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Sunday Runday #75

It’s been a couple weeks since checking in for Sunday Runday, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been running.

Last weekend I had an amazing long run while vacationing in the Okanagan with my family. I headed out first thing in the morning and battled the hills and the heat for 8km and finished it off with another 8km on the treadmill in the air conditioning. I was dreading getting started, I’d have much rather sit on the balcony with a coffee and my book with my family, but once I got going I felt great. It was one of my best runs of this training cycle.

Fast forward to this weekend. I popped out of bed excited to lace up my shoes and hit the trails. That excitement dissipated very quickly when I realized I was riding the struggle bus. Everything felt heavy and my hips were aching after just a couple km’s. I hate to admit that it took me nearly an hour to make it only 6km before I decided to turn around. There was a very large part of me that wanted to call someone to come and pick me up and save me from running 6km back home. I have one more long run before I start cutting back on distance leading up to SeaWheeze and I’m hoping it goes a lot better than this last one.

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!

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Outdoor Gyms

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Summertime is officially here. For some of us, that means escaping to air conditioning to stay cool during our workouts, but for others, it means embracing the sunshine while we have it. We thought we’d take a break from the traditional gyms and fitness studios to highlight the beautiful and free outdoor workout spaces our city has.

Red Deer's Outdoor Gyms

About Red Deer’s Outdoor Gyms

There are ten outdoor gyms located throughout our city. They were created in partnership with the Red Deer Primary Care Network to promote active living amongst the city residents. Each gym features 12 machines, designed to use your body weight as resistance and are good for all adults regardless of fitness level or body type.

These machines allow you to get a full body workout incorporating flexibility, mobility, cardio and strength movements. I’ve heard some people say they’ve never used the outdoor gyms because they don’t know how, but each machine has clear instructions on how to safely and properly use it.

You can request an Outdoor Gym Experience for a group of four or more people through the Primary Care Network where someone will meet you at your outdoor gym of choice to lead you through a workout.



  • Barrett Park – 4725-43 St. (next to Kinex Arena)
  • Bower Place – 460 Barrett Drive
  • Glendale Park – Glendale Blvd at Greig Dr
  • Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre – 105 Jennings Crescent
  • Mountainview Sunnybrook Community Activity Centre – 4316 – 32 Street
  • Oriole Park – 5204 Kerrywood Dr.
  • Red Deer Primary Care Network – 5130 – 47 Street
  • Riverside Meadows Community Activity Centre – 5616 Kerry Wood Drive
  • Rosedale Community Activity Centre – 2 Rowland St
  • Victoria Park – Allan St at Ayers Drive

Red Deer's Outdoor Gyms

What I Loved Most

I love how accessible these gyms are. They give anyone and everyone the chance to workout at absolutely no cost, although it would be weather dependent. You can easily modify your workout however you please, whether you just follow the machines as advised or if you add in other body weight movements in as well. As a bonus, the gym we visited had a community orchard next to it! There really are some cool initiatives in our city that encourages healthy living, what’s not to love about that!?

For More Information

City of Red Deer

Red Deer Primary Care Network




2017 Fitness Goal Check In

Every year I set two different types of goals for myself, my overall goals and my fitness goals. On Tuesday I checked in with my midway progress on my overall goals but today I’m here to see how my fitness goals are coming. Last year I completely forgot about some of my goals so I’m using this as a way to remind myself to keep working towards the things I set out for myself in January.

  1. Finishing my first half marathon – Of course, this is already one of my three overall goals for the year, but it’s such an important thing that I think will really define my year. It’s coming up next month so this one is still in progress.
  2. Run a new-to-me race – I tend to run many of the same races year after year so this year it’s time to run something new (aside from Seawheeze). So far I’ve only run a couple of local repeat races, so if you have any suggestions for something new I should run this year, hit me up!
  3. Summit a mountain – I’m so sad that I haven’t had the chance to get out hiking yet this year. I’m hoping in the next few weeks I can make it happen!
  4. Try something new – Yes! I tried out Buti Yoga earlier this year.
  5. Handstand? We have been working on handstand progressions a lot in yoga lately, but I haven’t been making time to work on it outside of that. I feel like this will continue to be elusive…

In my 2017 Fitness Goals post, I talked about how I really needed to let go of expectations when it comes to fitness. My main priorities right now (you know, aside from being a mom and working full time, etc) are making it through the Where to Workout series and training for my first half marathon. Time seems to become more and more limited which means I can’t fit in home workouts like I used to. I think I’ve done a good job of balancing workouts when I can and not beating myself up if I can’t fit it in every day. Trust me, I’d love to be able to have the hours to workout all day every day, but it’s just not in the cards for me right now and that’s ok.

Over to you, what fitness related goals have you set for yourself this year? Are you accomplishing them?