Monthly Check-In: Goodbye February, Hello March

Monthly check-in blog post format courtesy of Jessica Lawlor. Be sure to check out her website!

In February, I …

1. Hosted a small wine night to choose wines for my wedding. We had about 15 different bottles of red and white that we blindly sampled and came to a concensus on our favourites. It was a lot of fun … And a lot of wine!

2. Watched Gilmore Girls … a lot. I missed the show when it was on TV so when I saw it on Netflix I figured why not? It’s got some funny banter but some strange plot lines. Spoiler alert: Over seven seasons Lorelei gets engaged three times and married once, which doesn’t last long. I’ve got a few episodes left so it’s still possible that those numbers could change. While Lorelei and her daughter Rory are both smart and generally quite successful in their professional lives, it’s painful to watch their relationships fall apart.

3. Celebrated Valentines Day! It began with Jesse waking up at the crack of dawn to make me a breakfast of fried tofu hearts and red peppers before I met up with friends for a 7:30am run. We later went to the theatre to see The Imitation Game.

In March, I will …

1. Attempt to pace a friend during the last half of their 100k run! Yes, this ideally means running 50k although I’ve been told it’s more of a “death march” at that point. I’m not sure how much help I’ll be but I guess running with me is better than running alone!

2. Visit Kamloops. Jesse and I are going up to Kamloops to visit his cousin and his wife for a weekend. They are very outdoorsy people so we’re looking forward to some adventures! We are also transporting his other cousin’s dog there.

3. Meet my friend’s new baby! Her and her finance are visiting from Calgary. I’ve only seen pictures so far, but he is super adorable.

February Posts You May Have Missed

Monthly Check-In: Goodbye January, Hello February

Monthly check-in blog post format courtesy of Jessica Lawlor. Be sure to check out her website!

In January, I …

1. Went trail running every weekend. Technically one of those runs was barely a trail (more like a really flat dirt road) but I’m going to count it! I also did a few shorter trail runs on weekdays and my usual road running. This month’s distance totaled over 150 km, which is the most I’ve ran in a month since last April!

2. Helped a friend run 5k, 10k, 21.1k, and 42.2k on consecutive days. I’m taking a little too much credit here. All I did was accompany him for the last half of the 42.2k run and I was probably more of a hindrance since I kept stopping to take pictures of the eagles (SO MANY EAGLES).

3. Celebrated Hadley’s 5th birthday! Oh my gosh … my little puppy is five years old! I still regularly get asked if she’s a puppy due to her somewhat petite/lean size for a lab and silly/excitable nature. People obviously don’t notice her grey chin and two grey whiskers.

In February, I will …

1. Delve deeper into the world of financial planning. I know, this is a really exciting one. I’ve done some reading on this topic lately (the Wealthy Barber Returns and various articles) and I’ve had budgets and automatic transfers into my savings account set up for a while now. But that’s about it. I’d like to build out a more specific plan for my financial future.

2. Improve my hill climbs! I’ve noticed that I really struggle on the ascents (and descents to a slightly lesser extent). The rest of our group will be patiently waiting at the top as I slowly come huffing and puffing up. There aren’t many hills around my usual running routes and certainly nothing that compares to running up a mountain. Since I’ve registered for both Seek the Peak and Squamish 50k, I better find a way to get more hill training in!

3. Drink more water. Last month I tried to drink a smoothie for breakfast most days, which I find is a great way to start a morning. I plan to continue that this month plus focus on drinking more water. I’ve never been much of a water-drinker and sort of have to force myself to do it. I do, however, drink a lot of coffee which, depending on who you ask, counts as hydration.

January Posts You May Have Missed

Monthly Check-In: Goodbye December, Hello January

Monthly check-in blog post format courtesy of Jessica Lawlor. Be sure to check out her website!

Yeah, yeah, yeah … I know this is half a month late! Good thing my New Years resolution wasn’t to be more punctual with my blog posts or I’d have failed already.

In December, I …

1. Attempted the Runner’s World Run Streak. Unfortunately, I did not complete the winter run streak this year, however I did still run a lot! The run streak goes from US Thanksgiving to New Years for a total of 36 days. To keep the streak going, you have to run at least one mile every day. I made it to December and then on the 13th I just totally forgot to run. It went a bit downhill from there. In the end, I ran 21 times for a total of 119 km in December. I’d still call that a success!

2. Enjoyed some time off. I did a half day on Christmas Eve and then was off work until January 5. This gave me time to recuperate from all the eating, to power watch Gilmore Girls, and take (way too many) adorable photos of Hadley dog. Although I didn’t get a lot done, I did get to start off the New Year feeling rested and refreshed!

3. Found our wedding photographers! This had been one of the hardest decisions so far. There are so many fantastic photographers, but photography doesn’t come cheap! Trying to figure out how to get the best/most out of our modest budget was a huge headache. One photographer or two? 6 hours? 8 hours? 10 hours? And so on … Luckily, I ran into a family friend I hadn’t seen since we were kids, who happens to do wedding photography!!!

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In January, I will …

1. Apply to be a Search and Rescue volunteer! This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while and they are currently recruiting! I had a great conversation with a friend who has been in the organization for a number of years and talked to my work make sure they would be supportive of it. I’ve already submitted my application and was told I can expect to hear back at the end of the month (either way) regarding an interview. There are a lot of people who have applied and not very many spots, but I am really hoping they choose me!!!

2. Start marathon training again! The Running Room clinic targeting the BMO Vancouver Marathon starts immediately in the New Year. I’m not in the clinic but I plan to join them for some of their drop-in group runs and follow along on my own. Jesse’s been tagging along as well since we are both running a half in February.

3. Drink more smoothies. I find drinking a smoothie for breakfast is the easiest way for me to pack a bunch of good things into my diet. And since I don’t love eating salads, I can pack lots of leafy greens into them (usually spinach). I also add frozen berries or other fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, bananas, Vega protein powder (if I’ve been exercising a lot), and either water or almond milk. Sometimes I throw in coconut shreds, cacao nibs, medjool dates, and/or vanilla/mint extract. It’s a really great way to start off the day!

December Posts You May Have Missed