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Urban Ski Adventure

Today was the first major snow storm (or really first snow storm in general) this year. The gym was closed which meant snow day for me and Angus didn’t go to work either. Spent the morning eating pancakes and lounging around before heading out on this awesome snow day ski adventure. I have never skied downtown during a snow storm so today seemed like the perfect day to make a big loop. We were hoping that a bar might be open that we could stop in but EVERYTHING was closed. I think Subway was open but that was it.

Here’s a map of the route:

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The first stop was at my parent’s house to see this adorable pooch. He loves to eat snow so I fed him a bowl of snow before we headed out on our loop.

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Heading downtown via Back Cove:

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Made it to Monument Square! Blizzard in full force.

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Exploring the streets of the Old Port. Looking for a bar or somewhere cool to stop. No luck.

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Heading back home via Congress Street and the giant hill on Deering Ave. No traffic!!!!

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Yup, that’s a snowmobile you see in the picture below.

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Adventure complete! Home sweet home 🙂

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Maine Huts and Trails Ski Trip

This past weekend Angus and I did an overnight stay at the Maine Huts and Trails. This is a really cool organization that is pretty new. They have all of these different huts that are connected by cross country ski trails. You ski into the hut and then they cook you dinner, breakfast, and give you stuff to make a lunch the next day. There are different types of sleeping accommodations but most are shared bunk rooms (sort of like a hostel). We were very lucky and only had to share our room with one other couple who were about our age as well! The staff was very nice and the food was delicious and creative.

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The first day we got a little lost and ended up skiing 8 extra miles (up a GIANT hill/mountain) and then had to turn around to get back on the trail that actually goes up to the hut. So, that wasn’t that awesome… and even less awesome when you’re skiing with a giant backpack… but once we got to the hut it was really nice and warm and a good place to be. We stayed at the Poplar Stream hut and it’s about three miles to get into it (if you don’t go the wrong way). It was pretty hilly to get up there but nothing compared to the wrong turn we took so it wasn’t terrible.

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The next day we went for a little ski before we headed back home. We just went a few miles further up the trail and then turned around. There were some cool waterfalls to see (a short hike from the trail) and the trails were freshly groomed that morning so conditions were perfect! Overall it was a fun trip that I’d like to try to do again! It would be really cool to do a couple of days and stay at a couple of different places.

 

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! What a busy couple of weeks it has been. What have I been up to? Christmas, turning 25, going to a wedding, cross country skiing in Jackson, and I kicked off 2014 with my first winter hiking/snowshoe adventure on a 4,000 footer in New Hampshire in the most frigid of temperatures. Now that the holidays are behind us it’s  time to get back on track with blogging and everything else AND to start my New Years resolution: to take one photo every day for 365 days. Yep, this was also my new years resolution last year but about three months in I decided I cheated too many times and I gave up. SO it’s time to try again! I’ll have the link posted here later tonight or tomorrow for anyone who’s interested in following.

What are your New Years resolutions? Thinking of trying something new? Here are some good things to remember when setting goals:

  • Set “SMART” goals. What does that mean? Set a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

For an example: ” I want to lose weight this year” or “I want to exercise more” or “I want to eat healthier” are all good goals…. but you’ll likely have a hard time seeing any results by having such broad terms. Try to get more specific with your goals and this will give you a clearer plan and help make them more attainable.

Instead of saying “I want to exercise more” why not say something like  “I want to take spin classes 3 days a week for the whole year”

  • If the traditional goal setting tends not to work for you try doing mini challenges. Maybe for a month you will challenge yourself to go to those three spin classes a week. Maybe you’ll find that by the end of the month going to the 3 spin classes a week isn’t a challenge anymore and rather something you will continue to do through the rest of the year.
  • Break bigger goals up into smaller parts. If you want to eat healthier try changing one thing about your diet a week. It will be much easier to make permanent changes if you don’t try to go cold turkey on the desserts and french fries overnight.

Here are some images from my holiday week!

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Snow Day Fun

Today I woke up to another winter wonderland! I guess I picked the wrong year to not coach skiing… Saturday night into Sunday was our first major snow storm. I was very excited to find out that I wouldn’t have to work on Sunday morning and could enjoy a day filled with all sorts of snow day fun. In the morning we lounged around an enjoyed some homemade blueberry scones for breakfast and hung out by the fire. By the afternoon the snow stopped and we were left with a winter wonderland playground. You know what that means? Skiing! Ever since I started skiing in high school skiing through the streets on a snow day has been my favorite activity. Angus and I got out the back country skis and did a great loop around the streets of the neighborhood and through the Fore River Sanctuary. Here are some pictures from our first snow day of the year in Portland!

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Winter Running Layers

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It’s coming! Winter is almost here. This picture is from last Tuesday when I went for my first wintery run. If you’ve been running all summer and usually give up this time of year because it’s cold, dark, and often snowy, think again! Keep going! I guarantee, once you are out there you won’t even care that it is 20 degrees, snowing, and windy AND it’s a great reason to treat yourself to a post-run hot chocolate. Challenge yourself to keep your routine through the winter season. Wearing the right clothes can make a HUGE difference. Here’s my favorite outfit for a snowy winter run. And yes, I know you’re all thinking you’ve seen me out there in cotton EVERYTHING. It’s because I’m bad at laundry and all my good stuff is dirty. 😉

Skida Hat/Headband I love these! They are lightweight and breathable but still keep me warm in the coldest of temperatures. They come in all sorts of fun bright colors, too 🙂

Base Layer I always wear some sort of base layer…. if it’s really cold, go for the long sleeves. Craft makes a good one that I have had for YEARS but my new favorite is the lululemon swiftly long sleeve shirt.

Jacket Invest in a good lightweight but warm winter running jacket. I have two that I love. One is by Swix and the other is by Craft. They’re a little pricey but well worth it. You will have the jacket forever and it will be sooooo much better than running in that raincoat. (Anyone ever try running in a raincoat? It’s BAD.) These jackets keep you warm and toasty but allow air to circulate.

Pants If you think you can wear those cotton leggins from Target to run in the winter, think again. You will have the coldest legs ever. Here’s what you need to keep your legs toasty and happy. I either wear a fleece lined tight or any fleece lined pant, or a windblock pant by Swix. Helpful hint: TJ Maxx almost always has fleece lined pants by Hind or New Balance for about 20$. Deal!

Socks Wool! Smartwool! That’s all 🙂

Gloves Gloves are probably the one thing I’ll skimp on for winter running. If you’ve ever seen those spandex gloves at the grocery store or target for 1.00 those are what I wear 99% of the time. That or thin bike gloves. If you’re running then you’ll probably get hot and you can stuff these in your pocket when you don’t want them anymore. If it’s really cold maybe wear a mitten.

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Well there it is- my winter running (or nordic skiing) outfit. Avoid cotton and you’ll be a happy winter runner just like me.