Feb 5th – 11th Wrap Up

February has kicked off with some snow, then rain, a little more snow and yes, MORE rain! I’m trying to not let the weather stop me from being active but I’d sure love a good dump of snow to play in for more then 1-2 days. My poor snowshoes are feeling neglected!

With the Olympics kicking off last Friday, we’ve been catching games and events as we can in between basketball practices and birthday parties for the girls. Watching athletes in the Olympics sure can light a fire under your butt to get moving just a little bit more.

Feb 5th – 11th Workouts:

Monday: Plank + PT exercises

Tuesday: Plank + PT exercises.

Wednesday: 5k run in the snow. Plank – not in the snow.

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding running due to my hip injury for no reason other then I was trying to avoid pain. It started snowing Wednesday around supper time and I had this great motivation to run outside in the snow. So, I laced up with my Yak Trax’s on and went out for a 5k run. I miscalculated a bit since I hit a button on my Garmin a few times but was satisfied with the 5k in fluffy snow. There was so much snow coming down, that when I came back around one loop my foot prints had almost disappeared. After all that snow, we had rain and by morning it was all gone!

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Thursday: 23 km cycling, plank. I was having some pain in my hip/back so decided that cycling would be a good workout for me….and I could watch 9-1-1 while I rode. Have you seen that show yet?

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Friday: Physio appointment, Plank, PT exercises.

Saturday: Plank + PT exercises.

Sunday: Last minute 5 k at 9:20 pm! Plus, Plank and PT exercises.

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After a busy day with the girls and visiting with my parents, my opportunity to run was slipping away fast. My husband got home later then normal and I just kept cleaning up and getting organized for the week. All of a sudden it was 8:30 and I wasn’t even in my running gear. Urgh!

Once my husband got home, we chatted for a while about our days and I just figured my run would happen another day. At 9:09 (yes, I remember looking at the time), I decided screw this, I’m running and blurted it out of my mouth. My husband’s response was “good, go get ready”. So I did.

I really wasn’t expecting much and started my run at 9:22 on the treadmill as it was freezing rain outside. I figured if I got in 3-4 k, that would be great. I had some slight discomfort in my obliques but not pain so I ran. I ran, and I ran. It was comfortable. It felt easy. It just felt really GREAT! I don’t remember the last time I felt that good running.

It was close to 10 pm and I had gotten heavily into an old Grey’s episode and couldn’t stop watching (the one where they all get shot). Anyway…I stretched and did my PT exercises followed by a plank. I quickly showered and went to bed sometime after 11 pm. Such a late bed time for me but that run was WORTH it!

And yes, I’m tired this morning. Super tired! I was up at 3 am with one girl and 5 am because I couldn’t sleep. Still, that run was worth it!

How was your week/weekend?

Favourite Olympic moment so far?

When was the last time you had such a great run (or workout)?

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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Jan 29th – Feb 4th Wrap Up

You’d hardly know it’s winter in Nova Scotia today as it’s raining and we’ve lots all the snow that fell last week! Last week’s workouts were a but of everything but no running!

Wrap Up

Monday Jan 29th:  Rest Day.

Tuesday:  20k Cycling – indoor trainer. The girls snuck in a 15 minute snowshoe at the end of the day while I walked Carmacks.

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Wednesday: 30 minutes of Snowshoeing! Since we had a dump of snow, I walked Carmacks first thing in my snowshoes for 10 minutes. I also got out during my lunch break for 20 minutes.

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Thursday (FEB): Skiing!!! It was an in-service day for my daughters and I had booked the day off work. We spent the whole morning skiing and it was awesome!

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Friday 2nd: I took Friday as a rest day but still did my PT exercises and plank.

Saturday 3rd:  Skating. We’ve been battling head colds all week and my oldest wasn’t feeling great so we skipped morning basketball to sleep in. The girls really want to skate so I took them skating at a local arena. They had a blast!

As mentioned, I started my plank challenge – plank every day in February. I usually do this before bed, mainly because I’ve forgotten about it during the day time….but I’m getting it done!

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Sunday 4th: I desperately wanted to run outside today but the stars did not align. I thought about getting on the treadmill but just didn’t have the energy after getting the girls to bed (I usually workout at night).

After getting the girls to bed I decided I’d do an hour of yoga but got distracted by my bicycle puzzle that was under the couch. Apparently, I just needed something to be distracted by and got so into it that I finished it!

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I got in 30 minutes of yoga and some PT exercises! It’s the puzzle cool, worth it!

How was your week?

Did you take in the Superbowl? (I didn’t, shhh!)

What’s the weather like where you live?

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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Jan 22nd – 28th Weekly Wrap Up

Last week was what I would say a low and lazy week. I was feeling under the weather for most of it and by the end of the week came down with a nasty head cold. You know, weekends are make for fun…not head colds and sick!

Jan 22nd – 28th

I did a few work outs last week but nothing big. It went a little like this:

Monday Jan 22nd: Nothing. But I sure got a lot of sleep that night.

Tuesday: Nothing again. However, my husband and I went to the Banff Film Festival in Wolfville which was awesome! It was a series of films from 4 – 30 minutes in length, everything from climbing to badass women slack liners and mountain bikers, to a 90 female skater and major expeditions on glaciers.

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Wednesday: Nothing, other then PT exercises and walking our dog.

Thursday: 5km Treadmill Run + PT exercises. Treadmill run was nice and easy though it felt like I haven’t run in ages …. which I haven’t. It was a wear your Tiux compression socks kind of night! {Check out my discount page here}

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Friday: Physiotherapy appointment  which went well and more sleep that night. Felt horribly sick that night.

Saturday: Walked the dog. Took the girls to their basketball jamboree and yes, more sleep.

Sunday: Skating and walked the dog. Light skating with Hilary while Lilly was at a birthday party. Again, more sleep.

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Though this week was pretty low and lazy, I needed it. I’m not training for anything and my body just needed to rest a lot this week. I’ve been just trying to feel better so rest, sleep, hydration and good food…okay, maybe some bad food in there too (let’s be honest)

It’s another week and we’re expecting a snow storm tonight and tomorrow! Woohoo! Yup, I love snow and hoping to get out our snow shoes!!!

How was your week?

Ever lay low for a whole week THEN get super sick?

What’s one thing you are looking forward to this week?

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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Jan 15 – 21st Weekly Wrap Up

I’m behind the times with my blog post! We had such a busy weekend of attending a University basketball game, the girls basketball practice, birthday party for the girls, hitting the hill and more……that I ran out of time to blog on the weekend. So here is my weekly wrap up from last week!

January 15-21st

Monday: Indoor ride 20.43 km. Nice and easy ride.

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Tuesday: Indoor ride: 24.47km – 60 minutes of riding.

I missed yoga as I had a sick kid with me at work. Strep throat hit both girls this week and it was horrible to see them in so much pain. Thankful for meds, that’s for sure!

Wednesday: Physio appointment/Rest Day.

Thursday: Indoor ride: 20.37km. My butt hates me but my legs are feeling stronger!

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Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Cross Country Skiing! I wanted to run but had 2 hours of kid free time and thought I’d hit up our local trail (Harvest Moon Trailway) for a little ski. I did 6k and it felt pretty good on my hip which got sore later on. I iced it and that helped. It’s been a few years since I’ve pulled out my cross country skis…hope to get on the again this winter!

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Sunday: More winter fun….we went downhill skiing Sunday morning. It was super busy at Martock but that’s to be expected. The girls had a blast and asked when we could go again!!

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I’ve yet to get in a run but have a few more days until my next physio appointment to get a run in. I’m loving cycling lately and seem to be racking up the mileage there! It helps that I can watch a show while I ride….or at least listen to a show while I peddle my legs.

Also, I still haven’t written a 2018 goals post. I have it drafted but changed it 10 times already. I’m wondering if I should even post about it at this point.

How was your week?

Anyone else get outside on the weekend?

Have you set your goals for this year…this late before?

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 I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

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Jan 8- 14th Weekly Wrap & Goals

We are half way through January already folks, can you believe it! I’ve still yet to set any 2018 goals (well, they are in my head but not shared yet). Nor have I shared any monthly goals.

One thing I’m trying to do is write a weekly wrap up…so far I’m two for two! I’m linking up with Hollyand Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. I have been busy trying to stay active in between work, winter storms, kids basketball practices and life in general. I’m sure you can all relate to how life is busy!

Weekly Wrap for Jan 8th – 14th

Monday: 4k Treadmill Run/Walk.

Tuesday: Yoga Flow at lunch time – my body needed this!

Wednesday: 5k Treadmill run. Yeah, still have my #merrymill lights up. I had a few a-ha moments during this run which lead me to not post my goals for the year last week. Nothing major but it helped me scale things back a bit.

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Thursday: Physio appointment + exercises.

Friday: Rest Day. a.k.a….was lazy and really didn’t want to work out. TRUTH!

Saturday: 12.5km ride. I think I went that far….my odometer needs a new battery so it was a little off. If anything, I went further then 12.5k but that was the last number I saw.

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Sunday: 21.42km ride. I rode for a full 60 minutes and the last 20 was intense!

Total km running: 9

Total km cycling: 33.92

I haven’t set any goals for the month of January but have been focusing on trying to stay active while dealing with a hip/oblique injury. This isn’t a new one injury as I’ve been dealing with it since the summer but finally getting the right treatment for it now. So I guess my January goals are….

January Goals

  1. Stay Active
  2. Go to Physio (sort out hip/obliques)
  3. Enjoy time with family.

I’m keeping it simple this month – maybe even this year. Sure I want to run all the races, run a sub 2 hour half marathon, get all the PB’s, save money, declutter my house, take my kids camping. Those things will happen when they are supposed to happen. For now (January) – stay active, go to physio, enjoy time with family.

How was your week?

Did you set any goals for January?

Do you have a big goal for 2018?

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Weekly Wrap Up

Jan 1 – 7th Weekly Wrap

With the first week of the year finished and on snow day number three for my kids, I have to confess I didn’t workout much last week! I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap – lots of great bloggers to read about here!

Monday Jan 1st. Happy New Year!!! 

Traditionally, I’ve run my first kilometre of the year with my kids. It started about 4 years ago with my oldest wanting to join me and I figured why not. We bundle up with the plan of running 1k together on a loop around where we live.

The second year my youngest joined us and last year since my husband was home, he joined us as well. This year it was me, my girls and our retired sled dog Carmacks while Saï was working. It was late in the day and we had to walk our dog so figured we’d get in a run instead.

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Both girls were loving it! Bundled up as it was STUPID cold, we ran one lap around (1k) and then decided to do another lap. I’m not sure what Carmacks was thinking of both girls running with he and I but there was lots of laughter and excited by all!

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Tuesday – Ski Day. I took the girls skiing while Saï worked again (shift work). We had a great day on the bunny hill despite the fridge temperatures. Both girls were loving it and would have stayed all day! My Dad met us as well, which is always fun. That allowed for me to get in three runs by myself, thanks Dad!

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Wednesday: Ski Day! With the girls back to school, I was on my last vacation day. I had a PT appointment for my hip first thing and then drove to Ski Martock to ski with my Dad again. We got in some good runs…man he is way faster then me! To give credit, he does ski almost every weekday from January – March.

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Thursday/Friday – Bomb cyclone hit us (snow, freezing rain and then hurricane winds). I worked from home those days while the girls played in the house (I may have gone a little crazy). I did get in some foam rolling on these items I won from Travel Roller (hands down the best form roller I have):

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Saturday: It was spent cleaning the whole house – yuck! Mopping floors, 5 loads of laundry, cleaning three bathrooms (never own a house with three bathrooms). I was done by the end of the day. No running or anything else.

Sunday: We played outside for a bit, folded laundry that I didn’t get to and made some awesome soups – Chunky Tomate Beefy Soup and Leek & Potato – both so good!

That was my first week of 2018. I only ran 2km, went skiing twice and missed one soccer game and failed to start the Strava 40/80 challenge! It started off great and then went downhill fast. I have no excuses as I have a treadmill and my bike on it’s trainer. It’s okay, today’s the start of another week!

How was your first week of 2018?

Anyone run a New Year’s Day race?

Did you get hit by the bomb cyclone?

 

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?