Where is Piper’s Run Today?

One thing I like about the blogging community is the opportunity to learn, share and support one another. Today, I’m a guest blogger over at Ange’s blog – CowGirlRuns 🙂 She’s off gallivanting … kidding, she’s running an Ultra Ragnar – Good luck! I thought it would be fun to write about running on the east coast of Canada instead of the west coast where she lives. You can check it out here –> Running East Coast.

I also write over at Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family. Recently, I wrote about making sensory bottles – aka time out bottles. You can read more of my TOTS Family blog posts here.

Since I’m doing some shout outs, I finally updated my Piper’s Run Facebook Page

PR FB #2 Nov cover 2014

 You can also follow me on Twitter (no fancy picture there) and Pinterest.

And on Instagram…. last photo shared:

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Having a hot chocolate while I wait for my car.

Do you write for other blogs regularly? 

Do you write random guest posts for other bloggers, yes or no?

Any weekend plans? Mine are to get my family healthy again and time with my hubby (no kids!)

Share your social pages or blog links in the comments below. (Please and thank-you)

Cheers, Piper 🙂

 

Blogging on bloggin’

I’m excited to share a post I wrote for “Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family” blog today.

If you’ve been following Piper’s Run for a while, you may know that I am passionate about being physical active and wanting to instill that in my girls. This past year I joined TOTS – Family and am writing an article once a month with a focus around physical activity and sometimes vegan eating; you can see my other articles here under guest posts.

My post when up today called  “A Little Dirt on Your Dress Can’t Hurt – Girls Who Play in Dirty Grow Up Healthier”.

TOTS Family

It’s funny, I write this blog (Piper’s Run), yet I’m shy when it comes to sharing it on my personal Facebook page. Weird, I know. I shared my TOTS – Family post today on my personal Facebook and Piper’s Run Facebook because I’m starting to get a little more comfortable with writing and sharing my thoughts.

It’s hard not to share when you have cuties like this:

Lilly, Mommy and Hilary

Lilly, Mommy and Hilary

Do you share your blog posts on your personal Facebook?

Do you share OTHER blog posts on your personal Facebook page?

A Little Planning For A Lot of Fun {guest post}

It’s summer time which means V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!! Who doesn’t love  a vacation especially with your family?  Today I am hosting a guest blogger – Kendra.  She has some great tips on planning for your vacation and keeping it simple. Enjoy her great tips and happy vacationing this summer 🙂 

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Every year I look forward to our family vacation.  My goal is that everyone has a good time without sacrificing the good habits we practice at home.  There are some tricks to ensuring a good time and healthy habits.

Orlando

1. Family Friendly Hotels

I do not want to spend an afternoon dragging cranky kids around a theme park.  A good night’s sleep is key to making sure everyone has a good time.  While I am all about saving money, sometimes it is worth spending a little extra to stay at a family friendly hotel that offers quiet hours and ensures a good night’s sleep. I enjoy using Gogobot to sift through authentic reviews to find really beneficial information. I found a list of so many great reviews about Orlando hotels and resorts that have free continental breakfasts for kids and quiet hours policies at night!

2. There’s No Place Like Home

When I travel with babies and small children, I always bring their favorite blanket, pillow, or sheets.  If they have a favorite night light or book, I bring that as well.  Pack anything that is part of your established nighttime routine, so the child feels more at home.  I have found it easier to keep them on their routine if the hotel room feels like home.

3. Sweet Treats

The best way to avoid sweet cravings is to reward a child with a small sweet treat.  I always carry a small treat like pudding or cookies to fend off a sweet craving.  Usually, we celebrate “we’re halfway there” with a small sugary snack to stave off any big craving.  This is a great way to avoid the candy machine at a rest stop or airport store.  If you have to grab something fast, you should know what some of your healthiest fast choices are!

4. Keeping Those Hands Clean

Germs are everywhere.  Anytime you visit a public space and touch something like a doorknob, ATM, or that cute little Minnie Mouse purse in the gift shop, you are picking up germs.  I always carry a small container of an alcohol based sanitizer in my purse or carry on to make sure that we do not spread any of these germs to our mouth, if a bathroom to wash our hands is not readily available.  Can you guess the worst place for germs?  A bathroom on an airplane is the worst.

5. Time

I have found the best thing I can take on our family vacation is time.  My children love to explore, stop and stare, talk to other children, and use every bathroom they pass.  They do not enjoy being told they have to hurry to make a flight or be somewhere on time.  I have noticed when I factor in plenty of time; the little things do not stress me out.

As I start to plan my family’s vacation, I want everything to be perfect.  There are always unexpected things that come up, but with a little preplanning they do not seem so insurmountable.

Thanks Kendra for sharing your tips on traveling with a family!

You can find Kendra on Twitter and her website: http://www.thorntonpr.com/

Kendra Thornton

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

{guest post} Fallen Off the Workout Wagon?

Today’s Sweat Pink Ambassador guest post is from Lindsay at Sweet N Sweat.

Have you fallen off the fitness wagon? Ready to get back on, but you need that extra little push and some guidance? Look no further! Here are some tips to get you moving!

o   Address why you went ‘astray’: Do you know why you stopped? Make a list of things that you feel were holding you back. Don’t feel bad about them. Just be honest with yourself and write them down. No biggie.

o   Dig into the problem: Look at your list. Start at number one. Let’s say your number one excuse was “I don’t have the time.” Think about it. Is that true? Everyone is busy. You just need to make the time. Do you need to get up a bit earlier to fit something in? Are you worried about being tired? Well, to put it bluntly (I do that a lot), if you want something bad enough you will find and make the time to it. Simple as that. Go through your list and write down a possible solution to each one.

o   Make it exciting again: When I start to feel dumpy I like to rearrange my workout room. Now I know, not everyone is a spoiled brat like I am and has their own workout room. But if you dig change and it makes you feel refreshed like it does for me then go ahead! Maybe you could rearrange your living room if you workout in there or your bedroom. Whatever!

o   New clothes: Go shopping and buy a new outfit or a piece of clothing that you will feel confident, comfortable, and strong in. Maybe some new shoes? Or socks? I love new socks. I’m strange.

o   New goals: Have your goals changed or stayed the same? Regardless, make a new goal sheet. Still have weight to lose or are you trying to build muscle? Make short-term and long-term goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure and write down you want to lose 25 pounds in two weeks. Be healthy and realistic.

o   New plan: Are you tired of your workout program in general? Maybe you just need to find a new plan of action. With your new goals in front of you, think about what you could do to help get you there. Do you have the right program and tools to lose weight (or whatever your goal may be). I like to switch up my programs every three months or so. That way I won’t get bored or plateau.

o   Support: Make sure the people in your life are supportive of your new lifestyle. Talk to them and share your goals. Not only will sharing your goals make you feel more accountable, but saying them out loud will set them in stone. If your family and/or friends are not supportive, well then that’s their problem. Not yours.

Don’t every feel guilty or silly for putting yourself first. Last time I checked, we only get one body. Do you want to go through life complaining about how you look or feel? Nope. So, now is your chance to do something about it. It’s all you! I can’t say this enough; you are worth every minute and every bead of sweat. Every sacrifice you make will only make you a stronger person inside and out. I guarantee it.

Don’t wait until the New Year to work on you (think how far ahead of the game you could be by then!). Start now. You are worth it. Forget about the excuses and just do it!  If you need help with any of these feel free to contact me at sweetsnsweat@gmail.com . You can also visit my blog for more tips and motivation. Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook!

Take care, Lindsay

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Thank you Lindsay for being a guest blogger on Piper’s Run today.

Don’t forget to check out SweetnSweat Blog or her Facebook page.

{guest post} Balancing Life and Working Out

Today’s guest post is from Larissa from Larissa Milano Fitness.

Balancing Live and Working Out

One of the biggest struggles that people have is balancing their work life and family life while still having time to workout. Being a part time personal trainer, full time legal secretary and full time wife it gets really hard sometimes finding that “me time”. I can only imagine how much harder it is for those of you with kids (I’ll be there with ya in the next year or two 🙂 .

Keeping up with your own fitness is so important not only for your body but for your mind too! I know when I have had a rough day the first thing I want to do is go hit the gym or go for a run. It is my way of decompressing and working on myself. Considering how important my workouts are I wanted to share a few tips on what helps me to make sure I get my workouts in.

  1. Always plan your workout! When you schedule time for yourself it is a lot easier to stick to it. There will be the times where it just isn’t going to work and that’s ok. What is most important is the other 90% of the time that it does.
  2. Figure out what times work best for you. Personally I like working out in the evening but have a higher chance of not doing it. By time I am home the last thing I want to do is leave my hubby again. Mornings are hard but then it is done and I feel great!
  3. Make sure your family/significant other is on board. It is very difficult to make that time for yourself when you don’t have support at home. Let you family know how important this is to you and how it helps you to be a happier/healthier person.
  4. Set your clothes out the night before. Just like planning for the next day of work, having your workout clothes ready and waiting for you makes it that much easier to get to the gym in the morning.
  5. Set your alarm clock across the room. Make it so you have to get out of bed to turn your alarm clock off. Well now your out of bed so you might as well get that workout in 😉
  6. Involve your family. Get your family involved in a local run and all enjoy it together. Or plan weekend hiking trips/ workout afternoons. Make it fun for your kids and they will want to join in all the time

I hope these tips will help you to balance life and getting some personal time. Sometimes life can get crazy but you just need to get crafty 🙂

~ Larissa

A BIG Thank you to Larissa for being a guest today on Piper’s Run. Make sure you check out her blog here: Larissa Milano Fitness. These are some great tips that I try to use.

Larissa’s Bio:

Larissa with Larissa Milano Fitness is a personal trainer and bootcamp coach. Her passion is training others to help them reach their fitness goals. On her blog you will find great workouts, recipes and awesome giveaways.

www.larissamilanofitness.com

www.twitter.com/lmilanofitness

www.facebook.com/larissamilanotraining

#SweatPink Shoelace {Giveaway}

If I could choose one thing to do today it would be to go for the longest, hardest run that I could. My body is aching for a good long, challenge run. But at 37 weeks pregnant, it’s just not possible for me to do so – even though my mind is wanting to my body needs rest (at least that’s what my Dr. say’s). So a little prenatal yoga and little walks it is for me.

Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to join the Sweat Pink crew with Fit Approach as an Ambassador. Since becoming a sweat pink ambassador I moved into my third trimester of this pregnancy and have been limited to what workouts I can do 😦

You know, for a girl who’s pretty active (running at lunch time to fit one in, working out at home while our toddler sleeps and finding any excuse to walk a little more), it’s been pretty hard limited my “fitness” recently. But I know I’ll get back into a routine once this baby arrives and I’m feeling good to do so.

In the mean time, I have two sweet pairs of Sweat Pink “Pink Laces” to giveaway!!!

sweat pink ambassador

To win a pair of pink laces:

Leave a comment telling me how you get your “sweat pink” on AND why?

(Why are you active?)

I will pick two winners on Friday November 30th 2012 at noon (Atlantic Time Zone).

(Unless I am having our baby, then I will pick to random winners ASAP).

Open to those in Canada or US. Contest open for 1 week, winners chosen at random.

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Check out my Blog Roll for more Sweat Pink Ambassadors

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I have a few awesome Sweat Pink ladies guest posting this month and next. I’ll have one per week this month so be sure to check back and read their posts.

You can read the first two here:

Molly’s Motivation.

Are We There Yet? Running With Passengers

And check back for more Sweat Pink Ambassadors each week.

Cheers, Anna from Piper’s Run

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Guest post: Are we There Yet? Running with Passengers

Today’s guest post is from Sarah at Run, Mommy, Run.

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I’ve considered the last six of my 12 years of being a runner to be my “mommy runner” years, meaning I’ve had company with me.  And no, not your typical running buddy.  My company required snacks, toys, and frequent potty breaks.

It all began in 2006.  No longer trying to perfect the art of running with a baby bump, I now had to face the challenge of running with an actual baby.  With a husband that works a crazy schedule and no immediate family in my area to help out, leaving the baby at home wasn’t an option.  And with running being my go-to stress reliever, means of losing baby weight, and pretty much favorite activity in the world, I wasn’t about to give it up or trade that time in for workout DVDs in my living room while baby napped.  And so, a mommy runner was born.

Six years, thousands of miles, and an additional kid later, I’m still running strong.  We’ve moved from a single stroller to a double and my 4 year old and 6 year old have not only become Mommy’s running buddies, but my race buddies as well.  I’m constantly having other mothers stop and ask, “How do you do that?  How can you run so much with them?”  The journey to mommy runner hasn’t always been easy and I’ve definitely faced my challenges.  But over time we’ve found a nice groove and you can too.

Start young.  This is particularly important for new mothers.  Start running with your babies while they are young.  The earlier you start and make it a routine, the easier it is for your child to adapt and grow to expect it.  Running with mommy will just be another part in their day, and if they are used to it they will like it more.  That being said, don’t start too young.  You want to make sure you’ve gotten the good-to-go from your doctor before you start running for the first time if you have just recently given birth.  You also don’t want to plop a newborn baby down in a jogger.  It is recommended that you wait until the baby is around 6 months of age and able to sit up and support themselves before running with a stroller.  I used the treadmill lot during the first six months.  To be on the safe side, be sure to speak with your pediatrician before you begin running with your baby if he or she is under six months of age.

Buy the expensive stroller.  Normally I’m all for saving money, but this is one time in your life you are going to want to splurge, especially if you plan on putting a lot of miles on your stroller or plan to race with your stroller.  For starters, make sure you get a jogging stroller, which is made for running.  Try not to faint at that three digit price tag.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  Most have only three wheels with the front wheel locked.  There are several excellent strollers on the market, and every mama is going to have a different opinion on them.  Take the time to try them out and see which one you like best and which one your child likes best.  I spent a good hour pushing my daughter around REI in joggers before buying my double.  You’ll get some funny looks, but it will be worth it to get the one that best fits your needs.

Don’t be afraid to overpack. There’s nothing more discouraging than getting you and baby all ready for a running, heading out the door, and realizing you forgot something.  Pack heavy.  Take a water bottle for both you and your kiddo and a few snacks as well.  If it’s even slightly chilly pack hats, mittens, jackets, blankets.  Whatever you don’t bundle up the munchkin in you can shove in the compartment underneath.  In the summer, pack plenty of sunscreen for the both of you.  Pack toys and try not to get too upset when the toys are dropped…a lot.  And I do mean a lot.  You’re going to stop and pick them up at least 10 times.  Just try to keep in mind a happy, playing child is better than a screaming, crying child.

Make it fun.  The main reason most young children don’t like to ride in the stroller for a long period of time is because it’s boring.  My longest run to date was nearly 14 miles and with both kids.  That’s a long ways in a small child’s mind.  They have to sit still, they can’t get out, and they are there a long time.  Try and make the run as fun as you can.  Rather than use your iPod headphones, use the speakers and have a sing-a-long while you run.  If your child is old enough, make a list of things you might see while on a run and have him or her check them off as you do.  Make up games.  A favorite game of my daughter is to figure out how many miles we are running total, then figure out how many miles we have left.  She counts off each mile and practices a little math without even realizing it.  And run in interesting places.  This won’t only make the time go by faster for them, it will help you too.  Make a habit of literally running errands.  Run with your children to the post office grocery store, etc.  You’ll make more use out of your time and they will think it’s fun and silly to run to such random places rather than drive the car.  It’s also a great way to explore your city.  You’ll be amazed at how much small children take in while being a passenger and you may just find some new places to visit.

Reward a long run. And not just for you.  If you are having your kiddos sit in the stroller for an hour or more, take a few minutes to let them play at the park when you are done.  They can run around and play while you rehydrate and stretch.  Almost every one of my weekend long runs that I do with my children finishes at the park for about 30 minutes of play time.  They know that and have learned over the years that’s what happens at the end of the run.  So gone are the days of “Are we there yet?” They sit patiently (for the most part) knowing that when I’m done they get their turn.

 

Bribery does not make you a bad mom.  In a perfect world, our children would ride in our strollers, happily cheering mommy on as she runs.  But in the real world, especially when our children grow older and more vocal, sometimes the only sounds coming from them are whining.  There will come a day when you desperately want to run and your child, for whatever reason, feels the need to annoy you.  By all means, bribe the kid.  It will not make you a bad mom, it will make you a less tense mom who is loving her runner’s high.  Your bribe doesn’t have to be big, just something that’s good enough to make the little guy want to sit still just a little bit longer.  A personal favorite of mine is ice cream…partially because I like ice cream after I run on a hot day.  But even simple things like promising to play a game when we get home tend to get the job done.  The thing to remember with a little bit of bribery is that you have to keep your word. Nothing’s going to make your child hate running with mommy more than thinking a ride in the stroller equals disappointment.

Technology does not make you a bad mom either.  Sure when we were kids we were forced to sit through hours of boring events without a smart phone to entertain us, but that doesn’t mean our kiddos have to suffer the same fate.  They are blessed with a world of technology, and whipping out the iPhone is a surefire way to finish your run.  Don’t feel too guilty.  I’m sure, if given the chance, our parents would have done the same.  I prefer to save technology for only dire circumstances where I feel I have to do something.  For example, mile eight of a 12 mile run and a brother and sister that are about to battle to the death.  I certainly don’t give them my phone on every run, but at the same time I don’t hesitate when I need to pull out the big guns.  If you are still feeling guilty about too much screen time for your little one, find some educational shows or apps so they can learn a little while they play.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Yes, we’d all love it if every run went perfectly and we ran our best.  More than likely that won’t happen with a stroller.  The sooner you accept it, the happier you’ll be.  I’m not saying you won’t PR with a stroller.  One of my fastest two mile runs was with the double jogger as well as one of my fastest 10K races.  But unfortunately, more often that not, something goes off plan when you are a mommy runner.  Something falls out of the stroller, someone has to potty, a baby spits up or needs to nurse, juice gets spilled, diapers need changed, someone wants to run only to discover 10 feet later that they no longer want to run with mommy…the list is endless, really.  These things are fine and a normal part of motherhood.  Don’t let them discourage you from running with your little one.  Remember that one day that little one won’t be so little, and you’ll have lots of time to run solo then.  For now, clean up that spilled juice with a smile on your face and keep in mind that pushing a heavy stroller may just make you faster when race day comes.   I trained for my first half marathon doing over half of my training runs with my double jogger.  I was extremely happy with how well I raced on race day.  Although I’ll admit there were several times along the 13.1 mile course that I had to control the need to talk out loud and point out all of the interesting sights.

Just like any other area of motherhood, being a mommy runner is a juggling act and takes a little trial and error.  But with practice and patience, you’ll be pushing your happy kiddos and getting plenty of miles in.  Over time you’ll be amazed at how much they enjoy going for runs with mommy and you may even surprise yourself with how far you can push that stroller.  You’ll smile as other mamas see you out there in all your glory, pushing your little one.  And you’ll be filled with pride when the day comes, and it will come, where you pass a group of male runners with your stroller in tow.  Feel free to flash them a slightly cocky smile.  You earned it.

Thanks so much Sarah for being a Guest Blogger today.

I’ve sure learned what my future running will be like with 2 kiddies in tow.

Don’t forget to check out Run, Mommy, Run – it’s a great blog.