Thursday, March 26, 2015

~Three Things Thursday~

1. My sis and I are on our way to Edmonton for the Maroon 5 concert tonight!! I am so excited for a girls night!! It's also my first night away from Leo. I would be lying if I said I wasn't almost as excited about a full night of uninterrupted sleep either!
2. I gave myself permission to take this week off from working out. I haven't done anything since my race on Saturday. I just need a few days to recharge and then I'll be back at it next week, along with an update on what's up next! I give a hint... more races!! :)
3. I've been a little frustrated lately with Leo (and Audrey's but less so) lack of eating. I just need to remember that he will eat if he is hungry and this is just a phase. Hubby also reminded me that Audrey was like this too. I think I just worry more about Leo because his weight has been on our minds since before he was even born, even though he is just perfectly little.
Sometimes he just likes to wear his food...

He's a fan of cookies and gelato...

And cake...

I'm sure in 15 years I will be pulling my hair out with the amount of food he will be consuming!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

~Run For L'Arche: Week # 8 Training Recap & Race Report 2015~

I've successfully completed the Run For L'Arche 5 Mile!!
It was a great race and I PR'd!

Let's look back at my last week of training before I recap the race.

Plan: Rest day
What I did: Rest day

Plan: 3 Mile run
What I did: 5K hilly run with the Half Marathon group
It was the start of hill training for the half marathon group- 3 hill repeats. I felt really strong and kept a good pace.

Plan: 30 Minute Cross Training
What I did: T25 Total Body Circuit
Another good workout! The kids were some

Plan: 2 Mile run
What I did: 2 Mile run
I took the kids for a run right after supper since we didn't get a chance to get out earlier in the day. I promised them a stop at the park afterwards but apparently it's very tiring riding in the Chariot while your mom pushes you up and down hills!

Plan: Yoga
What I did: Rest day
I opted to not go to yoga since the race was the next morning.

This was my first 5 Mile race. I was quite excited to run this distance and Run For L'Arche always puts on a good race.
Race package that I picked up earlier in the week.
The race started at 10:15am which is kind of an odd time but I wasn't complaining about not having to get up super early! I was able to sleep in, and hubby made pancakes for breakfast.
The weather was a bit cool- around 0C and super foggy! I decided to wear long tights, thin long sleeve shirt, and my running jacket. I also wore my running belt- it's so drilled into me to wear it all the time but I actually wish I didn't because I spent half the race fixing it.
I arrived early at Eau Claire, where the race was held. I didn't know too many people racing but I did spot Tina, who I follow on IG, at the start line! It was nice to finally meet her in person! While waiting at the start line, someone recognized me as "blog girl!"
I took the prerequisite start line photo and soon we were off!
 I'm pretty sure they changed the course. All the printouts and online maps showed an out and back route, crossing immediately over the Prince's Island bridge but we instead turned left and ran alongside the river on the south side. My first KM was quite slow- I really had to push myself to move! Usually people start off too fast but that was not the case for me this race!
By the second KM I had found my goal pace. I still had to check my watch often to make sure I was on pace. I was also doing 10 and 1s.
Even though this is a 5 Mile race, I still trained and raced in KMs. I know my pacing in KMs and it just seemed easier to stick to what I know rather than switch to Miles for one race.
My water belt and phone in my pocket were really annoying. I kept having to adjust them and I just wish I had left my water belt at home since there were water stations and really for 5M, in cool weather, I would have been fine without it. I also think I need a new water belt since I think this one is stretched out.
The KMs were just going by! I could tell we were close to the turn around since the lead runners were on their way back!
They had a great cheering section at the turn around! Although they did say the forbidden line "You are almost there!" I checked my watch at this point and it said 3.30K so not quite halfway.
The last half of the race was how it was on the maps. We crossed over at Louise Bridge and ran on the north side of the river. It was still super foggy but comfortable to run in. I was actually getting a bit warm.
I was consistently staying on pace but as we neared the Prince's Island bridge I realized that the course must be short. Sure enough, according to my Garmin, it was half a mile short.
Distance: 7.3KM (4.5M)
Time: 44:45 min
I was still on pace to finish under 50 minutes, even if the course wasn't short so I am super happy with myself! Tina said her Garmin clocked 7.75K so I'm not sure what the discrepancy was.

And the best part is the bling! Will always run for a medal!

I quickly grabbed some food, coffee, stretched and headed home! It was a fun race and I'm looking forward to racing 5 Mile again!

Monday, March 23, 2015

~Weekend Recap~

Oh Monday, I'm tired! Another good, yet exhausting weekend is over. Now for some quiet time at work ;)

Let's rewind to Thursday...

In the morning, we went to a Momstown Music & Movement class, where we saw Alison and Delainey! Audrey pretty much hung out with them the entire class! We hadn't been to a Momstown event in awhile so it was nice to do something different- sing songs, chat with other moms and let the children play.

That night Hubby went to the hockey game so I took the kids for a run after dinner since it was way too nice to run on the treadmill after they went to bed.

Twenty minutes and this is what happens...!

Thankfully she transferred right to bed and slept the entire night. Mr. Leo looks pretty happy in that picture but he had been fussing the last little while! He really wanted to play at the park!
Friday was errands days. I had some things to return so we went to the mall, where I bribed the kids with the play area ;) Neither of them had any fun at all!

Saturday was Hubby's birthday!
It was also Race Day for me. I ran the Run For L'Arche 5 Mile. I met my goal, despite the course being short. It was a great race and I quite enjoyed the distance. I'll do a bigger recap later this week.
In the afternoon, we headed to our last swimming lesson! It was probably the best lesson- the water was super warm, the songs and activities were fun and we all had a blast!
That evening, Uncle C and Auntie L came over to hang out with the kids while Hubby and I went out to celebrate his birthday. His only request was that we do something alone- no big party so we went to Rodney's Oyster House which newly opened downtown. We have been to the one in Vancouver before and really like it. This location did not disappoint!
It was so nice to have a quiet dinner, just the two of us! It was the perfect way to celebrate!
Afterwards we stopped at Menchies for some dessert, which never disappoints!
Sunday was a lazy day. Hubby got a Vitamix for his birthday so we played around with that ;) I made a bunch of smoothies for Leo, since that's all he seems to want to eat these days.
We headed over to the Market for lunch and to pick up a few groceries. Sadly, it has been really slowing down there so a lot of stalls have closed down and they are consolidating the two floors. I sure hope it survives. Hopefully summer will be better and business will pick up.
Audrey and I went to Winners to do some shopping. I need to work on this girl's fashion choices... she wanted me to try these shoes on! Ugly! To be fair, I told her to find shoes that had size 8 on them!
Browsing the aisles...
It was a fun little date! We don't often get to spend one-on-one time together so we will have to make a point of doing something just the two of us more often.
Meanwhile, this little guy had a short afternoon nap but was surprisingly happy. He loves his walker- he does laps of the island! And this is his new funny face!

The evening was fairly quiet. I tried so hard to go to bed early but I failed miserably and was still up past 11pm. Maybe that's why I'm so tired.
I'm looking forward to this week!! Maroon 5 is on Thursday!!
Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


What's a better way to celebrate hump day (or my 'Friday') than with a list of loves!

~ Loving my Run For L'Arche race package. Full of delicious goodies like a bright shirt, Clif Bar, bottled water and chocolate! Any race package that has chocolate in it is a winner in my book!

I also loved that they had package pick-up downtown for a couple days (today it's 12-2pm). That saved me from hauling the kids down south on Thursday or Friday.

~ Loving random acts of kindness from strangers! Yesterday, a man at the train station chased me down because I left the interior light on in my car! It would not have been a nice surprise after work to come back to a dead car!

~ Loving all the people I have met blogging- such a great community!

Speaking of which, Lindsey Vaughan, you commented on a post the other day but your email isn't linked to your comment so I can't reply to you. Email me at and we can chat ;) Not weird!

~ Loving that I received the best news ever from my best friend! After a long road, she is finally expecting a baby! She's 12 weeks and this is how she announced it!

~Loving this sign I saw at my chiro's office! Made me chuckle!
~ Loving these two! They love each other so much and seeing this in the back seat made my heart melt!
What are you loving today?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

~ Run For L'Arche: Training Week # 7 Recap and Race Goals~

Week #7 of training for Run For L'Arche 5 Mile is completed!

How did I do?

Plan: Rest day
What I did: Rest day

Plan: 3 Mile run
What I did: 5K run with the Half Marathon group
It was a great night to get out for a run with the group. I ran at a strong pace, just over 30 minutes for 5K.

Plan: 45 Minute Cross Training
What I did: Rest day
I hoped to do my cross training working right after work but I had a late meeting, so we didn't get home until just before dinner. By the time we ate, I put the kids to bed myself (Hubby was out at the hockey game), I was exhausted. I decided to give myself a break and have a relaxing evening.

Plan: 2 Mile run + strength training
What I did: 2 Mile run + strength training
It was another beautiful, yet windy day so I loaded the kids into the Chariot and headed out for a short run. The wind was brutal when I was running into it! It helped when it was at my back though and definitely made me faster!

In the afternoon, while Leo was napping, Audrey and I headed downstairs so I could do T25 Ab Intervals. Such a good workout! Audrey was quite into it as well- doing some moves herself and helping me out like Shaun T helps his demonstrators! So funny!

Plan: Yoga
What I did: T25 Lower Focus and Yoga
I was feeling pretty guilty about missing my cross training on Wednesday so I snuck in a short but tough T25 workout during the afternoon, while Leo napped.

In the evening, I went to yoga. It was so relaxing I almost fell asleep!

Plan: Rest day
What I did: Rest day

Plan: 4.5 Mile Run
What I did: 8K or 5 Miles
We met up with the half marathon group for a run. They were doing 10K so I ran with them for the first 4K and then did the last 4K by myself. Hubby and the kids did a shorter route since the kids weren't being overly cooperative and we were running a fairly hilly route- not fun with the Chariot!

I ran it in just under 53 minutes. Not bad for a hilly route and 'long slow' pace.

'Helping' me roll out my legs and glutes.


Run For L'Arche is this weekend!! Five days away!! I'm pretty sure this was the fastest training cycle ever!!

Since this is my first official 5 Mile race, just finishing is going to be a personal best. That being said, I do have a few goals for this race.

1) I would love to run this race sub 50 minutes. Given my most recent half marathon time and my run this past Sunday, I think this is doable. My body is feeling pretty good overall so as long as I stay focused, I think I can maintain a good pace. I will really need to push myself though.

2) I want to enjoy this race. My last race wasn't that fun so I'm really hoping that I can have a good race and a great time would be a bonus.

3) Get a good night's rest the night before, eat a good breakfast and dress appropriately for the weather.

Hopefully I won't have too many challenges, like the weather, get in the way of meeting my goals.

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! I hope you have a good race and most of all, have fun!

Monday, March 16, 2015

~Weekend Recap: Movies, Running & Ice Cream~

Hello Monday! Did you really have to bring the snow with you? I know I can't really complain because we have had the most mild winter ever, but I will anyway! I almost forget how to drive in that white stuff!

These last two weeks have just zoomed by! The work weeks goes by so quickly and then the 4 day "weekend" seems to go by even faster, if possible.

Let's rewind back to Thursday...

It was another gorgeous day so the kids and I went for a short run after lunch. We ended up at the park which is always the highlight for them. We pretty much did chores and crafts the rest of the day- a lazy day.

I promise they are usually happy...

She insisted on running the first little bit, but the wind was too much and she asked to go into the Chariot!

This guy has been working on his walking. He loves his push walker.

Audrey also spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's, who are back in town for a bit. It was nice to just hang out with Leo for a bit.

Friday morning Leo and I had chiro appointments. My lower back has been bothering me a bit- I'm sure from being back at work and wearing high heels and sitting all day long. Leo loves getting adjusted- he just smiles the entire time!

He also likes the toy box!

Afterwards, we picked up Audrey, went for lunch and ran some errands. I did a workout in the afternoon while Leo napped and Audrey watched me.

After yoga that night, Hubby and I watched Anchorman 2. It was kind of disappointing, I thought the first one was funnier but I watched to the end anyway!

Saturday morning I took Audrey to her first movie (other than when she was a baby). We went to a special screening of Cinderella.

We loved it!!! It was such a good adaptation.

Audrey sat on my lap the entire time because she is so light and the chair kept collapsing in on her. She wore her blue dress up gown which was quite fitting!

When the movie was over, we met up with Hubby and Leo for lunch, therefore missing swimming lessons unfortunately. Audrey did get to go on the carousel which was another highlight of the day for her!

It was a bit of a chaotic afternoon- Leo hadn't napped much and navigating the busy mall with a tired preschooler and antsy one year old was a bit challenging.

I was feeling a little blue in the evening, but nothing a peanut buster parfait couldn't fix!!

Sunday morning we met up with the running group. Parenting fail- we forgot the iPad! Audrey just wanted to get out and run and Leo wasn't super impressed about being contained so Hubby cut the run short and took a different route.

I had a great run though! The group ran 10K but I only did 8K so the last half I ran by myself. It was so nice to get outside again and the weather was perfect for running.

I met the family back at the Running Room, where I attempted to roll out my lower half but something kept getting in the way!!

Afterwards we went to Tim's for breakfast. I am glad I didn't have to clean up after Leo destroyed his muffin! Poor guy also had a diaper mishap- it came undone so he completely soaked his clothes and guess who didn't bring a change of clothes for him?!?

We didn't have plans for the rest of the day which was just perfect by me! I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, baking muffins and making food for Leo. And lots of relaxing! I needed a day like that.

Hubby and Audrey worked in the garden, planted some seeds- to germinate inside, don't worry- we aren't dumb enough to plant anything outside around here until after May Long!

Great weekend!! The next few ones are going to be busy so I'm glad we got some downtime as a family before the busy week started again.