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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
Aug252014

A Cold and Grey Summer Vacation

We are back from our little summer getaway! Our week (and a few days) vacation started with attending our friends’ wedding

Working 50/50 at the Rider game

And then heading off to Mike’s family cabin for 5 days

We only had one half day of summer weather where I could tan and jump in the water comfortably.

The rest of the week was spent in sweats with coffee

Avoiding the rain with indoor activities

And watching Mike swim in the cold weather

Even though it was cold and rainy, Sadie still swam for hours every day

And now she’s been tired and in recovery mode for the past two days. She is one tired puppy.

We had one minor incident on our vacation – Mike broke his toe :( So now I’m destined for solo training runs and hoping he recovers enough to be able to run the QCM Half in September. Fingers crossed!

Weekly Workout Schedule

I haven’t done one of these in a while so let’s bring it back! It’s two weeks until the QCM (GULP) so we’re in the home stretch for my workout schedule being dominated by running. I have to be honest, I miss weights and random fitness classes. I have a new project in the works for after my half training, but we’ll talk about that when the time comes.

Monday – rest day/light yoga

Tuesday – 5 mile run

Wednesday – Sprints (10X400m)

Thursday – 3 mile run and strength (probably one of my at home workoutsdeck of cards maybe?)

Friday - rest

Saturday – 3 mile run

Sunday – 12 mile run (lord, this is going to be a looooong solo run)

 

What does your week of workouts look like?

 

I’ll see you guys later this week!

 

Monday
Aug112014

Countdown Is On

Good morning friends! How’s your week starting for you?

Forever rocking my Feyonce mug.

My morning was full of coffee, yoga, walks with Sadie, and starting a mini countdown to my summer vacation....5 days until I’m in relaxation mode for a whole week! Plus we have our good friends’ wedding this Friday to look forward to. Here’s hoping this work week goes by fast!

We’ll be heading out to Mike’s family’s cabin to enjoy some sun, swimming, and trail runs! At least, that’s what we did out there August long weekend.

Who knew the Trans Canada Trail ran through Saskatchewan lake country?!

I have one road block to my whole week off - a take home final for my kinesiology class :( It gets released this coming Sunday night and shouldn’t be too bad. The class is called Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity and I’ve actually been having some great conversations with my classmates regarding gender, race, politics, and class differences when it comes to sport and exercise. With my love for poli sci, women studies, and exercise, this is my kind of class!

Although, I did run into a bit of an airhead moment on Sunday afternoon with the class. For some reason, I thought a one page summary assignment was due today when it was actually my 7 page research paper. WHOOPS. Luckily I had most of it done already and just had to add 2-3 pages of content Sunday afternoon. At least I had my golf boys kept me company while I finished up #PGAChampionship.

Yeah, I just used a hashtag in a sentence like it was NBD. Deal with it.

Other things that happened this weekend:

We took in the Friday night acts at the Regina Folk Fest, namely JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY! I was really into Joel Plaskett a few years ago when I discovered Come On Teacher on MuchMusic (remember music videos on TV?!). So happy I got to see him live! Sam Roberts was suppose to close the night but unfortunately a massive storm was threatening to roll through about 20 minutes after Joel Plaskett left the stage :( It wasn’t storming yet so a few of us headed to a nearby bar for some beers to keep the night going. When we paid up and headed to the door to leave, we quickly discovered it was basically raining like a monsoon outside and blowing wind like CRAZY. And our car was parked 4 blocks away.

Yup, we ran all 4 blocks in torrential downpour to our car. It was raining so hard and the wind was so strong that at one point I thought it was hailing! Our clothes were completely drenched and didn’t dry out until the next night. But it was actually kind of fun :) That’s the most rain I’ve ever seen fall in such a short period of time in my life!

No natural transition sentence for this glory. My sister brought us some chobani home from her visit to the states. SO GOOD.

She also brought us home a big jug of Starbucks iced coffee. Mix it with a bit of honey and unsweetened vanilla almond milk and you’re good to go!

Zumba Reboot

I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with a few local zumba instructors through a facebook group and have gotten myself on the sub list at Ladies California Fitness!

I subbed a class there a few weeks ago and had a blast! I’m subbing again tonight and next Monday so if you’re local, come on down! I’m not quite sure what their drop in rate is but I imagine it’s in the ball park of $10-15.

My playlist for tonight’s class:

 

I’ll see you guys later this week!

 

Friday
Jul252014

Body Confidence & Protein Peanut Butter Cups {Recipe}

Before we get into it, let’s take a sneak peek at what’s coming at the end of this post:

Protein peanut butter cups. NOM.

First, let’s catch up:

Still riding that half marathon hopeful PR train! Mike and I crushed an 8 mile run this past weekend and I also had a small body confidence break through. My IG buds know this story already, but it bears repeating :) We planned our long run for Saturday afternoon not knowing it was going to be super hot (dumb move). Took about 2 miles for us to be like “YUP it’s definitely 30 degrees outside”. I was wearing capri leggings and a dark cotton t-shirt so not ideal running clothing for that situation. Mike finally had enough and went topless – scandalous! He kept telling me how amazing it felt and that I should do it too, but that insecure voice in my head wasn’t letting me go sports bra mode. This back and forth in my head (what if people see you? You’re not skinny enough to run in a sport bra! People will laugh at you) lasted until the 7th mile. I was super hot and Mike (knowing all about body issues I have) basically dared me to go the last mile in a sports bra. He said “if you had a daughter, what would she think of how you’re talking to yourself right now”. That did it. I proudly ran the last mile in nothing but my capris and sports bra and guess what...

NOTHING HAPPENED

We ran past people and I got zero judgey stares or comments. I know, imagine that. And it felt SO MUCH BETTER. I was way less heated and the breeze felt so amazing on my skin. Plus, at the end of that run I felt AMAZING about myself. I had just conquered a huge fear and goal of mine and it felt fantastic.

To some, this may be a weird exaggerated story of a run but to me, this was a HUGE step for my body confidence. I don’t talk about it much here on the blog because this just isn’t that type of space, but body confidence is something I’ve struggled with a lot in the past (and still do today) so I’m happy for any and all progress :)

Moving on to….

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

(Couldn’t think of a witty enough segue from that personal talk to delicious peanut butter cups so here’s a Segway)

Like I meantioned in this post, my friends at North Coast Naturals sent me a few of their products to test out. So far, I’m digging them and I decided to try a little kitchen experimentation. You guys haven’t had a recipe in a while and these are SO FREAKING GOOD I couldn’t keep it all to myself.

You could easily omit the protein powder from this recipe and make traditional peanut butter cups, but I find the protein powder version fills me up and satisfies me more than the traditional ones. Basically, it’s to stop myself from eating the whole batch in one sitting ;)

Yields 12 cups

Ingredients

¾ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 tbspn unmelted coconut oil (divided)

¼ cup + 2 tbspn all natural smooth peanut butter

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

 

1. Line a muffin tray with mini cupcake liners

2. Put the chocolate chips and 2 tbspn coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir until smooth.

3. Spoon a thin layer of the chocolate mixture into the cupcake liners. Place in freezer to harden for 10-15 minutes.

4. Mix the peanut butter and protein powder in a microwave safe bowl until combined. Add coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.

5. Once the chocolate layer is hardened, remove muffin tray from freezer and spoon 1 spoonful of peanut butter mixture into each liner. Place make in freezer for 5-10 minutes.

6. Once peanut butter layer is hardened, smooth the remaining chocolate mixture into each liner, covering the peanut butter layer. Place tray back in freezer for 10 more minutes.

7. Once the top layer is hard, enjoy! Store in freezer.

 

Let me know if you guys try these delicious bad boys. I always seem to have a batch in the freezer…..

 

Comment Questions:

How do you deal with negative self body talk?

 

See you guys next week!


Wednesday
Jul162014

Don't Neglect the Booty Work {Workout}

Let’s start this post off with some jams I can’t get out of my head:

Shower – Becky G

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor (yay for body positive songs!)

Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato

Wobble – V.I.C.

Helluva Night – Ludacris

 

Apparently I’m a 14 year old girl with gangsta roots.

 

Things Lately 

It’s been a while but I’m still up to the same thangs:

-taking selfies after runs

This was a particularly windy run and I foolishly forgot bobby pins and a headband.

-doing yoga challenges on instagram

In the socks and underwear aisle like a classy woman.

-taking Sadie Pants to the vet :( She has an infected nail bed and had an allergic reaction all in the same weekend.

Rocking the sock puppy look so she doesn’t lick her paw

She also gets doggy spa time. I have to soak her paw in an Epsom salt bath twice a day to help her infection. SO HIGH MAINTENANCE.

-golfing when I can

Brag time – I shot a 97 on this day! First time ever shooting under 100!

-getting amazing things in the mail!

My Bia watch finally came! I took it out for a run yesterday and loved it. So much better than holding my phone the entire time.

Booty Workout

It’s also been a while since I posted a workout! This one is an important one, especially for runners. I tend to neglect working my backside and it’s come back to bite me in the ass before (sorry for that unavoidable pun). A few year ago when I first started running, my right leg started to really hurt. I did all the normal things you do when you feel something wrong – stretching, being sure to warm up and cool down properly, foam roll, etc – but nothing worked. I finally went to go see a physio and he told me my glutes were really weak which was no bueno for the amount I was running.

You see, your glute muscles are kind of important for running! They hold your pelvis steady, help with hip extension, and stabilize the whole lower body kinetic movement of running. So when your glute muscles are weak, everything from the waist down is affected.  For me it resulted in aggravation of my IT band, but weak glutes can also lead to shinsplits and knee problems.

Ever since then, I try to incorporate what I call “booty work” into my strength routine, especially when I know I’m ramping up my running mileage. Lately, it’s been this workout that I’ve been doing every 2-3 days after my runs.

Examples of the exercises:

Donkey kick

Plank with single leg lift

Bridge raise

Squat with leg abduction

Weighted lunge

 

Remember to do a proper warm up and cool down!

 

For my runner friends – do you workout your glutes to help your running? If not, give it a shot! Trust me, IT band pains are no fun.

For my non-runner friends – this workout is for you too, not just the runners! Strengthen those glutes baby!

 

I’ll see you guys later this week!

OH PS: Check out this AMAHZING mug my sister got me as an engagement gift.

SO PERFECT. I love it.

Wednesday
Jul022014

What Day Is It?

Happy Monday Wednesday! Man that Tuesday stat holiday is really messing me up. I thought it was Sunday all day yesterday and kept thinking I had to wash the sheets, go get groceries, and all that other Sunday kind of stuff. Bright side – feels like a 3 day work week!

How did you spend your Canada Day? Did you at least wear red and white? Because I sure didn’t

I went to get dressed yesterday and realized I had NOTHING red or anything that said “Canada” on it. Some Canadian I am. So this was my “Canada Day” attire. Oh well.

We took in some of the local Canada Day activities:

Including watching a bunch of dudes pull a semi for Western Canada’s Strong Man competition. NBD.

We then tried to head to a new pub style place in town to watch the USA vs Belgium World Cup match but it was packed! I guess we thought that on Canada Day the last thing anyone would be doing would be watching the USA soccer game but I guess we were wrong! So we picked up some appetizers and headed to my parent’s house to watch it there. Personally, I was cheering for the Americans, partly because I’m half American but also because I actually really like this USA team. They play hard and they don’t seem cocky. It’s too bad their run ended yesterday but it’s so awesome that they went this far and took Belgium into overtime! Quite an accomplishment for the underdog team!

Other things that have been happening:

More yoga from Yoga Studio App. Even Sadie is digging it ;)

On the subject of yoga, I’ll be popping in to the #independenceARMy challenge hosted by @beachyogagirl, @laurasykora, and @kinoyoga all throughout July on Instagram.

I love these challenges because I really get to see any progress I’m making by comparing pictures and I get to self-check my position on some asanas. Since I do all at-home practices now, there’s no teacher to correct my poses if I’m off. Seeing the pictures of different poses allows me to double-check to make sure I’m doing them correctly and not setting myself up for injury.

There's suppose to be a 2 foot drop off to the water at the edge of the grass.....

It was raining like CRAZY here! We got over 100mm of rain Sunday and Monday and a ton of Saskatchewan communities are still in a state of emergency due to flooding. Thankfully our condo unit is on the 2nd floor and our roof didn’t leak, but Mike had to head out to his family’s cabin to bring the dock in and put up a makeshift barrier to stop the water from going up to the front door.

Water coming right up to the front steps of the cabin

It’s sunny now and is expected to be for a while so hopefully all of this water clears up soon.

I love my hunter boots, but I would rather be wearing shorts and flip flops in July....

 

Long runs are back! Mike and I crushed 6 miles last weekend around Wascana Lake (before all the rain happened and the paths were flooded with water). It felt great and I’m feeling confident about my long runs this training period. I usually dread long runs and look forward to the speed work days...maybe that will change this year!

(Probably not)

New additions to the supplements space aka the top of the fridge! North Coast Naturals reached out to me to see if I wanted to try any of their products. I always love supporting a Canadian company that provides organic health products so they sent me a few things to try out. Expect some recipes to be coming your way soon!

 

What did you do this weekend? I guess it’s the middle of the week so kind of a weird time to be asking but seriously, that Tuesday off has me all out of whack

 

I’ll see you guys later!