Life Lately + Thinking Out Loud {June 25}

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

Happy Thursday, everyone! Does Thursday excite you as much as it excites me? It means it’s almost the weekend!

I know I’ve repeated this plenty of times, but I adore living in the Seattle area.

I started off the weekend with a 10 mile long run, which took me by some wineries and lavender farms. The running paths here are absolutely perfect, minus the occasional stinky pile of horse manure (there’s some barns along the trails and equestrians can use the trail) and my (probably too-paranoid) fear of being plowed down by a cyclist busy texting (why do people text and cycle?). Still, I’ll take all that if I can have this view. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

After re-fueling with some whole grain pancakes, Ryan, Charlie, and I drove just a bit outside of Bothell to the western edge of the Cascades for some hiking. Our destination was Bridal Veil Falls, which was about a 2 mile, 1000 ft gain hike from the trailhead. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

The trail went through dense forest with a gentle incline until the 1/2 mile before the falls where you climbed up a steep incline and navigated around rocks to reach the falls. Bridal Falls was well worth the steep climb, because we were rewarded with an intimate view of the falls (you could wade in the pool right under the falls) and a breathtaking view of the Cascades. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

I promise you Charlie enjoyed the hike. In this photo, he looks upset, but it was really because he wanted to go play with the other dogs up at the falls rather than take pictures. Also, my hair is getting crazy long. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

We hung up at the top of the falls for a while before hiking down to an access point along the Snohomish River. The water had such incredible clarity that you could see straight to the bottom. Rarely do I want to swim, especially in fresh water, but I would have been tempted to wade in had we not an hour-long drive home.

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

If you’re ever in Western Washington, I highly recommend Bridal Veils Falls! There’s an additional 2 mile trail from the falls to Lake Serene. Bridal Veils had a good mix of easy and rugged hiking, and we saw plenty of kids and pets out there with their parents, so it’s dog and child friendly.

After a long day of running and hiking, Ryan and I went to see Jurassic World again. Yes, I know we just saw it last weekend, but the theater we went to last week had dine-in and drinks service and so naturally we went again to enjoy that. We used to go to a dine-in theater all the time for drinks and a movie when Ryan lived in Detroit, and we’re pretty excited there’s one near us again. I enjoyed a delicious veggie burger and a gin and soda water with lime. I’m usually a beer and wine girl and I rarely imbibe in hard liquors, but I do love a good gin. There’s something so refreshing about gin in summer, isn’t there?

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

Can we also talk about how many amazing movies are coming out this year? We’ve already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, and then there’s Spectre, Star Wars, and Terminator: Genisys (which I totally want to see for Matt Smith starring in it, I miss him as the Doctor). 

Sunday we ended up crashing and watching Netflix and lounging outside all day. Originally, we planned on biking along Lake Washington, but sometimes you just need a lazy day.

Because I’m running shoe obsessed, part of me wants to give the Brooks Pure Cadences or Pure Connects a try. The colors of these new Pure Cadence 4s are just too cute. For my birthday this year I pretty much just want to go to the Brooks Outlet and buy an outfit and shoes for Portland. And eat a big slice of cake, but that’s a given. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes

Since summer is in full swing, I’m putting in an order of Nuun Watermelon Active Hydration. Summer has arrived here in Seattle. It’s light from about 5 am to 10 pm and yesterday morning it was 70 degrees when I finished my run at 9am. Lots of water and plenty electrolytes are an absolute must for me right now. 

I also have forgotten how to function in the heat. How did I used to run through 80-90 degree mornings all summer long? How do all of you out east do it? 

I’ve seen lots of chickens on the loose throughout the Eastside. A few chickens have been wandering around our apartment complex, much to the confusion of Charlie. I also saw some chickens later this week along one of my trails earlier this week. They were all huddled together in a circle, as if they were plotting something. 

Life Lately {June 25} | This Runner's Recipes


The real question is, where did they come from? How did a brood of chickens end up on a bike path near Lake Washington?

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. 



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What is one of the most beautiful hikes you’ve done?
What random animals do you see around your neighborhood or running paths?
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8 Responses

  1. TOUGH LIFE 😀 Running through vineyards and lavender farms. I HATE YOU. Best hike I’ve ever done was without question the all day hike I did in Kauai. Absolutely incredible.
    Random animal sighting: When I lived in NYC, I lived right next to St. John’s Cathedral. In the adjoining yard (the rectory, essentially), they have peacocks. Well, one day the peacock decided to go for a walk….. That was a pretty funny thing to find on the streets of Morningside Heights!

    1. I know, PNW life is so rough. We are under a heat warning…because it may get into the 90s, so it’s not all vineyards and lavender and Mt. Rainier in the background. 🙂 And living next to St. John’s? JEALOUS because Romanesque/Gothic revival is awesome.

  2. Wowwwwww, I’m super jealous of your running scenery right about now. And those falls looks AMAZING. Glad you are liking Seattle. I mean, who wouldn’t!? I’m glad Charlie is loving it too 🙂

    I’ve seen snakes, turtles, bunnies, deer, etc etc but nothing too weird. Favorite summer drink – strawberry banana margarita or mojito!!

    1. I still pinch myself that I actually live here and am not on some sort of extended vacation! Oooh and margaritas are so good in summer – I only crave them a couple times a year but when I do it’s an extra salty margarita on a hot summer day!

  3. I wear the pure connects for speed work and short races but I haven’t tried the 4s…I love how they look and I am probably due for a new pair soon! I also wear the pure cadences usually for longer runs and like those as well. But again, I only have the older versions:)

    1. Ohhh the pure connects do sound so nice and light for speed work! I’ll probably end up with the flows, cadences, and connects all in rotation soon, but that’s a perk of marathon training, right? 🙂

  4. After reading your review of the falls, I want to go there! Are you able to play in the falls though? Since it’s going to be in the 90’s this weekend I’m thinking of escaping to the mountains with my kids on Sunday to stay cool and play in some cold mountain water.
    Have you hiked Mt Rainier? Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! Probably my favorite so far.

    1. We did play in the falls, although not much since Charlie oddly hates water! We also were able to wade into the river near the trailhead and this weekend we may try to swim in Lake Serene, especially since it will be so hot! I hope you enjoy the mountains if you get to go! And I haven’t hiked Mt. Rainier yet, but it is definitely on Ryan’s and my list of places to go soon!

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