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Sage Synopsis v. 7


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I have my oral defense for my comprehensive exams this afternoon and I'm so ready for this whole process to be over. If you think about it, please send some prayers for peace and a passing score my way!

It has been really nice to be blogging again. I sometimes struggle because blogging can feel a little ego-centric, but I try to remind myself that sharing our experiences with others can be encouraging and helpful. I think that is what has kept me coming back to this place after so many years despite thoughts of quitting all together.

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If you didn't notice, I added a running discounts page to my sidebar. Definitely check it out for some excellent race and product discounts! I'm updating it regularly so keep checking back and feel free to let me know if you're looking for something specific.

This post about introverts and the church has been shared a lot in the last few weeks. It is a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately and it was really nice to see that other's have felt similarly.

//G O O D  R E A D S

One of the projects I have been working on in graduate school has really caught on in the media. You can read more about that here

//A U D I B L E S 

I'm currently listening to "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey for this month's book club. So far I am really enjoying it. Have you read it before?

//I N S P I R E  

“The worst thing you can do with fear and anxiety is to pretend you’re too strong to have them. The best thing you can do is just to let Him be in charge of them. Because He’s in charge anyway. And in Him, you’re in His peace.” ― Matt Chandler, Recovering Redemption: A Gospel Saturated Perspective on How to Change

This video will MOVE you:
The Isaiah Project: A Pregnancy Loss Awareness Video from Truth She Carries on Vimeo.

//B L O G G E R  L O V E 

5 Tips for Working with Brands. Definitely a post worth checking out if you want to (or are already!) working with brans. 

I have followed Kate and her husband's adoption journey for years now and I was so thrilled to see that they were matched and should have a little babe by the end of the month!
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Disclaimer: I received a pair of the AMPLA FLY running shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

These AMPLA FLY shoes are really unique. They have a carbon fiber plate that attaches to a carbon fiber sole to create a "flip sole." This shoe is really helpful for heel strikers (ME!) and provides immediate feedback on your running form. I have definitely found it to be corrective for me, and my runs have been a lot more comfortable. I made the mistake of not wearing high enough socks the first time I wore them, which resulted in pretty rough rubbing. After switching to the proper socks, though, I have had no problem and really love these shoes. 

Ampla recommends these shoes as training shoes designed for spadework or shorter runs, but notes that they can be used for longer runs if you're comfortable enough in them. I have used mine up to 5 miles and thought they worked really well. 

Ampla is currently designing two new styles that are coming before the end of the year. These include:
AMPLA Cushion which are not full on maximalist, but a great long distance shoe.
AMPLA Light which are super lightweight, quick shoes that won’t have the carbon fiber plate but will have some other technology to help you push forward.

Watch this short video to learn a little bit more about these great shoes! 

I'm working on getting you all a discount code, so keep checking back if you think you might be interested in these shoes!

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Sage Synopsis v. 6


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I thought it was about time that I started my Sage Synopsis Friday series back up again. It was something I really enjoyed doing for a time, so I'm looking forward to sharing these with you all. 

I'm running the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon this October and let's just say my training has been lackluster at best. I really need to start putting in some miles but I have been feeling pretty down which makes it hard to get out the door. 

I'm not really someone that's terribly prone to depression, but I have definitely been feeling the grief of our miscarriage lately. The loneliness is a hard weight to carry. It's like, all of these people are around but I still feel like I'm just floating through my days. There just aren't words to explain it. Grief sucks. 

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It's September which means PUMPKIN BEER. This Pumpkin Beer guide is a great place to start if you're looking for some new brews to try this fall. 

Why don't we talk about trying to conceive? This post has a lot of interesting dialogue on it that's worth checking out if you haven't had a chance to already. 

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I'm a researcher, so I think a lot about the intersection of my faith and science. This read from Relevant Magazine is worth checking out if you're interested in the topic or struggle with making sense of the two.

I have a list of good books that have piled up while I was studying this summer and I can't wait to get back on the reading train.

"When a friend dies, you can seek solace in the company of other mourners. Miscarriage, by contrast is an entirely private grief." This article

//A U D I B L E S 

I'm totally addicted to podcasts and these crime podcasts are at the top of my list.

I discovered The Staves in 2012 during my time in Scotland and I'm still completely in love with them. Their voices are like magic. Seriously, tissues are necessary if you're a cryer. I'm really into this cover right now:

//I N S P I R E  

Crockpot weather is coming and I'm looking forward to soup weather. Here is one of my favorites for this time of year. 

//B L O G G E R  L O V E 

I stumbled across this post recently about life after miscarriage and I can definitely relate to the feelings of bitterness. I hate that this is my reality right now.

On a more positive note, this post from my friend Caroline's husband on the path to pregnancy was super encouraging.

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