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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.  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.  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 😉

After we played on the park then headed back home.

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


Foodie Friday

With a short week and being back at work I have no photos to share! I have to say it is nice to be back in our routine this week and even better than it is not -40 out 😉

I am excited to share some new meals for next week. My goal these days with meals are three things:

#1 – Kid will eat it or attempt to eat it

#2 – It is healthy – meaning balanced 😉

#3 – Takes less than 30 minutes to prepare (unless it is a crockpot meal)

Well maybe 4, since most meals have to be dairy free as well – which is a struggle sometimes!

Saturday – Black bean burgers & Greek salad

Sunday – Five Bean Soup & biscuits – Wholefully

Monday – Easy Orange Chicken with rice & roasted broccoli – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – French toast & berries

Wednesday – Bibimbap – Budget Bytes

Thursday – One Pot Vegetarian Spaghetti – Family Food on the Table

Friday – Salmon, Avocado and bacon wraps & sweet potato fries – Taming of the Spoon

Weekend plans include a 30km run (OY) – I have to remind myself that training is half way over these days. then hopefully some outside time with the girls!


Weekend Recap & Its 2018!

2018 – how did that happen?! I remember 2000 like it was 5 years ago, not 18!

This weekend full out cabin fever hit! The girls were a tad crazy, had some tears and we all had our moments. Thankfully the cold weather is gone and we are back to mild (winter) temps this week.

How Chloe felt about the cold:


The girls and I did escape the house for a bit to meet Chad for lunch. The rest of the day we spent having tea parties, sorting toys to donate and hibernating:

We had a family movie night that night and watched Planes.


I switched things up and went to back to back spin classes  that morning – OY. My legs were jello after! Since Chad did not want to do his long run on NYE we went to the gym once I got home.

The girls and I spent more time hibernating in our comfy clothes while he was at the gym.

Later we took the girls bowling, both loved it and Avery beat us both games!

We had Chad’s Dad and Step-Mom over for a quick visit before supper then had a quiet evening at home.


I did a long run on the treadmill but cut it short due to the spin classes the day before – I also ran it closer to race pace to test things out. I will do a marathon training update soon! I watched We are the Millers while I ran which made the time fly by.

I was not sure how the day/night would go since both girls were a tad cranky. So much for a joint NYE photo!

Luckily for us both girls were great later! We went to our friend’s place after supper and got home just after midnight. Chloe went to sleep on the couch, and Avery fell asleep on the downstairs couch.

They were not thrilled about leaving in the -40 weather but we all survived!


I have to admit after 11 days off work, most spent close to home because of the cold I was beginning to be a tad cranky. I did a treadmill run and convinced myself of the perks to treadmill running – Netflix mainly 😉

We made a coffee and sushi run just before lunch (again, with two cranky kids) then stuck around home all day. We played with Lego, coloured, had more tea parties, and even had a quiet hour where I got to lay and watch TV – HA.

Chloe LOVES Avery’s Barbies (of course) so whenever Avery is distracted Chloe will go play so quietly with them peeking to Avery every once in awhile. Eventually Avery sees her, freaks out and Chloe :jumps ship.

My mom, brother and his girlfriend joined us for supper, then stayed and played with the girls until bedtime. We ended the day a lot better than it started for sure!

And with that I am back to work tomorrow. I think we are all ready to get back into our routine and now the countdown to the marathon & Arizona begin!


Foodie Friday

I totally lost track of what day it was this week! The girls and I have been busy hibernating (hello -30 weather!) and tackling a lot of organizing around the house which was much needed.

We have all the Christmas stuff down and some new decor up:

As much as I like Christmas decor I like taking it down and decluttering. I get a tad antsy to do so come Boxing Day!

Avery requested one last photo with the gingerbread house:

One escape for coffee and treats:

The girls have been too good this week, playing while I organized etc and even helping me!

Onto to meal planning. I am ready to eat a tad less sugar now (even though we still have cookies left, and a lot of chocolate!).

Saturday – Spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Sunday – Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos – Belle of the Kitchen

Monday – Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls – Spoonful of Flavour

Tuesday –Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-fry & rice – Dinner at the Zoo 

Wednesday – Turkey Bacon BLTs & sweet potato fries

Thursday – Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes and Broccoli – ifoodreal

Friday – Chicken Taco Salad

This weekend we are crossing our fingers for some nicer weather since we have a 32km run to do and would love to not run on the treadmill for that long. Then of course it is already new years! Hope everyone has a great weekend and safe & fun NYE!

See you in 2018!