Surfers Point Race Recap

Happy Thursday all. I just went to the bank and as much as I love numbers, I do not love banks or finances or looking at student loan numbers. So let’s focus on something more fun before work…

I ran the Surfers Point 1/2 Marathon in Ventura on Saturday with my good friend, Chris.

Packet pick up was at the Sport Chalet in Ventura which was painless. I then attended this CrossFit competition in Ventura as a spectator and it was cray! I am not a huge fan of CrossFit (it scares me when people without proper form lift super heavy weights they probably shouldn’t be lifting, myself included! I also sustained horrible bicep injuries from one too many pull ups one time so I tapped out) but there were some badass athletes there!! I have never seen men and women jump rope so well, the Rocky theme song has never been so fitting….

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I then ate a paleo friendly pre-race dinner. Well the picture I took is paleo friendly, I then added cheese and bread and wine, to un-paleo the meal. It was delish x 500.

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The race itself was beautiful. Parking was super easy. It was the first year for this race so it was nice and small. I need to step up my game because there is really no excuse to not run faster when you run along this for 13.1 miles….

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Go, Chris, Go! Chris is about 25% the size of me. She also ran twice as far as me. Badass.

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I loved the course, it was out and back. The full marathon had to do that twice (no thank you). Not a lot of spectators but I did a lot of surfing watching during the run and it was awesome. Plenty of water stations.

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Pre-race, I ran in my Under Armour cold weather pants which was not a good idea in SoCal, I love them for cold weather runs but I always forget that at 5 am it always looks colder than it will actually be at the start of the race, one day I will learn. I ended up ditching the long sleeve before the run started. I wore my phone on my arm because I was by myself, I have never actually listened to music during a race but maybe one day I will try that. My old skool garmin still worked like a charm!

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I ended up running a 1:43:43 which I was happy with considering my lack of recent long runs. Chris came in 2nd in her age group in the FULL. She is awesome! I would highly recommend this race, I am a big fan of Ventura.

Namaste y’all.

November Updates

Hi Friends.

ImageI am finally, kind of, getting settled. Read: I have a desk so I actually turn my computer on and I have finally started a to do list outside of “Go to work and try to help someone”. Here are some random thoughts to get the blog thing rolling again…

1. Rachel and I doing “blogger modeling” in SLO, product placement of 805 beer was accidental.

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2. So much fresh fruit and veggies. We have a new Blendtec blender and green smoothies have made daily appearances. Any protein powder recommendations?? I bought one from Whole Foods that is nasty but I pretend like it is delicious because it was $30…

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3. If you like words and randomness. I am on pinterest.

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4. A really sad thing happened this month: I was supposed to be in my good friend, Ann-Marie’s, wedding and the morning of her wedding I became super sick. It was horrible on so many levels. I drank electrolyte water and saltines for a few days.

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5. Training and races. I have a few exciting physical activity events coming up that I will be sure to document as I think race recaps are super helpful.

Calendar

Surfer’s Point 1/2 Marathon in Ventura: 11/17/13 (I haven’t trained. I will just do this for “fun”)

Renegade Turkey Tri: 11/24/13 (My dad will be doing this as well…his first tri!)

SLO FULL Marathon with Teams in Training: 4/27/14 (I am training for this 26.2 miles for the first time ever)

Breath of Life Tri in Ventura: 6/22/14 (maybe the Olympic distance?)

Ragnar Ultra Relay with 5 super amazing women in Utah: 6/27/14 and 6/28/14

Let me know if you want to join! or if there are other good events y’all are doing.

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My dad and I post-triathlon training with his hardcore Tri coach.

Namaste y’all.

My Food Philosophy

In my household, life revolves around food. I feel fortunate to have a healthy relationship with food and the act of sharing that experience with others!

Today I am starting this course: Science and Cooking

I am going to watch the Intro Course after my yoga class that starts in 20 minutes…eek better type fast! I will let y’all now how it is!

I am currently reading “Yoga Journal” and there was an interview with a yoga teacher that made me think  “YES! So true!” here it is…

The rose macaroon in particular was a beautiful pink on the outside and this pale pink-white on the inside, a cream center. It was like biting into a cloud. The macaroons taught me that if you’re a stickler for a specific diet, it limits your experience. Yes, there are certain foods I don’t eat, but if someone puts it in front of me with love, I eat it. Sharing food is the ultimate way to say I love you.

This may be a bit intense for some, but I just love it. My food philosophy is moderation with plenty of vegetables and dessert, always eat dessert. My pictures today are of…food! My dad sent this to me when I was living in NC. 6 Chicago deep dish pizzas! LOVE.

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Pizza and Yoga Love. Namaste y’all.

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Goodbye NC, Hello CA.

Guys! I am a bad blogger. I mean I confessed this in my first post ever but I do not love writing or taking pictures, 2 elements that I really think make a quality blogger. I also quit working out when I started antsloth. I am now happy to report I have started working out again, but I think I used my workout time to blog. But let’s be honest, I could provide excuses for days! My friend E shared this article with me, ok I can’t find the article but let me summarize: A lot of times we say “I don’t have time to do this or that” but the truth is “This isn’t a priority of mine”. There were probably some other lessons but regardless, I try hard not to use the phrase “I don’t have time for that”. Of course I do! There are 24 hours in a day! 7 days in a week! I can make time for things that are a priority to me. Always have and always will. So antsloth has not been a priority of mine recently. My priorities the past few weeks were to get my butt back to California and really enjoy the limited time I had in North Carolina.

So I am going to use this time to share some photos from Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is a a really fun, mountain, artsy, outside street performer, “local loving”, yoga, hiking town in Western North Carolina. Elizabeth and I did a weekend getaway together prior to our moves.

We started the trip by hiking Mt. Mitchell which was NO walk in the park! I recently stumbled upon an ultra-marathon that involves Mt. Mitchell and I can’t even wrap my head around how that is possible!

Confession: my blogging and camping skills are pretty comparable. I set my limit at about 1 night. With a Flash Flood Hazard, zero nights!

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This is at mile 0.1 of what felt like 26.2 so I still had energy to expend.

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Ok we had a lot of doubters at the bottom of the hill because we started this hike post noon which is a bad idea but it was what it was, we made it and we were able to stay at the top for about the time it took to take this picture! But we also saw a man wearing a skirt. I took a picture but probably should not post pics of strangers on my blog. Check it out here for yourself and check out the reviews. 4.9 out of 5 stars! Men love this thing!

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The following morning we got our namaste on at Asheville Community Yoga. The best donation based studio I have ever been to. Our legs loved it. We did this odd patting down of our bodies which was weird but it always makes me smile when I think about it.

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My friend Liz from ATL and I just can’t get over how much North Carolina LOVES LOCAL. I sent her probably ten pictures of various “local” signs. This one was one of my favs.

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Post yoga breakfast at Over easy Cafe. Super delicious!

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We visited The French Broad Chocolate Lounge twice. I would move here for this place.

chocolate NOT Asheville. But selling this couch on Craiglist was a HARDSHIP. Such a wonderful couch it was!
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I do have more than one friend besides E….I think.

Cheers to Wednesday Thursday (a little behind here) and blogging once a week. I LOVE a mid-week goal. So let’s do Wednesday (or Thursday) posts and let us also drink beer and eat pizza because I think hump day calls for those!

Namaste y’all. See ya next week ;)

*Thanks to my friend Bryan for encouraging this blog post!*

 

Race Medals

Now we are going to CRAFT on this blog. You just never know what is going to happen over here on antsloth.

So I am moving from NC to CA and am doing this by selling posting things on Craigslist, getting frustrated and then giving belongings away and cashing in karma credits. I am also keeping the Post Office in business by shipping a box a day (mostly textbooks). Today I found a running shoe box under my bed that was full of medals from races that I have done in the past 2ish years and the moving minimalist in me said NO BOXES OF RANDOM CRAP THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT.

Enter: Race Magnets PLUS Medals4Mettle

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I purchased magnetic tape at a craft store for $1.98 and put it on the medal.

2 step crafts, making my home economics teacher mother proud.

For my fun/fancy medals (ie gold Disneyland) I gave the Post Office more business and sent them to my local Medals4Mettle chapter in NC. Here is the description from their website:

Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Our worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

I love this philosophy. I challenge y’all to display and/or donate your medals! That shoe box does not appreciate them.

Namaste y’all.

She Who Believes In Herself

Trusting her instincts
Was the hardest
Thing she ever did.
But she listened
To the whisperings
Of her heart.

She pushed forth with faith…
Faith in her skills,
Her work ethic and
In her knowledge
That she could succeed.

And succeed she did!

In the end, trusting her heart
Was the smartest thing she ever did.

-Suzy Toronto

Get Engaged + Journal Winner

So I am moving at a sloth like pace with this packing thing. As in, I pack a book, and decide I should READ the book before it goes in the box. Cali, I will see you in 1873 days if I keep up these habits.

I did find a notebook from when I attended a TEDx conference at Duke and wanted to give a shout out to this organization:

http://www.clarityproject.com

I have mixed feelings regarding the whole engagement ring thing, probably because I am single and Suze Orman would scold me for the amount of student loans I have and gloves are really hard to put on even with the simplest of rings. But the Clarity Project is such an empowering concept, I absolutely love it. 

One Line a Day Journal winner is…KIM. Her healthy living tip is to get out of bed :) Good advice for someone who currently does not have a job to clock in at! 

Random photo:

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Namaste y’all.