Fall is here. So is Apple Picking.

I didn’t really want to say Goodbye to summer but with the weather we are having the last 4-5 days, it still feels like hot summer days! I’ll eventually embrace fall with cozy sweaters, socks and maybe even a cup of tea. Who am I kidding, it will be hot chocolate – not a tea drinker.

One thing we do every fall is go apple picking. We’ve been going to Gates Farm in Port William (NS) for the last three years. This past weekend, we decided to go last minute. They do a wagon ride around their orchard and tell you the best spots to pick the apples or pears. We even got some small pumpkins – it just fees too early for pumpkins 😉

Hiking through the fields

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You can’t go apple/pear picking without tasting 1 of each. OR 2,3,4…..!

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Pretty sure this bag is too heavy Mom!

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After filling these two bags, she was calling it a day!

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One last stop to check out the sunflowers. 

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In the end, we had two – 10lbs bags of mixed apples and pears! Guess I should get baking! I’m hoping we can get in a corn maze and some pumpkin people next month! It’s hard to believe that October is next week!

What’s the one thing you are looking forward to the most this fall?

Do you go apple, pear, or pumpkin picking?

Is it feeling like fall or still summer for you?

October Catch-Up

October was  filled with running, soccer, yoga and barre for me. Then swimming lessons and gymnastics class for the girls, which they love!. Time with family, working a lot, traveling for work more and of course Halloween!

Running Mileage

For just coming off an injury/getting it diagnosed, I’m happy that I was just able to be running again. I played 2 soccer games, went to 2 yoga classes and 2 barre classes. It wasn’t a very motivating month trying to get back into running/working out but I’m feeling like I’m doing better.

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Plans for November:

I want to run more consistently which means getting back on the treadmill when my husband’s working and potentially getting back into running at lunches. I do miss my “runches”. Treadmill running isn’t all that bad as I can catch up on some shows I’ve missed throughout the week. Who am I kidding, I love the fact that I have a treadmill at home and can run when I can’t get outside.

Soccer has been a lot of fun too. When I get on the field my mind is completely lost in the moment which I was missing with running and yoga lately. Honestly, I can’t get my head wrapped around the fact that it’s November! NOVEMBER folks!!!!!!!

Halloween:

Birthday cake, birthday present and a party-goer (not in the photo). The girls loved Halloween and I’m now officially sick of chocolates, candies and chips. Okay, I’m not sick of starburst but everything else I am.

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Pumpkin People

Each year we check out the pumpkin people in the valley but happened to leave it to the last weekend this year. Obviously, we had to stop at this one so the girls could be just like their father.
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And then even more like their father – British 🙂 Funny enough, he was working that day so they pretended to be at work with him.

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Do you have anything planned this month?

Are you starting to think about the holidays yet? (I’m trying not to for at least another week or so).

Runners – are you in off season mode now?

 

Run, Barre, Yoga and Pumpkins

That pretty much sums up life in the last week. It seems as if running is taking a back seat lately as I just don’t have the interest/drive/motivation to do it.

What’s been going on?

Last week I tried Barre for the first time and had a blast! I had lots of aches and pains in muscles that I didn’t know existed. I even went back this Monday! I’m trying to get back into weekly yoga but missed it yesterday because I was just too busy and needed my lunch hour to get stuff done. That just made me more grumpy which really, no one needs to be grumpy.

Blogging Confession

Honestly, I’ve barely signed in to WordPress all week to write, read or comment on other blogs. This might be the longest I’ve gone without writing a post. Right now, I just seem to have no desire to write and contemplating wrapping up the blog in December. Don’t worry, since I’m grumpy I’m not making any decisions but I’m sure trying to figure why I blog and if I’ll keep it going.

Should we go right or left?

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Running, My Ankle & Soccer

I’ve gone on two 9k runs in the last 2 weeks and that’s it. They were a week apart but so different even though I ran the same route. My first run, I loved and seemed to just want to keep running and the second run was horrible from start to finish. Can’t win ’em all!

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My ankle is getting better. Both long runs started off with no pain or stiffness so that’s a big win! I’m still in physio which seems to be working. I’m also back to playing indoor soccer each week and loving it!

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Yes, I was THAT Mom last week who dragged her kids to her 7 o’clock soccer game which resulted in an a 1.5 hour delayed bed time! I made dinner the day before so that would it be quick and easy and lined up a sitter lined up but it fell through last minute. Luckily another Mom has a teenager coming who loves kids! She took care of the girls while I played. Have you ever been half dressed for work and half for a run/workout? I tend to make dinner and get half ready for soccer: work blouse and soccer shorts for the win! After the game it was home to settle the girls down for bed time.

PUMPKINS!!!!!!!!!

We went a last minute pumpkin picking with my brother’s family on the weekend. Sunshine, a rainbow, cold winds and then a downpour of rain. It was the fastest pumpkin picking I’ve ever done!

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Though pumpkin picking was so quick due to the weather it was completely unplanned and so great to see my brother, his wife Jen and my niece Ava. Best part of our weekend for sure!

Pumpkin everything or ex-pumpkin lover?

What have you been up to?

Bloggers – how long have you been blogging ? When is it time to stop?

 

 

Ummm, So, It’s October Already!

When did this happen? September went by at the speed of light! I don’t know about you but the months just seem to be flying by. Oh September, you were supposed to be my month of my first race(s). You had such high expectations that crumbled quickly. Though you slowed me down, I did not stop moving forward with my running.

Post Treadmill Run Wednesday night:

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Lilly started school…..

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I got to volunteer (twice) at Maritime Race Weekend

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I did a little cross training this month. I managed to get out on my bike a few times. I’ve done a few DVD workouts at home that have left my entire body feel wobbly. I managed 82 of km running, 50 km of biking and 5 Strength Training/DVD workouts! Not too shabby!

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October 1st – Fast 5k in my Night Runner 270 Lights:

Well I finally had a FAST 5k outside! Last night I went out with my Night Runner 270 lights (and my vest). Some how I managed these numbers: 6:01; 6:09; 6:04; 5:52; 5:17! I honestly don’t remember the last time I saw 5:17 or anything close to that. Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen again any time soon but that sure was encouraging!

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I’m really hoping October is my month for running. I’m pacing the 1:10 – 10ker’s at Valley Harvest on Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 11th) then we will eat all the food with family. After that, I have a trip to PEI {sans kiddies} for what I hope is my Half Marathon race. I have no qualms about dropping down to do a solid 10k if needed. I’m looking forward to just running 21.1 on my own, in a somewhat new place and a out-of-Province (destination) race.

How’s was your September?

Any big plans for October?