Running Playlist

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I admire people who run without music. First of all, I cannot wrap my head around how they do it. I need music to keep me on pace, keep me motivated, and keep me moving! I’ve tried running without music, but my thoughts immediately go to the tightness in my calves, my bad ankle acting up, or the burning in my legs. This is extremely distracting. However, with music, I can focus on the lyrics and the rhythm in order to keep me distracted.

Just to clarify, like most runners, I’m not jogging along to country roads, I need fast, upbeat, and quick tempo music to keep me running along.

Here is my current Spring 2015 Running Playlist:

1.Far East Movement- Bang It To The Curb

2.Yellow Claw- DJ Turn It Up

3.Skrillex & Justin Bieber- Where Are You Now

4.Tove Lo- Talking Body

5.Timeflies- All The Way

6.Laleh-Some Die Young

7.Deorro- Five More Hours

8.Dillon Francis- Get Low

9.Tiesto- Wasted

10.Nelly- Here Comes The Boom

11.Youngblood Hawke- We Come Running

12.Awolnation- Not Your Fault

Happy Running! 🙂

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Busy Bee

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This week has been rather hectic! Now that the sun is here to stay (fingers crossed), I’ve been spring cleaning the house from the outside-in. I’m also getting back into my running routine considering my 15km race is quickly approaching! Myself, my brother’s girlfriend, and three of my best friends are doing the Nike Women’s 15km Race in Toronto in June. Considering the furthest race I’ve done was 10km, I best get back into the swing of things. Otherwise, someone will be piggy backing me to the finish line. Any takers?

I’ve been working adamantly to eat clean as it will be bathing suit season before we know it (joy to the world). I went to Canadian Tire and these adorable little girls approached me asking “do you want to buy girl guide cookies,” and I thought yes but my waistline doesn’t. I try to always support the community in whatever way I can so of course I bought a box, I’m just hoping my boyfriend will eat them all so I’m not tempted :). Mint chocolate is my weakness.

Running Girls

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Today I took Ellie for her first official run with me. For those of you who don’t know Ellie is our 10 month old German Shepherd. This has been a long time in the making as it took a lot of training for her to stay beside me and stop before crossing the road. She did so well and only almost tripped me once. It would’ve been a messy tumble as I got tangled in her leash and probably would’ve landed on top of her. The sidewalks are bare so I was able to wear my running shoes for the first time in what seems like forever.

Ellie pushes me to go faster and I think she’d appreciate if I picked up the pace a bit. She also does not quite grasp the idea of a cool down and would rather continue running endlessly. Unfortunately at this point I can’t run for kilometres on end.

All in all she did so well and I’m so proud of her. We’re now both exhausted and ready to relax for the night. Now we just need the man of the house to cook dinner, worth a shot right?

Inspirational Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to The Beauty Lane for nominating me for the Inspirational Blogger Award! This was a lovely surprise to see when I logged on today. The Beauty Lane was recently featured in my edition of must read blogs. For beauty and wellness advice stop by her blog!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

Seven Facts: 

1. As your typical Canadian I grew up playing hockey. I quit figure skating at age 8 and traded in my costumes for hockey equipment. My mother was terrified and my father couldn’t have been more excited. I played until the end of high school and then began coaching skating  in University.

2. I ran my first 10km race in November of this past year. It was something I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time and I couldn’t be happier to have reached my goal. Next up- 15km.

3. I volunteer at a camp for kids with cancer every summer for a week. These kids inspire me more than anything else in the world. Their bravery, courage and positivity in the darkest of hours astonishes me. If you are interested in becoming involved please visit Camp Quality’s Website. There are camps in Canada, USA and Australia.

4. I find love captivating. That’s probably why I write about it so often. There’s just something magical about it.

5. My boyfriend lived across the hall from me in my 3rd year of University, we’ve been together ever since. I was drawn to him like a magnet from the moment I met him. He means the absolute world to me and I couldn’t be luckier to have him in my life.

6. I love home decor and spend too much time on wayfair.com. The shipping to Canada is ridiculous so I rarely order but my cart is always full.

7. I love getting mail (except bills) and I’ve kept almost every card ever given to me since my childhood. The ones that are particularly special to me are from those who are no longer with us. It makes me smile to see their writing and when I read their words I can hear their voice in my head.

Nominations:

Regarding Samuel

The Chicago Files

A New Perspective Perhaps

The Darkroom Nerd

The Vintage Vines

Charmed Christy

10km Accomplished

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My race was this past Sunday. I’m glad to say my training paid off and I successfully completed my 10km race! My brother’s girlfriend joined me racing in the 16km race. We lucked out with weather, and although it was a rainy day the temperature was a nice +7!

I started running at 9:30am. We ran along the St. Clair River which was actually quite nice. It was a smaller race and I am not at all familiar with the area. Being directionally challenged, I did end up getting lost about 2 miles into the race. Thank you to the kind woman who chased me down and got me back on the right track. With this hiccup I still managed to finish under my goal time which I am very pleased with.

Nearing the end of my race, with 1km left, there was a glorious incline, which I was so thrilled by. My calves weren’t burning by that point at all, thank you to whomever designed that route. When I neared the finish line I saw two of my favourite faces, my darling boyfriend and sister-to-be. A cute old man gave me my medal and I hugged my cheerleaders.

Although I ventured off track, dropped my phone on the ground, and had to pee for a majority of the race, it was a great experience! The next goal will be to cut a few minutes off my official time. Staying on the right route will be a beneficial start.

Run Forest

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The man decided to start running with me. I’ve been training now for my 10km race for weeks, so I thought I’d have an advantage on pace and endurance. He said he hadn’t ran in a long time so I told him if he needed to take a break to tell me.

Well when we started I thought he was joking. He took off like a bat out of hell and I couldn’t keep up. His pace was fast and he demolished me. I’m pretty sure I was running with my jaw dropped because I was in disbelief the entire time. My legs were going as fast as they could go to try and catch up. I was laughing by mile 1, the only reason he was still in sight was because he was wearing lime green. By the end of our run I was calling him Bolt and I still think he’s somehow been training behind my back. At least that’s what I tell myself to feel better.

The good news is, I ran my fastest mile and he definitely challenged me.

Not Invincible

After constantly sanitizing my hands and going over board on Vitamin C, I have fallen victim to the common cold. This is a serious burden as I’m on a short training schedule that has small wiggle room for sick days. However, I understand I have to give my body time to rest and recuperate before I head back out to run in the cold and wet weather.

Here are my tips on how to get better fast so you can get back to training!

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1. Sick Day. This means laying in bed, sleeping, enjoying a marathon of Full House, and relaxing. Medicate accordingly, spread Vicks on your chest, and bundle up. Time to sweat it out. If you keep running yourself down you will only become sicker.

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2. Hydrate. Yes drinking orange juice, vitamin C smoothies, and lots of tea are all good! However, remember to drink plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated. Sometimes when we’re sick water isn’t the first thing we reach for. Keep the fluids coming!

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3. Stay home from work until you’re better! No one else needs your cold, and I guarantee you will be completely useless if you’re sneezing and coughing at your desk all day. Your coworkers will also give you the death glare every time you sniffle. Respect others and be fair. Keep yourself quarantined in your own home.

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4. Don’t begin running until you’re 100% better. If you head out for a run in the cold and you’re still coughing and sniffling you’ll be right back to square one! Give your body time. Don’t be a hero! You’ll be back out there in no time!