I’d like to #LiveInPrana

#7daystretch #LiveInPrana

This post in sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach.

If there’s one thing I dislike about vacation, it’s coming home and trying to catch up. The past couple of days have been nothing but running around doing just that. The payback of vacationing I guess!

I mentioned on Friday about an Instagram challenge I’m doing. I just can’t get enough of prAna gear and my awesome Halle pants, so I’m extending my #7daystretch – it’s going to be more like an eleven day stretch for me.

I’m joining prAna and Sweat Pink for a super fun, #7daystretch #liveinprana Instagram challenge – it starts Monday, August 24th and ends Sunday, August 30th. Join in on the fun – answering daily prompts that you can find on FitApproach’s IG account – or if you’d prefer to lurk, you can follow along on FitApproach or through the hashtags: #liveinprana #7daystretch #sweatpink!

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We’ll be talking about how the Sweet Pink community embraces a prAna lifestyle (#liveinprana) and are challenging ourselves to stretch a little deeper, farther and more mindfully for 7 whole days (the #7daystretch). And we’re not just stretching our bodies so you don’t have to be pretzel to join in, we’re also stretching our minds and souls! I think everyBODY can use a little of that, right?

Here are the daily prompts to get you started:

Monday, August 24: It’s Monday, make sure you get up and stretch ‘dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring stretch(es)! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Tuesday, August 25: Backbends. Any backbends. All backbends. #benditlikebackbend Show us how you get bendy! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #transformationtuesday y’all, whether you’re bendier than you used to be, more adventurous, or even faster, we want to see! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Wednesday, August 26: It’s our mid-week stretch it out, show us what’s getting you through your hump day? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #workoutitwednesday. Show us how you worked it today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Thursday, August 27: Show us a #tbt to a time when you stretched outside of your comfort zone. #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite stretchy pants (shorts work too)  #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Friday, August 28: Happy #freefriday y’all! We want to see what  makes you feel the most FREE?  7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us how you are celebrating #forearmfriday! Forearm planks, dolphin pose, forearm stands or maybe just forearms on the table? 😉 #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Saturday, August 29: Saturday side stretch! Show us your fave side stretch(es!) #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: #sunsalutesaturday. Show us how you are saluting the sun today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Sunday, August 30: What are your favorite ways to restore your mind, body, & soul? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite zen space. Where do you find peace & tranquility? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna #sundayzenday

I’d love for you to join me for this fun challenge. And if you haven’t done so already, check out the new Fall line from prAna. You can save 15% off your entire order with code 7DayStretchF15HFM at checkout.

Since it’s meal planning Sunday, it’s time to get back in the habit of regular planned meals. Soccer starts for the kids’ this week so Monday nights are going to be a little crazy going straight from school/work to practice. And then the BIG week is next – KINDERGARTEN starts. It’s going to be an adjustment for all of us. Ahhhh!!!!

Here’s what I’ve got planned for dinner this week.

Sunday: Cinnamon Maple Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Pick your egg sandwiches + fresh veggies w/ guacamole or hummus

Tuesday: Grilled chicken + pesto zucchini noodle salad

Wednesday: Ron’s Grilled Pizza

Thursday: Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Out

For more meal planning ideas, check out Jill and Laura’s link up every Sunday.

What are you most excited about for Fall? I’m not really too excited for it just yet, but I am looking forward to everything apple and pumpkin.

What are you having for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

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I’m back.

What better way to start (end?) the week of blogging than with High Five Friday. I’m saving my pics from Instagram for my vacation post next week. BUT I do want to share with you the #7daystretch that I’m doing with prAna right now on Insta. I’ve worked with prAna quite a few times (HERE, HERE, HERE) in the past year. If you don’t already know, prAna gear is seriously cute. But it’s also seriously durable. Their stuff looks good in the studio, out on the trails and even at the grocery store. Follow me on Instagram for the next 7 days to see where my Halle Pants where be this week! FYI – you can get 15% off your prAna order with code 7DayStretchF15HFM at checkout!

Here are some posts that caught my eye recently that deserve a big ol’ high five. Enjoy!

5 Things

1. A post-pregnancy running champion – Never say never and always dream big. Love this story of a woman who tried something new and found herself along the way.

2. This woman jumps out of planes and into fires – This is my sister-in-law’s, sister. Pretty badass, huh?

3. What long distance runners think while they run – I’ve always said my best thoughts and ideas come from while out on a run. Those genius thoughts are also clouded with the same thoughts as the studies’ participants. In fact, this might have been one of my quotes – “Hill, you’re a bitch … it’s long and hot — mother eff-er.”

4. Great yoga poses for recovery – I love the Runner’s World yoga series. This one has 7 poses that hit all the right running places.

5. Why Play Should be a Priority in Every Adult’s Life – YES! Why should kids be the only ones who get to play?

What would you like to high five today?

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of prAna Halle Pants in exchange for promotion of the #7daystretch.

On Vacation

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Hello? Anyone there?

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet here at HFM for the past week. We were on vacation in Michigan. Originally, I had planned and drafted posts for the week so things weren’t going to be completely quiet. But then things got busy, we were running around from morning till night, I wasn’t near a computer or didn’t have cell service at times.  Rather than fret about it, I decided to let things go. I needed to be on vacation from all work.

Time away was needed.

I’ve been struggling with what I want to write lately. It’s no secret that I’m still dealing with my foot injury and all the emotions that come with not running for 4 months. I’m trying to remember what I can do, but it doesn’t help that I’m still pissed off. I don’t feel like myself. I write about running. But when you aren’t running, what do you write about? Sure, I could bitch and moan about the sorrows of not running every single post, but who wants to read that? I’m sick of talking about it so I’m sure you are sick of reading about it.

A vacation was just what I needed. Time away from the blog. To regroup. To become unstuck. To be. To find my voice.

Never fear, you’ll be hearing my voice soon again.