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Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Training Plan

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Some of you will remember that back when I signed up for my first half marathon, I was pretty anal about creating a training plan and following it. I created my plan some 14 weeks before my actual race. I not only followed that plan all 14 weeks…I kicked its ass. I only had 3 10+ mile runs originally planned, and I ended up doing 6. (Let’s ignore the fact that I totally botched my original training plan and left out 2 full weeks, haha. Even so, I progressed much more quickly with my long runs than anticipated!)

This time is going to be a little bit different. I am just over 5 weeks out from the Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco, and not only have I have not stuck to a specific plan, but I’m also nowhere near the mileage I was at at this point last time.

However, there are a few differences this time around. Continue reading

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Best Buddies Challenge-Hearst Castle Recap

As you all know, I participated in the Best Buddies Challenge at Hearst Castle this past weekend. I completed a 30 mile (untimed) ride, and it was one of the hardest physical challenges I’ve ever completed.

Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, such as Downs Syndrome and other similar conditions. Best Buddies Challenge serves as a way for people to raise money for the cause while actually participating in an event where they can be alongside Buddies, sharing the experience together.

I learned about the BB Challenge through my office, who is a sponsor of Team Maria. Team Maria was founded by and is led by Maria Shriver, whose brother Anthony Shriver founded Best Buddies. Every year, Team Maria accumulates one of the larger teams at the event, which consists of 100, 62, 30, and 15-mile bike rides. This year, our team raised over $250,000!

I knew that it would be a challenge for me to complete the ride, being that I had never ridden a road bike and the furthest I’d ever ridden my beach cruiser was 11 miles back when I was slowly scoping out my first half marathon course. Continue reading

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August Goals — Check-in

So about those goals I made last month

I promise I’ve had this post ready for almost a week, but just haven’t had the time to add pictures until now. (Like you needed any more signs that I’m a photo taking queen…)

Normally today I’d be posting pictures of my weekend. I had one hell of a weekend at the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle, complete with dinners, barbecues, a VIP party at Hearst Castle…oh yeah, and a 30 mile bike ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. But it definitely warrants its own post, which is forthcoming :)

Til’ then, check out how I did on this month’s goals:

1. Go to at least 2 Spin classes and on at least 2 long bike rides

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Homemade Frozen Chicken Burritos

Hold the phones, people. I am posting a RECIPE!!

Back when this blog was born, I was pretty much posting at least one recipe a week, with very few posts dedicated to fitness and even FEWER dedicated to running any distance further than 2 miles. Oh how things have changed

To tell you the truth, when I started blogging, I was working a job that wasn’t extremely demanding time or energy-wise, and I actually had enough spare time some days to write or read blogs at work, or at least browse Pinterest for recipe ideas. I was also living at home with my parents in those early blogging days, where I had access to a much better stocked kitchen.

So when I got home from work, I was stoked to test out the recipes I had seen that day, or experiment with whatever I had in the kitchen.

However, as I’ve expressed before, lately all I have the strength or ambition to muster up for dinner when I get home is a plate of cheese and crackers with some green stuff (sometimes) and a glass of wine. Continue reading

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Bipolar Weekend in Photos

Looking back on my weekend, I feel like it was a little bipolar.

Spent Friday at work eating cookies and champagne (long story) and Friday evening eating all.the.tacos… then spent Saturday morning running 8 miles.

Spent Saturday night dressed up and drinking wine and pink cocktails with the girls…then spent Sunday drinking beer at a football game.

I think weekends like this are extremely indicative of me and my interests…AKA all over the place ;) Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

I feel like I probably say this every time I post a weekend recap, but this weekend was seriously the best.

It can’t be a bad thing that each weekend seems to be better than the last, right? Even though I didn’t recap it, I promise last weekend was the best too ;) Let’s jump right in…

photo 1 (1)On Friday night, Russell and I set out on a 24 mile bike ride. My big 30 mile ride to benefit Best Buddies (donate HERE!) is in just under 3 weeks!

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August Goals

Hi all!

I’m not gonna lie…I’ve been having a real hard time coming up with content to post lately. I think I’ve mentioned that a lot of my job involves writing newsletters, blog posts, social media, and the like, so when I come home and want to relax after a long day at work (I left my apartment at 5:45am for 6am bootcamp yesterday and, after leaving the office at 6pm, I stopped on the way home to run errands before returning around 7pm…. Long. Ass. DAY!)…writing more isn’t exactly the number one thing on my to-do list. (Usually the first thing on that list is to grab a glass of wine and some cheese. I wish I was kidding.)

So although I’ve been keeping up with many of the things I’d typically blog about — I’m still working out 5 days per week, and ~attempting~ to make 3 healthy meals per day — sometimes I just don’t have the energy to talk about it. Plus, I’m pretty sure a post about my workouts would just be a bunch of workout selfies in a row, and I think you’re all sick of those ;)

[[also, I lied...At least two of my dinners each week consist of french fries and IPA at the dodgeball bar. And allllll the ketchup ;) ]]

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However, one way this blog has always been helpful for me is that it is a great tool for keeping myself accountable. When I was training for my half marathon, when I decided I wanted to give myself a monthly budget (HAHAHA, says the girl who splurged on a Rebecca Minkoff purse last week)…even when I recorded New Years resolutions that I more or less felt pressured to follow through on solely because I posted them for the world to see.

So in the spirit of accountability, and because I saw it on Christina’s blog, I’m posting some August goals. Plus, come September 1st, I will have a built in topic to write about! Look at that, a double whammy. Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

Happy Monday! You may be extremely surprised to hear that I had a really fun weekend, filled with food, drinks, and minimal exercise. (sarcasm)

Today is the first day in over a week that the high temperature isn’t between 99-104, so even if it is Monday, it doesn’t feel like God’s oven outside sooo things could be worse. I did spend a fair amount of time in the sun this weekend though (if my red shoulders are any indication), which you will see: Continue reading

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Flashback/Fitness Friday – Color Run Edition

Last year, I did the Color Run.

color runI was still somewhat fresh off a rough breakup, had started using running as my therapy, and was SO STOKED that I could run 4 miles at a time.

I impulsively decided to go for it. I registered on site at the packet/tshirt/bib pick up location, and was excited to do something fun and active with new friends — I only knew 2 people in the group I was “running” with. Continue reading

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Treat Yourself Tuesday

Hey look! A blog post that isn’t just pictures of my weekend! (Never fear, you can always just check my Instagram for plenty of those!)

I did have a fun weekend full of all the same fun activities I’m always doing (long run, drinks, softball, dodgeball, REPEAT!), but you’ll just have to take my word for it. :)

Today, I’m linking up with my favorite lady Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday. As Becky puts it, Treat Yourself Tuesday is a way to reflect on the ways you’ve treated yourself lately:

“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!” Continue reading