Crazy Hot Runs, Salsa Nite and Wknd Recap.

Hey there! The weekend recap today will be pretty quick! Busy busy bee over here. I got the ball rolling this morning with an early run around the lake. We had some pretty excellent cloud cover I have to say! Very much needed after all of the crazy hot runs I’ve been doing as of late.

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So let’s recap! This weekend was actually pretty chill. I ate some delicious sushi, hung out with friends and fam, and got some long running in! Starting with Saturday morning. 14 miles in the ‘hood. It sure does help to start these long runs around 5 AM or so. Since basically we hit 90 degrees every day before lunch time.

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Post run yumminess. I was craving an acai bowl since it has been forever since I’ve been to this place. It was fruity perfection.

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Saturday night…salsa dancing at Gloria’s with some runner friends. As you can see it was a wild fun time.

Sunday I slept in a bit then did a 10k recovery run…nice and easy since it was already pretty hot out. But I think I’m slowly starting to acclimate to the summer heat.

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And I ended the night with sushi, vino and movie night. Loving this place…it’s like a Chipotle for sushi. You pick out your selections and your sauces…love their Louisiana rolls with some wasabi sauce. Heaven.

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How was your weekend? Are you training for anything this summer/fall?
Currently I have two 26.2’s planned before the end of the year! Marine Corps Marathon in October then the BMW Dallas Marathon in December. Plus some other small races. I plan on getting back to ultras early next year.

Beat the Heat and Running Funnies.

Another fantastic 7 miles done with my running crew. I have to say I think 7 is my magic number lately for running! Or I guess…make that 7.3. A solid hour or so of running crazy early in the morning…does the body good.

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I think these morning runs are the number one thing that makes me successful and consistent with training. In the summer (especially in Texas)…the earlier you get up to beat the heat…the better. I’ll take 70s and 80s over 100 degree temps any day. Plus I just feel like I get better quality runs when it’s not so oppressively hot outside. You feel me?!

Today’s run was great and we got some good convo and laughs in while we were at it.

Speaking of laughs…I’ve got some more running funnies for you today…courtesy of Pinterest. Let’s see if you can relate to my common runner struggles. In no particular order…

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Oh and my personal favorite…all of these emojis…explaining all of my feelings precisely.

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Tell me something random about your day today! 

10k Thursday and My Favorite Seasonal Race Picks.

This morning I rolled out of bed for a run with the IRC crew. I have to say it was tough to get up but I was glad I did. I got in some miles, pretty sky and good conversation with some of my favorite folks!! 10k Thursday is done.

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Speaking of favorites…I was scoping out Angela’s race picks not long ago and thought I’d give you some of my favorite races I try and run each year. Some are local to the Dallas area where I live and others are destination races. But you will definitely want to check some of these out and get them on your race calendar soon! I suppose we can start with January…

JAN-
New Years Double- Allen, TX This one actually starts on December 31st but you have a choice to run different distances on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You can do back to back 5ks, half or even FULL marathons! Or mix ‘em up. The first year I ran it I did double half marathons…this year I went for the full gusto. Both days I placed in my age group! That champagne glass trophy was the icing on the cake.

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I love that this race is fairly small, intimate and the huge challenge plate for your medals can’t be beat. Check out my recaps here and here.

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Houston Marathon- Houston, TX This race is held during such a perfect time of year for running in Texas. More times than not temps are mild…close to 50-60 degrees in the morning. The course is also pretty flat and fast and there are spectators the entire way through cheering you on. The community really comes together for this race and it’s extremely organized. If you are looking for a first marathon choice I’d get this one on your list for sure. You will not regret it. My recap is here.

Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon- Dallas, TX This one is held at the end of January…it’s usually again pretty mild temps (so much that this year a friend joked and called it ‘Too Warm for Sleeves’.) But the course is right along the beautiful White Rock Lake and you get some pretty stellar race swag. It’s a great time of year to set a half marathon PR for sure.

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Dash for the Beads- Oak Cliff, TX For those of you that love the 5ks this is one you will want to put on your list. It provides a good challenge with lots of hills and the post race party can’t be beat. Celebrate mardi gras, grab some beads and enjoy the run!

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Rock n Roll New Orleans- New Orleans, Louisiana Well hello, if you are a foodie like I am you will enjoy the cajun cuisine as well as the sights and sounds the bayou has to offer.  I ran the full in 2011 and really would love to go back. This course is another flat and fast one…and the weather tends to be mild since it’s in the south. I love most of the Rock n Roll series races because they offer plenty of entertainment and things to look at on the course. Dress up in some fun mardi gras wear and go all out!

Cowtown Marathon and Ultra- Ft. Worth TX This race is held towards the end of the month and it’s an entire weekend of racing. The 5k/10k is on Saturday and half/full/ultra 50k is held on Sunday. This one is very organized, excellent course and just a fun way to celebrate running with all of the different distances. I ran the ultra marathon this year and absolutely loved it. I’m already looking forward to running it next year! Check out my ultra recap here.

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MARCH-
Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon- Dallas, TX I try to run this race every year because it’s Dallas…so it’s close to home, and it’s usually a decent course to work on some speed. This year they altered the course a bit and put a pretty steep incline at mile 9 which was challenging but if you do some hill work beforehand you should be all good. Check out my recap from this year here.

APRIL-
Irving Marathon- Irving, TX I have a soft spot in my heart for the city of Irving and this race. This one is another one that’s in my backyard and they are really doing some great things for the community. The running group I’m a part of, the Irving Running Club really gets involved and we are official pacers for this race! The course is mostly flat, a few rolling hills but a beautiful view of the trails and neighborhoods in the area. If you enjoy a small, intimate racing experience you will love it. You can read about my experience as a pacer for the full marathon here!

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Divas Half Marathon- Galveston, TX Running along the beach is always awesome and this race is great because it focuses on women! Gotta love the pink boas, tiaras, champagne at the finish line and hot firefighters giving you your medal. You are sold already, right? My recap is here.

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MAY-
Memorial Day Marathon- Bachman Lake, Dallas This time of year it starts to get pretty warm in Texas but for those of you that enjoy racing in humid/hot temps you will enjoy it. They offer a half and full marathon experience and it’s basically loops around the lake. Lots of Marathon Maniacs run this one and my awesome friend Angela is the race director. She offers different races all throughout the year too so you can collect all of the bling! Read more about it here.

JUNE-
Rock n Roll San Diego- San Diego, CA This one is a great destination race and you will definitely want to stay a few days afterwards to really enjoy the beach…there is so much to do and see! I’ve already reserved my spot for the marathon again next year! The half is a popular choice but the full marathon was fun and VERY hilly! Catch up on my race experience here.

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Jalapeño Half- Fort Worth, TX I hear they had a jalapeño eating contest at the end of this one but I didn’t participate. This race is CRAZY hot but an awesome way to work on your tan! I just love running in Ft. Worth too. They have a great trail park with pretty awesome views.

JULY-
Too Hot To Handle- White Rock Lake, Dallas This is a part of the Run Project race series…and yes it is HOT! White Rock Lake provides plenty of shade though and they offer lots of hydration to keep you nice and cool. They offer a 5k and 15k option…perfect distance for pushing the pace just a bit in the summer heat.

AUGUST-
Hottest Half- Community Brewery, Dallas If you are sadistic enough to run 13.1 in 90 degree temps in Texas…run this one! Don’t worry to much about your time and HEY…there’s beer afterwards. Yes, I’ve already signed up again this year. It was peer pressure. That’s what happens when you run in a running club. I’m just saying. Anyway, it should a fun time.

SEPTEMBER-
Erie Marathon- Erie, PA I ran this one with some running buds a couple years back and really enjoyed the girls trip. The course is flat, very quiet and scenic. Plus it was around $50 at the time we signed up. Talk about a steal, since most 26.2s are 100 dollars or more a pop. Who said running was a cheap sport?! HA. Not me.

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OCTOBER-
Chicago Marathon- Chicago, IL LOVE this course! It’s literally pancake flat. This was my very first marathon in 2010 and I loved every minute of it. Temps this time of year in Chicago are pretty unpredictable but if you luck out and the weather is cool and crisp (as it should be in the fall) you’ll have an excellent experience. I surely did. Oh, and go get some Garrett’s popcorn afterwards to celebrate! Check out my throwback Thursday race experience here.

Marine Corps Marathon- Washington DC/Arlington, VA This is hands down one of my favorite 26.2s to date. The marines cheering you on the entire way, the historical sites, and the camaraderie of everyone there is just so heartwarming. The course has a few rolling hills but honestly just run this one for the experience. It’s one of those bucket list choices and for sure…one you will want to run again and again. I can’t wait to head back in October, to run it for the 4th time!

NOVEMBER-
Rock n Roll Las Vegas- Las Vegas, NV This one has a half and a full marathon option. Perfect destination race, lots to do obviously and basically anywhere you stay on the strip you will not be far from the start line. Running the full marathon at night was also pretty interesting and fun! Great way to change things up. My recap is here.

DECEMBER-
Dallas Marathon and Half- Dallas, TX Lovely time of year in Dallas to run if you like chilly weather! And for some of you…temps in the 40s/50s/60s is very mild so you will love it! This one has good crowd support, spectators most of the way and is also very organized. Perfect way to end the year strong and save room for some Christmas cookies.

What are some of your favorite seasonal race picks? Share them so I can get them on my calendar!

5 Ways to Enjoy Summer Running.

Hello! It was a 7 before 7 kind of morning…just enjoying this awesome (humid) view with my running club. 7 miles before 7 a.m.

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I tell ya…it sure is starting to heat up down here! I’m seeing lots of weekend pool time in my near future.

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Post run refreshment…have you tried the Starbucks pink drink yet? It’s filled with acai and coconut milk, then strawberries thrown in. And all for less than 150 calories. You can read more about it here. My new summer favorite.

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Speaking of summer…and humidity…here are a few ways you can enjoy those miles this season…run happy and beat the heat!

1. Lather up on that sunscreen…and the body glide. Chafing can definitely be avoided with the right products. I recommend body glide and also coconut oil! If you didn’t know coconut oil actually is a natural SPF. I would mix the two for best results. Your skin will thank you.

2. Don’t underestimate the power of electrolytes. Especially with longer runs, I like to take in some Nuun or mix my water with a bit of gatorade.

3. It’s okay to slow the pace down in order to adapt and acclimate to the heat. I tend to run 30 seconds to a minute per mile slower than usual in the summer. Not to worry…when those fall marathons roll around and it cools off you will be stronger both physically and mentally! Just get through those runs and you will absolutely build strength and endurance. Consistency is key.

4. Have the proper running swag. Wear light colored clothing, dri fit tops and shorts. The lighter the material, the better.

5. Run in the heat with awesome people. It surely helps those runs go way faster when you run with fun buddies!

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What are some ways you enjoy those summer miles?

RnR San Diego Marathon Recap.

Hey there! This morning I was back on my run game with the Irving Running Club. It felt so good to celebrate 10k Thursday once again! Legs are still a tad sore but overall feeling good after Sunday’s 26.2.

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So I figured today would be a good day to do a little race recappin’! The Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon was super hilly, super humid but also super FUN. Running along the coast, climbing through the neighborhoods and enjoying all of the awesome folks down in Cali. I arrived to town pretty early on Saturday morning, hit the expo and grabbed my race swag. The expo of course was crazy crowded so I tried to get outta there as quick as possible to rest the legs for race day.

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I did a little carb loading at the local pizza spot near my hotel. Fresh tomatoes and basil = the key to my heart.

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Race day! I was super thankful for the hotel shuttle that took us fairly close to the race site. They dropped us off and it was a bit of a walk but the legs were good and warmed up for the start. I lined up to the corrals and was ready to go. Temps were about 60 something degrees, overcast and the breeze coming off of the ocean. I was happy it was not crazy hot like it has been lately in Texas. Basically the weather that morning was close to perfection for running.

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Going into this race I knew we would be doing lots of hill climbing so I decided to just enjoy the ride and try to hold a steady pace with consistent splits. Which for most of the run I was able to do…holding strong in just under a 9:30 pace. The race was rolling hills in the first half and then things got pretty steep at the end. I kept hearing from folks that have done this race that mile 23 was a straight uphill climb on a highway. So I braced myself for that. And boy, they were not joking.

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This was probably the toughest part of the course…and there are no spectators here so it’s all heart. I held on for as long as I could but definitely struggled the most with my pace at this point.

After the beast of highway stretch we go back into the neighborhoods and back into beautiful Balboa Park. It felt good to hit the downhills here and pick up the pace. I finished strong and felt pretty good at the end. Tired…and quads were trashed…but happy and riding that marathon high. 4:12:14 finish…fastest marathon so far this year on a not so easy course.

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I’ve also been seeing my times improve with marathons lately which is really a confidence booster and shows me that I’m definitely capable of possibly another sub 4 in the near future. Stay tuned!

26.2 number 20 is complete! On to the next one.

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The best part of this race…they gave all of the 26.2 finishers sweet jackets!! It was like Christmas morning.

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Oh, and I got to do a ton of exploring after my race! Lots of walking along the beach. Coronado and La Jolla are now my top two favorite places in Cali.

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Mojitos on the beach…definitely the cherry on top.

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Have you ever run a super hilly marathon? When’s your next race?
Tonight…actually. It’s just a 5k though. HA!

TGIFriday Faves.

HELLO Friday!!! I am so excited today because tomorrow early morning I will be off on a jet plane headed to run Rock n Roll San Diego! I am more than ready for this RACE-cation. Especially after all of this Texas rain. Bring on the beach, palm trees and 26.2 miles of sunshine!

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The race is on Sunday but I will be staying there for a few days after, doing a little sightseeing and vacationing. Woohoo!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Bath and Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut. Seriously this is the most perfect scent for summer. Plus I love the lotion because it has shea butter in it so it feels awesome on my skin.

-Pink hydrangeas popping up on my run by the lake. Best flower hands down.

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-My Soul Cycle tote bag…and really just tote bags in general. I have been carrying this one everywhere.

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-VitaCoco…yes I am one of those people that actually likes the taste of coconut water. I think it just reminds me of the beach or something. YUM.

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12 reasons marathon training is like being in a long term relationship. Especially 1, 2, 8 & 9. Gotta love those endorphins.

That’s all for me! I’ll see you on the other side of 26.2.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Will anyone else be in San Diego? Any restaurant/hot spot recommendations?

The Countdown Begins and Memorial Day Wknd Recap.

Hi there! I’m back after a long and relaxing 3 day weekend! Hope you all enjoyed some time off as well. And now we have a short work week ahead so that’s even better! The countdown begins til my next marathon…Rock n Roll San Diego in 5 days. Bring on 26.2 number 20!

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This morning I got in some miles with the Irving Running Club. Lots of humidity but at least we had some cool breeze and cloud cover on our side.

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Let’s recap the weekend a bit, shall we? I think this one would be best if we just did a little review in picture form.

Starting out with an awesome 11 mile run on Saturday…legs were feeling good that day. Glad to get some strong miles in.

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Followed by yoga at a brewery in Dallas. So fun.

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Love this girl. We are starting to make our yoga dates a tradition. She actually brews her own beer at home. How awesome is that?

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Watermelon all weekend. With a squeeze of lime, please.

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Sunday 10k after the rain.

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Thin crust Memorial Day pizza with tomatoes and basil. Pure happiness.

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Soulcycle is now in Dallas. I went to the one in DC a couple years back and seriously LOVED it. I’m now hooked.

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SOUL TEXAS. Yes, has a nice ring to it.

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Winding down Memorial Day with some relaxed miles on the canal. I could live here right on the water and be perfectly fine with life.

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How was your Memorial Day weekend?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and TGIF to you! It’s a rainy Friday here but I have to tell you that I am more than ready for a fun and relaxing 3 day weekend! It looks like Sonja from RHONY is doing a little happy dancing with me too.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-The fact that SoulCycle is now in Dallas! I seriously cannot wait to check out a class…already booking one for next week. FINALLY. Can’t wait to check out the studio and hopefully get some fresh new ideas. As an instructor it’s always great to take other classes! I will definitely be reporting back.

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-Moto leggings…super cute and I love all of the fun colors. And I’m also loving basically everything on GroopDealz.

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-The veggie rolls from Whole foods…these are so good and refreshing! Especially with the added avocado and some peanut sauce on the side. YUM.

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-Celebrating National Wine Day on Wednesday…ha! As if I really need a designated day to celebrate this.

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-The fact that I just signed up for the BMW Dallas Marathon in December!!! Bring on summer and fall 26.2 training. Seriously can’t wait.

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How was your week?

Are you looking forward to anything on this lovely 3 day weekend?
Yoga at a brewery, long running it, & getting my hair done.

Picnic in the Park, Sunday Trail Run and Wknd Recap.

This past weekend was pretty packed and filled with fun!! Long run, good times with friends and even some trail running! Let’s do a quick recap.

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Saturday I was up early for a long run…watched the sunrise from start to finish. 14 miles done and 2 weeks til my 20th full marathon! San Diego, I am coming for you. Should be fun, I am feeling great after my 50 miler not long ago and ready to get back on the 26.2 train.

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The rest of the day was chill…power nap and then the Irving Running Club had a picnic in the park. Folks kind of went all out and brought lots of goodies. The club itself is VERY diverse so whenever we have food events it’s a international food festival of sorts. Lots of yummies.

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Love this crew…the festivities went on into the evening and I was spent at the end of the day.

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The next day some of us ventured out to Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve for a Sunday trail run. The trail itself is quite hilly with lots of rocks and roots but made for a great workout. The legs are feeling it at bit today.

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Feels so good to get off the beaten path once again.

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Some of the crew just doing a little exploring.

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After our fun galavanting through the trail it kinda got me pumped up to sign up for some more trail races in the near future! I have my eye on a couple items…will keep ya posted.

How was your weekend? Are you training for any upcoming races?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fri-YAYs to you! I am looking forward to a fun filled weekend of running (of course) and celebrating mama on Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mamas out there. Enjoy your special day!

I am all prepped and ready to go for my weekend adventure! Cooler is set and ready to go with all of my snacks and goodies for this weekend’s 50.

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Hachie 50, I am coming for ya! As most of you know (who have been reading for a while) spending a day of doing nothing but running is so up my alley. This has also been on my bucket list for quite some time so I’m more than ready to check it off the list. I am like a caged bird ready to go out and play. Excited, anxious and all of the feelings right now. Woo-sah!

Ish is about to get real.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Eating all of the sushi this week. I am back on my sushi kick. For some reason I crave sushi when the weather is warmer? I am a sucker for some fresh salmon.

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-Lately I’ve been wearing my Pro Compression socks around the house like they are house shoes/slippers. I even slept in them last night! Felt so good…they are like a big hug for your legs and feet. And also doing all of the foam rolling. Happy muscles. #keepittight

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-Off the shoulder dresses…loving this one. A must have for summer. I basically live in dresses at all times so this belongs in my closet.

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-What is your dominant emotion? I got SASSY. Are you surprised? Probably not.

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Honest company slogans. Hilariousness…the Starbucks one is oh so true.

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That’s all for this week! See you on the other side of my crazy running adventures.

What are you up to this weekend? Doing anything fun/wild/adventurous?