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Easter Weekend and a Big Decision

Happy Easter, everyone! 

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Hope you are having a good Easter weekend.  We took a quick trip down to London on Friday to have a visit with my mother-in-law. While we were there we went for a walk down at SpringBank Park.  The kids wanted to climb trees and play so we walked and met them after.  Of course, after our walk, the kids weren’t where they were supposed to be, so we took another walk to look for them.  I found them sitting by the river, whittling sticks, watching the ducks and geese.  They looked pretty cute…kind of like a couple of little old men. 

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Saturday I went to the 9am CrossFit.  The WOD was 2 strength moves:
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This was another Fundamentals only class, so everyone there was pretty new to CrossFit.  We focused mainly on the Back Squat and would get to the Shoulder Press if there was time.  I had done back squats before, with the most recent being a few weeks ago, when I got up to 85 lbs.  Yesterday, I got to 100lbs!  I was super happy with that.  I probably could have done more, but didn’t want to push it and get hurt.  For my 70% max effort set, I lifted 75 lbs for 18 reps.  I have no idea if that is 70% of my 1 rep max.  I don’t know what my 1 rep max weight is yet!  Hopefully one day soon I get to figure that out! 

I didn’t have much time to spend on the shoulder press, but did manage to get a few sets in. This was my first time doing pure shoulder presses.  My coach gave me some instruction on how to do the press and then I was off.  I managed to get to 55lbs.  I wish I could lift more, but my upper body is still pretty weak.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lot stronger than I used to be, but still have a ways to go. 

I will get to put my upper body to work again on Monday, when the WOD is Barbara:
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This workout sounds killer!  I hit Google to get an idea of how long this might take me to complete.  While searching I came upon this great article about some of the CrossFit “Girls”, including Barbara.  I think it’s interesting to see the thought behind the workouts.  I have only done Fran so far, so I’m looking forward to giving Barbara a try tomorrow.  I’ve heard the sit-ups are the killer part of this workout.  For me, I’m pretty sure the whole thing will be killer.  Pull-ups and push-ups are tough for me – you know, given that whole upper body weakness thing I’ve got going on! 

Now, it’s Sunday and I am supposed to run today.  This stupid half marathon is only 35 days away.  I have only run 5k twice.  I keep trying to convince myself to run.  But, you know what….I don’t want to run.  Running is not easy for me.  I don’t have a natural stride.  I have short little stumpy legs.  I trod along and every step is hard work.  I just don’t feel like running.  And at this point, I don’t really think I can realistically be ready to run 21.1km in only 5 weeks.  I don’t want to get hurt by over-doing it, and I can already feel the ache in my hip coming back from only two 5km runs. 

The race seemed like a good idea when I agreed and signed up with my sister back in January.  The hope was we would get to run together and have some good chats while we ran – just like we did when we trained for the Niagara Half last summer/fall.  However, we are only 5 weeks away and we have yet to run together once.  We are just both too busy with work, family and other things to fit in runs together.   

As I was lying in bed this morning, trying to convince myself to get up and go for a run, I came to a realization.  Why should I force myself to do something in my spare time that I don’t find fun or enjoy?  I have so little free time as it is, it just seems silly to fill it with something that just causes me stress.  I have enough stress with work and keeping things on track in the rest of my life, I don’t need to add more stress to my life with the things that are supposed to be relieving my stress!  So, I think I will just sit this one out.  I will use my free time for things that I enjoy and make me happy:  CrossFit, golf, ball hockey, cooking clean meals for my family, and playing with my kids.  I’m not saying I won’t run again, but if I do, it will be because I want to, not because I have to

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Once I finally did get out of bed, this is what I had waiting for me at the breakfast table:

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The Easter Bunny had been and he knows how much I love Mini Eggs.  He was much more sensible this year and only left me a 200g bag instead of the 1kg bag he left last year!  I will try to limit myself to only a few at a time, but I won’t be surprised if I over-indulge and eat the whole bag in one sitting!  The darn things are just sooooooo good!  I also got a little 4 pack of caramel bunnies.  I think I will take these to work to enjoy one a day as a treat in the afternoon. 

We enjoyed a yummy Easter breakfast this morning.  The kids had put in a request for hubby’s waffles and they were just as delicious as always.  I enjoyed mine with a little bit of Nutella, some whip cream and strawberries.  Such a great way to start the day!
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Now, I think I will watch some golf, read a book, plan my meals for the week, and just relax.

How has your weekend been?  Did the Easter Bunny leave you some yummy treats?

Have you ever decided to not run a race you had signed up for?

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I Did It Again!

I ran again today! And it didn’t suck!!!

I ran the same route I did yesterday, and it was a much better run. I am still slow, but I was able to run much longer before stopping. Today I ran 25 minutes straight before I stopped and walked. I still felt good when I started walking, but I didn’t want that damn hill to kill me, so walked it, caught my breath and got my heart rate down a little bit. I’m pretty sure my heart rate is still way too high when I’m running. (Does anyone know how to tell what your heart rate should be? I’m pretty sure my Polar knows, but I’m not sure how to read it!)

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So, my run today felt much better, but it wasn’t much faster overall. Still, I’m pretty happy with it. I actually didn’t hate it? Maybe, just maybe, my run mojo is coming back. Checkout this haiku that Charla of runninghaiku.net wrote to help me find my lost run mojo…its awesome, and it worked!!! Thanks Char!

Here’s yesterday’s and today’s breakdown side by side.

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I planned my week of meals, snacks and workouts. With 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and trying to squeeze in 2 runs, my week is pretty busy! Ideally I would like to get one more run in. It’s the Easter long weekend, so maybe I will be able to find time…if not, I’ll live!

I made some healthy snacks today – dark chocolate no bake coconut cookies and dark chocolate date bars. I’ve made both of these before and they are both delicious! These will give me some good snacks for work. Plus, with the chocolate in both, they seem like a treat as well! Bonus!

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Finding meals for the week that would fit into the hectic schedule was a bit of a challenge. On CrossFit nights I don’t want to eat a heavy meal before I go to the gym, so I need quick meals those nights. Still, I was able to plan another week of great, clean meals – and I’m hoping some of the, give me leftovers for lunch the next day! Here’s how the upcoming week looks:

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I still need to figure out breakfasts for the week. I’m sure I will have microwaved eggs a few days, and maybe I will make some overnight oats for a few days. It’s been a while since I’ve had those.

Dinner tonight was a simple, light, and tasty meal of dumplings and edamame. This was quick to prepare and a hit with the while family. Jacko just loves the dumplings and Nick is a huge fan of the edamame. I like them both!

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It’s a short week ahead and I’m already looking forward to next weekend. Friday is a holiday for Good Friday so we’ve only got to make it through 4 work days! Wohoo! With all the things I’ve got on the schedule for this week, I’m sure it will fly by. Lets hope so anyways!

Now, it’s late (when will I learn?) and I need to spend some quality time with my foam roller before I go to bed. My hips and hamstrings are killing me. That’s one part of running that I didn’t miss. I don’t hurt like this after CrossFit or hockey…just running. Hopefully as I get a few more miles under my belt, it won’t be so bad. Until then, it’s Advil and foam rolling for me!

How was your weekend?
Did you run? Do your hips and hammies ache like mad after you run?

And finally, I’d like to give a shout out to a few of my running friends who ran the Around the Bay 30k run today. Kathy (aka JackRabbit) had a killer PR of 2:41, my friends/cousins Lianne and Susan also ran great races with times of 3:03 and 2:54 respectively, and my friend Suzanne ran her first ATB finishing in 4:11. Congrats ladies! I am in awe of you all!

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I Did It!

I went for a run today! As I had planned, I ran home from my son’s hockey game this morning. I wasn’t expecting much out of this run, I just wanted to get it done.

I have to admit, this was not an easy run. During the first kilometre I was having an internal conversation with myself. Here are some of the things that I was saying to myself during that first, horrible kilometre:

  • Why do you do this to yourself?
  • This half marathon is a very bad idea…you will not be ready in time.
  • You can just go get the race kit and skip the actual race.
  • Running SUCKS!
  • You might be able to tell…I didn’t much enjoy that first kilometre! But after that, it did improve slightly. My thoughts were still not the most positive, but I started to think I actually might make it all the way home! In the end, it took me 37:46 to run 5.14km.

    The run broke down like this:

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    Km 4 was a rough one, with an uphill climb so I allowed myself to walk the hill, which made for a pretty bad pace, but I’m pretty happy with the 3rd km….that is race pace for me! Overall, although I did not break any land-speed records, and I was not able to run the whole 5k, I was pretty happy with my run. It didn’t suck as much as I thought it would!

    I wore my Polar heart rate monitor for the run. I’m not exactly sure what my target heart rate is supposed to be, but I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be as high as mine was during the run. Also, there were no fat burning minutes, which is a first for me while wearing the HRM. I was impressed that both my HRM and Run Keeper both had the same calorie burn (although I forgot to start my HRM right away so the times don’t exactly match).

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    I was smiling at the end of the run, which is a good thing I guess! I’m not sure if I’m smiling because I was happy with the run, or if I’m just happy it was over!

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    The rest of my day was spent watching my other son’s hockey game, shopping for some workout clothes, and making another new Clean Eating recipe. Tonight I made Pork Chops with Peppers, Onions, and Olives. This recipe was easy and quite good. It also made enough for a couple of leftover meals!

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    Tomorrow I’ve got kid’s hockey at 9am and again at 2:15pm. The plan is to go for another run between hockey games. I also need to do meal and snack planning for the week. My workouts are already planned with 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and at least 2 runs.

    I better get to bed so I’m ready to get up and cheer at hockey. We need to win to guarantee we make championship weekend.

    Goodnight, all. Hope your Saturday was a good one.
    Did you run today? How did it go?

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    The Friday Five

    Wohoo!  We made it to Friday! And you know what that means…it’s the weekend and it’s time for…
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    1.  Today was CrossFit Open Workout 13.3.  I am not actually competing in the games, but my box does the Open workouts on Fridays, and anyone who is at the class does the workout.  I just don’t record a score in the games.  Today’s workout was killer:

    150 Wall Balls (Rx 14lbs)
    90 Double Unders
    30 Muscle Ups

    This is actually the same workout as last years 12.4 Open Workout.  Doing it again this year will allow people to check their fitness improvement, since they can compare their scores to last year.  I wasn’t doing CrossFit last year, but I have done this workout before.  This was a regular WOD about a week after I joined CrossFit.  I did not love this workout then, and I definitely didn’t love it today!  Today I increased the weight of the med ball that I used from 8lbs the first time I did this WOD to 10 lbs today. That 2lbs killed me!  Last time I finished the wall balls and just started the double unders.  Today I only got 112 wall ball finished.  GAWD!!!  This made me feel like I haven’t gotten any stronger in the last month.  UGH…Oh well…just gives me more incentive to work even harder each day. 

    2.  My half marathon training starts tomorrow!  This is a better late than never thing, since I am about 6 weeks late starting this training.  I still haven’t quite figured out my schedule, but my plan for tomorrow is to run home from my son’s hockey game.  The rink is about 5.5k away from our house.  I haven’t run 5k since the Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve.  I might have run one other 5k with my sister shortly after that, but that’s it.  I’m not expecting much out of tomorrow’s run.  I’m just hoping to take it fairly easy and make it home without hurting anything! 

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    3.  I need to eat healthier snacks.  I have been doing very well with my clean eating dinners – which give awesome leftover lunches – but my snacking has not been the greatest.  At work I tend to just go to the kitchen cupboards and grab whatever is in there which most times is not the healthiest.  Our office admin stocks the cupboards with cookies, mini chocolate bars, and other less-than-clean processed foods.  When my usual 3pm hunger comes on, i head to the kitchen and it is not good.  I need to be better prepared and have veggies and other healthy snacks that I can easily grab when the hunger strikes.  So, one of my goals for the weekend is to prepare some healthy, quick-grab snacks for work.  I’m going to pick up carrots, celery and snap peas, and get them all chopped and ready to go.  I’m also hoping to make some more of my dark chocolate date bars and no-bake coconut cookies too, for when I need a little chocolate fix!
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    4.  I’m sick of winter and all of this snow!  This winter seems to be going on forever.  Now that I am home from our ski vacation, all of this snow can go away!  I’m ready for sunshine, warm temperatures, sitting on the front patio with a beer, and golf!  I’m on the board for the golf league I play in, and we are starting to plan our summer. Opening day is May 7 (hey, I just realized that’s 2 days after my half marathon….so it really is coming soon!).  Hopefully all this CrossFit will be good for my game and make my swing stronger and my drives go further.  Fingers crossed!
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    5.  Another “Feel Good” Video.  I saw this video today and thought it was just too good not to share.  #2 gets the award for “Best Assist EVER!”  I hope you enjoy it.

    Happy Friday, everyone.
    Got any big plans for the weekend?
    Don’t forget to send positive run vibes my way tomorrow morning! 

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    I’m Feeling Unmotivated

    If you’ve been following along, you know that I am LOVING CrossFit.

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    But, you will also know that I have been dreading running. I have a half marathon to run on May 5th and I have not started training yet. I know I should be out there logging miles, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I have a mental block. I joke that I need to find a hypnosis tape to play while I sleep to convince myself that I can do this. I may actually hit Google tomorrow to see if I can find anything like that, but until then, here are just a few motivational things I’ve found.

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    Hopefully if I keep looking at the motivating quotes they will sink in and I will go run. Currently my plan is to lace up and get out there Saturday. Feel free to remind me that I’ve said this.

    How do you get motivated?
    Anyone know where I can find a running hypnosis mp4?

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    I Need To Learn How To Count!

    I don’t know why I do this to myself…but once again, it is late, and I’m exhausted. So, this is going to be short and sweet.

    Today I got back on track with clean meals…
    Delicious Leftover Spicy Corn Chowder for lunch, with Ryvita and laughing cow cheese.

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    Dinner was another new Clean Eating recipe: Broccoli Rabe Linguini. I had never tried broccoli Rabe (apparently also known as rapini) before. It was quickly boiled and then sautéed with garlic and hot pepper flakes before sun-dried tomatoes, white beans, and Kalamata olives were added. This was the “sauce” that the linguini was tossed with. I was tempted to eat the sauce all on its own! Doesn’t it look tasty!

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    The final dish, with the sauce tossed over the linguini was amazing.

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    And in usual clean eating style, I’ve got leftovers! Enough for 3 meals!

    After dinner I had a little time to let dinner digest and then it was off to CrossFit for my first WOD in over a week. Tonight the strength move was a 3×5 Back Squat. I hadn’t done a back squat yet, so started light, with just the bar at 35 lbs. Then I added weight until I got to 85 lbs and figured that was enough for my first time!

    After this it was onto the WOD, which was Annie. 50-40-30-20-10 double unders and sit-ups. This was a bit of a challenge since I still can’t really do double unders yet. I can pull off a few in a row, but definitely not 50! The modification for this is to do 5 single skips for each double under. This meant that I was doing 250-200-150-100-50 for the skipping and then 50-40-30-20-10 sit-ups in between each skipping set. I’m pretty sure I did the 150 skips and 30 sit-ups round twice! I need to keep better track of my counting! In the end, whatever amount I did took me exactly 15 minutes, and I was exhausted and dripping with sweat when it was over.

    After everyone in the class finished the workout (I was happy I wasn’t the last one!), our coach, Ryan, did the workout. His best time on the wall for Annie was 5:28. Watching him do the workout was inspiring. He was smooth and could double under like it was no effort. He was cruising right along and then I think the pressure of everyone watching him got the better of him. He started to flub his double unders and that threw him off a bit. His time was 6:24. Not his best, but still damn impressive! One day I will get my time down there. One day…if I can ever learn to keep track of how many reps I’ve done!

    I’m still searching for a quickie half marathon program. I’m psyching myself up to run on the weekend. Fingers crossed!!

    How was your day?
    Did you try any new, awesome recipes?

    How do you keep track of your reps?

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    Back To Reality

    I’m back from vacation…and not really too excited about it. We had a fantastic week of skiing and snowboarding, but I will admit, I did not have the best week food-wise. I ate too much, but enjoyed every bite. I also enjoyed the cheap Corona that they have in the States!

    I will give a full vacay recap later, but today, I am focusing on getting back on track with my food and workouts. I made my weekly meal plan this afternoon and got the required groceries. I also planned out most of my workouts for the week…CrossFit and hockey, at least….but at some point I need to start running!

    FOOD: all dinners for the week are from The Best of Clean Eating 3 Cookbook.

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    Sunday: Spicy Corn Chowder pg. 91
    Monday: Broccoli Rabe Linguini pg. 227
    Tuesday: Quesadilla Casserole pg. 156
    Wednesday: Leftovers 🙂
    Thursday: Ginger Soy Chicken & Edamame Stir Fry pg. 159
    Friday: Pizza and beer (we made it through the week!)
    Saturday: Pork Chops with Peppers, Onions & Olives pg. 140

    Lunches for the week will be mostly leftovers.  I’ve got 4 leftover meals from tonight’s Spicy Corn Chowder.  This is the second time I have made this dish…and it was just as good as I remember it. 
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    WORKOUTS:
    Monday: CrossFit 8:30pm
    Wednesday: CrossFit 7:30pm
    Thursday: Hockey 9:30pm
    Friday: CrossFit 5:30pm. (Will be The Open 13.3 WOD!)

    With this workout schedule, it leaves me 3 days that are free…and if I know what’s good for me, I should run on at least 2 of those days. The Toronto GoodLife Half Marathon is 48 days away (OH MY GOD!)….and I have yet to run a single training step (OH MY GOD!). This is not going to be good. I will be spending some time on Google tomorrow at lunch (while I enjoy my leftover corn chowder!) and searching for the world’s shortest half marathon training program!

    Have you planned your meals and workouts for the week?  Got anything good on the menu?

    Anyone out there have a nice short half marathon program they’d like to share?  I’m thinking I’m in big trouble here!

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    “The Chief”

    I just got home from the Box…and I can hardly lift my arms! Tonight’s workout was “The Chief”.

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    Oh my God! This workout was killer. After practicing our power cleans and working up to the weight we would do the workout at, it was down to business.

    Let me tell you, this was 20 minutes of pure hell…and I loved it!

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    I had to scale the workout and only cleaned 55lbs. I think next time I could lift more, but the 55lbs was a good challenge…especially towards the end of the workout! In the 5 cycles, I was able to do 15 rounds plus 2 cleans. I’m pretty happy with that…and especially with my push-ups, which were strong throughout the whole workout (although I did them on my knees, they felt much more solid than they did a month ago!)

    Tonight I had a great dinner before heading to the gym. I made the Clean Eating Sesame Pork Tenderloin with Bok Choy and Apple Tamari Glaze. This was a repeat recipe and it was a hit again. In fact, my older son says we need to have this more often. He is not a big fan of the bok choy, so I made corn for the kids. I also roasted up some acorn squash to round out the meal.

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    It was delicious, and I’ve got a lovely leftover lunch ready for tomorrow – YAY!!!

    Tomorrow is a day off from the box, but I will be cooking clean again. Tomorrow is Cauliflower, Goat Cheese & Chicken Casserole. This was so good last time I made it, I can’t wait to try it again. Plus, while the casserole cooks, I should have a half hour or so to either do a kettlebell workout, Fitness Blender workout, or maybe even hit the treadmill for a run…you know, since the GoodLife half marathon is only 2 months away and I still haven’t completed a single training run!!! God, this is not going to be good! Oh well!

    But now, in typical fashion, it’s late and I’m exhausted. I need to get my achy arms to bed. I’m terrified of how much I am going to hurt tomorrow. No pain, no gain, right?!!!

    How was your Monday?
    Did you eat clean and get a killer workout in?

    And don’t forget…

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    Only 4 more workdays until vacay!!!

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    The Friday Five

    Happy Friday, Peeps!

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    Time for this week’s Friday Five.

    1. I am starting my weekend early! Last year I had at least 2 weeks of holidays I wasn’t able to take because I was too busy at work. So this year I decided I would take a few “Me” days here and there throughout the year to make sure this didn’t happen again. Today is one of those days! My son is playing in a hockey tournament with his school’s team, so I took the day off to go watch him play. We didn’t have to be at the rink until 9am, so I even get a bit of a “sleep in” before I needed to get up and get going for the day. BONUS!

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    2. It’s a “Me” weekend, too! I am spending the weekend with my sister and 8 other friends at a Bed & Breakfast near Peterborough for a Scrapbook Retreat.

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    I am so far behind in my scrapping, it isn’t even funny – I am scrapping a cruise that hubby and I took back in January 2010. I am hoping to get lots done this weekend and hopefully keep things going when I get back and work scrap time into my hectic schedule somewhere! Aside from some much needed, uninterrupted scrap time, this weekend will also be relaxing, with lots of laughs and some really great food. The owner of the B&B used to have a catering business in the city and makes the best food EVER! It is not clean, by any means, but it sure tastes good!

    3. I still haven’t run a single step in my half marathon training! I seem to have lost my running mojo. It is completely gone. I just can’t bring myself to put on my shoes and go for a run. I have zero desire. This is NOT good since I also only have 10 weeks until Race Day. I’m not sure why I can’t bring myself to run. My last half training went really well and I PR’d the run, so you would think I would want to keep going? But NOPE. No desire to run, at all. Anyone know how I can get my run mojo back?

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    4. Success on the scale! I know I shouldn’t really care about the number on the scale, as long as my jeans fit the way I want them to. I know that, but when the number on the scale is higher than I want it, it makes me mad and frustrated. When I stopped running back in October I managed to maintain my weight for a while, even through the holidays. In January I made me goal of no diet pop and no unhealthy snacks and that was good too. Then February came and things fell apart. I didn’t get around to making my goals and my clean eating wasn’t at its best. I ate crap snacks and ate out for meals too often. The result…8 lbs. it made me so mad. But although the number on the scale was higher, my jeans still fit and I “looked” the same. I wondered if maybe I was getting some muscle with the CrossFit and that might make the scale go up? Who knows why, but today when I got on the scale, it was back to my “happy place”. I weigh myself a couple of days a week first thing in the morning before my shower. I weighed myself on Tuesday and the weight was still there 😦 When I got on today, it was gone 🙂 I actually didn’t believe the number it said so got on and off 3 times. Each time it said the same thing! I did clean up my act and get back on track with my eating, but the number was a shock…a happy shock! Now my goal is to keep it there…or maybe even make it go a few pounds lower!

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    5. Deadlifts and Rows…and Hockey! Deadlifts and Rows was last night’s CrossFit workout. 5×5 deadlifts…which I now know means 5 sets of 5 deadlifts, with each set using heavier weights until the last set if they asked you to lift once more, you couldn’t. Since I have no idea how much I can lift, I started light and just kept adding. I got up to 95lbs, but I know I could have lifted heavier. Next time they said start around there and see how heavy I can go. I felt strong and loved how everything got tight when I lifted. I love CrossFit! After we did the strength training, the WOD was 3x500m rows with rest in between. The amount of rest depended on how fast you rowed. If you took a minute to row, you got a two minute rest. If 2 minutes to row, 4 minutes to rest. Basically double your row time was the amount of recovery you got. It took me 2:04.4 to do the first row. It was tough and I needed every second of my 4:08 recovery. My second row was pretty much the same at 2:04.10. My legs were like jello when I got off the rower for my rest. I am still amazed at how hard 2 minutes can be when you are really pushing yourself. I slowed down a bit for my final row with 2:10 as my time. That last row was killer! I was so happy to be done! Then I got to go home, have a quick bite and head off to hockey. We had a good game and tied 2-2. Despite how tired my legs were when I got off the rowers, they felt great at hockey. Which is good. I was a bit worried about how both CrossFit and hockey on the same night would make me feel, but in the end, it was fine!

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    Now it’s time to watch a bit of hockey and then head home to pack up my scrap stuff before hitting the road for my scrap weekend.

    Hope you all had a good week and that the weekend is a great one!
    Got anything big lined up?

    And if you have any tips for getting my run mojo back, I would love to hear them!
    HAPPY WEEKEND!

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    The Friday Five

    Another work week bites the dust…and it’s the weekend.  WOHOOO!!!  It’s also time for:

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    1.  Only 2 more sleeps until I go see Bon Jovi!!!  Just about every time Bon Jovi comes to town I go see the show with my sister and two of our friends (who also happen to be sisters).  We all LOVE Bon Jovi (mainly Jon Bon Jovi).  Seriously…what’s not to love?

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    We always have a great time.  We sing, we dance, we yell at Jon to take off his clothes…and we’ve been known to have the odd beer too!  This year another friend is coming with us.  Erin is JBJ Rookie.  Hopefully she has fun.  If she doesn’t live up to our JBJ concert standard she won’t be invited back.  Kathy (aka Jack Rabbit) found that out the hard way.  She came with us last time and was not allowed to come with us this time.  That probably suited her just fine…I think we traumatized her a bit!  LOL.  This should be a pretty good time.  We are meeting for dinner before and then all staying over at Erin’s parents’ place who will be away.  So, after the concert, we will head there and keep the party going.  They’ve got a hot tub, which we will put to good use.  It promises to be a GOOD time! 

    2.  I’ve got 2 CrossFit workouts on tap this weekend.  I’m going today at 5:30 and tomorrow morning at 11:30.  Here are the workouts…they look fun.  (did I just say that?)

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    There are many moves on these two workouts that I haven’t done yet, so it will be another bunch of firsts for me.  I’m sure these workouts will be tough, but I can’t wait to do them. I will let you know how they go.

    3.  It’s a long weekend!  Monday is Family Day in Ontario, so we have an extra day off.  Wohoo!  Who doesn’t love a long weekend.  We have many family things planned this weekend.  We will be going to the Toronto Marlies hockey game on Saturday…not to watch the Marlies, but to watch the opposing team, The Hershey Bears.  My brother-in-law, Mark, is their head coach, so we will be going down to show some family support and hopefully see a good hockey game.  My dad is coming down and my sister and her family are also going.  It should be a good time. 

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    Monday we’ve got a birthday party for my niece Ryan who turns 3 today.  She shares her birthday with my nephew William who turns 4 today. Happy Birthday Kiddos!

    4.  At some point this weekend I need to plan my meals for the week and get groceries.  Given the weekend we have ahead, this will be tough to fit in, but after the week I just had, I am definitely going to make sure this gets done.  I will try to spend some time with my Clean Eating magazines and cookbooks tonight and get things planned.  Hopefully Sunday before Bon Jovi I will be able to hit the grocery store and get needed supplies for a week of healthy, clean meals and snacks for the week. 

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    5.  This weekend I also need to plan out my training schedule for the GoodLife Half.  I know I have said I need to do this before, but it is getting down to crunch time.  The race is 78 days away.  That’s about 11 weeks.  Most training schedules are 12 weeks minimum, so I’m already officially behind.  AWESOME!  I’m planning on running 3 days a week max.  A long run on the weekend (most likely on Sunday), one hill/speed/tempo run during the week,  and then hopefully a short easy run one day at lunch.  Hopefully this weekend I will have some time with my sister and a couple schedules I’ve got and we can build me a realistic running schedule.  Whatever we come up with will have to work around my 3 CrossFit sessions each week.  I’m loving those and don’t want to give those up.  I’m hoping that by getting stronger and fitter with CrossFit, it will make me a better runner.  I’m also going to check out this book…it sounds perfect!

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    Here’s looking forward to a great weekend ahead. 

    What’s on tap for your weekend?  Doing anything exciting?

    Anyone out there have a half marathon schedule that works with CrossFit?  I’d love to see it.

    Happy Weekend!

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