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Weekend Recap

While I have almost no photos from the entire weekend, it was a really great one.


Liam is at his dads so after work I came home to BBQ and catch up on some emails while watching America’s Got Talent. I’ve never watched the show for a full season, just an episode here and there and thought I’d start this one from the beginning. It’s so good. Has anyone else been watching? Later in the evening, I popped over to Cassandra’s house with a bottle of wine to toast her belated birthday.


I was awake and out the door just after 8am for my long run. Once I was back home, I had a shower and got ready for the day, watched another episode of AGT and read my latest book while waiting for my cousin and his family to arrive.

We were off to Lacombe for a late lunch at Cilantro and Chive followed by a pint at Blindman Brewing, which I had yet to visit. We were also planning a stop for ice cream, since the ice cream shop here makes Nibs flavoured ice cream and is our absolute favourite, but we were due at the lake for dinner with the rest of our family so we had to skip out.

Once I was home again, I curled up on the couch for, you guess it, another episode of AGT.


I headed to Pound class first thing in the morning. I hadn’t been for a long time and it was so fun! All the songs were new to me which I loved. I changed at the studio, stopped for a coffee (have you tried the vanilla bean cold brew from Second Cup? It’s heaven), and hit the road to Calgary. I stopped in at Ange’s and finished doing my hair and makeup. Our friend Leslie stopped in too and before long we were off for a girls lunch at Craft. Leslie and her husband moved to Texas a few months ago, so it was nice to see her again and catch up.

Ange | Laura | Leslie | Brie | Me | Alison

Missing were Leigh and Nicole who had left before we thought to take a photo.

After lunch, Ange and I headed to Cold Garden for more beer. She hadn’t been yet and it’s one of my favourite breweries in Calgary so I was happy to make it happen. We also made a stop at Made By Marcus and had ice cream sundaes for dinner because it was 30° and seemed like the right thing to do. I was not sad with that decision.

I hit the road home and luckily just missed a huge hail storm that ripped through town. And that was the end of the weekend.

This will be my first full week of work in awhile and I have a feeling it will be a long one since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend’s activities.

What did you get up to this weekend?


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!

Healthy Living Where to Workout in Red Deer

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