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Running, paddling, eating and drinking my way through Newport Beach.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Aloha Friday!

Happy Friday, everyone! It's the last day of school (work) for a week so I'm extra excited to have made it to Friday. 

Tonight we are hitting the boat parade with some hot rum cider and hanging out with friends, and tomorrow will be my little family Christmas celebration complete with the annual viewing of Love Actually. It's the best holiday movie ever, in my opinion. 

I also hope to get in a 10.5 miler tomorrow since I'm heading to the land of cold, wind, and snow Sunday morning... brrrr!

Last Christmas in the backyard.

I will miss you, beach.
But I will drink lots of you all week!
As far as running back home goes, we do have a treadmill I plan to make lots of use of, and if it stays above 40 degrees, I may just hit the road for a brief run. But I've planned it so that as long as I get a few mid distance runs in, I won't have to hit a double digit run until I get back from Chicago after Christmas.

I doubt I'll be blogging much from my food-and-drink-coma, but follow me on twitter for some cold weather updates!

Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunset Run

Yesterday was one of those days when I was psyched all day to run... then it hit going home time and all I wanted to do was lay down. Motivation was lacking and the temperature was dropping with the sun. But after putting on lots of sweat wicking clothes, I headed out for a 5 miler down the beach path and was rewarded with this:

Thank you, nature.
I love it when 5 miles seems like nothing in the midst of a training cycle. 

How have your midweek runs been going?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I've seen these on a few different blogs and healthy living websites:
Cute idea, but I don't know if I could justify $65 on underwear. And I'm not sure, but the model doesn't really look like she has a runner's butt.

Would you ever buy them? For yourself, or for the other runner in your life?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Confessions

I did my long run Saturday instead of Sunday due to the Christmas Crawl and the accurately predicted aftermath. 10 miles in 91 minutes... good enough for me! However, my stomach was a mess all evening after, and when I finally was hungry, I'm sure this didn't help:
Do not eat this at 2 am next time, genius.
Did I mention that there were a lot of these going around?
White Russians- the dude would approve.
While I'm glad I got my run in, I would have liked to do some sort of exercise yesterday, but the hangover and the weather combined to make it a couch day. So did this:

What day do you do your long runs on?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Aloha Friday!

After a somewhat painful week, happy Friday! If everything is feeling okay, I'm hoping to hit the gym after work, since it's CLOSING today until the end of December. The worst part? They won't let us use the newly opened Super Sport ACROSS THE STREET! How rude.

Also, my neighbors and I are having a Christmas Walk, where we all are making a variety of wintery drinks for a pub-crawl type situation on Saturday. Could (and most likely will) be dangerous.

Gonna get crunk up in here.
Also planned is a 10 miler! Let's hope it goes as well as last week's niner.

What do you have planned?

Thursday, December 8, 2011


When you can't work out, do you usually cut back on your food intake? Due to my stomach being whack still, I can't get in the usual 60 minutes of cardio today. So I'm trying to be more careful than normal since I'm trying to lose weight.
Mmm. Salad.
I'm not the biggest fan of dieting (I'll get into how I lost about 40 pounds a few years ago in another post), but I feel like every calorie counts these days.

What do you do when you can't get in a quality workout?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All Good in the Hood

Yesterday's EGD was kinda awesome in the way that I slept about 12 hours, ate frozen yogurt, was able to find my parked car without too many problems this morning, and was found to have a "normal" stomach. The anesthesia they give you makes you way forgetful, so I only had to ask the husband 4 times what actually happened. I'm told a "shitload" (that's a quote from my doctor, btw) of biopsies were taken, but everything looks fine for now. So we will see what develops!

I tried running today but only made it 2 miles on the tm before visions of internal bleeding stopped me. They didn't tell me a time restriction on no exercise, but something tells me pounding out 6 miles wouldn't be the best thing.

Anyway, what do you all think of Sport Beans? I have tried a few different flavors before long runs, but fruit punch is grody. I'd like to find a favorite flavor before the weekend if I'm able to do the 10 miles I have planned.

See? Grody.
Do you have a favorite? What else do you eat for energy before long runs?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Confessions

Holler! It's Monday. I had a weekend as advertised: plenty of eating and drinking. This is how I rolled at the husband's company Christmas party Friday: 
No, I cannot walk in these.

There was plenty of debauchery and donut eating at 2 am. Super! Sunday I got in 9.2 miles around the hills of Newport:
I felt really good in this, the longest run I've done since the Long Beach half in October. I'm surprisingly not sore at all today.

But the big news: tomorrow I have an upper endoscopy scheduled at 4 pm to see what the f is going on with my stomach. It's been hurting on and off since July and I'm pretty sick of it; what I'm most worried about though? Not eating. ALL. DAY. That's right; you can't eat for 8 hours before the scope, and since I'm such a dedicated teacher, I have an afternoon appointment rather than first thing in the morning. This after having to open the school tomorrow at 6:30 am. So wish me luck!

Anything you all need to confess? Anyone ever get scoped before? How was it?

Friday, December 2, 2011

OMG Thank Goodness

I'm so glad it's Friday it's sick. The real world is not at all what I would like to be in right now. Last Friday at this time I was on a remote beach on a remote island getting' my tan on. And it's not like I am on my way to Vegas for the big Strip at Night race that EVERY blogger in the universe is heading to...

BUT! I get to wear these:
Leopard and furry!
to a Christmas party tonight, so that makes up for everything.

This weekend we are also planning a hike (depending on how hungover I am tomorrow) and some stellar eating, so it should be fun.

What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Treadmill Talk

Today's run calls for 6 miles that I will be pounding out on the treadmill. I actually really like running on tms because I need work on my speed and I find that I always set the pace faster than I run outside. When I run outside, I usually take it easier and try to enjoy the scenery and people watching. At the gym on the treadmill, I'm all about getting in and out, hard and fast. Oh yeah.

She is working' it.
How do you feel about treadmills versus pavement running?