Wow. It's been a LONG time since I've written a blog post. I'm not sure what's stopped me from doing it but I can probably sum it up with "I just wasn't feeling it." I know people who blog multiple times a week and that impresses the heck out of me. When I'm busy, the last thing I think to do is write a blog. Perhaps that makes me a bad blogger but perhaps that's just me and blogging isn't my favourite way to share what I'm up to and what I'm passionate about. My current favourite way to connect is Instagram! You'll find lots of photos of food and my dog on my Instagram feed :) So why am I sharing all of this? Because I believe in being honest. Sometimes that gets me in trouble but I'd rather be real about my thoughts and feelings than hold them in. So I guess my unintentional message here is to be authentic to yourself. Awesome. Part 1 of the Update is done, Part 2 is to share what I have been up to since I last wrote a blog post.
In the last 10 months I have:
-Run two Marathons - Maui and Victoria.
Victoria was my first half marathon in 2010 just two months before I made an unplanned move to Calgary to start my Accounting career. I thought it would be incredible to celebrate 5 years since I first ran this race by running the Marathon. It ended up being an 11 minute PB for me and I finally broke 5 hours in the marathon. I cried. And then ate a lot of dessert from Crust Bakery.
Maui was a completely different story with it being one of my slowest marathons and definitely the HOTTEST temperature I have ever run in. My back was fried, my electrolytes got incredibly low and I walked pretty much the entire second half of the marathon. My redemption came when I was at the last aid station and chatted with a LOCAL who was struggling more than I was ;). But it was in Maui so it was awesome. Really. Oh and I completed the Warrior Challenge here which included running a 10K, 5K and 1 miler the day before the marathon. Yeah...
-Nope, I lied, I ran THREE marathons! The third was a part of a bucket list item for me: The Walt Disney World Marathon's Dopey Challenge. This consisted of running a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon over 4 days at Walt Disney World. I know I cried a few times here including running through the Princess Castle during the marathon (hey, it was magical!), seeing my amazing American friend Sarah cheering for me at the finish line (she took us to Fuddruckers after!) and of course after finishing the marathon because that's how I roll. I actually had a brutal sore throat and cough when I woke up on the morning of the marathon and had to take it really easy. I still beat my Maui Marathon time though, haha. Dopey Challenge was INCREDIBLE. Seriously, do it. You wake up at 3am every morning and sit around waiting for the races to start but I would do it again in a heartbeat.
-I ran a handful of half marathons including Centaur Subaru’s at Calgary Marathon, Foot Traffic Flat on the beautiful Sauvie Island in Portland on July 4th (another bucket list item was to watch Fireworks in the US on the Fourth of July. Check!), lululemon SeaWheeze (killed this one, thanks to training at high altitude!), Edmonton as the 2:30 Pace Bunny, Harvest Half Marathon in the stunning Fish Creek Park, Kathy’s run for Pancreatic Cancer and most recently the Hypothermic Half.
-I continued to cross-train by doing Les Mills RPM spin class at GoodLife Fitness 3 times a week. I actually only ran once per week while training for Maui and Victoria!
-I became an Auntie! On August 25, my adorable nephew Jabari joined this world. He’s half Kenyan hence his name and extra cuteness. He will be doing his first Kids race as soon as possible :)
-I found an effective and amazing new way to lose weight: IIFYM which stands for If It Fits Your Macros and basically means you eat whatever you want as long as it fits your fat, carbs and protein target for the day. I mean you’re not living off fast food or anything but if you eat a burger for lunch or an ice cream sandwich every night (guilty!), you can still lose weight as long as you’re eating nutrient dense foods the rest of the day.
-And in not so good news: I got laid off from my job at TransCanada. It was the day after my birthday and I had a gut feeling it would happen to me. It’s been a blessing in that it’s given me some time to figure out what I want to do with my career and really enjoy some quality time with Joey. I’m more than ready to get back to the Accounting world, fingers crossed something happens soon!
-I started an Arbonne business. It’s ok, I didn’t really know what Arbonne was either other than it being a network marketing/direct sales/home based business. I had the “been there, done that” attitude about network marketing businesses but I went to a Discover Arbonne event, tried the anti-aging skin care and was hooked. Arbonne is makeup, skin care, nutrition, hair care, and more. Plus it’s a brilliant business model that will allow me to earn myself a white Mercedes of my choice. This is something I can do while working full-time as an Accountant and it’s so much fun. I’m maybe a bit addicted to the products…
So, that’s about it! I was going to do a quick update and go on to tell you about the incredible charity that I’m running to raise money for as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge but that deserves its own post. I'll link it as soon as it's ready to go, which will be at some point today but first I need to make a dessert from PaleOMG.