Friday, April 12, 2013
I think the title says it all.
This morning I weighed 65.9kg, and tonight I deadlifted 67.5kg. Coz I could. I even did it 4 times, AND I have witnesses!
I was also that annoying advice person at the gym today. Well, I offered to help and it was accepted, I didn't just butt in. I was finishing up my squats (75kg, thank you very much) and had already done my chin ups when I saw a couple of young guys trying to do chin ups. They weren't quite able to so after a bit of ribbing ("come on, even I can do better than that!"), I offered to help. I told them they could say no if they wanted, but I was happy to show them how to use a band to make the chin up easier until they were ready for the real deal. They accepted and I had a chin up lesson with 3 guys. Then they were my deadlift witnesses. They were impressed :D As they should be, really.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I am FINALLY trained for a race. After entering things for motivation for years, and then bombing because the motivation wasn't enough, I finally went out for regular runs. Having a running buddy has really helped. I text him on Sunday and said, "Hands up who can be bothered this afternoon", and he replied, "Me. See you in 15 minutes". So I went for the run and I was a better person for it. It is nice having someone to keep me accountable, and to keep me running.
I'm also the fittest I've ever been. I'm doing weights 3 times a week, boxing twice a week AND running twice a week. Also, I am running faster and running is easier. I think there is actually something to this whole training thing; It seems to be working!
Today, to boost my confidence for Sunday, I completed a 5k run, and my only goal was to run the whole time. Not only did I run the whole time, but I took 45 seconds off my last 5k time AND reduced my average pace by 10 seconds per km AND I finished feeling strong.
I think I am going to be able to meet my goals this weekend, which are to run the whole time and finish is under 40 minutes.
Wish me luck and I'll be sure to post pictures on Sunday night!
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
So I was at the gym yesterday and was ready to do my squats when I saw that some lovely duck had left 80kg worth of weight on the squat bar AND had left it in the lower rung (were probably doing deadlifts?). So instead of just taking off what I needed to to get to the weight I wanted I had to unload all 80kg (4x20kg), move the bar, then load 60kg on. All before I could even get started. So I was doing my thing, taking the weights off, when an older man in his 60's came up and said, "Are you alright with those 20kg plates, miss?". How sweet and gentlemanly is that? I told him I was fine and it wasn't a problem, and then he told me that he was complaining to the manager because the girls shouldn't have to put away the weights, the boys should have offered to do it for me and, more importantly, people should put their weights away when they have finished! Now the feminist in me wanted to say that girls can take care of themselves, but I didn't say that. I could tell this guy was old school, and that he was genuinely concerned about what was happening. It was really very sweet.
And he did complain to management (the gym was in a shambles so it was good) and within minutes there was everyone who worked there in the gym tidying it up. We ended up having a chat after, and I told him that I just tell the messy boys to clean up if I see them leaving their weights away. After all, I give instructions to children as a living, and I have no problem with using the Miss Bubble voice in the gym if I need to!
Monday, April 08, 2013
Monday - Boxing (done, boxed twice and got a great workout)
Tuesday - 6km run without stopping, ST
Wednesday - Boxing
Thursday - 5km run
Friday - ST
Saturday - Rest (marching down the main street in Auckland for a teacher protest!)
Sunday - Whenuapai 6k run!
Whoop whoop, lets get this done!!!
Saturday, April 06, 2013
This time next week I will be basking in post race glory. I hope. My 6k is now less than a week away, and I am ready to run it. I did a 5k last week, and I plan on doing another one today, and hopefully a 6k during the week. So I'm all set! YAY! I'm trained and I'm fit enough, I just have to keep reminding myself of that during the race! I have 2 race goals
Run the whole damn thing
Finish in less than 40 minutes
Two very achievable goals!
In other news, ya know the picture from yesterday where I am showing off in a tank top and shorts? Yeah, karma came and got me. I'm now wearing a long sleeved top (from Old Navy and I wish I had gotten more of them... I wonder if they ship to NZ?) and jeans. While sitting in bed covered with a duvet. Yeah. Ah well, I'm glad I got one more day in my shorts before the cooler weather hit. Truth be told I actually like cooler weather so I don't mind!
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