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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 🙂


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!


2017 Review

This has to be one of my favourite posts to write, I love looking back on the year and all the memories!


Marked my first month back to work after having Chloe. I went back 3 months early and have to admit loved it. The girls adjusted into dayhome great and all around it was the best decision for us.


We went on our first flight as a family of 4 to Arizona! While there Chad and I PR’ed at the Phoenix Half Marathon:

We spent our days visiting with family & friends, swimming and enjoying the sun. The 2 weeks went by way too fast!


Chloe turned ONE!

Easter is my second favourite holiday to Christmas and it is was even more fun with these two. I think this was the first year Avery really got into the whole “Easter egg hunt”:


May greeted us with some really nice weather and we started to spend all the time we could outside. Including the zoo, a Mother’s Day race and planting our garden!


Our first family hike that was great even with less than ideal weather! A family 10km race and a visit to our favourite little farm:


Canada Day, the fair & parade, fires & s’mores, beautiful sunny runs – take me back!



We took a short week of holidays that was spent in Banff for a few days for a wedding, then home for a few days and then our FIRST holiday since becoming parents without kids!

Chad and I Went to Vancouver to run the Lululemon Sea Wheeze half marathon with friends for three days, it was great to get away and we enjoyed every minute but agreed 3-4 days was our max!

Another family race!


Another hike to end of summer, the corn maze, beautiful fall walks and nights AND Avery started pre-school!


We hosted Thanksgiving, my crazy fall work schedule started, we went to Canmore to have family photos taken and we celebrated a chilly Halloween!


Miss.Avery turns 4! We went to West Ed to celebrate, Avery tried skating on real skates, and we started to celebrate all things Christmas!


December 1st feels like yesterday! I had my Christmas party, Avery and I went to a princess tea, we baked Christmas cookies, made ornaments and of course had the best Christmas yet!

While I am sad to see 2017 go I always look forward to what is to come. I know this year is going to be even better with all the fun things we already have planned!


Merry Christmas

With it being my first day of Christmas holidays (yay for 11 days off!) I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. And thank you all for reading and supporting this blog & little hobby of mine.

I will be back after Christmas to share ours with you but in the meantime I am enjoying some family times 🙂


Foodie Friday

This was on of our first normal weeks in a bit! We had no evening plans all week! It also flew by being a short work week. The snow has continued to fall here so I think we are in for a long winter… We spend a lot of time playing in the playroom these days, it had been a neglected room until now so I am glad the girls love it.

The girls also had their 18 month and 4 year old shots which went okay. Being that Avery was more aware of the needle now she panicked a bit when she saw the needle this time.

Since there is nothing else exciting from our week I will jump into meal planning! Oh and my favourite from last week? Greek turkey tacos!

Saturday – Salmon burgers & kale caesar salad

Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie soup & biscuits – Skinny Taste

Monday – Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls – Dinner at the Zoo

Tuesday – Gourmet Mac & Cheese and roasted broccoli

Wednesday – Smokies, Perogies & salad

Thursday – Turkey Lettuce Wraps – Eat Youself Skinny

Friday – Tuna Wraps & fries

This weekend is the city hall park lighting – always a favourite event of mine to go to! Besides that I am crossing my fingers for a mild Sunday morning so we can get out for a run 🙂