Blog 40: Shocker, I Hate Rest Days

Happy Sunday Night,

While I enjoy the idea of long runs and brunch on Sundays, I dread that Monday is what comes next. In avoiding being so pessimistic, at least that means we get one day closer to Friyay, right? Let’s do a recap of this weekend (before I forget to blog until next weekend)–

Friday started with a little 5 mile treadmill run at 6AM since I had a long, dreadful day of work after. Although a long day, it ended in delicious pizza. My roommate and I tried a new place that opened by our apartment, “Mod Pizza”, which is basically a copy of Blaze Pizza (and we all know how much I adore Blaze Pizza). I had some really high expectations for this place and felt that no one could ever meet them as Blaze does…but it did. Mod was extraordinary. I know extraordinary is an unusual word for a fast-food-type pizza place, but I take pizza very seriously. Unfortunately I ate my pizza so fast I didn’t catch a picture of it, so I will be sure to do so next time (which will probably be very soon).

Saturday I took my first rest day in quite a few weeks– I hate rest days. I find that they are the opposite of a feeling of rest and synonymously “relaxing”. But, as all runners know, rest is just as important as training itself. I started to feel a bit of ache and pain in different areas, specifically my ankle, and was not about to commit to a few months of physical therapy and no running (excuse me french, but f*** no.)

I woke up this morning feel quite refreshed and while I was hoping to go out for a beautiful, long run outside. Of course, it was cloudy, raining, and dangerously slippery. I ended up on the treadmill again, which worked to it’s benefit since I got to watch Gilmore Girls (as per usual).

IMG_0284.JPG.jpegI came home to a little breakfast in bed with Nick, and we were off to his family’s Easter brunch– aka: Easter Passover for me. I decided to go all out and make cute little chick cake pops for his family. Not entirely sure how they tasted, and many of them messed up (which usually happens when cake pops didn’t fit in the container you had for them and therefore fall on top of you on the car drive over, when you are wearing a white outfit)– but nonetheless, they were still cute and enjoyed.

IMG_0276.JPGSide note to add for this weekend: one of my gel nails ripped off, and my roommate was creative and we took of the the same gel on my other hand, and she fixed the missing nail with glitter. While it was a brilliant idea at the time, I woke up this morning missing not one, but both of the glitter nails. Safe to say, a manicure is in order.IMG_0271.JPG.jpeg

 

 

 

Roomie and I are currently catching up on some Netflix and frozen yogurt, so I’ll be back for more updates on food, running, food, and more food and running.

#irunfordonuts

Blog 39: Yes, I’m a Creature of Habit

Hello friends,

In the life of Gaby today includes a bit of a wrap up of the last 2 weeks (since i’m literally awful at keeping track of this blog). I promise my reasonings are good— school and work are keeping me so damn busy that I need time to breathe!

I figure writing this post will be a bit of a de-breather and some time to check in.

So the first thing I will mention is my new favorite snack: a cut up apple, whatever berries I have in the fridge, some banana, and a scoop of greek yogurt and a solid scoop of jelly mixed into the yogurt.

This sounds so incredibly simple and even boring, but I SWEAR its so delicious and satisfying. I usually mix in some cinnamon and honey with it and throw granola on top or a rice cake (lets be honest, I have 3 types of granola and a rice cake with it). Oh and I eat it like every night–but it’s acceptable

Its super similar to my usual (aka: everyday) breakfast, but the process of dipping apples into the yogurt versus eating the whole concoction with a spoon is COMPLETELY different, I swear.IMG_0222.JPG.jpeg

(Basically, just try it— you won’t be disappointed!)

Also: I have been SUPER into epson salt baths. I know I went on rants about the amazing-ness of ice baths, and don’t get me wrong, they are wonderful. But let’s be real: they are so painful and awful and terrible. Epson salt baths, on the other hand, are wonderful, and warm, and soothing, and basically 100% better.

I have been trying to take one 2-3 times a week, and it makes those sore running muscles feel so much better (so i can run more and more and more!)— cause isn’t that the point?

Last thing i will mention is something I am over the top excited for:

I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD IN A LITTLE OVER A MONTH.

This has been a dream since childhood and I am so excited to go around the time of my birthday, right after I finish my first year of graduate school. The best way to celebrate, right? (forget alcohol, I wanna go see Cinderella’s castle)

I promise I am slowly getting better at this updating thing. I appreciate you all though and want you all to run, eat, and TAKE THOSE BATHS!

Lastly: please look at charlie wearing socks– he is perfectIMG_0238.PNG

#irunfordonuts

Blog 38: Spring Break Recap

Hello beautiful people,

It’s is a “beautiful” Monday morning here in SF and my day started with a 5 mile treadmill run. I put beautiful in quotations because it’s a little painful to call a Monday beautiful, but nevertheless….

Spring Break is officially over, and I feel as if it never really began. While some 20-some year olds are partying in Cabo, and others are relaxing by enjoying some “Netflix and chill”, I had to be a big kid and prioritize school (for some of the time). As “great” as graduate school has been, it’s also made me realize the need to sacrifice and that means spending my last few days of break studying for an exam I have…today…the first day back from break. Evil? I think so.On a happier note, I FINALLY went to disneyland while in SoCal during my break. Considering I used to have a Annual pass to Disneyland, not having gone for the last 8-9 months felt like torture. I ate my heart out and enjoyed every minute of it (even though it was horribly busy)–happiest place on earth is still perfect.

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Yes, we totally took a picture with a giant chipmunk

Lets talk about what makes me the happiest, though. RUNNING. (I know, that introduction was a little cheesy, but I couldn’t help myself). Since I was on a bit of a running streak and felt my body getting s lot of aches and pains, I took Spring Break as a time to still run (duh), but cut down on mileage a bit. I ran everyday except when going to a Disneyland (enough walking was done for that day), but the longest run was about 7/8 miles. I think it’s really important to find a balance between still keeping at whatever your exercise goals are, but also listening to your body’s needs. I feel much better now and will be ready to take on some heavier mileage in about a week.

Unfortunately, I have to go review for my Statistics midterm but have a lovely start to your week running friends. It’s a new season now, so start fresh, and keep up with your goals.

#Irunfordonus

P.s. IT has been WAY too long since I have had a donut. Not acceptable. 

 

Blog 37: Running Streak

Good morning friends,

It’s only 8:30AM on a Saturday and I have already finished my 5 mile run and am now on my way to the city for a conference– not exactly the Saturday I was hoping for. Nonetheless, I thought to myself “what better way to spend on Bart then to write a post for my blog!”. This may become a trend, I’ll see how it goes.

So let’s talk about running streaks. For those unclear, it’s basically running every day, incorporating necessities like strength training, “easy runs”, stretching, etc. I use quotations on easy runs because I find there are many definitions of that– short runs, slow runs, indoor runs, etc. for me, it personally means 4-5 miles on a treadmill. It’s hard for me to decide there is one definition for an easy run aside from the fact that it feels easier. To me, 4-5 miles indoors is easy and makes my running heart happy!

I didn’t really start this streak intentionally, but with stress and overload of work, I run to decompress. So running every morning has just kind of happened and so far, still feeling good. So for me, all that negativity is being thrown out the window. Of course I believe rest days are VERY important. My streak has only gone on for a week now but I’m considering it a streak since I didn’t take a day off after my last half marathon. Why you may ask? Cause I didn’t feel like it–(for lack of a better answer). As Nick likes to tell me, for a very small person I’m quite stubborn and I will use that to my advantage in this case 🙂

I’llvlet you know how this streak goes but for sake of preventing injury, I “guess” I should take a day off. I swear if I could find a way that it was safe to run every day for the rest of my life without worrying about hurting myself, I would.

Run, rest, and go eat something you’ve been craving like crazy!  I’m going home to LA this weekend so I’m already thinking about donuts front Santa Monica.

Have a beautiful weekend, running friends!

#irunfordonuts

Blog 36: Yes, I am back and still running

Hello all my running friends (who may not be my friends anymore since I abandoned this blog),

I  know I have neglected you all, but I promise I am back and here to stay. I wish I had a better excuse, but with the start of graduate school and a new job, I just felt like I couldn’t get my life together enough to continue this blog on a normal basis. I began to realize, though, that this blog gave me a reason to talk about running (more than I already do). There are very few people who want to hear me talk about running, since I basically do non-stop as it is, so here is the space where I can do so as much as I like without judgement (hopefully).

So lets do a quick recap since August:

I finally moved to East Bay and settled in very well with my little pup Charlie. We are very happy here, even with all the stress of school and work (well for me, not so much Charlie who sleeps all day).

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He brightens my world.

School has been…fun? Needless to say its a challenge, but all worth it. That’s what I keep telling myself at least.

Work (aka: practicum; aka: free labor) has been an amazing experiencing and exhausting all at the same time. I have learned more in these last 6 months than I have in my whole 22 years of living, and I couldn’t be more grateful to work here.

Some exciting news include the FOUR half marathons I have ran since August. I know i’m a little crazy, but what can I say, I’m obsessed. in between the firs two and last two I found myself in PT 2-3 times a week, so that was obviously fun and expen$ive. Very helpful though, and I found a new and amazing physical therapist out of it.

The most exciting half marathon was the one I did last Sunday with home girl Michelle. IMG_0084.JPGYES, with Michelle…aka: MICHELLE DID HER FIRST HALF MARATHON. It was a St. Patrick’s day theme so naturally I got us cute themed socks, cause what else would one expect from me? She did so great and I felt like such a proud mama ❤

I will continue to update as time goes on, while bringing in fun new things that happen. Most of it being amusing for you readers, and embarrassing for me (since we all know I tend to be a struggle, but its okay– I have decided to just embrace it at this point).

Have a lovely rest of your day, friends! Keep running and eating your fruits, veggies, and donuts.

#irunfordonuts

Blog 35: My Reasons For Being MIA+UPDATES

Hello Friends (whichever ones I have left after disappearing for so long)

I deeply apologize for not writing a blog in WAY too long– i’m not going to even give the exact time because it makes me sad and embarrassed. Life has been crazy and changing so much that I haven’t had time to reorient myself and write to my lovely blogger friends.

Heres a super quick catch up of my summer:

  1. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Psychology and minor in Education.IMG_0197.jpg
  2. I went to Italy with my family for 2 weeks right after I graduated.IMG_1221.jpg
  3. I got a dog! (His name is Charlie and I am obsessed with him)IMG_0902 (1).jpg
  4. I moved to San Francisco– new apartment and roommate as of this week and they are both wonderful.
  5. I start graduate school in a few weeks and i’m nervous and so beyond excited to finally follow my dreams.
  6. I just recently with to Outside Lands with Nick.IMG_1616.jpg
  7. RUNNING NEWS: I got IT band about a month ago and was not able to completely 2 half marathons I was signed up for– which makes me so sad so I will not continue talking about it. BUT I have been recovering without physical therapy and have been doing great! Current logging about 45 miles a week and it makes me so happy to be back on schedule.

I promise I will slowly catch you all up on all the things that have been going on/talk about the new and exciting things that will come about.

Once again, I apologize for disappearing but Gaby is back and ready to blog about running, eating, and life (and Charlie).

Stay cool in this hot hot hot summer, friends!

#irunfordonuts

Blog 34: Typical Food Day

Hello friends,

Quick recap from the weekend: CUSTOM DONUTS from my sister– literally the highlight of the whole weekend. All else is irrelevant IMG_0724.JPG(except the fact that Nick graduated from USC and thats much more important–Congrats again babe). But once again, DONUTS. I’ll be honest, they didn’t taste ask adorable as they look; but they are so cute that nothing else matters. (I obviously immediately ate the “G” and Panda donut.IMG_0732.JPG

In other blogging news, I decided to share with yo all my daily rituals (on the days I run anyway). So I am most definitely a morning runner (I RARELY run in the afternoon). It’s the first thing I do with my day and I absolutely love it. Aside from brushing my teeth and face (cause that’s pretty important, right?), I get out of bed, throw my running clothes on, and I’m out the door. Post run, I hop in the shower immediately and its time for breakfast. (Breakfast is typically one of two options: fruit smoothie or greek yogurt and tons of fruit with cereal– basically dependent on how much time I have). I pair my breakfast with water and  Nuun tablet and also some hot/iced green tea. (only issue with all those liquids is sitting through a full class after drinking so much–Sorry if thats TMI for some of you, runners like to be very open about these things).

Lunch is typically a salad paired with some dark chocolate. If my salad lacks protein, i’ll have (usually half) a protein bar–Combat Crunch or Quest Bar–with my afternoon caffeine pick-me-up (yes, its a thing). Around 3/4PM I get hungry/I just feel like eating. My snack is usually a big bowl of fruit (grapes, watermelon, orange–some kind of combination of those or all three like today was), paired with either a small greek yogurt (Chobani Simply 100) or a rice cake with some PB&J. If i’m home, ill usually ice my knees while I eat my array of food.

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Today’s afternoon caffeine pick-me-up was Pineapple Green tea– one of my favorites.

Dinner carries day to day (obviously) but usually consists of either a protein like salmon, tuna, chicken, or a veggie burger patty, with LOTS of veggies, and typically I like sweet potatoes, brown rice, or something of that sort. I eat so many veggies at dinner and love dipping them in either hot sauce or ketchup (it tastes so good, I promise).

Post dinner will include dessert (duh) which varies from ice cream to frozen yogurt to cereal to donuts (on very special/amazing days). Since I get hungry so often, I usually end up having a fruit bowl an hour to two after that with apples, some banana and berries and some cinnamon and honey on top. I’ll end my night with some more time for icing and a hot cup of herbal or decade green tea.

As you can see, I don’t have super big meals all at one time, but I definitely eat small meals every 2 hours or so. I get very hungry and I find that if I just eat 3 big meals I don’t feel as good and I crave worse foods when my snack hunger kicks in.

Tip from a non-nutritionist but hungry runner would be: be healthy but still have foods you like in moderation, exercise, sleep early, and run. I promise its the perfect cure to any kind of blue you may be feeling.

#irunfordonuts