Free Printable Artwork

I was recently working on new frames and artwork for above my bed. After searching etsy, I just couldn’t find a pair of prints that I really liked. I was looking for something simple, yet a statement piece. I hopped on Canva, which is my favorite website for designing things like invitations and printables. Canva has lots of free photos and illustrations, which make designing your own content really easy.

I ended up designing a few different options for myself, and thought that I could share them with you all! The files are all a series of 2 or 3 5″x7″ print pages. You can download, scale, and print how you wish to create your own artwork!

Be sure to click the blue download button below the images in order to download and print the high res file!

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Twin Cities Marathon 2020 Race Recap

As you know, I have been training for the virtual Twin Cities Marathon this year. I signed up for the marathon when it was still an in-person race back in March. I had a great race last year, and was so excited to see what I could do this year.

And then all of the cancellations started happening. There was no refund option for the race and it was just switched to virtual, meaning you just had to run it by yourself and submit the results. Marathon day is the highlight of the fall for me, and the race is so exciting with all of the other runners and people cheering, so this was really disappointing.

I decided to still run the race, because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to train and improve. I also knew that running a virtual race would be such a challenge that would make me stronger when real races come back.

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Secrets to Become a Faster Runner

Over the last 6 years, I went from non-runner to a 3 time marathon runner. The strangest thing about running is that there are times you see a ton of progress, but then there are times when you go for months and months and feel like you have gained nothing. This summer, has been one of those plateau periods for me, but then I ran a mile PR of 5:29!

There are some specific things that I have learned and tried to become a faster runner. It’s actually not always about running more, or even running faster all the time! I thought I would share some of my biggest secrets!

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Airpods vs. Airpods Pro: Which I Prefer for Running

I recently decided to update my airpods to airpods pro. I only started using airpods this year, and was super unsure about how they would work for running, but ended up being super happy with them! I tried upgrading to the pro for a couple of reasons and (spoiler alert), I ended up returning them and going back to my old ones!

Here’s why:

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My Biggest Home Remodel Regrets

I have shared a lot of my remodel projects on this blog– from putting salvaged vintage hardwood flooring in my living room, to remodeling my kitchen, to building my own bathroom vanity. I always talk about my projects and the things I love about them, but I have never really talked about them afterwards. I’ve been reflecting on a few of the things that I wish I would have done differently, and thought I would share for you to learn from my mistakes!

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9 Tips from Marathon Training that Apply to Real Life

The metaphor of running a marathon is used a lot in society. “Its a marathon, not a sprint!” they say. While the comparison to running a marathon is relevant to a lot of scenarios, the things you learn while training for a marathon are also super relevant to everyday life.

When you train for a marathon, everything from your heath, to your schedule, to your mental strength is pushed to the extreme. But these extremes teach us important lessons about ourselves that can be used in all aspects of our lives. I wanted to share some of the top things that I have learned while training that you can apply to your life as well!

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