Acai bowls at home, is this normal, makeup that I use and YOUR running accomplishments!!!

It warmed up a bit yesterday afternoon so we took it to the sidewalks to get Brooke’s biking game on.

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She also had quite the awesome play date yesterday and they even made sugar cookies.  

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Out of nowhere, Brooke has been taking a nap every day this week.  She hasn’t napped regularly in a year or so.  Anyone else’s kiddos go back to napping… did it last long?  Is this something I should plan our days around now or do we think it is a short-lived thing?  Her nighttime sleeping hours have remained the same so I’m guessing it is a growth spurt or something.  

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She even slept through grocery shopping… FYI it isn’t super easy carrying a sleeping kiddo while pushing a shopping cart around but it can be done.

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I’ve been craving acai bowls for a long time now but I cringe every time I have to spend $8 on one at a store…. so we made them at home (still not super cheap but probably about $3.50 for my bowl).

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Brooke kept saying, ‘mmmm so good.’  She was a major fan.  

The stars of the show—>  I just but the frozen berry packs, a few tablespoons of almond butter, two frozen bananas and milk based on consistency (although, I added a little bit too much) and topped them with coconut, strawberries and maple sunflower butter.

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I really liked this We Are Marathoners clip…. we really are an interesting group of humans:)

Random portion for your day—>  a reader asked about what makeup I use and so I thought I’d share my basics today (I try new things out too but these are my goto things)… the things I go through fast are from Target and the others from Nordstrom;)  

Tinted moisturizer, powder, bronzer, eyeliner  (brown), concealer (I use it under my eyes), eyeshadow (this thing has lasted me for years) and lip gloss (sweet sangria, punchy and delish are my favorite).   My goal is to do my makeup in 5 minutes or less which is made possible by fake eyelashes and tinted eyebrows.

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I am LOVING all of your running accomplishments! If you want to be featured please email a pic (if you want:) and your accomplishment to runningaccomplishments@gmail.com

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Michele!!! “I’m a beginning runner… at the ripe old age of 42! In previous years I’m never consistent enough to finish a race running, and not stopping to walk.  Which is ok, but I feel so good after a run.  My 8 year old will go along with me on a walk/run or ride her bike beside me.  We are doing this together.  She did her first kids 1-mile race last year and loved it.  Here we are, as our freezing weather is slowly going away, on a chilly rainy day starting our journey to complete our first 5k together this year.  While running the whole thing.  I love the feeling of good health, and she loves the race day goody bag and t-shirts!! The accomplishment here is simply getting day 1 over with.  The first day is the hardest.”

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Ellen!!! “My very first half marathon was this last Sunday! North London Half- time 2:06:00! I nailed 2 out of 3 goals I set for this race.  Number 1 was a sub 2 but it didn’t happen since I was so tired from working a lot the week before.  Number 2 was not to stop or walk at all during the race, nailed it!!! and number 3 was a sub 2:15!! Added bonus: my dad was visiting from Greece and he was also there to cheer for me!! Making him proud was priceless!! Here is a picture of us post race! Have an awesome weekend everyone!!”

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Julianne!!! “This past Sunday, I ran my second half marathon! The Public half in Atlanta! It was super windy, and it’s a hilly course.  I finished in 1:50:42, and had a blast.  I love racing.  It wasn’t my best time, but I definitely blame the 15 mph winds.”

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Julie!!!  “Last Saturday I ran my first 50k, which was also my first official trail race of any kind! Although I have run two marathons, it was my first ultra marathon.  And even though I didn’t finish in the time I hoped, I am beyond proud of what I accomplished, and I absolutely fell in love with trial running through the training process.  I literally smiled the whole time I was running on Satruday, and cried the happiest tears when I was done.  It was an amazing experience start to finish, and I still can’t believe that I did it! It’s amazing what’s possible when you put your mind (and your body!) to it!:)”

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Amy!!! “Today I ran my 6th marathon and PR’d it by 4 minutes and 19 seconds.  Last year I BQ’d at 3:37:36, which was 2 min and 34 sec under my qualifying time.  I applied only to receive an email informing me I missed the cutoff by 4 seconds.  No, that isn’t a typo.  Today, in the pouring down rain, I crossed the finish line at 3:33:17!! What makes this personal goal even sweeter is my husband cheering me on during the race and then my arrival at the finish line to him and my best friend (she drove 2 hours to surprise me) cheering me across the line.

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Natalie!!! “On Sunday we ran our second NYC Half Marathon together, which was our fourth overall race together (including the NYC full marathon this past November)! She is such an inspiration to me in many ways, but especially with running- she gives the best encouragement and advice and always knows about the latest workouts, gear, nutrition, everything- and her dedication is something to constantly aspire to.  I always think of her when a training run is especially hard since i know she is most likely out there running at that exact moment too and would be cheering me along if we were together.  Best of all, after each of our races we put on a big celebration with our friends and families- which have become can’t miss events in themselves at this point!”

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Jessica!!! “I finished my second ultra marathon this past weekend! I completed the same 50k last year and couldn’t wait to run it again.  There is 7,200 feet of climbing within the race, and more than a few freezing streams crossings! Although I didn’t beat last year’s time, I sprained my ankle during the race, and was just happy to finish! I feel so accomplished because I never thought I would be running ultra marathons, but trails are so fun! I had so much fun, and couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, volunteers on the course, and my running club friends! The picture is from one of the (cold!) stream crossings!”

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Whitney!!! “After being sidelined with the flu 3 days before my planned marathon, I was distraught that 3 months of hard work was possibly for nothing.  Fortunately, I was able to find another marathon semi close to home, and I completed it March 20th in 4:24!! My A goal was under 4:15 but coming back from the flu, I didn’t feel near as strong as I did before.  The marathon I ran was also in Atlanta, GA and a lot hillier than I was prepared to run.   Issues aside, I am so proud of myself for completing a goal that I set 5 years ao! Coming across the finish line was definitely emotional, and my mom and I had a good cry.  My husband and family are my biggest supporters and knowing they were there waiting for me at the finish line made it that much sweeter.  I’m already planning to run another one.” 

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Paulina!!! “I am 17 years old and last Sunday I ran the NYC Half Marathon and it was amazing!! Running through Times Square was so cool and I will never forget and I want to run the NYC half again next year.  This was my second half and I didn’t pr but it doesn’t matter because this course was so amazing and I will never forget this race.  There was a tunnel right before the finish and some of the runners were cheering and it was so cool.  1:43:27.  The race didn’t go how I wanted to but I was still happy at the end and I am going to try even harder next time.” 

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Parents with younger ones—>  what is their napping schedule like?  Does it come and go?

Who do you get really excited to see at the finish line of your races?

From the clip about marathons—>  have you lost any toenails?

Who else starting running/running races as a teenager?

-I stared running as a teenager but I think my first 1/2 marathon was when I was like 21ish?!

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Seeing the finish line is the best! Except when you have to pass it by and keep running before you can get back to it. That’s not so great!

I’ve done 39 marathons (40 this weekend!) and I’ve never lost a toenail. I sorta feel like I’m not a “real” runner since I haven’t. It doesn’t seem very pleasant though, so I’m not too sad about it! I started running in second grade and I have run pretty consistently since then. It’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember!

If I can do my makeup in five minutes, its a win! I don’t have patience for much longer than that!

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I played field hockey in high school so was forced to run as conditioning for that. And I hated it! But I kept running in college for fitness and that’s when I started loving it. I didn’t start racing until after I graduated.

I haven’t lost toenails yet but also haven’t done a full marathon yet so we’ll see…

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I always get super excited to see my family at the finish line. They are there for all of my races, and it’s always special to come down that home stretch and hear them cheering. :)

By the way, I have completely fallen in love with the Victoria’s Secret lip gloss. THANK YOU!!

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That makes me so happy to make another person an addict to their lip gloss… it is the best!

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What a start to Friday! I clicked play on the We are Marathoners video and cried and then I cried reading through running accomplishments! I think the video forgot to add that runners get really emotional when we see a finish line/see a friend crossing the finish line/see strangers cross the finish line/watch videos of people crossing a finish line/read stories about other runners crossing a finish line… or is that just me?! :D

Love that top you’re wearing in the car. It’s cute and looks really cozy!

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The best finish line experience for me is a tie. Last spring I ran the NJ marathon. It was the first marathon my boyfriend would be in the picture for. He was at the finish (after running the half, going home to shower and take care of our dogs and then driving back!) video taping me and screaming “go Sally go”! I cried. It felt so special to have him there.
The other was the NYC marathon this past November when at mile 23 I caught up to my best running friend who actually got me into running in the first place. We crossed together. Super full circle!

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Congrats runners!

I started running more when I was about 15/16 but didn’t run my first half till I was about 18, I think?

I love seeing my mom at the finish line. This past year, I was fortunate to have my mom and my best friend come with me to Lake Tahoe for the Marathon. I was SO excited to see my mom when I was approaching the finish but was bummed when I didn’t see my friend at the end. The reason he wasn’t there … He was “getting ready.” Seriously??! We’re at a race! No need to get all prim and proper :)

Happy Friday!

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Those are my favorite bronzers that I can’t live without! I seriously don’t know how you carried her through grocery shopping! I’ve had a child fall asleep in the cart here and there and I thought that was tricky!

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I always get super excited to see my husband at the finish line! I love smaller races where there’s a ton of crowd support right at the finish line rather than it being blocked off like at bigger races.
I started running as a teenager and dd a 5k on my college campus, but that was it for racing until I was 25.

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New napping is most likely a growth spurt. Very common. Both my kids did it. Consider yourself super lucky she is sleeping normally at night! ??
And the bonus is you get snuggles or work time.?

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I did my first 5k when I was in fifth grade, through a program called Girls on the Run (awesome program by the way!). I did cross country in high school, but didn’t start racing by myself/really get into running until I was 17 and started training for a half marathon! Hopefully I will be running my first marathon later this year!

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My son was always a car napper and still falls asleep in the car if we are driving a bit (he’s 12 lol). I bet she’s going through a growth spurt- love when they fall asleep during day, they always look so sweet

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My kids stopped napping at age two. One never napped again and the other will nap randomly.
Been racing since I was 12 but didn’t really love it much until high school. That being said, I also didn’t make a lot of running progress until the last few years. So racing now is my favorite thing. I can’t do my usual races this year though because of the pregnancy thing but as soon as I get the ok I’m signing up for one!

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I haven’t lost any toenails (thankfully), but I assume that I will in my upcoming trail run. It’s just part of the adventure! Those acai bowls look amazing! Have a great weekend!

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Your acai bowl looks incredible. Don’t mind me over here just dreaming of making my own now. And I started running when I was in college, so about 18, but I hated it. Somehow, it has now grown into a huge passion of mine and I can’t imagine not doing it. Funny how that works isn’t it ;)

I’ve always wondered what it would have been like if I had ever actually been trained for it competitively in high school, but I just didn’t have the time then. Now I’ve got to make up for it now I guess haha

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I’ve never lost a toenail, but I blacked one during a marathon PR. Luckily, it didn’t fall off; I just had to wait for it to grow out.

What I *have* done was when I first started running, I wore the 100% cotton Finish Line brand socks that I wore every day. I thought that since they were from an athletic shoe store, that they’d be fine. THEY WERE NOT FINE. I have so many blisters I was more band-aid than person. Rookie mistake!

For Michele in today’s running accomplishments, congrats! Everyone’s first mile is the hardest. I still have my training log that shows “1.0 mile” crossed out and I will never forget those 11 minutes of pain on the treadmill. Sticking to it brought me lots of health, fun times, and a great emotional outlet–I hope you have a long and awesome relationship with running too!

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Ahh I love acai bowls! There’s this adorable coffee shop I’m obsessed with and they have them there for pretty cheap.

I didn’t start running races until after college! I used to do the kids fun runs when I was really young but I had no interest at all in running until being out of school.

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I get super pumped when a race has chocolate milk at the end!! Or beer.

I started running in 5th grade, but didn’t get into “the long stuff” until I did my first half marathon the summer after graduating high school.

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Napping is a growth spurt and I wouldn’t change your schedule around it because it won’t last long. But if you’re somewhere she can lay down, her ‘quiet time’ will probably result in a nap. Just don’t let it go too long or too late or she won’t go to bed at night!

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I love if my husband can be there at the end of my race. Otherwise I find my friends and that’s pretty good too.

I didn’t start running until I was 40 and I didn’t love it until I did my first half. Then I was hooked. I’m running NYC this November and I’m both super excited and kind of nervous!

Yes, I have lost nails. My toes are oddly long so I think that is part of the issue.

Love acai bowls, I make mine at home too. Brooke definitely enjoyed hers, so cute.

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I love homemade acai bowls! So refreshing and I don’t feel like I’m wasting all of my mula haha

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I always make my Acai bowls at home because there is no place on my side of Phoenix that sells them! I swear I should open my own Acai place. I use Greek yogurt in mine instead of banana. The consistency is extra creamy and you get more protein!

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I notice that you carry Brooke a lot… has this made a difference in your upper body strength? I feel like all moms gain mega biceps after having a baby. My son is almost 7 months old and I feel stronger than I have ever been – just from carrying him around.

My favorite people to see at the finish line → my husband and son. My husband rarely misses my races. He really is the best Sherpa out there. ☺

Congrats to all those with amazing running accomplishments!!!

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I love making acai bowls at home! Quick and easy to do!

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I too am a big fan of the Victoria Secret lip gloss, I always have to have one with me!
I actually hated running when I was younger but it’s grown on me.
Thanks for acai bowl recipe, Ive never attempted them at home and they are kind of hard to fund around here.

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Daylight savings time has REALLY messed up the nap thing. My 5 yr old who NEVER naps has taken two naps this week. My 3 yr old who also stopped napping about a year ago has napped EVERY DAY since time change. These are late naps and then she wants to stay up late. And my poor 1 yr old, who has always been a consistent one nap a day napper has SKIPPED two naps this week. It is weird and makes us all sorts of grumpy. I’ve always loved daylight savings, but I don’t know.

I have actually not competed in any formal races since having kids. THAT is my running goal, I suppose. I imagine having my kids there at the end would be awesome, though I guess technically they are at home when I finish any run and come stumbling in all tired and sweaty so they are there at all my informal finish lines. ;)

Yes, I have lost toenails TWICE due to running. Once due to some tap dancing… don’t ask.

I was 19 when I actually STARTED running, but I kind of hated it. I didn’t LOVE running until I was 26. I was 26 when I ran my first race as well. So it took a few years for me.

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I literally told Ross last night that I have been craving an acai bowl for weeks now….basically since the last one I had in Hawaii. I have acai mix on my list of things to get at costco today. Maybe I will just head over to your house instead and have you make me a bowl. I know. I am such a great friend, right?

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I’ve been waiting for you to show up all day long… where are you?

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I’ve never had acai. I guess I’m living under a rock. :) I will try your recipe, thanks!!!

Good job everyone!

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I didn’t start running long distance or like running until early twenties after I miscarried. Those acai bowls look amazing!!!!! I hope my son gets back on a napping schedule! He doesn’t seem to nap lately. ?

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LOVE that clip, sending it to all of my runner friends. I lose toenails in almost every race! I’ve tried different shoes, socks, taping them – nothing helps. But it’s a small price to pay for a shiny new medal!

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I love that makeup bag! Where is it from?

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Thanks girl! It is also from Target:) I spend way too much there ha! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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Definitely a growth spurt….

This past fall my picking eater of a son starting eating everything in sight and 3X of it…..I think he grew 3 inches over the winter behind my back??? He just got tall all of a sudden….

And that video was awesome but every time I see bloody nipple spots I just cringe…..I still remember my first volunteering gig at a marathon and when runners came up to me for a drink with blood stained t-shirts I wanted to give them a band-aid rather than a water. OUCH!

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Yay! Thank you for sharing your makeup! You always look so pretty! :) And I hear ya on carrying a kid around in the grocery store, it is SO hard ha! My daughter is starting to phase out her naps right now and I am due with my 2nd kiddo in about 7 weeks so i am stressing out a bit haha! ;)

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It’s so funny you mentioned shopping with a sleeping kiddo…I was just thinking how much I miss holding my little guys and specifically when they would fall asleep while running errands and I got to snuggle the heck out of them. Even though its a bit of a pain, try to treasure those sweet naps :)

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I’ve lost both big toenails – they take forever to grow back!

Late bloomer here ~ I ran my first race when I was 48. And it’s always my husband at the finish line!

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Two things:
1. I am 100% making one of those acai bowls over the weekend! They look unreal!

2. The Barkley Marathon documentary was UNREAL! I watched it at 1-am in the night and actually debated getting up and going for a run! haha So inspirational! I’ve been going on and on about it to ALL of my friends back home and I’m just dying for someone to watch it so that we can discuss! Don’t forget to let us know of any other awesome documentaries you happen to come across!

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SO SO glad you loved that documentary! Amazing right!??! I will keep you up to date with any other cool ones I watch! Enjoy your weekend (and acai bowl!!!)

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I get really excited to see my guy at the finish line of my races. He is my biggest supporter, and he has to deal with my weird running habits every day :)

I have only lost one toenail and it wasn’t from running: a shelf fell on my big toe and the nail came off a month or so later.

I started running in cross country in high school, but I didn’t start running for fun until I was about 22.

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Proud to say that I’ve never lost any toenails! I have pretty deep nail beds, and small nails, though. Kinda flintstoney-toes :-)

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Your expression with Brooke in the background is priceless.

My baby boy falls asleep without fail in the car, then it’s a challenge to see how long we can keep him that way.

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I haven’t been on your blog in a while and Brooke is so grown up now!!
Love this video, very representative of marathoners.

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Yes to Physician’s Formula bronzer! I’ve used theirs for easily a decade, and it can’t be beat!

I’m in the process of losing a toenail now…of course since it’s becoming flip flop season finally :)

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I just get excited to see the finish line, no matter who is there! Haha most of the adult running buddies or people I follow are in a longer distance than I, so I don’t see many people except for my immediate family at the finish line.

I’m 15 soon and am going to be racing a half marathon in May! I’m very excited but even more nervous–it’s my first time racing over 10k, and I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to get sub 1:30 this year.

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Hi! I love your grey shirt. Where is it from?

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Growth spurt or just not sleeping as well yet in her new bed??

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Homemade Acai bowls – what a great idea!

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