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November 26, 2014

Quality Time With Mom (+ WIAW)

Ever since I picked my mom up from the airport late Monday morning, I have been soaking in as much quality mother-daughter time as I can!

It’s been really great having her here. We share a lot of the same interests in both things to do and things to eat, so it’s been nice having a partner in crime throughout all of my whereabouts this week!

downtown clarkston with mom

She must have brought the Florida sunshine with her, because it was unusually high in the mid-60s and sunny out when her plane landed! I couldn’t believe it. There she was in her winter coat and boots and I just kept telling her to enjoy being “hot” while it lasted.

Two hours later, we pulled up at Rochester Brunch House, which has easily become one of my favorite breakfast, brunch, and lunch spots in Downtown Rochester. The temperature was quickly dropping and it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Rochester Brunch House outside

We were well into the afternoon, but I still ordered an omelet. That is pretty standard. I could happily order an omelet as my meal at any time of the day, as long as what is inside sounds good. This one was filled with turkey sausage, cheese, onions, and green peppers. Yum!

Rochester Brunch Company omelet

After lunch, we walked around the area for a bit… but not for too long.

Out of nowhere, the temperature dropped down to the mid-30s with high wind! Yup… nothing like showing your true colors, Michigan. You better hang on tight to those winter accessories, Mom!

We made the obligatory stop at Yates Cider Mill for hot cider and donuts, but hung inside to get a break from the strong winds.

mom and heather at yates cider mill

We spent the afternoon running around town and made a stop at The Village for groceries at Whole Foods, followed by trip to Bath & Body Works for wallflower refills (ahhh, give me all the winter scents!!). It felt freezing out, but at least there were pretty lit trees to distract us.

christmas lights at the village rochester

Temporarily, at least.

christmas tree the village at rochester hills

I had my weekly small group bible study shortly after we returned home, but I know my mom was more than down for hanging there in her pajamas with the fur kids for the night. She never gets to relax at home!

I spent most of the morning blogging and catching up on emails yesterday. My mom brought some work she had to get done with her, so that worked out pretty well. Just after noon, we took a break from the computers and took Roadie with us for a run on the trails.

running with roadie and mom

It was my mom’s first time running in temperatures in the 30s. She was nervous, but I assured her that it wouldn’t be that bad if we layered appropriately. She borrowed a lot of my winter workout gear, and we set out for an easy paced four miles.

running the trails with roadie and mom

I was so happy to see the snow had melted on the trails. We wouldn’t have been able to do my favorite loop through them if the ground was still snowy and slushy!

trail river

I made sure to point out some of my favorite parts, including the overlooks.

trail overlook on run

She did great and I am so proud of her. At sixty years old, my mother is running her third half marathon next week and is doing the Turkey Trot 10K with me tomorrow (in the cold) on Thanksgiving morning!

mom at the trail overlook

I figured a low stress four miles was just what she needed, followed by a protein smoothie post-run.

smoothie after run

Plain Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein powder, banana, ice.

I warmed up in a nice hot shower, and got ready to head out the door for the rest of the day!

After we took Scott’s mom to see Clarkston, an adorable country looking town twenty minutes from us, I thought it would be a great spot to walk around with my mom as well. We arrived right after 3 p.m. and had high hopes of taking a late lunch (or linner) at Union Woodshop.

downtown clarkston in michigan

We were bummed to find out they open at 4 p.m. during the weekdays, and our hungry bellies took us to the next available spot to grab a bite to eat. A couple of doors down, we found a gourmet organic shop that looked like it would do the job just fine!

essence on main organic gourmet shop main street clarkston

essence on main cafe

I had never been inside Essence on Main before, and I just loved the knick-knacks and unique menu items.

clarkston shop

I was trying to kick a headache before it turned into a migraine, so a Greek salad, bowl of homemade tomato florentine soup and a cola sounded perfect.

clarkston organic market lunch

I hardly ever drink Coca-Cola, and when I do… it’s because it settles nausea and helps with my headaches! Couldn’t tell you why.

After lunch, I took her back through Union Woodshop anyways and also next door to the adorable women’s boutique shop, Frank and Me.

frank and me shop clarkston

We walked down to a bakery, grabbed a couple of hot beverages, and took our time walking in and out of the shops along Main Street.

plaid flannel dog christmas decoration

I always leave Clarkston with decorating fever. I’ve learned to deal with it and enjoy mostly window shopping instead.

We had the rest of the night at home, which actually sounded wonderful. I drove her through a couple of fun areas to see, and then we made our way back to the house to make dinner. Scott requested some kind of pasta (no surprises there) so my mom put together a nice side salad while I browned some seasoned ground turkey and pulled my usual “add any vegetable that makes sense” moves.

healthy side salad

healthy pasta sauce

I added a mushroom marinara sauce, and dished up way too many veggie rotini noodles to serve it over.

veggie pasta with seasoned turkey and vegetables sauce

Of course, I ended up eating it all. I’m ridiculous.

(Can you tell I’m attempting to incorporate a little What I Ate Wednesday for some of you?)

This morning started with a new-to-me breakfast, thanks to Mom.

breakfast cereal with yogurt and fruit

I can’t believe I have never tried putting a couple spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt on top of my cereal before! Look at you go, Mom.

We hurried out the door to pick up ingredients to create an easy Thanksgiving meal after the race tomorrow and returned home with just enough time to change and go to Rock City Fitness for a training session.

Mom at Rock City Fitness with me

I just finished my 30 Day Personal Training Program there, but the owner graciously offered to let us come in and train while she was here. Thank you so much for the stretching and strengthening session today, Christina!

As soon as we got home, we dove into leftovers to enjoy a late lunch and then I hopped on the computer to catch up with you guys!

salad with noodles and beans

Phew. I think we are all caught up now!


We are going to a Pistons game tonight and plan to take it easy after that in order to turn in early and wake up at the wee hours of the morning for the race tomorrow.

I hope you all are enjoying the calm before the storm of Turkey Day!

If you’d like to see a real What I Ate Wednesday, feel free to explore the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar, click over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

See you soon!

November 25, 2014

Scott’s Blogging Debut: Saucony Triumph ISO Review

Oh boy, are you guys in for a treat today…

For the first time ever, Scott received a little something-something in the mail to review for the blog!

Saucony Triumph #whoaface

Excited to open the box and give the brand spankin’ new Saucony Triumphs a look, he anxiously ripped through the packaging that both left us saying ” WHOA.” Engineered to make you want to run, the new Saucony Triumph ISO is the result of a collection of customer feedback.

Saucony Triumph ISO running shoe

Saucony started with popular features from their high-end running shoes like the Triumph and Hurricane. They covered the need for cushioning and impact protection and stepped it up a couple notches with the POWERGRID cushioning.

Saucony Triumph ISO running shoe POWERGRID

Check out the 3D animation featuring the new technologies!

Here are the highlights, straight from the video:

• 20% more cushioning than standard midsoles

• optimized geometry and materials work with the runner’s stride

• maintains fluid transitions for a smooth ride

• ultra-soft inner fit-sleeve crafted out of stretchable air mesh

Saucony Triumph ISO running shoe review

• morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel

• floating support cage cradles the foot

• adapts to foot size, shape and movement

• evolutionary upper meets luxurious plush platform

• superior comfort that moves in perfect harmony with the foot

Saucony Triumph ISO #Whoaface

So yeah, they’re pretty cool.

Before we even got a glance at the shoe, the packaging had us at Whoa. Intriguing, right? Impressed, we took them out for a family test run.

Hesington family run in winter

It was snowy and wet out, so I then asked him to throw them on for the next week or so. I’ll let him take it from here!

Saucony Triumph ISO Review

(by Scott)

It is now Day 42, and the other runners in the community have now accepted me as one of their own. I have grown to understand and respect their traditions and tendencies, allowing me to draw even closer to the inner circle and learn more about their culture and patterns. I now question everything I once thought as truth about running and fear I am incapable of going without it. I empathize with you, Forrest Gump.

It all started with the “whoa” box… that was indeed clever packaging and had me intrigued to see if their product was as well built as their cardboard home. Being a loose cannon who does not play by the rules, I opened the box before Heather gave me permission – a big no-no when it deals with “the blog.” (In fact, I barely get to taste a meal when it is still warm anymore due to the immense photo shoot each one has to undergo – part of our new dietary techniques I assume.)

I don’t know if I “ripped through the packaging,” as described above, but I was sincerely impressed by their marketing efforts and figured these toe ticklers were made to catch the eye of someone like me.

Saucony Triumph ISO review

These sick Saucony kicks are certainly eye-catching, if nothing else, with their eclectic mix of neon hues, ergonomic geometrical patterns, and fancy accents. They look like a mix of a tennis ball, Tetris shapes, and Jell-o shots, all of which are hallowed pastimes of mine. And when I put them on, I could immediately tell that they were not the same as my overused running shoes of days past, may they R.I.P.

I am not a professional runner. Don’t be fooled by my sweet modeling photos above and below, which Heather has so kindly provided, of me in my Rocky Balboa outfit and ridiculously baggy T-shirt (that’s the way we do it in the D, so I’m told). Let me inform you upfront that I have no idea what PWRGRID+ and ISOFit mean, nor do I know how to cure athlete’s foot, avoid runner’s trots, or find Orion’s belt.

Scott in Saucony Triumph shoes

I can share with you, however, that these shoes hugged my foot throughout my runs like my Aunt Cathie did to me as a child, allowing minimal movement inside the shoes. I have had problems with this with some shoes in the past, due to my Hobbit-shaped foot. I attribute this improvement partially to the tongue being attached to the inside casing of the shoe — totally love that idea!

The shoes also provided excellent grip on the slippery pavement, which occasionally concerns me throughout my wintery runs here. Furthermore, they were noticeably lightweight – not that I often complain about the weight of my other everyday shoes, but when running… sometimes. Okay… often.

Scott in Saucony Triumph running shoes

I didn’t get anything to wear these shoes, nor am I getting paid to say good things about them. But I will wear them and I will say good things about them henceforth… do you like that word, Heather?? (And since Saucony did not pay me, you better reward me for being awesome, modeling for you and your readers’ pleasure, and writing my first review on “the blog!”) You are welcome.


Giveaway Winners

Thank you to all who entered in the giveaways over last couple of days! I loved reading all of your comments.


• Shannon Bailey: You have won a Lorna Jane MNB Diary/Planner!

• Meredith B: You have won a The Jar Half Full mason jar!

An email has been sent to both winners. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prizes!


Questions of the Morning

• When’s the last time your significant other upgraded their running shoes?

• What brand do you usually go with?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I was given the Saucony Triumph ISO sneakers to review through a campaign with FitFluential. As always, all thoughts remain my own… except for Scott’s.

Those are clearly his.

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