My Best 5k (in a while)

If you’ve been following Piper’s Run for a while now (or know me in person), you know that I have set some goals for myself this year.

  • Sub-30 5k
  • Sub -60 1ok
  • Run my second 1/2 Marathon

For those of you that are newbies to Piper’s Run – I’ve been running for a long time…on an off, in between soccer and ski season, two pregnancies and two babies later….I’m still running 🙂

I recently hit one of my goals! I went out for a run Saturday afternoon while my husband was home with the girls. I was planning on running 7km so I could average my week’s kilometers at 20 for #ATWRBR2014 challenge. Mission accomplished (62km for the month so far!).

spring run sub 30 - 2A

My run took me out of my subdivision and onto a trail as I didn’t want to run on the main road with cars driving by at 70km/h. It made me nervous so I thought the trail would be a good option for part of my run!

The trail was completely snow-covered and was much longer then I remembered. I dodged between hard icy-snow packed ground and granular snow pellets that you’d sink your feet in….every…single….step. It wasn’t easy and my pace slowed down significantly…I even had to stop once (to take this photo, of course)

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Check out the trail!

I kept running. I got onto the sidewalk and my legs noticed the difference right away! My legs moved faster and my body wasn’t in stress mode, a.k.a – watching every step I took so I wouldn’t fall on the ice/snow.

I ran until I couldn’t run anymore on a sidewalk and then turned around. I noticed my time and how far I had gone and thought I would be close to 30 minutes for 5k. I put my head down and focused … actually I told myself to count to 50 and then I could look at my watch again and re-assess where I was.

After I counted to 50, I looked at my watch and it read 4.94 km and 29 minutes and some odd seconds….so I picked up my pace and sprinted the last .06 of a km. When my Green Garmin beeped at me to tell my that “lap” or kilometer was done, I looked at my watch.

29:39 – 5k and then I walked for a few seconds in relief and the satisfaction of accomplishment sank in 🙂 I’ve worked hard to get here and I was really, really happy. I started to run again, even up the massive steep hill. I practices my “special” running technique my coach gave me for hills and it worked! I kept running until my Green Garmin hit 7km. Boy, was I a happy runner…….and may have had a little tear in my eye.

sub 30 stats march 22 14 - 2A

No, it wasn’t a race.

No, it wasn’t a competition with someone else.

It was a simple goal I set for myself months ago and finally achieved!

I felt great.

I’m on my way and enjoying this ride.

Have you ever got emotional from achieving a goal you worked towards?

Do you count training runs as PB?

What’s your favourite colour for running gear? 

Mine is purple…I feel like everything I have is purple…besides my green garmin that is.

Unprepared for Warm Weather

Nova Scotia has been having some “unseasonal” temperatures the last week and a bit. We were not ready for the highs of +25 C as mentioned in Nothing but Sunshine and Freckles.

This is what happens when you are not ready for warm weather in March (in Nova Scotia).

That sure is a lot of colour, eh!

With it being winter, all we had were Wellies, Winter boots and these black dress shoes.

Lilly had worn the t-shirt with a pair of brown pants to the sitters but it was way to hot for the pants.

These orange, flowered shorts were the only shorts in her current size that we had on hand!

We spent this weekend picking up a few pairs of shorts and summer shoes/sneakers.

At least this year she likes her hand-made sun hat 🙂

(not made by me)

It’s been cooler weather the last few days, so we haven’t had to worry about T-shirts and Shorts.

But now we are prepared for warm weather – whenever it may hit us again expectantly.

For those experiencing warmer weather, have you been ready for it?

Did you have to DIG out your shorts or sandals like we did?

Nothing but Sunshine and Freckles

It’s been absolutely beautiful in Nova Scotia the last few days.

We got up to 25 C in the Valley. This was a sandals and summer shirt kind of day. Bye bye socks!

I had to drive over to Chester for a full day meeting with some pretty cool Recreation and Physical Activity Practitioners.

I dropped Lilly off at the sitters and proceeded to start my trip across the Province. I drove from Annapolis Valley – actually the “al” in Valley across to Chester – about 50 minutes.

As I was doing so, I was stuck behind a school bus that was turning left (as was I). I put up my visor and saw two boys in the back of the bus. One boy looked at me and stuck out his tongue! All I could do was laugh at him but he didn’t think that was funny.

It was hard to be inside when this was the view we had behind us:

Oak Island (Chester)

Signs we have moved into Spring in Nova Scotia:

  1. Ducks swimming on a pond (one which I was dying to jump in).
  2. Motor bikes on the highway.
  3. Ride-on lawn mowers out in full force.
  4. Runners everywhere.
  5. Kids on Bicycles.
  6. Everyone wearing t-shirts and shorts.
  7. Playing outside after dinner in t-shirt and shorts on all three of us.
  8. BBQing dinner we ate tonight (this must be a record for us).
  9. Realizing we only have wellies and winter boots for our daughter – whoops!
  10. Freckles popping out.

Are you having spring like temperatures? 

Don’t forget about the Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway. Contest starts Saturday!

Also, I’ll have my own little tasty giveaway around the 1st of April – and that’s not an April fool’s joke.