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  • Birthday 04/28/1986

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  1. 6 lbs in about a month is pretty freakin' good, if you ask me. You can do it!
  2. Maybe something like these: http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Plastic-Stretch-Sport-Hair-Band-Full-Circle-Flexible-Comb-Teeth-Headband-Clip-p-49310.html I remember having long hair and having those other headbands fly off my head. Not fun.
  3. As others have said, a good pace is one where you can keep a conversation going. That might be slow to start out, and that's okay. You'll get faster with time. I find doing timed intervals, rather than distance intervals, works better for me. Keep a certain pace for a certain amount of time, then I get to walk. It won't matter how fast or slow I run, because the walk break will still be the same amount of time away.
  4. I love Swim Outlet, as previously stated. I don't have the amount of selection as some others (Canadian here) and I don't wear two pieces at the moment, but I've seen some good stuff there. Also, I love Unique Vintage for retro style stuff, but they're a little spendy.
  5. my running buddy, who is much wiser than I, said this when it came to colder weather running. Put on what you're planning to wear and step outside for a minute. If you're cool, but not cold, you're good to go. If you're cold, you're wearing too little. If you're warm, you're wearing too much. That's how I figure it out, anyway, and it works for me!
  6. If I have to run when it's semi-dark (hello, 6AM), I make sure I run in well-lit areas - there's an awesome path near my condo, but alas, it's not lit and it gets scary dark between dusk and dawn. My mom doesn't like the thought of me running in the dark or semi-dark, but if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to fit my runs in!
  7. Clean and Clear deep cleaning with micro scrubbers (morning and night), Neutrogena AHA anti-wrinkle cream in the morning before I put on my makeup (CC cream, light eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, tinted lip balm), Neutrogena light night cream before bed. My skin's pretty clear - I get the odd little pimple once in a while, but for the most part it's really cleared up - I used to get big, painful cystular pimples on my chin when I was younger.
  8. I'm sure the people at your dojo miss you and want to see you again - I know I miss the presence of the people I haven't seen in a while. It'll take no time to get back into the routine.
  9. Agreeing with everyone above - find something in your area that you think you'll like, you can afford and you can get to relatively easily. It's how I picked mine (Aikido). Practicing, especially ukemi (receiving the technique) is really physically demanding (learning how to fall/roll without hurting yourself). That's my $0.02. Good luck, have fun!
  10. I'm no running expert, but I think you're doing fine. I'm training for an 8k in October and I'm increasing slowly, really slowly - 1 km every two weeks for my long run. I know I'm not going to be able to do anything faster than that. As long as you're making gains, no matter how fast or slow you're making them, you're still making progress.
  11. Went for my first run since my last race in June. It was short and slooow, but I did it. Hopefully will bump up speed/distance again

  12. Moving day. Just me, hubby, a truck and some dollies. This might turn into a disaster...

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      or an amazing workout!

  13. Practicing for a year now and I don't anticipate stopping any time soon. Definitely willing and able to talk about it, if anyone needs info (although it looks like there are more experienced practitioners and they might be better to ask )
  14. Played Dodgeball today. Erm, I think I was only there because they needed girls. really need to work on my throwing and catching...

  15. And here I thought my couch 10k training in 10 weeks was ambitious. Go you! I started running in February this year and before then I hated it. But, like you said, I hated it because I was doing it wrong. Wrong shoes, wrong training technique (in school the teachers just expect you to know how to run). I now have good, supportive shoes, a good, gradual training program, good group of people to help motivate. That definitely helped. You'll be awesome, I'm sure of it.
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