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Lately, In Pictures

It rained recently and I got to wear my new rain boots. I was very excited.

It rained recently and I got to wear my new rain boots. I was very excited.

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Jeremy and I headed to the Patagonia headquarters in Ventura to scope out backpacks and rain jackets.

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Jeremy found a backpack.

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Downtown Ventura.

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Trying on all my adventure gear.

We made tofu tostadas one night for dinner.

We made tofu tostadas one night for dinner.

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Recovering after my long run with compression socks, foam rolling and frozen corn.

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Valentine’s Day consisted of this pizza and lots of red wine.

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We took a picnic to the beach yesterday, and I got some serious reading done.

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Sushi on the beach.

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Walking around our neighborhood the other evening at magic hour.

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This popcorn was delicious.

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I love miniature things. These lemons were too much.

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I’m in the middle of trying to get my French citizenship, so my mom, grandma and I drove to LA today to go to the French embassy. It was closed.

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Crazy fog driving to LA this morning.

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My second home.

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I didn’t have a dog with me, but I appreciated this dog drinking fountain/treat dispenser all the same.

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Fanciest Coffee Bean I’ve ever seen.

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I took my mom and grandma to Real Food Daily in Santa Monica for lunch. I ordered the Mediterranean Bowl: Wild arugula, heirloom tomato and avocado in lemon herb Za’atar dressing with cucumber kalamata salsa, white bean basil salad, red quinoa tabouli, almond feta & whole wheat Za’atar flatbread. It was SO GOOD.

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Driving through Malibu Canyon on our way home today.

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Leaving Santa Monica.

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Driving home on Highway 1.

Hope everyone’s week got off to a nice start!

Running the Neighborhood

Happy Wednesday!

I’m finally feeling better. This cold was nasty but short, thankfully. I don’t like to take any kind of medicine unless it’s 100% necessary, so I just rested up, drank some green juice, got some vitamin D, and tried to sleep it off. And that seemed to do the trick.

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How to kick a cold.

Jeremy and I finished up our last week at the office last week (by working 38 hours in three days, it was intense), and now we have begun getting prepared for our departure. We are still going to be doing some work, we can just do it remotely. There are three apartment viewing appointments in the next few days, so we spent yesterday cleaning up and organizing some things around here. I wanted to go for a run since I wasn’t sore one bit from Saturday (I was pretty happily surprised. Hydration, stretching and compression socks work wonders), although after each race so far the top of the second toe on my right foot always hurts so badly. I think I get a blister under my nail or something. It’s black so I guess I’ll lose the nail soon, I just wish it didn’t hurt so bad to the touch. I hope it’s my shoes or something and it can be solved. I decided to run around my neighborhood since it’s pretty much all hills and because the course was so flat on Saturday, I figured I could work some other muscles. I only did a few miles and took it nice and easy, but it was very enjoyable. My toe hurt even more last night though, so I guess I’ll rest today, and fingers crossed it will feel better tomorrow (I’m really itching to get this marathon training underway, I’m getting a little nervous about it). Here are a few shots from my run yesterday.

The Mission.

The Mission.

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Spring!

Spring!

Tried out some new Mizuno shorts... they are much shorter than my normal Lululemon ones I wear all the time, but I liked them.

Tried out some new Mizuno shorts… they are much shorter than my normal Lululemon ones I wear all the time, but I liked them.

My 'hood.

My ‘hood.

Jeremy and discovered this really great deal at Whole Foods where you can get a tofu entree and two sides from the prepared salad bar for only $6. It’s so much food, and it’s always super healthy, and we’re kind of hooked.

It originally came with three pieces of tofu but I ate one immediately.

It originally came with three pieces of tofu but I ate one immediately.

One more note, I have been a Zappos fan for years, but I recently ordered a running cap and some insoles, and they came in the most gigantic box ever. After opening the huge box, there was another big box containing the hat that took up one little corner. It was so excessive! I still love them though.

Come on, Zappos.

Come on, Zappos.

How’s your week going?

A Breakthrough and Some Motivation

Well, I am quite proud of myself today. I got up this morning determined to have a good run after the past couple bad ones, and a good one was had for sure. Today was the first time in the history of my running that I had an average pace under 9 minutes!! I know that my fast pace is a million people’s real slow pace, but for me this is a huge victory. I guess taking it easy the last few days has helped. I had zero knee pain, and I was sort of uncomfortable at times since I was pushing more than I’m accustomed to, but for the most part it felt really good. At one point I had been running almost a mile at an 8:45 pace, and I thought to myself, this isn’t so bad. I will take this victory, and use it as confidence in myself during this weekend’s half, even though I’m going into it with no expectations, but just to enjoy it.

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!!!!!

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My reward this morning.

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It was such a nice way to start the day.

In other news, I’m pretty sure I was supposed to start my Runner’s World Challenge marathon training yesterday (it’s a four-month plan), and I still haven’t received anything. They are supposed to send me an email with my daily training plan every morning. I wrote them an email and haven’t heard back yet, and they never responded to one I sent a couple months ago, so that’s a little frustrating. I paid good money for this plan! Hopefully I’ll hear something soon.

And now, some motivation for your Tuesday, from The Luthas Corporation blog:

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
  • You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to try and fail and try again.
  • You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
  • You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
  • You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  • You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

Stop… Taper Time

(I thought I was being really creative with this title, but with a quick Google search discovered I am not as original as I had hoped.)

Although my knee feels okay, I’m still being careful with it, since we all know pushing through a slight injury could lead to a more serious injury, which would lead to sadness and no more running for a bit. It’s also kind of good timing since it’s taper time before the Mermaid Series half marathon this Saturday. Now, it’s good to look back on past races and think about what worked and what didn’t, and I remember clearly that I felt like I tapered too much and carb-loaded too much before the Santa Barbara International Half Marathon in November. So hopefully this heavy taper won’t affect me as much since I feel like my mileage has been better this training period. But we shall see! I just know I won’t be stuffing my face with only carbs for the entire two days leading up to the race.

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A few randoms:

– We ran out of coffee yesterday so I didn’t have any this morning before getting to work. This is probably why I accidentally drove to my parents’ house instead of work this morning. Oops.

– I was trying to clear out pictures that I didn’t use in my WordPress media bank and ended up deleting all my pictures, which looks like it deleted them from all my past entries as well. Hooray.

– This week is my and Jeremy’s last week at work. Pretty weird.

– Last night, Jeremy and I had our first Thai dinner together (somehow we went five years together without it). We went to TAP Thai here in town and it was SO GOOD. It will have to become a more frequent occurrence. It also really got us pumped up to visit Thailand, hopefully next year.

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I JUST missed a double rainbow. There’s a slight rainbow though in the middle there… I swear.

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Santa Barbara looked so pretty after a much-needed rain.

Happy Monday!

Weekend Update

This weekend has been pretty lazy, which is really nice sometimes. It’s actually raining at the moment (!!!), so it’s nice to sit at the desk and watch the rain fall outside. Friday night, Jeremy and I went to get a beer at Telegraph Brewing Company. It’s a local brewery that opened up a tasting room recently, and all the fresh beers are inexpensive and delicious. We talked to a guy from Amsterdam for about an hour, and it was fun to talk to him about all his favorite things about his hometown. Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck was out front, and it was really tempting. It’s not healthy food, and since I don’t eat meat there’s not much for me on the menu, but it smelled good nonetheless. I wanted to hire them to cater our rehearsal dinner because of our Southern connection, but it didn’t work out. 

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After our beers, we headed to Whole Foods to get stuff for dinner to bring back to the apartment. We then watched Your Sister’s Sister, which we really enjoyed.

On Saturday, in between doing laundry, I went for a six-mile run. It really sucked. I was proud of myself though, because after doing three miles and just telling myself I should keep going since I took two days off, I realized that no, this is supposed to be fun and I’m really not enjoying myself. So I turned around and just finished the six. That night, we watched another movie, this time Prince Avalanche.

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This morning we met a friend at The Shop down the street, and had a delicious breakfast. Tonight I think we’re going to get some Thai food (we were inspired after doing research about traveling to Thailand), and meeting a coworker for a drink at our favorite bar. Nice and easy weekend, just like I like ’em. 

Oh yeah, I’ve also been trying to learn how to say some Icelandic phrases to prepare for our trip… hjálp!

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I also realized that I’m running a full marathon four months from today!!!! Which scares the crap out of me. Once again… hjálp!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

 

Links I Like

Happy Friday (and last day of January)! Here are some links around the web that caught my eye recently.

I finally took this dialect quiz everyone was taking and I got Oxnard, California, 35 minutes from where I’m from. Pretty crazy.

I’ll be making this toasted kale and pan-fried chickpea salad soon.

I’ve given up about ten bags of clothes in the past couple weeks, which was really hard for me. I get really attached to my clothes. Reading this helped.

Top five reasons to keep running.

Has anyone heard of oil pulling? It’s kind of the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. I’m intrigued.

I thought this was pretty funny.

Aaand this is why I’ll never go on a cruise.

I am on the search for the perfect pair of jean shorts to bring on our trip. I like these a lot.

The reality behind Instagram feeds. We’re all guilty.

I took yesterday off and am going to take today off too, and hopefully I’ll feel right as rain to run tomorrow, and be ready for the Mermaid Series half next weekend. We had a work function at a brewery last night so I didn’t get as much sleep as I’d like, so I’m kind of tired today. It was worth it though. And this morning Jeremy and I went to get breakfast at this great place called The Shop down the street from us.

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Nice day for a delicious breakfast.

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My breakfast date.

This weekend, we’re going to try to get more stuff done on our to-do list, a friend is coming into town tomorrow, and I’ve got a bunch of laundry to do. Not too much planned other than that! What are you guys up to this weekend?

Moving On

This morning’s bootcamp was probably the hardest I’ve ever done. I’m not sure if it’s because I lost some fitness after not doing it for a month during Christmas or what, but I have never sweated that much. It’s pretty high impact and we do more jumping than I’d like, but normally it’s okay. However, all day I’ve had some tenderness behind my left knee, and it just feels kind of strained or overextended. I iced it and foam rolled, and will probably take tomorrow off just to give it a rest. This is not the first time this has happened, so hopefully it’ll feel fine tomorrow like it normally does.

After bootcamp, Jeremy and I got a nice surprise as we were walking out the door to go to work. His name was Monk:

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We had to wait a bit for his owner to come get him, but he was such a sweet dog, I didn’t mind at all.

I notoriously make huge salads, and today was no exception:

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Complete with Trader Joe’s egg white salad with chives, two thumbs up.

We gave our notice to our landlord today, which was really bittersweet. This is the first apartment Jeremy and I have lived in together, and we’ll always remember it as the first place we lived after we got married. There were plenty of problems with it, but right now it’s hard to remember those things, all I can feel is a bit sad that we are giving it up. But I have to remind myself why we’re doing it, and all the things I want in our next home that this place doesn’t have. I just love the location, and our neighbors are the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Luckily we have become friends with them and are going to meet up in Europe this summer after they spend a few months in Africa (!!). Since we have now given official notice, we really need to start tackling all the stuff that needs to be done – selling furniture, obtaining a storage unit, canceling cable and gas service, etc. All that fun stuff.

It’s such a conflict of emotion because my excitement for our adventure is mixing with my sadness with leaving my family and our apartment (it takes me awhile to process big changes), but I know that it will be worth it, and it doesn’t have to be forever if we don’t want it to be. California will always just be a plane ride away.

Liebster Award

Lis at 26.2 x 2 nominated me for a Liebster Award! I feel so honored, and it is such a sweet gesture. It’s a really great way to get to know other bloggers and to discover new ones.

Rules:
Mention the person who nominated you with a link in their blog.
Answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Create a new set of 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

1. How long have you been running for?

I started running after taking a jogging class in college and kept it up for a couple years then dropped it. I started up again when I moved back to California in September, 2011.

2. What’s the furthest distance you’ve ever run?

About 13.1 miles.

3. What’s your p.r.?

5k: 27:54, 10k: 56:07, 10-miler: 1:36:44, half marathon: 2:04:22

4. Where’s your favorite place to race?

I’ve only ever raced in Santa Barbara and San Diego, and I loved them both, so it’s a tie.

5. Where’s your least favorite place to race?

I’ve loved all the courses I’ve raced, so I feel like I can’t answer this!

6. What’s your favorite time of year to go running?

I’m spoiled because the weather is nice year-round here so I don’t have to worry about that. But when I was in Georgia, I loved to run in spring.
7. What’s your favorite “naughty” food to eat that you don’t mind sneaking in on long run days (we all have one!)?

Chips and guacamole or cheese and a baguette. And alcohol.

8. If you could enter a race ANYWHERE, which race would it be?

I think I’d love to race in Vancouver, Seattle, or New York City.

9. What’s your favorite running song?

This changes often because I get sick of songs easily, but right now it’s M.I.A.’s “Y.A.L.A.”

10. Do you have any pets? If so what kind and how many?

I had a dog, who was my absolute best friend, almost my whole life but lost her two years ago. I still think about her every day. My parents still have a chihuahua mix, Pez, who my brother found in a box as a puppy when I was 16, and I feel like she is partly my dog:

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Pez

11. Name one hobby you enjoy other than running.

I love photography, and just recently got a new camera that I’m REALLY excited to use on our trip.

I’m going to hold off on nominating people until I follow more people… most of the blogs I follow have a ton of followers or have already been nominated! Time to do some research. I hope this doesn’t disqualify me… 

Also, I’m on bloglovin‘, if anyone else is into that!