7 Year BLOGIVERSARY + a giveaway to say thanks:)

First, you don’t want to miss out on this week’s baby post… it is written by Andrew and it is hilarious.  I give my 32 week update and he shares 15 things not to do when your wife is pregnant.  You can find it HERE!

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PS we just got our family pics back from the amazing Lindsey Orton… I’m in love with them!  I’ll share more soon!

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7 years of blogging.  That is a whole lot of posts and comments over the years:

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This blog started with this post titled, ‘Awkward.’  I compared the first blog post to a first date and shared a story with you that had nothing to do with anything important in life… and my posts haven’t changed much since then.  I instantly fell in love with blogging.

Over the years there have been some posts that have had more views than all of the others so I thought I would share a few of the top viewed posts (according to Google Analytics).. I’ll go in the order of them happening:

*Running and Periods.  I posted this back in 2011 and I don’t think it was something that was really ever talked about that much back then online… amenorrhea.  I shared my experience and so many other women shared about their experience.  We all helped each other out I hope!

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*5 ways to push yourself while running especially when you are tired.  I posted this in 2012 and I still do all 5 things:)

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*When Brooke was born and my birth story with her:)  I’m pretty dang excited to experience this again!

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*10 things I wish I knew as a new runner.  Learn from my mistakes:)

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*How I started the Hungry Runner Girl and tips to start your own blog.

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*Weighing yourself… the scale.  Talked about how I got on the scale after not weighing myself in a very long time (years ago I used to weigh myself daily and sometimes twice a day… obsessively) and things that had helped my body image!

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*Today was another lie down on the sidewalk day.  This post has my brother’s s’mores bar recipe in it so I think that is where the traffic came from:)

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*Posts on how I was dealing with my divorce—>  Would I do it all over again or skip over the hard part?  10 things getting me through my divorce.   When it isn’t convenient.  Running makes us better at life.  Thank goodness for time.

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*My half marathon PR (first time I broke 1:30.. and this was during a really hard part of life)!

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*I talked about how much dating had changed over the years in this post!

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*My Boston Marathon Recap!

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*My Tucson Marathon Recap… the time I crashed and burned big time during a marathon after 6 months of really great training.

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*On being a single mom.  I wrote this post right before I met Andrew!  I’m pretty open and vulnerable about the whole situation in this post.

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*When I first introduced Andrew on the blog!  I had never introduced anyone I was seeing on the blog until Andrew and I think that was probably a big sign to you guys that he was beyond special.

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*Our proposal story!  He proposed in the perfect way for me!

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*When I shared that we got married (we changed the date and I didn’t write about it until the day after we got married) & our wedding with a million pictures:)

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*The difference between running a marathon 30 lbs heavier + my St. George Marathon recap.

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*Why the holidays can be really hard!  They sure can be.

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*When we shared our news that we are pregnant with another little one!  Along with first trimester talk and how we found out we were pregnant and how we told our kids about the baby!

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*My sister’s kitchen remodel… lots of people wanted to see this!

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*15 pictures from our REALLY special day (when Andrew and I got sealed in the temple).

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And I can’t wait to keep sharing more and more (I’ll continue to share probably too much information because I don’t know how to not do that) with you in the years ahead! I wanted to thank you today for being my friend (even if it is over the internet… it still counts).  You have taught me a whole lot over these 7 years and I am so thankful for the connections we have been able to make together.  Thank you for sharing your highs and lows with me and helping me in more ways than you’ll ever know (I get teary eyed thinking about some of the emails/comments I have received through some of the hardest times of my life).  You guys mean the world to me and I love that we get to chat together each day.

Thank you for reading and to say thank you I’m buying someone (I wish I could buy all of you) some new running shoes (or if you want some running clothes instead we can chat about that if you win;)!

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To enter:

*Leave a comment telling me anything that you would like.  Tell me about your family, your running, what you ate for breakfast, your favorite restaurant, what shoes you love or really anything that you want!  A winner will be chosen using random.org on Monday (10/23)!

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PS This week’s baby post is HERE!!

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GOOD LUCK!!!

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865 comments

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I love running and reading your blog.

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I feel lIke i know so much about you! And we’ve never even met! That’s a sign of a great blogger!!

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Love reading your race recaps!

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Love hearing about what challenges you during different runs.

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I have read nearly every post! Thanks for sharing with us.

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Today for breakfast I had a green smoothie, a banana flaxseed power muffin, and am inappropriate amount of puppy chow. Oops.

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Congrats on 7 years! Thanks for bringing positivity and vulnerability to every day!

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S’mores with Reese’s > s’mores with plain chocolate

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When I go through my emails I save your blog email until last because it’s my favorite :)

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I really enjoy running. And hearing other people talk about running. And reading about running. It’s just the best!

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I love your blog!

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I normally run in Nikes, Ive tried out lots of other brands but usually end back up in Nikes again.

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I love that you use this blog to share about your life, not just running. I love to run, and follow lots of runners on social media, but reading your blog is such a breath of fresh air! You’ve taught me about balance. It’s fine to love running, but there are so many other things in life to love!
Wishing you the best!

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It’s crazy how quickly seven years flies by! You have come out beautiful and shining because of all you’ve been through, and while your light may have dimmed for a time, it never went out completely. You’re SO strong and you deserve all of life’s happiness.

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7 years!!! Wow congrats!!! Looking forward to the next 7!!

Ps: I had eggs over arugula for breakfast – so good!!

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I love your blog, been reading it for a few years now. I have an 8 month old boy and love to run. You are so inspiring and love reading your blogs. You are amazing at everything you do, very encouraging.

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Congrats on the blog-iversary! I appreciate the honesty you have with your runs and that you share the challenges and the positive!

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I love your blog and remember reading all of those top posts when they happened! Thank you for sticking with blogging this long, it’s really awesome to be able to follow your story and I’ve learned so much about being a runner from you!!!

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I love your blog!! I stumbled upon it a year in a half ago along with a few others and yours is the only one I still continue to read on a daily basis :). Thank YOU for opening up and being such an awesome person!!!

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I just love your blog! I love when bloggers are real about life. Today will be a quick warmup run and some upper body lifting. Have a great day!

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We’ve been married 7 years! Your blog is my all-time favorite. We live on a farm in Iowa and harvest is in full swing !

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I’ve been following you from the beginning! I love your openness and insight.

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I’m training for my first ultra and really excited about my running!

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LOVE your blog!!! Read it everyday!! Been running with my dog about 4 miles about 5 times a week. ( Sometimes she drags me along but it still counts as running right??!!) Your posts are so motivating!! Take care!

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Debating running today, as I’m quite sore from strength training yesterday,

Love reading your blog – wishing you the best through the 3rd trimester & excited for you all to meet your little girl!

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Thank you for sharing your ups and downs over the years! I’ve read for many years and enjoy the running talk and also the life talk! ?

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I am running a half in the morning in College Station, Texas . I went to college at Texas A&M and am so excited to finish the race inside of Kyle Field!!! Gig ‘me Aggies!!

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Going to run Marine Corps Marathon tomorrow! Definitely could use a new pair of shoes after this haha :)

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I’ve loved following you for the last year or so. I love reading everything from your race recaps to daily recaps. And Andrew’s posts are always hilarious!

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I wish I could eat anything I wanted and never gain any weight…I miss donuts and ice cream.

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I love your blog! I ran 10 miles this morning :)

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Happy blogiversary! Love reading about your family and baby on the way.

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Happy 7 years! 7 is my favorite number!

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I watched my son run in cross country districts today as a freshman, he hit a PR!

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I always look forward to reading your blog, and I’m so excited for you to have another girl. I have two girls, and it’s the best!

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Love hearing about your beautiful family and all of you running adventures!

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First of all happy blogging anniversary. I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for providing such great information on running, your experiences and random life stuff. I enjoy reading your blog everyday. I hope you’ll continue to blog for many years.

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Halloween is my jam. I have a party every year.

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7 years and going strong! I love your blog, it is one of the first I started following!

This morning I had a Janae special for breakfast – cottage cheese with grapes !

Keep up the amazing work ❤️

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Hi!
I’ve been reading for a few months now after finding you on Instagram! I used your blogiversay post as an opportunity to read through all the old posts that you referenced! I LOVE everything you post about – marriage, kiddos, love, running, racing, food, and the hard stuff, too. I’m just starting my taper for the Charlotte Marathon after finishing 21.16 yesterday! Thank you for being such a bright spot in my day!!

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I enjoy reading your blog each day and seeing how Brooke has grown over the years. Thanks for sharing all that you do!

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Wow, 7 years, congratulations! I’ve only been blogging for just over one year and it is so fun :). Your blog has always been one of my favorites!

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7 years! Congrats :) I’m loving whipped cream on my coffee. Had some in the fridge for my 5 y.o. birthday last week, so started putting it on top, and now I’m afraid I can never go without it. Such a treat!

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New shoes would be a great treat for me, finally getting back on track with working out

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Happy blog-iversary… I think I’ve been around for almost all 7 years! ? i run in Nikes and I’m trying to decide what to eat for breakfast!

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Congratulations! I have been reading for probably 3 of the years, and look forward to your posts every day!

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Congrats! Your blog is so inspiring. I love hearing about your personal experiences and relating to them, then not feeling so bad that I’m the ONLY one going through these things.

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I love traveling but when I come home, all I want is a home cooked meal and to get back to my regular, GOOD eats!

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THANK YOU for sharing your life on this blog! You are positive and uplifting. Your posts always make me smile. You make me feel less alone in some of my struggles. You give me so much hope for my own life – you’re a demonstration that life has it’s ups and downs but things have a way of working out.

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Cannot wait to see what your little one looks like!!

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Love your blog…I am a runner and a mother and can relate to so many of your topics❤️

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Congratulations on 7 years. Great to see you so happy. I hope all sadness and challenging years are behind you!! Enjoy time whenthe baby arrives and don’t stress about the blog and posting if you need time to focus on the family!! We all understand!

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I’ve just started ramping up my running again since having my first baby. Yay for longer runs!

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My family consist of myself, my boyfriend, my 17 year old son, my 12 year old son, and my boyfriend’s 17 year old son. We moved in together 8 months ago blending our families hasn’t been easy but I wouldn’t trade it. I love reading your blog.

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I have been reading your blog for years and find it highly motivating (to keep at it). I also LOVE your food photos!!!

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Good luck with your baby! I wish I could run outside in winter like you! What helps you get faster

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Your blog has meant a lot to me through the years! Especially in terms of helping my eating disorder! Thank you for sharing your life!

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Happy Blogiversary Janae! Have a nice week

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Hi Janae. Thank you for providing daily entertainment for us. I read your blog every morning before heading out for my run. Always enjoy new food recommendations and recipes. One of my favorite treats is s’mores and I love them with Hershey’s cookies and cream chocolate bars :)

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I love your upbeat and positive posts!!! You inspire me!

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Love you blog. Have followed for over 5 years. Keep up the positivity!

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Hi Janae!
I’m in a bit of a running low-spot right now and something I get intimated by all the miles per week and am in awe of your commitment even with a busy life! Then I remind myself that everyone is busy and I’ve just started tracking my little miles per week and journaling to motivate myself. Thanks for always sharing!! It helps motivate me to read about your well and how you’re sneaking in your miles here and there!

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Congratulations! I’m a new reader, and began running at age 49. I’m 56 now. My longest race is a half marathon, and I’m pretty slow, but steady. ? I’m loooking forward to reading more from you!

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I’ve been reading for about 5 years now! Inspired by you running as a mom!

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I’ve been reading your blog for years and I love it!!

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I love running and have 7 siblings!

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Loove reading your posts, always such a positive attitude!

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My favourite kind of running is the kind where it’s hidden in another sport (soccer, frisbee, etc.)! Just wanted to say thanks for being such a joy to read :)

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You gave me the courage to run my first marathon- thank you!

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I’ve been reading your blog for over 5 years! I love it! Always makes me smile :)

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Congrats on 7 years! I’m grateful for you and your willingness to share your life with all of us. You inspire me often to continue running and I always appreciate your honesty. Thanks for what you do!

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Love your blog! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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I’ve been reading your blog since I was a college sophomore (and now I’m 27 and in grad school!) and something that you said several years ago has stuck with me ever since and become one of my life mantras: I CAN DO HARD THINGS. Those 5 words (and my faith) have gotten me through a lot of rough patches the past few years. Thank you for being so honest with us, and for doing hard things and setting a great example!

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Congrats on your blogiversary! I love your blog and always look forward to new posts. I’m about to start training for a marathon and could use some new shoes!

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Love your posts, they always make me smile!

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congrats! your blog is always a fun one to read

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I love to run the colder it is.
I enjoy your blog even though I’m a casual runner and never do races.
My cross training is barre.

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Your blog is awesome and has helped me so much through the years. Thanks for writing!

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I emailed you many moons ago when we were both getting divorced…so inspiring to see how God has made beautiful things out of dust for the both of us!

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Love following your blog :) So happy to see you so happy!

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I began reading your blog when I was pregnant with my first child. I was eager to read about others who ran during their pregnancy. And I have been reading ever since!

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Just a big fan of your blog because of how sweet & genuine you seem. Your writing makes it easy to identify with you as a mom and a runner. Cheers to an easy baby and many more successful years of blogging!

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I love your blog and how much you inspire me to run everyday!

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I’m currently in love with my Brooks Ghost 10s! Also just purchased my second pair of New Balance 1400s, the best racing flat.

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Hey girl! I have been a long time reader and wanted to say thank you for sharing with us! So excited for everything wonderful happening in your life now :)

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Congratulations on 7 years! In my opinion the Kroger brand of Frosted Mini Wheats is better than Kellogg’s and you need to try them!

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I love everything about your blog and have a strong passion for Health and fitness.

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Tomorrow my son goes for a good allergy test! Hoping he can start eating new foods!

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Congrats on 7 years!! I’ve been reading since 2012 and like any good stalker I went back to your first post and read from the beginning. :)

Thanks for all the running tips! Here’s to many more years!

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I love to hear about your reasons for running and how they have changed over the years,.
After 2 major foot surgeries, a busy work,family and going back to college for my masters, running is more about finding time for me and less to sticking to a rigoroustraining plan.
Because of this I have learned to really enjoy every run whether it’s 3 miles or 10.
I may not be as fast as I used to be but I really believe my enjoyment and appreciation for what my body can acieve is tenfold.

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Happy Blogiversary!!

I’ve been following you since you were pregnant with Brooke over five years ago. I’ve been rooting for you all this time to break the 3 hour mark, but I understand…life happens! You are still my #1 blogger that I continue to follow all these years. I am so grateful that you’ve shared the ups and downs all these years. Congratulations on your beautiful life..you deserve it. :-)

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My little sister ran her first marathon (South Jordan) yesterday! A few of my kids and I went to cheer her on along the route. I’m so excited that she completed her goal.

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Your blog is my favorite! I love reading about how you balance running and mom life! This morning, I will probably eat eggs for breakfast after my run!

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I had turkey bacon and yogurt for breakfast.I’m trying to start running again.

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Happy Monday!

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Good morning. I love reading your blog. What’s new with me so here it goes 3 weeks ago I lost my significant other, he died in his sleep next to me. The night before was no different and on my training plan I was to do 4 miles and we compromised to 2.5 miles. So I have guilt and hadn’t gone out for another run. Yesterday I did the MCM 10k and even PR’d for him because I could hear him telling you can do this.

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Oh Lori! My heart goes out to you sweet beautiful girl. You will be in my thoughts and Im praying for peace for you. I’m just so sorry.

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Lori, I cannot even imagine what you are experiencing right now. My heart is broken for you. I am here if you need anyone to talk to. Thinking about you. You are in my prayers.

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I cannot imagine what you’re going through, sending all the light and love your way!

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I’m currently breastfeeding my 11 month old and he literally just cut 3 teeth and he’s working on the 4th all in about 1.2 weeks so he bit the crap out of me yesterday. So hard that I cried and was bleeding and now I’m having trouble breastfeeding him on that side because it is so painful ? I had such a beautiful breastfeeding experience with him until yesterday and now I don’t know if we will make it until he’s 12 months because he bites me every time he nurses now and I don’t know how to make him stop.

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It’s funny how milestones like this really highlight how much time has passed in my own life. I can’t believe you’ve been blogging (and I’ve been reading) for so long! Thanks for always adding a little entertainment and cute kiddos to my day.

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Congratulations on 7 years!! I’ve been following along since before Brooke was born! :) & I’ve really enjoyed following along with your life.

This weekend, I went in the ocean in SoCal, and the water was so cold, I had the heater on in 70+ degree weather on my way home! I don’t think I’ve ever *stayed* cold that long! It was really fun though!

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Love reading your blog!! Your blog inspired me to become a runner! Never in a million years would I have ran a single race without you to inspire me… thank you!! :)

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I love reading your blog! Thanks for inviting us into your life for the last 7 years!

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I love your blog and you have the cutest family! Congrats on 7 years!

I ate overnight oatmeal for breakfast and will try to get in a run once the kids are in bed tonight. I wished I was a morning person to get in my run before my kids get up.

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i know i’m too late to enter the contest, but i have to tell you i just LOVE your blog! i’ve been reading for years and it is continually my favorite (along w/ skinny runner…remember when she blogged?! you 2 are/were the BEST.) keep up the great work, send along hugs to your adorbs family, and know how great this space and YOU ARE!

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