Monthly Archives: February 2014

Track Day

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It was Track Day!  Lucky for me the weather was much better today so I didn’t have to brave the storm to get it done.  I did 2 miles to warm up, 4 x 1600 at around a 7:30 mile pace, and a mile cool down for a total of 7 miles and it felt a little difficult but great.track-running-lanesI am still using my Pure Connect 1st editions from time to time because I love how bright they are!  They are light weight so they’re great for track workouts.

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Now this may seem a bit odd, but yes that’s a rolling pin with plastic wrap on it.  I have decided that it is the most amazing way to roll out my calves which have been a bit tight lately.  It is seriously amazing.  I can get similar results with my foam roller but I am serious this is better.  photo 2-12It looks like Tahoe finally has snow so the plan is to go up there for the weekend!! First time I’ll have seen snow all winter.  The hot chocolate is  calling my name!

Grrr Weather.

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I really meant to go to the track and do a speed workout.  I really did!  But then the weather was this:

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And I didn’t go.

Lame.  Instead I had a little date with some lunges and squats and I may even do a little foam rolling.  I will also do a teensy bit harder workout tomorrow.

Later some friends and I gathered around and watched The Bachelor.  There.  I said it.  I watched it.  It really is a horrible show.  And we’re all planning to get together again next week and watch again.  Ha.

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Tomorrow’s workout:  2 mile warm up, 4 x 1600 around 7:30, 1 mile cool down.  Regardless of the weather!

Purple and Hot Pink!

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Woo Hoo!!  These bad boys came in the mail yesterday and I got to give them a nice first run today.

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They were completely glorious. They are Brooks Pure Flow 2, I have these also in a bright pink/red color, but they had a bit of a run in with a fireplace last weekend when I left them there to dry after a rainy run.  The heels are a bit melted and they feel funny.  So I found these on REI’s outlet site for a great deal and I love them.

I ran 7 miles this evening and was really determined to take it slow and lower my average pace.  I have had a hard time varying my speeds and not pushing it a bit, so it felt a little odd, and in the end it really wasn’t that much slower than my normal pace.  I ran an average of 8:49.

When I got back, I made curry from scratch which took way longer than I expected and I was starving by the time it was ready!  Luckily my friend stopped by and chatted while I cooked which helped me to not eat the entire bag of chocolate fig granola I was snacking on while I cooked.  Here’s a fun little pic stitch of the curry making process and rice. photo 3-6

I made “lava” rice which is a combo of brown rice and some sort of red rice and it’s really good.

After I got dressed for my run I realized I had subconsciously, or something, dressed completely color coordinated!  That is very unusual so it needed to be documented.  I had purple shoes over hot pink socks, and a purple long sleeve over a hot pink tank top with of course the hot pink accent on the capris.  This will likely never happen again.

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It was really windy and a little stormy outside and it took all my effort to be excited to go get the run done.  I also read a bunch of other people’s running blogs and you all are full of inspiration and good vibes that in fact got me out the door.  So thanks to everyone who has such great positivity and shares it!

10 Wonderful Miles

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Well today was this:

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Kind of day here in lovely NorCal and I had a long run to get in so it was quite ideal.

I hit the road and got in 10 wonderful and fairly easy feeling miles which is exactly what I needed.  I averaged right around 8:30 overall which has become my calm and easy pace after a lot of work.  So I can’t wait for that number to keep moving down!

Along the run I tried another Honey Stinger Gel.  I already loved the Ginsting type, but with a late afternoon run I didn’t want the caffeine so I tried the Gold version.  It. Is. So. Good.  It’s just ridiculous.  How did I not know about these for so long?? I had no side aches or issues of any sort and felt great on the run.

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During the run I started salivating thinking about chili so the moment I got home I made this:photo 3-5With a ton of melted sharp cheddar cheese.  I can’t believe they sell this chili at Costco.  It’s so awesome.

Lately I’ve been on a quest to see what other treasures are sold at Costco.

Any Costco tips?

Back in the Swing of Things and Randomness

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I was off my blogging routine there for a bit.  I went home to my parents house in the forest and the rain and was working on a project with my mom and it just threw me off!  I did a lot of good eating with the fam though.  Here’s my brother and I as we gave up waiting for my mom to figure out how to use the camera…. haha I guess we do have something in common!

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And the obligatory ferry ride over picture:

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I only ran once for 4 miles while I was there as well, so…. that wasn’t too hot.  The day after I got back I ran 8 miles with a vengeance.  Also, super fun side note, I actually “ran” into my friend on the run who was also out running and we did a couple miles together.  I think we may have to do that on purpose sometime!

I’m super excited to run today because I’m planning on doing a super long run in my new socks that I’m OBSESSED with.  First of all, I have kind of a sock problem.  I love socks.  They have to be wicking and seamless and cute and comfy etc. etc. and when I put these on, I’m not exaggerating, I kind of freaked out, they are like butter.  AMAZING.

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I’m still on a very serious smoothie kick.  Here’s the latest one:

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I really like throwing in chia seeds and almonds.  It is such a complete meal of everything healthy I need for the day, I love it!

Something that always happened to me:  I am excited about a bunch of books that have holds on them at the library, so I reserve them all, then all the holds come through at the same time and I end up with way more books than I can ever possibly read at one time and I am so excited but so sad I will only read 1 or 2 of these before I’ll have to return them!!

photo 1-6Did you know this is at Whole Foods?  Like all the time? Right by where I check out…..I have to walk by it every time….  So far the count is about 20 points cookie bar, 2 points Kari.  It’s a losing battle.

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Last random side note.  This was on the fridge at my parents house.  I love it! I haven’t changed at all.  Actually I have.  In this photo I had an actual hair-do, so I’ve changed a bit…..photo 1-5

Sonoma Weekend

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This was such a wonderful weekend.  We spent almost all of it up in Sonoma with the exception of a quick city trip today.  Here’s a quick re-cap!

On Friday I got these:

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Made Surf and Turf for him (and ate a veggie burrito myself) 🙂

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On Saturday I spent most of it like this:

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In front of this:

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And watched Mary Cain kick some major tooshie, she’s crazy amazing.

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Then I went on a rainy 5 1/2 miler followed by a big feast with all these fun people:

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Then today we got back home, and a bit cleaned up and went for such a great brunch at Nopa in San Francisco for our friends welcome home/belated bday.  I followed that with a 5 mile run, some soup and grilled cheese, and a mini House of Cards Marathon.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!

What are you guys training for currently?

Major Yum

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Yes, I have in fact lost my mind when it comes to veggie burgers.  I don’t know why I’m so obsessed lately but I am and this is what happened when I decided to make one at home for the first time instead of eating out:

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It was probably the messiest thing I’ve ever eaten.  I cut it in half thinking that would help…. maybe it did but it was still pretty rough.  Here’s all the stuff that went on to that burger!! (of course minus the candle and vase).

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The hamburger buns were brioche which I toasted and melted cheese onto….yummmm.

Oh yeah, I also did some running, not just eating, I ran 5 miles Monday and 5 miles Tuesday, then I did 7 miles today with some “pickups” where I would just speed up a bit, slow down a bit on and off every 30 seconds or so.  My averages were fairly normal for me but it’s a little different workout which is always nice.

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Well, I still have some Olympics recorded that need my attention before I go to bed!

Anyone else Olympics obsessed like me?