Archive for Getting Healthy

A new morning routine?

Yesterday morning was unlike any I’ve had in more than 2 years,  and even then what happened this morning was rare.  It started normally,  me up with Ruby,  I puttered around the kitchen,  doing the few remaining dishes and making the kids lunches while Ruby ate.  Then with Ruby settled I headed upstairs to get ready for my day.  I found in eerily quit with everyone still asleep.  As I was getting ready for my shower an idea popped into my head and wouldn’t go away.

What if I start my day with a run?

I don’t know where it came from,  I haven’t been out for a run in months,  or more.  But there it was and it wasn’t going g away.  I stopped getting ready for the shower and started hunting for my long discarded running cloths.  Before I knew it I was out on the streets trying to run.

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POD: Starting the day with an omelette

From Picture of the Day 2013

This week I’ve started to track everything I eat, and with tracking I’m trying to make sure I eat breakfast. So this morning I made myself a pepper and cheese omelette .

POD: The Jeans don’t lie

From Pictures of the Day 2012

Today we have a picture that show’s Melissa’s weight loss in a very real way. What we have is two pairs of her Jeans, the bottoms are from the before time, the top are her current skinny Jeans that are already getting to big for her. For people who are curious about the sizes, they are a 32 and 12.

POD: 48 Days

From Pictures of the Day 2012

Today we have a picture of me after my evening run. I chose this for my picture of the day, because in 7 short weeks (48 Days) I plan on running a half marathon. I’ve planed to run it all summer, but I haven’t been training like I intend to do better than the 2 hours, 12 minutes and 55 seconds I did last year. So tonight I stop procrastinating and start my serious training. No more missed runs. I’m still working out how I want to break up my runs, but for this week my goal is to run 35+ kms (3 nights of 8km and a 12+km run Sunday morning). Next week I hope to push that up to 40km.

Fitness Friday: Summer Activities

Last week I talked about import dates for my running,  today I thought I’d talk about the other activities I plan to do this summer to help me get fit.  My running is a solo thing,  though I hope that Melissa will join me more often In the months to come.  I would also be thrilled if Jacob,  who ran the kids run at the Harry Rosen Spring Run-Off would be able to join me in the future.  But for now running is me time and I don’t think I can find much more of it to do finesse activities so the rest of what I hope to do involves the family.

This has already become a regular family activity, starting with two family rides over the may 24, the second included a picnic. I am really looking forward to seeing how far we can ride as a family. Of course this is only possible be cause we bought the bike trailer when Jacob was a baby. This will probably be the last summer that both kids fit in it so I’m hoping to get Jacob’s cycling to the point where he can cycle along instead of riding.

One of the best parts of it is even on weekends where Melissa has to work we’re able to have a family outing, with a picnic before she heads to her afternoon shift. My goal by the end of the summer is to have a family day on the islands, we can ride our bikes there and back. What I’m not sure is how long before Jacob will be able to ride along on his own bike. That’s something I think we should start working on it after his birthday.

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Fitness Friday: Important Dates

Today I am bringing back my Fitness Friday posts. Its part of an increased focus on running and eating healthier. I’ve wanted to start these up for a while, but I was waiting until I was confident in my new running plan. Each week I’ll include  a running total of this current months running totals.  I’m going to start this series up again by looking  at some dates in the past that have been important to my running, and then look to the future and see what dates are coming up.

May 2 2010: First Run (3.17k – 33:54)
This is the day that started it all, Melissa and I headed out to do day one of the couch to 5 k program. Melissa ran with me a few times in the beginning before deciding running wasn’t for her (I’m happy to say she’s giving it a second shot now).  I followed the program for 5 weeks before starting to find my own way. I continued to have minute long walks, but I increased the time I was running until I was consistently Running for 10 and walking for 1.

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POD: Family Bike Ride

From Pictures of the Day 2012

Today the family climbed on to our bikes, while Melissa and I climbed on our bikes, and the kids hopped into the trailer and we headed out for a ride (View on RunKeeper). We paused at a park and let the kids play before heading back home. While there we decided that we should do it again tomorrow with a picnic.

POD: Running in the New Year

With a new year comes new resolutions and goals.  I’m working on a whole post that looks back on last years goals and sets out a bunch for this year, unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to write it, but today’s POD will give you a hint of some of my goals, the first is that I’m going to continue posting a picture a day, the second is that it’s time to get back into running. I want to be running 3 to 5 times a week, so to inspire me I thought I’d start the year out right by going for a run. Before heading out I captured a picture of me in my running gear.


A quick note about my picture of the day, with yesterday’s post I had complete 2 years of taking a picture and sharing it every day for 2 years. That’s 730 Pictures, and that doesn’t include the bonus pictures or pictures from family events that I’ve posted on my blog. That’s a lot of pictures, and this year I’m going to organize the Picture of the day photos a little differently. If you want to see my pictures in one place you can see them on this Google Plus Album ( Picture of the Day 2012 ).

Recovering… and Looking forward

Sunday I took to the streets to compete in my second Half Marathon. The weather was nice and cool, and thankfully the rain held off. Running through the downtown and along the waterfront gave the race a feel of familiarity that I didn’t have during the mm. though having not really looked at the route before I did have a few surprises along the way. Finishing in the heart of the Financial district
. It was also great to finish the race in the heart of the city.

going into the race I was confident that my training would propel me to a quicker finish then last time, unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. I finished on 2:12:55 more than two minutes slower than in Mississauga. It has me wondering if I didn’t do enough training leading up to the event or if that it was a ‘flat’ course cost me the time. Mississauga was a downhill course, and I think I didn’t appetite how much a help that was. Of course RunKeeper reported that I set a personal record for ‘Biggest elevation climb’ during the run makes me question how flat it really was.

I know it was probably a mixture of the two but considering how sore I still am today, 2 days after the run, I might have to put more blame on training. Usually after a long run I like to follow-up the next day with a short run, but last night I just wasn’t up to it. So I think regardless how sore I am I will have to get out to-night. Probably just for a slow 5 or 6 km. I need to continue with the focus I found when I sat down at the end of September and planned my training for the last two Weeks before the race. At the time I set out an ambitious schedule, one that I followed for the first week but pulled back from a bit the second week. But one I think that was good for me.  As I ran on Sunday I kept thinking I really needed to stay that focused on my training, not just on the races.

I really liked having my planned runs spelled out for me, being able and look back at what I had recently run and what I was about to run was good motivator. So I think once I figure out what I will be doing with my training I will continue that, though perhaps I should look at adding some automation to the process. It was a pain to manually update the list after each run.
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POD: Half-Marathon Day (2:12:55)

Today I set out to compete in my second Half-Marathon. I finished in 2:12:55 a little slower than my first marathon back in may (POD: Half-Marathon Day (2:10:32)). The course for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was a flatter course then the Mississauga Marathon, so I’ll blame that for slower speed.  In addition to running for the challenge of running, I was also running for my aunt-in-law Debbie who passed away in January. She walked the 5k last year, so this year Lynn, Dan and I participated in her memory. I’m working on a post about the future of my running, and more thoughts about today’s run. For now I wanted to share the pictures and my time. So stay tuned.

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