We are going to…

…ARUBA!!!!

Thanks for all of your recommendations on my last post!!  My mom and I looked into a whole bunch of places and ended up deciding on Aruba!  I’ve never been before but I have heard really good things and the resort we’re staying at looks pretty nice.  Most of the reviews on Trip Advisor are great too so that’s always a good sign, right??  We leave in NINE DAYS!  Crazy.

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I’m not quite sure how this trip will affect my training.  Usually I’m pretty lax on vacations and don’t stress about working out but with my half marathon just seven weeks away, I’ll have to find a way to get some runs in even if they’re just on a treadmill.  I’m even considering getting an aqua jogger (finally) so that I can do my running in the pool instead of locked up in a gym.

Speaking of training, I hit the track for a “real” track workout yesterday morning and nearly threw up.  I just wanted to see where I was at so it wasn’t a super long workout but holy – it was tough.  I’m not used to intervals!  It went a little something like this:

2 mile warm up @ 8:52 avg.

4 x 400m @ 1:36, 1:38, 1:40, 1:43 (with 400m “recovery”/slow jog in between intervals)

1 mile cool down @ 8:22 avg.

I checked the training plan Phaedra created for me for the Vancouver Marathon to see what she had as my goal pace for 400s (which I never did – sorry PK!) and I was to be in the 1:50-1:54 range so I’m pretty happy with my performance!  Now I need to work on not slowing down towards the end! ;)

P.S. I just bought this really cute hat from Run Pretty Far:

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A few people asked me about it on Instagram/Facebook so thought I’d link it on here too.

Okay – Off to enjoy the sunshine (after a morning at Costco – do not go on a Saturday)!

Hope you have a great weekend and I’ll be back Monday with a Marathon Monday post! :)

Thinking Out Loud #25

Whoop whoop!  Thursday is heeeeeeeere!  Cue all the randomness aka Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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1.  I think my blog makeover is finally done.  My sidebar image is up, my header has been revised, my social media icons have been changed from gold to silver (thought it worked better with the black and white image just below it), and Jenny has added a friendly “welcome” to my sidebar.  Truthfully, I wanted to stay away from pink as my accent colour since my last design was pink-heavy…but I do like the way it looks with the mint green and silver…thoughts??  Jenny will probably kill me if I ask her to change it again so let’s just all agree on the pink mmmk?

2.  I recently won a giveaway off Robin’s Instagram.  I had never heard of Cuppow before but they make these super cool canning jars that can be converted into both a travel mug or what they call a “BNTO” jar.

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Both images from Cuppow’s Instagram account (@cuppow)

The drinking lid makes for spill-free drinking on the go and the BNTO adaptor allows you to keep your wet and dry foods separate.  Pretty rad, huh?  You can easily pack veggies with dip/hummus/PB, salads with dressing, fruit with yogurt, etc.  I’m kind of in love and thought you guys might like them too!

3.  Anyone ever go to the mall ready to shop and blow all kinds of money only to leave empty-handed?!  That was my intention a couple of days ago.  I was just in one of those moods where I really wanted to buy something.  Anything.  I even made it all the way to the register in two stores only to change my mind at the very last second.  What’s up with that?!  I guess I’m getting more indecisive and maybe even practical in my old age.  What do you mean I don’t need another pair of short jean shorts?!

4.  What I am considering though is a pair of these new compression tights that were just launched by Pro Compression:

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 2.03.57 PMI’ve already heard really great things about them from a few different people and am itching to get a pair.  Also – they are 30% off right now (until July 15) using code LEG at checkout.  Now to decide on colour…

5.  I am far from being an expert when it comes to beauty/skin care/all that jazz but I do have one small tip for you.  Never ever ever EVER put rubbing alcohol on your face.  Ever.  I had a small blemish the other day and thought I’d “shrink” it by using alcohol only to wake up with a BURN on my face the next morning.  Maybe my skin is just sensitive.  Who knows.  Just don’t do it.

6.  This message has been following me…

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I found “tout est possibile” graffiti twice in one week.  Is that weird or what?  It’s probably some sort of sign but I have yet to figure out what this coincidence is leading to…

7.  I need your help!  My mom and I are looking for a vacation spot – something all-inclusive, safe, easy, and beautiful.  She’s a bit stressed out and my last few trips revolved around racing so we just want to hang out on a beach for a week and relax.  We were thinking Jamaica or the Bahamas but reading reviews on Trip Advisor has me going crazy.  People always have something bad to say even about the best places so if anyone has been anywhere awesome lately, I’d love recommendations!

Thank youuuuu and Happy Thursday!!! :)

WIAW: I think I have an addiction

I am pretty thrilled that it’s Wednesday, not only because it’s WIAW but because it’s supposed to cool off tomorrow.  I told myself I wouldn’t complain about the heat after we had such a brutal winter but holy. heck.  I don’t know how some people live in crazy hot places.  I mean it’s been about 30*C here (86*F) and I know my peeps in Arizona are battling 108*.  I can’t even imagine what that might feel like.  Death.  Probably death.

Anyway, let’s get started with eats!

I haven’t been able to think about anything else for breakfast except smoothies lately so yesterday I started my day with an Oh Canada smoothie (recipe here) and it did the trick.  Using both avocado and banana made it super creamy and delicious.

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I went for a run at about 10:30 which was probably the stupidest thing I have done in a very long time.  The heat and humidity were out of control and I was completely drenched within five minutes.  I don’t know how I managed but I knocked out a 6.2 mile tempo run at 7:59 average.  I felt like I was going to faint and my face was as red as a tomato when I got in but I survived and survival is always something to be proud of, right?  I guzzled some Vega Recovery Accelerator, took a quick shower and headed to lunch.

My mom and I shared a vegan poutine (it was Canada Day after all ;) ) and I’ll be honest – Fresh just changed their menu last week and I’ve already had the poutine three times.  It’s that good.  I didn’t think a decent-tasting vegan poutine was possible but I guess Fresh knows what’s up.  You don’t get a picture because if I showed you what it looked like you would probably never eat it.  Or I’d win an award for worst blog photography.

I also ordered the panko-crusted butternut squash tacos yet again because apparently I have a legitimate addiction to them.  Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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Strawberry popsicles are always a great idea…..so is a banana with Justin’s honey PB (unpictured).

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And dinner wasn’t too thrilling but just what I wanted.  I’ve been craving corn chips and salsa for days and I’d say the chips made a great side to my avocado toast but it was in fact the opposite.  When you eat almost an entire bag, avocado toast becomes a side to your chips! #oops

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I won’t lie – I’m feeling a little bloated today, probably from all the salt in yesterday’s food but that’s what holidays are for, right? ;)

Have a great Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

Oh Canada Smoothie

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a holiday in this neck of the woods [Canada Day #whoopwhoop] so I’m going to make this real quick.  I made some tweaks to my Just Beet It smoothie this morning and dare I say this might be my most favourite smoothie combination yet?  Well, it is.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Oh Canada Smoothie
Author: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small beet (cooked and peeled)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (I used Nature's Touch Pomegranate & Berry Mix)
  • ½ a banana
  • ½ an avocado
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • lemon juice
  • water
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth

The addition of maple syrup was my attempt to make it somewhat Canadian.  It was either that or bacon…so yeah.  Maple syrup it is!

I don’t really have any plans for today yet.  It’s supposed to rain all day but that’s also what the weather man called for yesterday and we didn’t even get a drop.  Sooooo I’m thinking lunch with mi madre and then I’ll take it from there!

Happy Canada Day!  Hope your day rocks!

Let’s catch up instead

Today is usually Marathon Monday around here but I figured since I had a really low mileage week last week and spent a lot of time resting instead of running, we could just catch up today instead!  I did hit my goal of 100+ miles for the month which I am super happy about, especially after taking it really easy last week.  My plan was only to run once, reach 100, and then spend the rest of the week relaxing…but I ended up doing a couple of shorter runs instead to reach my goal.  It all worked out and I’m more than ready to start July strong.

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I tried Oh She Glows black bean burgers (from the cookbook) over the weekend and they were awesome.  They are pretty simple to put together and don’t take very long but I did find that they fall apart easily, especially when trying to flip them mid-way through cooking.  I have yet to make a veggie burger that holds together well.  The flavours in Angela’s recipes are always amazing though so I’d totally make these again.  I’ll use my broken burgers in salads or wraps and no one will ever know… ;)

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I went out with a couple of my favourite girls on Saturday night…

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…ate a vegan poutine and tried a vegan whoopie pie for the first time ever.  I’d have to say that whoopie pies are definitely not my first choice when it comes to dessert but we were curious…and not that impressed.  It kind of lacked flavour and had an odd texture.  I’ve been weird about desserts lately though so maybe it’s just me.  I used to hate sweets until I hit my 20s (my mom once had a restaurant make me a nacho birthday cake when I was a kid – no lie), then started eating anything and everything with sugar in it, and now I’m starting to feel like I’m having a bit of an aversion to all things sweet again.  I’ll eat sweet treats but I definitely don’t crave them or go out of my way to buy something sugary these days.  So strange.

During one of my runs I saw this guy hanging by the sidewalk….

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A BUNNY!!  It was on a major street with a lot of traffic so I don’t know how the heck he got there but he was so darn cute and a nice little mid-run surprise.  While I was trying to get a photo a woman was walking towards me and all I kept thinking was “I hope the bunny is still here when she walks by or she will think I am crazy snapping photos of the dirt.”  Low and behold….as soon as she came the bunny hopped away and she looked at me like I was a mental case.

Watermelon juice – try it.

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I just threw some watermelon in my Vitamix and blended it, refrigerated it and drank it the next day after a run.  Perfect.

I finally finished season one of Orange is the New Black.  Oh.  My.  Word.  That is all I have to say.  I cannot wait to start season two.  What a strange yet brilliant show.

Tomorrow is Canada Day which means fireworks and a dog that goes into withdrawal.  I’m not looking forward to it.  After what happened on Victoria Day, Princeton has completely changed.  He used to be okay with loud noises but now he can’t even be outside if there are kids playing with a basketball or if neighbours are using some sort of power tools.  It took him almost 48 hours before he would go outside after the last holiday so if anyone with a dog has dealt with this I’d love to know if you have any tips!

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Hope you all have a great Monday and Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

Let’s catch up – fill me in on your weekend!  Do anything fun?  Try anything new?

Thinking Out Loud #24

Good morning and happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Let’s cut to the chase -

1.  Soooo apparently they now sell crack cocaine at Costco.  Yep.  If you have no self-control, don’t buy these.  I originally tried them in Arizona and was so surprised to see them the other day when I went to the one here in Toronto (we never get the same product).  Of course I bought them and couldn’t even wait until I got home to rip the container open.  Oops.

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2.  Now I don’t mean to offend anyone with this one but….I cannot stand when I get text messages and people use “u” instead of “you”.  I don’t know what it is.  I get that it’s faster and easier but it drives me absolutely nuts.  Maybe it’s the teacher in me that just wants everything I read to be in real English.  Or hashtags.  Things like “BTW” or “BRB” or “FTW” don’t bother me in the least…but “u” — just no.

3.  I’ve decided to make it part of my routine to hang out with Princeton and lay in the grass after each and every run.  The other day I grabbed my Vega Recovery Accelerator and sat in the grass to stretch and he decided to join me with his very own bottle (because apparently bottles > dog toys).  It was pretty cute.

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4.  I’ve only run once so far this week and I’ll be honest — I’m really loving the rest.  I thought I’d struggle with it and get the itch to go do something sweaty because I’m so used to rolling out of bed, lacing up, and heading out the door.  It’s automatic for me so I was curious to see how this week would go.  I’ve actually really been enjoying sleeping in and lounging.  Lazy mornings are a lot more awesome than I thought they’d be!

5.  I finally put up a header photo on my Twitter page.  I don’t know what it is about Twitter but I’m just not into it as much as I probably should be.  Instagram is my favourite social media child and gets all my love and attention but I’m going to try my best to get tweet tweeting.

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6.  I was supposed to do a post earlier in the week and show you guys pictures from my friend’s wedding…but then along came Marathon Monday, and then my most favourite post ever, and then yesterday’s recipe, so instead I’ll just give you this:

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Top left: the wall behind the head table was completely filled with flowers and looked soooo beautiful; top right: some of my friends and I; bottom left: the gorgeous bride and groom during their first dance; bottom right: the wedding cake!

7.  I am proud to tell you that I am now the owner of all 10 of my toenails.  Let’s hope it stays this way at least until the Chicago Marathon.

8.  Aaaaaaaaand I bet you’re all wondering who the winner is of my PRO Compression giveaway…

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Congrats, Lisa!  Email me at theathletarian@gmail.com so we can get you hooked up with some sweet socks!

**To get 40% OFF MARATHON SOCKS and SLEEVES, use code BLG14**

Hope you all have a great day!

Tell me something RANDOM!

WIAW: just BEET it {smoothie recipe}

Happy WIAW, y’all!  Today I’m skipping the whole “look at my day of food” thing because yesterday was a write off.  I skipped breakfast and drank coconut water instead, ate tacos from Fresh in the car and spilled half all over my shirt (P.S. menu has been re-vamped and TACOS ARE HERE TO STAY!), and then the evening was spent snacking on weird things like cashews, a croissant, and crackers with hummus.  Let’s not forget the handful of chocolate chips before bed.

Today I’m going to share a recipe with you instead!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

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just BEET it smoothie
Author: 
Recipe type: Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ an apple (chopped)
  • ½ a banana
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • water (~1 cup)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

I went to Costco last night and found a container of beets that were already cooked and peeled so it made everything wayyyyyy easy.  I never put beets in my smoothies because I hate the process of prepping them and making the kitchen look like a murder scene!  Costco to the rescue…again.

Why beets?  I’ll be honest – originally I just used to love what beets did to the colour of smoothies.  You get really cool shades of pink – Angela’s Pink Power Detox Smoothie is BEAUTIFUL and next on my list to try.  Then I started to learn more about the health benefits of beets and how they help fight inflammation.  I’ve been trying to add more anti-inflammatory foods to my diet (especially post-workout) to help with my recovery so I’ll be sneaking beets in when I can.  They do have an “earthy” flavour but you can’t really taste it in a smoothie if you add sweet fruit to the mix! :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your comments, tweets, and emails regarding yesterday’s post.  I feel so lucky and blessed.  I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!