Training at the Track

As promised, my absolutely amazing boyfriend took me and my friend to the track today and pretty much kicked our asses. He had us doing lunches and sprints and butt kicks and high knees and all of that fun stuff that you would expect to hopefully get faster at running. I’m dead tired now! It was a really good workout. I think we ended up doing 6 laps of the track as well. It’s funny actually. I have a lot of trouble when I try to run for distance or basically anything longer than a sprint. But when I sprint, hot damn am I fast! I just need to work on that endurance…

Here’s our trainer showing us how to do some crunches on the bench
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Post-workout (we don’t look toooooooo tired, but I definitely feel it!)
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In food news, I made some avocado turkey wraps.

Avocado Hummus Turkey Wrap
Original Source: Iowa Girl Eats

1 tortilla wrap
1/2 pickle
2-3 tbsp hummus
1/4 avocado
2-3 slices turkey

Spread the hummus on the wrap, layer the turkey, pickle and avocado. Wrap it up!

This will be the first day in a long time that I actually bring lunch to work. I tried a month ago to make a wrap but I made the mistake of getting brown rice wraps at Whole Foods. Those things do NOT wrap nicely. The ones I got today were Dempster’s Ancient Grain wraps which seem to have a lot of good stuff in them. We’ll see how they taste tomorrow!

No exercise tomorrow, just book club 🙂 I am pretty stoked for that though. Time to pick some new books!

I survived!

As I expected, the run was hard. Oh so hard. I managed to do the whole thing without dying! Yay me! However, the group I was supposed to be in was so unbelievably far ahead of me that I ended up running with the other group anyways. So it got me thinking. Sure. I can run the longer time intervals but
1. Do I want to?
2. Am I getting anything (or enough) out of it?
The other group just does shorter intervals. They are out for the same amount of time and go the same distance. I could go in that group and actually be faster. I’m definitely not getting any faster now. I can run but so so so slow. And realistically I’m not going to be doing the sun run all at once. I’m going to be doing smaller intervals.

Thoughts?

Scary run coming up

I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to running. Ok a big wuss. It just sounds so hard. Today’s run is 5 min warmup, 10 min run 1 min walk, 15 min run 1 min walk, 20 min run 1 min walk, 10 min run 1 min walk, 5 min cool down. Honestly, that terrifies me. I did it last year when I was training and it terrified me then too. I know I can do it so its obviously all in my head. Well. Actually that might be wrong. I’ve been a slacker.

I will let you know how it goes. Oh yeah it’s pouring out too. Fun!

Running again

Hello all

I did it. I went for a run. I have been trying to get back into it for awhile. Ok. By that I mean I have been thinking about it. I don’t know how much you know about me and running or exercise in general so I will explain. Basically, all my life I have been casually active. By this I basically mean once per year. Periodically, I will get it in my head that I want/need to be more active/healthy and will start running or join a gym or go to a fitness class. This rarely lasts longer than a month. I spend a lot of money on fitness. Like the gym pass I has for two years at $45 per month. That I used 10 times. Max. Or the wii fit which lasted….yep about a month. The personal training. That was two months :). Anyways you get the point. Running was different this time around. I decided that I wanted to do the Vancouver Sun Run so I signed up for the training with my boyfriend and ran religiously twice a week, more often three times a week, for 4 months! Even after that I was running at least twice a week with a group. I did another 8 km race. Then ran for a few more weeks. Then got sick. Getting sick completely threw me. It wasn’t anything serious, just a cold/flu but it threw off my routine. Basically since June I have been “trying” to get back to running. So that’s my story. Today I went for a run for the first time in 5 weeks. I went for 25 minutes, 3km, and to be honest, it felt good. My goal is to go again on Wednesday. I’m not ready to rejoin my running group, even though my boyfriend is, because I’m ashamed. I’m so slow. I was always slow and I think that’s what made it so easy to stop running. Don’t get me wrong, they are awesome people and never not once did they make me feel bad about being slow. No one gets left behind. They always made sure to loop and pick me up. I just didn’t enjoy it because I knew I was so much slower. So my plan is to run at least two times per week on my own and get faster. Today is the first step and I wanted to share it.

Happy Monday 🙂

And the verdict is….

I think I am lactose intolerant. At least to some degree. I finished my month of no dairy and yesterday, I had a glass of milk, a bowl of cereal with milk, perogies, and lasagna ( not all at once, don’t worry:P ) and I felt like crap all day! I don’t think I am REALLY lactose intolerant, just mildly. Honestly though, I have felt a lot healthier when I was doing the no dairy thing because I ended up cutting out a lot of processed crap from my diet as well as things that I probably shouldn’t be eating anyways like cookies, and cakes, and cheese filled smokies. My suppers are usually just grilled chicken or salmon fillets, roasted potatoes, or brown rice (I ran out of rice) and maybe a veg.  The veg thing is a little hard for me. I just don’t like veggies. I have been doing better for snacks. My now go-to snack is dried fruit. I especially love dried mango but it’s not cheap so now it’s dried apricots. So all in all, it wasn’t too bad. Next month is gluten 😐 I’m very afraid.

I started running again. I did 2 km twice this week. Ok well I WENT 2km but I definitely didn’t run the whole way.

I just finished making my friend’s beach bag for her birthday. I LOVE it! I will take some pix and put them up in a bit. It’s probably my favorite bag that I have ever made. I am trying to finish some of my projects, again, so it was first on the list. The other ones are a bit harder. I think I am going to work on the scallop cardigan I started a couple months ago.

I’m trying

It’s been awhile. I guess I stopped my daily blogging. I find that it’s hard to write every day because I feel like I should have something amazing to say. I want my blogs to be well written but I also want them to come from the heart and say what I want to say. I’m trying.

I’m still trying to keep up with the running. I went yesterday and it was horrible! I kept getting side cramps, which Chester says is because I don’t drink enough water so drinking my 8 cups a day is my new goal as well as running.

Crocheting has been slow. I worked last night on my ripple blanket. It’s coming along slowly. I just haven’t been in the mood for some reason. I might work on my bag today because I just feel like I need to get something done. I cleaned out my storage closet and pulled out my two boxes of old yarn that I want to use. Chester’s mom wants me to make her mittens for charity so I want to get started on that. I have a lot of yarn!