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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

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Fitness Friday – Half Marathon Training Check-in #2

Hello all, and welcome to another edition of “Read About How Katie’s Torturing Herself This Week” :) (Also known as my half marathon training check-in)

When I last checked in about 3 weeks ago, I was stoked because I was running far and fast. I was increasing mileage on my long runs faster than I laid out in my training plan, and I had quickly gained back the speed I lost when I didn’t run in January.

You’d think that I’d have learned by now that things don’t quite come that easily without consequence, especially when you couple 15+ miles per week with kickball, softball, gym trips, and riding my bike a mile to and from work every day. Continue reading

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St. Patricks Day Weekend in Photos

Whoops, there goes another week of radio silence here at Run Now, Wine Later. My bad :) Things have been busy around here!

It feels like we’ve gotten to the point in the year where everyone is coming out of hibernation…Every weekend for the past month or so feels like it’s been booked up with things to do, whether it be a birthday, engagement party, softball game, etc etc. This weekend was no exception!

It kind of started off early, since my firm was in the middle of changing offices and I didn’t have to go in to unpack until the afternoon. Since we would be gone on Saturday, I decided to do my long run Friday morning instead. I ran 9 miles and it was HOT. It also didn’t help that half of the water fountains I came across were shut off :( Continue reading

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Fitness Friday – Half Marathon Training Check-in

Anyone who has known me for a long time or knows me well (I’m looking at you, parents, brother and boyfriend) knows that I get emotional and kind of overreact sometimes.

Moooooom you put my jeans in the dryer! Now they’re gonna be tight and I’ll have to lose 5 pounds to make up for it and I’M A FAT LARD!

I’m really a fun person to be around, I swear ;)

Case in point: this post.

That post was preceded by a 45 minute tear-filled breakdown where I told my saint of a boyfriend that the fact I didn’t run for nearly 3 weeks meant that I would never run the same again and everything was terrible and I was so out of shape and the world is cruel and horrible.

See what I mean?

Well in the past month, I’ve pretty much proven my former self wrong. Apparently when you’ve been running for 4 years, and running longer distances pretty consistently for over a year, 3 weeks isn’t that long of a break. (#humblebrag?) Don’t get me wrong- for the first few weeks it was really hard, and my pace was 30-40 seconds slower per mile than normal. But again, Russell the Saint came through and reminded me that if I got my mileage up, the pace would follow. And evidently, the guy was right. Continue reading

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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!)

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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.

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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