October Mileage & November Goals

Another month bites the dust! Can you believe that it’s November already? I seriously can’t believe how fast this year has gone by!

October wasn’t a high mileage month but it was busy. We managed to get out for three Sunday bike rides which just seems so weird as we’re normally done with outdoor bike riding by then.

Running Mileage: 47 km; 2 Yoga classes, 3 Soccer Games, 13km Cycling and lots of walking!

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October Goals:

  • Pace Valley Harvest 10k – 1:10 finish time. Finished in 1:09:37.
  • Enjoy time with family; especially on Thanksgiving – Oct 8th – YUP!
  • Visit Pumpkin People and do a Corn Maze with our girls. Nope! But they both went with others!
  • Complete October’s “Journal the Run Project”. Completed! Loving capturing my running and other workouts this way. 
  • Continue to get my back/chest better (related to car accident from back in March). Working on it. I started to see a Chiropractor in September and this has made the world of a difference! So thankful for our healthy care practitioners.

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Not a bad month. I tried to keep it simple and planning to do the same in November. The best part of October (running wise) was pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon 10k. I had a blast and can’t wait to pace a race next year.

November Goals:

  • Run 2-3 times a week.
  • Design a half marathon training plan for Hypo Half (Jan 14th 2018).
  • Strength Training (Core workouts, IronStrength and old PT exercises).
  • Run outside as much as possible.
  • Dust off treadmill.
  • Start thinking about races for 2018.
  • Renew Blog (yeah, i’m going to give it a go for another year).

First treadmill run of the winter last night.

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Though it’s already Nov 9th and I’m just sharing these goals now, they have been on my mind for the last two weeks. I love running and hoping to keep that up in order to potentially run the Hypo Half in January. I desperately need to do more strength training and core work to keep my back and SI joint happy. I’m starting to get excited about races next year which is really early for me!

How was your month of October?

Have you thought about races in 2018 yet?

Any November Goals you want to share?

 

 

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Treats, Run & Fire Weekly Wrap Up

November has been an extremely busy month and it’s only the 6th! We are still having some summer like temperatures but fall feels like it’s trying to roll in. The pretty leaves are all gone and the warm temps just don’t feel right.

Last week wasn’t the best week of workouts as I was on the road a lot with work. That will be the theme until mid December sadly. I need to be creative in getting in my runs and any other workouts.

Last week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Rest Day.
  • Tuesday: Halloween – lots of walking.
  • Wednesday: Melissa Bender Quick Core workout.
  • Thursday: 5k with Carmacks.
  • Friday: Rest Day.
  • Saturday: 3k run with Carmacks before 7am.
  • Sunday: Leisurely 6k bike ride + Soccer Game.

Halloween: Social Butterfly, Super women and Old Lady Lilly!

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Confession – I’m eating way too many Halloween treats. Anyone else? I am however enjoying my runs with Carmacks. He is doing awesome running with me or should I say I’m doing a good job of running with him. I ran’t run fast enough for him right now but some days he has me pushing my pace way more then I want to be and that’s okay. My husband had him out yesterday for another 5k so he’s starting to rack up the mileage. I want to try and do a longer run with him and see how he does but it’s still a little too warm for him to go longer then 5k – at least, that’s how I feel.

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(TMI coming up). I’ve gotta figure out how do my long runs with him and managed water for both of us as well as poop bags which aren’t fun to run with. There aren’t too many garbage bins around to drop the bags off and I’m not going to leave a bag of dog poop behind. I have lots to learn about running long distances with him as when I ran with our other dog Maclean, we kept it to 5k.

This week I also tried a Melissa Bender core workout I recently saw online. Not easy but so effective. I worked this past weekend but it was fun work. I graphically recorded an AGM for a female leadership group around sport, recreation and physical activity. You can check it out on Instagram. It was a long day driving and standing but I took advantage of my new Tiux socks to keep my legs happy. [Tiux promo code: ANNASTIUX for 20% off at Tiux]

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We got out for one last bike ride as a family. I keep saying “last ride” but each week we managed to get out again. However, this week required gloves and the girls faces were cold but they still loved it.

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We ended off the weekend with a bonfire dinner for the girls. It went over pretty good until Hilary had a meltdown over her spider hot dog – apparently she really hates hot dogs! At least the fire was fun! The time change took a little toll on Hilary as she was up before the birds and cranky by 5pm…fire burning time. Oh well, sometimes as parents we learn things last minute – you know….good Ah – ha! moments!

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I didn’t get to watch the NYC Marathon but WOW, just WOW. I’m loving all the hype of Shalene’s win. No, I’m not American but it’s awesome watching a women win and break a record for her country. I’m linking up today with the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. 

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How was your weekend?

Did you take in the NYC marathon? 

Did the time change affect your family?

 

 

 

 

Weekly Workouts; Run, Soccer, Cycle.

Happy Monday!

I’m feeling like November is just too close for comfort! With basically a full week away, it’s going to be here before we know it. Which means, wrapping up October with some runfessions later this week and Halloween fun for all this week I’m sure!

Weekly Workouts:

  • Sunday: Iron Strength Workout / Bike Ride / Walking Carmacks *ankle roll*
  • Monday: Restorative Yoga
  • Tuesday: Rest Day (was on the road for work all day)
  • Wednesday: Short 3k run with Carmacks before the kids were up.
  • Thursday: Soccer Game (we lost 3-1 but it was a great game).
  • Friday: Rest Day.
  • Saturday: Rest Day / Girls had their first basketball session and then I had to work. But it was fun work hosting a gender equity workshop for women interested in becoming board members (in sport & recreation). Though it was a super long day with my girls + working (they came too), it was a good day.

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  • Sunday: AM: Cleaning/washing and more cleaning. PM: Leisurely bike ride. I had the best bike ride with my girls. It was about 45 minutes in length but we stopped to say hi to a friend, then to play at a playground and in the woods, then back on the bike for some more fun before heading home.

Also, this is what biking with your kids looks like, granted this was an empty parking lot:

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Running:

I feel like running has totally taken a back seat lately. I have very little interest in running before work but will do a short run with our dog. I enjoy going for a runch but really have to plan those ones out. I’m exhausted once I finally get the girls to bed at night and just not feeling like doing anything but dishes, making lunches, folding laundry – just kidding. I have a treadmill so it’s not like I have an excuse when my husband is working.

I’m sure running will creep back into my life more but it is what it is! I want to run a “Jingle Bell Run” early December and maybe even thinking about a winter half. A winter half in Nova Scotia can mean running on ice, snow or clear roads, it’s really hit or miss.

Though I might not be running, I am really loving getting out on my bike with my girls. Usually, they just bike up and down on our quiet road but last weekend I decided to bike with them. Yesterday we decided to bike to a friends house and the adventure just continued from there. No, I wasn’t going at my normal pace but it was so much more enjoyable to go at a slower pace WITH my kids.

My ankle is healing but not 100%. I wore a brace at my soccer game (and running) last week which helped. I was actually planning on weaning myself off the brace from last year’s ankle injury (inside of ankle not outside like now). Anyway, looks like I’ll be wearing it for a few more games until my recent ankle roll is 100%.

Have you ever run a winter half marathon?

Are you even thinking about Christmas themed races yet? (too soon). 

How was your week?

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

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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.

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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