Monday Musings 10/20

Well hello there! You may (or may not) have noticed I took most of last week off from blogging. After a couple crazy work weeks I was in need of an extra bit of down time, and not putting pressure on myself to pump out a bunch posts and take the time to chill out.

I woke up last Tuesday feeling like a cold was trying to set in, my throat was sore and understandably I was exhausted (approx. 43 hours of exercise in 14 days will do that to a person) so I was pretty happy when one of my Tuesday classes got cancelled. You can sum up my week last week like this:

So far (fingers crossed) it seems like I bypassed getting a cold, so yay for resting! This coming week I get a little break too because 5 of my regular classes are cancelled giving me two evenings and one morning off. I’m pretty excited! I’m planning to use that extra free time to study, I gotta write that Nutrition & Weight Loss Specialist exam soon!

Saturday I taught Zumba Toning in a festive way. Meaning we got there and discovered the room was decorated for a 50th Birthday party, so we had class around the tables/decor. Not exactly ideal :/

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But The real fun happened Saturday afternoon when J and I went on a corn maze adventure!

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Leave it to us, we were able to find two errors on the map where roads/paths hadn’t been made that were shown on the map. And we may have been separated a few times…

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By the time we were done we were muddy and I was wiped out. Who knew corn mazes could be so exhausting!

Then yesterday I was off on a city shopping adventure with my buddies. We hit up all the exciting places like Starbucks, Costco,

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(researching cameras. I’m really hoping to get a new one in the new year!)

Sephora, LUSH, Marshalls,

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(I really wanted that cat bed for the kitties!)

Target, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, The Shoe Company – you know all those stores that you city dwellers that for granted and us country bumpkins only get to visit on occasion. #PoorCoutryGirls

We successfully filled Cathy’s car with our purchases and brought our tired selves back home (two sure signs of a successful shopping trip). Then it was some Sunday night chores to finish off the weekend before The Walking Dead came on!

This upcoming week I’ve got some fun deliveries I’m hoping will arrive (including the latest Sophie Kinsella book!) and if I get enough studying done I might write my exam next weekend.

What did you do this past weekend? Anything fun coming up this week?

Valley Harvest 5K 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Monday to all my Canadian friends!!

As in past years I spent Sunday morning running the Valley Harvest Marathon 5K here in Wolfville. It’s so nice to run a race that is close to home and doesn’t involved getting up at 5 or 6 am in order to be there in time for the race to start!

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And running here in the Annapolis Valley is a pretty beautiful thing in October!

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Saturday I went and did the kit pick-up thing, and as usual it was organized wonderfully and unlike a lot of other races they actually have your kits pre-packed for you. I know this makes a lot of extra work for the volunteers, but it is wonderful for us runners because it means we will actually get the size shirt we asked for at registration. It annoys me so much when you go pick up a race kit and they are out of your size, even though you registered for that particular size months and months ago!

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The swag…

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The hat is pretty sweet since it has a pocket in it so you have somewhere to put your keys/lip balm/etc.

Saturday night I headed back into Wolfville for the kids fun run where my nephew participated (he’s in that blur somewhere!)

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and then headed home to get ready for my race in the morning. This is my PR course (I’ve hit a new 5K PR here on a couple occasions), so even though I knew it was nearly impossible for me to hit a new one this year, I had a lingering hope that I would.

Going into this 5K, I hadn’t had a day off from exercise since September 28th, and in the time from the 28th to Oct 12th I had taught 42 fitness classes. Yes, you read that right. I wasn’t meant to have taught that much but there was a mix-up that ended up with me taking on a number of extra classes these past two weeks. Needless to say I was a little tired heading into the race.

Physically I didn’t feel overly tired Sunday morning, that is until I started running. I don’t think I’ve ever struggled with my breathing as much as I did during these 5 kilometres. It’s clear that my lungs and heart were feeling a lot more fatigued than my legs were. I felt like I was struggling with every breath, and even though I was keeping a decent pace I found myself having to stop and walk more and more as the race went on.

I was right, there was no PR, but I did finish in 31:38 which was nothing to cry about! It might not have been a PR, but it was my fastest (chip timed) 5K this year!

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Normally when I run, I watch my heart rate and when it hits 170 I walk for a bit until it drops back to around 150-155. Because I exercise so much teaching I am really cautious of allowing myself to get too tired when running. I didn’t do that today, and when I transferred the data from my Polar it was quite clear how much I struggled today as a result.

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I spent over 17 minutes of the race with my heart rate over 170. No wonder I was wiped when it was over! For comparison purposes, here is the readout from my 5K a few weeks ago which was similarly flat, and where I finished in about 32:30 (so approx. 1 minute slower). In that race I only spent 3 minutes with my heart rate “in the red”.

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I can’t say that in the race a few weeks ago I was “rested” because it took place on a Friday after I had taught 15 classes and had, had the previous Sunday off as a rest day.

The point here isn’t for me to gain any pity or sympathy for my lack of rest, what I hope anyone who reads this (and is a runner) will see how much difference being properly rested before a race really can change your performance. So many people (obviously myself included) fail to allow their body adequate rest in order to perform optimally thinking that it doesn’t matter. I’m here to show you that it really, really does!

I grew up in a car family, so I keep wandering around thinking to myself, “the engine was running too hot!!!”

I’ve got one more race this season, a 7K in 3 weeks time. You can be darn sure I’ll be sure to a) take a rest day the Sunday before that race and b) will NOT be teaching 22 classes that week!

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