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?

Umm, I signed up for another race.

About a month ago I was talking to a friend of mine and she asked if there were any races when she was home on vacation early August. So, I looked up what was going on and found one that would work for her. Then she asked me to run it with her and I said yes, of course!

Though I hadn’t planned on running any races in July or August, I couldn’t say no to her. I rarely get to see her so it was a golden opportunity.

"A Shore Thing" #4354

“A Shore Thing” #4354

Right now, I am focused on my half marathon training and this race fell at a good time in my schedule. I made a few changes to my runs this past weekend to allow for a 10k long run on today. {Monday’s a holiday here and my last day of vacation}.

Flat Piper:

Flat Piper - Good To Go!

Flat Piper – Good To Go!

I still have to decide on what shoes I am going to wear! My {new} New Balance or my trusty Asics ….decisions, decisions.

Asics or New Balance ???

New Balance or Asics ???

Goals for my 10k:

A: Best Case or Ultimate Goal: New Personal Best under 57:17

B: Race Day Goal: Under 60 minutes

C: Almost Guaranteed Goal: Finish the race and have fun with my friends.

It’s a flat course on a gravel trail which is going to be a nice change to running on the road. I’m unsure if there are any hills or inclines … basically I’m doing this course without knowing it. I know a number of people running it which is also kinda fun 🙂 I’m looking forward the run because this race hasn’t been my focus the last two weeks so I’m hoping the pressure is off and I just have fun.

Don’t get me wrong, if I can push it and get a PB…I will …wouldn’t you?

Happy Monday!

Anyone race this weekend? 

Check me out on Instagram for updates 🙂

EPIC Canadian 10k Race Recap

It’s taken me way to long to put this post together…not because I didn’t want to but our vacation got in the way. So … here you go!

Friday June 27th I left work early (booked the afternoon off…I didn’t play hookey) and picked up the girls. We drove to Halifax (really – Dartmouth) and picked up my race kit. Red t-shirt, bib and sunscreen! That’s it. I was actually really pleased that they didn’t give me another bag to try to figure out what do to with it after the race. The sunscreen was AWESOME – though I forgot it on race day and had to ask a volunteer for some 🙂

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We had a family dinner {pasta} and birthday cake for my sister-in-law {yes, I totally had some}. We got the girls bathed and in bed later then normal but  we were on vacation so it was ALL good.

Saturday June 28th

I woke up at 5:30 am before my alarm went off at 5:40 am. You see, my Dad was going to look after Hilary while Lilly and my mother were coming to the run with me. When Dad woke me up, Hilary had been asleep beside me…HAD being the important word. So, he climbed in bed with her and they slept until 7am apparently. After that she snuggled with my sister until 9 am – totally taking advantage of being on vacation and taking advantage of snuggle time with everyone! Good job Hilary.

I got Lilly up at 6 am and she was ready to go with in minutes! She was excited to eat breakfast in the car – ha ha – I made it something big and special the night before so she’d be excited about it in the morning. Worked like a charm.

6:40 am – We left the house and drove over to Dartmouth (25 minutes in no traffic), parked the car and walked towards where I thought the start line was. Nope, I was walking towards the finish and desperately needed a port-a-potty. So we turned around and made it to the start before the port-a-potty’s were even open!

7:30 am We met up with Krystol and took a few pre-race photos 🙂

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Pre-Race with my big girl:

Pre Race with Lilly

Pre Race with Lilly

Just before the start of the race they played “Oh Canada”. This was the first race I’ve been at that they did this – it was because the run was a Canada celebration. It was still pretty cool. I had my necklace on backwards and quickly turned it around so that my girls names where facing outwards. Finally, I was ready.

There wasn’t any organization to the start line so we just jumped in a random spot. Mistake number 1. It was like running through a very narrow sea of people in red…we could hardly move. Dang, I thought. After dodging a few people here and there, Krystol and I were off and running at a good pace.

First Km: 5:25 (fast past for me)

1-6 km The first 6 kilometers of the race were actually pretty good. It was super hilly but I was ready for it, mentally and physically – or so I thought! We were in and out of the shade which was refreshing and awesome. Main roads, through a subdivision and then into Shubie Park.

Hills, Hills and more hills. I was doing okay until 6.5km and took some water/walked a few steps. Mistake number 2. Don’t STOP for water…water is fine but don’t STOP running. Krystol was running strong.

We started up one steep hill and this is where things went wrong for me. Mistake number 3. I walked AGAIN instead of pushing through the hill. The distance between Krystol and I grew a little more here and for some stupid reason, I took more walking breaks then I really needed to. It was all a head game from here to the finish line. Dang! I even thought that I should have been listening to music to push me through the mental game that was now taking place in my head.

Around the 8km mark, I started to feel better on the flat part of the course but wanted to give up as the direct sun was pounding down on us. The last two kilometers were on a trail/main road and was fairly flat until the end. I walked more and more (bad Piper) and then pushed it up the last hill…..

All I wanted to do was puke but still had to turn the corner and make it to the finish line which looked like it was miles away! It was slightly downhill so I pushed it and sprinted to the finished line. I managed to finish behind Krystol by 2 seconds.

Smiling post race

Smiling post race

She got a PERSONAL BEST and was aiming for a sub 60! She rocked it 🙂 Oh, and then a 1/2 hour later she ran the 5k race too!

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My stats:

22/87 Division Total (F30/39 Division)

59:04 Gun Time

58:28 Chip Time

? Garmin Time – I totally forgot to stop my Garmin!!!!!! Bad Piper.

I have to admit I was completely happy with my time but not with my running. I felt strong and steady for a long time and then it all just got to me. In the end, I had a lot of fun and would totally do this run again next year. I loved having Lilly at my run. She got to see so many people running/walking and some swimmers too! I want to expose her to as much as I can so she wants to lead a healthy and active lifestyle too.

Check out that medal!!!

Check out that medal!!!

Next steps: My plan was to run and have fun this summer as I start mt  training for the 1/2 Marathon in October (Valley Harvest) and two races in  September (Tartan Twosome 5k and 10k – Maritime Race weekend)…then things changed……

Yes I’m going to leave you hanging…. 🙂

Any one race this past weekend?

Anyone do a Canada Day or 4th of July Run last week?

Can you guess as to why I’m leaving you hanging on my next steps?

 

And more

A Morning Run with the TTPer’s!

This weekend the girls and I packed up and went to visit my parents. We celebrated my father’s birthday with a little cake which ended up all over the girls face’s and in their hair – awesome! Ahh well, they sure enjoyed it 🙂 I also managed a quick trip to Costco and a run with the TTPer’s!

TTPer;s???? Timberlea Tundra Pounders running group. I grew up in Timberlea and my parents still live there so I joined the group mainly online but with the intentions of running with them when I visit my family. Friday night I checked the Facebook group and saw there was a run for 9:30am. I checked off  the “maybe box” as I had to make sure someone could be with the girls…Grammy, Grandad and even Auntie Laura said yes. (Lucky me).

I double checked the time and it was moved to 8:00 am. Oh me, oh my…did I really want to run that early? I dunno! I hummed and haa’d about it for a few hours and then decided that I would go. A little motivation from my family and a comment from Piratebobcat helped.

hills

Saturday morning:

Hilary didn’t sleep well and came in bed with me and bounced, rolled over, kicked and kept me awake for a while. She finally woke up for the day at 6:47am, before my alarm was scheduled to go off. I took this as a sign from her to go run.

Looking tired before the run!

Looking tired before the run!

Everyone got up, we ate some breakfast, I got dressed and was out the door at 7:50 to meet the running group. When I arrived Tom was there so we chatted for a bit. Then Dave and Bryan arrived…..that was it. No one else was coming…..I wasn’t too sure about this. Running with three guys is a little intimidating.

We started off as a group of four then slowly moved into groups of two with Bryan and I leading the way. Up this l-o-n-g and gradual hill, down another, up another l-o-n-g gradual hill, another short hill.

Bryan looked really familiar to me so we played the who do you know game. I started with the soccer world as I played and coached girls soccer for a few years. No connections. He had an accent….it was British, so we talked about England and I told him that my husband was from England. Then I asked where he lived and we actually were just about to run by his house….that’s when we made a few connections. He was neighbours to people I grew up with and we found out we knew even more people in common.

We ran the whole time…slowed down a little but than picked up the pace again. Down, then up and down another hill, flat for a bit until the last little bit then UP another hill, down a short hill and done!

I was pooped! 5.18km in 31:58….I was pretty happy with that time considering the amount of hills we had.  We all high-fived each other …that was awesome! I then said to Bryan…“hope I didn’t slow you down”…he responded with “I was just trying to keep up”. After we stretched I asked if he knew my father….and he did, he knew both of my parents. Small world 😉

My legs felt great, my lungs were full of life and it wasn’t even 9am yet! I arrived home to happy girls playing with my sister. My father cooked me a late breakfast (spoiled, yes I know) and then I hit up Costco for my favourite cheese and a few other things.

We had an afternoon visit with a great friend of mine, Kelly…..the one who’s wedding I was in last year (Operation Get Fit for you newbies). Since Lilly attended her wedding last year, she calls Kelly a Princess….since she was all dressed up in her wedding dress. Lilly just loves Princess Kelly.

We had planned on  staying all weekend but I decided to pack up and hit the road after dinner. We are getting another storm today…. 😦  The good news is that it’s not snow but just freezing rain, rain and more rain AND that the snow from last Wednesday’s storm has almost melted away!

Do you run with a running group?

Ever run with someone and play the “who do you know game”?

Best weekend moment?