North Fork Race Photos!

First things first, I got a few more photos from the North Fork 50!!
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These beautiful flowers were all over the course!
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And I teared up AGAIN, when I saw this finish photo with Corrie!!!  Pure JOY!
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Alright…back to real life!

Wednesday:   Muggy morning miles with awesome friends!
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I took my Yeti to the smoothie shop so it wouldn’t melt so quickly.  It’s a thousand degrees in TN.
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My new Hungry Runner Girl tank arrived!!  Caroline and I enjoyed some sunshine on the front porch.
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The hubs is doing a juice cleanse this week.  Fun times in our house…lol!!
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Thursday:

Follow your arrow wherever it points—>
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I’m loving my joy tote from ED by Ellen!
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We had an awesome group for this week’s Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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It wouldn’t be BBC without breakfast.
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Nashville is finally getting on the acai bowl bandwagon…woohoo!  This beauty is from Juice Bar.
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My friend CB gave me a box of the new Skratch Cookie Mix, so I decided to bake cookies for the Fleet Feet Dirtbag Trail Mixer/Run.  The mix is really healthy.
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Of course I added toffee and mini chocolate chips making it a little less healthy.  🙂
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They turned out really well!
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We had a great time!!
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Except for my mosquito bites!
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Friday:
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I hit the gym..10.10 miles on July 10th seemed fun!  Followed by a smoothie. 🙂
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Have you seen the new chocolates at Starbucks?!!  This one is SO good!!!
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Today is the last day to enter my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY on Instagram!  Find this image and follow the directions….it’s super simple!
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Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate…rank from best to worst! Dark, White, Milk

Do mosquitos eat you up?!

Tell me about your pet(s)!! 

#choosejoy

Blah Blah Blah…Recovery Week

In less than a week, I ran Boston and the Country Music Half.  This week has been dedicated to boring recovery…blah, blah, blah.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s necessary.
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Sunday:
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Other than feeling heavy and slow, my body felt good after the CMM half, so I did a 1 hour recovery jog on the treadmill.  If you can’t tell, I bought the entire Boston expo!
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How I feel in my new gym clothes…
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We spent the rest of the day at my Gran’s house…so good for my spirit.  The only picture I took was of her biscuits in a cast iron pan.  You can see where my brain was AND my Gran had homemade pear preserves!
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Sunday night wisdom from Maya Angelou…
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Monday:
8 treadmill miles followed by a green smoothie!
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T-shirt du jour…Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions.  Coffee understands.
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And, I made a new honey-lime, sweet potato and black bean taco salad recipe…so good!!
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Tuesday:
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It felt so weird to not join my friends for track Tuesday, but my legs definitely aren’t ready yet.  I did, however, enjoy an empty gym!
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I always love everyone else’s Transformation Tuesday posts on Instagram.  I jumped in the game this week.
First marathon.  5 years ago.  5+ hour finish
Boston 2015.  3:38 finish.  I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be possible.
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After the gym, I baked a batch  of cookies for thank-you gifts.  This might be my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!!  I will share asap!
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I had a much needed haircut and highlights.  I have a little patch of grays that needed to be covered up!
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With my new hair, I put on some make-up and real clothes and met up with girlfriends to catch up!
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Do you get into a rut of wearing run clothes more than “real” clothes?  I am SO guilty of this one!
Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?  Share the link!
Have you started getting gray hairs?  What age did you start to notice them and do you color your hair?
Do you look forward to working out when you have new run clothes?
#ChooseJoy

No Grit, No Pearl

Thursday:
We started the day running with the BBC.  Just a reminder that we meet every Thursday.  Run at 6am.  Breakfast at 7am.  Everyone is welcome!!
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It was a yucky, rainy morning…perfect day to wear my new Run 4 Others shirt!!  The profits are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Buy yours HERE! 
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We stayed for breakfast afterwards to celebrate Steve’s 60th Birhtday!!!
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The competition in the Grand Masters Division is heating up!
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The Fleet Feet Racing Team “modeled” the new Spring Looks.  It goes without saying that I do NOT have a future as a model!  Click HERE to see the Spring Look Book!
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I met up with my girlfriend Shyla for Orange Theory Fitness.  It was a tough class as always and even included a 2400m row!
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Yes, I made sure to wear orange to OTF, because I’m a nerd.
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Friday:  1st Day of Spring!
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Mother Nature didn’t get the Spring memo, so I cheered up the house with roses.
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I hit the gym for an 8 mile run, some TRX, free weights, and a green smoothie from Daily Juice.  I loved the Nike Tailwind Tank so much that I bought a few colors!
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You have to read the 8 Thoughts Every Runner Has on the First Day of Spring (Runner’s World).  It cracked me up!
1.  That moment the weatherman says it’s going to be 48 degrees the next day.
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I made sure to carb up for Saturday’s 20 miler!
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This sounds about right to me.
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So many runner’s are in their peak training weeks for Spring races.  Remember no grit, no pearl!  It’s hard, but so rewarding!!!
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Did you get snow on the first day of Spring?  Some of the social media pictures were crazy!  It was cool in TN, but no snow.
What are your run plans for the weekend?  I’m pacing a group for 20 miles on Saturday.
What’s your next goal race?  I’m one month away from Boston…eek!
If you could have a running sponsorship from one company, what would it be?  I’d go with Saucony, because I spend a fortune on their shoes!
#choosejoy

Orange is the Happiest Color!

Thursday:

Early morning run with the BBC and breakfast after at Whole Foods!
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Throwback Thursday.  LEFT: My first marathon (5ish years ago) RIGHT: 2014 Chicago Marathon
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Coffee, candles, and crystals…such a nice spot to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.  🙂

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I met up with Shyla and Corrie for a super fun Orange Theory Fitness class.

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Dinner with Jason afterwards….avocado rolls and tofu stir-fry.  YUM!
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Friday:
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8 treadmill miles, a little spin bike, and some weights.
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Followed by a green smoothie at Daily Juice!
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Some of the Fleet Feet Race Team got together for a Spring Look Book Photo Shoot.  It was so much fun trying on all of the new Spring clothes!!
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The obligatory Friday night pasta dinner before Saturday’s long run…
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Saturday: Pi Day!!!  (Celebrate accordingly!)
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Not only is my girlfriend Jenn Schott a Boston Qualifying runner, she is a very talented singer/songwriter.  She used her gifts to write a song for Ian Miller (a first grader that has already undergone 3 brain surgeries, chemo, and radiation at St. Jude).  Click the link to hear about his story and hear her song!
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7-year-old St. Jude Cancer Survivor Ian Miller Inspires Song

***Don’t forget to enter to win this medal holder!!  Just click HERE and leave a comment!!!***
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There are so many races going on this weekend! What is your weekend run plan?

What’s your favorite type of pie? Mine is chocolate with lots of meringue!

If you HAD to pick one…Pie, Cake, or Cookies?  Cake for me!