Ever since my first half marathon in 2014, each one has felt harder than the last. My times have gotten slower, each race seems less fun than the last, and I find myself wondering each time if I really ever want to do it again…and then this happens:
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
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
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.
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
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!
I swear I used some of it for cooking too 😉 Continue reading
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?!
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
I can’t remember the last time I started a blog post with a sentence other than something like, “so this post is a little delayed, but…” Apparently I’ve been busy!
Last Thursday (September 24th) was my birthday! Pretty much every year since I’ve had this blog, I’ve done some sort of birthday post, so I didn’t want to abandon the tradition! For fun you can check out my 25th birthday quarter life crisis (I was nearing the end of a really rough year) and my 26th birthday photo post (a rough year is best followed by a re-building year!).
Age 26 was kind of a weird one for me. It is so strange to me that for an entire year I have had a job that I like, kept up regular exercise (ran 2 half marathons) and a healthy diet with no significant physical ailments (besides my scary bike crash and hospital stay), and am in a healthy loving relationship (with someone whose terrible jokes make me laugh just as much today as they did a year ago).
I guess I just got used to things being wrong.
I definitely still find little things to complain about from time to time, as I’m sure we all do, but overall I am a lucky girl! Case in point: my birthday celebrations lasted a whole week! Read on for more Continue reading
I sincerely intended to post a Weekend in Photos update yesterday- truly, I did. But I have been buried at work. Let’s just say my pre-birthday weekend was super fun, and a “birthday week” post is definitely in the works in the future!
So In an effort to get some more entries in my little blog space despite a lack of documentation of my weekend shenanigans, I was glad to see I had a draft post waiting in my pile…I filled out one of my favorite blog post cop-outs: a survey!
And though I’m not sure these 20 questions are as scandalous as some games of 20 Questions turned when I was a teenager, it was pretty fun to fill out all the same. Read on Continue reading
Happy Friday! For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to get into a more regular running routine. After my last half marathon the first week of May, it took me a little over a month to start running again, and I’ve been slowly getting back into it since mid-June. After a month or two of consistently running twice a week (with bootcamp, weight lifting, and a little 18 mile hike mixed in), I’m starting to feel more confident about my endurance and pace, and I’ve decided I’m finally in a good place to set myself some running goals!
After my last half, I decided no more long distance runs this year. That’s for several reasons, but mostly because of all the aches and pains I was experiencing. I ran 3 half marathons in 14 months! Doin’ too much, Katie…However, I would love to run the Shamrock’n Half again in March 2016, and instead of starting my training from practically nothing in December or January, I want to start to build my distance and endurance now. It is literally a marathon, not a sprint 😉
So, I have two long term goals… Continue reading
Hello and happy Monday!
This weekend I decided to make a conscious effort to take more pictures (or at least more than usual) so that I could document the weekend. The interesting thing was, this was the first weekend in 4 weeks that we actually stayed in town the entire weekend with nothing planned. Since we went to New York the second week in July, I think there have only been 2, maybe 3 weeks that we haven’t been traveling or out and about. That’s summer for ya, right?
Without any real set plans, I still ended up having a pretty fun weekend, with some relaxation sprinkled in 😉 Continue reading