October 2011

Total Run Mileage: 223.9 KM (139.1 mi)

Highest Weekly Run Mileage: 74.4 KM (46.2 mi)

# Runs: 21

# [Run] Doubles: 1

Cycling Mileage: 81.2 KM (50.5 mi)

 # Swims (Distance): 5 (8850m)

Races: Just one (but I made it count!): Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Favourite Run: See above!

Most Hardcore Run: 3 x 4000 MRP run at 4am on the coldest morning (at that point) so far this season



Book of the Month: currently reading and loving Born to Run

Song of the Month: It Will Rain by Bruno Mars (Breaking Dawn I soundtrack)

Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: watching season 1 of Glee while cycling indoors

Obsession of the Month: my Birthday is always the “obsession” for October 

Indulgence of the Month: there were many, but my favourite were these salted chocolate caramels. mmmmmm! Why have I not discovered these sooner??

Drink of the Month: we had some variety…
Current Wish-List: for these comfortable fall temperatures to stick around MUCH longer! I’m not ready for what comes next.

Current Need: shedding post-marathon excess bulge… amazing what kind of damage a week “off the wagon” can cause

Triumph of the Month: new PR/BQ and proving that a different kind of training cycle works too!

Current Bane of my Existence: Christmas decorations all over the malls/stores far too early (in my opinion) - I love Christmas, but could they have at least waited until after Halloween?

Current Blessings: my health and the ability to do what I love with the best support system a girl could ask for.

Current Excitement: shelling out to the cute little trick-or-treaters tonight!

Current Goal: to fulfill my role as 2:00 half marathon pacer next weekend with steady splits and having lots of fun in the process! 

Happy Halloween!

Chickbands: Review + Giveaway

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to win Lil Runner‘s Chickband giveaway. I am a headband junkie and love adding to my collection with the latest styles. They are essential to my workout gear to keep my crazy hair under control - and let’s face it, they are a staple in my everyday wardrobe too!

Chickband sent me two head bands of my choosing: the “CandyLand Thin” and “Cute as a Cupcake Thick”.

There are a ton of styles and patterns to choose from, whether you are looking for something funky-fresh, stylish & chic or just plain silly! You will have no trouble finding just the right headband to finish off your look.

Most importantly, they are made to be cute, comfortable and durable! The elastic at the back allows for a flexible fit and the velvet strip underneath the decorative ribbon ensures that it will stay put. Seriously, these headbands do not budge.

I put my cupcake band to the ultimate test by wearing it for my recent marathon. It held steady and kept my hair off my face for the entire 3 hours, 34 minutes and 54 seconds. :)

Giveaway!

Chickbands is generously offering up a headband of your choice to 3 lucky readers!

To enter (please leave a separate comment for each):

MANDATORY: Like Chickbands on Facebook and leave a message on the wall to let them know I sent you.
+1 bonus entry: Visit Chickbands Etsy shop and let me know which headband you would choose.
+1 bonus entry: Follow this blog.
+1 bonus entry: Follow me on Twitter
+1 bonus entry: Tweet with a link to this giveaway.

Winner will be selected and announced on Friday, November 4th.

Pssstt! There’s still time to enter my Shutterfly Giveaway for 25 holiday cards! 

What I Ate Wednesday

In the spirit of getting back on track, I thought this would be a good time to share another daily eats post. I happened to stumble upon “What I Ate Wednesday” hosted by Peas and Crayons and decided it would be fun to get in on the party!

Yesterday’s eats….

oatmeal for brekkie – this is the instant variety; sometimes convenience wins

AM snack

big honkin’ lunch salad of spring mix, cukes, carrots, tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, olives, hard boiled eggs with vinaigrette



crunchy green apple for another snack



4pm habit…
the rules of WIAW state “no guilt” so no guilt. ;)

 dark chocolate peanut butter roll-up pre-workout

roasted veggies with quinoa and baked salsa chicken for dinner

Mmmmmmmm! What are you eating?


Tuesday Shout-Outs

1. Joanna is celebrating her 300th post by giving away a hand-made and personalized running sign. You can pick your own city or state abbreviation, 13.1/26.2 or a few characters of your choice. How cool is that? As of right now, the odds of winning are looking good – so check it out here. Joanna graciously offered to make a sign for me in exchange for spreading the word about this giveaway, so let her know I sent you!

2. A great big congratulations to our very own Redhead and Spike who got engaged in a truly “Schmoopy” fashion over the weekend. Since these lovebirds met through blogging and invited us to follow along on their whirlwind romance, I think many of us feel like we’re a part of the story – key players in the love story of the century! Or is that just me? Read all about their “Unforgettable Quest” here.I hope they rent a very large venue for the big day! ;)

3. If you’re living under a rock, you may not know about the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. Amanda is starting it up again (and currently rallying up some fantastic incentive prizes, I’m sure!) so sign up and get ready to bust those booties starting on November 19th!