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Oregon-Bound + Interview with Brooks Beast Casimir Loxsom

Hey guys! I’m super excited because later this afternoon I’m flying west for the annual Brooks Run Happy Blogger Ambassador trip! This is always one of my favorite trips of the year – it’s such a fun group on both the blogger side and the Brooks team side, and I of course love that running gets incorporated in the itinerary, too! :)

This will be my 4th trip with Brooks – my first year as an ambassador in 2013 we did a trip to NYC; the past two years we’ve gone to Seattle (where the Brooks headquarters is) and the trip has coincided with the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series! (Recaps: 2014 Seattle Fun + 2015 Seattle Fun + Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 2014 + Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 2015.)

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For this year’s trip, we’re mixing it up and heading to Eugene, Oregon to spectate the Olympic Track & Field Trials – how cool is that?! I’m heading out a day and a half early to spend some time with my friend Ashley who lives in Eugene – can’t wait to see her! I’ll meet up with the rest of the Brooks gang on Friday afternoon. :)

I’ll be packing some of my absolute fave Brooks gear for the trip, like my Brooks PureGrit trail running shoes (Ashley and I plan to do some hiking/trail running!), Brooks Chaser 5” Running Shorts, Greenlight Capris, and Ghost Racerback Running Tank.

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Creating a Life You Love (+ Kathy Davis Bedding Giveaway!)

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Thank you to Kathy Davis for sponsoring this post as part of their brand philosophy to create a life you love! I was asked recently what I felt my biggest goal was with my businesses – my AnneTheRD private practice and my blog. My response? Sharing joy and helping others to create lives they love. I talk a lot with my AnneTheRD clients about Continue Reading …

Weekend Fun + Will Run for Bacon Tank

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Hey friends – I hope you had nice weekends! Mine was a combination of productive and relaxing; it’s always nice to start the week off feeling organized and prepared. As I mentioned, Matt was out of town this weekend and so were a lot of my friends, so I used it as an opportunity to catch up on work and life – and to do some relaxing and reading, Continue Reading …

Things I’m Loving Lately (+ a Giveaway!)

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Hey guys! It’s almost the weekend – woohoo!! Matt is out of town for work so I’ll be cruising solo this weekend – and besides dinner tonight with the rents and a long run Sunday morning with track buddies, I have zero plans. Weird/awesome! I’m resisting the temptation to book my schedule up with social outings – after a TON of travel lately and Continue Reading …

Driving the Icefields Parkway

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Back to the Canadian hiking vacation recaps today – this one is the second to last one – stay tuned for the finale post next week! The Icefields Parkway (great name, right? sounds so hardcore) is a 230km road linking Banff and Jasper National Parks. We dedicated an entire day to making what could have been a quick 3 hour drive because there was so Continue Reading …

Summery Recipe Faves from Blue Apron

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Thank you to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post! The first 25 readers to order using this link will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order. You know what was awesome? Coming home from our Canadian vacation to a Blue Apron box waiting on our doorstep. Best thing ever, especially when you arrive back home at 8 p.m. to an empty fridge, Continue Reading …

Hiking Kootenay National Park

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Continuing with the Canadian hiking vacation recaps! Kootenay National Park is another lesser known national park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains that is worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. It’s a short and very beautiful 30-ish minute drive from Banff National Park, so after our morning of hiking Johnson Canyon and Ink Pots, we decided to Continue Reading …

Weekend Fun: A Wedding, DC Running Tour, and More!

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Hey guys! Thank you for all the enthusiasm over my exciting running-related announcement (and giveaway!) post from Friday! Keep those entries coming. :) I hope you guys had fun weekends! Ours was especially fun because one of my best friends from grad school, Steph, got married here in DC! Our whole UNC grad school crew was in town for the Continue Reading …

I’m running Marine Corps Marathon! Plus, Bib Giveaway!

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I have some really exciting news for you guys today – in October I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon, my third full marathon! Even more exciting: I’ll be running the race sponsored by my friends at the Watermelon Board – AND they are giving away 2 bibs at the end of this post for those of you who also want to run it! As you guys Continue Reading …

Hiking Johnson Canyon and Ink Pots in Banff

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I’m back with another Canadian hiking vacation recap! This one is all about hiking Johnson Canyon and Ink Pots in Banff National Park. Want to see our full itinerary? Check it out: Western Canada Hiking Trip Itinerary. Previous recaps: a weekend in Vancouver + hiking Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Johnson Canyon is one of the most Continue Reading …