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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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 Marathon Weekend – My first 10k race

edm marLast December I received an email from the running room letting me know that the price for the Edmonton Marathon was about to be raised, and that I should sign up for the run before that happened to save some money. I decided that I would use the Edmonton Marathon as my first official 10k race, so I signed up to participate. This was a good way to push myself to run further but to give myself lots of time to train.

Well I continued running mostly 5k races and didn’t really train as much I should have for my 10k race, and soon enough August was rolling around and I was hesitantly counting down the amount of days I had left to train before the run. Before I knew it the Marathon weekend was here and it was time run.

Friday August 21st

After work, my friend Cailin, who was running the Half Marathon,  and I decided to meet up at the Shaw Conference Center to pick up our race packages and go through the sports expo.

We showed up around 4pm and the place was already starting to get busy with other runners doing the same. You had to walk through the sports expo to get to the package pickup, so we took our time looking around at all the booths. There were a lot of free goodies being given away like protein bars, gym towel, juice and chicken proteinis just to name a few of the things I got.

When we got to the package pickup the process was very easy. They gave me my bag, I got my chip scanned to make sure that it was working and the information was correct and I was all set to go. They had pictures of the route on display which was nice to be able to see where we were going to run. The ladies shirt this year was black and the material is really nice. The men’s shirt was light blue.

After we picked up our packages we walked back through the expo and spotted John Stanton’s booth. For those of you unfamiliar with him he is the founder of the Running Room which is an Alberta based company that started right here in Edmonton back in 1984, and has now grown to over 115 locations in Canada and the US. They offer training courses from learning how to walk, do 5ks or run a marathon. They also sponsor a lot of running events like the Edmonton Marathon itself.

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Saturday August 22nd

On Saturday the Running Room sponsored a friendship 3k km/walk for the participants of the marathon, so on Saturday Morning Cailin, Marissa and myself made our way back down to the Shaw Conference Center to participate.

I was really glad that I went to the event because before the run we got to listen to John Stanton give us some advice about how to approach the run the following morning. He is such an accomplished runner himself I made sure to soak up all the information that he was giving out. It was also a great opportunity to meet all pace bunnies and find the one that would be running the time that you were hoping to finish.

Then we all exited the conference center and ran/walked down the hill. It was a really path and it was a fun easy run to get out and meet some other runners and get a light workout in the day before the run. We took our time and just walked it, but had fun nonetheless.

After the run we headed back into the Shaw Conference Center and had a great breakfast and stood around chatting for a bit. We decided to walk back through the expo and get some more goodies. We also went by the animal shelter and they had some bunnies that needed to be adopted. I wish I could save all the animals, but I already have two bad bunnies at home.

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Sunday August 23rd

The night before the race I had some difficulty sleeping. I think I was a little nervous as this was my first 10k and therefore the longest distance that I have run. I woke up a few times through the night afraid that I was going to be late. When I actually woke up I got dressed and ready to head out the door.

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My race started at 7:30 so by 6:45 I started walking to the train. For a Sunday morning there were a lot of people on the train because there were a lot of people making their way downtown for the run.

As I was walking to the Conference Center I could hear the national anthem being played and got to see the marathon runners leave. I made my way into the center to gear check and dropped off my bag and went back upstairs to wait for my start. I actually met up with a friend who was running and hung out with her group until it was time to head to the starting line. It was pretty chilly just standing around waiting, but luckily it wasn’t too long.

IMG_8171 IMG_8172 IMG_8174 IMG_8178 It started by listening to the national anthem again and then there was a countdown and we were off. We raced down Jasper Avenue which is one of the main streets in Edmonton. It was nice to see a lot of volunteers, police officers and people around to cheer us on. There were a lot of people who had come out with signs which helped to pass some of the time.

During the Edmonton Marathon the rules state that you aren’t allowed to use headphones since the roads are not completely closed off and you need to be able to hear officials in case an elite runner is trying to pass you. I decided that I would play music from my phone without headphones, but in the end I didn’t even bother turning on my music. There was more than enough to look at and think about on my run that I didn’t find it too bad.

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IMG_8180   IMG_8183I had decided that I wanted to run the race in between 1:10-1:15 minutes, and I was keeping up with my pace bunny really well for the first 5k, but then lost her around the time we switched back. At least I could see that I was well ahead of my other bunny, but unfortunately I wasn’t sure to stop and walk.

On the way back we met up with the Half Marathoners who left 30 minutes after us. I was able to see Cailin and cheer each other on which was nice. It was really inspirational to see some of the elite runners and how fast they were actually going. By this time there were a lot more people who were out to cheer us on. There was an entire block party held by Lululemon and they had some great signs which really helped to push me through the last 2k. As I turned on to Jasper I could see the end in sight, and as I got closer to the finish line I decided to speed up as there was a lady in front of me I wasn’t going to let beat me.

I crossed the finish line in 1:10:55 and got my finisher medal. This is now my personal best time (since it was my first run) I actually didn’t feel very tired and thought I could have run longer. I also knew that I could definitely run faster as well. I grabbed some water and a snack and waited at the finish line to watch as other people finished.

IMG_8184 IMG_8187 IMG_8190 IMG_8186It was incredible to see the elite runners finish. The top half marathon finish time was 1:03 for a man and 1:13 for a woman. Then I watched as the first man finished the marathon in 2:28. It was actually a man from Edmonton who won which was nice to see him accomplish something so spectacular in his hometown. After watching them cross the finish line I went and picked up my stuff at gear check because it was getting cold. I came back just in time to see Cailin finish her race at 1:54 she set her personal best time!

IMG_8196 IMG_8197 IMG_8200 IMG_8201After she finished we went down to the brunch to eat some food. We weren’t exactly thrilled with the food choice since there was not much selection. We sat down and watched some of the awards being passed out to the winners of the different categories. They had a big screen with everyone’s finish time being displayed which was nice. They were taking a long time in between categories so we soon decided to leave. So we decided to head home. It was nice to relax after the run and realize that I had checked off another item on my fitness goals list. I guess the next goal will be to run a half marathon.

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Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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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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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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!