Monday, May 31, 2010

Sidewalk confusion + Bike ride.

Training:
Friday, May 28th: Rest day.
Saturday, May 29th: Bike ride, no time or distance recorded.
Sunday, May 20th: Run 50 minutes, forgot Garmin at home. (no distance recorded)

Hi friends!

I spent this past weekend out of town and my training and nutrition went at least half way out the window! Aside from a leisurely bike ride on Saturday the extent of my exercise was flipping things on the BBQ and walking to and from the campfire to the cabin for another beverage.



It was nice to ride around the roads of Bellevue and not have to worry about much or any traffic.


It was a nice little bike ride. We travelled along both paved and unpaved roads, my tires are a little thin to be comfortable on loose gravel but it was pretty well packed down and I didn't have any problems. It was a little muddy in some areas but nothing and I mean nothing compared to Lisa's weekend ride over at Bike Bake Blog!

It was lovely!

We returned to town around 4pm yesterday evening and I knew I had to get out for a substantial run. I geared up and set out. Now, as a runner you must make a decision when road running weather to run on the pavement or the sidewalk. Legally you're suppose to run on the sidewalk but I find the constant tilt of the sidewalk to wreak havoc on my ankles so I do run close to the sidewalk on the street and am very conscious of my surroundings. Yesterday however I decided to run on the sidewalk, there was quite a bit of traffic around the time I set out and thought it would be the best decision.

I was trucking along and noticed a horn beeping that seemed fairly close, I looked and to my surprise saw two men in a community service van on the other side of the road trying to get my attention. I took out my ear buds and acknowledged them. The driver yelled "If you're running you should get off the sidewalk!" I said "Excuse me?" and he repeated it again. Confused I replied "I thought I was suppose to be on the sidewalk!" Driver: "No, not if you're running, there are people walking, you shouldn't be on the sidewalk!"

Still confused, I agreed and stepped off the sidewalk onto the road and went on my way.

Several minutes later I was facing oncoming traffic, and one car which incessantly blared their horn at me to get off the road, I assume.

I know for a fact that my city rules that runners stay on the sidewalk, while most don't. I prefer to run on the road so if the rules have changed, fantastic. But I don't think that's the case. I'm going to get in touch with someone today about what happened and see if I can figure out just where I'm suppose to be!

Over and out,

Alanna

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A. Wicks, B.A

Training: 3 Miles: 35 Minutes

Well, it was a strong run this morning and it felt great! And now I'm right back on track with my training schedule for the Tely 10.

The past week has been hectic and my training went straight out the window. It was a long weekend here in Canada last weekend and I was out of town. Meaning I was away from the treadmill which wouldn't have been a problem had I been in town but the roads were narrow where I was staying and people tend to drive like maniacs for some reason during the holiday weekend, therefore and no running for me.

On top of the weekend off I had a crazy Tuesday, I convocated!

It was a long, very warm ceremony but I have to say it felt really good after many years of hard work to finally walk across that stage. Now, on to my Masters!

May has been a crazy month!

I've mentioned on the blog that sometimes after I run I suffer from extreme bouts of sneezing and a runny nose that last anywhere from an hour to two days. The symptoms are very similar to that of allergies except this happens all year round. I recently went to see my doctor about the problem and he didn't seem all that sure of what it could be, he advised me to try a Neti pot. The idea of a Neti pot is a little strange so I purchased HydraSense, it's similar to a Neti pot but the solution (sea water) comes with it and it's disposable. The next time my sinuses act up I'm going to give this stuff a go.



I'll keep you posted, I mean who doesn't want to keep up with how well my sinuses rinse out? right?

My bike is all tuned up and ready to ride for the summer, just need some sunshine!

Take care,

Alanna.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

1,000 Words: Cycling Trip '09

Looking forward to what this summers trip has in store.

Monday, May 17, 2010

New born Garmin.

Hi bloggies!
Last monday was my 25th birthday and I was a very spoiled, lucky lady!
I received a Garmin forerunner 405 from my parents. It was a total surprise and I was thrilled! Garmins are pricey and my student budget most likely wouldn't allow for one until I finished grad school. Speaking of grad school, I also received my official letter of congratulations of undergraduate degree completion and will officially be starting grad school in the Fall.



Garmin!


I'm so happy! It almost feels like I have a new pet or a new born! HA! I think i'll have to give little new born Garmin a name. 
The weather here in St.John's, NL has been terrible! We always get more than our fair share of rain and fog in the Spring but it has been non-stop for the past month. I guess that's what you get when you live on an island in the middle of the Atlantic.

My wonderful, handsome mister surprised me with some mini bike tour essentials. 

A sleeping pad.

A sleeping pad chair converter.

and A camp stove!

I'll have to take some picture of the new gear to show you soon.

The evening ended over a nice meal with my parents and Hughie and a giant piece of cake!

Delish!

Tely 10 Training:

Well, I thought things were going ok. I mean I knew I had lost a lot of my endurance over the winter but my easy runs felt fine, I should have known better.
Yesterday called for a long run but it was cold and raining out so I took to the treadmill. 
Miles 1 & 2: Everything felt fine, I kept it nice and easy for the first two miles, had a yogurt before getting started and thought that would be enough to get me though, mistake number one. 
Mile 3: I picked it up and drank a lot of water, mistake number two. 
I was aiming to run at least five miles, not a long run but any more on the treadmill makes me a little crazy. 
Mile 4: Took it up to 7.5 MPH which felt great, kept drinking water, mistake number three.
Mile 5: Dry heaves and vomit (sorry). Fail.

It was terrible, I felt light headed and no one likes to throw up. I assume there were several contributing factors that lead to vomit. 
1. Empty tummy.
2. Way too much water.
3. Out of shape. 

That last one hurts the ego. I've got about nine or ten weeks left to get ready for the Tely which means I seriously have to pick it up a few notches. 

I'll let you know how it goes!

Alanna.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Quick Update!

Hello all!

This is going to be short and simple, this weekend i've been celebrating my 25th birthday which is tomorrow. It has been a wonderful weekend so far and the boyfriend surprised me with a camp stove and sleeping pad (plus converter to make the sleeping pad a chair) for our bike trip later this summer. We spent friday night with friends and had a lovely fancy schmancy dinner out last night, mmm mmm good.

This past week I started training for the Tely 10 and will be updating more frequently about the progress I'm making leading up to the big day.

Also, check out Skinny Runner's GU giveaway for a chance to win a boat load of GU!

Happy Mother's Day

Alanna