All done

Hello all!

Well, long story short….

My days of more serious running are done.. for now…. 

I’m going to focus my physical activity on hiking, spinning, snowshoeing and playing with my 4 year old.  

Yes, I’ve gained most of my weight back I had lost but it’s not the end of the World….. 

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Spent all my Christmas Money :0

Hi!

Guess what? I’ve gone and spent all my Christmas money on what? You guessed it! Running clothes and accessorie !!! 

I ordered everything online as there’s no running store where I live (which really sucks especially in a community with a lot of runners). Trust me, I’d rather buy local but that wasn’t possible. I did get it all on sale (really really good sale prices)

I haven’t gotten any of it yet but this is what I’m waiting for…

From Mountain Equipment Co-op:

– Gregory Pace 3 hydration women’s  pack 

– Oiselle Herringbone women’s arm warmers 

From Running Free Canada:

– Mizuno Women’s Breath Thermo jacket 

– The North Face short sleeve running shirt

– Sugoi Verve running gloves

Now, can you tell I’m excited?!?!?!?!? 

Now if only I had money left to buy new Mizuno Wave Rider 20 shoes!!! 

Stay tuned, I’ll be doing some reviews on these ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Angela ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿƒ

Long time no blog

Hi!

I’m still here! Just been MIA for a while.Lots going on with life. All good things though!

May 21 I ran the Bluenose 5K in Halifax. WOW! My new favorite must do race every year! The spectators were AMAZING! The expo was AMAZING! really well organized as well. I was able to partake thanks to a bursary from Mic Mac Mall!! How awesome is that!

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I ran with my friend Kim and new friend Tom! They both are faster runner than I am but they stayed with me the whole time. They helped me get to the finish line faster than I would have by myself in the heat! Thank you!!!

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I also got to see a friend I hasn’t seen in ages! Meredith! An original member of the turtle squad!

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Got to meet a few Runatcan peeps! Angela, Anna, Nancy and Andrew!
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Hubby was away for his work term so I didn’t get to run as often as I wanted due to being a stay at home mom and no one and no funds to hire to babysit.

Dave is all done school now and I’m looking forward to getting back into a running routine (as long as he gets a job locally that is). We will move to Antigonish if that happens and I’ll pass the babysitting job to my Mother in Law for my runs ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night, after rocking my 3 year old to sleep for the first time in 2 years, I headed out for an awesome run!!!!!!!!!!! It was my second fastest outside run EVER! I’m not even sore today!! Woohoo!!! I honestly think it’s because I wore my Champion CSX compression socks for recovery after my run ๐Ÿ™‚ I even got to see Mama raccoon on the roof of the abandoned house a few doors up. She has a hole in the roof that she accesses the house from.
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I also got a message from some random guy who said my picture on the Epic Canadian race site was epic so he gave me a coffee for the race July 1 that he win 2 weeks ago! Woohoo!! I love the Epic race! I opted for the 10K! Hope to see lots of RunAtCan friends there!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Can’t believe it’s the end of May already!

Please please please, we could use your positive vibes for Dave to find work ๐Ÿ™‚

Toodles!
Angela

Run For Women 10K recap

Hi there!

Thanks to Brooks Running’s Facebook contest, I won a race registration for myself and a friend to the Race For Women Run in Moncton, NB! Woot Woot! I brought my friend Linda who is a fellow Amherst Strider!

After spending toooooo much time trying to decide what to wear, I set off to pick up Linda and head to Moncton (an hour away). Linda lives 20 minutes away so I had Eminem blasting on repeat to get pumped!

At one point I looked in the rearview mirror to see a bear crossing the road behind me! Eeek! That could’ve been interesting…

With Linda in the car we excitedly made our way to Moncton. Beautiful clear blue skies and no wind! Even the windmills weren’t moving!

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Got to our destination, parked the car and walked to the start line for our race kits. I was #5177 Awesome swag bag that I didn’t get a picture of.. Lots of stuff – razors, toothpaste, mascara, treats, etc..

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Of course I had to pee. Flowers in the porta potties! How cool is that?!?

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Wrote our names on a huge board

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Linda found her white feather on our way back to the car ๐Ÿ˜„

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We were very early so we walked back to the car to have a snack and assembled ourselves.. Ok, we were ready

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I couldn’t find my keys! Oh no! Of course, they were in my water belt around my waist haha!

Locked the car, started walking back only to realize the windows were down, geeze, that’s so me hahaha A little nervous and excited maybe??

Excitement and a sea of purple was in the air!

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Got our pictures taken at the Brooks booth for a chance to win a Moving Comfort sports bra! Woohoo! My favorite kind

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Now the AWESOME part!!! Got to meet 2 awesome Twitter friends!! Diane and Michelle!!!! How friggin awesome is that??!!???

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Ran into Chantelle White-Evans

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And Stacey Juckett Chesnutt

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There were some very powerful and emotional speeches. Run For Women supports women’s mental health. The Moncton run raised $23,170.00 for Beausรฉjour Family Resource Crisis Centre! WOW!!

We made our way to the start line. So much purple! Shirts, hats, tutus! Linda is a quiet person so I was quite surprised when she yelled “YOU’RE AWESOME ANGELA!” Bahahaha. Frig, no turning back now! What have I gotten myself into?!?

Within a KM we headed onto a beautiful trail in the woods! Oh my goodness! My first time trail running!!! I instantly fell in love with it! There were squirrels, woodpeckers, all kinds of birds! I’m sure they were all wondering what the heck is going on?!?

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There were volunteers and encouraging signs everywhere. One even did this!

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A much needed water station at KM 3.. Chug chug chug!

Saw awesome Joanie at about KM 4.5

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About a minute after this, things started going downhill FAST. Out of the blue I felt majorly lightheaded and hungry, no warning! I’ve never had this happen! I guess I didn’t eat enough pre-run and of course I forgot my gels – ugh!

Made it up a hill to the 5K water station where I almost passed out!! I asked a volunteer who was blowing a bullhorn if there was food. He ran to his backpack and gave me his granola bar! WOW! So awesome of him!!! I thanked him a gazillion times and inhaled it. I’m surprised I didn’t eat the wrapper hahahaha

I drank 55 gallons of water, refilled my bottles and kept going. I regained my strength pretty quick thankfully.

About KM 6 we left the woods and were running on a busy road! What a shock to the system. From peaceful to noisy…

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The sun was intense at this point. Felt like 40C…. Unfortunately I ran out of water around KM 7 and there were no more water stations. Uh oh..

Then the loop. The cruel cruel loop at 7.5K. We had to take a short cut through a parking lot and loop back. Only added about .75K but that was hard on the head!! Don’t make me go back!!

The final few KMs.. Thought this run would never end and that I’d die of running. Why do I do this to myself?? Oh yeah, the endorphins and the Runner’s High after! All worth it! Keep going!

I dedicated the last 2Kms to Paul aka Nacho Ricardo (Twitter friend in Toronto) who hasn’t run in months due to an injury. That was the push I needed to finish! Stop complaining and just go! At least I can run!!

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The last KM!!! Woohoo!! I’m almost there! I’m gonna finish this!!! YESSSSSS!

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I didn’t allow myself walking breaks until the end. I mean, there’s cameras!! It was a loooong finish line that never ended! Yep, you can see the finish line a gazillion KMs away…

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I DID IT!!!!!

Got my finisher’s bracelet (I honestly would have preferred a medal but it’s a nice bracelet.. I don’t really wear jewelry is all). Then headed back to run Linda in!! Awesome experience!!!

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We stretched, drank lots of water, ate protein bars and headed home with my Champion CSX compression socks on. Love them for recovery!! It was entertaining watching Linda put them on Bahaha

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I’m happy to report my shins held up beautifully!! No pain!!! It helped I ran at a slower pace than usual. I did however re-injur my big toenail. She’s gonna fall off again after being almost fully grown back in.. I won’t post a picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dave had asked I be home by 5 as he needed to head to Antigonish for his work term. I was early. Walked in the door at 4:59 BOOM!

Dave had supper ready for me! I’m so lucky to have an awesome husband!!! Thanks my love!!!

Well that’s it. Long read I know… I just had such an awesome experience I wanted to share it all with you!!!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela

Fun run with The Amherst Striders

Hi there! ๐Ÿ™‹

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 โ˜€โ˜€โ˜€โ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿƒ

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

Hope you had a great day as well!!!

Keep smiling ๐Ÿ˜„
Angela