My Best 5k (in a while)

If you’ve been following Piper’s Run for a while now (or know me in person), you know that I have set some goals for myself this year.

  • Sub-30 5k
  • Sub -60 1ok
  • Run my second 1/2 Marathon

For those of you that are newbies to Piper’s Run – I’ve been running for a long time…on an off, in between soccer and ski season, two pregnancies and two babies later….I’m still running 🙂

I recently hit one of my goals! I went out for a run Saturday afternoon while my husband was home with the girls. I was planning on running 7km so I could average my week’s kilometers at 20 for #ATWRBR2014 challenge. Mission accomplished (62km for the month so far!).

spring run sub 30 - 2A

My run took me out of my subdivision and onto a trail as I didn’t want to run on the main road with cars driving by at 70km/h. It made me nervous so I thought the trail would be a good option for part of my run!

The trail was completely snow-covered and was much longer then I remembered. I dodged between hard icy-snow packed ground and granular snow pellets that you’d sink your feet in….every…single….step. It wasn’t easy and my pace slowed down significantly…I even had to stop once (to take this photo, of course)


Check out the trail!

I kept running. I got onto the sidewalk and my legs noticed the difference right away! My legs moved faster and my body wasn’t in stress mode, a.k.a – watching every step I took so I wouldn’t fall on the ice/snow.

I ran until I couldn’t run anymore on a sidewalk and then turned around. I noticed my time and how far I had gone and thought I would be close to 30 minutes for 5k. I put my head down and focused … actually I told myself to count to 50 and then I could look at my watch again and re-assess where I was.

After I counted to 50, I looked at my watch and it read 4.94 km and 29 minutes and some odd seconds….so I picked up my pace and sprinted the last .06 of a km. When my Green Garmin beeped at me to tell my that “lap” or kilometer was done, I looked at my watch.

29:39 – 5k and then I walked for a few seconds in relief and the satisfaction of accomplishment sank in 🙂 I’ve worked hard to get here and I was really, really happy. I started to run again, even up the massive steep hill. I practices my “special” running technique my coach gave me for hills and it worked! I kept running until my Green Garmin hit 7km. Boy, was I a happy runner…….and may have had a little tear in my eye.

sub 30 stats march 22 14 - 2A

No, it wasn’t a race.

No, it wasn’t a competition with someone else.

It was a simple goal I set for myself months ago and finally achieved!

I felt great.

I’m on my way and enjoying this ride.

Have you ever got emotional from achieving a goal you worked towards?

Do you count training runs as PB?

What’s your favourite colour for running gear? 

Mine is purple…I feel like everything I have is purple…besides my green garmin that is.

5k – All In A Day’s Work

Last week, I managed to get outside a few times. I had a challenging run during lunch one day and then completed 5k but it wasn’t while running! How does one manage to get 5k in without running at all?

Cross Country Skiing! 

I had to meet with a co-worker last Wednesday to connect on a few projects and somehow managed to run their staff through a basic cross-country ski lesson. You see, when I worked at the Outdoor Centre (where my husband and I met) that was my job….to teach cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing, winter camping, fire building, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes etc). Yes, lucky me 🙂

So before our sit down meeting, I did the basic lesson and massively embarrassed myself when I face planted while double poll planting 😦 After the lesson we went on the trail and ended up skiing just over 5k (thanks to my Green Garmin).  We then had our sit down meeting and that was my afternoon at work!

Feet of Piper's Run

The awesome activity doesn’t stop there. I had another meeting with someone else Thursday afternoon during the women’s gold medal game. Why, oh why, did I book the meeting then, I’ll never know, but I was able to listen to the crazy intense game on my radio while driving to and from the meeting. Let’s just say I was on the edge of my car seat for the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period. Well done ladies!

Back to my meeting. I arrive and instead of a sit down meeting we had a walking meeting. YES! We walked for 40 minutes outside and discussed everything that we needed to, then went inside to chat for another 20 minutes and warmed up as the wind was fairly cold. Thursday was supposed to be my “rest day” from any activity but it was kinda nice to get a good power walk in during my work day. Bonus!

If only I could have walking meetings every day 🙂 

Does your job every have you being active?

Have you ever had a “walking meeting” before? 

Did you enjoy the Olympics, happy it’s over or can’t wait for the Paralympics to start March 7th ???

This Happened Today

I’m pretty excited about this happening earlier today:

Fastest 5k Feb 2 2014 AS

Yup, I managed to take off 2 minutes AND four seconds from my last 5k run (32:46). Like I said, I’m pretty happy about this. Looks like I might be able to reach my 5k goal after all!

Green Garmin your now in competition with “The Beast” (a.k.a. treadmill) now 🙂

Anyone run this weekend?

Who’s watching the Superbowl?

Who’s NOT watching it ? 


Finally Increased my Mileage

I missed an opportunity to run Monday at lunch and was a little bummed about it. For some reason I thought running in the rain with potential freezing rain might be a bad idea. Then I drove to work Monday and saw a number of people running and the freezing rain didn’t happen. Dang! Missed the boat!

Yesterday I had driven to a meeting that was 1.5 hours away (one way) and found out after driving for 1h and 15 minutes that it had been cancelled earlier in the morning because of the snow we were getting. They forgot to add my email to the cancellation email that was sent out, so I didn’t know it was cancelled 😦 I turned around and drove back to the office and finished my day early since I had spent my lunch hour driving.


Awesome driving

The whole drive back I kept thinking that a run would be just what I needed. A little, mental health run to rid myself of the day’s stress. So I called my husband and asked him to pick up the girls so I could run when I got home.

This is what the weather was calling for: Winds at 30 km/h, gusting to 50 and a temperature of -9C (plus windchill).

I bundled up and went anyway.

The plan was to run from my house to the highway and back. My silly Green Garmin wouldn’t catch at satellite so I had to go on MapMyRun to see how far I actually ran. I finally managed to run over 5k!!!!

The run out was great…cold but I had the wind at my back and it was awesome. No walking breaks at all, that made me happy. I ran to just before the highway as the sidewalks stop and I wasn’t going to run against traffic on the main road in town just for a few extra feet. I turned around into the crazy wind and made my way back.

Since my buddy (Garmin) wasn’t working I had not idea of my pace 😦 but ran for around 40 minutes and managed to clock 6.17 km! Yeah, me! It felt great to run that distance.

I got home and met my husband and girls in the driveway and went inside.

I think my face was frozen because it felt numb.

My thighs were SO red from the cold.

However, my head was in a better space. Oh running, how I love what you do for me.

Have you been stuck at the same mileage?

What did you do to get out of it?