Recovery and Fun

CIM was only two weeks ago, although it feels like months have passed between CIM and today. I've been taking a much needed break from pretty much everything, and I waited ten days to run again. Between training and fall racing I was feeling pretty burned out so the break has been very welcome in my life.

While not training or really working out at all, I've enjoyed the time to hang out with friends. We ventured to SF last weekend for my work holiday party and had a fantastic time. The food at the party was great, especially because they had broccoli au gratin and pesto pasta. Strange party highlight? The popcorn machine in the movie theater below our venue caught on fire, and we got evacuated temporarily.

Loved this chandelier.

 Outside for a bit due to a fire drill in the party building. Oops.

 Android shaped gingerbread cookie - yum.

Documenting that I did, indeed, wear heels.

We stayed in the city after the party and conquered some Christmas shopping on Sunday. After shopping we headed to a new craft brewery find in SOMA called Cellarmaker. We loved the beer and the atmosphere; I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area. One beer, Tacohands IPA, is actually spiced like tacos. As weird as it sounds, it is really, really good.

Tacohands IPA

I was involved in two Secret Santa gift exchanges, one with Oiselle team and one with SF Marathon Ambassadors. It's been ages since I've done a secret santa exchange and it was so much fun to get unknown gifts. My SFM Santa sent Specialty's cookie mix - YUM! I still don't know who that Santa is. My Oiselle team santa, Mary from Florida, sent a cat fabric handbag that she made herself. It's super cute, and I'm impressed by her talents! 

Florida taffy, cat handbag, and wine travel/camping cup. Love it all.

Fast forward to this weekend, which kicked off with a trail run at Quicksilver County Park in San Jose. Being the directionally challenged couple we are, Kevin and I managed to mess up the route pretty badly and ended up running 14 miles instead of 8.5. Unfortunately, turning the wrong direction on New Almaden trail takes you way the heck out of the way from your car. Good to know.

I was still ecstatic to be back out on the trails for the first time after twisting my ankle, but admittedly 14 miles was more than I was ready for yesterday. I was also trying out new trail shoes, again not ideal to do on a long run. On the bright side, we ran a lot of Randal trail and the entirety of New Almaden trail and loved both of them. Plus (thank goodness for small favors) my shoes were awesome.

Documenting clean new trail shoes, the Salomon XR Mission.

I love these reddish-colored trees.

We closed out this weekend with more fun times in SF, dinner and drinks with friends, brunch at Blue Bottle Coffee, and more shopping. This week we are heading to Ohio for a few days to visit family and I can't wait to see everyone. Merry Christmas all!

  1. I'm jealous! I need some trail in my life soon :) PS - Your dress for your holiday party is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This was the first year I didn't go to our holiday party... it feels weird... I'm jealous of your Android cookie though and your dress is gorgeous! Also gorgeous are the trail shoes you're trying. Looking forward to hearing how you like them. I'm going to try trail running in 2014 so I'll likely be in the market :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I haven't run since the marathon either. :( Unplanned 2.3 week rest thus far. boo. I've heard many good things about the Almaden Trail. I'm going to have to get my butt out there. First, I want to get trail shoes. Hoping santa leaves me a giftcard to my favorite running store :)

    I think those reddish colored trees are Manzanita.

    Hope you have a great time in Ohio! Merry Christmas!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my goodness! You both looked so great all dolled up for your work party! :)

    ReplyDelete

What are you thinking? Let me know!

Popular posts from this blog

  • As you may remember, I've been doing my best to follow the Hanson half marathon plan for the last couple of months with a race goal of the SF Half Marathon . The Hanson plans focus on building cumulative fatigue, and let me say right now I'm finding out how that works. My legs and body really feel it with every run at this point, and dare I say I haven't even run the plan to its fullest. There are quite a few things I love about the Hanson plans and also a few parts that have been very challenging for me. What I love. Training paces: The book outlines training paces based on your goal times. Although I initially thought they sounded too slow, I'm learning that keeping these paces isn't always as easy as it sounds once the legs are super tired. The paces start to make sense. Hard days versus easy days: They focus on hard effort days followed by easy effort days, meaning the hard days are really hard and the easy are really easy. I love this. I feel like I have
    Keep reading
  • This post is dedicated to a few friends who have recently started running or will be soon - they know who they are. And they ROCK! Running has done so much for my life, and I want people to know why I love it and to encourage others to stick with running too. The story of how I started is in the 'Why I Run' tab of this blog, but for this post I'm focused why I keep running. Here it is, not necessarily in order of importance. 1. Running relieves stress. When I feel anxious or have had a rough day, running always helps. I often can't wait until it's time to run that day, and sometimes I sneak out at lunch instead of waiting until after work. It makes me feel amazingly focused and happy for the rest of the day. I don't even run with music - I enjoy listening to my footsteps and freeing my mind in the great outdoors. 2. Running makes me happy. The runner's high is real, and I'm addicted. I love nothing more than feeling the exhausted-happiness I get af
    Keep reading
  • On Saturday, I ran the Lake Chabot Trail Half Marathon in Castro Valley, CA. It was my first Inside Trail Racing event, and I was very impressed with the race organization. I've been trail running for a few months now, but this is only my third trail race event; I love how much more laid back the races are and how everyone seems really into it. I know I am! Exploring new trails and parks is a fantastic way to spend a day. I didn't go into this race with specific goals, I wanted to run the hills as much as I could and use it as a hard training run. I ended up feeling really good, the weather was cool but sunny, and the lake views were pretty. This half didn't have as much elevation gain as many trail races and parts were on paved bike trail, so it was definitely easier than the other trail races I've done. The drive was only about 40 minutes from San Jose and I was there in plenty of time to get parking, pick up my race bib, and to chat with friends. I knew quite a f
    Keep reading