OUT With The OLD and In With The NEW

It’s that time of year again……………………..

out with the

I found a little time this week to invest in my feet :) I was in the cit-tay (city) and stopped at a local Running Store – Aerobics First. I’ve been in a few times over the years but never bought anything. It was kinda busy so they called down extra staff to help me find a pair of new runners!!!!

This is what I have been running on for the last…little…while (okay, maybe two years). I may or may not have bought these when I was pregnant with Hilary……she’s 16 months old now!

Out with the Old......

Out with the Old……

I tried on four different pairs of runners and it came down to a pair of Saucony and Asics. I tested both pair out on the treadmill in the store. I tried both pair at the same time. I tried size 8.5 and size 9 in both pairs. I loved them both! How could that be?

One pair was $5 more. The Saucony were mainly black, white and little purple and the Asics were blue, orange and more blue. I really struggled with which ones to go with and in the end…..

These won :)

And, in with the NEW!

And, in with the NEW!

My old love for blue took over my new love of purple……

Now all I have to do is get outside and run in them!

How often to you buy new sneakers?

Do you stick with the same brand or switch it up?

What’s your favourite running shoe?

Cheers, Piper ;)

 

Monday Motivation

It’s been a long time since I did a Motivation Monday post so I thought I’d start the week off with this one :)

For those of you who are starting your work week, hopefully you are feeling energized and refreshed from the weekend. For those who worked all weekend, I am hoping you find a little motivation and get re-energized.

energized

Exercise, working out, fitness, hitting the gym, team sports, individual challenges – whatever “activity” or word you chose … my question to you today is WHY?

Why do you do it?

Why don’t you do it?

Think about it…..

Being active has multiple benefits for your mind, body and soul.

benefits of exercise mental health

 

For me, I love the feeling after a great workout and EVEN a challenging one.

Why do you like being active?

What are the benefits of exercising (being active, workouts, running etc) to you?

Have you ever convinced someone to start being active?

PRO Compression Socks Winner

Happy Saturday!!!!

Thanks for everyone who entered the giveaway….you gave lots of awesome tips on ways to recover from your runs. Everything from:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Epsom salt bath / hot bath
  • Ice and stretch
  • Sleep / Nap
  • A Pale Ale and some serious food!
  • Stretching and foam rolling
  • Bean Bag Time – everyone piles on the bean bags and rests together
  • PRO Compression socks (of course!)

And the winner is :

Laurel C. Congratulations! I’ve sent you an email :)

 

Everyone can be a winner with this coupon: For all you Piper’s Run fans out there, here is a code  BLG14 so you can receive 40% off on Marathon Socks or  Sleeves … PLUS free shipping (US).

Original Post can be found here.

 Anyone racing this weekend? (Good luck!)

Friday Favs

Since I missed yesterday’s National Siblings Day and #tbt …. here you go!

#TBT ~ Siblings

My wedding Nov 2007: my brother Paul and sister Laura in front.

My wedding Nov 2007: my brother Paul and sister Laura in front.

My other favourite siblings:

I caught them doing this last week…so cute!

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One of my other favourite things that I’m using A LOT these days are my PRO Compression Socks.

Piper's Post Run Recovery :)

Piper’s Post Run Recovery :)

Not much longer in the PRO Compression sock Giveaway –> LINK HERE.

I’m trying to figure out a way to #sneakitin today…we’ll see how it goes!

It’s FRIDAY!!!! Giddy up!

Weekend plans anyone?

How many Easter eggs/treats have you already eaten?

Can you sneak in 10 minutes of physical activity today?

Cheers, Piper

Running: Sneak It In

There has been a lot of “sneaking it in” over here these days………

5K “Runch” on Monday

Bummed out about my run.

Bummed out about my run.

Today:

Conference Call / Wall Sit….why not?!?!?!

And stair repeats on a rainy day {Tuesday}.

Wall Sit Sneak It In

I’m planning another “runch” – I just love this term…two of my favourite bloggers (Run Salt Run and Pirate Bobcat) have recently used it so I had to as well. Run + Lunch = runch :)

I’ll admit….right now I am not really feeling the motivation to run at lunch today. But I have all my gear and I’m going anyway. Will write more after I run.

PS – Don’t forget about my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY —> LINK HERE

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As I was getting ready for my planned 5k, I knew I wasn’t feeling it but I got dressed anyway, I went outside anyway and I started my Garmin anyway. I started running and the wind was cold and strong against my body. I kept going one step at a time.

I decided to not run on the sidewalk that I’ve been running on lately and wanted to test out the trails. With it being Day 10 “Run a Trail” in the Run This Year challenges I am doing….I thought why not.

They say…..Run a Trail … so I did! Pavement, dirt trail and snow! YUP, we still have snow in Nova Scotia!

Run On Trail Day 10

 

I ran as far as I could on the snow and decided to turn back around. It was a beautiful day and I started focusing on my pace and pushing it a little. I wasn’t hoping for a Personal Best or Personal Record. BUT, this happened:

{In KM: 5:42; 5:49; 5:50; 5:45: 5:37}

New PB Anna

My last PB was 29:34 last Friday - you can read about it here. However it was a hilly little 5k and today’s run was flat. Flat-As-Can-Be! This is the fastest 5k I have ever run since I started running around 10 years ago. Yes, I’ve been running on and off for 10 years – more in the last 5-6 years. My absolute best time was 29:16 in Halifax at a “Run for the Cure” event when I was around 22/23, I think.

So, I’m pretty pumped today!

Runners – how many years have you been running?

Does anyone “Runch” ? (Run at lunch)

Do you sneak in a little workout while at work? Desk yoga, stretching, walking meetings, lifting weights, stand up desk?

Piper

Running, Me and a Cab Driver = Road Safety

First and foremost, I am a wife and a mother. I’m also a daughter, sister, friend, soccer player, runner, environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast.

I’ve always wondered if I was out on a run how I would be identified if something were to happen about me.  I used to have a cell phone from work that had an app called “I.C.E” (okay, maybe that wasn’t the actual app, but I can’t remember it now). ICE stood for “In Case of Emergency”. Of course, I put my husbands contact information in it, along with my parents. Really, you never know. However, I always wondered how someone would actually access my information since my cell phone had a password.

Moving along….

A few months ago, my husband bought me a Road ID (and one for himself). I chose the wrist band slim as I didn’t want something bulky and wanted it to be fairly flexible. He bought the wrist band elite. I ordered two bands; purple and turquoise.

road id pr 5

 

No, my real name isn’t Piper but if you were around me and yelled it out, I would totally respond. It’s a nickname. I got the basic info: names, numbers of my important peeps. The Paramedic in me…oh, I mean my Paramedic husband and I agreed to go with the medical route of: No Known Drug Allergies, No Medical History, Organ Donor. Some people put their mantra: “Just Giver”, “Train Hard”, “No Pain, No Gain”.

Before we got the Road ID bands, we both would go for runs with our Driver’s License, Health Card and I had a piece of paper with Sai’s cell number on it….yeah, old school…all in a plastic baggie. I would put it in my jacket pocket or hidden pocket in my running pants/shorts.

Yesterday, I was out for a run on my lunch break – “sneaking it in” #sneakitin and was pushing my legs a little harder throughout the whole run. I was so close to being done my run (5k) and was going to get another Personal Best. {Yes, I’m working hard on that one}

My confused and pissed of face after my run - don't be jealous of my hair.

My confused and pissed off face after my run – don’t be jealous of my hair.

 

Anyway, out of nowhere a cab (taxi) backed down a driveway and almost hit me on the sidewalk.  My first reaction was to yell at her, then I hit the van with my hand in frustration and THEN I turned off my Garmin. I was pissed that she didn’t even see me, didn’t even bother to look my way. Then I struggle because I still wasn’t sure if she saw or heard me and had to wait for her to move. I stopped my Garmin and then started once I finally got passed her van. I lost time. I was finished my 5k just 2 seconds over my PB…I TOTALLY WOULD HAVE NAILED IT.

Bummed out about my run.

Bummed out about my run.

However, if something serious would have happened to me, at least I had my Road ID on and could have been identified. Friggin’ cab driver. :(

Now each time I go for a run I put on my Road ID which I always leave attached to my Green Garmin when not running. It’s just like a little bracelet that I forget is on my wrist but have to be honest, I am thankful to have in case something happens to me. The last thing I want is for something to happen to me, my girls are stuck at day care, no one knows where I am and my husband is away…no thank you.

Just like my Green Garmin is my new best friend…well it now as a partner in crime :)

If you want to find out more information about the Road ID bands just click on the logo and it will take you to their website.  They have other products: ankle bands, shoe pouches and more.

 

Do you have a Road ID?

Do you ever worry about something happening to you while out running/walking ?

What would you do if you came across a runner who was injured?

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Don’t forget about my little PRO Compression  GIVEAWAY!!!

And shameless plug…I’m on Instagram but haven’t figured out the magic trick to share it all with you, so look me up!

Please note: Road ID did not ask me to write this post, I was not compensated with money or product but was approved to be apart of their affiliate program. The Road ID products I had were not provided by Road ID but  was a gift from my husband a few months ago. Aww….that’s love ;) 

Virtual 5k Run and #ATWRBR2014

About a month ago I signed up to participate in a virtual run – my first virtual run to be exact. It was a fundraiser for Team in Training and was called “Keep Calm and Run On”. I wanted to do a run in April but wasn’t sure what I could commit to with my husband away, our girls and other life moments. So, I figured a virtual run was a win-win!

The organizer is a part of the TTP group that I ran with last weekend and they managed to meet Saturday morning and run it together! I was hoping to drive in to the city and fit it in but the stars did not line up for me. Oh well, that’s why we have a treadmill.

I had a great run Friday at lunch, even got a new PB so I was hoping my run on Saturday would be a good one. It wasn’t. Whomp, whomp! I ran once the girls were in bed around 7:40 and it was slow going. I just didn’t have the drive in me and my only motivation was that I signed up to run the 5k. After I finished the run I was happy to have done it but would have much rather run with the group. I can honestly say I don’t even know what time I finished it in as I turned the treadmill off once I took a photo of the kilometers.

Keep Calm and Run On Virtual 5k Race

I was happy to have run, happy to have donate to a good cause and thankful that I am able to run.

Last week I ran a total of 29 kilometers for Around The World Running Blogger Relay Challenge 2014. You can read how far the group as run over the last five weeks at Early Bird Fitness.

Around The World Running blog Relay 2014

Today is the start of Sneak It In with ParticipACTION !!!! How are you going to sneak physical activity into your day? Don’t forget to tweet about it using #sneakitin. I’m planning to run at lunch today…going to sneak it in at lunch time :)

Don’t forget about my PRO Compression sock Giveaway!!!

Do you try to sneak a workout in throughout the day?

What’s the easiest way to sneak physical activity into your daily routine?

Anyone walk, roll, bike, run or paddle to work?