Back on the Wagon – Fitness Update!

So today was the first day since I came home from San Francisco that I decided to get

IMG_20170809_215547back on the health waggon. With the combination of some health issues and being away, it’s meant I’ve seriously lapsed on my fitness regime. But I’m determined to at least get back on the waggon a little bit before I Jetset away again at the end of September!

That’s not to say that I wasn’t doing *any* workouts while I was away, but it is safe to say that I did manage to do a lot of walking.

My trip to San Fran was super eventful so I’ll be writing a blog post detailing some fun things that I got around to seeing and doing but that is not for this post! So I hope you look forward to that!

I (personally) don’t think my times are too abysmal for someone who is just starting back running. I’m starting Day 1 Week 1 of interval training. Running for 60 seconds then walking at a moderate pace for 90 seconds and repeat for 30 minutes. I didn’t get through the entire thing without incident. I had to pause and take a 60 second break to catch back up with myself. Overall, I’m happy enough with my preformance given that I’m only starting back.

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Times!

 

 

 

 

Couch to 5k – Week 3 Day 2

My journey from couch to 5k

Just finished week 3 day 2 of #C25K® on #Android with @c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running #health #fitness #workout

Today was a super day. I’m so proud of myself I made every sprint without faltering and my time is an average 10:02 so I’m so close to getting it under 10 minutes. I’m so excited about my progress even though I’ve gained a good 2kg in the process. I’m not sure how or why considering I’m exercising and under my calorie count? Oh Well, I’m sure it’ll all work out. 

I haven’t managed to get any exercise in since Friday. This is between rain, family commitments and having a head cold thing that is messing with my breathing a little bit. So I don’t want to run (ha, run get it?) The risk of making myself super sick or having an asthma attack while I’m on my own for a run. So I’m waiting to see when I feel better how I’m fixed for finishing off my final day of week 3!

Couch to 5k – Week 3 Day 1

My journey from couch to 5k.

Just finished week 3 day 1 of #C25K® on #Android with @c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running #health #fitness #workout

Ok, that was awful, I completed this yesterday but life is getting in the way of keeping my blog up to date. Anyway! 

We’re now into the parts of the training where I’m going into 3 minute jogging intervals. Which on its own isn’t too hard but the weather here has been a bit sparatic, it was brutally cold we’ve had hail and little bits of snow. So running in those conditions wasn’t great and I wasn’t able to do it continuously. This then effected my overall time. It also doesn’t help that I haven’t been feeling great either.  
I have to go for a run as scheduled today but I’ve been out all day today so I’m already gone beyond my step count for the day, but I’ll probably go out anyway tonight. 

Hopefully I’ll feel better bout the whole thing tomorrow 

A very eventful weekend & Week 2 Day 3 

My weekend and couch to 5k!

Just finished week 2 day 3 of #C25K® on #Android with @c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running #health #fitness #workout

Today was a fantastic run. I managed to do all six splits without stopping, so I’m really thrilled that I went out today. I’ll be writing another blog post over the next few days as I was at a modelling boot camp today with Plus Size Modeling, so I can’t wait to let you all know what happened then.

I didn’t do too great regarding my calorie count today. But hopefully, I’ll do better next week.

Couch to 5k – Week 2 Day 2.

My journey from couch to 5k.

Just finished week 2 day 1 of #C25K® on #Android with @c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running #health #fitness #workout

Today was a good run. I wasn’t feeling it going out today, but I’m glad I went. I finally got my time under 10 minutes today. It wasn’t a solid run, but I didn’t think I could do the full 5 90 second jogs completely. Though I do feel like I’m making decent progress. Tomorrow is another walking day with Mark, so hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up a decent walking pace when it happens!

Couch to 5k – Week 2 day 1

My journey from couch to 5k.

Just finished week 2 day 1 of #C25K® on #Android with @c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running #health #fitness #workout

Ok, today was super tough, I got cramps in my side and in my knee. So I  had to walk a little bit through some of the 90sec bursts. I did manage to beat my time overall again today, so I’m happy enough.

I think that may have had to do with the fact that I didn’t eat before I went out today, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it moving forward. I’m not certain if I need to do more stretches, but I do feel like I’m warning up solidly before going out for the run. Though it may just be one of those things.

An Easter Sunday Run

What I cooked for Easter Sunday and a running update.

Kit:

Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GET 17.

Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2 HR

Top: F&F Active (To be replaced)

Bra: Reebok High Impact Z63962

Trousers: New Balance Impact Carpri DAF

Today was more of a walk than a run today, I didn’t manage to break any records or anything today. My pace was overall slower today as I’m taking a break from the couch to 5k and just did a 30 minute brisk walk today keeping a steady 5.6km/h.

When we came home, myself and Splintor cooked up a really nice dinner. We had some thin beef strips, we roasted some carrots, parsnips and potatoes then we sauteed off some mushrooms in some butter and olive oil.

Everything took 40mins to cook in total and I’ll give the instructions down below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 4 small potatoes  (about the same size)
  • 150g of thin beef steaks
  • 50g of button mushrooms
  • Olive Oil
  • Teaspoon of butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary & Thyme

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180° while you’re getting everything prepared.
  2. Put a tablespoon of olive oil into a baking tin and pop it in the oven to let the dish & oil warm up while you’re preparing the potatoes
  3. With the skin on take the potatoes & generously coat them in olive oil, salt & pepper.
  4. With oven gloves remove your dish from the oven and place your potatoes in the tray and pop them back in the oven leave them for 40 minutes.
  5. Prep your carrots and parsnips by cutting them into equal sizes and covering them with olive oil popping them onto a oven tray for 20 minutes. (Drissling a little honey over them for the last 5 minutes is a nice touch)
  6. Bring your steaks up to room temperature and then coat them generously with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them on a preheated skillet for 3 minutes total and let to rest for 3 minutes.
  7. Sauteé some mushrooms by cooking them in a pan with equal parts butter and olive oil for 5 minutes until a desired colour.

Day 3 week 1

My journey from couch to to 5k

Kit:

Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GET 17.

Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2 HR

Top: F&F Active (To be replaced)

Bra: Reebok High Impact Z63962

Trousers: New Balance Impact Carpri DAF
Just finished week 1 day 3 of #C25K® on #Android with c25kfree! #everymomentcounts #run #running… https://t.co/gHP8kTh2H2
Ok, today was not easy. I feel like today while it was an improvement is also making me think I’m going a little too fast for just starting out. I’m not really too sure about the pace that I’m setting I think I might need to slow down a little bit in order to be more consistent overall.

I’m happy enough with the progress I made today, but I’m even happier with the purchase that I made today (which I tried on my run) which was a set of New Balance Running trousers. They have a pocket towards the back right side that is just big enough for your phone and your keys which is really useful. It’s also very well balanced. I don’t know what it is about it but I didn’t feel my phone on my run today. It really allowed me to focus on other things.

I will say this though, I really wish my Fitbit was able to change my music while I was running so I didn’t have to try and reach for it. After a while I didn’t bother but it is a little bit of an inconvenience. It’s something I’ll need to look into as I go on this journey.

But right now I’m gonna go enjoy the new episode of Attack on Titan and enjoy my dinner!