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Our #MoveFor Self-Care Tips (Plus, Some Really Cute New Kicks)

Our #MoveFor Self-Care Tips (Plus, Some Really Cute New Kicks)

This post is sponsored by Easy Spirit. For our sponsored post policy, click here. We recently partnered with Easy Spirit (who has some wicked cute and comfy shoes that were made to move in — have you seen the site lately?!) for its #MoveFor campaign. Not only are we loving the shoes (see below), but we’re also loving how they’re helping us better align with the reasons why we move — and how we make both self-care a top priority (even though we have totally different reasons and ways of going about it!).   Jenn’s #MoveFor Self-Care Tips To put it simply, I…

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Just Say No to Lifting in Running Shoes

Just Say No to Lifting in Running Shoes

Given that I’m a trainer and coach, people ask me all the time if I’m always being asked for pointers while I’m working out at the gym. No, I don’t. Probably because I have a world-class gym RBF, which makes it pretty clear to everyone that I’m there to work out and I mean business. Most people wisely just steer clear. Now it’s not that I’m trying to be unfriendly — I’m just there to really focus on me. I’m not assessing or judging anyone’s form in my head or criticizing others’ choice of exercises. It’s my time and, generally,…

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A Special Seattle Weekend With Brooks Running

A Special Seattle Weekend With Brooks Running

It’s one thing to be pumped about a getting a package in the mail containing new running shoes and workout clothes from a beloved brand — but our ambassador role with Brooks Running goes way beyond that. We’ve embraced this role for six years now, and every year, Brooks goes above and beyond to not only seed us with the hot new gear, but they also bring all the ambassadors together once a year to learn more about the company, the products, the athletes, and the Run Happy culture. (Quick note: My travel, meals, and accommodations were paid for by…

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Hiking (and More!) in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Hiking (and More!) in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

There are a million things I love about living in Florida — beach access, great winter running weather, the fact that I rarely go anywhere that requires more formal footwear than sneakers or flip flops, for example. But … the total lack of mountains is not one of them. (The utterly overwhelming heat and humidity of summer … also not one of them.) So, when I have a chance to get out of town during the summer months and go somewhere mountainous and maybe a bit cooler, that’s kind of a no-brainer. When that happens to be someplace I can…

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The Problem With Using Intense Workouts to Deal With Chronic Stress

The Problem With Using Intense Workouts to Deal With Chronic Stress

Can we talk about using high-intensity workouts to deal with stress, please? It’s come up several times recently with a few of my clients and friends and I think it’s definitely something that we should talk about it on a broader scale. I absolutely think exercise is an excellent tool for managing day-to-day stress. And in the times we live in, it’s so critical that we have positive outlets for stress relief. It might go unnoticed when you’re consistently putting in the gym time day in and day out, but if you’ve ever been injured or otherwise unable to workout in…

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So You Wanna Be a Gravel Cyclist

So You Wanna Be a Gravel Cyclist

So you want to be a gravel cyclist? I don’t blame you! This cross between a road bike and mountain bike is quickly gaining popularity, but before you start shopping, there are a few things you probably should know. What the Heck Is a Gravel Bike? As mentioned, a gravel bike is basically a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. With clearance for fatter tires and disc brakes, they handle well off the pavement. Coupled with a more upright riding position and a lower bottom bracket, they are more stable than a typical skinny tire road bike.…

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A First-Timer’s Take on Waxing Her Legs at Home

A First-Timer’s Take on Waxing Her Legs at Home

This post is sponsored by Parissa. For our sponsored post policy, click here. Between the fact that I live in Florida and, well, I’m proud of these muscular legs, I spend a lot of time in shorts. Now, I am 100 percent in favor of doing one’s own thing when it comes to body hair — I mean, you wanna grow it out? Braid it? Watch it flow in the breeze? You do you, boo! via GIPHY My personal preference, though, is to try to keep my legs pretty hair-free. It’s simply what I’m used to — plus, it’s good for swimming.…

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Support, Style, and Choosing Attitude Over Abs

Support, Style, and Choosing Attitude Over Abs

You wanna hear a secret that I wish someone had told me 10 years ago? Being comfortable working out in a sports bra (without a shirt on) is less about abs than it is about attitude. via GIPHY This is something I’ve been learning over the course of the summer — as I ditch the shirt when I start shvitzing in yoga class, or when I step outside to run and realize I’m sweating before I’ve even warmed up — and the idea is backed up by this great NY Times opinion piece about what it’s like to be a “Bra…

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CrossFit and Powerlifting: Are These Competitions for You?

CrossFit and Powerlifting: Are These Competitions for You?

I never saw myself becoming a competitive CrossFit athlete prior to signing up for my first competition a year ago. My friend, Katie Kecman, says the same thing about the powerlifting meets she’s been participating in for the past year. And yet, here we are, both of us having earned spots on the podium in our respective sports. How does that happen? How do two people who are primarily into running and yoga become decorated CrossFit and powerlifting competitors? In this post, I talked a little about my experience — how I got started and what it took to be…

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6 Reasons to Join the Sydney Running Festival

6 Reasons to Join the Sydney Running Festival

G’day, FBG crew! Earlier this fall I was invited to lace up my kicks and head Down Under to join 37,000 other runners at Blackmores’ Sydney Running Festival, a one-day, four-race event in the Aussie city — you might’ve caught a little bit of the excitement when I took over the FBG Instastory on race day. It wasn’t the first time racing away from my home turf in Miami (I’ve run in the Bahamas, Antigua, Vancouver and with FBG Kristen in Jamaica’s Kingston City Run). But it was the first time I’ve run in the Southern Hemisphere (and, no, races…

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