Running with new friends along an ice cubed river? Beautiful. Moving outside in the warmest part of the day and getting that tough workout done? Priceless. Eating chocolate covered strawberries and coffee post-run? An unexpected treat!
I had a great start to my day yesterday as I drove towards downtown to meet Corey and her husband Glen at the Extreme Bean coffee shop to begin our run. Corey had 5 miles on her plan today: a one mile warm up, 3 miles at around 9 min/mile pace (tempo), and a one mile cool down. I was excited for the chance to do some speed work because I don’t have a Garmin or way to track my pace and really had no idea how fast I’m able to run!
The run started out quickly: it wasn’t cold out but it was chilly, and we just started moving. I thought to myself, “If this is slower than our tempo, I’m either out of shape or ate breakfast too close to go-time!” Turns out we were already under 9 minute miles and the pace picked up from there. We enjoyed a beautiful out-and-back run, save for the running back into a headwind, which I feel at some point on most runs in Calgary. We finished strong, running most our miles around 8:40 pace (in other words, Corey ROCKED it!) and I was happily surprised to see that I felt pretty comfortable at that pace.
Now I want a Garmin again more seriously because if I was training for something or wanted to get faster, I know it would be majorly beneficial speed work!
It was great getting to know both Corey and Glen a little more on the run and afterward during a coffee/breakfast stop at the Lazy Loaf & Kettle (one of mine and Mikey’s FAVORITE coffee/pastry/food cafes in Calgary!). Glen surprised us with a little post-run treat: a tuxedo-ed strawberry each.
More than giving great treats, Glen is an awesome on-the-go photographer! Check out the great pics he snapped while we were running (including the stop below, which was where you see the time in our pace go up):
I look forward to connecting with these two again; it seemed so natural and fun to meet up and 2 blates in 1 week surely means it’s been a good one.
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Since our fun “blate,” I’ve trained clients, done laundry, been working on a special post and video that I’m almost done with and squeezed another workout in! I love adding pull ups into my movement throughout the day, so I kept a tally for yesterday (there are 50 more ticks on there already today!):
I also was surprised by a great care package spearheaded by my Aunt Sue (remember her? The bee keeper!)…Check it out (I put everything on to represent their gifts in the photo)!
This really made me feel loved and remembered; what a fun, unexpected bright spot! Thanks Sue, Bonnie, Mom & Tay!
Over the last few days, we also set a record in our basement: the most people we’ve had around our little dinner table and in our home! We had a great evening with almost our entire small group (just missing one – we love you, Jacque!), which totalled 10 people! Actually, if we’re counting Peter (or Slippery Pete as you may know him on the blog), there were 11 of us; he is definitely more human than baby now. He’s getting so big!
Everyone gather ‘round! …using our shelves as a serving bar for taco night!
We are studying the book of James and really loving it, as well as welcoming new people in our group and challenging ourselves to put our faith into action. I am so thankful for this community and am challenged every week to grow more, to continue meeting together to encourage one another and to stay accountable to one another through our friendships.
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Well, the day is getting along – time to finish some clean up and head out for another two clients! I hope you guys are having a great day. In fact, here’s what I’d love to know today:
What was the highlight of your day? A good workday? A new workout? That tasty bowl of ice cream? A compliment you received?
My highlight today was connecting with my friend Heather. I really love her and her family and being able to see her and chat about how she’s doing is a bright spot in my day for sure!
Live well & be well friends; catch ya tomorrow!