JULIA_RUN2SMILE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULIA%5FRUN2SMILE JULIA_RUN2SMILE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thanksgiving, Free Happiness and Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824256 Happy Thanksgiving my Friends!!! For us in Canada it was last month, so I guess it is not too late to post a blog about our little get together! This year we changed the menu a bit - surprising !!! I remember Jeff insisting on a turkey and all his "traditionals" when he returned home from Sudan in 2011… now he is the one who did not want the turkey! So Jeff prepared ham instead. Thanksgiving cooking is a family affair. We "all" contribute (almost!) <BR> <BR> I tried a new way to cook pumpki... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:17:13 EST Recovery... is not Easy! (Half-marathon Observations) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820856 "Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it." ~ Horoscope. <BR> <BR> I don't like it!!! My body is telling me to take it easy and I want to get back on my feet and GO... This week was like a physical roller coaster, I was getting up fine and then crashing mid-day. My stomach has been uneasy up to the point I had to see the doc yesterday and got "ordered to go back home and rest". <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, we had a few inches of snow... and my c... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:40:00 EST Stengthening Mind and Body & Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818659 "Strengthening your body, mind and spirit increases your chances for success." ~ Horoscope. <BR> <BR> Here is a short recap of my November progress (before I share with you my book review- my yoga teacher training assignment for the week...) : <BR> <BR> - Food. Was doing great for the most part. Had a little craving for chocolate (and succumbed on small individual piece last week... <em>20</em> accounted for and tracked) and also had to attend a few military functions (with formal dinner... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:58:50 EST Fall Colors and Nuances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813904 "There's a world of difference in the various shadings of gray, and now it may be the most subtle nuances that have the greatest impact." ~ Horoscope of the day! <BR> <BR> After reading this post I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you the changing colors of my favorite tree. I see this landscape everyday on my way to work. I love how this tree stand strong and glorious in the middle of the field. Recently, I started taking pictures of it to capture cycle of the seasons. <BR> ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:52:06 EST Quick Reality Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810992 I started my day way too early again ... but on my way to work today I was listening to the radio and I paid attention to the weather forecast. That is when I made the decision of going for a run outside and to do it before the rain (announced for lunch time) so that would not become an excuse. <BR> <BR> as I was running, my daughter Emma sent us a text "I dare you to make it a mug it up day" with this picture ... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629696966.jpg"> <BR>... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:19:31 EST Countdown, Distance Report and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810344 I am a runner who has not ran much in the last few months... and I miss it. I was so discouraged that I even stop recording my distance tracking in my log book. But Now it is time to start again. <BR> <BR> Summer is definitely gone... The early sunrise at the lake is now very different... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376408658.jpg"> (picture taken only one month ago) <BR> Now we have to be careful because the wooden sidewalks are frosted and slippery. <BR> <img... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:54:00 EST Fall Potpourri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805320 No, I did not DIY a homemade potpourri to bring the best of the autumn smell alive! This blog is a potpourri of the positive energy that is keeping me moving ...and it is a way to catch on because I realize I did not post a blog in more than one month! <BR> <BR> What about a review of my goals to begin with? I usually post about my goals at the beginning of each month, my last post on this was beginning of September. At that time I had the Army Half marathon in eyesight and it was the sta... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:46:02 EST Julia in 24 Lessons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780706 In the military, we like to complete the circle by doing an AAR - After Action Report and LL and Lesson Learned! <BR> <BR> So here is my short version (only 24) of what I learned about me (and that I can share with you!)... <BR> <BR> 1. My first love - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291140310.jpg"> <BR> I still love him because we share the same space - no need to talk, my teddy just knows! (I studied psychology and if I recall correctly that would be a good ex... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:30 EST New Definition of "Rise and Shine"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776995 A few months ago, or maybe it was last year, time goes so fast! , I did a 30 day streak of "Rise and Shine - One healthy habit every morning". With the fast and demanding pace that is taking place at the unit right now and my share of workload, I realize that it is time to get back to ... <BR> <BR> Rise & Shine... redefined! <BR> <BR> See, since the marathon last May, I am stiff! More so in the morning and I need to take the time to stretch before I can go for good! <BR> Also, now that I ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:11:48 EST Back to School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774868 First week "back to school" is over! Ouf!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Let's go back to the weekend prior to it - a LONG <em>334</em> weekend! <BR> <BR> Since we moved to Barrie and our posting to Borden, we have been attending FanExpo in Toronto - by we I mean Maggie, Jeff and I! <BR> Here is a quick recap of our previous experience: <BR> 2012 - (Maggie work really hard for this - she spends a lot of time in prep her cosplay and she is really proud of it) <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:13:38 EST August Food Edition - Part 2//Expedition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771139 This month I did not track... and I indulged! (it shows - I put on 10 pounds...) <BR> <BR> As my previous blog, I am about to describe the best (and the bad) side of my travel discoveries with food pictures! And because I like it all, there is not much restriction there... <BR> <BR> At the beginning of August, Jeff and I went for a short road trip (no kids!) to Michigan. It was a Great Trip! Our first stop was in Traverse City where we camped for a few days. That is only at destination th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:13:19 EST August Food Edition - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767760 Caution: Keep reading only if ... <BR> <BR> - You have a full stomach; or <BR> <BR> - You can say NO to food; or <BR> <BR> - Food blogs won't make you go to the kitchen to get more food (or perhaps I should include a disclaimer - I don't want to be responsible!!!); or <BR> <BR> - You want to feel better about cheating once (because by comparing yourself to this you will feel like a champion!!! I cheated big time and I am about to confess!); or <BR> <BR> - You are curious about the good, ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:41:36 EST Moving... And Distance Report/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763923 OK... Here is the what's up with Julia... Almost one month since my last post! <BR> <BR> The last week of July was super crazy at work because we packed everything and moved... to a temporary location... and then I went away on leave... (10 days to be precise, not enough!)... and then we moved again to our permanent school. Exciting but the job and projects did not stop during that time (so no need to say that coming back from time off felt overwhelming and it is still very stressful). Here ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:04:43 EST Philosophy Inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745972 On my last trip to Ottawa, the hotel offered cute toiletry items... I threw it in my suitcase, and now that I am about to use it, it is almost like it is talking to me… so here is a short reflection based on the little things that can inspire me <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434743457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Shampoo: CELEBRATE LIFE! Philosophy - Everyday is a gift awaiting to be unrevealed." <BR> <BR> Here is how the story goes: Yesterday, I went to a yoga class, a mor... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:01:55 EST Desire, Ease, and Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743782 Last week I read a blog from Gretchen Rubin, "My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences." * and it lead me to reflect on habit formation... <BR> <BR> Here is what she has to say and my thoughts on the section "Desire, Ease and Excuses" ... <BR> "Abstaining: For some of us, moderation is too tough; it’s easier to give up something altogether. (Works very well for some people, and not at all for others.)" <BR> <BR> I think this works well for me... If I try moderation,... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:24:09 EST Horoscope and Hawaii Taper Run Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741097 Don't waste time looking back to uncover your mistakes; instead, look ahead and plan for your future success. Nevertheless, it's not wise to make changes too quickly. Overreacting is even less constructive than doing nothing at all. " ~ My horoscope of the day <BR> <BR> I guess I will try to apply this one... I will "waste" time looking back only to capture the good stuff! I will use it as a reminder and part of my plan for my future success!!! <BR> <BR> I am slowly increasing the miles an... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:46:50 EST Press PAUSE - I Want to Stretch my Weekend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738208 I had such a wonderful weekend, I am not ready to go back to work! Last night we went to Barrielicious. We made a reservation at the FarmHouse and tried their special 3 courses dinner (for 25$)! Everything is home cooked and grown... <BR> <BR> I had the flatbread with chips and dip (with mushroom, sundried tomatoes and feta) as an appetizer - that was big! I chose the crispy local trout (grilled with herbs) and a salad. Jeff had the ribs and fries. We shared the fries! And, finally, I treat... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:26:47 EST My 12 Steps to Keep Stress in Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737477 I read a spark article yesterday on stress, "Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! How to Stop Stress in Its Tracks" -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach, and will try to apply the 12 suggestions to manage my stress level. <BR> <BR> I had a lot of stress over the last year, too much. I have to admit I had difficulties juggling it all and I got some help from the mental health team on the base. I told my therapist this week, now that I am better, reflecting back, that I feel... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:46:46 EST Happy July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733318 As most of my sparkfriends celebrated 4 July and enjoyed a long weekend, my long weekend was last week (Canada Day). And to make it even better, I stretched it to a 5 day weekend! <BR> <BR> Day 1: Friday. I had the day off but not my DH. So I got up I started my day with a run at the lake and I went to a morning hot yoga class! Just that made feel like I had a full day. I came back home, had a quick breakfast and went golfing with my daughter! Yeah!!! We are both beginners but we are outside... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:06:55 EST Half 2014 Distance Report, Relay 4 Life & iRun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729909 It is July! Meaning half 2014 is gone... (and it is Canada Day! - So I have the day off!!!) <BR> <BR> Time to do a little distance report. On my last one dated end of April I was at 871.5k/ 542 miles total distance for the year (again this is training miles only). That month was very intense ; I covered 306.5k / 190.8 miles. <em>198</em> <BR> That was also my "training building block" for my marathon championship. The first three weeks of May, I slowed down a bit (taper) … so I would be re... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:21:32 EST SLOW but STEADY - Goal Setting for Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724072 Summer is here and it is time for me to reassess my goals. I will focus on SLOW but STEADY... <BR> <BR> It has been over one month since I posted a blog and looking back I am pretty much were I left, except for reaching a few goals and allowing myself a break (my body really needed it). <BR> <BR> So here is my goals (as of last post // and my focus for now) <BR> <BR> 1) Weight: I need to drop a few pounds (I am 10lbs over - because of treats, celebrations and binge/stress related!) - Don... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:33:27 EST Compassion and Positive Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692261 "A compassionate heart creates the necessary space for positive change" (Unknown) <BR> <BR> 10 days later.. I did not blog because I was an emotional wreck! So here is the positive side of it. <BR> <BR> First - Food. <BR> <BR> I am back on track tracking... Thanks to some sparkfriends - I will hold on accountable... <BR> - No binge. <BR> - Think HEALTHY... and on track. <BR> - Stay away from trigger food ... just say NO! <BR> <BR> After travelling to attend and participate in a confer... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:27:28 EST 5 Years later // May Goals and April Distance Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684901 Today, with my little burning incense at home, I will send my sister Eve my love and compassion... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1824648590.jpg"> <BR> These coils of burning incense are offerings of the faithful seen in many Buddhist temples. The smoke from the incense is meant to carry prayers to heaven. I took this picture at the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong Oldest Buddhist Temple <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832073149.jpg"> <BR> (Eve 4 ... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:08:01 EST Enduring Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683389 "Just remember that the most enduring progress takes time" <BR> Virgo horoscope quote last week. <BR> <BR> Was this a sign for me? <BR> <BR> I struggled with my training last week... After coming from Quebec, my stomach was really upset. Not sure if it is because of my binging episodes once back home - that certainly did not help… or a bug (my daughter was sick too… ).. or too much sugar (as you can see we both dig i... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:06:33 EST Family Time - Reflexions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676862 On the last 20 days, I travelled quite a bit: Niagara- on-the-lake (ON), Columbus and Dayton (OH), Saint-Augustine (FL) and Easter weekend in Quebec City at my sister's place and spending some time with my daughter Emma. <BR> <BR> I am always to spend a few days with my family - it is very important for me and I miss them a lot… however, spending time with them made me reflect on my own flaws! And it allows me appreciate better what I have. <BR> <BR> First, I realized many things about my... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:18:34 EST My Brain Had to Scream : GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675730 My report card for the week would not be an A+! After coming back from a 10 day break, I should feel rejuvenated and full of energy. I had a good 3 days immediately after and last weekend was nice. Then this week I was dragging... I had no energy. <BR> <BR> It was very difficult to keep up with my training plan I got most of it done: <BR> Sunday - Hubby and I went for a walk at the lake (3k) and later for a second one at home (2k) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:16:34 EST Terry Fox Spirit - my Half Marathon of HOPE (no medal!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670811 "On April 12, 1980 a young man dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean. From that simple step on, Terry Fox showed us the meaning of the words COURAGE, HOPE and DETERMINATION." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144511231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I ran my 21 half-marathons (including training and races - and one of them is a full!) since my doctor told me I was "cancer free". It was a long recovery and it took me 4 years before deciding to attempt a half-marath... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:09:13 EST Food and "Pub" Tasting - Columbus (OH) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670142 When I go away for a few days, I like to try new things - and particularly food... <BR> I came back from vacations with a +6 lbs but I don't mind because I know that I will be back where I should be in a matter of a few more days. When travelling, I don't want to be restrictive - it is a mini reward. Having said this, of course I don't want it to be an occasion for binging. I think I did pretty good. I tried a few things… and I was able to say no to others too! <BR> <BR> Here is some of my... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:56:41 EST Week 11 - Running and Tasting - Saint-Augustine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666376 I ended Week 11 marathon training with only 3 runs this week but many many steps! <BR> <BR> I walk every day... like really walk - my fitbit is off my chart!!! except for Wednesday, I had to sit in a plane! <BR> My total distance for the week is 101.5 km / 63 miles <BR> **** <BR> Long Run Report: 19 miles. <BR> <BR> I got up at 6AM to prepare and be ready to start running early enough so it would not be too hot by the end... Adds on the road (spotted on the recce) where speaking/calling for... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:19:00 EST MARCH Goals and Moving Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665258 My March goals were : Consistency! // My March Report Card : B+ ;0) <BR> 1) Track and on track with food - Eat well balanced meals within calorie range... allow for an occasional treat - tracked! // I am proud to say that I was able to resist "the binge"… Had a few episodes with treats and over calories but I am feeling ok with that! <BR> 2) Drink my water... When feeling hungry - drink first! // I am doing A++ on this one… drinking more than 64oz per day <BR> 3) Follow my training plan - mot... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:22:48 EST Week 10 Marathon Training is Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659700 I am lacking sleep. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742811841.jpg"> <BR> Source - stress. Consequence: I am not performing well, I am tired and irritable... and I really feel like eating .. junk! (Thanks for my sparkfriends support and advices). I am not giving up. <BR> <BR> Week 10 Marathon training is over! <BR> I ran 3x this week... (5 miles, 8 miles and today - long run 17 miles) <BR> I also did 20 min of cycle (11.5k) and 3x 75 min Power Hot yoga. <BR> I had ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:39:39 EST Marathon Maths! (How half does not = 1/2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656655 This morning I was looking at my training log and I realized that I am done week 9 - I fold my log in haft so it is almost like starting fresh... however the next few weeks are truly much more demanding than beginning of training season! <BR> "Of course" - you would say... <BR> <BR> It was kind of a eye opener to also compare my current log with my previous log (I keep them all!) for my Fall marathon. After completing week 9 of the 18 week training that lead to the race, I remember having ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:31:53 EST Tomorrow Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652823 Not a fancy blog just a week recap. Last blog I mentioned that Maggie was coming back the next day - well, that did not happened because the weather was just not working for us. She stayed in Fort Erie until Saturday - she was very very happy!!! <BR> <BR> Thursday - Interval training on track at the gym. I started with 1k relax (5 laps - 5 min pace - or 8min/mile). After that I was sprinting with short recup break in between each intervals the following... 400m (2 laps) - 200m - 400m =1k; 4... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:53:03 EST Message to my BRAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646585 I am making progress and I know it but somehow my brain wants to trick me by "shouting" ... well ...negative talk. So BRAIN, here is what I want to tell you: <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the week, Monday, I had a HM to run as per my training plan. After last week (no running), I was having serious doubts about my ability to do the training required to compete for the Nationals...I heard you-BRAIN, telling me: <BR> <BR> "This is hard"... "I have a cramp and my stomach is upset" (well it ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:46:26 EST Butterfly Conservatory & March Picture Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643647 Saturday/yesterday was a rest day and we turned it into a nice day trip to Niagara Falls. It is March break and my daughter Maggie is spending a few days in Fort Erie at a friend's... so we drove her and made a stop at the Butterfly Conservatory before dropping her off. <BR> <BR> This place is not big but I was very impressed with the number and variety of butterflies... My last visit to a butterfly conservatory was in Vienna (Austria)... I don't recall seeing that many! I took a lot pictur... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:20:45 EST Marathon trg Week 6/7 Recap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643208 My training this week : <BR> <BR> Sunday: 75 min Hot Yoga* + 3.5k walk <BR> <BR> Monday: 17k Cycle (on stat bike, random level 3) for 30 min + 75 min Hot Yoga <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 19k Run (90 min - 60 min on treadmill and 30 on track)... I do my long run inside since it is still very cold out here and ... my health is not 100%. I am feeling better, but I am taking it slowly. I am still coughing and congested. I am drinking plenty of water. Also, I adjust my training plan to shift my long ru... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:10:10 EST February Picture Challenge Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639962 Since the beginning of Feb, my sister, daughter (Emma), my mom and I have been texting each other sharing a picture following a theme of the day… It is a really good way to keep the communication between us going – it could be challenging because of the distance between us (we live in different provinces…) My youngest daughter Maggie is contributing to it once in a while too…. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l816129342.jpg"> <BR> So I thought of posting some of my favo... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:25:23 EST Distance Report 2014.1 and March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637285 I am still here... tracking and moving ... and one of my goal for March is to get back at blogging, cultivating positive memories.* So here is my comeback! <BR> <BR> Distance Report: <BR> My goal for January was 140k... I did 168km / 104 miles (2012: 137km) <BR> <BR> My goal for February was the same: 140km... I did 157k (in 28 days!... actually in 24 days because I have been sick for the last week and could not go to the gym or run). I like tracking; it allows me to put things into perspec... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:08:37 EST Distance Report 2013! and recap pics... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578810 My total training distance for 2013 = 2300 km / 1437 miles! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243326506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jan: 137; F:66; M: 172; A: 209; M: 249; J: 215 = 1048 km <BR> J: 217; A:248; S:265; O:187; N: 156; D: 179 = 1252 km <BR> Total: 2300 km <BR> <BR> This graph is actually my stats report from sparks. This year I also started tracking with a fitbit -but my steps are not included in this calculation. My mileage is only my training (running, hiking... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:03:40 EST My Intention of the Day - Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566114 During the month of December, the focus is often to be generous and give to others... Over the last few months I have been neglecting one person : me. My stress level lead me to the point that I had to go see the doctor last week because I was feeling too weak to function. I was given two days off. <BR> <BR> After a discussion with a friend, I realized that I do a lot of things because "I have to"... or so I think... <BR> <BR> I have to shift this mentality and start doing thing because i... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:46:58 EST To-Do-List (SparkTheSeason Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558408 Today's pic is a challenge for me - as I am trying to cut off the stress form work. <BR> So I will write my do to list in a POSITIVE way - to do so it has to be realistic and not stressful. <BR> <BR> First - Me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281878440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will start my to-do-list with looking at my goals and recognizing my recent accomplishments (instead of looking at my huge to do list that has been building up since the Summer! - Not that I proc... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:15:00 EST Traditions (Day 2 SparkTheSeason Picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555552 I don't think my family is very strong on traditions... Since I moved to Ontario, the girls and I have made gingerbread house (thanks to a colleague who had this as his tradition and invited us to do it with them as a family event!) Last year, I did two with my daughters and nieces... and of course we took a picture - isn't it a tradition to take family pictures during the holidays? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1588390041.jpg"> I like this one.. I think I might do ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 00:33:27 EST GoVember Distance Report and December Goals (with pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554642 This month was not very active in terms of running. I was mostly recovering from the marathon at the end of October. <BR> <BR> No need to say that my October highlight was definitely my time at the Niagara Marathon. I was so happy! <BR> <BR> I did it in 3h36min. Finished 137 overall, 22 female and 6th in my category! <BR> I reach more than 1 goal: I completed a marathon!!! & I qualified for the Canadian Forces National Running Championship for all distances (26.2 ; 13.1 and 10k - hope to... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:59:34 EST Building Confidence - Making it to the End (Final Recap WC Trail) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536940 Yeah! We did it!!! This was back last August (I am very late writing this recap but I keep this blog as a scrapbook of happy memories so it is never too late to post what I want to remember and cherish!) <BR> <BR> The last two days of the hike was, in my opinion much easier... First, the distance to cover was 17km/day and the terrain's profile was not as challenging. Some section had boardwalks, which allowed us to move at a very good pace; you still have to be careful because it can be ver... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 23:13:00 EST Building Endurance! (And West Coast Trail Recap #2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520793 Of course , a good training plan to prepare for a <em>366</em> or a <em>522</em> is to gradually build the distance and allow some rest and shorter runs in between to avoid injuries... <BR> <BR> Back to West Coast Trail... Waking up Day 2. I had my longest sleep in weeks (9 hours) - I guess I really need to recover from the intensity of our day 1! The only problem was - I felt like I could not move and bend anymore! All my muscles (especially my core) were sore! Our recovery period ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:25:22 EST Building Strenght! (West Coast Trail Recap 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517911 This is a long overdue blog however it is just in time! As I am in tapper week before marathon, it is time to reflect and appreciate the hard work that I did… During my training plan, I made some changes to the running schedule to include our hiking trip to Vancouver Island (British Columbia). What I did not consider was the fact that it would require a lot more from my body that I suspected... but I gain STRENGHT! <BR> <BR> The West Coast trail is a 75k (47 miles) backpacking experience th... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:09:38 EST Countdowns ! GO the DISTANCE Recap and GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506405 I meant to post this blog 90 days to New Year 2014... I am late - First Countdown is already started! <BR> <BR> COUNTDOWN 1: 86 Days to New Year 2014 <em>408</em> ! <BR> <BR> But First I am overdue for an update on my Go the Distance Challenge... <BR> <BR> Report Date; Total to date; Total/report period <BR> <BR> 15 March 2013; 290 km/ 180 miles; 290 km/180 miles (includes Jan- Feb) <BR> 15 April ; 485 km/ 300 miles; 195 km/120 miles <BR> 31 May ; 830 km/ 519 miles; 345 km/215 mile... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:49:24 EST Weekend, just Weekend! (and 30k recap) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499646 My intention for this weekend was to remain simple and relax. <BR> <BR> I started my Saturday (after not much sleep, again...) with my long run. I am following the Hal Higdon marathon training plan, with some minor adjustments - so it would fit my travelling (temporary duty) schedule too! <BR> <BR> I just finished week 13 / 3 more weeks of training and Niagara International Marathon is at the end of Week 17! <BR> <BR> My last long run (beside the race) was a 25k. I learned that if I want ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:00:07 EST What do you do the day after a 13.1 Run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498172 You go for a <em>364</em> ... just to loose it up! <BR> <BR> Because I am in the countdown phase of 2X <em>366</em> and I need to <em>386</em> ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264906840.jpg"> <BR> (I need to keep in mind that at the finish line - this was only half way where I need to be in one month for the Niagara 26.2!!!) <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> This last week has been crazy! But I think running helped me handle the stress. My last race was a real morale ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:05:32 EST Army Run HM 2013 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493520 It is my third time running the Army Run Half Marathon. I like this race - no... I really like this race... and I will do it again next year. <BR> <BR> Why ? <BR> <BR> 1) It is truly inspirational to run to Honor our Soldiers and to run with some of our wounded members. How can you feel not giving it all you have running a 13.1, if they are doing it! <BR> <BR> 2) It is a get together with many of my military friends <BR> <BR> 3) This weekend is a get away from home; and this year I use t... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:55:00 EST