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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were a little bit more focused compared to the week prior.  I kicked the post holiday weekend funk and whatever bug that had me feeling super tired and blah.

I also realized that I’m 3 weeks away from running Beach to Beacon with Cabot Cheese.  This race will definitely be more for fun than actually racing since, hello, I’ve done zero speed work.  This will be my first time running it so I’m excited to see what it’s all about.  I’m also contemplating running a Six03 Summerfest 10k at the end of the month.  It’s been a couple of years since I ran this race but the memories of the unrelenting hills and humidity are still strong in my mind.

Racing is back on my mind so I guess it’s suffice to say that I’m over the recovery phase of my stress fracture comeback.


30 minute walk with Cooper

40 minutes strength training outside.  My gym is still under construction so it was another week of strength at home.  I couldn’t stand to be in the basement on a gorgeous morning so I lugged the BOSU, some weights and therapy bands outside to do this workout plus some shoulder, chest and plank work.

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The plans changed when heavy rain came along and Julie’s foot was feeling wonky. Instead, I hit the road for my run.

45 minutes run w/ 6 x 20 sec strides

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi Studio

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I was reminded of how much I’ve slacked on getting upside down daily in yoga class Tuesday.  I still very much want to be able to pop up into a handstand.  It’s not going to happen magically by itself so I used part of my morning workout practicing getting my shoulders and hips lined up using the wall and doing pikes on the stability ball.

30 minutes recumbent bike

And this balance workout:

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More rain, more trail running plan changes. I thought this week I’d get in the pool for laps and/or pool running but getting in an outdoor pool when it’s only 60 degrees does not sound like my idea of a good time. So a run outside happened instead.

45 minutes run

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi Studio


Rest day!


6.28 mile trail run with Julie and Lyla, Julie’s chocolate lab. It was cool temp wise but super humid.  My shirt was soaked.  And the horse flies were in full force.  Can’t stop. Won’t stop.  Or get eaten alive.

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I was constantly checking social media and tracking updates on friends running the Vermont 100.  I have zero interest in running 100 miles but I am in total awe of anyone who even attempts that distance.  Congrats to all who ran!


50 minute run

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Family hike with blueberry picking at the summit.  There really isn’t anything better than wild blueberries. We consumed just as many blueberries as we picked.  Isn’t that half the fun? Of course, blueberry muffins were made as soon as we got home.

Linking up with Hohofor the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?





High Five Friday

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High Five Friday is here! Let’s get the fun started.

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

1 ) Nothing is better than a good Forward Fold after a leg workout.

2 ) Have you ever done a Bear Crawl with a resistance band?  Try it and your delts will hate you!  But in a good way.

3 ) Blue skies and bike rides.

4 ) Feeling like a spring chicken with the gorgeous weather.

5 ) My biker gang.

5 Good Reads

1 ) An Open Letter (Kind of About Running) to Girls Everywhere – Another example of how running is so much more than running.  It applies to life too!

2 ) You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Good Enough – Love this post from Nat on Women’s Running. What is perfect anyway?  There’s no such thing.  And you are always good enough.

3 ) The Reality of Women’s Outdoor Sports According to Instagram – Hands down, Instagram is one of my fav social platforms.  Hello pretty pictures!  But this story brings up the fact that most of these pretty pics are styled.  When I hike, I’m usually a sweaty, dirty mess.  Wouldn’t you rather see kick ass ladies being active and adventurous for real rather than styled?  Or at least can we make it more realistic?  Who wears a leather jacket and flip flops hiking mountains?  Please.

4 ) Vaulting Over Fear – New things. Old things. Things that take us out of our comfort zone. Up and over is how you do it.

5 ) Who Knew Baby Puke Was So Powerful – Babies don’t care who you are.  They’ll puke on anyone no matter what your status is. We are all equal.

What would you like to High 5 today?



High Five Friday

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I’ve got the quadruple whammy of good news today.

It’s Friday. Yay!

I ran 3 miles pain free yesterday. Yay!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Yay!

It’s my birthday. Yay!

I’m kicking off my 39th year on a good note. That definitely deserves a High Five Friday!

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

1 ) Snowstorm running.  It’s funny that I had absolutely no desire to do run in the blizzard that dumped on us this week. I am SO over all things winter.

2 ) Waffles for breakfast. Easy like Sunday morning.

3 ) Daylight savings time – I love you in the evening, hate you in the morning.  It’s so freakin’ dark in the morning. I can’t wait till the long summer days of sunrise at 5 a.m. It makes the mornings so much more enjoyable.

4 ) New Saucony spring gear!  I’m absolutely loving the prints and colors.  Definitely puts me in a springy mood. And I think I need to order THESE crops.  So cute!

5 ) After seeing my PT Thursday morning, he gave me permission to test out a short run.  You know you have a PT that works with runners a lot because he quickly gave me a specific number to run.  He knows for distance runners, short could mean anywhere from 5-30 miles. Lol!

5 Things

1 ) Why You Should Never Date a Runner – This post is a couple years old but it is all still relevant.  You could easily change date to marry and still have the same situation.  When Ron and I first met, I wasn’t a runner.  I wonder if he still would have married me if he knew what was coming down the road.  I know he hangs on every word I say when I talk about running. Lol. For better or worse baby!

2 ) What Would Americans Rather Do Than Run a Marathon?Allie shared this post earlier in the week and I knew I had to share it as well. It blows my mind that people would rather watch C-span for 24 hours than run a marathon.  Or that you’d have to pay them over $200,000 to run 26.2 miles.  I’m guessing the respondents of the survey were not runners.  Lol!

3 ) 5 Steps to Becoming an Instagram Running Sensation – This post is so spot on!  I was doubled over laughing at every single point even though I’m completely guilty of it all.  Except #blessed or #soblessed.  Never used either of those and don’t plan on it anytime soon.  What about you – Are you guilty?

4 ) Life In A Day – I’ve had so many friends share this recently that I knew I had to watch it.  Even if you have zero plans on running an ultra, you will be motivated by these 4 women featured in this video.

5 ) Stop Freaking Out About Sugar – I’ve always like Alexis for her recipes but her recent shift towards honest posts make me like her even more.  If you only read one post from the 5 that I share today, make it this one.

“Scrolling through Facebook will have you believing you might as well smoke a cigarette before eating anything with high fructose corn syrup. Or better yet…a brownie made with GLUTEN (insert mortified emoji here). The fear mongering has reached another level of ridiculousness. Eating pretty much anything has become such an anomaly that we can barely listen to our own bodies anymore.”

What would you like to High 5 today?