Friday, January 27, 2012


Yesterday I received an email from my sister Kirsten that she has decided to run the 2012 Boston Marathon in support of a charity (Lupus Canada) by joining her friend Heather’s fundraising team “LaceUp4Lupus.”

I’m having trouble getting my words out of my brain, through my fingertips and onto the keyboard today, so I thought it might be best just to share Kirsten’s email.

So without further ado…

Most of you know that I qualified last May at the Vancouver Marathon to run the Boston Marathon. I am so excited that I will finally get to travel to Boston this April and run in the 116th Annual race. For those of you that don't know marathons, Boston is the dream... I have been trying for years to qualify and training an unbelievable amount to improve my fitness so I can run a strong race there.

I recently discovered that a friend of mine, Heather Bretshneider, has lupus and is running the Vancouver Marathon this year to raise money for Lupus Canada. She is asking other runners for support by joining her team 'LaceUp4Lupus' and choosing their own race to run, with the goal of raising a total $4200 ($100 per km of the marathon).

It was an easy decision for me to join and run the Boston Marathon in support of her team. I had been thinking about running for a charity and it makes me even more excited to be fulfilling my personal dream while helping others.

We are collecting donations through the 2012 Walk for Lupus website and I would appreciate any donation - big or small! My goal is to start by raising at least $420 and then see where I can take this from there. The easiest way to support me is by making a secure online donation using your credit card using this link.

You can read more about Heather's story by checking out her blog.

The Walk for Lupus is Lupus Canada’s most important national public awareness and fundraising event. Lupus affects tens of thousands of Canadian men, women and children. It is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can attack any tissue or organ in the body. Although there is no cure, with your help we will be one step closer to finding one. has more information as well.

Your support is greatly appreciated. Please consider passing this message on to your friends, family, and coworkers.

Thank you!

As for today, I’m thinking it’s going to be a pretty good Friday. The sun is shining and I started off the day with a run along the waterfront as the sun came up. As I crested the little mini-incline from Cook Street onto Dallas Road, the lights of Port Angeles looked like they were within swimming distance. The sky was clear and even the darkness of the morning seemed bright....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weekly Goal Setting

This week, I’ve decided to set a little mini-goal for myself.

The goal: to complete all of my workouts without cutting any of them short.

This really shouldn’t be too too hard, as I generally like to stick with my schedule and I don’t alter “the plan” that often. That said, I’ve noticed over the last couple weeks, I’ve been a little too nonchalant about, say, only doing a 5’ cool down on a run as opposed to a 10’, or perhaps shortening the amount of time I do drills, etc. etc. I blame it partially on the weather and other time constraints (like trying to get a full run workout in during an hour long lunch break and still having time to shower), but also partially for the fact that I have slowly created this bad habit and somehow continually allow myself to justify it. The cool down is part of the workout too, and I just need to reinforce that in my brain.

So, the week has started well. After a rest day on Sunday, I had a trainer ride and run to do on Monday. Done and done! Nothing cut short, nothing skipped.

This morning was a swim workout followed by a strength session. I lost track of time a little in the gym and did end up being about 10’ late for work (oops) but I got the entire workout done – including all 40 push ups! (even if there was an extra rest break during the push ups than there was supposed to be, haha).

Also, because I can’t seem to write a blog post lately that doesn’t meander from one random topic to another; I came across this article yesterday and enjoyed reading it, so figured I’d share.

The author lists his “Ten Principles of Personal Development.” My favourite of these “Ten Principles” is:

You become what you think.

Pretty powerful string of 5 words if you ask me.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pure Joy, Excuses and Random Stuff

Is it Friday already?

I suppose the week has kind of gotten away from me. It has been filled with snow (and “snow days” off from work), comedians (Gerry Dee, you are one funny man), yoga (practicing and observing), swimming (in a pool almost all to myself – thank you snow), biking (ahh, the good old trainer) and, well, one altered and one skipped run workout (explanation to come).

Anyway, let’s see…. it has definitely been an easier week on the training calendar which has been really nice, especially as I head into my last full weekend of Yoga Teacher Training (yay!).

That said, I still managed to drastically modify one run workout and miss a second run workout all together this week. I’m blaming these lapses on the snow that blanketed Victoria, but I suppose that is just an excuse and with a little extra effort I probably (maybe) could have fit the run in that I missed if I had of really really tried.

I do think I made the correct decision about modifying my interval run, as it didn’t seem safe to be doing intervals along the side of a snow and ice covered road with no sidewalk – safety first and all that good stuff (you're welcome Mom).

But, back to my excuses regarding the skipped run… I wasn’t sure when or where I could squeeze the workout in that wasn’t uber-icy and my schedule for the day didn’t allow any time to go to the gym to run on a treadmill. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel like stressing about it and so, I just X'd it off the ol’ schedule and tried to put it out of my mind. (FYI: that is definitely rare for me - not stressing about a missed workout). I managed to feel fine with my decision for almost one whole day. But of course, now I feel guilty, haha.

Anyway, because it’s Friday and I kinda dig this, here is another version of Random Facts Friday.

1) I'm pretty sure this face is the definition of pure joy.

Happiest pooch in all the land!

2) There seem to be a lot of websites where you can find random facts on the internet. Three of the facts I found are:
* In high school, Robin Williams was voted 'Least Likely to Succeed.'
* Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world.
* The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.
I have no idea if any of these facts are indeed true.

3) I do not know how to do the butterfly or dolphin kick. I’ve attempted flip turns before (in the privacy of Shane’s Dad’s backyard pool), but I am too afraid/embarrassed to try them at the pool in front of people. So, if anyone wants to join me at JdF to practice flip turns and look silly together, please let me know.

4) How’s this for random?

5) Ironman Canada was exactly 218 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds away at the time I wrote this.

6) When I post next I will be a certified yoga instructor.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Intervals are FUN!

Week 2 of the BUILD is going well - really well in fact. I’ve had very similar (if not exactly the same) workouts this week as I did last week, and Tuesday’s “best average” set in the pool, followed by an interval run later in the day actually – wait for it – felt good!

[So I guess Kelly wasn’t really trying to kill me after all. Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, non?]

So, let's see...
The past weekend was chock-a-block full of yoga (with a couple of easy runs thrown in for good measure). I was tired, slightly yoga’d out, and dang ready for a weekend by the time 5pm Sunday rolled around, but alas, it was not meant to be and it was straight back into the regular grind on Monday morning. I got up early to spin on the trainer before heading to work, and it was the best decision, as it allowed for some much needed downtime on the couch Monday evening.

Since then, it has been a busy week, but aside from feeling slightly “off” yesterday and not really knowing why, I feel like my workouts have all been clicking and I’ve been feeling strong. As mentioned above, Tuesday’s intervals went about 100x better than the previous Tuesday. Last night’s return to trainer class was fab, and this morning – even though I snoozed a little too long and was a bit late to the pool – my swim was, in the words of Guy Fieri, on point!

I also am not feeling quite as yoga’d out any longer and had a nice quiet practice on my own in the lobby of the McPherson Playhouse yesterday during my lunch break. Kind of a great perk to the job to be able to practice in such a quiet and pretty space.

The camera on my relic of a phone really doesn’t do it justice, but well, with art all around me and the sun shining, it was a pretty great place to spend an hour practicing.

Tonight I run, and then am teaching yoga to a class at VI Fitness for the first time. I’m nervous, but excited. Friday is a much needed rest day. (TGIF indeed!) Saturday Shane turns 32. (How did this happen? When did we become adults? Has time sped up?)

Also, this video has been cracking me up lately…. ENJOY!

Namaste, mutha f*ckas.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Tee Gee Eye Eff

Well, here we are.
One week into 2012.
One week closer to IMC.
One week closer to NZ.


I am also one week removed from active recovery and am now back into my regular training regime and the start of the dreaded, wait, I mean, oh-so-glorious, BUILD.

I’m starting to think I was maybe a little too focused on the ‘recovery’ part of things over the holidays and perhaps not enough on the ‘active’ part, as both of my workouts on Tuesday (intervals, oh, intervals) were a bit of a shock to the system. That said, after getting over the shock of these workouts and the feeling that Kelly may be trying to kill me, the rest of the week has gone fairly well and I’m sure it will only get easier from here. Right? Right?

Also, this weekend is my second to last weekend of Yoga Teacher Training! As much as I’ve loved this experience and am so happy I decided to do it – I will be really happy when the course is over. Working all week and then being in class all weekend can be very draining and I think is what partially contributed to my December burnout.

Anyway, all that said, since it’s Friday and I don’t have much to report on the training front besides the fact that my interval workouts almost killed me on Tuesday, I decided to finally steal an idea that I’ve been meaning to steal for a while (that’s how the blogosphere goes round right? One person steals a good idea, then the next, and the next….)

And so, I present to you some of my Random Friday Facts (or is it Random Facts Friday?)

1) I really like that split second when you are driving in the rain and you go under an underpass and the sound of the rain on the windshield stops momentarily. It always makes me smile.

2) My aunt gave me a pair of scented fuzzy green socks once. I thought it was a bit of an odd gift at the time – scented socks, really? – but they are one of the most comfortable pairs of socks I’ve ever owned, and while they no longer smell like gardenias (or whatever) they are still fuzzy and nice and I am wearing them today.

3) Whenever I see someone I know but haven't seen in a long time, I am never sure if I should say hi or not because I'm not sure if he/she will remember me. I suppose what that really means is that I never think anyone remembers me - ever.

4) Growing up, I was pretty sure I would be the first woman to play in the NBA. Now, I maybe, maybe, touch a basketball once a year.

5) I’ve seen Damn You Auto Correct before, but have never paid much attention to it. Yesterday I came across The 25 Funniest AutoCorrects Of 2011. Number 6. Oh man, Number 6.

6) I’ve been running in Nike Pegasus for pretty much my entire “running career” with a small detour into a pair of Asics at one point. I doubt I will ever stray again. I think the Pegasus are the perfect shoe.

7) I’ve been really digging this song lately….

And on that note… I’m out.