…literally! I’m currently posting from the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Ontario, one of the coolest airports I’ve ever been in! Since I last posted, so much has happened, so maybe the fact that I’m posting from TO now seems a little odd, so let me back up and explain a bit.
The WW2H tour has been going SO well! Mikey and I are continually reminded of how blessed we are to be living this experience, and especially to be doing so with some great friends, Jason and Cassandra, and with the help of our friend and tour director, Pat Taylor.
It’s been a very full time, and it’s weird now to be stepping away from the film tour for a bit, but I’m leaving for 10 days with so many great memories in tow and ready to come back and make some more! Since I’ve been blogging regularly over at WW2H, I’ll spare you all the film tour/screening/survivor updates and let you browse there if you want. Over here, it’s all about fitness. So let’s get to it! What have I been up to fitness and food wise lately?
- Running! I’m a little worried you might be getting bored of running updates, but the truth is, this is the easiest thing to do on the road when you don’t have space to work out and are not sure where you’ll be staying from day to day. I’ve managed to squeeze a few stellar runs in recently, including a HOT and beautiful 6.5 mile run in Brandon, MB. I jetted outside after church the Sunday we were there in between the previous night’s screening, our cousin Dylan’s performance in “Buddy Holly” (a great musical, and he rocked it!) and an evening public screening. Afterward, I took some self-timer pics before not even showering and hopping into nice clothes (you guys know how I roll, or at least know you do!).
(Some failed attempts! Somehow, even after a fast run in the sun, I always have energy to jump, jump, and jump again for that *one* shot!)
(Some of the winners! And don’t worry, those are attached shorts under than running skirt, which, YES I was stoked to wear! Hellloooo, spring! )
After we got to Winnipeg, I was also able to get out for a gorgeous morning run of 8.4 miles around town. Although I have no photos to document that run, just know that I SO appreciated good weather, clear skies, open roads, and the chance to sleep in AND run in the morning before the day’s screenings got going.
Our time in Brandon was incredible – reconnecting with family, eating good food, enjoying beds and a house, and taking a bit of down time from the tour (read: sleeping lots and hopping online lots!). Thanks again to Betty Anne, Darrell, and the rest of the fam for their hospitality and good times!
Workouts! Yes! It’s true! I’ve been able to incorporate more strength training into my days just like I purposed to in my last post. I lead Jason, Mikey, and Cassandra in a HIIT workout in our family’s living room in Brandon and they were sore for days (gotta love a good case of DOMS after not working out for a while)! We all loved the chance to sweat a little coupled with the ability to take a shower too.
In addition to this solid workout, I’ve been keeping up with 100+ push ups a day. I’m sitting here now in a very busy airport, wanting to do my push ups and scoping out the least attention-catching area to do them before I board my plane…it’s always interesting to stay fit on the road (or in the air!)…
Good Food! Let me tell you guys, when you’re living out of and traveling across the country in an RV, people want to help out and one of the ways they do so is by giving you good food! We’ve been so grateful for the hospitality shown to us in every province, and the past few days have yielded the same generosity and goodwill from family and friends.
Somehow, I really feel like I’ve managed to keep myself from indulging too much, and have really noticed that I feel so much worse when I fuel my body with sugar with these long days, early hours, and time on the road. The motivation is high to keep fueling with foods that will treat my body well. That plus regular runs, the occasional workout session, lots of push ups, and the odd cookie or late night cake attack (they send us with leftovers too!) has made for a happy time on the road food and fitness wise.
(Playing with dogs makes for good health too!)
Travel! And that brings you to where I am today, sitting in the Toronto airport bound for a fun, far-away destination…I’ve mentioned where I’m going briefly on the blog a while ago, but for those of you who don’t know I’ll keep you in suspense a bit! After a slightly tearful goodbye (I’m going to miss that man of mine!), my airport time started out with an RV-made tupperware of oats plus cinnamon, a scoop of almond butter, and a small banana:
(What do my breakfast and me share in common? We might not look great, but really are quite good! A tired morning for me and a less-than-beautiful bowl of oats but a tasty one all the same!)
I made it just fine on my first flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto, and was able to grab a bit of lunch before finally being allowed to check in from my flight to Rome (not my final destination, although maybe some day!):
(A vanilla soy blueberry-banana smoothie (not from Starbucks) & a fruit & grain bar from the Bucks plus my water bottle – gotta’ keep hydrated!)
(Caved in and bought not 1 but 2 Runner’s World magazines – one is from the UK! great plane reading material for my longest flight ever!)
My flight is delayed by 2 hours and I have about 2 hours in Rome to catch my next flight…here’s hoping all the connections work out okay! Excited for this adventure and praying for Mikey and the group as they continue to speak, share, and screen WW2H across Canada. Are we coming to a city near you in Canada? Check out the Events Calendar to see if we are, and if you can make it out, we’d love to meet you!
I’m sneaking off to do my push ups now – with a 2 hour delay, there’s definitely no reason NOT to. What about you guys? Any highlights in your lives? Any fun trips planned on the way? And lastly, how are you sweating this weekend? Let’s just say I’ll be in a place hot enough to sweat without exercise…bring it on! Have a great weekend, all! Live well & be well,