Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #6 Training Recap

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I know this is a little late but I'm on vacation this week with the hubby for our 10 yr anniversary. I started writing this on Sunday and am just now getting around to finishing and publishing, sorry! Wow!  Has it been 6 weeks of training already?!?  Man - I better bust out some longer runs over the next few weeks otherwise this marathon will be brutal.  While I love running 8 to Continue Reading...

Skinnygrape Spritzers Review and Giveaway

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Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that I had some exciting news to announce regarding my participation in the Iron Girl Canada triathlon?  Well guess what?  It's finally time to announce that news... Meet my Iron Girl Canada sponsor: skinnygrape! Skinnygrape is one of the official sponsors of Iron Girl Canada, and when they approached me to ask if they could Continue Reading...

Ditch The Scale and Find Happiness

Today I'm guest posting over at Running Rachel about my battle with the scale.  Here's a taste of the post for you: Back in December 2009 I did something drastic – I threw out my scale. Frustrated with my creeping weight, I joined an online weight loss support group.  The first three things I learned from the group was: Weigh yourself infrequently Don’t drink Continue Reading...

Family Fun at Flamboro Valley Camping Resort

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Every summer I try to exchange the hustle and bustle of the suburbs for the quiet and tranquillity of nature in the form of a nice family camping trip. Life is about making memories and unplugging and creating camping memories are some of the best moments I've ever spent with my daughters, so this weekend I unplugged, packed the girls up and headed out to Flamboro Valley Continue Reading...

Race Recap: Trail Race Lessons Learned at The North Face Endurance Challenge #ECSON

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So I did it. I swallowed my fear of getting completely lost in the wilderness and completed my first trail race ever on Sunday at The North Face Endurance Challenge up at the gorgeous Blue Mountain Resort in Blue Mountain, Ontario. This was a half marathon distance trail race – go big or go home is my motto. Though truthfully I could have gone even bigger as there were three longer race Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #4 Training Recap

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Well it seems that my ankle is now fully healed and I am full-on into marathon training mode!  Last week's less is more approach paved the way for a really good training week, one that I'm super proud of. In my push to become strong and faster, I forgot how important cut-back weeks are for progress. Sometimes you need to just allow yourself a little rest & recovery so that you can do Continue Reading...

Another Year Older and My North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon Race Plan

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So yesterday was my 11th annual 29th birthday. I have been 29 now for 11 years because I honestly don't feel nor think of myself as any older than that. I still like to play and chase the kids, and have even been known to bounce on the trampoline with them (I have a post coming next week that outlines how I do that without wetting my pants). I may even be a faster/stronger endurance runner now Continue Reading...

Tonight’s easy peasy dinner: Greek Quinoa Salad

This Greek Quinoa Salad has all the same flavors as a traditional Greek Salad, but I added quinoa. I love the texture and heartiness the quinoa adds. It is great served alongside grilled vegetables, chicken, or fish, or can be enjoyed on its own.

  When I got home from work tonight I wanted something quick and easy to make, but I also wanted it to be healthy.  My daughters were asking for Mac N Cheese with hot dogs, but oh my... yuck!!  I hunted around the kitchen and found a bag of quinoa, some produce in the fridge, and a bottle of Kraft Greek with Feta Salad Dressing.  Perfect - I have everything I need to make a Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Week #3 Training Recap – Taking The Less is More Approach #STWM

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I love to read training recaps from other endurance athletes, particularly those that are also working parents as I can relate to their struggles to find the time to train. I find them incredibly inspiring, and I often get training ideas from them. Unfortunately sometimes this also makes me question my training, and I feel insecure. Am I training enough? How can they fit all that training in, Continue Reading...

The Race that Started it All, Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe and Other Thursday Thoughts #tbt #thinkingoutloud

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I had so much fun sharing my random thoughts with you all last week that I'm participating again in Running with Spoons' Thinking Out Loud Thursday again.  Here are a few of the thoughts that popped into my head this week: Random thought #1: Did you know that I started running fourteen years ago?  I got this crazy idea in my head that I wanted to try running a half marathon. Only Continue Reading...

Canada Day 5K Race Recap

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 A few weeks ago my best running friend, Juliette asked on facebook if anyone wanted to join her and run the Green Germann Sakran Canada Day 5k race.  Other than the three colourful runs I've done over the past year, I haven't done a 5k race in a while.  I find that pushing myself to run as fast as I possibly can for 5k to be very draining and not the least bit pleasant. Continue Reading...