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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

 

Weekend Recap

I hope you are all ready for a photo dump, I took one too many photos this weekend 😉

Friday

Nothing too exciting, I got in a good 7km run once Chloe was in bed. I tried out Tiux compression socks on my run – can you believe I have never tried any before?!

I worried I might feel too hot in the socks but not at all and they fit perfectly (I am wearing a XS) – Tiux is giving my readers 25% off until July 31 using the promo code ARUNNINGTALE – so check them out if you want to try or need compression socks 🙂

Saturday

The typical morning of Costco & errands. Avery spent more of her hard earned money at Costco and got this doll. I never knew one could need so many dolls. Sigh.

Miss. Chloe helping me out with a fun little projects I did (more on this soon!).

After naps we headed out to take the mandatory canola field photos, Avery had been asking and the fields looked at their peak so we jumped at the chance.

Photo overload!

Avery’s dress is from Finn & Grin and Chloe’s Shorts are Prairie Mountain & Co

We came home and set up the pool. Chad may have chased Avery with the hose a few times 😉

We had an early supper so my Mom could come over to babysit while we headed to the fair to see a concert. The opener was Jocelyn Alice and then Coleman Hell – who we went to see but we ended up liking Jocelyn Alice more!

We stayed a bit after to have mini donuts and watch the fireworks before going home.

Sunday

We started our run early to spend the day at the fair, we are starting to decrease our long run distance now so did 16km.

We were done by 10am, came home, cleaned up, ate and head to the fair for the day.

Avery did almost all the rides she could, we visited the barn animals, played one game and had our share of treats. Four hours later the clouds rolled in but Avery said she was ready to go home anyways so we headed home.

Chloe was a tad excited for the rides. Next year should be fun when they both can go on them, if Chloe will stay on a ride 😉 Kid cannot stay still!

Family photo minus Chloe who was alseep:

 

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I am always a tad sad to see fair week go since it is so fun but we still have a lot of summer fun left!

Lindsey

Three Things Thursday

Just some random thoughts to share today:

1- As much as I wish I had more posts to share with you all these days I just don’t. But I kinda like it too. I promised myself less pressure this summer to blog and so far have done good. If I have things to share great, if not – great too! I love using this blog as a way to look back so weekend recaps are important to keep up for me and well Foodie Friday is a no brainer 😉

2 – This week my favourite week of the summer because it is the local fair. It really is 5 days of fun, pancake breakfasts, BBQ lunches, the parade, fair, concerts and more. You bet we are going to everything we can!

We enjoyed the parade yesterday morning:

Trying to get a photo before the parade:

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3 – I have not had any running injuries/pains in over 7 years and Sunday’s long run did me in. I woke up Monday limping with a pain on my outer knee. I got into my chiropractor that afternoon and he said my tibia was rotated so adjusted it and I had almost instant relief – along with taking the day off from running and ice on and off I was good Tuesday 🙂 Phew – less than three weeks until Sea Wheeze!

Lindsey

What is your favourite thing about fair week?

Weekend Recap

So remind me not to say “we have a quiet weekend and no plans” and jinx it! Our quiet weekend was anything but…

Friday

After a long day and 2 hours at walk in, I am fine, just swimmers ear again – irony of that is that I do not swim but get these infections yearly I did not feel like running but had an interval run on the plan so off I went once Chloe was in bed.

It is never as bad once you are out there running! I came home and we watched Wolverine (I think that was the title – HA) and did not like it at all!

Saturday

We started our day with a market trip:

Then Costco and another grocery store with a pit stop at the Cool Beans bus for coffee and a snack:

We came home, Chloe napped and I did my usual power clean session. After her nap we headed out of town to the nearby city my Grandma lives in and went to a park.

My Grandma made them dandelion necklaces:

We left there and made a pit stop at home before heading back out to Chad’s Dad’s for supper there since his Aunt and Grandma were in town. Chloe was in a crazy mood- what’s new and by the time we left I was exhausted so basically called it a night.

Sunday

We were out by 8:30am for our 14km run:

This was a much better run from last week and the girls did not fight – win!

We spent the new few hours picking up a rug from our deck, having lunch (sushi!) and then more chores, while Avery played outside – she ended up in her bathing suit shortly after this photo:

The rest of the afternoon was spent at a small fair that was set up for the weekend. Since I drive by it on the way home Avery had asked to go but I had not made up my mind until a friend asked us to join them there since their little girl is a couple years older than Avery. It was perfect – they had so much fun!

I think Chloe felt left out 😉

Our weekend wrapped up BBQ’ing supper, hanging out on the deck and of course with ice cream. Chad took this photo and Chloe posed like this – while not at all a flattering photo of me I had to share of Chloe, sums her up these days.

Lindsey

 

Sea Wheeze Training

So this totally snuck up on me! It was last week when I got my shorts that I remembered I should probably put together a training plan for the race. I cheated and am almost using the same plan as Phoenix since it worked pretty darn good for us.

Like always, I plan to follow this plan 80% of the time, summer is busy and goes by so fast that there needs to be flexibility in the plan. Lets hope this plan earns me a new PR 😉

Lindsey