Summer

1.  Where the heck is summer around here?  Mother Nature is waffling.  It’s like she’s saying to herself, “Hmm, I really did enjoy spring this year.  Maybe it shouldn’t be summer even though it says so on the calendar.”  The last few days were beautiful: sunny, hot, verging on being just this side of unpleasant.  Today we get this:

2.  My first ever 2-a-day went so well!  I took Spud out for a 7.5km steady hour long jog in the morning on Tuesday.  It was a little later than I should have been out simply because I was a hot, beet red, sweaty mess by the end of it.  I completed my second run (a tempo) with my clinic, going 3.2km in 19:46.  That’s about a 6:10/km average.  I was good until about 2km and then ran with a friend who I know is faster for the last bit.  I was about ready to die, but I blame that mostly on the earlier run.  My legs felt heavy, but I was super pleased.  Best thing of all was that I felt fine the next morning.

3.  I didn’t mention it in my post on Tuesday because things were still being decided, but here are my teammates for Hood To Coast.  Make sure you check them all out – they are an amazing bunch of women and I’m so excited to meet them all!

Van #1:
           Leg #1: Me
           Leg #2: Dorothy @ Mile Posts
           Leg #3: Nuun Staffer
           Leg #4: Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner
           Leg #5: Emily @ Sweat Once A Day
           Leg #6: Lauren @ Health On The Run

Van #2:
           Leg #7: Nuun Staffer
           Leg #8: Carrie @ This Mama Makes Stuff
           Leg #9: Mel @ Tall Mom On The Run
           Leg #10: Melody @ I Run Like A Girl
           Leg #11: Kelly @ According To Kelly
           Leg #12: Megan @ Watch MeGo Run      
  

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Monday Musings

Happy long weekend to those of you (Americans) who are still enjoying one!  I hope you get to spend quality time with your loved ones.

 Although I had to work all Canada Day weekend (by choice, we need the money) we were able to take Spud out to see fireworks on Friday night.  I worked until 6:30pm and, after getting home and getting Spud fed, we eventually left our house just after 9pm.  We decided to walk to the site rather than try to street park with everyone else.  The weather was perfect and Spud ended up falling asleep about 10 minutes before we got there, which was great.  We found some friends to sit with and let Spud get a bit of a rest until it was time to start.  Since we haven’t been to the local fireworks before we were pleasantly surprised how good it was.  It’s put on by the local fire department and for a community event it was pretty big.  I’d definitely come back.  The only issue we had was that Spud found it a little loud and we had left his “ear puffs” at home since he said he didn’t want them.  

Not my picture, but it is from our fireworks display.

By the time we got home Spud was out like a light and all 3 of us went straight to bed.  All the fresh air and exercise had gotten to us.  I had thought that the walk there and back was about 5km/3mi.  Turns out it was just under 9km/5½mi and the elevation looked like this:

Yup, that’s in feet.

No wonder we were tired!

Knock on wood, but it seems like summer may have finally decided to show up and stick around in Vancouver!  

The only problem with getting a lot of sun here is, like Vancouverites forgetting how to drive when there’s snow, we forget how to deal with it.  Colin took Spud to the beach on Friday and did a great job of getting him sunscreened and protected.  He took the same precautions with his own skin.  Unfortunately he forget to get his upper arms when he rolled up his sleeves.  Result?  A wicked red burn that looks super-painful.  Thank goodness we have a huge bottle of aloe, but it looks like it might be time to stock up on Solarcaine too.

How do you explain to a 4 year old that he can’t scratch his bug bite?  Spud was bitten by something – he thinks mosquito, Colin suspects an insect with eight legs – while sticking his fingers under the door jamb playing on the patio.  It is right between his thumb and index finger so I get that it is uncomfortable, but it’s not bad and he doesn’t seem to get that if he continually touches it it won’t get better.  Calamine lotion will just rub off (and he might freak if we do it because he doesn’t even like band-aids).  I don’t dare try After Bite because if he popped the top off of the bite it’ll sting like crazy.  Any suggestions?  Other than duct taping a mitten to his hand?  


Three Things Thursday

1.  Where in the world is summer?  I just want a few consecutive days of sun…

2.  Happy long weekend both north and south of the border!  We’ll be taking Spud to see the local fireworks display on Friday night to celebrate Canada Day.  Other than that I have the good fortune (note sarcasm) to work all three days…  Sucks that I don’t get to spend time with my boys, but we need me to be working so I’ll take all the hours I can get.

3.  For any of you who are interested in seeing what I’ll be doing this summer, and simply because I like talking about it and Colin’s sick of hearing about it every day, Hood & Portland To Coast Relay has created their own YouTube channel.  You can check out the trailer for the documentary that came out earlier this year as well as lots of participant videos.  Pretty sure I’m going to need to bring a Costco-sized pack of batteries and multiple memory cards for my camera! 


Monday Musings

Yes it’s late in the day, but I need to get this out of my head before bedtime…  Ah, the bullet point.  It makes posts so much easier!

  • Went for my long run yesterday.  7km was on the schedule, but I ended up with almost 11km… I forgot how fun half marathon training is because the runs are so short!  I was trying to kill time between my shift ending at 5pm and the start of the cashier meeting at 8pm.  I tried to keep it not too hilly and sort of succeeded.  No huge uphills, but a couple of gradual hills that went on forever… like 2km.  Ugh.  Would have been fine if it was on a normal road, but it was all driveways.  My butt was killing me at the end.  It didn’t help that it was super muggy out as well.  Most of my co-workers thought I was crazy.  
  • Ran my first run in a running skirt yesterday.  Colin stopped by the Sugoi sample sale the other day and picked me up the Stamina Skirt for $15.  Seriously not too many complaints.  It fits really well and doesn’t move around a lot.  The shorts rode up a little on the inseam, but nothing Body Glide and quick readjustments couldn’t fix.  Not too sure about having a white under short, but unless I get caught in a strong wind no one is going to see my backside…  Besides that the only thing that irked me a tiny bit was that the edging at the front flips over on itself.  Purely an aesthetic thing though.
Looks like this only it’s light blue with white piping.
  • I think I’m now a confirmed skirt girl.  But it has to have the shorts, not a liner.  Maybe one day (Christmas, hint, hint) I’ll receive the holy grail of skirts: a runningskirts.com skirt!  
  • A while back (before the Canada Post lockout) I received the Eazy-Bandz headband that I won on Amanda’s blog.  I  it!  I picked out the Iridescent Sequin band.  I wasn’t quite sure what it would look like because the pictures online look gold or white, but the ribbon part is actually silver.  It’s awesome.  I also love the fact that they have sizing.  Because I wear mine close to my ears and forehead I was a “tween” size.  It barely moves when I run and I’ve worn it a whole day with it moving only about 1/2cm back.  The only time I notice any movement is if I crane my head back to look up really far.  Matt at Eazy-Bandz was great to deal with and was willing to ship it to me in Canada even though that’s usually an extra cost.  Like running skirts, I didn’t know that I’d love headbands until I tried one!  
  • Colin went on a run before dropping me off at work on Sunday.  I specifically asked him not to run through one of the trails since it’s (black) bear and cougar season right now.  As in the sign at the trail head says, “Cougars Are In The Area.”  When he came home I asked where he ran.  Of course, he said, “First I ran through X.”  Seriously?  It’s 7:30 in the morning!  That’s when the animals are out!  
  • During the aforementioned run Colin said there were signs that the bears had been about.  Besides the easily identifiable poop he said he saw where they had walked through the tall grass, etc.  He also came across an odd phenomena that we dubbed “Slugpocalypse.”  He kept seeing slug trails that abruptly stopped and the gravel looked disturbed.  The best we can guess is that the bears bunted the slugs as they ate them…  Funny and disgusting all at the same time.
  • I love summer!  Sure the weather here is leaving a lot to be desired, but the season means fresh fruit.  Colin took Spud out to a local strawberry farm on Saturday for their opening weekend.  Spud got to pick strawberries, play on a tractor playground and, because he’s lucky, loved and they were in the area, Bramma and Baba bought him a strawberry milkshake.  I’m looking forward to the raspberries coming out!  And blueberries… Once we go up to Colin’s parents’ place in the summer we’ll be able to gorge ourselves on peaches, apricots, etc. since they live in the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada.
  • Still riding the Nuun HTC high.  Every so often I’ll break out in a happy dance, much to Colin’s amusement.  I’ll hear later this week (I think) which leg I’ll be running.  Choices were 1, 3 and 2 in that order.  We’ll see what happens.  It doesn’t really matter which one I get because I get to run HTC!!!  
  • Not sure if I ever mentioned it, but Colin and I are doing Warrior Dash this August!  Some friends from our marathon clinic mentioned they were going to be signing up at a post-run breakfast ages ago and I basically invited us along.  We’re renting a house in Whistler, BC and plan to have quite a party weekend.  Should be super fun!