fitness // first outdoor run of the season

i have been seriously loving this gorgeous weather that has been gracing minnesota lately. i think i forgot how nice fresh air is; and how fun it is to go outside and not need a coat; or to not need to crank the heat as soon as i get in the car? ahhh life’s simple pleasures. i’m a runner. well, at least i call myself one. i think i fit enough of the description… i run. and i love to sport sassy workout tees. so there’s that. i have done a 5K, 10K and 2 half marathons. . i have zero desire to ever do a full. a half marathon is my jam and i’m cool with that.

i’ve been cooped up running at Lifetime Fitness in MG and i just loathe running on a treadmill. it’s so boring. and you don’t go anywhere. and i’m overly aware of how long i’ve been running/ how long i have yet to go. so i was uber jazzed to kick off outdoor running season yesterday evening. i dragged starks the pup along with me. after a full weekend of playing with my family in AL, he was tuckered out by about mile 1.5. he rallied pretty well, but he was struggling that last mile. not to mention he has to pause ever 5 feet to pee on something. but it was a nice distraction to have him with and as my old babysitter would say, good for him to be outside and “blow his stink off.”  after we conquered that run, we kicked it on the deck and enjoyed the nice evening, because as we Minnesotans know, this weather is in no way guaranteed to stay.

fitness // first run of the season (maple grove)

fitness // first run of the season (maple grove)

fitness // first run of the season (maple grove)

fitness // first run of the season (maple grove)

wknd recap // happy easter

 even though Easter was about as late as it could be this year, it still didn’t feel like Easter. one of the joys of growing up i suppose. this weekend [b], #starksthepup and i packed up the prius and headed down to good ‘ol albert lea. the amount of joy spending time with my family gives me is off the charts, so i was very excited.

highlights in words:

we got stuck behind an accident and were dead stopped for 30 minutes on I-35

my parents friends threw [b] and i an engagement party with oodles of food and beverages

took full advantage of the gorgeous day and went on a few walks with the pup and played ball in the backyard

celebrated the risen Lord at Easter service

took bunches of pictures

enjoyed a long walk; pretty much dragging a tuckered out pup along with us

watched Wolf of Wall Street (spoiler… it’s terrible)

highlights in pictures:

easter wknd // starks the pup

easter wknd // starks the pup

easter wknd // family pic

eater wknd // family pic

easter wknd // family pic

easter wknd // brothers

easter wknd // brothers

easter wknd // sunday funday

i hope you all had an enjoyable weekend filled with good food, great people and lots of laughter.

happy monday!

meanwhile in Minnesota // spring snow

our beautiful state is living up to the stereotype once again; central mn got his with bunches of that lovely white stuff yesterday. what’s crazy is that at my parents house in southern mn they got no traces of any snow. weather is a funny thing.

so, rather than complain about the snow, i decided to embrace it. after all, we did get a massive snow storm of 16 inches last year on may 2, so april 16 is fair game for snow as far as i’m concerned. so i took starks the pup out and we have fun running around and enjoying the weather.

so, for those of you in southern mn, and those of you not lucky enough to reside in this beautiful place, here are some pics of what my view looks on this spring day.

spring in minnesota

spring in minnesota