Wow! This past week sure was BUSY!! Halloween, returning to work, Amber’s first birthday…. Crazy! Thankfully I was able to manage the stress with some lunch time workouts, which really helped me to manage the emo-eating:
Monday: Spinning class at the gym with my co-woker
Tuesday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Wednesday: Amber’s birthday & a vacation day from work – Did the Mamavation 2 week challenge Ab workout
Thursday: 8k Tempo run (easy 1.5k warm up, 5k @ 5;33/km, easy 1.5k cool down)
Friday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday: Rest ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ” my in-laws are visiting for Amber’s first birthday
Sunday: 11k long run at a 6:32/km pace with two girlfriends
Every 7 minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In fact, in 2008 cardiovascular disease accounted for:
- 29% of all deaths in Canada (69,648 deaths ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ” or more than 69,500)
- 28% of all male deaths
- 29.7% of all female deaths
– source:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Heart & Stroke Foundation Website
Aren’t those some scary stats?
This past week I received an email letting me know about theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â VIP ProgramÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â for theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â 2012 Becel Ride for Heart, so I forwarded it to my husband and asked, “Is this something you’d consider doing with me?”. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He quickly emailed me back: “YES!”.
As I’ve written in my post, “Do You Have Time for a Heart Attack?“, my husband’s uncle who is only a few years older than him, suffered a massive heart attack last fall. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Thankfully Uncle Dave recognized the symptoms early, sought early medical attention and was able to have emergency by-pass surgery. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Uncle Dave is VERY lucky to be alive today. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â His experience has taught the family that we must be more active and eat healthier foods. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Since then we’ve been trying to find something motivational and active that we can do together as a couple. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Hubby is not fond of running and prefers to cycle. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In fact he recently got a new-to-him bike from a co-worker and has been struggling to find the motivation to ride it since. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Today I committed to the VIP program which means raising $1000 for Heart Disease, in return for:
- The choice of Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â which of the four priorities of Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission my fundraising will support: Awareness & Prevention, Healthy Communities, Healthy Children & Youth or World Class Research (I choose the Healthy Community)
- VIP Cycling Jersey
- Event-day hospitality package including catered breakfast and lunch, free car and valet bike parking and special refreshment stops
- Access to any of the three Ride routes and choice of start time
- Invitation to the VIP Rally and post-event thank you Ride
I’m going to rideÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â 75kÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â on Sunday June 3, 2012 with my husband!
Our cycling training starts this week!
Besides the spinning class I attended last week, I haven’t rode a bike in years, and neither has my husband. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Eeeeek! Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This means we have to start our training and I have to incorporate my cycling training with my Chilly Half Marathon training….
Monday: Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Spinning class with my co-worker
Tuesday:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Thursday: Speed track workout 2k warmup & cooldown, 2 x 1600m in 8 min, 800m recovery jog
Friday:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday: BodyPump class
Sunday:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 11k long run at a 6:32/km pace with two girlfriends
I’m not sure what my husband’s training will be, but I will definitely get on him to do something, after all he’s now committed to a goal and I won’t let him slack off on it!
(NOTE: You can register for the Becel Ride for Heart VIP Program too! Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If you register before November 30, 2011 your $40 registration fee will be waived)All the best in health and fitness,