Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Year in Running Review

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday. There was no theme this week, so I thought I'd review my year in running.
What a year it has been! Here is my running recap of the year. 

NYC Half Marathon Training Week 1: 12/22-12/28

Hope everyone had a good Christmas! I'm still in Seattle but will be heading back to the East Coast soon. It's been fun hanging out with my family and seeing some good friends I haven't seen in a long while. 

Looking at the calendar I did not realize it until the end of this week that this week starts week one training for the NYC Half Marathon in March. I will be sort of following Hal Higdon's Intermediate Half Marathon Training schedule, sort of as in there will be lots of modifications and adjustments depending on my schedule. Anyway, I still can't believe I got a spot for the NYC Half. I'm really excited to run it and especially excited because my twin sister in Oregon will be flying East for it as well! :)

Here's  recap of last week's workouts:

Monday 12/22 - 1 Mile and Insanity Max 30 with my sister and brother-in-law. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gratitude Letter to My Health

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday.

Today's topic is "a gratitude letter to our health." I really like this topic as it made me think of how thankful I am for good health and how important our bodies are. Here's my letter:

Last Week's Workouts 12/15-12/21

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TBT Hiking Post - Another Trip to the Enchantments

Happy Thursday! Here's another TBT post. There are actually no more formal posts from Hubby (I thought there were more, but I was wrong) so all the posts from here on out will be of our favorite pics from each hike with a little recap of the trip. Today's post is of our last trip to the Enchantments. I'm saying our last because we end up moving to the East Coast in 2009. If we had our way we'd go to the Enchantments every year because it's so beautiful!

Enchantments 10/11/08 - 10/12/08
We were lucky to get passes through the lottery to go to the Enchantments again. The last time me and Hubby went was his Proposal to me in July of 2007. This trip we went with some good friends.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#MrSketchHoliday Scented Markers Fun for the Kiddos!

I don't know about you but I remember when I was in elementary school, I loved the Mr. Sketch scented markers. I remember smelling them and coloring/drawing with them all the time. They were the everyday markers we used and I enjoyed using them. So when I qualified for the #MrSketchHoliday Scented Marker mission through Smiley360. I was pretty excited. It brought back memories of drawing and coloring when I was younger. 

Through Smiley360, I received a complimentary 6 pack of Mr. Sketch Scented Stix holiday markers and also a $5 gift card to Walmart towards another pack of Mr. Sketch Scented markers of our choosing in exchange for an honest review. When I told the kiddos about the scented markers they were intrigued and excited. Intrigued because I told them they were different from regular markers because these ones had different smells. And excited because I told them we were getting another new pack of markers on our trip to Walmart. 

When we got to Walmart I was actually disappointed when we got there because there was not much of a selection. The only type they had left was the Movie Night Markers, so we went with that. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Best Stocking Stuffers for Runners

The holidays are very near. Do you know a runner and need some ideas as to a small gift or stocking stuffer? Or are you a runner that needs to give some hints to family or a significant other on what to put in your stocking? Whatever the case, here is a list of some ideas I've come up with for some really great stocking stuffers for runners (in no particular order). All are under $25. :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TBT Hiking Post From Hubby - Three Fingers Hike

It's Thursday!! That means a Throwback Thursday post from Hubby. Today's post is of our hike to Three Fingers! I remember this being a challenging hike. It was long and one traverse was pretty scary, along with the ladders to the lookout. They were intimidating and scary but we did it! :)

Three Fingers 9/28/08

Three Fingers has been at the top of our list for a long time, but we hadn't been able to make it happen until this weekend. Knowing that this would be a long one and wanting to start early, we drove to the TH Sat. night and slept there. We started out at 6 AM Sunday morning using our headlamps. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Goals for 2015

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday.

Today' s topic is "What's next? Goals for 2015."
When I saw the topic, I thought it was great. This was the perfect opportunity to actually write down my goals. I think the last time I had to write goals was when I worked full time and had to for work (so it's been a while). ;) I'm not one for actually writing goals down as I usually just have them in my head. So at least with this post, I can actually see them and it will be nice to look back at them by years end and see where I'm at. With that said, here are my goals for 2015:

Last Week's Workouts 12/1-12/7

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Simple Hydration Water Bottle Review

Today I am going to tell you about an awesome water bottle that is great for running. It is called the Simple Hydration Water Bottle. Like the label says it is designed for runners or anyone on the go. I had heard about this water bottle from my sister and she wrote a review of it here. I was skeptical at first because I didn't think the bottle would stay and that it would bother me.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TBT Hiking Post - Shriner Peak

Happy Thursday!! Today's Throwback Thursday post is of our hike to Shriner PeakWe never did a formal post for this hike, so I have put together a bunch of our favorite pics during that trip. I remember that this hike goes up to an old fire lookout and I love lookouts because they always have the best views!! We also went with some good friends and we had a great time!

Shriner Peak 9/14/08

The trail leads up to some pretty awesome views of Mt. Rainier. Hubby and I love that mountain. We even climbed it. You can read about our climb here. I always have to mention that because it was a big deal. I love looking back at it. It is a pretty awesome mountain and we love to get pics of us with it in the background. :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mercer County Turkey Trot 5K Race Recap 11/27/14

I ran my first Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I figured it would be a great idea to do some sort of exercise on Thanksgiving since I knew I would be eating lots of yummy food. When some running friends told me about the Mercer County Turkey Trot 5K, I was totally up for it. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Five Favorite Fitness Accomplishments

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday.

Today' s topic is "Your Favorite Fitness Accomplishments." This is a good one as it made me think about all the things that I have done fitness-wise throughout the years until now. There has been lots of things that I have accomplished and it is pretty fun reminiscing
Here are my top 5 favorite fitness accomplishments to date:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Last Week's Workouts 11/24-11/30

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Monday 11/24 - Rest
Tuesday 11/25 - Rest
Wednesday 11/26 - 2 mile run