Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wanted: a marathon training partner

After seeing on Twitter that Lindsey signed up for the half marathon and Danielle for the 10k at the Calgary Marathon, I decided to stop procrastinating and sign up! I am officially running the marathon again on June 1, 2014. 

As you know, I trained and ran with my friend Erica. I loved the experience and am still working on convincing her to run it again, but not sure if I will be successful. Erica, if you are reading- you know you want to train and run it with me!! 

Erica & I coming into the home stretch
That being said, I am searching for a new training partner. It's not easy to find someone that you would want to spend that much time training with and that runs the same pace as you. I am hoping to take time off my next marathon and would love to PR. It doesn't matter what part of the city they are in as I would be willing to drive south for new running routes. So, if anyone knows a friendly, out-going runner that would be interested in training with me (goal time would be around 4:15), let me know! 

I also put my name in to share my journey to the starting line. Fingers crossed they choose me! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Workout Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Last week was another busy week with traveling for work and not being home. I still managed to fit in a couple of workouts. So ready to get back on track with my working out, running and eating. Feeling kind of heavy right now and not liking it!

  • rest day as I was traveling for work and got in later
  • HIIT class at Blitz Conditioning in Edmonton. I contacted Chris on Twitter, and he invited me to try a class for free. I ended up walking there as it wasn't too far from my hotel and gave me a chance to get even more exercise in. I decided to try the HIIT class, which was a mix of body weight exercises and some with a weight. For being 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off for most of the exercises, I worked up quite the sweat and worked a lot of different muscles! It was fun to try something new.
  • Tabata workout in my hotel room. Another great option if you don't have access to a gym. All you need is your body and a timer. I found a free app called Round Timer, which works perfectly. I did sit ups, burpees, forward alternating lunges and side dips. 
  • another rest day due to not getting home until 9:45pm
  • 4.2km walk with Harley
  • birthday WOD with Mr.D and some friends. We did:
21, 15, 9 reps of:
Overhead squats with 55lbs
  • a lung burner for only being 6 minutes long!
  • another rest day as I was super tired!
Last week, Courteney left a comment asking what hand release push ups are. I made a quick video demonstrating them from your knees and from your toes. Your hands don't have to come off the ground very far in the bottom either. Hopefully that helps explain them!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Highlights of the weekend

Sorry for dropping off the face of blogging last week....I was out of town for work again and didn't bring my laptop with me. I got home late on Thursday night and had no desire to do anything but sleep!

Let's see what we were up to this weekend:

{friday} the night was spent taking Harley on a walk, catching up on TV shows, and packing my bag again

{saturday} we were up early to drop Harley off with a friend who was watching him overnight. After we dropped him off, we made the three hour drive to Mr.D's home town. We met up with some friends as it Mr.D's good friends 30th birthday. We did a birthday WOD and then headed to my in-laws house for a quick visit. Later that night, we met up with our friends again for dinner at a Greek restaurant, which was quite the experience! They had a lady belly dancer that came around and it was quite the sight to see. After dinner, we headed back to a friend's house to play beer pong and cards against humanity. Seriously fun game! Not sure how I managed it, but we didn't get home until 3am. WAY later than I've stayed out in a long time.

{sunday} we were up around 8:30am and left shortly after to drive back home to get Harley. The rest of the day was spent having a glorious 3 hour nap, doing laundry and catching up on more TV shows.

A busy and tiring weekend, but still fun :)

Tell me: how was your weekend?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Workout Tuesday

Being out of town for five days last week definitely put a bit of a damper on my workouts, but I was still able to make it work.

  • 5.0 km walk with Harley
  • CrossFit workout of:
AMRAP in 12 minutes of:

12 box jumps (20")
6 thrusters (50lbs)
6 burpee over bars

I managed 6 rounds + 12 box jumps + 6 thrusters

  • rest
  •  CrossFit workout that I found on the GPP website of:

    15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, reps of:
    thrusters (the gym didn't have an area I could use with a barbell so I used 20lb dumbbells)
    KB swings
  • 5.0 km run on the treadmill
  • 15 min Nike Training Club core burner workout
  • rest
  • hotel workout of:
80 sit ups
70 squats
60 mountain climbers
50 Russian twists
40 skaters
30 burpees
20 hand release push ups
1:00 min plank
  • 4.0km walk with Harley
  • Jillian Michael's body revolution workout. I just heard about these through Amie, so decided to try it out. Not bad for an at home workout. 
Tell me: how was your week of workouts? Do you struggle to get them in if you are not at home? 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Canadian Blogger Christmas Swap 2013: friendly reminder

A few people have asked lately, so here are a couple reminders about the swap:
  • you only have to spend $20 on the ornament plus the cost of shipping it to your partner
  • please mail your packages to your partner by November 29, 2013 
  • the list of partners can be found here
  • you are responsible for emailing your partner to get their mailing address, what colours they have on their tree, etc. I will not be doing that for you. Please also do it soon so your partner knows you are still participating.
If there is any other questions if you haven't heard from your partner by November 22, 2013, please send me an email.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone! I am currently cuddling up in a hotel bed while the snow falls outside. I was at a course for work Tuesday until today and was hoping to head home, but mother nature had other plans. There was a major accident that shut the highway down about 30 minutes from home, so I decided to stay another night and hope that tomorrow is better. I'd really like to be home tomorrow as I am gone again on Monday until Thursday for another work related thing. I miss my bed, Mr.D and Harley :(

Did you notice that my new lay out went up? I personally love it! What do you think? Jessica from Diamond Doll Designs was awesome to work with. Definitely check her out if you ever need a blog make over. 

That's all I've got for you today, so have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Workout Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! We had a very laid back, relaxing weekend. It included walks with Harley, some Christmas shopping, lots of Scandal watching and some CrossFit classes. It was exactly what I needed as I am going to be busy at work for the next two weeks.

Let's talk about last weeks workouts:

  • 4.0 km walk with Harley
  • CrossFit workout, which was 'Cindy'.  This is a benchmark workout and an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 20 minutes of:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats
  • I managed 13 rounds + 5 pull ups (all push ups done from my knees). 
  • at home AMRAP workout of:
.25 mile run
30 sit ups
20 lunges
10 kettle bell swings
  • rest
  • 4.0km walk with Harley
  • Another benchmark workout at CrossFit, which was 'Annie'. She consists of:
50, 40, 30, 20, 10
Double unders
Sit ups
  • 4.0km walk with Harley
  • 7.3km run with Harley and Mr.D
  • CrossFit workout of:
6 rounds for time:
20 front rack walking lunges with 50lbs
20 toes to ring (scaled to 10 per round)
2:00 min rest
  •  this workout was hard for some reason. It was my first time doing toes to rings and they were harder than I thought they were going to be.
Tell me: how was your week of workouts? How was your weekend?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five on Friday

 Happy Friday everyone! This week has seemed extra long and work has been busy yet again. The next two weeks are busy at work too, so I am more than ready for the weekend.

{one} Mr.D and I have recently started watching Scandal and I'm addicted. I'm not a big political person, but love this show.

{two} I've been working on our Christmas card and think I've finally made one that I like. I really want to print it on cardstock or similar paper, but not sure where to go to get it done. Someone suggested Staples, but does anyone else have any ideas?

{three} now that it's dark when I take Harley for a walk after work, I've been creeping in people's windows to check out how they decorate their house. I promise it's not as creepy as it sounds! I just like to get ideas and it's a great way to do it :)

{four} I have zero motivation to run lately. I think it has to do with it being dark after work now and it getting cold and snowy. Someone send me some motivation!

{five} have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A quick and easy DIY Christmas project

On the weekend, Mr.D was out of town so I had some spare time to myself. I was at Wal-Mart and saw some wooden letters on sale, so I quickly knew what I wanted to do with them.

  • wooden letters (mine were 65 cents per letter)
  • paint
  • glitter
  • paint brush
  • floral wire
  • mod podge
  1. paint your letters in your choice of paint colour.
  2. after applying the second coat of paint, sprinkle the glitter all over the letters.
  3. once the paint and glitter has dried, apply a thin of coat of mod podge. I found this helped to keep the glitter on and not fall off every time I moved the letters.
  4. Using a drill and small drill bit, drill holes into your letters to join them together with the floral wire.
  5. Hang up and enjoy :)

Tell me: have you done any easy or Christmas DIY projects?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Workout Tuesday

Last night's workout was a doozy, which meant typing this post was done with arms that felt like they were going to fall off. Washing my hair tomorrow should be fun! 

Let's talk about last weeks workouts:

*I linked to videos for any of the CrossFit movements if you want to know what they are*

  • 5.5km {5:34/km pace} run with Harley
  • CrossFit workout, which was a fast, but good one of:
21, 15, 9
Deadlifts (used 125lbs)
Box jumps (20")
Such a pretty face ;)
  • for this workout, you do 21 deadlifts then 21 box jumps, etc
  • 3.2km walk with Harley
  • I didn't feel like working out, so handed out candy to the kids instead :)
  • 6.0km {5:07/km pace} run with Harley. What a great run!
  • 5.0km walk with Harley
  • I went to open gym with Erica and we did 'Grace', which is 30 clean and jerks for time.  I used 75lbs, which I used the last time. I finished in 4:48, which is a 10 second PR for me!
  • 5.0km walk with Harley
  • Snatch 2, 2, 2, 2, 2- worked up to 70lbs, which is a 5lb PR
Tell me: how was your week of workouts?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Canadian Blogger Christmas Swap 2013: partners

Happy Monday everyone! Thank you to everyone that signed up to be part of the blog swap this year. We had a total of 27 people this year, and I'm excited about that!

This year, since we had an odd number of people, I decided to mix up the names. Everyone should have received an email from myself on Saturday night with the name of your partner, their blog and their email. Please contact your partner to get their mailing address and to get any other information you may need about them. Please let me know if you did not get my email or if you do not hear from your partner at all.

Here is the list of who has who this year:

1. Lindsey has Leigh
2. Alison has Karen
3. Fiona has Lindsey
4. Leslie has Tennille
5. Nicole has Becky
6. Laura has Leslie
7. Rachel R. has Holly
8. Holly has Nicole
9. Leana has Alison
10. Tennille has Danielle
11. Jessica has Taren
12. Jenny has Cori
13. Janet has Lianne
14. Heather has Amie
15. Stacy has Janet
16. Leigh has Leana
17. Danielle has Sara
18. Amber has Laura
19. Taren has Fiona
20. Becky has Rachel
21. Amie has Jenny
22. Karen has Jessica
23. Sara has Tina
24. Cori has Amber
25. Rachel has Rachel R.
26. Tina has Stacy
27. Lianne has Heather

Just a few reminders:
  • you only have to spend $20 on your ornament (plus the cost of shipping). If you find an ornament that is less than $20, feel free to add something extra to your package. No pressure to do so of course :)
  •  your package is to be mailed to your partner by November 29, 2013.
  • I'll be doing a link up post on December 11, 2013, so be sure to post your ornament on your blog before then. 
Hopefully that covers everything. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Looking forward to seeing all of the fabulous ornaments that people find! :)


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