back. Glad to say I am back, but unfortunately you may have to put up with a couple more of those posts.

OH, and the Rocky song, "Eye of the Tiger" Spoke to me today. I listen to it a lot. It is one of my power songs. You know, 'Tiger," But today, it said...

Don't loose your grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive

Its the truth. I got a good grip on this dream.

Im back, hope you have all been well,


Friday, March 30, 2007

Mental Roadblock

I feel as if I am at a "Mental Roadblock".
I ran at lunch today. A short run. LIke as in very short. Like as in 4km...Less that 3 miles.

During this run, I had NO problem. None at all.
Infact it was a nice run. 6:10/km because of stop lights. Forgot to hit the "Stop" button. duh. But during the running part I was running on average of 5:30ish per km. I felt great. I can run faster, all the time now. faster than normal.

I dont know. i dont know why I didn't do more. Maybe its the shoes. The unlucky shoes.

Oh, and I have decided something. The schedule is nice, great to know how much I should be running, and a schedule of how the things should increase and stuff. Hm. But know what, if I don't run tomorrow, then I don't run tomorrow. If my schedule says I should run 4 days, and I run 6, and if I run 6, if Im supposed to run 5 and I run 3, so be it.

On that note, if I don't run at all, That is your cue to yell at me;o)...odds are we won't make it to that step.

Maybe I just need a new Mantra, and a new Power song.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Surpressed Appetite

I cannot eat for the life of me.
I tried to shove breakfast down my throat. So not appealing.
Same with some sort of morning snack, carrots, and lunch. Yuck

Then, after the lack of eating today, I tried to run. Made it 1.79km, and then...I died. I could barely walk. So, my plan is to do my homework, take an advil, have a power bar and then go have a meeting with the dreadmill for about 6km. Then abs, and arms. I rarely do lower body just because running makes my legs and butt nice. ha.

Theres no reason for me to be tired. Im telling you. I had a 4 hour nap from 3-7, then went to bed at 9, and woke up at 8. So.

Gonna work on this eating thing. I should be having another great running week, after the last 2 weeks. It should just get better as I got a long. Right?! Right.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Short and Sweet

That was probably the hardest hill run I have EVER done. No word of a lie.

Instead of just jogging my way there, I ran with Alan, and Richard. (The fastest guys in the clinic) My normal ohh 6 40/km on the way there turned into 5:10/km for the first 3 km.

The hills were done at an average of 4:00/km, my fastest being 3 38/km. Total distance...10km. Time...54 minutes. And that is the fastest 10k I have EVER done. The way back was just the same. I started to fall back a little but they just kept pushing me (Which I really didnt mind) and the ways back 3 k was 4:58, 5:15, 5:27... I started to slow a little but overall I am impressed.

Sore feet. Couldn't feel my toes. And I had swollen hands. Never experienced that before. I'm not too worried though.

I notice that as it gets nicer (TOday it was 22 degrees and considering that I completely underdressed....yeah..skirt and COTTON t-shirt. Cotton truly is rotten...i ended up taking my mommy's sweater after the run. ) the harder it is to breathe. Sigh. I can get through thtat though. I learned a new breathing technique. In through the nose, out throught the mouth. Apparently you get more oxygen that way. Anybody got any other techniques for breathing?

My brother (The one that's high needs with a seizure disorder) said that I inspired him to do a 10k walking class:o) I'm telling you, Canada is soon going to being a better and more healthy place because of me.

Hmmm...not much else. Just incase you didnt get anything else from that...that was tough. Need techniques for breathing, underdressed, fast, canada healthier place.

The end,


The Reality of 46 days!!!

Today, it hit me. 46 days is REALLY soon. It's like, just about 6 weeks. is 6.57 weeks away. 1103 hours, 66,225 minutes, 3,973,536 seconds. Okay, averaging 5 runs per week, thats only like 33 runs. Oh how will I ever be ready?! This is crazy.

There is still a lot that I want to do before the race..

-Peak at 20km. Run it twice
-Eat healthier
-Make my shirt
-Break in my shoes
-Pick up the pace
-Drive my family crazy talking about nothing BUT the rae for the next 46 days

Nah, not the last one. Ill drive you running folks crazy. But I will try and mix it up a bit. But the rest of it..yah, I gotta get it done..ahh. SO. Here is a question for all of you lovely lovely people. ( Does flattery really work?) Okay, what is the importance of a fallback week?! Is it important or can I just skip it. According to the schedule we do as follows, starting next week...16,12,18, 18, 20, 6 Race. Okay, well, I'm thinking if maybe I do... 16,18,18,20,20,6 that I'd be more comfortable with it. Whatchya think?! too much? I dunnooo..

Oh, and I talked to the physio therapists office...I have to make an appointment. So, I will find a time that works and go!

More on hills later. Getting more and more excited.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Moment of Inspiration

So, I was in Writer's Craft today and I was supposed to be writing a dramatic monologue, but Suddenly, I had a moment of inspiration and wrote a poem about...*Drumroll Please*...Running (Big Surprise, Huh?)

So, Here it is...It may not be great, but oh well, you poor people have to suffer through it.

My inspiration,
Is my persperation,
The beating of my heart
Going Right From the start

One foot infront of the other,
Out the front door,
I've done miles this week,
And I could do miles more

The road is empty
Just me and a dedicated few,
In the morning, or at night,
Things are in a different hue

Thinking of everything,
from life, to work, to play,
From everything I want to do,
To things that my heart won't say

This time I have is my freedom,
Time to be alone,
Taking in life in every way,
Running always makes my day

Hahaha. Sorry. I was bored. Whatchya think?! Should I change my profession and become a professional writer?! ha.

So, I feel pretty good today. Minor residual soreness. Not too bad at all. Could've run but I seriously have to start focusing on school. I just failed a test today. No word of alie. It was so hard. Sigh. Oh well.

Tomorrow we are doing HILLS!!! YAY!!! Only 48 days until my Mississauga Half Marathon. :o)

Keep on Keepin' On

Sunday, March 25, 2007

What's Another 5.1km????

Nothing! Thats the answer!! I did 16km and it was EASY BREEZY!! I am so excited. Had I not had to go to work in about ohh half hour, I probably would have done the extra 5.1km, but well, like I said, I had to work. So my average pace was 6:28...right on track.

But, the last 3km were at a pace that was LESS than race pace. It was a really good run. Potty break today at the Running Room. Didn't need it. Ohhh..and I wore new shoes. Yah. If you see my Last post, you will notice that my body told me I had to. Im not the boss anymore. I have surrendered control!! I have two different feet (Well obiously a left and a right,) but I need a cushioning shoe for one foot and a stability shoe for the other. Will be looking into orthodics, I have pain in like my toes...weird...

I had a gel today. At 45 minutes. Chocolate. Powerbar brand. Not bad...thinking about trying Clif Shots next week...for another 16!!! Next week Joe gets to do 12!!! Lucky him...

hmmm. I am very tired. Long day at work, then a movie. It's 1am. I am up at 6...crazy me..It's gonne be a long day tomorrow.

Summary?? Nah. I ran 16!! That's all you need to know.

Hope everything is Well, Take Care


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Stepped out


Today, this is not Tiger, it is her body. Today, I had a good talking with her. I had been subtly telling her for the last couple of weeks, that she may need to lay off a little. I do not like her running on Saturdays. After a long week at school, I was feeling exhausted. I wanted to tell her, and I tried to tell her, but she just wasn't listening.

Today, her and I had it out. She was running at about like oh...7 30, and after about 15 minutes, I had had enough. I tried to gently tell her this. But no, she is too stubborn and wouldn't stop and I cramped all the muscles in her calf and foot up. She's still trying to figure out exactly why this happened. She has concluded that it is her shoes, which are toast. Luckily she has a pair on stock in her closet. I only did this because she was dehydrated, and not drinking ANYTHING. What a Silly girl, she is.

Hmm, I have told her that she should check out for today, as she just finished, after that dreadful run, 9-4:30 at Chuck E Cheese, and 5-9:30 at Swiss Chalet. She was half checked out anyways.

I must go, She hopes that all is well.

Tigers Body

Ohh, and one other thing, my building managers neighbor is an Olympic Marathoner from Poland, and she is going to set up a meeting between me and her!! Who knows, maybe I will be on the front of Runner's World. Oh the dreams we have! (You don't have to humor me) Wish me luck on my Longest run EVER!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Not Normal

I have just come to the realization that I am probably not normal. If you ask my family, however, they could have told you this several years ago. But, I think I am not normal.

I am so very excited about this race. The one that I have coming up. Lately, almost all of the runs that I have gone on, I have felt elated, just running, and thinking about what it would feel like to cross the finish line.
To reach a goal that for a very long time everyone told me that I was too lazy to reach.
But I will do it in spite of them all
Mind you, they are all quite supportive of me now that they see that I am serious. But Still.
I am ridiculously excited. 50 days will go by super fast.

So, today, I snuck in 6.15km after school and before work. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Out of this 6km, I have a new PB for a 5k. Prior to this it was 30:05, and today I ran it in 28:28. Not bad.

And, I have splits for you too..all negative splits. how pessimistic huh?

1km: 6:02
2km: 5:44
3km: 5:40
4km: 5:33
5km: 5:23
6km: 5:25

Oh yah, and I didn't listen to music either. Just thought about stuff. Yah..What do you bloggers think about when you run?

Yup. And I tried out my new running skirt. My Nike one! At t he beginning, I might have been a little bit self-concsious. But, that's okay, once I got into it, I was good!! And I love it! THERES NO MORE SNOW HERE IN CANADA...(Ontario) and no rain for the rest of this weekend. It's gonna be like 11 tomorrow and 13 on Sunday. Tomorrow I am squeezing in 8km before I work at 9:30am, then going to Chuck E Cheese, and then at 4:30 leaving for Swiss Chalet until 9--Its going to be a busy day tomorrow. Same with Sunday. Running from 8:30 until I finish 16km. Then I work at 12!! Yahoo. Then I work til 8, come home and sleep. Ignoring Homework I think. hahaha im so bad.

Im off to work now,


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bad Bad Tiger

Yah. I ran hills on Tuesday.
Wednesday, I came home. I laid down on my moms bed. I slept til 7. Then I had dinner. Then I went back to bed. I was tired
Today, Im like elbow high in homework. Still exhausted.

These may sound like excuses. They probably are. But I think that they are good ones. Ha. The person I was going to do my long run can't come today. Friday I will be doing 10, Saturday 8 and Sunday 16km. Soo exciting huh. Tomorrow is another nice day.

Trying to relax and not worry about it. 51 days.

Im thinking about running with the 1:45 pace group. That'll give me the boost that I need for my race. Sigh. I love this stuff. :0)

Darn Rain. Might have a date with the dreadmill tonight, might not. Sigh. I'll still make 4 days this week. And the leader of the group PR'd running 4 days a week. So I'm not too worried. I am still confident that I can still run it...and do good.

Just humor me.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pumped Up

Hills. Feeling Great. The legs are feeling great. The lungs are complaining. Allergy season or something. 6 hill repeats, 9.14km. Had a nice chat with Helen on the way home. Just about life, and goals and stuff. Why we run. It was nice. Shes such a nice lady. She says she feels a little responsible for me because she is old enough to be my mother. Haha.

So 6 Hills, 9.14km,58 minutes. *(We walked down the hill) Avg Pace was...6.14 including the walks. Hills themselves were pretty fast. I was so tired. I had to drag myself out of the house today. It was tough. I was so cold, and just, didn't really want to leave.

But whatever. It was okay.

In other news, the WEIRDEST thing ever happend. EVER. Okay, So know how I ran my 14.34 km on Sunday, Monday I HAD NO PAIN!!! NOTHING. Not even the shin splint that I always have. It disappeared. Isn't that weird?!!?!?!?!?! I posted a question on and someone said that it might be "Niggles" and someone else disagreed. Ha. All I know is I am currently pain free.

The Race director came in today. Oh MY GOSH!!! IF I WAS EXCITED BEFORE You can imagine how excited I am NOW! (The answer is very excited.) Im sooo pumped up! Only like 53 days folks, 53 days.

Thursday I am doing my long run. 16km. (Yet ANOTHER record) Depending on how I feel, I may do it again Sunday. Mr. Body is my boss. Tomorrow I am doing a TEMPO run at lunch and working out with some friends at the Y, (They don't want to work out on their own. ) Friday, no running, then we will go from there.

Hope all is Well,

*Must stop procrastinating

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Couple of Firsts

So, I don't have much time considering I have a 6 page paper due in 12 hours that I haven't started, so here's my excitment.

1. Today was my longest run to date. I have never run past 11.77km. Today, I ran 14.34km. Time was 1:30. Avg Pace: 6:24. Now, we ran this route on the race course. But we started near the end, and at our half way point, we turned around, and came back. We went down a BIG hill, and then we turned around and wents back UP the big hill. Yeah. It was pretty tough. But I did it.

2. I used a gel. There has to be a trick for that. It was horrible. The texture of it was like Oatmeal without the chunks. Yes, thats a good analogy. But, it didn't taste bad. Actually, I must admit, it tasted pretty good. Chased it with water. Ran on the flat, then turned around. For those of you that have run with the running room before and are familiar with the mandatory 10 and 1's, should know that until I got up that huge hill, and then I walked. After I walked, came the boost. . I took the gel at about 6km, it kicked in at about 7.5...I was completely tanked by 13k. Oh well.

3. I have a blister. It is on the inside of my foot, on the arch. It hurts. *Sigh* I have been walking on the outside of my foot for that entire day. At Chuck E Cheese, then at Swiss Chalet. It was tough. Probably won't run tomorrow, just swim or something.

4. My step-dad and I might be doing a "try a tri" together. WE both need to hit the pool!

Hmm.. not much else I don't think. Ohh...

SUMMARY! (And you thought you'd get out of it this week!)

Monday: 6km
Tuesday: 9km Hills
Wednesday: 4km TEMPO Run
Thursday: Cross Training
Friday: Too darn busy
Saturday: 2.5km
Sunday: (ready?!) 14.34km!!!!!!!!

Total: 35.84

And I'm okay with that!=)

Keep Keepin' On!


Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Little Math

14hrs working on my feet + Non-Stability Shoes= SORE Body parts and a bad Saturday morning run.

Yes. AND, it snowed. There was like 6cm's of snow on the ground and nobody had shovelled their sidewalks yet. While running in the snow, I find that I have sore calves. Pair that with my tight achilles and voila, the start of a bad run. The shin splint that I have that usually goes away after 10 minutes, didn't. I managed to push out 2.5km (SLOW km) and then, I had to walk. So, I walked. Remember, I have my LONG RUN tomorrow, and it's on the half marathon course and it's going to be tough.

In other news, I went to work at Chuck E Cheese, for the first time in like 2 months. One of the managers asked me if I was still running, and I was like, yes, and then she's like you can tell, it looks like you've lost a lot of weight!!!

I like that, it's cool that people can actually notice. *Smiles*

Gotta go, another 12 hr day


A Little Math

14hrs working on my feet + Non-Stability Shoes= SORE Body parts and a bad Saturday morning run.

Yes. AND, it snowed. There was like 6cm's of snow on the ground and nobody had shovelled their sidewalks yet. While running in the snow, I find that I have sore calves. Pair that with my tight achilles and voila, the start of a bad run. The shin splint that I have that usually goes away after 10 minutes, didn't. I managed to push out 2.5km (SLOW km) and then, I had to walk. So, I walked. Remember, I have my LONG RUN tomorrow, and it's on the half marathon course and it's going to be tough.

In other news, I went to work at Chuck E Cheese, for the first time in like 2 months. One of the managers asked me if I was still running, and I was like, yes, and then she's like you can tell, it looks like you've lost a lot of weight!!!

I like that, it's cool that people can actually notice. *Smiles*

Gotta go, another 12 hr day


Thursday, March 15, 2007

ALMOST 100 Things About Me

This actually might be 100 more. I cannot remember if I posted one of these before or not. But whatever,its a rest day anyways. Here it is at the request of Joe.

1. I am completely computer illiterate. I am lucky to even blog. This is possibly why this isn't in a list form at the side of my blog as a seperate link. This is also why I have no profile pics.
2. Another possibility for the lack of profile pics is that I cannot seem to convince anyone to take a picture of me running. It's a difficult undertaking I say. I just run so fast. Ha.
3. If anyone has solutions to either of these two problems, assistance would be greatly appreciated.
4. I work at Chuck E Cheese. I would not eat their pizza.
5. I cannot stand the sight of Chicken. Due in part to staring at it at work for 8 hours a day on the weekends.
6. I like to use big words that I have no idea what they mean, but I've heard. Eg. Plethora, Superflous, Anaerobic Threshold. They make me sound smart. Please don't ask me to use them in a sentence.
7. I have the notion in my head that since I am a runner, I can eat anything I want. Yeah. I am a fast food junkie. I am trying to cut down.
8. I have a bet going with my mother that I can refrain from spending any money at all (Including clothes, fast food, etc)
9. It starts Monday
10. So does my diet.
12. I have been saying that I will go on a diet for the last several months. It has yet to happen.
13. Running has opened a new world of shopping for me.
14. I am a runner. I love the sound of that. I am a Runner.
15. I am running a half marathon very soon. I am very excited.
16. I have not yet run my half marathon and have already planned my first Marathon. The Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon.
17. I want to run the Boston Marathon one day. Qualifying during my first marathon is wishful thinking though.
18. I hate school. I went back to highschool for a semester and everyone is so immature. So I run during my spare. I can't wait til its over.
19. I have a countdown going for my half marathon but not one til the end of school
20. I want to be a gym teacher when I grow up.
21. I wanted to go to UBC or Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. I am too immature though.
22. I am going to live with my Aunt. I'll grow up in the comfort of my family.
23. Speaking of my family, I am the oldest of 6 children.
24. They range from 16 to 4. I like being the oldest...most times.
25. According Runner's World Magazine, I am a Warrior and a Purist. I think that I am leaning more to the side of Warrior lately.
26. I am not very creative. I like to think I am creative, but the reality is that I am not.
27. I am addicted to popcorn. I buy it "Low Fat" to satisfy the healthy part of me. Then, I add extra butter and Kernels Popcorn seasoning. It's still Low Fat right?
28. I am shy until you get to know me, then you cannot shut me up.
29. A prime example of this is the time that I started working at Chuck E Cheese. I would not say more than hello to anyone. Now, if I go in there, you can't shut me up. Anyone that has worked with me will attest to this.
30. This was my very first job. I loved it. Then, I think that I missed out on a lot of stuff. So i focus more on life, rather than work. See post: LIFE
31. My mom has to have hearing aids. I hope I never have to have them. But, if I had to chose between sight and hearing I would rather have hearing BECAUSE they can fix that. It is more difficult to fix sight. But god forbid that I dont have to have either or.
32. I cannot convert Miles to Kilometers, and I cannot convert fairinheight into Celcius (I cannot even spell the word fairinheight)
33.I love Grays Anatomy. Every Thursday I watch it.
34. I hate reality TV. It all went downhill after survivor. Unfortunately, I am subjected to it several times a week due to a family that loves the stuff.
35. It's the simple things in life that make me happy.
36. Qualities that I think are very important in any person I meet; Honesty, Optimism, Respect (Self and others) and Genuineism (<---Probably not a word)
37. Running has cured my asthma for the most part
38. My favorite parts of training include: Hill training, speed training and LSD in a nice scenic place.
39. I love water. I am terrified of drowning in it.
40: Me and Rick, My step-dad want to do an Adventure Race in April.
41. I need to get a bike.
42. I need to learn how to canoe.
43. Someone stole my bike on my birthday. Damn people.
44. When I watch infomercials, I genuinely believe them
45.I ordered an excersize program over the TV. I hurt my knee doing so.
46. I love how supportive my family is when it comes to my running. It took a while to get to that point, but they are really supportive
47. I eat a lot of stuff with hot sauce. If it doesn't taste good in the beginning it will once it has hot sauce on it.
48. I don't like to watch the news. It scares me, and makes me think that there are no good people in the world anymore.
49. I have problems with people who idolize celebrities that haven't done anything to earn their wealth. I could've played that part better.
50. I am paranoid by every single ache and pain. I have to run this race!
51. I am one of those bloggers that Lurks. I rarely comment.
52. I guess that this might be a little bit hipocritical but I hate it when people to comment too. Hahah. Im not talking to myself am I?
53. Everyone tells me that I am soo lucky to have a young sister. They don't have to live with her.
54. I have a turtle named Franklin. He's still alive.
55. My first turtles name was Sheldon. He died in 3 days
56. When I come back from my Aunts house, I will be very good at running hills
57. I inspire my 11 year old sister. She is running a MaraFun with me. (40km over 6 weeks and then 2km on the race course! Cool huh?!)
58. I don't know what my inspiration for running is. I guess Health and Fitness
59. I am single not just because I am not impatient.
60. I've had the first phase of my lisence for a few years. I haven't driven in about a year and a half.
61. I like to think that I am risk taker. But I only take risks with Safe things. Like my hair. I know that it will grow back.
62. I am supposed to be doing homework right now.
63. I get distracted very easily
64. I love the commercial about the BECEL and the guys running and its all about like heart and taking care of it.
65. I am afraid of growing up.
66. I am so very grateful for every moment that I have.
67. Life is short, enjoy every moment.
68. I want to run forever. I want to be like 99 and running like my Grandpa's dad.
69. I want to volunteer for Big Brother's Big Sister's one day.
70. I want to be a foster parent. Maybe adopt a child.
71. I have systematic goals. A bunch of little goals that add up to the Ultimate Goal.
72. I am not good at this. It gets harder as the list goes on.
73. I like the Rocky Movies. 1,2 and the new one
74. I couldn't watch the grudge . I watched it through my fingers. My theatre popcorn with extra butter ended up on the person infront of me.
75. I like the movies that make you think. Gridiron Gang. Cinderella Story. Just the happy movies that end great.
76. I also like intense Medical Dramas.
77. Terry Fox is a hero. He changed the world. Amazing.
78. I want to change the World someday. In a Small way.
79. I make the best French Fries.
80. I like to think that I inspire people. There are a few people that want to run because I run.
81. I used to think that running sucked. Tried to skip out of it in Gym Class
82. I have very strong role models. My mother.
83. Ill end off with the same note a Joe
84. Thank you for reading my blog, and keeping me accountable. I enjoy reading your comments. I also enjoy reading your blogs. I might comment every now and then.

Okay, so I almost made it to 100. I did the best that I could.
Back to homework.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I Don't Like the Weather Man

I would prefer to live in oblivion. I don't want to know about the weather. Today was 10 C, and Yesterday was like 14 C. Tomorrow, it's going to be 4C and its supposed to get colder. Sigh. Oh well, I guess I will be grateful for this weather when it gets warmer. Right?! Probably not. I would rather be too hot, than too cold.

So. Last night must have been a full moon because all of my brothers and sisters were going crazy today, and each of them individually had a nervous break down, one at a time, and then my mother had one too. Lovely, eh?! SO, I was a good daughter, and made dinner, made cupcakes for my sister's birthday and cleaned the kitchen and living room. Yeah.

As for Kickin' It Up A Notch, I succeeded I think. The schedule called for a 4km TEMPO run. So, I decided I would do 4km, at a pace that was at a pace where I was almost at my Anaerobic Threshold. *(I think. To the point where I would have been able to throw out like 5 or 6 words...not sure of the terminology, but that sounded smart didn't it!?)

So, I Did 4km, (With 2 big hills) at a 5:28 Pace. Thats like 27 Seconds faster than my TEMPO Pace. So, I think that if I can continuosly do my TEMPO runs at this pace, then I can have a faster RACE PACE. (Note: Race pace is 5:30/km) Time was 21.58. No HRM. I did have a wicked shin splint at the end of it. At the bottom of my leg. From midway to my ankle. Stretched and iced. Should be fine. I am confident it is nothing more serious because it wouldn't have gone away while I ran, RIght?! (Just nod and smile) I am pretty happy with todays run.

Tomorrow, I am contemplating cross training. I don't know if I am going to run. Depends on what the boss of mine tells me. (The boss is my body).

Hmm...I think I've said it all...



P.S. I am getting some new SUMMER running clothes tomorrow. I am in need of a new sports bra. And I want a Running Skirt. And a pair of sunglasses. It's all good. And I am still need to make my shirts. Well, as my mother said, I have 2 months!


Today is my little sister's birthday. Her name is Rachel. She is 4,

My Grandma and Grandpa were supposed to come over today. My Grandpa's dad died. He was almost 101 years old. He had a good, long life. He worked out until a year ago, and then it all went downhill I guess. He died a slow and painful death. His skin was so thin, that if you touched it it would blister. He couldn't walk. There was nothing they could do for him. My Grandpa sat beside him and sang "Onward Christian Soldier" for hours. He died this morning. It's very sad, but he lived a good life, and he's in a better place now.

I did not know him at all, but I heard stories about him. He was heroic. My Grandpa talked to him everyday, and Im praying that they get through this. They are both old. Healthy and active, but pretty old.

Keep them in your prayers,


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Kickin' It Up a Notch

I need to Kick It Up a Notch.

The hills today were great. Like as in they felt great. I doubt that I will be sore tomorrow. So, I think I need to kick it up a notch. We did 9k today. in like 55 minutes. But that includes the walking and the stopping, so it was really like 49 minutes. Yah, I made a wrong turn and got lost with a couple other people. We knew where we were though, so we made our way back and ran an extra 1.5km.

I think that tomorrow I will actually be up for my 5-6km TEMPO run, at a 5:55 pace. I am starting to feel really good about my training.

A lot of people that I run with are mentioning problems with their knees or other body parts, and they only run 3 days a week.
Due to my past problems with my knees, I am quite impressed with how my knee is holding up. It may be in part to Runner's World, and my continuos Icing. Yes. I ice religiously. 10minutes on, 10 minutes off and another 10 minutes on.

But I will not over do it. This weeks long run is the Half Marathon Route...well 7km of it. We start backwards though and since it is a net downhill, we'll be going uphill for 7km. The way back may be a little easier.

Hmm. Not much else. I walked 10k today in Downtown Toronto with 2 of my 6 siblings. It was good. Mmmm how I love Toronto Hotdogs. The best part of the whole experience. Better than the getting lost. (I am, how you say, directionally impared)

Anyways, I am making my shirts tomorrow..."TEAM TIGER" Shirts for my siblings, and a shirt for me that says "GO TIGER GO, RAWR" Or something. Haven't quite decided. But the stripes on the shirt have peoples names inside them. The names of teachers and friends and my Running group. Everyone that wants to be there with me, or has supported me along the way!! Don't you love my creative idea?!

As Emril would say
"BAM" (Im kickin' it up a notch)


Monday, March 12, 2007


I have made an exectutive decision.
Last Week is History. I am officially forgetting about last weeks Steady, Tempo and Long Runs, and starting off fresh today. I figure if I work out this weeks schedule as posted in yesterdays "Update" post, I should be able to do my 14km long run... (INSERT REASSURANCE HERE)...

I decided this while I was on my long run.
I was running, and struggling a little bit, and I was thinking that maybe I should cut the run short, and just finish early. The scheduled was 12, which I seperate into 2, 6km loops. Half way through the first left, I turned the corner and headed home (which still made it 6km)

All the way home, I kept thinking, I can still do a 12k run today, I can still do a 12 k run t oday, but then I kept thinking...I dont wanna burn myself out, I dont want to hurt myself...

So I just went home.

6km in 36:38. No HRM but a little trouble breathing due probably to last weeks cold...

Oh, and in other news, my tight tight running tights, have extra fabric.!!! Haha. Yes.

Im going to the malll.


Sunday, March 11, 2007


Good-morning to my fellow bloggers,
Last you heard I was locked in my house.

I am feeling a littttttle bit better. Ihave been popping vitamin C and Vitamin "I" (Advil) and am feeling a little beter. I haven't excersized since wednesday. (dreadmill). I missed this mornings long run with the running room. I really didn't feel up to it, but i did manage to WALK 5k at the gym.

I will attempt to do my long run tomorrow...but very slowly! BECAUSE...HILLS ARE ON TUESDAY!!!:) I finally showed my mom the hills we ran.

I also weighed myself today...
and i weigh 9 lbs heavier than before i got into my serious training stuff. I do not believe that it is all muscle though, because I mean come on, 9lbs?!? But I do have some very nice legs and will soon have some very nice Tummmy Muscles.

So, instead of doing a weekly summary, I am going to skip right to next week.

monday: long run 12k--Partially crosses half marathon route
Tuesday: HILLS!!! (Can't wait)
Wednesday: 5km TEMPO run
Thursday: RECOVERY run. Much needed
Friday: REST
Saturday: 8km Steady Run
Sunday: 14k!!!---THat'll be a new record

I gotta go, Hope all your weeks were grand...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Locked In

Hello to all you out there in blogger land,

My door is locked. The chain is on. There is a guard (in the form of my mother) insisting that I will not leave.

I cannot sneak out the window, as we are 12 stories off the ground, which I am sure she planned.

And this is none of my own doing I will have you know.

This is the fault of a little virus that has settled its way into my chest.

The classic chest cold, I guess.

Hacking up a lung, lovely green gunk, fever.
Yes. The mother of mine will not let me leave the house. I am stuck. So, its homework and then an early bedtime I guess.
Hope all is well. I got the new issue of Runner's World so I guess it will be my pre-bed thing.
Run Strong,
P.S. 66 days


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Speed Deamon

Only 68 days until the Mississauga Half Marathon
I have figured out why he bailed--he is afraid to keep up to me!!! ahahaha lol. Im such a speed deamon.
We did hills today. They were TOUGH.
My goodness. My fastest speed was slower but my average speed was faster:S Yes. We did like 7.52km in 45minutes.
I guess I am building endurance. But I still like hills, I can tell that I am getting stronger.

We learned about Nutrition today. I need to learn about nutrition. That's the tough thing for me. Ill get the hang of it. I am starting to take "Centrum Preformance vitamins
In 2 weeks, we run 16k. Starting at the beginning and ending about 5k from the store.
Pretty exciting.

Ohh. and I wanted to mention, it was -33 degrees again today. Freezing. We warmed up pretty fast but my lip was so cold.

But as it was said: There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.

Anyways, Im doing my Tempo run tomorrow at lunch. It'll warm up. I hope.
Back to Homework (They're loading it up because March Break is next week)



My science teacher bailed on me.
Ha. It's okay I kind of figured he would.
I mean who would want to run through this crazy Canadian Winter?
Not many people.
But that's not going to stop me. Im gonna run a great 68 days!

Working on Homework.
More on hills later.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Z.O.M.P.A.S--Zig Zag over mountains, past anything stagnant.
We had a guest speaker come to our school today for literacy week. He was talking about literacy, but I took it in a different context.

That's what we have to do sometimes. Doesn't matter what other people say, or what we face, we just gotta go around them somehow.

Now, I just have a couple of quotes I like. I was looking for poems to bring to my Writer's Craft class, but I got distracted.

26.2 Ways You Know You Are A Runner
1. You know how many miles there are in a marathon.
2. Your weekly mileage is how much you run, not your commute to work.
3. You know how many miles you get out of a pair of running shoes.
4. You can convert Kilometers to Miles in your head.
5. You measure your running route in your car to get the exact mileage.
6. When someone tells you their age, you automatically know their Boston qualifying time.
7. You know Grandma's as the route from Two Harbors to Duluth, not the person.
8. You can drink, blow your nose and pee on the run.
9. The problem with the treadmill is there's no place to spit.
10. You have less than ten toenails and that's normal for you.
11. Body Glide is your friend.
12. Ibuprofen is affectionately known as "Vitamin I".
13. Navigating walkers, dogs and baby strollers annoys you because it interrupts your pace.
14. When you participate in an organized event, you know not to run in your race t-shirt.
15. You have a favorite energy gel and flavor.
16. The "Picasso" above your fireplace is last year's TCM poster.
17. You have pre and post race rituals.
18. The journal you keep is in miles and pace not feelings or thoughts.
19. When you look at the weather conditions, you calculate how many layers to wear.
20. The pride you feel after a good run is worth the pain it took to get there.
21. You have more t-shirts than you could possibly wear.
22. When you hear the word "bib", you think of race numbers not babies and Gerber food.
23. The "no carbohydrate diet" does not apply to you.
24. You know that Fartlek is not vulgar terminology.
25. A hill is an opportunity just waiting to be challenged.
26. You know the phrase "you're almost there" only applies when the finish line is in sight.
.2 Your vacation destination is determined by your race schedule.

A winner is someone who sets their goals, commits themselves to those goals and then pursues their goals with all the ability that is given to them. That requires someone who believes in themselves, who will make self sacrifices, work hard, and maintain the determination to perform at the best of their ability.

Why Do You Run?Because you're wondering if your grandchildren will too. Because its raining. Because you can, and others can't. Because its faster than walking. Because that shaky-leg-thing is all about nervous energy. Because you can't fly. Because you can fly. Because your personal best is just that, yours. Because the pain of a blister is nothing compared to the pain of stopping. Because you like the resistance the wind gives you.
Because you like the resistance you give the wind. Just Because.-NYC Marathon Ad

Some people don't have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.
( I truly apologize if there are any sprinters that read this)

Training is very simple. It's like lifting weights or studying. The harder you work, the better you get. I ran a race faster every year I raced. If someone beat me, it was because they were training harder than me. I looked at what others were doing, saw what I could use and did a little more. I enjoyed going out on the track and putting in a workout that I hadn't done before, or that I thought no one else in the world was doing. The races took care of themselves-I got to where I looked forward to them because the pain didn't last as long.-George Young

If you run hard, there's the pain -- and you've got to work your way through the pain ... You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond. -Bob Clarke, NHL Hall of Famer

Running isn't a sport... it’s a way of life.

In my mind, I am a Kenyan.

The Ten Commandments of Running
1. Train Hard
2. Make Sacrifices
3. Make Positive Choices
4. Seek Your Potential
5. Set High Goals
6. Relax Under Pressure
7. Attack Pain
8. Push the Pace
9. Work as a Team
10. Run to Win

To be number one, you have to train like your number two.
-Maurice Green


Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before." It's more then just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better then anyone else. It's being creative

If you have the time, read them. They are true, and to me they are inspirational. Ihave some on a list printed out, and posted in m y locker. Do you have any favorite quotes? Anything I missed??

Gotta get back to homework folks,


Sunday, March 04, 2007


Ran 10km today. Well...9.91. in an hour. But then I ran to starbucks to get my mom, so its 10.
Rob was crazy today. In the first kilometer we turned like 10 times. Keeping it interesting. My average pace today was 6:06/km

There was not many people there today, due to the Chilly Half Marathon in hamilton today. But it was very nice. Right at freezing with sun. But then there was wind and when we run into it its hard to breathe but thankfully, we didnt run into it very long. I didn't wear my heart rate monitor but it was a little tough. Until I started my music and then it was all good. :)

So. Summary. I don't have an excuse this week, except for the fact that I am trying to find balance between school, work and running, and it's a little tad bit difficult. I don't know if I will ever be able to run more than 5 or 6 days/week

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 6.89km. Hills
Wednesday: Very sore
Thursday: IceStorm
Friday: 5k. Very sore afterwards
Saturday: 8.41km. Fell twice. Laughed a lot at myself
Sunday: 10km.

Total: 30.31

This is the goal for next week:

Monday: Recovery Run of 5 or 6km
Tuesday: Hills! How I love them. "4" repeats, although it may be more depending on where we run
Wednesday: 4km TEMPO at lunch
Thursday: Just depends on how I feel. probably my loop
Friday: No run. Rest.
Saturday: 8km, from home to highways 427 and back. Then work
Sunday: 12km!!!! (Im gellin'--yah thats what they told me, after runs get over an hour, than we can use supplemental energy)

So there it is. It is out there in cyber space. Now I am accountable. NO excuses I guess. Just so that it is on the record though, the training schedule says I should be at 26km running 5 days a week. So....

I also wanted to mention, that I think that I could do my half in less than two hours, due to the pace schedule I have been following. (or supposed to have been following)says that my LSD pace is 6:34-7:29, but my LSD runs have been 6:07, which includes walk breaks. Tempo/fartek,hills=5:55 per km. I run my hills much faster than that, and my Steady run pace is my Tempo Pace. I run my Tempo at my projected race pace. I dont know, i just thought that was interesting. It is either this or the 1:45 time. Which is IMPOSSIBLE So I will stick to my goal.

Oh, and on a weather note: Well, I cannot find the info i just hope it warms up. You know what they say "March in like a Lion, Out like a Lamb"

Okay, I got a room to clean, a shower to have, and a job to go to.

Finish Strong,

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Spoken Too Soon

I think I spoke too soon.

I think that it is just a shin splint. I kept reading info after I made a post and there is info on something called an interior shin splint which affects the tibia. and its basically micro tearing in the muscle near that.

Why I think this:

- It hurts when I touch it, for about 5cm down
- It hurts when I wake up in the morning, goes away after I warm up

So, I still ran today. And I wiped out. TWICE. and i laughed very hard at myself. It was pretty funny except if I fall one more time I will break my arm in 2! I swear.

I will still go to docs to rule this out so I can sleep easier.

71 days. In exactly 10 weeks today, I will be having my pre race meal! how exciting:)

Finish Strong,

Stress Fracture?

...I think I may have a stress fracture. I do not want to have a stress fracture. I am hoping it is just a shin splint or something.

I have localized pain in my tibia. It doesnt usually hurt when I walk or run, just when I touch it. That is until I ran on the dreadmill yesterday, now I am having difficulty walking.

Uhoh. I will see my doctor on Monday to rule this out. Until then, there will be no running. Just rest.


Friday, March 02, 2007

Dreadmill/Ice storm

Yesterday, I did not make it to the dreamill. The police and everyone were telling people to stay off the roads. There was snow, and rain and ice pellets and winds like 100km per hour. There were trees that fell down and power outages. It was crazy.

This morning however, the buses were cancelled and my mother was uncomfortable withme leaving to go to school. If the weather is bad enough to canel buses, than schools should be closed. But I did make it to the gym today.

I noticed that every single ache or pain i have discovered while running outside, the kind that disappear after 10 minutes, were magnified like 10x's!!!!!
Does it change once you get used to it?? Is it because I have a different stride?!?! I lasted for 20 minutes. but I did a 5 minutes walk and a 5 minute cool down before i started counting time.

Will not be going to the gym tomorrow, will be hitting the roads. It is supposed to be very nice tomorrow. Just a little rain. I do hope that all of the puddles are cleared up. But I will still be hitting the roads if they are not.

It's time for spagetti.


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Revampish schedule

I am changing my schedule around once again. Why?! Because after hills on Tuesday, I had muscles in my body that I didn't even know existed hurting. Yes. So, Wednesdays has become a rest day for a while.

But, I like the pain. It shows me that i am working hard.

Today, I have a date with the dreadmill. Yeah. We are getting an icestorm today and my gym opens today. Perfect timing. I also have a lot of things I have to memorize for tomorrow's test. So,I will make cue cards, and study while I run. Multi-Tasking is my speciality:)

Hopefully I won't die of boredom. Or on the way home in the ice. Haha,


OH. Healthy eating update...I ATE FISH YESTERDAY!!!! Now, if my mom didn't tell me it was fish I would have thought it was chicken or osmething. It tasted really good.