Archive | May, 2012

On the road again

31 May

This morning I went for a run – this is the first run since the lurgy hit me like a ton of bricks last weekend. And it was quite a pleasant morning for a run – no frost, no wind, about 3 degrees, perfect. There was quite a bit of traffic on the road at this hour – just after 5.30am, even more so than usual. It was a gentle 8km run to start the morning, nothing too strenuous. Even so, my energy levels must be still quite low because I fatigued relatively quickly.

My director who had been in Adelaide for work yesterday brought me back a block of dark chocolate from Haigh’s. So far I have admired the packaging but haven’t dared open it! I’m waiting for the right time to eat it – slowly, piece by piece, savouring each and every mouthful 🙂

Another section in our branch hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this morning. There was so much food – cakes, macarons, slices, fairy bread, quiches, sausage rolls, etc. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) there was nothing I could eat but I enjoyed my apple. The great thing was they raised a lot of money for cancer research.

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A day in the life of……

30 May

Today. Gym. Weights. Home. Work. Lunch. Coffee. Home again. Dinner. Bed. Do it all again tomorrow. 🙂

Early morning cycle session

29 May

It was back to training this morning. Today it was a bike intervals session on the windtrainer. I had set everything up the night before so I wouldn’t have to get things organised early in the morning, when the brain is not functioning at its best. So after the regulation early morning coffee I was up, dressed and on my bike, pedalling but going nowhere! That’s the downside of windtrainers – a bit like treadmills, exercise bikes and other stationary pieces of cardio equipment.

The windtrainer is set up out in the carport so I don’t have the luxury of heating (when its minus 2 degrees outside) or TV. However heating is not an issue because after the 10 min warm up I was warm enough and in fact, started peeling off outer layers of gear. The gloves I had brought outside with me, I never even attempted to put on. That’s the big difference between cycling on a windtrainer and out on the road – it might be boring but its warmer being stuck in the one place! I find that in cold weather I actually get colder on the bike due to the wind chill factor, no matter how hard I’m riding. It’s very different to running, where once I have warmed up, I am quite comfortable in the sub-zero temperatures (assuming I’m wearing the appropriate gear). With cycling, it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing I still get cold. Windstopper socks and neoprene booties? My feet still go numb with cold. Proper winter cycling gloves? After about 30 minutes I can’t feel my fingers. Face? Lips? Can’t feel a thing – they’re frozen.

The session went well. It was an intervals session involving 1 min in a hard gear and low cadence and then 1min easy spin. With a warm up and cool down, it ended up being 40mins on the bike and I was perspiring by the end. Not bad, given it was minus 2 outside! 🙂

This was followed by a good recovery breakfast including protein and carbs – a poached egg with avocado, tomato and rocket on a toasted gluten-free bun. 

Monday

28 May

Today I made the decision to stay home and rest and recuperate and try to get over this stupid head cold.

No exercise again today. I briefly considered getting on my bike on the windtrainer at some stage today but even the mere thought of doing it was enough for me. And I’m smart enough not to push it so I quickly shelved that idea. Tonight I am getting out my cycling gear in anticipation of doing a cycle session in the morning (on the windtrainer) but I can’t say with certainty that it will happen. I will make that decision when I wake up. Patience. Something I’m slowly learning. And not judging myself against other people’s expectations. 🙂

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr Seuss

The dreaded lurgy

27 May

So what is the dreaded lurgy? A highly technical term for a general undefined infectious malady, according to the Urban Dictionary. The term apparently goes back to the 1950’s, to an episode called the Dreaded Lurgi on The Goon Show, a radio comedy show, that starred Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellars. I vaguely remember this show growing up. Dad thought it was hilarious but I used to think it was really stupid 😉 I thought the same about The Goodies on ABC TV.

I have the dreaded lurgy – my medical diagnosis.

Not much is happening in my world – feeling worse if that’s possible. So no exercise. No running. The bike is sitting in the shed unridden. Can’t breathe so swimming is out.

Spent the day reading newspapers, sneezing, going through endless tissues, lying down, getting up, taking panadol. Made the lemon, garlic and ginger elixir in Lee Holmes Supercharged Food book – she says to “mix up this magical concoction to combat winter chills and keep bugs at bay.” Probably a little late for that (keeping bugs at bay) but hoping it might obliterate a few bugs in the process. It might give me garlic breath but no-one is going to come within 20 paces of me at present anyway. It was a surprisingly delicious hot drink and it made me feel healthy, even if only temporarily. 

Also had a delicious baked sweet potato stuffed with salmon, shallot, oven baked tomatoes and cottage cheese for lunch – the beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A in the body) in the sweet potato is great for infection and packs a punch against colds and flu. I also had more pumpkin soup (more beta carotene) for dinner tonight. 

Comfort food

26 May

I woke during the night feeling like I’d swallowed razors – a whole packet of them. Not only that but every part of me ached, I was burning up but at the same time feeling really cold. Uh oh……not good. Actually I’ve been dodging the dreaded lurgy all week – Mr N came down with it last weekend and then half of my section at work has succumbed over the week. I thought I was doing ok but yesterday afternoon I was starting to feel very ordinary and then by last night I was feeling like crap.

Today is the perfect day for staying in bed as it is freakin cold outside. I did venture out, rugged up, to finish the food shopping this morning. This afternoon has been spent snuggled up in bed reading trashy magazines or sleeping. Even when I’m sick I need to be doing something and so this afternoon I made pumpkin soup, using our own home-grown butternut pumpkins. To me, this is comfort food at its best and perfect for this wintry weather. And it’s really simple to make – saute an onion until soft, add some red curry paste and ginger and quickly saute, followed by the diced pumpkin, chicken stock and water. I also added some crushed garlic. Then bring to the boil, simmer for 15-20mins and then blend until smooth. I also added a small can of coconut milk.

So dinner tonight was a bowl of pumpkin soup with a toasted muffin topped with some avocado and ricotta cheese. The soup was silky smooth and creamy. I’m in heaven 😉

And in case you were wondering, no, I didn’t run today so that means my running streak has come to an end. So all in all, it lasted 178 days. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. That’s not to say that I won’t start again once I’ve recovered but in the meantime, my first priority is to get better. 

Brrrrrrr………

25 May

What has happened to the weather?! It is almost blizzard-like conditions here – freezing cold, sleet, bitterly cold wind, it’s winter come early. I don’t think the temperature got above 10 degrees today & the apparent temperature would have been In the sub-zeros. It was a day for staying indoors, in bed preferably, with a good book. However the reality was that at 6am I was at the pool for my swim session. Last night I had misread my program & thought I had 1km to do. However a quick look at the program this morning & I discovered that I only had to do 500m. Win! Then it was to brekkie at Cream with Ruth & Mr B. At that time of the morning there were actually glimpses of blue sky. Huh! What a joke. We had no idea what we were in for!

I ended up doing a couple of kms on the treadmill at the gym later in the day. There was no way I was venturing out in that abysmal weather. Even just walking to the car after work it was awful. It was sleeting but because the wind was so strong I couldn’t use my umbrella – it would’ve just blown it inside out. Horrible!

Dreaming of warmth, sunshine & summer days 🙂

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A dull, dreary day

24 May

The rain has returned. While today started with so much promise of being a lovely day, it wasn’t long before the clouds rolled in and the rain soon followed. Its been drizzling ever since.

It was back to the gym this morning for another weights session. The DOMS is not as bad today so maybe the epsom salts baths, etc helped. A short run to follow and that was my exercise done for the day.

This afternoon our work team was presented with awards certificates that were announced by the Secretary a couple of months ago. Better late than never 😉

So a dull, dreary day – nothing remarkable to report.

Tomorrow – a 1km swim before breakfast with the birthday girl and her hubby. Can’t wait 🙂

My friend DOMS

23 May

My friend DOMS has paid a visit. I knew I was going to be sore today, I just didn’t anticipate how much. I knew as soon as I moved this morning, after the alarm went off, that not only did I have muscles but each and every one of them was hurting. All those microscopic muscle tears were making their presence felt. However I had a run to do and not even DOMS was going to stop me so it was a case of get up, get dressed and start running.  Thankfully it is still very dark at 5.45am so as I hobbled off down the road there was no-one to witness the strange sight! However, the longer I moved the better I began to feel and so I eventually eased into a decent running pace and style. 8km later and I was feeling so much better.

However, that was short-lived as once I was at work and sitting at my desk, the soreness returned. Every time I got out of my chair to go to the printer, to see someone, or get a coffee, I was reminded of the fact. And tonight, the soreness has increased, if that’s at all possible. I’m not sure what’s worse – getting up out of a chair, or sitting down again! An epsom salts bath, nurofen plus a touch of deep heat, and hopefully I will feel a lot better tomorrow. Because……..its my next gym session for the week! It will be a case of here we go again! I think DOMS might hang around for a bit 🙂 

Back to the gym

22 May

Its been too long since I’ve been in the gym. Way too long since I’ve done any weight training. Work got in the way (story of my life this year). But this morning I returned – 11 weeks later (wow, I can’t believe its been that long). It was good to be back, doing reps and sets, a mix of free weights and pin loaded machines. Returning to the squat rack, reacquainting myself with the leg press, becoming familiar with barbell chest presses again. Yep, its been way too long.

And I also know that come tomorrow I am going to be feeling very sore! My friends DOMS will be making a house call, of that I can be sure 🙂

A short run today – day 175.