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High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Ahhhhh. It feels so good to have Friday here again. Did it seem like a really long week to anyone else? I’m more than ready for the weekend. I’ll even have some extra time on my hands since I’m officially tapering for the Leaf Peepers Half next weekend. Maybe I’ll actually be able to squeeze in my favorite Sunday yoga class? It’s been way too long since I got to play with fun inversions.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

Sunrise |

Fire in the sky on an early morning run. I had no idea the sky looked like this until I came around a corner and saw the sky light up in a brilliant orange. So beautiful!

Yoga is Love Mug |

How cute is this mug? My friend Heather posted a similar one on Insta and I fell in love with it. I got mine from T.J. Max but there’s a ton on Amazon too. I wish they made running mugs!

prAna Fall Style |

I love summer and the warm temps we are enjoying still but…I’m secretly hoping for cooler temps just to be able to wear this outfit from prAna. The Kara Jean and Lucia Sweater will be my staple for the next 6 (or more) months. Start shopping and get 15% off your order with code PFS16HFM at checkout!

Leftovers for lunch |

Who likes leftovers for lunch? This girl! Especially when it’s loaded with fresh from the garden tomatoes, avocado and zoodles with leftover roasted chicken. Yummmmmm!

Sunrise run at the track |

Sunrise at the track. I was so not in the mood for a track workout this week. I did an extra long warm up before getting there in hopes that I’d feel better about it. I didn’t. But I did it anyway. The good thing about it? Being done. Although that’s my thoughts on most track workouts.

5 Things

Mountains for Breakfast – There are so many good pieces in this article but this one stands out to me -> Because I am a mother runner – “I am part of a Tribe of women who set out in pre-dawn or post-practice hours to push their own limits all while they keep other human beings alive, loved, and thriving. But also, because I am brave enough. And strong enough. And tough enough. Because *I am enough*”.

Are You Safe on the Run? – With the murders of three runners last month, running safety has been on the fore front of everyone’s mind. I’ve been leery to run alone in the early morning. I’m even bringing mace with me on broad daylight runs (which I never used to do). Sarah shares great tips that she learned at a running safety event. I’ve made some of the switches already.  You should too!

How Do You Define Athlete? – I’ve run across this a few times. I’ve even thought it towards myself. If I’m a runner, am I an athlete? What makes an athlete? Someone who places in their age group or wins prizes at races? To me, it’s someone who trains hard towards a goal (any goal!) and competes against others or themselves. What do you think?

The Complete List of Lewd Sounding Town Names in America – For all those who love 13 year old boy humor (like me!). I grew up near Spread Eagle, Wisconsin and giggled each time I said it.

Becoming a Real Runner – We all started somewhere. Amanda’s story of her hill reminded me of my own hill. It was the hill that I’d always give myself permission to take a walk break up whenever I was out on a run. Over time, that hill became just another hill that I would run up. I laugh now because it doesn’t even seem like that big of a hill now. It reminds me of the saying – Running is never easy. You just become stronger.

What would you like to High Five today?


Fall Things I’m Looking Forward To

Look forward to Fall with #pranafallstyle looks! |

This post in sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach. All opinions are my own.

Now that we are into September, I’m letting myself think about all of the things I love about fall. I really do love all the seasons especially at the beginning of each. There’s so much hope and anticipation of the changing of the season. Each season is unique and has something I love.

Over the weekend, we had a hint of cooler temps and picture perfect fall weather. It made me start to think about what I’m looking forward to this season.

Fall Running – Ok, ok. Running in any season is awesome but after this hot and humid summer, I’m looking forward to not looking like I jumped in a pool after running one mile. I’m still trying to get my mind into racing/training mode because the next two months are full of races. First up is the Mount A Trail Fest 9 Miler next week. I’m super excited about this race. Fingers crossed I don’t do anything stupid. After that is Rise.Run.Retreat where we are running the Leaf Peeper Half Marathon. Again, I hope to do nothing stupid. A couple weeks afterwards, I got some more races to run. BUT I’ll have to tell you all about those later.

fall running |

Fall Foods – Pumpkin mania is about to hit! I made my first pumpkin recipe (THIS bread if you are wondering. And yes, it’s delicious!) of the season on Monday. And now I’m on the hunt for more cans of pumpkin – there was only ONE left at the grocery store. **Insert panic.** I need to make my Pumpkin Protein Brownies asap! But I’m not only about pumpkin. There’s apple picking to make homemade applesauce and apple pie. My crockpot is ready for soups and belly warming chili too.

Pumpkin Protein Bars |

Yoga – My yoga practice kind of slipped by the wayside during the month of August. I was bored with the classes and then our weekly schedule flipped after my kids’ were done with camp for the summer. School is back in session and I made my way back to my yoga mat yesterday morning. It felt right. It felt good. Time to get the good vibes rolling again.

Yoga vibes |

Prepping for Ski/Snowboard Season – After getting back into snowboarding again and the kids’ up on skis last year, I can’t wait for more time on the mountain. Late October/early November will be time to hit up the ski/board swaps for new (used) gear for the kids. I’m seriously thinking about getting back on skis too. I grew up skiing but switched to snowboarding after Ron convinced me to give it a try. It’s been 18 years (what the what?!!?) since I had skis on. Again, I hope to do nothing stupid.

Snowboarding |

Fall Clothes – Jeans, sweaters, boots, flannels, scarves – bring on the layers! I really don’t like being cold but I do love everything about fall clothing. It’s comfy, cozy and just perfect. I got a little giddy over the weekend and earlier in the week when our temps dropped quite a bit and the feeling of fall was in the air. It was the perfect time to break out my new prAna items.

prAna Fall Style outfit

The Lucia Sweater is pure wool coziness. When the temps drop, I’m freezing. Wool is my BFF. I live in wool socks and sweaters as soon as the temp drops below 55 degrees. Nothing keeps me toasty warm like my woolies! A lot of people stay away from wool because they think it’s too itchy. The Lucia sweater has a soft inside, almost like sweatshirt material, that gives an extra dose of cozy. There’s no itching at all.

prAna Fall Style Yoga

The Kara Jean has become a staple in my wardrobe over the years. It started with a herringbone print a couple of years ago. They are comfy like your favorite pair of blue jeans but look a little bit more put together. They stretch and move with you, perfect for playing at the park with the kids, exploring old forts or busting out a yoga move or two.

prAna Fall STyle Lucia Sweater and Kara PantSo bring it on fall! All I ask is that you stay awhile before the snow starts to fly.

FYI – You can get 15% off your total order from with code PFS16HFM at checkout until 10/31/16. (Not valid for Influencers, on Gift Certificates or valid with any other offers).

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Pumpkin or apple – which is better?







What’s for Dinner? {Week of August 21}

What's for dinner this week? I've got easy, healthy meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

What’s happening friendly faces?!

I hope the weekend is treating you well. Yesterday we made our first trip to Santa’s Village. Who knew Santa summered in Northern New Hampshire? It’s the cutest little park and I’m kind of bummed that it took us 6 years to make it there. We will definitely be making a return trip – maybe right before Christmas to see the big guy?

On tap for today is a long run. I’m not sure how it’s going to go. After being on my feet all day yesterday, my toes were t-i-r-e-d. Fingers crossed I make it to the 10-11 miles that I’m aiming for. Like I said on Wednesday, my training is so all over the place right now. I’m actually kind of wingin’ it!

Btw – Anyone else totally bummed that the last day of the Olympics is today? Didn’t it just start?!?!?!

It’s Sunday. Therefore, we meal plan on Sunday.

Here’s what’s for dinner this week

Sunday: Roast Whole Chicken in Crock Pot + grilled veggies

Monday: Grilled Salmon + Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodles

Tuesday: Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper for Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini

Thursday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Leftovers/Wing it

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?