Monthly Archives: April 2011

I’m Orange!

No, I’ve not had an unfortunate run-in with some spray tan.

Yikes.

No, I finally made it to the Orange level on Nike+!  Not big news to most, seeing as you only have to run 50km to get there, but I’m not much of a runner, so it’s a bit of a big deal to me.  See?

AND, this week I’ve run 3 times!  AND, I ran 10.79 km.  AND, I didn’t hate it!

I think that last one is the most important part.

Wednesday and today I got in a lift (Fat Loss I B3 and A4 respectively) and then started up my various apps (C25K to tell me when to walk/run and Nike+ GPS for pace and distance) and hit the sidewalk.

Wednesday was hard.  FL I B is a really killer leg workout.  Deadlifts, Bulgarian Split Squats (loathe) and Romanian Deadlifts, alllll in one workout.  At least my legs were warm when I went running?

Why the sudden interest in running you ask?  Well, let me tell you.

The one race I for sure run every year is the Ancaster Old Mill Race, and it’s starting to loom.  It’s just 7 weeks away, and I haven’t run since I ran the race last year.  I run this race because it’s close to home and, well, work covers the entrance fee.  Bonus points because it’s on a Tuesday evening and they feed you a really tasty dinner after.

Usually around this time of year I sort of panic and realize I need to start running again.  Looking at Nike+ I ran a whopping total of 3 times before the race for a total of 12.36 km of training.  4.63 km of which were the evening before the race.  Bad idea.  My poor, untrained legs were sore.  I realize that some people can strap on their shoes and run 5km like it’s no problem at all, that some people consider runs longer than 3 miles to be their easy runs, but, well, I’m not one of those people.  Running has never been all that easy for me.

This year I’m determined to do things better.  I really WANT to run the whole race.  I WANT to finish in under 30 mins.  Last year was 34 minutes and change, the year before was 35 and change, 2 years before that when I walked the whole thing (pre-weight loss) I did it in 45 minutes.

So, I’ve returned to my buddy C25K.  To make it so that I finish up the program the week before the race I started on Week 2, which makes sense, because I have run a bit before and Week 1 is just sort of annoying.

Ideally I’d like to be lifting and running on separate days, and use the running as a way to help get some blood flowing into my aching muscles, but it hasn’t worked out too well so far, but that’s ok.

If you want to be my buddy (or whatever) on Nike+, look me up!  My username is raynes29.  I have no idea what you do on there, but feel free to heckle me, or whatever.

15’s no more!

Oh hai, I swears, I’m still here.

Derek and I worked our way through the Break-In phase of NROL and I learned a few things:

  • I hate doing sets of 15
  • I’ve got pretty terrible hip mobility (I think) resulting in pretty crappy ass-to-grass squats
  • if I wait to workout until Derek gets home from work (and will actually want to finish a workout) I might get in 2 lifts a week

It’s pretty hard to do anything about the first one, as, well, that’s the way these programs are written, but you can bet your booty that I was very happy to complete workout B2 of Fat Loss I last night.  Because, you see, the sets/reps/rest for FL I are set up as follows:

  • Workouts 1 and 2, 3 sets, 15 reps, 75s rest
  • Workouts 3 and 4, 3 sets, 12 reps, 60s rest
  • Workouts 5 and 6, 3 sets, 10 reps, 45s rest

So, finishing FL I B2 last night means I’m out of the 15 reps sets for at least a few more weeks.  WOO!

As for the hip mobility, well, I’ve come to the conclusion that my hips are tight/crappy after running through some easy ankle mobility drills.  My ankles are fine, so it must be my hips, right?

I took some video of my last set of squats on Tuesday and I can clearly see where my back starts to round out.  The good news is that it doesn’t happen until after I’ve broken parallel, so I can still get a good squat on.  The bad news is that I want to be squatting ass-to-grass, so I’ve got some work to do.  Going forward I’m going to have Derek be there with me when I’m squatting to help tell me when I’ve hit my depth, and just continue with some mobility stuff. (I’m using some assessment/mobility stuff from Tony Gentilcore’s article here).

As for the third thing I learned during Break-In, well, as nice as it was to workout with my husband, he’s got a physically demanding job and I don’t.  I need to get my lifts in.  If he can join me, awesome, hopefully I can get him to join me for enough balanced workouts (as in, you can’t keep skipping deadlift workouts mister) then good, but I need to lift, and ideally 3 times a week.

Enough of business though, don’t you want to hear about my vacation?!?!?

Derek and I took our very first All Inclusive vacation last month.  We were supposed to go away to Jamaica with 3 other couples back in September, but one of our friends kids got sick (screw you Leukemia) and things just fell through.

So, I stalked Trip Central’s website and read about a billion reviews on Trip Advisor and we finally settled on the Riu Mambo in Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic for 7 nights starting March 18th.

Oh em gee it was great.  Trip Central rates the resort a 4+, and while we didn’t really know any better, what with it being our first AI and all, some people we met said it was more like a 3.5 star.  Whatever, there were plenty of beach and pool chairs, and always a bar within a minutes walk.

Here are a few pictures, just to make you jealous.

Nice, eh?  I think next time we’ll try Cuba (’cause us crazy Canadians can go there) or Mexico.