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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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Monday
Apr142014

Seriously, Let It The Eff Go {Weekend Pics & Weekly Schedule}

Happy short work week everyone! Just knowing that I only had to work 4 days this week made it way easier to roll out of bed this morning. Anyone else?

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I’m cheers-ing (questionable verb) my coffee cup to you right now

Weekend Fun

A few fun things that happened this past weekend:

I made this AMAZING fresh roll recipe that I found on Pinterest. I’ll be making it again not only because it’s super delicious, but because the rice paper wrappers came in a package of 100. Gotta use those bad boys up!

Managed to sneak in some HIIT and a quick yoga session on Saturday morning. Felt so good to hit the mat again.

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My sister and I hit up Target to so I could find a cheap but cute bathing suit for our upcoming vacay to Palm Springs. Mission accomplished! I got the one pictured above plus a pair of plain black bottoms for mixing and matching with some tops that I already have. As much as I love some of the cute swimsuits I find online, I love being able to actually try the bathing suit on before purchasing. Plus, things take forever to ship to Canada and returning is a big hassle.

Can you tell I’m going through an online return process right now? ;)  

Mike and I took his niece and nephew to see Frozen at the cheap theatres last night. It was my first time seeing Frozen and I think this was their 100+ viewing. Kids freaking LOVE this movie. There was a little girl losing her mind dancing in the theatre.

If you couldn't tell from the title of this post, I've also had Let It Go stuck in my head ever since...

Our surfset instructor added a super fun element to class this weekend – hula hoops! I’ve been hula hooping wrong my whole life...you’re suppose to pump your hips, not move them in a circle. Twenty five years of wrong technique! Once I knew that vital piece of info, I was hula hooping like a champ. It was super fun and challenging to do it on the surfset board. Core workout galore!

Mike and I picked up some Yurbuds for running and biking. I’ve heard nothing but great things about these headphones so I’m really excited to give them a try. I love that you can hear things around you with them in. I’ve been spooked by a biker whizzing by me on more than one occasion when I’ve been out running because I couldn’t heard them coming.

Week Prep and Workout Schedule

I did my food prep last night after we came home from the movie. This week’s food supplies:

-2 batches of Tone It Up’s blueberry zest muffins

-plain quinoa

-shredded chicken breasts (boneless skinless chicken breast + jar of salsa + crockpot for 8 hours)

-peeled and cut carrot sticks

These are all things that I use for my lunches. Breakfasts are still smoothies and dinners are made fresh.

 

This week’s workout schedule:

Monday: teach zumba; run 25 mins

Tuesday: teach zumba

Wednesday: teach zumba; run 30 mins; strength

Thursday: swim 30 mins

Friday: OFF

Saturday: swim 20 mins; bike 30 mins

Sunday: bike 45 mins

There’s no surfset class for the next two weeks because of Easter. Sad face. I’m really digging that class!

 

Was there a movie from your childhood that you watched over and over again? Mine was Cinderella

 

I'm off to go listen to Let It Go in hopes that it gets out of my head. I’ll see you guys later this week!

 

XOXO

Erin

Thursday
Apr102014

Our Triathlon Training Plan 

Have you ever had one of those days where your energy is just gone? That day was yesterday for me and boy was it awful.

Exhausted post-zumba car selfie. Specific enough category for ya?

Not sure what it was – I ate as I usually do, drank water, had enough sleep the night before – I just felt zapped. Even teaching my Wednesday night Zumba class didn’t perk me up! It was weird. Maybe I’m tired from all the freaking fresh air I’m getting now that it’s not minus a thousand degrees every day!

It was super nice out Monday  so Mike and I took Sadie for a 30 minute run. The path was kind of clear – we had to parkour over some monster puddles on the way – but I was just ecstatic that I was outside without gloves, a toque, and 5 layers!

Triathlon Training Update

Mike and I are on week 3 of triathlon training and it’s going great! Can I let you in on a little secret? Apparently I got over zealous and had us start our training a week early. Oops. So we repeated a week of training to get caught up and now we’re officially on week 3! For all you inquiring minds out there, here’s the training plan we’re following:

Oh excel, you so fancy.

It’s a pretty basic beginner training plan but modified so we can up our running endurance since we start half training immediately after our respective triathlons.

It's important to note that we don’t follow this schedule to a T. We’ll look at what we have on deck that week, taking into consideration my teaching schedule, social commitments, and any other activities we have planned that week and schedule our training around them. For example, this week we switched Monday and Thursday’s workouts because I now have Thursday completely free since volleyball ended. Swimming is the biggest time eater since it requires us to drive to the pool, get changed, do the swim workout, and then shower/get changed again to drive home. Now that I have Thursdays free, we will most likely be doing one of our swim workouts every Thursday instead of rushing to the pool right after my Monday night Zumba class.

I’m also thinking of sneaking some Sattva yoga in there on one of my off days because my legs and hips are getting super tight again. Also because I miss yoga a LOT.

Can't WAIT for free yoga in the park this summer!

 

Are you training for anything right now?

 

I’ll see you guys later!

 

XOXO

Erin

Monday
Apr072014

It's Warm Outside Y'ALL {Catch-Up & New Playlist}

Good morning everyone! We had a fabulous weekend over here in Saskatchewan – IT WAS WARM ENOUGH TO GO OUTSIDE WITHOUT A JACKET!

I’m beyond excited to start taking 99% of my runs outside from now on (fingers crossed we’re done with snow). I’m hoping all the paved paths near our house are clear too so I can start biking outside again.

It’s been a bit since I posted last but y’all haven’t missed much. Except for the fact that I’ve been binge watching Friday Night Lights and desperately want to be able to say “y’all” naturally.

THAT SHOW IS SO GOOD Y’ALL.

Mike and I sailed through four seasons in a just a few weeks and now we’re on season 5 which is sadly the last one. I don’t want it to end!

Let’s catch up point form, shall we?

-Mike brought a cold virus into our house last Monday and I caught it just in time for the weekend. Yay me.

-My ladies volleyball league year-end tournament was this weekend, but more importantly our wind-up party was also this weekend ;)

Dance party. So fun.

-My sister had Mike and I over for a delicious home cooked meal which I totally didn’t even think to take pictures of. Sorry Megan. She even made churros from scratch. NOM.

-Sadie has somehow perfected stealthily jumping up on counters and tables to get food. So yay. #UGH

-SURFBOARDT aka Surfset class was cancelled this weekend which ended up working out in my favour since I was too white girl wasted on wine and shots Saturday to function Sunday morning. Just being honest Y’ALL.

-Our swimming training suffered last week since Mike and I both couldn’t breathe out of our noses due to the nasty cold we both had. Back to the pool this week.

-My March Madness bracket is busted as hell, but it is so freaking AWESOME that a 7 and 8 seed are in the final. Also, it’s Masters week! Sask boy Graham DeLaet is in the tournament this year so I’m cheering for him to go far!

This Month’s Playlist

Like I’ve said before, one of my motivators to workout is to have a playlist dedicated to running/working out and only listening to it during runs/workouts. This month’s playlist is off to a great start and I thought I’d share it with you guys in case you need some new song suggestions. As always, I've linked the songs to youtube videos so you can find them easily.

 

Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne

Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX (PS this video is on POINT)

Work – Iggy Azalea

Champion Sound – Crystal Fighters

Change Your Life - Iggy Azalea feat T.I.

Summer – Calvin Harris

Moviendo Caderas – Yandel feat Daddy Yankee

 

(I'm a bit obsessed with Iggy Azalea at the moment if you couldn't tell. She's different for sure but I like it) 

 

What is your current song obsession? I tend to listen to songs on repeat about a thousand times until I’m sick of them so this 7 song playlist should last a bit ;)

I’ll see you guys later this week! I have a new post for you guys that’s NOT a catch-up post...imagine that!

 

XOXO

Erin

 

Monday
Mar242014

Surfboardt Madness 

Good Monday morning friends! Sorry for the lack of communication on the blog last week…it was a busy one! Work was nuts and one more thing…THE MADNESS HAS STARTED!

Thank god the auto repair shop had March Madness on while I waited. You never know - it's not a big deal here in Canada!

Long time readers here will remember that I go NUTS every year for March Madness. I don’t watch a single regular season game but I watch the tournament like no one’s business.

How about some pics from the past week?

Shooting some hoops

Indoor biking session. There's still snow on the ground and it's still cold here so I think a lot of our upcoming training sessions will be indoors!

Local comedy show. It was....interesting.

Trying out Fatburger for the first time. Dangerous. Their hawaiian burger is DELICIOUS.

 First week back swimming was ROUGH. I've completely lost all of my swimming endurance! Also, can you tell I forgot to pack my eye makeup remover? 

Tri Training

This is week two for triathlon training for Mike and I. We’ve carved out a little time each Sunday to plan our workout plan for the week and this is what’s on deck this week:

Monday: Run 25 minutes; teach Zumba

Tuesday: OFF; teach zumba

Wednesday: Swim 30 minutes; teach Zumba

Thursday: Bike 35 minutes; strength; vollleyball

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Swim 30 minutes; run 25 minutes

Sunday: Bike 40 minutes; surfset

I’m pulling a few two-a-days since I’m still teaching Zumba 3 times a week and playing volleyball on Thursday. Plus, my sister and I are taking surfset classes every Sunday morning!

We had our first class yesterday and it was so much fun. I am the WORST at balancing on the board but it worked my core, legs and glutes pretty well.

 

How was your weekend?

Have you taken surfset? I'm looking forward to removing the stability bands and seeing if I can stay upright! Right now those bands are saving my life.

 

I’ll see you later this week!

xoxo

Erin

Wednesday
Mar122014

Why You Should Stretch

Happy happy Wednesday everyone! It’s been GLORIOUS in Regina lately! Now that there’s no wind chill warning it’s a LOT easier to take Sadie on super long walks after work.

Girl loves a good snowball.

Today’s going to be a busy but fun day for me! I’m headed to the U of R Inspiring Leadership Women’s conference where I’m sure I’ll meet some awesome ladies and listen to some amazing speakers. I loved last year’s conference and can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.

Stretch It Out

Remember when I promise a stretching routine for you guys? Well here it is! I’ve put together a great full body stretching routine that you can go through at the end of any workout. A lot of people tend to skip stretching at the end of their workout to save time – I used to be a non-stretch repeat offender – and they’re missing out! Stretching out at the end of a workout is so beneficial to muscle recovery and your general health.

Some kick ass benefits of squeezing in a cool down stretch:

-slows your heart rate and blood flow back down to normal ranges

-assists in muscle recovery and repair

-helps remove lactic acid from your muscles aka you’ll experience less stiffness and tightness in the days following your workout

-allows your mind and body to relax and calm down – especially after a high intensity workout

Here’s a full body routine that I like to do after a run, full body weight workout, or whenever I feel like I need a good stretch. 

PS: Spot the Sadie Pants. What a little diva - camera comes out and BAM she's there.

Name of stretches and main muscle group stretched:

1. Child's Pose - back

2. Elbow bend and push - triceps *repeat on other side*

3. Cobra - abs

4. Lunge - hip flexors *repeat on other side*

5. Runner’s stretch - calves and hamstrings *repeat on other side*

6. Knee bend - quads (note: I grab my foot with the opposite hand; it's gentler on the knees) *repeat on other side*

7. Hand reach back and turn - bicep *repeat on other side*

8. Cross over and bend - hamstrings *repeat on other side*

9. Lying knee hug - glutes *repeat on other side*

10. Arm straight across - shoulders *repeat on other side*

 

Some things to remember when you’re going through your stretching routine:

-it should NEVER hurt. You should feel a little stiffness or mild discomfort during a stretch but never should you stretch to the point of gain. No pain = maximum gain when it comes to stretching

-take your time. Ideally you should hold each stretch for 45 seconds, going deeper into the stretch as your body allows.

-perform each stretch smoothly – no bouncing!

 

Do you leave time for stretching during your workouts?

What’s your favorite stretch? Mine is anything involving hip flexors. Pigeon pose is a beaut.

 

I’ll see you guys later!

XOXO

Erin