5 iPhone Apps That Help You Run Faster

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One of the things leading to my decision to get an iPhone 18 months ago was the sheer volume of apps available for the running enthusiast. Since then I have tried out quite a few of them - some were awesome, and truthfully, some were really bad. Here, after 18 months of running with my iPhone, and setting a new personal best in the half marathon, I present to you 5 iPhone Apps that will help you run faster. Runners World SmartCoach: Looking for a training plan, customized to your individual running ability, that will have you in continue reading →

The Fitness Advice That I Wish I Had Followed

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Health and fitness advice is literally everywhere I turn: on TV, the newspaper, magazines, the doctor’s office, product packaging, social media, blogs, and even unsolicited from friends, family, co-workers random strangers etc… We are literally BOMBARDED with tips and tricks that will supposedly get us into the best shapes of our lives… FOREVER! Some tips are great, while some are not so great. Some have scientific research behind them, while others are based on myths. However, amongst all the rubbish tips, there have been two that I continue reading →

The Road to Boston: Week 12, the Non-Recap

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* Cough * Cough * Hack * Hack * That is what I've literally looked like this past week, and there has therefore been absolutely no running.  There really hasn't been much of anything except my own whining. Oh my goodness... I HATE being sick!!! I've been so ill that I put my Pact App on pause so that I don't feel all stressed out worrying about fitting my three workouts in so that I don't have to pay.  Normally I love that the app forces my cheap-a$$ to workout, but not this week - I need to rest and recover so I can get back to continue reading →

The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers #WEWCTO

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Many of you have heard me speak fondly of my days spent bowling with my grandmother, Doris Luke: She was my dad's mom, and I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her growing up. She had a passion for: sports, especially softball (she was a catcher in the Toronto Beaches Ladies Church League), The Toronto Blue Jays, Wayne Gretzky and bowling (she was inducted into the Canadian 5-Pin Bowling Hall of Fame as a result of her bowling prowess). But more important than her love of softball and bowling was her passion for sharing sports continue reading →

Hurry Up Spring – I Miss My Running Skirt!

This is what I've worn for almost every single run over the past 5 months: I run outside… No matter what* on sidewalks that look like this: *ok, with the exception of heavy sleet/slush and absolute torrential downpours, then I 'll tuck my tail between my legs and run on a dreadmill, aka the human hamster wheel. But now I 'm officially sick of winter. Sure it's nice the first few times in November to run without sweating to death, but now I 'm ready to feel the sun on my legs, face and back. I 'm so done with having continue reading →

@ReebokCanada Live with Fire Training Kits Giveaway!

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My buddy Doug from Health Habits has Five (5) Reebok Live with Fire Training Kits to give away and he has offered to share them with us. Here's what is up for grabs. Five (5) Reebok Live with Fire Training Kits - each kit consisting of.... One (1) - Live with Fire Graphic Hoodie One (1) pair of TrainFlex shoes One (1) Live with Fire Graphic Tee One (1) pair of Live with Fire Speedwick Shorts One (1) pair of Live with Fire Knit Pants And what Do You Have to Do to Get all this awesome FREE continue reading →

We Are One Woman and We Shall Shine! #1woman

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia, acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman". Launching on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women's rights and gender equality. "One Woman" was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women's lives around the world. This year, International Women's continue reading →

10 Reasons to Run a Race that You Didn’t Train For

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As I wrote on Monday, I have a half marathon to run this coming weekend that I registered for several months ago that I haven't really trained for. By training, I 'm referring to following a plan with some sort of consistency that is designed to increase my endurance strength and speed that alternates hard/easy runs with longer runs. I've been exercising on a fairly regular/consistent basis, but not in a manner that would ever improve my running performance. I would say it barely has been meeting the recommendations for general health continue reading →

Dear Content Writer, Why I won’t Accept Your Guest Post

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Dear Content Writer, I 'm sorry that not accepting your guest post submission offends you, but please realise that I have a reputation to uphold. You see my readers read my blog because they trust me. They trust my opinions. And they also like my perspective. I get a lot of requests from people just like you offering to do â€Å"guest posts” on my site. When I ask for topic ideas I 'm hoping that you come up with things that fit in with the overall message of my blog †" attaining overall fitness and health, continue reading →

Motivation Monday: Merry FITmas Everyone!

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When it comes to healthy/mindful eating, this past week was a complete bust. Two potluck meals, a team lunch, and a family dinner out totally had me eating copious amounts of food and sweets. Actually, it was probably the sweets that got me - I have SUCH a sweet tooth!! I made cookies for both of the potlucks, but unfortunately I was so busy this week that I cheated with the baking: Thankfully everyone loved them - though I had to admit to them all that I'm really not the great baker they all thought (though if I had more time I would continue reading →

Reflecting on My Progress

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Lately I've been feeling bummed out. Some stuff has happened in my personal life that's kinda been bringing me down, and I've struggled with my workout routines. But tonight I was reminded of how far I've come, and what I'm capable of accomplishing when I cam across this video of myself taken 5 years ago. It's me, playing with my daughter Sierra (who was 2 at the time) in our backyard: That was me - a good 40 lbs ago. When I watch the video I can remember exactly how tired I felt that day. How tired I felt every day. How I just wanted for continue reading →

Motivation Uh… Tuesday? My October Goals

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Hey everyone! How are you? Can you smell Fall in the air? I took this picture today while out with the kids at the park after dinner: I can't believe that we're will into Fall already! We now only have three more months to accomplish the goals we set in January... So how are those goals going? Unfortunately my goals were reached by June and l haven't set any new or replacement ones.... Staying motivated since then has been admittedly really hard.Which likely means it's time for me to set some new ones... Hello October! Goals: (I'm continue reading →

5 Tips to Prevent Your WordPress Blog From Being Hacked

5 Tips to Prevent Your WordPress Blog From Being Hacked

I hate that I have to write this post. I hate that there are mean bad people who spend their time trying to find vulnerabilities in WordPress. Yesterday I spent the evening helping my friend Rachel of Running Rachel recover her blog because we suspected that it may have been hacked. Whenever she visited her site with Internet Explorer (IE), it redirected her to spammy looking sites. Fast forward two hours and lots of fiddling and googling later, I found that the cause of the problem was the Badgeplz.com Instagram widget she had on her site, continue reading →

How Many Pairs of Workout Shoes Do You Own?

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I may need to rename this post "An ode to my Asics" because I only own ONE pair of running shoes: Today's September Blogging Challenge topic is: How many pairs of workout shoes do you own? As a mom of three, I don't get a lot of extra money to spend on myself - instead I prefer to use any extra money I have to enrich my daughters' lives: Hockey, skating, gymnastics, swimming, soccer, etc... I'd rather see them develop a love of sports instead of spending money on myself.  This is why I only have one pair of running shoes. Yep - continue reading →

10 Random Songs From My iPod

Can you believe we're now about half way through the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge, already?!  I hope you guys are enjoying getting to know each other as much as I'm enjoying getting to know YOU! Today we're doing something a little less soul-searcing, and thought-provoking, but A LOT more FUN! Put your iPod/mp3 player etc on shuffle and tell me the first TEN songs that play.  Here's mine: Someone Like You - Adele Full Service - NKOTB Long Hard Road - Sade Hellogoodbye - Bonnie Taylor continue reading →