Fall Running Recap + December Goals

Fun story: this post was originally titled “October Running Goals”…and then I wrote 2 sentences and it sat in my drafts for a month. And then I pulled it out in early November, changed the title to November Running Goals, added a couple sentences, then…wrote a post about the election instead.

Despite my attempts, blogging has been difficult to commit to lately. But now that it’s Thanksgiving break and I have plenty of other work-related things I should be catching up on, it seems like no better time to procrastinate my real work and write a blog post!

Is it just me, or is summer just a no-go season for running? Every year for the past three years, I’ve trained for half marathons that happen in the spring and then I promptly stop running more than once a week for at least 3-4 months after that. Continue reading

Life Lately

Well, hello there! Long time no blog. (4 months to the day, to be exact!)

That is a shocking amount of time to have gone sans blogging, especially considering that I’d been going pretty strong – at least a couple times per month – for the last 5 years.

(OK, real talk, it was 4 months to the day when I originally wrote this post, but it has legit sat in my Drafts pile for a whopping 12 days. Now you guys see what I’m talking about!)

Not too long after my last post, I got a promotion at work. In the months since, it feels like there have been quite a few weeks, and probably even month-long stretches really, where work and my “extra-curricular” life are so hectic that all I want to do when I get home (which is often not til 8pm) is have a glass of wine and veg out on the couch. And you better bet that, given the option, wine always wins 😉 Continue reading

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

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

Fitness Friday: September Running Goals

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

That Time I Climbed Half Dome

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I went on a quick* walk in the park** on Sunday…

*18 miles

**Yosemite National Park

Thanks to my insane boyfriend, earlier this spring we won the lottery. Except instead of getting a million dollars, we got to torture ourselves for 12 hours by hiking to the top of Half Dome.

I complain, but it really was a once in a lifetime experience (or 4 times in a lifetime if you are said insane boyfriend), I’m glad we did it, and I feel pretty damn accomplished. Plus, I think this view was worth it:

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A few fun facts about the hike:

  • 8.2 mi (13 km) (via the Mist Trail) to the top, so 16.4 miles round trip. We took a different [longer, but more gradual and less stress on the knees] trail on the way down, and walked about .5 miles each way from the parking lot
  • 4,800 ft (1,460 m) elevation gain
  • The final 400 ft (120 m) ascent is steeply up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds (A class 3 route)
  • A maximum of 300 permits per day in the months of May-October are issued to hikers and backpackers who enter the lottery to apply for permits

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Friday Favorites

Helllloooo blog. That was a bit of a hiatus, eh? It’s been nearly a month since my last update. My bad.

I’ve been pretty busy at work and with life in general lately. And I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when your job involves drafting tweets and posting on Facebook and writing blogs…sometimes doing those things for yourself just feels like another job.

That’s not to say I don’t still occasionally spend lunch time and my before-bed phone time catching up on others’ blogs though! I’m starting to wonder how people do it with busy full-time jobs and regular blog posts on top of it!

One thing that won’t change no matter how busy I am (or how much I neglect my blog) is the fact that I’m constantly taking pictures and documenting my everyday life. Like, seriously. The other day, Russell actually said to me, “you don’t have to take pictures of everything you eat, you know.” I know…but I #cantstop #wontstop!

So without further ado, here are some of my recent favorite things that I’ve been able to document: Continue reading

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

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