Keeping a Run/Life/Work Balance

Over the last 5 months, I’ve decided to disconnect and recharge myself. I stopped blogging not because I didn’t want to any more but because I needed to slow down. Learning how to mix a run/life/work balance can be tough. Looking at my Garmin for my pace and splits was enough for me and keeping my journal of my fitness journey sat on the back burner as  I fit in more time to make plans with friends. And more time for short, long and speed runs.

Nike+ Run Club TorontoWhen I got back to writing, my blog came to an end with the server I was using and I wanted to make a switch. With the switch, I lost a lot of my posts. My posts now go back from 2010 to 2012 and I’m missing 3 years on here. My perfectionist self would be best up about that but I’m learning to let go. I ran it off and realized when I was reading my old posts that I have come so far from training for my first half marathon to now. 5 years later. I cannot believe it has been that long since I started falling in love with running and documenting my journey along the way. Running has been my outlet. It’s my time to think. It’s where I get away from my day to day stresses and it’s where I push myself and learn that I am stronger than I think I am. I took a break from writing to make running feel like my escape again. I also did it to maintain my run/life/work balance.

I try to do it all. It’s my nature. Train for a half marathon, train to go to The Cheerleading Worlds, coach cheer teams and go to post-grad to start a new career all at the same time. It burns you out. I know this first hand but yet I always try to cram as much as I can. Sometimes it’s because I want to do all the things I love and sometimes it’s because I don’t want to let people down. Either way, it’s exhausting and I’ve learned to balance my life.

Running with friends is great because I get to be social and talk while I run, which helps my breathing, makes the time go by faster and pushes me to keep running even when I feel like stopping. But when I get to run solo, it feels completely different. My mind can relax, I get into my zone and feel the runner’s high. It also gives me the opportunity to shut off. It’s seems so hard to make time for myself. Deep down I feel guilty for taking time to do things just for me. And that is what I need to work on the most. That run/work/life balance seems to be overwhelming at times but it’s important to take a step back, relax and let go of the unknowns in life.

New adventures for the new season.

On my last post, I mentioned all of the changes that have happened in my life. I am now a high honours post graduate in public relations, I coached an amazing season with my cheerleaders who not only won the provincial championships but the Canadian Finals and took home the Grand Champ banner and I competed at the cheerleading worlds and came in first in Canada and 8th in the world.

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Life is pretty amazing right now.

In between it all, I was still running races. For the first time, I ran purely for fun. I wasn’t caught up with PR’s or my time. Mainly because I was too busy to even get myself to the gym some days and running was the only time I had to breath by myself. It was my escape from assignments, working and stress.

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I decided to spring clean my blog. In the fall, my hosting site is shutting down some services so I thought, what better time to change up my page then now? I’m so exited for my new adventures. Now that I have less on my plate, I can start training for my first marathon and actually blog along the way. It’s time for me to start building my 26.2 training plan!

Happy long weekend!

My Rest Day: Murder at The Juice Joint

I love my rest days. I love them so much that I had to do double the burpees (81) on Sunday after a 3 hour cheer practice because I love having one day completely workout free. So what did I do on my day off? 

I got my hair done in the morning and made a 1920’s flapper costume in the afternoon, and headed to an amazing murder mystery party in the evening! 
Last month, Tash and Eric sent me an invite to the “Murder at the Juice Joint” event. I got my character card which told me I was “Dina Diva” the singer at the local Juice Joint bar that was hosting a special event. I am planning on singing all night to impress Hal Hollywood who is casting for his upcoming film but a mob boss’ girlfriend is coming and she is also up for the role. I was told to have smokey eyes, a curled bob, a short dress, and a boa. Enclosed with my character description was an outline of all the other characters that were coming to the party. 
My friends are beyond amazing and we stayed in character the entire time. I was from Jersey and yelled obnoxiously the entire night with an ex-mob boss’ girlfriend “Flora.” We changed her name to “Flora the Whora” and the night just got more and more ridiculous as we carried on. Throughout the night we opened envelopes with character objectives, sentences we had to say to different characters, and money to buy secrets from others. 
I wasn’t the murderer and I didn’t die. But for dramatic effect, I had to point the gun in the picture above. We all stayed in character for a good 6 hours. It was a hilarious night and we are already thinking about the next murder mystery party. We are thinking Vegas, Compton, or Cowboy. 
Best. Rest day. Ever. 81 burpees the next day? Totally worth it. Although, I did get a black eye. 
If you host a murder mystery party, please invite me. I did tie for Best Actor with Flora the Whora so I can promise you a good show! 😉 

Punched in the Face. Thanks, Week Seven & Eight of 26.2

The last week has been a killer one for working out. It literally kicked my butt. On Thursday at kettlebell, my 15 lb weight kept hitting me in the wrist which resulted in a massive bruise. And then last night in the first half hour out of a three hour cheer practice, I took a hit to my cheekbone when I fell out of a stunt. As per usual, I just kept going like nothing happened.  Half an hour later, my cheek was swollen and changing colours.

Thankfully for make-up, I was able to cover it up today. Although, every time a package arrived at my desk I would get strange looks from the delivery men and I kept thinking why everyone was looking at me funny. Well, my bad ass bruise would do it.

Last week I was extremely proud of my fast pace coming back. My favourite run of the week:
October 10th: 3.43 miles with a pace of 8:57 per mile. 

09/30
Cheer

10/1
Stretch 

10/2
Tumbling

10/3
4.48 Mile Run

10/4
Kettlebell

10/5
5.5 Mile Run

10/6 
Rest Day! 

Total Distance: 9.98 Miles 
Total Burpees: 210  
Hours of Cheer: 4 

10/7 
Rest Day! 

10/8
3.48 Mile Run

10/9
Tumbling

10/10
3.43 Mile Run

10/11
Kettlebell & Tumbling

10/12
3 Mile Run 

Total Distance: 9.91 Miles
Total Burpees: 219
Hours of Cheer: 3