Running Withdrawals Day 5

Here I am, day 5 without having gone for a run. Yep. The crankiness is setting in… Badly… Is it running withdrawals because my running is a way to settle my anxiety? Absolutely! No running = anxiety symptoms creep up.. Every time…

My running withdrawals are usually like clockwork. This time around being no exception..

On a positive note, my shins no longer hurt to touch which is fantastic! Woohoo! I also went for a walk Yesterday without any pain!

It’s supposed to warm up later so I’ll test how they feel today with a longer stroller walk.  

I’ve been a good girl and keeping up with my 30 day challenge (free one through Kinetic Revolution). I’ve also been stretching and doing shin splint exercises.

I’m itching to go for a run but don’t worry, I’ll wait a few more days..

Plus, hubby is away on his work term so I couldn’t even go if I wanted to! See, we have a 3 yr old (I’m a Stay At Home Mama) and we live in a town that we don’t really know anyone so I can’t just be like “hey so and so, can you watch Simon for an hour?”…

I guess my thoughts are all over the place today.. Another running withdrawal symptoms 😬

Watching Canada AM and they’re interviewing a farmer who is looking for goat cuddling volunteers. Man, that is something I could do!

Over and out for now!
Have a nice day!!

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A beautiful picture of my hometown Chéticamp, NS

Shin splints

I’ve been having recurring shin splints since February. I’ve taken time off but apparently I start running again before they’re 100% healed.

After yesterday’s very painful run, I slapped myself and told myself to smarten up and heal them properly!

It’s going to be tough, I’m going to be cranky but I’ve got to stop running until they’re healed. (I’m cringing at the thought of not running!!)

Step 1:

Wear my Champion CSX compression socks to promote circulation and speed up the healing process.

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Step 2:

Ibuprofen! Nuff said for that.

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Step 3:

I’m planning on doing lots of stretches and exercises. Kinetic Revolution has a video about shin splints I find useful
http://www.kinetic-revolution.com/ or find it on YouTube.

So does Denny Krahe on YouTube.

Step 4:

Start going crazy and pulling my hair out due to running withdrawal.

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Step 5:

After taking the appropriate time off to heal I’ll be running again!! Woohoo!!!!!!

In the meantime I’ll spend all my time with my cute little guy while hubby is away on his work term (we’ll miss you Dave!)

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Fun run with The Amherst Striders

Hi there! 🙋

I’m very fortunate to be part of 2 running groups: The Timberlea Tundra Pounders (Turtle Division) and The Amherst Striders. I’ll touch base on the TTP group another time. I promise Meredith!!!

We moved to Springhill for the year as hubby is attending NSCC. I was lucky to find an amazingly supportive running club 20 min away called The Amherst Striders! However, being 20 minutes away makes it difficult to attend their scheduled weekly runs as hubby has to study and they’re usually close to Simon’s bedtime. That’s OK as I always soak up their support in our Facebook group!!

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Here we are at The Terry Fox Confederation Bridge Run Sept 2015

Here’s the Striders website http://amherststriders.ca/about

One Strider Amanda lives in Springhill but she is also a full time student with a full time job and had kids so we get together when we can here and there for runs. I’m going to miss this girl when we move!!

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Here's Amanda on a snowshoeing adventure we went on!

Another Strider Ken usually runs with the group after his work day. We managed to get out once. (Yes, I’ll miss you too Ken!)

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Here's Ken and I posing in front of the Federal Prison (probably the safest place to be actually!)

Yesterday morning I finally had an opportunity to join a few Striders in Amherst for an off the schedule run!!! I was so friggin excited!!!!!!! I mean, REALLY REALLY excited!!

The whole drive there I was pumped!! There were 5 of us that showed up! Woop Woop! I’m the one waving (of course) then it’s Ken (one of the founders of the group), Tom, Bonnie and Hal.

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I think the guys were checking out something more interesting than the camera.. Hmmm

We called ourselves the “Odds And Ends” Why? Well, we were a mixture of older, younger, injured and one returning from knee surgery!! How inspiring is that!!!!!

I’m not sure how the others didn’t melt as I was warm with a tank top and shorts ☀☀☀☀

We laughed and ran and laughed while soaking up the sun on Earth Day!! We ended up about 5K (I paused my Garmin to stretch my shins and forgot to turn it back on until after a km – Doh!)

Oh! and I was so relieved to finally run somewhere without hills 😄🏃

Hopefully I can make it out for another run with The Striders soon!

Hope you had a great day as well!!!

Keep smiling 😄
Angela

Figuring this out!

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After over a week of being so very flustered trying to figure out how to set up my blog page I’m starting to figure it out! Something clicked inside my head and things started to come together how I want it to look like! YAYE!!!

I admit, I really should have read up on how to set up a blog site BEFORE I started fooling around with stuff I had no idea what what was for. I finally used some common sense and started reading here : https://learn.wordpress.com/glossary/ I mean, I had no idea how many different terms that seem so obvious would not be. For example a page vs a post. Huh? And a widget. What the heck is a widget? haha

Anywho, I’m slowly getting the hang of this and it makes me super happy on this nice sunny day 🙂

Have a great day!

Angela

About Me

Hello and welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping in.

I’m Angela and I LOVE to run. Need I say more? haha

I’m a 38 year old Stay At Home Mama to a very active 3 year old boy. He is my absolute World! He’s happy, handsome, smart and really loves Curious George (who doesn’t?).

I’m married to my best friend Dave who is about to graduate from his Lineman course and I couldn’t be more proud of him! Who knows where we’ll be living by the summer but we’re willing to relocate anywhere to accommodate for his work.

We’re a silly family, we’re fun and laugh often. We love to take long walks with Simon in the stroller, we play lots of games and we play outside every chance we get.

I’ve always been athletic growing up. I ran, cycled, played tennis, badminton, volleyball and I was goalie for the girl’s hockey team. Unfortunately though, I didn’t keep up with my fitness after high school and I truly regret that. I quickly gained a lot of weight and I was very unhappy in my skin. Know what? I did something about it!! I took charge! After doing 6 months of a calorie counting thing (and being hangry all the time), I decided to ditch the calorie counting and start running!

Yep, I starting running and fell absolutely in love with it! It’s pretty safe to say I’m addicted to it. I mean, really, how could I not be?? It’s exhilarating! It’s my ME time! It defines me! It makes me healthy and strong both physically and mentally! I also love how my 3 year old says he wants to run with me when he’s older (my goodness I love him!).

I’ve run a few fun races in the last year. Police Chase 5K, Epic Canadian 5K, Mud Hero. I also had the privilege to run from PEI to NB on the Confederation Bridge for The Terry Fox Run 13.5K (Terry Fox has always been and still is my hero. I’m sure I’ll write about him soon!) When I got home that afternoon I ran an extra 1K so now I can say I’ve ran in 3 provinces in one day! PEI, NB and NS. How cool is that??!!?? 

I’ve also volunteered at a few races and had so much fun! Great experience and can’t wait to volunteer at more events. I volunteered at a water station for the Legs For Literacy event in Moncton, NB and as route volunteer directing running at the Amherst Valentine Run in Amherst, NS.

Back in January I signed up for my very first Half Marathon! My heart was racing as I filled out the online form. I couldn’t believe I was doing it. Eeeek! I’ll be running 21.1k at The Cape Breton Fiddler’s Run. I cannot wait. My training starts very soon.

I’m from a very small Canadian fishing village in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia called Cheticamp. I’m fortunate to have grown up surrounded by family in such a beautiful part of the World.

So why did I chose the name Runner Waves? Simple! I’m always waving and smiling at everyone when I’m out running:) Yep, I’m crazy like that hahaha.

This was supposed to be a small write-up. Oops.

Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy reading about my future adventures!!

Keep smiling,

Angela

P.S. I love dark roast coffee and chips…. Probably too much…..

About moi :)

Hello and welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping in.

I’m Angela and I LOVE to run. Need I say more? haha

I’m a 38 year old Stay At Home Mama to a very active 3 year old boy. He is my absolute World! He’s happy, handsome, smart and really loves Curious George (who doesn’t?).

I’m married to my best friend Dave who is about to graduate from his Lineman course and I couldn’t be more proud of him! Who knows where we’ll be living by the summer but we’re willing to relocate anywhere to accommodate for his work.

We’re a silly family, we’re fun and laugh often. We love to take long walks with Simon in the stroller, we play lots of games and we play outside every chance we get.

I’ve always been athletic growing up. I ran, cycled, played tennis, badminton, volleyball and I was goalie for the girl’s hockey team. Unfortunately though, I didn’t keep up with my fitness after high school and I truly regret that. I quickly gained a lot of weight and I was very unhappy in my skin. Know what? I did something about it!! I took charge! After doing 6 months of a calorie counting thing (and being hangry all the time), I decided to ditch the calorie counting and start running!

Yep, I starting running and fell absolutely in love with it! It’s pretty safe to say I’m addicted to it. I mean, really, how could I not be?? It’s exhilarating! It’s my ME time! It defines me! It makes me healthy and strong both physically and mentally! I also love how my 3 year old says he wants to run with me when he’s older (my goodness I love him!).

I’ve run a few fun races in the last year. Police Chase 5K, Epic Canadian 5K, Mud Hero. I also had the privilege to run from PEI to NB on the Confederation Bridge for The Terry Fox Run 13.5K (Terry Fox has always been and still is my hero. I’m sure I’ll write about him soon!) When I got home that afternoon I ran an extra 1K so now I can say I’ve ran in 3 provinces in one day! PEI, NB and NS. How cool is that??!!?? 

I’ve also volunteered at a few races and had so much fun! Great experience and can’t wait to volunteer at more events. I volunteered at a water station for the Legs For Literacy event in Moncton, NB and as route volunteer directing running at the Amherst Valentine Run in Amherst, NS.

Back in January I signed up for my very first Half Marathon! My heart was racing as I filled out the online form. I couldn’t believe I was doing it. Eeeek! I’ll be running 21.1k at The Cape Breton Fiddler’s Run. I cannot wait. My training starts very soon.

I’m from a very small Canadian fishing village in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia called Cheticamp. I’m fortunate to have grown up surrounded by family in such a beautiful part of the World.

So why did I chose the name Runner Waves? Simple! I’m always waving and smiling at everyone when I’m out running:) Yep, I’m crazy like that hahaha.

This was supposed to be a small write-up. Oops.

Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy reading about my future adventures!!

Keep smiling,

Angela

P.S. I love dark roast coffee and chips…. Probably too much…..