Archive for November, 2011

November 9th, 2011

Gettin’ Older

Last night I felt very much like an old lady because I spent most of the evening knitting.

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Now, we’ve already established that I’m a fan of knitting but I actually didn’t get around to knitting much after the scarves I made and I still haven’t finished the bag I was making (almost done it though). That changed when Alan and I were talking about, *gasp*, Christmas. Most of the people in my life have everything they need and it’s becoming harder and harder to find things to buy for people so I decided to knit a few things this year. I don’t want to give the surprises away but I’ve already knocked off one project and this is my second project made out of 100% alpaca and is a nice, greyish purple and I’ve been loving every moment of it because the alpaca is so incredibly soft! I’ll be sad when I finish it!

I spent the evening knitting while watching the flick Valhalla Rising.

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Alan and I are huge movie fans and are up for almost anything and I wanted to like this movie a lot as the director also directed Drive which we LOVED but you know? It was actually boring. The cinematography was stunning but the rest? Not so much. I wound up concentrating on my knitting and heating my calf muscles.

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Remember in August when I sprained my toe and had to drop out of my 30k race? And remember that, in the same post I revealed out excited I was to run The Oasis Zoo Run 10k in September? Guess what?
That didn’t happen either!
Five days before the race I TORE my right calf muscle and it hasn’t been the same since. Can you believe it?! I’ve never been injured before and in one month TWO different things happen. Now, there is the possibility that it was the sprained toe that caused my leg to overcompensate and contributed towards the pull but I have a sneaking suspicion that it occurred mainly due to overuse from training this year. My calves are notoriously tight (much to my R.M.’s dismay) and although I do make sure to stretch them, I think 30k training did not do them well so I am now forced to take a running hiatus. I talked to my doctor last week about it and we’ve both agreed that I’d take the winter off of running completely as calf muscles are difficult to heal. Running is out but I can do pretty much anything else as long as I keep it low impact. I’ve also been instructed to heat it for about 20 minutes every day and stretch the ever liven’ begeezus out of it. So that’s what I did while watching the movie.
I’m not overly upset about having to not run at all over the winter. Although I originally planned to cut back running to once per week to at least keep up my running fitness, perhaps it was just meant to be. Instead, I’ve fallen in love with something else. Namely:

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TurboFire is AMAZING! I had wanted to focus more on intense cardio to rev up my metabolism and shed some pounds for the wedding and I found my workout! TurboFire is FIERCE! It focuses on HIIT workouts and tons of kickboxing to make you sweat like none other! It does rely on a lot of plyometrics (jumping and explosive moves), I’ve been doing it low impact to make sure I don’t bugger up my calf again but even doing it low impact you get an amazing workout. TurboFire is no joke but I think it’s just what I need to help tone myself and get some weight off!
Have you ever done TurboFire? What’s your favourite hardcore workout to do?

November 3rd, 2011

A Fall Day

Today I had my yearly physical. Recently I switched doctors and instead of having to take over an hour to get to my doctor it takes less than 20 minutes by transit.

When my appointment finished up (nothing to write home about,) I decided to grab a latte as a treat and although I was planning on taking the streetcar back to the station, there were some road issues and I ended up walking it instead.

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I think that the walk was probably the best part of my day. Although it was still a little chilly, the colours right now are just exploding and my walk turned into fifteen minutes of gratitude for where I live and the amazing change of colours and scenery I get to witness on a daily basis. The photo below is taken overlooking a huge park and hides the highway so you can see the Toronto skyline. It’s one of my favourite places to walk because it’s so scenic.

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I also absolutely LOVE walking around my neighbourhood this time of year. The houses are old and the streets are just lined with trees that are so beautiful that when you walk down them, you feel as if you’re on the set of a movie.

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Truly. Autumn is the BEST time of year!

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What’s your favourite season?

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