Day 185: Happy Mothers Day!

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”

SportChek Mothers Day Run CalgaryToday we started the day with the SportChek Mothers Day Run. It was a great run to participate in. Felix’s stay at the Children’s Hospital opened our eyes to just how fortunate we are to have a pretty healthy kid and as you may know, the funds from this run went to Sick Kids. My future mother-in-law (a.k.a. Dr Nana) and myself completed the 5km course. My goal was to at least beat my bib number (3524) and I did! I placed 233 out of 7083 [but actually 37/881 in my category]. It wasn’t my fastest 5km, but I was definitely pleased with it. My MIL and I were running together and being pushed and shoved all over the place by people; we both saw openings on opposite sides and went for it. Unfortunately, we lost each other. I crossed the finish line and figured she had completed it ahead of me, so called/texted and didn’t hear anything. Then we stumbled toward each other, got our picture taken as proof and came home to brunch on the back deck. I must interject to say that I was super pleased for a good friend who placed first in the 5km for MEN and WOMEN… she is a rockstar, way to go Sam!!

The rest of the day was spent reading the book, “Let’s pretend this never happened: a mostly true memoir” by Jenny Lawson I laughed until I cried! For anyone who just needs a good book to laugh at, this is definitely the one….[She finds a giant metal chicken at like a Winners or some such store and puts it on their doorstep, rings the bell & waits for her husband] He comes out, looks at it and shuts the door. “Then I yelled through his door, “It’s an anniversary gift for you, asshole. Two whole weeks early. FIFTEEN YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS.” This part especially spoke to me because I’m fairly certain I would do the same thing to Patrick. Though I feel I would do it with some sort of water creature (he claims to be allergic to fish…) Maybe a giant lobster? He is also the type to shut the door. And pretend that it didn’t happen. Oh man, my stomach aches from laughing all day long.

Anyway, I also spent a good portion of the day being very grateful for my mother. For her patience with me as a stubborn kid (and adult) and her willingness to do whatever she can for her kids. I never really understood how you can have  a screaming match with a kid, but in a split-second desperately want to jump in and do whatever you can for them when they’re sick or in danger (that is, until I had my own kid, now I get it.) “Thanks” to my mom and all the moms in my life who have helped me along the way…and to my mom-friends who have been so supportive over the last two’ish years and my non-mom friends who are just as supportive – love you guys!

love you felixAnd a good portion of the day was also spent reflecting on how lucky I’ve been to have such an incredible little person in my life. The little boy who forever changed me (for the better I think.) I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing little boy and so we (him and I) spent some time (and I mean a lot of time) viewing home videos of him from the last two years. There were tears and laughter at the silly stuff he/I have done to get a rise out of one another (e.g.: laughing trying to roll over; dancing to Pantera; skyping & FaceTime, getting ahold of cameras etc). It reminded me of how lucky I am to be a mom; how quickly time passes; how fast things can happen and change. He reminds me that the most important thing in life is to make the most of each day, because you can’t buy time back. Love you to the moon and back, Felix.

Happy Mothers Day to all the incredible moms out there. And to the dads who do the job of both.

Day 142: “We danced to save lives…” @BAMCalgary

bust a move kat and sueToday was the day, BUST A MOVE CALGARY! 

I was up bright and early; got myself into my fabulous 80s attire and hit the road for the LRT. I made a pit stop at the local Starbucks where the server and I had a laugh over the fact that I looked like I was doing the “walk of shame” after a night of 80s partying. Not the case – yet funny.

I hopped off the train and was greeted immediately by BAM Calgary volunteers – it was such a well organized event! There was fresh fruit, water stations, juice and other healthy snacks. They had step-and-repeats (like red carpet) and representatives from Alberta Cancer who explained what the funds we raised would actually do – let me tell you, it’s very impressive (FYI: 60% cancer cure rates FROM 40% in a short period of time…)

Wedgie and I were nervous about what six hours of fitness would entail, but I don’t think it was as bas as we thought (though there were some points I just wanted to lay down on my mat!) We started off with zumba, then bootcamp and had our first break, which I needed! During the break there were lots of booths to roam around and learn from. We made our way to the Virgin step-and-repeat, where they had Richard Simmons, Justin Bieber and Adam Levine. I tried to take off with the Adam Levine cut out, but got busted….

adam levine

When it was time to hit the mats again, they let us know by playing “Eye of the Tiger” – totally genius. We started off the second part with hot yoga. I enjoyed it, but my hands kept slipping on the mat (however, they gave us the mats to keep which I thought was totally nice!) And then we had kickboxing with one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in my life. For real. I have a feeling most of my soreness tomorrow will be from this segment!

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: the segment with Richard Simmons. He didn’t realize there were some non-huggers in the audience. Howie Mandels worst nightmare. But all good sports!

richard simmons at BAMWe did a few songs that Richard both wrote and performed. It reminded me of workout videos my mom had back in the day. Lots of smiling and laughing! Then he gave us the opportunity to come up on the stage. That was a lot of fun. I am super uncoordinated at the best of times, but I knew this would probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I decided to record some of it. I know I was getting the side-eye from some people, oh well!

Finally, after the cool down he called us all up to the stage clip for the last part of his segment. I am laughing & singing. It was fun 🙂

BAM raises 170kWhat a day! There was lots of sweating during the six hours of exercise, but we all know that it’s for a terrific cause – funds and awareness for breast health. After all was said and done, the Calgary gang raised a whopping $170,000 – pretty impressive for the inaugural year!!

richard simmons tweeted me! The VERY best part of the day was when Richard Simmons tweeted me!

 

tutu Here is one of the most awesome pics from the day, Sue doing running man during the Hip Hop session. Better watch out Calgary, when we hit the town for girls night we’re bringing mad dance moves!

Thank you to the team who put BAM on here – major, major, major kudos. Putting an event together is a lot of work and you’ve done a phenomenal job! Can’t wait for next year!!

 

THANK YOU!! Can’t wait for @BAMCalgary

Thank you!

Yoga Magazine shares my story in their Feb issue!

kat macaulay yoga magYou guys, I am so excited!

I’ve had a really awful week, but it just took a turn for AWESOME! Today I was minding my own business, snuck outside to grab the mail and there it was… the February issue of Yoga Magazine with my story in it! I wrote them over a year ago to tell them about how yoga had changed my life and a few months ago the Assistant Editor contacted me to see if they could use it. Of course I was thrilled and said yes!

yoga magazine kat macaulayI know how important it is to share the struggles we all have. From juggling life with post-partum depression to gaining weight (and trying to lose it). And I know how important it is to know that you’re not alone and although it’s hard to swallow your pride (in my case, very hard) the benefits of sharing far outweigh keeping up appearances. I also should say that I find it offensive when people act as though adjusting from single, no worries to having a plus-one, is a breeze. So in the words of Michelle Tanner: Puh-lease get real.

Thanks to Yoga Magazine & Martin Gill for including me in this – I’m so honoured! 🙂

Day 118: Do you ever get that feeling someone is watching you?

creepy_voyeurs_TricoToday was another treadmill day at the gym *sigh*

Life is just too hectic, so there was no way I could fit in an outdoor run today between three schedules. Thankfully, Trico has amazing on-site childcare available at Kids Korner – the staff are incredible. Felix throws a tantrum literally every time I go in to retrieve him after a workout. Reassuring, eh?

Anyway I got changed, got my gear on, signed up for a machine and away I went. Today I completed just over 4 miles and it wasn’t nearly as awful as yesterday. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what the difference was today. Same play-list, different clothes – could that be it? The gym wasn’t all that busy either and seemed a little cooler so it could have been the temperature too. Man I hate running indoors though! At any rate, I was about half a mile from finishing when I got this weird feeling that someone was watching me. I did the ol’ scan around and noticed that a few staff members were up behind the glass creepily watching (and laughing) at something below. Now, you know me, I am a HUGE fan of Trico Centre, but this bothered me even if I do have thick skin.

I mean, who knows what they were laughing at, but they were directing their laughter and attention to something going on in the gym and it immediately made me self-conscious. I know, I know – why the feck (in the words of Mrs Brown) should I care if they WERE laughing at me? But I did. And even if they weren’t, it was the optics. It made me revert back to photo in yesterdays blog post. Seriously. In an instant, after feeling like I was having a great run I felt silly! So in typical Kat fashion, I stared back and they quickly sat down behind a screen.Has anyone else had this happen? I mean, realistically, there can be creepy gym goers as well. But has there ever been a time when you’ve felt really uncomfortable at the gym? I have to admit, this is truly the first time in a long time that I left feeling like this. Proof I just need to work on my confidence a little bit more!

I finished on the treadmill (about 40 minutes) and jumped onto the TRX bar. I did about 15 minutes over there. When I finished, I was DONE. I have a strong feeling that I’m going to be very sore tomorrow – but it was worth it!

I want to leave this post on a really positive note and will hopefully encourage others as well. When I dropped Felix off with the gals at Kids Korner, one of them said “Kat, you’ve lost weight, I can see it in your face – good for you!” As you know, for the last several months I have been working really hard on my running but I had truly forgotten that a big side-effect is weight-loss. I hadn’t seen these gals in a few months, so to them the change was big. And to be honest, I was pleased to hear it; I’ve worked hard, I’m happy with the reward! (Side-note: it’s okay to feel proud of your accomplishments, you don’t always have to be humble. Enjoy it. Revel in it. It’s not arrogant.) I kept playing the compliment over and over in my head because I remembered my favourite comedian receiving the same compliment. I can’t express the hilarity of it, so just take a look. You won’t regret it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now, And bless you evermore.

Au Revoir 2012. Allo TWENTY13

Happy New Year! All conspiracy theories aside, holy mackerel! 2012 went by too quick!

What can I say about the past year? It definitely gave us a run for our money. There were some tremendously tough days throughout 2012, but I feel very blessed to live in this world. As always, we saw good and evil; from triumphs to scandals, untimely deaths to miraculous medical discoveries.

For me personally (like most), there were ups and downs. Of course there was some sadness and heart ache, but mostly happy times. I created many new wonderful friendships and let go of old ones. As a family we enjoyed fairly good health and only visited the hospital a handful of times (which is pretty good in this household). Our son took his first steps, said his first few words and started kissing/hugging everyone – pretty amazing stuff. We’re very blessed to have a strong family, the best of friends and now we’re leading into 2013 happy and healthy. And, at the end of the day (or year) when you have all these things, what else matters?

I hope we can all look back on 2012 with few regrets and consider our choices as lessons learned (I know I do).

Now onto 2013. I’ve read a few blogs already, with great goals and resolutions for 2013. I figured it was time for me to get something out there to the universe so here it goes:

  1. Be totally authentic, even if the consequences may suck. I’ve always tried to do this; I try to be an open book (hello, I share my petty struggles daily on here). But I say what I mean and mean what I say. Some like it. Some hate it. But like many people I worry about the consequences. I worry that if I say something out loud (that everyone else is thinking) what does that say about me? Then I realized that the people I have the most profound respect for are the ones who are honest, true and direct, even when they know it can get them into hot water. It reminded me of something a friend once said to me: “..you’re honest with me…some people think that good friends don’t judge or any other shit like that. But you help me work towards being who I hope to be because you do give me shit if necessary and are honest with me.” But I expect the same of those around me. It’s a two-way street. When I’m not doing my best or acting my best, I expect to be called out on it. How else do we get better?
  2. Finally run a half-marathon in 2013. I have been training harder than ever before and I feel like 2013 will be the year that I can check some major items off of my bucket list. This is a major one. I feel stronger every time I hit the pavement. I know the hard work involved in this. I started out with the couch-to-5k and now I’m finally at a comfortable 11 km. I need to build up another 11 and I’m good to go (I think). Please keep me honest on this. Share your tips. Motivation. Everything!
  3. Cut out fast food for one year. I’ve seen this on a few blogs in previous years and it seems logical. Much the same as my current blog, I also like the idea of having to stay honest online. Oh and when I say fast food, I mean EVERYTHING fast food. If I want chocolate or chips, I have to make them from scratch. (chocolate treats from cocoa etc.) We all know I like treats, but I’m having some digestion issues so I want to start getting serious about the stuff I put into my body. And maybe I will actually learn how to cook… hah… yeah right.
  4. Do something new once a month. Time is tickin’ and I want to start trying some new stuff (or force myself to). The last few months haven’t been too bad; I tried TRX and bootcamp as well as new yoga classes. But I want to expand that to Seldge hockey, horseback riding, climbing and hiking. I’d love to push myself to at least try something new once a month (and I’ll blog about it). If you have any ideas of things to try, shoot them my way.

I am so excited for what 2013 holds. I look forward to more running, blogging, meeting new people and introducing some new guest bloggers to RunningKatTales. I wish you all the absolute best in the year ahead. Let’s show this year who’s boss!

Happy New Year!!

Day 100: A delightful #Christmas run & thanks!

YAHOO! Kat from RunningKatTales done Day 100 of trainingYesterday marked my one hundredth day of training, a pretty special milestone for me. And coincidentally I received an email congratulating me on hitting one hundred “likes” as well.

When I began training in August there was certainly a part of me that was a afraid that I’d give up after a month or even a week (despite the blogs purpose to keep me on track). And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there are still days now that I get a little anxious thinking: “Holy crap, what if I can’t do it!?” But then I have to remind myself that there will be many little milestones before I hit my goal and I’m okay with that because I believe I can do it. 

And the timing of yesterdays milestone couldn’t have been more perfect. Coincidently, I had been asked to look over a manuscript about perseverance in business and life; it was during this that I was reminded that my own personal success is based on belief in myself (thank you Millar; author Boardroom to Basecamp). It doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a company or run a marathon, if you don’t believe in yourself you’ll never get anywhere. So as I hit this milestone with a mixture of elation and trepidation of what’s to come, I know that in order to succeed I have no choice but to believe in myself.

And in the words of Sir Richard Branson:

I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think and in the hearts that love.

And with this milestone on my mind, I had a terrific run. I threw on some Christmas music and ran through my neighbourhood enjoying the beautifully lit homes. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy shop; my head was swivelling in every direction to catch all the lights and decorations. Some houses are just so gorgeous; they’re picturesque with their white lights and red ribbons. Then there are houses where you know some “characters” live there. They’ve got loads of bright lights of all colours, twinkling away. It was great. I didn’t have a PR or PB, but I really enjoyed myself (and even the cold!) I finished confident, feeling terrific and hopeful for what lays ahead.

I truly hope it goes without saying that I’m incredibly grateful for the encouragement from everyone out there who has followed me and my mission to get fit and train.

Thank you P & F for constantly reminding me what’s important and how to keep it close to my heart.

Thank you to my awesome running buddy who listens to me vent, makes me laugh and is just an all-around great friend.

Thanks to my family – I know I’m probably too boisterously honest for a small-town girl, but I was raised to speak my mind (sorry if I embarrass you 🙂 )!

To my WP running buddies: You. YES YOU. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

To my crew on Facebook and Twitter – especially Lorna – you always “like” my posts, even when they’re boring and I’m appreciative of that 🙂

Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart. Your notes, comments, encouragement and “funnies” keep me motivated. It keeps me putting one foot in front of the other (which seems like an easy task until you have to do it for an hour-plus!) – this is OUR milestone!  And I know to some people this all seems like such a silly mission in life, but to me, it’s a big part of my bucket list. And I very-much look forward to checking it off! And also, I don’t give a flying f… what the haters think. Haters gonna hate!

THANK YOU FOR SHARING “OUR” TRAINING DAY 100 MILESTONE WITH ME!!!!

Here are tonights stats:Day 100 of Training! Amazing!

  • Distance: 6.44 km
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:14
  • Best Pace: 5:15