Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

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The combination of chocolate and peanut butter brings out very powerful feelings in some people. Case in point: "Right now we're in a period of darkness. Between egg and pumpkin, there's nothing." When that dark time comes, Eating Well magazine has the perfect solution, which I've adapted to feed a crowd. And even better news than the fact that you can enjoy peanut-butter-heavy chocolate treats? This version is minimally ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special

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How's your weekend going? After last Sunday's awesome group fitness training session (I begin teaching one day a week in mid-May!), I mixed it up and hit the road for a run this weekend. The weather has been perfect the past few days, making the 10 miles feel like a breeze. Well, not exactly, but the sunshine and 60° temps made the work a lot more fun! It also gave me an opportunity to try out my new kicks. So far, so good—and it was a ...continue reading

13 Ragnar Relay Dos and Don’ts

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As you might have noticed in my Ragnar photo recap, the event was quite a memorable experience. And it sure was a learning experience, too. I didn't give much thought to my preparations, well, besides training and throwing some running clothes and sneakers into a bag, so I was pretty lucky with how well the relay turned out! It didn't hurt that Jenn was kind enough to take Melissa and I on a pre-Ragnar Target run. What can't you stock up ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special

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Happy Sunday, everyone! What a crazy week it's been. A few people on Twitter summed up how we all felt about the Boston situation Friday night pretty well, I think. Thankfully, for me, this weekend has been a nice mix of activity (Friday morning yoga, Saturday morning barre) and splurges (brunch, afternoon sweets—recipe to come soon). Today, I have plenty of exercise ahead, as I'm taking part in a 6-hour training session to study up ...continue reading

Runners Are…

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I had planned to share my top relay tips and lessons learned today, but after the events in Boston on Monday, I decided to shuffle things around. That post is still on the way, but first, I wanted to reflect a bit. As I mentioned in my last post, I've only been a "runner" for the past year. But after jumping in feet first, I feel like I am now part of the community. So it was tough for me, as it was for us all, to hear about the ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special

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Happy Sunday to you all! I took a little time this week to celebrate my one year racing anniversary with a few great outdoor runs along the lake and river near my apartment. True, I participated in a year of cross country in high school and had done several 5Ks in the past. Yet I consider my "grown-up" running hobby as launching this weekend last year when I finished the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon. In my early 20s, I could not imagine ...continue reading