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One week from today (Sunday) I will be running a 10K at the BMO Okanagan Marathon.

There are a couple of reasons why this race will be a special day:

1. This is the same event where I ran my first half-marathon last year. I will be retracing the first 10K of that race and I’m sure it will bring back some memories.

2. This is my first race since having Teagan. I ran one 10K when I was pregnant and although I have no time expectations for myself I would like to beat my pregnant-self’s time.

I’m not in the same shape I was a year ago but I am excited to surround myself with other runners, and to cheer on my two friends who are both running the half.

Even though I am not in the same shape as a year ago I am happy with the progress I have made with my running in a short time. The mere fact that I am running 4-5 times a week makes me happy and feel strong.

I ran 5 miles on the weekend and felt great. My pace is improving with every run (my pace on my Thursday night run was a full minute faster than my pace on my Tuesday night run) and I love being able to push myself again.

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I have been doing a run/walk ratio since I started back into running but my goal for Sunday’s race is to run the entire 10K. I know that being surrounded by other runners will inspire me to achieve this goal.

Even though the number on the scale did not change this week I am feeling stronger and more toned. My muscles are sore and remind me that I am moving in the right direction.

I am trying not to look at the big picture of how much weight I have to lose and this next big milestone is going to help me focus on the small things:

I have officially registered for my first FULL marathon!

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I am running the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon and just like it would be silly and discouraging for me to think of the end goal ( to run 26.2 miles) I can’t focus on the overall weight-loss I want to achieve.

I have to start small to end big.

Expect to hear a lot more about the marathon once training begins.

Oh, and I won’t be doing it alone. My friend Krista is joining me on the marathon journey. We live over 2 hours from each other but have set out a game plan that will see us running the same pace during our training. Theoretically, this means we will be on the same level come race day because we have decided to cross both the start and finish line together 🙂

A big thanks to Tara for sending me the marathon training plan she followed for her first marathon and for being such a big inspiration. The plan brought her great success and I know it will do the same for us.

Any tips for a first-time marathoner in training?

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1. Have you ever seen the reaction of a kid wearing a mask when they look in the mirror? It’s priceless. They then take a few minutes to lift up and put down the mask just to make sure they are still themselves. I’ve had this batman costume in the closet for a while now but it came out of hiding on Sunday.

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2. Part of the Trans Canada Rail Trail runs through our small town. The local museum has an old train car that Lincoln likes to play on so we often make a stop on our walk to explore. Today we did a little workout using the old rail bed to run a circuit. I actually worked up a good sweat and the boy got to burn off some energy.

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3. The river is really low now, which means there are plenty of opportunities to throw rocks into the river. The boy made sure we stopped during our walk on the river trail.

This picture is from last year. He has grown so much!

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4. I had to run solo tonight because my friend is celebrating her son’s 17 birthday. I really pushed myself and my pace was a full minute faster than it has been. Score.

5. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweet the following: “Yes! Lets All Help End Childhood Obesity with #Saucony and #FitFluential. Let’s RUN. #Run4Good #FF4Good http://bit.ly/FF4Good

Saucony is trying to hit 10,000 miles run via this app by the end of the month (that’s this weekend) so they can raise $15,000 for charities that help the fight against childhood obesity. So what are you waiting for? Download the app and get running! And don’t forget to head to the FitFluential site to learn more and for your chance to win one of 30 pairs of Saucony running shoes!

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Thursday may just be my new favourite day of the week because it’s Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner.

It’s easy to participate: Every Thursday create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist following this simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

This week Pavement Runner is leaving it up to us to decide our own theme. Yep, it’s Viewer’s Choice week. With so many different themes to choose from I decided to go with the Boy Bands. I loved them growing-up and still get a twinge of fan girl love when new cuties hit the airwaves. Guilty as charged.

Something Old

Artist: New Kids on the Block

Title: Step by Step

Side Note: What girl wasn’t in love with the New Kids? OK, so I’m sure there were some of you but I definitely wasn’t one of them. Donnie was my favourite and I had the pillow case to prove it. I never got to see them in concert at the height of their career but in 2009  I had my chance. They may go by NKOTB now but they knew we were there to hear the oldies and boy did they deliver.

Quotable: “Step by step, oooh baby, gonna get to you girl. Step by step, oooh baby, really want you in my world.”

Something New

Artist: One Direction

Title: Live While We’re Young

Side Note: The first time I listened to one of One Direction’s songs was on YouTube and my husband was sitting next to me. He instantly made fun of me and was bugging me that my heart was melting in front of his eyes. What can I say, the boy bands can still pull me in. Oh, and if I *had* to choose, I’d go with that cute blonde boy from Ireland 🙂

Quotable: “Let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy til we see the sun. I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Bell Biv DeVoe

Title: Poison

Side Note: Technically, Bell Biv DeVoe is a R&B/hip-hop group BUT since all three members were in the boy band New Edition I decided to include them here. Plus, this song brings back memories of Jr. High.

Quotable: “Girl I must warn you, I sense something strange in my mind. Situation is serious, let’s cure it because we’re running out of time.”

Head on over and check out the themes everyone else chose this week.

Thanks again for the fun Pavement Runner!

Boy bands: yay or nay?

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I am generally a solo runner.

This has more to do with the fact that not a lot of people run where I live rather than me not wanting to run with people.

I have attempted to fun with various friends before but it has never really worked out. We are all mothers with young children so it is difficult to find a time that works best for everyone involved.

Until now.

Yes, I finally have a running buddy and I couldn’t be more excited.

I knew I needed to find someone to run with now that the days are getting shorter. The only time I can get out for a run without the kids is once my husband gets home from work. By the time we have supper and I get ready it is already getting dark. I am not interested in running by myself in the dark.

I also knew I needed to find someone who I wanted to run with, who liked running, and who was available when I was.

She was sitting across the desk from me the whole time: My co-worker. (I’m currently on maternity leave but technically she is still my co-worker)

As soon as I thought of it I texted her to see if she was interested. She wrote me back right away saying she was so I grabbed my marathon training plan and figured out a schedule. We will be running together three times during the week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I will still do my long runs on the weekend by myself because she will not be training for a marathon but she knows there is a standing invitation to join me.

We started this week and let me tell you I love having a running buddy!

The time goes by quicker.

We get to catch up since we don’t spend seven hours across from each other anymore.

And I get to push someone, which in turn pushes me.

We are currently doing a 3:1 run/walk ratio to build a base before the mileage increases on the training plan. I keep telling her my goal is to push her, not kill her. I am succeeding so far.

My love for running has increased in just two short runs all because I have someone to share it with.

And not only do I have her in real life but I also have another friend who I am “training” with. I put the word training in quotes because we live over two-hours away from each other but we are both training for our first marathon, which we will run together. We have already figured out how we want to tackle the training and the actual marathon. I’m hoping we can get together for a couple of long runs together once the mileage increases. We figure if we train the same we should be able to race the same.

Running with friends; I doesn’t get any better.

Do you prefer to run solo or with a buddy?

 

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I originally wrote this list when I was an active community member on the Eat Clean Diet website. I wrote it for everyone who was struggling to stay off the scale, for everyone who weighs themselves more than once a day and is upset by the ups and downs, and for all the scale junkies out there.

I used to be a slave to the scale. I would weigh myself at least twice a day and would be upset if the number went up in less than a 12-hour time frame.

Now I weigh myself once a week.

I also know that the scale is only one way to measure success when committing to a healthy lifestyle.

I wanted to share it here as a reminder to myself to not let the scale run my life as I once again embark on my weight- loss journey.

It is easy to get caught up in the numbers but it is important to look at the overall picture.

Enough with the rambling.

Here they are:

10 things I know about the number on the scale:

1. I weigh the least first thing in the morning right after I have peed.

2. If I go number two, the number goes down.

3. If I drink a glass of water after my initial weigh-in, then weigh again, the scale goes up.

4. I weigh more after I shower.

5. My weight fluctuates between 2-3 pounds throughout the day.

6. My weight goes down 2-3 pounds while I am sleeping.

7. If I weigh myself before I eat, and then after, my weight goes up. (I did this once with my husband more as a joke than anything).

8. My weight changes depending on how many clothes I wear when I step on the scale.

9. I weigh more after a workout than I did before a workout.

10. I no longer trust the scale to give me an accurate picture of my overall health and fitness.

Many factors affect the number on the scale and this is why it is important to take it all with a grain of salt.

It took me a long time to develop a healthy relationship with the scale, but I now take it for what it is: a number.

It is not an indicator of my daily mood, nor is it an indicator of how fit and healthy I am.

It is just a number.

Let’s all work towards developing, or maintaining, a healthy relationship with the scale. I guarantee you will better off without it controlling your life.

I know I am.

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It’s been one week since I came clean about how much weight I want to lose. In that one week I started to clean up my diet (focusing more on whole foods) and tried to move on a daily basis even if all I could fit in was a walk around the neighbourhood with the kids.

I plan to weigh-in weekly and record it here.

This week I am down 2 lbs.

I’ll take it because that means I am 2 lbs closer to my goal.

This week I am going to continue to focus on whole foods as well as running. I have a 10K coming up on October 7 and want to get some more time on my feet before then. I’ll be starting to run three times during the week with a friend and at least once on the weekend.

I’m feeling good about the past week. I still have a way to go but it took over nine months to get here so I can’t expect things to happen overnight. I can’t let small hiccups derail my overall goal.

And in unrelated news, we were in Vancouver Friday night so I could go see Jason Mraz live in concert. It was an amazing show and I was lucky to have scored second row seats. Unfortunately the camera on my older iPhone sucks so I didn’t get very good pictures.

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If I was a teenager I would be bummed. But now that I’m in my 30s I’m a-ok with not having the greatest pictures because I have the memories – and the YouTube videos that other concert goers have posted 🙂

Until tomorrow…

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1. We harvested our gardens last weekend. We have a garden at home and then a couple of plots at the Community Garden where we grew squash, onions, and cucumbers. We needed to use the Chariot to bring home all the squash.

At home I picked tomatoes, leeks, patty pan squash, and eggplant. We also have about a million hot pepper plants but I let Andrew pick those.

2. Lincoln started pre-school on Monday. It’s only one day a week but he loves it, and I love the few hours of “alone” time. Teagan is great company.

3. We have gotten lazy about taking pictures with our real camera ever since we got our iPhones. It’s so much easier and more convenient to snap a picture with the phone and then instantly send it to someone via text, email, facebook, twitter, etc. But I’m trying to be better about taking pictures again and this is one of my recent favourites.

4. Jason Mraz, live in concert, Friday night, Vancouver. Oh yes! I. am. excited.

5. A big Happy 33 Birthday to my wonderful husband! I’m going to the concert without him. His present is a night with his two kids 🙂

He is the best husband and father a girl could ask for.

Don’t be fooled by the picture though.

He’s not really a cowboy.

But he likes to dress the part for special occasions.

Happy weekend!

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