Friday, August 28, 2015

Reader Survey Results & Starbucks Gift Card Winner

First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out my reader survey. I was overwhelmed with all of the sweet things you said and thankful for the little bit of constructive criticism I received.

59 of you filled of the survey. The winner of the Starbucks gift card is Jamie. She was emailed this morning.

1. How long have you been reading Kaella On The Run?

I was sure my mom would be the only person who's been around since the beginning but it turns out there are a few of you. Thank you!! Also, it's really exciting (and encouraging) to see some many new readers in the last few months. I hope you'll stick around.

2. Tell me about yourself.

Wow, I had no idea so many of you don't blog or leave comments. I'm really happy you take time out of your day to stop by and read my ramblings!

3. How often do you visit Kaella On The Run?

4. How are you notified of new blog posts?

I need to be better about using Twitter. I have to use it for work so I tend to forget about my personal account a lot.

 5. What do you think of my blog name?

This blog actually started as "London's Mommy" but I knew I wanted to shift gears and make it more about running about six months later. I really struggled to come up with a name. Seriously, I consider myself a great writer but sometimes I lack in the creativity/good-at-puns department. It may be something I consider changing down the road if I think of something better.

6. What social media platforms do you follow me on?

Instagram is my favourite social media platform and probably where I interact the most. Again, I need to be better about Twitter since apparently that's where most of you follow me.

7. What do you enjoy reading the most on Kaella On The Run?

This isn't a surprise as my numbers are always highest on my personal posts. I need to be better about opening up and sharing my feelings. It's tough sometimes because I live such a public life, as a tv reporter, and I like to keep some things private. In saying that, I do have two posts in the works that are very personal.

8. What do you enjoy reading the least on Kaella On The Run?

I don't do surveys that often so that's good! I do plan on keeping up with my training posts though as I love looking back at them. 

9. If you could change one thing about Kaella On The Run what would it be?

This was the only multiple choice question and probably the one where I got the most valuable feedback. Here are some of the responses:

1. Change the layout and increase the font size (I tried out the largest font size on this post. Thoughts? I'm also thinking about a complete re-design once I get back from NYC and can save up some money.)

2. More photos (Sometimes I feel like I post too many photos and have so many that never see the light of day. This makes me happy!

3. More interaction with the people who follow. I need to be better about responding to comments in a timely fashion and also finding blogs through new readers. I'm great at interacting on Instagram but need to improve on here and twitter!

4. Share nutrition tips! I don't feel qualified to give tips but I would think about sharing what I eat when I'm training for a race. Great idea! Thanks :)

I also got lots of very sweet comments from some of you. Thank you. I started this blog not sure if anyone would read it. Your friendship and comments mean a lot to me! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thinking Out Loud #29

It's been a couple weeks since I did one of these posts and I've missed it! Once again, I'm linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. If you don't know how it works check out her first post. Basically, it's a chance for you to get all your random thoughts out and then link up with others doing the same.
1. My heart goes out to our colleagues at WDBJ7 after two of their staff were killed during a live broadcast yesterday morning. Newsrooms are like family and I can't even imaging how they're feeling right now. Our morning meeting was very somber as we talked about the incident and the professionalism of the news team for continuing to broadcast. I watched three hours of live streaming before I had to get my story done. I still feel sick to my stomach. They were just doing their jobs. My friend wrote an editorial about how it hit close to home from Lethbridge media HERE and THIS ARTICLE explains how many of us in the business are feeling.

2. I'm missing London a lot right now. He's been on vacation with his dad for a week but comes home tonight. The last seven days I've been trying to keep busy but it's hard. I've been really lonely and am never sure what to do with myself when he's not with me. It's almost like I'm not sure what my purpose is when I don't him to take care of. He's going to be getting a LOT of cuddles tonight!

3. I'm running my 10th official half marathon this weekend! Three years ago, I ran the LRPS Half Marathon as MY FIRST HALF MARATHON and it's one that I hope to be able to return to every year. Like always, I'll be doing it with a big group of girl friends. We're planning to carb-load Friday at one of their houses and then celebrate with brunch after the race. At last count, the reservation was up to 18 people! 
1st Half Marathon in 2013

4. I need to get back to BodyPump. It's been two weeks since my last class at GoodLife Fitness and I'm craving it. The new release (hello 1000+ reps in 60 minutes) is amazing and always leaves me feeling like a superhero! Anyone local up for a class next week?

5. I got a new phone!! After running SeaWheeze my phone died and then wouldn't charge up again. It wouldn't even turn on. I was without a phone for five days until my phone lent me a loaner (with nothing on it.) It was kind of nice to not have a phone but I need one for work and to chat with my child. Anyway, after MANY phone calls to Apple they kindly decided to give me a new phone (the problem wasn't covered under warranty even though the phone was only a month old.) Plus, they waived the shipping! So, I have a new phone, most of my stuff (no photos/videos from my 10-day vacation) and have rescheduled all the appointments I missed! ;) Man, do I rely on technology a lot!

6. I'm nervous about AirBnB but it seems like the best choice for NYC this fall. Has anyone ever used the AirBnB service (where you rent a room/place from someone online?) I want to stay in a hotel the whole trip but I just can't afford it. If you know anyone renting their place the first week of November can you please let me know? I would love to rent from someone I know (or one of my friends' knows.) THANK YOU!

Alright, that's all I have time for today. I hope you have a GREAT weekend! I'll be back with my LRPS Half Marathon recap, and Weekend In Review, next week. In the meantime, you can check out my weekend adventures (and those of several other local bloggers who are joining me for the race) on my Instagram account.

1. Have you used AirBnB before? Tell me your experience please!
2. At what age did you get your first cell phone? I believe I was 17 but I did have a pager when I was 14 haha!
3. When's your next race?

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Training For The NYC Marathon- Weeks 5-7

68 days until RACE DAY!!! One of the girls posted this photo in our Team For Kids Facebook page yesterday and I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a beat!!

I decided not to post my training recap while I was on vacation and then my phone stopped working so I skipped another week. Despite the lack of posting I am on track with my NYC Marathon training plan!

I have run 160 miles since the program started last month. I have only missed two runs, after my PR at SeaWheeze. I've also stayed on track with my cross-training and have made it to one spin class and/or body pump class a week (except for the week I was on vacation.)

I post most of my workouts on Instagram but here are a few of my favourites from the past two weeks.

Coming up this week (Week 7)

Only 3 runs because I have another half marathon on Saturday.

Tuesday- 7 miles AYF (as you feel) & Body Pump
Wednesday- 10 miles PLR (pseudo long run)
Saturday- RACE DAY (LRPS Half Marathon)

What scares you the most about race day?
Do you always eat before you workout?