Showing posts with label Baltimore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baltimore. Show all posts

June 15, 2018

Last-Minute Father's Day Baltimore Gift Guide

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Hammer & Nails and received a complimentary service for my boyfriend as well as a gift card. As always all thoughts & opinions are my own. 


Just a heads up, Father's Day is this Sunday. Yes, we are already in the middle of June (HOW?!). Sometimes I have trouble figuring out what to get for my father but know that local Baltimore eats, spirits, or golf balls are always a great option. Have no fear, if you still have not picked up a gift for your dad, here's a list of 5 great options that are all available in the Baltimore area. 


Last-Minute Father's Day Baltimore Gift Guide

1. Sagamore Rye, Sagamore Spirit ($45)

If the father in your life enjoys whiskey, pick up a bottle of local Sagamore Rye from the Sagamore Spirit Distillery. It's a smooth rye that is super drinkable. I gave a bottle to my dad for Christmas, and he loved it! You can find it in many local stores-check out their locator for the retailer closest to you. 

2. The John duffle, Treason Toting Co. ($100)

Treason Toting Co. is a Baltimore company that makes durable and classic bags for "the travelling craftsman." Their The John duffle bag is made from water-resistant canvas with brass hardware for a classic look perfect for any adventure. Let's also put a Treason Toting Co. bag on a list of gifts people can give to me as well. 

3. Coffee beans, Ceremony Coffee (prices varies,$15-24)  

When in doubt grab some local food and drink goodies from the local farmers market or your favorite coffeeshop- a mug and a bag of beans from your local Ceremony Coffee shop such as their Summer 18 Annuals blend ($17) makes for a delicious gift. While you are there, grab yourself a coffee or one of their delicious coffee drinks too. 

4. Hammer & Nails gift certificate, (price varies) 

If you know a dad that needs some self-care, Hammer & Nails in Owings Mill is the perfect place for him to treat himself. It's a grooming shop for guys that has a man cave with oversized leather chairs, personal HD televisions, and complimentary beverages that make basic manicures and pedicures feel extra luxurious. The shop also offers haircuts and beard trims-check out their full list of services here. I had the opportunity to visit the shop a few weeks ago and think it's the perfect place for men to pamper themselves. My boyfriend really enjoyed his complimentary manicure. Hammer & Nails is offering a $125 gift card for only $99 for Father's Day as well as a great package that includes a manicure, pedicure, and haircut for $100. 

5. Brooks Running Ghost 10, Brooks Running and available at Charm City Run ($99.95-$120)

It is the perfect time to grab your dad a new pair of running shoes like the Ghost from Brooks Running or pop into Charm City Run and find something else he'd like. A gift certificate is always a great way to go so he can come in and get fitted for shoes or pick up any gear or nutrition he needs.  

I spent some time with my dad last weekend. The weather looks too great to not be out and about in Baltimore this weekend. Follow along in Instagram @breathedeeplyandsmile to see where the weekend takes me. 


What's your go-to gift for the dad in your life? Any other gift ideas? 

June 14, 2018

5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group {at Charm City Run}



This post was originally published on the Charm City Run blog. Head over there to check out more great blog posts talking about running shoes and gear, training tips, inspiration, and stories from the running community in Maryland.

With the arrival of summer, comes the start of training for fall race season. Training through a hot and humid summer in Baltimore takes guts, and some days it can be tough to get out the door for a run. Charm City Run offers many training groups throughout the summer from 5K to full marathon and beyond. In the age of the internet when anyone can google a training plan for any distance, I think that in-person training groups offer so much more than a plan. Here are 5 reasons why YOU should train with Charm City Run.

5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group {at Charm City Run}


1. ACCOUNTABILITY.

For some people, paying money for a group alone makes them more accountable to showing up and committing to the plan. It is also easier to get dressed and out of bed before 7:00am on a Saturday morning knowing you have a group of people waiting for you to run together. Aside from the sign-in sheet, everyone notices when someone hasn’t shown up to a workout. The group becomes a tribe or family of runners, especially with longer distance groups.

2. OTHER RUNNERS WILL PUSH YOU.

When running by yourself, it can be harder to push or pace yourself. Running with other people allows you to challenge yourself to finish tough workouts that may seem scary at the start. Running with people in your training group also allows you to stick with others of a similar pace which usually helps you learn to pace yourself more evenly. I also find I will push my pace a little more when completing workouts with others which allows me to become a better runner. And, if your running group buddy says they are running X distance, you’ll probably try to stick with them and run X distance as well even if you weren’t feeling great at the start of the run

3.FRIENDSHIP.

I always tell anyone who moves to the city to join a training group to meet people! I trained for my first marathon with Charm City Run right after I moved downtown. I didn’t know any runners before, and by the end of the group I had made so many friends including a handful of close ones.  You and your training group members will bond over the tough workouts, a really hot long run, or the weird and funny things seen on the run. Something I’ve found true in life is that I can find more out about a person from running with them for an hour, than I could in any other setting!

4. YOUR GROUP WILL BECOME YOUR CHEER SQUAD.

It is awesome to finish a run to a bunch of sweaty high-fives or maybe even some hugs. It is nice to have people to cheer you through the last repeat of a track workout or finish strides of your longest run yet. On race day, your squad will be there to support you.
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 5. IT IS A SPACE TO TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING RUNNING.

No topic is off limits with your coach, store employees, and fellow trainees. You can ask about that nagging pain in your calf and get some suggestions of what to do. You can talk about the GI distress you had during the run. You can ask questions and learn about fueling for runs, hydration, and stretching. It is a space where people WANT to talk about all things running, races, and gear! It is not weird or annoying or silly!
The full marathon and Charles Street 12 training groups start this weekend (June 16th) at all Charm City Run stores. Half marathon, 5K, and other distances will start later in this summer. Check out all the information on upcoming training groups on the Charm City Run website. Just show up, and see what it’s all about!
Have you trained with a training group before? Do you prefer training solo or with others?

June 6, 2018

Global Running Day 2018 Discounts and Baltimore Events

Happy Global Running Day! 




As a runner, I love spreading the run love. I love encouraging others to find that sweet spot of doing things that are healthy and make them happy (and are FUN!). 
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 Of course I started my morning with a workout with my November Project Baltimore crew. It was still part of the week-long Summer School workout series (free workouts every day of the week instead of just Wed and Fri) so there was some geography, pencil sharpening, and memorization in the workout-all before I had any coffee this AM. 
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There are lots of fun events and sales (including race discounts!) happening in honor of Global Running Day so I'm sharing them here for you to check out. 

Take time today to maybe join a group run, workout with a new crew, treat yourself to some new gear, sign up for a new challenge, or do whatever gets YOU moving and having fun. 

In Baltimore

Global Running Day with Under Armour
Under Armour is hosting a run and post-run party at 5 PM today at 2601 Port Covington Dr., Baltimore, MD, 21230. You can find more details and register here  .
TIME: 5:00 PM

Global Running Day with Lululemon Towson & Harbor East 
Lululemon is hosting a community run from R. House at 6:30 PM (301 W. 29th Street, Baltimore, MD, 21211) and then a post-run strtech with a Movement Lab instructor (bring your own yoga mat!). There will be food, happy hour, and socializing to follow. All running levels welcome! More information and registration here


Around the Country and Beyond

#RunItForward with Brooks Running
Brooks Running is asking runners to #RunitForward and pledge miles, dedicate miles to something they believe in, and share the run love. It's all about community, appreciation of the environment, and connecting with people. Sign up here

Check out some discounts via this list from Runner's World as well as this list of Global Running Day runs from SELF magazine. 

Race Discounts

Rock 'n' Roll Race Series
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Rock 'n' Roll race series always has a big sale on Global Running Day. Save HUGE on most of their races for 24 hours (ends at 11:59 PT today)-hurry up and register because there are limited registrations at the lowest prices. 

If you miss out on today, you can always use code RNRRNB2018 to save $15 off most of their half and full marathons this year.  I'm a Rock 'n' Blogger for them and am hoping to do at least one more of their races this year. 

Philadelphia Marathon
Register today and receive $20 off the AACR Marathon, Dietz & Watson Half Marathon, or one of the combo challenges. Use code GLOBAL2018, and they'll donate $10 to the awesome Back on my Feet Philadelphia which empowers the homeless through running and community. Offer expires 11:59 PM EST 6/6/18. 

Donate Like 5K in Baltimore
I have run the Donate Like 5K with the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland a couple times (and placed both times ::woop::woop), and besides the fun swag and fast course, it's a great 5K. It support the Donate Life Foundation which works to support saving lies through organ, eye, and tissue donations. 

Today they are offering 50% off all 2018 Donate Life Family Fun Run and 5K registrations-adult 5K registration (bib, shirt, and medal included!) is just $12.50.
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ZOOMA Women's Race Series

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North Face Endurance Challenge Series
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Sales

StrideBox
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HoneyStinger 
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Sarah Marie Design Studio
FREE pair of Superhero Nail Wraps today only with code "LOVETORUN" with any purchase. Just add to cart and use code at checkout. 


How are you celebrating Global Running Day?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

April 6, 2018

{Baltimore Bred} Top Vendors to Check Out at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar

This weekend is exciting because it looks like snow is no longer in the forecast for Baltimore (YAY!) and it's the first Sunday of the season for the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar underneath I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway). It's also the perfect event to highlight in Charm City!

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The market runs every Sunday from 7 AM -noon from April 8th through December 23,2018 (more information on the Facebook page). This is one of the biggest farmers' markets in the city with everything from local produce, fresh eats, and artisan goods. It's something I love going to after a run to grab a bite to eat or spend the morning shopping and eating with my boyfriend especially in the summer months. 

Lots of amazing local products and food vendors are sold there which makes it sometimes more fun for me to just grab breakfast and browse the market leisurely. I'm going to share with you my top vendors and goods to check out at the farmers' market this year. 

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1. Farm to Face falafel wraps
This list is not in order, but if it was this would still take the top spot. These stand has the most delicious made-to-order falafel wraps with the option to have it with a lavash bread or collard greens wrap. 

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2. Seasonal produce and plants
I love coming to the farmers' market throughout the year as different produce and plants come into season. The flowers are always beautiful in the spring and sunflowers start appearing later in the summer and the early fall. I also snagged a bunch of herb plants last spring to plant in pots on my balcony. 

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3. Michele's Granola
This local small-batch granola can be found in grocery stores and markets around the area, but I always love buying from the source as well as having the option to buy granola in bulk and try out the new seasonal flavors. 

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4. Migue's Mini Donuts
The perfect pairing to a cup of coffee, these mini donuts are fried on site. You can top yourself with powdered sugar and the option of other toppings such as chocolate syrup. A small bag of 6 mini donuts for $3 is a steal for a sweet Sunday treat. 

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{Photo from Migue's Minis Facebook page}
5. Zeke's or Dooby's coffee
Every Sunday at the market you will see a long line for Zeke's Coffee-a Baltimore-area favorite. I usually have little patience when it comes to waiting for coffee so I often head over to the Dooby's stand and grab a cold brew coffee and maybe a breakfast sandwich. Both will get you a delicious caffeine fix to fuel your shopping. 

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6. Bags of kale
I know this is an odd choice,but if you use kale and don't mind taking the time to clean it all, you can get a plastic bag stuffed full of kale from multiple local farms for $2 or $3. Some of the other greens can be more pricey compared to grocery stores, but the kale is super affordable.

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7. Gogo's Fashion Truck 
Gogo's is a busload (literally) of fun thrifted and vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories. I love browsing and seeing what unique finds are for sale. 

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8. Ekiben 
Ekiben has a storefront in Fells Point but brings their no-frills steamed buns and other Asian fusion items to the Farmers Market. 

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Also, I'm super excited for some of the new vendors to the market in 2018 including my favorites Gundalow Juice and Bottoms Up Bagels. 

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Hope to see you at the market! 

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Do you have a favorite local farmers' market? What is your favorite food to purchase there? 

March 14, 2018

3 Tips to Prepare for Running & Racing This Spring

This post was originally published on the Charm City Run blog. Check out their blog for more great posts and explore the Charm City Run website for information on fun upcoming events and training groups 😊

A taste of warmer weather in Maryland the past couple of weeks means runners are getting excited for the spring race season. If you can believe it, the 2018 B3 Distance Series kicks off in a mere 2 weeks with the Under Armour KELLY St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K on March 11. Maybe you are just dusting off your running shoes and getting back to running after a winter break. Maybe you have been training for a few weeks and are gearing up for all the races you signed up for months ago. Below are some tips to prepare you for a strong and healthy season of spring running and racing.

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1. RUN WITH OTHERS

When the weather is unpredictable or if you are getting back into the swing of running regularly, it can be difficult to get out the door to run alone. Find a group to run with, make a running date with some friends, or join a training group. Running with others can help you stick to your training plan, and make those longer runs more enjoyable. Charm City Run has great training groups for new runners and seasoned marathoners alike which offer accountability, fun, and everything you need to get to the start line strong. You can also look for free fun runs near you.

2. OPTIMIZE NUTRITION & HYDRATION

If your 2018 resolutions from January are long forgotten, have no fear. The beginning of spring is a great time to revisit or set goals and refocus. Now is the time to start optimizing your nutrition to prepare for spring race season. Instead of trying a new fad diet, focus on eating more quality fuel for your runs and workouts. With warmer weather, hydrating more frequently is important. Tracking your water intake can help ensure you are drinking enough throughout the day.

3. GEAR CHECK

Spring is also a great time to check on your shoes and gear and see what needs to be replaced. It varies from runner to runner when they need to replace their shoes based on the use, running surface, shoe model and type, as well as type of runner. It’s recommended to replace your shoes after between 300 and 500 miles and definitely if you are noticing wear on the soles or tears in the upper. Come into Charm City Run and get fit for a brand new pair or running shoes and check out all the latest spring models to start your spring training and racing on fresh shoes. Ladies, if your sports bra has celebrated a birthday it’s time to toss it and replace it! Charm City Run can fit you for a brand new sports bra in store to help you find one that’s comfortable and perfect fit.

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Happy Running! 

Are you training for any spring races or events? Did you take a break from running during the winter? 

This post is linked up with No Guilt LifeMCM Mama Runs, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesdays on the Run and Rachel,  Lora, and Debbie for the Coaches’ Corner :)

February 12, 2018

5 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts in Baltimore

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not affiliated with or sponsored by any of the aforementioned brands or businesses. I work for Charm City Run and CorePower Yoga, but the thoughts in this post do not reflect those of the companies. 


With February being a shorter month, I find that the days and weeks just fly by. That means that Valentine's Day is also in just two short days! If you have completely forgotten, do not fear! I am sharing a list of 5 easy, last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for the special people in your life from local businesses. Despite my dislike of the pressure of this one big day and the hiked-up prices of prix-fixe dinners for the holiday, I do really love having the holiday as a reminder to spend some time with your significant other or Valentine. I keep it pretty low key, with a Galentine's Day brunch the weekend before and a nice dinner with flowers from my boyfriend for the actual holiday. Pro tip-surprise your valentine with a gift or dinner the day before or after to avoid the rush and prix-fixe menus! In a busy world, sometimes we need a silly holiday to remind those special in our life how much we care about them. 

As you know, I love supporting small businesses, especially when there are so many amazing businesses right here in Baltimore. Here are 5 Last-Minute Valentine's Day gifts for your Valentine, Galentine, or anyone who could use a little love in their life. 

5 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts in Baltimore

1. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries from Berries by Quicha

What says "I love you" more than chocolate-covered strawberries?! I planning on stopping by Berries by Quicha right here in Federal Hill in Baltimore to grab some of their amazing and unique chocolate-covered strawberries. They have flavors such as Reese, Bacon, and even a Ciroc-liquor infused chocolate-covered strawberry! Besides sounding tasty, their strawberries and special holiday packages look beautiful. 

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According to their Facebook page, TODAY is the last day to pre-order for guaranteed selection for the holiday either via their website, store (920 Light St), or by calling at 410-440-3239. 

2. Cupcake from Dessert Fantasies

For a simple sweet treat for your special someone or your Galentine, grab a cupcake or cookie from Dessert Fantasies in Locust Point. I sampled their cupcakes at a Yelp event a couple times, and they were delicious.  I would love to have this adorable unicorn cupcake shared on their Instagram feed ::hint::hint:: 

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Scrolling through their Instagram are photos of cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate-covered oreos so there are a bunch of sweet options for you to choose from. 

According to their Facebook page, Dessert Fantasies (1433 E Fort Ave) is open today from 1-6 PM and will be posting extended hours for Tuesday and Thursday. You can contact the bakery at 410-929-2073 or 443-763-9373.  

3. Gift card to Charm City Run or CorePower Yoga

The perfect gift for any occasion for the special runner or yogi in your life is a gift card to Charm City Run to stock up on some spring training essentials or a gift card to CorePower Yoga to take some classes or buy new yoga gear. It's also the perfect way to give an opportunity for some self-care to a friend or loved one. Another fab idea is buying a water bottle and filling it with some sweet treats and candy for your Galentine! 

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4. Mouth Party Caramels

Mouth Party Caramels are an addictive, delicious and soft caramel that melts in your mouth (and is based right in Timonium). It is also my favorite sweet treat to buy at the register when I'm at Whole Foods or Charm City Run-Locust Point. 

They have standard flavors including original, sea salt, and Chesapeake (with a touch of Old Bay of course!) as well as a special Valentine's Day flavor-dark chocolate raspberry. You can order online (check their delivery options since it's cutting it close to the big day!) or find the location nearest you locally that carries their product (they are in so many stores in the city). 
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5. Flowers available at a variety of local stores and florists

When in doubt, flowers are always a welcome surprise for a loved one or friend. Whole Foods in Harbor East has been advertising 2 dozen roses for $24.99. Also I highly encourage you to support local florists such as Local Color Flowers, Pearson's Florist, and Rosie's Posies (I have only personally used Pearson's but am always swooning over Local Color Flowers Instagram. Rosie's Posies is in Cross St Market and has good reviews!). 

Do you have any other last-minute Valentine's Gifts from the Baltimore area? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

May 30, 2017

5 Tips for Surviving #ShackTrackandField {plus class at Rev Cycle Studio beforehand}

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary ride at REV Cycle Studio for hosting a giveaway and sharing about the event. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Last week I was lucky enough to get the chance to take part in the last event in REV Cycle Studio's #REVOutdoors series which happened to be a partnership with Shack Track and Field, Shake Shack's monthly run club. The event involved a 30 minute spin class at REV followed by a short run to Shake Shack where the first beverage was on the house. Now I regularly participate in the Shack Track and Field runs (the second Tuesday of every month starting from Charm City Run) and REV is my favorite place to spin in Baltimore, so this event sounded PERFECT. 

I've run to Shake Shack before but adding in a spin class before a run adds a whole new twist to the mix. Classes were held at both the McHenry Row and Brewer's Hill locations. 

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I had an awesome, sweaty, and fun spin class with Sean at McHenry Row where we spun fast and climbed hills for 30 minutes, leaving just enough in the tank for just over 2 miles of running in the beginning of a rainy storm as group. Then that was followed by enjoying a free huge red velvet milkshake at Shake Shack. And buying myself a chicken sandwich for dinner there because #starving. 


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Here are some tips for when you decide to run to Shake Shack or spin AND run to Shake Shack because #shacktrackandfield: 
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1. If you are making it a duathlon (spinning and running), leave just a little bit left in the tank during the spin class. If you are completely exhausted, it will feel like a very very long 2-3 miles to Shake Shack. 
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2. Keep it a moderate pace. There is plenty of Shake Shack beverages for everyone, however if you want to beat a long line of sweaty runners and get your delicious FREE beverage faster, keep it moving on the run. 
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3. Have an idea of what you want ahead of time. I like visualizing my delicious milkshake or cold beer as motivation during the run. It also is helpful knowing what I want before I hop in line before I'm thinking about how sweaty and tired I am post-run. 
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4. Don't feel guilty or think about how that milkshake is probably 1000 calories or maybe you'll save a hundred calories by not getting whipped cream on top. Treat yo'self. You deserve it, and it's delicious. You literally ran (and possibly spun) here for this. 
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5. Find a friend to carpool with or call an Uber/Lyft/cab. I've made the mistake of trying to run the mile back to my house after having a milkshake and fries. I do not recommend it. 
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I definitely encourage you to check out Shack Track and Field the second Tuesday of every month (Baltimore group leaves from Charm City Run at 7 PM). 

Also if you are interested in another awesome REV Cycle Studio spinning + food event check out an event happening tomorrow with Atwater's! First you can get your sweat on for 45 minutes of REVBlast with Rachel at 5:30 PM or REV45 with Eddie at 6:30. Then head down to Atwater's to refuel with a 3 course prix fixe dinner including your choice of beer or wine, salad, entree, and dessert for only $35. Such a sweet deal! Details and register here

You can also save 30% off class packs at REV Cycle Studio's new Brewer's Hill studio with discount code "gearupBH" at checkout -just in time for summer!

Have you ever participated in Shack Track in Field? What is your favorite drink to have after a run?