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November 2010

  • Why Wait?

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    I was talking with a co-worker at the Y last week about how our class numbers started to plummet in November, will continue to steadily decline through December and then skyrocket in January when everyone repents their holiday sins and commits to working out again. The question we asked each other is, "why wait?" Why [...]

  • Back to Reality

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    I hope everyone had a good Monday and that it was relatively painless to get back in the swing of things. My Mondays are always a rather harsh re-entry into the week with a 5 a.m. wake up call and teaching BodyPump before I even make it into work. This morning was especially tough given [...]

  • A Lovely Long Weekend

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    Lots of highlights to cover from the last couple days. I took a little break from the blog to spend time with friends and family. It's been so nice to have all this time off and stay in Charlotte. I have really enjoyed our long weekend! Get ready for a photo-heavy post...here we go! THANKSGIVING [...]

  • Turkey Trot with Friends

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! A quick update on this morning's turkey trot and then I'm off to spend time with family and feast. I awoke to cold, gray, drizzle - not the most fun race weather. I ate my standard pre-run breakfast of almond butter and banana on toast with black coffee and then headed out [...]

  • It’s Thanksgiving Eve!

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    Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I'm sure you are all busy cooking, traveling or spending time with family but I just wanted to give you a quick update since I wasn't able to post yesterday. We were called in for last minute babysitting duty for our nieces. Despite my mile-long to do list, I couldn't say no [...]

  • Gobble, Gobble

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    I adhere to the Thanksgiving mantra of "workout before you pig out." When we were living in Birmingham our Y always had special classes on Thanksgiving morning and used that sales pitch. I've pretty much been hooked ever since. This year's "Workout Before You Pig Out" is a new adventure for me. I'm running an [...]

  • Yoga, The Cowfish and a Long Run

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    It's Sunday evening but I'm not having the typical, "How can the weekend be over so soon?" feelings. I'm looking forward to the short work week and a four-day weekend including Thanksgiving! I hope that you all have Friday off of work too! Lots of happenings since I posted yesterday. I spent Saturday afternoon at [...]

  • Mile High Peanut Butter Pie

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    Happy weekend! Last night  Brandon and I decided to finally use a Groupon we've been holding onto for a while and try Savor. I was looking forward to finally experiencing Savor after reading good reviews and constantly hearing the Twitter-verse talking about how good their food is. I knew it was going to be good [...]

  • A Lucky Girl

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    Hi friends...this week has flown by - I can't believe tomorrow is Friday. I'm so ready for a short week next week! I dragged (when I say dragged, I mean that I hit the snooze button several times and seriously considered not going) myself to ashtanga this morning. I rolled into the yoga studio wearing [...]

  • Good Eats, Cool Runs

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    It seems that I'm not alone in my love for hoodies. Many of you also commented that they're a staple in your winter wardrobe. So cozy! Today's post is all about the food. Lots of good eats in the last couple days. Last night's dinner was easy and delicious. Parsnip and sweet potato puree with [...]

  • Five Things I’m Loving

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    My friend Ashely writes really fun posts about five things she's loving at the moment. I always enjoy reading these posts and thought I would borrow her idea tonight. So here are five things that I'm loving right now. 1. Hoodies. My cold weather go-to for comfort. I've been wearing them nonstop for the last [...]

  • Peanut Butter Ambassador…and I am sore

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    So much to update you guys on...where do I even start? I think I'll just go in chronological order. The last time you heard from me it was Sunday morning and I was off to make breakfast and get my day started. Well, breakfast ended up being extra tasty. I made pumpkin waffles! I topped [...]

  • Birthdays and Bluegrass

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    I am sorry that things have been quiet around here the past couple of days but I worked late on Friday night and yesterday was jam-packed - not a second to sit down with the computer! We'll just skip over Friday because other than working 11 hours, there's not much to report. I had to [...]

  • Piglets and Frogs for the Win

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    Thanks for weighing in on the big cupcake decision...the overwhelming majority of you were on the same page so piglets and froggies it is! Brandon and I are so excited to get started on them tomorrow night. Brandon has deemed himself the "creative director" of the cupcake project and I am the lowly "account manager" [...]

  • Cake Indecision

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    My very sweet niece (and goddaughter!) is turning one on Saturday! Of course, I volunteered for cake duty but with this comes much indecision. I always drive myself crazy trying to pick out the perfect thing. For Emerson's 2nd birthday (my older niece) last February, I made butterfly cupcakes. They were a huge hit. Here [...]

  • Practice Makes Better

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    I've said this before but I really prefer to practice yoga in the mornings. Most Tuesdays, I practice ashtanga before work. I opted to forgo today's practice in favor of sleep since I am still trying to get over this cold.  As I went through my day I realized that I was feeling exponentially better [...]

  • Cold Weather Running

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    The arrival of November has brought cooler temperatures and shorter days. It was 31 degrees here in Charlotte this morning and dark by 5:30 p.m. This presents some challenges for running. Gone are the days of throwing on shorts and a tank and hitting the road. The time has arrived to break out cold weather [...]

  • Fighting It Off

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    I woke up in the middle of the night with a raging sore throat. Ugh. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. I can't tell you how many times I've read that it's very common to get sick after endurance events. MarathonGuide.com says, "After the marathon, your immune status will be depressed. Because of the physiological hit to [...]

  • Up and Down

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    I really enjoyed reading your comments on yesterday's post, "Who Are You?"  Thank you so much for taking the time to weigh in on how you identify yourself. And I completely agree that we are all a unique mix of things. I'm not just a runner but also a wife, daughter, yogi, teacher, friend, cook, [...]

  • Who are you?

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    I’m a… Runner? Yogi? Teacher? Lover of all things fitness related? In my last post I mentioned that over the past year my relationship with running has been a little tumultuous. This time last year, I was 12 weeks into training for the Thunder Road Marathon and found myself injured…again. I was sick of running [...]

  • Not Quite Ready Yet

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    I have been extremely pleased with my recovery from Sunday's marathon. It's been night and day difference from my first marathon. I attribute it to better overall fitness and my body being more accustomed to recovering from tough workouts. All of my soreness faded by Tuesday and now I'm just dealing with general fatigue and [...]

  • Marine Corps Marathon Recovery

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    Yesterday I ran a marathon and I can't even believe it. I'm definitely experiencing the feeling that you get when there's a huge build up to something and then it's just over. After posting my marathon recap we went out for dinner. Unfortunately, there were only chain restaurants around our hotel and we headed out [...]