Day 177 and Day 178: walking (or running) on sunshine.

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.”

walking on sunshineLast night I was pressed for time, as I left my run to the end of the day (of course…) I completed 4.84km on the treadmill in 28:00, which I was really pleased with. It isn’t my fastest time, but for treadmill running it is remarkable improvement. For some reason, I always find it takes more effort to go the same distance. Why is that? I googled (naturally) to see what other people are saying. So far it seems somewhat split. Some folks find treadmill running way easier than outdoor running, and the other half seem to believe (like me) that treadmill running is more challenging. I do believe part of it is obviously mental, but when I did a little more digging I learned that if the machine isn’t calibrated properly it can give results either way (e.g.: the machine may say you’re only running a 11 minute mile, when in fact you may be running a 10 or 9 minute mile; OR it could say you are running a 9 minute mile and you could be running a 11 minute mile – make sense?) Now, I’m not sure if the machine I was on last night was calibrated properly but I ran my little heart out and was sweating like a pig when I finished. Whatever the case, I had a good workout!

Here are last nights stats:

runkeeper at trico centre

I love running outside, especially now that the ice has cleared. However, I will tell you that loose gravel is the pits! I slipped a few times today; I didn’t fully wipe out but I was darn close! I really struggled with the run this evening. My legs felt really heavy and my whole body just felt tired. It was one of those runs where within the first few steps you know it’s going to be a doozy. The temperature was perfect and I did a few minor hills, but other than that I was pretty pleased when all was said and done.

Here are tonights stats:

runkeeper calgary

Tomorrow is a rest day – YAHOO!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Day 159 and Day 160: If I can do it, you can too!

stronger

Recently, I’ve had a few people ask me how I manage to get family, work, volunteer work and exercise balanced…well to be honest, I can’t take the credit. A good friend of ours just published a book called, “Boardroom to Base Camp,” and in it, he has this exercise called: “The Balance Exercise.” It asks you take the hours in each week, subtract sleep and then divvy up the remaining hours to different things like: yourself, mission, spiritual, community etc. So when I was first completed the exercise it made me rethink how I approached each day because it clearly shows that we have a lot more time than we think. Just to give you an idea: I’m a work-at-home mom. That means I watch my son and also work about 8 – 10 hours each day; Monday – Sunday 😉 but not necessarily straight through.  Now I will admit that he does go to daycare one day per week so I can get out to meetings in and around the city, but that’s it. I also usually do a bit of volunteer work 3-4 times a week (sometimes more or less depending on what’s going on); I exercise 5-6 times a week ranging from 1-2.5 hours each time and on top of that, I make time to socialize with friends. I’m not saying a busy life is for everyone, but I am telling you that there’s a whole lot of time available to get this stuff done if you really want to! 

Anyway, with that I want to tell you about my awesome workouts both yesterday and today – I think the fact that it’s been above zero (well above) has really turned my attitude around. Even despite having another nasty cold again (and it’s quite nasty) I managed to do 35 minutes on the treadmill and another 20 minutes on the bike today! And yesterday was terrific as well. I completed my hill work on the treadmill (which I’m normally against) However, I started out at an incline of 2 and every 1.5 minutes, I moved it up. I believe when I was finished I was somewhere past 11. And I kept my speed at a steady 6! I was absolutely sweating out my cold, and it felt amazing. I’m not sure if I could have pushed much harder, but I’m completely satisfied with both workouts.

In the spirit of encouragement when I know some people are also having a rough time getting out with the transition of seasons and sickness, read this quote. I hope it’s as effective with you as it was with me! 🙂 HAPPY TRAILS!

 

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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 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 137: Cross training on the elliptical – badda- BOOM!

Someecard Funny!I want to start this off with a funny from my FAVOURITE FAVOURITE FAVOURITE comedian, John Pinette:

And I tried the low-carb bread. Have you tried it? It’s horrible. I tasted it. I thought the wrapper was still on. It’s not like it went bad, it never went good. They have “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” they should call it, “This Ain’t Bread.” ‘Cause it looks like bread, but it has no other properties of bread. I said, “You know what? I’ll butter it. That’ll make it better.” Butter won’t go on it. It slides right off. The butter’s like, “Where are you putting me?” Jam and jelly beads up and fall off it. Did they Scotch-guard this at the factory? You know what I’ll do? It’s okay, I’ll toast it. I’ll make a sandwich, I’ll toast it. It’s better when you toast it. It doesn’t toast. You can’t toast it. I’m out in the garage with a blow torch. It’s absorbing the heat like a space shuttle tile.

So getting up early the last few mornings has been a struggle (especially with little person battling illness…) But I managed to scrape myself out of bed and WALK, yes people, WALK to the gym this morning.

But before I get into my gym session, let me tell you a little story called, “The Girl who follows the rules and almost always gets hit in crosswalk”

It’s still dark out, I put on my running jacket with all of the reflective crap, so that people in space can see me. I head out. It’s a beautiful morning for a walk. I make it to the intersection. Wait a moment. Get the walk light and this jerk of a bus driver (Bus #7901 driving the #10 route) whips out (Right on Red) and proceeds to come up on the sidewalk so I have to back-off, thus limiting the amount of time I have to cross the intersection (which was already incredibly busy & quick.) I get it. It’s early morning. And God bless bus drivers because I don’t want that job – they put up with a lot of shit, but seriously? You make it REALLY difficult to defend you.

So the question I pose to Calgary Transit: the last time I checked, a walk light gives the pedestrian the right-of-way, not the vehicles sitting at the red light waiting for the opportunity to turn right UNTIL said pedestrian crosses safely. When did this change? 

I find it absolutely frustrating. You know why? Because I HATE jaywalking. Seriously. I don’t jaywalk. In fact, while in Chicago and EVERYONE was jaywalking I stood (in the rain) like an asshole until I got the walk light just so I wouldn’t (a) put my life in danger and (b) put someone else’s life in danger. Come on! I grew up in a small town and as asinine as it sounds, even if there were no cars coming I would still head to one of four cross walks in the mile long strip of our “downtown.” This is mostly so I wouldn’t be a hypocrite cursing pedestrians when driving and alternatively, cursing drivers while walking. It’s called respect.

At any rate, I did safely make it to the gym, albeit annoyed that I almost lost my toes to a bus driver who was in a real hurry to stop at the next stop and park. But I had a great session and worked my little heart out to CTV morning news – I love the Calgary team; they make me want to be a journalist because it looks like fun, not stressful (which I’m sure it is). They make it look so easy. Anyway, I completed just over thirty minutes on the elliptical and I’ll be doing 30 minutes of yoga later today when I can fit it in.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

If you have any ideas so that I can spice my cross training up, please share, share, share!!