TGIF and welcome to Friday Favorites! I have to admit that the week has flown by. The best news by far is that is finally Fall (insert shouts of joy here)! It’s been a long and hot summer here in the desert, and while the temperatures are still in the 90s, at least it’s finally coming to an end.
For me, that also means a return to regular work. Most of my clients get out of Dodge for the summer, but will be returning over the next month or so. While I love having some time off, I also love making money, so there you are. Welcome, Autumn!
Preparing for my Fascial Stretch Therapy class
I’m especially excited because I will be welcoming my clients with a new set of skills. My Fascial Stretch Therapy level two class is only a few weeks away! I have my lodging arrangements set (sharing an Airbnb with two other students and saving a significant amount of money) which makes it finally seem real.
I’m also studying like a maniac. So much to learn! My current reading is Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers, which is honestly changing the way I approach everything about stretching and training. I’m also reading Fascial Stretch Therapy by Ann and Chris Frederick, the creators of FST (and the teachers of my course next month). In addition to that, I have many articles to read, mostly by Thomas Myers, approaching anatomy and physiology from a body worker’s perspective.
My favorite part of class preparation by far is that I am getting stretched! My boss, who is level three, is using the level two techniques so that I will have a grasp of what level two is all about. She did that last year for level one and it really helped. She stretched me on Wednesday and I could feel the difference on Thursday’s run. My right hip, which usually turns out a little, was right in place. Yes, fascial stretch therapy is great for runners!
Popsugar Must Have Box
Popsugar sent me the September Must Have Box to try and, as always, it was full of fun goodies.
Here’s what was in the box: Jack & Lucy Wide Brim Hat: This super chic felt hat is so cute! (retail value $58) NCLA Mani-er Tool Kit: So handy for quick nail repair. Just toss it in your purse! (retail $16) Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer: The color is called “the warning” so watch out! 😎 (retail $22) Flint Lint Roller: You guys know I have a few dogs, right? I can toss this in my purse for a quick cleanup after I leave the house! (retail 10) The GFB: The dark chocolate coconut Gluten Free Bites are vegan, soy-free and non-GMO. And so good! (retail $5) Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask: My hair really needs this (I know I put it on my face, but I didn’t want to take off my hat!!!) 😊 (retail $16)
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LaceUp Running Series Ventura
Who wouldn’t love to run a half marathon along the coast in Ventura? Well, I suppose there are some people, but I’m pretty sure most of my readers would love it! This is just a reminder that the LaceUp Running Series Ventura is coming up on Saturday, October 22!
Ventura is a destination that is perfect for a run-cation. There not many things that are more inspiring than running along the California coast at sunrise. There is also a kid’s 1k which includes a t-shirt and finisher’s medal for $15. You can save 15% on any Lexus LaceUp race with the code debbieruns15 (excluding the kids’ race).
One of the best perks of any LaceUp Running series race is that the photos are FREE! Here are a couple of mine from the Irvine race.
Winner of Nathan Sports Giveaway
Best of CDR
And finally, in case you missed it, here’s what’s been going on here this week.
I’m currently training for the Tram Road Challenge, which is basically 3.7 miles straight up. If you are training for a hilly race, these tips will help you conquer it. Even if your race is perfectly flat, you will run it stronger if you follow these tips! As for me, this week I managed 12 hill repeats (hence the picture below), plus some downhill running, even though, as I said, my race is straight up!
I made my first Chia Pudding for this sponsored post and incorporated Outshine Fruit Bars into the recipe. The result was delicious and fun! I’d say it was perfect for kids, and it is, but adults will love it too. To prove it, I’ve already made it again. It only takes a few minutes to make (though it does need to chill for a few hours). Well worth that wait, though!
Favorite from Instagram
So what version do you prefer from the Instagram photo above? Have you ever tried chia pudding?
This post contains affiliate links and some sponsored content. All opinions are, as always, my own.
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