Running Treasure Hunt Fun With RunChat

Once again, David and Scott gave me a reason to brave the cold this December with another fun round of the #RunChat running treasure hunt — also known as #RunChatHunt. 


I’m not sure what the rules were and I didn’t win any prizes, but I had fun plotting my routes to get pictures of as many items on the list as I could. To make my runs even more festive, I listened to my Xmas Playlist (you can see my list fast-paced holiday songs here) and warmed up afterwards with a peppermint mocha. :-)  Continue reading

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Baking My Heart Out

This year my daughter won’t be home for Christmas. She didn’t come home for Christmas last year either, but last year she came for Thanksgiving. This year, she stayed in Colorado over Thanksgiving because she had a new retail job, and now she’s staying in Colorado over Christmas because she promised to work over the holiday. My Mom is visiting her now, which means that I spent Saturday baking my heart out so so she could take my daughter her favorite Christmas cookies and holiday baked goods.

Baking My Heart Out

My day did not start well. I thought I would knock out a batch of Peanut Butter Kiss cookies while the butter softened for my other recipes, but when I took the jar of peanut butter out of the pantry, it was nearly empty. Then I thought I’d start with a batch of banana bread, but when I opened my Williams-Sonoma package for the fancy vanilla extract I had ordered for my holiday baking recipes, I found this instead. Continue reading

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Stressing Over Taking A Rest Day

‘Tis the season to be tired. The year-end demands at work are colliding with the demands of the holiday season, and I am being squeezed in the middle, burning the candle at both ends. The easiest way for me to get more sleep is to skip my morning workout, but how do I know when taking a rest day really is the right thing to do?

Sleepy Head (alarm clock)

I know that regular rest days are an essential part of a fitness program, but my morning workout is one of my favorite parts of my day. I’m hooked on those endorphins, rely on those sweat sessions to diffuse stress, and–especially this time of year–count on the calorie burn and metabolism boost to balance my indulgent eating. So, when life interferes with my regular schedule, I find myself stressing over taking an extra rest day.

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Looking For Desert Places

I have been enjoying participating in the creation of a global Advent calendar on Instagram. Early each morning I get an email reminding me of the word for the day, a few thoughts applying the word to an Advent theme, and a link to a longer essay on the theme. The first word was LOOK.

I quickly scanned the email, and read this message:

Advent is a time to look for “desert places.”

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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers For Runners

Only 13 days until Christmas, and except for a few random things I ordered from Amazon, I have yet to do any shopping! My husband’s wishlist is pretty pitiful (new carbon monoxide detectors!) and my kids haven’t decided how they want to break the bank–XBox One? iPhone6?–they can keep dreaming! 

Stocking Stuffers For Runners

If you are still wondering what to put on your wishlist, or need ideas for the runner in your life, here are a few suggestions for fun but inexpensive stocking stuffers for runners.

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