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"I'm back." ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger •

Yes! I ran tbree miles this morning. Virtually pain free (thanks #arthritis for what little there was). #happydance #newshoes

How was your workout this morning?
"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth." ~ Rachel Carson

The color of these @mizunorunning #waverider20 alone sold me. Icing on the cake was 20% off at @roadrunnersports (plus @alantwoodruff treated me! 💖👍😊).

The morning started with a walk in the desert then we decided a day trip to #sandiego and #encinitas sounded like a great idea. Scroll through to see some of our adventures. #fromthedeserttothebeach By the way, it was in the 90s here! As hot as the desert!

Tell me. How was your Monday?
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

• 😕 So, paying no attention to the pace of nature this morning, I attempted a short run to “try out” the knee. No go, which I was kind of afraid of, even though it’s feeling better. I found I was limping a little even when I walked, so I turned around, not wanting to cause some kind of fascial havoc in my hip. 😳

And so, I thought, let’s try out the bike! I haven’t ridden in ages, and was kind of afraid of pulling out my road bike, so I spent some time filling the tires (and pulling off a few cobwebs...yikes!) on my mountain bike. Well, let’s just say I didn’t crash, though I came close when my knee came up when I peddled. 😕😳😬 •

And so, I must listen to nature and give it a few more days. 😢 Patience, my friends, is hard but necessary.

Did you get to sweat this morning? #jealous
This girl! This woman. She means so much to me! @alantwoodruff and I started coaching her in cross country when she was a freshman in high school. Years later, she's graduated from college, met the love of her life, and married him last month in Oregon. This was wedding celebration part 2, for the friends and family who couldn't make it to the first one. Thanks @sarah_mautner and Patrick for wearing your wedding duds once again in 95 degree weather. I know how much you love each other and I'm so happy to have the chance to see you starting your life together. So much love for you both!
#eatdrinkandbehicks #wedding #crosscountry #coaching #running
"It's not the running that's bad for your knees. It's the falling." ~ Coach Debbie

In my case, anyway. I had to work early this morning which meant if I wanted to run it needed to be in the dark, not my favorite thing, but needs must (whatever the heck that means).

I'm all about safety as you know. @knuckle.lights, ✔ @nathansportsinc Light Spur, ✔ @wearsafelabs , ✔ @sabresafety pepper spray ✔ @roadid ✔ Lightbelt, ✔

Apparently the only thing I didn't bring was my coordination and proprioception. I had to cross the street to get to this well lit parking lot, didn't lift my foot high enough over the curb and ended up falling on my knee. Again.

It's a little sore, but I'm pretty sure it will be okay (<-- I say that every time, don't I? 🤣). I had to run home (about a mile) and of course the running selfie 😉. Trying not to walk with a limp so I don't have to tell my husband what a klutz I am. Even my coworkers say, "again?

So, how's your Friday the 13th going?
#tbt to that time I ran Ragnar! I filled in for a friend and ran #ragnarsocal with the most awesome team ever!!! Hey @jamiekingfit , @mburton0214 , @jillgriffiths_ , @carrieskoll, @dancngurl02, and all the #dirrtydozen, let's get the band back together! (No excuses Jamie, though maybe 2019?). It would make me so "Happy!" 😉
"There is a direct correlation between physical exertion and mental relief." ~ Sakyong Mipham •

Some days are tougher than others. The fact that they are minor problems, like my stupid website (!!!!! 😠), a headache (made worse by the stupid website!!! 😠), and just generally feeling crummy, doesn't stop them from being stressful.

After messing around with my stupid website (!!!!😠) for way too long I finally dragged myself out the door for a run. Shorter than planned thanks to my stupid website (!!! 😠), but I did feel much better afterwards.

So, how did your morning go? PS My website is working. For now.
"From one moment to another memory steps back to rediscover the past." ~ Munia Khan

It's been a week of rediscovery for me. #ad Over the weekend I re-found my joy in hiking, and in creating this creamy Corn Chowder recipe, I rediscovered an old favorite,  @LAMORENAUSA Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. They add just the right amount of smoky spiciness to make this #vegan and #glutenfree corn chowder the best I've ever tasted. •

Not only is it delicious, it's easy and quick to prepare! The recipe is on the blog today (Link in my profile).

What have you rediscovered recently? An old friend? A favorite recipe?
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein

Welcome to my happy place.

Believe it or not, I didn't feel like running this morning, so I took a 3 mile walk/hike instead. A little less strenuous than my hike the other day with @wendyistakingthelongwayhome (no rock climbing lol) but it felt good to be outside. •

Where is your happy place?
“No road is long with good company.”
— Turkish Proverb

And I'll add my own quote. "Happiness is being with someone you can be silly with." Scroll to see what I mean.
"Friendship is so weird.. you just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like ‘yep I like this one’ and you just do stuff with them." ~ Unknown

Yep, that's pretty much how it went. This was the first time I actually met @wendyistakingthelongwayhome, though I have "known" her for years. So we, along with her sister, just did stuff together. Awesome hike on the Art Smith Trail, which included a little rock climbing, misdirection (we were sure someone had moved the signs) and some fabulous views.

So, how was your Saturday morning?
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go." ~ Dr. Seuss

I'm back with Dr. Seuss and a short recovery run this morning. I only ran three miles, but as you can see the direction possibilities are endless. •

Scroll through to see what almost put a damper on my run (I dug it out of the sole of my shoe)! And if you pass rocks like the ones in the last frame you know I've been there. Or at least another taker of the #runningselfie. 🤣
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." ~ Colin Powell

After my race last weekend I felt a bit inspired to work on my speed with a tempo run, but I also have the Tram Road Challenge coming up at the end of the month (3.7 miles, 2000 feet elevation gain, basically straight up the mountain), so hill training was also a good idea. •

I decided to combine the two workouts! I'm fortunate (<-- glass half full 😉) that I live halfway up a long hill, so after a one mile downhill warm-up, I started back up the hill, pushing it to comfortably hard, for a half mile. I recovered for a quarter mile, then repeated the interval.

By that time I was near the top of the hill, so I crossed over the wash, pausing to run 10 sets of stairs, then made my way over to my favorite hill, where I did 6 repeats. Whew! That's enough for one day.

By the way, I'm trying out these @rymorasports compression socks (#ad). They are very popular in the UK and newly available on Amazon in the US. I liked them a lot, they felt good, looked great, and are available for an amazingly low price on I'll share the link in an upcoming blog post, but if you can't wait just search for Rymora.
I have reached a point in my life that I can smile brightly and flash #mypearlywhites, but that wasn't always the case. #ad When I was an infant I was given an antibiotic that stained my teeth and began a years long struggle with self-esteem and confidence. Somewhere in my teen years, I even developed a goofy smile that attempted to hide my teeth. Already shy, embarrassment about my discolored teeth isolated me even more.

Flash forward a few years. A combination of improved dental science and confidence built through accomplishment and I no longer try to hide my smile. I am still very aware that I need to take the best care of my teeth that I can to keep that smile bright. When I discovered that @toms_of_maine has a new advanced whitening toothpaste I was ecstatic. My absolute favorite toothpaste, a trusted name in natural products for over 47 years, now has Luminous White, which can remove surface stains (like coffee, thank goodness!) and is safe on enamel. It's even gluten free and has no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives. And no animal testing!

Have you tried Tom's of Maine Luminous White yet? You can find it at Whole Foods.
🎶🎵"Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin'
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to." 🎵🎶 ~ Tom Petty, An American Girl

I've had a mental block about running long distances lately. Maybe it's the heat, maybe it's my achy body lol, but it's been hard.

@alantwoodruff and I were scheduled for 9 miles today, and I really was dreading it. So I put my head down and dug in. And had my best long run in months.

If you don't try you will never succeed. How did you push yourself today?

#running #runchat #runnersofig #runnersofinstagram #skirtsports #skirtsportsambassador #REALWomenMove #legendcompression #bealegend #momentumjewelry #sharethespark #beYOUtiful #womensrunning #womensrunningcommunity #fitfluential #sweatpink #fitfam #runningcommunity #mileschangeyou #werunsocial
"Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there." ~ Tom Petty, Learning to Fly

My heart aches for all who are injured or grieving the loss of a loved one.
That's all I've got.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

It's been a while since I participated in #medalmonday so why not go all in.

I ran the Ybefit 5k yesterday, and I'm holding both the finisher's medal and my 2nd place division award. Plus on my chest are my medals for the most recent #rnrvitrtualrun , which arrived Saturday. I could barely walk out the door wearing all that heavy medal! 😁

It's hard to see in the photo, but the green medal, which I received for doing all 3 Summer Strides #vemirtual runs, actually lights up! •

How'd you spend your weekend? 😉

#running #runchat #runnersofig #runnersofinstagram #skirtsports #skirtsportsambassador #REALWomenMove #runrocknroll #rocknblog #summerstrides #5k #runnergirl
"Everyday is a chance to defy the expectations of others, and to exceed your own." ~ Unknown

It's kind of funny to me that 10 years ago (okay, maybe 15) my goal when I ran a 5k was to break 20 minutes. Today I'm thrilled when I come in under 30.

Which I did, by the way, coming in at 28:01, earning 2nd in my division, while the other half of the Woodruff team did the same in his reverse triathlon! It makes me actually think about real training! 😁

I had lots of fun (no exercise induced asthma raised its ugly head), saw many old friends, and really enjoyed the whole morning. And when I say old friends, I include one who is 89, has had at least 2 hip replacements, and must use a walker. But he was out there, finished the 5k, won his division, and told me when I congratulated him that it was his first race of the season and he needed to run himself into better shape! ❤

We can be very hard on ourselves when we don't allow ourselves the grace we deserve as we get older. Yes, it kind of sucks to slow down no matter how hard you train and try, but it's going to happen anyway. Yeah, I will fight it every step of the way, but I will appreciate my body for what it can do now, today, and not regret what I have no control over.

Well, that got long quickly! If you're still with me, my point is just keep trying, don't regret the changes, and remember that just being out there is the most important part. That way you will exceed your own expectations. •

#running #runchat #runnersofig #runnersofinstagram #skirtsports #skirtsportsambassador #mileschangeyou #runnergirl #5k #ybefit #momentumjewelry #sharethespark #invincible #beYOUtiful #handfulbra