Friday, May 29, 2015

My new focus

I want to thank all of you that have read my blog over the years.

I've decided to delete this blog at the end of the weekend and change over to my other blog

I think it's time to take my family off the Internet but I love writing and sharing stories and all that social media brings.

My Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest are still the same, but I want to shift my focus to becoming a decent runner/triathlete and I think that this blog doesn't work for that anymore.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bringing in some strength!

So, I've upped my running, but I'm not losing weight. I love running and I look forward to it, but I understand that I need to add more to routine. Insert strength training here.

I spent some time on the Internet looking at ways to balance running and strength training. Right now, I'm squeezing in my runs. Literally. They're squashed between me getting home from work at 3:45 and the boys getting home from daycare at 5:00. That's my 'me' time 3 times a week (I pick up Tuesday and Thursday).
Love renegade rows!

Once the summer comes, me time is even more squished because the boys are home with me and that lovely 1:15 minute window is gone. I'm actually thinking of taking a week or two to determine the wake-up time of the boys and getting up before them to go run a few times a week so that I can get it in.

I read lots of interesting blog posts and articles about how people are able to fit it all in and I think I've set myself a schedule that I will like and will get me some results.

I'm starting out on a 6-week strength bootcamp that I found on the Women's Health website. I'm going to cut my running down to 3 days, strength 3 days and one day of complete rest. I'm excited because I think it'll help me get my body under control.

The strength workouts aren't too taxing and aren't long enough to take me hours to do. It's a great introduction (and I can do them at home).
Basic Plank
Ahhh...the plank

I'm still going to run, because I do love it and once I get closer to my half marathon, I'll start adjusting my schedule to ensure I can fit in all the runs I need to so that I'm ready to do my best at the half.

If you're interested in joining me, the program starts out fairly easy but I'm pretty sure most of you that read my blog are definitely faster than me and in much better shape!

Here's week #1!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tim's Horton 5K recap

I had a lot of fun at this race, but I'm definitely disappointed with the outcome.

The race was really well done and organized and the location was fantastic. There was an option for packet pick-up on the Saturday, but I opted to wait for race morning, because I didn't feel like driving across two whole cities to get it.

I got to Bronte Creek Provincial Park early on Saturday morning to avoid the line-ups for packet pick-up and I'm glad I did. There was a bit of chaos as to collecting bags, numbers, etc. I waited in line for about 10 minutes, grabbed my stuff and headed back to the car to drop off the bag and pin on my number. I changed my tank top to a lighter one that I had in my bag because it was getting really warm.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park (the type of trail we ran on)

I headed to the washrooms (not port-a-potties!) twice before lining up and I ran into my friend Vanessa (who told me about the race) and her friend Ashley. Ashley was running the 10K (a two-loop course) and Vanessa and I were doing the 5k. We started in corral B. There were two school groups 'running' so we decided to line up ahead of most of them since we figured they will walk a good chunk (we were right). The horn went and we were off.

The run was on a trail that was a mixture of packed dirt and some bigger chunks of gravel. It seemed well maintained though because there weren't any big holes and certain areas were more packed than others, so I stuck to those parts. I was right about the students and often got stuck behind lines of them or those that were running and then would stop dead in front of me so I'd have to swerve. There was a water station at 1k, which I ran through but it cleared out a lot of the students so it worked well.

My first split was 6:03 and I was hoping to hold onto that pace. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I hit a cramp into the second km that I worked out by running a little slower and focusing my breathing, but the third km was sooo slow. I ran 6:44 (of course I didn't know this because my Forerunner 10 doesn't tell me the pace until the end of the km).

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I picked it up for the 5 and ran in with an official time of 32:29. My watch said 32:06. I think the chip timing was not working because there was no gun time and chip time. We definitely didn't start at the start line so there should have been at least some seconds taken off. I'm sticking with my watching time.

Either way, I'm not happy with either time. I was hoping for a personal best since I have been running so well lately, but nope, it wasn't to be. I guess I'll have to wait to get my next personal best in the 5k.

The medal was cute, the post food drinks and food were great (Timbits, timbits and more timbits!) and there was a nice place to sit and wait for Vanessa and Ashley to come in. I'll definitely do this one again at some point.

Tim Horton's Timbits

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Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Favourite Summer Fruits

The warmer weather is here and that means eating better and for the first time ever, visiting a Farmer's Market!
I'm linking up at Eat, Run, Pray DC , Mar on the Run and You Signed up for What? to share my five favourite fruits and veggies of the season!

I'm actually thoroughly excited to visit the Farmer's Market. I'll be going to a local one on the weekend until school finishes and then I might hit up one during the week with my boys. I hope it will be not so busy and kind of an educational experience all at the same time.

Anyway, in keeping with this week's Friday Five, here are my favourite Summer fruits (I'm not a huge veggie fan)!

1. Strawberries
Honestly, I can rarely get enough of these. I'm turning my boys into strawberry-holics as well. Not sure what it is about them, but I buy them year round (this year we're picking and freezing), but I put them in my salad, in smoothies, on yogurt and just eat them for a snack at any time (especially with whipped cream). They are so yum!

2. Raspberries
When I was younger, we lived at my aunt's for a couple months while we moved back from Arizona to Ontario. My aunt had raspberry bushes in her backyard and we'd spend hours picking out all the new raspberries each day. When I moved in with my husband, I discovered that he had a raspberry bush in the backyard as well! Unfortunately, the frost we had a couple winters ago has destroyed a lot of them so our yield has gotten smaller and smaller, but I love sharing the story about my aunt's house every time the boys pick one off the bush.

3. Peaches
I love me some peaches! I leave them out on the counter to soften too. I prefer my peaches to be a little softer than the harder versions. The only issue with this is they don't last as long so I only buy 2 or 3 at a time so that I don't run into that problem.

4. Cherries
Alright, I'm not a huge cherry fan and often don't eat them. But I've decided to include a few fruits that my boys absolutely adore. Cherries is one of them. My older son was so pleased when he saw them in the grocery store last week. He's still learning how to eat them without me cutting them up because of the pit so things are still messy but hey, he's eating fruit!

5. Blueberries

Again, not my particular favourite, but definitely my younger son's favourite. He usually has them with dinner because trying to get vegetables in him can be a huge fight but he usually gives in for blueberries.

What are you favourites?
Do you hit up Farmer's Markets?
What's you favourite thing to buy at one?

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Miles this month!

Now that the weather has been a lot nicer, I've been very motivated to get out and run (but also to move in general).

Unfortunately, I've had to back out of the Sulphur Springs 10K this weekend because of commitments that my sons have (soccer, kindergym, dentist) that weren't completely set when I registered. Instead, I've registered for a 5K run on Sunday morning. I could have signed up for another 10, but I've been having a tough time with a really tight left calf so I figured 5K and pushing for a PB is a good goal (I have to figure out what that is though).

I'm up to 22 miles thus far and I have at least 4 more 4 miles runs and a few smaller runs planned. I'm hoping to at least surpass 30 miles, which I know for some isn't a lot, but for me it is. The trick will be maintaining that.

I'm trying to set my 'short' runs at 4 miles as opposed to the 2 or 3 that I previously did and it's working so far. My time isn't the greatest at 4 miles so I need to make sure that I'm ready to go as soon as I get home so that I finish before the boys get home from daycare on the days that my husband picks them up but I can see it dropping (except for days that it's sweltering)!

I'm mostly happy with where I am right now. I'm still fighting the weight issues and so I've added a walk during my lunch break on days I don't run. I made the mistake of walking on a day when I had planned to run later in the afternoon too and my legs were like lead. Lesson learned.

I had upped my calories to 1500 (on MFP) because I was struggling to stay in my calorie goal, but I was gaining weight so I dropped it back down to 1200, been a lot stricter with my eating and am ensuring I burn some extra calories each day. I'm also hitting my step goal on my Fitbit which helps. So far, I haven't noticed much but I'm praying it's coming.

The 1200 Calorie Diet

I'm hoping that all these things together will help get me where I want to be. If not, I need professional help!
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