From Kristen

How to Support Your Endurance Athlete

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Deciding to compete in an endurance event is a big deal. When I first started contemplating the half-Iron distance, my coach made things very clear: Be prepared to sacrifice other aspects of your life for at least three or four months leading up to the race, or just don't bother. And he was right …
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Where I Save (and Splurge) on Fitness

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Oh, boy. Our latest question of the week has come at a really interesting time for me. You see, I'm preparing to move to a new city, so I've been reevaluating my current fitness spending/saving habits to determine what will make the most sense when it comes time to start over. Should I find a fancy …
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Make-Up Tips: How to Put It on (AND Take It off)

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The following post and video are sponsored by NEUTROGENA. For our sponsored post policy, click here. It's no secret that I love playing around with make-up --- I honestly enjoy holing up in my bathroom with a bunch of new products or trendy techniques to try. And, while I'm certainly no pro, I …
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The Best Thing I Did This Year Is Only Two Letters Long

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No. Nope. Nuh-uh. That's it. That was my big, huge, ground-shifting, life-changing revelation this year. 2014 was the year of learning to say no ... and mean it. Don't misunderstand --- I don't say no to everything, all the time. Far from it, actually --- case in point here! But this tiny …
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A Triathlon Three-peat: TriRock Clearwater Race Recap

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As much as I love trying something new with races --- challenging myself with a new distance or visiting a cool location --- I also accept that there's something to be said for returning to the same race year after year. I mean, it's really difficult to compare one triathlon to another. A downriver …
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Swimming Workout: Fartleks in the Pool

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I know some (but not all!) people think of swimming as solely a summer sport, and while I understand that hopping in a pool in the middle of winter might not appeal to everyone, I have to say that I, personally, think swimming is a perfect holiday season workout. First off, it burns a crapload of …
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Why Holiday Problems Won’t Get Me Down This Year

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The following is a post is sponsored by Travaasa's #HolidayProblems Sweepstakes. For our sponsored post policy, click here. I'm an unabashed lover of the holidays. If I didn't share an office (and, you know, a home) with a husband who spent too many years working retail to properly appreciate …
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