Montreal Runner Mom

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Race Day!

Today is race day!! Montreal Resolution Run here I come! Woohoo!! So excited!

Yesterday I spent the day in the car driving home from an awesome family vacation in Connecticut. Holidays were fabulous but I over ate and over drank to the max and am now feeling slightly more sluggish than normal. Oh well, ’tis the season!!

However on the positive side, the running was awesome in CT. With no snow, super mild weather and running trails along the beach and through wooded areas, it was just pure heaven! So I did get in some good distance and speed training, which was great. And although I’m a little stiff from from the 8 hour car trip back, it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Overall, I am rested and ready to run 🙂

My last 5km PR was 30min 40sec back in September at the Montreal Rock n’ Roll race. I am wondering if I can maintain that time or even better beat it. I know I could beat it easily if conditions were the same. When I did the 10km in November I hit the halfway mark at 27 minutes. However I am unsure of how the winter weather will play into it. When I trained on the course over a week ago it did take much longer but hopefully those disasters were just a fluke. See the 5 reasons why for all the details!

So….the question remains, am I really ready to run uphill, in the dark and freezing cold?? Ummm….I’m honestly not sure but I will find out soon enough. If nothing else, this will be an experience to remember!

Time to eat well, hydrate, rest up, pack my bag and get mentally focused for this race.

Ommmmmmmmm…………………………………………..

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Let the countdown to the run begin! 5.5 hours till race time!

Send some good running vibes my way please!

🙂


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Still on vacay….

OMG it’s Friday!!! I can’t believe how fast this week is going! Christmas was wonderful and the weather in Connecticut is just unbelievably warm and beautiful.

Running here is even better than I imagined. I feel like I could be a much better runner if I lived with a winter like this all the time. It’s basically a crisp fall or spring day pretty much all “winter” long.

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So here’s to a few more days of running, family and holiday bliss!

Happy holidays 🙂


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Holiday Running

We did it!! We are finally on vacation!

All the stress and preparation from last week has come to an end and the big road trip was completed in record time. My family and I have finally arrived in Connecticut 🙂 There’s nothing like pulling up into the driveway and greeting loved ones you haven’t seen in months, gathering around the table to share food and memories and just plain old relaxing on the couch and catching up on movies.

All of this has the makings for a great holiday season. This and……..NO SNOW!!! So fabulous holiday running here I come! First of all the view from my room this morning was just amazing and inspirational. If this doesn’t get you excited to go outside, nothing will!

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I must admit that I bounded out of the house this morning like an overexcited puppy. I just couldn’t wait to get outside and run without slipping on the ice, tripping in heavy snow, avoiding snowplows and wearing 10 layers of clothing! It didn’t even matter that it was raining hard. It was misty, cool and I ran admiring the beauty of nature all around me and enjoying the rain in my face.

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I even ran along the beach, drinking in the salty smell of the water. It was one of the loveliest 10km I have ever run! There is a particular joy in running in a new location; not really knowing where you are going, not checking the time, just turning down streets and paths in the hopes of discovering something new and interesting.

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I am so grateful for this week and the opportunity I have to be with family during the holidays and run in such an inspiring and beautiful location. This week I will drink it all in, taking advantage of the beauty of this lovely little town and it’s scenery. Each day I will run longer, faster and better than the day before. After 5 days, I will rest for 2 then conquer my upcoming race!!

Wishing everyone a fabulous holiday week and a very Merry Christmas! Hoping Santa is good to all of you tomorrow evening 😉 See you Friday, happy holiday running!


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5 things that have me running scared from my next race

Today I had planned on a fab post listing the 5 awesome tips to follow in order to be well prepared for your first Canadian winter night race. Instead this has become the 5 things that FREAKED me out for my first Canadian winter night race!!

Here’s what happened…….

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1. Run on the route

Twice this week, I drove 35minutes away in order to train on the course for my upcoming race which is 11 short days away. I have never done this before but have heard it’s a wise choice and it can really help in being properly prepared to run your best possible race. So off I went! Then I started and holy crap…this route is insanely hard! It is all uphill, all of it, forever and ever. The entire 5km is uphill, I nearly collapsed. Both times. Now I ‘m just scared to go back.

2. Cold weather clothing

Okay so I normally am well prepared for cold weather running. However when the entire race is uphill, I sweat a heck of a lot more than normal and my running gear no longer works for me. I started out frozen from -13 degrees Celsius plus windchill and ended up feeling like I was running in July and wanting to literally strip down to shorts and a tank top! Must recalculate the amount of clothing.

3. Headlamps and headaches

This race starts at 5:30pm, it is already pitch black by then so I went out and bought a headlamp. Turns out, headlamps are super uncomfortable and give me migraines 😦  First it was too loose, then too tight, I fiddled with it for most of the run and ended up taking it off and nearly threw it into the bushes I was so frustrated.

4. Night vision goggles

Ummmm…..so turns out I can’t see ANYTHING at night!! Now I should have known this as I wear glasses to drive at night but sadly the thought never occurred to me. I should probably wear my glasses all the time (for distance) but both glasses and contacts always end up being uncomfortable so I just don’t. I’m quite used to slightly blurry vision and it works well for me. Except when running in the forest at night!! Where the heck is trail??? I seriously need some night vision goggles.

5. Yaktrax, schmaktrax

All good when running on the streets around my house but not so much on this trail. With all the uphill, they just kept sliding off my shoes or getting stuck too much to one side causing me to run, hop, skip and eventually trip and fall. Without them I slipped on the ice, with them I tripped over my own feet. Yet another thing that is just not working for me.

Honestly the entire time I was out there, I just kept moving in order to try and get back to my car. I can’t even say I actually ran. I was more of a trotting, stumbling, hopping, cursing hot mess.

11 days to go….for the first time ever, I’m actually dreading a race.


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Let the holiday madness begin!

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Ahhhh!!! It’s officially the holiday season!

As of today my business is closed for 4 weeks! After working 7 days a week and not having a day off since Thanksgiving (which was the beginning of October here in Canada!) I cannot express how HAPPY and EXCITED I am!

HAPPY 🙂 ….and a little late on everything holiday related!

I now have exactly 1 week to….

  • Buy, wrap and deliver all gifts to the kids school teachers and friends that we won’t see again until after the New Year
  • Attend my kids school holiday shows and parties
  • Celebrate Hanukkah with the family starting tonight
  • Host a holiday dinner for our company teachers & staff
  • Host a holiday party for our competitive dance teams
  • Take my kids to get their photos taken with Santa
  • Kids dentist appointments
  • Buy, wrap and pack all gifts that will travel with us when we visit family in the US for Christmas
  • Do laundry, shop for kids holiday outfits and pack suitcases for all 4 of us
  • Attend a baby shower
  • Take my kids to see the Nutcracker ballet

Oh and did I mention, RUN???? lol, maybe I will simply keep my shoes on and run around between errands!

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Luckily I got back on track last week with running and my goal is to get in 3 runs before we head out on Monday for our road trip. So in order to get all these things done, something will have to give…sleep maybe?

OMMMMMMMM……..I CAN DO THIS!!!! 

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Despite the craziness, I truly love the holiday season and all that it brings. I love that I have the best of both worlds as we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. I am thankful to have family and friends with whom to share it. My wish for everyone, regardless of what you are celebrating or not celebrating this month, is a happy and healthy season that warms your heart and those you love in a special way!

With this in mind, I am off for my morning run! It’s mild out today only -1, so I am aiming to get in a good 8km. As I run today, my mind will be buzzing with lists, lists and more lists!! Then it’s off to hit the stores and tick those items off the lists. Can’t wait!!

Happy day everyone and Happy Hanukkah tonight to all who celebrate 🙂

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Back on track baby!!

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I did it!! I finally had a good training week despite the snowstorm!! This week has been my get back on track week after being sick and succumbing to nasty winter slushy weather. I got three runs in this week, each progressively getting better despite the snow!!

Tuesday 5km, Wednesday 8km, Thursday was a rest day in part due to the storm and just because I needed the rest and then today….finally got my 10km 🙂

I haven’t run 10km in a couple of weeks and boy did it feel good! This week’s snowstorm was our first really big one of the season but lots of snow also means really nice mild running conditions. As long as the streets, trails and pathways have been cleared it’s a great time for winter running. Luckily my area was well cleared and easy to navigate through, which helped to get me back on track.

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Winter running can actually be a beautiful and surreal experience. When everything is covered in snow, the world looks like a magical fantasy land. Everyday items like a lamp post or fence all of a sudden have softened and have mystical qualities. The trees heavy with snow become misshapen yet remarkable. By taking the time to really breathe in beauty of the snow while running, my mind flowed towards these words…..(apologies for mix of languages, my thought process sometimes does that!)

Magical majestic white flocons de neige

A beautiful tempête whirls dans l’air

Comme un ange that dances in the rays du soleil

We welcome l’hiver once again

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So much beauty and wonder in can be found along a good snowy running trail. I wish everyone could experience it! That is of course if you remember to slow down and look up! Sometimes that’ s hard to do, especially if it’s icy but this week was all nicely packed snow 🙂

After this fabulous week I feel much more confident about the upcoming race and I still have a good 2.5 weeks to go! Next week I will take a couple of opportunities to train on the actual course. Then I’m off to Connecticut for a week where I can boost up my speed running without any snow!! So excited for that!

The race is on the 30th, then once the New Year’s deals hit, gym membership it is. I have been grudgingly talking about joining a gym for a while now and every time I do my mood turns sour….so now I decided to look at it another way. Instead of griping about having to go to the gym, I am getting psyched to do so because once January and gym time begin, there will only be 3 short months before the snow is gone and spring is here 🙂

So bring on the gym!!!

After all…..

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Happy snowy trails to all! 🙂


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New Kicks!

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I won the contest!!! Can’t believe I actually won!!! 

Last Friday I entered a Running Room FB contest for a new pair of Brooks shoes. Just needed to post what I love about winter running with the #runhappy. I also included a little selfie of moi running outside on a snowy day and voilà!

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Tons of random votes from all across the country and the announcement came yesterday afternoon that I was indeed the winner. Will be picking up my new pair of kicks at my local Running Room this week 🙂

I’ve never won anything before so this is pretty exciting for me. Hmmm….maybe I should play the lottery too!!

With brand new shoes just in time for a 15cm snowstorm tomorrow I have no excuse but to join a gym! I’ve actually been putting it off for a couple of weeks (although been doing the research and visiting a few places around town) but with new shoes which I refuse to wear outside until the snow melts and the streets are clean again, it must be done!!! This way my old shoes can get wet and dirty outside and my new clean babies will only see the treadmill until April 🙂

My last pair were Asics and my new winning pair are Brooks which I’ve never tried before. It will be interesting to see the difference. Anyone out there have a shoe preference? I’d be interested to know your choices. I have a terrible habit of buying shoes for superficial reasons and not practical ones. This usually involves the running shoe salesman trying to convince me to buy a particular pair that are a good choice for my feet and running style but do not in any way please me aesthetically. Needless to say it takes me forever to buy running shoes!! However….I love the purple, pink and orange of these shoes, so fingers crossed they fit well and I get the thumbs up from the running shoe gurus 😉

Race Update……

So it’s officially 21 days until my next race and I will admit to slacking off in the training department lately. It’s been cold, wet, icy and I’ve been feeling a bit sick this last week too. My little monkeys have brought home the first batch of winter germs from school and daycare and lovingly passed them on to me. However, I need to get my training into gear because with only 21 days left, the time will go by very quickly, especially over the holiday week.

Mount Royal Resolution Run is coming soon and right now the equation goes like this….

Less than stellar training + Snowy hills + below freezing temps + night race = Lost in the dark, hypothermic runner popsicle

However if I up my training, work those hills and train on the course I might actually finish with a half decent time! So that’s my goal and I’m getting back on track towards it!

Here we goooooo!!!!!

Wishing all my friends in blog land a very happy day 🙂


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Pinterest photo prompts play…..

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Punctual practice produces perfect performance and progress

So profess your promise to possess your success!

Pride and prestige will pop up to the majority

Especially to those who make it a priority.

 

First pinpoint the perfect plank position to produce power.

This is not as easy as planting a perennial flower!

Pain will precede peace when pursuing the proper pace.

Pay attention to plantar fasciitis, pronation and of course each race!

Push through the panic to get to the praise, this is not a prank or a phase!

 

Plenty of pure provisions like peaches, potatoes, pumpkins and polenta

Unfortunately none of which come in magenta

But all these will help provide the proper physical fitness

As well as many pretty pink products for primping & prepping every picky pony tailed princess!

  

Paths may have pebbles, palm trees or ponds.

Polar peaks can mean prayers and parkas of which you may not be fond.

You may meet playful pups like a pug, a papillion or pekingese

Or perhaps a parrot, a pig or a pigeon, so pay your respects if you please!

  

There are perks like pizza, pasta and pies

And let’s not forget the premium pastries and ooh… the fries!

But no!  It’s for appearance, strength and proper placement.

That’s really why we pound the pavement!

 

Perhaps this can provide some poignant, pensive pondering during your play.

But to propose a promise of the profound production of poetry or prose is unkind at most

Chances are it will just be another post!


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Liebster Award!!

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Liebster Award!! 

So it looks like I have been nominated by Bubbles and Booyah for the Liebster award! Yay! Thank you L, much appreciated!

Just in case you are newer than I am here on the blog scene….the Liebster award is a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” award given to new bloggers by other bloggers. I like to think of it as a virtual get to know the new neighbors by dropping by with muffins type thing 🙂

As per the rules here are the answers to the questions asked by Bubbles and Booyah….

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I’d like to be a vampire…minus the drinking blood part. So basically all the good stuff like flying, not sleeping (imagine how productive that would be???), being super mysterious, living forever etc…

2. If you could do anything right now, what would you do?

Be at the spa getting a massage in an exotic beach location

3. What is your favorite memory?

3am cuddles with my newborn babies

4. What are you reading right now?

4 hour work week -Tim Ferriss

5. Where do you most want to travel, but haven’t been?

Tie between Asia and Africa

6. What is your “Booyah“?

TONY ROBBINS IS MY BOOYAH

7. How would your friends describe you?

  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Opinionated yet charming 😉

8. What is your biggest success up until now?

Creating 2 perfect little human beings who have so much to give to the world!

9. Why did you start your blog?

To be accountable to writing deadlines, running goals and connect with like minded people 🙂

10. What is your fave ice cream flavor?

Laura Secord Black Cherry

11. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Tie between Trespassing AND  Moves like Jagger 

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. My hair color is indeed naturally auburn
  2. I often teach dance classes in Franglais –a strange language combination of half French/half English known only in Quebec
  3. I have a serious addiction to Lay’s BBQ chips
  4. I am always feeding the neighborhood cats and rescuing unleashed dogs from being hit by cars. I HATE irresponsible pet owners!
  5. Fall is my favorite season
  6. I still daydream about becoming a rock star
  7. My singing sounds like a strangled cat which is why #6 is just a daydream
  8. I have a serious potty mouth
  9. Major dentist phobia…..I’m always having panic attacks at the dentist
  10. Drinking wine is one of my favorite activities
  11. My thirties have been the best decade of my life so far

And the next nominations go to……

That Extra Inch

4boyslotsanoise

The Weekday Table

Jinxy Jen

Slippers for Sneakers

11 Questions for you!

  1. What do you love to do more than anything?
  2. Name the biggest goal that you have achieved to date
  3. What will be different about your life in 3 years time?
  4. Favorite exotic location?
  5. Favorite comfort food?
  6. What motivates you?
  7. What is your biggest contribution to your corner of the world?
  8. What do you feel you should do more of?
  9. Best moment from childhood?
  10. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
  11. Favorite part of blogging?

Your job is to answer these questions in a blog post and spread the Liebe!

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

That’s all everyone! Happy Tuesday! Thank you so much for reading.

Jen 🙂