Wednesday Circuit Training & Random Pics from the Week

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So today I decided to do some circuit training that incorporated running. So it was 5 mins warm up on the treadmill then 2 mins fast run and 2-3 mins of a strength training exercise and then back to running. Total workout time was about 45 mins and man was it a good workout!! My heart was pumping and I was so sweaty. I like circuit training because it feels like time goes by quicker and I get a good mix of exercises in. The exercise I did in between the runs today were biceps curls, trice extensions, squats, push ups, and some lower ab exercises. Overall a good workout and a nice start to my day.

Here are some pics I wanted to share from the past week.

My kitty cat watching the treadmill today. She is so curious. Image

Below is the V-day dinner my fiance and I cooked. He made the fish which was baked and covered in nuts and breadcumbs and I made the salad and a homemade honey mustard dressing. The fish look like hearts!Image

This is my sister’s dog and she needs a haircut bad so we tied her hair to get it out of her face haha. She is so cute.

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Over the weekend we went out for sushi and once of the dishes we ordered (tuna tatar which came on a bed of rice and avacados) came in a pretty heart!Β 

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Chilly Run Outside

Seconds run outside and first official run without the couch 25k program. So today I got to test out my new hydration belt, headband and nuun.

I left my house and then realized how cold it really was and went back for my gloves. It was really quite chilly and windy! But I pushed through. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to measure the stats of my run. I just got my phone back from having it repaired and I didn’t have time to update and download all my apps and stuff. So I ended up doing the same route as last time and more. If I had to estimate the distance I would say about 3.5k and I ran for maybe 20-25 mins or so. I ran further this time without walking. I jogged for the most part and had a couple 30 second walking intervals. I am feeling pretty good. I didn’t feel like I was dying haha that is how I use to feel running outside.

I think I am going to have to get some real thermal running gear if I am going to continue running outside in the winter. It was about 1 degree today and in the winter it can go to -10 plus the wind chill makes it feel like -20 or so. So ….. we will see. Honestly I don’t know if I am going to run outside in the winter. I have issues breathing in the cold but for now I am enjoying the runs outside.

As for the new gear… The belt was great. It stayed in place and getting the bottles in and out weren’t too bad. I will just need some time to get use to them. But I didn’t feel awkward running with it at all. The headband was also great and stayed in place because of the pony tail hole. I used half a tab of the nuun for one of my little bottles and it was a nice to have something other than water.

Overall I am feeling good and happy. I will slowly slowly work myself up to running the 5k non stop. I was also thinking of trying to find an indoor track or something then maybe in the winter I can do that sometimes instead of the treadmill all the time.

I am going to do some yoga today to add my time up for the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge so that I do my 1 hour of exercise for the day.

New Running Gear Purchased!! Yay

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So I wanted thank you guys for your input on my earlier post regarding the hydration options.

I went by the store today and tried out the different options and settled on the belt with the 3 bottles. I don’t think I would need 3 bottles but the one with 2 bottles was only $5 cheaper so I figured I would get the 3 instead and just take out the extra one until I need it.

I also got a cute headband that has a pony tail hole and it is a breast cancer product. I also picked up nuuns which I heard a lot of other runners talk about so I figured I would try them out. I just wanted something to add a bit of flavour to my water. I got the strawberry lemonade flavour and it is also another breast cancer pink ribbon product.

Overall I spent quite a bit of money but I am happy I got these and I am excited to test them out tomorrow. Tomorrow will be quite chilly so lets see how it goes! It is going to be between 0 and 3 degrees Celsius or 32 and 27 Fahrenheit for the Americans πŸ˜›

Also the girl at the running store told me that 2x a week they have a running meet where you meet at the store and then there are several groups based on distance that break up and all run together. That sounds pretty awesome. I think I will check it out down the road when I am more comfortable and confident.

My Goals Updated

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So a while ago I wrote this list of goals for myself so I thought I would look them over again and update them.

1) Finish the couch25k program. (DONE!)

2) Run 5k without stopping. (Working on it! Almost there)

3) Sign up and run a 5k race (preferably a charity run so I can raise money for a good cause) – (this sill be in spring/summer time)

4) Lose about a total of around 50 lbs (have lost about 19 lbs so far; the number doesnt matter as much to me right now. I will just keep doing what I am doing and whatever the scale shows… it shows)

5) be a happier and healthier person (Done! I am so much happier and feel so much healthier)

6) To be able to call myself a runner (I think I can haha)

7) Learn to battle my negative mental mind when running (Definitely way better than before! Sometimes some negative thoughts still creep in but for the most part I have been able to combat it)

So I got to check off a few things off my goals list πŸ™‚

Officially a couch to 5k graduate! Graduation ceremony = run outside.

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I am a high school graduate, a university graduate and now….. a Couch to 5k graduate!!!

I decided this final run had to be outside. Originally I was just planning to run on the treadmill but I ended up waking up later than expected and then I was worried I was going to be short on time so I decided to postpone the run. I got ready for my interview and I think it went really well! They said I was a very strong candidate and they would be in touch next week. So I was feeling good.

I got home and put on my new zip up I got for running outside. Image

The pic makes it look kind of orange but it is actually neon pink. I figured a bright colour is good for visibility. I knew I had to take it slow because this would be my first real run outside and although I knew I wasn’t going to do the whole 5k I told myself I would do whatever I was able to without over doing it. The weather was decent today so I didn’t freeze. I have not gotten a headband yet and near the end of the run my ears/head was starting to hurt but I am hoping to do today and get a headband and a belt and water bottle. I didn’t bringΒ  a water bottle as I really didn’t want to carry out. I jogged for just under 15 mins where I did about 2.2 kms. Which I am happy with cause I did not run a flat route. There were hills along the way and it was windy so I am quite proud of myself for jogging almost the whole time. I only walked once and it was for maybe 30 seconds. I can really tell the difference the last 2-3 months have made. The running, the weight loss, all of it has been such a positive change for me.

I came home and drank some water and then was greeted by this girl. She has a habit of always coming to me after I run on my treadmill and the fact that she did it today after I ran outside was cute. I feel like shes praising me for being healthy πŸ™‚

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Last night I did some weight training for about 45 mins or so and so that added to my little jog today becomes an hour I can count towards the Fall Into Fitness 30 Day Challenge which is half way through btw!

So one of the reasons I joined the challenge was to help me motivate to keep running once I finished the couch25k program. And now I am at that point. I am determined to continue running and being the best and healthiest self I can be.

Later today or tomorrow I am going to take a look back at my goals I posted about near the beginning of my journey and I am going to see what I can update and or cross of that list πŸ™‚

Hope everyone enjoys the last bit of the weekend

Great Day! New distance, new weight, new opportunities. Week 9 workout 2.

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So today has been my best distance yet. 3.06 miles. So close to the 3.1!!! And…… I did jog the whole 30 mins!!!! πŸ˜€

Since I was struggling to finish the 30 mins and even the 28 mins I decided to change things up. I did pyramid intervals with 3 differnt speeds and 2 mins at each speed. It definitely helped because I was focused on getting the 2 mins done in each speed instead of focusing on the overall time. It was easier to think “ok I got 1 min left at this speed” instead of “omg I still have 20 mins to go”. I got one more workout before I am officially a couch 25k graduate! Sunday Is going to be a big day for that reason AND I got an interview on Sunday πŸ™‚ I hope it goes well as my current work situation is just making me more and more unhappy.

To top off the more good news the scale went down again πŸ™‚ I didn’t think it was going to because I have been bloated and not feeling good because of girl’s time of month but I am down 4.2 lbs since I started the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge about 2 weeks ago.

I am so happy my run went well today as it didn’t start great. When I am on my time of the month my digestive system gets all messed up. I become bloated and backed up and very uncomfortable. So 2 mins into my warm up I had to jump off the treadmill and head to the bathroom. I am so glad it was during my warm up and not the actual run. Anyways moving away from this topic… haha

I did some weights after my run and I had a workout buddy too! Image

After my workout I had a lovely breakfast. French toast made from sprouted grains bread with raspberries and banana. The smoothie had mango, papaya, berries, vegegreens, and half a scoop of vanilla protein. Protein, fruit, and veggies. What else could you want?

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I am going to enjoy my day off now πŸ™‚

Tough run. Week 9 Workout 1

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So today was my start to week 9 on couch25k. The jog increased from 28 mins to 30 mins. As I mentioned previously I took last week off fromΒ  running due to the knee pain but I knew this week I had to get back to it. My knee pain seems to be gone YAY! But I am feeling a bit bummed out. I had a pretty tough run and it seemed like things weren’t going my way. I was trying to not tire myself out in the beginning of the run cause I really wanted to do the full 30 mins without stopping so I did my usual speed for 10 mins then slowed down a bit and then just alternated going faster and slower but I felt like when I was going slower it just made me want to walk so much more. Like as if jogging slowly was so close to a power walk that I just wanted to walk. I struggled a lot with this run and ended up power walking a bit. My mental mind was also holding me back as I started to doubt myself. Thoughts like “maybe this running thing isn’t for me” or “I am not a runner” started running through my head.

I usually also cover the time on the treadmill so I don’t constantly look at it but last week my phone wasn’t working and I sent it in for repair and I am using a loaner phone and this phone isn’t as long as my phone so it didn’t cover the timer fully. So I could still see the time and that didn;t help me. Not having my own phone also sucked because I don’t have my log from my couch 25k app. And I know once i get my phone back they are going to wipe off my memory so I have lost all the stats ugh. Another thing was that while I was running I started to feel like my shirt was making me itchy… I had to keep scratching at my sides and abdomen. I dunno if it was the sweating or what.

Anyways in the end I did 3 miles exactly. My previous longest distance was 2.97 miles. Yes it is more but I was expecting it to be a greater because this workout was 2 mins longer. *sigh* oh well I have to keep trying. After I did some exercises for my legs followed by stretching.

Oh and weight update I lost another 0.5 lbs πŸ™‚ So that bring the total to 3.5 lbs lost since I started the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge last week.