Now this was fun.  

My good friend teaches a conditioning class for dancers at a local college and she asked me to come do a runner’s clinic for her class.  They are building up their running endurance over the semester to help them with their dancing endurance so I came and talked to them about form, training plans for their goals, shoes, cadence and some mental tips for running.  I wish I could do this kind of stuff every day because I LOVE talking about running and helping people get started. 

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Brooke wanted to join in and add in what she has learned about running over the last 7 months of her running career.   

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I let Brooke choose what we did afterwards:

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And then when it got a little later it was time to go teach spin.  I just got some adorable head wraps from Five Gates Boutique to help keep all of my hair out of my face while I teach.  These wraps also cover a big portion of my head so I can go even longer between hair washings and/or coloring my hair;)  TMI.  

PS I have had these spin/biking shoes for 8 years now and they still feel great…  that is pretty impressive.

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Class was great and I really do love teaching again.  

A lady in my class had the coolest necklace.  Love the different race logos on the charms from races she has done.

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After class Brookers and I went to an indoor play area and I ate a turkey bowl with the most delicious caramelized onions on top from Which Wich.

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The spin playlist for the week!  The Centuries song by Fallout Boy is new(ish) and it is definitely going to make the cut for my marathon playlist in EIGHTEEN DAYS.

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Saw this yesterday and this may be the best Instagram I have ever seen.  You know where to find me tonight.  I can’t wait to find out what the shocking news is.

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How long have you been running for?

What do you do with your hair when you work out?  Headbands?  Wraps? Bobbi pins?  Let it do whatever it wants?

Onions—>  Yay or nay?  


Stories from my iPhone.

September 15, 2014
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Just your normal running selfie with Darth.   NBD.  Struttin’ around the mall with her minnie bag.   Sandwiches.  I can’t stop.  I don’t know what it is about them that just make everything feel so right. Curly asked me to share a recipe that she recently created.  She makes it a few times a week—> Combine whatever cut up vegetables that are in my sister’s fridge with panko chicken (from costco), ranch and salt. I can testify that it […]

Cascadia 9 Review, my favorite thing to make at home and running from last week!

September 15, 2014
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My love for trail running grows more and more every week and so I thought it was time to finally get some new trail running shoes.   The Cascadia 9s are the shoes that will spend many hours with me on the trails.   One thing that I noticed right away with these shoes is how well they held my foot in place as I was running on the trails.  The shoes offer incredible support on the uneven trails/rocks.  I felt […]

I love races.

September 14, 2014
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I love absolutely everything about the racing scene—>  A million runners everywhere, people accomplishing their goals, everyone cheering each other on and a ridiculous amount of different running shoes/running outfits for me to covet.   So inspiring to see all of these incredible runners.  Sara and I spectated where the half marathon and marathon runners separate and this guy was in the top 5ish (I think) for the men.   There is an out and back stretch in the Big […]

Sort or Silent Saturday

September 13, 2014
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Saying goodbye doesn’t get any easier…   A trail run.  Not so happy about the fact that it is jacket weather already. Turkey burger salad for the win. The Curly My idea of grocery shopping and a balanced diet.   Just taking a pic of her food. THIS NEVER HAPPENS!!!! For Brooke. Chalk the Block ———————————————— What is on your Saturday agenda? What is your middle name? -Nicole.

Friday Favorites

September 12, 2014
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Some of my favorite things lately!   -The fact that Brooke has decided that I am her couch while she watches her cartoons.  I should take this as a sign that I need to keep strengthening my glutes…  she is a little too comfortable;) -Loved seeing this sign the other day.  Eventually you can look back on life and it all makes sense.   -Having our own place.  Living at my parents’ house for a year was exactly what I […]

Time to TAPER! 22.1. And a running question for my friend Jess.

September 11, 2014
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I was planning on running 20 miles today but I also always love to get a 22 miler under my belt when training for a marathon.  When I hit 20 miles this morning I still felt pretty good and decided that 22.1 would be a fun way to end.  8:20 average pace (but we always pause our gamins for drink breaks/lights/random breaks).   This is our favorite drinking fountain in the world.  I don’t know what it is about this […]