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Well, I did it.

I ran my first race since having the girl two-months ago and despite sore legs I feel great.

I didn’t have any specific time goals for myself except I wanted to beat my six-month pregnant self (I ran the Vancouver Sun Run in 1:18) and I am happy to report that I beat that time by 5 minutes – yep, very happy about this.

My two friends that I went with also had amazing times and both ran the half-marathon.

We arrived in Kelowna Saturday afternoon and after some shopping we checked into the hotel and then headed to the expo to pick-up our race packages.

The Okanagan Marathon is relatively small so there were no lines, and since the expo itself was also small we were not there for very long. I did buy a new pair of CEP Compression Socks and have been living in them since I got home.

We had an early supper and we’re in bed by 8:00 pm – party animals I tell ya!

Unfortunately we were woken-up around midnight by a strange beeping sound. It took us all a few minutes to realize it was the fire alarm but fortunately it was a false alarm. Unfortunately, the hotel staff seemed to have had difficult time turning it off because it went on for a while. We all had a difficult time getting back to sleep but at least we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our beds.

The half-marathon started a half-hour before the 10K but I went to the start line with Krista and Leanne and saw them cross the starting line.

Thinking back I realize I didn’t feel nervous at all waiting for the race to start. I was just happy to be there. Everything started on time and the weather was cool with blue skies and sun. I got caught up in the excitement of the race and went out too fast but I settled in with a 5:1 run:walk ratio – the run portion was longer at times depending on how I felt and where I was on the course.

All three distances run the same 10K route so Krista and I got to see each other as I was headed out and she was heading to the second part of the half-marathon route. The first portion of the 10K is kind of boring as it is through part of downtown and a residential area but the end is along the water and beautiful.

My only complaint about the course is that there seemed to be different km makers for the different distances. I passed two 3K, two 4K, and two 5K markers along the way and it was really toying with my emotions 🙂

The best part of the race for me were the variety of people running but I’m saving that for another post.

As I entered the finishing chute I saw Leanne on the sidelines cheering me on and I mustered up all my remaining energy to finish strong.

I definitely left everything on the course.

I may not be in my best physical shape, I may not like looking at my race photos, and I may not be as speedy as some other new moms out there but you know what?

I did it.

I’m proud.

And things can only get better from here.

Marathon training is about to start and this may be my official marathon training song*:

*warning, he uses a bad word.

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1. The girl is now two-months old and she has officially started smiling.

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2. We don’t have cable or satellite so we recently signed-up for Netflix. We are currently obsessed with Breaking Bad.

3. If he wanted to Lincoln could attend play group (also known as Strong Start) everyday, Monday to Friday, in three different communities all within a 10 minute drive. This week we set out to just that and I’m not going to lie, I kind of felt like I was stalking the lady who runs the program.

4. Netflix has allowed me to catch up on the new 90210. Now I am rewatching the original series from the beginning. Dylan makes my heart melt.

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5. Thursday marked my last run until my 10K on Sunday. I’m feeling great and can’t wait to have fun and kick some butt. If the weather this week has been any indication of what it will be like on race day then I better remember to pack my long sleeves. Start time is 8:15 am.

Tell me something random about your week.

This edition of Playlist Thursday is all about childhood memories. It is Pavement Runner‘s daughters first birthday (Happy Birthday little lady!) so we’re paying homage to being a child this week. We all know the drill by now: 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)

It was though for me to decide on three songs but here we go…

Something Old

Artist: Guns N’ Roses

Title: Paradise City

Side Note: Yes, Guns N’ Roses remind me of childhood and for a very specific reason: Appetite for Destruction is the first tape I ever bought. I was in grade three. My friend and I used to walk around the playground singing the chorus to Paradise City (we didn’t know any of the other lyrics which was probably a good thing). Did I mention I was in grade three? Additionally, when I found out this week’s theme and mentioned it to my husband the same album was the first thing to pop into his head. He would have been in grade four.

Quotable: “Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Oh, won’t you please take me home.”

Something New

Artist: Sesame Street: Will.i.am

Title: What I am

Side Note: This song is more than a year old but Sesame Street never gets old.  I am always reminded of childhood when Sesame Street is on and love sharing it with my own son, and eventually my daughter. I don’t remember the songs being nearly as cool when I was a kid but I loved it all the same. Especially the Lady Bug Picnic song.

Quotable: “There’s only one me, I am it. Have a dream, I’ll follow it. It’s up to me to try.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Traveling Wilburys

Title: End of the Line

Side Note: The Traveling Wilburys consisted of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. Their first album always reminds me of driving in the family station wagon on the weekends.

Quotable: “Well it’s all right. Riding around in the breeze. Well it’s all right. If you live the life you please. Well it’s all right. Doing the best you can. Well it’s all right. As long as you lend a hand.”

What songs remind you of childhood? Did you listen to a certain band or artist back then that makes you shake your head now?

Stay-at-home Dad

This upcoming weekend I will be running my first race since the girl was born two months ago.

But that’s not the only first I will be experiencing.

This weekend will also be the first time I am away from the girl for more than a couple of hours.

Yes, I will be leaving my family at home while I run my first race with two of my friends.

Before anyone freaks out about the fact I am leaving my two-month-old overnight please remember that everyone’s situation is different. Even though I do breastfeed I also must supplement her feedings with a bottle. As a result, she will be fine at home with her father and I will be fine in a hotel with a breast pump.

The original plan was to get a hotel room and go as a family but my husband suggested I go alone for a couple of reasons:

1. He feels it is important that I get a bit of a break and time to myself.

2. It will be infinitely easier for our three-year-old to be at home than in a hotel room, especially when the girl requires attention.

I had to think about it for a few days because at first I felt bad about even considering leaving my family. Then I realized it really would be best for the reasons stated above.

We did a test run last Friday where my husband got up with the girl throughout the night for feedings. I still woke-up too to pump but he did all the bottle feeding.

Both of them passed with flying colours.

But really, at the end of the day, this is what is best for my husband and what he would prefer to do so I can run.

And the way I see it, he trusts me to be home alone with our kids so there is no reason why I shouldn’t trust him to do the same.

Besides, I’ve never met a person, male or female, who can handle the sound of a crying baby better than my husband.

Dirty diapers are a whole other story.

When you go to races do you prefer to go with family, friends, or solo?

10Ks and full marathons

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?

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!

Playlist Thursday – Boy Bands

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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