Friday Happenings

Happy Friday! Or as my oldest just learned – FRI-YAY! I may have taught her that when I bought a shirt for her that said “FRI-YAY”. She think’s it’s hilarious!

I didn’t get a chance to write a weekly wrap up last week but I swear I was active – running, yoga and a soccer game. I took a few days off running which was completely unintentional. We also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in the city without kids!!!! Whoop whoop! He’s so much taller then me he had to squat down to take this photo, ha!



I’ve yet to really plan out a proper half marathon training plan for the Hypo Half I want to run in January (14th). Maybe because I’m only half committee (no pun intended). I did get in a longer run at the beginning of this week but my Garmin died just before 6k. I struggled from 6-8k and then finished off with 10k done. Wednesday night I missed a run due to pure exhaustion but I managed to get a 5k treamill run in last night. That felt great. Struggle bus below.


The weather has turned back to normal fall like temps which means bundling up for your runs. I bought a new beanie at the Running Room last weekend and wore it during my long run – love it!


With it being mid-November, Christmas is sure on my mind. What to buy people? Where to shop? When to find time to shop? We’ve picked up a few things for our girls but don’t have a concrete plan for Christmas. Also, since Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed – that’s not on our plate next week. However, we do have two birthdays back to back early December so we’ll be seeing lots of glitter and hanging with a bunch of 5 year olds!

I bought a new dress for our anniversary but I’m pretty sure I’m going to wear it all the time. Maybe even to work!



I’ve been making a lot of soups lately: All Things Red Soup, Leek & Potato (yum!) and my ultimate favourite – Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup.  Our freezer is full and I just bought more leeks and potatoes for this weekend.

What are some of your favourite eats this time of year? 

Are you all ready for Christmas or not even there yet?

What running item can’t you live without right now?

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Life This Week in Photos

Life in photo’s this week…or at least the last few days 🙂 And none of them are running related. I’m actually JUST recovered from doing soccer, barre and yoga earlier in the week and hoping to get out for a few runs this weekend.

I love the way my girls dress themselves sometimes, specifically Hilary. She has a green shirt underneath with hearts all over it. Gloves are on backwards too!


Nine years ago…


Celebrating nine years with this guy last night….


Proud of these men in my life….


The happiest littlest one in our lives….

picture_20161111_1556383271How has your week been?

Did you attend a Remembrance Day / Veterans Day ceremony?

Any fun plans for the weekend?


Happy 4th Blogiversary Piper’s Run!

Wow, it’s amazing how fast time goes by. It’s been four years since I started blogging! Yesterday was Piper’s Run 4th blogiversary!

What started off as a way to keep myself accountable to being active has morphed into something completely different. It’s become part reflecting on my running, struggling with injuries, attempting to become a yogi, along with a side of family shenanigans.

PR Arggggggg MRW Canadian Running Magazine


I have to admit, I almost didn’t hit “renew” on my blog this time around. I’m not sure why but for the last two months I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue blogging. I’m trying to reduce the amount I’m online and blogging takes up a lot of my time. I don’t get paid for this blog, it’s just a side hobby that I enjoy doing. I guess I like writing more then I thought I would.


Last winter

So you’ve got me for another year at least. Let’s hope I have lots of training plans, running struggles and no injuries to report on. Don’t worry, there will be lots of shenanigans from my family and random life stuff.

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Also, thanks Santa for reading my last post…I slept for 14 hours Friday night and another 9 hours Saturday night!!!!! Thanks again for following my journey, leaving comments, checking in to see how I’m doing while I was injured, all the encouragement and support.

Cheers, Piper ……a.k.a Anna 🙂



Eight Years Ago

November tenth, two thousand and seven started off bright and sunny, slowly turned to overcast and then moved right into snow/wet snow coming down. It was cold too! I’m not sure if it was the weather gods telling us that this was a good day to be married or what.

You see, I I felt it was fitting since we met at an Outdoor Centre where we spent a lot of our time outside. We first started dating in March and my then boyfriend was living in the US (He’s British though)…and he’d drive 17 hours one way to hang out with me. I’d take the short trip commute by plane, either to Chicago or St. Louis and he’d pick me up 🙂 We’d cross-country ski in the winter and canoe in the summer and spent a lot of time outside in all-weather. You can read more about how we met here.



I felt the weather that day was all the weather you could have year-round packed in one day. Just fitting. Kinda like a marriage with ups and downs, laughter and tears, challenges and successes. Beaming sun, overcast clouds, and flurries drifting in the air and falling to the ground, not to mention the temperatures dipping down even more. The weather didn’t stop our small wedding which was composed of only 14 people, though we’d later celebrate our marriage with a church blessing and reception the next summer (8/8/8) with roughly 80 people.


(Why not wear your wedding dress/tuxedo twice!)

August 8 2008 Blessing 3

Even with the sun, the overcast clouds and the snow/wet snow, it didn’t dampen our day. The ups and downs, the laughter and tears, the challenges and successes we’ve shared over the years hasn’t dampened our relationship – only made it better.

I feel blessed that we have two beautiful daughters who drive me nuts a lot of the time and yes I’m thankful for that too. We are lucky in so many ways. Eight years ago, I married my best friend.

Happy Anniversary Saï…love you.