Happy Wednesday friends!

The hubs and I had such a nice weekend last week.  We even got to go for our first hike of the summer!  We went up to one of our favorite places along the parkway, Craggy Gardens and Craggy Pinnacle.

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The Rhododendrons were just starting to bloom and it was absolutely amazing!  They peak in mid June and should be in bloom for a few weeks, so I highly recommend getting up there if you are local.  I’m planning a full post on our hike next week, including where to go, but here is a sneak peak of some of the pictures.

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If you want a little more information on Craggy Pinnacle, but can’t wait until next week, check out this post.


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Other than the obviously crazy pretty scenery, the highlight was trying out my new hiking shoes!  To be entirely honest with you, I’ve always just hiked in my old running shoes.  I’ve felt for awhile though that I could really use the extra stability and traction that real hiking shoes provide.  The rocks you have to walk over to get to these pretty places are always tricky to maneuver.

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Luckily my new Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh hiker worked to perfection!

They are an athletic-inspired shoe, so they feel very comfortable and similar to running shoes.  However, they are better than my running shoes for hiking because they are custom designed for trails.  They have a waterproof upper, Vibram slip resistant lugs that provide grip and traction on any surface AND Numentum Hike technology to keep my foot from rolling on the rocks.  They are also a lighter mesh shoe, perfect for this time of year.

To see the full list of awesome reasons why this shoe rocks for hiking, click HERE.

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I felt more confident than ever with my footing  and couldn’t be happier with my Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh hiking shoes!

So now for the fun part!!!

One lucky reader will win a pair of the Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh hiking shoes!
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To enter, follow the prompts below!  The contest starts today and will run until June 24th.  I will announce the winner on Running in a Skirt on Friday June 26th.  The contest is open to residents of the US only, simply for shipping purposes.

Good Luck!

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Come back tomorrow because I’m celebrating National Running Day in style!  I’m sharing the Ultimate Running Roundup.  Perfect for everyone from newbie’s to marathoners.  I hope to see you then.

*Ahnu footwear sponsored this post and is handling the giveaway.  As always, all opinions are my own and I only feature products I believe in on Running in a Skirt, regardless of how I got them!*

Your turn!

Go to this website and tell me which color you would pick if you won 🙂  Come back (please :-)) and let me know in the comments.

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