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.

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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.

August Runfessions

Happy last Friday of August! This month went by SO fast – did it for you?

We’ll I’m just going to jump right into my August runfessions since I haven’t blogged in a while. My first runfession is that I didn’t plan on writing a blog post today, whoops. I’m on vacation and the last thing I wanted to do was sit on my computer and write. Which brings me to runfession #2.

I runfess that I signed up for another race this morning (hence being on my computer). I registered for the Berwick Gala Days 5 miler! It’s only a 10 minute drive from my house and a great local community event. I ran it last year and really enjoyed it.

Evening trail run

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runfess I desperately wanted to sign up for a triathlon late September called Keji Multisport. A good friend/co worker of mine is behind it all and I thought it would be a great event to dip my toes into doing a triathlon. Sadly, I just can’t pull it off between home stuff, other races, logistics of getting there and the BIG problem that I have a strong dislike for swimming in the deep lake water. Okay, maybe not a dislike but it brings me some anxiety that makes me panic. So, I didn’t sign up #sadface  Maybe another year.

runfess that I have three races on this fall…well summer/fall since summer doesn’t technically end until Sept 21st. A 5 miler (8k) this weekend, 10k on Sept 15th at Maritime Race Weekend and my half marathon on October 14th in Prince Edward Island.

runfess that I’m most excited about running the half marathon with my husband. We’ll, we likely won’t run together very long as he is faster but we’ll start the race together AND have a weekend away on our own!

I runfess that I haven’t been biking much this month but got in a great bike commute to and from work last week. It was super hot on my way home but so beautiful and my workout was done for the day!

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I runfess that I have no clue where this blog is going and I’m totally fine with it. When it first started I was excited to see the numbers of viewers etc, then had a REALLY awesome year with some high stats which was fun and now I just don’t have the time to put into it like I did. Having said that, I’m not quite ready to give it up but will likely just blog when I can. 

Ahhhh, that feels good to get those runfessions out!

What are you runfessing this month?

Did summer zoom by for you?

What’s one thing you’re trying to do before the end of summer?

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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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 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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March Runfession 2018

I can hardly believe that March is ending this weekend. For some reason, this month felt REALLY long for me. Big work events at the beginning of the month, march break with my kids with LOTS of activities, then two weeks of busy work and half marathon training officially starting.

Winter came at us again last week with lots of snow but I’m done with it and now enjoying watching all the snow melt.

Runfession #1: Though I’m done with winter, I’m really not loving the muddy season. Mud is everywhere!!!! I kinda wish we could skip this stage and just go right to full on beautiful spring!

Runfession #2: I skied a lot in March and ran very little. The same could be said for January and February but I’ll be honest, I’m okay with it. I love skiing, skating and snowshoeing and my girls love it too. I’d much rather do an activity with them then on my own, therefore running sure took a back seat and I have no guilt!

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Runfession #3: I’ve stopped using my phone before bed! Yes, I was one of those people who would sit in bed right before going to sleep catching up on social media. NO MORE! I leave my phone in the kitchen and if I need to check it first thing in the morning, then I have to walk all the way to my kitchen to get it. Otherwise, it stays there until I’m dressed and ready for the day.

Runfession #4: This one goes with #3 but I’m trying really hard to make sleep a priority.  My body needs 8 hours of sleep to function well…yeah, I never get 8 hours of sleep until recently. I’ve been trying to go to bed (sans distractions like social media) between 9:30 and 10 pm which is super hard for me. Since my nights are my time to workout, clean the house, do dishes, prep meals and lunches etc., I’m usually short on time.

Runfession #5: RUNCH! I officially got back to my weekly runching! I love being able to fit in my run during my lunch break at work but only do it on days when I don’t have any other meetings post run. My work doesn’t have showers and I don’t like sitting in my sweat all day…thank goodness for baby wipes, water/mini towels and dry shampoo!

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I managed to get out yesterday on my lunch break for a little 5k, out and back kind of fun. I’m glad I got it done as shortly after that our school called to tell us Lilly’s ear was really bothering her. Luckily, our family doctor squeezed us in at the end of the day and sure enough – ear inflection. What a way to start the long Easter weekend!

Runfession #6: I’m totally using my running this weekend to eat all the junk food – not going hide it!

What do you have to runfess from this month?

Anyone running on their lunch breaks?

Do your Easter plans include any long runs (because of extra food consumption)?

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Don’t forget you can use “ANNASTIUX” at Tiux for 20% off your next order!

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!

Happy Easter Weekend!

January 2018 Runfessions

Every time I come to write these Runfession posts, I’m blown away that the month is wrapping up and a new one is starting. I still feel like it’s early January and I’ve lost a week’s worth of time!

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!

January Runfessions

Runfession #1 – I haven’t run in along time and haven’t felt the desire to run! Eeek! That felt good to get off my chest. I mean, I’ve wanted to get a run in all week but the desire to actually go for a run is non existent…until last night. Well if I am really runfessing….I only ran last night because I have physio today and I wanted to see how my hip/glutes would react. I’m happy riding my bike on the trainer, skiing with my kids and taking a few extra rest days in a row to just relax! Running motivation is low.

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Runfession #2 – I want to get a road bike! Good lord, what have I done by writing that down on my blog! Though I love my trail bike that I have and it’s probably all I need, I’m tempted to start riding on the road more come spring/summer. Honestly, I have no sweet clue if I’ll actually get a road bike but I want one, ha!

Runfession #3 – I love running outdoors in the winter – specifically on the trails with Carmacks – but I’m 110% unmotivated to run outside in the winter at night time this last month. It’s not the cold or even the ice under foot, I just have zero motivation to do it. Maybe it’s because I’m not training for anything or really running all that much….or that I have a treadmill in my warm basement. I dunno!

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Runfession #4 – Being a runner, you usually have a few races in mind or have at least registered for a race in the coming year. Though I have once race on my plan, I haven’t registered or even looked at other races. I just really want to sort out my hip/glutes and oblique problems before I fork over money that might go to waste.

Runfession #5 – I would like more snow! I know, some of you aren’t a fan of me now but we like to play in it, ski in it, snowshoe in it and well……….there is only a slight dusting down. If it could just snow 5cm each night for a week, we’d get enough accumulation to play in the snow yet still have school on and safe roads. Just sayin’!

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I also runfess that I’m not making any 2018 goals for the year…just not feeling it. However, I’m going to continue to make monthly goals. I’ll blog about it at some point. Happy Friday folks!

Can you believe it’s the end of January already?

Have any runfessions you want to share?

Love or hate snow?