Monday, September 29, 2014

Training Tuesday

With nothing but a 5K race on my schedule I am enjoying a break from running. I actually took last week off. It wasn't intentional but it happened. Now, I'm sick with a bad chest cold and running just isn't going to happen. I'm coughing up a storm and still have no voice. Hopefully it gets lost soon as I have a fun, busy weekend planned!

I know the only way to get better is to take care of myself so I'm trying to slow down, go to bed early and eliminate stress. All three are pretty tough right now but I'm trying. 

My 5K race is October 19th. That's lots of time to kick this cold to the curb and do some much needed speed work. 

As for other races, I feel a little lost without a long distance to train for. My friend Leighann actually suggested a virtual run with our run club. Basically we could all pick the distance we wanted to run and then meet, along the route, and eventually all end up running together. I think it's an awesome idea! I would love to do a winter half as long as it isn't too
cold or icy (I don't love running in either!!)

We have done virtual races together and I've always enjoyed them!

I'm also thinking about applying for the NYC Marathon lottery and maybe even the Chicago Marathon for my 2015 goal. If I'm not having another baby (for now) I may as well distract myself with something else I really want.

In other, completely un-related, news my little guy turns TWO tomorrow!!! Heads up.. A long post for him is coming tomorrow!

I'll leave you with this photo I've seen a few times now. It makes me laugh because it's so true!!

What are your training for?
Do you run when you're sick?
Anyone want to come to NYC with me? 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Firefighters Calendar, Princess Birthday & No Running-Weekend in Review

Another weekend has come and gone and it's hard to believe it's almost October!! London turns TWO on Wednesday and that completely blows my mind! I can't even talk about it yet.

Friday night, I was asked to judge an event for our local firefighters' charity with two other media ladies. Basically, it was to select the 12 lucky guys who would make the 2015 calendar. 

We had seats right at the end of the stage which meant we were very close to the action. The guys bribed us with chocolate and flowers and I was impressed with how hard some of them worked on their routine and getting in shape (one guy said he ate nothing but "chicken and yucky broccoli" for a month which made me laugh!)

It was a really fun night and I'm happy Tawnya, Danielle and Melissa came along too. It's always awesome to have some girls time!

Saturday morning, London and I headed out to pick up birthday presents for an afternoon party and stopped for a date at Starbucks and to play with the trains at Chapters.

While he napped, I sorted some of his baby clothes. We are giving some to friends and then selling the rest. It was tough and I definitely shed some tears. I kept a few of my favourite outfits that I couldn't part with.

In the afternoon, we headed to Abby and Gracelyn's (4th and 2nd) birthday party! It was "A Royal Affair" and most of the girls wore princess dresses. London wore his frog prince sweater.

We all had so much fun and I was pumped that their mom, Katie, hired a local food truck to come feed everyone!

Jarod, London and I had a blast visiting with friends, chasing each other around the party area and stuffing our faces with food and cake!

He loved hitting the piƱata but didn't quite understand what to do when it eventually broke open, haha!

Saturday night was low-key and I was asleep by 10! I actually managed to get my first 8-hour sleep in months! I think the cold medicine I took before bed helped.

I'm officially sick. I lost my voice Friday and it's been slowly going downhill since. I usually don't mind running when I'm sick (when symptoms are above the neck) but I have a bad cough so I'm taking time off. This is the first time I haven't logged any miles for a week since my injury in March. I'm okay with it though and know I will be back running again soon!

Today, London and I had the morning to ourselves so we went grocery shopping and ran some errands. 

Jarod took him to a hockey game this afternoon so I curled up on the couch and powered through my PVR recordings and relaxed. 

I'm hoping this week flies by as I have lots of exciting things coming up starting Friday.... Including, a visit from one of my friends from back in Vancouver!! I'm taking the day off to go to Calgary and pick her up from the airport so I only have a four-day work week! YAY!

I hope you had a great weekend!

Review: The Fitness Games App

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. As a Sweatpink ambassador, in exchange for a review, I was given access to the Platinum Version of the app. All opinions are my own.

The Fitness Games app is marketed as "making exercise fun." Users can challenge friends, or other users world-wide, to dozens of different activities. You can post photos and videos, comment on other people's workouts and like or follow other users.

In total, there are over 50 workouts. The workouts can be found in one of four categories; Cardio, Strength, Cross Training and Full-body. There is also an option to create your own workout.

The workouts are then tracked, scored and saved so you can see your progress.

So, how exactly does it work?

Basically, you download the (free) app available on iPhone & Android and create a profile. Then, you can add your favourite workout songs and healthy living philosophy. Then, you add other users and begin challenging them to workouts.

When I first heard about this app, I was really excited! I'm a VERY competitive person and also love having other people motivate me through their workouts. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I didn't get to use the app to its full potential. I also found, when I did have time to workout, I wanted to just hit the pavement and not spend time finding someone to challenge and start the workout timer. I am also enjoying technology-free workouts lately.

Final thoughts:

I like the idea behind this app but I just don't think it's for me.

I think it's great for someone who needs workout ideas.

The social aspect of this app is great for someone who has the time to play around with all the features and really interact with the other users.

Would you ever use an app like this?
Are you a competitive person? With others or with yourself?