Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thinking Out Loud #65- It Has Been Awhile

Well, I went to pull the template for this post and it seems the last time I linked up was in JULY. Wow, so yeah, it's been awhile. Once again I'm linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. Check out the details in her first post if you're new around here.

1. I got the results of my latest round of testing. So, it turns out my heart is okay! YAY! My test did show I have an irregular heart beat but otherwise everything is fine and I've been given the go-ahead to resume running and working out at a pace I'm used to. That's funny because I have lost a LOT since May so it'll be basically building back up from scratch. We still don't know what caused the excessive weight gain and high blood pressure (and other various symptoms) BUT, for now, I'm focused on getting back (or close to) the weight I was before and then re-evaluating to hopefully come off the blood pressure medication!

2. That means, I have thirty-ish pounds to lose. Yikes.  I know it's going to take awhile, and won't be easy, but I lost 59-pounds after London was born so I know I can do it. Time to put in the work.
3. I've given up on dating. My online dating post was a big hit but I've let dating take a back seat right now. I realize I want a relationship, not to date-around, and I can't focus on that with everything else I have going on right now. Online dating is like a second job!! I do have a few more stories to share with you, about the last couple months, so hopefully I'll be able to type that up soon. My friends tend to get a good laugh about my dating stories so they're probably worth sharing.

4. I take my CanFit Pro Practical Exam this weekend! So, in July, I passed my Personal Training course with CanFit Pro. You also need to get your CPR certification (which I did) and then complete a practical exam with a client. I've been putting that part of because I have no ability to memorize muscles and it's a big part of the exam. I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope I can get it done!

5. I need my certification before I can try-out to coach at Orange Theory Fitness. Our local club is opening SOON and I really want to be a personal trainer/coach there! It's been one of my goals since the Alberta Blog Squad took a class there back in April. If I pass my practical, get through the phone interview, then I'll take part in a four-day coaching try-out next week. It's a lot of steps but something I'm really passionate about. I am already working at OTF in their sales department but it's not where I'd like to end up.

6. I am also still waiting on the results from my Marathon Coach certification exam. I wrote that on Sunday and they said they would have the results by the end of the week. I feel pretty confident but I still need that confirmation! Once I pass that part, I have to complete a case study, get my First Aid, and then I'll actually train a client, for 16 weeks, for the final component. It's one of the toughest Marathon Coach certifications, out there, but I'm happy I decided to take the long route. It'll make me a better (and more knowledgeable) coach, and runner, in the end.

London bought me these flowers the night before my exam!
7. I miss The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor In Paradise. My girls and I get together, every week, to watch it and we've been skipping Monday's because it's off the air. I'm ready for it to come back (and to see Nick try and find love!!) Thankfully, we've scheduled a girl's night NEXT Monday so we can all catch up. There's so much going on in all of our lives we need to carve out time to get together.
These girls <3
8. London turns FOUR next weekend. I have no idea where the last four years went. I am so lucky to have such a sweet, kind, sensitive, smart little boy. I'm running a 5K race with him in the morning and then we invited all his little friends to the gymnastics place for an afternoon party. I'll probably take him to the Canes game, that night, to celebrate!

Honestly, I could probably keep going (we have a lot to catch up on) but it's time to go get London from daycare, take him to feed his kitty at his dad's house (we're cat-sitting while he's away) get him to swimming and then head to Run Club. Have I mentioned life is crazy, lately?

Tell me something you're looking forward to!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekend In Review & My Marathon Coach Exam

It's been awhile since I recapped one of our weekends but I couldn't resist sharing the past few days with you. London and I always have fun together and this was no different.

Thursday night, I took London on a sushi date. I'd been craving it, for weeks, and thanks to a busy workday I actually didn't have time to eat lunch. We shared a mixture of sushi, tempura, spring rolls and edamame beans and left with a few leftovers. We chatted throughout the meal and I remember thinking how cool it was to be able to interact like that now that he's older. 

Friday, we left daycare and headed to the mall to pickup a few things. We ended up going for a long walk after supper and then played Ninja Turtles (it's his newest obsession!)

Saturday was busy. We started our day at a free public skate at one of the free rinks.

From there, it was off to the Pig and Pumpkin festival at a nearby farm. We checked out the livestock before playing some games. They had it set up like a little fair with prizes for everyone.

Then, it was back to the rink to get London's face painted, watch some hockey and have lunch. We spent about an hour at a downtown music festival but got rained off so made our way to Starbucks for hot chocolate and to grab a new book. London wasn't too upset to leave early because he met Belle (his favourite princess!)

We both were asleep by 8:30 since I have a bit of a cold.
Sunday morning, we slept in. I made us a big breakfast before we headed back to the rink to watch our local hockey team practice and then got the chance to skate with them. London loved getting his hockey stick signed and I think he said "I'm so excited" about 15 times! 
I dropped London off at his dad and then headed to write my Marathon Coach certification exam. I've been studying, on and off, for about three months so I was feeling ready but nervous! I ended up finishing in about two and a half hours and had time to check my answers before I submitted it. I should find out soon! Nevertheless, I celebrated with ice cream!

London's daddy is off to Toronto, for work, so I get lots of time with my little man this week. 
He's my favourite.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stroller Running With A Toddler

"Go Faster Mama!" London yells as we start out on one of our evening runs. They don't happen as often, or for as long, as they used to but at least once a week we head out together. It's easy to convince him to go. He loves his stroller and is my biggest cheerleader. Of course, a promised trip to the donut shop, or the park, after is a little added incentive.

I first purchased a BOB Revolution SE running stroller when I was pregnant in 2012. It was my splurge gift to myself. I was on pelvic rest, while pregnant, so I couldn't really workout. I was anxious to get running again and knew that the stroller would be the added motivation I needed. I surveyed some running friends and they all told me they "couldn't live without" their Bob's!
I originally was a bit surprised at the price tag but decided it was worth it. I wanted something that was easy to push and maneuver and also something that kept my little guy safe. We logged a lot of miles in that thing (one day we even hit 10) as I trained for my first half marathon and dozens of others. We've even raced together a few times.

Earlier this summer, I began worrying that now that London is older (he'll be FOUR in a couple weeks) and heavier (almost 45 pounds) our stroller run days were done. Not soon after, a rep from BOB reached out to ask me if I wanted to review the new Revolution Pro Stroller. I almost said no because I thought it might be a waste until I started doing some research and found out it now holds up to 75 pounds! I also love the hand brake and the adjustable-height handlebar (two features my previous model didn't have) There is a 44 inch (112 cm) height limit on the stroller but London is only 34 inches so we still have a ways to go in both height and weight.

My other favourite stroller features:
  • One-hand recline adjustment so London can lay down easily
  • Built in pockets for drinks and snacks (very necessary these days!)
  • Wrist strap for added security when running
  • State of the art suspension system for an ultra-smooth ride
  • Folds up quick, and easy, and buckle locks stroller closed
Find out more about the other features here and a list of add-on accessories for purchase here.

I love that we can still go for runs together. They aren't as long (usually 5 miles max) and they aren't as fast (pushing his almost-45 pounds plus the 30.5 pounds stroller is tough) but it still brings a smile to my face every time we're able to do it. These days he also loves to jump out and run with me but can't run for very long (he's up to 2.5 kilometers) so I like that he can easily hop in and out whenever he likes. We also bring the stroller to the zoo, in Calgary, since otherwise it would be too much time on his feet.

I can't wait for many more adventures together!

Disclaimer: I was gifted a Bob Revolution Pro stroller in exchange for a review post. All of my opinions are my own.