Recapping the Day

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me)


I woke up late, rushed around to try to eat something and get to work on time (Wednesdays are the new Mondays). I had packed my gym bag the night before, and had some lunch ready to go, then my colleague messaged me to tell me we were getting Turkish for lunch, so then the prepped lunch went out the window (not literally, we ate it for dinner, it was delicious).
I arrived at work on time even though the traffic was literally past my house, and I took a stupid way to work thinking it would help me avoid traffic. (Note to self: don’t do that)
Had a staff meeting, then spent most of the morning debating post grad studies with a colleague.

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me):

2 scoops protein (chocolate)
Vanilla Almond milk (unsweetened)
Dash of thickened cream (1-2T)
A drop of peppermint essence

OMG this is seriously the best protein shake I’ve ever had. If you’re a fan of mint chocolate then this is going to blow your mind!

At the gym:

I got to the gym with every intention of doing legs, but they were still sore from a couple of days ago so I decided not to push it and worked my chest in stead, which was a good idea because today the ladies are feeling it!

I then did 5km running on the treadmill, and 10min on the StairMaster, whom I am currently attempting to woo so she can become my bitch.
Current goal: 20 mins on StairMaster without dying.

All in all, it was a good day!! I did things, went to the gym, and didn’t have to cook dinner!

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So now I am sitting here at work sipping on a flat white and a protein shake simultaneously (who am I?!) and hoping for as good a day today as I had yesterday.


Gym vs. Outside (Nature’s Gym)

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new schedule at the gym lately. I have allocated days, body parts, exercises and weights, and have been going quite consistently for strength training.
I decided that to truly attempt to condition my body and make it more useful for running, I needed to incorporate a more holistic method of training.

Welcome back into the rotation strength training 😉

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So yeah, that part has been a blast, but how the hell do you get a good amount of running in while at the gym??!

Why is running on a treadmill so much more tedious than running outside??

It is easier to run on a treadmill, it’s smoother, there are less things to dodge on the ground, and yet running on a treadmill is just so boring!

I get that outside has stimulation, there is an ever changing scenery that keeps your brain occupied etc etc. But seriously, when it’s muggy and raining outside(Damn tropical summers), don’t tell me to suck it up, I’m going to run on a treadmill.

There was a girl at the gym yesterday who ran consistently for 45 minutes on the treadmill, and she is my new hero.

To sum up, both the gym and working out outside are amazing in their own ways! I still prefer being outside (nature, sunshine, vitamin d, trees, you get it), but in a pinch (and for strength training) gyms have a lot to offer! Climate control being my favourite.

How do you get past the tedium of treadmills when trying to up the mileage for the week?! Meditation? TV? Sheer willpower and dedication????

I am actually so curious. Please teach me your ways.

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Running With Friends

While we were away over the weekend at the beach I went for a run with a friend of mine. She is one of those people that you hate. She does triathlons. TRIATHLONS! It’s crazy. She’s just so fit, and seems to have so much energy!

So we went for a run.

It was difficult. I felt so slow, and so awkward next to her, and I felt like I was slowing her down, and felt bad when we had to walk up steep hills.

But it wasn’t as bad as my mind told me it was. We were running at a beautiful beach, we kept seeing adorable baby kangaroos hanging out with their mummas, and other people with adorable pets walking around. We visited our respective partners while they played bike polo (the reason why we were there), and had enough energy left at the end to bounce on an inflatable pillow thingy!


All in all, it was not as bad as I thought it was, and it NEVER IS as bad as we think it is. I always disparage myself when I run with others, but when push comes to shove, it is nice to run with others because it makes the time go faster, the kilometers fly by, and it’s a healthier way to socialise than drinking at the pub. 😛

Do you like running with others?
Do you also struggle with comparing your fitness to others?


Progress! Week 1 results! (And how I’m feeling overall)

Smashing goals, challenging thoughts, cramping feet and getting those KM’s!

This morning I checked my emails and saw my “progress from last week” email from Map My Run. I groaned. I was sure I didn’t make the km’s I needed for last week.

29.9km!! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  (To see my progress overall check out my post here)

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So now week 1 of madness is complete, and it’s time to start looking at completing week 2 and trying to get past that 30km mark for the week. Honestly, I think I should be able to make it. 😉 *fingers crossed*

I have just returned from Day 8: 5km steady pace. Which was mercifully easy compared to some of my runs last week. Which made me think about how different each run can be. No two runs are the same! Sometimes it’s your legs that refuse to co-operate, and other times it’s your head. There are many runs I’ve cut short because my head just wasn’t in it.
This morning, I ran. It was simple! I got ready, walked out the door and ran. I didn’t overcomplicate it, and that meant that I wasn’t overthinking the run either. My body co-operated with my head, and the run went smoothly. What a lovely change! It could have been because of the rest day I had yesterday, or the extra stretching I did after my long run on Saturday, who knows! My only complaint today was the cramping in my right foot that set in at 4km 😦

So I think I will have to try to keep in mind how simple it can be for those days that I really don’t want to.

How is everyone else’s Monday going? Have you started your weekly mileage? Does your head ever get in the way of a potentially great run?


Running for More Time

Why I started running – and how it has helped me make more time for everything else in my life

I started running this year after my 28th birthday. I was reaching the half-way point in my undergraduate degree, share-housing, working in hospitality, and severely unhealthy and unhappy.
So I decided to do something. I started with a morning routine, which consisted of 10 minutes of mediation, 10 minutes of writing (I used this time to plan my day), and 10 minutes of reading. This then evolved into a routine that included a run in the mornings before I started my day (let’s be honest, it was a slow shuffle in the beginning).

It was amazing! I began by using the C25k App, which was brilliant, and soon I was confidently running up to 6km at a time.

I realised that when I was running regularly, I was so much more productive during the day! I was scheduling more into my day, including 30-60 minutes of running, and I ended up having more time to get everything done! For some reason, running made me start using my time more productively. Since I needed to squeeze in the extra running time every day, I ended up prioritising the rest of my time better.

Using my time more wisely is just one of the major benefits that I’ve noticed from adding running into my daily life, and I notice it so much more when I’ve skipped a few days, or fallen behind on my running schedule. I will realise that not only have I missed a few days of running, but I’ve also been more slack in other areas of my life, like study or housework.

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Isn’t it funny how such a small change can affect your life in such a huge way?

I’ll make sure to do a complete list of ALL of the benefits of running, and also my beginner running story, as well as some tips to get started ASAP!

Do you notice that you’re better with using your time when you’ve incorporated a fitness routine into your schedule? Do you feel more organised or prioritise your time better?

On Tuesdays, We Wear Black

Tuesday Run Log – Day 2 of November Training Plan/Consistency Challenge

Black is seriously the most versatile colour. If I can impart one piece of advice to you (that isn’t about staying consistent), it is that black is seriously the easiest colour for workout gear.
Colours are great, but I stick to black and grey for my workout clothes, because they mix and match so much better! No stress when I get up and put on my gear.

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Day Two! Tuesday: interval running – sprints

Distance: 3.24km
Time: 35:53
Average Pace: 7:58 /km
Tunes: A podcast! I’ve been listening to The Bright Sessions for a few months now. I will review it as soon as I’m caught up with the new episodes.
The Run: It was ok. Tough, but ok. Intervals are crap, and if you’re anything like me, you have to work hard to get through them.

  • Why do I do this to myself?

Don’t forget that you can still join me for my Month Of Madness! I’ll be uploading a printable schedule soon! (Which can be adapted for any new month of training!)

Are you training for anything coming up? Do you loathe sprints as much as I do?? Drop me a comment below! Or find me on Instagram or Twitter (@thecrappyrunner)

Join Me For My Month of Madness!

You may have seen my November training plan already, and thought it might be fun to also increase your fitness this month, so why not join me in this month’s training plan! Starting tomorrow with some intervals 😉

I’d love to see how you’re progressing and how the training plan is working out for everyone else, so let me know in the comments how you’re feeling, or find me on Instagram @thecrappyrunner to keep up to date with how I’m going and share your own story with me!

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November Training Plan/Challenge!

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace  — COMPLETE
Tuesday – intervals  — COMPLETE — + extra 2km run
Wednesday – 5km regular pace —COMPLETE —
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast) –COMPLETE–
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run –COMPLETE–
Saturday – 7km “long” run –COMPLETE– (8KM)

Total: 27 – 30km

Complete: 29.9km / 27-30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday –  intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

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