Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Run 2016 Recap

It seems each year the weekend of Valley Harvest Marathon (Canadian Thanksgiving weekend) the weather is different. In 2014 it was super wet, last year it was the windiest and this year probably the warmest in a few years. With the bright sun-shining down on over 1000 kids, it was a great day!

We actually started the day off with swimming lessons at 8:30 and were amazed that it went so well. We were expecting Hilary have a meltdown since she dislikes water and didn’t want to do swimming lessons. Lilly swam in the deep end for the first time unassisted and Hilary was in the water the whole time with an instructor! Big win!

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After an early lunch we headed off to Wolfville to pick up our race kits and meet up with friends. Race kit pick up with kids can be a bit hectic but they had some activities for the kids to do which was great. We ran into lots of people we knew which is always fun.


We waited outside from 1:30 until the 2 pm start time which for our three-almost four year old, was too long of a wait (parenting lesson learned).  At 2 pm the under 5 girls went, which meant it was Hilary’s turn to run one lap around the Acadia track. Last year she did it all by herself so we expected her to do it again by herself. That was not the case.


After see most of the kids pass around the track, Hilary was nowhere to be seen. I made my way over to the other side of the field to see her walking with a sad face. I tried to cheer her up and her response was “I just want to run with you”. With no hesitation, I grabbed her hand that was reaching out to me and took off in my Birkenstock. She cruised around the track to the finish her lap. She’s actually a fast runner so it was funny trying to keep up with her in birks. Afterwards she was so happy to “have won the race”!

Next up was under 5 boys and then it was supposed to be 5 & 6 year olds girls. I’m not sure if they changed it last minute but as Lilly was waiting with the other 5 & 6 year old girls they announced it was only 5 year olds going. Six year olds had to go back and wait with their parents so Lilly stepped to the side of the track. Lilly was fine but it was a little chaotic for some parents and kids. It was 5 year old girls who then did two laps followed by the 5 year old boys who did two laps, then it was Lilly’s turn with the 6 year olds. We waited in shade near the start to watch all the runners finish.

Finally it was Lilly’s turn and she was so excited. We talked a lot about pacing herself as sometimes she goes too fast and then get’s a stitch in her side. She did a great job running and had a happy face as she passed us on her first lap. The best part was watching her get her medal and run over to me with excitement all over her face. So worth it.


We played on the field with friends and took in the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel equipment that a friend was facilitating. We got to practice throwing a pretend javelin on a rope which was really cool.

Though it was a bit chaotic for some parents it was a great day to have kids out running and cheering each other on. There was lots of traffic delays due to highway and road construction that you can’t really do anything about. We had typical wait times getting out of Acadia University where the run was held but that to be expected when you go to an event like that.


I love having such a great event so close to home to watch not only our girls run but their friends run too. Sometimes we parents feel like we run around with our heads cut off when taking your kids to fun events like this but in the end it’s all worth it. The girls had a blast and that’s what really matters.

Big thanks to Valley Harvest Marathon committee for the Kids Run – 1000’s kids registered – that’s awesome!

Do your kids run in kids events?

Anyone’s kids run in the Valley Harvest Marathon?

Do you plan for traffic delays when going to a race?

Valley Harvest Marathon 10k Recap to come…it was great!

Friday Five: Running & Thanksgiving

Oh me oh my, I finally ran last night on the treadmill and it was great. Yesterday I said I was going to get on my running gear as soon as I got home but I lied! Well, I didn’t intentionally lie but I just didn’t bother changing out of my work clothing until after the girls went to bed.

Getting back into running regularly after figuring out my ankle injury hasn’t been easy. No motivation, lack of energy, exhausted from long days at work and being up in the middle of the night with the girls. One thing after the other has kept me from running and it’s only up to me to change that. It’s the life of a mother runner, a dad who runs or life without kids too….and it’s okay. I’ll get there.


Last night’s treadmill run was just what I needed. I hopped on the treadmill around 8:10 and watched Chicago PD on my tablet. Mid way through I had to run upstairs, which is fun to do when you’ve been on a treadmill for 20 minutes or so. I desperately needed something to drink and had made a tropical Nuun before my run. I guzzled half of it and back down I went to finish off 5k. It wasn’t much and I wanted to run longer but Hilary has been struggling lately with some night terrors. I decided to stop at 5k and of course after I finished my PT exercises she woke up screaming. {Any tips on night terrors with kids?}

Favourites This Weekend:

One: It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada! That means family, friends, running and ALL THE FOOD!!!! We are having Thanksgiving dinner at my parents place in the city and I’m pretty sure I’m making this vegan apple pie:

Thanksgiving Vegan Apple Pie

Two: We just got a big box of vegetables from Nourish Nova Scotia. It was a fundraiser for Lilly’s school. In the box was sweet potatoes, beats, onions, potatoes, acorn squash, carrots, turnip, kale and parsnips! ALL THE FOOD!!!!!


Three: The Valley Harvest Marathon is this weekend. Since getting in my run last night I’m feeling a little better about my 10k on Sunday.  There will be no PB’s or close to 60 minutes but I’m just looking forward to doing a long run and getting back into training fo another half.

The course has three hills on an out and back course. Some people don’t like the hills on this course but I actually don’t mind them. They are long and gradual and there is something about getting to the top of them that I like. I paced the 10k (1:10 finish) last year and had so much fun doing it. I wish I could have paced this year but due to my ankle injury I didn’t think it was fair to commit to that and have to back out. I’m just not reliable enough to keep a steady pace for others.

The girls are also running the kids run tomorrow around the track at Acadia University. They are both really excited about that.

Lilly last year

VHM Kids Run 2015 Lilly

Four: Swimming lessons start tomorrow for both girls and it’s either going to go two ways. One – awesome or two – horrible for Hilary! She hates the water and really isn’t happy we signed her up for swimming lessons. She’s okay if she can wear a PFD (which they will for this level) but isn’t loving the idea. Fingers crossed it goes well. The good news is after swimming, we head off to the kids run which Hilary loves so I’m thinking that will be a good way to end the day for the girls.

Five: Last but not least: I’m looking forward to time with my little family AND big family. It’s been close to a month since I’ve seen my niece Ava so I’m looking forward to getting my mitts on her 😉 and the girls are going to go nuts over her. They can’t get enough of her.

That’s it for me. Keep an eye on Instagram for this weekends shenanigans. I’m linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia who are hosting the last of the Friday Five Link Ups.

DC Trifecta Friday Five linkup

Anyone racing this weekend? 

What are you doing for Thanksgiving weekend? 

Favourite food item at Thanksgiving dinner?

Good luck to all those running Valley Harvest Marathon and Chicago Marathon this weekend!

Running Confession

I kinda don’t want to run!

There, I said it….ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

I brought my gym bag…actually it’s my hiking bag but that’s okay. I brought my bag with all my running gear to work today with intentions to run at lunch. Somehow, in the busyness of the morning shuffle, I managed to remember every essential running item I would need. I didn’t forget my sports bra like that other time, or my sneakers, or underwear like that other time! Nope, I had it all. Even my Garmin fully charged. It was as if everything was aligning for me to run, but me.

It just sat there with it’s back turned to me all morning long. At lunch time I didn’t even open the bag. It sat there behind my seat. I knew it was there. I knew the opportunity was there but I just didn’t take advantage and go for a run.


I feel lazy. I am exhausted. I’m just kinda blah and not liking that feeling. Nothing’s wrong, no one is sick (well, we are at the tail end of head colds but minor now), my ankle isn’t hurting when I run. I just didn’t have any interest in going for a run at lunch time today.

The funny part is, I’m not really feeling ready to run 10k on Sunday but I love this local event. It’s close to home, my family can watch, my girls are doing the kids run, friends are running it and it’s THAKNSGIVING WEEKEND!!!! Obviously, I know I can do the distance but it’s not going to be pretty and I’m confident there will be times when I struggle – AND – I’m okay with all of that. I just don’t feel ready.

Since this is a running blog and I’m not running…OR blogging much lately, I felt I had to confess. I’m just not digging this right now. I’m hopeful this feeling will pass but looking for some motivation….and maybe some blog ideas.

I think my plan for tonight after I get home with the girls will be to put on my running gear after I walk in the house. That way, after I make dinner, bath the girls and get them to bed I can just sneak to the basement and jump on the treadmill with NO excuses….dishes can wait…right!

Do you have a running confession?

Canadians – what are your Thanksgiving plans?

Anyone running a race this weekend?

Hit me up with some blog post you want to hear about 🙂 


Sunday Runday: I Woke Up To Rain

This past weekend was a busy one and I was really hoping to get in at least a 7k run to see how my body (ankle) would handle the distance before Valley Harvest Marathon 10k next weekend.

Saturday was busy as I facilitated a workshop, drove home and gathered the girls from my neighbour. She had spoiled them with the farmer’s market, a trip to her work (a vinyard) to pick a few grapes and lunch at her house (thank you Grr-ma). My husband was sleeping as he worked the night shift but got up when we arrived home so we could all go do a birthday party for my running buddy’s daughter,  Braegha. She was 4!

Sunday morning was the only opportunity I’d have to run outside since my husband was working 1 PM – 1 AM (a new term…aka consistency in our lives!!!). He knew I wanted to run but I wasn’t getting up early to do it. It was a sleep-in kind of morning with cuddles from the littles and then the mega struggle bus to actually get up and out of bed.

My first thought was to look outside so I’d know how to dress and to my surprise it was RAINING! Well shit crossed my mind first. Then… “am I really going to run in this”. We made breakfast and all of a sudden I found myself getting my running clothing on and searching for my green Garmin that was losing battery power fast.

Out I went into the rain…frig! What am I doing, I think I’m nuts! Hat on, long sleeved jacket on, gloves on, long running pants on, DRY sneakers and socks. Pound, pound, pound, my body just felt uncomfortable. My ankle wasn’t sure about running but didn’t give up on me.

With my green Garmin tucked under my jacket I just ran. I knew where the 1k mark would hit but didn’t even bother to lift up the sleeve of my jacket to peak at my pace. Just keep running, just keep running…oh wait now, you need to walk…so I walked. I actually HATED running at this point and seriously thought…”WHY AM I DOING THIS”…over and over for the first three kilometres. I even thought about quitting and turning to go home but for some reason I thought dodging massive puddles on the ground would be fun.

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I glided across the main road when it was car free and then along the sidewalk making sure the rain wasn’t hitting my face under my hat. I was hoping for 7k and figured out where I would turn around only to come to that point and keep running past it. Under the overpass and along this horrible footpath that has been created out of desperation since there are no sidewalks to utilize. I kept going until I hit the local Paramedic base where my husband works out of. My green Garmin hit 4.25 km and I crossed the street again in between cars passing by to run on the other side of the road back towards my house.

By now I was feeling wonderful and running with a smile on my face. The number of massive puddles on the pathway were increasing. Puddle…soaked my left shoe just like that, then my right. Puddle after puddle and spray from cars passing me by on the road, I was wet. My socks were soaked and I don’t love running in wet socks.

As I approached our subdivision after some run/walk segments, I knew that I could probably get in 8k if I ran up and down my street a few times. Yes, I was one of those runners who ran back and forth until my green Garmin hit 8k…ahhhhhhhh, what a great run! Inside I stretched as my girls played some games and then joined me later when I did my PT exercises for my ankle.

What a great run…in the RAIN! I guess sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go run in the rain. So glad I went.

How was your weekend?

Anyone run in the rain this past weekend?

Do you like to run in the rain?