Hump Day Haps, a Few Halos and a Halo GIVEAWAY


Last night I got even lazier than anticipated. I did not do that yoga video and instead of making lazy mama lasagna I roasted a few zucchinis and served it up with roasted sweet potatoes, Costco rotisserie chicken and these fancy Cedarlane veggie and grain bowls for the family.

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I thought it was good, the rest of the men in the house weren’t huge fans. Oh well, more bowls for me.


Woke up at my second alarm (first one is set for 4:55 am).

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Got a treadmill run in right away and was done just around 7:00 am.

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Around an 8:10 pace at incline 1.5. That movie by the way was super cute. I love Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. They should make more romantic comedies together.

I had intended on doing a speed workout either yesterday or today, but it didn’t happen. I just can’t get motivated for fast workouts these days. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.

Dropped the boys off, had a random healthy protein snack in the car (egg whites, turkey and an apple)

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and then taught a spin class.

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Not sure how I feel about the whole wearing a skirt to spin in, but oh well. Not sure I’ve used an iron in the past two years either. Ha.

I like to get on the treadmill after spin if I get a chance to run just a few miles on tired legs. I think it helps with the whole mental game at the end of the race. I did 4 cool down miles while catching a few minutes of Barbara Walters’ last week on The View.

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Do they have someone to take her place?

don’t usually do that many miles on days that I teach classes either, but I’m hoping for a higher mileage week this week because next week the taper for SUJA Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon starts. Yeah, that snuck up like nobody’s business, didn’t it?

You can still sign up (code MAMAROCKS for $10 off either race) and I’m helping Sarah with a little fun run with Pro Compression on Saturday before the race so I’ll let you locals know about it once we get things figured out.

I got my sweaty self out of there quickly.

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I had to laugh at my Halo visor, hat, headband assortment in the car.

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I guess I’m always prepared. I also guess a couple of those really need to be washed.


Speaking of Halo, I got their newest product in the mail the other day.


It’s a visorband. Pretty smart. All the benefits of the Halo Headband, but with a small visor attached to block the sun a bit.


Perfect to fit under a cycle helmet or something. It’s super comfortable and I think I might have to take it for a run while I wash the rest of my hats and bands. Ha.


Since I can’t help but show you my eats sometimes, I just polished off this plate of whole grain goodness with NuttZo, coconut butter, SunButter, cinnamon, strawberries, blueberries and PB2.

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I also just had a mocha protein smoothie with this JavaPro sample packet I got in the mail.

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I’m not a fan of sucralose in protein powders, but I wanted something with protein and caffeine so I went for it. I made a smoothie with the packet, Silk AlmondCoconut Blend, frozen coffee cubes (I freeze any leftover coffee), two huge handfuls of spinach and some of my favorite cocoa powder.


Adding that much spinach makes the color a little funky, but it was delicious.


Okay, I have some kiddos to pick up from school and we have big plan to make a Lego jet and a pirate ship so if it’s quite around here that’s why. I have some making up to do since I accidentally dropped a certain someone’s Lego jet this morning when we were leaving the house.


But, I don’t want to leave you hanging so………

Halo wants one lucky reader to win one of the new Halo Visorbands.



One winner, one cool Visorband.



I really can’t say enough great things about the Halo company. I love supporting local, smaller businesses. Ever since I tracked them down a couple years ago, they’re stuck with me. Ha.

They’re on Facebook and just recently got on Instagram and Twitter. If you’re feeling like spreading the love today, go ahead and give them a “like” or a follow.


Halo Facebook Page

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Leave me a comment here to be entered into the giveaway!

*Giveaway will be open until Monday, May 19th at 8:00 pm PST. Winner will be announced Tuesday on the blog. Open to US residents only.

What was your workout today?

Is there anything around your gear shift in your car?

Any favorite recent Costco finds?

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    Kaitlin G says:

    My workout today was a short walk! I had surgery last week and am recovering, so walking is it for now. I MISS RUNNING! This headband/visor looks comfy!

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    Indhu says:

    My workout will be a barre burner 🙂

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    Kathy says:

    I don’t belong to Costco and have never been there…Sam’s is closer. ;(

    I though I read the giveaway line as….”Halo wants to give my lucky readers all a Halovisor”…..I was like “How cool is that!” Kristen you are an amazing rep for Halo!!! So, then I went back and reread the line….ha! ONE LUCKY READER….what could I have been thinking? 😉

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    Elizabeth says:

    I wore a Halo headband on my run this morning – would love to try one of their other products!

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    Michelle Kim says:

    Today’s workout: 2.5 mile warm up, 10 mile marathon race pace tempo, 2.5 miles cooldown. 15 miles were done before 8:15am! It was great 😀

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    Erika says:

    4.81 around the Harbor this morning. Already a scorcher at 9am! Nothing around my gearshift because I just got a new car. Give it time :). Not a new find, but I’m loving the natures bakery fig bars. They are so tasty plus all five of us in our family love them! I’d say that’s a hit! I’m also loving the ballast point box of beer. It’s such a treat for the hubby and I.

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    Amy says:

    Today is a rest day for me, Back at the weights and cardio tomorrow 🙂 Never had a Halo would love one!

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    Laura says:

    Your second alarm is my first alarm time 🙂 No morning workout for me today, though I’m planning a few miles later tonight. No Costco (or Sam’s Club) nearby for me 🙁

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    O, they look great!
    My workout today was 1 hour of lower body lifting and 1 hour of upper!

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    Hayley says:

    I did abs today and stretched!! I also am moving out of my dorm so thats a workout in its self!

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    Laura says:

    I love my halo II headbands. I really need to order a few more 🙂 The visorband is cute!

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    Kim says:

    I might have to get a headband/visor – maybe that is part of my problem!!
    I miss the days of building with Legos – I used to be the sorter because I have issues and think that sorting the colors and sizes first is a must – really fun when you do the big pieces!!!

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    kim says:

    I set MY clock for 4:45…..went out and ran 4 miles with a beautiful sunrise to view, and then I went to an intense kickboxing session later at 4pm. I think I can say I have done enough for today!! And my new Costco find is a big box of Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes. 14 grams of protein, 5 fiber. Woohoo!!!!! I would love just a Halo headband, but I will def take a visor to start!

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    Laura P says:

    Today was my rest day, so my “workout” consisted of walking to the park at 8am this morning (it was already hot!) with my 2 yr old. We played for awhile, then we walked home.

    My newest find at Costco (though it’s not new, I just never had it before) are the uncooked corn tortillas. Omg so much better than any of the store brands. My whole family loves them.

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    Christine D. says:

    My workout today was pilates. Haven’t done it in awhile, so it felt great!

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    Stacie M. says:

    Love that Costco sells coconut oil in a huge jar for only $15! We use it for everything

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    I was at the track this morning doing a 45 minute Fartlek with a warm up and cool down for a total of 6 miles. It felt good being out in the sun! I got plenty of my Vitamin D for the day 🙂

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    Marla-Deen says:

    My workout was teaching an outdoor bootcamp . . . with many jump squats and suicides for fun!
    My favorite new find at Costco is a emamame, almond, nuts and dried cranberries concoction. Look for it – it’s a great snack!
    And the visor really intrigues me.

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    Amanda S. says:

    Waiting until the kids go to bed so I can squeeze in 3 treadmill miles before bedtime!

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    Jenny says:

    Unfortunately I did not get to Yoga today either. BUT my 17 year old daughter is finally showing interest in working out!! LOVE IT…. SO for the last 3 nights I have been working with her.

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    Michelle says:

    Ran 5.5 on the treadmill today and ellipticaled for a little while. Should have done some strength training-but didn’t!

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    tara says:

    I had a short tempo run on the schedule – so hot and humid! But I ran hard and felt so good after. I need a visor for this summer!

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    Susan says:

    Today’s workout was squeezed in betwee work, shuttling my so to and from tuba lesson and evening band practice. 22 minutes HITT circuit. Short, sweet, and done! Not easy, but I did it!

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    Laura says:

    That visor looks so comfy! I intended to workout but the kids were sick so I missed it . I just joined Costco so everything is new ! I love the kale salad (doesn’t everyone 🙂 ) and the individual Greek yogurt guacamole .

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    5 Mile tempo run today – after a few hair and wardrobe issues, it was awesome!

    There are anywhere between 1 and 5 hair elastics on my gear shift at any given time – I always have one when I need one!

    We have Sam’s Club, and I haven’t been in a few months, so nothing new to speak of.

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    Kristen E says:

    Just finished 7 miles, including 12×400’s. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, that visor looks like it would be awesome to run in! 🙂

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    Adrienne says:

    A run on the canal and a power class.
    Our Costco is being built right now!! CAn not wait. I hear everyone talk of it.

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    Heather J says:

    After having a baby, I really need to get out there and exercise. I am pasty white and would really benefit from winning the Halo Visorband!

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    Karole says:

    I all ready have lots of Halo headbands…I can’t say enough positive things about them! I used my Halo sweatband for a 40 mile bike ride on Sunday. Love me some Halo sweatband!

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    Heather says:

    4 mile very windy run! Love the visor and love costco. Always get the spinach and pb !

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    Emily says:

    Love the visor- what a great idea!

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    Susie says:

    My run was a humid, hot, sweaty 6.5 miles. Not my finest hour, I’ll say. Oh well, tomorrow is a new run 🙂

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    Mary says:

    my workout was a 5k really early in the morning- too hot during the pm. But in the afternoon, when the weather cools off, I like to do some stretching and exercises from your video. Wonderful visor! Love it!

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    shannon says:

    Those bowls are my favorite! Im addicted

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    Lindsay says:

    Would love to win this!! Halo is such a great brand.

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    Danielle says:

    I did a yoga with weight class today! Planning for a run tomorrow! Thanks for the giveaway – would love to try out that visor!

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    Anne says:

    The visor looks sweet!

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    Amy says:

    today’s workout was 5miles in the sunshine before work-glad spring has decided to stay in New England!

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    Sally says:

    I got up at 6am this morning and got a nice, easy five mile run in before getting my boys off to school. It was so nice having the run done before my day started. I must do this more often!!

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    Tess says:

    I love Halo! They work SO well. I bought one last summer after one of your reviews. Loved it. put it away for the winter and have LOST it! :/ So bummed. Just have to get a new one right!?!

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    Heather says:

    I might have to check these out. I just recently started running and don’t like to wear sunglasses when I run so this would be perfect.

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    lexa says:

    I love it and want to try it out. Workout this morning was a short elliptical (23 min) run. I got a late start and can’t be late for work.

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    gassmama says:

    I have been meaning to order one of these, it would be awesome to win one!

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    Emily Lutz says:

    Today’s workout was a little bit of strength, 25 minutes of elliptical, and a 1 1/2 mile run! (I am trying to come back from a running injury) There is clutter around the gear shift in my car 😛 and lots of clutter in general haha. I had my first Costco trip recently so I”m still amazed/in love with the 6 pack of Romaine Lettuce and giant bag of broccoli I can get!

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    Marcia says:

    OMG, could I ever use this! I love it. I’m positive that my students in my Bootcamp class would love it, too. Even if I don’t win, I should get one to show them. We just moved our bootcamp outside whenever possible now that it’s might actually be spring here in Minnesota.

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    Irina says:

    My workout today WILL be a quick 3 mile run during lunch (now that I wrote it here, I’m held accountable right?) 🙂

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    Ms. C. says:

    I love this visor concept. I wear a visor in the summer when I run but I always need a headband also. I would like to try this one to see if I can kill two birds with one stone…I would love to win this one. I have wanted to try Halo. I am looking for the perfect headband.

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    katy says:

    My workout today was Jillian Michaels ripped in 30!

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    Jessica says:

    Oooh, those Halo visors are nice! My workout today will be a few miles and some core work. Sometimes I keep extra hair ties around my gear shift but I’m always in need, so they don’t stay there too long.

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    Erin says:

    Hi! I have been a reader of your blog for a while now and I just love it!! You are so motivating! I am an avid runner myself and was wondering if you had any advice or tips about how you keep up such high mileage and avoid injury? any advice is welcome!! 🙂

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    Pam says:

    Favorite costco find? Avocado oil! For my salads

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    Elle says:

    Ooohhh, I’d love to win! I am actually sitting right now in my workout clothes and plan on going for a 2 or 3 mile run very soon despite the fact that the weather is yucky and I really don’t want to go outside..but I’m doing it!

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    penny says:

    hat that fits under a bike helmet? I’m sold.

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    Smitha says:

    The Saturday run sounds awesome before the Rock n Roll. And thanks to the heat outside, I am doing an inddor dreadmill / elliptical workout!

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    betsey @hazenburg says:

    i’ve wanted to try these headbands for a while! have fun with the lego jet ✈️

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    Kayleigh says:

    Taking it easy in the heat this week – had a slight heat-related hospital trip on Sunday mid-race (and 0.35 miles before the finish line) 🙁 🙁 So, 4 slow and easy miles for me today!

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    Deb E says:

    I don’t have a Costo membership but would have to drive a ways to find one around here if I did. I don’t have many to shop for those so no worries. I would love a Halo Headband as I have not tried one yet. Fingers crossed for this giveaway.

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    Andrea (@FitLifeRun) says:

    Today’s workout was a strength training dvd- not a lot of time. I would love to know what kind of bread that is (pic with blueberries and strawberries) – it looks delicious!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Love this visor/headband combo. Today I taught a circuit class and went for an easy 45 minute run. I have been loving these organic sun-dried calimyrna figs from Costco. They are great in smoothies ! Also, for a super quick snack I cut them in half and slather some sunbutter on them and pop ’em in my mouth. YUM!

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    Ashley says:

    The Halo headband/visor looks awesome! I really need some hot weather/sunshine workout gear now that it’s getting warm out. Trying to get 3 miles of walking in today and a quick 30 min upper body/core workout tonight. My IT Band has been causing a lot of issues lately, so going light on the running….especially since the hills around my house tend to make it worse.

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    Today was *supposed to be* a 3×1 tempo run; but ended up being a 2×1 tempo instead…oh well – better than nothing, right?? 🙂

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    Joanna says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a Halo visor. Will have to check this one out too.

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    Whitney W says:

    I would love to try a halo visor out–looks great for summer!

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    The Silent Assassin says:

    Fartlek today. Tough one. You running the full mary at SD? or trying to race Meb? =). Yes, def keep us posted on the ProCompression at the expo. Would love to meet you and skinny.

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    Melissa says:

    That Halo visor-band does look great for running or golf – it’s always so bright on the course. You convinced me on the Halo bands awhile ago, but I usually wear the thinner ones.

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    Amy S says:

    I have two regular Halo bands and love them. A Halo with a visor…… genius! Would love to give it a try.

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    OMG, you & all that running – you so amaze me AND you teach & a mom – holy crap, 3+++++ jobs!!!!

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    natasha says:

    I walked everywhere today plus did some stationary biking while catching up on blogs and some tv (I have a bike with a desk attached!)

    I wonder who will replace Barbara too?

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    sammi says:

    I run everyday!

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    Wehaf says:

    No workout for me today, but tomorrow’s tabata session should be good!

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    Ashley Mitchell says:

    My workout today was a nice simple 5 mile run! It’s freezing and raining here in Michigan so I wasn’t super motivated today 🙂 love those visorbands!

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    Carson says:

    I have always wanted to try a Halo product!

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    Laurel C says:

    With the amount I sweated on today’s run, I need one of those visors!

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    Christine says:

    No workout today but I will be running this weekend

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    Melissa says:

    Visors are great! My workout for the day is jogging with 2 kids in the stroller — love to be outside in the Spring!

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    Nikki says:

    If the sun ever decides to shine for more than 2 minutes here in Minnesota, that visor would be perfect. I still haven’t found one that’s comfortable, so I’d love to try the Halo.

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    Leah says:

    Workout today was cross training:) weights and arc this morning and some insanity and foam rolling later . Would love to try this!!!!! Love love costo!!!

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    Diane says:

    I did a Stroller Strides class with my girls and a quick 4 miles afterwards. Nothing around my gear shift, but always have a hat, headband and wipes stashed in my car! I ❤ Costco! On my way there in a few!

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    Jenny says:

    I had boot camp this morning, and am doing a 4 mile run tonight!

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    Sheena says:

    I just finally bought a new car (my old one was a 1994, so very ready to retire) so it’s still really clean… Don’t know how long that will last!

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    Heather says:

    don’t have anything like this but it looks awesome!! especially with summer coming up!

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    Sally says:

    I live in Texas. It’s super sunny and we sweat a LOT! This would be perfect!! (and I adore your blog 😉

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    Amy O. says:

    I did a 7 minute abs/planks/pushups workout. Better than nothin’!

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    Amie says:

    That visor looks perfect for biking!

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    Last night I lifted (chest focus) and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. It was gorgeous out all day and I was looking forward to an outdoor run. Of course it started downpouring.

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    Kelcy M. says:

    My workout was a solid 5mi and some soccer – it’s finally warm enough to play outside!!!

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    Keri says:

    My workout today was a long run with some pull-ups at the end!

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    Kristen says:

    I would love this visor!

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    Julia says:

    Just getting to this as we were on a Disney Cruise in the Bahamas. So my workout today was the RunDisney Castaway Cay 5K. Quite fun, quite hot, and almost a PR, by 20 secs.

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    Lanna says:

    Today’s workout was the Navy Coranado bridge run!

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    Sandy says:

    I ran 9 stress free miles today!

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    mel says:

    Just ran my second marathon and proud of my accomplishment!

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    Kendyl says:

    Woohoo! Halo visor! I’ve been thinking about grabbing one of these! I never run with head gear. No hats because it just gets far too sweaty. Sometimes sunnies. Visors may be the answer…I’ve been contemplating them for months now. Maybe now is the time. 🙂 regardless, I need to find something for the Southern California sun.

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    Joy says:

    Today’s a rest day for me as I did my first ever 20 miles yesterday! And gardened afterward. And worked with four year olds today!

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    Linda says:

    I need to find a head and that stays put. Something to block sun is a bonus. Thanks.

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    Luna says:

    That halo visorband is genius. I can’t use headbands because my hair are so silly thin and slippery that noo one stays put; so i use a hat, but it’s hot during summer! that would be perfect!

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    Meagan F says:

    Hopefully I’ll be able to get in a hill workout with the stroller after work today!


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