2013 Goals – How’d I do?

Since today is the last day of 2013, I thought it was time I should review my 2013 goals…what I achieved and didn’t achieve!

2013 Resolutions / Goals: 

1. Running

  • Run a 5K personal best (under 29 minutes) – nope but felt like I am on track.
  • Run a 1oK under 60 minutes – didn’t run anything over 6k this year!
  • Clock all miles I run in 2013 – ha ha, nope!
  • Invest in a Garmin – YES!!!!
  • Run 33km the week of my birthday July 7 – 13th  (as I turn 33 on July 10th) – nope!

2. Family

  • Play more outside with my girls and husband – Yes
  • Family movie night every few weeks Not really.
  • Try new foods/recipes – Yes
  • Have more patience/let the small stuff goKinda.

The Sherwoods Dec 2013

3. Personally 

  • Loose baby weight  – YES and Reach ultimate weight this year – No
  • De-clutter the house/purge and maybe have a yard sale – Yes
  • Focus on DVD workouts when unable to run  Yes
  • Blog a little more – Yup!

After updating this list I’m pretty impressed with what I did accomplished and not surprised that my running took a back seat. With a new baby, toddler and other life events happening, sadly running wasn’t my first priority but I did manage to have a pretty good running year!

Stay tuned for my 2014 goals!

Do you make New Year Resoultions or Goals?

Do you stick to them?

How did you do in 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

Piper’s Run in 2013

All I can say is, What a Year! Lots of fun things happened at Piper’s Run in 2013; little feet, outdoor fun, running, time with family and friends, hard days, hard nights, gatherings, play dates and a whole lot more.

A few of your favourite posts (and mine too):

January: A New Year a new way of living life as a family of four. This was the month of figuring out life with two little girls and managing them on my own as my husband worked days and nights. I struggled for a little while with How to Love Two Children Equally but in the end managed to figure it out. I started to get active postpartum and start the long haul of losing the baby weight.

February: Blogging took a backseat to everything and I was okay with that. I had a baby and toddler to focus on. I tried to get out as much as possible but sometime would take Baby H walking indoors.

March: This was the month I had the BEST PARENTING DAY EVER, along with feeling like Super-Mom for a day! This was a good month 🙂

Mommy and Lilly skiing on the Bunny Hill at Ski Martock.

April: Lilly had her first hair cut, I went stroller running for the first time and had my first Mama’s night out!!

May: This month was the month I started (and never) finished monthly challenges. At least I tried. I also started my Operation Get Fit  for the bridesmaid dress. I was rather focused on working out so I could fit into the dress – hard work pays off.

June: All of a sudden I had a 3 Year Old and6 Month old…just…like…that!

July: I struggled with trying to balance it all and the fact that I take on too much and turned 33.

Testing the water

August: It felt like a quiet month yet busy with the girls. I gave up milk and Coca-Cola (no, I didn’t drink these together) and posts on the TOTS family page about How it’s important for Girls to play in the dirt too!

September: We traveled with the girls to Halifax, hit up Target for the first time and went to a wedding and we ate some good food from a local Food Truck.

October: I managed to do two runs this month: Valley Harvest 5k, the Miles for Miracles 5k but more importantly, Lilly ran her first race and we survived Halloween. We also had a great Thanksgiving with my family.

November: My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. I signed up for the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge and blogged almost every day – sometimes twice a day. A few of my favourite posts from the challenge were:

  1. Rest Day on Day 2 of the Challenge {Crazy, I know!}
  2. The Value of a DVD workout
  3. Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover
  4. What’s a Workout ?

December: This was a BIG month for us! I returned to work after a year of being on maternity leave, my husband became a Canadian Citizen, we celebrated Hilary’s 1st birthday and celebrated Christmas!

Citizenship 1

After writing this post I have to admit, it’s been a pretty amazing year. I’m thankful for my little (and big) family, my friends and all the opportunities I’ve had in 2013. I’m all ready for 2014! Let the fun begin!

What’s one of your memorable moments in 2013?

Anything you can look back and wish you did differently?

 

Snowshoeing, soccer and running challenges – help me out!

I love running but it’s not the only activity I like to do. If you’ve been reading Piper’s Run for a while, you’ll know that soccer is my first love, then running and then any DVD workout I can fit in with my schedule while the girls are in bed at night.

This past weekend I had a soccer game Saturday night, which turned into a 5 v 5 scrimmage as the other team couldn’t field a team. It was a bummer that we didn’t get our actual game in but at least I got some running/sprinting in and a number of good touches on the ball.

Sunday morning, little Hilary (22 pounder), my friend Krystol, her little Braegha and Krystol’s brother went snow shoeing on their lake for 45 minutes. We even saw a bald eagle!!!

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I just love how my hat is “popped” up on my head

It was fantastic…I was a ball of sweat at the end. Next time I will wear less layers to accommodate carrying Hilary on my back. It was a great workout that didn’t feel like a workout…ya know…those are the best!

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Hilary, Me, Krystol and Braegha!

And…tomorrow night I have another soccer game at 9pm. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and the roads are good to go!

On to running…..and a 5k Resolution Run on Tuesday!!!!

I’m pumped for running. I am running my second 1/2 marathon this year, multiple 5k races and at least one 10k race. Which ones and when are still very up in the air as my families schedule is all over the place and my hubby will be running more this year too!!!!!

Most of my running will be done during my lunch time at work on days when I don’t have to travel for meetings. On days when Sai is home and then when we get our treadmill. Yup, you read that right…we are jumping on the treadmill wagon this year!

Okay bloggers…this is where I’m looking for your input and direction. What winter running challenges are you doing or know about? I’ve seen a few but haven’t committed to the one that will fit with my schedule. I’m looking for your suggestions, links…anything…help me find a running challenge. I want/need to sign up for something to keep me on track.

Help a girl / blogger out 🙂

Are you taking on a winter / January running challenge?

What cross-training do you do for running?

Christmas with a 3 and 1 year old!

Christmas is starting to feel different again, in a good way. With a 3-year-old and 1-year-old, the excitement of Santa’s arrival stirring and lots of questions are being asked. When does Santa come? Did he come last night? It can make for some funny conversations.

This is what Christmas looked like in our house:

Christmas 2 2013 girls together

It took 4 shots to get one good picture of the girls together!

We opened presents, played for a bit, spent a few hours making our Christmas dinner (WIAW to come) and a little family walk on such a beautiful Christmas Day!

The Sherwood's Christmas 2013.

The Sherwood’s Christmas 2013.

It’s now time to recycle wrapping paper, put away gift bags for next year and take down the decorations before we celebrate New Year’s!

PS – Next year – no noisy toys allowed 😉

Have you finished all your Christmas events?

When do you pack up decorations?

My Year in Running

Recently I read A Fresh Start for Molly and how her year went in running. She invited other bloggers to do the survey and I thought it would be a good way to see how my year in running went. I ran a few races but it wasn’t always races or fun runs that were important to me.

My 2013 Year in Running:

January – I started off the year on January 10th with my first postpartum workout (5 weeks). I had a lot of thoughts about running since having Baby H and then got the a-okay from my Dr. to run again. I hit the pavement on January 27th…well it was more running on snow in the cold then on pavement. It was so great to be out running again….oh how I missed it!

After my cold run

It’s hard running and nursing a baby. Some days I felt like I was up against all odds to get out and run but some days I just did it anyway.

May – I ran with Baby H in her stroller for the first time and it was against the wind…not fun! I was tired before the run started, plus it warmed up outside and I wasn’t really prepared. At least I got out, right?!?!

One exhausted Mama!

July – I signed up for Mud Hero 6K even back in May with some girl friends – all of whom had little children too. I was so nervous about this run because I knew it would have me running UP a ski hill. You’d think I would have been more worried about the obstacles but no, I wasn’t. This had to have been my worst race in my entire life! Oh yeah! It was +34 degrees C, we had a 1:00 pm start time and I was more focused on nursing Hilary before I left the house and didn’t even consider my own nutritional needs for this event!!! If you want to laugh {or cry with me} you can read my Mud Hero Race Recap here! I’m still on the fence about next year’s event!

Me "sitting" minutes after  I finished my first ever Mud Hero (7 months post pardum!)

Me “sitting” minutes after I finished my first ever Mud Hero (7 months postpartum!)

August – On my birthday last July, I won two free entries to the Run for Women 5/10k Race in Halifax. I hadn’t run since my awful Mud Hero run but went into it just wanting to run and have fun with my friend Meredith. It was by far my slowest time but that wasn’t the point of the run. It was a great little event, my girls got to meet an Olympic athlete and hold a GOLD medal! Win – win!!!

September – In the spring I had signed up for Run or Dye 5k with some friends and my sister-in-law. This run turned out to be a lot of fun, silliness and a good time with friends – I would do it again because it was a lot of fun {though the hosts need to fix their parking challenges}.

In September I was ready to take my running to a new level. I finally broke down and bought myself a Green Garmin a.k.a. new best friend. Note: Never wear you new Green Garmin to a dye run…it’s no longer just green…rookie mistake 😦

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October – I was pretty pumped about the Valley Harvest Marathon 5k I had registered for almost last-minute. I felt I had a really good run and finished within my goal but I learned I take terrible race photos 🙂 I also did a satellite run for Miles for Miracles which was to raise funding for TTTS and support my friend.

November – I didn’t participate in any runs but had a challenging run in the all-of-a-sudden-it’s-winter-cold-weather and my legs just didn’t want to run!

December – Another last-minute race I signed up to do turned into one of my favourites. The  Santa 5k Fun Run took place on December 8th and I actually ran with a friend. Four friends were running in it and I partnered up with one of them. I never run with anyone else mainly because I’m not comfortable holding someone else back, I don’t really talk when I run and I don’t want to feel like I can’t keep up with them. However, it was a great run to do, easy, fun and laid-back. I will do this again next year!

Santa 5k 2013

December 31st – I am hoping to run the 5k Resolution Run {race recap to follow} and really looking forward to it. I’m just doing it for fun with no set goals other then finishing it 🙂

Favourite run: Run or Dye in September – completely laid back, slight dance party and I wore a tutu…doesn’t get much better then that!

Worst run: Oh man, by far my worst run EVER was the Mud Hero 6k in July. It was fun at times, challenging all the time but more importantly, I was miserable afterwards for what seemed like days! I was a hurtin’ unit!

Best race experience: For this year it would be a tie between the Run for Women’s 5k and the Valley Harvest Marathon 5k. Run for Women because it was small but powerful and the Valley Harvest because I felt like I was just starting to get my running back on track.

Favourite piece of gear: That would be my bestie: Green Garmin 🙂

Proudest running achievement: My first postpartum run was pretty important to me. I had stopped running early July 2012 and struggled for 8 weeks with the decision to not run through the rest of my pregnancy due to pain. I was proud of myself to get back out there after taking so much time off plus having two little ones to look after.

Biggest lesson learned: Pace yourself, hydrate and eat well before, during and after every race.

You can learn more about my running by visiting my “Running Page“.

What was your best run this year?

What was your worst run this year?

Fill out the survey and share it in my comments and on Molly’s page here.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas today, I hope you day is filled with love, laughter, good food, family, friends and memories for years to come.

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Lillian and Hilary

Enjoy the day!

Piper 🙂

The Joy of Children (not just your own)

When you plan on having children you never expect the outcomes that will happen besides sleepless nights, dirty diapers, spit up everywhere and toys crunching under your feet in the middle of the day OR night!

What I wasn’t really expecting but has developed into this amazing group of friends/families and kids was a play group from our prenatal class! There was 7 of us in our prenatal class in March of 2010 and we try to get the whole group together once or twice a year which is always great. We also had a smaller group of 4 that got together regularly during that first year.

Four Christmases

What amazes me and what I wasn’t prepared for was the love that these kids have for each other. They simply LOVE one another. I feel very lucky to witness it and be apart of this little group of friends. This is what having kids is all about.

As a child I loved Christmas until I got older and it changed. I’m not talking about Santa, I’m talking about when my Grandmother was no longer with us and then 2 years later on Boxing Day we lost my Grandfather. Christmas was just another day spent with family, giving and receiving gifts. It was lovely but it wasn’t the same.

I find myself more excited about Christmas as our girls get older and because of their friends. The excitement in their eyes, the joy in writing a letter to Santa and then receiving one back and the magic that sits int he palm of their hands is the spirit of Christmas (to me). I love that Lilly has had these friends since they day they were all born and hope she get’s to spend many more years playing, growing and celebrating Christmas with them.

Happy Christmas Eve!