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

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

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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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 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

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

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

Weekend in Photos

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?

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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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