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What’s been going on in your life lately? Here’s a peek into life lately over here at This Runner’s Recipes:
Backpacking at Naches Peak
This past weekend, Ryan and I met up with two friends who were visiting Seattle and went backpacking and camping just outside Mount Rainier National Park. We hiked the Naches Peak Loop to Dewey Lake, where we camped overnight not far from the water.
The fields in Mount Rainier National Park were sprinkled with vibrant wildflowers, so even though we couldn’t seen the mountain (actually, it’s a volcano), the entire 3.5 mile hike to Dewey Lake was breathtaking.
Ryan is fairly certain a black bear nosed around through our campsite in the middle of the night. He woke up to hear huffing near our tent in the middle of the night, which likely could have been a bear.
That’s why backpacking safety is important. We had bear mace in our tent and strung our food up in bear bags. Most black bears will not harm you unless you get between a mama and her cubs.
As with running, fear of the worst case scenario should not prevent you from doing an activity, especially if you are prudent and proactive in taking the right steps for your safety.
It was a chilly 40 degrees in the morning and we enjoyed coffee and oatmeal by the lake before hiking back. The cold is well worth views like this and I’ll take it over 80+ degree heat any day.
Also, I learned that even 90 minutes in the sun will singe my fair skin at 5700 feet elevation. My shoulders are still bright red and peeling, several days and many applications of aloe later.
The marathon is my favorite Olympic event, but swimming comes in at a close second. Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, and many others are incredible athletes. Although can we talk about how ridiculous Ryan Lochte’s hair looks?
In running, I’m excited for the marathon, 10K, and 5K. My current favorites are Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg, Meb, Molly Huddle, and Bernard Lagat.
I Need to Do Yoga Again
Don’t ask my why, but over the past year or so I’ve had an aversion to yoga. When I do try to do yoga, I get 5 minutes into a video and I just want to be done. I used to enjoy it and even would sneak yoga moves into the Pilates class I taught in college, but recently I just cannot bring myself to do it. That is, until my right hamstring and calf continually got angry at me and a downward dog helped keep me running (literally).
I did try these yoga stretches from Sage Roundtree after Pilates, which made my tight muscles feel a little bit better. Now I just need to be consistent, but it’s worth the time and effort because I’m enjoying marathon training so much right now.
Stridebox kindly sent me their August box to try, and I squealed like a teenager upon opening the box and finding all sorts of sports nutrition products I had been curious about. I read about BeetBoost Beet + Tart Cherry powder a few months ago and have been wanting to try it since then since research demonstrates the positive effect beets and cherries can have on recovery.
Ryan and I are also always looking for good hiking and backpacking snacks. I make homemade granola bars but as we’ve both increased our running mileage we’ve found that we need more snacks – especially when backpacking. That extra 25 pounds makes a difference! I’m excited to try RX Bars on our next long hike, since so many people rave about them and I love how simple the ingredients are.
Linking up with Thinking out Loud!
What yoga videos or at-home yoga sequences do you recommend?
Who are your favorite athletes in the Rio Olympics?
Are you traveling anywhere this month?
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