Showing posts from February, 2015

Friday Favorites

I decided to roll out a new series sharing some of my favorite things every week. Some will be fitness related...and, naturally, some will be a bit more random :)

1. House of Cards. I love politics. I like to say that I watch The West Wing when I want to feel optimistic about politics, while I watch House of Cards when I am feeling a bit more negative. It's an incredibly well-acted (and hopefully, much dramatized) depiction of what goes on underneath the surface amongst the elite of Washington, DC. Season 3 came out on Netflix today — so start watching it right now!

2. Australia's Next Top Model. America's Next Top Model was always my go-to trashy reality show, but over the last few seasons, it's gotten to be a bit too much for my taste. When I found out that Australia's Next Top Model was on Hulu Plus, I was pumped! If you liked the first few seasons of ANTM (you, know, before it became the Tyra Banks show), you'll love this. It goes back to basics and actual…

No Running Club — Let's Go Climbing!

Despite my promises to share some running club photos today, I'm afraid that isn't going to happen! With everyone busy working and still hurting from the boot camp workout, running club ended up getting canceled. I can't say I was too upset about that since I'm definitely sore, as well! I did still fit in a little bit of a workout at the climbing gym, though.

Hoodie: Nike [exact] Pants: Under Armour [exact]
Here's my hoodie again! I grabbed it at the last minute because the gym can be a bit chilly sometimes and, since I was moving a bit slowly tonight, I definitely felt the colder air. I know I've raved aboutthese pants before, but here I go again...these pants were incredible for climbing! The pattern on the front covered up the chalk that inevitably ends up all over everything while bouldering. The back was nice and opaque but moved well with my no matter what strange body positions I found myself in. These were such a great buy!
How's everyone else's w…

Boot Camp, Running and Climbing...Oh My!

It's been a busy 24 hours! Since I last posted, I have finished my first boot camp training class, completed week 7 day 3 of Couch to 5k and spent a few hours top roping and bouldering. Needless to say, I'm a bit sore!

It started with boot camp. My work is always trying new things to encourage employees to spend time together and be active, so they brought in a trainer for this new weekly workout class. It was intense! I had committed to running with my friend Whitney after class, so I went straight from that to running (which was a struggle to say the least). Tonight, I went to the climbing gym with my roommate Jason and we top roped (I managed to scale one of the super tall walls!) for a bit, then finished the evening with some bouldering before heading home to make dinner.

Hoodie: Nike [exact] Leggings: Under Armour [similar] Shoes: Nike [similar]
Sooo...despite the multitude of physical activities, I neglected to take much in the way of photos. This is me post-climbing today.…

Officially Cleared to Belay!

After successfully completing my belaying lesson the other day, I made my first trip back to the climbing gym to take my belaying test. I was a bit nervous because I kept forgetting how to tie all of the different knots, but I practiced a few times before the test started. After watching two other people go through their tests, it was finally my turn. It went incredibly well! I successfully tied all of the appropriate knots and even got a compliment on my belaying technique. I'm now officially cleared to belay at my climbing gym!

Since there were three of us, we rotated who belayed and who climbed. This is my friend Nick manning the ropes for me.
Tank top: Nike [similar] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
If I keep up with this climbing thing, I'm going to need a lot more tank tops! Even though the gym is pretty open and airy, it gets pretty warm up there when you're twisting around and pulling yourself onto teeny tiny little holds. It's a very addictive spo…

Wind + Running

After a busy weekend with friends, I took advantage of today's sunshine to go on a much-needed run. My calves have been super tight lately and, given the fact that I get tendonitis quite easily, I opted to take it easy. I did a little 3 mile loop to and from my gym. I spent a good chunk of that walking, but it still felt good to be out doing something.

Jacket: Asics [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Free [similar]
There was a bit of a breeze today and I do NOT like running in windy conditions! However, it was a great opportunity to try out this jacket that one of my friends gave to me. It was fantastic! It's very lightweight and breathable, but cut the wind quite well. I definitely got a little sweaty as the run went on because of the extra layer, but, unlike other windbreakers that I've worn, this one did wick the sweat away a bit. 
One other fun little piece of information...last week, I blogged about my belaying lesson. Today, I pa…

Belaying Lesson and Bouldering

After being told to give it a shot several times by a few friends, I finally went through with a belaying lesson! There's a climbing gym right down the street from my house, so it's pretty convenient. I'd always just assumed climbing wasn't for me — after all, it involves a lot of upper body strength, and that's usually the last thing I think about. Still, I figured there was no harm in at least learning a bit about it.

When you take a belaying lesson, you probably think you're going to spend the whole time scaling massive walls filled with all kinds of climbing handholds. You would be wrong. Instead, you spend most of the time figuring out how to tie knots and attach carabiners appropriately. By the end of the lesson, though, you have the chance to tackle the walls. Despite never having a fear of heights, I definitely felt a bit weak in the knees by the time I got to the top of the two story wall for the first time!

Shirt: Nike [similar] Pants: Aerie [similar]

Starting the Day with Yoga

There's something incredibly relaxing about starting the day off with yoga. Every time I do it, I swear I'm going to make a habit of it. Unfortunately, I'm not a morning person at all and have to be at the office most days by 9am! Today, though, I took advantage of the day off and went to a yoga class to kick off my day.

Salutations, sun!
Tank: Forever 21 [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Yoga mat: Gaiam [exact]
I really couldn't have asked for better weather this weekend. It was almost like San Diego weather came back to San Francisco with me! I was looking for excuses to get outside all weekend and, since my legs weren't exactly cooperating with running, I went for quite a few walks. This outfit was great for going from class straight to errands and lunch with some friends. I threw a jacket on and was good to go!
This week is promising to be an active one! I have a belaying lesson scheduled at a local rock climbing gym, then I'll have to go in for the belayin…

Good Days and Bad Days

I've been having a lot of good runs lately, which is somewhat unusual for me. In the past, my 3-4 runs each week have usually consisted of 1 good run, 1-2 mediocre ones and 1 bad one. Granted, a "bad runs" vs. "good runs" are all relative. For some people, just getting out and getting moving is a good day.

For me, a good run is when everything clicks. My legs feel light, I'm in a good head space and I wind up feeling almost giddy at the end. On a bad run, it's like nothing lines up properly. Generally, the differentiator for me is about 95% mental.

Yesterday, I had a bad run. On paper, it should've been a great day for running. The weather was incredible. Crystal was meeting up with me, and running with other people helps push me a bit further. I hadn't run since Wednesday, so my legs were (theoretically) rested. But once I started running, my calves felt incredibly tight and my mind just wasn't having it. All I could think of with every ste…

February 2015 Birchbox + Rent the Runway

After months of hearing from my sisters about the wonders of Birchbox, I finally caved and bought my own subscription a few months ago. It's cheap (only $10!) and is a great way to learn about some new products without investing in a full size item. As someone creeping up on 30, I was particularly eager to try out some of those anti-aging miracle cures that seem to pop up on the internet with relative regularity. After all, who wants to drop $100 on something without knowing it's going to work first?

One of my favorite things about Birchbox is the anticipation and speculation before each month's box is shipped. I find myself perusing internet forums and eagerly awaiting the announcement of the month's sample choice. Even after my box in my hands, one of the first things I do is text my sisters — what did you guys get?!

This month, Birchbox offered a box that was curated by Rent the Runway. Normally, I don't go for the curated boxes because it kills the element of s…

Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese

When I got home tonight, I was pretty tired...and, unfortunately, fatigue usually leads me to make poor decisions in the food department. I opened the refrigerator and immediately honed in on the large bag of shredded cheddar cheese that I bought at the grocery store recently. There was absolutely nothing special about this stuff — just your standard shredded cheese — but I immediately started craving something cheesy for dinner. When my eyes moved just slightly to the spaghetti squash that I knew I needed to use in the next day or two, I had an idea. Why not make macaroni and cheese with spaghetti squash?

I've never made spaghetti squash before tonight. I've watched many a friend make it, but never really paid close enough attention to replicate it myself. So, after some quick Googling, I had my squash in the microwave and was on my way!

Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese Adapted from POPSugar
1 small spaghetti squash 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup…

Back to San Francisco

I'm back in San Francisco and, fortunately, my first day back at the office was also running club day! I'm up to running for 25 minutes without stopping (week 7, day 2 of Couch to 5k). Tonight, my friend Arianne tagged along with me for the whole time. We ran along the Embarcadero. It's always beautiful running along there and enjoying the view of the Bay Bridge!

Shirt: Asics [similar] Pants: GapFit [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Apologies for the lack of good photos! I don't typically take my DSLR along with me to work, so I have to rely on the trust iPhone camera. Since it's dark by 6pm, I broke out my highlighter pants for the first time in awhile. I got a lot of comments on them in the office! Even though this outfit is similar to a previous one, this is actually a brand new shirt. A friend of mine gave it to me recently, so I figured I'd try it out. It worked out pretty well! I may have to give some more Asics stuff a shot.

Last Day in Paradise

Oh not ready to leave San Diego! The original plan for my last day here had been to go for a run, then spend my day (until my flight at 5pm) at the beach. However, I woke up to a thick marine layer of fog, so that put a damper on the plan. After waiting awhile to see if it would clear up, I finally headed out on my run. Despite the wind and fog, it was still pretty warm outside. Since I was solo (Crystal went back to SF on Sunday), a friendly couple on the beach took my workout photos for me!

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Free [similar]
Considering the relatively high humidity for the morning, this outfit was great. This tank top has always been one of my favorites (I wore it for my last half marathon), but I haven't had the chance to wear it much lately since it's generally a bit too cold for tank tops in San Francisco. 
After my run, the fog cleared up a little bit, so I wandered around PB for a little wh…

The Boardwalk and the Beach

Even though my run through downtown San Diego was wonderful, I knew I couldn't leave without a run by the beach. So, Crystal and I started our Saturday with a drive up to the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. We managed to score a great parking spot right on the beach, then knocked out one of the best runs we've had together in awhile! We ran two miles down the boardwalk, then turned around, ran another mile on the return, then headed out to the beach to enjoy the sand and water for our last mile.

Tank: American Eagle [similar] Shorts: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
I opted not to repeat my mistake from my run the other day and went for shorts instead of capris. It was a very good decision! I stayed a lot cooler in this outfit. I'm a big fan of these shorts...nice length and material. Plus, I'm always a big fan of neon-colored running outfits.

Post-run, Crystal and I refueled with brunch at The Broken Yolk in PB. The mimosas were fant…

A Dose of San Diego Sunshine

Greetings from San Diego!

One of my good friends from when I used to live down here is having a baby very, very soon, so I decided to make a trip down south for her baby shower. Crystal is also along for the ride (she and I met when we both lived down here). Today, we took advantage of the hot, sunny weather and went from a run along one of my old favorite routes, a 5k loop from Little Italy down to the Embarcadero and back.

Tank: Under Armour [similar] Sports bra: Lululemon [similar] Pants: GapFit [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
Since I'm used to running in San Francisco's permanent spring/fall weather, the heat took its toll today! It was not a very fast run for me, and I was sweating quite a bit by the end. Fortunately, this tank top is vented in the back, so it was a great choice for a warm day. I think shorts would've been a better option for the bottom half of my outfit, though. 
Crystal and me mid-run at Seaport Village
Here's hoping th…

Back to the Barre

After running twice this weekend, I wanted to take a day off from it today. However, I still really wanted to get in a workout! Since I still have quite a few classes left on the barre package I bought, I asked Crystal if she wanted to go to one of those again. Despite not being 100% in love with it the first time, I was definitely sore for a few days afterwards, so I knew it was working a lot of rusty muscles. So, why not?!
My alignment is off here...but, hey, it's a work in progress.
Tank top: Under Armour [exact] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Sports bra: GapFit [similar]
In my two barre classes, I've learned that yoga clothing works well here! Barre is a mixture of yoga-style stretching and bodyweight exercises, so it's nice to have formfitting clothing that moves well. Despite letting me down in the running department, my Yogasmoga crops work very well here. Tank tops are a must, too, because it gets hot doing all those microbends and pretzeling your body into strange shapes! I&…

Let's Skip the Super Bowl and Go Running

Let me admit something to you all — despite being a girl who loves sports, the prospect of watching the Super Bowl this year was not appealing at all. I'm far from being a fan of either team involved. In fact, I dislike both. So, instead of watching, I took advantage of the fact that everyone else was inside by their TVs (and that it was yet another beautiful day) to go on a nice run and run some errands!

Shirt: C9 [exact] Pants: American Eagle [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
I received this shirt as a gift for Christmas but haven't tested it out yet. It was great! I loved that it was a bit longer than most of my running T-shirts. It's also fitted, but not skintight. All around, it was a good one! It appears that these shirts are on clearance at the moment, so I may have to snag a few more. Target was one of the places I went during my Super Bowl errands, but I didn't spot any there.

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!