Archive for March 16, 2013

More to life


The fact that I love plans and structure is no secret. But  also believe in truly enjoying yourself every now and then. Sometimes you need to just chill out, and do something indulgent.

I am an insanely intelligent human being, so after deciding that I would race in the Sydney Marathon Clinic 10km today, I organised to have friends over for a few drinks and dinner.

All in

All in

Several vodkas, some champagne, a bag of m&ms, corn chips, half a block of chocolate and several drinking games later, I snuck away to bed, set my alarm for 5:45, and left the rest to party on.

This morning’s race was a flop time-wise.

Now that I’ve prepared for a race in the worst possible way, here are my tips for how NOT to prepare for your next race. Don’t:

  • Consume your body weight in fatty food the night before
  • Take up Mr The Rake’s offer of home-made cocktails
  • Substitute vodka for potato (wait..)
  • Continue drinking
  • Try a new “metabolism revving” circuit work out the day before

The best bit was when I jumped out of my car to pick up Va, and a guy in his car stopped on a main road and asked me if I’d ‘like a lift’. Nup.

Va and I - still smiling post-race and pre-breakfast.

Va and I – still smiling post-race and pre-breakfast. Superwoman was there too!

Was it worth it?

Hell yes. You can totally have your cake chips chocolate vodka and eat it too.

 

Your Turn!

Have you ever raced when you’ve known you won’t be running well? 
Hungover running experience?
How disciplined are you when it comes to your training (no matter what your goal is!)?

 

Laura the Fit Nut

 

And Fit Nut is back! A huge thanks to Laura from Fit Running Mama for being so damn patient with me.

 


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Name:

Laura

Blog: 

http://fitrunningmama.com

What is your sport of choice? 

Running!

How did you get started?

I graduated from college in 2002 and began my career in Special Education. I taught middle school life skills and had seven kids with severe and profound needs. It was exhausting and amazing but running kept me sane! It was either running or excessive drinking!

What’s a memorable moment you’ve experienced on your fitness journey?

In October 2012 I ran my first Women’s Race (Title IX Chicago), and my 3 year old participated in her first kids dash. When all was said an done I had a PR (7:31 pace) and Sara was sad because her race was too short and she wanted more! It was awesome sharing my passion with her!

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What have you gained from improving your fitness?

I recently became a certified fitness trainer which was always a goal for me. I love sharing my fitness knowledge with others. I love when friends, family and blog readers tell me they tried one of my recipes or did one of my workouts! It’s an awesome feeling. I love spreading the love!

How often do you exercise each week?

5-6 days a week

My favourite piece of equipment is…

The treadmill

My favourite fuel is…

overnight oats and nut butters (especially homemade nut butter)

I am obsessed with…

PB2! Best product!

What is your current fitness goal?

I started practicing bikram about 2 months ago and I love the challenge. I practice weekly and am working on the poses. I love the challenge and the sweat!

What advice would you give to newbies in your sport?

Set goals! You don’t need big ones! I ran my first 5k in 2005 and from then my running addiction grew. Find friends that can help you meet your goals! Share you success stories!

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What is the best way to contact you?

Email fitrunningmama@gmail.com

 

Thanks Laura – any chance you can send some PB2 to Oz?

 

Your Turn!

Questions for Laura?
Have you ever run or participated in sport with your child?
What was your first running moment?

 

Back to Blisters


I have blisters on my toes again, and life is back to the way it should be.

The running break has done me a lot of good, but we’re done.

This morning, I woke up at 6am, and even though it was too dark to run outside,  I did jump on this old friend for 7km of sweat. And then a weights session. I smiled the whole time.

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And a pre-breakfast workout means that breakfast tastes ten zillion times more awesome than normal. And I LOVE breakfast (Mr The Rake asks me to compare my love for him to breakfast – it’s the most accurate measure).

I was a little surprised when my nutritionist suggested an even bigger breakfast than I normally have. Did I mention I love her? For me, her aim was to give me more carbs at breakfast and lunch – especially on training days – so I wouldn’t be so damn hungry and keep reaching for stupid foods.

EPIC pancake

EPIC pancake

When do all of you work out? In the last few months, I’ve become very much a morning exerciser. Partly because I love breakfast so much.

 

Your Turn!

When do you work out?
What is your breakfast go-to?
Is it easy for you to get into working out after a break, or does it take some time?

 

A Little Structure

 

I know you’re all dying to know how my beloved Rake is going right now.

At present, he has taken on the role of trolling the internet, one homophobe at a time.

You know how I work with small children for a living? Mr The Rake has a much lower tolerance for, well, people…


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So I asked him what he thought of people, generally -

Hmmm, I wonder how they’d taste. 

Ladies and gentlemen: my boyfriend.

I think he won the internet

I think he won the internet

 

Let’s get down to business

I know that some of you are more interested in the nitty gritty of my schedules and plans. Knowing that every single one of us has entirely different needs, I wanted to share mine. Partly because this way, I can get all excited about Wednesday when I finally get to start running again!

This is all early days, but it really is time to begin thinking about upcoming races, with the ultimate goal being the Sydney Marathon in September. So, mucking around with this awesome new find of periodisation (dividing the racing season into three categories), and adding in some light weeks, this is a rough draft of where I’m headed.

Did I mention I like structure?
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I’m all ears guys – and many of you have been there, done that.

So…

 

Your Turn!

What type of speed-work do you do?
Do you put light weeks into you training regime?
How structured are you when it comes to racing?
Do you use/have you heard of periodisation? 

 

It’s ok, we can keep eating yogurt

 

By way of explanation (rather than apology!) I haven’t been in a crazy angry funk. I haven’t been sitting in a hole eating tubs of ice cream. I haven’t been rocking in the corner. I’ve just been working. A lot. And with the time off running, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to build the business, and take on some extra work.

Back to work

Back to work

So here we are, on Saturday (and promises that the Fit Nut feature will be back up and running next Thursday!). I am 1 1/2 weeks into my 2 week running break, and yesterday, I met the nutritionist.

I went in hopeful, but not expecting a magic bullet.

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This woman was awesome. She got it. Without me having to go into detail on much, she knew exactly where I was coming from, and just accepted (and appreciated) that I:

a) run crazy long distances for fun and train 8-10 hours a week.

b) have two sides of my brain that clash between ‘eat cake’ and ‘carbs are evil’

Chelsea brought me cupcakes!

Now I want cake…

c) understand the fundamentals of food and training

d) am insanely structured in everything I do.

So here’s why I have a major nutritionist crush:

  • She had scales that were separated from the reading – she knew my weight but I didn’t have to know
  • She was totally pro my yogurt addiction (and she likes Chobani too!)
  • She was an iron-man triathlete and still cycles
  • She liked my diet and simply helped me re-order it
  • She referred me to a new GP who understands running
  • She introduced me to the concept of periodisation

There was no bullshit, no lists or elimination diets, so back to basics explanations and no shock when it came to marathon running. She took everything in her stride, suggested I keep some lacteeze tablets in my handbag for impromptu mudcake situations, and based everything around my training schedule – including light and heavy sessions. I have a guide to quantities and types of foods, but the freedom to eat whatever I choose.

Most of all, she gave me structure. Sweet structure. For me, some of her most basic tips – like the number of fistfuls of carbs to eat at lunch-time (as opposed to skipping the carbs and picking chocolate instead) – were an incredible relief. Someone else took charge of my diet, and I gladly relinquished it.

 

Your Turn!

What’s one food you cannot get enough of in your diet?
Are you a neurotic structured runner chick like me, or do you go with the flow a little more?
How important do you think the relationship between food and training is?