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Last week was filled with holiday parties, soup and sausage nights, Wrex The Halls concert, restaurant review (to come) at Lumberyard Tavern, and lot more consistent running! I also had a sudden realization that Christmas is really soon! Ahh! Like need to stop boycotting buying presents soon.

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What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – 8 minute buns, 8 minute abs
Mon – 5.5 mi
Tues – 5 mi
Wed – 7.5 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – 10.5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 28.5 mi
2014 Miles YTD: 1435.5 mi

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This is real life.

London must be the luckiest girl to have me prepare the most gourmet and decadent dinner — soup with a side of sausage. But really, a lot of thought has to go between pairing your soup and sausage.

For example, I stumbled up on the most #nextlevel sausage — pumpkin spice sausage. Since I haven’t indulged in much pumpkin this season (no PSL or pumpkin pancakes over here…) I decided to try out this sweeter seasonal sausage. Yeeee. Since this sausage was on the sweeter side, I wanted to find a soup to compliment. My first thought was a nice chili (and cornbread of course). However, I couldn’t find any pre-made/decent chili at Whole Foods (taking the easy route) so I went for this organic butternut squash and sage soup. With no chili there was no cornbread, so I went for the next best thing…pretzel bites!

Moral of the story, soup and sausage can and do mix!

What’s the weirdest dinner you’ve ever eaten?

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Sunday we had my running club holiday party including a white elephant gift.  Last year I went all out and gifted a homemade bloody mary kit.  This year I knew I still wanted to make something homemade, but wanted to go a slightly less labor intensive route.  So I made rosemary infused vodka!

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Homemade Rosemary Infused Vodka
What you need:
Large glass bottle with clamp stopper
750 ml bottle of vodka
2 sprigs of rosemary
Decorations: tag, twine, stamps

What to do:

  • Prepare at least 1-2 days in advance. Pour vodka into bottle. Add rosemary sprigs. Seal and decorate!
  • Gift with lil’ red solo cup shot glasses, festive straws and cocktail napkins!

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What’s the best and worst white elephant gift you’ve ever gotten?
I got a pair of nose/ear trimmers in exchange for this combo! :-P

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Better late than never…happy hump day!

Last week was filled with fun and random nights, like healthy snacks and movie night and 8 minute buns/abs by the fire and monk pots. It rained a lot and my joints hurt…had me Aiken…like Clay :-P

A lot of other days I failed as a blogger and didn’t take any pictures. These included Jess’ birthday party, Matuse holiday re-opening party and various dinners out.

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Saturday London and I went on a “hike” through the lagoon with our old “bro” Spencer and his roommate. Hiking/walking is such a concept (although I am obsessed with going to Yosemite at the moment), when “I’d rather be running.”

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The weekend finished off with a day filled with holiday cheer at our annual community holiday event and tree lighting for work!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – 5.5 mi
Mon – 4.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 8 minute buns, 8 minute abs
Thurs – 5.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 5.5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 21 mi
2014 Miles YTD: 1407 mi

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Happy Hour Made Healthy has taken a temporary hiatus, but now IT’S BACK!

To start it back up we have Wang’s in North Park, serving contemporary Chinese and Asian-fusion fare.

When we entered Wang’s, we stepped into a vast (but not empty) restaurant with high ceilings and swanky décor, all grounded with earthy elements. It seemed like the perfect place to host a large party, served up family-style.

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As every happy hour should, we started ours off with some drinks:

The Skinny Ginger – Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, fresh ginger and lime juice. This cocktail was a clean and non-sugary take on a traditional margarita. The flavor was smooth yet distinct, and the ginger added a little spice while warming our tongues.

Long Duck Dong – SKYY Infusions Ginger Vodka, lemongrass, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup and a splash of soda. While the description had us hooked, we were immediately intrigued by the name of this drink! ;) The cocktail itself had a distinct and refreshing flavor, like an elevated take on spa-water (‘cause, come on, vodka).

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Now onto the apps:

Curried Cashew Cups – Wok’d by fire cashews, kefir lime pickled green papaya slaw, Vietnamese herb orgy. These curried cashew cups might have been our favorite! They were well seasoned with a nice crunchy texture and fresh taste.

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Scallop special – With this dish, London let out an audible “oh my god,” because these scallops were melt-in-your-mouth GOOD. A tad bit sweet, with the tartness from the lemon cutting through. The lightly battered and wok-fried shell made them comforting and warm, yet bright with citrus flavors.

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Ahi/Avo Poke – Fallbrook forked avocado, ahi tartare, cilantro, Key Lime crème fraiche served with crispy wonton chips. This dish had a unique flavor and we liked how it utilized local avocados from Fallbrook. The ahi and avocado were blended really well, so it was creamy, versus having chunks of avocado interspersed.

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Saigon Spring Rolls – Fresh mint, basil, rice noodle, and lemongrass poached shrimp with Tahini Szechuan pepper dipping sauce. These rolls were bulging with plump shrimp. They cleansed the palate, just what we needed before indulging in another drink…

Wang’s North Park
3029 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 291-7500

Happy Hour:
Daily until 7!

Don’t miss the: Curried cashew cups!

Take-away tip: Offering lighter cocktails with fun names and an assortment of fresh veggie dishes and protein options meant to be shared, Wang’s is a fun spot to grab a healthier happy hour!

Thank you to Wang’s North Park for hosting this week’s Happy Hour Made Healthy!

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After what was supposed to be the end of my race season, I continued to have the bug and felt the need to throw in another race.

Last year was my first time doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, but I really enjoyed getting my legs moving before settling into a turkey coma. Since I just moved back up to Encinitas, I thought it was only right that I participate in the inaugural Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot.

The morning of the race I picked up Graham and we headed down so I could pick up my bib and he could register for the 10k. I love 5k’s because I know I can endure 3 miles, even if it hurts, but 10k’s just feel awful, like an over-extended sprint.

By 7:30am we were all ready, but the 10k didn’t start until 8:30am, and the 5k didn’t start until 9am. So we had some time to kill. Once again, I didn’t feel like running and the lag time, waiting made it a little worse.

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I was afraid everyone from SSRC was doing the 10k after all of them lined up and were away. However, at the start of the 5k I met up with Jennifer, her husband, Marc and his son, as we all lined up together.

The course was super familiar (the same as the Cardiff Kook Run, except for that I ran the 10k option that time), and was moderately flat. It was a straight shot, starting under the Encinitas sign with a turn-around at just about the start of the San Elijo campgrounds.  I just ended up running out, settling into a pace, and pushing it on the way back.

It was a quick and fun race, as I approached the finish line I saw the clock was still below 20 minutes. I had to weave around and essentially cut off a man with a stroller to make sure I wasn’t caught behind!

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I finished with 19:57, a PR of over a minute from the Fit Foodie 5K! 3rd in my age group and 14th female overall.

Splits according to my Garmin (19:58):
1 – 6:51
2 – 6:59
3 – 6:07

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Here marks my first week of living alone! With the holiday weekend, it’s produced a mix of emotions – both happy and free, yet cabin-fever ridden and lonely at times.

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New this week: I swam a mile in the ocean with Trina, bought a new book — Mastering the Art of French Eating, listened to a lot of “Hanging out and relaxing” playlist on Spotify, started cooking again (lots of variations of breakfast burritos), and got back into running.

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Thanksgiving was very full, with a Turkey Trot (recap to come) in the morning, Thanksgiving lunch with family, and Thanksgiving dinner with my “bossociate” and her family. Overall it was a great day spent with friends and family.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – 4.5 mi
Mon – 4.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 6 mi
Thurs – Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot 3.1 mi
Fri – 1 mi ocean swim
Sat – 10 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 28.1 mi
2014 Miles YTD: 1386.7 mi

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On Sunday, November 16th I ran the Celebration Run Half Marathon. Earlier this year, before we even knew each other, Avery–who handled marketing for the race–reached out to me to participate as a blog ambassador. Ironically, the race fell on her bday too (HBD Aves!).

Since it was the inaugural year, this race was smaller than many others I’ve run, but it was well organized, and really well run, especially for being it’s first year.

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I have never really run around Mission Bay, so I honestly don’t even know where we ran.  However, the course was flat for the most part, except for 4 overpasses that resulted in a few climbs.

Originally, Andy and I decided we would just run to run and approach it like a long Saturday SSRC run. However, mid-way I started to feel good, so I just ran based off feeling. Around mile 11 I started to just get bored in general and knew if I ran faster, I would finish faster.

With the Fit Foodie 5K the day before, and then this race, I realized I have gotten good at choosing people to race with/pick off. Throughout the race I chose certain people in front of me to either keep in sight, or to eventually get in front of. By the end I had successfully beaten all 3 of my designated people.

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The race finished in the sand, which I surprisingly ran well on, as I kind of bounced and bounded (I think treading through the “quicksand” in the San Elijon Lagoon helped with that). At the finish line bikini clad girls and board short boys handed out medals (of which I made a serious effort to have the hottest guy give me my medal ahaha).

Afterwards we sat in the VIP area where we enjoyed catered BREAKFAST BURRITOS (HELLOOOOOO), fresh fruit and coffee.

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I ended up running a 1:45:01 and placing 2nd in my age group.  Taking the pressure out of racing to perform, it turned out to be a fun and successful race weekend!

Mile splits recorded by my Garmin:
Mile 1 – 8:05
Mile 2 – 8:05
Mile 3 – 7:54
Mile 4 – 7:57
Mile 5 – 8:02
Mile 6 – 8:10
Mile 7 – 8:03
Mile 8 – 7:47
Mile 9 – 8:06
Mile 10 – 7:59
Mile 11 – 7:51
Mile 12 – 7:51
Mile 13 – 7:30
Last .25 1:38

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Hello from my new house! Today is my second morning in the house, and the second morning I’ve woken up naturally before 7am. Although a lot has changed in the past couple of days, my heart feels happy and my mind at ease.

This place offers so much fresh air, so much natural light, it just welcomes health and productivity (something I’ve been missing lately, especially in my vagabond lifestyle!). Pictures to come after London puts the finishing touches on it!

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The past week was a slower one, with a lot of nights just working on getting everything together. Friday morning was a busy day, starting bright and early as we set up our cheering station in Del Mar to welcome the start of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk as they embarked on their 60 mile journey. That afternoon I had an interview for a potential new project (don’t want to jinx it!) and then my dad arrived in town. After some lunch at Craft and Commerce, it was time to kick Friday night off in honor of Avery’s birthday celebration!

Saturday it was time to move move move, and honestly, hiring movers was one of the best and easiest decisions I’ve ever made. It made the move so fast and efficient.

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I’m so excited for this next step, next chapter of my life. I’m excited to step out my door and run a mile to the coast. I’m excited to wake up and drink green juice in my bed, or sip coffee on my porch. I’m excited to hang out on my chaise lounge with the fire burning in one corner, and Portlandia playing in the other. And I’m excited to get back to being me.

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Celebration Run 13.1 mi
Mon – 4 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 5.5 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 22.6 mi
2014 Miles YTD: 1,358.6 mi

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“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Ashleigh will run circles around you with a breakfast burrito in one hand, Garmin on the other. The 24-year old San Diego blogger has got the scoop on the latest races, running tips and recipes on her blog Daily Cup of Asheejojo. Our feet hurt just reading it.”  –This is probably the best introduction I’ve ever received/read!

Stop by the Finish Line blog to check out everything on my holiday wish list!

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