Smashing 10k Personal Bests

Today was race day.  And I killed it!  Not to boast, but I am pretty proud of myself.  My pace was 5:15 and my chip time was 52:28.  It was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining and I was ready to race.  I am realistic, I know I will never be first.  The first place 10k runner ran a 3:26 pace.  I will never touch that.  I did however, shave 10 minutes off my 10k time and place 79 out of 171 runners.  My only real competitor is me, so I call that a win.

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After the race hubby and I hit up a pub for some brunch (salmon eggs benny) and a well deserved beer.  Both were delicious.

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We then went to MEC, only one of my favourite places in the world, no big deal.  Where I scored a sweet deal on a new hydration belt, pictured below.  I am pretty pumped to try it out this week 🙂

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I also got some new Nuun tablets to try, which I am equally excited about.  I have heard great things about them.  These particular ones are Citrus fruit and seem to be one of the most popular flavours.

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I got to spend the afternoon with my girls and play outside in the warm sunshine.  All in all it was an awesome day.  I just love family time ❤

I hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂

 

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MEC Race two Citadel Highlander

Tomorrow is race day!! What what!  I am a little more than a little pumped.  I switched my long run day this weekend so today is my rest day and tomorrow is my long run/10k race.  I plan to do some stretching/yoga tonight and get a good night sleep so I have a solid race day tomorrow.

If you have ever been to Halifax or know much about it, you have probably heard of Citadel hill. It was first fortified in 1979, the year Halifax was founded, and served as a fortress to overlook and protect our harbour.  It’s impressive star shape can be seen from the aerial view.  Citadel hill still fires its cannon everyday at precisely noon and you can visit the fort to take a walk back in time.

The race is kind of convuluted, here is a map of the route that is 5km.  image.png

Two laps of this is the 10k race.  I hope there is lots going on, loop runs tend to get boring.  I always feel like I should be done after the first loop.

The plan is to stay downtown and try out a new brunch spot after the race.  I am sure I will be ready to chow down by then 🙂

Monday is the start of week three for my half Marathon training schedule.  It’s going great!  I had a run assessment done at http://www.platinumphysio.ca/ They are awesome there!  If you are in the area check them out.

I was there for over two hours and we are working on getting me stronger and faster as a runner.  I have a few things to correct and some tweaking to do but overall I am doing pretty good.  My biggest issue is the anterior tilt in my pelvis since childbirth.  It’s very exaggerated and tends to give me back pain and affects my gait while running.  So lots of core work and correcting my posture constantly.

Wish me luck tomorrow!  I am hoping to do it in 55 minutes.  Let’s see what this body can do!!

Trail Running and My First Farm Share

I finally got to pick up my first farm share this week.  I was so excited it felt a little like Christmas to me.  I was literally a half hour early for pick up and had to drive around waiting for the delivery truck.  As I stood in line and waited for my box of goodies I was surprised to see just how many people were there for their pick ups also.  How could I have been in the dark about this amazing concept for so long.  I am so happy a friend posted about the shares and I am getting to experience this.  Here is the link again for anyone that may be in our area.

http://taprootfarms.ca

This year is basically a test run for the shares, which I mentioned before.  We just wanted to see how well it fit into our eating plan and what kind of goodies we would be getting.  We are receiving the small vegetable share this year and this is what we got this week 🙂  2lbs of small potatoes, two scallions, two heads of garlic, fresh pea shoots, a rutabaga and a bag of blanched whole tomatoes.  I wish I would have taken a picture, sadly I did not 😦  That day was chaos as we were on our way to the airport to pick up Daddy 🙂

I ate the pea shoots that night in a salad of mixed greens and veggies and I roasted the rutabaga the next day along with beets and butternut squash.  Both were delicious! I made roasted potatoes for my husband to go with our chicken dinner last night and he must have enjoyed them because the plate was clean 🙂

I just love that this farm share pushes me out of my cooking comfort zone.  I have my go to’s and sometimes I get stuck on them.  I am forced to be innovative with the new produce and I love trying new tastes.

Last night was my first trail run in about six years.  Well three if you count my runs on the power line right before I got pregnant and put on bed rest.  Let me tell you, IT WAS AMAZING!  I seriously doubted myself going into it, knowing I had about 3 hours of solid sleep the night before (the girls are protesting sleep these days lol) and that I had 11km of rough terrain ahead.  My friend Lindsay and her husband joined me and we met the group at 6pm.  The group is called Nova Scotia Trail Running and is such an awesome group of people.  They were so friendly and so welcoming.  Two of the runners had dogs that came along and there was also a couple of people on mountain bikes.

The first 3km I was just trying to get out of my own head.  I just kept thinking I should turn around because I won’t be able to finish, I don’t want to slow them down, I am so tired.  The excuses just kept pouring in.  But by the 4th km I was sold!  On km 6, I fell in a mud hole and was like ‘this is awesome!  I am not even avoiding the mud anymore, my two feet are soaked and I am loving it!”  I can’t wait to go back next week!

There is something so primal and so natural about running through the woods.  It just feels amazing.  You don’t really have time to think about how tired you are because your dodging rocks or branches or mud holes (or not hehe).  If you haven’t tried it, you should.  I love being outside and I love running so this is the best of both worlds for me.

Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.  Our inner critic just needs to be shut down. Step outside of your comfort zone.  Way outside of it.  And see what happens.  I bet you will amaze yourself and inspire others.  You will never know what you are capable of unless you do.  And until you learn how to quiet the inner critic within you, you will never know just what you can accomplish.

I would love to hear other bloggers stories of how they stepped outside of their comfort zone and accomplished personal goals.  If you have a story you care to share please do 🙂

 

Balance and Self Love

Pregnancy changes your body in ways you never even imagine. Things grow, things shrink, there are scars, loose skin, stretch marks and things are just different.

I am grateful for every single one of those things. I am thankful that I got to carry two beautiful daughters in my body and give birth to them. I would not change one single thing about my body now. I am strong, I am a woman, a mother, a wife and a role model to my girls. That is who I am and I am proud of me.

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I work hard because that is what I know. I know that it works for me on so many levels. Mentally, physically, emotionally. It balances my life.

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I hope to be able to give some of that balance to other woman. To help them find their equilibrium. To love themselves first and make self care a priority.  Because it is.

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Eat Fat To Get Lean

There is so much to learn about proper nutrition and the information seems to change almost daily.

I can tell you from my own personal experience that if I don’t get enough fat in my diet I am cranky, tired and have very low energy. On top of that I plateau in my fitness and weight loss goals every single time. I need fat in my diet and I get those fats from things like avocado, nut or seed butters, coconut oil and olive oil to name a few.

One of my favourite midday snacks is a piece of Dave’s organic seed bread with mashed avocado, salt and pepper. So delicious, filling and keeps my energy levels up all afternoon. Pair that with some egg whites or plain 0% fat Greek yogurt and your winning 😉

I eat a fairly high fat diet and definitely eat way more calories per day than any calculator has allowed me based on my activity level, size, age and sex. The difference is that I am way fitter now than I ever was when I just counted calories mindlessly. Point is, you have to look at the whole picture, every calorie is not created equally.

That’s my two cents and what I have learned by experimenting with my own diet over the years.

This article is a little lengthy but well worth the read.  I whole heartedly agree with it.  Especially the balancing of hormones which I struggled with in the past.  It took a nutritionist and naturopath get me back on the right track in order to concieve my two daughters.  I definitely blame my past restrictive/disordered eating on most of the fertility problems I encountered.

 

http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/personalities/should-you-do-a-high-fat-diet-for-a-low-fat-body/

Liebster Award 2016

I was surprised to learn that I recently received a nomination for the 2016 Liebster Award.  This award is for new and upcoming bloggers who don’t have many followers yet.  It allows us bloggers to get to know each other and to help promote other blogs.

I want to thank Healthy Heather Blog for nominating me!  I really enjoy her blog and look forward to reading her posts.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you definitely need to!

If I tag you in this post, there are a few rules to keep in mind:

Tag the person who nominated you
Nominate 5 to 11 bloggers who don’t already have a large following
Answer all 11 questions that the person nominated you asks
Create 11 new questions to ask your nominees
Include 11 facts about yourself (This is optional, but fun)
Notify everyone you tagged so they can be a part of the competition

Who I Nominate:

FabulousFitMamas

Nutrientdensecowgirl

Vegetarian Muscle

Alex Curtis

Platinum Latte

Fit Little Cookie

11 Facts About Me (In no particular order)

  1. I love chocolate.  In any form.  But mostly dark chocolate.
  2. I have two daughters, one is two and the other is 7 months old.  They own my heart ❤
  3. I am a fitness junkie and can’t go a day without some sort of activity.
  4. I dated my husband as a teenager and then met him again 10 years later and have now been back together for 10 years, married for 5.
  5. I have a black lab.
  6. I am following my dream to run my own fitness business and my outdoor bootcamps start next month.
  7. I can’t make it through a morning without coffee.
  8. I secretly hope my girls wake up at night so I can snuggle them in my bed.  Which is why I usually need coffee.
  9. Running is my sane time.  Especially now that I am a mom 🙂
  10. I drive a big truck.
  11. I love four wheeling.

Heather’s Questions for me

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I love to write, always have.  I am still learning the ropes and hope to be able to spend more time on it as the girls get a little older and get much better at it.

What is your favorite Marylin Monroe quote?

“I restore myself when I’m alone”

If you had $10 million, what would you do?

Invest it most of it, pay off debt, help out family and friends and homeschool my girls so we could travel the world together ❤ 
What is the last movie that you watched?

Sisters, it was hilarious!
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

Travel, hike in some amazing locations and see as many waterfalls as possible.
Who is your favorite singer?

I love almost any female singer/songwriter, not sure I could pick just one.
What is your favorite exercise?

It’s a toss up between running and strength training.  I love running but I love lifting too.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Anywhere with my girls.  I love warm sunny places, beaches and family time.
What is your greatest accomplishment?

My daughters, I was told I would never have kids and tried for almost 7 years before having them.
What is your zodiac sign?

Pisces.
What is your favorite Disney movie?

Pocahontas.

 

My Questions

  1. What is your blog about?
  2. What is your favourite season?
  3. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  4. Chocolate or vanilla?
  5. What is your dream job?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  7. Favorite genre of music?
  8. Best place you have ever visited?
  9. What do you do to relax?
  10. Dog or cat person?
  11. What is your favourite book?

 

Thanks for reading, this is fun!  I can’t wait to read the responses to these questions.  It is fun getting to know my fellow bloggers a little better.

Cheers,

April McMaster

judithetrose.blogspot.com_

 

 

Musicality and Me

I know I have been MIA a lot lately.  My goal is to blog twice a week and that has just not been happening.  Life just seems to get in the way, a lot.  But in a good way.  These girls keep me on my toes and I would’t have that any other way.  I love watching them learn and grow.  We love being outside and trying new things so we try to spend as little time in the house as possible.  This last week was beautiful so we got out in the garden beds to weed and get rid of all the old leaves and plants.  Emma, my oldest just loves digging in the dirt and seeing how many worms we can find.  Don’t worry we let them all go free 😉  We have all of our early start veggie seeds germinating and will be planting them in soil this week to let them grow until we get past the last frost and the earth is ready for them.

I wrote my exam for my course last weekend and am dying to get my mark back.  Waiting kills me!  I know in the back of my mind I passed but you know how self doubt creeps in, especially the longer the wait.  I am now working on my practical which is supposed to be a class to the beat of music.  Well, let me tell you, I hear the beat and I know what I should be doing but my body just seems to do its own thing.  I was never a very coordinated person to begin with.  I was literally laughed out of an advanced step class one time.  I love running, weights and pretty much any workout that doesn’t take musicality.  Some people have the gift, I however am not one of those people lol.  I have to practice practice practice.  I have set up my camera to video tape myself so I can see how much of a fool I look like.  I am slowly improving.  I hope to actually be good at it when I am all finished.  My bootcamps will have music playing but just to amp people up, there won’t be any real rhythm involved.

My running is coming along great!  I have been clocking my 20 – 25km each week 🙂  Recently did a 9k and felt great afterward.  I beat my 5k PB and feel so much stronger when I run.  I can’t wait to start clocking more kilometres and training for my first half marathon, which starts this week by the way! It is my first half in a very long time.  I am so excited to blow my last time out of the water.  I know I can 🙂  I will be doing a lot of my training with a double stroller so I am hoping that will help with strength and increasing my speed when I am without it.  I have also been doing 20 metre beep drills in the driveway when I can’t get out running with the girls but need to get a quick 5k in.  It has definitely helped with my speed.  No surprise my littlest munchkin is in the exesaucer outside with me.  She really doesn’t like naps.  I don’t mind the company, she’s a pretty good workout buddy.  She is usually with me for my workouts inside too and has her very own mat ❤

 

 

Only 6 more weeks until my bootcamps start!  I am getting so pumped up, they are going to be so much fun and I have so many awesome women signed up already ❤  I love working with other women and being able to help them achieve their goals.  I have most of my workouts planned out and some really awesome ice breaker games to do at the beginning of each class.

We get our very first farm share this week!  I just got the list of items off their website and it is all organic! Awesome.  It’s going to be like Christmas every Wednesday for us when we pick up our box of goodies.  I am looking forward to getting a variety of things that I wouldn’t normally purchase.  It challenges me to cook something different and think outside of the box.  I just know we are going to love it ❤

I have starting taking the girls to Halotherapy hoping to reap some of the respiratory benefits of it.  They have had chronic colds and ear infections all winter and my oldest has regular appointments at the lung clinic where she is on ventolin puffers.  We go to our second session this week and I have my fingers crossed for some improvement over the next few weeks.  It is a pretty cool place, if you have one in your area its worth checking out.  And bonus, a lot of plans will cover it if it is recommended by a naturopath as a form of therapy.   Just for fun google it and check out all the benefits.  Pretty amazing stuff.