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Not exactly the triumphant return I expected…

So this happened yesterday!!

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Welcome to my first run post op. It only took 14 weeks and one day. Not that I’m counting or anything…

I would love to tell y’all it was all sunshine and rainbows but really, it was not so much. These punk sesamoids are tough to heal. Some days I am absolutely positive they are on the mend, only to wake up the next day feeling like I took a few steps back. Will (my PT) assures me they are definitely much better so I just have to trust his expertise. He hasn’t failed me so far. :)

After a few exercises & adjustments, I stepped on the treadmill for my first run since November. A couple minutes in, the left foot started barking at me so Will pulled the plug on the run. I thought that was it for the day, but Will had another trick up his sleeve. He taped my foot and asked if I prefer to run on the treadmill or outside. Duh, outside!

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So he sent his assistant & I on a wog (walk/jog) to the chocolate shop down the street for their famous salted caramel candy. They are seriously the best unlike this pic below.

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We started out at about 25% effort then worked up to 50% so it was nice & easy. Plus it was 80 degrees which this beach bum now thinks it’s “hot”. Ha my family is probably laughing at me right now since I grew up with 100+ degree summers.

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The tape worked really well, though I still had some pain. On a scale from 1-10 it was like a 3-4 but it quickly went away as soon as I stopped to walk which I learned is actually a good thing.

This was not the triumphant return I expected since I was preoccupied with paying attention to body parts hurting or flying off so I didn’t allow myself to enjoy the moment. But all things considered it went well. The hip held up very nicely in fact, I would have never guessed surgery was 14 weeks ago if I didn’t know. It blows me away how well my recovery has gone.

Would it be bad if I woke up thinking about switching to cycling as my primary sport of choice? Yah, I totally did.

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He thinks he owns me

Good morning to you!! I hope your week is going swell so far.

Things are pretty much the same ’round here. Bam thinks he owns me and stuff.

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Don’t worry, Bam gets his fair share of tormenting as well. Too bad he can’t cry uncle.

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I’m still taking aqua aerobics, pool running and cycling. The hip is doing exceptionally well, in fact I often forget I even had surgery. Then I am brought back to reality because my quad is still really sore. I told my surgeon I don’t know why I didn’t believe you when you told me I would be sore for a long time. He just laughed.

The paws are still sore but feeling better. I have noticed on days when I’m in the pool they feel great the rest of the day. This is the same thing I dealt with last summer so crossing my fingers they quit their whining and get with the program soon.

Last week while riding my buddy asked if I had a repair kit on my bike. I said nope, I just have a lotta faith. Well that went over like a fart in church, so I am now the proud owner of one.

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I’ll have to snap a picture of my bike since Mike put everything on it while I was at work this weekend. Now I just need to learn how to use all of this fancy pants stuff.

In other news, I’m selling my Garmin 220 GPS watch. Thought I’d give you first dibs before I post it on ebay. I bought new it a year ago and maybe used it half that time since I’ve been the queen of injuries since. It looks new, no scratches and works great.

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It’s $200 via PayPal with free shipping to a US address, tracking number included. I’m willing to ship worldwide, but you will be responsible for shipping fees. If you’re interested, email me skinnychickblog @ gmail .com

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What exercises are you currently doing?

Cyclists, what’s in your kit?

Does anyone have a pet that does NOT try to take over your life? Does this even exist? 

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Cycling with sesamoiditis

HAPPY SPRING!!!!!!!

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I hope warm weather, sunshine and flowers are headed your way soon!

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I went to physical therapy yesterday and told them I started riding outside but didn’t think it did my feet any good. These dang sesamoid bones are stubborn little punks. My PT recommended I try moving the cleats back on my cycling shoes and taped me up to try riding again. Enter Frankenstein cyclist:

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Unfortunately that didn’t work. By mile 5 (the halfway point) my foot felt like a pokey ball sticker was stuck inside. This injury is like a nagging wife that won’t shut up.

It’s been over a month dealing with this. Some days I feel like I’m on the mend and others feel like I took a giant step back.

Oh well at least the views were incredible.

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I absolutely love living in an active community!! It’s something I appreciate every single day.

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I have a few more things to try out before giving up on cycling like adding metatarsal pads to my shoes, trying dancers pads, looking into new shoes or if I get really grumpy just cutting a dang hole in the insert to take the pressure off. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.

In other, more happy news, Pineapple rocks and should totally become a mandatory post ride treat! I just need to remember to buy it more often.

I told Mike I have have killer pineapple picking skillz. He just rolled his eyes and looked at me in disgust. He obviously has no idea he married a genius and prolly wishes I looked at him like I do pineapple. Or not.

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Here are some other random pics I snapped this week. It’s sort of my personal apology for the beauty face app not doing it’s job in the above pic.

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Now you can’t say you’ve never seen a California sunset. :)

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Any suggestions for sesamoiditis?

Favorite fruit?  

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Rebuilding confidence after surgery or injury

Yesterday morning I hit up the gym for an aqua aerobics class. It was the shallow water class which is always fun. We used pool noodles to cycle in the pool. Supa fun! I think my favorite is the deep water class. We use buoyancy cuffs around the ankles which takes some core work to keep the body upright in the pool. Sometimes we pool run with them which is challenging and so fun!

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The workout is fantastic for joint mobility and a lot of stretching which I didn’t expect, but feels amazing. If you are recovering from an injury or just need to take it easy, maybe consider an aqua class.  

Yesterday afternoon a friend spontaneously asked if I wanted to go for a ride. Oh heck yes!! I was a bit nervous because I haven’t been on my bike outside post op, but decided to go for it. It was more of a lack of confidence than anything else. Falling off a bike would likely be detrimental to my hip surgery but lets try not to think about that. So I dusted it off (literally) and headed to the trail under one condition: I refuse to climb a hill I can’t ride down. So we had a deal.

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Where we ride…

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There were hills, flat parts, slow inclines, steep inclines (at least for this beginner) that really challenged us. I had to walk my bike up 3 times but overall I felt pretty dang strong all things considered.

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I can’t say the ride did the punk ass sesamoids any favors and it left us feeling like there is a lot of work to do, but we are stoked to take on that challenge. The sesamoids need to straighten up and act right.

You have no idea how much I needed that confidence boost. Heck, I had no idea I needed it that much either. We have 15 miles in the books!

1 sidenote: There are lots of squirrels everywhere on these beach trails. My buddy told me if I hit one, just keep my wheel straight, that way I don’t land on my hip. By the way, if you wanna see what happens, google image search, squirrel bike accident. Poor little fellas were never the same.

Oh and just in case you were wondering if Bam lost his watch….

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The time change threw him off a little, but somehow he figured it out.

How do you build confidence when training?

Does anyone else take an aqua aerobics class? Or swim/pool run etc?

What new to you fitness class would you like to try?

Aqua yoga in the hot pool. Oh yeah!

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Why I am no longer a brand ambassador

Welp, guess I really didn’t feel like participating in life for awhile. Ha! {See last post}

Let’s catch up on some things I’ve been up to this week.

I celebrated 12 weeks post op with an aqua aerobics class, short walk and coffee.

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Decided to challenge myself with the Bosu ball. Basically I balance on each leg, time it and try to beat it next time. It’s actually a lot of fun and I can see the muscle imbalance improving. My left leg (surgery side) is getting stronger & more stable each time!

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Watched a lot of Gilmore Girls with Bam. It’s almost over and that makes me really sad. Anyone have a suggestion on what to watch next? Mike votes Parenthood. PS Bam is thrilled, ain’t he?

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Wine tasting at our favorite, Joyce with this bundle of joy.

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Annnnnd I finally got to go back to work!!!!!! #bestdayever

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Now that you know everything :) let’s talk about why I choose not to renew my brand ambassadorships for 2015.

I have always sought out partnerships with brands I truly love, have purchased and believe in. They were naturally integrated in the blog, and I enjoyed sharing my love for them with you guys.

I’m never trying to be offensive, but I felt like I couldn’t just be myself. I was always thinking I can’t say that, what if ____ company gets mad?  Now I don’t feel the need to dilute myself.

I also would find out about other great products but didn’t feel right sharing because they were a conflict of interest. It would happen all the time. A company would approach me and want me to review a new product, but I was an ambassador for a company that was thinking about, maybe, in the distant future, possibly, but not right away coming out with that same thing, but different. It drove me bat shit crazy!

For example, last fall Pearl iZumi surprised me with a pair of their latest running shoes. Though I never ran in them (surgery) I wore them and really like them a lot. It never dawned on me to try that brand for running shoes! But I didn’t feel it was in good taste to share them with you, and that’s when started to feel like I was cornering myself with ambassadorships.

Although brands never told me what I had to blog about, or made specific demands of me, I always felt the need to overachieve in everything I do. I would always think to myself, did I put that hashtag in there today? Did I mention that new line?

I started to feel like my blog was becoming a commercial right in the middle of my favorite show. (Another reason I love Netflix!)

So I decided to end all ambassadorships in 2015 and open myself up to new opportunities. I am excited to try new brands I never thought of and see what doors open.

I am not saying anything negative about ambassadorships at all, I think they are fantastic for the right person and who knows, maybe I will change my mind for 2016. But for now I am enjoying the freedom of doing what I want.

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When this little ol blog became a job, I became that girl that felt the need to make the boss happy. Now I realize that Bam is my only boss, and that is just fine with me. He’s demanding and kind of a dick.

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Not feeling like participating in real life

Good rainy Wednesday morning!! I am celebrating 12 weeks post op today. What are you celebrating?

One thing I don’t like is when bloggers apologize for not blogging. Don’t be sorry for living life and having fun or in my case, I just haven’t felt like participating in real life and I’m not sorry ’bout it.

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Let’s catch up on some things I’ve been up to. Last weekend I was feeling crappy, but turns out Mike knows how to fix that. He took me to the Lululemon Outlet. Annnnd I shall keep him forever even though I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without. He did in fact, score me a cozy sweater on super clearance.

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Sadly the Hokas didn’t work out. While they took the pressure off the sesamoids/forefoot, they redistributed the weight and inflamed the mortons neuroma, so I returned them. My feet are just a barrel of fun!

After doing a lot of research on sesamoiditis, how the sesamoid bones function, how to stabilize them to heal, etc. Between that and Jacqueline logic, I have decided to try a shoe with a very stiff forefoot that does not bend to immobilize the area. Enter the Pearl izumi outlet!

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The two shoes above were on super clearance because the factory accidently made them a bit too firm. Sign me up! I have been wearing the blue/black ones and between that and PT I am feeling so much better. I can do a full report on them later if you’d like.

Oh and my new obsession is working with the BOSU Ball. It’s challenging enough to make me work for it, but totally attainable. #nofaceplantsyet

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I may have squealed with I saw the gym has them. Maybe. So after 30 minutes of pool running, I burned out the legs on it. So fun!

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And lets add this underwater treadmill to my #whenigetrich list. Along with an indoor lazy river.

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I hope you have a lovely day filled with sunshine, unicorns and coffee.

What is on you when I get rich list?

Last pair of shoes you bought?

What is your current favorite piece of gym equipment?

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Laid back, sippin’ on joint juice

Thursday, Will worked on my foot, taped it up and got me walking again. It’s still a little sore, but already feeling SO much better. I went to a deep water aerobics class yesterday which was my favorite so far. The instructor had us moving around the pool, instead of staying mostly in place which made it a bit more challenging. I overheard a couple ladies look at each other, sigh and say we’re only half way done. Ha!

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I absolutely love hanging out with the elderly, which make up most of this class. They have their joint juice on the side of the pool, their “spot” in class, routines, etc. Everyone has been welcoming and happy to show me the ropes. Nobody there has their original hair color, me included. There are even a few old dudes in the class hangin’ with the ladies.

For me, the class isn’t extremely challenging, but I definitely feel it the rest of the day. I also get out of the pool super hungry so I have learned to pack a few snacks.

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In other news, I picked up some KT Tape and have high hopes for it.

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If nothing else, our wine shipment from Joyce just came in the mail! Either way it’s going to be a great day.

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Has anyone every used sports tape? Did it work?

4 things you are doing this weekend?   

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The breaking point

I didn’t just spend $55,000 for a new hip to end up in a wheelchair.

I am sure my podiatrist is going to put me in the dreaded boot.

I won’t be able to go back to work as soon as I hoped.

I haven’t been this sad since my Pookie dog died a few years ago.

I give up on running. If my feet can’t handle walking, how in the heck are they going to handle running?

How could I feel like I’m on the mend one day and can’t freaking walk the next?

There were tears of frustration. Lots of them, which basically never happens.

Apparently this is what my breaking point looks like.

As you can see, I have been very optimistic and not dramatic at all this week.

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About a month-ish ago there was a pain the the ball of my foot while walking. It was intermittent and quickly went away when I stopped walking so I didn’t think much of it. Over time it became more frequent until spin class became too painful, then I felt like I was walking on pokey ball stickers <-technical term and walking resembled that of a penguin.

Yesterday I woke up unable to put weight on the ball of my left foot, so I hobbled into the podiatrist sad face in tow, 100% positive he was going to put me in a boot.

Oh but there is a piping hot cup of creamy, delicious coffee at the end of the tunnel.

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 The diagnosis:

Sesamoiditis and tendonitis in the 2nd metatarsal.

Treatment:

He sent me to physical therapy and recommended I try Hoka One One shoes without custom orthotics.

This is the same exact thing I had last summer in the other foot. Except we skipped the whole ‘wear a boot for 8 weeks for NO REASON AT ALL’ and went straight to PT.

Rest assured poor Mike got some relief and even got to choose where we had lunch at, Dickeys BBQ in case you are wondering.

Side story: We were watching a documentary on sea life when Mike saw a sea turtle and said “hey, that’s my spirit animal” in the most calm, serious voice.

If you know Mike, then you will find this uncontrollably hilarious. It’s something you would never, ever expect him to say. I seriously can not even stop laughing and he definitely lightened the mood.

Moving on…we headed straight to The Treadmill in Carmel for some new kicks. Locals, go here! Chris & his team are amazeballz.

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After trying a bunch of shoes on and walking around outside, I ended up with the Hoka One One Conquest.

Not the most fashionable shoes ever and pretty much the opposite of what I’m used to, but at this point if someone told me to strap oversized pillows on my feet, pat my head & rub my stomach at the same time, then I could run pain free, I would.

This running thing is really making me fight for it.

Has anyone had or have sesamoiditis or tendinitis?

Have you tried or have Hoka’s?

What is your spirit animal?

Pizza.

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Taking a step back

Good Monday morning!! I hope you had a fantastic, relaxing weekend filled with running, PR’s, eating all the delicious food and doing things you love.

Mike was gone most of the weekend so Bam & I took selfies. Sometimes you just need to sit on the dirty kitchen floor and love on your dog while he struggles to get away. Some of us were happier than others. But I guess some of us also chew their butt…

Thankfully Em arrived and saved us from ourselves.

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It is always a fantastic weekend when Emily comes to visit!!!! She is moving soon so we are soaking up as much girl time as humanly possible.

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We had a few storms roll through Saturday, so in between the pouring rain she requested some much needed beach time.

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The dimension of the clouds, ocean & rocks blew our minds. It was truly humbling & we both had thankful hearts to be there.

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We ate dinner early, watched Gilmore Girls and were in bed by 9:00. Told ya we are long lost sisters. Ha!

Sunday morning we got up early, hit up Carmel for green juice and cruised around Carmel Valley, the beach and had brunch. I’m quite impressed with the amount of fun memories we created in just a few hours. I truly miss her.

Lets skip over the part where Em had to leave and talk about the most delicious almond milk latte I have ever had. And this self appointed coffee connoisseur truly means it is the best ever.

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After Em left I started thinking about the week ahead. Then I got bummed about this dang sesamoiditis still nagging at me.

Sometimes we feel like we’re flailing around in life and can’t see our progress, even if it’s just a tiny step forward. If we do, it seems so insignificant so why even bother acknowledging it, right?

That kind of thinking will suck life right out of us.

Man, I am honestly trying to stay positive about this sesamoditis, “cleared to run by my surgeon but can’t run irony party”. I have continued to fight for the ability to run again, find things I can do, DO them, rest, get back in the pool, etc. It seems like in spite of my best efforts & intentions, I don’t see any progress. At least it sure feels that way.

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Dang, not sure how I handle all this positivity and optimism. ;)

But I forced myself to take a step back and reevaluate my progress. Here is a little list I came up with:

  • The pain is actually down quite a bit compared to a few weeks ago.
  • No swelling.
  • No longer walking with a very sad gangsta limp.
  • I stopped going on long walks and got in the pool.
  • Put my custom orthotics back inside my shoes per docs recommendation.
  • Resting a lot more.

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And guess what? I actually am making progress in the right direction. All it took was a step back to truly see how far I’ve come. There is still work to do, but it’s comforting to know I’m doing the right things.

Yesterday afternoon I started to put on my swimsuit and head to the gym, but instead decided to take the day off to relax and heal the body. So I made a nice, relaxing sweet lemon Calm with a squeeze of honey and sat in the sunshine on the patio. It was so refreshing and exactly what I needed to start thinking positive again.

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If you’re feeling similar, I encourage you to take a step back and notice all of the progress you have made. Even if it’s just a tiny step in the right direction. I bet you might notice some positive changes you may have overlooked.

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Olaplex is brillance in a bottle & resetting my Garmin 220

Good Saturday morning to you!! I just wrote food instead of good. Sounds about right.

Yesterday turned out to be a rest day. I wanted to hit up the pool after I got my fur did, but storm clouds rolled in, the comfy recliner and Netflix sounded way more appealing. Bam & I watched Gilmore Girls & documentaries on the US Eisenhower and the Sierra Nevada Triangle. Whew it’s a good thing I watched that after flying through it to Vegas.

It turned out to be a good idea to let my feet rest. They are feeling better, but still sore. I hear it can take awhile to heal up so I’m trying to be patient. Trying is the key word here.

Anyway back to the hair. Mike finally got tired of hearing me cry about how homeless I looked – a lot more than usual and how expensive it is. I mean, seriously it’s just hair! So he called and made an appointment. Yah totally keeping that dude.

He dropped me off, then went to Starbucks for coffee & snacks to ensure there were no meltdowns while sitting in the chair for 3 hours. No joke.

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But it was so worth it!!

I asked for caramel lowlights – Mike’s fav, & lots of dimension. It’s darker than I expected but I think it will still look decent when it grows out. My natural hair color is dark brown. I think…

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Ashley used Olaplex during the color processing to help repair & eliminate breakage. My hair actually feels & looks super healthy. I’ve never had anyone use it (that I know of) but this stuff is brilliance in a bottle! I’m sure it helps that I don’t use a blowdryer/curling iron/straightener very often, but I’d say it’s totally worth asking your stylist about if that’s a concern.

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In other news I am getting super duper excited to run again, so I took out my Garmin watch to charge, update & reset it.

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I have never wiped it before, but I am pretty darn excited about a fresh start to set some new, post op records. Plus with every new fastest mile & distance record set, the watch vibrates & sings a little song and I do a happy dance. On the side of the street. Now, you know you wanna be my neighbor.

Do you ever reset your GPS watch or app? If so, how often?

What is your natural hair color?

Favorite hair product you swear by?

Organix dry hair oil. LOVE it!

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