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|January 1, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Goals, New Years|
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It is officially 2012 here in London, and I’ve had the most amazing day today! Recap of it to come, but first, some goal talk!
First up, how did I do with my goals for 2011?
- Continue with my healthy lifestyle and attitude throughout 2011! Check. This was coming off a previous year of disordered eating. Now I can honestly say I no longer have any disordered thoughts. Running has helped me a lot with this!
- Be able to run 3 miles in less than 22 minutes. Check. In April, I ran the London Mini Marathon injured, but still ran it in 20.59! I know I can run even faster than that now.
- Run a half marathon. Fail. I signed up for two and couldn’t run either thanks to injury. There’s £50 in race fees I’ll never see again!
- Raise more money for charity. Check. I did a number of things over the year to raise money for various charities, including receiving some very generous donations from you guys in a blog giveaway, and in total raised over £500!
- Practise yoga daily. Fail. I kept this up for the first few months, but every day was too ambitious! I did do MUCH more yoga this year generally than last though, so a partial success!
- Go to a new exercise class once a month. Check. I went to 12 new exercise classes this year: spin, yoga, Pilates, BodyBalance, BodyCombat, BodyAttack, hot vinyasa yoga, ab attack, triple challenge, step, circuit training, and aerobics. Boom.
- Keep up weight training/Body Pump classes. Check. I did BodyPump at least once a week for the first half of the year, and then switched to doing my own thing whenever I could when running really took over!
- Experiment more with recipes and food. Check. I tried a ton of new foods this year, and lots of new recipes! Success!
- Have a big blog giveaway! Check. I did a number of blog giveaways, including a number of ‘bigger’ ones, like giving away a Garmin or Vitamix for charity.
- Improve and expand my blog! Check. Switched to self-hosting and totally revamped my blog. Mucho mejor!
Looking back at these goals just shows me how much my focus has changed over the last year. I definitely used to be more ‘fitness/healthy living’ focused, but now it is all running pretty much! Of course, fitness and healthy living plays a big role in that too! I am so happy with how this year has gone, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
I am a goal setter. I don’t make New Years Resolutions, I make GOALS for the new year. Instead of pledging to turn my life around as soon as the clock strikes midnight and swear off chocolate forever (stupid example- I would never do that!), I become excited and inspired by my goals for the coming year. It doesn’t matter to me whether those goals are smart, measurable, achievable or whatever, but it matters to me that I feel passionate enough about my goals to put all my effort over the next 365 days into trying to achieve them.
My big goals inspire me. I get butterflies just thinking about achieving them.
- Break 19 minutes in the 5k. I want to run sub-19 at the London Mini Marathon in April. I also want to break my age category record at my local Parkrun, which is currently 19.06. (Fact of the day: this time last year I did a ‘tough speedy’ 3 miles according to my Nike GPS in just under 25 minutes!)
- Win the 10k Race for Life in July. Ok, I know this is a bit of a crazy one, as you can never really aim to ‘win’ an event like this because you never know who you’ll be up against, but this was a challenge set to me this year by my friends who were running 10k for the first time. I think they meant it more as a joke, but I took their challenge seriously! The lady this year won in about 41 minutes I think…anyway, crazy goal, but I’ve set my heart on it now!
- Run my first half marathon. I wasn’t able to do this this because of injury problems this year, but I’m determined to this year!
- Get started on helping with running coaching. I need to get my qualification, and then I can start helping with coaching! I can’t wait!
Ok, and I have smaller goals too. Admittedly, these ones don’t give me butterflies, but they will help me achieve my big goals and will help me in the future:
- Commit to regular core work. 15 minutes, 3 times a week. It will make me less injury-prone and a stronger, faster runner.
- Work on meeting my nutritional needs. I met with a sports nutritionist today, and learned a lot about what I need to do better with regarding my nutrition and intake. More on that in the next post!
- Get good grades. I have big dreams for the future, and I need straight A’s to get there, so study study study!
- Stay injury-free as much as possible. I really need to work on listening to my body, and on finding out what works for me this year mileage-wise and training-wise. If my shins give me as much grief in 2012 as they did in 2011, I’m going to look into a leg transplant.
- Regularly strength train and do yoga. Twice a week, work on those muscles, and do weekly yoga. I tend to do a lot less of these as my running increases, but it’s so important to keep up!
- Get more sleep. When things get busy during the week, I rarely hit the sack before 1am. Definitely not good! I want to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
So those are my goals for 2012! I’m not kidding about the butterflies over the big goals! I usually dream about them when I’m running and I get so exciting and inspired every time
What is your biggest goal/resolution/aim for 2012? I am so excited for this year! It’s going to be a good one I’m sure of it!
Have an amazing New Year everyone!
|December 7, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday, WIAW|
Hey friends! I hope you’re having a good Wednesday! It’s time for the usual…
Love you Jenn for being such an awesome host! <3
What I Ate
Guess what I had for breakfast? …….OATMEAL! Surprise there huh?
Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with crunchy PB and raisins
I have to ‘fess up here. My eating has been pretty bad lately. Not nutrition-wise necessarily (excluding the amount of chocolate I’ve eaten this week haha), but quantity. This last week or two has been crazy busy for me (I have had a lot of work and gigs since it’s the run-up to Christmas!), and some days I have been unintentionally skipping meals, simply because I have not had the opportunity to get out and buy something to eat. And then the next day, I end up overeating to make up for it. Saturday was the worst day, when all I had to eat because of travelling around all day to various concerts was breakfast before the race, a snack bar, and a coffee. This is not healthy, and doesn’t leave me feeling good on either day, and it is certainly not the best way to fuel my running! I need to be prepared for days when I know I have things on that will prevent me from going out to grab food, and pack more food to eat instead. Trust me, this is not intentional restriction, and I doubt I am in any calorie deficit anyway, since I always seriously overeat the next day because my hunger is so out of whack! I am just being honest about my struggle here, because I know that it’s one many people will be able to relate to…but there’s no excuse, so I’m going to nip this bad habit in the bud and tackle this head-on!
So Operation Get-My-Life-Organised-So-I-Don’t-Eat-My-Own-Arm-Off has commenced. I’ve been carrying around some energy-dense bars in my bag…
…giant bananas in my oh-so-cool Banana Guard…
….squeeze packs of
crack nut butter…
…and packed sandwiches:
Ok, recycled photo, but this teriyaki tofu sandwich was the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life!
Oh, and a foodie highlight was this raw vegan ganache slice that I picked up from Whole Foods:
This was SO rich and chocolatey! Delicious! I preferred the slice of chocolate peanut butter cream tart that I got last time, but it was a close call! And anything with PB as well as chocolate is obviously going to be better
What I Worked
The last couple of days, I’ve been sticking to ellipticalling and yoga, mostly because my legs hurt like CRAZY from the sports massage I got on Monday! I have bruises and everything! But apart from that they are feeling better for it! This is one video that I did after my massage on Monday to help loosen out, which I got from Katie:
I sure missed yoga, and I’ve gotten so much more inflexible since I’ve not been doing it! I’m determined to get back to doing it regularly!
I’m looking forward to running tomorrow! My shin is feeling fine at the mo (my physio is still currently allowing me to train within reason), and I think my coach is making me do a workout on grass tomorrow to be safe, and I can’t wait! I haven’t run since the 10 minutes I did on Saturday, and I’m getting seriously antsy!!
Aaaand I’ve got some new running shoes!
Ok, so it’s not those ones, but all will be revealed in the next few days! (P.S. I know I look really weird here…and please don’t scoff at my embarrassing lack of calf muscle- I’m working on it! )
What is the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Chocolate vegan ganache slice!
Have you ever struggled with eating at certain times, like when you are very busy? Normally I don’t have a problem, but this past week has been exceptionally crazy! I think I’ve just been doing too much at the moment…I need to learn to say no sometimes, even if it means turning down some mula!
Fill in: “If I had more time, I would do more…” Yoga! I seriously miss it, and my muscles are so much tighter since I stopped my regular practise! I am determined to find a way to make it a part of my schedule again!
Have a great day friends! <3
|December 6, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Injuries|
Yup, story of my LIFE! Aaaand guess what it is? My favourite injury…
If you didn’t know, I struggled with shin splints for about 6 months earlier this year, and it caused me to have to take a total of 3 months fully off running and drop out of two half marathons. Not fun!
Now it’s on the inside right leg, which is common when you start running on the track a lot because that’s the leg you run the bends on.
The reason for it is simple, and to be honest I could almost see it coming. Some statistics say as many as a third of competitive runners develop shin splints around this time, because you return to the track (hard surface) and start speedwork again. And until recently, I hadn’t done any sprints, or trained on the track regularly, but my training has been ramped up in both these areas over the past few weeks.
I started noticing it on Thursday on the track session, and then it returned with a vengeance on Saturday at the race! It was hurting during the warm-up, and I told my coach that. He told me to run the race, but if it felt like it was getting worse, pull out.
Can you spot me? I’m second from the right. My start was just as bad as usual, but this time because I was chatting to the girl behind me when the gun suddenly went off, no warning!
I was in a medal position when I pulled out. I was doing better than I have done so far in any race this year, and I was feeling strong. But my shin was not, and dropping out then was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. The whole rest of the day, I looked back and regretted it, wishing I’d pushed on to the end and hopefully left with a medal. But now, I definitely see that it was the best thing to do, even though at the time I was crying like a baby!
The interesting thing was that when I went to the first aid tent, the physio on hand said I did not have shin splints, but that I’d strained my gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles):
But when I went to my physio yesterday for a sports massage (which, by the way, is the most painful thing EVER!), she confirmed that it was shin splints. So if in doubt about your injury, get a second opinion! Apparently my calf muscles were so tight because I haven’t been holding my stretches for long enough (it has to be at least 30 seconds to be effective), which is why it was misdiagnosed.
Anyway, the bottom line is that I have mild shin splints in the other leg, and I can still train through it at the moment as long as I am careful not to make it worse, and am diligent with my stretching+strengthening exercises. So at the moment, I’m trying not to overthink it and just being sensible with prioritising recovery and listening to my body as much as possible
Well nothing cheers me up like Christmas! I spent the rest of the weekend putting up the Christmas decorations with my family. Tree assembling in action…
We use an artificial tree because my dog doesn’t get along with pine needles. Or Santa hats for that matter…
He was not happy about that!
I am in charge of decorations on the tree, which is why there is one on almost every branch, and why 90% of them are candy canes.
You should’ve seen the year I was in charge of tinsel. Rainbow sparkly tinsel covered every branch. My momma practically had a heart attack when she saw it haha!
Trust me, all of them will be gone by next week
I’m making my favourite gingerbread cookies to go on the tree tomorrow! It’s one of my favourite traditions
I’ll be back tomorrow with a What I Ate Wednesday!
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever suffered? Shin splints. 3 months off running in total, and they still came and went repeatedly! But this time it’s pretty mild at the moment, and I’m determined not to let it get any worse!
When do you put your Christmas decorations up? Ours go up in the first weekend of December.
What is your favourite Christmas tradition? Oh man, I’ve got so many! When I was younger, my brother and I had a tradition of formulating a plan to catch Santa, but every year we’d end up falling asleep instead!
I hope you’re having a great week friends! <3
P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for all the amazing feedback on my binge eating post! Your comments and emails mean so much to me!
|November 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Q+A|
I hope you’re all having a good Thanksgiving, or a good Thursday for those of you not celebrating! I am probably busy tucking into some pumpkin pie right now, so I’ve posted ahead this Q&A post as requested!
do you really eat 3000 calories a day?
Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t count calories, and I don’t even have a rough estimate! The sports nutritionist I saw told me that I should be eating 2500-3000 to maintain and perform best, so I’m assuming I’m hitting it since I haven’t lost weight and am full of energy!
how tall are you? =0
I don’t know exactly, but I think around 5”9?
how do you warm up for a race?
The exact same way I warm-up for a workout session on the track! Roughly 10 minutes of slow jogging, then drills (side-skips, butt-kicks, high knees, etc.), and finally strides to get my legs moving fast! I try to keep moving right until the gun goes off.
Banana oatbran with the random toppings of chocolate chunks, raisins, and almond butter
What is your average 5k time? I run mine in 24:57 (I am slow) and was curious on how much faster i can get before next april if i train everyday.. btw- how much should i run every day? I’m sorry for all the questions.
Don’t be sorry, and a 24.57 is NOT slow- it’s actually faster than the average 5k time! You’re in the exact same position as I was in last year. I started training in November/December to run a 5k in April, and although I got injured, I was still much faster come race day! In November last year, I ran a 24.08, and then in the following April, I ran 20.59, and that was after not running for a while following injury! So I can’t tell you how much faster you will get, because that depends on a lot of factors, but with good solid training, you can get a lot faster. I also can’t tell you how much to run, because again that is a very individual thing, but maybe look up some training plans online to help guide you? And to answer your original question, the only time I’ve run a 5k was that one in April, but I’m looking forward to smashing that time soon! I’m hoping to run sub-19
how did you get so much faster?
One word: speedwork. If you want to run faster, you have to train faster! My speed has increased massively since I’ve been doing speedwork, from a 9 or 10 min/mile when I started just over a year ago to now being able to run a sub-6 minute mile. You don’t need to be knocking out 800’s on the track every week to get faster! Speedwork can be informal, and done anywhere! Just doing some pick-ups on your weekly run will make a difference. My favourites are tempo runs, which teach your body to run faster over extended periods, and fartlek, which increases your speed (I have linked those words to articles on what they are). Anyone can get faster- you just have to be willing to put the effort in.
PB&J rice cake sandwiches, with cinnamon-raisin PB and morello cherry conserve
some people says carbohydrates make us hungry while protein can make us slimmer, but my body seems to get most satisfied by fat like almonds! what do you think?:)
I think it is different for every person, but I agree with you! Fat definitely keeps me satiated longer, and that’s part of the reason I try to include it in every meal/snack! Also, I find that whole-grain carbs keep me full for a long time. I get most satisfied by a combination of all three though:)
HEY EMMA, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! ALWAYS BRIGHTENS MY DAY! WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD ANY TIPS FOR YO-YO DIETING? IM A CLASSIC YO-YO DIETER, I LOOSE THE WEIGHT AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, I HAVE PILED IT ALL BACK ON AGAIN. WOULD REALLY LOVE TO KNOW YOUR OPINIONS?
Thank you!! My opinion is that dieting does not work. It certainly didn’t work for me, and I was stuck yo-yo dieting, which played havoc with my metabolism! I believe that if you are carrying extra weight around, it is for a REASON, and no quick-fix diet is going to solve that! Whether it’s portion-sizing issues, overeating at certain meals, not exercising at all, whatever, I believe that making lifestyle changes and addressing whatever issues you have will make the difference. While it may not provide the ‘quick-fix’ that diets can, it will more likely have long-term effect. For example, I had to address my bad snacking habits, where I was consuming around 1000 calories in my afternoon snack fest, whilst leading a totally sedentary lifestyle! So obviously, that had to change. Anyway, that’s just my two cents- I’m no expert!
Apple dipped in The Best Nut Butter In The World (aka Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut)
are you in college and do you pay for your own food?
I am not in college yet, and yes I do pay for my food. I have a budget, and I totally fail at it most months!
is your bmi under 19?
To be frank, I think BMI is useless. It does not measure how much muscle/fat you have, which means that the BMI of many athletes for example is overweight or obese, when clearly they are far from it! It also is not a great indicator for people who are above or below average height, like me. So to answer your question, yes my BMI is below 19, but my body-fat percentage (a much better indicator of health!) is within the healthy range.
Happy Herbivore’s single-serve brownie, topped with PB and chocolate chips
What’s your best tip for motivation when it comes to winter running? I need to start serious marathon training from December again & memories of ice, snow & cold from last year are making wonder how i’m going to get my backside moving.
Get a running buddy maybe, or join a club? I definitely find it so much easier now that I am part of a team to get out there for training, even when it’s freezing! Also if the conditions are bad, you can always turn to the treadmill! I sprained my ankle in the ice last year, and it’s been causing other injuries too, so be careful! Just think about standing on the start line of your marathon, and know that you will feel so much better and run faster with solid training behind you! Oh, and get winter running clothes! Much easier to get out there when you’re layered up to your eyeballs
have you ever considered barefoot running? What do you think of it?
I have considered it (I almost bought some Vibrams when I was in Hawaii in the summer!) and I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I do run barefoot on the track for a few minutes as a cooldown after training to strengthen my foot/lower leg muscles, and I’m looking into more minimalist shoes…but more on that in a later post!
That’s all for today, so HAPPY THANKSGIVING friends!
I hope you like the turkey hat as much as I do! I wore it almost all day today, and got applauded(!) twice by strangers.
What keeps you full longest: carbs, fat or protein? I find a mix of all three is best, but on it’s own, I find it’s fat!
What are your thoughts on barefoot running? Do you think it’s just a craze, or is it right?
What gets you out of the door in cold weather? I sometimes bribe myself. I tell myself that if I go out and run now, I will buy myself a new pair of Tempo shorts. An expensive way, but it works every time!
|November 22, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
A few hours ago, I sent out a cry for help on Twitter:
(The ‘thingy’ by the way is a ‘girls night in’/chilled home group I am going to tomorrow night!) Chocolate chip cookies won by one vote to brownies. So I got straight to work!
I can’t remember the last time I baked something and didn’t a) burn myself…
The burning happened about 5 seconds after this photo. They should make arm-long oven gloves for klutzes like me
…or b) eat my body weight in cookie dough. I have zero self-control when it comes to cookie dough!
I love it, even if I did feel slightly sick after consuming a ton right before eating dinner!
My day was spent in central London doing a quartet job. This is clearly most interesting outfit-of-the-day you will ever have seen:
Almost as soon as I stepped out of the door, still half asleep, I spotted a Costa Coffee van driving past. I knew this was my moment. This exact moment was what all those punishing speedwork sessions were for. If I ran fast enough, I could hijack the van and take all their coffee.
In the end, I just did the
boring sensible thing and found a cafe and bought one.
I entertained myself on the commute (and I’m guessing my fellow passengers too from the looks I was getting!) with some quality Christmas music.
My Christmas playlist is over an hour long!
And obviously, because I was in the area, I HAD to make a quick Whole Foods trip to stock up on my favourite bars!
Chocolate chip Organic Food Bars and mini Clif bars! I robbed WF of almost all their stock of these bars, and now my bar stash is replenished wahoo!
What would you choose: choc chip cookies, brownies, or cake? I would have a tough call there between cookies and brownies!
Are you a fan of Christmas music? What is your favourite? I love ALL Christmas music so much! Hence the hour long playlist!
Do you have a favourite bar? Those choc chip organic food bars are totally one of my all-time favourites!
Have a great day friends!
P.S. By request, I will be having another Q&A post at some point, so if you have any Qs, you can ask on my Formspring or in the comments below!
|November 20, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I had such a great race today! I can’t wait to recap it properly, but at the moment the results aren’t up yet (I have been refreshing the page every other minute) so I don’t know my time/placing, and neither are the photos, so I’ll save it for a future post!
Let’s just say though that I came home with something…and for once it WASN’T the usual chocolates from training!
Although I’m not sure which I preferred…
This is going to be the shortest post ever, because my leg muscles are aching like crazy (which is why you shouldn’t skip a cool down and then have a 2 hour coach trip) and it’s clearly ice bath time. My favourite…
It’s fine though cos I’ll be thinking of tomorrow’s pancakes to stop me jumping out…I’m thinking gingerbread flavour? Inspired by today’s awesome latte!
I. Love. Pancake. Sunday!
Tell me the best thing about YOUR Saturday! My race! It was the best one I’ve done, and a beautiful day!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Proper post tomorrow! <3
|November 11, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Recipes|
That is pretty much the story of my life right now. My favourite hoody really needs to keep up with the times and add in the word ‘muffin’.
Clearly I need to add ‘hair washing’ to it, cos if it’s not on the hoody, it’s not in my life.
I made THE BEST muffins, if I say so myself. I do love to toot my own horn. Almost as much as I love eating muffins.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins
These muffins are moist and packed with chocolate chunks, but are healthy, perfect for a yummy snack any time.
Vegan, Makes 10 large muffins or 12 regular
- 1 cup wholewheat spelt flour (or flour of choice)
- 1 cup oat flour (grind 1 cup oats in a food processor until fine)
- 1.5 t baking powder + 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t cinnamon + 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice (or ground mixed spice/more cinnamon)
- 1/8 t salt
- 1/4 cup sugar or substitute
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 T nut butter, or oil of choice (unless you have drippy nut butter, you may need to microwave it)
- ~1/2 cup chocolate chunks
*The 1/2 cup of pumpkin gives a fairly mild pumpkin taste. For a more pronounced flavour,you can try using 3/4 cup pumpkin and reducing the applesauce to 1/4 cup.
- Preheat your oven to 375F/180C. Line a muffin tray with liners or grease lightly.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder and soda, spices, sugar and salt) together until fully combined.
- Add in all the wet ingredients and stir until almost combined
- Stir in the chocolate chunks until fully mixed in, being careful not to overmix.
- Bake for 19-25 minutes until golden brown, leave to cool on a rack, and ENJOY!
I am seriously addicted to muffins. Does muffin rehab exist? I think Tara and I need to be checked in ASAP.
I even have them as an oatmeal topping! But don’t tell me you wouldn’t want this to start your morning…
Trust me, it makes your day a GREAT one
And fuelled by muffins, I had an amazing run in the evening!
I am not a sprinter (I think there is about one fast-twitch muscle fibre in my entire body), so these workouts are tough for me, but I know they benefit my running!
And now for the sleep part. After that workout, boy do I need it! Did you know people who are “routinely physically active should get between 8.5-9 hours of sleep a night”?
Um, yeah my 6 hours just aren’t cutting it…! So I’m off to get some shut-eye right NOW!
What is your biggest food ‘addiction? Muffins for sure. I can’t remember the last day I didn’t have at least one haha!
If three words summed up YOUR life, what would they be? Eat MUFFINS, run.
Random Q: Do you have any goals you are working on at the moment? My goals for this month include getting over 7 hours of sleep regularly and doing 15 minutes of core work three times a week, because I got a serious telling off from my physio over my not-very-strong core!
Have an amazing day! TGIF now!
P.S. Thank you so much for the wonderful responses to my last post. It means a lot to me!
|November 9, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday, WIAW|
Hey friends! Sorry for the blog silence yesterday! Yesterday marked the one year anniversary since my uncle died, so instead of posting I spend time with family <3 Anyway, on to happier things, like Jenn’s WIAW shindig!
What I Ate
Today’s breakfast was a classic…
Banana oatmeal with PB&J
I had a lazy leftover lunch. My fridge is always full of leftover food which is great for lazy meals or snacks!
Lentil stew, brown rice and mixed veggies.
I also rekindled my addiction to PB&J rice cake sandwiches today.
Pure heaven. I may have had five today…
And the love of my life…
Medjool dates stuffed with crunchy PB and microwaved till warm
And my midnight snack was another lazy affair. Cereal straight from the box.
What I Worked
An intense upper body workout:
Tried, and failed to cut that squash. But my muscles were ACHING afterwards, so that counts as a workout in my book!
Today was a rest day, even though I was supposed to go to team training in the evening, because it was my dad’s birthday (his 50th!) So I chose to spend time with my family and eat cake instead
Only thought to take a photo after half of it was eaten!
Yesterday though I had a great cross-training session on the elliptical!
Elliptical Interval Workout
This one is sure to make you sweat! I find it quite hard to get a good workout and get my heart rate up with anything other than running, but this one did the trick!
I kept my resistance low for the warm-up/recoveries, etc but put it high for the intervals! My legs felt like jelly afterwards!
I was a bit crazy high on endorphins afterwards and I think I scared everyone with this face:
I will be doing a solo hill workout tomorrow though to make up for the missed training session, and I’m looking forward to kicking my own butt!
What was the best thing you’ve eaten recently?
What was your last workout?
What is your favourite type of birthday cake? My dad likes fruit ones, so I made him that. Personally, I’d rather have Babycakes Triple Chocolate Fat Pants cake, but each to their own!
Have a great Wednesday friends!!
P.S. Stay tuned for my next Journey to Health post tomorrow!
|October 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
So a lil’ weekend recap for you!
Friday night was party time. And I party hard…
Yup, monkeys like to shake their butts on the dance floor just as much as anyone. Although they do get tired and end up crashing on the couch in the early hours of the morning.
And then I had to get up at 7am for rehearsals, after four hours sleep. I wasn’t a pretty sight, I can tell you that!
Ok, so I mainly bought them for warmth rather than compression purposes, but has anyone used compression stuff before? Thoughts?
Crumbled muffin in caramel pudding warmed up is sooo good!
On Sunday we had a big family get-together, and I was in charge of dessert, so I made Oh She Glows’ Chilled Chocolate Torte. It was amazing!!
The meal itself was delicious too:
Nut roast, roast potatoes, carrots and green beans all swimming in (vegan) gravy. I went back for seconds of everything. And thirds of the roasties
This coming week I am really excited about, because I am working in a hospital, shadowing doctors. And at the beginning of next year, I’ve got a placement in the biggest sports medicine clinic in the UK, and I can’t wait for that too!! So I’d better get to bed, because if I have another night like Friday I think my appearance will scare all the patients!
What was the best bit of your weekend? Monkey dancing.
Runners, have you tried compression gear? Thoughts?
What are you excited for this week? Working in the hopsital, and then I’ve got the world’s hilliest race on Saturday!!
Have a GREAT week friends! <3
|October 23, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Running Talk|
Happy Weekend guys! Hope you’re all having a good one so far! Mine has been craaaazy! I had an awesome party last night, and ended up crashing on my friend’s sofa until this morning…in a monkey oneise of course hehe! Anyway, I’ll catch y’all up on everything tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s this weeks Running Chat Sat(urday)!
Common running myths
1. Running ruins your knees. Wrong. I’m sure many runners can relate to being told this by someone the minute you tell them you run. At least, I sure get told it a lot! There has NEVER been a well-designed study that proves this, and in fact many studies have proven that running actually strengthens your bones and joints.
2. Running on a treadmill isn’t as effective as running outside. Wrong. Well obviously this COULD be true if you leave your treadmill on 0% incline and plug along slowly, but treadmills can give you just as good, or even BETTER workouts that running outside! Putting up the incline makes a huge difference, and is especially useful hillwork for people who live in flatter areas.
3. Static stretch before you run to avoid injury. Wrong. Stretching cold muscles can cause you to pull a muscle. The optimal pre-run routine is a short warm-up followed by dynamic stretching. Save the static stretches till afterwards!
4. Higher mileage is always better than lower mileage. Wrong. In some cases and conditions, yes this is true, but many sports scientists believe and have shown through studies that different people have different ‘mileage limits’. So while some people may be able to happily run 70+ mile weeks, others may have to stick to lower mileage to avoid injury. Also, studies have shown that running close to 70 mile weeks reaps the best rewards running-wise, but more than that isn’t always better, and is often detrimental.
The book Run Less, Run Faster has become very popular recently, and shows how you can run faster and stronger on lower mileage, by focusing on quality miles over quantity, and subbing in cross training. I read the book and was pretty impressed!
5. Running/exercising on an empty stomach burns more fat. Wrong. This is the myth that probably annoys me the most! The theory behind this myth is that, because of the lack of glycogen, your body turns to fat as the primary energy source. However, muscle is more energy dense, so more often than not that becomes the source of energy, especially if your workout is longer than 20 minutes. Also, eating first means you kick-start your metabolism earlier, it regulates your blood sugar levels, and also you have more energy so you get more out of your workout, and therefore burn MORE calories! I know some people have their own reasons for working out on an empty stomch, but I’m just saying don’t go hungry just because you think you’re burning more fat!
I know for sure that a good breakfast makes me run better
That’s all for today! I’ll be back soon with life updates!
Have you heard any of these myths before, or do you have any other running myths to share? There’s lots of myths surrounding running and strength training, but I’ll save that for another post!