Sunday, January 28, 2018

Who's Old? I Mean, Cold?

Finally, this cold month of January is coming to an end. We've had decent temperatures this week and with 2 weeks to go before the Mercedes Half Marathon, I needed some good runs. For the most part, the pavement was clear and I was able to pick up the pace again.

Before I start my weekly wrap-up, I want to give a big shout out to Teresa, who blogs at Finding Fabulous at Fifty. She ran her first ever marathon this weekend, the Mississippi Blues Marathon. That's 26.2 miles IN THE POURING RAIN, y'all. All the while battling foot issues. She finished strong and I am so proud of her. Please be sure to go over to her blog or Instagram and congratulate her!



Running:
The sun was shining for most of my runs this week! After being sick last weekend, I was really pleased with my 6 miler on Wednesday, where I did 9:1 run walk intervals. Maybe it was all the good juju in the Lotus pullover I bought from fellow INB ambassador Liz. Thursday's 4 at the pond was remarkable for all the ice on the path. I don't know how I stayed upright but I did, like a boss. Thank you core.


Saturday, Steph and I ran 9. She likes to run for 2 miles and then stop for water, so we adjusted our pace accordingly. It was perfect running conditions--about 40 degrees and sunny. I felt great and we finished with about 9:45m/m. Sunday was another picture perfect morning and I did a speedy 4 around my neighborhood, using 9:1 run/walk intervals. I stopped and played at the park, doing some yoga and carioca. It's hard to believe this is January!



CrossFit:
There was only one CF session this week, as I was still recovering from my tummy bug on Monday.
On Thursday, Sammy Jo had me do some back squats and lower body work. Then we did the fun stuff--she's going to help me work on my handstands to hold them longer. While this strict press doesn't look like I'm lifting much (it was 55#), it was hard! The funny part was when she added 10 pounds of weight, I could only do 3 reps and then couldn't get the bar past my shoulders. It's amazing what a difference a little bit of weight makes.


Yoga:
Since I didn't go to CF on Monday, I did a YouTube vinyasa yoga class at home. It's been a while since I've done vinyasa and it felt good to move like that. I missed it and will be adding more yoga back into my weekly regimen.

Off the Road:
I don't always share my off the road fun but when I do...Saturday night, my sister and I attended a screening of some short films from the 2017 Mountainfilm Film Festival. The Mountainfilm Festival, an adventure film festival, is held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride Colorado. The films were all entertaining, inspiring, and just excellent. I could have watched all night.

Here's my favorite film. It's the perfect way to close out this Weekly Wrap post--4 minutes of female badassery. Have a great week and go do great things!



How was your week? Are you thawing out? Tell me something you accomplished at one of your workouts. 

It's the Weekly Wrap, hosted by Holly and me. This linkup is a great opportunity to share your workouts and network with other bloggers. It's not a place to drop a link and leave. Please be sure to comment on both the hosts' posts and try to comment on at least 3 other bloggers' posts. The linkup is open until Wednesday and there are bloggers linking up until then, so come back and visit to see what you might have missed!




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  1. That does not look like a light weight to me! I always forget about the you tube yoga options when I can't get to class. My goal this week is to make it at least one class. Something I accomplished this week was getting back to my runs and workouts. Thanks for the linkup nice to be back

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    1. It was nice to see you back at it and spending all that time with your friends. Sending hugs your way!

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  2. I'm glad you were feeling better this week. Nobody is old around here. Love, love, love that video and the song. I think I saw a younger me in there (and now I feel much better because she wasn't wearing lipstick either). Uh-oh, now we may need to up our water skiing video plans. Hmmmm....

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    1. We can't bother with makeup during all our adventures, right? I'm thinking we need to a little video of our waterskiing adventures!

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  3. We had a warm weekend but it's supposed to snow more next week! I've been fighting a cold and was disappointed that I didnt get to run in the warmer temps.

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    1. Looks like the same here! Up and down with the temperatures. Hopefully more up than down, right?

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  4. You're getting really good at those handstands! I haven't really gone upside down since my surgery. I'd be surprised if I could even hold one up against the wall! (not that I could hold one without the wall BEFORE my surgery. lol)

    Yes, I'm totally enjoying this thaw!! Just in time for some snow on Tuesday. Good grief.

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    1. I'm sure you could do it!

      Yes, we are cooling off too. Boo!

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  5. I am so happy it was finally warm. This week is so so but at least it won't be THAT cold.

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    1. Anything is better than the bitter cold we had a few weeks back. That was just brutal.

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  6. Glad that warm up hit you so you could get in some good training! We are having lovely weather today but it's taking another nose dive this coming week with snow and teen-degree temps. Blah.....where is spring?!! lol

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    1. I have to keep reminding myself that it is still January. I think that cold snap really sucked the life out of so many of us. It felt good to move well again, tho!

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  7. What a great video - I wanna be that girl! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. Isn't it fun? But you are that girl. We all are!

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  8. Our weather is back and forth. it warms up (at to 40) and then it's back down.

    I ran a 3 mile race today and won my AG. win-win.

    2 weeks until a half!! Wow! I have 7 until mine.

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    1. Congrats on the AG win! You just keep killing it!

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  9. The warm-up has felt great, but today's cool down was a bit crazy LOL None the less, I'm ready for summer.

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  10. Wow, you look triumphant with those weights!

    I always struggle with what I put in my weekly wrap because sometimes I have more non running fun than I do running and workouts. I do like hearing about the fun things others do that are not workout related. Fun that you got to go to the movie screening!

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    1. I don't always put non-running stuff in my wrap up, but this was just the coolest experience! A lot of people share their off the road life in the wraps along with their workouts and that's ok too!

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  11. Love the video and hearing a Cake song. I love seeing women being bad-assed because we are. :)

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    1. Wasn't it the coolest video? I had to share it.

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  12. That weight definitely doesn't look like nothing! I'm always surprised by the difference just a small amount of weight can change a movement. This week, I started personal training so I can be in the best shape to start marathon training!

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    1. I have had such a great experience working with a trainer! I'd never train for a marathon on my own again!

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  13. Love your variety of workouts this week!
    I love the video that you posted! I'm all about seeing women kicking ass and taking names!

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    1. I just loved this video as did my sister! Never stop chasing adventure!

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  14. I'd say that video has it about right! Cheers to a good week!

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  15. Sounds like you had a great week! Love the video!!

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    1. It really was a great week! Thank you Mother Nature!

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  16. Yay for a great week! What is carioca? Off to check up on Teresa!!

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    1. Carioca is a variation of a dance move (and I'm not a dancer)--it's a lateral movement where you criss cross your feet to improve your agility. Watch a football game and you'll see guys doing it as a warm up.

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  17. We didn't get snow, but we did have some biting wind on Friday and today. Yesterday wasn't too bad. I do a lot of yoga off youtube these days, so I can do it on my schedule. There are so many choices, but I'm mostly doing stretching and breathing for stress release.

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    1. We've definitely been battling the wind! But the warmer temperatures bring it along, so it's just something we have to deal with.

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  18. I'm not a fan of the super cold weather we had at the beginning of the month...20s and 30s are a little much for me. But I do enjoy waking up and being able to sleep in and still run in the late morning like I did last Friday. Being in the 60s all morning can hang around as far as I'm concerned!

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    1. Oh, 60s would be amazing! I'm happy with the 40s right now.

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  19. I love using YouTube for yoga! When things get busy, yoga is always the first thing I drop from my rotation, but I always feel so much better when I'm doing it regularly.

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    1. I definitely have been missing yoga and I'm glad that I'm getting back at it!

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  20. The January weather thing...so freakin' weird. I ran in shorts today. Yesterday I had multiple layers on for 15 degrees. What?!?! Thanks for sharing the video. I love stuff like that! Ron and I went to a Wild and Scenic Film Festival a couple of months ago...so much cool stuff!

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    1. It hasn't been warm enough for shorts here--maybe capris, but I didn't go there!

      I loved this film festival and I hope to do more of this sort of thing!

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  21. Ha- it was semi warm this week but by that I mean 46 degrees one morning but that was incredible. It's supposed to snow tomorrow though and get cold again next week ☹ you are such a beast with the weights and that's a good thing !

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    1. Yep, I woke up to snow this morning! What the what?

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  22. Nice handstand! That's impressive on it's own, but after a run is whoa! This week was good - shorts for TWO days in a row!

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    1. I probably could have worn shorts this week, but it wasn't THAT warm...maybe capris? My legs are kind of pasty and hairy, so nah....

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  23. OK I NEED TO KNOW--which youtube vinyasa????

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    1. Oh my gosh, I don't remember...it was kind of a basic one, tho. I'm doing yoga again this morning...see if I can find it!

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  24. We went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival as well...this was my favourite video...just wished they went longer into it!

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    1. I loved this video! Did you also see La langosta? The guy going down a waterfall on an inflatable lobster? Hilarious!

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  25. Teresa is definitely bada$$.

    We got warmer this weekend, but since my running group insists on running early, it was NOT at all warm for our long run (and super cold & windy midweek). Although in fairness to them 8 am isn't late, but seriously, I would prefer it a little later. And it would be a little warmer, too. Bottom line: most of my runs were cold or inside. Whine, whine, whine.

    However, my "long" run sat was also on the speedy side for me plus I felt great the next day (well, until the whole visiting the parents show & Bandit needing to go out multiple times last night) -- so despite all the whining, there's that.

    Sorry about being such a whiner. :) Last week was just tough due to major lack of sleep pretty much the entire week. This week will be better!

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    1. It's ok, Steph likes to go early too and it's not always warm when we go. But it's a choice, go with Steph or go alone! I like to run with my buddy.

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  26. I always say that I'm going to add more yoga, but does it happen? Ahem, not so much. That film festival sounds like a lot of fun, especially the spending time with your sister part!

    Thawing out is not the right word for it, but we are warming up. Mid-80s all week! Nice, but still, when you live in a desert you get a little worried about those high temps in January. I mean, what will summer bring?

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    1. After spending that morning with you on the trails, Lisa and I definitely got the adventure bug. We're talking about our next sister trip and it will involve some hiking.

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  27. We are downright spring-like in Seattle. I think this morning is warm enough for shorts! I wouldn't mind a cold day or a bit of snow, but that might be because the warm weather means non-stop rain!

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    1. I woke up to snow, so it looks like winter's back again. Until Wednesday, I think...

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  28. Icy paths/sidewalks are all over the place here thanks to a few thaw/freeze cycles. I tend to think, if it stayed colder, at least I would be running on snow instead of ice...

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    1. That is definitely a problem here too! Now we have snow again. Boo!

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  29. Solid handstand! Great to hear you’re feeling better. So sweet of you to share your friend’s incredible accomplishment of running her first marathon in the rain! Must have made it tougher for her but sounds like she got through it.

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    1. I think anyone who attempts their first marathon after age 50 deserves some kind of award! Most people are slowing down by now and here she goes and crushes it!

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  30. I find the same thing when I lift heavy at the gym- just 5-10 more pounds and sometimes I can't do what I was just doing for 12 reps! Great week of varied workouts.

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  31. Awww, thank you sweet friend for the shout out and for the texts of encouragement during race morning!! It is truly amazing how much the encouragement of friends can have on one's performance and confidence! I just don't think I could've done this without all of you ladies!! xoxo

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    1. My favorite marathons were the ones where I got all the texts that blew up my phone as I crossed the finish line. I couldn't have done it without my friends!

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  32. Love the clip you shared!
    Great job last week.
    I love that Teresa did it at 50, it made my 50th year not seem so bad checking that beast off lol
    It's funny how going up a few pounds makes a huge difference. I am trying to work my way up on a few things right now.
    I have never tried that long of an interval..something new to try :)

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    1. I obviously would prefer to do shorter intervals but we ran slower so our average pace was what I would do with 4:1. I can live with that! Plus I want to run with my friend!

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  33. An adventure film festival sounds really interesting!! and based on that video, it is pretty awesome!

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    1. We were so inspired and are coming with ideas for our next sister trip!

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  34. Great job with your runs! It's always great when the weather cooperates and the miles fly by with a friend. I wish I could do a handstand for any length of time! The weather was getting better but now I think it's going to snow tomorrow...sigh!

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  35. That file festival sounds really cool!

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  36. It sounds like you had a great week! It's really awesome that you got to go to a film festival too, I've never been to one but seems like a great way to watch some good films and maybe even meet those who helped produce them.

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    1. This was my first time and I just loved it! I hope to do it again.

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  37. It was warm this weekend, but now it's cold again and more snow. Ah well, that's Michigan!

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  38. Glad you are feeling better this week! Mercedes as in Birmingham?? That’s not too far from me! I even thought about coming up for that one!

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  39. Your handstand is ridiculously awesome! Pretty sure I would break my back or something :) Hope you're feeling better and it warms up soon! It's been SO cold lately!!!

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    1. I'm not so worried about breaking my back, but when I fall on my head, I do worry about my neck. I'm definitely getting better at falling!

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  40. Looks like a great week! I am totally jealous of your handstands. As far as yoga goes you should try yoga with adriene on Yout Tube, she is awesome!!!

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    1. I've heard that from a few people! I do love Five Parks Yoga.

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  41. That handstand looks awesome! And were you strict pressing 55 pounds?? That's heavy! Great work!

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    1. Yes, strict pressing! Geez. I couldn't remember what it's called.

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  42. Great to hear the sun was out more for you this week! Love the video!!

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    1. Yes, it was nice to see the sun and feel some warmer temperatures!

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  43. Your title cracked me up! I loved the video! And I am super impressed that you ran on ice. I would’ve been face down on it. Lol. Have a great week!

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  44. MN had gorgeous weather the days leading up to our arrival. Now, it's currently 11 degrees. Good thing this desert-living girl didn't need to do any running while visiting the tundra. LOL

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    1. We've had wonderful weather this week but sadly we are heading back into the tundra...waaaaah!

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  45. I enjoy watching running videos while running on the treadmill :) I need to look into more like this one for sure!

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    1. It was only 4 minutes, so you'd need to put it on repeat! LOL!

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  46. It has been so cold here in Maine that I had to plan an impromptu trip away, haha!!! You are always inspiring, sounds like you pushed through a busy month!!!

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    1. I've got a trip planned to the south in 2 weeks but the weather is not looking promising. Ayyy!

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  47. That is definitely an inspiring and entertaining film! I bet we have all left a few men sitting around wondering where we are, haha! ;) Glad you had good running weather. Our bad air days have turned cold and rainy. Crossing my fingers that it clears up today!

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  48. Nice week! At least the sun is out for you. So dreary/rainy in Oregon and would love for the sun to come out more.

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    1. I saw that from your post. There's nothing worse than continuous gray skies!

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  49. You know, I have never been able to do a handstand! I remember dreading PE classes at school when we had to do that kind of stuff! Wow, it looks awesome! Shathiso at www.thegaboronerunner.com

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    1. I never was able to do one until now. You're never too old to do dumb things, right?

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  50. Film festivals are always worthwhile, they're getting to be about the only way to see some of the most interesting movies. Your handstand is already impressive!

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    1. It's nice to see the emergence of channels like Netflix and Amazon, where we can watch some of this offbeat stuff!

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  51. Love you handstand photo!! That's amazing! I can't even hang for more than 3 seconds :(

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  52. Glad you are feeling better. I need to get back into some other stuff than just running. Jan has been a crazy month- hopefully Feb will be calmer.
    And that handstand???!! Teach me your ways!!!

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    1. The magic of video! We did a lot of handstand prep over the years at yoga as well as CrossFit. I love how strong it makes me feel to land one. Now to hold it...

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  53. I think the last time I was able to do a handstand like that, I was 12 ... amazing!

    I love independent films and when I used to have more time I really enjoyed going to film festivals! I get so much out of "different" movies than I do big-hollywood productions. not to say there is something wrong with commercial films, I just enjoy independant stuff more.

    I am late posting but I think the biggest thing I'm proud of is probably accomplishing Rachel's january challenge!

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    1. I'm with you. I really enjoy independent movies too!

      Congrats on completing the upper body challenge! Are you doing the February one?

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