November Mileage Wrap Up

November seemed like the longest month this year for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was darker earlier, the time change or it was just so busy I’ve yet to catch my breath.

As I said in my last post, I’m really looking forward to December; birthdays, work stuff, swimming/gymnastics ending for the girls and of course the holidays. Now, when I say I’m looking forward to the girls lessons ending it’s not because I don’t enjoy taking them or watching them, in fact I love that. I’m just ready after 10 weeks of getting up at early o’clock EVERY SINGLE DAY….to “sleep in”.

Though November seemed long, I managed to get back into working out more which I was starting to struggle with. I feel like I’m getting back to how many days per week I want to be working out.

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I could still get in a few kilometres tonight but wanted a break as I have soccer tomorrow night and would like a rest night. I’m hoping to run a little more then 47km in December as I want to run more kilometres then last year.

I want to get back to my long runs as I’ve been encouraged to do so my my Physiotherapist. My ankle is getting better but we’ve added some more strengthening exercises. Over Christmas last year I ran the distance of a marathon between Dec 24th and 31st and planning to do that again this year. Fingers crossed I can reach my goal!

How was your November?

Any December goals? 

Runners: Do you try to run more kilometres/miles each year?

 

 

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From Running to Barre Class

When I’m not training for a race I try to stay as active as I can. However, sometimes it’s easy to fall into “slumps” and I’ve definitely had my fair share over the last few months.

You work so hard to follow a training plan for a race, run the race, enjoy the runner’s high and then what? Now what? Recovery, possibly. Extra recovery, potentially and then BAM! you’ve done nothing for a few weeks or months even.

I was kinda hoping to train for a winter half marathon but feel I might be falling off the wagon on that one as I haven’t had time to do any long runs. I’ve thought about those long runs and even planned them out; mostly an evening run on the treadmill. This past weekend I failed at getting in a long run as the heat from our wood stove sucked me in and I fell asleep on our couch at 8:30 PM. What an excuse!!!

I did get back on track Sunday night with a 7k treadmill run that I didn’t really enjoy but was happy I did it (when it was over, of course). Bad runs are still good runs.

My little wall I stare at sometimes.

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I managed to go to Barre today at lunch and I had 2-3 moments of “I hate this”…” I hurt, please stop” …and “this is going to help my running”. My body felt great all afternoon at work which is energizing when you are working from a desk sometimes.

Confession

It’s been three weeks since I’ve been to a yoga class. And I miss it. I’m thinking my body is going to react with “what are you doing” and in utter shock! Let’s just hope I’m able to pack everything I need and not leave anything behind (like my sports bra and running last week). I missed my soccer game on the weekend as I was at a CAAWS (women & sport) workshop, so I’m looking forward to my game on Thursday. I’ll take that as my “speed work” for the week.

Also, I’m really looking forward to December and not just for Christmas. My youngest daughter and my husband have birthdays back to back (3rd and 4th) so it’s birthday party weekend coming up. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family and running lots over the holiday break.

How was your weekend?

Got any confessions to share?

What’s one thing you are looking forward to in December that’s not holiday related?

That Feeling Post Run

I finally got out for a run!!!!!!! I really thought I was going to die but it was surprisingly great!

My running buddy, Krystol and I met last night for chilly run and planned on going 5-6k (because that’s all I though my body could handle). The sluggish weekend and lack of physical activity in the last week had me thinking I would just struggle. I thought I would need to walk more then run as I felt “out of shape”.

Really, all I needed was a little kick start run like last night to have that great feeling post run. We bundled up, we had flashlights on our heads and bright reflective clothing and her four legged friend Fletcher.

Oh my…it was cold! I surely wasn’t ready for that. Winter hat and gloves for me, headband and gloves for her. As we set out I was nervous as we had a few hills to climb but we just kept going at an easy pace, chatting away.

Half way through the first hill I thought, this feels good but quickly reminded myself of the other hills to come. Don’t get too excited! Chatting away as we ran in towards town and eventually checked our Garmin. They read 3.2km. At that point, we figured we’d run to 3.5km and turn around to finish with 7k. My heart skipped a beat a little when I though, I don’t know if I’ll make it back.

We stopped at the top of one hill not because I felt it was hard but just because I wanted a little break. We stopped once more for Fletcher, then  we made it back for 7k. Just like that it was done. A super easy pace, lots of chatting and it was done!

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Running with a friend is so much better then by yourself. I needed that run! I felt great afterwards and went home to do my PT exercises for my ankle. Yeah, I’m still in physio for that stupid injury from August.

Back to that feeling. I felt great last night after my run but even better this morning. That post-run high is still lingering in my body and I’m hoping that’s the little fire that needed to be lit to keep me running.

I’m also motivated to run a certain number of kilometres this month and next. I’m not putting to much pressure on myself to meet those numbers as life happens and we have a busy weekend ahead of us. But at least I’ll have fun trying…I hope 🙂

How long does your post-run high last?

Any weekend plans?

What’s your motivator for a cold evening run in the dark?

Another Runch Bites The Dust

I planned it out.

I backed my back pack.

I EVEN charged my Green Garmin.

I mapped out a different route to run in my head on my drive to work.

I got through a busy morning and work and accomplished a lot on my to-do list. All was good.

Twelve o’clock hit…..time to runch!

I gathered my gear and headed off to change.

FaaaaRIG! I forgot my sports bra!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve got to be kidding me. I needed this run. I. JUST. NEEDED. TO. RUN!

Should I run in my normal bra….nope. Run with no bra, hell no. Seriously! I can’t believe I forgot my sports bra.

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So disappointing…I just wanted to run.

Never forget your sports bra. Another runch bites the dust!

When was the last time you forgot a key piece of running gear?

What will you run without?

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, bloggers and followers.

 

Slugging Along After a Busy Weekend

I feel like I’m just slugging along these last few days. Last week our family was hit by a stomach bug and we all got it in different ways. Little H got it the worst, poor girl and Lilly had a horrible cough. It’s lingered on into a head cold for all of us now and I’ve can’t seem to catch up on sleep.

However, life goes on and somehow as parents you find a way to keep moving forward. Some days I don’t know how we all do it! I did managed to run once on the treadmill last week. It helped that I got some fun running tights from Costco…pretty sure I’ll be wearing them a lot this winter!

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Our weekend was busy and this could be why I’m feeling so sluggish. Saturday morning started with a soccer game for me and swimming lessons for the girls.

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We hit up a Christmas craft fair with my Mom and then a Santa Clause parade later that evening.

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Sunday brought gymnastics class for the girls and both Saï and I agreed while shuffling the girls out the door we won’t be signing them up for ANY morning classes/lessons in the winter. It all worked out in the end and of course we were reminded WHY we sign our girls up for classes like this. Mainly, because they love it but also because we love seeing them happy and active. Sometimes you don’t always see the worth when struggling to get out the door.

We also saw the movie Trolls…oh my, it was really funny! Lilly went to it with a birthday party, so Saï and I took Hilary. I was hoping to run last night on the treadmill but the warmth of our wood stove drew me in and I didn’t. Now if I could only get to be before 10 pm and not 11, I think I wouldn’t feel so sluggish and have some energy to run.

How was your weekend? 

Do you recover quickly from stomach bugs?

Weekend are for relaxing or keeping busy….or both?

Running Events in December

For the most part, running events have slowed down once late fall hits in Nova Scotia. Though we run year round – yes, we Canadians still run when the little white flakes fall down and accumulate over the winter months. Sometimes, we even run during snow storms just to get those last kilometres in before we have to dig ourselves out.

December is a busy month for many people and our family actually starts off the month with two birthdays back to back, followed by another one a week later. Christmas concerts at school, shopping, wrapping presents and work….urgh…still gotta work. One of the things I look forward to in December are different events. Everything from Santa parades for my girls, to Christmas themed runs where donations are given and funds raised for people in need. So, I thought I’d share two that YOU can participate in as well. You don’t have to be a Nova Scotian, or from the Maritimes – anyone can participate.

RunAtCan Virtual Solstice Run/Walk

RunATCan stands for “Running Atlantic Canada”. Atlantic Canada is made up four Provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. It’s a group of individuals who come together on twitter once a week (Sunday at 8pm AST) and chat about everything running related using the #RunAtCan hashtag. (You should join us!}

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This year, Paul – the mighty founder of RunAtCan – is hosting the first virtual solstice run/walk! And again, you can participate!

  • When: December 21st 2016 (Shortest day of the year)
  • Distance: 5k or any distance
  • Where: Where ever you please.
  • Registration: can be found here
  • Why: Winter months can be hard on people and depression is on the rise. Come together with friends locally and virtually to run together to be the light and fight the darkness of rough winter months.
  • Cost: $20 – $30.  WHAT, a cost for a virtual run? Yes, my dear…there is a cost and some of that money is going towards the Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • Hashtags: #BeTheLight, #FightTheDark, #RunAtCan.

World Litter Run 

Another great event that I took part in last year is called the “World Litter Run” event. Now, this one does not have a fee and ANYONE around the world can participate. Wouldn’t this be awesome to see people running and cleaning up the earth a little, making places were we run and walk more beautiful.

  • When: December 7th – 11th, 2016 (okay, so it’s a week event, I lied)
  • What: Run anywhere, pick up litter, take a photo(s) and share on social media.
  • Hashtag: #WorldLitterRun 
  • Why: Beautification on the trails, paths, sidewalks we run and walk on and to clean up the communities we live in.

This is a really easy thing for us runners AND walkers to do. Simply bring a bag with you and go for a run/walk. You might want to wear some kind of glove cleaning up stuff too…. I might be talking from experience here folks! Clean up some garbage at the beginning of your run, during your run or at the end of your run.

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Maybe even get a group of friends together or your running/walking club and do this together. Group selfies using #worldlitterrun are going to be pretty awesome!

Heck, why not go out on your lunch break with your colleges for a walk AND clean up some garbage in your community. Lots of options to participate folks, let’s do this. Let’s clean up our communities that we run and walk in.

Will you participate in RunAtCan or World Litter Run?

What running related event are you looking forward to in December?

Do you struggle at all to get in any running mileage in December?

Yoga Before Bed Routine

Over the last few years I’ve really come to love yoga, specifically going to yoga class once a week. However, sometimes life gets in the way and I can’t always get there.

Now, I have a few yoga DVD’s at home and have used them but there is something about going to a class. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t just give up, pack it in and call it a day if I get bored or lose focus like I can at home.

I’m also a fan of finding workouts on Pinterest however, I haven’t been so great at actually using the pins that I save. I *always* have great intentions when I pin something but you have to find the time to go back and actually download the workout or recipe if you want to accomplish it.

Recently, I’ve started doing yoga before bed to help me fall asleep. Sometimes I want to spend 20 minutes doing yoga before bed and other times it’s just a quick and easy / feel good going to bed kind of yoga that I want.

5- Minute Yoga Routine for a Good Night’s Sleep

(who doesn’t want a good nights sleep?)

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Again, it’s Pinterest for the win! Check out my “Yoga & Stretching” page. PS – I’ve tried very few of them but have great intentions when I pin them 🙂

Have you ever tried a bed time yoga routine?

Yoga in the morning or before bed or BOTH?

What’s your favourite yoga pose? Mine is pigeon pose.