My 2013 non-New Year’s resolution post!

Winter run at Gowlland Todd

Winter run at Gowlland Todd

Well… I didn’t really meet the 2012 goals I set out in last year’s non-New Year’s resolution post, partly due to work/life factors, and partly because I didn’t follow my own advice of setting small, weekly goals for yourself as you work towards your larger goals.

I didn’t end up competing in any triathlons in 2012 because I was crazy busy organizing the majority of the triathlons I probably would have participated in. I did get back in the pool for a little bit, but was sick of everything triathlon by the end of summer and lost my passion for it slightly. I didn’t do a marathon in 2012 so I didn’t get my sub 4-hour PB, but I did manage a super fast half marathon time, beating my previous best by five minutes. With all things considered, I still had a great 2012 fitness-wise. And I know 2013 is going to be even better. (more…)

Why our culture is making us fat

Hopefully Shakeology can get me through the holidays just a little bit healthier

Hopefully Shakeology can get me through the holidays just a little bit healthier

First off, I’m not one of those people who believes you have to eat healthy 100% of the time. I eat chocolate everyday, drink wine when I feel like it, go out for burgers and beers occasionally. But like all things bad for you, I consume them in moderation. Moderation means 10 less kilometres I have to run and three less sets I need to rep out to keep my body looking like it does and to be healthy, inside and out.

I don’t know at what point in time our culture stopped supporting this. I feel like there is this weird cultural norm where you get judged when you slip too far towards either edge of the health spectrum — too gluttonous and people think you have no self control/self respect, too health conscious and people think you’re no fun/judging everyone else/annoying. The perfect balance would be eating what everyone else is and still looking healthy, which isn’t possible except for those people gifted with genes that let them eat whatever they want and not gain a pound.

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Why I’m heading back to the gym

Something I’ll never be able to do at my new place… my bike trainer sounds like a plane taking off.

Something I’ll never be able to do at my new place… my bike trainer sounds like a plane taking off.

Remember when I quit the gym? Well… I’m on the hunt for a new place to workout indoors, but not because I’m tired of running outside. Who could ever get tired of that? I’d take running in wet, dreary west coast weather over a treadmill any day. No, it’s because my new downstairs neighbours can’t handle the sound of us walking across our living room floor, let alone me jumping around doing workout DVDs.

I moved into a new building last week, in part to save money by living with a roommate, but also to cut down on my work/boyfriend commute time. Just five days into living there, we received a formal letter of complaint from the property manager  on behalf of the people in the unit below us, saying that they hear constant noise,  loud party noises coming from our unit (during a time when my roommate wasn’t even in the country and I hadn’t even moved in yet), and that they could hear “loud banging and moving furniture” on November 16… the day I moved in. Really?? There was moving furniture?? Ya don’t say!! Pretty sure you can’t fine someone $200 for that. (more…)

How many calories do you actually burn doing workout DVDs in comparison to running?

dvd_compareI was wondering about this recently and couldn’t find anything relevant after a quick Google search, so I busted out the ‘ol HR monitor to find out.

I compared two different workout DVDs of about roughly the same duration of time — Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones and Insanity: Plyometric Cardio Circuit — to a 48 minute run that incorporates a steep trail (of which I actually had to hike up instead of run).

While the run is pure cardio, the DVDs do incorporate some strength training moves (push-ups and squats for Insanity; super sets with 3lbs weights for Jillian) along with some interval training, so the fitness benefits are a bit different. Let’s have a look, shall we: (more…)

Saturday hikes around the Island

Indy at Matheson Lake.

As part of my new do-whatever-I-feel-like-doing fitness routine I’ve got going on lately, my boyfriend and I have been exploring a few of the local Vancouver Island trails with the dogs almost every Saturday. Although sometimes I think I’d rather be flying through the trees, expertly side-stepping roots and clamoring up rocks like a mountain goat (okay, I run trails more like a regular goat… that’s been hit with a tranquilizer dart. It’s more of a controlled fall, actually…), it’s nice to take your time once in awhile and to really appreciate the scenery. I could not imagine living somewhere without these parks and trails just a short drive away. (more…)

How to train for a half marathon without actually running…

Me and Deb

My running buddy Debbie and me post race. PBs all around, plus finally took down a friend’s half marathon record he’d been taunting us about for years… (hence the number 1s!)

I think I did everything you aren’t supposed to do before a 21.1k race. I hardly ran in the weeks leading up to it. I went on a 18 km hike the week before followed by a 19.22 km run the next day “just to see if I could do it.” I did strength training the day before ’cause I felt like it. I drank beer the night before the race, also ’cause I felt like it. I didn’t stretch. I didn’t eat my go-to pre-race breakfast. And I waited until the very last minute to register.

I pretty much untrained myself for the 2012 Goodlife Fitness Victoria half marathon, and had one of the best runs of my life, with a personal best to boot with a time of 1:41:33 (22nd in my AG out of 479 women!) (more…)

I’m baaaaack!

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On a Mill Hill trail run with running buddy Debbie… clearly out of shape.

First of all, apologies for not blogging about what it’s like to work “behind the scenes” of an endurance event. To be honest, I was just so incredibly busy. I barely had time to run, let alone blog. I also didn’t have any training updates for you, as I wasn’t really training or racing. I managed to do a bit of trail running here and there, but no swimming or biking 🙁

But enough with the excuses. After a summer being the communications coordinator for four triathlons, I have a new appreciation for everything that goes into running safe and fun events. In about a year I went from being a total tri newb (what the hell is a bike bib?? How do I transition??) to knowing every little detail about the event, down to how many tins of Gatorade we’d need to prepare at each aid station on the course to provide for 800 competitors. (more…)

Super awesome exciting announcement!

Me finishing the Sooke Tri last year!

So I have a super awesome exciting announcement to share with all of you!

I was recently given the opportunity to combine everything I’m passionate about — writing, media relations, social media, triathlons and endurance sport events —  into a career!

As of Monday, I will be joining LifeSport Coaching as the Communications Coordinator for the Subaru Western Triathlon Series!

I’m super excited to finally be on the ‘other’ side of an endurance sport event and am looking forward to helping make this Tri Series the best yet. (more…)

My non-New Year’s resolutions post: Goal setting and my endurance sport plans for 2012

Me in Maui after finishing the Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon. Has nothing really to do with this post. I just thought it’d be more interesting than a stock photo of ‘Happy New Year’ text with squiggles and sparkles.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. Mainly because I’m always thinking about, planning and refining my goals — personal, fitness and otherwise — throughout the year. But January 1st is a good time to reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year and how they changed you, as well as look forward to and plan what you want to achieve in the year to come.

And by planning what you want to achieve, I don’t mean the lose-30-pounds-and-make-time-to-read-more-books type of plan (otherwise known as the ‘New Year’s Resolution’) — I mean actually writing down your goals, and considering what it is you actually need to do to reach them.

For me, I knew 2011 was going to be the year I completed my first triathlon. Not only did I have no idea what I was doing or where to even start, but also I didn’t even know how to swim. With my target goal in sight (meaning I signed up for the triathlon before I even had a bike or knew how to swim), I wrote down all of the steps I needed to take in order to get there — the first being to get a good triathlon coach, which helped take all the guesswork out of the rest of the steps! (more…)

Twitter, runners and cancer research

Miss May in the Van Island Runners for Cancer calendar. Photo credit: Will Winter Photography

I have to say I’ve met some super awesome runners and fellow endurance sport enthusiasts through social media.

This group of Victoria-area and social media-savvy runners of all ages, levels and abilities came together under the #yyjrun hashtag on Twitter a few years ago. We get psyched for races together, cheer each other on and support each others’ goals, offer tips and training advice, run together, suffer through injuries, training road-blocks and taper madness together, race together, and have coffee and dinner together. And most recently, we’ve come together to raise funds for a cause close to all of us. (more…)

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