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High Five Friday

Happy Halloween and High Five Friday!

And the last day of October! What???

5 from instagram 103114  happyfitmama.comI always share way more pictures on Instagram. Are you following me?

1. Fall splendor. Oh how I’ve missed taking self timer running pics! I had to get at least one even if I ran less than 2 miles last Saturday.

2. This is me dressing up for Halloween. The kitty stuffie was an addition when my daughter didn’t want to hold it anymore.

3. This week has been all about running progress. It’s slow. I’m not 100% pain free but I’m getting there.

4. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars – Make these today!

5. Hiking fun from last weekend.

5 Things

1. 5 Quick Strength Training Exercises for Runners – Love the Fire Hydrant and Bridge.

2. NYC Marathon State of Mind – Fun facts for this weekend’s big race. 6400 bananas. Over 50,000 runner’s finished last year’s race. WHOA!

3. What a Real Runner Looks Like? Serious high 5′s to Hannah for calling out all the people who think it’s no big deal to judge others through social media (or real life). It’s real life people with real life feelings.

4. What’s Wrong with this Picture? For most of us ladies, we are accustomed to being in the majority when it comes to running races. 61% of half marathon participants were women last year after all. But in 1989, not so much. We’ve come a long way ladies!

5. Day in the Life of Another Mother Runner – It was so fun taking over the Another Mother Runner’s Instagram account last weekend. If you missed it, the ladies did a great recap.

What would you like to high 5 today?

Anyone running NYCM?


And just like that the weekend is over.

I really think we need to reconsider a 5 day weekend and 2 day work week.

Who’s with me?

I had so much fun taking over the Another Mother Runner Instagram account (TheMotherRunner) on Saturday. Hello and welcome to any new friends visiting to today!

Fall weekend sunrise | happyfitmama.comI’m not sure what the glowing dot on my chin is from. And yes I was in a cemetery. Perhaps it’s a ghost?

I had high expectations for finally getting back to running on Saturday morning. My Achilles has been feeling ok. My back doesn’t feeling like it’s jamming with ever step. However, my back/glute/hip had other ideas. It started talking to me within a few steps. And it wasn’t whispering sweet nothings. I thought maybe it just needed more of a warm up. Nope. So I stopped, hobbled and eventually was able to walk normally.

I really thought I’d be back to running by now. I thought the back/glute/hip thing would clear up quickly. As of tomorrow, it will be 4 weeks since I ran. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty bummed about it. I’m freaking out about the extent of my Achilles injury. From those who have had the same injury, I hear conflicting outcomes. Some say they’ve had a one time flare up and were done with it. Others say it’s chronic and comes back every so often. Others have told me they had to stop running entirely.

And oh and no big deal but I’ve got a marathon in 7 weeks and another in 6 months.

One marathon DNS is enough!

I’m trying to be positive, do my therapy exercises and cross train as much as I can. But I’m not going to lie. It stinks.

Thankfully, I can still hike.

And hike is what we did on Sunday morning. I couldn’t wait to test out the new hiking boots Ahnu recently sent me.

Ahnu Sugarpine Boot

The first thing I noticed about the Ahnu Sugarpine Boot was how light they are. My old hiking boots were nowhere near this airy. I love the pretty color but they needed to get a little dirty.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time to play with and I wanted to keep it gentle on my injuries so we decided on an easy hike up Mount Agamenticus (Mount Aggie or Mount A if you want to sound like a local).

It was a marvelous fall day except it was rather windy and chilly exposed on the summit.

Hiking | happyfitmama.com

My feet were very comfortable the whole hike up. I really appreciated the extra ankle support from the high uppers. My feet stayed dry despite having to walk through some wet muddy sections thanks to the waterproof mesh. The traction was good even on a section of rocks that were covered in wet leaves.

I can see myself wearing the Sugarpine all winter long too. They are perfect for slushy walks as well as snowshoeing.

BUT there’s no rush. I can wait a very long time for those conditions.

In fact, we can skip it all together in my opinion.

I can dream, right?

Disclaimer: I was sent the Ahnu Sugarpine Boot as part of a campaign with FitFluential, LLC in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Always are. Always will be.

What was marvelous in your weekend?