#sundayrunday

Sunday Runday #62

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Now that the busy summer weekends are over, Mary and I are ready to get back to our Sunday morning run dates. We met this morning for an easy 5k through Heritage Ranch, while the kiddos (and Scott), hung out at the playground. The funny part was that I had done my hair and makeup beforehand. I didn’t think Scott was able to join so planned on bringing Liam on a walk and wanted to save time before I headed to brunch after. The morning turned out to be less chilly than I anticipated and I was ready to start losing layers partway through.

I wore my new Lorna Jane leggings and sports bra that I picked up from the shopping party Lindsey and I hosted. I’m basically in love with both pieces and know that they will be getting a ton of use.

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Did you get out to run today?

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!

Healthy Living

Fitness Friday: My First Pilates Experience

Last week I was totally out of commission due to an inflamed tendon in my wrist. I had spent all afternoon last Sunday in a walk-in clinic. After what started as just a sore wrist out of nowhere, it progressively got worse until I couldn’t move my entire hand and wrist without shooting pain. It’s caused by repetitive movement and the doctor pegged it on exercise. I am not surprised at that, and think the movements from 22 Minute Hard Corp are to blame. Needless to say, I’m done with the program for now. Luckily my wrist was feeling much better this week and I was able to try out a new to me class – pilates!

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Monday
Apparatus Pilates at Studio Pilates. This was my first experience with pilates outside of the Beachbody videos and I was definitely intimidated to try the reformer. Normally, you’re suppose to take a fundamentals class to learn the basics and I definitely could have benefitted from that since I felt like I had no idea what I was doing most of the class. Luckily, there was only four people in the class and the instructor was quick to help correct form if needed. I guess I had a good handle on things because after class she complimented me on my form and strength. A lot of the movements we went through were normal movements like squats, lunges, some arms and core but being mindful to engage and work from your core so it really works you in a different way. I could definitely see how you could build long and lean muscles from a regular pilates practice.

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Tuesday
4k run – it was lightly raining when I headed out but I wasn’t even upset about it because it was so gorgeous on my neighbourhood trail. The fall vibes and rain were super refreshing.
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Wednesday
Walked home for lunch and back to work – 30 minutes

Thursday
Walked to work and back – 30 minutes

Friday
I’m off to a ‘Happy Hour at the Barre’ class

I have a busy weekend ahead with swimming lessons, family visits, friend visits and if the weather cooperates, Sunday runday!

Have a good one everyone!

Have you ever tried pilates before?
What was the last new fitness class you tried? 

Random

Thinking Out Loud

Oh hey ya’ll. Happy Thursday! I’m pretty excited to share a whole bunch of the random thoughts I’ve had in my brain with you today. Grab a cup of joe because it’s time to think out loud…I’m linking up with Running With Spoons

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  • Happy first official day of fall. It’s felt like fall around here for a couple weeks now and I’m not even sad about it. I mean sure, I miss warmer temperatures, it’s so dark so early already and I’m definitely not excited that winter is just around the corner. But I love pulling out my scarves, sweaters, boots and baking hearty soups, casseroles and stews, the falling leaves and the refreshed energy I feel. I’m not even sorry for my love of fall.
  • This afternoon I’m getting my hair done, then grabbing the new Beet Bowl from Chopped Leaf and heading to Lindsey’s for our Lorna Jane shopping party! If you’re local, I hope you’ll come check out this amazing line of fitness gear and if you’re not local, it’s really too bad.
  • Today is my blog’s 8th birthday. EIGHT! Can you believe it? I started a blog not knowing blogging was a thing. It was just my space to flex my writing muscles as a hobby and has grown into what it is today. Thank you to each and every one of you for reading and supporting me and helping me grow this little blog into something cool.
  • I want to make an amendment to my birthday wish list. I would really like someone to fund a trip to Costco to buy all the things. Also, I turn 30 in one week. Gulp.
  • To be honest, I haven’t been thinking about my birthday. Originally I thought I’d plan something big to do to celebrate, but I’ve been more focused on planning Liam’s party as usual. My original plans fell through and now I’m scrambling trying to come up with something else. I’m stressing about it and really hoping everything will come together. Does someone want to be my personal assistant and help me plan?
  • If you haven’t yet read One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, GO READ IT NOW. It’s hands down my favourite book of 2016. You’re welcome.
  • I need to rant about Old Navy for a minute. I generally stick to shopping online because their stores always look like a tornado blew threw it and I can’t stand it. I’ve never once seen an Old Navy store look clean and organized. But that’s a whole other rant. A few weeks ago I was browsing for fall clothes for Liam and noticed they now have “husky” and “slim” sections for boys, “plus” and “slim” for girls, “tall” and “big” for men, and “tall”, “petite” and “plus” for women. WHY?! I truly don’t understand why they can’t just make a wide range of sizes to fit different bodies without having to label them differently? With body image issues being so huge these days, this does nothing to help it. Do better, Old Navy.
  • I’m really excited about a giant project I’ve been working on. Part of it includes a new series to the blog and part of it includes a huge collaboration with a local business. I’m really excited to share it once all the details are ironed out! I know, so vague right?
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That’s all I got today. Tell me something that’s been on your mind!