Running and No Kids!

Horay, it’s Friday! 

So………I took today off work  and even kept the girls in day care!!! Woah! That means that I had a FULL DAY TO MYSELF! Sometimes when I have a day to myself I want to cram in everything which means I don’t really get to enjoy my day. Not today…I didn’t even make a list….for those of you that know my mad-list making skills…you can pick your jaw up off the floor.

I dropped the girls off at 8:10 and picked up a few groceries {something I feel like I am ALWAYS doing}, slowly got ready for a run and then ran mid morning – it was hot. I watched a little tv, ate a non-kid friendly lunch s-l-o-w-l-y and even got a little laundry and mopping done!

Today was supposed to be a “rest day” but since I knew I would be home today I switched yesterday’s 5k with today’s “rest day”. I’d much rather run outside then be on my treadmill and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be outside today. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond thankful I have a treadmill 🙂

PR Day 5 Training VHM

Rocking my Bluenose Marathon shirt, Swirl Gear shorts and New Balance shoes!

I changed up my normal 5k route and went in a complete opposite direction which took me down a nice trail and then back into my subdivision. My legs were heavy but my heart was telling me I could do it or maybe it was my new PRO Compression socks that arrived in the mail this morning. I dunno!

PR Run on trail stingers socks

New socks, Lemon Stingers and THE Trail

Side note: I learned that I don’t like Lemon stingers – just can’t deal with the texture….great…now what does one do with the reset of the lemon stingers.

I wasn’t trying to run for a certain time but was running to get in the kilometers. This month’s km’s are going to be a little lower than expected but I’m 100% fine with that because I managed 3 soccer games, some yoga and swimming too.

Oh….and I signed up for another race! About a month ago a friend of mine asked if there were any races going on when she was home visiting and I gave her a list. She then asked if I would join her…..of course I said yes even though I didn’t want to do any races in July/August. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run with her 🙂 So 10k it is next weekend which I’m really not ready for but it kinda works with my 1/2 marathon training plan.

This weekend we’ll be hanging out at home and then visiting my family 🙂 Lots of outdoor play, swimming, running and I’m sure good food 🙂

What are your weekend plans?

Anyone running / racing ?

Do you often get a day to yourself? What do you do?

Half Marathon Training Plannin’

I finally had an awesome run the other night! I took it fairly easy all week with my running after 3 games of soccer (tournament) last weekend. My toe still hurts and my ankle is still tender to touch but I really can’t complain about it all.

you don't have to go fast

My focus for the week


Sunday – Rested. Napped in the afternoon and went to bed early – my body needed the rest.

Monday Ran 5k on Treadmill. I knew this run would be hard so I walked for 10 minutes to warm up and then ran/walked when I needed to until 3k. I managed to run 3-5k at a slow pace. Iced my toe and then stretched.

Tuesday – Ran 4k  on treadmill. I was planning on taking it slow again and my legs were feeling good. At the 3k mark, I knew I only wanted to go another kilometer. Did a lot of stretching, iced my toe again and stretched. Oh, and took some Ibuprofen.

Wednesday Ran 5k on treadmill. I finally woke up feeling really good! This was a great run. I was able to get my speed up and my legs were good to go!

Thursday – Rest day. The only running I did was errands sans kiddies – 2 hours of errands makes for one tried Piper. I had a case of the runner’s jealousy – saw many runners while driving my car and wished it was me 🙂

Friday – {today} I plan to run 5-6k in my new kicks outside tonight (once it’s cooled off) 🙂 🙂 🙂

Saturday – {planning} Longer run 7 – 8k.


New Balance 890’s I won from the EPIC Canadian Race in June 🙂

Then my 1/2 Marathon Training begins. I’ve been trying to decided which training plan to follow as there are SO many out there. I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in 2006 – Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I wasn’t blogging then – heck I didn’t even know what a blog was! I might do a recap of it just for fun – to revisit what I did for training, how the run went etc. Anyway….

I decided on Hal Higdon’s plan but since I’m a Canadian gal…I like to run in Kilometers not miles. So, I made a few adjustments in red:

Piper's 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

Piper’s 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

I think I am finally happy with my training plan for the next 12 weeks. It’s hard to believe that will be running these distances again as a Mama of 2 little girls, working full-time and trying to manage the house when my husband is away. However saying that, I am really excited to see how it goes. I’ll try to recap each week on the blog. I also have 2…maybe 3 races coming up before the 1/2 in October.

I’m pumped it’s Friday! This is the first weekend since the May long weekend (May 17/18th) that we don’t have anything planned. Okay, one play date Saturday morning but no driving long distances or needing a babysitter 🙂

And because they are so darn cute:

Our sweet girls :)

Our sweet girls 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Anyone starting their training plans for fall races ?

Weekend plans?