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What I'm Into Wednesday

Prior to beginning this post, I had a running list of what was going to be included this week and a general idea of what I was going to talk about. And while much of that running list has stayed the same, I want to start in a different fashion than I had originally planned.

I'm just going to open this post with a plea. To be smart (and to practice what you preach). Listen to your body. It knows what it wants. And sometimes it doesn't want to run a 50k. So why run it? 50k or not, you have nothing to prove to anyone besides yourself. And as my friend Mike so eloquently put it the other day, we all do this "fitness" thing to feel good - mentally, physically, about ourselves. If it stops feeling good, why are we still doing it that way?

So, 50k out - trail marathon in. And I'm feeling better already.

Onward.

SEE

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A couple of years ago I was introduced to a local San Diego sunglasses brand, Knockaround. We all know how it goes: buy super cheap and ugly sunglasses and they'll last you years but splurge on a fancy pair and you'll break or lose them within weeks. Knockaround solves that conundrum. Make super cool, unique sunglasses at a price that is easy on your wallet and that won't make you sad for days if something happens to them. Their stuff is the shit. Great colors, a few classic shapes, and fun designs. AND they're into community - they'll be throwing shades my direction for my 2018 retreat attendees!

SMELL

Again and again, the smell of coffee is one of my favorite things. Even coffee that is spilled allllll over the table, chairs, and floor in my living room. And it wasn't just any coffee. It was Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee. What? Yup. Tim Ferriss is my guy and a few months ago I finally got around to trying this superfood coffee that sponsors his podcast. They have two coffee variations - chaga and cordyceps and lion's mane and chaga. Cordyceps and chaga is their "stay awake" varietal while the lion's mane and chaga is their "think" varietal. They each only have 40mg of caffeine (way less than coffee) but keep me awake and focused without any caffeine headache or energy drop. A serving is less than $2 - well worth trying out, at least. I'm sold.

TASTE

Let's just stick with coffee. I'm on a neverending search for the best almond milk vanilla latte in San Diego (and the world). After a fantastic Sunday morning (more on that below) a group of us went to Copa Vida in East Village for coffee and brunch. My first time there and this fancy ass coffee spot did not disappoint, despite somehow completely losing/forgetting our order. When the AMVL finally did show up, it was one of the best yet. It's moved to top three in San Diego for me!

HEAR

My wonderful friend Amanda makes quite a few appearances in this blog and today is no different. She's (perhaps) the biggest Vulfpeck fan on the planet. Don't know who Vulfpeck is? You should listen to their Spotify immediately. And then specifically listen to their new release, Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh. They're magic. 

DO

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Bodies. In. Motion. The end. It really was the most fun. Here's the simple concept that Angelo and I have developed for BIM: bring people together, out of their comfort zones, to get their minds active and their bodies moving, in creative and unique ways, in new places in their cities, with people they don't know. It's a simple idea of comm-UNITY. And Sunday's re-kickoff to more regular events couldn't have been more perfect. 60+ people ran, rode bikes, or rolled on blades along the waterfront to a top secret location to practice yoga. They ended up under one of my favorite public art pieces in San Diego, Roman DeSalvo's Riparium in Ruocco Park. The morning couldn't have been a better launch to all of the amazing events to come. Follow on Instagram to make sure you don't miss out!

What I'm Into Wednesday - A Reset Week

Have you ever gone on a trip and then felt like you needed a trip when you got back from your trip? We've all been there. I was feeling that way on Sunday afternoon, returning from Joshua Tree, and became determined to not let that feeling carry into the week. This week's list has a little to do with how I managed that.

 

Do:

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Let's start with the trip. This weekend was the first annual #SouthwestCollisionCourse. November Project tribes from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix converged on a plot of land near Joshua Tree for an evening of racing (6pm - midnight, relay style on teams) and camping. The race was so well organized and the contingent was strong (about 130 people). The plot of desert land worked great for cars and camping and the trail was a fun mix of dirt road (which are apparently private drives, whoops) and challenging trail. All is good in the hood and the event is running smoothly right through the finish at midnight. I have to give my team, the Regul8ors, a shout out. They were so fun, raced hard, and had a blast. Special shout out to Angelo for stepping in when my foot started acting up to run my last leg for me. All the positive aside, this is what I took away from the night: I greatly dislike huge group camping. When I go to nature, I want to enjoy nature. Campfire, star gazing (and Saturn gazing in our case), tent sleeping, quiet nights, and early morning sunrises. There was a small contingent of attendees who decided to take the post race party into the early morning. Like 4:30am early morning. I don't like techno ever, but especially not at 3am. Here's my thoughts: it's fine to enjoy yourself and have a few beers, but be respectful. Respectful of the fact that it's not your property, that there are neighbors nearby, that there are 100 other people who may not want to hear your drunk self yell and blast music, that there are kids, that people might want to sleep after running hard, and that they might want to rise early the next day (well rested) to enjoy nature. It's official, in my old age I've run out of patience.

 

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Last week we began real dog training for Arlo. As in we hired a trainer. James from Who's Walking Who will be coming out once a week for 4 weeks to work on the things that we felt were beyond our ability: attentiveness off leash, not jumping on new people (or old people for that matter), recall off leash, and a little possessiveness with toys. James spent two hours with us and the effectiveness of the training is already noticeable. After talking to a good friend of ours who is a dog trainer, and talking to James, we decided to use the mini Educator with Arlo. It's a low powered electronic collar that delivers a variable (controlled by you) vibration/buzz when you press a button. Let me start by saying that the setting at which we've been using it with Arlo is so low that I can't even feel it when I put the collar on my own body. That being said, it's working really well. He hates it (for now), which is to be expected. Having to pay attention to your parents is no fun. It's exhausting for him to think that hard (which is awesome, see photo above). The only thing I don't like? The serious judgement I get from people who don't own dogs when they hear we are using an e-collar. How do parents of real human children deal with all the parenting shame??? Get off my ass people, he's not your dog and I'm sure you'd rather he not jump all over you. 

 

Hear:

I went into full blown podcast mode on my drive to Joshua Tree. My fave of the weekend was a Radiolab episode entitled Anna in Somalia. It was beautifully done and told a fantastic story about love, literature, and imprisonment. Give it a listen.

 

Smell:

Coffee is not a new topic on this blog. But in my mission to relax into this week instead of approach it with stress I slept in on Monday morning, made myself a large mug of coffee, and enjoyed it in the house - not in a travel mug on the run somewhere. Just being able to sit, to smell the coffee, and to drink it leisurely was heaven. But to make it even better, I made my coffee in the french press (as normal) but added ground roasted coconut and some cinnamon. YUM.

 

Taste:

Upon awakening from a much needed nap on Sunday afternoon I took it upon myself to meal prep for the week. Angelo is out of town for a few days and that normally means my nutrition goes to shit. But I'm getting serious about it. I'm unhappy with a few things performance and appearance wise, and I know that nutrition plays a larger role than even exercise, so I'm on it. That means MEAL PREP. The least amount of work I have to do to eat well on a day to day basis, the better. I roasted some sweet potatoes (or are they yams? What's the difference?) with avocado oil, salt and pepper. I cooked up a mixture of lentils and quinoa in some beef bone broth. And I made a little two bean (black and garbanzo) and corn salad with balsamic and olive oil. Toss those together, add some protein and veggies, and I have lunches and dinners all week. 

 

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Canadian Edition

This past weekend was the 2017 SeaWheeze Half Marathon. In case you don't know, SeaWheeze is lululemon's signature race. It takes place in their hometown of Vancouver, BC and pretty much takes over. 

To give you an idea of the fanaticism surrounding this race, here are some details:

- It sells out in about 12 minutes each year. 10k runners. 12 minutes.

- The exclusive runner's store (where you can buy - for full price - exclusive prints and colors of their clothing) opens on Friday at 7AM but people line up starting around 7AM on Wednesday. 

- This year's fan favorite, the rainbow reflective clothing collection, sold out within 23 minutes. You can buy yourself some run tights on eBay for about $1000.

And what's crazy to me is that this is all about the clothes for many of the people, which totally overshadows the amazing race itself and the post race festival.

This was my 3rd year pacing (as a Pace Beaver, they call them in Canada) and each year gets better from logistical, entertainment, and support standpoints. 

Plus Vancouver is one of my favorite cities of all time. So in honor of that, this week is all about the trip!

HEAR

In the yoga world there is no shortage of people to look up to. Longtime teachers, Instagram celebrities, and talented local teachers abound. One of my teachers and mentors in the yoga game is Goldie Graham. I've learned so much from her and share many of the same values and opinions in terms of the yoga world as her. We're lucky enough to have her as a local teacher here in San Diego (sorry, Bostonians) and she was selected to teach at the Sunset Festival post race. Over 8000 runners showed up to practice yoga in beautiful Stanley Park before the evening concert from Cold War Kids and Young the Giant. Goldie was calm, collected, commanding, present, and nailed teaching this class. It was so fun to be a part of, to listen to, and to watch go down. 

DO

This is an obvious one: RUN THE RACE! In my third year as a Pace Beaver I've had a few opportunities to reflect on just why pacing this race is so much fun. The course is fantastic, the crowd support and support from lululemon is unparalleled. But it's really about the runners and my fellow pacers. Pace Beavers are all ambassadors from around the world who are selected to come to Vancouver and pace a time anywhere from 1:35 to 3:00 in the half marathon. We're there to be your time keeper, your safety watcher, your motivator, and your entertainment. It's so much fun to help people crush goals, to watch the human spirit tackle the half marathon, and to do it all with other badass ambassadors by my side. I'll be back as many years as lululemon will have me!

SMELL

My knowledge of food of different cultures is very, very limited. I'm a picky eater and I get nervous to try new foods. Vancouver has an amazing food scene and I was determined to take advantage of it. Enter Kosoo. This Korean fusion restaurant was near the hotel we stayed in our first night in Van and was amazing. It smelled so incredibly good, had lots of veggie options (meat weirds me out), and tasted just as good as it smelled. Check it out if you find yourself in Vancouver!

TASTE

I'm dedicating this to all of the breakfasts on our trip. Looking for donuts? Go no further than 49th Parallel and Lucky's Donuts. Something more substantial? Our last morning in town we hiked up the Grouse Grind (get there too... worth the sweaty mess you'll be afterwards) and then headed to Red Wagon. Why? Pancakes topped with in house smoked pulled pork and pork belly and jalepeno cornbread just to name a few reasons. Moral of the story? Sweat hard to eat harder. 

SEE

Grizzly bears. Yup. If you climb the 1.3 miles and 2800 feet straight up Grouse Grind you'll get to a mountaintop with a lumberjack show, a wild bird show (hello, bald eagle!) and GRIZZLY BEARS. Two orphaned grizzlies now live at the top of Grouse. When we got up it was cold and rainy, which resulted in most of the other tourists seeking shelter but clearly didn't affect the grizzlies, who walked straight up to the fence. I'm talking like 20 feet away. It was amazing, breathtaking, and really freaking cool. Climb yourself up there!

What I'm Into Wednesday - I'm A Planner

A little behind the scenes info - I write this blog post on Mondays (usually). So that means that as of the writing of this week's post I haven't yet gone on my solo day. Spoiler alert: next week will probably be centered around my adventure.

But here's one of the cool things about planning adventure. Often, just the planning is fun! I'm a planner by nature so deciding what cool stuff to do with an entire day off has been a blast. More on that later. Anywho...

 

Hear

I mentioned last week that I've been on a podcast list. So of course, this week's hear is another podcast recommendation. This week I enjoyed a This American Life episode entitled "A Not-So-Simple Majority." It was an in depth look at an interesting case of a school district battle in New York that, of course, was indicative of much deeper cultural issues. What brought them to the surface was a large population of ultra conservative Jewish people in the district, who don't send their kids to public schools, taking over the public school board. It was fascinating, gripping, sometimes sad, very frustrating, and eye opening to an example of the battle that takes place in different ways around this country every day. Give it a listen.

Smell

One of my biggest worries getting a dog was that our house would start to smell like dog. Enter the magic of Saje once again. Their diffusers solve all of my worries. I have two different assortments of scents and having the ability to pick, choose, and decide how I want my air to smell (and therefore my house to feel) is amazing. Plus, did you know they help purify your air? Over time the collect dust and other particles from the air, trap them, and let them fall to the ground. Sweet!!

Taste

When I go to the farmer's market I love to make the rounds and see what looks good that day, but I definitely have my favorites. And one is the hummus guy! You know the one - he sells both hummus and garlic spread. And while the garlic spread is to die for, it's the hummus I'm obsessed with today! If you've never tried the Almond Date flavor of Majestic Sprouted Hummus you've been missing out. It's sweet - which sounds like it would be weird (but isn't) - and has the best texture. I try to catch him either at the Little Italy farmer's market on Saturdays or in Hillcrest on Sunday!

Do

This week is all about planning! Even just for a little day trip, I love sitting down at my computer, looking at a map, planning a route, researching fun (and off the beaten path) things to do, deciding where to have coffee, where to eat, and picking people's brains for suggestions. This week's adventures will take me to Orange County. And by the time this is up, I will already be back. I can't wait to recap the adventures and finds next week!

See

Speaking of finding fun things to do, I have to include my favorite website of all time. I'm obsessed with Atlas Obscura when it comes to finding weird, creepy, unique, fun, and unusual things to do in cities that I'm visiting (or even in SD). They have the best curated sights, museums, landmarks, and otherwise non-touristy stuff. Check it out, but be ready to spend hours perusing their site!

What I'm Into Wednesday - It's the Little Things Edition

As I stopped to get coffee after a fun November Project San Diego workout on Monday morning, I noticed small details of the coffee shop that I had never noticed before. 

This might have been because I had never been to this new coffee shop (ha) but it also made me realize how easy it is to be somewhere else in your brain while you go about your daily activities and to totally miss out on all the little things around you.

So this week's installment is dedicated to those little things.

Enjoy!

LP

PS Send some love my way on Sunday morning - I'll be tackling the Orange County Marathon, and any extra love is much appreciated!

See

What sparked this idea was some pavement decor in the new Better Buzz coffee location in PB. They recently expanded to a bigger and brighter (and super Instagram worthy hip) spot on Garnet. As I was standing in line I glanced down at the floor and saw this gem. I immediately smiled (and Instagrammed it, duh). And thought, "I wonder how many cool things like this I completely walk by every day." And here we are. 

Hear

A good friend (hi Sam!) has been a fan of this band forever. And has told me I should listen to them, well, forever. Finally I have! And they are amazing. This song feels like it takes you on a story and (I've found) is a perfect song for savasana during yoga classes. The musical details are fantastic. Enjoy Your Hand In Mine from Explosions in the Sky.

Smell

One of my favorite grocery stores and hidden gems in my neighborhood is Pancho Villa. A traditional Mexican mercado with super affordable produce and... dun dun dun.... FRESH TORTILLAS! They are the bomb, made with just the basic ingredients, made super hot and fresh, and crazy cheap. Also, they smell amazing. It's impressive how good flour, fat, and water can smell.

Taste

I got to run with two of my favorite running partners this past weekend (Kate! Sheri! HI!) and as usual, our conversation was nonstop and all over the place. One of the topics was our recent (borderline) obsession with different types of salt. And I can't believe I haven't talked about it here yet! A few months ago I picked up a salt sampler at Cost Plus World Market and it's been awesome. So many slight variations on flavors and textures...who knew salt made such a difference! My current faves? Cyprus flake and black lava.

Do

Sometimes in life we get asked to do things. To teach, lead, participate, promote, or support things. And often times these things are unpaid. It's easy to want to say no, especially when you're actively focused on building a business and making rent. BUT DON'T. When it feels right, say yes. Even if it's unpaid. You never know what opportunities will arise, who you'll meet, or what you'll learn about yourself. Sometimes you'll even find yourself on a roofdeck overlooking an ocean teaching yoga a few months later. Say yes to the good stuff, regardless of pay.