Three Days a Week

That’s it. I feel like I can manage running three days a week right now.

I look back to previous years and can’t understand how I was training for races left, right and center…..4-5 days a week. I mean, I was fully committed to training for those races and this year I’ve only run one race and I was a pace bunny (my favourite kind of race).

Life is just busy with kids and work as I’m sure many of you can relate. Both girls have been doing swim lessons and basketball this fall, so I’m a really good chauffeur. Joking aside, I love that my girls are active and learning life long skills, but it’s exhausting.

Making sure meals are made in advance, prepping lunches days before, relying on grandparents to help out when my husband is working and I’m on be road for work.

Early morning run on the road

Somehow, I’ve been struggling to find time to run as I’m prioritizing sleep over anything else. Having shingles back in September was horrible and I’m trying to avoid THAT burnout again.

So, three days a week is what I am aiming for. Run three days, throw in a soccer game here and there, keep up with my PT exercises, a random yoga class when life permits and getting my bike back on the trainer is a top priority.

I’m already thinking about winter and spring races to run which makes me excited! For now, three days a week it what I am focusing on.

Running with Carmacks

Carmacks and I had a great 7km trail run yesterday. This is his second run this fall, he ran 3k last Wednesday morning with me. Talk about a happy dog!!

Anyone else focusing on short term goals?

Planning any winter or spring races?

What’s your number one go to when you don’t have time to run or workout as much as you want to?

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?

August Adventures

Oh, I think August is my favourite month of the year. It’s hot, vacation time, soccer season, stupid HOT, perfect beach weather, watermelon heaven and hot. I’m not a fan of the muggy heat we’ve been having (who has) but I love the heat when I’m in the water – beach, lake, pool….sprinkler too!

I started two weeks of vacation late July and into August and have done so for the last number of years. It’s kinda the perfect timing of almost being burnt out from work but we can still enjoy the summer days with our kids.

We hit up PEI for a short trip due to some car troubles (BIG SAD FACE). We got to visit with family, spend time at our favourite beach and had a lot of car time together (not always fun with young kids).

We spent a lot of time at my parents place swimming in their pool, took an unexpected trip to Peggy’s Cove (again, due to the same car troubles) and had tones of ice cream. I’m pretty sure we ate ice cream twice a day for 3-4 days….I’m not complaining.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought a new bike!!!! I’ve been wanting a new bike for a few years now and finally broke down and bought the Liv (Giant) Avail 1. It’s awesome and I love it.

I’ve still yet to name her so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’m feeling Besty or Blue, I dunno. Hit me up some some suggestions. Though I seem to be getting in some nice rides (44km long ride with my husband), I’ve only managed a few runs.

As I mentioned on IG, I’ve been struggling with my interest with running mainly since I got injured in April but even before that as I barely ran any km this year. I’m trying hard to get in 2-3 runs a week and that’s beyond any soccer games (which yes, is running), riding (once, maybe twice a week) and yoga randomly.

Summer has been busy for our girls with soccer practices twice a week for L and games EVERY SATURDAY! Actually, make that TWO GAMES EVERY SATURDAY. We are exhausted from all the soccer but she’s loving it. H is has been doing some private swim lessons which have been amazing for her. My girls and I went on a trail ride last week (8.61 km), lots of visits to the library, the beach, a friends cottage and even the dentist! Who plans dental appointments during vacation? That was clearly a VERY BAD idea.

Any…way. Summer vacation was good to us and it’s back to work now (BIG SAD FACE AGAIN). Only three more weeks from today and SCHOOL STARTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And one more week of vacation for me 🙂

How’s your summer going?

Anyone exhausted from their kids summer sporting commitments?

Loving running lately or not?

Bike name suggestions?

Rolling in July

I can’t believe that we are getting close to the end of July already. That means that summer is almost half over for my kids – woah!

I’ve had one week of vacation so far where we went mini golfing, hiking Baxter’s Harbour with friends, strawberry picking, library (summer reading program), private swim lessons, ice cream eating, my birthday, soccer practice and games, campfire/s’mores, birthday parties and more. I was exhausted by the end of the week and I was kinda ready to go back to work, haha!

I’ve barely been running but have put in a few km on the soccer field. I feel completely out of shape on the field. Sprinting in the HEAT is no joke! It’s taken me a while to even want to run after my calf injury. It’s kinda funny when you are injured and can’t run, it’s all you want to do. Now that I’m officially recovered from that injury, I’m just not loving running lately or maybe I’m just enjoying soccer and cycling a lot more!

I’ve been biking A LOT over the last few weeks. From commuting to and from work a few days a week when my schedule permits to having a biking meeting yesterday! Yes, that’s right, our meeting was on bikes!

We did around 18 k on the Harvest Moon Trail and talked shop (grants, challenges, summer programs in recreation). After we ate lunch, I biked from home and finish the day off with 30 km. My quads hurt a little going up/down stairs last night so I quickly avoided that as much as possible. Legs up the walk and reading last night was my jam.

Commute to work!

I’m not a big reader at all but this year I challenged myself to read more books. Specifically, 12 this year. I figured 1 per month was doable and I’m almost at my goal. Not going to lie, I’m loving the GoodReads app.

So reading has kinda taken over my time to run. I’ve even skipped a morning run to finish a book as it was due that day and I was SO CLOSE to finishing it. As for running, I think I need to sign up for a race in order to kick start my running again. I have a few local runs I want to do – mainly 5k and 8k. I do love my early morning (5 am) runs so maybe I’ll get back to those soon. I’ve signed up for a cycling event but nothing else to date.

We’ve also been enjoying some pool time at my parents place this past weekend in the sweltering heat!

Anyone else struggling with your interest in running?

Favourite summer drink?

What’s your favourite activity to do with your kids this summer?

Also, since I’m not blogging a lot, you can find me on Instagram at pipersrun almost daily.

Early Morning Run – Global Running Day.

Last September I was getting up at stupid o’clock…aka 5am to get my runs in. It could have been a 5k, 6k or 8k training run. It really didn’t matter the distance, I’d get up to run it and I feel in love with EARLY morning runs.

I found it really hard to get up but I have a dog that loves to run whenever and my husband was always getting up at that time of day for work. I started taking advantage of that time to get our dog active and my training runs in.

Being injured the last few months allowed me to get super lazy, Haha. Seriously though, it allowed me to crave those early morning runs….well any run really. I figured it was time to get back to it now that it’s light out at 5am here.

So, today was the day. Global running day was a good motivator and again, I had to walk my dog. I did a 1k loop of mostly walking my dog till he pooped, then we ran the rest of the way home, about a 1/2 km.

I ran my semi regular route with a little change up to try and keep it somewhat flat except for that one BIG incline. I found I wasn’t struggling like I have been lately. My fitness is B-A-D. Really bad but I’m not letting that stop me.

This coming weekend I should be pacing the 10k (1:20) time but because I got injured ack in April, I had to back out. Not going to lie, I’ve got some BIG FOMO going on and trying to limit my social media time so I don’t get too sad I’m not pacing it. I really love pacing races. I’ll be keeping myself busy this weekend with my daughters soccer games in Truro and then possibly a family cycling event Sunday.

Anyway, I got my 5k run in this morning just after 5:30am. Man, I was sluggish starting out but woke up quickly as I got moving. I almost had a progression run but was off by 10-15 seconds. I’m not paying attention to my Garmin when I run right now but going by how I feel, so I wasn’t paying attention.

My calf muscle feels awesome and I’m still doing my PT exercise for a while longer. Almost 100% cleared…well hopefully in 2 weeks time.

Anyone else run today for the Global running day?

Early bird runner or no, just No?

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?