Running Update: Post ORW @ottawamarathon


Who says you can’t wear running shoes, even when you are taking a break?

Some of you have been asking if I have started running again. And the short answer is “No”. There are a number of reasons why and I would love to share these with you.


  1. After the Ottawa Race Weekend, it took me at least 2 weeks to reduce the swelling under my left knee cap, and this was mostly due to Chiro and my own massaging. Of course, icing and heat too. I attempted a short run a week (approximately 6+) after the race and ended up having to walk most of the way home to avoid a repeat of the swelling. I even bought a foam roller which by the way why did I wait so long!
  2. I am trying to rest my knees because soon enough (mid June or so – post vacation) I will begin my ½ marathon training for my race in September. I need to be strong, and able to train safely for that race, without worry of a serious injury. It will take a huge toll physically because I am pushing myself beyond my comfortable 10km -12km distance to something much greater.
  3. I am nearly complete my apprenticeship hours for my group instructor training and I have been focusing a lot more on strength training and learning proper techniques and cues so that I can be an effective teacher. The YMCA Apprenticeship program has certainly proved useful, and the instructor who is teaching the course is fun and lively, and really helps make you feel even more passionate about giving back to your community and doing something that is fun. I can’t wait to be able to start helping others on their healthy journey.

So there you have it friends, my three reasons for why you haven’t been noticing any running updates. But trust me, they are coming! I plan to run a lot while I am on vacation and who knows, maybe sign up for a last minute 5km – 10km race at my destination. The search is on now!



Some running goals are meant to be accomplished!

In the spirit of motivational Monday! I thought I would share ….

So one of the more popular races in my city is the Army Run. An important race that brings together “Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces – Air Force, Army, and Navy – joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and community.”

Check out it! 


Almost three years ago, I began training on a daily basis for this race. I joined a local running group and managed to begin an incredible transformation towards a lean, strong and physical running physique that would help me accomplish my goal of 21kms in under 2 hours.

Just a few weeks shy of the race, I found out I was pregnant with my little precious pea.

Our doctor encouraged me to continue to run, especially since I had been training, but every time I would go out for a run (I did a lot of my training runs at lunch time!) I became worried and think “if something ever happened…” So I stopped.

That 1/2 marathon has been on my mind since the point I decided not to run. It was and continues to be something that I really wanted to accomplish to prove that I had the mental and physical strength.

As my running friends have said, just start training and do it! I should also add, I may also be driven in a large part by the running community I have joined, as well as motivated by the author of the book I am reading for book club … (more to come on that soon!)

So my BIG announcement **drum roll please!



Army Run 2015, here I come!
Why wait? 



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