Dashing Divas 10k

Hey guys!

It’s been a long time since my last post, and I’m ready to start posting again! I’ve been doing lots of running/working out and fun things so I’m back to blogging about it 😉

This weekend I participated in another race with my family.

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The Allains Run!

The Edmonton FUNd Runners created a triple challenge this year. If you participate in the challenge you run 3 races (Suck it up Buttercup, Dashing Divas and Turkey Trot) and get 4 medals (and you know that the bling is the real reason we run!) so the Allain’s laced up again this weekend for the second run in the challenge the Dashing Divas and Dudes 5k/10k.

Originally when I signed up I chose the 10k not realizing that my family had chosen the 5k so I had to run the race alone, but I wanted to challenge myself to run longer distances. This run was held at Rundle Park and we showed up early to pick up our bibs and take some pre-race photos. I actually got to meet up with an instagram friend Julie (PrincessRunRepeat) who made the trip to Edmonton for this run.

The run started with a zumba warm up and then the 10k participants lined up. Julie and I decided to run together so that we could help push each other along the way. It was actually really nice because our paces are pretty evenly paced. The first 5k of the race Julie wasn’t feeling great so we went my pace. The 10k race starts in one direction and loops back around to meet up with the 5k racers. At the 5k mark I passed by my sisters and brother who were on their way to the finish of the 5k race. The last half of the run Julie really pushed me to go faster than I probably would have done on my own.

As we got closer to the finish line we decided to catch our breaths and then sprint to the finish line, and I was able to finish the run in 1:12:50 which is better than my time for the first run in the challenge the Suck it up Buttercup race which was in April and I finished in 1:17. It felt great to finish the race strong and see the family cheering me on.

Another 10k under my belt! (That’s my fourth) We have quite a few runs coming up in the near future so stay tuned for more fun times.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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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

Resolutions and Runs – Why not mix the two?

It’s that time of year again everyone. Another year is over and a new one’s just begun. If you stick around to the end of the post you will see my top 5 goals of the year.

IMG_2007Yesterday to start the New Year off on the right foot I signed up to participate in the 30th annual Resolution Run 5k Race hosted by the Running Room. When you signed up you got a running room jacket, but when I went to pick up my package they had run out of my size so I had to get a slightly larger one. It was ok I had enough room underneath do wear some layers.IMG_2011 IMG_2012 IMG_2015 IMG_2018On the day of the event the weather was pretty good. It wasn’t very cold, but there was a little bit of rain in the air. I went to pick up my sister and we got to the event pretty early because the venue was close to her house. This year it was held at the William Lutsky YMCA in Edmonton. Mallory hadn’t preregistered so she had to pay there and unfortunately they had run out of all the jackets except the XXL which would not work. After she paid we went to meet up with some Tone it Up Edmonton Girls, but we didn’t have to wait very long for the race to get started.

IMG_2020 IMG_2026 IMG_2028 IMG_2030 IMG_2032 IMG_2033We decided to make our way to the starting line, but unfortunately we had to start pretty far back. Soon we were off but we weren’t moving very quickly. There were a lot of people out to participate a lot of walkers and slower runners just starting out so for the first 500m or so it was a dodging game. It’s great to see people coming out and learning to enjoy running. The pathway was pretty good throughout the run, but there were some areas that had uneven ground or slippery parts. We were running on side streets of a rural area so there were some areas with cars driving through which was kind of annoying.

IMG_2035The course was a giant loop and let me tell you it was really nice to see the finish line. Before the race I had decided to tape my toe as it was still hurting and this was the first time that I would be running since I hurt it. I was able to finish the race in 33:53 definitely not my fastest time but I’m okay with that as it gives me something to work towards for my next race.

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This is a picture of my finish time not this random dude by the finish line.

IMG_2042 IMG_2045 IMG_2048 IMG_2051After everyone was finished we got a few pictures by the finish line and then made our way inside to have pancake breakfast. As I mentioned there were a lot of people so we had a little bit of a wait to get some food but it was actually pretty tasty. We were all in the gym sitting on the floor like elementary students, but it was fun to hang out and chat for a bit. Any food tastes good after a 5k run!

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They announced some door prizes, but none of us won anything, so it was time to head out. It truly was a great time and a great way to start 2015. Can’t wait to do some more races.

What are your resolutions/goals of 2015? (Let me know in the comments what your top 5 goals of the year are) My top 5 goals are:

  1. Reach a “normal” BMI – Even though I think this method of measuring healthy weight isn’t the best I still want to be in the “normal” range for my height.
  2. Run a 10k race – I have signed up for one in August but I might run one before.
  3. Increase flexibility – Do more yoga and pilates!
  4. Get enough sleep – Stop staying up too late wasting time watching televsion!
  5. Be more active on blog – I’m going to try the best I can to stick to a MondayWednesday/Friday posting schedule. It might be days of just a picture or a quote but I’ll do my best to keep with it.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

PS Check out the fitness blogs my sisters have started. I’m so lucky to have them along with me on this journey!

Marissa — http://operationhotgirlfriend.wordpress.com/

Mallory — http://mallorygettingfit.wordpress.com/

Winter Runs 2014

Hey guys it’s been awhile since I wrote a blog post, but it’s because I was waiting to finish both of my winter runs so I could make a post about them together. So here it is.

The Great Sweater Run

Marissa and I had so much fun at the Zombie run in October (See my post here) that when it finished and we received an email from the company asking us to participate in the 1st Annual Great Sweater Run in November the idea is easy enough everone finds the ugliest/tackiest Holiday Sweater that they can find and then wear them with pride as they run a 5k. We thought this was a great idea so we quickly signed up.

Prepare yourself for Edmontons first Great Sweater Run!

Embrace the season and come out dressed to impress!

Whether you are dusting off a vintage christmas sweater, or showcasing your latest purchase – we want to see it!

Come out and participate in the Tacky10km run, Festive 5km Run/Walk, or the 2km Shih tZu Sweater dog walk!

Get your family, friends and pet in the spirit and keep warm by participating and wearing one of your tackiest holiday outfits!

great sweater run logoAs the time came closer to the run we kind of started to regret our decision as we started to see the snow pile up and the cold weather front blow through Edmonton. What had we gotten ourselves into? The week of the run we started checking the weather forecast and were not very excited that the day of the race was supposed to be the coldest day of the month (a balmy -30 degrees). That wasn’t going to stop us though I mean we are Canadians don’t forget. We had a plan to layer up and push through.

We were kind of wondering if the race would be cancelled as everyone started to see the forecast. We got emails from the company saying “If Santa can brave all elements….well so should you!  Just make sure you come prepared.  Layering (make sure your GREAT sweater can be displayed), and make sure any bare skin is covered.” It seemed like everything was going to happen as planned. Then a couple days before the race we got an email that the Tacky 10k run was cancelled because of the weather and everyone would have to do the 5k race instead. It was definitely happening!

IMG_0965On race day looking at the weather forecast showed that the weathermen were right it wasn’t going to be any warmer than -30 degrees and with the windchill it was going to feel more like -40. We decided to attend our regular Saturday Gym Classes and then went back to my house to change into our layers and layers of clothing

All bundled up we left for Emily Murphy Park for the run. We hadn’t had time to go and pick up our race packages beforehand so we arrived early to do that. Even though we showed up early all of the parking spots were filled. We drove around and around trying to find somewhere to park until finally someone decided to just park on the side of the parking lot road and so we all followed suit.

We went to the registration tent to pick up our packages. At this point it was quickly approaching the time for the race to start. We got our bib numbers and could barely put them on because our fingers were so numb! We just had time to get our race numbers and making it back to the starting line when everyone was off and running.

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It was very cold and snowy but we started to run up a little hill and were off. At times we had to go single file through pretty deep snow, but then we came to a snowy path and were able to speed up. It was actually a very pretty run along the River Valley. We went across a bridge and then were soon in another snowy pathway going single file. It was chilly but while I was running I was pretty warm. Soon I was peeling off my hats and mitts and scarf. Marissa and I got separated again so it was pretty much me running alone the whole time although I was able to see her when we were going onto the bridge. She said that she was keeping an eye on me throughout the run.

10426912 10426914Towards the end of the race I was able to get a shot of myself running and I was surprised to see that my face was pretty frozen. My eyelashes and all the little hairs on my face were white from my sweat freezing. It actually looked pretty cool. We finished the race running through the parking lot (I wish I could have started my car to get it warmed up) and then a very short run took me through the finish line. I couldn’t take any pictures or check my exact time because my phone decided it was too cold and it didn’t want to work, but I finished the over 6k race in under 40 minutes which I was very happy with.

IMG_0964I waited at the finish line for Marissa to finish. She wasn’t too far behind me. We normally would stick around for a while afterwards to get some pictures at the picture area they had set up but we were both so chilled after we stopped running that we got our Tim Horton’s hot chocolate (which tasted amazing with little marshmallows in it) and started heading back to the car. I somehow lost one of my mittens along the way, but I would say that it was a pretty successful run. I can now check off winter 5k from my bucket list.

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IMG_0973PS the first 200 people to sign up got a really cute toque. I still haven’t gotten mine because there was a mix up but I am picking it up this week. Super excited for it. Also check out the cute t-shirts that we got from the race. They were going around and giving out prizes after the run and Marissa won some shoelaces, but sadly nothing for me. For more information about the company who puts on these great runs check out their website MultisportsCanada.

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The Santa Shuffle

Before we had even completed the Great Sweater Run I saw the Santa Shuffle 5k fun run being advertised by the Running Room and decided to sign up once again for another winter run.

Why the santa shuffle 5K fun run and 1K elf walk?

This merry event helps The Salvation Army to assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Pledges raised for the Santa Shuffle will support people in your community who may be struggling to make ends meet.

The annual 5K Santa Shuffle Fun Run & 1K Elf Walk brings families and friends together. The event is held across North America, so check the city closest to you and sign up!

IMG_1108 Screen-Shot-2013-08-10-at-2.58.21-PMThis event is held annually across North America, and we were lucky enough to have one in our city. Marissa originally didn’t sign up for the run because she had a work conflict, but at the last minute we realized that they didn’t overlap and she would be able to run along with me. Luckily the weather decided to cooperate and was much nicer than the Great Sweater Run. It was only -8 this which was a great temperature to run in.

IMG_1149Once again we hadn’t picked up our registration packages ahead of time so we arrived a little early to get that all done. It was very fast and efficiently done. This race was held at William Hawrelak Park and luckily they have an indoor event room. We were able to stand around inside and wait for the race to start. There was a quick warm up before the event but we were soon shuffled outside to the starting line.

There were a lot of people dressed up in festive wear. Marissa decided to wear her Christmas Sweater again since you don’t get many opportunities to wear them. I was very pink in my Running Room reflective jacket to keep myself warm.

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Before we knew it we were off and running. It was a slow start since there were a lot of people walking as well as people with their kids in sleds or their dogs on leashes. Once we were out of the original tangle of people we were able to speed up a little bit. Again it was pretty early when Marissa and I got separated. I went around a group of people and thought she was following me, but I turn around and find her missing (Later on she told me that I take longer strides than her so she can’t keep up even though we are pretty much the same height). So again I ran this race on my own though I had Taylor Swift to keep me company.

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The run was nice it was a loop which we did twice. The path was snowy, but it was well packed and it wasn’t slippery so I was able to run at pretty much my normal speed. The temperature was great and once again I found myself getting too warm and having to take layers off. I must admit that I felt like stopping pretty much the whole way but pushed myself to finish the race without slowing down. I was able to capture a few sneaky pictures on the run again.

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I always love the last kilometer of a race because you can feel the end approaching. I find at this point I start running with my heart and not my head, and find it much easier to push through. It was nice to see all the volunteers toward the end cheering us on to the end. When I could see the finish line in sight I started to speed up and crossed the finish line at 34:20 (The run was actually 6k in total so I am very proud of this time) When I crossed the finish line Santa Claus himself was there to hand me my finisher medal, and man are they pretty.

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While I was waiting at the finish line for Marissa to cross and older man came up to me and told me that he had been trying to catch up to me while we were running but he wasn’t able to do it. I thought that was nice. It made me feel like I had run quickly. Soon Marissa finished and I was able to get a few pictures of Santa giving her her medal. I guess I am her unofficial finish line photographer.

IMG_1122 IMG_1123  IMG_1125 IMG_1126 IMG_1127 IMG_1128After the race there were lots of things going on. We stopped and got hot chocolate when we finished, and there is something about hot chocolate after you finish a 5k race that makes it taste so good. Then when we went back inside the building there were hotdogs, granola bars, oranges and juice boxes as well as water bottles for everyone.

They had also set up a photo booth for people to take pictures with. Of course we had to get in on that action. When you hit the button it takes four photos and the girl was talking to us so she kind of ruined the first one, but there isn’t any excuse why the others are crazy. We are just weird I guess.

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After we were fed and photo-ed we decided it was time to head home since Marissa had to hurry up and get to work. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to participate again next year! I hope that the weather will cooperate again.

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After completing the Santa Shuffle we have now finished our 6th 5k run since June. We are really looking forward to next year when we will get to do many more. The first one I have planned is the Resolution Run which is happening on January 1st. Going to ring the New Year in right and Welcome 2015 on the right foot.

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Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy