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 🙂