Fun things I did this summer

Hey everyone,

It’s fall, even though the snow on the ground suggests otherwise, and so I thought I would take a minute to reflect on all the awesome stuff I did this summer. It was a great summer filled with fun activities, so I thought it would be nice to share some of the fun things that I got to do during the last few months.

June

  1. Pride Parade -On Saturday June 11th Marissa and I went to check out the 37th Edmonton Pride Parade. Lots of fun and lots of rainbows 🙂
  2. Esks fan day – This year the Eskimos hosted a fan day at Clarke field. They did a practice and then autograph session. I decided to take the football my dad gave me for Christmas to get signed by the team.
  3. Oilers sale – This was the last year the oilers played at Rexall Place and they held a sale to sell off a lot of merchandise and even items from the arena. Marissa and I decided to check it out and picked up a few discounted items.
  4. Ottawa trip – I got to go to our beautiful capital city for a work conference this summer. It was very hot and even though I spent the majority of the time in lectures for the conference we got to do at least some sightseeing.
  5. Fire Aid concert – Unfortunately, this May was extremely warm and a wildfire quickly got out of control in Fort MacMurray to devastating effect. Canadian musicians came together to put on a Fire Aid Concert with proceeds going to help the victims of the fire. The Allain’s went to listen to the music and help the cause.

July

  1. Canada Day Decos – Got my festive decorations up
  2. Canada Day – Got to participate in some Canada festivities. Started out with a workout at the gym and then met up with a friend at Moxie’s for lunch and then finished the night with the fireworks. Happy Birthday Canada!
  3. Color me Rad 5k – Another fun run with my siblings. This run was very fun and we were all very colorful by the end.
  4. Wimbledon – Got to cheer on fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon finales this year. Even if he didn’t win he played so well during the entire tournament.
  5. Princess half registration – I am officially signed up for the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge for 2017! After having so much fun last time we went to Disney we decided to do it again, but this time we added the 5k run and our parents are coming as well.
  6. Ghostbusters – Took myself on a date to see the reboot of the Ghostbusters movie. I enjoyed it, and don’t understand why so many people are mad about it!
  7. Workout night with sisters – Went for a fun late night workout session with my sisters and then we went hunting Pokemon afterwards.
  8. Dashing Divas – The Allain’s participated in the Triple Challenge this year and this was the second of our three runs. Its great to have all my siblings running with me, but they all did the 5k and I did the 10k so I ran with my instagram friend Julie.
  9. Esks vs Ham – Marissa and I went to the July 23rd Football game of Esks vs Hamilton. The Eskimos ended up losing the game 31-37 but the half time show was Flo Rida who only played three songs but was so worth seeing.
  10. Taste of Edmonton – I have lived in Edmonton for 6 years and I still have never gone to the Taste of Edmonton festival, so this year I knew I wanted to check it out.
  11. Fireworks – Every year Kdays festival is held at Northlands and they have fireworks every night to finish off the day. I am fortunate to be able to see them from my place.
  12. Kdays – I went to check out the festival and enjoy some delicious foods and carnival sights.
  13. Simple Plan concert – I have loved Simple Plan since they first came out when I was in high school and went on an exchange to Quebec where they were really big. They were one of my first concerts that I went to, so I knew that I had to go see them at the Kdays concerts.
  14. Harry Potter release/birthday – On July 30th at midnight my Coles store celebrated the midnight release of the new Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. It also fell on Harry Potter’s birthday so I knew I had to go and participate.
  15. Catan night – Fun night of food, games and campfire with friends.

August

  1. Summer decos – After taking down the Canada Day decorations I put up summer/beach decorations, and I love the way it turned out.
  2. Mud hero – My sisters and I signed up for our first mud run/obstacle run in Red Deer this year so we took a little road trip and got muddy. It was a lot of fun and hard work! At one point my shoe was sucked off by the mud, I climbed a ski hill in the mud and had to climb over a scary net high up in the air.
  3. Road trip to Calgary – We had originally planned to drive to Calgary for another 5k run after we finished in Red Deer. Unfortunately there was a big rain/lightning storm and we didn’t get to run, but we had a great time exploring Calgary.
  4. Pokemon go safari night – My sisters and I decided to go to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for their Safari night to catch some pokemon. It was very busy and the animals were loving it. It started to downpour so we had to leave early but it was a fantastic night.
  5. Meteor Shower at elk island – We went to Elk Island Park to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year. It was a beautiful night.
  6. Edmonton Marathon Weekend – I participated in the Edmonton Marathon weekend again this year. On Friday we went to the expo to pick up my running package and check out all the awesome vendors (lots of free samples) On Saturday morning there was a 3km Friendship run with John Stanton throughout the downtown area. On Sunday morning it was bright and early start. My sisters and I were participating in the 10k run. It was a tough run for me, but we finished!
  7. Moms Birthday – We celebrated mom’s birthday with dinner out followed by cake and ice cream. She loved the perfume we bought her.
  8. Mom and dads anniversary – My mom and dad celebrated their anniversary this month and we went out to a nice dinner with them.
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Edmonton’s 3rd Annual Run For Pie 5k Run

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This weekend I participated in the 3rd annual Edmonton Run for Pie 5k Race. How better to be rewarded after running a 5k race than with a beautiful piece of pie? And to top it all off the proceeds from the run were in support of the Music Therapy Program at the Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital where I work.

Pie Race Logo_0I signed up for this run on a whim as I came across it on the Running Room website as I was searching up coming runs in Edmonton. Don’t you think the idea is wonderful? How could I pass up a fun run, and an excuse to eat pie? So I convinced my sister Marissa and my coworker Cailin to sign up to participate with me.
Cailin was able to pick up our packages ahead of time and they came with a tiny jar with homemade apple pie in it. Let me tell you it was delicious and it was just a sneak peek at what was to come. This run didn’t include a t-shirt, but we did get some cute little pins in our packages.

The run took place on Sunday May 24th, 2015 and when I woke up that day I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful sunshiny day! The day was actually quite warm, but it wasn’t so hot to be stifling. This year the run was held at the Kinsmen Park, and there were lots of people who showed up to participate. Luckily there was a very large parking lot and we didn’t have a problem finding a spot.

IMG_6290 IMG_6292 IMG_6300IMG_6314There were a lot of people milling around the starting line. This year they had a kids run, a 5k walk, a 5k run and a 10k run. The kid run was finished when we arrived. Each of the kids who participated got an adorable cookie medal that they could eat after they finished. They had great prizes, a bouncy house and a coloring station for the kids as well; I think this is such a great way to get kids interested in physical activities at an early age. Our start time was for 10:30 and before we got started the 10k runners left, and shortly thereafter the walkers left. We were the last group to get started.

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It wasn’t long after that they were counting down, and we were off. The course took us over the LRT bridge to the running path where we looped around at the water station. There was a man working at the water station when I got there he was lifting up a cup I thought he was going to hand it to me, but instead he was just getting a drink for myself. A little embarrassing, but I just grabbed one and kept going. As I was running my friend was just in front of me, but I dropped my phone as we were on our way back. Had to run back and grab it, and when I look up she was quite far ahead of me. So I just continued on listening to the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack to get pumped up

IMG_6337 IMG_6340 IMG_6341 IMG_6342 IMG_6346 IMG_6349As I was approaching the end of the course, and coming off the bridge I wasn’t exactly sure where I was supposed to go, and there weren’t any runners in front of me. There was three ways that we could have run, but I just happened to see one of the 10k runners coming from one of the paths. I asked him if the starting line was the way that he was coming from and he said yes. So I keep running on this path and as I continue I realize that this was the wrong direction. I had to turn around and run back and turn the opposite direction. It turns out that the finishing line was so close, but I had run an extra 0.5k at least. As I got to the finish line my sister had passed me, and I was ready for that pie!

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They had so many different types of pie to choose from. As one of the signup questions they asked you what kind of pie you wanted. I chose banana cream pie, and it was absolutely delicious. They also had ice cream and sprinkles and whipped cream to add on top of the pie. Marissa chose coconut cream, and Cailin had chocolate mousse. They both thought theirs were great as well.

We sat around in the shade for a bit enjoying our pie and the beautiful weather. I must say that the event was all around a success. I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to participate next year.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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Whole 30 Vlog Day 16 – New Cookbook, Eating out and Running 5ks

Hey Guys,

I just posted a new video about my Whole 30 experience. I am more than halfway done now! So check it out if you are interested in Whole 30 or Paleo lifestyle. In this one I talk about The new Whole 30 Cookbook, Eating out at restaurants and Using the C25K Program to learn how to run.

If you have any questions or comments leave them down below

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

What’s Your Wild 5k Run

Hello everyone!

This weekend I participated in another 5k run with my sisters, and I thought I would tell you all about it. This run was the ‘What’s Your Wild’ run put on by MultisportsCanada. We have done a few runs last year by this company so when I got the email about this one which was a run through the Edmonton Valley Zoo I couldn’t pass it up. 10516695_870598659650003_8421127159818940854_n

This was the first annual Whats your Wild run in support of the Valley Zoo Development Society. There were a couple of different events:

• Run like a…. (insert YOUR fast animal) – official timed 5km event
• Walk, trot, swing like a…(insert your favorite slow mover) – 5k fun run/walk
• 1k ‘Wild-Onesie’- Animal Onesie Fun Run
o Come dressed in your fanciest, cutest or best animal costume for a chance to win some great zoo-rific prizes!

My sisters and I signed up for the chip timed event which was a little intimidating since I hadn’t been doing any running/training since last year. On Saturday we went to pick up our race packages (in the middle of a sand storm) and the people were really friendly. We got some great things included in the packages. There was a reuseable bag, a chocolate bar, a macrobar, a honey wafer as well as our t-shirts.

On the day of the event we all dressed in our cheetah/leopard/tiger print best and showed up at the Edmonton Valley Zoo early to make sure that there was enough parking. We didn’t have to worry because there was ample parking. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating and it was really windy. We ended up inside of the buildings to wait for the race to begin.

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Soon it was time to make our way to the start line, and I’m not going to lie I was a little (i.e. quite) nervous as I hadn’t ran in awhile. It was interesting to look around and see everyone who was dressed up as their favorite animals. There was a chicken, a gorilla and zebra just to name a few

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Before I knew it we were off. The path was actually really nice. We started in the parking lot of the zoo and ran into a nearby park. During the first km there was a steep hill with a switchback which was killer on the calves. Then we looped back around and wound up back in the parking lot and into the zoo. The path in the zoo was really nice although it was also full of hills. It was nice to look around and see the animals. As I was approaching the end of the run there was an Alpaca I swear that he was standing near us trying to figure out what was happening. As I was passing his head followed me it was so cool.

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Next thing I was passing the bald eagles cage and found I was coming up on the finish line. I was very proud of myself for finishing in 33:15! Everytime I run I remember that I actually really enjoy it, so I really need to do more of it. I didn’t have very long at the finish line before my sisters were coming across. We got our medals and headed over to the snacks table to grab some grub. They had fruits and muffins and cookies, but since I was doing Whole 30 at the time I could only enjoy the bananas and the oranges. The wolves weren’t sure what all the commotion was about since the finish line was right by their pen and they kept howling to remind us that they were there.

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10474731_10153195487669166_9154931429479721961_nAfter our bellies were satisfied we decided to take a walk around the zoo since we had never been there before. It is a pretty small zoo (nothing like the big zoo in Calgary), but is nice nonetheless! We were able to see zebras, tigers, arctic foxes, and snakes just to name a few of the animals. I made friends with an iguana named Stella she was beautiful!! I wish that the weather would have been a little more cooperative (i.e. less windy) because we would have spent more time there. I can’t wait to go back another time and have a proper visit.

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Another successful run completed. This was my third 5k race of the year and I have lots more planned. I have officially signed up for my first 10k run this year in August during the Edmonton Marathon so I will start training for that closer to the event. Stay tuned for lots more fun runs we will be doing in the future.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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Whole 30 vlog – Day 5 and 6

Hey guys,

Here’s the next installment in my Whole 30 vlogs. In this one I talk about getting over the lethargy of the first few days and being able to exercise. I did a fun run with my sisters this weekend and I also talk about that. If you have any questions or comments let me know I love hearing from you guys.

My question to you is: What is your favorite type of workout? Do you lift weights, go to zumba, run or something entirely different.

I’m off to prep for next week guys!

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

Neon Run 2014

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This summer my sisters and I participated in the Color me Rad 5k run and had so much fun that Marissa and I decided to try out the Neon Run. It was a great time, but there were definitely pros and cons about this event. Here’s my experience.

The Neon run is a fun/un-run which means don not expect a typical 5k road race because it is a non-competitive/non-timed event in which you have fun glow zones/color spots and fun music to motivated you. Then when you finish and arrive back at the venue there is a neon festival with music, dancing and giveaways.

We kind of waited till the last minute to register because we weren’t positive we were going to be able to do the run, but in the end we made sure we could attend. The registration process was easy and I was able to find a coupon to get 10 dollars off the fee which at this point was $54. We had to pick up our packages a few days before the race at the West Edmonton Mall Sportchek. In the package we got a bib number, some glow sticks, a neon run head band, and a coupon for sportchek. Unfortunately unlike the Color Me Rad run there wasn’t a t-shirt in the package.

The day of the event Marissa and I went shopping at Value Village to pick up some items for our costumes. It was really fun to go around and find as much neon items as we could. Before we left we went to Subway to get some supper and were getting some funny looks even though we weren’t in our full costumes. So after supper we got ready by putting all our neon gear on.

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Looking all official with my bib number!

Looking all official with my bib number!

Here's Marissa showing off her number :)

Here’s Marissa showing off her number 🙂

I loved my outfit so much. If you know me you know I can't get enough neon so this was right up my alley.

I loved my outfit so much. If you know me you know I can’t get enough neon so this was right up my alley.

My baby FooFoo wanted to participate too, but unfortunately no pets were allowed.

My baby FooFoo wanted to participate too, but unfortunately no pets were allowed.

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We really played up the anime look.

We really played up the anime look.

We decided to walk over to the venue because it is pretty close to my house. We got a few stares and questions on our way to the place.

Aren't our shadows adorable!!

Aren’t our shadows adorable!!

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The email that we got the day before the event told us to arrive 90 minutes before our wave time so since we were to run at 8pm we arrived around 630. At this time people were just starting to arrive so there weren’t a lot of people around yet. It was nice that we were able to get some pictures under the blue lights before it go too busy.

There was a DJ playing dance music which helped to pass the time. We also looked around at the merchandise table, but we decided not to buy anything. (The prices were reasonable $20 for a tshirt and $40 for a hoodie, but they accept only cash so make sure if you want anything when you go you take cash or go to machine)

Under the blue lights we were so bright!

Under the blue lights we were so bright!

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Marissa looking all cute.

Marissa looking all cute.

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I really don’t think there was much need to go 90 minutes early to the event. There was an MC type guy who we couldn’t really understand with all the noise. So we sat around the starting line and waited for the race to begin. As I said we were scheduled to run at 8pm so we all lined up around 7:45pm and waited for the go ahead. The MC dude threw out a bunch of glow sticks to people in line and we caught a few.

The Starting line!

The Starting line!

Just before we started the race. We are pretty nervous in this picture!

Just before we started the race. We are pretty nervous in this picture!

Waiting for the countdown to begin.

Waiting for the countdown to begin.

8pm came and went and we were still at the waiting line. Marissa and I were both a little nervous since we hadn’t been training since our last run (which was in July). About 20 minutes passed our start time we were finally getting a countdown and then we were off.

The first glow zone was very close to the beginning where you ran through and were pelted with neon colored water foam. It was pretty sticky and gross feeling. There weren’t many people around us at this time so we got a lot of it on us! Because I decided to run the whole thing I didn’t stop and take pictures during the run.

Marissa and I had planned ahead that we would run together as much as we could but we did our own thing. We both had playlists and so we actually only stuck together for about the first 1.5 km. Then Marissa decided to walk for a little bit so I was on my own.

The next thing about the run that I didn’t like was that it was quickly becoming dark and we had to run down a hill that was covered by trees which got very dark. At this point I was by myself but luckily there were a few people ahead of me that I could follow otherwise it would have been quite scary. So going down this hill I was thinking man this is easy, but I knew that going down a big hill like this meant that I was going to have to go up another big hill to get back.

At this point people I was around runners only so there weren’t many people around luckily because soon we came to the hill that we had to climb up. We had to go single file because it was so narrow and steep. I must saw that I am quite fit, and I had a tough time going up it. I didn’t run up it at this point because the people ahead of me weren’t running and it wasn’t like I could pass them. The hill was quite dangerous as there was nothing stopping us from going over the side of the hill. When I was going up I thought that it would be quite dangerous for little kids and elderly people. I know that the information online said that it was for all ages, but I wouldn’t agree with it for this track. I would think if they come back next year that they should definitely pick a different route.

So after the hill we got to the water station which was well earned after that climb. At this point we were running on uneven grass. I could still see well because it wasn’t yet completely dark, but I think that there should definitely be better lighting for the event. Shortly after the water there was another color zone where there were people throwing neon powder at us.

We were back on the back roads after this and I almost fell on an uneven sidewalk again better lighting would have been helpful during these parts of the event. Soon back on the main roads there was better lighting which was nice. We were running on the roads and I’m glad that they had police officers posted to help people cross roads in certain areas and make sure that cars were obeying road signs.

Then there were two more colored powder zones pretty close back to back. I got face full each time since there weren’t many people around us. They were also taking pictures during this time. I think they will be posting them on their website (Color me Rad sent out an email when they put the pictures up and you could search your name/bib number and find pictures you were in)

Soon I knew I was coming up to the end of the race as I was approaching the venue. I went through another color zone and then there was a blue light tent which was really neat. They were playing fun music and was great motivation to keep going. Before I knew I was on the last leg and people were cheering me on to the finish line. It was great to get back into the venue and grab a drink.

When I looked at my heart rate monitor I found out the route was actually 6.71km long! I was shocked that it was so long and that I was able to actually run all of it (minus the hill) and I was able to finish in 43 minutes without doing any training. I was very proud of myself for completing another race. Since I was one of the first group of people to arrive back it was nice that I could take some pictures under the blue lights before it became too busy.

Just after I finished the race! So happy to be finished at this point.

Just after I finished the race! So happy to be finished at this point.

Yay I did it!!

Yay I did it!!

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Marissa's Shirt Looked really cool afterward!

Marissa’s Shirt Looked really cool afterward!

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Why not celebrate with a little bit of yoga? Neon Dancer's pose looks awesome!!

Why not celebrate with a little bit of yoga? Neon Dancer’s pose looks awesome!!

Playing with the Neon Powder.

Playing with the Neon Powder.

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Soon Marissa finished and I was able to cheer her on to the finish line, so we took some pictures to celebrate. Then the festival got started they were playing dance music and everyone was dancing and having fun. The MC was throwing out more neon glow sticks and tshirts. It was a pretty fun time, but we were tired and sore and ready to make our way home.

Everyone partying at the Neon Festival

Everyone partying at the Neon Festival

On our walk home we walked along the course for some of the time, and there were a lot of people still going through the course. At this point it was getting really cold and it was very dark. I was so glad that we were already finished. After reading reviews from people I found out that at this point things were starting to shut down. There weren’t any cups at the water station and not much if any color powder at the glow zones. From what I read there was a long wait to get up the hill for all the walkers because everyone was going single file and taking a long time to do the climb.

I know these fun runs are a for profit event, but they at least donate some of the proceeds to a charity. The charity for this particular event was the Keep a Breast Foundation which helps raise money for breast cancer prevention through art, education, awareness and action. Check out their website for more information or to donate money!!

I didn’t have many problems during the run, so I must say that in the end I had a great time. I know that there were problems with the event, but I expected this from reviews that I had read online. This is a very new event (I believe this is the first year) so I hope that they work out all the kinks and come back again next year improved. I would definitely participate again in the future because I had a lot of fun getting dressed up and running the race. These fun runs are a great way to be active and have fun at the same time!!

Walking home we got some pictures of the glow zones

Walking home we got some pictures of the glow zones

FooFoo wanted to take part so we made her a glow stick collar.

FooFoo wanted to take part so we made her a glow stick collar.

The Aftermath; not as bad as the Color me Rad for sure. It didn't take as much scrubbing to get it all off.

The Aftermath; not as bad as the Color me Rad for sure. It didn’t take as much scrubbing to get it all off.

Look how pretty my earphones are now!

Look how pretty my earphones are now!

I never thought I was a runner, but after participating in the Color me Rad and the Neon Run I know that I actually do like running! I can’t wait for my next 5k which is the CIBC Run for the Cure in October. I think that I will have to sign up for a 10k event knowing that I can definitely finish 7k means that I shouldn’t have a problem with an even longer run.

Have you ever participated in a fun run? What did you think?

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Cheers,

Allison