I was pleasantly surprised several times today!


I got up this morning with the intention of doing 10km. I tried to go with the mindset that this is longer than my usual run so it should also be slower than my usual run. I went out the opposite way as I usually do and was doing pretty well until my brain started thinking that I should try not to be slower than I was last time:(. I tried telling it to shut up that I was still sick (woke up with a sore throat again), but it was determined not to listen to me. I had been smart and changed my verbal prompts to only include mileage, so when I got close to the end I thought I was going to end up with it taking about and hour and twelve minutes. Imagine my surprise when my runkeeper program said, 1:07 and put off fireworks for it being my fastest 10km! It was such a pleasant surprise!!! I will definitely not do the route backwards again though as I like to be able to push myself to make up time at the end and that’s hard to do on the hilly part, though I definitely proved to myself that I could run further than I expected as I picked up the pace at the end! If I hadn’t been so slow at the start I would have made my goal of running consistently below 7min/km.  I don’t think I want to ever find out how slow that is in miles! I must say the view of the hillside this morning was awe inspiring. It kept me entranced for a good 2km of my run. I would have liked to have gotten a picture to share with you, but I was in an industrial area and the mill between me and the hillside would have ruined any picture:(. Besides runkeeper doesn’t seem to like it when I take photos:( Anyone know of a more reliable running app?

That is unfortunately the only exercise I got to today and since my eyes keep trying to close right now, I don’t think anymore exercise will be happening!


After my run, I quickly showered and met a friend for brunch at Coquitlam Grill. I always seem to end up here! At least today, I finally found a breakfast that worked perfectly for me! It didn’t feel like too much food, but also felt like a treat. The sunriser jumpstart with only one egg. Yum!!!!

I wanted to make something out of my new cookbook, Gluten Free and Vegan Bread that I got last week at the garage sale, but I think it might have to wait until tomorrow. There is a cinnamon bun recipe calling my name though!🤣


I have done a lot of that today! I ended up spending most of the day with my fri be shopping. She was looking for a Halloween costume and I was along for the ride. We tried Value Village where I found an awesome tunic sweater that is super warm and soft and some new running capris and a long sleeve running shirt. I’m happy with all, but none are the sports bra I was supposed to be buying!!!

We then hit the mall where I managed to buy a mesh back cami sports bra from Walmart for $13! I’m going to try it out on my run tomorrow and if it works well I’m going back to buy it in every colour. Anyone have any experience with these cami bras?? In the past I’ve found that inexpensive sports gear often holds the smell so it’s been a lot of years since I’ve tried one, but I definitely need more and it was he right price!

I also managed to find two room scents for school and work at Bath and Body Works along with some Pumpkin Cupcake hand soap.  Everyone kept talking about Fall scents and I just had to look. There was a 50% off sale though so I don’t feel guilty and I didn’t realize it so it was a pleasant surprise when I got to the till:)

We then hit the dollar store and Claire’s where I managed to keep my visa in my pocket:) My friend did finally find a skeleton costume at Claire’s that she is happy with:)

The other socializing I did was with a guy. Yes, I had a date, a first date. I was really not excited about this date! In fact, I texted my friend moments before leaving to ask why I let myself be talked into these things???? It actually went well. We met at the local park and just strolled around. Thankfully we didn’t see any of my students! An hour and a half went by very quickly!! He asked what my plans were for the night, but I always think it’s better to leave them wanting more so I invented a dinner with a friend. I’ll go out with him again if he asks, even though he is not at all what I was looking for.🤣 I suppose he was a pleasant surprise too:)


I didn’t teach today, but I did run out to the other Walmart to pick up the bins we need for the school’s new stem materials.  The couple in front of me in the checkout were so kind. When they saw my big stack of large bins, they went and got a cart for me so I wouldn’t have to carry them! I love when people confirm my faith in kindness:). I’m just glad that errand is done and it allowed me a vision of this gorgeous sunset too!

Have fun!


37 thoughts on “Pleasantly Surprised

  1. What a great day! Nicely done on the 10K timing also. I’m fighting pushing myself to go faster. Just had my second run after shin splints (possible stress fractures) and have been taking it slow. Just before stopping I was trying to improve my speed (and see where it got me?) so I have to override my inner voice that pushes myself lest I wind up on the injured list again. It’s hard not to judge myself about it though.

    1. It is definitely a double edged sword isn’t it? Push yourself to go out and do it, but don’t push yourself so much you get hurt🤣

  2. Congrats on your timing! So I gather the date didn’t go that well? You didn’t speak much of it. Walmart does have some good deals but I don’t know anything about cami’s. 😀

      1. It was just a walk and I’m trying not to rush into anything because I think that’s been my mistake in the past. So I’m sticking with, “wasn’t bad” until we see if anything comes of it😂

      2. I’m not letting myself- just get my hopes up and then I crash when I don’t hear from him, so maybe if I have a second great date, I’ll let myself talk about it:)😜

  3. Sounds like a great day all around. I met my husband at a speed boat race and it was strictly going to be a friendship. 10 months later we were married. You just never know. I had sworn off dating, men were jerks, yada yada, and he was 4″ shorter than me. Oh well, the heart knows.

  4. I love reading “a day in the life of” from you. And it sounds like a good first date, relatively speaking, since you are not sure yet how you feel about him… I hope it goes in the best direction for you!

  5. OOOOH, Gluten-free. I have coeliacs and should stick to gluten-free stuff, but there is so much I miss out on. I do make GF Onion Flatbread from time to time, but I am a good pastry chef, so it goes out the window lol.

    1. Oh I get too sick to ignore my food allergies. Everything has to be gluten free and dairy free:( onion flatbread sounds delicious!

  6. That’s awesome for your run!! I know I’ve used MapMyRun and it works really well!
    That breakfast looks really yummy😋🍳
    Ooohh a date!! How exciting! Time will tell if he’s a good one or not. If not, there’s many others out there!
    What a pretty sunset!

    1. Hmm I’ll have to look into map my run as it drives me nuts that I can’t stop to take a picture when I’m running or my timer messes up.
      It was yummy! Brunch is definitely my favourite meal to go out for!
      We’ll see:)

      1. I think if I remember correctly, you can go out of the app and it will still continue to work while you take a picture! There’s also another app I have used called called alltrails, but that’s a little more directed towards hiking. But I do know you can use the camera app while you are using the app. At least for iPhone!:)

      2. Ok good to know! I’m using an iPhone and I think I’m supposed to be able to do other things while runkeeper keeps going but it’s been doing weird things, like telling me I’m running a 4:40 pace. Hmm on second thought maybe I should stick with that🤣

  7. Great run, way to go! Pacing is always tricky for me, too. I tend to start out too quickly because I feel so great in the beginning, and then I’m struggling by the end. That’s exciting for your fastest 10k though!

    1. Thank you! I seem to be the opposite- my first kilometre always seems to be my slowest, lol. Now I just have to take this and actually do a race!!!

  8. AJ, Way to go on your run! In my running days I was never a fan of running uphill. But downhill was a breeze. 😊 I tried both RunKeeper and MapMyRun. MapMyRun was my favorite. I’m looking forward to hearing about you baking adventure.

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