{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-Lots of freshly fallen snow to run in}

Makes for some gorgeous runs!


Can’t help but think of how much we’ve grown up. We’ve always had a rough time getting along, by in the past few years have made huge strides in our relationship.

{#3-Sand Creek Brewery}

While in my hometown, we had to try some of the local beers. Even though the Badger Porter and Cranberry Ale (love) are favorites of ours (and may
or may not be In our fridge now) there were still many to try! See photo below!

{#4-more Sand Creek Brewery}


{#5-Favorite guy to celebrate with at ALL holiday parties!}

Today we are headed to Christmas number 3!

Happy Weekend!

{Happy Holidays}

In the blink of an eye the holidays are gone. This year they’ve come too fast. The days leading up to Christmas are often some of my favorites of the year. I feel like I didn’t get to enjoy some of the traditions I normally have because I was overwhelmed with other obligations. Not okay! So join me in my wish for you and myself.
My wish for you and yours over the next few days is to slow down and enjoy the season. Savor those moments with your family and friends. Enjoy the great treats, the glow of holiday lights, and the sounds of the season. Linger with your loved ones snuggled on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and a holiday movie. Get every last minute you can out of the holidays. Squeeze in that last tradition. Simply enjoy the magic this time of year brings.

Back of our holiday card.

Back of our holiday card.

Happy Holidays!

{Motivation Monday-Holiday Running Mix}


My RunKeeper was acting weird last night, AND I know I DID NOT run or swim across the lake last night!

I love the holidays-the lights, the movies, the music, the everything! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to run to Christmas music while enjoying the lights in people’s yards, the festive parks, and to de-stress from the holidays. The first snow usually occurs during the holiday season and provides a change in scenery for the same routes.

To brighten your next run, I’ve created a holiday run mix to put some festive energy into your upcoming miles. The first and last couple of songs are just a bit slower beat than the others to let your properly warm up and cool down between the main part of your run. If you are participating in Runner’s World run streak (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day), then this mix will likely help you complete a run everyday between now and New Year’s Day. If you hate holiday music, then bah humbug to you! Remember even a mile a day can help relieve holiday stress and put some extra spirit in your holiday cheer!
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Happy Monday!


{Black Friday-Running Gifts}


Need a gift for a runner? Any runner would love these ten things!
1. Pro Compression Socks-One of my favorite brands to run in. ($50-usually can find coupon codes online for 30-40% off)
2. Randies by Oiselle-These look so fun! ($48)
3. Stainless Steele Water Bottle-Great way to encourage and remind you to drink enough water. ($18)
4. Sweaty Bands-My go to running headbands ($18)
5. GU-My only fueling strategy for long runs (Box of 8/$11.60 or Box of 24/$31.50-again look for deals on certain sites)
6. Running iPhone Case-So cute, love! ($25)
7. Garmin 220-Seriously want! Why doesn’t Ryan read this blog. ($250)
8. Brooks Winter Running Jacket-Best way to get winter runs in is have the right clothes. You get what you pay for. ($150)
9. Yak Traks-A must for winter running in the midwest. ($30-40)
10. Nuun-Best way to rehydrate on runs. ($20 for 4 pack)

Happy Running and Shopping!

{Motivation Monday-Thanksgiving Week}

With Thanksgiving just days away, it is time to start planning your exercise and food choices TODAY. Yes, I said today. I find that by planning workouts and thinking about food ahead, I’m much less likely to miss workouts and go crazy with food. With the holidays bringing yummy foods and traditions that revolve around food, I find it best not to restrict myself from having foods I really enjoy. Some foods I don’t really love (aka gravy), so I choose not to eat them. Foods that I love that are associated with specific holidays such as pumpkin pie always find there way onto my holiday plate. I also try to fill up on healthy foods like vegetables first. To get you thinking about your food choices, consider this photo below and the miles you’d have to run after eating this meal. The point is to eat what you really enjoy and not what you don’t.
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This year I’m balancing my extra turkey day treats with a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. What a great way to mix in physical activity along with your regular traditions. I try to make sure I consistently workout during the holidays as I know I will be indulging in extra calories. By sticking to a workout plan and eating healthy meals when not enjoying treats of the season, I don’t feel guilty having some extra calories at specific times during the holidays. I also don’t finish the holidays feeling like I’ve got an eternity of working out to do to lose the unwanted pounds gained.

If you need some extra running motivation, take a look at Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak Challenge. The goal is to run a mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That’s really only 10 minutes a day (tips to be successful)!

One last holiday motivation challenge is the Elf for Health Challenge (outlined below) that addresses many overall healthy choices and lifestyle changes.

How do you balance food, fun, and exercise during the holiday season? Which of these challenges would you be most likely to tackle? Choose one-you CAN!

Happy Monday!