9 years ago today...

On November 1st, 2002, I went to my local YMCA and got myself a gym membership. This profoundly changed my life.

I recently discussed on the 1st episode of Step Ahead my history of becoming a runner. That all began 9 years ago today. I was depressed, overweight and ashamed of what I had let myself come to. It had to stop. Thankfully I was able to pick myself up, dust myself off and move my feet forward. I am grateful for making that change.

Step Ahead - 2nd episode

Check out Step Ahead's 2nd episode: Social Media's Influence on Running.

In episode two of Step Ahead, Chris & I discuss the influence and impact of social media websites on running. We cover popular websites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as running and fitness specific websites like RunKeeper, DailyMile, DailyBurn, TrainingPeaks and Fitocracy.

 

Workout for the off-season

I have come up with a new workout routine. Still doing some running, but adding elliptical as it will be easier when the weather is bad (I have 1 in my living room). I also will be riding my bike, weather permitting of course.

STWM 2011 - Race Report

Had an ok sleep. Woke up around 3:15 to go to the bathroom. Woke up again around 5:45am and just layed there like a zombie until the alarm went off at 6am. Got up and forced myself to eat a banana & a bagel with a glass of water. Went back to bed until about 6:50. Got up and got dressed. I always leave out all my clothes because I have a tendency to be forgetful and clumsy early in the morning. My mom was 15 minutes early so she helped me get some stuff together. I had everything ready to go and we were off.

Welcome to Drupal!

Here is my drupal site. Fantastic!

Running for the Assaulted Women's Helpline

Less then 5 weeks to the marathon. (32 days as of this writing.)

This week & next week will be my peak weeks of training. 3 hour long runs on Sundays. Craziness!

Protein Shakes

I have been creating some new protein shakes as I need to add more protein in my diet. I've created some recipes and thought I'd share some.

Blueberry & Banana
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1/2 banana
1 tbsp flax seed oil
1/2 cup coconut water
1 serving of your favourite protein powder

Strawberry & Banana
1/2 Banana
1/2 cup of Strawberries
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Flax Seed Oil
1/2 cup coconut water
1 serving of your favourite protein powder

The sugar has to go!

Training for the marathon has been going pretty good. Lately I've noticed that I just haven't been getting enough protein in my diet, but always way too much carbs. Last week I tried to put an end to that. Cutting out some sugar (& caffeine) in my diet.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011

I have officially signed up for my 2nd marathon. I will be raising money for the Assaulted Women's Helpline. You can sponsor me online here.

This is the 4th time I have run for this charity. It's a great cause.

Mississauga 1/2 Marathon Complete

I completed the Mississauga 1/2 marathon today. I was a little slower then I had originally started out training for. I was hoping to have a sub 2 hour finish, but alas it wasn't meant to be this year. Official time by - sportsstats.ca Here is my runkeeper map. Can't really complain about my performance though. It was raining (although not as hard as I was expecting) and windy. I didn't really get enough sleep from the night before.

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