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...

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...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Recap Week #2

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Two weeks of #STWM training down, 16 weeks left to go! Six weeks ago I was bummed out about how slowly the recovery was going from my ankle sprain and that weird shin splints/compartment syndrome/peroneal strain thing that I just couldn’t shake. I was angry, frustrated and worried that I’d never get back to running. I was ready to call it quits and to start body building or joining Continue Reading...

Multi-Grain Cheerios + Ancient Grains Cereal Review and Fitness #Giveaway

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Yum yum! Fuel for my run! So I've recently begun getting up super early to fit my running in before work, but one of my big problems with that is fuelling for my run.  As soon as I wake up I'm hungry. STARVING!!  I cannot function, nevermind run without some food in tummy.  When I was running on my lunch breaks fuelling before a run was no problem - I'd have a protein shake Continue Reading...

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Week #1 Training Recap

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Now that my ankle has fully healed (hooray!), I am officially in marathon training mode! This is my first marathon training cycle since 2003, and boy have things changed since back then. I remember DRIVING routes and using a photocopy of my neighbourhood from an old Perly’s map book to mark out my planned running routes so that I could cover off the right amount of distance on my long Continue Reading...

Early Mornings, Teeth Grinding and A Marathon Training Plan

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  For as long as I’ve been a runner, I’ve struggled to wake up early to run before work. I love a beautiful sunrise, and starting my day off right just as much as any other runner, yet I’ve only been successful a handful of times and trust me, I’ve tried pretty much everything. I’ve gone to bed early, laid out my clothes, slept in my running clothes (not very comfortable), placed my alarm Continue Reading...

The Road to Boston – Getting Back Into Training After Injury and the #STWM

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Can you believe that 6 weeks ago my ankle looked like this? Although my ankle no longer looks like that and I can run again, my attempts at running have been absolutely horrible. My endurance, speed and power definitely have suffered from that split second it took to roll my ankle and sprain it. Just before the injury I had worked up to running 10k at a 5:20/km pace 3 times/week, and now Continue Reading...