I’m still running….across NS.

I’m running across Nova Scotia over the 99 days but not by myself.

Two friends and I have teamed up to complete the 792km “Run Across Nova Scotia” together. We’ll each run 264km between June 1st and Sept 7th.

When I saw this virtual race pop up I thought…..wouldn’t that be fun and then immediately thought of … there is no way I could possibly do that distance by myself. Luckily, I have two friends that felt the same way and wanted to take on the challenge together.

We are “Three Moms on the Run” and are running 3-4 times a week each. Basically, whatever our schedules will allow for. Personally, I think I’ll be doing a lot of 5k’s mainly because that’s all the time I have.

I’d like to get back to some long runs again but I’m also loving riding my bike so it’s hard to choose which one I want to do more on the weekends.

This past weekend I ran 10k on the treadmill and it actually felt really good. Not all treadmill runs feel that way and I was occupied with watching Sweet Magnolias on Netflix. Sunday I wanted to run outside with no distance or route in mind. I’m pretty sure I pushed it too far as the last 3k or my 8k run, I was dying – see below!

I took a pack of Endurnace Tap along and gluzzled it around 4k since I knew at that point it was another 4k to return home. Still loving my Endurance Tap but wish I has brought some water with me as well for this run.

The first week of Run Across Nkva Scotia is done and I finished with 28/264km and our team is at 81.99/792km. I’d say that’s a pretty great start and week for Three Moms on the Run. We just need to find the time to get out together and do a social distancing run!!!!

As summer approaches and no races other than virtual, I’m thankful for race directors who are coming up with new and creative ways to keep us running and motivated.

Anyone else taking on a big challenge this month or summer?

What’s your favourite go-to on Netflix? I may have finished Sweet Magnolias already.

What’s one thing you are enjoying about virtual races (if you’ve signed up for any).?

Running: Food for the Soul

Running these days is like food for the soul. It can allow you to escape reality, forget your troubles and engage you in away that nothing else can.

I’m running more now than I have in the past for many reasons (no injuries being one of them) but it’s also a great stress reliever. Working full time from home, helping my kids with “school” work and other normal life responsibilities are taking a toll.

Good sleep has become a big priority over the last few months. I actually slept-in for the first time in weeks this morning and it was lovely. I didn’t have to get up and get ready for work as it’s Victoria Day / May 2-4 long weekend. I also did my long run yesterday, so no early morning run today. I’m still in my PJ’s as I write this, also not normal for me at this time of day.

Our bubble expanded on the weekend in Nova Scotia and we got to see my parents in person for the first time in 9-10 weeks – it was just what we all needed. The weather is finally feeling like spring too – we really needed this weather.

Yesterday I participated in my second virtual run…. which should have been my 8th half marathon at the Blunose Marathon. They offered a “distance run” for free. It was so great to see all the #BN2020 over social media this weekend.

I ran the 15k distance run as I my body isn’t quite ready for a half marathon right now.

I ran 5k around my subdivision, which has some good hills, then headed out on hwy 1 (sidewalks) for 5k and returned home, another 5k. My legs felt heavy towards the last 4k but I kept going and felt great once I finished, in 1:44:19. Not an amazing time but I’m happy with that pace for now.

I’m looking at a few more virtual races over the coming months, cause why not! It will keep me running, healthy and fuel my soul, mind and body.

On a separate note, I’m barely reading lately. I had a goal of reading 20 books this year and so far I’ve finished 9. I have one book on the go but not loving it – I’ll spare you the title. Then I’m digging into “Little Fires Everywhere”. I’ve read the first few pages but want to finish my other book before getting into this one.

I’m still loving early morning runs to start my day and getting close to taking my bike off its trainer. Still hoping unclipping my shoes will be as easy outside as is inside on the trainer. We’ll see soon!

What books are you reading ?

Anyone else doing virtual runs?

What’s fueling your soul right now?

Virtual Run and Ironman

HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

Hope you wore something green, been kissed by the Irish (or someone cute) and got to drink/eat green today!

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Have you ever done a virtual run before?  Or Ironman? 

Do you think I’m going to do both? Keep reading to find out!

I’ve been searching for a 5k race that would fit my family’s schedule this April/May but nothing was really working. I thought of doing the MEC Race Two since I did Race One back in January but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a HILLY run….so I opted out 😦 boo to me. However, I found a race…..Keep Calm & Run 5k Virtual Race 🙂

A while back I joined the Timberlea Tundra Pounders running group – mainly online since I no longer live in the community that I grew up in (however, I do go visit my family every so often). They have a tone of members and meet multiple times a week…actually multiple times a day! One of these days I’m hoping to get to run in with them.

Through the TTPer’s, I found two cooler bloggers (Girl Goes Running and Runner Girl ) along with the Keep Calm & Run 5k Virtual Race. It’s a fundraiser for Team in Training – you can’t go wrong there. I have to run 5k between April 1st and 15th, document the run with a photo and that’s it. I can do that!

Ironman:

Recently, I’ve been searching for the right training program for a 10k. I really want a sub 60 – 10k. I just haven’t found the one that’s calling my name….so I reached out to a friend/co-worker. My friend/co-worker Shannon, is a running coach. I wasn’t sure if she did 1 on 1 coaching. I can’t make a commitment to any running program/club and lucky for me, she said yes to coaching me. She’s also part of a large multi-sport club (run, swim, bike), a mom to 3 very successful daughters, grandmother to 2 little boys, community leader, trained coach, role model for other women and IRON-WOMEN! She participated in an Ironman competition in Canada 2 years ago.

So, to answer my question above…no, I’m not planning on doing an Ironman but I will be running with one! She agreed to coach me 1 on 1 for a sub 60 – 10k.. We are heading out for a run tomorrow at lunch before a meeting we have together in the afternoon. AND…..I’m a little nervous. I mean, she’s an IRON-WOMEN, she coaches multiple people/groups in many sports and leads group runs. She’s also a very down-to-earth person, I enjoy her company and working with her.

But I’m still a little nervous………..

Have you ever done a virtual run?

Ever run with an Iron-man or women?

Ever be intimidated by others?

Oh Shannon, I just remembered…I think you follow this blog. If you happen to read this, at least I don’t have to be all awkward and tell you out flat that I’m a little nervous by our upcoming run 😉