Day in the Life of Piper’s Run

A few of the Canadian Sweat Pink Ambassador’s have come together for a “Day in the Life of…”, thanks to our little (but mighty) Canadian SPA’s Facebook page. I chose Sunday as my day and I’m pretty sure that was a bad idea. It ended up being a bit of a crazy day for us.Ā This is how my day went….oh and my husband was away so it was just me and our girls. He is home at the moment šŸ™‚

7:15 Ā am After getting up 7 times, yes 7, throughout the night with Hilary, we finally got up at 7:15 to her crying/screaming. Poor girl has had a terrible rash and we’ve been to the hospital twice this past week. All I could think about was … oh man, I’m going to need to run today to just get through the day. My mother was visiting as I had to work the day before at a youth run.

Then I made breakfast, put load of laundry on, put a ham in the slow cooker, peeled a bunch of banana’s from the youth run that were left over to freeze, took the compost out and packed up my Mother’s car as she was leaving.

8:30 amĀ Said goodbye to my mom, Lilly had a time out for spitting on her sister and then Hilary had tantrum #1 of the day.

I quickly got on Facebook to see if my neighbour could babysit that afternoon as I knew it was going to be a long, rough day. She was free and excited to hang out with the girls for a bit. This is what got me through my morning.

The girls did some dancing then colouring while I did the laundry. We were tired and exhausted from the night before. At 10 am we skyped with their Nan (Sai’s mom) from England; Hilary was pretty cranky at this point.Ā awesome

day life of Piper's Run

10:30 amĀ We delivered Lilly’s birthday invitations to her friends. Enter trantrum #2, #3 and #4 for Hilary. We also had to pick up a few groceries – surprisingly that was the easiest part of the day!

After tantrum #4, Hilary fell asleep in the car and it was on empty for gas! awesomeĀ I drove as long as I could since she was so exhausted and got gas while she managed to stay asleep. Lilly was so good during all of this. Eventually we got home and cranky Hilary was still cranky and we had lunch around 12:30.Ā 

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1:30 pmĀ I called my neighbour/babysitter and headed over with the girls. She had big plans to hit up the park near by and I the trail for a run.

I have been recently given the go-ahead to run outside; low km, low-speed. This trail run was just what I needed and I knew that when I woke up this morning. After I finished I did a few PT exercises and got the girls. Then we all did more PT exercises together which was hilarious and probably the best part of our day together – no tantrums or time outs!

Beautiful day on the trail

Beautiful day on the trail

We played, did more laundry and coloured a bit.

4:00 pmĀ Our friends arrived for dinner…you know, that ham I put in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. She has a little 8 month old and almost 5-year-old. We spent the first year of Lilly’s and Kayden’s lives together – almost every day! We had a great visit with them and as they were leaving tantrum #5 hit us.

Hilary did NOT want a bath! However, once in the tub she was loving it, as was her sister!

7:30 pmĀ A little later than normal, I got the girls to bed. Then quickly did the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen and got ready for a #RunATCan twitter chat.

8:00 pmĀ #RunATCan twitter chat happened which is always a good time. In between the questions, I got caught up on emails, blog stuff and put more laundry away. Man, the laundry kills me sometimes!

9:30 pmĀ I managed to catch my husband on the phone as he wasn’t busy (he’s a paramedic in PEI) and we got caught up on the day. At some point I got a shower and checked on the girls and was in bed just after 10:30 pm.

My day didn’t stop there!

After being asleep for 1.5 hours, I woke up to Hilary crying and screaming again. Wow, I can’t wait for her last set of molar’s to be out and this rash to be cleared up so I don’t have to get up 5-7 times a night with her. She was just beside herself last night.

It was such a long day and night for me that when I woke up Monday morning, I hit snooze 5 times!

So, that’s how my day went! The one thing I noticed was when I woke up the first thing I thought about is….“how and when am I going to run today” and “can I get a babysitter for 45 -60 minutes last-minute” so I can have some time to myself and clear my head.

Selfish, sure. BUT – I needed that so I could deal with everything that was going to come my way later in the day. Sometimes you have to be a little selfish to keep everyone happy and on track. This wasn’t the best day for us and I almost didn’t want to blog about it but I signed up to share and here I am. Sharing my day, my decision and my outcomes.

Check out the other Canadian Sweat Pink Ambassador’s bloggers “day in the life of” here:

Carmy @
Angela @
Rebecca @
Heather @
Susan @
Tina @
Kim @
Kris @
Brittany @

What’s your typical day like?

Do you plan your days our or just go with the flow?

Parents of toddlers – how many tantrums do your kids have any give day?

Time to Modify my Workout

It’s been over a week now that I’ve been doing the “Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge”. I’ve had my ups and downs but it’s been a good week. I’ve managed to accomplish each goal:

1 – Meal Planning: week #1 done and successfully managed to make all the meals I had planned. Week #2 is planned but I’m not feeling as good about it…. we’ll see how it goes.

2 – Work Out four days of the week: Managed 5 days šŸ™‚ My workouts have included a Zumba class, a Soccer game, Running, Thigh Challenge and T25 DVD workout.


I’ve talked a lot about this Thigh Challenge that I am doing and it’s starting to hurt….like, really hurt with the numbers that are only increasing. Though I’m not fully ready to give up on the challenge, I’ve decided to break it up in to two sets. I’ll do half in the morning and the other half later in the day/evening, that way I’ll get it all in and not hurt myself trying.

don't be afraid to fail

This is what it looks like for today:

  • 40 lateral lunges (each leg)
  • 65 scissors
  • 25 fire hydrants (each leg)
  • 50 plie squat pluses

I’ve just completed 1/2 of set and will do the rest tonight before my soccer game, yes another one! I’ve been at our local indoor soccer facility for the last three days in a row! Years ago, I used to spend 5-7 days a week on the soccer field between coaching and playing. So three days in a row is a lot now. Lilly had soccer yesterday and I played with her since it’s a parent/tots program – SO MUCH FUN!

soccer lilly

Do you ever modify your work outs?

Did you take in any Remembrance Day/Veterans Day ceremonies today?


It’s been one of those days. As I start writing this it’s 7:38 pm…the girls are asleep and Maclean is destroying a make-your-dog-breath-go-away bone. The dishes are piled up and my eyes are doing everything they can to stay open.

I wrote a couple of blog posts this week but failed to hit publish…why ? Just not feeling it. But I’ll get them up soon.

Yesterday my “How to Get Kids Outside in November” post went up on the TOTS page šŸ™‚ Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family & Business are two great blogs you can learn a lot from…whether you are a parent, aunt/uncle, entrepreneur or blogger etc.

A few FUN photo’s from today:

Happy girls loving the Zoo!

Happy girls loving the Zoo!




We have a Halloween party for the kiddies tomorrow – yeah!

That’s it. Pretty blah post….but that’s okay… right ?

I’m off to do the dishes….well, maybe just half of them.

My eyes want to go to sleep.

Ever write a bunch of posts and fail to hit publish?

Anyone going to a Halloween Party this weekend?

Anyone running?

I wish I was….I just feel like running for as long and as far as my body will let me. Then turn around and head home!

Happy Friday!

Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run

Last Saturday Lilly did her first run – 400 m at the Valley Harvest Marathon in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We’ve been talking about this run with Lilly for weeks and even running with her when we take our dog out for a walk. She loves to run and she loves that Mommy and Daddy run to. She actually thought it was my job to run….god love her. Before the race we hit up our local farmers market and met my parents there: Grandad a.k.a. videographer and Grammy a.k.a. babysitter for Hilary.

I talked to Lilly about her run and that mommy wasn’t allow to run with her but she would run around the red track all by herself…with her friends of course. She was fine with that. I even talked to her about falling…that if you fall, you can get back up and keep running. Well, thank goodness we had that talk because about 85% into the run she fell after another girl stopped right in front of her without any warning. Poor girl. Good thing Grandad was near by, he got her up and then I ran with her to the finish line.


She was really excited and was having lots of fun playing with her friends.

Lilly valley harvest pre race

T-shirt and bib on…ready to go. Little sis hanging with Grammy and then she was a little unsure at the start!

But she has these awesome socks from one of her boy-friends to make her run FAST!


Lilly was super excited to be running and to run with her friends. However, the organizers broke them up to boys/girls for their run. Lilly’s friends were really upset that they couldn’t all run together. And to be honest, at this age (under 5) I wasn’t too happy they were broken up into boys/girls. They have a life time of being in gender specific groups and fighting for equal opportunities, why at this run? {little rant, sorry}.

valley harvest 2

Once the race got underway it was hard to keep up with her and take pictures. She runsĀ like her father; tall posture. Happy as can be. Go Lilly Go!

PicMonkey Collage

Left – before race = Happy.

Middle – after race checking out her medal and a little upset that she fell.

Right – Lilly and Mommy

LILLYS medal valley harvest 2013

And then the medal!!! Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run 400 meters for Lilly and a pretty cool T-shirt that she’ll grow into.

We asked her after the race if she would do it again next year…she said “No”!

However, later that night she changed her mind and said yes.

How was your weekend?

What was your first race like?

What was your child(ren)’s first race like?