Date Night, 3 Amigas, & Outfits of the Week

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Everything in One!

Blogging during the workweek is way too hard at the moment, with a tiny pup, a full workday, and nightly rehearsals. Instead, I’ve just been updating one post throughout the week…

The result is that today’s post is long and packed with exciting things! 

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The Importance of Taste

The importance of taste, savoring a delicous whole foods diet

Just one of our decadent breakfasts this week

We Eat So Well

…and I want to talk about it.

After three or four days of consuming whatever the heck we fancied in Crested Butte—including an assortment of things we don’t usually eat, like ice cream and a bucket of fried chicken—it’s been nice to return to our whole foods-centric lifestyle.

One of my favorite things (there are many) about Nick is his passion for making delicious meals from whole, organic, and nutritious ingredients. He’s really made a believer out of me.

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A Weekend in Crested Butte, Part 2 of 2

pose at scenic spot Lower Loop Trail, Crested Butte, Colorado

A Long Trail Run

Our first day in Crested Butte was nice and relaxed as we eased into vacation mode. Our second day was relaxed in a different way: after a small, quick breakfast we headed out to the Lower Loop Trail to go trail running and explore! We ended up logging 10.5 miles. (I also took a thousand photos.) And then, of course, we refueled like professionals. Crested Butte is a foodie’s town!

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A Weekend in Crested Butte, Part 1 of 2

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The Tradition Continues!

Happy (late) Tuesday, friends! This past weekend, Nick and I wrapped up the end of another busy week and headed out to Crested Butte, what’s now become Memorial Weekend Tradition.

Instead of three recap installments, I’ve pared things down to two, so get ready for photo overload.

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When 4 Miles Turn into 7

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I am Forrest Gump

Good morning, friends!

I had to stop by and tell you about my run yesterday after work… and share some food pics, of course. We also got The Art of Raising a Puppy in the mail last night and have already read the first three chapters. I want that fluffy little German shepherd puppy on the cover!

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Hearth & Dram Video Shoot… and Food

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Good Morning!

Happy Thursday! It’s snow-raining in Denver this morning. It’s May 18. Nothing makes sense. It’s been one of those weeks at work where I’ve got more outings and meetings in 5 days than I usually do in a month, so things have been pretty hustle-and-bustle lately. I wanted to check in with you all and just share a few little things that’ve gone on this week.

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Back to the Grind

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After 10 Days Off!

Yesterday after work I went for my first post-surgery run with the man, and it felt great! My last run the night before the surgery was at a 9:21 pace, a faster run than normal (I’d been finally working on speed again) and also my lucky number (long story), so I had a feeling I’d be comparing my first run back to that one. To set myself up for success, I left my Garmin watch at home (and so did Nick).

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Platte River Half Race Photos!

Platte River Half Marathon

Good, unflattering, & hilarious

I was a little frustrated with the Platte River Half Marathon official race photo situation this year. Their photographer was only offering prints for purchase; there was no digital option. But then I politely emailed him about it, and he sent me these for free.

Here you’ll see just how in shape Nick is: He smiles and waves throughout the run while I grimace and grumble. It’s pretty funny, actually.

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Speed, Trail, and Goodies, Oh My!

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Easter Weekend Snapshots

Happy Monday! I am still in a sleepy daze this morning, but I am fully prepared to share a ton of fun photos from this weekend, which include a new book and salt scrub, a sneak peek of Platte River Half race photos, a hard-yet-short speed workout, and a 10-mile Easter Sunday trail run with gorgeous views.

Take a look!

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Outfits (and Workouts) of the Week!

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TGIF

Happy Friday, friends! Although it feels like this week put me through the ringer… I feel like it exhausted me in the best way.

It was a great week at work, I got three solid runs in before my weekend workouts, and I had my first voice lesson in a long time!

Take a look…

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