Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday Stuff

First to reiterate my goals for this week...

" Going into the second week, beginning today, my plan is to set the same goals: 2 runs, 3 strength/core workouts, and 2 sessions of other physical activity for enjoyment. I will change up the strength component this week and will likely choose those workouts just before I am ready to do them... but they will definitely contain a core element. "

So how did I do?

  • run 6 km
  • stretch 15 minutes
  • walk 45 minutes
  • The Firm Hi Def Sculpt (Gaiam TV) - 40 minutes
  • core work on mat 5 minutes
  • walk 60 minutes
  • The Last Chance Workout DVD - 45 minutes
  • golf practice 60 minutes
  • run 5 km
  • stretch 15 minuts
  • The Firm Core Solutions (Gaiam TV) standing abs workout 12 minutes
  • walk 40 minutes
  • walk 30 minutes
  • walk 30 minutes
  • FitKnitChick's Friday Fatblaster workout 8 minutes
  • The Firm Hi Def Sculpt (Gaiam TV) - 40 minutes

It was a really good week.  I had a lot of energy this week and I am sure it is because I am making time to get in my workouts and also to keep variety in them so I don't get bored...  I hate doing the same workout too many times in a given week.  That is why no kettlebell this week... I love my kettlebell and want to keep it that way!

So, if I can get the same results for next week, week # of my Fall Fresh Start Challenge, I would be very happy!

I want to draw your attention to the 8 minute workout I did this afternoon... it was produced by Tamara Grand, who writes FitKnitChick.  Tamara is a " personal trainer, group fitness and indoor cycling instructor, PhD in biology, freelance writer, clean eater, wife, mother of three, knitter, collector of fine yarns, healthy living blogger and FitFluential Ambassador. "  And did I mention she lives in B.C., near Vancouver?   Tamara has a youtube channel so make sure to look her up.

I plan to start doing more of her workouts and also more of the workout videos that some of you are producing, and will be highlighting them as I do.  There is some really great work being done and I would like to support and encourage it... and hope you will join me, too.  I am going to be pinning my favorites on my Workout Board so have a look if you want some to try.

I have to mention, cause I know there is one of you will be calling me out on thisaying " but I though you didn't like videos on blog post" ... and that is true. I hardly ever click on the PLAY button to look at them. I don't want to watch people talk about something, or watch them cook, or assemble a treadmill, and so on.  But if you are actually doing an exercise routine I will probably take a look.

And now, for something completely different...

Our first walk today was to the Fairmont Empress Hotel Conference Centre to visit the marathon expo.  I had never been to one before and was quite impressed by how many companies were represented and by some of the samples they were offering... I guess when there are 12,000 people showing up to participate in an event, 3000 more volunteers and a good sized city full of curious spectators, the sponors want to show their stuff.  The Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon has a full marathon, a half, an 8k and a 1k kids' run as well. 

Showing off my Handful bag.

Tell me about the best race expo you have been to visit.

Do you have know of any great workout videos being produced by bloggers that you would like to share?  If they are your own, even better!


  1. I wish I was a personal training and had all of those incredible credentials and made (had enough guts to) videos! But I don't really have to because people like Tamara ROCK! and you do to for sharing. ;)

  2. I am BEYOND jealous! I am gonna jump on the Clipper & come visit:)

    PS: So far the best race expo I've been to was the Maui Marathon -- but I haven't been to many races!!

  3. I have never been to a big expo. The biggest was the Missoula Marathon and it wasn't very big. It was fun though and I did get a shirt.

    Great job with your workouts this week not only with all that you did but the variation. I will check out Tamara's page. I love finding new workout pages. I am so like you I don't watch video unless it is a workout or something. I would much rather read. I keep thinking of making a workout video, but I don't really have the credentials, maybe someday. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  4. I definitely use a few workout videos online, but I haven't used one by a blogger before. The best expo I've ever been to was at he Publix Half Marathon in Atlanta - it was fantastic with lots of samples!

  5. Hello Elle,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…)

    All the very best to you and yours for the rest of 2012 and beyond Elle. Look forward to hearing from you…


  6. Love this post, Elle! I am glad to hear your workouts are going well too. I am pretty much going crazy not doing any yet. :( Love that picture of you - so adorable! :)

  7. I love Tamara's workouts. I need to check out some more. I love her upper body bootcamp workout. I'm taking a few days off of running, so thank you for the reminder of some different workout options.

    Looks like a great week! Great work.

  8. You've had a busy week! GLad you're feeling energetic--it can be tough this time of year with the shorter days. Yay for the expo! THe best is Boston. : )

  9. I hate I didn't bring my passport to Seattle so I could have taken a day trip with Jenn to come visit you. Hope this has been a great week for you and The Captain!


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