Favorite Fall Trails

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All I can say is that I LOVE fall! Did a long run (for me) and took it slow in my favorite park. I would have to say I enjoy running in the fall much more than in any other season, especially here in Virginia Beach. The fall colors are breathtaking, the temperatures are around 40-50F which is far more bearable for this Canadian born girl, and it such a fresh reprieve from the summer heat!
But after running in the heat all summer, here are some tips to running safely in the fall 🙂

1. With the decrease of hours, for those of us that work full time, 8-5, fitting in a run can be tough during daylight hours. Wear highly reflective clothing, but if that’s not an option (taking the bank account into consideration), try this amazing reflective tape from Home Depot. Always wear I.D. on you when going for a run… you never know what’s going to happen.

2. ICE. “In Case of Emergency” contact in your phone (if you carry it with you). Keep it updated with someone who can respond if someone needs to make an ICE call on your behalf.

3. I’ve had to layer quite a bit more than the shorts and tank-top I wear in the summer! But sometimes when I get out there, I find I’m put on too much clothing and starting to overheat. So I make a mental note of what would be perfect layering options while I’m out there, and the next time it’s that temperature (always check the weather so you are prepared!), I don’t get out there with too much on. Sometimes I stash my jacket in a safe place once I warm up…

4. Even if you aren’t thirsty, you can get dehyradated! While on my run today, I stopped for water a couple times, which is as much as if I’m summer running. Do what’s best for your body. Maybe you don’t need as much water as I do, but definitely don’t forget about hydrating.

5. Start your run into the wind. The wind will be at your back on the way home, and you’ll avoid getting chilled by the wind after you’ve been sweating.

6. Watch out for snow or wet leaves! Take shorter steps when tracking across these areas to ensure you can catch yourself if you slip!

7. Take your camera like I did! These leaves and colors aren’t going to last forever!


That’s all the running tips I’ve got for you guys today, what are some of your tips to stay safe and warm?

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Anniversary Weekend Getaway

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Beautiful photo taken by Poema by Anne on our last camp-out!

This weekend my husband and I went camping to celebrate our one year anniversary! We went back to Crab Tree Falls Camp ground and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We cooked every meal over the fire, slept in a two man hiking tent, may have gotten rained out, and over the weekend I hiked a cumulative of 15 miles. Being a runner, that doesn’t sound like a lot, but this Crab Tree Falls hike is steep. And I proceeded to run most of the way down (if it was safe to do so). It was an extremely hazy weekend, so the view was magnificent and breathtaking.
After I returned from the hike Saturday morning, Tyler had spent the morning fishing and smoking his awesome cigar. We were on the way back up to the falls to check out the view from the bottom when thunder hit, and we raced back to our campsite to put all of our stuff away so it wouldn’t be ruined by the rain!

Tyler proceeded to build the most awesome thing over our fire in order to try protect it from the rain, and it worked great for about an hour, but the rain was just tooo hard and even the coals at the bottom were out by the time the rain stopped. And our tent that we borrowed just couldn’t handle that amount of rain, so our bedding was wet! So we decided to head home to sleep in the dry soft bed and ended up sleeping straight for TWELVE HOURS. I guess we were more tired than we thought!

The next day we hiked for over 10 miles in First Landing State Park, which was amazing. The trails that we took were right next to the bay, so occasionally we’d come out to a clearing of the ocean. It was so refreshing, and I’m so sore I can hardly move! It was a great weekend and totally worth all the pain I feel today ❤

Back from Vacation!

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Just came back from the best vacation ever! Tyler’s family is much more relaxed on vacation than my family was, so it was an adjustment… and I had to FORCE myself to slow down! We didn’t even have Internet.  Even though it was more relaxed than what my family does, we still did a lot of stuff, and kayaking was one of them! We went twice last week, and I got stuck a couple times because the water was so low– AND I almost died getting stuck over a water fall with rocks jutting out at the bottom! Don’t worry; we only had class 1 rapids on the first two miles, and the rest was pretty calm. 🙂

Since we were nestled in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, there were plenty of hills to train on. Not that I’m actually training for anything right now, but I can pretend. 🙂  I was seriously sore every day that I ran. I did a couple four-mile runs, but on those mountain trails, it felt like twice that! It was so awesome to run on such gorgeous trails.Williamsburg Run for the Dream

I did terrible on not eating sugar during our trip, and I’m going to have to pay for it for a couple days. So back to the strict diet from here on in! 🙂 How are your summer fitness goals coming along? What do you find the hardest to maintain during the warmer months?