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Another 5K

Posted by Tamara2009 Jul 3, 2009

Last weekend I ran with some coworkers in the Scotiabank 5K race in Vancouver - the course was beautiful, starting on the edge of Stanley Park and following the water along Beach ave. The day was sunny, but not too hot. About half our team ran the 5K, and the other half ran the half marathon.

We raised over $4000 for an organization called Kidsport - they provide financial support to children that would not typically be able to afford to participate in organized sports (

My time was about the same as it was for the 5K on Mother's Day, but I wasn't too surprised as I've only been able to fit in a run about once a week these days. Summer activities, setting up our new house, and working full time with 2 little kids is making it a struggle, but I'm going to need to step it up as my next goal is a 10K in the fall.

Here's a pic of me and my colleague Megan after the 5K on Sunday.



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Thanks Active!

Posted by Tamara2009 May 21, 2009

Just wanted to write a short note to say thanks for the spa gift card, Michelle, Melissa and Giselle! Perhaps I will save it for a spa appt to follow my next run...the thought of a massage at the end will spur me on

Thanks for all the encouragement during this program - it's been great!



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A great Mother's Day!

Posted by Tamara2009 May 11, 2009

Here's a recap of my Mother's Day run yesterday in Port Moody, BC...


I woke up at 6:30am to the sun peeking out - it was going to be a beautiful day for my first 5K race. Keith and the kids dropped me off at the start area where I met 3 of my friends and we got our bibs, had our last bathroom break, and got warmed up. I felt butterflies - couldn't believe I was nervous! Maybe it was more excitement...anyway, the whistle blew and we were off! There were about 150 of us, mostly women but some men too, some people pushing strollers, and some running with their older kids.


The course was more hilly than I am used to, but it was a nice path for a run. We started in the trees, nice and shaded, for the first 2K. The third kilometre took us along a road near the north side of Burrard Inlet, out in the sun; we looped back at the half-way mark and headed back into the trees towards the finish. I had to walk a couple of times but I wasn't surprised since the most I've run is 15 min at a time - but I just took 1 min walk breaks and then kept running. My family was there to welcome me back, and like Lori I got a sudden burst of energy to sprint towards the finish. I completed at 40:09 which was faster than I had ever done 5K before.


I have signed up for another 5K at the end of June and am looking forward to improving my time. My next goal after that will be to do the 10K Terry Fox run in Port Coquitlam in September. A huge thanks to Active and the sponsors for helping me in this journey, and to the other program participants for the encouragement and motiviation. It really kept me on track! I find it hard to believe I started out running 1 min at a time and now I just ran a 5K - and I liked it! By keeping up with my training, I've had more energy in my day, and lost about 10 lbs in the process.


It's been a great journey and I hope this blog has encouraged other moms to get out there, start slow, and get active!




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Beautiful Day

Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 29, 2009

I went for a run yesterday with a co-worker around Deer Lake in Burnaby; it was a beautiful place to run and right across the road from the office. The ducks were out, the turtles were sunning themselves on a log, and everything was so green. I should have taken a picture to put in my blog! I find that it is so much more enjoyable running in a beautiful natural setting vs. running on the neighborhood street or on a treadmill - thank goodness winter is over!

Hope everyone's having a great week and having great weather to run in!



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Preparation for the 5K

Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 27, 2009

Hey girls, what are you all doing to prep for the big race day, now that we are less than 2 weeks away?


I haven't been running much the past 2 weeks so I'm coming up with a strict schedule for the next 13 days to make sure I'm getting my runs in. I'm also going to time myself to see how much time I'll need on race day. I have a couple of friends joining me on the Mother's Day 5K so we're also planning to run the course before the big day, so we know what to expect.


What's everyone else doing?

Hope you're having a great Monday!



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Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 13, 2009

I hit a milestone on Saturday - 15 minutes running without a break! We then took a 1 min walking break, and did it all again x 2, so a total of 48 min with only 3 min walking. I sometimes cannot believe I can run 15 min - when I started in January, I was running about 1 1/2 min at a time and I was winded! I am not a fast runner (like Lori, my pace was more like a jog too!) but the point is to NOT walk during those 15 min I'm supposed to be running, so I'm proud I've achieved that goal.

I've now signed up for a 5K in June in Vancouver - it's the Scotiabank 5K and a team of us from work is doing it together. I've got my fundraising website all set up - it's in case anyone's interested We're raising money for a great cause, Kidsport, that provides funding to kids who can't afford to participate in organized sports.


Wishing you all a great week!



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Survived the move...

Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 13, 2009

I've been out of commission for a while as we moved last week, from a townhouse to a house and I spent most of last week unpacking, painting and cleaning! It was hard to fit in anything else, besides taking care of the kids, and I fell into bed exhausted each night. I managed to fit in a run the night before the move, but other than that last week's exercise was lifting boxes and rolling paint!


Now that it's over, I'm getting back on track - it's a challenge sometimes to get back into a regular fitness program when something like a move (or any other change to the norm) takes you off your regular schedule. But I'm determined to get back to it - gotta be ready for the 5K in less than a month!!


Hope you're all having a wonderful Monday




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Tonight I was not looking forward to hitting the treadmill again and fortunately it worked with some friends' schedules to join me running tonight. We hit the roads/trails and did about 6km, I figure. It was so nice to run with them again and made the minutes pass by so much faster! Thanks to DeeDee and Nicky for coming out, and to Sean for the babysitting which helped make it all happen

Hope everyone's having a great week!



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Progress Update

Posted by Tamara2009 Mar 15, 2009

Just got home from my Sunday run, and thought it might be a good day for a progress update! I am happy to report I survived today's walk/run - it was 2 min walking/6 min running, 7 times. Total = 56 min. I think that's been the longest one so far.


I'm also happy to say that my knees have improved dramatically and I no longer have soreness after running. Now that I've been doing this a while, I think the body is getting a little more used to it. I am feeling stronger for sure, and have more energy since starting this program. A few people have commented that I've lost weight - I don't think I've lost more than 8lbs since starting the program, but I like to think that the cross training and running is changing my body to look more fit, even if the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as I'd like


Hope everyone's having a great weekend!



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Daylight Savings!

Posted by Tamara2009 Mar 13, 2009

Is anyone else loving the daylight savings time change? It's been great to get home from work and still have time to be outside a bit with the kids. I can't wait until it's a bit lighter at night (and warmer) to run outside - last night I went to the Rec Centre to run and had to wait for a treadmill to be free, and it was already 9pm! Anyway, I managed to get my run in...I was awfully tempted to sit on the couch all night, but dragged myself out to the gym.

We're moving in 3 weeks so it's been tough to find time to work out with trying to pack, going to work, and all the other things life brings. I'm excited about the move though, because I'll be about 3 min from work and could even walk if I wanted to! My current commute takes up about 45 min each way so I'm excited to get that time back every day.

Hope you're all having a great week and finding that time to stay active!



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Zone out

Posted by Tamara2009 Feb 27, 2009

Last night I did my run on a treadmill because it was late by the time I started...and one thing I found that helped me was 'zoning out' when it was getting hard. By this I mean just staring at something in front of me, clearing my head of all my thoughts, and just running. I think this might be a technique I learned in maternity labour classes ha ha - just focus on something in front of you and concentrate on working through the pain! Anyway, the running wasn't painful however near the end I didn't want to drop my speed, but it was getting hard, so I just zoned out until the end.

Farel also mentioned adding some music and I like that too. My weekend runs are kind of social because there are a bunch of us running in a group, but sometimes I think I do better when I'm 'antisocial' and just put on the ipod. Hope everyone is having a great week - nearly half way to our Mother's Day run ladies!

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Hard Day

Posted by Tamara2009 Feb 25, 2009

Last night was our running night and it was tough. I'm not sure why, but I felt that every step was a challenge and had to keep pushing myself to get through it. I guess everyone has days where a workout is hard to get through...yesterday was one of those days! On a happy note, it had rained all day long but suddenly the skies dried up and it didn't rain a drop during our 45 min run. So that made it a lot nicer than it could have been!

Hope you're all having a great week....anyone else have those days when it feels like you've gone backwards and your workout seems so hard?


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Progress Update

Posted by Tamara2009 Feb 19, 2009

Well, it's been nearly 2 months since we started and things are going well. Overall I'm feeling great, just really busy!


My successes so far:

- fitting in the exercise - sometimes it's 9pm by the time I get to it, but I still fit it in!

- feeling better in my clothes - I've lost another 3 lbs or so in the past few weeks and I can tell in my clothes - a nice reward

- seeing my run time increase and my walk time decrease

- more energy!


My obstacles:

- sore knees after running - ice and Advil are helping

- scheduling now that husband is back to work after parental leave - just less time in the day to get everything done!

- it's birthday season at my house - too much cake Fortunately birthdays are done for a while!


Looking forward to seeing everyone else's successes and obstacles!



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Posted by Tamara2009 Feb 12, 2009

It's been 3 weeks of 'Learn to Run 10K' training class and we're on to 2 1/2 minutes of walking + 2 1/2 minutes of walking x 9 (45 min). Okay, for anyone who has run before, you're probably thinking '2 1/2 minutes? That's easy!' - but when you haven't been much of a runner in your life, every increase in the amount of time you run is progress! We run 3 times a week and by the end (April) we should be able to run at least 3 x 15min intervals. On Tuesday I was on the treadmill and was feeling so good I pushed on to do a couple of longer intervals - 4 and 5 minutes of running. The knees are still achy but I'm finding that a little ice and a couple of Advil do the trick.

Anyway, my point is if I can learn to run, anyone can - the idea is to start out slow and keep increasing. It's motivating to increase the running and decrease the walking over time - it's measurable and you can see your progress.

Have a great week!


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Crazy week

Posted by Tamara2009 Feb 6, 2009

Well, the hubby had his first week back to work after parental leave this was a bit nuts with the new schedule, but I managed to get in three workouts. Sometimes it was late...running on the treadmill at 9:30pm at the local rec center, but at least I got the run in!

Jessica, I hear you about the cold lungs. I run Sunday mornings and a couple of mornings have been pretty chilly, with areas of ice on the roads and sidewalks. One of my running friends suggested putting a scarf or neck tube over your mouth area, so as you breath in it warms the air slightly. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to when it gets cold again. Maybe that will help!

My daughter's first birthday party is tomorrow - can't believe she's one already. We're having a big bash for family so there will be lots of food and cake around...I'll just keep busy as hostess and avoid the cake!

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