Today is Saturday and well you all know what that means!
That’s right SSS time! But for us 12WBT’ers it’s not just a normal run of the mill SSS, it’s our week 4 fitness test & measurements!
Before I hopped on the treadmill to do my 1km time trial run I made sure I did a bit of a warm up, moving and jumping about and stretching those big muscle groups out making sure my legs were ready for the slaughter sesh!
And what a slaughter it was! I have done something to my groin/hip area and also have aches in my knee (the one I dislocated a few years ago) so it was VERY hard mentally to keep going and pushing through the pain to get to a slight reduction in time for my run. I was just fotunate enough to have already completed the rest of the fitness test the day before because once I was off the treadmill it was game over for me!
I hopped right onto the floor and started doing some hip opening stretches to try and ease some of the pain and also some good leg stretches focusing on my hamstrings. The pain has dulled but it’s still there, so later this afternoon I plan on taking a nice scenic walk with my dog to see if that helps to get the joints moving better and get rid of that ache!
As you can see I only beat my previous run time by 4 seconds! I know, I know, I still beat it but it could have been a lot better if I wasn’t in such terrible pain!
I realise that I really should get my running analysed by a professional and I think I might just look into it, especially if this pain persists everytime I go for a run! Oh so very unpleasant!
I have to say though I’m very happy with my measurements!
Down another 11.5cm and feeling good!!
I intend on blitzing the numbers even more in another 4 weeks time! Bring on week 8!
The after workout photo, trying to smile through the pain! haha
So today I invested a good chunk of money in a Nike+ Sportswatch GPS! After reading many reviews on them I decided it was something I could benefit from and use quite often so I think the $200 price tag was worth it!
When I first opened the box I expected to see some kind of instruction booklet but infortunatley Nike didn’t think to put a detailed one in there for silly people like me!
So after spending a few minutes looking like a looney trying to figure it out I hit the Nike+ website for some insight into how this bad boy works. Instead of finding instruction on their site I turned to a few health nut blogs through google and was finally given a “How to” on the sportswatch!
Turns out the little USB connecter is sneakily hidden in the actual watch band! Who would have thought!
I was finally able to download the content I needed and charge the thing up ready for use!
So what does this thing do you ask me?!
WELL! it doesn’t just tell the time, that’s for sure! During your run or walk when this lovely contraption is turned on it will jot down your pace, distance via GPS, laps and also calories burnt when you connect up a Polar Wear Link transmitter to it (luckily I already have one!) So this will also add a tracker on my heart rate too! After the run or walk it stores the history and keeps little tabs on your personal records! Pretty cool huh!? But there’s a bit more to go!
After you’ve completed your little activity you then head to the Nike+ website which you have a login name for and you plug in your Nike+ watch where it will then take all of those details of your run and pop them on there for you to see! It shows you a map of where you have run in your neighbourhood or on a track and it then stores your details on the website too! It also shows you the elevation of your run which is a pretty cool feature. If I’m doing hill runs it will show the incline and show how it affects my run!
Pretty darn cool hey!
I haven’t taken it for a test run just yet but don’t worry I’ll make sure I let you know how I go with this lovely contraption!!
Very cool design too!
So onto my 80 questions! Now where was I!?
What is your current weight? Have you lost anything this week? If not what are your plans for next week?
My current weight as of today is now 79.3kg I have lost 200 grams since weigh in on Wednesday and I plan on losing a lot more for next weeks weigh in!
I’ve gotten back into the swing of things now and I want to get some amazing results for my week 8 measurements and fitness test so I need to get my butt into serious gear and get moving more! (I’m hoping the Nike+ gives me some more inspiration too!)
My plans for next week are much the same as every other week! Eat Clean & Train Mean. Some weeks can be a bit tiresome and full on but I really want to and need to push myself that extra bit for the results that I desire!
What is your favourite type of cardio?
Hmmm, I’m not really sure with this one, I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of cardio! SHOCK!! haha I much prefer working with weights anyday but I know that cardio is just as important and that I need to do it for my health.
If I had to choose a favourite it would have to be either swimming or cycling, although I don’t do much cycling these days I have really loved it in the past and want to get back into it ASAP! My bike needs some TLC though.
Well my lovely people I’m off now to make some delicious 12WBT Roast Pumpkin & Garlic Soup YUM!
I made this about a month or so ago and loved it so I have to make another batch of it!!
Believe me it’s delicious!
So let me know what your favourite cardio is?! Maybe it’s something completely out of the ordinary like Pole Dancing, Which I’d really love to try one day!! Enjoy the rest of your weekends lovelies!!