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What I’m Loving Lately

With yesterday being Valentine’s Day and love being in the air, I thought it was time to share what I’m loving lately.


I know I just mentioned this on Monday, but I am loving snowshoeing right now. Whether it’s walking at a snail’s pace with the kids (but secretly fuming because it’s taking FOREVER) or running and sucking wind at a what feels like at least a 6:50 effort but really is a 16:00 pace in knee deep snow, I love it all. I actually may even be able to sneak in a snowshoe race or two within the next few weeks. It will be a whole new version of sucking wind for sure.

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Race day fueling and hydration is one of my weakest points. I always end up with severe cramping in my calves.  After listening to Jamie speak at Rise.Run.Retreat back in the fall, I reached out to her for some help. I’ve been putting her suggestions to the test on my runs lately and have been pleased. She suggested I try Tailwind (affiliate link) and I’m glad she did. So far, it’s worked great. As the miles crank upwards and so does the prescribed paces, I’ll be interested to see if it still serves me well. Fingers crossed!

Ultimate Direction 

I recently received some sweet gear from Ultimate Direction. After numerous friends raved about the Jenny Collection hydration packs, I wanted to give it a try since I’m hoping to be out on the trails more this summer and fall. I got the Adventure Vesta which so far, has been awesome. I haven’t needed to use all of it’s features yet. Which to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever need the ice axe loops. This girl does not do vertical ice climbing! The best feature so far has been the Body Bottles. I thought it might be annoying to have two bottles filled and sloshing around while running. I thought it would feel like running without a bra.  Girls, you know what I mean. Amazingly, the bottles don’t move at all. Of course, you hear sloshing but there’s no bouncing. I’ve worn it on the trails and on the road.

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I also received the Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket. I was loving the hood on our snowshoe run last week. It was the perfect protection from the wind and snow. The built in FlipMitts came in handy on a run where I forgot my gloves. If you thought thumb holes were awesome, FlipMitts will blow your mind!

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This is Us

Why do I love a show that makes me cry so much? Please tell me I’m not alone in questioning this.


Hitting my yoga mat at least twice a week in yoga class has been much needed as the miles start to crank up in training. Every muscle from my toes to my head need it. I love that almost every class involves tons of Runner’s Lunge variations. Nothing feels better on my feet all the way up to my hips. As if I needed more confirmation that I made the right move to switch to Bending Bodhi in November.

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Greek Yogurt Power Bowls

For years my breakfast staple was a bowl of oatmeal. I still will have one every so often but my new usual is Greek Yogurt Power Bowls filled with Stonyfield (of course!), granola, chia/flax seeds and fresh fruit. It’s filling and sticks with me for hours.

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Pre Long Run Sweet Potatoes

A few weeks ago, the topic of pre long run fuel came up on a group run. One girl mentioned eating a baked sweet potato. That was one of my favorite snacks a couple of years ago but I grew sick of it.  I thought I’d try it out as a pre run fuel with cinnamon and a spoonful of almond or peanut butter. It’s been perfect and Jamie agrees that I should stick with it since it’s got the right ratio for fueling.


I’ve never stopped loving Cooper but I’m loving that he’s feeling so much better lately. He had us really worried back in December that the end was near. But his new medication has worked wonders. He’s gaining weight and has so much energy. He went snowshoeing with us on Monday and acted like a puppy.

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Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

What have you been loving lately?


Last Week’s Workouts

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Remember when I said I wish we would get more snow?

Guess what?

Wishes really do come true!

Last week my kids had 2 snow days and 2 two hour delays. Do the math and you’ll realize that they were home more than in school.

And today is another snow day with a good ol’ fashion blizzard. I even got called off from work.

Why not get ALL of winter weather in a two week period?

Despite the weather, I still got a solid week of training. I strayed from my training plan a little but I think I still put in a ton of effort. That counts for something, right?

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Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, 30 minutes strength training

Cross training day! After a weekend of running, I always look forward to something different. And my joints appreciate it too. Hitting the bike for some no impact cardio always feels good. I followed it up with weights and balance work.

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Tuesday: 7.28 miles

Tempo Tuesday is back!  It’s been forever since I did a tempo workout.  I’ve never been a huge fan of tempos. Frankly, they scare me more than a speed workout. My plan called for 3 miles at half marathon pace. I haven’t raced a half in over 2 years so I had no clue what pace to aim for. I thought 8:00-8:15 would be good.

Lori and I met dark and early for a snowy run. We picked a “flat” route which really isn’t flat because there is no such thing in our town.  It was the first time I had programmed a workout into my watch. I think it gave me a little anxiety to hear the beeping if I was running faster than my prescribed pace. But when I didn’t hear it, I didn’t like that so I kept running fast enough to hear beeps. I know, I’m weird.

Actual pace: 7:55, 7:49, 7:41

I was shocked to see that because the first mile actually felt harder than the third.

Wednesday: 5 miles

The snow continued on all day Tuesday and then switched to freezing rain overnight. Rather than dealing with a sloppy mess and a skating rink, I opted for the treadmill. This run was painful. I wanted to poke my eyes out from boredom. I go through periods of doing OK with the treadmill and not minding it and other days hating every single minute.

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Thursday: 5+ miles snowshoe run

A Nor’easter blew in on Thursday morning. Basically the whole state shut down. Ron was called off from work so I was free to run whenever. Jess, Tony and I agreed to meeting up for trail fun. This was only my second time running in snowshoes. It’s hard AF when it’s a packed trail. But breaking your own trail in at least 4 inches of fresh snow? Hard AF x 1000. The snow was coming down fast. The wind was blowing. I was sucking wind. It was so fun!

My plan called for 8 miles with Fartleks. Not exactly the workout that was planned but I think I worked 10x harder. Oh well.

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Friday: Strength training, Candlelight Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga

My plan called for a complete rest day but I had only got one strength training session in for the week. I got in a solid 30 minutes weights/balance exercises before heading into work.

In the evening, I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing restorative yoga workshop at Bending Bodhi.

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Saturday: 14 miles

Guess what? It was snowing, cold (13 degrees) and windy again on Saturday morning. Lori and I were going to run long on Sunday but at the spur of the moment switched back to Saturday. The roads were snow covered and sloppy. I wore my YakTrax for a little traction at least. It was helpful but my feet were still slipping. We kept the pace slow and steady because there was no way we could pick up the pace in that crap. It was a welcome relief to find patches of pavement to get back to a somewhat normal pace. But then a car would come and you’d have to jump back into the cookie dough snow. I was never so happy to be done with a run. Fourteen miles felt like 30.

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Later that evening we met up with friends for a moonlight snowshoe walk. It was cold AF but so fun. Especially when the skies cleared and the full moon came out.

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Sunday: 5.5 miles

Thankfully today was a recovery run because the roads were still just as sloppy as yesterday. See above for what slop looks like. I kept things s-l-o-w and worked out the soreness in my left glute. I’m not sure if it was from the weights on Friday or from Saturday’s run. After talking to a bunch of people yesterday, I think it might be from the run. Almost everyone that ran Saturday had sore glutes. Coincidence? I think not.

Another week down.

I’m looking forward to a cut back week in mileage and hopefully less snow on the roads but plenty on the trails.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.



High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Phew! What a week. After thinking that winter was going to be lacking in snow coverage, we sure got hit this week. Two snowstorms with more coming over the weekend. Yesterday’s storm was just crazy. Everything was cancelled or closed yesterday in anticipation of what was to come. Good thing. There was an area near me that reported getting dumped on with 5 inches of snow an hour. That’s a lot! I’m not sure of the totals but it has to be anywhere from 16-20 inches at least. Fingers crossed my kids have school tomorrow. I don’t think we can survive another snow day!

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1 ) When a Nor’easter rolls in, you go for a run. Tony, Jess and I only ran 5+ miles but it felt like at least 20 with snowshoes on and making our own trail. Scratch that, Jess made the trail for us and she was the only one NOT wearing snowshoes. Crazy girl ran in camo hunting boots and microspikes and was still trucking. Meanwhile, I was sucking wind and dying. So fun. Not so fun? The drive home as I shivered like crazy from being so cold and the road conditions. Thankfully I ended up behind a plow for most of the way home but there were sketchy sections of complete white out conditions.

2 ) When you are playing in the snow but need to take a rest. Plop right down and chill.

3 ) After hearing so many others rave about the Blueberry Lemon Scones from Run Fast. Eat Slow, I finally got around to making them. You should too. Delicious!

4 ) Sasquatch sighting?

5 ) Library humor. Lol!

5 Things

1 ) On Football: Few fans thought the Patriots could rally, but in the locker room, another story – Let’s see a raise of hands of who thought the Falcons would be holding the Lombardi trophy Sunday night after a horrible 3 quarters of the game.  I’m raising my hand high.  I thought it was over and went to bed. Yup. I missed the whole 4th quarter and all of the action. Moral of the story? Never give up.  Stay focused. Stay determined.

2 ) Relatable Confessions of Run Rage from Real Runners – I think I’ve gone through every single one of these emotions while running. Sometimes the rage runs strong especially when you just put out a serious effort and just want to be done!

3 ) An Open Letter to Lady Gaga’s Belly Roll – I seriously can not believe we are even talking about this. Who are these people that feel the need to pick on her stomach?  Did they not see that she absolutely KILLED her half time show?  Let’s raise each other up ladies.

4 ) How to Get Over the Fear of Losing Your Fitness – I’ve had my fair share of running set backs. Umm….hello no running for 6+ months.  When you are in the midst of an injury or having to take time off from running, it’s hard not to think of how much your fitness is going down the tubes.  The good news? You come back. Trust me. It does come back.

5 ) I Work from Home – And for a good laugh.  The struggle is real when you work from home…even for me who only does it a couple of times a week. But those meerkat videos though.

What would you like to High 5 today?