Weekend Update


Weekend Update

Happy Monday!

I spent some time this week looking into linkups, after collaborating with Erica Finds and her weekly Wednesday Giveaway, where I was promoting my Ambleside Mile race entry giveaway (you can enter to win until midnight on May 12!).

Today, I’m excited to participate in the Weekend Update linkup with Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading. Click on the link to see what everyone else has been up to – and join in!

Running 'N' Reading

Week in Review

Last week should have been spent on recovery from the BMO Half Marathon, which was such a personal success. I took a couple of days – Monday in particular, since I celebrated the race results with a wee bit too much wine (wine has ‘win’ in it, right?).

Then the week went like this:


Took advantage of the weather, and went for a 7km run at lunch. Headed out along the Seawall, detoured briefly through the trails of Stanley Park, looped around the pool at Second Beach, and back via Lost Lagoon. It was a perfect day for a run.



I had actually brought my gear to work on Monday, but in my condition I ended up doing nothing. On Thursday, however, I committed to my coworker Jill that we’d hit the gym.

Our workout included:

  • Kettlebell swings
  • Goblet squats
  • Kettlebell snatches
  • Weighted lunges
  • Stork rows (i.e. standing on one leg, leaning forward, and doing rows)
  • Deadlifts (using a bar with no weights…we’re still noobs)
  • Stretching

Quick but effective. Because…


Oh SO. MUCH. PAIN. Aching everywhere…but particularly back muscles. Boy did I do a number on them. When I arrived at the office first thing Friday morning, I ran into Jill and we both grimaced and practically in union said how much we hurt!

Despite this, I had promised Lana that we’d do a run. I took her on the same route I had done on Wednesday.

After work, I made a beeline for the YMCA, to my regular Pilates class with Christie (check out her blog).

And then it was the weekend (the real focus of this post…)!


Got up bright and early, and headed to Forerunners. Our numbers had dwindled drastically, since most people were either in recovery from the BMO, or we in Oregon for the Eugene Marathon! But there was a good core group, and we headed out for our Burrard Bridge/Cambie Bridge loop. In the end, 16km by the time I got home.


Followed by a phenomenal brunch (rosemary potatoes, and there’s veggie bacon on that croissant!):


Thankfully, I had a massage booked – because boy did I need it! When I told the RMT that I ‘overdid’ it on the kettlebells, he said, “Yes, you did.”

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in my blog before, but I belong to a community choir called Simple Gifts. We have our spring concert on June 7, which isn’t that far away! Per usual, the bass section got together at Frank’s place, and went through every song, ironing out the odd rough spot, gabbing and chatting, and wrapping up with bread & cheese and some amazing banana bread!

We wrapped up a beautiful day with a lovely bottle of BC Chardonnay!


This is the third Mother’s Day without my mom. They come in quick succession – her birthday in March, the anniversary of her passing in April, Mother’s Day in May. None of them are easy. But I reflect on who she was, think of the moms who are, those who want to be…and move on with the day.

Off to our regular Sunday morning Flow Yoga class with Rika. It actually felt really good, but it was hard work with a lot of balance poses. It wasn’t hot yoga, but I was sweating anyway!

Spent the afternoon cleaning the closest, switching over from winter to summer clothes. Sadly, the moths were working hard this year, and a lot of my sweaters now have holes in them. I need to figure out a solution to combat this. Then I took a nap.

Quiet evening at home, putting finishing touches on the blog. Oh, and I signed up for another race – the Longest Day Road Race 10K in June.

And in two weeks, I’ll be running the Ottawa Half Marathon – and I cannot wait!

How was your weekend? Share your news!

How do you keep moths from eating your wool sweaters?


  1. That delayed onset muscle soreness can really be a bugger. Good that you got a massage. I haven’t done that in a while, should probably schedule one. Have a great week!

    • bjcjapan

      It’s Monday, and I spoke to my coworker who exercised with me…and she’s still sore! I’m really glad I went for that massage! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. How do you keep moths from eating your wool sweater? Very poignant question and I hope you get some good answers but I don’t have one for you! The map of your runs right by the water look fantastic. I’m a little jealous. That has to help when you are having a bad workout day! I just overdid it on kettlebells too. So much pain! It certainly felt good to take a rest day though. Welcome to the Weekend Update. Glad you decided to link up!!

    • bjcjapan

      Haha – I know – moths and their habits are a poignant topic. *Sigh*

      I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to run by the water most days. Very blessed here in Vancouver – will be doing the same at lunchtime today, in fact!

      I’m going to give the gym – and the kettlebells – another shot tomorrow. I might not go quite as hard. We’ll see how it goes.

      Thanks for the welcome and for dropping by – excited to be part of the Weekend Update!

    • bjcjapan

      Of course, today I woke up to gloomy, cool weather. Did I act too soon? But it was definitely a sandal weekend here!

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. That brunch is making me terrifically hungry…YUM!! Nice job on a great workout week. And good luck at the Ottawa Half…one of my friends ran her first marathon at that event last year. She loved it!!

    • bjcjapan

      The brunch was absolutely amazing! It’s a little diner just a few blocks from our place, and we’d never tried it. Will definitely go again!

      Thanks for the visit – and for the encouragement. I’m really looking forward to Ottawa!

  4. Nice to see you linking up with Tara’s Weekend Update. Looks like you had a busy week! Wish DC had a Seawall… that was one of my favorite spots in Vancouver. I’ve never been to Ottawa, I am curious to read more about the Ottawa Half.

    • bjcjapan

      Jennifer – so glad to have been part of Tara’s linkup this week! Will definitely join again! Yes, we are very blessed to have the Seawall here in Vancouver. I feel very fortunate.

      I haven’t been to Ottawa in…um…about 20 years. Can’t wait to visit – see friends and family, do sightseeing, and run a race! I look forward to telling the story about it!

  5. Wow! Kudos on that gym workout; I’m feeling tired just reading about it – ha! And, subsequently, feeling very hungry while looking at the picture (over and over) of your brunch; it looks delicious! I’m so thankful to you for joining in on the link up; hope you enjoy it and find lots of community here! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    • bjcjapan

      I’m so glad I joined your linkup, Tara. So many great people to connect with! It definitely made my Monday better.

      Headed back to the gym tomorrow – going to give it another go. Maybe not go quite as hard, though. It’s those darn kettlebells!

      And yes…brunch was fantastic!

  6. That croissant looks wonderful!

    I’m sorry for your loss. Mother’s Day is hard when you’ve lost your mom, especially in the first few years.

    If you find out how to keep moths from sweaters, let me know! I’ve tried cedar, which seems to work for a while. I’ve heard lavender can but I can’t tolerate the smell.

    • bjcjapan

      Oh, the croissant WAS wonderful!

      Thank you for your condolences. I suppose the sadness lessens with time, but I imagine it will always be there.

      Lavender, hey? OK, I’ll give that some thought.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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