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 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...

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...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #5 Training Recap

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Happy Monday everyone!   After a good training week last week, this week turned out to be a bit of a recovery week, and the kickstart to a 4 week crash triathlon training cycle. A week ago I decided to add the Iron Girl triathlon to my race schedule.  You see I have this disease that causes me to say "When and where?", when someone mentions a race.   I started the 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...