A Smoky Mountain Getaway (In Pictures)

So instead of doing a traditional vacation post recap where I yammer about how amazing it was, what a great time I had, yata yata yata….I figured I’d just share some of the highlights and my favorite pictures with you.

Highlights:

  • Time with my hubby.  Between our work schedules life can get pretty hectic so it’s always awesome to get away together.
  • Our condo. Two bedroom, two bath, almost as big as our house. Totally awesome.
  • Hiking. Even though it rained ever day we were there, The Hubster and I still managed to get a couple good…and wet…and cold hikes in. Outdoor bliss, I tell ya.
  • Seeing a baby bear cub. Unfortunately it was very high up a tree so no picture. 😦
  • Driving.  Countless hours of driving around back mountain roads and gawking at nature.  With the rain/fog it made the mountains pretty hard to see but it was still gorgeous.
  • Unplugging. Stepping away from the computer/phone/online world and reconnecting with my husband in the real world.

And now the pictures!

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Just one of the many ahhhhmazing views from this weekend.

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Question:  Have you ever visited the Smoky Mountains? What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Weekly Workout Recap

Hi y’all! Did you miss me? Maybe not. I won’t fault you if you didn’t realize I’ve been AWOL for the past several days from this overly connected online world I’m part of.  No blogging, facebooking, tweeting or instagramming since last Friday.

Instead, I’ve been having a blast with The Hubster traipsing around the Great Smoky Mountains.  We had plenty of online opportunities at our condo but I decided to take advantage of the time with my hubby and completely unplug. It was glorious having that online connection severed for almost 5 days. I highly encourage you to unplug every once in a while.

Just one of the many ahhhhmazing views from this weekend.

Just one of the many ahhhhmazing views from this weekend.

I realize that posting my weekly workout recap on a Wednesday is a but out of character for me but I feel like it keeps me accountable during the week knowing I have to post it for everyone to see.  Don’t worry, I’ll post more pictures of my Smoky Mountain getaway soon.

Weekly Workouts (4/29-5/5)

This is the am circuit I reference. It kicked my butt.

This is the am circuit I reference. It kicked my butt.

Monday: AM circuit, 4 mile run w/4 strides, 80 walking lunges.

Tuesday: AM circuit, cycling 8.36 miles in 30 minutes (hill work + 30 sec intervals of 140 rpm), weights – pecs, deltoids, biceps, abs.

Wednesday: Yoga – hip flexors, all other exercises cancelled thanks to a crazy storm. 😦 I’m talking flash floods, tornado warnings and people being evacuated from their homes.

Thursday: 2 rounds of am circuit (plank to failure only once). I was literally dripping sweat.

Friday: Travel day…Great Smoky Mountains, here we come!

Saturday: 8 mile mountain hike, 2 mile shakeout run (18:48).

This sea-level girl definitely noticed the elevation and over 700 ft. elevation gain.

This sea-level girl definitely noticed the elevation and over 700 ft. elevation gain.

Sunday: 30 minutes easy cycling (6.06 miles). Our hiking plans were squashed thanks to a heavy rain; ironically the same weather system that thwarted my Wednesday run plans at home

Question:  Do you ever take time for yourself or with your family and just completely unplug?