Weekly Fitness Update – #7

I only managed to run twice this week because a work project tied me up longer than expected on Friday and the physical labour part of it really drained me on Saturday.

Here’s my results from last week:

Nov 3 – 5km @ 5’53” avg pace, 29:26
Nov 5 – 7km @ 6’15” avg pace, 43:59
Nov 7 – 10km

Look at that, I actually managed to run 5km in under 30 minutes! Another PR run!!

I was sprinting for a couple of streetlamps at a time and then slowed down to almost a walk for about the same distance for some interval training at various points in the route. I don’t really keep track where and how long I did those, aside from “it had streetlamps.”

I didn’t quite sleep too well before the 7km run, so I wasn’t feeling in my top form that day. It was still a pretty decent time, though!

I was doing so much (relatively) heavy lifting and moving things around on November 6th that my back and thighs were aching the day afterwards. In retrospect, going out for drinks that Friday night wasn’t such a great idea…

Rock Climbing – Nov 8

By this time, I realized that my left wrist and hand has a strange, dull pain, so I wrapped up in some KT Tape and decided to gauge how I felt throughout the workout.

Top Rope – Since I knew that I’m squarely in the 5.8 grade, the second route I tried was a 5.9 with a slight overhang. I almost fell when I was close to the top, but I managed to complete it on my first try! I even managed to easily climb up a very interesting 5.8 that was overhanging and required a clip in the middle of the route.

But, I tried another 5.9 and just couldn’t figure out how to reach the second hold… By that time, I was getting pretty tired so I went to the bouldering section with my belay buddy.

Bouldering – I did manage to climb a V1, even though it was pretty difficult! I didn’t quite have enough energy to tackle another V1, especially since my wrist and arm were starting to feel kind of weak and stiff.

I’m starting to get pretty good at this climbing stuff, eh?

Even though it’s already getting close to mid-November, I’m starting to feel really burnt out and not in great condition. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been over-stressing at work or if I’m just going out too much (a likely possibility), but my energy levels and enthusiasm about fitness are crashing pretty bad.

That’s why I’m taking a rest week! I think I’ll finish reading Bill Nye’s Undeniable

Nov 15 – Rock Climbing

I promised a couple of friends I’d go rock climbing with them, so I guess my

Top Rope – I’ll try tackling more 5.9s but I get the feeling half of the routes I’ll be doing will be 5.8s.

Bouldering – More V1’s! I’ll have to get better at gauging how tired I am before I go bouldering.

Ever take a rest week? I’m hoping I’m nice and refreshed after it!

xoxo,

B.elle

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Weekly Fitness Update – #6

I only managed to do 2 runs last week, but that’s because I didn’t want to burn out for that race!

Here’s my results from last week:

Oct 28 – 5km @ 6’01” avg pace, 30:13
Oct 30 – 7km
Oct 31/Nov 1 – 10km @ 6’16” avg pace, 1:03:07

Guess what? IT’S A PR WEEK! I managed to break my previous Personal Record during the adidas Runmore 10K but I’ll have more details about that later in my Race Report!

I’m also super pleased with my 5km speed because that was actually the day that Toronto was hit with a pretty nasty storm but the majority of the rain had stopped by the time I got home. It was still a bit windy, but totally bearable. The only thing I didn’t like was the tiny droplets of rain that really impaired my vision.

Luckily, it gave me plenty of chances to test out the bright neon yellow running shirt and adidas Running Light, which is now my Slappy Sparkle Light. (I’ll put up a proper review later!)

I didn’t do the 7km run because I could feel like it would probably exhaust me a bit too much to perform that well at my first night race. I can barely stay awake past 11pm these days!

Rock Climbing

I spent the majority of the time keeping an eye on my coworkers, who were taking the beginner lessons so I couldn’t tackle as many routes as I usually do. But, it was still super fun!

Top Rope – I’m feeling very comfortable at 5.8s now, but the only 5.9 route that I tried out was on the auto-belay system and I couldn’t see a hold about 3/4 the way up. I had to let go, so I drifted back down and saw that the hold was on the other side of a dome… Sigh.

Bouldering – I didn’t get a chance to really get into the bouldering section like usual, but I did an overhanging V0. Next time, more overhangs!

Now that it’s November, I’ve realized that I only have about 7 weeks to reach my goal!

This week’s running goals:

Nov 3 – 5km @ 6’05” avg pace, 30:30
Nov 5 – 7km @ 6’05” avg pace, 42:35
Nov 7 – 10km @ 6’20” avg pace, 1:03:20

I know it’s technically “race pace” according to last week’s results, but it’s not actually that much faster, so I want to incorporate it into my usual pace training.

Nov 8 – Rock Climbing

Top Rope – I’ll definitely be looking into more 5.9 routes if I can squeeze in! On Thursday, a lot of people were challenging those routes, so I think it’s a common difficulty where peoples’ skills plateau.

Bouldering – V1’s? V1’s.

I still haven’t figured out a decent Weekly Fitness Update picture yet, but at least I’m half finished the adidas race report! Here’s a sneak peek photo:

Princess Hi-Visibility adidas Runmore 10K

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #5

I actually managed to complete my runs! That’s always good, but I’m not sure if I can keep parkour in my fitness goals anymore… I explain below.

Here’s my results from last week:

Oct 20 – 5km @ 6’11” avg pace, 31:00
Oct 24 – 7.1km @ 6’01” avg pace, 43:07*
Oct 24 – 10km @ 6’44” avg pace, 1:07:20

It’s not exactly a PR week, but it’s not too surprising since I’m coming off of a rather nasty sickness.

I’m a little suspicious about the 7km run results because it was indoors and the shoe pod and Nike+ watch were registering some strange pace times compared to when I run outdoors. According to this Nike+ support answer, I’m getting about 90% accuracy if I use a Nike+-ready shoe and calibrate with a steady pace.

I’ve calibrated it, but I use New Balance shoes with the shoepod sensor locked into my laces, so I guess that’s why it’s a little less accurate.

My 10K run this time was SUPER hard because I actually went rock climbing on Sunday, before I went running… Trust me, I’m quite sore today and slogging through the last bit of work before I can go home!

Rock Climbing

I know I said last week that I would go do parkour instead of rock climbing, but a friend of mine lured me out by saying she wanted me to belay her. GAH!

Top Rope – I didn’t have any specific goals this week, but I stuck with a lot of 5.8s in the belay bays that were a lot more interesting than the auto-belay routes. It’s a lot more fun when there’s two walls involved, I can tell you that!

Bouldering – I didn’t bother with a lot of V0 routes because they were too easy! I did tackle quite a few V1s that were sort of challenging, but I was already getting tired by the time we hit the bouldering walls.

The adidas Runmore 10K is this weekend, so I should technically be taking it easy. But, since I run 10km regularly, I’m not terribly worried about tapering. In fact, I’m more concerned about keeping myself rested and sober for the night…

This week’s running goals:

Oct 28 – 5km @ 6’10” avg pace, 30:50
Oct 30 – 7km @ 6’10” avg pace, 42:50
Oct 31/Nov 1 – 10km race @ 6’30” avg pace or less, 1:05:00

I know it’s highly unorthodox for me to do cross training in the middle of the week, but there’s a company team building thing on Thursday that I’ll use as my workout.

Oct 29 – Rock Climbing

I’ll be helping belay the others, but I’d love to finish a 5.9 on Thursday!

I’ll have a race report on the adidas run finished next week, so YAY!

I also need to figure out a new Weekly Fitness Update picture… Bah.

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #4

Last week was an absolute FAIL… I mean, take a look at my results:

Oct 15 – 5km – Rest (still not feeling well)
Oct 17 – 10km – Rest (went to a Farmer’s Market instead, does that count?)
Oct 18 – 5km – Rest (sore throat)

I knew I was being pretty optimistic about running while recovering from the flu, but I was feeling pretty good by Friday. Too bad the weather around here decided to switch from Fall to Winter Mode within a couple of days!

I usually don’t mind running in 3C weather, especially since there’s no ice, but I could tell that my body wasn’t acclimated to that temperature range and it was still pretty worn out so I didn’t run. Instead, I went to the Evergreen Brickworks on Saturday and made some pickled beets in the afternoon.

Yay!

But I started to feel some ominous itching in my throat on Sunday morning and lost my voice by the end of the day! I’m much better today, but it’s still a bit painful to speak. A coworker was sick with some sinus-related symptoms on Friday, so I wonder if I caught something last week when I was super susceptible…

Obviously, I didn’t go to parkour, either… Ugh.

Anyway, I’m going to try my best to get back on the road this week and get my blood pumping again! It looks like it’ll be much warmer this week and I’ll hopefully be all better after today!

This week’s running goals:

Oct 20 – 5km @ 6’10” avg pace, 30:50
Oct 22 – 7km @ 6’10” avg pace, 42:50
Oct 24 or 25 – 10km

Instead of rock climbing as I had originally planned, I will get myself to the parkour gym to do last week’s goals. NO excuses this time!!

Oct 24 or 25 – Balance work, vaults, bar swing exercises

Hope I’ll be back next week with better news!

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #3

I tried posting last night, but the WordPress app actually deleted the whole thing! Argh!

Anyway, here’s last week’s running actual results:

Oct 7 – 5km @ 6’04” avg pace, 30:26
Oct 9 – 2km @ 6’25” avg pace, 12:53
Oct 10 – 10km @ 6’30” avg pace, 1:05:05

I’m really happy about my 5km and 10km paces and it looks like I’ve really eased into those speeds. My intended 7km run, however…

I went to the track on October 9 since I wanted to do my Thanksgiving dinner grocery shopping after running the full 7km. But, I didn’t know that a high school football game was scheduled for 6pm that day! I got to the track just before 5pm, so I had a lot of time to run, but there was a sound guy setting up some speakers on the track and the home team was already out training and moving the benches off the field. Plus, the winds were gusting around 45km/h!

So, I decided to cut my losses and left them alone.

Rock Climbing

Top Rope – I went to Rock Oasis on the 11th but I didn’t have a belay buddy so I had to stick with the auto-belays again. However, I did manage to do a lot of 5.8s with relative ease! I didn’t get a chance to get to the only 5.9 on the auto-belays but I’m starting to think that I need a more reliable belay buddy system to get better… (Like more climbing dates with the Monsieur!)

Bouldering – I did some pretty easy V0 routes at Rock Oasis, but they were mostly on straight walls instead of overhangs. I was feeling pretty tired by the time I got to the bouldering walls, though

I was feeling pretty good the next day (ie., not sore), so I took a trip to the Hub Climbing up in Markham to take a look. I didn’t know it was primarily bouldering, so that was a surprise! I mostly tackled V1s and managed to complete a handful of them! Yay! I even managed to do a couple V0s on the overhangs, too!

Do you remember how I had a chest cold last week or so? It’s sort of back but it came with friends by the names of Body Aches and Fatigue so I’m not even sure if I can even go out running this week. At the very least, it’s definitely not a wise idea to put a time goal on my runs!

This week’s running goals:

Oct 15 – 5km
Oct 17 – 10km
Oct 18 – 5km at 6’05” avg pace, 30:30

This week’s parkour goals:

Oct 17 or 18 – I’ll be lucky if I actually get to the gym. If I do, I’ll be focusing on balance work and bar swing exercises.

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update #2

I thought I posted this last night… Hmm.

So, I didn’t quite make last week’s goals because I got a bit of a chest cold over the weekend! That meant no running or parkour for 3 days… Boooo!

Here’s last week’s actual data:

Sept 29 – 5km @ 6’14” avg pace, 31:20
Sept 30 – 7km @ 6’08” avg pace, 42:57
Oct 5 – 10km @ 6’38” avg pace, 1:06:20

No parkour training since I wasn’t feeling the greatest. Ooops.

At least I didn’t go out and break myself again.

I managed to meet and exceed my 7km run goal, which is awesome! But, I didn’t meet the other 3 goals, so that’s not cool at all.

This weekend is also Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I’ll have to figure out how to properly balance my cooking time and doing a long run over the weekend. It’s also a shorter fitness week for me because I just did my 10km long run on Monday! Ahh!

This week’s running goals:

Oct 7 – 5km @ 6’10” avg pace, 30:50 (it’s raining today, okay?!)
Oct 9 – 7km @ 6’10” avg pace, 42:50
Oct 10 – 10km @ 6’30” avg pace, 1:05:00

I want to consistently get this pace before changing anything, so it’s pretty much base building instead of training for a specific race or goal.

This week’s climbing goals:

Oct 11

Top Rope – I’m not even sure if I’ll have a belay buddy or not this week because of Thanksgiving, but I’ll stick to the 5.8’s on the auto belays if I don’t! It’ll be a bit dull, but I want to do at least 2 routes at 5.8 level.

Bouldering – I was doing V1’s on a vertical wall, so I’ll focus on those routes again, but I’ll also work on shoulder strengthening exercises on the overhangs. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a V0 overhang route!

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update – #1

Is it weird to do a weekly fitness update on Tuesdays? Oh well.

Last week, I actually managed to run 4 times but 3 of the runs were pretty low mileage…

Sept 21 – 4km @ 6’05” avg pace, 24:26
Sept 24 – 5km @ 6’03” avg pace, 30:21
Sept 25 – 3km @ 6’05” avg pace, 18:20
Sept 26 – 10km @ 6’54” avg pace, 1:09:05

The 10km run was soooo much slower because I felt some pain on my left hip/lower ab muscles during the first couple kilometers. I was forced to walk and put some pressure on them to stretch them out, but the rest of the run went pretty well!

I went climbing on Sunday, but I didn’t have a belay buddy and I was too shy to ask someone so I couldn’t do top-rope without the auto-belaying systems.

Top-rope – I started with a couple 5.6’s and worked my way to 5.8’s but only managed to conquer one 5.8 available on the auto-belays. I was about 3/4 of the way for the rest of them, though! There were a lot of people and kids at the auto-belay bays for classes and parties, so I went to the bouldering sections.

Bouldering – I managed to do some V1 challenges on the flat wall, but I couldn’t even do a single V0 on the overhang walls! I found a couple of nice holds to do some pull ups to try and strengthen the necessary shoulder muscles, but I also made a mental note to do some more climb-ups and muscle-ups at parkour next time as well.

This week, I’m planning on following this plan:

Sept 29 – 5km @ 6’10” avg pace, 30:50 (it’s raining today, okay?!)
Sept 30 – 7km @ 6’10” avg pace, 42:50
Oct 1 – 10km @ 6’30” avg pace, 1:05:00

Oct 2 – Parkour Women’s Class + some climb-up exercises

Wish me luck!

xoxo,

B.elle