Murphy’s Law for Runners

So, I keep coming across these fun pictures on Pinterest and feel the need to share them on my blog. I can’t take any credit for these pictures ….but I can at least, share them.

Murphy’s Law for Runners (so true).

Happy Running!


Happy Friday!


Top 15 Reasons to Run

Top 15 Reason to Run

Picture from Pinterest.

Why do you run?

Working Out and Goal Setting

Since January 9th I have been setting weekly workout goals!

Crazy – sure, getting results – oh yeah!

Each Sunday I sit down and write a plan for the week. When will I try to run, when will I work out at home and when will I rest. Most weeks have been really good and I have managed to stick to my weekly workout plan. Some weeks were terrible – mainly due to being sick and trying to manage everything on my own.

I like using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting guidelines:

Specific: Significant, Stretching, Simple. (What do I want to accomplish? Why?)

Each week I set simple goals for working out; and which day I am going to run v.s. working out at home.

Measurable: Meaningful, Motivational and Manageable. (How much, how many ?)

I aim for 5 days working out and 2 days of rest but realize each week may vary from the last and making my workout’s manageable is the way to keep me successful. If I only work out 3 or 4 days … at least I worked out.

Attainable: Appropriate, Action-focused, achievable. (How can the goal be accomplished?)

Being a single parent (only for 1 more week!!!), I have to be realistic about what I can do in a week.

If I am on the road with work all week, then it’s going to be more challenging to work out.

Sometimes I readjust my goals if I had a hard day and it was supposed to be a rest day, then I switch it up and work out and take my rest day the following day.

Relevant: Results oriented, Realistic. (Does this seem worthwhile?)

When I work out, I like to work out hard. Sure I like walking  and leisurely activities, but for me, I need a high intensity workout. This is when I get results; I like sweating and feeling exhausted after my workout. Also, I can’t go for a run when my daughter is home napping but I can do a DVD workout when she naps.

Time Bound: Time bound, time specific, Trackable.  (When; today, tomorrow, next month)

I don’t have a lot of time since I work full-time and have a toddler so I am very specific when I work out – I am time bound and I make working out a priority each week. I write my goals down so each week I can track what I have done and what I need to do.

Some people add in “E” and “R” for SMARTER goals:

Evaluate: Engaging, Ethical, Enjoyable.

Reevaluate: Reward, Revisit, Recordable.

This is week 10’s goals:

Monday – run at lunch ( I have no meetings that day)

Tuesday – run at lunch (again, no meetings that day)

Wednesday – Workout DVD at night.

Thursday – Rest Day (Grocery shopping night)

Friday – Soccer session at work 🙂 I love when a sport I’ve played my whole life crosses the path with my daily job. Life is Good.

Saturday – Rest Day – Sai will be home and Lilly and I plan to celebrate that!

I’ve also set two specific goals around running in this post here, but to highlight them:

Goal #1: Spring – focus on 5k’s and aim for personal best of under 29:16.
Goal #2: Fall – focus on 10k’s and aim for personal best of under 60 minutes.
This SMART or SMARTER tool is not just for working out – you can apply this to your every day life.
Like right now, Lilly is a sleep and I need to take the compost out, fold laundry, put another load on, clean up the kitchen, work out and shower and then maybe sit for a bit and relax. No SMART goals set but at least I have a list created 🙂
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What are your workout/fitness goals ?

When do you set them – once a year, once a month, once a week?

Have you tried setting S.M.A.R.T. goals ?

Running – which race should I run

The last running event I participated in was the Valley Harvest Marathon in Wolfville last October (2011). Fitting in races over the last seven months has not been a big priority.  Probably because of the logistics of the whole thing:  paying fees, finding a sitter for our daughter, traveling and trying to maintain a balance between home and work – it just wasn’t an easy thing to do, that’s why I only ran one race during Thanksgiving weekend.

I’ve run the Valley Harvest twice:

  • Once in 2010 – 4 months after Lilly was born, I ran the 10km. It was extremely windy but my goal was to run it under 1:15. I  started training 2 months prior and was nursing Lilly; I ran when I could, which was 2-3 times a week. I finished at 1:12:32, under my goal but not a great time for me – and that’s okay. My best 10 k was 1:02.

481 986 Anna Sherwood Coldbrook NS CA F 113/129 F3039 1:12:53 1:12:32 7:16

October 2010
Lilly 4 months old

Sign made by my Mommy friends who came out to cheer me on!

  • In 2011 I ran the 5k because I knew going back to work and having my husband away at school (in PEI) that I could only rely on limited training – 34:54 minutes – yikes! Again not a good time for me but at least I didn’t sit on my but that day. My best 5 k was 29:16.

239 1973 Anna Sherwood Coldbrook NS CA 47/77 F3039 34:54 34:45 6:57

A few other races I’ve done:

  • 2006 Bluenose Marathon: 1/2 Marathon on May 21st, 2006 (before I was married). My goal was 2:30 minutes and I managed 2:33:56!
  • 2005 Bluenose Marathon – 10km


  • HBC Canada Day 10km (1:05)
  • Run for the Cure 5km multiple times but in 2004 I ran 29:16 – my best time.

This year I wasn’t sure what to sign up for but am now feeling like I need to sign up for something.  I like to set goals and I thought I should do so here.  If you write them down, your more likely to meet them.

So, a few run I plan on signing up for (and will blog about):

  • Greenwood 5k April 22nd
  • Bluenose Marathon May 20th.  UP Citadel hill ….I dunno about that … I’ve done it many times before and it wasn’t what I would call fun but a great hill to “train” on.
  • Sole Sisters Dartmouth Crossing (Any run with chocolate involved is my kind of run).
  • Maritime Race Sept 15th  First year, pirates can rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrun, right?
  • Valley Harvest Marathon 5 or 10 k, that IS the question.
Goal #1: Spring – focus on 5k’s and aim for personal best of under 29:16.
Goal #2: Fall – focus on 10k’s and aim for personal best of under 60 minutes.

That’s it!

I’ve said it.

I’ve written it down.

AND I made it public.

Can’t look back now.

Happy Running!

Wish me luck!

What races are you going to do? (Running or Walking)

Note: I was not paid or asked to write about any of these events.