Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Recap

Well here's my first Sunday Recap. I'm not sure how this should look, I may change it up until I'm happy with it but for now...

For the week of February 27- March 5th

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Week 1, Day 1 C25K
                    Distance: 4.1K
                    Time: 37:07
                    Speed: 8:56/km

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Walk
            Distance: 5.93K
            Time: 1h

Saturday: Week 1, Day 2 C25K
                Distance: 3.21K
                Time: 29:38
                Speed: 9:16/km

Sunday: Walk
              Distance: 6.4K
              Time: 1:04:35

Total Distance: 19.64K
Total Time: 3:11:20

Did you work it this week? Keeping track of your stats? How did you do?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

And now it's March!

Well February flew by! I didn't mean to take a month off. I'm still a bit shocked by that actually. I've been busy doing stuff and not so busy, got sick, recovered, been working, knitting, and started running again.

Yup, that's right, I've started running again... I blame Brent.

You see it was my birthday a few weeks ago and while it's not a big round number, it was close enough to make me reassess a few things. I felt that maybe I could make some goals and try to hit them this year. Then Brent went and got me a Fitbit charge 2. It's so easy to get addicted to gadgets isn't it?!

I figured that to easily reach my step goals I should take up running again! Cause that sounds easy and sane right?

So I signed up for the 5K Perogy Run in May and will sign up for the Stampede with the Broncs in June (another 5K, registration opens on Monday). And then today because I've been drinking the Koolaid, I signed up for the Queen City Half Marathon in September.

I'm determined not to hurt myself this year. I blew my knee out last May and it took me months to walk pain free. I refuse to do that to myself again but man it's hard to ease into training! I want to run. I want to run everyday. I know I can't though, I'm already feeling tight in my right hip and my left Achilles is giving me little jabs during the day. I'm not a wuss when it comes to pain and I can suffer through... but... I'm not into the injured and out for 6-8 weeks because I can't slow down (funny that, cause I am slow, but I have no fear when it comes to long distance).

I bought Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training book a few years ago and I'm planning to use the Novice 1 plan. Before that though I'm back to the Couch to 5K app that I downloaded on my phone. I've had this app for many years and have never completed it. I'm going to this time.

I've done 2 runs and they felt really really good. I remember the last time I did them, I was huffing and puffing and maybe dying a little each run. I'm not feeling that this time. I read an article on muscle memory recently and how runners have that even if they've taken years off running. I'm not sure I buy into it for myself because I've never been a very serious long term athlete but I think the years of yoga everyday have paid off in an increased fitness level. That's my theory anyway :)

So that's what I thought I'd share today. I'm throwing myself all in like I do, reading running blogs, articles and following Instagram accounts. I'll probably try to do a weekly recap of my workouts and stats, not that they mean much right now but I know I'll enjoy looking at them later.

As you can see it's still winter here. It's melting though! Into the plus temps this weekend, I'm so ready!

How about you? Do you run? Any race goals this year?

What about fitness in general? How do you enjoy moving your body most?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hey it's February!

How did that happen?! I think time is moving faster. I mean it feels like it was just Christmas and now we're into February already!

I've been doing some knitting lately and have my first FO of the year (well I finished 2 pussy hats so that's not true). But here is my first pair of socks for my 12 pairs of socks in 2017 goal...

I used some stash yarn scraps and did a plain vanilla sock pattern (Susan B Anderson`s How I Make My Socks, check it out on Ravelry if you`re interested, great free pattern). I usually make this pattern when I knit socks. It`s easy and slick. Plus it knits up fast! Especially when I make socks for me, which these are :)

I love this colourway, it`s from North Bound Knitting, an indy dyer from Ontario. It`s really fun.

I`ve started my February socks already. I`m not far along but I hope to get to the heel flap tonight. These are also for me and I`m using stashed Socks That Rock, and I have no clue what the colourway name is, the ballband is long gone. It`s bright and green and feels like summer.

I think I may go crazy for my next pair and knit some texture... I am kinda crazy like that. I have the Mercury Socks in my queue. They are a free lace sock pattern, I think I`ll make a pair. After that I may get really bold and knit a pair for Brent. He mentioned that he`s like a pair and I have yet to knit man socks... I may have to buy 2 skeins of sock yarn for him in a manly colourway. He`s probably not appreciate the crazy sock yarn I have in stash.

If you have any favourite sock patterns for dudes shoot me a comment below. I`d really appreciate the help!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th!

Are you a person that believes in all the bad juju of  Friday the 13th? I'm not. Instead I like to see it as a day of freedom and indulgence.

When I celebrate Friday the 13th, I do things a little more on the wild side: like drink that extra glass of wine, read that steamy romance book, binge watch the whole series, eat all the chips, etc... Indulge in the shouldn'ts just a bit!

This Friday comes at the end of a few days of spectacular cold here in my part of Canada. We've had overnight temps of -30C with windchill values of over -46C. So cold! Crazy cold! Put on all the layers kind of cold. Thankfully we've also had a beautiful full moon the last few days too.

I keep trying to catch a picture of it with my iphone but it's so hard to get a good shot. It looked like a little white dot not the big luminous moon that I was actually seeing. Anyone have any tricks for taking moon pictures on an iphone? I have a good Canon camera sitting in it's case in the closet, I should really start to use that again.

So this full moon was a good for me. I was able to release a few things that aren't working for me and recommit to some that I've been slacking on and celebrate what I'm doing that is working.

For instance:

- I'm rocking my snowshoeing resolution. I've been out 4 of 12 times, a third down! I've gone solo, with Brent and with friends and it's been great. I'll be heading out hopefully a couple more times this weekend.

- I've been slacking on my yoga practice. This is sad. I love yoga. So I'll be getting on my mat tonight and hopefully everyday for the rest of this moon cycle.

- I'm letting go of the meditating every day for 365 days. That one was going to be a stretch and I knew I'd fail but I figured I'd go ahead and commit anyway because any bit of meditation is better than none right? I still plan on sitting on my cushion as often as possible but I'm not going to beat myself up if I miss a day or three...

It was too cold to be outside and create a ritual of letting go but as I drove to work in the morning I was bathed in moonlight the whole way (it was beautiful and distracting!) and I actually spoke my intentions out loud (I drive alone, haha). It was lovely and a great way to start my day.

Next New Moon: Friday January 27th
Next Full Moon: Friday February 10th

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pussy Hat Project

Have you heard about this? I'm so knitting a few of these!

They won't get there in time but I promise to wear mine on January 21st in solidarity and sisterhood with the many marching on Washington DC for Women's Rights.