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ear.Anyone else celebrating the last day of work/school before Christmas holidays today? We are! I am lucky to be off every Christmas until the New Year but the 11 days fly by!

This week continued to be too nice for December which prompted another lunch run – probably the nicest in a long time!

Bath time fun with our favourite Rocky Mountain Soap bubbles:

It was kind of a rough week for the kids – just easily irritable – I blame the Christmas excitement – who can blame them?!

On to meal planning! For the first time in 5 years I am not hosting Christmas dinner!! I love doing it but it is a busy couple of days so I am glad for the break this year.

My plan this week and next is to double a few supper meals to make freezer meals for the new year.

Saturday – Fish Tacos

Sunday – Family Christmas #1

Monday – Christmas Eve tradition – Chinese food

Tuesday – Christmas Dinner – I am supplying a few vegan dishes!

Wednesday – Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Thursday – Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce – Oh She Glows

Friday – Turkey Kale Pasta Bake – ifoodreal

Weekend plans – We are hoping to go skating a couple times, maybe sneak out for a date night, and have our first family Christmas!


Race Weekend Snapshots

Our fall mountain and race weekend getaway did not go as planned thanks to Mother Nature but we made the best of it – but I am ready for some warm fall sun now!

Friday we headed to the mountains for the weekend, despite a bad forecast I hoped for the best! Our trip there was rocky – Chloe is a less than stellar road trip companion πŸ˜‰

I took no photos that day – it was gloomy, we picked up our race package and had supper with our friends before calling it a night.

Saturday was race day! I ran Melissa’s Road Race years ago and it was 28 degrees – this year snow and 0! I layered up and was confident it would stay dry for the run – HA.

Before the run- so much snow!

Of course it started to snow – and by snow I mean ice pellet right before the race. Despite this the first 8km ro so was not bad, My pace was good, the snow stopped and I was warm. I jinxed it saying this as well. Around that time the ice started again and got harder and harder for the rest of the race. This also made the roads slushy and slippery!

I thinkΒ  for the first time ever I was not a happy camper in a race- even at the finish line! Even the post race photo was rough – our faces were too frozen!

Despite all this I ran a 1:47 race! How? I have no idea! I walked a few times, the slush, mud and more… Smiling after I un-thawed slightly:

After the race we headed to our friend’s house for pizza and a hot tub!

Our last stop before heading home was the candy store!

I wish I had taken more photos of the weekend or the scenery but it was so gloomy none of us felt up for it!

Sunday was spent at home, playing in the snow! The upside of snow in September? It is warm out still and perfect snowman making snow!

And visits with my Grandma::

And now I am ready for bed! The race kicked my butt – but at the same time made me feel mentally strong so now I want to sign up for another full! Ahhh!


Weekend Snapshots

A day late that is! I was darn tired Sunday night and opted to delay this post and to be honest almost did another day but then it would have never been done.

Saturday we had a long walk to visit a couple parks, we are lucky to live close to the trails and these parks but don’t get out to them enough! Despite the clouds we only had about 5 minutes of rain πŸ™‚

Slightly tired after πŸ˜‰

Sunday morning I was up bright and early to head to the Edmonton Lululemon 10km race! The race itself was great, Lululemon put on an awesome race – just like Sea Wheeze and I cannot wait to go back next summer. I was in the first corral so dealt with minimal congestion which was an added bonus.

The course lived up to what I read it was, fast and flat, with only one small hill. It was an out and back course – my favourite for a few reasons with some straight away that allowed me to keep a decent pace.

I was pretty even with my splits, 30 seconds slower the first half, probably due to the start congestion. It is amazing how fast a 10km course goes, and I barely remember most of the race! I finished at 46:26 – a new 10km PR for me by 2 minutes!

Finish line, sadly all my finish line photos look to have a flare πŸ™

Sadly, all my finish line photos look to have a flare πŸ™

Afterwards, I grabbed some food, checked out the vendors etc before meeting other friends running the race! There was post run yoga but since I had a busy day ahead I hit the road early to get home.

Post race photo with Leigh:

That afternoon we went to the fair – a summer highlight for us! The girls loved the rides, and it made our day that they can now go on rides together!

Avery fell in love with this little guy at the petting zoo:

Our family photo attempts:

I cannot believe it is heading into the end of July already – how!? I think I am in denial!


Recap: Calgary Stampede Half Marathon

I have to admit race recaps are hard for me! I am fairly certain I blank out in races and most times barely remember where I all ran, but also enjoy sharing my thoughts on the race afterwards.

Going into this race I did not have a PR goal, but rather a range (1:43-1:48), I knew there was some hills so that is why I was not hoping to PR as that was from a flat course.

I opted to stay in Calgary the night before with a friend to catch extra zzz’s the morning of. We were up at 5am, at the course for 6am to pick up our packages, we had to arrange prior to for out of town package pick up. However, when we got there they were not ready and we waited 15 minutes to get our packages. The race start/finish area itself was good, at the Glenmore Athletic Park and parking was easy to find and close by. I would say it was on a medium race for attendance, maybe 300 people in the half marathon. I like this size as you are not dodging people for the first 2-3kms but large races also add to the whole experience!

I kept a steady 4:40km/min pace for the first 5km where we went over a pedestrian overpass (a good climb), through some residential with a couple more hills and eventually along the river. Being an out and back everytime I went down a hill I reminded myself I would be going back up it! I want to say there was 4 decent climbs (so 8 total) but again – foggy memory! Once along the river it was fairly flat and I regained some speed for the mid-section of the race, either keeping with the 1:45 pacer (who was a very inconsistent runner!) or just ahead of her. Between 14-16kms I slowed a bit to over a 5:10min/km pace as my legs felt heavy but after the last climb/hill after that I was able to get under that 5min/km pace again.

Route wise is was a really pretty course – by Heritage Park, through trails, residential, and along the river and being that I am not from Calgary I had plenty to look around at!

I won’t even complain about the hills either! As I did not find them bad – who I am?! I felt really strong on them, passing most people on the hills!

I finished at 1:45:28 and the 5min/km pace and felt great. Now truth time! I signed up for this race for the end – the pancake breakfast! And it did not disappoint. Even with an intimidating line-up it went fast, they had David’s Tea, Cobb;s scones, pancakes, sausages, juice and Stoked Oats! We enjoyed our post race eats before hitting the road.

Other things to note – they had a kids race – added bonus! And the medal’s are unique:

Oh and they put first names on the bibs:

Post race photo with my friend Heather!

There was no free race photos which I am okay with – while they are nice, it is not a must have for me.

Recovery has left me confused. After last month’s 10km (48 minutes & a PR) I was sore and I would say the courses were similar for hills etc. So I thoughts I would be sore after this one but was not. So I did something right! This also makes me doubt that I gave the race my all though.

Overall, it was a great race, I had fun and was really happy with my time.


Marathon Training Tips

I have no idea how but it is almost been a month since my race!Β I have had a lot of time to think about the race, and my training now that I can walk again so wanted to share my thoughts and tips for anyone thinking of running a full marathon.

1 – Cross train, cross train and cross train.

My favourite place to cross-train, at My Rev!

So if I told you getting into a regular cross-training routine is what made me decide to run another full marathon would you believe me? Well that was how I bit the bullet to run my second full marathon after 6.5 years. For me, running 5-6 days a week was too hard mentally and physically but regular cross- training added the needed variety to my training schedule. This prevented burnout, again mentally and physically, and allowed me to enjoy my runs more.

Because spin is a low impact activity it also helped to prevent injuries from too much time running, in particular spin can strengthen related muscle groups which also helps to prevent injuries.

I noticed a huge difference in my cardio as well from spin classes. Even harder runs felt easier and during my race my cardio was noticeably better to thee point I never felt exhausted in the 42km.

2 – REST

I had 1-2 rest days a week. Two once my long runs got over 25km. These rest days were SO needed. During this training cycle I never really got burnt out and if I started to feel like I was, I would take a rest day. Before my mindset was this would hurt my overall training and race time but did it? Nope, I shaved 9 minutes off my marathon time. I read somewhere a great quote that said ” train smarter, not harder” which was my mentality while training.

3 – Don’t forget about your core

Again, before I focused all my training efforts on running which meant little to no time for anything else. I believe a good runner is also a balanced runner which is why I added in cross training as well as other workouts, specially core focused ones. I went to weekly yoga core classes as well as spin classes include core workouts. A strong core helps with stability and posture while running, this can go a long way and prevent common running injuries as there will be less strain on your muscles.

4 – Proper Nutrition

I will be the first to admit this was not perfect for me but I did give it attention during my 12 weeks of training. I made small changes, but all together they helped. What I did: added protein shakes after long runs/hard workouts, added collagen into my diet, increased my water intake, avoided alcohol (last 6 weeks of training), ate consistently – every 2-3 hours, and increased carbs the night before a long run.

We also kept our long run/race day fuels the same the entire training cycle so we knew what worked for us and did not set our bodies up for any surprises on race day!

I can honestly say that I had a great training cycle and fully intend to run more full marathons – no six year gap this time! But without really sitting down and thinking about what type of training was right for me I don’t think I would have had the same outcome. Again, “train smarter, not harder”.

Finish line!