Monday, January 23, 2017

A Party, Two Movies and My Workouts

This weekend flew by but I definitely managed to squeeze in lots of rest and a few workouts and lots of fun; it was the perfect mix of three of my favourite things!

Friday evening I left work and headed straight to Orangetheory Fitness for a workout. It was a power day which meant lots of sprinting on the treadmill, during the 27 minutes, and then lots of body weight movements during the 27 minutes on the floor. Fridays are "Fun Sock Fridays" at OTF so I had to bust out #TheGibblers. I left a sweaty mess. 

I grabbed a few groceries and then headed home to watch Bridget Jones' Baby. I went in with low expectations but ended up enjoying it.

Saturday morning, I was up at 4:45am to shower, eat breakfast and head to work at the gym for 6. I was there from 6am to 2pm but the time flew by. We have back to back classes, all day, so I'm usually on my feet running around the whole time. I logged 10 thousand steps before I even had my lunch.

That night it was our Christmas party. I napped in the afternoon so I wouldn't fall asleep by 9 o'clock. We had a sushi supper at Lighthouse (I've never been before but the food was amazing) and then went back to my boss' house to play board games. I had planned to stay late but when I couldn't stop yawning around midnight I decided it was time to call it a night.


Sunday morning, I managed to sleep in until 10 (unheard of for me!) I had planned to do a workout with my friend, and fellow coach Brenna, but wasn't sure if I felt up to it or if I wanted to go for a run. I texted her to see what she felt like doing and we decided on the gym. I'm glad we went. We ran two miles, rowed 1200 metres and then did ALL THE ARMS during the strength training component. I'm not going to lie, it was a struggle to lift my arms over my head this morning.

I spent the afternoon watching "This Is Us" (I'm almost caught up) and then headed to see La La Land with Brenna and Allie. I LOVED it!! An old school, classic-feel, type movie with amazing talent. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

I have a busy week planned with workouts, and London, and then I'm spending the next few weekends in Calgary. I'm excited to see some of my Calgary friends and to take London to the zoo (I've been promising him a return trip for months before our passes expire!)

How was your weekend?
Have you seen LA LA Land? Thoughts?

Friday, January 20, 2017

An Athletes Heart & Random Ramblings

Remember how I told you, last week, I have an enlarged heart? Well, it turns out I have what's known as an athletes heart  

Tuesday morning, I went to the hospital for my exercise stress test. I was hooked up to an ECG and a blood pressure cuff and basically walked and ran on the treadmill. I was expecting to run a lot faster but instead they only adjusted the speed, a little, and mostly played around with the incline. I can say it's the first time I've ever walked, or ran, at a 16 percent incline! Basically, my enlarged heart is "an athletes heart" and something they see in people who are very active. As I mentioned, I also have a leak in my valve. It's classified as mild to moderate and something I'm not supposed to worry about. We will be keeping an eye on both and likely going in for annual echo-cardiograms. The best news is the specialist would like to see me off blood pressure medicine eventually. So, we'll be taking some steps to see if that's a possibility.  He classified me as a minor cardiac risk and told me I'm fine to run, workout and sign up for all the races!

I've had a lot of people ask what that means for Chicago 2017. I was supposed to run the marathon, last October, but had to defer because of the health problems. Now, I'm left wondering what is the best decision. I've always wanted to crush a sub-four-marathon and, after NYC, I knew I could. I've never imaged myself being a one-and-done marathoner. I know the doctor said to go for it but knowing I'm still at a risk, even minor, for health problems definitely makes me think twice.  There's just a lot of questions so I'll spend the next few months doing some more research and really thinking about it before I make my final decision. My mom does NOT want me to run Chicago so it makes it hard since she's usually always right ;) 

I did sign up for my first race of 2017 today. It's the Moonlight Run and this year I'll be sticking to the 6K. This is the first race I ever did (I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time) and I love coming back to it every year. Plus, it'll be a nice way to ease back into racing. 

I'm excited the weather is so beautiful right now. The snow has melted on the sidewalks which means I'll be tackling my first outdoor run, in months, this weekend. I have been a treadmill junkie since OTF opened in October.  Speaking of OTF, we have our Christmas party tomorrow (Saturday.) We are heading out for supper and then to my boss' house for board games. I think it'll be fun to socialize outside of the gym with everyone and their dates.


I interviewed London's dad for a news story yesterday. Funny story, I actually interview him the exact same day five years ago! We've actually seen a lot of each other this week. We finalized our divorce paperwork, Wednesday, and should receive the judgement in the next few months. We also made sure to both be at London's first dance class this weekend. I love that I have a great co-parent, and friend, still in him!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Working Out At Home

Rewind a year and a half ago and I loved waking up at 5am, sometimes even 4:30, to crush my my morning workout. It wasn't unusual for me to run 5, 6, 7 miles before getting ready for work. I felt amazing. It started my day off the best way! Then, I ran the NYC Marathon in November 2015 and felt burned out from the intense training. I took a break, got injured, and have had some ongoing health/heart/blood pressure problems ever since.

My workouts have mostly consisted of one hour (evening) Orangetheory Fitness workouts four or five times a week. I love OTF but I also really miss doing my own thing. I crave my morning workouts. So, I'm making a conscious effort to return to my morning sweat sessions at least two days a week. I have everything I need in my basement including a treadmill, weight bench, weights, body ball, kettle bell, medicine ball and straps.  So, my plan will be to continue working out at OTF at least three times a week and then the rest of my free days will be at home. This will also eliminate the need for a babysitter all the time when I have London. 

This weekend, I did my first basement workout of the year: I put in a movie for London and ran 5K on the treadmill followed by about 25 minutes of weights. I do need a new treadmill soon but I can make do with mine for a little while longer. The model line has been discontinued so I'll be saving up for a new one eventually. I've talked about this before but my dream, when I finish my basement, is to turn the living space into a big gym area and playroom for London. I have so many cool ideas for it!  I don't have the money to invest in either a new treadmill or renos right now but a girl can dream, right? 

Other than the workout London and I had a great weekend. We took my roommate, Allie, to a hockey game Friday night. We left after the second period, when our home team was up 5-1, and they ended up losing 6-5. I guess we should have stayed! 

Saturday, I took London to his first dance class. It's a mixture of ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. The first class was all ballet and it was hilarious, and adorable, to watch him. I can't wait for the recital in a few months!

Sunday, we didn't do too much. I had to clean the house, and finish up some laundry, and then we ran a few errands. We finally watched The Little Mermaid which he loved! I took a much-needed rest day from any exercise.

I'm off to the hospital for my exercise stress test tomorrow. I'm really hoping I get the go-ahead to continue running and training. I'll meet with the specialist when I'm finished which I'm really looking forward to. I have so many questions!

Do you workout in the morning or evening? 
Do you prefer to exercise at home or at the gym?