9178 total / 2180 in 2014

Sub 1:50 1/2 marathon (1:47:19)! Near future: 46 min 10k (47:42, so close! ). Fall 2014 marathon #2. 1:45 1/2 marathon - I'm comin' for you. :)

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  • 19 miles
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  • 947 calories
  • 4 workouts
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  1. VELO
    Leo Bike Miles 6 km

    Took leo to the library to pick up some books we put on hold...also cleared out the rest of the maisy books.
    Went back out to get back on the bike and he saw parliament from the bike, and of course... read more

  2. VELO
    good Bicycle! 7.4 mi

    Took the bike for a spin after I dropped Leo at school.
    all things are fairly normal today, although no one is allowed to visit parliament today...that's not surprising.

    figured i'd get ... read more

  3. walk
    Leo Miles: The Lockdown Edition. 8 km

    I was going to bike Leo to school today and then do some more biking myself, but I coughed for a good 5 minutes straight this morning, and thought maybe I needed 1 more rest day before getting back... read more

  4. Shared Photo

    Moments after crossing the finish line Leo said: "Mama." I knelt down to hear him (which was excruciatingly painful, btw ;) ) and said: "Yes, Leo?" and then he said: "Mama.... read more

  5. walk
    Leo Miles: The "I'm still sta... 4 km

    I can walk down the stairs again without gripping the railing like my life depends on it! Hooray!
    I'm still exhausted, but my brain is already starting to ask when we're allowed to go for... read more

    • Vera L.

      Any marathon finish deserves oodles of feelings of pride - no matter how you crossed that finish line. The bottom line here is a 22 minute PR is totally awesome!

      3 days ago Like1 person

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    • Barb G.
      Barb G.

      @Robin - I swear this one hurt way more than the first one......I remember the first one having its sucktastic moments, but not this bad....i'm blaming the faster pace! ;)

      2 days ago Like

    • Vern M.
      Vern M.

      You're absolutely right, Barb-- the faster pace takes A LOT bigger toll on your body. Don't second guess yourself-- you rocked this!

      1 day ago Like1 person

  6. RUN
    Toronto Waterfront Marathon 42.2 km 04:36 10:32 pace

    Well. That's done.
    This was pretty brutal, I won't lie. (But let me say I PRed by 22 minutes, so let's keep that in mind while we continue). Starting with a stomach cramp early on, ... read more

    • Pranada D.
      Pranada D. Great Performance
      Great Performance:

      You did awesome and it was a privilege to run you in (and fire up the crowds a little - though they probably would have been cheering anyway!) :)

      4 days ago

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    • Barb G.
      Barb G.

      Thanks Ann. Things are feeling pretty good in terms of recovery...but I swore I wouldn't run for 1 week...which is a lot harder to do than I thought it would be! It was such a nice day out today, perfect for a run...but the ride was nice too. :)

      about 8 hours ago Like

    • Dana Great Performance
      Great Performance:

      Wow, Barb. You are simply awesome! A 22 minute PR is huge!!! "Non-ability-to-see"... yes, I remember that well and one of the reasons I haven't re-attempted that distance! lol =) Anyway, BIG CONGRATS!!!

      about 7 hours ago

  7. VELO
    Leo Bike Miles 5 km

    wee ride with Leo to get him a hair cut.
    so cute to watch him in the chair with the giant frock on watching Thomas.
    First time he didn't want to sit in my lap while getting a cut. Sniffle.

  8. walk
    Leo Miles 22 km

    weekly miles with Leo....

  9. RUN
    Next Stop: Marathon-ville 5.14 mi 00:49 09:31 pace

    That's it. Tomorrow we get in the car and go. Coach T said to try to get in a couple miles to shake the legs out from the ride, but chances are those miles will be walking miles with Leo.

    Le... read more

    • Vera L.

      You are SO ready for the marathon Barb! I will be thinking of you Sunday morning. Be strong, be resilient. Glide your way through that course - you can do it!!! :-)

      7 days ago Like1 person

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    • Colleen M.
      Colleen M.

      You are ready! Can't wait to hear all about it. Go get 'em!

      6 days ago Like

    • Zoe K.
      Zoe K.

      Have a great run Barb! Remember all of that great training you have put in as you walk yourself up to the corral. I will be on the lookout for you at the bottom of High Park.

      6 days ago Like

  10. FIT
    4:30AM? 00:20

    I woke up at 4:30 AM and my nose was stuffy and Icouldn't fall back asleep, so at 5AM I got out of the bed and dropped a mat on the floor and dropped myself on the mat and started some strengt... read more

  11. VELO
    Leo Bike Miles 5 km

    wee spin with Leo to pick up some gels for this weekend..I still maintain that these things are disgusting, but the honey stingers seem to be the least disgusting of them all....but still...bleh.
    ... read more

    • Pranada D.
      Pranada D.

      If you don't take honey stingers, you'll be dependent on race day gatorade and the occasional Power Bar gels (ew), so go with what you can slurp down! Personally, I like Clif shots and bloks, and Vega gels (though that makes me an anomaly), but now is not the time to try something new. :)

      8 days ago Like

    • T-Monsta

      Yeah. Stingers are the ones my stomach likes.

      8 days ago Like

    • Vern M.
      Vern M.

      Love the banana commute! :) Yes, unfortunately, the best one can do with gels is to chose the "least disgusting."

      8 days ago Like

    • Barb G.
      Barb G.

      I'm pretty sure my stomach would revolt if I drank gatorade and downed power bar gels while running. I want to puke just at the thought of them...ugh. It's water and honey for me (and not even that much water. the more water i drink the worse I always feel......)

      8 days ago Like

  12. RUN
    alright taper goodness 4.5 mi 00:40 08:57 pace

    I owe Coach T half a mile, ran out of time...L slept late (!) so we were behind schedule, and drop off at the daycare is difficult right now...he was doing well with these, but the last 2 days he h... read more

    • Rob B.
      Rob B.

      Ohh, poor Leo. :-( Hope this passes soon. How are you feeling? Fingers crossed for gentle weather!

      9 days ago Like1 person

    • Vern M.
      Vern M.

      During taper, a half mile is nothing! Hope it gets easier with L....

      9 days ago Like

    • Michael L.

      Good on dialing it back ... almost there! Hoping the winds are under control ...

      9 days ago Like

    • Zoe K.
      Zoe K.

      You will get to unleash all of that training soon enough!

      8 days ago Like1 person

  13. RUN
    blah Luck on my side? 5.2 mi 00:46 08:45 pace

    Well, I can't breathe, but since running is the world's best natural decongestant, this wasn't as bad as yesterday... ;) I was hoping I could sweat out some of the cold...because tha... read more

  14. RUN
    achoo! 5 mi

    that about sums it up.
    eff this taper cold.
    excuse me while i go blow my nose again...
    this was so not at goal pace...

  15. walk
    Leo miles The Taper Cold Edition 22 km

    weekly miles walkin' with the kid. mostly just to and from skool, but a few just walks for walkin' purposes. we didn't bike much this week...i suspect post-marathon we will bike a bu... read more

    • Vern M.
      Vern M.

      Yep. Right on track with all the appropriate taper stuff!

      12 days ago Like1 person

    • Vera L.

      Haha! I think my worst pre-race nightmare was the one where I showed up at the Start without shoes, a bib or my Garmin. lol

      12 days ago Like1 person

    • Pranada D.
      Pranada D.

      Take turmeric and grapefruit seed extract and enjoy some epsom salt baths. This time a week from now you'll be across the finish line! :)

      12 days ago Like

    • Robin B.
      Robin B.

      That's a lot of walkin'. Nice work....almost time!

      11 days ago Like

  16. RUN
    good That's all she wrote! 12 mi 01:47 08:54 pace

    What do people say about the last long run before the marathon? The Hay is in the Barn. Or something like that... ;)
    I started out kind of fast, some chick tried to pass me and then she basically d... read more

    • Patty S.
      Patty S.

      would the chick who passes and then dies in front of you be the running equivalent of the person who cuts you off while driving and then goes below the speed limit and runs a yellow light while you are stuck at the red?
      The last week before M-week I read quotes and things and generally let myself get all emotional. :)

      13 days ago Like1 person

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    • Kate T.
      Kate T.

      Yup, that sounds about right. You got this ... now go git 'em.

      12 days ago Like

    • Mari S.
      Mari S.

      Damn, girl! You sooooo got this!

      12 days ago Like

  17. RUN
    good Goal Pace! Or, Taper Dreams 6 mi 00:53 08:45 pace

    You know what I love about taper? Taper Dreams. Like, when your legs start to not feel like shit and you dream about ridiculous things, like, running a BQ, or sprouting wings and flying. ;) Or, how... read more

  18. VELO
    Leo Bike Miles 6 km

    to skool, and the library. I think I read "Otto Goes to School" 10292348345 times.

  19. FIT
    good rest day maintenance 00:25

    after i dropped Leo off at school on the bike I came back to do a few minutes of strengthening's a running rest day, so i figured it was a good time to do some more of this...keep th... read more

    • Sam J.
      Sam J.

      Good call Barb. Every little bit helps.

      15 days ago Like1 person

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    • Barb G.
      Barb G.

      @Shelby - I've always been a strength training gal (even way before I knew what the hell running was, or why anyone would even want to do that. ;) )...but it seems that when the training gets high they become fewer and more far between, and they shouldn't....but at least I know that if i gave it up totally I would screwed, everything would just fall in, like, my body. ;)

      14 days ago Like1 person

    • Dana

      Smart training Barb!

      14 days ago Like

  20. RUN
    great wheeeeeeeeeeeee! sprints! I m... 5 mi 00:48 09:35 pace

    Coach T threw me a bone today and let me do some sprints! YAY! I've been missing these a lot the last couple of weeks. It felt sooooo fun to let it fly.
    30second sprint with 30 second recovery... read more