Run Commuting – First Time Learnings

For the first time ever, I ran to work.

Or at least… I ran to the gym next to work.

Okay, fine, I attempted to run to the gym next to work, but only got in 5km out of 7.5km because I got too tired for my liking and my overall pace was about 1 min/km slower than what it usually is.

I have to emphasize that it was my OVERALL pace. That means I was running a hell of a lot slower at some points and at my usual pace at other times.

I also ran with this daypack:

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The Gregory Maya 10 has a nice big pocket for a hydration pack right on the back with a small latch on the shoulder straps to secure the hose and valve pretty easily. So, instead of carrying around a water bottle, I just filled my hydration bladder to about 1L and slid it right in!

That was probably the best idea I had about run commuting since I freed up my hands and could focus more about form.

The worst idea I had about run commuting is bringing 1L of water! That’s 1kg of extra weight on your back, not including clothes, make-up, flats and essentials!

This is what else I learned:

  • Running along the subway route provides a great alternative to finish the commute to work if you’re gassed out (like I was)
  • A gym nearby with a place to stretch, has towel service and showers literally saves a lot of weight off your back
  • Consider leaving a pair of nicer looking shoes at work so you don’t have to bring a pair ALL THE TIME
  • Travel sized toiletries and makeup are the best thing ever
  • A 10L daypack is not big enough to carry more than clothes and shoes
  • I find it a lot easier to run to work than from work
  • There’s a ton of people who workout before starting the work day! Holy crap!
  • Changing too many things about a workout routine at once results in really, really low energy even if you eat enough
  • Freeing up the evening while getting a workout for the day is so liberating

This was on Wednesday. I also attempted a double workout yesterday with a run commute and climbing after work, which I’ll report on next, and I’m feeling pretty okay today! I think this will definitely be incorporated into my HM training from now on.

Of course, this means that I’ll probably have more ~*amazing*~ gems of advice from my run commutes.

xoxo,

B.elle

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Training for Half Marathon

I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I think I’m going to be using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Schedule: Intermediate 1.

I used Hal Higdon’s plan for the Nike race back in 2015 and it worked well for me since it’s very accommodating to non-competitive runners like me, and it leaves some room for rock climbing.

Of course, I haven’t exactly run high mileages for a long time, so this could be a plan doomed to fail!

The biggest concern I have now is that I have a lot more things on the go, compared to my life pre-accident. Work sometimes has me working in the evenings or part of the weekends, and I’m making more of an effort to see friends and family, who are more often available during the evenings.

Idea: Start run commuting! It’s about 7.4km from my house to my office, so I could use up half my weekly runs by running to the office and taking a shower at the nearby gym.

Of course, this means that I would have to switch memberships to take advantage of those showers, so this means I’ll have to make sure that I’m not going to be paying extraordinary fees…

We’ll see what happens!

xoxo,

B.elle

Registered Races

In my last post, I mentioned that I’m not very motivated to train properly when I don’t have a solid race in mind.

So, with that in mind, I signed up for a couple fall races with the Canadian Running Series!

Race Confirmation

Oasis Zoo Run Toronto 2017

I typically run the Oasis Zoo Run and really enjoy it even though it’s got a bunch of hills, but I didn’t go last year because I had to go to Baltimore for work at the same time.

This time, I’m running the 10K and I’m excited to go back to beat my race time of 01:05 (ish).

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon 2017

I was training for a half marathon before I got into the car accident, so I know I was physically capable of getting up to long runs of 19K. Theoretically, I can do it again, and I really hope I’ll be able to do it according to my corral time – 02:15!

But, I’m thinking that I need to get myself out running more often, which I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my rock climbing training. I’ve run to the rock climbing gym before (about 5.5km) with a Gregory backpack, but then I’m limited to just bouldering since I don’t have the space to pack my harness and GriGri.

Any suggestions on how to balance running and rock climbing? There’s only so many hours in a day!

xoxo,

B.elle

Like a Phoenix!

It’s aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

Okay, so I really fell out of love with blogging because of a new job, recovering from that concussion, learning more about climbing and just life in general.

However! I realized this year that I need a race to get me motivated to actually stick to a running schedule… Also, the whole online-peer pressure that comes with blogging about something really helps keep me on track.

So, let’s dust off this blog and have some fun this summer!

xoxo,

B.elle

NikeWomen Victory Tour 2016

On January 19, Nike announced the 20 international locations for their NikeWomen Victory Tour in 2016.

Athens, Greece
Atlanta, USA
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Beijing, China
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guangzhou, China
Hong Kong, China
Istanbul, Turkey
Jakarta, Indonesia
Los Angeles, USA
London, England
Manila, Philippines
Mexico City, Mexico
Nagoya, Japan
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Seoul, South Korea
Shanghai, China
Sydney, Australia
Taipei, Taiwan
Tokyo, Japan

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It was announced in December that the Nike tour would not be returning to San Francisco, which was a host city for over a decade for the Nike tour.

Although Toronto saw 10,000 runners at the Nike Women’s 15K Run last year in June, it’s also absent from the list.

Without any local tour stops, Canadian women interested in participating in an infamous Nike Race will have to plan a destination race with the closest races in Los Angeles and Atlanta in the USA.

Tour dates and registration will be announced on January 29.

xoxo,

B.elle

2016 Fitness Goals – Part 1

Happy New Year, everyone!

(I know, I’m more than a week late, but… shush.)

I know it’s been a while since December 22, which is the official start of winter, but I wanted to think about what sort of goals to aim for as my Winter Fitness Goals.

I quickly realized that I have a lot of fitness goals and related topics that I want to talk about upfront. So, I decided to extend my deadline to Summer and split my 2016 Fitness Goals post into two.

Running

We finally got some snow in this region of Canada, but Toronto’s still been so mild that it hasn’t really stuck around much. This means I can run both indoors and outdoors, yay!

I initially wanted to train for a half-marathon (HM) distance or race, but then I realized that it’s only 10 weeks until March 20, which is the first day of spring! I’ve started using Hal Higdon’s Half Marthon Novice 1 Training Program, which is 12 weeks long.

This was the main reason for extending my fitness goals to the first day of summer because I’d rather not risk a shorter training period just to end up seriously injuring myself.

… Okay, FINE. I also made a fitness wager with Chris over at The Other Side of The Box!

If I’m running at 32km/20mi distances as my long run by May 15th, she’ll get me a $50 gift card to a yet-to-be-decided store.

If she manages to lose at least 10lbs by May 15th with regular fitness training, I’ll get her a $50 gift card.

If we both manage to achieve our goals by May 15th, we’ll get each other something nice.

If we both don’t achieve our goals by May 15th, the first person to reach their goals will get their prize.

Basically, my running goal is to get up to 32km/20mi without dying.

It’s gonna be a huge challenge for me both physically and mentally because I’m going to have to overcome my anxiety of going back up to 15km.

I hurt my foot pretty badly last year at the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto. I haven’t gotten back up to that mileage yet so I’m kind of worried that it’s an issue with my feet’s physiology rather than environmental factors. The only way for me to find out for certain is to build it back up and hopefully go even further!

Rock Climbing

I’ll be on the search for a new belay buddy for a little while since the Monsieur has started his graduation proceedings and needs to focus on his PhD thesis. (Go, babe!)

Either way, here’s my goals…

Rock Climbing (at least 1X a week)

Top Rope: I want to be able to do 5.10a grades comfortably. At this point, I should be okay going halfway up 5.10b as well.

This might seem very conservative for a 6-month goal, but there’s a huge difficulty jump from 5.9 to 5.10b!

Bouldering: V1s should be comfortable and some V2s are challenging but doable.

To achieve both goals, I’ll need to learn new techniques and start doing more formal weighted and/or bodyweight exercises to build up core strength.

We’ll see if I need any new shoes by the end of this!

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My current rock climbing shoes

Parkour

I’m on the fence with this sport, to be honest. On one hand, I love flying around and the absolute boldness of parkour.

On the other hand, getting to the gym is such a pain!

At this point, because I’m such a data nerd, parkour has turned into a casual hobby sport rather than a main fitness focus.

So, my goal for parkour is to ho at least once a month!

Keep an eye out for the second part of my 2016 Fitness Goals!

Xoxo,

B.elle