Liebster Award (Again) and WINNERS!

First off – Tranquil Headband Winners: 

Jessica T

Cynthia K

Krystol B

Congrats! Check your email so I can get them out in the post to you 🙂

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I’m trying to get through my draft post and this one popped up recently. I wrote the whole thing but just never managed to HIT publish – my bad! Meg over at Meg’s Life Running nominated me here, so I am finally hitting publish. 

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 1. Why did you choose to start running and what do you love and hate about it?

Okay, that’s three questions Meg 😉

I started running as a teenager to train for soccer but then picked it up again about 10 years ago when I wasn’t able to play competitive soccer due to working at a camp. I love the challenge and the fact that I can set some goals and it’s up to me to achieve them. No one else is going to do it for me. I love the rush afterwards – how good you feel.

I hate hills. Most Days.

2. What is your dream race?

Good lord, I don’t know. I don’t think I have a dream race but would love to run a race (any distance) in every Province/Territory in Canada. It would be a great way for me (and my family) to explore our country.

3. What is another favourite form of exercise for you? Soccer, hands down. I LOVE SOCCER, playing it, coaching it and sometimes watching it. However, being married to a Brit … watching “football” matches can get a little intense!

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4. Who is your biggest inspiration? (doesn’t have to be fitness related).

I mentioned in my last Liebster Award that my running buddy inspires me. This past weekend while visiting my mother at work, we watched a middle-aged Dad pick up his teenage son from his wheelchair and put him in the front seat of their car. I turned to my Mom and said… WOW, What a Dad! and thought about everything that Dad does to help his son. So, that day, that Dad inspired me. He made me think that all MY little problems were nothing and just showed me what love is all about. So thank you to that person for inspiring me last weekend.

5. Did you go to college/What is your highest level of education? If college, what do you have a degree in and do you use it.

Yes, I went to University – Acadia University and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management. I have been working in the field of Recreation/Outdoor/Environmental Education and Physical Activity fields since I graduated over 12 years ago (thanks for that reminder) 😉

6. Do you ever/do you have a television program that you just had to be home to watch? What was/is it?

Years ago it used to be Grey’s Anatomy. Now, I don’t have one I have to be home for. We actually got rid of our TV 2 year ago but got Netflix recently. I watch Netflix while I run on the treadmill – that’s my secret to not being bored on the treadmill 😉

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Treadmill, baby monitor and Netflix!

7. What is your favourite childhood memory? 

I would have to say being outside ALL the time. Riding my bike, playing in our “fort”, playing soccer, “capture the flag” all over our neighbour’s backyards. Just the freedom to play outside would be my favourite childhood memory.

8. If you could visit a time/era in the past, what/when would it be?

I think I would choose the 50’s. I love the clothing, the music, the dancing and just the vibe!

9. Do you collect anything?

No….it used to be shoes 😉 but then I had kids. Now it’s running gear 😉

And, in with the NEW!

And, in with the NEW!

10. What is your go-to recipe? Do you make it, or someone else?  Oh my go to recipe is a Vegan Avocado Pesto Pasta – to easy to make and my whole family will eat it!

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Well, that was fun! Meg, I hope you learned a little about me (as well as others).

Leave a comment by answering some of the questions above 🙂

What’s your go-to recipe?

Do you collect anything?

Cheers, Piper 

 

Shout Out to Some Fitness Bloggers

Back in June, Eat Run Sail mentioned me in their Shout Out to Some Canadian Fitness Bloggers and tagged Piper’s Run for a pretty cool award. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and comments you leave for me. Getting to the West Coast of Canada is on my list of things to do – I’ll keep you posted when we make our way there 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award 🙂

Thanks Eat Run Sail

Here is how to participate:
1) Post the award logo and picture on your blog and link back to the person who nominated you.

2) Tell seven things about yourself.

3) Nominate up to 15 additional bloggers whom you think deserve the award.

4) Post a comment on the blog of each nominee to tell them they have been nominated!

So, here we go

Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me:

1. I like painting my finger nails when they are super short. Weird – maybe. I just find the colour looks better on short nails than long nails. My nails are purple right now.

2. I am on the fence if I ever want to run a FULL MARATHON. It’s not on my bucket list yet because I want to run another 1/2 marathon first and see if I can balance training for the distance, raising a family of 2, working full-time and not failing at any of those things. Plus a FULL MARATHON is a lot of commitment and a crazy distance I am unsure about. If i do consider one it would be after my next 1/2 marathon.

3. I want to run in every major race in Nova Scotia; be it a 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon or shorter distance. I want to explore my province through running races. I’ve explored it while playing competitive soccer for numerous years but a soccer fields doesn’t differ from another soccer field. Running races have different locations, times of year, require traveling with my family and supporting local events.

4. I want to take a photography course someday. I love taking pictures and having acquired my husbands nice Sony camera since Lilly was born. Hey – I didn’t want to miss a moment. But seriously, I would love to learn more about photography and eventually take pictures of friends baby’s, weddings etc, as a hobby.

5. I love the name Liam. It’s my ultimate boy’s name. I’ve loved it since I was a teenager and convinced myself that if I ever had a boy, we’d name it Liam. Well, when I got married, I inherited many nieces and nephews – one named Liam. We can’t have two Liam S. in the same family – even if one is in England and ours would be in Canada. I.Just. Can’t. Do. It.

6. I want to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It’s a place that I hope my husband and maybe even children can travel to some day and hike/experience.

7. I am secretly waiting for the snow to fall (guess it’s not a secret anymore). I LOVE winter, I think I may even LIVE for winter and snow. After working for 5 winters at an outdoor centre, it has given me a better appreciation for winter. I learned to cross-country ski (one of my favourite things to do) and snowshoe. That winter camping can be just as fun as summer camping. That Broomball is a competitive sport that I love (and miss doing) – even all those bruises on my knees. I also love running in the winter – I think I actually peak at running in the winter! I sure am looking forward to the first snow fall in Nova Scotia.

Nominate other bloggers:

 

Enjoy!

10 Running Related Personal Questions

Recently, reading a blog post from Roller Koester Run made me think about my own running. At 18 weeks pregnant I had to stop running due to ligament pain in my pelvic area. It’s been almost 10 weeks since I went for my last run and I can’t say I’ve been loving that. It’s been a struggle not being able to run; something that I crave in my life. It’s taken me almost 10 weeks to be okay with not running during this pregnancy.

The other day I spoke with a co-worker who talked about her pregnancies and running (she’s a recent Ironman/Woman) and after that conversation, it just clicked for me. I’m now okay with not running, knowing I will get back to it after baby #2 arrives and I am physically ready to do so. For now I walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes a few times a week, do a Fit Mom DVD, prenatal yoga and exercises on a stability ball for my ligament pain.

Back to the reason behind this post. Roller Koester Run answered the below questions regarding her running. I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my running in the past and my running plans for the future.

10 Running Questions:

1.  Best Run Ever: This would be my first (and only, so far) 1/2 Marathon. In 2006, I ran in the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia: 1/2 Marathon on May 21st, 2006 (before I was married). My goal was 2:30 minutes and I managed 2:33:56!

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I was living in Ontario at the time and planned on flying home for the long weekend to run in this race. I trained all winter, January to May, pounding the pavement snow covered roads. While working at an Outdoor Centre, I worked long hours: starting at roughly 8am and sometimes through to the evening 6pm/8pm. I would fit in runs when I could; before dinner, after dinner.

On the evening I was supposed to run 19k – my longest distance ever – I left a little late and my friends/staff started to get a little worried about me. It was “bear season” which means that I could come across one as I ran down the only road to camp – that sure motivated me to kick up the pace on the way back.

My family was there to “watch” me run. The weather was cool and overcast – perfect. My father out along the route to take pictures as I ran by and my mother volunteering at the finish line so I could finally get my “foil blanket” from her. (In another run, a 10k, she wouldn’t give one to me because I didn’t run the 1/2, ha!). It was such a great challenge and many months of pushing my limits.

2. Three Words That Describe My Running:

Determined, Planned, Priority.

3. My Go-To Outfit Is:

Summer – shorts and tank top (no brand specific – at this point)

Winter – Running pants from MEC, long sleeved Helly Hansen breathable shirt, Running Room Jacket.

4. Quirky Habit While Running:

I tend to run with my thumbs tucked into my hands. Doesn’t matter if I am cold or not, I find my thumbs just end up there.

5. Morning, Mid-day or Evening:

I love to run at night, cooler temperatures, the stress of the day to lose and then recovering over night.

Don’t get me wrong, if I can fit in a run mid-day while at work, I will do that to free up my evening.

6. I Won’t Run Outside If It’s:

Torrential downpour or snow blizzard – 20C or below.

7. Worst Injury and How I Got Over It:

I was training for my first 10k and playing in an outdoor soccer game one April. Somehow I managed to kick the ball in the air (volley on the inside of my foot) and then when I went to plant my foot on the ground I landed on the outside of my ankle! I totally thought I broke it and went straight to the hospital with the help of my friend’s mother. No break, just a bad, bad ligament tear…okay multiple tears. I couldn’t run for 2 weeks and was into physio right away. This was about 4 weeks before my 10k. I ended up running and doing just fine but to this day my ankle has never been the same. I wear an ankle brace when playing soccer because it’s so weak.

8. I Felt Most Like A Badass Mother Runner When:

I ran my first 10k, 4 months after having Lilly. It was my way of getting active again and felt like a million bucks after my race. My time was terrible but I accomplished my goals.

9. My Next Race Is:

In 2013! As I mentioned above, I haven’t run in about 9-10 weeks.

10. Potential Running Goal(s) For 2013:  

At 27 weeks pregnant, I’ve decided to focus on my 2013 running goals as 5k’s in the spring and 10k’s in the fall. I am aiming for a 5k under 29:16 and 10k under 60 minutes.

Answer the questions below in the comments, I’d love to hear how you’d answer these 🙂

If you answer these on your blog, leave me a link in the comment section so I can check it out.

Happy Running.

Numbers for the day

What’s in a number?

Lots!

Today, I have a lot of numbers going around in my head so I thought I would write about it.

32: Number of candles on my birthday cake (today)

31: Ended my last day of 31 with my daughter who was sick with a fever 😦

30: The age I was supposed to be when Lilly was born

29: The age I actually was, when Lilly was born *see #7

27: Got Married

26: Got Engaged

25: Met my future husband

24: Broken Crayons in our house

23: I bought my first car

22:Moved to Ontario by myself/finished University

21: Can’t come up with anything for 21.

20: transferred from Dalhousie to Acadia University

19: Was legal to drink!!!

18: I am now 18 weeks pregnant

17: Days until the Summer Olympics start! Go CANADA!

16: Half my age (yikes!)

15: Minute walks (x 2) on Monday downtown Halifax (was in town for a meeting)

14: Working days until I start 2 weeks of vacation

13: Friday the 13th this Month!!!!

12: Empty eggs in my egg carton

10: Minute walk during my lunch break today

9: Fruits and Veggies to eat today

8: Days until my friend Kelly’s 32nd birthday

7:10 (July 10th)

  • My due date for Lilly (born 6/14)
  • Also, my birthday!

5: Number of times I had to pee last night…..urgh pregnancy.

4: We will be a family of four in December!

3: Pieces of fruit I’ve eaten today: Grapes, Pear, Cran raisins – those count, right?

2: Pregnancy # 2

1: One furry fluff ball – our retired sled dog Maclean.

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