Canada Day and Running Again

Long weekends are simply the best! Starting your weekend on a Thursday evening is probably one of my favourite ways to start a weekend, wouldn’t you agree?

We took advantage of the extra day and did some fun things; unfortunately my husband (the Paramedic) was working night shifts so he had to sleep most of the day away. This is what we got up to….

Strawberry Picking

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Splash Pad, soapy slide, BBQ. 

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Running

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been doing much running since Johnny Miles half tweek weeks ago. In fact…I haven’t ran at all besides my soccer games! Yup, I got back into playing soccer and share that with you soon. But running just wasn’t something I wanted to do.

After spending Saturday together with Saï and the girls, I went out for a run. No distance planned, no route planned….just go and run. As I set out down my street in the middle of the afternoon (and high heat), I came upon a trail and decided last minute to go for it.

I’ve been on the trail many times but decided to run in parts that I’ve never taken before. After 2km of that, I left that trail system and went back into the subdivision then down a hill to our rails to trails for a bit. After a short jaunt on those trails, I went to run on the sidewalks on our main road. Around 4-5k into my run I decided to head back home. All of a sudden, my Polar A300 watch beeped at me “you’ve met your daily goal” and for a second I thought….perfect, I can stop! Ha ha, but I didn’t.

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I was still a good 2k from home. What’s the point of walking home in the heat when your 2k away from your home and you still want to run. In that moment, I figured I’m ready to get back into running more regularly and start considering a training plan for Maritime Race Weekend 5k & half marathon that I’m running in September.

I guess sometimes you just need to take time off or away from the things you enjoy so you can get back to it.

How was your weekend? Celebrate Canada Day or getting ready for the 4th of July?

Anyone race/run this weekend? Where?

Have you ever taken time off running to recharge?

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all the Canadians near and far. 

May you celebrate with your family and friends. Eat plenty of good food and of course, drink plenty. And celebrate Canada’s birthday in style! 

Good luck to all those running the Epic Canadian race: 5k/10k or double race like my running buddy Krystol (I’m sitting this one out), and half marathoners. 

Cheers, Piper! 

Canada Day, Blogger Meet Up and Running!

I have to admit, it’s been a great few days into my little vacation week! Wednesday was Canada Day so we decided to celebrate doing a few different things!

It started off with strawberry picking (16 boxes – 4 missing from the photo that we dropped off at our neighbour’s house). I’m pretty sure Hilary walked around with the same number of red/white strawberries in her box the whole hour we were there. And I’m pretty sure she ate more juice red strawberries then could fit in one box alone!

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We played in our little kiddie pool, had a maple leaf shaped sandwich and then went to a friends house for a BBQ! It was a blast but an exhausting day for me!

A while back I decided to book off Thursday and Friday to make it a vacation week for me – so glad I did. I managed to get a run in Thursday and planning another one this morning – check IG for an update 🙂

After my run, I quickly showered and went out to meet up with Kyla from Early Bird Fitness! She’s originally from the Valley area in Nova Scotia – where I live. However, she currently lives in British Colombia – the opposite side of Canada! We’ve become online blogger friends and got the chance to meet up while she was home on vacation.

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It’s funny when you meet someone, you just know you’d click and could talk for hours! That’s how I felt. She’s super sweet, funny and a great person to learn lots from – especially when it comes to running. She even invited my family to come stay with her some time and she hasn’t even met them in person!!!!! Super sweet!

We snapped a quick photo before we had to part ways – I was getting a hair cut (as you can see my crazy hair) and she was heading back to spend time with her Nan.

I ran a few more errands (didn’t find the plunger Kyla but I’m still looking) and got home in time to prep dinner to go along with the ham in the slow cooker! Once I got the girls, it was go time as Lilly has soccer on Thursday nights!

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My run this morning wasn’t great but it was bad either. I woke up in a rather weird mood and wasn’t digging anything. Since the girls were in day care I wanted to take advantage of being kid free and run in the day. At 8:30 am I headed out and ran around my subdivision. I wasn’t loving it and many, many times I thought about walking but for some reason I kept running.

By the time I got back home I was drenched in sweat, in a much better mood and 5k training run done. I’m trying not to think about the 5k I didn’t run the day before!

It’s been a great few days and I have plans to run today with my running buddy, Krystol AND then a weekend with my family 🙂

How was your Canada Day?

What’s your best post run tip for running in the heat? Me – sitting in my cool basement. 

Happy 4th of July (early) to those south of us 🙂

Any weekend plans?

Happy Canada Day!

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy July 1st.

Happy Red and White! 

Cheers, Piper 🙂

I DID IT! 30 Day Plank Challenge DONE!!!!

YEAH! I managed to actually start AND finish a 30 day challenge! Of course, it started of fairly easy and grew harder over the weeks. Right now, I’m just happy to say it’s completed!

30 days of planking from 1 minute to three minutes and yes, that is a face-plant post plank in there 🙂

That's A LOT of planking!

That’s A LOT of planking!

Learning’s from planking for 30 days:

  • Don’t plank on carpet every day – your elbows will hate you.
  • Go bare foot – you get a better grip and avoid slipping around.
  • Face planting post plank is completely acceptable.
  • You are stronger than you think you are.
  • My triceps hurt the most.
  • Plank when you are on your own! Having little kids around always made it harder. Though they cheered me on and even attempted to plank, it wasn’t fun trying to keep them off me.
  • When you husband (or significant other) tells you your bum is too high, you correct yourself. Not only do you correct yourself, you get pissed off at them for telling you which only makes you want to hold the plank longer.
  • You can surprise yourself!

Running:

I managed a nice 6k runch today even though my training plan only called for 5k. It was really warm and muggy but I was having a great run. The sky was overcast, with the sun poking out every so often. It was perfect.

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Tomorrow is Canada Day! Happy Canada Day to all those crazy canucks out there tomorrow! Hope you have nothing but sunshine, good food and create great memories with friends and family! We are starting off the day with some strawberry picking and some other adventures later on the in day!

Anyone complete a 30 day challenge this month?

Are you celebrating Canada Day? What are you doing?

Happy Canada Day!

EPIC Canadian 10k Race Recap

It’s taken me way to long to put this post together…not because I didn’t want to but our vacation got in the way. So … here you go!

Friday June 27th I left work early (booked the afternoon off…I didn’t play hookey) and picked up the girls. We drove to Halifax (really – Dartmouth) and picked up my race kit. Red t-shirt, bib and sunscreen! That’s it. I was actually really pleased that they didn’t give me another bag to try to figure out what do to with it after the race. The sunscreen was AWESOME – though I forgot it on race day and had to ask a volunteer for some 🙂

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We had a family dinner {pasta} and birthday cake for my sister-in-law {yes, I totally had some}. We got the girls bathed and in bed later then normal but  we were on vacation so it was ALL good.

Saturday June 28th

I woke up at 5:30 am before my alarm went off at 5:40 am. You see, my Dad was going to look after Hilary while Lilly and my mother were coming to the run with me. When Dad woke me up, Hilary had been asleep beside me…HAD being the important word. So, he climbed in bed with her and they slept until 7am apparently. After that she snuggled with my sister until 9 am – totally taking advantage of being on vacation and taking advantage of snuggle time with everyone! Good job Hilary.

I got Lilly up at 6 am and she was ready to go with in minutes! She was excited to eat breakfast in the car – ha ha – I made it something big and special the night before so she’d be excited about it in the morning. Worked like a charm.

6:40 am – We left the house and drove over to Dartmouth (25 minutes in no traffic), parked the car and walked towards where I thought the start line was. Nope, I was walking towards the finish and desperately needed a port-a-potty. So we turned around and made it to the start before the port-a-potty’s were even open!

7:30 am We met up with Krystol and took a few pre-race photos 🙂

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Pre-Race with my big girl:

Pre Race with Lilly

Pre Race with Lilly

Just before the start of the race they played “Oh Canada”. This was the first race I’ve been at that they did this – it was because the run was a Canada celebration. It was still pretty cool. I had my necklace on backwards and quickly turned it around so that my girls names where facing outwards. Finally, I was ready.

There wasn’t any organization to the start line so we just jumped in a random spot. Mistake number 1. It was like running through a very narrow sea of people in red…we could hardly move. Dang, I thought. After dodging a few people here and there, Krystol and I were off and running at a good pace.

First Km: 5:25 (fast past for me)

1-6 km The first 6 kilometers of the race were actually pretty good. It was super hilly but I was ready for it, mentally and physically – or so I thought! We were in and out of the shade which was refreshing and awesome. Main roads, through a subdivision and then into Shubie Park.

Hills, Hills and more hills. I was doing okay until 6.5km and took some water/walked a few steps. Mistake number 2. Don’t STOP for water…water is fine but don’t STOP running. Krystol was running strong.

We started up one steep hill and this is where things went wrong for me. Mistake number 3. I walked AGAIN instead of pushing through the hill. The distance between Krystol and I grew a little more here and for some stupid reason, I took more walking breaks then I really needed to. It was all a head game from here to the finish line. Dang! I even thought that I should have been listening to music to push me through the mental game that was now taking place in my head.

Around the 8km mark, I started to feel better on the flat part of the course but wanted to give up as the direct sun was pounding down on us. The last two kilometers were on a trail/main road and was fairly flat until the end. I walked more and more (bad Piper) and then pushed it up the last hill…..

All I wanted to do was puke but still had to turn the corner and make it to the finish line which looked like it was miles away! It was slightly downhill so I pushed it and sprinted to the finished line. I managed to finish behind Krystol by 2 seconds.

Smiling post race

Smiling post race

She got a PERSONAL BEST and was aiming for a sub 60! She rocked it 🙂 Oh, and then a 1/2 hour later she ran the 5k race too!

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My stats:

22/87 Division Total (F30/39 Division)

59:04 Gun Time

58:28 Chip Time

? Garmin Time – I totally forgot to stop my Garmin!!!!!! Bad Piper.

I have to admit I was completely happy with my time but not with my running. I felt strong and steady for a long time and then it all just got to me. In the end, I had a lot of fun and would totally do this run again next year. I loved having Lilly at my run. She got to see so many people running/walking and some swimmers too! I want to expose her to as much as I can so she wants to lead a healthy and active lifestyle too.

Check out that medal!!!

Check out that medal!!!

Next steps: My plan was to run and have fun this summer as I start mt  training for the 1/2 Marathon in October (Valley Harvest) and two races in  September (Tartan Twosome 5k and 10k – Maritime Race weekend)…then things changed……

Yes I’m going to leave you hanging…. 🙂

Any one race this past weekend?

Anyone do a Canada Day or 4th of July Run last week?

Can you guess as to why I’m leaving you hanging on my next steps?

 

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