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...

Sierra’s 9th Birthday Run or Dye Race Recap

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9 years ago, my hubby and I had the shock of our lives, at only 8 months pregnant my water broke as soon as we got home from work, and within 20 minutes I was in labour. It was 4 weeks too soon for our baby... or so we thought. My first step was to call my friend Tracy, she had birthed two kids so she was my source of all things pregnancy and baby related. Our conversation went a little Continue Reading...

The Road to Boston 2016: Week 27 Recap

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I am in a MUCH better mood because I had a very successful run yesterday…. Finally! Boy did I ever need that! I didn’t realise how much my running performance dictates my mood and ego. My week started off slow but thankfully gained momentum to become pretty awesome. On Monday I felt very glum about my incredibly defeating attempt at Continue Reading...

Taking the time to smell the flowers

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Today I did something rather unusual for me. I grabbed my green tea, slowed down and went for a leisurely stroll around the park beside my work. Instead of rushing to the washroom to change into my running gear, rushing through a 5 to 10 k run, then rushing to get changed and inhale my lunch, I slowed down and really enjoyed the beauty of nature: Walking isn’t something this Type A does Continue Reading...

Live the Lean Life and Earn Rewards! #LeanCuisineCA

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If you have been following my Road to Boston 2016 posts, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with my appetite. I’ve been eating very well for my breakfast (I usually have a strawberry/banana protein smoothie or quinoa flakes with a touch of honey), and I’ve also been eating well at lunch (I usually have a spinach salad with tuna or salmon, greek yogurt and an apple), but dinner is where I Continue Reading...

The Road to Boston: Weeks 25 & 26

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Hey guys! I'm happy (ecstatic!) to report that the good ol' ankle is recovering well and that I'm returning to running this week, yay!!!  There's still some swelling, and some bruising, but it's essentially pain free!  The peroneals (muscles up the outside of my lower leg) are a bit tender, so I'll be easing back into running very slowly this week. But I can finally run again! Continue Reading...

Lessons in Being Grateful

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This weekend was supposed to be MY weekend.  The weekend where 3 months of running 40km/week, doing two days of strength, watching my nutrition, and getting enough sleep was supposed to pay off with my first sub 1:50 half marathon.  But it didn't happen - I didn't even make it to the start line because I was a bonehead and badly sprained my ankle playing lacrosse two weeks ago. Continue Reading...

Throwing it Back with Netflix: Everything Old is New Again #StreamTeam

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Disclosure:  This post is part of my participation in the NetFlix #StreamTeam program. One thing I love about being a parent is introducing my girls to things that I used to love as a kid: Softball, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse were some of my favourite past times, and are all sports that the girls are now starting to try out for themselves. It’s like my job as a parent is to share Continue Reading...

Hooray for May! My May 2014 Goals

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 Wow, man was April a horrible month for me.  It started off with an injury (shin splints) and some missed runs, being crazy busy at work, a missed career opportunity, and then ended with a MAJOR injury (2nd degree ATFL ankle sprain).  Despite running 157 km last month, I am so happy to put April behind me. This month I'm stepping back down on the running training, Continue Reading...

Running Envy

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As I sit here icing my cankle and scrolling through my facebook feed, I've come to realise that there is a whole part of running that I've been lucky enough not to have experienced too much of in my life: Running envy That pang of jealousy and envy you get when you drive by people running, or read running posts by your friends on facebook when you're either injured or tapering. In Continue Reading...

The Road to Boston 2016: Weeks 23 & 24 Recap – Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation

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Happy Monday and happy first week of May everyone!!! I've tried to write-up a training recap for over a week and just haven't been able to find myself in the right frame of mind to write something with my usual upbeat perspective. Life over the past week and a half has been an emotional roller coaster.   Remember that job promotion that I interviewed for?  Well I didn't get Continue Reading...