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Something’s missing

I haven’t written about running lately because I haven’t been running much at all lately.

I ran once after the Denver RnR half, took some time off, ran twice in Victoria (running by the ocean is irresistible to me!), and tried one more run at home before caving in and seeing my physiotherapist.

That’s a total of four runs in five weeks. I thought it was an old issue creeping up again, so I did all my physio moves for a few weeks to no avail.

I went to the physio on Friday and he thinks he knows what the issue is (fingers crossed). I’m working on it and have to try running again before my next appointment. I’m hoping it goes well!

I’ve been biking on the trainer but even that has bugged my knee a little this week.

We went to a wedding on Saturday and my knee was throbbing and swollen after some dancing. So I took one day totally off and then biked easy the next day.

On one hand I know I’m really lucky that this is downtime for me and I should be taking time off.

On the other hand, I simply love to run and miss it! I miss running in fall with crisp temperatures and leaves crunching. I miss running with my husband. I miss chasing my dog. I miss running to clear my head after a busy day at work.

Read Lindsay’s fabulous Thou Shalt’s post over at Cotter Crunch. (While you’re there, check out her Healthy Bites!)

At the bottom of her post there are 10 Commandments for  the Runner, and they came at the perfect time for me.

5. Honor thy muscles and thy “aches and pains” and do not push through an injury. Runners are not invincible.

I’m hoping I get this figured out. And then I hope I can hold back and stay smart training, slowly building a base to work off of for IMCdA.

Anyone else suffering running withdrawals? What’s your favourite cross-training activity?

I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m looking forward to snow so I can cross-country ski and snowshoe to cross-train!

Change the Pace – Mountain biking

Fall has arrived, the weather is crisp, and the leaves are changing colour and dropping to the ground. Maybe your knees are a little sore. Maybe you just want to liven up your training and have fun with fitness.

Whatever the reason, mountain biking is an excellent option for cross training and getting outside to enjoy the season.

I haven’t been mountain biking in almost a year due to injury and Ironman training. I finally got out yesterday.

It was freezing cold (9C) and pouring rain. My clothes were soaked through, it felt like I was wearing a wet diaper, and my lips were blue. But I had an absolute blast.

I love to mountain bike, but I’m not very good at it. I’m kind of a chicken and am incredibly cautious. That’s why yesterday was perfect.

I took easy trails. I went on my own, took my time down the hills and around sharp turns, and pedaled my heart out to reach the top of hills.

My husband loves to mountain bike and is really good at it. He’s taught me a few things over the years that I think will help anyone who’s a little cautious.

  1. Get comfortable before you hit the trails. Ride around on the roads and get to know your bike and your brakes.
  2. Learn your gears. You need to know how to change your gears efficiently if you want to crest the hills or change gears when the terrain quickly changes.
  3. Pay attention to where your pedals are when you ride. If you’re not pedalling, try to keep your pedals centred/equal with both knees bent instead of one up top with one leg bent and one down below with the other leg almost straight. I’ve hit a lot of large rocks by riding with one of my pedals down.
  4. Shift your bodyweight forward when climbing. If you don’t, your front wheel can lift. If you shift too far forward though, you can lose traction. Find the sweet spot!
  5. Shift your bodyweight backward when descending steep hills.

Most importantly, go your own pace and have fun!

Jasper, Alberta

Vernon, British Columbia

My favourite place to mountain bike: Jasper National Park, Alberta
Bucket list place to mountain bike: Moab, Utah

Do you mountain bike? Any tips? Where’s your favourite place to ride?

Change the pace – Bike

Depending on where you live, Bike Month may be just around the corner. Bike Month (or week) encourages everyday cycling for everyone. It’s supposed to get more people cycling, more often.

Here are a few {easy} ways to incorporate cycling into your everyday life:

  1. Commute to work by bike instead of by car. Yes, you may have to leave a bit earlier or get more organized in the mornings, but the fresh air and workout will do your day a world of difference.
  2. Instead of going for one big grocery trip each week, go for a few smaller ones and cycle to the store. Don’t forget a bike lock and backpack to carry the goods home.
  3. Do you have a pal or spouse that runs faster or longer? Ask them if you can ride alongside them on their next tempo or long run. I bet they’ll love the company! Bonus points if you carry water or snacks for them.

    I was water girl and photographer on this run!

  4. If your dog is super energetic and you can’t always take it for a long enough walk, try biking. We take Harold on bike rides when he needs to run. The amazing thing is that I sometimes have trouble keeping up with his running on my bike!
  5. Cross train. If you primarily run, you probably know you should mix it up and incorporate some other cardio into your regime. Cycling is easier on your knees and can be done lightly for a recovery workout or hard for a good sweat session.
  6. Rent a bike instead of a vehicle when you’re on holidays. It’s a great way to explore the location!

My husband has been commuting to work for a while now, even through the below freezing temperatures. He loves the freshness of the morning rides and the stress relief the post-work ride provides.

I’m nervous of city drivers, but I think in June (our bike month) I’ll put in the effort to get out on the bike more for everyday activities.

Not only is it good for your body and good for your soul, but it has a positive impact on the environment.

How could you incorporate more cycling into your  life?