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Where did March come from?

Oh March, I am excited to see you! Does anyone else feel like March is the *almost Spring* month?! Yes, we will still be snow covered and possibly get A LOT more snow. BUT there is something special about the longer days and hopefully slightly warmer temperatures! Not that I don’t LOVE the treadmill, but it also brings thoughts of the approaching dirt 😉

February seemed to disappear in a blink! We were thrilled to have my mom pop in for a visit. It definitely was a nice little change up to the normal routine. Part way through the month, I was asked to step in to teach another online course for an instructor who could not complete his, so that made for a little bit of scrambling to catch up for a bit.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the month.

With my mom here, Ken and I were able to sneak out on a couple of date skis! Since most of my training is solo, it is really nice to have some conversation!

Got my mom out on cross country skis for her first time! She was unsure at first, but started to feel comfortable after a couple of miles.

We tried a *new to us* restaurant in town, Brunchette. It was delicious and Brooke keeps begging to go back. I have a feeling it has to do with the hot chocolate!

As for at home meals, I am always trying to mix it up a bit (but mostly fall into the trap of the same food on repeat). A crowd favorite has been French Toast with cinnamon bread from Trader Joe’s. We also love it with their Brioche bread.

A trip to Costco is never complete a “must have” piece of clothing for this one. But in reality, this thing is so warm and cozy and she wears it ALL the time. It is possible I also had it on for a while 😉

Really nailed a few meals last month. The fact that Brooke asked for it again due to presentation must say something about our family. Ha.

Skate ski conditions were a bit variable throughout February. There were a few days of some significant powder on the trails. Those were a little rough.

Just a casual blizzard at Nordic practice. Somehow she made it look cute.

Could probably do an avalanche course on the layers of roof snow at the house.

Only a few more Nordic practices for this lady. She has gotten pretty good on those skate skis!

Workouts have been going pretty well! It has been nice to be able to mix ski and running. My body might be a little surprised when the snow melts and those miles become all running. Thankful for the option to spend most of my time on dirt. So much easier than running on pavement.

Definitely running short on Netflix ideas at this point. Anyone have any good show recs? I have recently resorted to just listening to podcasts, but it is easier to zone out for long runs with a show. Let me know what you got!

Today’s hill workout is going to be a snowy one. Time to build up that motivation in my head!

Week of 2/20
M: 10 miles run, treadmill
T: Rest (1.8 miles skate-decided it was too snowy for easy)
W: 5 miles easy, treadmill
H: 7.2 miles snowy recovery skate ski
F: Rower/ski erg. Weights.
S: 10 mile skate ski (pretty fast, not super hard)
S: Rest

Week of 2/13
M: Rest
T: 8 miles skate ski (fairly hard).
W: 6.2 mile run treadmill. 3.4 mile skate ski
H: 4 mile run, treadmill. 2.4 mile classic ski with Brooke/Sonja
F: 10.2 miles skate ski. 7.8 miles run outside.
S: Rest (trip to Boise-no time)
S: 17.7 miles run, treadmill. 10.3 miles skate ski (snowing-tough conditions)

Week of 2/6
M: Easy trainer ride, 45 minutes
T: Rest
W: 7 mile skate ski. 3 miles easy treadmill
H: 4 miles easy skate ski
F: 10 miles skate ski. 2 mile easy jog outside!
S: 11 miles easy skate ski with Ken. 9 mile easy run outside
S: 12.2 miles easy skate ski with Ken

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More Snow Runnings!

Hey there and happy last day of February! Can you believe that we welcome in March tomorrow? Craziness!

Sorry, I have a been a bit hit-or-miss lately. Lots of things going on and the class that I am teaching is kind of kicking my butt! Lots of students and lots of time returning emails. Needless to say, it has been a bit of a challenge to get some down time.

But hey, here are some highlights!

Sunday….looking pretty #basic for church. It was pretty stinking cold, so totally rocking the puffy jacket with a scarf that a friend brought back from Paris. All I needed was a Starbucks cup and it would have been perfect.


We spent most of the afternoon hanging out and playing. A bit of cross country skiing and I was happy to chill with the fam (they snowshoe-ed (word?) with me!).

On Monday, Brooke and I hung around the house and did chores. We ventured outside to play because the sun was SO nice! Brooke thought it would be a good idea to ride down to the mailbox. Strider for the win! (I had ridden with Ken in the morning and then did a 4 mile run outside earlier in the day).



Seriously, up the snow wall?!



Brooke only crashed hard once, but luckily she had snow clothes on, so it was a non-issue.


Once home, I had a bowl of puffins. And then 20 minutes later, I had a second bowl. Perfectly normal.


The rest of the day involved play time, some grading and 35 minutes of work on Ken’s legs.

On Tuesday, we visited with our neighbor who just got home from Hawaii. She found this adorable shirt and thought it was perfect for me. I think she was right. Super cute!


Since I had already showered and put on makeup (WHAT?!) to go into town, it was a bit of a toss up as to what I could do with Jasper to wear him out before B and I left for the evening. Enter: Cross country skiing. It was brisk out and breezy, so I just put on other clothes for a bit and we headed up the hill next to the house. It was perfect. Didnt get sweaty, I could see the house and the kid could see me the whole time! Excellent. Also, the views!






Just wondering how much hair I should chop off at the end of April…hmmmmm….


Changed clothes and headed to town with Brooke. We picked up some essentials..this was delicious…


grabbed some dinner and then my date and I headed to her FIRST MOVIE THEATER viewing!


She was super excited and did great! It helped that there were literally only 6 other people there 😉 We saw the Peter Rabbit movie that is out and it was really cute!


This morning, we did the usual things and got ready to head back into town for some grocery shopping and ski lessons.

They are cute.


Brooke skied and Jasper and I went up and down a mountain.


Literally….up and down!


It was a great 6 miles and then we headed home!

Ken is doing a fat bike race this evening under the full moon. (He just texted me that he took 2nd!!). I am sure it was beautiful!!


Looking forward to a relaxed day tomorrow around the house!

And now, my friends, it is time to dive back into the world of grading! Have a good night!!

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A Trip Up Emerald and I Need a Nap

Hey there, friends! How is your hump day going?? Doing anything fun today?

Our morning started at 5 with the sound of the alarm clock and a side of the coffee dripping in the machine (Thank goodness for pre-set coffee…am I right?!). It took a little effort, but we rolled out of bed and headed for the basement. Ken did an hour on the trainer and I opted for 45 minutes of riding and 15 minutes of weights. When we were finished, it was pancakes for everyone….and a second cup of coffee!).

The rest of the morning went by in a blur of cleaning up and packing for our trip to town. First stop, grocery store! Loaded up on all the goodies (We have 2 Rtic coolers and they are the buy ice cream every week BEFORE ski lessons and the drive home!).

Once we had everything loaded, we stopped by the gas station to fill up a couple of cans for Ken’s snowmobile. That gave Brooke a chance to finish her snack before getting to Howelsen and getting dressed for skiing! She opted to do the second session and we are all pretty happy about that. 😉

While she shredded the slopes, Jasper and I ran over to the other side of Emerald to do some exploring. It was supposed to be an easy 3 mile day, but how do you do that if you have an hour to yourself?!



Naturally I wore way too many clothes and it was a sweatfest, but I needed pockets and succumbed to the vest. Next time, fanny pack 😉


One happy dog.


It was well worth the views.


We ended up with 6 miles total before meeting up the Brooke. Profile looked like this…


Jasper loves his day to run with Mom 😉

Quick drive home and unloading of groceries and everyone was feeling like this….


Except Brooke who never runs out of energy. She played with all her toys before agreeing to take a break to take a bath (and give me a break!).

I am currently trying to not fall asleep on the keyboard. Maybe Brooke will put me to bed tonight???

Hope you had a wonderful day!! Here is to early bedtimes!!

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