Monday, May 30, 2016

Calgary Marathon Weekend

I had plans to write this post, before bed, last night but my head hit the pillow at 10 and I was out. I guess that's a sign of a fun weekend!

Friday night, London and I went to the mall to pick up the last couple pieces of my race costume for Sunday. We ended up getting a Batman shirt for a dollar (score) and a mask and gloves for 10 (not bad!) We grabbed some supper and then walked to a nearby park to play. While he had a bath, layer, I packed for our trip to Calgary.

We were up early and out the door by 7:45. After a quick trip to Starbucks we were on the road to the Calgary Marathon Expo. I was hosting a We Run Social meetup, alongside Ange and Becky, and wanted to get there early.

We didn't have as big of a turnout as we hopes but it wasn't bad for the first time! I was so thrilled to chat with those who did come though!! We had fun talking about our upcoming races and getting to know each other. 

After the meetup, we spent some time walking around the expo. I had promised London a trip to the zoo so we didn't stay long. 

After the zoo, we met up with Melis and Ian any Village Ice Cream. These guys are moving, soon, and I can't express how much we are going to miss them!!! 

We spent the night at my dad and Stepmom's house watching a movie and going for a walk. We were in bed just after 9.

I was awake before my alarm went off Sunday. I left London sleeping and headed down to the grounds around 6am. The race ambassadors had planned to meet up at 6:30 for a photo so I want to be there for that. 

A few days ago, I made the decision to drop to the 10K. I'm glad I did. The race went well and I finished in 55:01 (full recap to come this week.)

Then, it was time to cheer on my friends and eventually head over to the kids race.

London and I were down at the grounds until about noon cheering people on. It was such a fun day and I love watching races! 

We headed for coffee with some friends, after, and then to a local breakfast place (Monki) for AMAZING food!! I'm still dreaming about those hash browns and the banana Nutella stuffed French toast we all split for dessert!!

We didn't get back to the city until 5 so I drove straight to London's dad's house
for drop-off (ugh, it's so hard) and then home. My roomie was waiting for me and suggested we ordered pizza so we did! I haven't seen her in awhile because of our conflicting schedules so it was so awesome to catchup!! 

I have another busy week ahead PLUS I'm heading to SAN DIEGO at the end of the week!! So excited!!!!!

How was your weekend?
Anyone else race? How did it go?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fitness Friday

I'm a little late getting this up today. I am going to blame a crazy work night followed by a necessary glass of wine with a friend. Today, has been equally as crazy. My boss is on vacation so this always seem to happen. No complaints here though. My day has FLOWN by and I'm one step closer to taking off to Calgary for the Calgary Marathon Sunday. I decided to drop down to the 10K after some weird back pain the last couple weeks. Thankfully, it seems to have almost completely subsided but with San Diego Remix Challenge, next weekend, I'm okay taking it easy.

I have no goals but I do want to try and test my speed a little. My current 10K PR is over a year old from the Run For Women last May and is 51:39. I don't think I'm quite in PR shape yet but I am focused on gaining some of the speed back I lost during my injury/rehab/recovery earlier this year. I don't race the 10K distance often so I'm actually really excited and not at all nervous. I think I'm most excited about cheering on so many of my friends who are also racing AND getting to the finish line to see London an hour earlier than if I was still doing the half ;)

Here's what my workouts looked like this week. Again, I'm really taking it easy until Chicago Marathon starts again in the middle of June. I'm hoping to keep my weekly base miles around 20 until then (I'm a little short this week since I was resting my back.)

Monday, May 23rd
3 miles Easy Pace

Tuesday, May 24th
30 minute park strength workout 

Wednesday, May 25th
3 miles Easy Pace (with some intervals thrown in)
45 minute arms, chest and core workout

Thursday, May 26th
2 miles Easy Pace

Friday, May 27th

Saturday, May 28th

Sunday, May 29th
10K Race
1.2 K Kids Race (with London!)
Who's racing this weekend?
Any exciting plans?
We Run Social meetup at the Calgary Marathon is TOMORROW!! Please come say hi!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thinking Out Loud #59

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. Working out with friends will also be better than working out alone. I spend a lot of (very) early mornings pounding out miles on my treadmill while London sleeps. Anytime London is with this dad I try and get together with friends to run or workout. Last night, I did both with my friend Tawnya. She's training for her first half marathon and asked me to make her a plan to get back to running (she had her second baby late last year.) I love that so many of my friends have started running in the past couple years....

We ran three miles at the track and then sweated our way through a chest, arms and abs workout. It was hard but I loved having her there to push me and vice versa. We already have another date set up for next week.
2. I'm excited to host my first We Run Social meet-up this weekend with Ange and Becky. It's being held THIS Saturday outside the Big Four building on the Stampede Grounds (where you pick up your race package for the Calgary Marathon) at 10:30am!! If you're running, volunteering or spectating come say hi! We'll be taking lots of photos for the interwebs and giving away lots of prizes!

3. Speaking of this weekend. I'm actually considering dropping down to the 10K. I could do a half marathon and probably be fine but my back has been acting a little funny lately. I've had a massage and gone to the Chiropractor for a re-adjustment but it's still not 100% (don't worry mom, it's not bad but I'm just being safe before Chicago marathon training starts!) We'll see how I'm feeling Saturday before I make the final decision. Hopefully it's not sold out by then!

4. 8 days until I am off to San Diego!!! Next Friday, I'm heading to San Diego with AshleyJen and her husband Tom. We're running the Rock N Roll San Diego races (I'm doing the 5K Saturday and 1/2 Sunday) but we also have a lot of other fun things planned including a MLB Padres games, walk at the beach AND a Pro Compression post-race meet-up! It's for EVERYONE so if you're going to be in the area Sunday please come say hi!!

5. I finished my CanFit Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist last weekend and now it's time to buckle down and start studying. Even though it's a lot of work I'm excited to get it done and be able to teach. If anyone has ever taken the course I would love to hear your take on it! Are you teaching now?
6. There's a new group fitness studio coming to Lethbridge!!! Orange Theory Fitness is scheduled to open in the early fall. I was able to take a class with the blog squad last month and absolutely LOVED it! I can't wait!! Pre-sales are expected to start in a few weeks and apparently they're going to have some CRAZY sales! I'll definitely be signing up!

Alright, time to get to work! Have a great Thursday!