Fitness

Running Uphill. Pimping the Beast

This one is a little late.

Life gets in the way a lot at the moment.  It happens, and as a friend told me, “Ride the wave, you will be ok”.

I rid that damn wave, and took my frustration out on a run!

Remember that time last week when I told you about my run about going Up, Down and Around the Mount?

Well this time I ran around, up, down and around!  Adding another Kilometer to my run.

8k 28th July | On a Jam Hunt Blog

And when I say I ran “Up”, I actually ran Up a lot of it.  Whilst dying, but I shuffled my butt up quicker!

8k Charts | On a Jam Hunt Blog

Now, last time I boosted up from the base to the peak in 18 minutes, this time I did take 20, I ran in the afternoon instead of the morning, the weather was warmer and there were double the amount of people on the Mount.  It was hard to maneuver my way around.

I think once I start doing more than 12k on my long runs, I will have to change my venue, perhaps go out to TECT park if I have the time.

I was pretty chuffed with knocking out that 8k, however the first 3k felt like an uncoordinated mess!

My leg played up again!

So I ordered some 2XU compression socks to help with the circulation in my right calf – ankle – foot.  Hopefully it will help to reduce the strain on my lower leg muscles, reduce the likelihood of shinsplints and help to tidy up my form.
I am getting a bit tired of having this issue, so I am hoping it will bring me some better results.

In other news…

On the 1st of Aug, I am going full paleo for 31days.  Jessie, The Paleo Kiwi is setting himself the following objectives:

THE PALEO KIWI: 31 DAY CHALLENGE

And we all know how I love a good challenge!

This works well with the current things I have going on, but I will have to go back to my book Paleo Diet for Athletes, just to make sure I don’t bonk on a long run.  This is something I am particularly concerned about, but will be sure to do all I can to nail it!

Anywho,

Over the drama of the weekend, and into a new and fresh week.

Coming back, and hitting it hard!

Ready to up the k’s a smidge,

Becoming Beast!

See you in a bit,

Jay 🙂

 

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Measure me up! Pimping the Beast!

HEAPS of talk about how ‘BMI’ is a very outdated measure of your physical health or of a healthy body weight.  What the BMI fails to do is distinguish between lean muscle and fatty mass.

I have decided that a more appropriate system is a combo of weight and measurements.

Scales and Measure |On a Jam Hunt Blog

So after a very long time, I have taken down my measurements.  I look back to the last lot of measurements recorded on MFP, and it seems I am not too far off the progress I was making last time I was Pimping the Beast.

There are a few increases, but just as many decreases.  I am looking forwarded to making more progress!

Adding it to my ‘Plan’!

In other news…

Boot Camp tonight was…

Different!!!

I am sore in so many other places than the usual!  Dwayne shook it up and focused on Body weight exercises, using a lot of new muscle groups for me, or using the same but in a more intense way!

My Lats are paying!  and I know it will be doubly worse tomorrow…urgh!

In other other news…

My friend Becks got some exciting news!

She is a type 1 diabetic and has just been approved to be a recipient of an Insulin Pump.
This means a lot of her daily balancing of blood sugars is hugely simplified, this will be most helpful when she gets into some more challenging running action.
She has the biggest runners heart, the biggest heart in general, and I am ecstatically happy for her!  So happy I was in hyperdrive for like the first …10 mins of Boot Camp… the remaining 40 minutes kicked my butt! ha!

Anywho, that’s me for today,

How did you Pimp the Beast?

Give BootCamp a go maybe?

4k tomorrow,

Jay 🙂

Up, Down and Around! – Pimping the Beast!

I thought I might be biting off a little more than I could chew trying to attempt running up, down and around the Mount.

Mauao | On a Jam Hunt Blog

I surprised myself today!

In fact if I remember back to the last time I timed my trip up – Starting at the base and checking time once reaching the top (1.2k), I think I managed to get up there in 19-20 minutes.

Today I did it in 18:09!

That guy is totally Photo Bombing!!!  He looks as if he's Popping a Squat!! Yikes!

That guy is totally Photo Bombing!!! He looks as if he’s Popping a Squat!! Yikes!

My 'Up' Time

My effort wasn’t my fastest but I didn’t stop.

Being a super fine and clear day, and a weekend day, the Mount was swarming with people.  So I actually had to keep a slower pace, probably the reason for why I didn’t have to stop.

The beginning of the ‘Stairs’ portion, I managed to run up 3 flights… Walked the rest.  It almost kicked my ass!  Especially seeing as the last time I attempted running up was 4-5 months ago!  Not to mentioned I only started consistently running at the beginning of this week, after months and months of half ass’ed efforts!

I have come to the conclusion that I need to work on my downhill running.  Coming down from the peak meant that I was hitting up those Quads HARD!  I ran all the gradual downs, and walked (with purpose) all the Stairs.  I didn’t want to kill my knees.
I actually thought my Glutes would suffer the most today, but they were actually stronger than I first thought.

My runs earlier in the week had a surfacing tingle in my right glute.  I have been on a mish to stretch it out and Foam roll to make sure it doesn’t become an issue.  It was more those stairs and downhills that really got me so I will have to make  Hill workout’s my best friend!

All in all, I covered around 7k which was about where I had aimed for for Week 1’s Long Run.  I did this in 1:01:22.

Pretty stoked about my first Long Run effort.  I covered a good amount of terrain variation and I came away feeling like I had a wee bit more to give.

I am not so frightened about heading upward in K’s after today’s run, I am actually totally Pumped!!

I just need to stick to my plan and have faith that it will get me to the Tarawera Start Line with enough endurance to get me to the Finish.  Well ‘My’ Finish (36k)!

Tomorrow brings a nice little 2k recovery run, I am looking forward to this to wind myself down for the week.

Have Y’all been Pimping your Beast?

Got some goals you are working hard at?

Till next time,

Jay 🙂

What’s on the Menu – Pimping the Beast

Another goody from the the last time I ‘Pimped the Beast’, was Menu Planning.

I actually haven’t stopped Menu Planning since I started (it helps save a bit of cash), but I need to change things up a bit to get myself back on track.

I am still eating predominantly Paleo, but Grains seem to keep appearing back in my diet, and my portion sizes are going a bit out the window.

So back to religious logging and back to careful menu planning!

Menu Plan | On a Jam Hunt Blog

If you are on MyFitnessPal, feel free to add me, User Name – jam_hunt.

My next thoughts on diet is getting the balance right.  I ideally want to make it work from a Long Distance runner point of view, so getting things right is crucial to how I perform.  I’d hate to Bonk, so I need to figure it out before Event time!

I have searched a few websites just quickly and have found the article – Eat like a Caveman, Train like a caveman from Runkeeper.com.  A very brief insight to getting the balance right and recommends Long Distance Runners get the Book – Paleo Diet for Athletes.

So I bought it secondhand on Abesbooks.

Hopefully I get some good pointers!

In other news, I’ve just been and done BootCamp, and after being sick for FOREVER!!  I feel like I am back at square 1!  Even as I type this I am so shakey!
I thought after the warm up and the first circuit of Upper body, that I wasn’t doing too badly.  We got into the second circuit of Lower body… Shit got Real!  Real wobbly!  Lack of oxygen plus exertion equals light-headedness and dizzy spells.

I think perhaps I went back too early… I’ll go back in two days just to check. ha!

Even though I had a terrible time, it was Awesome!

Gotta get healthy and back to Hundy percent, I have got cals to burn and fitness to gain, Like yesterday!

Anywho,

How have you Pimped the Beast today?

Menu Planning on your horizon?

See you in a wee bit,

Running a little,

Jay 🙂

 

 

 

Pimping the Beast: 2nd Edition

So if you have been around a while, you would remember the first time ‘I Pimped the Beast’ and the awesome results I got out of the whole process.

Well, I’m doing it again as an attempt to get myself through the the rest of the winter.

I think I have had a super bad case of the Winter Blues, and it doesn’t help that I have been sick for the majority of the first month of winter.


Perhaps the changes will help kick this ‘sick’ funk, but in any case if I can make it to spring with a better frame of mind, then my other goals will surely be more easily attained!

So for those newbies to my Blog, let me explain exactly what Pimping the Beast is…

Heard of that show ‘Pimp my Ride’?


It’s kinda like that.
You start where you are, make a plan and hold yourself accountable by sharing your changes/’something new’ with me (or blog about it )
That way you turn your ‘now’ self into a better awesomer version of yourself.

You become a better Beast… Hence the title Pimping the Beast!

Hopefully the changes you make and new good habits you form will stick with you to keep yourself on the good path.

So we are 8 weeks from spring, and I have figured that I will post a PTB post at least every third day, which means Aprox 19 new things/changes/improvements to plan for.

I’ve pre-planned all my awesome things and now I just need to plan how and when to execute.

Just to get some ideas of your own going, I have planned the following:

New recipes, foods, exercises…

As well as some other choice things – BootCamp goals, new health/fitness/running blogs and articles of interest,

Anyway hopefully this will inspire you to pimp your beast too, and make it through winter ready to rock spring and summer!

So, as with last time, I need you to comment with your changes/achievements/Pimping action!

Let’s do it,

Starting tomorrow – Saturday, who says changes only happen on a Monday! YEOW!

Still sick, so not so much running,

But getting the show on the road!

Come with me!

Jay 🙂

A step up in my Journey

Sitting in the waiting room of my Doctors Practice, waiting to be seen about my never-ending Cold/Flu/whatever it is.  As I near the end of a page in a book my friend borrowed me, the doctor (not my usual doctor) approaches and calls my name.  I rush the last sentence to the page, close it up and proceed toward the Doc’s room.

“What are you reading?”

“Oh, just this book on running”

“Oh right, let’s see…, uh this is about Running Ultra’s…. Are you running one?”

“Not quite yet, I am baby stepping it, doing it in relay first”

“That’s awesome! I run too!”

And so a raft of running experiences takes form in re-living awesome memories through story telling.

So if one is going to take a step up in their ‘Running’ Journey what better step to take than – Tarawera Ultra

This is my attempt at baby steps to eventually get to the 60k, 85k then eventually 100!?!

But I am going to have to do some awesome things in between!

I spent a while organising the events out for the remainder of the year.  Things have pretty much been on hold since the completion of my first Half Marathon, so I am excited to finally be getting back into some ‘goal’ induced Running!

July/August:  First up is one I wanted to do last year but kind of missed out on – Buffalo Trail Runner – 12km


It is two 12k trails runs over the Buffalo Girl Trail at TECT Park Tauranga, It is designed to encourage people to continue training over the Winter months.
You complete the first of the Series in July and then the second in August doing your best to train up and reduce your 12k times.

I have run a smyllion times up at the TECT, it is the closest trail I have to where I live, so this series will be the ideal training run for the big kahuna 30k in November.

If I manage to kick this illness, I will be completing the first of the series next Saturday!

October:  Next up is Ekiden (Apparently The Home of Self-proclaimed Fancy Dress World Champs).

Leg 3 – 7.93km

Read all about last years relay here!
This year we have 2 teams again, some of the same runners, some of them new to our group.  Whatever the combo I just know that it is going to be the BEST TIME!
I did this one in 56min last year, so I am looking at pulling that back a bit, especially now that I know exactly how many hills I have to climb!

November :  So the next one is the Big Kahuna!  The Smiths Sport Shoes Tauranga Trail Run.

Tunnel on Te Rerenga

Last year I finished the 15km in 2.12hrs, that was a really long time for me to be on my feet in the freeking hot, running Hills and shit!

This year I am doubling up and busting out the 30km, which is the 15km distance TIMES TWO!

It will be a good lead up to the 36km I will run at Tarawera in Team: Couch2Kawerau

100km Tarawera Trail Run Map

From all these races I will hope to have put together some decent mileage, a good race day plan, some good nutrition and hydration habits to get me through to my ‘Baby step’ up to the Big League!

In between these events will be a whole bunch of training.

I have decided to try shred as much as I can before August.  Getting myself back logging on MFP.
Glenn will be taking me out for some Recon runs over the 36k that I will be enduring.
And I plan to be making a few trips out to the TECT (TECT All terrain Park) and be doing some speed work out up and around the Mount (Mount Maunganui).

I will most probably die a few times in the process, but I will learn so much about my body and its limits.

I can’t wait to meet more Ultra Runners too!

Exciting times ahead and you know I am going to share the whole lot with you!

What plans do you have up your sleeve for the remainder of the year?

Any Ultra’s on your horizon?

Running Baby steps,

Jay 🙂

The time I sucked LESS!

Yup, I sucked less tonight at BootCamp.

How much less?  Let us see…

The feeling of needing to throw up Last week – 3, this week – 0

Wall sits maintained last week – 0 Out of 3, this week – 2 Out of 3

Breaking the Plank last week – A million times (I don’t think I even got it up…in a PLANK way!!), this week only twice!!

I managed to keep a decent speed with ok form during most of the UB Strength circuit.

So I would say that is Progress!

All for the greater good anyway,

Bring on Tarawera!

5k run tomorrow morning, gotta get loose!

Getting back into the swing of this blogging thing,

Happy Hump Day Y’all!

Jay 🙂

 

My Sunday Church Service

The last time I actually went to a church service was probably in my late teens.

I am now 30!

I didn’t go to Church yesterday.

I ran long yesterday.

I would personally say it was as beneficial as any Church service.

Running long now means anything over 45 minutes.  My Half Marathon fitness is long gone, so I just do what I can manage.

An hour long was as much as I could manage.

I ran 8.2k Easy.

I have missed being able to just set out and watch the world wake up.  To be able to just head out the door and run half your town before breakfast.  To watch the sun peek out from hills and splay its awesomeness over land and water.
To breathe in air so fresh and cool.  To take which ever path you feel like.  To run the roads as if all pathways were merged into one and road rules do not apply.  To look up and see friendly faces raise a hand for a ‘you and I are so damn awesome’ wave/hi-5.

To be out in the world and not give a care to what you are wearing, where you have to be today, have I paid that bill on time?, the pile of washing that has been stacked ever so carefully as to not topple over, do I have enough gas in the car to get me from A to B?, how am I ever going to finish that assignment on time?, the Awkward dinner you have to attend with the boss and his wife, the never ending ‘to-do’ list!

The run can take you as far as you like both with thought and distance.  This hour that you spend, is entirely up to you.  However fast or steady, whether you sprint or wog.  No matter what you have weighing on your shoulders, this run right now is so far away from any of that that it feels like the only kind of freedom that is readily attainable at any given time.  The thing is you just have to find the time, or make the time.

I was so lucky to have woken up early enough (Daylight Savings End = extra hour) to be able to cruise through the streets and arrive at my Nirvana.

Memorial Park 06.04.2014

 

What ever happened before this run didn’t matter.  What ever happens after this run will not matter.  This blissful hour is exactly that, no need to over think it!

All this, plus my perfect Sunday Morning Easy Running Long Playlist makes for the best Sunday Morning ‘Un-Lie in’.

As for my 30 Day Challenge…

Today is the 7th day, and I am feeling it in full effect.  My legs are stronger, but gosh am I fatigued.  I have had to shorten my sets and break the reps up over the course of my day.  Running, The Shred and 30 Day Challenges require a bit of a balancing act to not cause injury.

This week – does not hold much in the way of distance, I’ll be flying solo with the twinlets again for a bit but that is ok, I am sure they are looking forward to some faster paced walk/runs in the stroller.

Still no events on the horizon until the second half of the year, super looking forward to those!

How did you spend your Sunday morning?

Any long runs/bikes/swims for you?

Did you take part in an “Un-Lie in” with me?

See you in a bit,

Jay 🙂

 

 

It was the worst run ever…

…but I loved every single second of it!

Its been over two weeks since I have been able to go for a decent run.  While it wasn’t quite decent, it was a run and it was awesome.

Awesome, but UGLY!

It has been over a month since my Half marathon and I have not maintained my mileage.  I have been nursing injury and battling with ways to fit in some fitness.

It is crushing how quickly your fitness goes.

I started out my run yesterday fluid and light.  It came like second nature, like I had picked up where I left off.

Except I hadn’t!

800 metres into the run and I was feeling sore in my chest, drained in my body, saliva welling in my mouth!

 

I was losing.

It wasn’t like I had set out fast, I knew I always made that rookie move so I made sure not to this time.

Didn’t help 😦

I walked it out a little, crossed the road, found a connecting street and moved off the main road so that I could spit away from the public eye.

Scratch that…I actually felt like I wanted to throw up!

Walked it out a little more and decided to give it another jam.

I ran another k or so and then had to walk again.

All in all, I Wogged a total of 3.6k.  It was an ugly 3.6k, but it was a wonderful 3.6k.

Why was it wonderful?

My entire adult life I have suffered from varying degree’s of depression and anxiety issues.  In recent times I have maintained some kind of level headed’ness.
When I first started to run, a mere year and a half ago, I found something that naturally lessened my stress and anxiety levels.  I developed a freedom about it, like as if I had finally hitched a ride after a million miles of walking.
Problems seemed to be nothing in comparison, anxiety almost became non-existant, I had meditation in my long run, being forced to be alone with my thoughts/with myself.

Well, 2 weeks of no physical activity certainly ran havoc with my emotions.  I felt like I was a mood swinging pregnant woman ready to blow at any minute!


There was anxiety because I had lost my long distance fitness, there was stress because I couldn’t even manage a short walk, there was frustration because the only way to lessen my weight was to limit calorie intake – and I LOVE FOOD!

So this shitty, uncoordinated, crappy run with all its hideous form and heaving saliva spitting turned out to be exactly what I needed.

I had caught my ride and I was back on my way.

If you are friends with me on MFP, you would know daily how I felt about not being able to run.  I think I moaned about it nearly every day! ha!  Poor people!  You guys and gals are awesome, thanks for your support!

So what now?

No plans for events in the near future, I hate the disappointment of not being able to keep to the training plan that it requires.  There is just no affordable, feasible way I can commit to a long distance event.

Instead, a change of focus!

A 30 Day Challenge with my MFP Buddies!

It is the first day of the Month, the first day of the Quarter, what better time to start!

30-day-push-up-challenge-chart 30-day-squat-challenge-chart 30-day-plank-challenge-chart

Anyway, feel free to Jam along, we are punching this 30 in the face, you should come get a’ punchin’ with us!

I have just busted out Day one, and also Day one with Jillian, She always kicks my butt with her Shred!

As for the running…

Short Runs for as long as I can manage while the hubby is home for the next week, then back to wog’s with the kids being careful to not over do it.  Not what I had planned, but we do what we can!

So let’s get to it!

Still Running,

and getting a little buff too,

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Have taken some Before’s and After’s – Pics and Measurements for show and tell once done 🙂

4.5 blissful Kilometres!

I ‘Stroller’ ran today!

Just so you know, I ran with two toddlers… And I didn’t quite look as Glamorous as Gwen!

By that, I mean ran with my kids in the stroller.

And it was awesome!

I wish I had more time to do more, but I guess as I said in my last post, Less is More!

My kids plus Stroller are pretty close to 30kg I reckon, so it was no easy feat to bust my buttocks up hills!  But I did it, and it felt awesome!

Everything about my run was awesome!  Mostly the NO PAIN bit!

I ran at a faster pace than I usually do with the stroller knowing that I would only get in a short one.  It was actually quite comfortable, slightly breathless, but comfy.

And I got this…

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I clocked over 1000 Nike Kilometres!  I have actually run a fair bit more than this using Garmin only, but to be reminded that I have covered this distance is pretty darn choice!

I also visited the Physio too.  Bureta Physio

Who did a bit of trigger point/Deep Tissue massage for me in my Popliteal area

Good News!

No long term damage, a very manageable injury, a bit of massage, stretching and strengthening and I should be Tip Top again.

Semi-Bad News

It is not something that will just go away without physio treatment.  So I couldn’t just ‘rest’ my way to being better.  A slightly unexpected expense, but better to have it dealt with, than not be able to run awesomely asap!

I have been given some homework to do to rehab things and promote quicker strengthening and healing.  I am stoked that I didn’t just put it off because I had a really good run this morning, the thought had crossed my mind.
Got to do the right thing for my body!

Things are looking up!  And I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into a 5k or 10k as soon as my legs allow!

Feeling good,

and Still Running!

Definitely got a Crush on Running!

Jay 🙂