A Short Run, A Sick Kid, and Pumpkin Muffins

  • Sorry, no pics from the formal yet!  I forgot my camera, but a friend of mine got tons of snaps and said he would send some my way.  For the record, the formal was fun.  I had a piece too many of dessert, enjoyed some G&T’s, and danced with my friends.  What more could you ask for?
  • Got in a few workouts last week: core, upper body, and a run.  Nothing hard core.  Just trying to get moving again.
  • I stayed home with my daughter today.  She has a cold, was feeling okay in the morning, but was coughing a lot during the night, so we kept her home.  Built a foam “haunted mansion,” watched Drake and Josh and cuddled on the couch, and bought some Thanksgiving themed cupcake liners – see below.
  • Made some really delicious pumpkin muffins with the kids tonight. Definitely not a healthy recipe, but I wanted to see how the original recipe was before I tweaked it.  Check out the recipe here. (I definitely did NOT use the fresh pumpkin that the recipe called for.)
  • My school is starting to settle down, so I think I can fit in 4 workouts this week.  I’ve put them into my calendar…
  • The weather has been AMAZING lately.  Hot, sunny, and dry.  Why can’t September be like this every year?  I am now dreading the cold winter we will likely receive in return for the beautiful summer we just enjoyed.
  • My run on Saturday didn’t go that well.  I decided to run to the drugstore and back.  The run there was fine.  Heart rate was through the roof, pace was ridiculously slow, and lungs were burning.  This was balanced out by the fact that the weather was perfect, I had a new playlist on my iPod, and I was actually running.  My left hip felt a little tight, but okay, and it was only a 15 minute run.  On the way back, though, my knee started to hurt with the familiar IT band pain, so I just walked home.  Still a good day for a walk, but of course, pain-free running would have been better.  I’m a couple of weeks away from seeing my new physio, so I’ll be keeping any runs I do fairly short.
What’s your favourite fall recipe?  Pumpkin muffins are delicious, of course, but I also start to make things in my slow cooker, like chili, beef stew, and pulled pork.



A Week in Review: They Can’t All Be Good Runs

As I stated in this post, I missed my workouts Monday and Tuesday, and had to limit my workout to lifting weights on Wednesday.  On Thursday, I had an unexpected daytime opportunity to run 7k.  On Friday, I ran 200m intervals.  I had another 7k run scheduled for Saturday, but my legs were toast after my intervals Friday, so I settled for walking to, from, and around the Regina Ex with my family (probably a total of 3.5k).

Today was a 14k long run.  My legs felt tired from the start.  My GI tract was giving me some trouble, so I decide to go out and back twice, just in case I needed to use my washroom mid-run.  Luckily, the washroom access was largely unnecessary, but even though I made it through my run without “the trots,” I struggled somewhat with fueling and ended up with some GI discomfort later in my run.   Too much GU, Powerade, and water for my stomach to handle, I think.  Usually I use a combo of Gu, Gatorade, and water, but because the race I’m running will have Powerade, I’ve been testing that out.  It seems more concentrated or something and did not sit well today.  My stomach felt heavy and sort of crampy after I took in some Gu and water around the 11.5k mark and I had a heck of a time running through it.  To top it off, my knee started to ache a little around the 12k mark, so I walked the last 1.5k or so.  Ah well, guess all workouts can’t be good.

I’m working around my husband’s schedule again this week, so here’s what my week looks like:

  • Monday – 8k
  • Tuesday – speed/intervals
  • Wednesday – strength
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – hills + strength
  • Saturday – 8k
  • Sunday – 16k
I’m seeing my physio again this week and have been foam rolling, so here’s hoping my IT band issue stays under control.
What’s your week look like?

Burpees Rock (or so I keep telling myself)

Did my first honest-to-goodness, all-planned-out strength workout in a long time last night.  A friend of mine – with an exercise physiology and adventure-racing background – put together a plan for me.  Since September 2009, my workouts have been put together by my trainer, but since not only am I not living at home this summer, but also my much beloved trainer moved to Calgary (if you live in Calgary and need a trainer, though, check out Lindsay Byers’ website), I had to find someone to help me come up with a training plan.

You know when a workout starts with burpees that it’s gonna kick your butt.  I am definitely sore today, as a result, but in that good way that reminds you every time you move that you accomplished something physical.

On the other hand, it’s been a challenging week from a scheduling perspective.  I really have no excuse for not having got my workout in Monday, except to say that I ran/walked 12k Sunday and honestly thought Monday was a rest day – until I checked my workout plan at 10pm that night.  Oops!  Too late (and too tired) to work out.

And then Tuesday, my husband and I went out for supper with his boss.  I was not smart enough to get up early that morning to go for the 7k run, so another missed workout.  Although, the neighbourhood I’m renting a house in is a little sketchy, so I’m not sure I’d be that comfortable out running at 5:30am, anyway.

Last night was supposed to be hills and strength, but my husband’s work schedule changed last minute, so he was unexpectedly out of town, leaving me with the kids.  So, no hills, because I couldn’t see that dragging my kids to “the hill” while I ran hill repeats would work, but maybe I’ll try it another time when my husband’s around and see how it goes.

Today I managed to get a 7k run in in the morning.  I had one patient no show and another cancel, so my schedule suddenly opened up.  Since I was babysitting my nephew plus would have my kids tonight, I figured I’d better take advantage of the opportunity to get my workout out of the way.  I tried a 5 min running, 1 min walking pattern and it was okay.  I think my legs feel better when I do 4 and 1’s, though.  The knee and IT band are feeling pretty good, and a lot of that has to do with breaking my running up with walking, as well as the physiotherapy and strengthening I’ve been doing.

Work is going fairly well.  I’m learning something everyday, but I’m finding that there’s a lot of negativity in the office and it’s rather draining.  I’m what I would describe as “pragmatic” (and perhaps others might describe as pessimistic), but here, I look like a cheerful optimist.  It’s something to think about, though, as I make my way on the path to owning my own dental practice.  What do I want the work environment to be like and how do I foster that?

On the weight loss front, I have neither gained nor lost.  The weekend eating is still a struggle for me and I just haven’t been able to come to grips with it.

How’s your summer so far?  Have you accomplished what you wanted to, or have unexpected “opportunities” caused you to veer from your original plans?  Or maybe you just go with the flow and let summer steer you where it will?

Best Laid Plans…

This week didn’t really go as planned.  I missed bootcamp this week both Tuesday and today.  I had an appointment for a haircut and colour on Tuesday and since I book 6 to 8 weeks ahead (I’m not even kidding – my stylist is crazy busy!), there was no way I was going to try and reschedule.  As it is, I booked my next haircut and it’s in mid-May.

Today, I had good intentions of going, but then I just realized that if I went, I would be scrambling time-wise for the entire day.  So instead of bootcamp, I tried out a new workout I had bought and downloaded from iTrain a little while ago.  It was sort of bootcamp-ish, with squat thrusts, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, etc.  It didn’t require any weights, which was kind of nice because it meant I didn’t have to go down to the dreaded unfinished basement where our equipment is, but I have to say that I didn’t absolutely love it.  It didn’t have a warm up, and I realized that I like a few minutes to get the blood flowing before I jump right into squats and pushups. After about 35 minutes of strength/calisthenics work, I moved onto abs.  The abs section was a repetition of planks, reverse curls, and toe-touches (crunches with legs in the air, arms overhead, and you touch your toes), but my abs were sure burning by the end of it, and there was some stretching at the end. Overall, it was a pretty decent workout and very simple.  It would be a great workout for on the road, too, because weights aren’t required.

This week was very busy at school and I ended up staying late pretty much every night, including last night.  I often like to go for a run when I get home on Fridays, but since it was 7:30pm by the time I got home and I was super-hungry, I had supper with the family, put my daughter to bed, and watched part of a movie while cuddling on the couch with my son and husband before falling asleep around 9pm.  I’ve got 2 big midterms next week, so I expect several late nights this week, too.  That puts a damper on my workout schedule, for sure, because I know it’s going to be tough to take what amounts to 1 1/2 to 2 hrs out of my schedule (workout plus driving) on Tuesday to hit bootcamp.  I guess I’ll see how the studying goes this weekend and then make a decision.

As for running, I would like to go for a quick run this afternoon, since I didn’t get out yesterday, and then I’ll go for a 4.5k slow, easy run tomorrow – for real, this time.  I hope to squeeze in some running intervals later in the week – hopefully Thursday night, or maybe Wednesday if I end up missing bootcamp.

I don’t have much of a social life to speak of, but tonight my husband and I are going to a wind-up for my son’s hockey team – just for the parents. 🙂  If this weren’t an amazing group of people, I wouldn’t be going.  I would probably be studying or hanging out with my kids while my husband went – he’s the extrovert in the relationship.  Luckily we were absolutely thrilled with the group of parents we met this year.  It was our son’s first year of hockey and of course we’ve heard so many horror stories about crazy hockey parents, so we were a little nervous about the personalities we might encounter.  Everyone from the coaches to the team manager and treasurer to all of the other parents were such a pleasure to deal with.  Now I just have to figure out some kind of appetizer/snack to bring.  I’m leaning towards veggies so that I know there’s something healthy to munch, but I might make something else.  I dunno yet.  I’m feeling indecisive.

What’s your go-to, quick-and-easy appetizer or snack to bring to events? Feel free to include a link to a recipe!

My Wake-Up Call

Sometimes you get a mental wake-up call and it gives you a bit of motivational kick.  Tonight I participated in a study some of my classmates are doing on back health and ergonomics in dentistry.  As part of the study, I did a fitness test.  It included the sit and reach test, a test of back extension endurance, measurement of waist circumference (I did not look – I don’t really want to know), and curl-ups (i.e., sort of situps).

I was actually disappointed in how I did on the curl-ups test, because I really thought my abs were stronger than they apparently are.  Yes, I’ve had 2 kids and the same number of C-sections, but I’ve been working out pretty consistently for a couple of years now and I could only do 6 lousy curl-ups!  I can do more regular sit-ups than that!

Anyway, if you’ve been reading, you know I’ve sort of slacked off in my workouts lately, due in large part to illness the past couple of weeks, and, before that, my crazy school schedule.  I think tonight was the perfect boost I needed to get back to fitting in my workouts.  I’m finally feeling almost normal (I’d say I’m back to about 75%) and now that the days are longer, I am starting to feel a little more energetic.

While I have signed up for 2 bootcamp sessions per week starting next week, I want to get back to it right away while the humiliation of not being able to do curl-ups is fresh in my mind.  As such, here’s my plan:

Wednesday – 15 min cardio (running – treadmill or outside, if it’s not too cold), upper body workout

Saturday – running (hopefully outside!), 300 workout

Sunday – 15-30 min cardio (stationary bike), core

The weather here is still crap, but it’s warming up slightly, with a projected high tomorrow of -9 C (16 F), so maybe I’ll be able to get outside rather than being cooped up in my depressing unfinished basement.  *Crossing my fingers*

Have you ever had a “wake-up call” that motivated you to make a change?

Adios Mexico, Hello Deep Freeze

Sadly, my break is over.  I spent a wonderful week with my immediate family, extended family, and old friends celebrating the marriage of one of my favourite cousins (to a fantastic guy), which took place in Mexico.  Yes, I was able to escape the horrible weather here (in the -40 C range for pretty much the entire week, from what I hear) and thaw out on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

The wedding was beautiful, I read 4 books, slept like a fiend, hung out with my husband and kids, and dipped my toes into the ocean.  I also managed to snag a nasty case of food poisoning, which kept me confined to my hotel room the last day of my vacation and which seems to be lingering still – or else I’ve got a virus going on.  In any case, I haven’t been feeling great the past couple of days.  I made it to school yesterday but had a pounding headache and fell asleep when I put my daughter to bed around 8:45pm, feeling dizzy and extremely fatigued.  When I awoke this morning, my muscles were aching and my head was still pounding, so I stayed home, laid on the couch, and tried not to move.

I ran a couple of times on vacation and my IT band felt pretty good – although, holy man, I was huffing and puffing.  Oh well, I’m getting in the workouts I can and will be cranking up the workouts again once the school year is done.

Goals for the week:

  1. Plan something fun to do for later this month.  I realized today, after reading this post over at Low and Behold’s blog, that I don’t have anything to look forward to in March, and that needs to be remedied ASAP.
  2. 3 workouts (although this will depend on how I feel), strength + cardio combos.
  3. Book a massage.

That’s it for tonight!  I’m off to get (some more) rest.

The Big Squeeze

I’m happy to report that I actually fit in three whole workouts over the last week: one with my trainer, level 1 of the 30 Day Shred DVD, and a 30 minute iTrain bike workout tonight.  All in all, some pretty solid workouts.  I definitely made them count and now I’m feeling all proud of myself for fitting them into my schedule, because the past week was rough.

I’m meeting my trainer again tomorrow, and then the rest of the week is kind of crazy with quizzes and more lab work for school, plus my son’s hockey tournament on Saturday and game on Sunday.  Hoping to get in one more workout on Thursday, but it may depend on how the lab work goes.  Definitely Saturday and Sunday will involve me sweating away in the basement at some point (it’s looking like in the evening).  I would love to get another workout in there but I don’t think there’s time for me to squeeze it in, what with family and school responsibilities this week.

Gotta run and pack my gym bag before I go to bed.  Can’t wait to crawl under the covers.

Are you a get-ready-the-night-before kind of person, or a fit-it-all-in-in-the-morning kind of person?  I’m definitely the former…