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High Five Friday

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1. The beach. I love you.

2. Let’s be honest. I eat Fro-Yo for the toppings.

3. I tell my kids to “Go fly a kite” all the time. They finally did.

4. Look at me! I can go up on my toes!

5. Let’s stop drop and yoga! Special request from my daughter as she’s running through the sprinkler.

5 Things

1. I’m super excited for this weekend to fly by. Say what? I want the weekend to fly by?  Why? Because Marina and I, along with 3 other teams from this years Saucony 26 Strong, will be in San Diego for a photo shoot with Competitor Magazine! I am so grateful to even to have been chosen to be a part of the team. But the photo shoot? Grateful doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I’m feeling. I’m excited to meet the other teams and to just have a quick get away. I’ve never been to San Diego either!

2. Injury Prevention 101: Lower Leg Care – Great video on how to really get into stretching the calf. I’ve tried it and instantly felt a difference compared to a traditional calf stretch.

3. Practice is Perfect – In yoga, we practice. Why don’t we practice in running? I never thought of it, but it makes sense. Each run is a way “that we’re practicing—to gain the know-how, the muscle memory to compete.” Instead of going for a run today, go for a practice?

4. The problem with too many tabs open in your browser – I’ve got a very similar problem as Christine – my computer and brain are overloaded with tabs. We are slowed down because of it. Since it’s unofficially summer now, it’s the perfect time to close some tabs to focus at what’s in front of me.

5. The Place Where You Are – After Tuesday’s post and Christine’s tabs, I think the universe is trying to tell me something. Right here. Right now. Be there.

What would you like to high 5 today?

High Five Friday

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High Five Friday is here again!

I share more pictures on Instagram. I’d love for you to follow me!

1. My little yogi’s. They saw me taking pictures for prAna #bringingyogaback and wanted to jump in. See? Yoga is a universal language! You can still get 15% off your prAna order with my code psps15HFM at checkout.

2.Endless cold weather calls for belly warming chowdah.

3.Thursday’s 10 miler (on the treadmill again!) was definitely the hardest run I’ve had to do so far in marathon training. Mentally I was not into it. I was tired. I was sore. Physically, I was hitting the paces, but everything in my brain was telling me to just stop running. I’m constantly having to work on my mental game.

4. Downward facing dog that looks more like my head is stuck in a snowbank. Asana.

5. An upside to all the miles that I run on the treadmill? I can at least dress like it’s summer.

5 Things

1. Marathon Motivators – I told you my reason Why I Run. We all have our own story. Be inspired by the stories of why these runners want to run a marathon.

2. Glute Strength Workout – Fire up those buns with this workout. I have been doing a TON of glute strength exercises lately. The good news is that it’s working. Do these!

3. How Football Taught 12 Year Olds What it Means to Be a Girl – Can girls be tough and feminine at the same time? The best response – “Yeah… Duh!”

4. Real Runners Do Take Walk Breaks – Think walking during a marathon will slow you down? Not so says this article. You actually can finish at the same time as someone who runs the whole race.

5. 10 Things NOT to Say to An Injured Runner – I’ve been there. You’ve been there. Please don’t say these to a runner. BTW – this is one of my latest articles for RunHaven.

What would you like to high five today?

#BringingYogaBack Challenge + Meal Planning

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Who’s ready for more yoga?

Last weekend I talked about #TakeTheLeap with prAna and FitApproach. BTW – I’m loving my practice even more with the help of the challenge. Well, prAna has upped the ante by launching a mini-challenge called #bringingyogaback!

Their 12-Day Yoga Instagram Invitation campaign runs from Sunday, Feb 8th – Feb 20th and can be incorporated into your #taketheleap challenge!

prAna Ambassador, Michael Fukumura, has designed a “Spring Awakening” sequence to continue to bring people together, build a positive community, and inspire others to find their mat. I’m all about awakening Spring right now. Maybe that will stop the relentless snowfall?

#bringingyogabackHere’s the details:

12 Day Yoga Invitation!

We’re #bringingyogaback in a big way this spring and want your help!  To celebrate, we’re hosting a 12-day Instagram yoga-inspire-a-thon.

The prize?

$1000 in prAna gear for one lucky winner AND a friend!

This is not about competition—you will not be docked points for not having the perfect downward dog, don’t worry. Instead, we want to inspire you, your friends, and your family to hit the mat more often and share your progress with the larger Insta family.

As further motivation, one lucky participant will receive $1,000 in new prAna gear from our Spring Collection AND the opportunity to gift another $1000 in gear to a person of their choice (because isn’t giving as fun as receiving?).

All ability levels are welcome, so don’t feel any pressure to replicate a pose exactly… just do your best and always listen to your body.

To enter:

1) Follow @prAna on Instagram

2) Post a pic of yourself doing the pose of the day – you don’t have to post every day to enter

3) Use #bringingyogaback #taketheleap and tag both @prAna and @fitapproach     

4) Get your friends & family in on the fun

That’s it! The posing starts Monday, February 9th!

Be sure to check out prAna and their new Spring Collection. It’s gorgeous! You can get 15% off your order from prAna with code psps15HFM.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day. Here’s what I’ve got planned:

Sunday: Fish Tacos

Monday: Broccoli Chickpea Bowl 

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Healthy Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Sandwiches or over greens

Saturday: Valentine’s Day Date Night In

What is your favorite yoga pose? For me, it’s Wild Thing. It really does make my heart sing.

What’s for dinner this week?