This week has passed in a blur but that’s a good thing because it means we’ve been busy! We are still waiting for the big thaw in New Hampshire but the temperature just wants to keep hanging out in the teens in the morning. Oh well, I guess the best strategy is to make the best of it and to get out and enjoy the fresh air with some fresh adventures and to try out some new things.
Organic Runner Mom’s Fresh Five
So without further ado here are my fresh five picks for healthy living, endurance sports, and fun this week:
If you haven’t ever ventured out onto the trails and tried trail running I would highly recommend it. Due to my back troubles I had had an extended hiatus from trail running (5 months to be exact eek!). This week my back was feeling good so when my friend Joanna asked me to join her on one of my favorite trails I couldn’t contain my excitement. Even though the trail was icy, a fresh layer of snow (yes I said snow, and it’s April!) gave the trail a nice surface underfoot that wasn’t slick.
Thankfully I had one of my favorite pairs of Hoka One One’s in the car so I was ready to go! It felt so good to get out and run on the trail, the serene peace in the woods and a good friend to talk with as we ran was “food” for my soul. The trail we ran on is called Bridal Veil Falls in Franconia, New Hampshire. The whole run is about 4.5 miles out and back and has the sweet reward of an amazing waterfall at the top of the trail. We had a fantastic trail run and I found the sweet endorphin kick and energy burst from running outside when I was done! Thank you Joanna for taking me back out on the trail!
2. #RockYourCore Challenge
The Rock Your Core Challenge is exactly that, a way to get you working on your core to give you those abs of steel you’ve been dreaming of. But in all seriousness, your core is an essential part of success in endurance sports. Core work is sometimes overlooked when training for long distance races. It is important to work your core muscles to provide your body with proper support, to prevent injury and lessen fatigue during endurance sports. A strong core is necessary for strong posture which is critical for strength and speed (more to come on this soon in a post next week.).
This challenge is being hosted by Jill Conyers and many other awesome health and fitness bloggers. To find out more about how you can #RockYourCore click on the image above to find a calendar of daily challenges and also to check out the awesome prizes.
3. Stonyfield Organic Oh My Yog!
Oh My Yog! and Yes Please! Oh My Yog! is the latest yogurt creation to come from New Hampshire company Stonyfield Organic. This “Tri-Layer” Yogurt is perfect fro breakfast, lunch or even as a dessert. Whole Milk Yogurt, Fruit on the bottom and a layer of cream on the top makes this yogurt simply delicious. Oh My Yog! comes in 6 different flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Gingered Pear, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Orange Cranberry, Pacific Coast Strawberry, and Wild Quebec Blueberry. My favorite is definitely the Gingered Pear with the Apple Cinnamon being a close second. This yogurt is absolutely decadent and you can feel great about eating it because it is Organic.
*Disclaimer: I received this product for review from Stonyfield Organic as a part of my involvement with the Stonyfield YoGetter Program. All opinions expressed here are my own.
4. Tunes to keep you grooving during your workout–
On this weeks playlist I’m going with Sugar by Maroon Five and Bright by Echosmith. Lately I’m loving everything light and poppy, music that is upbeat. What is on your playlist this week?
5. Blogs I’m Loving Right Now
Check out these amazing blogs for inspiration,recipes, great reviews, humor, training tips and more!
Living the Dream (Little Fancy Nancy)
Now that I’ve shared my fresh five with you for the week I’d love to hear about what has your heart singing. Please tell me what blogs you love to read these days or tell me about your favorite trail run.
Run Green. Eat Clean. Laugh Strong.
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