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Fitness Friday: Sacramento ClassPass Review

Does anyone else out there feel like you only really push yourself while working out if you’ve got someone telling you what to do?

Whenever I work out on my own I’m like, “OK so let’s set a reeeal average goal for the # of sets and the weight I lift so I know I can achieve it and feel totally accomplished afterward.” For the first couple of years that I blogged, I would do a couple sets of bicep curls, some tricep extensions, maybe some lat pulldowns, and call it a day – then flex my baby muscles like they’re something to bat an eyelash at 😉

But when I’m taking a fitness class – or even just using the Nike+ Training Club app to guide me through a workout – I’m at the whim of someone whose goal is to make me do things I hate, but that will make me work harder…like burpees…instead of half-assing some 8 Minute Abs moves that do nothing. Plus, I know it’s not about comparing yourself to others, but no one wants to be the sucker falling behind in class.

Up until now, I’ve been taking a Tabata bootcamp semi regularly at my gym and have tried one or two other boot camp classes, along with Zumba and yoga here and there. After I finished my half marathon last month, I saw that ClassPass was offering a trial membership. Though the full monthly pass is a little pricier than my normal gym membership, I jumped at the chance to expand my fitness horizons at studios around town for a smaller price tag now that I’m no longer on a strict 3 run-per-week schedule! So my friend Shannon and I signed up together for the 2 week trial. Continue reading

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Shamrock’n Half Marathon Round 2 – Race Recap

And just like that, I became a member of the (maybe imaginary) elite club (that I just made up) comprised of crazy people who have run 4 half marathons.

Weekend before last, I completed the Shamrock’n Half Marathon for the second time! And then we left for a vacation to Maui the next day. I typed up this recap on the plane ride over to Hawaii while everything was still fresh.

Each time I run a half marathon, I’m reminded how different every race is. I use the same training plan, the distance is still 13.1 miles, but each race really becomes its own unique experience, starting with the first 7+ mile training run all the way till the moment I cross the finish line.

This race was no exception, and in fact, was even more different than any half marathon I’ve ran…thanks to California’s best friend/worst enemy, El Niño. Continue reading

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Shamrock’n Half Marathon Round 2 Training Update

4 days until my 4th half marathon! …This is seriously the last thing I ever thought I’d be blogging about when I first started blogging and had to ask my readers whether they thought I could possibly train for a 3 mile run.

As of now, I’m feeling pretty prepared…and a little like I just want to get it over with, to be honest 😉 But that could be because on Monday morning after race day, we’re leaving for Maui! I can see it now…I finish the race, devour a delicious brunch, treat myself to a much needed pedicure, then wake up the next morning and slide my pedicured toesies into some flippy floppys, get on a plane, and head to the beach!

Anyway, when I last checked in, I had two general goals for my last month or so of training.

  1. Keep on track (obvi :) ) and
  2. Make a conscious effort to get to sleep earlier during the week so that I’m rested enough to wake up on time and get more than 3 miles in.

Let’s see how I did, shall we?

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Friday Favorites

Hey party people! It’s Friday! And not only is it Friday…but it is the Friday before a 3-day weekend and the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Which either means you are going to get together with other single girlfriends and eat/drink your feelings, or perhaps you are planning some kind of fun/romantic weekend with your significant other. While either actually sounds like a good time to me, I’ve got the latter to look forward to this weekend!

Every so often, I go on a binge reading spree at one of my all-time favorite food blogs (and the one that really inspired me to start blogging myself, to be honest) How Sweet Eats, and once I start reading her Tuesday Things posts I basically go down a rabbit hole of fun Internet finds. In general, I just spend a lot of time on the Internet during the day at work and in addition to finding articles and news that are relevant to my job…I also end up finding a lot of random cool stuff. I get the feeling that many other people out there can relate to this 😉 So in order to share the love, I decided to share a few cool finds I’ve come across in the past week. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Life Lately

Once upon a time, I had a blog that I wrote in regularly. Then I started to slow down…and then I went 2 months without blogging. Whoops!

It’s not that I haven’t thought about it. And I wish I could say that I’ve been too busy changing my life or traveling the world or something of the sort, but the real answer is a little more like: busy with the holidays, and I started binge-watching American Horror Story (starting with Coven and moving on to Freak Show 😛 ) in the evenings instead of blogging. *insert embarrassed emoji here*

That being said, I’m still the same girl that I was in high school (don’t ask me how long ago that was) (OK, it was over 10 years ago)…and that would be the girl who documents and takes pictures of everything. So although I haven’t updated this little bloggity blog since a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, you bet yer butt I’ve got pictures to get y’all caught up 😉

I have no intention of giving up on my blog…on the contrary, I have plans to run a half marathon in March, and I even got a planner this year (check out Passion Planner!) to step up my To-Do list game, which should give me plenty of blog fodder. But until then…here are some pictures of my Life Lately. Continue reading

Beat the Blerch10K Recap

Beat The Blerch 10K Race Recap

Has it already been 2 weeks since I updated?! This month has been flying by. I remember back in, like, September planning out  the next couple of months and thinking, “Oh man, November is going to be busy…race weekend, bachelorette, Thanksgiving, wedding…” And then I blinked my eyes and I’m already prepping my liver self for some wine tasting this weekend for a college friend’s bachelorette 😉 (Hi Desene!)

Which means…race weekend has already come and gone! I’ll get into details from my race, which are really kinda fun because it was a much different race than any I’ve ever ran before. But first I wanted to check in on October’s running goals – which I mainly set to keep myself on track for my 10K! Continue reading

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HelloFresh Meal Kit Delivery Review

Hello and happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend. We were still getting record highs around 85 degrees on Friday and Saturday, but apparently as soon as November arrived on Sunday, so did fall…and the rain! Normally I’m not a fan, but with California’s drought and a serious lack of fall weather lately, I was more than happy to break out my boots.

Anyway, on to the topic of the day…Food box delivery. Meal Kit services. Whatever you want to call it, it seems we are living in an age of Birch Box/StitchFix/Ipsy and the like, and the latest entry into the market is FOOD.

Thanks to Becky, I got the opportunity to try a week (3 meals) worth of HelloFresh meals free of charge.

Here’s some info on HelloFresh:

Order HelloFresh and we’ll deliver fresh ingredients and healthy recipes straight to your doorstep each week. Each week our chefs create amazing recipes for you that are easy to prepare. Our meals are interesting yet simple. And we ensure that your diet is balanced and varied. With the HelloFresh recipe box subscription, you will receive a box of fresh ingredients and delicious recipes every week.

When you purchase a box from HelloFresh, you get to choose 3 meals out of 5 options available. I decided on these three meals:

  • Bratwurst in Pretzel Buns with Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw
  • Turkey Meatballs with Parsnip Mash & Roasted Carrots
  • Saffron-poached Basa with Basmati Rice, Caramelized Onion & Sweet Bell Pepper

Here’s how each went, followed by my general thoughts! Continue reading

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Garlicky Pumpkin Stew

Alert the press!!! I made a new recipe. ~insert shocked emoji face here~

I saw that a few of my blogger friends were hosting Pumpkin Week this week and I decided, even if it is still 85 degrees here and there is no sign of fall ever arriving, I should welcome any excuse to drink pumpkin beer let myself get into the fall spirit!

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October Running Goals

Hello blog world! Long time no talk.

I think it is the lamest thing ever to lead into a blog post by talking about the weather, but here I go: Can I just complain for a moment that we are nearly halfway through October, and yet this is the weather forecast for the next 10 days?!

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It’s only a slight consolation that we’re getting below 60* at night. This time 2 months ago, it was 100* during the day and 75-80* at night, so I guess I can’t complain. But I want to start picking pumpkins and doing fun fall things!!! And my vision for said activities involves crisp fall air, a flannel shirt, jeans and boots…not sweating in an apple orchard in the 85 degree sun wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip flops 😉 Oh well. We will get there eventually!

Anyway…A little over a month ago, I posted my September Running Goals, keeping in mind that my eventual goal is to run a 10K in November and a half marathon in March. I’ve always said that putting your goals on the internet makes you more wayyy more likely to actually stick with them, and this was definitely the case for me last month!

Though I haven’t put them in writing until now, I also have some October goals in mind that I have been working toward this month. And I’ve gotta stick with them, because registration re-opened and I was able to snag a spot in the Beat the Blerch 10K on November 14th! Continue reading