Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Schools out for Summer!

So it is here. The last day of school. The Bug is offically done JK this afternoon. Handsome Pants finished Preschool on Friday. I'm quite emotional over it all and I'm surprised at that.
It worked great for my run this morning thought.
Whenever I felt I was starting to slow down I remind myself of something.
"My baby graduated preschool."

"Hes starting JK at 3.5."
"Bug is losing another tooth."
"Bug is going to be in SK in the fall"

Great things to that help you push through to keep up the tempo pace.

You know fun stuff like my kids are growing up. *Little cry*
Its those weird happy/sad things. You're so happy that they can do more and are learning more. They are starting to be come the men they are going to be and its amazing to see that and be there for all the exciting things. But on the other hand, they are growing up and are not little. The little baby smell is gone. The cute outfits, the way they look to you for everything. Don't get me wrong I'm way more happy that they are growing up. For one its so much easier to get out and do things. Its just somewhat hard to accept I don't have babies anymore. I have little men. Who are talking about moving into their own house when they are big and tall like Daddy. But they'll come visit for dinner. Hey at least I get that still right?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Powering Through

Well I got up this morning for my run feeling good. Got all ready and got the boys organized before I headed out. Bribed them with the pancakes I'd make when I got home.

I started and felt tired really quickly but at first I was putting it towards how the first km just really sucks sometimes. Well the feeling never really left. I took a walk break almost every km. It was more a mental thing so I decided to keep at it since my body was handling it ok and figured it would be good in the long run(haha) to work on powering through the negativity going through my head. Around the 5.5km mark I had to stop and lecture myself. There was a bunch of swearing and just being pissed at myself for feeling so down about it. Of course since my route was almost 10k I still had a ton to go (including two hills) and walking that home would have taken a while.

I headed off again and took on those hills. The first was still hard and I wanted to walk but I just kept counting the light posts and made it my goal to just get to the next one. Thankfully right between the hills there is an intersection and I got the red light so I could congratulate myself on finishing one hill and try to pump myself for the second one. and I did. The second hill was much easier than the first. Mostly I think because I kept thinking of the nice hot cup of coffee I could have once I got home and those yummy pancakes. After that it was just about finishing it up and getting home.

I glad I didn't give up when I wanted to. Its interesting that it can take the tiniest thing to make me think of stopping, just for a quick walk break, to catch my breathe for a second, is that a cramp?

I try to keep these in my head when I'm in the wrong head space.

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
-Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham, running speaker and writer

Friday, June 25, 2010

Giveways !

So I read lots of other running blogs and a major chunk of them do giveaways. I keep a list of them on my sidebar ----->

Don't forget about
Running Diva Mom She always has great stuff.
Long Legs on the Loose Shes doing two giveaways in one post! Double the fun!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Don't you love it when you have one of those Mastercard moments?
ummm....anyone? Well I do. and today I had one.

Since there was no way I was getting up early this morning I decided to run after I made dinner. All the boys could eat and I'd head out for a quick tempo and come home and eat too.

Well I was telling Bug about it while I was starting dinner and he asked to come along too. So I said sure,and after I plated food for Handy Manny and Handsome Pants we headed upstairs to get into running wear. I also grabbed some water and a quick pic.

I decided to try going around the block and kept having to remind him not to gun it, and to take it easy. We ran at his pace obiviously and talked the whole way. We had to stop once for a drink of water and then we were off again. When we got back home we were maybe 150m from 1km so I asked him if he wanted to stop or keep going to 1 whole kilometer and he wanted to go on so we did.
Bug did his first kilometer in 9(mins):10(seconds).

Check out the proud boy.

Then I was about to send him inside since we were back home to eat his dinner and head out on my tempo run and he asked if he could ride his bike with me running.
Ok sure why not?
So we got him all set and headed off once again. Together we did 3.77 km at around a 6:51 pace and again we talked the whole way and apparently his bike bell is also a radio and I got to hear lots of great songs like Down by the Bay, Skinna Marinky Dink. It wasn't the tempo run I had planned..... but

Getting your run in: great
Getting to share it with someone: Awesome
Running with your 5 year old for the first time: PRICELESS!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Back in the Running Shoes

Well after just over a week off of runnning I got back out there this morning. I got 5k in before I had to head back home to do breakfast and stuff for that small even called Father's Day.I managed to keep up my regular pace and honestly if I didn't already feel bad for taking time on Father's Day I would have definitely got more in.

It did feel great being back out there though, even with the warmth. Saw lots of runners, walkers and bikers out there. Not surprisingly Taylor Creek is really popular on a Sunday morning.

Oh and just because I am sooooo proud of my personal Handy Manny, here is a picture of the Farmhouse Table he made me. He finished it yesterday and I LOVE it.I get to sand and stain it but its all made.

and him posing with it, just because.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm still here

I swear.

So yeah as with my last post about being tired it was also making me a crappy water drinker and eater. So when I could finally find time to run in the evening after My own personal Handy Many came home I just didn't have the energy to put any sort of effort in. So after some really rough nights and days, Handsome Pants finally is staying down at night(and I totally just jinxed myself there) so this morning I finally woke up feeling not like utter crap. WOHOO!
I'm to take complete care of myself today and try to head out in the morning to get back on track. Thankfully the training plan has me still not doing even 10k yet so I'm completely ok I think and didn't lose too much. Might take a couple runs to get back to full form but I'm up for the challenge.

BTW- 99 days to my first Half!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Handsome Pants is 3. Hes been potty trained for the past while but lately hes been wetting his bed. It wouldn't be to bad except for the fact after I clean him up hes decided to be wide awake and stay up for at least 2 hours or more. There have been times where I'm up to run at 5am even with the crazy nights. Thankfully the distances are still short at this point. 3-4km isn't too bad to do early in the mornings. I appreciate coffee more than ever right now.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Weird in the morning

So I know everyone has those runs where you head out and it feels like your not into it. Either physically or mentally, something is just not there. I was supposed to do a 4k tempo this morning and after the first little bit realised that that I feel like I'm going so slow and decide that I'll settle for a 4k steady run, since clearly a tempo isn't is the works. I have my garmin set to track my kms and whenever it beeps I don't bother looking at it. Ok I did once and all I saw was the __:40something and though UGH I'm usually around 6:00'km for steady run. Bah oh well mentally I'm good so lets just keep at it.

Side story

I was about over half way in my run and this short (like around my height) I guess Indian guy looking in his late 20s-early 30s starts to ask me a question so I stop. I'm thinking its about the local transit since we're near a subway station and it was still on nights service and he wanted to know when the subway opened up or something.
He points down the street to a local bar that's kind of a dive I guess and he asks me if its a brothel!!!
How do you answer that???
"Ummm I think that's illegal here and yeah I think its just bar where you get booze."
Needless to say I didn't stay long, but I've been laughing about it all day.

Anyways I get home. Go look at the crappy kms and pace I did during my run and actually I did way better than I thought. My pace was an average of 6:04/km. I was totally doing my normal pace and it just felt off! Apparently that __:40something was 5:40something. That right there just totally made my day.

Do you encounter anything weird on your runs? Things? people? Got any good stories to tell?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Running in the rain

...just running in the rain.
Of course it stops as I finish my run. I started out going crap crap crap(well in my head not literally, who do you think I am? Beth?). I hesitated for a minute before I got going but with the uncertainty of what the weather would be like later on, I got out there. It wasn't too bad for the first bit. the rain felt nice and all cleansing like. Not until the winds really came up around the half way mark did it start to wear me down a bit. Plus I figure it had to do with the extra water weight I was carrying around with my clothes getting soaked.

Of course, the boys know exactly how to spend mommy's running time, even with daddy home but upstairs sleeping. I came home to alphabet pretzels all over the counter as they were filling snack containers. They had climbed up to where mommy stashes the snacks so its usually out of their reach. There was gummy worms and chocolate chip cookies on the coffee table. Something tells me we've been giving them a bit too much freedom on Sunday mornings while I go running.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

No Bake Bars

So I've discovered the yummy Clif Bars.

I think they are awesome, but my wallet isn't to fond of the price. Therefore I went hunting for a homemade verison. I found THIS and gave it a try. Its' not quite the same thing, but yummy and hey you can't go wrong with the price. I found everything I needed but the brown rice syrup at Bulk Barn. I went to Loblaws and they had it there though.

For those to lazy to click.

Homemade No-Bake Clif Bars

1/4 cup crisp rice cereal (or puffed cereal)
1 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup brown rice flour
3 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1/4 cup dried fruit*
1/4 cup chopped nuts*
1/4 cup (heaping) brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (or evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup natural nut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1.Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and lightly spray.
2.Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl (Cereal –> Nuts)I did the chocolate chip ones btw.

3.In a small saucepan, combine the brown rice syrup & brown sugar. Bring it to medium heat and stir often until it starts to get thin & runny. Add in the nut butter and heat an additional minute (until it feels smooth and runny). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

4.Pour the saucepan mixture over the dry mixture and stir until completely coated.
It will be stiff and start to resemble a big ball of dough. It’s best just to get your hands dirty and knead all the ingredients together! If you knead it for a while and it still feels crumbly, add a splash of milk until it all forms together.

5.Press the mixture firmly into the pan. Don’t be afraid to really pack it in there (the better you do, the better it will stick together).

6.Let cool completely (I popped mine in the fridge) and then cut into bars.

Flavor Variations:

Black Cherry Almond- Use dried cherries for the fruit & almonds for the nuts
Blueberry- Use dried blueberries for the fruit
Carrot Cake- Use dried carrots instead of the fruit & add some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
Chocolate Almond Fudge- Replace the brown rice flour with cocoa powder & use almonds
Chocolate Chip- Replace the dried fruit with chocolate chips
Crunchy Peanut Butter- Use dates for the dried fruit (or omit) & use peanuts
Iced Gingerbread- Replace some of the brown sugar with molasses & add ginger, cinnamon
Maple Nut- Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup
Oatmeal Raisin Walnut- Use raisins for the dried fruit & walnuts for the nuts
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut- Replace the dried fruit with white chocolate chips.

I made the same weight/size as a Clif Bar and got 8 bars out of this recipe.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Let the Training Begin!!

So today kicks off the first official day of training.

I did a 3k tempo run at about a 5:42 pace. It definitely required a bit of pushing at the end but I kept it up and didn't let myself slow down in that last km.I'm hoping its more from the tempo aspect of the run rather than the fact that I didn't get breakfast first. I'm week two into the whole running early in the morning thing and I finally saw my first other runner. It was nice to even just a friendly "hey" out to someone rather than get the "WTHell is she doing?" stares I get from some people at the bus stops.
So all in all a great way to start getting ready for Scotia. Only 66 runs to go.