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What I'm Into Wednesday - FUN.

When I compiled this week's list of things I'm digging I was reminded of how lucky I am. My life is "busy", can be "stressful", and I have "adult" things to do...but overall it's really not that difficult. Much of what I do on a daily basis is fun - work and play both fall into this category (and they cross over quite often). And I have to say, for that I'm thankful.

So this week is all about FUN. 

Taste

One of the things I find to be the most fun is eating. And I love trying new restaurants. Angelo and I went out on a puppy-less date on Saturday night and checked out Tribute Pizza in North Park. A few friends had recommended this joint and they were spot on. The space is big, bright, and airy and the food we got was awesome. Foccacia with roasted garlic, a big salad, and a vegan pizza with a squash sauce and roasted veggies. YUM.

Smell

Let's just continue on the food train. Good friends of ours host a Thursday night themed dinner at their house and this past week's theme was "vaguely Asian". So I Googled Asian desserts and an Asian pear crisp came up. Upon further review, the only thing Asian about it was the variety of pears but considering the theme was "vaguely Asian" I figured it worked. Asian pears, orange juice and maple syrup made up the fruit portion. The crumble was oats, coconut, almonds, and crystallized ginger - with coconut oil as the fat. It turned out amazing! And smelled so good. 

See

This Saturday was one of my favorite races in San Diego - the Balboa Park 8 Miler. It's one of the oldest races in town and is a longtime fundraiser for the San Diego Track Club. It's put on by my favorite race directing company, High Performance Movement, and takes you on a serious tour of the roads and trails of Balboa Park. I'd been hesitant to run it due to a flare up of some foot problems in the past few months so instead I planned my normal run to head past the race finish so I could cheer in some friends. My brother in law crushed his race, my Ashley Lane Fitness girls had a blast, and (of course) there were plenty of November Project peeps repping the #grassrootsgear. While racing is fun, watching your friends and family cruise across the finish line was a blast.

Do

That leads into do: RUN! Specifically, run without pain or discomfort. Last week I stopped by Milestone Running and harassed them for about two hours. We talked about all my weird foot pains and problems (and my f-ed up feet) and tried on just about every shoe. In the end, they gave me a returned pair of Hokas to try out. Let's preface this with the fact that I've avoided Hokas like the plague because, honestly, they're pretty ugly. But I'm at the point where I'll try anything. So I tried them for a long run Saturday. AND THEY WERE AWESOME. 14 painfree miles later and I may be hooked (for now). While they won't fix the problem, they are a good part time solution. So I went back to Milestone Sunday and bought myself a pair. If you see me running in them, try not to laugh. I promise to stop laughing at other runners wearing them too.

Hear

When I go on solo long runs I occasionally like to take headphones with me. But I don't listen to music, instead podcasts. So here's another one for you: RadioLab (again) and their episode titled Breaking News. It was all about new technology on the horizon that is basically like Photoshop for audio and video. Yup, you will soon be able to edit audio and video - making yourself (or others) say and do things that never actually happened. While the tech is cool, it's also a little terrifying. They dig into it pretty well here. Give it a listen. 

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.