My Whole30 starts…Yesterday!

Recently, I read the book “It Starts With Food”, which I absolutely loved, and will review in depth for the blog this week, promise.

The book is based around a Paleo lifestyle, although they ask you to commit to 30 days of clean living.

Which means what??

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For the most part, this is pretty much my life, or so I thought…

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Steveston Ice-Breaker 8km – Race Recap

My first race of 2013 was fantastic!  It was a reminder of why I love running, racing, and sharing my love of running with others who feel the same.

The short version :

I convinced Nikki to run with me, and we had an absolute blast.  We both had very strong races, both beating our guesstimates of overall time, and then we celebrated with brunch, a little shopping, and some good ol’ race planning/goal planning sesh.  It was a perfect race day, I wish every race day was as great as Sunday!

Spoiler alert : I finished in 37:19 officially, and I felt awesome.  I’ve never raced an 8km before, so it’s an automatic PR, and thankfully, it’s a PR that I’m very proud of.

Nikki & I chilling in the car, pre-race :

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So, how’d I decide to run a random 8 km race?  Well…

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Steveston Icebreaker 8km – short & sweet

On Sunday, Nikki and I decided to run the Steveston Icebreaker 8 km race.

  • Super small race – 232 particpants
  • Flat course, along the water
  • Mostly pavement with some crushed gravel trail
  • Much more of a competitive group of runners than most local races
  • Great little race to run!
  • My first ever 8km race – it was a nice distance, and I would run it again!
  • Both Nikki and I exceeded over guesstimate time goals!

My Official Stats : 37:19 – 33/109 females, 8/12 females 25-29, 97th overall out of 232 finishers!

Full recap to come!

xoxo

-S

 

As seen on my run…Deer Lake

Quite often, when running in my neighbourhood, I head down to a beautiful hidden gem, Deer Lake in Burnaby.

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Deer Lake is a small park, it’s approximately 5 kms to run around it, and has multiple paths if you want to make it longer.  Sometimes I’ll do 2 loops, but change up the paths or direction to keep it interesting.

It’s a beautiful place, and is busy with runners, walkers, dogs, movie shoots, and often engagement photos as well.  I don’t normally carry my phone and take pictures along my run – it’s just not something I do.

Recently, my friend Jen and I took my dogs for a walk around Deer Lake on a perfect winter day, and these are the pics I took showing you the view that I see during my runs…

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Hawaiian Paleo Pulled Pork

As I mentioned yesterday, I made 2 solid new recipes on Saturday for our potluck dinner, the Bacon & Yam dish I blogged about yesterday, and a slow cooker pulled pork recipe.  I usually make another version of slow cooker pulled pork, but decided to switch it up.  This one is less smokey, more salty, and has the obvious addition of the oh-so-loved BACON!

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Bacon & Yam Paleo Potluck Dish

This weekend, we hosted a potluck dinner at our place for my birthday.  I asked my friends to try and bring paleo inspired dishes.  I feel like this helps make sure that we have a selection of healthier choices, and also that everyone doesn’t just bring desserts or store bought items.

I decided to make 2 dishes, a slow cooker pulled pork recipe, and a bacon & yam side dish.  Both turned out fantastic, and were all gone by the end of the evening!

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Put your money where your mouth is!

It is SO easy to fall out of healthy eating habits.  For each of us, the reasoning varies, it could be a bad day, a cheat day turned cheat weekend, lack of food prep, planning, etc etc etc.

For me, it’s always a challenge to be good over Christmas.  This year was a bit different – less Christmas parties, but after spending 2 weeks at an all inclusive in Mexico, it was really hard to get back into the groove.

And yes, we got our money’s worth…

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That cup was basically filled with pina colada’s, every day, all day.  UGH.

When we got back, it was only a few days before my birthday, and of course, birthdays always include an array of treats, most of which are not considered healthy, or smart choices.

So, here I am, the worst of the damage is done, and I’m 17 lbs over where I was 14 months ago.  CRAP.

What’s a girl to do?

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Best Track Workout, maybe EVER?

Tuesday night, I headed to the track to meet my friend Rishel to run some Yasso 800′s.

  • The plan was :
  • 1 km warm-up
  • 800m push (2 laps)
  • 400m recovery (1 lap)
  • 6 repeats at 3:45 average
  • 1 km cool down

That’s not what happened.

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The Meat (& potatoes?) of my Marathon Training

I knew that I was going to run a spring marathon.  I just wasn’t sure of which one.  Now that I’ve decided on, and registered for my race, Whidbey Island Marathon on April 14th, it’s time to get down to training.

Road Marathon #3, here we go.  87 days & counting.

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I like a program with some structure, but I also like to play around with how I’m feeling, and do workouts that complement my body’s mood, because I feel like listening to your body is more important than doing a specific workout on a specific day.

I guess you could say that I don’t follow a day-to-day plan, but I do follow some general guidelines.  You may disagree, which is totally fine, but this is my blog, and what I feel like are the keys to a successful marathon program!

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Recipe: Paleo Spinach, Prosciutto & Fig Salad

I realize that I don’t post enough of the super easy paleo recipes that I make on a regular basis, so in 2013, I will try to post 1 recipe or meal idea per week!

This week, it’s all about a simple, fresh, delicious salad & dressing…

I present to you, a spinach salad with prosciutto, figs, & pine nuts!

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