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Weekend in Photos

Has anyone else noticed that, as spring approaches, people come out of hibernation and start wanting to actually do things? We’ve been getting some spring weather here and there and I’ve totally noticed my calendar filling up lately. Suddenly, weekends spent binging Netflix on the couch are no more and I actually have to go out and socialize with people ;)

I guess it’s not the worst thing…House of Cards can always wait. (but if any of you spoil Season 3 for me, there’ll be hell to pay!)

IMG_0448Thursday kicked off Sacramento Beer Week and we joined in on the festivities on Friday at Alley Katz for $1 Pint Night. Alley Katz has dozens and dozens of beers on tap (local, craft, you name it), and our little group definitely took advantage! Also, we hung 3 purses and Russell’s wallet on our purse hooks…which are still my favorite invention ever.

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On Saturday morning, I ended up running about 7.8 miles and I averaged under 9:10/mile…Which is INSANE. Most of my runs lately have been in the 9:20-9:30/mi range. How I managed to run that far that fast after a night of beer drinking is beyond me. (end humblebrag)

My only explanation is that this was my first time going back out on the bike trail to run, and perhaps the combination of pavement/dirt works better for my legs, or the fact that I am doing one giant loop instead of running circles around the same park 3+ times makes it more scenic. I have a lot more thoughts and updates, but will hopefully be putting them into a training update post sometime this week.

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After I finished my run, Russell and I packed up and headed to Palo Alto to celebrate the engagement of my college friends Desene and Jordan! Their friend Katie did an incredible job with the dessert spread – she made everything from scratch! And the whole place looked like it came straight out of Pinterest. It was fun to catch up with old friends, a couple of whom I hadn’t seen since we graduated almost 5 years ago. Yikes, does this mean we’re getting old?

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After breakfast in the morning, we headed back to Sacramento for our softball game. Somehow this rag tag gang of knuckleheads pulled off our second victory of the season…no thanks to my horrendous batting skills (or lack thereof).

We cleaned up after our game and headed to Elk Grove for dinner to celebrate 2 of Russell’s uncles’ birthdays. Dinner was delicious – lots of laughing and Skyping family members all over the country (and world, for that matter) ensued, and I once again found myself feeling pretty darn lucky to have found a guy whose family is just as great as he is! #barf…cheesy, I know.

I’m already looking forward to more beer, more running, and more family next weekend :) Have a great week!

What did you do this weekend?

Has spring sprung in your corner of the world yet?

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Friday Favorites – Internet Edition

So I was keeping a running tally of links and pictures I’ve come across recently that have made me giggle, and my post was all ready to go up this morning…and then yesterday happened on the Internet.

“Where were you the day the internet was freed from ISP tyranny? Apparently, you were either watching two llamas on the lam or tweeting that a clearly black and blue dress was actually gold and white.”

First and foremost, let me address #TheDress. I posted my thoughts on Twitter this morning:

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And that’s all I have to say about that.

Except that llamas are actually hilarious.

And on to my little collection of funnies/interestings/awesomes that I’ve found recently on the Internet that don’t have anything to do with a dress or a llama ;) Continue reading

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What I Ate Wednesday: Lunch Lately

Hello and welcome to what should be the almost-halfway point of most of our weeks ;) Gotta love 3-day weekends!

Mine was really fantastic. No recap post, but my really lovely Valentine’s day can be summed up in this lil collage I posted on Instagram:

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We enjoyed EnjoyBy IPAs on Friday night, hiked 8 miles through Stevens Trail on Saturday afternoon, and indulged in a yummy dinner and champagne on Saturday night – complete with leftover bacon mac n’ cheese the next morning ;)

Aaaanyway, on to the real subject at hand:

Something I’ve been known to do here on my little ol’ blog is overshare photos of what I eat for lunch. (See evidence : 1 2 3 4)

The catch is, most weeks I claim to have zero time to prepare lunches. I work out in the morning, am busy after work at least 3x per week with clubs, sports, etc, and dining out every day is not in my budget.

Enter: meal prep.

I’m not so crazy anymore about prepping all my food on Sunday night, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to achieve a mostly-brought-from-home lunch regimen if I didn’t spend 30-60 minutes in the kitchen each week prepping some easily transportable food for lunches. Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

Hi all! Just dropping in really quickly to share some snippets of my weekend…for the first time in forever, it seems!

By all accounts, my weekend shouldn’t have been anything to write home about. I left the office early on Friday to head to the Bay Area and prep for a work event which took up my Saturday morning. Oh, it was also raining – HARD – pretty much all weekend. Can’t complain too much though, it was the first rainy spell since December! California really needed it.

Anyway, despite having to work and the presence of rain, it turned out to be a really nice weekend! Continue reading

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2015 Fitness Goals

Who says New Years resolutions are for January 1st? They totally still count the first week of February, right? :-P

One thing I have always done a pretty good job of on this blog is setting goals and keeping myself accountable for them. In 2014, I started the year off by giving myself a budget, which was a good way for me to change my spending habits while I was working at my internship. The year before, I made goals to run a 5k and run 25 miles in a month at least once during 2013. I actually ended up running two 10k’s and was registered for my first half marathon by the end of the year.

It’s nice to be able to look back and track progress on your goals…and it’s even nicer to be able to say you beat your goals. ;)

For the past month, I have thought good and hard about my fitness goals for the year…and I have decided I don’t want to be over ambitious, or over specific. I’m keeping it to 2 goals that I think are challenging, achievable, and measurable: Continue reading

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Super Bowl Food – Some Healthy, Some Not

Here at Run Now, Wine Later, we believe in balance. (Why did I say “we” just then? Who is we??)

Go to the gym in the morning so you can go to happy hour after work. Indulge in an afternoon cookie because you had oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch.

This will also be my approach to what food I make for the Super Bowl this year. I will likely be drinking a few beers, so I want to make sure that my grease to vegetable ratio isn’t completely off the charts, but on the other hand, it is the Super Bowl and it only happens once a year.

What’s the fun in having a once a year party if you don’t make it count?

Here are some recipes – some healthy, some not – that I have my eye on to bring to the party this year. Continue reading

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On Coming Back Stronger

Today, I’m sharing thoughts on something I’ve been struggling with lately. I’m sharing because sometimes I feel like it feels good to get things out of your system, and maybe someone reading can relate to what I’m feeling. I also don’t believe that I should only post when I have an awesome weekend or run a crazy long race…I’ve been struggling, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I am going to talk about it. The main reason, though, why I’m writing about this is that I’m hoping that in a few months, I can look back on this post and feel proud about how far I’ve come. [Also, future me will probably laugh at current me for being so dramatic. Whatever, screw future me!]

Anyway, I digress.

This morning, I ran for the first time in 2015. Continue reading

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Friday Favorites

Hi all, and welcome 2015! Sadly I haven’t updated since I took a few minutes to look back on 2014.

For the most part, I was too busy enjoying my holiday break to keep up with posting…And then, back to reality I went! Having a break between Christmas and New Years was nice, even if some of that time was emotionally draining (after she passed away on December 22nd, we had a memorial service for my grandma on January 2nd).

It sure has been rough getting back into the swing of things (I came down with a gnarly chest cold my 2nd day back in the office and haven’t ran or worked out since :( ), but a few things have been keeping me sane that I want to share with you today. In true Run Now, Wine Later fashion, they are mostly all either fitness or food related :-P

1. PERSU Collection

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A few of my friends from high school had been posting on Facebook and Insta about these amazing fashionable and functional gym bags and I eventually realized that they were created by a girl I went to elementary and high school with! Steph is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first round of production of her two bags, the Jessica bag (above) and the Tom bag (below): Continue reading

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Christmas Weekend in Photos

Hello everyone and I hope you had a merry Christmas!

It was a bittersweet Christmas for me and my family. As many of my friends, family, and followers know, my grandmother passed away one week ago today, the Monday before Christmas. Almost exactly 3 months after a diagnosis of liver and pancreatic cancer, she passed in her own home, in the company of several of her children.

Her sickness was obviously devastating to our family, but I take comfort in the fact that she was up and about, feeling good for several months following her diagnosis. She was diagnosed on my birthday (September 24th). I am glad that she got to meet Russell (who she adored and ordered around like he was one of her own grandsons), that she got to follow every mile of my half marathon online and gave me so much support, and that we all got to spend one last Thanksgiving together. Thanksgiving was the first time that I was able to actually notice that her health was indeed declining, and Thanksgiving was the last time I saw her alive. It was a very special day. Continue reading