St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

It has taken a while but this is finally my last trip recap, took me long enough I know! : ) St. Thomas was by FAR my favourite stop on my cruise. Beautiful scenery and the most gorgeous beach you have EVER seen. I absolutely have to go back there some day, I’d love to spend a week or two there.

Other recaps of my trip:

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 2

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We started our day off by riding the gondola to paradise point, LOOK at that view. It was stunning!

 

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After our ride we headed downtown to do a little shopping and I went to my very first Tiffany & Co. store. I may have made a little purchase, duty and tax free of course! Winking smile I have always loved the Tiffany keys so I thought it would be the perfect souvenir from our trip. I wear it constantly so it was a great purchase!

 

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Anyone else every visit the Virgin Islands?

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I Heart Weekends

This has been such a good weekend. I had my first fabulous hot yoga experience Friday, which I can’t wait to do again. Saturday was very productive I got a lot accomplished on my “to-do” list and then headed to Topsail Beach for a fire with some friends. It was incredibly fun and relaxing.

 

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I love my job, but I love the weekends as well. There have been a lot of good ones this summer. Just last weekend Bruce and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. I didn’t want to do anything extravagant so we went to an afternoon movie, went for a drive and had a casual dinner at Relish the new gourmet burger spot that just opened.

 

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I had the turkey burger big Texas style with onions, bacon and BBQ sauce with sweet potato fries. It was so much food but so good!  Smile I would highly recommend Relish!

 

Anyways I should go get back to enjoying what’s left of the weekend, today’s a rest day for me and I am taking full advantage! Have a great one everybody!

 

What did you do this weekend?

Best burger you ever had? 

On Losing Motivation

I’ve been an absent blogger a lot this summer, the reality of the situation is I’ve been busy and loving it! I have a lot of fun things to recap though so stick around! : ) The other problem? Since my last race The Tely 10 my motivation for exercise disappeared big time. I took a week off, then I got the flu, and then I got lazy. I’m not afraid to say it! I was too busy having fun and bored with my routine. My knees are still not great, which didn’t help my motivation either.

 

This week I got sick of excuses and decided to change my mindset and switch things up. I decided to switch out one of my running days for a cross-training day that will be something different each week. Last week I went swimming. I also added back in 2 days of strength training in the form of body pump. The last 2 weeks I have been pushing myself really hard in class and loving it. Finally, last night I tried hot yoga for the first time and fell in love. I was so sweaty by the end of class but yet so relaxed, it was amazing.

 

I needed a change and a little more variety. I love running but I need a little more variety in my workouts to keep me challenged and excited to get out the door. This week I ran a total of 16 miles, 2 classes of body pump, and a hot yoga class and I am proud! I feel like I’ve got my groove back! Smile It just goes to show how important variety is when it comes to exercise!!

 

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I can feel the fall coming – the air is just a little cooler and it feels like change! But as I’ve learned this week there’s nothing wrong with a little change, it’s can be good for you.

 

What exciting plans do you have for the end of summer?

What have you done recently to change things up!

WIAW: The Regatta Edition

It has been a LONG time since I participated in WIAW. But I have loved reading everyone else’s posts. I had some interesting new eats today so I thought it would be a good time to bring back my old Wednesday tradition! Smile

 

 

I started my day off with a pretty boring egg-white sandwich, it was tasty but I need new breakfast ideas. I didn’t even bother taking a picture because you’ve seen it a thousand times. After body pump followed by a run I whipped up a smoothie with almond milk, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, spinach and ice! What a yummy post-workout drink!

 

Once I was showered Bruce and I headed down to the Regatta, we got a holiday today for the oldest sporting event in North America. I am a former rower myself so I love to catch the races! Smile It was a beautiful day for it. So we hopped on the bus and hit the lakeside for some sun, races, and Indian food!

 

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I had a samosa, potato curry and basmati rice. It was all amazing and so filling! Plus there is nothing that says summer more to me then sitting lakeside watching the races in the sunshine and eating! Smile 

 

After getting our share of sun we headed home, but after a heavy lunch I couldn’t stomach the thought of a heavy dinner so soup and sandwich sounded amazing. I made this broccoli, chicken and cheddar soup (recipe below) and a turkey sandwich with pickles. The soup was amazing, without the usual cream found in broccoli soup I found it light! Trust me it tasted much better then it looks.

 

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Broccoli, Chicken, and Cheddar Soup Serves 4

  • 1 yellow onion
  • EVOO
  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 2 large heads of broccoli (4 – 5 cups)
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup reduced sodium beef broth
  • roasted pepper and garlic seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded light cheddar
  • salt and pepper

 

Cook the chicken (seasoned with roasted pepper and garlic seasoning) in the EVOO with onions until cooked thoroughly. Remove the chicken and chop it up into small pieces then set it aside. Add broth and broccoli to onions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Once broccoli is cooked start adding batches of the soup to the blender and blend until smooth. It took me about 3 batches to get it all done. Add puréed soup back to pan, add chicken pieces in and bring to a boil again. Serve hot topped with cheddar cheese!

 

What’s your favourite breakfast? I need ideas!

Any rowers reading?

What’s your favourite summer soup?

Tely 10 2012 Recap

On Sunday I ran my very first 10 mile race, the Tely 10. It’s a huge race locally (the biggest I’ve ever ran) over 3600 people ran it this year. This year was also the 85th year of the Tely 10 which made it even more exciting! I have to say despite being undertrained the last few weeks due to hyperextended knees I really enjoyed this race.

 

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As I waited at the start in  my corral I was so unbelievable nervous because I was afraid my knees would act up and I was also worrying about the heat. When I woke up it was 15 degrees Celsius and it was supposed to go to over 30. I am a Canadian and not conditioned at all the run in heat! haha

 

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Anyways the gun went and off we went! The first 3 miles the heat was smothering, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I just felt like I was baking. I just did my best to keep my pace down and not wear out early. As you’ll see in my splits below, my first miles were some of my fastest! Opps!

 

The crowd support was unbelievable. There wasn’t a stretch of road that didn’t have people on it. It really kept me going through the heat. After the first 3 miles I got a little breeze, it wasn’t much but it was welcome! Every fire station on the way had their hoses out and water going so I got some relief there. There were 4 water stations along the route and I walked through each of them and made sure to drink as much as I could. My mom met me at mile 6 with a bottle of water and I couldn’t have been happier to see her! I needed that water like you wouldn’t believe.

 

The last three miles are the hilliest of the mostly downhill course. Residents along the route had their garden hoses out and were spraying people along the route during this section. By this point my knees were aching and I was starting to get tired. I had only ever trained to 8 miles so I was running through new territory at this point. By the time I got to mile 9 I was drained but the crowds were getting bigger and people were cheering us on as we ran so I dug deep and really pushed my last mile.

 

As I ran into the finishing chute I honestly couldn’t believe I was about to finish my first Tely 10. I could feel myself tearing up as I saw Bruce and my dad and my friends. I just couldn’t believe it was over.

 

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I finished officially in 1:43:08 (chip time) and I couldn’t be happier (splits below).  I still can’t believe I finished it! It’s so surreal.

 

Mile 1: 9:48

Mile 2: 9:37

Mile 3: 10:02

Mile 4: 10:15

Mile 5: 9:52

Mile 6: 10: 19

Mile 7: 10:37

Mile 8: 11:15

Mile 9: 11:04

Mile 10: 9:52

 

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Overall this was a great race, great crowds, great course and well organized. I will definitely be racing this one again next year. The entire city shuts down for this race and it’s such a huge tradition which made it even more special for me. I am still sore from running it but the high still hasn’t gone away. I am excited to jump into Fall half-marathon training next week but this week will be an easy week. My body needs it after the strain I’ve put it under, however; I am in love with running as I’ve ever been and can’t wait to jump back in with 2 feet.

 

Anyone else run the Tely?

What’s your favourite race distance?

Race Week Rituals

I have been a negligent blogger this past week! It was wedding week and I stood for one of my best friends as one of her bridesmaids. Bruce also stood as a groomsmen. We had such a great week, it was so much fun!

 

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Other then the wedding last week I finished my final long run before the Tely 10 coming up this Sunday. Unfortunately I injured myself again running the Run for Freedom a few weeks ago. I hyperextended both knees so I have been busy in physio and trying to heal them. Things have improved but I had to delay my final long run by a few days and even then it didn’t go so well. I managed almost 8 miles in 90 minutes.

 

So needless to say I’m stressed. My long run last week is my longest ever which means have 2 more miles to manage on Sunday on injured knees. This week’s plan is lots of physio and keeping the rust off the legs:

 

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 30 min 30 min 30 min  REST 35 min REST RACE 
Elliptical / Arc (Min)              
Class               

 

 

Plus my usual race week rituals of lots of carbs, water, rest, and stretching! I’m nervous about this race but I have to trust my training. There is so much I am going to switch up when I officially start training for my fall half-marathon after this race but for now I just need to concentrate on getting through this one. I am sick of being injured so I need to find a plan that keeps that from happening.

 

Any advice for my first 10-miler?

What are your race week rituals?

How do you stay injury-free?

Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday I turned 26 years young, it was such a great day! I love a Saturday Birthday, I had the entire day to do whatever I felt like. I started my day off with a trip to Starbucks to get my birthday coffee and then headed to the local farmer’s market to drink my coffee and browse. We looked at lots of great stuff and got some fresh cinnamon mini donuts! Mmmmm.

 

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After that we headed home and just relaxed all afternoon around the house which was nice. After dinner 2 of my girl friends came over and we got all dolled up for my party!

 

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It was such a great night – great friends, dancing, and of course great food. I have a new appetizer recipe to share with you all!

 

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls (makes about 25)

  • 1 stir-fry type steak (sirloin tip is what I used)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 25 egg roll wrappers
  • EVOO
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper

 

Defrost egg roll wrappers if frozen. Salt and pepper then fry steak in EVOO until cooked thoroughly. Remove from pan and slice into very thin strips about 1 inch long and thin! While slicing steak fry peppers in pan that the meat came from adding in garlic and onion powder. Once steak is sliced add it back into pan and mix it all together. Once pepper is cooked add oil to a large pan for frying and heat over medium heat. Then start an assembly line of cheese and steak mixture. Add in a spoonful of steak and a spoonful of cheese into each wrapper. Wet either side of the egg roll wrapper, bend in the edges, and roll to seal the edges. I keep a little bowl of water nearby for this purpose.

 

Fry egg roll on both sides about 4 – 5 minutes. Be careful not to let the rolls burn and keep adding more oil as needed. You can serve these right away or refrigerate to serve the next night like I did. To reheat turn the oven on 375 and bake them for about 15 – 20 minutes. These were such a huge hit I didn’t get to snap a picture before they were gone! Make these at your next party they are sure to please.

 

Overall I had an amazing birthday. 25 was a great year for me – I am excited to see what 26 brings!

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High-Mileage June

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June was a great month for me – most miles I’ve run ever! Smile I ran my first race of 2012 this past weekend with an official time of 45:51 so I am really pleased about that. The one downfall of running high mileage for me is that any form of yoga, cross-training, or strength training has as usual fallen off the map. As a result the past week I have had 2 VERY unhappy knees. I tried to run today and it was a no go – my knees ached.

 

So rather then post my usual weekly workout plan here for the week I am going to hold off for the time being and take another rest day tomorrow. I think after all the miles and this weekend’s race I just need a little more recovery then usual.

 

However, my goal for July? Besides the race I am signed up for in 3 weeks and would like to run pain-free, is to get back into more then just running before I wind up with another injury that takes me out of the game again. My knees are giving me a warning sign that they need more then just pounding on the pavement – messaged received loud and clear!

 

How do you fit in cross-training with high mileage?

Did you meet your workout goals in June?

Anyone race this past weekend?

Run For Freedom 8K–Recap

I loved this race. From beginning to end it was awesome! The race took place a little over an hour and a half outside my city in a rural community. It was a small race (about 60ish participants) but was ran a lot like a big race. We hit the highway early this morning in the fog to head out there. It was a really beautiful drive out there – lots to see! On the way out I enjoyed a coffee and some toast with pb.

 

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We arrived in St. Mary’s at 9:15, I got registered ($10) and then we had to drive back to the start line. The registration was at the finish. So Bruce drove me back to the start, where there was no parking and headed back towards the finish. He snapped a few pictures along the way, as you can see it was VERY foggy!

 

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The race started at 10 sharp and off we went! I took off fast as usual and had to force myself to slow down and ignore the crowd. Eventually everyone got spread out and I feel into my pace, my plan was to start out slow and push hard at the end. My splits didn’t really show that as my first mile was my fastest but there was a brutal headwind the entire race, however, the majority of the race was downhill so it could have been worse! My splits were:

 

Mile 1: 9:04

Mile 2: 9:19

Mile 3: 9:28

Mile 4: 9:31

Mile 5:  9:17

 

The first half of the course flew by, there were a few small hills towards the end but nothing major! The course itself had very few spectators and was all on highway but it was still a great course and very scenic. There were a lot of people at the finish and those that were around were very friendly given it was such a small race. There were water stations at 6 & 4 kms. This was my first race with water stations, I walked through them as I didn’t want to choke! haha Running with water is not easy! I finished unofficially on Garmin time at 46 minutes even, hopefully Ill have an official time soon!

 

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And received my finishers medal!

 

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After the race the community comes together to serve a ton of food to the runners and there is a ceremony to commemorate the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. I couldn’t believe all the food that was there and how supportive the community was of this race – there was tons of sandwiches, muffins, fruit, yogurt, etc. all homemade!

 

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Once we got back in town I grabbed subway for some extra refuelling – it pretty much tasted like the best thing ever!

 

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All in all it was a great race – I can’t believe for the cheap entry fee of $10 what a great race this was! I will definitely be back next year. : )

 

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Anyone racing this weekend? Share your recaps with me!

What’s the best way to run through a water station?

What’s your fav post-race fuel?

The Night Before

Today there was lots of stretching and foam rolling (photo shot today at work by the talented Sam Russell)….as an aside – just a typical day at the office! haha

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There was also lots of carb loading, I was on a mission – leave no carb behind! A yummy mix of whole wheat bow ties, red peppers, mushrooms and hot Italian sausage with a sprinkle of light cheese. Perfect pre-race meal.

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I am just an hour away from sleep and then my first race of 2012. I have all my things laid out and a definite case of the pre-race jitters. I am travelling outside of the city for this race about 1.5 hours which I know is a commute for some people but around here you can get anywhere in 20 minutes. I am nervous about getting lost or not making it in time. I’m mostly nervous though about not performing well and letting myself down. I am afraid it is too soon, I am afraid I am going to hurt myself again, and I am afraid to come in last (it’s a VERY small race).

I have run only a handful of races but the night before jitters are always the worst. I have to learn to trust my training! I have a solid month and a half of good base building behind me. I may not be as fast as I was before but I will get back there – I just need to trust my training and enjoy the race.

There is no room for fear.

How do you deal with pre-race jitters?

What are your night before rituals?

Anyone else racing tomorrow?

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