{Friday Fab 5…Be Your Own Valentine, Dueling Pianos, Pearl Street Brewery, Tree Love, and Picky Bars}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this holiday because it focuses too much on needing a special someone to be happy when we really should all…
{#1-Love Ourselves First}

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This Valentine’s Day be your OWN valentine. Love yourself first! Do something sweet for yourself. Take yourself somewhere you’d love. Enjoy something special this vday Friday for YOU!

{#2-Pearl Street Brewery}

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I’ve always loved their Downtown Brown, and now I love their Pale Ale, too. Ryan and I had a dinner and drink date after our trail run Sunday where we enjoyed some local brew.

{#3-Tree Love}

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Remember how I love trees?! Well this is one I run by often. Pair it with a winter sunset and you’ve got some great natural beauty.

{#4-Picky Bars}

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I’m loving Picky Bars lately. They are a great afternoon/pre-run fuel. Smooth Caffeinator was awesome!

{#5-Dueling Pianos}

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This is what our Valentine’s Day evening has in store for us. Good friends, dueling pianos, and fun!

Happy Weekend! XOXO

{Ugly Sweater 5k-Updated!}

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Sunday was the Ugly Sweater 5k held in La Crosse each year.  In past years the race has been referred to as the Rotary Lights 5k.  This year they changed things up a bit adding some festive fun with ugly sweaters. Let’s just say my sweater was UG-ly!

Since it was cold outside with a windchill of -8 degrees, we put on our warm layers including my super warm base layer from Target that I bought that very day.  Once again, I have not put laundry away in a while and I could not find a lot of my layers.  This shirt stays in place, is fleecy warm on the inside, wind resistant, and so cozy all for $19.99.  Keep in mind it is snug and tight like a base layer should be.  I did go up a size and could have went up two sizes for a bit of a looser fit.  You can find it online here.

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After some quick photos at my mom and stepdad’s house we were off to the race.  We got to packet pick up, picked up our race numbers, and waited inside the warm lobby of the Radisson.  With the race start just steps out the door, we enjoyed the warmth until we absolutely had to head outdoors.

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The sun was setting and we were jumping up and down like most runners were doing our best to stay warm.  Lucky for us ugly sweaters are surprisingly warm.  Garland, too.  My holiday Pro Compression socks offered some added warmth and fun to the outfit.   I love these socks, and if you are hoping to also make sure to use coupon code BLG13 to get 40% off and free shipping on your order.

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Santa started the race-gun and all.  Sort of a disturbing sight to see Santa shooting a gun in the air, but I get he isn’t the real Santa.  The real Santa is obviously far too busy to be at the starting line of the Ugly Sweater 5k.

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The gun went off and we were off.  The race started in Riverside Park, took us onto the pathway along the frozen Mississippi, and then lead us onto the La Crosse River Trails.  We clicked off our first mile on the snow covered sidewalks and trails in 8:06.  At the halfway turn around we ran around a North Pole sign with the sounds of holiday music nearby.  We kept up the pace and ran back along the trails finishing under the Rotary Lights lighted canopy.  Then it was time to enjoy the lights and our new Ugly Sweater mugs.

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Race perks included a mug with free hot chocolate after the race and a chip for a free Pearl Street Brewery beer later at your choice of local bars.  Love me some Down Town Brown-Double yum!!  Can’t wait to drink out of my festive mug this holiday season!

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Ugly Sweater 5k
Time-24:38
Pace-7:55
Overall-52/412
Gender-19/293
Age Group-9/112

Festive Running to All and to All a Good Night!