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Hola, chicos and chicas.

Skirt Sports is having a summer sale starting tomorrow to make room for its new fall lineup, but La Chica Runs readers can start shopping today.

The discounts are generous: 30 to 40 percent off current styles and 50 to 70 percent off previous styles.

Shop early because these items sell quickly: www.skirtsports.com/sale.

Happy shopping!

Vacay is oh-kay 

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The familia and I are in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week, camping at the magestic Tahquamenon Falls. 

That also means we have little-to-no Internet and cell service.

We drove into the great metropolis of Paradise, so I’m sharing on pictures from today’s run from the Lower Falls to the Upper Falls and back. I’ll share more details when I have a connection again.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads!


McFarland USA? Claro que si

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If you want to watch a family friendly, inspirational Disney movie, McFarland USA is it.

Make the lead Kevin Costner, and it’s the guacamole to my taco salad (I would have said sour cream, but no one in my familia likes that stuff).
Oh, and there’s running!
Costner plays Jim White, a football coach turned cross country coach to seven high school students who work the fields picking vegetables with their parents but who happen to have mad running skills. White and his family end up in the predominantly Latino community in California because there’s just nowhere else for him to go after an incident with a student.
I was a little worried that the movie would delve into one too many stereotypes, but I was pleasantly surprised that while it did bring them up, both the boys and the Whites spend a lot of the movie learning about each other. Learning about other people’s cultures and respecting them, what a concept!
With my Black Girls RUN! peeps.
White is less than perfect, which makes me like him more. Just good enough to shape up this group of boys into a championship-worthy team.
There is some formulaic fodder — OK, a LOT of formulaic fodder — but there’s also heart. And a snapshot of what some migrant families have to do to make it in these United States. It’s not always pretty.
But back to the running. The boys struggle, as new runners do. But their coach guides them, including some great scenes of football-coach White watching VHS tapes and reading books about running. Did I mention it’s 1987?
Some of the landscape and scenery where the boys’ races are held is cringe-worthy for runners. Hills. Mountains. More hills and mountains. 
Of course, it also made me want to get on the road. Heck, I wanted to run home from the movie theater.
Not surprisingly, Disney takes some liberties with the story. For a closer look into what really happened, read this old Sports Illustrated story.
Crazy-good, inspirational story both on and off the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and will be reading up on the real coach and his runners.
Go Cougers!
If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think? If not, what are you waiting for? What’s your favorite running movie?

The bestest finds of the week

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Without further ado, here are my most favorite finds of the week:

Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk

My music tastes typically run along the lines of Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee, but I can’t get enough of this song.

Source: Sony via Forbes.com

Tell me you can’t picture yourself running with a spring in your step while listening to that song. I know, right? Go add it to your playlist. I’ll wait.

Frazz

In the interest of full disclosure, I happen to know Jef Mallett from when we were both toiling in the news business and I’ve been a Frazz fan from the beginning.

But Jef, who is a triathlete himself, nailed this one in particular. Because, you know, we runners can be a little judgy, but still funny.

How-running-changed-me stories

I can’t help but stop and read these inspiring stories whenever I run across them online. It’s like my very own “driveway moment.”

And speaking of inspiring, this woman is 80.

Better living through chemistry

One word: Toradol. Doc gave me a shot of the stuff after the great dog incident of 2015.

Aw, thanks, Joe! I feel better already.

What did you discover this week that made your life better? Have you ever had a “driveway moment”? And what’s your favorite cartoon?

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all busy.

So let me save you some time and compile the bestest things I’ve come across this week. Here we go…

FOOD

We feed seven people around these parts since my kids’ abuelo and abuela live with us. And I have got to have the pickiest family this side of the Mississippi. Don’t believe me? Talk to the chef (the aforementioned abuela) who, bless her heart, cooks dinner for us every week day. Every. Weekday.

El husbando and I have put on a few pounds since they moved in with us about seven years ago. But I digress.

Here’s my most-favorite recipe site I found this week to get rid of that “runger”: www.chef-in-training.com.

Blogger Nikki needs a huge shout-out for sharing super easy and muy bueno recipes. We made some of her recipes already this week, including Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes and slow cooker BBQ drumsticks.

Speaking of food, I found this little gem on PopSugar.com:

Source: Instagram user bgroth92

SHAMELESS PLUG

And because I like to amuse myself, I created this one:

WE’RE NOT ALONE!

Well color me surprised. Got to spend the day with my favorite 8-year-old at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo where I learned I wasn’t the only Puerto Rican in the house.

An amphibian that was thought to be extinct — the Puerto Rican Crested Toad — is now being repopulated thanks in part to the zoo’s efforts. Who’d have thunk?

Source: www.greenretreat.org/

WORTH A FOLLOW

I suspect I’m late to the party, but I’m thoroughly enjoying following @RunHaven on Twitter. Why? Because they feature bloggers like Beth Risdon who describes herself as being proud of “writing things that most people are too embarassed to discuss.” She’s not kidding.

If you’re not easily grossed out, check out her blog — Shut Up + Run — while you’re at it.

What were your most favorite finds this week? What’s your handle on Twitter so I can follow you? I’m @gisgie.