Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What To Buy A Runner For Christmas

Today is exactly one month until Christmas. Are you all done your Christmas shopping, yet to get started, or (like me) somewhere in between?

I'm actually keeping my spending to a minimum this year. My family agreed it's more important to focus on creating memories than it is to spend money on stuff we really don't need. Of course, London and my niece will have something under the tree but we also have some fun activities planned while we're home on the West Coast (we arrive Boxing Day after London gets home from Christmas with his daddy.)

I really don't need anything but there's always things I want. I've done this list a few times now and there isn't a lot that changes every year. If you do have a runner in your life and are stumped for ideas I hope this post will help.

1. Fitness Watch


I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 220. It's not a cheap present but the perfect splurge for the runner in your life. This watch has lots of awesome feature; it uploads your stats instantly to an app on your Iphone and also has the ability for family and friends to track you while you're out running.

2. Training Journal

I love having a place to keep track of my workouts and write down my goals. I haven't used this journal before but it's come highly recommended by a few of my friends. 


3. Earphones

I listen to music while I run. The Yurbuds are the only headphones, I've tried, that actually stay in my ears while I'm running. I never have to re-adjust them. I would like to get a pair of wireless headphones, for when I'm on the treadmill, someday but these are awesome for when you're running outside!


4. Race Entry

I run a lot of races, each year, and they can get expensive. I would check with your runner first before purchasing to make sure they haven't registered already. If you want to make it a surprise, you can also give them money or a visa/mc giftcard and tell them it's for a race. My brother did this for my birthday last year and it was cool to think about him, and how much he supports me, while I was running.

5. Running Tights

If there's a runner in your life, that likes to get outside to workout during the winter months, warm running tights are a must. I have these from Mizuno Canada. The Breath Thermo generates heat as you move. My legs are always toasty!


6. Pro Compression Socks

These are not only great for running but also for recovery. I wore them for three days after the NYC Marathon. 


7. Momentum Jewelry

These are beautiful and I love that you can pick a mantra that speaks to you. I have two wraps, one cuff bracelet and a foot notes and already have my eye on a few others! I'm actually giving away a wrap on my Instagram page. But hurry, the contest closes at 5pm tonight!! 

8. Running Shoes. 

Okay, so these aren't cheap and I wouldn't recommend buying them unless you know exactly what kind he/she wears but EVERY runner loves a new pair of shoes!! I've been wearing the Mizuno Wave Riders since I started running in 2012 and love them! I'm excited to give the new 19's a try soon!! 


Stocking Stuffers:

What's on your Christmas wish list?
Runners, what's the best Christmas gift you've received?

Monday, November 23, 2015

So, I ran a marathon. Now what?

It's been almost a month since I ran the NYC Marathon. I've enjoyed the lack of training plan but done my best to keep up with my healthy and active lifestyle. I ran a 5K and Half Marathon in Vegas but I also enjoyed a lot of beverages and yummy food. 

I'm also still battling a sore, tight, quad muscle in my left leg. Sometimes it's fine and then I'll run a few miles and it'll come back. I've been doing a lot of stretches and have another massage this week. 

While, my training plan went awesome (minus the last week where I was sick for race day) I didn't keep up with my strength/cross-training for the last 5 weeks. So, my plan is to focus on that until the end of the year. What can I say, I like to have goals. 


1. Weekly Body Pump class at GoodLife Fitness. (if you want to come join me, or try a class where you are, the club is having an open house until November 30th. Basically, you can try the club, and classes, for free!)

2. Weekly Spin class. I have such a love/hate relationship with Spin. I love challenging myself and the way I feel after but I'm usually cursing myself for signing up while I'm sweating my face off. I know it makes me a stronger, faster, runner though so I'm committed!

3. Try three new fitness classes. This is something I want to keep doing throughout the year. Last week, I took my first ever Tabata class. It was 50 minutes and I think I smiled the entire time. Yes, it kicked my butt, it felt great to step outside of my comfort zone. Tabata is 20 seconds of activity followed by 10 seconds of rest. I also have my eye on crossfit, hot yoga. We'll see what else pops up. Any other suggestions?

As for my next "goal" race. I'm currently trying to find something that works for me, and London, and our crazy schedules. I'll be sure to share our plans soon!! So far, I'm already committed to the Calgary Half Marathon in May, SeaWheeze in August and the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (and 5K) next November. 

Do you have any fitness goals right now?
What's the last group fitness class you took?
Have you signed up for any 2016 races? Which ones?

This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Potty Training!!!--Weekend In Review

Another fun weekend in the books! As much as I love traveling, and I love racing, weekends at home with London are my favourite.

Friday, I picked him up from daycare and we headed to a local churchs' lasagna supper fundraiser. I had the vegetarian and he had the chicken and they were both delicious! They also had salad, garlic bread, and ice cream.

After supper, we headed downtown for the Bright Lights event. They had tons of lights, free hot drinks and popcorn, movies playing on a big screen and sleigh rides! 

It was cold so we only stayed about 45 minutes. We warmed up at a nearby Starbucks and grabbed a new Christmas book before heading home. He talked about the "horses" pulling the sleigh the whole way home! 

For the past couple weeks, London has been slowly showing more interest in potty training. When we woke up Saturday, I decided to just go for it and put him in underwear. He was excited!

We had two accident-free days!! He's just in a pull up at night but wakes up dry. I'm such a proud mama!!

Back to Saturday, we headed to Home Depot to pick out our Christmas tree. Since he's with his daddy this year I wanted to decorate early so we could enjoy it together before he leaves for Saskatchewan. 

It turned out awesome!

While London napped, I ran 6 miles on the treadmill. My quad is still bugging me so I'm looking forward to my massage appointment in a few days. 

That night, we drove to the mall to welcome Santa! 

He didn't want to sit with him but he did want to get his face painted! 

We picked up a few things at the mall before heading home for a movie night. 

Sunday morning, we cleaned. Our house desperately needed a good scrub so we spent a couple hours doing that. I also wanted to pick up some groceries so we headed out to Safeway for food and Starbucks. 

We also picked up flowers because London told me I needed some. He's going to treat someone very well someday ;)

I really want to try and clean up my diet a little so the first step is doing some food prep. Veggies are a must!

While he napped I did a quick 30 minute workout (1 mile and 20 minutes of strength.)

I also had to tackle a mountain of laundry. It's done but not put away! 

I dropped London off for a couple hours with his dad while I met some friends for a movie. We saw Mockingjay Part 2 and I really enjoyed it (and the popcorn/girl talk!)

After picking London up, it was back home for a bath, painting our nails (he's obsessed) and bedtime. 

How was your weekend?

What's the last movie you saw in theatres?

Movie popcorn or movie candy?

If you celebrate... Real or artificial Christmas tree?