The OCR from hell, my (lack of) artistic talent (it will make you laugh), and guess what?! I ran!

Sooooo, I am SERIOUSLY questioning how I am going to survive this winter. I know, I know, I probably say this every year, but I AM SERIOUS EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Friday night was a RedBlacks football game…2 hours before it was to start, my dad called and said, “I’m ok to bail if you want to bail”. Our tickets are $110 each. I considered not going. And why?

Ohhhhh, THIS:

And in case you’re not from this arctic hemisphere, if it’s raining in October it’s FREEZING COLD. And then you know what else? They went into OT. And LOST.

This miiiiiiiiiight, have been my reaction:

Then Saturday morning I find myself heading out for an obstacle course race (OCR)…as you know, this is not the normal type of race I do, but a girlfriend of mine, Cristina, who lives in Montreal (2 hours from Ottawa in Quebec) LOVES OCRs and begged me to do it with her.


Ok, having my tooth knocked out in field hockey might have been worse, but this was a close second. lol

First, it was raining, windy and just damn cold (wind chill below freezing). Then, we discovered it was also one of the most disorganized and poorly thought out races ever:

  1. They basically only provided service in French – while I’m bilingual, we were in OTTAWA, you need to speak to me first in English (I suspect this is a company based out of Quebec).
  2. The way they ran registration, etc., had me standing in line OUT IN THE FREEZING COLD, for over an hour, until our wave started. I had no feeling in 3 of my fingers by the time we started.
  3. It was a 2km loop that you were to do twice…in total you did over 50 obstacles. Yeah, that is WAY TOO MANY obstacles to fit in such a short distance/small space. There were constant line-ups at the obstacles. And did I mention it was cold??
  4. 95% of the obstacles were set up on concrete…and it was wet…wood and metal are slippery when it’s raining. I have no idea how no one cracked their head open.
  5. Many obstacles were absolutely impossible because of the weather – I was wearing gloves with super rubber grip – but they often just slipped right off the metal ring/pole or rope…and feet on wet wood? Yeah, you’d slip right off.

There are many other things I could vent about, but you get the picture! But, Cristina and I posed post with smiles (grimaces) on our faces…

…and then quickly got in the car and cranked the heat and flipped on the seat heaters!!

Thankfully I have done an OCR in the past and know this is not the norm and am still willing to do another one in the future…but only in the summer when it’s warm!! lol

Saturday night we had a neighbourhood party…as per usual, we each were tasked with bringing an appetizer…this time I made Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups

They were super easy to make and were a hit – none left at the end of the night!

Then last night, still somewhat chilled to the bone from the nasty weather we’ve been having, I tried out a new recipe: Chicken Chili Chowder

Um, it was AMAZING. And incredibly filling!!

Ok, here is a little humor at my expense…my social media is full of my girlfriends going to Paint Nite and coming out with these incredible pieces of art work that they have created by having an instructor basically Bob Ross them through the process. I am entirely without artistic talent so I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece when I went last week…but I did think that I might be able to somewhat proudly display what I created…yeah, what really happened is that I discovered it’s actually possible to fail Pain Nite.

This is what we were trying to replicate:

And this is what I produced…

Yup, laugh it out. It’s so bad that I can’t even display it…I really think it has to go straight to the garbage which seems to wasteful…but COME ON – it’s hideous!!! That being said, I had a great time and would definitely do it again…for the social aspect of it…clearly. lol

Abby got some good news last week!

Had our monthly follow-up with her neurologist who said we don’t have to go back to see him for 4 months!!! We have a regime to continue decreasing her dose, but unless she demonstrates some regression in symptoms, he’s ok not seeing her until February!! WOOHOO!!!!!

Update on my running: I was in bed by 8:30pm last night which allowed me to get enough sleep (with Abby’s waking me to go pee during the night) to get up at 5am to workout…I did 5km + cross-fit style workout (it’s the only thing that was motivating to me):

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) – 8 minutes

10 burpees (they are straight from hell)
10 pull-ups (used my TRX)
20 lunges
20 crunches

It’s only one day. But I’ll take it.

Happy Monday!

14 thoughts on “The OCR from hell, my (lack of) artistic talent (it will make you laugh), and guess what?! I ran!

  1. Rebecca

    Yay Abby!!

    That OCR would have made me mad! But it might have been LOLs since I don’t speak French.

    I’m not sure but I might be worse than you at painting. I have yet to go to a “paint night” as I’m sure I don’t have the attention span for one (but you get to drink right?)


  2. Chris

    No way I would do an OCR in the fall or winter! We have messed up enough weather here in CO that I did one in June in the mountains and naturally we had to go through water several times that was from the snow pack melting.

    You can put the painting in your basement so you can see it while you are working out! C’mon you can’t throw it out!

    Hooray for Abby (and you)! Now you can finally get some sleep!


    1. 50statecanuck Post author

      Yeah, I don’t even like normal road races in spring/winter!! The only reason I signed up is because my friend swore it would be indoors in a stadium…so I signed up and then said, “You know we have lots of open stadiums here, right?”. She did not. Lol

      Yes, in 7 weeks I can reduce her meds again and I think that will make a really big difference!! Woohoo!!


    1. 50statecanuck Post author

      It really is!! AND, before it dips to inhumanely cold, I feel silly wearing my parka so I’m forgetting I have warmer clothes…although, I’ll be honest…I have broken out the hand warmers already!! ā¤ļøšŸ˜‚

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    1. 50statecanuck Post author

      Lol!!! Don’t be scared!! It was so much fun and most people’s end result was not great!! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ The instructor is really good at encouraging everyone and actually, one of the rules is that you’re not to be critical of you’re own painting or anyone else’s!! So I saved it for once I got home!! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚



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