Spokane Half Marathon Recap & Moose Chili

Last Sunday October 9th, I set out to complete the Spokane Half Marathon in honor of a friend from high school, Tasha Buckles. I signed up for the race with Steph and Chana, who were much closer to Tasha than I was, Steph thought we should honor her life and her family by running for her, and we all agreed. I didn’t know this, but she had a thing for tall socks! The Tasha that I know was always positive, outspoken, beautiful and had a passion for her family and friends. You will be greatly missed by many TJB!

Chana is awesome and had some pretty sweet shirts made for us.

These in pink

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And these long sleeves, in gray

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The weather was perfect for running! We even lucked out with no rain!

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I love Spokane this time of year, and this course was no exception!

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Got to see a couple of my FAVE cheerleaders along the way! My Mom and Daughter ❤

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And these Bagpipers and dancers!

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Finish line photos! I look really happy to be done, because I WAS! That was a tough course, sooo many hills!

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Found myself a finish line buddy ❤

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These girls stole my medal and my heart ❤

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Guess what this is…

Get your mind out if the gutter!!! It’s the race medal!

Our finish pic!

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I just want to give a shout out to my Mom for bring Makenna down to watch me finish, Dan and Lila, and Ray and Nicholle, you guys made crossing the finish line so special for me ❤ Love you guys! And Mom for lunch and beer at the Elk!

Also, it was so good seeing so many friends along the course! Steph and Chana, Sara, Nancy and Kaylee!! Good job guys!

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Tristan’s 7th Birthday Party @ Triple Play!

So, we started out the day getting our family photos taken, which I will share later! So we had to haul ass from Deer Park allllll the way out to Coeur d’Alene, we were a little late but didn’t miss the good stuff!

Pit stop to Starbucks, they’re representing our Hawks!

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The girls getting ready for battle

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Here’s Makenna killing the ropes course in wedges haha

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Kace

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Lila looking so cute and tiny in the laser tag get up

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Mak and Kylee!

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Randy Ray made it too!

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The kids had a great time, there were just so many more people here I didn’t get to see much of! That is the only thing that I find hard about these parties, they are a blast but its hard to get everyone together!

Moose Chili

Dan had some moose burger so with fall officially here we decided to whip up some chili! I personally love the copycat Wendy’s chili recipe

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If I were to make it again, I would modify it by only using 1/2 the can of tomato sauce. It was a little tomatoey for my taste, I like my chili a little more hearty. But shoot add some cheese and saltines and it toned it down and made it perfect!  I like moose burger even better than beef hamburger! So if anyone has some they want to give me…. 😉

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A Little Randomness…

My cat as Chewy! Here’s a tidbit for you. Did you know George Lucas though this character resembled chewing tobacco, hence the name Chewbacca!

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Makenna found this at our photo shoot!

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We’ve been getting pretty creative lately with her hair!

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This pretty much happens everyday ❤ ❤ ❤ It melts my heart ❤

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Have a great rest of your week everyone, Dan and I are going to do some exploring over the weekend so I’ll share that next time!!

I am working on constantly honoring my own soul, but for now it is still a work in progress, I’ve come so far but still have a long way to go ❤

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Happy Girl Run and Some Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Happy Monday! The Happy Girl Run was last Saturday. This is one of my favorite races. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but they have the best swag bags including socks from The Sock Guy, and some great samples and coupons! I met my friend Angie Friday night to pick up our packets and we had some dinner at Twigs, one of my favorites!

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Here is my race morning routine:

  • Get up at the butt crack of dawn
  • Drink coffee, I love the caffeine and ahemmmm other benefits. Sorry. TMI.
  • Make my usual pre-run breakfast of an english muffin topped with almond butter, sliced bananas, and cinnamon
  • Double check my list and make sure I have everything, specifically my Garmin, headphones, race bib, and chap stick
  • I like to wear running pants with a little zipper pouch for my car key
  • Pin my race bib on to my tank top that is under my long sleeve shirt. I get hot and know I will take that off
  • My phone which also happens to have a pouch on the back that can hold my ID, debit card, and a $20
  • Stretch and Go!
  • I usually say a prayer on the way to the race too

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Found these yummy pumpkin spice english muffins at Yoke’s

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Also, speaking of pumpkin, here are some other good finds from Trader Joes

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The race started off and it was a beautiful day

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Thank God for Angie. I just got some bluetooth headphones that I know I packed, well they were MIA once I got there, I think they fell off my neck when I got out of my car because I still can’t find them. She had a spare pair. LOVE!

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Why cant the whole thing be downhill haha

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My phone died halfway through, so I ended up running without music and didn’t get to take any pics of all the pretty horses along the way 😦 I have done this race 3 years in a row now, every time they have been here in Spokane. I think this is the start of a running tradition for me, and hopefully my daughter too someday ❤

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I tried this brand of Kombucha from Target, its really good, not as strong as a lot of them

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And a few shots of my sweetie hustlin’ at her soccer game

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Today’s Run

My legs were still sore from all the hills at the Happy Girl Run, even after I took a rest day yesterday and got a leg rub from Dan ❤ But I pushed through and got a 3.5 miler in along the Centennial Trail.

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Gotta throw in a running selfie haha

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So, I talked about the homeless camps along the river on my paddleboarding post here Food, Running, Guns, Golf, Lake and Saying Goodbye to Summer 😦 . It was kind of crazy to see one so close. If you look closely at the bottom right of these two photos, you will see a tent!

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I love the trail in the fall!

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Pumpkin Protein Pancake Recipe

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  • 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • milk or almond milk to desired consistency

Mix everything together in a mixing bowl and cook on a pan how you would cook regular pancakes. I topped mine with fresh ground almond butter. But I’d like to try to copycat Boots’ Bakery’s chai butter, it was oh so yummy! I promise they taste better than they look!!

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Saw these cuties all lined up at the pet store

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Have a beautiful week everyone, Love & Run. ~Sami