Yesterday marked the final race of the Spring Frank Mcnamara Wednesday night race series. There are 5 races in the series; personally I think the spring series runs are supAr fun. This is my third year racing them and every year seems to get better. This year I beat all my times by a minimum of a minute I also came in 8th in my age category, usually out of 20 plus girls. I’m super pumped about all of that considering my goal was top 10 each race. How we say success. The only pit fall of the series was at the last race my stomach was acting up pretty bad and by pretty bad I mean I was constipated (gross I know). So I took an Aleve to subside the pain? It helped a bit…ish. Now to rectify this little hiccup I am drinking smooth exit tea – YEAH that’s the real name; what if the exit isn’t smooth hmm? It tastes like weird camomile tea. Awesome, we will see how that pans out; even the package it comes in looks all weird organic medicine-y.
Training has been going really well; last week I was in Jasper with work and I got in some great training (in my favorite place super shocker I know). I didn’t take any photos which, was totally my fault but I did hill intervals at Old Fort Point with the sheeps and ran with the elks almost everyday. It’s May so they are out in full force. My interval day I did up Pyramid lake road they were 9 – 3 minute intervals w/ 1 min walk 1min jog. This is my little fancy chart thing from the run to spice this post up.
Interval training day. Woot.
I did a few two-a-days; they are hard but I noticed a difference in my performance when I did an am run before a Wednesday night race. I felt really strong and ready to go. Now that we are in May I have started back training in the pool and on my awesome possum bike because Tri season will start for me in August. I sport my swim cap and one piece bathing suit – I am sexy and I know it. Then I go back to work looking like a drowned rat because I swim on my lunch break once per week. Sew tutes. Back to running training; I have started running more in my 5 fingers so like once a week instead of once every 2 or 3 or 5 weeks. I truly love them but usually just wear them on hiking, adventures, and in the gym. It has been a nice change they are so comfs. (comfy if you didn’t catch my personal abbreviation).
This Saturday will be the first 5 Peaks race of the year! Party on! Can’t wait hopefully I race it much better than last year because I got the shit kicked out of me. No lie but I still had fun because they are that awesome. Then I am gone to Ontario for work for Cystic Fibrosis Canada Shinerama! My people! Then the weekend after that is the Blackfoot Ultra, I will be doing the 25km baby ultra. See there is my training schedule and motivation notes. Nerd nerd nerd nerd. Also the picture will not rotate you can do some neck stretches to look at it if you wish.
The glam of new years is almost over now since it is 12:45 pm and everyone has exchanged their cheers! I am sure many people have cheffed up a whole boat load of resolutions involving fitness that they are going to accomplish in the big ol’ 2012. Personally I do not make resolutions for a new year..why you ask? Because I set goals ALL THE TIME. For me it doesn’t have to be the turn of a year for me to change my life. If on March 16th I feel like I need to make a change I will start the process then; I do not need to wait. None the less staying healthy is important; here are some Teagantips to kick your new years resolutions in the butt.
5 Fitness New Years Resolution Tips
Make a goal about changing your lifestyle to a healthy balanced one; do not just set a weight loss goal. Once you meet your goal weight you might be washed up on shore with nothing left to strive for. Strive for change and healthy living not numbers.
Do not let others influence you if you really want to inspire change. If you are going to cut out smoking stay AWAY from those who smoke. Good friends support they do not enable.
Make a routine you can stick to. Hold your self accountable. The first 3 weeks of January are a zoo at gyms and gym regulars notice all the new years resolution folks like a red wine stain on a white carpet. Because as the weeks go on the stain fades, ie the resolutioners fade away and it is back the usual folks.
If your goals has to do with running and or triathlons; set goal races now. Do your research, train, and get excited about these events. They will probably change you life. I have a whole page for my 2012 race goals and I look forward to each.
Log your weekly mileage in an excel worksheet or a little notebook this helps you track progress. Also do not lie in your log; that is only cheating yourself.
Buy yourself a good pair of running shoes.
Smile and have fun always. The pain will eventually go away.
How are you going to change your health life in 2012?
This is not a lie, but fitness is also one of the most rewarding things people can do. Lifting weights, eating clean, and running are hard. However, these three things are so important in life. I surf other running and fitness blogs to see what people write about and learn more from others; over my time looking though these blogs I have seen a reoccurring trend of some people complaining about everything fitness.
Running is hard
It’s dark out
I am tired
It’s too hard to make lunch
Going to the gym is too much work
I’ll just stay home
I’ll just have a few drinks
I can’t give up alcohol
Complaining about things will not make them better, it also will not help motivate you to get out there and do something. I do not expect everyone to become fitness models but even walking for 30 minutes a day is a great step to healthy living. Sometimes there are COMPLETELY legitimate reasons to complain or express emotion around a situation, really sick, or constantly hurt is tough on active people! Sometimes it is really hard and rest days are SO important but we all hold the key to our health and we are responsible to take care of it.
I love food and I do not believe in cutting everything you love out of your diet but it is important to eat in moderation and not eat crappy food all the time. In fact eating clean and healthy generally makes people happier and feel more energized! Pack your lunch for work everyday it works wonders and keeps you in control of what goes in. If there is one thing people can cut out of their diet to eat cleaner it would be alcoholic beverages! Personally I rarely rarely drink and if I do I only drink vodka soda or a glass of wine. Alcoholic beverages are PACKED with hidden calories! For some people cutting out liquor is hard and refuse but it is important for the bod!
Try to push yourself to get out there even if you feel crappy or down because you NEVER regret working out!