{Friday Fab 5}

No running again this week so I…
{#1-Made Ry a birthday treat…}

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This year it was super simple, oh so yummy, and a bit healthier than cake. Guess what, we liked it way better than cake! Make brownies in a pizza pan however you normally do and let cool. Mix cream cheese and vanilla with mixer and layer over brownies. Top with lots of fruit and enjoy!

{#2-finished Running On Empty…}

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So crazy to think Marshall Ulrich ran across the United States at the age of 57 in a matter of 2 months. It just goes to show anything we put our mind to is possible!

{#3-did Daily Hiit…almost everyday}…

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These workouts are tough for me, but what I absolutely love is that they encourage you to do what you can, give suggestions to make the workouts easier or harder whatever your fitness level might be, and just be active. They recognize that most the battle of exercise is mental and keep pushing you. After 12 minutes or so of body rockin’ I was drenched in sweat and felt like I couldn’t do another push-up, sit-up, shoulder press…and on and on. I am sore and owe my first endorphins in days (14 to be exact) to the people behind Daily Hiit. Thank you!

{#4-made more Popsicles…

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Strawberries, bananas, and one Chobani yogurt- mix, pour, freeze, and eat. Easy!

{#5-and made myself feel better by buying new running clothes…Oops!}

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Well, I at least used up a gift card while feeding my Lululemon addiction so it wasn’t so bad on the wallet.

What running, sports, or endurance books would you recommend reading?

Happy Weekend!

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-Local Beer}
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Ryan and I love sampling local beer. I saw this brew a month ago and have been waiting for the perfect time to try them out. Tonight is my second night not working and at home in the past two weeks, so there was no time like tonight. We liked both Capital Brewery’s Lake House and Island Wheat. I added a flower from our backyard! Perfect.

{#2-Bumper Sticker Truth}
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Saw this in the parking lot of Walgreens. Truth!

{#3-Caprese Pasta Salad}
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The flavor of this pasta salad was awesome! It was so unique; the fresh garlic and basil along with pine nuts gave this pasta dish a flavor all its own. Ry and I decided we might add some chicken next time for some extra summtin’ summtin’…;)

{#4-All Trails App}
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So the picture above is how I spent more time than I care to admit (hours) planning my runs for while we are on vacation for two weeks. While for some this might be a waste of time, it is the best guarantee I have for completing some high mileage weeks in deathly hot conditions, and increases the chances of running in some awesome locations. Plus, I LOVE running in new places, exploring new trails, and seeing new things. I’m giddy just thinking about it. Knowing where I’m completing each run, what the terrain will be like, and how to get there takes all of the guess work out of running while on vacation. Definitely worth it if you want to get your runs in. Check the All Trails app out for your phone which will find your location and tell you about nearby trails. You can also use their website after becoming a member. It is my go to for finding trails at home and on vacation.

{#5-Popsicles}
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Summertime and warm weather mean popsicles. I mean who doesn’t like them; even the cast on Mad Men said so! I’d been looking for the perfect popsicles containers and I believe I’ve found them. I will be posting all about popsicles in a separate post because I try to keep Friday’s short. Today’s flavor, we will call Lime Berry, included blended strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries (3.5 cups), greek strawberry yogurt (1.5 cups), and fresh squeezed lime juice (from 1 lime). Cheaper than buying them in the store and way healthier, too.

What do you do in the summer to stay cool?

Happy Weekend!