Strenuous hiking = running?

 

I just got back from THE BEST honeymoon ever. Scott and I spent 10 days in the Canadian Rockies – staying at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise and Alpine Village Lodge in Jasper.  Every minute of it was amazing. Seriously.  If I could figure out a way for us not to work and just go live in the Canadian Rockies all year, we would!

Scott and I are both very active – me with marathons, Scott with 100 mile mountain bike races. The timing of the honeymoon had me a little bit anxious because I’m eyeing a January marathon (stay tuned!) and week one of my 18 week training plan started on Day One of our honeymoon. I knew we would be too busy with hiking for me to also squeeze in running, so I just resigned myself to 10 days off of running and figured I’d do a 17 week training plan.  I wasn’t too worried about it, because I figured a week off of running would be good for me.

So while we were on vacation I posted some pictures of one of our particularly grueling hiking days (at Lake O’Hara – the hike to Lake McArthur via Big Larches and High Alpine Route and returning via Low Alpine Route and Alpine Meadows) on Facebook.  I also said, “Despite rain, sleet and a snow storm (and 30 degree temps), we hiked 8 miles of the HARDEST hiking I’ve ever done. I was terrified on the rocky high alpine climb to Lake McArthur (with wet rocks!) But we saw mountain goats at the top so I’m glad we did it. Loved, loved, loved Lake O’Hara.”  A trail running friend of mine commented on my post “Sounds like trail running to me . . . just saying”.

Which got me thinking that maybe my week “off” of running really wasn’t a week off.  So I started googling and reading and the consensus seems to be that although strenuous hiking is DIFFERENT than running, it’s akin to running and in some ways a better running type workout (working different muscles, going up and down crazy steep inclines, being out there for longer). I have to say, I agree! I mean, just look at the photos above.  We didn’t drive to these views. We hiked UP mountains to get to these amazing views. That has to count as a running like workout! Our hiking days were between 6 miles and 14 miles each day, ranging from several hours to almost 9 hours one day.  True, we stopped for a crazy amount of pictures and snacks, but we were on our feet working out butts off for a LONG time each day.  And the huffing and puffing that I was doing going up the trails was way more intense than my breathing during marathons, or even intervals.  I strava’ed (is that a verb now?) most of our hikes and we logged 51+ miles of intense hiking in a week.  Compared to the 38 miles of running I did the week before.  I’ll take it!

On to marathon training!  (And stay tuned for a detailed trip report with more photos soon!)

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It’s official!

It’s official . . .  I’m married! 🙂  Scott and I got married on a cold and RAINY day on the north shore, with just our family present.  It was a GREAT day. Photos taken by the talented Oullis Photography.

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Global Running Day

Apparently it’s Global Running Day.  And I am HAPPY to report that I ran. 5 miles. Broken up in 2 x 2.5 mile segments, with a .25 walk in between.  Not the heavy training runs that I wanted to be doing at this point. But shortly after my last post I felt ANOTHER left tibial stress fracture developing (though I’m thinking that it was mild – just a stress reaction – since I now know what they feel like) – so I took some time off running.  (3 solid weeks, then I’ve been easing back in to running, VERY slowly).

When I had my first left tibial stress fracture in July 2013, I was devastated. Mentally, I was a wreck.  Since that time, I’ve had another stress fracture and now 2 stress reactions (my latest is self diagnosed – I’m on a budget and have shitty health insurance and can’t afford an MRI).  Now, I’m just disappointed when I’m not running – mildly irritated.  But I’ve learned to focus on the positives and I have other activities that fill my need for endurance/endorphins – I’ve been biking TONS on the trainer and the fat bike. I have been doing a crazy amount of core. I’ve been lifting weights.  AND – I’ve worked my way up to 100 push ups a day!  I guess my point is that I know there is more to life than running and that running will be there when I heal.

So, on Global Running Day, I was SO SO happy to run 2 x 2.5 miles with a .25 walk in between.  I loved every step of it.

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Boston: The Documentary – motivation!

I saw the Boston Marathon Film (Boston: The Documentary) last night with a group of running gals. Very fun.  It was a documentary on the history of the Boston Marathon.  So cool to watch.  I learned a lot that I didn’t know.  It was emotional to watch the parts on the 2013 Boston bombings.  Brought back very vivid memories of that day.  It also made me more determined than ever to get back there. As in training/focus to get back to Boston begins NOW! 🙂

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Changes

This is the Year of Changes for me!

I’ve blogged a bit about the personal changes, but a refresher.  In the next 5 months: Carter will graduate from high school; I’m going to get married to Scott (yeah!); Carter will start his first year of college; Meg will start her second hear of college; I’ll move out of the home the kids and I have had for the last 5 years and in to our new home with Scott; I’ll be a step mom to Bennett and William; Bennett and William will be starting high school and middle school.

Any one of these personal changes would be enough on it’s own.  Combine them all and it’s A LOT of change.

I’m Type A.  Which technically means I’m “more competitive, outgoing, ambitious, impatient and/or aggressive.” (thank you wikipedia).  As opposed to Type B, which is more relaxed.  For me, the last year, Type A could pretty much be summed up as Type Anxiety, as I have struggled to deal with Meg leaving for college and all of the anticipated changes that will be coming for me this year.

What does this have to do with running? With these personal changes, I’m working on a lot of running/fitness/health related changes as well, because I am looking for non-medical ways to help reduce my anxiety. The health related changes that are in the works:

  • Mindful Meditation. I started meditating in early January. And it has been surprisingly helpful.  It has helped calm my mind. It relaxes me. It gives me more me time. It gives me perspective. I’ll do a separate post on it soon.
  • Reducing refined sugar.  Yes, you read that right.  Me, the Dessert Queen, has reduced refined sugar from her diet. I started with a mini two week detox. And felt FABULOUS.  But after the two weeks I went back to eating sugar like crazy. And felt like crap. So I started a “no refined sugar detox” again. This time for 7 weeks. I’m 4 weeks in. And feel FABULOUS again. I’ll also blog more about this soon.
  • Marathon training. Marathon training kicks off May 8th.  Unlike previous marathon training sessions, I’m being more intentional about the “pre-marathon” training phase.  I’m doing A LOT of core, strength, base building and biking.

I’m excited about all the changes and hopeful that the health changes that I’m also making will help me fully enjoy and appreciate all that is happening in my life this year!

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Giving Thanks: Boston Marathon 2013 Race Report

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Part of me doesn’t want to write this race report.  Blogging about my running of the 2013 Boston Marathon feels a bit selfish and trivial, in light of the horrific events that transpired…

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