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  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt

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    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • How To Cook Perfect Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts + Recent Eats

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    Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week. One of my friends is teaching a monthly yoga class at the Ritz Carlton. For just $20 you get a 75 minute vinyasa class in their 18th floor yoga studio with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city, as well as access to the amazing [...]

  • How To: Perfect Eggs

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    Good morning and happy weekend! My Saturday is off to a great start...early morning yoga, breakfast and the farmers market. It was a light day for me at the farmers market. As much as I love summer produce, there is only so much eggplant, squash and zucchini that one can eat. I was excited to [...]

  • Dressing for the Race

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    How's your week been? Mine has been really great but it's been rainy and gross in Charlotte. I am so ready to see the sun again. One or two days gray rainy days are nice but it begins to wear on me a bit after it goes on for multiple days. That said, I do [...]

  • Fall Cardio Strength Circuit Workout

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    Fall is my favorite season for outdoor workouts. I find crisp days with low humidity to be energizing and love the beautiful scenery created by the changing colors of the leaves. Last Thursday I wanted to get a cardio and weights workout in but had no desire to be in the gym on a gorgeous [...]

  • Are You Overtraining? Two Easy Tests

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    It’s no secret that I’m not currently in intense training mode for anything (although I definitely have the itch now that I’m running pain-free again) but I know there are many of you training for fall races. I am a huge advocate of following training plans when preparing for races – anything from 10Ks to [...]

  • FAQ Friday

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    Happy Friday! One of the most rewarding things about blogging for me is interacting with readers. I can’t tell you how much I love receiving your emails, tweets and facebook posts about all of the incredible things you guys are out there doing. I am continually inspired by your dedication to making your life healthier [...]

  • Get Strong

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    Okay, you know that I sing the praises of strength training all the time. I honestly believe that it changes the shape of your body and your muscles like nothing else can. I love teaching BodyPump and strength training classes! I've been promising you guys a glimpse into how I strength train for a while [...]

  • Warm Weather Running: The Survival Strategies

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    It's June 1! (The best month of the year...mine and Brandon's birthday month! :)). June also signals the arrival of summer. We have a whole summer of hot runs ahead of us. My last post was about gear for warm weather running and today’s post is about survival strategies to deal with the heat. The [...]

  • Warm Weather Running: The Gear

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    It seems not so long ago that the running community was training for Spring races through the dead of winter and dealing with cold, dark runs and streets covered in snow. Well, those days are behind us now. I went for a quick run after work today before I had to teach BodyPump and temperatures [...]

  • Yoga News and Running Shoes

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    Teacher training is DONE! Thank you for the congratulations and good wishes. I am kind of in disbelief right now that it's over. It's all still sinking in and I'm not quite ready to write my final thoughts on teacher training post. I promise it will come this week. I just want to have time [...]

  • Foam Rolling 101

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    I took advantage of my low-key weekend to finally work on Foam Rolling 101. I know I promised this several weeks ago so thank you for your patience. My schedule has been just a little crazy lately. Before we launch into the how to, let's talk about what foam rollers are, where you can get [...]

  • Oats to Go

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    I eat one of two breakfasts every day when I arrive at work - overnight oats or hot oatmeal. To be more specific, I have overnight oats on mornings that I practice yoga before work and get ready at the studio and hot oatmeal when I get ready at home. I am one of those [...]

  • Five (Easy) Healthy Dinner Ideas

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    A little change of pace today. Instead of a recap of my day, I want to share five dinner ideas that are both healthy and easy. I find that no matter how busy and crazy my life gets, cooking a healthy and delicious meal at the end of the day helps me to relax and [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Stomaching the Run

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    I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that running makes them sick to their stomach. I've received questions on how to avoid this. I think most runners have been there and here are a few tips to help you finish your runs feeling like this... And not like this... First and [...]

  • Three Yoga Poses for Every Runner

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    Several months ago I created a list of topics that I wanted to blog about. One of these topics was the most beneficial yoga poses for runners. If you've read the "About Jen" section of this blog, you know that I started practicing yoga over a year ago hoping that it would help with running [...]

  • Three New Abdominal Exercises

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    The idea for this post came to me after my yoga class this morning. Backing up...I usually teach BodyPump on Monday mornings but I received a call at 5:15 a.m. that they were canceling all morning classes because the AC was out at the Y. The first thing that crossed my mind was, "awesome, I [...]

  • Dragon Fruit

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    Sunday was a day full of adventure. (Catch up on what happened Saturday night - including my car break in - here.) The adventure started when my mom announced that she picked up a funny looking fruit at the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Enter dragon fruit. We Googled it and found that it's native to Mexico [...]

  • Early Riser and How to Work Out in the Morning

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    My alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. this morning. Yeah...seemed like a good idea last night when I got in bed at 9:30 but I was definitely second guessing myself when it came down to it. But somehow it has become easier for me to get up when my alarm is set for the 5 [...]

  • Overnight Oats

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    I've received a lot of questions lately about overnight oats - how they're prepared, do you eat them cold, what exactly are they. I promised that I would share my go-to recipe and explain how I make them. Overnight oats are eaten cold. They are a mixture of milk, yogurt, oats and whatever else you [...]

  • Dogs on the Run

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    I received a Facebook message today from an old friend asking about running with her dog, Cooper. She's having problems with other neighborhood dogs chasing/following her and Cooper. I was thinking about this on my run with Sullie today and thought that it might be beneficial for some readers if I talked about 1) running [...]

  • How to Menu Plan and Grocery Shop for the Week

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    I received an email today from one of our law school friends asking for advice on how to avoid eating out and finding the motivation to cook at home on the weeknights. If you read my food blog then you know how much a believe in the power of menu planning. When someone asks for [...]