Swimming into 2017 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Swimming into the New Year

It’s 2017! I’m not really the resolution type, but this year I do have one: Be outside in nature as much as possible, whether I’m running, hiking, biking, or just reading a book. Of course, lately that’s been a challenge because it’s winter and I’m recovering from a little knee injury that I haven’t mentioned on […]

Best of 2016 Running Mix // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Leah’s Best of 2016 Running Mix

Well, folks, another year of running has come and gone. That means it’s time to reflect on the upbeat music that got me through all of the miles I logged this year. Because I did that last year and now it’s tradition. This isn’t a super typical running mix of pop songs, though I did […]

Guest Post! Chronicles of a Gym Newbie // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Guest Post! Chronicles of a Gym Newbie

Meet one of my closest, weirdest friends, who I so rudely abandoned when I left Milwaukee. When she decided it was time to do some sort of physical activity, she not only joined a gym, but she went all in with a personal trainer, too.

Spring Is Real! // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Spring is Real!

I wasn’t sure if it was, considering the April snow showers, but when I saw the perfect weather in the forecast, I knew a hike was in order. My manfriend and I headed to the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest, just a short drive west of Milwaukee. It still had that brown, barren footprint of winter, but signs of life were there.

7 Ways That Bike Commuting Changes Your Life // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

7 Ways That Bike Commuting Changes Your Life

Now that I rely on the Silver Steed (the not-so-clever name of my bike) so often, it’s hard to remember being bike-less. Riding for transportation, not just sport, changed how I view travel, exercise, even my own city. So I put together this list to point out some of the ways that bike commuting rocks your world.

The Yoga Struggle Is Real // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

The Yoga Struggle Is Real

Seeing my neighbor easing into a full split while I strain my legs into (something vaguely resembling) a half split is disheartening. But I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone, that many fellow marathoners have muscles wound as tightly as mine. If you’re one of those runners, you’ll understand the struggles of these 5 common yoga poses.

Snowshoe Getaway to Door County // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Snowshoe Getaway to Door County

I went snowshoeing for the first time this weekend! Up in Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. The peninsula is as frozen as Elsa’s ice palace at this time of year, but it’s also quiet, crystalline and drop-dead gorgeous.

Go Slow with the Flow // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Go Slow with the Flow

Normally I head to the fast flow or advanced classes to push my muscles to the limit, but this week I got back to basics at foundation and slow flow classes. I’ve gotta say, it was kind of wonderful.

My Weekend On Ice // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

My Weekend On Ice

Today I braved 5-degree weather for a quick four-miler. While I was running, a passerby actually shook her head at me and said in disbelief, “You’re crazy to be out here in this.”

Why I Walk to Work in Winter // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Why I Walk to Work in Winter Like a Crazy Person

Walking may take longer, but I like how it eases me into the day and lets my body warm up gradually. My thighs may prickle from the cold by mile two, but at least my toes don’t feel frozen to bike pedals. Plus, the chilly weather makes me walk like an ABSOLUTE MANIAC.