Last weekend I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler for the second time.

I love this race since it’s largely flat and 10 miles is a great distance. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s easy. I still have to train for something like this. (Wisdom: Train for all races!) Personally, I cannot *wing* a 10 mile race, but I could maybe wing a 4 mile one.

And about that training, it only went so so. I’ve been running slower now than this time last year, I have no idea why. But it’s fine. I think these ups and downs are to be expected.

Anyway, we took the train down and got to DC at 2pm on Saturday. We dropped our stuff off at our hotel. I like to pick a hotel walking distance from the race start. Even if we end up taking a cab to the race (which we did) it’s nice to have the option to walk home.

cherry blossom 10 miler

oh hey guys

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Hi everyone. Thanks so much for the Insta-love while I was in Colorado. As a life-long East Coaster, I must admit mountain-living really suits me. There might be less oxygen up but there is an abundance of heart. I walked into a juice/oat shop in Denver (yup, that’s a thing, hi friends at ProsperOats), and as I waited for them to mix up my juice, I joined a conversation that EVERYONE in the shop was having. I left knowing each patrons’ plans for the rest of the day (obviously they were all going to go exercise/be outside/plant something).

Now I’m back in NYC growling at everyone on the subway and walking with my neck craned into my phone’s screen to avoid unsanctioned human interaction.

Here’s what happened last week in the Centennial state.

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Hey friends! Hello from Edwards, Colorado. I’m out here until Sunday so my posts may be a bit less frequent until  I am back home.

Last week was freezing and icy in New York and my workout choices were all in service of staying warm and inside as much as possible. Did you let the weather get in your way?

Here’s what went down.

Monday: Didn’t work out
Tuesday (aka SNOWMAGEDDEN): Matt and I took an early morning Flywheel class. (There is a studio two blocks from our house.) I got pelted in the face with hail on the walk there (and back) but it was great to get a workout in before bunkering down in the storm.

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It’s pretty easy for me to get ready for work in most gym locker rooms. Step 1:  Shower using whatever products the gym provides; Step 2: Shove sweaty gym clothes in those free plastic bags gyms give out; Step 3: Use whatever body lotion the gym has on my body and face (is that bad?) Step 4: Tie hair in wet bun; Step 5: Leave.  It’s not that I believe my natural beauty to be so outstanding that I don’t need make up or a blow dryer, it’s that I don’t leave enough time for that sort of luxury and don’t know any quick make up tips.

When I think of spending money on “beauty,” I want products that make my hair and skin look good on their own, not something complicated that can leave me looking blotchy or messy (or that I’ll probably mess up).

Here are a few products that I swear by and that make my life a hell of a lot easier. (Oh, and that don’t require watching an instructional video on  YoutTube.)

  • Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. I’ve always wanted to live in a world where my hair could air dry frizz-free. This product has made that dream a reality. I wish this existed when I was in sleep away camp. I put a fair amount of this cream in my hair when it’s wet and my hair dries softer and less frizzy than it would on it’s own. I just squeeze a little more than a quarter size into my hands, rub them together, and put it all over my hair (I go light on the roots). When I first started using it, I was too light on my pour so the product didn’t do much. Now that I’m more comfortable, I use a more liberal serving, and it makes a big difference.

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