Travels: Packing List for 3 Months in Quebec

Here is the list of items I packed for my 3 month stay in Quebec.

On the plane, I wore:
Runners, hoodie, tshirt, sweats, scarf

In my purse:
Wallet, keys, phone, portable charger, earbud headphones, passport, travel documents, snacks, kleenex, wipes, retainers (I’m a nerd), prescriptions, phone

Checkin luggage:
Small packing cube
Underwear x 14, Bra x 8, Multipurpose head gear, Bathing suit, Swim cap
Large packing cube
(In large compression bag) Bath robe, towel, face cloth, hand towel
+ sweater, cardigan, dress, scarf
Medium compression bag 1
Rain jacket, running jacket, fall jacket
Medium compression bag 2
Jeans, hiking pants, leggings, shorts, running capris x 2, running tights, running shorts x 2
Medium compression bag 3
Socks x 7; PJs, Running tank top x 3, Running shirt x 2, tank top, cami
Toiletry bag
Retainer cleaner, makeup brushes, tweezers, nail cutter, eyelash curler, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, qtips, make up songes, soap, makeup sharpener, foundation, cotton pads, scissors, razors, eye shadow, blush/bronzer, pads, feminine hygiene products
Other Items
Hair straightener
Walking shoes
Ballet flats
Outdoor sandals

Laptop (+ charger), school and work material, pencil case (with pencils, pens, etc), notebooks, snacks, usb key, agenda, water bottle, sunglasses, glasses

Carry on:
Toiletry bag for liquids
Shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, setting spray, body spray, body lotion, mascara, concealer, sunscreen, vaseline, almond oil, laundry detergent, eyebrow gel
Xs toiletry bag
Tothbrush, floss, compact, tea tree oil stick, hair ties, deodorant, bandaids
Other Items
Extra tshirt, underwear, shorts
Tablet (+ charger)
Camera (+ charger, usb adapter)
Running watch (+ charger)
Phone charger, laundry bag, extra ziploc and plastic bags

New Years Resolutions 2014: Check in #6

June went by way too fast!

1. Chai Latte obsession.

Pass. I only had one latte at the beginning of the month. I still haven’t attempted to make them at home.

2. 2 blog entries per month.

Pass. I’m heading to Quebec for a few months. I hope I can keep up the 2 blog posts per month. I have some videos from my trip to Vancouver in May that I still haven’t edited. *sigh*

3. Food garden.

My basil plant is looking good ;) I’m giving my plant to a relative while I’m gone. I hope it survives.


4. Run a marathon.

Done. See post here.

5. Learn to cook.

Haven’t cooked much. Been trying to empty out my fridge and cupboards since I’m leaving for a few months.

Calgary Marathon 2014: Race Report (and the return of my arch nemesis)

One of my goals this year was to complete a full marathon. Prior to this year, I had only run around Central Park 4 times in the make-shift NYC Marathon in 2012 (The year of Hurricane Sandy). Although I did run 26.2 miles, it wasn’t an official race.

My training went fairly smoothly. I didn’t seriously injure myself (I rolled my ankle on a hike 2 weeks prior to the race, but that’s it). I was very disciplined during my taper and cut down on my mileage (although I really wanted to run a lot). I had absolutely NO IT Band issues (which is my main problem). My goal for the race was to not get injured (and secretly finish under 5 hours).

As usual, the first 10K flew by. Then the hills started. I hate hills. I’m from the prairies. I have no problem running in horrible weather (blizzards, rain storms, gusting winds) but give me a hill and I die. I try to incorporate them in training but obviously I didn’t try hard enough. However, I got through it and by the time I knew it I was at 21.1K and I was feeling good! Then, at 25K, my arch nemesis appeared. My IT Band started tightening up. I could not believe it. It had not bothered me for the past 6 months. I swear, it hates the Calgary Marathon! I tried to run it off but then I decided to be responsible and walk. I walked for a long time. I was going to walk until the 5 hour pace bunny came, but I never saw it. But magically, at 30K, the pain went away! I was way behind, but I didn’t care, I was just happy I wasn’t in pain anymore. I booted it to the finish line and finished with a chip time of 5:03:50 :)

Here are some of my take-aways from the race:

1. I’m a cold weather runner. I need to run more in the heat. It was an unusually hot day and I was not ready for the heat to suck out my energy and give me CRAMPS! I never had cramps while running before! I was hydrating probably 5 times more than I usually do.

2. My nutrition leading up to the race was on point! I had no digestion issues and didn’t even have to visit a port-a-potty once.

3. I need to run more hills. WAAAAAAAAHHHH! :(

Overall, I was pleased even if I ran injured and over 5 hours.  The volunteers and supporters were awesome as always and the running community in Calgary is equally awesome. And to top it all off, I got a fancy belt buckle as a finisher’s medal ;)


Travels: Mexico Budget

Here is the breakdown of my budget to Cancun, Mexico. 6 days, 5 nights. I always forget to account for cell phone charges.

Item Budget Actual Difference
Anna’s Flight (split with Anna)  $     180.00  $     182.93 -$         2.93
Flight/Hotel (split with Anna)  $  1,450.00  $  1,305.53  $     144.47
Excursions (split with Anna)  $     300.00  $     240.61  $       59.39
Airport Transfer  $        50.00  $        28.58  $       21.42
Spending/Tips (Cash)  $     100.00  $        75.23  $       24.77
Fishing  $     100.00  $        93.72  $          6.28
Taxi  $        70.00  $     137.46 -$       67.46
Telus Roaming  $               -  $        28.40 -$       28.40
One Sim  $               -  $        29.00 -$       29.00
Visa Charges  $               -  $        55.03 -$       55.03
 $  2,250.00  $  2,176.49  $       73.51