Hilly Runs

I used to love running hills. Sometimes even repeating them over and over again.

That’s not my current mood. However, running is hard for me right now. I struggle to run 5k. True story! No pun intended but running has its ups and downs and I’m feeling more in the downs lately. That’s okay, as I know if I keep at it those hills will get easier and I might enjoy them again.

While in Halifax last night, I decided to go for a run since I had the time. Well, if you know downtown Halifax, is that it’s ALL hills. I literally started my run on a massive hill. This might have been a bad idea but ah well.

I was secretly thankful for traffic light stops and took the time to catch my breath. Clearly, I needed the break.

I had no plan to my run but was hoping I’d survived 5k around town. I saw so many runners out and ran though a group of runners. Not going to lie I felt intimidated, especially as I ran in the opposite direction of most runners I saw. Was I running he wrong way? Nah, I was just running my way.

I ran up Citadel Hill and thought I’d die at the top. Then on e up top, I ran around it and then back down. I wasn’t keeping track of my km and hit 5k and was finally feeling good (after all those hills). I decided to run a little further away from my hotel and then back towards it to finish off for 7k.

My route took me all over. Many roads I’ve run before during Bluenose Marathon (5k,10k, 1/2, kids run) so they weren’t a surprise to me, I fact I probably chose them since I’ve run them before.

Running is hard sometimes. Hills aren’t fun sometimes. But, you keep moving forward anyway.

Anyone else not loving hills right now?

Anyone else struggling right now?

Do you avoid races with lots of hills?

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Friday Five K

The last day of March Break took my kids to an art camp (which they loved) and gave me, most of the day to do whatever.

Laundry, deep clean the house, groceries, maybe just maybe even read a book. Well, I did none of that and went for a run in the rain after I dropped off the girls at art camp.

It was cold ( 1°C ) and raining which made for muddy trails. There is still some large spots on the trail covered in ice/snow and not traversable….unless you want to be like bambi. No thanks!

It wasn’t a pretty run and I barely forced the pace. Carmacks wasn’t with me so I had no help in the speed department. However, I don’t need or want to run fast all the time.

I’m thinking the next few weeks back into running are going to be hard and not pretty but that’s okay…..I’m getting back at it. Now I just need to sign up for a race!

Anyone running today?

What’s a race you are looking forward to this spring?

Parkrun is now in Nova Scotia!!! Anyone going?

I Needed That Run

After four weeks not not running, minus a handful of soccer games, I went for a run. And it felt great!

We’re on March Break so I’m off with my kids all week. We also haven’t had much on the go the past few weekends so we’ve been able to wake up and just go wherever the day takes us. The has allowed for some fun adventures but also some headaches of kids fighting with each other and not listening very well….you know kids being kids.

Anyway, Monday was a rather frustrating day in which we did nothing because, well…you can’t reward bad behaviour with fun adventures. At least we can’t. There’s a line and it was pushed a bit too much so my girls missed out on some fun things. However, it just left me frustrated and deflated.

After dinner my husband said “you should go for a run” but i want having any of that. I haven’t run in four weeks, I felt deflated, frustrated, sad we missed out on family fun time, bummed. Running want what I wanted to do (but clearly I needed a run). The girls were just out of the bath and I blurted out “I’m going to go for a run”.

Shut, I said it out loud and my husband heard me. Shit. He heard me and said that’s a great idea…go. Shit, now I had to…but also wanted to. As I got ready, Carmacks or dog saw my running pants and started getting excited. I had wanted to run alone so I ignored him. As he sat there staring at me, I gave in and said he could join me. Talk about a happy dog!!!

We left the house and ran our normal route where I barely have to tell him “Gee” (right) or “Haw” (left). As we cruised into the first km I saw 6:12, woah boy we are running fast.

Carmacks makes me run way faster than I think I can. He pushed me when I won’t push myself. He knows just what I need during a run when I dont.

We ran 5k in 30:27 which is rather fast for me especially since I haven’t been running. I totally lost my interest in running over the last few weeks but hopefully got it kicked started again.

Yes, I’ve been skiing (oh my guads), playing soccer (sprint, recover, sprint, recover), going to yoga (happy muscles) and skating (tired calf muscles) but running is a whole other workout. I also threw in some glute and ab exercises while I was stretching because I need to strengthen those to avoid some part injuries. I hurt yesterday all over, Haha!!

Sometimes you need a bad day to kick start something else. So thankful I got out for a run with Carmacks and looking forward to my next run. We are off skiing today….its officially spring so why not!

How’s your running going?

Happy its officially spring?

Is running a go-to destresser for you?

Running, What Running

Confession – I don’t remember the last time I ran outside. I literally, had to look it up on Garmin Connect just. It was February 10th.

So, its only been two weeks since my last run, that doesn’t seem too bad. It was a shitty run, that’s why I don’t care to remember it. Before the 10th, I ran with Carmacks on the 3rd. Though not an awesome run, it was better than my last run, as I ran with him.

We’ve been skiing a little bit, skating this past weekend on a local outdoor rink and I’ve had a few soccer games here and there.

And yes, I count soccer towards my running mileage because I AM RUNNING. Sprint, recover, sprint, recover, jog, walk, sprint, recovery over and over again for 60 minutes. I’ve been getting between 5.3 km and 6 km during one-60 minute soccer game.

Even though I’m not running outside right now, I love playing soccer, skiing and skating with my kids. I’d much rather do an activity with my family, then on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good solo run or soccer game where I can get lost for an hour.

This time last year I had already racked up some big mileage on my bike….not this year and that’s okay too.

I have no spring races planned and I have no clue why I haven’t registered or sorted out a training plan yet. I guess it will happen when it happens.

What winter activities are you loving right now?

What’s your biggest motivation right now?

Ever forget when you last ran?

January Mileage

With no planned mileage for January, I managed some decent numbers. I’m pretty happy with my mileage in January.

I was sick for close to three weeks but plugged through it and tried to keep active. January is usually a very low running mileage month for me, mainly because we are skiing or snowshoeing. Between a few wintery outdoor runs, indoor soccer games, a trip to England with my family, a few ski days and one yoga class, my monthly mileage was pretty good!

I’ve yet to set any goals for the year but I’m working on a list of “things I want to do”.

It’s super cold….everywhere, so its bundle up in layers season everywhere too. I’m hoping to get in a few more outdoor runs in February.

I’m still doing my bullet journal and got a little more colourful in January. Also, I’m currently writing this from my phone and thinking this might be the new way of blogging for me. Quick, short posts sandwiched between some longer posts. We’ll see!

How are you staying warm?

How was your January?

Do you prefer to read quick blog posts or longer posts?

Wintry Morning Runs

Never thought I’d say this but wintry morning runs seem to be my thing lately!

I like to walk my dog before my husband leaves for work so that I don’t have to walk him with my girls before they go to school, and I to work. They aren’t overly enthused in the mornings to begin with. So telling them they have to walk Carmacks with me in freezing cold temps doesn’t always go over well.

This morning I was awake around 5am for no reason. I tried desperately to fall back to sleep but when my husband’s alarm went off at 5:30am, I figured I’d just get up then too.

It took me 30 minutes to pull myself together but Carmacks and I started our run at 6am. So close to the #5at5am club but I’ll take the 6am start time. He was pumped as he always is. Running in the snow is his thing! I swear he’d live outside again if we lived outside but that’s not happening.

Off we went, only running into one other dog and it’s owner. Carmacks cried to say hello but we kept going. Up and down the slippery snowy streets in the dark of the morning. Some people still had their Christmas lights on so that was fun to see.

We finished off our run with a morning chat with my neighbour before heading inside. Carmacks is all business when he gets back….feed me, feed me and then rest. I’m more like a sloth….slowly stretching, taking off my gear, saying hi to the girls and then off to the shower before the real day starts.

Right now I’m enjoying these early morning runs even with the cold temps and snow under-footing. It also means I don’t have to run tonight after the 2nd Christmas Concert this week!

Also it’s my 7th blog-anniversary! Wow….seven years with this blog!!!

Are you all ready for the holidays?

Are you into early morning runs this winter?

Anyone else have Christmas Concerts this week?

Work, Run, Shop, Repeat

With Christmas fast approaching, I’m feeling like I’m not ready for it yet but don’t worry I’m still getting in my running! Priorities….priorities.

Just kidding….well, I’m kinda not. With two birthdays at the beginning of December in our house, it’s hard to think past those and to Christmas sometimes. Weekends are packed with basketball games times two and soon to be ski trips to the hill. We have Christmas parties (hosting) and basketball jamborees this coming weekend – at least we got our tree up last weekend. I’m ready for Christmas break just to do nothing, ha!

As for gifts, I’m mostly done shopping but feeling like I don’t have “enough”. Not that my kids/husband need all kinds of stuff but I just don’t feel ready. Baking hasn’t even been planned though I’m pinning a tone of vegan cookie recipes lately. 

Work is still in full speed which isn’t normal this time of year for us. The good news is that I’m still running, playing soccer and hitting up yoga class when my work schedule permits. I’m really loving yoga after running early in the morning. It’s a nice change mid day!

I seem to be getting into a pattern of early morning runs on Tuesday’s. I’m not sure why. It could be the fact that my husband works that day and if he’s getting up at 5:30….I’m awake too (just can’t sleep thorough it). It’s also the best time for me to get up and walk our dog before he leaves for work. And well, since we have a retired sled dog…..he kinda loves to run! 

Carmacks and I have been running 1-2 times a week and sometimes my husband takes him on his runs. Carmacks is racking up the mileage right now. Clearly, the picture below is not in the early morning hours but after one of our muddy runs a few weeks back.

I’ve even managed one run recently with my running buddy Krystol!!!!! We can just never seem to get our schedules to align but last weekend we did. It was bitterly cold…like -11c but felt like -18c. The plan was 7-8k and I called it at 5k. You win some you lose some but at least we got out together!

Anyone else feeling not “ready” for Christmas?

COLD weather runner or not?

Any early morning runners here? Raise your hand!