Race and Run

Well, it’s official…I finally have signed up for TWO races…oh wait…make that THREE!

Today was the early bird registration day for the Bluenose Marathon in Nova Scotia (11th year) and I told myself that this spring I would focus on 5k’s and 10k’s and aiming for PR’s.

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Confirmed – all registered for the 10k at the Bluenose Marathon,

Confirmed – all registered for the Tartan Twosome – 5k on Sept 12th at sunset and 10k on Sept 13th at sunrise! I get to run dressed like a Pirate! AWESOME!

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Not confirmed but wanting to run:

  • MEC Race Two  – April 4th (I think)
  • Run for Women 5k – May 4th
  • Epic Canada 5 or 10k (June 28th I think)
  • Valley Harvest 1/2 Marathon Oct 12th
  • PEI Marathon – 10k

I may have just decided on my next 1/2 Marathon! Gulp!!! I’m feeling the need to go for a run now AND find a training program (in kilometers).

AND…….I need to find some new running sneakers. Mine are done, done, done and I’m not in LOVE with them anymore.

What’s your favourite training programs? Got any in kilometer’s you can share?

 Do you sign up on the last day of early bird registration to save money?

favourite running sneakers?

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5 Essentials for a Home Gym

As you all know, I workout A LOT at home – about 90% is done when my girls are asleep. So having a home gym or equipment to workout at home is key for me. Caitlin from @HealthyHudson  recently connected with me and is going to be a guest blogger today! Thanks Caitlin for you expertise!

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Hi all! I am Caitlin Hudson, just your average fitness loving, health addict, SAHM. I also love to write, and would just like to thank Anna for letting me share some of my writing with her and all her readers (you guys!). I live in Virginia so I am used to both the cold and the warm weather and couldn’t be happier about where I am in life, except for the extremely cold days,brrrr. So enough of me, I hope you enjoy my post on some of my main home gym essentials. If you have any questions feel free to email me!

5 Essentials for a Home Gym – A Post from Caitlin Hudson

I tend to walk into the gym with a sort-of wide-eyed expression. Look at all the machines I can use! But as nice as the gym is, sometimes the weather stinks or I just don’t feel like going out. I found that the best way to avoid losing momentum is to be ready to go at home. And as it turns out, exercising from home doesn’t require a lot of preparation or equipment. A few key items can make it a snap to do cardio, yoga, Pilates and weight-training.

 
1. Room to Move
When I look around my living room, I see a daycare center – toys everywhere. If I had a spare bedroom, I would undoubtedly put the toys in there. Since I don’t, I have to get creative about finding enough space to exercise. But I don’t need as much room as I once thought I would. Most exercises I do at home, even cardio, have me moving in one spot, more or less. So as long as I can kick out in any direction or lie down and move around without knocking things over, I’m good to go.

 
2. Weight-Training
When I was just getting started with workouts from home, I realized quickly what my gym had that my house did not. That, my friend, is weight-training equipment. The good news is that it’s not hard to outfit the home with limited equipment that fulfills a lot of roles. The first thing to get is a set of dumbbells. Now, I don’t want clunky dumbbells everywhere. So I invested in a set of dumbbells from Beachbody that comes with three weight selections. They take up much less space and are easy to switch from one weight to another. Another option is a set of resistance bands. They are so versatile and can be adjusted to make the resistance lighter or heavier, and they’re also great for stretching.

 
3. Jump Rope
When I got a jump rope not too long ago, it had been years since I’d used one. I remembered how I used to jump forever. Well, it is quite the workout: 150 calories burned in only 15 minutes! And who knew that high-intensity cardio could be so inexpensive? Jump ropes cost very little and take up almost no space, which makes them the easiest and most obvious investment for the home gym. They are also easy to find: Dick’s, Target, Amazon, etc. I actually found mine at Marshalls. For a purchase that cost me less than $10, I figured I couldn’t lose. And I was right!

 
4. Stability Ball
I had one of these from pregnancy and labor with my first. They are so comfortable to bounce on! And they really work the muscles. Stability balls can be deflated and inflated simply for better storage, but they also ramp up workouts in ways I wouldn’t have believed. I like them for stretching, to improve my balance and to concentrate my focus on my core. The possibilities are really endless for ball exercises. If you’re looking for a place to start you can check out this post from Fitness Magazine.

 
5. Exercise Mat
The mat is another one of those exercise tools that has a million purposes. Flooring in hardwood or tile is all the rage these days. But have you ever tried to exercise on it? Tile is so hard on the knees and hands. And if I’m not careful, I’ll scratch my wood floors. Enter the exercise/yoga mat. It adds extra comfort and makes it easier for me to protect my floors from my high-impact workouts. I personally own the monster mat (also purchased from Beachbody) – which has a “sticky” texture to grip my wood floors and keep me from sliding.

 
When I was first thinking about creating a home gym, I got sticker-shock considering all the equipment and machines I’d have to buy. But it’s not that bad. For about $100-$150, I was able to fully outfit my home with useful tools that take minimal space and guarantee that I can stay in shape, no matter where I go.

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Thanks Caitlin!! My house is like a giant day care too. Don’t tell the girls but I use their play mats a lot!

For those in Canada, you can look for sports gear at Sport Chek, Cleve’s Source for Sports, Mountain Equipment Co-op (like REI), even Superstore carries weights/mats etc. now!

Do you have a home gym?

What’s your MUST HAVE for a home gym?

 

Treadmill Workout

It’s time to change-up the workout on THE BEAST. I love running and do a lot on the treadmill. I know, I know…some people think that’s bad but you know what……it’s the one way I can get my kilometers in. Either that or I don’t get to run…so I chose the treadmill…oh, I mean “the beast”.

I have a tone of workouts on my “Workouts to try” board on Pinterest and am testing a few of them out.  This one is on tap tonight as I’m on the road and staying in a hotel. Yup, Mommy’s first over-night away from both girls and Daddy’s got them – good luck Saï ….. said with love, xo.

She Rocks Snow Day Workout – or any day really.

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Source: She Rocks Fitness

Give it a go!

Do you combine treadmill workouts with other workouts?

What’s your favourite (ha ha) treadmill workout?

Snow Shoe Tuesday

After having a pretty shitty Monday, I figured today would be better. Last week my co-worker, Melissa and I planned to snowshoeing this week and chose today. Well, it was just what I needed. I packed all my gear last night as you can’t really wear dress pants and shoes out in the cold 😉 I really needed some fresh air, a little sun light and some time with good friends.

Snowshoe at lunch time!

On my feet today

On my feet today

It’s always great being surrounded by like-minded people.

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Trails:

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Do you workout with anyone at work?

Do you plan lunch activities with other co-workers or friends?

Babysitting Water

Most blogger just blog about good things that are happening in their lives. I mean, really , who wants to blog about crappy things…not me. But I’m going to today.

It’s not life or death (thank goodness).

No one was hurt (thank goodness)

But it’s been one of those days….well 24 hours more like it.

I am now babysitting water…

I’ll start with some positives in the last few days:

  1. Sai was home 🙂
  2. Lilly and I had a day together – got our hair cut and out for lunch
  3. Saï and Hilary got to hang out together, watch the Olympics, play and a lunch date too.
  4. Saï and I got to go on a date! We went to Sushi Fang (Sushi and Thai food) – didn’t take any pictures – whoops! But it was AWESOME!
  5. We had a fun play date/watched the Canadian Men’s team win gold with our friends.
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An attempt to get a picture of us for Daddy.

No so good things:

  1. Saï had to leave and go back to work 😦
  2. We have no water. NO, WATER!!!!
  3. Girls are sick and Hilary was up most of the night.
  4. Missed my Physio appointment this morning and had to take today off work 😦

We had NO WATER. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nothing coming out of the taps and the toilets wouldn’t flush. I called my awesome neighbour and she literally came running over to help. Then I called a friends husband who came over to check it out. We ended the night with no water. I got the girls to bed and decided that I couldn’t run because I couldn’t shower. Who wants to go to bed after sweating ??? Not me. Run failed 😦

I had to cancel my Physio appointment and a few meetings at work since I had to stay home and wait for a plumber to come fix our water. Well…………let’s just say, we now have NEW everything! New, holding tank, new power box and new pump in our well….along with a new bill we were not expecting. Bummer….

I now am sitting here babysitting our water. Yes folks, I have to turn our water on every so often and test the colour to get all the sediment out. Then we have to wait 4-5 days until we can shower/wash clothing.

So much for running, showering and catching up on missed sleep from last night. Guess, I’ll go turn the water on and watch it flow out … maybe I’ll vacuum too – get all domestic today.

The joys of owning your own home and adulthood was brought to you by the letters (and number) H 2 O.

Ever have to fix your well? 

Tell me something good that happened today?

5k – All In A Day’s Work

Last week, I managed to get outside a few times. I had a challenging run during lunch one day and then completed 5k but it wasn’t while running! How does one manage to get 5k in without running at all?

Cross Country Skiing! 

I had to meet with a co-worker last Wednesday to connect on a few projects and somehow managed to run their staff through a basic cross-country ski lesson. You see, when I worked at the Outdoor Centre (where my husband and I met) that was my job….to teach cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing, winter camping, fire building, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes etc). Yes, lucky me 🙂

So before our sit down meeting, I did the basic lesson and massively embarrassed myself when I face planted while double poll planting 😦 After the lesson we went on the trail and ended up skiing just over 5k (thanks to my Green Garmin).  We then had our sit down meeting and that was my afternoon at work!

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The awesome activity doesn’t stop there. I had another meeting with someone else Thursday afternoon during the women’s gold medal game. Why, oh why, did I book the meeting then, I’ll never know, but I was able to listen to the crazy intense game on my radio while driving to and from the meeting. Let’s just say I was on the edge of my car seat for the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period. Well done ladies!

Back to my meeting. I arrive and instead of a sit down meeting we had a walking meeting. YES! We walked for 40 minutes outside and discussed everything that we needed to, then went inside to chat for another 20 minutes and warmed up as the wind was fairly cold. Thursday was supposed to be my “rest day” from any activity but it was kinda nice to get a good power walk in during my work day. Bonus!

If only I could have walking meetings every day 🙂 

Does your job every have you being active?

Have you ever had a “walking meeting” before? 

Did you enjoy the Olympics, happy it’s over or can’t wait for the Paralympics to start March 7th ???

Hurrrrryyyyyy HARD and Run!

That’s what I felt like on my run today! I wasn’t necessarily in a hurry but it sure was HARD! I was running on packed snow, slush, patches of ice and more hard packed snow. Lesson learned – it’s friggin’ hard running on snow.

I packed my bags early in the morning with the intentions of working out at lunch. Running gear and indoor workout gear (T25 DVD)…I few options depending on how I felt. It was such a beautiful sunny day, yet slightly cold too but I chose to run outside. Crazy Canadian Girl 😉 The plan was 3 – 4 km depending on how I felt.

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This was the best conditions I encountered!

The Run: I decided to run in a completely different direction then I would normally and slowly remembered why I never ran that way before. Hills, hills and more hills….but I nailed them! I may have slowed down my pace a little but I still manage to climb each hill, hurrrrraying HARD. Yes, that’s a curling reference…I’m all over the Olympics, guys!!

I was almost finished my run and was running down a nice little hill when I came face-to-face with a little sidewalk snow plow! My hands went up in the air and I screamed at the guy! Not because he was going fast but because I was in such shock to come face-to-face with a snow plow on the side-walk at lunch time. I quickly jumped over the snow bank onto the road, let it pass and we both had a good laugh, then I jumped back over the snow bank and onto the sidewalk. Hurdles, anyone?

I was nearing my finish point and saw my Green Garmin click 4.50 km so I kept running until I hit 5k. I finished with one soaker, loads of mud/salt/dirt up the back of my body and completely spent! I can 5 k (3.1 miles) in 33 minutes – not bad for me considering the conditions of the sidewalks.

I got back to the office and felt great…well, except my poor old lady’s back. It started bothering me right away. Sure wish all my Phyiso appointments and exercises at home would pay off one of these days.

So, I hurrrrrrayed HARD today on my run and it felt great.

Now to rest by the fire and catch up on some blogs and the Olympics.

Ever come face-to-face with a snow pow while out on a run?

What’s the hardest ground conditions you’ve run in?

And of course….what Olympic competition are you waiting to see? Me, Women’s doubles bobsled – go Heather (We met her last year and got to hold her medal!!!), WOMEN’s and MEN’s hockey! 

Canadian Gold Medalist - Heather Moyse - Bobsledding.

GO CANADA GO!

GO CANADA GO!

GO CANADA GO!

Cheers, Piper.