Distance running tips for the weak

Lol I’m not sure about the title for this posting but whatever! Let me start by saying that when I started my running journey only a year ago I could barely run for 2km strait. No joke. In highschool I was called fat and now I’m still not exactly small…let’s call me ATHLETIC looking(it’s true, I promise). My point is nobody in my past would ever imagine that I have started running.

After a lot of whinning, self pity, anger, muscle cramps and warm showers, I’m happy and quite surprised to tell you that I have run a 10km race and have trained for a half marathon! 🏁💪

By no means do I have a “runners body” and although I played competitive ice hockey growing up – distance running is MUCH DIFFERENT.

“How did you start?” is the most common question people ask. “How?!” These are some questions I want to answer for those of you who have asked me these questions, those people who are just getting into running or quite frankly never want to run a day in their lives but are interested!

1. What do I need to buy?

For me I was not prepared to spend a lot of $$ at first because I didn’t even know if I would keep running. I started running with super cheap Under Armour running shoes. They cost $60 and they did not have a lot of support. I think this is FINE because I was not running much distance. I didn’t know any better! Now I wear expensive Asics that I adore and worship but I didn’t buy them until I was running about 8km strait.

If you are a girl, I’m going to help you out. Don’t buy Lululemon running tights…just don’t. They are expensive, and quite frankly they don’t stay up. I bought mine from Running Room and I highly suggest going to a running specific shop for PANTS and eventually shoes if you get to be running further distances!

Also sports bras are important if you have boobies. I have pretty small boobs so I bought this bra and have managed quite well if you ask me.

After a few weeks of running around with my phone in my hand, I opted to buy a small ipod for music. I personally need music when I run or else I get bored and walk home(lol).

2. How do you motivate yourself?

Honestly? My one piece of advice is GET YOUR BUM OUT THE DOOR, this is the hardest part. Trust me I could make up 881 excuses as to why I need to stay home…dinner to cook, prep for work, oh the floor needs sweeping…yikes that drawer needs organizing. CUT THE SH*T and leave the house. Just go! Once I’m out the door, I’m good to go…it’s just getting there that’s the tough part!

One of my biggest fears and best excuses to NOT run is visibility. I’m terrified that a car will run me over and I’ll never get to eat chocolate and wine again. Lol seriously it’s a fear. With this in mind I ordered a Noxgear Tracer 360 vest which I am ESCATIC to receive. Check out the website, they seem pretty fantastic. I currently just run with a headlamp so this flashy vest is going to be amazing. I’ll be sure to do a review once I do receive it!

ANYWAY that’s all for now…I’m proud of myself and you should all be proud of me too ;). If you are getting into running or even exercise I WANNA CHAT! I want to hear more questions from all of you! Thanks for reading xox 🐼🍷

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Backpacking MUST haves

I just completed another overnight backpacking trip here in Western Canada and once again I’ve revamped my ‘must have’ list for what I carry up the mountain. I’m not going to tell you the specific place that we hiked to as it’s sad seeing SO many people out in the back country who do not take care of the land, habitats, etc. With that being said if you are curious about doing this hike, get in touch with me and I’m happy to tell you all about where it is. 20170729_180245_HDR

There are so many resources about backpacking, hiking and what you need to have in your pack. My most important piece of advice is think about what YOU personally need to survive and be comfortable. For example my partner requires a flask of whiskey, whereas I really need a bar of chocolate once I make it to the top. Everyone is different and you really need to consider what makes you happy and comfortable. Besides the obvious, a tent, a way to cook food, food itself, I have compiled a list of what I pack when I go on overnight camping and hiking trips. Enjoy!

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After 15km, almost to camp!
  1. Baby wipes/toilet paper – just do it. Please. I use these magic guys for just about everything. Oh darn, I was eating and food fell down my chest. Oh man, these dehydrated meals made me need to poo, well good thing I have something to wipe with! There are no toilets in the back-country, so let’s just say you will thank me later.
  2. A chair/pad to rest your bum – I don’t need a chair, but it’s nice to have a pad of sorts to sit on especially when camp is rocky or snowy!
  3. Warm clothes! Regardless of the time of year you hike in, it gets cold in the back-country. Think about this- it was 33 degrees C when we left for the hike. By the time we got to camp it was 14 degrees and windy. For every 100m you climb, you lose 1 degree of temperature. 
  4. A camera -For me this is something I want as taking photos as I hike motivates me to get to the top. There’s nothing like keeping your head down, walking, climbing and finally getting to the top only to realize you have NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT besides sore muscles. This may be OK for others but I love taking photos so this one is important for me. It can even be the camera on your phone – but I think it’s worth the weight to hike a good camera to the top. I use my Nikon D3000.

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    Sun is going down

5. A book – easy peasy, no brainer! I love to read, therefore there is nothing more lovely than reading when I arrive at camp. I usually pre download an e-book onto my phone rather than lug a full book up to the top. But again, it’s all up to personal preference.

6. A pillow – let me be clear, when you roll your sweater up into a ball it’s just not the same. I own this guy

7. SHOES! Seems like a strange idea, right? I did not bring an extra pair of shoes on my first overnight trip and regretted it. Imagine you have to go pee, but you are stuck on your tent pad, the rest of the world covered in snow and you have to put your boots back on. No. After 11+ hours of hiking, you want those boots OFF your feet and into some slippers, running shoes, sandals, you name it! Anything but boots.dsc_0013.jpg

These 7 things get me by when I’m sore, tired and cranky at the top of a mountain. Let me say it again, these 7 things will likely be different for you, but perhaps it’ll get you started on thinking about personal comforts 🙂 Now I want to hear from YOU! What do you take up the mountain? Have you ever done an overnight backpacking trip? Should I answer more questions regarding my trips? I cannot wait to hear from you all! Xox

 

 

A snowy December 

Can anyone guess what mountain this is?

It’s December! Where I am in the world isn’t a wintery place- usually it rains all winter long. However, this December is different! As I sit in bed and write this post, it’s snowing outside ❄ my plan for today is to stay home ALL day, reading and eventually making chilli. I haven’t done much reading these days what with school(textbooks have taken over) but I’m currently reading Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. And this book is BEAUTIFUL. 😚 read about it below!📚

“After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers’ snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns, display rituals, physical adornment, mutilation, mating practices, extra-pair copulation, and more. Her conclusions are smart, thought-provoking and hilariously unexpected” -Goodreads

So? What do you think? Is this a book you’d read? Let me know what YOU are reading, eating or doing. Add me on Goodreads too! Happy holidays my blog friends 🎄 

Backpacking and Books!

OK I have one question for anyone who enjoys hiking or backpacking…why? Why do we carry 40lbs on our backs to the top of a mountain? Then why do we proceed to pitch a tent in 3 feet of snow and eat freeze dried meals that make you constipated for days on end??

Well friends, I thought I’d try to solve the mystery. This past weekend my partner took me on an overnight trip to Elfin Lakes, which is in British Columbia’s mountains (Canada).

Boy was it…snowy. Since it’s almost July I assumed the trails would be snow free and glistening a nice shade of green. Wrong! A 21km trek to this view…OK it was worth it.

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It’s quite difficult, I got a nasty sunburn from the sun reflecting off the snow, my feet bled and I probably consumed half my weight in freeze dried meals but the view was pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?

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Best part? Reading my book at the top! 📚📚 I’m currently reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter. Have you read this one?

How did you like it? What are you reading? Have you ever hiked? 🌲 I’m planning on reviewing a few books in the coming days so stayed tuned for that!