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Welcome to the life of a 6 foot tall runner living in Saskatchewan, Canada. This is where I document my adventures in food, fitness, and my life in general. My sarcasm hand is always raised and 90% of my iPhone photos are of my dog.

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I've Moved!

Maintenance mode is officially over.

The new site is LIVE! Head over to freespiritedfit.com to check it out. I've transferred all the Running Tall posts over there so you'll have access to the same content in case you're rooting around for a workout, recipe, or specific post.

Running Tall will stay live for the next few months but then it will go to the great web server in the sky (aka it will be no more). 

I hope you'll join me over at the new digs! If you follow this blog on Bloglovin', be sure to change over to the new sites feed here.



Maintenance Mode

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Mine was cold and rainy :( Of course now that it's Monday, the sun is shining SO BRIGHT.

That's always how it goes, right?

The cold and rain didn't stop us from attending the MS Walk!

Sadie looks THRILLED. PS: that's a halti, not a muzzle. You'd be surprised how many times we get that question! Sadie is a lover, not a fighter <3

Mike was working this whole weekend so it was just me, my sister, and Mike's mom this year

Megan was asked to watch someone's German Short Haired Pointer. Made her day.

Regina's walk was pretty successful! This was our 3rd year walking it (we've participated every year since Mike's diagnosis) and I'm always impressed with the turnout.

There's still a ton of MS Walks happening across Canada all though out May so check out their website to see if you can participate in your community. If you want to know more about MS, check out the MS Society of Canada page. They have a ton of info and FAQs on there that are really helpful. I didn't know much about MS until Mike was diagnosed and their site was a huge resource for me and my endless internet searching. 

Maintenance Mode

I've been working on a few things here on the blog....

Putting those fake flowers I bought for the wedding to use....until May 2016 ;)

I've been thinking about re-branding this site for a while now and I'm finally pulling the trigger. I LOVE Running Tall and it was a name that totally fit me when I first started blogging and getting into this whole fitness thang. However, I feel like I've changed since then and want to start taking this site a bit more seriously. I want to step it up and provide some more quality content and (down the road) services through this site. 

One of major roadblocks is my blogging platform. I currently use Squarespace and while it's been great for learning how to blog and all that fun stuff, I'm in the middle of migrating my site to Wordpress. It's a more flexible platform for what I want to do and I'm loving it so far.

Three years of content takes a while to migrate so I'm going into maintenance mode for a bit. I'm also adding some fun features and pages to the new site (yay!). I'm aiming to launch the new site in May, pending on how much work I can do on nights and weekends. 

I'll be giving you guys a heads up on social media when I'm almost ready to launch and this URL will eventually re-direct to the new site so you'll be kept in the loop!

For now, head over to the new site's splash page to see the new name (eek!). While you're there, enter your email to be notified of the site's launch!


Click here to go to the splash page and see what the new name is!


I'll see you guys in a few weeks! I'll still be active on social media (#BIKINISERIES will still be going STRONG) so we can chat there.


See you soon!



It's Your Turn...

It's been three years since I started this blog and I've been hogging the conversation! How rude of me.

Now it's your turn! I want to know what you think about this slice of the Internet. Love something I do? GREAT! Let me know! Hate something? Well, it's less great but I still want to know!

It's all about the people today. What should I be doing more of? Less of? What do you want to see on Running Tall?

Sounds off in the survey below. Your answers are completely anonymous so feel free to be as brutally honest as you'd like. I'm a big girl :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me a little feedback! I'll be taking these answers to heart and will work hard to incorporate them into this site.

Have a lovely day!


What Protein Powder Do I Use?

It’s been a Lana Del Rey kind of morning.

I’ve loved a few of her bigger hits (Ultraviolence, Video Games, Young and Beautiful) and always dug her vibe but I haven’t really explored her other stuff until recently. Thanks to the Lana Del Rey YouTube mix I now have a constant stream of beautiful chill while I work :)


Okay, I know it’s only 4 days into the challenge but I’m feeling fantastic so far during this year’s Bikini Series. I’m not craving anything, my workouts and eating have been on point, and I have motivation coming out the wazoo.

Morning workouts aka bootycalls FTW

Turkey chilli with avocado. Best recipe of the week (in the TIU nutrition plan).

I’ve got a decent routine down each night so I can make sure everything is ready to go for the next day. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning was the only rough day for me since I worked my serving job from 6 until midnight. So much coffee was needed that Wednesday morning when I had to get up from my big girl job.

But I still had a lean, green, and clean eating day thanks to the enormous Sunday meal prep. Seriously, meal prep is so key!

Speaking of meal prep, I’ve had a few questions about what protein powder I use. There are a lot of people new to Tone It Up this year that purchased the nutrition plan and bundles that came with Perfect Fit protein…and that stuff is alright (IMO). I did order it about 2 years ago when it first came out and it was fine but I found the stevia taste very overwhelming and the texture was pretty chalky when trying to mix it into smoothies and raw recipes. The only application I found it worked well in for me was baking. Maybe they’ve tweaked the formula since then but I’m not about to pay $60 for another order to find out ;)

I’ve tried a bunch of protein powders over the past few years and North Coast Naturals (aka NCN) is absolutely my favourite

Full disclosure: they did send me a few products for free to test out about a year ago but I have purchased the protein powder over and over again on my own because I love it.

A few reasons it’s my jam:

-Fantastic taste and blendability: I have the vanilla and chocolate flavours and they’re both delicious in everything – baking, smoothies, mixed with almond milk/water, raw recipes…you name it.

-100% natural, no artificial sweeteners, and no stevia! I can’t handle the taste of stevia at all. It is way too overpowering for my taste. NCN sweetens their protein powder with low-glycemic fructose and it’s just right – not too sweet.

-Very easy to digest for a whey protein. My body isn’t able to handle dairy like it has been in the past. THANKS AGEING. I tend to try and stay away from dairy products or take them in small amounts. NCN does derive the whey from cheese but it is formulated with added lactase which makes it easy to digest for us with lactose issues. I’ve never had any discomfort using this protein #yay

-Canadian and available locally! NCN is a Canadian company and their products are available at local stores (for me at least). My local Bulk Barn carries their products in their health section so no need to panic when I run out! I just ran out of my second tub of vanilla this past weekend so I need to swing by Bulk Barn soon….

This protein is available in chocolate, vanilla, and unflavoured. I have yet to try the unflavoured since I like to use the vanilla for my more “plain” uses like fruit smoothies and yummy raw treats like:

Protein PB cups....SO GOOD. 


Do you have a favourite protein powder? Leave it in the comments!


Have a beautiful rest of the day!

PS: A glorious night mantra for ya




Good Monday morning!

I woke up today full of motivation and excitement - today is a new day and a new week! Make it amazing :)

Weekend Recap & #BikiniSeries Prep

I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend. Mike was in the throes of studying since he has a biology final today so it was a low key weekend. The sun was shining so we broke out the longboard and skateboard again.

We also managed to sneak in a fantastic sunny run!

Sadie was beyond stoked to get out there and run her tail off. I was a pretty happy camper myself, especially since I only needed one layer. Holla.

I spent 9 hours on my feet on Saturday night working my serving job so I loved going to surfset Sunday morning to get the blood pumping and my lower body stretched out real nice.

The surfset instructor has a yoga background so we spend around 10 minutes at the end of class doing a lot of stretching and yoga poses. It felt amazing.

A good chunk of Sunday afternoon/night was spent prepping for the kick-off of the Bikini Series!

Loading up on healthy groceries

Meal prepping up a storm! Items I prepped for this week:

-cut up carrots, bell peppers, and strawberries

-washed and stored blackberries and raspberries

-roasted beets, cut up apples, and made salad dressing for lunches

-made some TIU breakfast muffins

-made chia pudding for snacks

-cooked a batch of quinoa for the week

Sadie was a big help in the kitchen last night

What a suck.

I’m ready to attack this year’s Bikini Series like WHOA. The past few years have been a hybrid of training for a tri/races and participating in the Bikini Series. This year I’m focusing on one race (QCM baby!) and the training for that doesn’t officially start until the end of June. That gives me plenty of time to focus on this challenge and get ready for summer! I have some sweet goals for this series and am pretty excited to commit to TIU challenges again - #150bysummer is going down for real this year. I’ve got this printed and hanging on the fridge to track my progress. Two miles are down after my HIIT workout this morning!

Any of you guys doing this year’s #BikiniSeries?

Have a wonderful Monday!