Saturday, May 11, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 55

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
— Les Brown

Today's been a lazy day. I have a pain around one of my eyes that I think is from a migraine but who knows. I've felt tired and lazy all day so I took today off just to rest and hopefully get rid of my migraine. I have training tomorrow so I know I'll get a good workout in and hopefully be more motivated after tomorrow.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 54

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-C.S. Lewis

Years ago I had gone hiking with girl guides and I've been wanting to go back ever since. One of my goals this summer was to go hiking and today we did it! We went to Mont Rigaud and it was a great time. The hike took just over a half hour and wasn't too difficult. The best was when we got to the top and realized there were about eight turkey vultures gliding nearby. I've seen a grand total of one turkey vulture before and I didn't see it all that well so to see that many gliding was so exciting. Needless to say I took a lot of pictures. You can see some video clips and pictures from today in this youtube video. It was so great to get outside and I'm glad it didn't rain like it was supposed to because that would have been a brutal hike when the ground was wet.

I'm so excited because I finally got all of my grades in and I'm so happy with them. My overall GPA is finally over 3, which has bugged me for ages. I ended the semester with 3 As, an A-, and a B+ so I'm very proud.

Still no word about jobs but one company said they'd phone in the next two weeks if I'm offered a job so hopefully I'll be hearing from them soon.

I'll probably be doing a more intense workout tomorrow so we'll see what tomorrow brings. Hope you all enjoy your weekend :)

Journey to the Race: Day 53

Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you travelled from where you started.
-Steve Prefontaine

My mom and I were hoping to go hiking today but by the time we were getting organized it was a bit too late and it was supposed to rain so we decided to go for a nature walk instead. We went to the arboretum for a 3k walk through the forest which was beautiful and allowed me to get out and take some photos for the first time in months. I did sprint up one hill which ended up a lot bigger than it looked but I walked all but that one hill. Except for the bees and wasps being attracted to my shirt, and the mosquitoes being persistent, my mom and I had a really nice time. Later tonight I realized that I was just sititng around watching tv shows and youtube videos so why not bike at the same time. I set a goal to bike through an entire movie. So I grabbed a movie (Tangled) and got my laptop set up so I could use the headphones since the bike is fairly loud when in use. About an hour into the movie I got pretty tired of it but I was determined and pushed on until the end of the movie when I very happily hopped off the bike. Also, your knees get very sore when you're not used to biking for any extended amount of time. Even though I will probably have very sore knees tomorrow, I'm very happy to have accomplished my goal and proud that I managed to bike the full hour and a half. And now I'm off for the night because I'm exhausted. G'night all :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 52

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
-Juma Ikangaa

Today's been a lazy day, I just haven't felt motivated to do anything. It didn't help that my hopes to go hiking and kayaking were kind of shut down after I found out it's going to rain for the next several days. Ah well, life goes on and I can run in the rain or workout inside. I told myself all day I'd get outside and exercise but by the time I got around to really thinking about it, it was about to get dark and the bugs were out. Instead I decided I would bike while watching How I Met Your Mother. I only watched one episode and in hindsight I should have biked for longer but I wasn't motivated so I stopped at one. Hopefully it'll be nice tomorrow and I can go for a run, if not I may go out for a run anyway, we'll see.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 51

Even the longest journey must begin where you stand.

Since the last two days have been fairly intense workouts and I didn't sleep all that well last night, I decided to make today an easier rest day. I did the Jillian Michaels cardio kickboxing routine that I found on youtube which is still a good workout but not nearly as intense the one I did yesterday.
I'm also realizing that I eat like a five year old so I'm going to try to decrease my junk and processed food intake and start eating more healthy meals.
I came across Losing It with Jillian on youtube when looking for some more workout videos and I'm hooked on this show, I've already watched 3-4 episodes.
I'm hoping to get outside and do some fun outdoor workouts such as kayaking or hiking so hopefully I can get out and do those things soon.
And now I'm off to eat some salad while watching tv :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 50

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
-Henry David Thoreau

It seems fitting that day 50 be a big workout day. And oh my god was it ever. I decided to try another Jillian Michaels workout and wow was this one ever intense, much more so than the kickboxing one. It's about 45-50 minutes long and full of exercises that work every part of your body. I was exhausted and drenched in sweat by the time I was done this workout. I'm proud just to have finished it, even though I sometimes took 10-15 second breaks between sets rather than the given 5 seconds, and it shows how far I've come in these 50 days of training since there's no way I would have made it through in the shape I was in then. I feel stronger and even though I was breathing heavily through the majority of the workout, I was never so out of breath that I couldn't make it through a set which is a vast improvement. I'm so happy with my progress and I definitely want to continue these workouts after the race. I definitely recommend this workout to anyone interested in strength, cardio, and endurance training.

I just want to talk about the Jillian Michaels workouts for a bit. Hers are by far the best workouts I've found that are challenging and intense but you'll enjoy it. You develop a bit of a love-hate relationship with her because she will push you to the limit and you'll kind of hate her for it but once you're finished you will be so happy about what you've accomplished that you'll appreciate that extra push. One of my favourite things about her is that she's real; she's not bubbly and overly excited about a workout and cheering you on constantly. While that may sound good in theory, it gets on my nerves. I much rather her style of continuing and telling you to continue, to push through, and being realistic in saying which exercises are going to be hard and offering modifications to those exercises. She will push you and challenge you, and it's absolutely worth it.

I'm done exercising for the day so I'm off to relax for the rest of the evening. :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 49

I'm a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don't progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.
-Don Gable

Today was another official training day. Thankfully it's in the morning so we get the workout done before the unbearable heat starts. Today we did:
1 jog around the park
1 jog around the park with 3 sets of 10 walking lunges
1 jog around the park sprinting up the hills
25-50m army crawl
5 pull-ups
10 swing outs
10 sand bag tosses
25-50m wheelbarrow
10 sprints up a steep hill
1 run up a long hill carrying a sand bag
1 run up the hill without the sand bag

It was a long but good workout. The run with the sand bag wasn't as bad as I was expecting but I'm very glad we did that run first because by the second time up I was tired. The army crawl was harder than I was expecting and I now have a rash all over my knees so hopefully that'll go away soon. I can already tell my arms are going to hurt tomorrow as today had a lot of arm exercises. I'm' extremely glad we got it over with in the morning but I have a feeling today it going to be another very hot day when I would rather not go running in 30C (90F)weather.

Once I was home I decided to do a quick ab workout in which I did 20 crunches, 30 bicycle crunches, 20 reverse crunches, 10 jackknives, 20 in and outs, 10 hip rock & raises, 10 v up/roll up combo. This also included some snuggle time with my cat as she loves to check out the mat and sleep alongside me while I'm doing crunches.

Overall, great workouts and I'm going to spend the rest of the day relaxing most likely. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!