Learning to use my feet again

The silver lining to all this health stuff I’ve been going through is that it’s a perfect time to try something new. And by that I mean I’ve been wanting to get a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes forever. But I didn’t love the idea of only being able to run short distances to…

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All is right with the world if only I could sweat in my headphones

Here’s how I spent my time last week: 53 miles. All on my feet. So, I don’t have much to talk about other than running! (That screen shot is from Daily Mile; come friend me over there if you haven’t already.) So, that said, here are a few thoughts about running: = Does anyone have a…

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Life, in our own back yard

Keys to a fun day with a friend: It starts with new shorts and a smile, even at 7 a.m. Hydration is always key to a day of fun, especially when it comes in a pink cup. It helps to live in a state with beautiful places, and to have friends who love adventure. It can…

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What’s in your beach bag?

Some of my summer favorites, thus far: Neutrogena Ultimate Sport sunscreen: My friend Brian suggested I get this when I complained on Facebook that the Coppertone I was using was really heavy and greasy. He was right – I love this new stuff. It’s so light and sheer I almost forget I’m wearing it. But no sunburn!  Apple…

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I’ll tri anything, once …

So, Kevin is the awesomest brother in the world because he suggested a “fake triathlon” at our grandmother’s house (she lives on Lake Wylie.) This would help to ease my mind regarding any coordination issues that could with 3 sports in one event. Plus, it’d be a great excuse to try out my new tri suit!…

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Gear geeking

Okay, so I won’t tell you today about how I dropped my pants this past weekend – still waiting for Scott to send the pictures to accompany that story … — In the interim I’ll talk about being a running gear geek. If you’re not a runner, I apologize in advance but if you are a…

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You are what you carry in your pack

Chris B. asked me last week to write a gear list regarding what I took, should have taken, and shouldn’t have taken on my recent trip to Mount Mitchell for winter camping. So, without further adieu, here it is: Head to toe Here’s what I wore on my trip: Balaclava – I fought against one…

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Cold feet. 30 extra pounds. Questions of survival.

Quotes from the trip: Me: We saw some tracks that looked like a cat. Would that be a bear? A mountain lion? Andrew: No, that’d be a cat. Chris: I’m gonna get one of those at some point (spoken every time someone showed him a piece of gear. Any gear.) Chadd: I hate rabbits (spoken every time…

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9 people. 4 degrees. 3 nights in the snow.

Destination: Mount Mitchell Elevation: 6,684 feet to summit Total miles I hiked: 10.5 Number of hikers in our group: 8 9 (apparently I can’t count) Number of female hikers in our group: 1 Degrees (low) that we saw on our thermometer: 4 Feet of snow on the ground: About 2 Number of animals seen: 2…

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So, I had this whole post in mind …

… about my hiking trip this weekend. I was going to photograph all my new gear and tell you all about it. However, I packed my gear in my pack last night and hell if I’m going to pull it back out now! So, I’ll show it to you when I get back. It’s time…

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