Lace Up: Anyone Can Be A Runner

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 2.51.02 PM The amount of times I have heard “I’m not a runner” or “I’m not built like a runner, therefore I can’t run” has really started to piss me off and honestly, whoever I walked by this weekend saying these things, thank you for the inspiration to prove you all wrong.

I’ll start by being completely candid, I am a bit biased to the whole physical activity hoorah. I grew up playing competitive soccer up until the day I left for college. I mean, yes, it’s a lot of running and disciplined conditioning, but I never had to run longer than 3-4 miles at a time in those 15 years of playing. I should also add that each of those miles had to be in 7 minutes or less (the struggle was totally real).

Once college started, all concepts of physical activity went out the window and I was now struggling to run 1 mile, on a Sunday, while trying not to gag over the smell of Captain Morgan and Fireball seeping through my pores. Cool.

Freshman year ended and those attractive 15 pounds needed to go (this isn’t where running saved my life, I just got cut off of my campus meal plan when I moved out of the dorms). Exercise became important again and I was back in shape but I still couldn’t run more than 2 agonizing miles, maybe 3 on a good day.

IMG_8584Come Junior year I accepted an offer for an internship in Seattle and decided I should find things to do that would let me see the city in a unique way. This is where running made my life great. I signed up for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Seattle, by myself. Turns out I wasn’t alone, a few of my friends had already signed up and planned on taking a road trip to run as well. Training became fun as we increased our distance by one mile each Sunday and spent the majority of our runs singing and talking in very breathy sentences. Come race day, 13.1 miles never seemed so doable.

To make a long story longer, I caught the running bug. Since my first half in Seattle, I have completed two more half marathons, improving my time each time.

The point of this was to show that anyone can lace up some shoes and hit the pavement. I can’t lie like some Pinterest post and say it’s as easy as that. Running is an investment in your time, your body, and your wallet. Ugly running shoes changed the way I felt about running. YOU MUST INVEST IN UGLY RUNNING SHOES. My GPS watch complimented my competitive drive by keeping my pace (so that I wasn’t trying to run 7 minute miles for 13.1 miles straight) and my running belt was crucial for holding my phone, keys and ID. Looking the part makes performing the part so much easier.

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 3.15.13 PMI’m not saying go sign up for five half marathons or to start out running 9 miles at a time. I challenge every one of you to start by going outside (weather is a horrible argument), plug in some pump-up tunes or grab a friend to distract you, and start off slow. If 1 mile is all you’ve got, then it’s one more mile than those sitting on the couch. Happy Running 🙂

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12 Northwestern Bars and Pubs to Visit

Looking for a new bar in your area with more character than the rest? Here are a few bars in the Northwest that bring great experiences with even greater beverages to liven the night.  Take a look and see if your favorite bar(s) made the list!  Please share if you enjoy!

  1. Zola – Spokane, WA
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    For those who love live music, this is a bar for the books. With quality live bands and artists every night of the week, the ambiance is one that livens the soul.  The décor provides a fun and rustic experience that includes old tilt-a-whirls for seating.  Not to mention great beverages; I recommend the Huckleberry Lemonade cocktail and the Sex Panther cocktail.
    http://www.zolainspokane.com/
  2. Borracho– Spokane, WA
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    This Mexican bar and grill offers great food with a great experience. Borracho is fun and affordable while it offers a variety of authentic Mexican food items.  If you come in on Tuesdays you can order street tacos for $1 each and complement it with a $3 Mexican beer.  There’s even been numerous sightings of Spokane native Chris Pratt here.
    http://www.borrachospokane.com/
  3. The Rhino – Missoula, MT
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    The Rhino offers over 50 beers on tap for the beer lovers in addition to mixed drinks if you’re feeling like something a little stronger. With free shuffle board, pool, and great service, it’s obvious why The Rhino is a hot spot to meet in downtown Missoula.
    https://www.facebook.com/TheRhinoBar
  4. Triple Nickle Pub – Portland, OR
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    If you’re looking for a bar where the company is great and the drinks are strong, Triple Nickle Pub is the bar for you.  Triple Nickle Pub gives you great service and entertainment in one with their live music, large variety of beer, and games to play.  “The drinks are cheap and strong, and you can be easily entertained between the darts, pinball, pool, and of course giant Jenga.” -A Yelp Reviewer
    http://www.triplenickelpub.com/
  5. White Owl – Portland, OR
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    The White Owl Social Pub offers affordable food and drinks with an amazing daily happy hour special from 3-7. “Great relaxed vibe. Perfect for outdoor summertime seating on the huge deck outside. Dog friendly. Fire pit. Stiff drinks and delicious menu. I love the vegan Mac and cheese salad with vegan Caesar dressing and quinoa burger.” -A Yelp Reviewer
    http://www.whiteowlsocialclub.com/
  6. The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Portland, OR
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    A dog is truly a man’s best friend and The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub of Portland knows this.  This pub allows you to bring your furry best friend with you as you have a brewski.  With great tasting beers and events to share with your dog such as Dogtoberfest, this is a must see for all dog lovers.
    http://luckylab.com/ 
  1. Sunrise Saloon – Missoula, MT
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    If you like live country music and an open dance floor, this is the bar for you. The Sunrise Saloon brings out the country side in you and provides for a fun night of drinks and line dancing.  In addition, the Sunrise offers a variety of specials including a Monday through Friday happy hour and ladies’ night every Wednesday.
    http://sunrisesaloonandcasino.com/
  2. Spacebar Arcade – Boise, ID
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    http://www.spacebararcade.com/
    Drinking while playing arcade games? Who doesn’t want to do that?!? The Spacebar Arcade is a bar and an arcade for adults to let out their inner-youth.  In addition, the Spacebar Arcade host a variety of music events.  If you find yourself in Boise, this is a MUST visit.
  3. The Diller Room(previously The Diller Hotel) – Seattle, WA
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    This hidden gem is a historic site in downtown Seattle.  The Diller Room offers both food and drink with excellent service and a unique history.  The bar has been operating since 1890 and according to their site, The Diller Room served as a speakeasy during the alcohol prohibition.   Experience the history and give The Diller Room a visit while in Seattle!
    http://dillerroom.com/about.html 
  4. Altstadt German Restaurant- Seattle, WA
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    If you’re looking for an authentic German food and drink experience, this is the place for you. With excellent customer service to complement the open and inviting atmosphere, Altstadt gives you the energetic, fun, and true German experience your looking for.
    http://www.altstadtseattle.com/dinner/
  5. Sip n’ Dip – Great Falls, MT
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    Mermaids! Need I say more? This bar features live mermaids that customers can watch as they enjoy their drinks and food.  Who doesn’t love mermaids and booze?  This just complements the great drink and service the Sip n’ Dip offers.  Their Tiki drinks are of high recommendation!
    http://ohairemotorinn.com/sip-n-dip/
  6. Sluggers – Seattle, WA
    SluggersBaseball, bros, and beer – the three best words known to man.  At Sluggers, you get all three of these with home-run service and you’re walking distance to both Safeco and CenturyLink fields.  As you walk into the bar, there are jerseys and sports memorabilia all over the walls, just as a sports bar should be. A great place to be to feel the energy of Seattle’s sports pre-game through and post-game!
    http://sluggersseattle.com/

    By: Christy Gliko

10 Montana Events You Can’t Miss!

There’s more to enjoy than the beautiful scenery and great outdoors while living in Montana, and that’s because the state also plays host to a variety of great events held throughout the year. You can’t beat life while living in Montana, and you sure as heck can’t live in Montana without attending some of these events!!

Mullet Fest

MulletFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: March, 2015
Attire: Softball jersey, light coat, sweatpants
Beverage: Brass Monkey (Beer + Orange Juice)

Mullet Fest is an annual co-ed softball tournament put on by the M-Club at Montana Tech University. You are sure to have a great time with friends from all over the state when you meet up in chilly Butte, America for some fun softball action. Oh yeah, and have a mullet (even you ladies)!

Haha just messing, ladies please don’t do that.

Brawl of the Wild (Cat/Griz or Griz-Cat)

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Where: Missoula, MT
When: November 22nd, 2014
Attire: Dress Warm!!!! Muck boots are the best for this one!!
Beverage: Any type of beer (have gloves, hand warmers and a koozie though)

It’s time to show your colors – whether you’re a Griz, Cat, or House Divided, you better be ready to cheer loud and proud at the state’s largest sporting event. Featuring a showdown between two of the state’s top football programs, the Brawl of the Wild is a true testament of what it means to be a die-hard football fan. Be brave and face the elements. Have fun and support your state.

Note: Attendance is a MUST for any college student.

Headwaters Country Jam

CountryJam

Where: The Bridge near Three Forks, MT
When: June 25th-27th, 2015
Attire: Country duh
Beverage: Coors or Budweiser

If you like country music and drinking beer then Country Jam is the right place for you. This Watershed spinoff has slowly grown into one of Montana’s biggest summer hits, and it continues to attract more big name artists year after year. Attendees can also enjoy mechanical bull riding, dancing, food vendors and horseshoe tournaments.

Montana State Fair

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Where: Great Falls, MT
When: July 25 – August 2, 2015
Attire: Whatever
Beverage: Go to the beer garden or food concessionaires

The Montana State Fair is one gnarly way to celebrate a summer full of fun, with animals, motor sports, exhibits, concerts, rodeo, fair food and much more on display. Don’t be that dude who doesn’t go to the fair, no one likes them. Go and enjoy life.

Testicle Festival (Testy Festy)

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Where: Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, MT
When: August 1-5, 2015 (Unconfirmed)
Attire: Not much…at all
Beverage: Alcohol

Better bring a strong appetite and a parka if you’re attending this event because you are sure to leave bear-soaked and full of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Testy Festy is packed with all sorts of wild fun; featuring wet T-shirt and hairy chest contests, some oil wrestling, and other R-rated shenanigans. Go big or go home with this one ladies n gents.

Big Sky Pond Skim

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Where: Ambush headwall at Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village
When: April 18, 2015
Attire: Snow pants and a pullover
Beverage: Twisted Tea

If you are looking for a slightly sketchy, yet totally BA way to rock out during the winter, then participate in the Big Sky Pond Skim. If you are a big fan of Jack Ass and like watching people perform dangerous stuff then go watch! Overall, the Big Sky Pond Skim is a great event that sponsors lots of fun and entertainment.

St. Patrick’s Day

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Where: Butte, MT
When: March 17, 2015
Attire: Green, green, green my friends
Beverage: Green beer and shots of celebration

What better place is there to celebrate St. Patty’s Day then in Butte, America? The city is rich with Irish history and tradition, and considers itself Ireland’s Fifth Province. Get ready for bagpipers, green-died beards, parades and dancing, drinking, and one hell of a good time.

Tip: Go wherever the green beer tastes the best. Good luck!

Brewfest

Brewfest

Where: Missoula, MT
When: Depends – Winter Brewfest (Feb.), Maverick Brew Fest (Sept.), Garden City Brewfest (May)
Attire: Depends on which one you attend. Always bring some gloves or a koozie to hold your brewskies though
Beverage: Try everything

Brewfest features an array of taps that are mainly made in Montana. This is a great event to go to if you are looking to casually drink and hang out with friends before a night out on the town. There’s also live music and food available for purchase.

Tip: Enjoy ALL of the brewskies. Cheers!

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

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Where: Miles City, MT
When: May 14-17, 2015
Attire: Country
Beverage: PBR

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has it all: showdowns between cowboy and bronc, street dances, live music, a parade and much more. Chances are you’ll find what you are looking for at this extravaganza.

Yeehaw!!

Montana Folk Festival

FolkFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: July 10-12, 2015
Attire: Shorts and a T-shirt
Beverage: Water & beer

The Montana Folk Festival is one of the largest, free outdoor musical festivals in the Northwest. This is a great family event that features some of the best traditional performers in the nation, Folklife workshops, regional artists, and ethnic and festival foods. You, your family, and friends are sure to have a good time in Butte for this one.