NYC Marathon Training Week #2 – Wednesday

Cross-training day! Sweet cross-training day. I had decided to do either yoga or a strength training workout on the Nike fitness app, depending on how I felt. In the end, I chose the yoga and I’m glad I did. I’ve been reliant on Yoga Download for waaaaay to long. Which is fine, but sometimes you need to pay money and go to a place to get the full benefits of the workout.

I went to the 7:15am class at Yoga Tree. 7:15 is a perfect time for me, as this studio is close enough to work that I can go to class, shower, and be at my desk by 9. I hadn’t taken it before, and it was good. Interesting transitions, not too hot or too fast. And there were only 4 people in the class. Can’t beat that.

I’ll definitely be back.


Home vs. Studio: I need some motivation

Life at the Y has been pretty great so far. I’m teaching yoga, I’m running with the Run Club, I’m now a cycle teacher, and soon I’ll be trained to lead fitness consolations. Tell me your fitness goals and I will create a program for you. But not yet, that’s coming soon. I’m feeling more and more like Joanna McLeod everyday! (Everyone remembers BodyBreak, am I right?!) Knowing how great this experience is for me and how beneficial it will be for future opportunities is really exciting to think about. I’m loving the Y, it’s staff and the community. And I love seeing the same people week after week attending my classes. It’s a good feeling.

Now that I’ve been home long enough to adapt to  some sort of routine around working and working out and trying to run and practice yoga on my own, it’s bothersome that I’m still struggling mentally with how to do it all. Yes, doing all these things is completely doable, it’s getting myself to do it that’s the hard part. And teaching that’s no problem. Again, it’s all the other things I should be doing outside teaching hours that’s causing me grief.


Brendan give me some hope!

Brendan give me some hope!

Being home has been great, but it’s not entirely easy. Small towns need studios and clubs and all the things I am doing at the Y. But, what are the teachers supposed to do? We can’t take our own classes. Of course, I have the option to practice yoga anywhere – at home, outside, at the Y – but figuring it out seems to involve more work than actually practicing. When I’m home I shouldn’t care what Mom and Dad think, but explaining to the parents that yoga is a part of my schedule doesn’t make sense when there’s a lawn to be mowed and a deck to be stained. So as a result I figured forget the explanation and run away to the Y. When I’m there, I’m there and no one can say anything. I’ll do all the things I need to do and use my time at home to be at home. This started to work, but something was still blocking me. Practicing or running or any individual activity is difficult to do on your own this is why we attend classes and join running groups.

I miss the studio atmosphere and the ability to walk into class and not have to worry about a thing. A teacher will tell me what to do and I will listen. I miss the inspiration teachers feed me with. When you’re in a city it’s never ending. When you’re at home you have to seek inspiration elsewhere.


This sad face needs to change (this is not Digby, but the expression tells all).

This is not Digby, but the expression explains all.

So where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired? You have to think outside the box. I’m turning my attention to other classes, as long as I’m doing something that’s better then nothing, right? The Y has a good range of things to do, get in the pool, do some Zumba (it’s not really my things, but if I’m desperate and I have no excuse) Over thinking is probably my biggest problem. If you’re like me and finding yourself in a similar situation – get creative. It just might save us.

I was lucky enough to take part in a training session at the Y with Dave Comeau from Art of Strength. Dave was an amazing source of inspiration. I took things from his training session I can use in yoga and do on my own. And the best part is I’m actually wanting to do his simple workouts (simple in that they don’t require much equipment to do them, not simple in terms of the work itself!) I need to find and take advantage of more activities like this. Books and the internet are also great. Everyone knows my love for Brendan Brazier and Vega reading Thrive Fitness has given me hope! Podcasts are excellent for yoga classes. Find a teacher you like and practice with them. It’s been working for me because I no longer have to think on the spot and tell myself what do. More external creative input, this is good.

As for running I’m getting better at actually running again. Using the run club as my reason to run has been the kick in the butt I’ve been needing. I still need to run more which is why I think I need to be more social. There has to be people around who will run with me. Being committed to something or someone is excellent motivation. I’m the one complaining and I’m the only one who can do something about it. There is no reason to fall apart because I’m not in Toronto. Everything is here, it’s just looking at it in a different way.

NYC Marathon Training Week #2 – Tuesday

Hill repeats today. Planned to do them in the morning. BUT when I don’t have plans after work, I tend to not do my planned morning workout. I’m lazy like that.

After work, it looked like it was going to rain, so I changed and got out the door as quickly as I could. Ran to Riverdale Park, did the hill 4 times, ran home. It didn’t feel hard – which worried me that, maybe, I’m not pushing myself hard enough.

Then I remember it’s week 2 of training. The pushing will come. And I did exactly what my coach said. So I’ll tell her it felt easy and then she’ll tell me what to do next.

Then I went home, turned on the Blue Jays game and read several running blog posts that made me feel lazy. I need new blogs to read. Help me out.


NYC Marathon Training Week #2 – Monday

When I woke up on Monday, my legs felt fine. It was everything else that hurt. One of those days. I slept in as late as I could in an effort to regain as much energy as possible to get through the day.

I made it, came home, and went straight to bed for the next hour. Then the guilt set in. I knew that the St. Lawrence rec centre had lane swim on Monday nights from 7-8. I forced myself to go, giving myself the option of bailing if it was too much.

It wasn’t too much. I didn’t push myself, but I didn’t stop. 35 minutes later, I wrapped up my swim, feeling better than I had felt all day.

Sometimes exercise is magic.


NYC Marathon Training Week #1 – Sunday


Sunday. Long run day. Thankfully, as this is week #1 the long run wasn’t that long. I was supposed to run for 70 minutes. I decided to meet up with my friend Kendal at Broadview station. I’d run there and we’d do the Beltline trail and end at the Brickworks.

Everything felt better today. I was still tired, but my legs seemed to have accept that it’s training time again. We took it easy and I enjoyed being out there and running – a first this week!

NYC Marathon Training Week #1 – Saturday


I’m getting lazy with my Instagramming. Not only does this photo have nothing to do with today’s post, it’s from a few weeks ago.

My third run of the week was supposed to be a 60 minute “moderate tempo” run. But since it is Saturday, the day before my long run, I decided to make it a 60 minute easy run to not destroy my legs – which are still hurting from my speedwork. I think I took it too easy between training cycles.

I went out mid-morning, hoping to beat the rain. I did. I found the first half of this run rough, I couldn’t get into a rhythm at all. But minutes 30-50 were okay. My legs loosened up and I found a pace that was comfortable.

In the end, it was a slow one. But it got done.

NYC Marathon Training Week #1 – Friday

I’m glad I took it easy on Thursday night. When I woke up this morning, my legs felt fresh(er) and my headache was gone. I had 3×1000 repeats on the schedule, so I warmed up by jogging to the park near my house, then hit the trail. These HURT, but, hey, running fast is the only way to get faster. My repeat times were:


I was supposed to be consistent, but I’m not sure what happened with that middle one. I just sagged, I guess, then was disappointed with the split time, so kicked it up for the final repeat.

I’m looking forward to getting back into a running groove. This week has been a little disorienting.

NYC Marathon Training Week #1 – Thursday

I had big plans to double up workouts today. I did a “morning flow” podcast in the morning. I had originally wanted to do a Nike Training Camp workout, but my legs felt dead, so I opted not too.

After work, I was going to do speedwork. But I  came home with still-dead legs and a headache. I decided to shift all my workouts one day ahead and turn my planned tempo run on Friday to an easy run on Saturday. It’s not ideal, but it’s week one.

This faux pas means I also realized the optimal schedule for the plans Andie has for me, which is a plus. She gives me my workouts by numbers instead of days, trusting I don’t go too hard post-speedwork or pre-long run. I’m planning something like this:

Monday: cross-training or active rest
Tuesday: run
Wednesday: run
Thursday: cross-training
Friday: run
Saturday: cross-training or active rest
Sunday: long run

It seems like a lot, but I’m sure either Thursday or Saturdays will become rest days, depending on what my body needs. Cross-training on Mondays or Saturdays will be yoga, as needed. Other times it will be swimming or strength training.


NYC Marathon Training Week #1 – Tuesday

I need to double up twice this week and I had big plans to do that today – cross-train in the morning, softball after work, and then run home from softball. A series of unfortunate events thwarted my plans (I was unable to secure a running commute bag and was not into running a 6k pick-up run holding a softball mitt) so there were only two work-outs on the docket today.

In the morning, I swam. For 30 minutes, I alternated between 2 laps of freestyle and two laps with the kick board. I have a tendency to look forward when I freestyle, which bunches my neck. Gotta work on that.

In the evening, we played softball. It was unremarkable, but I am enjoying playing the same position (right field) every game. It gives me more time to understand the flow and build confidence in my game.

That’s two days down. And I still need to actually run. That’s tomorrow.