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

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An easy run & some new recipes for my cookbook

The 20 Week Challenge is a beautiful thing – when you blog about a good day or a bad day there is always someone who builds you up or who you have been able to help by just sharing your experiences – even people that you haven’t met. SO COOL!

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I started to blog purely so that I had to do something health wise worth writing about and it’s really nice to see how that can help me as well as readers!

Sticking to the plan I went for a run Tuesday night – the first decent one in quite a while! My issue at the moment is because it’s getting so dark early now I really dislike running on my own. Luckily Liam said that he would run with me during the week (most of the time) and Emily is also out around the same time and has offered to join. That’s really cool because my next planned raced is one she is doing as well, even though she may be faster than me we are looking to do similar training in general. It’s definitely nice to have a running buddy who’s a similar speed to you, but having someone there who’s not can also have its good points. Plus the way I see it: Sometimes all you need is someone to meet up with to make you get out there and do it – not necessarily sticking with them for the whole distance 🙂

It wasn’t quite as cold as I thought it would be, but it definitely got dark fast. Liam and I decided to do an easy run around the outside of North Hagley, only ended up doing 5km but it was a good starter. I tried out some new gear I purchased in the weekend because I am feeling the cold SO much more this year and not getting as hot out running as I used to! I bought some Cold Gear from Under Armour: Long tights and a top with nice long arms you can hide your hands in. The only thing I dislike so far is the fact they only had black – winter is dreary enough without black workout gear but I will stop complaining because it did keep me warm!

I’m very focused on getting my eating back in check this week, needless to say I might have put on a kg over the past couple of weeks and it’s time to get that reversed as part of my clean slate (especially seeing as it is one of my Week 10 Goals!). I tend to get in a rut with the same meals every day/week. Even though they may be good choices I have them too often and then end up disliking them for a while (e.g. not a fan of green based salads at the moment – it’s a good thing it’s winter!). Over the long weekend I took the time to find some new and yummy sounding dinners to test out.

I went back to one of my favourites Tuesday night – Zucchini ‘Pasta’ with avocado sauce. Then I made a recipe one of the Pumped ladies shared with us last night: Thai Peanut Superfood Slaw – it was YUMMO! Luckily I made enough for lunches today 😀

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Tonight was another new recipe: Carrot & Lentil Soup (picture is from the recipe – I ate it too quickly!). My amazing step sister came around for dinner and she’s a vegetarian so it was a good excuse to try a new meatless recipe!

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I’ve moved tonights run to tomorrow due to forgetting I had Loki booked in at the Vet tonight…

 

The 4BY4 Challenge

This month we have a challenge to try 4 new foods and 4 new activities. I think the first part will be the easiest part… But I do enjoy trying new things (even if I am apprehensive before it happens!). I will be doing a little bit of research and planning for this in the next couple of days – more info to come soon 🙂

 

 

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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!!!

 

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16 Days to go until St Clair! Plus… What on earth have I got myself into?!?!

The long weekend was a mixture of some very nice relaxing days and some not so relaxing days…

Sunday I had my long run, I ended up cutting it short at 14km because I wasn’t feeling too flash and ended up slightly hyperventilating. I didn’t do very well with the choice of fuel I used. I found some Horley’s Replace gels I must have bought last year before I had to pull out of my first planned half marathon but unfortunately I really didn’t enjoy the flavour of them on top of my body not being very use to fuelling yet. A few ladies I know have been raving about some of the GU flavours so I ordered a few online to try this weekend, I’m hoping if I like the flavour it might be a bit easier to work on getting this fuelling business sorted…

They turned up last night!

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My android running app also stuffed up again which annoyed me, up until two weeks ago it’s been really accurate – I’m wondering if the last update might have screwed with the GPS or something. Luckily I’ve been lapping Hagley Park lately so I know what distance I’m doing (But it puts my year’s km total out which also annoys me…). I’m hoping it will get sorted soon but I’m going to purchase a running watch but as part of my 20 Week Challenge this year (which I will talk about more later in the week) my reward for meeting my 5 Week Goals will be the running watch which means I have 5 and a bit weeks to wait ARGH!!!

The good part? I’ve definitely noticed that my mind games have changed with running. I struggle the most in the first 3-4km now but once I get through that the head space is a lot more positive which I think I prefer over struggling with my head space later in on a run. Another purchase that turned up yesterday is a pair of recovery compression socks, I usually feel my calves after a long run so I wanted to see if they would make any difference to my recovery – a little excited to test them this weekend!

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Monday I went along to a stairs session Emily had organised at St Martins Stairs. I find it funny how every time I get there I seem to forget how steep it was the last time I went… There is a little bit of a walk until you reach the beginning of the stairs and look up you’re already puffing HAHA. Enough complaining!

For a warm up we walked up to the top and left our jackets/water bottles etc. on some rocks. Our session usually consists of around 5 laps of the stairs with some reps in between each one. We had 5 exercises to do in between each lot of stairs: first round 25 of each, second 20… right down to 5. Then each time we did the stairs we went up a slightly different way:
1 # walk (warm up)
2 # single leg jumps (I was shocking at these so I ended up doing 2 feet jumps and still almost falling on my face on every second step)
3 # sprint 30 steps, walk 30
4 # 2 feet jumps (for me this one turned into sprint 30, walk 30 as the balance was still in the dangerous level)
5 # we had to go ALL the way down to the very bottom, do 100 walking lunges back up then run up the stairs.

Finish it all off with a casual run back down the road and a nice iced drink to cool down.

 

Tuesday I got up in a grouchy mood. I was sore, tired and I think I slept funny on my neck. Instead of bailing on PT with Kate I still turned up. I honestly wasn’t in a very good frame of mind for PT and I felt ‘weak’ which I was trying not to think about because sometimes that is enough to make you believe you are weak…. I ‘swore’ 3 times which I’m normally really good at avoiding so I had a 30 press up punishment reward. I left feeling glad I turned up; even though Kate knew I was grouchy and less motivated than normal.

I was in a much better mood the rest of the day for it so thank you Kate! In fact maybe I was in too much of a good mood…  I MAY have done something a tad insane later in the day. Emily has been giving me some ‘healthy’ peer pressure since Mt Cook to enter a trail run through part of Queen Charlotte Sound. I got a wee reminder from her…

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She shared that, tagged me and said you know you want to… I really did want too….

I wanted to tramp Queen Charlotte Sound this year so maybe this is a good taster of how beautiful it will be. So I’ve signed myself up for a 26km trail run in July (12 weeks away). AM I CRAZY?!

Website for anyone curious!

I may have just jumped into the deep end… I’ve had a look at last year’s results and a few people were out there for around 5 hours – I figure I can beat that… don’t want to be the last person crossing the finish line :/

I’m a little excited now though; I’m going to have to get kitted out soon so I can train carrying the gear I need. You know what that means? SHOPPING!

 

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Morning routines, smashing PB’s and a Labrador wanting to help with my reps…

 I finally got into some early morning workouts this week. Dee, one of the lovely Pumped ladies had asked for some motivation to do a workout Wednesday mornings and I jumped at the chance as I was also needing a bit of a accountability with my mornings. This week we decided to meet at Hagley Park and do Kate’s homework circuit:

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I must admit we only got through half of it by the time we had to pack up and head to work (think we were chatting too much…) but it was still a good start to the morning.

After work I had circuit class with Kate which was a little different than the usual inside circuit. We’ve been lucky with the weather lately and being able to do outdoor classes but it wasn’t too flash this particular evening. Usually we would do something along the lines of one round of the circuit, do a few different exercises and sprints to break it up followed by another shorter round to finish. This time we did 45 sec on a station, a few reps or sprints and then 30 sec on the same station before moving on. Made it a little more like interval training which was a nice change – I like my variety 🙂

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve found I’m able to push myself more than I could over the last few months. I’ve had a couple of injuries that would be niggly off and on and I’ve had to be careful with sprinting and jumping type exercises because that was what was setting it off – I REALLY didn’t want to go backwards again with it! Currently it’s looking good, I’ve been doing all these things with no niggles or pain and bonus – I feel like I’ve got more out of my workouts 🙂

Thursday = time trial day. I had looked up my PB from a couple of weeks ago and mentioned to Liam that I really wanted to beat it this time. As we started off I actually felt like I was going well, 1km mark came along and my app told me I’d been running for 6:03 (includes a few seconds from the 2nd km). By this time Liam was a few steps in front of me, I was pretty happy and said “Woah babe, 6mins!” (secretly hoping I hadn’t started out too fast and could keep it up). 2nd km I was faster still and when the 3rd km mark came around the voice told me my average was sitting at 5:34 – Woah, I couldn’t believe it! I had been worried because I felt like I had slowed up yet it was my fastest km. I did slow a little towards the end of the run but managed to keep every km under 6mins and finished in 29:05. I took a total of 2mins 14sec off my PB (31:19) WOOHOO!!!

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Needless to say I was feeling pretty proud! I have noticed though that I am really bad with inconsistent lap times. My splits usually differ considerably and I struggle to know how I’m going only knowing my time at each km because sometimes if I’ve slowed sometimes I don’t have enough time left to bring it back as much as I would like too. For this reason I’m looking into what GPS watches are around, not that I will look at it the whole run but I think it will help me get a feel for my pace and know when I need to step it up, especially for time trials!

This morning was an odd feeling for me: a few of the Pumped girls ran Buller Marathon/Half today which was supposed to be my first Half Marathon. Unfortunately I had to pull out late last year due to the above mentioned injuries. I was really excited for them (especially Hayley as she completed her first marathon!) but was a little sad I wasn’t joining them. On the bright side though, I’m in a better position right now for St Clair than I was for Buller so here’s hoping nothing major comes my way in the next couple of months… 

To keep on track I decided to incorporate the homework circuit into a stairs session this morning and Dee offered to join me. Besides getting eaten alive by mosquitoes it was a good workout, I even found a buddy who wanted to help with my press ups! I didn’t catch a picture of him but a gorgeous chocolate labrador was playing on the stairs and followed us around for a while. As people went past we asked if they knew where he lived but it wasn’t until the end of our workout we found out where his home was. Every time I got down to do reps he would come over and try to play – it kept the workout fun haha!

Instead of the step ups/2 feet jumps in between the sets of 20, 15, 10 & 5 reps mentioned from Wednesday we would run down & back up the stairs (all 219 of them). There is a nice flat area at the top of the stairs to do reps and it’s away from the nasty mosquitoes which was a big bonus!

 

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Almost a week in a day…

Playing catch up tonight… it’s been a busy few days all in all :/

Thursday evenings run was a struggle. It was fairly warm but the wind was the killer We had winds of around 40km with gusts of 60-70km about the time I headed out. Thursday runs for me are a 5km time trial run and this is the first one of the year now that I’m back up to running 5km again. I was hoping to beat my time from Sunday but with the wind I did a slower run than normal.

Even though it wasn’t quite a PB it’s still a big difference that was from my first ever 5km. Just over two years ago I had managed to get myself up to running around 10mins without stopping but could not seem to get any further (the frustration!). I decided to join a program called Get up to Five http://getuptofive.co.nz/ run by the inspirational Bevan James Eyles. The beginners schedule started with 30 sec intervals of running and slowly over the 8 weeks increased to running 5km without stopping. I ran that 5km in around 42mins, I was ecstatic at the time thinking oh yeah that’s just under 8 ½mins per km!

That legs & butt homework circuit… I attempted it after my run on Thursday for the first time and man it burns! Probably doesn’t help that I’m still sore from other workouts but I had to get it done!

Friday was rest day, I normally still do a walk or a little circuit but I had woken up with a really sore lower back and it was still niggly in the afternoon BUT we had tickets to one of the Buskers Shows anyway so I didn’t have a lot of free time after work. The boy with tape on his face (aka Sam Wells) is originally from Christchurch and has become quite popular overseas. Luckily for us he tires to come back to play a part in the yearly buskers festival. I’ve seen him on comedy shows before but never live so was really looking forward to it – the night was full of laughter and it was well worth going to see!

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Saturday I would normally aim for a hill workout but I knew I was going to do a stairs session the next morning so I decided to catch up with a friend over a brisk walk – we walked around both parts of Hagley which came to 8km and took a little over an hour. I was also quite distracted during the morning with Facebook updates: You see my amazing PT Kate and a few others were competing in Challenge Wanaka (she did the Half Ironman) and a couple of the girls from Pumped had gone down to watch and were kindly updating us all on how all our competitors were going. I wonder if I’d ever be able to compete in something like that – so inspirational! I would have to get far better at swimming haha.

Sunday morning I had a stairs session that Emily had organised for us. I got woken up at 2.45am and couldn’t get back to sleep until around 6am, which meant I only got a couple of hours sleep by the time my alarm went off. I was seriously thinking of not getting up and trying to catch up on lost sleep but in the end I got up and headed for the Stairs. It was very much an emotional and mental struggle at the time and I got there about 10mins early thinking ‘I could leave now and no one would even know I had turned up’. I stuck around, 9am arrived and Emily turned up so there was no backing out. We waited a couple more minutes for the others to turn up and began the walk up to the start of the stairs.

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I forget how steep the short walk is to get there, in fact once you get to the stairs and look up you already seem too tired! We walked up the first set and Emily had arranged a few reps for us to do in between each set of stairs. In total we did 5 laps of the stairs (around 1000 steps all up) a mix of running, walking and going up 2 steps at a time. I got attacked by mosquitoes plus by the time we finished the temp was around 26°C and it was only 10am – this equalled a very warm and muggy workout.

Throughout the day it got hotter and Liam and I ended up waiting until around 8.30pm to do our run – even then it was still 28°C outside argh! We did 6km which was what was on my half marathon training plan at a slightly slower pace than I’ve been doing (It ended up being an average of 6:45 min per km).

Yesterday was a bit quiet workout wise; I was flat out at work all day and had arranged to meet up with a friend to check out a place to have some casual drinks for my birthday next weekend. I did go home and do a small circuit session before starting dinner though!

And we are back up to today finally! This morning started the best way it can: PT with Kate! We did a few weight exercises that I don’t normally do. My last set was a heavy bench press and I made the mistake of saying a swear word (can’t) straight after which means I had to get down and do 10 press ups. I got the giggles even getting down on to the floor… after the bench press my arms were not wanting to cooperate with me AT ALL!

It’s been horrible and rainy today but it cleared later in the day in time for a dry run. We went out later than usual so missed the 5km series race that some of the other Pumped athletes were doing. It was a hard run but I pushed through and finished the 6km a little longer than it took on Sunday.

My most AWESOME moment of the week so far: Liam text me yesterday and asked me to enter him into the same half marathon that I’ve signed up for. Of course I did this right away so he couldn’t back out of it 😉 I was already looking forward to that weekend but now even more so 😀

Now that we’ve got that week out of the way I’ll get back to blogging every 1-2 days…

Note to self: PT then Boxing = Sleepy me

Yesterday’s run was the hardest one I’ve come across in a long time… I seriously got to the 1km mark and lost all motivation. Luckily Liam was with me, he told me to keep going and reminded me of my goal to run 5km again by yesterday AND my ugly consequence of 200 burpees if I didn’t achieve it on time. So all I did while I was hating myself for still running was think about my consequence, my mind was replaying over and over “200 burpees, 200 burpees, you got this! Or you have to do 200 burpees”. It took almost the next 3km to get my thinking back on the right track and I was then able to pick up my pace and really enjoyed the last km.

The bonus of finishing my run yesterday was realising that I’d also achieved my time goal of a 5km in under 32.5mins. About half way around because I was struggling I had decided to focus on finishing rather than doing the fastest time I’ve ever done so to get both – I was pretty amazing!

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I was also able to tick off a 2min plank again – next goal is 4mins 🙂

Today was PT with Kate, it was the first time in ages that I’d done a session after work rather than first thing in the morning so my routine was put out a wee bit but it was still a fantastic workout nevertheless! Similar session to last week but I only did Leg Press & Lat Pull (no Bench Press). She decided it would be ‘fun’ to do reps in sets of 100 today, at least to start with – phewf!

After my PT session Kate has a group boxing class – she wasn’t quite sure who was actually turning up so she asked me to be her back up boxer if she had an uneven number. I must have agreed to this at the start of my last PT rather than at the end when my arms were already dead… It was an uneven number so I had 10mins to rest & hydrate before an hour of boxing.

I actually felt pretty good through most of the boxing class and meet a couple of new people which is always nice. Two hours later however I’m pretty tired and ready for an early night…

Sashimi, Stairs & Sunburn

It was a late night spent at my dads place for tea last night so I thought I’d merge yesterday & today into one 🙂

Managed to get through the first week back at work… I’m normally really good with making my lunch for work so I’m not tempted by the cafe downstairs but when I woke up on Friday I realised we’d already gone through all our salad type ingredients so there wasn’t much left for lunch. I remembered Tank had just opened at the mall down the road so I went for a wander at lunchtime. I got one that had roasted vegetables, feta, seeds and almonds – I wasn’t expecting the almonds to be whole, or so many of them but it was delicious.

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Friday’s are planned as my rest day but it’s not usually a complete rest – especially when Kate’s homework includes 20mins of exercise per day! I decided to make use of the home gym area again tonight, I ticked off the 3rd of 4 circuits I need to complete for the week and did some extra exercises to make it past the minimum 20mins.

Then it was off to dads place for sushi night: he supplied the fresh sashimi (Salmon & Kingfish YUM) and my job was to bring the rice plus any extra veges I wanted. I love making my own sushi because I find bought sushi always has too much rice and not enough of everything else in the middle.

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 This morning was an early start for a Saturday (much to Liam’s disgust with my alarm waking him up!) because I was meeting a few other Pumped ladies for a stairs session. These stairs are different from the ones I’ve mentioned in an earlier post but just as brutal. On my last lap of the stairs I counted about 116 steps which is far less than St Martins but they are steeper and have gaps of flat between each set. I was standing at the top of one set of stairs in this pic below, you can’t see all the way to top but it gives you a bit of an idea of what we were up against!

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Emily had kindly arranged a circuit for us that included about 5 laps of the stairs, some with reps at the bottom and others with walking lunges in-between the sets of stairs or two feet jumps up the steps. The first time I did these stairs I remember jogging up the first 30 steps and dying, the whole rest of the circuit I walked. This morning I managed to jog up about 1/2 of all the steps I did (less towards the end) so I was pretty pleased to see the improvement 🙂

Before Christmas I subscribed to some magazines, a couple that I quite often purchase & Runner’s World (I’ve wanted to purchase this before but can’t find it here). A Free Training diary & some Brooks socks turned up in the post the other day so I also spent a bit of time tonight filling in my first week of training. Really looking forward to the first magazines turning up!ImageI spent a few hours this afternoon relaxing down at a domain watching Liam play cricket. It’s not my favorite sport by any means but it’s a good excuse to go lounge in the sun for awhile and show my support to him at the same time! Face got a wee bit pink from the sun – always sunblock up even in cloudy weather with a cold wind!!

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