I’m Totally Loving This… 8.30

Annnnd we’re back!

There is nothing worse than that wave of panic when you realize your site is down.  I am definitely not the most tech-savy, so attempting to decode a behind the scenes problem is not one of my strong suits.  Fortunately, a refresh of my domain mapping did the trick. #phew

It’s funny how this totally ties into my theme today…

I have a truly delightful character flaw in which I am able to work myself into a tizzy over potential future mishaps way before these imagined outcomes occur.  Sometimes this can be a good thing, as the compulsion to avoid disaster drives me to work harder.  But most of the time, I end up in a weepy puddle, calling my momma for advice.  Not hot.  Now, I know things seem to always work out in the end, and hard work does pay off.   So my current aspiration {no pun intended} is to breathe.  need to remember this in the heat of an anxious moment, as well as ensuring I making time for some preventative breathing, eg) yoga and running.  Slow down.  Breathe.  And every little thing will be alright.


Have a lovely holiday weekend!

Pete Dorn Race Recap + Legging Love

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!  I certainly did.

It started off with a bang with my FIRST California road race.

I ran in 36th Annual Pete Dorn 8 Mile Memorial Race and did pretty freaking well {if I do say so myself!}.

I was up at 5:00, just so I could leisurely drink my coffee, eat a waffle + sunflower butter + 1/2 of a smashed banana. #love

The race was definitely low-key.  There were no racing bibs handed out, the roads weren’t closed down, no awards at the end.  {Which is kind of a bummer – I would have at least liked a number, so I could have something to show for the race…}

So anyways, we lined up in a parking lot and were off.

The course was basically one long, slow climb, but the tour through the vineyards totally made up for it.

My legs were h.e.a.v.y. right from the get go, so I was a little worried that I might run out of steam.  It was absolutely a mentally challenging race – there wasn’t a single moment of “oh, this is so easy!”  I’m attributing this to my ramped-up vacation workout schedule that preceded the race:

Monday :: beach run + 1 yoga classes + 1 personal training session + 40 minutes incline treadmill + another yoga class
Tuesday :: yoga + Ridge run (hill workout)
Wednesday :: yoga  + Bishop’s Peak (hills)
Thursday :: RACE DAY!
Friday :: yoga + Madonna Mt. (hills)

That’s a solid 10 hours of sweat time.

{Which I then ruined with pie and champagne over the weekend…}

Worth it!

In related news, I bought my first pair of leggings!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.  They are just so comfortable.  I completely understand now.

{And yes, I have already pinterested how I will be wearing my leggings today.}

Something like this…

Okay, getting off track here…

Back to the race.

So it was hilly and I was tired, but I pushed through and ended the race with that lovely, satisfying feeling of working your hardest.

{Unofficial} Results
Time: 55:34
Pace: 6:55
Overall Place: 20th
Female Place: 4th
Age Group Place: 1st!

I’m pretty pleased with my pace, as I have definitely not been training at that tempo.

So now the goal is to keep it up, and shave off a few more seconds, so I can be on track for a 6:50 average mile pace.

Okay time to get in a quickie run!

Happy Monday, Y’all!



I am a Liar.

So remember when I said that my first California race was going to be Castle to Coast?

Well, I lied.

{Unintentionally, of course.}

I am going to race tomorrow (!) in the 36th Annual Pete Dorn 8 Mile Run!


Mapped out via Daily Mile.

It sounds like it’s going to be pretty low key, as there is no pre-registration and no fee, just a suggested donation ($10 + 3 canned goods).

I’m so stoked!

That’s all I really want to do tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

I seem to be missing the excited-to-stuff-my-face-with-turkey gene…

I may or may not skip out on Thanksgiving and eat froyo in bed.

Doesn’t that sound way better?

In all seriousness, the froyo is just a vehicle for the mochi.  Those little marshmallows dudes are the SHIT!

So the lesson for today: If you aren’t going to gorge yourself on turkey and stuffing, make sure you have enough froyo and mochi to even it all out.

We like to keep things fair, people.

I joke, I joke.

I would be a bad dietitian if I didn’t lay down some mad Thanksgiving knowledge for you.

No need for deprivation, just be a rockstar and use your measuring cups.

Trust me, you will feel so much better if you do.

Alright gangstas, I’m outie.

Time to get downdawg at Yoga.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My First California Race

Good Morning!

It is a gorgeous sunny day here on the Central Coast – the perfect way to kick off my Thanksgiving Break!


My plan is to just relax, clean, and workout.

So today:

  • Beach Run
  • Yoga at noon with my favorite teacher
  • Get my tires checked out – the flat tire light is on… wah wahh
  • FREE Personal Training session at 3:00 (thank you Kennedy Fitness!)
  • Yoga Flow at 4:30
  • Drink wine

Not too shabby, eh?

So in other news, I signed up for my first California race!!

I’m going to run Castle to Coast on January 19th!

It’s a shorty 8.2 flat and fast course.

Last year’s 1st place woman ran a 6:15 average min/mile pace, and the second place winner ran  6:58s.

I’m thinking I can get my butt back in racing gear to come in somewhere between that.

As you may probably don’t remember, I ran an average 6:59 pace at last Spring’s Flower City Half Marathon.

My goal is still a sub-1:30 half, so if I could be running at a 6:50 pace, I would be on the right track for that. And with 5 miles less in Castle to Coast, I think this is totally, 100% doable.


I’m excited!

I have a goal!

6:50s here. I. come.

With that being said – anyone have any ideas where I can do dreaded track workouts?

Sorry to end on that note! Ha!

Happy Monday!

Dietetic Internship :: Week 1 & STRAVA Running App

Happy Saturday party people.

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted.  This week has been such as awesome mix of hard work and fun.

First things first, #internshiplove.

I have been working my bootay off.  I never thought I would say this, but I am l.o.v.i.n.’ food service management.  It’s seriously like being a party planner.  I get to look at recipes all day, make posters, create menus, organize special events, put together gift baskets, hire caterers… the worst part (which really is not that bad because I <3 spreadsheets) is the food costing, simply because it’s tedious and a bit repetitive.  I think that this is partially due to my lack of a experience.  I am slowly developing processes here and there to get things movin’.

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been working on:

National Eating Healthy Day Special Cafe Menu

Fire Safety In Service

Food Costing/Requisition

Obviously, a work still in progress… ha!


Besides getting my work done, I’ve also been doing work.  Girlfriend’s been getting up at 4:30am to get in an-albeit short-run and logging my progress with this new app called Strava, which is basically like a Garmin (I think they are affiliates, or something).

You start your run or ride on your phone…

Yes, mom, I’m bringing my phone on my runs now.  Happy? ;)

And it maps and times your run.

I’m obsessed with my splits breakdown.

Uh yea, mile 2 was a little hilly {as you can tell my slow ass 10 minute mile pace…}

From these maps, Strava compares your times with other people who have run those same routes.  I don’t know what QOM or CR stands for, but it basically means, you are the fastest person who has run there.  And yes, I’ve got TWO, thank you very much. ha!

And if you want to get real competitive…

You can seek out other saved routes (or Segments, as Strava likes to call them) and try to beat those runners’ times.

And, similar to Daily Mile, you can save your routes, add athletes as your friend, and comment/encourage others.

Check it out! And then add me as a friend and we can race!

So with that, I am out the door for a 11-miler, with a goal to hit up as may segments as possible.