What I’m Thankful For + #MotivateMe Monday

Happy Monday and Happy Thanksgiving! 

In Canada, the second Monday of October is our Thanksgiving holiday .  It’s a long weekend to be thankful with our family and friends.  Every year my husband and I take the kids up to visit his parents in Ottawa.  His mom is a fantastic cook and literally spends two days prepping and cooking a delicious Thanksgiving meal for us.  The drive up sucks (his family lives 6 hours away from us) but we’ve now gotten the timing down to a science so that we no longer run into holiday weekend traffic. This year his mom made the trip so worth it with her amazing carrot salad, broccoli and cauliflower salad, mashed potatoes, turnip, jello salad, home-made stuffing, turkey, meat balls, ham and butterscotch pie.  As always I was stuffed!


Our family tradition is to go for a Thanksgiving walk – it’s our attempt at mitigating all of those extra calories 😆  This year we toured the old mill in hubby’s parents town and taught the kids about how water is used for power.  Hubby is a history buff so he greatly enjoyed it.

Here’s a few pictures from our tour of the mill and walk:





I also got out for a short run on Sunday before our Thanksgiving feast:

Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday because it’s about celebrating with our family and friends – there’s no other hoopla involved in it. No gifts etc. On our drive home from our wonderful weekend I got to thinking about what I was thankful for this year.

What I’m thankful for:

I quickly realised in my thinking that although I have a lot of “wants”, none of those things are important because there are so many wonderful things in my life.  In no particular order I’m thankful for:

  • Our health – the saying health is wealth is very true.  Although I can feel a sore throat and cold coming on, overall everyone in our family is healthy.
  • Love – I have the love and support of a caring husband, my children, family and friends.
  • Stability – My husband and I have stable jobs, we live in an area where catastrophic storms rarely hit, we have food security and we have a roof over our heads.  Right now our heating system isn’t working well but we do have a backup method for staying warm.

It seems to me that anything else I could ever want would be just materialistic.  While it would be nice to have new furniture (ours is 10+ years old and falling apart), we don’t NEED that.  Thanksgiving is a great time to see the “bigger picture” to realise that we have everything we need.

heart rate training recap week 3

Monday: 35 minute easy run (20 min 70-80% max HR)
Tuesday: Strength 
Wednesday: Intervals – 4min @80% max, 2min 70%) + mobility training
Thur: Mobility training
Friday: 35 minute easy run (15 min 70-80% max HR)
SaturdayCore strength
Sunday: 45 min easy run (60-70% max HR) 

this week’s plan

This week will be more challenging than last week.  The moderate run and long run are much longer, and the speed intervals will be held for a longer duration than last week:

Monday: 55 minute moderate intensity run (40 min 70-80% max HR)
Tuesday: Strength
Wednesday: 35 min intervals (5min @80% max, 2min 70%) + mobility training
Thur: Mobility training
Friday: 35 minute easy run (20 min 70-80% max HR)
Saturday: Core strength
Sunday: 75 min easy run (60-70% max HR)

All in all I’m doing well with my heart rate training and had a great Thanksgiving weekend with my family!

Have a great week everybody!

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