I had good intentions

I really did have plans to get up early for my long run.  Alas, at 5am I awoke to our house guest, aka 6 month old kitten Wasabi chasing around our cat Le Chat.  I then realized I would not be getting up in an hour when my alarm was to go off.  So, um, yeah, I did what any unrested person would do.  I turned the alarm off and went back to sleep.  Finally got up around 8:30am.


And yeah, I paid for it today during my long run.  I finally got out about 11am.  Not the most ideal time to go running.  According to my Garmin, it was about 77 degrees and humidity was at 39%.  I was feeling sluggish, so I took it easy and lowered my intervals way down to a 2 minute / 45 seconds.  I don’t usually lower my intervals but my lower back is giving me some pain on my left side, similar to what I feel at the 15K mark of a run, so I wasn’t sure if I could maintain a long run for a 5 or 10 minute time frame without a gait/recovery change. I’ll be doing some extra stretching and rolling today.

It was not a great run, but I enjoyed being outside today and felt accomplished that I got it done.  Next weekend is the 15k race I’m scheduled to run, and although I know I’m not ready for this in terms of getting a time I will be happy with, at least, I know I will finish.



Well Hello, again

I realize it’s been some time since I posted a blog.  Last we met, I was whining commenting about not being able to run and show-and-telling my battle bruises.  I am happy to report, I have spent most of June and July reporting to physio therapy.  My arm is almost back to full extension.  I’d say I’m about 80% there in terms of recovery.

I was also given the go ahead to run in early July from my doctor, so I’ve been back at chasing pavement.  No trails for this girl though. (for now). 🙂

It’s funny how much I missed running when I knew that I couldn’t.  It’s different than just not running because I don’t feel like it.  Because I couldn’t, or at least shouldn’t, I missed it everyday.  It just reinforces to me, how much I can take for granted what I can do as a person; because I am fortunate enough to be healthy and fit.  It reminds me to take advantage of these gifts, and push forward with my running goals.

Speaking of which, I had lofty goals this summer.  Prior to my running accident, I was concentrating on my speed.  I had started to pick up the pace back in May, and then the accident occurred, so I’ve had to re-adjust my running goals this summer.  July has been spent getting my cardio back so that I can concentrate on my training for a handful of races I have coming up in the late summer, early fall.  The first race is on August 16th called the Midsummer’s Night Run.  I’ve run this race in the past, and it’s a really great time.  It was originally going to be my ‘A’ race, to test out my speed progress over the summer, however, now it will just be a fun run.

I’m looking forward to this race, as well as two other half marathons in September.  I may also register for another half in October, although, I haven’t yet decided where that race will be .

I know I’ve mentioned I will be running in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2015, however, I haven’t yet mentioned that we have also signed up for the Disneyland Star Wars Weekend the following weekend in January.  So excited for this race!

All things considered, I’m glad to be back.

Happy Running.

Tree Root 1 – Deb 0

It was a beautiful night for a run last Friday.  I got home from work about 7:30p and quickly got out for a planned 5K.  Almost a mile in, I tripped over a tree root on my usual trail and went down HARD.  In less than a blink of an eye, it was quick decision time.  Do I land on my head or break my fall with my arm?  Well, instinct to break my fall kicked in and I landed, smack, dab on my elbow.  The initial blow to my elbow hurt like pain I’ve not experienced.  I’ve had a few breaks in my lifetime and one dislocation.  This was way more intense.  I quickly rolled onto my back to get off my arm.  I’m not sure what I said during this time but I am sure there were a few expletives thrown in there.(sorry kids)  Just seconds before, I had run passed a lady and her dog and she came back to see if I was ok and also helped my up.  Once I was up, I was quickly able to figure out, (with exception of a couple of scrapes) the rest of me was intact.  My Garmin, iPhone and iPod were also safe.  So there I was, covered in trail dirt, holding my arm with my other hand, and walking back home; all the while wishing for an instant do-over to take those few seconds back in life.

After making it back home, I grabbed an ice pack from the freezer and assessed the situation for an hour.  Do I, or don’t I, go to the hospital emergency room? Did I hear a crack, or didn’t I?  At about 10pm, I came to realization that a hospital trip was on the agenda.

Several hours later, I was given the bad news that I have a radial head fracture. Basically, it’s a fracture of the head of the radius where it meets up with the ulna and humerus at the elbow.  I was given a half cast, a prescription for tylenol 3, and informed that a specialist would call me Monday to make an appointment for my arm. (usually 10 day wait)


And so begins the healing process…..

Who’s training for Dopey?

It’s been an amazing August in terms of weather for running.  This past week I’ve had several runs, logged in around 40K and feeling pretty good about it as I’ll be starting my Dopey training very soon.  If there are any other Dopey challengers out there, do let me know.  Would love to hear about your training over the months.

I plan on sticking to my marathon training program I used for Goofy 2010.  I modified it to incorporate two LSD’s back to back on the Saturday and Sunday so that I would get used to the fatigue.  Whatever distance I ran on the Saturday, I would run double the distance on the Sunday as it was a half marathon on the Saturday and full marathon on Sunday for the Goofy.  This time around, my plan is to also incorporate an emphasis on training from Thursday-Sunday, as the Dopey is a 4 day event.  As well, training runs and/or cross training Monday and Tuesday.  My goal is to finish upright and standing.  I want to enjoy the course(s) take lots of pictures, and enjoy my vacation so that I can participate in other activities in between races.  I’m really looking forward to January 2014!!

As the weeks progress, I hope to talk about my training, and share how it’s going along.

In the meantime, I came across these little dandies in the Loblaws grocery store recently :


These have been a refreshing treat I’ve enjoyed after my run.  If you are in Canada, go check them out!  They are made by an independent company called Chapman’s – A few years ago they had a terrible fire, but they rebuilt back their business and seem to be growing strong!

You be the judge.

I’m pretty open to advertising creative.  I really am.  In fact, I went to school for it.  Studied 3 years, and made my career out of it.  Ok, so I fell into the media area, outside of the actual creative side of things, but I still think I have a pretty good understanding of creative objectives & strategies.  However, I won’t say I am the be all and end all when it comes to judging a company’s creative.

I’ll leave that to my readers.

Today, I came home and found in my mailbox the latest edition of Canadian Running Magazine.  I truly love this magazine for the articles and awesome in depth knowledge for all running related topics.

Then I saw an ad on page 7.

Google it!  It is a picture of a runner giving CPR to a dog.

The Copy Reads as follows :

“Run Longer  Project E:MOTION isn’t for the faint of heart.* That’s because our new midsole design forces your stride into fluid submission.  This undeniable smoothness translates into less work for your legs, so you get into your zone faster and feel like your could stay there forever.  Sure, not everyone will appreciate your increased efficiency, but, ironically, not everyone was born to run like an animal.”


As a reader, my first reaction was utter shock.  From an advertising perspective I thought it was negative.  I didn’t get it.  I wanted to know more, so I went to the link above to investigate.  This new shoe is apparently so awesome that as a runner, you will run faster, quieter, longer, farther and smoother.  However, because of this, there will also be a negative side to running.  The website calls these the ‘downsides of efficiency’.  There are videos illustrating these downsides in short videos, called Runner’s Pulse.  For example, you’ll outrun your dog to the point you will have to perform cpr.  You may be attacked by wildlife if you don’t make noise during your run as the shoes are so quiet, animals may not be startled by your presence.  You’ll run so far, you’ll run out of food and starve to death or eat a plant in the wilderness that could kill you.  Or finally, because your gait has improved you might be confused for a deer and be shot by a hunter.

Obviously, now that I am seeing the videos, it’s obvious the advertiser is taking a stab at humour.  I won’t judge.

I’ll leave that to you.

Any additional thoughts welcome.

Tinker Bell Race weekend – Video Recap

It’s been a rainy and snowy day in the Toronto area so I’m still running on my Treadmill.  Here’s hoping Mother Nature brings us some warmer temperatures soon.  It would be awesome to have something above 5 soon like we did in early January.  Even if only for a day or two. *Crossing fingers

I finally finished my video of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland this past January.  Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Urban Running Girl’s 20% off shrug sale is still on til Friday.  Enter code : URGFEB If you dislike the thought of tying your jacket around your waist one more Spring during a run, now’s the time the order!  Don’t miss out!

Birthday Blog!

I’ve been in a great mood lately.  January can be tough, and I’ll admit my mood can be affected by the weather.  However, last weekend the temperatures went up to 15 degrees!  It was just the pick me up I needed for my last training run before the Tinker Bell Half marathon this coming weekend.  I was able to wear a pair of running tights and a t-shirt on my long run last Saturday.  It was absolutely gorgeous outside.

Of course, Mother Nature hasn’t decided to change it’s winter season this soon.  The weather dipped down as of yesterday, and Toronto is back to -3 to +3 averages.  Which really isn’t that bad.  It certainly could be worse.  Today, I went out for my Birthday 6K run and it was quite pleasant at 1 degree.  The sun was nice and bright which took the edge off any dreary winter run.  Oh, by-the-way, Yes, it’s my birthday.  Today!  Yep!  No big celebrations though as I will have more than enough fun this weekend and into the following week.  However, I did have a slice of this….


And THIS is delicious!  Our favourite cake shop called Dufflet calls it the Lemon Coconut cake and describes it as “Coconut cake filled with alternating layers of lemon and coconut buttercream; frosted with cream cheese icing and finished with snowy coconut”.

It’s absolutely worth the extra calories on anyone’s birthday!

Speaking of indulgences, I went a little kooky yesterday and had my nails done in the closest green I could find that matched Tink’s fairy dress.

What do you think? It’s O.P.I.‘s ‘Don’t Talk Bach To Me’ from the Germany collection.



I plan on wearing a few items during the race to celebrate the Tinker Bell run.  Of course, I have my laces I used last year.  I love the little Tink metal attachment that came with the laces.  Not sure what else I will be wearing at the race.  Skirt? Tutu? Wings perhaps?


If you happen to be on Urban Running Girl’s Facebook or Twitter feeds, stay tuned as I will try and post updates when I can about the weekend. 🙂

Until then….. Happy Running!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and enjoyed some time with family and friends.  I myself was visiting family in Ottawa and Hamilton.  Luckily, I witnessed a little snow during Christmas in Ottawa as Toronto had none at that time.

Yes, I’ve been terribly absent from the internet in the last few weeks.  I primarily posted a few Tweets or Facebook messages from my iphone.  There were many times I was without a computer, and other times I was just busy with the holiday season.  Ahh life!  Things have begun to get back to normal again and I hope to create a blog per week. (at the very minimum)

Now that the holiday season is over, I’ve been back at my training.  I had to run on my treadmill for a few runs, but luckily the sidewalks have been clear enough this week to run outside.  I had a wonderful long run last Sunday, and I followed it up today with 6K.  The weather has been above zero degrees C, which is perfect weather for me.  Soon enough, I will be headed to California to run the Tinker Bell Half marathon in Anaheim.  Of course, this is a fun run for me.  I take a lot of pictures and video, so that tends to slow me down considerably, but it’s also a great way to keep the cardio during the colder months.  I must admit, I’m looking forward to the warmer temperatures as well.  🙂  If anyone out there is also racing this event, please let me know.  I of course will also be wearing my shrug on the race course (weather permitting) and in and around the parks, so if you do see me, please say hello.

Speaking of Disney’s Tinker Bell half marathon, I’m sure many are getting ready to depart to  Walt Disney World for the Marathon weekend.  For anyone out there who is participating in any of the races, have a fantastic time.  I’m sure it will be an awesome experience for you as it’s the 20th anniversary of the Mickey Marathon.  There will be much to celebrate.  The temperatures in Florida seem to be warm right now, so please keep yourself hydrated during the race.  I look forward to reading all the race reports.

If you are not racing this month, I hope you are keeping well and staying active.

Happy Running!

How Do You Measure Success?

I am a firm believer in setting goals.  In relationship to running, my goals change depending on what race I am running, or the type of commitment I give to a training plan.  When I first starting running, my first goal was to train and finish a 5K race without stopping to walk.  It didn’t matter to me how long it took me to finish; only that I did.  I remember on race day, I was about 3K into the race, and all I wanted to do was walk.  My stubbornness kept me going and I finished the race keeping with my goal.

Those days are long past, and I’ve learned a lot about running, but more importantly, I learned about my own body and how it reacts when running.  One of the things I learned, is that walking during a race, isn’t a bad thing for me, and usually my race plans do incorporate a walk/run interval plan.  I generally do better from a time perspective with this type of plan than a full out running plan.  Although, I initially had a goal of running a race non-stop, my success when learning how to run, was really based upon learning about myself, my capabilities as a runner, and finding out what works from a training perspective.  Sometimes, we find our successes are not necessarily measured by our initial goals and our successes help to build us up to be the best runner we can be.

As time moved on, and many races later, I’ve had different goals.  Many goals were to finish a race.  Such was the case with running the Goofy Challenge.  Although, I did measure my success in physically finishing the Goofy, I also measured my success in staying positive during the race.   Positivity definitely played a role in physically getting me over the finish line.

I’ve had other goals, such as timed goals.  As well, I sometimes have seasonal goals such as running a number of races during a specific time frame, or making goals as to how many times per week I train.

I think it’s important to note, that success can also be measured in how you feel towards your running.  Are you still excited to put on those running shoes after a long day at work?  Do you still enjoy that feeling you get when you cross the finish line?  Perhaps your success is based on motivating your children or family members towards an active lifestyle.  It might even be about running for a cause and raising money for your local charity.

Do you put to much pressure on yourself to achieve your running success?  Goals can be a tricky thing, and it’s always important to stay realistic.  For example, if you’ve run a 5K race and your time was 37 minutes, it would be unrealistic to set your next 5K goal at 25 minutes.  A more suitable goal might be to shave off a few minutes, depending on one’s training schedule and endurance level.  While it’s always great to strive for new goals, putting too much pressure on unattainable goals; which may seem enthusiastic to some, only leads to frustration and disappointment if not within reach.

No matter how we measure our success, it’s important to know, that you can change your goals or focus.  You can learn something new about yourself each and every time.  Sometimes, the best observations come from being in the journey and having those ‘A-HA’ moments you never thought you’d have.  When I think about all the stories of the disappointed NYC Marathoners this past week, and how they found a way to adapt to the cancelled race and move forward to help the victims of Sandy by donating their time to the clean up effort, I can only think how some were emotionally fulfilled.  Some may even say, their success was in their motivation to help their fellow man, to help them ‘cross the finish line’ in order to build back their lives; putting aside their personal goals and unselfishly giving of themselves.

How do you measure your success?  Is your success always what you set out to do or do you find new successes as you go along?  Do you find success even when you don’t achieve your goals?