Day 149 & Day 150: speed training on glorious clear sidewalks & cross training on the bike (ow)

I’ve been doubling up on my posts because I’m having an issue with time these days – I’m sure no one minds ūüôā

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day here in Calgary. The temperature was awesome and the sidewalks were…wait for it… BARE! Can you believe that? Amazing. Now, I have to be completely honest, I wasn’t really feeling like running yesterday. I was tired when the time came to get out and I had to dig really deep to get my gear on. However, once I got into the mindset of how lucky I am to have the ability to run, I hit the road. It took me a few minutes to find my stride (as usual) but once I did I felt terrific! My speed routine was same as usual: 0.25 km steady, 0.25 km fast and 0.50 km steady. I’m super excited to report that I completed a 5km run in under 30 minutes! I even felt like I could have pushed harder, but my right ankle has been bothering me and of course, I’m still taking quite the beating from this latest cold (blasted immune system!) At any rate, was thrilled with this workout and feel like I’m progressing quite well despite a few setbacks.

Here are yesterdays stats: BestRunMarch

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 29:31
  • Pace: 5:53
  • Best Pace: 4:16

And this morning was cross training on the bike – my arch nemesis. The bike is to me, like Harry Potter is to Draco Malfoy. A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G! ¬†However, I got it done. Completed 7.5 miles in 32 minutes, which considering I hate the darn thing, was pretty good. I hopped off and did some Yoga & weights (enough so that my arms are currently killing me) and called it a day at the gym! I have to tell you that the best part of the gym is watching the 75+ crowd who come in the morning, flirt with each other. You can’t help but smile!

Hope everyone is HAPPY and HEALTHY out there =)

Happy Trails…!

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!! 

Day 119: cross training at the Trico Centre

fish fartThis morning I was up early and trucked over to the Trico Centre. It was PACKED. I could hardly believe it; I thought for sure it would be a quiet morning at the gym – it’s SATURDAY! Instead, I was met with total chaos. There was some sort of class going on and the guy teaching it was yelling. My ears are still ringing. Thank goodness I wasn’t hungover or I would have turned right around…legitimately.

I was excited to hop on the elliptical machine and complete twenty minutes at a pretty tough pace. Unfortunately for me, the guy beside me must have had back mexican or something because he was letting them ride the whole time. I’m also fairly certain that he sharted because he jumped off the machine pretty quick and headed for the locker room.¬†I even did the “shelter-your-face-in-your-shirt” move – which did not help. At all. My eyes watered.¬†IT. WAS. AWFUL. A total assault on my nose and mouth.

At any rate, I had full-intentions of doing a TRX circuit today. I had a workout all ready from http://www.self.com, but when it came time the TRX equipment was occupied.I tried to get another line set up but was told that people have been STEALING them from the gym – for real? You’re that cheap? I can’t believe people steal that stuff. Anyway, I took that as a sign that I shouldn’t do it (and realistically, tomorrow is a long-run so I’d be pretty sore if I went ahead with TRX today)… so I did a few laps around the track and headed home.

Truth-be-told I am still sore from my workout the other day, so it was great to give my legs and arms a break.Tomorrow is a long run day – I am scheduled for a 8.5 mile run – it’s also supposed to be cold again – GIVE ME STRENGTH!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Day 118: Do you ever get that feeling someone is watching you?

creepy_voyeurs_TricoToday was another treadmill day at the gym *sigh*

Life is just too hectic, so there was no way I could fit in an outdoor run today between three schedules. Thankfully, Trico has amazing on-site childcare available at Kids Korner – the staff are incredible. Felix throws a tantrum literally every time I go in to retrieve him after a workout. Reassuring, eh?

Anyway I got changed, got my gear on, signed up for a machine and away I went. Today I completed just over 4 miles and it wasn’t nearly as awful as yesterday. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what the difference was today. Same play-list, different clothes – could that be it? The gym wasn’t all that busy either and seemed a little cooler so it could have been the temperature too. Man I hate running indoors though! At any rate, I was about half a mile from finishing when I got this weird feeling that someone was watching me. I did the ol’ scan around and noticed that a few staff members were up behind the glass creepily watching (and laughing) at something below. Now, you know me, I am a HUGE fan of Trico Centre, but this bothered me even if I do have thick skin.

I mean, who knows what they were laughing at, but they were directing their laughter and attention to something going on in the gym and it immediately made me self-conscious. I know, I know – why the feck (in the words of Mrs Brown) should I care if they WERE laughing at me? But I did. And even if they weren’t, it was the optics. It made me revert back to photo in yesterdays blog post. Seriously. In an instant, after feeling like I was having a great run I felt silly! So in typical Kat fashion, I stared back and they quickly sat down behind a screen.Has anyone else had this happen? I mean, realistically, there can be creepy gym goers as well. But has there ever been a time when you’ve felt really uncomfortable at the gym? I have to admit, this is truly the first time in a long time that I left feeling like this. Proof I just need to work on my confidence a little bit more!

I finished on the treadmill (about 40 minutes) and jumped onto the TRX bar. I did about 15 minutes over there. When I finished, I was DONE. I have a strong feeling that I’m going to be very sore tomorrow – but it was worth it!

I want to leave this post on a really positive note and will hopefully encourage others as well. When I dropped Felix off with the gals at Kids Korner, one of them said “Kat, you’ve lost weight, I can see it in your face – good for you!” As you know, for the last several months I have been working really hard on my running but I had truly forgotten that a big side-effect is weight-loss. I hadn’t seen these gals in a few months, so to them the change was big. And to be honest, I was pleased to hear it; I’ve worked hard, I’m happy with the reward! (Side-note: it’s okay to feel proud of your accomplishments, you don’t always have to be humble. Enjoy it. Revel in it. It’s not arrogant.) I kept playing the compliment over and over in my head because I remembered my favourite comedian receiving the same compliment. I can’t express the hilarity of it, so just take a look. You won’t regret it!

Day 114: survived thirty minutes on the elliptical @tricocentre with farty girl next to me.

screen at Trico on Elliptical machineWell, ladies and gentlemen, I made it to the gym this evening. It was not a pretty sight. Nor smell, for that matter (not me, I’ll get into it later). But I did it.

As I mentioned in my last post, this week was pretty frigging miserable. I spent a lot of the week (as I mentioned previously) laying on the couch watching TV – which is not an easy task when you have an almost-two-year-old running around.¬†I’m fortunate to be on the upside of it (I think) so my hats off to those of you who have had the flu carry-on for weeks and weeks and weeks. I pray that the worst is over now. I still have a rattle in my chest but have a lot of my energy back. I don’t think I’ll be doing my long-run on Sunday, but it will really come down to how I feel in my chest (and head). It is -24 out there now (without windchill) so I don’t want to put my lungs into overdrive between whatever it is I’m fighting and the cold. We’ll see!

As for tonights workout, I felt pretty good. I was on the elliptical and tried to keep my pace at 130 strides per minute (which I read in runners world was optimal). It definitely felt great to get my sweat on from exercise and not a fever. I have to tell you, I felt like a thorn between two roses. There were these two chicks on either side of me. The kind that come to the gym, head-to-toe in Lululemon, with their make-up perfect and usually don’t break a sweat (I apologize to anyone who does this; I’m sorry you’re a stereotype.) As I rocked¬†my six-year old Puma tights and an old hockey t-shirt (totally sexy).

Anyway, we get going and the girl to my left is so nosey trying to look at my screen that she dropped her towel on the floor. We both saw it happen. She awkwardly reached over to retrieve it and she totally farted. It was the mostly silent but deadly kind. She stood up and acted like everything was kosher. Then I had this weird feeling that she was watching me again. So I kind of looked at her out of the corner of my eye and she immediately focused on her TV. Now, this wouldn’t have been so outlandish if she hadn’t been focusing so hard on the TV show, which if you were just looking at her and not the TV you would have presumed was like, the Discovery Channel or even CPAC, but no. It was “Toopy and Binou” Seriously. It’s a kids show. She was not watching it. Or at least, I don’t think she was. Maybe she was?¬†And then to my right, well that chick was just blatantly watching my screen. She didn’t even try to hide it. So you have to respect that.

We keep going along for the next little bit with relatively little excitement and then the girl to the right hops off. I think, yay, more fresh air. Nay nay. Girl on the left lets another one ride. At this point, I’m thinking “I’m going to be the first person to die from breathing in fart.” And texting friends to say goodbye but not before I say: “I think the girl on the machine beside me shit herself.” Because I’m pretty sure she did. It was awful. It was the kind of smell that would make a pig blush. Anyway, lucky for me I literally had one minute left and I hopped the heck off. And I’m still alive. But scarred for life. I mean, I totally know gas happens but for goodness sakes when you feel it coming on why don’t you just leave the room?

BAM CalgaryTo add to my awesome day, I was super excited to get my BAM Calgary stuff in the mail. I got laces and a gift card thing and a poster – so cool. I also came to the realization that I haven’t raised my minimum amount yet – OH NO! So I’m asking my friends out there, please, please, please sponsor me! For the first person who sponsors me, I will make a YouTube THANK YOU video for you saying/doing whatever you want (as long as it’s legal and not pervy.) But seriously, BAM Calgary is a really great event. ALL of the money stays at the Tom Baker Cancer Center. If you want to learn more, please check it out here!

Finally, a friend sent me this tonight, so I figured I would sign off with it. Hope you’re all having a terrific Friday!

The Chest Update

flu Good morning tweep! Peeps! Friends!

So, it feels like forever since I’ve blogged – maybe even the longest I’ve gone since August? At any rate, today I’m anticipating my first day back at training. I’ve been battling quite the chest cold for the past five days so I’ve literally listened to the experts and done nothing. Absolutely nothing. Can you say BORED?! I’m up-to-date on the following shows: (1) Coronation Street (I cheat and watch on YouTube); (2) Grey’s, (3) ALL Housewives franchises, (4) Keeping Up Appearances and (5) tried to watch Emmerdale but I find it boring.

And with that, I feel completely shack-wacky and ready to get the heck out of here. And as much as I want to get out and run in this snowy weather (and believe me, I do) I will spare my lungs the hardship and go to the gym instead. So, sadly this means I’ve lost a week of training but on the upside, it’s not the end of the world. ūüôā

Off to the Trico Centre I go!

 

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!