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Happy Valentine’s Day, Ragnar Style!

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Today, being Valentine’s Day, I was thinking about being kind to myself/loving myself and what I do to work on that (because it’s definitely a work in progress!). Also, how to show people around me that I love and care about them. Running comes to mind, because what’s better than running? Sharing miles with friends, that’s what! There is something about lacing up your running shoes, meeting a good friend and logging miles.

May 19-20th, I’ll be in Canada with an amazing group of friends, to run the Niagara Falls Ragnar! This is going to be my first relay event and what better way to do it, but with this kick ass group of runners?!

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We come from different running back grounds, paces and goals, with one thing in common…being a TEAM and helping each other succeed! That is a true sign of both love and friendship. The purpose of a Ragnar Relay is to conquer 200-ish miles of road running with 12 friends and 2 vans during a Ragnar Relay.

Are you curious about how all of this works? Here is the skinny on it!

“Teams cover 200-ish miles of running from point A to point B, on sidewalks, backroads, bike paths, paved trails and road shoulders. Form a 12-Pack team with 11 of your friends, family members or co-workers. Or you can form a 6-Pack team (open during regular registration periods during all Ragnar Relays), and we’ll pair you with another 6-Pack team to form a full team of 12 runners. For those looking for an even bigger challenge, form a 6-person Ultra team and conquer the course with half the team members.

Pile teams into vans or SUVs and tag team 200-ish miles, day and night, relay-style over two days and one night. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-13 miles and varying in difficulty. Runners average about 17 total miles, with some of the shorter runner positions totaling 11 miles and some of the longer runner positions totaling 24 miles. Ultra runners take on 6 legs each, and average a full marathon (26+ miles).

While one person is running, the rest of your teammates are on support duty in your race vehicles. Teams of 12 require two vehicles (Runners 1-6 in Van One and 7 -12 in Van Two). Van One’s runners will cover the first six legs. As each runner begins, the crew in the vehicle can drive ahead, cheer their runner on and meet them at the exchange point to pick them up and drop off the next runner. After the first 6 legs, Van Two gets their chance to shine and starts putting in the miles.

Once your van’s runners finish the six legs, you can enjoy downtime, get food, maybe sleep, and then drive ahead to the major exchange point to wait for your other van to finish their six legs. All that stuff above? Yeah… you get to do it two more times.”

I met most of the team last June when I went to Toronto for Michelle, aka Coach’s, birthday. They are by far one of the most warm, inviting and social groups of runners I’ve had the pleasure of calling friends! Spending time with people like this, is what makes my  heart happy, allows me to grow as both a runner and individual and have a great time. Being happy and nurturing friendships is so important! I’m pretty sure after 2 days in a van, running, making memories and having fun, this will become even stronger.

Have you participated in a Ragnar or other relay? Do you have any tips you can share with this PinkHat wearing newbie? Send em’ my way!!

Do you have a special day planned with friends or loved ones?

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XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Week 5 is Starting and Transparency…

Do you ever reach a point where you just don’t want to? Just don’t want to be an adult, take care of what’s needed, do anything? Last Tuesday, that was me. I felt overwhelmed with life, getting home later than usual. It had been a long day, I was tired, had dishes to do, bags to pack for the next day, macros to finish up and all I wanted was for someone to say, “Hey, I’ve got this, I’ll take care of it”. Of course that didn’t happen, because I am a one woman show and damn proud of it, but it would have been nice! I got myself together, ate what I needed to, packed the bags and went to bed. The next day, I was up and at the gym, doing my best. Some days, I fall prey to a pity party for one, we all do. But it’s how we handle it and rally, that matters the most!

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Last week, was week 4 with Mary’s macro group and I was feeling strong physically and mentally, well mostly except for that table for one on Tuesday. My lifting is getting stronger, I’m upping weights, I’m fueling with my macros and trying to get as close to being on point as possible! It’s been a fun game of seeing just how much I can eat for my allotment every day and keep it interesting. Sunday  night’s progress photos are showing changes and I’m happy. The scale is a battle, I may never win though. It fluctuates and I’m going to take a small vacation from it for a while! I think that’s a healthy approach and Mary agreed, so many other factors come into play with measuring success. How do you measure success?

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My running has been strongly impacted by this increase in muscle and fueling. I ran 7.2 miles yesterday before kettle bell and spin classes. It was a comfortable pace and when I finished and saw that I was actually cruising at a faster pace, I was very happy. I haven’t felt that good for a medium distance run with good splits in a while. All of this is paying off!

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This morning, to kick off the week I got in the weight room for triceps and chest, plus I added two extra sets of push ups. Why? Because why not! I’m seeing definition, changes in my physique and loving it. This is a process and a journey that will only lead to success and continued health.

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How was your week, did you make any changes in your routine? Trying anything new to shake things up?

There is still time to register for Niagara Falls Womens Half Marathon! Race day is June 4th and you should treat yourself for Valentines’ Day with a race bib! You can use code “NFWHM15” until February 28th and save $15. race

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Monday Motivation: Macros Update Week 4, Here we GO!!

Today  marks the start of week four of working with Mary and I’m feeling stronger than ever!  I have to apologize, before I get too far into this blog, I spaced on writing an update last week. It was on my mind, but I kept getting distracted for some reason, life was a little hectic!

I hopped on the scale this morning and saw I stayed the exact same as last week and you know what? I was happy with that! My strength is improving, I’m losing inches, I’m feeling confident and making progress towards my goals for both running and overall fitness. There is muscle definition happening!

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With all of this macro counting, weight lifting, I’m feeling a difference in my running as well – which was a focus for me in starting this. Fueling my body appropriately, cross training to reduce injury and get stronger were and are important to me. With my obturator on the mend, my running has seen an improvement and getting my hips/glutes stronger is a huge plus! Yesterday’s long run was scheduled for 50 minutes and wound up being an hour because I did a loop over to the beach to see the amazing sunrise. How can you not stop for this?

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I’ve also been in the pool once a week and tearing it up on the spin bike. My rides are getting stronger and I’m burning crazy calories!

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Now you all know that I’m a get the most bang for your macros buck kinda gal, while still feeling like I’m getting good foods with a couple of treats. I’ve found some awesome additions to my weekly menu that have added in a bit of sweetness. The first one is GButter, think Nutella meets cookie, meets birthday cake and is macro friendly! I ordered two flavors, Birthday Cake and the Hazelnut Cocoa. The Birthday Cake, I enjoy with cereal and a little almond milk for dessert in the evenings. It really hits the spot and I don’t always use the full serving. Macros for 2 tablespoons is Protein – 10 g Carbs – 5 g Fat – 5 g with 100 calories. Trust me, a little of this goes a long way! I used the Hazelnut Cocoa on protein pancakes the other morning for pre work out fuel, I felt like I was cheating even though I wasn’t!

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Last night, Chyrl came over for our weekly photo update and dinner, just in time to try a Buff Brownie with me! I found Buff Stuff Shop on Instagram and ordered the DIY pack. It came with Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice, Lemon Meringue, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon. The only ingredients you add to the mix are 46 g of egg whites and half a cup of water, presto, you have an amazing brownie! Chyrl brought over some Arctic Zero Chocolate and Salted Caramel flavors and we  had a decadent treat!

How is your training and nutrition going? If you’re looking for ways to save, here are a few discount codes for you!

Niagara Falls Womens Half Marathon has a coupon code, use “NFWHM15” for $15 off!

Eat Me Guilt Free use “Michele” for 10% yummy treats!

 

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Tuesday, the new Monday

Good morning! Hopefully, everyone had a nice long weekend! Mine was busy, productive and fun.

I’m ready for the new week, armed with coffee!

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Sunday, I got to do some shopping with my best friend and we lunched at True Food Kitchen in Palo Alto. If you have a location near you or you happen to come across one, do yourself a favor and go! The food is not only innovative, fresh and healthy, it’s amazing! My first experience was in Pasadena, back in November and I loved it. My Tuscan Kale salad with a double serving of Ahi tuna was what I needed in my life. I love me some kale and protein. Sorry that the photo isn’t better. I weighed the fish, dumped it on and got down to business of eating.

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Last week, I talked about starting with Mary Davis, as a macros coach and promised to share weekly updates with you. It’s very important to me that I’m transparent and honest with you guys. Starting the week, I was a little nervous, truth be told. Mary and I are going to approach the next six weeks increasing my fat and carbs because of the level of activity I have each week. She decreased my protein a smidge, with the caveat that it will go up.

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The week went well, I also started her weight lifting routine which put me away from as many classes and in the weight room. It felt good to use free weights again, it’s been years! That wasn’t the only shift, I found myself much more even keeled during the day, I timed my food better and felt amazing!

Sunday, Chyrl came over for dinner and we took our update photos for Mary. Each week, we keep a log of food/macros, workouts (weight used, etc.) and take a progress picture. With that done, I was a little nervous getting on the scale Sunday morning. In all honesty, I was preparing myself for a gain, which I was going to be just fine with. If I gained, but felt this good, then I’m going to consider the week a win. Can you imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and saw a LOSS for the week?! Will this happen every week? Doubtful. What it does do is to remind me to TRUST the PROCESS!! When I started on my IIFYM journey in September I had no idea what it was going to do for me both inside and out. Working with Mary has been the step up I needed to really be a game changer on many levels. I am proud of myself that I took charge of my macros and got myself started on this, but having Mary beside me truly is a tremendous help. She certainly keeps it real, is honest, incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and above all, she cares about her clients. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 weeks bring, I’m ready!

As promised here is my progress photo for this week, I made a collage to send her and I said I would share it with you. Here you go.

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How was your week? Do you have today off for MLK?

Don’t forget, you can save 10% from Eat Me Guilt Free using code “Michele”

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Monday Motivation: Let’s do This!!

Good morning, happy Monday!!!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great and I was looking forward to Monday, how many people can say that? Well, I was and am! This is going to be a fantastic week, I can just tell.

On Friday, my new kitchen scale and travel mug arrived from Amazon. I am super excited about the travel mug, it’s also a French Press and this is the one I bought. It’s  easy to use and in a few minutes, I’m out the door, coffee in hand. Gotta love the feeling of the first sip of coffee early in the morning, am I right?

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I also went to see Dr. Barkalow and he had me get laser therapy for my glute muscle. Wow! I had no idea it was going to be easy and make such a difference. The tightness has diminished so much and my weekend runs were decent. I took it easy, to be on the safe side both Saturday and Sunday with the pace, but the difference was definitely felt.

Caution, the following photo does show a glimpse of my booty…you’ve been warned.

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I had a cold/sinus crankiness last week, that I bombarded with over the counter medication and I think it’s subdued enough to realize I’m not a fan of the nose blowing. Saturday, I got my workout and errands of the way, hunkered down on the sofa, blew my nose like a full time job and hopefully I’m continuing on the upswing. Take that cold bug!

Sunday, feeling better (not as stuffy), I tackled the day full force! Laundry, run, grocery shopping, a colonic and getting prepped for my Macros Group with Mary Davis Fitness, aka, Macros Mary. This is really why I am pumped for Monday and I’ve been looking forward to today since I signed up with her for this. After talking about my goals, exercise routine and current macros, Mary wants me to reverse diet for a little bit. Which to be truthful, I had a feeling she was going to say that. I’ve been working my macros since September on my own and I have done well. At the same time, I know I could be better and this is where she is going to help! With my activity level, she has realigned my macros for full potential and I had so much fun grocery shopping yesterday. I am working on incorporating more healthy fats into my diet and being more strategic with my carbs. Trader Joe’s is a gold mine and I found single serving coconut oil packets while shopping, have you seen these?

One part of this process that intimidated me was taking my measurements and having to send her a before picture, plus weekly photos. Saturday, I weighed myself and took the measurements Mary requested, to send to her on Sunday. I did this Saturday, because she gave me instructions to have 1-2 cheat meals this weekend. I wanted the weight to be without the added water retention and sodium. The scale showed me a number I haven’t seen in ages, my plateau was broken. That was a great feeling, not so much for the number looking back at me, but because I didn’t feel like I’ve done anything different. I was not depriving myself, I ate well with lots of variety and I feel strong inside and out.  The reward of feeling confident in my own skin, outweighs anything else by a long shot!

If you have been following my blog, you know by now I’m very transparent and what you see is what you get, I don’t like to hide or sugar coat anything (If you meet me in person, I am the same person you see on social media). Which means I’m going to be sharing my journey for the next six weeks with Mary and the photos that I submit to her with you. There is nothing wrong with saying, “Hey, this is me. I am a 41 year old woman, I am an athlete, I have had two surgeries that involved my abdominal area, I have cellulite, I have been a yo yo dieter, I am a recovered bulimic, I am the girl at the gym that is trying Every. Damn.Day to be the best version of myself”.

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That was my weekend in the nutshell! What did you do this weekend? Any fun plans or events coming up that you want to tell us about?

 

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

 

 

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Hey there, 2017, nice to see ya!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! How did you celebrate ushering out 2016 and welcoming 2017? I stayed in, I am not a big going-outter (is that a word? It is now!), which meant a quiet evening was perfect.  My last workout of 2016 was awesome! I did a hill run, kettle bell and spin classes, plus I had my swimsuit in my bag and got in 1500 meters of laps.

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I made dinner, watched a little television, chatted with friends and was fast asleep by 9 pm. My eyes opened at o’dark30 and I got the house cleaned, laundry done and put away may I add, plus breakfast made before heading to the gym. It was so nice get those chores accomplished early and be able to enjoy my New Year’s Day. My initial plan was to go to the 1.5 hour spin class at the gym and then to the yoga/hike being hosted by the local Lululemon store. After spin, which was awesome, we had two great teachers lead the extended class, I opted out of yoga. It was a grey, overcast, cold and chance of rain afternoon which didn’t sound like a good way to hike and downward dog. After spin and talking Kadria the second teacher of the class, into leading a quick ab workout, I went grocery shopping and home.

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Two things were on my mind this morning. One being that once again I’m NOT making a New Year’s Resolution for 2017. As you know, I’m a “If it needs to be done, I do it ASAP” kinda gal. Why wait for a special day of the year, take action and do it!! Of course I have goals that I want to accomplish, but they have been set in motion for some time. Travel more to destinations that aren’t familiar or that I have a connection to. I want to explore and get out of my comfort zone! I’ve been thinking about becoming certified to teach spin classes and started looking into that a couple of weeks ago. It’s a matter of when fits into my schedule and where.

My nutrition and fitness goals is a big one. You all know I’ve been working on fueling my body better for a few months by using IIFYM and the macros group with Mary Davis starts on January 9th. I am so excited to do this!!! She is so on point and will help me fine tune even more timing, macros, etc to help me reach my goals even more.

How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Happy Holidays!!

How was everyone’s Christmas and first day of Chanukkah? I hope you all had a fabulous holiday. Holidays can be difficult and I understand that, it’s not easy when you’re alone or far from family, hopefully everyone was included in festivities and felt the warmth of an outreached hand to be a part of the day.

My holidays started off well and I was able to spend it with loved ones. Growing up in a Jewish/Catholic home (Mom was Catholic and Dad Jewish), I love celebrating and enjoying it all! This year, I even gave myself a gift, something I don’t typically do. This was a very difficult year for me, I tried to keep my chin up as much as possible and to be honest, I feel like I deserved to do something nice for myself. When I was visiting Briana, I was able to meet one of her spin teachers, who hosts a macros group online periodically and I signed up for the group that begins on January 9th. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been adhering to IIFYM and love it. At the same time, I know I could use some extra help to fine tune what I’m doing and really excel. Mary will start a two week group, with the option to add on another 4 weeks, which I did. This time around, she is also providing strength work in her group, which I am so excited about. Don’t get me wrong, I love my barre and kettle bell classes, but know it’s time to take it up a notch. Mary is very knowledgable and knows her stuff, she is going to be a great key to my success.

Along with my best friend Ginger and her parents, I  volunteered at the Community Dinner for Monterey, passing out pastries, coffee and hot chocolate. It was wonderful giving back and talking to everyone, I never get tired of connecting with people. Learning about them, their stories and how they came to be where they are is always an experience. Today, being Christmas is special for another reason, Ginger and I met 16 years ago and quickly became best friends. Her Aunt invited me to their Christmas dinner so that I wouldn’t be left out and it has been non stop since. Knowing someone cared enough to include me was a simple gesture that has provided me with an extended family and has been priceless.

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Ginger and I volunteering on Christmas Day

After volunteering, I relaxed and met up with everyone for Christmas dinner. It was such a nice day and I gave myself a day off from the gym. That is so important for many reasons, my body and mind get to rest, I recharge and relax as well.

The past week has been on track with workouts and nutrition. I’m feeling really strong!

I was able to get in o’dark 30 runs, strength work and time in the pool. I missed the pool, it felt so good to be back in the water!

One of the highlights of the week, was that my Eat Me Guilt Free order arrived. If you haven’t heard of them, check out their Facebook, website or Instagram page. They have high protein, low carb and low fat treats that range from chocolate brownies to corn bread. They have 22 grams of protein per serving, that’s incredible! I was so impressed that I have a discount code to share! To save 10%, use code Michele. Trust me, these are worth it and don’t taste like you’re indulging.

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Here is the cornbread I had with my zoodles, shrimp and mushrooms for lunch this weekend!

Don’t forget, you can still save on the Niagara Women’s Half Marathon until 11:59 pm on the 31st with code rollback. 

How were your holidays? Did you stay on track with your fitness and nutrition? What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

 

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Vacation Recap!

I’m back from an amazing trip to Baltimore to visit family! It was such a great week away, filled with quality time with family and a lot of memories were made.  Warning: You’re going to see a lot of pictures and hear about food!

The week started off visiting Briana, I’m sure you all remember her from when she was living in California. In all honesty, we talk pretty much every day. But it is so different being able to see each other in person! Briana has become one of my closest, dearest friends over the years. We get each others’ kinda crazy, support adventures and ideas, not to mention we have so much fun together. We started out on Friday, with a killer RPM spin class, followed up by barre. I know barre isn’t necessarily her thing, but she went with me, such a trooper! After our work out, we brunched at The Iron Rooster where we gawked at the deliciousness going by and enjoyed our egg whites. We both prescribe to the philosophy that something has to be really and truly worth it to splurge. It was so good and I *may* have snuck a menu out so I can plot an all out meal there when I go back.

We did some shopping, manicures and Whole Foods for dinner that night.  I love that Briana is also an IIFYM gal and understands my nutrition. We are both huge fans of Whole Foods and when I said that’s what I wanted for dinner, she was more than on board.

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Saturday morning, we bundled up and headed out to the Annapolis Baltimore Trail for an o’dark30 run. Briana is a fast runner, so I know that it was the company more than the pace that got her there 😉 The 8.30 miles flew by and we thawed out with coffee after.

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Heading out from Briana’s I met up with my cousin Alan for brunch (is there a brunch theme going on here….). We went to Miss Shirley’s , where I completely embarrassed him with my ordering. He really thought it was going to take 20  minutes to make sure I had it the way I wanted. AKA, to fit my macros,  but I have it down to a science! Plus, I peeked at the menu before hand. I opted for the Baltimore omelette with egg whites, spinach and crab. Being in Baltimore, meant Old Bay on everything! I probably would have bathed in it if I could. Yes, I know you an get it on the West Coast, but it’s not the same to me. Here’s the omelette!

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That was followed up with time with my Uncle Elliot and Aunt Ilene, Alan’s parents, for the night. It’s always so nice to see them, even if we don’t visit for a while we pick up like it’s been a few moments that have passed.

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Sunday, I headed over to the other side of the family to see as many people as I could. My Uncle Ted was first up, we normally spend a day together, but I was short on time and we had lunch instead. He is hard to pin down between fishing trips and he is super active. I’m always lucky to have time with him.

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My cousin Melissa and her husband Al, are partners in Waverly Brewing Company and they hosted us on Sunday evening for beer tasting!! So much fun to see cousins I haven’t in YEARS and do a little tasting!

Don’t think that this was all fun and goodies! I stayed on track both nutrition wise and with my workouts – remember Briana and I went to the gym and ran. I also found RevCycle on Yelp and signed up for classes for Monday and Tuesday. Monday was a 7 am spin class, and Tuesday was 6 am barre with 7 am spin following it. If you’re in the Baltimore area, check them out, your first ride is free! The classes were ahhmazing! They use Under Armour trainers and let me tell you, they kick your booty! Tuesday’s spin instructor was off the charts, really pushed me, which I love and I may have been growling in class. Yes, growling because I was so into it!

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You may not know this, but I’m affiliated with a running club based on the East Coast and have become friends with Janete, she is such an awesome lady. On Monday after spin we met for breakfast at Spoons and to catch up.

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That evening, I was able to see my Great Aunt Theresa and her daughter Michele for dinner. They always make time for me when I visit and I so appreciate that!

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My Uncle Nick and Aunt Linda, completely spoiled me with lunch from Di Pasquales on Tuesday. This place is an institution and been around for over a 100 years. My grandmother used to go there every week and when I was with her, I loved going with her. Everyone knew her, she was loved by each and every person she knew. When it came down to it, this was the best splurge meal I could have asked for. Sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table, with my Aunt and Uncle that mean more than the world to me, having a simple but incredible lunch that my grandmother would have had. I know that she looked down on us, loving the moment and knowing that right then, I was home. I was where I belong and needed to be.  Good Italian bread, pepperoni, cheese, prosciutto, mortadella, and love, that’s what we had. Most importantly the memory of sitting at that table, breaking bread and feeling loved was the important part for me.

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Uncle Nick also was a pizelle making machine for me. You know that I fit these into my macros 😉

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The last night I was there, I spent it with Uncle Nick, Aunt Linda and Briana. I wanted to say thank you to them for being incredible hosts and family. Life is better having them by my side, and one last seafood dinner at Nick’s Fish House

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It’s always so hard to leave the East Coast, especially when it’s chock full of most of my favorite people.

Back in California,  I got back into my normal routine and gave myself a buffer before having to go back to work today. It’s been relaxing and productive. I met up with Rungry Runner for an o’dark30 5 miler on Thursday, it had been a while since we caught up, and longer since we ran together.

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I’ve also been wanting to take my scale with me to the Whole Foods salad bar, I know that’s so nerdy of me. But I don’t want to make a salad, to come home and destruct it, weigh everything and put it back together. I finally did this on Thursday evening and it was a success. I’ll be doing this again, so much easier to add it to the container, weigh the items and log it all at once.

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That was my week away! Now I’m back and raring to go as I look forward to 2017 getting here. I have a couple of awesome events on the calendar and I’m going to add a couple more to use as training runs. Right now, I’m running Ragnar Niagara Falls in May and staying in Toronto so that I can run the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon a couple of weeks later. Both events are going to be a lot of fun, look for training updates in future blog posts. If you’re interested in running NFWHM with me and who isn’t?! Use code “rollback” between now and December 31st at midnight to get the early bird price of $68. What a great holiday gift to yourself!! After that adventure, I’ll be getting ready for the Squamish 23k in August, in British Columbia. Boy my passport will get a workout, I hope it’s going to be ready!

Are you ready for the holidays? What traditions does your family have? Are you looking forward to 2017? Tell me what your plans are!

 

XO,

Thepinkhatrunner

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Tis’ the Season

The Holiday Season is here!! Thanksgiving kicked off a month filled with friends, celebrating and travel. How was your Turkey Day? Mine was quiet and I loved it! Thursday I set out to run maybe 4-5 miles, but ended up with 8.25 slow miles. They felt good and relaxed, I was cruising! That was followed up with an hour and a half of yoga, packing for my weekend away and just doing whatever made me happy. It was a perfect day, in so many ways, even without turkey and all the trimmings.

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Friday, I was up early to catch a flight to Southern California. My amazing friend Mabel married her love this weekend and I had some fitness classes to check out! When I got in on Friday, I headed over to Pedal Spin Studio for their free circuit and spin classes that were being offered. The circuit class went by so fast and was challenging, yet fun. It was a great way to shake up my usual routine. I followed that up with spin and then headed out to find the Whole Foods Market I had googled. This was a two story gold mind! I had packed my food scale, did you see that on Instagram? I really wanted to stay on track this past weekend, knowing that I could splurge a little at the wedding reception if I wanted to. I picked up portebello mushrooms, grilled chicken and baby potatoes from the salad/hot bar. It was perfect!

 

Saturday, I was up early (duh…of course I was!) to go to SoulCycle and then Bar Method before getting ready for the wedding. If you haven’t been to a SoulCycle class before, and like spin, GO! It’s a little pricey, I won’t lie, at $30 for a drop in class, but so worth it. The teacher, Tiffany, led the small group through 45 minutes of heart pounding spin, incorporating upper body and some core work, too. It was just what I needed to set the tone for the day! In between classes, I found the cutest French bakery and had an almond milk latte.

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Bar Method was up next and I shook the last of my 4 scheduled workouts for my weekend away. The class was full and the teacher corrected, encouraged and kept us on point the entire time!

I was so excited to get ready for the wedding, I love a chance to get dressed up and be girly! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some tech and spandex, with a pony tail and my pink hat. But…being able to slip on a dress, heels and make up is such a nice change!

My friend Mabel married her forever love and the ceremony was gorgeous! We have been friends for  10 years and she is the definition of friendship, through and through. Always willing to lend an ear, laugh with you, open her home to you and has the biggest heart! She served our country in the U.S. Navy and has gone on to make the most incredible life for herself. Her husband, Alex, is one lucky guy! You could see the love between them the entire night, it was so inspiring. Not many people find this in their life time and I am so happy that they did! Congratulations Mabel and Alex!

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How was your holiday weekend? What are you plans between now and New Year’s? Do you plan meals ahead when you travel?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!! Today is a day to celebrate, give back and give thanks for all that we have.

I was up and out of the house before the turkeys were awake, for 8.25 slow miles. It felt good to be on the road and I really just wanted to see the sunrise and get some miles in!

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Are you attending a turkey trot? Maybe volunteering in some way or relaxing with family? I am planning to attend a benefit for the local food bank at Om Oassis, spend time with friends and relax. It sounded like the perfect way to spend the day!

As many of you have read, this year has been full of ups and downs for my pink hat, but at the end of the day, I have so much. My family, friends and health are strong! My network of awesome people is growing, friendships are blooming and I am in such a great place. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me. This year has zoomed by and I can’t believe in another month and a few days, it will be 2017!

What is on your Thanksgiving table this year? Are you splurging on one special dish in particular? Our Paleo Life has a great Thanksgiving Round Up that includes this  No Bake Pumpkin Pie that looks amazing!

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I hope everyone has a great day, stays safe and enjoys family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

thepinkhatrunner