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That Time I Climbed Half Dome

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I went on a quick* walk in the park** on Sunday…

*18 miles

**Yosemite National Park

Thanks to my insane boyfriend, earlier this spring we won the lottery. Except instead of getting a million dollars, we got to torture ourselves for 12 hours by hiking to the top of Half Dome.

I complain, but it really was a once in a lifetime experience (or 4 times in a lifetime if you are said insane boyfriend), I’m glad we did it, and I feel pretty damn accomplished. Plus, I think this view was worth it:

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A few fun facts about the hike:

  • 8.2 mi (13 km) (via the Mist Trail) to the top, so 16.4 miles round trip. We took a different [longer, but more gradual and less stress on the knees] trail on the way down, and walked about .5 miles each way from the parking lot
  • 4,800 ft (1,460 m) elevation gain
  • The final 400 ft (120 m) ascent is steeply up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds (A class 3 route)
  • A maximum of 300 permits per day in the months of May-October are issued to hikers and backpackers who enter the lottery to apply for permits

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Around the Web: Body Image

So I don’t know about you all, but I generally use my Twitter account to archive articles I agree with, or find interesting or funny. When I say “Oh I read an article about that recently” I like actually being able to then look back at my Twitter feed to find it. Is that weird? What do normal people use their Twitters for? Re-posting their Instagram pictures of food? (cause I definitely do that too 😛 )

I recently noticed that a large amount of my Twitter feed in recent days/weeks has included articles about body image. It’s a hot topic, for whatever reason. Maybe because of the popularity of fitness blogs, long distance/obstacle races, and Crossfit…maybe because of elevated platforms for feminist authors and spokes-ladies (e.g. BuzzFeed, social media, and the all powerful Internet), or because musical artists like Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor keep singin’ about it.

Anywaaaay, here are a few articles & blog posts I’ve spotted recently on several different aspects of the topic. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

Question of the week: Where has the summer gone?

I was reading social media posts this morning saying that some students are going back to school today…What the what?!

We just got over a pretty insane week of 100+ temps (I think we had 3 or 4 days in a row, peaking at 107…yikes) in Northern California, so it still definitely feels like summer here. And this weekend’s activities definitely solidified that feeling!

On Saturday morning, I peeled myself out of bed just in time to make it to a yoga class at my gym. Russell and I have been trying to get “in shape” for an upcoming Lake Tahoe trip. My goal lately has been 2 gym trips and 2 runs during the week…then hope for the best on the weekends ;P I’ve been pretty good about the first part for several weeks now, but for me to actually bust out a decently challenging workout on a Saturday this weekend was a big win for me. Gone are the days of my 10 mile Saturday morning runs, apparently! Continue reading

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Treat Yourself Tuesday – New York Edition

Oh hi again! It’s me…almost another entire month since my last post. #bloggerfail

Life has been busy with work and play, and I somehow fit in a mini vacation among all the craziness! Last week, we went to New York to celebrate my Pop (grandpa)’s 90th birthday. We also got to spend a couple of days in NYC. I decided to remember a few of the best treats of the trip in a TYT post, along with a few other things I’ve treated myself to since we got back.

Be sure to check out Becky’s post to see what fabulous things people have been doing to treat themselves. She puts it best:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!”

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Weekend in Photos

Look at me, 2 posts in a week’s time! #winning

Many weekends lately I’ve found that I either don’t take enough pictures over the weekend or don’t do enough fun stuff to make a blog post about my weekend sound exciting, but this weekend was a pretty fun one! I feel like once it gets warm outside, the weekend activities start to multiply. Let’s begin, shall we? Continue reading

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Friday Favorites

Helllloooo blog. That was a bit of a hiatus, eh? It’s been nearly a month since my last update. My bad.

I’ve been pretty busy at work and with life in general lately. And I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when your job involves drafting tweets and posting on Facebook and writing blogs…sometimes doing those things for yourself just feels like another job.

That’s not to say I don’t still occasionally spend lunch time and my before-bed phone time catching up on others’ blogs though! I’m starting to wonder how people do it with busy full-time jobs and regular blog posts on top of it!

One thing that won’t change no matter how busy I am (or how much I neglect my blog) is the fact that I’m constantly taking pictures and documenting my everyday life. Like, seriously. The other day, Russell actually said to me, “you don’t have to take pictures of everything you eat, you know.” I know…but I #cantstop #wontstop!

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Treat Yourself Tuesday: Costa Rica Edition

I am excited to be linking up for my first Treat Yourself Tuesday today in a looong time! It’s hosted by my lady Becky, who just had a BABY BOY!!! I’m so excited for her and her husband Kyle, and hope she’s able to treat herself to some sleep today! 😉

Anyway, every Tuesday in this little blogosphere is a day to share how you have treated yourself lately. I love reading through Becky’s post to see what fabulous things people have been doing. She puts it best:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!”

treat-yourself-tuesday-badgeWell, today is an especially awesome #TYT for me because I am sharing pictures from my trip to Costa Rica! What could be a better treat than a vacation?

Just less than a week after my half marathon and concussion, Russell and I went to Costa Rica for 8 days and 8 nights. We went to three totally different locations throughout the country:

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The Weekend I Ran a Half Marathon and Went to the ER

Well folks, another half marathon has come and gone, but this post is not like my other half marathon recap posts.

That post may show its face eventually, but the days after Saturday’s American River Parkway Half Marathon have gone a little differently than my post-race experiences in the past.

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Because of an incident totally unrelated to my race, I was taken to the hospital Sunday night via ambulance for treatment of a head injury and a lot of pretty bad cuts and scrapes.

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Fitness Friday – Half Marathon Training Check-in #3

It’s crunch time, folks. One week from tomorrow I’ll be running the American River Parkway Half Marathon!

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before, but all proceeds of the race will be donated to benefit the American River Parkway, which is is a 23 mile long bike path that winds along the American River here in Sacramento. It is also the path where the race will take place, and it is where I have run pretty much every single one of my long runs, nearly every weekend for the last year and a half.

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Crossing over the American River at Discovery Park around mile 6 is always one of the highlights of my runs!

Check out my first two half marathon training updates here and here to see how far I’ve come in my training plan!

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Life Lately

Sometimes, you get really busy in life and priorities change.

In my case, as soon as I get busy at work, the first things to go are 1) cleaning my apartment and 2) this blog.

Case in point: my bed is home to more unfolded (mostly clean) clothes than bedsheets (which of course get moved to the floor before I crawl into bed, then back onto their spot on the bed when I get up 😉 ), and I haven’t updated this little bliggedy blog in 3 weeks.

I still try to read lots of blogs, and comment when I can, but honestly it’s not too easy to take time out of your day to write about your life when really your only life outside of work consists of sweatpants, wine, and whatever else will help you decompress from the day. Plus, the field I work in (Public Affairs/PR) involves a lot of Facebook/newsletter/blog writing as it is, and sometimes even if it’s a post about workout outfits that I love (ahem, I’m lookin at you, Fabletics), it can still feel like just another writing assignment.

And since I just posted a link to pimp out my referral code for Fabletics, can I also take a moment to pimp out give a shout out to my main man Russell? I am a biiiiiiiig complainer, and he has heard the brunt of it lately. Why he’s stuck around this long, I don’t know…it must be my incessant use of totally not clever hashtags. #girlfriendforsale

[sidenote: I am SO excited to unplug for a whole NINE days when we go to Costa Rica next month!! Feels like perfect timing for a vacation :) ]

That all being said, I love my blog, I love being a blogger, and I love all of the fabulous people I’ve met through it. I’m not going to stop blogging anytime soon, but I’m still trying to find my work-life balance. Until then, I’ll just be over here lurking on your blogs and oversharing pictures of me and my hottie boyfriend on Instagram 😉

Without further ado, here are some photos of what I’ve been up to for the past month, and an attempt at <5 word captions to describe them. Continue reading