Monthly Archives: November 2013

2013 Goals Check-in

I set some goals for 2013. Most of them are running related, and broad but I thought it would be a good time to check in and see how things are progressing. As we only have 49 days left in this year. Crazy!

Run a sub 30-5K race: working on this one and hoping to put a check beside it on Dec. 7

Run a 10K race: check, I actually ran three this year! Crazy to think I hadn’t ever run a 10K race before April.


Run a half marathon: check, don’t need to remind you of that 😉


Run 500 miles: I am going to switch this to 500km, which I am well on my way to achieving! If I haven’t already.

Buy a bike: check, although I don’t ride it. Dumb.


Get to my goal weight: Unfortunately I am not going to hit my goal weight this year, but I am going to lose as much as I can by Dec. 31 to make it all that much easier to hit that number in 2014.

3 of 6 are complete, and I am pretty optimistic the other two will be complete by the end of the year!

What goals do you have for 2013? How are they going?


Halloween Is OVER

Since last week the amount of candy I have consumed on a daily basis would blow your socks off! It is pretty amazing, but not in a good way! At both my Moms and Dads house we opened the candy early. Actually I started eating candy the day before the Detroit Half Marathon (Oct. 19). Geez.


Hello, but it is not Halloween anymore. So after too many treat on the weekend I decided enough is enough. Saturday at 4:30pm I had my last Halloween treat of the year. Done, finished, see you next year!

It has not been easy I tell ya, because we still have bags and bowls of it around the house. When I feel tempted I tell myself “Halloween is OVER” and walk away.


Yesterday I went to the bag and thought, you can have one Reese peanut butter cup – my favourite treat! Guess what, there wasn’t any in there!! HAHA. (My nephew only got 2 or 3 and I must have eaten them already). After searching for a few seconds I didn’t see one so I walked away. Am I ever glad I didn’t find one!! Because one would have turned into 6.

Those mini sized bars are so fun, but what isn’t fun is when your pants don’t want to button up!

How do you stay clear of those delicious Halloween treats?

“So I hear You’re A Runner”

I wrote this post last week, and wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish it. Apparently I do, enjoy!

The other day I was insulted a bit. But this sometimes happens.

I am always hesitant to tell people I run. I’m not the typical looking runner, clearly. I’m not super fit, with low body fat % and really fast. I’m average pace (or a bit slower), a bit bigger, and in ok shape. So I always feel self conscious telling people what I do. It is just easier to keep it to myself and be proud of my accomplishments sometimes. The judgement people pass can be harsh.

I chit-chat with one of the dads at work sometimes about working out (he goes to my gym) and running and stuff. Well it came up one day that I ran a half marathon. Anyways he ended up telling his friend, who is a mom I often see at the school, that I am a runner.

The other morning she came up to me and said “so I hear your a runner” and I hesitantly replied that I was. Then she did the full body check out of me. And we proceeded to talk about the upcoming race we were both running (the one I ran yesterday).

I took some offence to it, but I don’t think (or hope) her actions and tone of voice were intentionally rude. She looks like she is in much better shape than me, so sure she can likely run faster. She said she had been training on the course, and my reply was “wow that is great, I just ran a half marathon so I’m going to be at the back of the pack”.

Edit to add: I looked up her time, and she ran 2 and a bit minutes faster than me

Was her comments in a defensive way, because I have run longer than a 5k recently. I don’t know, and never really will. All I know is I left that conversation feeling not great about myself.

I think that some people don’t always think about their tone of voice or actions toward others, and how that makes them feel. (Typing this makes me feel like I’m at work, talking about how our actions makes others feel, to my 4 year olds).

But the reality is, is that running is my hobby – as I have told you before. I’m not there to win the race, I am there to have some fun, and burn some calories.

Here’s the thing: I’m not going to win the race, but neither are you mean lady!!!

Her comments don’t really bother me anymore (this incident happened last Thursday?) but I thought I would bring it up to see how others deal with people like this.

How do you deal with people who aren’t supportive of your goals/hobbies? And are judgmental?

London Lady’s 5K

London Lady’s series is 5K, a half marathon and half marathon relay event. This was an inaugural event.  I initially signed up for the half marathon, but really didn’t feel like doing another half and the location route was not ideal for such a long race for me as I run this park at least once a week. (It is my 10K Wednesday route).

Due to flooding and weather issues the location of the event had to change last minute, and it was quite a confusing process. Regardless I showed up to the start line to run this race. For some reason I just wasn’t into this run, I looked fun and the weather was great but I honestly just wanted to skip it – although I am glad I did. Alas, showing up at the start line was probably the biggest challenge.


Yes I wore my Detorit shirt in hopes I would run into someone who also ran it, and I did. A lady asked me about it and we ended up chatting about Detorit, half marathoning and running in general which was super nice since I was there by myself.

My cousins were doing the half marathon relay so I quickly said hi to them, wished them good luck and was on my way. There was no start line so I wasn’t sure where to start. As I was talking to the lady near the start area, people just started running – there was no count down, no gun shot, no ‘go’ – nothing. I know this is the races first year so I’m not trying to be a jerk – but I ended up getting behind slower people because I didn’t know the race was starting. A start warning would have been nice.

The cousce was a bike path system, which isn’t my favourite for a road race but it was pretty. I know the race directors had to relocate last minute and this was an easy course to switch to. It is also the run for Retina course, which I ran in April.

Because it was on a path it was very difficult to get around people who were going slower than you. I decided early on that I wasn’t even going to try to PR this race because of this. I would have been way too frustrated and stressed, and I was already frustrated. It is an out and back course, so I tried to look for people I knew.


I finished in 32:35 according to my Garmin, and official results are not posted yet, to my knowledge.

Edit to add: race times posted – 32:58. How can my watch be almost 20 seconds faster than the chip time. Hmmm

Splits: 10:34, 10:16, 10:10, 9:49

Avg. pace: 10:19 min/mile

Again I am just happy I showed up to the start line and ran the whole thing. Considering all circumstances, slowing down my pace for the past few months to run the half marathon, I am content with my performance today.

Each finisher got a glass pendent necklace, which is beautiful, as a medal. But it would have been nice to recieve as we crossed the finish line, instead of in the race kit. When I crossed the finish line it didn’t feel like a big deal, there was no music, no announcer nothing. I grabbed water and left.



I like the necklace, but think I might prefer a medal to go on my rack. I’m not sure if I will ever wear it, but it is pretty.



(Which is now full and I have to double them up on each hook, old pic).

The shirt…


The arms are a bit tight on me and short, but the body fits fine. Poppeye’s been doing his bicep curls 😉 The fabric is pretty thin and I couldn’t wear it without a tank under. I much prefer tech shirts.


Again, this is an inaugural race and the organizers were faced with my hurtles along the way. It felt chaotic and unorganized but that was not because they were not trying. The start area was not well organized and I didn’t like how my chip time seemed inaccurate.  I would probably run the 5K next year, because I loved how it was an women’s only event and it was local.

In the end I am glad with my decision to switch to the 5K. I really think that I would not have enjoyed the experience of the half marathon being that I ran Detroit two weeks ago, which was amazing. As I have mentioned, half marathons are bigger deals to me so I am going to stick with bigger races for those.

October Goals Review

For the month of October I made a few goals, so lets check in and see how they went.

PicMonkey Collage

Do something nice for Ma – I bought her coffee? Hmm could have done something a bit better. It is not that I don’t do nice things for her but I just wanted to step up my game. I know I made her feel more appreciated, so that something I guess haha.

More Push-ups – complete fail. I have barely done any. November goal haha

Complete Detroit – check!!!!!


Eat whole foods – well I went to Whole Foods for the first time in Detroit, does that count? Ok really though, October went better. For the whole week leading up to the half I ate really well, and felt amazing. I need to do that all the time. Less processed crap is happening though. Its a process.


New running route – nope didn’t do that. I should, but it takes time and planning and I have been lazy.

Paint/carve pumpkin – yes I did both!! Painted at work, carved at home!



Listen more – yes I think I can say that is something I am doing well at. I’ve always been a good listener but find myself completing peoples thoughts sometimes, and I don’t know if that is annoying to them or not?

Bake a pumpkin pie – check! Did that for my family for Thanksgiving.


Get into a weight bracket – nopers. I was so close a few days ago and then just ate candy and crap. I think the looming deadline made it worst.

Try vegetarian – I did not try it, I honestly forgot about doing that, which tells me that at this point in my life I’m not ready. I have been buying more organic though, so I’m happy with that!

So if you tally that up I did 6 of 10 – not too bad considering the usual stats!

How did your October go?