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It’s Just What I Do and Some Things YOU Should Do- HALO Giveaway

It’s Just What I Do and Some Things YOU Should Do- HALO Giveaway


Yes, I’m freaking hard on myself. Aren’t we all though? I attempted running on my foot yesterday because it was feeling better and usually after a marathon I give myself just a couple days off and am back running a few easy miles without any issues.

That’s just not the case this time. That’s okay. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but I’m going to do my best to take it. The timing is pretty good actually, as I was supposed to be in Napa for a race this weekend, but since I was just in Seattle, it was too much. I don’t really have anything planned until The San Francisco Marathon at the end of July.

Let’s move on, shall we?


I did a little pool running yesterday while the boys took swim lessons.

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It was only twenty minutes and it was in the shallow end, but it felt good to be in the water. Who knows, I might be in there a little more often than I’d like the next few weeks. Ha.

I got some questions on instagram about pool running and I wrote a post on it last year here. Janae has some really great posts on pool running too. She spent a lot of time in the pool recently before her marathon and is the queen of pool running.


I don’t know about you, but when I go through set backs I like to read about others who have overcome them. All runners have injuries and go through hard times. I found a couple articles last night on Deena Kastor that I wanted to pass along. She broke her foot at the 2008 Olympics around mile 3. It’s always inspiring to read about athletes who make great comebacks. She’s broken a couple records just recently even and it always helps reading about older female runners still doing their thing, especially other moms.

These two articles are super old, but talk about her pretty much just announcing her comeback. (She did a lot of training on an underwater treadmill when she was hurt. Have you ever seen one of those? I must investigate.)


I made my no grain maple cake and forgot to add egg whites. Dumb. I didn’t even realize it until it was already in the oven.

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It actually still worked without the eggs. Who knew?

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I doctored it up with some coconut butter and molasses and had a massive chicken apple sausage and spinach egg white scramble to go with it. That Scotty B’s bacon jalapeño sauce is so good.


Someone told me to try frozen blueberries on cold cereal. I don’t remember who, but whoever you are, you’re a genius.

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I may or may not have had three bowls of this yesterday. I always think I can be that person who only has one bowl of cereal, but that is just never the case. Moderation is not one of my strengths.

This is the cereal we’ve been loving lately. We got it from Costco.

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When buying cereal, I always look for the ones with the least amount of ingredients.

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The boys love this cereal too.



Okay, so some things you should do today. There are 6 total.

1. If you haven’t entered the Name Bubbles giveaway, today is the last day to enter. These labels are cool friends! We’re labeling some beach stuff for a little something we have planned today.

2. If you need to smile, watch this video again. Thirty seconds of Booty Dancing can turn any frown upside down.

3. Check out this funny link on BuzzFeed that Erica sent me. It’s freaking hilarious.

21 Secrets Runners Won’t Tell You 

4. My egg white jugs I always buy are having a Christmas in July special that’s starting early.

Here are the codes for the discounts in case you need some huge jugs in your life. (They’re perfect for making summer smoothies.)

OBHELP2G $10 off a 2-gallon order
(normal retail $78. Now only $66)
OBHELP6H $15 off a 6 half gallon case order
(normal retail $138. Now only $107)
OBHELP4G $20 off a 4 gallon case order
(normal retail $156. Now only $118)


5. Also this is the last weekend to take advantage of the half yearly Pro Compression sale. buy 2 or more pairs and get 50% off. Use code JUNE. Pretty great deal!



6. Enter this HALO Headband GIVEAWAY.

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Yeah, they have these awesome USA Headbands that would be perfect for the 4th of July.


The pullover or tie version.

My favorite is the tie one. I sported it when I taught at the Memorial Day Workout here. I’m teaching at a special 4th of July Workout too so it will make an appearance there as well.


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Halo wants you to have one.

Actually, Halo wants 4 of you to have one.

4 winners.

Winners get to choose which style (tie or pullover).


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. 1
    Chrissy says:

    Good luck with your recovery. A little rest may be what you need to be faster than ever!
    We are traveling to Florida for the 4th.

  2. 2
    MelissaC says:

    I remember seeing that underwater treadmill in “Spirit of the Marathon” (which I watched for the first time a few weeks ago).

    4th Plans – very laid back. parades, fireworks and some running, etc. I have a race tomorrow morning that they are calling an “Independence Day” race – but it is not on the 4th? oh well, stickler for details – that is me. I don’t have anything red/white/blue to wear to it though.

  3. 3
    Veronica says:

    Love the Halo headband. 4th Plans are a carnival on Post. Also love stories of people who have overcome something. I broke my leg 7 weeks ago. I hope to have a success story on the other end of this injury!

  4. 4

    I’ll probably just be grilling it up at home on the 4th! No major plans!

  5. 5
    Erika says:

    Hope to get out for a long run and take my boys to the beach!

  6. 6
    Melissa says:

    I like the Halo headbands – got my first one on your recommendation. They don’t slide out of my hair!

  7. 7
    amanda says:

    I am moving over the holiday weekend, how un-fun!

  8. 8
    Tracy says:

    I would also love to try a Halo headband. No big plans for the Fourth of July. Alaska weather is very unpredictable…

  9. 9
    Linda says:

    I still haven’t found a headband that stays in. Love to try these.

  10. 10
    stacey says:

    My dogs have used underwater treadmills extensively for both rehab (cruciate tears) and conditioning! They are wonderful!!!

  11. 11
    Jen says:

    I really like pool running! I would love to try the Halo headband. Looks cute!

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    Erica says:

    Bummer to feel you’re still having some pain. Hope it goes away quick! I want to try that cereal. Those headbands are cute! I can never find bands that will stay on my head, so I’d love to try them. What are we doing for the fourth? Probably multiple BBQs!

  13. 13
    Ann E says:

    For the 4th we are flying to Texas for my brothers wedding. I am so excited about seeing family, but going to the really hot and humid climate is a different story!

  14. 14
    Laura says:

    I’m running a Firecracker 4 miler race and then picnic-ing with friends 🙂

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    Judy Westacott says:

    Water running is so good for you. Heed your recovery time Thanks for the inspirational reading about athletes that have overcome injuries.

    I couldn’t post a comment to enter the Halo headband giveaway.

    I LOVE my Halo headband. While in San Diego to run the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, I was introduced to them (thank you, thank you, thank you Kristen!). Love, love, love it and wore my brand new hot pink one to run the half marathon. I totally loved it. Are Halo products available in Canada? I have learned not to tie it too tight because it left a not-so-sexy ‘groove’ in my forehead that lasted until the following morning. It did keep the sweat off my head and who doesn’t love that.

    Is it too late to enter your “American Flag” Halo Headband contest? I would love one to show off in Canada and make everyone envious. I plan to spend July 4 doing a short run, having a BBQ and then I am stoked about attending the Annual Bard on the Beach evening performance of the Tempest. I hope everyone else enjoys July 4th!

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    Laurel C says:

    I have to work 🙁 but I work at a running shoe store so at least I get to help some fellow runner!

  17. 17
    Melissa says:

    My husband and son work a fireworks booth to raise money for our school. I get a good run in during the day, then we’ll get together for a nice fireworks display at a local town.

  18. 18
    Ashley says:

    Hoping to just relax!

  19. 19
    Nicole says:

    This weekend, I’m teaching my last BodyPump class at one gym before moving on to another location. I love this class and hope to find the same fun and rapport at the new place! 🙂

  20. 20
    Marissa says:

    Hope your recovery goes well!!! Would love to win the halo pull over head band 🙂

  21. 21
    elizabeth says:

    Do you have a any coupon code’s for Scotty B’s?
    I’m going to order some Sweet Jalapeno and Bacon Jalapeno for my brother, but it would be great to get free shipping or a discount.

  22. 22
    Leah H. says:

    I am running a 10k on the 4th and these patriotic headbands would be perfect!

  23. 23
    Mackenzie Stallmann says:

    I love anything and everything red, white and blue! Like obsessed. Don’t feel bad I can’t ever have one bowl of cereal either. I usually eat cereal dry and can go through a half a box easy!

  24. 24

    I’m actually running in my first 10K (I’ve only done 5K and half marathons) on the 4th of July! I’m so excited to celebrate and run, and of course dress up so a headband would be awesome!

  25. 25
    Stacey says:

    Hiking, family, and bonfire this weekend!

  26. 26
    Allyssa says:

    Lots of wedding planning!

  27. 27
    tara says:

    I’m running my second 10k ever…and gunning for a pr!

  28. 28
    Tracy says:

    Speedy recovery!

    We’re cooking out and watching fireworks 🙂

  29. 29
    Shannon says:

    I’m pregnant now but I want to train for my first 10k after I have my lbs by boy.

  30. 30
    Alexandra says:

    Love this patriotic headband! We have plans to head to my grandparents lake house for the 4th-can’t wait!

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    Amy says:

    Biking this weekend! Camping on the 4th.

  32. 32
    Maria L says:

    I’m considering a firecracker 4 miler that I did once before. Washing it down with some family grilling…

  33. 33
    Amanda S. says:

    No plans for the 4th yet. I know it will involve taking the kids somewhere to see a fireworks display though!

  34. 34
    Christine D. says:

    I have Monday off from work so it’s a three-day weekend for me! Just going to be hanging around the house. 🙂 On the Fourth of July we’re having a cookout!

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    Maria says:

    I’m doing a local 5k for the fourth. Then prob just hang out….one of us will go to fire works with the 5yr old while one stays home with the 5 month old.

  36. 36
    Kristen says:

    We have a wedding on the 4th!! Better be fireworks!

  37. 37
    Michele says:

    Hoping for a little family time on the 4th!! And, hopefully see some awesome fireworks!

  38. 38

    I’m running in a 5k on the 4th of July followed by watching the parade! My parents are coming in town so we’re making the most of the weekend.

  39. 39
    Amy S says:

    I’ll be spending my 4th helping my sister move into her first house. So exciting.

  40. 40
    Anne says:

    I’ll be working the weekend but hope to do some fun stuff on the 4th with my kids!

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    Victoria Taylor says:

    I’m fighting a minor injury and reading your posts help.

  42. 42
    Emily says:

    Nothing special- I’ll be working (teaching/training) and hope to squeeze in a few minutes by the pool.

  43. 43
    lindsay says:

    i love all things patriotic! dying over the headband! i’m doing a 4th of july run followed by a day at the beach with a run group 🙂

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    Paige Callahan says:

    I am driving home this weekend from school- 18 hours!!!! Yuck then next Wednesday I start coaching a cross country camp ill be at for the 4th but my boyfriend will be there and there are great fireworks at the naval academy

  45. 45
    Tess says:

    Love Halo. I was introduced to Halo by you. They sounded fantastic so I ordered one. Best Halo headband. They actually work and look stylish. I’ve currently “missed placed” mine but I’m looking hard for it. I would love to add a second to my “collection”. Take your time and come back strong……pool running will keep you in the groove!

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    Laura says:

    Ooohh, cute headband! I’ll be spending the 4th with family at the lake and watching fireworks. Fun times 😉

  47. 47

    I’m planning on laying low for the 4th. I want to just enjoy the long weekend and maybe get my house looking a little less insanely cluttered.

  48. 48

    I’m headed to South Carolina for a family reunion! 🙂

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    Dana m says:


  50. 50
    Sammi says:

    My family and I go boating!

  51. 51
    Mindy says:

    Hope to get in a crossfit workout and lots of family time!

  52. 52

    We will be swimming and having a BBQ at my parents’ house!

  53. 53
    Dawn Monroe says:

    We can see the local parade and fireworks from my oldest daughters house so everyone is meeting there for those activities and a cookout/potluck.

  54. 54
    suzie says:

    going to visit a dear friend and her family for the 4th

  55. 55
    Kendra D says:

    I need this (or really, really want this) for my Fourth of July race!

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    Angie T. says:

    Heading to my hometown. Family, a 5k, parade, rodeo, homemade ice cream-good times.

  57. 57

    We have a huge family picnic with cousins, aunts & uncles. It’s about 100 people who attend- so lovely.

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    natasha says:

    4th of July is huge in my hood with a big parade, etc. I have my ‘hood 2014 shirt and red,white, blue pants ready and well…halo flag would be the “fireworks” to top it off…hee, hee!

  59. 59

    We will be grilling up some good food on the 4th and spending the day with family 🙂

  60. 60
    Stephanie says:

    We are going to a firework display and we can donate to the State chapter of Wounded Warrior.

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    Deb E says:

    I have a tradition of watching at least one military themed program on patriotic holidays; helps me remember the importance of our freedom and how much others paid for it. PBS usually has some great programming. I love the RW&B HALO headband!

  62. 62

    My wife and our 7 month old daughter are going to my mom’s (G-Ma’s) house to watch fireworks in her neighborhood. This will be a first for our daughter to experience the fireworks, so hopefully she likes them!

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    Amanda says:

    I’m just going to be with family and friends watching fireworks and barbequing.

    Hope your foot gets better soon!

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    Jen A. says:

    I will be hosting my first real party at our “new” (not so new anymore…) house! Oh boy….

  65. 65
    Angie says:

    I am hoping to get in a fun run with the kids for the 4th.

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    Diane says:

    My husband and I are hosting a 4th of July house party for the weekend. We will have a dozen extra folks to feed and entertain! Actually, I’m hoping the pool will do most of the entertaining as long as the weather cooperates. I would love to have a Halo headband, I’m so tired of wiping sweat out of my eyes when I’m running, although in this Tennessee heat and humidity, the sweat probably won’t be stopping any time soon. Ha!

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    Jenny says:

    I’m going to Atlanta to run the Peachtree Road Race!!! I would have loved to have one of these bands to wear during the race!

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    Hayley says:

    I am going to a parade with friends!!

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    Erika says:

    Love the headband. Hoping for some family fun on the 4th! Of course a run at some point too 🙂

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    Jennifer Shaw says:

    We are gathering with friends to BBQ and swim. A perfect way to celebrate!

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    april says:

    i’m planning on bbqing and possibly checking out the fireworks at the golf course near my house! =)

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    Amy says:

    4th of July plans? Most likely running, but definitely NOT WORKING 🙂 Hope you have a super holiday with your adorable fam!

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    Shannon says:

    We always have a street BBQ. It’s lots of fun!!!

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    steph says:

    that maple cake looks amazing

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    Susan says:

    I have never tried a Halo Headband before! For the 4th-doing a 5K in the morning and a lot of R &R until the fireworks!

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    Heather says:

    I am going camping for the 4th! So excited!

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    carrie says:

    A nice…relaxing..run! Love long weekends 🙂

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    Lauren B says:

    Heading home to my parents for the 4th to spend time with family! Can’t wait 🙂 family times are the best times.

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    Susie says:

    I am going to our lake house for the 4th!

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    Kelsey R. says:

    So festive! I’m going to a baseball game and a family cookout for the 4th 🙂

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