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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.22

Best links of the week including where to spring break as an adult, five times you shouldn’t save money traveling, the pizza styles of the US and the best tank top for your workout.

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Fancy seeing… me here. I’m going to sit here and try to think about what to write for thirty minutes when I could really do something more productive so I’m just going to get to it and give you the best links of the past month week.

Travel
I wish spring break as an adult was still a thing… even though I’m going on two trips in March.

Cait from Pretty and Fun went on an amaze trip to Japan and definitely has me scoping tickets to Tokyo.

Traveling is expensive, I know. Here are five times you shouldn’t save money traveling.

Lifestyle
If you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted this out earlier this week, but The Most Annoying Habits on Social Media is so spot on.

I feel like this girl is better at being me than me, apartment-style wise.

Anyone who is close to me knows I’m like, real weird and read my horoscope (Refinery29) weekly and totally buy in to all the Pisces this-and-that BS. Anyway, this article on what your birthstone means is actually interesting.

Running and Fitness
Speed work is something I need to get back at ASAP (but I did do some tempo miles this Thursday which felt nice after months of running slow).

My friend Kristine has literally everything on lock-down, but she also has the best tank for your workout whether it’s running, SoulCycle, yoga or a tough strength training workout like Barry’s.

Food
The amount of time I have spent thinking about bagels in the past six months is absurd. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Here are some can’t miss bagel shops in NYC.

The amount of sugar in most recipes is really absurd and unnecessary — if you want to cut down the amount of sugar, start with these tips.

I’ve read a few articles about how SF doesn’t have good pizza (but those people have never been to Del Popolo). People get real aggressive on the different/best types of pizza in the US.

Can I have these poached egg breakfast tacos for lunch and dinner too?

Chat with me:
Where would you Spring Break this year? What’s the most annoying thing to you on social media? What’s the best type of pizza?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.1

Best links of the week including the best places to travel in 2016, easy weeknight dinners, workouts to do while you Netflix binge and the Instagram accounts you should unfollow this year.

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This is like 20 kinds of late but I miss writing these posts! Can we really believe the last Now Trending was a month ago? And I only wrote six posts in January. Things have been busy around these parts and blogging is the first thing to go in a quest to get enough sleep and keep my sanity.

Also, Super Bowl 50 has been like, ruining my life on the daily. I’m 100% refusing to leave the Marina this weekend. Bike commuting has made me the biggest ball of fear and stress in the world. Thursday there were pedicabs taking up the whole bike lane and people in like, early-2000 Ford Explorers basically almost ready to hit me on my bike. I think I have a grey hair from all of this.

Here are the best links I’ve found… the past month. Whoops.

Travel
How have I only been to four of these best places to travel in 2016 (Montreal, Catalonia, Puerto Rico and Sayulita)? Ojai definitely needs to happen soon.

11 tips for sleeping better on a plane.

Lifestyle
little late, but these are the Instagram, accounts you should unfollow this year.

I want to live in this cozy Portland cabin.

As I mentioned, I’ve not been feeling like myself due to a lot of outside stressors. One of my fave SoulCycle instructors, Molli, talks about what to do when you’re off your A game on her blog.

Running and Fitness
Fitness goals that have nothing to do with losing weight. I’m all about learning – or honing – a new skill.

Fun fact: I only watch VEEP when I’m working out. It’s like a way to make me do at home workouts. That being said, I haven’t watched an episode or done a strength workout at home in weeks (FML). Anyway, here are workouts you can do while Netflix binging.

Surfing casual 80-foot waves. NBD.

Food
A requirement to be my friend: we have to order a bunch of plates when we go out to eat and share everything.

Did you buy 20 different types of non-wheat flour on a quest to make the perfect gluten-free whatever? Yeah, me too. Here’s how to use them up.

An easier way to make a grilled chocolate sandwich.

I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do when I come home from work is to cook dinner. These simple easy dinner ideas are right up my alley!

BRB, running to Pressed Juicery to buy a Compartes X Pressed Juicery Bar.

Watch
I went to an event at Facebook HQ this week and heard the CMO of Lyft speak. She was great! I’m obsessed with this spot they did with Jerry Rice as a Lyft driver.

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 1.3

Best links of the week including how to build a macro bowl, best running shoes for flat feet, affordable island getaways and the one ingredient to upgrade your food.

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It’s been almost a month since I’ve shared my favorite recent reads with you. Oddly enough, besides personal posts (talking about things like lightening up on yourself or achieving goals) these are my favorite posts to write.

I had so many holiday links to share but they kind of aren’t relevant now. I always think I’m going to be productive and write when I’m in Pittsburgh but instead I focus on spending time with friends and family. It was particularly hard to come back west this time (but I missed my friends and SoulCycle and decent Mexican food).

Travel
I’m all about Airbnb but sometimes you just gotta stay in a hotel! These hotels are gorgeous and affordable.

If you live in a part of the country that is bitterly cold, you might want to check out one of these affordable island getaways.

This post basically had me planning a trip to Ojai.

Lifestyle
Isn’t it a bummer when shows are like the best ever and then they totally jump the shark and you never even watch the series finale? (I never gave up on Lost or The OC, but totally stopped watching like 5 of these other shows.)

Sometimes we’re all over-worked and over-scheduled and burnt out and need to say no and take some “me time“. I try to leave one night a week open (at least!) to relax, catch up on freelance/blog stuff, make a healthy dinner… basically anything that isn’t an immediate obligation to be somewhere.

Totally loved the story behind Instagram filter names! I wasn’t crazy to think Reyes was about Point Reyes! Let’s just not name our kids Valencia if we’re reading this post, okay?

26 work habits we all need to break in 2016.

Running and Fitness
SoulCycle is partnering with Target to have pop-up studios in 10 cities: Atlanta, LA, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Nashville, Denver and Seattle. Make your account and be sure to ride if they’re in your city!

If you have flat feet, these are the running shoes for you.

Tina Muir is such an inspiration to me — not only because she’s an amazing runner but she keeps it real that elite runners do things like indulge and gain weight.

Food
100% NEED these rainbow bagels in my life.

Were you like me and you binge watched Master of None in like a week? Here are 5 things Aziz and the show get right about food (that taco truck scene has been me numerous times).

Sometimes it takes one ingredient to upgrade your food… why have I never put miso on sweet potatoes?

I’m doing this goofy thing where I cook one new vegetable a month in 2016. I’ve already hit two for this month – turnips and parsnips. Spiralized Parsnips with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Feta was so simple and so delicious.

All about the macro bowls. Hit your 2016 resolutions by making some of these delicious bowls.

Chat with me:
DOES YOUR CITY GET A SOULCYCLE X TARGET POP-UP? (Why doesn’t SF?!) What TV show did you love and never finish? What do you think Aziz and Master of None got right about food?

2016 Goals

A reflection on my 2016 goals and a look back at how I did on my goals for 2015.

2015 was kind of a crash and burn year for me. I can safely say I have never been so happy a year was over. I actually said “Bye, 2005” at midnight accidentally because I was so over 2015.

Emily and I were texting (duh) on Friday and she said she loved New Years because it felt like a clean slate. And honestly, this year, it does feel like a clean slate to me. I’m sticking with three attainable goals for this year: one physical, one personal and one professional. Shit, am I getting it together?

2016 Goals:

  • Run a 3:45 marathon
    I said I wanted to BQ this year but my Achilles injury majority set me back, including having to throw in the towel for the LA Marathon. I’m toying with running Pittsburgh again and I’m definitely entering the lottery for Chicago. If I don’t get into Chicago, I’ll run Portland.
  • Travel More
    I traveled the least in 2015 as I have in years. In 2014 I was be-bopping around somewhere every other week. Also I hated where I lived so… that’s a thing. Anyway, I already have a trip to Tulum booked and plans for Nashville, Vancouver (again) and maybe a few others (Seattle, Austin (again), Europe of some sort or Morocco, somewhere super secret but insanely cool, and hopefully Cuba with my dad).
  • Work on Something That Ends Up in AdWeek
    Well, I guess now’s as good a time as any to mention I accepted a new role on the Social Media team at Old Navy, minus me changing my LinkedIn and Facebook after a couple too many glasses of wine (which in my case, is any number over one glass). So yeah, trying to do epic shit.

Let’s see where I netted out for my goals for 2015. They were way too aggressive, which everyone told me, but you know, 2015 Cassie just couldn’t listen.

  • Run a 1:45 half-marathon: Fail. I didn’t even work hard enough to try. I did take like ~2 minutes off my time throughout the year. If it happens in 2016, cool. If not… well, that’s what 2017 is for.
  • Run a full marathon (Pittsburgh Marathon – 4:06)
  • Get Back to my Happy Weight: Fail. I’m actually further from it. But I’m working on it again. While learning how to love and accept myself. I’m going to say hating myself is keeping me from weighing what I want to weigh. So I’m just going to work on balance this year.
  • Stop Snacking After Dinner: Another fail. But I am getting a little better with not letting myself get ravenous hungry at night, hence why I would snack after dinner. I’m also doing better at saying “Shut up stomach, you can have breakfast in the morning” and going to sleep.
  • Strength Train Four Times Per Week: Remember when I said my goals were too aggressive? I’m working on this one, too. Except like, when I can. And saying at least 15 minutes but ideally 30.
  • Go to Yoga AT LEAST Twice a Week: I went maybe once a week. Whoops. I do have a monthly unlimited pass to the new Baptiste Yoga in SF and I like that walk a lot better than the walk to Yoga Flow and I can also easily ride my bike there. And I like that studio approximately 100 times better. It’s no Amazing Yoga, but it will do.
  • Go to SoulCycle Once a Week: That happened like 5-6 times a week in November/December thanks to my Achilles injury.
  • Juice More Regularly: I did use my juicer more this year. And I also bought Pressed Juicery Greens 4 like it was my job.
  • Post Four Times a Week on AGIT: I think I posted like, ~3 times a week on average.
  • Improve My Photography: Not where I want it to be, but a definite improvement on the past year.
  • Business Plan: This like, is half-started. I realized I would have to move home to make this happen and I’m just not in any hurry to leave SF now.
  • Actually Go Surfing: I went surfing a decent amount of times this year and took a Surfcation to Sayulita, which I would like to make an every year thing (at least the Surfcation part, but maybe the Sayulita part because my surf instructor was hot).
  • Be More On Time For Things: I’m going to say this improved. Having to be on time for shit you pay for (SoulCycle, your therapist) makes you more on time for other things.
  • Stop Procrastinating: Nope. Still procrastinating.
  • Visit One New Country: Counting Mexico.
  • Visit Vancouver: Seawheeze! And already registered and have a house for Seawheeze 2016!
  • Take More Advantage of the West Coast: Going to take a hard fail on this one. I went to Big Sur. That’s it.

Chat with me:
Did you achieve your goals for 2015? What are your goals for 2016?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.30

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After a solid few weeks of sleeping eight hours a night (that’s what happens when you can’t get up and run in the morning) I’ve totally stopped sleeping again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But it’s bordering on midnight as I write this and I’ve watched one too many episodes of Scream Queens (my total guilty pleasure show ) so I should get to bed.

Enjoy the best links I’ve found this week – I need to get my beauty rest incase I see my BF Jake Gyllenhaal out and about in SF filming Zodiac 2.

Travel
Kind of surprised by the most Instagrammed spots in every state. Mostly that Milan Puskar Stadium wasn’t the most Instagrammed spot in West Virginia… and that the zoo was the most Instagrammed spot in Pittsburgh? Say what?

The final frontiers of travel. Is it completely crazy I kind of want to go to South Sudan? (The answer is YES.)

The six people you meet on vacation. Does that mean we all fall into one of these archetypes? I suppose I’m some awful combination of the first three.

Lifestyle
We’re all busy this time of year (and in general, right?) and sometimes our calendars get mad over-whelming. Some tips for organizing your calendar,  including that it’s okay to say no to things you don’t really want to do, schedule a day all for yourself each week (I do that!) and outsource where you can. (Google Express or Instacart anyone?)

I’ve basically not started any holiday shopping (shocker) and for those of you in my boat, here’s a guide to perfect gift baskets.

Saving money is way more important than most of us millennials realize but don’t fall for these money saving myths.

Blogging
I need more food props in my life. Loving this list of essential food props for bloggers by Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run.

Running and Fitness
Basically I take anything elite runner Tina Muir says about running as the gospel. Her Gift Guide for Runners was giving me some ideas of what to ask for myself!

This Amish kid is running marathons faster than me in full Amish regalia in PA of course.

Food
100 years of dinner in the US in three minutes. I feel like they are totally spot on.

I’m back on the overnight oats train… definitely going to make these Snickerdoodle Vegan Overnight Oats from Food Faith Fitness.

Cornbread French Toast. That’s all there is to say.

Chat with me:
Have you watched Scream Queens? What meals did you at growing up? What do you think is the most Instagrammed spot in your state? What are you up to this weekend?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.02

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This is once again coming to you late. Remember when I did stuff like write posts the morning before they were supposed to go up? Me either.

This week was jam packed (an event with Brit + Co you’ll see a recap of next week, drinks with a friend from home, dinner for another friend’s birthday, SoulCycle galore) and this weekend is me trying the old leg out on double-digits again, more Soul, a trip to Scribe (hello pickup weekend!) and like maybe fitting in being a real person in there somewhere.

Okay, I need to be out the door for an appointment like right now so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
Loving these ideas of vacations to go on with your group of friends. I’m very into the idea of a surf trip to Morocco… who’s in?

How to save money when you travel abroad. I definitely agree with the Airbnb route and with buying souvenirs for your friends and family that involve food.

Lifestyle
Who doesn’t love following The Fat Jewish? He did an a-maz-ing interview on The Coveteur and it’s definitely worth a read.

Cabin goals. Need I say more?

Remember when I said I was going to be more confident this year? Still a work on progress and these tips to be more confident are good reminders.

Running and Fitness
Spin class in France is just as you expect it to be – not sweaty, not intense and super laid back. Guess Soul won’t be opening there anytime soon?

I love seeing what ultra and elite athletes eat (and people in general, because it reminds me I’m the only psychopath who eats 2 cups of yogurt a day).

Should you stop drinking during marathon training? The glass of wine I had at dinner last night and the cocktail the night before tell you my thoughts on it… but I never drink the few days leading up to a race. Minus that one time. And that other time.

Food
If anyone wants to send me this chocolate vegan salami, please feel free.

Healthy hacks to beat sugar cravings. I need all of these and then some. I am a non-refined sugar #sugarmonster.

Is it ever not banana bread season? Making this Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from The Iron You this weekend for sure.

Ways to start and end your day with peanut butter. Because if you’re me, you eat like at least 1/4 cup nut butter throughout the day. Literally 1/5-1/4th of my daily calories come from nut butter. It’s maybe an issue.

Chat with me:
Who are your favorite funny people to follow on Instagram? (It’s okay to say me.) Do you love seeing what other people eat? What has been the best trip you’ve ever been on with your friends?

How to Treat a Running Injury

For the most part of my 12-year running career, I’ve ran mainly injury free. In this calendar year, I’ve somehow strained my Achilles twice and knee once (that one lasted like three days).

Last Monday, I was out for a run and really pushing the speed. I could feel some pain on the outside of my lower leg but just ignored it. I had felt it the day before when I ran the Women’s Health Run 10 Feed 10 10K and just on my runs throughout the week after the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. But I just kept ignoring it and running out it. About 4 miles in, the pain was bad enough that I had started to limp a little bit. I looked down at my watch and I eventually slowed down two minutes per mile slower than I had started. I got in the shower and could barely put weight on my foot.

I was pretty convinced I had given myself a stress fracture. I had been going to SoulCycle 3-4 times a week lately on top of my runs and running two races back to back. I did two workouts I wasn’t used to the week before, too. As I sat furiously googling “stress fracture” and “Achilles tendinitis” I self-diagnosed myself with tendinitis because that is what I self-diagnosed myself with this winter and somehow healed myself.

Moral of the story – I let a little pain go too far but if I had kept pushing it this past week, I think I would have prolonged the issue. As soon as the pain got really bad, (I’ll say it was an 8 on a scale of 1-10 but I have a low pain tolerance… I think) I stopped running.

How to Treat a Running Injury

  • See a doctor: I’m lazy and didn’t feel like going through all the effort of finding a sports medicine doctor in San Francisco and having them tell me to stop running forever, so I didn’t see a doctor. But I had a terrible injury in high school and saw a doctor and a year and a half of physical therapy later, I was healed.
  • Rest: I don’t do well with rest. I hate resting. I start getting sad when I can’t run and irritable and angry and I’m just not a person you want to be around. But seriously, stop running. At least for a couple days. Go swim or ride the stationary bike or literally rest, but don’t pound the pavement.
  • Ice: “20 minutes on, 20 minutes off” if you want to be specific but I basically just do “until my leg gets too cold and then when I feel like it’s been 20 minutes”.
  • Tape: In my research, I saw that taping the injured area helped. I used to have to tape my shins or ankles in high school for various whatever reasons. I remembered I had KT Tape in my closet from a race swag bag recently and watched a video on how to apply it for Achilles Tendinitis. At this point, I’ve basically become a MD.
  • Keep the muscles loose: This also goes along with swimming, spinning, etc. If you’re not working an injured muscle in some capacity it will get too stiff and not continue to heal. Stretch it out, go to yoga, walk – trust me, it helps.
  • Run: Counter-intiutitive, I know. This winter I ran slowly on my Achilles my first few runs back. Did it hurt at first? Yeah, a little. Then it stopped. Then it felt fine mostly. Just listen to your body. If it starts to feel better – not worse – a half mile or so in, keep on running. If not, stop. But leave the watch at home for this run.
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Life, lately.

If you find yourself consistently getting injured, you probably need to ask yourself a few questions: Am I wearing the right shoes? Am I taking care of my body properly, be it nutrition or stretching or strength training or taking actual rest days? I’m slowly learning that every body is different. Just because an elite runner can log 100 mile weeks and do two workouts a day doesn’t mean my body can. It doesn’t make me any better or worse, it just means I didn’t hit the genetic running lottery. I did hit the genetic humor letter so there’s that. (JK)

Now… what am I going to commit to this November so I can get back into LA Marathon training full-force? Foam rolling + stretching + yoga (I’ve actually been way better about this the past few months), strength training (I really mean it this time) and rest days (a new concept in my life).

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Chat with me:
What other tips do you have for dealing with a running injury? Have you ever been injured? What genetic lottery trait did you win?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.26

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I have a confession – I’m not into Halloween. I have a really hard time thinking of something both culturally relevant + witty + sexy. Because honestly, I think I’m attractive and I wear skimpy clothes because I’m petite and flat-chested and athletically built and live in California and you can get away with short shorts and flowy tanks that show your bralette and all of that when those things are all things but I’m bad at being like, “okay I’m going to be a sexy cop” or whatever. I cannot be my authentic self when I’m trying to be a sexy sushi roll or something.

Okay, but because it’s Halloween and I am lamenting on being unable to be a sexy bumblebee, I thought I would share a little gem from college with you. Back when I was a size 8 but for whatever reason would go out dressed like this (but look at that tan!). I was a Sexy ABC Officer (Alcohol Board of Control) with my roommates. The real ABC wouldn’t take photos with us… basically McKayla Maroney status non-amused at our antics.

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Okay, now after that trip down memory lane and a great time laughing at how clever I am thinking of Sexy Julia Child Halloween costumes, here are the best links of the week.

Travel
I really need to get my life together and plan a little getaway for Thanksgiving (or just really commit to Friensgiving) and this list of affordable California getaways is a great starting point. (I’ve already knocked Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur off the list, though.

A list of places you should visit in the winter because you can find great airfare deals. Basically all of these places are places I want to visit, since you know my love for Central/South America.

Airport breakfasts are literally the worst. I’ve had a total meltdown in the Detroit airport because they didn’t have plain Greek yogurt. Flight attendants share their healthy airport breakfast tips.

Lifestyle
For whatever reason, I’m mad into this Rihanna interview.

You know I love a good “what does your favorite [fill-in-the-blank] say about you”. I don’t see Peanut M&Ms on ‘What Your Favorite Halloween Candy Says About You”, but I can maybe get behind what it says about Reese’s cups.

I finally bought a bench for my kitchen table so I can have more than one other person over for dinner (don’t you feel like I was talking about that damn bench for the past year?) so now I’m going to use these tips for hosting in a small space.

Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere is basically the authority on all things lifestyle. I take her beauty comments to heart.

Running and Fitness
Stretches for runners. All of the yeses. This is why I get injured – I don’t focus on this enough.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US gave John Kerry SoulCycle classes!!! Yes, that many exclamation points were necessary. It’s because Kerry had a bike accident with a curb last spring and the ambassador told him in SoulCycle there aren’t any curbs. Okay, fan girl moment over because I unapologetically love John Kerry because he’s so badass.

Food
Why does LA get everything great Portland has? Why doesn’t SF ever get any love? There’s a Blue Star in LA now (you can find me there after the LA Marathon… followed by Salt & Straw) and this interview with the owners about the brioche donuts is great.

So you’re pairing your Halloween candy with wine, right? If not, you should try it this year.

The Kitchn shares 10 cooking tips that changed everything.

I’m a total failure of baking with yeast. I had my brief stint dating a brewer who was all about making pizza crusts with yeast but I’m still not convinced I was ever successful. Goals for 2016? Learn how to bake with yeast.

The psychology behind restaurant menus. None of it surprising, but it makes you see trends.

A bunch of oatmeal recipes for National Oatmeal Day. Because fake holidays, right?

Chat with me:
Do you dress up in dumb costumes like “sexy dinosaur” for Halloween? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? What cooking tip do you have that changed everything for you? Best donut ever?

Race Recap: Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015

It’s been a marathon and two half marathons since I haven’t run a PR (the marathon was by default, but still) until today (I ran a 1:55, which I guess I should include in this). I don’t know what was up with my race, but I wasn’t there mentally or physically at the Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015.

I wasn’t set up for success for this race. I haven’t been doing very many tempo runs or any track work. My core/strength-training has went down the drain again. Then I made the executive decision to “run by feel” and not look at my watch. Well, I already know I am a person who needs personal accountability and not looking at your pace is a really great way to not hold yourself accountable.

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I aired my frustrations with myself in the group text with my dad and uncles (which is my favorite group text, by the way, because they are all hilarious) and this really resonated with me: “You are repeatedly doing what very few could even do one time.” My dad on the phone later asked my overall place was and when I did the math and still finished in the top 6%, I had to let the shitty feelings go.

Instead of the same sob story of me not putting in the work to get results, I’d like to talk about what this race meant to me. I ran this race last year while in San Francisco looking at apartments (one year ago Sunday, this year’s race day, my dad and I sat at the Intercontinental and decided I should sign the lease for this apartment).

Running has been a huge part of my life for over 12 years. From high school cross country to crossing the line of my first marathon this year, running has defined me for over the past decade. I have days where I love running so much it’s gross and I days where I wish I had never laced up a pair of shoes in my life. Running has been a really integral part of my life in San Francisco. Every inch of this course I have covered on some run in the past year, some parts most days of the week (the final two miles).

Last weekend Chrissy and I did a 13+ loop from our apartments to Golden Gate Park then through the park back to the Marina. I told her it was weird the number of monumental conversations I can acutely real that have happened while running.

So, this race. same course as last year. From Union Square to Alamo Square, where my friend Kitt was cheering on runners after the hill on Mile 2 and who I was so excited to see, down the Panhandle to Golden Gate Park where Emily was with the rest of the San Francisco Road Runners. Golden Gate Park, seeing two of my closest friends in the city and thinking of all the conversations I’ve had in that damn park made me very introspective.

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I was just not feeling it in the Presidio, despite being strangely excited to run the hills in the morning. I run down Lincoln a lot on my runs with San Francisco Road Runners so it felt strange to think about how much I just love killing that downhill. I used to really love running to Baker Beach when I first moved here, too. When I was feeling slow I just kept telling myself “head up, wings out” (my mantra from Emily) and thinking about flying.

I knew in the last two miles I just needed to dig in and finish it strong. I couldn’t let people keep passing me in my neighborhood on my normal route. It also felt weird to me to run down Chrissy Field on the road (I usually run up it on the sidewalk then back down on the sand trail along the beach). I had this weird feeling of hating all these other people on something that is typically so peaceful to me. BUT it was super nice because I know how I feel on my daily runs and how much I had left so I knew to leave everything on the course.

Looking at my mile splits, I was more consistent than I have been – just consistently slower. My slowest mile, which was a mile uphill, was 9:38. I had absolutely zero 7:XX-miles, which is a difference from 3-4 sub-8 miles from my past few races.

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Things that were great: Race swag (the necklace this year was super cute and so was the tank), organization (people want to say this race was run terribly but I’ve run some terrible races and Nike consistently puts on a good race), the course (hard but super scenic… if you’re coming to SF to run this is the best race to run sight-wise, crowd-support (they had Lincoln Blvd and the hill from miles 9.5-11 stacked with cheering people) and finishing four blocks from my apartment.

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Things that could have been better: Communication from Nike (but coming from my background, I know communication is shit when plans aren’t finalized… so there you go), more water stations (!!), finish line things were WAY better last year and at DC… oh, and I miss the “Expotique” but as a marketer, completely get why they wanted to drive traffic into their stores.

Would I do it again? Probably, because I get race FOMO. It’s a little pricey, so hoping by next year some brand wants me to run it on behalf of them (if it’s still in SF, which I’ve heard it’s moving on south to LA).

To end the morning, #brunchedsohard with Kitt and Chrissy at NOPA which is my fave restaurant in the city.

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Chat with me:
What situations make you introspective? What does where you live mean to you? What were you up to this weekend?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.12

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It’s past my bedtime as I write this… not much exciting going on here this week. I’m running the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon again this weekend then plan on brunch at Nopa, which I haven’t been to in months. Since I need to get to sleep before I have FitBit anxiety over my lack of sleep tomorrow, here are the best links I found this week.

Travel
I want to go on a spa trip with my girl friends… who is in?

Instagram-worthy amenities at hotels… I’d like the Glam Bar, please.

Five Offbeat Vacations That Make You Feel Alive. We all know I’m into the craziest, seediest travel.

I put together a list of San Francisco restaurants you should eat at for Brit + Co.

Lifestyle
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching on following my passions (aka blogging). But the life of a fashion blogger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… and I think having to go to 2-3 events a week is taxing.

I’m super concerned I’ve been emotional eating but everyone tells me eating Greek yogurt and peanut butter after dinner if I’m still hungry isn’t emotional eating. I’m still trying to cut it out… theses ways to soothe without food are great.

Do you find yourself going to the same section of the wine list or wine store every time you’re in the mood for some fermented grapes? Me too. Try these four wines to get out of your wine rut.

Food
I haven’t tried making bread with quinoa yet but Lindsay from Cotter Crunch has me thinking I’m going to be baking tomorrow since I have some cooked quinoa left over…

I realized today I’ve made at least five recipes from I Am a Food Blog which is huge for me because I rarely make recipes (whoops). I made this Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad for dinner Thursday night… so. good.

Listen
I love the Jess Lively Show podcast which my dear Davida recommended to me about a year ago when I was going through a rough patch. Wednesday and Thursday just weren’t good days for various reasons and she told me to listen to the newest episode with Elizabeth Gilbert because it would resonate with me – and she was right. I need to learn more compassion for myself ASAP.

Chat with me:
Do you ever listen to Jess Lively? Do you have compassion for yourself? What blogs do you find yourself making recipes from frequently?

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