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Vega Community Influencer event

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Vega’s “Tiramisu” protein smoothie

Last Thursday, I was invited to attend an event hosted by Vega called a Community Influencer event. It was described as a night filled with ideas, insights and community connection. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was intrigued and excited for the invitation! The group that evening was small but filled with interesting individuals. There were yoga instructors, a triathlon coach, nutritionists and then me – a runner and blogger. It was an impressive group to be a part of!  Read the rest of this entry

2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon

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Photo credit: Canada Running Series

Races don’t always go as planned, and this was one of those races. So, this race report recaps the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and not the Full. I planned to run the full marathon and was doing well until an issue with my Achilles in August forced me to take time off and keep my mileage low. I never made it past the 25-kilometer mark while training. I thought of trying to cram in a few long runs before race day and worked out a couple of different scenarios in my mind. I knew it wasn’t the best idea, but if you’re a runner who’s ever been injured, I’m sure you can relate. Read the rest of this entry

Running, shopping and yoga … Oh my!

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Photo credit: Lululemon

Photo credit: Lululemon

Last week, I had a chance to attend a private shopping event hosted by Canada Running Series and Lululemon. The Yorkdale Lululemon store was closed to the public at 7PM and the STWM Digital Champions and Community Leaders had the store to ourselves. A night of shopping and socializing was just what I needed! Read the rest of this entry

2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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At the end of every Disney race, I say that I’m done; this is my last Disney race for a while. Yet here I am, it’s 2015 and I’m in Anaheim, CA. I’m back even after I told myself that 2013 would be my last Disneyland race. So why did I register again? Maybe it was the challenge of running back-to-back races, or maybe it was the Disneyland 60th anniversary medal? Truthfully, it’s the opportunity to spend several days with good friends so you know there’s going to be a little bit of running, some eating and a whole lot of fun!  Read the rest of this entry

Healthy Eating: Smart Nutrition Tips for Runners

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Today, I’ve got a post up on the Canada Running Series website all about healthy eating for runners. They’re the folks who put on races such as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, the Oasis Zoo Run and the Toronto Yonge Street 10K.

In my post, I’m sharing a few of the nutrition related ideas and tips I’ve learned since I’ve started running. There’s even a recipe I’ve created called Blueberry and Maple Overnight Oats. So head on over, check out the post, register for a race or two and be sure to let me know what you think!

An already August update

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So it’s August already and it always surprises me how quickly this time of the year comes by. When I was younger, I hated it because it meant back to school. Nowadays, I find myself looking forward to the cooler weather, I guess that’s just runner in me. And speaking of running, all of this training has kept me occupied and not around to post blog updates. You’ll laugh but I somehow thought it was a good idea to register for a race nearly every weekend this month. Yup. Big eyes and not well thought out. It’s okay as some of those races will be for fun including my first attempt at a duathlon. Woo-hoo! I think…

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Review: Against the Grain Urban Tavern

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Against the Grain Urban Tavern - Leaside

“Want to go for brunch on Sunday??” I get or send that text message every week, typically sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Usually it’s to and from my friends Matt and Dawn. Brunch is one of those meals where you recap the week and make plans for the next so you have to be in good company either because you need someone to laugh with (hopefully not at) and occasionally a shoulder to cry on. Knowing I was in good company, it was time to send the all-important follow up, “Where do you want to eat?” That’s not a tricky question normally, except when one goes out for brunch every weekend and then where do you go avoid gastro-boredom?

Then I remembered the Against the Grain Urban Tavern, a restaurant in Leaside I had watched being built over the winter months. I suppose being stuck in traffic caused by the road construction on Laird Avenue could be looked at as a bad thing by local businesses, but on the other hand it’s free advertising because what else do people do when they’re stopped in their car, but look around. So why not? Let’s give this place a shot and see what they’ve got for brunch.  Read the rest of this entry


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