I hadn’t planned to do weekly posts the last couple of weeks but that just seems to be how it is panning out!  I’m not putting pressure on myself to blog and just posting when I feel like it.

Last weekend was Claire’s wedding, like I mentioned, and we had a freaking blasty blast. Here is a little peek of the (absolutely perfect) bride and the food. Oh my, the food.  Claire’s wedding was at the Cambridge Mill, which is the same place where Josh and I had this ballin’ meal. I did my long run (15k) in the morning before the wedding, and then I danced in heels for hours and hours which lead to some sore legs on Sunday/Monday! Good thing my tempos are on Tuesdays!


This week’s tempo was 8k with 5k at tempo, and while it was much more challenging than the previous weeks (for a variety of reasons), I still got it done. THIS IS HOW WE GET FASTER. ……right? I sure hope so. Here is an inside view at my inner struggle:


As soon as I hit send on the first message I was like ‘YOU IDIOT, GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME.’ For me, as soon as I tell myself it’s too hard…it’s too hard. I HAVE to fake it until I make it. It works in races, and tempos are no different, they might be harder actually. But as soon as I said “it’s okay, I can do it,” I was like YEAH. Yeah I CAN do it. Done!

My tempo splits continue to be below what Phaedra prescribed, so I think we are in okay shape, as long as nothing starts hurting. Splits for this week’s tempo: Warm up (2k): 5:35, 5:44. Tempo (5k): 4:35, 4:40, 4:39, 4:39, 4:44. Cool down (1k), 5:02. I asked Phaedra if I win some hill work if I make it through this plan with no pain, and she said I just might!  We figure SeaWheeze isn’t flat seeing as it’s in Vancouver and all…hahah, I wish it was!

This weekend is the best summer weekend of all aka. RIBFEST. Pretty excited to eat myself into a smoked meat coma post long-run. YES.

Happy almost Friday!!




Don’t jinx it

Hi peeps!

Well we are 6.5 weeks away from the Seawheeze Halfaroni and I feel like I can finally start training for it. I started training with Phaedra for this race season back in MARCH (4 months ago!), but it quickly turned into maintenance mode instead of improvement season thanks to my idiot shins.  I don’t want to jinx it, but finally feel like I just might be able to get somewhere. TWO WEEKS of proper training, complete with awesome tempo runs, and I am feeling good. Yesterday’s (baby) tempo run went down like this:

  • 2k warm up (5:49, 5:42)
  • 4:50
  • 4:41
  • 4:34
  • 4:30
  • 1k cool down (6:14)

I felt like poop at the start of this run and somehow it turned out to be a better tempo than last week. Who woulda thought. I missed tempos so much! (Loser status).

I also got my long run in on the weekend! I ran slow and comfortably and enjoyed the entire run and nothing hurt!


Part of the problem however, is that I have developed an aversion to the gym. I have no desire to go there. It gets so hot and humid and smelly in there, and I would just rather run outside! I totally go through phases of preferring running over lifting and vice versa, but I am just realizing that it seems to have a direct correlation to weather…

On to more fun things.

You Canadian girls know that online clothing stores with cute clothes that ship fast without $183298329 in shipping and duty are hard to come by. WELL, a Facebook ad recently did me a solid (for the first time in history) and introduced me to this little Montreal-based shop called Boutique 1861. Their clothes are adorable, shipping is at lightning speed (I’m talking 48 hours), and talk to me about this packaging:



I ordered THREE dresses for my friend’s wedding because I couldn’t decide! I’m supposed to send two back….about that…

Speaking of the wedding! This weekend my friend Claire is getting married, and I AM SO EXCITED to watch her walk down the aisle! Wait ’til you see her dress (you can’t handle it).


Being best friends at our first race together last October hahah


The wonderful ladies I get to hang out with ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!

So this week has basically just been a countdown to party time. So freaking excited.

Do you get excited for weddings??





Good times and good news!

I feel like I blacked out and went into a time warp and suddenly it is Wednesday.  Canada Day on a Tuesday really threw me off my game. We ended up going to Josh’s cottage for the weekend and the weather was perfection.


Not a bad morning view.

On Saturday morning the doggies woke us up around 7am (jerks) so we played with them outside for a bit (Winslow is a straight up fishy in the lake) and then we headed to the infamous Shed Market. I found some sweet books for little Ayla (50 cents for all 4, boom) and the best record of all time (25 cents, double boom).  Then I somehow convinced myself to run 14k in the scorching heat on hilly country roads. I didn’t feel great about it. Until I got to jump in the lake when I was done. That counts as a shower, right?

cottage june 29 2014

These are a few of my favourite things (…see what I did there?)

We headed home on Sunday evening since Josh and I both had to work on Monday, which was kind of a bummer. It was an easy day of work, which was nice, because when it was done my fave ladies and I got to lay poolside with some delightful food and wine.


This wine is my jam (you can only get it online or at the vineyard) and if anyone wanted to send me a case I would be okay with that.

We may or may not have walked a couple miles for DQ Blizzards after this too… what? It was Canada’s birthday, and it would be rude not to celebrate.

Now onto two super exciting pieces of news.

1. I JUST GOT TO DO MY FIRST TEMPO RUN IN MONTHS! Phaedra said no tempo runs until my legs hadn’t spazzed out for 5-6 weeks or something. They have totally been cooperating (provided I give ample rest between runs), and so today I actually got to do speedwork!  I usually aim for 4:45/km for my tempos (7:39/mile), so I was pretty pumped when I managed to swing the following after months of no speed or hills or anything fun:

  • 2k warm up @ 6:07/km average
  • 4k tempo @ 4:37/4:51/4:33/4:40
  • 1k cool down @ 6:20

BOOM. Happy runner over here.

2. The university I went to (the University of Guelph) got a badass new statue and it looks like it is STRAIGHT out of Harry Potter. It is supposed to be the school mascot, a Gryphon (hello, Gryffindor), but I think it is straight up Buckbeak.



Happy almost weekend!!