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10K runner – week five

Monday – Physio again BUT it’s looking like I’ll get cleared for yoga and strength training on Thursday!

shocking my shoulder....

shocking my shoulder….

Week 6 Day 2 – still doing 10 minute runs but with a 3 minute walk in between them instead of 5.

Total time:  33 minutes Total Distance:  3.9 km Pace: 8:30 min/km

Tuesday – I wasn’t feeling very well Tuesday so I took a rest day.

Wednesday – What ever started yesterday hit today. I stayed home from work ill and slept more than I can remember.

Thursday – Physio – And cleared for yoga!

Still feeling a little off so no running today BUT at this point I know I have to run Friday – Saturday – Sunday in order to hit my 4 runs a week minimum!

Friday – Week 6 Day 3. I’ve been nervous about this for days: 5 minute warm up walk; FIFTEEN minute run; 3 minute walk; 5 minute run; 5 minute cool down walk. But I went out and did it! Yippie!

Total time:  33 minutes Total Distance:  3.9 km Pace: 8:26 min/km

Saturday – Week 7 Day 1 – well if I could do a 15 minute run, I could do a 20 minute one right? Yep! 5 min warm up – 20 min run – 5 min cool down

Total time:  30 minutes Total Distance:  3.52 km Pace: 8:32 min/km

Toby went out and bought a flat of strawberries so there was jam to be made. I’m doing up another post for drunken strawberry jam but here’s my “before” picture:

drunk jam

drunk jam

Sunday – Week 7 Day 2 – Repeat yesterday’s 5 min warm up – 20 min run – 5 min cool down

Total time:  30 minutes Total Distance:  3.51 km Pace: 8:34 min/km

Saturday and Sunday were both pretty hot and humid so both runs were done at 8:30 and 9:30 at night respectively. I really gotta try and get to bed earlier so I can get up and run in the morning!

But I was super happy I still went out and ran on Sunday despite the late hour. I was rewarded with this view from my doorstep:

Sundays Run

Scotiabank Half Marathon – Here I come!

Well, I officially started my training plan for my half marathon in October – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront. An online running friend sent me a copy of Ryan Hall’s training plan last year and I tried to do it leading up to my half in September but then I got sick, or hurt, or caved for some other reason 😉 So I’m going to try again.

I’ve changed it around a little to accommodate the other things I’m doing now (soccer on Tuesdays and swimming on Wednesdays for the summer and yoga Monday mornings and one other day starting soon).

Anyway the plan for this week – which started Monday but I’m posting on Thursday so…

Monday – rest – easily accomplished!

Tuesday – easy run – did after soccer so really not much to report this week

Wednesday – tempo run first thing in the am – ended up with just shy of 8 km at 7:10 min/km. The plan was to do 1 km warm up slowly (like 8 min / km) then 6.5 km at 7:04 min/km and then a half km cool down. I didn’t think to restart the app I’m using (Nike Running) after the warm up so I just kinda went with it and ended up as reported – 7.9x km at 7:10 min/km.

Swimming in the evening – we did a lot of lengths this week. We reviewed the main strokes and then tried to do our “continuous lengths” which are a requirement for the adult 3 lessons the city does. There were only 2 of us this week – she’s got a lot of things down that I don’t, like whip kicks and the eggbeater. I’ve never learned those. But if nothing else I’ve got endurance. We were supposed to do 4 to 12 lengths. The other person got 2 done. I stopped after 7. Only ’cause I kinda felt bad for our teacher watching me. I really really have to work on that eggbeater thing and diving.

Thursday – easy run – Today I missed it. My legs are heavy thanks to the soccer Tuesday and run and swim on Wednesday so Q and I went off to Riverdale Pool after work instead. Great fun!

Riverdale Pool – from “the grid”

Now this weekend is a holiday so it’ll be a bit messed up I think.

Friday – rest

Saturday – strength training class at energia athletics. I’ve been there for spinning classes and a yoga class and this will be my first strength training class. They’re really close to home and a nice place. I bought a groupon for 10 spin classes and it was great. If you’re local they also have a special for new people – $20 gets you unlimited classes for a week: spinning, yoga, or kettlebells!

Sunday – I’m moving Friday’s intervals to Sunday. This will be my first intervals for this training:
5 x 800 m @ 6:40ish min/km with recoveries at half the interval time

holiday Monday – instead of a rest day I’m going to do my long run on tired legs. 13km. Wheeee

I’ve also decided to raise money for a charity for the race too. There are over 160 charities listed as official charities that you can sign up and raise money for. All the usual big ones are there so I started looking at the smaller ones. And there were still a TON of very great places: Toronto Cat Rescue, Autism Speaks, the ROM Foundation, and more. I went with something very very local.

The Red Door Family Shelter. For over 40 years the Shelter has been providing emergency housing and support services to women who are escaping domestic violence, and to refugees/families experiencing a housing crisis. But they don’t stop there! in fact, the money raised at Scotiabank will go to directly supporting the weekly food bank they have for families who have recently moved out of the shlter.

So imagine, you’ve been in a shelter fleeing from an abusive situation with your kids. And now you’re out on your own. You have a place to call home but 70% of your pay is now going to rent. The food bank gives you that little bit of a buffer. Here’s a link to my fundraising page. I’ll also be adding a link to the side over there once I can figure it out. If you’ve got any fundraising ideas let me know! I’m thinking of making a draw for example, for every $X you donate you get a ticket. There will be some random draws at the end for fun things – some prizes I’ve won that I won’t use, a hand-knit scarf, coffee gift card, that sort of thing. What do you think?

My Review of Shredded Natural Rubber Pillow – Kid Size

This is a review I originally submitted over at Grassroots. They’re a local shop that carries lots of “green” products. Everything from cleaners to toys, from clothing to, well, to pillows. They had a link to automatically post the review to my blog so I thought I’d test it out.

Originally submitted at Grassroots Environmental Products

Features:100% Organic Cotton cover
100% Shredded Natural Rubber filling
Medium support pillow
Removable cover for easy cleaning
Dust-mite repellent
Antibacterial, hypoallergenic and dust resistant

Our toddler son loves this pillow

By whiskybaker from Toronto ON on 4/8/2014
4out of 5

Pros: Keeps Shape, Comfortable

Cons: Heavy

Best Uses: Sleeping

Describe Yourself: Midrange Shopper

We bought this and the wool pillow for our toddler son. He loves the size – they are clearly HIS pillows. I think he prefers sleeping on the rubber pillow but it’s too heavy for him to carry around the house (like he used to do with his old pillow). He carries around the wool one instead.


Where I spend my money – the 100-mile child

Last summer we bought a house in Riverdale (I really should get on those posts eh?!)  We’re within a short walk of the Danforth to the north and Gerrard East to the south. A little further south gets us to Queen St. East and Leslieville. All very nifty areas.

Broadview subway station is on the Danforth, as is the closest LCBO (for my US friends, this is the government owned liquor store where you can purchase, uhm, booze) and Shoppers Drug Mart and the post office that we have to go to to pick up larger packages or stuff we need to sign for. Plus there are restaurants galore and I’m sure I’ll post more about those as time goes on but the shop I’m focusing on today is called the 100-mile child. I think I only noticed it the first time because it’s right beside the post office and there were sunhats from Snug as a Bug on a rack outside. I have bought a TON of PJs from them for Q, our niece and nephew in PEI and the kids of our good friends. They’re made in Toronto near where I grew up.

IMG_4828The idea behind 100-Mile Child is kinda obvious: sell products made by companies who manufacture their items locally. This is great from an environmental view point and also great for supporting local, and often very small, businesses. Now, it turns out the “100-mile” part isn’t literal. Some of the products are from Quebec for example BUT you can search on the website for the truly local stuff. And they all seem to be environmentally friendly and lots of fun.

We stopped in to buy another sunhat so we could leave one at daycare permanently. We let Q pick his own:


He said he liked all the animals and listed them off after having seen the hat for 10-15 seconds!

He said he liked all the animals and listed them off after having seen the hat for 10-15 seconds!

When we went inside to play pay we found a whole range of other items for babies and toddlers and big kids too. Puzzles and trucks and dress up clothes and paper products and more. Q chose this puzzle made in Dunham Quebec:


We have since acquired two more:

three puzzles and he has to work on them all at the same time...sigh

three puzzles and he has to work on them all at the same time…sigh

One is a penguin on ice and the other is a duck.

And these are definitely going on my wish list for Q: http://www.the100milechild.ca/product.php?id=1068

danish alphabet blocks!

They also accept the LiveGreen Toronto Membership Card. I signed up for one of them a while ago but haven’t used it ever. Apparently it gets me 10% off any products they have labelled as “green.” Nice to get a bit off if there’s something I’m looking for but cannot find on sale!

Playing tourist at home

Quentin is getting older now and I think will really enjoy doing more than maybe just playing in the park on Saturdays. My folks are great and take him places on Sunday afternoons too – gives me time to get my long runs in – but I thought he and I could really start to play tourist at home now. Toronto in general, our new home in Riverdale more specifically…


from wikipedia

And what better way to start than close to home? This Saturday (Sunday too for the art walk) are two events: the Eats & Beats in Riverside and the Riverdale Art Walk – both are along Queen St East in our end of town. The Art Walk starts at 11 am and the Eat & Beats not until 1 pm. Q usually starts his nap around 12:30 – 1 pm though we’ve got a piano repair guy coming by for 1 pm so it sort of makes sense for Q and me to head down to Queen East.


Oh and the fact that the Riverdale Historical Society is having a lawn sale in the park Saturday morning? The icing on the cake.