Thursday, November 24, 2011

HBBC Week 1

So this was the first week of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, a little motivational contest that gives you points for exercising and eating right. Boy, has it really shown me how crummy I am at getting all of my fruits and veggies every day! Pretty sad for a vegetarian. I'm usually good for 3-4 servings daily, but it's been a real push to get the minimum of 7 that this challenge requires. I only hit the mark two days this week! Yikes! Unfortunately time has not been my friend the past five or six days so I've not done everything that I had planned on, but there's always next week I suppose. Two trips to the gym at 5:30am have helped, but with tomorrow spent travelling to Pittsburgh for a hockey tournament, I don't see any extra points being added in there other than the walk that I'll take with Gordo in the morning. My points for this week so far go:

Saturday walk 3k run 10k (8)
Sunday rest
Monday Run 5k on the treadmill walk 3k 1/2 hr weights and 7 servings of fruits & veggies (7.5)
Tuesday Run 6.5k (intervals in crazy wind!) (4)
Wednesday Run 3.2k on the treadmill (hills) 20 min weights walk 3.5k and 7 servings of fruits & veggies (6)
Thursday rest
Friday 3k walk and hopefully there's time to hit the treadmill at the hotel........nope, no treadmill (2)
Total 27.5

I always say that I need another day in the week, and that it needs to be a day off. Maybe I'll find it next week. :o)

                                                                  My walking partner

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I finally did it! I ran 10K! This is a huge milestone for me, mainly because it wasn’t that long ago that I wasn’t really interested in running more than 6K. In fact I think that I’m more proud of myself for running 10K nonstop than I was when I hit the 5K mark. Five was always in the cards, but it wasn’t until the last few weeks where I’ve thought to myself “today I’m going to go 1K farther than I did last Saturday”, so first I did 7K, then 8K, then 9K and finally yesterday I did 10K. And it was the first day of the HBBC so that added extra incentive!

I woke up, ate breakfast and started out on a 3K walk with Gordie yesterday morning. Usually I walk him after I run but I thought walking first may loosen things up a bit and make it easier to get into my groove. Then I brought him home, got my music and set out. There was a pretty strong wind that I was heading into the first half of my run, but I powered through it no problem. 
Usually when I run past Nelson stadium on Saturdays there’s always a football game going on, but yesterday there was no one there. It seemed kind of sad and lonely to me.
At least the rep soccer teams were still out to keep me company through Sherwood. I hit the 5K mark, had a quick drink and turned around and headed back. With the wind at my back I kicked up my pace a little, took off my sweater and counted off the K’s until I heard those musical words from my RunStar app“Distance: 10 kilometers”. Yay! I did a mini fist pump and walked the rest of the way up the street and found this guy waiting to say hello to me.
I can tell that he was proud of me too! Then to top of a good morning my son’s team won their hockey game! Go Burlington and Go Me!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Intervals + hills + joining the gym + time change = Kill me now!

Sleep. This is something that has been elusive to me for years. My trouble is not falling asleep, it’s staying asleep. It’s also the habit of getting up at the same time every single day; therefore this past week 5am has become the new 6am according to my body clock. It’s not so bad on nights that I go to bed at 9am and sleep through the night, but considering I don’t get home from work until past midnight three nights a week and staying asleep is impossible, I’m dying here.  Maybe if I have a beer after work tonight it’ll knock me out solid for a good few hours. Like I need an excuse to have a beer after work on a Thursday night, my last shift of the week! :oP

I joined the gym around the corner from my house last Friday so that I have somewhere to run when the weather turns nasty. While I would love to belong to the brand new LA Fitness with the pool, I know that I need something closer to home. I have no excuses not go when the gym is a 3 minute walk away, so off to Snap Fitness I go. I’ve been there twice so far and still have no idea how to use anything other than the treadmill. I’m sure that the guy who showed me around took one look at me and could tell from my fit body (stop staring at my muffin top!) that I already knew what I was doing and needed no guidance. Unfortunately this is not the case. While my main reason for joining are the treadmills (that are in miles and not km – what the heck?!) I would like to work my upper body more. Gotta get ready to kick everyone’s butts in the Warrior Dash next summer! :o) Hopefully tomorrow I can corner someone into a quick tutorial.  

This is week one on a new training program that I’ve started. I’m adding intervals into my Sunday evening runs, and hills into my Tuesday afternoon runs. These are ideal times for me to do these, except we had a family dinner this past Sunday night so that run went right out the window. The intervals went to Tuesday night and the hills went to Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before work.  To say that my body was exhausted by the end of my shift last night is an understatement. Of course today I’ve woken up with a cold sore from it all, I’m barely able to keep my eyes open and I have to work tonight. Look out patrons, I sense one bitchy server coming to your table in a few hours!