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Catching Up

Hi friends! I totally did not expect to take a little blogging hiatus but the past few weeks have been a bit hectic.  I’ve been working on a side project after work (that I’ll tell you about soon!). So, shall I catch you up quickly? Yes! Quickly as is only 253 words. Count ’em. Cuz I didn’t.

I got a Flip Belt. I’ve hated every running pouch/belt/fanny pack I’ve ever tried.

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But I looove the Flip Belt. It has little slits in the front and back so you can slide in your keys, iphone, GUs (all of which I carried in the race). And then you can flip it over so the openings face inward and your goods don’t fall out. It doesn’t bounce or ride up. (Bottom line: I’d spend my own money on it. But I didn’t – they sent it to me for free. But seriously, I’d spend my own money on it. Oooh, I think I know what I’m getting one of my friends for Christmas!)

I like it so much that I wore it in the Mistletoe Half Marathon last weekend. (See it peeking out?) I probably won’t do a Top 10 Reasons I Loved the Mistletoe Half Marathon 3.0, so I’ll just tell you my #1 favorite thing.

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#1: I set a new half marathon PR – 1:42:41! (Just a month after setting my PR in Savannah!) My average pace was 7:50 min/mile and I was 7th in my age group. And I finished strong which I’ve never done in this race. The hills usually wipe me out (it’s a pretty tough course) but I felt good this year!

IMG 7251After the race, I showered and hopped in the car to head to a wedding in Asheville. I wore the dress from Gusto you guys helped me pick out on Instagram (thanks friends!). And taking off my 4″ heels at the end of the night after dancing for 2+ hours felt reeeeeaaaalllllly good. [Dress: Line & Dot, Ring: House of Harlow]

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I love any excuse to visit Asheville. It’s cute and quaint and has hidden gems like this giant door.

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And a super cool tea room, Dobra Tea.

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Also while I was in Asheville, I had my very first roasted chestnut. On a (semi) open fire, no less.
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Not too shabby. They grew on me. But you need water with them. They’re dry.

IMG 7296Also in the past week, I bought and tried a new protein powder. It’s terrible. I’m taking it back to Whole Foods and getting my trusty Plant Fusion.

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And I wore this outfit. And these new pumps might be too small. But I like them a lot so I’m hoping they stretch out. Leather stretches, right??

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Now I need to catch up on things that have been neglected in the past few weeks: my Hulu queue, emails emails email, and vacuuming my floor.

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  • Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow)
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    Super cute outfit! Leather shoes always stretch. 🙂

  • J @ semplicemente .... J
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    A few things …
    – I love Asheville too …
    – the Flip belt looks interesting … is it really comfortable?
    – You are on a roll with your races … congrats!

  • RLR
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    Wow – that was quick! Thanks for the review of the Flip Belt. I have needed something like that, but didn’t know which to get. I’ll add this to my wish list!
    Asheville is fun! And now I want to take my kids there, find that door, and do their next set of photos. It would be a cool background!
    I have no idea about the shoes – I’m naturally about a size 9 3/4, so my 10s are never snug.
    Can’t wait to hear about your side project!

  • Anne
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    Ahhhh I miss that route so much! It was my long run route but I certainly never ran it that speedy, congrats!!!

  • Anne @ Baking Me
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    That dress is so cute, you have such great style!

  • Katie @ Livehalffull
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    Such cute outfits! And congrats on the PR!

  • Brittany Landers
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    What a fun post…goes to show how fitness can influence every aspect of your life (for the better)!! 🙂 Would you want to guest post on my site? I’m a health ambassador as well. Would be a fun collab!

    -Brittany of @suburbchicblog
    http://suburbchicblog.blogspot.com

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
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    love the leopard and congrats on the PR!

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine
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    If you try roasted chestnuts again, have a mug of mulled wine with them! Chestnuts + Mulled Wine = OMG Delicious!

  • Taylor
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    That dress is fabulous and looks amazing on you! Love it.

  • Rachel@Running Daze
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    First, congrats on the PR! Second, love that dress. Third, where was the wedding in Asheville? That’s where I live. 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      the wedding was at the grove park inn. so pretty!! jealous you live in asheville – i love that town so much!

  • jameil
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    congrats! i looked for you at the mistletoe. lol it was my first half. those hills made me want to cry!!

  • Laura
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    Congrats on your PR! You are super speedy. I ran the Mistletoe Half (I live in Winston too) and the hills absolutely killed me. My legs were wiped after the first 5 miles, but I sure did feel accomplished at the end.