Community Healthy Living

Will Run For Chocolate

This past Sunday was my second time running the Chocolate Chase, a local fun run and fundraising event. I participated in this run in its inaugural year and loved it, so was very sad when it fell on the same weekend as the Lethbridge Regional Police Services race last year.

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When I realized I had no plans on the weekend, I texted Mary to see if she was interested in joining. For a $25 entry fee, you really can’t go wrong. Even with late registration, we received Chocolate Chase buffs and got treats at the end.

Unfortunately, the weather was no bueno when we woke up. I had to send out some texts to see what other’s were wearing because when it comes to chilly weather, I forget how to dress. I had a piece of toast and cup of coffee before heading out. The race starts in a shopping plaza with plenty of space for parking. I got there with plenty of time to check out some of the booths, say hi to all of the friends I knew there, and grab a coffee in attempts to stay warm. I generally don’t participate in the group warmups, but by the time it started I was so cold, I attempted to keep up with the Jazzercise warmup to build some heat. Mostly, Mary and I giggled at how terrible we were at keeping up to the choreography.

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Before long we were off. We had zero time goals or expectations other than to just get out there for Sunday Runday. This is an untimed, non-competitive race, with all levels and ages that come  out to run or walk 3 or 5km. Our only mistake starting was that we didn’t head up to the front, and we ended up being stuck behind people and weaving around people on a narrow sidewalk in the beginning. Things eventually thinned out a bit once we hit the trail system and we held a comfortable pace. Of course, I didn’t think to check my watch and it was totally dead so I was running naked, which was just fine. When we got into the shelter of the trees, I finally started to warm up and was regretting running in a hat!

We didn’t stop at the water station along the way that was giving out chocolate wafers, but what a great perk! Despite not having run much over the summer, I was feeling really good the entire way. That is until we got to the hill just before the finish. This hill was way longer and more brutal than the hill before the Woody’s finish. I was starting to get that pukey feeling toward the top and eventually had to take a short break to catch my breath before we ran to the finish.

Once you finished, you could pick up water and fruit or granola bars, chocolate covered strawberries from Bernard Callebaut, gelato from Famoso, and cookies from Subway. I’ll run for chocolate any day.

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I didn’t stick around much longer after I finished that gelato because I got chilled again. There’s tons to check out between all the door prizes, bouncy castle and face painting for kids. It really is a well organized, fun event for the community.

So who’s coming to run it next year? 

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Weekend Recap

So that was the last weekend of August, hey? Apparently, summer has bid us adieu because temperatures all weekend were barely above 15° with little sunshine. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall just as much as summer, but it hardly feels like we got a summer at all and I wish it would hang on just a little bit longer. But enough complaining about the weather, let’s see what I got up to this weekend…

Weekend Recap

Friday
Liam and I went to pick up our vegetable share right after work. I got the hugest cabbage I’ve ever seen so if anyone has any fantastic recipes that include all the cabbage (and please don’t say cabbage rolls), send them my way. Since our pick up location is at one of Liam’s favourite playgrounds, we hung out there for a bit before he requested a trip to the “train store” aka Chapters. I was happy to oblige so I could pick up Brie’s latest book club pick. We eventually headed home for supper and bedtime. I ended up skipping my workout and watching the last three episodes of Gilmore Girls after Liam went to bed, which kept me up way past my usual bed time. I’m sad that I finished the series again (it’s probably my 5th time watching it entirely).

Saturday
Since I had skipped my workout Friday night, I got it done first thing in the morning. Liam joined in for a portion of it before going back to watching his show. PS mams, there’s a new Netflix original called Beat Bugs and it’s the cutest new show. If you like the Beatles, you especially need to check it out.

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After a quick shower, we headed out to the market. Besides our usual sausage and perogies for breakfast, I picked up some beet hummus, cold brew coffee and a growler of kombucha. We’ve had to upgrade from our mason jar of kombucha to a growler because a certain small human can’t get enough. Also, for my Calgary and Red Deer friends, you must pick up a bottle of Blackbird Cold Brew. The fine fellas told me they plan to be at the Red Deer market for the rest of the season. We may have topped our market trip off with a bag of mini donuts as per Liam’s request, that we ate on the way to the lake.

Despite the cold and rainy day, we spent the afternoon visiting my uncle and trying to convince Liam not to get covered in sand or go in the water. It wasn’t an easy task, but it was a success.

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Liam’s dad picked him up from the cabin and I stayed behind to visit a bit longer before heading out. I was suppose to be attending a stagette dinner for a girlfriend getting married next month, but when I got to the restaurant, they told me the booking was cancelled. I ended up grabbing some takeout and watching last week’s episode of Suits before popping in to visit with Cassandra and her husband.

Sunday
Despite a relatively early night, my 7am alarm came far too early. I hung out in bed for half an hour or so before getting ready for the Chocolate Chase. Full recap to come.

Post-race, I was so chilled that I grabbed a latte and went home for a warm bath. I didn’t anticipate starting my Sunday Runday baths so early in the year, but it was lovely. I ended up tackling my pantry for a good clean and reorganizing before heading out to run some errands for the rest of the afternoon. Once I was back home, it was meal prep, laundry and catching up on some blog work. I ended up using most of my kale from this week’s vegetable share to make this Italian kale salad and it’s amazing.

And that’s a wrap on the weekend!

What did you get up to this weekend? Anything super fun?
What’s the weather like where you are? Still summer or is it starting to feel like fall?
Have any fun new recipes I should try? 

#sundayrunday Healthy Living

Sunday Runday #61

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Remember when Sunday Runday used to be a regular thing? Something about not having a fall race to keep me motivated to run through summer means I fall off the running wagon apparently.

Luckily, a fantastic local fun run just happened to fit into my schedule today, bringing a triumphant return to this feature. Mary and I reunited for a chilly 5k at the Chocolate Chase. It was rudely cold this morning as we faced single digits temps and a frigid wind. I’ll recap the race later this week, so stay tuned.

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If you’re new to Sunday Runday, it’s a weekly running date for anyone and everyone to join. It doesn’t matter the distance, the time, if you’re brand new or a seasoned marathoner, heck you don’t even need to run. Walk, jog, run, spin, lift, bend, move. The point is just to have fun and motivate each other to get on our feet. Get out there snap a pic, and send me your mini recap to becky at thebexfactor dot com before 7pm MST every single Sunday to be featured in this post. Or, post to social media and share the link below. If you’re a fellow blogger, grab the banner and join the link-up with your favourite run chat from the week!