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Janathon 2.22

Tonight, I put myself out there again for you, my true friends. All I wanted to do was run forever. Even on the treadmill I wanted to just keep going, another km, another minute, it’s okay I kept telling myself. In the end my sensibility got the best of me. Tonight is my rest night from running and I should be doing strength training; however, all I wanted to do was run. Run past work, run past social standards, run past the norms that I just don’t jive with. I’m an awkward person. I’m intelligent and great at what I do but I just don’t fit in anywhere in the business world… Nowhere I have found yet. I know it exists because I’ve found people who accept me, appreciate me, acknowledge my skills, and even love me. Tonight, I did not want to do any weights.

January 22, 2015: 3 km run

Albeit, that’s a small distance for Janathon and Earthathon, it was a fantastic 3 KMs of running. I wanted to go longer, much much much longer but my rational self kept saying, save it for tomorrow’s 7 km run, you don’t want to hurt yourself, it’s okay to stop.

So here it is, I’m sharing a photo of me because I just can’t express myself any other way than to show how happy I am when I am running.
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Happy Running.

rundmach

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Janathon 2.18

Happy Funday!!! Sunday, Runday, Funday!

Today I got to do a Build Up run according to my Half-Marathon Plan. What is a Build Up? I start our at the lower set pace then gradually increase to a faster pace, maintain, and continue this until I reach the faster guideline pace. Well, I wasn’t going to share any of my time stats since I’ve finally come to the acceptance of who cares how fast or slow I run? (Other than myself of course). Just to put it in perspective, I’m a slow runner and my goal was to just finish. Based on my last race time and whatever other math MyAisics is converting, my estimated finish time for the half-marathon will be 2:42. That’s good news, My first goal is to finish, second is to finish under 3 hours, and well it’d be splendid if I managed under 2:30 but really, if I finish, I know that will be enough! Any-who, today’s guideline pace was to run a build up of 9:31 up to 8:06 min/km. Yes, that is ridiculously slow as some people walk 8’s…. Well, it’s not very slow when it’s on a treadmill but outside is another story! When I do these paces on the treadmill I’m exhausted and I’m actually running! Jan 18 RunToday’s outside run, I just started at a comfortable pace, gradually increased, maintained, and then increased again. I continued to do this for a few intervals (running 10 minutes on and 1 minute walk). To put it into perspective, my total average pace on my Nike+ Running account is 7’52″/km. The run today should have been within 8 minutes. I slaughtered that!! I averaged 7’16″/km!! I am soooo stoked on that! I know, it’s still slow relative to what women my age are supposed to be running, but really, it’s faster than I’ve been running lately and I didn’t feel completely beat! I was smiling on my run and having a blast! Other than some soaking toes while stomping through puddles, I had a wonderful run!!! See image attached for my intervals recorded from Nike+. You’ll see my second interval is slower, this is acceptable due to the uphill in the course. Can you believe it though? My last 3 intervals were below 7 minutes per km! Honestly, I really want to break a 34 minute 5k and I really hope this is the year! I know 7 isn’t going to cut it but it is getting me closer to that target!!!!

So, today’s Janathon was a huge success. Day 18 of my run streak continues. Contributed to my team #RunderfulRunners with 7 kms logged in the Earthathon Relay.

January 18, 2015: 7 km run 

I am really going to have to figure out how to run in the dark again and feel safe… I love winter but I don’t like how dark it gets before I even get home from work (and it’s dark early in the morning too). I really do love outdoor running compared to the dreadmill. I have been so happy all day. I smiled most of my run, was comfortably challenged, and just felt even better when I saw the stats! A good run can seriously change how you feel and although I’m still a little angry, not very much so today. Happy and accepting, life is still good. I hope you had a great weekend of running yourself!

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I’ve ran out of funny running comics so here’s a good grammar one for the road:
Sneak Peek vs Sneak Peak
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Happy Running!

rundmach

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Janathon 2.02

Good Evening Companion!

Today, I was one of those lucky individuals who had to go to work and on top of that, I showed up early at 8 and had stayed until 4:30. I was the only one sitting in my area, pretty quiet but I guess it doesn’t matter much, I just seem to sit at my desk and work away. I didn’t know I could move even less when I first started a desk job but this new job I have, I move even LESS! I sit the entire 8 hours except for the few steps I take to the water cooler and bathroom. No up/down stairs trips, no print jobs, no other departments to work with, just me-my computer-my boss’s office…. I’m struggling to fit in where I am despite how nice everyone is, I just don’t fit in. This isn’t new though, I’m definitely an awkward person to begin with and am a huge introvert. I have met a few people I really like and others I’d love to work with more. Maybe it will just take some more time….  I got lost in my work and the day actually flew by.

Despite all the noise in the world, a run can tune everything out.

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Even though there are all the games I like to play, getting sucked in by my couch, and all the other distractions in the world, I love getting out and running. Yesterday’s run left me a little stiff but worse, the squats I did left my glutes ridiculously sore! That’s what I get for not doing squats since last June. Haha. Overall, a pretty successful day 2 to Janathon.

January 2, 2015: 4.01 km run, 10 minute warm up walk, squats, crunches, and push ups

Happy Running!

rundmach

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Janathon 2.01 & The DietBet

Happy 2015!!!

Happy Birthday to Janathon who’s turning 5 this year!!! This is Janathon 2.0 for me! I’m excited to partake in the Annual Festival of Activities & Excuses for my second year. If you’re new to my blog, the point is to Jog, Log and Blog every day for the month of January. Or do any form of exercise or physical activity that will get you in a healthier state. It’s free and it’s fun! No prizes for me since I’m in Canada but for most participants who are in the UK – there’s a lunch, weekly group runs, prizes, etc. Although I’m so far away, I love being part of this in the virtual world. I love following other bloggers, getting inspired, and sharing my success….or excuses…. Let the games begin!

I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for this success today. Runrchatts helped me run outside and although it wasn’t too cold -5°C feels like -13°C, the wind was at 35km/h with gusts going up to 56 km/h were pretty scary. I’m certain the wind may have been worse, especially having to run into it a couple of times! My goal for this Janathon is to run at least 2 kms a day for round 2 (in 2014 I aimed to run at least 1 km a day even when I was sick!). My next level goal is to run a total of 102 kms in January to surpass last January’s 101 total. So, if you do the math, I actually should be running 3.3 kms daily. This means I’ll just have to have some big runs to average out those smaller 2 km days when I just can’t muster up the willpower to run more. I’ll be adding in some other exercises throughout the day to complete as well and list them here.

January 1, 2015: 6.02 km run, 1 km cool down walk, squats, crunches, push ups, and forward lunges (left and right)

I don’t know if you even notice 2014 go by! It’s been a blimey great year despite all of the sad in the world. I can blog about my successes and failures in 2014 or my big plans for 2015, but instead I’d like to introduce you to the DietBet challenge. Join today! I discovered the DietBet after reading a fellow blogger’s post (sorry, I don’t remember who’s it was???). Any who, the DietBet is a challenge where you bet on yourself, literally. I have put in $35 (USD) for a January 5 to February 1 challenge to lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. There’s a bunch of other rules that make sure there’s no cheating (don’t worry, your pictures are private and safe between you and the auditors). This is my first DietBet and I’m excited to put my money where my mouth is at! If I succeed I will get a portion of the pot (split amongst all winners). I’m pretty certain if I changed my poor eating habits, that 4% will be shed pretty quickly! I just love to eat toooooo much and I love to eat EVERYTHING! Fruit, Chips, Candy, Bread, Cheese, Potatoes, you name it, I like to eat and it’s a problem. So, here’s to a new year, new Janathon, and a new challenge with the DietBet.

The Oatmeal the eating
Source: The Oatmeal 

Hope your first day of the year was as successful as mine!

Happy Running

rundmach

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Back for Junathon

Well Hello World!!

It has been quite some time since my last post. Rest assured, I have still been running and working towards a better life with added workouts. I’ve completed a couple races and sign up for a few charity ones later this year I’m hoping to raise some awareness and dollars for.

I have to admit, I miss blogging and do think about blogging but haven’t been able to bring myself to get onto wordpress. I finally realized this is all because my work had changed a bit earlier in the year; I had to use wordpress a lot more in my day at work!! Our internal communications is built with wordpress but I’ve taken on some more responsibility to creative writing and exploring wordpress. So, why would I not want to blog, it’s a different subject and audience? I can’t explain it, I realized when I opened wordpress, even to my own blog, I felt like I was back at work. And with work being a little bit of a challenge lately, I don’t feel too keen on feeling overwhelmed when I’m at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job but there is only so much of one thing I can do in a day!

Instead, I’ve also found myself all over twitter for logging my progress and following others for inspiration. Check me out @rundmach ! Follow me and I’ll follow you! 🙂
I am also doubling up my posts on Facebook too so you can find me there as well! Add me and we can be friends!!

So, what am I doing back here? Well, I’ve signed up for Juneathon!!!!
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I have actually decided I probably will not be blogging everyday but instead I will tweet & post on Facebook.

Good luck to everyone else who has signed up for Junathon and to those who are just working towards a healthier, happy life.

Happy Running!

rundmach

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Bundles of Happiness

Hey There!

Tonight I have a few other thoughts to share with you, so the running bit will be short.

September 12 Run: 39:56 minutes, 5.03 km, 7’56″/km

A little slower than the last run but it was still challenging and felt amazing! It’s down to 16°C (61°F)!!!! It’s not 40°C any more!! Yay!!! With that being said, the run felt soooooooo good. I thought I was steady and quick; apparently my time says otherwise, but I loved tonight’s run. I am happy with it and glad I have done it.  3 days to 10K!

Yesterday, I started a 30 day challenge. Similar to all the ones you may find on-line, I’ve drafted my own 30 day challenge to include: push-ups, squats, sit-ups, hip raises, leg raises (single and double), and planks. The biggest challenges here will be starting day 1 at  50 squats & 10 push ups and ending day 30 with 250 squats and 75 push-ups. I’m really excited as day 2 is over and I already feel more confident in doing the push-ups, planks, and squats. I’m stoked to get to the end of the 30 days and be able to do 250 squats!!! It’s getting late here and I want to cover another topic before I end this post so I will post the 30 day challenge as soon as I find time to type it up.

terry fox thermTHE TERRY FOX FOUNDATION
I am so happy to share with you that so far we have raised $285 for The Terry Fox Foundation, with another $50 on its way from left over payments from the Silent Auction Fundraiser. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You to everyone who has supported this cause and my team with your words or encouragement and donations. To the anonymous donors to those joining me in this journey to some how complete 10K on Sunday, Thank you!

“I want to set an example that will never be forgotten” – Terry Fox

I am absolutely touched by the bloggers and followers and friends who support me day in and day out. I look forward to your stories for encouragement and for strength when I feel like I have nothing left to draw inspiration from and want to give up. You give me hope that there is still a lot of good in the world.

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To every reader out there, I wish you all the happiness in the world that your heart can manage.

Happy Running, Much love,

rundmach

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