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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – That’s a wrap!

    Posted on May 31, 2017

    I did it!  This is me coming up to the finish line of the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon with a finishing time of 2:25.  It wasn’t the performance I envisioned for myself but if this ‘Mama’s Half Marathon’ journey taught me nothing else, it helped me to expect the unexpected when pursuing an active lifestyle with small kids. Ten weeks ago, I very hesitantly set out on a journey

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – A full circle journey to race week

    Posted on May 24, 2017

    …and just like that, nine weeks have passed and race week is upon us. While I would love to continue the tradition of starting with a training update, I sadly have nothing to report.  Actually, that’s not entirely true.  Adam and I completed one 3.8km outdoor run together on his birthday last week.  Not exactly the kind of progress one hopes to be making in the pre half-marathon taper but hear me

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – What’s your motivation?

    Posted on May 10, 2017

    If you’ve been following along the Mama’s Half Marathon series, you know that I like to start with a brief training update.  This week was fun because I was working towards a ‘mini goal’ to close my rings on my Apple Watch everyday.  The Apple Watch tracks your movement and sets a daily goal for you to achieve 30 minutes of exercise, stand once an hour for 12 hours and

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – Race weekend logistics

    Posted on May 3, 2017

    The month of May is full of celebrations in my family.  We kick it off with my Dad’s birthday, then tip our hats to my sister on her wedding anniversary and soon we will get to celebrate Super Dad on his birthday! This year, the 1st of May also marked the official countdown to race day with just 28 days to go.  It’s race month, baby! First things first: a training update.  After

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – Running while pregnant

    Posted on April 26, 2017

    This week’s training update in the Mama’s Half Marathon series is brought to you by the old saying: “two steps forward and one step back” – with this week being the ‘step back’ unfortunately.  Due to a variety of excuses, I only made it out for one run this week and logged a measly 8.5kms.  I keep telling myself that it was a nice chance for my body to rest

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy marriage

    Posted on April 19, 2017

    If you’ve been following my Mama’s Half Marathon series, here is my training update:  I started last Wednesday with a short, intense 4.3km treadmill run during Jude’s nap.  The rest of the week I logged three longer runs – progressing in distance each time.  Friday, was 7.3km, Sunday was 8.6km and yesterday was 10.5km for a total of 30.7km run this week.  When I do my longer runs, I maintain

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – Training eats + Why we don’t feed our kids dessert

    Posted on April 12, 2017

    Training update: This week I logged 15km of running with one longer run of 9km.  I had one attempted run with both kids in the stroller and it went terribly because Clyde kept trying to climb out – you win some you lose some!  We’ll see what this week brings. Alongside modelling an active lifestyle for the boys, we also want to eat well as a family and do our

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  • Mama’s half marathon – Training plan and tips for running

    Posted on April 5, 2017

    Last week, I started a 9-week series titled “Mama’s half marathon” to journal my training wins and woes after registering for the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon.  If you are familiar with my first training attempt, rest assured that I did finally find the safety key for my treadmill and have since accomplished two indoor runs!  Is there anything more motivating than this little smirk staring at you while you

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  • Mama’s half marathon – 9 weeks until race day

    Posted on March 29, 2017

    Well folks, we did it.  Adam and I have just registered for the 2017 Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon.  Yikes! …I mean, yahoo!   We have been talking about doing it for a few weeks and even pulled up the website to look at the registration form but hadn’t yet filled in the information and clicked submit.  For Adam, it was a matter of paying the registration fee x 2

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  • 10 > 1 Pyramid workout

    Posted on February 20, 2017

    This is my go-to workout when I’m busy, working out with the kids or ‘not in the mood’ for something more detailed.  It is fast, simple and most importantly, effective. The three exercises for the workout are push-ups, sit-ups and squats.  The basic exercises and the fast pace makes it very toddler friendly! Start with 10 reps of each exercise and work your way down to 1 of each. 10

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