Weekly Workouts: {8/26-9/1}

heyo!

so, i have a new favorite run-related picture of me – like, ever. this is very exciting in my world.

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i had no idea this picture was being taken, mid-stretch, pre-beach run on a gorgeous morning in Santa Barbara, and i love it. hi, new Weekly Workouts photo. i’ve been needing you.

new fave sports bra: Lulu’s Free To Be *Wild Bra in Floral Sport Multi.

i decided it makes more sense to go from Wed-Wed with these workout posts, so i can recap what i’ve actually done rather than have to forecast some of them. totally uncertain why i didn’t come up with this ingenious idea before. i think the California air made me smarter.

Wed, 8/26: lovely morning 5-miler , before going to California that evening!
Thurs, 8/27: my first run in SB, a (somewhat hilly) 3-4 miler that looped down to the ocean.
Fri, 8/28: a glorious, perfect morning barefoot beach run (commemorated by the above photo). not sure mileage — 3.5, 4 miles — but i was so unconcerned with numbers and just completely caught up in the beauty of running along an almost-uninhabited beach on a pristine morning with my feet in the ocean. it was absolutely the most beautiful, enjoyable run of my entire life and i’d probably consider moving to SB solely to be able to enjoy that again with each sunrise.

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Sat, 8/29: so, i went on my first hike in years. i was stoked for it, even though i didn’t feel well at all… and i wish i could report that it went better than it did. i sooooo wanted to enjoy this, but to be honest, i was a struggle show for most of it (and so thankful that my friend showed me so much grace & patience). it was so hot and so buggy and i felt so awful and it was more like rock climbing than hiking, and i got scared at one point and almost cried. not my finest moment. however, parts were really pretty, and i was glad i went (when it was over). i DO want to hike more, and love being out in nature; that just wasn’t my morning. girls.

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FullSizeRenderit was worth it for the pictures, though. anything for a photo.

Sun, 8/30: rest day. we went on a leisurely pre-church morning walk along the same beach from Friday morning, and that was lovely and more than enough.
Mon, 8/31: my last morning in SB — i went on a solo 3.5ish mile run down to the marina and back. nothing crazy, but just needed the “me” time at the end of a full trip.
Tues, 9/1: my first night run in a long time — 6 miles along the Hudson in brand new sneaks (same Asics i had before). i felt good, although i certainly didn’t miss the NYC humidity.

reflection from this week: i didn’t do any long runs or anything really strenuous at all, but i felt so good and happy and balanced and enjoyed the runs i did do. i think it was really good for me to be able to let up on myself a bit and take it easy, and have my days feel full and happy (and not think of my workout as the only good thing from that day, which happens pretty frequently in my workweek life). i’m looking forward to a long run this weekend though.

How were your workouts this week?
Do you run/workout when on vaca?
Beach running: yay or nay? YAY here. all day every day.

2 Things Tuesday

today is a day i really love: September 1st.

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for me, September represents all good things. for starters, it’s my favorite word — i just love how it sounds. September. it just seems built for magic.

it’s also my favorite birthstone (sapphire), and one of the loveliest months weather-wise in New York: Indian summer and golden and bright and sometimes crisp. i love the colors and the advent of the Autumn season, when the world is suspended between two seasons i love and takes on characteristics of both. i love apple picking and pumpkin everything and the colors and the way the air smells. i love being on the lake in a hoodie and going for long runs in the breathable, clean air.

i also love firsts, so the first of every month is fun in and of itself, and then combined with September, well — it’s a good day.

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ONE: California. that’s where i was since last Wednesday — Santa Barbara, to be exact. i’m not sure i can adequately capture the essence & beauty of this magical little city on the Pacific in words, but at some point this week, i’m certainly going to do my best to try. i’m to sleepy to attempt to do it any sort of justice right now, but i will say that i absolutely loved it and had an amazing time with some special friends. i ran on the beach, drank some great wine, met a ton of cool people, had heart conversations with dear friends i wish i saw more, and did other magical things i’ll wait to tell you about later. oh, and i stayed in a little blue bungalow with a darling string-lit patio that was perfect for cocktails & conversation. i just {heart} this place so much.

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TWO: eat & drink. i had my 2nd-ever acai bowl post-hike this past weekend, and i’m pretty sure these foods are made for me. fruit + granola + a cold fruity base = my dream concoction.

bowlwe went to Backyard Bowls in Santa Barbara and i had the Berry Bowl (pictured above), but substituted coconut milk for the apple juice:

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it was all sorts of amazingness and i neeeeed to start making these at home.

and on the drink front: i was reading the airline magazine on a flight yesterday and found this delicious libation recipe that i do believe i should attempt to make: a Flower Power.

drinkyes, please.

What’s the best thing you’ve had to eat or drink lately?
Been to any fun cities recently?
Any other September lovers?!

Save me San Francisco

So apparently I decided that I’d take a break from everything (besides running, sleeping and eating) when I boarded a plane and set off for San Francisco last Thursday.

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Every time I go to California, I shed little pieces of my heart all over the streets and have to struggle to keep my heart from sailing straight out of my skin and writing my name across the bluest skies. It’s surprising people don’t stop and try to help me put myself back together.

This was only my second time in SF, and I’m praying it’s the second of many. There are so many reasons to fall in love with San Francisco, like

  • the healthy, active, outdoorsy atmosphere and lifestyle that pervades
  • running along the ocean with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge beckoning you on
  • the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market
  • everything about the Ferry Plaza, actually
  • the seafood. oh good Lord, the seafood. restaurants here are awesome
  • how friendly people are — they literally talk to you on the streets while you’re walking (and i’m not just talking about the crazies)
  • the eclectic architecture and “California cool” style houses
  • the parks
  • the ferry to Sausalito
  • being only an hour from wine country
  • looking up the streets and seeing those famous hills
  • being able to wear workout clothes everywhere and still fit in juuuuust fine
  • the fact that you’re in a city, with everything that city life could offer, but you’re also at the ocean, and you don’t feel overwhelmed or crowded or stifled
  • how clean it is. you can argue with me on this one, but compared to NY, it’s way clean.

For me, everything about this place just works. I love my crazy NYC life, but I could easily live in SF as well. And maybe work for one of those too-cool .com companies with trendy names and symbols. You know, like Yelp or Twitter or whathave you. Because apparently that’s where people work in San Fran, if they’re not starting food trucks or selling produce or opening donut and coffee stands by the Bridge.

I’ll get to wine country in my next post (I promise, I’m back), but for now, here are a few pix of my wonderful long weekend on the Other Coast.

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brunch in Sausalito

tourists at Fisherman's Wharf (mid-run)

tourists at Fisherman’s Wharf (mid-run)

my fave baseball team and my fave drink -- orange is a great thing here

my fave baseball team and my fave drink — orange is a great thing here

some anchors just won't budge, muscles or not

some anchors just won’t budge, muscles or not

Be back soon with a wine country recap!