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.

I do truly appreciate you taking the time to read my blog {Mom & Saï}, comment or share a blog post on social media. Thanks for stopping by!  Also, I’m always open to suggestions for blog posts.

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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.


Happy Blogiversary!

(Yesterday, my blog turned 3!)

Happy Blogiversary

Happy Blogiversary!


Happy Blogiversary! 

(I bet you totally sang that when you read it) 😉

Yeah, I’m three years old today! 

It’s been a fun three years telling you all about my running life, mommy hood, my attempts at vegan cooking and other random posts!

Me and my friend: Green Garmin!

Me and my friend: Green Garmin!

Piper’s Run sure has evolved over the last three years! My very first post went a little something like this….Well HelloThere! Yikes!

Out little family Dec 2014

Out little family Dec 2014

Photo credit – Krystol (my running buddy is also an amazing photographer for fun!)

Anyway, thanks for reading, following, liking and leaving comments on the blog. I’ve learned a lot from other bloggers with running, parenting and random pinterest stuff that I fail at….kidding 😉

Ran 6k for my 3rd Blogiversary!

Ran 6k for my 3rd Blogiversary!

Thanks again folks for making this a fun thing to do in my spare time (ha ha ha). Don’t worried I’ll be around for at least another year 😉

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How was your weekend?

Piper’s a.k.a. Anna.

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Piper’s Run 2nd Blogiversary!!!

It’s been 2 years since I started this blog, what a journey it has been. My first “hello” post here. This will be my 400th post! There are over 300 of you that subscribe to my blog or at some point did {thanks for not deleting your subscription}. Lots of Facebook peeps, Twitter followers and a few Bloglovin’ friends. Thanks! It’s been a fun two years and I’ve really enjoyed this community…I’ve sure learned a lot!

I thought it would be fitting to do a little “Who’s Piper’s Run” and Amy over at Fitness Meets Frosting had this survey up a while back, so I thought it would be a good start for you to get to know me {again}.


Your Hair: Med-long, straight jet-black with a little salt in there 🙂

Tired Mama & Hilary at 3 months old.

Tired Mama & Hilary at 3 months old.

Your Mother: Amazing, strong, funny, hardworking, role model, confident, intelligent, knowledgeable, family focused, selfless, trustworthy, grandmother….simply the best!

My Mom and Dad, xo

My Mom and Dad, xo

Your Father: Ski-bum, teacher, drop-anything-to-help-you, selfless, lover of puns, remote-hogger, learner, determined, born for winter, get’s excited like a kid when the snow falls, hardworking, role model, inspirational, grandfather….irreplaceable.

Three generations skiing ~ March 21st 2013

Three generations skiing ~ March 21st 2013

Your Favourite Thing: My girls; Lillian Mae (3.5 years old) and Hilary Elise (1 year).


Brrrr, it’s cold outside!
Lillian 3.5 years and Hilary 1 years old!

Your Dream Last Night: No dreams.

Your favourite drink: Hummm…well maybe Silk Chocolate Milk or this punch I make {Lime sherbert, Seven-Up and Pineapple Juice – yum….and feel free to add a little Malibu rum in there…just sayin’}

Your Dream/Goal:

Dream: To hike Mount Kilimanjaro with my family.

Goal: To simply be happy in life (even have a tattoo to prove it).

The Room You Are In: Kitchen

Your Fear – Spiders and not being a family of four.

Where do you want to be in six years: In our forever home with my husband, 7 and 9-year-old girls…oh my! Happy, health and still running.

Where were you last night? Home with the girls, worked out {Ripped in 30 level 1} – felt great}

What are you not: Always Confident.

Muffins: Banana chocolate chip or Pumpking Vegan Muffins…not wait….chocolate vegan mint cup cakes. Cup cakes count, right?

One of your wish list items: 

Materialistic: Foam roller and new running gloves. Mine have a hole in both index fingers for picking your nose…I mean using your phone 😉

General: My family of four to be together all the time.

Where you grew up: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA!

The last thing you did: Pulled all the bags (diaper bag, Lilly’s bag and my purse) together.

What are you wearing: Dark Brown corduroy pants, cream long-sleeved sweater and my black Blundstones. Easy and comfortable for a full day of sitting in meetings and driving.

Your Pets: Maclean, 11. Our retired sled dog.

2008: First day together :)

2008: First day together 🙂

Your Computer: Lap top & Desk top.

Missing Someone: 

Non-living: My grandparents. If I could only know what you think of my little family.

Living: My husband (been away for almost two weeks now).

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Your Car: 2001 Honda Civic … Murphy, you’re getting up there, hang in buddy.

Something you are not wearing: A necklace.

Favourite Store: Well, if you look at my debt/credit card statements it would say “Superstore” (Canadian grocery store) but really it’s not. I don’t think I have a favourite store.

Your Summer: Joyful, fun, swimming.


Like Someone: Yeah, I kinda like my husband…….kidding, I love ya!

Your favourite Colour: Colbolt blue and purple.

When was the last time you laughed: Belly laughed yesterday at lunch with a co-worker/friend. It was GREAT!

Last time you cried: Monday night out of frustration with the girls during bath time. We were all tired and it ended in tears 😦

What is one thing on your to-do list? Packing up for a day trip to Halifax….family birthday celebrations for little Hilary.

What “one thing” are you excited about? The BIG snow storm coming this weekend … 20 -30 cm! Saawweeet! (I added this question).

Favourite workout: Soccer, Running and then any intense DVD workout. (I added this question too).

Anna soccer  10 years ago

Now it’s your turn…tell me about yourself:

1. Answer a few of the above questions


2. Re-post it on your blog and share the link in the comments.

Happy Friday!

Six Years Ago

My life changed forever. In a good way. A really good way.

November 10 2007 Our Wedding

Best. Day. Ever.
*besides when our daughters were born*

I married my soul mate, my best friend, the person I wanted to spend all my time with, wake up next to and raise children together. We got married November 10th 2007 with 14 family and friends….small and intimate.

The following summer we had a church blessing and reception with around 70 friends and family – who get’s to wear their wedding dress and tux twice ??? Not too many people….but we did 🙂

August 8 2008 Blessing 3

We moved for jobs, lived apart, bought a house, had a baby, live apart again/went back to school, had baby #2 and now live apart again (part-time) 😦

August 8 2008 Blessing

One thing that hasn’t change is my love. Well, maybe it has….it’s much stronger and has grown in ways I cannot explain.

I love the way he takes care of our daughters and the way they look at him.

I love the way he makes me laugh when all I want to do is cry.

I love that he took a leap and changed his career. To do something he’s been passionate about for years.

I love that he sticks to his beliefs even if it means I have to find new vegan recipes to make.


I love that he supports me, laughs with me, challenges me and understands I don’t like watching Criminal Minds alone.

I love the person he has become.

August 8 2008 Blessing 2

Our wedding party…best friends and my cousin. xo

BEST. SIX. YEARS. OF. MY. LIFE… here’s to at least 66+ more.

Happy Anniversary Sai…..with love always, Anna. xo

Lynn Doy Photographs 201

I’ll hold your hand forever, xo

You can read more about our funny story here –> how we met and got engaged 🙂

How did you meet your significant other?

# of Years dating/married?

What do you love about your significant other?