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Feeling a Little Funky

I don’t know if it’s the change in the weather, the insanity at work, the fact that although next week is supposed to be my last week of summer holidays and I’m too busy to take them, or what, but I am in a bit of a funk. 

I have no desire to do anything.  It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning.  I’m already dreading having to squeeze in a 4 or 6k run after work before I go for a massage at 8pm (thank God I’ve got the massage to look forward to).  I can’t even decide what to have for lunch today.  Not having any Clean Eating leftovers in the fridge sucks.

I’m really hoping that when I get home from work, throw on my run gear, tie up my shoes and actually get out the door and onto the road that all my funkiness will disappear.  You know what they say:

one run away from a good mood

Hopefully this is true.  I will let you know later tonight.

How do you get out of your funk?

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Kaboom!

Today was a pretty good day.  I got lots done at work and I’m getting closer to crossing off all the things on my to-do list for the week.   I even managed to get out of the office just before 5pm.  An 8 hour day was a bit of a novelty, since lately they have been closer to 10 or 11 hours.

You may remember my post from last week where I mentioned the bump on my head and how it started to leak just a little bit. I saw my doctor, who said it was a sebaceous cyst and referred me to a dermatologist.  I haven’t yet been told when that appointment will be.  It might be a little different appointment now.

On my drive home, traffic was okay…slow since it was rush hour, but managing to crawl along.  I’m minding my own business, singing along to the great tunes on Q107, crawling along in traffic, when Kaboom!  My head literally explodes!  Yes, I said explode!  I have no idea what caused it, but my bump popped and some nasty, and I mean NASTY, stuff came out of it.  It was the strangest feeling.  I guess the pressure just go to be too much and my scalp could no longer contain it.  Insane!

When I got home I finally got a chance to look at it.  It actually didn’t look too bad and I couldn’t really see where the goo was coming from.  But, I did what my doctor told me to do and squeezed as much as I could out of it.  So, my bump is now a divot!  It feels so weird.  I’ve had that bump for ever…and now it’s gone.  That will take some getting used to.

I was actually home in time to cook dinner tonight.  I was excited to try the Clean Eating Roasted Fennel recipe, but it didn’t happen.  I was gathering all the ingredients together, but most of the veggies were frozen.  Man, I just can’t catch a break on my attempt to get back on track with my eating.  Needless to say, the roasted fennel didn’t happen. Instead we had perogies. Not so clean, but they were quite yummy!  At least I cooked…it feels like forever since I did that!

I need to get my self back on track with my eating and exercise. Hopefully this weekend I will be able to get to a plan put together.  It’s now or never…I’m running out of time.

Do you have any tips for getting back on track?

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Come on Weekend!

What a week…thank God it’s almost over!

Work has been absolutely crazy for me for quite a while now, and today was even crazier than usual.  I didn’t get out of the office until after 8pm.  I could have left earlier, but I need to sneak out at lunch tomorrow, so tried to get everything that needs to be done for tomorrow wrapped up before I left today.  This way, tomorrow I can deal with all those unexpected things that seem to keep popping up these days.

I need to be out of the office by noon at the latest.  I have to get back home to meet the boys at their golf camp for a barbeque lunch and then I am going to be their caddie for the “Rivercourse Invitational Golf Tournament”.  They are at St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club for their camp this week and seem to really be enjoying it.  I’m looking forward to seeing how their game has improved after a week on the course.  The kids seem to looking forward to me carrying their clubs around for them!  Should be a fun afternoon.

After the kids’ golf, we will be heading up to the cottage for the weekend.  I can’t wait to have a beer on the dock and enjoy this view.

This weekend we are going up to the cottage for a fundraiser for the Sailing Club.  The kids go to the club for 3 weeks over the summer, so we will go have a few drinks, maybe dance a bit, and no doubt write a cheque!  Oh well…should be fun.

I’m planning on taking my run gear with me this weekend.  Although, if it’s as hot as they are predicting, I’m not sure I will be able to get myself to get out there.  Hopefully it won’t be too bad and I can get out for a little run around the point.  I’ve got to get back to running fairly soon or I won’t be ready for the Niagara Half in October.

I have been horrible with my eating and motivation to stick to the plan lately.  I’m starting to think it’s because I’m not running.  When I was running I had a purpose and I was focussed.  I need that again.  Hopefully I can get my head back into the game and get it together again.  Wish me luck!

Last thing before I sign off…Big Brother 14 started tonight!  I know it is horrible TV, but hubs and I love it.  We have watched every season.  It’s our summer guilty pleasure! So, while I should be going to bed, instead we are watching the Big Brother première on time shift, since we forgot to set the PVR to record it when it was on at 9.   I can’t wait to see what kind of drama develops this year!

Do you watch Big Brother?  Are you ready to “Expect the Unexpected”?

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Hot, Hot, Hot!

Today I played in a client’s charity golf tournament.   I’m not sure exactly how hot it got, but trust me, it was hot.  My goal for the day was to not get heat stroke or dehydrate!  I was sure to drink lots.  My beverage consumption for the day included 1 bottle of water, 2 bottles of diet coke, 1  Corona tall boy, 1 bottle of Corona, 1 bottle of Gatorade, and lots of water with the lunch.  Even tonight I still seem to want more water and have had about 3 big glasses so far.  My last beverage of the evening is a mug of David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibus.  It just steeping now and I can’t wait to drink it…it’s just so relaxing and yummy!

Enough about my drinks of the day…back to the golf.  In usual golf fashion, there was some g0od, some bad, and some downright ugly!  For the most part, my driver was cooperating and I hit a few awesome fairway shots with my 3 wood.  I love it when my 3 wood cooperates – the sound that it makes when the connection is good is one of my favourite things.  After struggling with my putter the last few league nights, things seemed to get back on track today.  I had some really nice long putts, with great weight, that put us within 3 feet of the hole, and a couple just missed by inches, so that’s good news.  My Chapter Championships are this Sunday, so things seem to be heading in the right direction for that.  Phew!

I still haven’t done a thing for my next half marathon aside from pick which one I’m going to run.  I have to commit to the training program and start getting out there again.  I also need to get back on track with my Clean Eating.  This has been such a crazy week with working late and golfing, I haven’t had a chance to put a menu for the week together or hit the grocery store.  Hopefully I will be able to do both of those things on Saturday and get back on plan.  I’m feeling unmotivated and a bit blah and I think it’s because I’ve been eating crap and not getting enough exercise.  At some point I am just going to have to bite the bullet and get back to it.

My tomorrow is going to be another busy day in the life.  I better get to bed so I’ve got the energy to face it.

Hope you are managing to stay cool in this crazy heat.  Stay hydrated, my friends!

 

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Me, Inspiring? Who knew!

Holy Cow! I’ve been nominated by Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me, for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The nomination comes with some responsibilities.  I need to:

  1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.
  2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
  5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

So, I’ve displayed the logo here in this post.  Not sure if I need to have it on the home page somewhere or not.  I will look into that.

I’ve linked back to the blog of the person who nominated me.  A bit of background for that…the blogger who nominated me is my sister, Erin.  Her blog is awesome.  She writes about life as a busy mom, trying to eat well, stay fit, and enjoy the chaos of life with 2 young kids.  She has great recipes for healthy dishes and if you haven’t already, you really should check out her blog.

7 Things About Me.   Really, I’m not that exciting, but let’s see if I can come up with 7 things:

  1. I used to be a teacher.  I graduated from Teacher’s College in 1992 (20 years ago!!!) and at that time, jobs were in short supply.  I taught for 2 years at a small private school in Toronto and did one year of long-term occasional work with the Durham board.  I liked teaching, but the jobs were scarce.  I ended up going back to school, getting an MBA and have been working at my current company for 15 years.  I do miss the summer’s off that came with teaching, but I don’t really miss the rest of it.  I love my job and there are some exciting things on the horizon at work that I will share in a future blog.
  2. I have 2 cats:  Crosby and Ovie.  Can you tell we are a hockey family.  We got Crosby the day after the Pittsburg Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009.  The kids love Sidney Crosby, so we named the cat Crosby.  We’ve had Ovie for almost a year now.  It only seemed fitting that with a cat named Crosby we stick with the hockey theme and Ovie seemed to suit the crazy little kitten!
  3.  I have an irrational fear of sailboats.  I’m pretty sure that in my previous life I must have drowned coming across the ocean or something.  I do not like the feeling that a sailboat is going to tip over.  My husband, who is a bit of a sailor, assures me they won’t tip and if they do, you can just pop them back over.  All that reassurance does nothing for me.  I don’t like them.
  4. I love to golf.  I am not good at it, but I still love it. I play every Tuesday evening in an EWGA league.  I’ve played in the league for 3 years now and have improved my game quite a bit, but I’ve still got a long way to go.
  5. Two years ago I learned to snowboard.  I’ve been skiing since I was about 12 years old and used to be an instructor at the hill in North Bay where I grew up.  In university, snowboards were just coming onto the scene and a few instructors tried them out and said how hard it was.  So, based on that I stuck to my skis.  Now that my kids are skiing and boarding, we put them in lessons on Friday nights at Snow Valley, a small hill in Barrie.  This hill is a bore for me to ski.  It’s small, not that steep, and bored me to tears.  So, I bought myself a snowboard and took a lesson in Vermont during our March Break ski trip in 2011.  This year when the kids had their lessons I boarded at Snow Valley and got to the point I could board just about any hill there.  I even boarded on the big hill in Vermont this year.  I took a couple pretty good wipe outs, but I still had fun.
  6. I’ve been to Israel.  In 1990 (at least I think it was 1990) friends of ours got married.  Rob was from North Bay and went to school with Rory, and Irit was from Israel.  They met in Australia when they were both travelling.  Their wedding was in North Bay and Irit’s parents and brothers came to North Bay for the wedding.  I was dancing with her dad at the party and he mentioned that Irit really wished I could go over to Israel for the wedding they were going to be having over there a couple of weeks after the Canada wedding.  I said that would be super, but not likely to happen.  Later that night Irit comes over to me and says “Guess what, you’re coming to Israel!”.  Her dad decided that I needed to go.  He bought my ticket, arranged a place for me to stay and told me to get a passport!  Less than 2 weeks later, I was in Israel!  It was awesome.  I was there for 8 days I think, took 15 rolls of film pictures (this was way before digital!), saw all the highlights (the Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, and probably a few other places that I am forgetting).  It was a great trip and some day I would like to go back.  This is the only trip outside of the Caribbean that I have ever taken.
  7. I love Corona!  I mean I really love it.  I’m trying to cut back since I’m trying to eat clean and train for another half marathon.  On a hot summer day, sitting down on the dock, nothing beats an ice cold Corona.

Now, for 15 blogs that I enjoy reading and find inspiring:

DrinkRunYoga  With a name like that, how could it not be great!

Trials In Food  A great blog with some very tasty recipes.

Ingredients of a Fit Chick A blog about the love of food and fitness.

Running Haiku A blog written mostly in haiku.  Always good for a laugh.

Skinny Taste  This is a great blog with healthy recipes.  I’ve made a few from this site – love the overnight oats in a jar.

Joy in the Day A blog about running, food, fashion and just about everything else.

CultFit  This is a fitness and workout blog that has some of the craziest posts ever.  I don’t do the workouts (they are way too intense for me) but I get a kick out of reading their blog.

MyThinEats   A blog about eating well and staying thin.  Isn’t that the goal!

Bubblegirl  A blog by a friend of mine who crochets the most amazing baby items, and lately has gotten into Photo of the Day challenges and has posted some really neat pictures.

Dont’EatCrap A blog about eating well and working out.  I’ve found some great recipes on here.

Inspiring Healthy Living. I juzt recently discovered this blog and really like it. It’s got lots of great recipes and tips about how making small changes can help you lead a healthy life.

Jerome’s Kitchen another food related blog, but this one has a lot of cakes and baking. Some yummy stuff, for sure!

365 Days of Healthy Eating.  This is a fairly recent blog discovery, but the more I poke around the more I like it.

Beautiful Body Bistro. This is the blog written by Trainer Trish who is the creator of the Couch to Half Marathon app that I used to train for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon.  She has great motivational pieces, super workouts and so much more.

Megified  My sister put me onto this blog.  I think it’s written by a friend of hers.  It is a site full of delicious recipes with a focus on being a bit healthier, but still taste great.  Her slogan is “sinful made heavenly”.  Yum!

There you have it, 15 blogs that I enjoy and spend countless hours reading.   Seems to be a bit of a food theme to them…hmmm.  Many of them I am just lurking on so far.  I’m still fairly new to this whole blog world so don’t comment all that often.  I guess I should embrace the blog world and jump right in and start “interacting” more with other bloggers.  I’ll give it a try.

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This Just Makes You Smile…and I Needed a Smile.

So, I’ve been feeling a little bummed about the race results on Sunday. I really wanted to hit 2:30 and I didn’t.  Everyone keeps telling me that 2:40 is still great and that it’s an accomplishment just to finish, since 12 weeks ago I wasn’t running at all.  I know all of this, but still it sucks a bit to miss my goal, especially since I feel like I let my sister down.  She gave up her sub-2 hour goal to get me across the line in 2:30. She really tried and did everything she could to get me moving, and I just couldn’t do it.  And that sucks.  So, while everyone is looking at the positives of the run, I’m still disappointed.

Anyway, that’s just a bit of background context about why I’m feeling down.

While driving into work today, and listening to Q107 as I do every day, they were talking about some flash mob proposal that was supposed to be just awesome and that you couldn’t help but smile when you saw it.  So, needing a smile, when I got into the office I took a look.

They were right.  This is awesome, and it did make me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.

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New Inspiration

I missed my post yesterday.  It was my EWGA opening night and it ran a bit late.  By the time I got home, I was exhausted so just took a bit of down time, watched some tube and went to bed.  It was great!

For our opening night, we had 50 ladies out for a 5pm shotgun start.  We played the front 9 of RedCrest, the premium course at Cardinal Golf Club.  http://www.cardinalgolfclub.com/golf/redcrest

redcrest

It was my first time on course this year.  I had been to the driving range twice, and things seemed to be okay there.  I am by no means a good golfer.  I’m quite horrible actually, but I really like it, and the girls that I play with are great.  One of my goals is to break 50 (for 9 holes) on league night.  Last year, on my best round I shot 53.  Last night in first round of the season, I shot a 52!  I’m thrilled.  I had a very good round, with only 2 really bad holes (a 9 and an 8, both on par 4’s).  My whole game was pretty solid (for a bad player!).  My drives were pretty straight, my putts were good (only one 3 putt), and my second shot, which is not my best shot, was working!  I had fun, enjoyed a few laughs with the friends in my foursome, and it didn’t rain on us, so it was a great night.  I’m looking forward to getting back out there next week and try to take 3 strokes off my round to break 50.

After golf I was supposed to run 3 miles.  I had actually planned to run in the morning, but when the alarm went off, I couldn’t drag my butt out of bed.  I should learn that I am not an early morning runner, and just give myself the extra hour of sleep.  I obviously need it.  Since I didn’t run before work, I needed to get my 3 miles in after golf…but that didn’t happen 😦  We ran a bit late at golf and by the time I was home it was late and I just didn’t feel like running.  Sitting on the couch and watching Nurse Jackie sounded like a much better plan.  So, I missed another run.  I think that makes it 3 so far for my whole program, which really isn’t too bad.  My goal was to run 4 of the 5 runs scheduled each week.  I am way ahead of that, so I think I’m doing okay.

Today, I admitted to myself that setting an alarm is a waste of time, and just slept in a bit.  It was great.  I still need to find a way to get more sleep.  Mostly that will involve going to bed earlier.  That doesn’t seem to be happening – it’s already after 11pm and here I am still writing my blog! Anyways, after an appointment I had after dinner, I came home, sat on the couch and thought seriously about blowing off tonight’s run too.  In the end, I couldn’t do it.  I wouldn’t let myself miss another run this week, so I got changed, grabbed my iPad to watch some tube while I ran, and headed down to the treadmill.  Forty short minutes later, 4 miles was done!  It wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had, but they weren’t the worst ever!  I even did my core workout, which I had been neglecting the last few weeks.  I have vowed to get caught up on all the core workouts that I missed by the end of the weekend.  I see some ab hell in my near future!  Bring it on.

I saw something online today that has helped to keep me motivated for my race.  If this women can run a marathon, I should be able to complete a half marathon and not bitch about the training.  Read the article and watch the video to see how amazing Claire Lomas is.  Truly inspiring.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17988108

Claire Lomas. Truly inspirational!


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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honour of Cinco de Mayo I should be enjoying  my favourite beverage…Corona!  But, since I’m in training, I’m holding off, and will enjoy one (or maybe even 2!) on May 27 after my race.

Today was a run day.  3 short miles.  Ran it in just under 30 minutes again.  I’m loving these short runs.  They make me feel fast!  Tomorrow is a long, slow run day, with 10.5 miles (17km) on the schedule.  That’s just a bit farther than last week, which was a good run for me, so I’m hoping that this week goes just as well.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m a bit nervous about tomorrow’s run.  Last week I got to run with my sister and that kept me moving.  This week, my sister if off getting certified to teach Body Attack at GoodLife Fitness Clubs, so I’m on my own again this week.  I am going to do my best to stick to the plan of a short rest/walk after each mile.  Hopefully the Run Gods will be with me and I will be able to do it.  I’ll let you know how it goes in tomorrow’s post.

Today we went down to London for the afternoon to have a visit with my in-laws.  It was a great day for a drive, and a hike on the property of my in-laws house. The kids had a great time launching rocks with their sling shots and climbing the tree that fell across the river.  It was a successful afternoon with no one falling off the log into the water!

We got back from London just after 6:30 and then I had to figure out what to do for dinner.  I meant to take some chicken out before we left, but forgot.  So, I took a look at what was in the fridge and created a spaghetti squash concoction, and it turned out to be pretty tasty!    Here’s what I did:

  • Cook spaghetti squash in microwave until fork tender and squash separates into spaghetti-like strands (mine took about 15 minutes)
  • Saute 1 shallot, 1 green onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 orange pepper and 1 bunch of asparagus until tender
  • I had some left over tomato sauce and a jar of spaghetti sauce, so I added these to the frying pan and let simmer for a while
  • I threw in some chili flakes, basil, oregano and thyme into the pan just for fun.
  • When squash is cooked, use a fork to turn into “spaghetti”. Divide into 4 and top with the sauce.

So, tomorrow I’ve got 10.5 miles to run, and then I’m heading to a baby shower for one of the Corona Crushers.  We have been known to have a pretty crazy baby shower.  I set the bar pretty high when I hosted my sister’s shower a couple of years ago.  I had two coolers for of beer, wine and vodka coolers…and they drank it all.  It probably wasn’t your typical baby shower, but it sure was a good time!  So, although I didn’t have a Corona in honour of Cinco de Mayo today, I may have to enjoy just one at the baby shower tomorrow!

I hope you all had a great Saturday! Wish me luck on my run tomorrow…I’m gonna need all the positive mojo I can get!!

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The Friday Five

I have been on my Clean Eating and Half Marathon Program for about 8 weeks now, and my blog is just about that old too.  During this time, I seem to have developed some new addictions.  Here are 5 of them:

1.  Searching for new recipes.  I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t picked up my cookbooks and magazines or checked out the Clean Eating Magazine website, looking for the next delicious meal for my family.  In my quest for healthy meals, I’ve discovered a few other great website resources, including:

  • Joyous Health http://www.joyoushealth.ca/ Joy McCarthy is a Toronto based Holistic Nutrition and Health Expert.  She is all about doing things that are good for your body and eliminating the bad.  She has great recipes and interesting articles.  I highly recommend you check it out.
I’ve got a couple more that I like to check out regularly.  I will share those some other time…Don’t want to give away all the good stuff in one post!

2.  Reading blog after blog after blog.  I’ve found some great blogs on WordPress.  Most of them are related to running or fitness, but many also include recipes for healthy meals.  A few of my favourites are:

  • Don’t Eat Crap:  http://donteatcrapblog.com/.  I stumbled upon this blog and love it.  Brianna shares recipes, workouts, and motivation as she lives life to the fullest.  It’s a great read.
  • Happier Healthier More Fit Me  http://happierhealthiermorefitme.wordpress.com/ This fantastic blog is written by my sister and shares her crazy life as she raises a todder and a newborn and works out like a mad women.  She is the fittest person I know and she is the one who convinced me to train for a half marathon with her.
  • Skinny Taste  http://www.skinnytaste.com/ – a great website that features low-fat, family friendly, healthy recipes.  Many of the recipes include weight watchers points values as well.
  • RunningHaiku http://runninghaiku.wordpress.com/ a cute blog where every post is in the form of a Haiku.  It’s an entertaining read.  Check it out!

3.  I’ve become a true tea totler.

I have never really drank tea before. I would have green tea when we went out for Chinese lunches at work, but now that I’ve discovered David’s Tea, I absolutely love having a cup of tea.  I have been enjoying a cup at work in the morning, and then another at home as I write my blog.  I need to head back to the tea shop and pick up a few more yummy flavours.  Any recommendations?

4.  I am obsessed with my running schedule.  I am constantly checking on what runs are coming up later in the week and checking off each run as I complete it.  I’m trying not to look ahead in my overall schedule since my Couch to Half Marathon app trainer, Trish Blackwell, recommended we just focus on where we are now.  I have taken quick peaks, but I’m taking each week as it comes in terms of the weekly video message and the core workouts.  Each week I look forward to seeing what  Trish has to say to get us motivated for the upcoming week.  She has been offering great advice along the way too: how to use nutrition on race day, setting goals, how to choose the right shoe, and other great bits of information like that.  She also has a great blog…check it out:  http://www.beautifulbodybistro.com/

5.  I am obsessed with tracking my eating, exercise and weight loss on My Fitness Pal.  This is a fantastic free app for smart phones and tablets.  There is also an online version at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/  The great thing about this app as it will sync across all devices.  Something you enter on your iPhone or Blackberry will be there the next time you check in through iPad or online. It has just about any food imaginable, and if it doesn’t, you can scan the barcode and it will find it and have all the nutritional information automatically.  You can also enter the ingredients of a recipe and the number of servings and it will calculate the calories per serving for you. It is really great.  You can connect with friends who are also using MyFitnessPal and share food diaries and send notes of encouragement. It’s just another way to keep accountable and stick to the plan.

Have you got any healthy obsessions?  I”d love to hear about them!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Easter, Chocolate Mini Eggs, and The End of Week 5

Happy Easter!  The Easter Bunny visited our house last night, and left lots of eggs filled with goodies hidden all over the house for the kids.  They love all the candy (gummy worms and Mike & Ikes). which I’m not crazy about, so that’s not tempting for me.  However…the Easter Bunny also filled a few of those eggs with Cadbury Mini Eggs and also left the rest of a 1 kg bag tucked in a cupboard. While the candy doesn’t tempt me at all….the mini eggs are calling my name even as I write this!

Today is the end of week 5 of my Couch to Half Marathon training program.  Sunday is long run day, and I had 7 miles to complete today.  Over breakfast, I jokingly asked my husband if he wanted to come with me.  A bit surprisingly, he took me up on my offer.  I was surprised because he is not a runner, has not been training at all, but seemed to think he could go 7 miles with me.  I was happy for the company, so I loaded up the fuel belt with water, grabbed my Garmin (since I was heading outside again), tucked my iPod into my jacket pocket, and out the door we went.

I had mapped out a route for us that would take us along onto a town trail for most of our run.  After a few adjustments to Garmin to set it for 1 mile distance notifications so after each mile I could take a quick walk break, recover a bit, grab some water and get back to running, we started to run.  Of course, that’s exactly when Garmin decided to give me the low battery warning and die! So we were on the road with nothing to let me know how far, how fast, or how long we were running.  Just awesome!

We ran well for probably 2 miles before we stopped for a drink and to take off a layer as it was warm out there once we got going.  We got about 3 miles into the run when Rory decided he was going to turn around and start walking back.  I was going to keep going to the intended turnaround spot.  I have to say, although we didn’t talk much, it was much nicer to run with him that it was to run alone for the next part of the run.  I made the mistake of giving hubs my jacket to carry with him before taking out my iPod, so I had no tunes to help keep me moving. I sure could have used something because the next 2 miles of my run were quite a struggle.  I finally caught back up to Rory just after the 5 mile mark.  I was very happy to see him so I could get a drink…he also took the water belt when he turned around.  By the time I met up with him my legs were so tired and achy, we walked quite a bit of the final leg home.

In the end I finished 7 miles, with maybe only 5 of them running.  It’s a bit deflating to not be able to finish a planned run properly.  With the amount of training I am doing, I should be able to complete these distances.  This just hammers home the fact that I need much more work on my “mental running”.  Somehow I need to convince myself that I am a runner…because lately I’m not so sure.

When we finally got home we sat outside and had a nice glass of ice water to cool down.  We have Muskoka chairs out front and really enjoy this space in the yard.  The sun was shining directly on the chairs and it was a very nice way to take a little breather after the run. I think the run was a bit tougher than Rory thought it might be.  He got very relaxed sitting out there, and even dosed off in the warm sunshine.  He is doing the same right now in the family room as we watch the final round of the Master’s.  I love how the cats are both taking his lead and having a mid-afternoon nap as well!

The best part of running 7 miles (or running 5 and walking 2) is that I don’t have to feel guilty about what I eat for the rest of the day.  Lunch was some more Clean Eating leftovers – half an orange chipotle chicken breast and some mock fried rice.  This was a very healthy and fairly low-calorie meal, which will leave me lots of calories left today for mini eggs!  Yay!

I’m debating with myself whether I cook dinner tonight or we go out.  I’ve got a nice mustard-crusted sirloin roast in the fridge that I could make, but I think I will save that for tomorrow.  I see a trip to Boston Pizza in our very near future!  Mmmm….szechuan pizza here I come!

One last thing before I sign off.  Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get my mind into my runs?  I need to find someway to keep moving when I’m out there.  Any ideas or tried and true suggestions are very welcome.  Thanks!

 

 

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