Day 151: 5km on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the AMT

funny comic girl on treadmillOkay, so yesterday we got a major blast of cold weather (like a 20 degree difference). Generally, I would suck it up and go out however, that’s after becoming acclimatized to it. NOT after the previous day being +11. So I felt really unmotivated to run outside. I kept putting it off and putting it off; I went back and forth on my plans: Ill run at the gym… No. I’ll run outside… I’ll run at the gym… No. I’m not going to run. No I’ll run outside… this went on until I realized it was 8:45 p.m. and I just couldn’t motivate myself.

I knew I had to make today count, so I went to the gym and hit the treadmill. I started off at 5.5 speed and incline of 4. Then I wasn’t paying attention when I was lowering it and got to -3 on elevation. Uhhh – hello?!?! When was this feature added to treadmills?! I smirked my entire run. Now, I didn’t run the whole thing at -3, but I did a good chunk. And for anyone who participates in the Cabot Trail Relay Race in Cape Breton (May) and running leg 14; you need to either get one of these or get to a gym that has one. Awesome.

Anyway-  had a great run despite my hate of treadmills. Then I hopped on the AMT and did another 15 minutes – by the time I went to pick F up at daycare, I was wiped right out (but in a good way!)

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Happy Friday & Happy Trails!

Day 142: “We danced to save lives…” @BAMCalgary

bust a move kat and sueToday was the day, BUST A MOVE CALGARY! 

I was up bright and early; got myself into my fabulous 80s attire and hit the road for the LRT. I made a pit stop at the local Starbucks where the server and I had a laugh over the fact that I looked like I was doing the “walk of shame” after a night of 80s partying. Not the case – yet funny.

I hopped off the train and was greeted immediately by BAM Calgary volunteers – it was such a well organized event! There was fresh fruit, water stations, juice and other healthy snacks. They had step-and-repeats (like red carpet) and representatives from Alberta Cancer who explained what the funds we raised would actually do – let me tell you, it’s very impressive (FYI: 60% cancer cure rates FROM 40% in a short period of time…)

Wedgie and I were nervous about what six hours of fitness would entail, but I don’t think it was as bas as we thought (though there were some points I just wanted to lay down on my mat!) We started off with zumba, then bootcamp and had our first break, which I needed! During the break there were lots of booths to roam around and learn from. We made our way to the Virgin step-and-repeat, where they had Richard Simmons, Justin Bieber and Adam Levine. I tried to take off with the Adam Levine cut out, but got busted….

adam levine

When it was time to hit the mats again, they let us know by playing “Eye of the Tiger” – totally genius. We started off the second part with hot yoga. I enjoyed it, but my hands kept slipping on the mat (however, they gave us the mats to keep which I thought was totally nice!) And then we had kickboxing with one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in my life. For real. I have a feeling most of my soreness tomorrow will be from this segment!

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: the segment with Richard Simmons. He didn’t realize there were some non-huggers in the audience. Howie Mandels worst nightmare. But all good sports!

richard simmons at BAMWe did a few songs that Richard both wrote and performed. It reminded me of workout videos my mom had back in the day. Lots of smiling and laughing! Then he gave us the opportunity to come up on the stage. That was a lot of fun. I am super uncoordinated at the best of times, but I knew this would probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I decided to record some of it. I know I was getting the side-eye from some people, oh well!

Finally, after the cool down he called us all up to the stage clip for the last part of his segment. I am laughing & singing. It was fun 🙂

BAM raises 170kWhat a day! There was lots of sweating during the six hours of exercise, but we all know that it’s for a terrific cause – funds and awareness for breast health. After all was said and done, the Calgary gang raised a whopping $170,000 – pretty impressive for the inaugural year!!

richard simmons tweeted me! The VERY best part of the day was when Richard Simmons tweeted me!

 

tutu Here is one of the most awesome pics from the day, Sue doing running man during the Hip Hop session. Better watch out Calgary, when we hit the town for girls night we’re bringing mad dance moves!

Thank you to the team who put BAM on here – major, major, major kudos. Putting an event together is a lot of work and you’ve done a phenomenal job! Can’t wait for next year!!

 

Day 139: thirty minutes of the elliptical & comic relief from @jenna_marbles

“Don’t ever compare yourself to others. STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR OWN JOURNEY. And leave footprints behind.”

we are not racing on the treadmillToday was a cross training day at the gym. It was nice to do thirty minutes on the elliptical. I had the incline set to 10 and my speed was around 14. It was enough of a push to get me sweating, but not so much that I’ll be in pain tomorrow for my 19km run. Ow.

Not too much to really share from the gym. But there was a gal next to me who kept checking out my screen. I was really tempted to start a conversation with her so it wouldn’t be as awkward as it was. I never get people who get a kick out of comparing themselves to everyone else. Does it really matter if you’re going faster than the person next to you? If they’re burning more calories? At a higher incline? What difference does it make?

It reminded me of the e-card that has been floating around saying, “If you’re on the treadmill next to me, the answer is yes we’re racing.” But I don’t think most people actually feel that way. I definitely don’t. And it also reminded me of the amazing video by Jenna Marbles: “People that piss me off at the gym.” There is no way you can watch this video and not laugh.

Have an awesome Saturday friends!

Day 138: 5km run/skating..

Someecard Valentines Day Card funnySo after a few days of struggling to get up early, I finally managed it this morning! By 7’ish I was fuelled up and out the door. I just ran the old neighbourhood route because I know it well and wasn’t interested in fumbling through a new place. The sidewalks were pretty great except for Acadia Drive – there’s a long strip of sunken sidewalk which was nothing but a skating rink. Absolutely terrifying. Instead of slowing down I just hit the ice full tilt and slid (kind of fun, actually.)

I should have prefaced this post by saying that I absolutely did not want to run this morning. In fact, I was rolling my eyes as I put my sneakers on thinking about the things I would have done in order not to go. But I did. And I had an awesome run with a wicked time! Now, my times aren’t as fast as they were in the summer (5:45 min/km’ish) but I’m starting to speed up again – maybe because the end of winter is nearing? (HAH!) I also got my time down to 3:57/km for a little bit too – very exciting!

Here are todays stats:runkeeper calgary running

  • Distance: 5:08 km
  • Time: 30:59
  • Pace: 6:06
  • Best Pace: 3:57

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

 

Day 126: a little of this, a little of that cross training.

exercise comic Last night I hit the gym to do some cross training. I have to admit that I wasn’t really feeling it because I thought I should take a rest (and truthfully, my training schedule did have yesterday slotted as a rest day) but I really wanted to get out of the house. So I decided it was time to try out theTRX workout I came up with, but never got to several weeks ago. I partially completed it because I just wasn’t feeling it in my legs. And truthfully, it was really difficult to get through it using the Tabata app (Before I left home I decided that I didn’t need any “prep” time between Tabatas – wrong!) Also, I felt super uncomfortable because there were so  many people at the TRX machine – was worried that I’d slip up and kick someone.

Anyway, instead of doing just 4 minutes, I did 1o and I infused some YOGA into the workout, along with Pilates. It was tough and I was sweating like a pig on a spit. When I completed that, I hopped on the old elliptical for twenty minutes of speed work. I put the Tabata app on and decided that for 20 seconds I would have to maintain a stride rate of at least 160 (which is harder than you think when the resistance is 16 and elevation is 14) and take 10 second breaks in between. I did this work out for a full ten minute cycle and then just regular elliptical at full speed for five minutes and really easy for another five. When done that I hopped onto the track and did some laps to finish things off. I ran about one lap and sprinted another 1.5 laps; I believe I did this about 10x. Give or take.

And that was that! Felt great to sweat and I was glad I had gone. Enjoyed switching things up. I couldn’t help but roar at this comic. This is why I make time to work out; when you put it into perspective, it doesn’t make much sense to do otherwise, eh?

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

P.S: I’m still looking for sponsors for BAM Calgary – if you have even a dollar to give, please do so! 🙂