Weekly Fitness Update #11

 

I’m not a very good learner sometimes…

Here’s my results from last week:

Dec 1 – 7km @ 6’19” avg pace, 44:16
Dec 3 – 5.5km @ 5’39” avg pace, 31:20
Dec 5 – 1.85km

It was dark and wet on Dec 1, so my time definitely suffered since I was slipping on the sidewalks a little and I couldn’t really see very well due to my glasses being covered in mist!

I ran with the adidas Run Kru on Dec 3, thinking it was going to be a 10km run. Thank goodness it wasn’t a 10km because they run WAY faster than my usual pace! But, I did manage to break a really good time for 5km, so that’s great!

Bad news is that I suspect I sustained a micro-tear in my right leg from not stretching after that 5km and didn’t notice until Dec 5, when I started on my actual 10km run and barely made it past 1km.

I’m usually pretty in tune with my body and how it feels. Most of the the time, my brain goes, “This pain is normal, keep going,” or “You should slow down for a few minutes to readjust,” or even “Best course of action right now is to stop and stretch it out, then you should be fine.”

This time, my brain told me, “You really, REALLY should stop and go home because you are seriously going to destroy yourself if you keep going!” So, I actually listened, stopped and walked back home.

Turns out that one of my calf muscles has a micro-tear of some sort, which I found out through roll massages. It wasn’t fun, but at least my instincts were spot-on!

Rock Climbing – Dec 6

I wasn’t feeling the greatest on Dec 6th because of a party the night before and because of a suspected hops sensitivity in my lower GI. (Yes, that means I was pooping a lot.)

Top Rope – Most of the 5.9s in the gym are completely doable now, but they’re still hard to do comfortably. I even managed to get up halfway a 5.10a before calling it quits! I quickly learned that it’s more of a mental challenge after 5.9 than just a physical challenge.

At the same time, there’s a 5.9 that involves 2 walls, a directional clip and a pretty sharp incline that I just couldn’t solve. It’s really, really starting to annoy me that I can’t get through it, so I’m hoping that it won’t be replaced anytime soon!

Bouldering – Too tired/hungover to try after that difficult 5.9. Bah.

So, between the mostly-painless, slightly inflamed micro-tear in my right leg and the holiday season, I’m not gonna be running until maybe Wednesday. Even then, the Monsieur is only back for a couple days before going off on another business trip around that time, so I might only be able to squeeze in one or two runs!

Dec 9/10 – 7km @ 6’05” avg pace, 42:35
Dec 12 – 7km @6’05” avg pace, 42:35

Might as well make them count, right?

Dec 13 – Rock Climbing

My belay buddy’s leaving on the 21st, so we’re definitely climbing even if we’re hungover! (Again!)

Top Rope – I am absolutely aiming to get further up that inclining 5.9 and complete that route this time!

There’s a high chance it won’t happen, but that’s okay! I’ll have other routes to play with!

Bouldering – It’s very likely that I’ll just be focusing on top rope this time around. But if I make it to that side of the gym, I’ll be challenging the v1’s although I won’t be expecting to get anywhere beyond the more difficult v0’s.

xoxo,

B.elle

Teeez Glam Sense Box 2015

I got my first Glam Sense Box in the mail last week, but I couldn’t take any pictures of it since the lighting is TERRIBLE over here and the sun sets around 5pm these days.

Here’s the Teeez Glam Sense Box!

DSC01073+

The Teeez Glam Sense Box had one item: the Read My Lips Lipstick in Roulette Red. It came in a sleek black tube with a small brochure with some simple instructions on how to complete the Glam Sense campaign.

Basically, review, post on a social media platform with #teeezinGS, and email a link or a screenshot to info@glamsense.club by the date listed on the card! It’s so easy!

So, how is Teeez’s Read My Lips Lipstick in Roulette Red?

DSC01076+

The lipstick is in a thin, plastic tube, which I was a little bit disappointed about. The graphic design is absolutely amazing, but I don’t like cheap plastic for higher end cosmetics! I’m always worried that the tube will crack or get crushed in my makeup bag or in my purse.

However, the lid does lock pretty tightly on the tube, so that’s really good. I’m not sure if that’ll wear out in the future, though.

DSC01075+

I’m not a huge fan of matte lipsticks since they usually dry out my (already) dry lips, but I love super high, long lasting pigmentation!

DSC01077+

Right out of the tube, it looks like a dark red with some brown tones. I usually avoid darker reds like this because it kind of clashes with my skin tones and I just don’t have the right mojo to really pull of that kind of style.

Otherwise, it’s a really great, dramatic shade of red!

DSC01078+

As you can see, it’s SUPER pigmented! It’s just 2 quick swipes of the lipstick on my hand and it’s so, so red!

I tested it on my lips and I can tell you that it can easily last 8 hours of wear. I ate a big lunch with coffee and it didn’t budge at all! It’s also very silky and rich feeling without being very heavy, which is really amazing since it’s so pigmented.

The only issue is that the lipstick is really soft. My mom twisted the tube the wrong way and the whole lipstick fell right out! Be careful of heat with this lippy!

Final Verdict – I love how long lasting and moisturizing Teeez’s Read My Lips Lipstick is, but I wouldn’t keep it with me in a small purse or in a warm room. The artwork is gorgeous, but the packaging is so-so. I would have loved it a lot more if it was a different colour, but that’s just personal preference!

At $22USD, it comes up to about $29.50CAD before shipping and taxes.

Did you get a Glam Sense Box yet? Would you get a Teeez Read My Lips Lipstick?

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #10

It’s already my 10th fitness update! Woo hoo!

But, this just means that I’m getting closer to my end goal date and I’m not sure where exactly I stand anymore… I’ll take a look next week, probably.

Here’s my results from last week:

Nov 25 – 5km @ 5’56” avg pace, 29:44
Nov 27 – 6km @ 5’37” avg pace, 34:08*
Nov 28 – 10km

 

I ran 6km indoors at the track, so I’m still not sure if that’s the most accurate timing I have. It still seems a bit too fast for me, but it’s not as drastic as before!

I only did 6km because I realized earlier this week that I was starting to develop plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I’m guessing it’s due to the fact that I like to run in minimal shoes and I also like to go around everyday life in Keds, which have almost no support whatsoever.

It was getting a little annoying and risky to go further than 6km, so I cut it short and decided to wait until I got some shoes that have more of a support.

Like these that I got on Saturday!

They’re so comfortable and the pain has virtually disappeared! Yay!

Rock Climbing – Nov 29

I had 2 belay buddies this time, so it took a lot longer than usual since we had to take turns. Luckily, the auto belays were usually available!

Top Rope – Surprisingly, I didn’t touch any of the auto belays and did a LOT of 5.9 routes when I was there. It became really obvious that I still really suck at overhang routes because, as one of my belay buddies said, “it looked like [I was] walking up” a vertical 5.9 but barely got halfway up an overhanging 5.9.

I need more back and core strength!

Bouldering – Like last time, I was pretty tired once we headed into the bouldering section. It’s good to see that the new walls at the gym are well on their way!

My “new” belay buddy, who’s a friend I haven’t seen in a while, noticed that the ranking system is a LOT harder than the ones in a campus gym. It was really cool to see how he tackled the routes, though!

I’m not too busy and relatively pain-free this week, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to hit my mileage goal.

Dec 1 – 7km @ 6’05” avg pace, 42:35
Dec 3 – 10km @ 6’20” avg pace, 1:03:20
Dec 5 – 5km @ 5’55” avg pace, 29:35

Dec 6 – Rock Climbing?

I hope I’ll be sober enough…

Top Rope – I’ve already completed a bunch of the new 5.9 routes, but there were a couple that were really, REALLY challenging, so I’ll be doing my best to revisit them!

Depending on how I feel, I may want to challenge the 5.10a grade, too!

Bouldering – I noticed that Rock Oasis’ bouldering scale has v0’s as the equivalent to 5.8-5.10 on top rope, so that might be why I couldn’t really break the v1 barrier. Hopefully, I can get past that this time!

xoxo,

B.elle

Glam Sense powered by Topbox – Update

Topbox sent out an email on the 26th with a notification about the box I’ll be getting!

It’s going to be…

Teez GlamSense

The Teeez Glam Sense Box!

I’ve tried a few Teeez products before in a couple of Topboxes, so I’m excited to see what will be in the box for me to try.

Here’s what was in the email:

You’re getting the Teeez Glam Sense Box!

Congratulations! We chose you for the Teeez Glam Sense Box. Get excited because this box is something special!

Your box will ship out on December 1st. Once it has been shipped, a shipping notification email will be sent to you with your next steps.

Please fill out the following address form by November 30th so we can successfully send you your box!

You know what that means…

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT!

xoxo,

B.elle

 

 

Rock Climbing and Manicures

Working out is exactly as hard as it sounds. It even has the word “work” in there! That’s why it’s so important to treat yourself every now and then for all the hard work and effort that you put into your workouts!

A lot of people like to have “cheat meals” or “treats” where they indulge in a deliciously, sinfully unhealthy food like fried chicken, full fat ice cream and poutine.

I’m definitely not against that! Poutine is especially delicious with some bacon in it, so I’m totally guilty of indulging myself more often than most. But, at the same time, I’m usually the first to reach for the plate of veggies at dinner.

So instead of indulging in food, I like to pamper myself with some spa activities like manicures!

image

I love sparkly red nails and they still look amazing when they’re as short as mine!

But, I was also curious to see how well (or how badly) a short, well done manicure would hold up against rock climbing.

I also got a pedicure, which does absolute wonders for refreshing tired running and climbing feet!

2015-11-25-08.46.17.png.png

If you’ve ever tried buying your own rock climbing shoes or talked to someone who’s bought rock climbing shoes, then you’ll know that certain materials that manufacturers use call for very, VERY snug fits. Mine are made of leather, so I had to go about a half size down when I bought them to make sure that they’d be snug against my foot after wearing them in.

Even though my shoes are nicely worn in, my toes still get squished against the edges and I figured it’d be a good test of how well a pedicure would hold up as well!

As I mentioned in this week’s fitness update, I spent quite a bit of time focusing on challenging my current skills in rock climbing. During all the 5.9s I was tackling, I was concentrating a lot on my hand and feet positions to scale up the routes in a more efficient way.

That also means that I really put my mani-pedi through a lot! My hands were completely covered in chalk and my feet were so gross afterwards.

But, how did the mani-pedi hold up?

image

My nails were surprisingly still in good condition! My left hand was barely affected but my right hand suffered a casualty on my pinky.

I knew exactly when it happened because a hold I was reaching for was a lot closer to the wall than I thought!

wpid-20151122_192800.jpg

My big toes were a little smudged at the tip, so that’s probably a good sign that my shoes are super snug (but not painful!) against my forefoot. In this case, that’s a very good thing!

Other than that, the pedicure was almost untouched.

One other thing I noticed was that my skin was pretty much unharmed. In fact, the mani-pedi procedures scraped away a lot of dead skin and rejuvenated my fingers for a better tactile awareness!

Verdict – Short manicures and pedicures are fine for rock climbing, especially to get rid of built up dead skin. But, I’ll probably get a mani-pedi the day before I go climbing to really make sure the polish doesn’t get as damaged!

How do you treat yourself to a good string of workouts? Do you like to do “refereshers” like spas or massages?

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #9

It dropped a few degrees over the last week and I was so not prepared! I had to make some last minute adjustments to my schedule so my mileage really suffered.

Here’s my results from last week:

Nov 16 – 5km @ 6’08” avg pace, 30:53
Nov 20 – 5km @ 5’42” avg pace, 29:20
Nov 23 – 7km @ 6’01” avg pace, 42:21

Woo hoo, I’m getting faster! But, I seriously underestimated the temperatures and winds on that first run on Nov 16… I was stupidly thinking that I could still get away with shorts in 6C weather without gloves or a hat. That’s definitely tights weather here in Toronto!

I took a little break to make sure I wasn’t getting sick. I dressed up a bit warmer for the run on Nov 20, went back for 5km and absolutely CRUSHED IT. I also made sure that I had a large (but full of complex carbs and nutrients!) lunch to get enough fuel in me.

I wanted to squeeze in another run before I updated but I was running around getting things for a party on Nov 21 and then went rock climbing on Nov 22, so I ran yesterday.

It gave me plenty of inspiration for new posts, though!

Rock Climbing – Nov 22

My belay buddy developed a bad migraine during the day so I went solo this time.

Top Rope – I had to stick with the auto belay routes this time, but I was happy to see that there were a few new routes in the 5.8 to 5.10b range!

The 5.8s were definitely too comfortable so I forced myself to stick with the 5.9s and managed to complete 2 routes and ALMOST finish a few other ones.

I don’t have a huge reach, but I’ve seen kids and other people my size easily scale 5.9s so I’m going to have to figure out what kind of technique they use!

Bouldering – I was so tired by the time I got to the bouldering wall that I could only do V0s. I tried a couple of V1s, but I could barely get past the third hold before falling.

I had to stop since I could feel some muscles in both of my shoulders starting to get super strained.

What will my goals be this week? I’m still trying to figure out when to go running since Christmas is ominously creeping up on us and I still have to finish gift shopping and those cards before the rush.

Nov 25/26 – 5km @ 5’55” avg pace, 29:35
Nov 27 – 7km @ 6’05” avg pace, 42:35
Nov 28 – 10km @ 6’20” avg pace, 1:03:20

Nov 29 – Rock Climbing

I still haven’t really gotten comfortable with the 5.9 grade, so I’ll definitely be focusing on that. In turn, bouldering should naturally get easier, too!

Top Rope – Hopefully, I’ll be able to try some of the new 5.9s I saw in the top rope section if I can find a belay buddy in time.

Bouldering – I’d like to try more V1s, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to.

xoxo,

B.elle

Glam Sense powered by Topbox

There’s nothing like a little pampering, especially after a great run or really bad one. That’s why I signed up for Topbox’s new Glam Sense program!

I just got a confirmation letter saying that I’ve been selected to get one with some new information coming in the next 2 weeks.

image

It’s a brand new program from Topbox, so I’m not sure what exactly it’ll be, but I was defintiely interested enough to sign up when I got their first email.

I’m really excited to see what will be in the box and what’s next!

xoxo,

B.elle