Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Next Chapter

A few months ago I decided to shut down this blog. I did it quietly assuming no one would notice. Almost immediately, I started getting messages from people asking what happened. The truth is my heart isn't in it anymore. Yet, I feel like I need to sign off properly. I started this blog as a way to document my journey as a new mom. Then, I started writing more about my love of running and connected with new "running friends" from around the world. I even charged the name of it to reflect that. My little corner of the internet became "Kaella On The Run."
The truth is, running got me through my divorce and keeping up the blog and my presence on social media was a big part of that. It was the hardest time in my life. I look back now and realize just how much pain I was in. I was putting on a brave front, for most people, but inside I was deeply grieving the loss of something I wanted so badly to work. I wanted to be a wife. I wanted to be a mom with a house full of children to keep me busy. I just picked the wrong person to do that with. Running helped me realize that I could get through anything. I surrounded myself with good people, I got counselling, and I continued to be the best mom to London.

I also continue to have a good relationship with his dad. That was important to me from day one. I respect his dad and I knew having him in his life was the best thing for him. Their relationship is stronger because of it. 

I did date, a little. I went on a handful of dates; some were bad some were okay but none of them were great. That's when I decided to take two years off from any relationships and just focus on myself and what I wanted. I got my personal training certification and started coaching at Orangetheory Fitness. I also started my Marathon Coach certification and started a running club. I went on vacations with friends and I spent more time with family.

They always say it'll happen when you least expect it. When every other aspect of your life is going so well life throws something, or in this case someone, special at you.
If you follow me on social media you may have noticed this guy making an appearance over the past year. Andrew is kind, funny, smart, and passionate. I wrote a list of qualities I want in a partner a few months before we met and he has all of them and more. Best of all, he's great with London and London adores him. Clearly he makes me happier than I have ever been.

So, while I can't predict the future I will say I'm so happy. I love my life and the people I have in it.
That's why I decided to step away from blogging, from posting all my workouts online, from reading other blogs and focus on what is right in front of me. I've put down my phone and am living in the moment. 

I'm so blessed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#RunYQL- I started a Run Club


I've been thinking about starting a run club for awhile now. I love the idea of training with others towards a common goal. I pitched the idea to my boss at Orangetheory Fitness in the hopes of attracting some of our members and their family and friends. He loved the idea and just like that #RunYQL was born!

Within a week, our #RunYQL Facebook Group had over 120 members!

This past Sunday the inaugual #RunYQL training run was held! About 30 of us met at 9am Sunday and headed out for a 5.5 kilometer run. The group is training for either the 10K or the Half Marathon Lethbridge Police Run September 30th. We started as a group but everyone ran at their own pace. I was pushing London in the stroller and it was tough in the heat but we had a lot of fun! He asked to jump out and run, a few times, which I loved. 

Although we all finished at different times a lot of people hung around at the studio after to high-five people as they came in and to chat. That's what I love about run clubs. I've been fortunate to be a part of a few, over the years, and love the camaraderie and bonds they create. 

So, if you're local and thinking about training for a fall race I would love you to join us. We have people of all ages and abilities; including walkers! Strollers and furry friends are always welcome too. Plus, it's FREE!

Although we're only meeting once a week I'm providing 12 week training plans for both distances.

We meet Sunday mornings at 8am.

Join our #RunYQL Facebook Group for more information and weekly updates on routes.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Race Recap: Ladiesfest 8K

A few weeks ago, I ran Ladiesfest with a group of girlfriends. This is the fourth time I've done the event and my times have varied from 43-49 minutes. I haven't been doing a lot of speed work lately so I didn't have any goals going into it. I picked up my bib, from Runner's Soul, the day before. Pickup was fast, which I love about local races, and you can opt out of receiving the t-shirt (and pay a reduced fee) which I've started to do lately.

The race starts at 8am from the Lethbridge Lodge. I picked up Tawnya and we arrived at 7:30, used the hotel bathroom, and headed to the starting area a few minutes before go time. This year, I waited until the very last minute (probably about five minutes before the start) before deciding I wanted to run with friends instead of race. It was the right decision.

Our goal was to stick together, have fun, and just enjoy running. Oh, and survive Whoop Up (a big hill at the end of the race!) After one last shoe shot we were off....

The course starts by running downhill and then you spend most of the race running in the Coulees, next to the Old Man River, which I absolutely love. The path can get a little narrow at points, especially when racers get to the turn around point, but the race is capped at 750 so it isn't too crazy. We got to the bottom of Whoop Up and agreed to tackle the hill at our own pace. I didn't want to stop so I just put my head down and took off. I've been doing a lot of hill training (thank you Strength days at OTF) so I was actually feeling pretty good. I stopped for two quick walk breaks and before I knew it I was at the top. I stopped to wait for the other ladies but some guy yelled at me to keep going "you're almost at the finish" and, since I couldn't see them, I decided to take off. I finished in just over 50 minutes.

The other ladies weren't far behind. Tawnya CRUSHED her PR!! She's been killing it lately at OTF and it shows! 

I love running with June! She's always so motivating and makes it fun! 

After the race, Leighann, June and I headed inside for a free brunch. Usually they just have bagels, pastries and fruit but this year we were spoiled with a hot breakfast. It was AMAZING!

We stuck around for the awards (congratulations to all the winners) and then I headed home to complete another easy-paced four miles.

Overall, I really like this race. It's a great route (even with the hill) and well organized. I'll definitely be back next year! Just a heads up if you're local, and plan on registering, it sells out fast! Keep an eye on the Runner's Soul Website for details on when registration will open.