It’s better to have loved and lost

If you aren’t a dog person…you can go ahead and x this window because you just won’t get this!

My intention today was to write a random list blog post like I so often do. I attempt to be at least a tiny bit humorous, but today I can’t bring myself to do it. Here’s why.

When I was in the 10th grade, I remember all of my sisters and I taking the day off school to go pick up our new 8-week old German Shepherd puppy. He had the biggest paws, bologna breath, and an appetite for my Wendy’s chicken burger from the first ride home.

After MUCH deliberation, we named him Houston (no, we do not have a problem, but thank you for the concern) and he was the cutest puppy of all the puppies.


He curled up on the bottom stair for a nap in those early days, and a few short months later he couldn’t figure out when the stair got so freaking tiny?

When I brought Lemon home, she quickly took a liking to Houston. When it came to play time, she preferred to grab a hold of his tail and go for a little ski ride over a regular game of tug. Just a mention of his name to Lemon will prompt the best tilt of all the head tilts. It’s always the secret weapon for her best photos!


This week, Houston’s health had taken a turn for the worst after a steady decline for some time now, and this morning, my family had to make the tough decision to let him go.

We are all heartbroken, but we are most certainly thankful for the long and happy life we were able to share with him, our big furry teddy bear.

We love and miss you, our baby boy!






Marathon Monday: On a boat


It’s Monday already! Sheesh!


So I have literally nothing to tell you in terms of training– I haven’t run since the half marathon last week! I really felt like running when I got home and had planned to get out a couple times, but it took me longer than expected to recoup from the time change and my little 32-hours of being awake stint. Bad idea. By the time I felt ready to run we were heading to the boat, where running is literally impossible!

Phaedra has already sent me a new plan for the next couple weeks to see how things are looking as I train for the next couple of races– Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and the Hamilton Road2Hope Half. My two faves over the last couple of years! The thing that I have been struggling with most this season (injuries aside) is getting to the freaking gym. I seem to have lost my lifting mojo and I need it back ASAP. I’ve been thinking about repeating Phase 1 of LiveFit for some muscle building for a few weeks. We will see!

So we headed to my parents’ boat on Friday night and arrived back home late this afternoon. The doggies had SO MUCH FUN. I am going to try and refrain from posting all 5342949 pics that we took of them.



We spent Saturday and Sunday nights anchored at an island in Georgian Bay called Christian Island.  It had beautiful clear water and a sandy beach. We only wish it had been a bit warmer on Sunday!


The doggies did lots of swimming and running around the beach during the day, and we BBQ’d at night! So fun and cozy. I must have taken 5 naps on my mini boat bed, hahaha. The rocking of the boat just makes you soooo sleepy! Just ask the doggies.


Now here is some more picture overload before I pack it in for the night!






I will stop here! Hope you had a lovely long weekend, too!

Talk soon!



I knew carbs and I were best friends for a reason.

A while back I read something that basically told me I should eat as many carbs as I freaking please leading up to a race. At first of course, I thought it was too good to be true. As runners, most of us have read lots of pre-race nutrition theories about depleting carbs and then building them back up days before a race, or eating particular grams of carbs per pound of body weight, etc. This particular article caught my attention because of one simple point:

“[Mid-pack] runners who ate more than seven grams of carbohydrate for every kilogram of body weight (g/kg) ran 13.4 per cent faster than a comparable group of runners who ate fewer carbohydrates but were otherwise identical in terms of age, body mass index, training and marathon experience.” [source]

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A) An average of 13.4% faster than lower carb eaters! That’s significant!

B) It also means I legit probably cannot get enough carbs in the 24 hours before the race. For a 125lb person, for example, that is almost 400g of carbs! To break that down– that is the equivalent to 15 cups of cubed sweet potato! To be consumed in 24 hours! Hahah what! The article suggests that you even drink some of your carbs (eg. Gatorade) and consume energy gels between meals in order to get as many carbs in as possible. Ummm, challenge accepted. AM I RIGHT?

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Xzibit knows. I bet my trunk is full of bagels right now.

The study also found that only 12% of the 250+ runners were actually taking in enough carbs (by their standards of 7g per kg of body weight)– so chances are you and I are are part of the 88% not getting enough. Another suggested benefit to carb-loading, according to this study, is that those runners who didn’t eat enough carbs pre-race slowed their pace more in the last 6.2k than those who had sufficiently fuelled up.

Common sense tells me that I most certainly should not test this theory right before a race day. I figure I should bust this out before a super long run and see if I feel any different. Another thing to note, is that this study looked at full marathoners, and half marathons don’t always demand enough of the body to require this kind of carb intake. The article indicates that “for most people, carbohydrate stores aren’t depleted until after 90 to 120 minutes of vigorous exercise.” I think I am just slow enough (hah!) for this to apply to me during the last bit of a half as well. It is obviously more applicable to full marathoners, but I still think it is very interesting to note just how important carb intake is for endurance runners in general. I’m glad I came across this information so that I can start implementing these ideas as I increase my mileage over the next few running seasons!

Hardcore carb-loading could be the difference between looking like Lemon post-race and looking like Winslow. HAHA, poor beefy.


I have told all kinds of people about this article, but I never actually send them the source, so I thought a blog post was in order! You can find the original journal article here (although I tried to purchase it and was unsuccessful!) or the Globe and Mail article can be found here.

Have you ever tried carb loading anywhere near this level?

Do you even get my X to the Z XZIBIT meme?

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND FRIENDS! We are off to my parents’ boat with the doggies right after work!