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

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

With the Finlayson Arm 25K out of the way, I now have my sights on training for the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon coming up on Thanksgiving Weekend. Which won’t actually involve much training since I ran almost 30 km last weekend. I figure I’ll do a 16 km this weekend, 20 km next weekend, 12 km the following weekend then race! My primary goal for this race is not to run a PR, but to create a good calorie deficit so I can handle a possible double turkey dinner feast that day, haha! Also, it’s one of my most favourite races (the first one I ever ran almost seven years ago now!) and I hate to miss out on it. It’s become my Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

I’m also running because Ange from Cowgirl Runs is coming to Victoria to race and will be staying with me for the weekend! I’m so excited to finally meet her IRL.

I don’t have a ton of best reads in fitness, health and wellness for you this week unfortunately as I didn’t have that much spare time to read awesome things on the internet, but I DO have a cool announcement and a documentary you absolutely need to watch. (more…)

{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, 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 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} 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…)

{Friday Favourites} Awesome personal training client progress and long weekend camping

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings today to share a few things that have made me happy this week, since yesterday’s post was a bit depressing again. Sorry about that.

This amazing feedback from one of my online coaching clients

Since I launched my personal training business in the fall of 2014, it’s been growing steadily and I now have several online and in-person clients. I have been able to drop the book editing side job all together as the income I’m making from training is starting to surpass that. Coaching is also something I love to do and am passionate about, which makes it even better that I’m actually earning (part of) a living from it. Though I became a certified strength and conditioning specialist and began training clients so I could write with more authority on the topic of fitness (it really does help when you’re pitching articles to magazines if you have some letters after your name), I truly love helping people and making a difference in their lives. I don’t really get that with my day job as a government communications advisor, but this whole training-and-coaching thing has satisfied that desire in me to serve others. I feel more balanced in my life having both a behind-the-scenes professional writing job and a people-facing service job. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Magazine features, standing desks and sunrise runs

Life In LeggingsHappy (Good) Friday, friends! I have a mishmash of things I wanted to share on the blog this week, so what better way than to participate in a Friday Favourites link-up? Today I’m linking up with Heather of Life in Leggings, because that would probably be the name of my blog (actually it would be Life in Lululemon) if I didn’t have a government job.

I had two more articles published in a magazine this week!

Getting published in a print magazine with a byline was one of my goals for last year, and I was thrilled to not only write but also be featured in this article for IMPACT Magazine. My plan for 2015 was to really pick up my freelance-writing game, so I was more than happy to write these two pieces for Get Out There Magazine’s Annual Women’s Edition:



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