August Adventures

Oh, I think August is my favourite month of the year. It’s hot, vacation time, soccer season, stupid HOT, perfect beach weather, watermelon heaven and hot. I’m not a fan of the muggy heat we’ve been having (who has) but I love the heat when I’m in the water – beach, lake, pool….sprinkler too!

I started two weeks of vacation late July and into August and have done so for the last number of years. It’s kinda the perfect timing of almost being burnt out from work but we can still enjoy the summer days with our kids.

We hit up PEI for a short trip due to some car troubles (BIG SAD FACE). We got to visit with family, spend time at our favourite beach and had a lot of car time together (not always fun with young kids).

We spent a lot of time at my parents place swimming in their pool, took an unexpected trip to Peggy’s Cove (again, due to the same car troubles) and had tones of ice cream. I’m pretty sure we ate ice cream twice a day for 3-4 days….I’m not complaining.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought a new bike!!!! I’ve been wanting a new bike for a few years now and finally broke down and bought the Liv (Giant) Avail 1. It’s awesome and I love it.

I’ve still yet to name her so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’m feeling Besty or Blue, I dunno. Hit me up some some suggestions. Though I seem to be getting in some nice rides (44km long ride with my husband), I’ve only managed a few runs.

As I mentioned on IG, I’ve been struggling with my interest with running mainly since I got injured in April but even before that as I barely ran any km this year. I’m trying hard to get in 2-3 runs a week and that’s beyond any soccer games (which yes, is running), riding (once, maybe twice a week) and yoga randomly.

Summer has been busy for our girls with soccer practices twice a week for L and games EVERY SATURDAY! Actually, make that TWO GAMES EVERY SATURDAY. We are exhausted from all the soccer but she’s loving it. H is has been doing some private swim lessons which have been amazing for her. My girls and I went on a trail ride last week (8.61 km), lots of visits to the library, the beach, a friends cottage and even the dentist! Who plans dental appointments during vacation? That was clearly a VERY BAD idea.

Any…way. Summer vacation was good to us and it’s back to work now (BIG SAD FACE AGAIN). Only three more weeks from today and SCHOOL STARTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And one more week of vacation for me 🙂

How’s your summer going?

Anyone exhausted from their kids summer sporting commitments?

Loving running lately or not?

Bike name suggestions?

June & July Goals

Hello HOT summer! We’ve been in a bit of a heat wave for the last week in Nova Scotia. Though it’s extremely hot and humid, we’ve kept busy outside over the Canada Day long weekend!

My June goals were executed brilliantly…… I ran a lot more then I planned to – mainly long runs on the weekend with zero focus on training for a race. I finished the month with 65 km of running.  I biked a bit – around 50 km and I played 4 games of soccer and starting coaching U 6 soccer – fun!

June GOAls! (2)

July’s Goals

Not going to lie – my July goals are pretty simple again. Run, Beach and Bike!

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We’ve kicked off July with a beach trip already, a long run of 11 km, a super long bike ride (for me) of 25 km and now we are just riding this heat wave and up-ing our hours in our sprinkler. The heat wave is supposed to settle down in a few days and I’ll likely get back to some early morning runs once it settles down a bit. A few rest days can’t hurt.

How’s your month of July looking?

Any big goals this month? 

Beach or Lake swimming?

Week 5 Half Training MRW in Photos

Last week we spent the week in Prince Edward Island near Brackley Beach. It’s one of my favourite places to be. Beach, sunshine, ice cream overload, dinner with family, dinner with friends, dodging jelly fish, cottage life for a week!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

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Monday: Stretch & Strenghten |Nothing. We drove to Halifax to spend the night there and get Carmacks settled in.

Tuesday: 6k | Nothing. Spent the day traveling over to PEI. Though I missed my run, we walked along the beach that evening and I got 11,100 steps in that day. There were SO many jelly fish that we couldn’t really swim but managed to get into our waste a few times (dodging jelly fish).

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Wednesday: 7 x 400 @ 5k pace | 5k morning run in PEI. It sure was hard getting up but was nice to be running.

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Thursdsay: 5k + strength | 5k morning run in PEI. Enjoyed this run a lot. Post long run selfie with my backwards inside out pj’s girl.

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Friday: Rest Day | 13k Long Run along Brackley Beach. This was probably my most favourite long run to date. Running near the beach on almost 100% flat ground. I even stopped to climb a set of stairs and take in the view of the beach above.

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Saturday: 5k Race | Rest Day. We traveled back from PEI to Halifax, swam, had dinner with my family and then drove back to the Valley.

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Sunday: 13k | Soccer Game. I had a soccer game and since my long run was complete I didn’t really do much of anything else. That is besides, laundry, cleaning and getting groceries. The dreaded first day back from being away!

Weekly mileage: 23k. Though I missed 7k and two strength training sessions, I’m still happy with my week of training while on vacation. Let’s hope this week, while home on vacation I can get in my runs in between beach days and adventures with my girls (while my husband works).

Oh, and we ate tones of ice cream while in PEI….three times in 24 hours to be exact!

How was your week?

Do you train while on vacation?

Lover of ice cream?

 

Maritime Race Weekend Training (1/2 Marathon) Week 6

I started to write this post and wrote week 5 but had to double checked to see if that was correct. I was shocked to see that I was wrong (kidding)…that week 6 is done. That means that my next half marathon is only 6 weeks away, we only have four weeks until Lilly goes back to school and then..we’ll FALL basically starts after that. Yikes!

Side note – I’m totally into the Olympics right now. Loving all the Canadian Women rocking their medals! I may be blogging less due to being tuned into the Olympics more! Go Canada Go!

This past week was fairly good week but lacked a little in kilometres. I managed to get my stomach figured out which was extremely great to not have any “issues”. Last week I was still on vacation so you’d think it would be easier to get in running. I can’t really complain about any of it other then missing one run I did sneak in a few other things. This is how it went…

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday August 1st: Coaching U6 Soccer | Cancelled due to Holiday. I didn’t work out as I was a little sore from my long run. No pain in my SI joint but my hips and legs felt tired from my long run on Sunday.

Tuesday: Yoga | No Yoga. I was home with the girls and I can’t remember what we did. No recollection at all, ah well.

Wednesday: Coaching U4 & U6 Soccer & Run | Soccer, Hiking, 6k Run. We went for a short afternoon hike which turned into playing “camouflage” in the woods and then playing in the stream for a long time. It was Hilary’s last soccer session (Lilly still has one more tonight) but I managed to get in a late night run. I headed out around 8:45 and got in 6k.

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Thursday: Speed Work | Nope. Boogie Boarding – Yes. I spent the day at Hirtles beach with my running buddy and our kids. You should check out her talented photography skills here, it was an AMAZING day at the beach. So amazing we both burned our upper backs. That night, I could barely have a sports bra strap over my back let alone a shirt so I opted for missing my run and slathering myself with Aloe Vera. We went through a lot of sunscreen that day but still go burnt.

Hirtles Beach

Friday: Rest Day | Swimming. We traveled into Halifax to visit my parents and niece for the day and swam most of the afternoon.

Saturday: 16k Long Run | 18k Long Run. Oh this run was great! It started off hilly in my parents subdivision and continued to be hilly until the 13k mark when it started to get flat. Around 13k-15k I seem to struggle with my pace consistently on my long runs. I eventually ran out of my Nuun and decided to stop at 16k or so to get a drink from a convenience store – best decision ever! I guzzled half the bottle and put the rest in my= fuel belt bottle and off I went.

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I figured I stay down on the rails-to-trails instead of running the hills back to my parents house and I’m so glad I did. I was able to pick up my pace significantly and that felt great! There were so many runners, walkers and bikers on the trail…that too was awesome! However, that massive HILL I had to walk up (Rosewood) was nasty and my calf muscles were hating me. I finished 18k in 1:59:12 with a pit stop into a convenience store – not too shabby!

Sunday: Soccer Game | Rest Day. I missed my soccer game as I didn’t have anyone to be with the girls (my husband was working). It’s okay as I needed a day’s rest. No knee, or SI joint problems !!!!

Recovery at it’s finest.

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KM this week: 24 km

KM this training cycle: 116 km

Overall: It was a slightly low kilometre week but I still did a lot and I’m okay with that. I’ve yet to do any specific “hill” training or speed work to date. I’m not sure if I just don’t want to or I just don’t care anymore. After working so hard during my tempo runs and other speed work for my last half, I just don’t have it in me…yet. I am incorporating hills into my long runs which is kinda fun but I think I need to kick it up a gear.

If you missed last week, check it out here.

Ever get a sunburn that prevents you from doing anything? 

Ever stop into a convenience store for a drink during your run?

Loving the Olympics?

 

Summer Fun List 2015

This past winter, I never would have thought we’d see the hot summer days ever again! Man, we got blasted with snow storm after snow storm from the end of January to the end of March. IT.WAS.NUTS!

That being said, I’ve been writing down things I wanted to do this summer with our girls. It’s now turned into a summer fun list. These are very specific to Nova Scotia (where I live) and hopefully lead to a lot of great adventures:

Bridgetown Playground

  • Strawberry pickingdone.
  • Go to the Bridgetown Natural Playground (pic above) and have a picnic
  • Swim at Lumsden’s Beach
  • Hike the trails near our house/play in the stream
  • Trip to Prince Edward Island
  • Hit up a beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (1.5 hours or so away)
  • Girls – weekend with Grandparents & Me – weekend with my girlfriend who’s expecting in Sept.
  • Camp in the backyard with my family (or camp site if time permits)
  • Go paddling with my family
  • Swim in a lakedone once already.
  • Go to the drive-in theatre – probably sans kiddo’s
  • Complete all my long runs
  • And of course…snuggle with a new niece or nephew later in the summer 🙂

There are more things I want to do this summer with the fam, but I’m keeping it to this list for now.

What’s on your summer fun list?

Traveling far or staying local this summer?

Hope you enjoy your summer!

Cheers, Piper 🙂