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My first race EVER, 10k recap!

Well today was a really really exciting day for me, because…. I took part in my FIRST EVER RACE!
It was also the BEST run I’ve ever had in my life and I was so happy and satisfied with my efforts at the end πŸ™‚

But let’s go back to the beginning…

I was really nervous when I woke up this morning at 7, but I just tried to mentally relax, I made a yum breakfast of Egg in the hole and toast with peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Was gooood.

We left at 8.30am and arrived about 15 minutes later. We registered ourselves and then the dog and then we waited around for a bit.

It was all new and exciting to me since I’ve never raced before. I stood around taking lots of photos πŸ™‚

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Running conditions were absolutely PERRRFECT today. It wasn’t too hot and wasn’t too cold. It was a little bit cloudy which was good because it meant we didn’t have the sun beating down on us during our runs.

Last night I decided to run the 10k instead of the 5k as I had originally planned. I decided that I would because I know I’m capable, I’ve done it plenty of times before, 5k is too easy and I might as well make the most of the beautiful weather and awesome opportunity to race!

The race was along the beach, and I actually really enjoyed it. Though the scenery was mostly the same from 3k’s onwards, I found it really relaxing and I felt like I could really concentrate and focus.

Here’s me just before the race began.

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It was sooo crowded at the start. People were backed up for ages. I kept thinking to myself “God, you’re planning to run a marathon in a year, imagine this amount of people times 100… damn…”

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I was able to break the race up into separate distances which really helped time tick by and kept me motivated. Because the race was broken up into 3k, 5k and 10k, there were the 3 and 5k marks to turn around and go back to finish, and each time I reached one of these, I felt good knowing I only had X amount of K’s left.

They had a water station during this race which was AMAZING. Seriously, I never run with water, so being able to grab a cup and chug it back made such a huge difference. Truly. I have totally been underestimating the importance of staying hydrated whilst running. I’m not going to start thinking of ways I can carry water with me efficiently to help me go further and faster.

Mum caught a snap of me coming past after the 3k mark:

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I had a great playlist going too. Spring and Summer are the seasons for Rock N’ Roll for me. It’s when I become truly reconnected with my Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Slash’s Snakepit etc. So lately I’ve been running with what I’ve named my “Rock N Run” playlist. I had that blaring the whole way and it really helped me stay motivated. It also helped take my mind off the distance.

I felt great all throughout this run. No hip pain. No leg pain. I was well-hydrated and properly fueled. It was just a bloody decent run.

My feet got so wet though. Each time I had to run through a small body of water, my shoes would totally fill up and it would feel like I had weights attached to my ankles… damn.

I was so happy to reach the 10k turn point. It was easy from there. I totally picked up the pace and thrived on passing others and knowing I’d smashed my PR (personal record). I knocked a crazy FIFTEEN MINUTES off my usual PR!!! I finished in about 1hr, 5mins. I couldn’t believe it!!

I was about a kilometer from the finish line, and there was Mum with the camera πŸ™‚

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Once I crossed the finish line, the volunteers handed me a cup of water and a huge banana, then I plonked myself on the ground in relief and stretched as best I could. I was exhausted because not only had I run faster with that distance than I ever have before, but it was on SAND. Sand sucks to run on when it’s soft. Thankfully, most of the way it was hard, but in the last little stretch it was soft which made it very difficult.

After stretching, I met up with Mum, Mark, Sam and the dog and we stuck around for the prizegiving.

Taking some nice lil’ photographs while we waited. We were waiting for two hours!

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I love this one because the dog looks like he’s smiling πŸ˜€ Looks like he’s in absolute heaven.

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As they drew the names for the spot prizes, which were actually really really good prizes, we grew more and more doubtful that we’d win anything. Then it got to the last prize, and the BIGGEST. It was a tent donated by Whakatane Outdoors that fits 7 people, the value of $750, they read out the name and who should win it? None other than OUR family! πŸ˜€ We were all happy campers, I’ll tell you that (lol, pun not intended).

It was an impressive thing too!

Here’s a photo when they were halfway through dismantling it for us to take home. I thought to take a picture just a little too late.

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We headed on home, making a stop at Rebel Sport first so I could buy some sole inserts for my running shoes for better arch support, some running socks and a couple of other things Mum wanted. I saw a running skirt and almost went mental! I’ve read all about them on blogs and I want one so bad. I was really happy to see that Rebel Stock them πŸ™‚

They’re also hiring for Xmas at the moment, so I’m going to fix up my CV and apply πŸ™‚ Sounds like the most perfect part-time job for me.

Anyway, that’s all for now lovelies. Hope you enjoyed reading about my kick ass day!

I’ll leave you with some photos of beautiful Ohope just before we left the race site.

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October 25, 2009 at 2:49 am 1 comment

End of mock exams!!… and my crazy ass dreams…

I am happy to report that the pain in my right hip has significantly lessened over the course of the day πŸ™‚

I was almost in tears once I’d hobbled all the way home from my final mock exam this morning and I realized I wouldn’t be able to go for a run and make the most of this beautiful weather.

It took me TWENTY MINUTES to get home today because I struggled to walk home, usually it takes me 15 MAX! I looked like a bit of a douche too lol.

I drowned my sorrows in Movies such as District 9 and Transformers 2. District 9 was better than I expected and I was happy πŸ˜€

I reckon it’s a piss-take on South African Apartheid. The beginning sure as hell seems like it.

Today as I mentioned above, was my last mock exam. It was health and it was CAKE!! I was finished within half an hour, and then much to my dismay, knew I had to wait another 30 minutes to be allowed to leave. Just exam rules… “No one leaves within the first hour and last 15 minutes of the exam” blah blah blah. I’ve heard it five times now.

It’s been quite chilly today unfortunately despite the sun shining all day with barely a single cloud in the sky πŸ™‚ I’ve been in my trackies, slippers and jersey all day.

I’m feeling a bit lard-like right now because I just had a small cup of Ice Cream and I feel like I shouldn’tve because I haven’t been able to run today… Oh well, I deserve it, my exercise levels are exceptional when I’m not dealing with an injury and I’m always careful to balance out my food choices.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the Doc to see what’s up. Hopefully she’ll tell me I’ve only pulled a muscle or something, in which case I shall continue to run on it but on very slowly, gently and on flat surfaces. No more bush track runs for me till this baby’s cleared up!

I found out something interesting yesterday, I found out that given my age, height and exercise level, I should be eating around 11300 Kilojoules a day!!! WHOA!! That’s like what a GUY should be eating.

I was so happy to see that πŸ˜€ I’m constantly jealous of blokes being able to pretty much eat whatever they want.

Of course I DON’T eat “whatever I want” because that’s not smart. I’m always cautious to take into account the fact that what I put in my body will be the fuel for my runs, and if I put in nasty things, I won’t run so well and that’s no fun for anybody.

I’m contemplating going for a swim actually… I don’t think that would be a good idea really, given the muscles I’d be using. I think that’d be a bit painful. I think I’ll stick to the original plan of having today as a rest day, I really don’t want to worsen anything.

There’s nothing I hate more than extending the amount of time I’m off running for 😦

I have the day off tomorrow! πŸ˜€ Yay! I have my Dr appointment at 9.30am and then at 12.30pm I’m going to the hairdressers. About bloody time I say! My hair’s getting so ratty, I never brush my hair because it’s so straight and soft it doesn’t need it! So I always know that it’s time for a hair cut when I start NEEDING to brush my hair. I’ll just get a trim and have it thinned out. I just wanna get rid of the yucky dry ends and the horrible thickness.

I’ll even take some before and after shots πŸ˜‰ I’m working on having regular pictures up on here.

I think I’ll have an early night tonight… I’m exhausted.

I have this unusual problem, where I have really really nasty dreams. They’re horrible and explicit and almost EVERY time, someone dies a very graphic and brutal death. I had a nasty one last night and woke up at 2.43am in a cold sweat, terrified out of my mind.

I swear the dreams I have could be concepts for horror movies… They’re scary, disgustingly gruesome and weirdly enough, MAKE SENSE. That’s the strangest bit to me is that every single second of my dreams make sense, even the dialogue… I have a way overactive imagination..

Anyway, fingers crossed that tonight is less… “horrific” :/

Have a great night πŸ™‚

October 19, 2009 at 2:25 am Leave a comment

Four down, One to go!

Today I had my english and Music exams… English was easy peasy (mind you, I study for a good FIVE HOURS last night), but music sucked. I flunked that one HARD.

Yesterday I had Maths, and that was dreadful too. I felt like stabbing myself with my compass to put myself out of my uttermost MISERY!! There was so much stuff in there that we hadn’t covered in class. Later when I had finished, I went to see my math teacher and she said that stuff shouldn’t have even been in the test because she’d tried to get it taken out since we hadn’t learnt it yet. So yup, FAIL on the maths front.

I have one exam left which is Health. I’m sitting that one on Monday and it should take me about an hour.

On the positive side, I’ve been rewarding my hard efforts with exams by going for nice long runs πŸ™‚ Well, today wasn’t very long, but hey, quality, not quantity right?

Yesterday I went for about a 50 minute run. LOTS of hills and steps involved + torrential bloody rain which made it impossible to see where I was going properly. At one point, I had so much rain in my eyes, I was running with my eyes closed for about a Kilometer, I thought I was going to lose my footing and fall down the VERY VERY steep drop (We’re talking a good 50 meter vertical drop) to land on hard concrete at the bottom. Not so good.

But I was ok πŸ™‚ The rain eased off a little and I could see again! The whole route was about 7k’s and I would’ve been faster but it was up hills + steps and it was raining really hard. So I credit myself for my efforts πŸ™‚

I felt good afterwards too.

More than I can say for myself today anyway…

Today was just an easy 5k, but MAN was I exhausted. I think it was a combination of over-working my body (running is really hard on your body, throw trail runs into the mix and your poor little bod may not be able to handle the jandle), lack of sleep, stress and dehydration. But I’m always glad when I get back from having gone for a run. It’s really really satisfying to know you’ve done something good for yourself.

Still, tomorrow I shall take a rest day πŸ™‚

I have the day off on Tuesday! Yay! Happy days. I’ll go for a big run in the morning, then I’m treating myself to a hair appointment at 12.30pm. I haven’t had a trim in months and months, which is ages for me, and my hair is really starting to need it because when left unbrushed for over an hour, my hair gets so knotty, a family of Starlings could nest in it!

I never usually brush my hair, so the fact that I NEED to now, is a warning sign that things are getting out of hand! lol

I’m sticking to the bet I made though, I’m a girl of my word. I’m only getting a trim and getting it thinned out, and I have every intention of keeping it dark brown.
There’s no way I’m losing and going ranga!!

God, I’m going to have an absolutely HELLISH time running in the summer… even today, when we’re just into spring, it was SO HOT! Sweat was pouring off me and after a pathetic 20 minutes, I was dying for a drink. Obviously I didn’t have one on hand, so that complicated matters a little bit. I can deal with heat, but there are two things I’ll have to make sure I have for future sunny day runs, they are:

1. Sunblock– gotta protect your skin! Especially if you’re a road runner and are exposed to the sun on a very regular basis for long periods of time. The tan is hot till you hit 30… then it’s all a downhill slide from there. Also, think about the risks of skin cancer.

2. WATER!!! This is a must. It’s so important to stay hydrated on hot days when running. Without water you can’t function properly. Keep your body happy and healthy! I’ll be investing in a Camelbak over the holidays to make those long runs a little better πŸ™‚

Anyways, that’s all for today folks. Any tips on running in the Summer?

October 16, 2009 at 4:45 am 1 comment

I deserve a little Ice Cream every now and then!

I have actually had an amazing day! It has gone so well, I’m feeling really happy and relaxed at the moment πŸ™‚

It started well because I woke up at 7 to my alarm, after a very deep sleep. I was super happy because I haven’t slept well in days.
I was completely out to it last night. I was no use to anyone by 12.30 am. I had a friend over last night and they left then, and as soon as they were gone, I was out to it.

I woke up really well rested and refreshed πŸ™‚ It was a nice feeling for a change.

It’s been such a beautiful day today! Gosh, there hasn’t been a single cloud in the sky, it’s such an amazing contrast to the last 3 weeks.

For breakfast I had the same as yesterday which I didn’t write– Porridge topped with a handful of granola, honey, ground cinnamon and chopped banana. YUMMY!!!

I had a 4 pieces of 85% cocoa Organic Dark Chocolate and a glass of Milk as my mid-morning snack before I went to the supermarket to buy frozen mixed berries to make a cranberry juice + mixed berries + banana smoothie. It would have been amazing if it hadn’t of been for the DISGUSTING artificial sweetener 😦 It was so sickly sweet, I felt sick. Never ever again am I opting for the low-fat, low-sugar option because it has less kilojoules. I must admit though, It had a tiny 83 Kilojoules per serving, compared to the 510 from regular. But still, I felt gross after.

I had that smoothie with homemade Granola from last night for lunch. It was lovely because I ate it outside in the beautiful sun whilst reading my book; “Short Fat Chick To Marathon Runner” by the NZ celebrity Kerre Woodham. It’s fantastic! It’s a great laugh and really inspirational at the same time πŸ™‚

After lunch, I got a text from Dallas asking if I wanted to hang out, so he came round and took us to the heads to catch up with some friends.

Now… this was exciting because today, I DROVE A CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!

I was so nervous I was shaking!! My heart was pounding and I was terrified of crashing Dallas’s car. But he was a good instructor and I just followed everything he told me to do. After a while I kinda got the hang of it.

I was still shaking by the time we swapped back seats!

He drove us back home and we spent a couple of hours working on his homework haha. I had to go all nazi on him to get him to actually do it πŸ˜›
But he did, so that’s really good.

Miles came round at 4.30 pm so he and I could play tennis! I was really looking forward to it because it was perfect weather for it, I hadn’t played tennis since January, he cracks me up and I was looking forward to a catch up.

We ended up playing for 2 and a half hours! It was sweet. Then we watched some hilarious youtube videos and he left. Then I had dinner which was DIVINE.

It was asian salad with lean beef, beetroot, broccoli, potatoes etc. I didn’t have very much, I’d had a handful of corn chips so my stomach was quite full.

After dinner, I treated myself to a small cup of Ice Cream πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed it. I haven’t had Ice Cream in WEEKS, so it was a lovely little treat. I allowed myself to have some because I’m so disciplined, I really deserved it. And because I have reached my “happy weight”. I weighed myself today for the first time in almost a year, and I was so happy and surprised by the result, I am really content about it πŸ™‚

ALSO! Tomorrow, I plan to attack the Rock Pitt steps. Anyone living in whakatane will know what I mean… Call me crazy, but tomorrow for my workout, I’m going to run up and down those dreaded steps for half and hour straight. It. Will. Kill. Me.

I hate stairs... I won’t lie. They are horrible. It hurts, and it’s hard , and it’s painful, but I just have to think about how it will get easier if I do that workout often.

And, I shall have legs like no other, I’ll burn tons of Kilojoules AND increase my fitness πŸ™‚ Sounds worth it to me!

I had a fantastic workout at the gym yesterday. I woke up at 7 to get ready and went to the 8.30 am Body Pump class after 2 days of well deserved rest. My body was back in action and ready to go! I had stacks of energy and after, worked the treadmill at an average of 8 min/mile pace for 40 minutes, then burned some more fat on the stationary bike. I had a great workout πŸ™‚ felt goooood.

SCHOOL TOMORROW! 😦 argh.

Anyone else dreading this??? I’m so depressed. Words cannot justify how much I HATE school. Truly. The day I graduate will be THE. GREATEST. DAY. OF. MY. LIFE.

Oh well… I’ll just think about my steps workout, hopefully that will help the day pass better since I’ll have something to look forward to.

Have and awesome day guys πŸ™‚

October 11, 2009 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

The Change In Me…

Man, I’m so not onto it today… not sure why, but my body is just kinda protesting. Maybe it’s tryna tell me that I’ve been overdoing it?
I ran a 10.82k yesterday and tried to run a 5k this afternoon, but after 20 minutes I felt exhausted and unwell and came home. That is so unlike me, I NEVER cut my runs short. After resting for a little bit at home I tried to do some more strength training + cardio, but I just couldn’t. I just gave up and showered instead.

I don’t know what’s with the sudden lack of energy. Maybe I need a rest… I dunno. Oh well, today’s pretty much been a rest day anyway. I don’t think I’ve had enough to eat. Since yesterday morning, my eats have been this:
– French toast with eggwhites for breakfast with real maple syrup and sliced pear on top.
– A small bowl of Granola and some leftover roast veges for dinner for lunch

Then I went for my run (10.82k)
– Banana about 4 hours later
– Mince on toast with roast veges.

Then today:
– Small bowl of Granola with a sliced apple.
– Warm Milo
– Piece of toast with marmite as pre-run fuel
– Small bowl of Granola
– and now I’m snacking on a small bowl of sliced peaches.

Does that seem enough for how active I am? :/ I don’t know.. Maybe that explains my lack of energy. Yesterday I had an hour long afternoon sleep— which I NEVER do.

I’m starting to feel a little anxious about exams. I haven’t studied at all (I really struggle with studying) and I don’t cope well under exam conditions. I want to pull out of the health and music exams. Especially music, because of all the practice exams we’ve done, I haven’t passed a single one with a mark higher than achieved. Only problem is, trying to pull out without getting my head torn off by either of the music teachers. Great. Not helping with the stress!

If I pull out of those two then I’ll only have 3. Now three is still heaps, but it’s better than 5!!! I think I’d probably have a mental breakdown if I had to sit 5 exams. I want to pull out of the biology paper in the Science exam. Ironically enough it’s what I need to be a personal trainer, but I feel like I wasn’t even there when our dumb teacher was “teaching” it to us. I seriously didn’t learn a THING. I couldn’t tell you anything about it, and that freaks me out a bit. I’m pretty much being hurled in the deep end.

I feel fine with english. I could pass that exam with no study at all. *touch wood*. Maths… not so much, but we’ll do plenty of revision at school for that. So I’ll feel heaps better as long as I don’t have to do that music exam!!!!

Anyway, Β all that is not the topic of this blog post. Today I want to explain the “recent” change in me. Or so it would seem to others. I’m going to explain why I’ve suddenly gone from ‘Muso’ to ‘Fitness freak in the space of 3 months.

I’m about to write about things I have never told ANYONE before. Not even my best friend.

Well, as most of you will probably know, my whole life I’ve been completely 150% dedicated to music and my budding music career. All I wanted to do was be a rockstar.

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Anyway, you get the picture.

Well, A lot of things have happened this year which have not been so great… Some things are things which most of my fellow performer friends would say “use it to make you stronger!”, but after a while, I started to realize that I was becoming more and more unhappy, because what I wanted so badly to happen couldn’t come true because, simply put, I am just not naturally gifted with music.

Everything I know about music, I have been taught. I wasn’t able to sing naturally, I had to have lessons. I wasn’t able to play drums naturally, I got lessons. I can’t write my own music because it just doesn’t flow like it should. It was highly frustrating and heartbreaking.

When there were auditions for a new production that the local theatre were putting on, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME, I would work my butt off trying to prepare anΒ amazing audition piece and get it perfected so I could blow them away, and every time, I never got the part. It HURT me, more than words can say.. All my efforts wasted. And it hurt even more to see WHO they gave parts to. My friends would try and justify it to make me feel better, but it just didn’t work. I was always second best, always getting the “understudy”. Pissed me off.

I did terribly in all the tests in Music class, and I stopped enjoying performing. That was the scariest bit of all. I thought to myself: “How am I going to make this my career when I don’t enjoy it??”. I think I more enjoyed the IDEA. I wished with every fiber of my being that I could be as gifted, talented and successful as Guns N’ Roses, or the Veronicas. But it just wasn’t going to happen. I have to admit… And this is going to sound a bit pathetic, but every time I listen to Guns N’ Roses — My all time favourite band — a part of me dies because I will never have what they had. (Ignoring all the crap that happened when they broke up + drug and alcohol abuse + jail etc).

It’s painful to know that I was just not born with it in me.

I don’t even know if I’ll take music next year. I might take chemistry instead. But somehow I still want to have it there because I don’t want to give it all up just yet..

Somewhere around this time, I started running. Running feels GOOD, because you can completely control how well you do. It’s totally a mind driven sport in my opinion, especially when you’re running 10ks. It’s entirely up to you to push yourself with your mind to finish. And to some degree, I think I like to be in control. I wouldn’t say I’m a “control freak”, because I’m not, but I do like to have a certain level of control.

I felt good for having an outlet to release stress in a healthy way, I’ve always struggled with stress because I have a tendency to get stressed about everything. And the great thing about running is that you start to see positive changes and results within the very first week. Your fitness levels increase and your body seems more toned.

I felt good because no one can be bad at running. There was no one to tell me that I had failed or I wasn’t good enough. I only got positive feedback.

Also I began to sleep better and I wasn’t so miserable. I’ve always suffered from a certain degree of depression, and it started to go away more and more because of the endorphins released from exercise.

Skip forward 7 months, I started blogging about it and becoming more and more enthusiastic and committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle. I no longer felt inadequate or “second best”. I was my personal best, and I was competing against myself only.

Also, I started motivating OTHERS to get active and moving, and that, was the great satisfaction I have ever felt. It felt so great to see that I influenced others in a positive way to improve their lifestyles and health.

That made me consider being a “personal trainer” when I finish high school. Before I started working out, university or polytech was absolutely not an option at all. I wanted to rebel, I wanted to get a job, save money, form a band, somehow get a record deal, become huge and famous and tour the world. But I’ll be the first to admit that I do not have what it takes.

So now I’m thinking of going to University and getting a Bachelor in “Sport and Exercise Science” to be a personal trainer. That way, I’ll get to stay fit for a living, and get the thrill of motivating others to make a positive change πŸ™‚

Anyway… that’s enough for now. This has been one Looonnnggg post. I’ll make another post later about “October Ab Challenge” Day 4 πŸ™‚

Have a great night.

Have you ever made a drastic change in your life?

October 7, 2009 at 2:49 am Leave a comment

Torrential Rain + “October Ab Challenge” Day 3.

I think that if it doesn’t stop raining soon, I’m actually going to lose my mind. We’ve had crappy weather for TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT. that’s just a ridiculous amount of rain. I’m amazed we haven’t had flooding! And then, on the ONE day it’s beautiful and sunny, the tell us we’re gonna get hit by a Tsunami. Yay. Good stuff.

We’ve seriously had torrential rain for the last 3 days and on-off rain for the rest of the time. WHERE’S THE SUNSHINE GONE??!! Come on people, I live in Whakatane, it’s supposed to be the sunshine capital of new zealand! I DON’T SEE NO SUN!

I’m seriously starting to get Cabin Fever.

But anyway…. forget my grievances on the weather, I could complain for hours. Moving on to more positive things…

I went to the gym today for BodyPump, My Biceps were a tiny bit sore from last time, but once I got the blood pumping all was well. I thoroughly enjoyed the class this time too, though it did seem harder. Oh well, I just kept picturing Jillian Michaels buff body in my head and that was enough motivation to get me lifting those weights with gusto lol.

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Check out those rockin’ arms! I love it! πŸ˜€

After 60 minutes of bicep curls, tricep dips, lunges, squats, crunches etc etc etc, my muscles were quivering. But it was a mean workout! I still want the 30 Day Shred, i’d have the buffest arms from it haha.

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After my hour of strength training, I went upstairs to get some decent cardio in. I used a treadmill for the first time in my life!! It was strange as, so much different from running outside like I usually do. I liked it though because it tells you how fast your going, what the time is, how many calories you’re burning etc. I burnt 352 calories in 30 mins πŸ™‚ I thought that was pretty sweet. I also liked being able to increase the level as I chose. I decided to sprint the last 2 minutes and it was great!

Walking felt weird though when I got off. My legs hadn’t quite registered that they weren’t on a treadmill anymore and I almost fell over haha. I went and did another 30 minutes on the stationary bike. I hated it, seriously, i hate it every time I do it because it’s BORING. It’s so gay. And it doesn’t burn nearly as many calories. I only burnt 126 in half an hour! I would’ve gone back on the treadmill, but I didn’t because the point of me getting on that stupid bike was to work different muscle groups. And I guess it did the job…

After that, I did something insane… I WALKED HOME IN THE POURING, TORRENTIAL RAIN. It’s ok, I had an umbrella. But still, that’s pretty hard out! lol. I was FREEZING and my feet got drenched, but I did it coz I needed the walk for a warm-down. I was so glad to come home and warm up my hands in front of the fire.

β€œOctober Ab Challenge, Making Abs Fun!” Day 3.
The October Challenge is all about strengthening my abs with a variety of different, easy exercises that I can do at home. It will go for the duration of the month and every 2nd day I will complete one and post an update πŸ™‚

Well we did some hardcore ab work in Body Pump today, so once again, that’s what I did. We did things like push-ups, crunches, knee lifts and a few others which I don’t know the name of. It was harder this time because my poor abs are still sore from last time lol. But it was good. It’s cool to see my stomach toning up even after only a few ab sessions. Can’t wait to see how they’ll look at the end of the month!

Eats for today included:
-Granola with milk and a pear for breakfast
-Left over mac and cheese from last night with a banana for lunch
-A small cup of granola + one piece of bread with marmite for post-workout fuel
-Mince with peas and roast vegetables for dinner
-A banana and peanut butter smoothie.

Anyway, it’s just a short one today, I’ll have more tomorrow as usual πŸ™‚

What do you use for inspiration when you’re lacking motivation during a workout? Do you like rain? or do you hate it like I do?

October 5, 2009 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

“October Ab Challenge” Day 2 + new challenge for next month…?

I’m sorrryyy, it’s taken me so long to write this post, and I’ll be writing for yesterday as well.

Well I woke up yesterday morning in MAJOR PAIN! I had expected some pain, but not a lot because I had stayed so active on thursday, but nah, my body wasn’t having it. I looked like such an idiot when I went to town with mum because every single muscle group in my entire body was aching, so I couldn’t walk properly, it was more of a “stagger” with a pained facial expression lol. It was hot stuff.

Yesterday I finished cleaning my room, drastic changes. I had removed all the unnecessary furniture so now my room looks huge. I vacuumed the carpet and then cleaned my bathroom. It really needed it! Then I sat down to watch Tyra, since we’re so far behind in New Zealand, it was Season 4, Episode 1 and I was so glad I watched it! It was all about Body Confidence and Body Image and it motivated and inspired me to write my recent post about “Body Confidence” which I have been meaning to write for a few weeks now. Check it out here.

Later, I went in to town with Mum, we returned those terrible running shorts I bought and I got new ones πŸ™‚ I got tight ones this time, they come to just above the knee and I ran in them that afternoon and loved them!

After that we walked a few meters to Rebel Sport because we got a phone call to tell us that my knee sleeve had arrived (because I have a stupid right knee that gets sore when I either run really far and for a really long time and/or when I run really slow). I tried it on and it fit well so we bought it, I was so happy!!! No more running-induced right knee pain for me!!

You know, running is an EXPENSIVE sport! This year we’ve already spent over $200 on gear for me. But the good thing is that once you have it, that’s it, you don’t need anything else. Except, I’m actually really keen to get new running shoes. My New Balance ones that I run in at the moment don’t have enough arch support. I have a freakishly high arch in my foot and my feet get insanely sore sometimes because I don’t have adequate arch support.

We went to Sunny Gyms after that to enquire about memberships + concession cards and whatnot. It’s so expensive 😦 But I think I would make fantastic use of it. I would go to the gym for body pump 3-4 times a week! I’d get so buff if I did that. Mum and I were talking to the guy Kerri who is the receptionist at Sunny Gyms and I told him about my knee problems, he told me I should look in to getting new shoes because that might be a problem, but then he also told me what I already knew, that I need to strengthen my inner quad because my outer quads are stronger and pull my knee cap out when I run. I then told him how SORE I was and he suggested I go for a low-key bike ride or a slow jog, just to get the blood pumping, he said it’d help and I wouldn’t be as sore today.

So I was ok with that, I wanted to try out my new shorts and knee sleeve anyway. The knee sleeve makes it look as though I have a leg-cast on LOL! SEXYYY!! But it was brilliant. I ran a VERY slow 5k’s because I was so so so so SO sore, it took me around 45 minutes (15 minutes longer than when I’m fine). And it helped a little bit, but I was still sore for the rest of that night.

This morning when I woke up, once again — FELT THE PAIN! God, yesterday was bad, but today just killed me. They always say that it’s worse on the second day. I just think about how nasty it would’ve been if I hadn’t gone for a run! :S

I had a light breakfast, it was Β a bowl of fruit (one chopped up banana + one chopped up pear) and a handful of almonds. Not much, but that’s what I was craving πŸ™‚
After breakfast I decided to go for a bike ride to loosen up my butt and thighs coz they were burning! I took a bum-bag that carried my cellphone, some tissues, a few almonds in a bag and a small drink bottle. I’m so glad I took it, I was able to have little breaks to have a drink and eat a couple of nuts for fuel. My bike ride lasted around 45-55 minutes and when I got back my legs were like jelly and my tricep muscles were SO SORE I couldn’t extend my arms for around 20 minutes. YOUCHIES!

“October Ab Challenge, Making Abs Fun!” Day 2.
The October Challenge is all about strengthening my abs with a variety of different, easy exercises that I can do at home. It will go for the duration of the month and every 2nd day I will complete one and post an update πŸ™‚

After I had stretched from my run, I completed my Day 2 ab challenge workout. Today I did the “Plank”. I held it for 30 seconds and did 5 reps. Click on the link to view Caitlin’s post when she did the Plank.

It was pretty hard out! But I think I’m actually a bit stronger than I thought and so next time, I’ll go for longer and do more reps because I know I’m capable of it. When I was holding them and it was getting tough, I thought to myself “Jillian Michaels!! Jillians Michaels!! What would Jillian Michaels say??” and instantly I was motivated to get my booty in the air and hold it in that Plank position!

I’ve had plenty of water to drink today to re-hydrate and help muscle pain be reduced.

Lunch was two pieces of wholemeal toast with peanut butter + tomato and the leftover almonds from my bike ride.
I had Sealord Tuna on two Ryvita crackers for an afternoon snack, and I’ve pretty much done nothing for the rest of the day.

I’ll take a rest day tomorrow and possibly monday, I’ll see how my poor body feels lol. It’s begging for a rest, so Ima give it one!

I have a new admiration for Jillian Michaels as you can see, and I have been checking out little previews of her 30 Day Shred” dvd, and let me tell you, I am KEEN to accept the challenge! I’m thinking that when I’ve finished my October Challenge, I’ll set a November one πŸ™‚ I want to be buff and toned for summer and this looks like the perfect way to get there. The only problem is figuring out how to get it in New Zealand….. Oh well, when there’s a will, there’s a way!

Have a fantastic night everybody :]

What’s your favourite way to strength train? Have you ever tried the 30 Day Shred?

October 3, 2009 at 4:10 am Leave a comment

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