Summer runnin’…soccer and little sleep.

Hi!

I’m still here but again…blogging less and less lately. Life is just too busy and blogging is something that I haven’t had any time for. I’ve barely even read any other blogs that I normally follow. Such is life…right!

I’ve been running a bit but felt I lost my interest for a week or so. My husband, Saï and I got out for a 7 km run on a Sunday afternoon – a STUPID hot kind of run but we were kid free…so that’s what we do when we are kid free! Two days later – again – on a STUPID hot day, I went for a 4 k run before picking up my girls at 4 pm – the WORST and HOTEST time of the day to be running – what am I doing to myself?!?!?!

I took about a week off, minus an early morning weekend trail run before the stupid hot started. I was a late night run (after 9 pm) to kinda kick start me again. It was one of those really HOT and humid day’s this week that the temperature is just r-o-u-g-h to manage. I had finished coaching soccer for U6’s (Hilary’s team), then we scooted over to watch Lilly play her game at another field with a quick trip to fill up the car with gas and then back home for bed time. The humidity had let up slightly and the hot temps had decreased slightly.

We’ve had a TONE of late nights with our girls which isn’t always fun for anyone. Less sleep usually means for cranky kids…….and parents too! Anyway, it was 9 pm and I said to Saï, “I think might go for a run”. And of course his response was “good – go get your stuff on and go”.

I wasn’t expecting much out of the run and was only planning on 4 or 5k if I felt like it. Once I got out there and shook off some cob webs I was able to settle into a nice pace and ended up with a progress run! I’ll take that!

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I’ve been cycling a bit too – lots of leisurely riding with my girls and a few solo (late night) evening rides after coaching soccer. You know, when you volunteer to coach one of your child’s soccer team, your other child plays soccer, you play and your husband works shift work – life ends up just being really exhausting! That’s where I’m at – exhausted!

I’m not complaining – don’t read into it that way – I love coaching my kids (and their friends…and kids I don’t know) but I’m tired! I’m not training of a race yet but it’s going to start SOON! Between coaching, playing soccer, going to yoga, a little running and some cycling (and working full time)…I’m not worried about not training for a race.

Anyway, really just a short post to say…I’m still here. Running when I can, cycling when time permits, logging many steps on the soccer fields and just enjoying life….my exhausted life…haha!

How’s your summer going?

Are you training for a race or not?

What’s your number one motivation to run when not training for a race?

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June & July Goals

Hello HOT summer! We’ve been in a bit of a heat wave for the last week in Nova Scotia. Though it’s extremely hot and humid, we’ve kept busy outside over the Canada Day long weekend!

My June goals were executed brilliantly…… I ran a lot more then I planned to – mainly long runs on the weekend with zero focus on training for a race. I finished the month with 65 km of running.  I biked a bit – around 50 km and I played 4 games of soccer and starting coaching U 6 soccer – fun!

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July’s Goals

Not going to lie – my July goals are pretty simple again. Run, Beach and Bike!

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We’ve kicked off July with a beach trip already, a long run of 11 km, a super long bike ride (for me) of 25 km and now we are just riding this heat wave and up-ing our hours in our sprinkler. The heat wave is supposed to settle down in a few days and I’ll likely get back to some early morning runs once it settles down a bit. A few rest days can’t hurt.

How’s your month of July looking?

Any big goals this month? 

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June Runfessions

I’m still here! It’s the last Friday of June which means many things:

1 – Runfessions!

2 – Last day of school for my daugthers.

3 – Getting closer to Canada Day!

June has been a BUSY, BUSY month! I had no races, wasn’t training for an upcoming race but still managed to get in long runs on the weekend!

I runfess that I’m loving my early morning long runs on the weekend! As I mentined, I’m not training for anything but I was really missing those long runs. So, at the beginning of June, I decided to start them up again.

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runfess that I’m using my soccer games as speed work for running and loving that too! Between both my daughters and I – we’ve been at a soccer field 5 days of the week for the last two weeks! It’s nuts! BUT……..I love it. I love playing, I love watching them play, I enjoy coaching them.

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runfess that I’m also loving not blogging all the time!!! I thought I’d really miss it but I just haven’t made time for it. As a blogger, you have to make time to blog and that hasn’t been a priority for me this month. However, I am posting a lot over on Instagram so if you want to keep up, check me out there.

runfess that my husband and I signed up for a race this fall!!! We even booked our hotel! Wooohoo! But I’m going to leave you all hanging for a little bit longer as to what race and distance we’ll be running. I’ve run it before and loved it!

runfess that I’m a little worried about the BIG heat wave that’s about to hit us in Nova Scotia and plan to take advantage of early morning runs when my husband is off (shift worker). Also…I’ll runfess it’s way easier getting up any day of the week at 5am…yeah 5am to go for a run then it is to get up at 6 or 6:30am for work.

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Have anything to runfess this month?

Early morning runs or no – that’s crazy?

Anyone racing this weekend?

Also – Happy Canada this Sunday!

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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May/June Goals & Running

Chirp….chirp!  Hello……..!

I’m still here just haven’t been blogging much. I’m always posting my runs on Instagram if you want to follow me over there. I never wrote a post about my May or June goals so I’m catching up today!

My May Goals:

May Goals (2)

  1. Run half marathon – completed 🙂
  2. Take bike off indoor trainer – check. Well, my husband did it as I needed it off for work one day and he had the time to do it, I didn’t. (Thanks Saï).
  3. Nope – natta.

June Goals:

I’m keeping it real simple this month. Our oldest turns 8, soccer season starts for both daughters and I and school will wrap up at the end of the month. I haven’t signed up for any other races this year (which is not normal for me) and I’m still on the fence of what I’ll sign up for. I’m eyeing a summer race to help keep me running weekly so I don’t just stop running all together. Having said that…these are my June goals:

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So far this month, I’ve had some good runs. I’ve gone for a few runches (yeah for nice weather), a trail run near my house and getting back into summer soccer tonight! I’ll likely be blogging less this month but you can still find me on Facebook or Instagram, I really don’t use Twitter and that’s it for social sites for me!

How’s your month of June shaping up?

Running any races or have any monthly goals?

Can you believe it’s June already!

 

 

Post Race Weekly Wrap

It’s been well over a week since I ran my half marathon and I’m feeling pretty good. The Monday following the race was a holiday in Canada (Victoria Day), so we got to relax after traveling back home (and a trip to the party store for birthday supplies).

I had no intentions of running last week and was happy to take a few days to do nothing. My evenings are kinda boring when my husband is working. I actually have TIME to do things like…bake….and properly clean my house and fold laundry! I think I want to go back to running most nights!!!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it.

Tuesday: Massage booked| Massaged received. Best post race recovery tool I’ll be using from now on!

Wednesday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it again!

Thursday: Bike ride for work | 36 km of cycling. I thought I was going to die many times on this ride for work. We stop a few times as a group of 40 people and then 6 of us turned around and biked back to our cars. The others had a bus taking them back to the city. My butt hurt!!!

Friday: Rest | Rest. My butt still hurt and so did my quads right above my knees. It hurt to sit down.

Saturday: Nothing planned | Nothing done! Well, we went to a parade and walked a lot!

Sunday: Nothing planned | Ran 5k & Bike Ride. I woke up wanting to run again! So I hit the trail near my house for a slow run with a few stops to catch a few photos. I did not face plant like a few weeks back but I also didn’t have my dog attached to me this time!

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We also went for a 5-6 km bike ride that afternoon. Two kilometres down to Avery’s Farm Market for ice cream with my girls, then back with a trip to the school to play for a bit, then home.

Now what?

Well, last night as I was driving my oldest daughter to Brownies and I was looking at the road and realized…I missed my long runs! I usually do my long runs along the main highway and love that out and back route. I felt kinda sad that I wasn’t doing any long runs and had a sudden burst of motivation to get out there for a long run.

Reality set in as I dropped her off, got groceries with our youngest and then picked her up again. There would be no long run for me right now…I had kids to get home, clean up and get to bed and chores to do around the house. I didn’t even manage a run last night on my treadmill after the girls went to bed as it was too late (my husband was working so no outdoor run for me). I’m sure I’ll get back out there at some point for a long run again. I’m feeling ready. I’m feeling like I want to run for more then an hour and just enjoy running again.

How long after a race did you run again?

Do you ever take a break from running to recharge?

What’s the #1 thing you if you take a break post race? Bake like me?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!

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May Runfessions

It’s the last Friday in May – can you believe it? With spring finally arriving in Nova Scotia (though some days it doesn’t feel like it), I’m so ready for summer weather already!

So far, May is the only month I’ve signed up for a race! I runfess that I’m really not all that sad about not having any races on the schedule. It’s a little freeing. I’m sure as the races come up that I’ve run before or have been eyeing to do, I might have a little FOMO going on but I’m okay with that right now.

I runfess that I got a massage right after my half marathon within 20 minutes of finishing my race. It was about 20 minutes while my friend only had a 5 minute massage. I’m pretty sure that helped me feel better then I should post race. I also got a massage on Tuesday which made me feel even better.

I runfess I wore my Tiux compression socks (affiliate link) for most of the weekend! I was on my feet all day Saturday for the 2k youth run with my girls. We took in the expo again and did a lot of walking that afternoon and then back to our car. I also walked my dog twice and was on my feet most of the evening. By the time the evening hit my legs were physically sore so I threw on my compression socks and viola – they immediately felt better. I wore another pair during my run and then a third pair post run to help recover. Lots of Tiux wearing going on!

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I runfess that I’m relieved my training for the half marathon has wrapped up. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t fun and I’m just glad it’s behind me. I’m also ready to just run when I want to, cycle with my kids/husband, go swimming and just not be tied to anything. Back to my first runfession about not signing up for races – I’ll sign up for some in the fall and maybe a few last minute races over the summer. However, soccer season starts June 3rd – so I’ll be on the field again soon!

Last runfession. I runfess that I’m really looking forward to this weekend! We have very little planned, my husband works all weekend, it’s Apple Blossom Festival and my daughters have swimming lessons. Sadly, I have a chore list – inside and outside of our house to do. I kinda just want to do nothing and watch a whole bunch of TV on my comfy couch!

What are you runfessing this month?

Do you get FOMO (fear of missing out( with races?

What’s are you doing this weekend?

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!

Runfessions are shared on the last Friday of the month and is hosted by Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice! You can check out her blog and read about lots of other blogger’s Runfessions in her link up!

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Bluenose Half Marathon Recap 2018

Woohoo…half marathon #6 completed!

We started off my traveling into the city Friday afternoon where I took in the expo sans kiddies and took zero photos, whoops! It was a in a new location which I hadn’t noticed in any of the emails so that threw me off a bit. It was a packed expo with so many great booths to visit. I ran into some runner friends which is always a bonus.

Saturday, I took the girls to the 2k youth run. Our youngest didn’t love it and really just wanted to walk and our oldest just wanted to run. We compromised with a run/walk combo since it was just me with them. They had a blast and their favourite part was getting the food after and acquiring multiple tattoo’s at the expo (again).

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Weekly workouts:

I was really nervous about this half. Last week I did the following runs: Monday – rest day, Tuesday 6k, Wednesday 5k, Thursday and Friday rest days and Saturday 2k – well 1.74km with the girls. I was feeling under trained – which shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been following along for the last 10-12 weeks. It was what it was and I was running it whether I felt trained or under trained.

Saturday was beautifully hot and sunshine for hours for the youth run and 5k that afternoon. Come Sunday morning, it was pouring rain and temps were expected to be 12c. It ended up being a little warmer at 15c but still lots of rain. I didn’t know what to wear so put on my shorts, tank/long sleeve shirt and Tiux socks. I brought my running jacket and long pants just in case. I ended up changing from my shorts to long pants in the car and wore my tank, long sleeved shirt AND my running jacket – a little warm for all that but it was good for the first 8k of my run.

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My friend Sarah was running her first half marathon (and did awesome), so we drove in together and hung out in the dry car before making our way over to the Scotiabank Centre in our poncho’s that kept us dry. After a few bathroom breaks and running into friends (my friend Tracey was running and did awesome as well). We went up to the start area around 8:08 am for a 8:20 start as we didn’t want to stand in the rain for a long time.

As the gun went off we moved forward only to be halted by the crowd in front. I always laugh at this because it happens at every race. Have you experienced that before? We cross the start mat and beeped our Garmins to start. It was crowded but that’s expected. Sarah and I ran together for the first 10 minutes and then she moved onto a 10/1’s while I did continuous. We would catch up to each other over the first 3-4k and then she eventually move forward but I could pick her out in the distance up ahead because of her hat and socks.

Around the 5k mark my Garmin beeped so I went to look at it and rolled my right ankle. No joke! Frig! I just kept moving forward and tried not to think about it and managed to run off the pain for the time being. We ran through Point Pleasant Park which was beautiful and relaxing by the water. The first BIG hill of 300 meters (0.3km) was approaching and my thought was to just push it as far as I could. I managed to run the whole thing which gave me a little confidence boost for a later HILL I would be climbing.

We ran the streets of Halifax and I was feeling really good. I was a little worried about my pace which was 6:38/km roughly from 1-11km. It just felt good and then it didn’t. It started to go downhill around 12k and I went through every thought of:

  • just keep one foot in front of the other
  • run and be happy
  • you can do this
  • I hate this
  • I never want to run a half again
  • just walk for a few seconds
  • I hate this
  • suck it up and just run

From km 12 – 18 roughly, I hated it. It was hill after hill, and I’m not just talking about little hills. These were BIG hills you had to climb forever!!! For the most part I feel I did a good job on the hills except the biggest hill and that killed me. Each time I though we were making our way to the finish area, the route would take us in an opposite direction.

When I ran this half in 2006, the route was completely different. This year they used the same route as previous years (not 2006 route) but reversed the direction. This is the main reason why I wanted to run it. I’ve learned that for the Bluenose Half Marathon it really doesn’t matter what direction you are running in because you are just going to hit hill after hill. You need to be ready for lots of hills.

I gave up a lot…like a lot. I had no drive, no energy, no interest in running – which you kinda need while running a half marathon. I really wasn’t loving it but I kept moving forward be it running or lots of walking.

Elevation Chart!!!

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Around 18k it started to pour and the wind picked up. My face was tucked under my Nuun visor but the wind was strong and blew the rain up in my face. Nothing on me was dry….I just kept running – one foot in front of the other. “You are done soon. You are almost there”. I chatting with other runners as they approach me or I approach them. I thanking volunteers and police officers who were blocking traffic in the rain! I tried to enjoy the moment even though I was struggling. I had many, many thoughts on this run.

The funny thing is, I was expecting to finish around 2 hours 30 minutes and finished under it but was so hung up on how much I had to walk and that I had no desire to run. With the rain pouring down and feeling like a kid playing outside, I managed to turn my sour-puss attitude around and enjoy the last 3k in the rain.

I thanked one of the last police officers and he said “your welcome and enjoy the remainder of the race”…I smiled and said “I will” because it was a fast downhill and then uphill to the finish. As I cruised down Cogswell Street and onto Brunswick Street to finish – close to the finish line I saw my friend Kerri who called out my name (she’s involved in the youth event) and it made me smile and just enjoy the finish shoot. I turned off my Garmin and volunteers were there giving high-fives. It took everything in me to raise my arms for three high fives – ha! I was done!

I met up with Sarah as she finished just ahead of me. We hit up the food station and then got a massage!!! I’ve never gotten a massage at a race. I was soaked from the rain and sweat, salty as heck and I stunk – I just ran a half marathon – you can’t not stink after running that long. the massage was worth it.

I finished in 2:25:44 (chip time).

That’s it! Half marathon #6 done with no races scheduled for the rest of the year! I was thinking about running a race in June but have decided I need to regroup, slow down and not race for a while….I think 😉 I want to pace a few fall races as I really enjoyed that. Oh, and my ankle is okay. Slightly swollen and sore but nothing a few days of ice and rest can’t fix.

Congrats to all those who ran the Bluenose Marathon (5k, 10k, 15k, half, full and youth run) – what a great weekend for runners in Nova Scotia!

How was your (long) weekend?

Anyone race this weekend? How’d it go?

When was the last time you rain a race in the rain?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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