What a Trip!

Hello hello and happy Friday!

We made it to the end of another week. The weather’s looking like it’s going to be gorgeous (hello 60 degree temps!) and I am just pumped for this weekend! Plus, I’m running the Homes for Our Troops 5k and a race always puts me in a good mood.

Today, I’m finally hopping back in the swing of the Friday 5 Link-up! You know the drill – every week, Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? pick a topic, and this week’s topic is 5 trips you’ve taken! There’s nothing like reliving some of those good, old vacation memories (besides actually taking a vacation), so here we go!

Friday 5 Link-Up1. Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park.I was lucky enough to get to travel to Yellowstone while in high school as part of a school trip. It was honestly the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, and I have about a thousand photos saved from that trip that prove it. I recently discovered that you can now run a half marathon through Yellowstone through Vacation Races! HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT?! I think this might just have to be our race for when my mom and I are looking to cross off Wyoming from our 50 states goal. 🙂 Of course, we’ll have to watch out for buffalo.

Yellowstone National Park | 2 Generations Running

2. Waitsfield, VT. Fun fact – I ran the “World’s Most Beautiful Marathon” (well, the half marathon at least).

The World's Most Beautiful Marathon - the Mad Marathon | 2 Generations RunningIt really was beautiful, and the food was TO DIE FOR! Not to mention, we were only about 25 minutes away from the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, so we were forced to fuel for our half marathon with ice cream. Now if only Vermont could flatten out all those pesky hills that kept popping up all over the race course. 😉

3. Booth Bay Harbor, ME. Despite it raining EVERY SINGLE DAY of this 3-day trip, my mom and I still had a blast.

Boothbay Harbor, ME | 2 Generations RunningWe kayaked (in the rain), ate some FANTASTIC food again (Hello raspberry ricotta French toast!), and explored some gorgeous gardens (in the rain again).

4.  Boston, MA for the Heartbreak Hill Half. Obviously this one wasn’t very far away as far as trips go, but we did stay overnight and it was a completely running-filled weekend and it WAS AWESOME. Seriously, if you haven’t run a race put on by Runner’s World, DO IT. These folks know what runners want. 🙂

Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon, Runner's World | 2 Generations Running5. Geneseo, NY. Ok, college might not technically count as a “trip I’ve taken”. But I love my college town  and I miss it, so it’s going on this list!

Geneseo, NYYeah, the winters can be rough, but upstate NY sure has some beautiful moments. And I can’t wait to go back in May. 🙂

So there you go! What are some trips you’ve taken that stand out in your memory (for good or bad reasons!)? Do you have any trips on the horizon?



New Additions to the Home Gym

Happy Thursday!

Good news – the end of the week is near! I’m very excited for the weekend as I’ll be heading out to visit my alma mater (am I allowed to say that if I only graduated 2 months ago?) and my boyfriend. It’s sure to be a fun visit and I’m excited to see all my college friends again. I’ll be gone for a few days, but I do have some posts planned for during my absence. 🙂

SUNY Geneseo.Things will be looking snowier than in this picture, I’m sure.

Yesterday, I thoroughly exhausted myself in 45 minutes doing some Fitnessblender workouts (it’s blurring together now, but think burpees, bicep curls, squats, tricep dips, bentover rows, and side hip raises…) These videos have seriously been my savior with toning back the running!

In the afternoon, my mom and I headed out to do some errands, and picked up a new set of 4 lb weights. We’d been doing our best to make do with sets of 2 lb, 8 lb, and a single 5 lb weight, but figured having another light dumbbell would be helpful for some of the exercises we’ve been doing (lateral front raises with 8 lbs are painful! and probably not a great idea.)

2 Generations Running. Workouts.

2 Generations Running.We also got some resistance bands to use for some hip strengthening exercises from the latest issue of Runner’s World. We’re building quite a nice home gym! 🙂

Make sure to check in tomorrow for another Friday Five post! (it’s a good one, if I do say so myself.)

P.S., remember how I said I really enjoyed Katy Perry’s dancing sharks? Apparently, a lot of people did. Check out this buzzfeed article, Katy Perry’s Sharks were the Best Part of the Super Bowl. and remember, “we are all dancing sharks in the sea of life.”

Katy Perry.

Do you have a home gym? Have you ever used resistance bands?