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Hey Ladies, thanks for the support, encouragement and comments. I think my periods hit me hard because I'm battling anemia right now. I caved in and got 'veggie-friendly' supplement. Ugh. I resisted for as long as I could but my stores are in the toilet and it's starting to have an impact on too many areas of my life. I managed to get through all my work outs last week but was delirious. I honestly, could've fallen asleep at my desk. I won't worry about that so much now. I've got another 23 or so days of freedom before it strikes again.

Pamela, I went to the East India Company. I wanted to do a 5K on Canada Day but all we seem to have is a 10K run or a 3K walk. It looks like I'll go to Toronto and do theirs... I'll see where I'm at in my training by the big race weekend and then decide. :-)

Day 18

Today was my rest day. I did not go to the gym. I thought about the gym a lot. I almost went in. I resisted. Thankfully. I got a lot of sleep last night and I'm still tired. I might go down now for a power nap before I head out to meet my friend.

I decided to start counting calories. After lunch I was under 900. I have not yet calculated dinner. I will do so later.

Tonight I received my first delivery of macrobiotic home cooking! I ordered a few soups, a grain dish and a veggie dish. All of them good for freezing. It's to get me out of a bind when I just don't have time/energy. It's good vegan food and tasty! I had the tamari vegetable soup tonight. There was a bit of whole wheat pasta in there and I added some tofu. It was awesome. I look forward to trying more of the dishes.

Here's a link to the web site, sadly they don't have a menu up there...

www.macrobioticscanada.ca

I'm excited about training with Andrew tomorrow. I'm hoping we can change up my leg exercises. I hate what I'm doing now and my knees don't care for it either. I hope I can get up early enough to do half my cardio before my session. I don't think I have it in me to work another 10 to 6 work day... not on a Friday. I hope I can get into work by 9 at the latest. Fingers crossed.

My goals for tomorrow are:

- Get up early for some cardio
- Eat clean
- Keep calories under 1600
- Get extra rest

I can't wait to sleep in on Saturday!!!

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There is a 5 and 10k race in Kanata on Canada Day. That was my first race last year. There isn't much info up on it yet, but it's put on by the National Capital Runners' Association and Bushtukah. :)


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pamela wrote:
There is a 5 and 10k race in Kanata on Canada Day. That was my first race last year. There isn't much info up on it yet, but it's put on by the National Capital Runners' Association and Bushtukah. :)


Scoreo! This is awesome! I put my boyfriend on notice that he's coming here for a run! Yay! Thanks for this info!

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Days 19 and 20

I woke up hungry yesterday. I don't think I got enough calories on Wednesday because I felt pretty weak. That always happens when I'm watching my calories too closely. I don't know why. I had a lot of success at the gym anyway.

I had about 10 minutes before training with my trainer so I hopped on the treadmill and ran for 10 minutes straight. I wanted to see if I could do it and I can!! I'm either taking today completely off or I'll workout this afternoon. Either way, for my next run I want to try to do 10 minutes run 5 minutes walk and see what happens. I might need to adjust that based on how my knees and quads feel. I also think it's time to get new running shoes. I'll look into that today.

We started my training session with some timed core exercises and I am proud to report that I was able to hold side planks on each side for 1 minute and 15 seconds! That's a new record for me. For the last few months I've been working on doing a "real" plank and the last time I tried, only a few weeks ago, I was able to do 35 seconds. This time when Andrew called out a minute, I refused to stop. I put in another 15 seconds and broke my record big time!! My core is getting stronger and it helps that I've probably lost a bit of weight! Yay!!!

I'm also pretty happy that we changed up my program. Here's what it looks like now:

EZ Bar Curls 20 x 25lbs
Narrow Leg Press 20 x 90lbs (this feels much better on my knees!!!)
DB Chest Press 20 x 21 1/4 (it's amazing how just a 1.25 lbs makes a difference)
Bull Rows 20 x 45lbs (I love this one!)
Step Ups 20/leg (I hate this one)
Inc DB Press 20 x 17.5lbs
Wide Rows 20 x 30lbs
DB Curl Press 20 x 10lbs (the last few sets burns so bad but so good)
RDL 20 x 15lbs (I'm finally doing these right!)
DB Curl Press 20 x 10lbs
Narrow Leg Press 20 x 90lbs

My food intake was wonky yesterday. I had a salad with tofu after my workout and it just wasn't enough. I ate too many small things throughout the day and nothing substantial. I think when I tally my calories for yesterday, it won't amount to anything drastic... maybe 200 calories over my goal, if even....

Today is my first day of real rest in I don't know how long! It's the weekend, I slept in, I'm being LAZY and loving it! I've been going to Toronto a lot to see my boyfriend. He's a musician and has a crazy production this month so I'm doing all the traveling. I'm looking forward to the summer when he'll be doing most of the commuting. As much as I love being there with him, our weekends fill up so quickly and I don't get to sleep/rest as much as I need to. I was so happy about being able to sleep in until past 9 o'clock this morning! I mean, I did wake up at 6:10 like I always do but was easily able to fall back asleep.

I'm keeping things low-key today. I'm going to a veggie restaurant for lunch today with a friend after we hit a craft fair. It's going to involve a huge amount of walking which is great... walking with this friend is like doing cardio, it's impossible to keep up with her unless you move quickly. It's awesome. She's a ball of energy!

My goals for today:

- Enjoy the day off
- Beware of vegan desserts (they have calories even though they're vegan and sugar free)
- REST!
- Menu plan for the work work week
- Look into new running shoes

Next week is going to be absolutely crazy! I'm going to have to train almost 5 days in a row before I take off for Toronto. I'm also in training for work so I have to get there about an hour and a half early each day. I don't know what that means for my workouts but I'm going to have to plan for this. I think I might have to weight train in the mornings and do cardio at night. . . We'll see.

I will also have to bring my lunch every day since healthy options are not as close to the training site as my regular office.

*sung to the tune of Happy Birthday*

Happy Saturday to me! Happy Saturday to me! Happy Saturday to me-eeeee! Happy Saturday to me!!!

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Enjoy your day off!!

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You should come to the ncva potluck tonight. ;) If you're going to the craft fair I think you're going to, it's held in the same place.


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pamela wrote:
You should come to the ncva potluck tonight. ;) If you're going to the craft fair I think you're going to, it's held in the same place.


Awwww, I wish I had got your message sooner. I went to the craft fair and then walked to the Table for lunch. I am so stuffed, I don't think I can even look at food tonight. I've made note of the next one and I'll do my best to go. I don't feel like I can buy ingredients, make something and get there in an hour and a half. Thanks so much for the invite though, I appreciate it! :)

On another note, I bought new running shoes today! I can't wait to test them out tomorrow morning! :-)

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I hate step Ups too! I refuse to do them.

Hope you're having a great weekend and getting lots of rest.


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Day 21

*sigh*

I just came back from the gym. The good news, I was able to run 15 minutes straight. I did just over a mile. Yay! The bad news, after my 5 minute walk break, I stopped the treadmill 30 seconds into my next run. My left hamstring and quad are killing me. I walked over to the stretching room and did my best. Those muscles are so tight, they are almost unstretchable. I think the RDL's that I did on Friday totally wrecked the back of my legs. The hour of walking I did yesterday probably didn't help. Ugh.

I did another 10 minutes on the bike before declaring today a rest day.

Ugh.

I'm in self-sabotage mode so I'm trying to be very conscious of all the things I've done wrong to get me to this point.

Here they are in no particular order....

- I skipped dinner last night (with the exception of a few tortilla chips that I ended up putting back because I deemed them not worth the calories)
- I stayed up until 1am chatting with my bf
- I did too much walking on an already sore leg yesterday and didn't give it a chance to rest... my upper body feels great though
- I haven't been drinking enough water
- I'm trying to skip too many steps in my running progression. For some reason I think I should be able to run 5k NOW even though I know I have to build strength in my legs first....

Now, the question I must ask myself, what am I going to do to ensure this doesn't happen again???

- Make sure I eat dinner even if it's just a salad with a little tofu
- Drink more water
- Talk to bf before his shows and not after
- Take the rest of today off and do light cardio tomorrow after weights
- Go back to original running program and find a pace that's right for where I'm at

I just drowned my sorrows in a small bowl of raspberries and now I need my morning tea. I usually have my tea before going to the gym but I didn't this morning. I wonder if that had any effect on me....

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Don't stress about the running. You're doing good, as long as you keep at it. I started on the treadmill, only going for ten minutes. Then gradually three days a week for two months I would go longer until I was doing three miles. Then I took it outside, and had to start all over, ugh. Before I began running I really thought I physically couldn't do it. I actually talked to one of the trainers, he's become a sort of mentor for me. I was practically in tears when I was talking about how I've never been able to run, and he said it sounded like a mental, and not a physical problem. I guess just because running was hard for me growing up I got it in my head that I couldn't do it. Well, I guess I sort of agreed with him, because now I'm running 3 times a week outside. It isn't really getting easier, because as I progress I go faster or longer, so unfortunately for me it's not going to get easier. But form, endurance, and getting stronger legs will happen. I don't think that walking will really hurt your running, it may actually help stretch your quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, etc.

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Don't stress about the running. You're doing good, as long as you keep at it. I started on the treadmill, only going for ten minutes. Then gradually three days a week for two months I would go longer until I was doing three miles. Then I took it outside, and had to start all over, ugh. Before I began running I really thought I physically couldn't do it. I actually talked to one of the trainers, he's become a sort of mentor for me. I was practically in tears when I was talking about how I've never been able to run, and he said it sounded like a mental, and not a physical problem. I guess just because running was hard for me growing up I got it in my head that I couldn't do it. Well, I guess I sort of agreed with him, because now I'm running 3 times a week outside. It isn't really getting easier, because as I progress I go faster or longer, so unfortunately for me it's not going to get easier. But form, endurance, and getting stronger legs will happen. I don't think that walking will really hurt your running, it may actually help stretch your quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, etc.


Thanks for sharing your story and for the encouragement! I think tomorrow I'll do hill intervals and take it "easy."

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Thanks for sharing your story and for the encouragement! I think tomorrow I'll do hill intervals and take it "easy."


I don't know much about your training program, but I'd advise against doing anything except just running (i.e hills, speed work) until you've built up a sufficient base. Your focus should really be on just running so that you get your muscles and stamina built up, or you're asking for injury.

I started out run-walking for 2km, then upped it to 2.5 after a week, then upped it to 4 a couple weeks later, then started reducing the number of walks (some people never actually do this) until I was running 4k straight. then I upped it to 5k, and so on. I didn't do anything will hills or speed work until I'd already been running 5-10k at a time for several months. My progression is considered fairly quick.

Just my advice...


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I don't know much about your training program, but I'd advise against doing anything except just running (i.e hills, speed work) until you've built up a sufficient base. Your focus should really be on just running so that you get your muscles and stamina built up, or you're asking for injury.


Thanks for the advice Pamela! I didn't plan to run the hills, I was just going to walk 'em. :-) I'm going back to the run/walk program to see what happens.

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I don't know much about your training program, but I'd advise against doing anything except just running (i.e hills, speed work) until you've built up a sufficient base. Your focus should really be on just running so that you get your muscles and stamina built up, or you're asking for injury.


Thanks for the advice Pamela! I didn't plan to run the hills, I was just going to walk 'em. :-) I'm going back to the run/walk program to see what happens.


Oh phew, good! :) I know sometimes it can be easy as a beginner to get carried away, like from reading about this stuff in running magazines and so on, but it's really detrimental to start on that stuff too soon. Walking them seems MUCH more reasonable. :)


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I haven't even tried hills yet. I think the running instructor I work with thinks I'm ready though, it's been six months since I started, so I might do hills one day a week soon. I know I wouldn't have been ready for hills probably even two months ago. Good idea on walking them, I hadn't thought of that.

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