Hi guys, long time no talk.
I want to apologize for my lack of posts this past month. Out of nowhere work got CRAZY! Yes, I know everyone has a crazy busy schedule but I’m really struggling to find time to sit down and blog after working 10+ hours per day, sneaking in a yoga class then having an hour to kiss my boyfriend hello and throw something together for dinner.
I love blogging but for the next month or two I may only be able to give you guys 1 post per week since unfortunately my full time job has to but put first and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, I just found out yesterday that I’ll be flying out to Austin, Texas NEXT WEDNESDAY to activate Perfect Bar in the area.
It’s all very exciting and the experience of working for a start up company is something I’ll cherish forever but WOAH this stress and workload I have right now is just a little bit overwhelming.
Aright let’s talk about something a little bit more fun shall we?
SWEET POTATO FRIES + FOOTBALL!
I hope you all day a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Mine was spent doing a little bit of work and a whole lot of relaxing and recharging before the craziness of September and October begin. This coming month I’m going to 2 music festivals; KAA BOO and then CRSSD at the end of the month then during October I’ll be traveling for work back and forth from San Diego to either Texas or Florida almost every single week THEN poof it’s the holidays AHHHHH!
With everything I have going on it got me thinking about how important it is to have a workout schedule in place so I don’t start skipping workouts and ending up weak and 5 lbs heavier before the holidays even begin.
This post is going to be kind of a buzz kill right before Labor Day Weekend but whatever it’s been on my mind and I wanted to share.
A few weeks ago I was listening to Juli Bauer of PaleOMG’s podcast and she did an episode called Abstainers v. Moderators. The episode was based off an article posted by Popsugar all about these 2 very different approaches to eating and how understanding which one you are can help you have a better relationship with food and help you reach your health/fitness goals.
Before we go any further let’s discuss the difference between an abstainer and moderator. According to the Popsugar article here’s the difference:
You’re a moderator if you:
- Find that occasional indulgence heightens your pleasure and strengthens your resolve
- Get panicky at the thought of “never” getting or doing something
Can you all believe Labor Day Weekend is THIS WEEKEND?
I personally have no idea where this Summer went and I’m so not ready for it to be over. Long days, hot weather, sunshine, the beach, fresh fruits and veggies… please don’t end.
To help savor every last second of summer I wanted to share a recipe this week that tastes like a tropical summer vacation and is also perfect for grilling up over Labor Day Weekend. Introducing, Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers!!
These skewers are so easy to throw together and are delicious eaten directly off the skewer or they’re also great for meal prep. Last time I made these I actually took everything off the skewer and served the meat and veggies over white rice….SO GOOD!
I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver so when I scored a spot in the SeaWheeze Half Marathon I was thrilled to finally have the perfect reason to head North.
Vancouver truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It sounds kind of cheesy but the city is just magical – there’s something so special about being able to go from the busy city to the top of a mountain in 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, while we were in Vancouver there were terrible wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest/Canada so there was so much smoke in the air that obstructed a lot of our views for the first few days. Thankfully, by the end of our trip the smoke had cleared and we got to see the true beauty Vancouver had to offer.
I ran the SeaWheeze Half Marathon a little over a week ago and just today went on my first run…10 days later.
Immediately after the race I felt great and even the day after wasn’t super sore so I figured maybe my body didn’t get too beat up during those 13.1 miles.
Stupidly I jumped right back into my routine of doing yoga sculpt at Corepower Yoga and attempting to run… OH MY GOODNESS my muscles felt so weak I could hardly function. I was so sore and my body just didn’t feel right so instead of forcing myself to workout I laid low and stuck to walking and more gentle yoga.
This experience really got me thinking about how much recovery you really need after conquering a half marathon. Obviously everyone is different but I did some
research Googling and wanted to share with my fellow runners that way we can all run our hearts out then return to normal training without putting ourselves at risk for injury.
Before I start this race recap I have to give a HUGE shout out to Lululemon for putting on the best half marathon experience EVER. SeaWheeze far exceeded my expectations and I completely understand why this race sells out in minutes.
The course was beautiful, there were plenty of aid stations, tons of cheering sections, you got an actual breakfast after the race, freakin’ Lululemon shorts with registration, access into the SeaWheeze Showcase Store for exclusive SeaWheeze Lululemon apparel, entry into the post race Sunset Festival to see Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, yoga sessions and so much more.
What more could you ask for?
Ready or not SeaWheeze 2017 here I come!
I honestly feel like I blinked and 5 weeks of half marathon training went by. While my training didn’t start out the best these past couple weeks have been some of the strongest training weeks I’ve ever had and they’ve given me so much confidence going into this race.
Not only have I had some awesome training weeks I truly do feel like I’ve fallen back in love with running during this training cycle. I love the way running makes my body feel, I love the challenge, I love being able to disconnect from the world, I love having the opportunities to travel to beautiful places for races and so much more.
Cooking during the summer is THE WORST!
It’s legitimately 85 degrees here in San Diego with 90% humidity and a chance of thunderstorms. SAY WHAT?!? Considering I can hardly sit on my couch to write this post without sweating there is no way I’m turning on an oven or standing over a hot skillet to cook dinner.
Enter my favorite cooking invention ever…the crock-pot.
You guys, I don’t think I could survive without a crock-pot. It takes all the fuss out of cooking meat, doesn’t make your house 983457984 degrees and anything you cook in a crock-pot is delicious.
It’s crazy to think I only started training for the SeaWheeze Half marathon 3 weeks ago.
I was terrified going into this training cycle that I simply wouldn’t have enough time to prepare to run 13.1 freakin miles but sitting here writing this post I actually feel pretty darn confident about it.
Even while I was injured and taking a break from running I was still staying active doing yoga, lifting weights and a lot of walking. I think the fact that I didn’t just sit on my butt has made transitioning back into running way easier. Also, I truly believe when you’ve been running consistently for awhile (for me the past 2+ years) your body develops some kind of muscle memory with running and you’re able to get back into shape faster than say someone who has never ran in their life…maybe not but hey it’s just my theory and I’m going with it.