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What I'm Into Wednesday - Annual San Francisco Trip

This was our fourth consecutive year travelling to San Francisco to compete in the North Face Endurance Challenge Series.

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I was a co-leader of NPSD when we traveled the first two years. We stayed on friend's floors (shout out to Paddy for the floor and Orrin for the entertainment the first year) and on couches in overstuffed AirBnbs. We drove all the way from LA and carpooled with other leaders we rarely see. We attended the North Face headquarters and partook in design talks. And we raced the marathon relay. One year as a two woman team with the one and only Voychick and one year as a four man team dressed up as BG.

Those first two years were nothing but fun.

Last year we headed up and many of us competed in the 50k. We ran the most beautiful trails I've ever been on, shared stunning views, and conquered distances that were new to most of us. It was an epic adventure of a completely different kind.

This year, the fourth, was totally new. The courses were different - they now finished over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco proper. Fewer people went up. We all ran different distances. Yet, it was still magic. There's something about getting a big group of excited, positive. motivating, and funny humans together. It brings out the best in people, and in a city. 

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See above. Literally. Go do the North Face Endurance Challenge in SF next year. Any distance. Just sign up. It's a blast.

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The day before the race we had a debate/discussion about how to spend our afternoon. It's tempting to want to walk all over the place and sightsee anytime you're in a different city, but especially in SF. There's a never ending list of parks, architecture, museums, shops, and restaurants that I want to check out. But walking the day before running many miles is usually a bad idea. So a group of us chose to venture over to the Exploratorium at Pier 15 instead. Holy crap. It was so fun. The $30 admission price is WELL WORTH IT. We spent almost three hours like little kids running around this museum playing with everything. It's an interactive science museum at it's core and you'll be entertained by the exhibits, the shows, the nerdy stuff, and the fun. Go.

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About half of our Airbnb was the same folks that shared one in Boston for SUMMIT 5.0 this year. And for a second time, we ate pretty much the same things as a family: Thai food two nights before the race and pizza the night before. This time the pizza was a star. Tony's Pizza Napoletana was the shit. Specifically the Eddie Muenster - fried kale, smoked bacon, calabrese peppers, muenster cheese, honey, and lemon.

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If you're like me, weekends with friends are amazing - but you crave silence. I've been true to my November goal of not hitting snooze, and with that extra 5-10 minutes I'd usually waste on the snooze button I've been meditating. Truly just sitting in silence, repeating a mantra. It's been a centering way to start my day - whether at home or on the road.

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No trip to SF, LA, or PDX is ever complete without a trip to SALT AND STRAW. Since the location in SD seems to be taking forever to open (come on guys!) we took full advantage of our last day to eat ice cream. November's specialty flavors are all about Thanksgiving dinner. From a salted caramel turkey flavor to stuffing to mashed potatoes and gravy. But the winner? Everyone was in agreement that Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Pecans took home the grand prize. I'm drooling as I think about it.

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What I'm Into Wednesday - The Celebration/Recovery Edition

A few weeks ago I posted about some of my favorite things that surround marathon training. The purpose of training for a marathon is to eventually run said marathon, and that happened on Sunday.

I can't stop expressing gratitude towards everyone who has been there along the journey to that finish line. From my running partners, to my life partner, to all of you who read the ramblings - I couldn't have done it without you.

And yes, I surpassed my goal for Sunday's race. I'll be going to Boston to run the marathon in April. And I'm so, so happy.

Now is the time for celebration and recovery. Enjoy my favorites!

xoxo

LP

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Look, I know I'm wayyyy late to the game on this one but in the days leading up to the race and in the days post race, while I was laying around with my legs up a wall hydrating, I needed something to keep me occupied. Enter Broad City. Holy shit. It's hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud during each episode and I love the fact that the episodes are so short. It's a well written comedy with the perfect actors (I love Hannibal Burress) and it's well worth the binge time. Thank you Hulu.

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When my eyes can't take any more screen time, I've been turning to podcasts. We all know I'm a huge fan of self improvement/development podcasts but occasionally I just want a good story to get lost in. I was a big fan of both seasons of Serial (even though they were drastically different) and I've been meaning to start listening to S-Town. I was wisely warned to not expect it to be like Serial, so I didn't. And I am digging it. The story is fascinating, the reporting is exactly what you expect of Serial or This American Life, and it's just an in depth look at some super interesting people. Sold.

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I got surprised post-race with Wanderlust Gypsy Magic - a yummy smelling bath salt bomb with a secret ingredient: CBD. In case you don't know, CBD is part of the marijuana plant, but not the part that gets you high (that's THC). CBD has been studied and found to be great for things like relaxation, pain relief, and inflammation relief. Sounds perfect for post marathon. I added it to a bath along with some other essential oil mineral salts and soaked away. I do have to say that it was so calming and felt so good on sore muscles. And I woke up the next day with a much lower level of soreness than expected. So either they worked some magic or I'm a healing fiend. 

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My all time fav natural wellness brand, Saje, has a fantastic balm for inflammation and pain called Trauma Less. It's got many useful oils in it, but the secret weapon is arnica. I had my massage therapist use it pre-race on some sensitive tendons and ligaments in my foot and I used it post race on the same thing. It seems to be working well combating 26.2 miles of pavement pounding. And of course it smells good. It's Saje after all. I can't find the product online, but I do believe that they have it in store at the new Fashion Valley location!

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Every runner has food and drink that they dream about during the last few miles of a big race or long run. For me it's a blood orange San Pelligrino to drink and the food always varies. Luckily, my boyfriend knows my cravings well and we made sure to hit a breakfast spot with a San Pellegrino AND he purchased a box of Peanut Butter Puffins (which are by far my favorite cereal) and almond milk to have in the hotel room post race. YUM. I would eat bowls of cereal for all three meals every day if I could. 

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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What I'm Into Wednesday - Marathon Training Edition

The Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday...and I won't be there this year. While I'm incredibly bummed to be missing one of my all time favorite races, I am stoked to be healthy this year and moving forward towards re-qualifying (while feeling good)!

I'm running the OC Marathon on May 7th and I am in the middle of my last big, big week of training. That sparked the idea for this week's What I'm Into post: Marathon essentials.

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If you're looking for motivation to start running long distance, keep running long distance, or decide to take on a new running challenge, I have an author for you! Christopher McDougall has a few excellent running books. Most of us have (at least) heard of Born to Run - the book that birthed the barefoot running movement. But did you know he wrote another book? Natural Born Heroes is my favorite of the two - running meets nutrition meets history.

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I don't listen to music while I run. I used to but I broke my trusty iPod while training for a race about 4 years ago and just never replaced it. When I do have solo long runs that I need a boost for I listen to podcasts! This podcast plug goes to perennial favorite Tim Ferriss. He interviewed Ricardo Semler, who is a Brazilian businessman known for his radical re-organization of industrial democracy. Sounds boring, right? Totally not. This guy is full of life lessons. 

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My go to hydration brand, nuun hydration, just dropped a brand new product that I'm pretty excited about. Nuun Performance adds back in the carbohydrates necessary for sustained or intense exercise (yup, marathon training falls in there) while still being one of the cleanest options out there. I am a little bummed that they are discontinuing Plus, which was a carbohydrate tablet that you could add to your nuun, but I'm happy with the replacement. Shhhh.... I still have a stockpile of Plus. If you do too, try chewing them instead of dissolving them. It's a game changer. 

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I'm experimenting with diet as I approach the last month before the marathon. One of my explorations is into the world of gluten and dairy free nutrition. While it's not hard to eat that way on a daily basis, finding pre-run (or during run fuel) that keeps with that is more challenging. Last week I made grain and dairy free banana muffins that were perfect for popping a few before a long run. And they smelled bomb. Like the best banana bread does.

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You need to go to Milestone Running in North Park. Go to say hi to the guys (and Julie). Or to pet China. Or to try on cool clothes. Or buy sweet Stance socks. Or stock up on your fav hydration and nutrition. OR buy new shoes (duh). May I recommend... the Saucony Freedom! What?? Not New Balance. I know. I'm shocked too. But they are amazing and will be my race day shoe.

 

So if you remember, send me some good vibes on Sunday, May 7th. I'll need them!

xoxo

LP

I am Happy, I am Healthy, I am Whole

I am Happy, I am Healthy, I am Whole

At first glance, the title of this blog looks more like menu offering's off of Cafe Gratitude's list of vegan deliciousness. And while at Cafe Gratitude that order may get you a juice, a Mediterranean wrap, and a macrobiotic bowl - this isn't my lunch order, it's my current mantra.