Monday Motivation 

Good morning!!!!

This is what my week looks like

Monday: OFF

Tuesday:PM strength training

Wednesday:AM run

Thursday: AM run, PM strength training 

Friday: AM run

Saturday: Run

Sunday: Run

I kept it vague so it can change with my week as it goes. 

What does your week look like?

Mid-Week Pickup



How are your workouts going this week?

I ran Tuesday and Wednesday morning, this morning i slept in so i will be dragging my butt to the gym tonight to do some weights. My goal is to get in, do some weights and get out. I want to be quick and efficient. I need to get some leg workouts in and some arm workouts. I am not too worried about my abs because that tones as i run and do all the other stuff.

I miss weighted squats!!! Who would have thought?! Moving has thrown my whole schedule off so i am trying to get a new schedule set. Also i am dating someone so that is taking up some time. Got to balance the life!

Also i really need to find my book to study so i can start working on my personal training certification. Unpacking will be a serious theme this weekend.

Now send me some strong will to only have 1 scoop of the ice cream that will be served and work today.

Book on tape review

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This book was super fun because she has such a GREAT attitude and wit. She is funny! And of course i love listening to almost anything in an accident. You also get to hear from her trainer and his perspective and at the end she has a section where other people she has run with tell their stories.

It was good, fun, light hearted and great to listen to when running. Listening to her talk about her parts jiggling when she ran, while I ran was awesome. It is great to know that other people out there are also not perfect when they run.

Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses is right! All i have had lately are exucses.

I have not worked out since THURSDAY!!! That is 4 days! Thankfully i am meeting a client tonight to do some cardio with so i can snap myself out of this funk. I need get my butt back into gear.

This is why you are never supposed to go more than 2 days in a row without working out, you fall into a no workout funk…….or maybe that is just me.

My excuses have been that my dog wants to cuddle (which is amazing, puppy cuddles are the best), that i just plain dont want to get out an run today, that i trained someone (thats counts as a workout right?) Etc, Etc.

I am going to use you guys to keep me honest for the next week, if you dont see a workout on this blog feel free to CALL ME OUT!

Mid-Week Motivation!!

We are almost at Friday! Hold on and we can do it!!


Motivation has been short for me lately so i have had to push myself and bargin and make deals with myself to get me to workout. Which is really funny that i have come to a place in my life where cutting my long run short on Sunday, not working out on Monday, only working out once Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and having no plans to workout Friday is a bad week for me. I’m actually kind of proud of that.

I have definitely changed my lifestyle for this.


Have you?


August mile a day challenge

Hi friends!!!  I am going to try a little challenge on the blog!! I hope you will join in.

It is going to be very simple, travel a mile a day on your own energy.

You can:

walk, bike, swim, run, row and anything else you can think of that can take you the distance. For anything water based there are 1609.34 meters in a mile. As for steps in a mile i found this on beach body blog:


it is also totally ok to combine several of these to make a mile, you could swim 800M and walk half a mile or swim 400m, walk half a mile and row 400m, you chose each day how you want to do this.

However you do it just get that mile in.

check in on social media with #augustmileaday

follow me for the challenge:





Who is in?



Monday Motivation




Check in on last week:

Monday: Swim 800m after work Completed

Tuesday: AM strength with trainer, Spin for 30 min after work Completed

Wednesday: Run 3 miles before work w/ Artemis This changed to a speed work after a showing at night but completed

Thursday: AM strength with trainer, Spin for 30 min after work Completed

Friday: Run 3 miles before work w/ Artemis, Swim 850m after work Did not happen, i got frusted with life and just relaxed on the couch 

Saturday: 8am Spin class, Swim 850 m Also did not happen. I was bad and stayed up waaay too late friday night so an 8am spin class was not happening and of course once you skip one workout its just soooo easy to keep skipping

Sunday: Run 10 miles This turned into a 6 plus mile hike and a 12 hour day hahaha, but it was a nice hike. 


Now for this week:

Monday: PM Swim 800M

Tuesday: AM strength, PM Spin

Wednesday:AM Run, PM Swim 850M

Thursday: AM Strength, PM Swim 850M

Friday: OFF

Saturday:AM spin class

Sunday: 11 mile run


A late morning 

Good morning!!!

Well someone,  ahem Artemis,  woke me up at 3:30am again to go to the bathroom so I slept through my morning run……and my alarm clock, waking up with about 20min max to get out the door to make it to work. But I did it!!!!

This is what I woke up to

There are raindrops on the lattice lol

I LOVE rainy days.


It is funny to me that most people today are being grumpy about the rain. 1) we live in the pacific northwest, rain is part of life 2) it has been a few weeks since we had rain 3) not this weekend but next weekend is supposed to be almost 100!! Enjoy the coolness now. 4) it is already clearing up and should be nice the rest of the day and the weekend.

Maybe i am a little biased because I love the rain but it is good for everything and everyone to have a little rain before a hot streak.

That is my morning.

I had packed and planned to go to the gym after work and run and swim but i just got a text from the roommate and the realtor wants to show the house at 7pm tonight and she has  dinner. My plans are more easily movable so moved now they are. I can run at home, i had planned a short tempo run but i can’t swim at home……… hmmm well maybe i will change it so that i swim tomorrow and sunday instead. Such is life, we must be flexible or we will break!!!!

Are you good at being flexible?

How do you feel about the rain?

My small life

It’s funny how our lives  lives go through cycles, this time last year my life and my community consisted of hudreds of through hikers and through hiking blog readers. Some of that is still a part of my life, i may not be a through hiker but i am a hiker. But now i am back in Oregon and my life consists of going to work, working out, hanging at home with my dog and the occasional date. Yes i am part of the running community and am becoming part of the triathlon community but i am very much alone up here.

Don’t worry this is not a pity party post.

But really, none of my immediate family is here, i have no close friends here. The one wonderful woman i hung out with on a regular basis moved to the other side of the country. I am averaging seeing 1 other woman and her fiance about once every other month. But that is it. So it’s time to take the bull by the horns.

I have made exercise a priority and now meeting people will be as well.

I have joined 2 book groups and RSVP’d to these groups April event so yay.

Also i joined a few running groups and RSVP’d to a short run the weekend after the tulip festival ends. I WILL put myself out there. I need to build a base of people here.

If you are interested in meeting people I used there is something for everyone.

On a side note i got lots of planting done last night!


Planted 3 small rows of onions in this 10 gal smart pot


Got 2 rows lf corn and peas in each brown planter and planted 2 potatoes in the potato bag


The bottom opens for easy harvesting!

How are you?
How long did it take you to establish your base of people where you live now?
How did you do it?

Monday Motivation**February 29, 2016



Good Afternoon!!!

Another Monday has come. Sorry i didnt post my weekend wrap-up. I dealt with some drama last night and was just not in the mood to post anything.

Monday- PM run: run 5 min, walk 1.5 min X 6

Tuesday- AM strength training

Wednesday- AM Swim

Thursday- AM Spin class


Saturday- AM spin class

Sunday- AM Yoga, PM run: run 4.5 min, walk 1.5 min X 9-10 (whatever it takes to get to 4 miles.


I am getting my first Stich Fix box this week!!!!! It is supposed to come Friday i think. Here is my referral code if you want to try it!!