Boston Marathon/ Motivation/ Running

The Road to Boston 2016: Week 14 Recap


 Happy Monday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but this how I’m starting to feel.  It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter.  Add a 2 week illness and there and you’ve got a Janice full of cabin fever.  I am starting to get sick of being inside… Hurry up Spring!!

This week was fortunately much better for training than the last few weeks.  My flu is gone (yay!) and I’m back to my regular routine.  

On Tuesday, my run looked like this:


 Pavement!  I see pavement!  

OK – not a lot of pavement, but enough to be able to pick up the pace and actually feel like I have a bit of speed left after losing a few weeks of training to the germies.

On Wednesday we got hammered by yet another snow storm.  This time it dumped about a foot of snow making running and driving conditions awful.  I worked from home, and went and did a quick weight workout with my neighbour at lunch time.  I think I lifted too heavy though because I was still sore on Saturday.


My backyard – there’s supposedly a Little Tykes picnic table under all the snow.

Thursday was my lunch time spinning class with our really cute spinning teacher.  He is some serious eye candy and makes spinning very enjoyable.

On Friday I ran outside at lunch and had a hard time digging through the snow.  While the paths at the park have been cleared, they are still largely snow covered making it really hard to get any speed.  My legs were working much harder than my pace revealed.  Oh and did I mention it was cold out?  The windchill was -21C.


Care for a rest?

On Saturday the temperature was hovering around -18C with a windchill of -25C so I sent a text to my neighbour to see if she wanted to run on the dreadmills at the gym instead.  I have to admit that I also didn’t want to miss the Canada/Switzerland Women’s Olympic hockey game.  I managed to kill two birds with one stone:


Olympic hockey and running – a match made in heaven!

Sunday was my day to rest, catch up on housework, laundry etc.  Man I hate mount laundry!!

Total for this week: 18k
14 week total: 268k

Here is this week’s training plan:

Monday: 6k run at lunch
Tuesday: 8k run at lunch
Wednesday: lunch BodyPump class
Thursday:lunch spinning with super hot Craig (instructor)
Friday: 8k run at lunch
Saturday: long run day, 10-15k?
Sunday: Swing the kettlebells

The Chilly Half Marathon that I run every year is only in a few weeks and I have to decide if I’m going to register for it.  It’s my favourite race, and I’m probably in better shape to run it than I was last year….  But not by much.  Fitting it in around the kids hockey schedule is always tricky too – it means that hubby has to bring three kids to an 8:15 am hockey game.  That said, it would be really sad to break a the three year streak in running this race.  Decisions decisions.

All in all it’s been a great week despite the cold and snow and I can’t wait to attack this week’s training plan!

Have a great week everyone!

Question: What is your favourite Olympic sport to watch?


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  • Krysten (@darwinianfail)
    February 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I say RUN IT… because I am haha. And I SO AGREE about this weather! It is the WORST!!! I long for spring!

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Perhaps I’ll see you there again! Good luck Krysten!

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
    February 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    If your husband doesn’t mind taking the kids with him to the hockey game, I vote for running the half. It sucks to break a streak!

    Did you get a blog re-do? I feel like things look different around here.

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Yes! I got sick of the red and headway so I re-designed the ol’ blog with the Beautiful Genesis child theme.

      I agree that breaking a streak sucks – I’ll have to check if there’s still space in the race after payday.

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    February 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Of course hockey is the best sport of the Olympics. But I also love watching figure skating, ski jumping, bobsledding & luge.

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Oh those are great to watch too!

  • Dave
    February 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I have a difficult time running straight when I watch hockey on the treadmill for some reason

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Ha ha ha! I got so caught up in the game that I almost fell off a few times 🙂

  • Janice
    February 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hi, fellow Janice! Your schedule is an inspiration! The snow has completely halted my running–guess that makes me a wimp! I love watching ski jumping. #SITSblogging

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Janice! Nice to “meet” you 🙂

  • Anna
    February 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Figure skating – Poetry in motion on ice.

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Agreed! I love the final show that the figure skating does the best – that’s when you get to see the skater’s real personalities!

      • Anna
        February 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        I love that too!

        • Janice
          February 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

          Nice job!

  • Launna
    February 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    My favorite Olympic sport is skating… the pairs are my favorite but I watch all of it 🙂

    I know what you mean about having cabin fever, I have just about had it… an it is only February… I so over winter… I want to see Spring, I want to walk fast and far every day… my body misses all the walking:)

    I know I have to commit to something else until then… just trying to motivate myself is tough 🙂

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Winter winter go away, Launna wants to walk today!

      • Anna
        February 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        I walked for 20 minutes today when the temp. was -8 C or 17.6 F. It was invigorating! I dressed in layers and made sure my head was kept warm as well. It was too nice of a day (very sunny) to waste sitting around the house.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    February 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite Olympic sport – summer Olympics track for sure.
    The amount of snow you are getting is crazy!

    • Janice
      February 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Isn’t it nuts??? And we’re supposed to get 2 more snow storms next week! I have no idea where they’re gonna put all of that snow, there are snow piles taller than me.

  • Jenna Em
    February 11, 2014 at 6:35 am

    My 5-year old son is updating me on all the Olympic medals that Canada has been winning! I sympathize with you about the weather, because I’m in Toronto. Regardless, I find a way to get out and active for 1 hour every single day with the kids as I know we all really need the activity in the winter.

  • Jen
    February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Wow! You are crazy inspiring – I work out for 40 minutes 5 days a week and not a single one of those days includes braving the negative-degree weather and running outside! I miss my pavement, that’s for sure! I think you’re rockin it, especially with it being winter and cold and snowy and windy…..seriously awesome!

  • Jen
    February 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    You are awesome!! I can be a baby when it comes to cold weather. I haven’t ran in a few weeks. I need to get with it.

  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
    February 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Nice week of workouts! This weather is so brutal…it’s been tough to do anything outside with all the snow. It’s tough to break a race streak after so many years, but it’s fun to try something new too! Dropping by from SITS!

  • Jacqui
    February 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    There’s nothing like running in the snow! I see you run AND swing kettlebells – two of my favorite things. Great goal to qualify for Boston and I look forward to reading about your progress! #SITSBlogging