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Mayhem Monday: Hello Humidity!

Well, we survived week one of Summer. It went surprisingly well. No one got bored, temper tantrums were at a minimum and we were even able to enjoy some outside time as a family. Win!

Mayhem Monday
Mayhem Monday

At first, I was worried that we would run out of things to do within the first day but as I type this, my 5 year old is sitting on a chair behind me in the kitchen watching the clock change time while he awaits morning snack. He’s been doing this for the last 20 minutes. I wish I was making this up. Mental note: teaching child to tell time…genius.

This week, we’re dealing with my mortal enemy: humidity. Oh how I loath humidity. Nothing like stepping outside your front door and instantly being coated in a sheen of sweat. This pretty much means that if I’m expecting to run, I’ll either be doing it later at night, after the kids are in bed, or I need to get my butt out of bed early enough in the morning to get done and back home before I melt. Easier said than done when early means out the door no later than 6:30 (the first time I typed that, I said 5:30…I nearly fainted). As much as I LOVE early morning running, I HATE early morning getting out of bed. If I could close my eyes at night, fall asleep and wake up already fueled, hydrated, post-poo (yep, went there) and on the running path ready to go, the world would be all rainbows and unicorns.

I was able to get out the door around 9:30ish on Sunday (in my defense, the night before saw a 1:30am bedtime and wine. Ok…so maybe that’s more offensive than defensive but come on people, I’m only human!!). I ran with a friend which was a blissful welcome change to always running solo. I’m also trying to change my running form to lose the obnoxious heel strike I have (no wonder my knees hurt!). I’d say there was success all around. And the fact that we beat the rain…sweet!

I promise you, I ran with an actual other person and not an imaginary friend.
I promise you, I ran with an actual other person and not an imaginary friend.

I also have week 2 of hill training in preparation for Spartan next month. Last week was fully tolerable and doable with minimal wishes for a quick and painless death as I climbed garbage hill time and time again. This week we’ll be heading out in the heat and humidity and likely upping the intensity a wee bit. After a Sunday with a ridiculous amount of rain, hail, thunder etc, the hill is bound to be muddy and slippery. Epicness is guaranteed.

I’m also starting another couple of fitness courses that will see me doing quite a bit of reading over the coming weeks. I’m really excited but also wondering if I’m not a bit crazy for trying to fit all this in while my kids are running around destroying my house and sanity. I’m pretty sure it will be ok and if I can survive this, I can pretty much conquer anything. Mind you, if my 5 year old is going to spend his entire summer staring at a digital microwave clock, I may be able to complete a PhD.

Have a great week everyone!


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Mayhem Monday…plus one

I posted an awesome giveaway yesterday from Disney (Canadians, go check it out and enter! Last giveaway of 2014!) so Mayhem Monday has become Mayhem Tuesday for this week. I was also busy prepping (and devouring) this amazing vegan stew recipe I found on One Green Planet (I omitted the seitan and added a second…

Mayhem Monday: Slow and Steady goes the Heart Rate

It’s starting to set in that winter in coming. We don’t have snow on the ground right now, but I have a feeling that it’s just around the corner. We’re starting to really feel the chill in the air when we leave the house and the grass is often frosty when we open the curtains…

Mayhem Monday: Running, Compression and a Pumpkin Workout

Last week was pretty much awesome. More than awesome, it reeked of awesomeness. So much went on, where to start! First, I am happy to announce that I’m now an official Ambassador with PRO Compression! Yahoo! I absolutely love their products and have been using them for the last year or so. I love, love,…

From zero to running in 8 weeks

The day has finally come! The day I’ve been waiting nearly 8 long weeks for. I. Ran. I’ve been ready to test my legs out for a couple of weeks now. Last week would have been an ok time to start because I was past the so-called waiting period after my c-section where I could…

37 weeks Pregnant and Exhausted

Just a quick pop-in to say…still here! I’m at the stage now where any amount of silence/non-communication results in the “maybe she’s having the baby” and I can assure by looking down at my non-existent feet, that is not the case. Baby 3.0 is still cooking away, though I will happily admit that I’m ready…

Mayhem Monday: The Bad, The Ugly and some Great

I am so done, done, done, DONE being pregnant. D-O-N-E. Finished. Finito. La Fin. Gah!!! Ok, so I didn’t have the greatest week. Two days last week, I got zero (and I mean…zero) sleep. My legs were so bad that I had to constantly move around. It was awful and after several meltdowns, I declared…

Mayhem Monday: Is it time to Slow Down?

Last week was unofficially birthday week for my hubby. I tend to stretch out his and the boys’ birthdays over the span of a week for some reason. Maybe I’m over-compensating for my ill-fated December 17 birthday that’s often hard to really celebrate because of the time of year. Or maybe I just like cake.…

Mayhem Monday: Bring on the Heat!

This weekend was a scorcher! First super hot weekend of the summer (better late than never). I think we pretty much saw it all, from freak thunder showers to rainbows to blistering hot sunshine. It was an awesome weekend to celebrate a very cool guy in my life: my hubby! Technically, his birthday isn’t until…