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Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and Jake’s Story

This post will be a little different than my others because it’s going to discuss a great way that you can get more active (running or walking) with your dogs.

I’ve been given the opportunity to share with you about the Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and introduce you to our dog Jake.

Purina® ProPlan® has teamed up with MapMyFitness for their Leash On Challenge. The challenge started September 30th and runs through November 13th. Log a walk or run together with your dog each day for 30 consecutive days for the chance to win a year’s supply of Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Food! Also, each time you log a run or walk with your dog, you can also win the daily prize: one of two Purina® Pro Plan® branded Camelbak® water bottles. For more information head to the Purina® Pro Plan® Fitness Group Page and take the 30 Day Leash On Challenge!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to our Great Dog Jake:

On June 19th, 2009, a new member of our family was unexpectedly added. My husband had been doing home health on Monday (the 15th) and noticed a little puppy on the side of a country road. He didn’t stop because the puppy ran and hid when he passed by and he thought that he was probably running back to his mother. On Friday when he drove by, the puppy was in the same spot but this time didn’t run away. He was too weak to move. Jason pulled over to check on him. He was sick and starving. Jason gave him his 2 cereal bars that he had with him and some of his bottled water. He then called me and told me what he had found and I let him know that I’d meet him nearby and get the puppy from him. He told me that he was in bad shape but I wasn’t expecting him to be as bad off as he was. He didn’t have a lot of hair, half of his tail was missing and the rest of it looked partially broken. He had sores on him and was literally skin and bones. I called our vet’s office and let them know I was on my way with him. He only weighed 7lbs and our vet estimated that he was about 8 weeks old. We picked him up the next day and he seemed to already be feeling better even though he still had a long recovery ahead of him. We took him every week for several weeks for shots to help him with the secondary infection from the horrible mange and for dips. At his 4th visit on Thursday, July 9th, he already weighed 15lbs! After several more treatments, he’s completely healthy and as happy as he can possibly be. Jake has come so very far since that day that my husband found him nearly dead by the road. It’s now been over four years and he’s one of the best dogs we’ve ever had. He loves running and staying active with our kids and other dogs.

I’m including some pictures of Jake as he progressed from a sickly puppy to a healthy, happy dog.

This is the day that he came home from his stay at the vet's office.

This is the day that he came home after his stay at the vet’s office. (My apologies about the condition of our porch floor! We were getting ready to have it repainted at the time.)

June 21, 2009 – Enjoying his new bed and toys.

July 11, 2009 – Finally starting to look like a healthy puppy!

July 11, 2009

September 15, 2010

Winter 2010 – Enjoying a rare snowy day in South Mississippi.

May 28, 2013 – Waiting patiently on his turn to be petted.

We can’t imagine not having Jake as a part of our family.

Happy Running!

Purina® ProPlan® has partnered with MapMyFitness and created the Purina® ProPlan® Fitness Group Page to get pet owner’s more active with their dogs. Check out the Fitness Group page here and start getting active with your dog today!

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Trust Your Intuition Official Book Release


I am so excited to officially announce that I am a contributor in a newly published book: Trust Your Intuition 25 “Natural Medicine Confessions” from Influential Women Who Use Healing Remedies For Their Families! It will be released July 17, 2013. There are 24 other women besides me, who have also contributed, and we each share a story of why we chose to use natural alternatives for a health issue or challenge in our homes.


 In this book, there are situations that these women have encountered and they have shared how they have used natural medicine to resolve the problem.

My chapter is about Chia Seeds and how I use these tiny, nutritional powerhouses to fuel my running. I also discuss how I lost weight through running and making healthy changes to my diet.

I am amazed at the powerful other stories in the book. I would like to introduce you to a few of the other contributors as we get ready to launch the book.

Entire Book Cover Trust Your Intuition-web

Author Spotlights


Jenni Wilson, Natural Medicine Mom, is a master herbalist, wife of an ER doctor and mother to 7 children. She teaches women (and a few brave dads) how to use natural tools, and especially essential oils, to care for their families and enjoy more confidence, control and effectiveness in their home health care. She is an author, speaker and blogger at Natural Medicine Mom.


Tens of thousands of health-conscious women have learned from Katie’s expertise to embrace the Wellness Mama lifestyle. She has helped clients lose weight, increase athletic performance, improve fertility, and more. She shares many of her valuable tips for using natural tools for healing in the book.


 One of the amazing women contributing to my book is Rachel Parrish. Rachel is a mother to 2 children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog, Day2Day Joys, as a tool to do that. In her chapter of the book you will be able to learn more about how to maximize your living.


Corinne is a successful, fashion designing mom and an inspiration to so many people who are fed up with traditional medicine. Being a child of excessive exposure to antibiotics, her immune system suffered. She empowered herself by seeking help and guidance from natural remedies experts, educated herself on various techniques, and has been able to keep her family the healthiest they have ever been. From Corinne’s chapter she will tell you how she got back her immune system and shares her exclusive recipe for infection fighting. Her website is Persnickety Clothing.

Stay tuned for more details as the release date gets closer! Also, there will be free gifts available when the book is ordered on July 17th!

For more information, you can check out Jenni’s website: Natural Medicine Mom .


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My 2nd Blogiversary and Allied Medal Hanger Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 2 years since I first began this blog! There has been so many exciting things that have happened since that day that I opened up this page and began typing.

Here are a few things that have happened in my running life since I became a blogger 2 years ago:

  • I had the opportunity to meet and run with Born to Run author Chris McDougall, his running coach Eric Orton and Ultra runner Scott Jurek.
  • I ran my 1st (then 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th) half marathon.
  • I ran my 1st marathon last year and my 2nd last month.
  • I dealt with IT Band Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis
  • I lost 76 pounds!
  • I broke my left arm while out on a training run at night and had to have surgery to have steel plate/screws placed in my arm.
  • I was featured in a video series by Fitbie/MSN called Everyday Champions
  • I was in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Women’s Running Magazine in their Women Who Move section.

These are only a few things that have happened to me along this journey in the last couple of years. There have been ups and downs but I am thankful for everything that I’ve gotten to experience. (Except for the broken arm….I could have definitely lived without that, lol!)

What I’m most grateful for is 1.) being a healthier wife and mother 2.) the connections I’ve made through this blog and Facebook page. The running/fitness community is amazing and I have made great friends (online and out running) that I would have never met otherwise. I’m also thankful for all of you that follow my blog! I am constantly inspired and motivated by you!! I absolutely love the stories and pictures you share over on my Facebook page and love how you interact with and encourage each other.

Enough with me and on to the exciting stuff! What’s the point in a celebration without a gift? Allied Medals was kind enough to send me my very own Slow is the New Fast medal hanger and now you can win one of your own! 


Love it!

Slow is the new Fast no girl

You can choose one like mine, one without the girl or you can choose a completely different style!

Click the link below to enter!

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Good luck!!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.


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Everything but running…..

Lately, it seems if I were a cartoon, I’d have ten arms – each doing something different. Of course, running hasn’t gotten in the way of all I’ve had to do because I’ve still been recovering from bronchitis. Btw, I think I’m finally ready to try and run again this week. I tried a little too early a couple of weeks ago and it was a big mistake. I still have a little cough now and then but I think (I hope) I’m well enough to start back.

We recently decided that we wanted to put our house up for sale and who knew what a major undertaking that would be? We have been cleaning out closets and giving tons of stuff away. Of course, by dragging everything out, an even bigger mess gets made. Add to the pressure of scheduling the realtors to come look at our house the night before we leave for vacation and you could say I’ve been pretty stressed out.

What really makes things hard for me is that our home is my fortress of solitude (even if we do have a houseful of kids, lol) and it’s really hard for me to open it up and let strangers examine every nook and cranny. I know it’s necessary but it certainly takes me out of my comfort zone! Maybe I’m just weird?  It’s also extremely hard to have our house on “display mode” with small children. I never knew how hard until I started trying to keep it that way, lol. The morning after we got home from vacation, the realtors called and said that they had someone that wanted to look at the house as soon as possible. Of course, we were still in pj’s, nothing unpacked, and things in disarray from coming back and basically unloading the van and nothing else.  Within 20 mins or so, they were here waiting on our front porch so they really got to see things as is. Yesterday, someone showed up after lunch wanting to “just poke their heads in” but ended up taking the grand tour. I guess I’ll get used to it but for now, I’m not liking this at all.

Ok, enough with that, lol! I just had to get it off of my chest. 🙂

Vacation was wonderful! We left last Saturday when it was flooding like crazy down there (Florida) and really wondered if our entire week would be filled with clouds and rain but things finally started clearing up by Tuesday and we were able to enjoy lots of sun and beach time.

This was our view of the sunset on Sunday afternoon after storms had passed.

I brought my running clothes, shoes and watch, just in case but besides being completely worn out by the end of each day, I probably needed an extra few days to get well. The way I looked at it, I was on the move nearly the entire trip. If we weren’t in the water playing with the kids, we were out walking and trying to keep up with them. Zoe, my 2 year old, could be a race walker if she wanted to be, lol!!

She was very proud of her dress and sunglasses. She kept us on the move!

I’d like to say that I ate great and didn’t eat anything unhealthy the entire time but hey, it was vacation and I’ve always said that I will never starve myself or not eat something once in a while that isn’t on the healthy list. I did try to stay on track with drinking water though. All in all, it was lots of fun getting to spend time with the kids. Jason and I even got to sneak away for an hour (or more some nights) after the little ones went to sleep and the big kids held down the fort.

Waiting for the fireworks show at the Emerald Grande on Thursday night.

Zach watching fireworks. It was raining but still beautiful.

My swimming buddy for most of the time at the beach.

This week I’m hoping we can get back on a regular schedule….at least until Thursday, which is our anniversary and we’ll be going away again! (Only overnight this time though.) 🙂

Have a great week!

I nearly forgot to remind you that I will be directing the Race for Grace 5k again this fall. Look for an announcement soon on the official date! This year, proceeds will be donated to the children’s home Grace International is opening in the Philippines.


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11 Random things about me x2 (Because I was tagged by some awesome Team Touch Chik bloggers)

I haven’t been on Team Tough Chik long but I’m already finding out what great ladies they are! We have our own page that we talk about our sports we love, ask questions, get tons of encouragement and in the process, we’re having lots fun getting to know each other. I was honored to be picked by 2 of my teammates in as many days to write 11 random things about me, then answer 11 questions that she has for me and then write my own questions and pick some chicks to do the same for me! Journey of a Canuck Mom on the Run was the first to tag me and then Larissa Milano Fitness.

I’ll answer questions in the order that I received them. 🙂

Here is how it works:

1. Post these rules.

2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.

4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.

6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

11 Random Things About Me:

1. I LOVE shoes but I have very large feet – size 12 (11 sometimes). I’ve always had trouble finding shoes that fit me because all of the cute shoes don’t usually go up that high in size. Unfortunately, if they do have them, when they are super enlarged, that don’t look that “cute” anymore, lol. I’m always so excited when I find the exact running shoes that I want in my size and don’t have to get the men’s style.

2. I have really curly hair but it only became this way after my last 2 children were born. My hair was wavy before but now it’s out of control!! I don’t really like how it looks on me so I straighten it constantly. Of course, as soon as I sweat or go outside in the humidity, it curls again. Sigh.

3. I broke my arm while out for a run November 1, 2011 and I had to have a metal plate with screws put in it. On November 19, 2011, I ran in a 5k race. It hurt like heck but it was for a good cause to help a very sick lady. My time wasn’t that great but I showed myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

Getting a pic with my friend, The Fittest Fat Chick, after the race.

4. I eat ketchup with my scrambled eggs.

5. I chew the same type of gum (Orbit peppermint) every time I run and I freak out just a little a lot if I forget it or have to chew a different flavor.

6. My favorite super hero when I was little was Wonder Woman. I would dress up in my Wonder Woman Underoos with my golden lasso (gold jump rope) and watch her tv show. Ok, I still love Wonder Woman. In fact, I dressed up as her in the Jazz Half Marathon in New Orleans last October! 🙂

7. I love Scrabble and finding out about Words with Friends a few weeks ago has been like Christmas for me, lol! I currently have 16 games going on right now with various friends. Is that normal? I hope so.

8. I didn’t go to Disney World for the first time until I was 30 yrs old. I cried when I saw the castle, when we watched the fireworks, when I had my picture made with Mickey and when we had to leave. We’ve gone back twice after that and I still cry, especially when it’s time to leave.

9. I took voice lessons for 8 years and during that time, a little 4 yr old girl and her sisters started taking lessons too. Her name is Lacey Chabert. After she got older she played the little girl in Party of Five, was one of the daughters in Lost in Space, was of the Mean Girls and was in Daddy Day Care. I tweeted her last week and she messaged back and remembered me after all these years. Kinda cool! 🙂

10. I’d like to go back to school one day and become a psychologist – even though I might be 70 when I find time to do it, haha. I love to listen to people and try to help them (if they want it). I also love meteorology but I think psychology is better suited for me.

11. I cry at parades. Not just at Disney World. All of them. I don’t know why but I do.  :p

Journey of a Canuck Mom on the Run’s Questions for me:

1.  Did you have a childhood nickname?  What was it? Yes. Gina-poo haha
2.  What is the weirdest thing you have ever done while driving? Oh wow. Driving plowing into a police car at a red light during a snow/ice storm in Wyoming. He was so nice and knew that I couldn’t have stopped. (I was freaking out!) He told me that the important thing was that we were both ok and that a car can be fixed.
3.  Do you have any strange phobias? What are they? Yes. I don’t like honeycombed shaped things. It makes me nauseated. I don’t like spiders either but at least they don’t make me want to throw up!
4.  If you could travel to anyplace right now without worrying about finances or how long you are gone, where would you go? Why? Wow, that’s a really hard question. Since time and finances wouldn’t be an issue…..(U.S) I’d love to go and stay in Florida for a few months and go to our favorite places, like Disney World and Destin but also hit up the other wonderful parts of FL too. Then, I want to go back to Colorado and spend time there. I’d go to California and go to Beverly Hills (to shop) and Hollywood. I’d also go see the Grand Canyon since I’d be on that side of the U.S. (Worldwide) I’d love to go to Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. I’d also like to go to Australia. 🙂
5.  What was the last movie you saw in the theater?  A Dolphin’s Tale with my sweet 6 yr old son. (He wants to be a dolphin trainer when he grows up.)

6.  What song always makes you happy when you hear it?  Why? It’s a tie. I’ll post the 2 videos and let you decide. 😉 There’s a Playtpus Controlling Me & Candace Party
7.  If you had to move to another state right now, where would you move and why? Probably Florida….or Tennessee. I think I have a decision making problem, lol.  Why would I pick these places? I think they are beautiful places and I love the people there.
8.  Salty or sweet?  What is your favorite? Salty. My favorite would be almonds with sea salt or popcorn…the really unhealthy good kind at the movies.
9.  Do you have any pets?  What are they are? Oh yes. We have 3 outside dogs that are all rescues. Two came to our home and we took them in. My husband found the 3rd one, Jake, by the side of the road. He was teeny tiny and barely had any hair. He was starved and was going to die. He called me and I met him at a gas station, took him to the vet and started a rigorous routine of  weekly vet visits, getting shots, dips and getting well. He’s now one of the healthiest, most beautiful dogs I’ve seen. Inside we have 2 kitties – Wubzy (orange tabby) and Jasper (gray tabby) who are like night and day, btw and 1 new puppy, a Maltese named Buddy. (I’ll post a picture or two…or 3…)





10.  Snow or rain?  Pick your poison. To run or sleep or relax in? Rain. To enjoy? Snow. Hmmm…rain wins, I think.
11. Name someone you would love to meet right now, who is currently living?  Why would you like to meet them? I think I’d like to meet Will Ferrell and ask him about his running and the training he does. Seriously! I’m sure he’d make it funny but I’m really curious. I couldn’t run with him though…he’s faster than me.

Larissa Milano Fitness’ Questions:

1. How long have you been running and what made you start?  It will be 2 years on February 8. I don’t know what made me start. I didn’t start out trying to train myself to run. I started walking to try and improve my health and it was a natural progression.

2. What is the farthest place that you have traveled to? The Portuguese Azores. I lived on the island of Terceira.

3. Favorite race that you have run? The Jazz Half Marathon in New Orleans. (10/29/11)

4. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Take a nap. 🙂

5. If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why? Since Canuck Mom asked me who I’d like to meet that’s alive, I’ll go with who I’d like to meet that’s dead. I think I’d like to meet Albert Einstein. I bet he’d be very interesting to talk to.

6. Do you have any pets? What are they? *See #9 in the questions above*

7. Craziest thing you have ever done? Ran in 2 races with a stress fracture. (Wait, you said craziest, not dumbest, lol)

8. Biggest fear and why? Probably the same fear any mother has and that’s something happening to one of my kids.

9. If you won the lotto would you still keep your current job? If not what would you do? Yes, I would keep my current job (stay at home mom) but I might hire a cook, lol!

10. What was your #1 New Years Resolution? Are you still on track? I didn’t really make a “resolution”. As far as running goes, I have a goal to try to get faster this year. Non-running goals are to try to simplify and be more organized with things at home.

11. One bad habit you want to break? I need to be a more positive thinker and stop worrying so much. Sometimes my biggest obstacles are inside of my head.

Here are 11 questions for you:

1. How many pairs of running shoes do you have and are they all the same brand?

2. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

3. What race/races do you have on your bucket list?

4. Running with an Ipod. Yes or no? Why?

5. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

6. Were you an athlete in high school or did you become one as an adult?

7. Why did you start your blog?(Ex: accountability, encourage others, etc)

8. Do you wear running skirts? If yes, which are your faves?

9. Have you ever had a running injury?

10. What’s your favorite distance to run?

11. Where’s your most relaxing place to be? (It can be a place in your home or somewhere you travel to.)

Now for the list of ladies I’ve tagged:

Pounds to Miles

Climb Run Lift Mom

Running Loving Living

Runn Princess Runn

The Fittest Fat Girl

MCM Mama

Just Keep Running

Blonde Loves to Run

Keeping My Pace

Run 4 It

I Swear My Legs are on Auto-Pilot

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The SPIbelt Giveaway Winner Is…..

Thank you so, so much to everyone that participated in my SPIbelt giveaway!! It was truly overwhelming when I saw the responses! Because there were so many participants, I used RandomPicker to choose the winner.

So, for the moment you’ve been waiting for….

The person that has won the SPIbelt of their choice is: Elizabeth Shaw!! Elizabeth has a blog called See Lizzie Tri.

Congratulations Elizabeth!!! Now, head on over to and pick out the SPIbelt of your choice. Next, email me ( with your mailing address and belt choice, I’ll send it over to Debbie at SPIbelt and she’ll make sure it gets out to you. When you do receive it, I’d love for you to post a picture to SPIbelt and Slow is the New Fast‘s Facebook pages! 

I’m going to be doing more giveaways soon so stay tuned to my blog, Facebook and Twitter pages!!

Congrats again, Elizabeth!!!!

Thank you again to everyone that took the time to enter. I have more giveaways coming in the future!! 🙂

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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First Time As a Guest Blogger!

Hi everyone!

I was invited to be a guest blogger for July for a good friend of mine, Courtenay.

I really hope that you’ll head over to her blog and not only see what I have to say but more importantly read her blog posts too. She blogs lots more than me (which is a good thing) and has made huge strides with her running despite injuries! She has worked really hard and is truly an inspiration. 

I was so excited to be able to do this and can’t wait until I can “have her over” to guest blog for me!

Click here to check out what I had to say and explore her blog!! Also, you can find her on here on Twitter and here on Facebook.

I hope you have had a great week!! Things have been super busy around here, but that’s just business as usual.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!!

**Oh and don’t forget that my SPIbelt giveaway ends tonight at midnight!! If you haven’t already registered for it, click here to do it now!**


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A little bit of running, a whole lot of blogging and a big race this week


I hope everyone had a great weekend, and if you had races, that they all went even better than you expected! My weekend was busy but we didn’t race because we have the Crescent City Classic 10k coming up this weekend! I’m super excited about this race. It will be my 2nd time running there and Jason’s 3rd. I was expecting Zoe when he ran the 1st time…oh, and I wasn’t a runner then…wow,how times have changed! 

My training days usually start on Mondays which mainly consist of hill work. This week, I bumped my Monday run over to Sunday for two reasons. One was because I needed to get my runs done early this week so my legs can rest up for Saturday and because I had to be at our local tv station on Monday at 3. I’m now the WDAM TV blogger for our county, which is pretty exciting for me! I think it’s going to keep me pretty busy but I also think it will provide a great service to our community. I can’t wait to get started! Going there was really interesting and fun. The folks at the station were extremely nice and gave us such a warm welcome. We were given the grand tour of the station and shown all the ins and outs of how everything works. I even got to pretend I was doing the weather! After meeting with their web manager, we had the treat of getting to sit in and watch their live 5 o’clock newscast. It was a great experience and definitely worth moving my Monday run over one day.

This is me taking a stab at the green screen.

My run on Sunday was done at our school track (I know…I skipped hills).  I purposely went to the flat track because I’m helping my 13-year-old daughter get back into running some. We are strictly working on 1 mile now and she’s doing great. I walk one warm up lap with her and then we run a mile. It was also a good warm up for me because after we finished the mile, I ran my 5k. It was a hot one again and my time was stinky but a bad run is always better than no run at all! I had a little bit of a freak out moment after I finished that day because my left hamstring was so tight and almost felt as if it was having some kind of weird cramp. It stayed that way for a couple of hours and all I could picture was having some type of horrendous injury and not being able to run for weeks. Luckily, I was overreacting just a tad and everything seems ok with it now.

I need to work in 2 more runs this week before we go to New Orleans for our race. I’m thinking that if I do anything with hills or speed work, it should probably be today and then I’ll do a light run on Thursday. The last thing I need is to have weak legs while running 6.2 miles in the heat and humidity that is New Orleans!!  I would love to say that I will beat my chip time from last year but when you are running in a sea of 20,000 people (or more), there can be a lot of chances to be slowed down. We are going to try to line up in the very front of our group. Hopefully, we’ll avoid some of the congestion even though the first mile or so will probably a little hard to maneuver regardless of where we are.

I also received my running skirt and top that I plan on wearing in the race! I don’t usually buy anything specific for a race but I decided to be a little festive this time and get one in Mardi Gras colors. Some brave folks dress up in bunny outfits, super hero clothes and anything else you can imagine…..they are obviously better runners than me!! I don’t think I could function running even a mile in a bunny suit or even bunny ears if you get down to it. I have to keep it simple and keep distractions to a minimum. Hopefully, this outfit will help me stay cool, that’s my biggest concern!

My Crescent City Classic running outfit.

I’m still planning on writing about some of the things I eat before races and supplements but I may have to save that for my next blog. My day has been full and it’s not over yet! It seems like things are always non-stop around our house. I’m really looking forward to Friday night in New Orleans which means getting to go to bed super early! (I bet that’s strange to hear when someone is talking about New Orleans, lol.) I’m also looking forward to eating some really good food and going to the expo. We will take tons of pictures and I’ll post them in my recap of the race.

I hope your Tuesday has been a great one!

Here’s a video I found that was very inspirational to me and I wanted to share it. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

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