Live More Now: Climbing Mountains

Disclaimer: I received three Buff products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

This post is part 3 of 3 in my Live More Now series. Read my previous posts on Goals & Motivation and The Gear

To recap, Buff sent me three products to help me go adventuring. My definition of adventuring since having a baby in October is simply leaving the house and getting outside. I missed the mountains and was ready to get motivated and moving more.

Family Walks

Walking has been a key activity for me in the past 8 months. It’s low impact, helps get the blood flowing, and aids in recovery. The fresh air and sunshine does wonders for both mine, my baby’s, and my dog’s moods and wellbeing. Plus it’s super easy and accessible. Well … in theory, anyway.

Getting out the door is more challenging with a diaper bag, stroller, poop bags, leash, water bottle, and clothing for every weather possibility. The walks themselves are much more cumbersome when you have a dog and a baby to mange too. My dog isn’t the best on a leash (oops) and we basically take up the whole sidewalk or path with our caravan.

Hadley loves our walks and proudly wears her Buff Dog Reflective Neckwear.

Race Volunteering

I love to volunteer for races but haven’t been able to as much the past year or so. But I decided it was time to get back at its I volunteered at a booth at the 5 Peaks Golden Ears Race in May with my little one.

It was a crisp, misty morning by the lake and I was glad to have thrown the Buff Adalwolf Hat in my car despite a warm forecast. I used it to keep my babe’s head warm until the sun came out later on.

My favourite part of these events is that I get to chat with so many running friends and their families. I also get to cheer them on and see them crush their goals!

Grouse Grind with Baby

I got really into the Grouse Grind the summer of 2016. It is a very popular and challenging trail for tourists and locals with 850 metres of elevation gain over about 3 km. I didn’t do it while pregnant in 2017 so I was itching to get back to it this summer … but this time carrying a baby.

When the trail finally opened for the summer, I got my annual locals pass which entitles you to unlimited download rides on the gondola (otherwise $15 per trip down). The trail is one-way (up) only, although there are alternatives if you want to hike down too.

Hiking down is more challenging on the technical terrain and I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with a baby strapped to me. Plus I don’t think my knees would like carrying the extra weight down such a steep grade.

I’m very familiar with the trail but I was nervous to find out how my body would feel doing it now while carrying an extra 17 lbs of baby. The Grouse Grind has an infamous history of search and rescue calls for people who can’t make it or have heart attacks. The main reason is that it is super accessible and people underestimate it or come unprepared. So I went with friends in case I needed help. The last thing I want to do is get me and my babe stuck halfway up a mountain.

Well I’m relieved to say we made it to the top! And it wasn’t so bad! It took us 2 hours which is almost twice as long as it took me pre-pregnancy, sans baby.

I sweated like crazy all over myself and my little one but luckily I brought a change of clothes for her. It was cooler at the top so we bundled up with our Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Hat and Adalwolf Hat.

Since then we’ve done it another two times. My fastest time this season is 1:38:14, as compared to my 2016 best was 45:24. But I never would have thought to do it with an extra 17 lbs!

I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be spending more time in the forest and starting to feel strong again. Thank you Buff for encouraging to set goals and Live More Now!

Live More Now: The Gear

Disclaimer: I received three Buff products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

This post is part 2 of 3 in my Live More Now series. Read my previous post on Goals & Motivation

Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Hat

Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Hat

Anyone who has delved into the world of outdoor gear and clothing knows that merino wool is king. It’s lightweight, comfortable, versatile, and great year round due to being both breathable and quick drying. So it’s no wonder that the Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Hat is the perfect toque for outdoor exploring.

I love this toque because it is so easy to throw in a pack or a pocket. It’s so light and takes up so little space that you won’t even notice it. It’s great for running or hiking and you can even layer it under other toques or hats if it’s particularly cold.

Buff Adalwolf Hat

Buff Adalwolf Hat

Did you know that Buff makes lifestyle gear too? The Buff Adalwolf Hat is great for everyday wear with super trendy with it’s faux-fur pompom and retro knit look.

This toque was supposed to be for me but it looks way cuter on my baby. Yes, somehow it fits us both!? It’s a little snug on me but my head is a bit on the larger side. It’s so stretchy that it’ll basically fit my baby from now until she is an adult which is mind blowing. It’s so convenient having a one size literally fits all toque. Plus the pompom is so freakin’ adorable.

Buff Dog Reflective Neckwear

Buff Dog Reflective Neckwear

Our dog has been so good about this new little baby we brought home. She also has been helping us get outside so I thought she deserved a little something too! I couldn’t resist getting her the Buff Dog Reflective Neckwear which has a dog-themed pattern and a couple reflective strips on it. It’s adorable. She looks like a dog with a job when she wears it – so important!

Live More Now: Goals & Motivation

Disclaimer: I received three Buff products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

This post is part 1 of 3 in my Live More Now series.  

After giving birth to my first child, I purposely did not set any lofty fitness expectations for myself. I was out of shape from pregnancy and a few months of bed rest/reduced activity and was recovering from a c-section. I certainly wasn’t about to sign up for an ultra.

And guess what? This fun pregnancy business didn’t end when my baby was born and I didn’t get my body back away. Because there was this adorable little creature sucking all the nutrition out of me

Don’t get me wrong, I love nursing my child and all the benefits associated with it. However, breastfeeding (for me anyway) means that my body is full of hormones, I’m burning more calories, and I dehydrate way more easily.

For the first while, I woke up every morning feeling like I had arthritis in my hands. It wasn’t excruciating but enough that it would sometimes wake me up and prevent me from falling back asleep. I also had trouble with my shoulder when doing things like taking off a sports bra over my head. And worst of all, my knees and hips were more tender and susceptible to injury. Eventually these things subsided and despite continuing to nurse, I’m now getting to a place where my body is finally starting to feel more “normal” again.

An opportunity came up in April through BibRave to test out a few Buff products while tackling some goals. By this time the days were getting longer and I was excited to spend more time outside with my maternity leave buddies, my baby and my dog. I’m not solely motivated by the prospect of new gear but it definitely helps!

So I expressed my interest in participating but told them that I didn’t have any lofty plans. I just wanted to get out for more walks, hopefully hit the trails, and maybe even a get in tail-end-of-the-season easy front country snowshoe.

Full-blown summer came swiftly and by the time I received the products so the snowshoe was out (although I did see some snow). However, I have managed to get moving and achieve some even better goals.

Up next: I’ll tell you about the three Buff products that I received.