In my opinion the best kind of days are the ones spent outside.  Adding in a lot of mountain time makes the day that much better.

My lungs/legs/brain/soul/everything reminded me on the way up the mountain yesterday morning that it had been far too long since the last time I went on a trail run.

This is my happy place.

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Top 5 reasons I love trail running:

1.  The views—>  HOW DO YOU BEAT THESE VIEWS!?

2.  You are far far away from cars/stoplights/noise/all of the people.

3.  You get in a ton of hill work and for some reason it is way more fun for me to climb trail hills than road hills.

4.  It strengthens your legs like nothing else (those stabilizer muscles get some good work in on all of the uneven surfaces) and the soft dirt makes my joints very happy.

5.  I finish and feel hardcore.

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We finished up with 12 miles total for the day and I used my running partner’s Garmin Vivoactive for the second half of the run.  I loved it… it was so light and I love how much info is displayed on the screen… BUT I’m not a huge fan of the heart rate straps and my garmin has the heart rate monitor built right into the watch.  Anyone else love to try out different running gadgets and gizmos?!  Also, I was pretty happy that the temperatures yesterday were a lot better than what I was expecting!

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Raspberries waiting in the car to be eaten once the run was finished.  They tasted SO GOOD.

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Wheat grass and a jamba a few minutes later…. maybe a new Saturday tradition?

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Because some of the miles that we did were on the street, I wore my PureCadences instead of trail shoes.   Muddy shoes are a sign of a good/adventurous run.

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We did a whole lot of errands together and that lamb below was the FIRST toy Brooke ever received when she was born (my aunt brought it to the hospital) and it is still one of her favorites.

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Family dinner (I try to pretend we are all sisters)

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and some skipping around The Riverwoods.

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Bring on the rest day!  Less than a week until my next race!


Who has the Vivoactive?  What are your thoughts?  What watch are you currently using?

Trail running peeps—>  What are your top reasons for loving trail running?

Ever go to Jamba Juice?  What do you get?  Wheatgrass?

A short walk on the treadmill next to my sister while catching up with my mom.  I did a really good job with this selfie. Did some yoga and then my sister was using the medicine ball to roll out her back.  I copied her… it felt really good. Bff cousins. Blueberry Kodiak Power Cakes … Continue Reading

Happy Friday!! I have officially decided that today is going to be a rest day from running for me and I’ll hit up some yoga instead.  I’ve got 12 miles (mostly on ((HILLY)) trails) to do tomorrow so I’m hoping for  fresh legs and a happy body to go into that run.  With each year … Continue Reading

Hello running outside, it’s sure nice to be with you again. It started out cold and then we ended up with jackets tied around our waists. Except for the part where the wind was blowing us over…. I’m very grateful she puts up with me over the 100s of miles we have been together (10 … Continue Reading

We spend a lot of our life here on this couch. Last night Brooke and I took our dear friend Lindsey out to celebrate her birthday!  We adore her. She requested these beautiful salads (chicken, rice and tortilla under there).  She wanted to show off her weird eye trick. And who knows what Brooke was doing in … Continue Reading

I’ve got some tangents today to share with you along with a workout playlist so let’s get started! *Brooke and I went to a BBQ the other night and they had our favorite sugar cookies (these ones are from Sodalicious) there waiting for us;)  We were pleasantly surprised. *JOIN US TODAY WITH BROOKS!!!! Like soon! … Continue Reading

I’ve kept you in the loop with my divorce stuff on the blog over the years so I thought I would give you an update on where I’m at so feel free to scroll through this first part if you are here for running, pics of Brooke and food. ————————————————– This last weekend was the … Continue Reading