Run or Dye 5K Race Recap

Running in tutu’s has to be one of the best ideas ever! That’s what I did this past weekend with my sister-in-law and some friends….covered in coloured dye and running/walking up down cross-country ski trails. Let me tell you all about it….

After being up three times with Hilary Friday night, I got up at 6 am, prepped for the run, ate some breakfast, got on Facebook and then hit the road in +3 degrees. Brrrrr.

Lots of fog!

Lots of fog!

The drive to Ski Martock usually takes about 40 minutes but I guess I was so pumped about the run I got there in 30. When your driving to a run make sure you have some good tunes to listen too. I sure did but they were from 2005!!! Apparently, I rock out to kids tunes way more than I do my own – gotta work on that one.

After meeting my group of friends we loaded on a school bus (we felt like kids again) and off to the hill we went. Dressed in white t-shirts, white tutu’s, and colourful socks….We.Were.Ready.  Since we had our race kits we were able to head right down to the start area and party it up…and that we did.

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Team tutu

There was lots of dancing, cheering and colour in the air.  They let 500 people “run” every five minutes starting at 9am and we were the third set to go.

Team tutu

Before the Dye

Nothing like a little dance party to get you pumped for a 5k run 🙂 It was a lot of fun at the start area, lots of hype and energy.

After Dye

And then we were off…it was slow going as we were at the back of the 500 pack but we slowly worked our way through people that were walking. The route was on the cross-country ski trails at Ski Martock – so very hilly, muddy and random hay in places that were really muddy. We had to walk down some hills as it was really slippery and wanted to avoid falling on our butts.

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After going through the orange dye station and at the end of the 5k 3k run.

We hit all the dye stations and got to the end and realised that it was over before we knew it. It wasn’t quiet a 5k but closer to 3k. I was a little disappointed as I had it in my head we were running the distance of 5k. Maybe they changed the course because some of the trails were too muddy and not safe or they compensated the distance because it was SO hilly…I dunno. It was still a lot of fun.

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After our run we hit up the dance party/dye bubble, grabbed some water, saw a few people and got the bus back to our car around 10:30 am. There were still people waiting to leave the parking area for the run when we arrived back at our car. We later found out traffic was backed up on a number of roads and the main highway as 7,000+ people were attending the event! Well done Nova Scotia…way to represent!

This was such a fun, easy, and laid-back event and I would do it again in a heart beat. We are already planning our outfits for next year.

Driving home I was a little embarrassed as I passed cars since I still had the dye all over my head and face. I passed one car and looked over, she had it on her face too. I felt better 🙂

The girls were really happy to see me and I quickly grabbed a shower so I could play with them again. It’s been two days since the run and I still have patches of dye on my skin!

PS – Thanks Mom for babysitting the girls while I ran and Sai took his course – we couldn’t have done either without you. xo

Have you run in a Run or Dye/Colour Run?

What run have you done that has been your favourite?

Throwback Thursday: Soccer

Last night was the first time I played (indoor) soccer in 2 years! For a girl who grew up playing, coaching and traveling all over Nova Scotia for soccer, I still can’t believe that I took two years off. I still remember my last game of the summer season; the field, the players and that we lost.

Two years ago, I decided when Sai went back to school I would take the winter off also knowing we wanted to have another baby at some point. Well, that’s all done now, I signed up for the indoor season and played my first exhibition game last night.

How did it feel to be on the turf again? Thumbs Up, FANTASTIC ! …. as Lilly say’s.

I was actually so nervous that I had butterflies in my stomach starting late in the afternoon! Seriously, who get’s butterflies at 33 years of age going to an exhibition soccer game? I hope it’s not just me.

Number 19 back in action 🙂

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It was great to see the girls, meet a few new ones and realise my gear is still in good condition. It’s only a 60 minute game and I played 25 minutes in the first half and 20 in the second. Overall, I was pretty pleased with my fitness but man sprinting after the ball or someone on the other team sure got to me in the end. I didn’t feel too out of shape … guess my few runs and T25 is helping. Yeah for me!

Waking up this morning my knees and hips hurt but other than that I’m okay. I don’t think my body has fully recovered from having given birth 10 months ago. I had a few pains in my hips/pelvis, that I did during my pregnancy while I was playing last night. Let’s hope in time this goes away.

I’m hoping all the sprinting last night, a good T25 workout tonight and T25 stretching on Friday will get me ready for Run or Dye on Saturday. Yup, it’s white tutu wearing – paint the sky – run a 5k on cross-country ski trails time! Whoop Whoop!

This is me over 10 years ago!

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I remember this play like it was yesterday. I lobbed the ball in the air down the line and my friend Tracey (left to me in white) sprinted down, crossed the ball and scored!

It. Was. Beautiful!

But, I have no idea what I am doing with my hands.

I do this when I run for some reason; thumb tucked in and fingers pointing.

Did you take a few years off from your favourite sport?

How long did it take your body to return to normal after given birth?

Do you do weird things with your hands when you run?

The Power of A Mommy Group

You know sometimes Mommy’s groups get a bad reputation of just being an excuse to get together, gossip and complain about their lives but it’s not always the case.

While at the park you see mom’s (and some Dad’s too) hanging out while their children run around, climbing on the playground equipment and you think “it’s a walk in the park for those parents”. Well, it’s not always the case. Sometimes it can take hours for a family to get their stuff together and get out the door to meet up with their friends and children. The stress of trying to arrive on time, juggling nap times, meals and oh – the potty too can make you want to stay home on your own turf because it’s just easier. And on top of that there are tantrums…I’m just going to leave it at that.

Best friends since birth!

Best friends since birth! (2.5 years old)

A Mommy group isn’t just a play date for kids. It’s more than that, it’s full of:

  • an opportunity to learn from other mom’s experiences (not to compare children)
  • a chance to leave the four walls of your house for a few hours a day and escape daily tasks that keep piling up because we don’t have enough time to “get to it”
  • it’s social …. no, not like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. It’s LIVE, IN-PERSON socialization and personal interaction
  • it’s laughter when you need it most
  • it’s refreshing, inspiring. and can sometimes include really good food.

When I was on maternity leave with our first daughter Lilly, we started a play group from our prenatal class. There was 4-6 women and babies that would get together weekly. We called it our “Monday Funday”….oh yeah! The weekend was over, our husbands were back to work and it was time for us to get together. We would rotate from house to house each week and would always have a pot luck lunch. These were some of our best meals of the week….I’m not kidding. And if you hosted, sometimes your husband was lucky enough to have a little taste of what we ate for lunch. There was also the “field trips” that we took to farmer’s markets, the zoo, the park, the beach and the cookhouse for lunch.

The babies were born within 6 weeks of one another and have grown up together for the last 3 years. Each June and July we have a birthday party almost every weekend. It’s a fun time of the year because the kids get so much play time together. I’m talking about the kids here….not the Moms. Okay, maybe I am talking about the Moms … and the Dad’s too.

This time around with Hilary who is 6 months old, we have a few mom’s and babies that we get together with. Sometimes a big group and sometimes just a few. The best part is that the babies are getting exposed to other babies and the mom’s are able to connect, get support and enjoy each other’s company for a few hours.

A Mommy group of friends is a powerful group. It’s supportive, encouraging and inspiring. I know there are days that I can count on my group of Mommies for support; whether that’s a play date, a meal dropped off, last-minute pick up arrangements at day care or a simple phone call.

Mom’s or Dad’s – do you go to a play group?

What’s the best thing about your playgroup?

Monkey Update: 9 months old

Last week Hilary turned 9 months old! It’s amazing when you have your second child how you forget everything your first child did; like what age they did something or what approach you took with them. We are constantly learning with both girls and hoping they don’t notice if we mess up.

Hilary’s been a busy girl this past August; travelling twice to PEI to visit Daddy (5-6 hour car rides), eating more food than her sister, mother and father combined…well, almost and trying so hard to learn how to crawl.

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Hilary Elise 9 months

Weight: 18 pounds (8.18kg)

Height: 69.5 cm long

Likes:

  • Banana’s (we can’t even walk by them in the grocery store without her going nuts over them)
  • Playing peek-a-boo with her sister in the car
  • Checking to see what big sister Lilly is doing in the car
  • Standing / Pulling herself up to standing
  • Seeing Daddy on the computer when we skype
  • Watching cars and people in public places

Dislikes:

  • Sleeping in other people’s houses (traveling)
  • Napping
  • Loud noises
  • Formula. Hate, hate, hates it with a passion………up until a few days ago!

New Happenings:

  • Waving hello and good bye
  • Eating more foods: toast, grapes, leeks, cheese, yogurt, spinach.
  • Weaning from breastfeeding
  • Moving around on the ground (not crawling but scooting around on her bum)
  • Loves standing up on her own when holding our hands
  • Know’s what buttons to press on her musical toys and get’s excited when the music comes on
  • Starting to say ba ba ba and bap.
  • She can see her Nan on skype and will wave hello to her….so cute!

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If you miss the last nine months, you can find them from the start: Pregnancy Page 1 and 2 Months ; 3 Months ; 4 Months ; 5 Months ; 6 Months ; 7 Months ; 8 Months.

How’s Mama doing?

Well, it’s been an interesting year having two daughters, trying to manage the house, day care, vacations and Daddy being away a lot. We’re making do. The girls are doing amazing when Daddy goes away for work and Hilary is really starting to come around with him. She even hug out, laying on his lap with him the other day. She has come along way.

I’ve been trying to workout with and without Hilary as much as I can. I’m also trying to get a little more sleep than before. The only way I can do that is if I go to bed when the girls do and forget about the messy dishes, the laundry to be washed and folded or the phone calls/emails/FB/Blog that are waiting for me.

I have three more months until I am back to work full-time! Yup, FULL TIME, 2 girls in day care and my husband is away most of the week with his job. Fun time’s ahead for us!

Good lord she’s growing fast!

Did your maternity leave fly by?

What are your babies (or kids) eating these days?

Are you able to take some “me time”?