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My First 5k!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I bet most martial arts students have heard at one time or other that "the best way to avoid getting hit is to run away". Ah, but what if you can't run? That's always been my problem, and this August I decided to do something about it. I joined the SP "5k your way walk/jog" 5 week program. The first 4 weeks weren't too bad. I still don't "love" running but I was able to stick with the program.

Today I started week 5. I've figured out that 1 lap=400m, therefore 12.5 laps=5km. When I completed today's program, I had walked and jogged 10.5 laps. Then I got competitive. Only 2 laps left? I can do that! I did another 3min walk and started running again. After I finished the 3 min run I was still short of my goal so I kept on running for 2 more minutes and walked the last 100 meters or so. 3.15 miles=5.07km!

I'll be finishing out the week though and try to improve my time. And then? Well, karate is starting up again after Labour Day but I'm considering to continue with the C25k program.

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BRIMEAD 8/31/2011 10:01AM

    Yay! Way to go!

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23KAIYA 8/31/2011 12:01AM

    You are so inspirational!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 8/30/2011 11:58PM

    Well done, and keep up the great work!

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LIMASTAR 8/30/2011 11:19PM

  Congrats on sticking it out and running your 5K. I'm still working on my speed.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

After not budging for months, this morning the scale showed a 1 pound loss. That's interesting because I hadn't done anything different for food or exercise, but I've been on vacation this last week. Much less stress, and better sleeps. (Except for the one night when the cat was hiding in the linen closet and we all thought she had been eaten by a koyote but that's a different story.)

I'm fairly happy with my weight. I'm still a touch above "healthy" BMI but I know that my strength and fitness are continuing to improve. Today was a surprise but it gives me some insight "why" I'm having difficulty losing those last few pounds.

Now I'll have to think about taking that lesson back to my "real" life which still includes full-time work.

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MIIMA-ME-MY 8/27/2011 5:47PM


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MIIMA-ME-MY 8/27/2011 5:47PM

    Nothing better than some good ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ emoticon
emoticon on getting stronger and healthier!

I am sometime awaken in the middle of the night by my daughter's Hamster that has developped the strength to escape from his terrarium whenever we forget to lock it... LOL

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23KAIYA 8/20/2011 3:48PM

    I've noticed my scale moves the wrong direction if I'm stressed and not sleeping. Regardless of caloric intake and exercise, that's how it is.
Take care and catch those zzzz's

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Love my Vacation

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So far I've been to the gym almost every day - well, except for Sunday but I ran outside instead.
Today I completed Day 2 of Week 3 of my 5 week walk/jog 5k program and I'm seriously considering to continue with the 5k Rookie running program - it's 8 weeks and it seems the first 5 weeks are very much like the 5 week program so I could simply carry on. I still don't "love" running but it's less hard than I thought it would be. I'll see how I feel at the end of the 5 weeks.
I'm also getting better at Group Step. It's still a beginner/intermediate class which suits me fine since it's the only class where the instructor actually teaches the patterns. From what I can see, in the other classes you're expected to just follow along. That's not good for me since I suffer from right-left confusion and I tend to trip over my own feet.
Finally, Group Power - I've been increasing my weights pretty steadily. I can't wait to get back to doing kickshields and see Sensei's face when I'm going to kick him through the wall - well, not really but I hope he'll feel the difference.
Other than working out, I'm being very lazy - a little gardening, watching videos, walking the dog, actually reading a BOOK, getting started on dish cloths for Christmas presents... I could get used to this!

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MIIMA-ME-MY 8/27/2011 6:07PM

    The more you run, the better it gets. You could even end up totally ADDICTED!!! emoticon

After the Walk/Jog Program I have planned to jump into the C25K program Week3 which is walk 3 / Jog 3 minutes just as the last week of the Walk/Jog Program... eh eh - How perfect is that?!! emoticon

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23KAIYA 8/18/2011 2:44PM

    Yay for you! I love reading, give me a good book over TV anyday!

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Another Exercise Benefit

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 3, Day 1 of my 5k program. It's perfect running weather so I decided to take it outside instead of the gym. The benefit for me was not to get hung up on the numbers in front of me. The downside is that I have no idea how far I ran but I figured it couldn't have been less than 2 miles as I was at that level already.

And the bonus benefit? Here's what happened: my cat likes to go outside and lose her collar. It's a break-away collar and sure, I'd rather replace the collar than have her strangle herself if she gets stuck somewhere, but this was the third time!
The first time some neighbours found it sitting in their driveway. They called us, all upset because they thought she might have been eaten by a koyote or a raccoon. The second time, we never found it. So off to the pet store for another one, plus name tag - ka-ching!
Last night she came home late again, sans collar. When I did my run, I kept a look-out for it - not hard as it's red, with rhinestones. (Yeah, I know emoticon)
Anyway, on the last 2 minutes of running, I saw it, once again sitting on somebody's driveway. Woohoo! Kitty 1; Humans 2!


Karate Withdrawal

Thursday, August 04, 2011

So it's been a week without karate. I totally understand that Sensei wants to spend time with his family, but I miss it. I've started the Walk/Jog 5k 5 week program and so far so good. Although since we finally have summer, I've been doing my running in the gym, with a nice cool fan blowing at me - ahhhhh!

I've also discovered a free tai chi class on Sunday mornings - good stuff; Yang style. Well - it's technically free but there's always a collection box for the hospice which is a great cause.

And, my favourite Zumba instructor from my gym is running a weekly class in our community hall - woohoo! I went there tonight and got the sweat-o-meter up pretty good.

All in all I guess it's not so bad. I can continue the tai chi and Zumba classes even when karate starts up again so I shouldn't complain as the little break gave me a chance to discover new activities. And my own vacation is coming up, as well as the Master's program I'm starting in September. But I'm still looking forward to karate - I want to learn more black belt katas and I'm hoping we'll get more new students.

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23KAIYA 8/5/2011 9:57PM

    I understand! A break is sometimes unavoidable but it can feel like missing family. Yang style Tai-Chi is a beautiful form, I've practiced/trained (as I can) since I was a kid, more than 20 years. It always makes me feel calmer, more in tune to myself and the energy around me. emoticon

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TWO_SPARROWS 8/5/2011 10:24AM

    Oh, Kiddo, you're preaching to the choir when you say you're missing your karate! When I get to the dojo twice a month, it's great because I will put everything I have into it for two straight days if I can get there. In between times, though, I feel it. I really do.

So, like you, been filling the in-between spaces with activities, gym visits, and catching up on my sewing. You're actually doing yourself some good with the cardio from the Zumba, and believe it or not the Tai Chi will help with your flexibility when you DO get back to the dojo (but you already knew that (o: ).

Just enjoy your new activities, cuz Summer will be over before we all know it. :o(

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JOANNEDISFAN1 8/5/2011 9:16AM

    It's always fun to find new activities. And man Zumba can be a challenge at times. emoticon My church offers a free class (Cost is a food item for the food pantry), but I was finding it hard to coordinate childcare for the baby. I need to make the effort and do something out of the house more myself.

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