Vancouver/SeaWheeze 2015 Race Recap!

Another successful SeaWheeze weekend behind me!!  I was thinking about breaking up my race-cation into a series of posts so that I wouldn’t have to cram four days with of fun into one single post buuuuut WHAT THE HECK.  Let’s do it.

Thursday:

I arrived in Vancouver at around 11am and the plan was to go straight downtown to meet my PR friend (Cristina) and a photographer from shoeme.ca.  I took the train down and had a little time to kill so naturally, I went and had some gelato at Bella Gelateria.  This place usually has a crazy lineup but I somehow got lucky because not one single person was there.  Salted chocolate gelato and berry sorbet FTW.

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My peeps arrived and we spent some time shooting in my Brooks Glycerin 13 as well as my Pure Grit 3.

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We headed back to the office and I dropped off all of my bags so that I could roam around the city looking for food.  I ended up finding a shopping mall and grabbing a salad to eat quickly before it was time to head back.  I got LOST and ended up beside a Costco?!?!  I tried to Google Map my way back to the office but it was apparently a 28-minute walk so I jumped in a cab instead because I had already been walking for what seemed like forever.

Cristina and I met Angela for dinner at Heirloom for 6:30pm which I was SO EXCITED about.  Unfortunately, something hit me and I had to actually leave the restaurant a couple of times.  I’m pretty sure I had food poisoning but who knows.  I was super hot, the smell of food was making me nauseous, and I threw up twice.  Nice, right?  I cancelled my food order, waited for Cristina and Angela to finish their meals, and then headed to Angela’s place to take a shower and go to sleep.

While I was sleeping, Angela went and picked up Danielle from the airport and they headed straight to bed because we had a very early morning ahead of us!

Friday:

SHOPPING DAY.  Last year we lined up at the SeaWheeze Showcase store around 4:30am.  I had a feeling it would be earlier this year because people (including myself) just keep getting crazier and crazier.  My friend Michael texted me around 1am saying there were already 50+ people in line (some of our friends were there from 10:30pm the night BEFORE!).  I woke the girls up at 2am and we made it to the line with about 150 people ahead of us.  Bananas.  Why do we do these things?  I really don’t know.

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The time went by a lot faster than I expected and we rolled into the store with the first wave of people at 7am.  Like usual, it was complete madness in there.  I wasn’t as impressed as last year in terms of colours and patterns but I did manage to pick up four cute pieces.

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No pants, no problem.

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We were done pretty early so we spent some time walking around, visited Lululemon on Robson, and picked up a quick breakfast.  We had a VEGA luncheon at Forage at 12:30 so we went and got changed before heading over.  The food at Forage was phenomenal but unfortunately my photos all came out WAY too dark so you’ll just have to believe me!  VEGA did a really great job at welcoming us bloggers and making us feel special.  They always do!  There was even some fun trivia where I managed to win a cute pair of shoes by People Footwear.

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We were pretty exhausted by the time lunch was over since we had been up so early.  We took it easy for the rest of the day, went back to Angela’s to lay out our race gear, picked up a few things for race morning, and grabbed a quick dinner before heading to bed.

Saturday:

We woke up to RAIN.  Obviously.  It’s Vancouver, right??  I was a bit nervous for several reasons.  After being sick on the Thursday night, I had no idea whether or not my body would still be affected on Saturday morning.  We were also pretty messed up in terms of sleep because of the shopping extravaganza…and I had spent all of Friday eating things I normally wouldn’t eat before a race.  I texted Phaedra and told her I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to stick to her plan (7:35-7:45 average pace) so she told me just to do my best.

I ate some oatmeal for breakfast and then brought a Honey Stinger waffle to eat a half hour before the race.  We stayed inside the Convention Centre for as long as we could because it was pretty chilly out.  I think we headed to the race start around 6:50am (the race started at 7am).

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Unfortunately, I didn’t seed myself properly and got stuck pretty far back which made the start of my race a bit frustrating.  The first two miles were spent walking, jogging, and weaving through so many people.  I feel like it took a bit of extra energy out of me but hey, that’s what I get.  Next time I won’t make the same mistake.  Once I got through those first couple of miles, I settled into my pace and to my surprise, was running a lot better than I expected.  I was holding about a 7:40/mile pace up until about mile 10 and then things kinda started to fall apart.  I slowed down quite a bit for the last three miles (7:47, 8:12, 7:52) and ended up finishing in 1:41:53 (7:45 average pace).  I was 48 seconds shy of a half marathon PR but I did manage a course PR (my previous SeaWheeze times were 1:54 and 1:45).  I’m pretty happy overall and managed to stay on the slower end of what Phaedra wanted even with getting sick and my body being all out of whack from not sleeping.  I’m itching to run another half marathon now though because SeaWheeze has got some hills so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to break 1:41 on a flatter course.

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Here’s a closeup of the gold carrot medal:

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We didn’t hang around very long because as soon as we stopped running it felt SO cold.  We ran to bag check, put on dry clothes and headed back to Angela’s to get cleaned up for lunch.  We went to a cute little place in Kitsilano called Sejuiced and I ordered the Power House Bowl which had brown rice, grilled tempeh, steamed veggies, and a creamy peanut-carrot sauce.  It was soooo tasty.

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Fast forward to dinner at Heirloom where Danielle and I shared a kale Caesar, Heirloom burger and sweet potato fries.

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We headed to the Sunset Festival after dinner to meet up with all of our insta-friends turned real life friends.  It was kind of a bittersweet night – loads of fun but a little sad to say goodbye because a lot of us won’t see each other until next year (assuming we all get in).

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Sunday:

Holy smokes this post is getting long.  We intended on going hiking, doing the Grouse Grind, or visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge…but decided to do none of the above instead.  Hah.  Danielle’s husband, Josh, flew in Sunday morning so we went to Heirloom for brunch once he arrived (can you tell we really like Heirloom?) and inhaled ALL THE FOOD.  Danielle and I each ordered a kale Caesar (again) and then split the avocado toast.  So good.

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We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown, eating gelato (the lineup at Bella Gelateria was HELLA LONG on Sunday…but we still waited), taking photos, and then stuffing our face with nachos for dinner.  A successful last day if I say so myself.

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I left Vancouver at 6am on Monday so I am back in Toronto and the SeaWheeze blues have officially kicked in.  How many more days until SeaWheeze 2016?!?!

A wish list that has nothing to do with running (!!!)

I’ve already posted some gift ideas for runners and if you missed it, you can check it out here!  Believe it or not, I like things that have nothing to do with running as well.  Crazy, I know.  And for some reason, I’m a sucker for all things pink, grey and gold.  All three colours by themselves or together just make me really happy.  Here are some of the things that are pulling at my heart strings…and that I wouldn’t be totally opposed to getting… 😉

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1.  Personal Planner ($29.95 – $39.95) – I actually designed one of these over the weekend and had so much fun in the process!  So it’s not on my “wish” list anymore but on my “I wish it would get here ASAP” list!  Mine looks a lot different than the one in the picture above (posted a preview of my version yesterday) and I’m really excited to receive it.  I’m a total planning nerd so I will be doing a more in-depth post about the site tomorrow!

2.  Anthropologie Monogram Mug ($10) – I’d probably drink a lot more tea if I had this beautiful mug!  Or maybe I can just drink my smoothies out of it…?  Love, love, love the gold.

3.  Albion Fit Petal Pant ($68) – Albion has had this style for a while but they just added the icy pink/grey combo and I just about died when I saw them post it to their Instagram.  So feminine and cute and way too nice to wear for working out!  they’re like fancy stretchy pants for special occasions.  Don’t look at me like I’m crazy.  You know you have fancy tights and not-so-fancy tights separated in your closet too.

4.  Lululemon Blissed Out Circle Scarf ($88) – Cozy.  Warm.  Reversible.  Pink and Grey.  #enoughsaid

5.  Tory Burch Reva Flat ($250) – I know I mentioned these already but I’m still thinking about them…

6.  Thought Blossoms Simple Initial Necklace ($35) – Heather’s jewelry is just so delicate and perfect.  I’ve already got a few of her pieces and this one is next on my list.  It comes in silver too!

7.  Milk and Honey Luxuries Cereal Killer Spoon ($16) – HOW CUTE IS THIS?!  I came across their Etsy shop over the weekend and they hand stamp ALL THE THINGS!  The spoons were my fav for sure.  They’ve got a lot of cute little sayings available (good morning sunshine, my ice cream spoon, let’s spoon, nom nom nom…) but you can also get a custom one made.  These would make such cute gifts for any occasion.

Happy shopping!

Christmas Eve is one week TOMORROW!  Hope no one is too stressed out!  :)

Thinking Out Loud #31

It’s that time again…..!

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Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

1.  I went back to work today for the first time in over two months.  Holy shock to the system.  I’m not going to complain about work though because not a lot of professions grant you with a couple of summer months to do whatever you please!  It was nice to see all of my colleagues and students again too.  To those of you who asked – I am a substitute teacher but kind of situated in one school.  I fell in love with a particular high school and became really close with a lot of the teachers as well as the administration so I am lucky enough to work at the same place nearly every day.  Sometimes I take on multiple day/week assignments for teachers too.  It works for me right now and gives me a lot of flexibility and time to work on the blog/do other things that I love! :)

2.  I didn’t bring any food to work today (I was only supposed to work half a day but it got changed at the last minute) so I went out for ROTI on my lunch.  I ordered a channa and potato roti as well as doubles.  Oh. my. woooooord.

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The doubles were better than the ones I had when I was in Trinidad.  No lie.  The bread was lightly crispy but pillowy and fluffy at the same time if that makes any sense…and it’s filled with curried chickpeas.  They don’t make for great photos, especially when you eat in the car but man they’re delicious.  There’s just something about fried carbs, am I right?

3.  I’m going to see WICKED this weekend!!!  My cousin got me tickets for my birthday.  Has anyone seen it???

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The last musical I saw was Aladdin and I absolutely loved it so I’m pretty pumped for this.

4.  Who else gets weekly Lululemon updates and fell in love with the oh-so-Canadian Scuba hoodie (far right) in this week’s “hi we are here to take all of your money” email?

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Well when Danielle saw it and tried to buy one it was immediately SOLD OUT.  Lululemon people are cray (including us, I guess).  Anyway, the amazing friend 😉 that I am scurried on over to the mall when I heard about her predicament (there is no Lulu near her) and BAM.  The store just got them in.  So I bought three – one for her, her friend, and myself.  Because I really need another hoodie in my life. #YOLO (<- do people eve say that anymore?)

5.  Speaking of apparel, these are my new current favourite jeans:

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Let’s also note that I do not wear crop tops – I just hiked my shirt up because I was texting my cousin photos and needed help choosing between two sizes.  I thought the ones in the above photo were too tight but she told me to get them because they stretch.  Let’s hope she’s right because they currently make me feel like a stuffed sausage.  They are from American Eagle in case you’re wondering.  I used to be one of those people who happily spent $200+ on jeans but those days are over.  AE jeans fit me better than any other brand I have owned and my wallet appreciates the $60 price tag a lot more.

6. A few people have posted this article from Buzzfeed on Facebook entitled 18 Things You Can Only Get Away With In Toronto and I just about died when I saw this guy because I actually gave him $20 last winter when I saw him in a subway station sitting with his cute dog.

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NOW HE’S FAMOUS!  I asked him what he’d do if I gave him money and the first thing he said was “buy food for my dog” so my heart kind of melted and I had faith that he would spend it on the right things.  I hope he did.

7.  I like to creep on my dog when he’s sleeping and get pretty dirty looks in return.

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8.  Someone else tell me they’re not too impressed with Costco already having their Christmas stuff out.  The thought of snow and below zero temps makes me want to die a little.  It’s even worse that I’m going to have to train through that weather again if I’m running Phoenix next February.

9.  If you need a laugh…

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Seriously though.  Dead.

10.  Speaking of oats, I think I might have some of dinner.  Is that weird or what?  Gotta satisfy those random cravings, right?  I’ve just got to make sure that I have some bewitched pecan butter in the fridge… 😉

Hope you all had a great day!

Marathon Monday: summer running gear

Happy Marathon Monday!

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It feels good to be back after a few disastrous days.  Last week I started to feel a bit burnt out and like my body just needed a break so I scrapped my 5am workouts/gym sessions and just ran.  That’s all I really felt like doing.  I ran based on effort and took it easy for the most part:

Monday: 5 miles @ 9:09 avg.

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: 10 miles @ 8:26 avg.

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 5 miles @ 8:21 avg.

Saturday: 3.5 miles @ 9:11 avg.

Sunday: 5 miles @ 8:44 avg.

Hopefully this week I’ll find a little more motivation to cross train and lift weights.

I also decided not to run the Niagara Half Marathon yesterday.  I was this close to going but I knew it wouldn’t have been the best decision for me.  I have been racing so much lately and I know I would have put a lot of pressure on myself to PR.  It might have been possible.  Who knows.  I did love staying in my pyjamas until 11am yesterday though.  It’s been a while since I did that but it sure felt good to have a lazy morning for once.

With the super hot weather creeping up on us, I thought I’d put together some of my favourite summer running pieces.  I always get questions regarding gear and everyone loves cute workout clothing, so why not talk about it?!  We are all different when it comes to what we are comfortable wearing (especially when running) but these are some of my essentials:

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1.  Mizuno Lotus Sports Bra – I’m super picky with sports bras and how they are cut.  The racerback on this is very comfortable and doesn’t dig into my back at all.  The bra also comes with removable inserts so you don’t get a uni-boob.  WIN.

2.  Mizuno Daria Sunset Shorts – The flat waistband and longer built-in underwear (kind of like boy shorts) are awesome.  Super comfortable and no wedgies while running!

3.  Mizuno Harmony Tank – This tank is not super tight or clingy, allows for movement, and has no built in spots bra so you can wear what works for you underneath.

4. Lululemon Stuff Your Bra Sports Bra – IT’S BACK!!!! I have two of the Stuff Your Bra Tanks (Lulu is getting these again soon, so I was told) and they are the BEST. You can literally fit so much stuff in the pockets. I wore one to the Phoenix Marathon and it held three gels + my iPod. Your boobs might look a bit strange with all your things stuffed in there but trust me, it makes things soooo easy! No fiddling with zippers or belts.

5. Lululemon Dart & Dash Short – I’ll be honest, I didn’t like these when I saw them online but I tried them on anyway over the weekend and they are awesome.  They are long enough that you can run without your butt hanging out and they don’t squeeze you around the thigh opening like a lot of other tight shorts do.  The side pockets are a bonus and they are deep enough that you can put ID or a key in and not have to worry about it falling out while you run.

6. Lululemon Speed Shorts – These have been a long time favourite. They fit really well and always come in super fun colours. The only thing with these shorts — if I wear them for runs lasting longer than about two hours, the seam around the thighs starts to irritate my legs a bit. Other than that, I love love loooove these shorts.

7.  Mizuno DryLite Cap – My hair has gotten so long and it’s kind of painful to wear it in a ponytail because it’s so heavy.  I’ve gotten used to just throwing on a hat and wearing my hair down or wearing this Mizuno cap and pulling my hair through the hole in the back without using a hair elastic.  So it’s still kind of like a ponytail but without the headache!

8. Mizuno DL Comfort Quarter Socks – I used to think wearing any socks to run in is okay…not the case.  To avoid blisters I make sure to wear running-specific socks.  Along with these Mizuno ones, I also love Pro Compression, WrightSock, and Running Room brand socks.

9.  Sunski Original Sunglasses – I know these aren’t your typical running glasses but they are my new fav.  They’re polarized and really lightweight so they do a great job at reducing glare and don’t move one bit when you’re running!

That’s more or less what I’m sweating in this season!

What are YOUR fav apparel pieces/accessories for summer?? 

Marathon Monday: BMO Vancouver Marathon RACE RECAP

Happy Monday!  The weekend was an absolute whirlwind for me.  Ever since the big surprise on Friday, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a big dream.  I don’t know what I did to deserve all the good that has happened to me but all I can say is that I am so grateful.  The last few days have blessed me with some pretty memorable experiences that I will probably talk about for a while!  I ran the BMO Vancouver Marathon yesterday so I thought I would start by putting together a recap for this week’s Marathon Monday.

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Th weather was calling for rain all weekend but judging from Friday and Saturday, things still looked promising – like it would be a day of light showers which would be refresing to run in.  I crossed my fingers which absolutely did not work.  I woke up race day morning with a sore throat and the sound of pouring rain outside my hotel window.  Not ideal.  I woke up at 5am and the race didn’t start until 8:30 so there was quite a bit of time for the rain to stop so I just stayed positive and hoped for the best.  I ate a slice of gluten-free bread with peanut butter, took my time getting ready and headed to the start around 7am.  It was early but I had to do a bit of filming for Vega before the start which was fine because early > late.  Being late to races is the worst ever.

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[What I wore: Vega tech tee, Lululemon run skirt (from last year – can’t remember the name), Pro Compression calf sleeves, Mizuno Drylite cap, Mizuno Inspires]

The rain didn’t stop and it was pretty dang cold so I was eager to get started to warm up my body.  I knew that some of the Vega team and Emz would be around the 5-6 mile mark so I was really looking forward to seeing them.  They did not disappoint.  I’ve never heard people cheer so loud for me in my entire life.  They had the best signs, cow bells, horns, you name it.

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It was so great to see all of them, get a big hug from Emz, and then continue trotting along.  I took a Vega gel just after the 6 mile mark and was really happy with the way I was pacing myself.  The course is quite hilly so I ran based on effort which ended up being a lot faster than I anticipated…at least for the first part of the race.  I was holding an 8:30 min/mile pace for the first half and felt awesome.  My legs felt good, my energy didn’t plummet once, my body was finally getting warm, and I was just excited to be running.

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I didn’t have a time goal for myself for this race.  Finishing was the plan.  I got to the halfway mark well before two hours and took another gel.  When I got to around 15-16 miles though I started having all these crazy thoughts of setting a new PR.  It was so possible.  If I just kept my pace up for the rest of the race I would kill my previous PR that I set in Phoenix.  Easier said than done.

It was around the 20 mile mark that I started to fall apart.  I saw another group of  Vega friends at this point which was awesome for me mentally.  I was in quite a bit of pain but seeing their faces made me smile.  Plus I knew Emily wasn’t much farther along the course and she was running with me for the last few miles.  Having something to look forward to always helps.  I intended on taking a gel at this point but my stomach was not having it.  I felt sick and the thought of choking something down made me cringe.  I pushed through, saw my friend Ale who was cheering with her friends from Luluemon (thank you for coming out!) and finally got my Emily.

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I told her to talk to me because I needed to get my mind off running.  I was struggling holding a 10:00 min mile.  The last stretch is right by the sea wall so it was freezing, windy, and nothing sheilding the rain.  My entire body was red and my arms were going numb.  Not awesome.  Emily stayed a couple feet in front of me for the most part so I had someone to “chase” and it worked as best as it could.  I am so thankful she was there with me.  I probably would have walked if it wasn’t for her.  I barely had anything left in me.  I stopped and took breaks at the last couple water stations and drank whatever electrolyte drink they were handing out hoping it would give me something.  ANYTHING.  Nope.

Once we got off the sea wall I was thanking the freaking heavens because I knew it would feel at least a couple degrees warmer.  Before the home stretch I saw Emma from Vega who had run the half marathon and then came back to cheer.  Love that.  There was a slight incline before the finish.  Pretty rude if you ask me.  BUT WE DID IT!  I grabbed Emz’s hand and we crossed the finish line together…again.  My official time was 4:00:50.  I’d be lying if I said those 50 seconds didn’t bother me.  Another sub-4 would have been nice but I guess it wasn’t in the cards this time.

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I honestly didn’t know I was running this race until about 6-7 weeks ago so I told myself not to set any sort of time goal expectations.  The competitive part f me wants to PR every single time I have a race which is not smart or reasonable and I know that.  I really have no complaints about this race except for the weather and that is something that was out of my control.  The course was awesome, the support was phenomenal, everyone stayed positive despite the terrential downpour, and I had THE BEST team behind me every single step of the way.  I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to Vancouver, have my best friend with me, do some fun work for Vega (coming soon!), run this race, eat delicious food (more on that this week!), and just soak up everything the city has to offer.

A huge thank you to Vega for making this happen, for having my back, for cheering in the rain for four hours, and for making me feel so comfortable and welcome.  Most of all, thank you for bringing Emily along for me.  I knew this weekend was going to rock before she showed up but having her here brought things to a whole new level of awesomeness.  I am so grateful that she took time out of her life in Phoenix to come here for me.  She left her work, her family, not to mention she’s freaking PREGNANT (if you didn’t know, now you do!) – to come here and cheer me on.  I might be the luckiest person ever.

It’s not always about a PR.  Sometimes you just have to stop and think about how lucky you are to be able to run and have friends who support you.  I crossed the finish with a huge smile on my face knowing how hard I worked but better than that – knowing Emily and I had a post-race massage scheduled!  Bliss.

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Hope you all had a rad weekend and thank you x a million for being so awesome and supportive on here, Instagram, and Twitter.  I may not have had the time to respond to everything this weekend but I sure as heck read all your messages and I am so thankful.  You guys rock.

I got real lucky

Happy SUNDAY.  I’m pretty excited it’s a long weekend.  For you Americans — us Canadians have what is called ‘Family Day’ tomorrow which = day off = lots of time with my favourite people = happiness.  I got really lucky this weekend and it isn’t even over yet.  This is going to be a pretty random post and maybe I should have saved it for this week’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday buuuuuut I’m not.

I’ve had a Pad Thai craving for weeks and finally satisfied it on Friday.  If you live in Toronto and haven’t been to Salad King yet, GO.  NOW.  So good.

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My mom bought me a Vitamix on Saturday.  I don’t think I need to say anything else about that.

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I found (and ordered) myself the most perfect top (stuff your bran tank II) from Lululemon for my marathon.  It’s pretty genius if you ask me.  I won’t have to wear any uncomfortable belts or anything.  The less, the better.  I am planning on just stuffing some gels and my iPod into my shirt and stopping at water stations when I need it.  Hopefully it all works out okay.

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I was surprised with tickets to see BRUNO MARS in July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  After I watched him perform at the SuperBowl I was like “Man, I need to see him in concert.”  Whattayaknow?  Just five more months and I get to see the guy LIVE.

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Aw yeah.

Today I got to go to lunch with a good friend of mine who is getting married in four months (yay!).  We had a lot to catch up on and a lot of goodness to eat.

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There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING better than perfect bread.  The kind that is super soft like a pillow but then has a really crunchy crust.  Ohhhhh yes.  I know that sandwich doesn’t look like anything spectacular but it was filled with about half a pound of goat cheese, tomato, basil, and a pesto spread.  I loved every bite.

Lots of surprises and time spent with some pretty cool peeps this weekend and it isn’t even over yet.  I am one lucky girl.  I’ll be spending Family Day with my….family.  What a surprise! 😉  I’ll also be getting my last long run in tomorrow morning (15 miles) and then it’s time to taper (after a couple more speed sessions this week).  I can’t believe the marathon is just 13 days away.

Canadians — how are you celebrating Family Day?

Tell me the best part about your weekend!  And runs today?  Delicious food?

These things make us (okay, ME) happy.

Well today I got another long run in the books.  It was less than fabulous.  More stomach issues – yay!  Major GI stuff going on PLUS I had to PEE 9 miles in.  Yeah, uncomfortable.  Also, my iPod died with 1.5 miles to go.  I don’t know what else could have gone wrong.  Anyway, I got it done and was still frozen by the time I got home.  I’ve got serious issues and have a really hard time warming up these days even when I feel sweat dripping everywhere.  Doesn’t make any sense.

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Next week’s long run is scaled back down to 10 miles and then the week after I think I’m looking at about 14.  Shit’s getting real.

The rest of my day was spent shopping (note to self: do not go to another mall until 2014), eating (was able to hold down toast for breakfast and a lettuce/bean/guacamole/salsa wrap for lunch), foam rolling, and putting together this collage of things that make me happy and will also make any runner in your life smile so big that her face hurts.  Some of these products I already have and some I need desperately in my life.  I told my family no gifts this year – I’d rather them donate whatever money they planned on spending on me.  Santa is a different story though (HI SANTA!!).

Run Wishlist

1. JayBird Freedom Sprint Wireless Headphones ($129) – I have really awesome headphones already but let’s get real, everyone should have wireless ones.  Wires get cold and frozen in the winter and weaving them through 19 layers of clothing is a pain in the butt.

2.  Garmin 310x ($225 CDN at Costco) – Every runner eventually needs a watch.  I recently purchased this Garmin after my last one died and I absolutely love it.  The price varies site to site but I found the best deal at Costco and it shipped the next day.

3.  Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop ($86) – I have one pair of these and they are my favourite crops in the world.  They don’t ride up or down and the waist band is super wide so it contains the muffin top.  Perfection.

4.  Pro Compression Marathon Compression Sock ($50) – I’ve got a bunch of compression socks and while I do love them all, Pro Compression makes the best colours and patterns.  There are so many to choose from and they even come out with really cute seasonal ones.  Their Holiday ones are super cute.

5.  Lululemon Base Runner Long Sleeve ($88) – Something about this shirt I just love.  It’s a bit pricey (in my opinion) but sometimes we just need to pay the price (or get Santa to pay the price) to look cute when we run.  It’s a fact.

6.  Mizuno Running Wave Rider 17 ($154.99 CDN) – I have never tried the Wave Rider as I usually wear a more supportive shoe but how can you not want it, especially in that colourway??  I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about this shoe and I might need it in my life even though I am running out of space on my shoe rack.  You can never have too many Mizunos.

Other great gift ideas include race entries (heck, we spend a lot on those), gels/run fuel, water belts/packs, winter running accessories, iPod, medal hanger (I have one from here and love it), foam roller, and there are probably a million other things I am forgetting.  Runners are very needy and we need lots of things to make our runs magical.  Maybe I should add Pepto-Bismol to my list.

Don’t forget to enter my VEGA giveaway (ends tomorrow)!

How did you spend your Sunday??

What’s on YOUR wish list??