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  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat: Life, Love and Running

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    I hope your Sunday morning is off to a beautiful start. I just poured a cup of coffee and took that magical first sip and thought I'd sit down and write a coffee chat post since it's been many months since I've done so. If we were chatting over coffee I would share...that last week [...]

  • Air quality and running + Race medals + Facebook community invite

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    Over 30 counties in North Carolina are experiencing drought conditions and there are terrible wildfires burning in the mountains with over 44,000 acres burned so far. (source) We woke up this morning to a very hazy skyline here in Charlotte and the smell of smoke hanging in the air. As of today, we are under [...]

  • 2016 Charlotte Half Marathon: Race Recap

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    I ran the Charlotte Half Marathon this morning and I have to say that the Charlotte Marathon Weekend just keeps getting better and better. I think this was my fourth time running the half. It's my favorite hometown race and this year's event was definitely the best yet! Today's race was significant because it marked [...]

  • I Baked Sourdough Bread + Other Favorite Things

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    As most of you know, when I visit my parents my dad always sends me home with two loaves of homemade sourdough bread. I carefully transport it back to Charlotte with me like it's precious cargo. It almost always gets a second look from security but they just end up threatening to confiscate it because [...]

  • Weekly Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts (31 miles in 7 days!)

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    Happy Sunday. After two days of Hurricane Matthew's rain and wind, I woke up to the most beautiful blue skies and crisp temperatures. As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to take my girls for a long walk to soak up the sunshine. I just put together our meal plan for the week. [...]

  • Running (Marathon Maybe?) + Running Playlist

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    Running. It's the only thing I want to do right now. While I've made it to my mat four times in the last two and a half weeks, I'm mostly avoiding it. I shared with my class tonight all the things that my practice is bringing up for me. I'm just not ready yet. And [...]

  • Novant Health 15K Race Recap

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    I ran the Novant Health 15K on Sunday morning as an ambassador for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. I'm excited to share my first 15K race recap with you! It was my first time racing a 15K and I really like the distance. I wish there were more 15Ks and 10-mile races. I feel like it's the perfect [...]

  • Weekly Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts + When to Skip a Run

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    Happy Sunday! I'm currently skipping my long run (the first one of half marathon training!) and writing this post instead. I planned to meet a friend for the run this morning but I had to cancel on her because I woke up with some soreness from yesterday's 5K race at the spot where my achilles [...]

  • My Fall Race Calendar + Last Chance to Train for a Half with Me!

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    Hey guys! My 12-week half marathon training plan kicked off yesterday and I've got 382 runners training with me! It's not too late to jump in and join us so send me an email if you'd like to be added to the group! :) I organized this training group as part of my ambassadorship with [...]

  • 11 Training Tips for Runners to Get You to the Finish Line Injury-Free

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    I'm hosting a 12-week online half marathon training group that kicks off on Monday, August 22. I have over 325 runners committed and it's been so interesting and eye-opening to read the registration emails that have hit my inbox. I asked everyone to send me an email in order to join the group that included a [...]

  • A Change of Run Scenery + This Week’s Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

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    I have to tell you again how happy I am to be back on the meal planning bandwagon. I've been visiting the farmers market on Saturdays and buying whatever looks good and then menu planning around the things that I've purchased. I'm having so much fun spending an hour or so on Sunday mornings browsing Pinterest, magazines [...]

  • Train for a Half Marathon with Me: Fall Online Training Group!

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    A few months ago I announced that I was serving as an ambassador for the 2016 Charlotte Marathon and today I have a super fun way for you to get involved too! My hope is that you'll travel to Charlotte to run the race with me on November 12, 2016 but you can also run [...]

  • Running In Newton’s: One Year Later (with a giveaway!)

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    Good morning! Today is my birthday and I kicked it by teaching yoga at 6 a.m. (just like last year!). My students sang the birthday song to me during backbends so that was sweet. Also sweet was my fiance who surprised me at the end of class by delivering three dozen roses, three balloons and [...]

  • A Letter to Running

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    Dear Running, Today is Global Running Day and since the name of this blog is Peanut Butter Runner, I thought we should celebrate. Like most relationships, ours has had its fair share of ups and downs over the last 15 years. Okay, wait. Let's stop here. Can you believe it's been 15 YEARS!?!? We got [...]

  • How to Balance Running with Yoga and Cross Training without Losing Endurance and Speed

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    I received a couple running related questions from readers last week that I thought would make a great blog post. When I started this blog six years ago I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon and mostly focused on running. Over the years my workout mix has evolved to a blend of strength, running [...]

  • TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch Review

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    I have been running with the same antiquated GPS (and gigantic!) watch that I've had since I started training for my first marathon back in 2008...until about a month ago when I got a major upgrade with the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch! Let's start with a high level overview of all [...]

  • Light Yourself Up!

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    I come to you with a VERY important reminder. To LIGHT YOURSELF UP if you're running in the dark. Based on the title you probably thought this might be one of those motivational/let your light shine kind of posts, right? Wrong. While you should always do those things, the point of this post is to [...]

  • Ambassador Announcement + Weekly Workouts + A Farewell

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    Does anyone else feel a little out of sorts right now? I feel like it's been one big weekend for the last 5 days. We kept calling the days we were gone for Thanksgiving "the weekend" and then got back and it actually was the weekend. One of the biggest perks about this 5 day [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: A Yoga Challenge & Current Focus

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    I loved my week of workouts this week! I am participating our annual yoga challenge at the studio so it's been pushing me to get to my mat more and the difference it's making in my body is wonderful. I'm feeling really open and really good. The challenge is 62 practices in 62 days or [...]

  • Weekly Workouts Away: Lots of Running + BodyPump

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    I am home in Charlotte after spending the last week in Georgia. I think this was the longest I've been away from Charlotte in almost two years. While I appreciated every second of time being with my family, it was so wonderful to see my girls and get a big hug from my fiance after [...]

  • Skipping the Thunder Road Half + Week of Eats

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    Good morning. I hope your Friday is off to a great start and that you have fun things planned for the weekend. After spending the last few months training for the Thunder Road Half Marathon, I will not be lining up for tomorrow's race. Thankfully, it's not due to injury - I'm 100% healthy. Instead, [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Longest Run of Half Training & Hitting 24 Miles for the Week!

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    I'm on a little bit of a high from my runs this week. I hit my highest mileage week of training coming in at 24 miles in just 3 runs. Each run felt so good and strong. There was the rainy 3-miler turned 6-miler on Tuesday. Don't you love those runs where you set out [...]

  • 20 Top October Favorites Playlist on Spotify

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    Hi! I hope your week is off to a great start! Our is off to a WET start in Charlotte. It rained all day today! I actually love rainy days here and there. I find myself super focused and productive. I kicked off my day by teaching yoga at 6 a.m. and then trained two [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Loving the Long Run

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    This training cycle I have found that my long runs are my favorite of the week. Since reworking my schedule so that I don't teach early on Saturday or Sunday, I feel like I have all the time in the world to sleep in, have some coffee, get my run in and relax. I usually [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Halfway Through Half Marathon Training

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    Happy Sunday! I hope you guys are having a great weekend. I slept in and ate donuts so it's been a pretty magical morning over here. More on that when I post the weekend recap tomorrow. I'm a little over halfway done with my "informal" Thunder Road Half Marathon training. The race is November 14. [...]

  • First Half Marathon Training Long Run + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi! I hope y'all had a great weekend. I spent my weekend at the beach in Isle of Palms for our Core Desire Yoga retreat. It was such an amazing weekend. Full recap to come tomorrow. Thanks much for your support in my announcement that I'm going to tackle 13.1 yet again. After taking a [...]

  • Goodbye Summer + Fall Race Plans + Giveaway

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    Today officially marks the last day of summer. I am a summer girl through and through. I love everything about the long, sun-drenched days, outdoor dinners, beach trips, summer produce and 90 degree temperatures that mean I don't have to wear a jacket, scarf or boots for months on end. It's wonderful. My running joke [...]

  • My 7 Favorite Ways to Sweat in Charlotte

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    This is the third and final post in my series “Why and what I love about Charlotte” for the #DesignCharlotte campaign. The Marriott Charlotte City Center Hotel is getting a big facelift and as part of this transformation, they are asking guests and Charlotte residents to show off our amazing city and what we love [...]

  • Weekly Workouts + Fitness Fashion with The Track & Field Store

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    Hey everyone! I have a quick weekly workout post for you now and then I'll be back later with a weekend recap. It was a quiet week on the workout front because things have been anything but quiet on the life and work front. All good stuff though. And as I say on repeat, part [...]

  • NYC Food + Fitness Girl’s Weekend: Day 3

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    The final day of our weekend in New York City was my favorite day by far. We set our alarms early again but this time for a run in Central Park. We wanted to beat the heat and get our day started. We took the subway up to Lexington Ave./59th and walked over to the [...]

  • The Benefits of AMRAP Workouts + This Week’s Workouts

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    Hi and welcome to the weekly workout recap! I regularly consider whether or not to keep writing this post every week because sometimes it feels a little "all about me" and redundant but then I receive feedback that it's really helpful for some of you and gives you ideas and inspiration. As a compromise, I've [...]

  • Best Workout Week: Boot Camp, Circuit Classes, Yoga and a 5K!

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    I'm super pumped to share this week's workout recap with you because for the entire week I felt motivated and challenged. I got out of my rut this week and actually attended a boot camp, participated in some circuit training classes at the gym and ran a 5K race. I've said this so many times [...]

  • A Total Body Strength Workout & A Cardio CrossFit Workout + Weekly Workout Recap

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    Hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. Rainy weather yesterday brought in some cooler weather. It's currently 79 and low humidity and it's amazing. A welcome change after two weeks of 98-100 degree days. I'm going to head out for a run and soak up the sunshine after I publish this post. Here's my recap of [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts (Mini Golf Counts, Right?)

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    Good morning! I sure do wish that every Sunday morning looked like this...coffee with a view! My beach routine goes a little like...sleep in, coffee and computer on the balcony, smoothie, more coffee and computer, workout, shower, beach. It's pretty amazing. As most of you know if you've been reading any length of time, I [...]

  • Finding A Replacement When Your Favorite Running Shoes are Discontinued

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    Has anyone else experienced the agony of finding THE PERFECT RUNNING SHOE only to have it discontinued? This is exactly what happened to me when Mizuno discontinued the Wave Elixirs back in the summer of 2013. Luckily, I was able to make it a while without needing to search for a new shoe because I [...]

  • Weekend + Weekly Workouts

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    Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Here are a few quick snapshots from mine. (Whoa, hey! Here I am!) I kicked off my Friday evening by meeting a friend to run. We ended up going six miles in 80+ degree weather and humidity so I was a sweaty, red faced mess at the end [...]

  • A New Kind of Saturday + Weekly Workouts (CrossFit Luke Hero WOD)

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    Hello and happy long weekend! This long weekend is especially sweet for me because I have drastically cut back on my weekend teaching schedule. I went from teaching 3-4 classes every weekend to one on Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. It feels pretty amazing not to have to teach at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and 9 [...]

  • Running, Weights & Cupcakes

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    Hope it's been a great weekend for everyone! It's been a very sweaty weekend over here. I taught two hot yoga classes on Saturday, took a hot yoga class and met a friend for a run with temps in the 80s (I had those lovely salt crystals on my face after the run). And today [...]

  • Mother’s Day + Yoga, CrossFit, Running, Hiking Workouts

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    Happy Mother's Day! I am SO missing my mom today. I haven't seen her since Christmas...way too long! Luckily I have a long visit planned next month. Counting down the days! I had fun reaching out to all of my mommy friends today and wishing them a happy Mother's Day...many are celebrating their first Mother's [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Plank Challenge, CrossFit and Running Pace Variance

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    Hi... I didn't forget about you but at least I left you with a really amazing recipe. It's been great to hear that some of you have already tried and loved the pad thai recipe. It's one of my faves! But about the last few days...I led my first Core Desire Yoga weekend intensive with [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: CrossFit Progress + Quest for the Press

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    Quick Sunday night check in with the weekly workout recap. I did a little of everything (as usual) this week but nothing crazy. As I've mentioned about a million times before, I don't plan my workouts. I just monitor how I feel day-to-day and do whatever it is that fits best with my schedule and [...]

  • Back to Group Ex, Two New Playlists & Workouts

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    Hi! Let's talk about some housekeeping items and then I'll get to TWO new playlists and weekly workouts. 1) Kind Giveaway Winner The winner is #33, Claire. I emailed you! 2) Redirects to the App Store on Mobile OMG. I'm losing my mind. Some of you have shared that you're being redirected to the App [...]

  • Energetic Exchange & Teaching Yoga + Playlist & Workouts

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    I don't even know where to begin. This week was exhilarating and exhausting. I taught more yoga classes in a single week than I ever have since I started teaching. In an average week I teach around 10 classes. I would say my sweet spot is 7-8. This week I taught 14. For some of [...]

  • Easter + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi! I hope everyone had a very happy Easter! I had a good day but I always really miss my parents and my grandmother on this day. I've taught yoga on Easter morning for the last four years in a row. As I shared recently, I've been feeling ready to give up Sunday morning "yoga [...]

  • Weekend + Workshop + Playlist + Workouts

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    Hey, hey! The remainder of my weekend consisted of more yoga, sushi, lots of work and some puppy play time. I went out for sushi on Saturday night and it was blissful. Sushi Guru has THE BEST SUSHI in all of Charlotte. If you live here...go! After sushi I convinced myself that Zoey still fit [...]

  • New Playlist + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi there. Hope it's been a good weekend. Quick check in with a playlist and this week's workouts. Here is a link to my playlist for the week. I couldn't embed it in the post because it contains some songs that aren't on Spotify. I included them anyway but you'll have to find them elsewhere [...]

  • An Outdoor Park Workout + Weekly Workouts

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    Oh my gosh...today has been perfection. First, I slept until 9:30 a.m. for a whopping total of 10 hours of sleep last night. Life changed. Second, I had an entire day with nowhere I had to be and nothing I had to do and it felt awesome. I didn't put on makeup and stayed in [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts

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    This has been a really great weekend. I've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible because the weather has been incredible. It's 70 and sunny right now! I'm currently sitting outside and working. Zoey is playing in the rosemary bush and Sullie is sun bathing. I had a pretty awesome Saturday. I taught [...]

  • New Music Sunday + Weekly Workouts

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    I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. It's 34 degrees and raining here but it makes for a cozy, productive day. It was especially nice for teaching hot yoga this morning. I made a new playlist for class. And here is the Spotify link to follow. I am really trying to embrace Spotify to [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Revisiting the Filthy Fifty

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    A big thank you to everyone who pre-ordered my book, Ultimate Plank Fitness. I really appreciate all of your kind words and support. Read about how you can pre-order the book in this post. Regarding the giveaway...some of you brought to my attention that it is against FTC regulations to require purchase for a giveaway [...]