My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Hump Day, everyone…we are easing ever closer to the weekend!

Today is Halloween, which is fun…but killer for those of us trying to watch what we eat.  Those damn mini chocolate bars are the devil.  Normally I hand out candy and munch away on those chocolate treats all night.  This year, I’m not sure what’s up, but I have only had 2 treats.  I had a pack of mini M&M peanuts on my way to my sister’s house to hand out candy so she could take her little ones out for trick-or-treating, and I had a mini Kit Kat after I had my post workout shower.  I am following the #EarnedMyTreat Halloween Burpee Challenge, so before I go to bed, I need to do 20 burpees.  I love chocolate, but I hate burpees…maybe that’s why I only had 2 treats tonight instead of my usual 10+ in previous years??  Who knows, but I’m okay with that.

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Tonight I did my Mamavation workout of the day.  Today Bob Harper led us through a 5 minute workout.  Yah, 5 minutes my ass!  It was actually 5 minutes per exercise and 3 exercises.  The first exercise was Kettle Bell Swings.  He wanted us to do a certain number of swings within a minute.  If you finish before the minute is up, you get the remainder of the minute to rest before the next minute starts.  I don’t own a kettle bell, but Bob said we could use a dumbbell in it’s place if we didn’t have one.  So, I picked up my select tec dumbbell and started swinging.  I’ve never done this type of exercise before.  It was hard work to get to the magic number each minute, but it was fun and it definitely got my heart rate up.  Next up was the same deal, five 1 minute sets of lunges.  I’m not crazy about lunges, since they make my knee tweak a bit.  I just took my time and made sure that my form was perfect and my knee didn’t feel to bad.  I could tell if my form got sloppy because my knee would let me know.  Better to do it right and pain free than to rush, get sloppy and hurt.  The final set was of high knee tuck jumps.  These bad boys are tough, but fun!  Once again, I had an awesome workout. I was sweating like mad again too.  I’m loving these Trainer Bob workouts!  Can’t wait to see what’s on tap tomorrow!  BTW….I’m still feeling my legs from Monday’s workout.  Can’t wait to see how all those lunges and jumps make my legs feel tomorrow!

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After my workout, and a quick shower, it was time to roast all of the seeds we got out of the 4 pumpkins we carved.  I love roasted pumpkin seeds…and they are a much healthier snack than those damn mini chocolate bards.  I got two big tubs of seeds.  I am definitely taking some to work to snack on tomorrow. 

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Well, it’s late again, and I need to go to bed…but first i need to do 30 burpees…yep…enjoyed mini Herhsey with almonds bar while I was writing this blog.  Ugh…

What is your candy weakness?
How many burpees did you have to do today?

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Totally Random Tuesday

For lack of a better blog title, I have resurrected Totally Random Tuesdays.

Here are some random things about my day:

1.  Sticking to a clean food diet is proving to be a challenge.  Today I did okay for breakfast (whole wheat bagel and light cream cheese – probably not the greatest, but could be a lot worse) and lunch (leftover chicken curry with apples and pears and some butternut apple mash).  Dinner was another story.  I left work a bit late, which got me home late, which is never a good thing.  My oldest wanted Subway for dinner, and I was reluctant to agree…but then he phoned his dad, who didn’t hesitate to say okay.  Hubs stopped on the way home and picked up subs for everyone.  I had a 6 inch meatball on whole wheat with green peppers and hot peppers.  According to MFP, that’s about 530 calories with 23g of fat!!!  Yikes.  I need to get back to planning my weekly menu and shopping to be sure I have everything I need for those recipes. 

2.  Today was Day 2 of the Mamavation 2 week challenge.  I was quite surprised at how much I felt yesterday’s lower body workout.  I think my hamstrings and butt hurt more today after that workout than they did last week after my half marathon.  That just goes to show me that weight training is a much different workout than running.  Today’s workout was “Quick Core & Upper Body”.  Once again, I was jumping around in my bedroom getting my sweat on.  And once again, I was surprised at how sweaty I got doing this workout. And once again, I had a cheering section while I did the workout.  Tonight it was my other cat, Ovie, who was there for moral support. He was quite intrigued with the “how to” videos for the various exercises.
 ovie little helperI had to watch the video to the Tabletop Toe-Touches a couple of times.  That was one crazy exercise move.  It was a true test of my coordination.  I’m quite positive I looked nothing like the girl in the demo video. She looked steady and in control the whole time.  I felt unstable and pretty much ready to tip over just about every toe-touch!  I did get better each set and almost felt like I got the hang of it for the last set. Overall, it was another great workout and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for me tomorrow. 

3.  I’m earning my treats.  My sister found this fun Halloween Challenge:

Halloween-Challenge31 Basically, anytime you eat a Halloween treat, you do 10 burpees.  Yesterday I had a mini Mr Big just before I read about the challenge…but I still did 10 burpees when I got home from work.  Today, I managed to not eat any Halloween treats.  I was too busy at work and just didn’t get a chance…and I didn’t get a chance tonight either..plus hubs just brought new boxes of treats home tonight, since he and the kids had already eaten the other candy he bought.  I did do 36 burpees as part of my workout tonight (3 sets of 12)…and I hate them!!!  Having to do 10 burpees for every treat I eat might be a good deterrent.  Tomorrow night will be the true test as I stay home and hand out treats while the kids go out Trick or Treating.  In past years, I have snacked constantly while I wait for the kiddies to ring the doorbell.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I had to do 100 burpees tomorrow before I go to bed…ugh…I have no self control!

How many burpees did you need to do today? 
How many do you think you will have to do tomorrow?

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Day 1 of the Mamavation Challenge

Today is the first day of Mamavation’s 11th Challenge Campaign.  For 2 weeks, I will be following workouts posted by Bob Harper (yah, that Bob Harper…from the Biggest Loser) on his BobHarper.com website. 

Today’s workout was “Lower Body and Power 1”.  This was a 15 minute circuit, with a warm up and cool down, that totally got my blood pumping and the sweat flowing!  I was actually surprised at how much of a workout it was.  I really didn’t expect to be dripping with sweat before I even finished. 

The leg workout had different varieties of squats, lunges, and dead lifts.  I think my favourite part might have been the stretching cool down.  So many great stretches that I probably should have been doing when I was running.  They all felt so good!

I had a little help and cheering section while I did my workout.  My cat Crosby was close by the whole time making sure I stuck to the program and didn’t slack off. 

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I have no idea what I’m in store for tomorrow…but I’m looking forward to finding out!

Today was a brutal day food-wise for me.  I had my usual whole wheat bagel and light cream cheese for breakfast once I got to the office.  I had a meeting at 11 that was supposed to take maybe an hour, but it ended up taking 3 hours!  This made going out for lunch as was initially planned not possible.  I was back to the office to get some work done, where I ate another bagel, since I didn’t bring lunch today as I was supposed to be going out for lunch with my colleagues.  Dinner tonight was a post-workout smoothie.  It was really good and quite healthy, with Greek yogurt, skim milk, frozen blueberries, flax seed, hemp seeds, some chia, vanilla protein powder and banana, but it wasn’t all that filling since I shared with hubby and the kids.  Hubs was a bit hungry later too, and we ended up having some popcorn as a snack.  So, overall, it was a bit of a carb heavy day.  Not the greatest.  Tomorrow I will bring one of my leftover clean meals for lunch and hopefully get back on track.

I have to say I’m pretty happy with my decision to focus on diet and weights for the next little while…especially given the insane weather we are having due to Hurricane Sandy.  It is super windy and very rainy and really not very good weather to run outside.  I think if Bob has any cardio as part of his workouts, I will be hitting the treadmill in the basement this week, rather than braving the crazy elements outdoors. 

Are you trying a new fitness regime?  How’s it going so far?

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Cooking with Fire!

It’s been a week since the half marathon and I haven’t run a step…..and I’m okay with that.  Hopefully I will get out once or twice a week starting soon.  For now, I’m not too worried about it.

This past week I’ve been trying to do better with my Clean Eating.  I did pretty well with my dinners, which gave me a few leftover lunches for work, but I need to do a better job with my snacking.  I’ve eaten WAY too many mini chocolate bars that we’ve got in the office for snacks.

Meals that I made this week were all from the Fall issue of Clean Eating magazines Quick & Easy Meals.  I made 4 different meals, and they were all delicious and easy to prepare.

Thursday:  Broccoli & White Bean Mac ‘n’ Cheese:  Delicious, even though I used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk!  Lesson learned.

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Friday:  I made 2 different dishes Friday night, since I had time and could get ahead of the game.  One dish was Curried Chicken with Apples & Pears.  This really was a quick and yummy dinner.  It took longer for the rice to cook than it did to prepare the main dish!.

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The second dish I made Friday night was Curried Chicken & Cauliflower Soup.  This was super easy to make..chop a few things, sauté up some chicken, add broth, veggies and let it simmer.  I tried it today for lunch.  Really good, but don’t forget the dollop of Greek Yogurt.  As hubs and I were eating I kept thinking that it needed something…then we checked the recipe and saw the Greek yogurt.  We added a spoonful and it just gave it a little bit of zip and tang and turned it from okay to really good.  I’ve got enough left for lunched for most of the week!  Here’s how it looks before the yogurt goes on.

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Sunday:  Tonight I made Pork Chops with Butternut Apple Mash.  This was another quick and easy recipe, so the special issue of Clean Eating seems to quite properly named!  For this recipe, peeling and chopping the squash was the toughest part of this recipe.  Once the squash is peeled and chopped, it is boiled until tender, with a couple of apples tossed in during the last few minutes.  This combination gets mashed with some nutmeg, freshly grated ginger, and a bit of butter for creaminess.  The pork chops are cooked in a bit of olive oil under no longer pink, then removed to a plate and tented with foil.  Add 1/2 cup of apple cider and a tbsp of pure maple syrup to the pan and simmer until it thickens a bit.  Add a dollop of butter and whisk until incorporated.  Top the pork chops with some of the sauce and serve along side some of the squash.  Deliciousness…and the kids asked for seconds, so you know it’s good!
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Now to the “fire” part of the blog.  We had a bunch of wood delivered yesterday.  Today was stacking day…and of course, it was cold and rainy while we stacked it.  It was a fairly quick job since we had the kids helping us, plus friends from around the corner came over to help as well.  Before we knew it, we had a pretty good looking wood pile and a lovely fire burning in the fireplace.

fire wood Given the crazy weather we are expecting for the next few days due to Hurricane Sandy and the “Frankenstorm” they are talking about, we may be having a few fires as we try to take the chill off.

Tomorrow I start my 2 week Mamavation Bob Harper Workout Challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Bob has in store for me for the next two weeks.  It’s been quite a while since I did any strength training, so I’m sure I will feel it.  I will let you know how day 1 goes tomorrow!

For now, it’s once again very late and I need to go to bed.  When am I going to learn?

Have you made any great clean recipes?
Anyone else taking part in the 2 week challenge?

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The Friday Five

This week just flew by…having Monday off for a little family vacation day sure helped!  Here are this week’s Friday Five!

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1.  I just learned that Evaporated Milk and Sweetened Condensed Milk are NOT the same thing!  Click here for a nice summary of the differences.
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In my recipe that I made for dinner last night, I used Sweetened Condensed Milk, since that’s what I had on hand and didn’t realize there was a difference.  Dinner was still quite good, but I’m guessing it will taste completely different if I actually use Evaporated Milk next time!  I’ve got another recipe that I absolutely love, Eat Clean Ham, Cheese & Broccoli Casserole I’m pretty sure that my mistake of using condensed milk instead of evaporated milk is what puts it over the edge.  I’m going to keep making it the wrong way because it’s just too good to risk it!  LOL

2.  I think I’ve recovered from the Half Marathon.  I’m still basking in the glory of my 2:29:55 finish.  I refuse to call it 2:30, because 2:29 just sounds so much faster Smile.  I keep checking the race website for the race photos.  I’m dying to see the look on my face as I cross the line.  I’m sure it won’t be pretty…but will show how hard I was working to get that 2:29!  I think this might be one of the best looking race medals I’ve gotten so far.
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I’ve still got a pain in my left hip that I feel every time I step with my left foot, and I have a feeling it will be here for a while.  Last time I got this pain, it took almost 4 years to go away.  I think this time I will actually mention it to my doctor when I go for my physical in December!

3.  I’ve signed up for a 2 week challenge through Mamavation, with Bob Harper of Biggest Loser fame.  I have no idea what’s really involved, but I’m looking forward to it.  I have to record my starting measurements for weight, waist, hips and thighs.  At the end of the 2 weeks I retake these same measurements and see how they compare.  Workouts will be posted daily on  www.bobharper.com 
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I’ve been poking around the website to see what I’m in for.  From what I can tell, each day there will be an assigned task/exercise.  I am to do the task/exercise and then tweet about it using a few specific hashtags in order to be eligible from the prizes.  I think the accountability will be good for me, since we all know I can be a tad on the lazy-ass side of things!  I’ll let you know how it goes once things get started.

4.  Bon Jovi is coming back to Toronto….and I will be there!!!  I absolutely LOVE Bon Jovi, and so does my sister and our friends Jo and Trish (who also happen to be sisters).  We have gone together to see Bon Jovi every time he has come to town for probably the last 5 or 6 concerts.  We have such a great time.  This year, our other friend Erin had access to early tickets since she has Leafs season tickets (a lot of good those are doing her for hockey this year….but awesome for the JBJ pre-sale!!).  She got us tickets this morning and has decided to come with us to the show.  She has no idea what she is getting herself into.  We tend to go a bit nuts at these concerts, screaming, singing, and yelling for JBJ to take off his shirt!  The concert is Feb 17…only 113 more days!!!
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5.  Seriously, isn’t he delicious!
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Happy Friday, everyone!

Have a great weekend!

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What’s Next? The Pursuit 3.0!

Today marks the beginning of “The Pursuit 3.0”. My original Pursuit was my training for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon in May. The Pursuit 2.0 was my training for the Niagara Falls Half Marathon last weekend. Now I need to figure out what The Pursuit 3.0 will be.

I think that I have improved my running significantly since I started up again this past March. But training for two half marathons hasn’t left time for much else fitness-wise, and the past few months have been terrible food-wise for me as well.

So, my next pursuit is going to involve weight training and a renewed focus on eating clean.

I kicked off the Pursuit 3.0 tonight with a new Clean Eating recipe – Broccoli & White Bean Mac ‘n Cheese. This recipe is from the Fall 2012 Quick & Easy Meals edition (page 95). I’m too lazy to type out the recipe, so I just took a screen pic of the iPad with my Zinio edition of the magazine…hopefully it’s readable on screen!

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This was another hit recipe…mine didn’t look quite as pretty as the magazine pic since my broccoli seemed to disintegrate as I stirred in the cheese sauce, but it sure tasted great!

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And in true Clean Eating fashion, there was enough left over for me to take for lunch tomorrow – and that’s after serving 5 for dinner and hubs having seconds! I love leftovers!!!

Tonight was also my hockey night. We played the first place team in the league – which is full of young kids who grew up playing hockey…and they are good. So far this season they haven’t lost. Last time we played them they beat us 7-1…it was awful. Tonight, it was a different story. We played so well, and despite being down 2-0 we came back to win 4-3! It was an awesome game! I was a bit worried how my legs would feel, but it was great to be out there and I felt strong and had lots of energy.

Now, as always seems to be the case, it is late and my energy is gone! I’m pretty sure I can hear my bed calling my name!

Have you tried any new, awesome, Clean recipes?
What’s your latest pursuit?

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Niagara Falls Half Marathon Recap

This past weekend was Race Weekend for the Niagara Falls International Marathon and I was running the half marathon.  I was excited and nervous for this race.  I had done the training and felt I was ready to have a good run, and hit my goal of a 2:30 half.

My sister Erin was also running the half (hoping for a sub-2 hour time) and my friend Kathy was running, and going to pace me to my 2:30 finish.  We met up and drove down to Niagara together.  Kathy drove so Erin and I would be able to stay and meet out families at Great Wolf Lodge for a little family fun after the race. 

We hit up the race expo, which was a little disappointing relative to a few of the other expos I had been to, but I did manage to find a great run shirt for $20 that I could wear on race day.  It was hot pink and would match my fast shoes quite nicely 🙂

Our attempt at dinner on Saturday night was a bit of a zoo.  There were many choices near the hotel we were staying at.  We decided on Outback.  None of us had ever been there, but figured we would find something we could eat.  We were seated and were looking at the menu and we were all having trouble finding something we wanted to eat.  Things sounded okay, but they were ridiculously expensive  – the salads were $24!  So, we got up and walked out before anyone even came to take our drink order.  Next we tried the KEG, figuring if we were going to pay a small fortune for dinner, we would eat well. Turns out the KEG was closed for renovations.  The sign on the door suggested we eat next door at TGIFriday’s.  None of us had been there before either.  Here we were seated, and our drink order was taken…then we looked at the menu.  There wasn’t much that we wanted and it seemed that everything was served on a plate of sizzling, melted cheese.  Not really what we had in mind for a healthy pre-race dinner.  So, we got up and walked out before our drinks were delivered.  This was not looking good!  Our last choice was Kelsey’s.  We know they have good salads and some nice chicken dishes so we were hoping that prices wouldn’t be jacked up for the tourist area.  After a bit of a wait at the bar, we were finally seated.  We finally had success…the menu was the usual Kelsey’s menu at the usual prices!  Erin and I had some awesome balsamic chicken pasta (carb load!!!) and Kathy had the grilled balsamic chicken.  All meals were good and we were happy to finally be fed. 

After dinner it was back to the hotel to get things organized for the big day.  We all laid out our outfits, got our fuel belts and race nutrition organized, and had everything ready for the race.  Here’s what my layout looked like:flat cathy It was a total fluke, but my new shirt matched my fast shoes pretty nicely!

It was a relatively early night to bed, but I didn’t have the best sleep.  I guess I was nervous about the big race!  Well, that and the fact that Kathy talks in her sleep.  At one point, she was quite insistent that it would be “only the fun stuff, okay!”.  We have no idea what it meant, but it did give us a good laugh in the morning as we got ready.  We were hoping it was what our race day would be about…only the fun stuff!

In the morning we were up fairly early so we could have some breakfast and get ready to head over to catch the bus out to the start line.  We took a few pre-race pics…

prerace pics then we grabbed our things and were out the door for our walk to meet the busses for our ride out to the start line. 

I have to say that this was a very well organized race.  There were plenty of busses lined up to drive us out to the start, and once we got out there, a race organizer got on the bus to explain how things would work.  We had a bit of time to kill – about an hour and a half – until the race would start.  This gave us time to hit the large line up for the porta potties, and then stand around and try to get warm as we waited.  There were announcements about how long until the start and where the busses would be to put our things that we didn’t need for the race – all the extra things we were wearing to try not to freeze since it was pretty chilly first thing in the morning.  We packed our extra clothes in a bag and gave it to the volunteers in the bus that matched our race bib.  They labelled the bags and told us where we could find our stuff at the finish line.  This process worked very well and it was nice to get have another layer to put back on once the race was done.

So, my plan was to run a 2:30 half and Erin’s was to run a sub-2 hour.  She headed closer to the front of the pack and we went towards the middle.  Kathy and I figured we were in the right spot when the Running Room’s 2:30 pace bunny came and lined up right in front of us.  We were chatting with her as we waited.  Turns out this was her 10th time running the Niagara half and her 4oth half marathon in total.  I told her my goal was 2:30.  She said if I finished with her I would do it, because she always finished at her pace time. 

Kathy would be controlling my pace and I was just going to run and do what she told me to.  She told me I wasn’t to look at my Garmin – eventually she took it away from me, saying I was looking at it too much…I wasn’t looking at pace or distance or anything, just how much longer until my next walk break!  She would take care of all the details and I was just to focus on my running.  She even carried my race nutrition in her fuel belt for me and my water, so I wouldn’t have to carry my own fuel belt and wouldn’t be weighed down by it.  This was a very nice treat since I always run with a fully loaded fuel belt.  Not having those extra few pounds to lug around was great. 

We got off to a good start, and things felt pretty good.  After a few km I was able to throw away my hat and gloves and a few more km and I tossed my long sleeve shirt and was down to just my short sleeved run shirt.  It really was perfect weather for a run.  Not too hot, and sunny.  At times the wind was a bit strong, but overall it wasn’t too bad.  The course was VERY flat, but that didn’t make it easy.  I don’t know what it is about me and race day, but the race always seems so much harder than the training long runs.  I had to work hard the whole way.

Kathy kept me on track and was awesome with her encouragement.  She would remind me to loosen my shoulders, drop my arms, shake it out, take deep breaths and slow down my breathing on my walk breaks.  She started to play tricks on my at some point and made my runs more than 10 minutes long, cut a few of my walk breaks short, and started to get me to run a bit faster for the last minute of my 10 minute run laps.  She kept me moving and right on track.

As we got to the 18k mark, I was starting to really feel it and was slowing down.  She talked me through the tough parts and made sure I kept moving. She gave me a little break and let me walk up a small hill to get my breath back and get my mind ready for the last 3k push to the end.  She started to run a little ahead of me and told me to just focus on her and to try to keep up.  She had a pink compression sock on one leg…I just stared at the pink sock and pushed through.  I would catch up to her and she would just run a little faster, forcing me to keep moving and keep up.

At our last walk break she gave me a great motivating talk.  She said we were right on track, but if I wanted it, I was going to have to push it and really run hard. There was the slightest downhill into the finish.  She was yelling at me to get on my toes, pump my arms, put my head down and RUN.  As we got closer to the finish, I could see Shirley, the 2:30 pace bunny walking backwards, yelling at the runner who she was pacing through the race. Shirley was yelling that if I past her, I would do it.  That’s when Kathy laid it all on the line.  She was yelling at me that I had to get in front of Shirley, and that if I didn’t give it all I had and run as fast as I could, she was “going to kick me in the ass!”  I believed her!

I gave it all I had and sprinted with every last bit of energy across that line.  I could see the time as I crossed reading just over 2:31.  I knew I had a minute or so since it took us a little bit to actually cross the start line after the gun went off.  Kathy’s Garmin said 2:28:51 (but it turns out she paused it when she stopped to pee while I kept running) – my chip time was actually 2:29:55…cutting it pretty close, but still under 2:30!  I was thrilled.  It was so emotional for me.  I worked so hard in my training for this race, and to achieve my goal was just the greatest feeling.  It was hard work, but totally worth it!

I can’t thank Kathy enough for being there for me every step of the way through the race.  I’m not sure I could have done it without her.  I’d like to think that I could have done it if I was running alone, but I’m not really sure.  In the past I’ve had trouble on race day.  I’m just glad that she was there and I had her company, great coaching, and motivation to get me across that finish line in my goal time.  She truly is my running hero.

My sister had a great run too.  She ran it alone and was able to meet her goal as well, finishing in 1:59 – a PR. That is so fast! 

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Here’s the three of us – Erin, me and Kathy – just after the race.  All smiles…and exhausted! 

All in all, I’d have to say that I really enjoyed this half marathon and all the runs leading up to it.  My running really improved over my training and I was able to achieve a goal and new PR.  I took 7 minutes off my best half time (from about 7 years ago) and 10 minutes off my time from the half I ran in the spring. 

Now I need to figure out what will be next for my fitness goals.  I’ve been asked if I want to join a Tough Mudder team for the May 2013 Toronto event….that could be fun…if it doesn’t kill me!

Cheers!

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The Day After

So, I am still enjoying my accomplishment of completing the Niagara Falls Half Marathon in under 2:30.  Turns out Kathy paused her Garmin while she took a pee-break…so my true time was not what appeared on her Garmin.

When I realized this I went into a bit of a panic.  I might not have made it.  Inside I was freaking out, but I tried to remain calm on the outside.  I went to the race results page to check my chip time.

NFIM results

2:29:55! 

Cut it pretty close, but still under 2:30.  I really did it!  Kathy crossed, just a few hundredths of a second before me. 

The last name in the chart above, Shirley, was the 2:30 pace bunny.  We were talking to her at the start and I said I was trying to beat 2:30.  As I was coming up to the finish, maybe the last 500 metres, I could see her walking and trying to round up the 2:30 people she was pacing.  She was very encouraging, telling me if I passed her, I would do it for sure.  Between that, and Kathy telling me if I didn’t run with all I had now she would “kick my ass”, I dug deep and sprinted with everything I had left in me to get across that line. 

2:29:55!  Wohoo!  It was a very emotional finish, and I am so thankful that Kathy ran with me.  She was the best pace bunny anyone could ask for! 

I’ll give a full race recap soon.  For now, I’m still enjoying the accomplishment and popping Aleve and Advil to help with the muscle pain!

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Did you race this weekend?
How did it go?

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Race Day

This will be short and sweet. More details to follow….but…

I DID IT!!!

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I’m thrilled…and exhausted…and can’t wait to enjoy a nice cold Corona! But first I’m off for some family fun at Great Wolf Lodge for some post race water park action!

Wohoo!

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Countdown to Race Day: 0.5

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I’m ready!

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