Hi there – Happy Friday! The week after a four-day workweek always seem to feel long, but the weekend is finally here. Ryan and I have tickets to see Wonder Woman tonight as well and I’m super excited!
Summer may mean more daylight hours for running, but the heat and humidity require some special consideration on your runs. Hydration, pacing, and timing of your runs might need to be adjusted to accommodate the heat. My latest article over at Runkeeper shares tips for acclimating to summer running along with what you should know about heat stroke and hyponatremia.
I have not made almond butter in years, partially because my small food processor couldn’t quite handle certain types of nut butter once it was a few years old. I got a high-power food processor at the start of the year and finally made almond butter this week. I needed to switch up the chia seeds I have with my oatmeal in the mornings.
I forgot how creamy and delicious homemade almond butter is! Not to mention that it’s so much cheaper and fresher than store bought and simple to make: all I used were almonds, lightly toasted in pan, and a pinch of kosher salt.
Our weekend hike took us through a historic park, where an old railroad for logging used to go. Along the trail is an old kiln for limestone. Ollie was fascinated by it and investigated all the nooks. I tried to get Charlie to pose for a photo with me, and we ended up with a series of bored Charlie photos. I promise you that Charlie actually really enjoyed this hike!
We all really enjoyed this hike also. When we first moved to Seattle, we only did hard, steep hikes. I enjoy a strenuous climb up and the views from the top, but the downhill on steeper hikes makes me nervous and is a bit uncomfortable (I usually go faster on the way up than down). We really enjoyed mixing it up with a hike that was just focused on distance and scenery rather than elevation gain.
I have only worn my Saucony Peregrine 7 trail shoes on a handful of runs (most of which were in Bend, OR) before last weekend when I wore them hiking for the first time. I usually prefer hiking boots (especially after the ankle support made the difference between a sprain and shifted bone versus a full dislocation last year!), but for the flatter, easier trail I opted for the lighter Peregrines.
These shoes were fantastic for an easier hike! I don’t think I’ll ever wear then for steep hikes with boulder fields and lots of water crossings, but I definitely plan to bring them backpacking and wear them on shorter hikes. The traction is fantastic and the shoes provide just the right balance of stability and range of motion. The lighter weight felt good as well – my feet didn’t feel as heavy near the end (my hiking boots weight almost 2.5 lbs for the pair, versus 1 pound of weight with these shoes).
The socks are from Darn Tough Vermont, which makes my favorite hiking socks. Technically, these socks are running socks. They are so durable that they are my favorites for marathon distance long runs, but they work great for anything on trails as well.
If you are getting started in hiking for the season, be sure to check out my post over at Rainier Fruit’s blog on essential hiking gear!
There’s been more accomplishments and PRs for the runners I coach!
Janelle of Run with No Regrets ran a 3 minute PR at the Buffalo Half Marathon and completed Ragnar PA this weekend!
Laura E. ran a PR and broke 4 hours at the Vermont City Marathon!
Jess M. ran her first half marathon!
Do you prefer peanut butter or almond butter?
Do you like steep hikes or long and flat hikes?