Saturday, September 29, 2007


Oh I missed you! All the time, I couldn't run, I really missed that tired leg feeling you get after a nice run! Yesterday, the dog and I headed out for a slow 5 miler. No watch, no GPS, no Ipod, no fuel belt, plain simple running with the sound of my steps on the pavement. (Ok, the reason for no GPS is that it is still broken and not replaced... but that's another story itself!)

It was my longest distance in over 2 months and I felt it during and after the run. It was also a first for my little 14 lbs dog, he had never run more than 3 miles!! But that was in the middle of the summer and the humidex is pretty crazy here... He still had energy to charge other dogs at the end of our run... so I think he can do this long on a regular basis =) I was so proud of him!

I had a great time in St. John's, the weather was a lot nicer than when I was there in July. It was great to see Sunny Newfoundland =) That's a picture of Andrew and I during our hike of Signal Hill.This is a picture of me, hiking in Bay Roberts, a small village about 45 mins out of St. John's.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


So, I finally sat down to make a running schedule for the time that is left before the Detroit half. I want to do 3 days a week of running so here it goes:

This week
Friday: 5 miles
Sunday 8 miles

Week 3
Tuesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Sunday: 9 miles

Week 2
Tuesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Sunday: 10 miles

Week 1
Tuesday: 4 miles

Thursday: 2 miles
Sunday: Half-marathon

This is a quick 4 week plan to a half-marahton... that seems crazy to write but I feel like my running base will come to the surface once I start running. I have only been running 3 milers since I started again so it will be challenging.... I hope the rest time in between runs will make it easier on my body. I will never know until I try so that's what I am going to do! I am really looking forward to run on the Bridge and in the Tunnel =)

Have a good running week everyone!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


So, I am in Newfoundland, again! I got some cheap seat sales on the web and flew all the way here for a last time before Christmas. =)

The great things about being here:
1) I have a handsome running buddy
2) We ran 2 times 25 mins (3.8 Km) in the past 4 days
3) It's nicer out right now than back in July!!
4) I'm spending time with my BF

I feel much better about the running, we have another 25 mins planned tonight. I think I can do this!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

2X5 & 3X4...

I've just started feeling a little better so I thought I would start running immediately. Getting back into running is hard... I'm struggling. I feel like I lost ALL MY FITNESS.... This is so discouraging... Tuesday I did 2 times 5 mins of running and Thursday I did 3 times 4 mins of running in the company of my lovely dog. He enjoys it a lot, I, on the other hand just think I'm slow and out of breathe... I am getting really worried about the Detroit half marathon. I think I can pull that distance even if it takes me 3h but do I really want to be that slow. I have really been looking forward to running on the Ambassador bridge and in the tunnel so I might do it just to tell people that I've done it....

San Francisco was cold and full of junkies and homeless people... at first our hotel was in Tenderloin which is apparently the biggest ghetto in SF.... oups!! That said we switched hotels and it was fine but I still didn't enjoy the trip as much as planned.... and I always wanted to visit California. I'm still shocked that I didn't like SF! When I kept complaining about the weather, people would said: "well this is Northern California, what did you expect" and "just go a few km in shore and it's 100 degrees there". Yeah well, I'm stuck in SF and it's cold and I hate it... On my last day, we rented a car and went to Muir Woods and the beach and it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E =) The water was very cold but I still swam in the Pacific Ocean and I was happy...

I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like
A thousand diamonds strewn
Across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend I am weightless
And in this moment
I am happy happy
-Incubus (I wish you were here)

Oh yeah, the conference went really well!!! I presented in front of my biggest crowd ever, about 100 people!! I was really nervous but once I was in front of the audience it did not show at all =) I even made them laugh 3 times!! I was so proud!! Who said scientist have to be boring?