Do you need a buddy to keep you on track with your New Years goals?

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Okay. So thank you Facebook for prompting this blog post (and sorry if it ends in some ranting). I’ve seen a few status’s from some people who are annoyed with the influx of new bodies at the gym because of New Years fitness and health goal/resolutions. Sadly, most of the comments are: “well, give it a few days/weeks and they’ll quit anyway.” Look, I ain’t naive. I know that it’s no secret that people make New Years resolutions that are next to impossible to keep (eg: six pack abs in four weeks). I know that sometimes we get so excited trying to make positive changes in our lives, that goals get out of hand. And don’t kid yourselves, we’ve all been there: too many changes too fast – trust me, I know. I also know first-hand that some people are just jerks. Period. They take more pleasure in seeing somebody else fail, than succeed (God only knows why).

Let me tell you a little story.

Last year I decided (after several attempts) that I was going to start going to the gym early in the morning. I had made grandiose new years resolutions that I would finally get back into shape; I would go to the gym every day; work out – yadda yadda yadda. It took a while, but I finally got the nerve to go. I arrived super EARLY that morning. I was so proud of myself. I signed up for the machine I preferred (you know the one I mean; the one that has absolutely NO ONE directly behind – no one needs to see that). I started doing my thing. Then, out of nowhere, I got accosted by a regular (who, I came to find out from the fitness center monitor, regularly humiliated people and also favoured the machine I was on). He accused me of not following protocol. (Seriously guy, it’s 6:30 a.m… protocol?)

I looked at the board and realized someone erased my name off of the sign ups – obviously an honest mistake. But this guy was just a dick (side-note: thank goodness none of my resolutions were to stop swearing; some year I will but this ain’t it). Anyway, I told him that I had signed up and it must have been erased. He rolled his eyes, hopped onto the machine beside me and turned to the woman there and started bitching about me within earshot. SERIOUSLY? I was already self-conscious as it was, the last thing I needed was some gym-freak making it more uncomfortable. And he did. It took me a few days and maybe even a week or so to comfortably get back at it. But I eventually I did. I even managed to say “Hi!” to him one morning (mostly just to get a rise out of him).

So here’s a thought for all you people out there who have no patience for the “newbies” at the gym: why don’t you just try to encourage them? It’s not easy to go, especially if you haven’t been active. It takes a while and some confidence to get into a new routine. And for some people, it literally is a struggle every day. And seriously, what the hell do you gain by taking pleasure in someone else’s failure especially when you can share in helping them succeed?

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You all know that yesterday I needed motivation to get out and run and within a few minutes of asking for help, one of my online pals gave me the encouragement I needed to get going. It’s that easy. It’s that support and encouragement that helps people achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. And I believe we’d all be better off if we just learned how to support each other more.

And with that, I’m asking that if anyone out there needs a running or workout buddy, whether in person or online – I’m your gal! Call on me! 

Truly. I need it as much as anyone else!

And for goodness sakes you old gym rats: OK. So you find it severely annoying when your routine is messed up because a “newbie” is using YOUR machine at the gym. Cut them some damn slack. Instead of being a jerk. Just talk to them. Give them a pat on the back. Or shut the hell up and carry-on with another piece of equipment. It’s that simple.

Okay. That’s it. Really. I hope that if you made a resolution, that you will stick to it. I’m only three days into not eating stuff that comes in a package and I’m thinking, “oh no, a whole year of this?!”

But I have faith. I know I can do it and so can you! 

 

 

 

Day 111: First 2013 #run with #wedgie!

yahoo calgary wedgie runYAHOO! Wedgie is back in town and we went for our first run of the new year this evening. The weather was perfect. The sidewalks were pretty much bare except for the part where I completely, and totally almost wiped out. P.S: You should all take comfort knowing that the first thing I reached for was Wedgie (sorry) because apparently I am one of “those” assholes – when I go down, so will everyone else!

We changed the route up a bit tonight. I won’t tell you how because I’m too freaked out about creepy people following or trying to find us, but it was a good one. Only a few yappy dogs barking from behind fences and few spots that weren’t very well lit.

Our pace was consistent. Super enjoyable. We carried on our normal conversation. We had lots to talk about (well, I may have talked too much – sorry!) But I had an awesome time! I was a little worried beforehand because I’ve been eating veggies pretty much all day and thought the run could literally go either way. It was good! We also looked like “real” runners with our Lululemon hats and mitts. They are pretty awesome, however, I sort of feel silly like the hat doesn’t fit or slides around. Does anyone else notice that?

Anyway here are tonights stats:day 111 half marathon training calgary

  • Distance: 6.71km
  • Time: 46:22
  • Pace: 6:55
  • Best Pace: 6:05

Also, I want to acknowledge that tonight was Wedgies first official night of training for half-marathon herself. YAHOO!!!!! I’m so honoured to be a part of your training and  I know you’re going to kick-ass friend!!!!!!

Day 110: Best motivation to get out and run is…

It’s been a long day. When it came time to run this evening I literally had no juice left and looked to my SM family to give me a  boost. Best motivation for running This by far hit the nail on the head. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of having an awesome run and hitting the shower afterward, followed by a reward in the form of vino. Thanks friend!

And tonight was also my very first run of this beautiful new year so I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer and not go out. I also know darn-well that running is a gift that I shouldn’t waste, so in combination with that and the motivation I got from friends online I kicked my arse off the couch. And although I moved a little more slowly getting my sneaks and running gear on, I did get out.

bonespur_runner_footThe plan tonight wasn’t anything too hectic, however, I did decide to do some speed training so chose Fartlek train #2 on RunKeeper. I forgot why I stopped using it and remembered about 1.5 km in. It’s tough. Run 1.5 to warm up, run 2.5 steady (under 6:15 min/km), then alternate 0.25 km fast (under 6:00/km) and 0.25 km slow (under 6:30/km). This went on for just over 5km. I probably should have gone longer but I realized the other evening I may have my second running “injury.” Actually, I’m not even sure if it’s classified as an injury but in any case, I think I have bone spurs on the top on my foot. The picture really doesn’t do it justice because it’s really quite out there. Ew. They’re not too sore yet but are swelling. Naturally, I googled what to do so I’m going to ice them and see if they come down. If not, I guess I’ll have to see my family doc (boo. I mean, she’s the best but I was really trying to limit my visits to her this year!)

And the other reason I decided to come in early this evening was because felt spooked. I was warned the other evening to be very careful while running at night, especially since a Calgary woman went missing. This has weighed on my mind very heavily and I haven’t been able to shake it. It seems like lately there has been a terrible string of violence all over the city. It makes my heart sick for the families and I pray that she is found unharmed and returned home. So with that on my mind, I purposely turned my music down low, switched running jackets, put on a vest and tried to run faster than usual. I felt pretty awesome and strong, but I really couldn’t enjoy it. I kept thinking of the segment Oprah had on how to fight off attackers (which, by the way, if you missed it you just drop like a ton of bricks and scream “FIRE!” though in my head I also kick them in the nuts). But at this point I really started creeping myself out, so I booted it home. Where I enjoyed a little visit with my son before bed. (He is still protesting now that he’s in bed; I love his determination.)

Here are tonights stats:FartlekRun_Kat_Calgary

  • Distance: 5.35 km
  • Time: 32:12
  • Pace: 6:02
  • Best Pace: 4:12

Hilarious Twitter Run MotivationP.S: I got this after my run and it made me laugh and laugh and laugh – THANK YOU! I needed it 🙂

Day 108: Sunday-funday long run.

kat running outside in calgary

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day out there! The sun is shining and the temperature isn’t too cold (-9). As a matter of fact, I layered up before I went out and I was too warm for the latter part of my run (but better than the alternative). I snapped a few pictures along the way, but I don’t even think they do justice to how beautiful it was out there! It was so clear that you could see the mountains from Canyon Meadows. Unbelievable. Made me miss Christmas and being in the mountains with my family. But…. then I snapped back to reality and kept on moving.

The route was about 50% bare from snow – which was much appreciated. And the route along Fish Creek was completely bare which was awesome! But with that, I must admit that I didn’t even feel like running this morning (terrible sleep last night; tossed and turned). That was until I read Runninbears blog and was so honoured to see that she’s going to start training for a half in the New Year (I can’t wait to compare notes!) I was reminded just how fortunate I am to be able to run and to have my WP friends to kick my butt into gear and remind me to get out there and just do it! 😉

The beautiful mountains in Calgary My pace was very consistent, it took me a little while to get into a good stride but I managed to maintain it the entire time. I think my best pace was somewhere around the 5:25 mark, but I wasn’t too worried about it since I have a long way to go just to get my distance up; I’ll worry about pace and time later. My intention today was to run a full 7 miles (11.2 km) however, at 6.5 miles (10.5 km) my phone decided to quit and I had no idea where I’d have to go to make up the distance so I threw in the towel as well. I’m a tad disappointed, but I know that I kicked ass during my run, so I’m also pretty happy. I was also getting a bit of a chill, so decided the best thing to do was to get in and start stretching. I’m not sure what I will do for training tomorrow. Believe it or not, I’m sort of missing TRX! I think I may get up early and try to get a work out in before the glorious New Years Eve festivities with our good friends.

Here are todays stats:IMG_6962

  • Distance: 10.51
  • Time: 1:05:46
  • Pace: 6:15
  • Best Pace: 5:25