Catch Up

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Oops! What a lousy blogger I have been. No post in sight for weeks. I haven’t given up on writing my post at all it’s just that I’ve been ill (we had some rather strange weather a few weeks ago) and as if things couldn’t get any better my allergy is here. Hooray! My energy was down to 0. My regular medicine only made it worse and it didn’t seem to work as efficiently as always. Walking around feeling like a zombie isn’t optimal now that I’m off from work and there’s nothing more I’d like to do than to enjoy the outdoors. Thankfully I’ve found an allergy medication that won’t make me drowsy or suffer from nasty side effects.

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Don’t worry I haven’t given up my running regime. Although I did have to go back a week or two to get back on track. Due to the tropical heat we’re having I had to change my routine and slow down a bit. Instead of running during the evening, I made the wise choice to run in the early morning (around 7-8 ó clock) when it’s “only” +20C outside. Running wouldn’t be as difficult if it wasn’t for that feeling of slowly melting away. So I’m rather thankful that I’ve gone back a week to ease my body into the summer heat. So children, always listen to your body. It knows what’s best!

As I’ve neglected my blog I’ll give you a short summary of my activities last week and the past few days.

21/7 Monday: Yoga (mostly back stretching as I was stiff as a board)

22/7 Tuesday: 4.60 km – 47m 18s (5 min warmup walk. Run 5 min. Walk 3 min. Run 8 min. Walk 3 min. Run 5 min + cooldown)

23/7 Wednesday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10 (as I’m such a weakling, well my arms that is, I’ve started weight lifting 2 kg in each hand)

24/7 Thursday: 4.34 km – 44m 8s (5 min warmup walk. Run 10 min; Walk 3 min; Run 10 min + cooldown)- it was so incredibly warm that day that I was barely absent during my run+ Arm workout with weights 20+10

25/7 Friday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10

26/7 Saturday: 4.51 km – 43m 8s (5 min warmup walk. Run 22 min + cooldown) + Arm workout with weights 20+10

27/7 Sunday: Beach day! Warmest water up to date. Went swimming and got back on land after 1 hour! Surprised myself. Arms and legs =spaghetti

28/7 Monday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10

29/7 Tuesday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 30+10

30/7 Wednesday: 4.76 km – 44m 42s (5 min warmup walk. Run 25 min + cooldown)  + Arm workout with weights 30+10

I would have gone swimming on more occasions but the jellyfish decided to invade our shores on Tuesday. Please tell me I’m not the only one who freaks out when one or a gazillion of them touch your leg or when you accidentally step on one. Eurgh!! 😦  Shooo away with you jellyfish!!

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Weekly Recap: 26/7-1/6

 

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With 4 days off from work, I’ve been a busy bee this week. To tell the truth I’ve been busy cleaning the house, cooking, recharging my batteries by the coast and eating ice cream. The last two were incredibly exhausting! How dull it is to eat that much ice cream. Poor me! I’m actually right in the middle of scooping out Magnum’s new chocolate pint. I had my doubts, but this chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkle is a real chocolate bonanza! I was afraid that it would be too sweet, but it’s not. It’s incredibly rich in flavour, almost too rich. Oh who am I kidding, it’s a spoonful of pleasure! Excuse me while I lay down and have an ice cream coma…

Somehow I only fit in two runs this week. I needed to give my body some time to recover from the drastic increase in running. I am getting stronger by the day and I feel that running in barefoot/minimalist shoes has helped me in so many ways. I’m sure it helped me this Friday when I went for a 22 min barefoot run on the beach. That sense of freedom and being in touch with the ground got me to focus on how I placed me feet and improved my pace and posture. Surprisingly enough, I wasn’t sore at all next morning. I did however learn one very important lesson after that run – never go out for a run before visiting a toilet. It was not a very pleasant experience running around and slowly getting a stomach ache. It was the only thing I focused on and I could barely get through the first 10 min. So I had to pause my session and resume it one minute later after having “gone to the ladies’ room”. A bit disappointed that I had to pause, but if you gotta go, you gotta go. Lesson learned!

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Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 4.27 km – 38m 42s (5 min warmup walk. Run 10 min; Walk 3 min; Run 10 min + cooldown)

Wednesday: Yoga

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 3.85 km – 36m 32s (5 min warmup walk. Run 22 min + cooldown) <– Completely barefoot on a beach

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Yoga

I’ve been thinking of incorporating another workout into my schedule. Even though I do yoga, it’s for relaxation and stretching on a beginner’s level in order to recover from the running. I like challenges, especially those that I’ve previously not succeed at. My next post will probably cover this challenge, but for now it will remain a secret (well some of you might know of it). All I can tell you it has something to do with Yoda and my hands. Oooh got you curious there now did I?!

I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador

Fit Approach is an inspiring and enthusiastic fitness community that support a wide range of people, including everyone from ultra marathoners to beginners and couch potatoes.  A few days ago I recieved an email that put a big smile on my face. I can proudly announce that I’m officially a SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador)!

What appeals to me about the entire SPA concept is the fact that I don’t have to be a rutinated fitness guru to be part of the community. From the little I’ve seen so far, sharing experiences and stories is one of the many great aspects when it comes to being part of the SPA community.

In addition you can’t go wrong with their awesome mission:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

P.S. History class of the day: Pink wasn’t always considered a feminine colour and blue wasn’t aways masculine. As recently as the early 1900s, pink was seen by many as a colour that went better with boys, and blue went better with girls. So it’s more than ok for men to like pink too!

That’s not the person I want to be…

Welcome back eh? I know I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. But that’s ok. We all have those moment when we need to step back, take a time out and find that motivation that was lost somewhere down the road. This time was exactly that setback. After having been ill and not being able to run, it became more and more difficult to get back on track. There are times in one’s life where you just want to give up, then I remember that’s not the person I want to be.  I’m not a quitter.

You haven’t given up until you actually give up. I just have to push myself, because no one else is going to do it for me. So what if I have to start from scratch? If I start today, take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey, I WILL reach my goal.

This time I’ll be out there in the tracks or franticly trying to stretch out my stiff body in various yoga poses. Strength, flexibility and endurance, I can see you at the horizon!