Never Set Limits

That’s what went through my mind last weekend when I did my first ever cycling event. Never Set Limits.

I often set running goals which have tested my limits but have limited myself with cycling in the past. Not intentionally but, I just did what I could manage. For me that was sticking to trails where there were no cars and it felt safe.

After getting my new road bike this summer I started testing my limits with longer trails rides and eventually road riding on my own. It felt great and it was something previously limited myself to.

My husband and I signed up for the Gran Fond about 2 hours away from where we live. I signed up for the Medio 67km and he the Grand 118km. My first over 50k ride and his first Grand. It was amazing! I also loved having my Endurance Tap on my ride. Easy to drink and store in my back pockets.

So well organized and easy to figure out for the first time. The route had stunning views of the ocean and we climbed more HILLS then I ever imagined there could be on a course. I may have dropped a few f bombs while laughing that I had to climb another hill…after another hill, after another hill. I also LOVED crusing down the hill faster then I ever have before at 50km/hour. A new record for me.

I never thought I’d be riding my bike on the road with more confidence, let alone a Gran Fond. Sometimes we have to stop setting limits for ourselves and just go for it. Who cares if you fail. It sure feels good trying.

I finished 67km in 3:13:00! And yes, I want to do it again….maybe even further and yes that would require more hills. We both had an amazing experience and plan to do another Gran Fondo again.

Do you set limits for yourself?

When was the last time you challenges yourself?

Happy Friday!

August Adventures

Oh, I think August is my favourite month of the year. It’s hot, vacation time, soccer season, stupid HOT, perfect beach weather, watermelon heaven and hot. I’m not a fan of the muggy heat we’ve been having (who has) but I love the heat when I’m in the water – beach, lake, pool….sprinkler too!

I started two weeks of vacation late July and into August and have done so for the last number of years. It’s kinda the perfect timing of almost being burnt out from work but we can still enjoy the summer days with our kids.

We hit up PEI for a short trip due to some car troubles (BIG SAD FACE). We got to visit with family, spend time at our favourite beach and had a lot of car time together (not always fun with young kids).

We spent a lot of time at my parents place swimming in their pool, took an unexpected trip to Peggy’s Cove (again, due to the same car troubles) and had tones of ice cream. I’m pretty sure we ate ice cream twice a day for 3-4 days….I’m not complaining.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought a new bike!!!! I’ve been wanting a new bike for a few years now and finally broke down and bought the Liv (Giant) Avail 1. It’s awesome and I love it.

I’ve still yet to name her so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’m feeling Besty or Blue, I dunno. Hit me up some some suggestions. Though I seem to be getting in some nice rides (44km long ride with my husband), I’ve only managed a few runs.

As I mentioned on IG, I’ve been struggling with my interest with running mainly since I got injured in April but even before that as I barely ran any km this year. I’m trying hard to get in 2-3 runs a week and that’s beyond any soccer games (which yes, is running), riding (once, maybe twice a week) and yoga randomly.

Summer has been busy for our girls with soccer practices twice a week for L and games EVERY SATURDAY! Actually, make that TWO GAMES EVERY SATURDAY. We are exhausted from all the soccer but she’s loving it. H is has been doing some private swim lessons which have been amazing for her. My girls and I went on a trail ride last week (8.61 km), lots of visits to the library, the beach, a friends cottage and even the dentist! Who plans dental appointments during vacation? That was clearly a VERY BAD idea.

Any…way. Summer vacation was good to us and it’s back to work now (BIG SAD FACE AGAIN). Only three more weeks from today and SCHOOL STARTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And one more week of vacation for me 🙂

How’s your summer going?

Anyone exhausted from their kids summer sporting commitments?

Loving running lately or not?

Bike name suggestions?

Rolling in July

I can’t believe that we are getting close to the end of July already. That means that summer is almost half over for my kids – woah!

I’ve had one week of vacation so far where we went mini golfing, hiking Baxter’s Harbour with friends, strawberry picking, library (summer reading program), private swim lessons, ice cream eating, my birthday, soccer practice and games, campfire/s’mores, birthday parties and more. I was exhausted by the end of the week and I was kinda ready to go back to work, haha!

I’ve barely been running but have put in a few km on the soccer field. I feel completely out of shape on the field. Sprinting in the HEAT is no joke! It’s taken me a while to even want to run after my calf injury. It’s kinda funny when you are injured and can’t run, it’s all you want to do. Now that I’m officially recovered from that injury, I’m just not loving running lately or maybe I’m just enjoying soccer and cycling a lot more!

I’ve been biking A LOT over the last few weeks. From commuting to and from work a few days a week when my schedule permits to having a biking meeting yesterday! Yes, that’s right, our meeting was on bikes!

We did around 18 k on the Harvest Moon Trail and talked shop (grants, challenges, summer programs in recreation). After we ate lunch, I biked from home and finish the day off with 30 km. My quads hurt a little going up/down stairs last night so I quickly avoided that as much as possible. Legs up the walk and reading last night was my jam.

Commute to work!

I’m not a big reader at all but this year I challenged myself to read more books. Specifically, 12 this year. I figured 1 per month was doable and I’m almost at my goal. Not going to lie, I’m loving the GoodReads app.

So reading has kinda taken over my time to run. I’ve even skipped a morning run to finish a book as it was due that day and I was SO CLOSE to finishing it. As for running, I think I need to sign up for a race in order to kick start my running again. I have a few local runs I want to do – mainly 5k and 8k. I do love my early morning (5 am) runs so maybe I’ll get back to those soon. I’ve signed up for a cycling event but nothing else to date.

We’ve also been enjoying some pool time at my parents place this past weekend in the sweltering heat!

Anyone else struggling with your interest in running?

Favourite summer drink?

What’s your favourite activity to do with your kids this summer?

Also, since I’m not blogging a lot, you can find me on Instagram at pipersrun almost daily.

August Runfessions

Happy last Friday of August! This month went by SO fast – did it for you?

We’ll I’m just going to jump right into my August runfessions since I haven’t blogged in a while. My first runfession is that I didn’t plan on writing a blog post today, whoops. I’m on vacation and the last thing I wanted to do was sit on my computer and write. Which brings me to runfession #2.

I runfess that I signed up for another race this morning (hence being on my computer). I registered for the Berwick Gala Days 5 miler! It’s only a 10 minute drive from my house and a great local community event. I ran it last year and really enjoyed it.

Evening trail run

evening trail run

runfess I desperately wanted to sign up for a triathlon late September called Keji Multisport. A good friend/co worker of mine is behind it all and I thought it would be a great event to dip my toes into doing a triathlon. Sadly, I just can’t pull it off between home stuff, other races, logistics of getting there and the BIG problem that I have a strong dislike for swimming in the deep lake water. Okay, maybe not a dislike but it brings me some anxiety that makes me panic. So, I didn’t sign up #sadface  Maybe another year.

runfess that I have three races on this fall…well summer/fall since summer doesn’t technically end until Sept 21st. A 5 miler (8k) this weekend, 10k on Sept 15th at Maritime Race Weekend and my half marathon on October 14th in Prince Edward Island.

runfess that I’m most excited about running the half marathon with my husband. We’ll, we likely won’t run together very long as he is faster but we’ll start the race together AND have a weekend away on our own!

I runfess that I haven’t been biking much this month but got in a great bike commute to and from work last week. It was super hot on my way home but so beautiful and my workout was done for the day!

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I runfess that I have no clue where this blog is going and I’m totally fine with it. When it first started I was excited to see the numbers of viewers etc, then had a REALLY awesome year with some high stats which was fun and now I just don’t have the time to put into it like I did. Having said that, I’m not quite ready to give it up but will likely just blog when I can. 

Ahhhh, that feels good to get those runfessions out!

What are you runfessing this month?

Did summer zoom by for you?

What’s one thing you’re trying to do before the end of summer?

I’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month!

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July Mileage & August Goals

Two for two!!! I’m playing catch up…so you get two posts in two days from me on two different topics. My July goals (and August), then July Mileage!

July goals were super simple:

 July goals

I ran. I went to the beach. and I biked A LOT.

Running wasn’t high on my list and I dropped my “fun” long runs that I was doing back in June but I managed 55 km of running. We went to the beautiful Brackley Beach in PEI a few times and a local beach as well. I can’t get enough of that beach!

I bike A LOT: 119 km to be exact! I did my longest ever solo ride…well longest ride ever of 40 km! I was kid-less for a day and my husband was working so I decided to see if I could bike 40 k. I ran into a cow – not literally but it was on the trail I was riding my bike on and was rather intensely running towards me. Little did I know that it’s calf had escaped and she was retrieving her from the other side of the trail. I had to wait a while for it to cross over the trail and go back home. I peddle my little legs out and the cow was hiding on the side of the trail!

July Mileage:

July mileage

 

August Goals:

August goals

Again, another simple month! Yes, I realise that it’s the middle of the month and I’m posting my monthly goals but part of the month was spent relaxing…with my family….outdoors…and off social media/blogs. So, I’m basically nailing it this month – ha ha!.

How’s your August going so far?

Any major goals this month or taking it easy ?

What’s one thing you won’t miss from the summer? (Me, the insane humidity). 

Though I’m not posting all the time on my blog these days, you can find me over on Instagram – I don’t log out of that app 😉 

 

 

May/June Goals & Running

Chirp….chirp!  Hello……..!

I’m still here just haven’t been blogging much. I’m always posting my runs on Instagram if you want to follow me over there. I never wrote a post about my May or June goals so I’m catching up today!

My May Goals:

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  1. Run half marathon – completed 🙂
  2. Take bike off indoor trainer – check. Well, my husband did it as I needed it off for work one day and he had the time to do it, I didn’t. (Thanks Saï).
  3. Nope – natta.

June Goals:

I’m keeping it real simple this month. Our oldest turns 8, soccer season starts for both daughters and I and school will wrap up at the end of the month. I haven’t signed up for any other races this year (which is not normal for me) and I’m still on the fence of what I’ll sign up for. I’m eyeing a summer race to help keep me running weekly so I don’t just stop running all together. Having said that…these are my June goals:

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So far this month, I’ve had some good runs. I’ve gone for a few runches (yeah for nice weather), a trail run near my house and getting back into summer soccer tonight! I’ll likely be blogging less this month but you can still find me on Facebook or Instagram, I really don’t use Twitter and that’s it for social sites for me!

How’s your month of June shaping up?

Running any races or have any monthly goals?

Can you believe it’s June already!

 

 

Post Race Weekly Wrap

It’s been well over a week since I ran my half marathon and I’m feeling pretty good. The Monday following the race was a holiday in Canada (Victoria Day), so we got to relax after traveling back home (and a trip to the party store for birthday supplies).

I had no intentions of running last week and was happy to take a few days to do nothing. My evenings are kinda boring when my husband is working. I actually have TIME to do things like…bake….and properly clean my house and fold laundry! I think I want to go back to running most nights!!!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it.

Tuesday: Massage booked| Massaged received. Best post race recovery tool I’ll be using from now on!

Wednesday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it again!

Thursday: Bike ride for work | 36 km of cycling. I thought I was going to die many times on this ride for work. We stop a few times as a group of 40 people and then 6 of us turned around and biked back to our cars. The others had a bus taking them back to the city. My butt hurt!!!

Friday: Rest | Rest. My butt still hurt and so did my quads right above my knees. It hurt to sit down.

Saturday: Nothing planned | Nothing done! Well, we went to a parade and walked a lot!

Sunday: Nothing planned | Ran 5k & Bike Ride. I woke up wanting to run again! So I hit the trail near my house for a slow run with a few stops to catch a few photos. I did not face plant like a few weeks back but I also didn’t have my dog attached to me this time!

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We also went for a 5-6 km bike ride that afternoon. Two kilometres down to Avery’s Farm Market for ice cream with my girls, then back with a trip to the school to play for a bit, then home.

Now what?

Well, last night as I was driving my oldest daughter to Brownies and I was looking at the road and realized…I missed my long runs! I usually do my long runs along the main highway and love that out and back route. I felt kinda sad that I wasn’t doing any long runs and had a sudden burst of motivation to get out there for a long run.

Reality set in as I dropped her off, got groceries with our youngest and then picked her up again. There would be no long run for me right now…I had kids to get home, clean up and get to bed and chores to do around the house. I didn’t even manage a run last night on my treadmill after the girls went to bed as it was too late (my husband was working so no outdoor run for me). I’m sure I’ll get back out there at some point for a long run again. I’m feeling ready. I’m feeling like I want to run for more then an hour and just enjoy running again.

How long after a race did you run again?

Do you ever take a break from running to recharge?

What’s the #1 thing you if you take a break post race? Bake like me?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!

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