#blogtober14: Happy Halloween!

Okay, real quick.

I did it!!!

I wrote a blog post every day in October!

And some people even read them.

But.

Now on to what you’re here for.

Merlin’s costume.

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Oh. My. Gosh. Seeing him in this just makes my day. Seriously.

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If this won’t cheer you up and make you smile, I think nothing will. You may need to check and see if you are, indeed, human.

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I also realized why I don’t like Halloween much. I’m awful at coming up with costumes. I’ve had so many conversations with people who have amazing costume ideas. Like Jen who came up with Effie from The Hunger Games. WHAT A FREAKING GREAT IDEA!!!!!

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He’s been pretty snuggly lately, so I’m relatively certain he won’t attempt to kill me in my sleep, but if I go missing for a few days, send a search party – it may be death by cat.

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Happy Halloween friends!!

 




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#blogtober14: Facts About Me

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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At first I thought about throwing together a random list of things, then I thought about searcing for one of those internet memes and answering questions.

I decided against both of those.

Instead, I’m just going to talk randomly because I haven’t done that in a loooong time and I’m certain you’ll learn some things about me.

When leaving the Trader Joe’s parking lot last weekend, I had to sneeze. I’m a rather aggressive sneezer and I don’t hold back. Poor Sara thought she was about to die. Nope, just sneezing. Carry on.

I cannot stop smiling when I see this picture. It’s so real and I love it. I maybe wouldn’t call it the most flattering, but I don’t think that’s where beauty comes from. I truly believe it comes from within and I think this picture is the perfect illustration of that.

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I have absolutely be filling my face with candy this week. I’m normally very good at portion control, but those damn Starburst candy corns are freaking addicting. I think I ate five handfuls last night while watching baseball (I don’t watch baseball).

I never used to sleep in. Like, ever. Now? That’s all I want to do this weekend. I want to clear my calendar (ha! my calendar is always clear) and just stay in, nap and snuggle with Merlin. While running all the races in October has been run, it was also tiring and holy moly I’ll be glad for a break after Ragnar.

Oh, yeah, I’m flying to Vegas in six days. WHAT?! I haven’t been to Vegas since 2009, and I’ve never been in November, so I have no idea what to expect for weather (I should look into that) but I’m ready to run Rangar….I hope!

Even with a “break” from running, I’m already thinking about, and mapping out, my 2015 races and goals. I’m going to make some changes from this year and hopefully train smarter, but I’m getting ready for the next year.

I’m hard at work on perfecting my Spotify playlist for Ragnar. I know I’ll be needing some kickass music when I’m running a half marathon, in the desert, at 2am. I’d love to hear your music suggestions.

Speaking of music, I’m in love with Taylor Swift’s new album. I know, I’m a grown up and I listen to Taylor Swift. It’s okay, I’m cool with it. I’m really hoping she’s at CMA Fest this year. I’m also really hoping Garth is at CMA Fest because GARTH!

I’m pretty amazed there’s just one day left in #blogtober. When I said I was going to do it, I figured I’d just write a few posts and then stop, because that’s what I do when it comes to “challenges” but it turns out blog challenges work for me. I realize not everyone blogs this way, but having my posts mapped out a few days in advance has been hugely helpful and has cut down on the scramble of trying to write a post.

I’ve now started using CoSchedule and I can’t ever see myself stopping, even if it is $10/month. To be organized is super worth it to me!

I bought Merlin a Halloween costume because I’m a huge jerk. Yes I’ll post pictures tomorrow :) I’m probably more gleeful about torturing my cat than I should be.

This cooler weather has turned Merlin back into a snuggler and I’m so happy. I was missing my cuddly cat – there really isn’t anything better that kitty purrs and snuggles.

Tell me a random fact about you!

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I’m also linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud today :) 

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#blogtober14: Most Embarrassing Moment

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I have spent weeks (yes weeks) trying to come up with a single embarrassing moment in my life.

Sadly, I don’t have one.

I mean, sure I’ve done stupid things and been embarrassed before, but I can’t decide if I’ve just given up caring, or if I’ve truly blocked out all those cringe worthy moments from my life.

I do; however, have a massively cringe-worthy moment that I believe only my immediate family is aware of.

(I’ve already shared a secret and my biggest fear, might as well go big with the embarrassing moment, right?!).

This story takes place in Tofino (if you haven’t been, put it on your list), and I believe it was July.

We packed up our tent trailer with our two dogs and teeny kitten who was too tiny to leave at home for the weekend.

One day in Tofino we were walking along the beach a ways away from the campground and I felt an….urge.

I started to make my way back to the campground at a quick walk, because, as any runner knows, running does an excellent job of moving, err, things along.

Things were quickly becoming somewhat more urgent and I was alternating both quick walking and jogging as I made my way (far too slowly) closer and closer to the campsite bathroom.

It. Was. Painful.

And stressful.

And…..I didn’t make it.

Yeah.

That happened.

There you have it, the one poop story I have and it doesn’t even involve running. Well, not directly, at least.

And now, my blog-life is complete now that I’ve shared the story of me crapping my bathing suit as a 13 year old.

You’re welcome.

Care to share your most embarrassing story?

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WIAW: Candy Corn Smoothie

For nearly two years, I’ve started every morning with a smoothie. Well, I’ve fallen into a bit of a smoothie rut as of late and challenged myself to step a bit outside of my comfort zone when it comes to smoothies.

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When looking around for inspiration, I came up with a brilliant idea candy corn. I realize this is somewhat of a polarizing candy – you either love it or hate it – and I’m on the love side. Yes, I do quite enjoy sugar at times.

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No this isn’t a candy corn flavoured smoothie.

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Merely, it’s colours are inspired by candy corn: orange, white and yellow.

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It took me a bit to figure out how to perfect it, but what screams fall more than pumpkin?

How about pumpkin, apple and coconut yogurt with vanilla chai Vega One?

Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Candy Corn Smoothie
Serves 1
A delicious & healthy candy corn inspired smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 apple, sliced and cored
  2. 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  3. 1/3 cup yogurt
  4. 1 scoop Vanilla Chai VegaOne
  5. Non-dairy milk, as needed
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend on high adding liquid as needed.
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy!
Tip
  1. Try using frozen pumpkin or almond milk for a more traditional smoothie feel.
  2. Add in nut butter for some fat and staying power in the smoothie.
  3. Try different flavours of yogurt to mix it up a bit!
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Now, you’ll have to excuse me as I’m off to buy all of the pumpkin so I can make this every day! 

Are you a candy corn fan?
Have you ever tried a pumpkin smoothie?

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#blogtober14: Superstitions

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Before thinking about it, I’m pretty sure I’d immediately say I’m not overly superstitious (kind of how I’m not picky about food) but upon closer inspection, that isn’t necessarily true.

I fully realize that wearing a certain pair of socks isn’t going to help my hockey team win (not much will help) and that yelling at the refs on TV won’t help them to realize they’re idiots (it does make me feel better, though)….but that doesn’t stop me.

Surprisingly, I don’t really have a set “routine” before a race day, either. If it’s a race I’m racing instead of running, I’ll be far quieter (me, quiet. I know!) and more focused, and I’ll wear my “racing” shoes, but only because they’re comfortable, not because they bring me luck.

While I may not be overly superstitious, here’s a list of things I randomly do that might be considered superstitious:

  • Knock on wood as not to jinx myself. Always.
  • Not picture myself in situations. Guaranteed if I put myself in the situation it won’t happen – so I don’t.
  • Say the word “shoot out” out loud unless I want to jinx the other team.
  • Bless myself and others after a sneeze (or maybe that’s just polite).

When I really really want something I’ll also throw up some good wishes and prayers to the universe. I mean, it can’t hurt, right?!

What are you superstitious about?

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TYT: RnR Vancouver Weekend

This title really should be “When a Canadian shops in the US” because I’m sure it’s a sight to be seen.

I’m pretty certain I’m not able to give this post the flare it deserves. Unfortunately I had a bit of an “emotional hangover” when writing this post and as much as I tried to sound as excited as possible over the totally awesome goodies I found in the US this past weekend, I’m not so certain I did a great job.

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But, enough whining out of me!

Tuesdays are for awesomeness and treats and let me tell you, I certainly did treat myself this weekend.

The second I got off the plan, Lexie and her future sister-in-law picked me up and we headed across the border. On the agenda: Trader Joe’s and Target.

To you Americans, that may not sound like much, but let me tell you, it’s a pretty darn big treat for us Canadians!

We hit up TJ’s first where I grabbed all things pumpkin among other items. The girls kept asking if I needed a cart as I was two-handing my basket, but I’m a trooper and got it done. All-in-all I think we spent maybe half an hour in TJ’s and walked out with a bunch of goodies.

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Next up with Target. First I picked up the most fabulous footie pyjamas which I then left at Lexie’s. Ugh. She’s kind enough to ship them to Calgary for me since I’m a doofus. (Full length picture once they arrive because I have no shame). Once the onsie situation was squared away it was time for all the pumpkin and all the nut butter

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I’m pretty sure I ended up with five kinds of nut butter and countless pumpkin items.

I even managed to fit it all in my suitcase (in addition to 4 pairs of runners and two hydration vests and everything I packed with me). It was overweight, but since WestJet is the best ever they didn’t charge me for an overweight bag. That certainly made this girl’s weekend.

Plan for next weekend: onsie. NYC Marathon. Pumpkin waffles. Coffee.

And Merlin snuggles, because always.

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How did you treat yourself this week?

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#blogtober14: Letter to a Younger Cowgirl

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Last week I was combing through my (unpublished) blog archives and came across a number of posts I’d written when I was first going through my separation. I was both embarrassed (the stuff I shared!!) and proud (I’ve grown so much!!).

I think too often we don’t recognize our growth because we never take the time to reflect back on how things were. Growth rarely happens overnight; its more so a combination of smaller steps over a long period of time that leads to change. When it happens step by step, we get comfortable with the changes (a good thing!) so we don’t often recognize how far we’ve come.

Aside from being slightly horrified at how much I shared, it was such a great reflection back on how much I’ve changed over the past two years.

All of that to say, the timing of this prompt was quite serendipitous.

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Now to answer the question, “what would I write to a younger me”….I think a lot of that can be answered by my 30 Things I Learned at 30 post, but there are a few I’d like to add.

  1. Appreciate that rockin bod while you have it. No, you’re not fat, wear the bikini!
  2. Stop worrying about what other people think. Not everyone is going to like you or agree with you, and that’s okay.
  3. No matter how old you are, drama will rear it’s ugly head. Choose friends who minimize the drama.
  4. Learn to budget. Now. Seriously. Do it. Future you will thank you for it.
  5. Keep saving, future you will always thank you for it.
  6. That thing you want to do that scares you? Do it. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
  7. Sometimes good enough is okay. Stop trying to be perfect.
  8. It’s okay to fail. Failing doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you had a lesson to learn.
  9. Take risks. Sometimes things don’t turn out how you planned. A good story is better than no story.
  10. No thank you is a complete sentence. You don’t need to justify you “no” to anyone. (That said, don’t flake on plans because that’s not cool, either).

What advice would you give to your younger self?

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Marathon Monday: 10/27

One more trip. Just one more and then I can return to my hermit ways and not leave my house for at least two months.

Okay, that’s not exactly true, as I’m pretty certain I’ll be making a trip to my mom’s at some point around Christmas, but aside from that? Nothing.

It’s been super fun travelling for races and to visit friends but it all happened at once and now I’m ready to stay home and snuggle with Merlin.

Ragnar Las Vegas training schedule

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 5.85km + 9.00km
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday – Off
Friday – 4.5km
Saturday – off to Vanvouver!
Sunday – RnR Vancouver Half Marathon

Total mileage: 40.5km / 25 miles

(PS – you can follow me on Strava if you’re into that sort of thing)

I’m feeling really good about my mileage this week.

I was super motivated on Tuesday and both my runs felt amazing. I was originally going to run on Thursday, but for a number of reasons it just didn’t happy (partly because I decided wine + TV was a good idea) so I told myself I had to run on Friday and that it would also be good practice with the race on Sunday.

My Friday run sucked. There’s not much else to say about that. It sucked, but I did it :)

I paced Lexie to a six minute PR on Sunday for the Rock ‘n Roll half. I enjoyed myself, but could really feel the toll of running four half marathons in four weeks and I’m really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.

How was your training week?




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#blogtober14: Cowgirl Runs – The Movie

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Hello, and welcome to the fifth day of blogging via lists. :)

I mean, really, if you’re going to ask me who would play me in a movie, I’m not just going to pick an actor for myself, but I’m also going to cast multiple people to play the different roles in my life, because obviously.

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This was definitely the most difficult to decide. Do I pick someone purely because of resemblance? Or do I pick a kick ass actress who is probably hotter than I am?

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I went with the latter and decided (through scientifically polling friends) on Natalie Portman.

Significant Other

This was 100% a no brainer.

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If you’ve talked to me for longer than seven minutes I’m pretty damn sure I’ve dropped how hot Adam Levine is, so of course I’d pick him. I don’t care if he can’t act his way out of a paper bag.

Merlin

Merlin shall be played by Merlin because he’s truly one of a kind and no one could play Merlin like Merlin :)

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Best Friends

Through more scientific email polling, it has decided the roles of my two best friends (who, for the sake of the movie will live in the same dang city as I do) will be played by Kristen Bell and Cecily Strong.

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Who would you cast in your movie?

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#blogtober14: Favourite Book

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When I was a kid, I’d have synchronized swim practice every Saturday from 8-10 (no sleeping in for me!) and then my dad would pick me up with my sister in tow and we’d head to the library. Each week we’d spend time pouring over the books, examining new books on the microfiche (please tell me you remember those!!) and submitting our requests for the popular books that were out on loan.

We had a limit of 12 books we were allowed each week. Not because we wouldn’t read them all (I once read 8 books in a weekend) but because we’d have trouble keeping track of any more than that.


 

My mom has relayed a story about how my kindergarten teacher was concerned because I’d read all the kindergarten books and they weren’t quite sure what to do with me. I was devouring book and if I read all the grade 1 books, what would a read next year?

Yup I was, and still am, a bookworm.


 

Some people read to learn, and I do enjoy that, but mostly, I read for pleasure. I like stories that I can escape into. They don’t need to be realistic or complex, just something that can take me on a journey.

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When I read, I usually get on kicks. I’ll read everything by one author and then move on to the next.

I’m not certain if I could come up with just one book, so instead I’ll share what I’ve been reading over the past year or so.

Throne of Glass

(Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire)

This series, oh my. Yes, they’re YA, but they’re just so darn good and so well written.

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I stayed up far too late finishing off each one of the books. Then I immediately got my hands on the novellas and read those while I not patiently waited for the third book to be released.

I’m really hoping there’s a fourth (and fifth) on the way!

Mile Markers

This book is written by Kristin Armstrong (also known as Lance Armstrong’s ex-wife) and it just cuts to the core.

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It’s divided into 26 chapters and each chapter relays a story about running and how it truly can change your life. My copy is filled with stickies and highlights.

The Sports Gene

Now, this isn’t a story book, but a scientific look at the body of athletes (runners) and how it works.

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I sometimes think I should have been a kinesologist or sports psychologist (would you like fries with that?) with how much I love reading and understanding how our bodies work and how our thoughts affect our performance.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)

I jumped on the Mindy Kaling bandwagon late (I never was a fan of The Office…don’t hate me!) but once I started watching The Mindy Project I fell in love.

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Mindy Lahiri is basically my spirit animal and I fell in love with this book. It’s an easy read, but I laughed all the way through the book.

Thug Kitchen

(Yes I do read cookbooks). I was a huge fan of their blog and as soon as I saw there was a cookbook available I jumped on the chance to order it.

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It’s a hilarious read and takes a very casual approach to vegan cooking and the staples needed in a healthy diet. While I love my meat (TWSS) I’m also a big fan of eating more plants because plants are awesome.

What’s your favourite book?

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