Tag: fitness

A Post-Workout Protein Shake You Have to Try

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt this year is how getting older affects your metabolism. Six years ago, I restricted my portion sizes, ate healthily, and lost 13kgs without doing ANY exercise. Fast forward to today, and that just doesn’t work anymore. I have tried eating really well, eating smaller amounts of really good food, and although I’ve lost 5kg – the rest of the weight I’ve managed to gain just won’t budge. (more…)

Fitness in Pregnancy

One of a mother’s biggest concerns when she falls pregnant is her body and it’s changing shape. Hand-in-hand with this is, of course, her fitness in pregnancy! Will her body ever return to the same shape? How can she stay fit? Can she exercise while she’s pregnant? Is it important to stay in shape? The good news is that staying fit when you’re expecting is possible – and that’s why I’m here! (more…)

Sound Mind, Sound Body

While training for the Two Oceans, I kept telling myself (and anyone who would listen), that I was quitting running and that I don’t know why I do this to myself.  I will definitely never run another half-marathon (or more), but then I saw the Slow-Mag 10km race in Benoni.. (more…)

The (Long) Road to the Two Oceans

As you all know, I broke my foot last year October, but this didn’t stop me from entering the Two Oceans when entries opened in November. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey, especially because I needed to take a decent amount of time off to heal. (more…)

A New Year, A New Fitness Challenge

The year is starting off with a bang.  I really feel this is the year to get my A into G, and get strong, fit and healthy.  Working such great hours (07:00-15:00) means I have quite a bit of extra time on my hands which I plan on devoting to my health.

In February, I’ll be running the KFC Randburg Harriers 10km Valentine’s Race.  I’ve never run it before but a couple of people have told me it’s a very hilly race.  This is something I really need to get my head around and work on – I loathe hills, so I reckon it will be good practice.

In March, I’ll be competing in the IMPI challenge – this consists of a 12km run with 18 obstacles in between.  Hard work.  I don’t have a lot of muscular strength, so I definitely need to train for that.  On top of this, I have never run more than 10km, so I’m going to have to start running longer distances to get ready.

In April, I am hoping to be running the Two Oceans Half Marathon (21km).  There are so many entries for this race, that they have entered all the entries into a draw.  Fingers crossed I get selected in the draw – I think this would be an incredible race to run, despite the big distance.  If I don’t get into the Two Oceans, then I’m going to consider doing the Knysna Forest run which is also a 21km.

In order to get ready for these races, I’ve drafted another training schedule which gradually sees us increasing our running distance.  On top of that, though, I have included weight training at the gym, in order to build strength and burn fat more than running does.

I must remember to buy some trail shoes for IMPI – somehow, I don’t think my roadrunners will hold up for that.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited.  I also like drafting these training schedules because it ensures I stay committed and stick to the plan.   Another new challenge for me is to train without music – more and more races stipulate that you can’t use earphones during the run, and this is usually something I rely on to keep me going.

At the end of the day, I just have to buckle down and just run.

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Would You Like Some Food With That Diet?

I’ve been doing the whole ‘Eating Clean‘ thing for 7 months.  I’ve lost 7kg, and quite a few centimetres.  But, I’m tired now, and have admittedly fallen off the wagon a little bit over the last two weeks.  I’m feeling fed up, I get annoyed when I watch skinny people eat all the delicious food while I nibble on my Ryvita and Cottage Cheese.  I need some inspiration, and I need to not give up, but at the same time, I just want to be fat and happy!  I have 3kg to lose still which is not that much, but it is taking FOREVER.  I just cannot shift these last few kilos.  I have been eating so well, and still I don’t lose weight, and so I’ve gotten a little bit over it.  On top of this, I am craving everything and anything.  You name it, I want to smash it in my face. And before you tell me to exercise, I run quite often.  I admit, I could probably exercise more which would involve waking up at 4AM to go to gym, but I’m not a fan of gyms.  Excuses, yes, I know.

These cheered me up, at least..

seafood ants baby icecream noregrets regret rememberdietThese pictures all sum up me at this present time.  NEED. STRENGTH.  Just as I’m about to give up and take another a spoon of peanut butter, I remind myself:

skinnyAlthough, I’d like to categorically state that nothing feels as good as Lebkuchen tastes.

Sisters with Blisters

On Saturday, I partook in the annual Sisters with Blisters walk hosted by 1st for Women insurance.  It is a walk to raise awareness about Women and Child Abuse, and we kept repeating the motto, “There’s no excuse for abuse!”

Most people dress up for the event – there were fairies, and babies, and men in fishnet stockings and heels.  Quite a few people walk in high heels (I’m not brave enough for this).  There is an 8km and 4km walk, and we had entered to do the 8km.

It didn’t all go according to plan, as the journey that should have taken us 15 minutes max to get there, took over an hour.  Traffic was badly backed-up (mostly because it was a single-lane road suddenly filled with thousands of cars).  At one stage, we literally didn’t move AT ALL.  This of course, made us exceptionally late and we missed the start of the 8km walk.  Needless to say, I was not impressed.

We were there in time for the 4km, at least – so I suppose it’s better than nothing.  The walk was very easy, but it got pretty hot seeing as we started so late.  When we finished the 4km, we found a massive crowd of people that had all arrived late, waiting to walk the 4km which had to be started all over again.  It really was badly organized.  Luckily, we parked in an area which meant we could leave quickly – but my friend Lani was stuck in the parking lot for almost an hour!

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love dressing up.  We decided to go as literal Sisters (aka Nuns).  I had a major career fail, as I didn’t even think to dress up as a Nursing Sister, but anywhooooo…

photoCheck out www.sisterswithblisters.co.za for more information.

A New PB

So, we ran the Sportsman’s Warehouse on Sunday as planned!

We trained for four weeks according to the programme I drafted, and although it wasn’t easy, we did it!

programmeHere’s Lani and I before the race:

laniandyThe route was said to be ‘flat’ but this didn’t seem the case, as there were hills galore – the first half was almost entirely uphill.  It was run in Roodepoort, starting at Princess Crossing.  It was a nice vibe and atmosphere though.

I ran the first km in 5min20sec which is RIDICULOUS for me, I wasn’t trying to run fast but I find the adrenaline and the pace of the other runners makes me run faster.  I tried to keep up at that pace, which was a stupid idea and I got tired fairly fast.  Then, the weirdest thing happened – at 3km, both my feet went completely numb.  It was the weirdest feeling.  Now, I must have started running differently due to the numb feet as once I got to 7km my ITBS started acting up badly.  I insisted on pushing myself through the pain and managed to complete the 10km and got a PB of 1hr4mins (and 7 seconds if you must be nit-picky).  This is a massive improvement from my last time of 1hr10min, and it felt great.  Although, I was slightly disappointed in myself and felt I really could have done better – if my knee hadn’t acted up I’m sure I could’ve pushed those last 3km.

photoIt was a good race for all, I’d say – Ross and his sister Jenni both got pretty impressive PBs, Lani completed her first 10km ever and Stef completed 10km after falling really badly and busting up her knee – resilience!

Here’s our obligatory ‘biting the medal’ pic after the race:

postraceUpcoming races are the Sisters with Blisters 8.5km walk/run on the 23rd of November, as well as the World Aids Day 10km race on the 1st of December, who will I be seeing there?

Two Oceans Entries have Opened!

This morning, I bit the bullet, and entered myself and Ross (he didn’t really have a choice) for the Two Oceans half marathon.  Unfortunately, because we are novices and haven’t run it before, this means we might not get to ultimately run it as our names will be entered into a random draw.

They have so many entries, that they have to do a draw to choose 6000 novices (out of the 10000 odd entries) that can enter.  Fingers crossed we are picked!

Also, I may just be doing it for the T-Shirt.

Have you entered yet?  If not, go here.  Entries are known to go FAST (unlike the speed at which I ‘run’).

Delta Park Run

This weekend, I ran my first Delta Park Run with Ross and Lanz.  The ‘Park Run‘ takes place in a number of countries.  The Delta Park run is a weekly 5km Saturday run at 08:00 with a decent-sized group of people – 357 people ran it this week.  Due to it being in a park, it can be considered more of a trail run than anything else.

As part of my training for the Sportman’s Warehouse 10km, I thought it’d be a good idea to try something a little bit different to make sure I’m race ready in November.

The start of the run was fun, with a beautiful downhill – the best – and an awesome vibe.  Cute dogs running around.  Shirtless men running with dogs.  Great scenery in general. ;)

However, a little way into the run, we came to a massive uphill that was RIDICULOUS.  I am not good at running uphill, tried for a while and eventually had to walk the majority of it.  This automatically made me feel like a failure because I hate having to walk – if I don’t run the entire way, it feels like I haven’t accomplished what I set out to.  After that uphill, it wasn’t too bad but that’s when the knee started acting up and my ITBS made an unwelcome appearance, meaning I had to walk the rest of the way to avoid doing further damage, on the advice of my bio.

I think it’s the fact that I was running on an uneven, different surface and was needing to jump around – this meant that my muscles, which are already pretty weak, struggled to stabilize me, and this once again caused my ITB to over-compensate.

So, I left the run feeling disillusioned, sad, useless.  I’ll be back at it again soon but I am really hard on myself with these things.  I think I have a love-hate relationship with running – when it goes well, it feels like the greatest exercise in the world but other times I will hate it with all my heart and soul.

I will definitely try the Park Run again, especially once my quads, glutes and hamstrings are stronger and then I’ll be able to better navigate the route and hopefully complete it without walking.  If you want to try the Park Run, check out www.parkrun.co.za for a list of areas, and how it works.  If you’re with Discovery, you get 500 points for participating – BONUS.  They are also always looking for volunteers, if you’re not into the running side of things.