Move It Challenge

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a challenge on the blog…not my challenges but other challenges that I’ve done, attempted, failed, crushed, surprised myself, hated and loved.

So…here’s the “Move It Challenge” By Jodi Higgs: Facebook Source.

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Are you doing a challenge this month? Which one?

Favourite way to move?

Things I Learned On Last Night’s Run

Well…..I think I finally got my running mojo back! Yes, I lost it….didn’t want to admit it but it happened. I did a short 2k run the other day just to shake out my legs on “THE BEAST” but I felt awkward running on it. Almost out-of-place.

I took Wednesday off. Well, really…I had to get groceries while my mother stayed with the girls. You know, grocery shopping at night without any kids is quite fun!!!

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Post run fudgesicle anyone?

I learned a lot on my run……..

1. Walking to warm up is a good thing even if you started your Garmin already.

2. It’s okay to put your hand out to “high-five” a 7/8-year-old girl who is running towards you with a smile on her face. Twice ๐Ÿ™‚

3. If you run past a Chocolate lab, they will chase you….even if they are attached to a leash around their owner’s waste.

4. I think I might have perfected spitting while I run, finally!

5. I’m think I’m going to hurt later today, more specifically, my abs, shoulders and legs are going to hurt. Yes, my shoulders!

6. I love running after 8pm outside – perfect temperatures, just enough sun shining down, lots of people outside.

7. The sound of sand on a paved road under your feet sounds terrible.

8. Before my run started, I thought I wanted to run with music again which would mean finding my iPod and uploading music. After my run….not so much.

9. It’s 100% normal to run up and down your street to finish off a certain amount of kilometers (or miles). I mean, common’….who wants to finish their run at 4.94 km ?????

you know you are a runner when

10. Life is short, get off your ass and move! 5k done!

What have you learned on your runs lately?

Anyone been chased by someone else’s dog before?

Run with or without music?

Okay, 1/2 Marathon……

It’s taken me a long time to decided between two 1/2 Marathons that take place back to back weekends in October.

1. The Valley Harvest Marathon

2. Prince Edwards Island Marathon

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I’ve talked about it here AND more extensivelyย hereย about them but just couldn’t decide until a few weeks ago when I was at a youth run. I was chatting with the race director from the Valley Harvest and she talked about when she ran the 1/2 and FULL and something just clicked. Valley Harvest 1/2 it would be for me.

So…it looks like I’ll run my second 1/2 Marathon this Fall … gulp!

All registered - October 2014!

All registered – ย No turning back!

Don’t get me wrong, I still want to do the PEI 1/2 Marathon and will run it someday. I plan on running my Half and then make ย our way to Halifax for our family (Canadian) Thanksgiving Dinner….head’s up MOM….I’ll be RUNgry ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, PEI isn’t entirely out of the question for me as I am debating on running the 10k distance still. I think it would be a good introduction to the event itself and a fun way to finish off the running season.

So, Valley Harvest 1/2 here I come…PEI 1/2…I’ll run you next year…maybe I’ll run my first FULL in PEI – Ha ha! I have to get it checked off my bucket list one of these days ๐Ÿ™‚

How long does it take you to decide on a race?

Anyone running a 1/2 Marathon this Fall ? Which one?

Have you ever met the Race Director of a big race? I have met two, pretty down to earth race directors.

 

A Week’s Vacation…

….from Running is just what I did!

A week ago Sunday, I ran in the 10k Bluenose Marathon (recap here) and really pushed myself more than I ever thought I would. It was a hard, hilly route but I managed to get a new PB/PR by 2 minutes. The next day I flew out to Toronto for a Conference…just me! I had four days on my own at the 2014 Global Summit on Physical Activity for Children in Toronto! It was the first time I’ve been away from our girls for more than one night! {crazy, eh!}.

I thought it was going to be awesome to be back in Toronto and have a little break from trying to balance it all but I totally missed my girls/hubby and thought of them all the time.

It was nice to sit for a while on the plane however my thighs were KILLING me. Every step or decline in the ground/road/steps, I would grimace in pain. Actually, I would hobble down the stairs with pain shooting through my thighs. It was brutal. Once in Toronto we missed our shuttle and decided to walk the 25 minutes to the hotel with our luggage. However it took us 35 minute because of all the people, road construction and maybe my sore legs too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I knew I was going to take Monday off {day after my race} but had planned to run while at the conference with some friends.

5:45am Day 2 of Conference, I wake up and my room-mate asks if I want to run? Nope, I’m going to stay in bed. Legs still hurt and continue to hurt throughout the day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

6:00 Day 3 of Conference – Chose sleeping over getting up and running again. My legs are finally starting to feeling better and I no longer dread the sight of stairs.

3:45 pm Day 3 of Conference – While sitting in a session I have this idea that a run would be awesome and I felt ready to run.

Didn’t run.ย 

6:00am Day 4 of Conference – I’m sure enjoying sleeping in ๐Ÿ™‚ Later that day, I almost miss our flight…..3 in our group made it and three didn’t make it AND we were all together. Dam road construction and missing the ferry by 2 minutes.

Friday – Surely I’d want to run by Friday – five days after my run…and I did want to run but decided to go to bed early. Poor Hilary fell while I was away….off the bed and Grammy had to take her to the ER. She’s okay, in a soft/hard cast for a week and another x-ray to go. She was up most of the night because she couldn’t really roll over with the cast on…poor girl.

Saturday ย – I really wanted to run and lace up after dinner. But, I didn’t….I watched some TV.

I clearly did not take my own blog advice:

tips to keep running

I still haven’t run yet…ha ha…but don’t worry I’m planning a return soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I never planned on taking a FULL week off from running but those first few days I think it was necessary. Now to get back at it and start training for my next 10k at the end of June.

Oh, and I WON a pair of New Balance Running Sneakers!!!! The EPIC Canadian Run I signed up for in June sent me a little message that I won a pair – nothing like a little motivation to keep me going ๐Ÿ™‚

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How long do you take off after a race?

Ever almost miss your flight by minutes?

Anyone race this weekend? Or if you are in the US – any Memorial Day celebrations?