A Perfect Day…

I wish that every day could be like today.

I woke up with Jay still sleeping beside me, with a fluffy friend between us, and while he took his time waking up, I made breakfast of eggs and avocado along with coffee.  We ate and headed out the door to the trails, with the dogs in tow.  We spent a super fun couple of hours on the trails.

Obviously we have photographic evidence!

Family portrait:

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Oh Trails, I’ve Missed You So…

Last night, I was planning a run with friends for today, when I realized that I had NOT run on any trails since San Fran.  I had done a super short run on snowy trails for the FOMO party, and Hilary and I climbed the BCMC, but I hadn’t actually run any trails in the past 3 weeks.  I was desperately craving some time on the trails, and not urban trails like around the lake, but some good old technical North Shore trails.

So, that’s where we headed today:

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Ahhhh.  Bliss.

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Beast Karma, Completed!!!

WAHOOOOO!  My challenge for December, aka the 24 Days of Christmas Karma or  #beastkarma for short, is completed!!

  1. Snowshoeing (if you don’t happen to live in a place where that’s possible, go for a run in the sand) – at Burnaby Lake if you can believe that!
  2. Buy lunch for a friend, co-worker, family member – did this more than once in December!
  3. Bake cookies (or buy a box of donuts if you are baking stupid), and randomly drop them off at a seniors centre. – I somewhat failed at this one because Gram’s Centre was closed, so I modified it to doing a good deed for seniors.
  4. Go for a run without a watch, cellphone, music, no technology whatsoever! – my first run after San Fran was with Mom and I didn’t take anything with me, I let her just tell me how far we’d gone.
  5. Give a minimum of 10 hugs in 1 day.  I should mention, this means 10 different people! – This was hard because I work with so few people, and never see 10 friends in the same day.  But, at the TeamFOMO Christmas party I knocked this one off!
  6. Don’t text for an entire day.  If you want to say something, pick up a phone, and phone your friend.  – Another toughie, Terry even thought I might be mad at him since I was ignoring his texts all day!  Especially with my phone that tells other iPhone users I’ve “read” their text!
  7. Do a double run day – one in the am, one in the pm. (hint – doesn’t matter how long each run is!) – On Sunday with the Team FOMO Xmas Party, I actually did 3 separate runs!  Go Me!
  8. Make a Christmas ornament – you choose whether to keep it or give it away. - I actually made multiple ornaments, including some very special Beast Mode ornaments that Momma helped with!
  9. Give the gift of a race registration for you and a friend to do together.  (there’s tons of inexpensive races out there) – I bought Nikki and I race registrations to the Steveston Icebreaker 8K beginning of Feb.
  10. Climb the BCMC or if you don’t live local, find the tallest building you can, and climb up, up, up, a total of at least 45 minutes of climbing (take the elevator down in-between) – Hilary and I went up Monday morning!  It was pretty nasty, but we got it done, wahoo!
  11. Donate something.  A coat, some canned goods, your choice, just make a donation. – Aside from all the donations that we as a group gave to the homeless after the Ugly Sweater Run, my famjam also did a pick-up of household goods through Canadian Diabetes this month.
  12. Ask a friend or random you don’t normally run with to take you on their favorite route. – Hilary took me on one of her fave runs in her North Burnaby ‘hood.
  13. Offer to baby-sit, or dog-sit, or dog walk, completely for free – friend or random!  Well, maybe not a totally random baby… – I knocked 2 birds with 1 stone when I asked Nikki and her boys to come ice skating.  This was a bit of a cheat since Nikki and her hubs came, BUT, Jay and I were teaching her little ones to skate, so I counted it.
  14. Write a letter, postcard, and send it real mail, to whomever you choose.  (Preferably me!) – Done!
  15. Read 1 book in December (hint : it doesn’t matter how long it is) – I can’t actually remember the book I read, it was something random my dad had loaded onto my Kindle.  
  16. Ice skating!  (or rollerblading for anyone without ice arenas…) **hint you could offer to take friend’s kids ice skating and knock off this and babysitting at the same time!!  Nailed it.  So much fun ice skating, and even got complimented on how good of a skater I am (I felt super rusty after not being on the ice for 2+ years…)
  17. Yoga.  At least 1 practice.  In a studio, at home, doesn’t matter.  Jen C is going to be leading a class for some of the Ladies of the Trails that you can attend if you want as well – details to come. – Jen did a class, and it ended up being just me, but I won’t complain, it was super good, and I would totally do more yoga with Jen in the future – super helpful having a friend with such great expertise!
  18. Volunteer.  Your choice where, when, how. – I decided that this one was some volunteering coaching I did helping out friends with their spring training plans. 
  19. The age old pay it forward – in a drive thru, or in a coffee shop, just make it happen. – I did this in the Timmy’s drive-thru to a guy in a red pick-up was his dog sitting beside him.  Bonus points because his order was twice as expensive as mine! 
  20. Reconnect with someone you’ve been meaning to. Done.  Went for a lovely dog walk with an old friend I haven’t seen in years. 
  21. Try a food you haven’t tried before – can be a new restaurant style, or a vegetable you’ve never cooked – be creative! – I wasn’t super creative on this, but I bought and ate Dragonfruit & Persimmons this month!  
  22. Go for a run and say “Hello” and “Merry Christmas” to everyone you see.  Bonus points if you sing a carol too. – this was a funny one because I tried to do it multiple times and saw no one, or then remember it partway through a run.  Finally got it done though!
  23. Eat vegetarian and no processed foods for one day.  You must make everything that goes into your mouth. – another hard one because I naturally eat meat with 2/3 meals basically every day.
  24. Last but not least…Take a family member for tea, preferably an older member of your family that you don’t get to see very often one on one. – Donezo! 

WAHOOOOOOO!  Look at that nice completed list!!

And some of my fave photo’s from the challenge :

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Hello Old Friends!

I haven’t been ignoring you, it’s just SO hard to find the time and energy to blog over the holidays! As many of you know, my parents live in Mexico in the winter, so they flew home for 2 weeks over Christmas.  They leave tomorrow, and arrived only a few days after we got back from our San Fran adventure.  Which I know I haven’t blogged about other than the race, and I promise I will.  So, you can imagine it’s been the busy season of the holidays, combined with my parents being home, with first me getting a cold, and then Jay getting a cold, and now as recently as the middle of last night, Jay getting the flu.

Phewf.  That’s tiring just to type out, and I haven’t even mentioned that we had 3 family dinners, 1 family brunch, and 1 other family brunch we had to bail on today.  Yowsers.

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Busy.  So, let’s take a little glimpse into my non-running life for a minute shall we?

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24 Days of Christmas Karma – Update 2

Just checking in on how I’m doing in my #beastkarma month of December Christmas Challenge :

  1. Snowshoeing (if you don’t happen to live in a place where that’s possible, go for a run in the sand)
  2. Buy lunch for a friend, co-worker, family member
  3. Bake cookies (or buy a box of donuts if you are baking stupid), and randomly drop them off at a seniors centre.
  4. Go for a run without a watch, cellphone, music, no technology whatsoever!
  5. Give a minimum of 10 hugs in 1 day.  I should mention, this means 10 different people!
  6. Don’t text for an entire day.  If you want to say something, pick up a phone, and phone your friend.
  7. Do a double run day – one in the am, one in the pm. (hint – doesn’t matter how long each run is!)
  8. Make a Christmas ornament – you choose whether to keep it or give it away.
  9. Give the gift of a race registration for you and a friend to do together.  (there’s tons of inexpensive races out there)
  10. Climb the BCMC or if you don’t live local, find the tallest building you can, and climb up, up, up, a total of at least 45 minutes of climbing (take the elevator down in-between)
  11. Donate something.  A coat, some canned goods, your choice, just make a donation.
  12. Ask a friend or random you don’t normally run with to take you on their favorite route.
  13. Offer to baby-sit, or dog-sit, or dog walk, completely for free – friend or random!  Well, maybe not a totally random baby…
  14. Write a letter, postcard, and send it real mail, to whomever you choose.  (Preferably me!)
  15. Read 1 book in December (hint : it doesn’t matter how long it is)
  16. Ice skating!  (or rollerblading for anyone without ice arenas…) **hint you could offer to take friend’s kids ice skating and knock off this and babysitting at the same time!!
  17. Yoga.  At least 1 practice.  In a studio, at home, doesn’t matter.  Jen C is going to be leading a class for some of the Ladies of the Trails that you can attend if you want as well – details to come.
  18. Volunteer.  Your choice where, when, how.
  19. The age old pay it forward – in a drive thru, or in a coffee shop, just make it happen.
  20. Reconnect with someone you’ve been meaning to.
  21. Try a food you haven’t tried before – can be a new restaurant style, or a vegetable you’ve never cooked – be creative!
  22. Go for a run and say “Hello” and “Merry Christmas” to everyone you see.  Bonus points if you sing a carol too.
  23. Eat vegetarian and no processed foods for one day.  You must make everything that goes into your mouth.
  24. Last but not least…Take a family member for tea, preferably an older member of your family that you don’t get to see very often one on one.

Less than double digits left!!!!  And I’ve got plans for all of these coming up in the next couple days, looks like I’m going to get my Beast Karma done in time for Christmas!  Is anyone else chipping away at this list with me?  How’s it going so far, are you close??

xoxo

-S

2014 Race Schedule

I’m still working on everything I’ve got planned for 2014, but I’m looking forward to some fun new and old races, and my calendar is definitely filling up with SO many great races locally.

I know I’ll be adding more fun events to 2014, but here’s the basics that are can’t miss and already penciled in, or even registered!  Races in BOLD are for sures, everything else is tentative.

I’m not racing at all in January, I like taking most of December/January off to relax, and give my body a rest from all the racing I like to do during the rest of the year.

Sunday February 2nd – Icebreaker 8K – super enjoyed this one last year with Nikki.  And sounds like myself, Nikki, and Cath are going to be running it this year.  Great little local race if anyone wants to join us??

Sunday February 16th – Vancouver First Half – a Vancouver road running staple, and I know tons of people running it!  I’m going for a fast road half PR on this one!  Let’s wait and see how January speed training goes before announcing a goal!

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Ugly Sweater Run

Guys!!  With heading to San Fran for my 50Miler, I screwed up and didn’t blog about the Ugly Sweater Run, and share the link for all the amazing pictures from Rob!!  So sorry.

It was an amazing event!  Almost everything went off without any issues, other than we didn’t have enough coffee at all times!  Well geez, if that’s the biggest issue…I think we succeeded!

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24 Days of Christmas Karma – Update

Just checking in on how I’m doing in my #beastkarma month of December Christmas Challenge :

  1. Snowshoeing (if you don’t happen to live in a place where that’s possible, go for a run in the sand)
  2. Buy lunch for a friend, co-worker, family member
  3. Bake cookies (or buy a box of donuts if you are baking stupid), and randomly drop them off at a seniors centre.
  4. Go for a run without a watch, cellphone, music, no technology whatsoever!
  5. Give a minimum of 10 hugs in 1 day.  I should mention, this means 10 different people!
  6. Don’t text for an entire day.  If you want to say something, pick up a phone, and phone your friend.
  7. Do a double run day – one in the am, one in the pm. (hint – doesn’t matter how long each run is!)
  8. Make a Christmas ornament – you choose whether to keep it or give it away.
  9. Give the gift of a race registration for you and a friend to do together.  (there’s tons of inexpensive races out there)
  10. Climb the BCMC or if you don’t live local, find the tallest building you can, and climb up, up, up, a total of at least 45 minutes of climbing (take the elevator down in-between)
  11. Donate something.  A coat, some canned goods, your choice, just make a donation.
  12. Ask a friend or random you don’t normally run with to take you on their favorite route.
  13. Offer to baby-sit, or dog-sit, or dog walk, completely for free – friend or random!  Well, maybe not a totally random baby…
  14. Write a letter, postcard, and send it real mail, to whomever you choose.  (Preferably me!)
  15. Read 1 book in December (hint : it doesn’t matter how long it is)
  16. Ice skating!  (or rollerblading for anyone without ice arenas…) **hint you could offer to take friend’s kids ice skating and knock off this and babysitting at the same time!!
  17. Yoga.  At least 1 practice.  In a studio, at home, doesn’t matter.  Jen C is going to be leading a class for some of the Ladies of the Trails that you can attend if you want as well – details to come.
  18. Volunteer.  Your choice where, when, how.
  19. The age old pay it forward – in a drive thru, or in a coffee shop, just make it happen.
  20. Reconnect with someone you’ve been meaning to.
  21. Try a food you haven’t tried before – can be a new restaurant style, or a vegetable you’ve never cooked – be creative!
  22. Go for a run and say “Hello” and “Merry Christmas” to everyone you see.  Bonus points if you sing a carol too.
  23. Eat vegetarian and no processed foods for one day.  You must make everything that goes into your mouth.
  24. Last but not least…Take a family member for tea, preferably an older member of your family that you don’t get to see very often one on one.

If you’re following along the challenge, how are you doing?  I’ve obviously got some catching up to do, since I’ve only finished 7/24 tasks!  Ooops, time to get cracking!

xoxo

-S