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It really is…to an extent. Some of the bad things I’ve found some fun in include…

  • Running less. I’ve been experiencing some weird soreness/pain in my left hip or hip flexor. I still don’t even really know what it’s about. But I figured some rest would be good. This was initially really difficult for me because I get scared of not running. It keeps me sane, happy and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of gaining some LBs and losing my fitness. But I found some joy in attending more spin classes, taking time to do some weight training and other fun ways to be active. Running less doesn’t mean no running at all! How can I pass up Saturday mornings to see this???
             
  • Boozing with less worries. Training a little more seriously for the Carlsbad half marathon never stood in the way of me and my weekend benders – but it was in the back of my mind that half marathon was my main focus. Even if it meant one shot instead of two or no Bloody Mary’s to recover on a Sunday morning.
                
  • Not blogging…for a little over two weeks. It is probably a sign of laziness, or a lack of anything exciting to talk about. I know I said I’d recap Carlsbad- but all I can really say about that race was that it was my favorite. I started to struggle around mile 9 and my goal was to keep my pace under 10:20 and I DID! I think all the speed and hill training really paid off. Also, reading everyone’s running blogs and taking their little bits of advice helped me to strategize on how I was going to exert my energy throughout the run. That was without a doubt the main game changer this time around. Here are some not so painful race photos. That guy in the blue is who kept me going – I was NOT going to let him beat me 🙂

      

  • Watching the Bachelor. In my opinion, there is nothing politically correct OR okay about this show or what it does in ‘helping’ someone find their future spouse…BUT I CAN’T STOP WATCHING. You win entertainment industry. I used to feel really bad about it, but I’m pretty sure there are worse things 😉

 

Ok FINE – the things listed aren’t truly THAT bad (or are they?). If you want the nitty gritty stuff, I randomly post inappropriate confessions on twitter (@jnellnicolle) or for a more visual notion some of you have even found me on Instagram, where you can clearly see my disgusting sense of humor, awful eating habits and track the small adventures that I forget to write about. 

What are YOUR confessions or ‘fun bad things’ as of lately?

Welp – my third half marathon in just around the corner. Literally. As in…FIVE DAYS away. And what have I been doing to prepare?

  • 4-5 mile runs 3x a week
  • Cross trained once a week
  • One distance run on Saturday mornings

Okay- fine. I’ll admit I wasn’t very dedicated to that schedule. I mean, a majority of that training took place during the holidays!

Lesson learned: taking better precautions when signing up for a race shortly following Thanksgiving, Christmas AND New years!

However, there were a lot of upsides to that. It forced me to stay active during a time when I am the most lazy. Let’s face it- during the holidays all you want to do is hang with your friends and family…and most importantly eat and drink a ton! Having this race in the back of my mind kept me a little more focused and it helped me to make slightly better choices when it came to food and the amount of alcohol consumed.

After all the training and finally figuring out how the eff to work my Garmin I am happy to say that I think I’ve improved. It may not be a drastic improvement that will result in a kickass PR, but I know that I feel a lot better than I did before Long Beach. And once you find out a little more about what my weekends (and even some week days) have consisted of aside from some training runs…you’ll see why I’ll take what I can get!

Life other than running…

Work has been SO hectic! I thought I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off at the end of the year in hopes that things would settle down a little more once the new year started…BOY was I wrong! It’s been busier than ever and I kind of like it. At this point in my life, I think staying busy is the way to go. Sure, I may be exhausted at 11PM (that was never the case before), but I sure get a lot more done during the day. One step at a time…

My treats jar that my aunt gave me for Christmas has been really helpful when it hits 3PM and my mind is going crazy. I’m 100% sure that I’ve been reaching for peanut m&ms way too much, so in attempt to be ‘healthier’….I put it on a shelf that requires me to stand up if I want any.

See it...top left.

 

I’ve been partying. A lot. And my mom hates it (sorry Mom, but I promise it’s just a phase…maybe). But come on, all the college football bowl games were AWESOME…except for the BCS finals- don’t even get me started on my level of disappointment. I skipped a run that night for beer and nachos for LSU to not make it past the 50 yard line. Yep- apparently, that tangent was necessary.

Also, these NFL football games have been extra fun.

I’ve also made a lot of trips to San Diego…surprise surprise. And I had a lot of these:

VODKA RED BULL SLUSHIE

I know, it may not sound delicious, but I promise it is. I just love them so much. They are available at a total dive bar in Pacific Beach, but I can’t help it! But you gotta be careful with them…they really sneak up on you!

Other cool things about San Diego:

  • One of my best gal pals
  • A change of running scenery (I like to trick friends into waking up after a night of light friday night drinking to come with me)
  • It’s a huge city-town. It’s seriously a huge city with many small areas that give you a small town feel.
  • The people are fun.

This past weekend we had some fun with this little contraption…

SHOT-SKIIIIII

We created many fun memories with that thing.

Cinnamon Twist = slice of heaven

With all the amazing Mexican food available in San Francisco…a lot of the time I’ll end up Taco Bell just to have some Cinnamon Twists.

Post work and post run beers

This beer was consumed after I left work an hour early to knock out 5 miles and THEN meet up with everyone else for some brewskis. So in my mind..this beer (and the other 2 I had) were well deserved.

Random funny things…

This picture was created using the Justin Bieber BFF app on my iPhone. I saw my friend post a similar pic on Facebook and HAD to have my own. And yes, I did crop my friend out.

Gift from my friend for Xmas. So amazing - considering how over sized my calves are.

 

I know Christmas was a long time ago – but is there a present that still stands out to you today?

WHY DO I KEEP WATCHING THE BACHELOR?????

 

YAY! The holiday season is finally over. My secret wish was that life would slow down so I can catch my breath. But then I realized…I have a race coming up – in about 16 days.

The good news?

I think I may be a little more prepared than that horrible Long Beach half about three months ago. I have an idea of what I did wrong. This includes:

  • Over-thinking it:  I am all about researching way to get faster, or what kind of meal will make my tummy feel the best during my early morning long distance runs. But I learned that I need to try one thing at a time. Trying five different foods that are considered ‘running fuel’ and experimenting with too many interval sets is not productive. I need to learn how to pick something new to try…and give it time to get real results. In the mean time, I will still be snacking from this (on the comfort of my own desk) on a daily basis:

    Christmas gift via my aunt ❤

  • I didn’t push myself hard enough: YES- being able to run (and not stop) 13.1 miles takes some mental toughness and requires people who aren’t athletically blessed enough to be ‘good at everything’ to really really push themselves. I guess hoping that I would magically become a faster run over time doesn’t really work. After purchasing my first Garmin, now I can really know how fast/slow I go. It’s definitely a challenge to not be obsessed with watching my speed, but it has definitely helped!

I forgot to just have fun! I am by NO means a professional runner. And yes, it would be fan-freaking-tastic to PR every single race, but it’s not worth being too serious about. I don’t ever want running to lose its magic to me. At the end of the day, it’s what makes me a little more sane and a lot happier. I need to find that balance where I can push myself to improve over time, yet still keep it fun. It would be a sad day when running stopped being fun. So while I will attempt to stay away from boozing at least 7 days prior to the Carlsbad Half Marathon…why change who I am? I will continue to dabble in some fun from time to time….

I really like wine nights with my BFFs

 

What I will continue to do up until January 22nd…

  • Logging the miles and tracking my time – I’ve been doing 4-5 mile runs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesdays are mellow with a quick 3 miler OR some sort of cross training. Saturdays are the dreaded slow long distance runs that I’m upping to 8-10 miles starting THIS saturday! And Sundays are rest days or yoga days.
  • NOT changing my diet – I haven’t changed my diet ONE BIT this time around. I don’t think too hard about what I eat – I’m just not completely stupid and eating nasty burritos from hole-in-the-wall places the before runs, or drinking tons of soda. Personally, I find that when I don’t think too hard about it, my runs are a lot of enjoyable and I’m lucky enough to have a pretty tolerable tummy.
  • HAVING FUN – I started to have a little less fun towards the end of my training for Long Beach. I need to not be bumming over a run just because it wasn’t awesome. It’s really about putting in the effort and allowing myself to really appreciate when it pays off!

Hopefully, this will all help me stay healthy because I’m aiming to run a lot more races this year!

Random hilariousness:

1. my ‘snack drawer’ is really getting out of control:peanut butter m&ms, peanut m&ms, swedish fish, nutella and 2 jars of PB.

2. My little cousin trying to figure out what my foam roller is for. Isn’t she the cutest?

3. Having a friend send me this because apparently, I’m a huge snorer (so sexy, I know).

What kind of tid bits did you learn from your last race?

 

 

Yep – I didn’t run today. Instead, I ran an errand and ‘accidentally’ drove home and opted to watch the documentary ‘Foo Fighters Back and Forth’. I caught 30 minutes of it yesterday before I decided to drink two gigantic margaritas at taco Tuesday and was extremely intrigued.  So I found out when it was airing again and set my DVR to record it. Today, at 5PM…watching Dave Grohl trumped running. But let’s quickly rewind…

Yesterday I went on the best run I’ve had…almost ever.

I always love running on new trail/path/route because I’m on my toes – entertained and paying attention the entire time. The was the first time I took off running straight from my office. But the area is actually runner-friendly with running paths that are well lit everywhere. The weather was also perfect. It started out around 60 degrees and ended around 57. Check out that 3 degree drop! It WAS a little faster than I usually go…and that may or may not have had something to do with one part where I almost stomped on a bunny and another when it was actually kinda dark and I didn’t know when or if the trail ever ended.

Total miles: 5.76

Time: 57:17.98

Pace: 9:57

Mile 1 – 10:14

Mile 2 – 10:19

Mile 3 – 9:45

Mile 4 – 9:53

Mile 5 – 9:43

.76 of a mile – 9:46

This is…really not bad for me. Which is why I’m letting the world know how slow/fast (depending on how you look at it) I went. The point is…that I felt like a million bucks after and I wasn’t even sore today. YAY!

Because everyone else told me about their Christmas…I’m going to tell you about MINE!

My mom’s family celebrates on Christmas Eve. We party into the wee hours (2AM) and all spend the night at whoever was foolish enough to host the huge group. I could give you a play by play…but you would seriously DIE of boredom. So I’ll give you little snips.

6 miles

Time: 1:00:26

Pace: 10:04/mile

This was what I saw during my morning run. It was bomb.com!

See- everyone really DID wear red and green as commanded via email.

  

  

2AM Delirium

If she can get married...anyone can.

Too much partying.

*Please make note of how adorable Zoey is at the bottom of that picture.

Though we may be pooped out/hungover…that didn’t mean Christmas was over!

We still had an appearance to make at my Dad’s family for ‘linner’…(dinner was at 3PM, WEIRD)

Below is a pic of me, my sisters and a couple of our cousins. BELIEVE IT OR NOT – we’re all related!!!

We can’t have a photo shoot without including the pups!

I got spoiled with a TON of really thoughtful gifts that revolved around running, booze and peanut butter. That is all so perfect because those three things are exactly ME! It was an easy reminder of how lucky I am to have such a hilariously huge family and amazing friends that know me so well. I really hope you all had a LOVELY holiday filled with lots of moments that make you almost pee your pants and wish the holidays lasted a little bit longer! I’ll leave you with the Christmas card my mom sent out and challenge you all to keep a straight face when you see it.

I’m really thankful. I ate a lot, drank a lot and laughed a lot. My Thanksgiving was excellent.

It had been a really long time since I’ve seen my family (total shocker, seriously) so I was really looking forward to our Thanksgiving dinner this year. This Thanksgiving dinner was particularly special because it was planned by me and my sisters for the first time EVER. Lucky for us, this was a ‘small’ Thanksgiving with only 20 people in attendance – baby steps, people. Well, us Abaoag gals don’t mess around or half-ass anything…check us out!

Flowers done by my old lady sister, Jamie.

Cooler flowers arranged by Edith (aka, mom). She’s fancy.

And more importantly…I HELPED. Yep, Thanksgiving morning I woke up, ran a miserable 6 miles and saw this:

Running right after being sick = NO BUENO. I was sniffling and couldn’t really breathe. So I failed and walked about 2 miles. Actually, it’s not a fail. I read Bald Guy Running’s latest post and so yah…it was NOT a fail. There was an attempt, I logged about 3 slow miles and listened to my body. I do plan on getting back into my normal 4-5 mile runs during the week and one distance run on Saturdays. Let’s pray for this annoying and nasty cold to go away!

I should also mention that the highlight of the run was not only the cool sky but all the hot surfers that came out to play. The swell was pretty sweet that day.

Followed by my run…I got home and cleaned (booooo), played sous chef to my baby sister and helped set up…BIG DEAL for those who don’t know me. Here’s some proof. I’m not even posing. I was really doing my thing and my mom took this picture. Let’s get serious, I would NOT usually let people snap a photo of me looking all nasty like this.

Me & my niece, Zoey.

Drinking a Boddington and checking on the turkey. Yes, THIS picture is totally posed. I didn’t put anything in the oven on Thanksgiving.

What’s the deal with the awkward place cards??? Well, Jamie took awesome and ugly close up photos of everyone one night at dinner on our family cruise. We really had no idea when those pictures would come in handy – they were such a pleasant surprise for everyone.

We sat down for dinner around 6:30PM, and continued to laugh, talk and drink until around 10:30PM. I don’t know that many families that can chill around a dinner table for 4 hours and LOVE EVERY SECOND. Talk about Thanksgiving.

Starting the baby off young! JUST KIDDING – that brat only drank apple cider, NOT my wine. I’m too greedy to share wine anyways. Also, we think our dogs are human and let them sit at the dinner table.

 

My mom and her babies. All grown up…(except Zoey).

After Thanksgiving – I decided to not eat….

And drink a lot instead. And watch a lot of college football.

(obviously, that is sarcasm. I have the appetite of linebacker – regardless of how much turkey and potatoes I ate the day before)

My best San Diego friend’s family was in town from Michigan – since she’s met all of my family…it was only suitable I met hers! Saturday morning I dragged her butt out of bed at 7AM and made her endure a lovely 2.5 mile run along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Cold air is so hard to breathe in…how do you east coasters do it?!? Why run so early? Well, the football games start at 9AM over here and we HAD to get to the bar and get a table. Priorities.

We watched her alma mater (Michigan) beat Ohio State and loitered in and out of the bars in Pacific Beach seeing friends and watching more football. Also, I had a lot of these…

The good thing about day drinking is that you pass out early, and wake up feeling not hungover. So what did we do? It was Sunday, so we headed to the PB Ale House and decided to try their sangria. Apparently, a glass of each wasn’t enough because we ordered a carafe of both the white and red sangria (both delicious by the way).

  

The result? Two 20 somethings giggling down the street thinking it was suitable to stop into the liquor store and pick up some 40s. The weekends are when I regress back to college. Pardon the greasy hair. I now realize that just because you’re NOT hungover doesn’t mean that you can skip a shower and not wash your hair.

Another moment of realization…I have another half marathon in about 8 weeks. So while these college-like weekends are fun, I should probably tone it down.

Random things that made me smile a lot.

1. Zoey’s new cousin!!!! My aunt and cousin got a new puppy!!!! No name yet, but its a girl and she’s an adorable lab mix. I honestly just stared at this picture for a few minutes about 10 times today.

2. My friend sent this to me. It’s the sunset from his roof in Hermosa Beach. Tough life he leads.

How do YOU cope with bad runs???

I drink a beer and cry in my bed. Ok, actually, I just have a beer and make sure to over prepare for my next run. Or, I take a break from running and go to a spin class or do another form of exercise.

What random things have you smile a lot lately?

Puppies, awesome sunsets and knowing that I have an EXCELLENT couple of weeks coming up!!!!

Ok fine, maybe life hasn’t really been THAT exciting. But I actually did get sick. And anyone who actually knows me and my family will know that I almost NEVER get sick. Usually I’ll encounter a short cold or minor headache for a day, but nothing I can’t get over in 24 hours. But today, my immune system failed me and I woke up to a gnarly fever and the inability to swallow without pain. BOOOOO. What I realized is that sometimes, you need to give your body AND brain a break from time to time. And this whole silly sick day might be nature’s way of telling me to slow down. Plus, it was really fun to snuggle with Zoey.

So let’s play catch up shall we?

Half Mary #3 Training

I planned on kicking up my training at ‘full force’ this week. Yesterday, I started to feel a little cold coming along and I was warned by my sister to not run and rest. But did I listen? Of course not. I think I’m cool and tough and hard core- so I knocked out 4 miles at a 10 min pace. Apparently, it’s really cold over here in Orange County in the evenings, so to prevent getting sick (HAHA, the irony) I hit the treadmill. I felt good. It’s always lovely to sweat it and and I really didn’t feel any sicker. Boy was I wrong.

Oh yeah…I think I can finally call myself a runner. I finally purchased a Garmin. Holy hell right? It arrived late last week and I took it for a spin (or run?) Saturday afternoon because I chose to sleep in. What did I learn? I need to take my time in the beginning and not run like a crazy to prevent positive splits. Once my pace starts getting less embarrassing..maybe I’ll start sharing those minor (actually major) details with you all.

I wisely took today OFF from all exercise and any movement at all actually. Hopefully I feel a little better tomorrow and can at least get some form of exercise in there. In a perfect world, I’d be in tip top shape by Thursday so I can eat a ton for Thanksgiving and start the day out with a 5 miler with my best friend. I’ll keep you all posted.

Now for something exciting…I WENT TO A CONCERT!!!!!

And it rocked my socks off. My cousin and I went to a last minute show by the Cold War Kids at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. If any of you EVER get the chance to go to a show here…GO! It’s a super small and intimate setting…and I’m ALL about those when it comes to watching bands play.

For anyone who cares or knows who the Cold War Kids – they are UNREAL live! I’ve seen a glimpse of them once at Coachella this past year, but didn’t get to stay for their whole set. This was really a treat. Their singer has a ridiculous voice and their sound is so distinct.

Also, I’m in love with the singer.

They played a full 2 hour set (with THREE encores, that’s how much love we were giving them) and we didn’t get out till about midnight. And what’s a late night out with good music without some late night food? My cousin is kinda cool and agreed to indulge in some Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in the heart of Long Beach. Man, that place is a heart attack in a room. But SOOOO delicious. We seriously both felt like we were going to yack and die after eating our food…in the best way possible!

Sorry about the horrible lighting. But the place has pink neon lights everywhere.

Exciting thing #2

I saw Breaking Dawn with 3 of my aunts, my good girlfriend, sisters and 3 gal cousins. It was an absolute trip. Of course, the movie was so bad it was good (like 80s music). I will not complain about watching the handsome vampires and werewolves either. Some candy made the experience better too…

Don’t worry people- I shared most of that with my family because I’m oh-so-nice.

Exciting Thing #3

A good friend got these in the mail…

YEP – we’re going to see My Morning Jacket Play at the Gibson Amphitheater next Thursday!!!! If you don’t know who they are …look them up and let me know what you think. They have become one of my favorite bands as of lately.

Exciting Thing #4

THANKSGIVING – DUH. Since I’m not trusted with cooking…I’m in charge of the drinks (this is expected). However, I don’t like to half-ass this type of thing so I might have to go all out. Stay tuned for the coolness that I produce.

Random thing that made me laugh…

My sister is ridiculous and heartless.

 

What do you usually contribute to Thanksgiving/Family dinners??? 

 

Aside from the holidays…what exciting things are coming up for you?

 

Why has life been so hectic lately? I used to be one of those people that could go to work, go home and NOT think about work until I walked back into the office the next day. Over time, that has changed. A project that I’m currently working on will linger in the back of my head or I’ll brainstorm and come in with some different ideas. Either way, I don’t necessarily think its a bad thing…does this mean I’m growing up? Crap.
Well, here is what I’ve been up to…
Fun Gym Trips
I’ve been indulging in some cross training and spin classes. And man, those spin classes do wonder for one’s bottom. Running is still a very regular part of my life – it’s what keeps me sane. But it’s nice to change it up every now and then. I go to a local country club (still riding on the family deal) that I grew up going to, so the gym is pretty small. That means that the class times aren’t exactly abundant, which blows because I can never make it to any of the cool body pump or yoga classes. I’m not necessarily a huge group class person, but that’s where I learn new exercises, or what to be focusing on, etc.
Also, my younger sister’s schedule has changed so she is a new gym buddy these days. Going to the gym with someone makes things so much more fun!
Sister Nights
My sisters and I have been total slackers in regards to sister nights lately. This past Thursday the baby sis and I decided to force our married sister to come to dinner with us.
Sister night commences with an awkward photo…why yes, I went for a run, and changed in another set of running clothes.
We dined out to Karl Strauss (an AWESOME California brewery). What’s a good dinner without a good beer? In honor of fall, I always order the seasonal Oktoberfest. During this time of year, it’s really the only way to go. However, Karl Strauss as a pretty sold red brew if any of you ever want to check it out!
To say we indulged is an understatement. This is a ‘Big Beer Burger’ – complete with mushrooms and bacon and provolone. On the plus side, I opted out of fries and go veggies instead. Baby steps…
Beer-amisu for dessert.
Justinne was REALLY into the beer-amisu.
Cheers to Thursday night brewskis!
Some Serious Shopping 
The worst part is that it was all unintentional. I went to the mall to get my eyebrows threaded (seriously, I highly recommend it) and walked away with a Lululemon pullover, black skinny jeans and high waisted denim skirt from Levis, and a completely unnecessary red party dress (ON SALE).
If you don’t already take the time to read description tags from Lululemon, I recommend it. Please read #6 below…
Explanation seen here:
‘Cold hands’ and ‘Warm heart’.
HAHAHAH – Seriously? I can’t help but think that’s hilarious.
  
Lot’s of Wine with a Side of Ryan Gosling
This is how I KNOW I’m getting old…I didn’t go out Friday. I stayed in and drank a lot of wine and watched ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ with some girlfriends. When I say a lot of wine, that is an understatement. Also, I got to cuddle with her puppies.
Put My Time into Something Good
And if you’re wondering if I ran Saturday morning, the answer is NO – two weeks in a ROW!!!! What?
Actually, my sisters, bro in law and cousin walked to end Alzheimer’s. My older sister did a whole post on her own darn blog about the walk and why participating meant so much to us. Check it out!
More Beer
I realize that my break from training is upon me. So I decided to participate in too many rounds of flip cup at a bar with some friends. The lovely cocktail of Jameson and ginger ale was closer. Why do I do this to myself? That combination might have a lot to do with the fact that I stayed in my PJs and watched football from my bed for a majority of today.
So now I’m moving onto my plans for November…
  1. Get back into training..YAY!!!! I’ve been experiencing some MAJOR runners envy today while I read all those tweets about the marathons that took place.
  2. Actually HELP put together Thanksgiving. I usually just show up with wine and dessert I ordered from the Cheesecake Factory. I’ll have to kick it up a notch.
  3. Attempt to cook more <— the REAL challenge.
How do you feel about group exercise classes?
Who else gets their heart broken over NFL games? 

YOU GUYS. IT HAPPENED. I slept in past 8AM on Saturday morning and didn’t do a distance run. OH EM GEE.

Actually, that was really bound to happen eventually. The combination of this past week’s crazy ass workload, attempting to stay ‘fit’, indulging in too much beer, attending a conference and prepping for Halloweiner was a bit much for this 25 (GROSS) year old. But let me just say…life is always more fun when my plate is overflowing with shit going on.

Off topic but TOTALLY worth mentioning is the fact that Edith (aka, Mom) is off on a 4 week trip to South America. She was awesome and sent me a pic of the view from her room…REALLY.

MUST BE NICE.

So how has life NOT training been going?

Answer: AWESOME. I reflected back to my latest posts and realized that I was pushing myself a bit too hard. I deserve a freaking break! And I am not referring to increasing my beer intake – I did that without any thinking. But I don’t need to push myself with 3-5 mile runs 3 times a week. So last week I enjoyed a spin class, a lovely walk, more weight training and all other forms of exercise. The variety is nice. But it the magic of running will always have a special place in my heart.

I exercise this acceptance in stepping back tonight when I was running and watching the Chargers suck (I’m still watching in horror) and my right knee had some weird pains. Usually, I’d try to push through it or at most walk for 30 seconds and keep going. But you know what I did? I just stopped and hopped on the elliptical. It was weird.

Work has been a pain in my butt.

Don’t get me wrong. I really like what I do. I like software and all the nerdiness that comes along with it. However, this week was INSANE. I completed a HUGE project and attended a big IT conference in Long Beach on Friday. I can’t tell you how much I love getting out of the office for a day and meeting all the hooligans I email and speak on the phone to on a weekly basis. Another cool part? All the dessert I get to eat.

Sometimes, i go overboard.

I’d like to take a moment and give MAJOR PROPS to all those that work in sales, especially outside sales. Because networking and talking and letting people know about your product ALL DAY LONG (and not via website content, my fav) is super duper exhausting. What better way to end the week than with a HALLOWEINER PARTY???

No, I’m not creative and I don’t come up with badass costumes. So of course I left it up to my baby sister to find my costume on the day of a party we are hosting. What did she get me? Only the most fitting costume in the WORLD.

PEANUT M&M

Everyone said to be the green m&m because its a girl and its sexy. But peanut m&ms rock my world and I don’t do sexy. And yes, I was drinking Skinny Girl Margaritas from the bottle with a  straw. If you ever need tips on how to party, contact me.

My little sister is awesome & creative --> Nick Minaj

Poor Zoey was feeling left out.

A key stone light & a pimp cup. SO CLASSY. Apparently, I'm still in college.

Cousin Karen on far left = IRON CHEF. Amazing.

Ok Ok, enough with the party pics and show you about how I can indeed be ‘mature’. While I partied really hard and didn’t wake up until 9:30AM on Saturday…and didn’t get out of bed until 1:30PM to sweat it out over a 1 mile JOG followed by the slowest bike ride over……I stayed IN on Saturday. A fav girlfriend came over and joined me for some of this goodness.

Wine & Sundaes

There was also a side of ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ movies such as Junior (starring Danny de Vito and the Governator) and The Last Song (starring Hannah Montana and her hot boyfriend, aka Tron’s younger bro).

Oh yah, I should also mention that I stayed in bed until 12PM on Sunday too. Talk about making up for all the 5:30-6AM Saturdays I’ve been doing for the past few months!

Goals for the week:

  1. More blog posts – I have been LAGGING. Major fail.
  2. Continue to cross train
  3. Less beer (until Saturday)
  4. Clean my room
  5. Buy a new running tank top
How do you stay fit when you’re not training?
What was the last concert that you went to? (I swear that question is NOT irrelevant)

I know, how in the world did I forget to mention an upcoming wedding packed weekend? Truth be told, it was one hell of a whirlwind. I have mixed feelings on whirlwind weekends. I love all the action and fun and booze. But I absolutely loathe how fast it all flies by. I need to learn how to stop and savor the awesomeness that occurs over the course of Friday past 4PM until Sunday at 10PM.

Anywho…here is the gnarly weekend update that consisted of 2 weddings in 1 weekend with a side of running and lots of booze.

Friday Evening

Bereta-Lastrilla Wedding

I got to see a lovely cousin get married on a yacht in the Newport Bay. Upon our arrival, we were handed champagne (WIN). Even better, my grandparents and aunt don’t drink…so they gave me theirs (WIN AND WIN). This was a tell-tale sign that it was going to be a good night. And a good night it was…

 

No better way to end a night of too much champagne than with breakfast at 1AM.

Saturday Morning

Yes, I’m still a little crazy about waking up to run. I am not naturally a morning person, so all of this getting up at 6AM to run on a Saturday after drinking too much at a wedding is really uncalled for. I actually think that deep down a really screwed up part of me is worried that I will lose my fitness or gain five pounds if I skip ones silly run. But at the end of the day, I think its that dedication that helps me to move forward. So I won’t complain about it.

I managed to knock on 6 miles and to be honest, it was the first run that felt REALLY GOOD post half marathon. How big of a wuss do I sound like? People run FULL marathons and recover twice as fast. But whatever. I’m thankful it happened. I only felt like I wanted to topple over and yack for the first 15 minutes, but I am pretty sure I was smiling for the rest of it. After my six miles I had a LOVE-A-LY beach walk/coffee date with a girlfriend.

As magical as that morning run and coffee date was…the day only got better!!!!

Saturday Evening

Wedding #2 – a Co-worker’s wedding at the London Hotel in West Hollywood

I’d like to first say that partying with family is priceless. But this wedding was without a doubt the most ridiculous (in a good way) wedding I’ve ever been to. Beautiful flowers, silver accents…understated elegance with a live band, delicious food and more importantly..an open bar.

so beautiful!

If the budget ever allows…I WILL have a 16 piece live band. It made all the difference in the world. I am 99% sure I consumed approximately 3 bottles of quality Chardonnay from the Sterling Winery up in Napa, California. I hit the dance floor like it was no one’s biznaz.

Sunday Morning

So once again, I do crazy things like go on a 2 hour hike in the Pacific Palisade (around Malibu) with a friend at 10AM. Oh wait- first I ate this…

BREAKFAST BURRITO.

I complained and whined the entire time. I will be surprised if my friend ever invites me back to hike again. No one would ever believe I could run 13.1 miles with the little amount of mental toughness I displayed. Believe it or not, even I get hungover once and awhile. I had a headache and felt like I was going to pass out once we started walking up the hill to start the hike. Oh well, I’m pretty sure I sweat all the booze out because I felt like a million bucks shortly after.

 

Was that enough of a whirlwind for you? It was a sh*t-ton of fun and I am so sad it came to an end so fast. It’s not often that a weekend starts on a high note, stays on a high note and gets even higher as time goes. I’m so lucky to have amazing family that loves to party as much as I do. I’m so lucky to be able to wake up and run. I’m so lucky that fall is here and the marine layer keeps the mornings nice and cool until 9AM on the weekends. And I’m so lucky that a co-worker considered me special enough to invite me to participate in his special day. I’m sure there is a lot more to that list but I won’t bore you.

What am I thankful for today????

Going to my spin class…then THIS …

Beers with this girl.

 

And for Oktoberfest ales.

 

Now now…when was the last wedding you went to?

Busy week ahead – any fun Halloween plans coming up??

I’ve taken some time to relax. You may (or may not) have noticed my fail to post – but don’t be fooled people, I’ve been reading YOUR blogs and I am 100% sure that they are what prevented any true ‘burn out’ during my training. So what have I been up to?

A lot of this:

Ice cold IPA via Pacific Beach Ale House

While chillin’ under this:

California sun...pinky up because I'm fancy.

But don’t worry, there is still some ‘easy’ running with a side of this:

The view never gets old.

Why yes, I still get up for early morning runs on Saturdays. I really thought it would be the first thing I quit doing post half marathon. But apparently, my body likes waking up and moving. No complaints. More room for food and booze 🙂

Aside from beer with a side of running (or jogging)…what am I going to do with myself???

While Long Beach may not have been my best run and definitely NOT my best race – but for some reason…I’ve already planned my upcoming races! And yes, I am pretty stoked on it. The current game plan is to ‘take it easy’ for the month of October, and slowly kick it back up in November because my next race will be taking place in JANUARY!!

I tested my mental and physical threshold and I think I can handle more. So a friend and I have decided to take on the Half Marathon Triple Crown Series. I’ve always wondered about these series and challenges – those people get cool medals and jackets and I WANT THEM. So here’s the deal:

January 22nd, Carlsbad Half Marathon

April 29th, La Jolla Half Marathon

August 21st, America’s Finest City Half Marathon

Crazy? Maybe. I’ve seen much crazier. They may be 10x faster and 10x more talented, but life is no fun without a good challenge.

Fear of getting worse of running…

I’ve seriously been suffering with this thought at the back of my mind. So at first, I was seriously a nutcase and went on a 3 mile run the Monday post race, got my yoga on that Tuesday, cross trained that Thursday and did a small jog on Saturday. In case you were wondering, it was NOT a good idea. I was in pain that following Sunday.  I guess I should just give myself a freaking break. Enjoy the damn beer, the damn pizza and extra chocolate.

HOWEVER, to prevent myself from spiraling out of control, I’ve kept up with 3-4 mile runs 3x a week with a side of weight/ab work. I plan on keeping Saturday morning runs (if my Friday night allows, haha) – just no pressure. Run how I feel and just keep myself moving. The challenge will be finding that balance between being too easy on myself versus too hard (to prevent injury and burn out). So we’ll see how it goes.

Today: 3 miles on the treadmill (29 min.) and 30 min. (moderate) on the elliptical while I caught the first half of the Jets vs. Dolphins game at the gym.

I should also probably cut down – not cut OUT- the booze (haaaaaa, but seriously) and eat cleaner too. This plan should keep me in tact hopefully. Well, I’m about to find out!

 

How do YOU recover post race? 

How long do you usually wait until you race again?

Any feedback on these cool series/challenge things???

 

 

 

 

 

 

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