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! ūüôā

 

Day 122: Does anyone actually enjoy the treadmill?

Cause I don’t.
run because you can

Last night I was forced to run on the treadmill at the gym; the bane of my existence. It was way too slippery to run outside and even though the days are getting longer, by the time I can go in the evening it’s too dark (and I can’t see the icy spots). So I headed over the gym (which was a total gong show) and hopped on a machine. ¬†Unfortunately for me, I was stuck between two big men, you can’t even begin to imagine what that was like. It was hot. Smelly. And uncomfortable.

As you know, I hate the treadmill. I decided that I would kill two birds with one stone and listen to a podcast for some work stuff. I enjoyed the podcast just about as much as watching paint dry, so I won’t make that mistake again! The run wasn’t much better.

At any rate, I finished in just under 42 minutes. I have no idea what my true pace was and quite frankly, didn’t much care because I’m faster on pavement than indoors (ironically). I then went on to complete a bit of TRX, yoga and left.

The bottom line: I wasn’t feeling training yesterday (if you hadn’t picked that up already). So I was pleased when it was over. I found myself questioning what the heck I was doing. I have so much to do, and I started feeling overwhelmed, like I shouldn’t be at the gym, I should be doing the other things that need to get done. But then I snapped back to the reality that being health IS a priority. Training IS a priority. And then, when I woke up this morning I ‚̧ to Run had this great infographic on their Facebook page and it reminded me to stop being so ungrateful. I’m lucky I can train (even if I hate it). I know there are others who would love to do the same. So thanks for giving me a good kick in the butt – I needed it.

Hope everyone is having a great week! And to those of you on the east coast freezing your arses off… just thank God that you only get winter for a few weeks. We’ve had it since September!

We’re going to enjoy this balmy weather and hit the pavement tonight – YAHOO!

 

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 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! ūüėČ

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