Rainfall Warning…Stupid Vancouver

Ahhhhhh I love Vancouver so much, but sometimes it really pisses me off.  Mentally I know that we need the rain to feed the rainforests where I love to run, but emotionally, I just hate running in the rain.  I posted this picture to my instagram yesterday, with a caption about hating running in the rain, and it started quite the conversation and controversy of running in the rain.  It appears that most people love it, or hate it.  And I guess I’m in the wrong camp for living in Vancouver.

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Anddddd the weather forecasts calls for a rainfall warning this week, so this week is probably going to suck and be really hard for the #beaststreak.  Sighhhhh.

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7 Days of Running…In a Row!!!

Guys, I’ve ran the last 7 days in a row!!  Whoa.  I honestly can’t tell you the last time I did that.  Maybe last November, the last time I did the run streak?  I don’t know.  It’s seriously crazy to think about it for me, because I’ve felt so injured and so hopeless for really the past year.  And even last November when we run streaked, I struggled with my feet.  Right now, my feet feel pretty good.  A bit sore and tired after runs, yes, but not sore during the runs, which is a major improvement.  Majorrrrrrrrrr.

I don’t really have much to say today, and I wouldn’t be blogging if I hadn’t committed to blogging every day in December, but since I have to write, I might as well tell you how I’m feeling, since that’s why I blog in the first place.

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Day 4, The Procrastination Enemy.

I had a coffee/breakfast meeting this am, and I could’ve got up early and ran beforehand, or I could’ve run after before getting to work.  I had plans with Cathy and Theo for a stroller run, but I could’ve done a double.  Cath had to bail, and it was sunny outside, I could’ve gone for my run as soon as I heard.  But, I didn’t.  I procrastinated the shit out of today.  And when I finally got my shoes and buff on, it was raining.  Duh, of course it was raining, that’s what happens when you let the procrastination monster rule your life.

Grrrrrrrr.

But, here’s the good news, I got out the door, Nikita and I hit the pavement, and we got it done.  And once we got out there and moving, despite the rain and cold, and snow turning to slush factor, we went longer than planned, putting another 6K in the bank.

And that my friends is WHY the 2K a day works.

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Not today, but from yesterday, Day 3′s run around Burnaby Lake with Jen C.

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Day 2 – Playing with Nikita

Yesterday was Day 2 of the #BeastStreak and in actuality, it was Day 4 of my runstreak, since I ran Saturday and Sunday before deciding to do a December streak.  It wasn’t easy to get myself out the door, but I asked Nikita if she wanted to go in the woods, and she was gungho, so we (me) decided to head into our local woods for a quick little romp.

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Niki navigating the snow covered trails of Robert Burnaby Park.

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Finding the RunLove, aka Running is Hard.

Day 1 – December BeastStreak

Running is hard.  It’s not a coincidence that many people want to start running and never do, and others attempt to start running, but can’t quite get into a rhythm, or quit after a few runs, saying it’s just too hard, or they aren’t built for running.  And there’s the people who run every now and then, when they feel like it, but never train, and never run any long distance.  The reason for all of this happening, is that bottom line, running is not easy, it’s really hard.

But thankfully, there’s benefits and there’s rewards to running, like views like this…

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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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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

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

24 Days of Christmas Karma

The #beaststreak was such a popular community challenge, that a couple of us got to talking, and decided to do something for December too.  Don’t worry, we’re not RUNNING everyday!  Instead, we’re going to pledge to do something good for your body, mind, or soul, every day in December, leading up to Christmas.

With the help of some amazing friends, I’ve compiled a list of 24 things for you to do – 1 each day.  And trust me, there’s lots on this list that have nothing to do with running, and are do-able for everyone!

So, I’m asking you to commit to 24 Day of Christmas Karma with me.  The rules are simple, just do all these things before Christmas, ideally one a day, but if you do 2 or 3 in 1 day, no biggie.  And you can do them in ANY order you choose.

  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.

There you have it!  24 things that you can easily get done in the first 24 days of December to make yourself feel good – body, mind, and soul.

Join me, in the 24 days of Christmas Karma!

Oh and PS – The Ugly Sweater Trail Run is happening this Saturday!!!  Don’t forget to get your ugly sweater ready, bake some Christmas goods to enter our baking contest, and dig out some outerwear to donate to the homeless at our event!  All details can be found here, and I’ll be doing a reminder post tomorrow :)

xoxo

-S