TWIR #102: oh running, you cruel beast

I think last week’s work and workout and moving activities caught up with me this week. Last week, my energy felt fantastic. This week, my body was just tired. Every workout felt like a monumental effort, especially the day I decided to try a run. Good lord, these legs did not want to run, particularly uphill. I had to remind myself that this is what running is like. You can have a week (i.e. last week) that feels solid, when you feel like you actually might be getting your running mojo back, and it can immediately be followed by a week when you wonder if you’ve ever run before.  Such is a runner’s life.  Enough preamble, let’s take a look at what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations:  Hurrah! The last of our furniture and belongings arrived on Saturday. The morning was a flurry of directing movers, putting our bed together, and unpacking our beloved moose artwork. Somehow, we still managed a trip to the gym, including lots of dead lifts and leg work.  All in all, I was pretty damn impressed with myself.

Sunday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: two words: furniture shopping
Observations: Is there anything more frustrating than furniture shopping with your significant other? My sense of urgency is not my better half’s sense of urgency. He wants to make smart choices and I just want to get our house done. It is a recipe for (mostly my own) frustration. Also, two weeks of eating whatever the hell I wanted caught up with me. By mid-day, when we rolled into my favourite Kelowna gelato shop, I couldn’t even fathom eating the tiniest size. Me. Unable to eat gelato (!!!). This was the moment I realized I need to go back off sugar during weekdays. So long, nightly bowl of mini eggs. Sigh.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: My free trial at the local gym ran out so I had to suck it up and drop $11 for a drop-in fee because I hadn’t yet decided firmly on a gym (more to come on choosing a new gym next week). All this is really an aside. The long and the short of it is, I had a decent workout, balancing out Saturday’s leg work with some much-needed upper body and ab work. After Sunday’s indulgences and subsequent feeling like total garbage, exercise felt like a dream.

Tuesday
Activity: run
Relevant Stats: 5 km (but not all of it was running)
Observations: Maybe it was starting my run at the dreaded giant staircase. Maybe it was just exhaustion catching up with me. Maybe it was sugar withdrawal lethargy. Or maybe, just maybe, trying to go from running once a week to running major hills was a really bad choice. No matter what, this run killed me. I took more walking breaks than I’ve ever taken in my entire life and both my legs and lungs felt like they had nothing to give. Epic run fail.

Wednesday
Activity: mini strength training + walk
Relevant Stats: 30 min. strength + 30 min. walk
Observations: This was definitely one of those days where I wanted to do absolutely nothing. I kept plugging away at work and before I knew it, it was 3 o’clock and no workout had happened. Going to the gym at that point seemed overwhelming. Please know that I understand it was not actually overwhelming. But that is how it felt to me in the moment. And so, I opted to set up an at-home workout in our delightfully cold garage followed by a nice hilly walk for good measure. I admit I felt better afterwards, even though it wasn’t the world’s most challenging workout.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: After Wednesday’s weak-ass workout, I was determined to actually go to the gym. Not only did I hit the gym, but I committed to a 6 month membership. Big steps! I was hoping to do some back squats and dead lifts but all sorts of meatheads (sorry guys, total negative stereotype there) were standing around their heavily-loaded bars chit-chatting with each other instead of doing their workouts and getting the f&#k out of my way. As you can see, this type of gym behavior gets me all riled up. The gym is not your place to be social. Despite this unfortunate turn of events, I did a solid leg and glute workout and left a sweaty mess.

Friday
Activity: strength training (upper and lower body)
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations:  I got my dead lifts and back squats in today. Apparently I picked the right time of day for the gym. There was no idle chit chatting at all. Noted! Today’s workout was also one of those great mood changers. I was in an absolutely foul mood before my workout but it turns out that dead lifts are an excellent way to work out your crankiness (and give yourself nice, sore glutes for the weekend…who doesn’t want that?).

With that, a long and tiring week has come to a close. I’m excited for a weekend that will include continuing to set up our home, making decisions on furniture, cider and/or wine shopping, and A SCHNITZEL NIGHT at one of the local golf courses (!!!!). Jealous? You should be. Happy weekend y’all!

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TWIR #101: moving as a workout

Well, I can’t say that this was my best week of workouts, unless you count all those 12 hour days of packing, unpacking, moving shit around and carrying stuff all over the place. ‘Cause if you count that I’m doing just fine this week. I can also tell you that I feel exhausted, if that counts as a measure. Enough preamble, let’s get to this.

Saturday
Activity: semi-planned rest day
Relevant Stats: move-in day!!!!!
Observations: I had some extremely high hopes (read: unrealistic) of fitting in a morning mini hike in the hills behind our friend’s place. But then I was so exhausted after the drive up the night before, and we had to get up so early to get organized for the arrival of the movers, and it was like -4 in the morning and it just wasn’t happening. Instead, we ate giant scones while awaiting the movers and I spent the rest of the day frantically trying to organize the kitchen because I cannot stand a disastrously disorganized kitchen. 

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: so. much. unpacking. and. errands.
Observations: Once again, I had hopes of finding a gym to check out, but it was very apparent by mid-morning that it wasn’t happening. We had so much to do around the house, and so many errands to run to pick up stuff for the house. Also, I woke up almost unable to turn my head at all, so I figured that maybe a workout wouldn’t go particularly well. I was still on my feet all day and most of the evening and I consider that damn well good enough.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Determined not to let four days go by without a workout, I got myself organized for a solid at-home workout in my brand new basement. It is such a luxury to have the space for this that it made me desperately wish I had more equipment to use. Despite a meagre assortment of equipment and a very stiff neck, I worked up a good sweat. On top of that we continued to run errands and do house stuff, and even spent three hours assembling a new credenza without a major tiff. That’s a winning day.

Tuesday
Activity: run!!!
Relevant Stats: 5 (painful) km
Observations: When I say it was painful, I don’t mean because of my injury or even my random neck pain. It was painful because I haven’t run in a while and because Vernon is a whopping 300ish metres higher in elevation. You can tell me that doesn’t make a difference, and I will tell you that you can suck it. I have always found that even a couple hundred metres of elevation makes a difference to running, particularly when one is not in good running shape. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations:  At long last, we visited a local gym to check out the scene and to take advantage of a free trial. If you haven’t noticed, I’m super fussy about my gyms after being spoiled with a well appointed downtown Steve Nash Fitness World location for years. Well, this gym wasn’t quite up to those standards (lacking in kettle bells and prowlers) but it was okay and it was nice to lift some decent weights and do some solid back squats. Also, she gave us five days for free instead of three so that’s a win. Evidently these local gyms are super stingy with their trial periods. Three days? Come on!

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations:  This was a short workout because we’d also gone to check out some potential personal trainers and I’d been gone from work for way too long. I’m not super optimistic about the trainers at this studio but I also have to accept that no one is going to be just like my old trainer. Sigh. As for my workout, I forced myself to make the half hour worth it with all my “favourites”, including box jumps and all sorts of kettle bell torture.

Friday
Activity: stairs
Relevant Stats: 35 min. + 5 min. abs
Observations: I haven’t felt so close to dying nor so close to puking as I felt today while attempting to run stairs. I used to run stairs weekly, the same year that I was also a hiking superstar with legs of steel and the cardiovascular fitness of a legit athlete. That was well over a year ago, and it’s safe to say these stairs almost killed me and I have no idea how I used to run stairs like it was nothing at all. I know it says I ‘ran’ stairs for 35 minutes, but I will point out that a) I was AT the stairs for 35 minutes, but there were many, many breaks at the top to give my lungs a chance to stop burning and b) “running” is an overstatement, particularly after a few rounds.  The moral of the story: I have a lot of work to do to get back to stair running shape.

And that’s the week. I am ready for a full on weekend, complete with a legit break from work and minimal moving-related activities, which will be challenging since the movers are bringing the rest of our stuff tomorrow (don’t ask). The phrase that best describes how I feel at the moments is ‘stick a fork in me, I’m done’…or perhaps, ‘get a cider in me, it’s Friday.’ Yeah, actually, the latter sounds like a much better descriptor. I’m off to get me that cider. Happy weekend y’all.

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Training Tuesdays: Reintroducing Running

Well, if you’ve been reading my TWIRs you’ll know that I’ve been doing the thing I said I wouldn’t do: starting to run again. It is truly a testament to just how bored I get without variety, and also to my laziness when it comes to driving to the gym on weekends.  Regardless, I’ve been trying to run again, slowly and for short distances, and today I’ll share what the pros (i.e. the internets) suggest as best practice when starting to run after an injury. As an added bonus, I thought I’d score myself on a scale of 10 on how well I did in following best practice.  Join me on this enlightening adventure, won’t you?

Caveat: There are a lot of articles on the internet about returning to running after an injury, and they range from highly detailed and informative to completely and totally useless. Most don’t even take the time to distinguish by type of injury. Thus, I have selected the most common themes from what I deemed to be the cream of the internet article crop.

Start Slow (my score: 8/10)
Apparently, best practice is to start with walking, build up your walking, and then kick running off with just 10 minutes’ worth of running to see how your body responds. Well I completely bypassed that whole walking thing, although, to be fair, I walk every day just in life and that was going pain free so it seemed silly to start there. In fact, I can only presume that advice was meant for those who couldn’t already walk pain free.  When I did start running initially, I was doing well with slow starts, though. Technically speaking, my first running sets were probably 2 minutes (1 lap around the track) followed by some strength intervals before another lap, so I think I followed this rule pretty well *pats self on back*.

Build Slow (my score: 2/10)
The math varies, but for the most part it seems either adding an additional two minutes of running or 10% of distance is what’s recommended, with further additions only if the injury isn’t aggravated. Oops. Even when I was just doing track interval workouts, my trainer so kindly informed me that I should have been adding a max of 1 lap per week, and only if my SI remained stable after that addition. Instead, I added laps with reckless abandon, sometimes adding an extra 3 laps in just one week. Then on my first run out, I went for a solid 5.7 km run, only walking for 30-60 seconds every 7 minutes or so.  Clearly my definition of building slowly is different than a professional’s definition. This also explains why I am not a professional and why my advice is not to be trusted.

Manage Expectations (my score: 9/10)
The long and the short of it here is don’t expect yourself to run like you used to right off the bat.  I’m most proud of myself here because I’ve had a lot of injuries over the years and I’ve almost always been incredibly hard on myself when I can’t bounce back to old distances and speeds. Not this time. You can read about how overjoyed I was to run 5.7 km in 40+ minutes here. That’s growth, my friends.

Build Strength (my score: 10/10)
High on the list of recommendations is to build up strength. This will not only make the transition back to running easier by maintaining some form of fitness, but can also help prevent injury recurrence if you focus on muscles that stabilize your injured area. This has been my biggest commitment over the last 1.5 years. I’ve been all in on building up my strength and, as a result, I definitely see faster recoveries from setbacks. I highly recommend working with a professional if you’ve got a recurring injury. I know I just said my advice cannot be trusted, but this advice is different because this advice is totally sound.

Pay attention to injury aggravation (my score: 6/10)
Notice if your injury starts to flair up or bother you, and reassess your running right away. Well, you don’t say. This falls into the most obvious tip category, and yet I’ve fallen victim to it a million times and I’ve known a lot of other people who have too. We convince ourselves we’re just imagining things, or that the pain will probably go away by tomorrow, or that it’s not really doing any more harm. Before we know it, we’re sidelined again, sometimes with a worse injury than we started with (not that I’m speaking from experience, of course). While I’ve gotten better at recognizing when I need to pull back and lay off the running, I still tend to ignore general stiffness and mild aggravation and push through it. At times, I find it hard to distinguish between run-of-the-mill muscle fatigue and stiffness around my injury vs. injury pain. Also, sometimes I just really, really don’t want to drive to the gym and doing so sounds more painful than my injury flaring up.  Rationally, I know this isn’t true, but I’ve never claimed to be highly rational.

Overall score: 7/10
Huzzah! That’s higher than I thought it would be. I mean, it’s totally average and everything but when I started this post I thought for sure I’d come in at a solid 5. Three cheers for being average! All kidding aside, though, as I continue to reintroduce running, it’s clear that I need to focus more on slow progression and paying attention to those twinges, aches and pains following a run. Otherwise, I will be doomed to driving to the gym and to workout boredom FOREVER (yes, my score for being dramatic would be a 10/10).

Monday Musings: what I learned on my first 5k run in 5 months

I ran yesterday. For the first time in at least five months. And I ran 5 km. Well, actually, I ran 5.7 km thankyouverymuch. Actually, it’s more accurate to say I ran 6-7 minutes at a time sprinkled with some walking breaks because apparently you’re not supposed to go from not running at all to running 5 km, especially when you’re injury prone, which I think we can all agree that I am. But I am starting to digress.

I came out of that run feeling the most positive about a run that I’ve felt in a long time, which I assure you is not my usual state. I’m usually one to be highly self-critical, to beat myself up about how far I have to go, how much slower and less fit I am now than I used to be.  To be sure, those thoughts crossed my mind throughout my run.  In fact, a running tally of my thoughts would have looked something like this:

Okay, here we go. We are doing this. Yes we are.  Oh my god, have I really only run two blocks? This is not a good sign. Okay, wait, this downhill stretch is kind of nice. I got this.  No wait, I was wrong, this ever-so-slight incline sucks. I don’t got this. Just slow your roll. This is your first run in months. There’s no hurry. You’re not going to win any races. Ah crap, other runners, I better pick up my pace so I don’t look completely incapable. How did I used to run these hills like they were nothing? This is the shortest hill ever and I am dying. I think that man is walking faster than I am running.  I think I could walk faster than I am running. Thank god that hill is over. Back to a reasonable incline and pace. Yeah, yeah I really do got this.  Another hill. WTF. Okay, okay, this is starting to feel okay. This is so much harder than it used to be. I am so slow now. You haven’t run in 5 months. What do you expect? It should feel hard. You know what, it’s not bad that it feels hard. This feels great. I am running again, people. Running. This is awesome. I wanted to do this today and I am doing it. Breathe in. Breathe out.  Keep moving. I forgot what this feels like. I did it. I am awesome. 

See? There’s a whole lotta negative in there. But if you’ll notice, and you will because I’m about to point out, I ended with positive thoughts.  This is the part that’s atypical for me.  I’m proud to say that I’ve been working with my coach on letting go.   What I mean by letting go is noticing all the pesky little unhelpful thoughts that go flitting through my head constantly, and proverbially letting them go in one ear and out the other.  I’m still a major (major) work in progress in this area, but I noticed on my run that once I let go of the thoughts about how much faster, fitter, and better I should be at running, suddenly the run was great. I finished feeling accomplished rather than discouraged. I want to try to run again (after suitable recovery days and making sure my SI doesn’t act up).  I felt good.

It’s hard to get into something, or get back into something, after time away, whether it’s running, working out in some other way, eating better, writing more, the list really does go on and on. What I learned from this run is that I am capable of letting go of all the negative chatter that makes me feel worse about a situation rather than better.  I can run 5.7 km in 40 minutes and feel good about it even though I know that I used to run 8 km in the same amount of time, even though every other runner out there was going faster than me, even though I had to work in walking breaks.  Instead, I can focus on the fact that I did it. I kept going.

If you’re trying to tackle new challenges in your life or recommit to old behaviors that you’ve let slide, I challenge you to pay attention to the critical, negative chatter inside your own head and see when and where it may be causing you to feel badly about your progress instead of celebrating your efforts.  If you’re putting one foot in front of the other, literally or metaphorically, you don’t have time for that chatter. Let it go.

Monday Musings: on being a former (and maybe future) runner

About two years ago now, I signed up for an ultra marathon, a mountain ultra to be exact. This after having just one half marathon (which I hated) and one marathon (which I also hated) under my belt, and this also after never really being willing to commit to a legitimate training plan for any running event. Still, at the time it seemed a worthy and lofty goal…until my SI and sciatic crapped out on me.

I tried for a really long time, too long really, to get back into running. I pushed myself to the point of re-injury time and time again.  For the last six months, though, I’ve very intentionally bid a fond farewell to any real form of running. I’ve been content with maybe weekly, but maybe not weekly, interval running workouts at the track. Most of the time, running is a distant memory.

Every once in a while, though, I see people effortlessly bounding down the street or pack myself up for an indoor workout on a sunny day or dread having to drive to the gym for a workout because it’s such a time suck. Those are the moments when I remember the runner I used to be.

I see those runners go by and I think ‘that used to be me…only slower and with a much grouchier look on my face.’ When I look out the gym window and see sunshine I think ‘ahhh, it would be so nice to be out there instead of in here.’ And when it takes me an hour and a half to do a 45 minute workout because I have to drive and look for parking, I think ‘good god, I miss the days when I could throw on my shoes, open the door and just run.’ Sure, these moments are few and far between these days, but they’re still there enough to make me wonder if I will run again. I also wonder if running is just always part of your identity, even when you’re not actively doing it, or at least how long it takes to work its way out of how you see yourself.

The long and the short of it is that from time to time I wrestle with these questions. Other times, I welcome the break from pounding the pavement and wonder if my body is thanking me for sparing it further injury. When it’s pouring rain, I am thankful that I am not out there, like I used to be, getting soaked to the very core, to the point where not even a lengthy hot shower will take away the chills. When I’m able to spend an entire day doing whatever I want instead of organizing my day around a training run or my workout, I’m equally thankful. Running, it seems, can occasionally steal your spontaneity.

As with most things in life, being a runner is neither inherently good nor bad. It all depends, among other things, on what you want for your health, what your body will tolerate, what you love, and what you will sustain. For me, the verdict is still out on whether I will be a real runner again. For now, two years out from when I decided to give my first ultra a try, I’m still conflicted.

 

TWIR #92: longest week ever

Does anyone else feel like the first 5-day work week after the holidays is the longest week ever? Well, I do. Wednesday felt like Thursday. Thursday felt like Friday. You get the picture. It all adds up to my beyond ready for the weekend.  Alas, at least there were some decent workouts this week. Let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: walk + planned rest day
Relevant Stats: 7 km walking
Observations:  Saturday rest days are the best. They involve a giant breakfast donut (yay cheat day!) plus a walk to the local farmer’s market. This week’s visit was a bit disappointing, though, because our onion guy wasn’t there. Seriously, this guy grows the best onions.  You know an onion must be beyond good if I’m taking time to specifically mention it.  Completely unrelated, do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you did nothing but walk all day but then it adds up to nothing? This was one of those days. Only 7 km!?! Wtf.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: laziness 10 out of 10
Observations: Can I lie and say the day got away from me and that’s why I didn’t work out? In all honesty, I simply cannot bear the thought of driving to the gym on weekends and I also cannot bear the thought of a track workout in the rain. I have clearly become soft. The rain never used to phase me but now I shudder at the thought of working out outside in the rain, which is unfortunate given that it rains here EVERY DAY. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but it feels that way. Instead of exercising, I lounged, read my book, did chores, and ran errands. It was perfect. Sometimes, you just have to take an extra rest day for your sanity.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Hallelujah to not having a headache anymore and to feeling a bit more energy! It was a sharp contrast to last week, and I made sure to fit in a solid workout while the energy was in me.  I even added weight to my step ups and single legged squats. On a Monday. That’s pretty impressive in my books.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session + return of the after work walk (!!!)
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: It’s been three weeks since my last training session and, even though I do a lot on my own, there’s something about my trainer’s exercises or combinations thereof that leave me so sore.  She also manages to integrate something new every week that I despise. This week’s torture: sideways bear crawls. Ugh. On a more positive note, the rain stopped (!!!!) and we were able to get out for an after work walk, something I find very soothing after an exhausting day at work.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training + after work walk (!!!)
Relevant Stats: 35 minutes
Observations: Everything in my lower body hurt after Tuesday’s session. I decided to focus on my arms, combining all of my least favourite upper body exercises only to spare my legs.  I succeeded in killing my arms, to the point where carrying my bag back from the gym felt like a workout.  But the big win was a second after-work walk of the week! This hasn’t happened since October. The only thing that could’ve made me more excited would’ve been a celebratory donut. Don’t worry, I abstained…but I promise you it was challenging since our walk took us right past our favourite bakery. Mmmm, donuts.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: It was back to legs to spare my arms. I’m sensing a pattern here.  My big win was upping my prowler weight to 120 lbs in between sets of kettle bell side lunges and weighted single leg squats. My legs are not going to be pleased with me tomorrow. Honestly, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to not have half of my body in pain every single day of the week.

Friday
Activity: strength training(ish)
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: It’s somehow fitting that at the end of what I’ve deemed the longest week ever, I had what felt like the longest workout ever (even though it clearly was not).  I had little energy left in the tank for this workout. It could be because I left it until 2:30. It could be that I’ve overdone it other days this week. Or it could just be that it’s Friday and I’m done and I’m more than ready for the weekend.

On that note, I’m outta here. I’ve got some friends to see, some donuts to eat, some wine to drink, and some relaxing to do. Maybe, just maybe this weekend I’ll manage to fit in a workout…but no promises on that if this rain continues. Happy weekend y’all.

 

TWIR #90: Ho-ho-holiday workouts

Can you believe it’s the last TWIR of 2017? I can’t. Before I get all sad about the holiday season rapidly coming to a close, I’m just going to move right along into this week’s workout summary. I wish I could say I busted my butt more, especially since my sugar intake drastically increased this week, but at least I was able to fit in a few ho-ho-holiday workouts. Let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: park workout!!!!!
Relevant Stats: 4.3 km of running (!!!!) + some intervals
Observations: One thing I learned pre-Christmas was that my posture while wrapping gifts is NOT appreciated by my lower back. The running didn’t both it at all, but it wasn’t having any side lunges, single-legged squats or anything else where form was critical to avoiding pain. Still the sun was shining, it was cold (my favourite temperature for running) and I didn’t slip on any of the many ice patches, so this was a workout victory.

Sunday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: home for the holidays!
Observations: We flew home to my parents’ place to celebrate Christmas. This meant a lot of sitting on our butts, followed by a lot of delicious BX Cider (that we had shipped to my parents for Christmas), followed by a lot of quality time on our asses basking in the glow of my parents’ epic Christmas decorations. Also, there may have been a few baked goods consumed.

Monday 
Activity: Christmas day strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations: I cobbled together a pretty good at-home workout if I do say so myself. I found a wooden stool that my parents use to reach tall cupboards and turned it into a make-shift box for step ups. I unearthed my parents’ free weights from the storage room. I even had a festive Christmas tree for a backdrop. It was all coming together nicely…until I realized that working out barefoot on carpet totally messes with my alignment. Suddenly even the basics were causing me pain again. You can’t win ’em all.

Tuesday 
Activity: strength training + arctic walk
Relevant Stats: 40 min. workout + 1.6 km walk
Observations: In a word, it was bloody cold out. I believe it was something to the tune of -30 with the windchill. We put in a valiant effort but a walk of any significant distance just wasn’t happening.  We did, however, make it to the local Goodlife gym, for which we had bought 2 week memberships. The biggest shock: no kettle bells!!!!! Why even have a gym if you aren’t going to have kettle bells? It’s more common than you think, and it annoys the hell out of me every time.

Wednesday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min. strength training + holiday clearance shopping
Observations: We made it back to Goodlife for a short workout, which was fine, but the real highlight of the day was heavily discounted Christmas decorations. We scored some new decor for next year’s Christmas for 50% off. However, we were sad to discover that we were too late to score the epically discounted Lindt Candy Cane Lindors. Sadly, they had already been scooped up by more eager post-holiday shoppers.

Thursday 
Activity: semi-planned rest day
Relevant Stats: the longest trip from Calgary to Vancouver ever
Observations: I considered a basement workout at home, but ultimately the timing just didn’t work out. Instead, we spent a total of six hours travelling from Calgary to Vancouver, which seems insane given that the flight time is about an hour and twenty minutes.  First, our cab arrived early, which meant an early arrival to the airport. Then, our flight was delayed by a half hour which turned out to be an hour when we sat on the tarmac waiting to be de-iced. Somehow, despite an hour’s delay we ended up arriving in Vancouver an hour and a half late. I have no idea how that happened and I’m still scratching my head over it.

Friday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: It’s safe to say that five days of sugar and carb consumption had caught up with me by today. I woke feeling sluggish and, for lack of a better description, yuck. To absolve me of my sins I forced myself to do prowler chest presses AND prowler supermans, the combination of which will surely leave my upper body immobile tomorrow. Sigh.

Although the holidays are a great time for indulgence, this week has definitely left me feeling firmly committed to continuing with my low-sugar, low-carb lifestyle once New Years is over. Until then, I’ll continue to load my body with all sorts of awful things and deal with the sluggishness. On that positive note, wishing you all a happy weekend to round out 2017.