ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Week 13 Training Recap #STWM

And another week of training bites the

And another week of training bites the dust!! A few weeks ago I was really apprehensive and scared about whether I could do this marathon thing. Finding the time to train, and more importantly the motivation was tough with my brain so full of self-doubt.  I honestly believe that there’s a strong mind/body connection and that you can achieve what you believe, so instead of focusing on Continue Reading...

The BEST Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Warning: these chocolate chip cookies require a tall glass of milk. The other day the girls insisted that we make some home-made chocolate chip cookies for their school lunches.  I must admit I've definitely had my share of cookie blunders - cookies that would be best used as a paper weight, not as a treat, but after years of trying and modifying every.single.chocolate.chip.cookie.recipe out Continue Reading...

20 Things I Could Have Done Instead of Running 20 Miles

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Marathon training is no joke. Getting up early for a 20 mile long run is a huge mental struggle for anyone.  While I LOVE running and racing, I HATE doing LONG training runs.  Hate may even be putting my dislike for them mildly.  I dislike them so much that I skipped doing my long run last week entirely, then skipped the long run on Saturday due to rain, but finally got it done on Continue Reading...

ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Week 12 Training Recap #STWM

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Happy Monday everyone! How was your training last week? Getting into my training after last week’s vacation was hard and I didn’t jump back into it the way I had planned. This week was quite honestly a mental struggle. I’m really struggling with motivating myself to follow my training plan for this marathon. I think this stems from two things: I’m not sure how badly I really want to run a Continue Reading...

Survey: Help Me Choose A New Name For My Blog

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Dear Readers, It has been my absolute pleasure sharing my training and fitness tips here at Fitness Cheerleader for the past 4.5 yrs, but as you can tell from the title of this post I’m contemplating changing my blog name/url and of course a re-design to go along with it. I’ve been on the fence about this for quite a while, and thought what better way to decide about my blogging future then to Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Recap: Week 11 #STWM

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After last week’s awesome training week, this week my training was put off to the side for something I felt was more important – End of the summer quality time with the kiddos. They are growing up so fast and I’m well aware that the days when they want to spend time with me will soon be a thing of the past, so I took advantage of the beautiful weather, took a week off from work and had fun Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Training Recap – Week #10

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Ten weeks in and I've found myself at that point where I need to make some decisions: Do I keep training for the marathon or do I drop down to the half marathon?  I thought long and hard about this, then decided to put in a good effort with my training this week, and re- evaluate after my long run.  If my long run was a big ol' fail then I'd have to drop down to the Continue Reading...

Iron Girl Canada Triathlon Race Report

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  As I shared briefly last week, I competed in the Iron Girl Canada Sprint Triathlon thanks to my sponsor Skinnygrape on August 10th, 2014. And as I promised, here is my race report (albeit a little late). The Tuesday night (5 days before Iron Girl), I decided to pull my new-to-me road bike out of the dark corner in our basement it was hiding in. I discovered that the tires were flat. Continue Reading...

Sony WaterProof MP3 Player Review + $100 Best Buy Gift Card Giveaway!

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One of the best fitness motivators for me is music. My favourite workout song is "Inner Ninja" and listening to it when I run really helps to pump me up! Unfortunately though listening to my favourite music is next to impossible to listen to when I'm swimming. Or so I thought until Best Buy contacted me to ask me how they can help me achieve my fitness goals by allowing me to choose any of the Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Training Recap – Week #9

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I am now officially half way through my 18 week training plan for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront and thankfully I’m starting to be a lot more optimistic about my ability to get the training in, and to be able to finish the race. As I shared last week, writing my training recaps each week was making me feel anxious and scared about the race getting closer, making me reminiscent about my Continue Reading...

5 Things that Running Has Given Me

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It’s no secret… I love running! I don’t remember exactly when I first discovered that I loved running, perhaps it was when I ran cross-country in grade school? Or the rainy day I ran my first road race (Texaco Mile in 1986)? Or when I was a middle distance runner on the track team in middle school (I ran the 400m, 800m, and 1500m). My mom might even say that my love of running started when I was a Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Training Recap Week #….8!?! A Post About Facing My Fears

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As I type this post I am just now realising that every time I write a training recap I'm getting closer and closer to marathon race day.  It kind of reminds me of one of my favourite books from childhood: Every time loveable, furry old Grover turns the page he gets closer to the Monster, and he gets more and more scared of the scary Monster: Then when Grover finally gets Continue Reading...