Distractions, Shaking it Out & All Those Things

Wow, it seriously took me so long to get this post up and going. Why? I was distracted by America’s Funniest Home Videos. I was literally crying with laughter during the whole 15 minutes I was watching. It seems like such an old show now when you look at the filming and their clothes. Dead giveways! Anyway, it’s hilarious & I need to watch that more often when I’m feeling a little low on laughter (which isn’t a lot, but laughing cures all ails!)
And you know what else can cure all? RUNNING! Oh, I bet you didn’t see that one coming.
I had a 9AM shift this morning, which meant I couldn’t be outside running all morning in the clear weather. I did, however, have a nice easy 3 miles in the comfort of my own home. After my sunny seven miler yesterday my legs were feeling a little stiff. I have this thing about sprinting about half way up the hilly side of the trail & then running down, and then running up again (hello, hill training), and apparently my quads were a little angry about that, even after foam rolling and stretching (which definitely helped, I will say). Anyway, I got my run on this morning and everything was great and wonderful in the world. And then I went to work, and then I came home to the latest issues of LouLou magazine and Runner’s World patiently awaiting in the mailbox. YAY! Highlight of my day right there (I’m a simple girl, as you can tell).

What’s something you always tell yourself to do, or something you really want to do, but keep putting it on the back burner? Do it now! Whether it’s upping your veggies, losing those last stubborn ten pounds, volunteering more or finally leaving that job you hate, don’t waste your time wondering what your life would be like if things were different. The key to your own happiness is within you, and nothing would make you feel better than checking another item off your to-do list. “There are only so many tomorrows.”

Sweating Candy, Sunny Seven & Paris

After Monday’s unplanned run/walk/weights workout, I was left feeling a little discouraged. I know I can’t control everything when it comes to running, but I was looking forward to bustin’ out at least 8 miles & I definitely didn’t get that far. Anyway, yesterday was a “rest” day (although I didn’t need to rest much after Monday) where Brandon and I basically walked around the mall for two hours, ate candy, and then came home and ate more candy. Seems like a good idea, right? As well as candy, I also bought some new running socks yesterday. OOOH, you know what that means!
When I woke up at 7 this morning (later than I wanted to, but I don’t believe in an alarm clock as of late, or so it seems), I immediately put a pair of my brand spankin’ new socks on, hoping it would inspire me to, you know, maybe put the rest of my running clothes on and get my butt out the door. Half a cup of coffee (darn you, Brandon!) and a bowl of oatmeal (and some Pinterest/Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter/Blog creepin’) later, I was out the door in the sunshine. I headed off to my favourite golf course loop, actually the only one I know, and got my sweat on.

It was BUSY at the golf course today! I don’t know if it was the 9AM sunshine or what, but walkers, runners, and stroller pushers (that like to stop in the middle of the trail) were out in full force this morning. I was happy to see so many runners out there! It’s sort of a weird language runners speak. You pass each other once, twice, etc. etc. and just give each other that look. The look that says, “Hey, we’ve passed five times in the last hour.. Man, we’re good!” Or the look that says, “Nice job.” OR the one that says, “You’re shirt is right.” For your knowledge, I was wearing a running short courtesy of Skinny Runner that said, “I run to look good.” It’s okay to be vain sometimes, right? All jokes aside, it was a good day for a run & I am glad to have escaped my funk. I’m also 99% sure that I was sweating sugar today from yesterday’s junk food fest. A little candy between fruits and veggies is okay though, right? It’s all about balance, folks!

And I leave you with my favourite song from my run today. Actually, it’s always my favourite & I’m pretty sure it drives Brandon crazy when I play it on repeat in his car. Sorry, but you have a great sound system and I know (almost) all the words.
PS. Did you know I saw Jay-Z & Kanye West live during their Watch the Throne Tour?
“It’s a glorious occasion!”

The Breakfast Club

Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day. Whether I’m running or just hanging out at home on a rest day, I almost always have oatmeal for breakfast. The only exceptions: if I am out for breakfast, at a friend’s house, and sometimes if I visit the island and there is no oatmeal on hand (which is rare because my parents stock up on the Holly essentials!). However, I  wanted to share with you some breakfast ideas I found that also correspond with a goal. These goals include losing weight, maintaining heart health, getting that fibre in, convenience, etc. Plus I love breakfast for dinner, so these are good ideas too!

Coffee, coffee, coffee. This is a crucial part of my breakfast, too.
Do you eat the same thing for breakfast every morning? Any great breakfast recipes/ideas?

Challenging Yourself, 100 Miles & A New Goal

100 Miles for the Month of March = COMPLETED.
I am proud of myself for completing 100 miles this month. Yes, I’ll keep saying it over and over again until I reach 200 (or 110 would be nice too). I looked on my DailyMile profile and noticed that my running mileage (not including walking) was 98 after my 6.1 mile run today. Being the overachiever that I am (I was already at 117 miles with walking + running combined), I headed outside for the missing 2 miles. Goal completed before noon, and I had enough time left in the day to grab some groceries & candy after meeting my friend Lauren at the skytrain station. Although you could say the candy was indulgent, I considered it a vital component of our catch-up time & movie watching. He’s Just Not That Into You and Sex & the City (1 & 2) were on the agenda today – plus some salads and coffee, coffee, coffee. Caffeine brings friends together!
Here’s my workout of the day:

Note: I also did some basic standing oblique bends. 31 days of core work equals a definite habit. Fun Fact: It takes 21 days to form a habit. I got into the running habit as well. Although I don’t do it every single day – although there was a time when I refused to not take a rest day, but I have quickly learned that they are SO beneficial for your training & recovery – my routine is thrown off if I’m not up and running on a fairly regular basis. However, that being said, tomorrow is a rest day beside some light walking & core work in the evening. I am blogging with a guest by my side and figure it’s not polite to wake her up in the morning with the sound of me thumping around on the treadmill. Nice sight on a Sunday morning, yes?

April Goals:
– One minute plank every day next month
Vancouver Sun Run 10K (April 15th)