Thinking Out Loud Thursdays #5: I workout because…

I stumbled across this pic on Google and I thought it may be a way to motivate me into running and working out if I thought about all the reasons why I run and workout.

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1. It relieves my stress. Stress from work, life, home, family… whatever it might be, I always feel like I can tackle any mountain after I work out.

2. It makes me happy. Truthfully I am always smiling after a workout, even a bad workout is still a workout.

3. It helps me stay fit and healthy.

4. It challenges me to push myself to succeed.

5. It makes me stronger, builds my strength and confidence.

6. It helps me sleep better.

7. It helps with my flexibility and toning.

8. I can eat without guilt.

9. It lets me fit into my own skin and clothes more comfortably.

 

What motivates you? Why do you work out?

p.s Not sure what Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are about? Check out here.

Get Your Sh!t Together September!

Following Ash’s lead, welcome to the first day of September which will now be referred to as “Get Your Shit Together” September (#GYSTS)!

GYSTS14Its the first day of spring here and summer is fast approaching, so its a perfect time to get your shit together! Plus this is the month that I run my FIRST HALF MARATHON – can you feel the excitement? The nerves are certainly kicking in!

So how am I getting my shit together?? Here is how:

1. Run – Run your day your way. I am taking this literally, by running A LOT. Also I am going to be in charge of my days/weeks and month by running my day and staying in check with all my goals.

while you were sleeping i was running2. Breathe – Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am going to not stress out about things that are totally beyond my control.

enjoy the little things3. Listen – Listen to my body and rest when I need to, but also listen to the advice from my support group as well. This is something I take for granted. I need to listen and take other people’s advice sometimes!

4. Health – Looking after my body and my health. Running looks after my fitness and body but I also need to watch what I eat. After my 21days no cheats experiment I realise how often I crave unhealthy food and how I need to curb these cravings by eating the right food at the right time.

5. Happiness – After my 21km, Rob and I are taking some time off work to have a bit of a holiday and relax at the end of September so this will be a great reward to look forward to. My happy place is with him.

So how what are you goals this September?

 

 

 

Week 9 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week I didn’t do so great, but I didn’t totally suck either. I ended up running 3 days just not the total mileage I was aiming for, ended up with 12km, with 16km scheduled for tomorrow. I tried a cross fitness training class on Tuesday – it was a HIIT workout and it totally worked muscles I never realized I had. I am hoping to add this at least once a week going forward. I didn’t get round to RPM or Bodypump this week but that’s not really a biggie for me, what bums me out is my lack of improvement on my running.

Lately I have not really been enjoying my training to be honest with you. I kinda feel like I am over it really, I cant really be over it because I am committed to running the 21km but I dunno how much running I am going to be doing, lately its been a lot of walk/running. Truthfully it feels like this is the most I have walked my entire running career (ok so career is a big word for one year but you get my point).

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I really feel I am capable of more. So I am trying to keep myself motivated, keep my eye on my first half marathon prize.

This week I will be doing the following work outs:

Monday: 5km run; Bodypump
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Cross Fitness Class; 12km Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 16km Run

What is your plan for this week? How do you keep yourself motivated? Are you enjoying your runs?

Worldless Wednesday {Link Up}

I loved the idea behind Wordless Wednesday, get the full details here. Often I think I ramble and talk too much. So this post will allow me to post a pic or image that speaks for itself. It will be based on what is going on in my life, how I am feeling etc.

http://runningwiththesunrise.comSo here goes, my first Wordless Wednesday:

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Week 8 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week flew past, no seriously!? Can you believe we are coming to the end of August?

I have a few things to recap on, in terms of my training, I ran all my runs this week (total of 40km) but didn’t make it to Bodypump on Monday. I am super chuffed at all the running I did though!

be a better runnerToday is also my last of the #21daysnocheats challenge. True to my honesty on this blog… I bombed this week at the #21daysnocheats challenge. I had dessert two nights this week. So I made it up to 16days without a cheat. I think what this challenge showed was that I have A LOT of sugar cravings during the day, and that when I cut out sugar I have learnt to eat better, healthier options to curb my cravings. I gave in and had pudding when we went out for dinner at a friends place twice this week. I have no regrets about it these 2 cheats. I had a healthy few days (19 days in total) and I enjoyed my little cheats too.

Right so going into week 9 of my training, what do I have planned:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5km run; Functional Training Teaser at work; RPM
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 10km run; Bodypump
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 10km Wanderers run followed by 6km run to make it 16km on one day.

What is your plan for this week?

Week 7 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This past week my plan was to add more rest days, listen to my body and meet my goals. I am happy to say I did just that!

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I ran twice; Tuesday (6km) and Thursday (10km). Plus I did a RPM class as well as a Bodypump class too.

Over the weekend I was meant to run my slow long distance but I coughed the whole night on Friday and just wasn’t feeling up to it so I skipped the run and ran this morning (Monday) instead.

This week’s goals are:

  • Monday: 10km run and Bodypump class
  • Tuesday: Rest day
  • Wednesday: 8km run
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: 10km run
  • Saturday: 5km park run followed by 5km spruit run
  • Sunday: Rest day

A lot more running for this week, so I am slowing down on the other gym workouts to give my legs the rest they need. I am also minding my knee which seems to be playing up. But I am following the physios advice and sticking to the exercises!

What is your plan for the week? Any goals you are ready to smash??

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me {Link Up}

This quiz came from Julie, who stole it from Julie, who took the idea from Tina, so I thought – why not do it myself!

1. I’m happiest when… I am in my PJ’s

2.. …Especially if… I am on our couch with my love and our pug child!
3. I’ve always wanted to… own my own business! Perhaps one day my big dreams will come true 🙂
4. My Family and I… have a wicked sense of humor. Without fail someone in our family will crack a joke and have everyone howling with laughter in seconds. We cool like that.
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5. I was terrible… at maths. When I was younger, I actually purposely skipped over geometry entirely in Matric because I had no clue. Even after years of extra maths, I still get easily confused with figures.

6. My First Job was… at the local wimpy at the age of 15. I worked there for a while with a very good friend, Jen. We use to get paid an hourly rate, a burger and chips with a cold drink for lunch – it was a bargain. I still love Wimpy burgers!

PL-Wimpy27. I could probably eat … something sweet everyday. (Which is why I need to give it up for 21 days. #21daysnocheats

8. I stole… this post idea 🙂
9. I was born on the same day as… Nick Carter from backstreet boys! This as a 11 year old girl was a great fact to blurt out! Swoon, we loved BSB!

nick carter10. My all-time favorite film is… Breakfast Club. But ya knew that from my YOU Challenge, right?

11. I do a pretty mean… Jack Impersonation. I can literally make Rob chuckle with everything I think Jack is saying. And I love that. I love making Rob laugh.
12. I’m still mad… that I deleted the last episode of the 2nd season of nashville off my PVR without realising the catch up hadnt recorded it properly – #technologyletdown!
13. I met my husband… well, he is my boyfriend, but I met Rob at University. We were just friends for a few years before we had our first proper conversation (FYI most random first conversation about how bad we wanted to leave Durban and how all our friends were settling down) I knew right after that convo that he was the one I wanted to be with forever. We have been together for over 3 years, moved cities and bought a house and a pup together. Love him with all my heart.
Rob and I in Prague

Rob and I in Prague

14. I always knew I wanted… to have a job that allowed me to travel lots. So far we have done one epic Euro trip last year and I am hoping to travel more next year!
15. I’m not afraid to… speak my mind. In fact this is probably one of my strongest characters. I don’t like keeping my mouth shut – haha!
16. I make the best… Bolognaise sauce. Like its epic! YUM.

17. I have almost no…co-ordination. I cannot catch a ball without closing my eyes. Hence Running is for me, ball sports – not so much.

18. I always cry when… watching anything about children or animals getting mistreated. I once cried in an advert about kids in a car crash. So tragic!

19. I am… allergic to hair dye  but… I still get my highlights done (as long as it doesnt touch my scalp my hair wont fall out!)
20. I spent… my credit card limit on going to Europe last year – no regrets.
21. I wish my folks… would worry less. They, like me, are worriers. I worry about them, they worry about me. We all need to worry less.
22. At 5,we lived in the Eastern Cape in East London. I loved living there.
23. I believe if everyone …exercised more, the world would be a better place. More exercise would de-stress more people, and that means less angry people!

24. I can’t stand… mayonnaise. Like really, that stuff grosses me out!
25. Whenever … some bad reality show is on, I’ll watch it. I have a sick and twisted fascination with reality shows. Possible because it requires little brain activity.

Where is your happy place? What could you eat every day? Tell me your secrets!