Marathons for mini eggs

Hi friends!

Time for an update!

So I don’t want to jinx it or anything but everything is going really well.

I am training for my second full marathon, the Ottawa Marathon on May 24th. And nothing hurts.  If you were following me this time last year, I was training for a couple half marathons and nothing was going my way. I had shin splints, diaphragm issues, respiratory illnesses, and no fun. So far this season (KNOCK ON WOOD), my shins are fine, my diaphragm is doing significantly better, and I haven’t been sick once yet this year! I feel like I have come to understand the mileage my body can take, and it is also getting better and better at handling the abuse, HAH. Not to mention I actually managed to run all winter long (almost all outside, except for tempo runs and one 23k long run…my new dread mill record). The only minor issue I have dealt with is from some minor pain on the top of my right foot.  I have been running in the Altra Superior 1.5 (I won’t lie, I picked it only because it was the prettiest of the zero drop shoes), but my physio and I agree that they are entirely too wide for my feet and seem to be causing some funny landing patterns.

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And so! I’m on the hunt for a new shoe. (If anyone is interested in these Altras, you let me know because the blue pair has never been worn! …online shopping will getcha.) Most of you know me as a minimal runner, I have run in Vibrams or the New Balance minimus for the last several years, but these rough Canadian winters encouraged me to look for something more substantial. With this, I have found that a minimal shoe doesn’t seem as important now that I have transitioned entirely from a heel strike to a mid foot strike. Everything just feels better this way, and a little extra padding seems to keep my shin splints at bay. I won’t argue with that! (Although I do miss feeling the ground right beneath my feet.)

Other things that are occupying my time in addition to running…

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Oh just a casual 96 days. I know that sounds like forever, but Josh and I had this big idea to plan an entire wedding weekend instead of just a wedding day. And it’s not at an actual wedding venue, it’s just some random giant house on the beach that we rented. Does it sound wonderful? Yes! Are we excited? So excited!  It’s just proving to be very time consuming. We have to think about things I never even considered having to think about. What length of linens do you want? (Pardon?) How many forks do you want to rent? Where are you going to plug in the lights? Is there enough power? How do I get a permit? How many drinks will people drink per hour? What types of drinks? Did you know people drink more white wine than red wine when it’s hot?  Will it be hot? I don’t know…

Hahah!  It’s actually really fun, just stressful at times! I try to keep reminding myself that it’s really not that serious. Which explains why I am eating so many mini eggs. Sweating for the wedding? NOT ME! Josh has lost almost 20lbs, and I am apparently trying to find it. I legit lie to Josh about my mini egg intake. IS THIS NORMAL? WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD? I CANNOT STOP. I AM ASHAMED. The struggle is so real.

In other news, Winslow continues to have zero regard for anyone’s personal space.

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Poor Lemon is so tolerant.

Hope you are all having a great start to spring!

 

Danielle

xo

That time I got completely surprised

First, thanks to everyone for your nice comments on my last post. Everyone is hanging in there!

It’s been super busy over the last couple of weeks so I figure it is time for..

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME.

Just kidding, it’s random list time. But I have that song in my head.

Okay, let’s do it! (In no particular order. I’m all over the place, actually).

1. I got into SeaWheeze 2015!!!!!!! It sold out in 18 minutes apparently. (WHAT?)

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2. Last week was my birthday week which resulted in a week of poor choices. Or excellent choices, depending on how you look at it.

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3. Ever since I tried it at Heirloom in Vancouver, I CANNOT STOP eating avocado toast. Cannot stop. It hits the same spot as grilled cheese without being grilled cheese. SERIOUSLY.

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Side story: When Josh was little he thought it was called “GIRL cheese” instead of “GRILLED cheese” and he thought they were just for girls.  He kept telling himself he had better stop eating them soon or someone was going to make fun of him…but they were just so tasty. HAHAH poor baby Josh.

4. My baby niece Ayla is turning ONE tomorrow!!!! It was so nice of her to take the time out of her busy day on Friday to make this for me.

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5. My birthday continued…

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6. …and continued.

So for my birthday dinner (the one on my ACTUAL birthday– Friday the 12th) we went to The Keg and I got all of my favourite things…pecan goat cheese sirloin! Billy Minor Pie! Twice baked potato!

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….sorry if you thought I was vegan. #woops.

7. I just did a tempo run and ew.

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8. On Saturday morning I went for a lovely lunch with some of my most favourite people (internet friends, obviously). Christina, Ang, Jess and I met up at Rawlicious Kitchener for some eats.

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These tacos were delicious but they were $16 and kept me full for approx. 20 mins…so there’s that.

We chatted for a few hours and then parted ways for the weekend….or so I thought.

9. The next time I saw these ladies, it went like this:

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Hahah!! My friend Claire had SOOO sneakily planned a surprise party for me and invited these ladies and my sisters over to her house for the big surprise.  I was sooooo completely confused as to what was going on.

I had SO MUCH FUN. I can’t believe what amazing friends I have made over the last couple years– especially considering most of them are from the internet, HAH. So thankful. Warm fuzzies for days. Legit.

10. Naturally, Claire, Christina, and I took the opportunity to bust out our matching hoodies for a photo shoot.

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We are adorable.

I think this sums up the past week!

Talk soon!

Danielle

xo

 

 

It sure is sparkly.

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So, over the last couple weeks, some stuff happened..

IMG_1014I’m sure you have all seen this up on my IG and what not but weeeee! Josh proposed on August 4, after the long weekend at the cottage. I don’t feel like posting the proposal story all up on the interwebs right now, but I said yes, obviously, and it was perfect. As is my ring. I just keep staring at it in disbelief that it is mine. It sure is sparkly. What the. It’s so pretty!!!

It took us about a week to get the news out to everyone, and I couldn’t post on my blog like a regular human without spilling the beans, so I waited.  We had all of our friends and family on social media blackout, hahah. It has been so much fun telling everyone, and getting started with the planning. We are hoping to tie the knot early next summer, preferably in June, but we will see how things unfold!

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Thanks so much to everyone who has already sent us the kindest messages and best wishes, we sure are feeling the love.

I’ll be back with a training update ASAP! It’s not pretty…but for now, I just stare at my sparkles and pretend everything is perfect.

Talk soon!

Danielle

xo