Week 8 Half Training Maritime Race Weekend

What a busy week! I’m starting to feel a little nervous at how fast this half marathon is approaching.

When I signed up for Maritime Race Weekend last December (yup!), it was just a plan. Now, it’s four weeks away. That’s four more weeks of running but also back to school and a whole new schedule for our family with both girls in school. This is going to be a short and sweet kinda of post.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

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  • Monday: Stretch & Strengthen | Coached U6 soccer one last time.
  • Tuesday: 7k | Yoga. I went to my weekly yoga class.
  • Wednesday: 40 minute tempo run| 5k Runch. Rough run.
  • Thursday:  5k + Strengthen|16k Long Run. You can read about it here
  • Friday: Rest Day| Rest Day. Nailed it again!
  • Saturday:  8k Pace | 2 Soccer Games in the rain (1 win, 1 loss)
  • Sunday:     16k Long Run| 2 Soccer Games in the heat and humidity (1 win, 1 loss).

It rained so much here Saturday, my whole body was soaked playing soccer – dripping socks and all. Sunday was extremely hot and humid, it was like night and day. Muddy/grassy cleats after Saturday’s games:

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I missed lots of running this week – roughly 13-15 km but I’m pretty sure the 4 games of soccer on the weekend made up for any missed mileage. Do you know how much you can run in a 60 minute soccer game? All I can say is that I’m thankful for subs!

Weekly mileage: 21k running, 4 soccer games, 1 yoga class.

This coming week we have absolutely nothing going on in the evenings….NOTHING!!!! I’m hoping I can get in a few morning runs, my long run and maybe even some strength training – you know, that workout I’ve been basically ignoring for the last eight weeks. Sorry for the short post. I managed to sprain my pinky finger playing soccer (collision with a group of people), so I’m trying not to use it much.

How was your weekend?

When was the last time you played (ran, walked) outside in the rain?

Anyone race this weekend? I know there were some local races here!

I’m linking up today with Ponder ‘N’ WonderHoHo Runsand MissSippiPiddlin.

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Week 3 Half Training MRW

I finished week 3 of half marathon training for Maritime Race Weekend (MRW) with a smile on my face but it started off not great and wasn’t sure it was going to turn around. Luckily it did!

Last week (Mon-Fri) could go down as one of those “bad” weeks of training. It was a week of ups and downs, missed workouts, feeling rushed and exhausted and just counting the days until the weekend. It was a week of learning that I can’t win them all but when I do, it feels so good!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Stretch & Strengthen Day | Nothing. To be honest, I had a horrible day. So many things went wrong and it just felt like a gong show at work/home. After a crap-shoot day, I coached Under 6 soccer. We got home from that and trying to get Hilary to bed turned into hanging out eating a bunch of snacks (watermelon, cheese, apples and blueberries) while I made lunch for the next day. I ran out of time to do any type of workout however, my day turned around when Lilly and Saï got home from her soccer. It was also my birthday so we celebrate with some cake (late night to bed for the girls #1).

Tuesday: 5k | Walking. I was on the road for work and wasn’t able to get in a run before we left at 7:30. I did managed to get in a 40 minute walk later that evening as part of our meeting/walking to dinner on a trail – which was nice!

Wednesday: 5K | 5k. After an extremely late night, I woke up early and got out for a run. The first kilometre I’m pretty sure I wasn’t awake but the being about to look out into the ocean while you run kinda wakes you up. It was great to get it in. I also coached U 6 soccer that evening – late night to bed for the girls #2.

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Thursday: 5k + strengthen | Nothing. Okay, I didn’t do nothing. I walked my dog for 20 minutes first thing in the morning which was actually really peaceful. I worked all day then picked up the girls in different locations. We had a picnic dinner at my work and then went to Lilly’s soccer game! Not done yet….when we got home, I cleaned up the girls, gave them a snack and tried to get them to bed – this took us until 8:30/9pm – late night #3.

During this painful extended bedtime, I did a load of laundry, folded two loads, made half a lunch for Lilly, got all the garbage ready for garbage day, took the dog out in the yard twice. Oh yeah, we got a dog two weeks ago. It was 9pm and I’m pretty sure the girls just feel asleep. I was beyond exhausted but wanted to work out. Instead, I crashed on the couch where my dog just wanted me to pet him (Doggy blog post to come).

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I brought all my gear to run at lunch but ended up not running. At least I was prepared, right!!!

Saturday: 5k Race | 11k Long Run. Oh this run was just what I needed! It was so great! I got up at 5:30 and was out the door just after 6am by myself. It was an out and back kinda of run.

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As the sun started to rise and hit my face on a very cool morning (12C or 53F), I trekked along, one km, two km, three km, four. Sidewalks, cross walks, pavement and crusher dust/gravel. I started off around 6:40/km and then 6:30/km and managed to work my way down to 6:24/km and 6:20/km, I even managed 6:18/km. IT. WAS. GREAT!  I haven’t felt that good after a long run in probably a year.

We then spent the day at Lilly’s soccer tournament where they lost two games and tied one! She had a blast and Hilary did too playing on the playground.

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Sunday: Run | Soccer Game (aka speed work). Sunday night I had a soccer game after a busy day with the girls. We won 3-1. Though the girls didn’t come to my soccer game, it was late night #4 of going to bed!

Weekly mileage: 16k + a soccer game.

Though my week started off rough and I missed some workouts, I’m happy with what I could accomplish with my training. You can’t win the all but you can at least try, right?!?!

We are skipping our girls soccer tonight as they are so exhausted. Between late nights at soccer, long days outside and extremely hot weather both girls are done! Poor Hilary isn’t handling the heat well so we’ve got to get her back on track. Sometimes you just have to miss out on a night of soccer practices (both girls) to regroup for the rest of the week.

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Janelle at Run With No RegretsDon’t forget to check out their blogs!

Though I’m not posting on here much these days, you can always find me over on Instagram.  Also, check out TIUX compression socks (as seen above) and use this discount code for 20% off your next order: ANNASTIUX .

What’s your number 1 summer tip for staying healthy?

Anyone else have a roller coaster week?

Anyone race/train this weekend?

Post Race Weekly Recap

Ummm….last week was a zero running week for me! ZERO!!! It wasn’t because I didn’t want to but it just didn’t happen. And, I’m okay with that.

Last Sunday I ran my 5th half marathon at Johnny Miles, if you missed the recap you can find it here. It was good, bad and ugly and good again – I’m happy with it. I took Monday off work (planned) and was wanting to rest and take it easy but it ended up being a really busy day of errands (unplanned). This is what my week looked like:

Post Race Running…or Rest Days.

Monday: Rest & Recover Day. I wanted to do a shake out run but that didn’t happen. My thighs hurt so much going down stairs.

Tuesday: Yoga. Oh, yoga felt great…except for the chair pose. I wasn’t having any of that and everyone laughed at me as they knew I just ran a half marathon. I did alternative poses when needed. My thighs still hurt.

I also wasn’t feeling awesome and thought I might have had a touch of heat exhaustion based on the systems I was having. Lots of water and rest in between work and kid stuff.

Wednesday: Rest Day. Relief with my thighs came on day three post half marathon. Hilary had soccer which I’m coaching so I was on my feet that night for a bit.

Thursday: Rest Day but I really wanted to run.

From my garden.

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Friday: Rest Day. I planned to run but decided I need to just do nothing. Honestly, I sat down in front of my TV and couldn’t even figure out how to watch a show because it’s been so long. (We don’t have cable but Netflix).

Saturday: I planned to run that evening but totally wimped out last minute and watched Netflix that night. (It was a busy day between errands with the girls and an outdoor birthday party in the rain (it was fun!) in the afternoon. That run just wasn’t happening that evening.

Sunday: SOCCER!!!!!!!!!! Finally, I moved more then walking! Oh, how I love soccer! I do, I do! It was great. Well, not great, we lost but it felt great to play. I need a tan!

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That’s it. Super relaxed, super non-active week! I’m thinking I really need to get my butt in gear as I’m pretty sure I should be at least one week into my next half marathon training. That would be for Maritime Race Weekend 5k & Half Marathon September 15/16th. I might not be on track with training for that but I’m going to get more focused this week and figure out my training plan.

Anyone else take a full week off after a race?

What’s the best thing you do to recover after a race?

How long do you wait to run your next race?

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Zenaida Arroyo. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Amazing Run, Water Problems & Weekly Recap

Well, you know there is a saying out there …you don’t know what you’ll miss until you don’t have it? Or something like that. Well, on the weekend we lost our water – no water for a family of four!!!

Fun times were not had by all. Well, maybe for my girls. We are on a well, which we had the pump replaced 3 years and 1 day ago, when we lost our water. I had a bit of a freak out as I couldn’t find our warranty on the *new* pump that we invested so much in.. ha ha ha. It was 10:30pm Saturday night and you can’t sleep when shit hits the fan in your house…or when water stops dripping from the taps. I was so upset.

We spent Sunday running (literally) over to our amazing neighbour’s house to use her bathroom and filled up some jugs/bought some water. We figured rather then calling a plumber on the weekend, hello $$$$$, we’d call Monday morning. I’ll keep this short – problem fixed by lunch time today (still awaiting the bill, but it’s all good); a wire in our well had deteriorated along with an electrical box inside the house.

I was never so happy to see water coming from my taps and being able to flush the toilets! Having said that….I had a fantastic run Sunday night!

Weekly Workout Recap:

  • Monday: Bowling with the family.
  • Tuesday: Yoga class – felt so great!

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  • Wednesday: Cycling for 40 minutes on my bike trainer – really loving this.
  • Thursday: Nothing.
  • Friday: Soccer game, we won. Thought I was going to lose my lungs!

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  • Saturday: Nothing. We watched Hidden Figures – such a great movie!
  • Sunday: 7k treadmill run.

Oh this run was so great. Honestly, I didn’t even know if I’d get to shower after but I didn’t care. (Luckily, I did shower at my neighbours though). I jumped on the treadmill after an epic bath time for the girls at our neighbours that included ice cream! Yeah, the girls get spoiled by her 🙂

Sweaty selfie with my blank white board (no upcoming races).

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I decided to catch up on a TV show while I ran. This run was just what I needed. I ran at a comfortable pace then kept increasing it over time. I hardly looked at my distance and just ran by how I was feeling.

IT.JUST.FELT.SO.GOOD!

Honestly, I wanted to keep running (so did my legs) but knew it was getting late and I didn’t want to lose my window of shower opportunity at my neighbours house. It was a great way to end a bit of a shitty weekend. Bonus of the weekend – my husband wasn’t working so we all got to hang out AND, we got to see our niece, Ava. (Oh and of course, my brother and SIL). And since it’s after 9 PM on Monday, I’m just going to go ahead, hit publish and let you enjoy this blog post at your leisure 😉

Ever lose water for a few days? Luxury camping or pain in the butt?

Do you have a neighbour that would let you use their bathroom all day long?

When’s the last time you had an amazing run?

Today, I’m joining super late, the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Snowy Weekly Wrap Up

Snow, snow and more snow! Winter has finally arrived in Nova Scotia! We had a big storm last Friday (30cm), today we’re getting 30-60cm at the moment an other 10-15 on Thursday!

Though I don’t love being stuck in the house, I’m sure looking forward to snowshoeing and skiing! Last week’s workouts were all over the place with not a lot of running – so far, I’m okay with that. I’ve yet to sign up for a spring race so I’m not following a training plan at the moment. I’m struggling at which one to register because every since race I want to run my husband has to work those weekends – bad timing, eh! Oh well, I’ll find one and figure it out.

Workouts February 6th – 12th:

Monday: Rest Day. I was planning to go to Barre but bailed 10 minutes before the class as I was honestly, just exhausted. I needed a rest day.

Tuesday: 40 minutes on my new trainer! Woohoo! I came home from work to find my bike attached to a new trainer that my husband bought me! Now I can cycle indoors…hello cross training. And no, triathlons are not in my near future…I’ve gotta get over my open water fear first before I even consider it. That or be allowed to use a life jacket – HA ha, yeah right!

New trainer needs a name….

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Wednesday: 5k Treadmill Run & PT exercises.

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Thursday: Rest Day

Friday:  SNOW STORM!!!!!!! No running, no cycling but a wee bit of snow shoveling! We got around 30 cm of snow.

Saturday: Soccer Game. I had a 9 AM game so the whole family came to watch however, I was just coming down with our latest head cold. It was a rough game as I just didn’t have a lot of energy. We lost.

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We stayed after the game as there is open play for families. We ran, played soccer, hula hooped and hung out with some other families. I did some foam rolling once we got home and relaxed in my Tiux Socks.

Speaking of Tiux socks, if you want to check them out at Tiux socks, use this coupon code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off! Free shipping in Canada and US!

Sunday: An hour of snowshoeing with the girls. Even though we were all feeling under the weather, I took the girls out for about an hour of stop-and-start snowshoeing. You know…“Mom, I’m tired and we stop for a minute”….sure! After the first few times, I kinda gave up and just went with it. We stopped to have a snack and some hot chocolate which ended up being the highlight of the little snowshoe adventure.

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How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else under a snow storm right now?

What’s your favourite thing do to when stuck in your house?

Today, I’m joining for the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Sunshine & Blue Skies Weekly Wrap Up

Oh Monday we meet again!

It was a beautiful weekend outside in Nova Scotia and we had a chance to play outside! Though I didn’t get any outdoor running in, I’m confident I increase the freckle count on my face Saturday. This is what my week of workouts looked like last week and on the weekend.

January 30th – February 5th

Monday: Barre class – HELLO muscles I’ve neglected. It was great to get back to this class but I sure noticed my muscles on Tuesday!

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Tuesday: Yoga class – oh, yoga felt so good on  my sore muscles. I managed bird of paradise on one side really well, held the crow pose longer then before and even worked on my forearm/hand stands.

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Wednesday: I took 20 minutes during my lunch to go skating.

Thursday: Soccer Game. We only had 1 sub so we all switched around positions. I ended up playing forward more then defense and was running all over the place. My legs felt like they had done fartleks and lots of  sprints.

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Friday: REST DAY!!!! Glorious rest day. I’m not really following a schedule like I do with a training plan but Friday’s always seem to be a rest day for me. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of the week and I just want to relax or the fact that this week, I just didn’t stop.

Saturday: Skating. The girls and I took a trip to the city {Halifax} and went skating at the Oval in the afternoon. This has been something I wanted to do last winter but just didn’t have the time. We probably chose one of the coldest and windiest days so far this winter but the blue skies and sunshine made up for it.

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Sunday: Ran 7k on the treadmill. It was a run that I was kinda unsure I want to do as I had to test out my ankle with the increase in distance. As I approached 5k, I thought I’d just stop and call it a day however when I looked at the distance again (I keep it hidden), it was over 5k so I kept running. Once I got to 6k, I figured I just needed to suck it up and go for the full 7k I originally planned. It was a great run and I had no issues with my ankle. Fingers crossed I’m on the right path with that now!

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Oh, see the bruises on the inside of my thigh – yeah those are from my soccer game. I got blasted with the ball and it hurt but I didn’t think it would give me a handful or more of bruises. Ouch!

Lost & Found!

Remember last week when I said I lost one of my Tiux Compression socks? Well, we found it but not in the washer! It was IN the pocket of my husbands work pants…IN THE POCKET! I looked in all the pant legs but never thought to check out the pockets! Speaking of Tiux…I recently became a Tiux ambassador! You’ll be seeing them around the blog and stay tune for a discount code!

To catch up, last week’s workouts are here

How was your weekend / week of workouts?

Anyone find a sock in their pocket before?

Was it sunshine and blue skies for you this weekend?

Today I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Monday!!!!!!!

I wish I could greet Monday like I do Friday, Saturday or Sunday 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always dread Monday’s but I knew last night after my soccer game that I wouldn’t enjoy getting up this morning. It could be the fact that I’m sore or that I put back out again (minor but uncomfortable) or I’m tired and just want to sleep.

I’ve taken a step back in running because of my ankle…yes, I’m still having issues with it. After seeing my physiotherapist last week, we discovered my posterior tibial tendon isn’t happy (to summarize). It’s been giving me pain after I run longer distances, walking up and down stairs and pivoting. It’s amazing how many times in a day you actually pivot on your feet.

Having said that, I can still play soccer with my brace as it supports my ankle and the quick cutting motion doesn’t bother me = no pain post soccer. It’s been suggested I get some inserts for my running sneaks and lay a little low on the running; 1-2 days a week instead of 3-4. I also have new exercises to strengthen that part of my ankle. But really folks, really….I just want to be healthy and strong again with no pain. I’m confident I’ll get there eventually.

Last night’s soccer game was an interesting (seven aside women’s league). We thought we had 7 players but ended up playing with only 6 against a team that had 9 players. We figured it would be a game of survival but we managed to get a few great opportunities to score. We ended up winning the game 3-1 🙂

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Last week’s workouts:

  • Sunday: Snowshoe after our dump of snow & 5k on the Treadmill.
  • Monday: Shoveling driveway after another 8cm fell – yes I’m counting this.
  • Tuesday: Nothing
  • Wednesday: Ran 6k on the Treadmill
  • Thursday: Physio appointment. Took it easy that night.
  • Friday: Nothing.
  • Saturday: Nothing.

On a positive note…..my order of Nuun arrived 🙂

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Decluttering

One of my goals for this year is to declutter and really clean up our house. Last week I managed to get four bags of “stuff” out of our house and donated and 2 bags of random paper into recycling. BIG WIN!

Best moment of the weekend: watching my girls at Gymnastics. Our youngest is extremely close to doing handstands by herself and our oldest does the best bridges ever! Taking them to gymnastics makes getting up early SO worth it.

Though it wasn’t an amazing week of workouts, I don’t regret taking four days to not workout. Life is busy sometimes and I’m not going to feel guilty for taking time to rest.

How was your weekend?

What’s the longest period of time you’ve been in physio? 

What do you love to see your kids do?

I’m joining for the first time the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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