Friday Favorites – 8.22

Guess what day it is?? IT’S FRIDAY!! Who’s as excited as I am? This was has been a long one and I’m looking forward to the weekend.

Now, on to the regularly scheduled programming…my Friday Favorites!

New Sparkly Soul headband

sparkly soul headband

I bought this baby at Barry’s Bootcamp (another fave) after class one day because my hair was unruly and I didn’t want to go back to work looking like a hot mess. Yes, this picture is me at work, trying not to look like a hot mess. Turns out, its amazing. The thing stays put, fits well, doesn’t hurt and looks super cute. I checked out their website and found a few other’s I think I need. Hint hint SL – my birthday is right around the corner!

Barry’s Bootcamp

barrys bootcamp

Yes, this made the list again. So now I’ve been three times and am considering picking up a second job so I can justify paying $28 a class to continue going. Barry’s doesn’t exactly fit into my tight budget but I’m addicted (in a healthy way). So far I have sweated my way through the Butt & Legs (Tuesday), Hard CORE Abs (Thursday), and Chest, Back & Abs (Wednesday) classes. Still on the agenda – Arms & Abs (Monday) and Full Body (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Each class has left me sore in the best possible way! Love it!

Cookies & Cream Quest Bar

quest bar

After the Great Adventure Challenge (Check out my recaps here: Kayak, Bike, Run) I needed to replenish myself and luckily I had this bar on hand. I am not sure if it was because I was so exhausted and starving or what but this was easily the most delicious protein bar I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to try some of the other flavors.



I tried Nuun for the first time the night before the GAC. What’s the golden rule – never try anything new on race day? Well, technically I didnt, I tried it the night before and I loved it. Nuun was a total impulse buy but I’m so happy I did. I went with the Strawberry Lemonade from the Active collection and Cherry Limeade from the Energy collection (with caffein and B vitamin…yes please!) and really enjoyed both of them.

At Home Weekend

One of my favorite parts of summer (and life in general) is spending time with my family up in Maine. I was lucky enough this summer to spend 3 weekends up there in between wedding obligation weekends. This weekend SL and I are staying home (due to wedding obligations at home) and I am looking forward to having a non-travel weekend. I have mountains of laundry to do, the house need a good cleaning, I will have time on Sunday to actually prep for the week.

Time to get my work on so I can sail into the weekend without any obligations!

What are some of your favorites this week?

Past Friday Favorites:

Friday Favorites – 8.15

Friday Favorites – 7.25

Friday Favorites – 7.18

Friday Favorites – 7.11

Friday Favorites – 6.27

Friday Favorites – 6.20

Friday the 13th Favorites

Friday Favorites – 5.23

Friday Favorites and the 10K That Wasn’t

And I’m Spent… (A faux Friday Favorites post!)

Friday Favorites – 4.25

Friday Favorites – 4.18

Friday Favorites – 4.4

Friday Favorites – 3.28

Friday Favorites – 3.21

Friday Favorites – 3.14

Friday Favorites – 2.21

Lack of Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites – 1.31


Great Adventure Challenge {Race Recap, Part 3}

Catching up?

Great Adventure Challenge – The “Run”

I use the term run loosely here my friends. By run I mean slow hike (walk) up the mountain then run down. No part of me had the energy to run up a ski mountain after biking for 16.5 miles. I did, however, finally pack a fresh pair of sneakers to change into post-bike. In years past I have just worn my soaking wet, muddy bike shoes to hike. What is a rookie mistake called when you make it over and over again? Oh well, I finally learned.

fresh sneaks

(please excuse my muddy, bloody legs and the weird looking angle)

I rocked my new-ish Mizuno Wave Hayates and loved them! These sneakers were made for trail running so were perfect for hiking up the grassy and rocky terrain of this course. They are also super lightweight (only 7.2 oz) which was nice for my tired legs. I couldn’t image lacing up heavy hiking boots at this part of the race.

One thing I tend to always do during this leg is to spend some time climbing up the mountain backwards. Not only does it help my tired legs but I can take in some stunning views.

Pleasant Mountain

Nothing beats it! Also, that lake below is where the kayak leg of the race takes place.

Pleasant Mountain

This picture doesn’t do the view justice at all but if you look closely you can see the mountains in the background. So beautiful. During most of this hike I think in my head how lucky I am to be a part of this race. It is physically and mentally pretty grueling at times but all worth it when taking the time to take it all in.

At this point I was about halfway to the top and knew the hardest part was behind me!

Competitors who I knew were only a little bit ahead of me were starting to head down the mountain so I knew I was really close to the top. And then I saw him…the guy who punches the lanyard signifying that I made it to the top and didn’t go halfway up then come down. I’m no cheater!

Top of the mountain

With my lanyard punched and my water bottle refilled with Gatorade, I was ready to dash down the mountain to the finish line!

All I was thinking as I was heading down was “Stay in control…no need to break your face or you limbs on the mountain.”

My legs were completely gassed and falling was a major concern but I wasn’t going to embarrass myself and my family by being the only competitor to tumble across the finish line.

GAC Finish Line

(Thanks to my aunt for this awesome pic)

Ran in like a champ!

Run/Hike time – 54:08

Past hike times:

  • 2010 – 54:16
  • 2011 – 1:00:00
  • 2013 – 58:31

Another awesome race in the books. Oh, and I came in 2nd place in my age group…NBD.

2nd Place Age Group

JUST KIDDING!! HUGE DEAL!! Pretty sure I embarrassed SL at breakfast the next morning when the results were posted online. I am so bummed I left before the awards ceremony but I never in a million years thought I would place in the race. Its such a challenge and draws an amazing group of everyday athletes.

Needless to say I am already looking forward to next year’s race. Until then…trying to get more kayaking, mountain biking and hiking in to routine! (I say this every year…)