May Runfessions

It’s the last Friday in May – can you believe it? With spring finally arriving in Nova Scotia (though some days it doesn’t feel like it), I’m so ready for summer weather already!

So far, May is the only month I’ve signed up for a race! I runfess that I’m really not all that sad about not having any races on the schedule. It’s a little freeing. I’m sure as the races come up that I’ve run before or have been eyeing to do, I might have a little FOMO going on but I’m okay with that right now.

I runfess that I got a massage right after my half marathon within 20 minutes of finishing my race. It was about 20 minutes while my friend only had a 5 minute massage. I’m pretty sure that helped me feel better then I should post race. I also got a massage on Tuesday which made me feel even better.

I runfess I wore my Tiux compression socks (affiliate link) for most of the weekend! I was on my feet all day Saturday for the 2k youth run with my girls. We took in the expo again and did a lot of walking that afternoon and then back to our car. I also walked my dog twice and was on my feet most of the evening. By the time the evening hit my legs were physically sore so I threw on my compression socks and viola – they immediately felt better. I wore another pair during my run and then a third pair post run to help recover. Lots of Tiux wearing going on!

tiux pipers run

 

I runfess that I’m relieved my training for the half marathon has wrapped up. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t fun and I’m just glad it’s behind me. I’m also ready to just run when I want to, cycle with my kids/husband, go swimming and just not be tied to anything. Back to my first runfession about not signing up for races – I’ll sign up for some in the fall and maybe a few last minute races over the summer. However, soccer season starts June 3rd – so I’ll be on the field again soon!

Last runfession. I runfess that I’m really looking forward to this weekend! We have very little planned, my husband works all weekend, it’s Apple Blossom Festival and my daughters have swimming lessons. Sadly, I have a chore list – inside and outside of our house to do. I kinda just want to do nothing and watch a whole bunch of TV on my comfy couch!

What are you runfessing this month?

Do you get FOMO (fear of missing out( with races?

What’s are you doing this weekend?

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!

Runfessions are shared on the last Friday of the month and is hosted by Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice! You can check out her blog and read about lots of other blogger’s Runfessions in her link up!

Runfessions-300x294

 

Week 7 Half Training MRW

Last week just seem to fly by! Training was kinda all over the place but going into last week I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do all of my workouts in the order on my training plan. Sometimes you just have to readjust or miss a workout in order to take a much needed rest day.

When I chose my training plan, I didn’t really choose wisely. I basically took last year’s training plan and changed the dates. It was simple and easy. I still had to add in my soccer games and oh you know – juggling life with kids and their soccer too.  I’m all about listening to your body and sometimes I miss a run or two because of that but honestly, I just want to avoid injury. I’ve had my fair share, that’s for sure!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I was pretty tired from my weekend (long run and soccer) so I took a rest day. Really, I should have just changed all my Monday’s to a rest day as I’ve done that in other training plans.

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga. I went to my lunch time yoga class after a few weeks of missing it. It felt great.

Wednesday: 8 x 400 @ 5 pace | Soccer Game x3!!! All three of us had a soccer game Wednesday night! Hilary’s was a practice at a different field then Lilly’s game that was right before mine. Thank goodness for grandparents as my husband was working! Speed work on the soccer field instead of the track – I’m fine with that. We won our game and I did lots of sprinting and recovery – so basically – fartleks.

Picture_20170814_094946001[1]

Thursday: 5k + Strengthen |5k Runch + Strengthening – kinda. I ran at lunch which wasn’t the best run but I got it done. That evening I didn’t do any major strengthening but did some of my ankle PT exercises, squats, push ups and lunges.

Picture_20170814_094723655[1]

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again! Oh, I love Fridays!

Saturday: 7k | 14k Long run + Yoga. My long run had me up early, so early (5:15am) that I felt back to sleep for 30 minutes! When I finally got out for my run, I got to watch the sun rise in the distance and then the grey sky move in. It was an out and back kinda of long run and on the way back I got caught in the rain. Despite the rain, I had a great long run.

IMG_20170812_085940_000[1].jpg

After I quickly showered and ate breakfast, I took the girls to Valley Yoga Fest! We did it last year and they loved it. I did the Vinyasa yoga class while the girls did the kids yoga and it was all indoors as it was pouring rain! They had sessions all day but we just couldn’t swing getting back to any other classes, maybe next year. It’s a great event and always inspiring to see the strength of the yoga community. It’s also awesome to see other Mom’s bring their little kids and practice yoga. The rest of the day was spent crafting and relaxing.

Sunday: 14k Long run | Soccer Game. Since my long run was done, we took the day to get school supplies for both girls. What an adventure that was shopping with two girls – thank goodness Saï was with us. School doesn’t start until September 6th here.

I had a soccer game that evening that had me running and sprinting my tired (post long run) legs off. My legs are tried so you bet today’s going to be a rest day.

Total weekly mileage: 19k running, 2 soccer games, 2 yoga classes.

What I’m loving lately: Tiux Seawall compression socks. Oh my, they are so soft yet the compression is just right. Discount code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off!

Picture_20170814_095059071[1]

My running mileage might be super low but those soccer games have me running hard so I’m find with missing a few runs for soccer. Yoga is such a great complementary activity for me to do. I’ve been hanging out with my foam rollers lots as I have glutes and quads that are hurting.

How was your week?

Do you replace runs with another intense activity?

What are you working hard for lately?

Last week’s training can be found here.

I’m linking up today with Running with AttitudeHoHo Runsand MissSippiPiddlin.

 

 

Favourite Gifts for Runners

What do you get a runner who has everything? {I know that’s what my husband is thinking}. The good news is that I don’t have “everything” but I do have a lot of favourite items I consistently use year round. You can never have too many ideas for gifts.

There’s a lot of “stuff” out there for runners from clothing to sneakers, from medal racks to yak tracks and fueling food to books. Each runner is different and each runner might not have tried it all. Having gift receipts might be handy for the person you are buying for as it gives them the option to exchange or return if necessary.

gifts for runners.jpg

My Favourite Running Items

These are a few of my favourite things (sing it, it sounds better). Some have been gifted to me and some I may have gifted myself 😉

Compression socks. Oh my how I love compression socks during long runs, post runs and when my legs are tired. There are many brands out there: ProCompression, CEP, Tiux etc., with various colours and sizing.

PROCompression Socks

Headbands. These can be great stocking stuffers and I may have bought some Frozen themed ones for my girls this year! I find headbands tricky as most slide of my head 😦 I have an awesome set of Asics headbands but they don’t stay put which is so disappointing. I’ve been using the same one from Sparkly Soul for a few years and recently bought two Badass Mother Runner {BAMR} headbands and love them! Again, different colours and styles are available.

head bands

Fuel. This can be a tricky one but I’m a big fan of GU’s for long runs – they work for me. I’ve tried other stuff but it never sits well with me. I’m also a fan of Vega products not just because my husband is a vegan. However, in the last few months,  I recently found my new favourite “fruit punch” Nuun. I’ve tried many flavours but fruit punch was the best one (to me) and I’m down to my last tablet…hint hint Saï.

IMG_20151129_204456_hdr

Belts. I’ve had two different belts to put stuff in when I run. I don’t use the FLEXR belt anymore as it doesn’t fit much it in. A few years ago I won a Flip Belt and use it on almost every single outdoor run. I can fit a lot in it {cell phone, Gu’s} and it’s comfortable and easy to use. I also have a Nathan fuel belt that I bought for my longer runs; I can just squeeze in all my long run stuff plus water.

IMG_20140426_211247_edit_edit

Seasonal gear. One of my favourite items I received last year from my husband was this amazing winter toque from the Running Room. It’s really warm and my pony tail can fit through a little hole. I also received a great pair of running gloves – crucial for winter runner in Nova Scotia!

IMG_20151129_083040

Safety Tools. It’s so important to be visible to others when running outside, especially now while it’s darker longer than it’s light outside. YOU’VE GOT TO BE SEEN! I always run with a vest on at night and there are many different types out there. Last year I also received an awesome headlight or torch as my husband calls it. Investing in a good headlight is worth it.

This past year, I had the opportunity to review Night Runner 270 lights that go on your sneakers. These too are amazing! They are extremely easy to use and can’t even feel them on your shoes when running. They light up the street in front of you and anything reflective!

nightrunner270 lights

The other items I received as a gift from my husband {remember he’s a paramedic} was a Road ID. In case something happens to you, you can have critical information on this ID and contact information.

road id pr 5

Gym Membership.  Not all runners like going to the gym to run on a treadmill…me, I love having access to a treadmill. Memberships to gyms like GoodLife Fitness can come in handy on those bad weather days in the winter or when you want a air conditioned place to run in the summer. If you are not a gym goer but want access to the occasional opportunity, day passes are great stocking stuffers.

REGISTRATION for a race! This has to be one of my favourite gifts to received and I’d be 100% happy to buy registration as a gift too. Even if you can’t register the person for the actual race, you can find out the fees and make a creative card to put the money in for their “registration”. They can either choose the race they want to go in or put it towards a race that they just couldn’t afford.

These are just a few of my favourite things {again, it’s better when you sing it like the Sound of Music}.

What’s your favourite running (or workout) gear?

Ever buy something new for a runner friend and they didn’t like it?

What do you want for Christmas {or other holiday} this year?

Note: This post is not sponsored and reflect my opinions only. I was not asked to write this post on behalf of any products lists. These are simple products that I’ve come to love and use all the time.

Runalicious Winner & Physiotherapy

First off, it feels so good to have my runner’s confessions off my chest and hearing some of yours Thanks for sharing.

Second, a BIG thanks to everyone who entered the Runalicious T-Shirt Contest, I loved all the slogans 🙂 The fine folks at Runalicious have chosen a WINNER!!!

runalicious logo

“Because I Can”

and the winner is

Congrats Tera M!

Keep an eye out on the blog for the upcoming print pictures soon 🙂

Third – I may have made my physiotherapist laugh out loud at 8 am yesterday morning.

IMG_20141028_192026_edit

Yes, I’m back in Physiotherapy. Last winter I was having SI joint problems and was in PT for about 3 months and it got better. I started running ALL THE TIME and my back got a lot better. I had no problems until a few weeks before my HALF Marathon, I took one little step in my kitchen (flat surface) and BAM! That dam shooting pain in my back can back. I may have cried like a baby…..this happened just before my half marathon and I was worried I couldn’t run.

The good news: it doesn’t hurt when I run.

The pain has been there for almost 2 months now, s-l-o-w-l-y getting better. Since I have an awesome Doctor, she sent me for x-rays, massage therapy and physiotherapy to get it all worked out.

The bad news: turns out, I have degenerative osteoarthritis in both my right and left  SI joints. Your left is worse but mild she said. Umm, I’m 34 years old and I have what? Also, apparently it can be common after multiple pregnancies. Well, that’s just great.

Remember this……(if you are new you might not know I wore these fancy braces while pregnant)

Don't be jealous

Rocking KT Tape and a Maternity Brace!

Treatment – nothing. Keep being active, keep running, keep working out and if it flairs up take some meds if you feel you need to. Oh, and back to Physiotherapy.

So, yesterday morning was my first visit back and I had my purple PRO Compression socks under my pants. My legs were a little tired from two days of running (10k, 5k) so wearing my compression socks was just part of my normal running routine to aid in recovery. And, I really just love wearing my compression socks.

Anyway……..She wanted to see my feet/legs and how I walked etc. As I pulled up my pant leg to my knee she burst out laughing! “I wasn’t expecting that” she said with a few more giggles. Mind you, it was 8 AM when we met. “Are those compression socks?”… Yes I replied. “Those are sweet, I love the colour”. Me too, I  said, me too 🙂 Then we talked about compression socks for a while and I left with a happy SI joint.

Now I must go be a good patient and do my special exercises 🙂 Maybe next week I’ll wear my fancy compression socks, HA!

Do you go to Physiotherapy?

SI joint suggestions? 

Do you wear your compression socks to work?

 

PRO Compression Socks Winner

Happy Saturday!!!!

Thanks for everyone who entered the giveaway….you gave lots of awesome tips on ways to recover from your runs. Everything from:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Epsom salt bath / hot bath
  • Ice and stretch
  • Sleep / Nap
  • A Pale Ale and some serious food!
  • Stretching and foam rolling
  • Bean Bag Time – everyone piles on the bean bags and rests together
  • PRO Compression socks (of course!)

And the winner is :

Laurel C. Congratulations! I’ve sent you an email 🙂

 

Everyone can be a winner with this coupon: For all you Piper’s Run fans out there, here is a code  BLG14 so you can receive 40% off on Marathon Socks or  Sleeves … PLUS free shipping (US).

Original Post can be found here.

 Anyone racing this weekend? (Good luck!)

ProCompression Sock *Giveaway*

Giddy Up, it’s a surprise Giveaway!!! I’m excited to say that I’m doing a *Giveaway* for a pair of PROCompression socks! {Open to everyone}.

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote this post: I Wear My Compression Socks at Night ….bet your singing that song again 😉 Well, I have been wearing my compression socks A LOT! They are my go to recovery now that I’m running 20-30km a week!

Last year I did a review of PROCompression socks, you can read that here –> My review.

WHY COMPRESSION SOCKS? Why not!

Kidding. On a serious note, compression socks can help your muscles and body recover and help reduce injury. Compression socks help increase blood flow which equals a faster recovery time. Yes, please!

I found when putting compression socks on your feet/legs it can be challenging the first times you do it 😉 I relate it to a wrestling match with a baby when you are trying to change their diaper. Okay, I’m kinda kidding….but I’m kinda not. Over time I have perfected putting mine on but at first it was quite entertaining.

My happy feet post run last night:

Piper's Post Run Recovery :)

Piper’s Post Run Recovery 🙂

Last week I ran 29 kilometers, {#ATWRBR2014}. That’s the most I’ve run per week this year and am at 199 km in total for the year….I totally should have run 6km yesterday instead of 5km but wasn’t paying attention. Oh well, I’ll get it in today! I also got a new PB 5k during my run Friday at lunch! Needless to say, I’ve had some tired muscles this past week and have been relying heavily on my compression socks to help recover, along with some stretching and Yoga.

One lucky reader (open to anyone) can win. The contest will run all this week and close 12/4/14.

Please fill out the Rafflecopter below as this is where I will select a winner from:

——>       a Rafflecopter giveaway <——

For more information on PRO Compression socks – check out their website here.

BONUS: for all you Piper’s Run fans out there, here is a code  BLG14 so you can receive 40% off on Marathon Socks or  Sleeves … PLUS free shipping (US).

Good luck!

Piper 😉

Oh, and don’t forget about #sneakinit that starts tomorrow !!!!

Please note: I was not paid to write this post. The opinions are my own. PR.

I Wear My Compression Socks at Night

Now, you must read the title of this post with the same enthusiasm as Cory Heart in “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night”.

Try it again….

“I WEAR MY COMPRESSION SOCKS AT NIGHT”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much better, eh!

Okay, seriously! I wore my compression socks every night last week {even after soccer}, as I put my legs through some kilometers….22 km to be exact 🙂

You see, I’m participating in the Around The World Running Blogger Relay Challenge” so I’m trying to rack up the kilometers for that…plus, to keep me busy……I mean to keep me sane. Works crazy busy, as is my home life but running lets me escape for 35-50 minutes each time I run.

To help with my recovery after running, I have been wearing my compression socks. And, I run at night most days because that’s what fits my schedule… a.k.a – how I balance everything. So, I wear my compression socks at night {bet you sang it this time like Cory Heart}….both Pro Compression and SL3S Compression socks. You can see both of my reviews here: Pro Compression Review and SL3S Compression Review.

PRO Compression Socks on not so skinny legs - they fit!

Lately, I’ve been really loving the ProCompression socks only because the SL3S are super long and they bunch up around my knees and it’s uncomfortable after a while. I’m debating on getting some compression sleeves since I just don’t feel like I need the “foot” part of the sock. 

Do you wear compression socks DURING or AFTER running/working out?

What’s your favourite brand of compression socks ? Yes, I’d really like to know. 

Socks or Sleeves?