Long Weekend Getaway

We had such an awesome weekend! I saw one of my best friends get married, got to hang out with some of my favourite people and get away for a few days. If I am being honest if was probably one of my top weekends in a long time!


We hit the road to the mountains around lunch, once in Banff we stopped for a short walk by the river and took photos:

While we wanted to do a hike it was not the weekend to do so – WAY too busy!

Later we went for supper with some friends & their kids – 6 adults and 6 kids! A tad crazy but so fun!

I spent the night helping get the wedding room ready with the other girls 🙂


One other bridesmaid and I had hair appointments first thing so she picked me up and we headed to the salon. It was nice to have the quiet morning since the rest of the day was go, go go! We got ready and headed to the brides hotel to finish up and get to the ceremony.

I knew it was going to be a busy weekend in Banff but it was insane! Needless to say most of the day we ran a tad late but there was nothing you could do about it.

The ceremony was beautiful and overlooked the river and mountains.

While they did family photos I took some of the girls – neither of them were having it all weekend:

PS We did get a family photo but others took ti so I will share later!

After we headed to another photo location to take photos with the amazing Whitney Cowan and pop some champagne.

The rest of the night was so much fun in every way. Luckily my tribe helped out with the girls all night (well, all weekend!) and my heart was left so full with all the love all night. The girls both passed out on chairs of the reception (parent win!) so we stayed until the bar closed!

The bride and I met 10 years ago at our first jobs and have been basically inseparable since, the photo below are the others we met working there and it is crazy how fast we all became friends and have remained so for 10 years! Such an amazing people.


We got back to the hotel at midnight and called it a night!


We all slept until 8am then checked out and headed into Banff to grab coffee and walk around a bit. I may have done some damage at Lululemon so called it done there 😉

We had plans to meet another friend at Granary Road on our way home which was so amazing! Totally worth the trip – even if we did get lost! The kids had a blast:

We did not get home until supper so grabbed some groceries, unpacked and had a quiet night.


I have no photos to share from our holiday Monday! We caught up on life all day, chores, laundry, groceries, visiting with family, and some other errands so that we could enjoy the next coupe of days with the girls before heading to Vancouver!



Pre & Post Race Care

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry no Foodie Friday this week due to summer holidays but I will be back next week 🙂

With just over one week until our next half marathon I wanted to chat about some ways I care for myself before and after a race.

Burnout & injuries are so common when it comes to training for any long distance running, after all that is a ton to put your body through but over the years I have found ways to combat that as much as possible.

Carb Loading

If I am being honest this is something I really did not focus on a ton in the past. I would eat a meal heavier in carbs than I was used to but it was not until the Phoenix marathon when we PR’d & had the best race – I finished feeling like a million bucks! – that I really saw and felt the difference in doing so. I now have a rule for before races, a simple pasta with tomato sauce, meat (protein) and garlic bread. Barilla Pasta is our go to these days!

Some general rules around carb loading thanks to Tiux!

  • Carb load 72 hours before a race
  • Decrease fat intake when you carb load
  • General rule is 8-10 grams of carbs per kg of body weight
  • Keep it simple the night before the race, stay away from complex carbs and stick to white bread, pasta etc
  • Don’t fret about weight gain, for every gram of carb you consume, your body stores 3-4g of water & this water weight will benefit you during the race


I have moved towards more dynamic stretching before runs and then later in the day foam rolling and light stretching. Yoga is also huge for me and I try to practice the days after a long run or race.

Compression Socks

This is BRAND NEW you guys! I have never really worn them but recently I was sent ones from Tiux and have been wearing them a couple times a week. I do notice that I am less stiff after a run when I do wear them. I have tried wearing them for runs and after runs and for me I seem to notice the same benefit. But research shows there is more benefit to wearing them after a run so they will be packed in my bag for post-race wear!

Deep Relief & Epsom Salts

Since getting Deep Relief back a few months ago I have used it regularly to help with muscle aches after hard runs. For me it is an effective home treatment that does the trick for minor aches and I love the cooling effect with their cold spray.

Another favourite of mine is epsom salts baths! Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts also helps to aid in recovery, provides muscle relaxation and prevents water retention.


What are your favourite ways to recovery from a race or long run?

I have to admit my post race or long run tradition is iced coffee!



Summer Escape

One of my favourite things about blogging, aside from meeting so many awesome people is the things I get in the loop on and get to try.  Last weekend was one of those times when I went to the fair and we tried to “Escape the Bank” with Servus’s mobile escape room. I have done one other escape room before and was hooked so jumped at the chance to try another.

Servus partnered with The Locked Room to design the mobile escape room to be like an old bank, complete with a vault, safety deposit boxes and more. Once in the room you have 10 minutes to figure out the puzzles and escape!

Chad, Avery and I went into the escape room where we were given a quick explanation on what to do and handed our initial clue. There is a timer on the wall so that you are always aware of how much time there is left to escape!

I have to give Chad credit, he was working hard while I was taking photos – total teamwork 😉

In the escape room you have to use your problem solving skills and gather different financial information in order to escape.

I have to admit that timer got to me when I looked and saw less than three minutes left! We were hustling but got stuck on the last clue and the timer went off. There is a buzzer to buzz for help, which we did and found the last piece we needed and escaped in about 14 minutes – not too bad!

While in the escape room you are introduced to some of the products and benefits that Servus offers to their members – so clever! Using this fun and informative challenge shows how they are different from banks. And from my first-hand experience  as a Servus member I can say that they are one awesome financial institution!

The mobile escape room is travelling around Alberta this summer so make sure to check out if they will be at an event near you, you can also follow their fun on social media using #ServusSummer!

And with that we are off on our own summer escape for the next bit so the blog might get a bit quiet, I will be back soon enough though!


Thank you to Servus for making this post possible. Servus is a member owned, community based financial institution. They are Alberta’s largest credit union, and anyone can be a member for only $1. They believe that education is the key to improving Albertan’s financial well-being and are committed to providing their members with information and expert advice they need to make smart financial decisions.


Weekend Recap

And like that we have one last day in July – boo. We have been enjoying summer so much that I cannot even think of it not being summer these days!


I ran after work and got caught in some rain so settled on 7km and headed home. Later we had my family over for my Mom’s birthday.


We ran errands in the morning, came home for lunch and nap time then headed to the beach. The usual beach we go to was full but that was lucky since we headed to another that was less busy and spent a few hours there. My Mom joined us as well as a bunch of Chad’s family. It worked out that they were all out at their cabin and camping at the lot so they all came then we headed back to the cabin and stayed for the evening. It was the perfect day!

Chloe beach ready:

Typical I forgot to get a photo of me!

We got home about 9pm and while I wanted to put the girls right to bed they needed baths bad! Baths it was then bed for us all!


We are down to the last two Sundays of long runs for Sea Wheeze! And guess what!? We ran a fast 15km and forgot a photo! Chloe and I snapped a photo after while Chad and Avery was grabbing coffee:

We did not have afternoon plans but my Grandma fell last week so we went out to see how she was doing. We are pretty sure she broke she arm and is banged up but she will be okay 🙂

By the time we got home it was supper and then dessert outside:

Four more days of work and then we are on holidays!!


Foodie Friday

So I meant to post this week and then didn’t – oops. To be honest the next couple weeks won’t be much better as we are on holidays right away.

First thing first though – Since today is my Mom’s birthday – Happy Birthday Mom!! – Let’s hope she is actually reading this now 😉

This eek has been another HOT one. But I will never complain about the hot weather (AC perks y’all). Monday I have no idea what we did, Tuesday I convinced Chad to got for a run as a family to make a video for a local race:

Wednesday we were having a rough go after work and supper so headed to the park to wear off some steam.

Then I headed back out to meet some friends to work on more videos . Side note – locals check out the Chocolate Chase race, I promise you will not be disappointed!!

And last night I did a workout while being attacked by Chloe and sat down to do this post in the lovely AC with some kombucha. Adult life at the best 😉

So onto meal planning.

Saturday – Supper at the lake with Chad’s family

Sunday – Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls – Iowa Girl Eats

Monday – Chicken Smokies & Summer Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini – Skinny Taste

Tuesday – Dinner at a friend’s house

Wednesday- Grilled Chicken & The Best Kale Summer Salad – Balanced Berry

Thursday – Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa

Friday – HOLIDAYS!!

This weekend I am hoping to get to the beach, spend time with family and that is about it 🙂