You’re Not Alone, My Journey Through Mental Illness #BellLetsTalk

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First off I want to begin by saying that this is not a sponsored post, I was not asked by anyone to discuss Bell Let's Talk Day or mental health.  These are my honest thoughts about a topic near and dear to my heart, that I feel need to be talked about and shared.   In June of 2005, my oldest daughter entered our lives. My water broke suddenly a month before my due date.  Just over four hours later I was holding a very small (but strong) 5lb 0oz baby in my arms.  Life was supposed to be blissful and awesome. 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 with the kids. Monday: We got dressed up, took the GO Train to Toronto with my dad, and enjoyed a day of sight-seeing.  The kids LOVED continue reading →

Road Trippin it to Saratoga Springs, NY

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This past April my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  Instead of trying to get away in the middle of hockey finals, we postponed our anniversary trip to the summer when we could leave the kids behind with my in-laws for the week.  We have never ever been on a week-long vacation just the two of us before (we couldn't afford a honeymoon after our wedding), and we didn't know when we would ever get a chance to do this again, so we spent a lot of time tossing around vacation ideas, researching flights and 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 big things later on.  For me, that means only running three times a week, and taking a cut-back week every 3-4 weeks.   Which reminds continue reading →

A Few Random Thoughts on Waking Up Early

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Yesterday I read a blog post that one of my new favourite Canadian bloggers, Pretty Little Grub, wrote as part of Running with Spoon's Thursday are for Thinking Out Loud link up. I really liked her post, and the concept of rambling on about the random thoughts that pop into my head seems pretty easy, so I figured I'd play along too. Unfortunately by the time I finished putting together the end of year Teacher appreciation gifts, it was too late to write so I drafted this this morning instead. A day late for Thursday, but as they say, better continue reading →

My Mother’s Day in Pictures

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Ahhhhhhhh Mother's Day, my favourite day of the year! A very special day that I get to share in honouring all the other amazing and inspiring women in the world who help in the often thankless job of raising children.  It's the one day of the year where my family demonstrates to me that all that I do is appreciated, and that they love me so very much.  And this year I was absolutely spoiled!  Here's my Mother's Day in pictures: My Mother's Day actually started on Saturday with the kids bringing me these chocolate continue reading →

The Road to Boston 2016: Week 21 Training Recap – Thoughts on Running Cadence and Injuries

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Hooray – it’s Spring guys! The weather this past week was great for running, and even Friday’s rain was so much better than running in the -20C windchill. I feel like we made it through the longest winter ever – we survived!! This past week was a great week. I got a new haircut, and took my weekday running to a new level. I used to run twice around the park on my lunch breaks (5.5k), then over the past month I slowly progressed to averaging 3 times around (7.75k), and this past week I’ve moved to 3.5 times around (9.5K). My average pace is continue reading →

We went to Vegas and kissed the single life goodbye!

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Did you know that time flies by fast when you're busy having kids and raising them? I was relaxing last night by going through my Instagram feed, checking out all of the awesome Throwback Thursday pics. (I love looking at everyone's old 90's & 80's pics). I then decided to find an old pic of me to share. I went through my Facebook pics and found this gem: Wow! Was it really 10 yrs ago that we got lucky in Vegas?!? That's just crazy!!We went to Vegas and kissed the single life goodbye! But I don't regret it at all and continue reading →

April Goals and a New Hairstyle

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Wow! It’s April… Finally! The weather here is warming up (slowly) and running outside is becoming a lot more enjoyable. Last month saw a big change in my training. I hired a coach and my motivation came back. I ran, lifted and sweated more, and even began logging my food and eating better. This month I hope to continue with the positive changes and have broken out my goals into a few categories to try and make them easier to follow. Here are my goals for April: Running: As I mentioned on Tuesday, last month I ran 100 miles, so continue reading →

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Back when I first started blogging (2004), it was cool to have a link in your blog’s sidebar below your bio to your “100 Things”. I wanted to share a link to it, but I can’t seem to find it in the archives of my old blog, so I guess I deleted it a LONG time ago. So instead of 100 things, here are 10 things you might not know about me: 1. I grind my teeth when I sleep and wear a mouthguard to protect the enamel on my teeth. 2. I played varsity lacrosse in my University days, and I just recently signed up to play in a Sr. Ladies continue reading →