|Sunday at Champlain Lookout|
Last week was my first week of training for the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon, which I'm running for the second time at the end of October. I finished the race last year with a time of 2:15:09, and this year I'd really like to get myself under that 2:15:00 threshold and as close to 2:10:00 as I can.
For training I am obviously going to be doing a lot of running with the different run crews Toronto has to offer. I'm also going to cross train at least once a week, and do yoga at least once a week (even if it's just a few quick poses before bed). I'm going to try not to pressure myself too hard - I will put in the work, and if I really need an extra rest day, I will take it.
Here's what I got up to this first week:
Monday: Lululemon Run Crew (Mondays at 6:30 pm, 318 Queen St. W). We did a speedy loop up through Chinatown to Harbord, and back down through Kensington to Queen. It was a lot hotter than I expected, but it felt awesome to get my legs moving after taking a week off from running following the Toronto Waterfront 10k. [3.86 km | 23:00.01 | 5:58/km]
Tuesday: Pilates Butt Burner Full 30 minute workout - eFit30. I pulled this YouTube workout from my Pinterest (probably where most of my at-home workouts will come from - I am really bad about pinning things and then never doing them, so now is my chance to work through my exercise board!). I want to strengthen my glutes so they can propel me better when I'm running, helping me go that much faster. This workout did a lot of work in the gluteus medius, which is a muscle that doesn't get worked through running alone, but when it is strong it helps stabilize the glute structure and can prevent injury (allegedly...I am by no means a professional). I found it hard to stabilize in the core in a lot of the movements, probably because my core muscles are so weak.
Wednesday: I biked to and from work, then to and from CityPlace, for a total of 10 km of urban biking for the day. I am slowly getting back into urban biking in Toronto on my beautiful but rickety 1974 Raleigh Sports. In the evening I joined Tribe for their 5km Crew Run (Wednesdays at 7 pm, NW corner of Spadina and Fort York); we went up Portland to Queen, across to Strachan, and back down to Fleet Street and across Fort York Boulevard. I really look forward to Wednesdays with this crew! [5.06 km | 28:07.9 | 5:34/km]7
Thursday: The 8-Minute Better Back Workout. I took much longer than eight minutes to move through the five poses, but it felt great to relax into them.
Friday: Off - I left work early and drove to Ottawa, which took us seven hours thanks to long weekend traffic. All I wanted to do when I got to my parents' place was have a glass of wine and go to sleep, which is exactly what I did.
Saturday: Off - Canada Day! No formal exercise, but we walked around town pretty much all day. Ask my granny hips about it.
Sunday: Hiking in Gatineau Park. We drove up to Pink Lake and started the loop counter-clockwise from the lookout rather than from the parking lot. The 2.5 km loop took us a little over an hour and a half, with lots of stops to sit on rocks, chat, and look for frogs, fish, and turtles. A nice easy hike on a beautiful day. After finishing up at Pink Lake we drove up to the Champlain Lookout and went about 400 m down the loop beside the lookout before turning back to the car. Then we went for ice cream at La Cigale in Old Chelsea, because I lead a balanced lifestyle.
Week One down! It's gonna be a long, sweaty summer.