Link Love: 10/25

As this goes live, I’ll be getting on a plane to go to Vancouver and run the Rock ‘n Roll Half in Vancouver. My fourth of four half marathons this month. Yay!!

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But first, I’ll be popping down to the US to pick up some goodies because it’s too close not to :)

Popular This Week / You May Have Missed

Don’t forget, you can receive 25% off Injinji socks by using ‘injinjicowgirlruns’ until October 31! Canadians can visit this site for a discount! Ends October 31!

Eating Intuitively

TYT: Fabletics

WIAW: What I Ate At A Winery

WIAW: SPUD and Meal Planning

10 Thing I Wish I Knew About Blogging

My Favourite Blogging Apps

Link Love

1200 Calories <– not new, but sharing again because of it’s awesomeness

When Good Spectators Yell Bad Things via 50 by 25 <– the day before my ultra I was told “hopefully you finish” by some dude in my elevator, and then during the race when I had 18km left someone yelled “almost there”. I’m sure they meant well, but you can surely file those under the heading stuff not to say to runners.

8 Raunchy Things Runners Do and Why via Run Haven

How To Write Your Blog Posts Faster via Blogelina

Ultimate Guide to Running Hydration via Run To The Finish <– Amanda really does have the best posts on running!

Choosing the Right Running Shoes via The Gluten-Free Treadmill 

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Dies: Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams and the Spectacle of Mental Illness <– thanks to Becky for sharing this on Twitter!

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day via Marc and Angel Hack Life <– do me a favour and make sure you’re subscribed to these guys. I pretty much share all their posts because they’re just that good!

What others think about your situation is not important right now. – If you really want to be happy again, then stop being afraid of being yourself, and stop thinking about what others think of you every second.

Get While The Gettin’s Good via The Small Change Project 

The Pros and Cons of Calorie Counting via Bagels to Broccoli

Blogger networking that isn’t an energy suck or salesy via XO Sarah

The Power of Realistic Thinking via The T-Rex Runner and Women’s Running

How to Tell If You’re a Runner via Pretty Little Grub

If It Doesn’t Fit, Stop Wearing It via Nicole Less BS

Why You Should Hang Out With + Date People You Admire via Yes and Yes <– I can confidently say that every one of my friends has something to offer. They all have great qualities that I wish to emulate in myself. That’s a good thing. Be friends with people you make you want to be better.

Is the “Runner” Body Image Finally Changing For The Better via Tina Muir 

How To Create A Blogging Media Kit via Peanut Butter Fingers

Why I’m Proud to Be Canadian via Live, Travel, Eat, Run

What links did you love this week?

 




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MEC Race 7 Half Marathon – October 2014

Once again, thanks to Leana for letting me steal her pictures for this post :)

I’ve also started tracking my workouts on Strava, because it syncs with my Garmin (yay!) so come find me on there :)

This past weekend I decided to double up on my races. I ran the Robert Hamilton 5 Miler (down from 10) on Saturday and followed it up with the MEC Race 7 Half on Sunday.

The half didn’t start until 10am, but Leana (read her recap here) and I arrived bright and early at 8am to cheer Victoria on for the full (read her recap here).

3 Calgary Flockies at the start of the MEC race

3 Calgary Flockies at the start of the MEC race

Given I had over-dressed for Saturday’s race, I decided to lighten things up for Sunday. Unfortunately, I think I lightened them up a little too much as I was freezing. Poor Jen (recap here) and Leana had to listen to me say, “This is dumb” probably a hundred times. Mainly because it was dumb and I was cold.

I even thought about bringing sweats to wear while I waited and the reason I didn’t?

Because taking them off over shoes would be a pain.

Guys. I wasn’t even wearing my runners. I was wearing my Barefooters so I needed to take my shoes off anyway. Yeah, sometimes I am not the brightest.

Around 9:45, Leana, Jen and I dropped our gear at the bag check and got ready at the start. I felt the need to bounce up and down in an attempt to keep/get warm. I was still exclaiming how dumb this was :)

We did it! :) (I was not this happy at the start)

We did it! :) (I was not this happy at the start)

As soon as we started running, I realized my feet were numb. Definitely not a good thing and definitely an excellent way to get injured. My feet went from being completely frozen, to pins and needles to normal, but it took a looong time.

After about a kilometer or so, I caught Jen and started chatting with her. She was running at about the same pace I was, so I decided to motivate myself by running with her. I was still feeling a bit off from earlier in the week, so running with a pal was perfect for me.

HEEL STRIKE!

HEEL STRIKE!

I’m pretty sure if I was on my own I’d have turned around at the 5k mark because I didn’t feel great, but I’m glad I pushed through as I ended up feeling great for most of the run. Lately I’ve been running and just walking through water stations so that’s what Jen and I started to do. Little did I know this was the first time she hadn’t done a run/walk interval for a race!!

I really wasn’t certain how I’d feel given I raced the previous weekend, but this run felt really good and I really didn’t have any stiffness at all.

Once we had one mile left to go, I informed Jen that there is no walking in the last mile and off we went. I spotted Leana waiting at the corner for us to come in, so I hamed it up for the camera before hauling ass to the finish.

Queen doofus here!

Queen doofus here!

This was the second MEC Calgary race I’ve run this year and both have been extremely well-organized and for $15 can’t be beat! I’ll be back next year for sure!

And....done! :)

And….done! :)

Just one more half to go and I’m four for four in October and will be submitting my application to half fanatics!

Next up? Marathon maniacs? Maybe…..?




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#blogtober14: Favourite Beauty Product

For the next month (eep!) I’ll be linking up with Taylor and Helene for Blogtober. Missed a day? Never fear, just jump in, include the image and link up with one of these lovely lassies!

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Like yesterday’s prompt, this one made me dance in my seat.

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And then I realized I have way more than one favourite beauty product. I mean, my bathroom looks like a Sephora/Bath and Body Works show room at times. Obviously, there was no way I was going to just pick one!

Sephora Lip Pencils

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I picked these up over Thanksgiving and I’m in love. Originally I was going to buy the Tarte ones, buuuuut, given the price of the Sephora ones and the awesome colours available, I went the less expensive route and I’m perfectly happy with my purchase!

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Hourglass Blush / Highlighter

Most people rant and rave about how awesome NARS Orgasm blush is, and I’m also a fan. But these from Hourglass?!

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Awesome.

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The blushes don’t look like much in the case, but they’re super pigmented and very, very pretty.

Viktor & Rolf Perfumes

I currently own three Viktor & Rolf perfumes and I love every one of them.

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They’re feminine, mature and sexy and I feel so pretty whenever I wear them.

Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Given that I have fine hair, you’d think I’d prefer the thickening line from Bumble and Bumble, but this shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair feeling so silky and soft and doesn’t weigh it down at all!

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I’ll also use some of my fine hair tricks in order to give my hair some volume after the fact :)

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

I received this through Influenster and it’s easily become my new favourite mascara.

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Sure, the wand is a little weird, but it does stuff to my eyelashes to no mascara has done before!

What’s your favourite beauty product(s)?

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#blogtober14: My Favourite Blogging Apps

For the next month (eep!) I’ll be linking up with Taylor and Helene for Blogtober. Missed a day? Never fear, just jump in, include the image and link up with one of these lovely lassies!

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As soon as I saw this as a prompt, I knew I’d be talking about blogging apps. Even more specifically, plug-ins that I’ve been using that help me manage my blog that I think everyone should know about!

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First off, in order to use these awesome plug-ins you’ll need to be self hosted, so that means you’re working with wordpress.org and not wordpress.com and you’re paying a company to host your website for you.

^^ note: affiliate link ^^

I host through BlueHost and have hosted through them when I had a different blog as well. Right now I’m on the inexpensive shared server plan, but there are many different options out there for you.

Now that you’re self hosted, what plugins should you use?

Akismet

This plugin is my anti-spam plugin. I’m not a fan of “captcha” codes on blogs for comments because half the time I can’t manage to type the damn letters/numbers in correctly, so this does the work for me.

On occasion a not spam comment will get sent to spam, but I do my best to review my spam comments once a day or so to keep it manageable.

Comment Reply

This is possibly one of my favourite plugins, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a blog.

Anytime I reply to a comment, this takes care of sending an email to the person who commented. I know I don’t have time to go back to blogs I’ve commented on to see if there’s a reply to my comment, so when a blogger has this installed I’m always pumped to read an email reply.

CoSchedule

I just started using CoSchedule this week and I’m already in love. With all the posts for #blogtober and all the other random stuff floating around in my brain, it’s nice to have a place where I can organize it.

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Even if I don’t write immediately, I at least have a title and a topic and can write/schedule when I have time.

jQuery Pin It Button

That nifty “Pin It” mouse over on my images?

That’s from this stellar plug-in. Just do it.

Recipe Card

For the times when I decide to post a recipe (which I hope to be more frequent) I love this plugin. It makes it look all awesome and professional. Something I don’t think I’d be able to do on my own.

There are many (many!) more plugins out there and many more that I have installed, but these are definitely in my top 5.

What’s your favourite plugin?

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#blogtober14: Pet Peeves

For the next month (eep!) I’ll be linking up with Taylor and Helene for Blogtober. Missed a day? Never fear, just jump in, include the image and link up with one of these lovely lassies!

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sigh So, this post was pre-written before the events in Ottawa this morning. Then I had the typical back and forth of what to do. Do I just publish the post as it? Do I not publish it? Do I address it?

Even now, I don’t know. All I now is that my heart is sad. Maybe this post with help you crack a smile. Maybe it will piss you off. I don’t know, I really don’t.

Pet peeves.

We all have them, and, I’m relatively certain, are all somewhat irrational.

At the risk of sounding like a complete and total a-hole, I am here to share with you a list of some of the pet peeves that absolutely grate on me.

Vague-booking

We all have those friends. The one that post these cryptic Facebook statuses but “can’t talk about it” because it’s “too painful” but in the end they’ll “be okay”.

Barf.

If this happens more than twice, you’re unfriended. The end.

Unnecessary Abbreviations

This is possibly the most irrational pet peeve I have, but I cannot stand the use of the phrases “totes jelly” “amaze” or “mara/marry” for marathon.

(Sometimes I’ll type marathong instead of marathon, but you won’t see me abbreviating it to “mara”).

Nope nope nope.

I assume we’re all grown ups and know how to spell and type. The only situation I’ll use something like “totes jelly” is when conversing with my girls and I want to make a point and/or have one of them roll their eyes at me.

Text Speak

I assume 95% of the population has some kind of a smart phone with a keyboard. I can understand text-speak when we all had to press those freaking number keys three times to get to the letter “o”. Now? You have a keyboard. Heck, you can even install keyboards now so you don’t have to lift up your finger, you just slide.

I can forgive using “u” instead of “you” but I don’t want to have to attempt to cock my head to decipher a word with random numbers in it.

Excessive use of “LOL”

If you end every Facebook post or Instagram caption with “lol” my general assumption is you aren’t laughing.

Actually, I’ll probably be screaming at you in my head that is not funny.

Admittedly, I do use “ha” or “haha” rather frequently in exchanges, but at least I’m not pretending to laugh out loud when I’m not laughing out loud.

What are some of your pet peeves?

If your answer is “blogtober” you only have to suffer through for 9 more days :P

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WIAW: SPUD and Meal Planning

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re completely blown away and what life hands you?

That was last week.

I was recently asked to be an ambassador for SPUD Calgary and received my first shipment of goodies on Monday! Let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint :)

What is SPUD?

SPUD stands for “sustainable produce urban delivery” and is a grocery delivery service operating in Vancouver (and area), Victoria/Nanaimo, Calgary and Edmonton in Canada and San Francisco & Bay Area and Los Angeles & Orange County in the US.

How does it work?

Thanks to the SPUD website, here’s a nifty graphic for you.

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Basically set up your account, browse the store (items will vary by your area as SPUD works to bring in local products as much as possible), place your order and wait for delivery.

I wasn’t sure if I’d be home on Monday (my delivery day) so I gave the driver my buzzer code and asked them to leave it outside my door. All I did was answer my phone and food magically appeared at my door :)

What does it cost?

That’s completely up to you. For orders of $35 in Calgary delivery on your assigned delivery date is free.

Use code 'CRCAL-WILANC' to save!

Use code ‘CRCAL-WILANC’ to save!

From now until November 15, if you sign up as a new customer and use the code “CRCAL-WILANC” you’ll double your savings from $20 to $40 on your first order. Now, this does require a minimum order of $60, but you’re still saving 2/3 of the cost and you don’t have to try to brave the grocery store on weekends. Ew.

Here’s a peek at what I received this week.

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Merlin was scared of the bins at first, but eventually warmed up to them :)

I also ordered some refrigerated items, which were packed in insulated bags and even included an ice pack to keep things cool. I was home when the bins were dropped off, but if they needed to sit for a while, nothing would spoil that day.

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Meal Planning

I’ve really been trying to make more meals at home and keep an eye on my grocery budget. By having a specific day for groceries (instead of just popping to the store whenever) I’m hoping I’ll be better able to keep both my spending and calories in check!

Monday night I made some lunches for the week (which I also ate for dinner on Monday). I’ve been on a curry kick because it’s super easy to make and can feed me for a few days.

I’ve never tried tempeh, but I really wanted to, and I figured red curry tempeh would pair perfectly with the Red Thai Curry sauce from Trader Joe’s. Tip: buy yourself some now it’s amazing!

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This was pretty much the easiest dinner ever. I shall assume I don’t need to provide terribly specific directions as it went as follows:

  • prepare rice per package directions. Use can of coconut milk + water for rice liquid because coconut rice is amazing.
  • cook frozen veggies, add-in sauce when nearly done.
  • cook tempeh per package directions.
  • assemble and enjoy.
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Yeah…..so this isn’t the most appetizing picture, but I can assure you it tasted phenomenal!

Have you ever used a grocery delivery service?

What’s the best thing you ate this week?

Cheesecake after my Sunday run for me!

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#blogtober14: Dream Vacation

For the next month (eep!) I’ll be linking up with Taylor and Helene for Blogtober. Missed a day? Never fear, just jump in, include the image and link up with one of these lovely lassies!

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I absolutely love to travel. Love it. Unfortunately, it’s not always so awesome on my wallet, so there are a ton of places I would absolutely love to visit that I haven’t yet.

I’m also spoiled and want to see all the things so I wasn’t able to narrow it down to just one vacation #sorrynotsorry.

This list is in absolutely no particular order, with the exception of Costa Rica since I do plan on going there soon!

1. Costa Rica / Nicaragua

I really don’t know how/when I decided I needed to go to Costa Rica, but it’s been on my list for a really really long time. Like, really long.

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Every year I hope that I’ll be able to go, and then well, life.

I’m crossing my fingers that 2015 or 2016 will be the year it happens.

2. Antarctica

For how much I absolutely despise being cold, I really would love to take a vacation to Antarctica.

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Mainly because I want to see penguins. I love penguins. I mean, my nickname for a period of time was penguin!

3. Africa

(preferably not one of the countries wherein I could potentially contract Ebola).

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I can’t even tell you how many things I want to see in Africa.

I want to go on safari.

I want to go cage diving with sharks.

I want to go to the place where the penguins are and you have to look under your car to make sure they aren’t hiding under it.

I want to visit wineries.

4. Australia

A good friend of mine moved to Aus just over 2 years ago and I still haven’t been to visit her. I know. I’m awful and terrible.

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For how much I love nature and animals and hot weather and beaches, you’d think I’ve had gone ages ago. I need to get my s-t together and go.

5. Peru

This is tentatively set as a 2016 adventure, but you know, life.

I have solid plans to hike the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu and see the sunrise at the top.

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I could probably come up with at least 10 more places to visit (Germany, Thailand, The Great Wall, New Zealand, etc) but I’ll leave the list at five since that seems like a pretty good number :)

What’s your dream vacation?

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TYT: Fabletics

My Monday was a pretty stellar Monday. I had a number of packages arrive and probably my favourite was my shipment from Fabletics.

This was the first month they’ve been available in Canada and you better believe I jumped on the chance to try them out!

Because I can’t help myself (heh) I ordered two outfits and was so pumped to try them out.

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First thoughts?

Love it!

The quality seems awesome and the clothes fit true-to-size which I always appreciate! Right now I’m in-between sizes in my pants so I sized down in one pair and up in the other. For the recommended (up) size, they’re perfect for around the house, but I can tell I’d be pulling them up constantly if I were to wear them when running.

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I think the blue pants (sized down) will work for running, but the cuffs might be a tad tight around the calf for day-to-day wear. I’m planning on giving these a shot for my run today, so I’ll be back later with an update on how they worked.

All-in-all I’m super happy with what I received and I’m pumped to increase my workout wardrobe for a decent price :)

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In case you’re not “in the know” if you sign up to Fabletics as a VIP member (fancy, right?!) you’ll receive 50% off your first outfit. After that you’ll receive an email on the first of each month for your selected outfits. From there you can “pass” (pay nothing) or pick your outfit. If, you’re like me and forgetful, and forget to “pass” on an outfit, you will be charged $49.95 (boo) but that amount will roll over to the next month, so it won’t be lost (yay!).

How have you treated yourself this week?

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I’m linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!




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#blogtober14: My Biggest Fear

For the next month (eep!) I’ll be linking up with Taylor and Helene for Blogtober. Missed a day? Never fear, just jump in, include the image and link up with one of these lovely lassies!

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My biggest fear used to be failure.

I was convinced that if I failed at something then my life would be over. Obviously, I learned that wasn’t quite true, even if I did keep it a secret for, oh, about 15 years.

For a long time I’ve had this underlying feeling of not being good enough, of never being cool/nice/fun/funny/smart/pretty/whatever enough. Let me tell you, that’s totally not a fun way to live – at all. It’s all-consuming and I spent many years constantly judging myself and my actions. I’m pretty dang sure I was judging myself far more harshly than anyone else ever was.

I’m finally now in a place where I’ve realized I am good enough (if you’ve been around for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this a ton!) and I love it.

So, what’s my fear?

(I’ll warn you, this is a super personal one and yet, for some reason, I’m sharing it….)

Being a single cat lady.

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I mean, yes, I love Merlin and think he’s pretty darn cool, but I also think I’m pretty awesome and would make an awesome girlfriend (and maybe wife).

On a related note, I’m pretty scared to put myself out there and date, because I’m an introvert and I have this assumption that I’ll hate dating.

I…..don’t really know where to go with the rest of this post because it’s pretty personal and, yeah. 

Ha! :)

Ummm, does anyone know if Matthew Iman (aka – The Oatmeal) is single? Because, yeah….Heh.

What’s your biggest fear?

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Marathon Monday: 10/20

Happy Monday, friends! <– I know I probably say that most every Monday, and no, I don’t see that changing :)

Can you believe there are only 11 days left in October?! I think October may have flown by faster than September, how is that even possible?!

This weekend I finished my third of four half marathons for the month :D

Ragnar Las Vegas training schedule

Monday – driving home
Tuesday – rest day
Wednesday - rain :(
Thursday – packed wrong run gear :(
Friday – off
SaturdayRobert Hamilton 5 Miler
Sunday – Mec Race 7 Half Marathon

Total mileage: 18.1 miles / 29km

Mileage-wise it could maybe have been higher, but after racing the previous weekend, I really wanted to make sure my body was able to recover. Add in weather issues (I picked up a rain jacket this weekend!) and brain issues (it is not warm enough to run in a tank top right now!) it just wasn’t in the cards.

I’m hoping to fit in runs on Tuesday and Thursday both at lunch and after work to get my leggies prepared for back-to-back runs during Ragnar.

This weekend I’ll be flying to Vancouver for the Rock ‘n Roll Half and the trip will also include a trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up some fun goodies for myself!

How was your training this week?

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