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Lately

Life Lately |happyfitmama.com

Have you ever had a day when all you want to do is procrastinate?

That was my day on Tuesday. I could not focus on one thing to save the life of me. It started while I was in yoga class. Balancing poses? Forget about it. Even tree pose had me falling over.

In the afternoon, I tried to sit down to write something meaningful for today’s post but I hated it all. Or I got distracted by social media. Nothing sounded right. Rather than make you suffer reading a post that doesn’t make any sense, I’m just going to spout off on what’s been going on lately.

Lately…I decided I needed to see a massage therapist regularly. With all my calf tightness issues and getting back into running, I need to keep a handle on it. I’m foam rolling and using The Stick but I want someone to dig in deep. I found an awesome LMT. She’s a serious runner. Serious as in she ran from San Francisco to New York (unsupported), raising money for The Brain Injury Association of America. Oh and she’s the second woman in history to cross the continental USA solo and self supported. Like I said, she’s serious. If you are local, call her. She’s awesome.

Lately…I’m wondering if my hypermobility is the root of some of my injuries? THIS article and THIS article kind of points in that direction or at least it contributes to it. There’s a test in the first post to see if you are in fact hypermobile. Let’s just say that I aced the test. Yay me.

Pyramid Pose | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I’m looking at finding a strength trainer. Last year that was one of my goals but the one that I saw initially turned out to be not what I had hoped. When the first words out of his mouth are “I don’t like runners”, you know it’s not going to work out.

Lately…I’ve re-introduced speed workouts to my routine. I’m kind of shocked how good they feel. Well, not good but good in that I can keep up with the paces that I’m aiming for. I did THIS workout yesterday and it kicked my butt. In the nicest way possible of course. Working my confidence up one workout at a time!

Lately…Speaking of goals. My yoga teacher opened up class yesterday with a reminder about goals. Do you do a weekly goal check in? We set goals but how often do we look at our progress? I’m guilty of that for sure. That’s why I love my Believe Journal. It reminds me to do a weekly Rundown of how the week was.

Lately…All I want to do is live in the Flight Jacket from Kuhl. Check out Christine, Allie, Nicole and I on the Kuhl Blog today with our winter outerwear review.

Kuhl Flight Jacket | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I recently lost 10 hours of my life watching “Making a Murderer.” It was eye opening. It made me question the legal system. It made me wonder how some people’s minds work (or don’t). It made me realize that there are some really, really unintelligent people out there.

Lately…I don’t care much for real pants.

Lately…I went back in time. My new duck boots (pictured above) are almost exactly the same as a pair I had when I was 8. I don’t know if I should feel cool wearing the boots or really, really old. I’m going with cool.

Thanks for letting me do some Thinking Out Loud!

What’s going on lately with you?

My Favorite Instagram Posts – 2015

You guys know I love Instagram.

Psst! Are you following me?

It’s by far my favorite form of social media. I’m swayed by the pretty pictures, the motivational sayings and just getting a peek inside others lives.

I’m sure you’ve seen the website that compiles your best nine pics from Instagram. It’s all based on the amount of ‘likes’ that pic received. That’s all well and good but the majority of the pics that came up on my feed were not even close to my favorites. There’s always a story behind a picture and to me, that’s what makes it a favorite.

Take a peek at my favorite Instagram posts from 2015.

January

Snowy trail run | happyfitmama.com

I had so much fun running on the trails during the first real snow fall of the year. I made my own tracks and enjoyed the quiet all around me. And then I had self timer out takes.

February

Blizzard Runner | happyfitmama.com

Last winter really was a pain in the ass when it came to running. Especially with marathon training. I don’t think I ever whined so much about the running in the winter. It was relentless! But now that I look back at it, it really wasn’t that bad. Was it?!?!

March

99 laps | happyfitmama.com

Running 99 freakin’ laps around a track can make you look a little crazy. That’s right 99. It was that or do my run outside in sub zero temps (not counting the windchill) in a snowstorm while in Michigan for my father in law’s funeral. It’s amazing what you can tune out when you are focused on getting your mileage in for marathon training. And you are pissed off about the trip from hell.

April

Refugee runners | happyfitmama.com

There’s so many better pics to share from Boston other than this blurry pic taken by a gas station attendant in front of the bathroom. But I laugh so hard at this picture. Sarah and I looked like homeless people wandering the empty streets of Hopkinton heading to Athlete’s Village, in the rain, after our town car dropped us off on 495. It was a crazy day from start to ending. This girl was my running rock all through Boston training. We ran almost every long run together. I don’t know if we froze or laughed our asses off more from January through April. Runner friends really are the best!

May

Wild Thing | happyfitmama.com

After a frigid winter, the beautiful weather in May was welcomed with open arms heart. Specifically heart openers at the beach.

June

Black Beach | happyfitmama.com

On our first day in San Diego for the Competitor Magazine photo shoot for Saucony 26 Strong, Marina and I ventured down to Black Beach. It was absolutely gorgeous! And then we had the surprise of realizing that it was a nude beach. Whoops.

July

Sunrise | happyfitmama.com

July has become THE month for killer sunrises. I’m thankful that I could chase sunrises all summer on my bike although I’d much rather would have been running.

August

Black River | happyfitmama.com

A vacation back to Michigan to see the family isn’t complete without a trip to Black River Falls.

September

Warrior III | happyfitmama.com

I came home from yoga class one Sunday morning in September and Ron was in the backyard with the kids. I looked over and saw the sunlight shining through the trees. Maybe it was the enlightenment from yoga class. But it just looked absolutely beautiful to me. And it screamed YOGA PICTURE!

October

October Runner  | Happyfitmama.com

The whole month of October was pretty much awesome. Rise. Run.Retreat. Chicago Marathon with Competitor and Saucony 26 Strong. AND I finally was able to run pain free!

November

Fall runner | happyfitmama.com

Run and be happy. This picture screams happiness to me. The way the light hits the leaves. But more importantly, the way I felt on that run. I felt alive and more like myself than I had in months.

December

Wheel Pose | happyfitmama.com

Earlier in the month, I had a run where it truly felt that everything is going to be OK in terms of my running. After 8 months of wondering what my running future looks like, I can now say, it looks good.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to check in on my little corner of the internet in 2015. I sincerely appreciate every single one of you. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate my 4 year blogging anniversary yesterday. THANK YOU!

I’m taking the next few days off to hang out with my family while they are on holiday break. I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule next week. See ya in 2016!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

What was your favorite memory of the year?

Marvelous is…Christmas Edition

Hello! Hello!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or whatever it is that you choose to celebrate or not. My family and I had a great one. Isn’t it funny how we spend months planning for the big day and then POOF! it’s done and over?

It was so nice to take some time away from work and social media (although I must admit I feel like I’m out of the loop with things!). I’m not ready for the relaxing to be over with yet, but it’s back to work for me today. Boo!

I haven’t done this in awhile so how ’bout a little Marvelous is…Christmas Edition to catch up?

Marvelous is…keeping it real. The struggle is real with self timer pics. At least it makes for a good conversation piece! Just another peak Behind My Instagram Feed.

Self timer fail | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Christmas Eve with family. My parents were here for the whole week. And no one got sick from Christmas Eve dinner like last year. #ChristmasMiracle

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Marvelous is…PicMonkey fun. Merry Christmas from our family of elves. And one tiny reindeer.

Christms 2015 | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…An unseasonably warm Christmas Day at the beach. 60 degrees on December 25th?!?! It felt so nice to get a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea after days and days of rain and gray skies.

Christmas Day at the beach  happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…A run after 4 days of the respiratory crud. It felt so good to move again! I think I felt more sore from not working out than from my cold. I’ve still got the leftover cough and stuffy nose. Let’s hope it leaves soon and doesn’t linger for 2 weeks or more like it has for Ron.

December run | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…A beautiful day playing tourist with the family in Portland and at the Portland Head Light. #NoFilter needed but it sure did enhance the beauty.

Portland Headlight | happyfitmama.com

Portland Headlight

Marvelous is…Not being committed. It was a close one. Ron said he was tired of being an Instagram Husband.  :)

Asylum for the Insane  happyfitmama.com

Your turn! Tell me your own Marvelous is…