Category Archives: Outdoor Fun

It’s Workout Wednesday–Outdoor Style!

In my desire to add strength training to my fitness routine, I’ve had to get a little creative. Being a mom to three boys–one with special needs–having a traveling husband and being on a tight budget, the gym really isn’t an option. So I do what I know best, I head outside! And you can too…throw some weight into a backpack or find a tree, it really is that easy. Remember–no gym (or tan!) necessary. Here are some exercises to get you started. And please go easy on me, I’m a work in progress. Real women move and don’t have to be a bikini babe or even tan to be fit :)

So what do you think, something you would ever try?

Suter Falls, Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs

Just living the simple life. And loving every sweet moment!

 

Taking the plunge, part 2

trailrace{the River Gorge trail race in Chattanooga, TN this past April}

Exactly three years ago this week, I decided to buy some running shoes and train for my first 5k. A lot has happened since then, including a difficult pregnancy and some big life changes. But since that time I’ve run numerous races and made the switch from the road to the trail. I’ve completed a half marathon, a triathlon and many 10+ mile mountain trail races. I even won first place for my age group in a very small mountain trail race. I have many races planned for the upcoming year and I’m looking to try my first adventure race next year. Trail running has become a regular part of my life. I have now added in strength-training and diet changes to take my fitness from good enough to much better.

And it all began with a challenge I gave myself about taking time for me and focusing on my health. It turned into something much more–a passion for challenging myself and creating a fit, healthy lifestyle for me and my family.

And it has been a life saver. It helps me manage my stress and allows me to become an even better mommy to my little ones.

If you had asked me three years ago if I could have ever become a runner and complete races and triathlons, I would have laughed and thought you were crazy.

But here I am, on a journey that I never expected. And if I can make such huge changes in a short amount of time, I know I could helps others, too. Which is why I’ve been doing some studying lately!

photoHopefully in a few more months I’ll be starting my journey as a certified personal trainer. I’ll be focusing on using the outdoors and natural landscapes as my gym. I’m so excited to see how all of this comes together!

 

 

 

Taking a Plunge

{the hubster, plunging off of a waterfall in his kayak, Tellico River, TN}

Hi, remember me? I used to blog here! I’m working very hard to make blogging a priority again. I really miss sharing my outdoor adventures and documenting the current happenings in my life. Lots of good stuff going on lately. I’ll play catch up soon. But if you really want to follow along on a daily basis, please come visit me on Instagram! @hikingmama_wild.and.fit (you can click the instagram icon on the right side bar under “connect with hiking mama.”  I’m really enjoying posting over there and would love to have you join me.

Every once in awhile, you should do something that scares you

This past Saturday I participated in my first triathlon. After a 400 meter swim in the river, a 14 hill-ridden bike ride and 3.4 mile run in the humid heat, I can proudly say that I did indeed cross the finish line.

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I’ve been a runner and trail runner for quite some time, and cycling is no big deal to me. But swimming long distances in open water? That one is a bit out of my comfort zone. I love the water and I’ve been a certified SCUBA diver since I was 12, but this was a different beast all together. Even during the race I wasn’t quite sure I could pull it off.

But I did it.

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I may not have placed (in fact, I was bringing up the rear) but since I was only competing against myself, I think I won. Now I have my eyes set on a larger goal that I’ll talk about sometime soon.

So if you haven’t in awhile, go out and do something that scares you. You might just like it! And I promise you are capable of more than you think.

 

Hike.Blog.Love Is Hitting the Road!

That’s right, later this summer we’re hitting the open road in search of adventure, and we’re heading out west. We’ll be hitting up Zion, Moab, The Grand Canyon and the Colorado Rockies.

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There will be hiking, climbing, kayaking, off-roading and who knows what else! It’s going to be an epic family adventure. Stay tuned and follow along with us…

A Family Affair

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As you saw in my last post, I’m moving out of my comfort zone and going for my first triathlon. I forgot to mention that Little Man will also be competing in the kids version on the same day. So this morning we went biking and running together in an effort to get him ready. It was so much fun! We both had a blast. Perhaps we’ve found a new mother-son bonding activity….

 

 

Here we are, all sweaty and feeling good after our bike/run workout. Here’s to trying new things!

Trying it On: My First Triathlon

If you’ve spent any time at all reading this blog, you’ll know there’s nothing I love more than hiking. A couple of years ago I added trail running to the ever-growing list of outdoor activities that I enjoy. I never envisioned myself as a runner. In fact, I down right hated to run and thought people who did must be a special kind of crazy. And now here I am, a runner. Trail running has been the perfect mix of physical activity and “me-time” as a busy mom of three little boys. It’s like hiking on steroids. But as my endurance has increased, I’ve been itching to push myself a bit further. I’m may not be in my 20’s anymore, but I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life and I want to see how much I can accomplish. So I had a crazy idea. Why not a triathlon?

In June I’ll be undertaking my first triathlon. It’s a mini version, appropriately named a “tri it on.” So I’ve been gathering my gear and planning. I’m hoping to go for a true sprint version after I get this race under my belt.

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Tonight I have a swim lesson to brush up on some skills and I’ve started biking again, too. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a bike, I won’t even say how long! And I’ve never swam competitively before. But I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and see what happens. Like I tell my kids, I’m not out to win first place or to beat anyone. The only one I compete against is myself. I’ll post updates as I train. It should be interesting, haha!

 

Luscious Spring

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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We live in the woods but are lucky enough to have a little patch of land that receives pretty good sunshine during the day. So this year we planted a vegetable and fruit garden. So far things are going well. It’s quite miraculous to see new life springing up all around! Sometimes I find myself just sitting by the garden, staring at the beautiful green plants and soaking up the earthy smell. I think I might be a little obsessed.

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Soon we will hopefully be enjoying tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, radishes, spinach, green onions, peas, carrots and spinach.

And my handy hubby created us a double rotating composter out of rain barrels. Pretty cool, huh?!

DSC_0659So tell me, what’s your favorite part of spring?

 

Mother’s Day Weekend for an Outdoor Addict

I spent my Mother’s Day weekend doing three of my most favorite things. Saturday morning I ran in a trail race (and finished 1st place in my age/gender division, yippeee!), I hiked alongside my family to a beautiful waterfall and enjoyed an evening of indoor rock climbing as well. It was great! Although it was a far from perfect weekend in many ways (my special needs son had many, many struggles and hard moments), it was imperfectly perfect to me. I hope all you mamas out there got to celebrate doing something you loved.

And unfortunately I didn’t bring my good camera, so I’ll bore you with cell phone photos instead.

photo (7) I’ve never won first place before, so of course I had to wake up the babe and make the kids pose with me! photo (9) photo (10) photo (12) photo (13) photo (14) photo (15) photo (16) photo (17) photo (1) photo (2) photo (3) photo (4) photo (5)The hike to Ozone Falls is short but the views are spectacular. Definitely a family favorite!

I promise I’m going to pick up the blog again. Really and truly this time!