Friday, 28 February 2014

I Style Dare You

I have a confession. Since I became a mommy to Weston I have spent far too many hours and days in lululemon pants and nursing tanks. While this was perfectly acceptable for the first couple of months, I need an intervention.  Here are some indications that my umm 'style' could use some help:

  • I sometimes wear my husbands Adidas sweatpants which he says make me look like I am in a Hans and Frans SNL skit (gasp!). 
  • I have mastered the messy bun and even cut my bangs to make it easier. 
  • The other day my husband pointed out that I still had pink nail polish on one toe to which I replied, "I know it has been there for weeks". 
  • Even I am embarrassed that I wear fake Ugg boots out in public.
  • Every top I wear lately is gauged on whether it will be easy to nurse in. I own the v-neck t.
  • My go to beauty product is under eye concealer.

While this is by no means a fashion blog, extreme situations call for extreme measures. And so, I bring you Fox in Flats March Style Dare.

The concept is simple, follow along with Fox in Flats readers and instagrammers as they take on a daily fashion challenge. If you are particularly ambitious or style savvy, share your own photos on Facebook, twitter, and instagram with the hashtag #FoxinFlatsStyleDare

Are you ready to join me? Here is how the month of March is going to shake down:

Tomorrow kicks off with sparkles! Let me know if you are up for the dare because I could really use some style inspiration.

p.s. Who pissed off mother nature this year? This weather is getting ridiculous!


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Virtual Run Date - Red Deer

I am excited to introduce the Virtual Run Date series! These posts will serve as a travel guide of sorts for runners across Canada whether you are looking to run a destination race or just want to know more about your fellow Canadian runners. Today's post is brought to you by Crystal - founder of the Canuck Running Bloggers Facebook Page and Blogger at Running with Rhyno.



Meet Crystal!

Hi there! My name is Crystal. I live in Red Deer, Alberta. I have lived here for about three years and in Alberta for five years. I started running nearly four years ago up in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I met so many awesome runners who inspired my passion and love for the sport.

If I were visiting your city, where would we go on a run?

Gosh, where to start. Red Deer boasts some amazing trails along the Red Deer River. If you love water, you will fall in love with these trails. My personal favourite place to run, however, is on the Riverbend ski trails. It’s short but so worth it.

Where should I stop for a pre-run coffee?

Red Deer is a small city so there’s not much choice for unique places to get your java fix. You have your standard Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup. One of the newest places (and coolest names) to open is DOSE, Coffee & Love on Little Gaetz Avenue.

Where is the best spot for a post-race brunch?

If you love fresh fruit, I suggest Cora’s.

I forgot my shoes/gels/running socks… where can I get some new gear?

Hmmm there’s the Running Room and Atmosphere.

What is the must-run race of the season?

There’s only one must-run race in Red Deer – Woodys RV World Marathon and Half-Marathon. This race has been a staple in the community for many years


Connect with Crystal



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Plan? What Plan?

You know what they say about best laid plans?

That is how I feel with my running schedule lately. These past two weeks it has been like a freight train came through our home just as we thought we had this parenting thing down.

Our poor little guy is going through a huge developmental leap, somehow caught his first cold despite neither of us being sick, and is cutting two bottom teeth. He is not a happy camper and I can't say I blame him. I am near the end of my candlestick too. I keep telling myself we just need to ride it out and I am trying to go with the flow.

Needless to say, I can't always make it out to run because either he is inconsolable, I am dead tired, or it is below -25. I didn't factor this in when I developed my master plan to get back into running.

So what is the new plan?

I think I will just hit reset and work through this new baby stage day by day. I am still running a 10k in April, but I am getting used to the idea that it will be a fun run with no solid pace goals. The "to complete" race is new to me.

I saw this quote on Pinterest and it spoke to me. It pretty much sums up parenting for me right now. I am at the point where the universe is saying don't worry you can handle this.  I am calling on all my race mantras to get me through each day : )




Weekly Workouts (Feb 17-23)

Monday Feb 17 - OFF
Tuesday Feb 18 - 60 min. CrossFit
Wednesday, Feb 19 - #fitmamasYEG online workout
Thursday, Feb 20 - 30 min. walk
Friday, Feb 21 - 30 min. run (forgot garmin), #fitmamasYEG online workout
Saturday, Feb 22 - 60 minute HIIT class
Sunday, Feb 23 - 6km run 

Better late than never, I finally managed to get this post up!

Things I learned this week:

  • CrossFit is actually a really fun workout!
  • Running causes lower abdomen pain for me now. I am sure it is core related but it is a strange kind of pain so I am going to go to my physio to get it looked at. 
  • Planning a running schedule is entirely different as a new mom. More on that later : )
  • A good pair of wool socks will solve your cold feet dilemma.

How was your week? Run any races? Crush any goals?

Friday, 21 February 2014

Must Have Apps - February Edition

It has been a rough two weeks at our house. About 10 days ago Weston's sleep habits fell apart and our big sleep stretch of four hours abruptly became one to two hours max.  I am coping (barely).

In my relentless search for an explanation, a friend of mine suggested I download the Wonder Weeks App. If, like me, you haven't added this book to your parenting arsenal you really should.  Here is the most important piece of information for all parents surviving on four hours of sleep followed by cranky, fussy days:

From our research, we are now able to predict, almost to the week, when parents can expect their babies to go through one of these “fussy phases.”
If you don't have time to read the book, download the App! You will be asked to enter your babes due date (not birth date). You will then be able to see what stage of brain development or "leap" your little  one is going through.  Here is the handy chart so you can see where your baby is on this wonderful journey:



We are actually smack dab in the eye of a stormy period which honestly requires an all hands on deck approach. 

While we are on the subject of Apps, here are the top three on my phone right now:
  1. Baby Nursing - this one was invaluable in the first few weeks when I timed Weston's feeds and diapers. I now use it mostly during these rough patches to remind myself that I am not going crazy, he really is eating every hour. It also has a great height and weight trackers, as well as an immunizations log.
  2. VSCO Cam - This App is a must have for everyone! It makes your photos look so much better. Want proof? Take a look at the amazing photos people are sharing
  3. OBaby - I found this one via SmallFry and absolutely love it. Basically you can add artwork and frames to your photos like this:


Do you have any Apps to suggest? 



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Get to Class - CrossFit

So last night I went to the second class of the fit mama challenge.  It was CrossFit and I was probably most nervous about this one. You can blame Trainer Bob's Instagram for my fears - he posts some intense WOD photos.  Regardless, I left the house for my 7pm class with an open mind.

Overview

As we arrived a class was just finishing up so the intimidation factor was high.  The instructors were very warm and entertaining though so fears quickly subsided.
As CrossFit newbies, the class was structured for beginners with a warmup of walking lunges, skipping and inchworms. We then spent ten minutes or so learning the proper form technique for a deadlift (moving from a broom stick to the weighted bar).  Our short WOD consisted of air squats, box jumps, toes to bar, and jumping pull-ups. 

Equipment
For our WOD we used a wood box for box jumps, a 35lb barbell with 10 lb plates and our body weight on a cage that reminded me a bit of elementary school gym class (but black, metal, and a bit scarier).

My thoughts
I can see why people like CrossFit. It would be a great environment for goal setting (i.e. deadlifting 200lbs!) and accountability. They write their names on the board every WOD so they can keep track of their goals.  Writing down your goals and achievements publicly is one way to motivate someone!

I particularly liked the gym owners rationale for starting her business. She wanted to teach women functional fitness and the proper lifting technique.  If smaller, tight knit groups are your thing and you like to push yourself to the limit this might be the workout for you!


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Weekly Workouts (Feb 10 -16)

Monday Feb 10 - Tracy Anderson DVD
Tuesday Feb 11 - 60 min. HIIT class
Wednesday, Feb 12 - #fitmamasYEG online workout
Thursday, Feb 13 - 30 min. walk
Friday, Feb 14 - 60 minute HIIT, #fitmamasYEG online workout
Saturday, Feb 15 - 30 min interval spin (trainer road)
Sunday, Feb 16 - 10km run (Long Slow Distance - avg. HR 132)

Week two of the #fitmamasYEG challenge is done! No classes this week but I did my two online workouts.

Things I learned this week:

  • Don't run 10k just because you can. My knees were so sore the last k I thought I might need to walk but I got sucked into the thrill of running with my old group.
  • If you had a baby recently, make sure you don't have Diastasis because it can be worsened by traditional ab work.
  • If you are coming back to running after pregnancy or an injury resist the urge to compare your new times to your old ones. I call these my A.B. (after baby runs).
How was your week? Try anything new??

Monday, 17 February 2014

Running 101: To walk or not to walk?

Welcome to my second running 101 post. Today we are talking about walk breaks while running.

My marathon certification training course lays out very clear guidelines on walk breaks:

The NAASFP does not advocate walk breaks while running past the beginner phase because the biomechanics of walking differ to greatly from the biomechanics of running. (NOTE: beginner phase is a learn to run 5k plan that they include)
Because I believe I need to be able to practice what I preach, I am learning to drop the walk. As a Running Room trainee and instructor, I have always supported the run/walk philosophy so this has been a difficult shift for me.

I have been scouring the internet for the past weeks looking for science to support the biomechanics claim. Truthfully, I have found more articles that support the walk/run method but the rationale isn't always clear. Regardless, here is a rundown of the pros and cons of walk breaks.

Yes, Take a Break
  • Periodic walking breaks can help you run more efficiently, and more comfortably. (source)
  • A fast, brisk walk provides a gentle and specific stretch to the leg muscles. (source)
  • The walk-run combinations of active rest will help dissipate lactic acid build-up. (source) *See below - this points out how controversial this topic is.
  • Run-walk breaks help prevent injuries and can speed recovery. (source)
  • Run-walk breaks keep runners motivated by breaking the long run into smaller, attainable goals. This one I agree with. It is the psychological aspect of getting through a run. However, that doesn't mean walk breaks need to be at regular intervals. The same effect could be achieved by walking at water stations and mapping them out before the race.
No, Keep Running

  • A steady pace prevents lactate build up. According to Pete Pfitzinger, top American finisher in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic marathons with a PB of 2:11:43: 

"The most efficient way to run a marathon is to run at very close to an even pace, because running portions of the race much faster than an even pace causes a build-up of lactate (hydrogen ions are the actual culprit) and other metabolites that make you slow down. If you run a portion of the race slower than the optimal pace, then by necessity you must run another portion faster than the optimal pace (which causes a build-up of metabolites that make you slow down), so the net result is a poorer performance. Walking a portion of a marathon would require you to run other portions of the race much faster to run a given total time, so it would be detrimental to your result."
  • Matt Johnson from Runner Academy: I personally don’t advocate that runners that are looking to PR rely on any method that incorporates walk breaks. They have their purpose, but running the best time you are capable of is not one of them.
  • Incorporating walk breaks during runs was first used as a energy saving distance technique by ultramarathoners. However, any ultramarathoner knows that while it increases the distance you may be able to go, it slows your pace considerably. You won't see any fast marathons completed using this technique. (source)
  • If runners could and would learn to slow down and train at a pace that's about 80% effort for the distance, they wouldn't need walk breaks. 
Conclusion

If you are new to running, walk breaks will help you train for that first 5k distance.  There is also certainly a place for walk breaks in training but not necessarily in the long run. Walking between intervals would make sense, or in some cases walking downhill during hill repeats in order to lower your hear rate for the next hard effort.

I quite honestly think that it is a personal choice and should be based on your current fitness level and goals. As for injury prevention, I am not sure. I for one, have had my fair share of running relate injuries from IT band problems to plantar fasciitis. The contributing factors are too complex to determine whether walk breaks would help in my opinion.

So let me know! Do you take walk breaks? Why or why not?? 








Thursday, 13 February 2014

Celebrate Family with a Giveaway!

Hi guys!

In celebration of Family Day (and Presidents Day in the US) I have a giveaway for you all! I have two six-month memberships to give away to two lucky winners for Adventure to Fitness.


What is Adventure to Fitness?
An online educational fitness program for kids. Animated and live action episodes get them exercising, learning, and laughing! The program was developed with input from leading educational, medical, and parenting experts. 

Videos can be played on the website or though your Roku box, Apple TV, Smart TV, Wii, Xbox, or other third-party device.  

I think this would be a great option as we await the arrival of spring! I know that Weston and I have had a serious case of cabin fever for the past month or so and he isn't even mobile!

You can enter below using this handy rafflecopter widget. 

Good luck!

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Building My Base

It is time to get serious about running. Since December 26 I have been fitting in one run a week, and I don't have to tell you that is not the way to make any sort of running progress.

I have been holding back for a couple of reasons:

  • A weak core - I have been making a focussed effort since being cleared to exercise to build a stronger core so that I can avoid injury.
  • Timing - now that it is lighter out when J gets home from work I am more comfortable going out on my own.
  • Fear - I don't like my new pace and there is part of me that is terrified that I will never get back to where I was.
I have finally decided that if I have time to do a 45 minute video, I have time to do a 4km run.

The Grand Plan

Like with cycling progression, I am treating my running plan like I am coming back from an injury. Not totally novice, but with a need for a gentle increase in total volume before getting into more scheduled, training specific runs. 

I will be training towards this 10k distance on April 27.  This gives me 10 weeks to get there (keeping in mind I can run 6km right now).

I am also beginning to drop my walk breaks. Although I have been a huge advocate of the run/walk break over the years, my new coaching program doesn't promote walks breaks on the reasoning that the biomechanics of running and walker differ too greatly. It is going to be rough at first because I have conditioned my body to crave them. I suppose this is an added bonus of taking a break. I can come back with an entirely different approach.

I am starting my weeks on Sundays with my LSD run. Here is what week 1 will look like:


After each week is completed, I will fill in the actuals so I can track progress in mileage and HR improvements.  I may also include the pace per run if you are interested.

Have you come back to running after pregnancy or an injury? I would love to hear about your approach.





Monday, 10 February 2014

Weekly Workouts (Feb 3 - 9)

Monday Feb 3 - OFF
Tuesday Feb 4 - #fitmamasYEG online workout
Wednesday, Feb 5 - 60 min. HIIT class
Thursday, Feb 6 - 60 min. Cardio Barre + #fitmamasYEG online workout
Friday, Feb 7 - OFF
Saturday, Feb 8 - 30 min interval spin (trainer road)
Sunday, Feb 9 - This Jillian Michaels DVD


First week of the #fitmamasYEG challenge is in the bag! If you haven't had a chance to read my Barre review please let me know your thoughts.

Things I learned this week:
  • NEVER choose a Trainerroad workout based on time alone. I naively chose a workout that would fit in my 30 min. time slot and almost died doing max intervals. I actually showed J my HR graph after so we could laugh about it.
  • There is no beginner level in a Jillian Michaels DVD. Seriously.  I am a relatively fit person and the level 1 beginner Abs section still kicked my butt!
  • A lack of sleep will affect your resting HR. If you feel more tired than usual or you have an unusually high resting HR at the beginning of a workout. Take a break. Your body is most likely trying to tell you to rest.
Next Week: I am starting to build my running base! Watch for more planned runs : )

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Running 101 - Periodization

Welcome to my new running 101 series. As I prep for my coaching exam on March 2, I thought I would share the love and maybe even help some other runners strengthen their own train gin programs.

Today's post is on periodization, or the division of your training program into three specific cycles. If you aren't familiar with periodization, this post will help you understand why you run hills, when intervals are important and how to plan for multiple events in one running season.  I will keep it brief!

Using the example of a 16-week half-marathon training plan, the breakdown would look something like this:


  • Macrocycle - The entire 16 week period of training.
  • Mesocycle - Blocks of specific training that help you reach your peak. The mesocycles are most often broken down as Base, Preparation, Taper, Race (peak). 
  • Microcycle - Your repeating pattern of workouts, most commonly planned out in 1-week blocks. Each week may include an easy run, a strength session (i.e. hills), cross-training, or intervals (speed work) depending on the focus of your mesocycle.
Here is an example of an entire macrocycle:



How your mesocycles might look:



Great example of a microcycle by runfargirl:


How a coach can help?


Your training plan will look very different according to your current level of fitness and your running goals.  Take for example, a runner looking to complete their first half marathon versus a seasoned runner looking to qualify for Boston. 

If you have multiple race goals, they will help you determine how to recover effectively and get back in peak condition for your next race.

A coach can also tailor your runs specific to your heart rate or current conditioning and help to reevaluate your goals as your conditioning improves. 

I know this post was a little short so here are some more articles if you are looking for more. 


Resources and Sources:


Friday, 7 February 2014

Get to class - Barre

Yesterday I attended my first class of the fitness challenge. I thought I would post reviews of each class here for those looking to add something new to their weekly fitness plan.

Overview

If you haven't attended a Barre class before, it is a ballet inspired workout that melds movements from  yoga, Pilates, and dance into one full body workout.

We started out with a dance like warmup with some plies and stretching followed by a seven minute arm sequence. Then we moved to the barre for lots of ballet movements. If you ever took ballet, you will be hit by memories of pink tights and top knots at this point. These movements isolated all the small, supporting muscles in my hips and there was a pretty big burn by rep 8. The last section has a core focus with Pilates like movements, push-ups and side planks.

Equipment

All you need is the barre, a small bosu-like ball, small hand weights (we are talking 2-3 pounds), and a Pilates or yoga mat. At home, you can use a high-backed chair instead of a barre.

My thoughts

I have done plenty of virtual Barre3 classes online, but this was only my second time in a real class setting at the Barre. If you can make it to a class in your city, I would definitely recommend the added bonus of having an instructor present to correct your form.

The muscles worked in this class remind me of the movements I have used in physio as a runner. If you have ever done clam shells and hip drops you will see where I am coming from. It definitely made me realize that I have some weaknesses in my hips that I need to work on.

Although I attended a cardio barre class, I would say that cardio junkies might be craving more of a workout.  That said, I definitely did leave feeling like I had a workout.  I think this class could be used in addition or in place of yoga or Pilates to promote better alignment and body awareness.

The only thing missing in my class was mirrors because I felt awkward not being able to see if my feet were turned out right or my legs were bent properly.

If you have been to Barre I would love to hear you reviews!

Up next... working online with a personal trainer

Thursday, 6 February 2014

One Long Journey

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This week marks Eating Disorder Awareness Week. A time to raise awareness, reach out, and promote recovery. It is also a time to reflect on our own behaviours, views and practices, and in some cases, a time to look back at our own ED experiences.

Although I don't talk about it much, I am on the recovery continuum**. It has been almost a 14 year journey with several bumps and detours.  I like to think of myself as recovered and done with my ED, but as any recover(ing) person knows, the journey is never truly over. In fact when you view and ED as an addiction, which some schools of thought do, your journey will likely be life long.

I thought I would take a moment to share with you an experience that sticks out in my mind where my ED began to surface.  On June 14th we went in for our ultrasound that would reveal the gender of our baby.  I didn't enter that day with any particular hopes or preferences. Of course I was ready to love our baby unconditionally. The gender didn't matter at all. However, as the technician pointed out to us that we were having a boy, I felt a wave of relief rush over me. Relief that I wouldn't have a little girl looking up at me  for the rest of her like and following my every move. Relief that I wouldn't pass on lingering ED behaviours to her. Relief that I wouldn't have her ever look at me and thing her thighs, stomach etc. came from me.  And then I felt guilt at the realization that I was afraid and how this probably meant on some level, that I was still struggling. That stung.

I have spent the past months trying to learn how to install a positive body image in Weston. I know that EDs are becoming more and more prevalent amongst boys and men so I want to protect him as much as possible.

Here are some alarming statistics:
4% of boys in grades nine and ten reported anabolic steroid use in a 2002 study, showing that body preoccupation and attempts to alter one’s body are issues affecting both men and women.
In a survey of adolescents in grades 7-12, 30% of girls and 25% of boys reported teasing by peers about their weight. Such teasing has been found to persist in the home as well - 29% of girls and 16% of boys reported having been teased by a family member about their weight. (source)
While now person cannot change societal body norms, there are ways to teach our children to be ok in their own skin. NEDIC has some valuable pointers for families. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Teach children that their self-worth is not related to how they look - Thinking back, how early on in life did you equate pretty with good? 
  • Give children healthy choices, and teach them to make informed decisions about what they eat.
  • Emphasize the positive aspects of healthy eating, rather than focusing on the effects of unhealthy eating.
  • Do not use food as a reward or punishment. 
  • Live with a positive attitude to body image - NEVER complain about your body in front of your children. 
  • Regularly participate in exercise you enjoy - Don't slave away on a treadmill that you hate. You are sending a message that exercise isn't fun. 
  • Work toward identifying and resisting all forms of discrimination - In our house we are trying to never comment on body size. Sizeism is real and hurtful on both ends of the spectrum. 

If I were to be 100% honest with you I was also terrified about how my body would change. In the first weeks postpartum I told my mom I was thankful that I bounced back quickly because  I want sure how I would handle the body changes mentally. Pregnancy can be a hard time for any woman, but I feel it is a little bit harder for those with an disordered eating history.  If you are pregnant right now and feel these thoughts lurking, please talk to someone. It is better to air them out than to reach those roller coaster postpartum weeks with the additional burden of ED thoughts.  Although it feels like a very lonely place to be, it doesn't need to be.


**note: I don't like to talk about my own ED experiences because I believe in some cases over-sharing can be a trigger. If you have any questions or need someone to talk to feel free to send me an email.




Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tummy Troubles



I am 99% certain now that Weston has a soy sensitivity or allergy.  Twice this week, he has projectile vomited within 1-2 feedings after I eat a soy based product. This time it was sol cuisine burgers.

What does this mean for us? I am going to have to be more diligent in choosing protein sources. As a vegan, this is going to throw a lot of convenience choices out the window. I am also considering eggs as a protein but I am going to have to do some research on finding a (truly) free range option.

I felt so sad for him yesterday when he got sick. I had been reading that you shouldn't eliminate foods, but the link to soy products is so clear now because I had been avoiding them to see if his spitting up improved and it really had until yesterday's episode of tummy trouble.

I already made the switch to almond milk a couple of years ago, but energy bars (Clif and Luna) are a staple around here.  This is especially true since I became pressed for time during the day and need a quick snack to tide me over.

I would love advice from you  if your baby experienced an allergy or sensitivity while breastfeeding. Right now I am googling "vegans who start eating eggs".

If you suspect your little one is experiencing something similar, here are a few links that might b helpful:







Tuesday, 4 February 2014

3 months

Dear Weston,



Today you are three months old. You are growing and changing every day and continue to amaze me.

You enjoy staring at the lights and bright shapes.

You have grown tired of your play gym but aren't yet big enough for your exersaucer.

You love to stand up and always have to be facing out to see the world.

Our favourite times are our afternoon walks (when it isn't too cold) and you do this really funny thing where you throw your head back to feel the breeze on your cheeks.



You are getting better at skyping with Grandpa and Grandpa and sometimes will even talk to them through the screen.

You are over 13 pounds now and you still have your Daddy's blue eyes.  Not much hair yet, but it might be brown like Mommy's.

Your favourite book is That's not my Lamb and I am teaching you textures now that you are interested in touching everything.

Those little hands and feet still amaze you. I am pretty sure you are working on getting your feet close to your mouth.



You have started to hold things, and like to carry Pebble or GG (the giraffe blanket) around with you now. It is really cute.

Love you so so much!
Mommy

Monday, 3 February 2014

I got in!

I was pretty nervous about registering for Seawheeze this morning after spending about 4 unsuccessful hours with multiple browsers open on the 24th. 

I am happy to say I got in!! I am pretty pumped for this one. It is my only goal race of the year and I am going to train for a  PB at it.

My parents will also be joining us in Vancouver for a visit so it should be a fun time.


Is anyone else running it?
How do you like the new blog design??


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Weekly Workouts (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Monday Jan 27 - 60 min. HIIT class
Tuesday Jan 28 - OFF
Wednesday, Jan 29 - 60 min. yoga class
Thursday, Jan 30 - 60 min. HIIT class
Friday, Jan 31 - 60 min. HIIT class
Saturday, Feb 1 - OFF
Sunday, Feb 2 - 5km run (easy run: avg. pace 5:55/km)

I got a lot in this week! Mostly because it was the end of the month and I had to use up my pass before it expired. That is also why there are more HIIT classes than usual.

I need you to know:

  • If you take a long hiatus from plank you need to toughen your elbows up or you will end up with rug burn patches like me :)
  • Running with a faster friend will inevitably make you run faster. This is a training tip. Find someone faster (maybe not your husband) and hit the trails with them.
  • When you go to baby and me yoga bring yoga mat cleaner with you. Otherwise you might forget to clean up the baby spit up and the next time you unroll it to do some downward dogs it won't be pretty. Trust me on this one. 

What's new?


It is a new month and a fresh start.

Tomorrow the blog will get a new look! I am so excited to get everything up and running and hope you like the design as much as I do.

On Tuesday Fit Mamas Challenge 2014 begins. I am joining other Edmonton moms in 8 weeks of fitness challenges.  Crossfit, barre, zumba and at home training are all on the menu. I am most looking forward to meeting other moms.

J and Weston start their babies and books class this month at the library. I was able to find an evening class that J can make it to after work (there should be more 6pm slots for working parents right??).  This is kind of a big deal. J hasn't taken Westie out on his own yet so I am going to do my best to make sure he's fed, changed and ready to go. J is already asking questions like "what if he cries?"  Oh boy ; )

I am also starting to plan out what runs/races I would like to do. I am thinking the St. Patrick's day trail run might be a good base run to see where things are. I really need to get my mileage above one run a week though. I am hoping that a the sun stays up a little longer I will be able to go out when J gets home from work. 

We are still trip planning but may change plans quite a bit.  My mom and dad are in AZ right now and we all received sad news yesterday that my Uncle passed away on Friday. I didn't mention it before but one of her good friends also passed away very suddenly three weeks ago so she us understandably feeling quite down.  I feel like she could use a visit from us.  Who knows, maybe there are some AZ runners out there who want to meet up?

What's new for you in February?