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Five Things Friday: Beat the Blerch, print magazine features and why I’m loving spring right now

five thingsHappy Friday, lovelies!

Let’s see if I actually have five exciting/fun/interesting things to share with you this week…

I’m running Beat the Blerch! Timing never worked out for this race for me before–which I’ve been dying to do since The Oatmeal‘s Matthew Inman first announced it–but this year it will fit perfectly into my third-time’s-a-charm BQ attempt at the Goodlife Victoria Marathon in October. I’ll be doing the half and using it as a speedy race-prep race, though I’ll probably have to stop and take photos of blerchs and to eat birthday cake. Because how could you not. Also, heading to Seattle means a stop a the Oiselle store (sorry, bank account). Is anyone else planning to do it?? (more…)

Phoenix marathon training update: What it’s like to train for a warm destination race marathon during the winter on Vancouver Island

winter runningHave I mentioned how strongly I dislike training for a marathon during the winter?

As a chronically cold person, I much prefer warmer climes when running outside for long periods of time; I’d take sweating it out on a hot and muggy three-hour run to trying to stay warm during a gloomy and damp three-hour run ANY day. Even though I don’t have to deal with snow and 20 below temperatures here on the west coast, I struggle to get warm no matter how many layers I wear, both when I’m running outside and when I’m just sitting around inside. And when you’re sitting there freezing before you need to go outside to run at 6 a.m. in even COLDER temperatures, getting up and out the door is a real struggle.   (more…)

Year-end check in: Did I achieve my 2015 goals?

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

In January of this year, I shared three goals I hoped to achieve by December 31, 2015: master some variation of the scorpion pose and hold it for 10 seconds, grow my client base at Koru Personal Training, and get a consistent meditation practice going.

Before I get into how I did this year, I’m kicking myself now for not adding GET INTO THE BOSTON MARATHON as one of my 2015 goals. Although I achieved my 2014 goal of qualifying in October last year, I missed getting in by 1 minute and 25 seconds. Not that it was in my control, but you better believe I’m going to be much more specific with my 2016 goals (more on those to come next week).

So how did I do this year?

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Warm gifts for cold people

Winter is coming. And I’m feeling just as miserable as Jon Snow is about it.

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I’m one of those people who is always cold. And not just cold feeling, but actually cold in body temperature. Even in the summer I need to wear layers and can’t hold an icy drink for too long. I may as well be Elsa from Frozen by the way people recoil when I touch their arm or when I “accidentally” place my feet near their bare skin in bed (sorry Matt).

I always joke that I may have been a reptile in a past life due to my desire/need for warmth, but all kidding aside I do actually have a condition where my body can’t regulate cold very well; even the slightest drop in temperature leaves me reaching for a sweater.   (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Cozy winter running gear, natural make-up & more

Life In Leggings

Happy Friday and almost American Thanksgiving, friends! How was your week?

Mine was pretty great, because I found out I get to attend IDEA World Fitness BlogFest for FREE! You have NO idea how excited I am to meet some of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors and IDEA Inspired Bloggers in person, hang out for the weekend in LA, network, earn some CEUs for my strength coach certification and learn all about how to create a better blog/coaching business. The conference is in July, so I’ve got lots of time to save up for my plane ticket. Fellow SPAs: Who wants to share a room???

Thank you all for sharing my first attempt at a “podcast” this week and my post yesterday about why I’m not spending money on small gifts and holiday treats this year. I’m sure I’ll be doing some holiday baking because I love to do it, but diverting some of the funds I would have spent on such things to charity causes instead.

I haven’t done a favourites post in awhile, so I’m linking up with Heather of Life in Leggings and Nicole of Fitful Focus to share are some of the things I’m loving lately from my Instagram feed! (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: The best sports bras for every size

boobcollageBouncing. Chafing. Swoobage. Back pain. Pancaking. Potential suffocation during downward dog …

Yes I’m talking about boobs, and what happens when you don’t contain them properly during exercise.

A good sports bra is one of the most important pieces of workout gear for women, and one of the hardest things to shop for. While you may be tempted to shop by style and what will look awesome under your tank top at the gym, the reality is everybooby—I mean, everybody—is different, and a bra with a customized fit that keeps everything comfortably in place during your workout should be your number one priority.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to rock the super supportive beige granny bra during your workout. Thankfully, there are a few apparel companies that make sports bras that are both functional and stylish.

Not sure what brand of sports bra would be best for your cup size and the type of activities you do? Read on to hear from nine women of all shapes and cup sizes who participate in a variety of activities—from ultra marathons and triathlons to weight lifting and Jazzercise—about some of the common issues they’ve experienced and what brands and types of sports bras they recommend. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday: Oiselle

mestandingThough it might not be obvious to those who see me day-to-day, I love fashion and they way clothes look on the body — but not in the sitting-at-a-desk, walking-to-the-car or just-standing-there kind of way. I like the look of clothes on bodies in motion, hence why my wardrobe is 80% workout gear, 10% office attire and 10% casual clothes and dresses. I don’t bat an eye at $110 workout pants, yet struggle to spend more than $40 on a pair of pants for work. I own three pairs of heels, and 20 pairs of running shoes. Laundry day is hell because all that spandex and sweat-wicking material is hang-to-dry. Some people call it lazy fashion, but I don’t like to think of it like that. I’d rather be spending my day in motion instead of sitting in an office, so why not spend the money on the clothes you know you’ll get the most out of? Plus, I think we can all agree spandex is more comfortable than a structured cotton pencil skirt.

That said, I’m going to start a new Friday feature on my blog highlighting some of my favourite functional workout gear and things I’m coveting at the moment. (more…)

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