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Catch Up On Ellie Black’s Media – Get To Know Your Nova Scotian Olympian

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Since announcing my partnership with atoma® for the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am Games, and introducing you to Nova Scotian Olympian Ellie Black who will be competing in Toronto, I wanted to share a few news pieces with you to help you to get to know your local Olympian a little bit better!

Right now Ellie is in Boston training hard, but before she left she was interviewed on CTV’s Live at 5  and even taught Ana Almeida how to do a back flip on that evening’s Section Six segment! {I apologize for not embedded the videos right here, but CTV doesn’t appear to allow their videos to be embedded).


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Ellie Black’s Journey To The 2015 Pan Am Games

I’m so darn excited to finally be writing this post to let you all in on the secret I’ve been keeping from you for the last two months!

I have partnered with McKesson® Canada and it’s retail pharmacy banners (Guardian, IDA, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and PROXIM) and more specifically it’s exclusive atoma® brand who have sponsored five Canadian athletes on their journey to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, including Nova Scotian artistic gymnast Ellie Black.

“This year, Canada has the chance to host the third largest international sports competition – we’re proud to support our Canadian hopefuls at this major event,” explains Alain Champagne, President, McKesson Canada, ” Our team atoma® athletes are models of perseverance and performance,” he continued. “It’s an honour for us to act as an ally in helping them stay healthy on their way to the Games.”

Aside from Ellie (who we will talk more about in a moment) team atoma® is made up of diver Jennifer Abel from Quebec, sprint canoeist Mark Oldershaw and wheelchair rugby player David Willsie, both from Ontario, and swimmer Ryan Cochrane from British Columbia. Team atoma® will represent the brand as ambassadors across the country and will inspire more Canadians to embrace an active lifestyle for Better Health.

You may be wondering where I come in, in all of this. Well, as the title of this post might indicate, I have the distinct pleasure of following Ellie’s journey to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, and sharing it with all of you! I am beyond thrilled to have the chance to share the journey of such an accomplished gymnast who also happens to be a proud Nova Scotian!

 

Over the coming months you can look forward to reading more about Ellie and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a chance to meet her and see her practise one day soon. This girl has some amazing skills, just check out this sweet video she posted on Instagram last weekend!

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I’m also going to have the chance to have a give away or two for you all of atoma® products. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, not only are they the Official Pharmacy to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, they are the exclusive brand of the Guardian, I.D.A. and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and PROXIM (in Quebec). atoma® products are made of the highest quality and they contain the same active ingredients as national brands, but at lower prices.

And to top it off, as part of my partnership with atoma® I get to go to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am games and the first two days of competition! We don’t know yet if Ellie will be competing on those first two days, but even if she isn’t there will be amazing athletes and competition to be seen that is for sure. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to share more about Ellie and her accomplishents in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, you should absolutely be following Ellie on Instagram and Twitter (@ellieblack_) if you’re not already. And you can catch er tonight (Thursday, April 16th) on CTV’s  Live at 5. She is also being interviewed by Sandy Smith from CBC News Radio, Eastlink TV, and will be Global Morning News tomorrow morning so keep your eyes pealed for those as well!

I’m going to try to find the interview clips online after they air and post them here for you to watch, but even if you don’t catch them, you can be sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about Ellie Black leading up to the games, both here and in traditional news media as well.

You guys…I’m going to the 2015 TORONTO Pam Am Games!! 😀 😀 😀 Phew! It’s so nice to let the cat out of the bag!

To learn more about team atoma®, the brand’s products and online contest, consumers can visit www.teamatoma.ca.

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you as part of my partnership with McKesson® Canada/atoma®. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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2013 Race Schedule

Hi everybody!  I’ve got a great giveaway for you but I have to wit to confirm something with the sponsor before it can go live.  Hopefully it’ll be up in the next day or two, in the meantime I thought I would share my tentative race schedule for 2013.

I would like to pre-face this by saying that I run because I enjoy it, and because it is important for me to cross train in order to avoid injury.  I don’t run because I think I need or should exercise more.  I don’t want anyone to think that even though they exercise for an hour 3-5 times/week that they too should take up another activity.  I teach 2-3 classes/day 6 days/week.  Most of those classes are Zumba classes which leave me wide open for muscle imbalances – which lead to injuries.  Running (even on a un-regular basis) helps to keep those muscle imbalances in check therefore making me stronger and better able to do my job.  The trick is making sure I cross train without overtraining (a tough task when you are already logging 13 hours of exercise/week) and that I get enough rest.  You will notice that I stick to shorter races – ones that don’t require a lot of training or logging a lot of pre-race miles.  That way I get the fun of racing without the added worry and stress on my body.

Okay.  Now that, that’s out of the way!  Here is my race plan for 2013:

Bluenose Marathon – 10K May 19, 2013

I’ve participated in the Bluenose Marathon before but only in the 5K category so this will be my first time 10k’ing it around Halifax.  FYI – the hills in Downtown Halifax are a bit of a bi*ch.  They are nasty during the 5K and I can’t imagine they will be any nicer during the 10K!

Bluenose Marathon Website

Sole Sisters 5K – June 8, 2013

Here in Nova Scotia we don’t get all the fun funs you get in larger areas.  No colour runs (I’m DYING to do one of those!), and as far as I know this is the only  women only race in Nova Scotia.  I’m pretty excited because not only is the race shirt adorable, but there is a chocolate stop along the route.  PEOPLE.  A CHOCOLATE STOP.  I think it’s going to be super fun, and apparently a lot of other people think it’ll be fun too because it’s already sold out

Sole Sisters Website

Mud Hero – July 6, 2013

Like I mentioned above we don’t get a lot of the fun runs other people do so when I found out about the Mud Hero Mud Run I was crazy excited.

I have big hopes that I will have a Go-Pro camera to record this one.

Mud Hero Website

Valley Harvest Marathon – October 13, 2013

I’ve run the Valley Harvest 5K the past two years, but this year I think I will run the 10K or possibly even the Half Marathon.  I’m waiting until August to see how my fall schedule is shaping up before deciding on this one.  I love this race, partly because it’s close to home, but also because I think it’s a wonderful way to kick of Thanksgiving.  Plus it gives you an excuse to eat more dessert.  😀

Valley Harvest Website

There are a few other races that I’m still thinking about, but these are the four I’m definitely doing.  Races can be expensive and since one of my goals for the year is to spend less and save more I’m becoming quite critical about how I spend my money.  The one race I’m really considering adding to my list is the “Not Since Moses” race that I’ve wanted to do for the past few years.  The problem is it’s quite a distance away and I’m not keen on getting up crazy early and driving for hours and hours for a race.  Yes I know I”m a baby.  However, I think that running on the ocean floor would be worth it in the end.

So that is my race schedule for 2013.  Nothing crazy, but I think the races I’ve chosen should be a lot of fun!

If you area runner what race are you most looking forward to this year?  I think I’m most looking forward to the Mud Hero race!

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Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Run

Last weekend when I ran the Valley Harvest 5K I wasn’t the only member of my family who go involved in the race weekend.

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My 9 year old nephew Andrew participated in the kid’s run on Saturday.  It was his first “race” and when I picked him up Saturday afternoon he announced, “I’m as nervous as crap.” lol.

We decided gainst putting him in his offical race tshirt, which was actually a good idea since it made it easier to pick him out of the crowd of about 60-80 7-9 year old boys.

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Somehow, I got roped into running around the inside of the track along with him.  Mostly because he wanted me to record his entire race.

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Finished!

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The kid went flat out the way, and finished in the top 10-15.  Pretty awesome.  Most importantly, he got some sweet hardware.  That is always the most important thing, right?

Recording a race while running around the track carrying your iPhone isn’t the easiest task, but I did what I could.  Here is a 1:40 video of the race.

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I love that they put the kid’s names on their bib so people could cheer them on by name during the race.  I heard a number of people cheering Andrew on which was pretty cool!

Get Fit for 2013 Peeps: 

This week’s workout schedule is the same as last week, so you get one more chance to give those workouts a go (I know you’re all cheering right!?) and next week you’ll get a fresh new schedule.

 

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