Monthly Archives: January 2018

Oh Hey 2018

Over two weeks into the new year and I have yet to think much about this year. I always like to think of the year ahead and what I want to accomplish but it seems to be a struggle right now.

I am not sure if this is because I have my eyes set on one goal right now and cannot look past it or I am just in the “depths” of life and not thinking enough about it. So this post might be way more random than usual but here it is.

In 2018 I want to:

  • Run my second marathon
  • PR at my second marathon
  • Plan less – I shudder at just typing this!
  • Race lots, family races, fun runs, obstacle races, a half marathon…
  • Go on a family overnight camping trip
  • Explore more as a family
  • Be less rushed
  • Have more dates with Chad
  • Go on a girls trip
  • Have more one on one time with the girls seperately
  • Limit social media time
  • Plan a trip (or go?!) to Disneyland

I guess at the end of the day I actually just want to spend 2018 with family & friends and truly enjoying that time. I have slowly started to embrace quiet days/hours (and hectic ones) which can be a struggle for me (hello type A!) so I want to continue on that path throughout the year ๐Ÿ™‚


Weekend Recap

Weekends fly by but I rarely can remember what we did Friday night – how does that work? “I think” after my run Chad and I caught up on some TV – but in reality I probably fell asleep by 9pm ๐Ÿ˜‰


Avery and I picked up groceries, went to Starbucks and got her hair cut that morning. She was in need of a good trim!

Now to get Chloe into a hairdresser!

Avery’s haircut & curled!

And our Chloe ๐Ÿ™‚

After an early lunch we went to the local arena opening that was just re-done. It was pretty busy but good to go and see it and lots of people we knew. They have awesome murals on the wall but with all the people I could not get a great photo. Chloe – HA.

Both girls passed out on the (short) drive home which meant they were not tired for naps at home. Instead we walked to the rink and park for a bit.

We had another family movie night and watched Paddington Bear – Avery got scared at parts but we made her watch it all so she saw the happy ending!


I woke up at 6 and saw Chloe sitting in her crib waiting so decided to get up. We watched some TV until Chad and Avery got up. Our morning was spent making muffins and playing with sensory bins before Chloe went for an early nap (who knows what time she was up at!) and I started my long run on the treadmill (24km).

My view for over 2 hours – I watched one of my favourite movies, Pitch Perfect! I am at a point now where anything around 25km feels pretty good, over that is when I can struggle at times.

It was noon when I finished so we went and grabbed lunch out since neither of us wanted to make anything!

We spent the afternoon at home, cleaning, playing with Play-doh, practicing Avery’s writing and Chloe boycotted her nap by sitting in her crib for over an hour.

I started my book club book – finally (oops!) since I have book club this week.

We had my Mom for supper to end the weekend!


Foodie Friday

Another photo-less week! Our evenings are spent making & eating supper, playing and then the whole bath and bed routine so it is rare the camera comes out.

It was back to freezing temps this week too ๐Ÿ™ Arizona can’t come soon enough for us! This weekend looks better so my plan is to get outside while we can ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving right into meal planning. We have become semi obsessed with bowl type of meals. They are also great for the girls since while they might not eat it all together like us they eat the ingredients of the bowl separate.

Saturday – Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls – Damn Delicious

Sunday – Slow Cooker Coconut Quinoa Curry Bowls – Simply Quinoa

Monday – Gourmet (meaning we add veggies) mac & cheese

Side note – for Chloe we buy the Daiya brand and she loves it!

Tuesday – Greekย Turkey Tacos – Whitney Bond

Wednesday – Homemade pizzas & kale Caesar salad

Thursday – Teriyaki Chicken Casserole – Life in the Lofthouse

Friday – Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls – Budget Bytes

Weekend plans include a haircut for Avery, an arena grand opening, skating…and that is about it so far.


Marathon Training Update

I promised myself I would do a half way update and well that has come and gone! I think we are just over 6 weeks until race day and 10 weeks into training – where has time gone?!

And I thought this was a cold run – HA.

My thoughts are pretty random but I will try to keep them somewhat organized here. I feel like since running my last full marathon (May 2011) I have learned a lot about myself as a runner.ย  This has helped me a ton this time around! Which leads me to thought number one…

1- I don’t hate training! Running for me is limited to three days a week 90% of the time which is what my training is based on. This allows me to enjoys my runs and recover from them. I cross-train (spin at My Revolution) two days a week to work on my cardio and leg strength while keeping it low impact.

2- I am really focusing on my nutrition during runs. I had pre-run fueling down but never thought much about the during part. Once my runs hit over 20km I researched out the requirements and realized we were under fueling by A LOT. Over a few weeks we used our favourite fuels (Clif Shot Bloks and sport beans) and got up to the recommendations. Not only did this help us during our runs but has made a huge difference in after.ย  We also drink an electrolyte drink and sip water every 15-20 minutes while running.

3 – Winter training has it perks…and downfalls. I like our family leisure time in the summer months so never want to give up 3 plus hours on a Sunday to train during that time but winter training for us has meant a lot of treadmill kms! A huge part of this is us both training and not wanting to run with a stroller for anything over 20km in the snow. 30km on the treadmill has taught me mental strength and also allows me to control my speed – so overall I am not minding a lot of treadmill time right now.

4 – Marathon training with a spouse and kids requires a lot of planning and scheduling! Not going to lie it is our lives right now. I spent 3 lunch hours working out to save evenings for when Chad runs and I run – on alternating days. On long run days (Sundays) he is off to the gym early, then I start one hour before he is home while Chloe has an hour long morning nap. So far all has gone according to plan with this!

5 – I decided to go “all in”. It was just before Christmas when I realized I was not giving my runs my all and I reminded myself that for the amount of work and time that goes into marathon training this was crazy. At that point I threw out the goal to beat my previous time (3:51) and have set a new goal – sorry not sharing yet! One downside to this is that Chad and I might not stay together as he wants to take it a tad easier.

So there it is. I will say that so far overall marathon training has been good and has not scared me away from more marathons in the future. But ask me again after race day and that might change!


Weekend Recap

Winter weekends like this are my jam. Nice temperatures, lots of outside time and no rushing around!


I was asleep early! Much like all of the past week while I battle some kind of cough (zer fun in marathon training).


It was a pancake morning, mainly since we needed groceries BAD so we had not much else to eat! We ran errands, came home for lunch and the girls had naps/quiet time. I ran out to take in some donations and look for a few things. I ran into my Mom at one store!

I picked up Avey a skate aid and helmet for skating. She was pumped!

After naps we headed to the rink. Avery loved the skate aid and she did so good with it, I was scared she would not use the right form with it.


Chloe was not having skating but pretty happy to be at the park!

Later that night we watch The My Little Pony Movie – which I loved!


By 7:30am Chad was out the door to tackle 30km at the gym. The girls and I baked muffins and cookies, coloured and did Avery’s “math books” then cleaned before I started my run too.

It is a science to schedule it! I start my run one hour before I think Chad will be home and lay down Chloe. She usually naps one hour in the morning so he can get home before she is up. Avery plays pretty good on her own while I run.

I watched The Battle of the Sexes (loved) and a couple sitcoms. I had a decent 30kms in under 3 hours and finished by 1pm. Our exciting Sunday mornings for the next month!

Later my Grandma came for a visit and Avery requested to go back to the rink! Within minutes she pushed the training aid away and was skating on her own and did not fall once! So proud of my girl.

Chloe agreed to her skates and does great shuffling around but still whines ๐Ÿ˜‰

After we played on the park then headed back home.

And that was our weekend! Hope everyone had a great weekend!