Sunday, February 1, 2015

Madlibs with Prana and Sweatpink

  • When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is__ahh feels so good___. Yoga __pushes_ (verb) me and makes me feel ___relaxed___ (noun).
  • That’s why I am SO __excited___ (adjective) to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink. I plan to __warrior 2_ (yoga pose) my way to a more _magnificent__ (adjective) and __stronger___ (adjective) 2015!
  • For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is ___making the time_. Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to face/ conquer / achieve / find __the time___ (same challenge / or be creative!).
  • My favorite place to yoga is__outside__ (noun) because it is so __invigorating_ (adj).
  • Here’s a photo of me in my very best [insertphoto] (yoga pose or other creative pose).
  • I tag anyone who wants to participate ]
  • I want these fabulous bloggers to share their very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey
  • Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!
  • Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!
  • If I win I would gift the $500 to __Montana Running Ranchers/Team Beef Girls___ [insert name and blog URL (if applicable) because they _are fun, and deserve fun new running gear for our relay in July___.
  • Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration:
And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags:
And of course, tag @prana @FitApproach

Want to play? Just copy/paste the above and fill in the blanks where I have bolded & italicized and make it your own. Or use this link for the template!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Week 4 Week in Review of 2015

This wasn't my best week ever, I had some sick kid issues and taking kid to dentist issues and not feeling good myself issues, but it was by no means a bad week either.

Sunday  Run 6.21 miles  Easy run, I have to admit I was tired for this one. The cowboy and I had  been out late the night before with friends.

Monday Run 8.2 miles
              P90X3 The Warrior Workout

Tuesday  P90X3 Yoga

Wdnesday home with a sick kid 45 minutes on the elliptical and I felt a little off myself so I skipped the P90X3
Thursday 10.15
                 P90X3 Accelerator
Friday P90X3 Pilates
Saturday 8.1 miles I have to admit, I was not feeling this run at the start but did pretty well with it once I got into the intervals.  800x8
             P90X3 Yoga
Miles for the week  32.66
Month 113.34

And we celebrated my daughters 7th birthday today even though her birthday isn't until Tuesday.
And winter came back about an hour after my run. This week was so nice, we knew it wouldn't last.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Week in Review post 3 of 2015

Sunday  yoga 45 minutes
              Run 4.1 miles

Monday P90X3 Dynamix and Isometrix
              Row 25 minutes

Tuesday  P90X3  CVX

Wednesday P90X3 Yoga (this wasn't what I was supposed to do today, but I had a long run planned and wanted to keep it easy.
               Run  13.1 miles. Only had 11 planned but I misjudged my loop.  Felt good though

Thursday   P90X3 the Challenge workout

Friday  Zuzka Light 6 pack abs

Saturday  8.2 miles with intervals.  800s x8  and I ran them all strong!  YAY

Run totals  week 25.2

Month 80.68
Year  80.68

All in all it was a good week.  I was a little sore from the 13.1 mile long run that was unplanned and I didn't get in one of my runs this week.  I also skipped three P90X3 workouts, but I have to admit I am not very worried about it. I subbed in a Zuzka Light workout because I wanted to get in some good ab work.  I plan to get back on track this week.  It just seemed like a really busy week!

The colors are so pretty right now with the whites, blues, tans and browns of winter. 
But I am still feeling like spring would be okay if it showed up.
How was your week?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Something to look forward to!

My older sister lives about 5 miles away from me.  I used to see her quite a lot when she was watching my kids for me while I would work.  Now that all her kids and my kids are in school, she has a job in town, and our kids are busy with activities I don't see her nearly as much.  Insert sad face here.

Last weekend I convinced her to ride along to town with me to get some groceries and she told me about a women's conference the Montana Farmer's Union was putting on in Chico Hot Springs that was a smokin deal.  Two nights in Chico, all meals, and a conference for $50.

I am so excited to get a girl's weekend with my sister! in Chico!  oh and the what is the conference about?

We get to start with a demo in cheese making and have a wine tasting Friday night.  Then go soak in the hot springs.

Saturday the conference doesn't start until 8 so you know I will be running in the morning. YAY! Look how beautiful it is there.

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Only it will probably look at lot more like this when I am there...
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  Then we go through goal setting, social media things, finding your voice, and photography.  It is all from an Ag based perspective and I have to admit I am excited about that too.

I have been blogging for nearly 4 years, so I kind of think I have found my voice, BUT there is always more to learn and I am excited to learn more and get to meet more bloggers from around Montana, all in a beautiful setting. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gone For a Run's PR Recovery Sandals Review

I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Gone For a Run's PR Recovery Sandals and I jumped at the chance.  Sandals designed just for runner's to wear after a run... I am so there! 

First impressions were that they seem very durable, flexible and washable.  The cushiony insoles felt comfy on my feet just walking around the house.

The first time I wore them after a half marathon last fall my feet were feeling tired and sore from the half and I felt like I was getting a blister on one of my toes so I couldn't wait to get back to my car and put them on. 

Bliss.  Look at all those massaging bumps in the shoe!

They sell for 29.99 on the website and are well worth it in my opinion.  I wear mine around the house quite a bit and will be packing them to wear after the Run to the Pub Half Marathon in March.

What they say about them on the Gone For a Run site
How do PR SOLES work? The unique raised triggers on the acupoint soles activate nerve endings in the feet that send healing relief through the entire body. These triggers are specially designed to massage your feet improving circulation and breaking up painful lactic acid and uric acid that accumulate in the feet after a workout or any extended time on your feet.
Are you sold yet?  Then how about this..
  Benefits of Applying Massaging Action to the Feet:
  1. Improves circulation by stimulating blood flow, which will refresh the feet and legs.
  2. Alleviates foot, leg and lower back pain.
  3. Reduces swelling and tension.
  4. Feet and legs recover faster.
I don't know about you, but my lower back always feels really tight after a long run, so if it helps with that I am really sold.  I can also tell you I ran 13.1 miles for a long run on Wednesday and I put my sandals on as soon as I got home and showered.

My legs were feeling pretty good the rest of the day as I went about laundry and house cleaning. 

There are different color options too.. check them out!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three Things Thursday

1. I was supposed to do my long run on Monday, but since I had to help my husband and a neighbor cut and wrap some pork in the morning and volunteer at the school in the afternoon it did not happen.  I got in 25 minutes on the rowing machine and put off my long run until Wednesday. 

I was planning on 11 miles.  It didn't happen.  I underestimated the loop I was running.  I haven't run it since last fall and in my head I thought it was just over 11 miles.  It was closer to 12 miles. I decided what the hay and ran 13.1.

It felt better than I thought it would.  The wind was a little cold, but at least the sun was shining. 

2. I have completed 2 weeks of P90X3.  I haven't followed the schedule exactly, but am pretty close.  I do easier workouts when I have long run days or my body feels tired.  The workouts are pretty good, but not as hard as I thought they were going to be.  I guess what I was doing already was pretty awesome. 

3. My daughter continues to teach me lessons in patience and perseverance.  She wants to help cook, but then she wants to do it all herself.  Like ALL of it.  Even if it takes her 25 minutes to open three cans to make spaghetti sauce from scratch.  She wouldn't even let me touch the can opener to help her get it positioned right.

She was so proud of herself once she was done though and I have to admit I was proud of her for sticking with it.  I did have to just walk away several times though while she was struggling.

Her latest venture was helping me make pumpkin muffins. I was not allowed to help put the batter in the muffin pan.  Love this stubborn little girl. 

How has your patience been tested lately?
Ever miscalculated your long run distance?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Protecting Kids from Reality

As a mom I want my kids to have the best possible life.  A happy and fulfilled life. I don't want them to be sad, disappointed, let down, and not have the things they want.  I know it isn't possible to protect them from everything, but I do the best I can. The reality is life happens and we can't protect them from it all.  When they are exposed to the disappointments of life I want to be able to help them cope with it.

I blogged earlier this week about Runty's death.  What I left out is that she got under the car as we were backing out of the driveway.  My husband saw her first and exclaimed "oh shit" as he stopped the car. I immediately looked up and saw Runty flailing around for a few seconds and then stop and lay still.

I had flashbacks of a time when I was younger and we were leaving for church and I looked up to see my kitten doing a similar dance.  My mom got out of the car, went in the house, got a shotgun and shot the cat to put it out of its misery.   I remember going from the hilarity of seeing my kitten do some crazy dance to realizing it was hurt and then dead.  Then we went to church.

The kids from the back seat could not see what was happening and we talked in coded words to shield them from the disaster.  We were on our way to my daughter's first basketball game and we didn't want her to have it clouded with disaster and tears.  She was already nervous.  I didn't want her to go through the situation.

Deciding together that Runty, having not moved again, was surely dead we left for the basketball game and I shed a few silent tears in the car. My daughter had a glorious game and scored even.

I kept myself distracted for the remainder of the evening and when we got home my son was sleeping in the car and my daughter with my parents.  I got out and picked up Runty's still body and took her behind the house and cried. 

The next morning, my son came in from feeding his rabbits crying, saying he couldn't find Runty, there was blood all over the driveway in the snow and surely she was dead.

I immediately started to cry again and told him yes Runty was dead.  He wanted to see her, but I lied and said I didn't know where she was.  I wanted to protect him.  I didn't want him to have to see her little still body that no longer held her sweet spirit. 

My daughter came home and asked about all the blood.  I cried with her all over again, but once again denied letting her see Runty.

Then my son found her.  He put all the puzzle pieces together and wanted to know if that was what had happened when we had stopped the car while pulling out of the driveway.   He wanted to know why I hadn't just told him. 

I realized that maybe trying to protect him from Runty's death wasn't the best thing.  Our emotions are what makes us human.  The high's in life are all the better for the lows that we experience.  I explained to him that I was trying to protect him and that maybe I was wrong for doing so.  I explained it wasn't anybody's fault Runty got ran over, we had all thought she was in a safe spot. 

He hugged me, we cried a little and decided where the best spot for burying Runty was.  We also discussed how now she could breath easier, walk better, and was no doubt smiling down at us from kitty heaven if there is such a place. 

What would you have done?