Snowshoeing

I try to take advantage of being active over my lunch hour as it frees up my evening to relax, do chores or hang out with my husband when he is home. Yesterday I packed my snowshoes and winter gear and figured I’d go out at lunch for a little trek.

I headed over to this little trail as the sun was beating down on me. The wind was whipping around and the light snow that recently fell was dancing all over the place!

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Sun shining bright……….

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Leaving the trail behind….

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It was about 3km’s and took around a half hour to snowshoe around the loop. I returned to my office and started back at work feeling energized. All of a sudden I crashed HARD! I could barely keep my eyes open let alone, be functional. It wasn’t pretty.

You see, I was up at 2:45 with Hilary; she had to pee. Then I couldn’t fall back to sleep even though I tried. At 3:45 (I was still awake), Lilly woke up crying….she missed Daddy. She cried until close to 5 am – no joke! Poor girl. She eventually fell asleep beside me but I was WIDE awake! I eventually fell asleep only to have my alarm go off 45 minutes later.

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I was completely exhausted from lack of sleep and the fresh air I got snowshoeing. Sunshine, snow and cold wind blowing around……..perfect way to spend your lunch break.

Do you get out on your lunch break?

Are you loving the winter temp and getting outside or staying inside and hibernating ?

Favourite winter activity? 

The Day I Thought My Garmin Died!

Gulp! Oh man I thought my Green Garmin died today!

Last night I went to bed super early, before 9:30 as I just wasn’t feeling 100%. I missed the opportunity to run and honestly, didn’t even care – what’s up with that? I even started second guessing myself with my running.

Anyway, as I was going to bed I thought I’d pack my running gear in the morning so I could run OUTSIDE at lunch. My, how I’ve missed my “runch” time this winter! I grabbed my gear; clothing, runners, foam roller (yes I’m going to foam roll at work) and then my Garmin. And it looked like this……..

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No time. Nothing 😦

Well what do you expect when you don’t use it for more than a month and not charge it? I dies.

So, I charged it up while I worked and went out for my RUNCH! This wasn’t an awesome run as the sidewalks were still ICY!

Nice sideways, eh!

Nice sideways, eh!

Up hill, down hill, ice everywhere, some clear spots, slush and ended my 5 k run with only 5 soakers. Good thing I brought extra socks with me!

"runch"

“runch”

I was a little unsure about running on the sidewalks so I brought my old yak traxs with me and put them on when I saw a women slip with cowboy boots on (Umm, who wears cowboy boots in the WINTER in Nova Scotia?). I took it easy (7:00 minute km pace) and then foam rolled when I got back to the office.

Happy to have that run behind me as I was feeling super low about my running yesterday/this morning. My energy level has picked up which is already great and I managed to hit my 10,000 steps with my Fitbit Flex already (we still have a love-hate relationship going on).

Good news – my hamstring felt great.

Bad news – my ankles aren’t too happy after that run.

You win some you lose some!

Anyone “runching” lately?

Sidewalks clear, snow-covered (I hope not) or icy like ours?

PS we are expecting a snow storm on the weekend!

Would you have run on those sidewalks or call it a day?

 

I Face Planted in Yoga Class!

I fell flat on my face! (it’s okay to laugh)

Let me start at the beginning.

Tuesday I decided to go to yoga class during my lunch break. One of my goals this year is to do yoga 3 times a week; at home or in a class. Basically, I want to stretch more to avoid pulling my hamstring again (or any other muscles) and it complements my running.

So I quickly packed my yoga clothing and forgot that I hadn’t shaved my legs in a few days so my capris were out of the question. I grabbed my running pants – completely acceptable for yoga class. These pants are just lovely! #winterrunningproblems

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Anyway….this was a new-to-me instructor. There were eight of us in a fairly small room and enough space for maybe two more people. Kate, our instructor asked us to think of our focus for the next hour. Mine was stretch and strengthen my body; her’s was remain calm.

I’m not awesome at yoga but I do what I can. More recently, I’ve seen lost of photo’s of people holding specific poses and it made me think….can I do that? Where would I start? 

We did a warm up and then moved into Chaturanga *note…I’m just at the point of remembering all the words to the sequences – I don’t even know if I am explaining that right! Down dog never felt so good and I was keeping up with the others in the class – bonus. My right calf muscle, then my left…ahh that stretch felt so good.

Then came time for some ab work. Boat pose with the can-can,  you know, one leg out then the other and repeat a million times but in the boat pose. Boy, did this one challenge me. After a while we moved into some other poses with the first one being tree pose. I’m not great at this one and can only do it with my foot on my calf muscle not my thigh. *new goal* Tree pose from thigh.

Then came the crow pose. I watched. I watched some more and then gave it a go. Steady…..woah…you got this…holy shit you are totally doing this……FACE PLANT! And then I laughed! I did not remain calm when I face planted in crow pose but broke out laughing! Apparently, people don’t laugh in yoga classes! Who knew ???

I tried it again and again until I got it. *new goal* Master crow pose.

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Then we moved into savasana – possibly one of my favourite moments in the class. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Kate didn’t play what I would call traditional yoga music, she played music that was easy to listen to, comforting and had soft tones to it. However, it was everyday music you would hear on the radio and I loved it. She played Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip (Canadian) and some David Gray. It brought me back a few years and reminded me of music that I used to really enjoy listening to.

I may have face planted but it was so worth it.

Yup, I’m totally going back next week 🙂

Can you do crow pose?

Ever face plant in yoga?

Is it bad to laugh at yourself in a yoga class?

Walk to Yoga Class, Yes Please!

I desperately want to start attending yoga classes regularly but it’s just not going to happen. If sign up for a night or weekend class then I need to find child care if Sai isn’t home…and I already do this once a week for soccer (my first love). If I sign up for something in the day (lunch hour), I could miss multiple weeks because I travel with work often. There just isn’t a win-win here for me.

Well, there kinda is. I’m going to be that “drop in” girl. Yes, the one that randomly attends your class and may miss a full week or two because I just can’t fit it in (that’s why I run on the treadmill when the girls go to bed). Thank you in advance for having drop-in as an option 🙂

The other day, I sat down and looked at a local yoga studio’s schedule. I wrote down the class info for each lunch time class I could potentially attend and put it in my agenda book. Yes, I still use an agenda book to manage my meetings/life. Then I also wrote down the free lunch time skates at the local arena too! I figure if I don’t have a meeting that requires me to travel over or around the lunch hour then I’m going to do yoga or skate this winter. If I can’t make it, I just throw out the sticky and frown 😦

Easy to throw away sticky notes

Easy to throw away sticky notes

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to run and play soccer but I kinda want to do some other things, ya know! I’m pumped about taking Lilly downhill skiing again this winter and can’t wait to cross-country ski and snowshoe when I can. I’m just ready to do more; have a variety of activities since I am not training specifically for a race. I’m just training to be healthy 😉

Anyway, I went to yoga, a two-minute walk from my office.

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It was great. And hard at one point. And I may have dozed off at the end and so did my co-worker Melissa 🙂

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And my arms hurt for a few hours…well, they didn’t hurt but they felt wobbly for a while! I’m totally going back next week when time permits 🙂

Running related:

I committed to my first 2015 race in September!!! I registered for the 5k and 1/2 Marathon at the Maritime Race Weekend (Sept 11th & 12th Tartan Twosome).  I’ve been slowly writing my “wish list” for 2015 and thinking about my goals for next year.

What other activities/sports are you wanting to do this winter? (or next 4-5 months)

Do you workout at lunch time?

Are you signed up for any 2015 races/events?

Foam Rolling, Sleep and Sunshine

What do these all have in common? My run yesterday!

It all started Monday night. It was a “stretch and strengthen” day in my Half Marathon Training Plan but I decided to foam roll and just lay on the ground. What a painful thing to do to yourself…..but feels so good afterwards! This may be my new favourite thing, I’m not very good at it …..well, not very graceful but no one had to witness it.

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I did however have a few laughs when I was rolling my upper back/shoulder area and my pony tail got caught in the roller and pulled my head back. #notgraceful Yes, very funny, I know!

I also went to bed early for the first time in weeks. Lately it’s been 11 or 11:30 before I turn out the light and the only person I have to blame is myself. Hilary’s been up once a night around 3am a lot lately …. that’s always a happy moment for me 🙂 I’ve had a lot of my plate and trying to “fit it all in” I end up staying up way to late. Not Monday night. I was in bed before 10 pm and slept all night long….so did both girls #morningwin!

I kinda wanted to run Tuesday during my lunch break…kinda being the important word here! After I foam rolled I got all my running gear in my bag so I had no excuses in the morning. When I went to bed I still wasn’t convinced I wanted to run but when I woke up I was all over it. Why? Mainly because I wanted to go to bed before 10pm.

After a conference call with my colleagues, I got changed into my running gear and headed out for the planned 6k. It was some friggin’ hot out! Once again, I ran a hilly route on the sidewalk as I didn’t feel like running on the trail. I don’t know why but this route (the hills) get me every time…they are long…L-O-N-G inclines that then turn into a hills. Four of them!

I was quickly regretting running at lunch as it was super hot. When I got back to the office, I looked at the temperature and it was 28 C (82 F) but felt like 32 C (89 F) – HOT if you ask me. I guzzled my Vega Hydrator in seconds, ate lunch, then my second lunch and finally got back to work.

Ahhhhhh, 6k done outside … Happy Piper 🙂

What time do you go to bed? Be honest!

Have you foam rolled before? 

Still hot or cooling off where you live?

 

 

Running: Sneak It In

There has been a lot of “sneaking it in” over here these days………

5K “Runch” on Monday

Bummed out about my run.

Bummed out about my run.

Today:

Conference Call / Wall Sit….why not?!?!?!

And stair repeats on a rainy day {Tuesday}.

Wall Sit Sneak It In

I’m planning another “runch” – I just love this term…two of my favourite bloggers (Run Salt Run and Pirate Bobcat) have recently used it so I had to as well. Run + Lunch = runch 🙂

I’ll admit….right now I am not really feeling the motivation to run at lunch today. But I have all my gear and I’m going anyway. Will write more after I run.

PS – Don’t forget about my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY —> LINK HERE

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As I was getting ready for my planned 5k, I knew I wasn’t feeling it but I got dressed anyway, I went outside anyway and I started my Garmin anyway. I started running and the wind was cold and strong against my body. I kept going one step at a time.

I decided to not run on the sidewalk that I’ve been running on lately and wanted to test out the trails. With it being Day 10 “Run a Trail” in the Run This Year challenges I am doing….I thought why not.

They say…..Run a Trail … so I did! Pavement, dirt trail and snow! YUP, we still have snow in Nova Scotia!

Run On Trail Day 10

 

I ran as far as I could on the snow and decided to turn back around. It was a beautiful day and I started focusing on my pace and pushing it a little. I wasn’t hoping for a Personal Best or Personal Record. BUT, this happened:

{In KM: 5:42; 5:49; 5:50; 5:45: 5:37}

New PB Anna

My last PB was 29:34 last Friday – you can read about it here. However it was a hilly little 5k and today’s run was flat. Flat-As-Can-Be! This is the fastest 5k I have ever run since I started running around 10 years ago. Yes, I’ve been running on and off for 10 years – more in the last 5-6 years. My absolute best time was 29:16 in Halifax at a “Run for the Cure” event when I was around 22/23, I think.

So, I’m pretty pumped today!

Runners – how many years have you been running?

Does anyone “Runch” ? (Run at lunch)

Do you sneak in a little workout while at work? Desk yoga, stretching, walking meetings, lifting weights, stand up desk?

Piper

Cold Run & #ATWRBR2014

Happy Hump Day……already ?!!?!?!? Ahhh, where is March going? Seriously….if you look at the calendar….it’s almost April!

I didn’t get a chance to share last week’s “Around The World Running Blogger Relay Challenge”…but I managed 20km! I was hoping to get another 4k in Saturday but my body was still recovering from a 9k run Friday…so I took it as a sign to rest. So far…including this week, I’ve run 55km this month! Hol-y mol-y!!!

Today’s run was a cold, windy run…and my lungs weren’t too happy after the run 😦 whomp whomp

Today was the day, I got to run with my friend, Shannon – a.k.a Iron-woman! We both had busy mornings at work and were running late so all was good. When she arrived she said “Are you sure you want to go out there, it’s pretty windy and cold”? I said yes, we’re going 🙂 Then I noticed the bag she had was the Ironman bag – awesome!

We got dressed …bundled up as it was -6 degrees C but felt like -13 C ….BRRRRRRRRRRRRR! BUT, the sun was out!

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ha ha, I look terrified! It’s more because of the weather then who I am running with. I swear! Missing from photo: face/neck protector

We literally started running the second we were out the door! My poor buddy…Green Garmin…didn’t even have a chance to find a satellite until we were more than half way done the run. So, I mapped my run and it came out as 5.03 km.

After hitting a few cross-walks we were on our way, in the cold and windy yet sun-shining early afternoon temps. The running was good, felt a little quick but then again I’ve been running inside on a treadmill for a while now. We talked about heart rate monitors and testing, running up hills (she gave me two ways of running up hills – a.k.a. how to survive them without looking like you’ve stopped running). We talked about races and a 1/2 marathon group she is coaching, running resources, big wig coaches in Canada and the U.S. that she connects with and running with a buddy. But not just any buddy, someone who runs at the same pace as you and someone who will not challenge you on every run.

We talked briefly about “the plan” to get me on track to a sub 60 and she asked me if I was focused on “performance”. I then proceeded to talk about my running goals for this year (5k sub 30; 10k sub 60 and my second 1/2 marathon).

I had to walk WAY more than normal, not because we were running super fast, but because the hills were actually killing me. I ran most of them but just had to take some breaks and walk. She was happy to run at my pace and walk with me when I needed to.

I was a little nervous leading up to the run, at least on the weekend I was. However, once I got out there with her it was just like going for a run with a friend, a co-worker…someone who shared the same passion with me and was happy to run with me.

I’m excited to see where my “plan” takes me and all the knowledge that I can absorb from her. I learned a lot in such a short amount of time. My lungs felt heavy all afternoon and I sounded like I had a nasty cold – I guess that’s what happens when you don’t run outside consistently. It was a fun run and great way to spend my lunch hour.

(Then, we were late for our meeting…..whoops!!!)

What’s the coldest you’ll run in?

How many layers is too many layers for you to go out for a run?

Do you ever sound like you have a cold/funny voice after a run in the cold?