Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thinking Out Loud #69

It's that time of the week again. Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. Random thoughts here we go....
1. I'm officially addicted to Gilmore Girls. I have put my other shows on hold and am binge-watching the show morning and night. I'm almost done season 2 and have successfully avoided the spoilers for the new episodes that were released last week.

2. Netflix is helping me out with my GG addiction.
Netflix has a download option now, on the app, so I can download some shows while I'm on Wifi and then watch them when I'm on a break at work. I think it'll also be sweet, with London, on roadtrips/airplanes!
3. I'm launching a holiday giveaway! I have teamed up with some of my favourite brands to do a fun giveaway just in time for Christmas. Stay tuned to my Instagram page for the details!

4. The countdown to Disneyland is on!! I still haven't told London I'm taking him for Christmas. To be fair, he doesn't know a lot about Disney but I'm still trying to keep it a surprise for now. I did show him some youtube videos and talked about going there "some day" and he loved it so I know he's going to be really excited! Our flight, hotels and car are booked so now I just have to get our park tickets and we're set. For anyone who's been to Disney before is California Adventure worth another day? We're only planning on spending one day in Disney, right now, but may have room for another if it's worth it. I haven't been in years (I went with some girlfriends in 2008 for the day) and I'm getting a little excited to go again too! Any Disney tips please share in the comments! 
5. I didn't pass my OTF coaching video. I was withheld by the head trainer in Canada. I'll get into the details, another day, but I'm still happy to be working at the studio and working towards a goal. I really love the gym and have met so many awesome people. 
6. I'm torn between the Chicago Marathon and Europe. So, my mom keeps insisting I skip the Chicago Marathon again (I had to defer last year b/c of my heart problems) and wants me to go visit one of my best friends who recently moved to Dublin instead. I really want to run another marathon but I do see where she's coming from too. The doctors haven't really figured out what's going on with my heart and blood pressure so she's worried the problems will start up again and I'll be back in the same dark, and scary, place I was for the majority of this year. We've finally come to a compromise. If another one of my friends gets into Chicago we're going but if she doesn't I'll likely go to Europe and forego the registration fee again (sigh!) 
7. I got a new Iphone! My Iphone 5 was having some serious issues so I took advantage of Black Friday sales and got a 7. So far, I love it. They didn't transfer my apps, or videos, so I still have to do that at some point. The photo quality is amazing too! I can't wait to use it in California! Plus, I found an Otterbox case that wasn't hideous! 
I had more to say but I'm off and running.... that's just my life these days! Working full-time at CTV, part-time at OTF and being a mom has my schedule jam-packed! 
Have a great day! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016



I am.... Sitting on the couch cuddling London. He woke up at 10am and proceeded to throw up most of the night. We slept on the bathroom floor and only managed to get a few hours, between us, so we both are home today. He seems to be feeling much better today and now I'm hoping I don't get sick too.

Thinking about.... Our upcoming trip to California! I'm surprising London and taking him to Disneyland for the holidays. We have booked a few nights near Disney and then will move closer to the coast to enjoy some rest and relaxation! Because we're traveling we aren't doing gifts this year. It's actually kind of nice not to have to do much shopping right now. I just have to get a few little things and then I'm done.

Reading.... My Orangetheory Fitness book. I do my final certification video Saturday so I want to make sure I'm prepared. I'm so excited, and ready, to start coaching. Again, really hoping I don't get sick too so I can check this off my bucket list!

Eating... Turkey. I'm jealous of all the turkey posts from my American friends so I went to Safeway, yesterday, and picked up some turkey meat. It's deli, and not as good as a real turkey supper, but I'll take it!

Drinking.... I love Silk Almond milk but recently I've been on a chocolate milk kick. My rookie recently picked up Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk and it's amazing!! 

Dreaming about... coaching at OTF. Disneyland. Bachelor in January and the return of our girl's nights!

Working on... Creating running programs for three new clients I recently took on. My OTF certification.

Watching... Gilmore Girls!! I FINALLY started watching the series. I'm almost done Season 1 and I'm definitely hooked!! All my other shows are sitting on my PVR as I can't seem to stop watching whenever I have some free time. It'll be awhile before I'm done the whole series but I'm definitely glad I started! Jen would be so proud ;) 

Saving for... Disneyland!! Vegas with my oldest girlfriends, next June, and Chicago for the Marathon next October!! 

Your turn...

What are you currently dreaming about?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Race Recap: Rock 'N Roll Vegas Half Marathon

Last weekend I did the Rock 'N Roll Marathon Series Vegas Remix Challenge. That means, a 5K Saturday and a Half Marathon Sunday for a total of three medals! If you haven't read my 5K recap yet you can find it HERE.

Our day started off with an early wake-up (I may have stayed out a little too late while the rest of the girls were smart and went to bed at midnight) but I managed to rally and we made it to brunch just before 10. We filled our belly's before walking to the Fashion Show mall to pick up a pair of shorts for Tawnya. The weather was HOT (unlike last year) so shorts were necessary. We walked the two miles there but decided to UBER back to our hotel since we were cutting it close to the time we had to head back. Even though the race start isn't until 5 we had to be there for 3 if we wanted to catch the headline act; SNOOP!
We quickly did our flat runner photos, changed, grabbed some water and snacks and made our way to the start near Mandalay. We intended on taking the Monorail but it was insanely busy and the walk was only about twenty-minutes. I just wish the escalators had been working because those hills on already-tired legs before a half marathon were not fun.

We got in to the area just as Snoop started. We made our way near the stage and jammed out as we met up with the We Run Social crew. 

We grabbed selfies, ate our pre-race banana, gels and drank gatorade, and then it was time to use the bathroom and get in our corrals.

Brian from Pavement Runner
Ashley from Running Bun

With Carlee!

I'm a HUGE fan of the new corral system. You are arranged in one of three colours and you don't lineup until a certain time. This avoided congestion and you had less of a chance of people sneaking into corrals. I loved that Rock 'N Roll people listened to the feedback from last night (they also gave you bags at the end to carry all your stuff, this time, which was awesome!!) We had about half an hour to kill when we got into our corral so we chatted, took selfies, and made sure our light-up accessories were ready to go. Before we knew it, we were walking to the starting line. The corrals are released in waves every few minutes so you feel like you're always walking towards the start instead of sitting and waiting which I also really like.

Then, around 5:30, it was our turn! We took one last pre-race photo and we were off! 

We took our first stop about a mile in at the Welcome To Vegas Sign! Our goal was to have fun, take photos, support each other, and finish! June and Robynn had ran the Disney challenge the weekend before, I hadn't done any long distance running lately, and it was Tawnya's first half. We wanted to be friends at the end ;)

The first few miles seem so dark, and quite, so I'm glad they're at the start. We saw a few people trip so I think they need to do a better job of lighting that area up; especially with the uneven pavement. It was nice to get back to the main part of the strip although at some points the spectators just seemed to be so quiet. We started yelling "cheer louder" or just screaming "thanks for cheering" which seemed to wake some of them up. We tried to high-five as many people as possible but it felt quite congested at times. 

The strip only gets shut down TWICE A YEAR so it's pretty cool that this race is one of them.

We basically ran straight for the first half which just quick stops at water stations. After the half way point we changed to 4 and 1 intervals. Honestly, it's so hard to see friends struggling. You want to just let them walk but you also know how much they are capable of. It was a hard struggle to toe the line of being encouraging and supportive. I definitely felt like I was bringing out the coach in me a lot.

All the ladies did so well and my heart-rate stayed exactly where it should be which I was happy about. 
The last few miles were the hardest but we made it and all proceeded (minus Robynn) to have a good little cry when we finished. Something about seeing people accomplish something on their bucket list makes me so sappy. I'm pretty sure I cried a few times that day.

While Robynn and June hit the medical tent, Tawnya and I collected our bag of goodies and our medals and our free beer.

We all went to the room to shower/change before celebrating with a big meal and some more liquor! 

It was a fun day with some of my favourite people! I'll definitely be back Vegas.... 
Congratulations to my girls, especially Tawnya for joining the half-marathoner club. You are a role model to so many people but mostly importantly to your children. 

You can do anything you want. You are capable of hard things. Don't ever doubt yourself.