Well hey there, party people!
As you can see it’s been quite the party around here in my Christmas pajama pants with my pumpkin spice candle burning every second of the day when I’m home.
I have been thinking about my blogging schedule and how difficult it can be to blog every day. Truth be told, I do not want to be putting posts out there just for the sake of having a post, so you will notice that my posting will be a bit more sporadic – but still frequent, and I will be on Instagram and Facebook almost daily, too! You know, so you can get your daily dose of me because my life is so interesting ; ) This thought came about yesterday afternoon as I was transferring files onto my new computer. I thought about all the time it takes to edit, write, and try to be creative with every single post. Couple that with podcasting every week and it can be a challenge! I am taking a break from the podcast for now until I get everything installed on my new computer, so please be patient with me as I get things up and running! For those who don’t know, blogging is NOT my 9-5 and is simply a hobby, and while it’s kind of fun to treat it like a full time job, it’s just not realistic being that I work all day and blog at night. Maybe one day my focus will solely be on the blog, but for now I want to be bringing you guys valuable content on a consistent basis and NOT feeling like I am stuck for words when it comes to writing another post. Does that make sense? I feel like I am kind of rambling (okay, I am) but I wanted to get the thoughts out there : )
How was your weekend? Today is my Monday, but my weekend was fantastic. On Saturday night after work I went to the pub with a couple girlfriends from high school, had a delicious caesar and a chicken burger with sweet potato fries…because LIFE is supposed to be fun, and with that comes food! I thought about going for my tried and true chicken taco salad – not because it is a salad, but because it is actually extraordinary, but I was cravin’ fries and so that won me over. I’m all for balance – you guys know that! We spent a good three and a half hours there chatting and catching up, and you bet I was out like a light once I got home!
Sunday morning I took to the trails with my favourite, cutest dog in the world. I might be a little biased but I mean, LOOK at that face. Ryan and his brother went to pick up a new bathroom vanity we purchased. Yep, another home project! So, while they were out I thought it would be a good opportunity to get my body moving & for Nala to burn off some energy.
We walked just over 5km (give or take – I don’t measure the distance during walks) in almost an hour. Nala had a blast running all over the trail, meeting new puppy friends and people friends, too. At one point during my walk I was listening to this great song, the air was crisp but not too cold, the sun was shining through the trees, and Nala looked back at me with the biggest smile on her face. I felt like my heart was going to explode. I love being out there on the trail because it brings me so much gratitude for what I have in my life. Despite all the bad things going on in the world whether it’s political, hurricanes, forest fires, etc, I feel like I have so much to be grateful for and being out there in nature made it hit me in full force. But hey, that is a GOOD thing because like I say, gratitude is the best attitude! : )
Speaking of gratitude, I am so happy for yesterday’s long run. My 20 miler was hard, but good, and yesterday I had 15 miles (or 24km) on the plan. I had some quick oats with banana and a small scoop of almond butter beforehand, then did 8km in my neighbourhood before hitting the trail for the rest. Since fall is approaching (insert happy dance here!!!) it is getting darker earlier and also staying quite dark until almost 6:45am. So, I waited until then to get my run started, which meant I had lots of time to let my pre-run meal digest (I woke up around 5:20am). No tummy troubles on this run, my fuelling was on point, I hydrated when necessary and despite a bit of soreness in my quads, felt GREAT for the whole run. I even reached my 15 miles before I was home, so I had about five-ish minutes on the trail to just take in nature and cool down. That’s when I began to think of things I am grateful for on that Monday morning: running, my support system, Mother Nature, my dog <3 Life is pretty freakin’ good when you stop to slow down and be mindful!
When I got home I stretched, foam rolled, had an ice bath, and had coffee on the deck with Ryan. We bought these awesome picnic style benches for our deck, and although it’s not going to be sunny all day every day with the new season coming, it was so lovely to be outside with him chit chatting with a hot cup of coffee. I mean, is there anything better?
Well, food is good! And luckily Ryan is the KING of cooking in this house and made a bomb-ass breakfast for us. “I wanted to make you a nice breakfast after your long run because you deserve it!” Seriously. He is the best. I am eternally grateful for him keeping me fed when the RUNger hits!
The fruit salad even had some local honey drizzled on top, and he added KALE to the eggs. All of the veggies and fruit are from a local farm, so it was definitely a “Holly” kind of meal. Fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced potatoes, fluffy scrambled eggs – all in all a delicious run that also helped me warm up post-ice bath!!
We spent the rest of the day relaxing at home, and then I got the oil changed in my Jeep and we grabbed some Starbucks for the way home. No pumpkin spice latte here. I’ve had my one for the season, so I got my fix in early! All in all it was a great weekend full of quality time with my little fam jam (aka Ryan and the fur babies, lol) and my long run yesterday was the cherry on top. I hope you guys all had a great weekend too & I will catch ya back here soon!