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?