Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Happy Halloween! I had a post ready all about our costumes for this year but then decided to share a recipe today and I'll share the costumes on the Fast Friday post.

One of my favorite dessert recipes to make is caramel chocolate brownies. I got this recipe from my aunt and I'm asked to make it all the time. Trevon had a contest at work for a Halloween treat and we decided to give these a try for the contest.

Like I said, I make these all the time. But the first batch I made today turned out terribly. I have no clue what went wrong with them and when Trevon called to ask me about why the picture looked so bad I couldn't stop laughing because they really looked Halloween-ish and gorry haha.  But I needed to make them again. So Trevon stopped by the store on his way home from work and picked up a few more things to make them again. I'll just warn you now that the pictures of these are not pretty and I'll change them when I have better lighting. But I finished making them at 9:00 PM and our kitchen lighting is yellow, the walls are also a brownish yellow, the counters are an orangey color and so are the cupboards. If I had it my way, that would all change, and I'm not sure who loved that color combo before we moved in, but it needs an update. We don't own our home or it wouldn't need an update. The point is, the lighting is bad in some of these. So bare with me, I'll add better pictures as soon as I can :)

Here is what you'll need:

1 box cake mix german chocolate flavor
1 cube butter
1 can evaporate milk
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 bag of caramels

First pre-heat your oven to 350, then mix your melted butter, and 1/3 cup evaporated milk together. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a 9X11 baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap your caramel and add it to a medium saucepan. Add 2/3 cup evaporated milk and mix on medium heat until melted. Pull the brownies out of the oven and pour the white chocolate chips on them. Then pour the caramel over it. Lastly, sprinkle the remanding brownie mix to the top. Put it back in the oven for 15 minutes.  Let the brownies cool for a little while. They are really sticky when they are hot!

And just in case you wanted to see the disaster of brownies on the first one, here you go! At least the lighting is better on this picture HAHA.

Monday, October 29, 2018

22Ways to Get Your Workout In With Your Kids

One of the things that makes exercise tricky for those with young kids is feeling like we always have time to stay on top of our workout routines.  If I want to get a run in, I almost always have to run either first thing in the morning or after the kids go to bed at night. I'm ok with either of those, but in order to run first thing in the morning, I have to sleep well the night before or I won't be able to get up in time. And I often lose motivation (especially in the fall/winter months) to go at night when it gets dark faster and cold outside and all I want to do is sit on the couch after the kids go to bed.

One way I've found that works to get my run in when I can't make it without the kids (I don't stroller run) is to play games with them outside. I thought since these work for me I would share them with all of you if you're looking for either a fun idea for getting your kids moving and a way to make sure your workout gets done even if you can't do it on your own.

Tag is a game that every person knows. There is also so many different versions of tag you can choose from. In high school, we would sometimes play missionary tag (everyone has a partner except one person. When that person tags you, you have to give up your partner and tag someone else so you can have their partner.) I hated playing this game as a teenager because I was so short I had a hard time tagging anyone on my team. But playing with my kids I have a little bit of height advantage right now so it's not so bad. Pick your favorite kind of tag and get running around!

Go to the park and actually play with the kids. What kid doesn't love going to the park?  While you're playing with them, do THIS workout to build some muscle. But really, even just playing like a kid is a really great workout.

Make an obstacle course. Use what you have and make a course for everyone to use. Draw it with sidewalk chalk, Pull things out of the garage to use, even make one up at the park. Once everyone starts getting the hang of it, have a couple of races to see who can get through it the fastest.

Mother May I is a great way to get some bodyweight strength training in, so is Add-on or Follow the leader. Frog hops, lunges, skipping, cartwheels....use the moves to your advantage.

Red light, green light is another one that is good for sprints.

Relay races are super fun too. Split into teams, come up with a move for each person on a team and see which team can get through the moves the fastest.

Get a game of baseball, soccer, football, basketball, or basically any other kind of ball going. It's great cross training!

Frisbee! This is one of Trevon and my favorite outdoor things to do. THIS is our favorite frisbee. There'a running, jumping, catching and throwing involved so it becomes a full body workout.

Have a contest. See how can do a handstand the longest, jump the furthest, spin the fastest without getting sick...


Bike rides. I don't have a bike but I like to go on a walk while my kids ride. And if I did have a bike, we would bike around much more often.

Going for a walk is a great way to get some low impact cardio.

Take the kids on a hike. When they start to get tired find something for them to count on the trail (we like to count dogs).

Hula-hoops are a great core workout.

Jump ropes. Great leg workout, cardio, and coordination for anyone.

In the fall time, rake the leaves with the kids, and then jump in them before bagging them up to throw away. This is a great way to get core, arms, legs, and cardio all at once!

If there is snow, go sledding. Talk about a workout getting back up the hill!

Also, if there's snow, building a snowman is usually more of a workout than you expect.

Ice skating is fun and great cardio!

When it's not so great of a day outside, some games like Twister can be a good workout.

We will sometimes push the couches away to make enough room to do an easy strength training workout in our living room.

There are a lot of kid-friendly workouts/games online you can do anywhere.

There are so many ways to get a workout in. It doesn't have to be with a run, or with weights or a gym. And you can involve your kids. Involving your kids is also teaching them that physical health is important and helping them learn how to enjoy and take care of themselves!

What are some of your favorite kid games?

Can you think of another way to include kids in your workout that wasn't listed?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fast Friday!

It's the weekend again! That means it's time for Fast Friday!

Last weekend my local running store had a giant shoe sale so I went to get some. It was time.  I got my running gait checked again thinking it had changed and maybe I was running in the wrong shoes which were causing my injuries, turns out my gait hasn't changed much. My form has, but my gait hasn't. So I happily found these shoes for crazy cheap.  The Mizuno Wave Riders and Brooks Launch 3's. These shoes are quite similar and this way I will be able to hopefully make them last a little longer by switching between them. Heres a little tip for finding cheaper running shoes, if you have the option, get an earlier model of the shoe. The colors look different but it's the same shoe and less money.

On Sunday I made my mom's Apple Betty dessert. And I've been eating it all week.

My dad's birthday was on Monday. The kids were all still on fall break, so we made him this birthday banner and decorated his garage with it.

Since it was a nice day Tuesday and we went back to school on Wednesday, we spent all afternoon at the park with cousins.

I was happy to lounge in the perfect weather while they played, and I caught up on some reading.

We wore J out and she spent the last half hour relaxing on the blanket with me instead of running around.

I got to run a little bit this week. I did some run/walk, strength training, and stretching. I took this picture to check my form. One of the things I'm working on is making sure my foot lands under my body and not in front of it. It's harder than I thought to fix a problem like that.  It's something I'll be working on while I'm getting stronger and recovering from this injury. 

Also, as a very random side note, we clean our carpets twice a year with THIS home cleaner. It does amazing things for your carpet and helps them stay clean and fresh and last longer.  It's also a killer deal right now on Amazon. If you're noticing how gross your carpets are lately or if you're ready for them to be cleaned, I highly suggest getting it. 

I hope you all have the best weekend!

Do you have a favorite dessert from growing up?

Who struggles with/is working on the form problem?

Who has fun weekend plans?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Prioritizing Having Fun With Your Kids

We are just coming off of fall break, and most moms are excited to send the kids back to school, I'm not all that excited.  I go through this every time we have a break from school. I always start out with a little bit of panic thinking "what on earth am I going to do with them for a week?" But after the first 2 days, I start to think that I don't ever want them to go back to school. Not that I could have them home all day every day and homeschool them, that's not something I have the patience for.

During fall break I thought a lot about how the house wasn't clean and the to-do list wasn't getting done.  I got frustrated about all of it like I usually do at the beginning of a break, and then I stopped getting frustrated over that and I started prioritizing having fun with my kids instead.

This is something I felt the need to share today because I think a lot of us moms don't think about our kids fun time as a priority, but it should be. We have so many things today that challenge our kids in different ways. They have responsibilities just like us adults, even if we don't think they are really hard responsibilities because they are easy for us. Cleaning their room, doing homework, chores, etc. They sound easy to us but think of how hard they felt when you were their age. 

Kids need to experience the challenge and responsibilities we give them, but they also have every right to experience childhood and enjoy it. They also need to experience their parents having fun too.  Kids need to know that growing up isn't just about going to work and making money.  That's not always something that is easy for us adults to accept, but it's the truth. Life would be very difficult if there was no joy and fun. 

So this week, I set my responsibilities aside a little bit. I did what I needed when I had time.  I let the house get a little messy (I'm not saying a lot messy because that would never go at our house). I let the kids pick some of the activities and I tried my best to enjoy those activities with them.

After a week of doing this, I noticed that I got along better with my kids. I felt a little more laid back, I wasn't so short tempered about little things. I noticed that I felt better about myself. I prioritized the things that I needed to get done and then I prioritized my kids fun.  They deserve a break from their routine, and so do I.

Now we will go back to that routine and we will work around that, but still try to prioritize the fun in our family, because who isn't happy when they are having fun?

What do you do for fun in your family?

What is one thing you can do to change the way you interact with your kids?

Monday, October 22, 2018

My 3 in 30 Challenge

Before we get into todays post, I want to announce the winner of the Tiger Tail giveaway! MJ Moore you're the winner! Please email me with in 24 hours! I'm so excited for you to give it a try.


Over the weekend I shared about the My 3 in 30 challenge that Rachel Nielson gave on her podcast recently. Her podcast is a podcast for moms who want to find more meaning in motherhood. She shares 3 tips for motherhood in 30 minutes each week. And I've said this before but I will say again that this is my favorite self-help podcast that I listen to because I honestly go away from the podcast feeling better and feeling more hopeful in my parenting than any other podcast I've listened to.

I shared my 3 takeaways on Instagram a few days ago, but I wanted to share about them again here for those of you who didn't get a chance to listen to it.

I had a little bit of a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to do my takeaways on because I had a few different ideas. But I settled on sharing 3 takeaways for self-care.  I think there are a lot us who take care of so many other things that we forget that it's important (probably one of the most important things) to take care of ourselves. Me, for example. I usually write my Monday posts on Friday...I'm writing this post on Sunday night after an exhausting day of kids and church and responsibilities. I feel so tired but remembered that I needed to get a post ready for Monday.  This weekend was a busy one, and I didn't get much self-care time. That being said, part of my self-care time is blogging so I'm doing it now :).

So here are my 3 takeaways:

1. Do one thing every single day to refill your tank. It can be anything that you enjoy. For me, it's usually running or reading. Sometimes it's just taking a little longer shower than normal. If you find one thing that you love and can fit into your day, you will feel much more taken care of and ready to tackle the other things.

2. Prioritize. This goes two ways. You need to prioritize your to-do list so that you have time to do things for yourself. But you also need to make sure to make you're you-time a priority. It is a priority. You can't take care of everyone else all the time if you're not taking care of yourself.  This might mean making your you-time first thing in the morning before anyone wakes up or it might mean letting your kids watch an extra show during the day so you can have a few minutes to yourself. And that's ok.

3. Live a healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of different health fads out there, I'm not an expert. But I try to make sure that, as far as nutrition goes, I eat mostly good foods and allow myself some indulgences. Ice cream, brownies, cookies, chocolate...they aren't bad things. Just make sure it's not the majority of what you eat.

Exercise regularly. There is a lot of proof out there to tell you that exercise makes you happier and feel better. Find what you enjoy the most and do it often. You'll feel better right away but the endorphins just get better.

If you're looking for an awesome podcast--even if you're not a parent right now, you should check out 3 in 30!

What are your 3 takeaways to taking care of yourself?

What is your favorite you-time activity?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fast Friday

Friday! It's felt like Friday for a couple of days now for us because the kids have fall break this week. 

Since J is in school, and most of the other neighbor kids are also in school full time, M has been needing constant companions or constant entertainment.  I love this girl! But sometimes I need to take a breather with some alone time, ya know? So I started her on a project.  I gave her a basket and told her to fill it up with rocks from around the yard. Once she has lots of rocks, her next goal will be to make sure they are all clean and dry.  Then she can paint them on another day, and hide them for other people to find them.  I'm hoping it entertains her for a while.

On the days that M does have school, V has been my errand buddy. But once we are done with errands, we get to build Lego houses until it's time to pick M up from school.  We start getting really creative with how to make the houses different every time.

V is on a big Super Why kick so his costume works perfectly for this year.

I've been able to do some run/walks lately. Running is starting to feel a little bit better every time but I'm still taking it easy.  There is still some sign of injury there and I still have muscles to strengthen before I can be fully back to running.

M turned 5 this week! One of our favorite birthday traditions is for the kids to pick what kind of cake they want. She wanted to have a pumpkin patch cake so this is what we came up with. We also don't normally do big friend birthday parties, but this year we are doing one for her, just a few days late. So I'll share more about her birthday later.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win the Tiger Tail, it ends on Monday!  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Who has a race coming up?

Anyone with October birthdays?

Who else is on fall break?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What Happens When I Don't Run

Hi everyone! I feel like it's been a while since I've talked to any of my "online friends" because I took a social media fast for a week and now I'm back.  I sat down to write something that would be hopefully a benefit to someone out there but I'm so uninspired lately haha! It made me decide to talk about the things that happen when I don't run since I normally talk about the things that happen when I do run, and I'm currently not running much.

When I don't run...

I get really lazy.  I sit around a lot, I sleep in a lot, I don't do much productive at all.

I get more grouchy.  Exercise is proven to help boost your mood, and I'm feeling the lack of exercise in this area. Added to the fact that it's super cold here in Utah now. My poor kids. I try really hard to be a happy mom, I do. But let's be honest, it doesn't always happen that way for anyone, right?

I get really uninspired. This post for example.  When I run, my creative juices get flowing and I can come up with several blog posts/Instagram posts in one 3 mile run. 

I start to gather random projects. I think this might be to compensate for the point above. Suddenly I want to do all the quilts, sewing, or painting projects.

I get antsy for something and I don't always know what it is.  I start cleaning out my closet and my kid's closets and all the other places in our house and then I start to donate or sell things. Maybe this isn't a running thing but a season change thing?

I eat a lot worse. I've talked about this before, how I don't follow any kind of diet. I'm a big believer that you need to enjoy the food you eat. I think a lot of people make eating way too hard for themselves. But when I'm not running, all discipline on any kind of good eating kind of goes out the window. I crave a lot of less healthy things and I give in to those cravings a lot.  When I run, I am much better at making conscious healthy choices. 

I don't sleep well.  I can't tell you how terribly I have been sleeping the last month or so.  Between kids with bad dreams and my random wakings at night, you think I had a newborn. I don't, I'm just not running. 

I get stressed out a lot easier. I think this is a given for anyone. If you workout, your stress level goes down. 

My house gets a lot messier. This goes back to my first point of laziness. I just don't have the motivation to clean it when I don't have the energy to clean it. 

Clearly, you can see that I need exercise in my life. Right now I'm working on mostly strength training and doing some run/walking. But hopefully, soon I'll be able to do it more often and better! 

Do you find things are different when you're not exercising regularly?

What is the longest amount of time you've gone without working out?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Body Wrench vs Foam Roller vs Tiger Tail and a Giveaway!

Foam rolling is something that everyone has a love/hate relationship with. I don't think I've ever heard someone talk about foam rolling without talking about how much they hate it but love it at the same time. I've been doing a lot of foam rolling lately, and have gathered a few different kinds of foam rollers over the last couple of years. Each foam roller I have has pros and cons to it and different things I use it for.

What these all have in common: They are all black and orange, and they all massage.

Our first type of foam roller we got isn't made out of foam at all.  Not only that, but it looks a little bit like a medieval torcher device when you first see it. This is called The Body Wrench.  Sounds pretty treacherous too, right? There are several different ways that you can use this roller. It came with an instructional DVD and instruction guide even. The Body Wrench is super versatile which is one thing that I love about it. There are several different ways you can set it up in order to massage different parts of your body. And, you can even use this as workout equipment for your core. My favorite way to use the Body Wrench, though, is to roll out knots in my back and shoulders with the single ball. You can get the Body Wrench with the carrying bag and the instructional DVD on Amazon for around $60.

A couple of years later Trevon got me this foam roller for my birthday. Mine came with a big roller and a small roller. They both have ridges to target pressure points. Honestly, I don't use the small one all that much. Partially because V tried to eat it a while ago, but also because I like the way the bigger one targets my muscles more. It's also a firmer material so it doesn't wear out too fast. We all know how foam rollers like this work. This saved me with my IT band and knee while I was training for my 5k! For a long time I didn't think I needed a foam roller, but the second I got this one I changed my mind! You can find one similar to it on Amazon for around $27.

Then for my birthday this year, Trevon got me another type of roller called the Tiger Tail. This one is my favorite! It does everything that a foam roller does, except I don't have to lay down on the ground to use it.  I can take it anywhere because of that. I've taken it to the park to use it while I watch the kids play. I've taken it to use in the car on road trips, I've used while watching TV and waiting for our dinner to cook. It's very easy to carry around.  Instead of laying down on it, you hold each side and roll it similar to rolling a rolling pin on the muscle that you need. You can use the ends of it to target back and glute muscles. The Tiger Tail is one piece of dense foam so there is no plastic to bruise you or pull hair out. It has two nonslip grip handles that are really comfortable to use.  If you're looking for a foam roller that works extremely well and is easy to take around. I would suggest this one every time. You can get it on Amazon for about $ 30.

Foam rolling is an important part of recovery so it's always nice to find a way to do that works for you! Once you start foam rolling you'll notice the difference that it's making in your training.

Tiger Tail is amazing and agreed to give away one of their classic Tiger Tails to one of you! To enter leave a comment here! For more entries, follow me on Facebook and Instagram, then leave a second comment here telling me what you did (I will be checking). The winner will be picked on Monday, October 22 and will have 24 hours to get back to me.

Do you have a favorite way to roll out your muscles?

What is your favorite form of recovery?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fast Friday

We made it back to Friday. I feel like this week went pretty fast! So here are a few of the things we've been up to this week.

I let my hair dry naturally over the weekend. I always wanted curly hair growing up but my hair never worked out that way. After each kid, my hair got a little curlier and now that it's not so long it will hold better. Ok, so it's not super curly, but it passes as wavy and I'll take that.

I worked on Halloween costumes a lot this week. Sewing was also something I always wanted to be good at. But, whenever I get a pattern out for sewing I lose all confidence in my idea and want to back out.

Luckily, my mom saved me on this and once I got it all cut out it was easy to sew together. I'm getting a little more confident with my sewing.

These pens are some of my favorite pens ever. They are perfect for sewing and quilting, but also really great to just write with because they are erasable and come off with heat! The downside is that I've heard that if you write something and leave it in a hot car or something the writing will disappear. I also heard it will come back, I can't say if that's true or not though :). 

Fall arrived in our area...and turned to winter.  We haven't had snow (thank heaven) but it's been COLD! We've had rain all week! The good news is that it's bringing lots of pretty colors to our neighborhood. I was trying to get a picture of the color those mountains that were on fired just a few weeks ago. It didn't do it even close to justice, but we sure are thankful for the beauty and for that special place! 

Because of the weather, this week's lunches consisted of soup and sandwiches.

Also, lots of hot chocolate.

The other day I noticed that we had a bunch of tiny bugs on our kitchen floor. I swept them up and they came back the next day. So we took the drawers out in that area to see if we could find out where they were coming from. Turns out we had 6 BLACK WIDOWS in spot!! EW EW EW! We sprayed the whole area and then cleaned up the webs. I swear we clean a lot here! I'm positive there are more because our neighbors have also found a couple in their house. So this weekend will probably involve some more spraying in and around our house. 

One of the days this week M got up on my bed (she's not supposed to jump or play on our bed) but before I could tell her to get off, she did a flip. This is new to me and to her. I don't think she learned that in tumbling last year but I was too impressed to tell her to get off. So I took video of her instead to send it to Trevon.

With all the costume sewing going on around here, the kids have been practicing to go trick or treating. It's pretty fun to watch, but they end up taking all the toys all over the house so cleaning up the mess really isn't as fun.

I went running a little bit this week. My knee just can't make up its mind if it feels better or not.  But it felt good to get moving like that again for the time being.  

We are ready for the weekend! What are your weekend plans?

Are you running lately?

Do you have a Friday favorite to share?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time Saving Tips to Help You Maximize Your Time

Who doesn't love tips on saving time during your day? Time is something most of us wish we had more of. We have a list of things we need to get done and by the end of the day, we notice that only half of them got done. Time is also one of the most common excuses for why people don't eat right, sleep right or exercise. It's a big deal! And those are all important parts of your day. So, here are some great time-saving tips for you today.

Schedule: I've never been a big planner. I don't usually have lists of stuff that I have to do or time planned out for every little thing every day. But I do have a schedule for the week. I only have a few things that are set in stone time-wise like J and M getting to school and home again. I also make sure all of my laundry gets one all at once, two times a week.  As long as those things get done, the rest of my to-do list is on a "when I have time" basis.

Prioritize: This is probably the biggest piece of advice I can give when it comes to time management.  You make time for things that are important to you. Think about this: What is really the most important thing to do today? Whatever it is, try to focus on that thing first, then go to the next thing. You'll start to notice that you seem to have extra time in your day when you prioritize. You'll also start to notice that once you get yourself going and marking off your checklist, it will be so much easier for you to keep going. "A body in motion tends to stay in motion".

Along these same lines, try to maximize the time you have. Some things aren't worth multitasking with because they end up taking longer. But multitasking while you are running a load of laundry and baking bread for dinner (or cookies for fun, because that's more accurate) is a great way to use some extra time to get something else done. Just be sure to set the timer.

Organize: Make sure your house has a good organization plan so that when you're in a rush out the door, you always know where your keys and wallet are. You guys, one thing that has been really tricky about our house is that the storage is very dysfunctional and it's taken us 6 years to figure out any sort of system, but we are finally on to something.  You want to make sure you know where all of your stuff is, so when you need it, you can go grab it and get on the move again. When I'm worried about forgetting something I need to return, like a library book or a Redbox movie, I put it by my keys because in order to go anywhere I'll need those and when I grab them I know I'll see the movie and I'll remember to go drop it off on my way to run my other errands.

Don't waste time: Duh, this is a no-brainer. But it happens all the time. You think that you have two extra minutes before you have to leave so you can make that quick phone call. Before you know it, it's been 15 minutes and your friend is still telling you about the funny thing their kids did yesterday. Save those "to-dos" for last. If you leave for the bank two minutes early, you might get back early too and then you can make that phone call.

Pick and choose: Somedays we only have time for one thing. You can't be in two places at once, so don't agree to something you know you don't have time for. It's ok to say no to something that isn't on your to-do list. That being said, be kind to yourself and your kids, and be a little lenient on some things. It's good to be able to talk to an adult while the kids play once in a while.

Plan ahead: Everything goes way more smoothly when things are well planned in advance. Got to the grocery store with a list so you know exactly what you're going to buy.  Plan on at least one kid having a meltdown and pack a small treat or distraction so you can get the shopping done quicker without fighting a battle. Plan your errands smartly so you can save gas and time with less driving around. Make sure your potty training kids go to the bathroom before getting in the car so you don't have to make pit stops.

Phone-less time: This is a big one for a lot of people. Especially with so many different social media options out there.  Have a place that is just for your phone. Like I said earlier, our storage in our house is not very functional. I didn't have a special place for my phone until I made one with a shelf.  When I know my phone is becoming a big distraction. I set my phone up there and I don't go back unless it rings until I can get some things marked off my list.  When social media is becoming a distraction or a problem in any other way. I will delete the app altogether for a little while so that the temptation of looking at it, even out of habit, is gone.

Everyone has the same amount of hours in their day. If you do your best to be productive and do what you can to maximize your time, you won't be adding hours to your day, but you will be marking off more things every day!

What are your favorite tips for saving time or getting things done? 

What is your biggest time waster?

Monday, October 8, 2018

5k Your Way with Aaptiv

One of the things I love about Aaptiv is that they put out new challenges for everyone every so often. For the month of October, the challenge is 5k Your Way! I talked a little bit about this before, but I wanted to share more about it here so that you can join in the challenge too!

The whole point of 5k your way is to help you accomplish a goal of running a 5k however you want. Treadmill, elliptical, walking, running, trying to PR, any way you can think of. There are three different levels you can choose to start from.  And each level has workouts to help you and push you so you can reach your goal.

One thing I really love about these programs is that it's not just running! A lot of times when you find a running training schedule or plan it doesn't incorporate strength training in there so you have to find where to add it in your schedule and what to do. Each of these plans includes strength into the plan so there really is NO work in planning on your part. You just push start and go!

Then, on October 27 you will participate in a 5k race where ever/whenever you are! By completing the challenge, you could win a home gym or one of 10 runners-up prizes. You can sign up HERE.

Once you sign up, You find the 5k training program.

Choose 5K Your Way

And then choose the level you're wanting to start at.

Another thing that is really fun about this years 5k Your Way challenge is that they teamed up with Charity Miles so you can log your miles on that app to benefit a cause that you love every step of the way.

This year I won't be able to run it this year, because my knee is not happy right now. I need to take this time to really focus on strength training. But, where ever you are at in your training, this would be a great way to meet your goals. And it's FREE! So there's nothing to lose.

 Around this time of year, I usually start to pull back on my mileage and just run when my body feels like it.  I focus more on strength training or just really listening to my body and what I feel like doing.

If you're interested in doing the 5K Your Way program, you can sign up HERE. If you're looking for an awesome app that helps you workout and stay in shape, you can find that HERE.

How do you keep yourself in shape through the winter?

Have you ever done a virtual 5K?
This will be my first one!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fast Friday

Hello Friday! A lot has happened this week so here's a Fast Friday recap for all of you :).

Last Saturday we made it back up to the cabin. 

We spent some time walking around to see the fire damage. It was so sad to see all the beautiful trees and colors gone!

But it was also really amazing to see the drastic difference between the burned trees and the safe ones.

On Monday we spent as much time outside in the nice weather as possible. A storm was coming in and it was probably the last warm day we will have until spring!

Then we went back up to the cabin to help prep for possible mudslides. The storm that was coming for us was the remnants of Hurricane Rosa so we expected a lot of rain. 

Tuesday this awesome package came for me from Fire House Subs. That was definitely a highlight of the week. 

On Wednesday the rains came in and we spent the day getting our fall decorations out. When you have a small place to decorate you have to be sure to not over-do it and make it cluttered. These little gourds are one of my favorite ways to decorate. 

The rain has still been making its appearance now and then. So we've spent a lot of time in the house cleaning and doing chores. The good news is I found the remote we've been missing for about a month.  It was in the couch.

I was able to run twice this week!  I'm doing a lot of run/walk intervals to get back this time around.  My knee is feeling pretty good but not perfect. I'll still be working on physical therapy exercises, but I feel like I'm getting somewhere with it now!

That's our week in a nutshell. What were the highlights of your week?

Has it felt more like fall or summer where you're at?