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kelseydo hill training

Remember this post a few months ago about my half-marathon training?


Well it’s a few months later, I injured my leg and stopped running for 4 weeks, spent too much money on physio and now I’m back running 10 and 1’s (run 10 mins walk 1 min).

Hill training is a big part of the half-marathon training. It consists of running 3km to a hill, running up and down the hill and then running 3km home. In this training there were 9 weeks of hills which means week 1 wednesday we run 1 hill up to week 9 wednesday we run 9 hills.

The idea behind hill training is that you will most likely only run one to a few hills in a half-marathon so training up to 9 hills makes you feel like a few hills are child’s play.


Hills are hard. This picture is on the first hill, the 9th hill was too messy for the internet. They take a long time and there’s a lot of short breath and burning calves happening. As my mom’s hand me down 80’s running handbook says, every time you get to the last hill, you need to say out loud “character”. This is supposed to remind you that your training/goals are not useless. It is also what you are supposed to say to yourself on race day when you see a hill.

Let’s hope it works!


Here we come Vancouver Scotiabank 1/2 marathon

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kelseydo The Internet

The internet is an amazing distraction from real life. Social media was really invented to help us think that we are doing something productive while on the internet. Here are my last couple weeks on the information superhighway-on Instagram, twitter, Pinterest and my new tumblr account- to see how productive I’ve been.

My week on instagram

Kimchi Nabe with Penny & Matt

Kimchi Nabe with Penny & Matt

Raw Daikon dish at Acorn

Raw Daikon dish at Acorn on Main Street

Messing around with Amanda & Yoko

Messing around with Amanda & Yoko at Gelato on Robson Street

Mancakes: in rum & coke, breakfast, wine, apple camembert and more flavors

Mancakes for Nick’s birthday: in rum & coke, breakfast, wine, apple camembert and more flavors

The moustaches came out at Nick's birthday party

The moustaches came out for Nick’s birthday party at Colony bar in Kits

My week on twitter

1. Nick’s Birthday!

2. Trying to win tickets to Sakura night at Tojo’s Japanese restaurant

3. Debating going to a public pillow fight at the Vancouver Art Gallery

My week on Pinterest

1. Must-make: Chicken Avocado Lemongrass Salad

Vietnamese Salad 2. Must-have: Hipster Pillows

Hipster Pillows

3. Must-try: Yoga for runners

Yoga for Runners

My new blog project is called Say Hello to my Little Friend. Please visit this link to see my latest posts:


Productive? I think not. Creative? Maybe. Distracting? Definitely.

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kelseydo half marathon training

"Excited" faces

“Excited” for running faces

Nick and I are training for the Scotiabank Half Marathon in June. We started training once before, a few years ago, but it didn’t work out because a bunch of people decided to get married in the middle of our training and we had to go dance, drink, eat and celebrate instead. Also Nick didn’t want to do hill training. I tried to explain to him that no one ‘wants’ to do it, it simply must be done. Anyways moral of the story is: you can’t tell Nick what to do.

BUT he’s doing hill training now. He even seems to enjoy it. He’s a changed man: he drinks juice made of kale and spinach, runs on a mini foot elliptical while playing video games and goes to bed before 2am.

Running is difficult but rewarding. Our training schedule has us outside 5 times a week rain or shine (or snow a couple times!). We get the benefits of fresh air, taking a mental break and getting some exercise. Also, Nick read somewhere a while ago that “couples who work out together stay together” so there’s that.

Running Start to Finish

Inside this book is the training guide we’ve been using. Obviously it’s from the 90’s and it’s a bit dated but it’s a great beginner’s running guide plus my mom gave it to me so that also means it’s great. Also, I like looking at the pictures of people running/training in the book in their 90’s garb, it makes me feel really cool in my futuristic running gear.

Speaking of running gear. I find running really uncomfortable most of the time and usually I can find at least one thing going wrong with my gear to complain about while running. This is why running gear is so important. If the gear is good, there is less to complain about and the run can actually become fun. I know, weird right?

SPORTS BRAS are muy importante. I used to follow my elders and wear two sports bras at once: one that looked like some kind of post-op device and another run of the mill uniboob maker. Now I have sold my soul and wear the Lululemon TaTa Tamer:


It does the trick. They also carry this one, the Booby Bracer, which I bought and returned a day later:


It’s like putting on a really tight wetsuit every time. I decided it was unnecessary to go through that amount of discomfort to put a bra on. However it is supposed to mold to your body once you begin to sweat and your boobs will not move, I guarantee it. See how in the picture the model’s nipples are on top of her boobs, reaching for the ceiling? They were trying to rid themselves from the clutches of this skin tight device seconds before they got strapped in there and now they’re trapped like Hans Solo in a brick of Carbonite. There’s nowhere to go. It’s locked down in there, air tight.

I highly recommend this item by Moving Comfort that I purchased at Extreme Runners in Courtenay:


It’s an awesome sports bra. Very comfortable and keeps everything in place.

Shoes supplied by Courtenay Frontrunners

Shoes supplied by Courtenay’s Extreme Runners

RUNNING SHOES are of course another very important part of the gear- some might say the most important. Another reason why I love Extreme Runners in Courtenay is that they let you ‘try out’ (lightly) and return running shoes if they aren’t perfect. They should feel perfect when you try them on. I test out a bunch of different pairs and whichever runners make me feel the most like I’m running on clouds, are the runners I buy.

Dodging puddles

Dodging puddles

CHAFING is not part of your running wardrobe. I remove this problem by not wearing shorts; pants to the ankle or just below the knee are key. Nick removes this problem by wearing long shorts that have a shelf liner that keeps his business sealed and protected. Whatever you wear, you need to make sure there is no thigh-on-thigh action. Otherwise you will cry.

Another problem that I have, which probably only happens to me and maybe my mother (aka genetics), is that my pants are always falling down for the first 15 minutes of the run (until I start to sweat and the pants stick on). So far, the only solution I have is to a) buy tighter pants and b) wear pants that are slightly damp (aka not fully dry from being washed). If anyone has another solution- running suspenders, waistband glue- I’m all ears.

APPS We use RunKeeper to record and plan our runs. Nick has a Pebble- a watch that connects to his smartphone- which vibrates when we’ve completed our run.

What a beautiful day :S

What a beautiful day :S

Hope you enjoyed my tips. Please share some of your own tips/tricks with me! I still have a long way to go and a lot to work on before the half marathon.

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kelseydo July Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya

I have really enjoyed watching Sumo on TV in Japan so I knew I needed to go see it live! Thankfully on Saturday I got to do just that.  It was surreal!




Unfortunately the video just doesn’t do it justice! You have to see it to believe it of course. We had to leave early to attend a farewell party for the Study in Kyoto Program so we missed some of the more famous Osumo-sans at the end. One of our friends stayed behind and got to see an undefeated Yokozuna (the top level champion) be beaten by a non-Yokozuna. This was apparently a big deal because the crowd went wild and everyone started throwing their purple seat cushions into the ring! Sounds epic!

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Kelseydo December Detox

I am totally jinxing myself just by writing this but I am undertaking a current project that I am calling my December Detox. Around this time of year I always bulk up with my fair share of bread, cheese, wine (actually booze of any kind) and many other delightful treats. In Vancouver it is ALWAYS raining in the fall/winter/spring/sometimes summer and once it starts to get dark around 4pm I feel like going for a jog is out of the question but getting cozy on the couch with a glass of red and a plate of Baldersons is right up my alley (by a plate I mean a whole brick of cheese- don’t judge). There are always so many fun parties around this time of year with amazing food and delicious booze and I cannot say no, I have never said no, until now. I decided to practice a little self control this year and try a month of no booze, moderate jogging + exercize and a diet low in wheat and dairy (a month= more like 25 days: 25 days til Christmas=coincidence? I think not).

It’s a bit easier being away from my usual party places and my usual party people: my boyfriend, my friends, my family…everyone I know at home basically, because I am removed from my typical bread, cheese, booze party situation. Don’t get me wrong: I love bread, cheese and booze. I would have no problem tattooing that phrase on my arm or making that the title of my first book (don’t worry no plans for tattoo or book). Anyhow, it seems like the perfect storm for my detox is in Kyoto for the following reasons:

1. Bread here sucks. Yes I am a bread snob. What kind of bread can I buy here? White bread. ONLY. I have heard that it is possible to buy some kind of wholeish-wheatish bread but I have yet to see it AKA it’s an urban myth. You can buy different ‘kinds’ of bread, but by ‘kinds’ I mean different numbers of slices. Let me explain: all bread is white bread. It is all the same loaf of bread. However, there are 4 different ‘kinds’ of bread, same sized loaf, just different numbers of slices(4,6,8,10). You can get really thick sliced bread (4 pieces in a loaf) to really thin sliced bread (10 pieces in a loaf). Now that’s selection (FAIL). But Kelsey, “why don’t you make your own bread?” you ask, because all of the flour is white flour and I would have to attempt to bake it in a microwave that doubles as an oven. I don’t eat white bread and I don’t bake white bread in microwaves.

Too many slice choices for all the same bread...I CAN'T DECIDE

Too many slice choices for all the same bread…I CAN’T 5!

2. Cheese here sucks. Yes I am also a cheese snob. What kind of cheese can I buy here? Kraft singles in cheddar (plastic) or mozzarella (plastic). Parmesan cheese in powder (plastic powder) is available, as well as shredded cheese (pretty sure its plastic too) and then there is a soft cheese that is probably the closest thing to actual cheese (maybe not plastic). Anyways, none of these items qualify as cheese to me. Enough said.

So, this is cheese? or cheese-flavoured?

So, this is cheese? or cheese-flavoured?

3. Booze. Not a booze snob (anyone surprised?). I can’t say anything bad here about quality or accessibility. I can buy sake and beer out of a vending machine on my way home from school. It’s cheap, convenient and lord knows I love it. I can buy Belgian beer and Chilean wine for a fraction of the price at home. However, drunk dialling your boyfriend on an 18 hour time difference because you miss the hell out of him and keeping your neighbour up til 5am talking about god knows what repeatedly, is a messy situation. Also everyone here still likes drunk Kelsey (I think) because no one here has had to suffer hungover Kelsey unlike Nick and Amber and Chantal and Mom and Dylan and Grannie and…you get the picture. Although booze is cheaper here, it adds up and the cost is, well, high but not necessarily monetary.

Friendly Neighborhood Liquor Vending Machine

Friendly Neighbourhood Beer Machine

4. Budget. Good bread and cheese probably does exist here, just not in my local grocery store and not in my price range. If I had a whole lot of $$$ and I was really desperate I would get to that import shop downtown and go nuts. Also I need to focus my budget on seeing and doing new things, and also buying omiyage (gifts) for friends and family.

Check the money

Check the Money PS. I haven’t seen a 2000 yen bill- out of circulation?

This perfect storm has allowed me to create this wee little detox for myself. I hope to shed a few pounds and turn a few heads (one particular head) when I head home for the holidays at the end of December. It’s only one month so we shall see!

If you are looking to do a little mid-season detox like myself I highly recommend this 3-day fruit cleanse detox that I did to kick start my detox. Make sure you are just lazing around the house all weekend when you do it and that you don’t forget to drink plenty o water and get the right amount of calorie intake. Afterwards ease yourself back onto whole grains (brown rice) and protein (beans, eggs, lean meats) but avoid greasy food and sugary shit. I keep a food and exercise diary on that helps me stay on track and check myself before I wreck myself.

Just in time for Japan's Mikan season

Just in time for Japan’s Mikan season

Words of support are welcomed! I am starting to lose my momentum and it has only been 2 1/2 weeks! I could really go for a beer and a pizza right about now…but I need you to talk me out of it. Of course this detox will be for absolutely nothing when I come home for the holidays on December 26th and dive in to an abyss of bready, cheesey, boozy goodness! Yipee!

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