Thursday, June 28, 2012

Campground to Training Ground...

We recently spent an evening at a campground to celebrate (a late)...

Father's Day!

We drove about 45 minutes out from where we live to find ourselves at...

Did someone say camping?!

My step-mom, brother and sister, who absolutely love camping, were already there (and were staying there) for about...

A week's time!


For those who don't know me too well...

I'm not really big into camping! (We never camped out as kids, unless we were in the backyard!)

And fishing ,well...
I'm still getting used to that ;)

Don't get me wrong though...

I have gone out in the bush before (with the condition I could bring Marshmallows) and yes...

I did have a great time! 

Does the cottage count as camping?
Rhetorical question lol

But...

I wouldn't ever think to make camping a vacation! (The Masta shares the same opinion as me lol)

That being said...

I'm not going to say it will never happen because I'm sure it will...some day! (SuperFit does enjoy camping so I'm pretty confident he could bribe convince me into it with Marshmallows or something lol)

And I'm sure my dad could also be convinced...

Given the right incentive!

Doesn't take much to get a FU going ;)
I bet you he has not one but two marshmallows in his mouth! lol

Either way...

This particular evening at the campground was bound to be relaxing and FUn!

From Campground to Training Ground...

Upon arrival...

SuperFit and I went for walk to check out the place!

We soon came to a playground where...

SuperFit immediately got into training mode!

Yep.
Training mode.

Within a matter of minutes...

He found all sorts of workouts to do using the simple structures available to us the kids!

Weeeeeeeeeee!

In no time...

Did he turn our play time into training time!

He thought this would be a good opportunity for me to practice some 'basic skills' for my upcoming Spartan race! (Which I haven't backed out of! lol)

If you hear something that sounds like a Dolphin....
That would be me, laughing.

Here's a look into some of the things he had me do:

Monkey Bars:

I started small by...
Using the Child Monkey Bars.
It's tougher than it looks lol

Chin Ups:

I did 4!
I surprised SuperFit by doing more than just one lol
I'll be sure to add Chin Ups to my Fitness Bucket List.
10 by the end of 2012.

And...

Modified Upside Down Plank Rows using the rails (working my Back, Biceps and Abs):

10x

In addition to this...

He also had me practice my climbing skills by going up The Wall of Doom Rope!

I had no issue going up.
Coming down was another story.
A kid was looking at me at the bottom. Laughing.

As well as climbing...

The Spider Structure!

Help!

In all of this FUn and training...

I discovered I may be a tad afraid of heights!

I also quickly came to realize...

1. How easily you can turn your surroundings into a workout environment;
2. How much I love playing training in the park; and
3. How my brother and sister would have no problem kicking my butt in all of these challenges!

Don't ever underestimate the power of youth!

Little Jeff rocking it.

Me, trying to rock it...


**I also couldn't help but think of Miz's daugther, The Tornado, who rocks the Monkey Bars...unlike me! lol!**

He ain't afraid of no heights!
JoJo...
A master of the spider structure.

Let's just say...

Good thing I got some practice time before my upcoming race! lol

***

Back to the party...

Without going into great detail...

We had a great evening filled with food, love and laughs :) 

Nom Nom.
Relaxing.
Can you believe we FIT 13 at a table?!
I brought my own meal!
Chicken, Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Salsa and Mustard.
We got him a new camera!
Mmmm...
Camp Fire.

All in all...

I think I may be going back to the campground sooner than I'd imagine! lol

Questions FU You...

1. Do you enjoy camping?
2. Have you ever used a playground to train?
3. How are your Monkey Bar skills?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finding My Inner-Beast For The Ottawa Spartan Beast...

Like I mentioned in yesterday's post...

I have something to share about what I'll be doing this coming weekend!

That being something which is both...

FUreakin' me out and getting me excited at the same time!

And that my friends is...

The Spartan Beast!

Let me explain....

A group of us were signed up by a friend to run The Spartan Beast (20K) a few months ago and, ever since then...

I've been avoiding thinking about it! (I stored it in a part of my brain that I seldom visit...until recently! lol)


First off...

We (as in a group of us) had agreed to do The Super Spartan Race (12K) but...

We were all surprised one day after being notified we had been signed us up for The Beast!

Trust me....

I wasn't thrilled about the change in mileage and obstacles! (Although I will admit, some days I was excited about the idea and others quite the opposite! Mixed feelings to say the least lol)


If you don't know much about Spartan Races...

Here's a quick summary (source):

There a four levels of competitive obstacle racing:

Source

1. The Spartan Spring (around 5K/15 obstacles)
2. The Super Spartan (around 12K/20+ obstacles)
3. The Spartan Beast (around 20K/25+ obstacles)
4. The Spartan Death Race (details not listed!)

Each differing in kilometers run and obstacles to get through! (Easier said than done, no doubt!)

In terms of the obstacles themselves...

The organizers don't divulge much in terms of what we we're to come across in our race to survival the finish, with the exception of these little tid bits:

1. Fire
2. Mud
3. Water
4. Barbed Wire and perhaps
5. Hell on Earth.

Hmmm...

Sounds and looks amazing don't it?! ;)

In addition to this...

We will be expected to just roll with the punches (let's hope not literally lol) as there will be a demand to step out of our comfort zone and inevitably become...

Spartan Warriors! (The thought of being a warrior does have an appeal!)

Our friends Annie and Sly doing the Spartan Sprint
just a couple of weeks ago!

Aside from it sounding FUreakin' intense and scary amazingly fun and an incredible race to be a part of...

There's a certain part of me that's trembling with fear!

Yes...

Fear!

Scared FU.

I mean...

I love a goal but never once have I been scared of a challenge! (Did I mention I had to sign a waiver?!)

First off...

My goal was to run a half-marathon by Fall 2012! (Which I am registered and super excited for!)

But now, under these new circumstances...

I guess you can say my plans have slightly changed! (In more ways than one!)

That being said...

I'm just happy I ran 16K prior to The Beast!

I felt great so that made me feel more confident in terms of
of the mileage :)

Secondly...

I realize I will get scrapes and bruises (which are fine by me) but I worry about a real injury! (Who wouldn't though?! Whether we be doing the sprint, the super or any other activity we do day to day,  we can't always control what 'may' happen! Although, we can do our best to apply certain measures to prevent injuries.)

Cycling scrapes.
Cycling bruises.

Third...

I keep thinking "is this bigger than me?!" (I don't mean literally! lol)

Hmmm.

Let's just say...

I've gone back and forth with the idea of committing to this!

One week I'm going to do it, and the next...

You can forget about it!

But now...

As we are approaching the date of The Spartan Beast, that being 3 days from now, I've decided to stick with it and stop flip flopping with the idea! (I flipped flopped until last week! lol)

Is it a good decision?

Some may think yes, others may not! (It is my decision in the end! :) )

Although to be quite honest...

I don't think I'll ever be ready! (Both mentally and physically at the same time!)

And, according to The Spartan Race organizers:

I'm "probably not" either! (Just look under the question asking if I am tough enough! lol)

But am I willing to do something wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out of my comfort zone?

The answer is Yes.

The face of being ready and willing!

I will do this!

Damn straight!

And as a group...

We will have FUn.

We will take an unsaid amount of time to get to the finish, no matter what or how long it takes to get there.

We will walk if we have to (lol).

We will get down and dirty (literally).

We will do burpees if need be (if we can't get through an obstacle that is!).

We will encourage each other...

And most importantly...

We will do this, together, as a Team!

Yep yep!
Having said all of this...

I'm ready (well, you know what I mean) to go...

Over and beyond the unimaginable.

I'm ready to do something...

Out of this world!

I'm ready to suck it up and...

Find my inner-Beast!

RAWR!

In other words, I'm ready to become...

A Spartan Warrior!

**Insert fear fierce face here**


Wish us luck! (Please!)

Questions FU You...

1. Have you ever run a Spartan Race before?
2. If not, would you want to?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

**Note: I do realize running a half-marathon and running The Spartan Beast is not comparable although, I am willing to give it my best shot! I will be mindFUl of my body so as not to go beyond what is tolerable for me, especially given the hot weather we are expecting. In other words, I am going to be smart about it. If I or We don't finish the race, then I or we don't! We are simply going to have FUn and that's what counts and matters most! :)**

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Putting The Breaks On...

So I had a plan...

And that plan was to run 16K!

Unfortunately for me...

That plan didn't quite work out as I had hoped it would! (The first time around!)

Why?

Let me start from the beginning...

Nookie and I had scheduled a running date and on this particular day...

We would be running my longest distance yet...

That being...

A big 16K people!

I was pumped!

I was beyond excited about our date because...

It was a new goal for me to accomplish! (We all know how much I like me a goal!)

Plus...

Having just run 14K a couple of weeks prior...


I felt ready and confident this run would go fairly well based on my last performance!

Poor little Teddy Bear wanted to run around too!

I should mention (just as a side note)...

SuperFit had warned advised me not to run on this particular day because it was going to be...

scorching +45C with the humidity! (This was at 5pm in the afternoon too!)

But...

Being hard headed at times I was determined to do it and nothing was going to stop me! (Or so I thought!)

I mean...

I did buy a new shirt and a FUel belt to keep hydrated just for this run!

Under Armour
Women's HeatGear Sleeveless
Mine is actually loose fit, not compression
I love it!
Source
My first FUel belt!
It took some getting used to I won't deny that!
Source

Simply put...

All signs were a go!

And here's the #PROOF!

**For some of you, this may be the first time you ever get to see me in motion (literally)! My advice to you...don't be scared, just laugh with and at me lol**



**I'll admit that I was really looking forward to this run because I was having a stressFUl week and needed some time to run it out**

The run...

All systems were a GO!

As we approached the 4K mark...

Things were getting really hot! (Literally)

The humidity was getting to be beyond tolerable (for me), and..

The 1K hill I was running up was making things worse! (I could feel a shift of some sort within me!)

**I've run up this hill a few times before, but on this day, the heat was getting the best of me!**

Needless to say...

It took me longer than usual to recover from the climb!

Somewhere in between the next 4K...

Nookie kept asking me if I wanted to turn back based on me telling her my stomach was feeling FUnny!

But I didn't want to.

My mind and legs were telling me to go, keep going and to continue pushing forward, although...

The rest of me wasn't!

Come 8K...

I told Nookie I had to stop. (I really wasn't feeling well!)

This was really hard for me because I was determined to get 16K under my belt!

So...

By me stopping, well, that wouldn't get me to 16K!

In swallowing my pride and and in keeping smart...

I put the breaks on.

I couldn't risk doing something that would put me in danger.

I really had to be mindFUl of my body and how I was feeling. (Which wasn't good! lol)

I needed to suck it up (swallow my pride, like I said before) and walk back (yes walk!)...

The 8K I had just run!

Meaning...

I had to walk 8K back to where I started! (It took be about 5-6K before I started feeling back to normal!)

There's no doubt...

Nookie could have gone on much, much longer (since she runs in this weather all the time!) and...

There's no denying that a part of me felt really bad because...

I was holding her back!

But...

I'm thankFUl she took no issue with it! (I love my Nookie!)

She kept reminding me...

Not every run is going to be a good one and that...

It's okay, it happens!

Hey...

At least I got to chat for whole 8 kilometers! (I didn't quite envision my first 16K to involve 8K of walking but I had a great time nonetheless! lol)

Lesson learned....

In the end...

Even if I hadn't accomplished what I had set out to achieve on my first try, the importance is... 

I tried and did my best, but most importantly...

I listened to my body and didn't do something I would end up regretting!

Better be safe than sorry!

Oh! And don't worry...

We did have some FUn given the circumstances!


SuperFit was right...

I probably shouldn't have run! (Better to run early in the morning before the hot weather and humidity starts kickin' in! Just sayin'!)

***

Like the old saying goes (I think! lol)...

A bad run is typically followed by a good one...

And that it did my friends!

I ran my very first 16K with Nikki and Nookie on my second try just a few days ago, and...

I felt incredible!

We ran it (at my pace) in 1h35minutes!

Thank you girls for an amazing run and for...

Staying by my side and offering me some motivation throughout our 16K together!

YabadabaFUUuuuuuuuuuuuu!
Still loving my Mizuno Waves!
This was definitely a #Brilliantrun!

Question FU You...

1. Do you run in the heat?
2. What is too hot for you?
3. Do you think I have what it takes to become a big time actress? (Rhetorical question lol)

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

p.s. I have something to share with you all tomorrow! Something I'll be doing this weekend that I'm so FUreakin' scared and excited about! Eeeeee!

Monday, June 25, 2012

No Bread Tuna Melt!

That's right folks...

I made myself a No Bread Tuna Melt!

Nothing like a little creativity to get things going on the eating front! (Oh, how easy it is to get me excited! lol)


So let's get to it...

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Long Red Pepper (or a normal sized pepper, colour of your choice)
  • 1 small can of Tuna packed in water - drained (you can pick a flavoured kind if you so choose)
  • 1 small handFUl of Lettuce
  • A few slices of All├ęgro Cheese
  • Mustard 

Instructions:

  1. Turn your oven on to 415F or take out your sandwich grill
  2. Slice open your pepper in half (you can cut straight through it or simply one half of it)
  3. Fork in your Tuna on one half of your Pepper
  4. On the other half, add your Lettuce, Cheese and Mustard
  5. Once all ingredients have been added, put your Tuna Sandwich on a baking pan and place it in the oven (or grill it) for about 15 minutes (until your cheese has melted)...


Tip: Cook longer to avoid juiciness. 

Once ready...

Remove your Tuna Melt from the oven (or grill), plate it, slice it open and enjoy!


Other Sandwich Ideas:

1. Sliced Chicken
    Pesto
    Goat Cheese

2. Hummus
    Lettuce
    Olive Tapenade

Optional: You can eat it cold!


Hope you like it!

Question FU You...

What are some sandwich combos you would try out?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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