Summer Hiatus

Summer was amazing.  Running, camping, family, bootcamps, beaches.  Just amazing.  It always feels too short but that is summer here in the maritimes.  I had planned to blog all summer but it just kept getting bumped to the bottom of the list.  My girls are growing WAY too fast, my baby is already one.  It makes me a little sad.  She is walking and starting to talk and is in to everything.  My two year old takes up every spare minute I have.  She is so intelligent.  Too intelligent.  And she plays me like a deck of cards.  She keeps me on my toes to say the very least.

My summer bootcamps were great, although attendance was low, which I expected due to summer vacations and other commitments such as summer sports.  It was still fun and we still got our fitness on 🙂  The next session begins September 13 and is filling up!  I am so excited to get started.  Fall is the best season for outdoor workouts.

My running is coming along awesome!  I am just about to do my second half marathon this year.  It is the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Check out the link http://www.capebretonfiddlersrun.com.  My goal is to do it in under two hours.  I missed the mark by just a few minutes last time so I know I can do it!  I clocked 155kms last month and that was the most mileage I have had in a one month period this year.  My long runs get easier and easier and I can’t wait to up my mileage next year.  The only thing holding me back right now is the large lack of sleep from being up with the girls all hours of the night.  It takes it’s toll on you after a while.  If and when they start sleeping better, hopefully I will start sleeping better and will be setting my sights on some longer runs next year including off road races and marathons.  For now I am enjoying running with the double stroller and my girls are too ❤

Life is busy.  Isn’t everyones though?  Sure seems that way.  I want to be home with my girls as long as possible, hopefully until they both start school, so I have four after school kids, and spent the summer painting and redecorating the basement to accommodate two exchange students.  It is going to be a busy fall but I am looking forward to having a full house.  I love company and the girls will benefit greatly from having other cultures under our roof and school age kids around.

Here’s a few pictures from this summer.  We had family photos done last month, there are some race photos and a few from mud hero.  It was a great summer and I am looking forward to getting back to blogging, working out regularly and routine.  I am a creature of habit and I love my routine!

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Week 8 Training and Date Night

Wow!  Time is flying!  Can’t believe I am in week 8 of my training already and I can’t believe how much improvement I have seen and felt in the last 8 weeks.  Last week I clocked 34km with my double stroller and my long run was 14k with both the girls in it.  It amazes me that after running that far pushing that much weight that I am not even winded when I stop.  I would have never dreamed I could do that before.  But I am and it is awesome.

I am so syked to do my long run this week solo and see how my time has improved.  I have two 5kms, a 9km and then my 16km on Saturday.  I can’t wait for June 26 to run my first half marathon in almost 9 years!  I have two more coming up later this fall too!

My goal is to accomplish the three half marathons this year and then work on my trail running so next year I can take it off road and do longer distances.  I actually prefer trail running but unfortunately the run meets are held on the same night as my bootcamp 😦  I hope to get out with the group at some point another night during the week.

Two weeks ago when my husband was home we had a date night and decided on a compromise.  I wanted to do a trail run and he wanted to go biking.  So we did both 🙂  And check out my new swag!  My awesome hat from Nova Scotia Trail Running.  I ❤ it!

We finished date night up with a pint and some wings.  Both were delicious!  Hey, everything in moderation, right!?

 

Catching up

My to do list tells me to blog three times a week, minimum.  My reality is telling me that is not happening right now.  Life is busy.  But I love busy.  I am practicing for my practical exam for my fitness instructor specialist, training for my half marathon in June, instructing my bootcamps (insert super smiley face here) and spending as much time as possible with my kids outside.  We love fishing, we have yet to catch anything but it is good quality fun for us ❤

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We have great trails around our house and get out on them as much as possible either walking or biking.

We recently bought an old 1980s camper and I am itching to get it opened up and cleaned out to prep for camping season.  We love being outside, spending time with my kids outside is priority when the sun is shining.  I am very lucky to be able to do that.

My half marathon training is going great.  I love love love running.  I may have mentioned that before 😉  I am not making it to as many trail runs as I would like to, but that’s ok.  I still get all my kilometres in for my training schedule.

I held my first two outdoor bootcamps and they went awesome!  I am loving it and have had really great feedback.  The first class was eight ladies and the second one was nine.  I have one more drop in class next week before the first session starts on May 17.

I never would have dreamed that I would have everything in my life that I do right now.  I am so very blessed in so many ways.  I am thankful for the woman I have become and am still becoming.  I am grateful to have such amazing people in my life and thankful that I have finally made it to a place where I feel grounded and part of my community.  I spent a lot of time moving around in past years and never really laid down any roots.  This is where I belong.  This is home.  I can’t imagine raising my girls anywhere else ❤

This afternoon we are taking the girls out fishing in hopes to catch the ‘big one’.  Tonight is date night and tomorrow my husband is biking alongside me for my long run of 13km.  Sunday morning is Mother’s Day Brunch and then an afternoon with family.  It is going to be a great weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mamas out there ❤

 

 

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 🙂

 

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.

 

 

Seeking Inspiration

Am I the only one struggling to feel inspired this winter?  It can’t be just me.  This winter has taken every ounce of my energy to get through.  Both girls have been sick all winter.  Which means no sleep, for anyone, and lots of snuggles at home.  Love the snuggles but I don’t get much accomplished nor do I feel driven too on such little sleep.  My eating is all over the map trying to make up for the lack of energy and I can’t seem to get my head in the right space to do my workout every day.  I did manage to finish Hammer and Chisel and lost 4 pounds and 6 inches over the 60 days.  Definitely could have done better but with everything else going on, the sickness and the neck injury I feel pretty good about my results.

I have been keeping up with my running as well.  For the most part because it is my sane time.  My time to escape everything and let my mind wonder.  I won’t lie, somedays it is a mental struggle to get out there and I question whether I should just turn around pretty well every 5 minutes or so.  But I don’t because I hate quitting, I refuse to give up and I reap the rewards.  The runners high is worth every pain staking kilometre.

Today is my birthday and to celebrate we spent the day together as a family.  Although both the girls were sick we made the most of it and got out to enjoy the sunshine at a local farm museum.  It wasn’t quite as enjoyable as we envisioned but really what outings are when you have kids.  I don’t know about you but I get these ideas of what events are going to be like in my head and then we get there, reality sets in lol.  Not exactly what we planned but we left without having to physically carry a screaming child from the scene.  So I call it a win 🙂

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My oldest daughter Emma got her very first dirt bike.  Which I thought would give me heart palpitations but it’s actually pretty cool.  It has training wheels and a governor on it so it barely putts around the yard.  Daddy always loved dirt bikes and looks like Emma is going to as well.  She hasn’t stopped smiling or talking about it since we brought it home ❤

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My other daughter Scarlett is making leaps and bounds in the milestones department.  She is only 6 1/2 months old and is sitting up, rolling all over the place, starting to army crawl and has two bottom front teeth.  Time goes way too fast.

One of our favourite things to do is play dress up.  We are slowly building our wardrobe up for the dress up trunk and Scarlett loves to take part.  Actually she pretty much loves to do anything her sister is doing.  She adores her.  This wig cracks me up and the girls love it.

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I am the luckiest mommy to have two beautiful healthy girls.  Flus and colds aside, these girls are healthy and happy most of the time.  And for that I am thankful.

My intent is to start P90X3 tomorrow.  It fits perfectly in with my running schedule and has two full rest/stretching days a week.  Love it.  My body needs this!  Hammer and Chisel was hard on my body and my head.  Definitely not enough stretching/flexibility in the program for me.  I get super tight and end up injured without those recovery days.

Still working on my nutrition and doing pretty good.  I found out that I have coverage with our plan for a nutritionist which is awesome!  I can’t wait to get someone to help me tweak my eating so it works for me long term and I don’t have to record everything.  Very exciting stuff.

I had my Canfitpro course both this weekend and last weekend for the Fitness Instructor Specialist and loved every minute of it.  Being called to the front of the class to instruct on a whim not only took me way outside of my comfort zone it forced me to take reins and just start doing instead of planning so much.  I have been writing workout plans for months but I realize now that I just need to get out there and start practicing.  You have to start somewhere, right?  Well here I am ready to put theory into practice.  It is going to be so much fun when our classes start in May.

I am hoping to get on to blog a little more after my exam is done and the girls are feeling better.  My priority list is filled with other responsibilities at the moment.  I have so many recipes to share and I want to get some of my workouts posted to hopefully get some feedback on them.

But for now, off to bed.  This Mama is tired.

Thanks for reading ❤

 

Calories, Tapping Trees and Farm Shares

Although this month has been basically a repeat of January, with flus, colds and not much running.  It has given me some time to reflect on things while I lay trapped under sleeping babies ❤

First off, I have decided to ditch calorie counting.  Why you may ask.  Well because basically it is a pointless time consuming task that stresses me out.  I have calorie counted for years and years and what seems like, well, years.  I really don’t know anything else.  Well at least I thought I didn’t.  Turns out I eat pretty good.  My biggest set back is treats and finding moderation.  This is generally how calorie counting goes for me.  I meticulously measure and count everything for days and sometimes weeks until I hit a calorie counting wall and go in the complete opposite direction and eat basically whatever I can get my hands on.  Well, ok maybe not just anything but I usually get my fill before going back to counting calories again.

I have struggled for years to find a balance and it was like a light went off the other day.  Why don’t I just try listening to my body.  Hmmm, crazy idea right?!  Maybe not.  So this year, I am ditching the scales, ditching my fitness pal, ditching my little colour coded containers and just eating when my body says so.  Maybe I won’t lose the last 10lbs.  Who set that goal anyway?  Me.  And what scale is that based on?  I feel great right now.  This is the weight I was before I had my first baby and I fit into the clothes I wore when I was 10lbs lighter than this.  Muscle counts for a lot.  Maybe I will gain.  What if I do?  Than I know I need to make adjustments.  And who knows, maybe just maybe I will get to know myself and this body a little better 🙂

Worth a whirl anyway I think.  It’s got to be a more sane idea than calculating everything I put in my mouth.  At least my husband will be more sane hahaha.

Last weekend we went out to eat at a local spot that offers Maple Brunch this time of year in celebration of the season for maple farming.  It reminded us that we bought taps about 4 years ago and never got around to tapping the trees on our property.  So, that is exactly what we did that afternoon.  We invited the neighbours/friends kids over and tapped our maples trees.  We got about 7 taps in and all of them are producing but one.  I intend to move it, I just haven’t got to it yet.

Did you know it takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup.  That’s a lot of sap right.  I figure we can get our money back for the taps and the buckets in about 4 years.  lol.  It is super fun for the kids though, they loved being able to help drill and set the taps as well as the hot chocolate and marshmallows afterwards.  It was a fun afternoon whether we get much maple syrup or not.

I recently invested in my very first farm share 🙂  I am so excited about this.  I did a small veggie share and am hoping to be able to get in on the egg share.  Just waiting to hear back.  I love the idea of locally grown food and supporting small local businesses and our farming community.  This is the trial run for us.  If we enjoy it and use it all we will upgrade next year and look at getting a meat share and possibly a fruit share as well.  My first box of produce comes in April.  I will definitely be blogging about it when I get it!

This month I think I clocked a total of 20k.  Blah.  I had to move to indoor cardio until the girls get well enough to either take them with me or take them to my friends place so we can switch off and get our running in.  I am trying to keep up with my cardio as much as possible but have definitely been doing more weight training this month.  Which is fine for now, I don’t have another race until late April and it’s only 10k.  I will have my running back in check by then.

Here’s a few pics of the girls tapping the trees and pretending to drive daddies bike.

Oh and this is the link to the farm share we purchased if there is anyone in my area that is interested http://taprootfarms.ca