The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine



Camping workout

I was reading an article in Shape magazine on staying toned on the road, it seemed like something that I could easily do while camping so Tara and I tried it out.  We really enjoyed the workout and so I thought I’d share it with you.

The first portion of the workout is referred to as the ‘chair routine,’ so you need a bench or chair of some sort.  They recommend jogging in place or jump rope for a minute between exercises to increase the intensity.

1.) Side-Lunge Pulse: 

Side lunge pulse

2.) Push-Up Hydrant

Push-up hydrant

3.) T-Stand Drive

T-Stand Drive

4.) Dip and Crunch

Dip and Crunch5.) Wall-Sit Shift

Wall-Sit Shift

6.) Single-Arm Push-Up

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7.) Split Squat


8.) Plank Push

Plank Push

1. Side-Lunge Pulse: Stand with inside of left foot extended out on the bench and right foot on the floor beside it.  Be sure to bend your right leg.  Clasp hands in front of your chest and push your hips back.  First rise up trying to get your leg to hip height, pulse up and down twice, and return to starting position. Do 15 reps then switch.

2.) Push-Up Hydrant: In the plank position with hands shoulder width apart raise your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your elbows straight back (ignore my form in the picture) as you bring your right knee towards your right elbow.  Push back up to the starting position.  Do 10 reps and then switch sides.

3.) T-Stand Drive: Bending over the bench place your right hand on the bench and extend your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your left elbow and hold your left hand in front of your shoulder.  Rise up and lift your right knee to hip height in front of you while rotating your torso right, bring your palms to meet each other in front of your chest.  Return to starting position.  Complete 15 reps; then switch sides.

4.) Dip and Crunch: Place hands on bench (hip distance apart) fingers facing forward, with butt just in front of your hands (but not touching the bench).  Begin with toes pointed up and bend elbows as you lower your butt toward the ground.  Straighten your arms as you lift up and bring your right knee toward you.  Lower down to the starting position; repeat.  Complete 20 reps alternating legs each time.

5.) Wall-Sit Shift: To get into the starting position begin by standing agains a tree, wall or in our case a truck.  Lower your body down into a seated position (knees bent at a 90 degree angle).  Be sure to have both extended above your head.  Kick out with your right leg (do not come out of the seated position) and lower your left arm.  Do 12 reps, then switch sides.

6.) Single-Arm Push-Up: Stand about a foot away from the wall, car, or tree.  Lean forward and place your right hand on the wall (heels slightly lifted).  Bend right elbow, lowering yourself toward the tree.  Push back to starting position.  Complete 12 reps then switch sides.

7.) Split Squat: To obtain the starting position stand with your back to the tree and take a big step forward with your left foot.  Push bottom of right foot into the tree and bend elbows (left arm forward, right arm back).  Bend left knee while switching arm positions, return to starting position and repeat.  Do 15 reps; switch sides, then repeat.

8.) Plank Push: In the plank position extend your left arm at about shoulder height in front of you and press hand against the cooler.  Hold for 20 seconds (or longer, we held it for 60) then switch sides to complete set.

It was such a fun workout to adapt to the great outdoors.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!



Coming up…I’m excited to share with you a French onion soup recipe that I made!

I’m off to my friend’s wedding (can you believe she’s getting married almost exactly 1 month before me!?) in Orcas Island for the weekend,  I’m sure I’ll have some great stories and pictures to share when I get back. have a great weekend everyone!

Be well!

Fourth of July recap

This last week was a much needed vacation. Although it ended too soon, I’m glad it happened and feel like so many great memories were formed. One of the highlights was the fourth of July BBQ Dave’s mom arranged. I was inspired by PBfingers and made a little watermelon/feta flag salad to celebrate

IMG_0220Dave did some man things

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While I drank whisky ginger which contained a couple whisky soaked cherries


It was the perfect day for a BBQ, everyone enjoyed the sunshine!


Dave took a break from flippin’ burgers to pose with his mom (aren’t they cute)

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It was a great day!  I feel a little ashamed that I didn’t honor my homeland on July 1st as much as I did the USA; however, I’m pretty proud that we were in Canada for the 1st and the US for the 4th.  To be exact we were in southeast BC for the first half of the week and then southwest OR for the second half.  Okay, I’m glad we did it, we got a lot of family time and with limited vacation time it’s hard to see family as often as we’d like, but we definitely spent 30 hours driving in total all week and that took it’s toll.  We gave ourselves a full day recovery and I think that really gave me the rest I needed to be ready for work this week.

Oh yeah, these were awesome

IMG_0216Fourth of July and Canada day will never occur again without these babies!!!!!!!!

Be well.



What a weekend!!!!!!!!

It started with a wonderful brunch at Fiddlehead (awesome restaurant in West Seattle)

Dave-o!! Pretty proud of his birthday present to me–as he should be 🙂
And look at those billy buttons (one of our wedding flowers)!













After brunch we were on our way….on our way to SLOTHS!!!!!!!!  That’s what Dave got me for my birthday surprise.  He took me to this sloth sanctuary to hang out with, feed, and pet what felt like a million sloths 🙂  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

The first thing I saw when I walked in the door.  Ok, I'm already peeing my pants with excitement!
The first thing I saw when I walked in the door. Ok, I’m already peeing my pants with excitement!












I thoroughly enjoyed feeding them, I’m pretty sure I fed them most of what the staff provided us.

They are shockingly wiry, but I think they appreciate the pet.











The girl who took us on the tour was VERY informative.  She knew so much about these sloths (as well as all the other animals they had at the sanctuary – which was a lot).  The sloths were quite funny, they love to eat so they roamed around their little habitat going up to all the different people on the tour and trying to “hook” them to get food.  If you haven’t seen a sloth “hook,” it’s adorable and you can see it in this cute video.  Unfortunately, if they don’t recognize your smell or voice they will try to bite you (I know, I couldn’t believe it either), so you have to not let them “hook” you and feed them carefully.

There was a baby named Hemingway, and he was soooo cute:

The big one liked to check in on him every so often.
The big one liked to check in on him every so often.

Hemingway was very vocal (they sound just as cute as they look)!

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Because they are so slow it was easy to get great shots of them!  I have to admit if I could quit my job and move in to the house next door to the sloth sanctuary I would do it tomorrow.  I had so much fun and I highly recommend taking the tour at the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center & Sloth Sanctuary.  They are very nice and it was such a surreal experience.



Dave really outdid himself with this birthday adventure, makes me so excited for the future 🙂  I’ll leave you with Hemingway, the baby sloth, sun bathing.


Be well!

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