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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: Yogasm…

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?).

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…

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 revi…

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,…

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 qua…

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 Embarcad…

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.…

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!

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…

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 lo…

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,…

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 …

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]

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 s…

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 c…

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 …

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 …

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!

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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 actuall…

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 o…

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] Sungl…

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 "…

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!!!