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  • 3 Days a Week Half Marathon Training Plans + Fall Group Training Info

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    Happy Friday! A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the upcoming fall running and racing season. I’m looking forward to it and it sounds like many of you are too! I wanted to follow up today with training plans and information on group training. As part of my ambassadorship with the Charlotte [...]

  • Let’s Talk About Fall Running + A 90-Minute Running (and workout) Playlist

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    Thanks for sending along your good vibes after my post yesterday and I’m so glad that the gratitude meditation was well-received. Sullie is going in to see the vet today at 3:30 p.m. to have the lump checked and for her annual check up. I’ll let you know ASAP what the report is. As for [...]

  • Recent Eats + Sweats

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    Happy weekend! Popping in with recent eats and workouts. I’ll see you guys on the other side of the weekend. Recent Eats Lots of smoothies for breakfast. This one with a piece of zucchini chocolate chip bread. With granola. And again. I didn’t have any spinach this week so my smoothies were super bright and [...]

  • Birthday in Brussels

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    When talking with Lina about dates that worked for our trip to see her, the week of my birthday was perfect. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate so I booked it! My birthday was Friday, June 16. Here are pictures from the day. It was a pretty great birthday and one I’ll [...]

  • Farmers Market Inspired Menu Plan + Recent Workouts + Weekly Workout Playlist

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    Happy Sunday! I’m glad to be back in meal planning mode after a few weeks of being out of the routine. I haven’t really cooked a meal since we’ve been back since we had teacher training this weekend so I can’t wait to get in the kitchen tonight. I went to the farmers market on [...]

  • 7 Questions Answered: Marathon Training, Best Time to Workout, Being a Landlord, Running Injuries & More

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    Happy Friday! Jet lag is actually working in my favor because last night I was ready to get in bed at 9:30, read for 30 minutes and it was lights out by 10. I woke up naturally at 5 a.m. this morning with tons of energy. I’d actually LOVE to keep some semblance of this [...]

  • 10 Things I Love About Running for Global Running Day

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    Happy Global Running Day! Over one million people from 185 countries have pledged to run today in celebration of Global Running Day. There is also a goal to have one million kids pledge to run as a way to make fitness fun for kids and to promote physical activity. If you have kiddos at home, [...]

  • Boston Strong + Running Wishes + Weekly Workouts + Playlist

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    It’s Marathon Monday! I was watching a video of the elite women taking off at the starting line and I thought to myself, “I’m pretty sure that’s what I think I look like taking off for a 5K.” I can’t even imagine going out of the gate like that for a marathon. Incredible athleticism and [...]

  • Mid-Week Check-In + Dealing with the Emotional Side of Running Injuries

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    I apologize if any of you were unable to access my blog this morning. It was down until around noon. My tech guru did his monthly updates and security checks late last night and apparently one of the WordPress plugin updates made my blog crash. He had to troubleshoot by going in one-by-one and activating [...]

  • 6 Ways to Deal with Calf Strain as a Runner + I Tried Dry Needling

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    The name of this post should really be, “I got dry needled and lived to tell about it.” One of our teachers, Kari, is a physical therapist and has been doing quite a bit of dry needling at the clinic she manages lately. She has been encouraging me to try it for months now so [...]

  • An Unexpected Half Marathon: Corporate Cup Race Recap

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    I ran a half marathon on Saturday morning! For the past few weeks I have been emailing back and forth with one of the event organizers for the BB&T Corporate Cup Half Marathon & 5K about how I could help them with a final push for registration. Since this race supports our Center City YMCAs, [...]

  • Let’s Chat About Running: Newton Ambassador + Half Marathon? (And a giveaway!)

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    Hey, hey! I hope you guys had a great Thursday. My day was long but really good. I kicked it off with teaching at 6 a.m. and then spent the day working on various projects for the studio and my blog. I also met my friend Virginia for a run and did some fun errands. [...]

  • Lately & Weekend: The Best Run + The Best Low-Key Saturday Night

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    I hope you guys had a good Monday. My eyes bolted awake at 5 a.m. and I could never get back to sleep. I decided to start my day on a mindful note and I did a guided morning meditation from my Insight Timer app. The meditation included seven affirmations for the day, the last [...]

  • 30-Minute, 3+ Mile Hill and Sprint Treadmill Interval Workout + A Playlist to Go With

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    I am so appreciative of all the love and support you extended to me regarding last night’s post. I feel extremely grateful that I can share content in the bucket of recipes/workouts/useful stuff as well as the more personal/life/yoga/growth stuff and feel that you’re on board no matter what and that we’re all growing stronger [...]

  • TomTom Spark 3 Review: My Favorite GPS Watch for Music, Cardio and Multi-Sports

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    This post is sponsored by TomTom. I’m excited to tell you all about the updated TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music! Last spring I shared a review of the TomTom® Spark + Cardio GPS fitness watch. It was my first new GPS watch in many, many years and I quickly fell in love with it. [...]

  • A Blessing + Speedy Zoey + What I Ate This Week

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    Hey there. We’re gearing up for snow overnight in Charlotte. I don’t think anyone has a confident bet on how much but I’ve heard anywhere from 3-8 inches. I’ve spent most of today working on communications for the studio as we’ve had to cancel our first weekend of teacher training and some early and late [...]

  • Let’s Talk About Running + My First Gait Analysis

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    Good morning. Today’s post is going to be running-focused. First, an update on where I am with my running along with current training goals. Second, an overview of my first gait analysis that I had done last month at Greenapple Sports. It was an amazing fall when it came to running. I ran five races [...]

  • 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! For the first time ever, I’m organizing a FREE 12-week online half-marathon training group for Peanut Butter Runner readers! My hope is that [...]

  • 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 [...]