Fitness Swellness: Setting my 2019 race goals

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A better title for this post would be re-setting my 2019 race goals. Because I had spring 2019 goals, that I’ve had to adjust.

I kicked off the year thinking I’d run Around the Bay (I haven’t run it in several years, not since 2014) and the spring Goodlife Toronto Marathon (which I last ran in 2015). And so I ran regularly. Having trained for 12 marathons thus far, I didn’t look at a particular race schedule but rather worked on slowing increasing my distance and mixing in speed work or hills, along with some steady easy runs, and I was more or less on track in terms of total mileage more towards the beginning of the year.

But the winter weather wasn’t very motivating. Add the fact that I seem to continuing my streak of coming down with colds way too often. I also have a persistent pinched nerve in my neck that has me not feeling much like myself for the past five weeks. (I haven’t yet seen a physio yet; the plan was to go this week, and then I came down with a cold!).

I called off running Around the Bay when a couple of weeks ago, I was at the start of my long run of the week and realized my fitness is nowhere near where I’d need it to be to PB in the marathon in May. Since it was highly unlikely I’d run a PB, I didn’t see the point of training for a spring marathon. You have to really want to run a marathon, and with my heart not in it, well, the truth of it is, I know I can complete a marathon…so I don’t want to just finish another 42.2k race. It won’t be significant to me to just complete it or much fun.

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I knew calling off doing Around the Bay and a spring marathon was the right move when the idea solidified in my head to not race them and all I felt was a rush of relief. Not having to plod through long runs through the grey and (then) slushy streets. I felt a hundred times lighter by just deciding to delete them from my calendar.

But today I realized my secondary goal is now out of reach as well. I had thought I’d try to turn my fastest half-marathon. which I have not focused on since moving up to the marathon distance. But I’ve procrastinated (or been out of commission thanks to colds or my silly pinched nerve problem) too long and now the Goodlife race weekend is just four weeks away. I haven’t slashed this from my schedule yet. But if I run it, it’ll be to just run it for fun, because I have not focused on improving my speed so I am not in shape to PB. A half I think can be fun, for me, a marathon is too long and grueling to be fun, no matter how slow and easy you take it.

What this means now is that fall is the focus. Which means a summer of training in the heat. I think I commit to training best when I’ve got a race I am registered for (not just tentative race goals). The easiest would be to just keep it local and run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (I last ran the half was in 2016)…but I’m thinking I should do a destination race.

One fitness goal that I did accomplish so far this year? Making it through all eight weeks of working out with Nike on Thursday mornings (I may have been late almost every week, but this non-morning person got her butt there!). With my scattered schedule for the past several years finally settling into a much less stressful routine, I’m really happy that I was able to attend all eight weeks of this program. It’s funny the things you come to appreciate. I still adore traveling and am itching to get away but it’s also incredibly comforting to be home and follow through on things like this.

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Photographer, Hanna Kim-Yoo for Nike Toronto.

2 Comments April 4, 2019

Beauty Swellness: Aveeno Giveaway!

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If you’ve been following me for awhile (or have seen my IG Stories of the beauty products I travel with), you know that I’m a longtime fan of Aveeno products (and I was a brand ambassador with Aveeno for a number of years).

So in the spirit of sharing great products with this season, I couldn’t not include one Aveeno giveaway! The prize is valued at $100 and I made sure to include a few of my personal faves and a few others I think you’ll enjoy trying out if you haven’t already.

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The Aveeno prize package includes:

  • AVEENO® ABSOLUTELY AGELESS® Leave-On Mask.  This  light formula helps fight environmental factors and signs of aging. And leave-on works for me (anything to reduce steps in my beauty routine!).
  • AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING Body Wash. I shower a lot (twice a day on days i have an event to attend and a workout) and this body wash has colloidal oatmeal and natural oils that leaves skin looking and feeling great.
  • AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING Lotion. I use this daily in the summer on the evenings I shower in the evening. It’s not greasy plus it moisturizes for 24 hours.
  • AVEENO® Eczema Care Anti-Itch Relief Balm. A go-to in the winter or any day of the year when my skin is feeling especially dry. It provides more intense hydration than the Daily Moisturizing Lotion.
  • AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Make-up Removing Wipes (not pictured above). Out of all the Aveeno products I use, this is the one I use most often. Great for after a workout to wipe off sweat or to clean off makeup on nights I’m feeling really tired,  which is often when I’m traveling, or as a pre-cleanse before washing my face with a cleanser and rinsing, these wipes have moisture-rich soy extract and I like the product’s delicate fresh scent.
  • AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45. Another Aveeno staple from my travel kit, as it’s under 100mL and slathers on nicely without feeling greasy.

The prize is valued at approximately $100. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out my Instagram post for this Aveeno giveaway and enter on Instagram (details are on the IG post).
  2. Get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post and sharing which of the products above you love (or want to try out) most.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is. The winner will be asked to fill out a release form to claim their prize. I am operating this giveaway on my own and it is not associated with Instagram.

Enter away!

 

17 Comments March 20, 2019

Beauty Swellness: This Works GIVEAWAY

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For most of my life, I fall asleep quickly and can sleep just about anywhere other than in economy class on a flight. but for the past few months, I’ve been using This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, not so much to help me fall asleep, but more for it being a nice nighttime ritual and the scent is soothing.

This Works has just launched Morning Expert, a collection of products designed to target morning skin concerns to help you wake-up well and restore morning glow. And this is definitely something I can use; I am not a morning person, and I keep late hours so mornings are rough. As I’ve only been using the products about a week, I can’t yet speak to how beneficial they are, but based on their best-selling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (one I know many of my friends who do have trouble with sleep swear by), I’m trusting they’re going to be staples for the morning regimen.

The collection includes:

Morning Expert Wake Up Drops, a 100% natural essential oil of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. You can use it in a diffuser, sprinkle some on a warm washcloth, or into your shower (not pictured as I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet, but will have it in a few weeks).

Morning Expert Open Eyes, with giant kelp and Persian silk tree extract, to help de-puff, detox and brighten eyes.

Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum, 2% HA complex and vitamin C to help hydrate, plump sleep creases and brighten skin.

Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask, a five-minute balm with vitamin C and jojoba to invigorate and exfoliate with twice a week.

Morning Expert Multi-Acid Pads, bamboo pads with azelaic acid, vitamin B3 and liquorice root, to perk up skin and help fight breakouts.

Because I want you to enjoy great mornings as well, I’ve got one prize package from This Works including the five Morning Expert products plus their best-selling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to give away! The prize is valued at approximately $270. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out my Instagram post for this THIS WORKS giveaway and enter there (details are on the IG post).
  2. Get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post by sharing how many hours of sleep you typically get.

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is.

 

 

9 Comments March 13, 2019

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