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Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos [Gluten Free]

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Just in time for Cinco De Mayo – breakfast tacos!

I have an ex-boyfriend from Texas who was also half-Mexican. I feel like I had the real culinary skills for the most part in that relationship (and every relationship, obvi) but when it came to Mexican food – and especially breakfast tacos guacamole – kid had it down. He probably still reads my blog so I’ll leave it at that.

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I’m a sucker for good Tex Mex.

I made these last Sunday morning for brunch after my friend Chrissy and I had the most indulgent Saturday I have had in a while. I am just going to clean and say we had seven desserts between us at The Progress. I mean, who knows when you’re going to get in at The Progress again – and at the hands of some of their cooks – so we took advantage of the extra dishes they brought over. We also ran 12 miles that day and didn’t eat lunch but the two-mile walk home was much needed after that dinner.

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Vegetarian breakfast tacos.

We were standing in line for coffee at the Philz Truck in the Marina and discussing what to make for breakfast before I had to take her to the airport. Originally we were going with waffles then we realized we needed vegetables and protein in our life ASAP. After grabbing some spinach and mushrooms at the Marina Supermarket, I recreated this breakfast from boyfriends past.

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Alternately titled, I needed a manicure and need a tripod.

He used potatoes in his breakfast tacos because he did not have the fear/distrust/distaste of white potatoes that I do so I subbed those out with mushrooms and spinach. I mean really, the only thing that was basically the same was scrambled eggs and the whole idea of breakfast tacos, but I needed some sort of fun anecdote to go with these.

Stay tuned for ex-boyfriend guacamole. (Kidding, most likely.)

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Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Serves: 6 breakfast tacos
Ingredients
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup Stubbs Hatch Chile sauce
  • ¼ cup shredded Mexican cheese (or pepper jack or whatever you have on hand)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado
Instructions
  1. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a skillet. Add baby mushrooms and onion. Cook on medium high until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together egg, egg whites and almond milk. Scramble eggs, turning with a spatula. (It makes them extra fluffy.)
  3. Add spinach and Stubbs sauce to mushrooms and onions. Cover with a lid and let cook until spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. While spinach is wilting, mix cheese into eggs and heat tortillas.
  5. Add ⅙th vegetable mixture and ⅙th scrambled eggs and cheese into each tortilla. Top with cherry tomatoes, avocados and your favorite hot sauce.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
What is the best meal you have had lately? Do you have an ex who’s cooking you miss? (Ex-boyfriends, if you’re reading this it’s okay to say you miss mine.)

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 4.27

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This is it… marathon weekend! I’m headed back to Pittsburgh today (with Kay in tow!) to cross something off my bucket list on Sunday morning. And to cross Casbah brunch off my bucket list. Not that I haven’t crossed like fifty places off my SF Restaurant Bucket List in the past two weeks (whoops).

I am headed to bed to try and fix the lack of good sleep I have gotten lately and because tomorrow night I’m sleeping on a plane. I hope you enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
I really would love to visit South America again soon.

Traveling with friends can be hard but I would say most of my friends and I have it down pretty pat. These tips are so great to make sure you’re still friends when you get home.

Need to go to Big Sur ASAP. Memorial Day? 4th of July?

Lifestyle
These differences between NYC and SF feel so spot on.

The White House kitchen is unbelievably tiny – so cool to see these photos of where the food for the first family comes from.

I relate to all of these points about perfect relationships versus reality. Good things to keep in mind.

HILARY DUFF IS ON TINDER. What?! Makes me feel slightly better about being single. (For the record, no, I am not on Tinder.)

Running and Fitness
The perfect snacks for pre or post yoga, running, barre and resistance training. Avocado toast with honey for life.

I hope Sunday afternoon I still have all ten toenails. All runners can learn from these tips to keep your toenails intact during training.

Kara Goucher reflects on what giving up added sugar did for her body and training. Yeah, I need to do that again.

Food
Loving these three juice recipes. I had a beet juice Thursday afternoon and felt like it helped combat my sleep deprivation/vague hangover/gluten OD from the past few weeks.

Need this kiwi margarita ASAP. Does anyone know what the May Mad Mex Margarita is?

This anatomy of a meal in a bowl is everything.

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Are you guys on Snapchat? Take a photo of my ghost on your app and follow me. You’ll probably just see a lot of photos of running and drinking wine and sunshine.

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Do you have a great Tinder horror story for me? What is your favorite type of meal to eat in a bowl? Are you good at traveling with friends?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 4.20

I sit writing this on Thursday night after a pretty epic past few days. My friend Chrissy is in town from Pittsburgh and I’ve had a lot of awesome dinners out, morning runs and hikes after work. Isn’t life in SF crazy? It’s stupid how lucky I am to live here. I imagine what people are doing in their day to day lives in the city I left and it’s hard to feel sad about much of anything.

Obviously, I’ve been a little busy imbibing and indulging and being myself again so I really haven’t had a chance to read (or comment on) many blogs but here are the best links I found this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Lifestyle
Sometimes I have trouble getting motivated to do big things – not to mention all of the little errands that come with being an adult, like renewing your library books and remembering to pay your electric bill and cleaning your fridge. Everyone needs a Get Shit Done (GSD) friend to keep you accountable.

Truthfully, sometimes having a real job is difficult as a creative person. It’s hard for me to keep my brain on one task when I’m inspired by everything or have strokes of genius and ideas coming at the weirdest time. I love these tips for work-life balance for creative types.

These 10 Tips to Finding Your Dream Job are just 10 great tips for life, if we’re being honest.

Career advice from 34 of NYC’s most powerful women is just everything.

Travel
Despite popular Pittsburgh/Midwest opinion, the ACE is not an Instagram-worthy hotel. These 20 Instagram worthy hotels are all making me want to pack my bags this second.

I’m ready to eat my way up the Northern California coast this summer.

I think having more than one passport if you have dual-citizenship is so key. Surprisingly, the US and the UK have the most number of countries that do not require a visa. Check out where other countries stand on this Passport Index.

Running and Fitness
These memorable moments from the Boston Marathon are making me super pumped for the Pittsburgh Marathon. 9 days, what?!

Food
Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to cook and I don’t do it nearly enough. This list of 74 ways to make pizza healthier is basically 74 ways to make pizza more delicious.

Restaurant food typically tastes better than homemade for a reason – lots of butter and salt. I love this article about what a maître d’hotel learned working at a three Michelin star restaurant in NYC.

Uh this visual map of food from every state is everything. Did you know pepperoni rolls were invented in West Virginia? What up, obesity and drunk food?

I need this lentil salad with spring greens, asparagus and an egg in my life.

Chat with me:
What food on the map is from your state? What is the most Instagram-worthy place you’ve stayed?

How to Make a Media Kit

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As a blogger, working with brands is very alluring. I actually started most of the blogger outreach program at my former company. The PR team worked with the “famous” bloggers – Sincerely Jules, ManRepeller, Natalie Off Duty – but I worked with the up and coming bloggers. Some of my favorites that I really saw grow include A Fashion Love Affair, Blue Perk and My Style Vita. One of the biggest things that would make me consider paying a blogger for a post was their media kit. It was a great way to see their stats – and how many impressions our budget would garner us – in one easy PDF.

I started this blog as a reprise from talking about fashion all day (even though I did talk about fashion a lot at first because that’s all I knew blogging to be) but realized very quickly I wanted to focus more on lifestyle. I started talking about food, running, travel and healthy living. Not soon after, Davida discovered me.

I joke that Davida is my dark haired Canadian twin. We are the same age, have a similar-ish upbringing, a lot of the same interests and a very similar personality. For people who have met either of us, we are a lot of personality at once. We were both in Montreal last New Year’s and met in person. It was an instant connection. Angela and I actually went to visit her in Toronto last May and she spent time with me in San Francisco during Thanksgiving.

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The day I discovered my bomb-ass roof.

If you read my blog, I’m assuming you read Davida’s blog. Besides being my friend, confidant and the person who has talked me off a cliff more than once, she is also my blog mentor. Davida took The Healthy Maven full-time over a year ago and hasn’t looked back since. Wanting to share her knowledge and talent with others, Davida just launched the blogger resource The Blogger Project this week with her friend and fellow blogger Lee from Fit Foodie Finds.

One of the big things I struggled with as Almost Getting it Together began to grow was how to make a media kit. Davida made one for me over the summer like a doll when I needed one in a cinch – but now she and Lee have put together their expertise to bring gorgeous, easily customizable media kits to everyone.

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to use their tutorial and video to create my own media kit. I gathered all my photos and stats, sat down and watched a YouTube video that walked me through everything step-by-step. You don’t even need InDesign or PhotoShop – you can use PicMonkey to design your media kit! That was the biggest selling point to me. I had a media kit in thirty minutes without limited graphic design knowledge.

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Of course I had to choose the pink media kit.

If you want to work with brands, one easy way to get their attention is to send your media kit. Brands will also begin to reach out to you about featuring their products or services and if you ask about a budget for the post, including your media kit is a great way to increase your chances of making money from a sponsored blog post.

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Choose from four templates and make your own media kit in less than 30 minutes!

Head over to the Blogger Project to learn more about how to make a media kit!

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Do you have a media kit? Have you checked out the Blogger Project? What brands would you love to work with?

Meet Jenny Gaither, Founder of Movemeant Foundation

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Jenny Gaither is one of my favorite SoulCycle instructors in the Bay Area. Her class was the first class I ever took and I have been drinking the Kool-Aide ever since. I love her anecdotes, her energy and all of the positive change she brings to the world around her. I have never left her class not feeling empowered and like I wasn’t able to conquer the world (the last part was taken from a mantra my grandfather gave me last week).

At the risk of sounding stereotypical, I have a lot of epiphanies at SoulCycle. Actually, I have a lot of epiphanies a lot of the time – running, walking down the stairs at work, hiking – so this isn’t that uncommon. I realized I wanted to be part of something that was empowering others to become the very best version of themselves.

Suddenly in class one day, Jenny mentioned that she had a non-profit, Movemeant Foundation. I immediately had to be a creep after class and ask her all about it and if she would be featured on AGIT since she is a cool person doing an incredibly cool, positive thing for young girls.

I never really talk about it, but I was a coach for Girls on the Run my senior year in college. I loved sharing my love of running with these little girls and watching how fitness made them feel better about themselves. Movemeant Foundation definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I am so excited to share my interview with Jenny today and hope you leave feeling as inspired by her as I am.

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Jenny

Could you tell us a little bit about your non-profit, Movemeant Foundation?
Movemeant uses fitness as a platform to help women of all ages build confidence and self-esteem. Through positive mentorship, engaging content about health and nutrition, and financial grants, we make fitness and physical movement a reality for those who might not otherwise have had the chance.
What was your inspiration in starting Movemeant Foundation?
As a dancer, I spent my early adolescence and teenage years basing my self-worth on my appearance and the number on a scale. When I turned 21, I moved to NYC and it was there- in the hustle of one of the most intimidating cities in the world with nothing but fear and uncertainty of what to do next with my life—that I learned what was holding me back. That my body image insecurities interfered with the choices I made in my every day life. That the only one standing in my way of finding happiness and of reaching my fullest potential was me, simply because I didn’t believe in myself enough.
I found SoulCycle within the first six months of living in the city and after my first class I was transformed. Through movement I found direction again. Through movement I remembered what it felt like to feel strong. In those loud, steamy, euphoric classes, I was able to piece myself back together because for the first time in my life, I didn’t feel alone in my insecurities.
I became a SoulCycle instructor four months after my first class in 2010, and through the community I built both on and off the bike, I discovered most women (and men) could relate to my body image issues. The problem was no one was talking about it. More so, the social issues that stem from body image problems were ever-increasing with a generation much younger than my own. So I decided to do something about it. I was finally confident enough in myself to be the voice of change and it was then that I founded Movemeant.
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What was the biggest challenge in starting Movemeant Foundation? What has been most rewarding part?
The biggest challenge is patience. I want to help everyone and be involved in everything, however, the reality is that large-scale, nationwide impact does not happen over night. So for now, I try to focus on the people I can help on a day-to-day basis.
The most rewarding part is watching friends, family, and our supporters get super excited about the change we are creating together. You know you have a strong message when an army of people not only believe in what you’re doing, but have your back every step of the way.
How do you balance Movemeant Foundation, teaching SoulCycle and everything else in your life?
As an entrepreneur in the category of social change, our work is self-motivated and requires an enormous amount of discipline, focus, and responsibility. Layer a demanding and physical job on top of it, and it appears to be nearly impossible. But over the years, I’ve developed a keen understanding of where each seemingly disparate path intersects. This creates efficiencies that allow me to tackle profits and losses with the same voracity as building playlists for an upcoming class.
So when it comes to balancing two full-time jobs (SoulCycle, Movemeant) I relish in my opportunity to explore different sides of my personality—a duality for which many people don’t have the chance to see.  By day, I have the chance to be resourceful, innovative and strategic in my long-term vision for Movemeant. There is constant multi-tasking, problem solving and creative thinking that lends itself to making the best decisions for the growth of our company. But by night or early morning (6 a.m. rooster classes), I have the chance to let out my inner rockstar. On the SoulCycle bike I get to be the wild, energetic and goofy side of myself.
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A literal and figurative balancing act.

How did you become a SoulCycle instructor? What is the biggest reward in teaching?
My roommate from college found SoulCycle on Craigslist. She started managing at the first Upper West Side studio when I applied to work behind the desk in 2010. Four months later I auditioned, made it into the first SoulCycle training program, and had eight classes on the schedule.
The biggest reward is watching people leave class a stronger and more confident version of themselves. I’ve seen people against all odds and change their lives around because they finally believed they could. I’ve been teaching for five years now and still leave every class inspired.
Where do you see Movemeant found in one year? In five years?
​​In one year Movemeant will:
  • ​​​Raise over 1 million dollars for our financial grant programs, providing women across the world with mentorship and opportunities to move in ways they never thought possible. Giving over 500,000 girls from the ages of 5-21 a chance to build a sustainable healthy and active lifestyle.
  • ​Launch our nationwide mentorship program, providing young women with role models and fitness personalities/celebrities in their local communities who are accessible and relatable. These influential women will live and promote a realistic, healthy and active lifestyle. These fearless leaders will openly share their insecurities, and how through movement, they were able to conqueror everyday obstacles and challenges which enabled them build a deeper sense of self and profound strength.
​In three years Movemeant will:
  • ​​Movemeant will have its own body positive curriculum to train women of all-ages in how to be spokesmen of positive body image and how to help women struggling with body image issues.
  • ​Implement Movemeant after-school programs while restructuring PE curriculums nationwide to help young girls discover a passion and love for movement, build local communities where young women build one another up, and to promote self-love, acceptance, and confidence as something that is vital to living a healthy life.
What types of grants are available to assist you in helping others?
Movemeant Foundation offers financial grants on an individual, group, school and community level.
Individual: Want to learn to dance, surf, BMX or kickbox but you don’t have enough confidence to get it going?  We’ll give you the means and know-how to overcome your fears, then team you up with girls like you and give you the tools and resources to do it together.
Groups: Nominate yourself and your friends to team up for a group activity – color runs, 5Ks, surf camp and more. We’ll cover your fees, provide you with gear and set you up on a six-week training plan with a mentor.
Schools:  Your school in need of a PE makeover?  Tennis courts?  Basketball courts?  Astroturf?  We’ll get your school in the best shape of its life.
Community: Need assistance to take already existing campus programs about body image to the next level? Let us help you.
Since our official launch in November (although we’ve been at it since July), we have already garnered enough funds to support several organizations:
​The Body Positive/Funkanometry:  These are two Bay Area based non profit organizations for which we are putting a total of 26 coaches/mentors/instructors (from Funkanometry) through a proven and respected continuing education program (by The Body Positive.)  This includes an extensive focus on body image curriculum so that each instructor in perpetuity, has the proper tools and language to educate their students about positive body image.
​San Francisco Unified Public School District:  We are working with middle schools (mostly in impoverished neighborhoods) to implement dance curriculum into their existing PE programs to better engage students who are failing to show up to school or are failing out of physical education because they are not motivated or too embarrassed to change into their gym clothes.  Ages 12 – 14.
​University of Wisconsin/Performing Ourselves:  Undergraduate students of the University of Wisconsin head into seven distinct, impoverished neighborhoods of Madison to teach resiliency, self-esteem and leadership through dance to young women ages 8 – 17.
Grants applications are coming in from cities and towns nationwide, from Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Tampa and more.  Interested in applying for a grant in 2015?  Please email info@movemeantfoundation.com for further details and for instructions on completing our grant application process.​
Do you live in the Bay Area and want to get involved with Movemeant Foundation? Click through to buy tickets to their “Dare to Bare” fitness festival. Spend the day sweating it out with your friends and supporting an amazing cause in the process.
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Join Movemeant Foundation’s “Dare to Bare” campaign on May 16th.

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Who is a positive role model in your life? Do you have memories of how fitness has changed you for the better? Any other thoughts?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 4.13

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I have sat here and written an intro and deleted it approximately five times. I have a lot on my mind (when do I not) and had a few glasses of wine tonight, neither of which are conducive to writing unless I’m in the best mood ever. Here are the best links from the week which are way more insightful than me right now.

Travel
How have I only been to two of these 25 Gorgeous Cafes? Wrecking Ball is just south of my apartment and I went to Wright Bros. Brew & Brew while in Austin.

I’ve wanted to go to Vieques for quite a while now. My first trip to San Francisco, over two and a half years ago, when I decided I wanted to live here, was originally going to be a trip to Vieques. Fate?

Sounds about right for business travel – what crazy things can you propose and get paid for by your company. This writer thinks their insane travel may have killed Gourmet Magazine. (I’m going to guess my Coachella trips did not kill my former employer.)

Lifestyle
An interview with Wes Anderson’s graphic designer for Grand Budapest Hotel. If you should know one thing about me, it’s that I probably haven’t seen whatever movie you are about to reference, unless it is a Wes Anderson film.

I have had so many great notes to myself in my phone… especially my old work phone which had a note that simply said, “Neil Hamburger” and “I was right beside you as you were dropping acid”. The latter was something I overheard somewhere. To this day I still wonder who or what Neil Hamburger is/was.

Food
Anthony Bourdain is probably the original actual bad ass celebrity chef – but who is going to be his successor?

Need all of these San Francisco desserts. But we all know I eat Bi-Rite on a bi-weekly basis. #onlyvagueshame

I want this chocolate tahini bread in my kitchen right now.

I went through an entire 32 oz container of Fage 0% in two days this week. TWO. DAYS. Maybe I should try eating through this list of Everything You Should Be Putting in Your Yogurt.

Running and Fitness
Shalane Flannigan is writing a cookbook! I think I’m okay indulging running 40-ish miles a week… her diet puts mine to shame.

I need to get back into doing headstand… especially with this tutorial on how to get into headstand without a wall from Pumps & Iron.

Chat with me:
What is the craziest note you’ve left to yourself in your phone? Are you a fan of Wes Anderson films?

The Best Running Routes in San Francisco

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The best running routes in San Francisco with ideas on how to get in long runs with minimal hills, the most scenic routes and my daily run.

While I was going through photos from my iPhone photo stream for this post, I was actually surprised by how many photos from the same places I seem to have. When I first moved here, I stopped basically every run to take a photo. I mean, how many people run to the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge ever, let alone on an almost daily basis?

One struggle I had was finding flat-ish routes. I find my knees and Achilles tendon start acting up with a lot of hills, which is ironic because I have been running on hills for the past 12 years. The only place I have lived that is vaguely flat was Hong Kong (but Hong Kong is not flat – it’s actually over 80% green land and lots of mountains).

When I tell people I live in The Marina I get a lot of “of course you do” (more on that for another post). One of the main reasons I love living in this part of the city is that it is flat and perfect for running. It’s flat because it’s built on reclaimed land after the rubble from the 1906 earthquake was pushed from Pacific Heights into an old cow pasture (i.e. why the streets south of Lombard are considered “Cow Hollow” NOT the Marina). Also if there is an earthquake while I’m home my building is probably going to fall into the ocean because it’s built on a landfill. You win some, you lose some.

Even though I’ve lived here just a tad under six months, all of these runs feel really personal to me and hold a lot of memories for some reason or another.

The Best Running Routes in San Francisco

  • Crissy Field and the Marina (6-8 miles round trip)
    I start from my building and run up to Marina Boulevard. From there I run to Fort Mason then back to Fort Point. That’s 6 miles. You can add on another two miles by running past Fort Mason to Polk Street on Bay.
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Fort Point to Fort Mason. I add on a few tenths of a mile from my building.

Fort Point at sunrise.

Fort Point at sunrise.

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Crissy Field at sunrise.

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My favorite part of the route.

  • Golden Gate Bridge to AT&T Park (10 miles one way, 20 miles roundtrip)
    If you’re going to do this run, do it early. I start out by going down Marina Blvd, through Crissy Field, up the hill to the San Francisco vista point for the bridge, across the bridge, around the Sausalito vista point, back down and to Fort Point (moremilage), down Powell to theEmbarcadero and then to AT&T Park and back to my place. I love this because it’s mainly flat (two major hills, minus he bridge), scenic and there are lots of chances for me to refill my water. Just know there are a bazillion tourists that will be in your way, especially on theEmbarcadero.

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    Golden Gate Park to AT&T Park.

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    Golden Gate Bridge from the Sausalito vista point.

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    Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco vista point.

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    The city at sunrise from Fort Point.

  • Lands End (3 miles)
    If you’re looking for a city trail run, this is a great option. You can add on some milage by running past the Cliff House to Ocean Beach. There’s actually really cool ruins here from Sutro Baths, which were public swimming pools and a bath house that burned in the 1906 earthquake. So many fun SF facts in this post!
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Sutra Baths at Lands End.

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Lands End

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Sutra Baths.

  • Ocean Beach
    San Fransisco isn’t all Bay – you can also get to the Pacific. Ocean Beach is one of my favorite places in the city because I love the ocean. Plus it’s a great excuse to get coffee at Trouble Coffee or brunch at Outerlands afterwards.
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Ocean Beach

  • The Marina to Ocean Beach (7 miles one way, 14 miles roundtrip)
    I do this as an alternate long run. The route below is from Fleet Feet, the running store on Chestnut. I go up the Lyon St stairs even though it’s super intense, it’s also kind of fun because I’m a masochist when it comes to running. I run both main roads through Golden Gate Park – usually JFK on the way out and Martin Luther King Blvd on the way back. If you’re trying to see part of the city, this is a great route to do.
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The Marina to Ocean Beach

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The hike up the Lyon Street steps is worth it for this view.

  • Golden Gate Park
    There are lots of trails here, dirt paths around the park and plenty of bathrooms and water fountains. It’s bigger than Central Park in NYC and you can easily do 6 miles around the park and then tell all your friends you ran past bison in the city. Bonus points if you see a coyote.

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    Conservatory at Golden Gate Park.

  • Kezar Stadium
    I do my track workouts here (yes, I actually am doing speed workouts this training session). It’s a really iconic running spot – Runner’s World had a whole article on Kezar last year. It just reopened in March 2015 after a lot of renovations. Plus, it’s cool to run in a place where the Giants and 49ers used to play.
  • The Embarcadero
    I kind of hate running here because there are so many tourists who are not paying any attention. I do my tempo runs here which is dumb on my part but it’s also good people watching and scenic because you get to see the Bay Bridge.
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Bay Bridge at sunrise.

Chat with me:
Where do you love to run in your city? Have you ever ran in San Francisco before? Do you run when you’re traveling?

Field Trip: Hiking Mount Tamalpais State Park

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When I hear “Mt Tam” I think “Mt Tam Triple Creme” from Cowgirl Creamery. My favorite thing about California is cheese. And wine. And sunshine. The first two are why I need to detox. I also just looked up the nutritional info of Mt Tam and died a lot little inside.

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Mt Tam moments.

But I digress. If this is your first time ever reading this blog or you’ve been living under a rock, I love being active. I love being outside. I love having an excuse to eat ice cream. So I love hiking. Hiking is such a first world thing if you think about it – “Hey guys, let’s go walk through the woods and up a mountain to go Instagram some views”.

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Ang modeling.

When anyone comes to visit me, they are subjected to at least one hike that I have wanted to do. This hike I did with Angela is actually my favorite one that I have done so far. I had never thought of hiking Mount Tamalpais – I guess I had been on it before in some form or another visiting Muir Woods a few years ago – but I’m so glad I did. The drive to Stinson Beach is really windy and is what I imagine Ireland to be like.

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Right before drinking wine and giving up on going any further because of the fog.

What: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Where: Stinson Beach, California.
Get there: Type 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 into your GPS. Park on the street near the community center or if there isn’t any street parking, park at Stinson Beach State Park. There is a sign that marks the trail. Just walk to the end, turn around and come back!
What to bring:
Water, snacks, toliet paper/tissues, wine (if you’re smart)
What to wear: 
Hiking clothes – yoga pants, running tights, leggings, a tank and bring a sweatshirt in case it gets cold. Also wear good walking shoes.
How to get there:
 1 hour drive from San Francisco (maybe 90 minutes from downtown)
How much: Free!
Tips: Bake in some extra time because the drive is gorgeous. Also, there are allegedly coyotes on the trail. I warned you. If you’re looking for food on the way back to SF, I recommend Tamalpie Pizza in Mill Valley.

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A good hike to cross off all your Northern California outdoor things: waterfalls, redwoods and ocean.

The hike is pretty mild – lots of stairs at first and uphill (obviously) but the trail is well marked and well-maintained. We only ran into one or two other hikers on our Monday afternoon hike. It got a little cold at the top of the mountain, especially with the fog rolling in. Angela and I had Kind Bars and drank some (terrible) wine then headed back to eat our weight in pizza and beet salad at Tamalpie then ice cream at Bi-Rite because San Francisco.

Chat with me:
Do you like to go hiking? What is something you make all your visitors do? Do you hike with wine?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 3.30

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This is the first time I have sat down [since leaving the office] all day (as I write this Wednesday night)! My morning started early so I could get in a 10 mile track workout and literally ran into Emily during my warm-up so that was a happy surprise. Once I got home I went to the laundromat because the washer in my building just eats quarters and doesn’t work. Luckily there is a nice one just a few blocks up from me and I live in a nice area so I could leave it, go run other errands and come back. Then I photographed two recipes, made a beet juice and granola and cleaned my entire apartment since my bestie Carly is en route as I write this (and here as you read this). Honestly, I think my main purpose in life is to entertain and nurture.

So I’m sure you really cared about my day. Here are the best links I found this week because we all know that’s why you’re here, right?

Travel
Another day, another post about how I want to go to Morocco. I love Oh, Ladycakes’ recap because she talks about the actual cities she visited which should help us plan our trip (*cough* Jessi I know you’re reading this).

Love this post on How to Vacation Like a Proper Adult. I’ve always vacationed like a proper adult because I’ve been acting like I’m 70 since I was seven (JK I think I’m 17 and just signed up for my own health insurance for the first time ever this week).

I really need to get to Hawaii again because I’m so close (That’s a good excuse, right?), especially because of this breathtaking drive to Haleakala Crater that Amanda featured on her blog last week.

Lifestyle
Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly named BabyCakes) did an interview on how to achieve your dreams. Because let’s be real – following your dreams is for kids, making them happen is for adults.

This was all over the Internet a couple weeks ago so I’m probably late to the game, but what does your first name say about you? Cassandra is pretty accurate: I’m passionate, intense and need lots of fresh air and exercise because I have way too much energy.

Weird to think that six months ago I was days away from finding out I was moving across the country. Luckily my dad is #thebest and did all my packing for me but I have a feeling next move I might not be so lucky. Here are some ways to make moving day easier and less expensive.

Food
I eat the same thing for weeks on end (currently dinner has been a salad with chickpeas, beets and goat cheese with avocado toast topped with a runny egg for the past 3-ish weeks) but if you aren’t cool with a never-changing menu, here are Five Tips to Keep From Getting Bored with Dinner.

Fun fact: One summer in high school I ate chocolate chip pancakes and bacon every day after cross-country practice. I still crave them on the reg which is why I want to make Davida’s Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Do you ever wish you could use leftover pizza dough for something other than pizza? Yeah, me either, but here are Five Unexpected Ways to Use Pizza Dough. I really want to make pizza pretzels (Pizzatzels?).

Chat with me:
Is the meaning of your first name accurate? Do you use pizza dough in unexpected ways? Do you travel like an adult?

Race Recap: Rock n Roll San Francisco Half-Marathon 2015

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It’s 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night as I write this and I’m ready for bed. In my defense, I probably slept five hours last night – a 4 a.m. wake-up call is not pleasant.

I had the opportunity to run the Rock n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon this past weekend. I didn’t mention I was going to run a race this weekend, did I? I kind of mentioned it in passing to a few of my non-SF friends. I think my family basically forgot I was running. I’m old news these days.

Saturday I did something really responsible pre-race day and spent the day drinking a lot of wine in Sonoma (well, specifically Healdsburg) for my sorority sister Caroline’s birthday. I have a great track record of carb loading with wine. Originally way back in January I wanted to run a 1:45 at this race then realized it was really hilly and I have been more focused on marathon training than getting speedier so I was just going to run for fun and hopefully hit 1:50.

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Really great pre-race day strategy.

When I headed back south to the city, I realized I should probably eat some beets because I remembered they are good for runners. I was unfortunately out of beets, was trying to beat the Presidio Pizza Company (best gluten free pizza in the city – they use dough from Mariposa bakery in Oakland) guy to my place and considered having Postmates bring me some from Trader Joe’s. I then considered the fact I am a ridiculous human being and decided to forgo eating beets, but stuck to my traditional pre-race pizza.

I was not hungry when I woke up (at 4 a.m.) but forced down some oatmeal with banana and peanut butter. The race started on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach and you could take a shuttle from Fisherman’s Wharf or the finish line at Civic Center. Originally I thought I would walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf and take the shuttle but of course, I thought sleeping slightly longer was more important and took an Uber there. The shuttle ride took about 30 minutes and by the time we got there, I had about 30 minutes before the race.

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Start line.

Friday when I picked up my race packet, I was kind of shocked I was in Corral 2 (of 15). Then immediately as the race started I really wasn’t shocked and was thankful I didn’t put myself back a few corrals. The whole race I realized I was pretty much running with guys. The hills were pretty brutal – we revisited the hill in the Presidio that kind of ruined my life at the Nike San Francisco Half-Marathon in October.

One of the big selling points for this race is probably the fact that you get to run the Golden Gate Bridge. I ran it last weekend as part of my 20-miler (finding 20 flat-ish miles in a city that is 7 miles by 7 miles and built on a bazillion hills is difficult). On the way out towards Marin it was a little faster but on the way back to the city it was slightly slower because a lot of people going the other direction were stopping to take photos, etc. which I TOTALLY get and understand – just be aware of your surroundings, people!

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Photo of the bridge from Marin I took last weekend during my 20-miler.

After the bridge there are about 5 miles left. You run down to Chrissy Field and then onto Marina Boulevard, aka my usual morning run. I killed it on the down hill from the bridge because that’s my favorite hill to do hill workouts on so I’m used to speeding down it. After Marina Boulevard, you run the entire way up Polk to Civic Center. Polk is really painful and really hilly. I thought a PR was not going to happen at mile 11 but thought I should at least try. I realized at mile 12 if I didn’t screw anything up, I could slightly PR or at least get close enough to not be too mad at myself.

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Typical looking terrible post-race-ness.

I finished in the top 4% of women, top 5% in my age group and top 12% overall. I PR-ed by 30-ish seconds (my previous PR was unofficial because I bought someone’s bib off the black market Craigslist, but I ran a 1:52 flat and a 1:52:50-something in April). I’m not going to lie – I was kind of stoked about these stats. These races are great because there are a lot of entertainment for beginners (and everyone!) so if you’re thinking about running your first half – they are a well organized, fun series I would really recommend.

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I sent this to my dad and his response was “That’s great Cassie”. My family is unimpressed by me.

After the race, I walked around the Farmer’s Market, bought some things to juice then grabbed an Uber home. I showered, Facetimed with my dad for a while and then met Kay for brunch at Plow, which was basically at the top of my SF-brunch list. We waited two hours for a table (after getting there at 12:30) but it was pretty perfect because we admitted to snacking before brunch because we didn’t know how long we were going to wait. For being transplants, we have the whole being San Francisco residents down.

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Housemade biscuit with honey butter.

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We both got the plow – two eggs, sausage, lemon ricotta pancakes and subbed salad for potatoes.

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I ate this entire plate. #onlyvagueshame

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I was compensated with free race registration as part of the Rock N Blog Team but all opinions are my own.

Chat with me:
How was your weekend? Have you ever waited two hours for brunch? Are you planning on running any Rock n Roll races this year?