Run for the Love of Pete 5K : The Why

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 9.24.43 AMAt first, I wanted to do something in the memory of my father, Pete. I wanted to raise money and awareness for heart health so that people around me got to live longer and learn about the things that they needed to do to accomplish this. I love running, so why not pair the two?

Over the course of wanting to launch this run (I’ve been thinking about this for about a year and a half), I had anxiety about hitting send on a mass email, hitting create on an FB post and talking to people about it in general. I’d hold back. I realized that all I needed to do was take the first step.

In all my research around running races, and organizing them, I scoured the pages of Runners World Magazine and any online resource that I could. If I was having this much trouble taking the first step to creating a race to ‘change lives’ then how many other people were having the same struggle? I mean this from all standpoints in life. Were others struggling to run? Were others so afraid of what other people thought so much that they were just sitting and waiting for that perfect moment to do what they really want to do?  Were other people so paralyzed with fear and self-doubt that they just sat on really great ideas for a really long time instead of just getting out there and doing them?

I was (and still am a little spooked) about taking the first step. What if one person comes to the race? What if no one shows up? What if it’s raining? What if people look at September 11th as a negative date? What if I don’t raise awareness or money and fall flat on my face? There will always be ‘what ifs’.

I took the first step yesterday.

I almost puked in the car.

Some people will understand, some people won’t. Some people will laugh at your goals and mine, others will suScreen Shot 2016-05-18 at 9.16.28 AMpport them with banners (think signs made out of glitter and uncooked macaroni, that’s what I see ;)), and do whatever they can to help.

I set-up the Facebook invite, and to some that will seem rather trivial (or an archaic way of doing things hah), but it has taken me months to hit that ‘create’ button. My buddy Doug took me for a ride in the car. He made me listen to a podcast that really changed the way I look at this hurdle. I have to spend more time looking at why I want to do this, not at how or what. The rest I can figure out along the way. (Check out this TED Talk with Simon Sinek if you want to learn more about the ‘why’).

All I have to remember in every step of this process, no matter how good or bad this goes, I took the first step – the first step of many to come.

I will learn a lot throughout this whole thing, things won’t be perfect and I will refine and change things as I go. I hope that you join me, as we take many first steps together, never forgetting the why along the way!


#MomMustHaves #ImNotAMom

Although I am lacking a key thing that makes me a mom, that being a baby or young child, I was invited to attend an event that was put on by Honeywell, Vicks & Braun.  I gladly accepted when I heard that this event would give me a look into the health and wellness aspects of products for the cold and flu season! (I also feel like my mom friends will benefit from this post :))

The event was held at the Shangri-La in Toronto, in the Owner’s Suite.  The guests were put in groups to visit specific stations set-up to be reminiscent of a real home.Entertain

We were shown some air purifiers first, which I didn’t find all that interesting initially, being someone who lives in a condo and doesn’t have any allergies to worry about.  The part that really interested me the most about the air purifiers is that they can actually clear the air of smells, which is great if you’re doing home renos, or if you’re cooking something that is rather fragrant.  (I will get into more detail about this when I do my full review on the Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner in an upcoming post.) People with allergies will benefit highly from one of these for sure.

VicksVapourizerThe lovely Dr. Greenberg went over humidifiers and the importance of having one in your home especially in the cold and flu season.  I’ve never really owned one, and when I think about humidifiers in particular, I always think of that one from childhood that every mom seemed to have for their sick children that smelled like Vicks VapoRub. Turns out that this Vicks Vapourizer is still available and now features Vicks VapoPad technology.  For those of you who may have grown up with one of these, do not be sad and think that ‘old faithful’ is gone.  The Vapo-pads are $9.99 for a 6 pack, which is a pretty good deal, when coupled with the $26.99 for the humidifier itself.  I was recently sick and used Vicks under my nose (and on my feet – weird sounding, but I read somewhere it helps?! hah) and the humidifier is like putting Vicks under your nose times ten.  AND for those of you who are afraid of the dark, there’s also a nightlight on this bad boy 😉 *you’re welcome*  Plus the fact that it’s called a vapourizer makes it sound galactically bada$s.  Think about it.

Dr. Greenberg demonstrates the Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer

(I will be doing a full review on the Honeywell Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier in an upcoming post to give you an idea of some different options when it comes to humidifiers.)

There were a couple of thermometer demos that were cool for moms out there.  The one that seemed the most interesting was the Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer  that takes your body temperature from behind the ear.  This prevents a baby or little one from waking up during a temperature check, which is probably a great idea when you have a sick baby on your hands.  Some of the Vicks Themometers also include Fever Insight, which is awesome because it lights up according to temperature levels.

If you have any questions about anything you see in this post or are curious to learn more, let me know.  I’ll try and answer to the best of my ability or find out for you! 🙂

Stay healthy during this cold and flu season!



*I was not compensated monetarily for this post, and opinions in this post (as always) are my own.  I will be  provided with the Honeywell Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier, and Honeywell AirGenius 5 for review*