5 Things I’m Loving Lately

1. Coffee Cake Loose Tea from David’s Tea: I feel like I am indulging in a piece of cake when I drink this. Its the perfect drink to cuddle up with on a cold day.

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2. Dawson’s Creek: I was a little bit too young when this show was in full force but I did watch reruns on TBS as a kid. Now that it is on Netflix, I am watching the series in order and MAN…I am addicted.

3. Compression Socks: As a nurse, vericose veins are a workplace hazard, compression helps to improve circulation to prevent these. As a runner, poor circulation leads to more injuries and longer recovery times! I picked up this beautiful pair at Shopper’s Drug Mart for only 35$(typical is 60+). So comfy, my legs just feel GOOD after wearing these for an afternoon after a run!

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4. Fair Trade, Dairy-free Chocolate: I picked up this bar at the local organic store. The squares are big enough that I just need one with a cup of tea. The mint nougat dispersed throughout the bar is just heaven! They also have a gingerbread kind of these bars.

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5. This necklace! It is definately on my christmas and birthday wishlist. So simple, yet dainty. Such a great price!

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“I have learned that there is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving. It’s not about speed and gold medals. It’s about refusing to be stopped. You might find that one particular direction proves difficult, but there are many directions on a compass. Infinite, in fact. As long as you keep searching, you’ll find your way.”
-Amby Burfoot, The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

“Those who do not find time to exercise will have to find time to be ill”
– Earl of Derby

Saturday morning long run. Cold, but beautiful. So glad I yanked myself out of my warm bed!

Juice Flurry

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Week one was a great week of runs. With the first week of real COLD weather (one day was -26 C), I was glad to have just finished. The above picture was taken on that really cold day- It is a great reminder of why I run. It was a miserable temperature, but once the adrenaline hit, and I warmed up a bit I was able to just enjoy the gorgeous winter views. Seriously, this city is gorgeous. My runs all had slow paces this week which I blame on the weather and layers of clothes, goal for week two is to get back to my normal pace.

Week Two:

5 min warm up + 4.8 km at a comfortable pace + 5 min cool down

Cross train for 45 minutes

4.8km at 10km race pace

5 min warm up + 5.6km at a comfortable pace + 5 min cool down

35-40 minute easy run

Next race is The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle, December 7th. It is just a 5km race, so my plan is to really push myself and try to set a new 5km PR. *Fingers crossed*

 

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Since having a cold float through our home for almost two weeks (2 days for me, a week ish for my hubster), I have been juicing a TON. Grey Robin, one of my best girlfriends suggested juicing when my turn with the cold came around. I followed her advice and juiced grapefruit + beet + carrot + ginger, plus supplemented with echinachea + zinc + oregano oil and felt better by the next day. My hubbie refused, and suffered for a week before trying it…he felt better the next day too! Miracle cure? Since then, I have been attached at the hip to my juicer. For two, almost three weeks now I have been juicing anywhere from 5 times a week to twice daily! LOVE.

 

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Though I have been resisting the Christmas itch around here (can’t get excited until after my birthday, December 12), I was definately excited to find some vegan egg nog today! I seriously LOVE lattes, baking, and breakfasts made with nog instead of milk through the winter months. I can not WAIT to try this!

 

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Loving that cold weather calls for more nights IN with the hubbie, warm scarves, knit blankets and makeup-free days. Off to watch Happy Endings on Netflix-anyone seen it? I have only watched the pilot so far. So far, so good.

Happy Running!

Darkness

Darkness seems fitting. Daylight is elusive these days. The day-t0-day of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark has begun. Relying on some running-high’s to keep my spirits in check with all of the darkness!

This week marks week one of my advanced 10km training plan. My plan is to train only 10km until christmas and then start half-marathon training again. This should have me ready for the Gopher Attack Half Marathon on April 18th. Well, I should be ready about a month before, but this will allow time for injury/illness/setbacks. Don’t want to set myself up to fail!

Week one is as follows:
5 min. warm up + 4.8 km at a comfortable pace
Cross Train for 45 minutes – Yoga
5 min. warm up + 4 km at 10 km race pace
5 min. warm up + 4.8 km at a comfortable pace
30 minute easy active recovery run

I am really looking forward to be working towards a goal again. Super bummed that we have reached winter weather however. It seems like the next six months will be the hardest six months to run. Pray for warm weather. I don’t do well beyond -15 C. May have to splurg on a track pass so I don’t turn hamster-crazy on the treadmill once we reach the weeks of -40 C.
I least I have my beautiful new mizuno’s to keep my soul warm. 😉

Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.  Earl Nightingale