8 miles @ 9:04 average with Emilee and it looks like we are going to be raking all weekend… you can’t even see the grass anymore ha.

After two speed days in a row my legs felt pretty fatigued and I need as much recovery as possible today in preparation for a big day on Saturday!

Cupcake hair and a mohawk for crazy hair day….

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I don’t know if I could live without hot chocolate.

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The other day I was asked to speak at our kid’s elementary school for red ribbon week!  They wanted me to talk about how awesome it is to live a drug-free life and how much that helps me with running.

I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW NERVOUS I WAS.   I’ve spoken in front of people at church and at the high school I used to teach at (and I seem to not be afraid to talk about TMI subjects on the internet every day) without feeling nervous but for some reason I was just so nervous about elementary aged students ha.  Luckily, it all went really well and Brooke and Knox said afterwards that they weren’t embarrassed by me so that is a win!  PS it did make me miss teaching health and I’d love to get back to that again someday.

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My nephew and Skye were so sad they couldn’t stay for the rest of the day at the school.

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Dinner was my current favorite meal—> Alfredo (2 T olive oil, 1 T flour, 2 small cartons of heavy cream, 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese) + noodles + grilled chicken + roasted broccoli & cauliflower

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I have a few Friday Favorites to share today!

*Disney+.  Wow.  It’s only $6.99 a month and you get SO many movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars etc.  We already have a Hulu account and so adding this only cost us an extra few dollars month and now we are never going to run out of movies for family movie night.

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*I get a lot of questions on this headband so I thought I would just add it here!  You can find it here and it really does keep your ears so warm!  I have it in a few colors too.

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*Oh and just in case you need a very very very warm ear band… this one is amazing!

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*Oprah posted her Amazon Favorites HERE and she has so many amazing gift ideas… I want everything.

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*Heather gave me an amazing recommendation for a top that has a built in balaclava.  It is going to save me this winter on those cold mornings as a base layer that will keep my face warm too!  It is very soft and fits true to size!  PS you can get 20% off Athleta when you enter your email at the bottom of this page!

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*I love Lauren and Jesse’s podcast and I LOVED what they had to say in regards to everything coming out from Mary Cain and others at this point.

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*The Peppermint Chocolate Chip shake from Chic-fil-a is back and as heavenly as can be.

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*Each December our church has an awesome program for service called Light The World.  This December you can enter in your phone number to get a daily text with an idea of how to serve somebody else. I just think it’s the coolest.

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What are your Friday plans?

What is the last podcast that you listened to (and let me know if you would recommend it)?

Public speaking—> does it make you nervous or not so much?

Teachers reading—> how did you decide on teaching the age group that you decided to teach?

I think between our bodies finally feeling more recovered after St. George and cutting back our mileage just a touch this week, we had successful back-to-back speed days this week! Our coach had a specific route planned for our workout so Andrew dropped us off and Emilee’s husband picked us up. We did a 2 … Continue Reading

I am very very excited about something so I’ll just start out the post with it rather than talk about things in order about yesterday!  I had a meeting yesterday to go over everything about coaching for Brooke and Knox’s school’s cross-country team.  We start in April and I am just beyond excited.  When I … Continue Reading

Last week I was feeling overcooked and drained and this week I am feeling more excited than ever.  We just have to stick with it when we hit those valleys in our training because before you know it, your emotions will change all over again (I’m sure hormones have something to do with it for … Continue Reading

This morning I have a lot of why questions for you…. Why is lasagna flavored anything my biggest love language (we made this recipe)? Why don’t I have them match every day? Why not turn your backyard into a mountain biking park? Why does Skye stay so completely still for Brooke when she is brushing … Continue Reading

Another week of training done and done.  We were mostly in the mountains yesterday but also did a few miles on the roads. I wore the Brooks Launch 6 for the mix of the trails and speed on the roads and they worked perfectly for both. The first 3 miles or so we climbed and … Continue Reading

On Thursday our coach told us to take Friday off because we were clearly tired (based on our runs this week) so I slept in and cuddled up with kids! Andrew got out to mountain bike! Then we went to meet my good friend Jess (she is in town) for lunch! Andrew was holding her … Continue Reading