The sugar has to go!

Training for the marathon has been going pretty good. Lately I've noticed that I just haven't been getting enough protein in my diet, but always way too much carbs. Last week I tried to put an end to that. Cutting out some sugar (& caffeine) in my diet. Every morning I would drink a large regular with a shot of french vanilla from Tim Horton's. This is usually all I would drink for coffee during the week, but Saturdays & Sundays I tended to drink a little more. Plus I would have diet coke at lunch (not all the time mind you, but too much to be honest).

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011

I have officially signed up for my 2nd marathon. I will be raising money for the Assaulted Women's Helpline. You can sponsor me online here.

This is the 4th time I have run for this charity. It's a great cause.

Mississauga 1/2 Marathon Complete

I completed the Mississauga 1/2 marathon today. I was a little slower then I had originally started out training for. I was hoping to have a sub 2 hour finish, but alas it wasn't meant to be this year. Official time by - sportsstats.ca Here is my runkeeper map. Can't really complain about my performance though. It was raining (although not as hard as I was expecting) and windy. I didn't really get enough sleep from the night before.

Drupal 7

I'm going to be changing my blog in the next month or so. I've recently been learning Drupal and I am going to get my 1st real life crack at it by re-doing my blog. I recently completed some Lynda training videos and here are the links to my certificates: Drupal 7 - Essential Training Drupal 7 - New Features

Around the Bay

I ran my 1st Around the Bay today. Now I only ran the last 15km as I did the relay with a friend. It was the last 1/2 that I did and it was crazy hilly. Although the 1st few hills weren't too bad, it was the last 2 hills that killed my achilles heals. Specifically the last hill, known as "Reaper's Hill". I ran up the hill. Ok, more like a jog but I didn't walk it. When I got up to the top and started running a little faster I could feel some kind of pull in my achilles heal on both legs. Not good. I had to slow down even though the last 3 km is a slight decline.

New Workout!

I've been kind of bored of my previous workout. I hadn't even gotten to 3 sets & max reps (12 for upper & 15 for lower body), but I don't want to get bored, so I'm going to change it up.

My Back Situation (Good news)

On Monday, January 17th, I went and saw a physiotherapist in Toronto. Wow, I'm glad I did! She did some stretching and gave me some exercises to do. She also said I could start running again, but to wait another week. She also said I could do other exercises in the meantime, so I was able to get on the elliptical that week. Not a moment too soon. I was going a little crazy since I hadn't done any exercises in over a week. That day I went on the crosstrainer and got back into my weight lifting plan, only doing 2 sets though.

Back pain sucks

This year is not starting out well for me. I have been experiencing back pain for the last 3 weeks. I was still running up until this past Monday. The pain was only occuring when I was sitting @ my desk or when I was in a car. The best way to describe it was nerve pain. Since it had gone on for over 2 weeks I decided to call my doctor about the lower back pain & booked an appointment for Friday (Jan 14th). Since the back pain didn't occur when I was running, I kept at it. On Monday evening however that changed and my back was hurting while I was running. Plus my right big toe was sore.

Mostly365.com

Check out mostlylisa's new project mostly365.com. Find the instructions here. Here's my first pic for January 1st, 2011.

Workout plan for January 2011

I've got 1 more workout for 2010 and then I start 2011! I'm still working on my preliminary training for the Mississauga half-marathon. Starting January 17th, I will be in full swing of my training. I will be using the Toronto Women's Half Marathon training program (17-week Half Marathon Schedule for a 1:45 - 2-hour finish time). I also will be starting a new workout program.

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