The one about Annapolis…

I had to do some research today for my internship. There was a photo in the newspaper of a woman named Marsalie MacKenzie modelling a dress, who happened to be an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.  I was then tasked with finding out who this woman was so we could include the mention in our regular media monitoring. So, like all good researchers, I hit up Google.

What I ended up finding could not have been more fitting for my particular interests. As it turns out this woman attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 2009 as a Canadian exchange student from the Royal Military College. While she was there she wrote up a series of blog posts for the RMC website, one of which was about the stringent fitness requirements all the midshipmen are required to undergo.

Clearly, there is quite a difference between rights and freedoms in the US than there is in Canada because some of the rules they have to adhere to would be considered discrimination under our laws. For example, MacKenzie writes:

“Generally speaking, the average midshipman was leaner and meaner than their RMC counterpart-so much so that it led me to ask my roommates if it was in their constitution to attain (and maintain) rock-hard abs and chiselled pecs. At first they laughed and informed me that their chubbier peers, like bats or raccoons, only came out at night and at meals. As it turns out though, my original assertion was not so far-fetched; as my roommates explained, part of the yearly in-clearance procedure at the Naval Academy requires them to undergo height and weight testing, the results of which determines their eligibility for service.”

After reading this passage I immediately wondered what height and weight testing has to do with anything. When I joined the military in 2005 there was a requirement that before you went to basic training you had to pass your physical fitness test. During the year or so that it took to complete all of my paperwork and wait for my trade to become available that rule changed. At that point you could join the military in any shape and they would make sure that when you left you were fit. When I went to basic training you had to pass your PT test in the first week in order to move on with your platoon. If you didn’t pass your PT test you were moved to RFT (remedial fitness training) where you spent a month having some of the best fitness trainers in the country ‘whip you into shape’. At the end of that month you had to be able to pass your PT test and rarely was there an occasion where someone who stuck it out for that month would not be able to do it.

I won’t deny that I was weighed and measured when I went for my intial medical testing but that wasn’t got me into the military. It was my aptitude, my ability, my smarts that got me in and it was my level of fitness that carried me through until an injury led to my early release. The ultimate question though, was always ‘Can you pass your PT test?’ and you didn’t go anywhere until that answer was yes. I believe that is the way it should be but according to MacKenzie things are slightly different when it comes to the US Navy.

“However, in early October, I was summoned by my lieutenant, who informed me that I would report to the fifth wing gym to be weighed in with the UNSATS (those who had failed to meet their requirements in September). Some veterans of the process took it upon themselves to explain to me the protocol. First, each midshipman is led to a scale where their weight is recorded. Simultaneously, their height is measured by a second individual, while a third does a quick calculation. If they meet requirements, the midshipman is free to leave. If they do not, they are led to a pen where they await further measurement of their neck, waist, arms and calves (this is to ensure that “athletic builds,” specifically wrestlers, are not misidentified as overweight). Those who are UNSAT after this process are then placed on a strict diet, with portions rationed to them at every meal, and forced to attend supplementary morning PT (regardless of whether or not they have passed their physical fitness testing). Ironically, those midshipmen placed on special diets are the only ones allowed to have a fridge in their rooms for personal use.”

I understand wanting your recruits to be healthy and I understand encouraging them to make healthy selections when they walk into the mess hall. (Perhaps making healthy selections the only ones available would be a better method?) How though, can you expect someone to be able to giving a top performance both mentally a physically when someone else is controlling their calorie intake? Not because they’re ill, not because their body requires it, but because an arbitrary set of numbers has determined that they should eat less. What really irks me is that someone can pass their PT test but if their BMI isn’t ‘ideal’ they still have to take supplementary PT until it is? Your height to weight ratio has nothing to do with your ability to do your duties whether it’s for the military or not. And the reason for why they do this? According to MacKenzie the answer she got was that it was all about appearance. It’s not about doing your job, it’s about looking good in a uniform.

“From what I could deduce,” MacKenzie writes, “the US Navy considers this impossible for anyone wearing above a women’s size 10 or a men’s size 36 pants. Apparently, a lower BMI is a testament to an individual’s leadership potential; as it turns out, looking like ‘an officer’ is just as important as being one.”

Is this really the military we should all be looking up to as a standard for leadership? I have a hard time thinking so. Regardless of your ratio of height to weight if you serve your country, proudly wear the flag on your arm, and do your duties as required to the best of your ability, including passing your PT test, then you’re the one we should be looking up to.

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The one with my results…

Tomorrow will be a week since the Blue Nose Marathon so I figured I might as well catch you all up on how I did!

I could not have asked for a better day to run this 5K. It was a tad on the warm side but luckily I wasn’t going all that far. Keeping the course in mind I had set a goal time for myself of 35:00. Again, slow, but I am a tortoise and proud of it. We started running just after the marathon runners which was a little intimidating because they were SO in it to win and I was like, “Yay 5K! Go me!” haha

My bib and shirt!

We all got warmed up with a little pre race Zumba which was fun, and a different way of warming up. I quite enjoyed it except I almost killed the girl next to me when I stepped on her foot. Oops!

Then we were off! I will say that one thing I didn’t like was that there was no order when they lined everyone up at the start. There were nordic walkers and walkers at the front which made it very challenging to try and get out of the pack.

I spent a lot of time (and energy) dodging around walkers, fighting to get myself to a point where I could set a steady pace and stay in it. Every time I tried I would catch up to a pack of walkers that were walking three across or had nordic poles that I had to try and get around.

I had a chance to make up some of my time when I had the most energy at the start of the race but that took a lot of my time.

Regardless, I managed to get myself behind someone who ran about as fast as me and just settled in. The hill getting up to the top of the Citadel was unreal. I won’t lie, it was downright hard. What surprised me though was that it wasn’t the hardest part. I got up the super steep hill thinking to myself ‘Wow, that wasn’t so bad’ but then had to tackle to really long gradual hills and I found those far more draining on my energy. I pushed through though!

Once I got to the top of Citadel Hill and I knew that all that was left was downhill, a flat section, and a slight uphill to the finish I got a little excited/emotional. It was a beautiful view from way up there, I could see the entire city – so impressive. I really had to hold myself back when I actually said to myself, “The hardest part of this is over. You’re going to finish strong.” That was at the 3K flag.

Admittedly, I didn’t finish as strong as I would have liked to. I made a stupid mistake on the downhill section. I thought I could pick up some of the time I lost on the uphill by speeding my jog up to a run. The problem being that I didn’t really slow back down when I got to the flat section and by the time I hit the uphill to the finish I was toast. My body rebelled against me and just came to a complete stop. I had to walk for about 30 seconds but I did NOT want to walk across the finish line.

This is where it gets kind of funny. I needed to run again but my lungs were burning and my legs hurt and I just wanted to be done. So I resorted to drastic measures and said to myself, “Dinosaurs are chasing you. You’d better run.” For some ridiculous reason that worked and I scrounged up every tiny bit of energy I had left and sprinted to the finish line. My finish line photos are simply horrendous. I look TERRIBLE! lol

I finished though (within a minute and a half of my goal!) and that’s what matters. Now, I just want to get a bit faster!

Blue Nose Marathon 5K Results 
Goal time: 0:35:00
Finish time: 0:36:17.1
663rd place out of 1414 runners
179th out of 298 women 20-29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next race: Support the Troops Navy 10K – 19 August 2012

The one about race day…

The race is tomorrow.

I did a trial 5K Thursday and it went better than I had been expecting. I finished in 32:49. Now, for those who are runners that might seem like a really slow time but for me that is about top speed! 😛 If slow running was a sport, I’d win gold.

It was actually a pretty comfortable run. I went on the track at my gym, I started to get a little tired about three quarters of the way in but I pushed through it and really managed to pick up the pace for the last four laps. I’m going to try another one today, early enough that it won’t make me too tired for tomorrow.

The thing I worry about the most for tomorrow’s race is mostly the course – it’s not easy. There has been a lot of criticism in years past that organizers have made the races (5K, 10K, half and full marathon) too “elite” and challenging for the average runner. Marathoners have had issues with a very lengthy steep downhill section while the 5K and 10K runners have had the opposite problem – very steep uphill.

This year they have changed the routes around, moved the start and finish and tried to make everyone happy.

I remember when I first saw the breakdown of the new 5K route how my heart started pounding just a little bit harder than it should have…

Turn left across Trollope Street and Ahern Avenue and head to the north entrance of Citadel Hill. YES, YOU’RE RIGHT, WE SAID CITADEL HILL!!!
TIPS FOR THE HILL: approaching, whether running or walking, the best strategy is to maintain your effort. This means you can expect your pace to slow down, but the effort exerted remains constant. The Hill is steep so shorten your stride and keep your shoulders relaxed. Enjoy the vista at the top and the downhill on your return.
Going up the Hill, staying on the right hand side of the hill with the cones on the left!
Turn right at the top and complete one full loop of Halifax Citadel, the most visited National Historic Site in Canada. Enjoy the best views the city has to offer!
Once completing the loop, turn right down the north roadway (the same road you came up)

This is my route map: http://www.bluenosemarathon.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/map%205%20km%202012%20-%20F(1).pdf

The marathon has been changed slightly to get rid of the steep downhill, it’s now a street that has a more gradual decline and amazing views of our Naval dockyard. The flip side is that they have to go up a street known as “Giv’er Hill” at around the 15K mark. I almost got an apartment on that street but didn’t because I thought it would be too hard on my car to go up and down that hill – that’s how steep it is for about 500 metres. I could not do it, I don’t know how the thousands of people who are running tomorrow can! I have so much respect for their abilities.

I look forward to the moment that the announcer yells my name as I cross the finish line. It might only be 5K but this is kind of a huge deal for me. Next year when I do the 10K I’ll feel the same. 🙂

The one about countdowns…

I have to admit, I’m feeling a little stressed.

My life has been sort of a whirlwind the past couple of weeks (hence the lack of posts) because I am currently on my internship for school. It has kept me very busy and mentally exhausted so although I have a lot of ideas for Fatty that have brewed, I haven’t had the energy to sit down and write them.

One thing that hasn’t faltered (maybe a little) has been my workouts. I have made that a top priority. My job starts at 8am so it means I have to get up and go to the gym earlier than I was before and I really only have an hour once I’m there. My gym doesn’t open until 5:30 and I have to leave my house by 7:30 in order to get to work on time. So I’m somewhat restricted in what I can get done.

I have had plenty of time to focus on my strength training but my cardio has suffered. I have taken to doing some cardio after I get home from work but I seem to lack some of the enthusiasm that I have in the mornings. This wouldn’t be an issue except that the Bluenose Marathon is THIS WEEKEND.

Being realistic, I called a changed my registration from the 10K to the 5K because I haven’t ran a solid 5K in … two months? Before I started my internship I had been doing sprint training and was only doing endurance cardio once a week and usually on a bike (more kilometres, less time). That has sort of left me in a precarious situation because I feel like I am going into this under trained.

Anyone who runs halfs and marathons is likely rolling their eyes at my pathetic fears of delivering a weak 5K but running is not a strength of mine at the best of times. I am built for strength, not speed. I just don’t want to be disappointed with my results.

I’m going to try and get a couple of 5Ks in this week, then take Saturday off completely to rest up for Sunday morning. Wish me luck, I’ll let you know how it goes!

The one about the WBFF…

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to interview Allison Dillett, the Vice President of the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (WBFF) about their very first competition in Halifax.

With the 2012 Atlantic Championships just over a month away I thought I would share the article. Hopefully anyone who lives in the Halifax, N.S. area will be prompted to get themselves a ticket and the rest of you… well, maybe you’ll just find it interesting. 🙂

I’ll post the text article here but you can also take a look at the full magazine layout that I designed! I’m pretty proud of it, it turned out exactly how I wanted.

To view the PDF version click here: Survival of the Fittest by Julia Kirkey

To view the text version read on!

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The one about plyo…

Usually when I meet up with trainer Cathy she asks me what, if anything, I’d like to focus on for that workout.

My answer is always the same – plyometrics.

I absolutely love doing plyo. There’s just something about that ability to use explosive energy to move yourself higher, faster, further that I find strangely satisfying.

Traditional cardio is my biggest downfall so I try to use active rest during my strength training (between sets) as a way to keep my heart rate up and get quality cardio in without the unhappiness that I generally find associated with sitting on a bike for an hour or running 5K. A lot of people are afraid of plyometrics though, or they don’t know where to begin. Most people know of a jump squat and a jump lunge, both effective, but doing them over and over again can get boring. There’s so much more to plyometrics that people can take advantage of to really ramp up their workout! Here’s a little Plyometrics 101 for those who might be curious about taking the leap… literally.

Plyometrics comes from the Greek word “pleythyein” (to augment or increase). American track coach Fred Wilt coined the word in 1975. Based from the Latin root words “plio” (more) and “metric” (to measure). The purpose of plyometrics is to train speed-based power. Almost everyone has done plyometrics at some point in their life, it’s the basis of running, skipping, throwing and jumping. This isn’t to be confused with power training – one single jump onto a high box doesn’t constitute plyometrics. It’s when you jump off the box, immediately load the muscle and go back into the stretch as you jump again that qualifies it. Speed does trump power. It’s a good idea to have a foundation in weight training before trying some of these moves. The cardio-only types might find it a bit too challenging starting out.

Here’s some terminology you might come across when exploring different types of plyo:
Jump – when you land with both feet
Hop – take off and landing on the same foot
Bound – take off on one foot, land on the other
Hurdle – jump up and over an object

Don’t forget your upper body either! Though more challenging, there’s lots of great options for plyometric exercises for your arms and chest. (Clap pushups, anyone?)

Fit Deck cards

I love my FitDeck cards!

I find a great way to always keep your plyometric exercises different is by making a deck of plyo cards or purchasing the plyometrics deck of FitDeck cards.

If you’re going to make your own, make a list of plyo exercises with a mix of speed, agility and footwork, (you can find all sorts of examples on bodybuilding.com, just click plyometrics on the filter) then flip three cards, add them up and do that many.

Plyometrics doesn’t just keep your heart rate up between sets either, it’s also a great fat burner! I often include plyo in the strength and conditioning class I teach and my “students” don’t dread anything more!

As motivation I often quote fitness great Jamie Eason, “By hitting both fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibers, these moves also will stoke your fat-burning furnace. Picture the marbling in a steak. Our bodies have intra-muscular fat like that. Plyometric exercises help “squeeze” the fat from those areas.”

Somehow that always works at getting another couple of reps in spite of the burning muscle pain! 😛

Here are some of my favourite plyometric exercises:
Jump rope
Hurdle jumps (I do them over a bench)
Knee tucks (or knee to chest hop)
Mountain climbers
Medicine ball slam 

Get jumping!

The one with the shins…

I feel like I have been neglecting my blogging duties. I find this most troublesome.

When I realized today that it had been more than a week since my last post I wondered what on earth happened that threw off my schedule so much?! The answer, of course, is life. I’m coming into the home stretch of school, roughly four weeks left before I go on my internship. I’m trying to prep for the real world that will be on the other side, keeping up with volunteer commitments and of course leaving plenty of time for my training.

I was recently given the opportunity to write an article for an upcoming issue of OptiMYz Magazine. It was very exciting, especially once I learned that I would be interviewing an incredibly inspiring marathon runner/triathlete that lives in my city. I met her for coffee and we chatted for an hour, it was awesome. I definitely asked questions far beyond the realm of the article but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when there was a wealth of knowledge sitting right there in front of me. I won’t go into many more details because I don’t want to spoil the article. (It’ll be in the May/June edition – Goodlife members get the mag for free so there’s no excuse not to read it :P)

Before the interview my running had been less than stellar. Fine, less than existent. My running had been going… okay… back in January/February but I let weights take over and let the cardio fall by the wayside, my own fault. Part of the reason I typically avoid running is that I always get shin splints. I could jog to catch the light at a crosswalk and get them. I dream about running and wake up with sore shins.

Prior to suffering a knee injury in 2007 I had never even heard of shin splints, let alone had them. I’m unsure if perhaps the months of being injured followed by months of recovery had altered my gait or if my shins just decided to hate me but once I started running again it was awful.

When I started looking up causes/preventions there seemed to be a general assumption that if you get shin splints you don’t have strong calves or you’re a beginner. Neither of those things really apply to me. Some people said ‘oh they just go away after a few minutes!’ except they don’t. I’ve had them during and after every single run since 2007.

I finally cracked and saw the doctor. Which, for me, is huge because I hate to complain about my ailments. The doctor sent me to physio, the physio said get new shoes. Got new, expensive, not-supposed-to-lead-to-shin-splits quality footwear and still got shin splints. I then saw a pedorthist (which I still credit for being one of the best things I have ever done!) who discovered that I have one leg that is longer than the other, which may have been the root cause for my knee problems, hip problems and *gasp* shin splints! I got amazing orthotics which have made my knee stronger than ever and corrected the issues with my hip but I’m still getting shin splints!

I’m at a loss at this point. I can’t enjoy running if every time I do it I want to rip my shins off five minutes in. There’s got to be something else I can do, someone else I can see for a different opinion, to try and rectify this problem. Have any of you ever suffered with this annoying curse?

The one about inspiration…

This week I really needed some inspiration and I am thankful to have gotten it.

I haven’t talked much about my training lately because honestly I always have a lingering fear of failure in the back of my mind. I worry that if I’m too vocal about what I’m doing and then fail, I’ll have to be accountable for it. I’ve come to realize though that talking about it just means there are more people there to support and encourage me which makes it easier to succeed. So, upon the suggestion of a peer friend, I will be sure to update more often with my training progress.

I’m one day shy of finishing the fifth week of some fairly intensive strength training and I won’t lie, I’m starting to get tired. I’ve been fighting off a cold for a week and although working out regularly has kept my immune system high enough that I haven’t fallen completely into the grips of illness it’s still left me feeling a bit drained.

This week kicked off with two really terrible workouts. Monday morning I did an hour of lacklustre weights and was about halfway through my cardio when out of nowhere my engine sputtered and stalled. I had totally run out of gas. That would normally be the point where I would push myself to just make it through the rest but I couldn’t. I can’t recall the last time I felt like I had nothing left like that. I left the gym literally sick and tired. I went home, ate, and relaxed for a bit and did manage to have a much better cardio session later in the day.

I was desperately in need of some motivation and it came in the form of a simple Twitter notification.

If you remember from this post, she is one of my biggest fitness idols. I randomly replied to one of her tweets and she started following me because she thought the name of my blog is funny. It might seem silly but her follow on Twitter reminded me of what I’m trying to accomplish. Some day I want to be as inspiring to others as she is to me and I don’t think she would let a couple of bad workouts or some sore muscles stop her from reaching her goals. She is to me what Sidney Crosby is to every TimBit hockey player in Canada.

I kept those women that I mentioned weeks ago in the back of my mind as my alarm went off at oh-dark-thirty the next day and I powered through my workout. By Wednesday I was feeling better (albeit still trying to kick some chest congestion) and Thursday I felt more like myself again.

I workout alone most of the time so I don’t have another person driving and motivating me from five feet away. For me, I need to surround myself with strong, positive influences while I’m not in the gym and use them as my inspiration. I might not know Emily Stirling beyond Twitter (though maybe one day I will, I don’t want to speak too soon! lol) but she inspires me to push through one more rep the same way that trainer Cathy does for me when we are able to find time together.

I followed up that excitement by meeting with that friend I mentioned up at the top who told me I need to talk more about my training. She gave me some really great advice that I am definitely going to take, and likely blog about later. 🙂 I thought I would kick off my new trend by listing my current goals. Maybe getting them out there will help me make them reality.

Goals (as of March 2012)

In the next six months:
1. Finish my advanced diploma in public relations (five projects and one internship remain!)
2. Work out six times a week (six strength – three cardio)
3. Eat clean
4. Be able to finally give trainer Cathy that chin up she’s been demanding for years

In the next year:
1. Get a communications job in a health/fitness focused organization
2. Earn my personal training certification from CanFitPro
3. Compete in a fitness competition

Wish me luck!

Guest blog: Because everyone tells me I have a story to tell….

(Featured guest blogger: Gina)

I am half the person that I used to be.  And I am sitting here writing this note because yet again today, another person told me that I have a story to tell to others.  This is about my journey to the me that I am now.

It always amazes me when someone hears that I have lost 120 pounds, and they ask me how I did it, expecting to hear about some magic pill I took or magic food I ate.  When my answer is “Hard work and discipline” they are kinda let down….hoping to hear a quick fix.  People want to know if I have used a weight loss plan, a drink, surgery and the such.  When I  tell them “not a chance”, they are dumfounded with my answer of “eating healthy and excersize”.  The only thing I paid for on my weight loss journey was a gym pass, and the healthy food I ate from the grocery store.  I always tell them nothing is a quick fix, and if it is, It will not last, as it has to be a life style change.  That is just a fact.

Was it hard?  Of course.  But anything worth anything is worth the work.  And my health was worth the work.  Losing a whole person or half of myself was the hardest things I have ever done…. Physically that is. (emotional and spiritual came into play also, but emotionally I have dealt with harder things, and my spiritual walk also has grown through everything)  For me, it was mind set.  Mind over matter.  “Do or do not, there is no try” as Yoda would say.  And we all know Yoda is wisest of all little green men. 🙂

I will never forget starting to eat healthy (which started with the help of my friend Maryhelen), and thinking that I  would never keep this up.  I remember thinking that I may as well start walking if I am watching what I eat.  So out I would go and do a 5k walk, at slow pace.  After seeing 5 pounds come off I got encouraged, kept up the good eating (lowcarb, lots of fruits and veggies, and no sugar) and I joined the gym.  I am the biggest fan of people who join the gym, and I see them in there at about the size I was (a size 26), and they are working it on the treadmill or the eliptical (which is where i lost the first 70 lbs of my weight), and I smile, and get teary eyed and I cheer them on in my head!  It reminds me of where I was, and I know they too can also do what I have done and improve their health.

My friend Leighton said to me along my wieght loss journey, “Gina, are you prepared for the physical and emotional changes that will happen to you as you are losing weight?”  I thought he was crazy, cause I mean, it was just about losing my physical weight, right?  But, oh, how right he was.  My world started changing.  People viewed me differently, and I got attention from people in completely different ways than I  was used to, and I didn’t know how to handle it.  It was overwhelming for me, but I learned many life lessons during that time.  One of my  students that I taught for 8 years kinda said it simply like this after I lost weight, “Gina, you were always a beautiful person, but now your outside matches your inside”.  And I know what she meant by that,  It was sincere and honest.  It was sweet.  I also know that physically my life changed, as I was more active, and things I did were different than before, so my time was spent differently.  Now, instead of sitting on the couch eating oreo cookies and junk during a movie, I was out playing squash and enjoying life 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, I was the same Gina in the inside, but I now was a more active Gina.

I guess I have been wanting to write something about my journey for a while now, especially when I keep hearing of all these quick fixes that really don’t lend to a lifestyle change, or something you can continue with for life.

Anything becomes a habit after 30 days they say…that goes for eating properly and excersize.  Exersize to me has become a good addiction, a stress reliever and my sanity.  Running something out is sure better for you than drowning that something that is bugging you in a tub of icecream.  I thanks my friend Jenny for getting me into running in the first place.  After losing 70 lbs she was the one who told me to up it a notch, and ran side by side with me for the first while when I could barely finish 1km without taking a break, and thought I would pass out.

I have had some of the most supportive friends and family members during my journey completely encouraging me on my way.

I am the biggest cheer leader for anyone now who is trying to improve their health with weight loss. It isn’t about a quick fix, but about a slow steady determination and discipline to be healthy.  Discipline brings results.  If you want it, you can do it.  You just have to work for it, and it is worth the work.

Five years ago I would have never imagined that I would have lost 120 pounds, that I would run up to 14k at a time, and that I would be enjoying life the way I do with those closest to me, or that I would be shopping for clothes sometimes in the single digits.  I am almost 35 and I feel so much better than I did at 25!

During the last 4 years I have been through alot of physical changes, emotional, and spiritual.  And all encompassing, the weight loss and everything else that goes with it that I have been through has made me a stonger me,,, “a better me” as my best friend pointed out.  It was alot of work and determination, and wasn’t easy, but completely worth it.

That is my story 🙂

Me at the start of my journey: 302 pounds/size 26. Then after 120 pounds lost!

The one where I strap on some sneakers…

I have officially signed up for the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon 2012, Goodlife Fitness 10K. (It took a lot for me to not sign up for the Bens Smart 5K. Mostly, because it’s sponsored by bread.) I’ve done a lot of runs before but this will be the first time I have made an effort to race against my own time. I’m thinking at this point that I maybe should have gone for the 5K but I want to challenge myself. At the same time though I would rather have a really good 5K run then struggle through a 10K cursing my decision the whole way. Bah!
I guess there’s nothing to say I won’t be able to do the 10K as long as I work for it! And work it will take because running is a weakness for me. I don’t like it, and I don’t think I’m very good at it. I always have to push myself to run when I would much rather be in a weight room. I just need to do it though and I think that knowing I have something coming up in the spring will give me the drive to do so.

Ideally I’d like to work my way up and run a different race each year. Start with the 10K this year then next year do the half marathon and marathon. Running a 42.2K marathon is an incredibly daunting goal that will take a massive amount of dedication and determination but I know if it’s something I decide to do I can do it.

Normally I do my running indoors. I have a treadmill in my apartment and I use a treadmill when I go to the gym but I think for the purposes of training for this race I need to get outside. Running outside has such a different dynamic but I feel ready for it. Starting my foray into outdoor running in the middle of winter probably isn’t the greatest idea but hey, you burn more calories in the cold! 😛

My initial goal is to start getting up early and going for a run rather than the late night treadmill action I normally have on the go. I think it will be refreshing to kick off my day with some fresh air and exercise! I’ll keep you posted.

Are you available and near Halifax on Victoria Day weekend? If so, I’ll race you. http://www.bluenosemarathon.com/en/