Monday, October 20, 2014

Lots of London Time & A Race!- Weekend In Review

This weekend, I needed some quality time with London. I have been covering a murder trial, and spending lots of time with friends, and I feel like my days are really busy lately.

Friday night, I took London to watch our local hockey team play. To say he's obsessed with hockey is an understatement. It's all he talks about!

Saturday. Jarod and I decided to take advantage of a free community day at the theatre and take London to his first movie (as a toddler!) He made it about 45 minutes before yelling "all done, home!" Followed by "bye bye movie" as we were leaving the theatre, ha ha!

London and I also did some shopping for his winter wardrobe, had lunch and he fell asleep on the ride home. One of the most accomplished you can feel as a mom is when you successfully complete the car seat to bed transfer ;)

Saturday afternoon, London and I headed to Scarlett's 2nd birthday party. It was a Halloween theme so he got to wear his engineer costume he picked out a few weeks ago!

It was so fun to celebrate one of London's best buddies and Tawnya did
a great job of hosting and making the party so special with all the personal (and creative) touches!

Saturday night, we played some more hockey and then headed out to another hockey game. The local team ended up scoring on a breakaway, right in front of where we were sitting, and I will never forget London's reaction! He threw his hands up in the air and yelled "SSCCOORRREE!!" with the biggest smile on his face! Between that, and his ability to sing along to "Oh Canada" (he knows a few of the words now) it was one of our most memorable dates!

Sunday, we all slept in. I had a race at 9am so I quickly got ready and headed to the start. You can read the recap HERE . I'm really happy with how it went!! 

I met my boss for coffee after the race and we swapped work and vacation stories (he's been on holidays) and it
was great to see him again. Terry is like a dad to me and just one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He's smart,
talented and funny! I'm lucky to get to
spend my days with him!

I spent the afternoon doing laundry, getting groceries and having a very over-due visit with my friend Tevi. It was an hour of free therapy!! Thank you Tevi for being so sweet and sincere. I look forward to our next girls night :)

The evening was filled with a gorgeous sunset, more hockey with London and Suits. 

I am so happy I got to spend so much time with London! Next week, we are taking him to see some Monster Trucks and London is running in his second kids race!!

I hope you had a great weekend too!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Race Recap: Bare Bones 5K

Over the last two years of "actually" running, I've realized I prefer longer distances. I have never been a sprinter and never considered myself a fast runner. My favourite distance is the half marathon because it's still a challenge but I'm running at a (somewhat) comfortable speed.

With that being said, a 5K is something I wanted to do for awhile now. My last one, after the NYC Half, is my current 5K PR and I wanted to see how far I've come since then. I had all these plans to work on my speed during training but didn't do a single tempo run and have only run a few times since my September back-to-back half marathons.

I went into today's race with no expectations except to push myself and try and beat last year's time of 26:40.

I met Leighann at the start and we talked about our plans. She had a baby THREE months ago and is killing it at all her races since. She is training for another marathon and said she was a little sore from her 30K run yesterday but was aiming for under 25 minutes. I told her my plan was to just try and keep up.

We started at the front of the start line and, before I knew it, we were off. I didn't eat before the race but chugged a glass of water so I wouldn't be dehydrated.

The first mile felt relatively easy. I was chasing Leighann and quickly noticed she was the only girl in front of me. 

At the turn around point I was still feeling good and my new playlist was helping me forget about the race and just keep my legs moving. The volunteers, along the route, were super friendly and motivating too!

Around the 2.5 mile marker we ran by this plant and the smell was horrible. I started coughing and gagging and actually thought I was going to throw up! I tried to breath through my mouth and run faster. (After talking to everyone else after it seems I wasn't the only person who felt like throwing up at that point!)

We rounded the corner and I spotted the finish line and started sprinting. I knew I was close to a PR and going to be among the top females and didn't want to be passed by anyone at the last minute.

I saw Leighann cheering for me and we high-fived each other, at the finish, before grabbing some water, snacks and sitting down (it took us about half an hour to catch our breath, haha!)

We headed over to check our final times and we're both so excited!!! I had missed my PR by almost a minute but....

Leighann had PR'd and placed first overall female and in our 30-39 category and I was the 2nd overall female and 2nd in our category!!

We stuck around for the awards ceremony and got our medals.

It was an awesome race!

Thank you so much Leighann for being such a great support system and pushing me to the finish! You motivate me more than you'll ever know!!

A huge congratulations to all the other racers (including my girl Nicole!) and thank you to the race organizers and volunteers! I'll be back next year!

Official stats:

2/122 females
2/49 30/39 category

25:17 Time

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Want To Run The NYC Half Marathon?

It's safe to say that NYC is my favourite place in the world and the NYC Half is, hands down, my favourite race.

I traveled with three girlfriends to run it, in March, and had an amazing time! You can read my race recap here.  

The race takes you through, and past, Manhattan's most-famous landmarks including Central Park, Times Square and The Freedom Tower.

It's well organized (you leave in waves according to your estimated finish time which cuts down on congestion) there's a great expo and the finishers' medal is one you'll want to keep out on display.

Registration for the 2015 "United Airlines" NYC Half is now open. Click here to register.The race is March 15th and the deadline to apply is December 2nd. If you don't have guaranteed entry (running 4/6 qualifying NYRR races) to the race you'll need to apply to the lottery. Thousands apply, from around the world, and about 22,000 ran in 2014. The lucky lottery winners find out December 9th.

I am torn on whether to apply for the lottery. The NYC Half is my current PR and I would love to return to the race and see if I could beat it. I've ran three half marathons since and feel like my running has improved.

I'm torn because it may be time, for me, to tackle a full marathon. I really want to apply for the NYC Marathon lottery but I'm not sure I can afford two trips to New York next year. Flights aren't bad but hotels are really expensive! Apparently, I need to make some NYC friends who will let me invade their place for a few days ;)

I already have two half marathons scheduled for next year (lululemon half in Vancouver and the Calgary half) so it may be time to finally commit to a full! 

Have you started filling your 2015 race schedule yet?
What's your favourite race to date?