Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tevasphere: Live Better Stories

Tevasphere - Live Better Stories
Tevashpere - Live Better Stories

Some months ago Kovas and I were super fortunate to receive some Tevasphere trail shoes, a Tevasphere tech tee, a GoPro camera and a Camelbak hydration pack from Teva.  It all came with the directions to "live better stories."  And so we have - from mountains to beaches and everything in between, we've been using our trail shoes, tech tees, Camelbaks and GoPros outdoors - enjoying more time as a family and exploring new places and activities.

Get out, do more - these are my plans for the New Year and beyond.
Camping, kayaking, geocaching, hiking, swimming, skiing and more -
live better stories!

Disclaimer:  these products were sent to us for review purposes.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Midweek Motivation

ZOOMA - perfect conditions
If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done.
This is especially true for winter running in the Midwest. :)


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Running Clothing Guide

Here in Chicago we've had some cold days, but Sunday night we got our first real snowfall of the season.  Yesterday I headed out for a breezy, chilly run in the fresh snow.  I overdressed slightly but was still comfortable...

On my run I remembered a great layering guide that Kelly the Culinarian had shared on Facebook:

The Runner's Soul Winter Layering Guide
The Runner's Soul Winter Layering Guide

I hate it when my fingers and toes are cold so I wore my running gloves covered with mittens and wool socks (I love my DarnTough running socks!) and running shoes.  Overkill on the hands, but I prefer my hands too warm rather than cold.  Unfortunately running through the snow left my feet wet and a little cold...I'm thinking it may be time to invest in winter running shoes.

Newtons in the snow
Newtons and DarnTough Vermont wool socks

What kind of shoes do you wear to run in the snow and cold?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Three for Thursday

We started out our Thanksgiving day as we have the last several years - with our local Bonfield 5k.  This year Tazer, Gaigai, Munchkin, my sister and I ran, while Kovas and Little A cheered us on and snapped pictures.  Tazer and Gaigai took off at their own pace with friends and I hung with (chased) Munchkin through the crowd.  Fun morning with family and friends and healthy beginning to a day of giving thanks and eating. :)

2013 Bonfield Express 5k
2013 Bonfield Express 5k
Munchkin has wanted to go to St. Louis for some time, so we took advantage of the long weekend to do so.  Friday we headed down after breakfast.  Along the way we stopped at two Missouri wineries which had beautiful views and decent wine.  After checking in at the hotel, we had the pleasure of meeting Super Kate and Mike for dinner.  In the morning we walked around downtown and took the pod up to the top of the arch.  On our way home we stopped in Springfield for lunch and some more sightseeing - Lincoln's home and tomb.  Unfortunately the presidential library was closed - maybe another time...

Midwest Multisport Life - St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO

Still have Thanksgiving day left-overs?  Kovas roasted a huge turkey before Thanksgiving which turned out super tasty, but way too much for one meal.  So Kovas made some great meals with the leftovers - check out the recipes and wine pairings at 50 States of Wine.

50 states of wine - turkey leftovers
Turkey leftovers and wine pairing

What's your favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers? 

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