Monthly Archives: February 2010

And So We Run

During the summer after my first year of university, 2004, I started to look at what I was eating and started paying attention to what I was putting in my mouth and exercising. I went with my Mum to see her personal trainer and she had me doing running, elliptical and bike intervals along with lifting weights.

Throughout my second year of university, 2004-2005, I would go to the gym 4-5 days a week and do a  combination of cardio and weights…I loved this new lifestyle. During exams of that year I got into running, just a little bit here and there…I would switch between elliptical and running for 5 minutes, it was a nice start to what would turn into a great relationship. During the summer after my second year of university I started to love running. I can remember the day I ran for 20 minutes without stopping, I was so giddy and proud!

When I started my third year of university, 2005-2006, I kept up my running and weight lifting…soon I was running more than I was biking or spending time on the elliptical. I was in love! At this time I also looked into The GI Diet by Rick Gallop and fell in love, this was no diet my friends, this was a lifestyle change, and I loved every minute of it!! During that year I got my running endurance up and was so happy with what I was doing!

When I got home after exams I did a training session with my Mum’s personal trainer and she mentioned that she was doing a 5k race with some other clients and asked me if I wanted to go with them. I said no at first, but by the end of the hour I realized that I had no reason to say no. I remember that 5k so well, it was fun and easy going there was no pressure! That day someone asked if I had considered doing a half marathon, at that time I started looking into training plans and what went into training for a half marathon!

That summer I ran another 5k, this time with my boyfriend, and I must say he really pushed me! The pictures that our parents took of us that day are some of my favourite pictures there are of us!

Later that summer (late July-August) I started training for the Prince Edward County Half Marathon (PEC), to this day it is my favourite half marathon route for sure! My boyfriend and I ran that half marathon in October 2006, we didn’t run it together because we wanted to run our first races as our own. It was great day and I felt so amazing!

After that, during my fourth year of university 2006-2007, I ran and did strength training and in February 2007 I joined the Running Room for a Half Marathon Clinic to train for the Ottawa Half Marathon. In late May 2007 I ran that half marathon a little injured, plantar fasciitis, but it was still fun…it is a much bigger race than PEC so I was a little thrown off, but I still enjoyed myself.

A week later I graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in English Literature (I just always remember running the Ottawa Half Marathon and then going back a week later to celebrate graduating).
During that summer I started doing more yoga, I got a month of unlimited yoga to a local yoga studio from my parents for graduation and I spent that month running and doing hot yoga, it was pure bliss! Of course I could not keep up those kinds of payments so I enjoyed my month and then took what I learned with me.

I was still a little injured, but continued to run all the time, this was NOT smart! Regardless I trained for the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon because it was a flat course and I would be running it with a friend who wanted to complete her first half marathon. The training went very well and the Thursday before the race I pulled a muscle in my groin area (sorry I had to write that, it’s the truth though) and we ran the race at the end of September, it was fun and hot, but I was in pain.

After my 3rd half marathon in one year I knew I had to take a break! During the rest of the fall of 2007 and most of 2008 I spent time in spin classes, on a stationary bike, and the elliptical mixed with weights and yoga. I did some running every now and then, but mostly picked it up again consistently in the summer of 2008, sadly I was not healed and it wasn’t always enjoyable. I decided that my hope of running the PEC half marathon in October 2008 was a no go, and I was ok with that. During December of 2008 I started running again, everything was good and I felt no pain. I took it slow and only did what made me happy, I didn’t want to push myself.

During 2009 I ran and discovered amazing workout videos: 30 Day Shred, Core Fusion, and many yoga videos, my favourite being Shiva Rea’s Creative Core and Upper Body.

Finally in the summer of 2009 I was ready to train for another half marathon! I trained for and ran PEC with my boyfriend, this time we ran it together and it was so much fun! Near the finish line he took my hand and made me sprint, and we crossed the finish line holding hands. It was amazing! I will always remember that moment!

I just put this board together and it is on a wall in my kitchen, it makes me smile whenever I see it!

WOW! That is a lot of information about running and very little about nutrition, I guess I will talk more about that later. So what am I doing now you ask? Well I am loving running and am looking forward to being able to run outside all the time again. I was going to do that today but the huge snow storm that hit last night put a damper on that.

As for strength training, I have reworked an old plan and I love it, at the same time I just bought The New Rules of Lifting for Women and am looking into doing the plan in the book. I still love doing yoga, if I don’t have time for a full video I always do some stretches for runners to ensure I don’t injure myself again.

I am currently on my reading week until March 7th so I am going to spend this week running, yoga-ing, doing strength training, reading, and I should probably do some school work! I have been looking forward to this week off for so long!

Happy Running!

Do What You Love

I am off for another crazy day filled with classes and getting myself to places quickly. Not to mention all the homework I want to get done before my reading week, which is next week. I must say I am very pleased that I got up early (5:30am) and ran and stretched, because if I didn’t I would be a little more frazzled. They joy of running and a good downward dog stretch!

While I am having a busy day I wanted to leave you with the Lululemon Manifesto so you can ponder some of its sayings.

My favourite saying (or at least one of them) is, “That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.” Think about it!

*Edited to add*

Go and visit Brie, The Fit Bride, and read about what she found in Shape magazine. I love this post so much! I think about the kinds of ads that fitness magazines have whenever I am reading one. I am always perplexed when a magazine that is telling me that there is not quick fix for losing weight permanently (which there isn’t, nor should there be) and then they have ads for diet pills. GAH! It is really annoying!! Visit The Fit Bride to see what Brie has to say!

Happy Running!

Happy Birthday Little Brother!

Today is my little brother’s 23rd birthday!! By little I mean he is much taller than me and people always ask about my older brother.

I thought I would share some pictures with you! They are kind of all over the place because my Dad keeps all his pictures on his computer and doesn’t share…either way here is what I managed to get!

Me and Chris in 1989 after we moved from Toronto and our house, in Kingston, wasn’t done being built so we lived in a cottage near the city.

Chris in 1995 in Florida. He never got to live there, I did back in 1984-1986, but we still went back to visit. Look at those cool shades!

Let’s jump ahead to 2007 when we took him out to BC to go to school. The rest of the pictures are from that trip. See I wasn’t kidding when I said I had limited pictures of us (that are available on my computer that is).

Very deep in thought! I think this is a classic pose for us. Ever since he had his high school graduation pictures taken and they told him to look deep in thought and he did that. HA!

More than anything the mountains are beautiful! I am jealous that he gets to see that everyday when he is in school.

To follow up on yesterday’s post and my need for a strength training plan. Well I put it together yesterday and then did it, it felt so good to do weights again! I will also be posting more about me later on!

Happy Birthday “little” brother!! And to all of you…

Happy Running!

Live Your Life

Good Morning!

What a beautiful day! I must say that I am getting very excited about the fact that the sun is getting up slightly before 7am, I’m just waiting for the day when the sun is up at 5:30am. OK I swear I’m not weird, this has just been something I look forward to ever since I started getting up early. I look forward to going for a run at 6:30am (or earlier) and watch the sun rise, OR have it already be up.

Speaking of exercise, I am prescribing me some strength training. Since I came up with this idea this morning I haven’t put tons of thought into it yet, I am looking at Caitlin and Jaime’s Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge from The Fitnessista. I also have a lot of old plans that I put together with a trainer years back when I needed to work with one (oh there was a time!). So that is something that I will be working on today! Not to mention all the homework I want to get done today because I don’t want to have to do it later, HA!

I am headed to school but in my absence check out the Lululemon Blog called A Few of My Favourite Run Things! It is so funny how my favourite running clothes are the same ones that she talks about!

What is coming up on here? How about a getting to know you session?! I will fill you all in on a little more of who I am.

Until then here’s a Lululemon picture and quote that I have loved forever. [Source]

Happy Running!

Everyday Things

I’ve had a very productive day! I have done some homework, I have a cheesecake cooling in the fridge for the Canada vs. USA hockey game tonight, I have made a bulgur and shrimp salad for dinner tonight, I did some readings for school, and I have also gotten some yoga for runners in. WOW! I feel like I’ve done a lot today! I felt as though there was some time for procrastinating so I put together pictures of the magnetic board I have in my bedroom. I also added links to the articles (if I could find them) so you can see what stretches I like to do!

This is the magnetic board that is in my bedroom. It is filled with suggested stretched for runners, how to use a foam roller, different kinds of push-ups (I love pushups!), a serene picture of a woman running, a red velvet cupcake recipe which I haven’t made yet but really want to do sometime, pictures I love, and of course many magnets that I love!

Flexibility Routine is from Runner’s World magazine (in the picture below), the link has a video and the names of the stretches and pictures. The only stretch that isn’t featured that I love for after a run is Downward Dog, it really loosens up my hamstrings.
The foam-rolling article called Fix the Kinks is from Women’s Health magazine and it was great to find that around the time I bought a foam roller. The Flex Time article is full of suggested stretches for calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes.

I have a strength routine from Runner’s World magazine on here too, it’s called Quick and Strong (which I cannot find to save my life, but maybe someone else will have better luck. It is a strength routine that is quick and works really well. I just have to make time to do it.

I cut this Red Velvet Cupcake out of Runner’s World magazine in hope of making it one day. It will happen, my plan was to make them for Valentine’s Day…it never happened. Maybe they will be a nice spring treat.

I love this magnet, “Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life.” – Jerome K. Jerome (that is such a cute couple, holding hands and naked, so cute!)

This quote is here to remind me just how powerful I am. If I am ever feeling down on myself I go and read this quote and then say it a few times and then I feel super strong and ready to kick ass!
Happy Running!

The Little Things

I can’t be the only one who loves to decorate her fridge? Right?!

It has to be one of my favourite things to do when I move into a new place. Here is my fridge now, I just moved in a little over three weeks ago. I will most likely be adding tons to it in the months to come:

What are you looking at? Let me tell you. One of my favourite pictures of me and my boyfriend after our first 5k together, a really good no-bake protein bar recipe, my Shakespeare finger puppet (every English Literature graduate needs one of these), a Barack Obama magnet that I got from my Mum (I think she wanted this one, but let me have it anyway, so sweet!), and some of the Lululemon Manifesto.

Here is the whole Lululemon Manifesto, and classic photo booth pictures with my boyfriend (these happen to be some of my favourite pictures).

Here we have a classic picture of me, my boyfriend, and some friends at a dress rehearsal for a choir concert (we were in high school when this picture was taken), a business card for a local personal trainer (I just love the card), and a pamphlet that I got with an Amazing Grass order.

Here is the bottom of the fridge and some more pictures and magnets. I love magnets! The really blue picture is of Sean McCann from Great Big Sea, the picture was taken from the front row at a concert and it is one of my favourite pictures ever!

Here is a close-up of my favourite part of the bottom of the fridge.

I wanted to show you guys a little more of what I am about! My decorating of the fridge or my magnetic board in my bedroom (which I will show you later) are not exactly like a Vision Board but it is a start for me. One day I will make a complete Vision Board, but for now I just like posting pictures and stuff I cut out of magazines to remind me of what I love and so I can look at my favourite pictures everyday!

It makes me really happy to put stuff like this together. Like I mentioned above I do have a board that is in my bedroom, and I will share it with you later. It has full pages from magazines with stretches for runners so I don’t forget to stretch. Of course there is more, but there is a little bit of what the board is about.

Happy Running!

Size Healthy

Have you ever been discouraged when you are shopping for clothes, have you ever focused on the number that is on the tag? Have you ever been so discouraged that you left the store because a pair of jeans didn’t fit the way you expected them to?

Enter “Size Healthy“! Are you unsure of what size that is? It is the size that you are, and you are healthy! You are healthy and happy and a number should not rule your life.
Thanks to Angela over at Oh She Glows I am now labeling all of my clothes “Size Healthy”. I love the way Angela put it,

“I never liked the number on clothing. It is so inconsistent and it varies so much by the store. I could walk into a clothing store and leave upset because I wasn’t the size I thought I should be. Some stores have vanity sizing and in some stores the clothing runs really small. You just can’t win!”

When I was focusing on size (because there was a time when I really cared about it, I cannot tell a lie) I would go to stores focused on getting the same size as the last and I found that sizes were never the same. At some stores you can be one size in one pair of pants and then have to go down for another, and then have to go up for another. Oh my!

When you really focus on those numbers shopping for clothes is no longer fun. Now that I am a “Size Healthy” I am happy and don’t find myself sweating over the numbers. As long as my clothes fit and I am healthy then I am happy!

Here is what I have been doing…

It feels so good to write this on my clothes because I know I am healthy and happy. It no longer has anything to do with what size the tag says.

I like to focus on how I feel rather than a number, it’s as simple as that.


Go and visit Angela at Oh She Glows to see what she has to say about “Size Healthy”! I love reading Angela’s blog, she always has interesting topics!

Happy Running!