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I can’t believe it’s almost October! That means a big month of racing coming up for me. Not only will I be running my first full marathon, but I’ll be running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF the following weekend. Kind of crazy, but when I was offered the opportunity to run the sold out Nike Women’s Half, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. Last fall I ran my first Nike race and I was hooked. It’s amazing how they can take a race with soooo many participants and make it feel so special and personalized (goes for both SF and DC!).

In order to prepare for my busy racing month, I’ve been keeping up with my training. This usually includes 5 days of running, and at least 2 days of cross-training (recently I’ve been doing Pilates). I also make sure to take 1-2 days off a week to fully rest and recover.

A typical training week looks something like this:

Monday – cross-train + tempo run (~6 miles)
Tuesday – easy morning run (~4-6 miles)
Wednesday – cross-train + speed work
Thursday – easy morning run (~4-6 miles)
Friday – cross-train or rest
Saturday – long run
Sunday – rest

Since the Nike Women’s Half will be the week after my first full marathon, and I have nooooo idea how I’ll feel/recover, I’m planning to take the race super easy. I plan to listen to my body, take the hills as they come, walk through water stations, etc. The only goal I have set is to finish within the 3 hours and 17 minutes allotted for the course. AND to finish on my feet this year (and maybe get that Tiffany’s necklace…) ;-)

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This week I’m trying a bunch of new recipes.  Actually, they’re all of the recipes that I prescribed for Gary’s meal plan this week.  And they aren’t half bad, if I do say so myself :)  This is a quick, healthy, and easy one I threw together Sunday night.  Since I don’t like onions or garlic, it eliminated a lot of the ingredients, haha.  Fortunately, this was still flavorful and delicious!

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INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb. lean ground turkey, Italian-seasoning
salt & pepper
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup baby spinach
4 bell pepper, with seeds and membranes removed
Shredded mozzarella cheese
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook quinoa according to directions.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water with
  4. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the turkey and Italian seasoning, and cook until no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce and spinach.
  5. Combine the cooked quinoa and turkey mixture. Spoon into the 4 hollow pepper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until the peppers are tender.
  7. During the last 5 minutes, top each pepper with a pinch of mozzarella cheese.
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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This past week was all about getting back into the groove.  Although I wasn’t able to wake up anytime before 7am (and, in turn, wasn’t able to run), I still managed to get in my 3 key runs.  Wednesday was the longest speed workout I’ve had in over 6 weeks, and Saturday was my longest run to date.  I managed to get all 20 miles in at 3 hours on the dot, with the last 2 miles at 8:24 and 7:58 pace.

Highlights this week:

_MG_0389Photoshoot with Jack Millen Photography for Finish Line – wearing winter clothes when it’s 80+ degrees outside = FUN lolz.

photo 2_41Attending Avery’s first spin class as an instructor at The Rush

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Lunch at El Agave

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photo 3_22Post 20-mile brunch at Craft & Commerce, Bump Coffee Mojito from the Little Italy Farmers Market, and snuggles with Sassy Pips.

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Rest
Mon – Pilates + 6 mi
Tues – The Rush
Wed – Pilates + 9 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest + ART appt
Sat – 20 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 35 mi
Total Miles with Piper: o mi
Hours cross-training: 2.75 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 1127.8 mi

Also, the three winners of the AMRAP Nutrition Bar giveaway are Paige Callahan, Katelyn Mitchell, and Brittany Bell Koelmel  Please email me at dailycup.asheejojo@gmail.com!

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After a stroll through the Tuesday evening Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market, London and I found ourselves up the street for another round of Happy Hour Made Healthy, this time at The Duck Dive.

Duck Dive surprised us both on a culinary level. Located in PB in what can be more of a divey area, we were pleasantly surprised to find it to be quite a “foodie” spot. Committed to offering an elevated drinking and dining experience in a casual beach lounge atmosphere, we felt right at home kicking back and perusing the craft cocktail menu.

What brought us in this Tuesday was the “Neighborhood Tuesday” Farm to Dive special menu. Every week the chef throws together a special menu using ingredients sourced directly from the Farmer’s Market that day! We knew we were in for some fresh local fare, but the menu of the day was a surprise until we arrived.

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Drinks –

Farm To Dive Special: A Cocktail By Any Other Name- locally grown rose apples, rose water, fresh lemon, London dry gin, Pimm’s No.1, and Peychaud bitters. This was a uniquely crisp and refreshing cocktail; not overly floral. Our first time trying rose apples, the crunchy edible garnish was a bonus!

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Melon Mule – We don’t remember the exact ingredients for this one, but we do know that it went down easy. Tasted like candy, but the ginger beer cut the sweetness so the finish wasn’t too sweet. Reminiscent of white gummy bears!

Take Me to Mexico – Olmeca Los Altos 100% agave tequila, house infused with fresh watermelon, jalapeño, and basil. Shaken with fresh watermelon, agave nectar, and lemon juice. Spicy with the bite of jalapeno, it’s a drink that you will take your time sipping because of the added heat.

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Appetizers -

Scallop Ceviche – sea scallops marinated in lemon juice, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, avocado and chili oil. Served with house-made chips. A different take on typical ceviche, London could not get enough of the citrusy and thick scallop bits and crispy thin chips!

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Entrees -

Panko Crusted Avocado Taco – pickled carrots and spicy aioli on a corn tortilla. This taco was a filling meatless option. The pickled carrots cut the fattiness of the avocado, and the flavors and textures all came together nicely.

Duck Lettuce Wrap Taco – shredded duck, pico de gallo, butter lettuce. The lettuce wrap instead of tortilla offers a healthier way to enjoy Taco Tuesday! Fresh Pico De Gallo provides a low calorie but flavorful component.

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Farm To Dive Special: Colonel Beto’s Chicken – house breaded and fried chicken, biscuits, rainbow beet and honey mustard slaw. The chicken was somehow deliciously crunchy outside while maintaining a perfectly moist inside. The coleslaw was lightly dressed and plated with gorgeous rainbow beets!

The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
858-273-DUCK (3825)

Happy Hours:
Monday-Friday 3-6pm

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Don’t miss the: “Neighborhood Tuesday” Farm To Dive special menu, $5 craft cocktails, and $2.50 Taco Tuesdays!

Take-away tip: Look for restaurants that encourage local farmers and support local commerce.

Thank you to The Duck Dive for hosting this week’s Happy Hour Made Healthy!

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AMRAP Nutrition bars are something I’ve been eyeing since way back in my Paleo days (aka 2-3 months of 2013 lol).  That’s because they were the only bar that was high protein, but was also 100% Paleo.  AMRAP Nutrition Bars also Non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative and artificial anything-free, and high fat to carb ration.

I received three flavors to try (Fig Cacao, Almond Honey, and Cashew Vanilla), and honestly I ate them so quickly I forgot to take any notes on flavor.  I just know that they were goooood.  One things for sure, the size and texture were very filling, enough to tie me over and replace up to 2 meals (meaning my usual breakfast and morning snack).

Now three of you have the chance to each win an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in a flavor of your choice  (that means each winner can choose Fig Cacao, Almond Honey, OR Cashew Vanilla).  This contest is open to both US and Canada.

Enter to win here: Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Midnight, Sunday September 14th

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Disclaimer: Through my relationship with Fit Approach, I received complimentary AMRAP Bars for review. As always, all thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own.

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Wow, this past week has been a wild one.  Between Labor Day (#asheejojofiesta), a lot of other birthday celebrations, my actual birthday, and then Malibu…it’s been jam packed!

Here’s a little bit of what happened:

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Tuesday night I celebrated with my dad and bf at the brand-new Bottega Americano in East Village (Downtown SD). The concept is similar to Eataly (although I’ve never been there) – but it combines a gourmet market with high-end restaurant and a cafe.

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Wednesday was my real birthday so naturally I started it with at 15 mile run followed immediately with an ART appointment. Then I met my dad for brunch at Harbor Cafe, and then we met up with my brother to see The November Man. If that wasn’t already enough, we then went to Ballast Point Kitchen & Tasting Room for a light snack, and then joined up with London to go to the Padres Game. It was a very full birthday!

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In addition to everything else I do, I’ve been helping Sol Raiz Organics with their social media (Insta and FB) for the past month. This past weekend they were a sponsor for the SurfAid Cup, so I grabbed my trusty side-kick (LLTC) and make the trek up to Malibu. I feel like you could hardly call it work with all of the fun we had!

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And of course it wouldn’t be a trip without at least 10 foodie pit stops.

Some places we hit up (mainly in LA):

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The Alcove

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Alfred’s Coffee

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Malibu Farm

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Demitasse

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L.A. Chapter at the ACE Hotel

Overall it was a great (birthday) week.  Now back to the daily hustle!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Disneyland Half Marathon
Mon – Rest
Tues – 8 mi
Wed – 15 mi + ART appt
Thurs – 3 mi
Fri – Pilates
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 39.1 mi
Total Miles with Piper: 3 mi
Hours cross-training: 1 hour
2014 Miles YTD: 1131.9 mi

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On Monday, Kelli hosted an #asheejojofiesta that was PERFECTION.

The invite called for:

Beach Day: at Cardiff or San Elijo beach starting at 1pm. Bring your boards (boogie and surf), bubbles, inflatables and any fun beach gear!

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Dinner to follow: at Kelli’s House around 5/5:30pm.

Fiesta menu includes:

Taco Bar

-Pulled Chicken Tacos
-Beans
-Watermelon salad
-Chips & Guac

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Bar Bar

-Cucumber Mint Infused Water
-Jarritos sodas (with straws)
-Strawberry Lime Blended Margaritas
-Ginger Melon Sangria
-And lots and lots of tequila!

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Treats

- London’s Homemade Paletas
-Ice Cream Cake (this ended up just being watermelon cookies and churros from the Mexican market).

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FUN
PINATA!
GO PRO (hopefully!)

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Please bring: your party pants, playlists, photo props (#bloggerprobz) and any mexican blankets. Also, anything else you might see fit for a FIESTA!!!

As you can see, everything was executed to a T, and I couldn’t have asked for a better party, or a better group of girls to celebrate with!

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Thanks to Erin, London, Avery, Andy, JessKelli and Ellie for partying with me!

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This year, for “my birthday” (since I consider Labor Day weekend my birthday, although my actual day isn’t until Wednesday this year), I decided I wanted to do something healthy and active vs. Vegas like last year.

So in January, when the Disneyland race registration opened up, I made the advanced decision I would run the Half Marathon. Before I knew it, August 31st rolled around and it was time to make our way to Disneyland.

It took me until the week before to decide what “costume” I would be. I felt obligated to dress up since it’s Disney, but also wanted to be practical. I decided I would go with a t-shirt costume (similar to RNR LA costume).  I ended up cutting the sleeves off, which allowed it to be a little less restrictive (and made running in the humidity a little more bearable).

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I’m not even the biggest Disney fanatic and this race was “magical.”

First, it started off with the ease of navigating the corrals. We made it over to G-H (the last 2 corrals) around 5:23. With a 5:30 start time I was worried we wouldn’t make our way up to A-B. There were also more porta-potties as you made your way up past F. I didn’t think there was a line, but apparently I cut an entire line and slid into the first open bathroom.

The race start (by Downtown Disney) was SUPER crowded. Originally, my plan was to run the first 5 miles at a 1:42 pace (7:45) but I could barely break out under 8:30. Within the first mile I could feel the heat and humidity (like, I started sweating already), and decided this wouldn’t be a race to push it, but just really enjoy it and try to minimize “the struggle.”

Mile 2-3 we ran around California Adventure, backstage, around Paradise Pier, Cars Land, Hollywood Boulevard and Condor Flats. Mile 3-4 the race continued through Disneyland, on Main Street, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. There were a variety of characters throughout the course, although I didn’t stop for any of them (lines start to accumulate after a while). It was still dark at this time (this is the earliest race start I’ve ever had) so some of this kind of just feels like it was a dream.

Mile 5-8 we ran throughout the streets of Anaheim, which could have been really dull and boring, except for the crowd support was AMAZING. And not just a couple people standing on the side of the street, but big aggregates of groups and people.

Mile 8 we ran by the Honda Center, and then mile 9-10 we ran through the Angels Stadium. I had no idea what to expect, but I got chills as we ran around the outskirts of the field. The stadium was filled with people. My gait definitely picked up from running close to 9 minute miles to a 7:30 pace. It was definitely at the right place and at the right time. From there on out I just focused on making it to mile 12 to pick up the pace.

The heat was definitely oppressive and I didn’t feel like there were enough water stations, even taking water at every available one. However, everyone was so happy and I felt myself thanking every volunteer as I took a cup of water.

We rounded back towards the Disneyland Hotel. At mile 12 I saw that I was still under 1:40 and could make it sub-1:50 even if I ran a 10 minute mile. I picked up the pace a bit and finished in 1:48:07.

I ended up not doing as bad as I thought. I wasn’t paying too much attention to my watch, just trying to take in the “Disney-ness” of the course and enjoy it. I thought I had a few miles over 9 minute miles, but it appears I kept it pretty consistent for the most part.

Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (1:48:07):
1- 8:04
2 – 7:49
3 – 7:50
4 – 8:04
5 – 8:00
6 – 8:12
7 – 8:31
8 – 8:37
9 – 8:37
10 – 8:19
11 – 8:21
12 – 8:16
13 – 7:42
Last .25 – 1:38

photo 1_24Recovery via OH! Juice Maca Mylk

Have you done a Run Disney event before?

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Happy Labor Day!  I’m kinda falling behind with blogging, but thought I better get something out there.  Yesterday I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon (recap to come tomorrow, hopefully), and today we’re having an #asheejojofiesta at Kelli’s house for my bday!

Some highlights/pictures from the past week:

Tuesday

photo 1_25Happy Hour Made Healthy at The Duck Dive

Saturday

photo 3_12Picked up my OH! Juice from the Little Italy Farmer’s Market

photo 1_23Wetzel’s Pretzels in Downtown Disney after the expo and before Guardians of the Galaxy

photo 2_23Dinner at “Claws” – haha ended up being quite an “experience”

Sunday

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Today!

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Alright, now let the birthday week commence!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Rest
Mon – Pilates + 3 mi run/walk
Tues – 5.4 mi
Wed – ART appt + Pilates + 4.5 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – 2 mi
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 13.4 mi
Total Miles with Piper: 2 mi
Hours cross-training: 2 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 1092.8 mi

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My good friend Kelli recently launched a new website called Glimpse of Healthy!

“Glimpse of Healthy brings you everything you need to know about the wellness, health and fitness happenings around sunny San Diego. You’ll be the first to know about the locals-only yoga class on the beach next week and the new juice spot that just opened up around the corner.”

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I am honored to be an ongoing contributor and just wrote my first article: 3 New San Diego Juice Companies You Should Be Trying NOW!

Make sure to check out Glimpse of Healthy – your one stop spot for the best of San Diego’s health and wellness scene!

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