Happy, happy Monday! I know, we all really wish it was still Sunday. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes.
My day started off with “The Shermanator”…
Yay birthday WOD! I obviously loved the workout – running WODs are my jam. I did burpee toes to bar instead of the pull ups (23 pull ups would have taken me forever) and finished in 16:58… Kai beat me but I’ll take second.
We also celebrated Star Wars day (which was officially yesterday… more on that below) because Sean is obsessed. It was a full 6am crew and everyone was hilarious – such a great way to start the day. I even got a little treat from Michelle – a cupcake full of sluten (sugar and gluten… LOL) and some chocolate PB Vega bars from Chippy that I am excited to try!
Sitting in an office all day on your bday isn’t ideal. Neither is sitting in traffic on your commute but at least I had Balanced Bites and Girls Gone WOD to keep me company. I obvs spent some time with the fam too. Dad grilled chicken on the BBQ – only the best from the grill master. And we had some broccoli, sweet potato, avocado and tomato salad on the side.
I also ate wayyyy too much fudgy brownie birthday cake – yes I said too much cake. After the second piece, my stomach was really hurting – which didn’t allow me to test out some baking I did… annoying.
Anyways, yesterday I ran the Goodlife Half Marathon with Sean. I totally didn’t talk about that I was running this race because I was a bit nervous. I ran my first half-marathon in October but haven’t run all that much since. After having some knee troubles I scaled my running back a whole lot but still felt that I was ready for this one and I was. I was also really glad I ran the Yonge Street 10K a few weeks ago because this race route was similar.
I woke up pretty nervous and my knees were feeling a bit sore. I tried to relax a little by watching Joel McHale make fun of celebs and politicians while eating a pre-race meal: two hard boiled eggs, small avocado, banana and a mug of tea.
Then Mom dropped me off at the start and I met up with Sean. I was excited to be running the race with Sean (my CrossFit coach) but also nervous because I was pacing us and wanted to not only ensure I ran a good race, but Sean did too. I should also mention: Sean did NOT train for this race. Nope. He doesn’t run. He lifts heavy things. But he is a fit and is an active person so I wasn’t so worried.
The day was sunny and beautiful – minus the wind, it would have been the perfect day. We started off pretty aggressively, running 5 minute kilometres (not sure what that translates to in miles) but that’s pretty fast for me. The first few kms felt easy and other than having to pee, I felt good. Then I saw the hill. I totally forgot about that hill. That hill (Yonge and York Mills for you Toronto friends) sucked. It was a whole km uphill and that was tough. It took me a few kms to recover from that but then I was fine. Sean actually went ahead of me for a bit but I maintained my pace and fought against the wind.
It was relatively flat and boring down Yonge Street until the 11km mark where I got a second wind as we turned onto the Bayview Valley. I really enjoyed the next few kms and we were protected from the wind in the valley. At about 16km, we were back on the downtown streets and fighting the wind again. Okay, I’ve said wind a lot. Yes, it was windy. I looked at my watch and saw we were on pace for a really good time – I was feeling strong.
I really didn’t have a major “time goal” for this race, (I have been trying to run without caring about my time) but I couldn’t help but get excited when I realized I was likely going to beat my PR (1:52:19 for my last half). At 17km, I turned on the jets a bit and ended up losing Sean. We talked about it before and he was totally fine if I left him although I did feel badly and didn’t really want to leave him.
The last few kms were fun. I was bopping along to my music and my legs were feeling good. Someone screamed out “400 more meters!” so I ran like the wind – literally. I saw Daddy and gave him a high five before crossing the finish.
I was so happy! Happy with the race, how my body felt, how my mind felt, running with Sean and our awesome times. I think I am learning how my body best functions in regards to training. I don’t think I am a run-every-day-of-the-week person. CrossFit has really helped to strengthen my legs and I think my overall fitness propels me – not going for a billion “long runs” – not that I don’t love them, but obviously everyone is different. I also think that the changes I have made in my diet has helped immensely.
And I am seriously so proud of Sean and it was kinda nice being the coach for the day :) He finished in 1:50:57 – pretty freaking incredible if you ask me!
After the race, the fam went for a celebratory brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. I have been wanting to go here for awhile but the line is always crazy so we sent Les and Mom to go there first. And oh my, I am soooo glad we did because it was soooo worth the wait.
I was craving pancakes like no other so ended up getting the buttermilk blueberry pancakes. Best. Decision. Ever. These were hands down the best pancakes I have ever eaten – yes they outdid my beloved chocolate chip pancakes from the Paramount.
Oh em gee. Theseeeeeee
Faceplant. Once I killed that plate, I then proceeded to eat the rest of Dad’s bacon and Mom’s eggs and guac. Girls hungry.
After getting home, showering, icing, I headed to a BBQ with CrossFit peeps to celebrate a few birthdays, a going away and continued the Star Wars celebration. “May the Fourth be with you.” I made cupcakes for the festivities and while they are look adorable, I was not super happy with how they turned out. I used Taylor’s recipe for the cupcake and Lexi’s recipe for the icing. Love both of those ladies so maybe I didn’t do something right.
But there was so much other deliciousness at the BBQ it didn’t matter. I had a great time and love those people so so much. The birthday cake was epic and delicious: a cinnamon bun cake from Tori’s Bakeshop. Oh my. I couldn’t not. DE-LISH.
I have certainly had some more nourishing days but all that sluten was so worth it.
I totally didn’t go grocery shopping or do any food prep this weekend. Oops. Definitely need to get some of that done today.
Anyways, hoping you all had a great weekend too and thank you again for the wishes!
Questions of the day…
What did you do this weekend? Did you race?
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