Bluenose Race Route (10k)

Today I am hitting the pavement with my oldest daughter, Lillian…a.k.a Lilly. She’ll be four next month, ran her first race last year (400 m) and has been asking to do a race again! I signed her up for the Bluenose Marathon Kids Run – 2k and am planning to run it with her. I’m pretty excited ๐Ÿ™‚ You can keep an eye out on Instagram for us while we hit up the Expo and her run. I’m looking forward to spending some one on one time with my big girl.

Tomorrow’s the big day for me – 10k. I’ve run this race before, the 5k, 10k and 1/2 Marathon but it’s been years since I did the 10k and I am aiming for a sub 60 – fingers crossed.

The 10k Route

{or as Piratebobcatย calls it: The Double Dolichos orย Stockholm}


This is what the 10k route looks like, fairly flat at the beginning and then the fun starts with the bridge. Up and over and then Nantucket Ave is a long – long hill. Once that is done there is a little flat lap and then back down Nantucket up and over the bridge again towards the finish line with a few hills!

Wish me luck…I think I’ll need it ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck to all those running and walking in the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA and also those running elsewhere.

Kick it up and enjoy!

Do you check out the route before a race?

Have you ever gone into a race not knowing the route?

Do you like a combination of hills and flat parts or just flat ?

Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer {Review}

If you’ve been around this blog for a while now, you may know my husband is aย Veganย and I am not! We are raising our girls to eat everything and anything – so we may have a vegan meal one night and a meat meal another night. It will be their choice as they get older what they want to fuel their body with. {I’m pretty sure Lilly could never give up cheese/yogurt so the likely hood of her being a full-time vegan isn’t great}

I’ve never really got into special drinks, gel’s or protein shakes for running or working out but do enjoy a few “energy bars” post runs sometimes. I’ve tried “electrolyte” drinks post run but struggle with the fuzziness of the drink. My husband however, is into Protein drinks, bars etc….especially Vega products because they are vegan. I’ve honestly never tried his special “drinks” before because I wasn’t sure I’d like the flavour or because I wasn’t a true vegan I had no right drinking the stuff <– weird, eh!

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer {Acai Berry} from Vega in partnership with Fit Approach. I received this box of 12 to test out {thank you}. Have you checked out their Fuel Your Better info?


Directions: Mix 1 pouch with 250 mlย of water and drink at least 20 minutes before you work out. Simple! So, that’s what I did. The drink provides:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

At first I was hesitant to drink it as powered drinks mixed wrong (not mixed enough) can be gross. So, I shook my container over and over until it was 100% ready to drink. And…………then, shook it some more ๐Ÿ™‚

Small sip here. A little more. Then I guzzled the drink down. It wasn’t bad! I was impressed. I’ve been drinking it before long or hard runs and find that on those days I do drink it I feel better throughout my run.


I’ve been using the Pre Workout Energizer to help fuel my runs so that I have the energy to push it just a little more. I try to eat well, drinks lots of water etc., but I never really got into the drinks as I mentioned. There are many things I like about the Vega Pre Workout Energizer drink:

  • The taste was good – not chalky at all {I hate that}
  • The little pouches are easy to travel with {bonus}
  • It’s quick and easy to make {Hello, busy Mom on the go here!}
  • Its’ Vegan and that can be hard to find. Again, I’m not a vegan but my husband is and I respect that. It’s also gluten-free and they have sugar-free options too!
  • An easy stocking stuffer for my husband – please tell me you missed reading this post. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • The label clearly identify’s what the product is for {Prepare vs Recovery} – Hello, busy Mom again!


Would I continue to buy it? Yes. I actually went out and bought a few more of their products to try. Now, my only problem will be the fact that my Vegan husband will want some of my stuff and I’ll have to share. Let’s just hope his supply of Vega products doesn’t run out before mine.

And yes, I’ll be drinking this before my Bluenose Marathon 10k this Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

I guess we are the #vegafamily now, ha ha!

Have you ever tried Vega before?

What about a Pre-Workout drinks?

How do you fuel your better?

PS – Vega is not just for Vegans ๐Ÿ˜‰

Note: I was given the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer product to review, all opinions are my own.



This Mother Runner’s Attempt At Running Tonight

Sometimes our days do not go as planned.

Sometimes what you want to do to most is the first thing on your list to go.

Sometimes you just need to slow down and focus on one thing at a time.


I wanted to run tonight but things kept getting in my way….my day went like this.

{note – I’ve had a head cold for 3 days, pounding headache and just feeling ill}

8:00 Drop girls off at Day Care

8:30 Drop by an office to pick something up and arrive at my office just before 9 am {fail already}

9 – 9:40 Rush to catch up on emails I missed in the last 2 days before darting off to a full day of meetings.

10 – 12:30 Meetings

12:30 Eat lunch I have been thinking about since 11 am

1 pm – Walk on the trail with co-workers {fresh air just what I needed – head starting to get worse}


1:30 – 4 pm More meetings {contribute little as my head is pounding and I contemplate IF I should run after the girls go to bed}

4 – Talk to my friend/coach about what I should run tonight

{she’s sick with a head cold too – go figure} Leave with an easy plan.

4:10 Pick up dinner at grocery store – not pretty but at least I got a salad.

Don't judge ;)

Don’t judge ๐Ÿ˜‰

4:36 Home with the girls…Don’t ask me how I remember this time but it sticks out

5 – 7pm Eat dinner, play with girls, bath girls, read them books, sing to them.

7pm Read email, blogs, do dishes, clean up dinner – wait to confirm girls are asleep! {ha ha}

7:30 Drink Pre-Workout Vega drink {review to come} with intentions of running at 8pm


7:49 Hilary (17 months old) screaming in her bed…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Dam “eye” teeth, I wish they would just come in already.

Tried to console her, sing to her, walk around with her….nothing worked.

Drugs….yup, she got Advil for the pain.

Back to her room as she settles down, rock and sing, rock and sing…..oh man, cuddling with your little baby is simple the best thing ever….I almost forgot I wanted to run tonight.

I cuddled a little longer until she decided she wanted in her crib….okay, maybe I cuddled a little longer because I know there will be a day that she won’t want to cuddle.

So, I put her to bed and wrote this blog post to ensure she was 100% asleep before I attempt running on the treadmill.

I think I might have a stomach bug – good lord, let me feel better soon…..

8:45 pm Get gear on and see what I can accomplish on the treadmill.

Better late then never!!!

Best part of my day – that unexpected cuddle ๐Ÿ™‚

How do you fit in a run when you just don’t think it’s going to happen?

Tips on getting rid of your head colds fast?

What was the best part of your day today?

Post Race Rituals

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m getting a little excited about the Bluenose Marathon this coming weekend in Halifax ๐Ÿ™‚ I managed to come down with a head cold yesterday so I’m doing everything I can to get better. I signed Lilly up for the 2k Kids Run on Saturday and am going to run/walk it with her…I’m pretty sure it’s the best last-minute race fees I’ve ever spent ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunday, I’m running the 10k and looking forward to it as it’s been a long time since I ran that route.

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Yesterday I blogged about some Pre-Race Rituals and I wanted to follow-up with some Post Race Rituals!

Again, I had to sit down and really think about my post race rituals…what were they… did I even have any?

  • Find family member/running friends post run – in the sea of other people
  • Drink something with protein (chocolate milk, smoothie)
  • Eat bagel/banana (pretty much the same food I ate before the race)
  • Must take of running sneakers and wear something else to drive in: Sandals (Birkenstocks other runners etc)
  • Nap – is a must for recovery though sometimes can’t happen with little kids
  • Compression Socks after I shower.
  • Eat, eat and eat some more !

I thought I would ask some of my fellow Canuck Running Bloggers (on Facebook) what they do Post Race …. apparently we love our food and beer/wine post race ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Go out for a big honkin’ farmer’s breakfast someplace near the finish line. Eggs, sausage, bacon โ€” just pile it all on!
  • Directly after the race I change into flip flops, especially a long race. I want as little on my feet as possible. Then next, a big meal! Usually a burger or brunch, and a beer. Always a beer ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Go to starbucks for a venti…no matter what….
  • Find the nearest Irish pub. Order a pint or 2 and savour the moment!
  • Walk as much as possible, have a latte, salty snack, ice cream, THEN dinner with wine. And more ice cream.
  • First thing I do is take off my runners and put on my Birkenstocks! I then sit in really long, hot shower. Stretch. Eventually find french fries or chips.
  • Coffee and a snack. Followed by many, many, MANY snacks!!! And a nap.
  • I often wear injinji sox…so off with the shoes and on with flip flops haha with the sox on!
  • Immediately eat a gluten-free bar or banana. Then as soon as humanly possible take a long, hot shower (no ice baths for me). As soon as feasible eat a real meal (an omelette with gluten-free bagel is my fave). ย Coffee in there somewhere, wherever it’s convenient. Compression socks post shower, sleep in them and keep them on next day. Dream of a nap (it never happens). It seems to be better to keep moving anyway.

Thanks Canuck Running Bloggers for your input ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyone ice bath, drink beer/wine, eat bad food, get a massage?

What are your Post Race Rituals ?

Are there any rituals you do that you don’t think others do?

What’s the weirdest Post Race Ritual you’ve hear of?

Pre Race Rituals

Recently I was reading a thread on the TTP Running Facebook page and someone asked a question about Pre Race Rituals. There are a lot of TTP runner’s ย that are getting ready to run the Bluenose Marathon this coming weekend so it’s a great place to get some advice right now.

It made me think….what are MY pre race rituals? I really had to think about it. At first all I could think of were my pre game rituals for soccer:

  • Thin socks under my shin pads, than soccer socks on top.
  • A warm up/stretch.
  • A few touches on the ball with someone else or on my own – a must.

Pretty basic. But, if I don’t have thin socks under my shin pads….it throw’s off my game!

sleeping in my running gear

After thinking about my running rituals, this is what I came up with:

  • Pasta dinner the night before a race
  • (More recently) Getting “Flat Anna/Piper” all ready to go
  • Charge Garmin
  • Bagel with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, maybe a little OJ.
  • Pee as much as I can before the race
  • Talk the butterfly’s out of my stomach as I line up for the run
  • Sandals for my post race drive home ๐Ÿ™‚

Some rituals that were shared:

  • Left sock on then right sock on. Left shoe on then right shoe.
  • Don’t wear race t-shirt before/during race
  • Double knotted laces
  • Music pumping while you get dressed/drive to race
  • Bib numbers with a specific number in it (ie: favourite number)

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So what are your Pre Race Rituals ?

Are there any rituals that you don’t think anyone else does?

What is the weirdest ritual you’ve heard of?

When Did Long Runs Become Easier?

Yesterday, I had a 12k ย run on my training plan and was kinda of dreading it! Don’t we all dread long runs (sometimes) ?

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I spent all morning (8am – 12:30) standing on my feet in my new wellies (yes, rain boots). Why? Well, it was 1 out of 2 Youth Runs I was involved with through work….you know, TWO hard days at the office ๐Ÿ˜‰

Both were a great success with lots of kids running 3k, 4.2k or 5k as part of their Kids Run Clubs at school.

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My RUNS:ย 

I was dreading my long run and was going to run it after I finished worked Saturday afternoon. However, it was calling for rain and I just wasn’t feeling it. When I got home I ended up taking an afternoon nap while Hilary napped. It was just what I needed. I still wasn’t sure I was going to run 12k that night.

After I got the girls to bed, I looked for my running gear and couldn’t find any – it was all dirty still! I guess that’s what happens when you choose running over chores in the evenings, whoops! I finally found some soccer shorts and an old running shirt that was a few sizes to big and decided I’d at least get on the treadmill and try to pull off 8-10k.

In between getting the girls to bed and finding some running gear, I drank my Vega “Pre-Workout Energizer” drink (review to come) and decided I would eat 1/2 a Vega bar during my run to keep me going.

I started my run with .76 of a km walking and talking on the phone. Once I got off the phone I started running and got into it. I watched two shoes: Grey’s Anatomy (meh, it was alright…a time passer) and once that was finished I watched Blue Bloods.

I managed to run the full 12km without stopping at various paces (8/8.5 – 9.5/10). For some reason my 12 km run was easier than my 8k the night before. On Friday night I struggled through 8k….like REALLY struggled. I walked about 4 times, slowed my speed down more than I wanted to and just wanted the run to be over and done with. It was like I didn’t have any spark in my step or interest to keep running. It wasn’t pretty.

Why was my 12k run easier than my 8k run the day before? I have no idea but I’ll take it. I managed 40km of running last week and now ready for an easy week of running before the Bluenose Marathon.

And now I am off to fold three loads of laundry – happy mother’s day to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ever struggle with a run days before a long run?

When did long runs become easier for you? (Yes, I realized they will not always be easy)

Anyone race this weekend?

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day first to my Mom, Elaine and my mother-in-law, Lynne.

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I’m so thankful to be a Mom to two beautiful young girls….lucky me :

Lilly, me and Hilary

Lilly, me and Hilary

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.ย 

How are you spending Mother’s Day?

Piper ๐Ÿ™‚