Showing posts from May, 2015

Bouldering and Bad News

This is a blog post that I really haven't been wanting to write! 
Last week, I headed to the gym along with my roommate Jason — typical weekday workout. There was one particular V3 that a group of us (who were all at similar ability levels) congregated around. One by one, we climbed on and tried to figure it out. Gradually, we got closer and closer to the top. Unfortunately, I happened to miscalculate a grab when I was at the top of that particular V3 and fell at an odd angle. The tip of my climbing shoe caught the seam on the mat and stopped, but my upper body kept twisting. 
My knee definitely didn't feel right, but I was somewhat optimistic because I hadn't heard any cracks or pops. I couldn't stand up immediately, so I crawled off the mat and sat there for a little bit until the pain subsided. I didn't do anything about it at that moment, but the pain ended up keeping me up all night, so I went to the doctor the next day.
The verdict? A torn meniscus. 

Tank: H&…

May 2015 Birchbox

Finally...after two months of less than desirable Birchboxes (which were very sorely testing my desire to continue subscribing!), I finally got a Birchbox that I love! I wasn't overly impressed with the sample choices this month, so the box was a complete surprise.

When I saw that the samples this month were being curated by Cupcakes and Cashmere, I was thrilled. I'm a big fan of that was actually one of the blogs that inspired me to get started with my own blog. I really love her taste in makeup — very classic, but still not afraid to be bold at times. 

In this month's box... amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Marcelle Clay Mask Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara
This was such a great box! I've used The POREfessional several times before and really enjoy it. I'm always a big fan of dry shampoo (the travel size ones that come in Birchboxes are perfect for showing in a backpack or gym …

Climb Time

I FINALLY got Whitney to go climbing with me to close out the holiday weekend! I was super pumped for her to tag along. We had a pretty good day...we wandering around the gym for a bit while I explained bouldering to her, then we both solved quite a few bouldering problems for the next few hours. It was a great way to spend some time with friends while sneaking in a workout :)

Tank: American Eagle [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
This shirt isn't necessarily the best for climbing. It's looser, which means if I'm on an overhang (like in the first photo), it sometimes is all over the place. However, it's incredibly comfortable, so I love wearing it! It's also a good casual piece for regular wear during the summer.
After a week away from the Tone It Up nutrition plan (out of town guests are too difficult to say no to!), I'm jumping back on the wagon. I whipped up a lovely veggie stir fry the other night using vegetables from my's s…

Barre and Brunch

It was an active holiday weekend! After running Saturday, I opted to head to one of Crystal's practice barre classes on Sunday. It's starting to get easier for sure, but I chatted with Crystal afterwards to see if there was anything I could do to continue upping the difficulty level. As it turns out, there's quite a lot you can do to challenge yourself! So, I just need to commit to pushing myself a bit harder next time.

Because a few friends came along, we followed barre class with brunch! I hadn't had brunch in quite awhile, so it was nice to enjoy a mimosa and an overpriced breakfast sandwich :)

Tank: Forever 21 [similar] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: American Eagle [similar]
I haven't busted out these pants in awhile, but they were great for barre. They're among my most comfortable pants! I have a feeling you'll be seeing them pop up here a bit more regularly for the next few weeks.
On an un-workout-related note, has anyone else caught Grace and Frankie o…

Something About a Saturday Run

There's just something about a Saturday run that makes everything click into place! I had plans to run with Whitney since she just got back into town, but she ended up being a bit under the weather. So, I had a nice, lazy morning and, just as the fog was breaking, I headed out for my run. Since I hadn't run all week, I was planning on a slow, easy run around 3 miles. However, I ended up getting to mile 3 and felt great! 
So, I kept going and ended up running 5 miles and walking another one!

Shirt: Asics [similar] Pants: C9 [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
It was a pretty brisk day, so I wasn't really sure what to wear. I was definitely cold when I started running but warmed up quickly once I hit my stride. This was a decent middle ground outfit that worked well throughout my run.

After my run, I walked around shopping for a bit. I do some of my best shopping immediately after a that odd? I always cross my fingers that I don't loo…

Late Night Bouldering

This week, I've had a few evenings of work-related happy hours and dinners, so I wasn't anticipating a whole lot of time for evening workouts. However, I happened to get home from one of those the other night right as my roommate Jason was heading out to go climbing, so I joined in. Along with his friend Justin, we started the evening with some top roping (something I hadn't done in awhile!), then moved on to the bouldering walls.

Tank: Under Armour [similar] Sports bra: GapFit [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact] Chalk Bag: Mammut [exact]
It's been a good week for workout outfits, in my humble opinion! This is probably one of my favorite ones I've put together in awhile. I love the back of this tank top (it's cute, feminine and provides all kinds of ventilation), especially combined with the fun straps of the sports bra. This is one of the first times I've actually worn my chalk bag while bouldering. Usually, I just leave it sitting on the…

Back to the Barre

Another night, another barre class! Crystal has several classes to go before she's certified as a barre instructor, so I'm continuing to attend her mock classes to help with her training. It's pretty fun! She's still figuring out what works for her as an instructor, but because there are only a handful of us attending the mock classes, we all get a lot of one on one attention and really get our form down. It's a less formal setting than your typical class, too, so we have fun laughing and commenting on how challenging some of the workout components are. Tonight, my friend Arianne tagged along for her first-ever barre class!

Tank: Under Armour [exact] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: Aerie [similar]
This was a pretty good outfit for barre! I've had these Aerie pants forever, but they fit great for barre. They didn't slide down at all (unlike my last choice of pants at barre). I really wish they still made them, but, unfortunately, Aerie discontinued most of thei…

A Quick Climb

Sometimes when it's a busy night, having a very motivated roommate can be a spectacular thing. I had a work softball game last night, so I wasn't planning on getting in any other exercise. I had to run home before the game (which didn't start until late), so I had some time to kill. I made some food and settled in to watch some TV. And then my roommate Jason got home.

He wanted to climb and convinced me to tag along. So, I squeezed in an hour of bouldering before softball! It ended up being really nice. I managed to solve a few V2s that I had been struggling with. I'm getting a lot more confident on V2s...I think it's time to start attempting more V3s!

T-shirt: Skirp Clothing [similar] Leggings: Under Armour [similar] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
Although I don't wear these pants climbing all that often, they worked really well for me. They performed double duty (softball and climbing) perfectly. The only disadvantage is the color — black pants show a lot of chalk after c…

Mondays with Mario

Mondays with Mario are back! My company recently moved offices and was in a temporary office space for awhile. There was limited room, so they our Monday boot camps on hold for awhile. They started up again now that we've moved into our new office.

It was a great way to kick off my week! I was sore after running Bay to Breakers yesterday (more to come on that later this week!), so I wasn't exactly super pumped about an intense workout. As challenging as the workout ended up being, it was fun and Mario, the trainer, has a very infectious, positive attitude. We did a lot of plyometrics today, which I haven't done in ages...I'm sure I'll be feeling it tomorrow!

Shirt: Under Armour [similar] Sports bra: C9 [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Nike [similar]
I resorted to the old bathroom selfie for the first time in awhile tonight! I had plans post-workout, so I had to take a picture in a hurry! I love my event shirt from Bay to fits very comfortably whi…

A Rare Morning Run

I've expressed my dislike of mornings many, many times on here...yet, this morning, on a day I'd taken off from work, I found myself waking up at my usual time to squeeze in a run. My dad flew in for a visit this morning and we had a long day of wine tasting planned, so I wanted to get a healthy start to my day. 
I met up with Crystal bright and early and we ended up knocking out 4.5 decently paced miles! We're running Bay to Breakers together on Sunday (my dad will be running, too, but he's a much faster running than either of us!), so we wanted to go a little bit further than the usual 5k loop just to see how we held up. Now, we just have to hold on for all 12k of this weekend...

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Half zip: Nike [similar] Pants: Calvin Klein Performance [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
Morning workouts are always tricky to plan for in San Francisco, especially when you're running along the water like I generally do. So, I went …

Back to Bouldering

Ahh...feels good to be back to bouldering! Although the barre classes I've done this week are definitely a good workout, climbing is just more enjoyable for me. It doesn't feel like a workout, even if my arms are in pain by the end. So, needless to say, I was pretty happy to squeeze in an hour of bouldering tonight!

Hoodie: Nike [exact] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
I know I've preachedabout this hoodie many a time before...but I just love it so much! It's the perfect casual layer, but the funnel neck elevates it just a step beyond your standard hoodie. And, of course, just days after saying I was giving up on Yogasmoga, I'm posting my third day in a row of wearing their clothing. So, I'll amend what I said previously...these pants do serve their purpose decently with activities requiring body contortion (yoga, climbing, barre), but there's no way I'm going to be wearing them for running or any other cardio session anytime soon.
Only a few …

Barre Mock Classes

I've now done two days of barre classes in a body is all kinds of sore! Crystal did the first of her mock classes (if you missed yesterday's post, she's in training to become an instructor), so I went along with a few of my friends. She did a fantastic job! Although barre isn't my favorite workout, it's certainly a really great way to work muscles that don't typically get used. I'm always sore in the strangest places afterwards. I'm looking forward to attending many of Crystal's classes in the future!

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
This was a pretty perfect outfit for barre! I get a little self conscious in these tank tops sometimes (they're a bit tight in the arm area for me, which leads to some not-so-attractive armpit fat). However, it's great when you're moving a lot. It moves with you, but stays close to your body. And, despite my recent complaints, these pants also worked very well for this particular wor…

Running + Barre

As I mentioned the other day, I scheduled both a run and a barre class the day after running 5.5 miles. Why I thought this was a good idea is beyond me...but, hey, I did it!

To provide a bit of context here, my friend Crystal (who I've run with many a time) is in training to become an instructor at The Dailey Method, a barre studio. So, I agreed to go running with her before meeting up for a class the other day. She's hosting a few mock classes to hone her teaching skills, so I wanted to get to a regular class beforehand to make sure I had something fresh in my memory to compare it to. We squeezed in a two-miler before a class on this particular day.

And, to say the least, I am now super sore!!

Tank: American Eagle [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact]
I was struggling a bit to figure out what outfit would be good for both barre and running, and this is what I ended up with. I had a Nike half zip on top of this for running (it was cold!) and it worked out pretty decently. The on…

A Long Run on a Windy Saturday

Today was one of those running days where everything clicked. It was a pretty cold, foggy, blustery morning here, so I wasn't particularly anxious to get going. In fact, I kept finding excuses to put off my run. First, I went grocery shopping with a friend. Next, I started doing laundry. It wasn't until the Internet cut out at my house that I finally managed to drag myself out the door.

I normally start my runs with five minutes of walking, just to make sure everything is somewhat warmed up. Today, I was anxious to start running because of the wind...I knew I wasn't going to be warm until I started pushing myself! So, once I hit that five minute mark, I cranked up my music and off I went. The original plan was just to run my usual 5k loop. However, once I was nearing that point, I took a mental inventory of how I was feeling and decided to keep going.

Despite continuing to feel pretty phenomenal the entire run, I did end up stopping myself when I hit 5.5 miles. Since I hav…

Bouldering On Up

It's almost the weekend! I have very little planned for this weekend (aside from a few workouts!). I've purposely avoided making plans for the weekend, too — after Tahoe last weekend and a fully scheduled out one the weekend before, I'm ready to relax!

I opted to squeeze in some bouldering tonight since I hadn't climbed at all this week. After solving a few V2s on the first try right at the beginning of the evening, I was feeling pretty confident in my climbing skills! So, I attempted a couple of V3s. Although I wasn't very successful with them, it felt pretty incredible to do so well on some of the V2s that have been stumping me for awhile. I love climbing, but I don't necessarily always have a ton of trust in my bouldering abilities (particularly when I'm near the top of the wall and afraid of falling!). Tonight helped build that up quite a bit!

Tank: Forever 21 [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
Although I still love the vibrant colors …

Running & Painful Progress

Happy Tuesday! My company is moving to a new office tomorrow, so everyone worked from home the last two days. I was getting a bit stir crazy, so Whitney and I scheduled a post-work run so we could both get out of our houses. She's headed off on vacation now, so it was our last run together in awhile.
Speed-wise, it was a great one! We had two sub-10 minute miles. I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've accomplished that in years. I honestly can't remember the last time I did that! It was definitely a painful run, though. I had a side stitch for the first half of it and had to focus quite intensely on my breathing to work through it. It's so worth it when I see the progress over time on MapMyRun, though!

Half zip: C9 [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
It was a cold and windy one tonight! I usually find this half zip to be a little bit on the warmer side, which ended up being perfect for today. It's …

Lake Tahoe Weekend + Running at Altitude

One of my best friends in the world, Julia, moved to Lake Tahoe not too long after I moved to San Francisco. We lived next door to one another before I moved, it was nice to have her within relatively easy driving distance again! Since then, we've done a pretty good job of visiting each other around once a month. She had surgery last week, so I opted to head up there and spend the weekend with her while she recovered.

Since, understandably, we weren't exactly out doing many strenuous activities, I decided to take some time on Saturday to go for an easy run. Julia and one of her roommates recommended that I head to Nevada Beach and Round Hill.

I started out with this trail down to the beach. The trees in the Tahoe area are just incredible! These beautiful, tall pine trees are everywhere, giving the air a subtle scent and making even a short stroll feel like something out of a fairytale. The contrast between the dark trees and the bright blue sky is pretty stunning, as well.

At …

May the 4th Be with You (at Yoga)!

After a nice (but too short!) weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe, I'm back in action! Although my head wasn't exactly in the right place this afternoon (all I wanted to do was catch up on TV and knock back a glass of wine or two!), my roommate talked me into making the healthy decision to go to the gym for a bit of climbing and a yoga class.

I hadn't been to yoga in weeks! I opted for the slightly more advanced class this time since I wasn't feeling very fulfilled in the beginner one. This one was definitely a challenge! I can't say I'm the biggest fan of hot yoga (it makes me feel like I'm going to pass out), but this was certainly a good workout. It was a vinyasa flow class...nothing exceptional, but I'm pretty certain my abs are going to be feeling it tomorrow. It was pretty cold in the gym before yoga class so, considering that today is May 4th, I opted for one of my favorite layers: my Star Wars sweatshirt!

Sweater: Forever 21 [similar] Tank top: Under Ar…