Subdivision Running – Oh My!

Most roads don’t have a lot of pedestrians walking or running on them. My 8k run on Easter Sunday took me through my childhood subdivision. I ran up, down, around the roads I played on and through paths I didn’t dear go as a child but they are now roads. It was fun to run past old friends’ houses or places I spent 90% of my time being a youth.

It was a hard run at first but then got better after I moved on to a trail system, then back into the subdivision again. Moving faster but not feeling fast, I made slight changes to my route that would allow me to finish 8k before Easter dinner :)

I did a lap around my parent’s house on the street but was going to come up short, so I had to do another lap and finished the 8k directly in front of their house. Perfect timing.

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Yesterday, I decided to head out for a 6-7k in my subdivision as I had taken the day off as vacation – Best. Idea. Ever! I got a few things done in the morning and planned to hit the pavement around 2pm.

At 2:08 I managed to start my Green Garmin and took my normal route. A road that is traveled heavily by cars and bikes and a good handful of walkers. I weaved up one hill, down another and back up the last hill before it was flat for a while. Back into my subdivision I went…around this street, down that one, only to turn around and go back the same way I came from. I then did a little lap near my house and finished the 6k.

It was the worst 6 km I’ve run in a long time. It was like my body wasn’t wanting to move forward, something was really holding me back. All I knew is that I was glad it was over and done with …. for today ;)

canadian street gangs

I was watching out for these guys on my run………….just kidding. You don’t ever want to come across a bunch of bear’s like this unless you are in an armoured vehicle!

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I had a few thoughts while out running (sans musique):

1.36 km – I’m going to have coconut yogurt and strawberries as a post run snack.

2 km – I’m never going to make it to 6 – 7km.

2.46 km – I hate long hills.

2.56 km – This long hill is going to help me with the bridge at the Bluenose Marathon. Then I will be thankful but I am not right now.

3 km – Okay, I can do this. Must remember location of 3k mark if I am to run this route again.

4.05 km – Oh my God, I just need to get to 5 k. Maybe 6 if I’m lucky.

5.01 km – Screw this, I’m walking for a few minutes (really, a few seconds). I might as well start running again as I have to get back to my house somehow and running would make this end faster.

5.45 km – {husband drives by and whistles at me} A smile slowly forms on my face and I laugh. Oh that laugh felt good because nothing else felt good during the last 1/2 hour.

6 km – Done. 35 minutes. Stop watch. And walk.

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Who looks at their watch that often? Apparently, I do! I looked a lot and those times and thoughts  really stood out for me. I ran throughout my subdivision yesterday and though it was a BIG challenge for me to just complete, it was just what I needed. {I wouldn’t have said that during the run but I can now}

What do you do on a terrible run: stick with it or pack it in?

How often do you look at your watch/running app?

Now that it’s spring, are there more people out walking and running where you live?

What Cha’ Been Up To?

It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog lately but I’ve been out enjoying my time with our girls and my husband. I’ve spent very little time on the computer since last Thursday and have been kinda enjoying the little break.

time with children

This is what we have been up to lately:

Easter Fun at Day Care: this was fun to watch them :)

easter egg hunt at day care

Trip to the Zoo

 Zoo time

 Easter with family:

Hop scotch, an 8k early afternoon run, yummy food (vegan too), lots of family, friends and hanging with Maclean.

Family Easter

More Easter:

Easter fun

Running: It was a quiet week of running with more rest days then running but I managed 22km for Around The World Running Blogger Relay 2014 Challenge. A soccer game (we are advancing in the playoffs :) , few runs inside and a few outside plus I got to test out my new runners :)

And, in with the NEW!

And, in with the NEW!

I need to get a little more focused on my running in the next few weeks and actually follow my training plan. I have a 5k this coming weekend that I signed up for recently. It’s a fundraiser for a local rehabilitation center and it’s a 7 minute drive from my house! I’m running the Bluenose Marathon – 10k on May 18th that I am hoping to run under 60 minutes…which I am on track for :)

How was your Easter weekend?

Anyone watch the Boston Marathon? 

Cheers, Piper

 

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