My Confession: Running Sucks.

Running is probably the most popular physical activity because it’s cheap, accessible and anyone can do it. There are people who are so passionate about running, those who like to run away the stress and those who do it because they feel like they have to. I use to do it because I felt like I had to. There was always a little voice in my head forcing me to go for a run because it’s suppose to do wonders for you. But no offense to all the runners out there (a.k.a. the majority of my friends and the bloggers I stalk) but…

RUNNING SUCKS.

For me, that is. I’m allowed to say that I do NOT like running because I really really tried and it’s just not for me.

Lululemon Seawheeze 2012

Lululemon Seawheeze 2012: my first and last running race.

I personally dislike running because it’s slow, boring, inefficient and it does not help me relieve stress, make me feel good nor do I find it fun at all which was one of my biggest issues. It was also hard on my legs which was totally my fault since I would never commit to “conditioning my legs for running.”  When I tried to get into it, I actually gained body fat because I had to force myself to run slow in the beginning (or I’d be dying from lower body pain the next day) and since I’m so busy, I often didn’t have time to get a “real” workout in that day since I sacrificed that slot slot to run— or I had to do it so early in the morning that I was burnt out by evening when I did have time to workout.

I do run though— in the form of sprinting! I love it because it’s fast, efficient and I always feel amazing around rounds of HIIT sprints. Steady-state running on the otherhand is just something I dread because I feel like the world is moving in slow motion. Time and priorities are another huge reason why I dislike running. I have so many other interests and hobbies and although I do enjoy social runs here and there, I would rather being doing something I enjoy with that time.

I can spend hours and hours cycling and it would not feel like a workout at all because it’s my passion. For me, cycling is rewarding, I can cover huge distances in less time, it’s the ultimate way to explore, it’s easy on my joints, it’s “easy” to burn those calories, I’m good at it and most importantly, it’s fun.

For those who are passionate about running, they will have similar reasons.

But it is definitely not me. From now on, I will only be spending my precious time doing things I love and genuinely enjoy. I have nothing against running and runners… everyone has to find their passion and do what they love!!

At the end of the day, doing what makes you happy is the most important.

Run Bugs

My beloved Run Bugs!! These are 3 people who are definitely PASSIONATE about running and it is INSPIRING. They live, breath and dream running like I do cycling. They made my short running stint fun and taught me a lot … even though in the end, I realized it wasn’t for me. I have no regrets being a former Run Bug because of all the memories and new insights I’ve gained from the experience!

What about you? Are you passionate about running? Can you honestly say you like it? Or do you force yourself to because you feel like you have to?

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    Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

    Are you one of those unfortunate souls who are always on a diet, obsessed with your weight and body image yet you never seem to be seeing any results? Here are some common mistakes people make and reasons why you are not losing weight:

    You overcomplicate things.

    Losing weight is a simple equation of eating less calories than you consume, eating whole foods and exercising frequently. Start living simply and healthily and the weight will automatically come off. Diet and fitness should enhance your life— not overcomplicate it.

    You are not eating enough.

    If you are not eating enough, your metabolism will drop and start hoarding fat and calories because it is trying to protect itself by going into starvation mode and as a result of this, you will get stuck in an endless cycle and the pounds will never come off. I see many people who seem to be constantly dieting and eating nothing with little progress and I suspect that one of the reasons is that they are just not eating enough because their body never changes. Don’t see food as an enemy but something that will nourish you— again, eat clean and the weightloss will be a lot easier.

    You are depriving yourself.

    Successful weightloss requires patience which means slowly cutting out bad foods from your diet and slowly incorporating whole and healthy foods. Doing it all at once will make you feel deprived and that’s when you lose all willpower and binge. Sound familiar?

    Lychee Mojitos

    Alcohol is okay in moderation!

    You are eating more than you think.

    Just because a food is labelled healthy doesn’t mean you can eat endless amounts of it. A couple more tablespoons of olive oil, an extra helping of whole wheat pasta, one more protein muffin— calories really add up. To stay on track, (especially for beginners) keeping a food journal will teach you about the foods you are consuming, increase awareness with your diet and how many calories are in food.

    You are not lifting weights.

    If you want to maintain a high metabolism, you need  lean muscle! What is the point of losing all that weight if you can’t keep it off? Lift heavy! I can’t stress that enough.

    Kettlebell

    You are a cardio queen (or king).

    Too many hours spent on the treadmill will only end up working against you as your body produces too much cortisol and undo all your training. Plus steady-state cardio is extremely boring and efficient! Keep your workouts short but intense and add some variety to your routine by incorporating high intensity interval training, Tabata, sprints and compound exercises. That is a way more efficient way of burning calories and keeping it short will decrease the chances of you dreading a long and boring workout.

    You are not doing it for yourself.

    Don’t lose the weight to impress someone or to fit in. You must be be in this for yourself 100% because at the end of the day, if you are still not happy, you will not find any motivation to keep on going.

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      Training for the Whistler Gran Fondo

      I’m not a competitive person. You can label me as a recreational athlete but definitely not a competitive or serious athlete. I have ZERO interest in racing but I do them anyway for fun, for the experience and to see if I can actually complete them. I don’t care if I have the fastest time or the slowest time. I sure don’t want to come in last but I don’t care about placing in the top either. For me, fitness is a hobby and it’s something that makes me feel awesome.

      Honestly, I’m not scared or worried about the Whistler Gran Fondo at all— I don’t plan on doing anything different than I am already doing because I have confidence in my abilities. I don’t care about placing in the top but I want to cross the finish line and have an AMAZING time doing it. Which I most definitely will.

      My Gran Fondo training plan is to do exactly what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years and continue living my fit and healthy lifestyle.

      In all the events and “races” I’ve completed in the past, I never had a “training plan” and always just worked out and did my thing as usual, perhaps with some minor tweaks (such as spending a little more time on the bikes at the gym for cardio when the Ride to Conquer Cancer was coming up). I know this has always worked for me because I always felt confident and prepared going into an event and I always completed it and had tons of fun doing so which is the most important part of it to me. With that being said, if you are more serious about the race than I am and want to place in the top, you should definitely come up with a solid plan that will also track your progression!

      Prospect Hill | Stanley Park

      Prospect Hill @ Stanley Park. Photo Credit: Shane York

      I am a huge believer in cross-training. To be a stronger athlete, you must not only have endurance but strong muscles to push you even further. I do cardio but also a lot of weightlifting and high intensity interval training which not only develops my fitness but my mental toughness. Here are some of my workout guidelines and how I’m “training” for the Whistler Gran Fondo:

      • I get most of my cardio on the bike outdoors or if it’s the spin bike at the gym, it’s in the form of HIIT and Tabata.
      • I don’t attend Crossfit but I do Crossfit workouts on my own because I have all the equipment at my gym (and I love working out on my own).
      • I do workouts for time, for reps, as many rounds as possible, to failure… always switching it up!
      • I do a lot of functional movement and compound exercises.
      • I always lift heavy weights.
      • I make sure to have variety in all my workouts.
      • I don’t follow a set training plan. I train whatever body part I feel like and I rest when my body tells me to.
      • I DO outline my workouts weekly. That keeps me from messing around and wasting time at the gym because I really do not have any time to waste. Efficiency is the key!
      • Some outlines I set for myself per week (but not strictly): a minimum of 1 upperbody HIIT circuit (lots of rows, presses, cleans and usually combined with plyo or sprints), 1 deadlift day (just because deadlifts are my absolute FAVORITE lift and it’s usually combined with core and light cardio), 1 lower body day (lots of squat varations, glutes, etc), 1 full-body conditioning day (crazy intense workouts that I always dread but love at the same time; wall balls, burpees, double-unders, kettle bells, bike sprints, everything my gym has to offer).
      • I stretch and foam-roll after every single workout.
      • I make sure to rest. If my body is not up for it, I will take a day off.
      • And of course, I’m trying to spend as much time on the saddle as possible while balancing it with all my other physical activities and a busy life.

      I am committed to staying fit year-round so I know I will always be prepared for anything. I go into every event with a confident mindset knowing that I have the ability to finish which makes the experience that much more positive and bearable because I never get stressed out. Training and staying fit is already integrated into my lifestyle and while it is easy to maintain, being able to love and embrace the pain definitely helps too!

      How do you train for a race?

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