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Please sign my cast!

I wasn’t sure if this should have been post #4 under my “things I cannot make up” header, but then I REALLY want you all to sign my cast! πŸ™‚

castThe 100 Day Challenge will become a new challenge. I broke my right foot yesterday. I would love to be able to tell you that I was doing something heroic like running 18 miles, rock climbing, helping an old lady across the street, etc. But no, I follow the majority of people with accidents and had a stupid accident at home. I fell off a chair while trying to get something on to the top shelf of my closet. And I didn’t even get a nice pedicure beforehand…

There we go, I can’t even break my foot in an imaginative way… Hopefully that means it will heal easily in an equally average way.

Not sure when I will be able to run again, but for now my left arm and left leg muscles will get great strength training from hobbling around the apartment and using a crutch.

I guess I have time now to write all the blog posts that I have been wanting to write all week.

Hobbling on! Please sign my cast! πŸ™‚



100 Day Challenge – Day 14

I am a total slacker when it comes to posting about my activities for the Penguin’s 100 Day Challenge. But I am NOTΒ  a slacker when it comes to actually moving my butt. I notice though that without a race in sight, motivation to do long runs is non-existent. I now define a long run = 3 miles. LOL.

I had plenty of friends who ran the 3M half marathon in Austin, TX yesterday and as I followed their Facebook posts, I felt a little tinge of motivational boost to go for a longer run, but then I looked outside and it was all grey again. That’s ok, I am sticking to my new run/walk/strength routine. At least I am still moving.

100day-challengeSo, on which day did I finish the last 100 Day Challenge post? Oops, that was January 8th. Oh well a whole week of exercise to tell you about…

Jan 9th – 30 minute run

Jan 10th – 1 hour walk (plus one hour standing in the cold waiting for the stars to show up for the UK movie premiere of Django)

Jan 11th – 30 minute strength

Jan 12th – 35 minute run (plus 2 hours in the cold watching ice sculptures melt)

Jan 13th – 1 hour 15 minute walk

Jan 14th – 30 minute strength

And for the rest of today, I am going to watch the snow fall or something like that. Apparently we are expecting snow in London. If it’s real snow I am up for it, but if it’s just slush I don’t want it… Let’s hope for real snow. πŸ™‚

Happy snow day to everyone who has real snow!


Moving my butt

After I wrote about buttprints yesterday, I figured I need to watch mine, my butt that is…

The look of happy running shoes.

The look of happy running shoes.

Not that I want any buttprints, but if they would so happen, they shouldn’t be any bigger than necessary… LOL.

So, I went for my first run this year. YEAH! A whopping 2.1 miles. According to my NIKE account this was my first run since the end of November. My legs seemed happy. My arms seemed happy, because I gave them a little strength training after the run.

I missed one day in my 100-day challenge – yesterday as I was so excited about having my last day at work.

100day-challengeDay 6 – 1 hour andΒ  15 minute walking

Day 7 – day off

Day 8 – 30 minute run + strength training

I am looking forward to my run tomorrow now. Moving my butt finally isn’t half as bad as I thought it might be… πŸ™‚


100 Day Challenge – Day 5

Day 5 of the 100 Day Challenge and I still haven’t run. Oops. πŸ™‚ Here is what I have done over the last 2 days:

100day-challengeDay 4 – 30 minutes of walking

Day 5 – 30 minutes of walking to the shops + core workout

I finally returned home to my apartment in London today, so I should be able to get back into a regular workout and running routine. With my upcoming move to California I haven’t signed up for any spring races yet, so I’ll just have to get myself fit right now – beach fit as I like to call it. LOL. I should check out the parkruns now. This is probably a great time for me to join one of them or try out a few locations.

Oops again – I just did the “mistake” of checking out the half marathon schedule in California for 2013. No excuses to not start running right away. There are 4-5 half marathons every weekend. Crazy! Or really a runner’s heaven. I guess that’s settled then. Back on the running trail tomorrow. πŸ™‚


The Penguin’s 100 Day Challenge 2013

There are many reasons why I run.

I run to keep healthy. I run to accomplish goals (11 races last year). I run to socialize with running friends. I run for a purpose with Team in Training to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Many reasons and every runner has them.

Somehow after the last race in November last year I was deflated, unmotivated, no zest for running. So in December I vowed to at least walk 1 mile every day. And I did. Mostly to get my Christmas shopping done, but hey – it worked. πŸ™‚

100day-challengeNow, as January has started I am joining John Bingham’s The Penguin’s 100 Day Challenge, to get my motivation back and get ready for my new life in California. The Penguin’s 100 Day Challenge is the following:

Move 30 minutes each day intentionally!

That’s it. Easy, right?

Blog about your daily activities or post them on the 100 Days Challenge Facebook page.

Let’s get going! Join me and start the new year healthy and happy! πŸ™‚

My stats so far – as soon as it stops raining, I’ll run again πŸ™‚ :

Jan 1 – 70 minutes of walking briskly with friends

Jan 2 – 30 minutes of core training

Jan 3 – 30 minutes of walking with my dad