Matt and I spent three nights in Queenstown, New Zealand during our honeymoon. We loved every second of this restaurant-packed, lakefront little city.

Queenstown is adventure capital of the world. You can famously bungy jump at the first commercial bungy site (Matt did!), mountain bike down steep trails, go white water rafting and find countless other thrills.

But mostly, we wanted to hike.

We spent hours googling trails but in retrospect, the good stuff was obvious.  I’m sure you could find other day hikes in the area, but in my humble opinion (and the opinion of all the Queenstown locals we polled) these three experiences are must-dos for those spending just a few days near Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill

Matt at the “basket of dreams” on Queenstown Hill

This hike takes about two hours (roundtrip). It starts right outside of the center of Queenstown, and you can absolutely walk there. (I don’t think there is parking closer to the trail head anyway). The hike is steep, but short and the trail is packed dirt and well marked. You’re rewarded with incredible views of Lake Wakatipu below.

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Hello! Sorry for the extended absence. Matt and I were on our honeymoon! We spent the last three weeks traveling and we went to South Korea (for a night!), Japan (for 9 days), New Zealand (for 9 days) and then had an extended layover in Beijing, China (where we hiked part of the Great Wall!).

I hope to write about all the biking, hiking and adventuring we did soon. Hope everyone had a happy holiday and New Year. Is anyone starting off 2018 with a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan? I’d love to hear about it!

 

 

There are 93 days until the NYC Marathon. Past NYC marathon runners: How did you do it?! How did you train in this miserable heat?  Send advice!

Last weekend we escaped to Maine to visit Acadia National Park. We LOVED it. I wrote about hiking and biking in Maine. Check out those posts here:

Hiking in Acadia: Beehive Trail, Gorge Path Trail and The Great Head Trail

Biking the carriage roads in Acadia National Park

Here’s the full recap from week four of marathon training:

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Last weekend, Matt and I took a little “mini moon” to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, Maine. We originally planned this trip for July 4th weekend in 2016, but Matt ended up needing emergency kidney stone surgery that very weekend. (Don’t worry; he is fine!)

see, totally fine.

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Hi friends. I am really excited about the response to last week’s post about wedding diets. It was very interesting to hear from different people on the blog and through social media on how wedding prep triggered (or didn’t!) a will to diet/workout. With about 30 days to go until my own wedding, it’s something that’s been on my mind.

After last week’s taste of summer, I’m not thrilled about the gloomy, grey weather in this week’s forecast. Anyone else feeling me on this?

Lucky for me, last weekend had glorious sunny weather.  I was in Great Barrington (again) but this time with a few lovely ladies for my bachelorette party.

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Before we get to that, here’s what went down last week:

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