Fall into Fit Gear Exchange!

About a month ago, I signed up to do a Fall into Fit Gear Exchange. I was given Janelle over at Wholly Healthy and I sent her a package of some new things and some old favourites. I forgot to take a picture, so you’ll have to check out her blog. 

I received a package from Brittany who recently became a fitness instructor in her spare time (way to go!). Brittany is the master-mind behind this fun exchange. She blogs over at My Mama Journey.

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It’s always a fun day when you get a package in the mail but when you forget you signed up for an exchange it’s even better. I sent off my packaged and it arrived at Janelle’s house on the West Coast and I kinda forgot I would be getting something in the mail, until the package arrived! It was sent in two shipments so I waited for the second package to arrive.

Well, let’s just say when I opened everything I was overwhelmed! Brittany couldn’t have known my any better. From the workout foam roller book to the skipping rope, tea, book and new recipes – well, it was all awesome. She also wrote me a super awesome note which I read just before heading off to run my 3rd half marathon. It was just the message I needed to read, so thank you for that Brittany.

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The tea’s are almost gone and the foam roller book has been opened and unopened many times. I love the note book and I’m pretty sure I have to many of them but I do use them all the time! Brittany, thanks for putting a lot of though into the exchange not to mention hosting it. I’m excited to give the skipping rope a go even though it looks so professional 🙂 I’m sure it will add it my fitness.

Post Half Marathon Run

In other news, I finally went for my first post half marathon run yesterday! Yes, it took me a full week to do, not because I didn’t want to but because my hamstring needed the rest and I was on the road all week for work. And…..it was great!

I was running out of time on Sunday but managed to get in a 5k run. I ran down the hill and out of our subdivision and made my way onto the trail (rails to trails) with the intentions of stopping at the grocery store on my way back. See, I needed an onion for dinner and my husband suggested I combine the two: get my run in and pick up an onion. Really, this was a win-win situation.

Oh  my way back I hit 4k and kept running at close to the grocery store as I could. I paused my Garmin and walked slowly behind a lady that was out for a Sunday walk I’m sure. Once I got in the store I briskly walked over to get an onion and then to the cash register….no lines! I quickly took out the $5 in the back of my skirt and paid for it. I’m pretty sure the cashier knew exactly what I was doing as she asked if I wanted a second bag to carry the onion it. Nope!

As I walked…okay I started to run up the ramp to leave the grocery store, I hit “resume” on my Garmin at the door! I hadn’t lost the satellite – BAM – just like that I was running again. I put the change in my back pocket and threw out the recipe in the garbage bin and kept on running.

I turned the corner with the onion in my hand was just loving my run. I hit the button to cross the street and started my trek back up the hill into my subdivision. Breathing hard, I kept my pace consistent and pushed the last few 100 metres.

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Somehow I managed a sub 30 minute 5k ….haven’t seen that in a while! 29:57 with a stop in the grocery store between kilometres 4 and 5…not too shabby! Even though I stretched well my hamstring was sore a few hours later…..what a friggin bummer. I iced it and that seemed to help but it’s not 100%. Gotta get it and my glutes stronger.

We also had a great weekend: swimming lessons for Lilly, jumping in piles of leaves, indoor soccer started for BOTH girls and just time as a whole family was awesome.

How was your weekend?

Ever exchange fitness gear with someone you didn’t know?

Do you use a skipping rope for training? (Got any workouts to share for this newbie?)

Summer Fit Gear Exchange {Canada}

One thing I love about the blogging community is how motivating it can be. A group of fitness/runners/healthy living bloggers are excited to share the Summer Fit Gear Exchange {Canadians only} lead by Brittany at Running Mama Journey. Check out below how to participate!

Summer Fit Gear Exchange 

Are you interested in a summer fitness gear exchange?  

To help fellow fitness enthusiasts reach their goals?  

To make new online friends and motivate others?

Blogging friends, join us to help keep other fellow fit Canadians motivated and excited about fitness and feeling good about where we each are on our path to living a healthy lifestyle.

“Gear” can be anything from: clothing, water bottles, food, head bands, hair clips, rehydration tablets, speed laces, notebooks, DVD’s, yoga accessories. Basically, you should find out what the person is into or share some of your favourite go to’s! Really, the items are endless that you can get.

Interested in participating? Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out this form to participate.  You’ll need to fill it out by June 7.
  2. Look for an email from me by June 10th with your pairing. It will also be fun if we commit to following all the participants so as part of this initial email I will include participants usernames for the various social media platforms.
  3. Email your partner by June 15th. This is the person who you’ll send “gear” to.  Get to know them a little! Introduce yourself.
  4. Don’t forget to send a little group love! Tweet, instagram, Facebook message not only your partner but @runningmamajourney and some of the others included in the email you received.
  5. Shop and have fun! You should spend $40 on the gear (this can include shipping costs roughly $10).
  6. Send your partner their gear, and include a motivational note. Ship package so that your partner receives their items by June 26th.
  7. If you’re a blogger, please write a Summer Fit Gear Exchange post to be live on July 6th. I’ll aim to have a link-up on my site just prior to this date.  Lets work together, and if you do not have a blog don’t worry! You are welcome to email mymamajourney@gmail.com to share your post (2-3 paragraphs and pictures showcased throughout the day on July 6th on http://runningmamajourney.com/ ).
  8. During the month, and when you promote your post on social media, please use #SummerFitGearExchange

Sign up and you will receive an email soon.

Hope you will join us, Piper 🙂

Have you ever done a fitness gear exchange? Or other exchange?

Tis the Season to Shovel Snow

I’m just like a kid when it comes to snow, as soon as it hits the ground I get excited. Excited for the fun the lies ahead but also for the physical activities that can take place. Now I’m not just talking about skiing or building snow men but more about shoveling snow. {don’t stop reading now….I’m not that crazy}.

A few years ago I worked at an Outdoor Centre in Ontario, where my husband and I met. For over 5 years, I worked outdoors in the cold, in the rain, in the heat of summer but most of all I LOVED working during the winter season. After a few major storms I grew really tried of shoveling the snow on our three rinks. However, I feel like our staff mastered how to quickly clear off our rinks in time for the programs to start in such an effective and almost scientific way.

I had a love-hate relationship with shoveling snow.

Fast forward a few years and owning our own house and longest of long driveways ever…I now really enjoy shoveling my driveway. Now, we do have a snow blower but it’s so unpredictable and I’ve had many nights that it just wouldn’t work for me no matter what tricks I tried. But that good old faithful shovel never quit on me.

To work in the outdoor field you NEED TO have good gear or your toes, fingers and body, or you will freeze to death. A snow storm means dressing up in my outdoor gear, facing the elements of snow in my face and a sore upper body the next day but that’s okay. It’s almost that same feeling after an amazing run or fantastic workout at the gym – you feel great. I enjoy shoveling snow.

Snow fall last Sunday (Dec 15/13)

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Why? I guess mainly because I like being active. I like finding creative ways to get a workout in and shoveling snow is definitely a workout. I like the satisfaction of seeing the driveway full of snow and then the end result of it being clear. I like fresh air, cold and rosy cheeks and being outside. I like the challenge of shoveling lots of snow, even if I curse it and shed a few tears from exhaustion.

Snow storm yesterday (Dec 18/13)

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Do you like shoveling snow?

What would be your dream job? {Mine was working outdoors}

What’s one thing most people don’t like to do, that you do like?