I think it’s working

All my complaining about the lack of sunshine must have done something, because while it’s been chillier in Calgary at least the sun and blue skies are starting to make an appearance again. I’ve even seen green grass! (In between the piles of snow, that is.)

Working out is also starting to have an effect on me and how I feel/look. Kaila and I have been at it for just over two weeks now and we’ve both noticed positive changes. It has been a long time since I was able to see improvement in such a short span of time! I’m crediting her for pushing me like crazy, especially when I didn’t want to go.

The 5K is at the end of June, and I feel confident that I’ll be able to complete it in under 40 minutes. I’m aiming for something around 30, but for my first race I don’t want to get too ahead of myself.

I’m getting close to running a 10-minute mile now, and if I complete three of those in a row then that’s essentially 5K. Yesterday I averaged 5.58 MPH and ran for close to 10 minutes. GUYS! I think I can actually do this!

Overall, my mood has been improving lately, which I’m very thankful for. I hate feeling that twisty, itchy feeling that sneaks up in the spring.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s spring here *quite* yet, but it looks like winter is starting to fade… though I believe we’re in for anther snowfall this weekend. For the record, it started snowing here in mid-October, and we’re now in mid-April and it’s STILL SNOWING. This is seven straight months of cold, frozen precipitation. That is more than any one person should have to bear.

And essentially, that’s why it’s all I talk about.

Aside from that, there’s not a lot going on in my life. Thomas’ is far more hectic right now, but it’s not my place to talk about his stuff on my site.

What is everyone up to this weekend?

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2 thoughts on “I think it’s working

  1. I started my training this week. I hired a trainer for two sessions a week and one thing she told me to do for cardio was to start at a walk for 2 minutes, then move to a slow jog (the treadmill at the gym for me is about a level 4 – but I do have really long legs (I'm 5'10) so maybe .5 less than that for normal legged people…ha) for one minute, move to a 5.5 which is a fast jog – steady pace for one minute and then up to at least a 7 for a fast run for a minute. Then all the way back down to level 4, and over and over for a minimum of 20 minutes. This way you don't stop, but you get your heart-rate up and keep fluctuating so your body can handle different terrain and changes in pace when you actually do a run. Just a random suggestion that I learned that I thought I would pass on! :) Ooh and one other cool thing I found out about? http://www.myfitnesspal.com – Completely free and you can track all your workouts and what you eat every day. It calculates your calories for you and fun to use. My username is Shelita27 if you join and want a cyber buddy there! :)

  2. That's a great idea! I know that switching from running on the treadmill to running outside is going to be hell. When the weather (finally) gets nicer, I'm planning on hitting the trails too!

    I've heard of MFP but I'm kind of torn on whether or not it'll be useful to me. I don't want to obsess over calories because I know I can go overboard with it. But if I do become active on there again I'll add you for sure!

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