Monthly Archives: September 2013

My favorite season of them all + weekend workouts

I love fall. I love boots and scarves and pumpkin anything and making apple crisp. I guess I also like to run marathons in the fall. (well, one marathon anyways) This year, we’re having kind of a strange fall in Minnesota — it was 85 degrees over the weekend.

So this past Friday, the hubs and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed out to Stillwater during the day to do some shopping and eating. Our first stop was Aamodts:

My husband loves goats.

My husband loves goats.


Look at alllll those Honeycrisps!

Look at alllll those Honeycrisps!

Then we walked down to watch the lift bridge lift to let a boat pass through! (Side note: the Ragnar course goes right across this bridge):




Then, we headed back to the Cities and had dinner at Borough! My former (fabulous) co-workers had gotten me a gift certificate for my birthday. It was a pretty awesome meal and we had great service. Plus, it was a nice night and snagged a table on their patio (I particularly enjoyed my view of the valets parking all of the fancy cars). The hubs ordered an old fashioned and I started with some sangria and then we feasted!

The carpaccio, octopus, pasta and marlin.

The carpaccio, octopus, pasta and marlin.

Saturday morning I ran the Building Strength 5K — a race to benefit South Metro Human Services. The funds supported South Metro’s programs that benefit their clients (people who have mental illnesses or chemical dependencies).


Andrea and I ran together and with the marathon next weekend I wasn’t going to “race” this. However, we still ended up tying for second females overall! Nice. It made me feel better that even if I would have run my 5K PR time, I still wouldn’t have beat the first place female 🙂 3.06 miles in 28:25.

The rest of the day was pretty lazy. It was rainy outside, so the hubs and I lounged around with bloody marys and watched college football all afternoon.

Sunday I slept in and then went to brunch with some friends at Groundswell — an adorable restaurant/coffee bar in St. Paul. I ordered the biscuit and gravy. Their version of biscuits and gravy was a rosemary bacon gruyere biscuit topped with Southern-style sausage gravy — SO delicious.


After brunch, I did some desperately needed cleaning/organizing the house, made that apple crisp, made a trip to the grocery store and then went for a 4.18 mile run in 39 minutes. It was about 75 degrees and sunny — just glorious!

The 10-day forecast now includes marathon race day. Today it’s looking like it’s going to be 61 and sunny. Just lovely! Can y’all just keep thinking good thoughts so that it’ll stay that way?

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Pumpkin pie or apple crisp?


Life lately

Life has been hectic lately. Like forgetting to eat lunch or to wash the conditioner out of your hair, hectic. Like I’ve left multiple voicemails from my car while driving for people starting with “I had to call you right this minute to tell you XYZ or I’m going to forget.” But I feel like things are maybe starting to slow down a little bit. Yesterday I worked the last day at my “current” job and I’m so excited to have today and tomorrow as “me” days and then I start a brand new job on Monday!

For the past two and a half weeks (ever since I put in my notice) I’ve been a roller coaster of emotions about leaving the amazing people I work with, stressing out about getting everything done/leaving things the way I wanted to and dealing with my running injuries and trying to feel ready for this *little* marathon coming up. Yet still being so excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead with the new job!

So with everything going on, a few things have suffered — mainly my marathon prep, my sanity, this blog — and sadly, my husband. (He puts up with a lot.) But writing this now, at 3 p.m., outside in the amazing weather, in my Oiselle Time Out sweatpants — things are looking pretty fantastic and I’m starting to feel like myself again.

EDIT: they are looking even more fantastic because these just showed up!


So what’s been going on lately that I’ve been feeling too tired and scatterbrained to actually get around to posting about?

Work going away happy hours.

Work going away happy hours.

20 mile runs.

20 mile runs.

Bridal showers.

Bridal showers.



So yeah, a busy life…but a pretty amazing life.

T to the A-P-E-R + GymPact giveaway winner

My packet pick up information just came in the mail — it’s getting real! Officially less than two weeks.

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Thrilled. clearly.

So, it’s about that time again — taper time. I had my last “long” run yesterday and now it’s allllllll downhill from here?

I have a love/hate relationship with the taper. Last year, around this time, I was really struggling mentally with the taper. I was in constant fear that I wasn’t running enough to make it to the start line, prepared. Or then I would start worrying that I was running too much and that I wouldn’t be as rested as I could be for the race. We’ll see how I handle it this year, but I think having one marathon under my belt will help me feel more confident in the training I’ve already banked away and to listen to my injured body to help guide me in what I should be doing.

The next couple of weeks will probably look something like this (a modified training schedule to take my injuries into account):

Week of 9/23: run 10-15 miles

Week of 9/20: run 5-10 miles before the marathon

I have my follow-up appointment with the orthopedic doctor today and two more PT sessions before the marathon. I’m hoping that doing my hip/ankle strengthening exercises will help me not completely fall apart on race day. The next couple of weeks also will mean abstaining from alcohol and trying to eat clean (which will make happy hour this evening somewhat challenging.)

It also won’t be long before I can start stalking the 10-day forecast for race day. I already know I’ll be rocking my Oiselle singlet and either my Stride shorts or Rogas. And probably starting off with arm warmers.

race morning 2012.

race morning 2012.

How do you approach the taper?

Congrats to Alexa who won the GymPact giveaway!

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Please email me at hyedi.nelson [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!


Girls on the Run Twin Cities 5K giveaway!


If you’re not familiar with Girls on the Run, it was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 by Molly Barker. The mission of the organization is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. (Can you see why I’m obsessed with GOTR?) The impressive 20-lesson curricula (over the course of 10 weeks) was developed to empower the girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women.


I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few “practices” and to see these lessons first-hand. The lessons are delivered by trained female coaches through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues and include topics like dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. After the ten weeks are over, the program concludes with all of the girls, along with running buddies, walking or running a 5K!

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Locally, Girls on the Run Twin Cities is an independent 501c3 youth development program that was founded by Mary Uran and Kori Fitschen in 2011.

For the first time ever, Girls on the Run Twin Cities has opened their 5K race up to community runners!! If you’re interested, you can register here. The race is taking place on Saturday, November 16th at 9 a.m. — nearly 100 girls and their running buddies, as well as 300 community runners will be running.

Race details:

  • The run starts and ends near the Nokomis Community Center at Lake Nokomis.
  • There will be a fun group warm-up before the race and food and festivities after the race.
  • Registrants receive a race t-shirt.
  • This is a fun run and will not be chipped or timed.

I have one free race entry to give away! To enter, leave a comment below telling me why you think programs like Girls on Run are important. Good luck!

(I will choose a winner on Thursday and announce who won on Friday, 9/27.)

And sign up to find out about other events like this or to learn about volunteering opportunities at You can also like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter.


#HLS13 recap: day two + a GymPact giveaway!

If you missed my recap from day one that was all about our behind the scenes tour of the Wild Harvest test kitchens, check it out here.

Highlights of day two:

  • From Blog to Job panel with Lauren, Gretchen and Cassie — their panel was SO interesting and got me thinking about all sorts of things from writing a book someday (OK I admit, I’ve thought about that for many years!) to filing my business as an LLC.
  • The Organized Blogger with superstars Heather and Julie — I knew some of the tips that they shared but I loved how the presentation was….organized (ha!). I also have since added Boomerang to my Gmail and have scheduled time to build out my editorial calendar this weekend.
  • Lunch — I loved the fajita bar and the yummy churros. Oh, and the fact that they went to the trouble of labeling things really well so we knew what was gluten-free, etc. But maybe they got a little carried away:

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After lunch I really enjoyed the Using your Platform for a Cause: Philanthropy & Blogging planel (with Mary from Girls on the Run Twin Cities (!!!) and Katie formerly from Sweet Tater Blog and now Honeystuck). Of course, I loved hearing all about GOTR but was also super inspired by the concept of PlateShare and really want to take the 30-day challenge! (Oh and I got a pretty sweet shout out during the presentation because of my guest post on Healthy Tipping Point!)

Photo credit: Megan Orcholski

Reunited with Jessica and Stephanie from the night before!
Photo credit: Megan Orcholski

The rest of the day was spent wrapping up and checking out vendor’s booths where I purchased my first Bama + Ry necklace!


Oh, and check out this deluxe swag bag — fave things so far have been the Kona Kase and the Wild Harvest goodies!






Although there was a lot of anxiety around this weekend, it ended up being a lot of fun and I got to see lots of fabulous ladies who I don’t get to see very often. It also made me really appreciate what blogging has done for my life.

It was fun catching up with Kammie who I had originally met in Chicago when I was there for the big Verizon Voices weekend! I had lunch with one of my local faves, Lee and I met new blends — the lovely Casey, ElizabethGretchen and Cassie. It was also fun to get to know Amanda who recently moved the Twin Cities and is also running as a Girls on the Run SoleMate!

Thanks so, so, so much to GymPact who sponsored me to attend Healthy Living Summit. I loved attending on your behalf and spreading the GymPact love!

Also, try GymPact risk-free with my code “FindingaBalance.” It allows you to try it out without having to enter in any payment information AND you will earn $5 right off the bat after completing your first pact! Use the code “FindingaBalance” (case sensitive without the quotes) when you sign up.

If you didn’t get a chance to get a GymPact shirt from me before they were all gone, GymPact is giving one away to one lucky person! Oh, and they’re throwing in a water bottle, too! (I love mine and bring it everywhere! Even to my trip this past winter to Grand Cayman and Cancun)


ahhh, I miss you white sandy beaches!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what a typical week of workouts looks like for you! If you tweet about the giveaway (include a link to this post and tag @Gympact) you earn an extra entry! Giveaway closes this Friday at 4 p.m. CST. Good luck!


#HLS13 recap: day one

This recap took WAY longer to put together than it should have. My brain is all over the place and these last few weeks of going non-stop are starting to really take a toll on me. Aaaaaanyways, here it goes!


My Friday sadly didn’t start out with a group run at Mill City Running and with Katie 😦 work obligations made for a late night on Thursday and delayed me Friday morning. So instead I got ready and met the rest of the group at the Wild Harvest test kitchen out in Eden Prairie for a VIP tour.

The Wild Harvest test kitchens are located within the SUPERVALU headquarters.


After hearing from some of the Wild Harvest and SUPERVALU execs, we broke out into three groups and got to hear all about their QA process (and tasted some delicious chips and salsas — I NEED To find those seasoned tortilla chips).


Then we participated in a taste test in their sensory labs:


After that we learned about their recipe development process before getting treated to a delicious spread:



This bartender was awesome. Yummy NA mojitos!

This bartender was awesome. Yummy NA mojitos!

After the tour was over, Katie and I headed back to the hotel to grab two of her roommates — Marissa and Emily. We took advantage of early registration and got our amazing swag bags before heading to Sandcastle for a lunch mini-mingle. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit by the lake and enjoy a ginger agua and a BLT!



After lunch I had a haircut and had dinner with the hubs before heading back downtown for the cocktail party! The party was held on the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge (we actually considered having our wedding here!) and it was so much fun hanging out with new blends Katie, Jessica and Stephanie!


What a view.



Day one was exhausting but so much fun. Everyone I met was super friendly and it made me forget about some of the things that have been negative spots in my personal life right now. Stay tuned for part two!


HLS#13 is here!

And I’m so excited. Life has been so busy I’ve hardly had time to overanalyze/plan/prep for it! So I’m going into the weekend knowing that these (below) are the things I want to do and I’ll just jump in wherever else I decide to! Maybe it’ll be good for me to fly by the seat of my Rogas for once.

Friday (today)

Flapjack Friday mini-mingle led by the fabulous Katie! Fail. Was up until midnight last night working and up again early to get a couple of hours of work in so I wouldn’t have to worry (too much) about being out of the office today. SO BUMMED.

Wild Harvest VIP event

Sandcastle mini-mingle hosted by me!


Early registration

Cocktail party


Breakfast & Summit Session Kick-Off

Followed by Summit Sessions, Closing Remarks and raffle


20 mile run – I’m missing the farewell breakfast 😦

Again, I’m so excited to be attending on behalf of GymPact! They sent me some sweet swag to hand out so if you see me, I might just hook you up! I’ll be tweeting and instagramming all weekend in case you want to follow along!