M.I.A.

I’m back! How have y’all been?!

I didn’t mean to stay gone so long, but it’s been a much-needed break. What started out as a fun outlet got taken over by neurotic, over-thinking me. If I wasn’t blogging, I was thinking about blogging, thinking about when to take pictures cuz if there’s no pictures it didn’t happen, running, thinking about running, or thinking about how to best blog about running. It was exhausting! The fact of the matter is I have a full-time career and this blog isn’t it. Letting it go completely is the last thing I want to do, but no more pressure to generate content at an unrealistic pace.

Besides a few pesky colds, I’ve been doing great! The Mr. and I celebrated our anniversary with a trip to New Orleans in October…

New Orleans

…and just got back from our annual camping trip to the Mojave.

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I took a break from running too. I’ve been going out when I feel like it and not worrying too much about distance or time. I’ve lost a bit of speed, but nothing I can’t build back up in a couple of weeks. The past week or two has been all about getting back to consistency, and I’m back to feeling good about setting daily goals and nailing them. Being burned out was no fun!

To everyone who’s asked me why I haven’t been blogging the past couple months, thank you! Being given the opportunity to talk about why I’ve been MIA has helped me understand better myself.

So I’ve bought myself some new shoes…

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and signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot to keep that motivation sparked.

Run to Feed the Hungry

{Run to Feed the Hungry}

To top things off, I ran into the Berkeley Half-Marathon today on my morning run and followed along on a side trail for a bit. If you were out there running, congrats on looking strong! You did a great job!

Always, Sierra

Workout Recap, 9/2 to 9/8

I’ve been seriously lagging in the blogging department for the past couple weeks. I took on some new responsibilities at work, and as much as I’ve enjoyed the challenge, the days have been wringing me out like a wet towel. Lately I’ve just been glad to find the energy to get my runs in! I do miss the blogging though. When I’m able to post regularly it always seems so much easier to find my motivation to run, live healthy, do meal prepping, etc.

Monday: off

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: 3.89 miles, 11:16 min/mile. Dynamic warm-up, 10 min foam roll. Hip strength 3 x 12, bridge and clamshells 3 x 25. Much warmer than I was hoping for, but I didn’t give up the ship!

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Thursday: 3.88 miles, 10:49 min/mile. Good pace but my legs were tired from the day before and felt heavy. Dynamic warm-up.

Friday: Off, the Mr. got us tickets to the A’s game, they won!

A's game

Saturday: off

Sunday: 6.21 miles, 11:18 min/mile. Dynamic warm-up. 10 min foam roll. It was an early wake-up call for this one, not only to beat the heat but also because I had brunch plans with the girls at Brenda’s French Soul Food. So delicious! The crawfish and the granny smith apple beignets are a must, but everything we ate was tasty. Oh, btw, they put little jars of peach cobbler filling on the tables to top your biscuits with. Yeah, it’s that serious.

Brenda's French Soul Food

Run total: 13.98 miles

Overall: I was hoping to add in a fourth day of running this week, but between Labor Day, work, and social funness it just wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I decided to up the mileage on the runs I was able to get in. Running back-to-back days of almost four mile runs was definitely new for my legs, it’s been a while since they’ve felt so leadish. Here’s to another week of good runs!

Always, Sierra

What’s your favorite brunch place? Your favorite brunch food?

Blogging is hard work

My goal was to have five posts up a week, Monday through Friday. And not filler posts, these posts were going to be all about how wonderful I am full of witty, conversational, informative, funny, real content!

But a woman has to eat.

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And then she has to have fun and work off what she ate.

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And sometimes she has to put her Chihuahua to work to earn an actual paycheck.

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But I promise I’ll find my flow and before long you’ll be leaving comments telling me enough is enough! Stay tuned :).

Always, Sierra