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.

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Piper! 

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.

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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.

You can also find me on….

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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 🙂

 

 

2015 Goals

I’ve been putting off this post not because I was afraid to post it but because I really wanted to take some time to confirm what I actually wanted to do this year. It’s not that different from last year but it is at the same time. Last years goals can be found here and then what I accomplished here.

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  • Yoga 3x week
  • Cross train more – strong body (not weight focused, not fitness competition focused just stronger all over).
  • Stretch more after running / working out (avoid injury)
  • Take a pottery class *new interest*
  • Take a photography class/course *has been on my bucket list for 5-6 years*

Family

  • Date nights / lunches with my husband
  • More patience with my girls
  • Play outside *all year round*
  • Family adventures together

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Running

  • Run 5k by the 5th of each month of February to May Challenge.
  • Run a sub 25 minute 5 k (currently 27:06)
  • Run a sub 52 minute 10 k (currently 55:58)
  • Run a sub 2 hour Half Marathon (currently 2:05:10)
  • Run a FULL Marathon – holy shit, I can’t believe I wrote that on the blog as it’s been going through my thoughts for weeks now…okay months!
  • Total mileage for the year: 1250 kilometers.

Awesome!

And now it’s on the blog….published.

I’m ready.

This shit is about to get real!

What are your 2015 goals or resolutions for the year?

Anything BIG you want to do in 2014?

How are your goals/resolutions going so far?

Where is Piper’s Run Today?

One thing I like about the blogging community is the opportunity to learn, share and support one another. Today, I’m a guest blogger over at Ange’s blog – CowGirlRuns 🙂 She’s off gallivanting … kidding, she’s running an Ultra Ragnar – Good luck! I thought it would be fun to write about running on the east coast of Canada instead of the west coast where she lives. You can check it out here –> Running East Coast.

I also write over at Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family. Recently, I wrote about making sensory bottles – aka time out bottles. You can read more of my TOTS Family blog posts here.

Since I’m doing some shout outs, I finally updated my Piper’s Run Facebook Page

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 You can also follow me on Twitter (no fancy picture there) and Pinterest.

And on Instagram…. last photo shared:

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Having a hot chocolate while I wait for my car.

Do you write for other blogs regularly? 

Do you write random guest posts for other bloggers, yes or no?

Any weekend plans? Mine are to get my family healthy again and time with my hubby (no kids!)

Share your social pages or blog links in the comments below. (Please and thank-you)

Cheers, Piper 🙂

 

2014 Goals

Happy New Year!!!! 2014 …. 2..0…1…4…Wow! I remember when it was 1999 and thinking the year 2000 was going to be weird. It wasn’t. Some days I can’t believe how fast each year goes by, especially with two little ones now.

My goals for 2014: Live in the moment. Be present. Laugh and Be Happy!

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More specific goals:

1. Running

  • Run a 5K personal best (under 29 minutes)
  • Run a 1oK under 60 minutes
  • Complete a 2nd 1/2 Marathon
  • Get a Treadmill: run 4 times per week and at least once outside
  • Run 1000 km this year (621 miles)
  • Clock all miles I run in 2014 – I even created a running book after seeing my fellow blogger’s picture last night
  • Be proud of my running

My goals haven’t changed here except that I’ve confirmed (with myself) to do my second 1/2 Marathon this year. I’ve toyed with the idea for far to long now and really have nothing holding me back.

2. Family

  • Play more outside with my girls/husband
  • Have more patience/let the small stuff go
  • Stress less about what I’m not doing with my kids (crafting, music) and enjoy what I am doing with them every day

3. Personally 

  • Reach ultimate weight by the end of 2014
  • Live with less
  • Read more books
  • Get better sleep
  • Date night with my husband every time he is home
  • Workout 4-5 times per week: running, soccer game, DVD workouts, snowshoeing, skiing, swimming, yoga, etc.

4. Blog

  • Blog four times a week
  • Continue to write for TOTS Family
  • Comment more and follow new bloggers
  • Connect better with the Ambassador’s programs I am involved in.

I feel like my goals aren’t too different to last year’s but maybe a little more focused. And a little more of this:

Source: Tesh.com

Source: Tesh.com

What are your 2014 goals or resolutions?

Fitness, Personal, Family, Work goals ?

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas today, I hope you day is filled with love, laughter, good food, family, friends and memories for years to come.

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Lillian and Hilary

Enjoy the day!

Piper 🙂

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}.

Survey:

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).

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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.

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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).

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

1. Answer a few of the above questions

OR

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

Happy Friday!

Weekend fun

We had another great family weekend. It started off with a sick dog 😦 Poor Maclean wasn’t feeling good so Lilly decided to read her a story to make her feel better. (Oh man, my heart just melted a little more for this girl).

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I ran the Miles for Miracles 5k with two friends Saturday night after the girls went to bed.

Miles for Miracles Run 2013

The blog got a little face lift….change is good.

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We went out for breakfast as a family for the first time …. food was dropped, milk was spilled on the floor, we used our little Norwex cloths (thanks Jen) and we all left with full bellies.

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Success!

What did you do this weekend?

Any good runs or workouts?

How often do you go out for a family meal ? And where do you go?