5 Reasons to Hug a Runner #GOHARD

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* This is not a sponsored post. I came across this event on my own and felt that this was important and that I had to share it. Today is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka GOHARD.  It's a real thing, I didn't just make this up just to get hugs (though if you want to hug me then go right ahead :) ).  GOHARD is a virtual run/event that raises money for Girls on the Continue Reading...

Take One Small Action Towards Your Goals #MotivateMe

A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com

Before you read any further, I want you to think about the most important thing you want to accomplish - today, tomorrow, this month, this year, or even next year.  Now think about the first little bit towards accomplishing that goal.  Just the first minute, the first 30 seconds. Now pretend that getting started is the only thing that matters in the whole world. What does getting Continue Reading...

Christmas GIFTS MADE EASY And a Holiday Workout

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The pumpkins are gone which can only mean one thing... Christmas is on it's way!! Now that Christmas is in the air I've been busy pinning Christmas decor ideas, delicious treats to bake, workouts to do and gifts to buy.  A never-ending circle of procrastination which is ok because one stop at Shoppers Drug Mart makes gift giving so easy - leaving me lots of time to get in extra holiday Continue Reading...

Introducing My Next BIG Challenge

The other night my friend told me that he had signed up for the Ironman Muskoka 70.3 Triathlon and that he’s trying to get a group of athletes together to do the race so that they could all rent a cottage together. The Muskoka area of Ontario in the summer is an absolutely gorgeous place, and this fits in perfectly with a discussion that I had with my husband while we were on a date this past Continue Reading...

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running

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Hindsight is 20/20. As I look back on the nearly 14 years that I've been running, I want to change a lot of my past training. I've made a lot of mistakes – small decisions that resulted in an injury, a poor race, or missing half a year of running. Fortunately most of those mistakes can be avoided, which is why I'm sharing them here so that you can learn from my mistakes and hopefully avoid the Continue Reading...

Getting Fierce… At Home!

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Happy Monday Tuesday everyone!! How was your Halloween? Did your little monsters get out trick or treating? Up here in the great white north (aka Canada) Halloween was a horribly cold, rainy night. My monsters wore their winter boots and SEVERAL layers of clothes under their costumes, while I trailed behind them wearing a winter coat, mittens and my new winter boots that I bought for myself Continue Reading...

Lessons in Never Giving Up From My Daughter

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A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter Sierra was excited for her very first cross-country meet. She “tried out” for the team, which I’m pretty sure consisted of listening to the school announcements and showing up at the proper time and place to sign up. I’m really proud of her for doing that part alone! Then, she and her team mates spent their school nutrition breaks running a few laps of the Continue Reading...

Polar M400 GPS Watch with Activity Tracking Review

Polar m400 Review - a stylish GPS companion with 24/7 activity tracking

Three weeks ago I was sent the Polar m400, the newest activity tracker/GPS watch from Polar to review.  To say that I instantly fell in love with it is putting it mildly.  I have tried many other fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and GPS watches before but have found that all of them did one thing well, but was missing the other pieces of the puzzle that would make it my all-in-one Continue Reading...

My Awesome Marathon Playlist

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A study published last year discovered a direct correlation between fast-paced music and athletic performance. Apparently, the speed of the music (measured by bpm) influences the pace that you run.  For instance, if you run a 5:50/km or a 9:23/mile (my goal pace for the marathon) you should listen to songs that are 158 bpm such as Blink-182's "What's My Age Again" and so forth. Continue Reading...

Night Running? 5 Safety Measures Every Woman Must Take

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Running before sunrise or at night is a safety issue for any runner, but it is a special concern for women who hit the pavement after dark.Not only is the usual danger of limited visibility for both runners and drivers on a female runner's mind, but the possibility of an attacker hovering somewhere in the blackness is a frightening thought for every woman jogging alone along a dark roadway. It Continue Reading...