Be Thankful . . .

We want to send you into the holiday week, with this in mind.  Find 5 things this week to be thankful for and fill your heart with happiness.

Here are our 5 things:

  1. Our families – near and far, present and departed – they have made us who we are today.
  2. Our health – we are blessed to be healthy and active.
  3. Our work – it pays the bills and keeps us smart and sassy.
  4. Our passions – they keep us interesting and engaged in our communities.
  5. Our wisdom – each year it grows and guides us forward to even better things.

Now, go on and be thankful.



5 Healthy Recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving Meal!

We love Thanksgiving Dinner, but thought it might be a good idea to round-up some healthier recipes so we can truly enjoy without guilt.  Here are 5 picks for you!

  1. Jalapeño-Cranberry Relish

From EatingWell:  November/December 2015

Top of Form

  1. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

From Food Network

  1. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

From Cooking Light

  1. Herb Roasted Turkey

From Martha Stewart

  1. Olive Oil and Sauternes Cake with Roasted Pears

From Food and Wine

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Out with the Candy, in with the Turkey – trot that is…

Happy Halloween! After the candy is dished out and the cobwebs are put away – you might think what’s next? Well, we are challenging you and your family to get out on Turkey Day and do a trot.

We’ve got 5 picks for you:

  1. Turkey Day Trail Trot – Battle Creek Park, St. Paul – 8 a.m.

This trail race has a mix of mid and long distance options.

2. Tonka Turkey Trot – Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka – 8:30 a.m.

The 6th Annual Tonka Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk geared towards families.

3. Drumstick Dash – Lake Harriet, Minneapolis – 7:30 a.m.

There a multiple races including a 1 mile, a kid’s half-mile and a 10K.

4. Beast 2 Feast 5K – Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis – 9 a.m.

This race is a benefit for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

5. The Turkey Trot – St. Paul – 7:30 a.m.

There is a 6K and a 10K option, with an early start to get you back in the kitchen before noon.


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Weekend Top 5 – including the Twin Cities Marathon



Cool New App!

Skyfit is an app which streams classes for runners. If you’ve ever been to a spin class at a gym or a studio, it’s a very similar experience, except for runners. The classes consist of three key components

Music – The trainers diligently select popular music which works perfectly with a given run speed or incline. Specifically, the beats per minute of the track will match the pace of your run. This helps motivate you, and ultimately have a more efficient run.

Motivation – Throughout the class, trainers provide the motivation you need to push your run to the next level.

Instruction – Trainers will give you instructions on what incline and speed to go throughout the class, to ensure you have an efficient and effective run. For treadmill runs, trainers provide incline and speed. For elliptical, trainers provide incline and resistance. And for outdoor runs, the trainers provide relative speed instructions.

If you still are unclear, you can watch the video here, or you can try a month of classes for free.

2. Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Saturday, October 10 – BIG Bike Donation Day

From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need.

Bring your gently used bike to any Allina Health Hospital or most clinics.

3. Aerial Yoga

Times Vary. Training Start in October.

Guess whats new? Aerial Yoga Classes starting in November 2015. Training starts in October! If you are Interested in learning Aerial Yoga, contact the Pole Barn for more information.

4. TC Marathon

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 – a variety of distances and activities for the whole family.

Good luck runners!

5. Bike Fest

Saturday, October 3; 10-4 PM

Wild Ride! Ride the best mountain bike trails in the metro at the Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival. Bike demo trailers and local bike shops will be on hand for bike tune-ups, clinics, group rides and more. Free bike check-out available. Concessions and beer available, prices vary. Come ride!

Your Weekend Top 5 for Sept 25-27


  1. Dave Ryan’s 5k & 10k For Special Olympics

Saturday, September 26

The 2015 Dave Ryan’s 5K & 10K will be held Sept. 26 at Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis, MN. Registration starts at 7 a.m, the 10K begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:05 a.m.

This annual event is a fun, family-friendly 5K & 10K run/walk to support the more than 8,000 athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota.

2. Legends Tonka Trot 5k and 1 mile

Saturday, September 26

Legends 10K is being combined with Tonka Trot 5K in 2015. In addition, there is a Family 1.5 Mile Fun Run.  All races will start and end at Groveland Elementary School.  By combining races, the event will be bigger and stronger than ever.

3. Fall Harvest – Stock up on Healthy Fall Veggies

Saturday & Sunday – September 26 & 27

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and the perfect time to visit the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.  We have a bounty of fresh local produce for all your canning and freezing needs. Thinking about making salsa…we have it all. Tomatoes, peppers, garlic, leeks and more. Melons, squash and pumpkins are a sure sign that fall has arrived.

Have you ever given any thought about purchasing an electric car?  We are hosting an electric car show at the market on Sunday, September 20th from 9am – 1pm.  Join us in learning about the ins and outs of electric cars.

4. Itascatur/ Headwaters 100 Bike Ride

Saturday, September 26

This includes a 45, 75 & 100 mile ride. The longer rides go through Itasca State Park and the 45 mile ride also goes north of Park Rapids. Food and beverage stops include restroom facilities and bike repair. SAG wagons patrol all routes with first aid/ repair supplies.

5. Warrior 196 Memorial 5K

Saturday, September 26

The Warrior 196 is a memorial 5k run to honor and remember the four graduates of Independent School District 196 who died while actively serving our country. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to students currently enrolled in Independent School District 196.

Five ways to get Outdoor and Explore


  1. Jay Cook State Park Walk

Saturday, September 19 – 9 am – Carlton, MN

Walk with family, friends and neighbors on trails throughout this beautiful state park. Two loops totaling 10km (6 miles) or walk whatever distance you are able. Non-competitive walk with rewards for any participant wishing one for a small fee. Registration site: Picnic area by River Inn Interpretive Center. Event times: Start any time after 9 a.m. and finish by 5:00 p.m. Trail marker removal will begin at 3:00 p.m.

2. Log Run 10 Mile and 5K

Saturday, September 19 – 8 am – Stillwater, MN

The last race of our 2015 season is right around the corner. The Freight House Stillwater Log Run is September 19. This race brings performance to a new level on a gently sloping decent through the beautiful St. Croix valley ending in scenic downtown Stillwater. On this site you’ll find all the information you need about this premier St. Croix Valley running event.

3. Joe’s Ski Swap and Sale

September 17-20

Stop by to deal hunt!

4. Guided Hike – Cascade Falls – Lake Superior

September 19, 10 am

Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

2015 SHTA GUIDED HIKE PROGRAM: The 2015 SHTA Guided Hike Program offers hikes throughout the year on different sections of trail, Join a guided hike, experience different sections of the trail, and meet others who enjoy the sport of hiking!

5. Yoga at Aamodt’s Apple Farm – FREE!

Monday, September 21 – 6 pm – Stillwater, MN

Enjoy a beautiful evening on the lawn of an orchard, with Studio One Yoga and followed by Happy Hour. How can you miss this?

5 Simple Ways to Embrace the School Year


  1. Get enough sleep.

The benefits of enough sleep range from improved overall health to clarity in thinking. Tuck yourself in early at night.

2. Healthy Meal Plan.

The best planned Sunday makes for a great week. Take time to organize your food plan to keep healthy food in your path. Cooking Light made it easy with an entire month of food ideas.

3. Make time to sweat.

Make an appointment with yourself. Put sweat time on your calendar. Look for not so obvious ways to work out during your day – like running while the kids are at soccer practice. Work will thank you!

4. Pamper Yourself.

You don’t need to carve out a 8 hour spa day to pamper yourself (but if you can, go for it!). Take pleasure in the little things. Add lemon to your water, take a five minute stretch break, get a brow wax.

5. Hydrate.

Drink Enough Water. Period.