Monday x2

The hazard of having a holiday mid week (Happy belated Canada day folks), is that you get to experience a Monday-like vibe twice in one week.  Brutal.

What isn’t so brutal, however, is that I ran yesterday.  See…turns out I am allowed to run again.  Not fast, mind you, but I am allowed to slowly increase my time/distance.  Pace has to stay at about 9 minute miles until my weird injury is better.  I ran a full 30 minutes yesterday (with a 10 min warm up, followed by a 5 minute cool down).  Total distance was about 4.25 miles.  I followed that up with some leg focused strength training (lunges, squats and deadlifts) and my physio work.

If Neverland isn't possible, I will settle for a treadmill or a nice run trail.

If Neverland isn’t possible, I will settle for a treadmill or a nice run trail!

Now that I’m allowed to run again, I think it’s time to start re-investing in my runDisney savings account.  I’m super sad to be missing my planned trip to Wine and Dine with Team Can-Am this year (due to issues related to bringing my grams), so I’ve had to postpone til 2016.   This isn’t so bad though–it will give me an opportunity to not rush my healing and save up enough cash to go…especially since I will be going on my own and who knows where the exchange rate will be by November 2016.

I’m still continuing with my physio–and I have my follow up appointment with my hernia doc next week to confirm, once and for all, whether or not I have a hernia.  Given how good my injury has been feeling with these physio appointments, I’m pretty confident that it isn’t a hernia–and well, who wants surgery, right?

My goal over the next few weeks is to work my way back up to running for an hour….and hopefully, eventually, I can start doing some speed training again.  I might also start adding some group fitness classes to my regimen just to shake things up a bit.  After all, my least injured times have always been when I’m doing a lot of cross training.

Anyway, must get going and officially start this second Monday of the week.  Here’s hoping is goes by quickly!

Much love,

~Princess Lisa

Mid-Year Check In

So it is the middle of the year…end of June…the cusp of my great Nation’s birthday (yay Canada Day!)…which also happens to fall mid-week…so much middle in this opening sentence.

What hasn’t been so middle is life over the past six months.  There has been a lot of stuff going on…new jobs…travels…new nieces being born, weight gain, run hiatus, near PRs, family drama, dating, PRs in fun, very little blogging and a surprising amount of ice cream.

I think what has shocked me most is how quickly everything has happened this year.  I still remember the cusp of 2015 starting.  The hurtful comments a few people in my life made to me, a completely and hilariously horrible blind date, and taking a chance and doing something to make me feel like a movie star (which still might be one of the best things I have ever done).  If you were to have told me that all that has happened since those days was to happen…I wouldn’t have believed you.  Some of it has been beyond great…some not so great..but at the end of the day, at least I feel like I’m progressing and finally living my life instead of life happening to me.

Wanna hear a quick inventory of the year so far:

1 – family health scare – Grams falling down the stairs and being in the hospital for 2 weeks with broken ribs and a collapsed lung

8 – new Disney medals – would’ve been nine but my travel partner and I missed the 5K

2 – Disney trips and 2 race challenges completed

1 – new job.

27 – the amount of days I have been at the new job.

3 – guys I have dated for various amounts of time.  Just about to kiss one good bye and take a short dating hiatus.

1 – PR in fun at the Frozen 5K with Kellie and Nicole

200 – the amount of miles Kim drove to cheer for me, Nic and Kellie at Princess.

1 – the amount of time any of my friends have ever come out to cheer me on at a race (thanks Kim!)

4 – the amount of miles I can walk in just under 55 minutes

5 – the amount of staff people I manage in my new job

5 – the amount of races I have run

What does your year look like so far?  Any fun plans for the rest of 2015?  I’m hoping to get back to running and training for another race real soon!  Just need to heal up first!

Much Love,

~Princess Lisa

Summer Bucket List

Inspired by one of my all time favourite baking blogs, Joy the Baker, I decided to follow her lead and create myself a fun Summer Bucket List.

So without further adieu…here it is….20 fun things I wanna do this summer!

1. Meet up with friends I haven’t seen in a long while for patio drinks.

2. Meet up with friends from out of town–be it on my turf of theirs (hello upcoming trip to Ottawa).

3. Make something delicious with the herbs I am growing on my windowsill at work.

4. Experiment to make my own perfect homemade cold brew coffee with my French press.

5. Maybe run…hopefully…again…and preferably with a run club.

6. Go to the beach.

7. Make some yummy ice cream from scratch….or maybe a few so I can find a perfect summer of 2015 ice cream.

8. Learn how to bbq.

9. Help my dad set up his new patio furniture and then enjoy a meal sitting on it.

10. Read a fun summer read in a park on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

11.  Hit up the farmer’s market and make a delicious meal with my purchases

12. Practice some easy meal planning/prep.

13.  Go for a (fitness) swim.

14.  Catch a summer blockbuster.  Maybe two.

15.  Sleep in on a handful of Saturdays.

16.  Dump the guy I am currently seeing… (this is probably going to be the first thing on my list to do).

17.  Find a new guy that is awesome….may take a looong while longer.

18.  Make a really, really good mojito.

19.  Have a leisurely, indulgent out door brekkie.

20. Do something I haven’t done before…sky’s the limit…well…maybe not sky–the idea of sky diving freaks me out to no avail.

What do you wanna do this summer?

~Princess Lisa