August Adventures

Oh, I think August is my favourite month of the year. It’s hot, vacation time, soccer season, stupid HOT, perfect beach weather, watermelon heaven and hot. I’m not a fan of the muggy heat we’ve been having (who has) but I love the heat when I’m in the water – beach, lake, pool….sprinkler too!

I started two weeks of vacation late July and into August and have done so for the last number of years. It’s kinda the perfect timing of almost being burnt out from work but we can still enjoy the summer days with our kids.

We hit up PEI for a short trip due to some car troubles (BIG SAD FACE). We got to visit with family, spend time at our favourite beach and had a lot of car time together (not always fun with young kids).

We spent a lot of time at my parents place swimming in their pool, took an unexpected trip to Peggy’s Cove (again, due to the same car troubles) and had tones of ice cream. I’m pretty sure we ate ice cream twice a day for 3-4 days….I’m not complaining.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought a new bike!!!! I’ve been wanting a new bike for a few years now and finally broke down and bought the Liv (Giant) Avail 1. It’s awesome and I love it.

I’ve still yet to name her so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’m feeling Besty or Blue, I dunno. Hit me up some some suggestions. Though I seem to be getting in some nice rides (44km long ride with my husband), I’ve only managed a few runs.

As I mentioned on IG, I’ve been struggling with my interest with running mainly since I got injured in April but even before that as I barely ran any km this year. I’m trying hard to get in 2-3 runs a week and that’s beyond any soccer games (which yes, is running), riding (once, maybe twice a week) and yoga randomly.

Summer has been busy for our girls with soccer practices twice a week for L and games EVERY SATURDAY! Actually, make that TWO GAMES EVERY SATURDAY. We are exhausted from all the soccer but she’s loving it. H is has been doing some private swim lessons which have been amazing for her. My girls and I went on a trail ride last week (8.61 km), lots of visits to the library, the beach, a friends cottage and even the dentist! Who plans dental appointments during vacation? That was clearly a VERY BAD idea.

Any…way. Summer vacation was good to us and it’s back to work now (BIG SAD FACE AGAIN). Only three more weeks from today and SCHOOL STARTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And one more week of vacation for me 🙂

How’s your summer going?

Anyone exhausted from their kids summer sporting commitments?

Loving running lately or not?

Bike name suggestions?

Rolling in July

I can’t believe that we are getting close to the end of July already. That means that summer is almost half over for my kids – woah!

I’ve had one week of vacation so far where we went mini golfing, hiking Baxter’s Harbour with friends, strawberry picking, library (summer reading program), private swim lessons, ice cream eating, my birthday, soccer practice and games, campfire/s’mores, birthday parties and more. I was exhausted by the end of the week and I was kinda ready to go back to work, haha!

I’ve barely been running but have put in a few km on the soccer field. I feel completely out of shape on the field. Sprinting in the HEAT is no joke! It’s taken me a while to even want to run after my calf injury. It’s kinda funny when you are injured and can’t run, it’s all you want to do. Now that I’m officially recovered from that injury, I’m just not loving running lately or maybe I’m just enjoying soccer and cycling a lot more!

I’ve been biking A LOT over the last few weeks. From commuting to and from work a few days a week when my schedule permits to having a biking meeting yesterday! Yes, that’s right, our meeting was on bikes!

We did around 18 k on the Harvest Moon Trail and talked shop (grants, challenges, summer programs in recreation). After we ate lunch, I biked from home and finish the day off with 30 km. My quads hurt a little going up/down stairs last night so I quickly avoided that as much as possible. Legs up the walk and reading last night was my jam.

Commute to work!

I’m not a big reader at all but this year I challenged myself to read more books. Specifically, 12 this year. I figured 1 per month was doable and I’m almost at my goal. Not going to lie, I’m loving the GoodReads app.

So reading has kinda taken over my time to run. I’ve even skipped a morning run to finish a book as it was due that day and I was SO CLOSE to finishing it. As for running, I think I need to sign up for a race in order to kick start my running again. I have a few local runs I want to do – mainly 5k and 8k. I do love my early morning (5 am) runs so maybe I’ll get back to those soon. I’ve signed up for a cycling event but nothing else to date.

We’ve also been enjoying some pool time at my parents place this past weekend in the sweltering heat!

Anyone else struggling with your interest in running?

Favourite summer drink?

What’s your favourite activity to do with your kids this summer?

Also, since I’m not blogging a lot, you can find me on Instagram at pipersrun almost daily.

Oh Hey! I’m still running!

Hey there!

I’ve been running but not blogging lately. We’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks and I thought about writing some blog posts but in the end, I took a bit of a social media break. I even logged out of my apps on my phone *gasp*!!!!!!!! It was WONDERFUL!

I’ve been running a lot, playing soccer, swimming a bit in the OCEAN and lakes, doing a little yoga and cycling while on vacation with my family. We went to the beautiful Prince Edward Island and swam in the ocean during our intense heat and humidity.

Brackely Beach Pipers Run

We also hit up the Butterfly house, visited with family, had an amazing even with friends and their kids. I ran super early in the mornings … ha ha okay, not super early. However, 7 am or 8 am runs while on vacation is early while the rest of the family was still asleep.

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We hate so much ice cream! SO. MUCH. ICE CREAM!!! I might have hit my quota for ice cream this summer…. *might*. We have a list….oh yes, a list of ice cream places we wanted to go to and we’ve hit all 7 of them. Looks like we’re going to have to add on to that list because summer isn’t over.

What else? I’ve been reading more then I ever have. The girls are doing a summer reading program with our library so I figured I’d sign up. I’m not a big novel reader but I’ve found some good ones to read. Ones that I can’t put down which is nice!

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This past weekend the four of us went to Valley Yoga Festival. The girls went to the kids class and my husband and I went to the other class – his first time! It was great! Also, coaching soccer is wrapping up this week so life is going to be a lot less chaotic in our house!!

What else….oh I signed up for two fall races! I’ll share those with you soon but I’m in week 4 of half marathon training with my husband. Yup, we’re running a race together this fall 🙂

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I’ll start blogging about my half marathon training soon!

How’s your summer going?

Beach or Lake?

Training for a fall race?

 

 

Maritime Race Weekend Training (1/2 Marathon) Week 6

I started to write this post and wrote week 5 but had to double checked to see if that was correct. I was shocked to see that I was wrong (kidding)…that week 6 is done. That means that my next half marathon is only 6 weeks away, we only have four weeks until Lilly goes back to school and then..we’ll FALL basically starts after that. Yikes!

Side note – I’m totally into the Olympics right now. Loving all the Canadian Women rocking their medals! I may be blogging less due to being tuned into the Olympics more! Go Canada Go!

This past week was fairly good week but lacked a little in kilometres. I managed to get my stomach figured out which was extremely great to not have any “issues”. Last week I was still on vacation so you’d think it would be easier to get in running. I can’t really complain about any of it other then missing one run I did sneak in a few other things. This is how it went…

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday August 1st: Coaching U6 Soccer | Cancelled due to Holiday. I didn’t work out as I was a little sore from my long run. No pain in my SI joint but my hips and legs felt tired from my long run on Sunday.

Tuesday: Yoga | No Yoga. I was home with the girls and I can’t remember what we did. No recollection at all, ah well.

Wednesday: Coaching U4 & U6 Soccer & Run | Soccer, Hiking, 6k Run. We went for a short afternoon hike which turned into playing “camouflage” in the woods and then playing in the stream for a long time. It was Hilary’s last soccer session (Lilly still has one more tonight) but I managed to get in a late night run. I headed out around 8:45 and got in 6k.

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Thursday: Speed Work | Nope. Boogie Boarding – Yes. I spent the day at Hirtles beach with my running buddy and our kids. You should check out her talented photography skills here, it was an AMAZING day at the beach. So amazing we both burned our upper backs. That night, I could barely have a sports bra strap over my back let alone a shirt so I opted for missing my run and slathering myself with Aloe Vera. We went through a lot of sunscreen that day but still go burnt.

Hirtles Beach

Friday: Rest Day | Swimming. We traveled into Halifax to visit my parents and niece for the day and swam most of the afternoon.

Saturday: 16k Long Run | 18k Long Run. Oh this run was great! It started off hilly in my parents subdivision and continued to be hilly until the 13k mark when it started to get flat. Around 13k-15k I seem to struggle with my pace consistently on my long runs. I eventually ran out of my Nuun and decided to stop at 16k or so to get a drink from a convenience store – best decision ever! I guzzled half the bottle and put the rest in my= fuel belt bottle and off I went.

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I figured I stay down on the rails-to-trails instead of running the hills back to my parents house and I’m so glad I did. I was able to pick up my pace significantly and that felt great! There were so many runners, walkers and bikers on the trail…that too was awesome! However, that massive HILL I had to walk up (Rosewood) was nasty and my calf muscles were hating me. I finished 18k in 1:59:12 with a pit stop into a convenience store – not too shabby!

Sunday: Soccer Game | Rest Day. I missed my soccer game as I didn’t have anyone to be with the girls (my husband was working). It’s okay as I needed a day’s rest. No knee, or SI joint problems !!!!

Recovery at it’s finest.

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KM this week: 24 km

KM this training cycle: 116 km

Overall: It was a slightly low kilometre week but I still did a lot and I’m okay with that. I’ve yet to do any specific “hill” training or speed work to date. I’m not sure if I just don’t want to or I just don’t care anymore. After working so hard during my tempo runs and other speed work for my last half, I just don’t have it in me…yet. I am incorporating hills into my long runs which is kinda fun but I think I need to kick it up a gear.

If you missed last week, check it out here.

Ever get a sunburn that prevents you from doing anything? 

Ever stop into a convenience store for a drink during your run?

Loving the Olympics?

 

Half Marathon Training Week 5 Maritime Race Weekend

Summer sure is ticking right along…it’s now August…half the year is done! The good news is I’m on vacation and have been last week too…so time isn’t on my radar.

Though I was on vacation, it was my best running week since starting this training plan. I managed three good runs (challenging in the heat), a little competitive swimming (not my strength) and lots of relaxing too!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Maritime Race Weekend: Sept 16 & 17th (double race – Tartan Twosome).

Note: I started vacation Friday afternoon. We left for Prince Edward Island (PEI) on Tuesday and came home Saturday. So this week was all about running on vacation!

Monday July 24th: Coaching Soccer | Mowed the lawn. I really wanted to get this done along with packing for vacation and cleaning the house. So mid-day, I mowed the lawn in what was a cooler part of the day (by magic I believe) and spent the rest of the day cleaning the house, packing etc. The girls were at my parents place…so I was kid less and my husband was working!

Tuesday: Yoga | Morning Run with Saï – Light swim. Since we were on our own, we thought it would be fun to go for a morning run before hitting the road to get the girls then travelling to PEI. We woke up to a massive downpour and figured running in rain like that wouldn’t be fun for anyone. So we skipped the run and had a dip in the pool later that evening at the cottage we stayed at.

Wednesday: Coaching Soccer/Run | 7k Morning Run. I got up to run at 7am and was out the door pretty quickly to run on roads I’ve knew nothing about. I decided to run on the road that the cottage property was located by and came across a gate. I went under the gate to find a highway with an amazing paved trail on the side of the road. This is one of the things I love about PEI – the amazing biking/running trails they have near their Provincial Parks.

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I decided to follow the trail as long as I could then returned back the same way. It was a slow run with a number of stops as it was so beautiful to look around. My husband ran the same route later that evening.

Then we spent the day at Brackley Beach – my absolute favourite beach!

Saï and the girls.

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Thursday: Hills | 6k Morning Run. It was super warm at 7:15 am so I took it easy and went in the other direction that had a few more hills to it. So technically, I ran a few hills 😉

Fact: PEI has red sand/mud. You can’t really see it / it looks like my freckles and birth mark but my ankles are covered in red sand. Lilly took this shot for me and at first I hated it. Then it took a few minutes and figured…screw that…THESE are my legs that get me through my runs…I’m sharing it.

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Friday: Rest Day | Swimming Competition. We decided to go swimming at the cottage pool and ended up having the place to ourselves. We swam with the girls and then decided to see who could swim the furthest under water (my husband and I). Our youngest Hilary decided it was a competition and then we started (or at least I did) swimming a little harder. Saï can swim faster then me no problem but I was just trying to go as fast as I could so I didn’t lose. We did more laps back and forth then one would want to do 🙂 It was a lot of fun and I was exhausted by the end. We also went to see “The Secret Life of Pets” and had a great dinner with some of our PEI friends.

Saturday: 15k Long Run | Nothing. I was going to get up early and run but we slept on a horrible pull out coach and I didn’t sleep well each night. I was so tired and just stayed in the horrible bed instead of running. It was also a travel day for us…PEI/cottage time was over so it was a day in the car and back home.

We also had the amazing Cows Ice Cream before we left PEI.

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Sunday: Cross Train/Soccer Game | 17k Long Run. I feel like this is a story I could save for another day. I’ll give you the basics….it was 17C when I started my run, which felt amazing! I got out the door at 6:25 AM (YES, win for me) and was home before my youngest woke up at 8:40. Actually, they were all in bed when I arrived back home. I’m going to leave it at that and write more details tomorrow.

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KM This Week: 30 km

KM This Training Cycle: 92 km

Overall: This was a really good week of running for me. Three days is the most running I’ve done since June! I just needed a break after my last half marathon and then decided to ease into increasing my days of running vs yoga/soccer etc.

I loved my long run and just felt great during the whole run…okay, maybe not around kilometre 15 or so…but I am really enjoyed the longer distance. If you missed week #4, you can catch up here.

Anyone else have a good training run on the weekend? 

Do you run while away on vacation?

Favourite way to stay active while on vacation?

 

Rounding off 2015 ~ A Year in Review

December 31st 2015 !!!

Just like that another year is done. I’ve been trying to decided if I should wrap up the year on the blog and finally pulled it together. This is how things went for Piper’s Run!

January

I started off the year by running my first kilometer with my daughter Lilly and am planning to make this a tradition. Though I was still newly injured with my hamstring, I thought I was on the mend – nope, nadda. I’m still happy my first km was with her.

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We managed to get some skiing in with Lilly while Hilary hung out snowshoeing around with Grandad or Grammy. This year all four of us will be on the hill….well, we will be on the hill with a few toddler tantrums I’m sure. We are all ready to go!

February

My 2015 goals pretty much went out the door when my hamstring was not getting any better, though it would take me months to realise this, I mean come to terms with this. I’ll write another post about my 2015 goals.

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I spent a lot of February – April with my Physiotherapist, my Massage Therapist and even an Osteopath. I also spent a lot of time clearing snow from my driveway (we have seven major storms last winter that started at the end of January and went into April).

Snow 2015

March

My hamstring was only slightly getting better and we got MORE snow! My Dad had a heart attack which turned life upside down but only for a little bit as he’d be back to normal pretty quickly. I ventured out at work and did some Graphic Facilitation that turned out to be a lot of fun!

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I also volunteered at the Hypothermic Half Marathon – this was the most ice I’ve seen at a running event and that wasn’t for post race recovery. Lots of injuries that day (not for me).

April

I had my first DNS due to my hamstring injury. The pain in my hamstring wasn’t getting any better though each physio/massage appointment I thought it was…it wasn’t; I was still injured.

May

I started with a new {sports} physio therapist which was the best decision ever! This finally had me on the road to recovery with my hamstring. Lilly ran her 2km race at the Bluenose Marathon and I walked/ran with her.

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Me and my girl

I missed another race {Bluenose Half Marathon} and wasn’t overly enthused with that. However, I decided to be a spectator along the half marathon route. I also met some RunATCan members, John Stanton and got to be a speaker at the Marathon with some other awesome runners.

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

June

My hamstring recovery was coming along slowly but moving in the right direction. I changed my running goals for the year and felt so much better even if running 5k was extremely hard to do.

Lilly turned 5!!

Happy 5th Lilly

Birthday fun & Zoo!

I even managed to complete the 30 day plank challenge! I also started training for what would be my 3rd half marathon.

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That’s A LOT of planking!

Still reading? Thanks!

July

Morning runs, summer vacation and running through the sprinkler with our girls was how I spent July! I was introduced to cupping by my physiotherapist and wanted to cry. However that’s what started to really help my hamstring heal.

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August

I had some beautiful training runs while on vacation with my family in PEI. We swam in the ocean, ate when we wanted to and enjoyed the sunshine!

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I also had some great long runs; week 9 & week 10.

September

A big step in our family: Lilly started school!!!!!! Though school was going really well, my running was falling apart. Something happened to my cuboid bone in my foot and couldn’t run my half marathon at Maritime Race Weekend. I was so frustrated because I was doing everything right only to have it all go wrong.

Luckily I was able to volunteer at Maritime Race Weekend and hand out medals.

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Once I got my foot sorted out AND my hamstring, I started to refocus my running on training for the PEI Half Marathon.

October

I became a 261 Fearless Ambassador, we celebrated Thanksgiving, the girls ran the kids run at Valley Harvest and I did my first gig at pacing a race! I paced the 10k – 1:10 finish at the Valley Harvest Marathon and LOVED it! I finished in 1:09:59!

VHM Kids Run 2015

The following week I managed to finally run my 3rd half marathon at the PEI Marathon and spent four days with my husband sans the kiddies!

PEI 3rd Half Marathon 2015

November

I was rocking the lunch time workouts with my co-workers and then got sick with a nasty 3 week virus that knocked me off my feet.

I did finally nailed the crow pose in yoga class – a goal of mine for the year. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and I got to have some fun taking some running photos!

MRW photo bloopers

December

Oh December…you sent us on a roller coaster. We started off celebrating Hilary’s 3rd birthday and Saï’s 40th. My niece was supposed to have heart surgery on Dec 3rd but got moved to Dec 17th and she is recovering just perfect now; thanks for all your comments, thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy my brother and his wife have that day behind them.

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I almost forgot I ran a Santa 5k Run with some friends – that was fun! Piper’s Run turned 4, and I became a member of Team Nuun for 2016. I finished off December by running a full marathon over six days and my hamstring didn’t complain – BIG WIN!

TTP Christmas Marathon

If you are still reading, thank you 🙂 It’s been a roller coaster of a year with running but somehow I managed to run 844 km. Crazy! So many lessons learned this past year and I’m sure hoping 2016 treats me better in the running department.

I’m working on a “goals” post from 2015 and slowly thinking about 2016 but not in a rush to write it.

Hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and wishing you all the best in 2016!

Happy New Year!

How was your 2015?

What’s one big thing you want to do in 2016?

What are you ready to say goodbye to in 2015?

Maritime Race Weekend Half Marathon Training Week #7

Alright, we are getting closer to race weekend…only 5 more weeks to go….actually 32 days! Last week’s training had me running in Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) and it couldn’t have been any better.

What Was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday August 3rd (Holiday) Rest DayRest Day at the Cleveland beach with our girls {traveled to Halfax}.

Tuesday 5k5k. I got up early to get this run in my old neighbourhood. The girls were still sleeping as I ran but were up before I got back to my parents house. Later that day, we spent 5 hours in our car driving to PEI. One hour was spent having a picnic, looking at motorcycles and trucks and a little bubble blowing.

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Wednesday8kNothing. Spent the day with my family; we played in a playground in the morning and then hit up Brackley Beach {PEI} in the afternoon. We all swam in the ocean, built sand castles and just hung out….it was a perfect!

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Brackley Beach, PEI.

Thursday5k14k long run. I decided to do my long run on Thursday vs trying to do it Saturday before heading back to Halifax with the girls (4-5 hour drive on my own again).

I wanted to run some of the PEI Half Marathon route since I’ll be doing that on October 16-18th weekend, so I ran first half of the loop and then got a little lost. I knew the area I was in and how to get out but I couldn’t find one street (Brittany Ave) the bottom half of the route. I did a loop and ran up towards North River Road to Capitol Drive then found myself at the end of a road. I did however, find the Confederation trail at the end of the road and proceeded along that for a while.

I saw a few runners and walkers – that was fun. Still, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to get back to the house. I zigged and zagged a bit but eventually found where I was going. Little did I know if I stayed on the trail, I would have ended up finishing right beside the house! Go figure!!!!

It was the best long run I’ve had in a while. My legs felt great, my lungs felt good, it wasn’t muggy and the sun was shining. I had a nice blister forming on my baby toe but didn’t let that stop me…the only thing that did was the stop lights.

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Charlottetown Boardwalk @ 7am.

Friday – Rest Day8k.  I was hoping to run between 5- 8 km but wasn’t sure how my blister would hold up. I hit a lot of stop lights again 😦 Ahhh well, I ran on the boardwalk again and after completing 5 km, I took a little break to stretch. I was still far away from the house so I decided to keep running. I ran by the house just over 7 km so I kept running on the Confederation Trail until I hit 8k.

Enter blister #2 😦

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Assessing my pace and blisters 😦

Saturday14k Unplanned Rest Day. We drove back from PEI (about a 4.5 hour trip) and I was planning on going to the gym that evening once the girls went to bed. I also wanted to do some shopping for new running shorts (which I did but wasn’t successful unless I wanted to buy runder-wear shorts). When I looked online to see what time the gym closed, it said 8pm. It was already 7pm and shopping had to be done before cause nobody wants to shop after a sweaty gym workout.

I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get my workout in, so I went shopping anyway. After feeling frustrated that I could only purchase tight & SUPER short runder-wear shorts *like running in your underwear SHORT*, I purchased a pair of cycling shorts! Not running shorts but a nice win!

Sunday – Cross Train5k + PT exercises.  I needed this run, not just to get all my mileage in this week but I had a rough day with the girls. I put on my “badass mother runner” tank but felt like more of a bad mother then anything. Rough day = rough run but I got it done {survived the day and survived 5k}.

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Overall: This was a great week with my family and I managed all my runs while on vacation – no complaints here.

Highlights:

  • Swimming at Brackley Beach with my family. I could have spent all day here with them.
  • Long run in Charlottetown – temperature was perfect and my body (minus my toes) was loving every step I took.

Low point: Not getting to the gym Saturday and blisters 😦

Week 7 # of km:  32

Total KM of training to date: 188

Looking forward to this week: Figuring out how to get back to work and balance running, being a mom and life things! Also, I’m really needing to do a better job of getting in ALL my PT exercises done in one day.I’m also nervous to see my Physiotherapist tomorrow! Eeek!

Week 6 if you missed it.

How was your weekend?

Anyone run or beach it up?

What’s your favourite pair of running shorts (looking for recommendations)?