2016 Fit Friday Week 1

I thought I’d spend Friday’s sharing a little update into our new fit family.  If you’ve been following me then you know I had baby #3 thirteen months ago.  I dropped my baby weight from him in about 8 or 9 months, but I still have some weight to loose.  You may also know that I’m a runner though I loose that term loosely.

I own a FitBit and have a group of friends who challenge each other each week.  I wasn’t the winner of the workweek hustle last week, but I did come in second and managed to hit my goal of 10,000 steps each day.  Yay me!  That might not sound like much, but it’s been a while since I accomplished that.  Last week was a BEAUTIFUL week here in southwestern Ontario so that meant that my little man and I could go for a walk after we dropped the other 2 at school.  And with a view like this beside their school, who wouldn’t want to go there?

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Along with my daily walks I also choose to start the Bikini Body Mommy 90 Day Challenge (Here’s the very first video in her series).  I love this series because I can do it at home after the kids go to bed.  I don’t have to worry about hubby being home so I can go to a gym, or worry about child care at all.  Let me tell you, this is not an easy workout though.  I had my ass kicked every single day.  It really does prove how out of shape I am.  Do you know what gave me the strength to not give up during those workouts?  It was my 5 year old daughter asking me why I couldn’t do the exercises as fast as Brianna (the woman in the videos), and her asking me why the woman in the video didn’t have a fat belly like I did.  There is NOTHING to get you moving like the honesty of a child.  That and the fact that I want her to see me succeed.  I want her to know that even when you want to quit, you need to keep going – not just with exercising but in many things in life.  I want her to know that things aren’t always as easy as they seem, sometimes you really do need to put your blood, sweat and tears into it.  Literally.

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I mentioned earlier that I’m a runner.  This quote above suites me perfectly.  (I forget where I found it so please excuse the lack of credit for it.)  Well I’d like to be a runner.  I’m more of a jogger.  No let’s change that to a “wogger” – more on the walking end than the jogging end.  I’d really like to change that this year and be able to actually run an entire 5K.  I don’t think I can even run 1K right now.  I have a nice little 5.5K route that I’ll be walking and working on extending how far I can run on it.  I’ll also be completing a few 5K’s this year, at least one 10K, and I may even challenge myself to a half marathon.  We’ll have to see how my training goes.  One of the best things about my runs, is that my kids often want to join me.  I tend to take them on separate runs because of their abilities.  When my 8 year old joins me it means that he pushes me out of my comfort zone to run farther and faster.  When my 5 year old joins me I ensure it’s for a more leisurely day as she isn’t nearly as fast as her brother yet, thought I’m sure with time she will be. Taking them individually is also a great way to get some one on one time with them, something they don’t often get with 3 kids in the house.

 

**Any and all references to any type of exercising are what work for me.  I am in no way a fitness expert or certified for giving any type of advice.**

Slow and Steady Finishes the Race

This past Sunday I ran jogged and walked the World Alzheimer’s Day Run for Heroes 10K.  This is the second time I’ve completed this event and sadly it will be the last as the organizers announced that they will not be able to continue this next year.  This race takes place in Amherstburg, Ontario and takes you along the Detroit River, through Fort Malden and through the town.

I’m not the fastest person out there.  Not even close to being the fastest person.  I don’t really consider myself a runner.  Yet I still compete.  I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done.  I LOVE that I’m showing my kids how to be active (even if they weren’t at the even with me).  I LOVE that I can support a great cause that’s close to my heart – Alzheimer’s.  And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a little bling to show off.  😉

I first completed this event in 2013.  This year I completed it 15 pounds heavier than in 2013.  We’ve added one additional child to our family since I last completed this event (9 months ago).  But I was still as under prepared for it as I was the first time.  This time however, I noticed some things.

  1. Runners are a group of pretty AMAZING people.  I was able to chat with a couple of people along the way.  Both of them were battling injuries but were still out there.
  2. Runners come in all shapes, sizes, age and fitness levels.  I was inspired by some of the people I saw out there – passing me on the course no less.  People who were probably almost twice me age.  People who did not fit the “athletic” profile at all.  And some of these people were SO much stronger than me and appeared to run the entire course while I couldn’t even run a full kilometer.
  3. The people of Amherstburg are such friendly people.  There didn’t appear to be quite as many people sitting on the street watching this year as there was 2 years ago.  But the people who were there were so supportive.  Some had music playing for us.  There was a man out with his guitar singing on one of the streets.  Some yelled out words of encouragement.  A boy about 5 stood at the end of his driveway giving everyone “5” as they ran by with a big grin on his face.  Awesome to see during those last few kilometers when you’re ready to give up.
  4. I really run better with some music.  So I will not forget it next time.
  5. It is possible to get blisters from shoes that you’ve worn to train in all summer.  😦
  6. The volunteers along the way were so friendly and awesome.  Words of encouragement.  Telling you how much further you had to go.  One man at a water station was even offering Tim Bits.  LOL.
  7. I CAN do this.  Even though I hate running, I can do it.  And I feel AMAZING once I’m done.  I can battle that fatigue and play the mind games with myself after kilometer #7.  And I want to continue to do these.

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I didn’t beat my time from last time but I still beat my ultimate time goal.  Barely.  I can’t wait to do my next race.  Who thought I’d ever say that?  I’d LOVE to do a half marathon, but feel like I need to get my 10K time down first.  I think first though I will do a 5K with my 8-year-old.  He has joined the cross-country team at school this year and LOVES it.  As I continue to foster his love of running I will continue to work towards getting better and faster with my own runs.

Disapointed

So this past weekend was the Run For Heroes Marathon in support of Alzheimer’s Disease in Amherstburg Ontario.  I completed the 10K last year – my first 10K, and had signed up to complete it again this year.  Sadly I didn’t compete – I didn’t even make it out there.  I knew it would be challenging completing the event being 28 weeks pregnant.  But because I had registered for it long before I was pregnant, I had plenty of time to train for it.  Even if I couldn’t run it and just walked it, I was going to complete it.  At least that’s what I told myself in the spring.

Sadly the training didn’t happen like I wanted it to – or at all for that matter.  And the fact that I can currently barely walk up 2 flights of stairs without getting winded was a good indication that there was no way that I could walk 10K.   I have no one to blame but myself – thus the reason for my disappointment.

But now it’s time to look forward to next year and start planning and prepping for that.  Baby will be about 9 months old, so there should be no reason why I can’t complete it.  And as I’m already starting to look for other runs to complete before this one perhaps I’ll even beat my time from last year.

So …. who’s coming with me to compete next year?  Or at least participate in some of the other runs I plan to do leading up to it?  I’ve recently found some fun sounding runs that I can’t wait to run in.  And since I was only able to complete one race this year, I have many that I need to add next year if I’m ever going to reach my goal of 40 races before I turn 40.

Le Chocolat 5K

Sunday May 4, 2014.  A beautiful sunny morning.  Not too hot.  Not too cold.  Perfect for running a 5K with a friend.

This was the first time that I was participating in this race.  They call it “A Mother’s Day Primer” as it happens the weekend before Mother’s Day, and they have some great “gifts” available for those who participate.  Last year all of the participants received a Coach purse as party of their registration.  This year it was a 3L “purse” of wine from Pelee Island winery – your choice of red or white.  I chose red.  🙂

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So yes all participants (well 19 and over) received the box of wine, and then at the end of the race everyone received chocolate.  I did wonder what wine and chocolate had to do with running, but let’s face it, it’s wine and chocolate, I didn’t really care.

I had planned to do this race be myself – none of my family are “runners”.  Well my son would have come with me, but he would have left me in his dust.  Anyways, I found out that my friend Tara was doing this as well, so we decided we do it together.  Even better we discovered that neither one of us had trained for this event, so we were both going to walk it.

Here we are waiting for it to start:

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Here we are part way through:

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And here we are at the end with our chocolate:

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Now we weren’t in this to win the race by any means, we had fun, and enjoyed our walk along the Detroit River.  My finish time was 1:00:54.  Not my fastest time, but not bad considering that we walked and made 2 pit stops.

This was the second race I’d completed that was organized by Running Flat.  Again I thought it was well organized (although I did hear that they had a few “mix-ups”), I was fortunate to not be affected by any of them.  I’ll be competing in another one of their event July 1st – the Canada D’Eh Run, and I am scheduled to complete the World Alzheimer’s Day Run for Heroes 10K in September again.

Thanks Tara for being my walking buddy.  Can’t wait to do this one again next year.  Maybe I can get some of my family out with me next year too.

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Forest City Road Race

Last year I participated in the Forest City Road Race for the first time.  It was my first time running completing a 5K.  I beat my goal time, and was excited to go back and do it again this year.  We packed up and headed to London of Friday night (we had other things to do before the race Sunday morning).  Headed to Victoria park Saturday afternoon to pick up my race kit.  it was FREEZING outside!!  And I got the kids registered to run the Kids Fun Run.  They ran it last year and my son totally left  my husband in his dust.  LOL.

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My 5K starts at 8:30 Sunday morning, so I set my alarm for 6.  Sunday morning, my alarm goes off and I am NOT well at all.  Now I’m not one to let sickness get me down very often.  I usually have to be pretty sick to stay home.  Well, this was one of those times.  I really didn’t think that I’d be able to finish the race in one piece.  So I crawled back into bed, and re-set my alarm so that we could get the kids to their race.

The kids were so excited to run again this year.  My son decided that he was going to run it by himself just like a grown up this year.  So we let him.  My daughter wanted to as well, but we decided that my father in law would run with her.  Now the kids race is only about 600 meters from one side of the park to the other, but it was far enough (in my mind), that my daughter (who just turned 4), was still to young to do it by herself.  Thankfully the kids didn’t catch whatever bug I had and were able to complete their race.  They had a blast and can’t wait for their next race.

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Just as with the event last year, the event was fantastic!  The volunteers were wonderful, the event was well organized, the snacks for the runners were delicious (or so my kids told me).  My kids couldn’t wait to jump in the bouncy castle when they finished running.  I can’t wait to participate again next year – maybe I’ll even up it to the 10K.

Here’s hoping I’m feeling better for this coming weekend as I have another 5K to complete – the Le Chocoalte 5K.  Can’t wait for that.

Running

I guess about 2 years ago I decided that I wanted to start running.  i don’t run.  Never have.  HATED it in school.  I mean why would your purposely make yourself do something that was considered punishment in most other sports.  And just so you know, I didn’t do very many sports at all.

So i suddenly decided that I needed to be a runner.  Maybe it was the weight gain after baby #2.  Maybe it was the fact that it would get me away at lunch time from my job.  Maybe I just thought it sounded fun.  whatever the reason I was going to start.  So I started.  And was SO MUCH slower than I ever thought I would be.  I really didn’t know how out of shape I really was until I tried running.  I tried a couple of different C25K plans (couch to 5K), and was soooo disappointed in myself because I couldn’t complete them.

I finally ran wogged my first 5K in April 2013.  My goal was 45 minutes.  Yes I know that seems long for a 5K, but I’m not a runner remember.  I finished in under 42 minutes.  YAY.  So I did a couple more AND a 10K in September 2013.

So why am I sharing this?  Well because I’m sure I’ll be posting more about my running – I’m currently signed up for 4 races this year, plus a couple of virtual ones.  AND there are a couple of big races that I want to work towards over the next few year.  If you have any tips, suggestions, advice, I’d love to hear it.