spartan workout plan.

i didn’t even start out this year with a goal to do things that terrified me, it just all started to fall into place: i took a crossfit fundamentals program and loved every workout, i ran my first race in years, and then a few more since, and took part in my first month-long yoga challenge.

shy of wearing a bathing suit in public, i’ve been crossing off fears left and right and realizing what my body is actually capable of. a task that often goes unnoticed since my mind is a cruel little thing who likes to tell me i can accomplish nothing.

i have a few more fears in mind that i’d like to conquer before the summer is over, but one stands out more than the rest.

i signed up for my first obstacle course race, and not just any OCR, but the queen of them all: Spartan Race.


completing an OCR has been on my mind since i stepped foot into victoria park crossfit in march. could i do it?

i can’t climb a rope, i have almost no upper body strength, and the thought of cutting myself open on barbwire makes me pout. the things i do have going for me though are the complete delusion that this is going to be fun, a “why the heck not” attitude, and the support of my amazing friend Heather who has decided to run it with me. that, and the understanding that i’ll be doing a lot of burpees.


so i’m doing it. on sunday, august 16. i’ll put on my tough-girl face and pull up my compression socks and see who comes out the other side. i know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, there’s a medal!

i really have no specific training plan set, i’m just ramping everything up. more surf, more running, more strength training, more burpees. and then more burpees.

incase you’re as lost as i am when it comes to implementing a training plan, spartan race canada has introduced a Workout Tour. led by a certified spartan coach, you’ll learn exercises to help you over the toughest obstacles. you’ll also get a “i’m training for a spartan race” t-shirt as part of the $10 registration fee – part going to charity – which is more than totally worth it for a two-hour workout alone, let alone the great swag.

here’s the details on calgary’s workout tour stop:

spartan race calgary workout tour
where: In the Altadore neighborhood of Calgary (register to receive the exact location!)
date: saturday, july 25
when: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
cost: $10.00 (partial proceeds go to charity)
what to bring: Some water, a towel, and friends!
register here

zl6EHjG3L7ysvT5JSxV75d8GWhf6raGUHvvTzR4WLQ0sadly, i work at the yoga studio on saturday mornings so i’m unable to make it. someone go and pick me up the t-shirt! a total want.

want to run the spartan race with me in calgary on sunday, august 16? enter the giveaway below. you must at least leave a comment on the blog telling me how you’d train for it!

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i’m totally crazy, right?!

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stretch and shine.

my stampede 2015 experience started on a healthy note (to be honest, it continued that way as well, because i don’t really drink or party or stay out late; basically, i’m a grandma, but not a cool one like betty white).3RVTd5DTJC_AahWByEhw3CV6pUlXAQApY3Z0mDwVw6U

on sneak-a-peek stampede day, i ditched my cowboy boots for bare feet and plaid for lululemon to take part in the greatest collaboration between junction 9 yoga & pilates, barre body studio and studio revolution.

41UqD9SCffmmk5VvuzRUd_IpXsYz7d_WKoiXfmxM0Rwup on the rooftop of junction 9, i was surrounded by the amazing communities of three local sweat spots to barre, surf and yoga the night away.

Cdyk161rKZkF_zIharDrh_7v1LsE0tyJUZSAGbGp36wthe energy was contagious and the night involved a great deal of laughter and hugs (because of, and thanks to, Jess and Mal). which was a really nice distraction from the leg shaking and ab torture that was also experienced.


though i have done a great deal of grumbling about surf around s&s, i am starting to warm up to it. that being said, it’s still really hard, and i’m not good at it, and it can still get me grumpy.


occasionally i’ll find myself having fun atop the board (when i’m not falling off of it). the night reminded me that my love of barre and yoga are still burning bright.


it also showed the true passion for fitness, for innovation and for community that these leaders have. the women that guided us through the night are some of the most genuine and sweet ladies you may ever meet. they are driven and succeeding in their fields, and encouraging everyone else to be their best, as well.

FiWesijUJVhepJvd5nIP4WageVLwp1AfPXj7hXvG2Ycif this was a photo of me, you’d see my cheeks flooded with tears. i blame the most epic, soulful playlist and the beauty of the evening for that – yes, i cry all the time. it’s just something that happens.


it all ended with a spectacular view of the stampede fireworks – cue more tears – and root beer floats made with true buch root beer kombucha and vanilla bean fiasco gelato. they were as delicious as you’re imagining them to be!

have you ever taken a rooftop class?

a huge thank you to Caryn Kilback for being awesome and Matthew Nelson and Ethan Blackwell for snapping photos all night.

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very berry.

to me, nothing screams summer more than ripe, sweet berries.


summer also makes me think of bbqs with friends and having everyone over. i think i like to entertain until i remember that means i need to clean my condo. that and the fact i don’t really have enough seating for everyone.


the good news is i was dog and house sitting in the ‘burbs last week and was blessed with a backyard, numerous places for people to sit, and great weather to boot.

and thanks to simply berry, i had great cocktails and dessert to share, too, because everything is better with berries!


i made quick and easy berry parfaits, because when it’s 30 degrees out, no one wants to turn on the oven to bake dessert and ice cream melts too fast.

i layered cubes of angel food cake, whipped cream and raspberries and strawberries in tall glasses for a super quick treat.

IMG_1066i paired it with simply berry champagne cocktails (which can be made with sprite, if you’re not a drinker). a little fizz always makes things festive.

i learned two things in my 10-day adventure in the NW of calgary:

1. i’m not ready to be responsible for another living thing. which is a great lesson to learn because i’ve always wanted a dog, but my condo doesn’t allow them. turns out i like my selfish life way too much to always have to go home to walk the dog. it wouldn’t be fair to the dog or to me.

2. the suburbs are the worst. in the 10 days i was there i felt so lazy. i usually walk to everything since my condo is in the heart of the city, instead trying to get groceries or simply get a coffee required me to get into my car.

that being said, i’d happily borrow a puppy and property any time to be able to entertain with plenty of space. until then, picnics for this girl!

what’s your favourite berry?

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