Yoga Me

It’s not often that I can get out to a yoga class or zumba class, so when a “Yoga for Runner’s” workshop happen to pop up on my Facebook feed a few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to go. One class. One and a half hours long. Why not?

Knowing that my husband wouldn’t be around that evening {before he surprised us} I secured Grammy and Grandad to take care of the girls. Win-win for everyone. My running buddy, Krystol signed up for the workshop too so that made it even better.

Last night we met up and left my house with Hilary screaming in the background. They were in good hands and I had to keep telling myself “this is good for her and good for me”. It can be hard leaving your screaming children even if it’s with your parents. Lilly was more concerned about playing with Grammy and Grandad then me leaving.

PR Yoga Me

Suzi taught the Yoga for Runner’s workshop and spent a lot of time going through each move, explaining what muscles it was stretching, why and the benefits. She gave us a handout to follow and later emailed it to us along with a video of the sequence – double bonus!

Each pose I felt my muscles stretch and lots of “ohhhhh’s” and “ahhhh’s” and “man that felt good” going on in my head. I normally stretch after every run or soccer game but not always in great length. I think that’s about to change!

I loved that we took the time on each pose and it wasn’t rushed like a yoga class. We practiced the flow of the moves and that was it. One hour and 55 minutes later we were done! Krystol and I went for an ice cream {no photo’s taken} and I’m pretty sure ice cream does not count as a “post workout protein” snack but we couldn’t resist…after all it was Mama’s x 2 night out!

I got home just before 10pm! My body felt great and I’m pretty confident that my stretching after running will be forever changed. The video/sequence is about 14 minutes long and my goal is to this after every run!

Next steps are getting the girls more into yoga :)

Do you go to regular scheduled fitness classes each week?

Ever go to a workshop for runners?

What’s the worst post-workout snack you’ve had recently?

You Know You Are A Mother Runner When…

Training for any race or event requires a lot of dedication, discipline, passion and support from others. You find a training plan, question it a few times, start it and try really hard not to miss any runs. And then you add in kids to that mix = Mother Runner! {Or Father Runner}

just started my half marathon training plan this week and almost missed a run! I switched day 1 and day 3 because I didn’t want to take a day off running to do strength/stretching workout. And, tonight I am going to a Yoga for Runners workshop so it just worked better to switch the days. Nothing wrong with that. 

Yesterday, I had the day off work / meeting at my boss’s house – BBQ, swimming in his pool and my family got to join us. We spent between 2-3 hours in their pool – lots of treading water for me, catching the girls as they jump in the pool and outside in the sun. Hard day at work :) We all crashed when we got home and got ready for Lilly’s soccer.

Saï took Lilly to soccer and I ran a few errands since we have a babysitter for Hilary on Tuesday nights. Poor Hilary hates when I leave her with other people. We also decided yesterday would be the day we’d take Hilary’s dummy (soother) away from her! She’s almost 20 months and we have to do it at some point. She LOVES her dummy – I think it’s harder for me then it is for her.

Once I got home and had Hilary read for bed, the tears started {for her not me}. At this point, I was on my own so I let her cry for a bit {I know, I know…not cool but it’s a parenting decision we’ve made}. I went in to check on her, calm her down and cuddle. She was so tired but seem like she was in another world – even her mouth was mimicking the motion of her dummy in her mouth. I left feeling terrible and called my mom to distract myself – oh and to give her a heads up that she’s going to have to deal with the “no dummy baby” tonight :) Lilly got home late from soccer and we finally got her to bed.

Mother Runner Soother

 

At 8:15, I didn’t think running was a good idea as I was starving so I started to prepare dinner – super late for us. I had a quick conversation with my husband and decided that I needed to run and he’d prep dinner. I had 30 minutes to get in a 5k run and that I did –> 29:04. When I got home, Saï made me a Vega Recovery drink and I helped him finish making our dinner…..we ate at 9:15 pm !

IMG_20140722_211855_edit

Vegan Creamy Avocado Pasta.

It was the first time I was trying the Vega recovery drink and asked Sai to take a picture for me {as any great blogger would ask of their husband} and he took the picture at the exact time of my reaction! I’m not sure if I liked it at first, ha ha! But I devoured the drink, my pasta and some bread in 10 minutes.

July 22 run

It was a crazy day but we had lots of fun and I was exhausted when I went to bed.

At least I got my run in :)

Mother Runner, that I am!

Oh – and Hilary slept all night no problems!!!

Ever change your training plan to better meet your needs?

Parents – when did your kids give up their soother/dummy/binky/soo soo?

What’s the latest you like to eat dinner at night?

 

Running and an Unexpected Surprise!

Happy Monday! 

monday

I’m rather sad to see this past weekend end, to the point that I wish this week was my vacation week. Sadly it’s not and therefore I’ll be at work this week :(  My weekend started off with a great run in my new shoes: New Balance 890′s.

The first 1-3km I was trying to figure out if I liked them or not. I found the heel rather hard  in my left shoe and slightly uncomfortable. The shoes are SO light compared to everything else I’ve ever had. I ran 6k outside and did some hill repeats x3. It’s hard to tell after just one run but give me a few weeks in them and I’ll let you know what I think of them.  It was a slow run but I was happy with it.

The hills were during kilometers 4 and 5 which shows in my times…..but I didn’t walk any of it :)

PR run July 18 2014 Blog

Saturday morning at 3:44 am I got woken up by someone coming into my bedroom {that sounds bad but it wasn’t}. My parents were staying over (hence the run outside and not on the treadmill) so I though it was my father. He’s had a number of Charlie horses in his legs so I thought he might be coming to ask about ice/meds etc.

When I saw the light {again, that sounds bad}, all I could think of is “Why is Dad so tall all of a sudden?” and “What’s wrong?”. It was in fact, my husband who is 6’2 but I was SO confused as he wasn’t supposed to be home. He came home to surprise us for 5 days – best reason to wake up at 3:44 am. Then I couldn’t sleep because I was too excited to see him! The girls were super thrilled to see him in the morning too! Win win for everyone!

The girls and I had a play date Saturday morning at a friend’s house – we got to swim in the lake, had a picnic lunch and Lilly got to try out her friend’s kayak!!! It was a great morning AND I somehow convinced Krystol {my running buddy} to sign up for the Valley Harvest Half Marathon!!! I’m just a tad excited to run it with her :)

RP Weekend Fun July 2014 Blog

We spent the rest of the weekend outside at our house: sprinkler fun, bubbles, walks and playing in the sandbox not to mention eating some good food. I took Saturday off from running and ran Sunday: 7k on the treadmill and was soaked in sweat – summer running at it’s best.

How was your weekend?

Anyone run?

Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night by your spouse expectantly?

 

 

Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty-six point two.

Being an Canadian girl, I run in kilometers not miles. However, I’ve been trying to convert training plans that only come in miles. Fun times :) I’ve run 5k’s, 10k’s and even a 1/2 Marathon {years ago} but have never attempted the FULL Marathon… 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers. I never felt the want or need to run a FULL Marathon until the last year or so. It’s on my mind and I have one in mind but am not committing to that at this point…it’s at LEAST another year away. Don’t worry – you’ll be the first to know ;)

So for all you folks thinking about a FULL marathon – check this out. And for all you who’ve done them – hats off to you!

Marathon

I can only imagine how much food I would want to consume after running a full marathon! And sleep, I’d want to sleep for twice as long as I ran…just sayin’.

Have you run a FULL Marathon? 

What’s the farthest you’ve run ?

What is the farthest distance you haven’t run yet but secretly want to? Don’t worry, I won’t tell. 

Half Marathon Training Plannin’

I finally had an awesome run the other night! I took it fairly easy all week with my running after 3 games of soccer (tournament) last weekend. My toe still hurts and my ankle is still tender to touch but I really can’t complain about it all.

you don't have to go fast

My focus for the week

Workouts:

Sunday – Rested. Napped in the afternoon and went to bed early – my body needed the rest.

Monday - Ran 5k on Treadmill. I knew this run would be hard so I walked for 10 minutes to warm up and then ran/walked when I needed to until 3k. I managed to run 3-5k at a slow pace. Iced my toe and then stretched.

Tuesday – Ran 4k  on treadmill. I was planning on taking it slow again and my legs were feeling good. At the 3k mark, I knew I only wanted to go another kilometer. Did a lot of stretching, iced my toe again and stretched. Oh, and took some Ibuprofen.

Wednesday Ran 5k on treadmill. I finally woke up feeling really good! This was a great run. I was able to get my speed up and my legs were good to go!

Thursday – Rest day. The only running I did was errands sans kiddies – 2 hours of errands makes for one tried Piper. I had a case of the runner’s jealousy – saw many runners while driving my car and wished it was me :)

Friday – {today} I plan to run 5-6k in my new kicks outside tonight (once it’s cooled off) :) :) :)

Saturday – {planning} Longer run 7 – 8k.

IMG_20140717_092722_edit

New Balance 890′s I won from the EPIC Canadian Race in June :)

Then my 1/2 Marathon Training begins. I’ve been trying to decided which training plan to follow as there are SO many out there. I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in 2006 – Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I wasn’t blogging then – heck I didn’t even know what a blog was! I might do a recap of it just for fun – to revisit what I did for training, how the run went etc. Anyway….

I decided on Hal Higdon’s plan but since I’m a Canadian gal…I like to run in Kilometers not miles. So, I made a few adjustments in red:

Piper's 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

Piper’s 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

I think I am finally happy with my training plan for the next 12 weeks. It’s hard to believe that will be running these distances again as a Mama of 2 little girls, working full-time and trying to manage the house when my husband is away. However saying that, I am really excited to see how it goes. I’ll try to recap each week on the blog. I also have 2…maybe 3 races coming up before the 1/2 in October.

I’m pumped it’s Friday! This is the first weekend since the May long weekend (May 17/18th) that we don’t have anything planned. Okay, one play date Saturday morning but no driving long distances or needing a babysitter :)

And because they are so darn cute:

Our sweet girls :)

Our sweet girls :)

Have a great weekend!

Anyone starting their training plans for fall races ?

Weekend plans?

Rungry: What I’ve Been Eating Lately {WIAW}

Rungry has been in full effect lately…well, more soccer-hungry than RUNgry but it’s all the same thing, ya know! Last night I managed a little 4k run on the treadmill when all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and relax. Seeing that I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training now, I thought I should attempt another easy run. And that I did. I’ve started it but nothing concrete or set in stone.

What I’ve been eating lately? Well, LOTS!

 Post Soccer Eats: Blueberry / Pomegranate Smoothie, DQ Skor Ice Cream Cake/Pie, Salad and Watermelon. I seriously can’t get enough watermelon in my body. I eat it almost every day and sometimes twice a day, it’s a good thing my girls love it too!

PR Soccer Gunn Food

I’ve been on the road with work a little bit and we stopped at the coolest little cafe in Bear River, Nova Scotia. I would 100% make the drive down there (1.5 hours) just to go back to “Mrytle’s & Rosie’s Cafe”. We all order a burger; from left to right: Bacon, cheese and onion ring burger (mine); Philly Cheese burger and crap, I can’t remember the name of this burger. I know it had “a thousand salad dressing” on it, Melissa had it.

PR Mrytles & Rosie's Cafe WIAW

I’ve also been drinking lots and loving salads lately too:

PR Salads and drinks WIAW

Well, this wouldn’t be a good post without sharing what the girls eat sometimes. This is on soccer night, when I rush home from work, pick up the girls, make PB & J sandwiches and usually veggies or fruit and then we rush out the door to soccer.

PR Lilly Food WIAW

AND…..now I’m rungry all over again!

 Thanks Jen @ PeasandCrayons for continually hosting WIAW :)

What have you been eating lately? 

What’s your favourite summer treat?

Watermelon or Ice Cream?

Moving slowly

I may be moving slowly the last few days but at least I am moving. I took Sunday as a total body recovery day complete with a nap and early to bed. Those three games of soccer took a toll on my body as I am STILL sore all over yesterday. Knowing that I can’t rest forever I decided to do a walk/run combo last night after the girls went to bed. I thought it would be good to move a little, shake out my legs and see if my toe can handle running.

fear run slow

 

So, I put on my running gear before the girls went to sleep – no excuses right! I even had the dinner dishes cleaned – yeah I was that serious about running.

Around 7:30 I gathered all my tools {cell phone, land line phone, new tablet, head phones, baby monitor and my water} and headed down to the treadmill. I turned it on and tried to figure out how to use my new tablet to watch a show – should have done this before I wanted to walk/run. It took a little while but I managed to figure it out.

I started walking at a super slow pace…just enough to move. Then I slowly increased the speed after a 10 minute warm up walk {about .82 of a km}. I would start running and then slow it down to a walk, over and over again until I hit the 3 kilometer mark at which I felt like I could remain running. My left hamstring wasn’t too happy and my poor left toe (which was feeling really good until supper time) started to throb, but I kept going. My goal was 4k at this point.

PR Run slowly

Note – I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training this week but haven’t committed to a training plan. Yikes!

I was running at a good pace and the show I was watching {Night Shift} wasn’t finished yet so I decided to run 5k. Just before 5k I decided to walk a little for a little cool down. I was pretty happy to have finished 5 kilometers. I drank some water, stretched a bit. Then ate 1/2 a Vega Chocolate Coconut Sports bar #yum and some soy chocolate milk #doubleyum!

Somehow I managed to run, eat, shower, get the girls bags ready for today all by 10pm! Superstar! I iced my toe again, took some Vitamin I {ibuprofen} as recommended by my husband and rested in bed. All of a sudden I couldn’t handle the ice on my toes, it was almost like I was starting to panic … so off it came. I went to bed at 10:47 and woke up diagonal in our bed at 6:25 am when my alarm went off. I SLEPT FOR 7.5 HOURS STRAIGHT! Thank you girls for sleeping all night and letting Mommy get the rest she needed.

I wasn’t too excited to get out of bed, dreading the aches and pains that I’ve had the last few mornings. I slowly got up and put my feet on the floor, stood up and walked to the bath room – no pain, no sore muscles! Moving slowly can pay off :)

How long does it take you to recover from a sporting event?

Do you push through minor pain or rest until 100% better?

What’s your favourite 1/2 Marathon training plan?