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2018 Race Calendar

Only a month and a bit into 2018 and my race calendar is looking almost full! I have a variety of races, from a full marathon to family fun runs of 5km 🙂

February 

Phoenix Marathon – My second full marathon, my last one was May 2011! T-minus 17 days!

Last year’s half:

May

Womens Fun Run – 5km – I do this race yearly with my Mom and now the girls, it is a fun race to do for Mother’s Day.

Woodys RV World Marathon – 10km, maybe 21km? I have not signed up yet but plan to as I like this local race and have not run it in many years. I just need to pick a distance!

June 

Troubled Monk Run – 10km with the family & stroller. Another local fav! Registration has not opened yet but we will be signed up as soon as it does. How can you go wrong with a race that has beer after?!

August

Mud Hero Alberta – I missed this race last year so am excited to do it again. It is totally a fun race I do with a friend of mine. I find it pushes me outside my comfort zone too – always a good thing!

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September 

Melissa’s Road Race Banff – 21km – I ran this race 6 years ago I think and love any race in the mountains in the fall so I decided to bite the bullet and do this one again.

I am thinking  I might do another 10km or half in the summer months but if so it will be a spur of the moment thing. I am on the fence of how much time I want to spend training this summer still – at the end of marathon training is never the time to think of these things!

Lindsey

Whats on your race calendar? Any new to you races?!

Phoenix Full Marathon Plan

In 3.5 (short) months Chad and I are running the Phoenix full marathon! I am pretty excited not only to do it together but to run another full. I ran my first and only full marathon in May 2011 and knew I would run another full but had to wait for the right time.

I really did not know when the time would be right but a month ago things fell into place and then I knew it was the full to run. I have learned a lot about running and my training needs since 2011 so feel this will help have a successful training period and race.

Back in 2011 I ran 5-6 days a week and did very little other forms of exercise. While I had a great race getting there meant mental and physical burnout. This time around I have fallen into a much more balanced activity routine that I think will help me avoid burnout.

Part of this routine involves consistent and hard cross-training. I have committed myself for the past three months to two days a week of spin classes and absolutely love it so knew I wanted to continue spin two days a week. This meant a three day a week marathon plan which I thought for sure would not exist or be recommended. But after some research I found quite the opposite. So the next thing I knew we were registering for the Phoenix full at the end of February!

Our training plan:

We have three runs to do 30km and over which for me is mentally the hardest part!

And if you are wondering how we plan to do this together with the girls – I really do not have an answer yet BUT I do know it is possible. When I had Avery a nurse in the hospital gave me the best advice, she told me “Now go home with this baby and love her, she is the best addition to your family but she is not the center of everything, remember yourself and your life too”. She nailed it. Which is why our kids are never an excuse and if anything a reason to do and be more.

Lindsey

Weekend Recap

This weekend was brought to us with lots of chicken noodle soup and gingerale 🙁 Yup, the stomach flu hit our house!

Friday

We had my Mom and Grandma over for cake for Avery’s birthday. My Mom made Avery a yellow Belle cake as she requested:

I did a speed run once the girls were in bed and that was my night!

Saturday

Chloe was up twice Friday night since she puked. The first time I had no idea and woke up to Chad washing her sheets in the sink and her back to bed. Then shortly after I got sick and another 30 minutes later we heard Chloe getting sick again. She is such a trooper, let us clean her up, the bed and then went right back to sleep both times.

After a long time and no sleep for us I got up and was pretty useless all day. I do not remember the last time I could barely get off the couch without being sick.

We got out for a walk in the afternoon:

Avery’s favourtie gift, a jewelry box from my Mom:

I had a girls supper planned with friends and decided to try and go since I started to feel better. I am glad I went since I do not get to see those girls enough! I got home by 9pm and went straight to bed.

Sunday

Thankfully I woke up feeling great so we decided to go out for a run, we did 15km through a lot of fog and snow!

The start and end of our run:

My stomach felt off a couple times running but I fell pretty good besides that.

The faces of Chloe before our run:

That afternoon we went and saw my brother’s new house and their dog then had a movie night at home complete with a floor bed:

Monday

Chad was stomach flu victim #3 in the morning so our plans for the day changed to more rest!

I did a 8km tempo run in the morning then washed floors before we headed out to find new running shoes for Chad and I.

Chloe my shoe model:

Everyone (minus me) had two hour afternoon naps while I made cookies and had a friend over to visit. Later the girls and I headed out for supper with my family for my brother’s birthday.

And that is a wrap to our weekend! I am hoping the stomach flu is gone for good now!!

Lindsey

Currently

Currently posts are one of my favourite to post since it lets me share things I usually don’t get to.

Currently using… the charcoal mask from Beautycounter. I have never been one to use masks but love this one!

PHOTO

If you are curious about any Beautycounter products chat with my friend Brie!

Currently eating…all the Clif bars, there nut butter stuffed ones are my favourite!

Clif sent me this great package and the bars were gone in a couple days!

Currently excited for…running my second full marathon! Yup, I finally felt ready to run another full and everything fell into pace within a day. Long story short – we had plans to do a summer road trip to run Disney next summer but then all Disneyland 2018 races got cancelled, then one other thing we had planned to do on the road trip changed as well. At the same time my good friend registered for Phoenix and it got my thinking so I decided to go for it!

On February 24th Chad and I will be running the Phoenix Marathon!

Throwback to the Phoenix Half in February – our current half PR!

I partially think I am nuts but have already made my training plan that is three days running and two days cross training (spin at My Revolution!) which seems not too bad.

Currently working on…finishing my dresser! I am done both night tables and all the drawers so now I need to tackle the dresser and finish it before November when marathon training starts.

Currently reading… nothing for me! ha. But Avery’s preschool does Scholastic book orders which made me too excited 😉 We got our last order a couple weeks ago.

Currently watching… I think my favourite show currently has to be Lethal Weapon!

Lindsey

What are you currently excited for?

Chocolate Chase Recap

Over the past few years there has been a few really great local fun runs pop up in our city and I love that we have been able to be a part of them since the start!

This was the 4th Chocolate Chase, my first one I did 6 months pregnant with Avery! This year it grew to include a kid’s race as well as a 10km – both which we participated in.

This is hands down the best race for creating a fun, family friendly atmosphere with some great swag and giveaways at the event.

Both girls did the kids race to start, which was just a semi-circle but good/long enough for them! It was Chloe’s first race – and a success! I was helping out so sadly did not get any photos of them running.

The 10km started right after – to the point we raced through the start line! The route itself started on a big downhill, went across the train bridge, along the river then onto more trails and just before the 5km turn around there was another big hill to go up. They had no shortage of water (and chocolate!) stations which is always a bonus.

Chad did most of the stroller pushing, I only took it after hills so he could recover 😉 Our previous 10km stroller run time was just over 53 minutes so we hoped to beat that time.

Because the course was an out and back we ended up a big hill but it was not too bad and we powered up it to the finish line at 52:55!

Thanks to our friend, Mary for the photo and IG shout-out!

It is not a chipped race but they do have a clock to see your time which is nice.

After is when the fun begins! From gelato from Famoso, Cuppitycakes cupcakes, Subway cookies (a hit with the kids!), Bernard Callebaut chocolates (the main sponsor), Starbucks coffee and more – your tummy and sweet tooth will leave satisfied!

I loved this photo frame they had for photos!

Chloe eyeing up gelato:

There is also face painting for the kids – shockingly Avery did not want her face painted! Bouncy houses and balloon animals.

I forgot that they have awesome raffle prizes that everyone gets an entry to with your race registration and you can buy more tickets. I always buy more since it is for a good cause (building a no barriers playground) and the past two years have walked away with a package. This year Avery was the lucky one and won a kids gardening package.

So local people – make sure to watch for this event next year! There is also a 3/5km walk/run – so a distance and event for everyone 🙂

Lindsey