She Said What?! Only 3 Weeks Left Till Ottawa Spartan Beast

Hey y’all! I’ve missed you!

I know, it’s been only 3 days, but so many things have happened. I also promised you an extraordinary weekend… and I kind of lied… because it was EPIC!

On Saturday afternoon, Justin and I found ourselves at a very beautiful location, the national park of Mont Saint Bruno, not too far from where we live. This occasion on its own was magical. However, what if I told you it was even more perfect than that?! Yup, it’s possible indeed!

Mont Saint Bruno lake

We were on a mission… wait… let me correct myself… We were on a SECRET mission!

One of my best friends was getting proposed to!!! Imagine, how hard it was for me to know it and keep my mouth shut! It was definitely a challenge… Ah, imagine yourself not being able tell your bff about something like this!

When we got to the park, we met up with some other friends who were involved in the plot. We were all so excited and nervous for everything to go according to plans because there were a few misunderstandings as to when we have to come up from our hiding location.

under the tree Thankfully, everything went smoothly, and I witnessed my friend’s emotions going from very confused to overwhelmed and then to very VERY excited!

proposalShe said YES!!! I am so honored to have been there with her. Oh, and I AM A BRIDESMAID! For the first time EVER!!! How cool and precious is that?!

Sunday was also very special. My hubby and I had his family over for lunch and then we headed to a photo shoot. Initially, it was supposed to be ‘Revive the Dress’ photo session last fall that didn’t happen due to bad weather. This time around, I didn’t feel like wearing my wedding dress again because I wanted to keep the memory of my wedding day more special, so I opted for a casual shoot. Not surprisingly, it took place at yet another park. *I love nature!*

Here are some shots.

photo shoot 1As you can see, we still love each other on occasion after almost a year of being married. *Haha!*

photo shoot 2Ummm… Have I mentioned lots of PDA? No?! #sorrynotsorry

I really can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. We even included Bella in some of the photos since she is a BIG part of our life!

On to more serious stuff…

Last week wasn’t as productive as I hoped to training-wise. I think my body needed some rest and I granted its wish. I mean, I still had pretty tough workouts but not much running happened in this part of the woods. That being said, I have less than 3 weeks left before the Spartan Beast in Ottawa.

final stretch


My plan is to clean up my diet to get my body into the beast mode and push through some tougher workouts.

The workout today is as follows:

Strength + Cardio:    Diamonds are Forever!
Abs:                            Ab 500
Challenge:                30-day bear crawl Spartan challenge

life is a gift


Have you ever witnessed a proposal? What changes do you make to your diets in the weeks leading up to a big race?



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30 responses to “She Said What?! Only 3 Weeks Left Till Ottawa Spartan Beast

  1. Awww this is so lovely, my friend was proposed to this weekend, and although I wasn’t there….she conferenced called me with another friend after. and as soon as I knew there was 3 of us on the phone, i started screaming! My boyfriend didn’t understand the big deal hahah! As for nutrition before races, I actually have written some posts on it, if you want to have a look around my running features on my blog. I tend to get a lot more proteins, eat clean, and try to cut back on the sugar. Have a wonderful week!

  2. What a gorgeous place! Perfect for a proposal and pictures – there’s so much green! I’ve never witnessed a proposal (to my memory), but I know lots of people witness mine haha.

  3. Awww, your pictures are so cute!

    Usually, I just try and eat extra healthy! I’ll have some extra carbs a few days before the race – something like pancakes for breakfast or lunch. I don’t go too crazy with it though – just a little more than normal.

    I can’t wait for your race!

  4. The only proposal I ever witness was my own :D. Congrats to your friends! And wow, those pictures are beautiful!

  5. Oh, and pre race, I will taper off of fiber and then taper protein a little bit, up hydration. I just try to get more easily digestible stuff in , you know!

  6. Such beautiful pictures! LOVE the one of the two of you in the trees!

  7. That is SO SWEET that you could be there for your friend’s proposal! You are going to be such an awesome bridesmaid. The only proposal I’ve ever been involved in was my own. 🙂 These are such stunning photos too!

    Pre-race the only thing I really change is making sure I eat things that agree with my stomach. And I cut back on wine, but only before a BIG race haha.

  8. What a great surprise for your friend and how nice that you all could be involved in it too 🙂

  9. missadventuresinrunning

    That is exciting that you got to be a part of such a special moment for your friend! And…your pictures look beautiful. I can tell you two are in love!

  10. Yay, congrats to all! Don’t worry about the race, you’re going to crush it!
    Ha, funny story – a popular running spot here is a lake with a 9 mile loop. I was down there recently for a training run and when I finished I noticed a lady with a camera hiding behind a tree. I thought maybe she was a private detective getting pics of an affair going on. She was there forever until finally a couple showed up by the lake and he proposed. Haha, the photographer was waiting for them!!!

  11. Your pictures are GORGEOUS!! How fun that you got to be there at the proposal and you get to be a bridesmaid!! A few days before a big race I try to replace veggies and other fiberous foods with simple carbs like pasta that are easy to digest so that I don’t have any tummy issues!

  12. So adorable!! I have never witnessed a proposal but looks so cool!!! Awww your pics are priceless!!!! You guys are adorable!! 🙂 xoxo

  13. That is so cute – seeing your friend’s proposal! And your pictures are adorable!

  14. Awww…its so great you got to see and be a part of your friend’s proposal!!!

  15. Just sooo cute!!! I love this!!! What a beautiful place!! XOXO!!!

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