Erin’s Ottawa Marathon Training Day 29

First things first: I registered for the NYC Marathon lottery. AHHHH! $11 gets you on the lottery list. I find out in March if I get in. I am not expecting to. I heard, somewhere, that last year’s lottery success rate was like 11%! That’s insane. But I’m thinking long-term with this. I want to run the NYC Marathon one day. The more times I register for the lottery, the more chances I will get.

I have to look at that way. Because running two marathons in a single year, at this point in my life, seems like a ridiculous goal.

Anyone else sign up for the lottery?

Let’s look at the workouts I did on Tuesday.


In the morning, I went to the gym and did a 30 minute Nike Training Club Get Strength workout. I can’t remember which one, but it had fewer squats and more variety than the last one I tried. I also finished faster, but not fast enough to get much more in, so I hopped on the rowing machine for 5 minutes. I worked up a decent sweat and was high on endorphins as I walked to work.

After work, I ran home. I had an easy 45 on the schedule and Tuesday night seemed like a good time to do it. I had a community meeting at 7, so I ran straight from work to the meeting. This workout wasn’t as fun. I had an intense day at work and sorting it all out in my head took a lot of my focus and energy. That, and I’m still not used to two-a-days.

I want my workouts to be therapeutic. I also want to be a better employee. Given February’s theme, it’s certainly the time to work on both of these goals.



Erin’s Ottawa Marathon Training Days 22-23

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Hi blog, it’s been so long! An entire week! Thankfully, the bronchitis is gone and the double shifts at work are now OVER, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to settle into a regular routine again. 2014 is flying by, mostly because I’ve been working so much.

Let’s catch up!

Monday: Monday was my rest day, but on my way to work I stopped by the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre to join. I bought the 3 month membership, which is a steal at $67. I’m going to see how these three months go and if all is well, I’ll move on up to the year-long membership which is $224. The pass gets me access to the weight room, showers, fitness classes and the pool. Special programs and the squash courts are extra (boo!). I didn’t have time to tour the facility so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, other than the price…

Tuesday: I made Tuesday morning my first trip to St. Lawrence. I got there around 7am, with the plan to give a workout on the Nike Training Club training app a go. I discovered this app thanks to Peanut Butter Fingers and it looked perfect for my needs — I need to get stronger, but wanted something with a bit of cardio. I was hoping, if all went well, I could do a 30 minute Get Strength workout and 30 minutes of yoga before work. This was, uh, ambitious, as I kept having to pause the app to learn how to do the moves properly, so I didn’t have time to do yoga. But I’m sure a continuous workout will come in time.

This means I have two things to tell you about! Let’s break from recapping the week to review things!

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The St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre: Is a basic gym. The pool is currently out of order, which I’m hoping they fix soon. I miss swimming! The weight room has a small free weights area, a few weight machines, 4 or 5 treadmills and 4 or 5 bikes. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. I’m hoping to go at least once a week but am trying to plan for twice a week (Tuesday and Friday mornings) and see how that goes!


The Nike Training Club app: Is awesome. There are so many workout options and levels. There are three basic themes: Get Lean, Get Toned and Get Strength. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts and then time options too! I’m going to stick to Get Strength for now, but am excited to give Get Lean a try in the out of doors. The workout felt a lot like the FitStreets workouts I did two summers ago, without the running. Each new move has a photo series and a video showing you how to do it, and you can play music from your iPhone or iPod while the app is running. Amazing.

Back to Tuesday…

Tuesday: On Tuesday, I ran home from work. It’s a recovery week, so I had an easy 30 minutes on the schedule. I thought this would be easy because I had all my gym stuff with me from the morning. It wasn’t bad, but I think I need a bigger gym bag. I’ll figure it out. As long as I want to keep doing strength training, yoga and marathon training, two-a-days will be much more common in my future. How do you fitness fanatics do it?

As you can tell from the embed below, my Garmin didn’t catch the whole run — I did not actually fly over buildings downtown as my route suggests. I think the end result was closer to 4k, so that’s what I’m claiming.


This post is already crazy long, so I’m going to wrap it up now. Wednesday-Saturday will come soon!