Sunday, September 23, 2012

Zoo Run Recap, My Amazing Weekend And A TON Of Photos...

Good afternoon Beautiful,

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday night. Really! This weekend flew by, but in a great way. What an amazing weekend I had! As you know, Michelle from Push.Pump.Progress and I ran the Toronto Oasis Zoo Run 10km race yesterday morning. You know, I went into this race, not really that nervous. I could easily run a good 7.5km training run (ok, not “easy” but it wasn’t like running a half-marathon or anything…) so I assumed that this race would be challenging, but I’d be able to finish it in under an hour no problem. Michelle was the same. We had heard that the course was pretty hilly, but for some reason that didn’t register in my head as anything that tough.
Holy crap guys, this race was easily the hardest run I’ve EVER done in my life. Seriously, the course was made up entirely of hills, up, down, up, down… never ending hills. By the time I made my way up one hill, my legs were dead/jelly/burning/useless, then running downhill kind of gave them a break, but then as soon as that was over it was back up hill, it was BRUTAL!! There was more than 1 occasion where 1. I wanted to die and 2. Wanted to let Michelle just go ahead of me so I could walk more. Thank the sweet lord I decided against that, I tried to keep up with Michelle the best I could although at some points I think I held her back a bit… but she kept me motivated, coached me through the stupid hills and we finished the run at 1 hour 4 minutes. It’s the worst 10km time both of us have ever had… which was very shocking to both of us because we both felt like we were running so fast. In the first half we were running less than 9 minute miles, so we have no idea what went wrong. I blame it on the hills.
The race set up was also a bit strange. They did a lot of cutting pathways in half, which I didn’t like. It left no space to pass anyone unless you went onto the muddy grass (it was raining), and at the end of the 10km, the 5km race started so all of the paths out of the zoo you weren’t allowed to walk on due to the race. I feel like someone did some poor planning on that part, because I didn’t like having to walk in mud to get out of the zoo. All in all though I wish the weather would have been a bit nicer, but it was definitely a challenging run, but fun all at the same time!
Another fun part about the Zoo Run is the fact that you’re running through the zoo! During the run I saw some bison, zebras, giraffes, monkeys and flamingos. How fun is that! I didn’t stop running to snap any photos, although that would have been a nice break (ha), but after the race was over we got to walk through the zoo on the way out and we got some really cool photos! Check this out!

That monkey gave us the death stare eh? It’s a bit freaky…
The last quarter of the race my IT band started to really hurt, which in turn results in hip pain. Today it’s a lot less tender, but I can still tell it’s a bit irritated. I need to foam roll it again today. Anyways though, here are some fun photos from race day!

After the race, C and I went to the grand opening of the new GoodLife Fitness club in Mississauga, our now Meadowvale location. It was such a big, beautiful club. I was so glad I got to see it! I also got to see one of my oldest friends, my very first roommate that I ever had. It was so great to see her again. I don’t get to talk to her much and I hardly ever get to see her, I miss her a lot. We were really close in college so it’s always like old times when I run into her again. J. We actually had some fun chats yesterday about some people we knew in college. It’s fun to relive that time of our lives because it was so fun and she will definitely always have a small little spot in my heart! J Love you A.. xo.
C and I then went to the mall because I wanted to buy myself some Lulu for getting through that hell of a race. I ended up buying these Wunder Under pants!

Annnnd I decided to pop into Lush. I’ve heard some cool things about the company and I always smell their products whenever I walk past, so I ended up purchasing two bars of soap and some face ocean salts…

The reason I like Lush, well, there are many reasons. Basically it can be summed up by the text on their bags:
A Lush Life
We Believe
… in making effective products from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics
We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not conduct or commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.
We invent our own products and fragrances, we make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients and tell you when they were made.
We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and the right to make mistakes, lost everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and our customer is always right.
We also believe words like “fresh” and “organic” have an honest meaning behind marketing.
That’s pretty cool huh? So far, I’m enjoying their products. I’m currently using the soap called The Godmother, it smells so nice and leaves my skin so nice. I like knowing that it’s all organic as well. The face salts brighten my skin, and leave it so soft. I can’t wait to see how my skin looks after a few weeks of using this product. Have you tried Lush products before? If so, what’s a product that you’d recommend I try?
Then last night C and I went on a double date. We went to Ruth Chris’s Steak House. It was so amazing and my meal was completely paleo with the exception of the chocolate cherry martini I had. Everyone in the restaurant looked at me when my flash went off... oh well.

It was VERY sweet, but I only had 1. Dinner was two steak medallions with huge shrimps on top, with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms! It was AMAZING. Then we went out for some drinks after to my signature spot, Williams Landing, and I only had 2 drinks! I had made the goal to not go hard for about 3 weeks because I really just wanted to give my body a break so I’m really happy that we had such a low key weekend.
Next weekend is the CIBC Run For The Cure. It’s a 5km race, but it’s not timed which is nice. Our team (team Sweat Pink!) is made up of people with a wide range of fitness levels so it’s just going to be super fun, and no stress. It will actually be Jenny’s first race so I’m excited to go through that with her – I know she will do awesome, she’s already ran more than 5km before so she’ll do so well J. I hope she’s excited!
Today my best friend asked me if I was going to do another half-marathon soon. You know, I don’t think I want to do another half this year. I want to get over my injuries, I want to build some strength and endurance and I think I’m going to stick to smaller races (10km max). I totally need to redeem myself after this last 10km (1 hour 4 minutes… really!? My best time was 55m!) so I’ll be doing another 10km sometime in the near future. But in the meantime, I will focus on smaller runs, and eating clean! This is tonight’s dinner, curried shrimp and spinach!
2 lbs of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp ghee, butter or coconut oil (I used butter)
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp tomato paste
½ cup homemade chicken stock (I used organic chicken broth that was store bought. I’m not domestic enough to have made my own chicken stock – sorry!)
1 cup of full-fat coconut milk
2 tightly packed cups of shredded spinach
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Heat a large skillet over a medium-low heat and cook the onion in the butter until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
2. Season to taste with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, stir in the curry powder and continue cooking for a minute.
3. Place mixture in a blender or food processer, add the tomato paste as well as the chicken brother and coconut milk and blend until smooth.
4. Pour the mixture back in the skillet and bring to a simmer.
5. Add the shrimps and spinach and cook covered for about 5 minutes, until the shrimps are just cooked.

It turned out really well! C ate his over some white rice and I had mine over some steamed cauliflower to make sure it’s completely paleo! Blending the onion into the curry tasted DELICIOUS… It’s definitely a recipe that I’ll be doing again… and eating as leftovers tomorrow! J.
Today we went shopping at IKEA and I had to share the amazing mirror that I got! I’m so excited about it, it’s so pretty! I have visions of painting it white in the future… look!

You love it right? J
How was your weekend? Did you partake in any of the insane amounts of races that happened? Did you do anything super fun?

Make sure to check out my Eat Clean Diet giveaway happening RIGHT NOW until October 1!! Check it out here, it's an amazingly HUGE giveaway Tosca Reno inspired!!
Stay sweet.


  1. your new mirror is so pretty! i love ikea! also, the recipe for curry shrimp is a MUST try! looks so good!! have a great sunday! spa love!

    1. Thanks! I love my mirror too, it's got a nice vintage feel which I adore! I'm eating the leftover curry shrimp right now for breakfast and it's still JUST as delicious! :)

  2. oh my gosh what a cool run! looking at the animals would definitely keep my mind off of the running part. love your new mirror!

    1. I think only the last 4ish km's had animals in it, it was fairly boring scenary the rest of the race... BUT the animals did make up for it! :)

  3. That is an AWESOME run - I love seeing the pictures of all the animals. And that mirror is amazing - I think I need one too!! :)

    1. Thanks girl! IKEA is amazing... I wish I had a wide open space and an unlimited budget, I'd deck the whole thing out in IKEA... or just take their actual sample rooms and place them in my home :). The run was super neat! Seeing the animals was the best part :)

  4. I LOVE Lush. You have got to try their shampoo called rehab. It's worth the expensive and when used properly in small amounts last forever. Every time I shower at my gym with it I get compliments about how good it smells. I also love their olive branch body wash and the bare angels face wash. Can you tell I'm a lush fanatic? Lol.

    1. Thanks a ton for the recommendations!! I'll definitely be going back and trying out some more stuff, so I'll check out rehab for sure! :)

  5. I saw you! I am a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador and recognized your shirt as you came across the finish line (I was done and waiting for my sole sister). I thought it was so much fun to see someone sweating pink! Good job!

    1. Girl! I think I saw your shirts! Were they black with pink writing?! You should have came and said hello to us!! :) How did you find the race? As hard as I found it?

  6. Looks like your run was so much fun!! And I love the mirror - we LOVE Ikea!! Keep up the great work, thanks for all your motivation! AND your recipe looks amazing!!

    1. Thanks Christie! I'm loving all of your wonderful comments and words of encouragement! xoxoxo

  7. we are going to kill the women's 8k race next month! lets use sunday as a training run and finish the 5km in under 30 min!

    1. As long as it's not winding hills we should be good! :) xo


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