Ellipticyclimb.

I just got out of the shower after noon. I guess that means I had a lovely sleep in right?! Nope… I worked at 5:30 am. I only worked until 10:00 am so I came home, ate, changed, and went to the gym. My workout was ellipticyclimbing. I ellipticized for 20 minutes and did sprintervals. Sprinterval is my favourite made up fitness word – it just makes sense. For my sprintervals I did 20 seconds of sprinting and 40 second of recovery, and repeat. I did 30 minutes of spin and killed it. Usually my average watts (power… power = calories) are about 170-180 watts, and this session was an average of 210 watts. Killed. it. Next I climbed the Jacob’s Ladder for ten minutes. Hence, ellipti-cy-climb… elliptical, cycle, climb.


This is what my playlist looked like today… apparently I am really into Flo Rida for my workouts!

I Cry – Flo Rida – Warm-up at 90 rpm.
What doesn’t kill you – Kelly Clarkson – Standing hill climb.
Run – Flo Rida – Runs, jumps, and hovers.
Mr. Brightside – The Killers – Sprintervals of 15 seconds/15 seconds recovery.
Your Love is My Drug – Seated hill climb.
Whistle – Flo Rida – Hover intervals. 
Untouched – The Veronicas – Sprint Pyramid 15-30-45-30-15
Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne – Standing hill repeats.

Once my legs were officially burning, I decided to turn them into jello and do legs day in the weight area. There were plenty of good looking guys in the free weight area of the fitness centre so that means I did plenty of squats today. I love legs day (not the day after obviously) and I love it even more when I can walk up to the calf raise machine just as this big dude is finishing up and tell him to leave his plates on. Yes, this girl has calves that are as strong as yours… you should probably work on that.

I’ve worked, exercised, and eaten six meals already, now it is time to relax and get some reading and homework done. 


The only thing that goes well with homework is delicious black coffee.


I share my taste in slippers with 90-year-old women. Check out my wicked tan from the summer… not.


I just can’t get over these Alberta sunsets. Last night the sky was even more beautiful, if that’s possible. 


Day 1… I’m dead.

Yesterday was Stuart’s first day of university. My mom and I picked him up at the bus stop after school… mostly because we missed getting a picture of him before he left for school and it was essential to take a “first-day-of-university” picture.


Good thing I got an 8.12 mile run in before my first day of classes because I sweat out a few of my nerves on the run… until I almost got hit by a car… that was fun. My run was slow and steady at an 8:45 min/mile pace and ended just in time to see the sunrise! I fuelled up for my long day back at school with one of my favourite breakfasts – oatmeal with PB2, banana, and almond milk. Yum!



The dreaded time arrived that I had to leave for the bus. I still get nervous on my first day of school and it’s my fourth year of university! I look way too happy to be going back to school.


I arrived at the bus stop about 16 minutes early. Murray’s have a tendency to be really early for everything. At least I wasn’t late right?


My first class was Conservation Biology. You are right in assuming it is a bunch of hippies in that class! I think if you walked in with a disposable water bottle instead of a reusable one you would be kicked out of class. I think it will be a pretty interesting class and my teacher definitely loves what he does. He does have a tendency to blink 81350972 times a minute which distracted me a little bit. We went over the class syllabus and then we were let out early – time to get Starbucks! Buying coffee on the first day? No wonder I have to maintain a part-time job throughout the school year. 


Next up was a first year English class. One of my classes from BC didn’t transfer as English but instead transferred as “Writing” so I needed another English class to get my degree. Hopefully the knowledge and wisdom I have gained from three years of post-secondary school will give me an edge on all of the first years. 

My class after english was History of Women in Canadian Society. I think it will be a really interesting class and my prof is pretty funny. It is her last semester teaching so hopefully she will take it easy on us when grading our papers. We were let out a little early of this class as well so I ate my lunch in the sunshine and checked my Facebook started preparing for my next class.


It was a beautiful day today and the sunshine makes all of the old buildings around campus look even more amazing.


Philosophy of Ethics class was next. Oh lord. Help me. This is my first philosophy class and I felt so lost. I think they were legitimately making up words. The hardest I have thought all summer was about whether to eat my carrot sticks or my apple first at lunch… so being thrown into a room full of fourth year or graduate philosophy majors was a huge leap. This may be the most challenging class I have this semester.

I left class with my brain spinning at 28071 miles an hour and headed to Anatomy class. This one is going to be good, mostly because I am really interested in the material. We are going to be covering a bodily system per class so it’s a tad intense. 

Finally I was free and exhausted. The bus ride home was a bazillion degrees and I was pretty sure I was either going to melt or vomit. Or both. I am really jealous of people who can read or text or write on the bus as I have a bit of motion sickness issues, especially in the heat. 


Day one and I am overwhelmed and tired. Good thing I only go to school two days a week and now I have four days to recover from today. Recover and get started on this massive amount of homework I have already. Here we go!


The Happiest Place on Earth.

One day left. Today is my last day of freedom before I start my fourth year of university. I have the day off and I am spending it wisely by doing nothing. I guess not nothing, I did spent over two hours grocery shopping with my mom at the happiest place on earth. You’re right, of course I am talking about Costco!

I think Costco was made for me. Large quantities of fruits and vegetables? Yes please! Samples of food and drinks around every corner? Uh huh! All of my favourite snacks for cheaper than normal grocery stores? You bet’cha! I mean who doesn’t need 4L of pickles in their fridge?


Of course the Murray family does!


I had a delicious sample of organic chocolate milk. Strange fact: I used to HATE chocolate milk… with a passion. I was used to skim milk and the thickness of chocolate milk was a little repulsive to me. I am slowly coming around and after today’s sample I am starting to second guess my hatred of chocolate milk! I would only buy it because it is the best fitness recovery drink obviously, and certainly not because it is really delicious.

I decided to be adventurous and try the dried seaweed sample. Don’t be fooled by my smile… seconds after I put the seaweed in my mouth that smile quickly faded. If anyone tells you they love snacking on seaweed in other forms besides sushi they are lying. It. was. gross.


Despite being at the gym for more than two hours today we got an extra workout lifting groceries in the car. Well, my mom did, I just stood there and took pictures of her. I’ll be receiving my “Best Daughter of the Year Award” any day now.

It takes quite a bit of fuel to sustain our active family. Like a lot. Buying the groceries is the easy part… finding a place in the fridge and pantry for everything is a little more tricky.


Besides the weight lifting workout I got at Costco, I did do some actual exercise before our shopping adventures. I snuck out of the house at 6:30 am to get a few miles in before we went to the gym. Most teenagers and young adults sneak into their houses in the early hours of the morning… I sneak out… to run. And you thought I wasn’t cool… ha!

I found the perfect 5k route (3.1 miles) that I will definitely be taking advantage of for short runs. I considered my run this morning a bit of a recovery run after my almost half marathon yesterday so I ran at an 8:59 min/mile pace. Once I was home I did the 8-minute ab video before eating breakfast and hitting the gym. At the gym I did 15 minutes of elliptical and 45 minutes of arm strength training before the Wednesday morning drop-in spin class.  It was an awesome, sweaty class with my favourite instructor and the hour flew by!

How cute is this 5k loop?


It may seem like I am doing a lot of exercise these days including days with multiple workouts and mornings of 2-3 hours of exercise but I really do love it and I know it won’t last forever. Today was likely my last day of 2+ hours of exercise because once school starts tomorrow I’ll have to consider a 5k run a good workout and then hit the books… that, or I’ll haul some textbooks to the treadmill and exercise my brain and my body!