meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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Have a great long weekend. It’s Bluenose marathon weekend – anyone else running the half? I think it will be my sixth time running the Bluenose half! Never the full, never a fool? David and I are running in the kids 4km on Saturday – it will be his 4th time. Personally, I think watching kids run in the Bluenose is even better than the arrival gate at the airport. It’s so emotional!MeanwhileBluenoseG’luck to all – Giv’er!

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sunday runday

It’s been a rough post-Chicago running month. I was hurting and barely running so I started physiotherapy. Despite the set-back, I was still on a race-high and I signed up for the January Hypothermic Half (this sounds horrible and I’m sure it will be) and am determined to keep training but be mindful of my body. Last weekend I ran a lovely 10 km on a quiet country dirt road along the Wallace River and it felt like things were finally improving.

I was excited to try a 14 km this weekend (today).

Mike and I each get a sleep-in day on the weekend. Mike uses his to sleep-in and I use mine to run. The other one walks Henry and entertains David. They were planning to go to the park while I went for my run however, David – who has probably only vomited four times in his life – came down with something last night which kept us up (we are not used to this). I stumbled out of bed at 7:30 knowing the plan had to change. I took Henry for a walk, grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and roamed around the neighbourhood.

For me, when it comes to running, if I don’t get up and go out the door right away, it is over. The day is a write-off. I don’t run after coffee or breakfast or lunch or anytime in the day unless it is first thing.

So when Henry and I got home the plan was to get back to nurse duty… but then it occurred to me that I could/should change my ways (maybe my body would hate me less during races if I practice new running times). Mike and David were still in bed so I was good to go.

I inherited a treadmill this summer when my in-laws moved to an apartment complex with a gym. After the dreadful winter we had last year, I happily took the treadmill knowing it could come in handy. I never run on treadmills. I hate them. The things has been in our basement collecting dust but today I decided to jump on and give’r a go. A pre-season test.

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Guys, it was okay. Yes, a little boring but I listed to a few great podcasts and managed to finish my 14 km.

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My pace was off at the beginning because my watch doesn’t work inside so I had to use my phone. I forgot I had to hold it – it was clocking nothing while nestled in the cup holder (I’m dumb). I also had to stop after 5 km and turn on a fan and grab a towel and water but I managed to maintain a 5:20/km pace.

Now that I am a pro, I feel like I could do this more often – you know, when life gets in the way.

If your curious to what I listened to on my walk and run today, click here, here, here and here

What about you? When do you run? Any tips for loving the treadmill? (I love that I can wear shorts!) Want to run with me in the Hypothermic Half?

psst. Thanks F.I.L.!

psst. One of my fall to-do items is write more posts – I’ve been managing the desired 2-3/week but I’m trying to up the quota. Let me know if you have a topic… like shed-inspiration or how to make tacos for 34 people.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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  • And the mom bod response
  • Cheese lovers, live long and prosper!
  • Deep thoughts by Anna Kendrick … Using your laptop to research buying a new one is like asking it to dig its own grave
  • I am going to do this and report back
  • Mountain moms… good advice. Have fun and get outside
  • Extreme kids
  • Guys, have you read the crazy FAQ section of the Mars-One website?
  • Urban Outfitters in now in Halifax. I am kind of excited about their homes stuff… like this. I have been dreaming of a chenille bedspread for ages.
  • Some good movies coming out. I want to see this this this and this.

Have a lovely long weekend! I am running my first half marathon of the season at the Blue Nose and am excited to run with David in the kids event. Did you know – Blue Nose has Canada’s largest youth run event? I think that’s pretty awesome.

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high fives make you faster

It is race weekend in Halifax with the 11th year of the Blue Nose Marathon. There will be a lot of runners and a lot of blue noses.

David and I are running in the Youth 4km event for the second year in a row and I am excited about that. I love seeing hundreds of kids taking over the streets and having fun. I have also registered for the half marathon and it will be my fourth time running the BN Half. I’m not gonna lie, this race is challenging for me for a few reasons: It’s not the flattest, nor the easiest course and I know this because I run these roads every day! The race goes by my street … twice! Some would say familiarity is a good thing but for me, I enjoy the unexpected which is why I love running in other cities more. The Blue Nose however, is a great event and I am sure it will be lovely weekend. And with promising weather, why not get out and run or cheer?

Speaking of cheering. My favourite distraction in a race are the signs people hold up and yes, I always keep score of the best posters during a race.

If you require sign-making inspiration, my all-time favourites I’ve seen are:

  1. HIGH FIVES MAKE YOU FASTER! (it is true)
  2. Sneakers – $100, Race registration – $75, Finishing your first marathon – priceless (saw this in Philly during my first marathon)
  3. This is the last hill, I promise (saw this in PEI during my first half, and he was not lying)
  4. Worst parade ever
  5. Whine now, wine later
  6. If races were easy, they’d be called your mom (oh no you didn’t! )
  7. Who needs nipples?
  8. I’m sure it seems like a great idea 4 months ago
  9. Blisters are braille for AWESOME
  10. Go Mommy Go (just because)

Have a great long weekend, and if you are running – GOOD LUCK and Giv’er!

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Pictures from last year. It was damn cold.

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run with me

Some people are compulsive online shoppers (okay, that’s me) but… another thing I am compulsive about are online race registrations! Spring is coming, which means race season is fast approaching. No more excuses to hit the pavement.

Last week I signed up for the Bluenose Half Marathon and it is ten weeks away! It will be my fourth time running the Bluenose half but my twelfth(ish) half marathon so I am not too worried about the distance.

Here is some of my favourite running gear:

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A. Nathan Sports Speed 2 Hydration Belt / B. Nuun Active Hydration Strawberry Lemonade drink tabs / C. Lululemon Run: Speed Shorts / D. Nike Dri-Fit Women’s Cyclone Running Jacket / E. Champion Sports Bras (cheap from Target!) / F. Saucony Kinvara Sneakers / G. Ryder Sunglasses / H. Nike + Sport Watch GPS / I. Lululemon Run: Swifty Tech Long Sleeve / J. iPhone 5c / K. TuneBand for iPhone 5c

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On a somewhat related subject, my iPhone died and I got it replaced through my Future Shop warranty*. Because they didn’t have my model in stock, I got upgraded to the 5c. Yes, a phone that works! Boo, I need to replace my cover.

What does this have to do with running? Well, I had a fantastic pink silicone skin with a spot to slide on an armband. I loved this skin and knew I’d replace it with my upgrade. When I went on the company’s website, I saw I could order just the skin for half the price! Sweet, my armband still works so I can save some money. As I proceeded to checkout, I saw my $14.99 quickly bumped up to $27 because of shipping… Argh, I curse Canadian online shopping… but I loved the product and decided to proceed.

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However, the next day I received a lovely email from the company:

Hello Meghan,
Thank you for your order! I am contacting you to let you know that there is an option for you to consider that you may find acceptable and save quite a bit of shipping time. We recently began offering our iPhone 5C TuneBand packages on Amazon.ca which reduced both the cost and delivery time for our Canadian customers. You have the option of ordering a complete iPhone 5C TuneBand package from Amazon.ca for $29.99 (including shipping) and would receive it within just a few days.  Your order placed on our website totals around $27.00 for the individual silicone TuneBand skin and will typically take several weeks to deliver from the US. Please let me know if you would prefer to cancel this order and place one on Amazon.ca for the complete package in order to reduce the delivery time and increase the overall value for your money.  For around $2.00 more you would receive the screen protector packs and straps as well as receiving it much more quickly.  Here is a link to the iPhone 5C TuneBand on Amazon.cahttp://www.amazon.ca/Tuneband-LISTINGS-Grantwood-Technologys-Protector/dp/B00GT4EL2E/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1394459993&sr=8-10&keywords=tuneband+iphone+5c Just let me know, we’ll ship this as-is if you want to leave it in place. Thank you again for your business.
Sincerely, James A. Simpson, V.P. Sales and Marketing, Director of Customer Service, Grantwood Technology, LLC

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As he suggested, I cancelled my order and ordered it through Amazon to but I replied to James letting him know their customer service matched the quality of their product!

So happy running – whether it is a full or half marathon, 10 km, 5 km or just chasing the kids – get out and enjoy yourself.

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Photo by me, taken with my Nikon D60

* Even though they replaced my phone, I will NOT sign up for one of their warranties EVER again, just sayin.