Happy 2021!!!

Happy New Year….a few days late.

I’m not the best blogger lately as I’ve been busy with other things and making this less and less of a priority in my life….and that’s okay. Setting boundaries is my new jam!

2020 was a shit-year for many and I’m really glad it’s over. Restrictions, extended winter school break, lockdowns, no go zones (that’s what I’m calling hot zones we aren’t allow to travel into due to outbreaks), not seeing family or friends in person, stress galore made saying goodbye to 2020 easy!

We’ve had one significant snow fall here and we took advantage of that last weekend. Sledding and winter hikes have been our go-to with our daughters for the last 5 days.

I’ve been plugging away at the Winter of Coast Mountain Trail Running Scavenger Hunt over the last 5 weeks and only have two badges to go. 5k Time Trial, New Years Eve/Day Run Streak, Christmas Run Streak and a few others. I should be finished by this weekend which is exciting. It’s been great to keep me accountable and something good to focus on.

Xmas Trail Scavenger Hunt

My girls LOVED doing the trail Scavenger Hunt which could have been driven by hot chocolate and After Eights, haha!

Just kidding, they loved searching for the items on our list and we got creative!

The last two badges are Dream Team (creating your own run) and the Resolution Run. I’m not big on Resolution at all but this one I decided to do something I’ve never done but have always wanted to. I can’t share with you what yet but give me a few days and I will. That is, if i can remember to blog about it….if not, find me on Instagram.

Since I mentioned resolutions and that I don’t do them, I do set goals and now boundaries to reduce stress. I also take this first week to decide what goals I want to work towards such as running 1000km like I did last year or read 21 books (that’s a lot for me). I’ll share those goals too.

Hoping your 2021 has started off great!

Anyone set Resolutions or Goals?

What’s one thing you accomplished in 2020?

How are you surviving your restrictions or lockdown(s)?

First Day of Winter!

Happy Solstice!

I sit here writing this as our recent dump of snow melts with temps rising and mist/rain falling down. Wishing it was snow!! Yes, snow! I’m ready to start skiing and snowshoeing.

Early December I signed up for the Coast Mountain Trail Running Winter Scavenger Hunt. There are 20 challenges that you do with a run, wake or hike over 60 days.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen what I’ve been up to….Nog Jog Run, Decorate Yourself Run, Relay Run, Food Bank Donation Run, Bublé Run, Rerun Run, Frozen Run, Holiday Card Run, Dreaming of Summer Run, Cross Trained, and a Chocolate Run.

Frozen Run
Food Bank Donation
Relay Run with Kelly in Ontario (me in NS)
Nog Jog, went way better than expected.

It’s been a lot of fun doing these challenges and I still have nine more to go by the end of January.

I’ve also been working towards my goal of 1000km running and 1000km cycling and getting so close on both.

My husband got me onto Zwift recently and I’m slowly figuring that out and learning a lot. I was super nervous on my first group ride but survived and did another one the following week. Cycling has become a great cross training activity for me. The past summer I fell in love with road riding, something I thought I would NEVER do. I’m hooked!

A December starts to wrap up, winter creaps in, Christmas is days away, I’m looking forward to a new year filled of good times and positivity. Yeah, I’m done with 2020!

Oh, I almost forgot….happy 9 years “blogging” to me. Well, I don’t blog much these days but this thing is 9 years old!

Anyone else still working on their 2020 goals?

What’s one thing you are doing for yourself over the holidays?

Ever do a Nog Jog?

November 30th Already!

I can’t believe tomorrow is December 1st….and I’ve barely wrote any blog posts this year. 🤷‍♀️

I’ve been spending most of my social media time on Instagram at “pipersrun”….if you want to see more daily posts, since I suck a blogging this year.

I did however, finish the Run Across Nova Scotia team relay back in mid August. Three of us ran 264km to run the distance of Nova Scotia during wave 1 of this crazy pandemic. It kept me motivated to keep running and getting outsize more.

I got to enjoy some beautiful longer rides this fall with my husband….who is way more of a hard core cyclist than I am. It was fun to be on the road with him. We also did some fall trail running together at Cape Split and Keppoch….both beautiful places we’ll run again. Cape Split is close by and we’ve run it before but Keppoch was so beautiful, I can’t wait to go back!

This fall I’ve been trying to hit 100km a month to reach my yearly goal of 1000km….as of writing this, I’m 4km away from my monthly goal. Yes, you guess it…I’m heading out to get in those 4km today.

I still have 115km in December to hit my yearly goal and I’ve made a plan to get there. I’m also close to my 1000km of cycling goal for the year but it’s time to put my bike on the trianer….sad day.

Yesterday I enjoyed a 13km run in the sunshine. However, it was super cold in the shade. Can’t win them all!

Okay, I’ll off to get a 4km easy run and finish my 100km for the month.

Anyone else going for a monthly goal today?

How about yearly goals?

Are you planning for 2021 yet?

Still RANS!

Oh Hello there!

It’s been a while!

It’s been a busy summer but I’m still working on my virtual race with team “Three Moms on the Run” – Run Across Nova Scotia. We are currently 646.43k in and on our way to 792km….getting a lot closer to the end of the race!

A few weeks back, the three of us managed to get out for an awesome trail run at Cape Split. It’s about 12k run plus a little bit – round trip of rocks, roots and a little mud too. I’ve only run it twice but have hiked it so many times. It’s so far, my favourite trail run.

It was a wee bit foggy when we got out to the point but was shaping up to be a very hot and humid day. Thankfully, we started our run just around 8am and finished before it was too hot. Lots of hikers on the trail which is always fun to see.

Three Moms on the Run

I’ve done a little more trail/dirt road runs and am loving being on the trails more. Hoping to keep that up over the coming months. I’ve even dusted off my treadmill to get in a few runs for this virtual race.

I’m getting excited to finish this virtual event but already wishing their was another one I could sign up for. It’s been a great motivator to keep me running.

This past weekend during the great Garmin outage, I ran a 10k trail/dirt road 10k for another virtual race – Good Clean Run. Since we can’t show up to races here, I’m glad the option is available for virtual races and I have completed 4 this year.

I bought a running hydration vest (Osprey) this summer and I think it’s my favourite piece of running equipment. I take it on every long or HOT run this summer and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. Game changer!

Cycling has taken a back seat which is too bad but I’m hoping to get in a few more rides this summer. I’d love to do a big trail ride but it’s around 117km, point to point and I’ve never done that distance before. However, I’ve also learned to “never say never”!

How is your summer shaping up?

Are you doing virtual races?

What’s your favourite piece of equipment for running?