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#MotivateMe Monday: Letting Go of the Stress

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

 Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you all had a fabulous week last week.  Mine was very productive and WARM!!! The Spring-like weather is on it’s way up here in Toronto and I couldn’t be happier!  This coming week is March Break for my daughters which for me always signals the beginning of spring.  I’d share a post of fun ways to stay active for Spring Break but I unfortunately have to work and don’t have the luxury of being home with my girls.  This is one of the downfalls of being a working mom.  Instead of being home with me my daughters will be bonding with my parents for 4 days, and spending another day with my their besties (my besties’ daughters).

Last week was great.  We had less sports on our agenda and I was able to feel the stress of a busy hockey season start to lift.

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Monday I had planned on going spinning at lunch, but the schedule at GoodLife Fitness near my work has changed, so instead I took a rest day and did a few body weight exercises at home (planks, hamstring bridges and push ups). 

Tuesday morning I got up and ran 7.3k with the o’dark thirty ladies (my two neighbours that I run with at 6 am).  Because of the time change it was completely pitch dark out when we ran.  

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Wednesday was my flex day off from work (I get every third Wednesday off) and I spent it teaching my oldest daughter how to ski.  The conditions were great at first, but by mid afternoon it had warmed up so much that it was like skiing in mashed potatoes.  Here’s a picture of her from her first ride up the carpett on the bunny hill.  By the end of the day she was leading me down the black diamond runs. 

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Then after the skiing I headed out for a 5k run just to take advantage of the amazing weather and sunshine.

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Thursday morning I got up and ran 7.85k with the ladies before work, then went to 30 min of spinning on my lunch break.  I hope to make this a more regular occurrence.

Friday my legs were dead so I took a rest day so that I would be fresh for my long run the next day.

Saturday I took my daughter to her hockey tournament and cheered her on.  Then in the afternoon I funally tackled my long run – the first one in weeks!!! I keep planning it, then I keep skipping it.  This week I actually got out there and did it!  

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Sunday I rode my bike on the trainer very slowly for 30 min and rested.  We found ourselves unexpectedly without any hockey games or practices (my daughter’s team lost their games on Saturday) so we spent time together as a family.  We went shopping and bought all of the girls new indoor shoes for school that will soon become outdoor shoes for spring once the weather turns warmer.  I don’t recall ever having two pairs of shoes for school when I was younger so I wonder then schools started making that happen? (Am I just old?!?).

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After a great week last week, I’ll be ramping down the training slowly because the Around the Bay 30k race that I’ve been loosely following a training plan for is only two weeks away!  Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday: 30 min kettlebells in the evening
Tuesday: 6-8k morning run with my best running friends, Spinning at lunch
Wednesday: Swimming before work 
Thursday: 6-8k morning run with my best running friends, Spinning at lunch
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 15k run
Sunday: 10k run min on the trainer

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Have an active and healthy week!


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  • Lucie Palka
    March 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the Around the Bay Race! Like you, I’m really enjoying this great weather we are having lately! I love training in 0 C to 10 C weather.

    Since my husband is a teacher, I took most of the March break off and am enjoying some family time.

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    March 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

    It’s amazing to me how quickly kids catch on to skiing. Yet I try and fall down repeatedly!
    I’m glad the weather is finally turning around for you!

  • Launna
    March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

    You are not old Janice… my oldest daughter was supposed to have 2 pairs if sneakers for school too… I was a single mama and told them if they wanted 2 pairs they could buy one themselves… she survived with one pair 🙂

  • CathyV
    March 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Less than two weeks till Around the Bay! Okay. This has become real!

  • Jessica Joy @The Fit Switch
    March 16, 2015 at 11:31 am

    What a great week, and I love reading about it. What a cool opportunity to teach your daughter how to ski. And, I am super impressed that you fit in cycle classes at lunch. BRAVO. I just found the link-up and am so excited to participate. It’s the first time I planned my workouts for the week. THanks for helping with that! Looking forward to getting to know you better. : )

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    March 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’m not sure I’d be able to ski and run in the same day – that’s impressive!

  • Stacy @ SweatingTulipz
    March 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    You had a busy weekend! Those shoes are adorable! Does their school require them to have 2 pair? That’s news to me. School’s here don’t have requirements for kids (at least in and around where I teach), we are lucky if kids come to school with clothes on sometimes. I guess its all about the area that you attend! I hope you have a great week!

  • Victoria
    March 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    The only reason we want two pairs of shoes for school (as a teacher) is that our classroom becomes a disaster, especially in fall and spring, when they wear the same pair of shoes they wore outside inside the classroom. In Kindergarten, when they’re sitting and rolling all over the carpet, it can be a big deal.
    I’m excited for the warmer weather too! I’m heading out for a run in a bit that isn’t going to be on a treadmill for the first time since my Santa run in December!

  • Alexis@FItnancials
    March 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I also rode my bike on Sunday and it helped tremendously with my stress load. With it being so incredibly cold this winter, it was nice having 1 day of it being 75 degrees.

  • rachel
    March 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Way to stay motivated!! And… I love the photo of the shoes lined up. Cute.

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