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  • Band Assisted Hamstring, Hip and Groin Stretches {Video}

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    Mobility work and stretching is an important part of what I do with my clients as a trainer and CrossFit coach. Each workout begins with dynamic stretching during the warm up and end with more static stretching and mobility work. I can't tell you how much incorporating this into my own workouts has helped me [...]

  • Four Pigeon Variations to Stretch Tight Hips

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    A couple of months ago I wrote about 3 yoga poses for tight, rounded shoulders. The response to the post was great and I've received many requests for a version focused on the hips. If I had to identify two areas of the body where my yogis, CrossFit athletes and personal training clients are tight [...]

  • Deep Stretch At MOGA Yoga

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    I really enjoyed reading your responses to my "On Showing Up" post. They were very thought provoking and insightful. I will be responding to all of them and also writing a "Part 2" post because I have a lot more to say about the topic. I also appreciate the concern and kind words about my [...]

  • On Showing Up

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    I am currently under a blanket with ice on my hip. It's really inflamed right now. It was feeling pretty okay despite the running I did last weekend until I decided to do a CrossFit workout yesterday consisting of box jumps, running and kettlebell swings. The last time I did a CF workout with a [...]

  • Good Food

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    While I'm sad to hear that so many other people are dealing with running/sports-related injuries, I am excited that so many of you are interested in focusing on mobility in December. I'll try to share with you each day what I'm doing from a mobility standpoint and a couple of times a week I will [...]

  • Focus On Mobility

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    I try really hard not to whine and complain on my blog. Especially when I am fighting a long-term battle with something. That said, I've been in an epic battle with my body over its willingness to run. If you've been reading for a while you have probably noticed how little running and racing I'm [...]

  • Follow The Feel Good

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    I traveled to Asheville this weekend to attend a workshop with David Williams at Asheville Yoga Center. Let's start with a quick background on David. In a nutshell, he brought ashtanga yoga to the United States and trained many of today's well-known teachers. David has practiced ashtanga daily since 1971 and he travels around the [...]

  • Status Update: My Running

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    Wow, look what happened this afternoon! I ran. Don't get too excited though...it was only two miles. It was a beautiful fall day and I couldn't resist the urge to get outside and run. The bonus was that my friend Sarah joined me so the run was more about chatting than pounding the pavement. We [...]

  • It’s Been A Year

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    Hello and happy Friday. This short week has kind of thrown me for a loop but I feel like I’ve definitely crammed five days’ worth of activities into four. Though my week has been busy, busy I cannot complain because it’s been full of really good things…that I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Patience to Heal

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    I’m not very good at slowing down. In case you haven’t noticed, I have a tendency to pack my days full of as many activities and commitments possible. I like to stick to a schedule and have a routine. And to be completely honest, I get a little anxious if something gets in the way [...]

  • Saturday

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    Happy weekend. I'm sorry I have been MIA...lots happening right now - it's been a weird couple of days. Quick check in...Saturday started with an early 90-minute yoga practice followed by a massage appointment for my hamstring. This was so not the relaxing kind of massage but rather very focused on recovery and rehabilitation. I [...]

  • Staying Busy

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    I really appreciate your support and encouraging comments regarding my running hiatus due to my nagging hamstring injury. Sometimes I feel really guilty that I can't give you all as much of the "runner" part of PBR that I'd like to. Trust me, I want to be out there running and racing so badly...but I [...]

  • Positivity and the Pool

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    I hope your Monday is off to a great start! Recently, I’ve been all about committing to starting my week with a positive attitude. Instead of looking for things to dread about Monday and the work week, I focus on all the fun and exciting things I get to do. These things can be as [...]

  • Comfort Food

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    Well, before we get to comfort food I feel the need to address this crazy show I'm watching on TV, Mobbed. "Host Howie Mandel puts a hidden-camera spin on the "flash mob" concept. Mandel and hundreds of strangers will help special guests plan extraordinary surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers. These unknowing [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Fun and Un-Fun News

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    FUN NEWS Fun news #1: I'm teaching my first yoga class tomorrow!!! My supervisor at the Y asked if I would like to sub a class and I decided to go for it. At the Y, you just have to be in the process of getting your 200-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) to teach so [...]

  • Valentine’s Dinner and Honeymoon Memories

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    Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Before I launch into the Valentine's recap, a quick update on how I'm feeling after my face plant. I was in a lot of pain when I woke up yesterday. The left side of my lower back hurt so much that I couldn't bend forward [...]

  • Face Plant

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    Let's address the title of this post first. This morning there was a bit of an incident involving practicing assists and my face smashing into the hardwood floor. My arms were totally bound in this pose... (source) Unfortunately, I somehow ended up face planting into the floor instead of being lifted up. My right cheekbone [...]

  • The Reasons I No Longer Wear High Heels

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    I'm settled in on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and some hot tea (to help with the fact that it's 30 degrees and sleeting outside and I'm eating ice cream ;)) and I'm ready to talk feet. I mentioned in Sunday's post that I gave up high heels when I was training [...]

  • Last Long Run, Next Stop Marathon!

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    This morning I ran my LAST double-digit long run of Marine Corps Marathon training. Next week I will run eight and then the next weekend is the race! The 16 weeks of training have been a journey but I can honestly say that it has been an enjoyable one (despite the two-week hamstring hiatus). New [...]

  • The Race is On

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    I apologize for leaving you hanging last night with the running news. Honestly, I didn’t even know whether it would be good or bad news until today. I’m sure some of you have been wondering about my plans for Marine Corps Marathon given my recent hamstring injury. I have been trying not to stress about [...]

  • Jumping for Joy

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    This post could also be titled "The Power of Rest and Medical Care" because a week of rest and therapy has paid off. I just ran a 5k with minimal (seriously, hardly any) pain. When I got home I was jumping for joy (and let's take a second to appreciate the former cheerleader coming out [...]

  • Back on the Mat

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    I set my alarm for 5:30 this morning with plans to go to a yoga class before work. When the alarm went off I decided to sleep until 6:15 and test out my hamstring with an easy run instead.  I set out with Sullie for an easy, slow three-miler...and I'm sad to report that I [...]

  • Fun with Shaksuka

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    I am lucky that my husband is totally willing to try crazy ethnic vegetarian recipes that I put on our weekly menu plan. We may struggle about my desire to go 100% vegetarian but at least we've come to a good compromise and only cook meat/seafood at home a few nights a week. This week's [...]

  • Everything Has Changed, Absolutely Nothing's Changed

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    The words of the brilliant Eddie Vedder sum up my situation perfectly. "Everything has changed, absolutely nothing's changed." This song popped up on my playlist today while I was walking with Sullie and this line really resonated with me. Yes, I was walking Sullie and I have no long run to update you guys on [...]

  • Lulu Love

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    And I'm watching the Rachel Zoe Project again. This is seriously a problem - I'm obsessed. She's trying to cook in this episode and she's clueless. I'm loving it! It makes me feel less bad about having no fashion sense! ;) I went to ashtanga this morning for all of 20 minutes...and then I rolled [...]

  • Obsessions and a Tempo Run

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    Some news (nothing life changing, don't get excited)... I am officially obsessed with The Rachel Zoe Project. How have I never watched this show before last night? It has been constantly playing on On Demand since I found it. I love Rachel, I love her husband and I love her "gaggle of gays." (I'm just [...]

  • Tempo Run + Hot Yoga = Sweaty

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    Good morning! I usually post my updates in the evenings but last night I worked on Bakin' and Eggs and then crashed. Before turning in I made the decision to skip ashtanga this morning so I thought I'd get up early and work on this blog instead! My lower back is still feeling a little [...]

  • Big Toe Trouble

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    So my morning started out bright and early at Y2 for a hot vinyasa class. One of the perks of making it through a hard yoga class is that most instructors will give foot massages while you're in savasana. Well, after class this morning my teacher pointed out that my feet are ridiculously tight - [...]