4:19min/km and–I’M BAAACK!

Today was one of those Sunday’s where you think of going for a run and you say, “I just don’t wanna!” But I knew I haaaadta. So, I packed my bags and headed to my bitch. (aka the t-mill) We actually started on a high note and held it through the entire run. Annnnd my nike+ sensor linked up with my ipod, incredible! You can only go up hill from “I just don’t waaaannna!” though, right? Right. Uphill is hard on your calves but once you get there you are on top of the world. So, I was checking my pace as I was running along and I managed to finish my 7.15km run with a 4:19min/km pace. It feels so good to know my actual time on the t-mill again. Thank you new nike+ ipod sensor! Once I finished my run I decided to run an additional 1km and calibrate my new sensor to my ipod receiver. So, I put on some Beatles and continued my run with “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da  and life really does just go on! So off I ran again. Now I’m all synced up and ready to conquer that T-mill again!

As I headed to the showers after my run I saw myself in the mirror and realised that I didn’t put any make-up on. My scar on my nose was completely visible for all to see. And I didn’t care. It felt good to be able to leave the house and not have to feel like I need my MAC foundation covering my red Rudolph nose. It’s not cherry red or anything and it doesn’t glow but for my fair complexion– it’s fire truck red to me. You are always your toughest critic though, right? It’s pretty invigorating to not feel like you need to cover up anything and just say, “this is me.” Especially because pre-surgery I never use to wear foundation unless I was onstage.  I guarantee you I will wake up tomorrow and throw my SPF 15 foundation back on my face. But it’s nice to know that for today, I didn’t care to have it.

The Cardio Playlist
**on jukebox shuffle**

Can’t Hold Us Down- Christina Aguilera
All For You- Janet Jackson
Club Can’t Handle Me- Flo Rida feat. David Getta
Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars
Halo/Walking On Sunshine- Glee Cast
We Speak No Americano- Yolanda Be Cool feat. D Cup

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-Da- The Beatles

Cool Down/Stretching
Getting Better- The Beatles

Stats of the Run
Distance: 8.15km
Pace: 4:19min/km

Everyone’s got an agenda.

I started planning out my 2011 race schedule and as I was searching through which races I might be interested in doing next year it dawned on me- I am an avid runner. I love that thought. It doesn’t worry me to know that I might be the only one I know attending a certain race. The enjoyment of knowing that I am going is enough. Having a reason to run and something to train for makes it easier to throw on your gear and give every run all you’ve got. I’m hoping to be signed up for some of my 2011 races by the end of the week. The early bird really does get the best deals in the running world! And, what better motivation is there than knowing that you have a bib # waiting for you with your name on it?!

Here’s my tentative 2011 schedule:

Sunday May 1, 2011
Sporting Life 10K: For Kids With Cancer
Racing for a great cause. And what is better than an inspirational race?

Sunday May 15, 2011
GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon
This will be my debut to the Toronto Half Marathons!

Saturday September 24, 2010
Oasis Zoo Run 10K
Because running with Disney characters was amazing- why not run with the animals at the Toronto Zoo!?

Sunday October 16, 2011
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon
I am in LOVE with the Toronto Waterfront. It is just so pretty and picturesque. A perfect location to run.

I know you are probably thinking- Siobhan, there are NO runs in the summer! Don’t worry- they will be coming! My mum’s good friend was diasgnosed with colon cancer this year and is now a proud cancer survivor. In honour of her, I will be running in the race of her choice. Which I have a sneaking suspician might be The Underwear Affair 10K. I’ll keep you posted on that one!

As I was training the other day, my nike+ sensor battery gave out and stopped calculating my run. grrrrr! So, my passed few runs have not been recorded. Thanks, nike+. Well, I can’t be too mad at it seeming as I ran over 1,000 km with that little guy! So, off to the store I will go to buy a new sensor. Sometimes your agenda needs to be ready for those little bumps in the road, because life doesn’t always go the way you plan. For now, you can see the songs I ran to on Saturday. Starting with my new favourite running jam “What’s My Name?” by Rihanna and the Torontonian Drake. I can’t get enough of it. I could probably loop it all day.

The Pink Saturday Playlist 
What’s My Name? Rihanna & Drake
Little Lion Man- Mumford & Sons
Stuttering- Fefe Dobson
Grenade- Bruno Mars
Heartbreak Down- P!nk
Radioactive- Kings of Leon
Right Thru Me- Nicki Minaj
Firework- Katy Perry
Nothin’ On You- B.O.B. feat Bruno Mars
We R Who We R- Ke$ha
Liv Tonight- Nelly & Keri Hilson
U Can Have It All- JRDN
Alors on danse (Extended Mix)- Stromae

Cool down/ Stretching
Mad- Ne-Yo
When I Look At You- Miley Cyrus

Grand Jeté That Puddle!

It’s been really hard to judge what kind of clothing to wear going out for a run lately with the flux of temperatures. On Friday I had to wear my wool Vancouver Olympics sweater because it was sooooo cold with a chance of flurries (thank goodness that didn’t happen yet) and today I didn’t need the extra layers. So, on went my capris pants, long sleeve shirt, and my lulu start up jacket and I hoped for the best as I put my ipod sensor into my delicious ipod! Yep, I found it! Huzzah! I decided to switch up my run and buy the new Katy Perry album Teenage Dream and listen to it for the first time during today’s run. I love when things are new or just different from your day in and day out routine. Like when I opened up a new toothbrush head for my electric toothbrush. That fresh firt use of a toothbrush feeling is sooo refreshing. I just love it! Yep, I’m a dork! So, I loaded up my ipod, got stretching, and out the door I went. I had to bring a bottle of water with me because I definitely did not hydrate enough today and I thought to myself, “this water could make my hand verrrry cold soon, ahhh well…” so I just dealt. When I was out running I was having fun with the racey Katy Perry. Her sexually filled songs are just so good and catchy! But when you are running passed an older man walking his dog and Katy sings, “You make me feel like I am loosing my virginty” it’s a little awkward right? It defintiely put a smile to my face as I thought “I wonder how spicy this man was in his twenty-somethings!” Was he the catch? The flirt? The player? Or the dorky.funny type? And if I am thinking these things about him, I wonder what he is thinking about me as I ran for another two meters passed him and did a grand jeté over a puddle and then switched legs to do the opposite leg over the other puddle. Who is the weird one now?! My run just got so graceful and dance like. The working out aspect of my run suddenly diminished. and I like that. It’s good to be playful! On the way back, you better believe I did a double grand jeté back over the puddles.

The time change started to kick in as the sun decided to start fading very quickly. I love that it’s sunny when I wake up in the mornings again, and I felt like I had a tonne of energy this morning. But getting dark during my runs does not make me a very happy girl. It looks like I may have to start getting out there earlier. But– it’s not snowing yet so I can’t complain!

Also! I discovered the greatest thing during my run. If I push the power button on my ipod during my run, a voice will tell me how long I have been running, the distance I have ran, and my pace! No more making excuses to slow down and read my ipod! I’m so pumped! It’s going to make keeping paces soooo much easier!

After my final sprint- I remembered to EAT! Wooohooo! I ate my bag of veggies that I didn’t eat during the day while stretching and half an hour later I ate some za (aka the fun way to say pizza) and I am feeling great now! Thank you, glycogen!

The Teenage Dream on Shuffle Playlist
Teenage Dream
Not Like The Movies
Hummingbird Heartbeat
The One That Got Away
Who Am I Living For?
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
California Gurls

Stats of the Run
Distance: 7.95 km
Pace: 4:49 min/km

The Happiness Project

I recently read the book The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun  by Gretchen Rubin. It was a fabulous book! I didn’t pick up the book because it was a bestseller or a “Heather’s Pick” or because I am not happy person. In fact, I am often told I am a ball of energy. As I read the book I noticed little ways that you can rephrase sentences to sound more optimistic and not have little arguments with people.  Aswell as how to get more done in a day and stay focused. Of course the obvious one on the list was: exercise. As I often say in my blogs after a run, “I felt SO much better after that run!” But, I can’t deny the truth- I almost always feel 100% better after a run. Like today’s run- I got out for the first time since I left the hot sun in the south and was a little nervous for my lungs to run in the cold. But when I got going I loved the smell of the crisp air, the changing colours of the leaves as they laid on the concrete, and that opening scene of a movie feeling as you are running and smiling through a fall city run. A la Kristin Davis in Sex and the City or Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up. As I was running I felt like a stronger athlete post half-marathon. I think it’s because once you know that you can run a half marathon in a race and not just training your mind set changes. You start having an unstoppable feeling where you don’t question your ability. You know you can do it. If only we had this feeling all the time- imagine the things we could accomplish!

Be Fearless.

Gretchen Rubin talks about having your own commandments in your life to identify your resolutions. Being fearless is something that I have found myself constantly trying to strive for. It’s so easy to put on a smiling face and pretend that you are the most confident person in the room but, if you don’t believe it with all of your heart- it’s not going to do you very much good. You have to be confident in yourself and your talents to be honestly fearless.

As I was running with a permanent smile on my face today, I found my teeth starting to feel like I should be a spokesperson on a sensodyne commercial. The cold wind started to make my teeth hurt, I thought to myself, “should I not smile while I run?!” And then I instantly said, “No, of course not!” I mean it takes less muscles to smile then it does to frown. Is this being lazy? I’m not even going to answer that because it’s a pretty obvious answer. Ok, no. No, it’s not lazy- it’s positive! So, it’s time to buy a costco sized tube of sensodyne!

Keep smiling, friends!

The Quickie Playlist:
Little Lion Man- Mumford & Sons
Ready to Start- Arcade Fire
Horchata- Vampire Weekend
Karma Chameleon- Culture Club
Radioactive- Kings of Leon

Cool Down/Stretching:
Raise Your Glass- P!nk
Mine- Taylor Swift

Stats of the Run:
Distance: 4.30 km
Pace: 4:31 min/km