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For London’s birthday party she asked me to bake her a cake.  After making this gluten-free coconut blue ombre layer cake, I feel pretty well-equipped for cake baking so I was all in.

Inspiration for the aesthetics originally came from this succulent cake post.  Then another request for “Drake on Cake,” so I decided to combine the two.  I was left to come up with the flavor myself, so after diving through the Internet, I decided to take a spin on a champagne cake — sparkling rosé cake with sparkling rosé buttercream.  And what better Drake quote than “24 Hour Champagne Diet” to adorn this cake?

The layers didn’t come out perfectly level, and at first glance it wasn’t my fondest cake, but with the final touches of the succulents and the actual taste of the cake, I was definitely satisfied (and so was everyone else! :)).

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Sparkling Rosé Cake
INGREDIENTS:
2 packages white cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
2 cups sparkling rosé (I used Korbel)
1 cup vegetable oil
6 eggs
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour four 8×1-1/2-inch round cake pans; set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except replace the water with an equal amount of champagne. Pour batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly.
  3. Bake according to package directions. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on racks.

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Sparkling Rosé Buttercream
Adapted from Broma Bakery
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups champagne (eventually 4 tablespoons reduced)
3/4 cups salted butter, room temperature
3 1/2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup raspberry jam
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Simmer 1½ cups of champagne in a small saucepan over low heat until it reduces.  Stir the pan every few minutes to prevent burning. You want to end up with around 4 tablespoons of rosé.
  2. To make the frosting, whip butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in 4 tablespoons reduced rosé and powdered sugar, whipping for another 2 minutes.
  3. To to assemble the cake, place first layer of cake on cake stand, then spread a layer of the frosting, keeping it the thickest on the edges.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of raspberry jam in the center and spread in a circular fashion outwards.
  5. Repeat with second and third layer.
  6. For fourth layer, frost top of cake normally, then frost outside with remaining frosting. Use a cake spatula to scrape frosting from sides to create a sort of “naked” look.

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Happy Bday London!

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Sooo…since I’ve been MIA…here’s what’s up:

Lately I’ve been getting my house “dialed in” for ultimate relaxation, seeing lots of concerts, drinking free wine, reading, and watching tv (lol)…

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The past couple of Friday nights have been spent at the track where Kevin and I saw Cold War Kids and then Fitz and the Tantrums.  On the last Saturday in July, London and I drove to Costa Mesa to see Earth, Wind and Fire at the OC Fair. We both LOVE EWF and were super excited to sing and groove to them live.

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I joined the Carruth wine club so that’s where the “free” wine has been coming from. I’ve been going as London’s plus one for a while now, but after a run Kate and I sat down for a glass of wine and I was easily talked into joining the club. If you live anywhere near the winery/area, it’s an awesome deal! ($35 per month for a bottle each month, one glass for you and one glass for a guest each visit, and 20% off any purchases) #notsponned

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Recently I’ve gotten back into reading. It’s been a while (probably since Mexico) that I’ve felt captured by a book. However, in the last 2 weeks I’ve found and read 2 great books — The Girls and All The Missing Girls. Both are great quick and engaging books (great “beach reads”). I’ve been taking my books to dinner, appointments, breakfast, and the beach. I’d highly recommend All The Missing Girls (finished in 3 days). If you like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train you’ll love this book. I like it even more because of the non-conventional way the story unfolds. You really feel like a detective. Any recommendations for my next book? (just put in an order for The Good Girl by Mary Kubica).

And I know several people have laughed at me for lumping “watching tv” in with being productive. But I honestly only watch a little before bed so for me it relates to decompressing and relaxing. After watching all episodes of Young & Hungry on Netflix (what became my guilty pleasure) I was kind of in a lull with shows. I started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and it literally makes me LOL. Kevin and I also finished Stranger Things in the span of a weekend. TV Series are soooo good! I realized this because Stranger Things felt like a movie, but the 8 episodes/5+ hours of the show really allowed for you to create an affinity for the characters and for them to fully develop.  Hoping there will be a season 2…

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So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ve also been running (barely, like 1-2x per week) and still doing a ton of workout classes because right now I crave the challenge and diversity that the various workouts (pilates, barre, yoga, etc.) provide.

Weekly Workout Recap (7/18-7/24):
Mon – Rest
Tues – 5 mi + Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Wed – Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Thurs – Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Fri – Barre @ Studio Barre
Sat – 7.5 mi
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 12.5 mi
Number of cross-training workouts: 4
2016 miles: 603 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (7/25-7/31):
Mon – Mixed Level @ The Bar Method + 6 mi w/SoCal Runner Gal
Tues – Full Body @ Core40 + Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Wed – Rock ’n Roll Vinyasa @ YogaSix
Thurs – CP Reformer Plus 1.5 @ Club Pilates + Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Fri – Barre @ Studio Barre
Sat – Rest
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 6 mi
Number of cross-training workouts: 7
2016 miles: 609 mi

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Well, well, well…since I last updated, I’ve officially moved into my new little mermaid cottage. I’m absolutely loving my new location. It makes getting everywhere and doing summer activities so easy! Such as going to the beach, and biking to local breweries and favorite restaurants.

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Fun events in the past month or so have included our big work event (Summer Solstice), visiting the fair to see Brian Wilson, attending a wedding, deck dinner parties and going to Opening Day at the races.

I also joined ClassPass a couple weeks ago and it’s been a little bit of an addiction…I finished my first 10 classes in a week and a half, and quickly moved onto a month unlimited. It’s been fun switching up my normal workout (aka only running) and challenging myself with strength training. I’m already feeling a big difference which I think makes it even more addicting!

Weekly Workout Recap (6/13-6/19):
Mon – 4.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 7 mi
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – 8 mi
Sat – 10.5 mi
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 36 mi
2016 miles: 540.75 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (6/20-6/26):
Mon – 6 mi
Tues – 7 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 13 mi
2016 miles: 553.75 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (6/27-7/3):
Mon – Core40 Full Body + 7.75 mi
Tues – Core40 Full Body + Yoga Therapy @ Yoga Bound
Wed – 3 mi + Hot Yoga @ Yoga Tropics
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Hot Yoga @ Yoga Tropics
Sat – Pilates Reformer Essentials @ Center of Movement and Balance + Barre @ Studio Barre
Sun – 8 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 18.75 mi
Number of cross-training workouts: 7
2016 miles: 572.5 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (7/4-7/10):
Mon – Rest
Tues – Mixed Level @ The Bar Method
Wed – Core40 Full Body + Rock and Roll Vinyasa @ YogaSix
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – 6 mi
Sat – Rest
Sun – Hot Yoga @ Yoga Tropics
Total Weekly Mileage: 12 mi
Number of cross-training workouts: 4
2016 miles: 584.5 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (7/11-7/17):
Mon – Core40 Full Body + Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Tues – Bootcamp @ YogaSix
Wed – Barre @ Studio Barre + Core40 Fully Body
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest
Sun – 6 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 6 mi
Number of cross-training workouts: 5
2016 miles: 590.5 mi

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Here are some tips and tricks to help kick-start or renew your passion for fitness and healthy living.  Starting the summer off right…all summer sixteen.

Try out different classes — I know I’m super late to the bandwagon, BUT I recently signed up for Class Pass after 3 months of NO cross-training, but now I am hooked. It made me realize how many different studios are in the area, plus I like how the app is laid out and makes everything super easy to find and book a class (this is not an #ad).  Plus, booking a class and having a cancellation fee = inevitable dedication.

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Find complimentary workouts — If you’re looking to try something new, there are a lot of fitness retailers that offer complimentary workouts. For example, Athleta at Westfield UTC has local instructors from studios such as Yoga Tropics, Barre3 and the Rush come on a weekly basis to offer free workouts. It’s a great way to try new teachers and different workouts all for free! If you’re shopping at Westfield UTC or just in the area, pop-in for a workout, or check out their calendar here.

Attend a workout festivalThe Dailey Method, a line of barre studios that offers a focused and effective workout, just hosted their second annual outdoor barre festival called Daileyfest. This free festival brought together fitness, meditation and the heath and wellness community for a one day action packed yet thoughtful festival. They also introduced their newest workout — Dailey Fusion, combining traditional barre with bursts of intervals. If you missed out, you can try this new class (and The Dailey Method) at the Carlsbad, San Diego and Rancho Bernardo studios.

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Drink the juice — remember when I lived in Little Italy and had access to the best Farmers’ Market including my favorite juice, OH! Juice? We’ll they recently opened a tasting room in Carlsbad, bringing the OH! Juice up to North County (and closer to me). The new tasting room allows for you to try juices before you buy them, and also see the process of how they create their cold-press juices. It’s all part of their mission to educate consumers on the importance of choosing an organic and healthy lifestyle for long-lasting and sustainable health. Definitely a must do if you’re up this way.  The OH! Juice Tasting room is located at 5631 Palmer Way, Suite A, Carlsbad, CA 92010.

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This #Skindependence campaign is sponsored by Well at Walgreens, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dri-Fit isn’t only for running tops and workout pants. Just like you don’t want your workout wear to get soaked with sweat or cause chafing, Well at Walgreens pads utilize the same type of technology – the Dri-Fit™ system – to wick away moisture and eliminate friction. This line at Walgreens now has a variety of pads to empower you to regain your #Skindependence.

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During my last period, I took the 7-Day challenge and tried out the Well at Walgreens feminine care products to really put them to the test. My plethora of pads included the Well at Walgreens Ultra Thin Pads featuring the Dri-Fit™ system, Well at Walgreens Long Super Ultra Thin Pads featuring the Dri-Fit™ system, Well at Walgreens Overnight Ultra Thin Pads featuring the Dri-Fit™ system and Well at Walgreens Regular Pantiliners featuring the Dri-Fit™ system.

One of my biggest fears about trying out these pads was just that…wearing a pad. I have no Mean Girls confession to make of a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina. It’s just, it’s been a while since I’ve worn a “sanitary napkin.” I’d even go as far to say AGES.

The last time I can recall wearing a pad ended up being one of the most traumatic experiences of my teenage life. I was at the stage where I had embarrassingly already started my period before all of my friends. At this point in time, my mom didn’t allow me to wear tampons so I was strictly a pad girl. It was a summer afternoon and everyone went swimming. I had my underwear secretly set up with a fresh pad for when I returned so I didn’t have to awkwardly go to the bathroom with a pad in hand. Well this completely backfired when I walked into a room of a completely shredded fresh pad on the floor. My friend’s dog (as dogs do) sniffed out the vagina of my underwear and ate out my feminine hygienic product.

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Shortly after that I’m pretty sure I made the plea to my mom to switch to tampons. Since making this transition, I’ve never turned back. And I’ve continued to maintain this perception that pads are bulky and inhibiting…like your “area” can’t breath. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the Well at Walgreens products, especially the Dri-Fit™ system. It left me feeling fresh and not like I was sitting in a diaper. And this time around I’ve learned my lesson to not pre-set my panties with a pad 😉

Normally my comfort zone is a popular branded plastic applicator tampon, whose name kind of rhymes with “Spandex Twirl”…it’s a product I trust and gravitate towards during that time of the month. However, after trying out these pads, I have a couple of more options to add to my repertoire. I’d say the pantiliners were light and easy for back-up/extra protection on those almost nonexistent days. And the overnight pads were great for night because I didn’t even have to think about the ominous TSS/wearing a tampon to bed. Now I feel comfortable switching it up and grabbing Well at Walgreens feminine care products featuring the Dri-Fit™ systems – especially now that I know, and have experienced, their high quality and affordable price.

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Or a month in review…since I last updated, I ate Cardiff Crack at a Padres game with my mom and brother, went on an epic camping trip, had a lazy Memorial Day weekend including running (but not the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon I was supposed to run…), brunching, bowling, watching movies (like 180 degrees South and Damnation), and drinking beeeers.  I moved out of my apartment, and have been homeless for the past 2 weeks (except not because my pseudo-family graciously took me in), read #GirlBoss (better late than never?), visited the new Tasting Room Del Mar, went to Kelli’s happy bridal shower, drank rose with London at various restaurants, ate mashed potato pizza at Urbn (numerous times), and saw The Nice Guys, twice.

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Weekly Workout Recap (5/15-5/21):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 4 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 14 mile Skyline Trail
Total Weekly Mileage: 10.5 mi
2016 miles: 435 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/22-5/29):
Sun – 10 mile San Jacinto Peak Trail to Tramway
Mon – Rest
Tues – Rest
Wed – 7.25 mi
Thurs – 4.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 5 mi
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 16.75 mi
2016 miles: 451.75 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/30-6/5):
Mon – 4.5 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 3.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 8 mi
Sun – 6.75 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 28.75 mi
2016 miles: 480.5 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (6/6-6/12):
Mon – 7 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – Rest
Fri – 5 mi
Sat – Rest
Sun – 6.25 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 24.25 mi
2016 miles: 504.75 mi

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Continuing the Cactus-to-Clouds story…

The next morning Kev and I were up around 8am.  Rationing our scarcity of water, we made a super strong cup of espresso and an oatmeal with trail mix breakfast that tasted just like an oatmeal cookie.

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Around 9:40am we were back on the trail, equipped with only a day-pack, to summit Mt. San Jacinto.  With half-a-mile out of Tamarack Valley to Round Valley, and then another 3.3 miles to the peak, this was the easiest part of our hike (after all we had endured the day before!).  By noon we made it to the top, to blue skies and absolutely no wind.  It was picture perfect.  We spent some time at the top, snacking on ciabatta, Babybel cheese and hard salami before we headed back.

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At this point our water was getting pretty sparse.  We quickly packed up camp and made our way back to Long Valley, knowing that water awaited us at the Ranger Station.  We were also not 100% sure when or how late the Palm Springs Aerial Tram ran.  

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By the time we made it back to Long Valley, our Camelbak bladders were completely dry.  We rejoiced by filling up our Nalgenes and chugging water.  Then we walked the steep ramp up to the tram.  Lucky for us, it’s scheduled to leave every 10 minutes (a one-way ticket for hikers costs $12).  Note: there is no reception at the bottom of the tram in Palm Springs so you have to call an Uber while on the tram. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me, and we ended up calling a cab (that took forever to arrive), so one of the parking lot shuttle drivers took us to the last lot before the security gate where we were able to grab a couple bars of reception and call an Uber.

After not too long we were back at the parking lot across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum, feeling completely worn…like we had been gone for multiple days, and not just one.

Our celebratory meal was a Double Double from In-N-Out and a fat soda. YES! Once back in SD it wasn’t too long before we climbed into bed and quickly passed out.

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SOOOO…tips for backpacking Cactus-to-Clouds:

  1. Don’t wear cotton t-shirts, tech-tee’s only.
  2. Secure a camping permit and have it in hand before you hike to the top with a  30 lb pack.  It takes 10 days to process and with the summer months it could take longer.  Plan ahead!
  3. Don’t backpack cactus-to-clouds, only take a daypack and make it a day hike. There’s a reason it’s rated the fifth hardest day hike in the US.  Trust me when I say we packed as minimally as possible.  The only excessive thing I brought was banangrams, and for Kev, a pair of jeans.  Even with this, it was TOUGH.
  4. Don’t trust everything you read on the internet
  5. Bring a first aid kit (bandaids at a minimum) and vaseline.

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This is one topic you won’t readily find on the internet…backpacking the Cactus-to-Clouds Trail. Mainly because I don’t think anyone is willingly insane to put themselves through what we did. But Kevin and I talked and talked about doing this and got it so far stuck in our heads that taking any other route (e.g. Idyllwild) seemed like a cop-out.

Cactus-to-Clouds is a trail that starts in the desert of Palm Springs (470 ft) — “Cactus” and ends up at Mt. San Jacinto (10,834 ft) — “Clouds.”  It’s ranked America’s fifth hardest dayhike on Backpacker.com, stating “the trek to San Jacinto’s 10,804-foot, boulder-strewn crown is only 800 vertical feet shorter than the climb from Everest basecamp to summit-and comparable to doing more than a thousand flights of stairs.” Now, let’s just add a 30lb pack to that…

Originally, our plan was to backpack up Cactus to Clouds, set-up camp, summit Mt San Jacinto, sleep, and hike back down the next day, completing the Cactus to Clouds to Cactus. But you’ll see how that all pans out…

On Friday night we arrived in Palm Springs around 8:30. We grabbed dinner at La Bonita…which honestly, Mexican food before a long hike probably isn’t the best thing.

We parked on the top of the parking garage located across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum and slept in the bed of his truck with a camper overnight. Shortly after falling asleep, it was time to wake up…4:10am. We decided to bypass breakfast since we were still pretty full from dinner just a couple hours earlier. We packed up, moved the truck down to the lower level and started the hike at 4:50. Note: the trailhead is located in the north end of the north Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot.

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Within the first quarter mile I was already breaking a sweat. I was warm and already questioning my fitness level and abilities. Next time (ok, if there ever is a next time for this trail), I would start off in shorts. Because it was dark when we started, I associated this being cold. I ended up changing into shorts a couple hours later when my leggings were completely drenched with sweat. Next time I would also not wear a cotton shirt because it was wet and then cold and obviously did not absorb or wick away sweat.

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Since we opted out for breakfast, we munched on Yellow Deli Energizing Green Bars. These were perfect because they are so dense and filling with good and healthy ingredients.

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At 9:20 we reached Rescue Box 2 (one of two boxes on the trail stocked with some supplies and whatever leftovers people leave) and took our first break, 7 miles and 4 hours into the hike. We split a PB&J on ciabatta bread and hopped back on the trail.

At this point we were loosely following a timeline we found online:

• Start at the museum’s trailhead
• Picnic tables (20′)
• Rescue Box 1 (1h20′)
• First plateau (1h45′)
• Flat trail coasting the valley from south to north (2h 50′)
• Rescue Box 2 (3h45’) — around here things go awry.
• First pine tree (4h35′)
• First view of the tramway (4h50′)
• Plateau of the tramway (5h15′)
• Ranger station (5h30′)
• San Jacinto Peak (7h45’)

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We were pretty much hitting everything on schedule, despite the fact we were both packing exorbitant amounts of weight. So we basically expected to reach the top of Long Valley around 5 hours 15 minutes (or ~9 miles based on the rock we saw 1 mile into the hike).

I mean, we didn’t really experience any detours except for once or twice because of my inability to identify trails. First I led us (and another couple) up a path that continued to climb before we realized it was way too steep to be the trail. And then I ran the two of us into a grove of Manzanita trees before I realized when I could barely slip by and that no other human being could have walked through that way.

So based on the timeline we thought we were getting close. Fortunately (because it ended up being at least another 90 more minutes) but my hunger insisted took another break (thankfully) and split another PB&J sandwich.

The last section was more than either of us expected. It was steep, with soft dirt and very few rocks or traction. And it literally went on FOREVER. FINALLY. FINALLY. FINALLY. We reached Grubb’s Notch (the beginning of Long Valley) at 12:15pm.

At this point, we both agreed…we would take the tram back down the next day. Knowing how I already approach downhill’s (very cautiously) coupled with a pack that threw our center of balance way off and made us extremely top-heavy. Even as we depleted our water supplies, due to the elevation, our backpacks seemed to get heavier, not lighter.

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We were SO excited to be on flat land. So excited that we didn’t even mind accidentally touring on the Discovery Trail as we searched for the Ranger Station. As we approached the Ranger Station we noticed a sign stating: “ALL CAMPING FULL.” Although I didn’t physically have a camping permit in hand, I did have a copy of the permit application I mailed in 11 days prior and a copy of the money order. The ranger on-site made a call to the station in Idyllwild to check and see if my permit was there. As we waited to hear the verdict, we were able to fill up our Camelbaks and Nalgenes with water from a spigot on the back porch (which added another 6lbs back to our packs). Unfortunately, there was no record of my application…and since all campsites were full, we were essentially being turned away. We went to talk to another ranger about alternative camping options outside of San Jacinto (and off the mountain). However, with a spot left at Tamarack Valley, WE LUCKED OUT! Lugging these packs around wasn’t all for nothing.

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It was now 1:20, so very hungry and very tired, we drudgingly started the 2-mile trek to our campsite. But at least we had a campsite! We snagged the first site we came across and immediately sat down for “lunch.” Trail mix, ciabatta bread, Babybel cheese and hard salami. We set up camp, and immediately climbed in our sleeping bags for a 3-hour nap. I easily could have slept for the rest of the night, but woke up just enough to have a “housewarming party,” (aka make dinner in our tent). And sure enough, shortly thereafter, we were back to sleep.

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From house-sitting to half marathons, weekend trips to Mexico, and endless birthday festivities for our favorite little Kendie, to packing for a move to come, overnight Venice trips, Seis de Mayo parties, Padres games, grilled pizzas, lagoon runs, boozy nights, farmers markets, boat celebrations and seeing friends we’ve missed, these past couple of weeks have been nothing short from busy. But the one thing I haven’t done is blog. So for everything mentioned above, please accept this picture journal, and a numeric recap of miles run.

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Weekly Workout Recap (4/24-4/30):
Sun – 13.1 mi La Jolla Half Marathon
Mon – Rest
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – 5 mi
Thurs – 8 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 32.1 mi
2016 miles: 390 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/1-5/7):
Sun – Rest
Mon – Rest
Tues – 6.25 mi
Wed – 6.25 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 12.5 mi
2016 miles: 402.5 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/8-5/14):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 7.5 mi
Tues – 6.5 mi
Wed – 5 mi
Thurs – 7.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 6 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 32.5 mi
2016 miles: 435 mi

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This past weekend I went to the Leucadia Farmers’ Market and actually did some of my weekly grocery shopping there (rather than only buying a poke bowl for breakfast/lunch to eat on the spot).  My body was craving fresh greens and produce so I stocked up on Morning Star Ranch (aka “Yellow Deli”) green juice, energizing green bar, butter leaf and summer crisp lettuce, strawberries and fresh pesto.  I also stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few extra ingredients to create a lunch: crimini mushrooms, kumato tomatoes, yellow squash, and avocado.

Overnight Oat Parfaits are still going strong this week.  I’m completely satiated afterwards and I like that the overnight oats, for me, take the place of granola.

Here’s this week’s menu:
BreakfastOvernight Oat Parfait
Lunch – Pesto Salad Bowl
Snack – Watermelon
Snack 2 – Green Juice + 1 tsp. Spirulina
Dinner – TBD

And the only new recipe for the week…

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Pesto Salad Bowl
INGREDIENTS:
3/4 farro, cooked
1 cup summer crisp lettuce
1/4 yellow squash, sliced
1/2 cup crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 small kumato, diced
1/2 avocado, cubed
1 pinch walnuts
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp. pesto, drizzled
Salt & pepper, to taste
Protein (I used 1/2 baked lemon herb chicken breast)
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Assemble the bowl with the ingredients listed above.

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