This is one of my biggest accomplishments… yet.

It seems that every year for the last few years I have decided that I want to do something to challenge myself.

2010- I cycled over 900kms in 10 days with Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley
2011- I cycled over 900kms (again) in Australia over 12 days – in their midsummer.
2012- Competed in the Tough Mudder in Whistler with a group from work.
2013- Ran the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon – 26 weeks and 6 days pregnant.

Yet I find that this challenge was the hardest.

There are a few reasons for this,
1) I kept comparing myself to everyone else.
2) I was training, and each week instead of getting “better” I was staying the same.
3) This was the furthest I’ve ever ran/walked/jogged at one time.

Brent and I signed up for this half marathon in January. We had heard from others that it was a real fun, and entertaining half marathon. A good one for it to be your first. So when registration time came around we signed up the first day.

Then in March we found out we were pregnant (yay!) I thought that this was something that I still could do, then in May I started to get nervous. I emailed lululemon asking for a refund but they said “for your safety we cannot issue refunds” which really confused me, I emailed them back then they said “you signed a waiver saying no refunds”. So there it was. Im doing this. *with that being said, if I really felt it was unsafe or the midwives did, I would have not done it*

With the weather being so crappy and raining all the time Brent and I didn’t do much outdoor running (or really indoor running since we don’t have gym memberships). Once the weather turned a corner we started to run. Up to two weeks before the half I was running 10kms with no problems, but then baby started to grow a little quicker than before, and so did my belly.
I did make an apt with the midwives the week before the half to make sure that I was still clear and good to go. They only wanted me to run 10kms, stay well hydrated, and walk the rest. This is the plan that I followed.

This Saturday was game day, we got all dressed up in our lululemon attire (I’m pretty sure with the amount of people running – 10,000, and everyone wearing lululemon from head to toe, that a small African country could have been fed for a year!) Anyways, Brent and I separated into our waves, and we were off.

I felt good running the first 3kms, had a good pace, good breathing but then started to get some cramps so I walked a bit. It wasn’t long until we were in Yaletown and on the SeaWall, this is where all of my training was, I felt like I was on my “turf” and my motivation was back. I ran for another 3-4kms, crossed over the Burrard St bridge onto Cornwall and was starting to feel not so great again. I decided to walk when I passed a fellow nurse who was watching her kids dance (they were one of our many live entertainment on the route) I ran up to her gave her a quick hug, she gave me some words of encouragement which set me in the mood to run again. Ran another km or two then ran into Starbucks and used their washroom (I mean common, who’s going to say no to a pregnant woman running a half marathon?!?!) I guess I should mention that there was port-a-potties along the route, with LONG time ups.

When I saw the 11km marker I was an hour and a half into the run. It was such a positive yet negative feeling. Really only halfway… this is when I started to compare my self to how I felt after my 10km just a few weeks ago. I felt great then, and not I’m not feeling so hot. I started to compare my self to everyone else around me, thinking that they’re still running/jogging, so should I. Then I remember that I was pregnant (yes I can forget that I’m pregnant), and that my situation is a little different. I’m running for two, Im 14lbs heaver than what I was when I signed up, my joints are starting to relax and stretch, and that I don’t want to push myself too hard that I end up with a 27 weeker babe (preemie).
I walked till about the 15km mark, then jogged a bit more, then started to get really bad back pain, my sciatic nerve really started to make an appearance (hindsight, it’s probably because babes head is down and could be pushing on it) I just kept on walking.

I got a text from Brent as I was on the Stanley Park Seawall, some wonderful words of encouragement (he finished in 2:02). That kept me going, around the 19km mark I felt like I could run again, and so I did, till just before the 20km mark. Then as I was walking I saw Brent, he found me by the Westin Hotel with just under a km to go we walked together, until I saw the finish line, then I found some more strength and ran to the end.

My time was 3:37, I wanted 3hrs, but thought that 3:15 would be more realistic. What I forgot to include was bathroom breaks, I needed 4, and 3 of them had line ups. This I figure added 20mins.

Overall it was a great experience, it was hard and I really had to push myself and change my way of thinking. And now I have a goal to beat for next year!

Thank you everyone for all of your support, and words of encouragement. I achieved another goal that I made, and look forward to whatever is next.


Counting down the days

With all this sunshine it’s so hard to not be outside and be active. I’ve been lucky enough to have 4 days off, so I’ve been busy. 

We started off the week by celebrating Canada Day by going for a hike out at Deep Cove. I’m not sure if you have ever done this hike before but it’s one of my favourites. It’s not that difficult, it’s just as much of a hike in as it is out. It has a wonderful view, and dogs are allowed! It takes (me) about 30 mins to hike in, and the same out. I feel like this is a hike that I can do until the baby is born.

The last two days I’ve been going for early morning runs. Since Brent starts work at 7 or 8am, and its so sunny I’ve been getting up with him, taking Izzie for her morning walk and then going for a run once Brent leaves for work. These are not long runs by any means, but around 3-5kms.

In January I signed up for the SeaWheeze (lululemon’s half marathon), thinking that this is the year that I’ll do my first half marathon, and in March we found out that we were pregnant (yay!). I did email lululemon to find out about a refund, but they said “for your safety we are unable to issue a refund” which made me questions “what safety?” then they said, “you signed a waiver saying we do not issue refunds.” So in just a few short weeks, I will be 28 weeks pregnant doing my first half marathon. My original goal was to run the whole 21kms, but now a more realistic goal is to run 10-15kms. I’m hoping to have a finish time of 3hrs.

So with baby only being 130 days away, and the SeaWheeze being 37 days away, let the running and training continue and we’ll see how I do.

Second Home & A Colourful Weekend

We love Seattle, it really is our second home. It close to the water, it doesn’t rain as much there, lots to see and do, love walking around dt and many of the other districts, lots of amazing little restaurants and we have an amazing friend there. 

We did have a reason for this trip, Annabell, Brent and I signed up to do the Color Run (it always feels a little weird to spell colour that way- lol). This was something that I’ve wanted to do for a little while, we signed up early in the year and it sold out within two days.

Now, to be honest I was running before I found out I was pregnant and was running until I was 8 weeks, but by week 9 (I’m week 14 now) I was barley able to walk, never mind run. My sciatic nerve was acting up and I was already waddling! Luckily it only lasted a few weeks and withint that time I started to bike again. So this 5k fun run was the first run I have done in two months. It felt great to be running with Brent and Annabell but half way though I did feel my legs starting to get tight. Oh well, guess its time to starting running regularly again.

Anyways…. the run was amazing!! SO much fun, I understand why they call it the “happiest 5k on the planet”! It really is, with passing each km they spray a coloured corn starch on you, and by the end you look like you walked out of Willy Wonkas factory. I actually got a personal best for myself, so we did have a good pace going. Would I do this fun run again? Absolutely! I cant wait to do it next year with little baby joining us! Here are some pictures via my iPhone.

715am, first in line! 
I put my iPhone in a ziplock, here’s the Orange 1km mark.
my running buddy! We let Brent run ahead then do a lap and run back to us.
Smile Brent! 

Post Run, Pre Colour Party! 

Colour Party!! 

Post Colour Party! 

Citrus Trees

I guess I have to admit that I’ve never seen an orange tree or had a fresh orange (beside what the markets call fresh). This was an opportunity I didn’t want to take for granted. Last time we visited San Diego it was September, an off season for the citrus trees, this time we were in season. Brent and I walked around the block and took some pictures. One homeowner told us to pick as many as we wanted, turns out most of the fruit goes to waste. 

and just a few more pictures of the neighbourhood

little getaway

Back in October Brent and I got a weekend getaway on travelzoo to WoodMark Hotel on Lake Washington, this last weekend we were able to use it, it was the perfect little getaway.

Check in was at 3pm, we decided to spend the day making our way to Seattle. Stopping at the outlets for some shopping, heading into downtown Seattle to stop at REI, surprising our friend and stopping by her work and spending some time catching up. We arrived at the hotel, they had Champagne in the lobby for the guests while we checked it. Did I mention that his hotel was pet friendly?!? This made our little getaway Izzie’s first trip away.

The hotel had a nautical theme to it, considering that it’s on Lake Washington it was only fitting. The grounds were lovely and breathtaking, with a large dog area, docs for evening walks, fireplaces throughout the lobbies, king size bed, pillow service! (Gabriella I thought of you!) Wonderful room service, with some great restaurants in the area.

We wanted this little getaway to be more of a relaxing getaway, and just spending time together. Brent started a new job a few weeks ago and is now a Monday- Friday 8-4 kinda guy, and I’m still on shift work, so getting to spend time together (and neither one of us was exhausted from working) was wonderful.