Friday, April 29, 2016

Fitness Friday

I didn't mean to be so quiet this week in terms of blogging, but I just didn't have much to talk about. Only five more weeks of training until the Calgary half marathon - craziness! Tomorrow I'm running the 15k at Eyeball the Wall. I haven't run it before and never run around the Glenmore Reservoir. 

Friday April 22
  • rest day
Saturday April 23
  • 16km long run {5:25/km pace}
    • 5k easy (6:16, 5:45, 5:38, 5:41, 5:41)
      6k tempo (5:13, 5:08, 5:04, 5:04, 4:53, 5:05)
      5k easy (5:23, 5:30, 5:23, 5:27, 5:29 

Sunday April 24

Dying after the burpees!

Monday April 25
  •  4km walk
  • at home workout
 Tuesday April 26
  • 1km warm up/cool down
  • 5km tempo- was aiming to hit around 5 min /km and they were: 4:47, 5:02, 4:58, 5:00, 4:56
 Wednesday April 27
  • 21 day dirty thirty fix
 Thursday April 28
  • 30 minute easy run (5kms) 

Tell me: how was your week of workouts?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Scenes from the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! As much as it sucks that the weekend is over, I have a short week this week and next, so I'm not complaining too much. 

{friday} after work, I picked Amelia up and headed home to quickly get changed. Alison (and Ryder) came to pick me up so we could go check out the Vixen of Vintage market in Bowness. There was quite a few people there, but luckily it wasn't as crazy as when we went to the Etsy market. Alison found a couple things, but I was way too indecisive to buy anything. I got home just as Amelia was getting out of the bath, so I helped put her to bed and then we just watched tv for the rest of the night. I also decided to look in the bin of clothes I have for Amelia (they are all bigger sizes) and realized that I had a bunch of clothes she has to wear before she grows out of them soon. My burst of energy continued and I cleaned two bathrooms before heading to bed.

{saturday} Mr.D's parents were coming in the afternoon, so I wanted to get my long run done before they came. I left around 9:45am and had a good run, but chilly run along the river. Such a change from last weekend! After my run, I picked up a couple things at the grocery store and headed home. Amelia went down for a nap around 1pm and my in-laws arrived shortly after that. She ended up having a 2.5 hour nap and then we spent the afternoon just hanging out and Mr.D made us a delicious rib dinner. So yummy! Mr.D and I also went to check out an open house that was close to us, but the house was a big no.

{sunday} Mr.D's parents left around 9am and Mr.D also left shortly after that for his weekly bike date with Justin. While he was gone, we took Harley for a walk, played, did laundry, worked out, and went through a bunch of my clothes. I ended up getting rid of a big garbage bag full which felt good! Amelia went down for her nap around 12:45pm, so I had a shower and then laid in bed. Amelia woke up around 3pm and we went to check out two more open houses- we aren't looking super hard, but wanted to check a few out to get a feel for what we want (we know we want about the same size, but different lay out and not on a bus route). The rest of the afternoon was spent skyping with my family and hanging out. 

Tell me: how was your weekend?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fitness Friday

Linking up with Kris for Fitness Friday to share my workouts and training from this week.

Saturday April 16
  • 4km walk with Harley and Amelia
  • sweats in the city week three workout 3.3

Sunday April 17
  • 16km long run {1:29, 5:33/km pace} along the river

Monday April 18
  • 4km walk

Tuesday April 19
  • 6km easy run at lunch along the river {34:00, 5:35/km pace}
  • 4km walk with Harley

Wednesday April 20
  • sweats in the city week three workout 3.4

Thursday April 21 
  • 6km run along the river at lunch
    • 2km easy (5:35, 5:34)
    • 2km tempo (4:57, 4:55)
    • 2km easy (5:37, 5:37)
  • sweats in the city week three workout 3.5 

Not a bad week of workouts and training. My legs were feeling dead last week, but they felt way better this week. A two km step back apparently helps :)
Tell me: how was your week of workouts?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thinking Out Loud Thursday #6

Linking up again this week with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Join in on the fun!

1. Recent meals

Here are a couple meals that we've had recently:

Hoisin stir fry bowls {so easy and so delicious!} 
Easy southwest mac and cheese 
Thai chicken flatbread pizza {another super easy and delicious meal}
Pad thai {Mr.D liked it, but it wasn't a favourite of mine}

2. Goals

I've been thinking about my goals for the Calgary half marathon. Not sure I want to put them out there, but I always find that race recaps make me pumped up. Does anyone have any to share? I'd also love some race reports of people who ran a half marathon in 1:45-1:50. Not saying that's my goal, I'm curious about something and want to check it out. 

Related to the Calgary half marathon, my training is going well. Solana's plan is definitely kicking my butt and making me work. My legs were feeling dead last week, but this week they are feeling much better. 

3. Visitors

This weekend, Mr.D's parents are coming down for a visit. And then next weekend my mom is in town Friday night to Tuesday. As much as it means that I can't do some of our normal weekend things, it's nice to have company and spend time with both grandparents. Maybe Mr.D and I can sneak off for a date night :)

That's all I've got for today! Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Slice of brie book club

This month, Brie chose the book Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova. I've read a couple of her other books (Still Alice, Left Neglected and Love Anthony) and enjoyed them all, so I knew I would probably like this book.  

First, here is the description of the book from Goodreads:

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

This book deals with a very heavy and tough topic, and had me stopping to think about what I would do if I were in their shoes many times. I've had this discussion with friends before- would you want to find out if you were going to get a fatal or life threatening disease? I'm still not 100% sure that I would want to know. The thing that would make me change my mind is if I hadn't had kids yet especially with a disease like Huntington's. It's one thing knowing that my life was going to be cut short, but to possibly pass that onto my innocent children is so tough. 

The more that I think about whether or not I would want to find out, the more I am so undecided. On one hand it would be nice to know so that I could live my life to the fullest before the symptoms started. On the other hand, I feel like I would take it super hard and would struggle with knowing that my life was going to be cut short. 

This book hit close to home for me because both my dad's mom and Mr.D's mom had dementia/Alzheimer's  and ended up passing away from it. I don't think that I've ever talked about it, but my dad has been showing symptoms of dementia for a couple of years now. He has his good days and bad days, but I know it's only going to get worse over time for him. It makes it even tougher knowing that I am not around all of the time and he hasn't been able to get to know Amelia that much. It's also hard knowing that my visits home will eventually be to a care home to see him and that when I walk into the room he may not know me. Do I want to know if I know will suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's? At this point in my life, I don't think that I do. 
Looking forward to your next book pick Brie!


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