Firstly, did you know that Mountain Bike for Her did a story on me? I know, totally awesome and it can be purchased at any Chapters store or online through the Mountain Bike for Her website. So grateful to them for sharing my story. They are local too, I am a big fan of #shoppinglocal so go out and buy your copy and read all about me. 🙂
Secondly, I ran my second half-marathon EVER! Super pumped to have another one under my belt and one more fast approaching! I was fairly happy with my time, a bit slower than I wanted but I was really happy with how smart I ran. I managed to pace myself so I had enough in the tank to finish strong. I am more than half way through the Vancouver Island Race Series, as the series is almost over, I am shifting gears to focus on the Oak Bay Kool Half which happens at the end of May. Training has been going well, considering I am staggering my long runs between the series races. Yah for injury free me! (knock on wood)
Thirdly, I hired a fitness and nutrient coach, his name is Corey Robb and I found him through Macros Inc. Super pumped about this! I have been using macros (flexible eating) to track my food intake since early February. My weight loss has been slow but I am loving that I can eat properly while I train without hindering my weight loss. I still have 10lbs to go but the decision to go to a one to one coaching service through Macros Inc will help get me to my goal to lower my body fat and get stronger and more toned, “ripped” as they say. 🙂 And when I say 10lbs, I mean I have at least that, my final weight will really depend on where my overall body fat is, I am hoping to get this down into the low-low twenties which likely means more than 10lbs but we will see. The support you get from the admins at Macros Inc has been amazing, even their free version is awesome, but I think the coaching is the way to go to make sure I get the results I am looking for. I have been lifting weights now for a couple months, I see and feel improvement but I didn’t really know what I am doing so starting April 1st I will be following the plan he has customized for me. The advantage to having a coach design a program that takes into consideration of all my fitness activities while customizing my intake for my food is that it allows me a lot of flexibility with this way of eating while still losing or “cutting” as they call it. 🙂 I think this is going to help me get to my goals faster as well it will help me be more accountable on the weekends but he has customized my intake to allow for a bit of fun one day a week. He has recommends that I only do weights three times a week, which means I can start fitting in some of my other activities back into my routine. He has already sent me my work out plans for April 1 so I did a couple test workouts this week and it’s safe to say after my leg workout I did this morning, sitting down tomorrow is going to a challenge. HA!
I am still struggling a bit with my shoulder but I am going to start biking again and gradually returning to yoga. I went to a Moksha Music yoga class at Moksha Yoga Westshore again for the first time since November, I had to make some minor adjustments to accommodate my shoulder but for the most part it felt good and it was absolutely amazing to be back on my mat. I have been holding off on biking because I was training for my half marathon and I live up a huge steep hill so I was trying to save my legs for my runs, but I now realize I just need to do it, my legs will adapt and get used to the extra work out.
I sure have missed both so looking forward to getting back into it. Later Gators! 🙂