Monday, December 29, 2014

Vacation, the Flu and Exercise

As I shared the other day, I started my Christmas vacation very enthusiastic about the prospect of running throughout it. After all, I was headed to sunny Florida! Why wouldn't I want to run in warm weather on the beach?!

Then, the flu decided it needed to take out my family over the holidays. First, my mom got sick. That meant missing virtually all of our family Christmas festivities. However, her fever broke before we headed down to Florida, so she still came along. Next, my sister got sick. She, unfortunately, was at the peak of flu horribleness when we left, so she stayed home. I woke up the morning we got to Florida with those beginning twinges of a sore throat and cough. Through some fanatical tea drinking and 12-hour nights of sleep, though, I was able to get through things with a bit more comfort than my mother or sister!

Sister (left)
Shirt: C9 [similar]
Pants: C9 [similar]
Shoes: Nike [similar]

Me (right)
Long Sleeve Half Zip: Nike [similar]
T-shirt: Gap Fit [exact]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

So, we did manage to get in one run before the flu struck. Christmas Eve Eve (two days before Christmas) was unseasonably warm in Indianapolis, so we took advantage of that and went for a run while listening to some One Direction (we're both fans and pretty unashamed about that). A few days later, though, my sister was down for the count and had to opt out of our family trip to Florida. My bout with the flu, though, fortunately held off until I was safely ensconced in 75-degree weather.

Sports bra: Lululemon [similar]
Shorts: Lululemon [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

It was KILLING me not to go running in the amazing weather we have been having here in Florida! I've always been told that you shouldn't run if you have both body symptoms and head symptoms (e.g., muscle aches and pains combined with sinus congestion), so I waited until the body symptoms subsided to get my run on. I probably wasn't quite at the point where I should've been running yet, but I took it super easy (walk-running) and relaxed for quite awhile afterwards. Also, I'm not typically the running-with-no-shirt-on type, but I figured it was warm and everyone else on the beach was in bikinis, so why not?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Back to the Bay

Before I head off to a week of family, Christmas cookies and plenty of Midwestern comfort food, I decided to take advantage of my San Francisco surroundings and head out for one last run! Crystal and I had our first run together in several weeks, and the weather cooperated perfectly. I can't wait to be back up to speed, running the route by the Bay most days of the week.

Shirt: Columbia Sportswear [similar]
Pants: American Eagle [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

It was a pretty windy run, but fortunately, these clothes held up decently. A windbreaker may have been a nice addition here, though.

Now, I'm sitting in the airport waiting for my flight, listening to Serial. Stay tuned for some updates either from the frozen tundra of the Midwest (unlikely, as I didn't really bring any cold weather running clothing with me) or Florida (far more likely...who doesn't like running by the beach?).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yoga and Tea

Remember how I said I wanted to do more yoga? Well, I jumped in headfirst tonight!

I wasn't feeling the greatest most of the day today, but I still wanted to do something other than sitting around. So, I figured I'd try out a yoga class at my new gym. My new gym has a lot of classes designed for elderly people looking to stay active, so when I walked into the classroom and saw several older women, I thought it would be a slow, relaxing yoga session. Well, these women were badasses whose bodies flex in crazy ways. An hour and a half later, my muscles were shaking and I almost felt drunk walking out of the gym because of the intense yoga class!

Tank top: Lululemon [exact]
Sports bra: C9 [similar]
Jacket: Nike [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

Sorry about the lighting! One of the overhead lights by the mirror was out at the gym. I don't believe I've mentioned this jacket on here before, but it's a great, lightweight layer if you live in a rainy climate! It's been super rainy in the Bay Area lately, so I've been wearing it to and from the gym. I picked mine up from a Nike outlet (they always had them at the Park City one!), so check the outlets before buying a full price one.

On a side note, I tried another thing from the Influenster box I mentioned yesterday...Celestial Seasoning's Candy Cane green tea (which I did receive for free for testing purposes)! Although I'm not usually a big peppermint tea person, I have to say that this was nice for this time of year. It was like Christmas in a mug :) All this rain lately has made me quite the little tea drinker!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guess Who's Back?

Let's try this again, shall we?

After attempting to start running again, I very quickly realized that simply being told I was free of stress fractures did not mean I was injury-free! The same tendonitis that I experienced quite horribly last winter seemed to be rearing its ugly head again, so, in order to avoid another several months of physical therapy, I opted to take a month off and start over. Although I've been intending to get back to it for a week or so now, it's been cold and rainy here.

But as of today, I'm back to Couch to 5k for the third time in as many years. I joined a gym recently, so I went there after work and knocked out the first run/walk on the treadmill and followed it up with some stretching and light weights. I also want to start doing more yoga!

Tank top: Old Navy [similar]
Sports bra: C9 [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

Another fun thing for you today...a makeup review! I recently received a box of free samples for review from Influenster and one of the included items was Rimmel's ScandalEyes eyeliner. As an avid wearer of black eyeliner, I'm always pumped to try out something new (particularly if it's something budget-friendly!). So, of course, I had to test it this morning.

When I first opened the package, the top of the eyeliner crumbled off into my hand! I was not super thrilled about that, but I resharpened it in hopes that it should still work just fine. I'm glad I did because, once I was successfully able to use it, I loved it. It went on super smoothly and quickly. It was pretty comparable to Sephora's eyeliner that I've sworn by for years.

Who doesn't love some good black eyeliner?

It stayed put all through the day but washed off pretty easily tonight. So, I'm going to have to recommend this one! Anyone looking for a new eyeliner should keep Rimmel in mind!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mornings, Junk Food and Bellybuttons

Long time, no see! After a little more than a week off (save for a few bike rides), I'm back at it. My X-rays came back and I'm officially stress fracture-free, meaning I'm allowed to run again! I'm still having some issues with my ankle on that same leg after rolling it on a walk last week, but my fingers are crossed that it'll be back to normal soon.

In the meantime, I'm back to my 5k loop with Crystal! We went for a run this morning and both had a great time, hitting one of our fastest times ever. With Daylight Savings Time (DST) in effect now, it was bright and beautiful the whole time!

Shirt: Columbia Sportswear [similar]
Pants: GapFit [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

I busted out the hot pink pants this morning thinking it would be darker than it was (my last morning run was before DST kicked in), but I didn't end up needing the extra visibility. As my DAD (previously, I said Mom...but I was corrected!) always said, though, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. These pants are wonderfully comfortable, anyways!

As far as nutrition goes, I have been doing pretty horribly of late! I have a tendency to let myself go a little crazy after a big race — but, as strenuous as a half marathon is, it doesn't warrant a week of eating unlimited junk food! So, I really have to get back on it. I was at a conference all day today and didn't bring any snacks with me, so that was good! I'm not really sure where I hit on MyFitnessPal since it was all catered (aka no nutrition facts), but I think I did well.

And, to end on a very random note, always keep spare body jewelry on hand if you have any sort of non-ear piercing. Despite the fact that my bellybutton has been pierced for 14 years, my piercing nearly closed up after three days without a ring in! I figured that it would be like ear piercings by this point, meaning I could go weeks without it. But, alas, I was very wrong. It took me a good 20 minutes to get a new ring in!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Back to Work

I'm off to the doctor tomorrow to get checked out for a possible stress fracture, but I figured I'd do a light run today since I took the week off post-half marathon. Crystal hadn't been running for the week, either (she was on her honeymoon!), so we met up and did our usual loop. I'm crossing my fingers that the pain in my leg is just a normal old ache and not a stress fracture so we can keep it going the rest of this week!

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

As I spent entirely too much money on race merchandise last weekend, I've been wearing it pretty much constantly! This shirt is basically just a customized version of Nike's standard Dri-Fit V-necks, which I've been a big fan of for awhile. I wore these pants during my race last weekend, as well, and they held up very well. They do show sweat, so those of you who are self-conscious about that may want to avoid them. I, however, have no qualms about it...sweat just shows that you're working hard ;)

Also, I've started a second Instagram account, @ripode_runs, which features strictly workout apparel photos. If you're interested in a preview of a day's outfits, check it out! I usually post there earlier in the day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

It's been a few days, but it's time for my race report from the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco!

The race itself was a beast compared to previous half marathons I've done. It started in Union Square in downtown SF, then immediately went into some hills. Starting off on uphills was rough! A lot of people around me seemed to burn themselves out quickly using their energy to tackle those early uphills. I knew I wasn't in peak shape, so I opted to walk the uphills from the beginning. 

The worst hill of the race was at mile 10. Man, was it brutal. Even the really good runners I know struggled on it. At one point, I looked around and not a single person in my line of sight was actually running. While I enjoyed the run signage and motivational slogans Nike had scattered around the hill, I would be very happy if they opted to take a different route next year! Even for San Francisco, this was a very hilly course. I would've preferred a route along the Embarcadero.

It was also very crowded. By the end of the race, my GPS said I'd run 14 miles with all my zigzagging around. I can't say I was super pumped about that! I started in the 11:00+ minute mile corral, which meant lots of walkers to dodge for most of the race, so that extra distance could've been avoided if they'd had a separate corral for walkers.

I like to say I'm showing off my best "I'm about to sneeze" face in this one.

The course wasn't terribly scenic, either. I would've been pretty disappointed had I flown in from out of town specifically to run this as it didn't really go by many classic San Francisco sights. It was foggy, which didn't help (there would've been some great Golden Gate Bridge vistas near the finish!), but it would've been nice to see a few more iconic landmarks. Instead, we got routed through the Tenderloin and Western Addition, which aren't exactly the most scenic parts of the city!

Now, onto my favorite parts of the race! The finish area was simply incredible. There were sponsor tents from Whole Foods (free food!), Neutrogena (free, full-size products!), Kaiser (free massages!) and more. The lines were long, but it was worth the wait. There was also a lounge area for runners only that featured personal trainers who would come stretch you out. That was a nice touch! 

And, of course, there's the necklace. Unlike the medals awarded at most other races, this one gives you a necklace from Tiffany & Co. (yes, the one pictured above). At first, I didn't really have strong feelings about this particular feature. But, now that I have it, it's a lot more practical than a medal! I enjoy being able to wear it on a daily basis and use it as a conversation starter! It's a cute necklace, too. 

The course had some incredible entertainment along the way. I was a big fan of the drum group in Golden Gate Park! It was pretty cool to see all these people coming out to perform and cheer for the runners.

Finally, I really love the fact that they give us our race photos for free. I know my photos weren't all great (and they really didn't grab a decent finish shot), but I'd much rather have okay photos from the race for free than good photos (because, let's face it...race photos are never great) that cost a ton. It was a nice added bonus!

So, yes, this was a good race. Was it a race I'd do again? I'm not 100% sure. Between the hills, the crowded course and the $150 entry fee, there are a few things making me lean towards no. But the amenities post-race, necklace and general atmosphere of the race make me think yes. We shall see what next year holds!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's That Time Again

So, after nearly a whole span of half marathon training sans injury, it's looking like it may be about injury time for me again. My right shin has been hurting like crazy after the last few runs I've had. My doctor thinks it's another stress fracture (tibia this time instead of metatarsal), but I haven't done any X rays or anything yet. I'll hold off on that until after this weekend's race is over. I attempted to run 5k with Crystal this morning, but had to stop about two miles in because of my leg pain. I guess I'll be taking the rest of the week off in hopes of making a somewhat decent time in the race Sunday!

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: American Eagle [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

I was definitely a bit better prepared for the temperature than I was yesterday! It was a similar morning, mild and humid. I was a little warm by the end of the run, but this shirt is really great at providing some insulation and protection while also wicking sweat well. It's always tricky planning for morning runs (particularly here in San Francisco, when a little bit of breeze makes all the difference between pleasant and frigid!). 

Tomorrow is packet pickup for my half marathon! I'm sure I'll also spend entirely too much money on all their race-branded gear. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting an Early Start

It's a busy week at work for me, so when Crystal suggested we run in the morning before work, I figured I'd go for it. One of the advantages of having newly short hair means that I take far less time to get ready in the morning, so I didn't even have to get up that much earlier than usual! We also managed to run our entire loop without stopping this morning (usually, one of us has to at some point), which meant we got done with everything much faster than typical.

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: Aerie [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

I was a bit overdressed this morning! I thought it would be windy and cold since it was last night, but it ended up being pretty pleasant and humid (which, of course, I didn't realize until after we were already out running). Regardless, this half zip wicks away sweat pretty well, so I didn't feel too terribly overheated. I'll hopefully be dressing a bit better for tomorrow's morning run!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Francisco Summer

Happy San Francisco summer! As the rest of the country is pulling out their sweaters and boots, we're sweating and having picnics by the water. For some reason, San Francisco is cold and foggy during everyone else's summer but sunny and warm in September and October. So, my run today was a very sweaty one! It was also a pretty crowded one, since it's Fleet Week and people were already claiming their spots on Marina Green by the time I started running around 10 a.m.!

My run today was, yet again, not a great one. My legs were very tight...I think I need to hit some yoga classes this week. My half marathon is next weekend, so not much time left to get back in gear!

Shirt: Lululemon [similar]
Pants: American Eagle [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

I was pretty pumped to break out this tank top today! It's one of my favorites—perfectly supportive and nice and sweat-wicking. I just cut all my hair off yesterday, so I was a little at a loss for what exactly to do with it now while running. I tried some C9 headbands from Target, but they slid off mid-run. Oh well...I'll figure it out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Back to SF

After a few rough days trying to catch up on sleep (my flight back to SF was delayed, meaning I started my week on very little rest!), I'm back to running with Crystal! I can't say I had the best run of my life, but it was very nice having someone else running along with me to keep me accountable. She also was instrumental in getting me to go home and eat healthy food for dinner instead of getting pizza :)

Shirt: Nike [exact]
Pants: Lululemon [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

It was pretty chilly outside (for here) tonight, so I got to break out this half zip that I've been wanting to wear! I got it when I was in Utah a few weeks ago at Nike outlet. It has reflective details and is made out of some incredibly soft material. I used to spend way too much money on Lululemon's RULU items because of the material...but I'm pretty sure this is the same stuff and I got it for a third the price of a Lululemon shirt! I highly recommend these half zips. It's taking a lot of willpower for me to avoid buying a bunch more online!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wine at the Line

Happy Saturday!

Last night, my little sister got married! It was a beautiful ceremony and, naturally, we all had a bit too much fun celebrating!

My lovely baby sister!

However, I decided I wanted to do a five-mile race today, so I had to power through the pain. This particular race, Wine at the Line, goes through a winery outside Indianapolis and promises a glass of vino at the finish. Normally, that would be very appealing for me! But, after a night of a few too many drinks, it was...a little less attractive. A few years ago, one of my friends told me that she thought running was the best hangover cure. While I can't say I necessarily agree with that, it definitely wasn't as bad as I was expecting!

Long Sleeve T-shirt: C9 [exact]
T-shirt: C9 [exact]
Tights: Under Armour [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

After a week of heat and humidity here, a cold front blew through last night and dropped the temperatures down to the 40s. I had only brought along summer running clothes, though, so my mom and I had to make a last minute trip to Target for some extra layers! The pink T-shirt is part of a new line of reflective items at Target. I've been looking for some reflective clothing since it's getting dark earlier, so I didn't mind spending a bit of money on this! I didn't really need another baselayer (I've got tons from living in a ski town for two years!), but I was super grateful for it when the wind picked up at the race! Despite freezing my ass off while waiting for the race to start, my layering ended up being perfect during the race.

Back to San Francisco tomorrow!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Running in the Rain

I haven't had the opportunity to run in the rain in awhile! As much as I love San Francisco weather, rain isn't something that happens too terribly often (at least in the time I've lived there). So, when it was a little drizzly here in Indianapolis the other morning, I was excited about it.

The first few minutes of my rainy run were great! The rain was refreshing and there was a nice breeze. But after the first mile or so, it just felt crazy humid! On my run back (I did an out-and-back loop), the wind was in my face, which meant my sunglasses were covered in raindrops very quickly. Fortunately, it wasn't a super long run, so I was back and out of the rain before too much longer.

This photo kind of encapsulates how I was feeling about running in the rain after about 10 minutes.

Shirt: Under Armour [exact]
Pants: GapFit [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
Headphones: Skullcandy [similar]

The back of this tank top is my favorite part of it! It just looks like a normal tank top in the front, but turn around and it's has a little bit more personality. I wore my highlighter pink pants because a lot of the roads around here lack sidewalks and have super narrow shoulders, which always makes me a little nervous when running on them. I try to run in neighborhoods with less traffic, but there are still a few areas that leave you no choice but to go on main roads! At least with my bright pants, it's a little easier to spot me!

Tonight's my sister's wedding! Can't wait!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Running in the Heartland

Greetings from Indiana!

After a few travel and bachelorette party-filled days, it's back to the grind! I'm working remotely for the next few days before my little sister gets married, so I'm trying to keep to as normal a schedule as possible. Tonight, that included a short (5k) run after work! I'm not sure if it was the traveling or the late nights at bars this weekend or the humidity, but my legs were just not having it.

By the end of mile one, my legs were screaming. They hadn't felt that tight since I started running again! I'll admit that it was quite a bit disheartening, and the words "back at square one" kept echoing through my mind. However, I still managed to finish out in a decent amount of time. I think I had trouble pacing myself. The portion I did run was quite fast (for me), so maybe that was it. Regardless, I've got some work to do before my half marathon!

Shirt: Forever 21 [similar]
Sports bra: Lululemon [exact]
Shorts: Lululemon [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

This outfit was pretty fantastic considering that I'm not used to running in heat or humidity! It fared pretty well despite the fact that I was sweating more than usual. I thought the tank top would come off at some point considering the weather, but I stuck it out. We'll see how the rest of the week goes!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Will SoulCycle for Tacos

So, I completely forgot to take a photo of my #WOOTD last night. But I promised I worked out!

After giving blood on Tuesday, I was feeling a bit lethargic most of the week. A few of my coworkers decided to sign up for a SoulCycle class, though, so I figured I'd join them. I'd been once before and had a good enough time (I feel like it's just an expensive spin class, but at least the cost gets me to actually go once I've signed up!), so I opted to join them.

Damn, did it kick my ass!

The fact that I ran there and back (~1.5 miles) probably didn't help, but it certainly contributed to my muscle soreness today! I did have a nice break, though, because we all went out for tacos afterwards. My margarita certainly quieted my leg muscles on the run home :)

Now, I'm on my way to Indianapolis for a week for my little sister's wedding. I'll be sharing my workouts on the road because, as I've mentioned before, there's always room in your suitcase for running shoes!

Happy Friday!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Social Running

Happy Sunday Runday! Although I typically don't run back-to-back days (I like to mix it up with yoga or whatever other active thing catches my eye), Crystal asked if I wanted to run this morning, so I figured I'd go for it.

I used to never enjoy running with other people. I'm not a fast runner, and it always seems like running comes very easily to other people. They always wanted to talk while I was sitting there huffing and puffing trying desperately to keep up with them. It really wasn't until I started running with Crystal that I genuinely enjoyed it. It's a different kind of running. It's social running.

What I get out of a run with a friend is totally different than a solo run. My solo runs are exercises in mental strength, mainly. It's all about how hard I can push myself and conquer all those negative thoughts in my mind. With a friend, it sometimes is about getting out there despite not wanting to run, and sometimes, it's a way to up the pace or change up the route. Running with friends makes me more comfortable with trying new things, whereas running solo is about challenging myself on the turf I'm already familiar with.

Shirt: GapFit [exact]
Shorts: Lululemon [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

There's just something about a cloudy day that makes me want to wear bright colors! I love these T-shirts from GapFit...the material is just wonderful. It's nice both for daytime wear and workout wear. They are a big clingy, though, so you may want to size up if you're not comfortable with that! My new running shoes are starting to get broken in, too, so I'm pretty happy about that. I always feel weird running in brand new, spotless shoes!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Adding Some Color to a Cloudy Day

It's a pretty gloomy weekend so far here in SF. It's hot (relatively speaking), humid (again, relatively speaking) and there's no sunshine to speak of...the fog is lingering even during the day. It's kind of nice, though, because I never feel as bad spending a weekend being lazy when it's not particularly nice outside. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning of Netflix and coffee!

By mid-afternoon, though, it was run time. I was a little sore after Thursday's run with Crystal (it's amazing that you can lose so much in just two weeks away!), so I decided to do my 5k loop again. This time, I managed to push myself a bit harder. My speed was back up to normal times, but I was definitely a lot more tired than normal when I hit that 3.5-mile mark. Oh well...just incentive to keep at it!

Shirt: C9 [similar]
Pants: GapFit [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

With it being so glum outside, I figured I'd brighten up my run with some fun colors. These pants are some of my favorite pants I own...they fit perfectly! I wish Gap still made their crop pants like this but, alas, they've switched from diamond gusset to triangle gusset and the triangle just doesn't work for me. 

I've been pretty good food-wise today. I had a nice strawberry yogurt parfait for breakfast, which was a nice change from my usual weekend splurges. I made a buffalo chicken sandwich for lunch that I went a little overboard on, but I'm not planning on having a large dinner to counterbalance that. How's everyone else's weekend going so far?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back at It!

I am stitch-free and back to running!!

I can't say that I ever thought I'd be quite this excited about running, but I'm pretty happy about it! I had my stitches removed this morning and the doctor said it was healing well enough that I could go back to all my normal activities, including running. Before I'd even left the exam room, I texted Crystal to let her know we were running tonight!

Shirt: Brooks [similar]
Shorts: Brooks [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

Yes, I'm aware I was grinning like an idiot for this picture :) I like to call this my highlighter shirt. I got it for free for participating in a Brooks-sponsored run a few years ago when I was working at USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. It's wonderful for this time of year, when it's starting to get dark earlier but it's not quite completely devoid of light. I really need to get more reflective gear since I'll likely be running in the dark before too much longer! I finally broke down and got new running shoes...they're the same exact shoes as my old ones, just one model year newer. It felt kind of strange running in stiff, not-quite-broken-in shoes!

As per usual, nutrition isn't entirely on par. I've been doing a better job of snacking healthily (thank you, Trader Joe's, for having delicious fruit!), but wine and cheese gets the best of me! Oh well. At least I'm running again!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Corporate Challenge

It's been a bit quiet on the workout front! Fortunately, I'm getting my stitches removed from my back tomorrow and should be back to running and yoga very soon!

Today, though, I participated in the 3.35-mile J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge with a bunch of my coworkers.. I couldn't really run, but my back has healed enough that briskly walking worked just fine. Fortunately, my coworker Whitney was kind enough to walk with me! We did attempt to run for a few parts of the race, but my back just wasn't feeling so hot and I decided not to push it. Those little bits of running felt great other than my back, though! I'm anxious to get out and run again!

No clothing info today since you can barely see what I'm wearing! The shirt I'm holding (the finisher shirt) and the one I'm wearing (our team shirt) are both custom race ones, anyways!

More life updates coming soon...and hopefully, more running!

Friday, September 5, 2014

There's Always Room for Running Shoes

Since I won't be able to share much in the way of workouts over the next two weeks, I figured I'd write something a little different than usual. As I'm sure you've noticed, I tend to travel a lot. It's not always glamorous and frequently is just a quick jump across the country to go home for a weekend. Still, there's something about travel that has a tendency to throw off your usual routine, particularly where workouts are concerned.

So, what do I do when I travel?

I'm going to drop a bit more of my Dad's wisdom on you here. When I was younger, I was notorious for trying to pack everything humanly possible in my suitcase. Once, I remember asking my Dad if it was okay to include some running shoes in my suitcase for a family trip to Florida.

"There's always room for running shoes," he said.

That has stuck with me throughout all my travels. Whether I'm going to Russia for work or just going home for a weekend, I always bring my running shoes. Whether you're going to Vegas for a weekend or off to New York, there's always someplace to run. Ask at the front desk of your hotel and they can usually give you a map or rundown of local running trails and areas to avoid. The ability to run anywhere in the world is actually a big reason why I started running in the first place!

A few other good tips and tricks for staying fit on the road...

  • Check out the hotel gym and pool. It may not always be big and fancy, but it's something!
  • Some hotels, like the Aria in Vegas, offer fitness programs for guests. Ask at the front desk!
  • Take a workout DVD along or sign up for an online workout program like Daily Burn (my sister swears by it!). These are usually designed to be done in smaller spaces, so a hotel room or guest bedroom floor should work just fine.
  • Bring multi-purpose clothing. I personally love wearing yoga pants and leggings both for fun and workouts, so they serve double duty when I travel.
  • Don't go too crazy when you go out to eat! Even though it's tempting to throw your cares to the wind on vacation, splurge where you really want to but don't go crazy at every meal.
Anyone else have any tips that have worked for them? Tweet your tips to me (@ripode) and I'm happy to add them in!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Last Run for a Bit

Although I didn't particularly want to run tonight, I forced myself out on the road because it's my last run for probably two weeks! I'm having minor surgery tomorrow and, because I'll end up with stitches on my back, my doctor doesn't want me to run for a little while. It's worth it in the long run, but it'll be frustrating for the next two weeks! I'm still going to try to get in some recumbent biking or something.

The first mile or so tonight was rough. My feet hurt and I was a bit sore from yesterday's intense yoga. By the end of the second mile, I was feeling better. By mile three, I felt great! I ended up doing about five miles total. Not bad for a last run before a few weeks off!

Shirt: Brooks [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

Well, I had my first negative experience with Yogasmoga pants today. These pants were great when I was walking during my warmup, but once I started running, they kept falling down! It could very well be my fault (maybe I should've ordered a different size, although these are the same size as the crops that I always rave about), but I'm not sure. These are my new favorite black leggings for casual wear, though, even if I'm not in love with them while running. This shirt is an oldie but goodie from a Turkey Trot I did a few years ago. It's a unisex shirt, but great for not-quite-warm, not-quite-cold weather like tonight!

Nutrition was decent today. I did have Chipotle for lunch (but opted for no rice!) and a cookie, but everything else was alright. I'll definitely have to step up my nutrition game these next few weeks since I won't have running to help me out!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back in Action

Back to the office after a lovely long weekend! And, since we have yoga on Tuesdays at work, it meant ended on a relaxing note! However, we had some pretty intense yoga today. I was a sweaty mess by the end of it!

Tank: Lululemon [exact]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Sports bra: Old Navy [similar]

Apologies for the lack of action photos was already dark out by the time I got home! I was very grateful that I wore a tank top today for my sweaty class! This is one of my favorite tank tops both because of the color (mint is one of my favorites!) and because it's nice and soft. I always prefer form-fitting tanks like this for shirts falling down into your face or anything!

Nutrition has been good today! I splurged a bit on a grilled cheese at lunch, but made up for it was a kale/berry/Greek yogurt smoothie for dinner. I recently discovered these roasted coconut chips at Trader Joe's, too, which are very satisfyingly sweet without making me feel like I've overindulged. I highly recommend them!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Shake it Off

After a few days off courtesy of a rolled ankle, I'm back at it!

I typically do my weekend runs on Saturday mornings, but yesterday I was busy helping Crystal with stuff for her wedding most of the day (we made some pretty awesome centerpieces!). So, this morning, after being lazy and thoroughly enjoying my morning coffee and an episode of Covert Affairs on the living room sofa, I decided to run the Golden Gate Bridge again.

There wasn't a cloud in the sky, which isn't all that common here in San Francisco! While I can't say the running part was as great as my last bridge run (I had to stop for walking breaks pretty frequently and wasn't winning any awards on speed), I did end up getting to 10 miles total! Taylor Swift's super catchy new single popped up on shuffle right at mile six when I was thinking about taking a shortcut home...but it reenergized me and I got four more miles in.

Tank: Forever 21 [similar]
Sports bra: C9 [similar]
Shorts: Lululemon [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

San Francisco runners are spoiled because it's pretty much always cloudy and cool, which makes the weather absolutely perfect for running. Today, though, it was HOT!! I took my tank top off for most of my run and just wore my sports bra (which I'm sure thrilled all of the tourists on the bridge who bumped into sweaty me when they weren't paying attention). I was pleasantly surprised by how little sweat was visible on these shorts!

I've been pretty good food-wise this weekend. I did reward myself with ice cream post-run, though! They say chocolate milk is a great recovery food, so that means chocolate ice cream is, too, right?!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ending the Day with Yoga

Happy Tuesday! It was another busy day at the office for me, but I much prefer busy days to slow ones! It's always nice to end a busy day with relaxing yoga, though.

Wrap: Lululemon [similar]

Tank: Lululemon [exact]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Sports bra: C9 [similar]

Not the best tree pose, I know, but I tried ;) The wrap in the first photo (the Golden Gate Bridge is there in the background, too, if you didn't notice) is my latest obsession. A friend of mine had one from years ago, but by the time I decided one, Lululemon no longer made them. They recently did another limited run of them, but they sold out online super quickly. Fortunately, I happened to walk in my local store and they had one that someone had returned in my size! It's a perfect layer for the weather in San Francisco! 

I can't say I was perfect today with what I ate, but I definitely am back on track! I'm went a little over on MyFitnessPal today, but was pretty close to my goal. Now, I just need to actually hit it tomorrow!

Back in the Saddle

Oh, Mondays. I always try to run on Mondays even though I find it a bit challenging to get motivated after the first day back at work for the week. When I get home (assuming I have enough time before the sun sets), I give myself a half hour to get out the door. Usually, I eat a few handfuls of cereal and watch an episode of Scrubs on Netflix, then, no matter how I'm feeling, I make myself go out afterwards. 

I realized that my sweet spot where I truly start enjoying myself on a run is around mile number three. The first few miles are always rough, but once I'm at the third mile, things seem to just click. Today, I ended up running five miles instead of the planned three because I felt so good once I hit that point! I love it when that happens!

Top: Nike [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Socks: C9 [exact]

Forgive the bras in the room is on the small side so air drying laundry takes up every possible spot (there's also a workout top on the doorknob behind me!). One of the brands I've talked about on here a few times, Yogasmoga, is currently having a 50% off sale, so I took advantage of that and ordered a few new pairs of pants! I love these crops, so I got them in three different colors. I love the bright green of this...unfortunately, though, the pants didn't hide sweat so well. I had quite a few sweat marks when I got home, particularly in the crotch area. I'm not a terribly sweaty person, so I was a little surprised to see that, but oh well. At least they're comfortable!

My nutrition was not on point this weekend! I took a little weekend trip to Monterey with some friends and we swung by my favorite cupcake place, Sprinkles, on the way back.

It was a beautiful weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rise and Run

After a nice weekend getaway, I'm finally updating! I went running on Saturday morning and had every intention of posting...but, alas, the hotel I was at this weekend did not have free wifi (it's 2014 and Marriott doesn't have free wifi...seriously?!). But I'm back to the land of internet now and ready to get back at it!

Anyways...Saturday morning, I met up with my friend Crystal for a morning run. Both of us had busy days, so we wanted to sneak in a workout before plans caught up with us! Although I'm normally more of a solo workout person, I do love the accountability that comes with scheduling a workout along with someone else. Normally, I wouldn't wake up at 7:45am on a Saturday to run. But, since I had promised Crystal, I dragged myself out to do it.

We ended up doing an easy 3.5 miler with a few walk breaks. It felt great to have it in before I went off to Monterey for the weekend!

Top: Nike [similar]
Shorts: Brooks [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

I've had this shirt for over four years and it seems to be in as good of shape as it was the day I bought it! It's one of my favorite layers for days when I'm not quite sure if it's really cold enough for a long sleeve or that makes it perfect for days when I lay my running clothes out the night before. I love these running shoes (in case you couldn't tell from the 5000 posts they are included in) but I really need to get a new pair! I've definitely been wearing them a bit longer than I'm supposed to!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Taking Out the Head Trash

My dad is an awesome runner. He's in his 50s but runs half marathons at least every other month (including at least one in every state I've lived in!). Anytime I have an excellent run, I call him during my cooldown walk to tell him about it.

His dad was also a really great runner. One of the things I remember my dad always telling me that his dad said is that a run is when you take out your head trash. I didn't really understand what that meant when I was trying to run when I was younger. But with each foray I make into running, I understand it more and more.

It's been a busy week at work. One of my clients had a corporate launch, which meant 10+ hour days and early mornings. I hadn't been eating properly because I tend to reach for the potato chips when I'm not consciously thinking about nutrition. Even though I wanted to exercise, it was the last thing on my mind when I was getting home at 9pm and hadn't eaten dinner yet. So, over a couple of days, my "head trash" had started to pile up.

This afternoon, I was just mentally exhausted. For the first time in a long time, I just had this feeling that I had to run. I knew in the back of my mind that running was what it was going to take to get rid of any leftover stress. So, I threw on my running shoes as soon as I got home from work and I ran.

My goodness, did it feel great!

I ended up running 3.5 miles and was smiling by the end. I love it when that happens!

Top: Nike [similar]
Shorts: Lululemon [exact]
Socks: C9 [exact]

I can't say my outfit today was nearly as impressive as my run! I love these shorts (the colors are some of my favorites and the fabric is very light while still opaque) and shirt (it's from my Olympic days!), but together, they just don't look amazing! But, hey - they got the job done today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick Run and a Busy Week

It's been a crazy week so far! I've been at work before 8am every day this week and have been occupied with work-related things until well after 7pm each evening, so I have sadly been making poor choices as far as nutrition and fitness go! But, fortunately, my scheduled run with Crystal tonight kept me accountable! We joined up with Crystal's friend Anna for a four-mile run/walk through Crissy Field. It felt good to move a bit!

Top: Nike [similar]
Shorts: Brooks [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

Not much new to report with this particular outfit. It's one of my go-to outfits for runs when I'm not super certain of what the weather is going to be like. Despite the fog hanging over the city as you see above, it was quite a nice evening for running!

Afterwards, we had a lovely girl's night as usual. Wine and Chinese food made for a great time! Now, gotta get back on the healthy eating bandwagon tomorrow!!!