October Runfessions

Hello last Sunday of October! I was planning on having this post ready to go on Friday since that’s when Runfessions happens with Marcia, however life got in the way.

October was a decent month but I have a few runfessions to share with you. It’s been a rather warm month in Nova Scotia with temperature highs of 22C (71F) which is abnormally high. I’ll take it!

Runfessions

Runfession #1: I runfess that I took advantage of our late summer weather and ran in shorts and a tank top a few times. I even ran 3k after my indoor soccer game because, well, why not? I was already sweaty and warmed up.

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Runfession #2: I runfess that I had great plans to run the half route of MRW since I missed my race back in September but it’s just not going to happen. I’m not in half marathon shape and it’s going to take another month or so to get back there. I just can’t pull it off right now and I think I’m finally okay with that. Which leads me to my next runfession.

Runfession #3: When I didn’t run my race in September, I still got all the swag items: tank, mug, bib strap holder, hat and socks (lots of swag at MRW). That swag is still in it’s bag under my dresser as I just don’t feel like I should wear it since I didn’t run it.

Runfession #4: I runfess that I really want to run the Hypothermic half marathon on January 14th in Halifax. This is a race I wanted to do for a long time. I volunteered a few years back at a water station which was a lot of fun. However, it was a horrible year for snow and ice and the route was entirely ice. I saw so many people almost wipe out and fall as well….something I’m not interested in. So this will be a wait and register last minute depending on the conditions. It’s an expensive $80 or so for a last minute registration fee but if I trained for it, I would have something to focus on over the coming months. Anyone else in NS planning to run Hypo half?

Runfession #5: I runfess that I finally learned how to add my stats to a picture on Garmin to share! Seriously, I just learned this.

How To Add Garmin Stats Yo Your Photos

  1. Open Garmin Connect on your phone.
  2. Open up your recent run that displays the time, distance and calories in little bubbles.
  3. Click the share button.
  4. Options are to a). photo with stats or b). web link. Choose photo with stats.
  5. Pick photo you want to use, crop photo and then share on social media. Done!

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I still can’t believe it was that easy to add the stats to my photos. Obviously, I’m not that tech savy 😉 That’s all the runfessions I have for you! Nothing major but a few runfessions none the less.

What do you want to runfess from October?

Do you throw out Halloween candy at all?

Ever wear swag for a race you didn’t run?

You can check out my other Runfession posts: September, AugustJuly, JuneMay, AprilMarchFebruary, and JanuaryI’m linking up with Marcia for today’s Runfessions post. It’s hosted on the last Friday of each month (not Sunday…like me this time around).

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Sometimes You Just Need to Run

Sometimes you just need to run – that statement has been true for me the last few weeks. If you missed why I wasn’t running or had a DNS for my MRW half marathon – check out the post here.

Almost every day for two weeks, I just wanted to run but I couldn’t until I was “cleared”. So once I was allowed to run, I did. Taking two weeks off running kinda sucks. My lungs hurt after that first run. My body ached for two days after that first run. I just needed that run even if my lungs hurt or my body was going to ache.

Saturday I went for a “long run” to test out pacing for my upcoming race. I’m pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon 10k – 1:10 finish on Sunday (Canadian Thanksgiving). Oh I can’t wait to eat all the food as well. This will be my second time pacing this race, this distance and this pace with White Rabbit Pacing – I’m kinda excited!

Before last Saturday’s run, I just wanted to get out their and test out my legs, my lungs and my pace. I had no plans of where I was going to run until I stepped outside. I had no clue how far I wanted to run until I hit the 5k mark and decided I should turn around and head home. I had no plan other then to practice pacing and then had a little fun on the last two km’s.

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I practiced my pace of 7:00 minute per kilometre. I really want to run 6:55/km this Sunday in order to finish under 1:10 but I’ll talk more about that in my next post. So I ran, up a steep hill that I thought I was going to die on and figured that if I can do this now, next week will be easier. I ran on rolling hills, an old unpaved country road with cows and horses on each side of the road. I got chased by a dog for a minute until the owner called it back – that wasn’t really fun. But, I ran.

I just needed that long run. A confidence booster after my bubble was burst out of my hands a few weeks ago. I’m moving on from that thankfully but sometimes you just want to run! I needed that run Saturday.

How was your weekend?

When was the last time you needed a run? (or ride, yoga etc).

Anyone take in any fall-like activities?

Charge the Garmin!

Ever have that moment of “all I want to do is run” but then change your mind a few minutes later? That was me yesterday. I’ve barely put any mileage on my Garmin this year, in fact I’m pretty sure that I can count how many time’s I’ve run since January on one hand.

It’s not that I don’t want to run, it’s that I’ve been enjoying other sports with my family which was more important then trying to fit in a run. Skiing, snowshoeing and skating will be off the agenda soon enough. Maybe sometimes we just need to do “other” activities to enjoy the one we love so much.

Having said that, yesterday I really wanted to run but got home late for work with the girls. This meant that there was a late dinner, late bath and late getting the girls to bed. Not to mention my husband was home so we tried to have as many conversations about many things while we had time.

When bath time hit and my husband was with the girls, I found my Garmin and plugged it in. This was my way of convincing myself that I should really go for a run. If my Garmin was charged I had no excuses, right? We finished bathing the girls and got them into bed. We both spend time with each of girls talking about their day, singing songs etc. While I was with Hilary I decided that I didn’t want to run but then quickly changed my mind when I was with Lilly. I think laziness was setting in and I just wanted an excuse.

After saying goodnight to Lilly, I walked out and said to Saï…”I think I want to run” with lots of hesitation. He just said “yes, go now”. So I did. I jumped in my running tights, threw on my sports bra and strapped on my Garmin. However, I couldn’t find my running jacket and after searching the house it was on the drying rack. Good news: my Garmin was charge!

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This time I was prepared with my Garmin charged and ready to go – no batteries dying on me My run started as the sun was just starting to go down but with my headlamp, reflective gear and sidewalks to run on, I was good to go. I ran out 3 km and ran back a slightly different way to finish with 5 k.

My pace is beyond slow but I don’t care. My reality is that I’m happy with just getting out for a run, avoiding injuries and at some point getting back into following a training plan for a race. What race is still to be determined!

If you don’t wear your Garmin, did your run even happen ?

What pushes you out the door when your lacking motivation?

Ever change your mind multiple times like me?

 

 

 

Hilly Running, Garmin Failure & Sprinkler Fun

Life has been pretty laid back lately and I’m loving it! A few road trips, a new niece, rain storm after rain storm, running and finally the SUN!!!! It came out to play today!

I decided I needed to start doing some hill work once a week. Most of my runs involves 1-3 hills depending on what direction I decided to run in. Tuesday, I decided to make the whole run about hills! A little 5k morning run took me out of my subdivision and towards three hills of various grades.

The furthest and shortest hill from my houses I ran up three times, then the middle hill I did twice and the last hill I ran up once and kept going until I got home. It was a little slower for me but it was hill training. Managed around 33 minutes – can’t complain.

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I had to update my Garmin and lost my last 7 runs 😦 Luckily, I could upload my stats from Saturday’s long run (13k) manually since I took a few photos post run. After fooling around with it, all my runs uploaded on Garmin Connect without me knowing – can’t complain there either.

Today, I had great plans of getting up early and running 7k before the girls got up. Around 7:50, all four of us were in our bed not really wanting to get up. The girls were ready to get the party started but Saï and I were not. Breakfast…breakfast was the party, not running 7 k. I was exhausted and it was wet outside so I decided to be lazy.

However around 11 am, I decided that I should run before it got too hot as the sun was just coming out. So off I went, on the highway near my house and rocked out 7k in 43 minutes….again, I can’t complain.

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I can complain about this – DRIVERS – PLEASE look both ways when in a cross walk/side-walk. TWICE, I had two drivers look at me coming in their direction, pull out in front of me, pause, then proceeded in front of me. I could have touched their car / truck I was that close. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE – I’m pretty confident people in the cross walk and side walks have the right away. Man, I was pissed! That’s my only complaint.

The girls and I managed some afternoon fun in the sprinkler while Saï took a nap (shift work isn’t easy on sleep). FYI – Hilary hates water on her face and it took a little work but she ended up loving the sprinkler. We spent at least 45-60 minutes running through it – yes, I did too!

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We had a blast and I’m hoping to get a few more runs and workouts in this week as it’s an easy week on the schedule! I’m supposed to “race a 5k” Saturday but I don’t have a race to do and will have to resort to my treadmill for that run.

How‘s your week going?

Ever have issues with your Garmin? (if you have one – or Polar or Tom Tom etc.)

Enjoying the sun or are you having rainy, crappy weather?

When a Mother Runner is Injured & Sick

Double whammy!

Injured hamstring and stomach bug…not fun times these last few days but life goes on! When you happen to be a mother who runs and is injured and get the stomach bug….very little running happens.

So, what DOES a (this) Mother Runner do when injured and sick:

  • You do what you can get to your kids to day care/school in the morning – sometimes it’s not pretty.
  • Once you get back home, you sleep. Alone. No disruptions. Woah!
  • You try to eat bland food (Banana’s, Rice, Apple Sauce, Toast – works for adults too) but can’t stomach much.
  • You watch TV or the Boston Marathon since it happened to be on the day you stayed home from work (a.k.a. sickest day of the year).
  • While checking in on some runners, you think “I could totally run today, it’s sunny and beautiful outside”.
  • Then you plan a walk because the thought of running injured AND sick isn’t awesome.
  • You think you can walk 2k and even pull out your trusty buddy: Green Garmin

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  • Then your head starts to pound and you put your Garmin away and pop some Ibuprofen.
  • You re-evaluate your 2k walk to “I’ll just walk around the corner and get the mail”.
  • You lace up your OLD sneakers because why would you put on your new ones for “just a walk”.
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I SEE GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

  • Oh, fresh air is lovely and the sun is warm….you are probably getting some new freckles as you walk into the sun. Sunscreen…dammit, I forgot to put it on.
  • After you get the mail you decided to walk around the block, I mean…you’ve already made it outside AND got the mail you might as well get a few steps towards your daily 10,000 goal because Fitbit Flex is going to know you’ve been a lazy lizard today.
  • Then your head starts pounding and you pick up your walking pace because you just want to get home.
  • You may or may not read your husbands Canadian Running Magazine that arrived in the mail.

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  • You think about the rest of your day: picking up your kids, dinner, bath…it’s it bed time yet? When is Sai home again?
  • You dream about healthy days, somehow get the girls fed, bathed and in bed.
  • You go to bed.
  • 15 minutes after going to bed you realize you have KT tape in your running supplies…so you jump online to search “KT Tape hamstring” and attempt to tape your hamstring by night-light. WTF?
  • It doesn’t work so you just go to bed.

The current life of this mother runner 😉

PS – I went to the Osteopath yesterday and now HURT ALL OVER! Seriously, I hurt everywhere and she warned me I would feel like this. But it’s all good.

Good news: I can run after Friday. Bad news: I can’t run outside for 2 weeks. So Sunday’s ATF 5k is out and I’m okay with that because I can STILL run on my treadmill and focus on getting stronger.

Also good news: I think I got my appetite back 🙂

And last but not least – Thanks for all your positive comments on my long lasting hamstring injury. I appreciate your comments and ideas to get me better 🙂

Do you try to run when you are home sick?

Did you watch Boston? 

Do you keep your old sneakers for walking/house stuff?

 

Night Time Running

Slowly but shortly I’m getting back to the running I want to be doing. My husband got home yesterday which meant I am not on my own with the girls…..yeah! He’s going to be home every 4 days (essentially) since he now has a term position and regular schedule! No more 2-4 weeks on my own 🙂

Anyway….

Usually I run after the girls go to bed, which means starting my runs around 8 pm at night. After working all day, night-time stuff with the girls, dishes and sometimes checking emails/blog stuff, I go run. The real kicker is that Lilly falls asleep before she hits the pillow 99% of the time. Hilary is a different story. She likes to sing and play for a while which means I can’t go to run on the treadmill until she falls asleep. Some nights it’s after 8:15 when I jump on the treadmill.

Last night I really wanted to run. Mainly because I have an Osteopath appointment Thursday and know I have to take a few days rest afterwards. I figured if I could get a few runs in during the beginning of the week, that would be good.

Hilary decided last night would be a singing party in her bed. My husband said to me “when are you going to run, you should go now”. I had a little hesitation because Hilary wasn’t asleep yet then realized that I didn’t need to hang around because my husband was home! It felt so weird and great at the same time.

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3k Treadmill Run 

I jumped on the treadmill at 7:30, the earliest I’ve started my runs in forever. After running 3k, I jumped off and layered up as it’s still pretty frigging cold in Nova Scotia. I waited for my Green Garmin to catch the satellite and off I went.

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Yes, that is SNOW – FRESH SNOW!

 

First km: 5:36 Second km: 5:53 Third km: 5:44   {You know it’s hard putting a Garmin over a long-sleeved sweater AND jacket…I barely together}

I managed 3k outside just before the sun was gone. My lungs need to get used to the weather…or maybe it’s just the tail end of this cold. When I got back from my run, Saï asked how my run went and I replied with “awesome”.

So far my hamstring feels good. Not awesome but not terrible either. I’m hoping to run tonight and then see what the Osteopath can do for my injury tomorrow!

Oh – and the girls have slept 2 nights in a row…they are feeling a lot better! All we need now is some WARMER spring like temperatures to melt ALL the snow.

Ever run some of your mileage inside then finish the rest outside?

Are you having a hard time adjusting to the weather outside this spring?

For those with kids: Do your kids go to bed right away?

 

Running Favourites

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Irish Runner Chic to share some of my “Running Favourites”. So…here ya go…a little more about Piper!

1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?

My first choice would be outside on the road. I love me some fresh air and new freckles on my face 🙂 Sadly, due to crazy winter conditions and my stupid hamstring injury, I am running indoors on my BEAST of a treadmill that I do love.

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Me and THE BEAST

 

2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?

I run at night after our girls go to bed but if I had a choice I would probably run outside in the morning. Nothing like getting it done first thing in the morning and feeling great for the rest of the day! I also RUNCH = run at lunch time when my work schedule permits.

3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?

I’m going to say mild. Running in the heat zaps the life out of me. I do love the sunshine but enjoy the mild heat when I run.

This was a hot run last summer mid afternoon – not recommended (but the run was awesome!).

Last 14k for August (long run)

HOT SUMMER RUN 2014:  14k  

4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?

I would say I’m more of an “after” run fuel-er. Is fuel-er even a word? I’m a fan of Vega hydrator or straight up chocolate milk. I don’t usually fuel before a run, unless it’s water to keep hydrated.

I’ll take a GU when I’m on my longer runs – anything over 10k. It’s been months since I’ve had a GU (like last October during my half!). Hoping to change that this spring!

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5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?

No music for me when I run outside. If I’m on the treadmill, I always watch a show. I love wearing my Garmin on runs. I like seeing my stats (pace, longest run, PB’s etc.).

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6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?

Hell yah! I’m not much of a drinker anymore but I do love my food! When I run more, I am rungry more! Umm…I love chocolate…so I may or may not eat that a fair amount.

7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?

I sure enjoy my long runs (and miss them lately). I’m not very good at tempo runs. I enjoy intervals or Fartleks. Hill Repeats are something I dread but will enjoy once completed. I’m okay with progression runs but they are not my strength. I enjoy recovery/easy runs but sometimes find them hard to do because I just want to run fast.

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I’m hoping the 7 other bloggers I tag will join in the fun! If you haven’t heard of their blog before…check ’em out!

PS – They are Canadian…actually, they are all from Atlantic Canada. You know the part still covered in snow 😉

I tag:

Tracey – For The Love of Family

Molly – A Fresh Start for Molly 

Paul – Bagtown Blogtrotter

Heather – Girl Goes Running

Charlotte – Charflew23

Nicola – No Time Like The Present

Courtney – Runner Girl Fitness 

Do you reward yourself with food or wine post run?

Do you listen to music during your run?

What’s your favourite time of day to run?