Category Archives: Running

FOMO (fear of missing out)

I actually now can say I’ve had fomo, August 11-13 was Marathon by the sea in Saint John…I’d normally have raced, not in 2017. I decided early on not to do a summer race in 2017 because I thought I’d be adventuring more. I have been adventuring more but not as much as I thought.

My adventures have gone all directions. Putting in the distance for training up to my half in October has been a wicked in a bad way. It’s been sporadic at best, so I’m getting off my bike and onto my feet. My next adventure will be about time on my feet VS distance covered.

I may have missed out on one adventure, but I’ve gained many more life lessons and humility from all adventures combined up to now!

Obligatory puppy photo Harper is almost 10 weeks old, what an attention grabber!

Adventure on (your own terms),

CharFlew

My 18 year old self…advice

The world gives you what you need (in mysterious ways sometimes). During this process it takes patience and perseverance to get there. When the crap hits the fan it flys, when you get good stuff ride with it as long as you can. When you get there keep going to exhaust all possibilities (going beyond). Be adventurous but calculated, risk vs reward. 

The biggest moment to memory in 2017 will be my half in October. This is such a big task to take on. I’m ready and able. 

Who knew 17 years after high school I’d be running, adventuring and being able to even think of attempting a half marathon. The collective moments have brought me here & will keep me going one step at a time! 

CharFlew 

Coming around…

Life without something special is still worth living. Murphy is part of many small journeys in my life. He’s been with me throughout death (Grampy F) in 2007, helped me overcome many adversities and helped with my mental health journey. The greatest attribute of a pet is how you feel. I caught myself laughing at the Petsmart commercial (baby I’m worth it) and crying at the same time.  No regrets! 

My running has taken a backseat to biking. I’ve explored and am getting out as often as I can. This weekend being Father’s Day I take a moment to remember & thank dad. He’s been through the ruff lately with work going every direction and life happenings that seem unfair. I thank him for adventures past & present, because they’re gifts! 


Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s who read this. 

CharFlew 

Adventures of the run (2)

After a race it hits you, I was tired. I quickly went back to the expo and said hi to John Stanton (founder of the Running Room stores), then up the hill I went with dad. Mom went to the car for a rest. 

The views are amazing from up on the hill, from inside they’re even more magical. 

I found where they shoot off the noon cannon (I’ve heard it many times). I got to “spy” over McNabbs Island, the home of Maritime Race Weekend (Eastern Passage/Cow Bay). The screen shot below is from a video I took. 


Then by this time dad had tried to put me in the fortress jail & tried to leave me in the soldiers barracks (winks) it didn’t happen folks. By this time it was getting close to the end of the day for all the Parks Canada folks, so we quickly managed the last few rooms that dad wanted me to see. Then like clock work, 4:45pm the soldiers on duty start to close things down, they secure the rooms they look after and walk to a room under the fort. 


The last two soldiers to leave are the ones who guard the entrance…this happened on my way out. 


Then off to dinner and the ride home. Dinner was 3 shared appetizers at Jack Astors a chain we don’t have in Moncton, then on our way home I had a mini panic moment. We stopped at the nearest parking lot and I collected my thoughts and got what I needed out of my bag. Before we started for home, I asked dad if I could have a piece of chocolate and I grabbed the 6th one in and took a tiny third of an already small square and it was yummy. Then we set off for home. 


The sunset was gorgeous… and once we got to my parents place that’s when dad divided the chocolate. I had 6 & he had 6, dad took mostly dark and I got more towards milk chocolate. I went to bed and ate my 6 sweet squares. I enjoyed them, a great treat for a job well done on my race & a bedtime snack. I follow the chocolate Hackers on Instagram and Facebook. As they shared their stories, I feel in love! When they announced Halifax would be home, I was over the moon happy. They feel in love with Atlantic Canada & now we can fall in love with them. Local finds (ingredients) make their way into their chocolate and that’s what’s wicked about the end product. Best wishes for August as your family grows by two little lady chocolate Hackers. If a chocolate hacker is at a market when I come back in September I may drop by again. 

The next day (Sunday) I was tracking some friends while they raced either a 10k,half or full marathon. While I was getting up I found my finishers medal tucked under the covers by my head. I enjoyed my sleep! 

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. The moral of this race is “keep your head in it, because you can do it (even in adverse conditions)!”

CharFlew 

Adventures of the run 

Pre race (the day of) we traveled from Moncton as we normally do, then it hit me we landed at our first destination to visit my friends from France who now call Halifax home. The chocolate hackers are an amazing couple that I originally met during a taping of Méchante Soirée in late 2016. As they were on a 30 day / 30 stop slow food adventure in the Atlantic provinces. Visiting local farms/producers and creating food from what was provided. 

I must mention that this couple also has been busy getting ready for parenthood (two little lady Chocolate Hackers will be born early August). 

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks as I looked at the vast city scape of Halifax (we were in Dartmouth), I was on an adventure. I snapped a few city scape selfies! I haven’t been in this area of Dartmouth since I was very young. 


After we picked up a box of chocolate squares we headed over the harbour to our final destination downtown Halifax where I’d be racing soon after.  

Over the MacDonald bridge we went. I got to the race expo and got my race kit and my team CBC shirt just in time for me to see the 4K youth run start. I’ve never seen such enthusiasm as I did at the start.


The 2k had just left as I came over Citadel hill, this  4K group was raring to go. 

Before the 4K group left I snapped this awesome photo. 


Myles (with the Blue nose) was dancing and I captured this photo the second he turned. 


The start was encouraging, because these are our future runners in the largest youth run in Canada. 


These kids…they also had the best teachers and family/friends supports (they even wore support crew race bibs)! This proves that Bluenose goes the extra mile to include as many people in all aspects of the race. Runners (each distance is different colour), team Myles (ambassador program), give’r crew (volunteers), support crew (friends family coaches) and Marathon team relay all have different “race number” bibs to identify each role. 

One of 3 amazing race directors that switch out from each other’s race as volunteers. Geri Wallace I send you loads of love because you made it the best time ever. Throwing minor changes in the 5k kept all of us on our toes and made it enough of a challenge but oh so worth it (wind and all )! 


 Some of these awesome people I haven’t seen since my first Halifax Team CBC adventures in 2015. I was surprised at a few 10k runners who decided to down grade to 5k. I was happy to see them. 


Proudly for year 3, I represented the sister Team CBC from Moncton. It’s equally amazing but the sheer numbers of Team members in Halifax was gnarly (around 100 people). Yes, about 100 people took part as Team CBC members. 

Then we went to the start…this is where I met my dentist, some former & current Team Myles ambassadors and mentors. Off we went to execute our races, what got me wasn’t the minor route change more than the almost 3000 runners. The sheer amounts of participants has gotten me since my first Bluenose 5k back in 2015. It’s a sight to behold waves of people in front & behind you. 

As I was nearing a reasonable end to this 5k (Bell road & around back of Citadel hill) it went from minor wind to head on wind (I slowed to a almost crawl) about 4.25 k to the finish. I received the best Go Charlotte from one of the greatest CBC employee cheer squads (Greg & Chantal) and the Dartmouth girls choir at this point. As I was nearing the finish another part of the trio of awesome CBC employee cheer squad came into view (it was Kelley to the rescue). It meant the world to see all three of them at various key points during the race. I may have been the last Team CBC person to cross the 5k finish, but I finished. I’m proud of that fact, last but not least! 

I did my 5k in 50:44 not my best or worse. 

My next blog will be about post race adventures in Halifax. Yes the chocolates were yummy  post 5k (not willingly but I shared). 

Run/Adventure on. 

CharFlew 

Pre race…long weekend

It’s my first official run of the 2017 season. It’s time to Giv’er at Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m excited because the 5k route is changed ever so slightly. We are in the same general area with and extra out & back on a side street. An out & back is a U turn on a same street or set of streets. 

Welcome to the most interesting 5k I’ve done, I forgot to mention this is one long hill. Someone was scared of hills in a recent social media post and I wrote my next 5k is one long hill. Get over it, because a body can do much more than you know! 

Pre race so far…Tuesday paint nails (fingers & toes), Wednesday/Thursday prepare all stuff for Friday night at mom/dad’s & race day! Friday I’ll go to parents after lunch and sleep over because it’s easier for me to get up & going. Saturday will be travel & race day at 2PM Atlantic time! After my race we’ll go adventuring at Citadel Hill because I’ve been up the hill but never inside the fort…I’m 34! All parks Canada parks, places & historic sites are free this year for Canada 150! I gave my parents a free discovery pass for Christmas. We may as well use it to discover new places & re discover our favourites. 

For us in Canada it’s our first long weekend of the summer season. So from my house to yours, happy long weekend vibes. If you’re in a place that’s not Canada I send you weekend vibes just the same! Get out there & make it worthwhile. 

Run on! 

CharFlew