Workout Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 4, 1/13 – 1/19

It turned out to be great timing to have an extra stepback week for this week. Work picked up after the holidays, and it was nice to be able to come home and indulge in a nap instead of pushing for the mileage.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles, 11:10 min/mile.

Wednesday: Walk with Pita, rest

Thursday: Walk with Pita, Rest

Friday: Rest (notice a trend here?)

Saturday: 3.49 miles, 14:29 min/mile, trail run. I’m loving my new “backyard”. It’s so awesome being able to walk out the door and hit dirt in just a few.

trail run bay area

After I got my run in, the rest of the day was spent with good company and good food. That was the first plate of many, and we even shared with the coots. True story: Safeway makes delicious fried chicken.

Picnic lake merritt

{top pic courtesy of Sho}

Sunday: Guys, I’m struggling. I finally subscribe to a newspaper, and love it, and what happens? Unreliable delivery. I walked out my door this morning hoping to see a big fat paper to indulge in over breakfast, and nada.

Le Sigh.

The only solution was to console myself with pancakes. Denny’s has a new “monthly specials” menu and I went with the Baja Skillet. Pretty tasty and not too horrible nutrition wise. I had to sub the egg whites for real eggs tho – the yolk is the best part!


Pita and I headed out for a hike in the afternoon.

sunday hike

A slight breeze kept it from getting too toasty, and the only thing I regretted was forgetting my binos on the way out the door. I’m loving the gorgeous weather, but all that brown grass means trouble come summer.

sunday hike2

We covered 3.64 miles, 23:53 min/mile.

Running miles: 6.49

Total miles: 10.13

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Always, Sierra

What’s your favorite picnic food?

Runs that end with sunsets are the best

I set out for my run yesterday in time to bask in the last bit of warm(ish) rays of sun.

sunset on the coast of the bay

The moon had already peaked over the horizon and I felt like I was on that Star Wars planet with the weird moons, or weird suns, or whichever it was. It was Star Wars that had that, right?


This is the extra week that I added to my half-marathon training plan, and my first stepback week. Ironically, I pushed harder in this run than I have in recent runs. I think calling it a stepback week takes the pressure off, ya know? It’s not a “real” week of training so no need to play it conservative to make sure I don’t fail or miss runs the rest of the week.

Hello, progression run.

progression 3 miler

After I put in my three miles, I was rewarded with this.


It had been a long day and the adrenaline of work had carried me through my run, just one more thing to cross of the list.  It’s so easy for me to get caught up in and carried along by “busyness”.

But who could call this a sunset to be crossed off a list? So, instead I made a deliberate choice to be in the moment and to reflect on being grateful. Grateful to be running in this place, on this day, at this moment.

Always, Sierra

What are you grateful for?

Are you a Star Wars fan? Excited about the new installments to come? Pro Disney? Anti Disney?

Some Stuff I’ve Been Loving Lately

I’m overflowing with all kinds of awesome finds lately and I was too impatient to wait for Friday to be alliterative and crafty with a Friday Faves post. We’ll just call this one Tuesday…Tuesday…

I got nothing. Wait! Tuesday Things. Yup, Tuesday Things that can actually be enjoyed on days other than Tuesday. And that, my friends, is my thought process. Not everyone can come up with this quality writing, you know.

Baby Avocados


I recently stopped in at a FoodMaxx and found a bulk bag of these tiny, perfect-sized avocados! No more eating half an avocado and letting the other half get brown and gross in the fridge. [Side note: if you’re looking for a new guilty pleasure try a bag of chili cheese Fritos with an avocado as dip. Dee-licious]

Budget Wines at Grocery Outlet


Grocery Outlet is the BEST store for finding good wines at budget prices. They’re marked down so much that I’m willing to try a bunch of new ones, and don’t mind the occasional stinker. Three Hoots Strix Sauvignon Blanc was a recent tasty find (plus that label).

three hoots strix sauvignon blanc 2010

Naked 3 Palette

This Christmas I was gifted the Naked 3 palette, and I’ve been enjoying it just as much as my go-to, the original Naked. This rendition features rose hues, and comes with four of their eyeshadow primer samples. The colors are pretty, hold up well over the day, and easily blend.


I’ve avoided pink/rose eyeshadows ever since someone in college told me I looked deathly ill when wearing an orangey/peach hue [because of course it was the hue and not the technique, right?!]. I’m so glad we’ve been reacquainted.

Having the Newspaper Delivered

Yes, it’s true, I’m doing my part to keep the printed word alive. Three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, I feel a little tickle of joy every time I open the door and find that little bundle of ads/comics/important stuff waiting for me. Enjoying the paper over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine has become one of my go-to ways to unwind a bit. Plus you get to find out about really cool things happening in your community! Who woulda thought?

PhotoGrid_1389674405859Stephen King musicals, human interest stories, and sour beer!

Saucony Guide 7’s

I didn’t love em at first fit. In fact, I was fairly dubious. But we’re going on two or three weeks now and skepticism is turning to lurrrrve. Review soon to come!

Saucony Guide 7

What have you been loving lately?

Always, Sierra

Workout Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 3, 1/6 – 1/12

A day late and a dollar short! Well, several dollars short since I don’t get paid for all this :).

I went to write this post Saturday only to find that my laptop refused to turn on. There had been no blue screens of impending doom, no warning signals. Just a laptop that was dead to the world. I checked to make sure the cord was plugged in, pushed the power button again and again…nada. I stuck it back on the shelf just knowing the battery had gone kaput and that the Mr. would have to work his magic when he got back into town.

Well, he worked his magic this morning all right. Turns out his magic involves making sure that the cord’s not just plugged in but plugged ALL THE WAY in. D’oh. Stupid technologies.

Monday: Stretch + strength

Tuesday: 2.96 miles, 11.14 min/mile average, with 4 x 400 repeats. Clearly I could work on consistency with these repeats! I also think I’m getting out of the gate a bit fast.

First – 0.26 mi in 2:15.3, 8:41 pace

Second – 0.24 mile in 2.07.5, 9:01 pace

Third – 0.25 mile in 2.19.2, 9:15 pace

Fourth – 0.25 mile in 2.09.3, 8:31 pace

Wednesday: lazy rest

Thursday: 2.21 miles, 12.21 min/mile, hills. I had plans Thursday evening to check out Amaluna with the girls, and it was so tempting to skip this run. Work ran late, I wanted to eat a healthy meal at home before I left, I had to factor in time for BART, if I ran I’d have to blow dry my hair, etc. But I resisted all the excuses and just got done with I could do. It wasn’t the three miles I had planned, but it was better than zero miles.

Also Amaluna was great! One of the dancers had the most amazing back and I had some major back envy going on. There was also a sudden urge to take trapeze classes then run away and join the circus. Who’s coming with me?


Friday: 4.10 miles on the treadmill, 12:00 min/mile. Strength.

Saturday: 6 miles, 12.06 min/mile. A long run on a nice overcast morning. We were supposed to get some much-needed rain, but it drizzled for all of two seconds. I was disappointed.

Bay Trail

Sunday: Rest…took a quick road trip to hang with my brother for the day! We had a great time. Between you and me, he is one of my favorite people in the world, maybe even the universe.


I was beat by the time I got home (8 hours on the road will do that to ya!), but I pushed through and did some food prep for the first part of the week. It paid off when I sat down to lunch today.

meal prep

Running Miles: 15.27

Here’s to another week of good company, good workouts, and yummy food!

Always, Sierra