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Race Recap – Fit Foodie Run San Diego

Hello, hello!

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Guyssssssssss. I had a blast at the Fit Foodie Run on Saturday! I hope a lot of you attended, because I definitely had a great time and feel so lucky to have been a part of the fun.

As you know, I was lucky enough to be named an ambassador for the race this year, and so as a result, I knew a lot about the amazing events the weekend held and the sponsors that would be there in the finishers village.

…..But I was still blown away.

A couple of my good girlfriends/favorite SD runners joined me for the 5K this year, and we had so much fun soaking up the sights and sampling the goodies at the finish line (obviously the best part). I’ve mentioned it before, but the area the race was held (the Embarcadero along the San Diego Harbor) is one of my very favorite places to run in the universe, and definitely in San Diego, so that made being there extra special. thumb_IMG_0774_1024

(This ^^ shot was re-shared on Instagram by Health Magazine’s official account, which made me feel like a superstar for the rest of the weekend. 😉 )

For the race itself, it was a bit congested at the start because of the narrow path in the embarcadero (it opened up about half a mile in as we got to the main strand of the harbor), and I made the rookie mistake of setting off after my friend Jen, who’s a speed demon (no joke – she’s amazing and came in third in her age group at this 5K). I’m like a 8:45/9 minute/mile, so that wasn’t the smartest because I couldn’t sustain it despite best efforts. I have a goal of working on my speed, but it’s one I haven’t voiced too often because it sorta scares me…. but more on that another time.

I’ve never been to a race – 5K, 10K, half marathon, whatever – with such a robust and lively finishers’ area. Oh my goodness – the place was jam-packed! All the brands there were friendly and excited to be a part of the event, and had healthy treats and other goodies on hand to share with everyone. It was incredible. We almost couldn’t believe our eyes and didn’t even go for breakfast after the 5K – we just ate all the samples in the finishers’ village!

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*Start line! I was live tweeting til we got going, which sounds way cooler than the reality. 😉thumb_IMG_0753_1024 thumb_IMG_0754_1024 thumb_IMG_0758_1024 thumb_IMG_0760_1024 thumb_IMG_0761_1024 thumb_IMG_0762_1024 thumb_IMG_0764_1024 thumb_IMG_0765_1024
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*Quest Bars! I’m still on the hunt for the seasonal pumpkin pie flavor, but I hear it’s at a local 7-11 near me….thumb_IMG_0770_1024 thumb_IMG_0771_1024 thumb_IMG_0772_1024 thumb_IMG_0775_1024

*This cold brew dirty chai from Califia Farms was delish — I’d never had it before.

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San Diego, I love you to pieces.

I finished with an official time of 25 minutes and something seconds, although the course was actually about .05 miles short…. so I ran past the finish line to make up for it. Type A for the win.  😉

I spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with friends and exploring Normal Heights/Kensington areas, which I didn’t spend too much time in when i was living there unfortunately. It’s adorable!

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A tremendous thank you to the Fit Foodie Run, as well as Cooking Light and Health magazines for letting me participate in this great race! It was such a fun experience and a wonderful weekend overall.

Happy Thursday! xo

Being a Fit Foodie 5K Ambassador

Hellllllllllo!

Happy Thursday from wannabe Florida. 😉 Jokes.The never-ending swampy summer struggle is real here in southern California. It’s almost impossible to get your basic white girl on when the weather makes scarves and boots and pumpkin lattes miserable.

Anyways, I have some fun news to share! fit foodie2(via)

You may have already noticed the notes on my Instagram profile, but I’m now an ambassador for the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend in San Diego! I’m beyond excited, can I just tell you that? The race series is hosted by Cooking Light and Health, aka two of my very favorite magazines. It may sound silly to some, but I’m honored to have my name anywhere close to those publications. And as we all know, I will most definitely run for food.

Pancakes mainly, but I’m not TOO picky.IMG_8274

(…that was my pre-run dinner before my first half…. I was proving the pancake was as big as my face. Success.)

The San Diego race is on Saturday, November 7. That’s 3.1 miles through my very favorite city to run in, and in my favorite spot in said city to run (the Embarcadero, on the water). I haven’t run in SD since my glorious half marathon in March – aka my favorite half marathon thus far, besides the first one – and I’m stoked to get back down there.

It’s no secret that I love SD, so any excuse to go down and visit my favorite people in town is one I’ll take. But an excuse that comes filled with delicious snacks and wine and tied with a big running bow? Um, yes. Yes, please.

This year, the race’s theme is “Calories Burned. Calories Earned,” and a percent of funds from the race are going toward the American Diabetes Association. I actually have a personal rule where I’ll only run a 5K race (and pay a registration fee) if the race either somehow benefits my community in some way (like is connected to a nonprofit I believe is) or looks like it’ll be super amazing incredible sauce. How lucky that this is both!Fit Foodie1

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To be clear, as an ambassador, my race fee has graciously been comped, for which I’m grateful. BUT, I also have a discount code for YOU!

For 50% off registration for the 5K in San Diego, use this promo code: PINKTYPEWRITER

Sooooo, who’s going to join me?! The weekend is also filled with a cocktail party on Friday night and a sweat session on Sunday…. and of course, all the amazing sponsors and brands that will be out during the the actual 5K (um, Quest Nutrition bars?! Kashi?! Cupcake Vineyards?! …and the list goes on).

I seriously can.not.wait.

For more info, check out their website! Or leave me a comment/email/whatever. 🙂

Have a good one, loveys! xo

Squad Goals

Today one of my favorite people is getting married. IMG_7539(^From our rendezvous in Vegas this summer for her bachelorette.)

It’s got me to thinking a lot about friendship and, of course, love. I’m such a sucker.

But friendship! The bride, Jess, and I became friends just two years ago when I first moved back to California from D.C. She had gone to high school with my best friend from college, who virtually introduced us before I had even boarded that one-way flight to SoCal. Jess welcomed me into San Diego and her life without batting an eyelash, taking me in sight unseen into her friendship circle.

There’s something to be said for someone who can open their life and heart to new people, even when we’re adults and already have a complete social circle.

From our very first meeting, I knew Jess and I would be good friends (probably because we both really like snacks + wine….), and in such a short timespan, she’s transformed from a stranger in my new city to one of my very best friends. I think that’s remarkable. Corny, I know, but being an adult is hard. I hear this time and again from friends, especially who’ve moved to new cities or started over; without a safety net like school or childhood bonds, it can be lonely and difficult to find true friendship as a grown-up.

And by the way, isn’t that one of the greatest parts of having amazing women in your life? Excuse me – I  mean squad, because that’s the word of the year, right? But seriously. I think that’s just what happens – they have the opportunity to bring the extraordinary people in their lives and fold them into yours.

It’s cheesy, but it’s true.

We need the good vibes, and the people who perpetuate that positivity in our lives. Who see who we are and don’t push us to be something else. Who think we’re incredible as ourselves, and want to support us in becoming even better versions.

We need to surround ourselves with people who are true and kind, and hone in on that authenticity.

Too often we feel like we have to allow negative people to take up space in our lives or in our hearts just because they’ve been there for a long time, or because others think they’re terrific. If someone’s not bringing out your brightest, then you don’t need them.

Goodness attracts goodness. Love attracts love.

It’s science.

Not science? My amazing wedding dancing skills. 😉

Happy weekend, folks. Have some wine, k? xo

Swifties in San Diego

Hello!

Saturday night, I had the pleasure of seeing Taylor Swift perform live in San Diego.IMG_8247

Holy amazing!

If you have met me in real life for at least five seconds, then you probably have learned I’m a total fangirl for Ms. Swift…. and maybe sing her songs at a high pitch when there’s been too much wine. I’ve loved her music forever, mainly because of her beautifully written lyrics (which often feel like they’re about my life…).

The tickets were a generous birthday gift from someone who knows me well, and I went with a good friend who also loves Taylor and recently had a birthday. We figured it was the perfect way to celebrate! It needs to be said I also purchased my very first crop top especially for the event…. because Taylor’s all about it. 29 is the perfect age to start flaunting your abs (ha – joke) in other people’s faces, right?

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Thought so.

Anyways, live music is one of my most beloved summertime activities, and this felt like the perfect way to end summer with a bang. This post is actually a contribution to Eventbrite’s Hometown Hunt project, and so of course seeing Tay-Tay shake it off in one of my favorite local venues deserves a mention! Eventbrite has a suite of fantastic event management tools, and of course is the go-to for learning and sharing local events.

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This concert was held at Petco Park, smack in the middle of downtown San Diego. If you’re familiar with SD, then you probably know Petco is where the Padres play, and it’s the most gorgeous baseball stadium ever (at least the best one of I’ve ever been to!). It’s literally a stone’s throw from the San Diego harbor, and where  a lot of SD races (including the half I ran in March!) begin and/or end. It is without a doubt one of my very favorite parts of SD.

The stadium itself is jam-packed with incredible vendors serving up more than just the typical hot dog and beer, most of which represent the local food and beer scene. We’re talking craft beer from breweries like Stone and Ballast Point, pizza from Ocean Beach gem Pizza Port, burgers from Hodad’s, and so much more.

And now I’m hungry.

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I’d actually never been to any other events at Petco that weren’t related to game day before — just the occasional beer and wine fests before summertime games. It seems they’re trying to expand their event offerings outside of baseball season though, and seeing Taylor take the field to perform was pretty incredible.

There’s something about live music under the stars in summertime that just takes your breath away, and every Swiftie in attendance was given these fun LED wristbands that lit up in concert with the beats of each song.IMG_8241

How rad is that?! 45,000 glowing lights, my friends.

It was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.

I sure do love living in Newport Beach now, but I sooooo wish I could have packed up a few items from San Diego with me, including Petco Park and some of my fav girlfriends. Least it’s not a far drive, right? 🙂

xo

 

 

Hiking Cowles Mountain

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If you’re looking for a hike with a panoramic view of San Diego, Cowles Mountain (part of the larger Mission Trails Regional Park) is the. spot. to visit. A friend and I hiked it yesterday afternoon, and oh my gosh! Those views.  The trail is not terribly difficult (I saw kiddos hiking with their families), but it’s pretty steep and a little over 3 miles roundtrip (about 1.6 miles to the top). My legs were pooped from my 7 miler the day before which probably made it feel a little tougher, but it was well worth it!

Should you check out this trail, keep in mind that there’s no shade, aka slap on the sunscreen beforehand and bring water. 😉

Happy Monday, lovelies!

Cowles Mountain 

Intersection of Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road, San Diego, CA

Elevation: 1,591 feet

Highlights: highest point in the city of San Diego

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