Snowy Bad Weather Workouts

Another storm is hitting us! Whoop, whoop!

When you are stuck at home you might as well mix up your workouts – in between playing outside in the snow, doing crafts with your kids, reading, watching tv and eating 🙂

Bad Weather Workout

bad weather workout

Cross Fit at Home

squats at home cross fit

Low Impact Full Body Workout (Source)

low impact workout

Snowed in Sprints (Source

snowed in sprints

And of course…stretching is a must!

stretching after running

This should keep you busy in a snow storm! Let’s it snow, Let it go…oh dear…too much Frozen 😉 That’s another way to spend your snowed-in days with your little ones.

Do you have a bad weather workout?

What’s your go to workout if you are stuck indoors?

Cheers, Piper

SL3S Compression Sock Review

Since I started blogging (1.5 years now) I’ve had some neat opportunities come my way and feel pretty lucky to be able to take on a few. Recently, I was sent a pair of SL3S FXC (Active/Recovery) Compression Socks in Azure/White with some pretty cool butterfly’s on them.

SL3S Compression Socks

My first impression when taking them out of the box was that they were extremely soft, like kitten soft. I wasn’t convinced that they would be as tight as other compression socks I’ve tried because they felt so soft.

The company: SLS3 started in 2004 by a couple in love….awww….cute. No seriously, that’s what their website says. They are pro athletes who have a tone of experience under their belts. You can read more about the company at their website here: SLS3.

A few tidbits of information about their Butterfly Compression Socks: (you can find more details about the SLS3 compression socks here)

  • They allow you to work longer and harder, delaying the onset of fatigue.
  • They offer more targeted, significant support to the achilles tendons, tibias, calves and ankles, thus boosting the ability to reduce common ankle and foot injuries.
  • They can reduce your recovery time.

Product Features:

  • 20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
  • Seamless TekWeb Technology
  • Muscle Stability
  • Increased Bloodflow
  • Web knit for more support of arch
  • Cooling effect and UV protection! 🙂

My experience:

I went for run a few weeks ago and then put them on after I got back to help “recover” my muscles. Again, with them being so soft I wasn’t convinced they would be what I had expected. My husband had good laugh at me trying to put these “soft” socks on, commenting: “not so easy after all”. They were tighter then I expected yet soft to the touch. I wore them two more times after running to see if I noticed a difference with sore legs and I had the same positive results both times.

SCOBU-2T

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I stand a lot at home these day these days; doing dishes, at my stand up desk where my lap top sits and with Hilary in my arms. Really, I only sit when we eat a meal or I’m play in with Hilary on the floor. We had been away on vacation for a few days and I took a little break from the computer and relaxed more than normal; with my feet up. However, upon my return home I was yet again standing most of the day between various tasks. My legs were killing me and I decided to put on my butterfly compression socks when I went to bed to see if they would help. After 4 hours of sleeping with them on, I decided to take them off so I didn’t sleep in them all night long. My calve muscles actually felt great when I took them off….almost rejuvenated!

Right now I am focusing on getting in a few runs each week; with and without baby H in a jogging stroller and taking my running to a new level. This means longer runs, harder runs and tired muscles. I know these compression socks will be a staple piece of equipment when I start training more; during my runs and after to help my muscles recover. I like that I can use these socks after being on my feet all day at home and after a Zumba class (1.5 hours) to help my muscles recover sooner. They also recommend this socks for running, cycling, walking, triathlon and skiing. I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought to use them this winter when I cross-country ski or downhill ski but I think they’ll be on my list of gear to pack now!

What I liked:

  • I liked the colours and butterfly’s – something a little different and fun…..common the butterfly wings will make you run faster 😉
  • The soft fabric was great.
  • Easy to wash and dry fast.
  • They fit my not so skinny calve muscles.
  • How they made my legs feel better after a few hours of wearing them.

What I didn’t like:

  • A little long for my legs; I had to be careful not to pull them up too high or they would be over my knees. I had a size 8-10 / S/M and I think I could have gone smaller.
  • That’s it.

Please note I was not paid to do this post. SLS3 provided this product for me to try out and provide a review in return. Thank You SLS3 for the opportunity….you got some great socks here!

Do you use Compression Socks after running or after a long day) ?

What do you look for in a pair of compression socks?

What’s your favourite compression socks out there? 

Have you tried SLS3 socks yet?

Mud Hero 6K Race Recap!

Well, I am excited to say I completed the MUD HERO 6 km Run at Ski Martock last weekend! Back in May I talked about pushing my limits and I sure did that this past weekend; maybe a little too much!

Mud Hero 2013

Mud Hero 2013

I was keeping an eye on MUD HERO’s Facebook page for a few weeks now, scoping out what it might look like but really… really, I was freaking out inside! I was scared shit less. I would think “What am I getting myself into”, “Why did you sign up for this again?”.

Saturday July 6th came and I was up at 5 AM …no not to head to the run (mine group started at 1 PM). I was up with Hilary! Then I couldn’t get back to sleep and spent the morning between getting ready/feeding the girls/nap for H/and running to the bathroom multiple times.

I.WAS.NERVOUS!

I got the girls ready for the day, nursed Hilary one last time and handed them off to my Mom as I went out the door. (My husband was away). I met my friend to carpool to the hill and we got there just in time – we were one of the last 20 cars of runners to be allowed in; the rest had to park and take a shuttle in! Lucky us!

Me before the run and the "hill" we climb!

Me before the run and the “hill” we climb!

It was a group of 10 women and we were schedule to start at 1 PM on the hottest day of the summer. It was 34 C but felt like 40. Enough said there.

Mud Hero Team (all Mom's)

Mud Hero Team (all Mom’s)

My team was made up of a group of Mom’s who (mostly) have young children with the oldest being 4 and youngest being 7 months old (Hilary and another baby), plus one Mom has children their twenties. They all rocked it!

Mud Hero's After 6km and 17 obstacles

Mud Hero’s After 6km and 17 obstacles

My experience:

I started the race with three other runners; they are fast and I am not. I lost them before the first kilometer marker but could see them ahead of me for a while. So, I ran the entire race by myself….which was fine….I got to reflect and not hold anyone back. The other group of women were behind me but never I didn’t manage to catch up to them until they finished.

There were 17 obstacles, just to name a few:

  • Wall Climbing
  • Light at the Tunnel’s End (hated this one)
  • Net Crossing
  • Log Under (in muddy water)
  • Slide into water
  • Mud pits (water/mud/rocks/tree stumps – ouch!)
  • Car Park (walking on top of cars)
  • Over/Under
  • Firewall Slide/Pole
  • Not to mention the 6 km over Ski Martock’s cross-country trails and their mountain to run walk up and down!

I took my time, ran in the shade and always downhill and walked a lot. It was beyond hot and I wasn’t feeling awesome but I pushed through it. I was really close to finishing and I heard three of my team mates cheering me on. I have to admit that was awesome and it pushed me a little more to run down a steep hill and up another towards the finish line. There was a bouncy castle slide to climb up and slide down and then the LAST log under/muddy water crawl before the finish line!

Me "sitting" minutes after  I finished my first ever Mud Hero (7 months post pardum!)

Me “sitting” minutes after I finished my first ever Mud Hero (7 months post pardum!)

I did it!

Afterwards I had to sit down as the rest of our team came in and started to feel terrible. I could barely stand and often had to sit just to feel better. Lucky for me I had an awesome team that kept an eye out for me; got me some Gatorade and sugar candies from the aid station – I guess my sugars were a little low. I’m not diabetic but this race took a toll on my body. After 30 minutes of sitting I started to feel better and could talk in sentences and carry a conversation! Yeah, I was THAT bad!

The drove back with my friend and the AC in her car made me feel almost 100% better. I got home and showered all the mud off me I could and nursed Hilary right away. Both girls did awesome with my Mom and the only tears they had was when Hilary realized I was home!

I used the rest of the night (and Sunday) to get my body back to feeling better. Water, food and rest in between nursing Hilary.

Shoes Mud Hero

My shoes before and after

Where did I go wrong?

  • First by not eating a very good breakfast OR lunch that morning. I was more focused on my girls and making sure Hilary nursed well before I left her for 5 hours.
  • Lack of sleep the night before: I was up multiple times with Hilary AND Lilly – so I was my normal exhausted self.
  • I under estimated the amount of energy it takes your body to be a breastfeeding mama plus run in such a hot and challenge event.
  • 1 PM start time – it worked for everyone in the group but who knew it would be THE hottest day of the summer yet.

Any injuries:

  • Well, the fact that I almost passed out/puked was up there.
  • I tweaked my left ankle jumping off the car at the end.
  • Did something to my left hamstring climbing over one of the obstacles, and
  • Got a major blister on my left ankle

It was all minor stuff (minus the almost passing out) and I’m feeling like myself again after a few day’s rest.

Will I do it again?

I’ve struggled over the last few days with how I finished – feeling terrible and that I could have passed out after the race. I’ve never felt that way after a race not even my 1/2 Marathon. It was almost as if I wasn’t proud of myself – weird eh! I think I’m getting over that feeling now that I’ve had a chance to write this post and see what I accomplished.

I’m 7 months postpartum, worked my ass off over the last 8-10 weeks to lose some weight, get fit and managed to take care of both of my girls multiple days in a row with my husband away. I should pat myself on the back and hold my head up for completing the race and not feel shameful for how I felt after the race.

“Would you do it again? I was asked this by a friend this morning and I thought my response would be “no” or “maybe” but in fact I think I would do it again. However, if you asked me after the event I would have said 100% no.

I couldn’t have done this without my Mom’s help with the girls and my husband’s encouragement – so Thank you both for supporting me.

And a big Thank you to the organizers of Mud Hero and Ski Martock – what an awesome event! Congrats to you all.

Would I recommend it? Completely.

Have you ever done a Mud Hero (similar) event ?

What was your experience?

What would you do differently?

My next race: Run or Dye in September at Ski Martock again!

Moving up to Level 3….what was I thinking?

Oh my goodness, I moved up to Level 3 in the Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD last night. Last week was my second week at level 2 and I was starting to not love it anymore and some of the moves that where hard in the beginning were not as hard but getting easier. Since I took 2 days rest last week due to a head cold I thought I would jump back in at Level 3 and never look back.

What was I thinking?

Oh dear lord that was hard.

At one point I felt like I was walking like a chicken – I had no coordination during that new move and my legs were killing me.

I can’t drop back a level now, that just wouldn’t be cool.

I can’t not workout since I am seeing some great results. i have lost 6 pounds and 7.5 inches in 4 weeks of my Operation Get Fit plan. Yeah me! And the dress is getting closer to zipping up all the way.

Anyway, I think I am in for it for the next two weeks and can only dread whats to come in level 4. The thought of it getting harder makes me want to crawl into a hole. Well, maybe not but it doesn’t seem appealing right now. Let’s hope  after 2 weeks at level 3 I will be ready to move on….

Wish me luck….I’m going to need it.

Push Your Limits: Mud Hero and Run or Dye

What have I done ?

Well, I’m about to push my limits in a way that I haven’t before.

I’ve run many 5k races, a few 10k’s and completed a 1/2 marathon years ago (which is on the list to do again) and even went white water rafting in Ottawa, Canada but I have never done a Mud Hero Run or a Run or Dye Race.

That’s ALL about to change and I’m super pumped about it…….and a little scared … okay A LOT scared.

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada where we have lots of beautiful land and surrounded by the ocean. We have beautiful National Parks and trails for days. I’m excited that we finally have these awesome events that will push your limits (well, definitely my limits).

I’ve officially registered for the Mud Run on July 6th with a bunch of Mom/co-worker friends and am scared sh@tless about the course.

I’ve also pre-registered for the Run or Dye 5k race that will take place in Halifax in September – can’t wait for this one!

Oh lord … what have I done????

Ever push your limits?

Ever participate in Mud Hero /Run or Dye – or equivalent ?

Any advice you can give me?

Stay tuned for “Operation Get Fit” 🙂