Friday the 13th

Hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend! Hopefully you didn’t incur any bad luck on this Friday the 13th!

Any exciting plans for the weekend? Tonight Adam and I are having a date night, I have a run each day planned, painting a closet and building shelves for the closet to make it more useable space and relaxing of course!

This week I managed to run twice outside! I was super excited to be able to run outside and not freeze! Here was my running week:

Monday- Rest and recover day
Tuesday –  6.1 Miles-Treadmill; 11:20 average pace
Wednesday- 4.5 Miles-Treadmill; 11:32 average pace
Thursday- 6.3 Miles-Outside; 9:39 average pace
Friday-4.5 Miles-Outside; 9:32 average pace

I run much faster outside and you get the variation of running up and down hills which is better training for me. Do you run faster on a treadmill or outside? I always thought it would be the opposite, that it would be easier to run on a treadmill because there are no obstacles, no hills that can be challenging and no sharp turns to slow you down.

On Thursday, I ran with Adam and Porter. So that time included Porter’s real and fake bathroom stops. Sometimes he just likes to stop and smell the world around him! The temperature was amazing for running on Thursday! It was about 48 degrees when we woke up! I’m glad we took advantage of the nice weather.

Friday the temperature had dropped and was about 33 degrees when I woke up. But it felt so good on Thursday, I decided to layer up and go for it! For Christmas, our family got us these awesome hats to wear when running in the cold and darkness! It kept me nice and warm this morning and I felt good that it made me more visible to those around me. It’s important to make sure you are easily seen! We also wear these reflective vests when running and walking the dog in the early morning.

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Cold Season Recovery

Hello hello hello! I hope you all had a good weekend and beginning of the week! My house has officially been punched in the face by the cold/flu season. Adam slowly got it last week and his symptoms got worse as we went into the weekend. Friday and Saturday was all about resting and getting better for him. I thought I was avoiding it completely, until I woke up Sunday feeling not-so-great. Yesterday I felt awful all day and today I am finally starting to feel a bit better. I feel really dry now though. Trying to push as many fluids in as possible, making sure to take my vitamins and Airborne Immune Support Supplement. Have you gotten a cold this season? How did you get rid of it? I was suppose to give blood today, but had to cancel because I wasn’t feeling good. I rescheduled to give in a couple weeks. Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month?

On Saturday I got a great run in on the treadmill. It felt good not to have any plans and be able to spend as much time as I wanted doing a work out. During the week I usually workout in the morning, so I have to stop at a certain time in order to get ready for work. I ran 6.3 miles and then did some sit-ups, squats, and push ups.

After my run, we made a yummy brunch. I had 2 eggs over easy, an English muffin, ham and butternut squash. Delicious!

On Sunday we went on a walk at the Erie Canal. It was lightly snowing and everything looked so beautiful outside! We walked about 5 miles. Porter loved smelling the tracks of people and animals who walked that path before us.

When we got back we decided to try to sweat out some of our cold! Adam ran on the treadmill while I rowed. We watched Top Chef while we worked out. That show can be pretty addicting!

Today I started marathon training! This morning I did 6 miles on the treadmill before work. It was hard to breath due to my cold, but felt good to get a sweat on. I had the chills this morning, so getting heated up was nice. I have run out of shows that I’m interested in on Hulu and Netflix. I’m kind of a picky show chooser. I watched 1.5 shows of Nashville this morning. It was okay, but I could be easily swayed to something else. Any recommendations?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you!

I hope that you all had a very happy and safe new years eve last night with your friends and loved ones! I had a very relaxing and adventurous day! I woke up early to enjoy a nice quiet cup of coffee and catch up on email and look around on the internet. We got a little bit of snow over night, so Porter and I went outside to shovel before going for a walk. It was so peaceful out! We ran into Porter’s favorite neighbor while he was walking his dog, Brooklyn. Porter is very much a people person and loves seeing people, but we have one neighbor he gets particularly excited about seeing. I think it has something to do with all of the treats he gets when we run into him. 🙂

Once we got back I had some cereal and jumped on the treadmill for 5.3 miles. I want to try to run outside even when it’s chilly to get more use to it. When we start marathon training, it will take too long for Adam and I do separately run on the treadmill for some of the longer runs. So it will be important to run outside. However, it was pretty slippery. There was lots of snow on the roads and some ice patches. Better to be safe than sorry, so inside it was! I watched Whiskey Tango Foxtrot while I ran. I love Tina Fey!

Adam and I went out to Highland Forest for a horse drawn sleigh ride. They are doing sleigh rides every Saturday and Sunday thru February as long as there’s snow. It’s first come first serve and when we got there at 2:30 they were already booked for the day. We had brought coffee with us, so we just enjoyed it while looking at the amazing views.

Then we drove to Chittenango Falls to look at the falls and take a short hike. We had planned to hike the Gorge Trail which goes down along the falls and has a bridge that gives an amazing view of the falls, but we found it was closed due to icy conditions.

We found a couple other trails that we didn’t know existed. It was a lot of fun exploring these new trails. We wouldn’t have even found them, had it not been for the tracks we found in the snow. It was so peaceful out. The freshly fallen snow was beautiful. We could hear a few birds chirping and enjoyed listening to the flowing stream that wrapped around the trail we were taking. We were the only ones at the park when we started. By the end of our hike it was starting to get dark out. We were ready to get a drink at one of the local breweries and warm up from the cold!

We went to Empire Farmstead Brewery. When we got there, they were just about to give their last brewery tour of the day so we hopped on the tour to check it out! Our tour guide had a lot of great information about the history of Empire Brewery, their brew process and ways they are trying to utilize sustainable resources.

After the tour we enjoyed some of their beer! I had a sample size glass of their Deep Purple which is a pilsner base with NYS Concord grapes. I also had their Apple Harvest Ale which they made in collaboration with a local apple orchard, BEAK & SKIFF ORCHARD. They used fresh pressed cider from Empire and Honeycrisp apples. I also had a sample size glass of their roasted pumpkin ale which they brew with pumpkins from a local farm just down the road. The Deep Purple was my favorite of the night!

Next we went just around the corner to The Brewster Inn for dinner. The Brewster Inn is an elegant inn right on Cazenovia Lake. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays inside. We were seated right next to the stunning fireplace. I loved the cozy atmosphere. They were serving a select menu which offered a four course meal. All of the food was delicious and I was happily stuffed afterwards.

This is a ruby red stacked salad with pistachios and Lively Run goat’s milk feta.
This is their delicious Colorado Rack of Lamb with a potato terrine & a rosemary mint chimichurri.
This was a warm bread pudding with candied cranberries and eggnog ice cream on the side.

After dinner we went home to watch the ball drop! We made it home at about 11:30, so we had just a short time to put some comfy clothes on, get the champagne ready and cuddle up on the couch.

What did you do for New Years Eve?


Oh hello!

My name is Brittany and I’m 30-something writing to you from Syracuse, NY. I have created a blog to write about my passion for exercise, food and a healthy, active life style. I have enjoyed reading blogs from other athletes, foodies, and adventurists for a few years now. Here is my chance to share the same enthusiasm for life with all of you wonderful people!

About 3 years ago I began my own journey of creating a healthy active life. At the time, I thought the things I was doing were going to be temporary. I had thought that as soon as I lost the weight I had set to loose, I would go back to my ways and enjoy life. Little did I know, that I would end up loving exercising, eating healthy and learning about my body. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a decadent dessert and have a major sweet tooth. But I try to balance my life with diet and exercise.

Running has become a true passion for me. Not only do I enjoy running, but I also run to spend time with my husband, Adam. He is a huge inspiration in my life. For every race I have participated in, Adam has trained and completed with me. It is a great way for us to spend time together, catch up on our days, exercise our dog, the list goes on.

I have also found a passion for road biking, rowing, hiking, Zumba and cycle classes.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog! Please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments! I look forward to hearing from you!