Last day in California, running annoyance and what we are excited for this fall.

Well, I couldn’t find any bobby pins for my run Monday morning so I ended up eating my hair the entire time.  I remember one time before my blogging days that I forgot bobby pins/a headband for a race and my hair drove me crazy the entire time.  But I think it was actually my secret weapon because I was so busy thinking about how annoying it was to have my hair in my face that I didn’t think about how tired my legs were and I ended up finishing faster than I expected. 

8 miles @ 8:01 pace yesterday and some speed today (let’s see how that goes because I got to bed at about 3 a.m. today)…

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Monday morning I set out from Andrew’s Grandparents’ house and found a dirt trail about .5 miles away.  It was perfect.  PS whenever I run somewhere new like this I make sure I have the address where I am staying in my phone and put it in my Google Maps and let my phone guide me back if I’m a little bit lost.  The place I get lost the most often while running is Arizona… I have no sense of direction there.  

A great place to just zone out, listen to Jimmy Eat World and enjoy sea level running.  

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Andrew’s grandma made sure to have a perfect breakfast waiting for all of us.  

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And then we were off to The Orange Outlets.  

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Brooke found some high-tops that she loved a whole lot.

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The kids also got some laps in themselves.  

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I finally got a new Hydroflax just in time for all the hydrating that needs to go on over the next few weeks before the marathon.

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Knox told me he wanted a picture next;)

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The swim party with Andrew’s extended family then started!

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About 20 seconds after this picture my tube was flipped by Andrew’s grandpa.  

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Andrew is passing his GoPro love down to Knox.  

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Dinner was served and this bowl of fruit was perfection….  Brooke and I went back for 3 helpings of it:)

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Pretty much the only trick (aka not doing anything special) I can do while jumping in the pool.

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We all showered off real quick and then jumped in the car for the 9 hour drive home.  Andrew’s grandma made sure to pack us her Special K bars—>  they are like peanut butter bars but with Special K.  Almost too good.

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It was a long drive home with plenty of randomness with these two but for the majority of the trip they slept.

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Andrew and I put together a meal plan for the next few days with the goal to cut back on our treats (this always happens after a trip… my body is ready to get back to normal meals/food) and then I came up with a list of all the fall things I am excited about.  In no particular order:

*Cornbelly’s (we always get season passes to this—>  it is a big fall fair/carnival thing about 20 minutes away)

*The Pumpkin Train… it is a 40 minute Halloween themed train ride up the canyon.  PS Knox’s favorite holiday is Halloween so it is going to be such a blast doing all of the Halloween stuff with him.

*ALL OF THE FALL TRAIL RUNNING.  Josse and I decided we are sticking to trails only for a month or two while we recover after the marathon.

*Making everything food related with pumpkin.  Oh and all of the fall soups, those are the best.

*Going to the Bay Area with Andrew in October (I take Brooke out to her dad that weekend).

*I’m ready for sweater weather (*although, I’m not ready for snow weather*)

*The pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting

*Making caramel apples with the kids

Andrew’s list of fall things he is excited for:

*Hot chocolate

*Mountain biking

*Pumpkin flavored anything

*All of our first holiday’s together (Andrew’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving)

ANDREW’S REQUEST FROM YOU—>  He wants the BEST pumpkin bread recipe from you please.  He wants to try the ones that you recommend and post them!

What are you most looking forward to this fall?  Have a fall 1/2 marathon/marathon?

Favorite holiday?

Ever gotten lost while out on a run?  How often do you run with your phone on you?

-I can’t remember the last time I didn’t run with my phone on me.

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I really love the fall. While summer is great, it’s nice to start wearing jeans and long sleeves again without sweating everything I have off. Plus, I love the crisp feeling in the air. :)

My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July, but Thanksgiving is right up there. I love being with family, eating lots of great food and watching football. It’s perfect. :) (Oh, and I have definitely gotten lost on plenty of runs and ended up running longer routes than I originally expected!)


Soon after we got our iPhones for the first time my husband called me on a run and said he was lost and could I use the find my phone feature and try to figure out where he was and figure out a map home? I then reminded him he had his phone…the phone he was calling me on…that could do that same thing for him. ?


BAHAHAH Chelsea, this story made me laugh so hard!!! Oh I loved it. Thanks for the afternoon laugh!


It is SPRING in South Africa and I’m looking forward to everything summer!!! My son had his first swim for the season on Sunday, but I’m not that brave the water is freezing. My favorite holiday is Christmas! We don’t even get snow over here but I feel sorry for myself every winter, can’t stand the cold.


Oh that is so so exciting Almarie! I love spring for that very reason… summer is right around the corner. Tell your son congrats… that is AWESOME!!



This is just a basic recipe for pumpkin bread, but it comes out so moist and flavorful. I think it’s originally from Bobby Flay.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Scant 1 cup canned pumpkin puree, not flavored pie filling
2 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch loaf pan.
2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in a small bowl.
3. Beat the butter, sugar, and oil on high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl a few times, until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
4. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Mixing on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture and 2/3 cup water and mix until just combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely.


BETH BETH BETH BETH BETH!!! How the heck are you woman… besides running 1000 miles a day;) THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE! This will be made in our kitchen asap and I’ll have it ready for Andrew when he gets home from work one day haha! THANK YOU!


I don’t care a whole lot for pumpkin flavored anything. I do have a good pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and that’s about as far as my pumpkin goes.

I’m excited for fall decorations and a little cooler weather, but I’m dreading any kind of freezing and cold.


Mmm where’s this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies?? LOL


I’ve got your pumpkin bread recipe on lock:

seriously the best I’ve ever made.
Also, I got lost yesterday on my run…all the sudden I was running through farms and houses and I hit a strip mall/busy road and I was like oh my goodness, this is not where I want to be. thank the lord for a giant cell phone tower decorated like a silly tree that my town has up because I just ran towards it and ended up back where I wanted to be haha! next time I think I’ll do a little better planning…


Brooke’s high tops are adorable! I agree with Andrew, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too.


I’m looking forward for the temperature and humidity to go down at least a little bit! Summer has been unbearable here in South Florida.

And my favorite holiday has to be Christmas!


Same here Nathaly! I get so jealous of fall and winter and seasons haha! I’m in South Florida as well and get to the point where some days I just keep the air high and make some hot chocolate :)


COME VISIT us in Utah:) You’ll get enough of the cold and snow after a few weeks and then get to go home to sunshine haha!


I am so bad with directions and I get lost all the time. I really don’t know what I would do without my phone.


Cooks illustrated has the best pumpkin bread:


They cook down the puree… that is SUCH a good idea. We will be making this and that picture sold me haha! THANK YOU MO!


This recipe is from my mother-in law, we love it.
5 Eggs
1 1/4 Cups Veg Oil
1-15oz Can of pumpkin
2 cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2 – 3 oz boxes of Vanilla cook and serve pudding
1- tsp baking soda
1- tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees. Beat eggs, add oil and pumpkin and stir until smooth. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour into 5 mini (Bake 50-55 mins) or 2 regular bread pans (Bake 75-80 Mins).

Fall is my favorite season, I like the cooler temps but its still sunny and no snow. I love everything pumpkin, I love the leave changing.

My favorite holiday is Christmas.


Well that looks PERFECT!! I’ve never seen a recipe with the cook and serve pudding. It sounds amazing (thank you for typing this up for us… we will be making it)!!!!


The pudding makes it really moist :)


Umm, I kind of love Brooke’s sneakers, too.

My husband asked me out in October and we also got engaged in October so I kind of have a special fondness for it. I am looking forward to cooler weather, changing leaves, and not having to run so early to beat the heat. I have a half marathon in October and my first full is NYC in November. It’s 9 weeks away and my stomach just kind of bobbed as I wrote that.

Christmas is my favorite holiday.

I keep my phone with me most of the time, except on short runs. I like to have it in case of an emergency.


Ok, so don’t judge, but this VEGAN recipe is the BEST pumpkin bread I’ve ever had. I’m not a vegan. It’s incredibly flavorful and moist, made with maple syrup so it has a really rich flavor. I’ve been making it for three years and no one every knows it’s missing the eggs.

Favorite holiday is Halloween. Duh. I’m obsessed with everything fall. Who isn’t??




Autumn is my favorite season! For one, my birthday is October 25. Also I just love the weather and the amazing colors of the fall foliage here in the north east.
I’m kicking the season off with an amazing trip with my boyfriend at the end of Sept. We’re flying to Seattle, taking a train to Vancouver and then renting a car and driving through Canadian rockies stopping at Jasper and Banff National parks! I can’t wait.
Also looking forward to pumpkin and apple picking with my boyfriend and his girls.
I’ve got a half marathon on 10/9 too. It’s the 10th year straight I’ll be running my hometown half marathon: the Staten Island Half. It was my very first half marathon back in 2007.


I’m excited for October – my husband turns 30 (!!!!!) And I’m running the South Jordan 1/2 next month too!


Love my Hydroflask!!! You can get a great replacement cap with a straw on Amazon! :)


AHHH YES I just put mine on and I am LOVING the straw. It makes it so much easier. I don’t think I’ve left my Hydroflask today (except for my run hahaha).


Halloween and fall are my favorites!!!! I don’t have a recipe, but make sure to try pumpkin bread with chocolate chips in it……….so good!


I’d love the recipe for those Special K bars!


That breakfast spread looks unreal! Seriously!

Also, you neeeeeeed to get the recipe for those Special K bars! Holy yum!


Ahhh so many great fall activities, I need to make a list and plan some things into my schedule! And I LOVE that Andrew’s grandpa flipped you in the tube. Never grow old!


I love Brooke’s new kicks!


I have a 4 day adventure race this fall, starting this Thursday! I think that is my highlight and then Ragnar in the Adirondacks. :)


FOUR DAY adventure race?! THAT sounds incredible. Oh I am so excited for you Jessica! Have a blast!!


Those peanut butter bars sound delicious! Share the recipe?!

Thing I’m looking forward to this fall the most – Apple orchard season! Already planned a trip was some girlfriends to head down to the apple orchards for apple picking/donut eating :)


Agh, Brooke’s high toppers remind me of when I wore those as a middle schooler. OMG! I’m SOOOO old!!! It’s crazy though how fashion comes back in style always.


Grandma Baron’s special K bars are The BEST!! And basically all her food is amazing. Just wait until you have her sugar cookies ?. So fun to see all these pictures of my grandparents and their pool I spent hours and hours swimming in. And you got to meet my parents! (Craig & Jennifer). I love reading your blog and seeing Andy so happy. Hopefully we will one day meet at a future Baron get together :)


AHHHH HEY STEPHANIE!!! Seriously your comment made me so happy and I LOVE YOUR PARENTS. They are the best and I loved talking with them. Seriously those Special K bars are something else (I actually don’t want the recipe when I really think about it cause I will eat the whole pan myself). We better meet ASAP!!!!!


The Pumpkin Train sounds so much fun! I am really looking forward to fall activities. This will be my son’s first Halloween and I’m excited to take him to a few local pumpkin patches and fall festivities!


AHHH first Halloween with your son… the BEST!! Enjoy every second Polly!


The BEST pumpkin bread recipe… I posted a muffin recipe on my blog today! I prefer muffins because these are really dense and if you’re not careful the bread doesn’t get cooked all the way through.

We’ve been home in California for a week and have loved this Fall like weather. Back to Oahu tomorrow, so back to heat and humidity. But I’m running the Honolulu marathon in December, so I need that kind of training.

Favorite holiday = Thanksgiving. It’s big for both of our families so we alternate between California and Florida each year.

When we first moved to Oahu in 2013 I got lost several times. Thank goodness for my phone! I always run with it. We use the Find Friends app, so I know where my husband is cycling and he knows where I’m running.


Lately I’m so lazy that the best pumpkin bread I make is the mix from TJ’s :( haha but I love fall the best as it’s my son’s birthday so I’m looking forward to planning a 3rd bday party for him, his last before his baby brother is born in December!
I never run without my phone, more for safety than for directions. But before the age of cell phones a million years ago I got lost in my first ever cross country meet in high school. I wound up running an extra mile and finished a complete teary mess until I realized I still didn’t come in last place! It’s hysterical now but I think the most embarrassed I’ve ever been in my life at the time.


I’m never ready for snow. Ever. But sweater weather is nice. You cant lose when yoire wearing something soft and fleecy and snuggled up to the fire with your love. I’m looking forward to fall colors and hiking/backpacking trips!


Looks like a fantastic getaway! It’s fun running on vacation–ad even more fun having all those special treats.


Sorry no pumpkin bread recipes, but I do love most things pumpkin!

Our favorite holiday is Memorial Day b/c it signals the start of summer and warm weather. We did enjoy our Labor Day of running and eating, though!

We are trying to do things to make each season great and not take any days for granted, so we are going to have a blessed fall and even…winter. That is my goal at least. Positive attitudes in the Bello house!


My favorite recipe makes 3 full size loaves, (which I love, cause anytime I can only do the work once, and save some for later, I’m a fan). Also I really like detailed instructions, so here’s everything I do.

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 bag milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 9×5 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, canola oil, water, vanilla, and eggs. Mix until smooth.
4. Slowly blend in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. I like to coat the chocolate chips with flour before I stir them into the batter, this helps them stay suspended in the batter, and helps avoid them all sinking to the bottom. Evenly divide batter between the three loaf pans.
5. Bake for 60 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove loaves from oven and cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. With a knife, go around the bread and loosen the loaves. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing.
*Note-this recipe makes a lot of bread, so be prepared to share or put a loaf in the freezer for later.


MOLLY!! HOLY COW… thank you SO so much for typing in the recipe for me. Seriously… and I am all about 3 full loaves at once… one for me, one for andrew and one for the kids. This looks amazing! THANK YOU!!!!


Best pumpkin bread recipe: I think there’s a Betty Crocker recipe that’s good. All pumpkin muffin/bread recipes I’ve seen ask for 3 or 4 cups of sugar. Totally unnecessary. Cut it back to 1.5-2 cups and you won’t even notice the difference, I promise.


I think Andrew needs a taste tester for all the pumpkin bread making he will be doing. I selflessly volunteer myself. So giving. Much sacrifice.

You can also tell Andrew that I drank crio bru this morning and it was fantastic. Crisp Fall mornings (and evenings) are my favorite.

I love all the holidays. With every holiday I think, THIS is my favorite…until the next holiday. But I really do love Halloween. Dressing up is so much fun. And Thanksgiving? A day devoted to being grateful and eating obscene amounts of food? Where no one cares about my (very normal/daily) helpings of 2nds and 3rds??? Ummmm, yes please.


i am definitely looking forward to the cooler temps the most!! that breezy weather just makes me so happy. Christmas is my favorite holiday with Halloween in a close second! i’ve never gotten lost on a run, but i knew someone who got lost running in central park and wound up running double his planned distance trying to find his hotel (why he didn’t ask someone for directions i will never know)


I love thanksgiving best too! Most excited this fall for my sons bar mitzvah! It’s so soon I cannot even believe it


I don’t know if this counts but it’s super easy and delicious – Everything but the Pumpkin bread mix. I definitely recommend adding chocolate chips because duh but omg it’s so good!!!

I love fall running weather. The leaves are already starting to change here in Minneapolis! Crazy! I am signed up for a couple 5ks but looking at a half marathon early next year!

I always take my phone with me on runs. I get lost easily too! And lately I’ve realized it would be a good option now that Uber is a thing and I don’t usually carry money with me so if I ever need a ride home, I can easily call an Uber!


I ran a trail 1/2 marathon a few years ago with a girlfriend. We were doing it for fun and the wine after so we were chatting heavily while running. All of a sudden we realized we hadn’t seen anyone for a while and we came to a trail end. We had to turn around and after running for a while we saw the pink flag we had missed. By the time we got to the finish line we had run 16 miles instead. Oops! The good news is we still weren’t last! :)


Cooking Light’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bread is a healthier and delish!

This is the pumpkin pie/bread recipe I’ve been using since 2011. It also teaches you how to make it with fresh pumpkin (I use the microwave option to save time). I also cut the sugar down to 1.5 cups (3 cups is WAY too much). I make a bunch of these breads and send them off to people as gift packages. I get lots of compliments on this bread.


Ahh Fall! Fall is my favorite season and my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

I’m doing the Big Sur half marathon in Monterey in November and I am really looking forward to that. I’ve heard the views are lovely out there. It’s the weekend before my birthday so I may do some shopping while I’m out there.


I just love seeing how happy your family is! It will be so fun to celebrate your first holidays together and start new traditions!

My favorite pumpkin bread is from Runners World!


I love love fall! I am looking forward to the cooler weather, warmer meals, PUMPKIN EVERYTHING, Apple orchard days, pies, football, and family outings.

I have yet to make this recipe, but Amanda (from Running with Spoons) recipe, looks amazing (I mean it’s a one bowl recipe and chocolate chips are involved, what more could you want? ;))


I am very thankful for Thanksgiving because its the one holiday left that my family up north still gets together for. However, with that being true my personal FAVORITE holiday is EASTER! The obvious reason being “Jesus has Risen, He has Risen Indeed”…..but the jelly beans, egg hunts, and spring are just bonus!!


Grandma Edith’s Pumpkin Bread

dry ingredients –
1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
liquid ingredients –
1 c. pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
3/4 c plus 1 Tbsp of water
1/2 c. melted butter
2 eggs beaten

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Next add pumpkin, water, and eggs into the dry mixture while mixing with mixer on low to med. speed. When ingredients are well blended fold in the melted butter. Pour into loaf pans just less than half full. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.


Here’s a wonderful (& semi-healthy) pumpkin bread recipe. I always double it & freeze one loaf:
• 1-1/2 cups of unbleached, all-purpose flour (I actually use half white wheat flour & half all purpose; I tried all wheat flour once but it was too dry)
• 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp. cloves
• 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
• 1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup low-fat or nonfat buttermilk
• 1 large egg
• 1 Tbsp. canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves together in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, beat pumpkin puree, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and oil together. Add dry ingredients to wet, stirring just until moistened (overmixing will cause the bread to become too tough).
Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.

I just made it this past weekend & added a streusel on top – oh my gosh, so delicious! But I love streusel on most of my baked goods. :) I basically eyeballed the streusel & didn’t really follow a recipe, but it’s something similar to:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Mix all ingredients together & crumble over the pumpkin bread before baking. I think I doubled the recipe & had a lot of streusel to put on the bread.


Wow–seems like everyone has a pumpkin bread recipe. I of course love mine the most, but I initially had it at the Hominy Grill in Charleston, and then emailed them and begged them for the recipe–it’s got some weird things in it but hands down it’s the best I’ve ever tasted. It all works.

4 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
2 t. soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/3 T. ginger
1 t. nutmeg
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
1 t. mustard powder
1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks)
3 c. sugar
4 eggs
3/4 c. strong coffee
2 c. Pumpkin puree
1 c. pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray loaf pans with cookiung spray.
Sift together all dry ingredients (flour through mustard powder)
Cream butter, sugar & eggs
Add ½ dry ingredients to wet on low speed.
Add coffee and continue to mix.
Add remaining dry ingredients and pecan halves.
Gently add pumpkin puree, barely mixing.
Fill loaf pan ½ way and bake in preheated oven @ 350 F for 1 ¼ hours. You can also use small loaf pans, same temperature but 30 minute baking time. They make really good gifts. :)


Easiest. Pumpkin Bread. Ever.

1 can pumpkin puree
1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup water
half a bag of cinnamon chips

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

It is the most moist, delicious, amazing fall treat! AAAAND you can make them into mini muffins OR top the bread with cream cheese frosting!

P.S. Enjoy sweaters for me… it is 94 in Texas today with no sign of fall in sight :(


Running the Lisbon Marathon on October 2nd!! I can’t wait to hear all about your guys’ first holidays!! Such exciting times! :)


here are my two fav pumpkin bread recipes from my blog :)

Dark Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bread

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