Lessons a fabulous weekend can teach you

2 Apr

If this weekend wasn’t the best ever, it is definitely up there in my top 10 list.

My poor Facebook friends have already had their newsfeeds blow up with a million pictures from my sailing adventure, so I won’t just do a photo dump, but I will inform you of some things I learned this weekend…

1. Always be prepared when taking the first sip of a surprise drink from the bartender at a whiskey bar

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and when I say be prepared, I mean be prepared to take a picture of your friend taking the first sip of their surprise drink from the bartender at a whiskey bar because it will become your favorite picture ever

2. It’s okay for everyone to have their own style. On Saturday night our outfits ranged from ‘out on the town,’ ‘beach babe’ and ‘smelly from volleyball’

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3. You don’t really know your friends until you discuss your heavier stages in life. And then put them in one picture together

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4. Sailing is the most fun activity in the world.

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5. There’s something about a captains hat that gives you a sense of authority

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6. Contrary to my previous belief that a sailboat just went straight, it is necessary to steer it with serious concentration.

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Or you at least have to prove to Captain Greg that you’re concentrating so he’ll let you have your beer back

7. You can sail a boat in a snuggie. And look badass doing it.

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8. I am a needy friend and I don’t think Tami’s used it yet.

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We’ll get there.

9. This little guy winking at me is the most action I’ve gotten in a while.

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This is not in fact a lesson, just a sad fact.

10. Never say never. Captain Greg said the possibility of seeing dolphins during the trip were very slim. And then we found these little guys.

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11. And lastly, NEVER underestimate the damage 4 girls can do on a snack basket

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Ahoy, mateys.

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

Oh and this.

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k bye

Have you ever gone sailing?

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One step closer…..

27 Mar

First off, thank you all for your support yesterday! I loved hearing from other runners who have gone through the same thing — it always helps knowing you’re not alone!

I do think my poor mom got excited that I had been dating someone….

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She knows me so well. And I really need to work on my avoidance of awkward situations.

And my dad knew just what to say, too….here’s a snippet of his email that almost made me cry

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Yeah, I have the best parents.

Through writing that post, hearing from other runners about their experiences and also realizing running isn’t the end all be all, I was able to get over my stubbornness and go for a short run this morning. Sara [who is still gung-ho about running this race btw (wide eyed emoji)] and I planned a “running date” and it helped motivate both of us to get out of bed before 7am and run for the first time in a long time.

The scenery was pretty

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we were not…

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I did a slow 3.5 miles and it was okay — I survived and I didn’t hate life. The last half mile was rough, but by the time I was in my apartment foam rolling, I was happy I did it. So there it is….one step towards finding the joy in running again. It’ll come!

p.s. how much fun was that poll yesterday???!  (I might have been the only one to get any enjoyment out of that)

But I’ve decided they need to be used more often when I need help making important life decisions, so here’s todays……

 

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

A Breakup

26 Mar

Hi!

Long time no talk, right?! Last week I had intentions to blog….well at least one or two intentions, but then life got busy and it just wasn’t gonna happen. No sense in forcing some half assed rambling content on to your browser screens. Unless you view all of my posts as half assed rambling content, in which I apologize :)

But anyway, I have some news for you — running and I are going through a rocky patch of our relationship and we’re taking a break. We’ve only hung out for 2 miles in the past 2.5 weeks, and the most shocking part is I couldn’t be happier about it.

Last Monday I joined a boot camp with 2 friends and it has been such an amazing change of pace after almost 2 years of only running. I’m so sore and I love it. We’ve been doing lunges and squats and stairs and pushups and everything else that brings on some serious, but very welcomed pain.

These stairs have tortured my body for 45 minutes twice in the past 5 days

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and I’m not mad about it one bit.

It was actually while running these stairs I did my soul searching and had an epiphany about why I am currently anti-running. It actually coincides with a lot of aspects of my life, including my inability to date anyone longer than 2 months, which is my natural instinct to drop everything and move on when the going gets a little tough. I subconsciously find reasons to move away, rather than fight through it and see what’s on the other side, and after my horrendous experience at the San Diego Half Marathon I have thrown all the blame on running. Clearly my minimal fuel and lack of hill training had nothing to do with it because god forbid I be the problem. Instead I just send running to the curb and claim to hate it.

This being said, I do need to figure out a way to break down this wall I’ve built up against running. It has opened new fitness door for me and I am currently loving my boot camping, but I also have 2 half marathons coming up in the next two months and it’d be nice to not collapse during them.

So the current dilemma — the next half marathon is on Sunday, May 2nd with my bffffffff Sara, but neither of us have been running the past couple of weeks. We She doesn’t want to bail, but we’re pretty sure the course may take us 3+ hours to finish because neither of us are motivated to run. Which brings us to my first poll ever on I Run For Donuts:

Vote up biddies!

After rereading this post I’ve realized what a catch I am*. I guess I shouldn’t publicize this blog on my Tinder profile. We’ll save the crazy for the 3rd 1st date.

*just another time the existence of a sarcasm font would be ideal

How do you get over being in a fight with running?

What would you do if you were in my position?

Anyone else do boot camp??

Quarter of a century young

17 Mar

On Friday I turned 25

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Zero running was involved, but there were a whole lot of donuts 

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There were also some shenanigans at the piano bar…

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As well as my favorite bar downtown

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The next day I was able to celebrate with some of my amazing aunts, uncles and cousins up in Dana Point

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and then we attempted to keep the party going Saturday night at the 80’s cover band….

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 but helloooo I’m old and 25 now. It takes way too long to recover from a night like Friday, so we left at 11pm to order dominos and drink Gatorade (the Gatorade may have just been me…)

 Sunday was used to get some much needed sleep and then a trip to Coronado Beach, which capped off a fabulous weekend

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I am honestly not sure how I’ve been so lucky to be continuously surrounded by amazing people no matter where I am living, but I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to my friends and family, both near and far, who made it so so special!

(clearly no running was involved in this post, so I apologize to anyone who came here looking for an actually running blog post. This one’s for the fam who likes to know what I’m up to) (oh and also I haven’t ran since the San Diego Half, so that might have something to do with it too. More on that tomorrow.) (not sure why all of this is in parentheses) 

Do you have a favorite birthday memory?

Any birthday traditions?

San Diego Half Marathon Race Recap

13 Mar

Hi!

Time for the San Diego Half Marathon race recap! Only 4 days late, which isn’t TOO bad considering my track record ;)

I didn’t have the best race of my life, but that’s okay because I finished with a (fake) smile on my face, made some great memories with my friend, Emily AND got to run an amazing course! ( NYC Half is still my all time favorite course, but there’s a good chance that’s because I PRed ha. )

The day before the race, we had our beach volleyball league, which maybe wasn’t the smartest idea before a race, but we got our first W, so it was well worth it

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Later that night Emily and I made pizzas, watched Step-Brothers and made our killer half marathon playlists on Spotify, which is perfect pre-race night if you ask me.

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We were up at 6:20 am and half a bagel & cup of coffee later we were heading down to the starting line!

We arrived just as they were counting down the start of the race. #risktakers #rebels #late

Luckily it was a large race so we had plenty of time to slide into our corral and still manage to take a million pics

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The beginning of the course went right through downtown San Diego

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and over to Harbor Island

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These first 6 miles were GREAT. I felt amazing and was having fun and nonstop chitchatting with Em. (I apologize to anyone who had to overhear our conversations. I realize I should have censored what I was saying with my blog URL on the back of my shirt.)

Despite how great I was feeling at that point, the day was only getting hotter and I’m pretty sure that heat + the hills beginning around mile 9 are what caused my downfall as we ran through Mission Hill and Hillcrest.

There was a constant elevation gain for a little over two miles and the entire time I cursed myself for running the FLAT embarcadero all training long

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You can’t really tell from this picture, but the elevation just gets steeper at the top.

The rest of the race was full of my mind and my legs failing and fighting against me. My mind didn’t think I could do it and my legs weren’t arguing. I’m really not a fan of walking breaks during a run (which is stupid because that’s just my pride talking), but I couldn’t help it this time around. I was tired, dehydrated and over it.

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But you know what? My friends and family got me through. I finished. And didn’t walk during the last mile. AND was able to lift my arms up as the announcer asked if I brought them donuts while I approached the finish line. Sooooooo take that, stupid tired legs.

After crossing the finish line I was greeted by Emily (who killed it btw!) and could not have been happier to be done!

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We shuffled home after picking up our goodie bags and I headed out to watch my cousin play some volleyball

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Grab some grub

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and goodies

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And crash on the couch.

All in all, the SD Half Marathon was an amazing race. The course was perfectly scenic, extremely well organized and I would run it a million times more, BUT with the 3 major lessons I learned from this weekend’s experience in mind:

1. I’m no scientist, but maybe going out downtown the Friday night before a race and drinking until 2 am doesn’t help with my hydration on Sunday. Maybe.

2. DO HILL WORK YOU LAZY FOOL

3. Figure out my fueling & hydration — I only ate 2 or 3 Clif shot blocks during the race, which I’m sure added to my downfall in the end. The biggest issue was that my mouth felt so dehydrated that the thought of eating something seemed impossible, which bring us back to #1.

So….

It’s okay to have a bad race. It’s okay to curse whoever invented running. It’s okay to think you should give up right then and there. BUT it’s just one race.

ON TO THE NEXT ONE, BITCHES!

Sorry for calling you bitches, I just got fired up.

SD Half is donezo

9 Mar

San Diego Half Marathon is in the books.

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The last 3 miles were hell, but I didn’t poop my pants, so I’m calling it a win.

Time for a burger.

See ya tomorrow with a real recap. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

How to prepare for a half with a sensitive stomach. Or something like that.

7 Mar

Hiiiiii!

I apologize for the lack of posting. I could lie and tell you I’ve been wicked busy and haven’t had a spare moment, but I could also tell you the truth, which is that I have been busy eating carbs, watching Frozen on repeat and wondering how the hell it’s already time for the San Diego Half Marathon.

Training started out pretty well and I was con.fi.dent., but the past couple of weeks have been a bit lackluster. I’m pretty sure I’m just burnt out and ready to be off of a training plan….and I also tend to put up a wall and pretend I’m not excited about something when I’m actually just nervous. The last half marathon I did was when my knee hit an all time low, so I feel like I’ve been working up to this race/comeback/redemption for the past 7 months, (holy crap have I really already lived in San Diego for 7 months?!), which causes me to put unnecessary pressure on myself.

So as all of you know (granted, not by choice) I have quite a sensitive stomach while running and sometimes have little devil children attacking my bowels.

(me? dramatic? noooo)

Well anyway, I thought I would give you a peak into a standard pre-half marathon week for me incase any of you suffer from demonic babies attacking your bowels a sensitive stomach, too….

I don’t have any pictures because as I told you, I’ve been busy watching Frozen, but eating wise I’ve stuck to simple carbohydrates, limited fiber (fruits & vegetables) and lots of water.

For example…… the majority of my diet this week has been turkey sandwiches, pizza (only once so far, which is actually ridiculous), crackers, honey nut cheerios, baked potatoes, bananas and m&ms.

I like to call this the “5 year old diet,” but to be honest my 5 year old nephew (6 tomorrow!!) probably eats better than that, so we’ll just call it the “non-diet.”

But it works for me, which is the most important part — you can read up on this carboloading stuff as much as you want, but all you’ll find is one article saying 60-65% of calories should be carbs and the other saying it should be 80% carbs. One article saying it doesn’t matter and another saying it can make all the difference. Best thing to do is test it out yourself.

I do think the most important part is to realize carboloading doesn’t mean you should eat every little thing in sight….continue to eat the same amount you normally do, just have your calories come from more carbohydrates than normal. Or don’t. My degree is in Family Studies, so remind yourself that when you go to take my advice :)

As for running, it has been LOW key around here. 2 miles on Tuesday and 2 miles on Thursday. I would have done another 2 miler tonight, but I have beach volleyball on Saturday and that should tire me out enough.

So there’s a little peak into Andrea’s very unscientific eating and running plan for the week leading up to a half marathon

There hasn’t been one picture in this post, which is a travesty, so here’s one for ya…..

I finally realized why I’m single realized another reason I’m single.

This was my outfit as I laid on my bed at 7pm on Tuesday to watch Frozen for the 4th time in 4 days

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Stripes on plaid on penguins

And with that, have a great weekend!

Anyone else racing this weekend?!

A giveaway winner & a few random things….

28 Feb

Happy Friday!!!!

Southern California is experiencing a whole lot of wet weather, but I’m really digging it.

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I’ve always been a nut when it comes weather — my favorite gift growing up was a hurricane tracker map from The Weather Channel and I was positive I would be a meteorologist on TV one day. But then my dad handed me an article in the newspaper and my life plan blew up when I read you had to take all science and math classes to major in Meteorology. Even in 6th grade I knew I couldn’t handle math.

I moved on from my dreams of becoming a meteorologist/storm tracker/hurricane aficionado, but still to this day get excited by intense weather.

Good choice moving to the most mild climate on earth, right???!

So let’s see, I have a few things I want to tell you today…..

1. My monthly mileage ended at 79.7.

Only .3 miles would have gotten me to a nice even 80, but I didn’t realized this until after I finished my run this morning.

Damn you odd numbers.

2. I used true random number generator and the winner of the Spartan Race giveaway is…………..

Alberto!

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Congrats, Alberto! I’m sure you’ll dominate whichever race you choose to participate in :) shoot me an email at irunfordonuts@gmail.com and we’ll get everything sorted out!

Also, great choice of donut. I love blueberry iced cake, too.

 3. If you watch The Bachelor, you have to watch this reenactment of JP and Andi’s talk from Tuesday’s episode from The Tonight Show

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/1741

(sorry I couldn’t figure out how to embed it into the post, so you have to click the link)

4. The San Diego Half Marathon twitter account replied to my tweet and I screamed a little inside. It’s the little things.

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5. This.

Have an awesome weekend!

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Do you use Twitter or Instagram more often?

A whole bunch of randomness.

26 Feb

Oh heyyyy! This is probably going to be the most distracted post ever because I’m doing this while watching last night’s episode of The Bachelor. Dramaaaaa!

Last night Jana and I went to see the Irish band Kodaline. You should do yourself a favor and look them up. Here’s a video from last night for your viewing pleasure:

The best part about The Casbah, which is where we saw the show, is how small it is. We were basically in their faces the entire night.

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And then we really were with the lead singer….

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Jana brought up a very good point: why is it we always look super awkward/horrible in pictures with celebs? Especially since those are the pics we want to show off? Sigh.

Anyway, fun fact: I think my brother and sister in law should get my nephew a phone STAT. I got to “text” with him through my dad’s phone today, which means we just sent matching pictures back to each other for a little while. Also a fun fact: this “fun fact” not a fun fact at all, just a ploy to get my little neph a cell phone so I can text him on the reg.

Look. At. That. Face.

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My running has kind of been all over the place the past few weeks (just like this post), but I finally had a great run tonight! 5 miles with one of my favorite running buds, Emily. We will be running the San Diego half together in a week and a half and look what sign we found along our route….

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Sorry, drivers of San Diego. Girls gotta run.

We got to see a beautiful view

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and also have some deep convos as always. Love that girl!

Well, I promised you a random post and that’s exactly what you got…. :)

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to receive a free race entry to any US Spartan Race in 2014!!

Do you like to run solo or with a friend?

Have you entered the giveaway yet?!

Do you watch The Bachelor???? Thoughts?!

I’m back & I have a giveaway for you! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

25 Feb

So am I the worst little blogger or am I the worst little blogger???

A whole week without posting was pretty weird, but I didn’t have much to say. Last week running and I decided to take a little break. We only hung out twice — Tuesday for a 5 miler downtown and then Saturday for 12 miles around Mission Bay.

There wasn’t an exact reason I didn’t run much other than having just done that 10 mile race with my brother and also choosing to eat tacos with coworkers and going to a Rodney Atkins concert with a friend instead. That’s legit, right?!

Despite my lack of running ambition during the week, I was actually super pumped about my long run on Saturday. Those 12.2 miles are the furthest I have gone since I hurt my knee 6 months ago!

Did I want to sit down and give up at mile 11.5 when I realized I was still a mile away from my car? Duh.

Did I fuel properly? Nope.

Did it make me nervous for the half marathon in less than 3 weeks? I could poop my pants.

But do I feel a bit of redemption hitting that mileage without an ounce of pain? Without a doubt.

Right after the run I stretched for .2 seconds and then had to head to Ocean Beach for the first Saturday of a 4×4 social volleyball league I joined with a few friends! It was a blast, but my poor planning left me with no time to properly stretch out before 2 hours of volleyball or get any food or drink post run, so my recovery has been taking a bit longer than normal. Oh well, lesson learned it was worth it.

And since I abandoned poor little I Run For Donuts for a whole week, I decided I’m coming back to you with a giveaway!

This giveaway is for all of you crazy people who can handle the insanity and awesomeness of a Spartan Race.

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I have never participated in one myself because I’m a baby and would probably shrivel up a die, but I was contacted by the organizers of the Miami Spartan Super and they want to give one of you awesome people a free entry to any US 2014 Spartan Race! If you aren’t familiar with Spartan Race, it’s been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and is the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005.

Also, for all of my people back home in South Florida, the Miami Spartan Super at Oleta River State Park will be on April 12th & 13th and anyone who’s anyone will be there. Well, minus me. Unless someone wants to fly me out there? I’d love to squeeze my little nephews for a whole weekend.

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 and everyone can click here to get 15% percent off of any Spartan race!

Hope you all have a great Tuesday. I’m going to be busy trying to nom on the Irish band Kodaline at their concert tonight :)

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[The giveaway is open until 2/28/2014 at 12:00 am PST. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday's blog post. If you have any questions, shoot me an email at irunfordonuts@gmail.com.]

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment telling me either:

a) If you have ever completed an obstacle course race

or

b) What your favorite kind of donut is

AND for an additional entry you can tweet the following about the giveaway:

“ I want to win a free @SpartanRace entry from @irunfordonuts! http://wp.me/p3auPj-18N

If you do tweet, just make sure you come back and comment about it to let me know!

* I was not compensated in any way. All views expressed are my own.

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