Moving Away & Coming Home

Moving away is hard. But coming back is even harder. It’s been three (?) weeks since I’ve posted, and over a month since I’ve blogged regularly. I have 100% honestly thought about it every single day, but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to get it together to get a post up.

Readjusting to living at home has definitely not been what I expected. I assumed I would show up and essentially continue the lifestyle I had at university, with the extra benefits of my own bedroom, a kitchen, and cash.

As it turns out, that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Not only does living at home dramatically decrease my independence, it’s also brought up a whole heap of personal issues that I quite literally ran away from in August. So between working full-time, learning to live with another person that has totally different preferences and attempting to actually deal with life, the blog fell by the wayside.

I’ve still been running, though! As sad as I am to not be running the Calgary (half) Marathon this Sunday, I’m super pumped for the MEC race on June 14. It will post definitely be a PR, hopefully sub-1:50, and there is a veeeerrryyyyy slim but present possibility of 1:45.

RUN the rainbow  BE the rainbow ☀️This run was not even that hard…I could keep it up for 8 more miles, right?

I’m also (slowly) returning to my early bird status! On Mondays and Tuesdays I start work at 8am, and for the first few weeks I woke up at the very last possible second, a total zombie for at least three hours and required 3+ coffees to survive my shift. But now? I’m actually getting my runs in before work, and am re-learning to love being awake before the rest of the world. Even if that does require a 5:30am wakeup call.

Another thing that’s been going on in these parts is a return to intuitive eating. I don’t have a lot going on here in Edmonton, since I’ve built my life in Vancouver, so I struggle with focusing too much on fitness. It got to the point where I was only “Emma the runner” / “Emma the super fit girl”, so when I missed a workout or ate out a bunch of times, I felt like I was totally worthless.

I love following the IIFYM girls on Instagram & Youtube, but I am not them. Tracking macros turns me into a completely insane person, which is why I am 100% back to simply eating what I want when I’m hungry. I actually just came back from a trip to Banff, where I ate out every single meal and did zero activity.

Cookie dough ice cream  has been in my dreams for weeks now ... And now it is in my stomach.  These past few days have been full of (delicious) burgers, sweet potato fries , and generally eats that have been great for my soul but not so much my body.  Looking forward to resetting tomorrow with a continued focus on  but also lots more nourishment. ☀️I ate this for “lunch” and then had a panini at 3pm.

Not only did I lose two pounds, but I quite literally felt my cortisol DROP. We all have enough stress in life as it is – food & exercise does not need to be added to the picture.

So where are we at now? Welp, back to blogging, obviously! I hope you guys don’t totally hate me for abandoning y’all, and that you still have some interest in following along with some running & life adventures. Maybe even some recipes now that I’m back in a kitchen!

What’s been going on in your life? 

What is your opinion on IIFYM? 


University Running, Crazy Stairs + Beach Explorations

Running in university has been SO FUN! I’ve only gone twice so I can’t exactly speak long term, but both have been beyond wonderful.


I am going to start recapping my runs / workouts to keep myself accountable when life gets crazy right away! So I’ll start with the runs off campus at the beginning of the week, and then end when I arrived. 🙂

Monday: 5 miles @ 8:11. I ran 5 miles the day before at 8:14, a pretty quick pace for me, so I didn’t look at my watch AT ALL on this run. My legs felt so heavy and I was expecting to be so slow. Well, the fact that my pace was three seconds faster than Sunday was a rather nice confidence booster. 🙂 Obviously my legs are getting better at running through fatigue. Woohoo for progress!

Tuesday: OFF. A serious off day – day 1 of the road trip to Vancouver! Aside from a couple of mini walks, I was basically sitting all. day. long. Can someone say numb butt?!

Wednesday: Bodyweight strength. I thought I was going to run, but honestly just wasn’t in the mood. I did want to get a little bit of a workout in so I spent maybe 20 minutes doing squats/random leg exercises plus some pushups. I was sore! There were also a couple of mini (but great) hikes throughout the day!

Thursday: OFF. We drove forever and a day again to get to Vancouver and I was totally wiped by the end of the day. We walked a decent amount after arriving, though!

Friday: 5 miles @ 8:22. Once I got to Vancouver I decided that my fear of running in new places needed to be squashed ASAP since there would be zero running involved if it wasn’t. I loved seeing all the new sights and soaking in the fresh air! The rest of the day was spent walking over every inch of Vancouver.

Saturday: OFF. Moving day! Not very much lifting though – thank goodness for volunteers.

Sunday: 5 miles @ 8:30. YOU. GUYS. I actually went on a run with elevation change. Be proud of me. I ran up the hill from my residence and then finished going down it, which was basically the only way it was going to happen. This run was RIGHT after I said goodbye to my mom, so it was very much needed to stay sane. I somehow ended up walking 20 000 steps throughout the day exploring campus…can you say TRASHED legs?

Although I did the exact same thing on Monday too…you guys. I ran 2 miles on my own @ 8:30, then did 2 more with a new friend @ 9:30 ish, followed by  a beautiful walk on the beach. I’ve been to a beach maybe three times in my life? #albertawinning. We walked along the sand, heard/smelled the tide and I just drank in happiness.


Annnnnnd then we casually climbed 467 stairs. There were people RUNNING up them. I die. There is a thing called “Wreck Stairs Challenge” where you have crazies doing these things 1-2 times a day to get the most points by the end of the year. It’s my goal to run them once. 😉

I also just got my gym membership ($60/YEAR!) so I will have a lot of fun running/working out in the mornings before class! I’m so excited for everything to get going!

What was your most memorable workout this week? 

Embracing the Idiosyncrasies.

NOTE: I switched to self-hosting at Life’s A Runner! I’m going to keep posting here until everything gets transferred over, but this blog is on its way out! So be cool + head on over! 🙂

If you know me remotely well, it’s no secret that I am a huge English nerd. I’m captain of the Grammar Police, will always choose books over magazines and spend spent way too much time on my English homework. (Although, I’m not going to miss it for the next ~2 months)

Idiosyncrasies is one of my all-time favourite words. And yes, you had better believe I have a list. And while I love the word in itself, I love them in real life, too.

So for this week’s MIMM, I wanted to bring up my most-loved idosyncrasies. In life, friends, myself, they ALL make us who we are and turn our lives into exactly what they should be.

Because, let’s be honest. Not just anyone gets authentic Danish vowels written on their bananas.


And, you know, I’m pretty much certain that not every high school student gets to go to Monster’s University. 


And it may not be strange, but a beautiful lunch on a beautiful day is pretty marvelous to me.


It’s clear to me that I am seriously lucky. We all have our ups and downs, but with the huge natural disaster that just happened in a city close to me, I’ve gotten to thinking. We all spend way too much time obsessing over things that in the grand scheme of things, are 100% irrelevant. So enjoy life please, and embrace all your idiosyncrasies. 🙂

What’s one unique thing about your life that you love?