Fitness Friday: Sporadic winter running.

Happy Friday! Additionally, happy Halloween weekend! I went costume shopping last night with a friend and I’m all ready for my Halloween weekend hike with Jo! We went to Party City and it made me want to thrown every kind of possible party. As we walked around I said, “I think this is where Pinterest dreams come from.” I am planning to have an awesome Christmas party… because I still have over a month to plan it! Anyway, let’s take a look at my week of workouts, plus don’t forget to link up at the end!

Fitness Friday Canadian Girl Runs

Friday, October 21

3.1 mile run (~9:45 min/mile) in St. Paul!

Saturday, October 22

15 minutes stationary rowing

45 minutes leg strength training

30 minutes elliptical

Sunday, October 23

4.0 mile treadmill run (8:43 min/mile)

80 minutes boccer ball (basketball + soccer)

Monday, October 24

60 minutes walking to and from work

60 minute spin class (instructing)

Tuesday, October 25

60 minutes walking to and from work


Wednesday, October 26

60 minutes walking to and from work

90 minute spin class (instructing)

Thursday, October 27

60 minutes walking to and from work

3.34 miles (9:31 min/mile)


My rest days are really just the days I have too much going on to workout… or I choose social life over exercise. That was my Tuesday. I spent it celebrating a friends birthday at a pub after work then had an evening date carving pumpkins. It was certainly my choice to take the day off from working out and I probably could have cut out an hour of sleep to get it done, but I didn’t, and it was a fantastic day. 🙂 I am so excited for my new gym to open… only 10 more days! I am looking forward to morning workouts again… 5am alarm here I come!


I actually love mornings… I love being up when others are asleep. I enjoy getting a sweat on before I start my day and I have missed it so much. Right now my gym options are far enough to drive so I can’t get there and back in time to walk to work… and I’m too scared to run in the pitch black by myself downtown. You have no idea how excited I am to hit up Goodlife in the early AM!


What do you prefer, morning or evening workouts?

What was your favourite workout this week?

Have you retreated indoors to run?

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday #85!

Gooooood morning sunshines! I am writing this high on endorphins so forgive my overuse of exclamation marks and saying that I “love” everything. It’s Thursday so I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.


  • I carved pumpkins on Tuesday! I do this every year and it seems to sneak up every year. I had to search three grocery stores to find pumpkins that weren’t rotten or one of three sitting in the bottom of a slimy box but I found some! We carved them a few days too early for Halloween I’m sure but it was fun!


  • I’m heading out tonight with a friend to find our Halloween costumes. We’ve been talking about Halloween for weeks but somehow never actually landed on what we were going to dress up as. I’m hoping some last minute Halloween inspiration comes to me shopping tonight. All I know is they won’t be ANYTHING like these costumes. Actually, not going to lie… making pizza sexy is one of my life goals. And this snapchat filter costume is kind of clever.


  • I’M GOING TO NORDEGG THIS WEEKEND. I’m heading to see ma girl for a day hike near Abraham Lake. It’s been a hot minute since I went hiking in the mountains and I’m STOKED. I better go dig out my winter hiking gear. Last time I was in Nordegg, it looked like this.


  • How gorgeous is this sunrise from my office building. I had to walk across the floor to get the shot because I’m in a cubicle facing nothing but the inside of the building, however I do get to see partially out of this window from where I sit and I couldn’t believe the colouvfcvvvcv (<- I had to clean chocolate of my keyboard while typing this) colours of the sky yesterday morning. Ignore the awful office window reflection.


  • I bought these containers to take my lunches to work in and I LOVE THEM. It feel like I’m a child separating my food but it’s actually so awesome. I made a huge batch of tofu veggie stirfry for the week and it’s been delicious every single day.


  • When I did my MSc I was in the Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science department. I still get emails from my school email account and yesterday I was invited to a Soil Conference.


That’s all I have for you today! Have a fantastic Thursday and wish my luck costume hunting. If you have any amazing costume ideas send them my way, it would be greatly appreciated!

Do you dress up for Halloween? What are you dressing as this year?

Have you carved pumpkins yet? 

What is your current favourite song?

WIAW: Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies.

I had a very domestic weekend. I did lots of laundry, cleaned my apartment, prepped meals for the week so I had a delicious healthy veggie stirfry for my lunch every day, and I did some baking. I made a pumpkin loaf and then decided to try something new – breakfast cookies. I had lots of ripe bananas and didn’t want to make something unhealthy or just freeze them, so I decided to wing it and whip up some breakfast cookies. I am a oats-every-morning kind of girl, so naturally I gravitated to some form of baked oats, but I didn’t expect these to be so delicious.

I really didn’t measure when I made them, which means they are truly idiot-proof. For every banana I used, I added half a cup of oats… the rest is almost up to you! I kept them pretty plain and didn’t experiment too much, which means I do enjoy eating them with a smear of peanut butter on top! They are super chewy and keep me full for hours! Enjoy!


Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies

2 cups of quick oats (not instant oats)

4 ripe bananas, mashed

1/8 cup chia seeds

1/8 cup flax or pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup dried dates, chopped or raisins or cranberries

1/4 cup chopped nuts

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

You can easily substitute the nuts and dried fruit for whatever combination suits you. You could add chocolate chips or yogurt chips if you’d like, or just toss in 1/2 of trail mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8 cookies.

What do you typically eat for breakfast?

Do you enjoy baking? What is your favourite thing to bake?