Monday, 29 June 2009

Back at it

So, I'm back at it, although I'm not quite ready for any races at the moment. I've been working my way back slowly, really slowly and I'm up to 6K comfortably. My new Saucony's that I purchased while at the sports expo during the May Ottawa Race Weekend are really helping the situation. Even though I've worn Saucony's 90 % of my running career, I think the pair I was wearing during the winter were part of my knee problem.

Winter running is totally different, I understand that, but for some reason the pair of shoes I was wearing were never that "comfortable", they didn't have that cushion feeling to them. Between my S.I. joint, not so comfortable shoes and not being in the best of shape all contributed to my injury. But that is behind me now, I'm being very cognisant of how I feel while I'm out pounding the pavement and I'm still incorporating running 10 minutes walking for 1. I have noticed a change in my gait though, so I'll have to make sure I don't start favouring that leg too much.

For what was to have been a stormy weekend with rain and thundershower's, we really lucked out. Saturday and Sunday ended up being Diamond Days. Sunshine, warmth, gentle summer breezes. It was our real first taste of summer.

After my 6K run on Saturday morning I headed to the beach. I'm on staycation right now and really enjoying my time off. Don't get me wrong, I love my Dad, but when he comes up in May it really isn't a vacation for me. So, I'm taking the opportunity to have an "all about me week".


Cottager's and camper's have made their way back to the "hood". Teenagers have been partying hard on the beaches the last few weeks since they've been released into the wilds and have been let out of school.

Sailboats and speed boats have been battling for space on the Ottawa River, luckily the river is big enough to handle both and still give respect to the kayak's and canoeists.


The migratory waterbird's are back too. Seagull's or as I affectionately call them "Shithawks" are back, along with Turn's, Buffleheads, Mallard's, well you get my drift.

Luckily we don't have too much of a problem with Canada Geese on the beach. They migrate in during the spring and fall, but then they leave because there is so much activity on the beach, they high tail it out and head north or over to Andrew Haydon Park.


Yesterday was a gorgeous day and I ended up going for a 47K bike tour. But more about that later. I'm on staycation, I don't have to sit at my computer! So, I'll catch up with you later, enjoy yourselves.

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

18 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

so happy to hear that the shoes and running have been feeling good! And 47k on the bike, you're on fire!! Well done Lily, enjoy the weather and shithawks while we can, right? :D

Girl on Top said...

Have a great day!

Jess said...

Glad you're able to be back at it!

B.o.B. said...

Shithawks is hysterical. Have fun on your staycation.

Shannon said...

Wow, your home sounds so beautiful and relaxing. Enjoy your staycation!

Marlene said...

Soooo glad to see you back on the road. Hopefully all of these pesky problems are behind you.

Enjoy your well-deserved week to yourself! Sounds blissful.

NY Wolve said...

Glad to hear it..nice pictures too!

Wes said...

Yea, shithawks is funny. Down here at the beach, we call them flying rats :-) Glad you are enjoying your stay-cation!! Enjoy!!

Vickie said...

So glad to hear you are running comfortably again. And don't forget the other hazzard of winter running--the uneven ground--which always adds to some sort of injuries. Great job on the bike too!

D10 said...

Staycations are sometimes the best! Great pictures.

Stuart said...

It's amazing what good shoes can do for you! Looking good for the 6k

Anne said...

Continue to enjoy your staycation. Like out-of-town ones, they go way too quickly. And welcome back to the roads.

Runner Leana said...

Enjoy your staycation! Glad to hear that you are getting back to training.

Philip said...

This is all good news, you will soon be on top form

Bluenoser said...

Wes,

The flying rats are pigeons. aka city chickens.

-B

Marni said...

love the pics!
I have different shoes for the winter (running season) and summer (triathlon season). I tend to use a more cushiony shoe for the running races and more firm shoe for the triathlons. However, neither are "racing flats" and I always wear socks with my shoes. Hope everything else is going well!!

AKA Alice said...

LOL at shithawks...

joyRuN said...

Very nice to hear that you're back out there :) Must feel good!

The Canada geese are down here leaving their poop all over my local track, btw. Feel free to call them back whenever.