Day 161, Day 162 & Day 163: from Calgary to Fox Creek

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Easter Weekend = treats + drinks + good friends + keeping active!

This will be a quickie as I’ve got a lot of stuff to catch up on. True to my word, I did absolutely NO work this weekend. I was tempted by both emails and messages, however, I think it’s important to shut down every once and a while – so I followed my own advice!

Friday I hit the gym with some gals from Fox Creek. It was a good little work out and I was happy to finish off my week with it. I used the bike, which wasn’t that exciting at all but also got some yoga and weights in. Saturday I took a rest day – which was terrific and Sunday I completed a little over an hour on the treadmill and also completed a round of tabatas. I definitely felt it Monday. We also walked a bit while I was in FC. I ended up getting my first sunburn of the season! Ouch.

Today I hit the AMT at the gym and also did some TRX. It was enjoyable but I still feel kind of sore in my abs from the weekends workouts. Looking forward to a beautiful week in Calgary!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Day 154: 5km purple and neon yellow run with wedgie!

“Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You’ll get there, I promise.” Zoe Koplowitz

kat and sue yellow and purple runningLast night we had a wedgie run. I think I can safely say that the two of us weren’t looking forward to it. It has been a rough few weeks here weather-wise (going from -24 to +10) and in my house alone, we’re going on week four of being sick (GROSS.)

At any rate, we decided we would keep it to a 5km run (or 30’ish minutes) which interestingly enough was recommended for the latter part of training anyway. [Side note:  I have always under the impression that I had to be hitting double digits at least twice a week, in order to make my long runs safe. This is not the case.] YAHOO!

As it turns out, our run was awesome. We had a great pace and got faster and faster throughout and finished strong. I love running the eau claire area because there’s always interesting stuff going on and people to see. We took our standard picture at the end, but I accidentally took this one. When I went to load them this morning, I saw it, laughed and thought I would pass the laugh along. [you’re welcome.]

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Here are yesterdays stats:running with wedgie in Calgary

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 31:42
  • Pace: 6:19
  • Best pace: 5:02

Day 141: Speed training and bike.

Bust A Move Calgary This morning I woke up to snow on the ground, so decided to head to the gym for speed training. It was an interesting walk over there; lots of snow fell over night and it was slick!

The track wasn’t busy at all and I ended up doing 18 minutes; which worked out to be two minutes of running and one minute of sprinting. Once I wrapped that up I hit the bike to do a quick 5 miles.

You know how much I hate the bike, right? Well it was remarkably less painful than usual because I caught the news, so I was feeling incredibly productive! Before I knew it, time was up and it was time to hit the showers.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Only four more sleeps until BAM Calgary – can’t wait!!!!!! To donate, please check out my profile here.

 

The long distance run that did not happen.

stomach virusWell, today was supposed to be a 19km run and well, at 1:00 a.m. this morning I started seeing symptoms of stomach virus (chills, achey, queasy stomach.) By 1:15 I was in the middle of vomiting and everything that comes with a virus. It wasn’t pretty, but there was a show on TV about little kids with illness and in my delirious state I watched and wouldn’t let myself complain. I was busy running back and forth to the bathroom, but I managed to watch the entire SATC marathon – AWESOME!

Anyway, around 1:00 p.m. today I managed to keep PowerAde down; and to my great relief, I also managed to keep the gravol down as well – only waking at 5:00 p.m. So now everything is in the wash, I’ve bleached everything I could and I’m sitting upright for the first time since yesterday – YAHOO!

Needless to say, the 19km run did not happen today. I’m trying to decide how I’ll shape my training week. I am just grateful that it was a 24-hour deal!

The silver lining is that I lost 5lbs. Yeah. I know. It’s just water. And realistically I don’t care that much but it’s pretty interesting to lose so much fluid within such a short period of time.

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Guest Blogger: Amy + how to find time to stay active!

make fitness a priorityIt’s me again.  Kat and I have many discussions about finding the time 
to stay active with a busy life.  I am often asked where I find the
time to do what I do.  It is a challenge for all of us.  I always
 enjoyed an active life but it was inconsistent and certainly was 
never at the level it is at now.  I really ramped it up over the past 
year.  I have the least amount of time I’ve ever had but am in the
 best shape I’ve ever been in and work out more than I ever have.




Ramping it up has been a process that came out of a not so great time
 in my life.
 I never had any health concerns, ever. Shortly after I had my
 daughter last year I found out what it is like not to have your 
health.  It was an unbelievably stressful time for myself and my 
family.  I was unable to get out of bed at times and saw more doctors 
in a few months than I had in my whole life.  Being sick also takes an
 emotional toll, add a little bit of postpartum anxiety to that and
 I became an emotional disaster.

Running was a way out of an
 extremely dark time for me.  I am much better today; although I
struggle daily with chronic pain and the emotional impact that comes
 with that.  I don’t take anything for granted and do everything I can 
to maintain my health.  When I was able to start up a running routine 
my mantra was: “I run becasue I can, I run because I can”, I repeat 
it over and over 
again and still do on tough runs.

Everyone that can be active should 
be active, in my opinion.

OK!  that is a bit more than I thought I would ever be sharing on
the internet!!!! Everyone has their struggles in life and mine have
 led me to be such great friends with Kat and to this blog. I have a
total new lease on life and oddly enough I am actually thankful for such a miserable time, I found out who my real friends are, I realized
 how wonderful my husband and family are and it led me to do things I never
 thought possible.

 So I am taking my take on time and exercise to the blog.  I am still 
not the best at saying what 
I need to say so it’s a little Q&A.

Kat: You’re a busy mom (and teacher) – why do you make the time to exercise?

Amy: I make the time to exercise for many reasons.  The number one reason I
 make time to exercise is because I want my kids to grow up in an
 active household with two active parents.  I also make the time to
 exercise because it makes me a much better mom, wife and teacher.  I
 am not tired or
 cranky, I feel good and I generally have lots of energy.  I do feel
 guilty if I have to leave the kids for an hour but that hour makes the
 rest of the time so much more enjoyable.  It’s worth it.

Kat: How do you make the time to fit exercise in.

Amy: This one is tricky. The only way I will ever have time to work out
 with my busy life is to make it a priority in my day.  If I cannot go 
to the gym I go for a run with the double jogger, if there is snow on 
the ground I have a number of circuits I can do at home while I busy the kids
 with activities (or include them).  I also do yoga or jump rope.
There is always
 something I can do to get a workout in.  I have a million and one 
excuses not to
 work out but I do it anyway.  In the end it’s all down to prioritizing 
and finding the 
time to do something, anything.  Once you establish an active life it 
is so much easier to keep it up.  I’ve lived life as an active person
 and a non-active person.  This life is so much better.

Kat: What do you think is the biggest challenge for you to get it in.

Amy: Hands down it’s the guilt of leaving the kids to do something for
 myself, as much as I can workout at home it is not realistic for me to
 always do it at home.  Also I really don’t want to.  I like to get
out… alone. 🙂

Kat: 

Do you have any tips for other parents out there who want to get more 
active but are struggling?

Amy: I do!  If you can get your work outs in before the kids wake up, do 
it!  Also think of things you can do with the children.  I trained for 
a 5K and a 10K with a double stroller.  Take the kids to a big field
 and just go crazy running after after them, get some cheap snowshoes,
go skiing, have a dance party, there are a million things I do with 
the kids to get a sweat on.  Also go to the gym and don’t feel badly
 about making your health and fitness a priority in your life.  It will
 make you a happier parent with much more energy to spend with the 
little ones.  As a person who grew up with an extremely active father 
I can’t tell
you how much they will look up to you (even when they are 33).

Kat: How is crossfit going?

Amy: Unbelievable!!  I had a terrible chest cold so was out of commission
 for almost 2 weeks but I am back at it!!!  I put weight on the
 bar now and am so much faster!  I truly cannot believe the things I am
 achieving.  I recommend it to everyone!  It is an amazing sport.