Why I stopped blogging…

Every once in a while I’ll connect with an old friend or maybe just a follower asking me if I still “blog.” I’ll fumble around with excuses of how occasionally but really, not really. The truth is this blog is dead. I’d like to keep it open just for the occasional travel post or rant because 140 characters is just not enough space for my love of avocados. I could blame my lack of writing on time. Sure my career took a bit of a turn where I feel more fulfilled with my current job and less of a cry to fill a void through blogging. Partly, but the truth is,

Blogging felt repetitive

Top three blogging posts by lifestyle running bloggers

  1. What I ate – Truth is I’m boring as fuck and eat the same shit every time. Butter of various nut form, avocados, baby spinach and all the organic chicken breasts my little heart can afford. Occasionally I do something really impressive (by my personal I did more than slicing standards) and for that my cell phone apps can share my heart out. Why go through the trouble of doing a post when I can share the same thing on snapchat or instagram.
  2. What I worked out today – It probably consists of one of three things, running, Flywheel, or whining and wining. And how did I feel? Exhausted and disappointed or happy and energetic, usually a 50/50 coin toss depending on if the wine was good or my one week motivational inspiration to do some strength workouts for the year.
  3. Top 5 ways to get faster, run more, run in the rain, run in the snow, run in the heat, run on your own – Sure I’m constantly learning new things, but the truth is I could probably link you back to the post I wrote in 2010, than 2011, 2012 and maybe even 2013.

Blogging just doesn’t really pay (for me)

Aside from feeling my creativity die inside another avocado toast post (seriously I really do love avocados) or about my 30th injury for the year (once you break, will you ever be the same?), there just seems to be less and less recognition monetary or just active participation. I give incredible credit to the bloggers that continue doing this year to year but the truth is I feed of recognition and monetary compensation (I’m no Charity). And truth be it, I’m a pretty terrible writer who now can barely run fast to even stand out that way.

  1. Sponsored Posts – Please buy this selfie stick, it’s unlike any other you tried before. I promise! This protein powder? Totally the best ever, it will give you wings and burn all your cellulite. You could only make this claim or so many times before your soul feels like it’s nothing but a nut butter tipped over the counter unrefrigerated.
  2. The ever begging, please promote this new granola bar email from a PR firm. So let me get this straight. You’re a PR firm, that’s probably at some point getting a pay check from the best new amazing granola bar in the world. Now you want me to spend time constructing a semi interesting post, with fully edited amazing photos for free all for the price of this amazing bar I could have purchased at best case for $2.99 at Wholefoods (or worse case $0.25 at Shaws)?
  3. The ever begging, I will stalk you down until you find ways to block me, please let me write this completely unbiased sponsored post on your blog from India/Nigeria/Macedonian teenagers – These emails will be broken into one of two types. 1. The hire my amazing hax0rz SEO skills or 2. Please post this exact amazing guest article filled with follow links (probably prepared by the same people who are selling you their haxors SEO skills)

The fake it until you make mentality 

Maybe it’s because I grew up taking Holden Caulfield a little too close to heart, but I am getting really tired of fake followers, fake ads, fake bots, fake viral videos (is it really viral if a PR firm worked on it?) and everything in between. The truth is with followers, likes, clicks, joins and all of that being so cheap (hey everyone needs a job), finding a space with any integrity is harder with each day. I mean shit, we just elected the next president of the U.S. based on fake news and our hatred of established women. And yes, I used to fall into this comparison trap of wanting to fit in and have likes, but I’m getting older and more tired (or just more lazy) and no longer want to follow people in hopes of them following me back by accident. Does this make me a horrible disillusioned quarter life crisis (what’s a word for 1/3rd life?) millennial? Probably.

I still want to write

Despite my soap box, I still want to write and have journals filled of topics nobody will see and a drive full of photos I’ll one day edit. In reality, I need to get past the I will do this later and just post in the moment. Maybe my photos are not the best and most Instagram worthy and maybe a google search will give you better bang for your 2 seconds of bucks. Maybe my race recap is about as a repetitive as the 45,000 other runners or 500 other runners depending on the event, but it’s still my little space of the internet and history. Besides, with all the typing I do in my life, I can’t read my own handwriting anymore, and if it’s not posted online, did it really happen?

Adventures in Italy – Rome Day 1

Hello, can you hear me? I’ve been so terrible with blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I am still running, and I still love oversharing, but just haven’t been able to gather my thoughts into what I felt was worth a post. None the less, I decided, too bad, and share anyways.

Norwegian Airlines had a killer deal $480 RT from Boston to London and while I LOVE London, lived there for a study abroad, and visited countless times, I decided it was a great gateway to Europe. Plus, after our trip to Seattle, I’ve been drooling over flying on a new Boeing Dreamliner jet. Yes, it was awesome no frillz fun.

Upon a quick in and out of London, we took our EasyJet flight to Rome and to our new home for the next few days.

Rome is the capital of Italy and although it’s not a classic high rise city, it is sprawled out with amazing culture and history! Also, I’m kinda of a ruins addict and these have long last been on my to see list.

After passing out, we got up bright and early, because here’s one tip about visiting Italy that I didn’t know. Book shit in advance, like weeks in advance, especially if you’re traveling May- September. I’ve always traveled in October/November which has soo many perks I appreciate a ton more now (aside from less sunlight boo).

Anyways, the bright and early wake up was because I wanted to go check out Borghese Gallery but completely slacked on booking an advance ticket. They were sold out, but I had this idea that maybe they have will call and I can beg my way in. Nope… these people run a tight shop, no reservations, no entry, so GTFO. Don’t worry though, you’re always welcome in the gift shop. The FOMO in me panicked, but then I realized, I’m spending 8 days in Italy with a trip to Florence included. Plenty of time for me to see naked dudes and duddettes and all the Venuses and Madonnas.

Instead we walked around  the park that surrounds the gallery. I don’t recall what to call it and google map seems to not want to give it a name, but it was a cute what I would call typical city park. You got your runners, your Rollerbladers and your couples making out.

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My brother, working on his OKCupid photos

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Best kinda art, is the free kind if you are me. No need for reservations.

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If you walk south-west of through the park, you slowly bump into Italy’s number one unwanted attraction. Hawkers selling selfie sticks. I guess I haven’t traveled internationally in a while, but it’s all the rage these days. Besides the annoying hawkers, you have a killer view of Piazza del Popolo! It was early as I mentioned so the plaza was scarce of the natural tourist animal that tends to frolic here.

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These sculptures were pretty cool at the end of Via Del Corso, the main luxe shopping stroll of Rome.

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We decided to by pass the Dolce and Gabanna for the side street strolls instead. It was around noon now and the tourist animals have come in packs known as tour groups.

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The Spanish steps were under constructions so no glorious photos there. Yes Rome is full of history. You know what else it’s full off, scaffolding! But actually we were extremely lucky, because as I heard, there was a bit less than in the past this May.

Yes, another FOMO moment, but the Trevi Fountain made up a bit for it. It is beautiful and aside from an tourist lady climbing over a barrier in between me and my brother taking a photo, it was mesmerizing to watch.

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We continued the walks. Honestly, every streets ends in a piazza, so just get lost.

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As you walk around, you might notice these closed off city blocks. This one in particularly is Largo di Torre Argentina. 400-300 BC. My favorite part? It’s also a cat sanctuary! A certain emperor who cried et tu brute was murdered here. #trustnobitches

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Rome is hot…. shade can sometimes be a scarce unlike water, plenty of water with Rome’s cool fountains. So prepare to squint a lot, or bring a hat!

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My brother, Tony’s mom, Tony’s sister, ME, Tony while Tony’s dad takes the photos.

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With all the heat and son, Rome’s churches truly end up being a blessing. Plus they’re kinda cool to look at. But it’s a sweet refuge for some cooled shade.

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After recollecting our energy, it was time for our tourist attraction of the day. The Rome Forum, Ancient Rome’s White House and Washington D.C. Ruins.

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You ticket to the Colosseum, also gives you access to the Forum and Palestine hill, and while you get a pretty good view from above for FREE, if you’re already paying for one, wandering through this mess is still worth an hour of your time. Like everything else, get your ticket in advance, or be ready to queue for a while in the bright Roman sun.

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If I had to describe Italy in one word, I would say confusing. If there’s one industry they want to strongly sustain, it must be the large organized tour groups because there is absolutely no signs in Italian, English or Latin in any attraction we’ve gone. I used the free Steve Rick’s guide and that’s me trying to figure out which stack of old columns he’s talking up.

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If you have a specific thirst to know everything you’re looking at, I say invest into a great guidebook because even as I was overhearing some local guides, it kinda sounded to me like each one made up their own story.

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As for me, my main interest was to stump around and pretend I’m in the land before Christianity.

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No matter what ruins you go, which country you are in, the heads are always missing. Where do they go? Are they in the same alternate reality that one of my socks always leaves to when I do laundry?

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Rome is known for its seven hills, and Palentine Hill as the hills queen of the other 6. There’s something empowering about looking down onto a city, plus the view of the Colosseum isn’t too shabby. I don’t know if not many tourists make it up the hill, or if it was because we went around later afternoon, but it was a refuge from the usual tour group insanity that is Rome. No one even offered us to sell us a selfie stick here.

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I guess models we are not

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and my brother eventually found his new best friend.

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For the evening, we went for a stroll on the other side of the river over to Trastevere, which is pretty much the expat hipster mecca of Rome. A former working class neighborhood with the typical gentrification struggle. It’s relatively peaceful during the day, but similar to us, everyone got the memo that this is the hood to stay for dinner, and it was packed with Tourists.

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With some TripAdvisor guidance, we found Grazia & Graziella. Judging from the appearance of all five of the waiters,  I’d guess that one of the hiring requirements is a properly kept beard. There’s usually a long wait, but we went fairly early (7pm is early to Italians looking for dinner) and only waited about 20 minutes. The host graciously kept refilling our glass with welcome Prosecco.

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I promise, this was a lot tastier than it looks. Mmmmm… rocket with smoked salmon!

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Before we knew it, we were stuffed, and ready for some ZZZzzzz.

Avocado Dreaming – #Blendmoreveggies Boston Brunch Tricks

I don’t know how, but one day I woke and toast, warmed up bread, became a trendy thing. Yup, things you ate as a little kid in your pjs because the toaster was the only thing your mother trusted you to use in the kitchen (okay, maybe that’s just me). You know what I never did have as a little kid, avocado! I somehow spent 20 years of my life in vain without this vegetable (or is a fruit?) in my life! Luckily that gets me to my first trick of enjoying avocados!

AVOCADO Toast!

And yes, writing in CAPS always makes it that much tastier. Seriously, don’t shake your head at me in hipster scum disdain. Avocado toast is pretty amazing and one spot that excels at it in Boston is Tres Gatos in JP! Check it out. And no, I don’t just love the place because it has the word cats in it. (Although that does help just like my cat leggings).

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AVOCADO Smoothie

Yup, instead of peanut butter, add an avocado for a creamy filling texture. Avocados are an excellent source of fiber and protein and pack an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! Smoothie King in Back Bay (and other places near you!) just released a Veggie Avocado Pineapple Smoothie (tip, you do have to tell them to not add sugar if you want yours veggies only, but the pineapple gives the perfect amount of sweetness!). FullSizeRender (9)

Check out their site for more ways to #blendsyourveggies and #drinkyourveggies or sign up for a $2.99 smoothie coupon!

Grilled AVOCADO

Because honestly, nothing tastes better than when it’s grilled. That it reminds me of summer and I miss summer.

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This is not my picture because I kinda made mine disappear in 5 seconds before it takes my phone to turn on, but Toro  in South End at one point had this as a brunch option! Hopefully, they’ll bring it back soon!

 

Do you have any favorite, non traditional ways to enjoy avocado? Any recommendations?

Twas the night before 2016 Boston Marathon

And I feel a sense of familiarity. Butterflies going through my tummy and up to my throat, the excitement of running in an event the whole city partakes in. The mixed feelings of Goal A, B & C all sitting on my mind.

And gratitude that despite all my whining, I am still running and for the fifth time in a row I get to compete in one of the most sought after marathons and that despite all that has occurred, I still feel the safety of putting on my running shoes and pounding my way through the road.

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If you want to follow me and aren’t sick of me telling you how already, here’s the info.
Text RUNNER to 234567 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive a text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. You will receive up to 8 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel.

My bib is 17723

My outfit is ready and I am somewhere in between. The weather started at 70 expected, down to expected 61 this morning and is now saying high of 57. At this stage, it sounds like perfect weather to me. I’m just hoping for no wind.

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After much debate on shoes, I have decided these more light weight Asics feel better on my heel/foot than anything else with more cushion. The pile to the left is my throw away layers. There’s a slight concern about being cold, but I rather not stress out about throwing away something I love.

My goals:

Goal A- 3:30 – BQ city

Goal B 3:45 – Because I needed something in the middle

Goal C- 3:59 – Because a sub 4 is always a nice

My training this year is so much different than it has in the past. On one hand, I got some solid 20 miles this cycle due to the moderate weather we had this winter. On the other hand, my weekly mileage was at a relative low, my high weeks were around 55 and on average I ran 45-50 miles per week (compared to 60-70 in prior years). I took 6 months off from running so this training cycle was more about building base than speed. I would have loved another month of training to add speed to the mix.

And on the final note, I’m running naked… well wrist naked for a mix of seasons one that starts with I have no idea where my Garmin is after I left for Argentina and ends with that it’s probably better that at this stage I run by feel and not time pressure. I am not ready to hit the times of my prior fitness. The beeps on the watch stress me to run by old goals and not by feel. Injury and crashing and burning can only result from that.

So naked wrist and the motivation to get the race finished shall be my driving pace.

And of course all the smiling faces on the course 😉

2016 Boston Marathon Events

It’s the time of the year again! Where  I calm down and slow down and reflect back on my training. It’s too late to get anymore long runs and probably not the best time to go on a killer tempo. The training is said and done and all I can do is let my body rest up for the rest day. Luckily, I find plenty to keep myself busy during the two weeks before Marathon money. The first week, I’m too busy working (is it cruel that Marathon Monday and Tax Deadline are on the same date each year?) working to even worry about my lack of running. A forced taper is okay enough for me at this stage. The final week? Well I look out for events, close up lose ends at work, and anticipate race day!

Every year I try to put all the running related events together for anyone else that wants to get lost in the Boston marathon excitement!

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 10:00a – Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 4:00p
Limited information available, but here’s the press release:

Do you like to run? Know someone who does? Or do you just like to learn about the science behind endurance running and training? Come visit us and learn more about what it takes to train for a long-distance race like the Boston Marathon®. Enjoy interpretations with Museum staff and volunteers, guest speakers, and of course all the human biology-related exhibits in our permanent exhibit Hall of Human Life.

Achieve Marathon Bliss – Run & Panel Discussion

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 6:30p – 8:30p
Janji Pop Up
144 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Join Jubali for a 3 mile run followed by a panel discussion on marathon and distance running, pre-fuel, fuel during the race, recovery and more. We’ll be joined by 4 amazing panelists with a variety of opinions and experiences: Brian Axelrod (Jubali co-founder), Ian Nurse, Amanda Nurse and Micah Risk.

We’ll meet at the Janji pop-up store. The run will be from 6:30-7:15 followed by the panel back at the store.

Smoothie samples provided by Jubali and coffee bar samples provided by New Grounds Food.

Finish Line

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 7:30p – 9:30p
NonProfit Center Boston
88 South St
Boston, MA 02111

Admission:
$20

Event website:
http://citicenter.org/buy/show-listing/finish-line
Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to support Finish Line: the Untold Stories of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Boston Theater Company (BTC) will present preview performances of Finish Line at the NonProfit Center, Boston from April 7 – 23. The documentary play will have its world premiere in 2017, in association with Citi Performing Arts Center.

Native American Running – Culture, Health, Sport

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 9:00a – Monday, Apr 18, 2016 5:00p
Various – Sponsored by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

www.peabody.harvard.edu/native-american-running

Coinciding with both the 2016 Boston Marathon and with the 80th anniversary of Ellison Myers “Tarzan” Brown, Sr. (Narragansett) winning the Marathon in 1936, this multi-day event will explore the history and importance of Native American running traditions, present efforts to support and encourage running in Native American communities today, and promote the many benefits of running. This event will include talks, a panel discussion at the Boston Marathon Expo, and youth/community activities.

Friday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

 

 

 

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Run Frank & Oak Boston
Friday April 15th at 5PM

Join us on April 15th to celebrate and honor the Boston Marathon Supporters and Runners/ Frank & Oak (220 Newbury Street) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement.

Complimentary cuts, drinks, and sounds.

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Run Your Best Frank & Oak Boston
Saturday, April 16th, at 9AM

There is something to say about the mental and the physical capacity of a special group of people who decide to run 26.2 Miles for a cause or to achieve a personal goal. In honor of the Boston Marathon join us for a discussion on Performance, Endurance, and Mental Preparation in life and in sports.

Network with fellow Frank & Oak Members and our panel of special guest speakers.

Complimentary bites by Sweetgreen and healthy drinks by Nourish Your Soul

 

 

Runner’s World 50th Anniversary Run

As part of the North Face Speaker Series, Runner’s World will host a 2.7 mile shake-out run, followed by a FREE party and presentation from The November Project as we celebrate Boston, the running community and the launch of November Project – The Book.

Runner’s World Editors and The November Project hosts:
Bart Yasso, Dean Karnazes, Rory Bosio, Rob Krar, Brogan Graham, Bojan Mandaric and up to 300 runners can participate.

6 p.m. start: Boston Marathon Finish Line – 665 Boylston Street, Boston
End: The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts – 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Free – (Up to 300 runners)
Must RSVP for special edition T-Shirt (while supplies last)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-project-the-north-face-speaker-series-tickets-22809995310

Sunday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Namaste Frank & Oak Boston
Sunday April 17th at 9AM.

A special wellness event for the Boston Marathan Supporters and Runners.
Guest yoga teacher, Lindsey O’Neill. Lindsey offers a slow-flow, mindfulness based yoga practice, and invites practitioners to cultivate a deeper relationship to their own sense of center.

Complimentary healthy drinks by Nourish Your Soul

Some menu specials because who doesn’t love deals on food!

South Street Diner

South Street Diner
178 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02113

Sunday, April 17th
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19th
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The diner will kick off its Marathon Menu specials on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. where guests can indulge in South Street’s legendary all-you-can-eat pancakes for only $6. For those looking to reload after the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, on Tuesday, April 19th, the diner will also have a selection of post-race specials and will be offering a gift to anyone coming in with a finishing medal.

For more information, please visit www.southstreetdiner.com

Juice Press

The Street
33 Boylston
Chestnut HIll, Massachusetts 02467

Boston Marathon runners who show their official medal will receive one free juice or smoothie between Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20 (one per runner)

Fish & Richardson
One Marina Park Drive, 17th Fl
Boston, MA

Join InsideTracker for our pre-marathon athlete’s lunch on Sunday, April 17!
World recorder holder, Michael Wardian, and top endurance Coach Tawnee Prazak, will be discussing various topics including their personal success stories, fitness and nutrition advice, and their tips & tricks for peak performance on race day.Enjoy free lunch and drinks over a stunning view of Boston Harbor. Doors open at 12pm, speaker series begins at 1:00pm.Must register to attend:http://info.insidetracker.com/marathon-sunday (you do not have to run the marathon to attend).
Know anything else going on in town? Comment below!

Welcoming Spring with True Runner

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner. All opinions are my own.

Hi there!

Remember little old me? Yea, I’m still around, still slightly limping but mostly running! I found some things that work for me (maybe before I jinx it, I’ll write a post for it) and it’s been helping me gear up for Boston. So much… that dare I say I am dreaming bigger? Yes, I think, if the stars align and I do enough meditating, I might even have another BQ in me for 2017! I don’t know yet which race will be it, so if you have recommendations, let me know! I’ll try to re-qualify during the Boston marathon, but historically, I just never perform well in that race. I get excited and go out too fast, the headwind in the final 10K makes me whiney, and the whole wait to start drains out about 30 seconds of each of my miles. I’ll try, but plan B race needs to be found before September. I don’t know if my foot will ever love me enough to run daily marathons again, but I think there are hopes of me completely this list

If you’re a runner, Boston is probably one of the best cities to call your home, despite the drama and craze that comes from the Boston Marathon. With that large demographic, there’s no really no shortage of running stores, running groups, and running events. Especially once the sun starts to shine!

Recently, I’ve been exploring some new hoods and stumbled upon True Runner in Chestnut Hill Mall area (shopping mecca as I explored the new Wegman’s that opened up). True Runner  carries a wide range of shoes, apparel and gear to support all your running needs that you can come up with and more.

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Not only is True Runner a store created for runners, by runners, it’s also a community. To celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season, True Runner is hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20.

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Spring Gear Up Event

March 19 | 9:00 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

March 20 | 10:30 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

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Additional Event details:

    • Photo booth: share your picture and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes
    • Face painting
    • Prize wheel: spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands
    • Nutrition sampling
    • Brand reps on-site offering product expertise and demos

For more information visit True Runner and join fun kids like the ones below!

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Come join me on Saturday for a fun run at 9AM and to welcome the new spring collection at True Runner!

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