The Key is just Being Active

The other night I took Lilly to her soccer practice with Hilary in tow. It’s always entertaining when I take both girls somewhere as Hilary doesn’t like to sit still. Okay, it’s more entertaining for other people not me. I’m not sure which one ran around more during that one hour  soccer practice but I do know they both had a blast.

Lilly was with her friends and listening to her coach while Hilary and I walked the track with her friend and parent and another mom. All of our children go to day care together and will be in the same school in September!

We walked the track together and got to know each other a little more. What we did for work, what our husbands did, sleep challenges with our kids etc. Eventually we got talking a little more and I learned that one was a “gym rat” (her words not mine) and the other is starting her first Learn to run 5k in August! They learned that I like to run, a lot 😉

After walking a few laps the little ones wanted to get out of their strollers to play in the sand pit/kick the soccer ball around too. I got thinking about gyms and they are not a place I frequent very often. When I’m visiting my family, I do like to hit up GoodLife Fitness, especially the female only gyms.

We have three local gyms within 10-30 minutes of where I live but I just haven’t brought myself to look into them. I love to run and be outdoors. I love to be active with our girls all year round. I do value what a gym can offer people and I do value the opportunities that it can lead to.

This next statement has always been something that I believed in and use in the work I do daily. The key piece is that “being active” is important no matter what activity you are doing. Being “active” at the gym, outside, inside, with people, without, on a plan, fly by the seat of your pants – it’s all good. It’s all good because you are making yourself healthier and happier.

My run on Thursday sucked (sorry, Mom) but it did. I honestly hated it. I looked at my watch WAY too much. I stopped a few times to catch my breath after a long hill. I even stopped once because I just didn’t want to run – even though I was ½ a km away from being done my run. Once I finished and had a chance to cool down, I was relieved it was over.  Though I wasn’t happy at the time, I sure was happy after I got my activity in.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m super thankful I can run and that I could do so on my lunch break, rather than 8:30 at night. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t good and it was far from awesome. BUT – I was active. And that’s all that matters!

Does it matter to you what people do to be active?

Do you like going to gyms?

Do you like to workout with others or on your own?

Fun Stuff Friday!

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!! I’m really looking forward to our weekend start in a few hours. We have our last swimming lesson, a birthday party, Sai is home and we’ve got the BBQ lined up! I’m trying to ignore the rain that is falling down as I write this and thinking of sunshine all weekend long.

Update on my hamstring: I had a fantastic treadmill run Wednesday night, no pain 🙂 However, my leg is still tender from the cupping – oh well…..I’m just hoping that it helps me get better…pain is temporary – right?!?!

Okay, here are some fun friday things for you:

1. For those of you who don’t live in Canada, I wanted to share this article with you!!!! Check out this article “Gorgeous places to RUN in Canada”I’ve let to run in any of these places but might add these to my list of places and races to run at some point in my life. I *might* be able to tick off Appin Road in Prince Edward Island this summer. Fingers crossed.

2. GoodLife is challenging Canadians to stay active with a nation-wide campaign and contest called “Random Acts of Fitness”!

With the warmer weather upon us, Canadians are taking their fitness outdoors so we want to capture that enthusiasm and share it with as many people as possible. As an added incentive, we’ve created a contest element, which could land you and a friend an exciting prize.

How to enter: It couldn’t be easier….simply snap a photo of yourself doing outdoor activities and share it on Instagram or Twitter using  #FitCanadian to be entered to win the following:

One person will win:

  • A one year GoodLife Fitness membership and a LifeChanger for you and a friend
  • Team Training at GoodLife Fitness for you and a friend
  • $500 Reebok gift card

For more details you can go here, contest ends August 31st.

In other news…..

3. Last week, ParticipACTION released the 2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth. Basically, we need to get children and youth OUTDOORS MORE!!!!

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For those with kids, how much time do your kids spend outside? 

And the Women’s World Cup has been pretty awesome. I regrettably did not purchase tickets to watch some games in Moncton…and am kicking my butt now. whomp whomp But, I have lots of friends attending some games and they are loving it! Go CANADA GO!

Canadians – have you run in any of the locations in Canadian Running Magazine’s article?

Non-Canadian Residents – any places on the list (in article) that you’d want to check out?

Do your children get enough DAILY physical activity?

As an adult – do YOU get enough DAILY physical activity?

Have a great weekend. 

Cheers, Piper!

Weekly Workouts, Hamstring Update & Upcoming Races!

It’s been another good week of running/workouts. I’ve been working hard on getting my hamstring back to 100% and signed up for two races!

Monday: I had the quickest workout at GoodLife Gym. Did 15 minutes on the bike and then ran 3k. I wanted to run more but ran out of time as I had to get back on the road with our girls. Though it was quick, I was happy to get it in.

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Tuesday: Ran 6k; 3k on the treadmill and 3k outside before the sun set. Both were great runs!

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Wednesday: Ran 7k on the treadmill. It was a slow run and felt like it took forever for some reason.

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Thursday: Osteopath appointment – not allowed to workout for 3-4 days. Everything on my right side was pulling my hamstring which was causing the pain when I sit. Hopefully I’m all good to go and will see some improvements in my hamstring. I already feel better than before.

Friday: Required rest day.

Saturday: Required rest day thought I managed 12,270 steps on my Fitbit. We had a busy day with the girls. Swimming lessons for Lilly and Hilary decided to climbing the stairs a ba-gillion times (I was exhausted), then a play date in the afternoon!

Sunday {today}: An easy day (hopefully). I’m hoping to get an easy 3-4k run on the treadmill at some point today if the girls will cooperate 😉

Hamstring Update:

My hamstring is feeling good. As mentioned my whole right side of my body was out of whack, so said the Osteopath. That’s why I was still feeling lots of pulling on my hamstring and my glutes were pulling as well on my hip flexors etc. So far so good.

I’ve been doing little things over the last few weeks to try and feel better:

  • Sitting on an exercise ball at work
  • Using my stand up desk at home more and at work when I can
  • Foam rolling EVERY day
  • Doing my PT exercises and squats every day

I’m hoping to get back to a regular running/workout schedule that includes a new workout (see tomorrow’s book review post) and bringing back yoga. I had to stop yoga because it was over stretching my muscles and I was having MORE pulling/pain.

Races

I’ve registered for two races! The first one is the ATF 5k {local run and fundraiser} that I ran last year; you can read about that here. I also signed up for the Bluenose Marathon 10k, which I also ran last year; you can read about that here. My plan is to take them easy and finish without any pain. Last year I PB’d at both races; 28:00 at ATF 5k and 57:17 at Bluenose 10k. PB’s are not on the agenda right now; pain-free running is.

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Over all, another good week of running, resting and getting my hamstring stronger. Make sure to come back tomorrow for a running book review!

Weather report: Though we still have a TONE of snow, it’s finally warming up. It’s going to be plus 8 degree Celsius today and tomorrow it’s going to be +13C – WOAH! Melt snow melt!

How was your weekend?

Sign up for any races/runs?

Do you still have snow where you live?

PSS – I wrote this post twice – lost the first one because I forgot to hit save…ALWAYS hit save 😉

That Time My Husband Convinced Me….

To give his Vega protein shake a try!

Last Saturday I planned on running my “long run” once the girls got to bed. Hilary decided she wanted to party just a little longer and didn’t fall asleep until 8:15pm which meant my run started later than I wanted.  C’est la vie!

I jumped on the treadmill and knocked out 8 kilometers. Yeah, I know, 8 might not be that much but with my injured hamstring that’s a lot for me.

My whole run I felt strong. I felt like I was running tall, you know…like I had really good posture. I was able to pick up my speed and slow down when I felt I pushed enough. I always try to run the last kilometer faster than any other, even if it’s just the last .5km and that felt great. Maybe it was my new pumps, who knows?!?!

Prior to the run I thought about making a smoothie as I bought lots of fresh fruit earlier in the day. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and bananas – yum. Honestly, I think that’s what motivated me to get through my run.

When I finished I message Sai and told him I finished 8k. He suggested I make a protein shake with his Vega powder. Hummmm….I dunno about that one, Sai. I really wanted my smoothie. After a solid 10 minute conversation back and forth I decided I’d go with the shake.

I’ve tried it before I really didn’t like it. Pretty much one of the only Vega products I didn’t like which was disappointing. Having said that I made a protein shake with the following:

  • Soy Chocolate Milk (Silk brand) – 60%
  • Skim Milk – Lactose Free – 20%
  • Vega Chocolate Protein Powder – 20%

Why did I break it up like that? Well, I ran out of chocolate milk and I didn’t want to water it down so I figured my lactose free milk would “fill it up”. With a gulp of it in my mouth, I found it wasn’t too bad! I actually liked it and couldn’t notice the flavour of the grainy-like powder. I liked it so much that I drank the WHOLE THING…600ml of protein shake!

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Then I proceeded to lay on the floor for a while because I was SO overfull of liquid I couldn’t move. Lesson learned…don’t make so much.

Since we are heading to the city for my Dad’s birthday this weekend, I’m hoping to hit up GoodLife Fitness and might bring along my new favourite Vega chocolate protein powder with me. I will just remember to not make so much 😉

Do you drink protein drinks after running/working out?

What’s your favourite and why?

What’s the worst one you’ve ever tried?

{Note – Not a sponsored post by Vega. I just took the Chocolate Vega Powder from my husband’s stash, Thanks Sai!}