Building My Base {Week #2}

I’m finally starting to feel stronger after week #2 of building my base, however by Thursday of last week my legs were tired, not sore but just tired. ! It was a busy week with my husband away but somehow I managed fairly well. Though my body was tired, I kept moving forward and then had to readjust my workouts because of weather or family life.

Building My Base Week #2

I’m going to take the same format I’ve done for my half marathon training plans of “What was Planned vs. What Really Happened”. I’m not sticking to a specific workout ie: run every Tues 5k but more looking each week and wanting to do the following:

  • Run three times
  • Yoga class
  • Snowshoe or cross country ski during lunch
  • PT exercises – yes I’m still doing those for my hamstring and glutes.
  • Maybe some other cross training: DVD workout at home.

What I Planned vs What Really Happened Week #2:

Monday: Planned Yoga @ Lunch | 20 minute walk. I wasn’t feeling great so I decided to go for a walk during my lunch hour and run at night. However, I didn’t run….I just rested. My body needed it!

Tuesday: Run | 5k Treadmill Run. This was a good run. The first 1-3 km were slow and kinda painful. Painful as in, it was just hard but then I got into my grove and picked up the pace from 3-5 k. 

Wednesday: Longer Run | 7k Treadmill Run, 1:32 minute plank. I really enjoyed this run and once I was warmed up (around 3k) I picked up my pace significantly. I struggled a little bit and had to take a few 10 second breaks but was loving the faster pace. I did my 90 second plank as part of a challenge and my arms were not loving that.

Thursday: Run | DVD workout because I remembered I wanted to do one. Also my legs were tired from Wednesday’s run.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it! This might become a standard for the year 😉 My husband arrived home which is always a happy day in our house. Not only that but we got another snow storm – close to 30 cm I believe. It was so beautiful out Saturday.

snow shoe Jan 30th

Saturday: Long Run with running buddy | Snow Storm – 35 minute Snow Shoe Trek. Since we couldn’t get out for a run, my running buddy met me for a quick snow shoe trek in fresh powder. We had to get Lilly to a birthday party and then hit the road for Halifax to visit our family. 

I got to snuggle with this beautiful little girl….my niece Ava. It’s been since October since I’ve been able to hold her due to us being sick and her heart surgery. I didn’t share her too much over the 6 hours we hung out 🙂



Sunday:  Plan was to Run | 10 km Treadmill Run. I jumped on the treadmill around 7:45 pm and decided I’d run 5-6 km which turned into 8 k and then I decided to run 10 k. Why not right? And three minutes of planking (2 before running and then 1 after).

Honestly, this was THE BEST RUN I’ve had in a long long time. I could have kept running but didn’t want to hurt myself by pushing the distance. I was feeling pretty great after this run.


Do better: I really need to go to bed earlier, like before 10 pm. I usually finish running, shower, dry my hair etc., and then hop in bed between 10 and 10:30 but don’t always go to bed because of using social media or reading. This has to change. I need more sleep, I need to stop computer/social media time earlier.

This week: Same plan as above: run three times, yoga class, ski/snowshoe if I can at lunch, PT exercise and a DVD workout. Who knows, maybe I’ll have to do some more snow shoveling and my upper body will love me hate me.

How was your weekend?

Any good workouts/running or training happening?

Getting out in the snow?

Friday Five ~ This Week’s Adventures

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!! Oh my, I’m so glad the weekend is upon us! I’m ready to do nothing and everything, ha ha! Apparently Nova Scotia isn’t going to be hit with THE big storm this weekend so we’ll see how that turns out!

Today I’m linking up with Mar on The Run,  You Signed Up For What and Eat Pray Run DC for Friday Five Link Up. I’m sharing “Things I’ve been up to this Week”.

One: I managed a great treadmill run last night: 8km! I’m now trying to build my base back up so I’ll be ready for Half Marathon training soon. Yup, I’m running a late spring half marathon June 19th = Johnny Miles in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.


Two: I’ve been using my balance ball at work more and trying not to sit so much. Since returning back to work from the holidays, sitting is killing my upper back. Gotta move more, gotta stand more.


Three: Mid week I borrowed some snowshoes for the girls and when I got home from work took them out to play in them. They were too big for Hilary, so she wore her “stompers” and was just as happy. Lilly was loving the “big kid” snowshoes! Glad we have tones of snow to play in.IMG_20160119_164019

Four: Since the girls went snowshoeing, I decided to go on my lunch break by myself. It was the perfect day to be out snowshoeing.

Friday Five Jan 22

Five: I’ve been fueling my runs a lot lately with Nuun and discovered the “tropical” flavour. A must while I run – watching Chicago Fire/PD/Med or any other show on my tablet. Last night my internet was a little wonky so I had to run for a bit without anything, then reset my tablet and all was good.


How’s your week going?

Are you expected to get any of this crazy/intense snow storm? (be safe)

What gets you through your treadmill runs?

Favourite Winter Activities {Friday Five Linkup}

Winter is one of my favourite times of the year! I do feel like I say that as each season approaches but winter has a special place in my heart.

{Update on my niece Ava: surgery was a success!!!!!}

I used to work outdoors {5 winters}; teaching cross-county skiing, snow shoeing, winter camping, ropes course – yes in the winter and more. You can probably guess my favourite winter activities by now. I’m joining Mar on the Run, Cynthia and Courtney on the {Friday Five Link Up}

Favourite Winter Activities

mar on the run

Friday Five Link Up

1. Downhill Skiing

I grew up downhill skiing and am pretty sure I was around the age of three when I started {same age as Hilary}. I spent a lot of time on the bunny hill before moving on to the big one. I even remember the first time I took the chair lift and cried the whole way to the top!

I would ski double back diamonds, moguls and sometimes through the trees. I’d go on every school trip and sometimes would skip my school to go skiing with my Dad’s school – best times ever! When I was a teenager I took my CANSI Level 1 to become a ski instructor but never ended up instructing.


Skiing with Lilly last year

Downhill skiing is as challenging as you want it to be. I love the fast pace, the freedom and zipping down the hill in control of course. I also love the fact that our daughters are getting into skiing now too!

2. Cross Country Skiing

I didn’t start cross-county skiing until I was in my 20’s, mainly because we were always downhill skiing or I was playing indoor soccer. When I first started working in the outdoor recreation field, I had to teach cross-country skiing even though I had never skied before!

Don’t worry, I was given proper training and managed to pick it up rather quickly. And……I loved it! This became my absolute favourite winter activity to do. I love that I can go on my lunch break on local trails or hit up the hill before/after downhill skiing too! I can’t wait to teach the girls in a few years.

3. Snowshoeing

Another love of mine! My snowshoes usually stay in my car so that I can take them out at lunch time as well. I’ve yet to try “snowshoe running” but have a feeling it’s super hard and intense!

snow shoe hike

Snowshoeing is a fun activity that I can do on my own, with my husband or friends/co-workers and even our girls have little snowshoes. There snowshoes are MUCH cooler then mine as they leave footprints behind.

Also, my husband proposed to me while snowshoeing on a lake one winter.


4. Winter Running

I do love running in the winter. Even with the extra layers I love the feeling in my lungs and the crunchy sound under my feet.


The best sound in winter is the snow crunching under your feet but you can only hear that if it’s super cold or running. I also feel a little more bad ass running in the winter. I’m sure people don’t look at me and think, she’s a bad ass for running in the snow…they look at me and thinking WTF, she’s crazy!

5. Tobogganing

Tobogganing is something I did as a child every single day! My parent’s house is on a hill and we could shovel snow on the road so that we could slide down our hill, cross the street and see how far onto the neighbours front lawn we could make it. And of course, we’d always have someone watching for cars.

Toboganning 1

Pulling a toboggan of kids is another story but I do give it my best shot. The above picture was taken two years ago. Hilary thought this was hilarious and Lilly loved it!  I can’t wait to take them to a big hill!

What’s your favourite winter activity?

Ever go snow shoeing?

If you had to pick: downhill skiing or cross country?

Had a Fight With my Treadmill (and more)

Well, surprise, surprise we had another storm on Friday that left me working from home with the girls. You’d think this would be awesome but it went down hill SO fast!

Hilary is basically giving up her afternoon nap; it’s been a few months of trying to get her to nap. Oh, and a few weeks ago when Sai was home, he changed her bed from a crib to a day bed. Can you see where this might be going?

Well, I was working away downstairs and both girls were in their respective rooms. Quietly playing. After almost 1.5 hours I decided to check on them to see if she fell asleep. NOPE! She decided to get out of bed. Not only did she get out of bed but she decided to make her room smell pretty!


baby powder floor

Baby Powder-mageddon

It took everything in me to not break out laughing and just deal with the situation. So funny!

As I mentioned, we had snow…which meant shoveling and snow-blowing my driveway and my neighbours. I got a lot of steps in that day, 20,914 to be exact. (Thank you FitBit Flex). Anyway, my goal was to run my 4k that night.

I got the girls to bed and was on the treadmill around 7:45 pm – record time! Started my warm up by walking and then heard a funny sound. 😦 The belt was shifting to the right. No problem, I thought. I can fix it and get back to running in a few minutes.

Forty-five minutes later, a few choice words, then tears, it was official; my treadmill was dumping me.




I was pissed! SUPER pissed. And stressed after the day I just had, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS RUN MY 4k THAT I WAS ALLOWED TO DO. Nope, not happening. So, I watched Grey’s Anatomy (yup, I still watch it) and then went back to the treadmill as I was still hoping to get my run in.

Nope. It’s still broken as I write this. However, my weekend did get better.

JoeKalb Leggings Party:


Little, big and little leggings

Playing in the Snow with the girls:


More snow!



Time for a walk!

Snowshoe Hike with my running buddy:

(and a visit from my parents)

snow shoe hike

I really, really needed that run Friday night and am amazed that I knew that run would make me feel so much better after my challenging/exhausting day. I’m still working on the treadmill to get the tension right so the belt doesn’t slide and buckle. This last week was supposed to be my week of running 4k’s but it’s yet to happen.

How was your weekend?

Any treadmill tricks you can share with me?

Played outside or stayed inside this weekend?