Quick update before my road trip!

Thursday = Run day! We decided to go to Hagley Park for a run tonight due to stepping in a number of muddy puddles on our last run. Travis Wetlands as you can tell by the name is a swamp and some areas of the track are quite low so they get a little water logged when it’s closer to winter and on rainy days…

The last two days have been glorious weather but because the body is acclimatising to the cold it felt like a VERY warm run! I shouldn’t complain because it’s most likely the last hot period before winter 😦

Beef Madras (with extra veges) was waiting when we got home (THANK YOU to the person who invented slow cookers!!)

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I spent part of the night packing for Tekapo as Emily and I are leaving before 9am this morning. I always end up packing too much stuff, but it all seems necessary at the time, yes even the cat…

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An alarm was still going off insanely early this morning because someone else has to go to work today… so I was good and used that time to get a strength session in 🙂

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Off we go to Tekapo!!

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New Foods & Exercise Reset

Last week ended up being quite messy for me and I didn’t get much exercise done. We had a few evening events on which didn’t help with my lack of quality sleep and the tiredness was setting in quickly. It happens in life, every week won’t be perfect, as long as you reset, get back up and keep going!

I slept in on Saturday which meant I missed out on a walk at Hagley and then late morning we had some people come and look at our spare room. Sunday’s plans got changed as well because a couple who looked at our room the day before ended up moving in and so someone had to be there to let them in, then I felt like I couldn’t leave too long because they had questions and the cat was a bit spooked because things in the house were moving around.

ANYWAY this did give me some time to plan the week ahead and prep some food. I made some more energy balls up; they taste good but just wouldn’t stick together as well as they were supposed to. By the time I’d realised this I’d already taken the mix out of the food processor and cleaned it so I wasn’t putting it back to add anything in. They did firm up in the fridge due to some last minute coconut oil being added but if we didn’t have them chilled I imagine they would still fall apart on you!

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Lunches for the first few days of the week is an Asian Chicken slaw, mine wasn’t as colourful as the recipe picture (I had things to use up so I didn’t go and get the other colourful versions to make it look pretty haha) so I won’t bore you with a picture of that one – tasted good though!

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I know this because I made the first soup of the season as well on Sunday. I used a recipe I found for Kale Energy soup but improvised because I had a lot of veges to use up. I replaced the kale with silver beet (yes the naming ingredient of the soup!), added some ham, lentils and a few other veges. I was a little hesitant about the greens in the soup but it was actually tasty and you couldn’t taste the silver beet on its own (I’m really not a fan of boiled silver beet!).

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Monday night I was using up vegetables so I made a stir-fry with loads of broccoli and used kelp noodles for the first time. They were quite odd but once I warmed them up in the pan with the rest of the dish you would be lucky if you could tell the difference between them and vermicelli!

I did a strength session Monday night, first in over a week so I expected a little soreness the next morning even after a good stretch.

Tuesday was back into running, another thing I hadn’t done for a week. I picked up where I left off and ran 6min, walked 1min. It was already late and dark by the time we started so we agreed to just do one lap (4 sets of the above timing) and I used my head torch for the first time this year. I forgot how much it attracts the moths though..

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Today I picked up my weekly vege pack, I think more soup will be happening soon 🙂

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Tonight was another food experiment…  SPAGETTI SQUASH

Following a lot of blogs and other accounts of people in the US I came across this strange sounding pasta alternative a while ago but struggled to find them in shops here in New Zealand. I found a place that sold seeds but I didn’t quite find them in time to harvest the squash this summer, I did try but by the end of summer I had two baby squash and they still needed a lot more growing time so I will have to try next summer!

Anyway I was in Raeward Fresh on Sunday and stumbled across a couple (probably the last of the season here) and got a little too excited, there is a high chance I scared the young worker who was stacking veges just beside me…

After looking up a few recipes I decided to make spaghetti squash boats with some left over mince & vege mix I had in the freezer. Firstly I had to roast the squash (I did this yesterday because it was supposed to be yesterday’s tea but due to lack of time after a later than normal run I put it to the side and heated up soup instead)

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I think the most exciting part was removing some of the strands with a fork. Holy crap It’s amazing how a squash can produce little noodle like strands!! I actually made Liam get up and come look at it (somehow he was WAY less excited than I was)

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I didn’t fancy layer it to make more like a proper lasagne as per the recipe, just mixed up the squash strands with the mix and dumped it back in the squash with a bit of cheese but it came out looking good and tasted pretty damn tasty – something I will definitely look forward to making again 😀

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REST OF THE WEEK

This week is a short work week for me as I have a girl’s weekend in the STUNNING Tekapo with Geek Girl Living Fit & a couple of other awesome ladies.

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THU – Run (repeat of tonight’s timing)

FRI – Morning weights session before road tripping with Em

SAT/SUN – We are planning to do some walks while we are away and I’m going to try to squeeze another run in but currently there is no time line for this right now

New workout gear and slightly OTT excitement about vegetables

LAST WEEK

I only ended up completing two runs last week but the second one was an improvement, I ran the same amount each time (5mins) but was able to drop the walking down to 1min and I did a total of 25mins running rather than the Monday run of just 20mins.

Sunday was a pleasant walk around Hagley Park with a friend.

SNACKS

I’ve been trying to make at least one healthy treat for work snacks each week, my go-to lately has been muesli bars, but I found for a good month after having my wisdom teeth removed the big crunchy nuts were a bit too much. This week I went back to bliss balls. I started with Dr Libby’s Brain Balls recipe but as I do with most things, I tweaked it. I replaced some of the walnuts with almonds, swapped out the dates for prunes (had a pile to use up), swapped half of the sunflower seeds with pumpkin seeds, and added in some maple syrup because my mix wasn’t sticky enough and I liked the extra sweetness to compensate for the strong cocoa taste.

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New Workout gear

I really wanted some new workout gear (most of the winter gear I have currently is a little too small at present…) and I have been getting emails about Lorna Jane sales. The latest one was a sale on the sale items (BARGIN!) so I thought I’d finally give some of their gear a go. I’m not one for buying clothes online as I have trouble with clothing in general not quite fitting right but this lot turned out really well 🙂

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We had a Quiz night Tuesday night but we managed to squeeze a run in beforehand. It was rainy and cold, I don’t mind this once I’m already running but getting out the front door and started is always hard. It’s also getting darker (was getting pretty hard to see by the end of the run) won’t be long before I have to dig out my head torch! I stuck with run 5min/walk 1min but got my running up to a total of 30mins.

I think I got slightly too excited over fruit & vegetables this week… We have these co-operatives around Christchurch which supply a pack of in season local produce each week for $12. Ever since I stumbled upon this months ago I’ve been meaning to sign up but just never got around to it. Last week I received my first pack, this is what I got this week 🙂

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This has changed my view on meal planning slightly as I have been in the habit of planning meals in the weekend and doing the groceries on Sunday. You don’t know what that pack will contain until the day beforehand which might make me be a bit more creative with dinners again (not a bad thing). I’ll still need to buy other vegetables because we go through LOTS of them and I like a good variety in each dish so I’m thinking this will mainly be at the weekend farmers markets.

Where do you buy your fruit & vegetables?

What are your go-to healthy snack options?

18km practice run for St Clair & a shiny new watch!

Due to a couple of extra events Liam has on this weekend we did our long run on Friday morning (Public Holiday here in NZ due to ANZAC Day). This run was our longest training run before the half in two weeks, as well as being the longest either of us has ever done in one go. The majority of our runs so far have been at Hagley Park in the city, which is mainly concrete paths and flat. I knew St Clair was a bit more off road than I’m used to so I suggested we try a run through Bottle Lake Forest. The running track is a little over 9km so it worked perfectly with our scheduled 18km run. Little did I know it was a little more undulating than I expected… The elevation was only 0-30m but the little hills were short and sharp – which made it a slight challenge for someone who has only done running on the flat – luckily I like challenges!!

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Because it loops at the entrance into the forest we picked a side to start on. I didn’t realise that there was some undulating spots with quite dry sand – this made for an interesting start and I felt a little more tired than I should have been 2km into the run… We got into the forest and the terrain became more like what I had expected. 45mins in and I was starting to worry that I would really struggle with a second lap, I even said to Liam that if I was feeling worse closer to the end of this lap maybe we should run on the road for the second 9km. Meanwhile it came time to experiment with GU. The last couple of weeks running fuel hadn’t worked well at all for me so I had fingers crossed that GU would work for me. Instead of having a whole packet every 45mins we decided to share one every 20-30mins (which also meant we each got to try 4 different flavours). I find my stomach can very temperamental on a run so I didn’t want to overload it in one go with too much. I can’t believe how much it helped me, I was struggling in those first 3-4km but by the time the first lot of GU kicked in I knew I had it I me to do another lap of the track, in fact the second lap was slightly faster!

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Because we didn’t stop during the run I only got one picture at the end – it doesn’t do some of the track justice!

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I was also surprised at how I went for the rest of the day. Lately I’ve been shattered after spending a decent amount of time exercising, enough to need a nap afterwards. This time around I still felt a little tired but not nearly as bad. I tried out my new compression socks during the afternoon which I think helped as well because I wasn’t sore when I woke up the next morning SCORE!

 

I spent a bit of time Saturday getting a few things ready for diving into the 20 Week Challenge on Monday. Because we’d had a temporarily flat mate staying (he moved out two weeks ago) the gym room was cluttered with lots of things that normally belong elsewhere in the house. I need this space clear again as one of my goals is to complete a total of 1500 reps every week (250 of each)
Burpees
Press ups
Dips
Squat jumps
Lunges
ABS

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As I mentioned in my last post my reward for completing my 5 weeks goals is a GPS watch. I went shopping this weekend 🙂 Now I’m excited but sad I won’t get to use it just yet. However it gives me the motivation I need to achieve my goals because if I don’t achieve them Kate gets to keep it :/ Yes I know that might sound crazy (and maybe I was crazy to agree with the idea) but scary consequences work well for my motivation as I found out last year during the challenge.

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All of the Pumped AWESOME people entered into the 20 Week Challenge are meeting a bit later this afternoon – I’m really excited because this was such amazing moment last year. Being new to Pumped last year I didn’t know many people at all, it was really inspiring to meet some of the entrants and hear about what they are striving to achieve. We also got our contracts, a cool diary, a calendar and some other bits and heard about some successes from the previous year.

BRING ON THE 20 WEEK CHALLENGE!!!

 

How do you reward yourself for achieving big goals?

Do you tend to run the same route or do you like to find new places?

Dancing, tiredness and a 16km run

I did something Thursday night I haven’t done in WAAY too long… I put on some music and danced randomly around the lounge – Liam didn’t even look at me weirdly (LOL) in fact he said something that made me stop and think. He seemed to be enjoying observing me as he mentioned that he hadn’t seen me like that often. We’ve been together for a little over two years now and I’ve come to realise that certain things that make me randomly happy I have forgotten to do often – like simply putting on music and enjoying it.

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I’ll be honest and admit it made me a bit sad and it shows how you can get so wrapped up in the pace of life you forget to stop and remind yourself of the little things that make you happy. I think it happened without me being aware, I think back a couple of years and about the same time I started a new job (at which we aren’t allowed to listen to personal music players or have a radio playing) my car stereo also stopped working and I procrastinated on getting it fixed, in the end I got a new car before I had fixed the stereo. They were the two places I always had music playing.

 

Friday = one day of work left!! The day started out one of the best ways it can: our monthly Pumped Breakfast! I really enjoy these and am so glad Kate decided to start them. As well as having a lovely spread of coffee & yummy foods we also get to hear about peoples successes during the prior month which is so motivating and inspirational. It’s gives us a good excuse to have a chat to everyone as well – especially those who you don’t normally catch up with during the week.

I think I forgot to mention this last month in my lack of blogging but March for me was my 1 year anniversary with Pumped. I got a shiny certificate this morning 😀

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After visiting the doctor in the afternoon I was back to feeling really tired again. Good note was that they decided to take some blood tests so I will find out this coming week hopefully if something isn’t looking as good as it should be, and hopefully this random tiredness will start to go away!

I ended up missing the stairs session Saturday morning after falling ill late Friday night, something that lasted into the morning (It’s REALLY not my week this week is it?!?!). It was a very quiet day all in all and nothing much exciting to write for it on the blog front – sigh…

Today however I woke up feeling a bit better which I was very happy about – I knew I had my long run scheduled for today and I REALLY had to do it. It ended up being a slight rush as Liam decided last minute that he wanted to run before his hockey game as opposed to afterwards like we originally planned. So off we went… We didn’t have a lot of time so we headed to the park to do laps. Normally we go to South Hagley but when we drove past there were kids EVERYWHERE!! Turns out there was a youth duathlon on this morning – so we kept driving and went to North Hagley instead!

One lap ended up being slightly over 4km: the good and bad? Bad: I’m still getting used to laps (mentally speaking) but my running app went to the pack for the first time so it was really handy we could do 4 laps and know we had done our 16km (Good). I won’t show you the screen shot because it’s completely wrong and the map itself jumped in and out. At the 6km mark it told me we’d done 5km, then it didn’t do anything until we got to the final lap, it had the audacity to tell me I’d only done 6.5km and the last km had taken me over 30mins!! In total it took us close to two hours, which is slower than my normal pace but I suspected that would happen after my week. The weird thing was I found the first lap was the hardest one, but I was really happy that I wasn’t struggling with mind games in those last two laps because my legs did get quite tired towards the end so I had that to focus on to push through.

I’ve had a nap since my finishing my run lol… But I am feeling human again which is good because I need to go replenish the lunch foods area of my fridge so I have no excuse to buy food tomorrow!

 

Have you ever had your running app/watch etc stop working mid run?

How big is music in your life?