Fitness

Maritime Race Weekend 2014

Arrrrr Matey! This past weekend I be dressing like a pirate and running around Eastern Passage for the Maritime Race Weekend Tartan Twosome!

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My pirate face needs some work.

Since I’ve had to almost completely give up running this year (I’m running the races I was registered for when I decided I needed a break, but no training runs to prepare for any of those races) I had no reason to expect for any PR’s this weekend (though I would have gladly taken one ;) ) so my main goal was to finish uninjured and without complicating my adrenal/hormone issues any further <– the reason I’m abstaining from running these days.

I participated in the tartan twosome last year as well, so I knew what I was in for course wise. Last year I did the sunset 5K followed by the sunrise 10K, and that is what I was registered to do this year, but a few weeks ago I decided it was best if I dropped down to the sunrise 5K. It’s better not to push it when you’re not really suppose to be doing something to begin with…

Compared to last year, the weather was amazing. When we got to the race site and went to line up the corral was already jam packed with no real way to get to the wave I was suppose to be in as there were gates all the way along (on the site I was on anyway). We tried to make our way through but it just wasn’t happening. In the end we popped on of the gates of it’s peg and made our way into the 30-35min 5K group – but not before seeing Laura and getting a pre-rade pic together!

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Thankfully I was in my wave with a few minutes to spare. This was the first year they staggered the start times, which I thought was a great idea and worked pretty well. The only problem is the people who don’t seem to understand how to put themselves in the right wave. I shouldn’t have had to spend the first 10+ minutes of the race trying to weave in and out around people who were walking right from the start. I think it’s great that people enter races and don’t run at all – just walk, I just wish they would follow the signs and line up with the walkers instead of the runners.

Aside from the fabulous weather, there was one other special thing about the sunset race for me – my socks!

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I had been sent a pair of Stable 26 socks to try out and had decided to wear them Friday night. From their website:

Stable 26 footgear allows you to make even your best-fitting athletic footwear fit even better. Offering an entirely new approach to attaining the perfect fit, Stable 26 footgear uses silicone pads in anatomically targeted locations to provide improved support and an enhanced connection between your foot and your footwear.footgear allows you to make even your best-fitting athletic footwear fit even better. Offering an entirely new approach to attaining the perfect fit, Stable 26 footgear uses silicone pads in anatomically targeted locations to provide improved support and an enhanced connection between your foot and your footwear.

I had given them a test run during a 6K fun run I participated in the week before so I knew that they fit well, but this would be my first time running at any kind of speed in them so I was interested to see how they made my feet feel.

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You can see that the silicone pads are located right around your ankle joint, and when you have your foot in your sneaker you really don’t even notice it is there. I did notice the next morning when I went back to running in my regular socks that my ankle/foot  moved around a lot more in my shoe than I previously realized. I felt the socks were comfortable and I feel like they would be great for someone who has ankle issues (especially if you are prone to rolling your ankle while running). As I don’t usually have ankle issues I’m not sure I will go out and by additional pairs of Stable 26 socks, but I will certainly continue to use the pair I have when running as they do offer nice additional support.

But back to the race…

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The first probably 2K I spent trying to weave in and out around people like I mentioned above, by the time I hit the turn around point we had thinned out enough to make it comfortable. Considering just how little running I’ve done since the Bluenose, I was happy with my pace during the run. After the Bluenose I ran Sole Sisters 5K in June (with a GPS time of 30:52 – that wasn’t a chip timed race), ran/walked two other fun runs with a friend, and ran the Natal Day 2 mile race in August with a chip time of 19:38. Getting a sub-30 5K time wasn’t out of the question, but I knew probably wouldn’t happen. By the last km I was losing steam. I had taught 5 fitness classes the day before, and another Friday morning and I was just plainly tired. I finished the race in 32:07 which I was happy with all considered.

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And my glow in the dark bling was nothing to complain about either!

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Afterwards we hung around and watched the fireworks over the harbour which were fab (sorry there are no pictures, I was too busy eating chocolate ;) ), and then headed back to the hotel.

Saturday morning came much too early (As it always does) and before I knew it I was tutu’d up and back to run again!

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I went into the Saturday 5K fully expecting a slower time. My goal for this race (besides finishing uninjured) was to run a negative split, and to have enough energy left to go shopping that afternoon. Overall I preferred the morning race to the evening, mostly because at the turnaround point the majority of participants continued on for the 10K, HM or FM and the pack thinned out considerably making the run back rally nice. I tried to pick up the pace for the second half, and at times I did but it wasn’t consistent enough to say I was successful in y attempt of a negative split (if I was, it was only by a couple seconds). One thing I do know is that I finished stronger in that race than I had the night before so yay for small victories! My official finish time was 33:15.

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 And double yay for awesome bling!

And triple yay for being back at the hotel before breakfast was over and getting to eat some bacon!

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So another race weekend is in the books. No PR’s and no injuries – I’ll take it. Next up is the Valley Harvest 5K Thanksgiving weekend. That is my PR course (on multiple occasions) so once again, I have no right hoping for a new PR this year, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not…

xoxosuzi

Disclosure: I was sent the Stable 26 socks free of charge for the purpose of reviewing them. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence {A Review}

The Tapping Solution
 

I first heard of Jessica Ortner early this year when Bex interviewed her on BexLife about tapping. Prior to that I’d never even heard of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and since then have watched a few more interviews Jessica has done with Bex (I’ve linked to one later in this post) and became interested to learn more about it. As I mentioned earlier this summer I’m studying to get my Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist certification and have been soaking up anything and everything I think might help me help others find their way to a healthier life. So a few weeks ago when I checked out the available books on Hay House for review and saw this one I decided it was time to learn a bit more!

From Hay House:

Many women live their lives believing that they can’t ask for what they want until they change something they’re unhappy with. No promotion until they get new skills. No relationship until they establish their career. No fulfillment until they find love. One of the most common conditions women place on themselves is weight loss—no love until they lose weight, no sex until they lose weight, no happiness until they lose weight. But Jessica Ortner, co-producer of the highly successful documentary on meridian tapping, TheTapping Solution, offers women a better choice. Why not lose the weight and create the life you’ve always dreamt of?

As a culture obsessed with weight loss, we all know the latest fads that claim to help us drop pounds instantly. What often isn’t discussed is the science behind the issue and how learning to deal with stress can promote and accelerate weight loss. Not only does stress create an overabundance of cortisol that is directly related to abdominal obesity, it also impacts behavior, supporting bad habits, including using food to deal with difficult emotions and painful situations.

In this groundbreaking book, Jessica uses tapping to help tackle the stress that leads to weight gain-including the personal stresses of low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. Using her own struggles with weight loss, along with success stories of some of the thousands of women she’s worked with, Jessica walks readers through the process of discovering their personal power and self-worth. Her program is based on extensive research into the benefits and success of tapping and the hormones involved in stress and weight gain.

In this book she guides readers through a proven process of overcoming their dependency on food. She covers everything from the emotional aspects of overeating and cravings, to how to find joy in exercise, the power of pleasure, and how our families and friends may inadvertently add to the problem. With hope, heart, humor, and science, Jessica weaves a path to a happy, healthy life full of confidence and joy.

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I figured it was going to be a book all about tapping (which it is) and learning how to use it for weight loss and body confidence (and it is that as well), but it is just soooo much more than just those things. If you are someone who isn’t the least bit interested in tapping or losing weight I still think this is an amazing and empowering read. I got so much more out of the book besides learning about tapping.

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There was one story that really stuck with me, and I know I’m going to get the details wrong but the general idea is still there. Jessica spoke about how a friend of hers kept talking about an ice cream or frozen yogurt shop in NYC and one day the two of them made a date and went to check it out. At the time Jessica herself was struggling with her weight and while she and her friend were eating their treats her friend said something like, “You realize we are eating two different things right now don’t you?” and Jessica asked her what she meant because they were in face eating the same thing. Her friend went on to say something like, “I’m having a treat and because I’m completely enjoying it, it will pass right through my body while you are having ice ream with a side of guilt and yours is going to stay in your body.” Jessica talked about how once her friend said that, really felt like it rang true it felt to her. It might seem counterintuitive to say that how you feel about what you eat makes such a difference in how it affects you and your weight, the more I’ve learned about hormones and how your thoughts play such a big part in keeping your hormone levels in check (or out of check) and as a result in your weight (and whether you gain or lose or maintain) I know it is certainly not counterintuitive.

If you have found yourself struggling to lose weight, or lack body confidence I would really urge you to pick up this book. Even if you are happy with your weight and happy with your body but are feeling stressed or have anxiety pick up this book! Like I mentioned above, even if you aren’t sure about tapping give it a go – it’s easy, simple and best of all free! And it may just make all the difference in the world. You can pick up a copy of Jessica’s book on Amazon (<– affiliate link) in both hardcopy or kindle versions, and if you’d like to learn a little bit more before taking the $10-15 plunge here is one of the interviews I mentioned earlier between Bex and Jessica:

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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