Treats, Run & Fire Weekly Wrap Up

November has been an extremely busy month and it’s only the 6th! We are still having some summer like temperatures but fall feels like it’s trying to roll in. The pretty leaves are all gone and the warm temps just don’t feel right.

Last week wasn’t the best week of workouts as I was on the road a lot with work. That will be the theme until mid December sadly. I need to be creative in getting in my runs and any other workouts.

Last week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Rest Day.
  • Tuesday: Halloween – lots of walking.
  • Wednesday: Melissa Bender Quick Core workout.
  • Thursday: 5k with Carmacks.
  • Friday: Rest Day.
  • Saturday: 3k run with Carmacks before 7am.
  • Sunday: Leisurely 6k bike ride + Soccer Game.

Halloween: Social Butterfly, Super women and Old Lady Lilly!

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Confession – I’m eating way too many Halloween treats. Anyone else? I am however enjoying my runs with Carmacks. He is doing awesome running with me or should I say I’m doing a good job of running with him. I ran’t run fast enough for him right now but some days he has me pushing my pace way more then I want to be and that’s okay. My husband had him out yesterday for another 5k so he’s starting to rack up the mileage. I want to try and do a longer run with him and see how he does but it’s still a little too warm for him to go longer then 5k – at least, that’s how I feel.

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(TMI coming up). I’ve gotta figure out how do my long runs with him and managed water for both of us as well as poop bags which aren’t fun to run with. There aren’t too many garbage bins around to drop the bags off and I’m not going to leave a bag of dog poop behind. I have lots to learn about running long distances with him as when I ran with our other dog Maclean, we kept it to 5k.

This week I also tried a Melissa Bender core workout I recently saw online. Not easy but so effective. I worked this past weekend but it was fun work. I graphically recorded an AGM for a female leadership group around sport, recreation and physical activity. You can check it out on Instagram. It was a long day driving and standing but I took advantage of my new Tiux socks to keep my legs happy. [Tiux promo code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off at Tiux]

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We got out for one last bike ride as a family. I keep saying “last ride” but each week we managed to get out again. However, this week required gloves and the girls faces were cold but they still loved it.

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We ended off the weekend with a bonfire dinner for the girls. It went over pretty good until Hilary had a meltdown over her spider hot dog – apparently she really hates hot dogs! At least the fire was fun! The time change took a little toll on Hilary as she was up before the birds and cranky by 5pm…fire burning time. Oh well, sometimes as parents we learn things last minute – you know….good Ah – ha! moments!

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I didn’t get to watch the NYC Marathon but WOW, just WOW. I’m loving all the hype of Shalene’s win. No, I’m not American but it’s awesome watching a women win and break a record for her country. I’m linking up today with the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. 

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How was your weekend?

Did you take in the NYC marathon? 

Did the time change affect your family?

 

 

 

 

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Accountability & Weekly Workouts

A week or so ago I joined a group online that was going to keep me accountable to strength training. You know, you state what you plan to do for the week, do it and share it on the Facebook group page.

Well, all is dandy and I was trekking along and when it came time for my specific strength training session – Iron Strength – I totally bailed out. On top of that, I haven’t check in with the group since then because I totally bailed on that workout. Bad group member here!!!

All is well though as I got back on track the next few days after that missed workout. Some days you just can’t do it all. I have those days once a week or every two weeks. You become burnt out, exhausted from dealing with your day that working out at night just is too much. I know, I know, I can workout first thing in the morning or at lunch time but that doesn’t always work out for me either. It’s a challenging balance.

Last week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Ran 5k with Carmacks.
  • Tuesday: Missed my Iron Strength workout – whoops!
  • Wednesday: Soccer Game + 3k running.
  • Thursday: Planned to do Yoga but we got home really late.
  • Friday: Walked Carmacks for 3k.
  • Saturday: Ran 8k with Krystol.
  • Sunday: 6k Leisurely Cycling & 2 walks with Carmacks (2k)

Monday night I ran with Carmacks while both girls were at Girl Guides. Carmacks is our retired sled dog and boy can he run! Tuesday I was just exhausted from my day and bailed on my workout last minute and went to be early.

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Wednesday was super warm here and I had a soccer game at 8pm; we won 4-2. When I got home I went for a little 3k run since I was already sweaty, I figured why not. My legs were heavy from all that sprinting but it was a good run.

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Thursday and Friday didn’t allow for much of anything as I was on the road both days. As Friday night approached, I wrote my running buddy Krystol and we decided to go for a run Saturday morning together. She hadn’t run in three weeks and I really needed some motivation to get out the door.

We planned to run between 7 and 10k and managed 8k together before calling it a day. We also may have agreed to start training for the hypo half in January. Guess we should get on a training plan.

Sunday was spent walking the dog twice, cleaning the house (vacuum/mopping), book store purchase, mowing the lawn and a fun bike ride. My girls and I walked Carmacks at 8:30am with jackets, hats and mittens while at 3pm we were in shorts and a t-shirt riding our bikes for just under an hour. Crazy weather we are having in Nova Scotia! Picture_20171030_143621066[1]

Though I skipped a workout or two, it was still an active week so I can’t complain! Now just to be more engaged in the accountability group to keep me going.

Have you ever trained for a race you aren’t going to register for until last minute? Due to weather conditions like snow/ice?

How was your week/weekend?

Anyone committed to an accountability group or monthly challenge in November?

https://hohoruns.blogspot.ca/

I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin

 

Weekly Workouts; Run, Soccer, Cycle.

Happy Monday!

I’m feeling like November is just too close for comfort! With basically a full week away, it’s going to be here before we know it. Which means, wrapping up October with some runfessions later this week and Halloween fun for all this week I’m sure!

Weekly Workouts:

  • Sunday: Iron Strength Workout / Bike Ride / Walking Carmacks *ankle roll*
  • Monday: Restorative Yoga
  • Tuesday: Rest Day (was on the road for work all day)
  • Wednesday: Short 3k run with Carmacks before the kids were up.
  • Thursday: Soccer Game (we lost 3-1 but it was a great game).
  • Friday: Rest Day.
  • Saturday: Rest Day / Girls had their first basketball session and then I had to work. But it was fun work hosting a gender equity workshop for women interested in becoming board members (in sport & recreation). Though it was a super long day with my girls + working (they came too), it was a good day.

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  • Sunday: AM: Cleaning/washing and more cleaning. PM: Leisurely bike ride. I had the best bike ride with my girls. It was about 45 minutes in length but we stopped to say hi to a friend, then to play at a playground and in the woods, then back on the bike for some more fun before heading home.

Also, this is what biking with your kids looks like, granted this was an empty parking lot:

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Running:

I feel like running has totally taken a back seat lately. I have very little interest in running before work but will do a short run with our dog. I enjoy going for a runch but really have to plan those ones out. I’m exhausted once I finally get the girls to bed at night and just not feeling like doing anything but dishes, making lunches, folding laundry – just kidding. I have a treadmill so it’s not like I have an excuse when my husband is working.

I’m sure running will creep back into my life more but it is what it is! I want to run a “Jingle Bell Run” early December and maybe even thinking about a winter half. A winter half in Nova Scotia can mean running on ice, snow or clear roads, it’s really hit or miss.

Though I might not be running, I am really loving getting out on my bike with my girls. Usually, they just bike up and down on our quiet road but last weekend I decided to bike with them. Yesterday we decided to bike to a friends house and the adventure just continued from there. No, I wasn’t going at my normal pace but it was so much more enjoyable to go at a slower pace WITH my kids.

My ankle is healing but not 100%. I wore a brace at my soccer game (and running) last week which helped. I was actually planning on weaning myself off the brace from last year’s ankle injury (inside of ankle not outside like now). Anyway, looks like I’ll be wearing it for a few more games until my recent ankle roll is 100%.

Have you ever run a winter half marathon?

Are you even thinking about Christmas themed races yet? (too soon). 

How was your week?

I’m joining back into the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Week 11 Half Training Maritime Race Weekend

It’s race week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or week 12 of training, which will be pretty light. I’ll be going to yoga, a short run mid week and then a rest day or two as I’m running a double race. Friday night is 5k and Saturday is the half marathon for me (Tartan Twosome).

Last week was pretty good for training despite missing some mileage and taking an extra rest day but felt it was successful.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Stretch & Strengthen. I finally managed this! I did a Jillian Michael’s DVD workout which I have done in about a year. THAT was fun!

Tuesday: 5k | Yoga + 5k. I went to my normal Tuesday yoga class at lunch but needed to run Tuesday night. It was the night before school and things weren’t going great for bed time. My husband was home so I went for a run after a little frustrating bedtime moments for the girls. It was just what I needed.

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Wednesday: 10 x 400 @ 5k pace | Rest Day. My body needed this.

Thursday: 5k + Strength | 5k + Strength. Nailed this workout too! I went for an evening run in the dark and then did a number of exercises: Clam shells, squats, lunges etc.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed this one too! We had a kid free weekend and went out for dinner.

Saturday: 5k pace | 13k Trail Run at Cape Split. My husband and I wanted to run this for awhile and this was our opportunity. I’ve hiked it a number of times but the last time we did it together was 10 years ago!

Cape Split

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It’s now a Provincial Park and even has a proper parking lot (yes, you can tell how long ago I’ve hiked it based on the parking lot). When we arrived it was windy and cool and I was worried I didn’t have enough clothing on – fear not – I did!

We started off ahead of a large group of students but had to run past a hand full of small groups of people. It starts off up rocky hill and I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to run it. It’s a 6k out and back – used to be 8 but that parking lot took a bit off the trail since I was last there.

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It’s a small trail where you can walk one behind the other in some places and 4 wide in another section. It’s up/down, small and large mud puddles, extra paths you can take and has a great canopy overhead. When you make it out to the point you can see (if there is no fog) other parts of Nova Scotia. It’s really stunning. There are a few places that you can hike to and sit and take it all in.

We hung out at the point for 15 minutes or so, took a few pictures, ate a snack and drank some Nuun. (You need water and food on this trail). We headed back as the heat of the day was really starting to increase. Sweat was starting to drip down my face from the heat and the challenging terrain was getting hard for me.

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You see, I’m not a trail runner so navigating roots, rocks and large puddles of mud was a challenge. A fun challenge none the less. My husband had trail runners on and would run right through the mud but I’d have to slow down and take an alternative route, sometimes climbing through trees and side paths. My little Asics held up but trail shoes are in my future!

I struggled on the downhills that had a lot of stumps and rocks but just took my time. Luckily my pacer (aka husband) would notify me of what was ahead of me so I could adjust in time. As we got out to the trail head, we reached 12.24km and I wanted to finish on an solid number so I ran around the road and parking lot to finish with 13km.

Sunday: 19k Long Run | 3k walk + Soccer Game. I used my trail run on Saturday as my long run to free up Sunday. Saï and I went for a nice walk in the morning with Carmacks before the girls came home and then Sunday evening I had a soccer game. We won our soccer game 2-1 and I’m achy from everything.

That’s it! Here I am, week 12 of training and the double race is this weekend! It’s a pirate themed event and I have no costume so I’ve gotta figure that one out soon or just wear what I’ve worn the last two years.

I’m looking forward to running my 6th half marathon in a few days. I’m not sure if I’ll get to post here again before the race so if you want to follow along you can check me out on Instagram.

How was your week?

Anyone else running Maritime Race Weekend or another race?

Do you like trail running?

I’m linking up today with Sara Runs This Town, HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin.

Weekly Wrap

Week 10 Half Training MRW

And just like that we’re done week 10 of half marathon training! Despite being on vacation, my motivation to run was extremely low. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I’ve felt this way about running. I just didn’t want to run. The weather has been cooler and very little sun which makes for a kinda crappy week/vacation.

Also, if you missed my August Mileage and September Goals I posted on Sunday, you can check it out here. I’ve finally started bullet journaling my runs. Check it out!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | 5k + Osteopath appointment. I wanted to get in a run before my day started so I got in 3k on my own and came back to our house and ran 2k with Carmacks.

I’ve been dealing with back, SI joint and hip flexor issues for a month now so a trip to the Osteopath was in order. That also means, two days of rest/no activity….and I listened which may have had an affect on my motivation for the rest of the week.

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Tuesday: 8k | Rest Day.

Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run| Rest Day + Massage.

Thursday: 5k + Strengthening |3k + Soccer Game. We got nailed 8-0…seriously! I’m taking soccer as my speed work for the week. I ran 3k in the morning with Carmacks.

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Friday: Rest Day | 16.53 km of cycling. Wasn’t having the best day and wasn’t feeling like running so I went for an hour (1:05) bike ride. My bike chain fell off at 16.53 km, so I walked the half kilometre home with my bike.

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Saturday: 8 km | Hiking with the family. I wasn’t really feeling like running or doing much of any activity so we took the girls for a walk on a trail near our house. Carmacks was loving but went into “sled dog” working mode and just wanted to pull. You can’t take the sled dog out of a sled dog!

Sunday: 18 km| Berwick 5 Miler Road Race. I signed up last minute for this race (literally decided the night before to run it). This was the 66th year of this race and it’s only about 10-12 minutes from my house.

My plan was to just run and enjoy since it was last minute but I found myself running faster during my first kilometre (6:12/km). Lately, I’m around 6:40-7:00/km starting off my runs. Yes, it was a 5 mile race or but since I run in kilometres, I had it in my head 8k. I figured I’d later regret my first kilometre as I didn’t think I’d keep that pace for the whole time.

Honestly, I don’t know where it came from but I averaged 5:56/km! My legs were pumping, my lungs felt great and the course was great. It was mainly flat with a few inclines but I pulled off 47:45 (5:56/km) – a pace and finish I haven’t seen in over a year! My last 8k training run was 53 minutes – now that was a training run and a completely different route but taking roughly 6 minutes off your 8k is pretty sweet. With it being my first 5 miler race, it was an automatic PB for me!!! I’d totally do this race again.

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Weekly mileage: 16 km runnning, 16 km cycling, 1 soccer game.

Yup, so that wasn’t the best week of training but in reality, I got some running in and some other activities so I’ll take it. Now to get a little more serious this week with training, back to work and BACK TO SCHOOL for BOTH girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone else’s children going back to school this week? (or just recently)?

Ever register last minute for a race?

Loving or struggling your weather right now?

I’m linking up today with Pretty Lil Mudder,  HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin.

 

Week 9 Half Training MRW

What a week of running! This might be my first week (of 9) that I actually did all the running!!!!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I was done after four games of soccer on the weekend.

Tuesday: 8k | 8k morning run! I still can’t believe I managed this before work.

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Wednesday: 5k | 5k. Another morning run done before work!

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthening | 5k + SUP Yoga! Yup, another morning run before work AND I went to my first ever SUP Yoga class! I was super nervous about falling in the water but also because I didn’t know anyone going. Apparently,  my desire to try the sport trumped the desire to have a friend go with me. It was so much fun and I didn’t fall in. At the end of the class I even managed to hold a crow pose!

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. FAVOURITE. DAY. OF. THE. WEEK!

Saturday: 15k Race | 18k Long Run. I was up early and hit the road by 5:47am and managed to finish my run in 2:00:02! It was really cool out and I was nervous I wasn’t dress warm enough but once again, you warm up once you get going.

It was an out and back kind of run with a few little spin offs into subdivisions and random roads. I was kinda hoping I’d be able to finish around 2 hours and when I was 2.5k from home I picked up my pace as I though I had just enough time. The last .3/km was uphill which wasn’t smart to finish on but I pushed it hard through the last few hundred meters.

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Sunday: Soccer Game|Rest day. I had to miss my soccer game as we were busy with two family parties: one celebrating my Mom’s 70th and another send off party for my brother and SIL as they are posted to another Province 😦

Weekly Mileage: 36km running, 1 SUP Yoga class. No soccer.

This was probably my best week of running and I’m really loving my early morning runs. This week coming will be a little all over the place as I’m on vacation and have an appointment with the Osteopath on Monday to sort out my back, SI joint and hip flexor, which means 2 days of rest (no activity).

How was your week?

Ever try SUP or SUP Yoga?

Are you into early morning runs or another time?

Week 7 Half Training MRW

Last week just seem to fly by! Training was kinda all over the place but going into last week I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do all of my workouts in the order on my training plan. Sometimes you just have to readjust or miss a workout in order to take a much needed rest day.

When I chose my training plan, I didn’t really choose wisely. I basically took last year’s training plan and changed the dates. It was simple and easy. I still had to add in my soccer games and oh you know – juggling life with kids and their soccer too.  I’m all about listening to your body and sometimes I miss a run or two because of that but honestly, I just want to avoid injury. I’ve had my fair share, that’s for sure!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I was pretty tired from my weekend (long run and soccer) so I took a rest day. Really, I should have just changed all my Monday’s to a rest day as I’ve done that in other training plans.

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga. I went to my lunch time yoga class after a few weeks of missing it. It felt great.

Wednesday: 8 x 400 @ 5 pace | Soccer Game x3!!! All three of us had a soccer game Wednesday night! Hilary’s was a practice at a different field then Lilly’s game that was right before mine. Thank goodness for grandparents as my husband was working! Speed work on the soccer field instead of the track – I’m fine with that. We won our game and I did lots of sprinting and recovery – so basically – fartleks.

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthen |5k Runch + Strengthening – kinda. I ran at lunch which wasn’t the best run but I got it done. That evening I didn’t do any major strengthening but did some of my ankle PT exercises, squats, push ups and lunges.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again! Oh, I love Fridays!

Saturday: 7k | 14k Long run + Yoga. My long run had me up early, so early (5:15am) that I felt back to sleep for 30 minutes! When I finally got out for my run, I got to watch the sun rise in the distance and then the grey sky move in. It was an out and back kinda of long run and on the way back I got caught in the rain. Despite the rain, I had a great long run.

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After I quickly showered and ate breakfast, I took the girls to Valley Yoga Fest! We did it last year and they loved it. I did the Vinyasa yoga class while the girls did the kids yoga and it was all indoors as it was pouring rain! They had sessions all day but we just couldn’t swing getting back to any other classes, maybe next year. It’s a great event and always inspiring to see the strength of the yoga community. It’s also awesome to see other Mom’s bring their little kids and practice yoga. The rest of the day was spent crafting and relaxing.

Sunday: 14k Long run | Soccer Game. Since my long run was done, we took the day to get school supplies for both girls. What an adventure that was shopping with two girls – thank goodness Saï was with us. School doesn’t start until September 6th here.

I had a soccer game that evening that had me running and sprinting my tired (post long run) legs off. My legs are tried so you bet today’s going to be a rest day.

Total weekly mileage: 19k running, 2 soccer games, 2 yoga classes.

What I’m loving lately: Tiux Seawall compression socks. Oh my, they are so soft yet the compression is just right. Discount code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off!

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My running mileage might be super low but those soccer games have me running hard so I’m find with missing a few runs for soccer. Yoga is such a great complementary activity for me to do. I’ve been hanging out with my foam rollers lots as I have glutes and quads that are hurting.

How was your week?

Do you replace runs with another intense activity?

What are you working hard for lately?

Last week’s training can be found here.

I’m linking up today with Running with AttitudeHoHo Runsand MissSippiPiddlin.