Running Mileage for 2016 {In Photos}

Since December is wrapped up and we’ve moved on to 2017, I sat down to look at my running numbers for 2016 (and yoga, cycling etc).

During the month of December I was aiming for a certain number so I could try to run more then I did in 2015, which was 844 km. In 2015 I was dealing with a hamstring injury and in 2016 it was my ankle injury in August that slowed me down a little. Though I ran a little less towards the end of 2016, I still ran a few more kilometres more then the previous year (not by much).

If you want to see the stats and miss all the photos – skip to the bottom…but really, the photos are kinda fun!

jan 31st 2016 mileage

February Mileage 2016

March Mileage

April Mileage


June Mileage

Julys Mileage

August Mileage




2016 Totals

Running: 846 km

Cycling: 65 km

Yoga Classes: 28

Soccer Games:  18

IronStrength: 12

Skiing: 7

Swimming: 5

Barre: 4

Snowshoe: 3

Skating: 1

Despite having a significant injury, I sure enjoyed all the activities I did with my family, with friends, at races and games and by myself. Yes, it was only 2 more kilometres than 2015 but hey….I worked for all of them.

I’m still working on my goals for 2017 but should have that for next week. My main goal will be to get my ankle stronger and AVOID injuries 🙂

How was your 2016 year by the numbers?

Did you go over any predicted goals/numbers?

What’s one new thing you are going to do in 2017?

Rounding off 2016 – A Year in Review

With the last few days of 2016, I thought I would take a look back at the year. There were a lot of great things, sad things, nagging injuries, goals accomplished and still to be accomplished.


Over the last few years I started a new tradition with my daughters where I run my first kilometre of the year with them. We don’t go fast, we run in any weather and we do it together – one kilometre. Though my hamstring was still “unhappy”;  Lilly, Hilary and I went out to run together one kilometre together.

1st run of 2015 with girls

I eventually set my goals for 2016  a week or so into January, which seems to be a tradition as well. I decided that since I wasn’t training for a race, I wanted to build my base for a spring race and get my fussy hamstring in order. This would be my focus for the next ten weeks.

snow shoe Jan 30th

I joined Team Nuun and became a Nuun Ambassador which has been one of my favourite go-to’s for my runs. Fingers crossed I’m involved again this year. We got in lots of skiing, snowshoeing and I got to review Meals on the Run (which I’m still loving).


I kept building my base and signed up for a few races; Bluenose 10k and Johnny Miles. Johnny Miles was my goal race, it was my race away from home, my come back race from dealing with my injury. If you’ve been reading this blog since last June, you’ll know the outcome of that race!

I got back to doing yoga once a week and still love it. We did a little skating, more skiing AND my husband started working close to home – NO MORE TRAVELING AND BEING AWAY! Life changing event in our house folks….no more part time single parenting and no more 5 hours of driving one way/being away from us for him. Life changing!!!!

skating feb 14th


March was the month of wrapping up “building my base” and I started my training for Johnny Miles Half Marathon, I became a 261 Fearless Ambassador and we went away on March break to ski as a family. Lilly learned to ski on her own and Hilary did awesome skiing with us.

March Break ski trip PR


Though I started training for Johnny Miles in March, April was the month that it really kicked in. I added in IronStrength workouts which killed me every week and weekly yoga. Saï and I started working out at nights once the girls went to bed. He started running and cycling more since he was home often and that motivated meI was in the thick of half marathon training and loving it.


In May, I ran the Bluenose Marathon 10k and it was horrible! Not the event but my run was horrible. I struggled a lot on that run but tried to enjoy the people and bands playing…and running with my brother at the beginning. The girls ran their 2k race as well, despite the intense heat wave we had that morning.

Kids Bluenose Run 2016


June is a birthday month in our house, which saw Lilly turn six! It’s unreal how fast they grow up. June was supposed to be my goal race at Johnny Miles Half, a run I’ve wanted to do for years. Unfortunately, our dog Maclean passed away two days before my race and we were all just devastated..

Maclean 2002 2016

I ran Johnny Miles half anyway but it was horrible. It was my goal race, my best training to date, yet I was just completely broken inside. I loved the course and the race environment but it was just mentally and physically hard. I ended up taking two weeks off running as I just couldn’t bring myself to run. I lost a lot of motivation/joy this month – in all aspects of my life.


We celebrated Canada Day by picking strawberries and hanging out with friends at a local event. Shortly after that it was my birthday but I still had felt broken…all of us did and would for a few months to be honest. Telling your little kids that their dog dies wasn’t easy so we had many conversations about this and lots of tears.


I started playing soccer again and became a Sport Chek Ambassador for the summer. I also started training for my 5th half marathon – or what would have been! Yup, keep reading 🙂  Even though my heart wasn’t in it, I started training for the Maritime Race Weekend half marathon and had some awesome long runs and stomach problems too.

We went on vacation to PEI  again; enjoyed the beach, ran by the ocean, saw friends and family. It was a vacation that we all needed.


Both Saï and I got in some early morning runs along the oceanside before the heat of the day would start.



I signed up last minute for the Heart of the Valley 5k and was loving playing soccer again, until…I injured my ankle during a game. Essentially, I jammed my ankle and was in severe pain for 4-5 days. I couldn’t run. Since training went out the door, I managed to do more yoga, go swimming with the girls and a cycle. I’m a wannabe cyclist who might someday get brave enough to ride her bike next to cars!

Valley Yoga Fest 2


September hit and I got really impatient for my PT appointment so I taped my ankle and ran on it a few times. It felt pretty secure and good. Lilly started back to school and was so happy about it! I got into my PT (which I’m almost done with, thankfully) and he gave me a plan to get stronger.

I didn’t get to run my half marathon but I sure did enjoy running the Tartan Twosome: 5k Sunset and 5k Sunrise at Maritime Race Weekend. I had a great weekend and my husband ran his 2nd half marathon and did awesome!


We also picked apples (a fall tradition) and the girls and I ran the Terry Fox run!



I was in the thick of Physiotherapy and was allowed to run the Valley Harvest 10k which wasn’t near a personal best for me but was such a big win for the year in running. Struggling with injury after injury, I was just happy to be running. The girls both ran in the kids races at the VHM too. They had a great time.


We celebrated Thanksgiving with family, the girls started swimming and gymnastics and I started going to Barre classes. I even started back at soccer too!! Why you ask? Well, I was given approval to do so and I love the sport. I realize I can get injured again but it’s a risk I’m taking.


My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We managed to sneak away for a night in the city and go out for dinner…and not get interrupted or witness any tantrums. It was kinda nice 😉

The blog was a little quiet this month as I was lacking motivation. We went to a Santa Parade and I forgot my sports bra far too many times which resulted in many failed runches. C’est la vie! 


Another big birthday month in our house: Hilary turned four and Saï had a birthday too.


We slowly got ready for Christmas and I shared a few of my favourite running items. I managed to get in a few runs outside in the snow and decorated my treadmill (#merrymill) for the season!


Our Christmas was different this year as Saï had to work all weekend so we celebrated when we could. Christmas dinner four days early, traditions of new pj’s and seeing the lights on houses Christmas eve without Saï. However, Christmas morning when Saï should have been sleeping we spent an hour and a half opening presents and having breakfast together. It was short and sweet before he needed more sleep followed by another shift but it was great.

That’s been my year in review! If you want to read last year’s you can find it here.  And if you are still reading at this point – thank you 🙂 I’ve enjoyed blogging this past year, reading your comments, connecting with other bloggers and learning so much. I’ll be back in the new year with some 2017 goals, my mileage wrap up for 2016 (so close to last year’s #’s) and review of my 2016 goals!

Happy New Year!

How was your 2016 year?

Did you have a favourite month or “thing” you did?

What are you looking forward to the most in 2017?

Goodbye February…

February was a month with lots of adventures; running, snowshoeing, skiing, skating with my family and yoga classes. It was also the month of lots of head colds, sicks kids and sleepless nights.

Though I’m trying to build my base or maintain some fitness before I start half marathon training; running wasn’t high on my priority list this month. I love snow. I love skiing in it, snowshoeing and playing outside with my girls. Unlike last year, we’ve only had a few minor storms (15-25cm each storm) which would provide an opportunity to “play” in the white stuff. After a week or two the temps have warmed up only to melt much of the snow away. It was plus 17C yesterday…in FEBRUARY!!!

Winter Outdoor Play

February was the month of playing outside (when not working of course). I managed to ski a fair amount with my family, friends and on my own. I don’t often take time off work to do something for myself unless I’m really sick but I booked two days off this month. One, to go skiing by myself and run errands in the afternoon and the second day was with a good friend who I don’t get to see very often. Both worth it!

February Mileage 2016

We took the girls skating, Hilary for the first time and got to enjoy a lot of weekend snow storms. The girls absolutely love tobogganing and just playing around our yard.



Running was better then previous years, last year some how I managed to log 41 km while being injured, this year 55 km. With the mixture of outdoor play, some running and even with the lack of motivation to run, February was still a great month.


Yoga’s been great. I’ve been craving each week and trying to get to at least one class. Sometimes I struggle at it, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes I hurt A LOT the day after.


What’s Up In March?

Well, first off things are changing (will tell you more later) around our house for the better. I’m hoping to get in a few more skiing days/nights, increase my running mileage and START half marathon training for Johnny Miles.

Of course continue yoga class when my schedule permits. I am also taking off “March Break”since Lilly will be off school that week. We have some fun adventures planned and a few local trips.

How was your February?

Any BIG plans for March?


Goodbye January…

…and just like that January 2016 is over! I don’t know about you but most months seem to fly by but January just seemed to hang on.

Though January started off rough with a nasty head cold, I eventually got off my butt and got moving again. It took a while but I finally made my 2016 goals; took a blogging course, skied, did yoga, ran and more.

jan 31st 2016 mileage.jpg


Oh yoga, I love you. Honestly, yoga makes me feel so much better physically and mentally too. I’ve been going once a week unless my work schedule doesn’t allow for it. I’ve challenged myself this year and learned forearm stands and eight angle pose. Limitless is my word for 2016.


I sure got a slow start to running this year and it really was a struggle. I decided after participating in a #beatyourownbest contest with Nuun that I needed to focus on building my base for half marathon training.

Apparently, I run better when I am training for something, who knew. So with this,I am focused on running three times a week, going to yoga once a week, strength training through DVD workouts and PT exercises. I’m building my base to beat my own best this year.

Total Mileage: 66 km (2016); 28 km (2015 injured) and 48 km (2014).

Fresh Air

I’ve also been trying to get some fresh air during my lunch break. I love being outside in the winter with the sun beating down and the cooler air. I can’t always go for a run or snow shoe during my lunch break but I can always take 15-20 minutes to get out for a walk. I started doing more of that last week and loving the fresh air.

Rosy cheeks after a lunch time walk


One thing I haven’t done is is hit up GoodLife Fitness. I have a membership but the closest GoodLife Gym is about 45 minutes away and I haven’t been to my parents place where they are surrounded by them. I plan to go in February because I do enjoy a good gym session, especially in the winter!

February doesn’t look much different than January. Though I’m hoping to get a little more skiing (downhill and cross country), snowshoeing and skating in.

Have you kept going forward with your 2016 goals or resolutions?

If you chose a “word” how’s that going?

How was your January? 

Any plans for February?