#MotivateMe Monday: What Happens When You Plan and Believe in Yourself + My April Goals

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and a great training week! This past week turned out great for me. I made it to the pool on Monday for the first time in what seems like forever and swam 1000m in 29:56. I’m sure that’s not a fantastic time, but it’s good to know what my continue reading →

Friday Five: 5 Last-Minute Race Tips For Your Best Race Ever

Whether you are running a 5k or a marathon, here are 5 race tips for your best race ever.

Today I’m playing along with the Friday Five link up hosted by Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up for What. On Sunday I’ll be running the Around the Bay 30k Road Race. It’s been almost 5 months since I last ran a race so while I was reacquainting myself with some tips that will help me to run a great race, I thought I’d jot them down and share these 5 last-minute race tips for your best race ever with you too. Two or Three Days Before Lay out your race gear and pack two nights before hand Check the continue reading →

Top 20 Signs That You’re a Triathlete

20 signs youre a triathlete

As you transition your training from running only to swim, bike AND run here are some some tell-tale signs that triathlon training has begun to take over your world: 20. You have a bicycle in your bedroom. 19. You catch yourself blowing snot rockets at work. 18. The only “jewellery” you wear is a GPS watch and your Road ID. 17. Waking up at 6 am is considered sleeping in. 16. When your kids get hungry while out and about the only food you have to offer them are energy gels, protein bars and electrolyte tabs. 15. Your car looks like a continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Embracing the Taper

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone! How’s your training going? I can definitely feel Spring in the air which means that the Spring race season is fast approaching (or has already reached you, depending on where you live). While it’s FINALLY officially Spring, the weather here today where is saying something continue reading →

10 Things To Keep In Mind When Training For a Half Marathon

10 Things To Keep In Mind When Training For a Half Marathon

I've faked a half-marathon before with no training, but truthfully it wasn't pretty, and I didn't have 3 kids at the time to care for either, so I had the luxury of spending a week lying on the couch moaning about how much pain I was in (that delayed onset muscle soreness took a lot longer than 48 hrs to go away). Because I've done this half marathon thing several times, both wrong and right, I'd like to share with you  some things  I've learned when training for a half-marathon. I've run 14 half-marathons and 4 full continue reading →

5 Reasons to Try a Menstural Cup + a SckoonCup Review

Question: Would you try a menstrual cup? Here are 5 reasons why you should via @fitcheerldr

Six years ago I purchased my first menstrual cup. A player on my softball team had gotten pretty sick from a forgotten tampon at the end of her cycle and it scared me. I recently had become a mom to my second daughter and I felt that I needed a safer menstrual product that would still allow me to be as active as I am. I was absolutely frightened of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). As I researched more about TSS I became even more fearful - that's some scary stuff! My life was no longer just about me, I had two daughters depending on me, but continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Letting Go of the Stress

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.  Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had a fabulous week last week.  Mine was very productive and WARM!!! The Spring-like weather is on it's way up here in Toronto and I couldn't be happier!  This coming week is March Break for my daughters which for me always signals the continue reading →

A Day of Skiing at Glen Eden With My Girl

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All school year long my oldest daughter, Sierra, has been super duper excited about an extra special trip... Ski day!  Every other year her school takes the two oldest grades on a ski trip to nearby Glen Eden.  She has talked NON-STOP about how excited she was to learn how to ski with her friends.  Now Sierra doesn't get excited about very many things, her two younger sisters are better known for that (Amber has been planning her 5th birthday party since about 2 days after she turned 4).   Finally the permission slip continue reading →

A Fun New Playlist For Your Spring Training

Sometimes a sucktastic workout is made better just by the music you listen to, so here's a fresh new music playlist to motivate you through your training this spring

I know lots of people who workout and run without music, but for me, I just can’t do it. I need a fast beat to pump me up. I also need a fresh new playlist for every training cycle. Besides the fact that music has been proven to increase training intensity, it also makes me so HAPPY! Sometimes a sucktastic workout is made better just by the music you listen to. Previously I've shared my awesome fall marathon playlist, so this time I thought I would share with a fresh new music playlist to motivate you through your training this continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Working Towards My March Goals

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone!  How are you adjusting to the time change?  I love love love that it's light out later in the evening but boy was this morning tough!  My morning run tomorrow morning will be incredibly challenging.  That said I'm so excited that Spring is on its way!! continue reading →