Running Race Dilemma – Which One To Do?

Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook saying that registration was opening for one of the races I want to do this year. My heart rate went through the roof! HA! The thought of hitting register/paid made my heart rate increase and I could feel it happen – seriously! I had a good laugh at that!

registration for run

I haven’t posted my running schedule yet as I am still decided on a few runs. I have however decided that I will run my (2nd) 1/2 Marathon in the Fall. I’m toying between two runs: Valley Harvest Marathon (10 minutes from my house) and the Prince Edward Island Marathon (5 hour car ride with both girls one way). What do to? Let me break it down:

Valley Harvest Marathon – 1/2 Marathon – October 12th 

  • $60 (early bird is before Aug 31st)
  • Kids Run (Yes – Lilly ran last year)
  • 10 minutes from my house
  • Thanksgiving weekend
  • Sunday morning @ 8:30 am
  • Have run the 5k and 10k before in the past – great events
  • Could just run the 10k this year (and do PEI 1/2 the following weekend)
  • Potential of have family and friends throughout the course – if they want to get up that early 😉

Prince Edward Island Marathon – 1/2 Marathon – October 20th 

  • $67.50 (early bird April 30th)
  • Kids Run – YES!
  • Travel costs ($250- $350 – gas, bridge fees, food)
  • Sunday morning 9 am
  • Having my little family there to cheer me on and maybe a few others too
  • 5 hour car ride with both girls (one way)
  • Staying with family for 4-5 nights (Drive over Friday and come back Monday)
  • Did I mention it would be a 5 hour car ride with both girls more than likely on my own
  • Weekend with my husband and girls…plus Aunts/Uncles BONUS!!!!
  • Driving 5 hours BACK HOME a day after the 1/2 Marathon more than likely by myself (unpacking car, laundry, meals etc)….maybe I’ll just take some vacation time.

My heart really wants to run the PEI 1/2 (like, REALLY WANTS TO) but the logistics of doing that could be pretty stressful leading up to and then still having to travel back home. I just have a feeling that it would be a great run to do. I want to do the Valley Harvest because its 10 minutes from my house, I’ve run the 5k and 10k before, it’s familiar to me and I feel like there will be less stress (potentially). 

race kit pick up

Registration opens tomorrow for The Tartan Twosome Run!!! (Sept 12th  & 13th) A coastal 5k Friday night at sunset overlooking the ocean and the Classic 10k the next 8am sunrise. This would be perfect for training for my 1/2. Plus, I can dress up like a Pirate…RRRRRRRRRR! I’m in! 

What to do, what to do. My heart is torn. Valley Harvest (Oct 12th) OR Prince Edward Island October 17-19th?

Also, I never realised how much I value those kids runs! Lilly is already excited to do another run this year!

Have you ever been stuck on which races to run?

Do you register the day registration opens or wait?

Do kid’s runs matter to you?



Yawn…why am I tired?

Yawn, yawn goes my face today. I slept like a log last night and couldn’t figure out why I was so tired this morning. Then I had the following two conversations that made me laugh, both times… out loud.

Conversation #1 with my husband: 

Me: How was your night?

Sai: Pretty good, had one patient and then it was a quiet night. And yours?

Me: Well, after I got the girls to bed, I took out the compost, shoveled the driveway, did the dishes, washed/dried some laundry then ran 5k, showered and stretched. I got up at some point but can’t really remember if it was with one of the girls or just for me to use the bathroom. I slept like a log.

Sai: Ahh, well that’s a long list of things you did. Could be why you are so tired this morning.

Me: Humm…yes!

Conversation #2 today – with my Mother:

Me: Dialing phone number as I yawn into the phone and say hello mid-yawn.

Mom: You’re tired dear. What were you doing?

Me: Well, last night …after I got the girls to bed, I took out the compost, shoveled the driveway, did the dishes, washed/dried some laundry then ran 5k, showered and stretched.

Mom: While laughing, she replies with “you lost me a ran 5k”. You should really rest tonight, dear.

Me: Yawn…good idea Mom!

Apparently if you sleep like a log it doesn’t always mean you are well rested.


Tonight’s plan after the girls are in bed:

  • Shovel driveway – should only take 10-15 minute … we had light snow fall last night after I shoveled the first time. Might even skip this.
  • Yoga / Stretch and focus on my back exercises
  • Rest with my feet up by the fire *might even take a picture if you’re lucky*

I am hoping this will reduce the yawning tomorrow and make me feel a little more rejuvenated and ready for the weekend!

Do you sleep like a long after a busy day?

How often to you yawn?

When do you need a break from doing everything?

Mental Health and Being Active #BellLetsTalk

I’m a firm believer that being active; exercising, working out, physical activity – whatever you want to call it…. can help keep you focused, deal with stress and keep you sane. I’m not saying that it’s the end all be all for everyone but being active for me keeps me grounded, helps me deal with life stresses, lets me escape for a little while and keeps me sane.

I run. I play soccer. I do DVD workouts. I ski. I snowshoe. I walk. I try to bike but not a strong skill for me. I swim. I play with my daughters outside.

I enjoy team sports and individual challenges.

I value the benefits of being active. I value how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

It’s part of who I am and hopefully will always be.

I’ve never been depressed, sad at the appropriate times but not depressed. I’ve never been diagnosed with a mental health disorder though I have experience times of great stress and anxiety. I do however, have a family member who does suffer from depression and at times that has been hard to understand.

But you support. You be there for them. You talk about it. You engage them in life.

I am writing this post as awareness and to support the #BellLetsTalk day that is happening in Canada. You don’t have to be a subscriber of Bell to add the hashtag of #BellLetsTalk. You simple just have to type it in any message you tweet today.

Those Bell customers you can text, tweet, call long distance and share an image on Bell Let’s Talk Facebook, in return Bell will donate 5¢ every time you do text, tweet, call etc. Bell Let’s Talk Website

They have already had 20,134,357 tweets, text, calls and shares…keep it up! Let’s help raise awareness of mental health issues and help raise money for some much-needed initiatives. Photo: We've surpassed 20 million tweets, calls and Facebook shares! That's an additional $1,000,000 for mental health initiatives. Keep it up, everyone! #BellLetsTalk

Last night I managed to run 7k – something I haven’t been able to do in a long time (for many reasons). I felt like I accomplished a little goal of increasing my miles, pushed my body and improved my state of mind. Physical activity is important to me that’s why I make it a priority in my life over other things.

Help end the stigma around mental health and hashtag your tweets peeps! (Or call, text, share).

What has “being active” (exercising, working out, physical activities) done for your mental health?

How do you support someone who might suffer from a mental health disorder?

Miles to Kilometers…OR Kilometers to Miles?

Hello Monday….we meet again 😦

We just had a fantastic weekend as a family of four. Yes, we were all together, played outside in the snow, hit up a great birthday party for a cute little 1-year-old boy (Hilary’s boyfriend), I got some cleaning done and my husband and I had a date night in.

Hilary and Lillian

Hilary and Lillian

Oh – and I had an interesting run Saturday night. The plan was to run 5k. Simple or so I thought!

After using our treadmill a.k.a. THE BEAST a few times I decided I wanted to change the distance from Miles to Kilometers. Why would you do that? Well, I am Canadian and we do everything in kilometers. If someone says to me, “the store was two miles away”…I would have to calculate that in my head (not happening) and really think about the miles. If you said “the store is two km way”…I’d probably say, okay, cool.

Even though I thought about writing/printing out a miles/km chart that I can place by “the beast” I didn’t want to mess with my head when running. Also, I kinda hide 1/2 the distance so I only see the end numbers 1 :55, not the first number. Anyway, last week I was running and thought I was almost done my 3.1 miles (not really a FULL 5k) and actually looked at the distance and I was a WHOLE mile off! Dang…I had to keep running.

So, I changed it to KM Saturday night and feel so much better. The run however had it’s up’s and downs.

I had another stitch on the inside of my left rib cage so I pushed through to 2.5k and thought I just need to make it to 3k. At 3k, I slowed down, put my arms in the air and took it easy for a minute. Then increased the speed and was thinking that 5k was out of the question. I just needed to make it to 4 and then I would stop.

When 4k hit I was actually feeling pretty good so I decided to plow through it and get 5k. Just before 5k I turned up the speed even more. My legs were going full tilt and it felt great to be RUNNING, so I ran just over 6k (6.2k to be exact).

I wanted to run more but I was planning on going outside for a run on Sunday. Whomp, whomp, that didn’t happen but other important life moments with my family did.

Post run snack: blueberries with coconut greek yogurt and energy balls

Post run snack: blueberries with coconut greek yogurt and energy balls

It was hard to come back to work today and knowing my husband has to leave again tomorrow for a few days kinda sucks. The girls get so excited when he comes home. I had a few moments this weekend that all I could do watch Sai and the girls and was just completely in love. #HappyRunningMama that, I am 🙂

PS – Bell Let’s Talk Day – Jan 28th 2014

Tomorrow, in Canada it’s #BellLetsTalk day. What does that mean? Well, it’s a day where Bell customers can help end the stigma around mental health. I wrote about it last year and you’ll be seeing me tweet A LOT tomorrow and text those that I can.

Why? Because Bell will donate 5 cents  towards mental health initiatives for every text message sent, mobile and long distance calls made, tweets using #BellLetsTalk (USE IT) and sharing their Bell Let’s Talk image on Facebook!

Did you know: 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life. 

Will YOU join me tomorrow and include #BellLetsTalk as a hashtags with twitter (or text, call etc. if you are a Bell subscriber)???? Twitter: @Bell_LetsTalk

How was your weekend?

Did you get outside?

Anyone involved with an organization that raises money for mental illness?

Add #BellLetsTalk to your twitter tomorrow – Please and Thank you 🙂


Silent Snowy Saturday

Snowy Saturday 

Toboganning 1

Tobogganing 2

tobogganning 3

Hope you are having a great weekend!

What are you up to?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Awards

It’s snowing like crazy here! Lilly and I have already done one around of shoveling and I’m sure I’ll be doing another round tonight –> Guess I am getting an upper body workout in today and maybe a run later tonight on “The Beast“.

Last week I was tagged in a blog post by the lovely Helly from Helly On The Run (Thanks Helly!!!). She recently rocked out a sub 2 hour 1/2 Marathon (and she has two little ones with the youngest around 6 months old). Hard Core Mama!!!


Here we go:

The Rules:

1. Post the logo on your blog.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Answer the questions.
4. Choose 10 or so other ladies who blog as your nominees.
5. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.


1. What is your favorite color? I love cobalt blue, hands down my favourite colour. Then purple. I wear a lot of purple running, to work and just around the house but cobalt blue is where my heart sits.

2. Favourite Animal? Things is a tough one. We have the most amazing Inuit Husky, so I’m a little attached to her. But I also think Sandpiper’s are pretty cool. Long legs, eat tones of fish, leave on the beach and they have spots kinda like I have freckles 😉

2008: First day together :)

2008: First day together 🙂

Really, I like them because I’m named after them. No, Anna is no form of Sandpiper. But, if you’ve read my about me page you’ll know that my nickname to some is Sandpiper. It was a name I chose years ago when I was teaching Earth Education programs. Mainly, other staff called me Piper….hence Piper’s Run!


3. Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Hummm……I guess I would say Silk Soy Chocolate Milk. It’s one of my go-to special treats that I have every so often. I love having it after a long, hard run.

4. Facebook or Twitter? I’m more of a Facebook fan. I love that I can see my family and friends plus their kids growing up, their adventures and milestones. I try hard not to spend too much time on FB as I don’t want it to consume my life…however, I’ll be honest, some days it does. Then I have days when I have zero time for it and playing catch-up on FB takes way too long. Twitter and I are still trying to figure life out together. I’ve got an account (@PipersRun) and every so often tweet but then I just kinda forget about it. It can be hard to write just 140 characters 😉

5. Favorite Pattern? I don’t have a favourite pattern but I’d have to say I do like stripes socks. Not sure why but I find them fun to wear!

6. What is your passion? Besides my little family? These sweet little girls are pretty awesome and it’s hard not to be passionate about them and their Dad.

The Sherwoods Dec 2013

Christmas 2013

Being active is my other passion. I’m passionate about getting other’s active, working with others to get more people active and trying to role model that within my own family. I’m a Regional Physical Activity Coordinator during the day so I can be mommy, wife, friend at night/weekends. I love what I do and those I work with so it makes it easy to go to work every day.

These are a few my favourite female bloggers. They inspire me to be active and I enjoy following their blogs. Some  are new to me, some old…some from far away and some, okay…… all but one are all far away from me. Hope you check them out!

Ashley @ Chocolate Covered Race Medals

Amy @ Fitness Meets Frosting

Elle @ Eat Run Sail

Laura @ This Is Thirty

Molly @ A Fresh Start For Molly

Abi @ Abs of Steel

Erin @ Swift Fox

Couch To Running

Tartan Jogger

Have you see the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards before?

Share with me one of your newest blogs you follow in the comments.

Runnin’, Runnin’, Running on a Treadmill

Yup! It’s official, we finally got our treadmill and I had my first run on the weekend! It was just what I needed.

Since my husband is away right now, my only running opportunities are at work during my lunch break or on our new treadmill. Before, I would have to either not run or do something else, like my trusty T25 or Jillian Michael’s DVD workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I love those workouts but I also love running and really wanting to improve my running this year.

Most people hate treadmills. Why run on a treadmill when you can simply go outside for a run? In fresh air, on any surface. Well, it’s not that simple in my life with two little girls and a husband that is away often. So, I welcome our treadmill with legs that just want to run.

Saturday night after I got the girls to bed, I quickly changed into my running gear so I wouldn’t back out. Just before 8 pm, I laced up my sneakers and hit start on “The Beast”. Sorry, treadmill – for now you are going to be called “the beast” until I can come up with a better name.

Me and "The Beast"

Me and “The Beast” before our “first run’.

My new running pants kinda look like a zebra…but they are not.  I really need a new name for my treadmill…”The Beast” just isn’t cutting it.

I walked for 3 minutes to give my body a chance to warm up and to be honest, for me to get organized. I had my water bottle, Sai’s Ipad, my cell (gotta take some selfies, I guess) and the baby monitor. I’m a Mama first, runner second. I was really nervous at how loud the treadmill would be and was praying that it wouldn’t wake up either girl.

I decided to watch Blue Bloods while I ran but it was difficult to hear the show even with the volume on high but it kept me distracted and focused. I kept my speed between 5 and 6 with a slight incline. It was great to be running but my left ankle was giving me some problems. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve had ankle issues so I’m hoping it was just a random thing.

I felt good during my run and was aiming to run for 30-35 minutes and managed to do that with only one short slow down to drink a little H2O – gotta hydrate people! By the end, I was pretty sweaty and satisfied…5k done just…like…that.  #MegsMiles

Apres 5k

Apres 5k. No the girls weren’t up, I just thought they looked pretty cute and wanted to balance out this college 😉

Sorry, Green Garmin I may have a new best friend 😉

Do you have a treadmill?

How do you make time to run and balance your life?

Do you name things; cars, treadmills, bikes?