Hiking at John James Audubon State Park

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I took a random vacation day off from work to go hiking with my dad! He is preparing for a backpacking trip to Yosemite later this month and want to get more miles under his belt and asked me to tag along!

We hiked 11 miles in six-and-a-half hours at John James Audobon State Park (which is about 40 minutes from our house).

A lot of the trails looped around by each other, so we hopped on and off several trails to make an almost 4-mile loop. Dad had his 45-pound backpack on and hiked with it the entire time (so impressive!)

At 63-years-old he is still adding adventures to his bucket list and I am so proud of him for getting out and exploring more of the world.

It was such a gorgeous (but hot and humid) day! But I loved being out of the office and out in nature. The terrain was pretty rough in some places, but the views were great. I love having some great parks here in Kentucky that I can easily explore. Even though my legs are pretty sore today, I can’t wait to go back soon!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Where has been your favorite place to hike?

Sometimes you have to toot your own horn

At work the other day we had a meeting to talk about mid-year review. We discussed what’s worked, what hasn’t and what changes we want to make.

But before the meeting even started, my boss went around the room and said something positive he has noticed in each employee since the start of 2019. It was such a boost of confidence and really set the tone for the meeting.

I’m lucky to work for a place that encourages growth and goals.

He also said how great of a job, as a team, we had done over the last few years. He said sometimes we need to toot our own horn. 

It was like a lightbulb had gone off.

We should be damn proud of the work we do. Not only am I proud of what I do professionally, but I am proud of the work I am doing with running, in my marriage and with all my jobs.

So friends, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Be proud of the work you do. Don’t wait for someone else to recognize your work — RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF.

Thanks for coming to my TedTalk. Ha!

Other random tidbits from life lately.

I saw this on Instagram the other day and loved it –

Getting in shape is hard

I saw this on Twitter from Steve Magness (@stevemagness) at it really hit home.

I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too.

“Getting in shape is hard. And expectations can kill the motivation to do so.

It’s easy to compare yourself to some prior fitter you, but all that does is set you up for disappointment & frustration. Be kind to yourself. Try to get a little bit better from where you are right now.”

Making an effort to get Murphy outside more

Like most dogs, Murphy has a ton of energy! While he gets 3-4 daily walks, I began to feel like that wasn’t enough and since it warmed I have been making more of an effort to get us both outside and being as active as possible.

He is good for about 2-3 miles of running and sometimes more! He loves being outside and exploring all of our local trails. Sometimes when no one is around, my brother and I will each pick an end of the trail and have Murphy sprint back and forth. He loves it so much (he’s so speedy!) and it’s great way for him to get some energy out.

While it’s not always the most convenient (he stops to pee on everything), I’ve been making more of an effort to take Murphy outside with me as much as possible. I hate leaving him behind and he is always SO HYPED to go outside. Plus I know the fresh air is good for both of us!

Even when a run sucks at least I get to spend time outside

Today’s run wasn’t the best — but I got outside and did something. It felt great to knock out some miles before 7 a.m.! And honestly, who cares if I didn’t run as fast as I wanted? I’m not training for anything right now, life is crazy and the fact that I got out the door with my running shoes on is an accomplishment in itself.

So if you got outside today — be proud!

Scenes from today’s run:

I just want to spend all my time outside

Does anyone else feel that way after a long winter? I love having so much daylight when I get home from work and I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I’ve been reading, planting flowers, running and taking Murphy for 400 walks a day.

What’s your favorite way to spend time outside?

Look at this fun sidewalk chalk art on my run yesterday! I looped back around to snap a picture and I’m happy I did. So fun.

I also tried a new-to-me flavor of Nuun and it was pretty good! It’s been getting up in the 80s and I’m trying to increase my distance and speed on my runs, so I figured an extra boost wouldn’t hurt anything.

By now yall know I am obsessed with Murphy. But for real, isn’t he the cutest?! This is actually a live picture on my iPhone and it’s so cute because he starts off with my mouth closed and once he sees me with the phone he smiles. MY HEART. SO PRECIOUS.

On planting flowers and running

Since we moved into our new home last fall, I have been so excited about spring and all the fun things that come with it. Call me crazy, but for the most part, I love yard work. I was so excited when Ryan and I started looking at flowers a few weeks ago to spruce up our yard + add to our new planters. These were gorgeous, but not what we ended up selecting. Can’t wait to show you to the final product in a couple weeks!

I think one reason I love planting flowers and gardening is like to see the fruit of my labor. Just like in running — you put in the work and you’ll see the results. Maybe not right away, but things are still happening under the surface.

Then one day it all clicks. It all blooms.

Also. How pretty is this sunset? God is pretty awesome, y’all. Look at those colors!

Trying to not eat Chick-fil-A every day of my life for breakfast so I’m drinking green smoothies a couple times a week. Balance.

Happy hump day!

Goals for 2019

Day 1/365. I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe we are already in the new year! It’s so crazy that another year has come and gone, but I am so excited for what is to come!

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While I know change can happen on any day and that there is nothing magical about Jan. 1, it is still fun to think about past 365 days and revisit goals for the coming months. So with that being said, here are some of my goals for 2019:

Run more + include speed work into my routine
In 2017, I ran 350 miles. In 2018, I ran 530 miles (so crazy the numbers worked out like that — totally not planned). My goal is 800 miles for 2019, so who knows?! I want running to be something that I always love, not a chore, but who knows? It would be cool to run that much in the next year.

A sub-2 half marathon is also still on my bucket list, so I need to get faster in order to make that happen.

Take more fitness classes that excite me
In 2018, I took a hot yoga class that I loved! While I wasn’t able to go often, every time I went I left feeling invigorated and refreshed. I so desperately want to get back to that. We also have a Pure Barre studio in town that I want to try.
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Cook more at home, eat out less
It’s an easy trap to fall into — swinging by the drive-thru became a habit for me, and I need to break it. You save calories and money when cooking at home, so that’s a big goal for this year!
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Some of my goals never change. Daily I want to grow more in my faith, be around those I love and just be a happy person.

What are your goals for 2019?!

Share the Fit Forward

From Fit Approach: This holiday season, we’re on a mission to sweat, feel good, and stay sane! We’re declaring time well spent on ourselves and we want you to join us. Instead of mindless scrolling through IG and online shopping to take our minds off of holiday stress, we’re being more intentional with how we spend our time on the interwebs, starting with this year’s Holiday SweatFest, a couple of weeks of sharing amazing content with the Sweat Pink community on Fit Approach’s Facebook Live.

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Let’s get a head start on New Year goals and dreams by sharing the Fit Forward. Simply pass this link along to give the gift of a free class* to your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you want to inspire to get moving.

Link for a free class: https://go.gixo.com/vpQVjkGRKS

We’ll be back with more on how the whole community will be sharing the Fit Forward in 2019. Until then, we hope to see you in a virtual sweat date!

The road to a healthy smile :)

Something different for you all today — a post about teeth and gum health!

A new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30.

One of the biggest don’ts? Eating a snack at night after having already brushed your teeth, which one-third of those polled admitted to.

On the plus side, respondents show a willingness to floss more regularly – in fact, you’ll be surprised at the odd places we admit to flossing. For healthy teeth and gums, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and regular visits to your dentist!