CROSS training: a PEDAL in the PARK

I was too tired to run today, so I decided on a cross-training day. Teton and I decided to bike through Grand Teton National Park. I personally KNOW how important cross-training is for your running training, whether it’s a 5K or a 50K, it’s important! The races I didn’t do any cross-training, I could tell. Check out this great article on why cross-training is important: HERE  My cross-training is fun and casual, biking, water-skiing, hiking. I keep it light since my training days are more intense.

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It’s early season in the park so not too many people. There’s still snow in mountains so we biked from Taggart Lake parking lot to Jenny Lake. A must do! The views were splendid. And Teton LOVED it! Fitting don’t you think?!

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Grand Teton National Park: Trail/Bike Map: HERE

Safety While Biking in Park: HERE

A Pedal in the Park Essentials: ON SALE!

Casual Shorts : Patagonia Button Down : Day Pack for Buddy :  Sunglasses

 

A RIVER runs THROUGH it

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Today as Teton and I explored the river bank along the Snake River, I listened to the sound of the river and thought, a river is ever moving around, over and through things. A lot like life, constantly moving and changing. We can either fight against the current or sit back and enjoy the ride and look forward to the rapids down the river!

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SHOP Casual Outdoors: What I wore.

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Fridays FAVORITES: jackson HOLE

Teton and I decided to be tourists in our own backyard. It was fun exploring Jackson Hole and with it being the off-season we had the place to ourselves, almost. There’s so much to do in town and in the parks. And did I mention, IT’S BEAUTIFUL! Bring your camera, you’ll need it. Stay tuned this summer, I’ll be posting my favorite hikes, places to shop and eat and summer fun in Jackson Hole!

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One cannot leave Jackson without the famous antler pic!

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The drive home was my favorite because the sunset was amazing over Glory Mountain. It really is the SIMPLE things in life that bring us the most HAPPINESS. One of my favorite quotes.

Favorites: 

  • Hike in Jackson Hole area: AMPHITHEATER LAKE
    • Check the blog in the next few weeks for photos and more of my favorite hike!
  • Place to shop in Jackson for all you adventure needs: SKINNY SKIS
  • Good Food and Best Desserts EVER! SWEETWATER RESTAURANT
  • Best View: Eat Dinner while watching the sunset over the Tetons: DORNAMANS

 

Just START running!

Be sure to check my blog every Wednesday, I’ll be posting running tips, my training for the week, eating tips while training and post-runs, and fitness gear on sale! I love being outside and love running. I have a lot of miles under my feet so hopefully what has worked for me will work for you too!

Most of all, I’ll be posting cool pics from my runs so you’ll want to see those. 🙂IMG_4300 IMG_4304

I have a lot of people ask me what’s the best way to start running or train for a race. I always say, Just start running. When I first started running, I only lasted only 5 minutes but slowly I built up my cardio over time and could run further. Each spring it’s always a challenge to get into the groove of things but a few weeks into it, I have things dialed in and I enjoy it. Here’s a great training guide for beginner runners.

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Love Teton in this pic. He’s airborne. Love my little adventure Buddy loves to go on road runs and trail runs with me.

Happy Running!   Andria & Teton

SHOP:

               Running Tops         Running Pants         Running Shorts         Socks

Black Friday…

So I should be posting all the greatest deals out there right now on ski gear, winter gear and everything else, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s the first weekend of winter and ski season (resorts opening) and the holidays. All I could think about and want to do was play outside and enjoy spending time with my family and little lovies.

I opted to #OptOutside with REI and thought that was the greatest marketing plan I’ve seen in my life. We are over-run with consumerism, shopping and the latest and greatest. Which I’m not opposed to modern technology but sometimes, I like to leave my cell phone home, unplug and not look at my computer for a few days. I want to enjoy the simple life. That’s when I escape to my #tinycabin, build a fire to stay warm, shovel the driveway and listen to the creek outside my bedroom window. The simple things in life bring happiness. Families, friends, sunsets, snow crystals glistening in the ray of sunshine sneaking through the clouds as you’re riding the chairlift to the top of the mountain or hiking to the top to ski down, listening to the snow crunching under your feet as you set out on your winter adventure, or watching your little buddy go off the trial in the snow drift and disappear as the snow engulfs him but coming up for air as he’s loving every moment of it. That’s happiness, peace, and comfort which brings a smile to my face.

Enjoy the simple things of life. We live in a fast-track society. Slow down and enjoy the simple things. I promise it will bring a smile to your soul.

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Hump Day Deals

There are lots of great deals out there for last year’s models. Same great product, just a new graphic or color change for this years models. Check out A’s top picks!

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The Patagonia Nano puff vest has been my favorite find from a few years back. I now own three. On those extra chilly days I’ll wear this under my shell on top of my normal layers or when I’m in the backcountry throw it over my top layer as I’m pulling skins or skiing down. Everyone needs one of these in their layering line-up.

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We all have to haul our gear up to the mountains and it’s best to keep everything organized and in a designated ‘ski bag’. This Marmot Long Hauler Duffel Bag is a great deal and perfect size for all your goggles, ski socks, beanies, helmet, buffs, sunscreen, hand warmers and everything else. Just don’t forget to dry your gear out when you get home. Come March this bag will be really ripe if you don’t!