Long Hiatus

My apologies for the extended and unintended hiatus.

First we had technical difficulties when my computer decided to stop working. It had to be sent across Canada to be fixed. Fortunately it was.

Of course like many things, once you get out of habit it can be difficult to get back into habit.

But I’m hoping things will be back to normal blogging (aka not very scheduled, but still something once in a while) soon.

But thought it was worth popping in to say hello, I’m alive.

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April Goals + March Recap

So I wrote last month about my goals for March.

How did I do?

Mindful March: really good. I kept a pretty good record of all my eats, moods and everything. And I actually went back over it too. I can’t say any trends stuck out to me, but it was interesting.

Cardio: did not make this goal. I got out on my bike 2-3 times per week, but there were some days of epically odd weather ( = rain, snow, sun, and hale). So that put a little damper on things. The last couple weeks have been good since I’m on a dragonboating team and that gets me pretty pumped.

April

So April is here, and the weekends have been feeling like Spring. The days are longer and the sun is finally out when I get out of bed in the morning. I’m feeling pretty energized and motivated, a lot like my old self, and damn does it feel good.

So I have some goals for April.

Mileage: I’d like to hit some mileage goals for biking and for running. For biking I’d like to get in at least 90km this month (~30km a week) and for running 30km (~10km per week). Both might sound low, but hey with strength training, dragonboating, and having a life, I feel this is doable.

Strength Training: continue follow New Rules of Lifting for Women, at least 2x/week (which I’ve found works best for me. I get really tired if I fit in any more than that…).

Mindful April: continue being mindful. And incorporate more mindful meals into my week. As someone who lives alone I have a tendency to turn on the TV or computer while I’m eating, but I know that eating without distractions helps us tune into our body’s signals better. I’d like to get at least 3 mindful meals a week.

 

So that’s it for April. Obviously I’m upping the ante a bit here. Added an extra goal. But I’m really excited. Running has felt great lately and while it’s slow for me(I run a 6minute Km right now, and I have run a 4.5min km in the past) it’s still good. And cycling of course.

Dragonboating is a challenge and half since it’s not something I’ve done much of (spent one summer doing it, but on a very casual/recreational basis), so the technique will take a while, and most of the muscles are not as “well used”.

The Little Running Story: Part III

Well now this has been a hiatus hasn’t it? I’m sorry to take so long to get to this, but I’m in Vancouver for internship things, and well seeing lots of old friends takes up lots of time! It’s been great, it’s been fab, but I do think I need to get the last bit of this story out there. Parts I and II.

Ahhh, falling in love with running again.

It was about three years ago when I remembered I loved running. I’d had some other adventures before that, I went tree planting, got into the best shape of my life, fell in love with strength training (a short relationship that sometimes makes a short come back).

The fall of my fifth year of university (I’ve been in university a long time) I felt like going for a run. So I went for a run. As I was running I didn’t feel like stopping, so I just kept going. The time passed and soon I realized I’d been out for a good two hours. Simply running.

No agenda, no training schedule. Just a fantastic run.

It was then that I began to get the itch to do another half marathon. Everyone around me was talking about doing one. I totally thought, wow, I know I can do it, but do I want to? It took me a while to commit, but when I did, I was right back into training. My runs weren’t hard, I took an easy pace, nothing too crazy. My training schedule was a weekly thing, while I’d made a long term plan, it was still fairly flexible and most of the time I didn’t feel rushed or forced out for a run.

One day I went for a run with a much faster friend of mine, and blew my time out of the water. I was pretty much shocked by how fast I was capable of being and realized I’d been holding myself back for quite some time.

So my goal changed from simply running a half marathon, to having a serious personal best.

And boy did I. Not only did I have a personal best, but in comparison to my last Vancouver BMO half-marathon, I actually took a whopping 30minutes off my time. I could barely walk down the stairs after that. During the summer following the half marathon I ran more out of lack of creativity for a different workout. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it and it was something to do.

Then my heal started hurting, and as I had come from a family of runners and had seen my mom go through an  injury I was pretty suspicious. It didn’t hurt consistently, often it was an ache when I’d stopped my run. I kept running well into the fall after my half, until I finally went to the doctor and physiotherapist.

My suspicions were confirmed; I had plantar fasciitis (as the most simplistic explanation I understand it to be when the arch of your foot collapses). My running was on hold. I continued to go to the gym, but gyms have never been motivating for me.

But for the first time in a long time, while I continued to be active as I could, other things popped up and being a little less active was not a cause for panic. I was much busier in school, and busier with extracuriculars like residence advising as well. I would go for an occasional run, but not sticking to it consistently for anything over two weeks.

I spent the summer cycling between school and work. I went to Kenya where we would sometimes run with the local kids (who were fast, let me tell you). But still inconsistent. I started Hot Yoga in the fall when I started internship, and consistently did that for eight months, with some skiing thrown in for good measure. It was fun. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Recently I began trail running and love it. Not really for the running, but for the being outside. My mileage is small compared to what it used to be, and if I want to one day run longer distances I’ll have to work up to it. But mostly I’m just enjoying getting out for a short, tough, beautiful trail run now and then.

Do I have a moral for this story? Not really. I guess I’m always just surprised that sometimes I’m more motivated with running and exercise when I have no agenda, when I follow no rules about running x number of days, and cross training y number of days, and resting z number of days. I honestly could keep writing about all my experiences with exercise and being (and keeping) fit, but that would take forever, so for now I think I’ll end it here.

What is your favourite thing about running? Or what is your favourite exercise (especially if you aren’t a runner)?

Internship: The Things You Will Learn

 

1. I’m sure you’ve seen this image before:

In real life though, holding it your hand, is way more effective. It’s amazing how much space 5lbs takes up. Do not berate yourself for ONLY losing 5lbs. That’s a lot to lose. Seriously. It’s a lot of space.

2. If you lose 5lbs of fat you take off 20lbs of pressure from your joints. That’s huge. That’s the difference between needing knee surgery or hiking easily up the side of a mountain when you’re 80(okay that fact is made up by me, but it seems likely).

3. Sometimes you should listen to your horoscope, especially when it tells you to go for a walk, and curl up with your favourite book (or maybe current TV show obsession). One down, one to go (with homework in between).

What have you learned recently?