March Runfessions

March was the month that mother nature couldn’t deciding between winter or spring in Nova Scotia. The last 10 days or snow we have had 3 snow storms plus freezing rain.

March Runfessions

I runfess that I had no intentions of basically dropping running this month but it just sort of happened. The first part of the month I was just happy playing soccer, skiing with my girls, going to yoga and a little cycling. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to run, I did…but it just didn’t happen. I started to get a little running mojo during the second last week but then a car accident kinda sidelined me from everything. I’m fine but dealing with whiplash and it will take another 4-5 weeks to recover fully.

Worth missing running for this:

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I runfess: It’s taken me three months to decide on a spring race. I’m thinking I just needed a break from running all the time to enjoy many other sports with my kids. Back to the race. I’m planning to go back and run the Johnny Miles Half marathon June 18th. This was my goal race last year and it was horrible. It wasn’t because I wasn’t ready, injured or didn’t like the event. It was more about the loss of our dog two days prior. Mentally I just wasn’t in it and after 5k I wanted to quit.  It’s okay, I finished it, cried then took a few weeks to sulk about it. Needless to say, I’m ready to run it again. Oh, that feels good to say!

Throw back to last year at Johnny:

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I runfess that I am proud of my daughters.  I’ve LOVED skiing with my girls this winter but wished my husband could have joined us as well. I was blown away when our youngest, Hilary just started skiing by herself and also went to the top of the big hill. Lilly improved so much and is skiing more on the big hill (vs bunny hill). I’m proud of their confidence, their love for the sport and their ability to ski all day! I’m still trying to figure out how they can’t be tired after a full day of skiing but I can! I love that they are trusting themselves to do hard things.

Faking….

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I runfess that I often can’t find all my running gear….because I tend to leave it all over the house. (My husband is nodding as he’s reading this I bet!). My sneakers are always in our mud room but my jacket, hat and gloves can be anywhere. I often misplace my Night Runner 270 lights , Garmin and Road ID. My only runs this month were outside as the sun was setting and I missed not wearing the Night Runner 270 lights.

Good news – I’ve found them but just have to wait to be able to run outside again to use them. As a working mom, sometimes my only opportunity to run is at night and I prefer to be seen by drivers. Speaking of Night Runner lights – they have been hard at work designing the new Night Runner Pro lights that cover more surface area, are brighter, last longer and connect to your phone via Bluetooth to provide visual performance feedback!

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I runfess – I want a pair of these! The are hosting a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce the new lights. Check it out, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

runfess that I’m ever so excited to see how the Barkley Marathon goes, particularly Gary Robbins. I watched the movie last year and want to watch it again. I find watching movies like that and Finding Tracking (Nikki Kimball) are rather inspiring and motivating! If you haven’t see them yet – put them on your list to watch ASAP!

I’ve also watched Patriots Day recently and held it together until the end when they started interviewing those whom where injured. Other running movies I’ve enjoyed: 4 Minute Mile, McFarland USA and Saint Ralph.

That’s it…those are my runfessions for March. I’ll be sharing my monthly mileage soon.

Any runfessions to share for March?

Who’s into the Barkley Marathon? 

Do you have a favourite running related movie?

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month! Check out my February and January Runfessions.

I’m also linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

Friday Five Linkup 2.0

Happy Friday!

Not The Week I Expected Wrap Up

Last week started off really great with some new energy for running but unfortunately took a bit of a halt.

With a busy weekend of skiing and a little indoor cycling, I took Monday as a little rest day with intentions of running throughout the week a little more. Tuesday’s run was another last minute decision that turned out to be just what I needed and wanted.

Monday: Rest Day.

Tuesday: 5k run outside – you can read more about it here. It was so epic, it got it’s own blog post.

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Wednesday: Rest Day – just couldn’t fit in a workout. Made dinner after work, got the girls to bed, did the dishes, packed for 2 days away and then visited with my Mom who arrived around 8:30 pm.

Thursday: This is where the week went down hill…or should I say down in the ditch off the highway. I got in a car accident. Short story – I’m fine but have minor whiplash and my parents truck is not fine. You see, I borrowed their truck as my Mom was taking care of our girls since my husband was working his shift. We had a snow storm that wasn’t really predicted and had snow/ice on the roads. I hit some ice and well, when you hit ice you are pretty much shit out of luck. I’m lucky as it could have been worse and thankful my co-worker was only 10 minutes behind me. Needless to say, I went home truck-less and missed my 2 day meeting….but I went home 🙂

Friday: Get through the day. It’s amazing how much pain you can have from your seat belt folks! PSA – always wear your seat belt!

Saturday: Rest  – nap mid day for 40 minutes. Spent the afternoon with Saï and our youngest while our oldest saw Beauty & The Beast at a birthday party.

Sunday: Rest – two hour nap around lunch time again and probably could have slept longer.

If you didn’t know, Nuun has a 20% off coupon “hydratewithus17” and works on both nuunlife.com and nuuncanada.com until March 31st. 

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Though my week went down hill fast, it’s given me some time to rest and think about other things. Like finally deciding on a late spring race but I’m going to hold off on telling you about that one just yet. I’m excited for it!

Each day my back is feeling better so I am optimistic about getting back into some training once I see my new PT on Wednesday. For now, it’s take it easy and be kind to myself.

How was your week / weekend?

Ever been in a car accident before?

Share some running news with me please 🙂 

Today, I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Charge the Garmin!

Ever have that moment of “all I want to do is run” but then change your mind a few minutes later? That was me yesterday. I’ve barely put any mileage on my Garmin this year, in fact I’m pretty sure that I can count how many time’s I’ve run since January on one hand.

It’s not that I don’t want to run, it’s that I’ve been enjoying other sports with my family which was more important then trying to fit in a run. Skiing, snowshoeing and skating will be off the agenda soon enough. Maybe sometimes we just need to do “other” activities to enjoy the one we love so much.

Having said that, yesterday I really wanted to run but got home late for work with the girls. This meant that there was a late dinner, late bath and late getting the girls to bed. Not to mention my husband was home so we tried to have as many conversations about many things while we had time.

When bath time hit and my husband was with the girls, I found my Garmin and plugged it in. This was my way of convincing myself that I should really go for a run. If my Garmin was charged I had no excuses, right? We finished bathing the girls and got them into bed. We both spend time with each of girls talking about their day, singing songs etc. While I was with Hilary I decided that I didn’t want to run but then quickly changed my mind when I was with Lilly. I think laziness was setting in and I just wanted an excuse.

After saying goodnight to Lilly, I walked out and said to Saï…”I think I want to run” with lots of hesitation. He just said “yes, go now”. So I did. I jumped in my running tights, threw on my sports bra and strapped on my Garmin. However, I couldn’t find my running jacket and after searching the house it was on the drying rack. Good news: my Garmin was charge!

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This time I was prepared with my Garmin charged and ready to go – no batteries dying on me My run started as the sun was just starting to go down but with my headlamp, reflective gear and sidewalks to run on, I was good to go. I ran out 3 km and ran back a slightly different way to finish with 5 k.

My pace is beyond slow but I don’t care. My reality is that I’m happy with just getting out for a run, avoiding injuries and at some point getting back into following a training plan for a race. What race is still to be determined!

If you don’t wear your Garmin, did your run even happen ?

What pushes you out the door when your lacking motivation?

Ever change your mind multiple times like me?

 

 

 

Mid March Weekly Wrap Up

I feel like this year is passing by rather quickly, especially with it being pass March Break! Though I’ve been loving our winter adventures, we’ve had a few tastes of spring and I’m really looking forward to some warmer weather.

Weekly Workouts March 14-19th:

Monday: Nothing. I desperately wanted to run but when the clock hit 9pm and I still had not finished getting everything packed (food/ski gear) for the next day, I decided to trash the idea.

Tuesday: Skiing for 5 hours. The girls and I hit up the hill for some March Break skiing.

Wednesday: Nothing. Took it easy and we went to our local library.

Thursday: Afternoon hike with the girls (half hour) and 6k evening run.

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I ran my first run in over 2 weeks. I didn’t really plan to run but briefly mentioned to my husband that I kinda wanted to run. It was 7:30 pm and still light out. His response was quick: “then go get ready, you’ll regret not going”.  I plugged in my Garmin as the battery was close to dying and hoping I could get enough juice in it while I got dress to last during my run. I was out the door by 7:45.

I was kinda dreading this run since it’s been so long but surprisingly my legs and lungs felt great. My Garmin battery warned me twice that it was getting low but I kept running. I turned around at 3k and decided I run back the same way to get in 6. Just as my Garmin hit 4k and beeped at me, it died.

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The run was just the kick start I needed however I was extremely sore the next day.

Friday: Soccer game. I was extremely lucky to have my neighbour come take care of the girls as Saï was working. I was late arriving and just couldn’t get into a good grove and played horrible. We lost 1-0.

Saturday: Skiing for 5 hours with the girls. Oh this was a great day! Minus a lunch break, we skied for 5 hours and at the hill for 6.

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Sunday: Cycled 12k (39 minutes) – a rather leisurely session on my indoor trainer but a good one.

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Though it was a bit of a challenging week with the girls, it was still an active one. I’m really hoping to get back into running more and debating on starting a training plan for a 10k or half. I’ve still yet to register for anything but I figure it I start following a training plan, not only can I build my base but I can decided later to register for a spring race. I’d rather not register for a race and have not invested the time to training for it.

Were you on March Break?

Do you ditch workouts when on vacation, maintain or keep them the same?

Ever train for a race though you aren’t registered?

Today, I’m joining for the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Last Ski Adventures

We got in one more ski day!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that we like to do active things as a family. Ski, hike, snowshoe, swim etc. This winter our youngest Hilary learned to ski all by herself and even got up the big hill once. Our oldest, Lilly has been cruising around like she’s an old pro!

I really wanted to sneak in one more day of skiing with the girls before the season ended so we headed to Ski Martock yesterday. Even though we had a busy week, soccer game for me and late to bed Friday night for the girls, we still got up early and were at the hill just before they opened. That was a first!

We basically had the bunny hill to ourselves for almost 2 hours (very little people on it).

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Then we had Grandad join us again. My Dad is just loving skiing with his grand kids. I sure am thankful he taught and my siblings how to ski at a young age.

The girls got to hang out with Grandad in the lodge while Mommy got in a few solo runs. Spoiled with hot chocolate and cookies.

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We skied all day and it was a perfect day to be at the hill. With it being March break, I thought it would be nuts but it wasn’t. Nine runs on the big hill for Lilly and I did around 14. Hilary did 6 half hill runs and way too many to count on the bunny hill.

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I would love to get in another day but it might not sure if we can pull it off before the season ends next weekend. We had a great winter of skiing and the girls improved so much!

Do you get out with your kids? 

What’s your favourite family activity to do?

Are you ready for Spring?

 

 

 

Dear March Break,

I’m done with you!

I thought it was going to be an amazing week of fun adventures with my kids but when Monday morning at 10am hit and I had already lost my shit 5 times…I knew I was in trouble. March Break – you used to be so much fun….I had such high hopes.

Last year, we took a little ski adventure for half the week and did a soccer camp for the other half – genius, that was just genius! This year with life being so busy leading up to you, I though a “staycation” would be perfect. Wrong! Wrong by Monday morning!!

It’s only Thursday and though we’ve had some fun adventures (I’ll share below), I’m actually really happy I have to work tomorrow. Just for 1 day…no tantrums, no defiant kid who hates getting dressed, no “I’m hungry” five minutes after they finished their massive lunch.  AND…I’m pretty sure they are wrestling on the bed upstairs as I write this. (Not wrestling, I checked but the game ended as someones head hit the wall).

This morning’s they created a game of hopping from one play mat to the other to avoid the crocodiles. It was great, fun, challenging and then they worked on their physical literacy skills: tackling! No joke, my kids started tackling each other (as crocodiles) and my response was “please stop tackling your sister, however your tackle was pretty great. No more tackling until you are playing a sport that requires it”. Who says that?!?!

Yup, March break…I’m done with you.

Monday: I can’t even remember what happened Monday morning but by 10 am I was done with tantrums and our feisty four year old. We went to see the movie “Storkes” with friends – cute movie, they loved it. Then we had an epic spaghetti dinner at a friends house using anything but forks to eat our meal. Messy and hilarious – no photos unfortunately.

Tuesday: Ski day before a big snow storm. We skied from 9:15 until 3 with a quick lunch break in there. Hilary (4 year old) did her first run on the big hill and only had 1 meltdown on the steepest part….fair enough, I probably did that at her age on the hill.

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WIN FOR MOM! 

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Though it’s a bit of work taking them skiing…it’s so worth it! I could do this every day…and maybe I should have this week. Ahh well, though it’s been an up and down week, the girls are having a blast and I’m sprouting a few new grey hairs 😉

Though my husband was working 😦 and missed the ski day, I’m lucky to have a Dad that loves to ski with his grand kids. Three runs on my own was my sanity saver, ha ha!

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Wednesday: Since the snow storm wasn’t as epic as it could have been (and rain) we ventured out to the new local library and got some books out. They also had a March Break event so the girls played some games, won prizes and the four of us got to enjoy the afternoon together.

Today has been epic meltdown morning for Hilary. Since their wrestling match ended quickly thanks to me, they are now playing school. Tomorrow they are at day care of a ST. Patrick’s Day party…sugar them up!

Time to bust out the snow pants and get outside with them…the trail is calling our name.

March break – your not so bad but next year we are not staying home 😉

Are you on March Break?

What do you do with your kids on March Break?

Staycation or Go-Away?

More Sunshine & Weekly Wrap Up

Whipping windchill (-25c) and sunshine galore was how I ended the the week, not too shabby. It was a beautiful but wind-whipping cold day at the hill yesterday but we had a blast!

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Right now for me, life is all about balance. Balance of activities I enjoy doing (running, soccer, yoga, skiing, barre, cycling) and daily life of work and family. Oh life can be fun: water problems last week, kids not listening to you and kids learning the hard way. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but you keep moving forward.

Last year I became an Active for Life ambassador and this month they are kicking off an “Active for Life 30 Day” challenge. Today is all about hopping and Wednesday is about balance. Hopping on one foot or both feet. Hopping down your hallway, to your car/school or the bus stop!

Balance is not about life balance like I was speaking about but physical balance – balancing on a rope, wire or piece of tape on the floor. This balance is all about physical literacy. What’s physical literacy? Well, the definition I use is about children (or adults) moving confidently and competently in a variety of activities and settings and building their fundamental movement skills (hopping, running, jumping, kicking, throwing, balancing etc.). If you can’t run, how do you can you play soccer, basketball or baseball?

Today, I’ve set up a piece of tape in our hallway floor that we will leave all week – maybe longer. Sometimes after birthday parties I will leave the hop scotch painters tape on the floor. I did this by mistake one time and caught the girls doing hop scotch to their bedrooms at night. So sometimes we leave it their for  some last minute play time.

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Back to today, I know the girls will wake up and say “what?” but I figure it’s way to use this simple piece of tape and fun. Though my husband will be sleeping after his night shift (Paramedic), I’m going to see if they can hop quietly down the hallway to breakfast and then hop to the car later. When we get home at the end of the day, they can hop all they want before dinner is ready back and forth on the line, one foot, two feet or maybe even with their eyes close.

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Note the large cardboard box is actually a cardboard car and the water bottles on the ground were for glow bowling (glow stick in water) from New Years! Yes, that’s how we roll…we don’t throw out anything and apparently don’t clean up New Year’s Eve supplies either.

Last week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Rest day. (Ran 7k the night before).
  • Tuesday: Yoga class.
  • Wednesday: Rest day.
  • Thursday: Soccer game (we lost).
  • Friday: Rest day.
  • Saturday: SURVIVAL day with my girls, they were a handful!
  • Sunday: Skiing for about 6 hours with my girls.

Skiing was amazing! Our youngest finally learned how to ski 100% on her own!!! I usually ski down back wards with my arm out towards her chest to slow her down but after two runs she was just ready to go on her own. We worked on stopping and starting and she quickly learned how to use her legs to turn.

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It was like a switch went off…you know, her physical literacy switch in skiing (putting pressure on your skis to slow down and stop and balancing. She skied for hours and by the end of the day had to lay down on the hill more so out of exhaustion then anything else. She was loving life!

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Lilly did six runs on the big hill and challenged herself to doing new runs that scared her. Funny enough, after being scare the first time, she went back and did it a second time!

How was your weekend?

Ever set up painters tape on your floor for your kids to use?

Have you ever done a family challenge life Active for Life’s 30 Day Challenge?

Today, I’m joining for the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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