From Fat to Fit

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Three months in from injury and this girl is back…

In October of last year, Coach G was sent to a running specialist with an injury he had. During their conversation, they talked about diet and the specialist recommended a “Low Carb, High Fat” way of eating. We took this on board and completely changed our way of eating. Roll on seven months, and I have lost a total of 18 Kilos (nearly 40 pounds) and also dropped a few dress sizes. I flip between LCHF and Keto and have noticed a big difference in my running, especially now I am fully “fat adapted” (using fat for fuel). I had a target weight of 80k, but at the moment I’m hovering around the 75/76 mark and trying to decide how much more, if any, to loose.

Over the last few weeks I have run as much as possible, sticking between 3 & 6 kms. Coach G and I have been out running potential parkruns (a free, weekly, 5k timed run) and enjoying every minute.

On Friday 26th May, I went back to my old running route in Williamstown, and successfully completed the 5k with a “Personal Best”. The next day, I ran with my #poodledog at Altona Beach parkrun, and took a further 2 minutes off of my time (I was excited at Easter to get under 40 minutes for the first time). And now today, I have been given a PB of fastest 5 miler… Whoo hoo…

So, a mixture of diet & continued running (and walking through my injury) have helped me turn around this running lark, and I now have to sit down with a racing schedule and planner to see what my next goal will be AND where…

If you have any ideas or suggestions of what that could be, please leave a reply.

Happy Running

Altra Ambassador 2017

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I have the honour and privilege to announce that I have been awarded such an exciting role.

I have been wearing Altra Running shoes for over two years now, and I absolutely love them. Those that know me personally, or follow me on Strava & any other social media platform, see me regularly “hashtag” the brand.

At the moment, I rotate through 3 pairs for road running, but I also have a pair for trail & tri. And then the casual minimalist ones. This pair is difficult to run in, so used more casually but ideal for my “Magic Mile” time.

Please have a look at these fantastic shoes and if you wear them, let me know how you like them.

 

Happy Running

Running Resolutions

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And what to do about them…

I shared the “No Meat Athlete” and his 12 monthly running challenges in my last blog post. I slowly read through them, and have now decided on a plan of action to make me a better runner.

I have decided to embrace 6 of the 12 and hopefully by this time next year I will be a “stronger, faster, smarter, well rounded runner”… (watch this space)

Challenge 1: Strength Work

Challenge 2: New work outs, to include hill sessions, sprints, fartlek & intervals

Challenge 3: Mile PB

Challenge 4: 5k PB

Challenge 5: 13.1 Half Marathon (I like those numbers better, it doesn’t seem as far)

Challenge 6: 30 day squat, plank or pushups

I have the privilege of being married to a running coach, so I am sure he will now keep me on my toes and make sure that I am performing to the best of my ability.

 

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to get in touch…

Happy Running

 

2016

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Recap

2016 seemed to be pretty uneventful, till you go into your stats and see exactly how far you have come.

According to the Garmin, most steps in a week was actually last week…121,719. This was achieved easily as I was on Annual Leave (for the first time in a year). Strava, which is linked to the TomTom, had me at 31.3K for the week and Boxing Day gave me the most steps for a day, with a total of 25,427. My best month was March, which saw me complete “A Mile A Day” or #MAD as we like to call it. And my longest run, so far, was the 17K Bellarine Rail Trail, but it only logged a total of 16.8k.

In 2015, I ran a total of 189.65K. In 2016, I more than doubled that amount to 429.83K. If I use this data for next year, I have to run at least 13k a week.

2016 was the year I turned 50 and brought me my Australian Citizenship.

2017

Now to look forward to what I would like to achieve this year…

I will use the Run/Walk method and complete a 13.1mile distance, however, I will not do this at a paid event.

I will also draw up a plan to incorporate 12 monthly challenges to help me be the best I can be. It will include my #MAD, cycling, swimming and maybe some selfies along the way.

With my change of diet, 2017 has kicked off on a positive foot & I need to carry on with these positive thoughts and actions…

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