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High Five Friday

High Five Friday December 2 2016 | happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

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1 ) Lit  up brighter than a Christmas tree in my Saucony Reflex jacket and tights. FYI – today is the last day to enter my giveaway for ANY item from Saucony.com!

2 ) Rainy, chilly days call for soup.

3 ) Happy, muddy, chilly and hungry. No better way to kick off a Sunday than 9 miles on the trails. Originally I was supposed to meet two friends and then two new to me people also. My two friends had to bow out last minute but the two new to me peeps could go. I went to the trail head in the dark and ended up meeting one of the new to me peeps and one guy that no one knew was coming. And his dog. The two guys (and the dog) were totally cool so it worked out. But it was hilarious that I ran with two complete strangers that I met in the dark!

4 ) Superhero Muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Make them. Now.

5 ) After living in my town for 10 years, I’m still finding new things. Like this pedestrian tunnel. I had no clue it existed!

5 Things

1 ) Feeling Super Vulnerable as a Yoga Teacher – I love this honest post from Kayla. Do you think a yoga teacher needs to do all the “cool” yoga poses? I don’t. In fact, the majority of my yoga teachers never even show their yoga “skills” off in class. They are too busy teaching and adjusting while walking around the room during class. That’s what I think a good teacher does.

2 ) Record-Breaking Black Friday Sales to Benefit the Planet – Did you see how much money Patagonia made from their sales last Friday? Ten million dollars. The cool part? It’s going all to directly to grassroots nonprofits working on the frontlines to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. That definitely deserves a high five!

3 ) Where Were You 5 Years Ago? – So many times we are told not too look back at where you came from. I don’t think so. You have to look back to see, hopefully, how far you’ve come. This post from Laura nails it. I think I might need to do this for a future blog post.

4 ) How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrera Deft Her Inner Critic – I think we all have a inner voice that can be a tad too negative. I know I do! The easiest way to shut that negative Nelly up? Flip it and reverse it with the power of your inner Beyonce!

5 ) What’s Your Crutch? – Do you have a crutch that you lean on in tough times? I do. I usually go silent. I’m the worst at talking about my feelings. I like to keep things close to sort out things a little before I let it out. Love this post from Erin about crutches and why they aren’t so bad if you know how to handle it.

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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.

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Sunrise | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 prAna.com order with code PFS16HFM at checkout!

Leftovers for lunch | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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.

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Fall Things I’m Looking Forward To

Look forward to Fall with #pranafallstyle looks! | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 | happyfitmama.com

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 prAna.com 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?

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