Sporting Life 10K 2013

Sporting life

I ran the Sporting Life 10K this morning.  It’s one of my favourite races of the year- both because it’s a huge race of 27,000 people, and because it is for a great cause.

All of the money raised goes towards supporting Camp Oochigeas, which is a camp that is run for children with cancer.  A lot of people were wearing what they run for on signs that were pinned to their backs.  It was motivational to run behind someone wearing “Run for those who cannot” or those who were running in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer. It really puts things into perspective- you are still alive, you are running – now give it all you’ve got!

I haven’t been training, so this race intimidated me a bit. My Achilles actually doesn’t feel that bad though, so I’m pretty excited about that! Healing is awesome.

The race itself was awesome.  I used to run with music and now when I do races I find that running without it makes me more in tune with the things around me and also with how I feel.  I used to think that it would be terrible to run without the help of the music, but now I find it invigorating!

I looked up my time on-line and for some reason it’s not there.  I am curious to know how I did.  I know that I wasn’t hitting a PB, by any means, but I’d love to at least know for myself, to see how much work I have to do to start hitting some of those PBs! 😉

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year.  I like shorter races, and I think I want to focus more so on getting faster, than distance.  I did a half marathon, and knocked it off the bucketlist.  Part of finishing that race turned me off of running for a bit, and I wasn’t sure why at the time.  Running in my head had become more of a job than something that was fun and that I enjoyed.  For now, I’ll put the half marathons on the back-burner and focus my eyes on the prize(s): some PBs in the 5K and 10Ks 🙂

Best sign on the side-lines of the race: “Fastest Parade Ever!” *grin*  I was quite amused.

2 million dollars were raised today for Camp Ooch, and at the end of the day that’s what counts the most!

Happy running,

-Bexx

5 Ways to Stay Inspired This Spring

As the lovely Spring weather arrives, I want to make sure that you all stay inspired.  I sometimes use these to help myself stay inspired, because inevitably we all need it at times 🙂

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A few of the things I think that you can do to feel your best while embracing this wonderful new season:

1-       Always make sure that you’re challenging yourself and not letting yourself plateau- you won’t stay inspired, if you aren’t changing it up.  Needless to say, this doesn’t mean ditch your favourite spin class altogether.  It means change things up and add new things into your routine.  Try a new barre class, join a social media #plankaday type challenge and you’ll be really surprised how much this inspires you to improve and do better. The encouragement from those around you will help especially when it comes to social media. 🙂

2-      Keep a positive attitude- You will do more, achieve more and celebrate more success if you have a positive attitude about fitness and health.  It has happened to all of us- bit by the ‘bittter bug’ – we have a negative attitudes sometimes.  It’s not always going to be sunny out, but the sun is still there somewhere behind the cloud.  It’s up to you to find it, harness it, and get that inspiration back!  You own this… do it up!

3-      Write down your goals and check them off when you complete them- I’m a big fan of lists and setting goals. I get extreme satisfaction from checking things off of my list and writing the date that I completed them beside it.  (See my Life KPI List)  There is a lot to be said about the positive reinforcement that is found through keeping a running tally of your accomplishments.  It’s all to easy to focus on the negative, but the positives will continue to take you to that new level.

4-      Look for others who are on similar journeys to your own- power in numbers! When you feel like giving up find a group of similar people who are on the same path that you are when it comes to fitness.  Maybe it’s joining a class to really keep you inspired, and rev up, or maybe it’s calling up some of your girl friends and going on a hike.  Either way surrounding yourself with like-minded people helps you maintain your path, but also reinforces the healthy choices that you’ve been making on your own.

5-      Inspire others- sometimes when you inspire someone else, the positive energy comes right back to you.  It arrives in the form of that ‘feel good’, I’ve helped someone else’ type feeling and it reminds us of our own accomplishments, how far we’ve come and where we’d like to see ourselves as well.  I’m not saying do things solely to inspire others, your heart also needs to be in it for you.  At the end of the day if you set a great example for those around you,  they will not be able to resist being inspired by you too 🙂

Happy  ‘Spring’ training,

-Bexx

One thing has got to be like the other…

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My early 90s ‘fitness’ influence…

Since I ran that first lap in high school fitness became a very big focus for me.  I’m not by any means claiming to have been an athlete, but it was always important to me.  I would do crunches and crazy workouts in my bedroom before bed at night, that I had cut out from my Mom’s Woman’s World magazines, dreaming of the abs that I could have just like the girl in the demo pics.

I remember being so self-conscious about my body and never really knowing what to do about it.  My mom would tell me I look fine and encourage me to wear bathing suits that actually fit and instead I would sit on the shore with my jeans shorts on and my big t-shirt not really listening.

I wasn’t sure where my fitness journey was taking me, but I DID know it was important.  I think the key to success is really arming yourself with the right tools.

You cannot have fitness without eating right – just like you cannot appreciate how hard you work and how great you look, if you do not love yourself.

Now there has been some controversy about the recently released Dove ad.  Some are obviously pointing out the ‘yeah that’s great, but they’re still trying to sell you soap.”  I’m not going to disagree with that, but I’m going to really have to strain my brain to really convince my own self that this type of video is really transcending into soap sales.  I think Dove is trying to make a statement, a lot like the Nikes and the Under Armours of the world.  They’re trying to really resonate with their current and potential consumers.  Either way, whether successful or not, we’re definitely all aware of the campaign and talking about it, so they’ve obviously done something right.Love luck

I think the message is evident though – they’re trying to empower women to appreciate who they really are, and to question their harsh judgements of themselves.  We’ve all been guilty of it.  We all look in the mirror and complain instead of celebrating the things we’re good at, and the things we have.

I used to position things in my head as… “I’ve been doing it wrong for a while now…. ”  Instead I want to be more like my little inspiration’s “Daily Affirmation”  and celebrate the things I am good at.  I have struggled with healthy eating, but that does not mean that I am doing poorly.  I push myself at Femme Fitale every week.  I am trying to make the changes I want to see in myself, and the existence that I create for myself.  I’ve been working hard on the physical fitness aspect for a long time now, and I just need to marry this dedication to healthy eating.

Challenge accepted.

“I love my house, I love my hair…..I love my pajamas… and I can do anything good… Yeah! YEAH! Yeah!!! ”

Happy Thoughts,

-Bexx

The Return of the Mack…er…Bexx

lacing up I picture my return to running like the first part of the Chris Morrison video in Return of the Mack when he’s walking down a hallway all blinged out, cool and suave, and the lights are shining down and he looks so confident, calm and collected like he belongs.  There’s a ‘no big deal’ attitude about the way he walks down that hall (click here if you care to watch and see what I’m talking about.)  When I lace up for the first time back, I’ll probably just have a ponytail, and won’t be wearing as much bling, but I think I could totally find a tunnel around here somewhere to start and look/feel like I’m in the video.  I have no idea what this has to do with anything, but I promise I have somewhat of a point to make 😀 (I’ll also never be quite sure why I have so many obscure pop culture references from the 90s in my head….I ought to get checked out ;))

Having only been out of commission once with a pulled hammy, I never really understood how people felt when they were injured and couldn’t do anything.

I healed the hammy in two weeks, and had welcomed the break from my crazy fitness routine at the time.  Now having suffered from this pain in the back of my ankle/heel, for about 6-8 weeks, I have not only exhausted all of the people who I can complain to, but I have also learned to appreciate how crappy an injury can be.  I mean don’t get me wrong, there are worse things in the world than a small injury like mine, but when the doctor told me today that I could run again, I wanted to jump up and give him a bear hug.  I don’t think that’s really welcomed or legal… so I held back.. but the point is, when you receive good news like that, it’s good to have brought a buddy that you can hug when there is good news.  I’m sure I had another point, but I’ll go with that one.

I am going to get myself some new running shoes, lace up and hit the road.  Not right this minute (because I’m busy typing away to you guys) but sometime soon! This rest has given me a new perspective, and I need to figure out what routine will work best for me.  I can’t just add everything back into my workout schedule, but I’m overall just happy that I can run.  Obviously I will have to take it easy and do lots of wonderful stretches, but I’m so thankful to be back.

A duck out of water is like a runner without a shoe?  I’m sure you get what I’m trying to say.  Either way, I believe John Malkovich puts it best in Burn After Reading when he says: “You  f*ckers, I’m back!” (I would have probably used the word b*tches instead and said “I’m back b*tches, I’m back… but I wasn’t in charge.  Sad really. )

xox

-Bexx

Social Media and 100 Days of Burpees

The other day I was on #fitchat and I met @300lbsandrunnin .  He was talking about his #100DaysofBurpees Challenge, so of course I needed to butt-in and ask what this was about.  300 lbs and Running's 100 Day Burpee (You can click here if you’d like to know more or participate.  Come join in on the burpee fun!!  If you do not know what a burpee is, you can click here.  My cousin asked what a burpee is and then suggested that it was something that someone did after drinking a Slurpee too quickly.  har har. )

Admittedly I’m picking up this challenge a little late in the game.  I started on day 20, and plan on continuing through to day 100, given my poor heel can take it.

The awesomeness of social media and ‘chats’ that are run on Twitter are evident once again and have proven to be quite beneficial to me.  Never would I ever commit to doing burpees for 100 days by myself! (Not going to lie about that one hah.)

Before, I never understood why people swore by chats on social media.  I have learned over time why.  You are chatting with people from all over the world who are interested in the same things as you.  You sometimes even get a chance to brag about your own accomplishments too, and of course sign-on to support others and participate in challenges. 🙂  (I’m not saying do it because you’ll get an imaginary internet pat on the back, but I’m saying do it because you will gain friends you didn’t even know were out there.)

I have had the opportunity of ‘meeting’ quite a few of you on social media and look forward to the day we can put the face to face with our friendships.  When I try to explain this to some of my friends, I get the “These people are not your REAL friends, Rebecca.”  On the contrary I believe quite the opposite.  I’ve ‘seen’ imaginary friends before, my brother used to have one growing up named Cheermuck.  (He’s going to kill me for writing that… and no I have no idea where the name came from, and when he drew a picture of him once he looked like a tree with a face on it.)  Anyways, returning to the subject at hand, I have also met people who I have talked to on social media before, and we’ve had some of the most solid friendships.  When you read and participate in someone’s social media, you do get to know them quite well before you actually meet them face-to-face.  You often already know a lot of things about them that you both have in common, the bonds have already been set.

Social media gives people an outlet, and allows them to say what they truly feel about their passions and what is happening in their lives.  Never would I ever have predicted that I would have such a great support network of like-minded people who are constantly encouraging me to get out and do my running, my planks, my burpees.  etc.  It’s like having 1000+ personal trainers and life coaches at your fingertips, or as some may call them, friends 🙂

Happy training,

-Bexx

NYE List for 2012

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I’m going to have to edit my list a little bit, as there are a few things that I don’t want going public  (read: names of boys/embarrassing details haah)…. but every year a wonderful group of friends and I, sit down (whether it’s together or in a coffee shop on our own) and reflect on the year that has passed.  We list the top 10 outstanding moments of that year,  whether we accomplished the 5 goals that we had set out for ourselves that year, 5 disappointments of the year (we can’t always be positive!) and the 5 new goals for the upcoming year.  Last year we also added a “3 best people of the year” section.  If we aren’t together we share via email.  This happened last year.

Below you will see my email to the group from January 2012.  I have edited it a bit to preserve some self-respect (I hope you don’t mind :))

From: rebecca_yanyk@hotmail.com
To: Jay, Bren, JRod, Eroki, Paul, Jane, Jill 
Subject: NYE List 2011 Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:33:01 -0500

Hello Folks, Here is my list, I know I wasn’t there at midnight.. I hope you guys don’t mind recapping a bit for moi. I love all of you guys so mucho!  I read over my stuff from last year below and thought that some goals were rather funny, now that I read back.

TOP 10 OUTSTANDING MOMENTS OF 2011…
  1. Getting a promotion!!! As I’m sure you can reference below, that was a great disappointment for 2010.  It took me a whole ‘nother year, and I got said promotion Dec 2010, but I did not give up. 
  2. Being asked by my two lovely friends to MC their wedding, and doing it without looking silly, barfing, screwing up etc.  Basically launching my career in stand-up is what I’m saying.
  3. Travelling to Sweden for work and actually getting my butt somewhere other than North America.  although not on my own dime (yeehawwww!) I got to live like a queen and the experience is one that I surely will not forget for a long time.
  4. Getting published/interviewed for an article in Canadian Running magazine.  Far from famous, but still super excited to be part of a publication 🙂
  5. Attending a course on Public Speaking, doing my speeches and gaining the skills that I need to do the best stuff ever.
  6. Meeting a boy that I really like, and realizing that sometimes it’s really not you the timing may just not be right- doesn’t mean the end of the world.  I’m still learning, this is good 🙂
  7. Becoming a Big sister to a Little Brother through the Big/Little Program.  Highlight-  “Rebecca, because I’m 16 I’m going to be done the program soon (18), but that’s okay.. because even when this program is over I’m going to remember how much confidence that you have, and I’m going to be like you.”
  8. Dropping out of the half marathon a day before-  to some this might not seem like a highlight- but for me this was a highlight and pivotal moment in my life where I said.. “no, you’re not prepared… there is nothing wrong with that, but you don’t have to do this if you’re not ready.”  I never used to say no.  Now I do 🙂
  9. Going home for Christmas and not getting into any fights at home.  Although most of the majority of my time was spend elsewhere, i’d like to report that maybe just maybe we’ve (all my fam) has grown enough that we get along now? I’m probs jinxing next Christmas.
  10. Making my 90 grandmother laugh at Christmas and feel special.  “You have not changed a bit since I’ve met you, Rebecca.  You are still crazy!”  ❤
TOP 5 DISAPPOINTMENTS IN 2011
  1. Not losing the final 40 lbs that I would like to.
  2. Finding two roommates who are less than my favourite people…. le sigh 😉 (randoms off craigslist)
  3. Finding someone who likes me, but sometimes it’s just not enough… = le single Bexx 😉  (Oh well, gives me more time to figure out me.. until I’m 40 ;))
  4. Getting dumped in a subway station.  Subway dump has become his new name. 
  5. My bestie Leanne quitting Corby.  I miss seeing her everyday.5 GOALS for 2011
  I only completed one goal for last year…. I travelled again to Sweden, Calgary, Vancouver, NYC.  I did not surf, get a bf, finish my half marathon or exercise/go running with Brenda so she can attain her Olympic gold medal in water polo. 5 Goals for 2012
  1. To go parasailing
  2. To meet someone who compliments me and my life, at the right time 🙂 (my psychic says I’ll meet two dudes I need to decide between and be super happy and awesome/excited about love by Oct… so don’t panic.. hahaah 
  3. To travel more, and see more of the world
  4. To pay down debts.  Not all of it (unless I win the lottery,) but a nice chunk.
  5. Lose the last 40 lbs 🙂 

3 Best New People of the Year-

  1. Amira De Vera–  She is a friend from Twitter.. haha we met at an event, but since then we have hung out and become super close.  She is a 5 foot (barely) tall bubble of energy.  Absolutely amazing.
  2. MM (timing dude from above… I’m not giving up on him just yet.. but if it’s meant to be.. it will… if not.. I will marry Freddy Prince Jr.  no big deal..)
  3. Sue McGrath-  a new friend from work.  I knew her before but we were not tight.  We go to boot camp together now, and she is one of the most genuine, awesome, honest, amazing person that anyone could meet.
xox b*tches,
Bexx”
I wanted to share this with you because I hope that you all do the same this NYE.  I don’t really look back at my list from the previous year until I sit down to do this again.  It’s interesting to see which goals you have accomplished, which you have blown out of the water (throwing those goals down and making them yell MERCY! because you so awesomely squashed ’em) and how sometimes you aren’t necessarily where you thought you’d be, but you’ve still come so far and accomplished so much.
I can’t wait to post the reflections from this past year and the new goals for 2013!!
2013 is going to be a great year, I can feel it!
-Bexx