You don’t pick your race day: How Boston didn’t go as planned.

It has been two weeks since the marathon and although this blog was never going to be easy to write - I think this is an important story to share. By now you may have heard that the Boston Marathon did not go as planned, or even remotely how I anticipated. For those unaware, the flu got the best of me and after a week of pretending I didn’t have it, I landed in Boston only to struggle more and more to hide it. I thought mental toughness could outweigh my body slowly breaking down but alas; I … [Read more...]

Running, Running and More Running

Recognizing Edmonton summers are truly the best, I thought I’d let you in on my plans for the season: running. I enjoy waking up with the summer sun (sometimes before it) to get in a speed workout. I enjoy planning my weekends around a Saturday morning long run. I’ve learned how to properly use my Garmin watch. I’ve learned I am not blister-proof. I’ve learned peanut butter flavoured gels are not a good idea. And I’ve learned of routes through beautiful parts of Edmonton I never knew existed. … [Read more...]

Super Dad

We all look for inspiration in different people to help inspire us. Something that will ignite the fire to achieve or set new fitness goals. Fortunately for me, I have these types of people all around me. One of the people that inspires me in many ways is my dad. Dear ole dad is 77 years old now, not a spring chicken. More like an old, very set in his ways chicken. He has always been very healthy with no physical issues other than getting a long needed new set of knees last year and has … [Read more...]

This is a Thank You

I’ve been asked a number of times why I have a personal trainer. I don’t have a profound or inspired answer. I actually can’t even remember the exact moment I decided it was something I was going to do. I guess I figured if I was actually going to make some changes I should get some help, since really I had no idea what I was doing. (When I say no idea, I cannot stress how much I truly mean NO IDEA.) I also don’t remember my initial plans with regards to said personal training. In the very … [Read more...]

Getting ‘Back on Track’

In the nearly 15 months I’ve been coming to Blitz, I’ve never really taken a break. I classify breaks as unintentionally sleeping in and missing HIIT on Thursdays or taking vacation – though I’m pretty diligent about working out and running while I’m away. Working out and running have become engrained in my life. I love everything about my routine – the personal training, the HIIT, the running, as well as the time of day, the limits that are pushed and the people I’m surrounded by. So, in a … [Read more...]

Run for Joel: Community.

We talk a lot here about community. As a matter of fact it's in our vision statement: We strive to be the number one fitness community in the world. It's big, it's audacious, and it's doable. So last week when I took on the journey of donating one dollar for every kilometre to Joel I kind of knew that I was about to open the pandora's box of caring and giving. From people offering to donate money for every workout they complete, to others offering to hit the trails with me I can't thank you … [Read more...]

Fitness: A Family Affair

I have my NP-family, my Blitz-family, my running crew; so many great communities that I get to sweat with, and who challenge me on a daily basis but... “family” family is truly at the centre of everything that I do. With them I have shared some of my greatest moments, including my most memorable fitness “feats”. This photo album of sorts captures some of those favorite moments. With each other’s encouragement we stay active, we hold one another accountable, and we have a lot of fun … [Read more...]

‘Listen to Your Body’

It’s been over a year since my fitness journey began, first with weight training and HIIT then with running. And I’ve been injury-free – unless you count what happened at the River City Runners’ 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge (but let’s not). I credit this mostly to proper training, along with dumb luck and good socks as I’ve never even had a blister. I run four times a week and am at Blitz six days a week. My schedule will change, as I’m currently six-ish weeks away from full-on marathon … [Read more...]

Destination: Fit

Like many people, I love to travel. I’ve been lucky enough to see a few corners of the world, as well as numerous places closer to home. But most of my big trips thus far were before I learned to squat properly. For example, during a month-long trip to Greece a year and a half ago, there was not a thought that crossed my mind with regards to fitness. The amount of cheese I ate reflects this (though I have no regrets). Things are different now. I’ve integrated healthy living into my daily life … [Read more...]

A Goal Among Goals

After starting 2014 with no specific fitness goals, yet making some pretty monstrous changes (and accomplishing a few things I never thought I would along the way), I wanted to approach 2015 a bit differently. I had planned to set goals. To start swimming again, at least somewhat regularly. To overcome my fear of showing a lack of flexibility and balance during any type of yoga class. To try cross country skiing. And to get back on my bike for the first time in… I actually don’t know how many … [Read more...]