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On That Fitness Thing

I realized it’s been ages since I updated you guys on my fitness thing.

I only realized this when I was writing my birthday post last week, and mentioned my sports injury.

I think the last time I even mentioned my lack of running/what I’d been doing was back in… I don’t even know when. Maybe never.

So let me tell you the story, about a year ago in September I began having a heel pain, that led with a sharp stiff pain into the arch of my foot. It wouldn’t be always there, but it would sort of appear 5 minutes into my run, as I was warming up, or sometimes when I was slowing down. Or the pain would happen a few hours after my run, if I’d been sitting and moved my foot, it would feel painful and stiff.

I knew what it was.

But I didn’t want to admit it.

So I went to a doctor who only confirmed what was wrong with my foot: plantar fasciitis. It’s a pretty common running injury, and having seen my mom go through it, I knew that’s what was going on.

According to the doctor it was related to weak hip strength, so my physiotherapy related to that. I did physio for a few months, and then it was “up to me”.

In the winter, spring, and summer, I did a run here or there, but nothing steady.

Then I got home from Kenya, and a friend of mine made me go running with her. It was a simple suggestion she made, “hey we should go running sometime.” One of those suggestions you don’t really think are going to go anywhere. But within a week we were running together. And so I was running 2 x a week.

Still more recently my friend Amber has got me out running on the trails, which has made me want to keep at running.

So now I’m trying to run 3 x a week. Nothing long yet, barely 5km (3miles) but still, steady running. It feels great.

But it’s not just the running, fitness wise, that’s making me feel great.

I’m also doing Hot Yoga, at least 3 times a week. I started in September, and knew I’d like it, but now how much I’d love it. Kamloops Hot Yoga is a great studio, and I love the variety of classes I take.

I’m also doing swimming 2x a week, and I’m up to 3000m when I go, and I spend most of it trying to catch up to my mom. ;) 

Finally a year later I’m starting to feel fit again.

PS sorry for lack of pictures, not my normal style, I know.

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The No-Running Diet

Diet is a four letter word. But today I’m not talking food diet, I’m talking exercise diet.

So I run. Not everyday, but consistently. In the spring when I was training for a half-marathon, I was running four days a week. After the half I didn’t feel like running all that much, so I was run free for a good three weeks. Then during the summer I was motivated by a running partner to get out at least twice a  week.

This fall I started to feel good about running again. I was starting to get into the rhythm and enjoy a good run outside, even out in the snow. My mileage was staying between 6 and 10 km, but it felt good.

Then a couple of weeks ago I start to feel a pain in my heel. A pain that would hit at the beginning of runs. Or after my run, or after other activities when I was just sitting.

Shit, I thought. Shit. I had an inkling about what this was. But I put off going to the doctors, because I’m lazy.

But yesterday I got the confirmation I’d been dreading.

Dx: planter fasciitis

Tx: take a break from running.

at least three to four weeks. Wow. Well. I was expecting orthotics, but you know, instead I’m on a running diet

At least I really enjoy doing other activities….right? But the thing is, for the past year or so, my exercise schedule has been done around running. As in I plan my other exercise as cross training to running. But now that’s not my focus, or it can’t be. In fact the doctor kept muttering about how “tight” I am and said that I should work on my flexibility, hip and core strength since those were rather lacking apparently.

So here’s my question blog world, what other exercises do you do besides running? And how do you plan gym workouts and that sort of thing?

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21.1

Nope, that’s not my age. It’s the distance I ran today.

The BMO 1/2 MARATHON finally arrived!

Here are some stats according to my garmin:

Total distance: 13.35miles

Total Time: 1:52:56

Avg Pace: 8.27min/mile

Overall? I’m stoked! I knew that my time would be around 1:50 and I’m so glad that it worked out. Especially since I wasn’t feeling optimal these last few days; first exam stress, then tired, then a little cold! It’s been a rough and busy week. So to still do well on this race feels awesome (and a little sore!).

Now I’ve started thinking about what I want to do for the summer… I need a challenge. Any suggestions?

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Stormin’ Some Walls!

Wow! Who knew storming walls could be so much fun? Here’s a little recap for you all…

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Mode of transportation; prerace. I don’t have photos of our beginning, because we checked in at different places! But our swimmer done fairly well I think, and our sprinter was fast.

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(I’m the one in green black and brown)

I had to do 9 laps of that little greenway thing, it was about 3k. After my 9laps, our long distance runner took to the stage, and met us at the wall!

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Can you spot us? I’m at the top, pulling up our team mate.

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Getting our last person over the wall! Woo! So much fun.

We came third all in all, so it was pretty fun. We’ll see if our time is fast enough to get us into the semi finals. 😀

Afterwards I was crazy I did a 14k run with my friend. 😛 I’m pooped, I’m probably gonna go to bed soon (and STUDY HARDCORE tomorrow for a quiz I have…)

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Coco for coconut

This has been a good weekend. I got to see Alice in Wonderland finally! It was decent, but not my favourite Tim Burton or Johnny Depp movie ever.

I did a little shopping (and didn’t over spend).

Watched a LOT of TV. Procrastinated like crazy (this continues..)

Ran 20k!!!! Woot Woot!

And did some baking….

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hmmm, fresh from the oven.

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All iced up and ready to go…

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SOOOO Good. 🙂 Although they had this… tang? or something? I think it’s from baking soda, does that make sense? The recipe (from here) called for some vinegar and I left it out since I didn’t have any. I believe that maybe this might have lessened the tang?

Anyway, they were overall pretty good. I have some left over coconut milk I”ll have to find a use for, but that shouldn’t be hard to do!

Short post I know, but I got to run and maybe do some work. :p

Have a good week!

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16k Baby!

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Me: pre run. (you don’t wanna see the post run. 😉 )

I ran further this year. yay!

Stats:

Distance: 16.21km (10.07m)
Time: 1:31:30
Fastest km: 4:47
Slowest km: 6:35

So even though I only added on a little over a kilometer to my mileage my time was a lot slower. I had no pace buddy to really push me! But still, that’s not half bad I say.

After the Run

I broke out a new toy:

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A foam roller. I’ve read a lot about these, and I wanted to see how well it would work. I feel good to by honest. I don’t know if my legs feel better because a) I ran slower or b) I used this. Probably a mixture? It sure felt good to get into those muscles!

Also post race fuel:

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Cinnamon Oats:
-cinnamon, banana, milk, 1/3c oats, raisins, a little sugar and LOTS of chunky peanut butter. So good.

And that’s been my day, time to do some prioritizing and get some stuff done so I can maybe enjoy some Oscars tonight

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Inspired

Well this past week I’ve been locking myself up trying to get a little work done.. And very little work has been done indeed. It’s really hard to concentrate when, if I feel like procrastinating, the Olympics are on TV.

I have to say I’m very glad indeed that UBC gave us two weeks off instead of one this year. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I had to be back at school already. I’d be so far behind!

I find the Olympics super inspiring. I know I could never, ever be an Olympic caliber athlete, but seeing those men and women get out there and do a sport flawlessly really makes me want to keep being active.

So to inspire myself to keep at it the way I have been at it, I went online this week and paid some money to run this little race:

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No I’m not doing the full marathon, but I am going to do the half Marathon on Sunday May 2nd, right after I finish up all my exams and have to move out of residence.

It will be my first running race in over two years, and I’m really looking forward to it. It will also be my sixth half marathon. But I haven’t run a half marathon in over 4years, in fact the last one I did was the BMO in 2006. So we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve started “training” and by that I mean trying to increase my mileage and do a few speed workouts.

Have you ever done a running race? If so what distance? Would you ever want to?

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