Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday already?!

First off, I am happy to report that the Hatphones worked very well. My iPod fir neatly in the pocket and I couldn't even feel it (surprisingly) once I put the hat on. It was easy to position the speakers directly over my ears or slightly askew so I could hear more 'background' noise. I wore them on a two hour run yesterday (more on that to follow) and it was such a relief not to be messing around with wires. This is definitely a keeper and I highly recommend it. Chic Runner posted a website with a great deal for the Americans but here in Canada it's available at the Running Room (although I can't seem to find it online).

My weekend was somewhat of a whirlwind of parties, with a 30th anniversary dinner for dear family friends on Friday night, a Christmas open house at my (almost-9-months-pregnant) cousin's on Saturday afternoon, a girls' evening of decorating gingerbread houses and playing Cranium Saturday night and my nephew's 2nd Birthday party on Sunday.

Here's a quick pic of hubby and I at dinner (it's not ever day you get to see me in something other than running attire) and a peak at the gingerbread madness.







In the midst of all the parties, I still made it to Boot Camp Saturday morning and logged another 15.5 miles toward my goal of 1000 in 2008. Saturday morning I logged a short 3 before boot camp and yesterday morning I headed out for 20K (about 12.5mi) in very wintery conditions - it was -12C (10F) with a -20C (-4F) windchill and gusting winds over 40 km/h. I ran through snow drifts and fought blustering snow from all directions. There were a few mishaps along the way - frozen Sharkies, frozen water (should've used vodka) and a dropped glove in the port-o-let - but I stuck it out and finished the run in about 2:05.

Overall, week one was a success and I logged 3K more than planned.

On to week two...

Monday: off
Tuesday: 5K easy (+ H.O.T. class)
Wednesday: 7K with 20 mins. steady state (5:28-5:37/KM pace)
Thursday: 5K recovery (+ Spin)
Friday: 6K easy
Saturday: off (Boot Camp)
Sunday: 22K steady run (6:04 to 6:41/KM)

Weekly Total: 45K

Time to catch up on what you've all been up to this weekend - congrats to all the racers!

24 comments:

Melanie said...

you're brave to have run outside yesterday, i opted for the treadmill. i didn't want to add another injury or mishap to my 2008 lol. Sounds like a great weekend, with awesome mileage! :)

joyRuN said...

Great job on the 12.5mi in those conditions! Brrrr.....

The gingerbread houses came out beautifully.

Jess said...

Great job getting those workouts in while still maintaining the social calendar!

Marci said...

SOunds like a fun weekend. Ooo you poor thing losing your glove in the porta pottie! It was freezing yesterday, ran at an indoor track!

Road Warrior said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Nice job!

Blyfinn said...

Love the houses. I never has the patience to do that. Great job on the cold run!

J said...

That definitely must have been a cold run! Yesterday it was blizzarding here so I was glad it was my rest day!

Chic Runner said...

Glad they worked good for you! You're pictures are too cute :) Nice workout week with great mileage too!

BeachRunner said...

Nice job on the hatphone run and way to go on racking up the digits. That is really impressive.

That's a great pic of you and hubs, too. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

What a productive weekend. Good luck getting those last miles in this month - I'm sure you will make it!

AddictedToEndorphins said...

That's intense!Cold and busy! You're hardcore. i'm slowly working my way into--winter conditions!

Good for you!

tfh said...

Great photo! I don't know, you look so FANCY when you're not in running attire. ;) And I love gingerbread houses...to think that's the same person who braves blustering gales and below freezing temps for 20K! Definitely best to keep a small flask of vodka for days like that.

Stephaniekaye said...

Marlene, you're so inspiring!!!

Denise said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. I've never made a gingerbread house...I might just do that this year.

Run Mommy said...

That is a really nice photo! It is nice to see pictures of people in "real life" :). Your distances are impressive. You must really be in great shape with all this cross training and runs. I also decided on running on an indoor track...round, and round, and round, and round....

M*J*C said...

Great job with getting your run in! That weather is ROUGH!!! I could barely handle a 5K in it, let alone 20K!
Cute pictures, too!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good job with your run and what adorable gingerbread houses!!!

Marcy said...

Oooo la la! You look fabulous! And I'm LOVING those gingerbread houses. Oooohhhh YUMMY!!

littlesack said...

I just stumbled across your blog and really enjoy it! I saw those hatphones on the chic runner's blog too. I'm definetly adding them to my xmas list.

You inspired me to run outside today too. I figured if you could do it up in Canada, I can certainly do it along the mid Atlantic!

littlesack said...

ps...i tagged you in my post today

Legs and Wings said...

The weather outside is frightful ☺ We deserve a big thaw right about now. Vodka sounds good.

Brian said...

Those gingerbread houses look awesome. Glad to hear the Hatphones are awesome!

Sonia said...

What a crazy weather we've been having lately!! Good job on the 12 miler in that =)

My dog goes outside for a big 2 mins and wants to come back home, he's shivering and holding his paws in the air looking at me weirdly... it's going to be a long winter for him LOL

*aron* said...

sounds like a great weekend... LOVE the pic of you 2 - you guys are so cute!!!