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Monday Musings: Back into the Hills

This past weekend G and I went out to Muskoka to do Spin the Lakes, something that is becoming an annual tradition with our friends.  Last year,I was just getting back on my bike after about 3 weeks off due to my injury. I couldn't run but I could ride, so I was happy to be able to do something. I had signed up for Spin the Lakes well before I got injured and the original plan was to race it. That...

May Runfessions

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this post yesterday.  I figured it was time to Runfess, so I'm linking up with Marcia's Healthy Slice for some Runfessions.

What do I have to runfess about this month?

Well.......

Running and I are currently not really getting along and I suspect it's because I've neglected my strength and physio work these past two months. I'm all over my athletes...

Monday Musings: Buckling Down + Some News!

Happy Holiday Monday!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last day of the long weekend!  This is always though of as the unofficial start of summer.  I don't think Mother Nature has gotten the memo.   We had two gloriously hot days this past week and now we're back to overcast conditions and temps in the low teens.  If this is what we have to look forward to this summer, I'm going back to Florida.

I had...

Monday Musings: Short and Sweet

Have you ever gone on a trip that seemed to be longer than it was but also went by too fast? I know that sounds weird but I can't think of any other way to explain this past "long weekend". I went to Lake Placid and spent 5 days with 12 other likeminded women that I had never met before. In fact most of the women there didn't know each other. Groups like that can go two ways, either everyone gets...

Monday Musings: Adventure is calling!

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. It was a big race weekend here in the GTA with the Goodlife Marathon and the Mississauga Marathon taking place yesterday. The weather didn't look awesome but it turned out to be some pretty darn good racing conditions. Cold, but good. I had athletes racing in both races. Everyone had good races, with one of my athletes completing her first marathon! (YAY...

Five Things I've Learned in Five Months of Self Employment

It's the fifth day of the fifth month and it's a Friday so it's a fortuitous day to do a "Five Things" post, don't you think? Fittingly, it's also 5 months of self employment for me (amazing that I've littered a sentence with a bunch of F's and not one of them is an F-bomb, ha!) Anyway, I can't believe it's been 5 months! Time flies when you're doing what you love. That being said, being self...

Monday Musings: It's MAY!

Yesterday that Justin Timberlake meme was all over my FB feed and it had me wondering what the heck happened to April. Florida seems so far away. I don't remember what HOT feels like. Ok maybe that's a bit dramatic, it was hot last Sunday. But I haven't ridden in hot weather since Florida. I can't wait for the day I don't have to wear an extra layer or full fingered gloves on the bike. Yesterday...

Monday Musings: Training Interruptus

How-day, Mon-day.

Who else stayed up last night after hopping on the Maple Leafs bandwagon? I'm married to a sports fanatic (13 years today as a matter of fact!) so if there's a game on chances are it's being watched in our house at least by G. That being said, I'm a sucker for playoff games so I will tune in if any Toronto teams make it in. We had two teams in various playoffs so there has been a...

Monday Musings: Marathon Monday

It's not just any Monday, it's BOSTON MARATHON MONDAY! My Social Media feeds have been all Boston all the time since Friday and I've loved every minute of it. I know what the excitement and anticipation feels like and it's so awesome to see it through other people's eyes. It's also Easter Monday so to those of you that have the day off, enjoy! Speaking of which, I hope everyone had a wonderful...

These are a few of my favourite things.....Take TWO

It's been a long while since I've done one of these posts!   5 years to be exact. Holy moly how things have changed, especially technology (look at my iPod shuffle, ha ha ha). I'm still out pounding the pavement but I'm not listening to music when I run anymore (CRAZY!) and I'm spending a lot more time on my bike so there's some bike gear love in here too. As a coach, I am always on the lookout...

Monday Musings: Preventative Measures

Well, here we are. Monday again. Our first week back home was a fairly busy one. I still haven't finished unpacking my suitcase. Does anyone else do that when they come back from holiday? Every time I go to the spare bedroom, I grab another handful of clothes from my suitcase and put them away. At this rate I should have my suitcase unpacked by the end of next week. :) Then maybe I can tackle all...

Building Mental Toughness

What is mental toughness?  It's a hard thing to define but you always know when someone has it.  I like to think of it as the ability to suffer through adverse situations to achieve a goal. 



If you are an endurance athlete, chances are at some point during a race, things are going to hurt and you're going to question your reasons for signing up in the first place. You're going to feel like crap or...