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Spur Of The Moment Decisions: Small Changes, Big Rewards

Who loves spur of the moment decisions? I DO! Actually, that’s how our weekend started…

On Friday, Justin and I were on our way home from work. I was quite distraught with the news of the Malaysian plane that was shot down in the Eastern Ukraine the day before, and my hubby was trying his absolute best to take my mind off it. Not even 5 minutes later, we received a message from on of our friends inviting us to go up north for the weekend to her parents’ chalet. We looked at each other and smiled. That was a big YES! Within the next two hours, we were packed and on our way.

sunset

It was a fantastic getaway! Not only we were able to spend some quality time with our friends, Bella had a blast too. As soon as I woke up on Saturday, I took her for a long walk. She had so much fun; it was pure joy to watch her running around and swimming in this lake.

at the lake

When we came back, I was super excited to do yoga on a patio with a friend of mine. Breathing fresh air makes a huge difference! Plus a workout buddy is ALWAYS good news!

yoga outside

After having late breakfast, our friends and us unanimously decided to go for a 12 km hike up Montagne Noire. Some of you may remember that I already went there at the beginning of May. However, there was still a lot of snow and we weren’t able to reach the top of the mountain because it was too dangerous for our dogs. This time around, snow was not an issue.

Montagne Noire

When we arrived to  the crash sight of Liberator Harry B-24 bomber plane, it was quite emotional. It is crazy to imagine that 20 military men lost their lives in such a beautiful and otherwise perfect place…

crash sight

We spent there some time to honor lives of all Canadian soldiers who fought for our freedom, and headed back home. Now we could really enjoy the walk because there where no more hills to climb. That being said, me being me, I found the biggest rock out there and climbed it to strike a yoga pose. ‘Hey! Why not?!’

yoga in the woods

We left the chalet on Sunday morning to attend a picnic, where Justin and I, once again, had a wonderful time with our family!

picnic

 

I’m sure that I don’t need to convince you that spur of the moment decisions can be awesome, right?! So how about applying this thinking to our daily workouts? I found the following 10 great suggestions in the most recent issue of Runner’s World of how small changes can bring about big rewards:

  1. Add one mile to long or tempo runs – endurance.
  2. Take one step up the race-distance ladder – motivation.
  3. Add one repeat – speed.
  4. Buy one new running item – inspiration.
  5. Add one strength-training exercise – injury prevention.
  6. Add one daily fruit or vegetable serving – nutrients.
  7. Add one dynamic stretch – range of motion.
  8. Add one nightly half hour of sleep – be healthier and happier and more prepared for your next run.
  9. Take a running vacation – excitement.
  10. Add one non-running cardio session – variety.

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How was your weekend? What was your most recent spur of the moment decision you are proud of?

xoxo
Olena

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Well, Well, Well! Have You Missed Me? Hiking At Black Mountain & More

HELLO, MY DARLINGSSSSS!

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful and beautiful mommies out there!

Happy mother's day

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Now… I returned from Europe a week ago. I am so sorry for disappearing off the radar for so long, I really didn’t mean to. However, I really underestimated the emotional impact my trip to Ukraine had. I will talk about this some other time, but I really needed to take a break  and I feel that I am ready to be back. *WOOP WOOP!!!*  

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I know you all would like to hear about my trip to Europe; however, today I’d like to tell about the AWESOME weekend I had!

My hubby and I went to a cottage with our friends. And let me tell you, they are an amazing bunch of people, I love them with all my heart… to the moon and back… twice! Haha! *You see? I AM generous!*

Recently, one of the couples got a super adorable pup, a mix of  boxer and pitbull. They called her Stella, and she is the cutest thing EVER! I mean, look at her!!!

Stella

Needless to say, Bella and Stella are best friends now! *Why wouldn’t they be? LOL!*

Bella & Stella

*Aren’t they SUPER CUTE?!?!*

When we woke up on Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised by the sun and warm weather because the forecast predicted showers. The guys considered playing soccer in the backyard, but then we all unanimously decided to go for a hike to Montagne Noire (Black Mountain). I wasn’t aware, but on October 19, 1943, a B-24 bomber crashed near the summit of the mountain. It’s a very sad story because all 24 military men, who were heading home, died in the crash. Not only that, but the plane was found almost 3 years later (read more here). According to Global News, it is the worst accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Black Mountain

The nature was simply breathtaking!

Lake

It was about a 12-13 km hike (back and forth, obviously). So as you can imagine, the dogs had a blast! Unfortunately, we didn’t see the remaining wreckage of the plane, even though the crash sight was only about 300 meters away: there was too much snow and it would be too dangerous to bring our pups there.

Snow

*I took this picture on the way back; but it was about knee deep at the place we got to.* 

I feel like this weekend with my family (my hubby & Bella) and friends up north finally brought my mind back to a positive place.

Bella at lake

The Spartan Race is only a week away, and I feel like I am not in the best shape for it. Last month was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster and I haven’t done any running at all. That being said, I have remained active and I am super excited for this 13+ km race, and can’t wait for the day to come!

I can do it

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Has this ever happened to you? What do you suggest I do in order to get my body ready *somewhat ready* with only 7 days left? *Let’s be real, I am not expecting miracles here! lol! I simply want to enjoy the experience.*

xoxo
Olena

 

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