Race Day

Today was race day for Hubby.  I know I wanted to run the 10k this year, but since it was sold out when I went to get my ticket, I decided to go and photograph an amazing team instead.

Everything worked out in Hubby’s favour this morning. After our scorcher of a week last week, he was getting worried.  Hubby does not fare well in heat.  So when the clouds rolled in and the temperature stayed cool he pushed on.  We met him at the 30km mark with a bottle of water, a towel and lots of noise makers.  We got there really early so that we wouldn’t miss him, since the weather was so good we weren’t sure how fast he would be going.  Two days ago he thought he would be lucky to come in on the 5 hour mark.  When we saw him he was about ten minutes ahead of the 4hour pace bunny.  He finished up at 3:56:51.  An amazing time.  We are so proud of him even if he is dying slowly on the couch right now.

We met a few people in our cheering section.  One lady running needed a cell phone because she didn’t think she could keep going.  Between me and the people she called she carried on.  I am not sure, but I am wondering if she is the lady who collapsed in front of Hubby with only a kilometre to go.  I sure hope not, I hope she got to finish.

I also met a lovely Mom and Dad cheering their son on. This was his first marathon.  They were a great cheering section.  He was running a few minutes behind Hubby.  “Brodie from Boston”, we hope you got in a good time.  Your parents were very proud.  And I hope they found parking and made it to the finish line.

Workout Wednesday – Back in Action

After a couple of blasé weeks on the workout front, I am happy to say I have started up again.  Not full-tilt I will admit, but a slower start to help me keep going.

In addition to three walks of 2km, I was able to fit in two 3km runs.  I also did a whack of gardening I had forgotten I had signed up for at school.  Which was a workout alone with all the very tall weeds (my plot was the worst) I had to pull and then, haul all the way home in the wagon while hanging on to Apple.  I also took the kids for a walk with the dog twice around the block (which is almost a km) , which is also a big deal since Apple apparently is the opposite of her Brother and LOVES to walk.

Not quite back to where I was, but I hope to include at least two strength training workouts next week and get my abs going again.

 **disclaimer: I am in no way a Doctor or Physical Trainer. I am going to share with you my thoughts and ideas about how to get into shape again. I strongly advise consulting a medical professional prior to starting any workout routine as well as a professional trainer. I am in no way responsible for any injury you may sustain from trying any of my suggestions.

Workout Wednesday – Uh, Thursday?

Ah yes, the last week of School for J. Add to that a wonderful heat wave that robbed me of power last evening, I did not get my Workout Wednesday post up. And today was one of those bittersweet days for J, happy to be finished school and starting Grade 1 in the Fall, but sad to say good-bye to his teacher and a few friends that are moving away.

This Wednesday also saw the end of the Fit-in 15 Challenge set out by Andrea. We never really only added 15 minutes, it always seemed to end up being 30 minutes of dancing, biking, swimming, walking and once the stairs. And since I did 15 minutes on the stairs myself after the kids went to bed it was only 15 minutes, my legs were hurting the next day for sure.

Add to the fit in 15 my twice daily walks to School and back and three 3k walks, I think I had a pretty fit week. The only thing is that I didn’t do any strength training workouts this week. The wedding wiped me out for a couple of days and I just didn’t get it back. I am feeling better and slimmer though and almost ready for the Beach.

This week I wanted to share with you the Superman. It is a core strength exercise and if you alternate between the front and back Superman you will find that your whole body pretty much hurts.

J did the honours of taking photos for me this week, but please excuse the swimming hair and lack of exercise clothes. I had already been swimming and did not feel like changing yet again for photos.

Oh yes, and ignore Spongebob in the background, we were taking a break from outside.

Front Superman.

Lie flat on your belly, extend arms and legs, lift as high as you can off the ground, hold for three seconds release or flip to the back. Do 12 -15 reps.

Back Superman.

Flip over from your front to your back and hold for three seconds. Repeat. Or start by lying on your back legs and arms extended, lift off the floor and hold for three seconds. Do 12 – 15 reps.

If you have never tried this one, I guarantee that you will feel the burn the next day.

**disclaimer: I am in no way a Doctor or Physical Trainer. I am going to share with you my thoughts and ideas about how to get into shape again. I strongly advise consulting a medical professional prior to starting any workout routine as well as a professional trainer. I am in no way responsible for any injury you may sustain from trying any of my suggestions.

Saturday Fit-in 15

Before heading out for the wedding this morning, I made sure to get my extra 15 in by walking to Farm Boy with the family. Apple rode in style (her stroller, but this is good for her as she runs around for the rest of the day) and J rode his bike, Hubby and I jogged/walked along side of him. It is 1km each way to Farm Boy, so we had double the Fit-in 15 pleasure.

Then I spent 10 hours on my feet photographing a wedding.