Tag: running

New Branding!

I’ve decided to rebrand myself because Shrinking Inkdgirl is not what I’m trying to become. I needed to think about this because “Gaining Inkdgirl” did not sound too pleasing, but ultimately this is my goal. 

I’m going to just announce it now and be done with it but I Am No Longer an UltraMarathoner. I Will NOT be running my 100k in May. I just don’t feel it anymore. I cannot convince myself that I want to do it. My injuries are still present and why aggravate them further. I will still be going to Paducah Ky in June for RUTs because that’s just a damn good time! 

So with this rebranding comes a new page and new blog address, I will now be Inkdgirlfitness.com . 

No worries I will not become one of those IG fit girls posting half naked glute videos for all to see, I’m way too fat for that. But I will be posting you tube videos of my training, PR’s and whatever else I feel like. For example here is one of my new addiction BFR ( blood flow restriction ) training click here ➡️ BFR triceps . Here are a few pics of my recent shenanigans. 


Back squat PR 205 here’s the video proof click here ➡️ 205 squat pr

But wait I’ve also PR’d my deadlift too – 245 baby !!!!

I’m quite happy with the progress I’ve made in just 11 weeks of strictly lifting with little to no cardio. My 12 week Bodybuilding.com transformation challenge ends this week. This is my progress so far 



Funny thing is – before pic I’m 177lbs and current pic is 183lbs! That’s what I’m talking about – when you make gains and look leaner! Boom 

So stay tuned and keep on lifting ladies – it does the body good 

Thankful Thursday 

* This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program, all opinions expressed are my own. 


 I’m thankful for today. 

Each and everyday is a blessing and if we all could just embrace that the world might just be a happier place. 

First off – I’m thankful that the lord blessed me with 3 fantastic kids. They are my life. If you weren’t aware my youngest is a Type 1 Diabetic and everyday is a day of discovery with this disease. I’m thankful that I used to be a nurse and I can manage her care both as a mom and a caregiver. 

I’m thankful for my health, last year I was injury plagued with my foot and I didn’t run as much as I’d like. This year I’m focusing on getting all the help I can – super thankful for my massage/sports therapist! 

I turn 46 in a few days and don’t feel it , I owe this to my daily gym regime at GoodLife Fitness where each and everyday I run and lift and make my body stronger. I am definitely in better shape at 46 than I was at 26. 

My nutrition !!!! Thank you plants!!! I’m so very thankful for the earth to provide me with the nutrition I need. My focus is Clean protein, complex carbs and good fats! On this note – thank you to my Instant Pot which has become my new favorite kitchen gadget! I can cook 4 sweet potatoes in 15 min and I made whole grain brown rice in 21 minutes! Thank you!!!

Basically I’m at a point in my life now where my happiness comes from fitness, nutrition and my family. These things I’m thankful for and let’s all reflect on what we have in life. 

Week 9 Alpha Female results

Start weight 175

Current 177

Macros P 135

C 150

F 50 

I made some changes this week and I totally slacked off on lifting. This week I started back running. I did 5 days of 5k runs and I felt so good. I have missed it. To me running isn’t cardio , it’s running. I swear, my heart rate climbs and I know I’m working out. 

The lifts sucked, I hate chest day so I did not a single bench press this week. I also skipped both leg days because I didn’t want to ruin my legs for running. 

Another big change – I went back to Vegan! Yes I did. I know I feel good when I eat plants so I need to detox my body and eat more earthly foods! Speaking of which I went to Doomies in Toronto ( vegan restaurant on Queen St w) and devoured and not so healthy Big Mac 

Oh snap- it was Delish!!!! 

So this week starts the final chapter of this Alpha Female program and I’m not quitting it. I may alter it a bit but I’m definitely still in it for the final 3 weeks. 

It’s time to drop some weight this time and lean out. I don’t need big gains. 

Week 8 Alpha Female

Start weight 175

Week 8 weight 176

Tried carb cycling , gained! Definitely going to stick with lower carbs from now on. Simply put I will get my carbs from fruit and veggies only. No more oatmeal, rice cakes or bread. I found my old journal from Aug 2010 when I first had my surgery, in that journal I kept saying how I was drinking/eating mostly protein and keeping my carbs low like the DR ordered- hmmmm and it worked. So guess that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I was a tiny bit flustered last week and wanted to quit everything because it was becoming so time consuming(tracking everything) but I also learned how easily it was to eat bad stuff cuz it wasn’t tracked – bag of jujubes! 

So I’m back to tracking diligently this week, doing my exercises and guess what —- IM BACK RUNNING! 

My body was always leaner when I was running 5-6x a week and I think it’s time to give my old foot another shot! I hit the trails this weekend and forgot my love of trails existed. I’m so back 

Today I started back on the mill for a 5k and I think I’m going to do a 5k a day just to stay consistent and check my pace/times 

Today was not fast nor my best pace but I give 0 shits about that. I’m just happy to be back running. 

So here’s my week 1 and week 8 pics – still fluffy as hell!

Notice the dark hair – well it’s going back to blonde this week! 

I’ll see what happens this week as I do my low carb , NOT high fat plan and let’s hope with that and the increased cardio I see less fluff next week. 

Alpha Female Program -Getting Started and Why I am done running

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own. 


This is how I currently feel about running, I’m tired and I’m just done with it. I had a goal in place to run a 50 mile trail race and I did that back in May. I did it injured and now it’s time to let my body just recover and heal. My mind as well needs to absorb the rest because I am mentally not ready, not wanting to race ever again. Will that come back? Maybe? Does it scare me ? Not really. I have done some pretty amazing things since losing 144lbs and now my journey is leading me to a different route. 

I have always loved lifting and Crossfit was something I really missed when I was running. So now I have Huge News! 

I was selected out of 600 applicants to be a part of this Alpha Female 12 week program.

I HAVE A COACH!!! Like a real live person who will give me workouts, plan my macros and motivate me to be the fittest old girl I can be!

I’m so excited to begin this program August 1. This weekend I shop for my groceries, meal prep and Sunday night my workout for the week gets emailed to me. 

I will share my journey with y’all. I did the Thinner Leaner Stronger program for 4 weeks leading up to this and it was great because I already knew how to track macros, and how to properly lift. 

I will be spending so much time at GoodLife Fitness for the next 12 weeks and that excites me. The gym is my happy place. 

For the next 12 weeks all my energy will be channeled into lifting, cardio and nutrition. 

My before pics are pretty urgh 

175lbs

Yes I have a messed up stomach due to a massive hernia repair and I will never have one of those bikini comp bodies, that’s ok. My goal is to drop 25lbs , build some serious muscle and get strong! 

Coach Evan has her work cut out for her. 

Time to shop and prep! 

Confession – I’m tired of Running

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassadors program. All opinions expressed are my own. 

This post scares me. 

I just don’t feel like running. What is wrong with me? I’m an Ultra runner? I should be out there everyday killing miles but I just don’t want too. Am I burned out? The worst part is I really just don’t care right now.

Back up a bit here though – I had a goal, a dream a huge desire to run and complete a 50 miler this year. 

And I did it! 

2 weeks later I ran a marathon. 

3 weeks from now I have a 50k. 

Honestly, I can’t wait for this summer to be over. I’m kinda done. 

So what ha been occupying my mind ? Lifting! 

Even when I was training for races I still lifted, I will never look like an ultra runner with their sleek slim physiques. I’m too big for that! 

My brain has been overloaded with info from Muscle For Life blog and I love the info he provides. 

So I have been hitting GoodLife Fitness hard doing as much as I can. Today was leg day , something I avoided when running because I always thought I was doing enough.

I am noticing changes already even though I’m not doing a real program yet- more to come on that! ( stay tuned ) 


Nutritionally speaking I will be making changes too. I still need to reduce carbs but I know my protein intake isn’t high enough yet – more to come on that too! 

So for now I’m sticking my life motto of ” Do You” and I’m doing whatever feels right to me. I don’t need to be anything other than that. 

Keep moving, Eat right and Have FUN! 

Running trumps weights

  Ok , I’ve had a change of heart. 

I need to run all the miles and decrease the time spent in the gym. Yesterday I had my first ever Long run post boot/cast and it was magical! 

   
  I ran/slogged my way through 17 freaking miles!  

 
I have now realized that I no longer worry about my mins/miles , my pace but more about time on my feet. I am not a sprinter or a 5k runner – I don’t Do fast. I want to be alone with my thoughts, singing my heart out just focusing on covering distance and being upright! 

So does this mean No More Lifting? No way! It’s just not going to be my focus at the moment. Winter was awful here and I spent no time outdoors logging miles and now that spring has finally sprung – I want to enjoy it and be out there Running! 

I will continue doing as much of the LiveFit program from home and I will find ways to substitute the machine exercises – I have resistance bands here. 

I will work on my core and upper body and let running be my leg day! 

So guess what, it’s now Run O Clock ! 
Happy feet away! 

Do You Even Altra? 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive commissions if you make purchases after clicking on any links.All opinions and written content are my own (unless otherwise noted).
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1. Intuition 3.5


2. Lone Peak 2.5


3. Torin 2.0


4.0 Paradigm 1.5

5.0 One 2.5

Aren’t they so pretty!

I’m currently rotating between the Torin and Paradigm for roads and the Lone Peaks for trail runs!

Happy shopping!

 

It’s Tshirt Time!

Oh em Gee! 

I ran in a tshirt today and I need to shout it out to the world! 

It was a balmy 48 degrees when I set out today with a hoodie and gloves – but I quickly realized it was time to lose some layers! So freaking stoked! 

  
It honestly has felt like forever since a run like this could happen. I despise winter and have spent the majority of it either injured or on a treadmill. What I also learned today is I may never be a 9min/mile runner ever again. I have a lot of work to do to get back to that. It will take time but if it doesn’t happen then I’m totally ok with that too. I ran today on both roads and trails and the trails were muddy, icy and treacherous in spots 

   
I loved it! There is no place I’d rather be than getting dirty on a trail with no one watching you but the squirrels and birds. Peaceful calm! 

  
These were long slow miles but each and every breath I took refreshed my soul and made me realize that no matter how slow it goes it’s still a run. I’m a firm believer that #allmilescount regardless of pace or distance. 

Just get out there and Do You! 

Here’s to us Back of the Pack’rs 

Corner of Happiness

  
This 6′ x 5′ feet of space is all it takes to make me happy these days. 

I don’t ask for much, I don’t buy myself fancy things but when an opportunity (70% off) came up for me to own my very own good treadmill – I jumped on it! 

Yes I am an avid gym goer and love the atmosphere but the 2+ hrs a day I spend between commuting and working out really does eat into my schedule. If work appts fall at that 830-1030 am window then you cannot I’m not going to get a workout in. 

I can now get up, get the kiddo fed and off to school and be on the mill by 8am. Showered and fed myself by 9-930! Thank the Lord! 

Best part – I can run in a bra!  

 
I don’t care because the only lurkers are my dogs and they don’t care about my jiggly bits. Today I watched Dateline and the time flew by 

  
I even managed a couple of negative splits. 

I am fortunate to have this piece of equipment and it will never become a drying rack at this house. It will always be in my living room as a focal point for me to know what I need to do. Let the training continue and I will be back out on the roads too, once it warms up! 

Happy Running and here’s to running All The Miles! 

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