High Five Friday

Happy Friday! 🙂 I don’t know about you guys but I am loving getting out every day with this gorgeous summer weather. The difference in humidity between NYC and Vermont is such a change and I am doing a lot more walking and running and just hanging out outdoors. Hence my blogging has been a little light, but I know you’ll forgive me. 

This week I’m linking up with Angela at Happy Fit Mama for High Five Friday – sharing good reads and good times to start the weekend off right.

5 Photos From the Week 

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High Five Friday - sharing 5 good things about the week. Positivity and happiness can be contagious - let’s spread the joy by sharing what’s going right in our life!

Taking a walk on the trails with my big boy! I wrote about how heading out with my 4 year old makes me appreciate running more in this post

Beach day, Burlington style! We had some friends from New York visiting with us and spent one lazy afternoon at the beach on Lake Champlain. And guess what? The water is not freezing! Totally swimmable. This was Tanner’s first experience of the beach and he loved it.

We went exploring to a nearby town and I had to take a photo of Roman with this question mark. If you’ve spent more than about 30 seconds in the company of a 4 year old, you’ve been asked upwards of a hundred questions at a time.

More traipsing around with my two monkeys. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to carry Tanner in a front carrier, but for right now it’s still working. 

I explored a side path on the Intervale trails I often run and found this little boardwalk across a swampy area. It led to a tall rock staircase, which I promptly used for a few stair repeats. 🙂

Five Posts I Loved

This post by Tina on the reality of what an athlete’s body is, rather than what you want it to be really struck a chord with me (and I suspect with many female athletes). I love that Tina is so open and honest in her writing.

Christine turned 40 and wrote about how it felt. I love her and I love her attitude and this is how I think and hope I will feel in less than 2 years when forty swings round my way.

This article in the NY Times about strength training was interesting – seems like this was a pretty small study, but really fascinating results from the difference between lifting light and lifting heavy when strength training. I actually love to lift heavy, but the article points out that a lot of people find it intimidating or uncomfortable – how do you feel about heavy weights?

I am SO happy for Nellie! She quit her job to pursue what she loves and her post about it gave me goosebumps. It goes to show that when you work hard at something and commit to a dream, sometimes the universe intervenes and makes it possible. 

And finally, this article on saying thank you really spoke my language. These are 7 situations in which we should really be saying “Thank you,” rather than apologizing, or justifying, or getting defensive and faux-humble. I love this.

Five Extra Fun Things

Remember when I wrote a winter running gear post and sang the praises of the beeswax balm I was using to soften my hands under my running gloves? Well the creator, Tita, set up a website that just went live, so now you can buy this amazing salve online!

High Five Friday - sharing 5 good things about the week. Positivity and happiness can be contagious - let’s spread the joy by sharing what’s going right in our life!

I signed up for a RRCA running coach certification. I am doing it in September and I’m sooo excited. Possibly as excited for a weekend away by myself as much as for the certification itself. 😉

A certain little monkey who goes by Baby T started walking this week! Where did my baby go?

My friend Amanda (formerly Miss Zippy) wrote an article for the RRCA blog on running through the parenting years and she interviewed me for my thoughts on stroller running. I am so honored to be included!

Ummm, one of my neighbors brews his own beer. He let us try a few of his favorites and now we’re regular customers. Gotta love Vermont!

What are your weekend plans?

What was your favorite part of the week?

Running Lessons from a 4 Year Old

Running Lessons From a 4 Year Old - sometimes we need a kid to remind us of the joy we can find in running.

Last week, I was home one day with both boys and decided we needed to get out for an explore. Our go-to is to wander down by the river and find some paths to traipse along by the water. But I wanted to do something different, so I suggested going to the cross country ski trails a mile or so away and taking a walk where Mama likes to go … [Continue reading]

Wall Sit Workout

Try this wall sit workout as a challenge at the end of your next run or strength training session.

Wall sits are an exercise I know I'll get eye rolls (at best) from clients when they find out they're included in their session. While they seem like an exercise in just making you question your trainer's sadistic streak, wall sits are actually a great way to build strength in your quads, glutes and calves.  Next time you're looking … [Continue reading]

Would You Rather Running Survey

Would you rather - a running survey.

There's something about the week following a long weekend that encourages slacking. So in that spirit, I put together a little 'would you rather' running survey. Leave your answers in the comments if you'd like to play along! Would you rather.... Run in subzero temperatures, or hot and humid? This is too easy. Subzero in a heartbeat. After the … [Continue reading]

Live Unlimited (with a little help from your friends)

Live Unlimited letter

Something I've mentioned before when talking about goals is that you need to believe in yourself in order for the goal to be achieved. It's easier said than done, but whether it's through visualization, mental training, or the power of mantras, believing you can do something is a powerful step toward achieving your goals.   Now, imagine … [Continue reading]

Monthly Workout Round Up – Hill Running Workouts

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthyl workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

I have a complicated relationship with hills. My training for the Vermont City Marathon this year involved plenty of hills. I was determined to attack the long climb at mile 15 as prepared as I could be. And sometimes my mental state made them harder than they should have been. We all know how the hill in VCM worked out for me, after all that … [Continue reading]

4 Ways Running is Like Life

4 Ways Running is Like Life. You get out of running what you put in. There are definite parallels to running and life in this article.

There's a reason runners keep running despite the crappy runs, the terrible races, the times when non-runners listen to us talk and think (or say), "Why do you love running, again?" It's because for every crappy run, there are five great ones. For every terrible race there is one magic event where all your starts align and you just kill it. Because … [Continue reading]

Let’s Be Runners and Be Love

Let's Be Runners and Let's Be Love

When I heard about what happened in Orlando, I went for a run. While I ran, I thought about how so many people's lives were taken and their loved ones' lives destroyed, because of the incomprehensible hatred in the heart of one human being. How one person's views on total strangers' sexual orientation became more important in his sick mind … [Continue reading]

High Five Friday

High Five Friday. Sharing 5 good things about the week. Positivity and happiness can be contagious - let’s spread the joy by sharing what’s going right in our life!

Happy almost weekend! :) I have no real plans for the weekend and I'm psyched about it. The farmer's market has started back up, so I'll most likely be checking that out on Sunday. The places I take the boys for mini hikes are all green and shady and pretty again. Maybe I'll take a yoga class, or go for a decidedly-not-in-training-for-anything … [Continue reading]

Covered Bridges Half Marathon 2016 – A finish line I needed

Covered Bridge Half Marathon, 2016,

When I signed up for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, it was kind of a whim. I had deliberately not made a note of registration day (the race sells out in less than an hour when registration opens), because I was already in for the Vermont City Marathon and the CBHM was just one week later. But call me sentimental, because I couldn't resist … [Continue reading]