Are You? Chemical Peel & Post Ultra Training Log

On Saturdays you can try out Burn for free so Andrew joined me and my sis for the 45 minute workout.  I am still modifying things as I recover but it feels so nice to sweat again and get a bit stronger.  It was so fun to have Andrew there because we don’t get a lot of chances to work out together!   Added bonus of him coming= he now knows how hard the class is and can understand why I say I am so sore after every single class.

Next item on our agenda—> Knox’s soccer game!

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Knox was on Andrew’s shoulders first and Skye was jealous and crawled over for him to hold her too.  Knox played great!!

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Afterwards we were right by where Andrew and I both went to college (BYU) and decided to go to my favorite wrap place on the planet for lunch.

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Sadly it was closed so we took that as a sign that we should go out to eat for dinner instead.  I ate at this place for pretty much every single lunch during my years at BYU.  Their wraps are also good.

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Skye went down for a nap and I went to go see the Skin Boss (a lot of locals recommended them to me so I scheduled an appointment) people.  I am very serious right now about taking better care of my skin and figuring this all out.   We talked for an hour (I am LOVING learning so much about this all) and then I had a chemical peel (the beginner version).  Let me know if this is something you want me to blog about or tell me no thank you if it sounds boring:).  I’ve also cut down on my dairy (which I know isn’t something that helps everyone but it is something I am doing ((I don’t cut out food groups personally but I am making some switches)) and changing some things so let me know if this is something that you are interested in or if I should stick to running, my tangents and food.

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Are you even a true fan if you don’t wear your team’s socks while watching the game;)?

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Skye was thrilled that she was invited out on our date with us.

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We drove around for twenty minutes trying to think of new places to try… but then came to the group decision to just go to one of our favorite spots instead because we know we always leave this place happy.

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We walked around outside for a little while too.

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And then inside with the stroller too.  This is Skye’s preferred method of stroller riding.

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Here’s what this last week of running looked like after my ultra:

0 miles!  I am fully happy to continue to soak in the accomplishment and excited for some things (blogging about those tomorrow ahh) up ahead.  I’ll probably take another week off from running and do a bit of walking and a few burn classes or yoga this week.

PS Lindsey and I had a chat the other day.  You can listen to this episode if you are a patreon HERE!

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What is your Sunday filled with?

Skin care talk (aka sharing what I am buying and things I am trying out.. I am the opposite of an expert in this field but just let me know if it is something you are interested in reading about) in the future or no thank you?

Does it feel like spring wherever you are?!

Last podcast that you listened to?

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YES YES please share skin stuff you are loving.

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Please share your skin stuff! I struggle with that too!

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Sure, interested in your skincare journey, especially since I never do things like that and am curious what it’s like.

We’re visiting my parents this weekend, and I was woken at 5:45 by them puttering around. Haha, don’t expect to sleep in here! I’m remembering why I’m a morning person… because of my upbringing. It will be fun visiting with more of the family today.

Starting to feel like spring some days, but those chilly ones are still there. Got to remember my jacket for when the sun goes down.

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Podcast: invisibila: the fifth vital sign.

Share all the things.

Felt like spring till today was 21 degrees when we went to church.

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I’m so excited for you that you went to Skin Boss! She has helped my adult acne more than the dermatologist. And now she’s keeping my teenage son’s face nice and clear too! I hope you get amazing results too!

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Loved the patreon episode!

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I am definitely interested in hearing about the chemical peel! I want to get one, but I always chicken out.

The last podcast I listened to is My Favorite Murder, a true crime podcast that’s hilarious. It’s my favorite!

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MFM is my favorite! I am saving the new episode for my long run today

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I read this last night and subscribed. I’m listening to the first one at the gym and keep laughing!! I almost fell over bc I lost my balance on the bosu ball because one of the hosts made me laugh for the umpteenth time in the first six minutes. I’m so happy right now that I have several years of episodes to listen to for coming runs! Thanks for sharing!!

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Yes please share skin/facial adventures!!

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Yes please share your thoughts on skin care! I’ve struggled more with acne in my 30s than my teenage years and it’s been perplexing and annoying.
Last podcast episode was Lindsey’s interview with Des. Love them both!!

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Skin care is a lifetime struggle for me. I just had a beginner chemical peel on Thursday. My face itches SO bad! You can’t pick off the dry skin either. Not sure I’m going to get any stronger ones. Good luck! Everyone’s body and skin is different so there is a lot of experimentation. I feel much better when I don’t eat dairy, but on occasion I still indulge.

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My FAVORITE podcast is Nutrition Redefined by Stephanie Webb!!! The episodes are short and sweet and Stephanie feels like a friend. Seriously, every woman should listen to her message as she has helped me fundamentally change my thoughts about eating and my body. She’s changed my life!!

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In terms of what you write about on YOUR blog, write about whatever YOU want to!! If you aren’t passionate or interested in what you write then won’t be as rewarding for YOU.
I was wondering what you thought of doing your own gel nails at home. Are you still doing them yourself?

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I like this a lot… such a good reminder of writing what I want to write about:) . I am still doing them at home! I think I’m going to go in every now and then for a manicure so they can help with my cuticles but other than that, I’m doing them at home and really enjoying it. Have a beautiful day Jackie!

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Praise heaven for the weather we had this last week! I hope it is the same when we get back.

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Yes please skin stuff! I struggle with acne and have figured some of it out, but still have some scaring now :(

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Would love to hear all about your chemical peel!

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Yes, please share skin care details!! Have a fantastic Sunday!!

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5th Sunday so neither my husband (1 x month) or I (3 x month) have any before-church meetings today. Woohoo!

I will happily read about skin care.

Despite yesterday’s snow still hanging out on the ground, decks, and roofs, it does feel like spring here – more warm(er) days than cold days and more rainy days than snowy days. Trees are getting buds and crocuses and snow drops are blooming.

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Would love to hear about chemical peel and switching foods. Need to cut out so much sugar and could sure use some tips. Thanks!

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I thought of you this morning as I tried my first ever trail run of 4 miles – wow different body parts are hurting! I can’t even phantom 50 miles!

Spring is making an appearance today in New England (it was 57 when I started running at 8 am) and hopefully the last bit of snow in our yard will melt but tomorrow it will be 40 again. Flowers aren’t really coming out yet but buds are slowly starting to appear.

My 12 year old is having a hard time with her skin – the dermatologist has been trying a few different things but it would be nice to hear your experience as the doctor thinks she will have to manage it her whole life :(

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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WAY TO GO ON YOUR TRAIL RUN!! It really is almost an entirely different sport ha! Oh enjoy those temperatures today. I will definitely share and I really hope that your 12 year old is able to get this figured out. Thanks, you too!

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All the skincare stuff, please!! Since having a baby 18 months ago my skin has been BANANAS (not in a good way), in addition to lots of sun damage that’s decided to make an appearance after all my years of tanning like a dummy. I’m on a mission to figure out what I need, so I love to hear what others are trying!

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Oh girl… I get it on the post baby skin going bananas thing! Let me know what you find… let’s figure this out together ha. They told me yesterday that now is the time to start so you are doing great! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Have your Vitamin D levels checked!!! It’s a simple blood test. I had crazy skin postpartum, and that was the cause of mine.

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L&T was my go to daily place as well! The BEST wraps ever. I went again last year after not having one for years and it was even more delicious.

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AHHHH RIGHT!?!? It is the best… I think I might have to go tomorrow now;) . Have a wonderful day Tess!

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I”m a big fan of my face doctor. I actually go to the plastic surgery unit at my doctor’s office, but they do more than just botox/plastic surgery. I have laser done on my face every three months to shrink my pores and remove the discoloration from my skin (they are two different lasers), I highly recommend trying that if you want to fix any sun spots, it works quickly! It’s not that painful either, it’s an hour of treatment and you leave and your face burns for the car ride home and then you’re good.

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I am totally going to ask them about the laser work that you do… I have a ton of sun spots. Thank you so much AD and this sounds awesome. Thanks and have a great Sunday!

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Hi AD… what is the name of the laser treatment? I’m really wanting something to help my skin but I’ve always been afraid that I’d end up with horrible sunburned looking skin for a week after and not be able to go out in public or cover it with makeup. (And I have to go to work!)

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The laser genesis and another laser as well… I can’t find it in the doctor’s notes but it’s like laser 1450 (except this is fraxel, which I don’t do, that laser is apparently more intense) The laser for the sun spots increases the spots for a day or two and then literally just fall off your face, it’s really interesting to watch. The doctor told me I’d need to wear foundation to cover it up the next day, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it sounded like it’d be and I went out in public without foundation (I usually don’t wear foundation, just sunscreen) I highly recommend it!

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Love the skin care talk! Something I wish I would’ve become more serious about in my 30’s. I see my dermatologist annually for clear & brilliant laser treatment (highly recommend). I also use a vitamin C serum, retinol & sunscreen.

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Hey Janae!! If you are trying to up your skincare game you should definitely check out Beautycounter!! I’ve been using it for like 2 years and I love it because they banned 1500 sketchy, potentially cancer causing, bad for the coral reefs, endocrine disrupting ingredients and the products still work like a charm!! I recently switched to exclusively using it. AND they have this amazing product called the Overnight Resurfacing Peel which is basically a gentler chemical peel that you can do 2-3 times per week !!! It’s pricy, but lasts foreverrrrr. Highly recommend.

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I would love to read about your skincare journey!

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Would love it if you would share everything you learned about good skincare! I’m very interested too!

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I would love for you to continue to talk about skin care. I was actually excited to find out how you liked the cream you got at the dermatologist. The last podcast I listened to was Megan and David Roche on Tina Muir’s Running for Real podcast. It was very good!

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HEY JENNY!! Thank you so much! So I decided I did not like the cream. It made my face burn and so dry after a few weeks so that is why I am now going to the Skin Boss people. Oh I can’t wait to listen to that episode. Thanks and have a beautiful day!

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I want to hear everything about your talk with the dermatologist and all about the chemical peel :)

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I’ve been listening to the Leap Year Society podcast which is fictional and suspenseful soo maybe not your podcast groove but I love that type of thing! It kinda makes me feel super old school like I’m listening to a radio drama.

Being super honest here- I’d love addition of skincare stuff because I love all your rambles as long as you pretty please don’t jump on the blogger joined MLM skincare wagon. It seems to be taking over right now and is a personal pet peeve of mine. You’ve put so much effort into building your own brand, don’t dilute it with another company’s. Just my opinion and possibly an unpopular one.

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That podcast sounds really awesome… I’ll have to check it out! That is a wonderful thought and I am not going to be making a penny from what I am sharing on my skincare . I am paying for whatever Skin Boss is doing for me and the products that they recommend for me and I’ll just post talk about what I am using and if it is helping:) . Long story short… If I felt like I had some sort of training/education with skin that would be a different story but instead I’ll just talk about what is/isn’t working for me! Have a wonderful day Kristen!

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My skin is in a strangely, suspiciously good phase right now, but it’s still interesting to hear details about other people’s lives, so I say bring it on! Last podcast I listened to was The Strength Running Podcast with Jason Fitzgerald, and he interviewed Sanjay Rawal, who just made the documentary 3100: Run and Become. It’s about the Sri Chinmoy race in Queens, where the runners have 52 days to complete 3100 miles- and it’s just going around and around one city block. Then I watched the documentary last night- that is one weird race!!!

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I would love to hear what you learn about protecting your skin, especially where you run outside so much. You are a few (ok, many, lol) years younger than me and I ran outside a lot in my 20’s and 30’s as well. I have modified that quite a bit in my 40’s as I have had my face and chest treated several times for actinic keratosis (pre cancer spots basically) and have had several IPL’s done to try and even out my skin tone. Sunscreen is a must all the time now and I am actually very nervous about sun exposure at all. So, I think it would be good to put or keep me and others in the loop about how what you are finding out and how you are protecting your skin from damage, as you are outside alot! Thanks.

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I will read about anything that you blog about! Thankfully skin problems are not in my family and I do think a lot of it is genetics. So while I’m not really interested in the skin stuff I will read it just because your writing is so good :-)

I am so looking forward to hearing your running goals! I ran with friends Saturday and Sunday mornings this weekend. My heart is happy

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Yes to skin stuff! I think we’re both at that age where this stuff matters! I just got a moisturizer with spf to start using. Probably should’ve started this years ago. I’m thinking a retinol night cream next. What are you currently using?

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Hey Emily! Yes… it really does. I’m going to make a list in a post this week of what I’m using so I can give you the full picture of what I’m doing!! I hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

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Yes please share skin care advice! I am in dire need of visiting a dermatologist for help.

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Stick to what you are pretty please!!! LOVE you your blog and your whole family. I aspire to be like you!!! Truly!

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I love the 0 running you did for last week. DO you ever get tired of that feeling that you “have to” run? I do. I love running but I am coming to the end of a training cycle and I am ready to race and rest! Today that is exactly what I am doing , resting! And icing! Bring on all the skincare , I love getting more ideas and healthy options.
Its feeling a lot more like spring with a bit warmer days , I am pretty much done with running in the cold.

I love listening to Jenna Kutcher! Check her out!

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I definitely geek out over skincare after finding Caroline Hirons youtube and blog. I follow her cheat sheets and product recs and my skin has changed SO much!!!

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I love skincare talk so keep it coming. Being a runner causes so much damage (wind, sun, extreme cold) that I pretty much am in a constant fight to not have cracked, wrinkly, acne covered skin. I will happily hear about any of your experiments.

Iowa Spring is on a sliding scale: Winter in the morning, springish afternoon.

I’ve finally given in to the Rich Roll podcast. It can be a bit much sometimes, but other times it is very relaxing.

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Yes to skin care posts!

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Last podcast was you with Lindsey Hein just this morning, loved it! Today is highs in the mid 50’s which feels glorious! But we still have 5 feet of snow in our yard and more snow on the way. So. ready. for. spring!!!

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I want to hear more about skincare! I struggle with more acne as an adult than I did in my teens. I did recently try all natural Keeva with tea tree oil (just the cream) and I love it. It gets rid of little age spots and scars and prevents breakouts.
We are traveling and I’m wishing TX was warmer. Tomorrow is supposed to be 70!
I’ve never listened to a podcast. 😆

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My Sunday has been filled with a lot of laundry and catching up around the house, but I happy to be feeling a little bit better. I even did a little weight lifting today, hopefully I’ll be good to go for a run tomorrow!

I love hearing about skin care stuff because I feel so lost when it comes to that stuff.

This week it was feeling like spring but its been cold and trying to snow again this weekend.

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Would love to hear about your skin care routines! I go for microdermabrasion maybe twice a year and it makes such a difference!

It is finally somewhat warm here…. hopefully in 2 more weeks we will be in the clear!

I listened to Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe! Love her!

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Yes to skincare + diet + your experience. I’m always interested in cause and effect. So, one question I have is why the beginning chemical peel? Also, what alternatives are there and how did you rule them out? – Not sure if your passion goes to these places, or not. Here’s a question, do you want commenters’ input? When you wrote about being Mormon, you shared how scary writing the post was, so, is this scary, too? I get it. A businessperson would lean on their mission/ vision/ values. Does writing about skincare + diet + your experience fit with the mission/ vision/ values for this blog? Are you saying the mission/ vision/ values is changing? You used to write a lot and what you wanted to write, it brought along a community.

Aren’t we all passionate about our appearance? I am! I find baking soda exfoliates very nicely. (commented this before)

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I decided on my 30th birthday (about a year and a half ago) that I needed to take better care of my skin and I ended up trying Beautycounter because a friend of mine loved it. I figured if I’m going to spend a little extra then I should go for a company that doesn’t use any harmful ingredients (it’s so fascinating to learn about how much is banned in Europe but not here!) and they are working to change laws so there are more affordable safe skincare products for everyone in the U.S. As for the peel – they have an Overnight Resurfacing Peel that’s one of their bestsellers. I love it!

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Yes I would love hear about your skin care routine. Love learning new things. Also interested to hear how reduced dairy helps.

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I’m always interested in skincare.
Also- your tank top in the first picture is really cute! Where is it from?

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Personally I would love to hear about the skincare. I’ve been spending a lot of time googling stuff to use as I’m getting older and don’t want to look it ha! I recently started using differin gel because I read it helps with acne but also with fine lines. I’ve only been using it for a month so jury’s out. I watched a YouTube video about dermarolling. But basically every running related product/tip/podcast I’ve gotten for the last year has been from you or someone else in the comments so if you and your people recommend it, I’ll try it!

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I am fascinated with skin care right now so I would love to hear about anything and everything! I loved Ali’s podcast she did with a dermatologist and just by listening to that, I changed a couple things. I thought I had to buy the best facial soap but turns out bar soap would suffice. Her point was that soap is only on our face for a few seconds before washing it off so no need to spend the extra money. Where has she been my whole life?! lol!
I’m curious to hear more about your peel!
My Sunday went from waking @ 5am to run 8 miles about 1.5 hrs away from my house to sleeping in and going on a leisurely stroll on my favorite local trails with my mom. The rest of the day was full of errands, meal prepping and spending time outside with the kiddos.
I hope you had a great Sunday!

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Hey lady!

Skincare talk: YES! And, I know people have already mentioned this and a few healthy living bloggers sell or used to sell it… but try Beautycounter! All the chemicals and nonsense that’s in our personal care products can really mess with balance– and, as a cancer survivor, I truly think it is SO important to know what you are putting on your skin, aka your largest organ. You can cut out all the dairy you like, which will help, but if you’re using junk, in the end is it worth it? (Full disclosure, I’m a consultant, but mainly because I am a firm believer in making changes that can impact our health in the long term!) Reach out to your friends who sell it to try it out- I bet you’ll be surprised at the difference!

Sunday: time on a plane… I am SO ANXIOUS about flying — ever since becoming a mom. It’s the worst!

Last podcast: Wine and Crime… HILARIOUS!!! I love all things true crime and this one makes me laugh so hard– I almost cannot listen while I run because it could get dangerous!

Speaking of running– I’m running the NYC marathon in the fall!!! It will be my third marathon and I am SO excited, but I need more mental training (I just read your Monday post)– so any tips or books or podcasts. I’m reading Endure– LOVE it so far! Please tell me you’ll be there too!!!

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Please please please blog about your chemical peel experience and skin care in general. I too have recently started getting serious about taking care of my skin, and I love to hear what others are doing!

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