Happy Seawheeze Eve everybody! When this is published I should be just a couple hours away from Vancouver!

You may have noticed a lack of Friday Fitness Recaps but I’ve been coaching camps for the past couple weeks and that is so exhausting that I let blogging fall to the wayside. I did spend some weekend time changing up my site design- again! It’s a constant work in progress, maybe one day I’ll find a template I really like.

Anyhoo, my fitness can be summed up in one word- running. Lots and lots of running as I prepare for tomorrow’s half marathon- my first (and possibly last) half marathon. EEK!

Let’s talk about running for a second and the lessons I have learned over the past few weeks.


I am very fortunate to be able to sleep through everything. But Ryan drives me crazy in the summer complain ing about the early light, the birds singing, and being hot. Besides kicking him out of bed, I’m looking at black out curtains, ear plugs, and cooling mattress pads. because when your spouse can’t sleep, they like to wake you up to tell you about it!

Clearance Shoes Suck

You know what a really BAD idea is? Buying your running shoes from the clearance rack at Shopko in the States. As a ridiculously broke student I needed new shoes but Winners was not helping me out so I bought a pair of $30 Nike Running shoes on clearance. And the problems have included blisters and bleeding, sore arches, tight calves, and tighter hips. *sigh*


Sweat + Sunscreen= Death

Nothing like running along enjoying the day and having a drop of sweat drip into your eyes and burn like lava. You try to wipe it away but you just wipe more sweat and sunscreen and it’s a vicious circle.

Never skip the Sunscreen

As painful as sunscreen in the eye can be, it beats a sunburn. I got this beauty after running 3 hours without sunscreen and then floating for 3 hours with only one application.


I’m feeling skinny Tony!

I am now weighing as much as I did when I graduated university the first time! I forgot how distance running really leans you out, especially your legs. And while I don’t think half marathoning will be a regular thing for me, I will make sure to do a weekly long run and to keep my other runs 45- 60 minutes long.

I've used this pic 3 times now on my blog. It's one of my favourite quotes from the movie!

I’ve used this pic 3 times now on my blog. It’s one of my favourite quotes from the movie!

Wish me luck! And expect a bunch of travel and race recaps from me next week!

Longest run I have ever done in my life!

Longest run I have ever done in my life!

Also, I like to tweet the funny things my kids say with the hastag #campcounselorlaughs if you’re ever interested. My favourite so far has been “My dad sits on his butt all day and my moms cranky about it.” Ha ha ha!



  • Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs August 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Good luck this weekend!!

  • Irene August 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Omg Rachel! I googled and finally found your blog!! (Not being creepy– I remember you mentioned you got a lulu yoga mat for online blogging!)

    How did you do on race day? I lost you girls after lining up to get our hair done at the hair braiding station on the Friday at the Plaza. I was the first to get a simple hairstyle done and quickly wandered off to see if I could get something to drink, but when I got back you were all gone! I didn’t get the chance to properly wish you luck and I was sad! 🙁 Was hoping I could bump into you among the 10,000+ at the race or the festival, but it never happened. Haha

    I hope you’re recovering well! It was hard getting up + down the stairs or move around properly today. Take care!!:)

    • Rachel August 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Irene!!! I’m so glad you creeped and found me! I was sooooo sore on Sunday but I was really proud of my race and how I did and I’m definitely planning on coming back! Add me on Twitter or Instagram so we can stay in touch for next year! @betterlivinblog 🙂 🙂 Hope you had an amazing race!

      • Irene August 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        haha, glad you didn’t mind the creeping. Didn’t know you replied and haven’t read your updates since the last time I commented, but glad you had a blast during that weekend! 🙂 I was sore for around 3 days, but a lot of foam-rolling and yoga classes really helped with the recovery. I hope recovery wasn’t too bad for you too.
        Would be awesome to keep in touch for next year! Will keep tabs on your posts and follow you shortly on instagram. 😉


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