Friday Five: Winter Activities

Lately I’ve been feeling like winter has come and gone in Nova Scotia! We had one beautiful dump of snow (30cm or so) a few weeks ago but that all melted…YES, it all melted and we are left with nothing! That kinds puts a little damper on trying to do “winter” activities, eh!

Favourite Winter Activities

Having said that, I’m still hopeful that we’ll get to do some skiing, snowshoeing and skating outside since the temps are cold enough. It’s my first time joining the hosts Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.

Skating

I’m not the best at skating only because I don’t do it enough. I also have hockey skates and for a girl who grew up wearing figure skates in her back yard every day in the winter, I feel like I have two left feet sometimes. I’m trying to get out skating on Wednesday during my lunch break as their is an open skate near where I work.

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Snowshoeing

We got in one snowshoe around the house when we had that beautiful dump of snow. Snowshoeing is so easy and as long as you have snow, you are good to go! Both girls love it and a little unknown secret – my husband proposed to me while snowshoeing on a lake! Oh yeah! He even bought me the snowshoes a month before for Christmas knowing that’s how he wanted to propose! So, snowshoeing has a special place in my heart.

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Downhill & Cross Country Skiing

Good lord, I feel like we are never going to get to our local hill! I love skiing – downhill and cross country skiing!  Again, both girls love downhill skiing and we are going to be THAT family that goes on ski trips. Fingers crossed we get out soon!

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I grew up downhill skiing and only learned how to cross country ski weeks before I was to teach it to others! Good thing I love the outdoors and being active as it came naturally to me to teach. We haven’t had a chance to do this with our girls but it’s on our list 🙂

Running

Of course winter running is on my list. The sound of the snow crunching under your feet, the way your face freezes and the numerous layers you have to wear – who wouldn’t love winter running! All jokes aside, there is something refreshing about running in the winter outdoors.

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 What’s your favourite winter activity to do?

Any weekend plans?

What’s one winter activity you want to try?

 

Nuunin’ It Up Again

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ll already know what I’m talking about. For another year, I going to be apart of Team Nuun again!

 

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Wannabe Cyclist

In other news, I bought a insider trainer tire for my bike!!!!!! Yup, that means I’ll be spinning on my husband’s bike trainer when he’s not this winter 🙂 I’ve been wanting to get one since last winter but finally did this week.

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Now, I just have to learn (ask my husband to do it) how to put this tire on my wheel and bike and I’m good to go. I’m your typical newby cyclist…wannabe cyclist. You know that person that wants to ride more but just doesn’t push the envelope!

I need to get more confident on the road with cars and eventually buy a proper road bike as mine is more for trails. I’m okay starting off where I am but some day I’d love to to a ride/event with my husband. I even have one in mind!

Eventually, you’ll start seeing some more pictures of my pushing the peddles which will be nice since I’m limited to 2 days of running per week at the moment.

What’s your favourite Nuun flavour? 

Are you a brand ambassador for a product? If so, which one?

Best tips for an indoor trainer newby???

I don’t always post on my blog but you can find some kind of an update on Instagram ; Facebook ; Twitter  or Pinterest

Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Monday!!!!!!!

I wish I could greet Monday like I do Friday, Saturday or Sunday 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always dread Monday’s but I knew last night after my soccer game that I wouldn’t enjoy getting up this morning. It could be the fact that I’m sore or that I put back out again (minor but uncomfortable) or I’m tired and just want to sleep.

I’ve taken a step back in running because of my ankle…yes, I’m still having issues with it. After seeing my physiotherapist last week, we discovered my posterior tibial tendon isn’t happy (to summarize). It’s been giving me pain after I run longer distances, walking up and down stairs and pivoting. It’s amazing how many times in a day you actually pivot on your feet.

Having said that, I can still play soccer with my brace as it supports my ankle and the quick cutting motion doesn’t bother me = no pain post soccer. It’s been suggested I get some inserts for my running sneaks and lay a little low on the running; 1-2 days a week instead of 3-4. I also have new exercises to strengthen that part of my ankle. But really folks, really….I just want to be healthy and strong again with no pain. I’m confident I’ll get there eventually.

Last night’s soccer game was an interesting (seven aside women’s league). We thought we had 7 players but ended up playing with only 6 against a team that had 9 players. We figured it would be a game of survival but we managed to get a few great opportunities to score. We ended up winning the game 3-1 🙂

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Last week’s workouts:

  • Sunday: Snowshoe after our dump of snow & 5k on the Treadmill.
  • Monday: Shoveling driveway after another 8cm fell – yes I’m counting this.
  • Tuesday: Nothing
  • Wednesday: Ran 6k on the Treadmill
  • Thursday: Physio appointment. Took it easy that night.
  • Friday: Nothing.
  • Saturday: Nothing.

On a positive note…..my order of Nuun arrived 🙂

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Decluttering

One of my goals for this year is to declutter and really clean up our house. Last week I managed to get four bags of “stuff” out of our house and donated and 2 bags of random paper into recycling. BIG WIN!

Best moment of the weekend: watching my girls at Gymnastics. Our youngest is extremely close to doing handstands by herself and our oldest does the best bridges ever! Taking them to gymnastics makes getting up early SO worth it.

Though it wasn’t an amazing week of workouts, I don’t regret taking four days to not workout. Life is busy sometimes and I’m not going to feel guilty for taking time to rest.

How was your weekend?

What’s the longest period of time you’ve been in physio? 

What do you love to see your kids do?

I’m joining for the first time the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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2017 Goals

 

With 2016 well behind us, I’m finally good with my goals for 2017. They are not too different yet something for me to work on over the next twelve months. I though about keeping it super simple compared to last year but I like making specific goals as well. You’ll see a little combo this year.

2017 Goals!

2017-goals

 

Family:

Be outside as a family.

Go camping and canoeing.

Use our Canada 150 National Park Pass.

Running:

Run more with my family.

Run more then last year (846 km).

Volunteer at a few races in any capacity.

Run at least two half marathons.

Go after PB’s.

Other:

Strength train/Cross train/Get Stronger….YES, avoid injuries!

Keep Blogging.

Practice More Yoga.

Be a wannabe cyclist.

Declutter the house.

Set mini monthly goals.

Challenge myself.

Journal.

That’s it! Some specific and some very open for 2017. A short and sweet post for Friday 🙂

Have you set any 2017 goals, intentions or resolutions?

What’s one thing you want to do this year?

What’s one thing your not going to worry about doing this year?

2016 goals

2015 goals

2014 goals

Final Goals of 2016 Wrap-Up

Yup, I’m far behind in wrapping up stuff for 2016 and no, I don’t have my goals fully set for 2017 but I’m working on it.

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Last year I had a number of goals I wanted to achieve over twelve months. Some I did and some I fell short on and some didn’t even make the cut. C’est la vie!  I’m not going to get too caught up in what I did or didn’t do, or dwell on it. It’s time to move on, set new goals and accomplish new things.

My 2016 goals were:

Active Lifestyle:

  • Skate on the Oval: Nope – move to 2017.
  • Cross train more:
    • Do more yoga – Yes and continue.
    • Cycle (outdoors and indoors) – Outdoors yes, indoors not yet.
    • Strength training and PT exercises – Okay for the first six months then it kinda went south.
  • Running:
    • Run three new races: I ran two new-to-me races: Johnny Miles Half Marathon and Heart of the Valley 5k.
    • Improve my times in 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distances – Nope. 😦
    • Be a pace bunny again.  Sadly I was too injured. This was disappointing.
    • Represent Team Nuun  – Yup, I think so.
    • Avoid injuries!  Ba ha ha ha! Wishful thinking! A nice ankle injury mid August.

Family:

  • Ski and skating this winter – We did good at skiing but not skating.
  • More time together, less time apart. Yup!
  • Take a vacation with just my husband. Nope…no vacation. 😦
  • Go camping and paddle this summer together. Nope. We did camp in our backyard which was fun but not a a campsite.

Blog:

  • Blog three times / week. – I started off pretty good then kinda slowed down.
  • Take a blogging course. Did this last January.
  • Limit evening social media.  Started off the year good but then it went out the door.

Other:

  • Volunteer more.  A little bit – coached soccer for both of my daughters.
  • Be a better Mom. I tried but can’t say I nailed this one.
  • Take a pottery class. Nope….still on my list to do some day.
  • Go to bed earlier. I started off doing really good with getting to sleep earlier but that too went out the door fast.

There you have it! A pretty simple post for my 2016 goals. I don’t feel I need to reflect on these in depth but didn’t want to leave ya hangin’ 😉  As I mentioned, I’m still working on my 2017 goals but hope to have that done soon to share with you!

Did you set and achieve your 2016 goals? 

What’s one thing you didn’t do in 2016 that you want to do in 2017?

Have you set any goals for 2017? (Or still working on them like me?) 

Running Mileage for 2016 {In Photos}

Since December is wrapped up and we’ve moved on to 2017, I sat down to look at my running numbers for 2016 (and yoga, cycling etc).

During the month of December I was aiming for a certain number so I could try to run more then I did in 2015, which was 844 km. In 2015 I was dealing with a hamstring injury and in 2016 it was my ankle injury in August that slowed me down a little. Though I ran a little less towards the end of 2016, I still ran a few more kilometres more then the previous year (not by much).

If you want to see the stats and miss all the photos – skip to the bottom…but really, the photos are kinda fun!

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February Mileage 2016

March Mileage

April Mileage

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June Mileage

Julys Mileage

August Mileage
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2016 Totals

Running: 846 km

Cycling: 65 km

Yoga Classes: 28

Soccer Games:  18

IronStrength: 12

Skiing: 7

Swimming: 5

Barre: 4

Snowshoe: 3

Skating: 1

Despite having a significant injury, I sure enjoyed all the activities I did with my family, with friends, at races and games and by myself. Yes, it was only 2 more kilometres than 2015 but hey….I worked for all of them.

I’m still working on my goals for 2017 but should have that for next week. My main goal will be to get my ankle stronger and AVOID injuries 🙂

How was your 2016 year by the numbers?

Did you go over any predicted goals/numbers?

What’s one new thing you are going to do in 2017?

First Run of 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy 2017 folks! I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s 2017!!! We celebrated New Year’s Eve with nine families at our house Saturday afternoon. It was great to spend the last few hours of 2016 with our friends and family. My parents stuck around over night and we introduced them to sushi (home made) and enjoyed some bacon wrapped scallops and yes vegan treats too.

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Traditions!

For the last three years, I’ve been running my first kilometre with my daughters. The first year it was with Lilly when she was 3 years old and then Hilary joined us this year. Since my husband worked Christmas this year he had New Year’s weekend off, so he joined us as well. Yup, all four of us went out for a 1 km run 🙂

We got all the appropriate clothing for a January 1st run…in the rain! Honestly, the girls didn’t even notice it was raining out and it was slightly cold but we went anyway. We just ran around our little block which was 1.05 km in 8:38.Both girls did an awesome job with a few short walking breaks before they’d burst away with energy. We tried to tell them to place themselves but that’s hard to comprehend at 4 and 6 years old.

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Once we finished 1 km, the girls went inside by the fire and hung out with their Grandad while Saï and I logged another 5k together…in the rain. The rain didn’t let up but it wasn’t really bothering us either.

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This has become one of my favourite traditions to do with our daughters and I enjoyed it even more with Saï joining us this year. I’m pretty sure if any of our neighbours saw the four of us running in the rain just shook their heads as us 🙂

We decided that we will continue to go out on family runs throughout the whole year not just on New Year’s day. This will be a great way for us to share our passion of running with our girls, whom already love to do kids races. Here’s to an active year with my family!

Do you have any New Year’s day traditions?

Anyone run with their kids?

How did you celebrate New Year’s ?