Boulder, CO - Forsythe Canyon

Boulder, CO - Forsythe Canyon

I love this little hike. It's easy & shaded for a summer stroll and not too steep/dangerous for a winter outing. We've done this hike twice now. Once the day after Christmas, and once last week. I had a friend in town visiting and we had done a 2hr bike ride the day before, so I just didn't want to do Sanitas or Royal Arch. Also, I'm 22 weeks pregnant and it was 95 degrees outside. 

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Uncovering My Vanity in Pregnancy

Uncovering My Vanity in Pregnancy

I don't know that I would have said that I have ever been completely not vain in my life. I've definitely struggled with body image pretty significantly in the past, but for some reason, upon re-discovering running and moving away from the world of "fitfam" where people post photos of their rock hard abs on Instagram every day, I thought that I was past it. I thought I had shifted my mindset more towards health instead of the number on the scale or the way I look in the mirror. 

I was wrong. 

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Baby McGahen: 21 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 21 Weeks

How I've felt in my workouts: Good. Definitely continuing to slow things down and to take it easy on weights because I get out of breath so easily. One of my books told me to not lift so heavy that you're holding your breath at all while lifting. Which for me means lifting pretty light weights these days. Lat pulldowns with 50lbs, curls with 10s or 8s, etc. 

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Seattle, WA - Snoqualmie Falls

Seattle, WA - Snoqualmie Falls

If you're looking for an intense, backwoods, secluded hike, this is not the one for you. If, however, you are pregnant and looking to see some pretty stuff with minimal effort/risk of falling/not having to carry a pack, this mini hike is perfect. 

There are two viewpoints for Snoqualmie Falls. Technically, you can just park at the lower falls, walk 5min, go back to the car, drive to the upper falls lot, walk 2min, and be done. We wanted to put a little effort in, so we parked at the lower falls, went to the viewpoint, then hiked up to see the upper falls viewpoint, and came back down to the car. 

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Race Recap: BolderBoulder 10K 2017

Race Recap: BolderBoulder 10K 2017

I am really super proud of myself for my performance at this race!

I love this race. As I mentioned in my race recap last year, I think it's really cool that this race is set up to be enjoyable for anyone -- you can race it, you can jog it pregnant [me this year], you can slip and slide it, you can run it tipsy, you can walk it with a baby on your back, you can run it dressed like a pizza -- any way you want to participate is fair game and there are hundreds of others also doing it just like you. 

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Estes Park - Alberta Falls Hike

Estes Park - Alberta Falls Hike

One of Matt's friends from high school was visiting Denver this past weekend, so we ended up hanging out with a bunch of guys from his glory days at Cy-Fair High in Texas. Whenever anyone visits, we pretty much always plan to go to a brewery and take them on a hike. The guys went to Coors in Golden (I stayed home that day), and then we did this little, but beautiful, hike in Estes Park. 

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