Monday, February 13, 2017

Back To Back Runs & A Photoshoot

This weekend I ran 9 miles. While it doesn't sound like a lot it's the furthest I've ran, back to back, days in months. But let's rewind to the start of my weekend first.
Friday night, I headed to the hockey game with Allie, London and another co-worker Eli. We scored seats right behind the home team's bench which London thought was pretty cool. Plus, they won which is always a plus. We met up with another co-worker for a team photo in the second intermission before getting our fill of snacks. That's what hockey games are for, right? ;)

Saturday morning I planned to wake up early and run by London said "let's not workout right now." He's usually so willing to be my sweat buddy so when he says no I respect him. Instead, we cuddled in bed with some books before making our way to dance class. They started tap this week and while the other kids tapped their feet around the room he was literally running circles. You could definitely point out the runner in the group haha!

I dropped him off at a birthday party in the afternoon and then headed out to a nearby lake for a quick 5K. I probably would have gone longer but there was still quite a lot of ice on the ground and it was super windy. I headed to Starbucks to grab a warm drink and then back to the party to pick up London.
We were supposed to go to a birthday party that night but London fell asleep, in the car, on the way there so I turned around and treated myself to a slice of pizza and a glass of wine while he snoozed. While I'm sad I missed out I did enjoy the quiet night to myself.
Sunday morning we had a photo shoot. My friend Tawnya is an amazing photographer and I'm in love with her style of capturing less posed, more authentic, moments. We planned a day-in-the-life style shoot meaning she would be hanging out with us and essentially photographing our day together. She arrived at 9am and we were still in bed. That meant our first few shots were in our pjs and I wasn't wearing any makeup. We spend a lot of mornings curled up, in my bed, reading books so it was nice to have that captured. 
We also did puzzles, played, got groceries and stopped in to Starbucks. She sent me a few teaser shots and I can't wait to see the rest.

I sent her this message last night:
We spent the afternoon at a movie (Lego Batman it was awesome) and then I tackled 10K on the treadmill while London watched another movie. Yes, two movies in one day. That's what it takes to get it done some days. 
We finished off our great weekend with a Grammy picnic party complete with dancing to some of our favourite artists.
I'm hoping to continue building on my mileage. This week I would really like to get an 8 mile run in. Now, it's just about finding/making the time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Thank You To The Running Community

I know you. You're my friend or a training partner. You're a stranger running next to me on the treadmill making me want to push a little harder. You're the girl ahead of me at the race.

Thank You.

Thank you for showing up, for calling me and asking if I was going to be there, for scheduling yourself into a fitness class and not canceling. For picking me up on the way to the track. For pushing me out the door when it's dark, cold, windy, hot, snowing.

Thank You.

I saw you at a race. I had stopped to walk and you slowed down next to me to tell me I could come going. Your "almost there" at the 10 mile mark didn't even bother me like it usually would. You once told me it was my victory lap. I started running faster thinking about all those early morning, cold, dark, training runs. Thinking about everything I had sacrificed to be there. You pushed me across the finish line.

Thank You.

There are some days I don't want to be working out. My legs feel like lead. My pants keep slipping down and I'm tired of tugging at them. My heart feels like it's going to explode. I'm thirty pounds heavier than I was a year ago and everything feels so hard. I'm struggling to catch my breath. You're struggling too but your smile, high-five, and that look you give me to tell me "we got this" keeps me from giving up.

Thank You.

I hope I've been there for you. Either through social media, at the gym, pounding the pavement or helping you get to the finish line. This community means so much to me.

Thank You.


Monday, February 6, 2017

A Charity Supper, Hockey Game & A Super Bowl Party

I haven't done a weekend in review, in awhile, but this weekend was too fun not to share!

Friday night, I was at our local hockey club's annual charity supper. The event featured a special presentation with the 1997 memorial cup team, a hilarious comedian and a delicious sit-down supper. I went with my roommate, Allie, and it was nice to get dressed up for once. Even if we ended up walking in heels, through snow, to get from our parking spot to the hotel where it was being held. 

I was up early Saturday to go and get my hair done. I haven't had it coloured in months and I was well overdue for a trim. My hair dresser let me know she is leaving the salon, and opening her own, which is so exciting for her! Thankfully the new location is actually closer to my work, and my house, so it'll make it easier for those pesky bang trims every three weeks ;) 

I headed to Bed Bath and Beyond after my workout to look for some things for my bedroom makeover. I didn't bring the measurements I needed so I ended up leaving empty-handed. I'm heading to Calgary in a few weeks so I'll probably check out Ikea there too and price compare anyway. I came home and slept for a few hours, caught up on This Is Us, and then got ready for a hockey date. The club was playing at home and they won! It wasn't too exciting for the most part but the last few minutes saw a lot of fights and penalties being handed out. The guys were fired up! I love covering hockey and can't wait to see how far this team goes this year. They certainly have the heart. After the game it was off to a nearby pub for beers and food. It was another late night but well worth it.

Sunday, I managed to stay in bed until about 9:45. I had committed to taking the 10:30 class at Orangetheory so I quickly changed and headed to the studio. I was supposed to go to Calgary for my friend Brie's baby shower but it didn't work with my schedule. I was feeling terrible about it but even if I had of been able to make it work Mother Nature wasn't on my side. It started snowing late Saturday night and hasn't stopped. Some of the area highways are even closed. I know she had a great time though and I'm excited to see her in a few weeks.

After the gym, I joined June and her fiancé for brunch. Mimosas and eggs are always a good post-workout plan. We chatted for a bit before parting ways. I cleaned the house, did three loads of laundry and then watched the Super Bowl with London. We decided to throw our own little party complete with snacks and a sign (since he insisted we needed decorations.) He was asleep before the comeback but I don't think he really cared about the game at all. He was ALL about Lady Gaga's half time show though. We watched it three times.

Overall it was a busy but awesome weekend! I was hoping to get a few more things done but isn't that always the case? 

Did you watch the Super Bowl?
What was the best part of your weekend?