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10K runner – week four

Monday – Rest day – and physio. Still not cleared for yoga or strength training but I have some exercises to do for my wrist with weights and if it goes well then I can go back to yoga!

Tuesday – Up and out early 🙂 6:15 am – so not as early as I had hoped but still got it done.

Week 5 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  32 minutes Total Distance:  3.7 km Pace: 8:43 min/km

Wednesday – Toby has a night class on Wednesdays now so it was Q and I at home for the evening. Nice but no running.

Thursday – Physio – still no approval for anything other than running 🙁

Week 5 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. Spent equal time running and walking today.

Total time:  36 minutes Total Distance:  4.1 km (yippie! cracked 4 km) Pace: 8:45 min/km

Friday – Week 5 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app. And ran more than walked fro the first time! 😀 (5 min warm up walk; 8 min run; 5 min walk; 8 min run; 5 min cool down walk)

Total time:  31 minutes Total Distance:  3.7 km Pace: 8:23 min/km

Saturday – Week 6 Day 1 and back up to 10 minute runs

Total time:  35 minutes Total Distance:  4.1 km Pace: 8:34 min/km

Saturday was also a “day off” from my usual very low carb way of eating. So I had beer.


Much very yummy beer which of course led to….

Sunday – I should have run. I really should have. Then I would have had 5 runs on the week. But I wimped out 🙁 and felt like poor Nim:


Definitely have to jump back on the wagon on Monday!

10K runner – week three

Monday – Ahhh PEI. Basically a rest day with some wandering around town and chasing the kids.

Tuesday – I forgot how different it is to run on a boardwalk! Most of my runs are on city sidewalks!

Week 3 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  30 minutes Total Distance:  3.4 km Pace: 8:57 min/km

Wednesday – Canada Day! It was pretty windy – so much so the fireworks were rescheduled to Thursday.

Charlottetown lighthouse

Charlottetown lighthouse

Week 4 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  34 minutes Total Distance:  3.8 km Pace: 8:53 min/km

Thursday – a far bit of walking around town but not much else.

Friday – Definitely SHOULD have run on Friday but I didn’t 😉 Another gorgeous beach day. Q and his cousins and a friend hunted for clams and eels and snails and crabs.

Rebel IPA in the birthplace of Confederation ;)

Rebel IPA in the birthplace of Confederation 😉

Saturday – Didn’t run Thursday or Friday so I had to run on Saturday. We did a little bit of running around Saturday morning, picking up some things my mom wanted from Charlottetown and going to the farmers’ market and stuff like that. Then lunch and some lovely local beer and the next thing I knew it was time to go to the airport. So a late run when we got back to the house in Toronto but I did it!

Week 4 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  36 minutes Total Distance:  4.2 km Pace: 8:39 min/km – Hey I cracked 4k! 😉

Sunday – Yippie! Week 4 of the app is done in 3 calendar weeks. I’d really like to get up to 5 runs a week but even the 5 minutes running (which I did yesterday and today) was a bit challenging for me so maybe I will stick with 4 a week for a little bit longer.

Week 4 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  34 minutes Total Distance:  3.9 km Pace: 8:49 min/km

Okay – I am glad I got the 4 runs in but too much food was eaten and WAY too much beer was drunk. Toby is cleaning out the fridge and stocking up keto-friendly foods. We’re a little beat still though so we’ll be keeping it a little easy for a couple of days. I still have my eyes on those cream-cheese pancakes to try!

10K runner – week two

Monday – Rest and some cooking and cleaning around the house.

Tuesday – Another physio appointment. My shoulder is also acting up so now I have exercises for my wrist and my shoulder and reminders on the importance of posture!

Week 2 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  28 minutes Total Distance:  3.1 km Pace: 8:58 min/km

Wednesday – Long day out with my dad for the TFC-Impact game and TFC won! Woohoo!

ahhh white wine in a plastic cup

ahhh white wine in a plastic cup

Thursday – More physio. I can’t do yoga or anything yet but I stumbled across this routine that I thought I would add to my day for the next two weeks – doing it twice a day, once mid-day at work and once at home before bed.

BUT I did want to run today, the evening just got away from me and I didn’t even end up getting to sleep until almost 12 🙁 Which means of course I have to run Friday – Saturday – Sunday to make my 4 runs a week minimum goal!

Friday – I wore my “fast” shoes today. The Saucony Cortana 3s. I’m still trying to get used to them – they have a much smaller heel drop than my usual shoes.

Week 2 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  31 minutes Total Distance:  3.5 km Pace:  8:57 min/km

Saturday – Saturday was a whole lot of running around. We went and got some craft things at Michael’s for Q and I and some new clothes for Toby. Then a swimming lesson for Q and a soccer game for my dad and I. Oh and after that I had to do all the packing!

Week 3 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  26 minutes Total Distance:  3 km Pace: 8:34 min/km

Sunday – I didn’t want to run! I wanted to sleep in! Q was at my parents’ house but I had to run to get my four runs in on the week so I did. Week 3 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. I forgot to start my watch in time so the first 5 minute walk were just an estimate. In the cool wet rain!

Total time:  26 minutes Total Distance:  3 km Pace: 8:44 min/km

Sunday was also the weigh in the other dietbet I’m in.  it was hard but I’m happy to say I made this dietbet’s challenge – now of course, I know myself and we’re off on a family vacation so I am going to try and be reasonable! Keep up with the running and the posture thing and cut myself a little slack on the food.

Keto breakfast – jalapeno popper frittata from I breathe I’m hungry

I like planning out my food a little more than Toby does. BUT he does most of the cooking usually. I thought though I’d hit a couple of goals (improving my breakfasts and saving money by not buying breakfasts at work) by looking for breakfast ideas that I could make ahead of time and re-heat at work.

I used to visit the blog I breathe I’m hungry a lot so I headed over there. And found a recipe for Jalapeno Popper Frittata. I adore jalapeno poppers! I asked Toby to get the ingredients I’d need but that I’d do up the recipe myself. I think he was a little speechless.

filling ingredients

A couple of notes: you’ll need three tablespoons total of chopped jalapenos. I got a little over three tablespoons from an 8 cm long jalapeno (a little over 3 inches). If you want some slices for the top instead of chopped, then slice the wide end of the jalapeno first and chop the rest.

Also – we must be one of the few families left without a microwave. Blending the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa verde and jalapenos on the stove top wasn’t hard at all and only took a few minutes (maybe 5 tops) at med-low temperature.

cheeses melted on the stovetop

cheeses melted on the stovetop

006 filling in the dish

melted cheese filling in the baking dish

007 filling topped with egg custard

filling topped with the egg mixture

008 topped with cooked bacon

everything topped with bacon

And here it is about to go into the oven:

009 topped with cheese and peppers

And here it is right out of the oven:

010 out of the ovenThe house smelled lovely!

So this was made Monday evening and I had it for breakfast each morning from Tuesday to Thursday. (I have one last piece ready for tomorrow)  It reheated really well in the office microwave and was just as tasty as on Tuesday. I probably wouldn’t push it any more than that though in terms of eating already cooked eggs and bacon.

And here it all is ready for the week ahead.

011 portioned out

Next up will be cream cheese pancakes!

10K runner – week one


Eek! I wanted to post this last week but had to go and find the picture I wanted 🙂

Last Sunday, June 14, 2015, I ran 15k on Toronto Island. That isn’t pretty impressive except for the fact that I think I ran about 5 km total in May and maybe 15 total in April. But I had signed up for the Nike Women’s 15k Toronto ages ago and, well, really wanted that necklace.

Nike + Tiffany & Co.

Nike + Tiffany & Co.

And I promised myself that if I did it and didn’t die or end up hating myself afterwards I’d regroup and move on. So I did.

Monday – Week 1 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

I think the app cost about $5 and it sets out three runs a week for 14 weeks for a total of 42 runs. I know I can run 10k BUT what I want to work on is consistency and, maybe, getting rid of the intervals – right now I still mostly run/walk (so I ran the 15k last week as running 5 minutes, walking 1) and I thought I should finally try to get rid of that. So we’ll see how it goes.

I’m also still recovering from a soccer injury to my wrist right now so I’m not able to do any yoga or strength work involving my arms. So for now at least, just the running. Oh and I’m aiming to run 4-5 times a week and not three like the app says SO the titles of these threads will follow my Monday to Sunday week and not the app’s ‘weeks’. So Monday was week 1 day 1.

Total time: 25 minutes Total Distance: 2.6 km Pace: 9:38 min/km

Tuesday – Week 1 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. Went out at 9 pm which in and of itself is pretty impressive I think 🙂

Total time: 30 minutes Total Distance: 3.2 km Pace: 9:22 min/km

Wednesday – rest day!

Thursday – I had a physio appointment today. My wrist is getting better and I was given some exercises to do to start strengthening it. She said I should still hold off on strength training and yoga. Hopefully I’ll get the go ahead soon!

Friday – Week 1 Day 3.

Total time: 30 minutes Total Distance: 3.3 km Pace: 9:05 min/km – not sure where that improvement came from but it was nice to see!

Saturday – Busy busy family day! It was nice to go out with Q to a birthday party and stick to my eating plan.

Sunday – Week 2 Day 1

Total time: 28 minutes Total Distance: 3 km Pace: 9:19 min/km

Sunday – June 21 this time – was also the weigh in for a dietbet I’m in.  The idea is to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks. I was actually in two. One that ended on Sunday June 21 and one that ends Sunday June 28. I’m happy to say I made this dietbet’s challenge – now to keep it off for one more week!

Next week, I’ll try to run at least 4 times again and ideally 5, especially as I’m still not allowed to do anything that requires pushing, pulling, lifting or moving weights or applying any pressure on my wrist!