an almost perfect 10.

So, guess what? I ran 10 miles yesterday. In fact, due to a little miscalculation (more on that later) I actually ran closer to 11. 10.84 to be exact. And I entered double-digit mileage with a smile on my face! It was like a whole new world compared to my problem-ridden 8 miles. This was… 

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ask me anything : the story of bebop and rocksteady (part 7)

me and babyfaceI've had a few people request that I do an open-ended "ask me anything" series on BTHR. So, here it is! You'll see me answering a reader question each week. Submit your questions by e-mailing me or commenting on this post. If you want to be identified in my answer, include your name and website (if applicable). Literally, ask me anything. I'll answer anything!* *Okay, maybe not anything, but almost anything. You can see previous AMA responses here. Let's continue. . .
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cranberry orange whole wheat muffins

muffinIn the world of weight loss and dieting, the word muffin has long been a four-letter word. Basically, muffin equals cake. Cake dressed up in a disguise to look like breakfast. I've had a bag of unsweetened, dried cranberries hanging around my pantry for a few weeks now and decided they needed to make their way into muffins. As I searched the far reaches of my favorite cookbook—the internet—I discovered a million recipes chock full of white flour and cups. . .
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lemon curd

lemon tart curdGood morning, sunshine! I have a sunny, bright and totally summery treat for you today. Unfortunately, it is gray, cold and windy out. And it is supposed to snow today. Boo! But at least my eats are bright and sunny! Lemon curd has a reputation of being finicky. Anytime you mix together acids with dairy, it can get iffy, but I found this recipe super smooth and quick. There was nothing tricky about it. Lemon curd is extremely versatile. Here,. . .
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fun friday : high school you.

me band high schoolThe 10th anniversary of my high school graduation is coming up in a few months and it has me thinking about how much I've changed since high school. (Top left. On the bus after a marching band competition.) Who were you in high school? (Holy crap, I was tan.) I know a lot of people hated high school, but I actually had a lot of really pleasant experiences. Would I go back? No way! But I definitely enjoyed that time. . .
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thirsty thursday : the benefits of lemon water

lemon waterFor the past few weeks, I've been watching Ashley talk about how awesome she feels since she's taken up the habit of drinking lemon water in the mornings as part of her detox. Last week, I finally did a bit of research on my own and started downing lemon water myself. Lemons are nutritional powerhouses, but are often overlooked for daily consumption because of their sourness. And when they are used, they are paired with so much sugar that it. . .
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racing outfits.

shoesMy half marathon is in 44 days! That is sneaking up fast and the number of long runs I have left is quickly dwindling. And one of the first rules of training is that you never wear something on race that you haven't trained with before. With this logic, it is time for me to start thinking about my race day attire. I know a lot of people would say to wear what has been working for me, but I. . .
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grilled blackened tuna steaks.

blackened tunaOne of my absolute favorite fish varieties to cook and eat is yellowfin tuna. Unfortunately it is one of the more expensive fish types on the market, so we only eat it when it is on super sale. This week the grocery gods were smiling and we snagged two tuna steaks for a (relatively) low price. My favorite way to eat tuna? Blackened on the grill! Blackening seasoning can be used any number of ways, but typically it is put. . .
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good reads

clockworkCan you believe it has already been over a month since the last Good Reads post? Time flies when you're havin' fun, eh? Last time we talked,  I was only two books into my 25 book goal for 2011. I am happy to report that I have now finished seven books. That's five in the past month alone. Woohoo! I've noticed that the busier I get, the more I like to retreat to a good book as part of my. . .
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grilled flatbread pizza.

pizzaYou may (or may not) have noticed that this week's FNPN post was missing. That's because our pizza this week was worthy of it's very own post! Grilled veggie pizza is something we really got into last summer. Fresh veggies, smokey, grilled dough, melty cheese. It felt like the perfect summer meal! And while our creations were great, it felt like my traditional pizza crust didn't fit exactly with the light and airy feeling of grilled pizza. So when I. . .
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monday motivation : kindness

kindnessMake coffee for your spouse. Leave the closest parking spot for someone else. Leave a good tip. Write an Operation Beautiful note. Do something this week to be kind for the sake of being kind. Regardless of how big or small.

ask me anything : the story of bebop and rocksteady (part 6)

IMG_3057.jpgI've had a few people request that I do an open-ended "ask me anything" series on BTHR. So, here it is! You'll see me answering a reader question each week. Submit your questions by e-mailing me or commenting on this post. If you want to be identified in my answer, include your name and website (if applicable). Literally, ask me anything. I'll answer anything!* *Okay, maybe not anything, but almost anything. You can see previous AMA responses here. Let's continue. . .
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fun friday : dream talents

kermit-banjoIt's Friiiiiiday, Friiiiiiiday. Gotta get down on Friiiiiiiiday. Partyin. Partyin. YEAH! Partyin. Partyin. YEAH! Happy Friday! Let's talk about talent! (Something whoever wrote these lyrics obviously doesn't have). More specifically, what are the talents that you always dreamed of having? I have always, as far back as I can remember, wanted to be able to play the banjo. Totally strange right? Unfortunately, I don't really have a musical bone in my body. I played trumpet in middle school. I was. . .
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week of spring-y firsts.

grill potatoesOh Spring, it is so incredibly nice to see you again! This is Spring Break week in our neck-of-the-woods and it never fails that Spring Break is GORGEOUS here. I never quite understood why people jet-set off to exotic locales considering it hit 70° today and was sunny! I'd save my beach vacation for the end of January, not use it up just when it is becoming gorgeous at home. This week has been jam-packed with first-of-the-season fun. My favorite. . .
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