Goodbye February…

February was a month with lots of adventures; running, snowshoeing, skiing, skating with my family and yoga classes. It was also the month of lots of head colds, sicks kids and sleepless nights.

Though I’m trying to build my base or maintain some fitness before I start half marathon training; running wasn’t high on my priority list this month. I love snow. I love skiing in it, snowshoeing and playing outside with my girls. Unlike last year, we’ve only had a few minor storms (15-25cm each storm) which would provide an opportunity to “play” in the white stuff. After a week or two the temps have warmed up only to melt much of the snow away. It was plus 17C yesterday…in FEBRUARY!!!

Winter Outdoor Play

February was the month of playing outside (when not working of course). I managed to ski a fair amount with my family, friends and on my own. I don’t often take time off work to do something for myself unless I’m really sick but I booked two days off this month. One, to go skiing by myself and run errands in the afternoon and the second day was with a good friend who I don’t get to see very often. Both worth it!

February Mileage 2016

We took the girls skating, Hilary for the first time and got to enjoy a lot of weekend snow storms. The girls absolutely love tobogganing and just playing around our yard.

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Running

Running was better then previous years, last year some how I managed to log 41 km while being injured, this year 55 km. With the mixture of outdoor play, some running and even with the lack of motivation to run, February was still a great month.

Yoga

Yoga’s been great. I’ve been craving each week and trying to get to at least one class. Sometimes I struggle at it, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes I hurt A LOT the day after.

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What’s Up In March?

Well, first off things are changing (will tell you more later) around our house for the better. I’m hoping to get in a few more skiing days/nights, increase my running mileage and START half marathon training for Johnny Miles.

Of course continue yoga class when my schedule permits. I am also taking off “March Break”since Lilly will be off school that week. We have some fun adventures planned and a few local trips.

How was your February?

Any BIG plans for March?

 

Building My Base {Week 3}

 

Another winter-y week of running, yoga and rest completed. We had a snow storm last Friday and currently having one at the moment. This winter is by far more manageable than last year’s SNOW BOMB after SNOW BOMB.

Building My Base Week #3

What was Planned vs. What Really Happened

Monday Feb 1stYoga or Rest Day | Rest Day. My legs were tired from Sunday’s 10k and I had a sick little one on my hands.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga & 5k Treadmill run. Yoga was great as was my run.

Wednesday: Run/DVD Workout | Rest Day

Thursday: Run | 8k Run Outside. I ran at 6pm with my running buddy, Krystol. We had a fantastic run. Easy pace, talked the whole time we ran and knocked out 8k without paying attention to our Garmin’s. Perfect run except I didn’t stretch enough afterwards and my hamstring was sore on Friday.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day + 30 push ups (part of a monthly challenge).

Saturday: Run | Nothing. Shoveled snow/snowblowed the driveway. Spent the day with my girls.

Sunday: Run | Treadmill 5k Didn’t love it but was happy I did it.

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Though my week was a little more “rest days” my body needed it. Hilary was sick early in the week which messed with our sleep. Honestly, I had very little sleep last week and unfortunately my husband was away. So those “rest days” were actually me feeling 110% exhausted. I’m okay with the way my week went down.

If you missed the first two weeks, you can catch up here: Week #1 and Week #2.

Week #4 has started off with a bang in a killer yoga class yesterday. The first 5 minutes, okay probably 8-10 minutes was ALL abs. Not easy ab work, SUPER hard ab work. I hurt today. It’s all good.

How was your weekend?

How often do you feel completely exhausted? Tired is different than exhausted. 

Training, racing – tell me about it…

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? 

Ski, Snow and Running

It’s been a busy few days (week) between work, snow storm #1, skiing, facilitating a workshop on the weekend and storm #2…I managed to finally get a run in yesterday!

Last week Lilly had a 1/2 day of school, so I booked the 1/2 day off work and the four of us hit the hill. This would be Hilary’s first time (3 years old) and Lilly’s 3rd year on skis. Both Sai and I went prepared to deal with tantrums potentially from both girls but the complete opposite happened.

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Both girls had so much fun. Hilary and Sai spent time “playing” on a very small hill while Lilly and I hit the bunny hill at Ski Martock. They now have a magic carpet which is amazing. I skied down backwards for the 10+ runs Lilly did. She’s skiing on her own now and figuring out how to turn and stop etc. It’s so awesome to watch her think about the process.

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I could see Hilary and Sai off in the distance and she just looked like she was having a blast. Lots of laughing and when I got over to them, she kept saying “one more time”. Looks like we’ve got skiers on our hands 🙂

SNOW!

I shoveled two mornings in a row last week so I could get to work and then spent 1.5 hours snow blowing my driveway and two neighbours driveways yesterday. We also played outside all afternoon.

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I ran last week on the treadmill and it wasn’t great so after 3km, I got off THE BEAST and did some weights and skipping.

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I did managed to sqeeze in a run yesterday after doing the driveways. 5k on snow covered roads and sidewalks that were partially cleared. The sidewalks were like running on sand – not fun.

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It was great to spend lots of time outside (even the early morning shoveling). That’s about it!

How was your weekend?

Are you running inside (treadmill, track), outside (clear roads or snow covered) ?

If you have snow – do you mind shoveling?

 

 

Rounding off 2015 ~ A Year in Review

December 31st 2015 !!!

Just like that another year is done. I’ve been trying to decided if I should wrap up the year on the blog and finally pulled it together. This is how things went for Piper’s Run!

January

I started off the year by running my first kilometer with my daughter Lilly and am planning to make this a tradition. Though I was still newly injured with my hamstring, I thought I was on the mend – nope, nadda. I’m still happy my first km was with her.

January PR 2015

We managed to get some skiing in with Lilly while Hilary hung out snowshoeing around with Grandad or Grammy. This year all four of us will be on the hill….well, we will be on the hill with a few toddler tantrums I’m sure. We are all ready to go!

February

My 2015 goals pretty much went out the door when my hamstring was not getting any better, though it would take me months to realise this, I mean come to terms with this. I’ll write another post about my 2015 goals.

PR My Motivation Girls

I spent a lot of February – April with my Physiotherapist, my Massage Therapist and even an Osteopath. I also spent a lot of time clearing snow from my driveway (we have seven major storms last winter that started at the end of January and went into April).

Snow 2015

March

My hamstring was only slightly getting better and we got MORE snow! My Dad had a heart attack which turned life upside down but only for a little bit as he’d be back to normal pretty quickly. I ventured out at work and did some Graphic Facilitation that turned out to be a lot of fun!

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I also volunteered at the Hypothermic Half Marathon – this was the most ice I’ve seen at a running event and that wasn’t for post race recovery. Lots of injuries that day (not for me).

April

I had my first DNS due to my hamstring injury. The pain in my hamstring wasn’t getting any better though each physio/massage appointment I thought it was…it wasn’t; I was still injured.

May

I started with a new {sports} physio therapist which was the best decision ever! This finally had me on the road to recovery with my hamstring. Lilly ran her 2km race at the Bluenose Marathon and I walked/ran with her.

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Me and my girl

I missed another race {Bluenose Half Marathon} and wasn’t overly enthused with that. However, I decided to be a spectator along the half marathon route. I also met some RunATCan members, John Stanton and got to be a speaker at the Marathon with some other awesome runners.

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

June

My hamstring recovery was coming along slowly but moving in the right direction. I changed my running goals for the year and felt so much better even if running 5k was extremely hard to do.

Lilly turned 5!!

Happy 5th Lilly

Birthday fun & Zoo!

I even managed to complete the 30 day plank challenge! I also started training for what would be my 3rd half marathon.

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That’s A LOT of planking!

Still reading? Thanks!

July

Morning runs, summer vacation and running through the sprinkler with our girls was how I spent July! I was introduced to cupping by my physiotherapist and wanted to cry. However that’s what started to really help my hamstring heal.

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August

I had some beautiful training runs while on vacation with my family in PEI. We swam in the ocean, ate when we wanted to and enjoyed the sunshine!

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I also had some great long runs; week 9 & week 10.

September

A big step in our family: Lilly started school!!!!!! Though school was going really well, my running was falling apart. Something happened to my cuboid bone in my foot and couldn’t run my half marathon at Maritime Race Weekend. I was so frustrated because I was doing everything right only to have it all go wrong.

Luckily I was able to volunteer at Maritime Race Weekend and hand out medals.

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Once I got my foot sorted out AND my hamstring, I started to refocus my running on training for the PEI Half Marathon.

October

I became a 261 Fearless Ambassador, we celebrated Thanksgiving, the girls ran the kids run at Valley Harvest and I did my first gig at pacing a race! I paced the 10k – 1:10 finish at the Valley Harvest Marathon and LOVED it! I finished in 1:09:59!

VHM Kids Run 2015

The following week I managed to finally run my 3rd half marathon at the PEI Marathon and spent four days with my husband sans the kiddies!

PEI 3rd Half Marathon 2015

November

I was rocking the lunch time workouts with my co-workers and then got sick with a nasty 3 week virus that knocked me off my feet.

I did finally nailed the crow pose in yoga class – a goal of mine for the year. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and I got to have some fun taking some running photos!

MRW photo bloopers

December

Oh December…you sent us on a roller coaster. We started off celebrating Hilary’s 3rd birthday and Saï’s 40th. My niece was supposed to have heart surgery on Dec 3rd but got moved to Dec 17th and she is recovering just perfect now; thanks for all your comments, thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy my brother and his wife have that day behind them.

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I almost forgot I ran a Santa 5k Run with some friends – that was fun! Piper’s Run turned 4, and I became a member of Team Nuun for 2016. I finished off December by running a full marathon over six days and my hamstring didn’t complain – BIG WIN!

TTP Christmas Marathon

If you are still reading, thank you 🙂 It’s been a roller coaster of a year with running but somehow I managed to run 844 km. Crazy! So many lessons learned this past year and I’m sure hoping 2016 treats me better in the running department.

I’m working on a “goals” post from 2015 and slowly thinking about 2016 but not in a rush to write it.

Hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and wishing you all the best in 2016!

Happy New Year!

How was your 2015?

What’s one big thing you want to do in 2016?

What are you ready to say goodbye to in 2015?

Had a Fight With my Treadmill (and more)

Well, surprise, surprise we had another storm on Friday that left me working from home with the girls. You’d think this would be awesome but it went down hill SO fast!

Hilary is basically giving up her afternoon nap; it’s been a few months of trying to get her to nap. Oh, and a few weeks ago when Sai was home, he changed her bed from a crib to a day bed. Can you see where this might be going?

Well, I was working away downstairs and both girls were in their respective rooms. Quietly playing. After almost 1.5 hours I decided to check on them to see if she fell asleep. NOPE! She decided to get out of bed. Not only did she get out of bed but she decided to make her room smell pretty!

BABY POWDER EVERYWHERE!!!!!

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Baby Powder-mageddon

It took everything in me to not break out laughing and just deal with the situation. So funny!

As I mentioned, we had snow…which meant shoveling and snow-blowing my driveway and my neighbours. I got a lot of steps in that day, 20,914 to be exact. (Thank you FitBit Flex). Anyway, my goal was to run my 4k that night.

I got the girls to bed and was on the treadmill around 7:45 pm – record time! Started my warm up by walking and then heard a funny sound. 😦 The belt was shifting to the right. No problem, I thought. I can fix it and get back to running in a few minutes.

Forty-five minutes later, a few choice words, then tears, it was official; my treadmill was dumping me.

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The BEAST

 

I was pissed! SUPER pissed. And stressed after the day I just had, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS RUN MY 4k THAT I WAS ALLOWED TO DO. Nope, not happening. So, I watched Grey’s Anatomy (yup, I still watch it) and then went back to the treadmill as I was still hoping to get my run in.

Nope. It’s still broken as I write this. However, my weekend did get better.

JoeKalb Leggings Party:

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Little, big and little leggings

Playing in the Snow with the girls:

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More snow!

 And

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Time for a walk!

Snowshoe Hike with my running buddy:

(and a visit from my parents)

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I really, really needed that run Friday night and am amazed that I knew that run would make me feel so much better after my challenging/exhausting day. I’m still working on the treadmill to get the tension right so the belt doesn’t slide and buckle. This last week was supposed to be my week of running 4k’s but it’s yet to happen.

How was your weekend?

Any treadmill tricks you can share with me?

Played outside or stayed inside this weekend?

Hamstring Recovery Week #2 and #Snowmaggedon2015

What What! Week #2 of my Hammy recovery. First off, I may have been introduced to “The Mindy Project” – perfect running material for The BEAST (a.k.a. treadmill)…I seriously crack up watching this show.

Second, we just had a wicked snowstorm:

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Before is Monday around 5pm, After is Tuesday around 4pm and we got more snow yesterday too! Winter has finally arrived in Nova Scotia!

What my 2nd week of recovery looked like:

Tuesday 20th – Ran 2k 🙂 & PT exercises

Wednesday 21st – PT exercises yoga at home.

Thursday 22nd – Ran 2k, weights – needed a little motivation.

Friday 23rd – PT exercises (getting kind of bored of these)

Saturday 24th – Ran 2k on the treadmill before dinner with the hubs. Almost didn’t run but glad I did in the end.

Sunday 25th – NOTHING – Skipped my PT exercises – whoops! Was feeling under the weather

Monday 26th – Ran 2k, did some upper body weights, planks, push-ups, jumping jacks and I may have jumped/walked around the house so I could get my 10,000 daily steps on my Fitbit.

Tuesday 27th – STORM DAY! Was supposed to have Physiotherapy but I postponed it due to weather. Also, I’m pretty sure I did some of the Sweatpink #noexcuses but can’t remember when or what – slight fail.

Storm Day!

Storm Day!

Week 2 – I managed to not have any pain in my hamstring when putting on socks and shoes! I know, such a simple task would cause me great pain before. I’m getting discouraged by the pain/pull in my hamstring and hoping after tomorrow’s physio appointment things will improve.

This week, I can run 3k every other day 🙂 I’m really hoping she will let me do some more exercises…I’m ready to move on.

In case you missed week #1 update.

Ever get board of the same PT exercises?

What do you do when you want to move on to something else to help your injury?

Do it anyway without your PT’s advice or wait?

Anyone addicted to getting in their daily steps with their Fitbit or other tracking device?