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My guide to surviving marathon training

26.2 miles isn’t just 26.2 miles. It’s 1,000s of miles of training to support the actual race. That’s a lot of pavement underneath my feet. When I signed up for the Boston marathon I walked into it with little knowledge. I foolishly figured I would just run weekly and eventually have enough mileage, strength and endurance to cross the finish line. But I realized early on that going the distance

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Cool Kid Gifts

With three kids, six nieces and nephews and an endless stream of birthday parties for school classmates, I’m always on the hunt for cool gifts for kids. The trick: Finding something that the littles will love AND won’t make their parents hate me. (Hello, singing dog guitar.) As my kids will tell you, noisy electronic toys seem to mysteriously lose their batteries around here (sorry, not sorry). I think the

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Running with Purpose: Miles For Dream Big!

We are a week away from the Boston marathon and I’m feeling READY to cross that finish line—and kiss these early morning runs goodbye. I’m hoping I can inspire you to join me in my final training push. Not only do I need the encouragement, but together we can do even more to help girls achieve their athletic dreams. How, you ask? I’ve created a special Now & Gen 5K

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Spring Edit: Denim Jumpsuits

I never thought I’d be THAT mom who wears matching outfits with her kid but….here we are. And, I have to say, I’m kinda loving it. Odette is VERY opinionated about her wardrobe (I wonder where she gets it from?). She is obsessed with color and especially loves accessories. And playing “twinsies” always make her smile. Our new favorite trend for spring: Denim jumpsuits. I love the convenience of a

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Buddy Up: 4 workout moves you can do with a friend

After I workout, I feel great. It’s the before part that can be a little tricky. You’d think the pressure of having to actually run 26.2 miles four weeks from now (…oh sh*t) would be enough to scare me out of bed and out on my training runs. But lately, I’ve just been feeling tapped. out. Thank God for reinforcements. My coach Erik at Trail Roots met me to finish

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Immersive Meditation with Singing Bowl Sound Baths

When I was pregnant with Odette, I was looking for a way to calm my nerves about baby number three. Life with two boys was already overwhelming and I was tired of the checklist constantly running through my mind — counting baby kicks, kids’ school activities, vet appointments, Jared’s work schedule, etc. Meditation has always been my failsafe when I’m struggling to feel grounded and find my center, but this

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SXSW: What To Wear

Tomorrow kicks off the first day of South by Southwest here in Austin. That means my town is about to be taken over by a massive 10-day festival dedicated to all things film, music and tech. Like most locals, I have a love-hate relationship with the annual event. SXSW brings such massive crowds and treacherous traffic that it’s sometimes tempting to hide out until it’s all over. BUT, with all

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Easy Homemade Granola Bars With Sprinkles’ Candace Nelson

Easy Homemade Granola Bars With Sprinkles’ Candace Nelson

Thanks to marathon training, I feel like I’m hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I’m having difficulty fueling my body and staying full. Not a bad problem to have, but I want to be mindful of what I’m putting in my body. Thankfully, my friend and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Candace Nelson, has come to the rescue with her gluten-free granola bars. Her signature snack always satisfies my sweet tooth while packing

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THE N&G HEALTH CHALLENGE: Train for a 5K in 8 Weeks

Genevieve Padalecki training for 5k marathon

Are you tired of hearing about my marathon training yet? I hope not because I really need your help. Sticking to an exercise plan is so much easier when you have a workout buddy and I’m hoping you will be mine! Don’t worry. You don’t have to run 26.2 miles (unless you really want to). I’ve been working with Erik Stanley, a rockstar running coach here in Austin and founder

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My Kind of Valentine’s Day

I sat down to write a Valentine’s Day blog post about the best gifts to give the ones you love, but…I got stuck. The truth is, I kinda hate Valentine’s Day. It feels so manufactured and cheesy, with overpriced roses, cliché jewelry and gimmicky prix-fixe dinner menus. Sure, I dutifully arm the kids with cutesy cards for their fellow classmates. (I do have a soft spot for the elementary school

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