Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Mileage!

Ok, so I haven't been around in a few days, mostly because we received some bad news about the sudden passing of a close relative, and have been busy with memorial arrangements. I did manage to get a 6k run in on Friday, which was nice and comfortable, except for the tender groin muscle that I must have pulled somewhere along the line.

Today, I woke up at 7:30 with the goal to be fed, dressed and out the door by 8:30 for my long run of the week. I am already up to 16k!!! Time has flown by, and I am still amazed at my body hanging in there for such huge distances.

I knew it was going to be a rough run from the minute I got outside unfortunately. It was about 20 degrees, but there was a lot of sunny hot places on my route, and a bunch of windy areas. Plus, mentally, I just wasn't in it. I kept thinking "I should just turn around.... I don't wanna run!!" The inner whiny, wimpy child in me was going nuts, and I was desperately trying to suppress it.

It was tough, but I found it in me to repeat some strong inner questions, like "Do you really want to run behind garbage trucks tomorrow instead?" "Do you want to fall behind in your training?" "Are you really going to wuss out for no good reason? Would you wuss out like this if it was race day?"

Those questions were the first half of my success, but I think this successful run has to be attributed to my music mix. It manages to get my mood lifted and my pace into a comfortable place.

I made it 15.6K, so rounded up it counts as 16k... :P I have decided that I should share some of my top songs with you, so you can keep on running! Here's my current Top 10 body moving, mind motivating, pace regulating songs:

10) Chumbawumba - I Get Knocked Down
9) Missy Elliot - One Minute Man
8) Kanye West - Jesus Walks
7)Nelly ft. Fergie - Party People
6)Gwen Stefani - Wind it up
5)No Doubt - Hella Good
4) Black Eyed Peas - Pump it
3) Fergie - London Bridge
2) Fatboy Slim - Drop the Hate
1) Eminem - Lose Yourself

Hope they help you as much as they have helped me!!!

On a final note I tried Gu gel for the first time today - Jet Blackberry flavour. While the consistency was a bit surprising the first time around, it tasted ok, kept me feeling good and sat well in my stomach. I would definitely recommend it, and would definitely try it again.

I might not be checking in this week, I have a funeral and a wedding to attend, but I still hope to get a run or two in.

Have a great week!


  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. As for the runs, I know what a difference music can make too, it can make or break a run I find!

  2. Sorry to hear about your loss. Glad you got out there, though--it can be very cathartic to run.

  3. Came over from Tall Mom this morning - No words for losing a loved one.

    On a happy note - I am now following you! :) I was on typepad since 2007, so no followers...yet! Loving running and all the blogs about equally right now! Take care!

  4. Good job on defeating that negative voice in your head and pushing through to finish the run!!
    Wow, a funeral and a wedding both in one week. Sorry for your loss.
    I heard about your blog from Tall Mom earlier today.
    Good luck with your running!

  5. I think Tall Mom should be getting commission... that's how I found you too! I'm you're #10 follower (wish granted). I'm glad to see another Canadian blogger - I'm in BC - since you use distances I can understand. :)

  6. I came by via Tall Mom as well. :) I know what you mean about the voices in your head. Way to talk back to them. I love running to Eminem. Lose Yourself is on my playlist as well. Kanye West's "Stronger" is another great one, and "Mercy" by Duffy always makes me smile when it comes on because no matter what point I'm at in a run, I'm always feeling like begging for mercy.

    Unlike Alanna, I spent your whole blog converting K to miles. lol. It's good for my math skills.