Rounding off 2015 ~ A Year in Review

December 31st 2015 !!!

Just like that another year is done. I’ve been trying to decided if I should wrap up the year on the blog and finally pulled it together. This is how things went for Piper’s Run!

January

I started off the year by running my first kilometer with my daughter Lilly and am planning to make this a tradition. Though I was still newly injured with my hamstring, I thought I was on the mend – nope, nadda. I’m still happy my first km was with her.

January PR 2015

We managed to get some skiing in with Lilly while Hilary hung out snowshoeing around with Grandad or Grammy. This year all four of us will be on the hill….well, we will be on the hill with a few toddler tantrums I’m sure. We are all ready to go!

February

My 2015 goals pretty much went out the door when my hamstring was not getting any better, though it would take me months to realise this, I mean come to terms with this. I’ll write another post about my 2015 goals.

PR My Motivation Girls

I spent a lot of February – April with my Physiotherapist, my Massage Therapist and even an Osteopath. I also spent a lot of time clearing snow from my driveway (we have seven major storms last winter that started at the end of January and went into April).

Snow 2015

March

My hamstring was only slightly getting better and we got MORE snow! My Dad had a heart attack which turned life upside down but only for a little bit as he’d be back to normal pretty quickly. I ventured out at work and did some Graphic Facilitation that turned out to be a lot of fun!

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I also volunteered at the Hypothermic Half Marathon – this was the most ice I’ve seen at a running event and that wasn’t for post race recovery. Lots of injuries that day (not for me).

April

I had my first DNS due to my hamstring injury. The pain in my hamstring wasn’t getting any better though each physio/massage appointment I thought it was…it wasn’t; I was still injured.

May

I started with a new {sports} physio therapist which was the best decision ever! This finally had me on the road to recovery with my hamstring. Lilly ran her 2km race at the Bluenose Marathon and I walked/ran with her.

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Me and my girl

I missed another race {Bluenose Half Marathon} and wasn’t overly enthused with that. However, I decided to be a spectator along the half marathon route. I also met some RunATCan members, John Stanton and got to be a speaker at the Marathon with some other awesome runners.

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

June

My hamstring recovery was coming along slowly but moving in the right direction. I changed my running goals for the year and felt so much better even if running 5k was extremely hard to do.

Lilly turned 5!!

Happy 5th Lilly

Birthday fun & Zoo!

I even managed to complete the 30 day plank challenge! I also started training for what would be my 3rd half marathon.

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That’s A LOT of planking!

Still reading? Thanks!

July

Morning runs, summer vacation and running through the sprinkler with our girls was how I spent July! I was introduced to cupping by my physiotherapist and wanted to cry. However that’s what started to really help my hamstring heal.

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August

I had some beautiful training runs while on vacation with my family in PEI. We swam in the ocean, ate when we wanted to and enjoyed the sunshine!

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I also had some great long runs; week 9 & week 10.

September

A big step in our family: Lilly started school!!!!!! Though school was going really well, my running was falling apart. Something happened to my cuboid bone in my foot and couldn’t run my half marathon at Maritime Race Weekend. I was so frustrated because I was doing everything right only to have it all go wrong.

Luckily I was able to volunteer at Maritime Race Weekend and hand out medals.

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Once I got my foot sorted out AND my hamstring, I started to refocus my running on training for the PEI Half Marathon.

October

I became a 261 Fearless Ambassador, we celebrated Thanksgiving, the girls ran the kids run at Valley Harvest and I did my first gig at pacing a race! I paced the 10k – 1:10 finish at the Valley Harvest Marathon and LOVED it! I finished in 1:09:59!

VHM Kids Run 2015

The following week I managed to finally run my 3rd half marathon at the PEI Marathon and spent four days with my husband sans the kiddies!

PEI 3rd Half Marathon 2015

November

I was rocking the lunch time workouts with my co-workers and then got sick with a nasty 3 week virus that knocked me off my feet.

I did finally nailed the crow pose in yoga class – a goal of mine for the year. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and I got to have some fun taking some running photos!

MRW photo bloopers

December

Oh December…you sent us on a roller coaster. We started off celebrating Hilary’s 3rd birthday and Saï’s 40th. My niece was supposed to have heart surgery on Dec 3rd but got moved to Dec 17th and she is recovering just perfect now; thanks for all your comments, thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy my brother and his wife have that day behind them.

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I almost forgot I ran a Santa 5k Run with some friends – that was fun! Piper’s Run turned 4, and I became a member of Team Nuun for 2016. I finished off December by running a full marathon over six days and my hamstring didn’t complain – BIG WIN!

TTP Christmas Marathon

If you are still reading, thank you 🙂 It’s been a roller coaster of a year with running but somehow I managed to run 844 km. Crazy! So many lessons learned this past year and I’m sure hoping 2016 treats me better in the running department.

I’m working on a “goals” post from 2015 and slowly thinking about 2016 but not in a rush to write it.

Hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and wishing you all the best in 2016!

Happy New Year!

How was your 2015?

What’s one big thing you want to do in 2016?

What are you ready to say goodbye to in 2015?

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Forty Two Point Two Done

Honestly, running a marathon over the holidays was a last-minute decision. I saw the posting on the Facebook group and thought “that would be fun”. I seriously thought it would be fun but most of the runs were a struggle.

Day 1: 10 km ~ 1:04 Christmas Eve

This was a terrible run outside and it was an easy out and back on fairly flat grounds. I was dressed way to warm, had a long coat on as it was raining. Took it off around 8k and felt so much better. Though it was a struggle for most of the run, I did feel great afterwards.

Day 2: 6 km ~ 37:02 Christmas Day

Another terrible run outside but got it done. It was super warm outside and I could have run in shorts and a t-shirt but I didn’t want to blind anyone with my legs 😉

TTP Christmas Marathon

Day 3: 5.2 km ~ 30:59 Saturday 26th (Boxing Day)

This was an awesome run that almost didn’t happen. My family drove to Halifax and Saï and I planned on running together but were exhausted after getting up at 4 AM. You see, Hilary fell out of her big girl bed for the first time which had us up so early and the three of us couldn’t get back to bed.

We drove back home that night as our first winter storm was coming Sunday morning and I wanted to be off the road. On the way back Saï decided not to run as he was starting to feel horrible (man cold coming on) and I decided to not run. As we got closer to home I changed my mind again and decided to run.

The girls were already in their pj’s (smart idea for night trips) and once we got them to bed I went running. IT FELT SO GREAT! I was running fast and my legs/feet felt like good. Mission accomplished.

Day 4: 10 km ~ 1:10 Sunday 27th

This was a treadmill run and I was planning for 7 km which turned into 10 km. I started to watch Scandal again and got lost in it and decided to keep running. I was dripping in sweat and my clothing was soaked. Honestly, if it wasn’t after 9 PM I probably would have kept running. Even though the man cold took over Saï, he ran earlier that day.

Day 5: 6km 41:10 Monday 28th

This was another hard run. Maybe because I ran 10k the day before, maybe not. Maybe because it was my first “snow run” of the winter. I was just happy to have it done.

Day 6: 5 km ~ 34 minutes Tuesday 29th

I was planning on getting dropped off about 5 km from the house and running home but started to not feel well and figured I’d run the 5 on my treadmill. However, when I got home I changed my mind again and ran in the snow.

The streets and sidewalks were covered in snow but my Yax Traxs helped for the most part and I took it real slow. This run was just about finishing 5 km and finishing the last little bit of the forty-two point two.

Total: 42.2 km = roughly 4 hours 37 minutes and 11 seconds of running.

Day 7 – I can rest…oh and shovel snow most of the day since we got 25 cm of snow last night! So glad I participated in this challenge and had my husband do it as well. Hoping to do this again next year!

Have you wrapped up all your Christmas things?

Any New Year’s Eve Plans? 

Major goals for 2016?

Christmas & a Marathon

It’s hard to believe Christmas is over and done with, especially when seeing lots of “2015 recaps” and 2016 goals popping up in emails and news feeds. I’m not ready to even think about 2016 goals.

We had a great Christmas here. My husband has been home for closed to 12 days, Santa arrived, lots of food was eaten and we even logged a number of kilometers. Yes we, my husband got out for a few good runs too!

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We had our first snow storm on Sunday night and getting another storm Tuesday night. Welcome to winter!

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Marathon

No, I don’t have any plans for a 2016 marathon…at least not yet. I’m not sure if a marathon is in my near future but I was happy to jump on board this Marathon adventure.

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What Marathon? Well, over the Christmas break a running group {Timberlea Tundra Pounders) I belong to, put out a challenge to run the distance of a Marathon over seven days (Dec 24th -30th) as a way to keep you active over the holidays and over indulging in food.

#ttpchristmasmarathon:

  • Day 1: 10 km (1:04:xx) Terrible run outside.
  • Day 2: 6 km (37:02) Terrible run outside.
  • Day 3:  5.2 km (30:59) Fantastic evening run that almost didn’t happen (picture above).
  • Day 4:  10 km (1:10:xx) Great treadmill run that was only going to be 7km turned into 10km.
  • Day 5: Today – hoping to get out this afternoon.

It’s been fun to see how everyone is doing with their marathon distance when juggling Christmas, work, family time and yes the snow too! So that’s my update for now. If you celebrated Christmas, sure hope it was great!

Anyone else running a lot right now?

Ever run a Christmas Marathon?

Anyone thinking about 2016?

 

Merry Christmas from Piper’s Run

Merry Christmas!

PR Sherwoods Dec 5th 2015

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, hope you have a lovely day with your family and friends. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, hope you have a lovely day as well.

Cheers, Piper

Team Nuun 2016

So this happened late last week:

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I am joining Team Nuun in 2016! Looks like I’ll be staying well hydrated while I run, cycle, ski, snowshoe and run after my girls next year! And yes, running after your children is a workout!

Have you ever tried Nuun?

What’s your favourite flavour? (Fruit Punch is mine)

Anyone else on Team Nuun or a Nuun Ambassador?

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Best of 2015 in Running

Though it wasn’t a big year of running but it sure was an adventure that had it’s up’s and downs. Obviously, the hamstring injury was the low point which too over 9 most of the year but I ended with some fun races.

Last year I did a “Best of 2014 Running” and thought I’d do it again. This year it’s hosted by Eat Pray Run DC. I’ve added some “other” pieces to the questions.

Best Race Photo & Best Race Experience: Pacing 10k Valley Harvest

I’ve never used a pace bunny before at a race so I’m not sure what drove me to sign up to be one but I’m sure happy I did. Through White Rabbit Pacing, I paced the 1:10 – 10k finish and managed a 1:09:59 finish time.

I was super nervous going into it as I was just getting my foot back to normal after it’s brief encounter with injury. I did a few practice runs and took some time to figure out pacing with my Garmin which was a life saver.

I love this race photo from me pacing – I had so much fun!

Finish photo at Valley Harvest marathon Pace Bunny

Though the winds was rough, this was the first time I loved running the 10k at Valley Harvest Marathon as I normally dislike one long open section. This year that part of the route was filled with runners around me, high fives and good chats with people I’ve never met before.

I absolutely loved pacing and planning on doing it again in 2016!

Best Volunteering Experience: Maritime Race Weekend

THIS RACE! This race was supposed to be my “come back” race but it was not. Luckily, I was able to volunteer handing out medals to finishers both Friday night (5k) and Saturday (all distances).

This race is one of the best races in Nova Scotia. The excitement around the race year round is vibrant. It’s the race that encourages everyone to participate whether you are a runner or not. It’s the race that gives back to community groups. It’s the race that you don’t want to miss!

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I had a lot of fun volunteering, meeting new people, seeing friends finish their races. It an event that your running friends/communities come together. It’s a must do and I’m all ready signed up for September 2016!

Best Run: PEI Half Marathon

This by far was my best run of the year. My 3rd half marathon and one I was super nervous about. I didn’t know how my hamstring would hold up but new to keep moving forward and take it all in.

PEI 3rd Half Marathon 2015

My goal was a 6:30/km pace and I set my Garmin to 6:20 pace. I finished in 2:13:28. Not my best time but not my worst either; it was the exact time that I needed it to be. Though my hamstring was fine running, I’d later be in pain for a week due to not stretching properly – lesson learned.

Best New Piece of Gear: 

I don’t really have a favourite new piece of running gear but I sure did love my pink Asics that my husband picked up from me.

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Early morning sweat

Best Piece of Running Advice You Received:

Maintenance and cross training is key for good running. You can run all you want but if you don’t work the muscles the propel you to run – you remain injured. ~from my physiotherapist

Race Experience You’d Repeat in a Heartbeat:

Pacing with White Rabbit Pacing. Hands down, I loved this and hoping to do so again next fall.

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Worst Running Moment: Hamstring Injury.

On December 10th 2014, I pulled my hamstring playing soccer and figured it was just a normal minor injury. I took some time off, not enough clearly and waited a full month to seek out treatment – lessened learned: seek treatment ASAP. Just because you’ve pulled muscle many many times before doesn’t always mean it’s the same.

This injury sidelined me until June, though I was running a little I was still in lots of pain until June…until I saw a Sports Physiotherapist and he got me back on track. I was going great until I somehow injured my cuboid bone that took me out of another race.

Injuries suck.

Favourite Medal: PEI Half Marathon & Valley Harvest 10k Pacing.

2015 medals

 

Your Year in Three Words: Frustrating. Motivating. Driven.

Frustrating – yes because I was in so much pain with my injury and doing everything I was told to do.

Motivating – being supported by family, friends, bloggers, social media friends and at races.

Driven – well, I guess my motto is just never give up.

Though 2015 didn’t start off great it definitely got a lot better!

What were some of your top 2015 running (or other workout) highlights?

Answer some of the questions in the comments?

What was your favourite “thing” of 2015?

Rough Runs & Good Times

Sometimes rough runs can still be good times!

Yesterday, my running buddy and I got our families together and make gingerbread houses. After those were done we made plans to run today around 8am and were going to run 10k.

It snowed over night.

I stepped outside and it was beyond cold! It was -4C but felt like -12C with the windchill. It’s been plus 2C to 10C lately so this WAS cold! I bundled up and even got out my Yaktrax cause you never know when ice/snow will meet your feet.

We planned on doing rolling hills and it was such a great idea when we planned it out but such a terrible idea while we were running it. This run went from being us being so excited to having to walk after the first kilometer! Seriously, we were done!

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Every hill was nothing but a struggle.

We walked.

She talked.

I listened.

I tried to reply though was gasping for air a lot.

Once on the highway I felt amazing and said “let’s keep going on the trail”. Krystol was game of course.

Not even 60 seconds into the trail and we were walking AGAIN! I don’t know what was wrong with us but this run…I mean walk/run was just going down hill fast. No pun intended.

Eventually, we finished 8k and managed to take some silly photo’s. I have no idea what I did to my hair in my hat and buff but it’s got a mind of it’s own.

Even though we agreed that was probably our worst run it was still a good time. I’m also confident that if she didn’t meet me to run, I would have wimped out and used my treadmill.

So glad to have a great running buddy, thanks Krystol!

Ever have a rough run be a good run?

What’s the weather like where you are?

Bundled up or warm and toasty? (I’m beside the fire now)