Happy 2019!

We are well into 2019 and I have no new year’s resolutions (though I don’t do resolutions), no goals (well, I do but I haven’t shared any of them yet) or BIG things I want to accomplish in 2019….as of yet.

And that feels good!

I’ve been since since New Year’s Day, just with a nasty head cold but it’s taking the good out of me. January 1st, I spent the day in bed in pain and then Jan 2nd I woke up feeling awesome. Maybe even too awesome! However, I didn’t sleep well that night and then went skiing the following day with my Dad. I likely over did it and then spent that Saturday afternoon in bed. The head cold was shared around the family so we’re all sick.

Having said that, I’ve only run once so far this year! We did our annual “run the 1st km of the year together” run on January 2nd. Check out those road conditions….they haven’t changed.

It was super icy and C-O-L-D but my girls wanted to go anyway. And that was after we went skating for an hour. That was the 5th time we’ve run my first km of the year together and the 6th with Lilly. A fun tradition to do each year. Lilly enjoyed it so much she wants to run more with me!

I’ve managed to get to soccer as well – thinking that running around an indoor soccer facility would help break my head cold. It didn’t but I got a goal and felt great during and after the game. So, that’s a win!

I have a few things I want to do this year (goals, I guess) and I’ll share those soon. I still have to wrap up some 2018 running post….which I’m slacking on folks! Eventually, I’ll get them done (this month).

Anyone else not set goals, resolutions yet?

What’s your number 1 goal for 2019?

Anything non-running (workout) goals you are working on?

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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? 

Beach or Lake swimming?

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:

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  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!

 

 

April & May Goals

Each month, I set goals and try hard to accomplish them but sometimes life just happens and you can’t accomplish them.

My whole family got hit hard with the flu and we were all out for a 7-10 day period. That meant lots of sleeping and doing zero activity other then walking our dog.  Life happens and you move on, you dust off the dirt and keep moving forward. I did not meet my April goals but didn’t give up on trying, that’s for sure!

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  1. Run 80 km. Nope – 77 km of running, so close! I wasn’t keeping track each week so had no idea I was 3 km off until May 1st.
  2. Cycle 100 km – nope. I managed 53 km.
  3. Play outside with my kids – Yes and No. While we were sick we did nothing outdoors except one 25 minute bike ride in the freezing cold. I though fresh air would be good and they were pumped to get on their bikes. None of us lasted long.
  4. Start/Finish book – Nope. I started a book and thought I’d finish it when I was home sick for a week but I couldn’t even read!
  5. Strength Training 2 x week – Not really. I do an upper body workout with some weights when I’m on my bike but that was only 3 times in the whole month.
  6.  Continued PT exercises – Yes, I did this! They are a stable in my workouts now, except after long runs. No PT after running for hours, okay 2 hours. My body just doesn’t like the timing.

Not a great month reaching my goals but I’m not disappointed. Okay, I’m disappointed that I missed the 80 km of running by 3 km…but if I was paying attention to my accumulative distance I would have run 3k on the last day of the month to get it in.

May Goals!

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I’m keeping it real simple this month. Run my half marathon on May 20th, take my bike off my indoor trainer so I can ride outside with my family and get in more strength training.

Have you set goals for May?

Did you meet all your April goals?

Are you a go big or go home goals or small and simple?

March Mileage

March brought more variety of activities into my training for a half marathon while slowly increasing my weekly running mileage.

We managed to get up skiing a few times – mainly on March Break and skated a number of times with both girls learning how to skate on their own! I really wasn’t sure how running was going to go with increasing my mileage and still working through this hip/oblique injury – but I’m still moving forward.

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March: 

  • 105 km cycling (met my goal) on my indoor trainer
  • 63 km running (met my goal)
  • 4 days of skiing with my girls (loved it)
  • 3 days (hours) skating with my girls (love it also)
  • 1 Yoga class
  • 1 Snowshoe (that I forgot to write on the picture).

March was a great month for activity!

February mileage can be found here. 

January mileage can be found here. 

 

February & March Goals

Have you ever got to the last day of a month and had a bit of a reality check that the next month is the following day? I mean, you know the month is ending and a new one is starting but you just can fathom that the next day is March…no longer February! That’s how I felt last week.

February was a very active and busy month and I managed to hit all my goals!

February Goals

Plank Every Day – DONE, DONE and DONE! Though this was a good challenge, I found myself annoyed some nights when I had forgotten to do my plank. I’d crawl out of bed, plank and then go to bed. 28 days of planking accomplished!

Stronger Hips/Obliques: Definitely worked hard at this one and have passed a few tests at physio but still have to work at this one to get back to 100%.

Cycle 100 km: WOOHOOO, I did it! 105.98 km for the month. I was kinda hoping to do more then that and could have but my schedule just didn’t align to make it happen. I’d love to cycle 1000 km this year and really though it was doable until I realized in the summer months I might not be able to pull off 100 km outdoors. I’m still going to work towards my 1000 km and see what I can pull off.

Ski, Ski, Ski: We got in four trips to the local ski hill. Three with the girls and one by myself on my lunch break. Yeah, I went on my lunch break after a meeting I had nearby was scheduled right before lunch. You don’t miss an opportunity like that, do you?

Olympics: We watched a tone of Olympics and then had Olympic withdrawl. My girls woke up a few days after the Olympics and asked if they could watch it, ha! Poor girls! They loved learning about new sports and watching the athletes compete. Only a week or so until the Paralympics starts!

With a great month behind us, I had not really thought about what I wanted to do in March. I knew I wanted to get in another great month of cycling and start to increase my running but other then that, no great plans or goals.

March Goals:

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For March, I’m going to keep it slightly simple. The girls and I are off for March Break and I’m planning to do a few different activities with them. Reading a book is actually a real challenge for me. Not because I can’t read or don’t enjoy it, I just don’t make time for it….and I can’t read while I run on a treadmill or ride my bike like I can watch TV.

Running 50 km will be a good challenge for me since I really haven’t been running much. I’m hoping I can keep up my cycling as part of cross training for my half marathon. Let’s see what March brings!

Did you reach all your goals in February?

Do you have any goals for March?

Tuning into the Paralympics next week?