Lululemon, you’ve done it again.

I made fun of it. I mocked it. I asked who would buy it. But then I couldn’t stop thinking about it… so I bought it.

And shortly after, I fell in love.

I’m talking about none other than the Lululemon Speedy Runsie that I first saw in Banff a few weeks ago. It is a onesie for running… you read that right. Lululemon, you’ve done it again, another excellent addition to my wardrobe. I was going to write “running wardrobe” but I think by now my entire wardrobe can be considered a running wardrobe. 

I actually bought this before the half marathon but wasn’t about to try it for the first time in a race so I patiently waited until my first post-race run to try it out. I think a hard-core spin class is the cure for sore running legs because I woke up with legs that just wanted to go for a run. So run I did.

I ran 8.01 miles this morning at a steady pace of 8:36 min/mile. It was an amazing run. The sun was starting to warm up the air but there was enough cloud and a bit of a breeze that it didn’t feel too warm. I ran where there is hardly any traffic, put on my favourite running playlist, and had a fabulous run. I was SO comfortable running in my Runsie. I absolutely LOVE it. I really hope my running form isn’t actually anything close to this.

I felt amazing running this morning and my Garmin always reflects the feeling of my runs too. I can tell it is a good one when my pace is consistent throughout the run. This morning my miles were a little something like 8:38, 8:39, 8:38, 8:48, 8:32, 8:37, 8:28, 8:23. If my pace is going up and down by more than 30 seconds per mile, you know I am struggling. No sign of that this morning!

I can’t wait to run in my Runsie again! I have a feeling the Runsie will be making it’s first gym appearance soon as well. Love. it. 

I WILL convert you.

I have essentially made it my mission to convert anyone I meet into a spin class lover. First I should probably work on converting my family into spin addicts like I am. My mom was the first victim  enthusiastic spin partner to accompany me to a spin class, and it was definitely not because she was the only one home and had nothing better to do. We went to a drop-in class taught by my favourite instructor. 

It was a killer class and we did plenty of intervals. I am pretty sure someone messed with the gears on my spin bike because the gears I usually use for this instructor’s drills felt way too easy… that, or my legs are getting really strong. Let’s go with the latter reason. It was a really fun class and despite the lack of hill climbs which are my favourite drill – it was an amazing workout. My mom claims she liked it but she may change her mind when she can’t move her legs tomorrow.

Another day off of work and after spin class I didn’t have too much planned so I did fun things like debate whether or not it is actually necessary to go up stairs with my sore legs or if my laundry can wait just one more day.

I have also managed to replenish all of the fluids I lost as sweat in spin class with delicious fruit. What will I do when summer is over and all of this fruit is out of season? I already consume about 73% of my family’s food budget. 

Yum. I got hungry again just looking at those pictures. Don’t worry, I made the mandatory stop at Starbucks to get coffee today… heaven forbid I go one day without it.

That orange coffee cup sleeve means it’s almost time for Pumpkin Spice Latte season, also known as autumn, quite possibly my favourite time of year!

C’mon gang… it’s abdominal time.

I struggle with finding my six-pack. I thought with all of the cardio and strength training I do I would just lift my shirt up one day and BAM… abs. Apparently it doesn’t work that way. I have tried many things to strengthen my abs like doing 100 crunches every day or seeing how long I can plank and trying to increase it every day. One of the most surprising things I have found on my quest to flat and toned abs is the move that strengthens my core more than I ever thought it would is a push-up. If I stop doing pushups for a while and then go and try to do a bunch of them, the muscles that become sore are my core muscles. Hence the reason I have challenged myself to do 50 push-ups every day this month… not only to make my arms look less like spaghetti noodles, but my core gets a bit of a daily challenge as well.

In keeping on my quest to a six pack, I have tried to find new and inventive ways to work my abs and usually end up reverting back to old school crunches. Crunches work for the most part… but I get a little bored doing 52849 of them so it’s nice to have a routine of various forms of crunches to do. Every day in August I have done an 8-minute ab routine from a video on Youtube. It has really helped my core muscles. No, unfortunately I don’t have a well defined six pack but I have really noticed a difference in the muscle density in my abdomen. 

C’mon gang.

The video is from the 80s or 90s and is instructed by a man in a lot of neon spandex. I started to make fun of his outfit but then realized I was wearing neon pink spandex shorts and an orange shirt… I think I am exercising in the wrong decade. The instructor says a lot of things like “C’mon gang” and “alright gang five more seconds” as well as offering many words of encouragement. He makes sure to specify that you should not be pulling your neck and never to let your lower back leave the floor – very important rules of form for ab work!

The ab routine consists of 8-minutes of a bunch of different moves:

  1. Basic crunch – 45 seconds.
  2. Right oblique crunch – 45 seconds.
  3. Left oblique crunch – 45 seconds.
  4. Toe touches – 45 seconds.
  5. Reverse crunch – 45 seconds.
  6. Right side crunch – 45 seconds.
  7. Left side crunch – 45 seconds.
  8. Push throughs – 45 seconds.
  9. Leg pushes – 45 seconds.
  10. Alternating curls – 45 seconds.
  11. Curls – 30 seconds.
  12. Isometric hold – 5 seconds.

I will spare you the pictures of me performing these moves. I have a feeling I don’t look as graceful as I feel when doing this workout. There are a couple more videos by the same people… 8-minute arms and 8-minute buns. I haven’t tried either of them but I’m sure if they are as effective as the ab video then I will have fantastic abs, arms, and buns in no time. 

I had a day off… yet where did I end up? Starbucks. Don’t ask what is going on with my hair, I said it was my day off, clearly that means you must not put any time and effort into your hair, makeup, or choice of clothing.