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{Friday Favourites} The best reads around the web this week in health and fitness

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend?

I have the Finlayson Arm 25K (but really 28K) trail race this Saturday, and I must admit I’m a little bit nervous about it, despite running the majority of the course two weeks ago. Debbie pointed out to me that there was a cut-off time for the 25K of 5.5 hours, which seemed strange as the 50K runners will be coming across the finish line well into the afternoon. It took us 5 hours (well, 4.5 hours if you don’t count us getting lost) just to run 22 km, let alone 28 km. And the part we missed during our training run is the fairly challenging. What are they going to do… prevent us from crossing the finish line that will be open for another 5 hours or so if we don’t finish by the cut-off time? I reached out to the race director to voice my concerns, and he said since the 50kers had a cut-off time it was only fair we did, too. Also, he said last year the average finish time for the 25k race was 4:15, and the last person came through at 5:18. Hrrm. Fingers crossed I can actually run faster on race day… even though I’m a BQ’er, I’m a fairly slow trail runner.

Although training for this race could have been better, I did okay despite lots of missed runs due to vacations and illnesses. I was pretty good about sticking to my strength training plan and shorter training runs, but didn’t get out on the trail as much as I should have this past month. Oh well — this is a just-for-fun race, anyway. Plus, there will be free post-race beer!

Since I’ve missed doing a Friday favourites link round-up these past few weeks due to freelance article deadlines, here are the best reads around the web this week in health and fitness, plus some of my favourite reads from last week you may have missed. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads in health, wellness and fitness this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week?

I’m still not quite over the head cold I picked up after Sunfest (I’m calling it Sunfestitis as both Matt and I got sick the day after we got back) so I haven’t done much in terms of workouts these past two weeks. After Sunfest, Matt and I went camping in Sooke for two days and did a few short hikes, but nothing too strenuous as both of us were still so stuffed up. I attempted a trail run on Sunday but ended up bailing hard after sneezing only a few kilometres into the 20 km I had planned to run. I decided to cut the run short as I was clearly not ready to get back to training — I scraped my hip, elbows and hands and have a nice big bruise on my leg.

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{Friday Favourites} The best reads in health, fitness and wellness from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week?

I didn’t make it out to Sooke on Sunday for my long run as planned due to needing to be in two places at once that day, so I opted for a 22 km run closer to home around Mt. Doug again. The weather was much cooler this time which made for a way easier run. I started running at about 8:30 a.m. and finished around noon, right before the sky opened up to lightening, thunder and hail. Glad I didn’t get caught in it! (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads in food, fitness and self-love from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week?

I’ve loved reading all my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors’ BlogFest recaps and top 10 takeaway posts this week… it was almost like I was there! Well, minus the whole getting to hang out with all my favourite fitness and health bloggers IRL part, which made me sad πŸ™ I’ll get there next year for sure.

Last weekend I managed a 3 hour / 21 km run on the trails solo in 28 degree heat. Since I don’t feel comfortable running in the wilderness without a big dog or human to keep me company — especially with all the cougar sightings recently — I opted for four loops of a local trail in Mt. Doug Park. I also took my new Saucony Peregrine trail runners out for a spin. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Goats on a roof and the best health & fitness articles from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, Happy Canada Day (two days ago) to my fellow Canadians and Happy Independence Day (tomorrow) to my friends south of the 49th parallel!

I spent Canada Day up in Coombs, checking out the country market and visiting Matt’s family who were camping nearby. If you ever get a chance to visit Vancouver Island during the summer, stopping at Coombs is a must. It’s a total hodgepodge of hippy stores, local artisans, antique shops, used book stores, bistros, farmer’s markets, massive Buddha statues and random theme park remains — although it’s most known for it’s main country market where several goats reside on it’s grassy rooftop. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best articles in health, fitness & life from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? I have another busy weekend ahead full of birthdays, BBQs, bridal showers and boring long runs (well, not really all that boring… I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to alliterate!)

Training for the Finlayson Arm 25K has been going well so far. We managed 13km last week on the trails so I’m aiming to get a 15km in this Sunday. I shared part I of the trail runner strength training workout I’m doing on Mondays as part of training for this race. I’ll be sharing part II of my program on Wednesday this week.

But enough about me! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting reads in health, fitness and life I found around the web this week. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads about health, fitness and life from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? My training for the Finlayson Arm 25K officially started this week, so I’m heading out for my first long-ish trail run (12km) tomorrow morning in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Time to pull the ‘ol hydration backpack out of the closet and charge the Garmin! Even though I know it’s going to be a slog (the trail has a ton of climbs and I’m feeling pretty out of shape at the moment), I’m really looking forward to spending a few hours in the trees.

I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting reads in health, fitness and life I found around the web this week. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads in health, food, fitness and life this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? Even though this week was a short one for me it felt like it was never going to end. Last weekend I got to see one of my best friends get married before jetting off to Vancouver the following day for a Shania Twain concert (Yes, Shania Twain. I love her. Don’t judge me), then had a very busy week at both jobs. I can tell my introverted self needs a bit of a slower weekend to recharge. So other than some causal hang-outs with good friends on patios, I plan to take it easy this weekend!

I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting reads in health, food, fitness and life I found around the web this week. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Best health and fitness reads this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting health and fitness reads I found this week. And there were lots of them.

Do You Really Need to Eat Chicken and Broccoli? – Born Fitness
You won’t find “chicken and broccoli” on any of my nutrition plans. Pad Thai? Yes. Beef tacos? Yup. Wine, chocolate and ice cream? That’s on there, too. Moderation, variety, planning and not beating yourself up if you “indulge” are key to a successful “diet”.

Why You Shouldn’t Have (Fat Loss) Goals – Nia Shanks
Although it’s fine to want to lose body fat (if you have body fat to lose for health reasons), focusing on the process of getting healthier and becoming stronger, faster and fitter as your goals result in more success and a better frame of mind than when you make it your goal to look a certain way. This is the mindset I like to teach clients who come to me with fat-loss only goals. (more…)

{friday favourites} My favourite health & fitness reads and discoveries from the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings today to share a few of my favourite health and fitness reads and discoveries from the web this week.

How to Fit in Strength Training and Marathon Training – Cowgirl Runs
Although this is a guest post I wrote for Ange, I love her added commentary! Not only is she a fellow marathoner, blogger and Canadian, she’s also an e-friend (since we haven’t met IRL but will in October when she comes to run the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon) and client!

Fueling The Vegetarian Endurance Athlete – Part 1Girls Gone Strong
A great run-down of how much carbs, fats and protein you should be eating if you’re a vegetarian endurance athlete, plus the best plant-based sources of protein, iron and vitamin B.

This guy is attempting to do 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days – Iron Cowboy
Yes, you read that right. This Calgary native is attempting to complete 50 Ironmans — that’s a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile marathon (42.2 km) run — in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. INSANE. His first leg kicks off in June in Hawaii, and finishes in Utah in late July. You can join him for the last 5 K in each state as part of a charity run, which I would totally do if I happened to be in the US. Do you think he’ll make it? (more…)

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