Showing posts from April, 2015

Running Club + My Birthday!

After a few weeks without making it, I finally ran with my office running club today! There were three of us who stuck together (for the most part...we fanned out a bit towards the second half of the run) for the 3-4 mile run along the Embarcadero. It's a nice, flat route, so perfect for pushing yourself a little bit.

Despite not being in the best shape today (I celebrated my birthday with an incredible dinner and wonderful friends last night...and, of course, good wine!), I managed to run a sub-10 minute mile! I didn't feel like I was running particularly fast, so that was a very pleasant surprise when I checked out my post-run stats.

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Jacket: Asics [similar] Leggings: Under Armour [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
I was actually prepared for a windy run today, but because it happened to be both warm and windy, I ended up shedding my jacket pretty quickly. Normally, I'm resistant to taking layers off because I hate the feeling of having somethin…

Capping Off a Great Day with Climbing

There's nothing quite like a day filled with all kinds of things you love! My office gives us a day off for our birthday. We have to take that particular day off during our birthday month itself and, since mine falls in April, I took a day off to go have a lovely NorCal adventure. After a day of wine tasting, visits to creameries (delicious cheese!), delicious meals and stunning sights (Stinson Beach! The top of Mt. Tamalpais! Russian River!) alongside my lovely friend Arianne, I made it home to San Francisco with enough time to squeeze in a bit of climbing.

Shirt: Nike [similar] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
It was pretty chilly out when I left my house for the gym (the fog rolled in pretty intensely!), so I opted for a long sleeve since the gym usually leaves lots of windows open. This ended up being a bit too warm, though. I love this shirt (I've had it for years) and, although it does move well for climbing purposes, a long-sleeved shi…

Running the Stress Away

The other day, I was having a pretty stressful day due to a variety of factors. As I was trying to distract myself to get my thoughts together, I kept coming back to two options: down a glass of wine or go for a run. Well, the weather was incredible and I knew that, because of a day trip I had planned, it was unlikely that I was going to exercise the next, off on a run I went! It was a slower run...I was on my own, so no competitive side to cater to. But it was a truly enjoyable run! I meandered along, undaunted my the strong headwind, doing exactly what I wanted to do every step of the run.

I'm a big proponent of running with other people from time to time simply because it pushes you out of your comfort zone...but this was one of those times that a solo run was just what the doctor ordered. Four miles after I started, my head was in a much better place and I felt pretty psyched on life!

Tank: Urban Outfitters [similar] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: GapFit [similar] Shoes:…

Protein-Packed Berry Lime Açaí Bowl

I've been on a big açaí kick lately! I discovered a place that makes açaí bowls down by my work and, after a week of paying $8 a bowl, I decided to learn how to make my own. It took a couple of grocery store trips to finally find a store that carried açaí packs (thanks, Whole Foods!), but once those were secured, everything else was relatively easy.

I used Trader Joe's hemp protein powder to add a bit more protein to the mix. If you're not a fan of protein powder, you can easily skip out on it.

Protein-Packed Berry Lime Açaí Bowl 1 açaí smoothie pack 1/2 cup frozen strawberries 1/3 cup frozen blueberries 1 banana Juice from 1 lime 2 T. coconut water 1/4 cup hemp protein powder Granola 
Place all ingredients (except granola) into a blender. Blend on high, stopping to stir from time to time. Once well blended, pour into a bowl and top with as much granola as desired.

If it's a little too thick for your taste, you can always add more coconut water until it's at your des…

Fast Miles and Sunshine

Happy Saturday! After enjoying an açaí bowl (recipe coming on Monday!) and a coffee this morning, I met up with Whitney for a sunny run that resulted in one of our fastest miles ever.

I was a bit concerned that it would be a slow run since, as I mentioned the other day, I haven't been sleeping well while dog/house sitting. Typically, when I'm running low on sleep, it takes me a ridiculously long amount of time to recover. This week was no exception — I've been more sore from my Wednesday run than I was after my 10k!

But, fortunately, Whitney and I scheduled a run, so I couldn't use my sore legs as an excuse :) Once I got warmed up, I felt great! We were just over 10 minutes on our third mile which, considering that I was running 12 minute miles just a few weeks ago, made me feel pretty accomplished. We've been averaging around 10:30/mile on our runs, and it's really the first time I've ever seen a clear improvement in my speed. It's very fulfilling seei…

April 2015 Birchbox

This month, I had a few issues with my Birchbox, so this post is going up a bit later than usual. After last month's less than stellar box, I was hoping for a good one this time around. I was pretty pumped about the sample choices they had available (they were all pretty great makeup products), but when I went to request one, they had already sold out of all of them. So, it was a total surprise box for me this month!

I only wish it had been a better surprise! I had one item that was a duplicate (shaving lotion) from a previous box, so I contacted Birchbox about that since you aren't supposed to get products you've tried before. They wrote back that, because it was a different scent, it didn't count as a duplicate. I feel like that line is a bit troublesome — with that logic, couldn't they theoretically give you the same products every month as long as they're different colors or scents? Fortunately, though, I pushed back a bit more and they gave me 50 Birchbox …

Running (and Climbing) on Empty + Daredevil

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last few days...I've been dog/house sitting for a friend and the dogs are very early risers, so my schedule has been a bit off. I did take my running things along to work the other day and managed to squeeze in a midday run along the water. Despite my lack of energy, it was actually a great run! I kept the pace up much higher than I typically do when running was a nice change.

Today, I went climbing with Arianne and Jason. We were there for quite awhile! The evening started with some bouldering, then ended with top roping!

Tank: Forever 21 [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
This outfit was a great one for tonight. Over the last few wears, these pants have gotten even better at moving with me. I did a little bend over test to make sure the fabric wasn't thinning out, but it still looks nice and opaque for me! It looks like they added a new color online, too, so definitely worth checking out if you're …

Kicking Off the Weekend with a Run + Tone It Up Bikini Series

Ahh favorite day of the week! I love few things more than my Saturday morning routine — sleeping in, making eggs and bacon (and coffee!) for breakfast, maybe catching up on a TV show or two, then going for a run. This morning, Whitney came over and joined me for the running portion of the morning. We did a pretty fast-paced 5k (one of the quickest paces we've ever set on our runs) on our usual loop. Afterwards, we hit up Trader Joe's to stock up on our groceries for the week.

Shirt: GapFit [exact] Pants: Calvin Klein Performance [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
These pants are amazing! As I mentioned yesterday, I stumbled upon a Calvin Klein Performance store and, since they were having a 50% off sale on athletic pants, I figured I'd give them a shot. It was so worth it! Despite being a bit lower cut on the waist than many of my other workout pants, they didn't budge at all. The material was thick but breathable without any hin…

Fridays are for Bouldering!

My chaotic week has finally come to an end! Like I was discussing yesterday, I'm always excited when I'm able to schedule a workout in with a friend. Today, my friend Arianne and I had made plans to go climbing after work. A few of my friends have mentioned wanting to give it a shot, and she was one of the first to take me up on it! It was a super fun evening! Despite not having climbed a ton lately, it felt incredible getting back up on the wall. Wine and turkey burgers afterwards felt pretty wonderful, too :)

Tank: Lululemon [exact] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
I think this outfit is my favorite workout outfit that I own. Mint (along with coral and bright red) is one of my absolute favorite colors and also happens to match my eyes, so I love coordinating outfits that include it as a dominant hue. I'm also really loving this tank top! I wish it wasn't sold out in black...I'd totally buy another. I'll have to keep my eyes open for supportive ra…

Beautiful Days & Scheduled Runs

Although I thought my week was going to slow down after Monday, that definitely has not been the case! So, when Crystal asked if I wanted to go for a run after work, I jumped at the opportunity. When I have someone else holding me accountable for my workouts and they're scheduled on my calendar, I know that, pending anything disastrous, it's going to happen!

Half zip: C9 [similar] Tank: Under Armour [similar] Pants: C9 [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
It was such a beautiful evening for a run! Unfortunately, it was also super windy, which contributed to me not having the best of runs. I had to stop and walk quite a few times! This half zip is great (I've had it for years!), but it doesn't do a whole lot for the wind. 
After running, I went back to Crystal's apartment and had a lovely dinner with her and her husband. They make a spicy shrimp soup that is absolutely amazing! I'll have to see if I can grab the recipe from them to share o…

Bourbon Apple Pie

Before the last year or so, I wasn't a fan of fruit-filled desserts. Every so often, I'd hesitantly sample something and like it, but, generally, where desserts were concerned, I was all about chocolate. Today, I'm still very much into chocolate. As someone who tries to eat healthily most of the time, chocolate is often my downfall!

But, last fall, my work announced their annual pie contest. I heard from a few coworkers that, without fail, fruit pies seemed to take the top prize every year. So, I began investigating options for a fruit pie that wouldn't be too overwhelmed with mushy, syrupy fruit.

Enter Bourbon Apple Pie.

This recipe really lets the apples do most of the work where flavor is concerned, so it's important to choose wisely in that department. However, the bourbon-apple cider reduction adds an incredible extra dimension that takes the overall flavor to the next level.

And although I didn't win, I came in as the runner up with this recipe!

Bourbon Ap…

Santa Cruz 10k — My first 10k!

I've done 5ks, half marathons and plenty of other distances in between the two, but somehow, I'd never actually done a 10k. Today, I changed that!

Back in January, I signed up for the Santa Cruz Half Marathon after some coworkers decided to do it. I wasn't terribly optimistic about my ability to get up to half marathon shape in that period of time, but I figured I'd give it my best shot. Well, my better judgment set in as the race loomed closer and closer, and I opted to change my half marathon entry to a 10k one. Over the past few weeks, I've been hitting 4 to 5 miles on my runs pretty frequently, so I knew getting up to 6.2 miles wasn't that much of a stretch.

The day started very early (and, as I've mentioned on here before, I am not a morning person). I had to leave my house by 5:30am to pick up my friend Arianne, so I woke up about a half hour before that to make sure I had everything I needed. Armed with a bag full of workout clothing for every concei…

Sneaking in a Windy Run

It's been a BUSY week! Despite what I said the other day about having plans to go to running club and climbing this week, none of those ended up happening. So, when I was able to get out of work close to the normal time tonight, I made sure that the first thing I did when I got home was throw on my running shoes! Whitney joined me and, since we were both tired after a long week and I have a 10k race this weekend, we did a short little loop.

It was definitely far from ideal conditions for running tonight (well, at least by our Bay Area standards). When we got down by the water, we actually ended up turning around (despite the beautiful sunset) because the wind was so strong!

Shirt: Nike [similar] Pants: C9 [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
This outfit is not the best for a windy run! Neither the pants nor the shirt do much to block wind. I should've busted out my Asics jacket...but alas, I didn't think of that until I was already well on my way. When I was out of the wind,…

A Little Bit of Bouldering, A Little Bit of Belaying

After nearly three weeks without climbing, I finally got back to the gym today and did some bouldering and belaying. Even though my flight got in very late last night and I had an early morning at the office (meaning I was a little sleep deprived today), I was dead set on making it to the gym tonight. So, I recruited my roommate Jason as a belaying partner and off we went!

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Pants: Aerie [similar] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
I got sore super quickly today! It was very evident that it had been awhile since I went climbing...I need to build my calluses on my hands back up, for sure. My original outfit plans were derailed by the discovery that something had leaked into my suitcase (it was raining when I landed, so I'm guessing that was the culprit), so all my workout clothes from my trip went straight into the washer (even though they had just been cleaned). I don't believe I've ever worn this tank top climbing before (it's one of my favorites for running in…

We Run Indianapolis

I'm visiting family in Indianapolis for Easter, so today I hit the streets for a run with my sister. She hadn't been running much lately, but she stuck with my pace for the whole run! I was very proud of her. She just moved to a new neighborhood that's pretty running friendly, so I'm sure she'll be running laps around me very soon.

It was definitely a bit cold for my taste (but us Californians aren't exactly accustomed to much in terms of temperature fluctuation), but the sunshine made up for it. Once we got going at a decent pace, it felt much better outside :) We ended up hitting a little bit over four miles by the end of our run.

Top: Nike [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
It's been awhile since I ran in less than pretty much perfect temperatures, so I had to bust out some of my trusty layers. As always, this half zip did a great job of keeping me warm while wicking away sweat. I really liked how t…