Valley Harvest 5K 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Monday to all my Canadian friends!!

As in past years I spent Sunday morning running the Valley Harvest Marathon 5K here in Wolfville. It’s so nice to run a race that is close to home and doesn’t involved getting up at 5 or 6 am in order to be there in time for the race to start!


And running here in the Annapolis Valley is a pretty beautiful thing in October!

U Hall

Saturday I went and did the kit pick-up thing, and as usual it was organized wonderfully and unlike a lot of other races they actually have your kits pre-packed for you. I know this makes a lot of extra work for the volunteers, but it is wonderful for us runners because it means we will actually get the size shirt we asked for at registration. It annoys me so much when you go pick up a race kit and they are out of your size, even though you registered for that particular size months and months ago!


The swag…


The hat is pretty sweet since it has a pocket in it so you have somewhere to put your keys/lip balm/etc.

Saturday night I headed back into Wolfville for the kids fun run where my nephew participated (he’s in that blur somewhere!)


and then headed home to get ready for my race in the morning. This is my PR course (I’ve hit a new 5K PR here on a couple occasions), so even though I knew it was nearly impossible for me to hit a new one this year, I had a lingering hope that I would.

Going into this 5K, I hadn’t had a day off from exercise since September 28th, and in the time from the 28th to Oct 12th I had taught 42 fitness classes. Yes, you read that right. I wasn’t meant to have taught that much but there was a mix-up that ended up with me taking on a number of extra classes these past two weeks. Needless to say I was a little tired heading into the race.

Physically I didn’t feel overly tired Sunday morning, that is until I started running. I don’t think I’ve ever struggled with my breathing as much as I did during these 5 kilometres. It’s clear that my lungs and heart were feeling a lot more fatigued than my legs were. I felt like I was struggling with every breath, and even though I was keeping a decent pace I found myself having to stop and walk more and more as the race went on.

I was right, there was no PR, but I did finish in 31:38 which was nothing to cry about! It might not have been a PR, but it was my fastest (chip timed) 5K this year!


Normally when I run, I watch my heart rate and when it hits 170 I walk for a bit until it drops back to around 150-155. Because I exercise so much teaching I am really cautious of allowing myself to get too tired when running. I didn’t do that today, and when I transferred the data from my Polar it was quite clear how much I struggled today as a result.


I spent over 17 minutes of the race with my heart rate over 170. No wonder I was wiped when it was over! For comparison purposes, here is the readout from my 5K a few weeks ago which was similarly flat, and where I finished in about 32:30 (so approx. 1 minute slower). In that race I only spent 3 minutes with my heart rate “in the red”.


I can’t say that in the race a few weeks ago I was “rested” because it took place on a Friday after I had taught 15 classes and had, had the previous Sunday off as a rest day.

The point here isn’t for me to gain any pity or sympathy for my lack of rest, what I hope anyone who reads this (and is a runner) will see how much difference being properly rested before a race really can change your performance. So many people (obviously myself included) fail to allow their body adequate rest in order to perform optimally thinking that it doesn’t matter. I’m here to show you that it really, really does!

I grew up in a car family, so I keep wandering around thinking to myself, “the engine was running too hot!!!”

I’ve got one more race this season, a 7K in 3 weeks time. You can be darn sure I’ll be sure to a) take a rest day the Sunday before that race and b) will NOT be teaching 22 classes that week!

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September Faves

I’ve been a little bit all over the place this past year or two with my “faves”. I started out doing them every week, but I had a hard time coming up with new things every week and then I was going to make them a monthly occurrence but that never happened, so here I am once again trying to make “faves” happen.

And I feel a bit like I’m Gretchen Wieners trying to make fetch happen.


I hope it doesn’t come to that ;)

Here is what I’m loving from September!

LUSH Charity Pot

charity pot


I bought a small pot the last time I was in the store and I love it like crazy! You only need a little bit, and I really love the smell of it and the fact that 100% of the purchase price (minus the taxes) goes to charity.



I know I talked about them before, but since this post  I’ve upgraded to the paid version and it is even more fantastic! Well worth the $10 US/month it costs. CoSchedule is a blogging miracle. No doubt.

Adrenal Reset Diet

I’ve made it no secret here that I’ve been dealing with adrenal/hormone issues for the past 18 months or so, and when I heard Alan talk in a online summit I attended I knew I needed to pick up his book when it comes out at the end of December. Luckily for me, I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy and I gobbled it up like a starving kitten. I’ve gathered information from as many experts as possible over these 18 months, including taking the initiative to become a nutrition and weight loss specialist myself (I still need to write that dang final exam!). Even so I learned so much from this book it was amazing. I’ve put a number of the protocols into action and am already sleeping so much better, and feeling better physically than I have in quite a while. I swear to you all, having a body that is working with you and not against you is the single most important factor in improving your health. And the factor that many physicians don’t believe in, or don’t understand. This book is fab.


I know we are only 2 episodes in but I am already smitten with Gotham. And that’s saying something since I watched the entire season (series? I’m still not sure if it was a mini series or a regular series) of Extant and I’m still not sure if I like it. Of course you throw super hero stuff on TV and I’m certain to watch it (which means I’d be surprised if The Flash doesn’t make my October Faves list!).

The ABC’s of Kids Yoga

This year I’m doing a lot more yoga classes for kids than I have in the past so I checked out this book to see what sort of fun stuff it might have to offer.

What I really like about the book is that it acts out all of the poses is a fun way, like adding your leg to take cat/cow into sun bird but saying that it is the cat’s tail and other little actions like that, that help keep smaller kids interested but on task. It’s also written in a sing-song format so that each pose has a little verse that goes with it. This would be a great way for parents to start to introduce yoga to their kids. I know I had a sign language book when I was small that I was obsessed with, and learned the whole alphabet in sign language from it. I realize sign language and yoga aren’t the same thing, but the point is introducing things to children when they are small.

That’s it for this month’s list!

Have you been watching Gotham? Are there any other news shows that you really enjoy? I am in love with Outlander, but it premiered in August so I couldn’t but it on my September list :/

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I received both the Adrenal Reset Diet and The ABC’s of Kids Yoga for free from Net Galley for purpose of reviewing on their site. I was not required to blog about either book, and am only sharing them with you now because I think they are both great books that people should know about.

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