Ten Times The Fun

February 27, 2010

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From this in 2005…

Getting the giant boot off


7 miles

8 miles

9 miles

9.5 miles

10 miles, yo!!!!!

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Our run was awesome!!! Not only did we have perrrrfect running weather (no ganache, ice, snow or rain on the trail today!!) but we held a steady pace the whole time. I even sprinted the last mile in and finished it in 8:35! We ran the whole shebang in 1 hour 29 minutes. I’m on target for my sub-2 hour half goal.

Emily + Casey made some of their homemade sport drink and we put it at the 2.25 mile marker so we could drink at 2 and 8 miles. I swear it gave me the boost to pick it up on mile 10! I am really, really liking running longer distances! It’s funny because if you weren’t “training for something” then why would anyone ever want to run 10+ miles? I find it fun, challenging and more of an event in a totally different way than any other workout. I guess the term would be an “endurance athlete.” Not that I’d ever want to run real long distances, but 10 miles is pretty long! You know what I mean :)

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Since I was homeless, after our run I went with Emily and Casey back to their house for a recovery lunch. My legs were quite shaky! I can’t even imagine how wacked out my body would feel after a marathon.

Emily had never had a green SIAB so I made a batch for the group!

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Split THREE ways:

  • 1.5 bananas
  • 1 packet Amazing Meal Pomegranate Mango
  • 1 packet Amazing Meal Plain
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 3 tbsp flax
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup cantaloupe

Topping: crushed PB granola bar!

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On the side we enjoyed some Great Harvest bread with Naturally Nutty and TJ’s blackberry preserves

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I think we covered all the food groups here!?

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Emily let me taste this new drink from Trader Joes. It tasted like milk! However, there was barely any protein at all, so I’m not sure I’d buy it since I use milk as a protein source. I also got to try the SILK Almond Milk and LOVED that. Great sweet taste!!! Still much lower in protein than soy milk or organic cow’s milk, but a great new alternative.

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She also let me try some of Dave’s Killer Sin Dawg!!

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Totally, totally delicious!!!!! But very, very calorie dense. This tiny piece was probably 2 servings! I had about a 1-inch slice of this one.

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Hair cut! Wish I could have gotten my photograph when it was blown-out and fresh, but I didn’t have anyone to take my photo! I had to wait till Matt got home and it’s now dark :(

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I requested it to be cut “modern and sleek” :) She did a great job blending!

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I haven’t really been hungry all day, but I’ve been sooo thirsty! Emily and I drank some during our run but not enough. We also ran with her water bottle and I decided I do NOT want something hand-held. Need to investigate the camelbak tomorrow while I’m out.

I went to EarthFare after my hair cut and splurged on this guy because I was out of water and very thirsty!!! I decided that kombucha is like salt and vinegar potato chips: the flavor concept is quite strange, but something just kind of works about it. Same with this stuff – it’s weird, and vinegary, but also good!

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Home at 6:30. Soo many leftovers!

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Matt made me try this beer that Conor made. I couldn’t even concentrate on it and handed it back to him. My body does NOT want beer right now! I think he was quite surprised at my reaction because this was my kinda beer! (Dark + roasty). I’ll have to try it again soon.

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What did my body want for dinner? I was totally craving veggies. Since our kitchen is on a no-cook restriction tonight [inbetween open houses], we made big salads!

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I took my leftovers from Big Daddy’s and combined them with romaine and chopped bell peppers. Added 3 In A Jiffy burger balls and some of my leftover orange dressing.

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Carrots + Curry Honey Hummus on the side because I wanted to appreciate them as a separate flavor.

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Magic Hat tainted with water! Muahahahahah.

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I’m off to bed!

WHY, do you ask, am I off to bed at 8:45 on a Saturday night?

Because somebody has a 6:45AM flight to NAPA VALLEY.

And that somebody is not me!

Matt is going to the Great Harvest Convention! And I will be going to my dietetic internship ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I SO wish I could go. You don’t even want to hear the itinerary of how many fun events he has planned.

I’m taking him to the airport at 5:30 tomorrow morning. Then I’m either having breakfast or taking a nap when I get home. Then going to 9:15 yoga to stretch out my muscles. Then open house round II!


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1 Daniel February 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Congratulations on your 10 miles!

Reaching your workout goals is one of the greatest feelings ever~

And that hummus is pretty good! I tried it with agave instead of honey and it tastes rather sweet. I would add more tahini and less olive oil, but that’s just me. Glad you posted it!


2 karin February 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Great job on your run! I have added 7 veggies and cut down to 2 fruits and noticed a huge difference in my runs this week. I ran 6 today and felt so powerful! It was great!


3 Lisa February 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Hi Kath,

My friend Kim (at lapetitepeony.com) is a follower of yours and I found out about your blog through her…and I have to say I am SOSOSO inspired by your blog! I just spent a good 30 minutes browsing the pages of your site and I really appreciate your honesty and candidness when talking about weight-loss and eating healthy…exactly what mindset I’m working on right now. Thanks for sharing all of your wisdom!


4 Kath February 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Thanks Lisa!! Glad you came over :)


5 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Great job on 10 miles woooooooooooo! :mrgreen:

That’s why I don’t like milk alternatives too much, other tan soy; they don’t pack much protein! :( Hemp milk is higher in protein, but still not as good as cow juice. ๐Ÿ˜€

Lovely leftover salad. At first glance i thought that Sin Dawg roll was a piece of GH Dakota bread rolled up with jam LOL



6 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Congrats on the run! Running your first double-digit run is a big accomplishment :-) I often find that I’m not very hungry the day of long runs, but the next day I’m famished!


7 Kerry February 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Great job on 10 miles! Most people in my running group liked the Fuel Belt, but I preferred the Camelbak. The one I have is over 5 years old and discontinued (but still works!), it’s similar to the Annadel. And for really hot summer days, I would put some ice cubes in the pouch to keep it cold.


8 Food Makes Fun Fuel February 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Congrats! You have clearly came so far and you will probably not stop going.
And I am majorly jealous of the sin dawg action


9 Monica (Musings of The Granola Girl) February 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Wow! Congrats on the accomplishment of 10 miles!! :)

That salad looks very tasty as well!


10 Megan February 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Good job on the 10-miler!

Question.. where did you get that adorable buttoned blouse?! You look absolutely amazing in it.


11 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks! Do you mean the jacket? It’s from LOFT!


12 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

wow, matt is one lucky guy! i bet he has a blast out there….and i hope you have fun at your internship anyway :) way to go with the 10 miles…that’s quite the journey you’ve had, and it’s so cool to see how far you’ve come :)


13 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Congrats on finishing 10 miles, that’s so so awesome! I’m glad you are running without injury :)


14 Lori (Finding Radiance) February 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

It’s a shame Matt can’t do blog updates while he is at the conference! ๐Ÿ˜€

Great job on the 10 miles.


15 haya February 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

good job on the run!

the key to happy camelbak-ing is squeezing out any extra air from the bladder so there’s no sloshing. i love mine for winter long runs and snow shoeing and bike rides.

hope matt has an awesome time – remember all the fun trips you got to take while he stayed home ๐Ÿ˜›


16 Lauren February 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Congrats on your LONG run and your hair cut looks great!


17 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Congrats on the awesome run Kath! You truly have come such a long way and have so much to be proud of! :)

I’m totally with you on the Silk Almond Milk. I loved the creamy taste and texture. PERFECT!


18 Lisa February 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

hey! congrats on your 10 miles!!
i recently did a review on the Sin-Dawg on my website,
i agree, delicious, but WAY too calorie dense. I took a piece, weighed it out of curiousity, and it was about 2.5 servings. yikes!!
you totally derserve it after 10 miles though ๐Ÿ˜‰ !!


19 christina cadden February 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What a fun day! All that food looks great!


20 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl February 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Kath! You’re such an inspiration!! You make me believe I could run – even with a bad back and fallen arch!! ๐Ÿ˜€


21 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm

LUCKY matt!!! So sorry you have to stay home :(

Congrats on the run girl!! I LOVE distance running… well 10 miles is the farthest I’ve run. I’m not super speedy or a good sprinter but I excel at distances. Before I started running, I never could’ve imagined running for an hour and half.. but it goes by SO fast. I will totally zone out to my music and enjoy it. SO awesome. I like to do longer distances even without training for something. I can’t wait to get back into running after healing from my inujury!


22 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

You’ve come so far…Congrats!!

I hope Matt enjoys his trip and I’m sure he’ll miss you tons.


23 Wendy February 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

GREAT job on your run! Aren’t long distances amazing? I’m shooting for a sub-2 hr half in April, too (my PR is 2:07). I’ve found that I run ~15 seconds/mile faster during races than on long training runs, so I’m sure you’re right on track for your goal!


24 Hangry Pants February 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

The Sin Dawg is really quite sinful!

Congrats on the 10 miles! That’s usually my mileage when hunger becomes obscene!


25 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

You’re a rockstar! Which half are you training for? Looks like a full day of delicious eats for KERF =]

…I don’t think I’ve ever seen inside your fridge. Not surprisingly, it’s clean and tidy. I think we could have been roommates =]


26 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

The Charlotte Racefest Half.

Clean + Tidy!? That’s my fridge at its worst!!


27 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ February 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Congratulations on the run, that’s a long way’s. Also your looking very fit and healthy so congratulations on that also.


28 Lauren @ eater not a runner February 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Congrats on the run, you are going to ROCK that half marathon!

And I love your hair :-)


29 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Wow Kath!! Great job on the run!! I’ve been meaning to try the whole grain milk from TJ’s…good to know it tastes like milk! How would you compare it to almond milk?


30 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hmmm. About the same – meaning they were both pretty dull!!


31 Meghan@traveleatlove February 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Ugggh soooo jealous of Matt’s Napa trip! My bday is in 2 weeks and we are pondering a long wknd in Sonoma, but we’ll see. Congrats on your run! Haha I actually do crave beer after long runs!


32 Cole February 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Great job on your run!


33 Christie February 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Congrats on the run! Nothing better than still feeling strong at the end- GREAT JOB!!!

Oh, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the coat by the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

~Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/)


34 Jenna February 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Congrats on your progress!!

Beautiful hair! I’m so jealous I wanted to get a haircut this weekend but I spend my haircut funds on clothes instead, haha.


35 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie February 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Way to push it on your run!!! I know how awesome that feels! And love the haircut!


36 Stef February 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

aw i wish you were headed out here to CA tomorrow! your hair looks so beautiful! great job on the run, 10 miles is awesome


37 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm

You look so amazing Kath! So fit and healthy and just gorgeous – and your hair is beautiful! :)


38 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

Aww thank you :)


39 Christy February 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Hi! I just found your blog a week or two ago and love it! What a great run you had today and your time was awesome! Great job!
I’m so jealous of all you people who have Trader Joe’s in your area. I’m in TX and we don’t have any. :(


40 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:26 am



41 Lydia February 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Great job! What training guide are you using? When is your race? You’ll be fine. Half-marathons are my favorite–long enough for an endurance runner BUT NOT a marathon.


42 Julie @SavvyEats February 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Congrats on breaking the double digits!!


43 Amy H February 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Congrats!!! 10 miles is always a fun distance. It used to be may favorite…now I am trying to work back up to 10 miles being “comfortable.”

What kind of granola bar is on top of your SIAB? It looks amazzzing!


44 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

It was one of the TJ’s peanut butter bars. I wouldn’t buy them though because they have soy protein isolate :( It did taste good though.


45 Justy2003 February 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Congrats on the double digit run! So glad to see that your foot has been holding up well during your training…that’s awesome!


46 Melodie February 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Wow! I hope to be to 10 miles by next Spring :) Sounds like a GREAT run!


47 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

the cut looks great! and congrats on 10 miles. that’s AWESOME, kath.


48 Gabriela February 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Congrats on the run, Kath!
Delicious eats, as always :)
Have a great Sunday!
Brazilian XOXOยดs,


49 Cookin' Canuck February 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Way to go! I have run several 1/2-marathons and I can’t wait to run another one. The feeling is like none other.
Did you say Magic Hat? One of my all-time favorite beers.


50 Alison @ finnyfinds February 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I’m a huge fan of the Camelbak for any run over an hour. It’s super comfy. I wrote about it here: http://finnyfinds.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/nine-miler/
And here: http://finnyfinds.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/running-revelry/
I get wicked migraines if I don’t drink while running, and this has been the only thing that works!


51 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thanks for the recs!


52 Lindsay February 28, 2010 at 12:19 am

Congrats on breaking into the double digits! You have so much to be proud of. I love your new haircut. I just got one last weekend that is very similar… a little bit “textured” at the ends as my stylist called it. I also splurged on the most delicious creme de coco shampoo and conditioner. Trips to the salon are so fun! It’s good to be a girl :-)


53 Ashley February 28, 2010 at 12:46 am

Hi there! I told you I would come by and I love your blog. I am definately going to need to do some oatmeal tryouts :) I am happy that you came to visit the salon :) It was so nice to meet you.


54 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hey!!!! Thanks again for the great cut! I’ll be back in 3 mos :)


55 Run Sarah February 28, 2010 at 1:16 am

Congrats on the ten miler! Your recovery meal looks awesome too – I’ve been dying to try that Sin Dawg!


56 jaclyn@todays lady February 28, 2010 at 1:49 am

Great job on the run! That’s amazing, you guys are awesome!! Your hair looks so good. Very modern and sleek, I must say!


57 Hannah February 28, 2010 at 2:34 am

Lovethe haircut – but I REALLY love the jacket! You look really tremendously stylish all up :)


58 Kelly @ Local Foodie Fight February 28, 2010 at 2:53 am

Congrats on reaching your goal, you look fabulous! And that green “SIAB” looks awesome, I have still yet to make anything smoothie-like like that with spinach but I need to soon, you come up with the most creative/healthy things to eat!


59 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 28, 2010 at 3:30 am

Congrats on the ten miles, brilliant time!!
Haha you ask why would anyone WANT to run that far without training for anything? Well I’ve got a marathon i Oct, so I’m not on a plan yet, but I ran 15miles purely for my own goal last wednesday ๐Ÿ˜›
Have a good sleep!


60 Kate February 28, 2010 at 4:48 am

I just bought the SILK Almond milk last week and LOVE it! I’ve been drinking a Black Tea Latte nearly everyday since buying it! Try it if you get a chance! Microwave 1 cup Silk Almond milk with a Black Tea bag for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and microwave 1 more minute. YUM! Better than Starbucks tea lattes.


61 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

OH thanks for the quick recipe! I’m going to try that with the milk I have already soon!


62 www.integrativehappiness.com February 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

hi kath… I am new to the amazing meal products.. I really like the chocolate one, but am finding it doesnt dissolve AT ALL> even if I mix it into my tea…(gives a good chocolatey flavor) at the bottom is a huge pile of it.. any tips?


63 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

I would only recommend the Amazing Grass products blended into a smoothie. They didn’t dissolve in water or milk for me either.


64 christie @ honoring health February 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

Congrats on the 10 miles, that is awesome!


65 M February 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

Kath, you’re totally going to run a sub 2-hour half! And, honestly, you can absolutely slow down your long runs — it’s often recommended to run them a minute or so slower than your goal pace — and still rock the half. (I understand that since you’re doing a lot of cross training and other activities, you might not want to risk slowing yourself down and losing the confidence that you can make your time).

That said, since it’s your first half, time goals be damned! Just go out and have a great time and kill the miles.


66 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

I didn’t want to slow down!! But I would have if I had felt more tired.


67 Simply Life February 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

Glad to hear the 10 miles went well!


68 M February 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

Ohh, I just saw Sarah is advising you on your training runs — ignore my opinion, and listen to her! I’ve read her blog, and she’s an amazing marathoner.


69 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

Congrats on the 10 miler!!!! Woo hoo!!!

I used a camelback for my half, and I loved it! I thought it was going to be a big bulky nuissance, but I honestly didn’t even notice it after the first few times I used it.

I just picked up some oat milk at the store…I wonder if that’s the same thing? I haven’t tried it yet, becauase it’s kind of high in calories and sugar.

Have you tried Almond Breeze almond milk? I love it in my smoothies!

Okay, long comment. Done now :-)


70 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

I don’t really care for Almond Breeze at all :( Tastes like water with almond spit in it!


71 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

GREAT job on the 10 miles! Tha’ts intense. ๐Ÿ˜€

I agree with the milks other then regular and soy. I love, love, love the taste of hemp milk, so I get that sometimes. But most are loaded with sugars, and I’d rather just drink regular milk for the majority of the time. ๐Ÿ˜€


72 Stacey February 28, 2010 at 8:21 am

Great job on your run Kath!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think a Camelbak would be a great investment. Jas and I have one and we don’t even notice it’s there when we run with it.

Side note: I’ve decided to keep going and get my RD, and I found out that the Chem I am taking is a mix of Organic, Bio and General Chem. I’m gonna be on the phone with Winthrop next week to see if they will take some of my classes! Fingers crossed. Have a good yoga session AND a good open house ๐Ÿ˜€


73 Tracy W. February 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

Kath, looks like you are in great shape and your half marathon training runs are going really well. I’ve run four marathons including an ultramarathon. I think you should consider running a full marathon. It’s an awesome experience and I know you could do it!!


74 Jenny February 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

Congrats on your 10 miler!! That’s so awesome to see how far you’ve come, and each step along the way :)

I’m jealous of Matt’s trip too!


75 swimsutra February 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

Congratulations on the 10-miler–I know my big running goal right now is getting in the double digits. I like that you say it’s like a whole different workout–that’s how I think of it too!


76 Andrea February 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

Wow, what an accomplishment! You’re so so fast, it’s impressive! I love your new cut, you look beautiful!!
Enjoy yoga this morning! I bet your muscles could use a good streeeetch!


77 Anne P February 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

Congrats, girl!!! I agree with how you how fun it is to challenge yourself to run really far (within reason!). It’s such a good feeling of accomplishment afterward.


78 Kath February 28, 2010 at 9:38 am
79 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

Yay congrats on your run!!! You’re super speedy :)


80 Marcia February 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

Great job on the run! You are totally going to hit sub-2:00 for that half. 10 miles in 90 minutes? Piece of cake.


81 Lisa (made from scratch) February 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Glad your run went well. I look forward to a time in my life when I can run that kind of distance.

You mentioned not wanting to run with a bottle in your hand…I bought a hip bag that has room for two water bottles, plus a zippered area for a phone, energy gels, keys, or other small items. While it looks like a fanny pack, I much prefer to have the added weight on my hips rather than on my back; I find Camelbak type of bags make my shoulders slouch and ache.


82 Rachel (suburban yogini) February 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hurrah for the 10miler and lovely hair! There was no-one around to take a pic of my “fresh from the hairdresser” hair either so we’ll all have to go without :(


83 Ashley February 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Yaaay 10 miler. I felt the same way about enjoying the longer runs. I swear I would rather run 8 miles over 3…I just start getting in the groove around mile 3-4. So strange. You are looking great as always! I love your comparison of Kombucha to salt/vinegar chips…which are both newly acquired tastes for me! I have yet to drink the green kombucha though! Yum Yum curry hummus!!!! mmmm


84 Kyle February 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Kath, you look great! I also congratulate you (and try to be inspired!).

Two quick things:

1. I also looked at the nutrition facts on the whole grains drink from TJ’s and noticed the low protein. The calories are so low, though, that I use it in place of water in making my oatmeal so that I can indulge with 2% or whole milk to splash on top (I like a hot blob of oatmeal with cold milk). This might not apply to your recipes, since I can’t remember how much water you use as a base, but I really like it this way.

2. Where did you get your hair cut? It looks so cute! I’m in Charlotte, too, but have needed a haircut for a month and don’t know where to go!


85 Kath February 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

1) We decided that almond milk with another protein source (hemp protein or yogurt) would be comparable :)

2) Modern Salon and Spa in Ballantyne. Ashley cut my hair!


86 Kyle February 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Merci beaucoup!


87 Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Wow, congrats on your PDR! That is a great time, I think you will be in good shape for sub 2 hours for your half. I love your haircut, too!


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