Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cobequid 5k Trail Run Review

Before I go into the review of the run...let me tell you what I do the night before a race.

1.  I eat a Tim Horton's Donut - don't judge
2.  I lay out flat Courteney

3.  I eat a chicken pasta dinner with a light olive oil dressing
4.  I paint my nails a fun color.
Last night I did not eat my chicken pasta...in fact...I didn't fuel properly at all last night...my bad.  I didn't sleep well either so getting up at 6:20am was tough!  I was scheduled to pick Jillian up at 7:10am...I was on my way to get her when I looked at my wrist and realized I had forgotten my garmin...NOOOOOOO...turn around and back I went.

Jillian and I before the race
We lined up at the start for 9:00am...I moved closer to the front so I wouldn't get caught in the bottleneck that happens on the trail.  There were some FAST people at this race! 

Found this on some random person's facebook post
I knew as I was running that I was going out too fast....way too fast...but I couldn't slow myself down...so my first 3km looked like this:  5:10; 5:02; 5:07....and then it caught up with me and it was a mental game for the last 2km.  You know the story..."Oh I want to walk...no...don't walk...it's only 2km....but my lungs hurt....just slow down...okay...now it's only 1 mile...then 1 kilometer."  Then you see the finish line!
The time on the clock is for the half
And as you cross, you push stop on your garmin!

Gotta love a perfectly measured course!
I then waited for Jillian to cross.  She was doing her first 10k in over 5 years.  I walked back out to meet her...and cheer in other runners. They always say...If you want to be inspired, stand at a finish line....they sure are correct!!!  Jill came in strong...running a 6 minute kilometer the last bit...so proud!!!  My final stats looked like this.....
Not a PB, but I am happy with it given the lack of running that I've been doing.
The 5k course is entirely on a flat crusher dust trail.  Well organized with a medal, tshirt, and breakfast, I highly recommend this run to anyone...beginners to well seasoned runners.  The last time I ran this race, it was a hot morning.  Today was different...it was actually chilly at the start and at points I actually saw my breath as I ran...perfect running weather!!!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Kettlebell Fitness - My Arm as a Zipper

I thought I'd write my post as my arms are still shaking and the sweat is dripping in my eyes....I exaggerate not!!

If you remember from my last post, I wanted to try a new type of fitness class...the kettlebell.  Did you know that you can burn up to 20 calories per minute using kettlebells?  There is a new organization called Bell's Kettlebells that came to my area in November but that I haven't had the chance to try. 
As I'm still nursing bad shin splints, I decided not to run but to try a class instead.  I arrived a bit early and watched the Kettlebell Sport practice.  Kettlebell Sport is the competitive group of kettlebell users.  It's a fairly new sport with 5 in NS, 13 in NB, and 2 in PEI.  These same folks stayed for the Kettlebell Fitness class as well.  The instructor (Tim) set up 12 stations, 6 of which were kettlebell related!
 
After a quick warm up (static stretching = not good) we began. We had:  Windmills, Figure 8, 2 Handed Swing, Snatch, Clean & Press, and Single Leg Deadlift.
I used the pink KB...measuring 8kg.
Many of these exercises I had heard of before, but had not actually performed.   I had done the 2 handed swing and the single leg deadlift.  I learnt that when I am doing the clean & press, the kettlebell should be more in front of me, pretending my arm is a zipper as I press it up.

The next 3 stations involved the TRX.  We had alternating pistol squats, alternating reverse lunge, and rip trainer lat pull.
The final 3 stations consisted of the heavy battle ropes alternating slams, lebert bars tricep dips, and finally, 2 feet run in the octagon shaped ladders.
You did a tricep dip in each one, then turned around
and came back through.
We did 30 seconds at each station, 4 rounds with NO breaks.  Yes...you read that right.  No breaks!  As with my bootcamps, you worked at your own pace, if you needed a break, you stepped away, grabbed you breath...took a drink...and then jumped back in.
 
I'll be completely honest...I was ready to be done after the first 2 rounds.  LOL.  Swings, then snatches, then clean and presses use a lot of energy.  Then I'd grab a bit of my breath on the TRX, but use it on the ropes and ladder.
 
Tim was great at making sure I was doing the kettlebell exercises properly...he was giving me pointers continuously.  We chatted about what the class was like on Tuesday nights....he said it was more kettlebell heavy.  A couple of ladies took me under their wing as well and I really appreciate them welcoming me to the class.   At the end, Tim left us to stretch on our own.  We grabbed a stick and did all these shoulder stretches with it...I won't lie...some took a moment or two to coordinate.  LOL
 
You know what I loved the most?  Looking down at my hands and seeing these....
My gymnast friends will understand.
Will I go back?  I certainly will.  Tim mentioned that they have a 10 class pass, a monthly pass, etc...so it seems pretty flexible in terms of what you can do.  I got such a great workout, and Tim says that he changes up every class so that no one (including himself) gets bored.  I'm excited to see what other new exercises pop up in the future. 

So there you have it....I've checked one of my goals off my August to-do list!!!

Any one else have experience with kettlebells??