These Old Bones Prove a Happy Life

i have recently gone through the 5 stages of loss and grief. what did i lose, you ask? my young joints and invincibility. i have kicked and screamed my way through each stage to finally come to accept my new physical self. i had to get back to that place where activity solved all of my problems, where all of the weight was taken off my shoulders, where i could let go and do something for myself and myself alone. and i have arrived. i have learned to embrace my new physical self that is a result of years of (what many would call) abuse; but i now choose to refer to as, a happy life. Read More »

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Christmas Run

one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during the holidays, but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy holiday traditions. last week i discussed one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine – cutting down our family Christmas tree. another healthy holiday tradition one can begin, is a holiday fun run.

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Get Lost in Green

portland. where it is cool to…

keep it weird,

have purple hair,

wear your granddad’s clothes,

and get lost in green.

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Brooks Ghost 8 Running Shoe Review

the quest for the perfect pair of runners can be a tedious one. every foot is different. every runner is every different. and all shoes are not created equal. i have tried many different shoes throughout my years. most recently it has been the Brooks Ghost 8 that I picked up in magnetic blue.

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Village Fun Runs

i love the month of may.  flowers are blooming. the sun is shining. and outdoor activities are on everyone’s mind.  this year’s may has been even more exciting with big news in the boise area  – we have weekly fun runs!

i recently discovered that the treasure valley is getting a new local running / fitness store, and i am stoked! Fleet Feet Sports is due to open it’s doors in The Village at Meridian this july; but because local owners Brandon and Kimberly Frank are so excited to get involved in the community now, they have decided to bring us fun runs a few months early! woohoo!

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Hill Sprints and Lulu Rewards

having kids makes staying fit harder, it is inevitable. but having kids doesn’t have to be the end all of a mom’s fitness life.  before continuing, i will admit that while i plan on having kids eventually, i do not have any today.  so no, i do not have a personal experience with combining motherhood with fitnesshood.  but yes, […]

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The Glow of the National Mall

this week brings me back to washington d.c. who would have guessed that a small town, mountain lovin’, western girl, would fall so hopelessly in love with this city. but I did, and i do.   in addition to the city itself, i discovered two other loves of my life while living in the nation’s capitol: running and joe.

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Veteran’s Parkway and the Strand Run

when i run, i run loops.  i’ve never been a big fan of the up and back route as I like to change up my scenery.  some may think I am crazy to loop in this instance because of the beach front views along the strand that are indisputably better; but balance is a key in life, and when i run, i run loops.

the strand is a boardwalk that runs from redondo beach all the way up to manhattan beach and beyond.  the water is so close you can feel it.  it is a beautiful gift to locals and visitors alike.  but as beautiful as it is, the strand gets obnoxiously busy in peak hours, and even more so in peak season’s peak hours.  so in true vanessa style, i get a head start on everyone in thefirst2hours of my days, and i run in peace.

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