December Goals & Mileage!

Happy last day of 2017!!! And….Happy New Year’s Eve!

I had planned on posted this early in the morning but didn’t have a chance to come back and finish it so…it’s now done. December was a month of getting back on my feet, back into physiotherapy for my back and hip, enjoying winter running and of course, lots of family time over the holidays! I had some specific goals for December and manged to accomplish …. all of them!

  • Get into Physio and identify injury/recovery plan. – Yes, still going.
  • Be active. Yes – more active then last month (thank you physio). 
  • Set up my bike trainer. Yes – on Dec 28th and almost all by myself!

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  • Celebrate two special people getting older (youngest daughter and my husband). We had a fun birthday party for my daughter and then were spoiled for a complete stranger when we went out to dinner for my husband’s birthday. A gentleman paid for our meal – we were all blown away!
  • Decorate for Christmas *after birthdays*. Yes – we started decorating around Dec 7th.
  • Volunteer at my children’s school. Yes – they have a Christmas Shopping party every year and I volunteered all day. 
  • Continue to blog weekly (including end of year posts). I did blog weekly but just!
  • Bake cookies (vegan ones too) with my girls. We baked lots of vegan treats! 
  • Start to think about 2018 goals. Slowly but surely I’m thinking about them. 

A few extra accomplishments this month: I became a 2018 Tiux & Nuun ambassador again!!! Pretty excited about being part of these programs again! This is the first month I managed to do all my monthly goals! As for my running mileage, I managed a few great snowy trail runs with Carmacks and a few treadmill runs.

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Running Mileage:

  • Running: 44 km
  • Aqua Running: 2 classes
  • Yoga: 1 class
  • Skiing: 1 (Dec 31st)
  • Soccer: Missed a lot of games 😦

I’ll be wrapping up my full mileage from 2017 in the New Year as I haven’t had time to put together that lengthy post. All of the goals I set in December were things I wanted to do and made time to do…some at the very last minute. Looking back, though it was stressful it was a great month.

Did you set and achieve any goals in December?

Was December a busy month for you?

How are you celebrating New Years?

Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve! All the best in 2018!

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December Runfessions

Hello….anyone there?!?!

I sort of took an unplanned hiatus over the holidays with great intentions of blogging but I didn’t bother once to turn on my computer….it was kinda nice. However, now I’m left with half finished blog posts and forgotten posts as well.

This is my last installment of “Runfessions” for the year and I think I’ll continue next year.

December Runfessions

I runfess that I really enjoyed my unplanned break from blogging. You know, blogging takes time and thought. I don’t write many “try this….” posts anymore or “tips for running” lately. It’s been more about my running experiences. I just didn’t make time for blogging because let’s be honest bloggers – you have to make time to blog.

I runfess that I’m really loving snowy trail running with my dog Carmacks. We’ve been out a handful of times over the last two weeks and loving it. We did have a wind storm the other day that knocked down some trees on a trail we run so I’ve had to teach him (lift him over) how to climb over fallen down trees.

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runfess that I’ve been running with “Christmas tree” earrings for the last few weeks. Apparently, I’ve been forgetting they are on my ears and have been sleeping in them too! See photo above for my dangling earrings!

I runfess that I haven’t looked at my running mileage in three months! Normally, I’d tally it all up at the end of the month but I had no clue where I was until this morning. I’m just around 530km for the year – the lowest I’ve ever been! Oh well!

runfess that I’m getting excited for a spring half marathon with some mama-friends. It’s a race I’ve done before but not this course so it should be fun!!!! Also, I may have encourage them to run the half instead of the 10k – such a bad mama-running friend!

I runfess that I’m happy to see 2017 wrap up and looking forward to 2018. I have zero goals for 2018 at the moment but I always take the first week of January to sort them out, then you’ll see a post on that.

For now, that’s all I’m runfessing for 2017. I have a few wrap up posts to do for 2017 but you’ll see those in the new year.

How was your December?

Anything to runfess this month?

Are you ready for 2018?

You can check out my other Runfession posts: November, October September, AugustJuly, JuneMay, AprilMarchFebruary, and January

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month.

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Year of Running 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to look back on the year and see all the things you’ve done (or missed out on). Running for me has always been something fun to do, a stress reliever, time to myself, an opportunity to be a better mom/wife and also to take care of my physical and mental health. This year sure gave me a challenge with my running.

For the last few year’s I’ve been doing the “Year of Running” wrap up hosted by Courtney at “Eat Pray Run DC”.  Therefore, I’m doing it again!

Best (and worst) of 2017

Best Race Experience: Pacing the 10k at Valley Harvest Marathon  with White Rabbit Pacing was my best race experience. I ran with two Garmin’s this time pacing just to make sure I was on pace.  It’s such a fun local run and  so rewarding when you bring runners to the finish line on time!

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Best run: Running Cape Split with my husband in September. We don’t get to run together often but when we do it’s awesome. I love that he loves to run (and cycle etc.) but when you can go for 1-2 hour run with your husband it just makes it that much better. Best run hands down of the year.

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Best new piece of running gear: My new Garmin Forerunner 230! This was a mother’s day present from my girls and husband. Love it! Well, and my Tiux compression socks – man they were a life saver for me!!

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Best running advice you’ve received this year: There were many nights when I wanted to run but was just exhausted from the busy day at work and with our girls. On those nights my husband would always say “you’ll feel better if you just go”, “put on your gear and just start”. Without those nudges, I would have just missed the run.

Best Advice I Can Give: Listen to your body. When it’s saying enough is enough – listen.

Most inspirational runner:  I’d have to say Shalane Flanagan.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: It’s not a race photo, though I do love the photo above from pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon. However, my favourite photo is this one bloew – running with my husband and daughters on January 1st. We now have a tradition of running our first km on January 1st together….even in the rain or snow!

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Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Pacing the 10k – 1:10 finish at Valley Harvest. I love this pace and finishing time. Hands down, I’d pace this race again. I’d also repeat running the Berwick 5 miler Road Race – that was a fun distance and I really enjoyed the course.

Worst Running Moment: Hands down, finding out two days before my half marathon that I was having some heart problems. It was strongly suggested that I didn’t run my half that I worked so hard for in September. I was devastated. Luckily two weeks later, I passed my stress test and told to get back to running. But, oh the disappointment was HIGH!

Favourite Medal: These are my daughter’s medals after they both ran 800m and 1200m respectively. They both had a blast and finished with a smile on their faces. I love that they both love to run and enjoy it as much as I do.

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If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?  Physically hard (car accident/heart problems), rewarding (pacing the 10k) and challenging.

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That’s how I’d sum up my running in 2017. With a car accident in late March I struggled to get back to running but managed a half in June. Only to train hard over the summer months to be told I had to stop running and then to finish off with pacing a local race made up for some of the devastation of missing my goal half marathon.
What was your best race or run of 2017?
Race you’d repeat in a heartbeat? 
Worst running moment?
My 2016 year in running can be found here. 

 

Snowy Running

This time of year usually brings lots of snow to Nova Scotia, however it can be hit or miss depending on the temperatures. At the moment we have a few cm of snow on the ground, enough to make winter running a challenge.

Depending on the roads, I either run in just my sneakers or I throw on my yak tracks like I did this weekend. There are few people that put studs (or screws) on an older pair of sneakers and that works too. I’m thinking of putting some screws on a pair when I don’t want to wear my yak tracks but want some stability on the ice and snow.

We had a busy weekend of a basketball jamboree, library for the kids and cleaning the house for me, skating and then a Christmas sock exchange party for our kids.

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I’m not ready for Christmas and feeling completely unorganized but have a plan in place to get back on track before the holidays. It’s a different one this year as my husband who’s a paramedic works ALL Christmas 😦 It sucks big time but that’s life as we know it. We’re moving a few things around and Christmas will look a little different this year but we’re making the most of it.

Saturday afternoon while my parents were visiting and had the girls at the library, I snuck out for a 45 minute run. It was just what I needed. Yak tracks, Carmacks, snowy trails and me.

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It was bloody cold out! It was -5c (23f) but felt like -11c (12f) and though I was dressed warm it was still a cold run. Eventually, I got used the the temperatures as my body warmed up but this was my first COLD run of the winter. I basically wear the same things when I run but layer up my core as the temperature drops more.

Winter running is always slower running for me and I’m just find with that. Carmacks is loving life running with us. Between Friday running with my husband (7k) and 6k with me Saturday he sure is raking up the mileage!

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We’ve been working on turning around and running back towards the location we just came from and managed it pretty smoothly this time. It’s all a learning curve for us. It’s amazing how he can remember which way we have gone when having to decided between left (haw) and right (gee). I often didn’t even have to give him the commands (for lack of better word) to tell him which way to turn, he remember through scent I guess. He does not like stopping to pose for a photo!

How was your weekend?

Anyone else running in the snow?

What’s your best tip for snowy runs?

 

Easy Trail Running

Slowly but surely I’m getting back to running. It’s not an easy process when you have to take 3 weeks off (or longer) but I’m working my way back.

My plans for the hypothermic half in January have definitely gone out the door and that’s okay. For now, I’m just focusing on getting in a few runs during the week outside or inside on my treadmill, oh I mean merry mill.

Last Sunday I managed to get out for a 5k with Carmacks on our local trail. It was an old rail bed turned into trails or “Rails to Trails” as some people called it. It’s now part of the Harvest Moon Trail. It was the first time we ran down from our house to the trail and it’s only 1km away to the trail head. Carmacks did really well crossing the street of our busy highway – thank goodness for traffic lights!

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We took our time and just ran at an easy pace with only a few pee stops for him. One thing we have to work on is stopping and turning to run back where we just came from. Poor Carmacks was rather confused when I slowed him down and turned him around – he almost came out of his harness!

As we ran back along the trail he settled back into a running grove and even pulled me up the two little hills we had to climb back into our subdivision. Carmacks is up for any distance these days but we’ve been running 5k’s with him so far. It should be fun to see how he does on longer runs – hopefully we can test that out soon!

For now, it’s easy runs for me. So speed work, no tempo runs, just easy running. Enjoyable running. Injury free running! My back is doing so much better and I’m starting to sort out my hip as well. I’ve been approved to get back to yoga (which I may have already done yesterday at lunch) and cycling! Time to get my bike on it’s trainer! As for soccer, I’ve got to wait a little bit longer until I know my hip area is happy and stronger. It kinda sucks but I’d rather get stronger and healthier now then be in pain long term.

The weather has been all over the place in Nova Scotia lately. We had a small dumping of snow on Monday and today’s rain washed it all way. But…don’t worry because the temps are dropping tonight fast so we may have more snow. Let’s just hope it’s not too icy for folks out there driving!

How’s your week going?

Where is your favourite place to run this time of year? Trails, indoors, roads?

Anyone have any running plans for the holidays?

 

 

 

Carmacks & Kid Stuff

It’s been five months since we adopted Carmacks and it’s like he’s been with us for years! He’s cute the routine man and is settling in really well.

If you missed how we adopted him, you can read that here. He settled in over the summer months really well with some minor adjustments for us all.

He’s pretty content being a house dog now and hanging out on blankets. Originally, we had a cozy dog bed in his crate but apparently sled dog’s don’t like cozy beds! We found out the hard way and minus $45 later. A quick trip to Frenchy’s (second hand shop) for three fleece blankets and he was in heaven.

He also loves treats!

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He’s a great running buddy!

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He loves hanging out in our bedroom, even when we are not home. He dislikes the vacuum and the broom and sheds like CRAZY! He still follows us around the house and surprisingly loves the warmth of our wood stove! He is patiently waiting for a big snow fall (*cough* mother nature) so he can go out to play.

Kid Stuff

It’s been a busy fall of basketball and Brownies, birthday parties and our youngest turning 5!!! Life seem crazy at times between both of us working full time (Saï on shift work), the girls both in school, taking care of our dog who loves to be active and sports etc. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down and just enjoy the moment we are in.

We recently went out for dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We don’t eat out very often as a family so it was really nice. An older gentleman ended up paying for our meal!!!!!!!!! He was sitting behind us during our meal and we said hello on the 4 trips to the bathroom (life with kids!) and then he came to talk to us before he left. At the end of our meal the waitress came over with a blank receipt and it said Merry Christmas. She informed us our meal had been paid for by the man. Socked and surprised we sat there for a while just taking all that in…yeah, some tears formed in my eyes.

We left that meal feeling extremely thankful and took the time to explain to the girls what he did and that we needed to do something for someone else. And we did! Yesterday, we went to a local tree lot and gave a donation for another family (any family they wished) for the purchase of their tree. We wanted to pass along the kindness that this man provided for us. Hilary and I went down to the lot and explained to the owners what we wanted to do and they were happy to do so for us.

Though life is busy, I was able to slow down and enjoy this part of the “season” of giving with my family. Christmas will be different this year as my husband will be working for all of it (sucks big time with kids) but that’s life as we know it. Santa might come on a different day in our house.

Have you ever had a pay-it-forward experience?

Are you waiting for the snow to fall like us? 

Have you ever had to have Christmas early or late?

 

On The Move Again

So I can get moving again, as in running! Well, light jogging but I’ll take that over doing nothing.

This past Monday, I got into see my go-to physiotherapist.  After a very thorough assessment of my back, he eliminated my SI joint which I was really surprised. Apparently, I’ve got some issues going on with a disc in my back and potentially my hip bone.

At the beginning of my appointment I could barely bend to the left side and by the end of the appointment, I could bend down/over and touch the outside of my left knee with ZERO pain. It was amazing!

My main focus right now is to do extensions three times a head and try to sit less. Sitting less can be hard when you have a desk job or are in meetings all day. I often drive 1-2 hours for meetings, only to sit again and then drive back home. It’s sure taking a toll on my body. That’s one of the reasons I love running as I can get in a quick run (or walk) when I’m having to sit for most of the day.

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I’ve also been approved to go for a light run outside….WOOHOOOOOOOOO! I was wanting to go the last few tights but we had to attend Brownie enrollment, celebrated husband’s birthday and then a Christmas party last night. I settled with a lunch time walk on Monday and just waiting for a time to lace up those sneakers again!

I’m happy to finally have some answers to the pain I’ve been having for months (and re-injured two weeks ago). Time to do my exercises, get stronger and back to running and eventually soccer and yoga too.

How’s your week going?

Have you had any Christmas or holiday parties yet?