When Runners Can’t Run

Sometimes not running can be a good thing {I can’t believe I just wrote that down!}. But seriously, it can be good for your body and even sometimes your mind.

You may have noticed I’ve been doing a little reading around here with Dr. Jordan Metzl’s and Meb for Mortals book reviews. I’ve also been reading “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” and am really enjoying it. It’s chalk full of running tips, stories, training plans for 5k – full marathons and soundtracks of music!!! Interesting, eh!!!

Well, last night I think this mother runner hit the all time high of what to do when you can’t run. I decided to bake. I had planned to make these amazing cookies: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies. If you’ve never made them, it’s a must. Anyway….

I figured since I was turning on the oven I’d make some muffins as well. Again, I didn’t just make one kind. In the end I made a batch of carrot cake oatmeal cookies, blueberry muffin’s and banana muffins.


The banana muffins were supposed to be “chocolate chip banana muffins” as requested by the girls but I kinda forgot about the chocolate chips as they were hiding under the cooling racks, dang! Guess I’ll just have to bake again in a few days 😉 Oh and, none of these are vegan!!!! My poor husband will come home to all this – or half of it – and realise he can’t eat any of it.

Let me just say, I could eat it all right now and may have tested all three last night and for breakfast this morning.

What’s a girl do to?

What do you do when you can’t run (or workout)?

If you bake, do you bake more than one thing at a time?

Ever forget a key ingredient in a recipe before?

PS – I’m hoping to run tonight…..can’t eat all the muffin’s and cookies and not run 😉

Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review & Giveaway (US & CAN)

For the last month or so I’ve been adding these little hemp hearts to almost everything I eat! Manitoba Hemp Hearts to be exact!

I add them to smoothies, yogurt and granola, salads, you name it and I usually add them into the meal! I’m not going to lie, I was a little unsure before I tried them as I thought they would be really grainy.

hemp hearts

After trying them the first time, I actually really liked them. They are soft and taste good. Not grainy or hard like I thought they might be. I liked them so much that I went and bought a big bag from our local grocery store.

I plan on using them in some other foods I make: banana bread, no bake energy bites (I’ve altered my recipe and will share soon) and in the Oh She Glow’s granola bars I make. These are definitely a daily eat for me now.

What are hemp hearts?

Hemp Hearts are shelled hemp seeds.

Fun facts:

  • At the ‘heart’ of all our hemp foods is the Hemp Heart (aka raw shelled hemp seed).
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving
  • Hemp Hearts are a complete vegetarian protein
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of protein per 30 grams servings
  • Hemp Hearts are hypoallergenic
  • Hemp Hearts are Non-GMO Project Verified

You can check out their website at Manitoba Hemp Hearts and find recipes there too!

To enter the contest please…

  1. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Instagram 
  2. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Twitter 

BONUS entries:

  1. Followed @Piper’s Run on Instagram 
  2. Followed @Piper’s Run on Twitter 

LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY. Contest is open to those in the US and CANADA! Contest is open Wednesday March 4th until Monday March 9th, Atlantic Standard Time. 

 I was provided Manitoba Hemp Hearts as part of a review with FitApproach. 

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan}

Since we are having a SNOW DAY in Nova Scotia today (yes, even Government offices are closed!) I thought I would make a nice breakfast for our family. I’ve wanted to make this Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal (From Two Peas & Their Pod) dish for a long time. I figured today was going to be the perfect opportunity. Of course, I had to make it vegan for my husband to enjoy with us.

Baked Blueberry #2 PR

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan} 


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups skim milk {Coconut OR Almond milk}
  • 1 large egg {1 large banana OR 1/4 cup of maple syrup}
  • 3 tbsp spoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease 8 x 8 baking pan.
  2. Mix oats, coconut flakes, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mix together milk, egg {banana}, melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  4. Place 2/3 of the blueberries on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture evenly over blueberries.
  6. Next, pour the milk mixture over the oats – covering all of them.
  7. Sprinkle remaining blueberries on top.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden and oats are set.

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal vegan PR


Oh, and we made bacon; normal yummy delicious bacon and….vegan bacon. Now we are off to enjoy the day together, stuck in our house and hopefully outside later to enjoy the snow.

Do you make special breakfast on snow days?

Are you getting this crazy blizzard?

What are your go-to activities when stuck inside with your family?

Indulging, Pizza Stretching and Workouts

Hello Monday, we meet again!

The girls and I had a quiet weekend – we played, ate some food and finally had a fire in our wood stove which made the house cozy and warm. I may have fallen asleep by the fire and dragged myself up to my bedroom a few hours later Saturday night.

We indulged in some delicious treats……..that I’m addicted to.


Sunday, Lilly had soccer and learned a new pizza stretching game. Okay – mini soccer coaches this one’s for you.

Pizza Stretch

  • Get the kids to sit down with their legs out in the shape of a pizza. They are then going to make the pizza.
  • Ask them what they need for pizza. “Dough” should be the answer you go with.
  • Get them to mix the dough with their hands in a pretend bowl, through it in the air and then place it down on the ground (pretend table) and to spread the dough everywhere. All the way up to their feet (stretching their legs)
  • Then add-on top the sauce (again stretching their legs) and spreading the sauce everywhere.
  • Ask them what goes next. Veggies, sausage ?
  • Get them to cut their veggies on the outside of their right hip/leg area.
  • Then move the veggies over to the other side (left hip/leg area) and then put them on the pizza.
  • Next is the cheese….spread it out everywhere – again stretching their legs and arms out towards their feet.
  • Time to bake it. Pick up pizza and put it in the oven. Get everyone to count to 5 (seconds) and pull out the pizza.
  • Eat it!

It was so cute watching a group of 3/4 year old’s making pizza’s but really stretching!

Last week’s workouts:

I did run last night (5k) which was a crappy run but it’s done 🙂 Red and green festive running colours…I guess! The funny thing is, these green Adidas shorts are over 15 years old!!!! They are from when I started playing competitive soccer at 13 or 14 years old. They are a little big but still in great condition!


I’m getting closer to my 1000 km for the year and IF…BIG IF, I stick to my workout plan this week I may reach that goal by Saturday!!! I have a 5k Toy Trot Saturday morning so I’m hoping to hit the big 1000 km by then!

How was your weekend?

Favourite food from the weekend?

How old are your workout clothing? 

Piper’s Pinterest Picks

Say that five times fast! Thought I’d share some of my favourite Pinterest picks!

I’d like to think this is me : 


don't be afraid

hotel workout


PA medication

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup (easy)

Croc Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegan Creamy Avocado Shells (Pasta) (easy)

I make this a lot…..almost too much. Plus I put in extra garlic and extra basil!

pesto pasta

Written by yours truly 🙂

let them get dirty

And since Christmas is just around the corner!!!! active kids gifts

You can find more of my favourite foods (vegan and non-vegan), workouts, motivation pictures,kids stuff and more on my Pinterest Page.

Cheers, Piper

Are you on Pinterest? Leave a comment with your page!

What’s your favourite Pinterest workout, recipe, quote you’ve come across?

What’s the worst Pinterest workout, recipe or funny quote you’ve come across?


Rungry: What I’ve Been Eating Lately {WIAW}

Rungry has been in full effect lately…well, more soccer-hungry than RUNgry but it’s all the same thing, ya know! Last night I managed a little 4k run on the treadmill when all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and relax. Seeing that I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training now, I thought I should attempt another easy run. And that I did. I’ve started it but nothing concrete or set in stone.

What I’ve been eating lately? Well, LOTS!

 Post Soccer Eats: Blueberry / Pomegranate Smoothie, DQ Skor Ice Cream Cake/Pie, Salad and Watermelon. I seriously can’t get enough watermelon in my body. I eat it almost every day and sometimes twice a day, it’s a good thing my girls love it too!

PR Soccer Gunn Food

I’ve been on the road with work a little bit and we stopped at the coolest little cafe in Bear River, Nova Scotia. I would 100% make the drive down there (1.5 hours) just to go back to “Mrytle’s & Rosie’s Cafe”. We all order a burger; from left to right: Bacon, cheese and onion ring burger (mine); Philly Cheese burger and crap, I can’t remember the name of this burger. I know it had “a thousand salad dressing” on it, Melissa had it.

PR Mrytles & Rosie's Cafe WIAW

I’ve also been drinking lots and loving salads lately too:

PR Salads and drinks WIAW

Well, this wouldn’t be a good post without sharing what the girls eat sometimes. This is on soccer night, when I rush home from work, pick up the girls, make PB & J sandwiches and usually veggies or fruit and then we rush out the door to soccer.

PR Lilly Food WIAW

AND…..now I’m rungry all over again!

 Thanks Jen @ PeasandCrayons for continually hosting WIAW 🙂

What have you been eating lately? 

What’s your favourite summer treat?

Watermelon or Ice Cream?

Life Cycle of a Soccer Tournament

Last week, I got invited to play in a soccer tournament – one of the largest women’s soccer tournament around the Maritimes. Since I’m not playing with my Valley team this summer it was a great opportunity for me to get on the field again for a short period of time. It went a little something like this…..


  • Lineup babysitter for Friday night, family for Saturday – check.
  • Recover from birthday eats, hydrate and eat well – check.
  • Find my soccer gear: sports bras, shorts, socks, cleats and shin pads – check.
  • Get nervous – check.

Day 1 of tournament:

  • Recover from birthday fun, work all day, pick girls up {dinner, bath, play and bed}.
  • Get babysitter set up and head off to game only knowing only two people on team 🙂
Sports bras, jersey and injury.

Sports bras, jersey and injury.

Game #1: 9:00pm Raymond Field 

  • Very excited and nervous at the same time. What if they don’t like me? What if I suck on the field?
  • Game held at Raymond Field at Acadia University (beautiful turf field)
  • Game time – learning as many names as I can and it’s go time. Manage to play really well and had fun.
Raymond Field @ Acadia University (Wolfville, NS)

Raymond Field @ Acadia University (Wolfville, NS)

Injuries occurred during this game: Right ankle {must have been kicked by someone’s cleat} swollen on inside of foot; Right boob/armpit area bruised {maybe an elbow from someone else}; and Left side of torso {kidney area was hit by the ball within a few feet of another player – that really hurt and left a nice red mark on my skin. I couldn’t even sleep on my side that night. Also, hurt my toe somehow!

Recovery: Stretch, Smoothie from McD’s, ice and elevated ankle then went to bed midnight with PRO Compression sleeves on 🙂

Day 2 of tournament:

  • Up with both girls around 7am; breakfast, playing and getting ready for the day.
  • 10:30 am – Get Lilly’s hair cut, drove her home and leave for soccer.
  • Arrive late to the game (10 minutes before the start) but I had a shade shelter for the team 🙂 On drive to the game I realised I had not brushed my teeth this morning – awesome! 

Game #2: 12 noon – Dyke 3 (grass field)

  • Game on grass field. Really, Senior Women’s teams should not be playing on such a short field.
  • I recognize  a lot of the players on the other team…from when I coached them in Under 12’s over 10 years ago !!!
  • Set up our only goal with my left foot (I’m a righty)
  • Drank my Vega Sport drink – is my favourite of everything I’ve tried of their products.
  • Lost the game – everyone is happy it’s over, home I go to sit in our kiddie pool with Lilly. So refreshing!

PR Soccer Gunn Pool Hair Cut

Injuries occurred during THIS game: No new injuries but my left toe is starting to bother me and right ankle is still sore. I am feeling old after this game.

Recovery: Stretch, Vega bar (chocolate/coconut), grilled chicken sandwich, salad, water, Kool-aid juice pack from team-mate.


Game #3: 6 pm Raymond Field {again}

  • Drive to game at 5:15 and remember that I STILL had not brushed my teeth all day – gross.
  • Start game and Lilly/My Dad arrive to watch. Best thing to hear while on the field “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy”!!!!
  • Ran into the posts of our net to save a goal – little cut on my arm.
  • We played really really well but somehow lost the game – oh well. Everyone is happy we don’t have to play the next day.
  • I got MVP of the game 🙂

Injuries occurred during THIS game: Head hurts from heading the ball too much all weekend; cut/bruised my arm,  multiple bruises to my legs and my toe isn’t too happy. Blew a hole in my cleats – dang…now I need a new pair.

Recovery: Watermelon, another smoothie from McD’s (pomegranate/blueberry is amazing}, dinner: chicken and asparagus, ice cream cake/pie, cheese ball and crackers and lots of water. I iced my toe and ankle at bed time…my toe is 100% bruised and swollen at this point and my ankle is bruised and slightly swollen but not really injured at this point.

PR Soccer Gunn Food

Day 3: No games

We didn’t advance so there are no soccer on Sunday – THANK GOD! I couldn’t imagine playing another 2 games today. I hurt so much….my neck, shoulders, obliques, abs, hamstrings, shins, thighs, calf’s and feet hurt. I feel like I’ve worn stiletto heals for 8 hours and someone drove over my big toe. It hurts to walk down stairs and squat to sit on the toilet or chair!

Ice, Elevation, Rest and Vitamin "I" to recover!

Ice, Elevation, Rest and Vitamin “I” to recover!

Having said that, I wouldn’t change a thing. It felt great to be on the field again {Raymond field at that!}, fun to be playing again with a team after running so much on my own and feeling that my level of soccer has improved over the last year not to mention my fitness.

One of the best parts of the tournament was having Lilly watch me play. I want her to see me playing a sport a love. I want her to be exposed to a healthy lifestyle with a little chocolate on the side. I want her to experience opportunities that take you places and change your life.

Number one Fan

Number one Fan

My toe might not have survived the tournament but I sure did. Now to rest a little and get back into running and some cross training. Oh and don’t worry….I managed to brush my teeth before going to bed last night, man that felt great!

How was your weekend?

Ever sprain/break your toe {other body part} ?

What’s your secret to recovery after a sporting event?