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Prerace Grandmas Marathon: racing with my seatbelt on

I’m starting to develop the habit of blog posting just before a race. It’s a cathartic time and a very good time to post even more typos than normal. Grandmas Marathon 2015 is about an hour out, and I’m completely under-prepared. Of course, I’d hoped for bigger things, but this is my course. “Deal with…

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Three weeks and three races: a race report bundle

Three races in three weekends, that’s starting to sound like somethin’.  I wish! The good thing to report is that these races were good to me. They were not what I would call “good” but they were good to me. Raced hard enough to feel the workout in the race but not hard enough to…

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Turmeric Orange 100% Dark Chocolate Mini-Muffin Recipe

Altitude will do the craziest things. Sleeting one second Sunny and clear the next. Then you try to take a fun pic. And then when a random stranger offers to take said picture… you fall in a hole! Beautiful. All beautiful – especially that moment laughing with a stranger about how she, “just got a…

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Best Earbuds for Your Buck

I have a deep appreciation for music. At least that’s what my last fortune cookie read. My fortune may be correct because I do appreciate a good tune. Don’t be fooled though. You wouldn’t want to hear me sing. Talk I can do but sing, no thanks. Although it may appear that I’m deep into…

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Soaked whole wheat and farro lemon chia poppy seed waffles

These waffles are amazing! [If I can say so myself?] Don’t let the long name frighten you. The recipe is E-ZEE! This brunch superstar has the lightness of any of the best Belgian waffles out there but with far superior nutrition and, again, they’re way easy! No letting the yeast work and rise, no separating egg yolks…

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Trusting my worst enemy

My goal this year has been to trust. Trust that my journey as an elite runner is for a purpose. Trust my training and continue in a similar training progression as I have for years. Trust that my body will hold up and withstand all that effort and the effort it’s going to take to…

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Super Smoothie: Dark Chocolate-Raspberry with Beet Juice & Protein

You’ll never guess these three to be such the perfect trio. Dark Chocolate + Frozen Raspberries + Beets? [Insert Monkey Emoji with hands over eyes] Just trust me, little monkey, and go with it. The flavors marry well and this fairy-tale-in-the-blender turns into a lovely, deep red smoothie with lots of flavor AND protein! We aren’t even actually using dark chocolate…

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Pepita buttercups

Pepita! The word alone feels like a Friday kind of word. Pepita! You know, pumpkin seeds? The only thing I love more (for a seed or nut – I would rather take a trip up the Eiffel Tower or even a good sun-dried tomato, olive and caramelize onion pizza but…) than pepitas is pepita seed butter.…

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Running through my mind

Happy April! What happened to March? Well, let’s cut to the chase: are those sheep? Yes, they are. Beautiful. Sweet. A happy flock. So April is marathon month. Whatever month it is I’m just thankful March is behind us. March was a month of abysmal lows and pretty darn near heavenly highs. The lows were…