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Nike recently released 3 new and updated Free models – the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit (“most natural ride”), the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit (“a cushioned, natural ride”), and the Nike Free 5.0 (“most cushioned natural ride”).  Through Finish Line I’ve had the opportunity to wear and own the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

The Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit is super lightweight and comfortable worn with or without socks.  I just love the vibrant blend of colors and print that the stitching makes.

And since everything else I own seems to be bright and in your face, I like the subtlety of the light purple with the hot lava the for these Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes.

While I haven’t taken either of these out for any serious runs, I’ve been wearing them for light runs and just out-and-about as casual shoes.  Check out the Finish Line blog to see what the rest of the Finish Line Fam is saying!

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“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Ashleigh will run circles around you with a breakfast burrito in one hand, Garmin on the other. The 24-year old San Diego blogger has got the scoop on the latest races, running tips and recipes on her blog Daily Cup of Asheejojo. Our feet hurt just reading it.”  –This is probably the best introduction I’ve ever received/read!

Stop by the Finish Line blog to check out everything on my holiday wish list!

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Friday night Andy and I flew into Oakland, where we then stayed the night in Benicia. Early Saturday morning we made our way into the City for a 7am meet-up at the Union Square Niketown for a shake-out run. We checked into our hotel early (like 6:45am early!) and quickly made it over to the Nike store.

First, we were all corralled into the store where we listened to and received some inspiration from some speakers such as Shalane Flanagan and Joan Benoit Samuelson. Then, they revealed the new Tiffany’s necklace for this year’s race.

In no time we were out the door on a quick 2 mile run. It was a fairly warm run, resulting in some sweat, which made me contemplate what I was going to wear for the race.

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After the run, a mix of the Finish Line girls and some other girls (who attended the Nike Track Club event at Del Amo in July) headed off to brunch (“and other fun things”) at Hotel Palomar. We were lead to a gorgeous outside patio where we were greeted with mimosas being served on a silver platter.

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The brunch was decorated beautifully, with a long, Pinterest-ly perfect table, set up with swag bags and our race bibs. There was a greek yogurt bar (I thought the only food), until I sat down and realized there was a full menu and meal coming, complete with dessert!

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It was a great way to meet and bond with some of the girls I’ve been seeing all over social media. And to build some camaraderie for the 13.1 miles we would all conquer the next day!

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After brunch, we all walked back to the expo and Finish Line presented their girls with even more special goodies. Fun printed pants and embroidered hoodies!!! @asheejojo is kinda a big deal yo!  Check back tomorrow for part 2.

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Big thanks to Finish Line for an amazing start to the weekend and the opportunity to Run SF!

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Ah! Today was such a fun race, with a new course and perfect weather.  Full recap to come later this week.  A little late, but here are the race day essentials:

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-Ipod shuffle
Gu: Salted Caramel
Body Glide
C9 by Champion sports bra
Nike Lunarglide 6
Nike Dri-Fit Knit tank
Garmin 620 Forerunner
Sol Raiz Organics maca capsules
Lululemon Run Inspire Crop II

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I can’t believe it’s almost October! That means a big month of racing coming up for me. Not only will I be running my first full marathon, but I’ll be running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF the following weekend. Kind of crazy, but when I was offered the opportunity to run the sold out Nike Women’s Half, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. Last fall I ran my first Nike race and I was hooked. It’s amazing how they can take a race with soooo many participants and make it feel so special and personalized (goes for both SF and DC!).

In order to prepare for my busy racing month, I’ve been keeping up with my training. This usually includes 5 days of running, and at least 2 days of cross-training (recently I’ve been doing Pilates). I also make sure to take 1-2 days off a week to fully rest and recover.

A typical training week looks something like this:

Monday – cross-train + tempo run (~6 miles)
Tuesday – easy morning run (~4-6 miles)
Wednesday – cross-train + speed work
Thursday – easy morning run (~4-6 miles)
Friday – cross-train or rest
Saturday – long run
Sunday – rest

Since the Nike Women’s Half will be the week after my first full marathon, and I have nooooo idea how I’ll feel/recover, I’m planning to take the race super easy. I plan to listen to my body, take the hills as they come, walk through water stations, etc. The only goal I have set is to finish within the 3 hours and 17 minutes allotted for the course. AND to finish on my feet this year (and maybe get that Tiffany’s necklace…) 😉

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About a year and a half ago, my shoe of choice was the Lunarglide.  I remember watching a video describing it as a shoe for “heel strikers.”  I thought, “yea! I do that, that’s perfect for me” (thinking that heel striking was a good way to run).  Eventually that changed.  My form has improved, and now here we are today.

The Lunarglide 6 is a complete upgrade.  They are light and provide stability, but not overwhelmingly corrective.  I do not feel like they “encourage” a heel strike, like their predecessor.

Let’s get into the details:

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What do they feel like?
The Nike Lunarglide 6 is light but cushioned.  They make running pain free (for me).  The first run I ever did in these was a quick one, and I completely forgot I was wearing new shoes!  They make me want to run on a treadmill (and when have I ever wanted to do that?!)

How do they fit?
True to size.  They’re comfortable and I would even consider wearing them outside of running (such as a long day of walking, or working out at the gym).

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What would I use them for?
Tempo, recovery and treadmill runs.

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Unique features?
There is an outsole design on the bottom of the shoe that maps the pressure path of running, allowing your foot to move more naturally.  Plus I love some of the new colorways (like Jade and Grape).

The Nike Lunarglide 6 running shoe is now available at FinishLine.com.

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Disclaimer: I received the Nike Lunarglide 6 running shoe from Finish Line in exchange for this review.  However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s been a solid week/weekend, and now I’m just finishing up my meal prep for next week.  I’ll most likely be sharing my menu Tuesday morning, so keep an eye out!  For now, here’s what I was up to last week:

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On Monday night Andy and I made another drive up to LA (Santa Monica specifically) to join the launch of the #WeRunSF training. Basically, when Nike tells you to do something, you JUST DO IT.  We anticipated a 3 mile run, NTC (Nike Training Club) workout, and shopping experience. We ended up doing 1 mile out, a 30 MINUTE (!) NTC workout, and a “shop for our beau’s” shopping experience.

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We checked in early enough to grab a pair of Pegasus 31 shoes to test out. Then we started out for the run, ran past the pier, and onto a wooded walkway out into the sand. At this point, we stopped and began out NTC workout. I started to feel how sore I really was after Orange Theory Fitness and the drive. We tried our best to complete the workout without slipping on the sand. We made our way back and finished at the store where we gobbled popsicles, Nuun, and Luna Bars.

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What really made the night great was meeting up with Kenny (my long lost intern love) at True Food Kitchen. What wasn’t so great was that by the time we got on the road (10pm!), at some point the 405 completely cut-off so we ended up taking a 30 minute detour. We ended up not getting home until 1am which set my whole week off to a rough start.  From then on it was a Trenta iced coffee week.

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Tuesday night we celebrated my bf’s birthday at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. And I’m obsessed with the physical restaurant/location. It sits on a second story next to the harbor, so it literally feels like you’re floating above the water. Plus it gives you an amazing view of downtown and the Coronado Bridge.

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Wednesday I took it easy and traded in yoga sculpt for level 1 classic yoga. It was exactly what I needed, and I felt so refreshed for a hard speed workout.  I also braved a 20 minute ice bath with 40lbs of ice. It was killer! Piper even came up and started giving me kisses because I was breathing out so heavily. I kind of willed myself to endure the pain since I’ve been in so much pain otherwise. Afterwards, it was totally worth it, I felt soooo good.

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Thursday I visited Balanced Health and Fitness, a gym less than a mile away from my house. I ended up running there, running a couple miles on the treadmill in my new Nike Lunarglide 6’s, and taking a Pilates class.

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photo 2Saturday I went for my longest run this year, a 15-miler, and felt fantastic. It’s so nice to be able to do these long runs with Erin and Andy because we just spend the whole time chatting, and before you know it, it’s over. Then I met up with London and Kelli at Pipe’s Cafe for some breakfast burritos (^ all that green up there is avocado!) before driving home in a random downpour. The rest of the day I spent cleaning (for some reason I have an easy time getting in a productive mood after long runs), lounging around, and finishing up meal plans for the upcoming week.

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This morning I met up with Devon, who I have not seen since DC! We went to Java Earth Cafe in PB for coffee and acai.  Such a cute little spot with subway tiles, rustic wood and exposed brick!  These were our last goodbyes until I see her again in October because she’s moving to Chicago and I’ll be there for the Chicago Marathon!

Have a good night, and a great start to your week!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Orangetheory Fitness Class (60 min)
Mon – 2 mi + Nike Training Club workout (30 min)
Tues – Rest
Wed – L1 classic hot yoga (60 min) + 7.5 mi
Thurs – 4.5 mi + Pilates class (60 min)
Fri – Rest
Sat –15 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 29 mi
Total Miles with Piper: 0 mi
Hours cross-training: 3.5 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 910.2 mi
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Originally, I was going to do a post on “winter running essentials,” but due to this weird California chill, I have zero clean clothes and double the laundry from having to wear double layers of everything.  Hence my inability to provide pictures to support my post.  And instead of creating a gift guide of what you should buy others (e.g. the fitness enthusiast, the runner, the yogi), I thought I’d just put it out there, all of the fitness related items on my wish list…which makes up about 98% of it.  This was highly curated because it took a lot of will power to create a list and not buy everything on the spot because “I want it now.”

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Mizuno Wave Rider 17 // Spiritual Gangster Beanie // The North Face Venture Jacket // Lululemon Open Your Heart Long Sleeve // The North Face Aconcagua Vest // Lululemon Pure Balance Sweater // Nike Vapor Running Jacket

Also note, after one torrential downpour this past weekend, a windbreaker, rain jacket and puffer vest all seemingly made the list.

Some things from the past week in the life of Asheejojo:

Cyber Monday: I might not like Black Friday but Cyber Monday is something I can get behind.  I mean, duh, online shopping > everything.  Cyber Monday already seems like it was so long ago. I had to second guess myself it was even this past Monday.  And I already received my “big purchases,” which equated to 5 boxes of Quest Bars and some Nike spandex.

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Speaking of Nike: I got accepted in the Nike DC half marathon random draw!  My heart literally skipped a beat. I was so shocked and elated!

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Other online purchases: Fabletics – Kate Hudson’s co-created company. Your first outfit is $29.95+, so yeah, I thought getting a top and leggings for that price was a deal.  The leggings were great for lounging, but not so much for running.  I felt like I was on the verge of plumber’s crack my entire run.  I even ran holding them up for some portion because I felt like I was running them off my body.  I also got a pair of Nike Free Flyknits for the gym/lounging (lounging is my thang).  I ordered a 1/2 size up from my normal running shoe size.  They’re super light, comfortable, and I already wore them to work this week.  Dress codes need not apply.

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Me = Early Morning Runs:  Tuesday I successfully woke up early and actually drove myself somewhere decent to have a pleasant run by the coast.  Saturday I had to drive a significant distance to my early run, and I was so tired I was going cross-eyed.  Just when I think I’m becoming a morning person, I have to whip out the trenta iced coffees (I usually try to stick with ventis).

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To Catch a Kringle: Have you heard of “Kringles?”  It’s a large pastry from Wisconsin sold at Trader Joe’s.  My trainer, Sam, told me about it and how her bf ordered one directly from the bakery because they’re so crazy good.  It’s the type of thing that’s off the shelf before the TJ employees even know it’s arrived.  After our training session on Thursday I found myself at Trader Joe’s.  I was looking at the Kringle’s when one of the TJ checkers said “do ittttt.”  I didn’t but then I did get it (life is such a controversy).  He convinced me that it might be my only chance to try it, and that soon I’d be wearing layers of sweaters anyways (I was just going in for veggies.  And did I mention it’s humongous?).  And I don’t even know how to explain how a pastry can be different from any other pastry, but it is really good.

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Things I need to get this week:
Ugly Sweater
White Elephant Gift
Potluck Appetizer
Any suggestions for any/all?

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Rest + ab workout, 3:21 plank
Mon – 6 mi + 4:20 plank
Tues – 5 mi + 1:00 plank
Wed – Speed Work (5 mi + group core)
Thurs – 6 mi/PT (full body + core)
Fri – Rest + Blogilates 8 minute abs
Sat – 10 mi + 1:00 plank
Sun – Rest + abs (workout TBD)
Total Weekly Mileage: 32 miles
How is your “31 Days of Abs” coming along?
Mines still going day by day, little by little

Happy Friday! Who am I here to be talking about leggings when it has been 84 degrees outside. Seriously, it’s supposed to be November!  Anyways, I am starting to find it unbelievable the number of leggings I have on my wish list right now.  I love a good pair of leggings that fit like a second skin.  Because I’ll lounge, sleep, run, wash, repeat, with them, in that order.   So here are a few printed leggings that I’m genuinely lusting.

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1. Zella Live In Ikat Split Print Leggings // 2. Athleta Queens Luscious 2 Tight//
3. Athleta Suit Up Chaturanga Tight //4. Lole Glorious Leggings //
5. Zella Live In Space Dye Pop Leggings //6. Nike Legendary Printed Tight

What kind of workouts pants person are you?
Shorts, skorts, spanx, leggings, capris?

 
 
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