Friday, September 28, 2012

4 Weeks to Competition: 5 Things to Get Done!

Is it FUriday already?!

Sure is my FUriends ;)

Seriously...

I can't believe how fast my fitness competition prep has gone by now that I'm approaching the last 3 weeks (as of tomorrow) before stepping foot on both the Serious About Fitness and Physique Canada stage!

Although I must admit...

Running a 1/2 marathon (you can check out my recap here in case you missed it!)...


And...

My birthday (I love my bday!)...


May have had a little something something to do with the past 7 days going by so fast!

Honestly...

It's been an amazing week!

Did I mention I got some goodies in the mail too?

Check out...
My new #fitlfuential sweat activated tank top!
Love it!
I wore it the day it arrived! :)
#FUFACE

Moving forward...

After a great weekend filled with celebrations and goal achieved...

It was right back to the playing field for me!

The only real change being that...

Running would no longer be found in my routine until post-competition! (This was the plan all along! Although I didn't lose any muscle while training for and doing the half, we just want to take out anything that may compromise maintaining my muscle mass from now until the show! Let's just say, we've been ubber careFUl throughout this whole process by keeping a close eye on my measurements and weight! Now, we can take out that worry and continue on! Don't worry, I'll get back to running by Halloween! lol)

In terms of my workouts...

They've been great!

SuperFit trained me on my Birthday!
I had a great Birthday Back Workout!

My legs are a wee bit sore from the race, but not enough to complain about them! (I mean, I did do a spin class after running 21K  (not the same day lol) so, they can't be that bad!)

That being said...

I'll give props to Swiss Natural's Microlactin for helping in my post-run recovery! (I've been taking Microlactin once a day since trying it out and I've been loving the my results!)

I'll also give credit to my new pillow (thanks SuperFit!) and the rest day I took in getting myself re-energized! (I'm not the Energizer Bunny, so I can't keep going and going and going lol I need to step back and rest in order to give my body the break it needs!)

Beats my $3 pillow lol

In terms of my pre-comp diet...

Both SuperFit and I have been really happy with how my body is reacting to it! (It took a little while for things to shift into gear **as we had expected**, but, we got there! lol WoO HOo!)

Plus...

I feel good too!

And not because I decided to wear heels one day! ;)

Although I won't deny, just like anybody else...

I do have my days! (We're all human! I just have to remember to breathe, take a deep breath and take everything one day, one hour, one minute and one second at a time!)

If there's one thing (well many things) I'm reminded of during this competition prep it's this...

Patience.

Patience with myself and my body.

Honestly, I don't think I would have appreciated my progress as much if...

It hadn't taken me the time to get me to where I am today.

I've really been able to reflect on a lot of things during this preparation to the stage!
Every moment and every day is an opportunity to learn and grow both inside and out.

Moving into the last 3 weeks....

I'm excited to see what the last few weeks will bring!

I know I'll definitely need to start getting my competition stuff together, like...

1. Getting my hair did;
2. Getting my nails done (Thanks Oli for the gift certificate!);
3. ReFUeling on some makeup and tanning product;
4. Packing up my competition suitcase (we all bring a little suitcase with everything we need for that day); and (not limited to)
5. Getting a massage (I'm in need of another!) to loosen up body (and my brain lol).

But most importantly...

Going in for another bikini fitting at Day Dreams Fitness Wear!

I can't wait to see what Joan has in store for me!

Yeee!!! (So FUreakin' exciting!!!)

With all of that said and done...

Have a fabulous weekend ya'll!

Questions FU You...

1. Do you make a list of things you need to get done when preparing for an upcoming event?
2. What's good this weekend?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Start to Finish: My First Half-Marathon!

What can I say...

My first experience running a half-marathon was exactly what I had hoped it would be!

That being...

A no-stress, free-striding and FUn event to take part in!

20K in.
Twas a #brilliant run in my Mizunos!

Honestly...

It wasn't at all about time or pace, but simply...

Enjoying the ride stride I mean run!


Let's recap shall we...

The day before the race...

I was a tad nervous about running my first 21K! (I had never run this distance before!)

I was also excited!

I mean...

This would be a goal I would end up coming face to face with after declaring this was something I was going to work towards!

Needless to say...

It was a big deal! (For me at least, especially knowing how no two runs are ever the same and that anything can happen at any point! I've had my fair share of injuries...no joke!)

This hamstring injury left me 4 months without running!
This happened last October.
Rest and...
Physio became my best friends.
But I never gave up on my goal!
I was determined to run my 1/2 after I healed!
(Hoping I'd recover of course!)

To soothe this nervousness...

SuperFit took me out for some pre-birthday shopping! (My birthday was two days ago!)

I came out FUelled with goodies!

Perhaps...

It was also an attempt at maturing my wardrobe ;) (Who knows? lol)

Nah...
He loves this hoodie!

Either way...

Shopping definitely did my mind some good as did...

Going over to The Masta's house for my sister's 14th birthday!


After the birthday celebrations...

We headed home hoping to get to bed early for some good zzzz's so that I would be all rested up come race day!

But I'll have you know...

I was so excited that I hardly slept all night!

I was up at 5am getting ready for my 9am start!

Waking up...

Of course (as I got my day started)...

I FUelled up with my Muffin Tops and coffee!


I also made sure to take my Microlactin! (As it has proven to work wonders in my post-run recovery!)


By the time Nikki came over...

I was ready to go!

Custom made tops.
I wore my lululemon run:swiftly tech long sleeve underneath.

And Nikki being the awesome person that she is...

Brought over some FUn stuff to play with which, made me super excited to get going!


As we made our way out the door...

Sly and Annie came by as they too would be running the Army Half!

We had them join in on the pre-race FUn!


Once we picked up Nookie and made our way to the start line...

Like my pants?
SuperFit got me these Birthday Lululemon Run Track Time Crop Pants.
Holy comfy!

We were filled with excitement just waiting to get started!


SuperFit kept telling me how proud he was and...

That he had no doubt in his mind I would finish this race!

Nikki (who could not run with us due to an injury)...

Offered me great words of encouragement as I stood in line! (She definitely kept me zen and relaxed! Love her!)

SuperFit and Nikki

And Nookie....

Always being right by my side to give me strength and focus!


Out of the all words spoken...

These ones ended up sticking like glue...

"Take it 5K at a time FU!" (In my mind, it made the distance less of a worry. It made it sound like a new beginning at every 5K mark I reached!)

Focused on the words spoken.

After hugging Nikki and kissing SuperFit goodbye...

Nookie, Sly, Annie and I patiently waited for the canon to blow!

I did end up taking my sweater off.
Thank goodness for that because it got a little warmer :)

Needless to say...

We had our #FUFACES on and we were ready to rock & roll stride!


And we're off....

What I find really FUnny about the start of a race is the fact that the moment the gun (or whatever) goes off...

You don't actually start running.

You walk until you cross the start line! (So that POW sound doesn't truly mean GO, but yet, the race has started lol)


The first 16K...

The weather turned out to be gorgeous! (That's all I kept thinking throughout a good portion of the race! +8, sunny skies, cool breeze!)

No rain as previously predicted.

Plus, it seemed like time (well in our case, distance since we weren't wearing a watch) was flying by since...

Nookie and I didn't stop talking as we had loads to catch up on! (We made a point not to talk to each other for a week, that way, we would have lots to cover over during our run together lol)

What better way to get the 'low-down' than to...

Enjoy a great Fall sunny day while doing something you love...like running! ;)

With personalized shirts of course ;)

Throughout different moments in the race...

Nookie would ask how I was doing, which in response to her question I'd say...

Great! (She said I looked really relaxed! I was. I was running with her :))

FUelling...

At every water station...

I made sure to drink some water so as to moisten my mouth!

I'll have you know now that...

I did bring some GU Gel with me but, at no point did I feel the need for it! (I felt really good so I didn't take it. I don't ever GU while I run anyway but I brought it with me just in case. SuperFit had given me a plan as to when to take it should I have required it.)

When nearing the 16K mark...

I knew I was only 1.5K away from the longest distance I had ever run before.

In my head I thought...

Everything thereafter would be a bonus!

Before hitting the bonus mileage...

Nookie made a quick stop at the porta-potties!

I slowed down my pace so that she could catch up to me quickly! (I actually had to run on the spot after realizing I hadn't told her I was going to continue moving forward at a slower pace! By the time she was done, I called out her name...she then came running to me like a speed demon! lol)

Soon after...

We saw SuperFit and Nikki cheering on the racers and high 'fiving' them all! (This would be the second time we saw them! They were FUreakin' amazing cheerers for everyone! It was awesome to see and hear!)


Once we finally reached them...

They ran with us for a short while, until...

We went our separate ways! (We would see them again at the last 500m of the race!)

Her poor foot :(

As we approached the 19K mark...

I saw my Dad on his bike!

I was so happy to see that he came out to support me! (It meant a lot!)

The last 3K...

This was it....

I was coming to the last few dozen minutes before crossing the finish line!

I have to say...

My energy levels, my body and well, my everything felt really good!

Plus...

The crowd and the cheers from all directions was super motivating and encouraging! (It definitely perked you up no matter how you were feeling!)

Honestly, hearing the people around me...

Always ended up putting a great big smile on my face!

I'm pretty sure I said thank you a million times over as people cheered us on or commented on our shirts! I'm also positive I told a guy I liked his super cute Doodle Dog!

Pretty sure I had a perma smile on my the whole time too lol
Or maybe even a #FUFACE
(check out official  race image here!)

The last kilometre...

As Nookie grabbed my hand and told me we were almost there (at 20K)...

She said "FU, this was just like any other Sunday run we've done together. Amazing! You are doing so good. You're making your Grampa proud FU!" (I said I would be dedicating this run to him!)

I was overwhelmed with emotions.

As we finally got to the 500m point...

SuperFit and Nikki jumped in with us and...

We all held hands to cross that FUreakin' finish line together!!!

You can check out the images here and here!

I was blown away.

I, in actual reality, crossed that 21K half-marathon finish line!

Me!

The girl who said she'd never run!

I did it! (Holy schmokes!)

Once it all sunk in...

I cried. I cried tears of joy.

I couldn't believe it!

Best feeling ever!

I then...

Enjoyed everything else around me!

The Soldiers handed me my dog tag (medal)
Goofing around!
Sly and Annie finishing real strong!
Photo-op!
My partner in crime ;)
 I'm officially a Gazelle!
xoxoxoxoxoxo

If you're wanting to know numbers...

I finished in 2:05 with an average pace of 5:57  :)

Later on that day...

The celebration continued over at our house hours later, where a bunch of us got together to celebrate this momentous occasion, as well as...

My birthday! (I'll talk about my post-run celebrations soon!)

Nikki surprised me with birthday decorations!!!
I'm a kid and I love balloons! :) :) :)

Before I go...

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone, once again, for all the good luck wishes!

It really does a lot to me, more than you'll ever know!

Also...

I want to congratulate all those who raced this past weekend!

I hope you all had an amazing race!

Lastly...

I FUreakin' did it my friends! (I did it!!!!)

I gotta admit, this was...

One heck of a birthday present!

Check out this super cool memorabilia I got as a gift from Nikki!

By the end of it all...

Accomplishing this goal has taught me that...

If you believe in yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing, you will achieve what it is you are striving for! (And in this case for me, crossing that finish line!)

Push forward and don't give up!

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

**SuperFit, Nookie and Nikki, you will never know how much being a part of this journey has meant to me. I am so very thankFUl for having you in my life! xoxo** 
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