Carmacks & Kid Stuff

It’s been five months since we adopted Carmacks and it’s like he’s been with us for years! He’s cute the routine man and is settling in really well.

If you missed how we adopted him, you can read that here. He settled in over the summer months really well with some minor adjustments for us all.

He’s pretty content being a house dog now and hanging out on blankets. Originally, we had a cozy dog bed in his crate but apparently sled dog’s don’t like cozy beds! We found out the hard way and minus $45 later. A quick trip to Frenchy’s (second hand shop) for three fleece blankets and he was in heaven.

He also loves treats!

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He’s a great running buddy!

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He loves hanging out in our bedroom, even when we are not home. He dislikes the vacuum and the broom and sheds like CRAZY! He still follows us around the house and surprisingly loves the warmth of our wood stove! He is patiently waiting for a big snow fall (*cough* mother nature) so he can go out to play.

Kid Stuff

It’s been a busy fall of basketball and Brownies, birthday parties and our youngest turning 5!!! Life seem crazy at times between both of us working full time (Saï on shift work), the girls both in school, taking care of our dog who loves to be active and sports etc. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down and just enjoy the moment we are in.

We recently went out for dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We don’t eat out very often as a family so it was really nice. An older gentleman ended up paying for our meal!!!!!!!!! He was sitting behind us during our meal and we said hello on the 4 trips to the bathroom (life with kids!) and then he came to talk to us before he left. At the end of our meal the waitress came over with a blank receipt and it said Merry Christmas. She informed us our meal had been paid for by the man. Socked and surprised we sat there for a while just taking all that in…yeah, some tears formed in my eyes.

We left that meal feeling extremely thankful and took the time to explain to the girls what he did and that we needed to do something for someone else. And we did! Yesterday, we went to a local tree lot and gave a donation for another family (any family they wished) for the purchase of their tree. We wanted to pass along the kindness that this man provided for us. Hilary and I went down to the lot and explained to the owners what we wanted to do and they were happy to do so for us.

Though life is busy, I was able to slow down and enjoy this part of the “season” of giving with my family. Christmas will be different this year as my husband will be working for all of it (sucks big time with kids) but that’s life as we know it. Santa might come on a different day in our house.

Have you ever had a pay-it-forward experience?

Are you waiting for the snow to fall like us? 

Have you ever had to have Christmas early or late?

 

Week 6 Half Training & Motherhood

Last week was a test of being on vacation (staycation) with my girls, training and testing being a parent. I love my kids but sometimes we all need a break from each other.

I was really worried my training wasn’t even going to happen and I’d have to give up training for this race. This is a first! Not because I didn’t want to run but I was juggling stuff with the girls (beach, mini golfing with friends, failed bike riding and some swimming), my husband was working, house stuff, not to mention both girls had soccer in the evenings. I didn’t think I could find the time to get it all in while on vacation – crazy eh! Let me tell you – I’m happy that soccer will wrap up soon for the girls and we’ll have about 2 weeks of normal evenings again.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Rest Day. I just wasn’t feeling like doing anything. Well, we went to the beach for a bit and both girls had soccer that evening in two different locations. Thank goodness for grandparents!

Tuesday: 5k | Missed workout. This was the “testing being a parent” part 1. We had gone mini golfing in the morning and the girls played outside with their friend. I also ran some errands that I was putting off for a long time. One of which was buying some spray for the hydraulics on my treadmill – they are a little squeaky. I was rather frustrated at 9pm when the littlest WOULDN’T GO TO SLEEP. Seriously, way to late for just falling asleep. I was completely done and didn’t want to work out. At least they are cute!

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Wednesday: 7k | 23km Cycling. Testing being a parent part 2. I though it would be nice to take the girls out for a bike ride and I’d run/walk beside them and venture a little further from home (including hills). It was going great until it wasn’t and major meltdowns where had. Let’s just say, it wasn’t only my 4 year old that had the meltdown. By the time we made it home, I had cancelled our afternoon beach trip and decided to just stay home. I was done!

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Thankfully, Saï was home and he told me to go for a ride or run while they ate lunch and hung out. I chose to go for a ride. Off I went on our local trail at noon on an extremely hot day. I managed 23k, the longest ride for me this year; it took an hour and twenty minutes. I’m not super fast but sure enjoy the ride.

Thursday: 5k + Strength Training | 5k. My legs were tired from my long ride yesterday but I got my run in mid morning in the heat but before the real heat would start. The humidity has been rough here – though it sounds like it’s rough everywhere! We also went swimming in my old boss’s pool Thursday afternoon – so maybe that was my strength training – bobbing around a pool after Hilary.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day/Swimming. Nailed it. We swam again and I even managed 11 minutes of random laps in the pool. I’m not a big swimmer, though I kinda wish I was. The girls had a blast. Lilly was working on her diving and did awesome and Hilary realized that she can touch the bottom of the pool AND be on her own (hence the random laps I did).

This is what it’s like to swim with kids and try and do a few laps for yourself.

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Saturday:  10k Race | 10k. With my husband working all weekend, a race wouldn’t be possible so I just ran 10k before my family was up. I ran my usual route (out and back) on the main road where we live and it was pretty good but humid.

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Then we went to beach.

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Sunday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again! I though about working out but decided just to relax Sunday evening after a busy day with the girls.

Mileage:  15k running, 23k cycling, leisurely swimming.

And that’s a wrap! My week felt all over the place with running, trying to be a good parent, entertain my kids/not entertain my kids (they play on their own too), keeping the house going. Honestly, I think it’s easier when I’m working…ha ha, just kidding. It’s just a lot more busier. I do like that I can get my laundry and dishes done during the day though – sometimes there is a silver lining, right?

How was your week?

How’s the weather? Are you battling the humidity?

Anyone run/race this weekend?

 

 

Dear March Break,

I’m done with you!

I thought it was going to be an amazing week of fun adventures with my kids but when Monday morning at 10am hit and I had already lost my shit 5 times…I knew I was in trouble. March Break – you used to be so much fun….I had such high hopes.

Last year, we took a little ski adventure for half the week and did a soccer camp for the other half – genius, that was just genius! This year with life being so busy leading up to you, I though a “staycation” would be perfect. Wrong! Wrong by Monday morning!!

It’s only Thursday and though we’ve had some fun adventures (I’ll share below), I’m actually really happy I have to work tomorrow. Just for 1 day…no tantrums, no defiant kid who hates getting dressed, no “I’m hungry” five minutes after they finished their massive lunch.  AND…I’m pretty sure they are wrestling on the bed upstairs as I write this. (Not wrestling, I checked but the game ended as someones head hit the wall).

This morning’s they created a game of hopping from one play mat to the other to avoid the crocodiles. It was great, fun, challenging and then they worked on their physical literacy skills: tackling! No joke, my kids started tackling each other (as crocodiles) and my response was “please stop tackling your sister, however your tackle was pretty great. No more tackling until you are playing a sport that requires it”. Who says that?!?!

Yup, March break…I’m done with you.

Monday: I can’t even remember what happened Monday morning but by 10 am I was done with tantrums and our feisty four year old. We went to see the movie “Storkes” with friends – cute movie, they loved it. Then we had an epic spaghetti dinner at a friends house using anything but forks to eat our meal. Messy and hilarious – no photos unfortunately.

Tuesday: Ski day before a big snow storm. We skied from 9:15 until 3 with a quick lunch break in there. Hilary (4 year old) did her first run on the big hill and only had 1 meltdown on the steepest part….fair enough, I probably did that at her age on the hill.

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WIN FOR MOM! 

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Though it’s a bit of work taking them skiing…it’s so worth it! I could do this every day…and maybe I should have this week. Ahh well, though it’s been an up and down week, the girls are having a blast and I’m sprouting a few new grey hairs 😉

Though my husband was working 😦 and missed the ski day, I’m lucky to have a Dad that loves to ski with his grand kids. Three runs on my own was my sanity saver, ha ha!

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Wednesday: Since the snow storm wasn’t as epic as it could have been (and rain) we ventured out to the new local library and got some books out. They also had a March Break event so the girls played some games, won prizes and the four of us got to enjoy the afternoon together.

Today has been epic meltdown morning for Hilary. Since their wrestling match ended quickly thanks to me, they are now playing school. Tomorrow they are at day care of a ST. Patrick’s Day party…sugar them up!

Time to bust out the snow pants and get outside with them…the trail is calling our name.

March break – your not so bad but next year we are not staying home 😉

Are you on March Break?

What do you do with your kids on March Break?

Staycation or Go-Away?

Life This Week in Photos

Life in photo’s this week…or at least the last few days 🙂 And none of them are running related. I’m actually JUST recovered from doing soccer, barre and yoga earlier in the week and hoping to get out for a few runs this weekend.

I love the way my girls dress themselves sometimes, specifically Hilary. She has a green shirt underneath with hearts all over it. Gloves are on backwards too!

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Nine years ago…

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Celebrating nine years with this guy last night….

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Proud of these men in my life….

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The happiest littlest one in our lives….

picture_20161111_1556383271How has your week been?

Did you attend a Remembrance Day / Veterans Day ceremony?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

 

Learning about the Olympics

Every four years we get to experience some amazing sports through the Olympics. Growing up, whether it was the summer or winter Olympics, we’ve always watched them. It became something we did as a family and now that tradition is starting with our daughters.

Our girls are 3.5 and 6 years old, so their understanding of sport is limited to soccer, running and skiing mainly. Watching the Olympics through their eyes is well, eye opening. They know nothing about the sports being played: Rugby 7’s, synchronized diving, rowing, fencing etc. Basically we have to teach them about the sport as they are watching from the knowledge we have.

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It’s also been an opportunity for them to understand more about other countries. Saï is British and I’m Canadian, so technically the girls have two countries they can cheer on! While watching the Canadian women’s soccer team in their opening game (while playing in the sprinkler cause that’s how we roll), I asked if they wanted to play for Canada some day…they both said yes. Then came the question, do you want to play for Canada Mommy? I laughed and said yes, of course but it just not something I’m able to do.

What I’m Loving About The Olympics So Far

Its day six and I have to admit, I love that all the medals Canada has won have been by women! Strong, powerful and confident women! For my daughters, I love that they have these amazing role models swimming in the pools, running on the fields and riding on the roads. They are striving for their best and really what more can you ask for.

Watching the games online at work (yes, because we are doing that in our office) has been a fun way to see all the advances and set backs Canada (and other countries) are having. If you missed some Canadian highlights, check out this #whatittakes video as I’m sure you will be inspired and see their motivation to do what it takes to succeed.

WHAT IT TAKES

I don’t know about you but watching this video makes me want to go for a run (my passion) and just get more active in general. During my bike ride Monday (18k) all I could think about is how the cyclist do it since I was going to slow and on a trail at that. Olympic and Paralympic athletes amaze me!

What’s been your favourite “What It Takes” moment for your country?

What sport are you learning more about this Olympics?

Are you more active during the Olympics?

 

Mother Runner Life’s Adventures & Challenges

Motherhood is no joke! Before I had kids I new parenting was going to be hard but you don’t actually realize how hard it actually is going to be until you have a child(ren).

I love my kids dearly and love watching them grow, learn and succeed. With our youngest she is learning the alphabet (she’s 3.5 yrs) and doing really great with that. Our oldest just finished her first year of school where she learned to read books, write stories and loved her science, math, music and gym classes.

Being a mom who works full time outside of the home takes me away from all the little things I was able to do on maternity leave (1 year in length with each girl). Laundry happens at night, dishes sometimes sit for a day and bigger cleaning happens a little less because… it’s just life. My husband is a Paramedic who works shift work so he sometimes has to sleep during the day.

This past weekend was a prime example of being what I thought was a good parent and then feeling like a terrible parent the next day. The plan was to take the girls to the Zoo then my boss’s house for a swim while my husband slept Saturday. I figured, no problem.

But first, I had to run 12k!

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I got up early and headed out the door around 6:40ish and had a great run. I returned home to the girls getting dressed and just hanging out with Saï. I stretched, showered and started getting ready for the day. I made a picnic lunch, packed the girls up and off we went by 10 AM (my husband was asleep already).

It was extremely hot outside but that didn’t really bother us. The Zoo was fun. Hilary got on the horse for the first time which was really awesome. It’s one of Lilly’s favourite things to do at the Zoo is ride on the horse.  We had snack, some water and even bought some french fries (yeah, at the Zoo) to go with our lunch.

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I was feeling good at this point. My legs felt good and energy was great. After lunch we drove over to my boss’s house and swam for an hour or so. It cooled us off in the heat of the day. We got home to spend a little time with Saï before he went to work. I made dinner and got the girls to bed, had a beer or two, then crashed around 9:30. It was a long day but a good day.

Summer beer……

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Sunday’s plan was to go to the beach with some friends; swim and have a picnic. Great plan but it was a rough day with the girls. They wouldn’t listen, they wouldn’t clean up their mess. They were just giving me a hard time all while I was trying to keep them quiet so Saï could sleep after his second night shift.

We got to the beach late but had a good time. Hilary even went in the water all by herself – this is a big step for her!. Then it was time to head back home. By mid afternoon I crashed and took a much needed nap for an hour. The rest of the night wasn’t great – minor things going wrong that just added to the day’s negativity. I even threw in a soccer game later Sunday night.

Being a mom and runner can be easy peasy sometimes however, sometime it’s a struggle and sometimes it’s just plain old exhausting and HARD. The big thing is to keep going no matter your pace (which I’m not happy with lately) and get in whatever distance you can (I ran 3k last night just to run at 9:30 PM – crazy).

Life happens. Runs need to happen in order to be ready for race day. Sometimes you just have to know when you are doing too much between running and entertaining your kids.

Mother runners: what’s your biggest challenge getting in your runs?

How do you entertain your kids in between training runs and life?

What’s your favourite summer beer?

 

Ummm, So I have a Race in A Week (or so)

Holy Sh*t, I have a 10 k race in 9 days that I haven’t even really put much though into!!!!! How does that even happen? I was reminded by Running Four Love that the race is just around the corner.

Thanks for your comments yesterday, I’m still sick but hopeful this will pass soon. I’m sure the sugar coated donut, bag of skittles and plain salty chips I ate yesterday was the key to getting through the day. Don’t worry, I had some veggies, toast/eggs, lots of water and Nuun…and BBQ roasted GARLIC to try and kick this head cold to the curb.

Back to the race: Bluenose Marathon 10k Sunday May 22nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m a big fan of the Bluenose race. I first ran Bluenose back in 2005 (10 k) and then it was my first half marathon in 2006. I ran the 5k when I was pregnant with Hilary in 2012. I also had a great 10k PB in 2014. The only distance I’ve yet to do is the Full and to be honest it’s not even on my radar….yet. 😉

With John Stanton and some #RunAtCan peeps (2015)

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

They also have an awesome youth run component and both girls are running the 2 k distance this year. Lilly ran it in 2014 and 2015 , she’s an old pro!

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Me and my girl

I’ve been focusing so much on training for my half marathon (Johnny Miles on June 19th) that I didn’t really pay much attention to May 22nd. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the weekend planned out (packing up the kids/dog, traveling to the city, staying with family, running with the girls, childcare for the girls while I run as Saï is working, finishing first before my brother, ha ha) but just not my 10 k race! It’s on my calendar but not my radar.

I had planned for it to be part of my training as I should be running 16 k that day and still might run the 6 k post race to get the distance in. But I’ve yet to focus on any goals, what pace I want to run it and my own expectations.

My last 10 k race was pacing at the Valley Harvest last October, which was awesome but I didn’t run a 10 k race for me last year. It’s been since 2014! I had some great 10 k PB’s in 2014 that I know I am not going to hit, and that’s okay.

I think for now I’m going to consider this part of my training for Johnny Miles, run it, enjoy it, push it when I can, hope for under 60 minutes which might be a stretch for me right now. But really…just enjoy being there and being able to run it. I missed it last year due to my hamstring.

2016 is all about training smart, getting stronger, running the race(s) and remaining healthy. PB’s will can come later. After writing this post, I’m already feeling better about my 10 k on May 22nd. Now to just get this head cold in order.

Ever have a race just sneak up on you?

Are you hoping for all PB’s/PR’s this year or something else?

Do you run with a head cold?

Any big weekend plans?