Week 3 Half Training MRW

I finished week 3 of half marathon training for Maritime Race Weekend (MRW) with a smile on my face but it started off not great and wasn’t sure it was going to turn around. Luckily it did!

Last week (Mon-Fri) could go down as one of those “bad” weeks of training. It was a week of ups and downs, missed workouts, feeling rushed and exhausted and just counting the days until the weekend. It was a week of learning that I can’t win them all but when I do, it feels so good!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen Day | Nothing. To be honest, I had a horrible day. So many things went wrong and it just felt like a gong show at work/home. After a crap-shoot day, I coached Under 6 soccer. We got home from that and trying to get Hilary to bed turned into hanging out eating a bunch of snacks (watermelon, cheese, apples and blueberries) while I made lunch for the next day. I ran out of time to do any type of workout however, my day turned around when Lilly and Saï got home from her soccer. It was also my birthday so we celebrate with some cake (late night to bed for the girls #1).

Tuesday: 5k | Walking. I was on the road for work and wasn’t able to get in a run before we left at 7:30. I did managed to get in a 40 minute walk later that evening as part of our meeting/walking to dinner on a trail – which was nice!

Wednesday: 5K | 5k. After an extremely late night, I woke up early and got out for a run. The first kilometre I’m pretty sure I wasn’t awake but the being about to look out into the ocean while you run kinda wakes you up. It was great to get it in. I also coached U 6 soccer that evening – late night to bed for the girls #2.

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Thursday: 5k + strengthen | Nothing. Okay, I didn’t do nothing. I walked my dog for 20 minutes first thing in the morning which was actually really peaceful. I worked all day then picked up the girls in different locations. We had a picnic dinner at my work and then went to Lilly’s soccer game! Not done yet….when we got home, I cleaned up the girls, gave them a snack and tried to get them to bed – this took us until 8:30/9pm – late night #3.

During this painful extended bedtime, I did a load of laundry, folded two loads, made half a lunch for Lilly, got all the garbage ready for garbage day, took the dog out in the yard twice. Oh yeah, we got a dog two weeks ago. It was 9pm and I’m pretty sure the girls just feel asleep. I was beyond exhausted but wanted to work out. Instead, I crashed on the couch where my dog just wanted me to pet him (Doggy blog post to come).

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I brought all my gear to run at lunch but ended up not running. At least I was prepared, right!!!

Saturday: 5k Race | 11k Long Run. Oh this run was just what I needed! It was so great! I got up at 5:30 and was out the door just after 6am by myself. It was an out and back kinda of run.

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As the sun started to rise and hit my face on a very cool morning (12C or 53F), I trekked along, one km, two km, three km, four. Sidewalks, cross walks, pavement and crusher dust/gravel. I started off around 6:40/km and then 6:30/km and managed to work my way down to 6:24/km and 6:20/km, I even managed 6:18/km. IT. WAS. GREAT!  I haven’t felt that good after a long run in probably a year.

We then spent the day at Lilly’s soccer tournament where they lost two games and tied one! She had a blast and Hilary did too playing on the playground.

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Sunday: Run | Soccer Game (aka speed work). Sunday night I had a soccer game after a busy day with the girls. We won 3-1. Though the girls didn’t come to my soccer game, it was late night #4 of going to bed!

Weekly mileage: 16k + a soccer game.

Though my week started off rough and I missed some workouts, I’m happy with what I could accomplish with my training. You can’t win the all but you can at least try, right?!?!

We are skipping our girls soccer tonight as they are so exhausted. Between late nights at soccer, long days outside and extremely hot weather both girls are done! Poor Hilary isn’t handling the heat well so we’ve got to get her back on track. Sometimes you just have to miss out on a night of soccer practices (both girls) to regroup for the rest of the week.

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Janelle at Run With No RegretsDon’t forget to check out their blogs!

Though I’m not posting on here much these days, you can always find me over on Instagram.  Also, check out TIUX compression socks (as seen above) and use this discount code for 20% off your next order: ANNASTIUX .

What’s your number 1 summer tip for staying healthy?

Anyone else have a roller coaster week?

Anyone race/train this weekend?

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Weekend Shenanigans

July just seems to have snuck up on me after a busy June (busy at work, busy for Lilly at school, both girls starting soccer, half marathon training and the race and the loss of our dog etc. etc.). I love July as it brings super warm temperatures, we get outside a helluva lot more, I get a little order and usually lots of soccer.

As I mentioned before I wasn’t planning on playing soccer this summer as I didn’t think my hamstring was ready for it, turns out my hamstring is good to go but my SI joint is still giving me a problem. I’ve been back in physiotherapy for a few weeks and my SI joint still hates when I sit!

This weekend we had a lot of rain – some MUCH needed rain. It’s been so hot here (yeah) but we desperately needed the rain for our farmers etc. It got cold over the last 4-5 days, enough to need pants and a sweater but I’m totally fine with that as we’re about to get back to super hot summer days this coming week.

Weekend

This weekend (Saturday) I played in a soccer tournament, we won our first game and lost our second (lost on Sunday too) but it was great to be on the field again. I finally feel like I’m getting my feet out there again and playing at a level that I want to be playing at. It was also fun because the girls and Sai came to watch both games.

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Sunday was my birthday and I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do a long run after two games of soccer but the night before, I got my gear ready just in case. For some reason I woke up at 5:30 and figured that if I went back to sleep my 6am alarm clock would have been turned off and on permanent snooze. So, I got up at 5:45 and was out the door around 6:30.

I have a loose training plan that I’m working from and will share soon but figured 10k would be a decent amount for a birthday run and post two games of soccer run.

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Good lord that run was hard. I felt like a slug. I looked like a bad 80’s party in neon sludging down the highway! However, it was also great! 10k done before breakfast. After my run we went out to Cora’s for breakfast. The only photo I took was this one of Sai and the girls….though you can’t seem them well, I love it. They were doing a craft Lilly got for her birthday.

 

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My brother, sister-in-law and niece Ava came for lunch which was a great last minute surprize! I didn’t take any other photos, so I have nothing to share but let me tell you I’m still as sharp as a whistle as Ava almost did a face plant from the chair to the ground after a little miss-communication with my daughter who was holding her. Have you ever had that feeling of “holy shit, I almost dropped my niece face first on the floor” or the look of death on your face when you look at your bother and SIL – I felt ill. I don’t know who was more freaked out but I’m super glad I caught her.

Since it was raining buckets outside we just stayed in and hung out for a bit before we skyped with Sai’s Mom (she’s in England). We had a great weekend as a family. No photo’s of the cakes (yes, I had two). I did however, get a new helmet for biking so I don’t have to wear my old granny helmet 🙂

Old helmet

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How was your weekend?

Sunny weekend or rainy weekend for you?

Anyone race/run???

Happy 3rd Birthday Little One!

First off, thanks for all the comments on yesterday’s post about my niece Ava, it’s greatly appreciated. On to some happy news:

Three years ago my husband and I would bring another little girl into the world. She was due Dec 12th but like her sister wanted to come a little early.

She gave us trouble from the start with the birth lasting about 13 hours compared to her sister’s birth which was quicker then you’d want to birth a baby; under 4 hours.

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She’s our little badass!

She’s confident, know’s what she wants or doesn’t want and there is no changing her mind…unless chocolate is involved…she is my daughter after all.

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She’s funny. She’s serious. She’s cautious. She is shy. She loves pig tales, the outdoors and anything Frozen. She is kind and she’s happy. She is also winy and wants to do whatever her big sister is doing.

She’s three!

My goodness dear child, you’ve brought so much joy {and tears} into our lives and I can’t wait to see where you go, what you do and who you become. I look forward to ALL the adventures you take us on.

Happy 3rd Birthday sweet Hilary.

xo Mommy

PS – if you didn’t read yesterday’s post check it out here as my family could use your support today. #milesforAvaMaeG

MRW Half Marathon Training Week #3 Recap

Giddy up, Week #3 of half marathon training is done! It’s been a great week with a few struggles here and there. What’s MRW again? Maritime Race Weekend; takes place in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, CANADA; Sept 11th & 12th. Yes, this is a double race (a.k.a. Tartan Twosome) 5k and Half Marathon distances for me.

You can get all caught up on week 1, week 2 or what training plan I am following, in case you missed those.

What was Planned v.s. What Really Happened!

Monday July 6thRest DayRest Day/PT Exercises and a little Sangria drinking with the hubs!

Tuesday5k5k morning run before 7am – I’m really loving these early morning runs so far!

Wednesday 7k7k Treadmill Run. I started the day off with Physiotherapy which meant I had more cupping done. When I started my run, my whole hamstring/IT band was sore but I managed to shake it off 😉

7k treadmill run

7k treadmill run

Thursday 5k5k “Runch”. It started off awesome but heat really got to me after climbing a few hills, I had to slow my pace down a lot.

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Friday – Rest DayCross Train: Unwind Yoga Class! I woke up Friday morning and saw that a local yoga studio was having an “unwind yoga” class so I thought that would feel really good. It was also my birthday so I figured why not treat myself.

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You know your friends know you well when they send you these on FB for your birthday:

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And….

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Saturday – 10k Long RunRest Day. Traveled to Halifax (1h), attended a baby shower for my SIL, then a BBQ with the family. My arms hurt from yoga. I took that as a sign to rest 😉

Sunday – Cross Train10k Run (my arms still hurt). I managed a good 10k training run while visiting my family on Sunday. I got up early and started running around 7:15. All the little and BIG hills got me but I managed to recover well from them all….eventually 😉

It’s been about 9-10 months since I’ve run 10 kilometres!!!! That’s right folks! This was a BIG run for me and my hamstring did great. I’m feeling stronger and almost like my old running self minus the speed. The speed will come later on – I hope!

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Week 3 Total KM: 27 km

Total training to date: 73 km

Highlights: 

  • Morning runs before everyone else is up/before work
  • Running outside more
  • Physiotherapy session
  • Last minute Yoga class

Overall: I really enjoyed my week of running. Super glad I had an awesome physio session and confirmed I want to start doing yoga more regularly.

What I am looking forward to this week: More running outside and trying to figure out how to do my long run since Sai will be away. Think I can get a babysitter for 6:30 – 7am for an hour and a bit ???

Ever get a babysitter for an early morning run?

What’s your favourite cross training activity to do?

How was your weekend?

Weekend Fun, Running and a 5 Year Old!

It’s been a great few days for Piper’s Run – no, I haven’t signed any deals or received anything (other then a great complement last night from Marathon By The Sea that they love my blog – fun, eh!). We just a great weekend celebrating our daughter’s 5th birthday! I’ll get to that in a minute but first….

I had booked Friday off work to get some stuff done for the birthday girl and spent the entire day with my husband. We managed to get to Halifax, shop, eat lunch at the Wooden Monkey and got back in time to pick up the girls.

The Monkey Pita

The Monkey Pita

Saturday, Lilly went to swimming lessons with Grammy, while Sai and I frantically ran around our house getting ready for her party. It was supposed to be outside but we ended up inside due to LOTS of rain 😦 Meh, they loved it and I took zero pictures – whoops!

After the party, Sai had to take off for work which always sucks but the girls were distracted by presents and Grandparents. I managed to sneak out of the house with my running buddy. Remember her? It’s been a while since I’ve chatted about Krystol since we haven’t been able to run together.

We ran in the HOT HOT sun Saturday afternoon, roughly 27C! It was great. We warmed up with 1k walking, ran 6k (my first 6k in months) and then walked another 1k to cool down. It was so frigging hot we had to walk a few times along the trail we ran on.

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It was so GREAT to run with her again {and her dog Fletcher}. We chatted the whole time. It was really nice to be running outside with someone who shares a lot of the same things. Really missed that this winter. Slowly but surely we will be running races together again!

Lilly turned 5 on Sunday! She was so excited Saturday night that she couldn’t go to sleep and woke up saying “I’m five, I’m five”. We called Sai before we got out of bed and then moved onto her presents of course (bike and clothing).

Birthday fun & Zoo!

Birthday fun & Zoo! Lots of pictures for Daddy today 🙂

Sunday morning, I took the girls to the Zoo where we had a picnic lunch before we came home to skype with Sai’s Mom. It was a bit of a challenging day for me, one that I was hoping would be a breeze like the day before but you can’t win them all. Hilary is really starting to challenge us on everything and trying to be MISS Independent! Needless to say, I may have grown a few more grey hairs yesterday.

We ended the day with cup cakes again and all was good. I can’t believe we have a 5 YEAR OLD now!

1 Day Old & 5 Year's Old.

1 Day Old & 5 Year’s Old.

How was your weekend?

How’s running in the heat for you?

Cake or Cup Cakes for Birthdays?

When Things Go Down Hill Fast

Well my plan to run last week went south pretty fast. I had no specific plan for the week other than to run a few times, celebrate two special birthdays and travel for work. That all changed rapidly!

Hilary decided to party the night before her 2nd birthday and go sick everywhere!!! We went through 5 pairs of her pj’s and a few of mine as she got sick over me 😦 Better on me then the carpet! Thank goodness Sai was home because he did 2 loads of laundry that night as I held puky-puky girl for a few hours. Not much sleep happened that night.

Then it hit the rest of the family – HARD! Lilly, me and then Sai. The unlucky part was that I was driving my car when I got stick everywhere….I can’t even express how gross this was. However, I was SO thankful that at lunch time I had bought a massive box of baby wipes for Hilary and used almost one full package on me and the car.

Sorry – No Photo of my car.

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Olaf Cheese Strings

We managed to pull it together and everyone was feeling better so we went ahead with a birthday party Saturday for Hilary and had a lot of fun. Then after indulging in a dinner out with the whole family, Lilly got sick again while she slept (yes parent panic was high) and I wasn’t feeling 100% but managed the night fine. Must remember to stick to Bread, Applesauce, Rice and Toast (BRAT) for more than 1 day post sickness.

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Santa’s Hats (bugles dipped in dark chocolate) – Big hit at the party!

Another six loads of laundry done and I think we are heading in the right direction. So no running, no yoga, no drawing challenge this past week. I couldn’t even manage a birthday dinner for Sai who turned 3X….I’ll just leave that last number blank but it’s really close to 40!

The girls did manage to decorate one of our doors with Grammy!

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How’s your holiday shopping going?

Anyone run a Santa Shuffle/Elf Run/Ugly Sweater Run? 

Work, Play and Fun!

Work, play and fun – do those words really go together? Oh yeah! As a Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, I sometimes get to “play” for my job. This week I attended a workshop with some awesome people from around Nova Scotia. Some I work with and some I’ve never met before BUT, we all have the same mandate – getting people more active.

So what happens when you put us in a room to listen to someone speak ? Well…a little fun happens! The workshop had two topics: Programming to Attract AND Retain Inactive People and Active Play Through Ages and Stages. As you can see by the photo, our “Happy Face” developed some other features throughout the day and we may have blown some bubbles, had sword fights and played with stickers while listening to presenters. Hey – they put the stuff on our tables!

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Mr. Happy Face got a face-lift; Oh She Glows Cookbook and my Doddling the information we were learning.

Now, I could write a long, very detailed post about these topics – maybe I will some day – but for now I’ll leave you with a few things I learned…random facts if you must:

  1. Rats prefer the sugar in Oreo’s more than Cocaine.
  2. Unstructured play is critical to children’s development.
  3. We need to normalize “Silly Play” and just go with it. When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler with your clothing on? Me, last weekend with  my girls and neighbour 🙂 Don’t be afraid to be silly AND play!
  4. If you are competent and confident with an activity then you are more likely to continue participating in the activity. Example: if you have never been taught the skills in lacrosse…how to hold your stick, throw and catch a ball then you are not competent or confident to join in a game.
  5. The Helicopter Parent vs. the Hummingbird Parent – LOVE THIS!

It was also my birthday yesterday…the big 3-4 🙂 I got to spend the day with 50 ish people, played tag {silly play} during our lunch break for 30 minutes, had numerous Facebook messages AND Twitter (Thanks Salt!) and message on my phone.

I came home to the three people I love the most with lots of hugs and kisses. We had a great dinner (home-made Indian Dahl – yum) and some cake too! And yes, I got the “Oh She Glow’s” Cookbook for my birthday – I’ve wanted this for a while and couldn’t put it down last night. Oh my, I see some GOOD eats ahead of us!

So I worked a little, learned more about play and had a fun birthday! See: Work, Play, Fun CAN go together 🙂 I plan on having a little more FUN this weekend in a soccer tournament … yeah, I’m #pumped

Have you heard about the Helicopter Parent or Hummingbird Parent?

Which one are you more like?

When was the last time you just played and didn’t care about the risk ?

Weekend plans?