This past weekend my dad, Ry, and I ran our second Half Marathon (21.1km). It was the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Run (WFPS). It was 0 degrees out but it was the perfect weather for me to run in. It wasn’t too cold and I’m so happy it wasn’t hot! This picture was taken right when we got to our race around 7:15am. I couldn’t believe how dark it still was!
The morning of race day I don’t like to eat too much, thanks so much to Cranked Energy for giving me the perfect amount to eat with all the nutrients my body needs to sustain a half marathon! Perfect running fuel! When I woke up I had two energy bites and an hour before the race I had another one. Have I mentioned how delicious they are?!?! Well they are absolutely delicious and come in a whole variety of flavours & also have a vegan option! My favourite flavour is the Choco-Expresso! Go give them a follow on Instagram here! —> Cranked Energy
At the start of my run I was feeling pretty good and running beside the 1:55:00 pacer, I was ahead of them until around the 9 mile mark where my legs started to seize up and I had to slow down my pace. I can’t tell you how upset I was when the 2:00:00 pacers passed me. I may have started to cry… all this hard work and I only beat my time by one minute… At least I was able to finish the race! My race time was 2:05:48. Having Cayson and Brexleigh on my mind the whole time and wearing my lucky “This is for you Cayson & Brexleigh” t-shirt on during the race helped me push through. I kept thinking how lucky I am to have them and then I would start to cry all over again lol.
I can’t tell you how much of a mental game running a half marathon is. It’s absolutely insane. You feel like giving up every second, every mile but you just keep pushing through and telling yourself you can do it! If you’ve never ran one I highly encourage you to do so, you will never regret it. Well you might during the race but once you cross the finish line there is a feeling of euphoria! A “runner’s high” some even say! It is 100% worth it!
I’m also super proud of Ryan for beating his last half marathon time by 8 minutes and finishing his race in 2:10:00 and my dad in 1:56:00.
I’m hoping to do three more half marathons and then do my first full by the time I’m 25 years old. Wishful thinking? We’ll see. 😉
Welcome to Brexleigh’s room! Before I start getting into my emotional side of my blog I would like to show you Brexleigh’s room. Her room doesn’t really have a theme to it yet because I’m not quite sure on what she likes. However, I did add flowers here and there so I guess we can call it the ” flower room”.
Over her bed I hung a white canopy with flowers that I glued on. The canopy I got from Ikea and the flowers I bought from Dollarama. Adding the flowers to the canopy added some beautiful character to the room.
A few of us pitched in to buy Brexleigh this Teepee tent for her birthday. I didnt expect it to be as big as it is but I think its the perfect space for her teddy bears and “reading space”. We ordered this Teepee on Etsy from iloveteepee. I added some greenery from Dollarama on the top of the Teepee & also some lights that I got from Ikea a few years back. It is SO cozy in the room when all the lights are off except for the ones on the Teepee!On this shelf is a picture of Brex with her Aunty Ashley ( her Godmother) , a wooden sign with her name that I made before she was born and a zebra figure that my mom bought for her first birthday and got her name put on it by Spruce Corner Creations. My daughter was diagnosed with Infantile Rickets & Ehlers-Danlos type 3 this year. The zebra is Ehlers-Danlos symbol and that is why it is in there standing proud with Brexleigh’s name on it. You are a fighting Zebra Brex!
Here is a better view of her room. The measuring plank was also made by my talented friend Erin from Spruce Corner Creations you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook! I’m excited for Brex to grow up in her room and be able to sleep in it every night. P.S how cute is her little unicorn storage box from Winners?!
A huge THANKS to everyone who has checked out or followed my blog this past month!
Welcome to my mind. My name is Jessica and this is my first Blog EVER! This past year I have gone through so many emotions, disappointments, downfalls & literally having my heart broken into a million pieces… I decided that I was ready to share myself with the world.
I’m very new to this whole “Blog” thing so please bare with me. I will start off by introducing myself a bit – Again… my name is Jessica or you can call me Jessie, I am twenty two years young and a loving mother to my beautiful children Cayson Reign & Brexleigh Arlowe; who I both love with ALL my heart. I spend most of my days with my boyfriend Ryan, he is my rock & I am so grateful for him. This past year has been a nightmare for my family (I will share this story in another blog as it is very long) but the three things that have helped me so much through all of this are FAMILY, the LOVE of my family & friends, and FITNESS. Fitness is one of my passions and you will hear a lot about it throughout my blogs. It has helped me stay fit, focused, & healthy to carry myself through this uphill battle.
I’ve decided to start blogging because I know there’s 100’s of people who have or are going through the same as I am. My goal is to help, motivate, & inspire parents all around the world. I know life can get tough and sometimes it isn’t fair but as parents we can NEVER ever give up on ourselves but most importantly on our children. My story hurts, my story is sad, and my story sucks but my story is me!
“You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always”.