Happy Friday, everyone! What are your plans this weekend? Today I’m linking up with Angela for High Five Friday to celebrate Ryan’s and my Seattle anniversary. Just a few days ago (May 15) marked one year since we arrived in Bothell, WA, tired and eager after our 2000+ mile drive from Indiana with a stop in St. Louis to see my family, then through Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and finally all of Washington.
So to celebrate, I want to share photos from my top 5 moments in the Pacific Northwest this year. You’ve probably seen these photos a dozen or more time if you’ve been reading for a while, but I’m a sucker for reminiscing.
Snow Lake is quite possibly Ryan’s and my favorite hike in the Seattle area – we hiked it three times last year – and we can’t wait for the snow to melt (ie no more avalanche danger) so we can camp at it. The hike is about 7 miles and offers a good climb without ever being too grueling – the perfect weekend hike.
The half marathon is my favorite race distance, and I love every moment of the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon back in March. The course was fast, beautiful, and well organized, the race had a small local feel but good competition, I ran a 4 minute and 32 second PR, and both Ryan and I had a fun time at this race!
I could complain that the seasons pass in Seattle without much of a change other than how much rain we get, but I love it – it means I can run outside all year round! This photo is from February, when blue skies and mild temperatures made the usually miserable month beautiful for outdoor running.
My two sweet boys on our camping trip at Lake Annette. Charlie has a daily ritual of standing on his hind legs and howling until Ryan picks him up and holds him like a toddler. It’s hilarious and adorable at the same time.
Got to go, the mountains are calling. Even though Ryan and I both enjoyed hiking before we moved to Seattle, we fell in love with it over the past year. And even after a full year of hiking, we’ve only scratched the surface of all of the trails out here.
And over the course of the year, I’ve met several amazing people through the communities of running and blogging. So let’s share some link love as part of High Five Friday!
6 Reasons to Skip a Workout from Fine Fit Day: There’s a difference between being disciplined and pushing your body too hard. Some days, it’s just better to get the extra rest!
Girl Talk: Body Image Chat from The Cookie Chrunicles: Stop focusing just how your body looks, and instead focus on what it can do. A well fueling body that can run is better than a size 00 frame if you’re starving yourself to get there.
Running on the Downside from Runladylike: Amanda’s guest post resounds so much with the philosophy I’ve adapted in running. There’s something to be said about enjoying your running – whether for you that means training hard and running PRs, trying trail running or ultras, or simply enjoying your runner without or with a goal to chase.
This is Where You Win Instagram from Outside Online: I need to visit Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite (which is 45 minutes away from Mammoth) right now. Not for the Instagram shots, but to see and experience these with my own two eyes. I love the Seattle area, but California tugs at my wanderlust and makes Ryan and I want to pack our bags and spent a couple weeks just exploring Yosemite and the area.
A Running Coach Answers: How Do I Start Running? from Jill Conyers: Admittedly, this is a bit of self-promotion, since I wrote this guest post, but I was thrilled when Jill asked me to guest post for her wonderful blog. The more I become a coach, the more I work with beginner runners and realize how confusing it can be to start running – the more we share for new runners, the better!
What was your favorite city that you’ve ever lived in?
What are your weekend plans?
What’s a quirky habit that your pet has?
Where are you dying to visit right now?
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