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Winter is here. And with it comes the start of ski season.

To make the cold weather more bearable, I’ve recruited a new ski bunny to join me on the slopes and she asked me to make her a list of what to wear on and off the hill when we go away for a week in March.

The thing with skiing in the Maritimes is the weather is very unpredictable and usually pretty wet. Our winters are windy with high precipitation and it gets cold! Not a dry cold like other parts of Canada but an under-your-skin damp cold.

Fun right? Not always, which is why if you’re going to face this climate, you best be prepared and bundle up.

I’ve had the same ski jacket for more than ten years so I’m on the hunt for something which will keep me warm but look good and I have been eying the winter jackets from Fjällräven Canada.

jackets

I love wearing a light padded jacket with a shell on the slopes. The shell keeps the wind away and I stay toasty with the padded jacket underneath. If the sun comes out and the day warms up, off goes a layer! The Iceland Anorak is a great choice for every day wear – plus, I love the side zips and the big front pocket.

So with my new jackets picked, here are my On The Slopes and Après Ski essentials for our ski holiday:

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  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Eco-Shell Jacket
  2. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Padded Jacket
  3. Burton : Women’s anon. Insight Goggles
  4. Smith : Women’s Holt Helmet
  5. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip
  6. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Pant
  7. Smart Wool : PhD Slopestyle Medium Wenke Socks
  8. Fjällräven : Gear Duffel
  9. Smart Wool : Women’s Isto Sport Sweater
  10. The North Face : Women’s Sally Pants
  11. Fjällräven : Keb Fleece Balaclava
  12. Burton : Women’s GORE-TEX Mitt + Gore warm technology

apresski

  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Iceland Anorak
  2. Oakley : Women’s Forehand Sunglasses
  3. Lululemon : Women’s Studio Pant III (Lined)
  4. Fjällräven : Kiruna Beanie
  5. Fjällräven: Totepack No. 1
  6. Sorel : Women’s Out N About Leather Duck Boot
  7. Towsen : Après Ski Sweater

Happy trails!

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“opps, sorry”

I swear, that will be the last thing I hear before I die because the odds of getting hit by a car rolling a red stop sign in Halifax get higher each days.

It’s crazy out there kids!

No joke, in the last week (I’ve run every day because I am doing that #RWRunStreak) I’ve been almost hit every.single.day.

Yes, I run in the dark (usually before 6:30 am).
Yes, I wear a reflective vest.

Actually, on Saturday morning around 8:30 am (not dark), I had to skirt around a police car that stopped at a red light halfway inside a crosswalk.

Yes, I wagged my finger and shook my head at her.
Yes, her partner chuckled because he thought I was being funny.

Um, no sir.

I know I am ranting. Sorry.

Sorry is the gesture I see all of the time from these Haligonian drivers. Is it just a #halifaxproblem? I’m curious.

In light of this, here is my All I Want For Christmas (If I Make It To Christmas) Is Reflective Gear wish list:

Reflective

This gear is great for all the folks on your list who venture outside… Halifax has a serious problem.

A. Lululemon Run With Me Gloves *Reflective ($28.00 CAD)
B. Garmin Forerunner 235 ($439.99 CAD)
C. Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew ($68.00 CAD)
D. Nathan Sports* Wrist Runner 2
E. Oakley Commit Iridium Rimless Sunglasses ($150.00)
F. SPIbelt ($21.00 CAD) I have one, great for holding your ID … for when you get hit, they can identify your body
G. Brooks Drift 1/2 Zip ($95.00 CAD)
H. Nathan Sports Bandolier (reflective vest) there are lots of options, this is the one I wear.
I. Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback ($48.00 CAD) I have 3, they’re my FAVOURITE
J. MEC Pelican Mini‑Flasher 2130 LED Flashlight ($13.50 CAD)
K. Like The Wind trucker hat(15.00 Euro)
L. Fuel Belt Helium® Headlamp ($13.50 CAD) I have a headlamp, but if you don’t, it’s worth the investment
M. Brooks Drift Shell Running Jacket ($135.00 CAD)
N. Nike Element Hoody (reflective detailing) ($95.00 CAD)
O. Oiselle Reflective Running Vest ($77.00 US)
P.  MEC Cactus Creek Reflexite Ankle Band ($3.75 CAD)
Q. Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight *Reflective ($148.00 CAD)
R. Oiselle Power Stretch Mittens (reflective) ($32.00 US)
S. Saucony Women’s Kinvara 6 Running Shoes ($130.00 CAD)
T. Lululemon Run Fast Neck Warmer *Lights Out ($68.00 CAD)
U. MEC Rhythm Long Sleeve (reflective tape) ($22.00 CAD – on sale)

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the new bunny on the block

According to Facebook, it snowed in Calgary yesterday. Oh so sucky…

It is technically still summer and even though I taught my son to say “in Summer, we do NOT talk about winter”, I feel the need to start planning my new ski wardrobe. Yes, ski wardrobe. If I am going to hit the slopes, I am going to dress for it. My top requirement is warmth but I don’t want to look like a rent-a-rebel so here’s some stuff I’ve found online: Ski

Hopefully a trip to the States in the fall will land me to a pair of skis. My current pair are about twenty years old, long and straight – you know, the kind you’d see on a vintage travel poster… Anyway, I already have a jacket, ski pants and helmet but it is still fun to shop around. d13dc0547b6be2b117f51b4c554d5fa6

I think I am mostly excited about skiing because I am going through a bit of runner’s fatigue. A lot of long lonely runs have worn me out so once my races are over, I should be more positive about layering up.

How about you? Any big plans to deal with winter?

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Grindelwald poster found here

A. Burton [ak] 3L Hover Mitt*** / B. Von Zipper Skylab Snowboard Goggles / C. Patagonia Women’s Powder Bowl Jacket / D. Patagonia Women’s Merino 3 Midweight Zip Neck / E. Patagonia Women’s Pom Beanie / F. Rossignal Sassy 7 Skis / G. Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater Vest / H. Helly Hanson Women’s Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip / I. Sorel Women’s Caribou Boot / J. Burton anon. Wren Helmet / K. Patagonia Women’s Los Gatos Fleece Vest / L. The North Face Women’s Freedom LRBC Pant / M. Patagonia Midweight Ski Socks / N. Clip-on ski pass holder / O. Roxy Glimmer Bottoms / P. Granted Clothing Mountain Range Sweater / Q. Helly Hanson Ski Bag 2 / R. Helly Hanson Boot Bag / S. Rossignal Kiara Sensor 80 Boots

* Yes, these mitts are crazy expensive… Mike swears they are the warmest thing out there. I have self-diagnosed Raynaud’s Disease so they may be worth it. 

run with me

Some people are compulsive online shoppers (okay, that’s me) but… another thing I am compulsive about are online race registrations! Spring is coming, which means race season is fast approaching. No more excuses to hit the pavement.

Last week I signed up for the Bluenose Half Marathon and it is ten weeks away! It will be my fourth time running the Bluenose half but my twelfth(ish) half marathon so I am not too worried about the distance.

Here is some of my favourite running gear:

Run

A. Nathan Sports Speed 2 Hydration Belt / B. Nuun Active Hydration Strawberry Lemonade drink tabs / C. Lululemon Run: Speed Shorts / D. Nike Dri-Fit Women’s Cyclone Running Jacket / E. Champion Sports Bras (cheap from Target!) / F. Saucony Kinvara Sneakers / G. Ryder Sunglasses / H. Nike + Sport Watch GPS / I. Lululemon Run: Swifty Tech Long Sleeve / J. iPhone 5c / K. TuneBand for iPhone 5c

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On a somewhat related subject, my iPhone died and I got it replaced through my Future Shop warranty*. Because they didn’t have my model in stock, I got upgraded to the 5c. Yes, a phone that works! Boo, I need to replace my cover.

What does this have to do with running? Well, I had a fantastic pink silicone skin with a spot to slide on an armband. I loved this skin and knew I’d replace it with my upgrade. When I went on the company’s website, I saw I could order just the skin for half the price! Sweet, my armband still works so I can save some money. As I proceeded to checkout, I saw my $14.99 quickly bumped up to $27 because of shipping… Argh, I curse Canadian online shopping… but I loved the product and decided to proceed.

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However, the next day I received a lovely email from the company:

Hello Meghan,
Thank you for your order! I am contacting you to let you know that there is an option for you to consider that you may find acceptable and save quite a bit of shipping time. We recently began offering our iPhone 5C TuneBand packages on Amazon.ca which reduced both the cost and delivery time for our Canadian customers. You have the option of ordering a complete iPhone 5C TuneBand package from Amazon.ca for $29.99 (including shipping) and would receive it within just a few days.  Your order placed on our website totals around $27.00 for the individual silicone TuneBand skin and will typically take several weeks to deliver from the US. Please let me know if you would prefer to cancel this order and place one on Amazon.ca for the complete package in order to reduce the delivery time and increase the overall value for your money.  For around $2.00 more you would receive the screen protector packs and straps as well as receiving it much more quickly.  Here is a link to the iPhone 5C TuneBand on Amazon.cahttp://www.amazon.ca/Tuneband-LISTINGS-Grantwood-Technologys-Protector/dp/B00GT4EL2E/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1394459993&sr=8-10&keywords=tuneband+iphone+5c Just let me know, we’ll ship this as-is if you want to leave it in place. Thank you again for your business.
Sincerely, James A. Simpson, V.P. Sales and Marketing, Director of Customer Service, Grantwood Technology, LLC

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As he suggested, I cancelled my order and ordered it through Amazon to but I replied to James letting him know their customer service matched the quality of their product!

So happy running – whether it is a full or half marathon, 10 km, 5 km or just chasing the kids – get out and enjoy yourself.

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Photo by me, taken with my Nikon D60

* Even though they replaced my phone, I will NOT sign up for one of their warranties EVER again, just sayin.