February 23rd, 2011
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In 41 minutes I’m supposed to be starting a 10k run.
Not a fiber of my being wants to go.
I’m exhausted. I just want to sleep.
I ran yesterday. I’m spinning tomorrow.
Personal trainer Saturday. 23k Sunday.
It’s cold out. I forgot my Garmin. No gloves.
Slight IT pain yesterday. Stomach feeling off today.
I don’t want to. I don’t need to. It won’t matter.

It will matter. I do need to. It doesn’t matter if I don’t want to go.
My stomach is in my head. My IT pain wasn’t too bad.
It’s not cold enough for gloves. My Garmin doesn’t mean anything. It’s -1 out.
[not, that, cold]
23k Sunday. Personal Trainer Saturday.
Spinning tomorrow. 6k yesterday. What’s your point?
I can sleep tonight. The fatigue will disappear once I start to run.
Brain over body. Not body over brain.
In 36 minutes I’m going to be running a 10k.

February 16th, 2011
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I’ve never been a fast runner, or really cared about my time for that matter. Getting the distance covered was enough for me.  I just knew simple things about pace, like a 10k in <1h is fast, as is a 5k in <1/2.

Well, last night I knocked out a 6k (3.75miles) run in 36 minutes. Umm yes, that’s exactly a 1h 10k pace!!

Mind = Blown.

I’m thinking differently this training season, I’m not constantly thinking about the next time I can stop (stopping consumed my brain in 2010 runs), this year it’s about running the set distance efficiently and pushing myself out my comfort zone (which is really hard for me), and running smart (I’m terrified of injuries, esp IT Band stuff).

Another 6k down, and then 10k tonight… Marathon < 5 hours Here. I. come!
Woot! Woot!

[Also, I am the slowest person in my running group, but word on the street (aka my brain), is the slowest person is the coolest person. Just sayin’]

February 13th, 2011
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My Alarm Sounds And…

What the bollocks was that? SNOOOOOOZE.

*fast asleep within 3.2 seconds*
alarm sounds again

UGH, why does God hate me? SNOOOOOOOZE

*fast asleep within 5.6 seconds*
alarm sounds again

UGH, WHY?! oh crap, I need to get up, I have to meet my running group for 10 miles in an hour, but that’s, like, plenty of time. SNOOOOOOOZE

*fast asleep within 8.2 seconds*
alarm sounds again

Open eyes. Groan. Think to self, “I don’t need to run this morning, I could just run the 16k later today. Actually, I’m pretty sure my knee was hurting anyways, and don’t even get me started on my ankle.  Missing this one run won’t matter. Screw the run, I’m sleeping in, this is my only Sunday this week, it’s only fair. SNOOOOOOOZE

*shut eyes, but feel sooooo guilty I can’t actually sleep*
alarm sounds again

This time I actually look at the time. I then let out an array of sparkly cuss words. In car, in running clothes, within 8 minutes.  Running with group, within 23 minutes

BOOM! I am currently enjoying my (earned) guilt free day. Thankyouverymuch. 

February 8th, 2011
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I swear if some random (and/or real life friend) found my phone, I’d be so screwed in explaining why there are a kabillion photos of yours truly in my archives.

That be so, so awkward. “I’ll tell you this, it is *not* because I have a secret blog

Here I am before my 6k run tonight. It was spectacularly cold out. Like, whoa. (deets on my daily mile). I ran the exact same Tuesday route I ran the first Tuesday of my Chicago Marathon training program, and it was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever encountered, running past the spot I had to start walking last year. 

I’m kinda loving my body today *please picture me hugging myself tightly.* It’s truly amazing what one’s body is capable of. Now off to shower, din-din it up and watch American Idol. My cool factor > your cool factor. Obs. 

February 6th, 2011
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What? You didn’t know? Tis true, I’m *that* mulit-talented and can run and take photos of myself at the same time. 

This was around the 7k mark on a 16k (10 miler) run.  My Garmin tells me it took me 2hours and 1 minute. Slow.  But it was my first “long” run of the spring marathon season and went incredibly well considering the couch and I have become BFFs for the past 2 months. 

I’m stronger mentally this time around.  I find it easier to run because I know I can do it, I’m not questioning this distance, I’m not scared I won’t make it.

It’s now a question of how well I can do, as apposed to, whether I’ll be able to at all. 

Spring 2011 Marathon < 5 Hours

[Route for reference]

Ps. Sorry about my HUGE SWEATY face, I don’t know how to shrink my photos. And LOOK at how TINY my pupils are. Something has gone awry. 

February 3rd, 2011
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Me: So, I’m going to the gym tonight… question for you… 
Sister: Yea…
Me: What does one do at the gym if they don’t run on the treadmill or go elliptical at it?
Sister: Stairs?
Me: No way, that sounds horrid
Sister: Bike
Me: Spin? My God, that’s even worse.

So yes, I ventured to the gym all by myself tonight, with absolutely no idea what I would do. I’m terrified of looking stupid slash doing something wrong, so despite wanting to use the machines/weights I didn’t.

Instead I…

  • 1/2 hour on elliptical. 360 calories burnt baby! It was SO boring though.
  • Plank (each side and centre)
  • Girly Pushups. 
  • Girly Situps 
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • 8 pounds “biceps curls.” 

My goal was to sweat (I once heard that was Matthew Maconahay’s work out goal, simply to sweat, so I figured I’d try it.) and I did. 

In a word? The workout was “meh,” I think next time I go to the gym (with no trainer, usually I have a trainer), I’ll have an actual set plan, like on paper, and look hardcore, and show the body builders how it’s done. 

[In other news, I promise I’ll stop with the self-portraits soon, but I thought this photo showed where I carry my weight (ma belly).  I’m a size 10 pants, for those who recently asked. Also, it’s blurry because I was SO SCARED someone would see me taking it]

February 1st, 2011
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I DID IT! Things I learned on today’s 6k run

  • Don’t wear lace underwear. It will fall below your bum, and then you’ll be too cold to… ah… reach in and get it, thus it’ll stay below your bum for the entire run. I’m SO SEXY IT HURTS. 
  • Lip Chap. Omigod BRING LIP CHAP. 
  • 4 layers is good for minus 14 weather. However, two pairs of gloves will make your fingers sweat bullets. 
  • Own the roads. You know the peeps in the cars are jelly. 
  • I’m finally on Daily Mile. Woot woot! Come find me. Slash Sign up. Let’s run together this spring. Please n’ thank you. And yes, I’m talking to YOU
  • I’m not sure if it was the short distance, or because I’m down in weight, but it seemed a lot easier to run tonight. As in, I DIDN’T STOP ONCE. Whoa. 
  • It’s only omigod-why-am-I-doing-this-it’s-so-bloody-cold-out for the first 4 minutes. Then it’s not too bad. 
  • I look sexy in running pants. 
  • I wore TONS of reflectors as I didn’t feel like dying tonight. 
Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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