Running: Food for the Soul

Running these days is like food for the soul. It can allow you to escape reality, forget your troubles and engage you in away that nothing else can.

I’m running more now than I have in the past for many reasons (no injuries being one of them) but it’s also a great stress reliever. Working full time from home, helping my kids with “school” work and other normal life responsibilities are taking a toll.

Good sleep has become a big priority over the last few months. I actually slept-in for the first time in weeks this morning and it was lovely. I didn’t have to get up and get ready for work as it’s Victoria Day / May 2-4 long weekend. I also did my long run yesterday, so no early morning run today. I’m still in my PJ’s as I write this, also not normal for me at this time of day.

Our bubble expanded on the weekend in Nova Scotia and we got to see my parents in person for the first time in 9-10 weeks – it was just what we all needed. The weather is finally feeling like spring too – we really needed this weather.

Yesterday I participated in my second virtual run…. which should have been my 8th half marathon at the Blunose Marathon. They offered a “distance run” for free. It was so great to see all the #BN2020 over social media this weekend.

I ran the 15k distance run as I my body isn’t quite ready for a half marathon right now.

I ran 5k around my subdivision, which has some good hills, then headed out on hwy 1 (sidewalks) for 5k and returned home, another 5k. My legs felt heavy towards the last 4k but I kept going and felt great once I finished, in 1:44:19. Not an amazing time but I’m happy with that pace for now.

I’m looking at a few more virtual races over the coming months, cause why not! It will keep me running, healthy and fuel my soul, mind and body.

On a separate note, I’m barely reading lately. I had a goal of reading 20 books this year and so far I’ve finished 9. I have one book on the go but not loving it – I’ll spare you the title. Then I’m digging into “Little Fires Everywhere”. I’ve read the first few pages but want to finish my other book before getting into this one.

I’m still loving early morning runs to start my day and getting close to taking my bike off its trainer. Still hoping unclipping my shoes will be as easy outside as is inside on the trainer. We’ll see soon!

What books are you reading ?

Anyone else doing virtual runs?

What’s fueling your soul right now?

I’m Just Not That Into You…..Half Marathon Training

Ugh. I was so excited when I signed up for my next half marathon months ago. But I’m just not into training anymore and week 4 started a few days ago. (heads up, slightly downer of a post but my reality).

I came up with a training plan and have misplaced it between work and home. However, it doesn’t change that much from week to week minus speed work and long runs. To be 100% honest, I kinda don’t care that I’ve misplaced it. I’ve barely put much effort into finding it as well or printing a new copy. I’m just not into half marathon training right now.

With all the cancellations here due to Covid -19, I just kinda don’t care if my race in May is cancelled. It might actually be a relief if its cancelled. To date, it’s still on. Or should I say, as I write this it’s still on.

I’ve also been dealing with tendinitis in my rotator cuff all winter which actually really sucks a lot. The littlest things hurt it. On top of that, for the last 3, almost 4 weeks I’ve had pain in my neck….like when you sleep funny on it and wake up with a kink. Well, I’ve had a kink that won’t go away until this week. I’ve had two massages on my neck and finally felt some relief until I went to soccer last week. I collided with another player providing a set back to my neck. Between physio and massage, I feel like I’m kinda just holding myself together with a little physio tape and no patience.

We are on March Break and everything we planned to do is closed as is the case around the world. It took a few days of feeling sad but we’ve moved on. It’s life right now. We are also sick, not Covid-19 sick but sick. Advil, tylenol, vicks, humidifier, lozenges, gargling with salt water, you name it we’ve tried it. My girls have it the worst and my husband is at work. Paramedics don’t get to work from home. I’m also scared of this virus.

In between feeling miserable and moments of feeling okay, we took advantage of the nice sunshine but cold winds and have gone for a few walks. I have no interest in running, no mojo, no dedication to running, na-da.

My new happy place?

I did get on my bike yesterday for a nice 23 km indoor ride while the girls relaxed in front of the tv. That felt nice but as I rode my bike and I looked at my treadmill beside me, I felt no love for it. No love for having the opportunity to run on it. Maybe that will change in the coming days like everything else is changing so fast. However, my training for an upcoming half marathon is almost none existant.

So what now? I dunno. I have a week off with my sick kids (husband is working) then I’m back to working from home with my kids who don’t have school for two weeks (much like everyone else), maybe longer.

Anyone else struggling with training (if your race is still on)?

Anyones race got cancelled – are you still training? What now?

Parents – what are you doing to keep your kids from not fighting?

I don’t blog post often but you can find me on Instagram: @pipersrun

Run Off a Sour Mood

And that’s just what I did last week (Nov 2nd)

Let me back it up a bit. After a long and busy work week, Halloween shenanigans, a basketball tournament for my oldest, I forced myself to go for a run.

I was in a crabby mood for no reason. Well, it was likely due to being really tired and maybe a little run down. I really wanted to get up and run early before heading off to my daughters first basketball game but that didn’t happen. Life with kids sometimes dictates when you can do the things you want to do (fun thing, eh!) 😉

Anyway. Two basketball games later, a little laundry done and waiting in the dryer, then a big grocery run and I was making dinner. I wasn’t overly enthused over what we were having for dinner – again for no particular reason, just wasn’t loving what I was making. I made myself put on my running gear after I told my husband I wasn’t going to run.

He did a double take and I just replied with….”If I have my running clothing on, I’m less likely to back out”. He responded with “good, when are you going?”.

After dinner, I almost backed out of running and then forced myself to get everything together: headband, gloves, warmer shirt and my jacket. Carmacks, our dog knew exactly what I was doing and he started prancing around as he thought he was coming too. Nope, it was just me going. Sorry buddy.

I said goodnight to the girls as it was right before their bedtime and I’d be back when they were alseep (well, going to sleep). I found my all my lights so I could see the ground where I was running as it was pitch black out.

Man it was cold….1°c, I wasn’t ready for that and turned my Garmin on to start my run. I left my Garmin under my jacket and gloves so I couldn’t see my pace and just ran.

It felt good. My lungs hurt at first in the cold but they got used to it. I saw no one on my run as everyone was hibernating inside their warm homes. I ran my normal route and enjoyed how I was feeling without knowing my pace.

It felt great to run a little faster than I have been lately. When I returned home I found out I ran a progression run.

I stretched while Carmacks gave me the evil eye, then showered and relaxed by the fire with my husband. Not going to lie, I’m SO glad I did that run.

Running has been one big struggle this year between injuries and just not interested. I’m hoping to be active every day in November. Be it running, walking my dog, soccer, yoga and cycling.

Anyone struggling with running right now?

What are your late fall/early winter running goals?

May Runfessions

Knock, knock!

Hello….anyone?

My, my…. I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve really fallen off the radar these last few months with my blog and I’m not going to lie but I’ll runfess that I’m kinda not all that upset about my lack of blogging.

I’m also going to runfess that I’m back to RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, let’s back that up a little bit.

Happy runner!

Last week, I was give the a-okay to start some light jogging. So that’s what I did. My first run since I sprained my calf muscle was a walk/run/walk. I walked for 7 minutes, ran for 10, then walked for 6 minutes. Those 10 minutes of light jogging was plenty for my calf muscle. I had no pain but it felt weird and awkward.

I did a second run but with my running buddy, Krystol. We haven’t ran since last fall or summer together, I believe. Anyway, it was a great walk/run/walk. Just what we both needed – a little running, more walking and some good conversations with a great friend.

I ran again the other night and was told to increase my running time. I ran for just over 20 minutes and managed to increase my pace each km. This was not planned or something I was focusing on. I just went with how I was feeling. I will runfess that those first two kilometers, I honestly thought I was going to die. Man, starting over is friggin’ hard work but so worth it. Also, I should avoid hills and inclines during my first few km of any run right now.

Starting over!

I runfess that I have zero interest in running any races right now. Likely because I physically can’t do them but mentally I just don’t want to even think about trying to run in a race. However, I’m eyeing some summer and fall races that are local events.

I runfess that I’m jealous that my husband ran Cape Split last weekend and that all I really want to do is go run some trails with him. We don’t get out together very often but we do love getting out on a trail run together. When I first hurt my leg on Easter weekend, we had plans to go for a run together but that went out the door fast.

I’m also going to runfess that I’m absolutely LOVING the new TIUX compression socks that just came out!!!!

I runfess that though I was completely exhausted this morning, I loved getting up at stupid o’clock to walk our dog. I’ll also runfess that I want to start running at stupid o’clock and secretly eyeing the houses around us that have sprinkler systems for those hot summer morning runs.

That’s all I have to runfess for this month. Sorry I’m not blogging much these days but you can find me almost daily on Instagram.

Have any runfessions from May to share?

Early morning runner – heck yes or heck no?

Road run or trail run?

Check out the Runfessions Link Up here with Marcia at The Healthy Slice.

Injured Runner Life {Lately}

I’m not going to sugar coat this, being injured sucks. I’ve been trying really hard not to focus on what I’m missing out on but sometimes that can be hard.

Having said that, pre injury I hadn’t signed up for any races (minus pacing Bluenose 10k). With lots of races starting here this weekend, I’ve got some serious FOMO. Even seeing someone run while I’m driving makes me sad I’m not running.

Now having said all that, I’m doing really well with this recovery. I’m progressing way faster then I expected and seeing really good results because I’m working hard at what my physiotherapists has given me to do.

I’m getting tired of the doing the same exercises three times a day but they are making me stronger. Basically, I heat up my calf muscle, do band exercises, then various double calf raises followed by 20 minutes on my bike (once a day) which is on a trainer in my basement. After that I do my balance exercises to strengthen my ankle (to support my calf muscle).

I was told I had a Grade 2 Sprain in my calf muscle which was extremely painful for about 2 weeks. It’s been 3 and a half weeks since I got injured and I’m now able to drive. Not driving sucked more then not running.

I can now walk up and down stairs without pain, something I wasn’t sure would happen for a few more weeks. So that’s really great too. I’m thankful that I can get on my bike but eager to start running again. Running will have to wait until my PT gives me the a-okay.

So, that’s where I am at. It’s also Mother’s Day today and I’ve been spoiled with home made cards and gifts, swim lessons (not me) and a big breakfast. I’m looking forward to some time with my family today and maybe a little run…..just kidding, but a ride on my bike later today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tell me how your running is going!

Anyone else having FOMO?

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?

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!

June GOAls! (2)

July’s Goals

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

July goals.jpg

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?