Unknown Motivation

Sometimes it can be a challenge to motivate yourself to get out and run. It’s still cold out right now (short lived winter vortex happening) and this is one thing keeping me from running outdoors. Which, if you think about it is kinda funny because I love running in the winter…with snow/ice on the ground.

Sometimes your exhausted from your day, you are feeling lazy or you don’t have anyone to go with. And sometimes you find motivation in an unknown way!

Yesterday I worked a 12 hour day. This is not normal for my normal 9-5 day but I had to travel 2 hours to a workshop and back plus I had an evening meeting. Because of that it meant that I wouldn’t get home until 8 pm. I was exhausted.

My husband had planned to get on his bike (indoor trainer) after he got the girls to bed. When I arrived at home (7:50 pm), I was exhausted and was still thinking I’d jump on the treadmill but wasn’t 100% sold on the idea.

As Saï was getting his bike gear on, I decided to put my running gear on and head down to the basement as well. I really wanted to run but I was so exhausted from my day that sitting on the couch and watching some TV sounded delightful!

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Instead, I jumped on the treadmill after being motivated by my husband. I’m not sure if he knew that he was motivating ME to run while HE biked….but he did. Thanks love.

Another 5 k done in my half marathon training.

What has motivated you lately?

Do you workout with your significant other?

Happy Hump Day!

HARD Run = Happiness.

When I got up yesterday (Thursday), my plan was to run that evening since I had taken a few nights off to sleep. Yeah, I went to be super early twice this week – like 7:30 pm and 9 pm as I was completely exhausted. So when I woke up yesterday, I set out my running gear on my bed and went about my day.

I had an awesome work day co-facilitating a workshop at a local camp. We were outside, doing games, learning, sharing…really just a great day with great people. Then we had to get through dinner and I took Lilly to get her hair cut while Sai and Hilary made a birthday card for Lilly (she’s turning 5 on Sunday – Woah!).

Once I returned home my energy for running was gone. We put the girls to bed and went about our night. After saying that I had really wanted to run my husband said to me {at 8:23pm} “Go now and get your gear on, do it”. So I did!

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I was outside by 8:30 and ready to go. i had to start off slow and figured I could run between 3 and 5 km…really, I wanted to hit 5k but wasn’t going to be upset if I couldn’t do it. As you may have read the other day, 5k’s are HARD for me right now 😉

Wow, that first kilometers was mostly up hill, what was I thinking? Actually, I was thinking I’d just run my normal loop! After the first kilometer I was breathing pretty hard and my legs felt weird! Eventually, I realised that this run was not going to get EASY and the struggle was real.

I struggled up the second long inclined street but tried to control my breathing. Around 2.75km, I big bug flew into my left eye, ouch! That took a few seconds to get out and deal with but I kept running. Finally, I was on a straight stretch of the road and it was flat. Though my legs felt like a baby fawn after it’s been born – super wobbly, uncontrollable and awkward, I kept running.

This.Was.Hard!

I kept running for some reason.  I kept running and had a smile on my face the WHOLE time! I was loving it! I truly was loving this struggle of a run!

As I got close to home I noticed my time and figured I could get a sub 30 minute 5k so I pushed it and managed just over 30:03. For a run that was 100% a struggle for me, it was perfect! It was JUST what I needed.

HARD. RUN. DONE!

HARD. RUN. DONE!

I needed to be reminded that running is fun.

I needed to be reminded that running is hard before it gets easy again.

I needed to remember how much I loved running.

I needed to remember that being outside with others during my workday is awesome.

I needed to be thankful for a husband who pushes me out the door when I’m not quiet feeling it.

I. NEEDED. THAT. HARD. RUN. 

Post Run {blurry) Happy :)

Post Run {blurry) Happy 🙂

Have a great weekend. 

Cheers, Piper 🙂

Trail Runnin’ Times Two

This past weekend my husband and I were kid FREE! It was awesome and weird at the same time. First off, we slept in until 9 am and second the house was completely quiet for HOURS and HOURS!!! Third off, we went for a trial run – together!

I’m not a trail runner because one, I’m not keen on running trails by myself and two, I’m scared I’m going to roll my ankles. I have really bad ankles. It’s all from playing competitive soccer as a teenager. There were a few years…yes, years that I had to tape if not one ankle, both ankles during a soccer game. It got to the point that I didn’t need a professional to tape them as I knew exactly how to do it on my own.

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Sunday afternoon we got ready to run in our bright orange clothing as it’s hunting season. I don’t have anything bright but my pink compression socks so I wore my husbands orange shirt and he wore his bright orange jacket. I stayed close to him 😉

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Trail running selfie

We haven’t run together in 8 years! Why? Because he runs faster then I do. He is 6’2 (long legs) and I am 5’5 (shorter legs). Since he hasn’t run in a while and I’ve done nothing but run this year we thought it would balance out.

We just went to a little trail by our house – it’s AMAZING and I can’t believe we haven’t taken the girls in their to play. Anyway, I followed him down this trail, up a hill and around many trees and even through around some massive mud puddles. We managed to keep the same pace on the wooded trail and then made our way down to the gravel trail close by as we wanted to run 8-10 km.

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On the trail

As we ran along the gravel trail we were able to have a conversation with each other and run side by side. We came up to a road and figured we turn around at that point. I had the great idea of racing him to the road but only before I had a head start and yelled “race ya”. I was ahead of him for three seconds and then he blew past me, we had a good laugh as we caught our breath at the road.

I only rolled my right ankle twice and left once – nothing major but I was a little freaked out each time it happened.

In the end, I love running in the woods and preferred that over the gravel trail running. I can’t wait to run with him again. It was nice to just get out by ourselves and just enjoy time together. I challenged him to run again on Monday but he said he was too sore 😉 I think he just didn’t want me to run faster than him!!!

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After having a rest day Monday and celebrating our anniversary, I chose to run Tuesday afternoon when Hilary went down for her nap. I was planning on 7k and decided to hit up the gravel trail again. It was BEA-U-TA-FUL outside and I should have worn shorts.

Rails to Trails

Rails to Trails

I ended up running in the opposite direction that Sai and I ran on Sunday and found out where the trail leads to. Once I ran 4.5k I turned around and headed home on the trail. There were lots of people out biking, walking their dogs or by themselves. Like I said, it was BEA-U-TA-FUL outside.

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As seen on my run

In the end I ran 9 km and came home to stretch with my girls. It’s always fun trying to stretch with two little ones as they copy you 🙂 #motherrunnerproblems ha!

Do you trail run?

Wooded trails or gravel trails?

Do you run with your significant other?

Cheers, Piper 🙂

Seven Years, Seven Things

Seven years ago……..we said, “I do”.

Happy Anniversary Sai. 

You can ready our funny story of how we met here.

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 Seven Things (I love) About My Husband:

1. His name is Simon. NO ONE but his mother call’s him that. When I hear the name Simon, it doesn’t even register that it belongs to him. I met him as Sai, he will always be Sai to me.

2. He lives the way he wants to not how people want him to live and is passionate about what is important to him (being a vegan, being a good dad, being a good Paramedic etc.).

3. He is a fantastic Dad to our girls.

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4. He can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry 😉

5. He makes the best hot chocolate in the world. Yes, the world!

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Triple chocolate hot chocolate!

6.  He is still fun and adventureous:

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Our first trail run together (yesterday)

7. He puts up with me: my running, my blogging, my randomness that you don’t all see on the blog (too often).

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Happy Anniversary, Sai xoxo

How was your weekend?

Anyone run/race?

We’ve had a kid free weekend; slept in until 9 am, did a trail run, ate meals when we wanted to and just did nothing!

 

Good Luck Dah-dee!

Race season is upon us!

It’s sometimes hard to believe how many races take place within our own Province (Nova Scotia), in Canada and around the world. People like competitions and challenges, sweat and tears or the fun and the beers!

I wanted to wish my husband a BIG  Good Luck today and of course, so did our girls 🙂

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He’s running 10k in a relay and possibly a (6k) paddle as well. [Red Island Relay]  Wish we were there to cheer you on and can’t wait to hear all about it!

Lilly’s message: Go Daddy Go.

Hilary’s message: Dah-dee Go out-sssside ?? Dah-deeeeeeeeee!!!

{Hilary’s  still working on her words…latest new word is outside!}

And…..good luck to everyone racing, running, walking, cycling and paddlin’ too 😉

What are your weekend plans?

Anyone cheering on their spouse, bf/gf, family member?

 

May Flowers Bring…..Heck, Bring on June!

Umm………So, It’s June! June 3rd to be exact and I have no clue where the last few months have gone. Can you believe that we are into June already…sunshine, flowers, warm weather….Oh So Good!

I’ve been a little MIA lately – it’s all good. I recently got my running mojo back and that makes me happy. We’ve been outside A LOT… which makes me happy.

Lilly and I hanging out before her Bluenose 2k Kids Run.

Me and my BIg Girl - Bluenose Kids 2k Run

Me and my BIg Girl – Bluenose Kids 2k Run

May went a little like this:

1. I forgot to set goals

2. Life went on 🙂

On a more serious note, I went to Toronto for a conference and had a good time however learned I don’t want to be away from my girls THAT long again. I ran a sub 60 – 10k (PB 57:17) at the Bluenose Marathon and was completely sore for three days afterwards and then took about a week off from running. C’est la vie! 

Zoo with our girls

Zoo with our girls

June Goals:

Me:

  • Run: 4-6 days per week, at least twice outside (Note my husband is away a fair amount so can be a challenge)
  • Two workouts a week on my lunch break with my co-worker Melissa (one running outside and one T25 workout in the boardroom)
  • EPIC Canadian 10k Race on June 28th/ Trip to PEI 🙂
  • Lower my expectations on what I can accomplish when my husband is away (this is a hard one for me)
  • Be in bed by 10pm (this is a constant challenge)
  • Treat myself to something special (Hair cut already done, massage appointment booked – Look, I’m already rockin’ this one 🙂
  • Walk the Plank Challenge – see below…but basically I’m going to turn into a Pirate and work on “walking the plank” so I can rock out my Tartan Twosome (Maritime Race Weekend) 5k and 10k in September….This may get extended into July and August…100 Days … maybe. @GoodLifeFitness

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Walk the Plank Goodlife Fitness Challenge June 2014

Family:

  • Play outside with our girls as much as possible
  • Date night with hubby when he is home
  • Teach Lilly how to ride a pedal bike as opposed to her balance bike #physlicalliteracyskills
  • Celebrate Lillian’s 4th… FOURTH BIRTHDAY – when did THIS happen???????
  • Lilly’s goal: To actually listen to Mommy/Daddy the first time (ba hahahha …yeah right)
  • Hilary’s goal: To sleep through the whole freaking night for more than 2-3 nights in a row….common, Mommy and Daddy are tired.

Hilary’s 18 months old today!!! Woah!

Hello 18 months old!!!

Hello 18 months old!!!

Other:

  • Clean the house and have Yard Sale
  • Home reno’s: painting, new stairs outside and some other random stuff
  • Blog – update the banner / Facebook Page and Instagram <– come check us out!
Small bike a.k.a. balance bike and Lilly dressed herself :)

Small bike a.k.a. balance bike and Lilly dressed herself 🙂

And now I’m off to run 7-9k in the heat…it’s +19c currently…fingers crossed it’s not too hot to run mid day 🙂

Good thing I drank my Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer drink…think I’m going to NEED it today…. #fuelyourbetter (I love this stuff).

How was your month of May?

Any big or little plans for June?

Are you loving the weather lately?

 

Six Years Ago

My life changed forever. In a good way. A really good way.

November 10 2007 Our Wedding

Best. Day. Ever.
*besides when our daughters were born*

I married my soul mate, my best friend, the person I wanted to spend all my time with, wake up next to and raise children together. We got married November 10th 2007 with 14 family and friends….small and intimate.

The following summer we had a church blessing and reception with around 70 friends and family – who get’s to wear their wedding dress and tux twice ??? Not too many people….but we did 🙂

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We moved for jobs, lived apart, bought a house, had a baby, live apart again/went back to school, had baby #2 and now live apart again (part-time) 😦

August 8 2008 Blessing

One thing that hasn’t change is my love. Well, maybe it has….it’s much stronger and has grown in ways I cannot explain.

I love the way he takes care of our daughters and the way they look at him.

I love the way he makes me laugh when all I want to do is cry.

I love that he took a leap and changed his career. To do something he’s been passionate about for years.

I love that he sticks to his beliefs even if it means I have to find new vegan recipes to make.

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I love that he supports me, laughs with me, challenges me and understands I don’t like watching Criminal Minds alone.

I love the person he has become.

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Our wedding party…best friends and my cousin. xo

BEST. SIX. YEARS. OF. MY. LIFE… here’s to at least 66+ more.

Happy Anniversary Sai…..with love always, Anna. xo

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I’ll hold your hand forever, xo

You can read more about our funny story here –> how we met and got engaged 🙂

How did you meet your significant other?

# of Years dating/married?

What do you love about your significant other?