3 days in Kamloops!

Hi friends! I am currently in Ontario with Eric, my brother and my dad. We are having a grand old time and you can catch up on our adventures via my Instagram account: @amberyharding. I am also on SnapChat (@amberyharding) and have been snapping some of our fun too, so follow me there as well ūüôā

Before I recap our trip to Toronto I want to talk about the three amazing days I spent in Kamloops earlier this week. Since we had booked this trip to Ontario¬†way before moving was even on our radar the flights were booked out of Kamloops. So my dad and I drove down last weekend and I spent Sunday – Tuesday in Kamloops. I saw SO many friends and had the most amazing time. Even though I’m technically back living in my hometown now, Kamloops will always feel like home to me!


First things first, how hilarious is this photo of Chloe riding shotgun in my Dad’s motorhome?? It gave us both a laugh on our drive down.

Saturday night after arriving in Kamloops, I immediately headed over to my former coworker / work wife / good friend Geralyn’s. Her and her husband recently bought a new house and this was my first time seeing it! It was so fun to see her, her house, her adorable son and have an awesome catch-up session over wine. I really, really miss working with Geralyn and am always happy for our time together. Sadly we failed to take a photo.

Sunday morning started bright and early with the Blackwell Dairy 15km run. This is my favourite race and as you can see by my race recaps page I have ran this race many times before. Due to my lack of training, Sunday was my slowest time ever doing this race at 1hr 41mins and change. Huge thanks to my friend Jennifer who ran the entire race with me though. Running is always better with company, especially when you’re undertrained.


Our group of running ladies before the race Рmiss these ladies!! 


Thanks for running with me Jennifer! 


Ice cream after the race! 

My brother ran the 3km distance and it was his first race! He shared a race recap on his new blog, which I highly recommend reading as he is about to head off to Germany for a year¬†so should have some pretty interesting content for awhile ūüėČ

Immediately following the race we stopped by my friend Jen’s parents house for a visit with her and her family. It was so great to see them even if it was just for a quick visit.


Also, apparently when your friends have kids you stop taking selfies with them and just start taking selfies with their adorable children instead. At least that has been my experience!

I spent the rest of Sunday hanging out with my mom and my brother. We went to the matinee and saw the new X-Men movie (meh.) In the evening I went to a birthday BBQ for my good friend Tara and also played a baseball game with my old ball team (and we won!)

I was working from home on Monday¬†so spent most of the day at my mom’s kitchen table on my laptop.¬†Chloe and I met up with Carmine and Donut for a lovely (and hot!) hike in the afternoon, which was great!


Tuesday morning started out with Tara and I going on our 1-hour trail run that we used to do 1-2x every single week. This is our Peterson Loop trail that is very very hilly. It was so awesome to get back out there on our old stomping grounds and also have a full hour to talk and catch up. We talked non stop the whole time.


On Tuesday I popped into my old office and saw all my old coworkers then went out for lunch with my old boss and coworker. It was so so wonderful to see them. I miss my work friends and my running friends the absolute most from Kamloops. I had a really great tribe of people in both places and I know it will take time to build that back up in a new place, but in the meantime I just really really miss all those awesome ladies!

In the afternoon I went for coffee (which turned into sharing chicken nuggets!) with my friend Katie and then for dinner with my mom, dad and brother. It was our last big “family dinner” for awhile since as I mentioned earlier my brother is heading off to Germany soon.

Tuesday night I picked Eric up at the airport at midnight (ugh! He had to stay behind and work though) and then we were back at the airport at 5:30am the next morning for our flights to Ontario.

And that pretty much wraps up my three days in Kamloops. Each day was packed full but it was so good to see everyone and I can’t wait to go back again in August!


Weekend Recap


I really do not have an exciting weekend recap for you at all. I worked the majority of the weekend as next week we are leaving for Toronto for 5 days so I worked the long weekend so I wouldn’t have to take quite so much time off for our Toronto trip.. new job and all ūüôā So the above was my Saturday scene. I grabbed a large coffee from a new little local coffee shop just around the corner from our house! I miss the coffee shops I would frequent in Kamloops so I’m trying to scout out some new ones.


Sunday morning I met up with a new running group for a trail run! We did 9.5km in just over an hour on a really beautiful single track trail through a provincial campground about 15 minutes outside of town. I’m excited to start running with this new group twice a week and find some new trails. I really, really,¬†really¬†miss the incredible group of running friends I left behind in Kamloops. I know that kind of tribe can’t be recreated over night (it took 7 years before!) but hopefully this is the start of some new trail friends ūüôā


I worked for half the day after my run on Sunday and then spent the afternoon on the couch snuggling Chloe and watching Gilmore Girls! The sun had come out again but I really wasn’t feeling well and needed some down time. My throat is still really sore but I’m feeling a little better finally.


This photo of Chloe is quite hilarious¬†though – she stood up tight to the fence in the only line of sun in the whole yard! ūüėÄ She was out there for almost half an hour.


Remember the snow on Friday? Well this was the weather yesterday. So amazing! We went for a really beautiful hike with my sister-in-law and two of our nieces.

And that was the weekend – pretty uneventful. Next weekend I’m heading down to Kamloops for three days. Can’t wait to see some friends and my mom and do my very favourite race – the Blackwell Dairy 15km. Then on June 1 we fly out to Toronto for a week, which should also be very fun.

How was your weekend? 


Last Week’s Workouts

I am starting up the “Last Week’s Workouts” series again in 2016! It’s good motivation for me to recap my workouts on the blog and it’s actually something I like looking back on. To try and make the posts more interesting I’m going to start each post with some sort of wholesome workout information.

My Exercise History 

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I don’t think I have any new readers out there but in case I do I thought I’d start the first week with some background on me. I have always been interested in fitness and have been going to the gym since I was 15 years old! In fact, I had my first personal trainer and strength training program designed for me (that I paid for with my own hard earned money!) when I was 16.

When I went away to university I gained a significant amount of weight in my first year but that was because of eating and drinking, not lack of exercise. I have always exercised regularly and enjoyed it. It’s not something I have to force myself to do. It’s something I love doing! In 2009, I discovered blogging and became enamoured with reading blogs of runners – enter my journey as a runner. The fun part is I have blogged ever since I started running so on this blog you can read all the way through from when running 2 miles was a huge accomplishment for me to running a 50km ultra marathon through the mountains and completing three full-marathons!

For many years yoga and running were my only two forms of exercise and even though I loved doing both, they weren’t the best combination for my body. I had a lot of running injuries and I wasn’t happy with how I looked. So in the fall of 2013 I got back into strength training through Bobbi from NHerShoe’s Shreds! At that time we had a full at-home gym so I did all of my workouts at home.

About 6 months later I got a YMCA membership again and began going to group strength training classes at the gym and another 6 months after that I decided to get certified to be a group fitness instructor and now teach about 2 classes a week!

I still run regularly but now do mostly trail running and run socially. I haven’t seriously trained for a race since early 2014. I truly love all movement; swimming, running, hiking, snowboarding, yoga, barre, strength training, HIIT classes, TRX etc etc. so it’s actually really hard for me to find my balance each week because I wish I could fit it ALL in!

Anyways, that’s my background ūüôā Now onto last week’s workouts:

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30 minute 21 Day Fix Full Body Cardio Fix Workout (Morning)

Teach 45 minute TRX Bootcamp class at the Y (Evening)


A very tough 4.7 mile / 7.6 km morning run in the snow


Group RX at lunch


Rest day – sick!


21 Day Fix Lower Body Workout (Evening)


20 minute run/hike with Chloe (Morning)

1 hour of Barre (Evening)


21 Day Fix Yoga Fix (Morning)

Cross-country skiing (Afternoon)

Not the best week of workouts ever but I came down with a terrible cold last week and also was just getting back into everything as it was the first week of the new year! I definitely would like to get more like 2 – 3 runs in each week and at least 1 yoga class. Always room for improvement!

How was your last week of workouts? What is your exercise history?