#MotivateMe Monday: My October Goal


Happy Monday everyone!

So it’s October already and everywhere I turn I see pumpkin spice. Confession: I hate pumpkin spice latte’s and I really don’t understand the pumpkin spice obsession. I’m more of a Grande Bold Black coffee person. That said, I did try Starbuck’s newest flavor, the Toasted Graham Latté on a cool overcast day last week as a treat… it was yummy!

Toasted Graham Latte

Latté’s + cool weather = Fall

This also means it’s the fall race season! This is my favourite time of the year because I love reading about everyone’s training successes (and challenges) and seeing the unique medals that people share in my facebook feed. I saw so many great sweaty selfies and medals this weekend which is totally awesome! I only have one race on my calendar this fall, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. The race is in two weeks from now and I’m excited to be representing Burnbrae Farms at it.

My October Goal

Other than the half marathon on October 18th, this month, and through the winter, my fitness goal is just to try and be active in some way every day for at least 30 minutes (preferably for an hour). This is a HUGE focus change for me because for the past few years I’ve trained for the Chilly Half, Around the Bay and other Spring Half marathons. Normally I hop from one training plan to another – I love racing and training really helps me to keep moving. This year my girls are busier than they have ever been with hockey and softball, so I know that if I set any lofty goals such as train for a half ironman or spring marathon etc, I’d just be setting myself for a whole lot of stress on top of the stress I already feel. Trying to balance work and getting the girls to all of their sports while maintaining a somewhat clean house is as much as I can handle! I would love to race more but our weekends are completely full of hockey games & practices. Fitting in time for my fitness is becoming quite the juggling act.

After sharing with you my tips for sneaking in fitness I took my own advice and had a great fitness week (though today I’m exhausted from it all). Here’s what my training looked like last week:

READ:  #MotivateMe Monday Linkup + Weekly Training Recap

Monday: 40 min spinning at GoodLife Fitness – The instructor was on vacation so one of the other gym members put on an RPM workout on the screen from the A/V system. I was happy that the video was an option for us as I would have been deeply disappointed if I had worked up the motivation to go only to find out the class was cancelled.


Tuesday: 8k morning run with Juliette before work.

Wednesday: 7k morning run with Juliette and Becky, GoodLife Fitness BodyPump class at lunch.

Thursday: Tried my first crossfit class/WOD at Reebok FirePower Crossfit. We did 60 wall balls, 40 squats, 40 kettlebell swings, and way too many burpees. This was me after the class:


Friday: Ran an easy 4k around the track at the arena while Amber was at skating lessons, and Brooke & Sierra were at pleasure skating.


(Tried to take a selfie without anyone noticing and just ended up looking like a goof)

Saturday... REST!!

Sunday: 11.5k? I have no idea how far I ran/walked because my phone’s battery died while I as out. After the girls hockey I ran to the arena to meet my friend Laura at the track. Laura and I walked together for 40 min, then I ran back home. Laura says that some friends peer pressure to do bad things, while our group of friends peer pressure her to stay active 🙂

Did you get a chance to try last week’s strength move of the week? I found the Dive Bomber pushups quite challenging, but manged to do a few every night before bed.


(Please excuse the Where’s Waldo shirt)

DarwinianFail posted a screenshot from a neat app called Collect Photo that she used to create a photo calendar of all of her workouts for the month. I thought this was really neat and have started to do the same thing – I bet this will really help me with my goal of doing something active every day. Here’s my screenshot from the app thus far:

READ:  October Training Recap + #MotivateMe Monday Link Up

Fitness Tip: Use the Collect Photo app on your iPhone to track your workouts.

This week my training plan is as follows:

Monday: Spinning at GoodLife Fitness (done!)
Tuesday: 8k morning run
Wednesday: Day off of work – I’ll try and fit in a BodyPump class in the morning.
Thursday: 8k morning run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 15k run – last LONG run before Scotiabank Half Marathon
Sunday: 10k run

This week’s move of the week is…..

Single leg glute bridge - a great strength exercise for runners!

Single leg glute bridge

 One of my favourites for activating the glutes and is the perfect move for runners!

Primary Muscle Groups

Glutes & Hip Flexors

Secondary Muscle Groups:

Abs, Hamstrings, Quadriceps

  • Lie on an exercise mat with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Raise one leg off the floor and bend your knee up towards your chest. Yhis is the start position.
  • Perform the exercise by pushing down through your other heel and pushing your hips up, raising your glutes off the mat. Continue until your hips are in a straight line with your torso. Hold for a count of one.
  • Return to the start position by lowering your hip to the floor.
  • Complete all the repetitions for one set before changing legs.

Enjoy the Glute Bridges everyone, and have a great week!


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  • Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem
    October 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    That looks like a fun app I will have to check it out, Have a great week!

  • Lucie Palka
    October 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I’m not training for anything either right now. It does feel weird, and finding motivation to workout can be more challenging when you don’t have an end goal. Last year, I created the December Challenge and some of my friends participated. It really helped us stay active during a busy time of year. I’ll be launching it in November again to recruit some December challengers to keep us active. I invite you to come join in!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Collect Photo looks like a cool app. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cathy
    October 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hee hee! I wind up with some goofy selfies from the track for the same reason. “No, really, I am not taking a selfie, I was taking a photo of the sky.”

    I got the app that DarwinianFail posted about too! A great motivator.

    12 days till STWM!

    • Janice
      October 7, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Yikes, it’s getting so close!