Running a race with no goals

Much like running “naked,” it can be pretty freeing. On July 27th I’ll be running the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon (for the mathematically challenged, that’s 13.1 miles) with Nuun (they signed on to be the on course support), so instead of racing for a time, I’ll be running with no stress, drinking ALL the Nuun on course, and encouraging runners along the way, especially those who may look like they’re struggling a bit.  This is a big change for me because normally when I run a 1/2, I want a PR!! PicMonkey Collage Chances are that I’ll still start out going too fast because in my head I’m still thinking “race mode!” I’ve run 1/2 marathons and other shorter races in San Francisco, but most have been along the Embarcadero, into the Presidio and towards the bridge (and some across the bridge), or into Golden Gate Park, finishing (or starting) on the Great Highway.  This will be a new course for me to run, since it starts at Spreckel’s Lake in GG Park, runs through Haight/Ashbury, the Mission, Mission Bay, passes by AT&T Park and then finishes along the Embarcadero. It might be a Boston Marathon qualifying race, but it FA SHO isn’t flat!

Are you running the SF Marathon? I’ll be at the Nuun booth at the expo on Friday evening and all day Saturday – come say hi!

How often do you run races without a goal?

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Bucket list of travels

Anyone else keep a list of amazing far-off places (or not so far-off) that you’d love to visit? I would randomly write places on the pages of my journals, but then new journals would be started, we moved and journals were lost and all of my partial lists have been lost! I had some pretty awesome places on there, if I remember them correctly!

Every time a friend travels to a new country (or national park), I start stalking their Facebook and Instagram accounts so that I can live vicariously through them. I have a friend that we exchange postcards with each other when traveling. He did this awesome backpacking trip and sent me a postcard from every single country. I did the same when I was in Europe in 2012 and it’s just an awesome thing to do! I love snail mail and love postcards from different places even more.

A few of mine include:

- Maldives
-Iceland
- Kayaking in Croatia
- Nepal
-Philippines
-Ghana
-Malaysia
-Patagonia
-Turkey
-Morocco
-Scotland

 

What’s on your travel bucket list?

 

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Summer goals?

Do you have anything that you want to accomplish before the end of summer? Nail a new dance routine, get that 6-pack, go on a vacation, spend more quality time with yourself or loved ones, etc?

I’m working on staying injury free and hopefully cleaning up my diet a little bit. I never really drank coffee until I started my current job and began commuting about 4 hours a day (ROUGH). I know that coffee isn’t good for my my body personally, as I react very easily to coffee and it makes me sick, but I was looking forward to that warm mug of liquid gold every morning when I’d come into the office, freezing. A co-worker and I are going coffee-free from now until the end of August to see if it helps both of us with our stomach issues (and since I can’t drink mine black, will help lessen the amount of sugar I’m consuming in creamer!)  This will also hopefully help the waistline since I’m leaving on a cruise in less than a month!

 

How about you? What are your summer plans?

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Restaurant.com gift certificates

For some strange reason when I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought of was that I had an old restaurant.com gift certificate and I needed to use it ASAP! Back in 2012 when I was fundraising for Team in Training, I bought a bunch of gc’s at a lower rate to sell as fundraiser items. Some I sold, some I used as raffle items and I bought so many that some weren’t used, so I sent them to a couple friends and family members. I thought I only had one left over (frantic wake-up reminder one), but when I logged into my account, I found out I have 4… 4 $25 gift certificates. And here I am, supposed to be better about what I’m eating and not eat out as much, but now that I’ve remembered them, how can I say no to free food?!

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TMJ update and seeing a specialist

On Thursday morning I went to see a a dentist that specializes in TMJ to see if there’s anything we can do. I’ve talked to my regular dentist + an oral surgeon + my old regular doctor to no avail. Basically a bunch of “change your diet to softer foods and that’s about all we can do.” Awesome to hear as a 28 year old! I was referred to Dr. Larson from the chiropractor I’ve been seeing that’s been doing ART Therapy and Graston on my shoulders, upper back, neck and jaw (if you’ve never had Graston, look it up. It’s painful and intense and makes me want to cry sometimes, but it’s really helping with muscle tightness!)

I had pictures taken, an exam done, and then my head was hooked up to this super awesome cranial thing (I wanted to ask if I could take pictures to post but didn’t want them to think I was a total weirdo), but this is what it looked like:
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The white thing was put on first, and that was able to digitally track movement of my jaw when opening and closing it, and clearly showed the “hitch” that happens on the left side, and showed restricted movement when moving side to side (when it’s locked, I can barely shift my jaw to the right).  After that, sensors were put on both sides of my jaw, right at the joint, and the little black headset was put on. I did the same exercises, and this time the monitor showed the amount of noise that my jaw was generating when opening and closing. Not surprisingly, it showed a POP! of noise when opening and closing my jaw, coming from the left side.

After my consultation, I had to go to an imaging place to do x-rays and 3D scans done. I already feel like it’s going to be a financial nightmare since the imaging place doesn’t accept ANY insurance, so I get to deal with that on my own, and had to pay out of pocket $479 for everything that day.  I’m not sure about other people living in San Francisco, but I can’t just drop five hundo every single visit for treatment, though I know it’s something that really needs to be dealt with and fixed.

 

 

BAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH is how I feel.
Anyone else ever deal with TMJ?

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Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge

I made last minute plans to come into San Francisco this morning (I already commute 4 hours a day to/from the city for work Monday-Friday, so I rarely want to make that trip again on the weekends) when I found out Kristina’s brother Ben was in town for the weekend. I haven’t seen him in year, so it was a good reason to make the trek! I drove to Ashby BART to leave my car, and then Kristina picked me up to drive into the city to her cousins in the Haight-Ashbury area of SF. We have brunch at Sparrow (YUM!) – I had the french toast – if you go, you must try it!

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French Toast – Hazelnut Chocolate, Caramelized Banana And Pure Maple Syrup – no explanation needed but COME ON! Nutella and bananas on top of delicious french toast?! SOLD!!

I ordered an egg on the side to get a little protein in for the day, but pretty much took my last 2 pieces of french toast and dragged them along the entire plate to soak up every bit of that deliciousness. I mean, you shouldn’t waste, right?

We then drove over to Sports Basement to rent bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve run across the bridge multiple times during races, but have never ridden a bike across it.  It was getting a little chiller as we drove through the Marina and could barely see the bottom of the bridge as we got closer.  After renting our bikes, we set off towards the bridge, but made sure to stop at Hopper’s Hands for a photo opp!

IMG_2617We then turned around and headed back towards the hill into the Presidio that starts the climb up to the base of the bridge. HILL OH MY GOD. My quads were on FIYAH! We made it up another winding hill (+ trail detour) and started across the bridge. It was getting cold fast! and windy.

photo (1)Visibility wasn’t great at all, but we still wanted to stop to take some more pictures.

IMG_2622It was so cold and windy by this time that I could barely feel my face and hands , but we still had 2/3 of the bridge to cover, so we had to press on!  We got about 2/3 of the way across the bridge and it started to clear up, the skies were getting blue and we could see how beautiful it was in Sausalito!

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imageBut then we realized that there were only 2 people behind me at that point (there were supposed to be 4). We waited a few minutes and then Ben went back. Turns out the chain came off on one of the bikes shortly after we had taken off the last time, so we decided to turn back – it was FREEZING on the ride back to them; literally freezing. My body was shivering, I couldn’t feel my face of hands and my pants were so cold it felt like they were wet (not great when it feels like you peed  your pants without your memory haha).  We go the chain fixed up and headed back towards Sports Basement, where the clouds went away and the temperatures rose by about 5 degrees within that short ride. San Francisco weather is crazy. Karl the fog was out in full force today.

 

How did you spend your Saturday?

 

 

 

 

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How do you blog?

What’s your blogging schedule like? Do you jot down ideas that pop into your head? Do you sit down before bed and hammer out a few blog posts and then schedule them throughout the week? How do you manage a full-time job, life and blogging so often?

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July 4th – Happy Independence Day!

I know Canada Day was earlier this week (we celebrated by watching a gut-wrenching Team USA be blown to smithereens during their World Cup match. Seriously though, Tim Howard was the only American there that day), but we wanted the chance to celebrate our day too, as the annoying downstairs neighbors haha

The fireworks started in our neighborhood last night around 9pm, promptly scaring the pups (and me for that first big POP!) and they came into my room and wanted to lay with my in bed (they NEVER want cuddle time in my room, only the living room!)

This morning I was able to sleep in until 8am (HALLELUJAH!) and then got some breakfast and made a cup of tea so I could turn on Wimbledon since they were showing my main man Roger Federer playing in the semis. Promptly at 9am I switched to the World Cup to cheer on Germany!

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Today will be filled with family, sun, swimming, food and fireworks. How are you celebrating?

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Week in review: June 29

I just got finished housesitting for a friend last Sunday, was home for a couple days and started housesitting for my old boss Wednesday after work. My parents dogs think I moved out and every time I come back they’re SO excited! Makes me feel pretty awesome haha. Also awesome? Housesitting = I can walk around with no pants. WINNING!

I had a couple doctors appointments this week (lady bits and chiro for some A.R.T Therapy and Graston work = YOWZA! to both)

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Update on the UPS debacle: STILL fighting it. My box showed up like this, and this is just one view. The other side was also ripped open and there was a big hole at the bottom. Awesome job UPS!

Lazy movie night with the pups. In case you were wondering, pugs are LOUD snorers and when they sneeze they get snot everywhere.

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Weather at home is fabulous and WARM! I have a windy day at work in the city and then get home and it’s still sunny and 75*+ so that naturally means backyard sun time! I’m taking FULL advantage of housesitting this week.

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Working Saturday at REI for Nuun. Upside: I get I talk to customers about hydration, dehydration, electrolytes, active lives, traveling, etc. Downside: I drink the ENTIRE time = 3x the bathroom breaks that I normally take.

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Baby G came to have dinner with me after work last night and had never really been around small dogs. He was SO intrigued, especially by their curly tails. He was also down for giving them all open-mouthed, full tongue kisses.

20140629-111645-40605539.jpgAfter awhile, he picked his favorite of the three and just wanted to love on her. He’s a good judge in character since she’s the sweetest old lady dog ever!

Carmen and I called each other out on Facebook yesterday for not being consistent with training (she had a baby a few months ago. I have a food baby daily), so we met up at 7:30 this morning at the Lagoon for a run. By 7:30am it was already sunny and 71*, so we worked up a sweat!

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Today is filled with a little more time in the sun, World Cup (holy heck Holland!), work and taking the Grams to BINGO tonight.

How was your week?

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World Cup fever

… is here to stay! When I studied abroad in Germany 2006-2007, we missed the World Cup being hosted by them by just a few months (major bummer).  I got my very first parking ticket during the 2010 World Cup because I refused to leave a Dutch cafe while watching one of the Netherlands matches (my meter was expired for 8 minutes. THEY ARE FAST).  And now it’s time for the World Cup again and we’re so excited! Working at an international business school makes for a very interesting World Cup because we have students from all over the world. We have one classroom each day dedicated to showing matches and you can hear them yelling from time to time when their team scores (or sadly, gets so close to scoring but doesn’t)

We have a league going between our office, colleagues in Boston and Miami, put in our predictions every day and hope and pray that we picked the right score! I’ve been agonizing over my points since day 1 (ridiculous, I know). We have the audio for most games going in the background of the office, and for the Germany-Portugal game, closed the doors, ordered in pizza and beer and just watched the match (DEUTSCHLAND!)
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Now that it’s Round of 16, who are you rooting for?

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