Monday, June 1, 2015

The post about a running hiatus, a personal trainer and the Fight to End Cancer

This dress hung in my closet for 2.5 years. Finally got to wear it!

  • It's been another couple weeks, but I finally have some shenanigans to share with you. First off, training for the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon is coming to a close. It's scale back week. The event is next Sunday and I'm really looking forward to it. It's such a well organized and fun time. I'm not even bothered that I'm running it completely solo. This race means a lot to me because not only is it one of my favorites, but it's also going to be my last long distance race for some time. I'll explain that in a moment...
  • So I have hit a plateau with running. I'm not going to become a more efficient or faster runner unless I work on strength training. Bottom line. So, I am going to start working with a personal trainer again 2-3x per week for the summer and into the fall. I am ready to take my fitness to the next level. I've been at the same weight and same fitness level for over two years now. I need to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I want to lower my body fat percentage and I'm open to looking at different ways of eating. I reckon I should get a book or something about counting macros. Not really a clue what that means but I know it's how you should eat for fat loss. So I'm game. Restrictive eating is pretty much my reality for life. So it doesn't bother me to reign it in again. I'll see what the trainer has to say. We meet on Tuesday.
  • Since I'm going to be focusing on strength training, I'm going to scale back my running to 3x per week for the summer/fall. And I'll keep my furthest distance around 10-12K. This will also help with the Morton's Neuroma. It's improved dramatically with the acupuncture, and I need to lay off the distance till I get stronger. It could prevent it from going back to where it was really bad. So that being said, I think my next long distance race will not be until the Around the Bay 30K at the beginning of April 2016. Holy crap that's far off. But I really want it to be my comeback race. I've lots of work to do between now and December when training begins. I'm still going to race. I'm just going to stick to shorter distances. I've got a couple I'm thinking of for the summer.

The Fight to End Cancer White Collar Boxing Charity Gala at the Old Mill in Toronto

  • Saturday night I was honored to attend the Fight to End Cancer Charity Gala with my friend Monica. We were guests at the Eagle Professional Resources table (a connection Monica has through work). It was a boxing event and the people who volunteer to fight, put in quite a commitment to get in the ring for 6 minutes. Six months of training 4x per week at the Kingsway Boxing Club. That's a lot of crossfit yo! Eagle did not have a fighter this year, but they did sponsor one of the fights. So I'm not gonna lie, I had a bit of wine on Saturday night. And I loved watching the boxing matches. We had a ringside table. So much fun. So there's me in my wine induced state, thinking that I could train and fight for Eagle next year. Colin, the Eagle rep said they would sponsor me if I made the commitment. 
  • I had to sleep on it because I didn't want to make a wine decision. But all day yesterday, all I could think about was how much I want to do this. What a challenge! And I'd be fighting for people I love. My mom passed away from cancer 12 years ago. My sister's sister just fought this past year, as did my brother-in-law. All the hard work, sweat and tears would totally be worth it. And my husband told me I should go for it knowing I have to train 4 evenings a week for 6 months. Training would start in December, the same time I'd start training for the Around the Bay. Am I fecken crazy? Maybe I am, maybe I am...