Jan 8- 14th Weekly Wrap & Goals

We are half way through January already folks, can you believe it! I’ve still yet to set any 2018 goals (well, they are in my head but not shared yet). Nor have I shared any monthly goals.

One thing I’m trying to do is write a weekly wrap up…so far I’m two for two! I’m linking up with Hollyand Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. I have been busy trying to stay active in between work, winter storms, kids basketball practices and life in general. I’m sure you can all relate to how life is busy!

Weekly Wrap for Jan 8th – 14th

Monday: 4k Treadmill Run/Walk.

Tuesday: Yoga Flow at lunch time – my body needed this!

Wednesday: 5k Treadmill run. Yeah, still have my #merrymill lights up. I had a few a-ha moments during this run which lead me to not post my goals for the year last week. Nothing major but it helped me scale things back a bit.

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Thursday: Physio appointment + exercises.

Friday: Rest Day. a.k.a….was lazy and really didn’t want to work out. TRUTH!

Saturday: 12.5km ride. I think I went that far….my odometer needs a new battery so it was a little off. If anything, I went further then 12.5k but that was the last number I saw.

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Sunday: 21.42km ride. I rode for a full 60 minutes and the last 20 was intense!

Total km running: 9

Total km cycling: 33.92

I haven’t set any goals for the month of January but have been focusing on trying to stay active while dealing with a hip/oblique injury. This isn’t a new one injury as I’ve been dealing with it since the summer but finally getting the right treatment for it now. So I guess my January goals are….

January Goals

  1. Stay Active
  2. Go to Physio (sort out hip/obliques)
  3. Enjoy time with family.

I’m keeping it simple this month – maybe even this year. Sure I want to run all the races, run a sub 2 hour half marathon, get all the PB’s, save money, declutter my house, take my kids camping. Those things will happen when they are supposed to happen. For now (January) – stay active, go to physio, enjoy time with family.

How was your week?

Did you set any goals for January?

Do you have a big goal for 2018?

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Jan 1 – 7th Weekly Wrap

With the first week of the year finished and on snow day number three for my kids, I have to confess I didn’t workout much last week! I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap – lots of great bloggers to read about here!

Monday Jan 1st. Happy New Year!!! 

Traditionally, I’ve run my first kilometre of the year with my kids. It started about 4 years ago with my oldest wanting to join me and I figured why not. We bundle up with the plan of running 1k together on a loop around where we live.

The second year my youngest joined us and last year since my husband was home, he joined us as well. This year it was me, my girls and our retired sled dog Carmacks while Saï was working. It was late in the day and we had to walk our dog so figured we’d get in a run instead.

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Both girls were loving it! Bundled up as it was STUPID cold, we ran one lap around (1k) and then decided to do another lap. I’m not sure what Carmacks was thinking of both girls running with he and I but there was lots of laughter and excited by all!

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Tuesday – Ski Day. I took the girls skiing while Saï worked again (shift work). We had a great day on the bunny hill despite the fridge temperatures. Both girls were loving it and would have stayed all day! My Dad met us as well, which is always fun. That allowed for me to get in three runs by myself, thanks Dad!

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Wednesday: Ski Day! With the girls back to school, I was on my last vacation day. I had a PT appointment for my hip first thing and then drove to Ski Martock to ski with my Dad again. We got in some good runs…man he is way faster then me! To give credit, he does ski almost every weekday from January – March.

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Thursday/Friday – Bomb cyclone hit us (snow, freezing rain and then hurricane winds). I worked from home those days while the girls played in the house (I may have gone a little crazy). I did get in some foam rolling on these items I won from Travel Roller (hands down the best form roller I have):

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Saturday: It was spent cleaning the whole house – yuck! Mopping floors, 5 loads of laundry, cleaning three bathrooms (never own a house with three bathrooms). I was done by the end of the day. No running or anything else.

Sunday: We played outside for a bit, folded laundry that I didn’t get to and made some awesome soups – Chunky Tomate Beefy Soup and Leek & Potato – both so good!

That was my first week of 2018. I only ran 2km, went skiing twice and missed one soccer game and failed to start the Strava 40/80 challenge! It started off great and then went downhill fast. I have no excuses as I have a treadmill and my bike on it’s trainer. It’s okay, today’s the start of another week!

How was your first week of 2018?

Anyone run a New Year’s Day race?

Did you get hit by the bomb cyclone?

 

Recap of 2017 Goals

Last January, I set a few yearly goals that I wanted to work on. Some I did, some I didn’t and some that I just forgot about. Maybe I set too many but I set them anyway.

Before I share with you my 2018 goals, I need to recap last year’s goals! These are the goals I set and how I did!

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2017 Goals

Family:

Be outside as a family. We were outside a lot, everything from snowshoeing, skiing, to swimming in the summer and biking. I coached my youngest in soccer so I was on the field with her for 10 weeks. In the fall, we kept riding our bikes into November as it was still that nice out!

Go camping and canoeing. Sadly, this one did not happen at all which was disappointing.

Use our Canada 150 National Park Pass. We did use our Canada 150 pass while in PEI but didn’t get down to Keji (hence not going camping).

Running:

Run more with my family. We didn’t really run much as a family 😦

Run more then last year (846 km). Nope! A car accident and heart problem stopped me from running a lot.

Volunteer at a few races in any capacity.  I only got to volunteer at the Valley Harvest Marathon 10k as a pace bunny and I had a blast! Sure hope to do this more in 2018!

Run at least two half marathons. SO CLOSED ON THIS ONE! I ran a half in June and then two days before my 2nd half, I had some heart problems and was advised to stop running until further testing. Heartbroken for sure!

Go after PB’s. This. Did. Not. Happen.

Other:

Strength train/Cross train/Get Stronger. I did a good amount of cross training (yoga, cycling, swimming) but really need to do better at strength training.

Keep Blogging. I did keep blogging but sure lagged a lot.

Practice More Yoga.  I didn’t practice more yoga and hoping to do more in 2018.

Be a wannabe cyclist. Check! Since getting a trainer for my bike I was able to do more biking. However the best biking was with my daughter’s in October and November.

Declutter the house. Yes, I started the process but man I just wish I could take a full week off to do a super clean and declutter of my house with no kids around. It’s amazing what you can get done on your own!

Set mini monthly goals. Yes, I did this every month. Most months I didn’t complete all goals but that’s okay. Setting goals gave me something to work towards rather then just doing nothing.

Challenge myself. I think so but kinda feeling like this goal should have been more specific.

Journal. I did some bullet journalling for running which I liked and started off the year with a gratitude book but gave up on that. I write in a book/journal for each of my daughters about life stuff and kept that up for the whole year. It’s something I plan to give them when they are older and hopefully they will enjoy reading about their childhood shenanigans :).

So those were my goals for 2017. Some specific, some open and vague. I do appreciate setting goals and working towards them and even not achieving some of them. I’m human and life happens so you can’t do everything the way you want to sometimes. You readjust your goals and go again!

Do you set goals for the year?

Ever give up on them, abandon them or adjust them? 

What’s your number 1 goal for 2018?

Running Mileage for 2017 {in photos}

It’s amazing how many kilometres, laps, games or classes one can accumulate over the span of a year. I started doing a running mileage of the year post last year and thought I’d continue on.

I’ve shared these all on IG, as that’s where I post daily but you can also see the totals at the bottom of this post from running, cycling, soccer, yoga, skiing and more.

January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Yearly Total Mileage / Games / Classes etc.

Running: 643 km

Races:  3 (Half, 5 miler and 10k)

Cycling: 237 km

Soccer Games: 31

Yoga Classes: 24

Skiing: 5

Skating: 3

Snowshoeing: 2

Aqua Running: 2

SUP Yoga: 1

Barre: 1

Bowling: 1

My favourite new activity was SUP yoga and I hope to do more of that this summer. I’m also planning to get back into aqua running when my work schedule permits.

That’s a wrap on my mileage, classes, games and other adventures in 2017. I’m not sure what 2018 will bring but I’m sure I’ll be running, cycling, playing soccer, going to yoga and more!

How was your mileage in 2017?

Did you try any new sports/activities in 2017?

Anything you are planning to try in 2018?

 

December Goals & Mileage!

Happy last day of 2017!!! And….Happy New Year’s Eve!

I had planned on posted this early in the morning but didn’t have a chance to come back and finish it so…it’s now done. December was a month of getting back on my feet, back into physiotherapy for my back and hip, enjoying winter running and of course, lots of family time over the holidays! I had some specific goals for December and manged to accomplish …. all of them!

  • Get into Physio and identify injury/recovery plan. – Yes, still going.
  • Be active. Yes – more active then last month (thank you physio). 
  • Set up my bike trainer. Yes – on Dec 28th and almost all by myself!

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  • Celebrate two special people getting older (youngest daughter and my husband). We had a fun birthday party for my daughter and then were spoiled for a complete stranger when we went out to dinner for my husband’s birthday. A gentleman paid for our meal – we were all blown away!
  • Decorate for Christmas *after birthdays*. Yes – we started decorating around Dec 7th.
  • Volunteer at my children’s school. Yes – they have a Christmas Shopping party every year and I volunteered all day. 
  • Continue to blog weekly (including end of year posts). I did blog weekly but just!
  • Bake cookies (vegan ones too) with my girls. We baked lots of vegan treats! 
  • Start to think about 2018 goals. Slowly but surely I’m thinking about them. 

A few extra accomplishments this month: I became a 2018 Tiux & Nuun ambassador again!!! Pretty excited about being part of these programs again! This is the first month I managed to do all my monthly goals! As for my running mileage, I managed a few great snowy trail runs with Carmacks and a few treadmill runs.

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Running Mileage:

  • Running: 44 km
  • Aqua Running: 2 classes
  • Yoga: 1 class
  • Skiing: 1 (Dec 31st)
  • Soccer: Missed a lot of games 😦

I’ll be wrapping up my full mileage from 2017 in the New Year as I haven’t had time to put together that lengthy post. All of the goals I set in December were things I wanted to do and made time to do…some at the very last minute. Looking back, though it was stressful it was a great month.

Did you set and achieve any goals in December?

Was December a busy month for you?

How are you celebrating New Years?

Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve! All the best in 2018!

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December Runfessions

Hello….anyone there?!?!

I sort of took an unplanned hiatus over the holidays with great intentions of blogging but I didn’t bother once to turn on my computer….it was kinda nice. However, now I’m left with half finished blog posts and forgotten posts as well.

This is my last installment of “Runfessions” for the year and I think I’ll continue next year.

December Runfessions

I runfess that I really enjoyed my unplanned break from blogging. You know, blogging takes time and thought. I don’t write many “try this….” posts anymore or “tips for running” lately. It’s been more about my running experiences. I just didn’t make time for blogging because let’s be honest bloggers – you have to make time to blog.

I runfess that I’m really loving snowy trail running with my dog Carmacks. We’ve been out a handful of times over the last two weeks and loving it. We did have a wind storm the other day that knocked down some trees on a trail we run so I’ve had to teach him (lift him over) how to climb over fallen down trees.

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runfess that I’ve been running with “Christmas tree” earrings for the last few weeks. Apparently, I’ve been forgetting they are on my ears and have been sleeping in them too! See photo above for my dangling earrings!

I runfess that I haven’t looked at my running mileage in three months! Normally, I’d tally it all up at the end of the month but I had no clue where I was until this morning. I’m just around 530km for the year – the lowest I’ve ever been! Oh well!

runfess that I’m getting excited for a spring half marathon with some mama-friends. It’s a race I’ve done before but not this course so it should be fun!!!! Also, I may have encourage them to run the half instead of the 10k – such a bad mama-running friend!

I runfess that I’m happy to see 2017 wrap up and looking forward to 2018. I have zero goals for 2018 at the moment but I always take the first week of January to sort them out, then you’ll see a post on that.

For now, that’s all I’m runfessing for 2017. I have a few wrap up posts to do for 2017 but you’ll see those in the new year.

How was your December?

Anything to runfess this month?

Are you ready for 2018?

You can check out my other Runfession posts: November, October September, AugustJuly, JuneMay, AprilMarchFebruary, and January

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month.

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Year of Running 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to look back on the year and see all the things you’ve done (or missed out on). Running for me has always been something fun to do, a stress reliever, time to myself, an opportunity to be a better mom/wife and also to take care of my physical and mental health. This year sure gave me a challenge with my running.

For the last few year’s I’ve been doing the “Year of Running” wrap up hosted by Courtney at “Eat Pray Run DC”.  Therefore, I’m doing it again!

Best (and worst) of 2017

Best Race Experience: Pacing the 10k at Valley Harvest Marathon  with White Rabbit Pacing was my best race experience. I ran with two Garmin’s this time pacing just to make sure I was on pace.  It’s such a fun local run and  so rewarding when you bring runners to the finish line on time!

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Best run: Running Cape Split with my husband in September. We don’t get to run together often but when we do it’s awesome. I love that he loves to run (and cycle etc.) but when you can go for 1-2 hour run with your husband it just makes it that much better. Best run hands down of the year.

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Best new piece of running gear: My new Garmin Forerunner 230! This was a mother’s day present from my girls and husband. Love it! Well, and my Tiux compression socks – man they were a life saver for me!!

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Best running advice you’ve received this year: There were many nights when I wanted to run but was just exhausted from the busy day at work and with our girls. On those nights my husband would always say “you’ll feel better if you just go”, “put on your gear and just start”. Without those nudges, I would have just missed the run.

Best Advice I Can Give: Listen to your body. When it’s saying enough is enough – listen.

Most inspirational runner:  I’d have to say Shalane Flanagan.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: It’s not a race photo, though I do love the photo above from pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon. However, my favourite photo is this one bloew – running with my husband and daughters on January 1st. We now have a tradition of running our first km on January 1st together….even in the rain or snow!

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Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Pacing the 10k – 1:10 finish at Valley Harvest. I love this pace and finishing time. Hands down, I’d pace this race again. I’d also repeat running the Berwick 5 miler Road Race – that was a fun distance and I really enjoyed the course.

Worst Running Moment: Hands down, finding out two days before my half marathon that I was having some heart problems. It was strongly suggested that I didn’t run my half that I worked so hard for in September. I was devastated. Luckily two weeks later, I passed my stress test and told to get back to running. But, oh the disappointment was HIGH!

Favourite Medal: These are my daughter’s medals after they both ran 800m and 1200m respectively. They both had a blast and finished with a smile on their faces. I love that they both love to run and enjoy it as much as I do.

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If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?  Physically hard (car accident/heart problems), rewarding (pacing the 10k) and challenging.

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That’s how I’d sum up my running in 2017. With a car accident in late March I struggled to get back to running but managed a half in June. Only to train hard over the summer months to be told I had to stop running and then to finish off with pacing a local race made up for some of the devastation of missing my goal half marathon.
What was your best race or run of 2017?
Race you’d repeat in a heartbeat? 
Worst running moment?
My 2016 year in running can be found here.