Crushed it

Josh and I crushed this weekend.

CRUSHED IT.

Saturday morning I got up and did my last long run before my half marathon next weekend. I ran 16 slow, torturous, depleted, irresponsible kilometers. But they’re done. After that we headed to my office to help move it! We open at a new location tomorrow which is pretty exciting! The downside is I am no longer a 4 minute walk away from home, so I won’t be able to visit the doggies at lunch, and I will have to pack my food. The good news is I will eat less peanut butter on toast as a meal due to my incessant hunger and lack of planning. 1 point for more vegetables in my future.

After the move, we ended up going to a friend’s place for dinner last minute, and then we went bowling! At the bowling alley I continued to prove that you cannot teach bowling skills like mine.

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I’m talking 43 points by my 8th turn…..WATCH OUT.  …..I’ve never been so bad at anything in my life.

I am pretty good at making stupid faces though, so I excelled in the photo booth portion of the bowling event. But I didn’t quite excel the way Josh did.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.59.18 PMThis morning, we got up, got groceries and started meal prepping like champions. Like I said…there are now lunches to be packed! We basically just grabbed meat, because this week Josh and I ordered our first produce bag from Grand River Organics!  It is a bag (or box) of fresh local/organic seasonal produce that you can order weekly as part of a farmers co-op!

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It’s a fun surprise to see what veggies you are going to get, and then it’s a fun game to try and EAT THEM ALL. This week we got carrots, tomatoes, red pepper, red skin potatoes, spinach, onions, apples, cabbage and Boston lettuce. We only picked the bag up on Thursday and we have used just about everything already!  If you live in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Milton, Cambridge, Burlington, Oakville or Hamilton (Ontario, Canada), you need to check this out! ….you better write me down as your referral. #freeveggies

Pulled outta my bum Autumn soup/stew recipe. Veggies killin' it.

Pulled outta my bum Autumn soup recipe. Killin’ it. (Shout outs to Claire for the inspo).

That right there my friend’s is my future packed lunch. Commuting and packing lunches like regular people…not into it.

In addition to crushing it in the kitchen, we also cleaned up our entire backyard. It was crazy. We have not raked the leaves once this fall, and we also have two apples trees that make a freaking MESS. Not to mention two doggies doin’ their business. We filled THIRTEEN yard waste bags. We also had a solid workout carrying those bags full of apples to the curb, let me tell ya. And now I am finishing up my second load of laundry.

CRUSHING IT.

Except it is passed my bed time.

So I gotta go.

NIGHT NIGHT

Danielle

xo

 

 

 

Pick up the pace!

What’s UPPPPP!

HOLY it is COLD, I just got back from a run and I have that super chilled, I-need-all-the-blankets-and-sweatpants-all-over-my-body feeling.

The good news is, my run was GREAT. The best run I’ve had in a long, long, long time. It was a 13k run with 9k at tempo, and I managed a 5:00/km pace including the warm up/cool down, and I still felt great when I was done! Okay so the “cool down” kilometer actually ended up being a 4:43 pace, because I was a bit overexcited about how good I felt. Hah, woops.  I haven’t been able to hold a pace like this for more than 4k without dying in a LONG time. This my friends is the magic of COLD WEATHER. (Remind me of this when I start talking smack about the winter in 2 months). It could also, however, be the magic of 8-10 mini Halloween chocolates…but who knows.

Last week went well too! I got all my training runs in, and I did my biggest long run (21.1k) on Saturday. I was super windy and kinda wet, and my legs were really tired from two speed sessions that week, but I managed 1:55 without tuckering myself out. Happy enough with that!

After my long run, I spent most of my afternoon lounging and brainstorming what I perceived to be the most amusing race sign ideas I could think of. I had a lot of friends running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, and since I wasn’t racing for the first time in FIVE YEARS, I was pumped to cheer people on instead!

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My partially Type A personality required that I trace the letters off my computer screen, cut them out, trace them onto the bristol board, and then colour them in, so they would be perfect. Now you understand why it took all afternoon.

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It’s okay though, cause I nailed it.

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I didn’t see ANY of the people I went to cheer for during the race, but it was still really fun because as soon as we busted these signs out at kilometre 14, the smiles started cracking. These quotes were entirely based on what I would like to see during a race…sorry if you are offended. But you should really get out more.

SHOUT OUTS to Christina who freaking crushed her race with a 1:41 PR! #myidol. I at least got to see her post race for a congratulatory hug!

What’s the best race sign you have ever seen? I need more material!

Happy OCTOBER 21ST!

For no reason at all.

Danielle

xo

 

The countdown is on!

HI!

Last week was so busy that I only ran once! On Sunday!  Are you taking notes on all the right things to do when you’re trying to PR in a race? Cool. Glad I could help.

UPDATE TIME.

1. We set a wedding date! July 4, 2015! We were hoping for June 20th or 27th, but the location we chose didn’t have it. Only 263 days to go! We have also booked the photographer, bought the bridesmaid dresses, the suits for the groomsmen and I am going dress shopping in two weeks! THE BALL IS ROLLING PEOPLE.

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2. I’ve seen TWO movies in the last two weeks! Josh and I saw ‘Gone Girl’ on opening night and then this past weekend we saw “This Is Where I Leave You.’ These are literally (I think) the 4th and 5th movies we have ever seen in theatres together in 7 years, so this is very strange for us! Josh’s sister and I took the opportunity to dress as twins because why not…

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3. All and I mean ALL I have wanted to eat lately is soups and stews and warm things. My crock pot has been put to good use already this season. It helps that the meals I have been craving are also the ones built for lazy people. In addition to the crock pot, baby carrots also complete my life in circumstances such as 11pm emergency lunch making episodes.

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4. I went to my first Oktoberfest event! Here in K-W, Oktoberfest is kind of a big deal. I have lived here for 3 years now, and when I tell people I have never been, they look at me like I have 6 heads. Technically, I still haven’t been to a real event since this was my friend’s house party, but it’s cool…no one needs to know. Now how hilarious are these cupcakes? I took this outside in the middle of the night…sorry so dark!

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5. For Thanksgiving we had TWO dinners! Saturday night with Josh’s family, and Sunday night with mine. All of my sisters/cousins are in our 20s so we have a grrreat time at fam functions. This year we set up the ol’ self timer for a group shot featuring my no-so-baby cousin, Cole, front and centre.

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6. Walks along the credit river with the fam never get old!  We have been doing this as long as I can remember. This is the time of the year when the salmon run so it’s pretty neat to see the giant fish people catch!

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7. Did you know snails could be this TINY?

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8. My doggies proved yet again that they can’t handle three day weekends. Too tired to move to the other bed. They’re STILL asleep, I swear.

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9. I’m sleepy, too. So, bye!

Hope all you Canadian peeps had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

 

Danielle

xo