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Spreading the love: Liebster Award

I love to read other bloggers Q&As to learn more about them and pick up some good tips and quotes!


Two of my favourite bloggers nominated me for a Liebster Award: Erin at Sweet Sweat Life and Kristin at Sweat Courage. They’re both training for Ironmans this summer. Erin is training for her second at Wisconsin and Kristin her first at Mont Tremblant. Check them out!

I have 14 questions to answer since some of there Qs overlapped.

Without further ado, here we go:

1. What was the inspiration for your blog and its name?
I had been reading healthy living and running blogs for a few years before biting the bullet and starting one on the Runner’s World blogging platform, The Loop. After a while I decided to start a wordpress blog, so Change of Pace was born. It was named after a love of many activities and a change from running focused to triathlon. Now my focus is changing again- simple running, biking for fun, and whatever else comes my way!

I love the writing outlet and have ‘met’ so many great people.

2. What’s your favorite topic to write about?
I love to write about running and triathlon, and travel. You know I love talking about Harold, too!


My favourite posts to read are generally about people’s training!

3. What keeps you motivated?
A lot of things keep me motivated: love of running and activity, a love of eating, and challenging myself, to name a few.

4. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Travel in the snap of a finger. I could train somewhere tropical in the middle of winter after work and be back the next morning! And the expense of travel would be cut in half.


Hiking in Hong Kong

5. What’s your biggest fitness goal, or A race, this year?
Well, since I don’t have any races planned I have to say getting a healthy body back. My left side continues to plague me, in particular my hamstring, piriformis, iliac crest, and calf. (Silver lining – for the first time in a couple years I can’t feel my knee at all!)

The only race I actually have marked on my calendar (haven’t signed up yet) is a SUP race!

SUPing in Maui

SUPing in Maui

6. Describe your perfect day.
We would be on a holiday- Jasper or somewhere tropical/beachy. I’d sleep in until about 7 then Kelly, Harold and I would go for a trail run. After that we’d grab something delicious to eat before going on an adventure- a hike, kayak, or somewhere we could sight-see.



We’d finish off the day eating supper outside while watching the sunset. Oh, and it would be hot during the day and warm in the morning and at night! And I’d eat ice cream and a nutella/strawberry/banana crepe at some point during the day!

7. Do you have a mantra, and if so, what is it?
My fitness/race mantra is You got this or Drop the hammer when the going gets tough.

8. What’s your go-to dinner?
Mexican – most likely grilled black bean burritos!

9. If you could give your 16-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
(Thank you Erin for a couple of these!)
Be brave.
Travel more.
Don’t do things simply because society expects you to do them.

A much younger Kelly & Abby!

A much younger Kelly & Abby!

10. What is something that you love about yourself?
Physically I like my strong legs that have carried me thousands of miles.
Otherwise I like that I’m inquisitive and that people feel comfortable talking to me. (My girlfriends used to call me Barbara after Ms. Walters for my interview skills!)

11. If you could pick your dream career, and money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
Travel writer!
Cycling/trail running guide in Jasper, Alberta. (Who wouldn’t want to run and ride with me there?!)
I’d also love to run a small personal training business, focused on empowering women to feel good about themselves! 


12. What are two goals you have for 2014?
Hm- this is a tough one.
Clean our spare room and donate items I haven’t used/worn in over a year.
Figure out if I’m going to use my personal training certification professionally this year or just personally and for family.

13. Where is one place you have never been that you have always wanted to go?
Brazil is on the top of my list, and Nepal is on the top of Kelly’s. I’d be happy with either! 
Lately cycling in Europe has really piqued my interest, too. (This is where my super power would come in handy!)

14. Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?
I’ve seen this on quite a few blogs lately. If you’re reading this and want to take part, consider yourself nominated!

Answer one or some of the questions above!

Trust in the taper – what’s your mantra?

I know a lot of people experience taper crazies. Or maybe I just feel that way since I do.

I always get panicky, thinking I didn’t do enough. I walk up the stairs and feel out of breath wondering how in the heck I’ll run X miles, or worse yet swim bike run! My hips and knees act up. I wonder if I’ll be able to finish.

Pre Ironman Arizona 2010 - probably the most nervous I've ever been

Pre Ironman Arizona 2010 – probably the most nervous I’ve ever been

Some people experience the opposite. They’re at peace knowing they’ve put in the work. They feel strong, confident, and ready. They look forward to the start of the race instead of just the finish line.

It’s fall marathon season and many people are heading into or are in their tapers. And I wonder, what makes people one way versus the other and how do people deal with it effectively?

I read a great article in the October 2013 issue of Runner’s World called Taper Stress, how to stay calm and confident when your mind races with anxiety.

The director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology in Mankato, Minnesota, who is also a runner, interviewed 21 marathoners and found there are two distinct types: positive taperers and negative taperers.

The article goes on to give tips on what to do to set yourself up for a good race including things like carb-load with caution, set multiple goals, and have a plan for after a big race.

What works best for me? Repeating the mantra, trust in the taper. My husband started saying it to me before big races. He’d be relaxed and feeling good and I’d be a ball of nerves.

Then he’d remind me to trust in the taper. Easy as that, I’d remember the long, hard training days, and know I was as ready as I’d ever be. Pushing hard at that late stage of the game would do more harm then good anyway.

So I remind all of you, whether you’re a negative taperer or just dealing with some pre-race nerves, trust in the taper.


Ironman Arizona 2010

What category do you fall in to: positive or negative taperer? Do you have any positive mantras?