Saturday, May 4, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 48

Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going!
-Jillian Michaels

Oh my gosh it's hot out. I swear we go straight from winter to summer. I knew I wanted/needed to workout today so I decided it would be a good idea to try a workout outdoors to get used to the heat. I started with 1 set of this workout from pinterest then started on the 5-4-3-2-1 workout but it was just too hot and my hands kept slipping off the mat so pushups and mountain climbers and burpees didn't work too well. I ended up stopping that workout and heading inside where I did another kickboxing routine from youtube. I didn't like this one as much as the Jillian Michael's one but I liked the moves and it was a good workout. Only downsides were that the audio was too quiet and the colours didn't have enough contrast to be clearly seen from a few feet away. I also prefer Jillian Michael's encouragement in telling you not to give up rather than just telling you you're doing well and to hold in your abs constantly. Was still a good workout though as I was completely drenched in sweat by the time I'd finished the routine. Today just further proved that I need to get used to exercising outdoors so I won't be completely overwhelmed at the race. Now I'm off to grab a snack, drink a whole lot of water, and relax for the rest of the night before training tomorrow. Hope you're all having a great day!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 47

Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didnt expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you.
-Jillian Michaels

I had my very first interview today! Turned out someone I went to high school with works there so she was one of the two people interviewing me which made me much more relaxed. I think it went well, and hopefully I'll hear from them and get the job. The rest of the day was spent buying new workout shorts which are so comfortable and definitely worth buying. After absolutely roasting on wednesday in long sweatpants I was definitely looking for some good exercise shorts. I relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and evening until about 10 when I remembered I needed to workout today. I really need to get into a better schedule so I'm not skipping as many (or any) days. I was going to do one of the pinterest workouts but decided to try a Jillian Michaels workout I had seen in Target when in the states. I managed to find it on youtube so I did the carbio kickboxing workout and loved it. I love kickboxing workouts so I had a blast. It wasn't as hard as I was expecting it to be but I also realize that a month or two ago there would be no way I could have finished that so I'm happy. I did find it a bit easier to complete the workout with Jillian telling you to keep going, work harder, and my favourite "you're not going to die, keep going". I finished the workout and decided to do some extra exercises so I did 15 burpees, 30 mountain climbers, 10 pushups, 6 in and outs, 30 bicycle crunches, 10 Hip Rock & Raises, 10 V Up/Roll Up Comb, 10 crunches, and 10 jackknives. And now I'm exhausted but feeling like I worked everything so I'm happy with the workout and will very likely do it again as well as look into other workouts on youtube. Definitely recommend her workouts as well as the ab ripper from P90X. Was a good workout day but not I'm off to relax before bed. Night all :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 46

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
-William Faulkner

Today was a fun day. My mom, grandma, and I went to the states for the day to pick up some groceries that we can't get here. Spending all that time in the car after doing the kettle swings yesterday wasn't the greatest idea since my lower back is a bit sore now but it's not too bad. I didn't do a workout today but I shall definitely get one in tomorrow. The workout yesterday made me realize that I'm going to need to train outdoors in the heat to get used to it if I want to make it through the run. It's beautiful and hot out lately so maybe I'll go for a run outside tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to finish a book then head to bed. Night :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 45

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
-Nikos Kazantzakis

Since the easter training day was cancelled, I was owed a session so I joined the rest of our little gang for a session today. Wednesday sessions are apparently a lot harder than sunday sessions. We jogged to a park then did sets of burpees, kettle swings, sprints and jogs for the full four. The warm up was just climbing over jungle gym equipment and a light jog. The actual sets were so much harder than they sound, probably because we were constantly doing cardio and it was just so hot out today. I had gone through an entire water bottle before the hour was over which never happens. Great workout but I am exhausted. Spent the rest of the evening resting and reading, and now I'm off to bed. Night all :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 44

Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
-Bo Jackson

Today was actually another fairly productive day. I slept in, read, then cleaned my room and went through my clothes to see which I could donate or throw away. I also did about an hour of zumba, which I guess I haven't done in awhile because it was a tiring workout. Now to relax, read, and maybe watch a movie for the rest of the evening :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 43

I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
-Robert H. Schuller

Today's been a long day of job hunting, which has to be one of the most discouraging activities known to man. I went out and applied to a bunch of jobs, and have one interview lined up so I'm really hoping I get that job. I'm a little sore from training yesterday, mainly my inner thigh which is bruised from the rope climb. I also seem to have pulled a muscle in my neck somehow so I'm taking today off from exercising. I'm also tired since I haven't been sleeping too well the last few days which isn't uncommon for the week or so after I finish school. I think my body just gets so used to constantly working on something that when I suddenly stop it takes awhile to adjust. The rest of the evening I'm just going to read and relax. :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 42

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
-Dale Carnegie

Yay for another official training day with the gym. It was a more intense day today than the past weeks but it was a great workout. We started off with a run around through the streets then through a park and back to the starting place. Then we have 3 sections to do. 1) With a partner, race up the stairs then one partner sprints over the overpass and back while the other runs up and down the stairs as many times as they can before the sprinting partner gets back, 2) rope climb 3) do the job through the park with 10 leg raises at the park before returning to the starting point again. We made it through each section then decided to do the rope climb another time or two while it was set up. The running this week was a lot harder than previous weeks, and with the rope climb my legs were shaking by the end. The rope climb wasn't too bad once I got the technique down but it kills your hands. My ankle was hurting by the end so after I came home I just relaxed and read. Great workout, and it as always it felt great to get outside in the beautiful weather :)