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I Signed Up For Another 5k…..What?!

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That’s right folks and I can’t believe it either! September 1st, just a week and half before my 3.5 mile race (which was supposed to be my first race ever) up in San Francisco, I am doing the Color Me Rad race with M! I am stoked to be colored rad and look like a bag of Skittles when I am done. You run the 5k and every km people chuck paint at you! Crazy huh? Well it’s not really paint, it’s colored corn starch but gives the same effect! You show up in all white and leave looking like a box of pastels crayons. Just take a look for yourself at these photos. It is going to be awesome.

And more exciting news….I finally got my new running shoes. I played around with Photoshop and altered the photo but look how cute they are! They are Nike Dual Fusion women’s running shoes in metallic silver and desert pink. I ran with them tonight and my first impression was, WOW am I running on Jello? They are so comfy and they have little vents or maybe it is the mesh in the front, but my toes get air and circulation and it feels oh so good! Can’t wait to put some more mileage on them!

 

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The Things I Have Learned About Running while Running

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Saturday’s run took us by the new mural at San Jose International Airport

Recently as I have begun running more and more I realized there are a few things I learned on my own. As an amateur runner I had no idea on what to wear or how to be comfortable so I thought I should share these tips with any other new runners out there! They might seem silly and small but really make a difference for me and the more comfortable I feel, the easier it is for me to run.

Here are the things I have learned in no order of importance:

  1. Wearing your hair in a high pony tail is annoying. It keeps falling down and I always have to mess with it. What I learned: wear it in a tight, low pony and you won’t mess with it the whole run. Pretty obvious right? (And to top it off, they make no slip hair ties!)
  2. For yoga, I love to wear Lucy-type-form-fitting clothes, but while you are running they move up and down a lot. What I learned: Wearing baggy shirts and a sports bra is way more comfortable and you don’t have to adjust anything.
  3. Shorts are uncomfortable. Maybe I am wearing the wrong types but they just move everywhere. What I learned: Leggings or spandex capris are way more comfortable. (These are the Adidas ones I just bought.)
  4. Slapping your feet on the ground and twisting and bouncing wastes your energy. What I learned: run as if you are barefoot. You will save energy and it is better for your body.
  5. Running with a bottle of water in your hand is annoying. In the beginning it was like my security blanket or something. I felt like I couldn’t go on a run without water because what if I died of thirst? What I learned: I will be fine and there is one water fountain off the trail that tastes just fine.
  6. Running around a track is just plain boring. What I learned: running along the trail is much more enjoyable for obvious reasons. You never know what you will see or encounter and you can take a different route each time.
  7. If your feet hurt because your shoes are too tight buy new ones. What I learned: your toenails will bruise and its painful and not pretty!

I think that is everything that is on my mind right now and I hope it helps you too! What have you learned while running that you wish you knew beforehand that just made life easier?

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My Longest Run Thus Far

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Halleluiah! I can’t believe I am even saying this but today M and I ran 5.91 miles! We decided to check out the rest of the trail and kept exploring and before we knew it we were past the San Jose International Airport. I ran almost the whole time but of course we had to stop a few times because I was winded. I also started getting very sore in my hip flexors at about the fourth mile which was something new but I guess expected for my first time. I am sure I will feel it tomorrow too. I definitely need to upgrade and get some new running shoes so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know! We started running around 9am and got back in just about an hour which was awesome. We beat the heat (it was 88 in San Jose today) and got back in time to grab a couple chairs down at the pool. It was a great day for my training and I seriously can’t wait to continue running faster and longer distances. I am actually really looking forward to it!

And if you can’t believe it either, here is the proof! I am on a roll for July!

I am getting pretty close….wouldn’t you say?

Exciting News: Race Day is September 12

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If you have been following my blog lately you know the majority of my posts have been about running and trying to get more into the sport. It has always been something I don’t like….actual dread…but recently it has been more of a hobby and daily routine. I have been running on average two miles every day and I am so damn proud of myself! I do it every night when I get home from work and it doesn’t bother me or anything. No matter how tired I am I put on my Nikes and Tuneband (best purchase off Amazon ever) and get running. I bring my puppy Gracie and she loves it. She keeps up with me and trails right behind me. It is so cute and I know she actually looks forward to it too.

I am so excited to announce I will be in my first ever RACE!! Shutterfly (they own Tiny Prints, where I work) is sponsoring the employees to participate in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in September! It is 3.5 miles along the water in San Francisco and I am stoked. The timing COULD NOT be more ideal as now all my running is actually part of a training program. I had no intention of signing up for a race and merely run for exercise but this is perfect. I am slowly increasing my distance and before I know it I will be running 3.5 miles like a pro. Some of you might be chuckling but if you knew me it’s a big deal! I am so so excited and can’t wait to get my first race bib. Exciting stuff!!

Keeping Up With My Goal: Running….& Hard

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What a weekend! I am feeling so tired today and I guess it is because of all my exercising. Saturday I finally got to drop into the yoga studio and loved it. It has been way too long and my hamstrings could attest to that. It was a Level 2-3 class so we did some fancy arm balances, hand stands and stretches. After yoga M and I did a 4 mile run on the trail! Woo hoo…I am getting so much faster! Sunday I ran another two and today did 2.5 miles-with Gracie…my little puppy…Boy, she can run way faster than me and loves the exercise. I am so happy I am running more and can’t wait to see some results! 

A Beautiful Weekend in San Jose & Capitola, CA

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Happy Monday! Here are some photos I wanted to share from my lovely weekend. I had my very first ever Garage Sale! It was actually pretty fun but I must say required a lot of prep. Gathering the items, setting up tables in my garage, pricing items, etc. It was supposed to be a community garage sale but only four of us participated! I hope they plan another one this summer or later in the year and I can help promote and market it more. Not many people knew it was happening and were sad they didn’t get to participate! Believe it or not I still have SO much stuff so I need to pack it all up now and donate it to the Salvation Army for families who could really use the stuff.

On Sunday I ran on the beach again! This time we went to Seacliff Beach and ran over 4 miles! I am getting so much better with running and breathing deeper to keep my energy up. It is so nice to see my progress and how much easier running is getting for me. Running on the beach is so relaxing and you get to see so many dogs and families and sea life. We were up and out of there with a great workout completed by noon! And what better way to finish off the day than getting home and jumping in the pool followed by a marathon of Breaking Bad! (We are on Season 1 but hope to catch up by the premiere on July 15th!)

Here are some photos from the weekend.

Peonies to brighten up my room. My faves

My friend rescued these from a box at Costco. Sad, but now they have the best home!

Our entertainment at the Garage Sale! “No, they are not for sale!”

So tired. Look how he passed out! 6 week old terrier mix

The wharf at Seacliff Beach

Miles of beach to run on…..and man did we do that

The last few feet of my run…..look what I found. What a perfect end to my run on the beach! ❤

Running on the Beach-Maui Style

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Happy Monday! I had a wonderful weekend and am keeping up with my goal of running. Friday I ran before work and Saturday had an amazing workout. M and I got up to Santa Cruz by 9am and beat all the traffic. It was 100 degrees in San Jose and Santa Cruz was a perfect 82. We set up our towels on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and ran up and down the beach. It was about 1.5 miles from one end to the other and we did that twice! Yup, 3 miles on the beach plus 100 sit ups and 100 squats. I was sort of a wimp and ran with my running shoes on and he did it barefoot. What a pro. I couldn’t handle it but I know that’s totally not what running on the beach should be, but I had to.  It was still amazing and believe me it was a tough workout! I love the smell of the ocean and sun tan oil and listening to the yelping sea lions under the pier. I discovered that I usually only run on the beach on my vacations but driving up to the coast and doing it on an early morning is so much fun! Only 40 minutes away from home and it feels like a mini vacation!

After our workout we walked up to the boardwalk before they even opened and bought some tickets for the rides. I was so excited to be there and M and I were reminiscing of our childhood trips to the boardwalk and how everything was exactly how we remembered. We rode the Log Ride and got drenched and then the historic Giant Dipper which was a blast. After the rides we took a stroll down to the pier aka the Santa Cruz Wharf and walked around and acted like tourists which was fun. We ended up in the cutest wine bar, Prima Vino, which had amazing views of the ocean. We enjoyed some scrumptious mimosas with fresh fruit juice which was in an ice bin so we could make whatever we wanted. I chose guava for my first one and POG juice for my second. For those of you who have been to Hawaii you know that’s Pineapple, Orange and Guava juice. Delicious! It was such a beautiful day and I am so excited to go back up to the beach and run on some early morning weekends.

The view from the Santa Cruz Wharf (Photo by me)

The Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Board...

The Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Running: Forcing myself to love it

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Running has always been a weakness of mine. I have never liked to do it..I get tired when I run and super dizzy because I don’t take full, deep breaths but I am working on it. My plan is to get in in shape and run 3 times a week! I am so proud of myself for running almost 3 miles last night and another mile this morning. It is so nice to be outside and smell nature…the jasmine…roses….trees and everything else. I am on track for building my endurance and look forward to running 5 miles before I know it. Deep breath….and GO!

My movie weekend: Brittany’s take on some reviews

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Happy Monday everyone! I had such a great weekend spending time with family and friends and it felt like such a long weekend. I love when that happens and you feel rested on Monday.

I saw two great movies this weekend that I wanted to share. First, I saw Act of Valor and I thought it was great. The film came out earlier this year and follows an elite Navy SEALs team as they are trying to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent. The best part of the film is the SEALs are real servicemen-not actors. Now, some parts were a little cheesy and I cringed at the acting, but it wasn’t too bad because they are active duty SEALs! I couldn’t get over the fact how amazing these Navy SEALs are. The missions they did, the combat, the heroism, was all so inspiring. The combat scenes were also REAL with live ammunition. It was very interesting to watch the SEALs and see some of their real life events and better understand what they do! It also gave me more insight into the mission that found and killed Osama Bin Laden. It is crazy what these “warriors” can do. Drop out of planes in the water, sky dive out of helicopters into combat.

Parts of the movie did feel like propaganda and a recruitment video by the Navy, but nonetheless it was emotional, heroic and truly inspirational. I highly recommend this movie to everyone!

The next movie I saw was Promethesus 3D! Not a typical movie I would see but was easily convinced to go with my partner in crime. I am usually not into sci-fi movies but was so intrigued by the trailer. I didn’t even know this was the prequel to ALIEN! The 3D technology in this film was amazing. One of the first things I said when the first scene began was “I feel like I am right there!” We sat in the 5th row which isn’t very common for us but I am so glad we did. The best part of this movie was it was shot in real 3D which means Scott used 3D cameras to shoot the movie. Some of the best 3D movies were shot using 3D cameras (think Avatar) as opposed to be shot using 2D cameras and then converted in post-production (think Clash of the Titans). I literally felt like I was right next to cast and in the mountains in outer space. It wasn’t the typical jump-out-of-the-screen and scare you 3D movie that most of you are used to. Okay, enough about the filmmaking right? Well, overall the movie was amazing. Like I said I haven’t seen all the Alien films but this movie was also made for the typical moviegoer like me. There are some very gory and violent scenes but closing my eyes for a few seconds was fine. The story and writing was great and so was the acting! I don’t want to spoil it for everyone so go see it. I give it 5 stars for sure.

A Whimsical Winery Wedding: Sunol, CA

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Over the weekend I was able to witness two lovely friends get married. The wedding was at Elliston Winery in Sunol and it was breathtaking. There was an old mansion on the property which made the wedding have a vintage feel. The rehearsal dinner was at Campo Di Bocce in Livermore and we had a blast. I had never been there before and was very impressed with the food. Everything I tried was amazing and I loved the different courses…and especially the desert. The night was very personal as we listened to speeches from both sides of the family and watched a slideshow the brides mom created for the bride and groom. The next day consisted of a lot of relaxing as the men had to do their “groomsmen” duties and prepare for the wedding which started at 5pm!

It was a lot of fun attending the wedding now that I work in the wedding industry (social team at Wedding Paper Divas). I noticed a lot of adorable DIY projects that the bride created and I really appreciated everything and noticed the little things. She spent so much time putting a personal touch into the wedding and it truly showed. From the wine bottle centerpieces used as “guest books,” to the flower petals down the aisle, the slide shows that were created and even the sparklers at the end of the wedding. It was all magical and I am so happy I was there and experienced all the love they had for each other!