Let The Training Begin... #WDW10km #ua #IwillwhatIwant #oasiszoorun

If racing has taught me one thing, it definitely is that I can do more than I ever thought.

This past weekend, I celebrated my one year raceaversary. A full year....man. I never ever thought I would call myself a runner, let alone a racer.

The weather for this years Oasis Zoo Run at Toronto Zoo was so much better than last year. The sun was shining, it was lovely and warm and boy was I ready to get out there. My bff's son, Tyler, was running his first 5km event, and I was definitely feeding off of his excitement. We started together, and he {very proudly} beat me by a full 11minutes.

I saw him twice out on the course. The first time was at the dreaded big hill at the Zoo (if you've been there, you know what hill I'm talking about) and gave him a high five. The next time I saw him, he looked pretty pooped, so I sprinted up to him and started clapping and cheering for him. I am just so proud of his will and determination!

The course itself was hilly, but I ran alot more of it than I did last year. I didn't make my 43minute goal (I finished at 47minutes) but I was ok with that. I am also nursing a hurt quad...I'm not sure on what obstacle I hurt my left leg on at Badass Dash, but I definitely did something and it is very sore! My compression capris from Under Armour helped with recovery during the race, and I will absolutely be using them for the next few weeks for my longer runs to make sure my quad heals nicely.

When I came up to the top of the hill, and saw the finish line, it was like it was my very first race ever. All of the butterflies...all of the feels. And then I saw my bff and the huge smile on her face. I started fist pumping and sprinting and cheering! I was so excited...but not tired.

My first thought was that I am ready for the WDW10km. When my first mile was at 14mins, and the second mile at 14:10...I knew for a fact that if I keep training, keep getting stronger, I will be able to do the 10km race in well under the 16min/mile rule.

On the way home, my husband says to me Now we just need to get you running for free. And he's right. I run a few times a week, but then will have a decent break and a week will go by...I'll get busy or Graeme will be up too many times over night and I won't feel like running. But...I need to lace up my shoes, and get out there. No matter if it's raining, snowing, cold, sunny, hot. No matter if I'm tired, crabby, excited, happy. No matter what.

My training schedule will be running on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday until the weather drops below zero. Once it does, it will be Insanity or T25 on those days, which I am really looking forward to. With Owen at school and Graeme napping fairly regularly throughout the day, I will be able to get in those power workouts. I know the impact that Insanity has on my mental state, my body and my soul, so I am really excited about this training schedule.

Since I will be running in the colder weather, long sleeves and compression gear are going to be essential, as will reflective gear since the days are getting shorter and I will be running in the evenings.

Three more races...three more months...and then...WDW10km. Here we go!

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New Month, New Goals #WDW10km #ua #IWillWhatIWant

Oh, hello September! A new month to conquer, with new goals and some really awesome events that I will be participating in!

The events that I have coming up this month are pretty incredible. First, I am participating in the Badass Dash on my wedding anniversary (September 13th) with my husband. Yep...7km and 30 obstacles...mud...hills...water...ahh!! I am really excited about it, albeit super intimidated, but I know that I can do 7km and the obstacles will just be a part of the fun!

using my Arrow to guide my feet

I only have a couple of weeks to really train for Badass Dash, so I'm focusing on adding things like squats, kettlebells, walking lunges, and box jumps into my runs. We have a playground around the corner, which will definitely come in handy! My compression leggings will help to condition my muscles so that they will be good to go for the Dash, as well.

Then I have my one year Raceaversary with my bests at the Oasis Zoo Run at Toronto Zoo. It was my first every 5km event last year, on my birthday weekend, and I am so excited to return and run in it again. This year, my bff's son is running in the 5km as well, and I'm hugely proud that he's taking the challenge and doing it! My bff's are doing the 10km, which is pretty incredible as well! It'll be a great weekend, one that I am really looking forward to.

My first race! September 21, 2013
 So, what are my goals for this month?

Run three times a week
Incorporate calisthenics into my training for the Dash
Complete all the obstacles at Badass Dash
Finish the Oasis Zoo Run with a time of 43mins (or less!)
Plank every day

That last one, the planks? Well, core strength is something that is really important for runners, and really important if you have just had a baby. My belly is certainly coming back quickly, but I want to tighten and tone my muscles. Whether it's 30 seconds or 3 minutes, there will be a plank done every single day!

What are your goals this month? How are you staying active, healthy and setting a positive example for those around you?

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Oasis Zoo Run 5km Recap, Toronto Running Events

It was a very rainy, and slightly chilly morning this after Saturday at Metro Toronto Zoo for the Oasis Zoo Run, but adrenaline was pumping and there was a medal waiting for me at the end.

I've got to say, running in this large of an event was hugely intimidating, but once I was out on the course with my music in my ears, It was all worth it.

Going through all of this training with my bff' Tiff and Heather (left and right, respectively) has been amazing. We message one another upon completing a run, pump each other up and don't let one another down...ever. Today was no exception.

I knew that they would both be faster, but that it didn't matter. What I didn't realize is that I would see them out on the course! We greeted each other with smiles and high fives and it gave me that little boost to keep moving.

We ran by giraffes, flamingos and jaguars. We ran in huge puddles, on muddy paths, and finished when we finished. They told me that the time wouldn't matter, only finishing would; and boy, were they right!

When I saw the 4km marker, I thought ok, you got this, just one more to go. It helped that the volunteers on the coruse were offering high fives, had cow bells and were yelling for u to keep pushing. Then it was up a slight hill and I saw it...

The finish line.

And I saw about 10 people in front of me sauntering along. All of a sudden, I got competitive and started running like a bear was chasing me! I beat them....actually about 300 of them.

45:12, place 1090 {officially - tied with 3 other people). 9:03/km pace. Finished 145 of 178 in my category, and 729 of 952 in my gender.

Very proud, and seeing my bff's, husband and kiddo smiling and cheering me on was incredible!!

I'm not sure the last time that I smiled THAT big. Ear to ear, dimples, with my eyes...everything!

These girls mean everything to me! Everything in the entire world. They have been with me to make dreams come true, and today we did just that. Yahoo!!!

I really cannot think of a better piece of hardware to earn on your birthday, after months of training, tears, determination and sore muscles.

PS: yes I chose a matching outfit...my shoes and socks and shirt are pink!


New Year New Me...Oasis Zoo Run

In one month today, on my 31st birthday, my two very best friends and I will be partaking in a 5km run at the Toronto Zoo.

We have been training for months, and all of our hard work will certainly pay off. We have trained in the grossest of humid conditions in Southwestern Ontario...in the wind, in the rain, in the hot hot summer. We have trained on cool summer night with the wind at our back and big smile on our face.

We have kept one another motivated through our Facebook chats and celebrated one anothers victories and boosting each other up when we feel like failures.

I cannot think of any better way to spend my birthday than with these girls...women...my chosen family.

Stay tuned on September 21st - I'll be tweeting and instagramming about the Oasis Zoo Run!