Fitness Friday: Summer Shredding Workout Recap 3.

Another week of workouts in the books! While I think I did pretty well with fitness this week, my diet wasn’t as awesome as it could be. Oh well, there’s always another chance tomorrow for fewer random handfuls of chocolate-laden trail mix during the day and more vegetables with each meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course don’t forget to head to the bottom of this post for the Fitness Friday link-up!

Fitness Friday Canadian Girl Runs

ย PSA: So, turns out your workout might not be 110% awesome the day after donating blood.


On Wednesdayย in the early afternoon I had an appointment to donate blood. I have donated before so I know fairly well how my body reacts to it, and I never have had any major issues. One time I actually played a soccer game after donating blood. #dumbass Yesterday’s workout was SO TOUGH and I definitely felt a bit off, which I can only attribute to donating blood. Even Hot Gym Guy asked why I wasn’t super stoked like normal to be doing leg day! I was probably dehydrated, a little dizzy, and the most interesting thing was watching my heart rate throughout the workout!

I was doing my usual leg and glute workout, leg press, squats, lunges, cable kickbacks, the whole shebang, and normally my HR is about 100-120 through a leg workout, higher than any other strength training day, but lower than steady state cardio. During yesterday’s workout, it was hovering between 120 and 140. IT WAS INSANE. I made sure to monitor it and keep myself in check, not pushing too hard. I finished a solid 70 minutes of legs and glutes and headed home to down litres and litres of water.


It was unfortunate that I couldn’t try and up my squat weight or try anything super tough yesterday because I had on new Nike lifting booty shorts and my hair was curled the day before so it looked cute AF that morning. Murphy’s Law.

Lots of walking kept my mileage up this week, a taper week for the BMO Vancouver half marathon! I haven’t really thought too much about the race because I’m kind of just escaping to BC for a fun weekend getaway more than anything. I didn’t really have a proper training plan heading into this race, so I don’t really have a taper plan. I want to feel fresh and good when it comes to race day, but I also won’t be putting all fitness on hold to rest my legs completely.

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I get asked sometimes how I manage to do 70 minutes of leg day and trust me, that is cutting it SHORT when I really could be there another half hour. I have so many awesome leg moves running through my mind and I can’t get through all of them! I now split up my leg workouts on Mondays and Thursdays to focusing on quads and calves on Mondays and focusing on glutes and hamstrings on Thursdays! I love leg days.

Do you donate blood? Any similar experiences?

Did you get to workout outside lots this week?

Plans for the weekend?

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  1. I’m not allowed to donate blood because of the medication that I take, but I’ve heard other people say that they’ve had similar experiences to what your talking about. Good for you for donating!

  2. I’ve had a number of experiences where I’d get super lightheaded and nearly pass out, so I need to make sure I’m not in a training cycle and give myself a long time to recover since it takes so long for the body to make new blood cells. Now that my tattoo is more than 6 months old, I really do need to book an appointment to donate.

  3. I’ve never donated blood. I don’t really have a good excuse aside from not being able to handle needles well. For years I never could because I was always getting a new piercing or tattoo and you have to wait 6 months after that to donate. It’s been 6 months since my last tattoo so now I’m able to go. I pass out so I need to lie down and it’s a whole ordeal. So I’m scared to donate blood for that reason. It’s on my bucket list though to face that fear because I know how important it is. I just need someone to hold my hand, feed me and drive me home after lol

  4. Oh wow, I couldn’t imagine spending 60+ minutes on one “body part”. I would run out of ideas right away lol.

    Sadly, I’ve never donated blood. I just can’t, with my history of colitis, years of being anemic, and many blood transfusions, I make other people donate in my place ๐Ÿ™‚ So thanks for donating! I know all to well how important needing blood is.

  5. Want to know how my brain can tell it’s Friday? I added YOUR link to the the linkup initially.

    I’ve only felt dizzy from donating blood if I was slightly hungry or dehydrated going into it, or when I was on the thinner side. Now I’m fine. I don’t even drink juice or eat anything after because… 100% man. (Or something like that hahaha)

    I used to donate every couple months but Canmore only does quarterly blood drives now. I had a friend who passed out and peed her pants one time. Yikes!

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