Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

2018 was a pretty fantastic year. Sure, there were some shitty moments, but for the most part, it rocked. As I reflect back on the year, there are certain things I don't want to forget. All. The. Running. Even though I backed down on the number of races I ran last year, according to my Garmin I ran 1,020 miles in 2018. Never one for running tons of miles, that's a definite record for me! After dealing with a broken finger and a plantar wart that sidelined me for several weeks, I ran … [Read more...]

Mesa Verde National Park – Southwestern Colorado

If you're in the southwestern Colorado area and have the time, take a detour to on Highway 160 and between the towns of Mancos and Cortez, you'll see the exit for Mesa Verde National Park. It's a short drive from Durango, and if you're into amazing views, interesting history, and climbing ladders on the side of a cliff, then Mesa Verde National Park is a must see.   Mesa Verde National Park When you approach the park, you'll immediately see the visitor's center. It's a beautiful building … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned During Marathon Training: Weeks 1-8

It's crazy to think that I'm a third of the way through my marathon training program for the Chicago Marathon! Yesterday was the end of week 8, and a rest day for me. My longest run so far has been the 14 miles I ran this morning. Training has actually been enjoyable, and I've learned a lot of things about myself in the process. What I've Learned During Marathon Training To listen to my body. My first week of training went great. I ran all the miles I was scheduled to, hit my paces, and … [Read more...]

Family Bikepacking | George S Mickelson Trail in South Dakota

Driving to Iowa over Easter weekend, I pulled out my laptop and started researching things to do in South Dakota. We planned to go over Memorial Day weekend and if it was anything like the last time we were there, we knew the chances for rain were pretty high, so our plans had to be flexible. After a quick search, I came across the George S. Mickelson Trail. Kurt and I quickly decided, this would be our first family bikepacking adventure, rain or shine. **This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

I’m Running the Chicago Marathon

What the hell am I thinking? After all, it's been 12 YEARS since I ran my last marathon. AND if I remember correctly, I swore to myself after that one I would never do it again. But here I am. I've got an official entry in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and I'm setting some pretty high goals for myself. Sarah Hiss - 2017 JACK H. MARSTON II MELANOMA FUND CHICAGO MARATHON TEAM on CrowdriseFirst and foremost, I'm raising money for Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund. My goal is to raise $1500 … [Read more...]

Snack Ideas for Kids Sports

  When soccer seasons starts, there are two key questions my daughter wants to know: what color of socks should she get, and when is it her turn to bring snacks. The socks don’t get a big reaction out of me. I figure she can pick whatever color she wants, as long as I can get them on Amazon Prime. But the snacks? That’s my time to come up with something a bit different from the usual sports drink and bag of cookies. Sam’s Club is my go-to place when I need to buy in bulk, … [Read more...]

Tips for Running a 5K with Kids

Have your kids expressed an interest in running? If so, take advantage of it! Here are a few tips for running a 5K with kids, especially young ones! This is the picture of a kid who just finished her first 5K. She's pretty pumped, and I'll admit, I was pretty excited for her too. You see, I've been running for 20+ years. I ran track in junior high then took on other "extra-curricular" activities that took me away from running for a few years. In my 20's, I found running again. It's my … [Read more...]

Easy Breakfast Solutions

This post, Easy Breakfast Solutions, is written by me on behalf of General Mills. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  Mornings are a struggle in our house. I have never been, and will never be, a morning person. That means every minute counts, and there is no room for error. As soon as I crawl out of bed, it's game on. I know exactly how much time I have for the important stuff (brushing my … [Read more...]

Track Your Adventures with the TomTom Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and texts are all mine. One of our travel goals is to visit the majority of the National Parks as a family. Individually, we’ve crossed quite a few off the list. My husband has summited Mount Rainier, I’ve taken a boat tour or two through the Everglades, together we’ve visited Glacier, Denali, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. As a family, we’ve made it to the Great Smoky Mountains. This winter we crossed another … [Read more...]

Minecraft Gifts at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. As much as I try to fight it, B enjoys playing games on the computer. She mainly sticks with school related websites that help her with her math and reading skills, but every now and then she'll ask to play other games and lately, her game of choice has been Minecraft.     Now, I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about Minecraft, … [Read more...]