Monday, May 19, 2008


My interview for Health Canada went really well. I'm very happy. Remember a few weeks ago, Health Canada put the Bisphenol A on the list of dangerous chemicals? I talked about this issue at my interview and that I wanted to work on projects with that sort of impact for Canadians and their health. I think I really impressed one of the interviewer! As the women interviewing me proceeded to say that she was a researcher on that project! After that she was more that friendly with me, I tought I was in a meeting with a friend. =) If I make the cut, they will keep my name in a list of people and any employer from Health Canada could call me. They have jobs opening now so I'm hoping since I am done they will offer me a job first... They told me I should know within 1-2 months... just gotta wait now.

I meet my podiatrist on Wed (the 14) and he suggested I go for the cortisone injection for my very bad PF. I've been dealing with this issue since last November, I have tried so many thing and spent a LOT of money with no results. I haven't been running much in the past 2 months and even that didn't help reduce the pain, plus lots of stretching when I wake up. Apparently, this injection is the last resort and should clear the PF completely...

However, the good news is that I still have access to 300$ of physiotherapy coverage! My insurance coverage is long gone for chiropractic care and I had completely forgot about the physiotherapy money. And, a running maniac friend suggested the cold laser therapy whic can be done by a physiotherapist. So, I will try this in the meantime (of waiting for the injection). Hopefully, it will help me solve my problem and I could just cancel the cortisone shot. I also got the Strassburg sock and I'm trying to get use to it. Since I sleep on my front it is very hard to have the foot in that position! But after one day, I didn'T wake up limping.

I also got my orthotics fixed on Thursday and I am wearing them consistentely. I ran with them this morning and it went really well. I am hoping that this adapted orthotics (longer and heel gel) will make a difference. I had stopped wearing them as they were half lenght and causing blisters when I ran. Hope all these changes will be good for this Freakin foot!!

Run it forward: So, I've started a LTR program with my aunt and my dad, who are both overweight. We're aiming for 20 mins of consistent running. Since I'm at home and can't run for long, its the best time to get them started! I will be there to motivate them and we can all do it for fun. We will celebrate with a 5K race at the end of the 9 weeks. So far, so good =)
With getting ready for the interview and taking the bus to my brother's place (Ste-Luce-Sur-Mer) I hadn't run in 3 days.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

RACE REPORT: 10 on the 10th

Better later than never... I've been pretty bad at blogging lately, this is mostly due to sharing a slow computer with my dad here. And the fact that we can't seem to make the router work!

When I woke up on Saturday, I was eager to go for a 10K and push the Dr's limit of 5K... In the end, I didn'T think it really mattered as my 5K limit was until today! What is a 5 days difference? ;-)

So, I ran 10K and it was AWESOME (chip time: 1:10:40)! On shorter runs you don't have much time to think and reflect. It was great to being back in this peaceful place I love so much, the roads in my head. And bonus: one runner said Bonjour to me =)

So that's my race report! I have news on my foot issues and what is the next step in this problem but no time to write about it. I have my first job interview for Health Canada tomorrow!!! WISH ME LUCK!!
p-s Thanks Nancy for being such a great RD! And you don't need to add me to your post, I'll be the runner who lost its chip and miraculously find it in the trash! LOL

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


So, people on the cycling lanes are not too friendly with runners here. I almost died due to a motorcyclist who was in the bicycling lane!! Seriously?! Then, two bicycles passed me so close that Rocky got afraid and almost attacked them to protect me.

One thing that really surprised me is that other runners are not saying the casual "hello, morning, etc."... I smile and say "Bonjour" and receive nothing in return! I guess I'm used to my old Windsor running crew who are all pretty friendly to strangers... did I become a small town girl after living for 5 years in Windsor?! ....pondering.... ;-)

On other more exciting news! My next 2 races:

1-10th on the 10th: Cave People Unite (virtual race organized by the lovely Nancy). I will actually have to do 5K on Saturday and 5K on Sunday since I'm limited to this for another full week....

2-Cabot Trail Relay Race in Cape Breton (Nova Scotia). This is a 24h race with 17 legs that I will do with my "internet friends"! I was suppose to do leg 14 that starts at 3:30 AM (!) but since it is the longest leg of the race and that my foot is not up to do 20K right now, I had to bail. A team member switched legs with me, so I am now running leg 7 which is 13K but it starts at 5 PM. I was really looking forward to the nightime run, something that I would never do on my own... that'll be for another year I guess!

Leg 7 is described as:

"A rolling leg but the first 8 km climbs steadily 90m
and then falls quickly to finish 0.2 km past the Dingwall garage"
This will be lots of fun and I can't wait to go =)

Congratulations to Yumke who PB'ed at the Pig marathon (+0.25 mile!) and Jelly who ran with her sister for her first half! Great week-end guys!