Exercisangles – 10ks and the achy breakys

21 04 2010

I haven’t been running consistently as I mentioned in a previous post, and in an attempt to achieve my April goal of doing 12 runs, I decided to do a long (for me) 10 km distance Sunday. It was a gorgeous warm, sunny day, and I’m always so inspired to get out there when I see other people running. As I was driving to and from the grocery store, it was almost like a parade of runners, every few kilometers, there was another lone runner or a pair of joggers, etc. So, when I got home, I changed and laced up and headed out before I could change my mind.

For my 5k runs, I’ve mapped out a route in my neighbourhood, but I’ve also discovered that the distance from my house to my sister’s condo is 5k as well. I haven’t seen my sister in awhile, so I headed in her direction. I figured I would stop by for a water break before turning around and going back home.

Trying 10 ks:

I was very surprised at how much my endurance had decreased after a full week off (from pretty much all exercise!). I also probably wasn’t fueled properly with food and water, which might explain why I had a hard time pushing myself. I think during that first 5km stretch, I was able to make myself run only 0.5 km straight before I switched to walking.

It took me awhile, about 40 minutes to get there and I ended up spending an hour there, hydrating and chatting. Finally, since it was getting late, I left and started making my way back home. Maybe because I was hydrated, but I managed to push myself further on the way back home. I did 2 hills and ran 2 1km intervals straight. Yay! 🙂

As for the achy breakys…

Those hills killed me the next day! I was hungry and tired when I came home, so I lazily stretched for only about 10 mins. I paid for it the next day. My legs felt like lead and my glutes…damn those hills!

I complain, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of muscle soreness and it actually feels pretty damned good! Like a hard earned badge of honour.  At least this kind of sore. I’m pleasantly achy and able to function normally rather than feeling like I’m-an-old-lady-my-bones-are-gonna-achy-breaky-with-every-step-I-takey. I’d probably be sounding off about never running again if I had the real achy breakys (but don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart…;)). Instead, I’m going to try going out again today. Hopefully my muscles cooperate 🙂

What are your strategies for managing the achy breakys?


Entertangles – gLee + Madonna = fabulous!

21 04 2010

I just finished watching Glee’s Madonna episode. First off, all I can say about Glee is they really hit it out of the ballpark with this show. Week after week, it just gets better and better and better. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch ASAP! I was just blown away this week. I definitely think it was the best episode of the season so far. I particularly loved when they paid homage to Madonna’s various iconic looks during the mash-up number.

Anyway, I’m just going to video spam this post with a couple of YouTube vids of my favourite songs from Glee.

First, my all-time fave, Mr. Shue singing Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” I couldn’t find a good quality clip of them performing the song on the show, but Mr. Shue’s dance moves are totally worth watching. *Sigh* what a hottie 😉

And an HQ version of just the song:

From the Madonna episode, I loved when the guys performed “What It Feels Like For a Girl” [edited to add a working video]:

Personally, I’m not a fan of Rachel’s, but girl’s got an amazing voice. Finn’s a cutie, but really, it’s all about the Kurt/Mercedes action. They need more screen time! I thought they did a great job with “4 minutes”:

And of course, Sue Sylvester’s “Vogue” was awesome! Strike a pose.

I’ve got some ipod updating to do.  Adios 🙂

Inspirangles – 1M2MF5k

17 04 2010

Ack!! 1M2MF5k!! (aka 1 Month to My First 5k) Although, with the way my training is going, I may soon be using other words for the ‘MF’ part…

Yikes, exactly 30 days until my first race. I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. We’re already half-way through April. How did that happen?! I guess I’ve been too consumed with exams and distracted by my crazy week.

So far, I’ve been doing terribly with my April goals. No progress on the pizza dough as yet. I’ll have to get it done next week because I’ll be in Cuba the last week of April. I only managed to go out running twice last week and not at all this week yet. I don’t think I’ll even be able to keep the 2 blog posts a week goal! Ahh!! 😦

On the bright side, I’ve managed to raise and exceed the minimum donation amount for my 5k race, so I’m racing for free 🙂 And, okay, so I won’t be meeting my goals the exact way I laid them out, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t meet them at all.

I have a week left to make pizza dough. 3 runs a week is 12 runs in total. With 2 down, I have 10 more to go. I could accomplish that in the next 2 weeks. Similarly, 2 blog posts a week is 8, and already I’ve got 3 done.

I think this is one of the lessons I’ve slowly been learning in the last couple of months. Yes, I’m not good at being consistent and definitely have trouble sticking to my goals, but I’ve come to see that when you’ve gotten off track to achieve your goals, you can just shove them aside and think of it as a failure or you can get back on track, re-prioritize and try again.

In the past, I would have chosen the former option and viewed it as a failure, which would have just kept me in a vicious cycle of negativity. And sure, I’m kind of embarrassed that I can’t set goals and meet them the way other people seem to on the blogs I follow, but I guess that’s just something I have to accept as part of my journey. I’m just not at the same level of dedication nor do I have the same amount of motivation as they do right now. Will I ever? I hope so, but only time will tell.

For now, I’ve re-prioritized, broken the goals down into less rigid, more achievable tasks, and will be trying my best to actually achieve them. It’ll be a huge coup if I do manage it, that’s for damn sure. 🙂

A week of ups and downs

16 04 2010

Hello Blogworld! It’s been a crazy week filled with fantastic news, sad news, and stressful deadlines. First of all, it was my last week of classes! All of my major projects and presentations are finally done! I just have an exam and a paper left, both due the same day. Even though I have one more course left to finally finish my undergrad, the atmosphere of spring classes is just not the same as during September-May, I feel like this is it, my undergrad is DONE!

One thing I’ve come to realize, I HATE APRIL! It seems April brings all the bad. There are exams, which suck of course, and then there’s all this tragic news I keep getting in April. Last year, my best guy friend died in a freak motorcycle accident. I still can’t wrap my head around it and am still in denial. Now this April has brought news of the deaths of a close family friend and a friend of a friend. Although I wasn’t very close to either of these people, after last year, I find any news of death affects me at a more intense emotional level than it ever has in the past. I’m not really sure how to deal with the emotions except by keeping myself busy, which isn’t difficult to do with exams coming up.

But I was feeling so down and numb all week, until I got a big envelope in the mail.

You see, back in December, I was trying to figure out my options for after I finished my undergrad. Should I just job hunt? Should I try to find an unpaid internship? Should I apply for a masters? And if so in what? Should I look into post-grad certificate programs at colleges? Should I apply for teacher’s college?

I’ve always thought about becoming a high school teacher. It’s always been in the back of my mind. But for the longest time, my parents didn’t approve. Being South Asian parents, they first wanted me to become a doctor. but I’m kinda a germaphobe, so no thanks! Then it was a pharmacist and I tried for it to please them when I was doing my B.Sc., but I really wasn’t interested and my grades weren’t good enough. That’s when I switched into business after my second year of university, and their expectations changed. They wanted me to become an accountant and eventually get my MBA. Well, accounting didn’t interest me enough to pursue it, but marketing did. I ended up majoring in marketing and thoroughly enjoying it. The only problem was the job security. With the way the economy is, finding a job is unpredictable.  I finally took a stand and decided, “Screw my parents’ expectations. I’m gonna do what I think is most suitable for me!”

So, in December, I applied for teacher’s college. And I GOT IN!!

I took my stand the week before the application deadline, so I really had to scramble to get it done in time and I wasn’t feeling very confident about it. It’s such a relief to know that not only do I have something lined up for September, but even if I don’t find a full-time job right away, I can substitute teach and make some steady money.

To celebrate, I’m joining a friend of mine and her friends on a girls’ trip to Cuba!

So, although the week started off on a sour note, it ended positively. And I guess that’s all you can do in these kinds of situations, focus on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.

Now, I’ve just got to learn how to stop procrastinating so I can get studying for exams out of the way and start thinking about my upcoming trip…

Inspirangles – Start up Sundays #1

5 04 2010

I haven’t had an inspirangles post yet, and I thought, “What better day to get motivated than a Sunday?” what with it being the day before people usually get back onto the wagon. So I looked up some famous inspirational quotes and here are my top 3 picks for this week:

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown

“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That’s dedication.” – Cecil B. DeMille

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford


As you can see, the theme of this post is GOALS! Since the month is still new, I wanted to come up with 3 goals for this month to work toward. My motivation and dedication has been lacking lately, so I want to keep it simple and achievable. I’m hoping small wins will help gear me up towards being more persistent.

April Goals:

1. Make a healthy pizza dough from scratch
2. Run 3 times a week (to stick to my 5k training plan)
3. Write 2 blog posts a week

Update on my 5K: I was sure I was going to be doing the Toronto Women’s Run in May (as I mentioned in a previous post), but it ended up filling up before I registered :(. My friends and I might try again for their August race, but in the meantime, I was so determined to do a 5k this spring, that I signed up for the 1st one I could find that supported a cause that meant something to me.

And lo and behold, I found the perfect event.

The Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada holds an annual 5k walkathon in Toronto called the Walk of Life. This year it’s taking place on May 15, 2010.

I was looking for a race in May because I figured it would give me plenty of time to train.The bonus is cardiac health is an important cause to me as I have a family history of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes on both sides of my family. My grandfather died of a stroke, my aunt died of a heart attack and my father had bypass surgery (a quadruple or sextuple or some other ridiculously high number) 3 years ago. So, it’s a fitting event for me to participate in. I’m very excited!

Will you be participating in any races this spring? And does anyone have any tips on making a delicious healthy pizza dough?

Recipangles – Homefries for homeday

3 04 2010

So it’s a gorgeous day. Phenomenal warm breezy weather that I absolutely love love love, and what do I do? Stay indoors. In my basement room. In front of the computer. ALL DAY LONG! I stepped outside for a split second and got to bask in some sunlight, just the burst of vitamin D I needed, before guilt drew me back to my laptop.

I have my final English paper due tomorrow night and I’m only half-way done. 😦

But of course, it’s not like I spent the whole day working on the essay. I got my Project Runway fix (Maya, what were you thinking, crazy girl?!) among my other faves (CastTV is a freakin fantastic site I’m addicted!). Sigh, that’s one of the downsides of long weekends that are religious/family oriented. Maybe if my friends were around, I might have procrastinated and gotten out of the house. Oh well, in the end it gave me the extra time and luxury of cooking for the first time in weeks!

I was in the mood for breakfast food and a bag of baby potatoes caught my eye immediately. I haven’t had potatoes in awhile, so I contemplated roasting them, nixed that idea since it would take way too long with my oven, and decided to make HOMEFRIES!

I’ve tried making homefries in the past but they ended up being raw and gross, so I was a little scared. I was also too lazy to look up a recipe, so I winged it.

After chopping up the potatoes (4 little babies), I sauteed them in olive oil (about 1 Tbsp) on MEDIUM heat. (I think my problem in the past was cooking on high, burning the outside and having a raw inside.) Then I added some salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder, before covering for about 5 mins. I chopped up half a white onion in the meantime, added that and covered for another 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Then I chopped 2 slices of turkey bacon, added that and covered, stirring occasionally for maybe 15-20 mins.

It took a loooong time, about 45 min in total but I also made an omelet with tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms and a little cheese sprinkled on top, while the potatoes were cooking. Even though I burned the bacon a little bit while I was making my omelet, it still tasted amazing! The potatoes were cooked to perfection!

Beats a restaurant breakfast anyday!

Normally, I would have split the meal in two because it was a lot of food, but I was really hungry, having woken up late, so it was a hearty, filling comfort food-esque brunch that I Daily Plate-calculated to be about 550 calories. Reducing the amount of potatoes, getting rid of the turkey bacon (or just 1 slice would be plenty), and using Eggbeaters or egg whites instead of the whole 2 eggs, would significantly slash the calories.

I will definitely be making this again (and again and again and…)! Especially once I figure out how to reduce the cooking time. Any suggestions?