Last year I decided to take the Goodreads book challenge to read 12 books in a year. I completed that and this year I have upped the challenge to 15 books!
I love to read though at one time I didn’t. The books that got me back into reading were the Harry Potter series & The Bible. Now I read all the time, generally I spend about a half an hour in my Bible in the morning and then at least a half an hour reading other books in the evening!
So far I am off to a good start with this challenge. I’ve read 4 books so far. One was an audiobook and the rest were on my eReader.
My favorite books to read are fantasy, horror, biographies, & books by Christian authors! What do you like to read? Do you read often? At the moment I am reading three books. The Hobbit on audiobook, Sunshine Hunter by Maddie Cochere who is a blogger on WordPress, & Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer. All the books I’m reading are really good so far!
I hope everyone is have a great week so far! Cheers!
Yesterday was a much needed rest day after my half marathon. I had plans to play guitar and sing with a friend of mine which I cancelled. I made it to work but that was about all I had energy for. I wound up just pigging out on junk food and then vegging out in front of the tv. My wife and I watched Sunday nights episode of The Walking Dead which was really good!
Today I felt more refreshed. Could have used maybe a bit more sleep but I think for what I got I felt pretty good. Had a decent day at work today. Pretty steady and the time went by quickly. I chilled out at home for a couple of hours after work and then went to my marathon clinic. We had a guest speaker Barb (don’t know her last name) who talked about nutrition. I need to work on my nutrition. You would think that I would be like a crazy health nut considering how much I workout but that is not the case. I enjoy my junk food! I have burgers and fries at least once a week and don’t eat enough fruits and veggies or drink enough water. So I got a lot out of the talk lol! She will be sending out via email Canada’s Food guide and what we should be eating while training. After the talk we had a good 10km run! It was snowing but it wasn’t cold and the run was really good!
Well I am signing off! My wife made pancakes and I am going to have some before heading to bed. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Till next time!
Had a really good weekend! Friday night my wife and I pretty much just relaxed at home. I can’t remember what we even watched on tv. I think we were both pretty tired. We had first thought about going to a movie but that didn’t wind up happening that night.
Saturday we drove to Burlington to pick up my race kit. As you know if you have been following my blog, I ran in the Chilly Half Marathon which was today. For most races they have you pick up your race kit on the Friday night & for a certain amount of time on Saturday. For most races you are not able to pick up your race kit the day of the race.
I figured that my wife and I should get a hotel in Burlington the Saturday so we wouldn’t have to drive down twice. We picked up my race kit and then went for dinner and a movie. We saw the movie Non-Stop which we both really enjoyed!
The hotel we stayed at was nice, though there was a wedding going on so we heard the base pumping till it was quite late. Actually my wife heard the base more than I did, I fell asleep fairly quickly that night thankfully. The people in the halls were fairly noisy and we both heard them quite a bit. I did sleep ok that night which was great because I usually don’t sleep that well the night before a race.
There was a shuttle bus to the race this morning from our hotel. That was great as my wife didn’t have to get up and drive me. There were about 2000+ people in the race and I ran it in 2hrs and 1 minute. I felt a bit dehydrated and had to walk a few times during the race. I finished with a better time then I thought I was going to get.
After the race I went to a pub and got the free beer land chilli they offered with a tag off my race bib. I called my wife and my brother-in-law and his wife picked me up at the pub and we went for lunch.
I’m feeling pretty tired but good and after I finish this blog I will be going to bed. I hope that work is not too busy tomorrow as I’m sure I will be pretty tired. At least tomorrow is a rest day and I won’t be doing much in the evening. Hope everyone is well and they had a great weekend! Cheers!
Tomorrow is The Chilly Half Marathon in Burlington and I am pretty excited and nervous! I’m excited to see hopefully many of my Running Room friends some who I haven’t seen in awhile. That may not happen though as I’m sure there will be many people at the race. I’m excited for the long run. I love putting on my headphones and some great music and just running. I’m hoping to finish tomorrow’s race at about 2hrs which has generally been my half marathon time.
I’m nervous because I haven’t ran all week. Well except for about 10 minutes Thursday evening but it was way too cold lol! Not sure what happened this week. Monday and Tuesday I needed rest after my 29km long run this past Sunday and then running just didn’t seem to happen the rest of the week. I have been running fairly consistently either outside or on the treadmill at the gym for many years so this probably will not be a problem but who knows what race day will bring. I’m also nervous as I find the night before the race I don’t get much sleep. Do any of you find that before your event? For some reason I wind up getting about 4-5 hrs of sleep and then adrenaline & good music gets me through the race. Hopefully I can cut back coffee today and no alcohol till after the race tomorrow and turn off electronics early tonight so I can sleep.
My wife and I are heading to Burlington today, sometime in the next couple of hours hopefully. I need to pick up my race kit as they don’t have race kit pick ups on the day of the race. We have a hotel which I believe has free shuttle bus to the race in the morning. The only downside to the hotel is it is rather expensive and there is no breakfast included. The hotel looks nice though from what I saw online. After picking up the race kit I think we are going to try to see a movie, not sure what we are seeing yet.
After the race tomorrow we are getting together with family for lunch. I have family who live in Burlington and it is great that we are able to get together tomorrow!
I hope anyone who is racing tomorrow has a great race! Some last-minute advice, I find that the best way to run the race is to not worry at all who passes you. I treat my race the same as my Sunday long runs and just go at my own speed. Just relax and enjoy yourself! Also leave enough time to get there in the morning so you can have enough time to bag check, use washroom etc.
Have a great weekend everyone! Cheers!
A friend of mine on facebook introduced me to this duo. They are awesome, covering many different artists from various genres. The first song I heard by them was AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. It was a great video also and you should check it out on youtube if you get a chance. Highway To Hell by AC/DC is one of my favorite songs of all time and I think this is a great version! Enjoy!
It has been a great long weekend. For our Valentine’s Day celebration my wife and I have spread it out over three days. And we have gotten together with family both on my side and my wife’s side this weekend for Family Day.
Our Valentine’s celebration started on Thursday going for massages after work. This was much needed for both of us as work has been busy and on top of work for me, my marathon training has taken a toll. The massage was great and helped out a lot. I’ve been told that I need to stretch more after running by my massage therapist. After the massage we went to check out this new tea restaurant that opened in Downtown Brampton called T By Daniel. I had an herbal tea which was really good and I can’t remember what my wife had but she liked it. It was a nice store and looked like it was packed for its opening day which was good. We both hope to drop by the store again and work our way through the tea menu!
Friday nights we usually spend with my parents though this past Friday my dad has been away on business and seeing that Friday was Valentine’s Day, we didn’t want to leave my mom on her own so we went out for dinner. The restaurant we went to was really good, and thankfully we got in fairly quickly as they don’t take reservations on Valentines Day. After the meal we went back to my parents house for some desert and tea and watch a movie. We didn’t last too long with the movie lol and were all falling asleep so my wife and I figured it was time to head home.
Saturday was my brother in-laws 50th birthday party which was lots of fun. It was great to see family and many of his friends and it was quite a large gathering. The only thing was that I drank a few too many beers and was a bit hung over yesterday. Thankfully not so many that I made an idiot out of myself or got sick but I should have stopped at three beers. We live and learn right!
Yesterday we had church service and it was great. It was Baptism Sunday and there were many cute babies in the church as well as it was packed! The sermon was called The Runaround and was basically about how we spend so much time running around and need to say no to some things and make time for the people in our lives not to mention God! I think all of us can relate to being too busy at one time or another and feeling far away from God. We’ve been having a sermon series the last few weeks called Ordinary Day with Jesus which has been really good and you can check some of the sermons out on St Andrew’s Brampton website here http://standrewsbrampton.ca/!
All in all it was a great weekend! Back to work tomorrow and hopefully tonight it won’t be too hard to fall asleep. I hope everyone had a great weekend and if you had to work on Family Day I hope you had a great day! Cheers!
Last night and for most of today we had a lot of snow fall. It didn’t seem like much this morning when I left for work but after work there was tons!
I walked home from work which was tough because the sidewalks weren’t plowed. I almost gave up on running outside and go to the gym to run on the treadmill.
One thing I’ve been learning with my training is that you have to learn to run in all conditions. There are extreme conditions when you shouldn’t run and to use your best judgement but if you are just waiting for good weather you may never get out there.
I figured that Chinguacousy Park near my house would be my best bet for places to run. I figured the sidewalks would not be plowed very well and from what I saw on the way to the park I think I made the right choice.
I was supposed to run 8km but ended up running 11km. The park was well plowed and I didn’t find it too cold.
If it snows really bad where you are, do you still run outside? Do you even like running in the winter? For me winter is my favorite time of year to run. As long as sidewalks are cleared.
Hope everyone is having a great day and stay safe if you got hit with the snow storm! Cheers!