Month: October 2014

Five things I love about Halloween Time

Happy Halloween! It’s fitting that this week’s Friday Five theme is Halloween.

Here are five things I love about Halloween time which include activities that lead up to Halloween.

1. Going to a Pumpkin Patch. It’s always fun going to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out pumpkins. We went this year to Lake View Farms in North Plains, OR. This is a nice one because you go on a boat ride to the pumpkins and ride a train back. It’s great for the kids. They even had a little hay maze.



2. Decorating pumpkins. My kids enjoyed using the push in decorations to decorate their pumpkins. It’s nice since there’s no carving and no mess. 🙂

IMG_9459.JPG3. Learning new things when helping out at the kiddo’s Halloween party. They did some neat things at my son’s preschool. They made their own pumpkins using toilet paper covered in orange tissue paper. Then they added the stem (brown roll from toilet paper), followed by decorating with face stickers.IMG_9572.JPGAlso, their snack was a great idea. It was a carved out orange filled with fruit. The kids helped carve a little or just told how they wanted their orange pumpkin to look like. How cute is that?











4. Seeing the kids in costume. It’s so cute when they’re all dressed up in costume. It’s great seeing all the different costumes other kids are wearing too. There are always some really creative and great homemade ones. Last year I remember seeing a cool Minecraft costume that was homemade. The pic below is from last Halloween. It’s funny because I asked what my kids wanted to be for Halloween this year and they wanted to be the same thing as last year. What are the odds of that happening? Lol. It’s great that their costumes still fit. 🙂


5. Taking the kids trick or treating. The last thing, is it’s fun taking the kids trick or treating. It’s a nice time to see the neighbors as well as get free candy lol. Who doesn’t like free candy? I think it’s fine to eat in moderation.

What do you love about Halloween time?

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. Check them out!

Last Week’s Workouts Recap (10/20-10/26) Leading Up to Halloweenathon 10k

This was the last week of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 10k training plan since my 10k race was on Saturday. I’d say my week of workouts went fine. I slacked on the strength training but I got my runs in.

On Monday, I ran three miles. I didn’t do any strength training really, just some push-ups.


Tuesday was another three mile run.

Wednesday’s workout was 5 x 400 at 5k pace. I walked in between intervals. I had to do them on the treadmill since my husband was working.
On Thursday, the training plan showed to run 1-3 miles so I decided to run three since I felt good.


Friday was Rest day.

Saturday was Race day. I ran the Halloweenathon 10k which was fun! I’ll have the recap up soon.IMG_9395.JPGSunday was Rest day.

How’d your week go?

Be sure to enter my Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Giveaway if you haven’t already, which ends in one day. It ends on Wednesday, the 28th at midnight!

Hope you have a great week!


Five Reasons to Run a Race

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme.

This week’s theme is five reasons to run (a marathon, an ultra, a 5k, whatever). So I chose to write about five reasons to run a race, any race.

I didn’t always like to run, especially long distance. I was a sprinter and jumper in high school and would always try to get out of running anything long in practice. Then during college I started running to stay in shape. It continued on and off when I was working. I started running and working out even more especially after having kids to help lose the baby weight. Signing up for races has helped a bunch, especially as a motivator.

Here are five reasons to run a race:

1. Keeps you motivated. Whether you’re running to stay in shape, lose weight or get more fit, races help keep you accountable. Signing up for a race means, I have to run on that certain day. I pay good money to run lol and it’s usually for a good cause. So signing up gives me something to look forward to. I usually follow a training plan that helps lead up to race day. yourrace

2. The Challenge. It’s a challenge to run and finish a race. Also, once I finish a race, I like signing up for another so I can beat the time I got especially if it’s a PR (personal record). Races challenge me to get better.PRracecard

3. Get cool medals and shirts. Once you finish a race, you usually get some cool bling, like medals. Then you can start a collection. 🙂 They usually give out nice shirts too.IMG_9356.JPG

4. Get to travel and see sights. Races allow you get to see the sights on foot. Depending on what race, they close streets, freeways, and even amusement parks (Disney) for races. So it’s pretty cool to say that you ran where you would not normally get to. Also, there’s lots of cool destination races like Las Vegas,Washington DC, New York, and Disney ones that would be cool to travel to as well. The picture below is from the Rock’n’Roll Seattle Half Marathon. Loved the scenic route!


5. Fun social event. Races are awesome social events. Depending on your race, there could be hundreds or even thousands of people running and lots cheering you on. I read there was 25,000 runners at the Nike San Francisco race…wow! Who doesn’t love it when strangers cheer you on and give you high fives while running? Races are so fun!! 🙂rocknrollport

Those are five reasons to sign up for a race. Why do you run races? Are you going to sign up for a race next year? If so, what are you planning to run?


Last Week’s Workouts Recap (10/13-10/19)

Last week’s workouts went well. Uberthons Halloweenathon 10k is coming soon, just five days away.

On Monday, I had a good three mile run and then did Focus T25’s Total Body Circuit for some strength training. Got a great sweat on! I love the fall colors from the leaves! Don’t you?


On Tuesday, I ran a nice six miles.IMG_9154.JPG

Wednesday’s workout was a 50 min tempo run. I’m glad I wore my running vest because it was windy and a little rainy out.IMG_9165.JPG

Thursday was a nice four mile run. It was a great day out for running!IMG_9195.JPG

Friday was Rest Day.

On Saturday, I did Focus T25’s Beta Rip’t Circuit. I love how T25 workouts are only 25 minutes long and still get such a great workout in a short amount of time. This particular workout incorporates weights which I like.IMG_9217.JPG

Sunday was an eight miler. I felt pretty good so I ran the last couple of miles fast.IMG_9240.JPG

Only five more days until my 10k race. It should be a fun one. When’s your next race or big event?

Hope you have a wonderful week! Be sure to enter my giveaway for a bag of Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts! They’re great in yogurt, salads, smoothies and more! HERE


I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

Femme Fitale Fit Club

I’m a #MoveItMonday Ambassador!

Move It MondayI just became a Move It Monday Ambassador! I’m all about helping and motivating others to get active! I first heard of Move It Monday on Twitter. You might be wondering what is Move It Monday?

Move It Monday is an international campaign which encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving each week starting on Mondays. Their website has many things to offer including fitness routines, tips, and inspiration to help individuals, worksites, schools, and communities incorporate exercise into their weekly routines. There’s a research page on their website that shows how Monday is the day that most people start an exercise and if one exercises on Monday, they are more likely to continue exercising during the rest of the week. It’s all about Monday! 🙂

It’s simple to become an Ambassador. Be active and inspire others. Check it out HERE. Be sure to use hashtag #MoveItMonday for your Monday workouts.

Here’s the Move It Monday tip of the week:


It’s Monday, how are you going to get moving today?

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Review and Giveaway

Note: I was given a 2 oz bag of Hemp Hearts through a Sweat Pink campaign in exchange for reviewing them. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

I like trying new food, especially if it’s healthy, so I was excited when Sweat Pink offered the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts. I had seen them at Costco before but wasn’t sure if I would use the big bag that Costco sells, especially since I had not tried them.

Here’s a pic of the front and back of the sample I received.


Here’s the back of the package the sample came in, which has great info:

IMG_8837.JPGHemp Hearts are packed with nutrition. Each 30g Serving has 10g of plant based protein and 10g of Omega 3 & 6. They have less carbs and more protein and omegas than the same serving of chia or flax. Also, they are raw, vegan-friendly and Non-GMO.

The first time I tried them, I sprinkled them on my Greek yogurt. It tasted pretty good! Hemp Hearts taste nutty and added a great flavor to my yogurt!

IMG_8891.JPGBesides adding Hemp Hearts to my yogurt, I’ve also added them to my Shakeology  shakes which I drink each day. I think Hemp Hearts are a great addition to all different kinds of food to make them healthier. You can add them to salad, cereal & yogurt, and smoothies. They taste fine right from the bag too! I know I’ll be buying more once my sample runs out.

You can check out Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts on their website. If you would like to try them, Sweat Pink and Manitoba Harvest are offering 20% off everything at with code HHSweatPink14, which expires November 30, 2014.

There’s also a contest going on now. Manitoba Harvest is giving away a 5 lb bag of Hemp Hearts (yes, 5 LBS) to one lucky winner.  To enter, get creative in the kitchen and tag @manitobaharvest, use #hemphearts, and #sweatpink in your Instagram and/or Twitter posts and you’ll be automatically entered. The contest runs until November 30, 2014.

In addition, I’m giving away a 2 oz. package of Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts for a lucky reader to try! This giveaway is open to US residents and Canada. It will end on October 28. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway HERE!

Have you tried Manitoba Harvest products? If so, which is your favorite?
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Five Favorite Fitness Tunes

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the first time for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme.

This week’s theme is five favorite fitness tunes. Here are my top five songs on my running playlist right now:

1. Counting Stars by One Republic. 

I’ve always liked One Republic and I like how the music picks up and has a great beat.

2. Best Day Of My Life by American Authors. 

I like how this one’s upbeat and is catchy.

3. Brave by Sarah Bareillis. 

This is a great upbeat song with a great message.

4. On Top Of The World by ImagineDragons. 

Another catchy song that has a great beat that’ll pick you up.

5. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson. 

 This is an old one but an awesome workout song with a great beat and strong message.

I like these songs since their so upbeat and help keep me going when I run. What are your favorite workout/running songs?

Have a great Friday!

Last Week’s Workout Recap (10/6-10/12)

Last week went okay. I did all the running workouts on Hal Higdon’s 10K intermediate plan but skipped out on Saturday’s Cross training since I was out of town. There’s only twelve days until my next race, Halloweenathon 10k. It should be a fun one!

On Monday, I ran three miles. IMG_8829.JPG

Tuesday was a 5.5 mile run.IMG_8856.JPG

I had to do my workout on the treadmill on Wednesday. I ran 10x400s at 5k pace with walking in between. IMG_8875.JPG

Thursday was four miles. I didn’t do much strength training like it says on the schedule though. I just did a few push-ups.IMG_8907.JPG

Friday was Rest Day.

I decided to do my long run on Saturday since it worked out better since I was out of town. I had a good seven mile run. It was raining a little bit but felt good.IMG_9016.JPGHow did your week go? Do you have any races coming up?

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

Femme Fitale Fit Club

Last Week’s Workout Recap (9/29-10/5)

Another week of workouts done! It was a decent week. I’m still following Hal Higdon’s 10K intermediate training plan with some tweaks here and there. My race is in 3 weeks.

On Monday, I ran three miles. It was a nice, cool day and enjoyed it! I did not do much strength training like the plan says, but did a few pull-ups and push-ups.

On Tuesday, I ran five miles.IMG_8701.JPG

On Wednesday, I had a great 45 minute tempo run.


On Thurday, I did not get a run in but did PiYo Sculpt. It’s a great total body workout.


Friday was Rest Day! Here’s 5 tips for your perfect rest day:


Saturday was another PiYo day. I did PiYo Drench. I got a great sweat on! This is still my least favorite PiYo Workout. It’s a tough but good workout. But I don’t like how it’s longer than all the other workouts.IMG_8771.JPG

Then Sunday was a beautiful day for a run. Got my six miles done!IMG_8820.JPGHow did your week go?