New Adventures!

As I reflect on the past week, I can’t help but feel grateful and full of joy. So much has happened which is making me feel very optimistic about the future. You guys came out to my very first classes as  Chocolate & Sanity and provided some great positive feedback.  I seriously can’t wait to see where this journey will go, the women I will meet, the community that can be made and the lives that can be changed.

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13.1 things no one tells you about running a half marathon

Have you ever wanted to wander into the land of the crazies and run a half marathon? Running long distance can sometimes come with unexpected situations. I’ve compiled a list of the 13.1 things no one tells you about running a half marathon.

first half marathon (2012)
first half marathon (2012)

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Race day ready?

Howdy Folks! It’s been a rough few days for me since I’ve been fight off a flu bug. I thought I was better on Monday but it hit me again yesterday. With race day just around the corner I’m a bit nervous I won’t recover in time. I’m just going take it one day at a time and really, I still have 4 days :/

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Chocolate Lava Protein Cake

Hey all! I thought I’d give you an update on my knee/calf pain. Here’s a link to my last post where I talk about it. First off I haven’t run at all in over a week and a half, which is probably the hardest part. But on the plus side it does seem to be getting better. I went for a massage last Friday which I haven’t done in years and it felt amazing. I also went for an assessment at the physiotherapist and got treated. She thinks most likely the cause is really tight muscles in my hip, quad and calf. Her prescription is to heat, stretch and foam roll daily which I have been doing. Also she gave me a few isolated exercises to do to help strengthen my glutes and knee. I even managed to go to hot yoga yesterday which really stretched it out good. I have a physio appointment today and she said we would discus when I would be able to run again. I’ve got my fingers crossed it’s soon.

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What the heck is your pelvic floor?

Okay ladies, today we are going to talk about something that is so damn important but is often missed in conversation. Your pelvic floor! What the heck is your pelvic floor?  I’m sure at some point you have heard that it is normal for some new moms to have urinary incontinence issues after giving birth. Luckily there are exercises you can do to help improve this issue. This post might have a little bit of TMI for some of you but I’m hoping it sheds light on an important topic.

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Kale and Turkey Power Bowls

Hey all!! I know it’s been a while since I last posted. We had a fabulous vacation and it’s been tough getting back into the swing of things. Here are a few highlights from our week at the cabin. The boys had a blast swimming, fishing, biking and exploring. I can’t wait to go again next summer.

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Love yourself enough for you time

I have to admit, I’m on a bit of a high from the my weekend workout. I’m so grateful I was able to get away and enjoy such an epic experience of mind, body and surf. As some of you know, Chad went away for a guys trip for the weekend and I had to find a sitter for the boys. But here’s the thing, I’m finally okay with that. It has taken me 6 years to get to this point but I’m finally here. I’m letting go of all the mommy guilt and control over the situation. I knew my boys were in great hands (it totally helps that our babysitter rocks) and I never stressed over them while I was gone. It was so liberating!! Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom but being a stay at home mom is a 24/7 job with no breaks. When I have small windows of opportunity to myself, well I take them. Whether it’s a short run in the evening or a whole weekend away, I’m learning to embrace them, guilt free. And no, that doesn’t make me a bad mom, quiet the opposite. My boys get to see me take time for myself being happy and enjoying life. I come back feeling energized and ready to deal with my crazy little life.

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Chad worked late this week so the boys made me dinner

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Birthday Cookies and Bucket Lists

For this foodie Friday I thought I’d do something a little different. I want to share one of my favorite treat recipes instead. It was my birthday this past Tuesday and one of my best friends surprised me at the track and dropped off some goodies which included some monster cookies. They might be the key to my heart. I thought you would all love to see what all the hype is about and try them for yourself. They are by no means healthy but they are the most amazing treat ever and I believe everything can be enjoyed, in moderation of course. The monster cookie recipe can be found here. I usually half the recipe and use melted coconut oil instead of butter. If you do end up making them you can always drop a few off at my place, I wouldn’t mind at all.

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Running The Full Distance -Guest Post

I had the pleasure of meeting Ainsley a few years ago at a local run club and we hit it off. I love when I meet like minded women who love to run. It’s great when you can chat while running and discuss ways to stay active even with our hectic lives as moms with small children. She has also been a great cheerleader along my journey with my blog and I thought it was appropriate for her to share her story on here. It’s a incredible story of overcoming obstacles and perseverance. It truly is inspirational and I hope you enjoy.

In the years that I have been a runner, I have never attempted the full distance. The half was always my jam – manageable, without a crazy commitment. As one person described it to me: a half is like a boyfriend that you’re sort of on and off with; it’s a commitment but not that major of one. You can skip a run here and there and not be in too much pain come race day. But the full – it’s best to be full-on committed. And so, way back sometime in March of this year, I full-on committed myself to run the 26.2 mile distance at the Manitoba Marathon on June 21. My (mostly) better half, Ty, also took the plunge and signed up with me – a full has always been on his bucket list, and, well, there’s no time like the present, right?

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