Sunday Runday

I wasn’t sure if Sunday Runday was going to happen this week for many reasons.

One, my husband was away so the thought of 15k on the treadmill wasn’t  appealing but I was willing to do it if it meant I’d get my run in. Two, I was sick all week with a nasty head cold (miss 1.5 days of work) that seemed to take over my body.

Having said that, I had the best long run in a while! No, it wasn’t because of my pace. In fact my pace was the slowest I’ve run in months.

There were many factors. The fact that my neighbour took the girls so I could run outside for almost 2 hours. Or, it could have been the fact that I just wanted to get out and run since it had been 4 days of rest. It could have been the route I ran which was different then my normal “sunday runday” runs.

Let’s be honest, I’m 100% confident it was because I ran it with my running buddy, Krystol. It’s been a while since we ran together. She could have run earlier in the day but joined me at 11 when my neighbour could watch the girls (they played in the mud, watered plants, met more neighbours, ate Popsicles at the other neighbours house and ran around outside for almost 2 hours).

Krystol had spent the day before on her feet volunteering at our Youth Run, then took photos for 5 hours to raise money for the Wildlife Rehab she is running for next week at the Bluenose Marathon (Half). She was tired and felt achy from standing all day….but still ran with me.

May 15th run

We ran, we walked. We did rolling hills and ran in the woods on a trail. She shared her Honey Singer Chews and I tried to convince her to eat some of my OLD jelly beans with no luck. We finished 15k in 1:44:xx. It wasn’t about the pace but getting in the distance with great company.

Thanks Krystol for a great run, I pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it that far. An added bonus….I clean breath a little better 🙂

How was your weekend?

Anyone run today? (Or running this evening?)

Do you have a running buddy that makes your long runs SO much better?

Weekend rambles and a Snow Storm is Coming!

We started the weekend off with my husband coming home late Thursday night 🙂 For those of you that are newbies to my blog (welcome), my husband works in another Province. So, it means I’m a part-time single parent for anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks. It’s life…for now.

The girls were so excited to wake up Friday morning and see Daddy! The love I see just oooses out of them….it’s pretty darn cute. I spent Friday traveling to a meeting and back so Friday night I went to bed early, at 9:45. Seriously, I was asleep by 9:45 as I was coming down with another head cold. 😦

I woke up Saturday morning to multiple message on email, Facebook and twitter. Why, you ask? Well, I won an EPSON PULSENSE from Maritime Race Weekend! Holy Sh*t, seriously! Maritime Race Weekend isn’t until September but they are promoting their event/registration all the time with prizes and swag items. Nice way to start the weekend, eh!

Yummy Apple Mommy!

Yummy Honey Crisp Apple the size of my face, Mommy!

Saturday we had a relaxing day, hit up the Farmer’s Market and attended a birthday party for one of Hilary’s friends in the afternoon. Sai and I decided to have Thai take out for dinner, so we ate after the girls went to bed. As Sai went off to pick up our food I jumped on the treadmill and got my run on. Well, I walked for my warm up and ran my 2k. It was nice to run but getting hard not to increase my speed or distance.

Thai Food - double yum!

Thai Food – double yum!

Sunday I woke up feeling really sick. The head cold had consumed my body so Sai took care of the girls while I slept in. Oh, glorious sleeping in….I forgot how good you are to me! We had brunch with our neighbour where the girls made pancake people!

Pancake People Brunch!

Pancake People Brunch!

Then we skyped with my husband’s family and went over to our friends house for dinner! Spoiled, we were! Curry and great friends, can’t get much better then that! A pretty fantastic weekend minus the head cold.

And…..we are about to get a BIG storm in Nova Scotia (Eastern Canada and US). Get your shovels and snow blowers ready folks!

 How was your weekend? 

Get up to any adventures or take it easy?

Ever make pancake people?

 

 

I Signed Up for ANOTHER Race

Seriously, I can’t believe I did this!

My half marathon in October was my last big race followed by the BLT 5k. I had plans to run a Christmas themed event but didn’t commit to that until last Friday and it’s Nov 29th. It’s a fun 5k put on by a local realty group raising money for Big Brother’s Big Sisters and I get to buy a toy for a kid. You can’t go wrong there. But wait, there is one more!

After soccer Wednesday night I got home and found this message from my running buddy around 10:30 pm:

“hey – in case you really were thinking of doing the Sackville run, registration closes tonight”

Okay, I thought and walked away from the computer. I then mentioned it to my husband. This is where the wheels started turning. Well, why not he said! Why not run it? Lilly has soccer (parent and tot program) and Hilary would need someone to be with her. Then I remembered my sister was going to be visiting. I’d have to travel an hour. I wasn’t trained for it. The list of excuses could go on!

My next thoughts were:

  • Oh shit, I thought…I might register for this. I can choose between 5k, 10k, and 15k.
  • I could run the 15k and it would be an automatic PB since I’ve never run that distance in a race
  • Oh man, I’m crazy for considering this.
  • Do I really want to run without any training behind me? (I ran 11k Sunday, 9k Tuesday and soccer Wednesday).
  • I thought I was done running/racing for the year?
  • This run could help me reach my 1000 km goal! (Which I’m very close to achieving)

And……I then I registered.

My next thoughts:

  • Okay, you clearly can manage a decent 10k.
  • Good lord, what have I done?
  • I’m going to need to locate all my winter running gear now.
  • I think I’m addicted to running.
  • I’m nuts!
  • At least I’ll get to run it with my running buddy 🙂

running friendsAnd that my friends is all it took. One little nudge from my running buddy, when for weeks I said I was done running/racing for the year. Sackville Sneaker Shredder 10k…here I come! Oh, and apparently the course is super hilly! Awesome!

What’s the latest you’ve signed up for a race?

Anyone still racing?

Weekend plans?

Cheers, Piper

Ups, Downs of the Week and BLT 5k Run

I’m ready for the weekend.

Between traveling with work, a soccer game (ouch), traveling again for work to a Recreation Conference, the sad news from Montreal and Ottawa, a gun incident in Halifax yesterday morning … I am ready for the weekend. I’m ready for some up’s and to leave the down’s behind. I will of course keep the families affected in my thoughts along with our Canadian Military members; my brother and friends included.

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I took today off work (planned) and am looking forward to seeing our girls after a few days without them. I spent one night laying on my parents couch for 3 hours watching TV while my mother was at my house with the girls; Sai is away working. It was nice to relax but I felt uncomfortable with what felt hours of wasted time in front of the TV.

Last night I ran on my sisters treadmill that’s in miles not kilometers. It was a crappy run because I couldn’t figure out my pace and couldn’t hide the numbers (distance, time, incline). Miles just seem to take forever compared to kilometers. I got in 3.1 miles (or 5k) and felt really good afterwards.

all about the pace

Sorry, I just had to repost this ecard again…I just love it.

Anyway….

Tomorrow I am running the “BLT 5k”. It’s the first run put on by the Timberlea Tundra Pounders running group that I semi-run with (when visiting my parents). I’m looking forward to this run for a few reasons.

1 – I get to run it with my friend Tracey; we go WAY back to High School/Soccer/University etc.

2 – It’s with a fun group of people who I got to know through their runs, their Facebook page and events around the Province (Maritime Race Weekend, Valley Harvest Marathon).

3 – The run is about 3 minutes from my parent’s house!

Some fun news (UPs): I participated in a RecreAuction (Recreation Auction) and won a Registration to the Bluenose Marathon in May for $30!!! Last years registration fee (for the half) was $65 – $85 depending on when you register…so I got a sweet deal on that! Guess I’ll be training for my 3rd half in the new year 🙂

Workouts this week (UPs):

  • Sunday – 5k Run on THE BEAST
  • Monday – Soccer Game
  • Tuesday: Lubed up the treadmill again. Trust me this was at least a 25 minute upper body workout – trying to squeeze out the silicone from the smallest tube in the world wasn’t fun and then I couldn’t get the belt to line up properly.
  • Wednesday: Nothing. Oh wait, I lifted my arm a few times to change the channel on the TV 😉
  • Thursday: 5k Treadmill Run
  • Friday – Walking, walking and more walking. Ran some errands…why do people say “I’m going to run some errands” when you are really walking?
  • Saturday – Running The BLT 5k
Lube Belt

Again!

OH! I have to wish my running buddy, Krystol GOOD LUCK – she’s running her 2nd half marathon this weekend (Legs for Literacy). And Molly from A Fresh Start For Molly, she’s running the 10k at Legs for Literacy too!

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

LAST but not least – don’t forget about the Runalicious Contest & Giveaway! (Canadians only).

What are your weekend plans?

Up or Down from your week?

Do you feel like you waste time watching TV?