Mother Runner Life’s Adventures & Challenges

Motherhood is no joke! Before I had kids I new parenting was going to be hard but you don’t actually realize how hard it actually is going to be until you have a child(ren).

I love my kids dearly and love watching them grow, learn and succeed. With our youngest she is learning the alphabet (she’s 3.5 yrs) and doing really great with that. Our oldest just finished her first year of school where she learned to read books, write stories and loved her science, math, music and gym classes.

Being a mom who works full time outside of the home takes me away from all the little things I was able to do on maternity leave (1 year in length with each girl). Laundry happens at night, dishes sometimes sit for a day and bigger cleaning happens a little less because… it’s just life. My husband is a Paramedic who works shift work so he sometimes has to sleep during the day.

This past weekend was a prime example of being what I thought was a good parent and then feeling like a terrible parent the next day. The plan was to take the girls to the Zoo then my boss’s house for a swim while my husband slept Saturday. I figured, no problem.

But first, I had to run 12k!

July 16th long run

I got up early and headed out the door around 6:40ish and had a great run. I returned home to the girls getting dressed and just hanging out with Saï. I stretched, showered and started getting ready for the day. I made a picnic lunch, packed the girls up and off we went by 10 AM (my husband was asleep already).

It was extremely hot outside but that didn’t really bother us. The Zoo was fun. Hilary got on the horse for the first time which was really awesome. It’s one of Lilly’s favourite things to do at the Zoo is ride on the horse.  We had snack, some water and even bought some french fries (yeah, at the Zoo) to go with our lunch.

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I was feeling good at this point. My legs felt good and energy was great. After lunch we drove over to my boss’s house and swam for an hour or so. It cooled us off in the heat of the day. We got home to spend a little time with Saï before he went to work. I made dinner and got the girls to bed, had a beer or two, then crashed around 9:30. It was a long day but a good day.

Summer beer……

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Sunday’s plan was to go to the beach with some friends; swim and have a picnic. Great plan but it was a rough day with the girls. They wouldn’t listen, they wouldn’t clean up their mess. They were just giving me a hard time all while I was trying to keep them quiet so Saï could sleep after his second night shift.

We got to the beach late but had a good time. Hilary even went in the water all by herself – this is a big step for her!. Then it was time to head back home. By mid afternoon I crashed and took a much needed nap for an hour. The rest of the night wasn’t great – minor things going wrong that just added to the day’s negativity. I even threw in a soccer game later Sunday night.

Being a mom and runner can be easy peasy sometimes however, sometime it’s a struggle and sometimes it’s just plain old exhausting and HARD. The big thing is to keep going no matter your pace (which I’m not happy with lately) and get in whatever distance you can (I ran 3k last night just to run at 9:30 PM – crazy).

Life happens. Runs need to happen in order to be ready for race day. Sometimes you just have to know when you are doing too much between running and entertaining your kids.

Mother runners: what’s your biggest challenge getting in your runs?

How do you entertain your kids in between training runs and life?

What’s your favourite summer beer?

 

Summer Soccer

I was pretty convinced I wasn’t going to play soccer until this fall when the indoor (winter) season started. Honestly, I wasn’t convinced my hamstring was good to go….I was scared to get on the field and injure it again.

It took a little ( or a lot of) convincing but I decided after running Johnny Miles that if my hamstring was good, I’d play. And just like that, I’m back on the field. It’s been since December 2014 since I last played and it sure felt great.

I’ve joined a women’s 7 aside league which will be different for me as I still loved playing 11 aside. What matters is that I’m on the field and with a group of women (mom’s too) that I don’t know, except for two. It’s kinda fun not knowing most of the team as it gives me an opportunity to meet some new people.

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We only play 60 minute games but it goes by quickly and it’s amazing how exhausting you can get from a quick sprint and then recovering back by doing the slowest trot you could ever do. Speed work at it’s finest! Actually, thinking back to when I was 14 and was doing fartlek’s, trail runs and sprints on the field…that’s where I got started with running.

Last week, after the first game, I just hurt, all over! It felt good to be on the field but I felt odd and uncomfortable for the first 5 minutes and then I just sank back into the game. My shins hurt from my horrible cleats that were being held together by electrical tape and my upper thighs were sore from sprinting. My second game was much better and I didn’t feel odd or uncomfortable as I was able to make better decisions on the field then the previous game.

When I was on the field I got completely lost in the game. You know that feeling of completely being in the moment. I’d forgotten about my family, work stuff, stress, house/yard stuff…everything. It wasn’t until after the game that I realized I was so focused on playing. It’s been a long time since I felt that way and it was kinda nice.

There is lots of soccer games ahead of me this summer between playing once a week and coaching both girls in U4 and U6 soccer. I love it and forgot how much I missed it. Now to just figure out a training plan for what is suppose to be my next (5th) half marathon in September!

When was the last time you ran (played a sport) with people you didn’t know?

What are your summer plans?

What’s your favourite thing to do in the summer?

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! Hope you got to celebrate!

Summer Fun List 2015

This past winter, I never would have thought we’d see the hot summer days ever again! Man, we got blasted with snow storm after snow storm from the end of January to the end of March. IT.WAS.NUTS!

That being said, I’ve been writing down things I wanted to do this summer with our girls. It’s now turned into a summer fun list. These are very specific to Nova Scotia (where I live) and hopefully lead to a lot of great adventures:

Bridgetown Playground

  • Strawberry pickingdone.
  • Go to the Bridgetown Natural Playground (pic above) and have a picnic
  • Swim at Lumsden’s Beach
  • Hike the trails near our house/play in the stream
  • Trip to Prince Edward Island
  • Hit up a beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (1.5 hours or so away)
  • Girls – weekend with Grandparents & Me – weekend with my girlfriend who’s expecting in Sept.
  • Camp in the backyard with my family (or camp site if time permits)
  • Go paddling with my family
  • Swim in a lakedone once already.
  • Go to the drive-in theatre – probably sans kiddo’s
  • Complete all my long runs
  • And of course…snuggle with a new niece or nephew later in the summer 🙂

There are more things I want to do this summer with the fam, but I’m keeping it to this list for now.

What’s on your summer fun list?

Traveling far or staying local this summer?

Hope you enjoy your summer!

Cheers, Piper 🙂

Run, Vacation, Repeat (I wish)

I’ve been totally MIA here but for good reason 🙂 I’ve been on vacation! We hit the road last Friday so I could run 10k at the EPIC Canadian 5k/10k in Halifax on Saturday. THEN a few hours later, we drove to PEI (Prince Edward Island) to spend a few days with Daddy/Hubby and some family.

In short….

Run:

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Krystol (left) and I pre race.

Recap to come 🙂

Vacation:

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We swam, ran and celebrated Canada Day (Happy belated Canada) with friends and family. Lilly learned how to “pet” a jellyfish … certainly not by me. We got orange beach feet (red/orange sand is everywhere in PEI )and had +30 degree celsius weather. I’m literally sweating as I write this, it’s that warm outside at 9:30 PM in Nova Scotia.

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Splash pad fun/picnic lunch and Hilary learned how to use a pen……..during her nap 🙂 Check out her right leg.

Our artist!

Our artist!

I managed to get in two runs post 10k race (a 6k and 4k run) and didn’t suffer in pain after my race (Yeah me!) and worked on my Chaco tan a little 🙂 My running totals for June are 109 kilometers – woah Piper!

Chaco Tan or Island Beach Feet ?

Chaco Tan or Island Beach Feet ?

Repeat – oh how I would love to repeat my last week of running, vacationing and being outside playing with our girls. Maybe when I win the lottery 😉

How was your Canada Day? 

Any plans for the 4th of July? Us Canadian’s partied to hard on July first to do it again on the 4th so we’ll leave it up to our neighbours to the south. 

How’s the weather where you live? Hot/cold ?

PS – I’ll pick an ENERGYbits winner Friday.