Have a Lovely Friday!

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1. Nachos for breakfast? Yes, please. This book was made for me.

2. New dream job: running concierge!

3. Everyone starts somewhere. A great message, and so easy to forget when you’re gasping for air halfway through a planned run.

4. OMG. Evian got it so right, even if CGI babies are a little creepy.

5. A Daily Infographic post on how writing affects the brain. My fave part? Why you should avoid clichés.

6. There were lots of posts this week celebrating National Running Day.

Do you think everyone else has been running for years too? I know I do.

Isn’t this why we all run?

This. Being able to explore new to me cities and locations on my own two feet is partly what inspired me running in the first place.

7. Running a marathon is challenging by itself…how about running one at the North Pole? Call me crazy, but I kinda wanna.

With continuous daylight at the North Pole this time of year, the start time was irrelevant to competitors. However, the -30C temperatures coupled with challenging underfoot conditions for the race made the event extremely difficult. While the course had solid ice for some stretches, approximately half the route was energy sapping soft snow, with a few deep patches in places. It was this latter feature that mitigated against the possibility of faster times for the front runners. Thornton said it was the “most surreal running experience of his life”. Holding a marathon PB of 2:17 hrs, he said it was “very tough after the first third of the race” and a “mental battle to get to the finish”.

8. Is mint green still a thing? Because I haven’t gotten over it.

9. National Park Service to start serving healthier options at their parks. A step in the right direction? I think so.

10. Tired of all the concrete in your jungle? Wild Oakland is a volunteer-ran organization that leads nature walks in the city…pretty awesome, right? Ashley, this one’s for you:

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Tomorrow’s the See Jane Run 5K, wish me luck!

Always, Sierra

Camping Tip and Confessions

Ever do something for so long you just kind of take it for granted? I was showing my co-worker pictures of my recent camping trip to Tahoe, and he asked, what’s with the tarp under the tent? Let’s discuss!

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Pros:

  • Protects the bottom surface of your tent from any sharp objects missed while throwing back a few welcome to camp beers during tent set up
  • Provides a place outside of the tent to take off shoes, and keeps things inside cleaner (this is my fave pro, anything to reduce the amount of sweeping out the tent I have to do at the end of the trip)
  • Keeps the bottom of the tent dry…although there is debate over whether the tarp should be under the tent, or inside the floor of the tent, or just turned into a slip and slide in case of rain. I vote for the latter.

Cons:

  • If you’re backpacking, tarps can take up precious poundage. I’d rather use that for important things…like Captain Crunch Berries.
  • Things like this can happen, no bueno:

Now, getting to the good stuff.

Confession #1: I eat the same breakfast every day during the week: whole wheat English Muffin, almond butter, 1% Cottage Cheese, and fruit (usually berries but I’ll settle for bananas or something citrus-y).

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Do you think I’m boring? Pffh, no worries here. Just looking at it makes my mouth water. It’s got everything I’m looking for: protein, fat, carbs, a serving of fruits/veggies, and lots of antioxidants. So what keeps me coming back?

Almond butter.

Yeah, I know, you’ve heard it all before.

But the stuff is seriously amazing! When I don’t mind dealing with tiny parking lots and sideswiping vans, my fave is made by Berkeley Bowl. I also pick up MaraNatha on occasion. Chunky or creamy, I love it all (that’s what she said).

MaraNathaThe only downside of almond butter is that it can be kind of pricey. We’re on a kick to be smarter with our household grocery expenditures, and I checked the goods out on Amazon.

Mind. Blown. Do you know how many types of almond butter there are? My new mission in life is to try all of them.

Confession #2: Yesterday was my first time knowing National Running Day was a thing. I was hyped up, I was pepped…and then, I did not run. I tried…

treadmill mizuno…but it was not happening. Shoe issues, long day at work issues, motivation issues, tiredness issues, excuses excuses. But! The nice thing about being tired was I couldn’t work up the energy to mind not running. There are 365 days a year and I celebrate running on at least two-thirds of them. I’m doing just fine, thank you very much.

Always, Sierra

Crunchy or Smooth?

Do you tarp when you tent? Do you tarp and no tent?

What’s your breakfast look like? Same thing every day or switch it up? No breakfast?

What’s your favorite brand of almond butter?

5 ways to celebrate National Running Day

Today is the first Wednesday in June and that means it’s National Running Day! This is the five-year anniversary, and my first year celebrating it…I get to hang with the cool kids now, right?

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Let’s get this party started!

1. First up: say it loud and say it proud! Why do you run? Make a badge to share with your friends and fam. I run to find my limits, and then I run right past them.

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I also run to eat Nachos! Which brings me to number two…

2. Perfect the art of carb loading. I got started last night at the Giants game. It was hard work, but I felt it was my duty to set a good example for all of you.

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3. Turn all the good running juju that’s going around today into motivation to nail a PR. RNR is offering discounts on races of all lengths, and the Women’s Running Series is offering discounts off half marathons. You know you wanna!

4. Memorize random running facts to drop into conversations at the most timely moments.

BFF: I’m can’t wait for our trip to Mexico, nothing but margaritas and sand!

Me: Did you know human feet can produce a pint of sweat per day? I’ll be sure to bring cute sandals to Mexico to air my feet out after I run.

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Sometimes my ankles are more like cankles.

5. Scour Pinterest for some motivation to get you going.

Are you ready to run? I am…right after I get through about 9 hours of work!

And when I’m done running my heart out, I just might watch one of these awesome documentaries on Netflix…

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Always, Sierra

How are you celebrating National Running Day?

What’s your favorite random running fact?

Do you have a favorite motivational image from Pinterest? Post it below!