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The Week That Was

My cruisy time is continuing. Last week I even missed a run as I just didn’t feel like getting up. Granted it was a little bit too windy and rainy and seeing I am not training for anything I did not feel there was any reason to put myself through it. It seems I have always been training for something, and to find myself without a race goal was at first a bit weird. I know I said in my last post I would think of a goal, and I do have one, but it’s not a race. I am on a healthy eating kick with the aim of losing those few kilos I tried to lose after the Auckland Marathon last year. Those kilos never left, luckily I didn’t add any either.

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This last week I have done a bit of different exercise again. I biked into the gym once more and actually went swimming – laps – at the Mount Hot Pools. This is something I will not be repeating as those hot pools are salt water, and after 30 laps I felt like I had swallowed a bag of salt! Yuck! I shall stick to aqua jogging there or find another pool tp swim laps in. Or maybe I’ll just go there and wallow. I do think I shall incorporate a bit more cross-training of an aerobic nature into my daily exercise for a bit, I think this body could do with a rest from all the running. And having been not doing so much running has helped me run faster when I do, so that’s a bonus.

Also as we are on the move to Auckland, being a bit flexible with my program is good, as I won’t feel so bad if I miss a session or change something. And regarding that move….we actually found and bought a house! After weeks of stress looking at open homes, going to auctions and getting disappointed, we managed to get an offer accepted on our new home, so yay for that! We have just over one week left here and then we’re off! It has been an eventful week indeed.

And just as I said I don’t have a race goal in mind…..I am keeping a lookout for a half marathon entry to the Auckland Marathon, so if anyone knows of one going, let me know

 

A Snapshot Of My Current Journey

I am just a little over half way through my first week of my weight loss month and so far the workouts have been fun. To let you in on a snapshot of my month, each week looks like this:

Day 1: EPOC run

Day 2: Strength workout

Day 3: Relaxed time trial

Day 4: Fat-burning run

Day 5: Strength workout

Day 6: Fasting run

Day 7: Rest

My day one falls on a Tuesday, so my rest day is a Monday. I like to have Monday off and just do some stretching exercises and maybe a walk if I get a bit fidgety.

Each week gets a little harder, and follows the FITT principle to some degree (the frequency does not change in the 4 weeks). If you would like a description of the workouts I can send them to you.

I am enjoying the new training programme and am also enjoying addressing my nutrition. I have found that planning what meals I am going to eat a week in advance, has kept me on track and I am starting to feel the results. There are many resources out there with regard to eating and it really is a matter of seeing what will work for you. I have been wheat free for a few months now, which in all reality has made me choose gluten free options. In addition I am experimenting with different options for the grain based meals. For instance tonight I am making a bolognaise mince, but will be putting it onto a kumara and cauliflower mash (now I’m hungry!)

Another thing I started 8 days ago is a 21 day meditation journey. I am finding this a great help with becoming aware of bad habits. I started this mainly because I do not sleep very well, and put this down to being too hyped up and worried about stuff. Seems like I can switch it all off when I run though…..now I have to learn to switch it off at night!

So there is a lot going on this month for me, but so far I am enjoying it and looking forward to popping out the other end and looking back on my achievement and then what will I do? Celebrate!

Time To Slim Down

It’s been a week since the Colville Connection, and I have had this last week “off”. I put this in inverted commas because I haven’t done nothing exercise wise, just had a cruisier week with lots of walking, a few jogs and some strength training. I have found it quite enjoyable actually, and I think it is really important to have a week like this after an event, just to recharge the batteries, take off some of the physical and mental stress of training for an event.

My next event is the Gold Coast Half Marathon at the beginning of July. We have booked our accommodation already and online entries open on Monday. Then we need to book flights, so keeping an eye out for specials all the time. But before all of this is a month of trimming down.

Ever since the final lead up to the Auckland Marathon I have been a little heavier than I thought I ought to be for a runner. Finally in the March issue of Runner’s World magazine this thought was justified when I saw the article about your perfect running weight. According to this article I could be lighter, so Monday I start with their recommended training programme to shed those few kilos I need to make me faster and feel fitter. Combined with a healthy eating plan, I should drop about 500g a week so it will take me about 6 weeks to get to where I need to be. The training programme runs for a month and I plan to slot into the half training schedule after that to prepare for the Gold Coast.

I don’t think this will be easy as I have been quite free with my food choices and portion sizes. I feel there shall be some hungry moments in the days to come, hopefully not long lasting!

Wish me luck!

Lead Legs

I seem to be suffering from lead leg syndrome. Well at least that’s what I call it. Every run I do these days feels like I am trying to drag myself around on legs that are heavy! Now I know I am not over training as I said in my last entry….I am running less, so I am perplexed as to what it might be caused by. Unless…..

Here’s my theory….

STRESS!

There is way too much going on emotionally with me at this time and it is haivng an effect on my running fitness. I am not a whole bubble at the moment. Just goes to show you that fitness is not purely defined in physical terms, there is much more at play. Stress causes your heart rate to increase so your body is already working harder even before you start running. Stress stops you sleeping well, so you are tired during the day and have less energy as a consequence. Not sleeping well makes you eat more carbs the next day (I crave sweet things) and you don’t get the correct nutrition to restore your body systems after your exercise which causes more STRESS!

Like a hamster on a wheel…..you get the picture.

So I need to de-STRESS…….Meditation comes to mind, walks on the beach, having a short nap in the afternoons. I am going to try these things and see what happens. Anything has to be better than lead legs!

Big sigh….

ImageThis is how I feel when I have to go for my runs or do any other form of exercise these days…I just can’t seem to find the same enthusiasm I had when I was training for the Auckland Marathon. Perhaps the post marathon blues have only just hit me now, or maybe I really need a break from running….

In reality I don’t need to start training in earnest for the Colville Connection until mid December, so I could take a break. However, I also know I need to exercise everyday, otherwise I become ratty and fidgety. Then there is the issue of being mad at myself for being lazy, feeling bad because I have done nothing. And what happens to me then is I start to stuff my face!

And here’s the other thing… I know I should eat like this:

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And here’s how I want to eat:

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And over the last few weeks, I have succumbed to the temptation of too much in the biscuit, chocolate and muffin department so consequently this is happening:

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By the way, that is not mine, I just feel that if I don’t get a hold of myself now, I’ll end up like that!

So there’s the Catch 22. What to do? Take a break from exercising….rest, relax, get my eating back on track. On just suck it up, stop whingeing and get on with it!

Start the week on a healthy foot!

I have decided to get healthier with my eating habits. I know what I am supposed to do and find myself constantly not doing what I could to make my running and exercise feel easier. It is a known fact that the leaner you are the better it feels when you run. Things do not jiggle around as much, and any extra kilo will slow you down. So saying, it is also not good to be too skinny! One needs a bit of body fat to be healthy. So to find the happy medium….

I have given myself the aim to lose about 3kg by Xmas. It is a do-able goal, and it has a time frame which is important. Always set yourself a time frame, otherwise you put off the goal indefinitely, then it becomes a wish, not a goal. I have also made sure to write it down and I shall look at it and say it aloud every day. Studies have shown that by announcing your intention out loud, you are more likely to achieve what it is you set out to do. Included in this intention must be the reason why you want to do this in the first place….and for me it is to be a leaner running machine when I get to the other side of Xmas and am ramping up training for the Colville Connection.

Aside from the food stuff, the running is going well, and I ran for over an hour yesterday. This is the longest I have run since  the Auckland marathon. It felt so good that this morning I even had a look at other marathons for next year….oh dear! This one looks rather appealing: Wellington Marathon.

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