Fun Facts Friday- Adios May, Hello June

Let’s just shout out the obvious; today is Friday. Holla!

Despite the four day work week thank you to Memorial Day on Monday, shorter weeks tend to go by slower. I have yet to determine why. Any thoughts?

Perhaps, we just get all wrapped up the week before knowing that we have an extra day off for the weekend. That being said, the following week just pounds us into the ground with no relief. Yet, I feel like I am over exaggerating. I’m pretty sure I am.

Anywho, I’ll throw my hands up in the air knowing that I have 8 more hours until the weekend begins. Thankfully, the weather is going to be quite sunny this weekend. Highs in the low to mid 70s. The weather girl here has been stalking the weather app. Literally.

Let’s switch gears and talk about my latest loves for this Fun Facts Friday!

1. Can you believe that May is already over? We are almost half through 2014. I need this year to slowwwww down. K, thanks!

2. I adore coming home to this. Swoon.

010 011 012

Snoqualmie River and a view out Mt. Si are just steps from my front door. Jealous?

3. My music choices lately have been a bit “old skool.”

004 001

You know I’ve been low ridin’ listen to some good ol’ N*sync and Tech N9ne. Duh!

Pandora always has my back when it comes to getting back to my roots. I guess my roots are N*sync, Tech N9ne, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, etc. I’m not ashamed at all.

4. Dear lord, have you tried the Gourmet Cheesecake Natural Protein Bars? I almost died and went to heaven when I tried the peanut butter flavor.


I have a love/hate relationship with peanut butter, because I have no self control. I cannot keep it in the house, instead I have PB2. This bar definitely satisfies my craving for peanut butter.

Advanced Nutrient Science Intl has created a number of different products ranging from protein bars, protein powders, muscle builders, amino acids, RTDs and many more. I highly recommend trying their products.

5. Thirty-three more days until I jump on a plan to the east coast to visit family. I haven’t been on a plane in a few years and I am looking forward to seeing my family. You have no idea how excited I am. The last time I saw my family on the “other side” was in 2007. Quite a gap. My mom and I will drive around Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and everywhere in between.


 This is a vague description of our multiple destinations. Boston to Gloucester, Gloucester to Townsend, Townsend to East Orange, NJ, (random trips to New York, NY), and flying out of Newark, NJ. The schedule will probably change over time, but who knows.

I’m happy to have a countdown to something. I need to get my body into bikini shape since the weather tends to be warmer on the east coast. Ugh.

Do you have any upcoming vacations?

Do you like to fly?

Whats the weather like in the summer in your neck of the woods?

XO, Tara

See what I am up too on: TwitterInstagram and Facebook


Good things come to those who SWEAT!


I love it when the week begins on a Tuesday. Don’t you? Only a few more sleeps until the weekend comes around again. Plus, the weather is looking to be in our favor. Which means, it’s time to get our sweat on outside. Even though, I’ve been struggling with the whole running thing lately, it doesn’t mean that I cannot get outside and burn some calories.

Since running is out of the picture insert sad face :(, I’ll have to stick to hiking, cycling, walking and circuit training outdoors.

005 001021

Here are some of my favorite circuit training routines that easily can be done outside!

Move Yo Body Workout<—– my newest workout

6 Minute Plank

Full Body Circuit

Lower Ab Workout

The Twelve’s

Sweaty 1-2-3 <—–You can easily do this workout without weights

Oblique Workout

Plank vs. Pushup Workout

I’m certain that you’ll get a good sweat on with these workouts. Just add some sun and it is guaranteed! 🙂 The sweat will be flowing.

Let me know what you think!

What are your favorite outdoor workouts?

Do you enjoy hiking?

XO, Tara

See what I am up too on: TwitterInstagram and Facebook

Move Yo Body Workout

Happy Memorial Day!!

I hope everyone is enjoying the three day weekend! That means we have no excuse not to workout. I thought that I’d share my workout from yesterday, only because it was awesome. I decided to mix things up after my cardio sesh.


Box jumps are killer. Oh my!

I definitely got my sweat on after this workout. I finished with some abs then called it a day. I fueled up with a green protein shake.

004 006


The Cookies n’ Ceam Green Smoothie incorporated the following:

1 scoop GNC’s cookies n’ cream protein powder

1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1/2 cup spinach

5 ice cubes

1/2 cup water

Blend together, pour and serve.

Simply delicious. I thought that Oreos were actually incorporated in the smoothie. 🙂

Allrighty, it’s time for to get movin’.

XO, Tara




Memorial Day Savings

Who doesn’t love to save money? Especially on clothing…Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers put together this awesome list of savings….


Heck, I love saving money even more so when it comes to clothing. I am NOT a shopper at all. However, perhaps one day I will be.

Have a safe weekend.

XO, Tara

Baking on Memorial Weekend

I hope you are having a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend. I love the extra day off to relax or just sit around and catch up on shows. Since I have no plans for Memorial Day,  I am going to do just that. Living life on the edge, clearly. 

My parents went out of town (lucky dogs) and I was summoned to dog sit. No pun intended. I’m more than happy to snuggle with the pups and watch shows on demand. Sadly, I don’t have that capability at my pad. I have to stick with the basic 80 channels. Boo.

006 005

Obviously, Kasa isn’t feeling as photogenic as usual. This is her “rough” look. 

After the snuggle sesh, I tried to run. Literally tried. I made in 1.45 miles before my knee said HELL NO. All I was thinking was WTF, WHY WHY WHY!! Should I run home or walk? I decided to walk and run home…Overall, I was pissed. Pissed that I cannot run without pain in my knee. Heck my blog name is PNW Runner. Should I change it to PNW Walker? Or PNW No Run? Sorry, I’ve been feeling so discouraged lately.

During the summer, I thrive to get out and run for hours and now I can barely get through a few miles. I immediately texted my mom with an angry face. Her response, bike? Well, my lazy ass let my bike at home. Go, me. 

Since I was in a defeated mood after my walk/run attempt, it was time to watch some quality TV and catch up on Instagram. After about an hour or so of doing “nothing” it was time to go hit the gym. I did an hour of cardio and watched Beach Front Bargain Hunt then hit the weights for a half hour or so. I love going to the gym on the weekends, because there are less people and I can attempt to try new machines without feeling like I’m a newbie . Heck, I rarely venture into the weight area due to the fact that I don’t want people judging me. I know, I shouldn’t care. 

I did a killer workout that was all over the place. You’d think I was loko.

Here’s what I did:

Rows with 40lbs 15×3

Dead lifts with 40lbs 15×3

Back extension machine at 60lbs 12 x3

Alt lunges with 40lb barbell 10×3

At lunges on a box with a leg lift 10×3

Squats with 40lb barball 10×3

Tricep extensions with 40lbs 10×3

20 Burpees

Captain chair leg lifts 10×3

Captain chair side leg lifts 10×3

See, I told you that I was all over the place. I’ll be feeling it tomorrow, I hope.

Since I am unable to run, I need to lift to get that definition in my quads and butt. I’m coming to terms that I will be lifting more than ever…this is different for me. BUT, I am okay with that.

Post workout, I headed home to feed the animals. I grabbed a growler and decided that it was a perfect night to bake. Guess what I baked? I found these laying around….


These beauties turned into this..


008 009

Very delicious. I even tried a new recipe.

I found this Banana Bread recipe from Skinny Mom. I had to make a few modifications.

Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.


  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp light butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1½ cups whole wheat white flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts


Mix together in a separate bowl the butter, oil, sugars and vanilla extract.

Add in the mashed bananas and egg whites.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Don’t over mix.

Pour the batter into a bread pan and add cinnamon and walnuts on top.

Bake for 35 minutes and let cool.

I made a new modifications to the original recipe. I sprinkled cinnamon and walnuts on top. I think that it added a extra touch. Plus, I love cinnamon. Like I said, the recipe turned out perfect. Thank you Skinny Mom. 😀

I highly recommend you giving this recipe a try.

Okay, I’m off to watch more TV or walk the dogs or something….

XO, Tara

See what I am up too on: TwitterInstagram and Facebook

Work Ethic

I’ve sustained my mentality over the past few weeks and I’ve determined how to remote into my works database which can be a good and bad thing. I’ve been called out for emailed after 7:30-8 p.m. at night. Apparently, that isn’t acceptable; however, I need to stay on top on emails/actions items. I also found out about delayed emails. Wooo!

Being able to remote into work during off hours has its benefits and negatives,


1. Being awake of emails coming in;

2. Linking the emails to TWX;

3. Putting together a strategy, if needed;

4: Following up on meetings or rescheduling.


1. Working off hours;

2. Too many actions items to accomplish;

3. Potentially, more help.

I am not here to complain at all. I just need feedback overall and I would appreciate any and all feedback.

What are your plans for the three-day weekend?

Any recommendations?

XO, Tara


5k Foam Fest Discount!!

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday!!

Have you participated in the 5k Foam Fest? Oh no, you haven’t? Shame, shame!!


Ssshh…I am right there with you; however, that will be changing later this summer. Who doesn’t want to participate in a fun run that involves obstacles, mud and foam? Sounds like a lot of fun to me. 😀

Plus, the 5k Foam Fest has locations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. They gotcha covered!

5kFoamFest-Fun-RunLooks like their having a blast. 

Check out this video for more information about what the 5k entails.

Sold huh?

Use the code FF5512 and receive $5.00 off your registration fee. Can’t beat that! I’m telling ya, you’ll want to participate in this foam obstacle run.

If you take advantage of the discount code, please let me know your thoughts on the race!

Have you participated in a Foam or Obstacle Run?

Do you have any upcoming races?

XO, Tara