Krug – The Aud Parking Lot – Ottawa – River – Manchester

That’s the BIG Block.  Why am I mentioning the BIG Block?  I walked/jogged it tonight.  I did a shorter version of it earlier this week.  I’ve decided I am going to try to do it at least 3 times a week.  I’m getting back into my jogging sneakers and hitting the road.  The weather is finally shaping up!

I thought if I was going to go for a walk/jog I better get my jog’s worth!  Tonight it took me a good hour and ten minutes!  I think I jogged about 1/3 of the time.  Maybe a bit less.  It is hard to tell when you go between walking and jogging.  By the time I did my last jog, it was slow.  By the time I got to Manchester I had very heavy legs!  By the time I got home I thought if I sat down I might not be able to get up and have very stiff legs.  Always remember to stretch well after a vigorous walk/jog.

On a side note, some guys in a truck yelled something at me and gave me a thumbs up.  I had my earbuds in so I didn’t catch what they said.  He was smiling so I hope it was something nice.  Sometimes it can be interesting when you are out jogging!

The Goal:  to be able to jog the entire route by the end of August.

The Challenge:  Getting out there at least 3 times a week so I can accomplish my goal and the weather.  With the summer coming up with the smog and the heat I will have to get out early in the morning, which you know won’t be so hard since I have been getting up at 6am to exercise anyways (Confession time: I haven’t been great at this the last month or so).  I think it might still be too muggy to do it at 8pm.  I guess I will just have to wait and see.  I did do both jogs this week in the evening and it was a good way to end the day, but I know that won’t always be possible.

I’m still going to try and get in a couple workouts in with Gillian too.  I want to keep working on my muscles.  I also have a workout on Wed nights now too (I’ll share in my next blog…promise!).  So that is the plan.  Now it is sticking with it!

As for healthy eating, I’m trying to get back at it.  Sweats and chips are just so good!  🙂  I’ve been having pear/apple/banana smoothies (with Greek yogurt – so excited to finally see it at Zehrs) this week which is great for getting in a little more fibre and fruit.  I’ve also had a few more healthier and balanced meals as well.  I’m pretty sure that I am going to try to stay away from potatoes as much as I can.  I think they make me seriously bloated.  I don’t know if you have ever gotten so bloated that it hurts and tires you out and you need to sleep kind of bloating.  I don’t recommend it!  I’ve got something special from the doctor just for it!

Finally, a blog on exercising and not food (well, not recipes at least!).  I’ll do my best to give an update once in a while on how the jogging is going and where I am at with my goal!

The Next step: See how many KM the BIG Block holds!

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