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Kodiak Protein Muffin Recipes + Spartan Race Giveaway!

Monday: 6m easy 8:00/pace
Tuesday: Crossfit, 8.5m easy 7:53/pace
Wednesday: 5m easy 10:00/pace

You asked for it, here’s the recipe for the “Brotein Muffins” I posted about this past Sunday. Super happy with the flavor, texture and overall heartiness of these muffins.

Start here and buy this mix:

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Flip box over and use this:

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Substitutions I used (and what made these incredible)
3 tbsp of Avocado oil (or another oil) in place of butter
Silk Almond Milk instead of regular milk
Add 1/2-1 cup of whole grain oats for texture
Use 1-1.5 bananas (depending on size)
Use WAY more cinnamon.
Don’t put walnuts in. Ew. Gross.
*Before adding in anything extra the calorie count is approximately 100 for each muffin, I will calculate macros next time I make these!

With the base recipe above, I separated the batter into two separate bowls for two types of muffins. The above recipe makes 12 muffins. They came out so good I went back and made a 2nd batch of each which is how all the yummy substitutions and perfections came in.

For the chocolate chip recipe I added: mini chocolate chips (do NOT use a full cup like in the recipe suggests…eyeball it while mixing in or stick closer to 1/2 cup), then 1 tbsp of chia seeds to bulk up the protein and more good-for-you nutrition!

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Chocolate chip banana heaven! (Pictured below…the ones further down in the shot are Peanut Butter and Jelly. Yeah, i know…just keep reading.)

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So I got a little crafty with the 2nd batch and added a cup of Craisins & 2 tbsp of PB Fit, hence the PB&J muffin. Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 7.40.43 AM

Notice the few on the bottom left of the photo? I actually stuffed a couple with actual peanut butter…If you get muffins from me, expect a surprise in the center from now on, these were a hit!

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These will be a staple in my house for an easy grab-n-go snack or fast breakfast when I get back from early morning Crossfit. Lately my life has been running, recovering, lifting, recovering and trying to figure out proper nutrition while trying not to be hungry all the time. It’s a real problem. I’m working on it.

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from a run last Thursday

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Me & Andrea working out way too early! 

All this talk about working out, protein and muffins makes me wanna lift or go for a run or combine the two and do a Spartan… hehehe. With that being said, let’s do a Spartan Race entry giveaway!

Marriott Rewards is now the official Hotel Partner for Spartan Race and has an exclusive offer to people who join their loyalty program – 20% off races, free VIP bag check and $5 off Spartan gear at the races. Once enrolled, points are earned when you stay at any 4,500 participating hotels around the world.

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It’s always a tough to choose a hotel when traveling for races, but this rewards program is pretty cool.

To enter for a free Spartan Race Entry, leave a comment below telling me which Spartan Race you’d like to complete. For an extra entry sign up for the Marriott Rewards program here and leave an extra comment telling me you did! 

Giveaway ends 5/24 midnight EST!

Last Week

Monday: 7m interval (12 x 200s average pace 5:30)
Tuesday: Crossfit, 8.5m easy 7:47/pace
Wednesday: 6m easy 8:47/pace
Thursday: 5m easy 9:25/pace
Friday: 2 hour endurance workout (included 4 miles of running 8:55/pace)
Saturday: 1 hour biceps/triceps/lots of stretching
Sunday: 6.9m trail run 9:35/pace

Total Miles: 37.5

Let me know if you try out the muffin recipe! 


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What’s Next? + Spartan Race Giveaway!

Alright, my racing season is over, but i’m sure you can tell by the training log and Insta pics that i’m obviously back running. I took a full 7 days off and couldn’t wait to start again. Which brings me to the next question, what’s next?

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After a marathon or goal race it’s natural to look ahead and start planning out the next event(s). Sometimes all it takes is a beer or two on a raceless weekend and the credit card magically appears in a hand. –C’mon i’m not the only one here 😉

While I’m still not in a rush to start adding races to my calendar (I’ve been riding the high from Philadelphia), I am excited to start thinking of what types of races I want to do in 2017. I’m sure i’ll be doing multiple half marathons and a few fun 5ks.

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This year I did a Spartan Beast and a Ragnar Relay which were a brand new type of race for me. I liked the variety that obstacle courses and relay races offer to my training schedule and it gave me an opportunity to make friends and be social on the course, which doesn’t always happen when i’m trying to hit a time goal.

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These types of races have helped keep me from burning out during some tough training cycles so I plan on doing them again. Right now Spartan is offering three different types of season passes for the 2017 year…hello unique Christmas present! These are expected to sell out quickly, so if you know someone who does obstacle course racing often or if you’re interested in completing a Spartan or two or three or more, keep reading!

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Trifecta Pass: 3 race codes (valid for 2017)

Open Pass: unlimited races (valid for 2017 open heats only)

Elite Pass: Unlimited races (valid for 2017, all heats)

For more information click here!

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Spartan is also doing 8 Stadium Races this year!How often do you get to race through a ballpark or football field? Check here to see if your town is on the stadium list! I’m leaning toward DC…

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This week I’m giving away a free entry into a Spartan Race! Don’t be afraid of the unknown, embrace it! Training for an obstacle course race will only make you a better, tougher runner, and you might meet some pretty cool people on the way! 

3 ways to enter the giveaway: Follow my Instagram, Follow Spartan’s Instagram, leave a comment telling me which Spartan you would sign up for (leave a separate comment telling me which entires you did). 

Giveaway open until Sunday 12/18/16 @ midnight

 

Last Week

Monday: 6m easy 8:30/pace

Tuesday: Crossfit, 5.5m easy 9:18/pace

Wednesday: 5.1m easy 8:55/pace

Thursday: 40min legs

Friday: 5.4 easy 8:22/pace, 30 min core

Saturday: Crossfit, 6.3m trail run 8:06/pace

Sunday: 11.3 long 8:18/pace

Total Miles: 39.6

 

 


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Spartan Beast, The Wilds – My First OCR

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5m easy 9:10/pace

Wednesday: 3m easy 9:15/pace, 25min shoulders/legs

Thursday: 7m tempo (2m warm up, 4 @ 7:15/pace, 1m cool down)

Five hours, twenty minutes. 14.7 miles of technical trails, carrying rocks, sandbags, logs and flipping tires. Trudging through mud, wading in water, climbing cargo nets, gathering rocks, hanging onto trees, hoisting up and over walls. (And one huge run-on sentence later) I did it. I finished. I’m alive, unharmed and feeling stronger than ever.  Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 8.05.14 PM

At first, I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for the hardest Spartan obstacle course race. Being an endurance runner, a pseudo masochist, secret-wannabe-trail-runner, adventure seeker, a how far can my body possibly be pushed-er… I had to try this. I had to know I was a well-rounded athlete.

I drove up to Columbus Friday afternoon to stay with my cousin Becky and her family. Her husband Josh was doing the race with me. We caught up, had dinner and quickly laid out clothes and packed up bags for the next day.

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Our biggest gripe of the day was the parking situation. We sat in bumper to bumper traffic for 30 minutes, just to park. We were stopped for so long I peed in between our car and the car in front of us. I know it seems like i’m peeing in public a lot, but it’s not my fault! I think i’m cursed with bad pre-race timing. I just couldn’t hold it. And we couldn’t wait any longer. We were 20 minutes from our wave start time and still weren’t moving. Becky took the wheel to park, and Josh and I walked toward the bibs, gear check and bathrooms.

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We finally started the race at 9:00am and hit trails and 5 obstacles. Wall climbs, under a wall & under muddy water, monkey bars, ring/rope cross, Z-wall, cargo net climbs, barbed wire crawls… Some really tough upper body stuff right out of the gates, then we were on the trails. We ran when we could. These trails were TECHNICAL. I know i’m not much of a trail runner, but hopping over roots, rocks, mud, steep inclines & dead stop so you don’t fall over the edge declines are the example of technical trails.

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synchronized jumping

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Josh on the Z-Wall

Our mile time was about 23 minutes–if you count the slowing down for the obstacles & burpees, i’d estimate we were doing about a 14 minute mile. That’s a lot of slowing down, hiking, all while gaining 2,300 feet of elevation. I’m not gonna lie, the trails were my favorite part of the race. I loved not wearing a watch, feeling free out in nature, and knowing endurance was my strength. Getting through the obstacles as a strong girl was a huge boost as we headed back to the tough trails.

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After mile 6, the mile markers stopped. It was a little frustrating not knowing how far we were, but I figured it was part of the mental mind game Spartan wanted to play with the athletes. Putting one foot in front of the other when you don’t know how far your feet have left to travel is a tough task.

We were full of energy early on. Talkative, smiling and having a blast. Honey Stinger gel packs saved our butts on more than one occasion. I brought 4 or 5 packs, i can’t remember, but we went through all of them within 4 hours and both of us wished I had brought more.

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There were moments where I wasn’t sure if i could do anymore with my arms. And Josh was there to help. There were moments Josh’s energy dropped and he slowed on the trails, and I was there to help. We complemented each other perfectly for this race. We constantly checked in with each other and sped up and slowed down when we needed breaks. Our goal was to finish. Racers on the trail couldn’t believe we chose The Beast as our first Spartan. Go big or go home bro. Especially you, bro that skips leg day and gets cramps on the trails. Especially you.

Josh and I both thought the race would be even spread out with running and obstacles. Like running half a mile then doing an obstacle, repeat, etc. It wasn’t. The running/hiking seemed to go on for miles before we hit a group of obstacles. Again, tough mentally, but I enjoyed it. The Wilds was beautiful. Breathtaking actually. The pine trees, the ponds, the seclusion, it was glorious.

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Josh climbing like a pro!

The last miles waned on for an eternity, only to be interrupted with the dreaded bucket of rocks task. It’s as awful as it sounds. You fill your bucket to the marked holes, and you walk with said bucket up and down a path. One heavy foot in front of the other. The sandbag on the shoulder was next and similar in effort. Toss the sandbag over your shoulder and walk up a path and through mud until you hit the drop off point.

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Pierce (becky & josh’s son) demonstrating the rock/bucket obstacle. 

I’m guessing all of this so far sounds awful. But believe me, when you finish a difficult task, like flipping a huge tire over, you feel so strong and invincible! Every obstacle proved I was capable of difficult things. I didn’t complete three obstacles which lead to the dreaded burpees. 3 x 30 = 90 burpees for me. Josh did all the obstacles like a champ! Not too shabby for 30+ obstacles.DSC_0343

When we started to lose steam and were out of Honey Stinger packs we were toward the end. The lovely volunteers told us we had a few obstacles left and we were home. Seeing the fire jump in the distance was the motivator we needed to finish strong!

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me off to the left! Still had a little spring in my step

They said at the start, “You’ll know at the finish line.” And it was accurate. I felt so strong, relieved, happy and proud of that accomplishment. Crossing a finish line for the first time is always epic. Crossing a finish line that proves I’m not just a runner was pure elation.

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And a few more of us happy to be finished and on our way to eat…

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Josh and I had a brilliant idea to do a Spartan last year while drinking beer at Thanksgiving, this makes me nervous about what we might come up with next November…  🙂

Last Week

Monday: 2500m row, rope pull ups, deadlifts

Tuesday: 4m easy 9:40/pace

Wednesday: 4m easy 9:30/pace 2m walk/run w/LE.

Thursday: 6m interval (2m warm up 10:00/p, 3 x 1m @ 6:53/p, 1m cool down)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 14.7 Spartan Beast OCR

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 28.7

What do you feel when you cross a finish line?

Hardest race you’ve ever done?


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SPARTAN UP! -Time for a Giveaway!!

Monday: 1500m row, 100 bosu burpees w/pushups, 50 bw squats, 50 hanging leg raises

Tuesday: 8.5m combo tempo (3m @ 6:49, 6:49, 6:44 -3:00 rest- 2 x 1m @ 6:22, 6:18)

I’m 4 weeks out from the OC 1/2 and 5 weeks away from my very first Spartan Beast. I know i’ve mentioned i’m afraid of the half marathon i’ve been prepping for, but there is a different fear that happens when I think about the Spartan obstacle course race i’m training for.

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That fear is for the new, uncharted territory. I never thought i would be taking on an obstacle course race, let alone a tough one. I’m excited that this race is gonna be horrible/fun/terrible/awesome. I’m excited to see what my body can do, but definitely nervous for what I’m going to be put through physically and mentally. I know i’m going to cross the finish line in Ohio feeling like a different person. That’s the exciting part, now I just gotta get there.

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Training for a Spartan has been a different experience, but they have so many tools to help prepare for the demands of the course which have helped me out.

1) Watch a Spartan on tv – Once in a while I catch something fun on espn or whatever sports channel… I watched an hour special about Spartan Elites a few months back and it was super motivating. (This is what really pushed me to participate!) Plus it gave me a good idea of the type of obstacles I would eventually tackle.

2) Spartan.com You can sign up for a spartan WOD (workout of the day) and they email you or your weekly workouts. Even if you aren’t training for an obstacle course race, I seriously recommend this to vary your workouts and put something fun & different in your routine. Most of the workouts include running so it’s perfect for runners trying to incorporate strength!

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results from all the rope pulling in preparation for the Spartan!

3) The books! Spartan has several books to help you train and get mentally prepared for the demands of the course. They have a new book coming out called Spartan Fit! which has a 31 day diet & workout plan (that doesn’t require a gym) and motivational Spartan stories. If you’re new to Spartan or ready to tackle the next event even stronger check it out or pre-order here:

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Oh and did I mention the somewhat famous 😉 ultramarathoner, Dean Karnazes likes these books?

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I’m giving away a free entry into a Spartan Race! Don’t be afraid of the unknown, embrace it! Training for an obstacle course race will only make you a better, tougher runner!

4 ways to enter the giveaway: Follow my Instagram, Follow Spartan’s Instagram, leave a comment telling me which Spartan you would sign up for, or pre-order Spartan Fit! (leave a separate comment telling me which entires you did). 

Giveaway is open until 4/13/16 @ midnight–Good Luck!!

Last Week

Monday: 6m easy 9:20/pace

Tuesday: 7.5m interval (8 x 800s @ 6:27/pace w/200m recovery at 10:00/p)

Wednesday: 1500m row, 30 min legs

Thursday: 9m easy 8:45/pace

Friday: Rest day-  2.3m walk w/LE

Saturday: 14m long 9:00/pace

Sunday: Rest day- 3m walk w/LE

Total Mileage: 36.5

Tips for doing a Spartan?

What type of race/activity gets you out of your comfort zone?


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Zooma Run Love Challenge + Spartan Giveaway Winner!

Well, my Sunday run was not super successful after a week completely off, but i’m looking at it as a glass half full…as in half my legs (IT band specific) felt good. Much better than last week, but still not perfect so i’ll continue to cross train and lay off running until it’s 100%. At least this is a great time of year to back off and prep my body for spring running!

I have recently signed up for Zooma’s Virtual Run Love Challenge! Registration is open until January 11th for the 5k or 10k. I opted in for the 10k, hoping to have a good speed work session during Valentine’s Day weekend. You can register HERE. This is a great last minute Christmas idea for you and a friend since you don’t have to travel to race!

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Participants receive:

  • 5K/10K Training Program
  • Cozy Run Love Sweatshirt (pictured below)
  • ZOOMA Run Love medal
  • Weekly newsletter
  • Bonus ZOOMALife Radio podcast episode
  • Swag from our sponsors (including Feetures! socks)
  • Access to a private ZOOMA Challenge Facebook group
  • Audio for your Virtual Race from Motigo
    • Motigo allows you to hear personalized audio messaged from your loved ones (and from us!) during your virtual run. #verycool

Cost: $50

Training begins January 4.
Registration will close on January 11.
Run your virtual 5K or 10K on or around February 14.

I cannot wait to get this sweater!! My goal in life is to have all my clothing have something running related on it haha.

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Now onto the big winner for the Spartan Race Giveaway! Congratulations to Josh Brigham! Please email me at shesgoingforspeed@gmail.com to claim your prize!

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If you didn’t win, it’s ok—Star Wars comes out this week, that means the world wins. So smile even though it’s Monday! (This picture is just because LE was being super cuddly yesterday..and I’m wearing my Empire Strikes Back shirt) File_000

Last Week

Monday: 30 min legs

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 2500m row, 100 DB walking lunges, 50 pushups w/DB Row, 100 butterfly situps

Thursday: 25min yoga

Friday: 20 min core

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 3.4m easy 9:00/pace, 15 min hips

Total Miles: 3.4

Who has done a virtual run before? 

Also–who’s excited for Star Wars???

 

 

 

 


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Spartan Race Giveaway!

Monday: 30 min legs

During Cyber Monday I joined the Picky Bar Club. I’m excited about having my energy bars delivered to me, and so far I’ve enjoyed all the flavors and the shirt they sent will be worn and loved! Do you guys read Lauren Fleshman’s (creater of Picky Bars) blog on Runner’s World? She’s an excellent writer.

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I also grabbed a few of my favorites from Honey Stinger with 50% off.. They are having a 50% off sale everyday until December 12th on select items, so if you want to get a stocking stuffer for a runner friend or stock your own supply, take a look at their site!

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Over the weekend I ran 5 miles and the darn IT bands are not happy. I’m smart enough now, not to try and push through pain. Especially when that specific pain is familiar. I skipped my long run and probably won’t be running at all this week. I’m focusing on activating my glutes and opening my hips, where I believe my weakness lies.

Instead of long running, Cameron and I ended up seeing the final Hunger Games, which i had mixed feelings over, but was happy overall with it. And we did a “tapas night.” About once a month we prepare a bunch of small plates and experiment with different flavors.

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and of course there is a good husband with wine…

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Alright let’s get to the giveaway! Spartan is giving one of my lucky readers a free entry into a Spartan Race. I’m going to be doing the Beast in Ohio this May.

This is currently the only future race on my schedule. I know it’s a little strange since I have big racing goals in mind. I figured training for something as physically demanding as a Spartan can only help with running. And I need to change it up! I want the challenge. I know I can do a marathon, I know I can run a fast 5k..but this is new and scary. And when something scares me, i know it will be awesome and so worth it! I remember when the idea of a marathon used to be scary…

One of Oiselle’s athletes, Andrea Duke,  just finished a Spartan over the weekend & came in 3rd place! I started following her Instagram because I need the motivation that runners can be awesome at obstacle course races!

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To enter into the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me which race you’d sign up for! ** Giveaway ends Saturday @ midnight. Winner will be announced Monday!

If you want to enter a race or give one as a gift this holiday season use coupon code GIFTS good through 12/14/15.

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Or you can buy 3 races for one price and save some $$.

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Last Week

Monday: 35min total body

Tuesday: 3m easy 9:20/pace, 10min Jacobs Ladder, 20min hips

Wednesday: 7m interval (1.5m warm up 10 x 400s @ 6:17/pace)

Thursday: 20min hips/core

Friday: 2500m row, 100 bosu burpees, 50 hanging leg raises + 2m easy run cooldown

Saturday: 5m easy 8: +1.7m walk 

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 18.7

Have you ever done an Obstacle Course Race?


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Phone Dump Friday #6!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6.4m hill repeats (16 x 100m repeats pace between 6:30-6:50), 15 min glutes/lower back 

Wednesday: CFE 5000m row, 100 lat pulldowns (single arms), 120 bosu ball burpees w/pushups, 200 situps (varied type). 

Thursday: 5m intervals –10 X 200s (2 @ 5:39/pace, 2 @ 5:36, 2 @ 5:33, 2 @ 5:27, 2 @ 5:24)

Happy Flex/Phone Dump/TGIF/Can’t wait until Sunday’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, FRIDAY! Before we go into the random pictures that didn’t make it onto the blog let’s talk about entering the Spartan Race Entry Giveaway! <—If you win you will be given a code to use for a free entry. So the winner of the code doesn’t necessarily have to be the one to participate in the race. If you have a friend, spouse, co-worker who like adventure races, win it for them! How much would they love you for it? So go enter! You have nothing to lose! Except for time–the giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!

Keep an eye out because warmer months make me feel uber generous and I will have another giveaway soon!

…and onto the dump! Here’s my sister with a puppy.

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my favorite beer while in LA

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a label i almost ate (yes I did, in fact, wash the apple!)
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My car hit 100,000 and I missed it. 😦 don’t worry, the ostrich saw…
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just cause i’m wearing real clothes. real boring clothes, but real clothes nonetheless
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Pancakes. Cause I run yo

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My travel buddy

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Just cause I don’t get a latte art… hehehe

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and the 1.9lb bag of Sour Patch I “bought for Cameron” for Easter.

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Good Luck to all everyone running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler this sunday! Including several of my clients!

SARAH! MATTHEW! RACHEL! JENNIFER!

KICK SOME ASPHALT!