The most important lifejacket feature

We had a super busy/fun weekend! Friday after work we headed out to Rib and Beer Fest where Josh and I shared a pulled pork sandwich, some corn bread, and a bloomin’ onion (not pictured because we likely blacked out and ate the entire thing in 43.2 seconds).

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We headed home pretty early and ran a couple errands before hitting the hay relatively early. Josh got up around 6am to golf, and I got up to do my long run (17k) before the busy day got started. Unfortunately my long run was the host of a wee bit of unwelcome shin pain.  It was dull, but it lasted about 7k…which is 7k too many if you ask me.  Turns out I don’t get to do any hill repeats this week after all. Sad face. I also had the worst tempo run yet last night. It was just way too hot and humid, and my sad little asthmatic lungs just weren’t having it. Oh well…just keep swimming.  This week’s long run (19k) has to happen on Thursday morning before work, since I can’t run this weekend (I’ll be on a boat). Eeeek. That should interesting.

So in preparation for this coming boat weekend, we had to pick up a second lifejacket for Winslow, since he is a little fishy and needs his own. It took a while, but we finally found the perfect lifejacket that had the most important feature of any lifejacket.

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More important than buoyancy? Maybe.

Okay I don’t actually drink beer, but I think it is hilarious.

My Mum thinks it is cruel, but I have to disagree. We will call it repayment for this little incident over the weekend:

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Thanks Winslow, I didn’t want that MAC pencil anyway.

Good thing he has that face, AM I RIGHT?

 

Hope your week is off to a great start!

 

Danielle

xo

Smashed

HIIIEE!

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!

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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:

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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!!

Danielle

xo

 

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!

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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:

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Adorbs.

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).

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Being best friends at our first race together last October hahah

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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??

 

Danielle

xo