Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

I think this is the first time that I’m actually sick of chocolate. I feel shocked that I could even say that! Way too much Easter chocolate over the last 4-5 days has me looking the other way.

In running news…I ran three times this week, even with a minor set back with my neck/back injury. I’m really excited to see what happens on the roads in Boston today! From Kathrine Switzer and the 261 Fearless crew to local Nova Scotian’s and of course the elites!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. This is where things went down hill for me with my neck/back after feeling really good. I co-facilitated a workshop and we were on our feet for 3.5 – 4 hours. I was doing a lot of writing on flip chart paper on the wall for a good chunk of that time. Pretty much right after we finished, I started to feel nauseous and my neck hurt a lot. It was kinda horrible but I had already booked a massage appointment so I quickly went to that appointment.

The massage helped significantly but I took it easy for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: Rest | Rest 

Wednesday: Rest Day | Plank: 2:08. A last minute decision to start planking again … right before bed of course. I was hoping for 45-60 seconds but just kept going. After a bit I wanted to see how far I could go and managed 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What a rush!

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Thursday: PT and Run | PT and Run. I was introduced to “dry needling” at physio and I’m pretty sure I cried a little! It was way more painful then the cupping (stripping) I had last year on my glutes and hamstring when I swore a few times. I could only handle two needles and I was done! I think it helped but didn’t feel good in that area until Sunday morning.

As for my run, it was all about just moving and getting active. I ran after our girls went to bed. My pace is slow for me, though after months of not really running I’m not disappointed. I’m just happy to be running. I’ve managed to drop my pace from 6:26/km to 6:13/km in a few days. I even saw a 5:55/km – the last one…guess I really wanted to get home!

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Friday: Rest Day| Cycling (10k). After a full day at the Zoo, walking trails and hanging out at a playground (plus laundry, cleaning the house etc.), I was spent. Although I had planned it to be a rest day, I wanted to do a little cycling and some PT. It felt good to cycling and have tired legs with less impact than running.

Saturday: Run outside| 8k Treadmill run. This was my longest run in MONTHS and it felt great. I just wanted to run and see if I could managed 7-8k. Again, this was after a busy day with the girls: errands all morning, another playground with friends, baking for Sunday dinner, more laundry and dishes for days!

To be honest, it took everything in me to put on my running clothing after getting the girls to bed. I was relaxed and just wanted to skip my run.

For the most part it was easy and felt good. I tried to channel my inner #261fearless girl as there were a few times when I had to either get off the treadmill or just slow the pace down. However, I was also able to increase the pace during the last 2-3 km, so that was awesome.

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Sunday: Rest day | Rest Day. I took Sunday to rest. Ideally, I would have liked to get on my bike or do some yoga. We traveled to the city for a family dinner and after that BIG meal all I wanted to do was hang out and relax…so I did!

Total km this week: 13 running (10 cycling).

This week I’m hoping to go to yoga again as I found that helped my back a lot. I need to register for Johnny Miles Half. And I need to change my current half ass training plan into a better, more formal plan.

How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else training for a spring race?

Okay – who is glued to Boston on TV, online, social media etc. today?

Since it’s Monday, I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Hop Hop Hop Easter Treats & Tricks

Happy Easter!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend with family and friends. We’ve managed to spend most of our time outside at the Zoo, in our yard, playgrounds and found a bunch of chocolate in our house this morning?

I may have got a sunburn Friday watching them play (this playground was actually massive! This is just one section.

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Then we climbed a dead tree at the Zoo – a must-do each visit.

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Yesterday, we started making these Easter nest/eggs together but somehow the girls were drawn to the outdoors and started raking our neighbour’s leaves with her. So, I continued to finish them by myself and brought some over to taste test.

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We’re off to spend today with my family in the city while my husband has to work. Sure thankful for Paramedics (fire fighters, doctors etc.) who have to work holidays but kinda wish it wasn’t my husband’s weekend to work. Oh well…we still got to see him before his shifts.

I’m looking forward to seeing my family and doing our little Easter egg hunt that ends up becoming a bit of a competition to re-hide the eggs. You see, we each get 1 egg with our name on it that the Easter bunny leaves behind while we all eat….but we never notice (this is actually pretty cool for the girls). Anyway, my brother and sister tend to re-hide each other’s eggs to they can’t find it and then the Easter Bunny can’t remember were it was hidden.

Never a dull moment with the family on Easter weekend 🙂

How’s your weekend going?

Do you have any Easter traditions? Egg hunts, family dinner, church?

Anyone excited about Boston?

Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

Lilly Easter Funny

Ha ha ha!

This was actually taken 2 years ago! We didn’t have any snow then and we still have tones now 😉 BUT, we finally have some sunshine and temps are warming up!

Hope you all have a great weekend if you celebrate Easter or not.

Cheers, Piper

What Cha’ Been Up To?

It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog lately but I’ve been out enjoying my time with our girls and my husband. I’ve spent very little time on the computer since last Thursday and have been kinda enjoying the little break.

time with children

This is what we have been up to lately:

Easter Fun at Day Care: this was fun to watch them 🙂

easter egg hunt at day care

Trip to the Zoo

 Zoo time

 Easter with family:

Hop scotch, an 8k early afternoon run, yummy food (vegan too), lots of family, friends and hanging with Maclean.

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More Easter:

Easter fun

Running: It was a quiet week of running with more rest days then running but I managed 22km for Around The World Running Blogger Relay 2014 Challenge. A soccer game (we are advancing in the playoffs 🙂 , few runs inside and a few outside plus I got to test out my new runners 🙂

And, in with the NEW!

And, in with the NEW!

I need to get a little more focused on my running in the next few weeks and actually follow my training plan. I have a 5k this coming weekend that I signed up for recently. It’s a fundraiser for a local rehabilitation center and it’s a 7 minute drive from my house! I’m running the Bluenose Marathon – 10k on May 18th that I am hoping to run under 60 minutes…which I am on track for 🙂

How was your Easter weekend?

Anyone watch the Boston Marathon? 

Cheers, Piper