Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY medal hanger

A couple months ago, I switched offices at work and no longer had a place to hang all of my medals from. After thinking about for far too long and not wanting to pay $70 for one, I finally decided to pick up everything I needed for it. This is a super easy tutorial that anyone could do!

Required
  • nails
  • wood in your choice of shape and size
  • stencil
  • paint
  • paint brush
Steps
1. Paint your wood in your choice of colour
2. Once dry, stencil your choice of words or saying 
3. Hammer in as many nails as you want (I used six nails about two inches apart)
4. Hang up on the wall and hang your medals from it




Total cost was less than $9 (I had already had the nails, paint brush and paint. Just had to buy the piece of wood from Michael's)

Tell me: how do you think it turned out? Would you rather pay for one or make it yourself?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon: training week eleven



Eleven weeks down, only seven more (or 46 more days!) to go. This training cycle is going by quickly, but I also don't want it to. I need more time to heal! This was the week of zero running. I really want my knee to heal, so no running will hopefully help with that. I started feeling antsy on Tuesday if I am being completely honest! I also felt like I had so much free time and remembered that's what it's like not to workout or train for a marathon ;)

Find my previous recaps here:
Week one 
Week two 
Week three 
Week four 
Week five 
Week six 
Week seven  Week eight Week nine
Week ten 

This week included lots of this:



April 7, 2014
  • 3.2km walk with Harley
  • T25 beta upper focus
April 8, 2014

April 9, 2014
  • 2.5km walk with the dogs
  • Upper body weight and abs workout from Efit mama
April 10, 2014
  • rest 
 April 11, 2014
  • 3.0km walk with the dogs
  • weights workout
April 12, 2014
  • 3.2km walk with the dogs
  • 40 minute spin on my bike on the trainer {my knee didn't feel great doing this}
  • Upper body superset workout from Peanut Butter Fingers blog {see above}
April 13, 2014
  • 4.0km walk with Mr.D and the dogs 
  • T25 beta rip't circuit
 Tell me: how was your week of training/ workouts?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scenes from the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I took zero pictures this weekend, so you get words from me today. This weekend, we:
  • took the dogs (we are dog sitting my in-laws dog for two weeks) for multiple walks
  • had a two hour nap on Saturday morning
  • watched Wolf of Wall Street- holy boobs, drugs and craziness!
  • vacuumed out the car
  • went for lunch with a friend on Sunday
  • went out for pizza on Saturday night
  • only cried once over my knee
  • made a medal holder for my office at work. Will share it once I've got it hung up! 
Tell me: how was your weekend?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday


{one} Happy Friday everyone! Is it just me or did this week go by really slowly? Wednesday felt like it should be Thursday and Thursday felt like it should be Friday. Hate when that happens!

{two} I got to snuggle and hold little Leo last night. He's such a cutie :) Plus, I got to catch up with Nicole, which is always nice too :)

{three} we don't have anything planned for this weekend except I'm meeting a friend for lunch on Sunday. Looking forward to having a quiet and relaxing weekend.

{four} I had such a craving for chips last night. Probably a good thing that we didn't have any because I would have destroyed that bag.

{five} I posted this on Twitter last night, but is there anything better than getting home and taking off your bra. Be free ladies, be free!

Have a great weekend everyone!
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Running: alone or in a group

As I sit on the couch with my fingers and toes crossed that my knee is going to start feeling better and that I can start running again, I was thinking about training and the benefits of running alone or with a group. When I started running over 4 years ago, it was myself and occasionally Mr.D with me doing the sad and slow loop around our block. Ever since then, I have mainly trained for my different races alone. Except for last year when I had an amazing training partner {hi Erica!}. 

The main reason that I never joined a group of runners through a store like the Running Room is because I was always afraid of holding the group up or not being able to keep up with the group. That and I am so nervous in new social situations that I'd end up blabbering my mouth off or saying something embarrassing ;) I have heard nothing but good things from friends who have trained with groups though. I can definitely see why they would say that - lots of motivation from the others in the group, helps keep you accountable with your running and the chance to chat and make new friends along the way. 


This training cycle for the Calgary Marathon has been tough as I have been doing it alone. It's hard to find others who have the same pace, schedule, distance and that you actually want to spend 3 hours with every Saturday morning! Erica and I have met up for part of my run once this training cycle {she's pregnant which is why she is not running the full again} and it made me realize how much quicker the kilometers went by and how it kept my mind off the large distance I had to run. It's been decided that I need to make more friends who are runners :) Or suck it up and join in the Running Room group runs.

Tell me: are you runner who prefers to run alone or with a group?



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