Ups, Downs of the Week and BLT 5k Run

I’m ready for the weekend.

Between traveling with work, a soccer game (ouch), traveling again for work to a Recreation Conference, the sad news from Montreal and Ottawa, a gun incident in Halifax yesterday morning … I am ready for the weekend. I’m ready for some up’s and to leave the down’s behind. I will of course keep the families affected in my thoughts along with our Canadian Military members; my brother and friends included.

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I took today off work (planned) and am looking forward to seeing our girls after a few days without them. I spent one night laying on my parents couch for 3 hours watching TV while my mother was at my house with the girls; Sai is away working. It was nice to relax but I felt uncomfortable with what felt hours of wasted time in front of the TV.

Last night I ran on my sisters treadmill that’s in miles not kilometers. It was a crappy run because I couldn’t figure out my pace and couldn’t hide the numbers (distance, time, incline). Miles just seem to take forever compared to kilometers. I got in 3.1 miles (or 5k) and felt really good afterwards.

all about the pace

Sorry, I just had to repost this ecard again…I just love it.

Anyway….

Tomorrow I am running the “BLT 5k”. It’s the first run put on by the Timberlea Tundra Pounders running group that I semi-run with (when visiting my parents). I’m looking forward to this run for a few reasons.

1 – I get to run it with my friend Tracey; we go WAY back to High School/Soccer/University etc.

2 – It’s with a fun group of people who I got to know through their runs, their Facebook page and events around the Province (Maritime Race Weekend, Valley Harvest Marathon).

3 – The run is about 3 minutes from my parent’s house!

Some fun news (UPs): I participated in a RecreAuction (Recreation Auction) and won a Registration to the Bluenose Marathon in May for $30!!! Last years registration fee (for the half) was $65 – $85 depending on when you register…so I got a sweet deal on that! Guess I’ll be training for my 3rd half in the new year :)

Workouts this week (UPs):

  • Sunday – 5k Run on THE BEAST
  • Monday – Soccer Game
  • Tuesday: Lubed up the treadmill again. Trust me this was at least a 25 minute upper body workout – trying to squeeze out the silicone from the smallest tube in the world wasn’t fun and then I couldn’t get the belt to line up properly.
  • Wednesday: Nothing. Oh wait, I lifted my arm a few times to change the channel on the TV ;)
  • Thursday: 5k Treadmill Run
  • Friday – Walking, walking and more walking. Ran some errands…why do people say “I’m going to run some errands” when you are really walking?
  • Saturday – Running The BLT 5k
Lube Belt

Again!

OH! I have to wish my running buddy, Krystol GOOD LUCK – she’s running her 2nd half marathon this weekend (Legs for Literacy). And Molly from A Fresh Start For Molly, she’s running the 10k at Legs for Literacy too!

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

LAST but not least – don’t forget about the Runalicious Contest & Giveaway! (Canadians only).

What are your weekend plans?

Up or Down from your week?

Do you feel like you waste time watching TV?

Wordless Wednesday Motivation

Happy Hump Day!

A little something to get you over the hump in the week :)

 

impossible walk in the woods

I run because exhaustion

first step

eat sleep

making the time

all about the pace

Post Half Marathon Run and Soccer Season

I don’t know which I am more pumped about. The fact that I FINALLY got a 5k run post half marathon in Sunday night or that indoor soccer season is back!

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As I mentioned before I really wanted to take a full week off running and manged 6 days of rest. However, every single day I desperately wanted to run. Sunday night, after the girls went to bed I put on my running gear, did the dishes, sent some emails and the realized that #RunATCan twitter chat was about to start. BUT….I really wanted to run.

So I did. I didn’t listen to any music or watch any shows but entertained myself with responses to a few of the Questions during the twitter chat. And yes folks, I stopped running so I could send the message, retweet or hit favourite on twitter and then quickly got back to running.

Lilly’s indoor soccer started

PR A4Life Lilly Hilary soccer

Hilary tagged along since Sai is away and she loved it too! I had both girls running and dribbling the ball on their own. My running buddy was their with her kids so she took Hilary a few times so I could be one on one with Lilly.

And soccer started for me too last night!

PR Soccer Anna 2014

I’m super pumped to be back at it again and am completely sore all over in ways that I wasn’t with just running! I was really nervous about getting back on the field but managed pretty well. My fitness was good but my ball skills were a little off but it’s all good, it will come back soon.

Canadians – Don’t forget about the Runalicious Contest and Giveaway HERE!

Do you participate in Twitter Chats?

Do your kids participate in sports that you do?

 

Runalicious T-Shirt Contest and Giveaway (CAN)

Runalicious. Doesn’t that just sound great!?!?! Makes me want to put on my running gear and lace up my sneakers and hit the road! Wouldn’t it be awesome to run in something “runalicious?” Ummm, yes!

Well, for those lucky Canadians this is an opportunity to not only WIN a t-shirt from Runacilious but to create the next slogan.

some girls run

What you need to do: complete all three steps

  1. Like Runalicious on Facebook here.
  2. Come up with an original slogan and leave it in the comments below (with your shirt size)
  3. Like Piper’s Run on Facebook here.

your pace or mine

Contest Rules:

  • ALL slogans/sayings need to be original. If we can find it on Google, it doesn’t count.
  • Open to Canadians Only (Sorry everyone else….you can check out their website here though)
  • Contest will run from Monday October 20th until Monday October 27th at midnight – get those ideas in!
  • Contest winners will be chosen by Runalicious on Tuesday October 28th and announced on Piper’s Run Blog.

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Winner:

  • Will receive the first printed shirt with their slogan/saying in their shirt size. HOT.OFF.THE.PRESS!!!

What I love about this company:

  • They are based in Nova Scotia (Gotta love local and Canadian).
  • They actually make the shirts – not someone else.
  • Their saying’s are pretty awesome! *your pace or mine*
  • The shirts look super comfortable for running and every day wear.
  • They attend Marathons all over the Province!

So, get your thinking caps on and share your BEST runner’s saying ever! You can also find Runalicious on Twitter.

Please note: I was contacted by Runalicious to host this contest. I was not paid, thoughts and comments are my own.

Canadians – follow the three steps to enter the contest above.

 

My Week Off Running

Yup, it’s true….I took the last week off from running. Actually, I took the last week off from a lot of things. Since running the half marathon last Sunday all I wanted to do was run! Go figure!

My body was sore and exhausted from not only the half marathon but the last 12 weeks of constant training. My mind just wanted to run every day but each day I did my best to rest.

I started reading this book:

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Johnny Miles: Nova Scotia’s Marathon King !

I cleaned the house, did lots of laundry – oh wait, that’s normal stuff I would do anyway.

I haven’t been sleeping well as little miss H is getting her 2nd year molars #AWESOME! And by didn’t sleep well, I didn’t sleep for more than 3 hours in a row per night, for the last week.

I painted my nails – oooooohhhhh … aaaaahhhhh! And ate ice cream with our girls :)

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And, I may have eaten things I haven’t had in months (chips/m n m’s) and in a year+ (pop) a little too much:

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I’m kinda okay with not running for 6 days in a row as I have a few minor injuries…at least I think they are minor:

  • sprained big toe
  • left shin pain (Posterior Shin Splints)
  • left SI joint is pretty pissed off – but this is going on a month now.

About two weeks before the half my SI joint started bothering me again. Physio, massage, x-ray’s etc. have been booked and waiting to see the outcome. My massage therapist basically said that my whole left side of my body is out of whack and all these little injuries are triggered by the others. She couldn’t believe how tense all the muscles on my left side were compared to my right.

So, I rested. I thought a lot about running. I even took out my running gear Saturday in hopes of running once the girls went to bed. It just didn’t happen.

It’s a new week and I’ve got the BLT 5k on Saturday that I’m really looking forward to running. It’s with the TTPer’s (Timberlea Tundra Pounders) running group that I occasionally run with. It should be a good time and a fun run.

Beyond that 5k, I have nothing else on the schedule but would like to do a Santa Shuffle and New Year’s Resolution Run if they pop up in the local area. And…..I kinda want to find my next half to train for ;)

That’s it…..I’m hooked on the half now!

Good luck to all those running the PEI Marathon today!

Wish I was there to run, oh I mean…cheer you on :)

How many days do you take off after a half marathon?

Ever have to hold yourself back on rest days/rest periods?

Are you done racing or still have more to come this year?

PS – I have a contest / giveaway coming up for CANADIANS! 

Valley Harvest HALF Marathon Race Recap

To say I was waiting for this day all year-long is an understatement. I knew last fall when I ran the Valley Harvest 5k that in 2014 I wanted to run my 2nd half marathon. It’s been 8 years since I ran my first (2:33:56) and I was ready. I’ve run A LOT of race this year, far more than I ever planned. To say this was the year of good running for me is another understatement; I managed to get numerous Personal Bests in 5k’s, 10k’s and yes my half marathon. It went a little something like this.

On July 21st, I started my training plan and was a little freaked out by the numbers but I did it anyway. I trained on my treadmill while the girls slept at night, I ran during my lunch break and I ran most of my long runs outside when my husband was home with the girls. I probably ran 80-90% of those runs on my own but was really lucky to run a handful of my long runs with Krystol. (She rocked her 1st half marathon at Valley Harvest: 2:03)

Sunday around 3 AM I was up with Hilary and couldn’t get her back to sleep, so in the bed she came. At 5:45 I woke up and put her back in her crib and figured laying in bed for another 15 minutes wasn’t going to do me any good. My parents stayed with the girls and Sai came with me to Acadia University at 7:30. I met up with Krystol, hit up the bathrooms before the crowd and then did a quick warm up outside.

Pre Race Silly VHM

It was cold! Long sleeves and gloves that we later ditched to her husband along the route. The announcements were made and the gun went off…our feet started moving with the crowd and I turned my Green Garmin on as I crossed over the start line.

Off we went into the Town of Wolfville following everyone in front of us, including the 2:00 hour pace bunny. I already made note of the next pace bunny {2:15} as we are friends on Instagram…I told him that I didn’t really want to meet him in person during the race.

3 to 4k VHM Happy runners

Happy delayering runners :) Photo’s by Casey (Krystol’s husband)

I saw my husband and quickly passed him my sunglasses. I don’t know why I wear them as the last two races I ran, I ditched them right away. Again, it was cold and we were running fast: 5:30, 5:31, 5:39, 5:43,5:27. My Green Garmin seemed “off” by .37 of a kilometer as we approach the 1k, 2k and 3k signs. Kyrstol and I were running fast but were good with the pace. I was a little concerned with maintaining that pace as I knew it was going to get hilly.

6-11km: 5:36, 5:30, 5:49, 5:33, 5:44, 5:41

The first hill was easy and the first long incline was rough but we made it through it. Many runners passed us and we passed a few as well. We came to the turn around point which I had never run before and it was rolling HILLS! I ran up and over the first two sets and finally saw the turn around point and said (while pointing with my finger) “WE have to run all the way there?” to Krystol. She laughed and said yes, we do!

PR VHM TimChesnutt Photos

Photo’s by @TimChesnutt (thank you)

12 – 16km: 5:46, 5:51, 6:24, 6:00, 5:57

The turn around point came and I said to Krystol that she might lose me here but we both managed to stay together until the last of the hills in that section. I told Krystol I needed to walk and she was still good to go before the 14k marker. As she pulled away and I walked there was a guy on the side of the road puking …. IT…WAS…AWESOME to hear and SEE (please tell me you’ve read the sarcasm there). So that sound and sight was in my head for a while and it didn’t help that he caught up to me and ran near me for the remainder of the run.

I plowed through the next hill with strong legs and felt pretty good but wasn’t quite ready to push it. Then came the longest, flattest straight stretch of road that one could run on – a causeway/bridge with a long hill at the end. The straight stretch killed me and the hill was easy - go figure! 

17-21km: 6:02, 6:22, 6:31, 6:20, 625, 1:50)

At that point I only had 3-4 k to go but had nothing left in the tank to really push it. All I could think about is maintain your happy pace and you’ll get your happy race in the end. I walked 3-4 times and was able to pace myself with another girl. We would pass each other off and on and say “good job, almost there” each time we could pass each other.

As I was running back into Acadia University, I saw my Dad with his camera on. That made me feel happy and supported. As I ran up the last incline before the beautiful track, my husband was standing there, so relaxed and another smile just plastered across my face. I was able to pick up my pace from there and run the 3/4 of the track to the finish line.

The END VHM PR

The last few steps….

I did it! 21.33 kilometers = 2:05:10

Yes….not 21.1 but 21.33 km – apparently the course was off a little as everyone’s Garmin’s were off during the course – it wasn’t just me. I have heard that the lead cyclist took the wrong route in the Town at the beginning but it’s yet to be confirmed or times changed.

Am I happy with my run/time? Yes, 100%. Honestly, I was aiming for 2:06 – 2:10 to finish and if I could pull off anything under that it would be amazing! Those last 3 kilometers were the hardest physically but I managed to get through them.

PR VHM Finish photo

I did everything I wanted to do. I ran comfortable.  I took in the scenery. I ran with my running buddy and on my own. I pushed it on those friggin’ hills when all I wanted to do was stop {mind over matter} and I completed my 2nd half marathon.

A new Personal Best by 28:46 

Place: 70/131  (F30-39)

Gun time: 2:05:46

Chip time: 2:05:10 

Pace: 5:58   (5:52 Garmin)

Calories burned: 1586 – looks like I was ready for Thanksgiving dinner AND desert!!!!

Post Race:

The weather was cold at first but warmed up to be a hot sunny mid morning finish. It was perfect. My husband, our girls and my parents all got to see me finish. I stretched on the field for a bit with Krystol and then we went inside for some food. All of a sudden I had this sensation that I HAD TO sit down. I couldn’t talk, walk or be responsible for either of our little munchkins. I made sure someone was with each of the girls and be lined it to the bleachers to sit and eat.  I wasn’t dehydrated or near passing out like last year’s Mud Hero but I sure wasn’t feeling awesome.

medals garmin

After about 20 minutes of sitting, eating and drinking water I was ready to walk to our car. The good news is that I was in good hands and feel kinda lucky that my husband is a Paramedic. Since he knows me best and know’s the signs to look out for after a race, I wasn’t really too worried about my state :)

We got home, I showered and stretched while the rest of my family arrived for Thanksgiving dinner! We ate, I rested and then slept while the girls played outside with Grandad {thank you for that too}. That night, we were all in bed by 8pm!

And just like that my 2nd half marathon is done….if you are still reading, thanks :) It’s been an amazing, long, hard, challenging, good 12 weeks and I will say this: I look forward to my next half marathon all ready!

Anyone race last weekend?

Ever run a course and have it be over OR under the expected distance?

What’s the worst you’ve felt like after a run/race?

Giving Thanks & Valley Harvest Kids Run Recap

Happy Thanksgiving (in Canada)! We’ve had such a great weekend and I have so much to be thankful for.

  • Time with my little family. Sai, Lilly and Hilary – I love you all to the moon and back.
  • My big family – I couldn’t do a lot of the things I do without them – thank you :)
  • My friends – those near and far.
  • My health and my family’s health.
  • Beautiful weather Nova Scotia is having this Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Strangers. Yes…I know. I got a flat tire last week and these young kids made me pull over on the highway and helped me. Thank you to both of them.
  • Completing my half marathon training.
  • Completing my 2nd half marathon (new PB) with my family watching (recap to come).
  • Naps, especially post race AND post thanksgiving dinner.
  • Chocolate. Yes, I am thankful for chocolate.

Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run

Lilly ran her 3rd run on Saturday night under the lights at Acadia University. It started to rain about 4 PM and I wondered if the rain would keep people from attending. We ate a quick dinner and left the house about 5:45. I asked my husband if we were crazy for taking Lilly to her run in the rain? He responded with “we’ll, we are teaching her that even if the weather is bad you can still be active/run”. Smart fella, eh!

Once we arrived and got inside I took one photo and thought we should head out on the track to wait for the 6:30 start time as it was 6:15. When we got outside I heard “all the girls under 5 are lined up and ready to go”. Thank goodness the stairs took us right onto the track and the start area; I stripped of Lilly’s rain coat and told her to make her way up to the front as she could and to have fun! She said okay Mom and didn’t even turn back once.

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Within seconds they were off and running. We dashed across the turf field and I snapped a few photo’s there. She was running happy and just loving life! After she finished she was SO excited to cheer on the boys next, it was like the whole experience she was on cloud 9.

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We left shortly after the boys finished and were home by 7:15. My husband and I loved watching her run and see how happy she was. Hilary just took it all in and ran around the soccer turf with some other kids too. It was a great event but I’m disappointed they decided to start the run 15 minutes early without any notice; we just made it to the start line and we were early as the start was supposed to be at 6:30. What can ya do?

PR Family 2014 October VHRun

The rest of the night was spent prepping for thanksgiving dinner, prepping for my half marathon and a last-minute blog post. I was rather excited when I went to bed so it took a while to fall asleep.

Half Marathon Race Recap up next!

What are you thankful for?

Do your kids (niece/nephews) participate in kids runs?

Thoughts on taking kids to events in the rain? Yeah or Nay?