This Mother Runner’s Attempt At Running Tonight

Sometimes our days do not go as planned.

Sometimes what you want to do to most is the first thing on your list to go.

Sometimes you just need to slow down and focus on one thing at a time.


I wanted to run tonight but things kept getting in my way….my day went like this.

{note – I’ve had a head cold for 3 days, pounding headache and just feeling ill}

8:00 Drop girls off at Day Care

8:30 Drop by an office to pick something up and arrive at my office just before 9 am {fail already}

9 – 9:40 Rush to catch up on emails I missed in the last 2 days before darting off to a full day of meetings.

10 – 12:30 Meetings

12:30 Eat lunch I have been thinking about since 11 am

1 pm – Walk on the trail with co-workers {fresh air just what I needed – head starting to get worse}


1:30 – 4 pm More meetings {contribute little as my head is pounding and I contemplate IF I should run after the girls go to bed}

4 – Talk to my friend/coach about what I should run tonight

{she’s sick with a head cold too – go figure} Leave with an easy plan.

4:10 Pick up dinner at grocery store – not pretty but at least I got a salad.

Don't judge ;)

Don’t judge 😉

4:36 Home with the girls…Don’t ask me how I remember this time but it sticks out

5 – 7pm Eat dinner, play with girls, bath girls, read them books, sing to them.

7pm Read email, blogs, do dishes, clean up dinner – wait to confirm girls are asleep! {ha ha}

7:30 Drink Pre-Workout Vega drink {review to come} with intentions of running at 8pm


7:49 Hilary (17 months old) screaming in her bed…. 😦 Dam “eye” teeth, I wish they would just come in already.

Tried to console her, sing to her, walk around with her….nothing worked.

Drugs….yup, she got Advil for the pain.

Back to her room as she settles down, rock and sing, rock and sing…..oh man, cuddling with your little baby is simple the best thing ever….I almost forgot I wanted to run tonight.

I cuddled a little longer until she decided she wanted in her crib….okay, maybe I cuddled a little longer because I know there will be a day that she won’t want to cuddle.

So, I put her to bed and wrote this blog post to ensure she was 100% asleep before I attempt running on the treadmill.

I think I might have a stomach bug – good lord, let me feel better soon…..

8:45 pm Get gear on and see what I can accomplish on the treadmill.

Better late then never!!!

Best part of my day – that unexpected cuddle 🙂

How do you fit in a run when you just don’t think it’s going to happen?

Tips on getting rid of your head colds fast?

What was the best part of your day today?

When Did Long Runs Become Easier?

Yesterday, I had a 12k  run on my training plan and was kinda of dreading it! Don’t we all dread long runs (sometimes) ?

Bluenose I'm going to Giv'er

I spent all morning (8am – 12:30) standing on my feet in my new wellies (yes, rain boots). Why? Well, it was 1 out of 2 Youth Runs I was involved with through work….you know, TWO hard days at the office 😉

Both were a great success with lots of kids running 3k, 4.2k or 5k as part of their Kids Run Clubs at school.

dv runs 2014


I was dreading my long run and was going to run it after I finished worked Saturday afternoon. However, it was calling for rain and I just wasn’t feeling it. When I got home I ended up taking an afternoon nap while Hilary napped. It was just what I needed. I still wasn’t sure I was going to run 12k that night.

After I got the girls to bed, I looked for my running gear and couldn’t find any – it was all dirty still! I guess that’s what happens when you choose running over chores in the evenings, whoops! I finally found some soccer shorts and an old running shirt that was a few sizes to big and decided I’d at least get on the treadmill and try to pull off 8-10k.

In between getting the girls to bed and finding some running gear, I drank my Vega “Pre-Workout Energizer” drink (review to come) and decided I would eat 1/2 a Vega bar during my run to keep me going.

I started my run with .76 of a km walking and talking on the phone. Once I got off the phone I started running and got into it. I watched two shoes: Grey’s Anatomy (meh, it was alright…a time passer) and once that was finished I watched Blue Bloods.

I managed to run the full 12km without stopping at various paces (8/8.5 – 9.5/10). For some reason my 12 km run was easier than my 8k the night before. On Friday night I struggled through 8k….like REALLY struggled. I walked about 4 times, slowed my speed down more than I wanted to and just wanted the run to be over and done with. It was like I didn’t have any spark in my step or interest to keep running. It wasn’t pretty.

Why was my 12k run easier than my 8k run the day before? I have no idea but I’ll take it. I managed 40km of running last week and now ready for an easy week of running before the Bluenose Marathon.

And now I am off to fold three loads of laundry – happy mother’s day to me 😉

Ever struggle with a run days before a long run?

When did long runs become easier for you? (Yes, I realized they will not always be easy)

Anyone race this weekend?

A Sub 60 – 10K Run

I finally did it. I ran a sub 60 – 10k!!!!

Saturday I was scheduled to run 11k for my 10k training program for the Bluenose Marathon (10k) I’m running on May 18th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband was home but on a course so I couldn’t run it during the day.

The girls and I had an awesome play date in the morning with friends: picnic lunch, played at a playground – just a great morning all around. We got home, Hilary went down for a nap, Lilly went in her room for “quiet time” and I laid down on my bed. My body was completely exhausted and at this point I didn’t think my long run was even going to happen. Zzzzzz……….

17 months old!!!!

17 months old!!!!

My husband got home, we had dinner, played with the girls and got them to bed. Then I got my running gear on (no pictures, sorry).  I wore my new purple PRO Compression socks, new Asics, Capri running pants….I know, I looked hot, a purple short-sleeved running shirt {“I Run This Town” – Bluenose shirt from 2011} and a long-sleeved running shirt. ALL purple…my new favourite colour besides these:

And, in with the NEW!

And, in with the NEW!

I was a little worried I’d be too warm but it was perfect. Perfect temperatures outside, the sun was setting and I was running on a busy road against traffic. I got to see a stream I didn’t know existed, it wasn’t that bad running on the main road, the moon was stunning, had numerous cars honk at me {hello back}. I ran at a constant steady pace with my breathing under control and my legs feeling great the whole time. Well, 99% of the time.

Around 8k, I increase my speed a little and at 9k I saw I was at 53 minutes and some odd seconds so I pushed it knowing I would finish the last km on this dang hill that gets me at the end of every run. I thought about changing my route so I could avoid the hill but then thought, “no, do the hill – you will thank yourself after the Bluenose”.

So, I did the hill as best I could and died just short of the top but kept walking – this was not graceful. Once at the top I pushed the last .30/km as I knew I was going to get a 10k PB. In 2002, I ran a 10k in 1:02:07 on Canada Day. It’s been my goal for 2 years (pregnancy/postpartum included) to get a sub 60 – 10k.

I finally did it!

My sub 60 - 10k !

My sub 60 – 10k !

{5:49, 5:52, 6:06, 6:03, 5:46, 6:06, 6:04, 6:02, 5:39, 5:56, 6:30 = 1:05:58 in 11k}

Needless to say, I was happy and as soon as it read 10k, I stopped and took a few deep breaths and then continued to run my last km of the 11k training run.

I finished last week with 31km and had a total of 101km for the month of April! The Around The World Running Blog Relay 2014 has finished and we’re just waiting to hear how far we have collectively run around the world!

PS – my finger is JUST starting to heal from last week’s injury and “The Beast” (treadmill) is still waiting for it’s lube.

How long did it take you to reach a running goal?

When was your last *awesome* run?

Ever feel like you are over-dressed for a run but then realize your not?


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