Posted in fitness


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the C25K running program.  I find it well thought out.  It really can take someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle and allow for that person to go from being out of breath after 1 minute of running to being able to run non-stop for 5 kilometers within a reasonable amount of time (they say 8 weeks, in my first experience, it was more like 12 weeks).

However, there is one run that scares the heck out of me.  It scared me the first time I attempted it and it scared me today.  You see, you go from doing run/walk intervals.  Then, you reach week 5 day 3 and bam! they lay the following bombshell on you: brisk 5 minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.


As my brother would say: “what the actual F*&%”!?!

I mean, the workout before is run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes and now this?  I remember, the first time I followed this program I was dead certain that there was a mistake.  I googled, consulted numerous forums and sites only to find out that it was no mistake.

So, I went for it (and managed!).  This time, though I was again feeling shaky about the run again, I figured I may as well seize the day and go for it.  I knew I had done it before and knew I could do it again.

When I got up, what I saw was a grey misty day with streets full of puddles.


The dreary weather alone should have been enough to discourage me from running outside, but it didn’t.  I checked the weather app on my phone which confirmed that though a comfy 14 degrees C was forcasted for the day, it would only be happening in the afternoon.  I did not want to wait that long.

20km/h winds, light drizzle?  Oh yeah, bring it on!

I decided I’d go for it anyways.  I layered on some weather appropriate clothing and headed out the door.  I felt a little chilly at first, but knew that it was perfect as I would warm up as I ran.

I hit my first mental hurdle after 5 minutes of running, but I talked to myself, reminding myself that only four days before I had run 8 minutes straight.  I could, at least, run to 8 minutes.  My next hurdle came up when I hit the 8 minute mark.  I talked to myself, reminding myself that since the start, I’ve been progressively upping my running time.  I could surely make it to 10 minutes.  I pushed through.  At the 10 minute mark, I hit another mental hurdle.  I reminded myself that I was already halfway through, my legs could still handle the run so I persevered.

After 12 minutes, I was starting to have issues with my breathing, I wanted to start walking, but I knew that if I stopped running, I wouldn’t be able to start again.  I told myself that I only had 8 minutes left, convinced myself that it was like running the second split from my Tuesday run.  I slowed down my pace slightly worked on getting my breathing in a pattern and got it under control.  By the time there was 5 minutes left, I gave myself some visual goals (I’ll make it to the mailbox, I’ll run to the end of the street, I’ll keep going until I reach the stop sign…) and managed to finish my 20 minutes!

A 7min. 32 sec. average pace for 20 minutes, not bad!

I won’t lie.  I was very happy when it was cool down time.  By then, my legs were starting to burn.  I had almost given up on a few occasions.  But every time the little voice inside of me told me that it was too hard, I silenced it.

Post-run selfie: tired, hungry and dang proud!  (Ok, perhaps a tad camera shy too hahaha!)
Posted in Parenting, potty training

The Potty Training Chronicles – Moar progress

PT Chronicles finalThe progress

We are now at the tail end of the 4th day since starting potty training with Charles and I have to say that I am absolutely amazed by his progress.

He is now able to control his bladder for longer periods of time.  On day 2, he went 10 times (7 on the potty & 3 accidents).  On day 3, he went 6 times (3 on the potty & 3 accidents).  On day 4, he went 4 times (3 on the potty and 1 accident).

It also seems that pooping on the potty isn’t a problem as he went on day 2 and every day since.

Furthermore, he surprised me today (day 4) by having his very first dry nap (we still use diapers for naps and nighttime sleep).  Plus, as an added bonus, he was able to stay in the same pair of pants from the time he awoke from his nap to the time he was ready for bed.  In the past days, he always ended up wetting his boxers because, when he had them on, he would only realize he needed to pee when he had already started.

The challenges

Though Charles has come a long way in the past four days, he still has a few quirks to work out in the realm of bowel movements.  He still needs to work on understanding when he’s about to have a bowel movement (and when he’s actually done).

Tomorrow, we’re also taking potty training to the next level.  We’re going to be out of the house for Christmas (going to my parents’ house in the morning and my in-laws’ in the afternoon).  This will be his first time out of the house without a diaper.  This means that we’re going to be testing if he can handle a 15 minute car ride and if he’ll be able to use the potty in a new setting.  I’m eager to see how things go (and plan on packing quite a bit of spare pants and boxers).

Fingers crossed for things to go well.

Merry Christmas all!