Tag: nature

So close to finishing this running goal

A view of downtown #yeg while running with some girlfriends on the weekend


44.89km was the total I ran last week! The goal was 40 🙂

Now by Jan 31 I only need to run 35.05km to complete my goal. I ran 5.57km this am, wasn’t feeling great today on the treadmill so I just did a shorter run.

That leaves me with 29.48km in 3 days. Which is a bit more than I wanted to do each day but I’ll get it done. 10km takes me about an hour to run so that’s more than manageable I’m just hoping the weather gets nicer so I can at least do some of that running outside!

this is me doing toe touches (ab work) and my personal home trainer staring me down
and this is what he does when I try to do other abs, stretches or anything on the floor



i’m back at it!

Woah I’ve been gone for a while

Sorry ya’ll I just ran out of time to post there for a bit, super busy with life and work and then I went to Nova Scotia for a friend’s Wedding.  Time for a little update today and then I’ll share the fun of my half marathon from this past Saturday in my next post, cause I know everyone is just dying to hear about it, so I tell myself.

Ok so September has been a very weird month. I have not been motivated to do anything.  I’ve been feeling down in the dumps and just plain sad, often.  I know exercise helps me when I’m like this, but it’s so hard to convince myself to do it.  I did not train for the half marathon as much as I needed to, but I knew this time I also trained more so I wasn’t too worried.

I said I went to Nova Scotia for a friend’s wedding as well, which put a damper on training for a week, which was totally worth it, and I’ll show you why.


Hubby to be at Peggy’s Cove. It was so beautiful!

We went site seeing, got car sick driving the crazy windy lanes around Peggy’s Cove.


awkward stances. We really are only good at one type of photo… to come later

Ryan and I were “practicing” for our wedding… no not in this shot at Peggy’s Cove.

The “Ovens Caves” because a cave is like an oven?

We also went to the “Ovens Caves” where you walk for about 45 minutes and check out 4 different caves where the water comes crashing in, it was very cool.  One cave was even called “Thunder Cave”, can you believe it? yep, I can because I heard that cave and it sounded just like Thunder.  Those folks got it right when they named it.

I was shakin’ at the knees
Could I come again please?
Yeah the ladies were too kind
You’ve been – thunderstruck, thunderstruck
Yeah yeah yeah, thunderstruck

Se the feet in the part of the cave where you actually go in and look at the waves crashing? that was Jill, Jen and Travis.  moments after I took this photo a MASSIVE wave came up over the rock they were standing on and splashed the hell out of Travis… it was awesome to hear them scream.

Oh does that sound morbid and weird? yeah a little but for real Ryan and I had a good laugh about them screaming.  Ok this keeps sounding weirder and weirder so, new topic.

Classic gaze into the distance shot

So we were busy site seeing, helping set up for the wedding and obviously having to many cocktails for me to train for my half marathon… next time I wont book a holiday a week before a big race! unless it’s like for a wedding or to somewhere cool like mexico, hawaii, or well maybe anywhere but here 🙂

Classic Jump shot, this is when we were practicing for the wedding, while at a wedding. the grass was so wet you can see the mud on my heals. I got some decent hit still while jumping in heals and out of the mud.

I have never experienced humidity until going to Nova Scotia.  We do get humid days in Alberta, but NOTHING like the day of the wedding.  You can’t tell that my hair had been in tight ringlets just 2 hours before this picture.  I’m just glad that the rain stopped for our friend’s wedding so they could hold it outside as planned!

so then this happened

That aint no garter

then this happened

Obviously I knew Ryan would catch those.  He has caught the garter at least half the weddings we have gone to so I knew he’d be all in for the ginch.

We had a great time in Nova Scotia, if you’ve thought about going there, just do it. now I’m home, settled and ready to get back to working out and blogging, check back tomorrow for my half marathon post!





I love a good up hill

I woke up early and spent 8 hours thinking about all the things I should be doing and stressing about going back to work in the evening, so Obviously I had no time yesterday to write my post.  I did weigh in and here’s the results

Current weight: 150lbs

so I’m down 1lb again this week.  slowly but surely this fat’s a coming off!

This is the weight I get to and think that it’s time to stuff my gullet with more food, you know, since I’m working out so much I have to eat more? what a fool eh, I’m feeling pretty tough today (and for the rest of life) about drinking 3Liters of water instead of stuffing my face so cross your fingers for me.

Ok so the weekend…

Ryan, my dad and I set out on a quick day hike of Jonhson’s Canyon (which turns into the ink pots) which is an extremely busy tourist hike.  Not so Heavenly

There are two falls on the hike, the lower falls

me and my beau -Ruan (that’s his Mexican name for our Mexican wedding) at the lower falls

and the higher falls

Higher falls- oooh, ahhhh

and then if you keep hiking you reach the ink pots.

some say it’s not worth checking out since it’s a long “hard” walk. I think it’s pretty neat.

The lower falls are so busy that it’s not the nicest of hikes, but the view is nice.  Once you get past the mass crowds it’s not as bad but the walk up to the ink pots is best as there is hardly anyone.

Classic Jump Shot

We did it in 3 hours, 2 hours up (stupid crowds) and 1 hour down.  We argued the enter way down about which is better. Uphill or downhill.  Ryan prefers down where as I prefer a good uphill.  I love when I’m hiking and I feel just how strong I am.  I love that my legs can carry me and carry me as fast as they do.  I love the feeling of being out of breath from a good uphill climb.  I’m right and Ryan is whiny tard, gotcha babe.

I don’t like downhills because it’s hard on the knees!

Anywho,we motored on the way down as we were all hungry for dinner  even after pigging out on jerky, protein bars and M&M snack mix that my mom had picked up on her last trip to America.

Salty and Sweet- shit 2 of my fav things in one beautiful bag.
this bag = a part of my heaven

Ryan and I hiked last summer, one quick hike called Grassi Lakes (which is extremely easy and like an hour tops when you stop to look and take photos) but other than that I haven’t really hiked with Ryan.  Ryan said this hike was little much for him…. I may have laughed in his face at him.  too much? it’s rated as EASY in the hiking books! BUT I use to hike every summer and lead kids on a few backpacking trips so I reminded myself to only laugh for a few moments in his sweet face.  Just wait till I surprise him with a backpacking trip where he has to carry all his gear and walk at least 15 a day for a few days… makes me smile thinking about his look of shock.  I’ll try to have a camera ready for that.  PS finished my 3L of water already!