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Cute & Geeky Workout Shirts

I’m so happy that I’m living in an age where wearing a shirt with a massive cat on it is totally socially embraced.

While my weekend wardrobe has its fair share of tanks and tees featuring some of my fave animals (foxes, dogs, kittens and the like), my workout wardrobe is seriously lacking in cuteness.

As I begin training for my second half-marathon, I thought it’d be appropriate to expand upon my boring repertoire of boring tech shirts with some fun and inspirational shirts that I’ll get excited to sport on my daily runs.

Check out some of my favorites below, and let me know if there are any other sweet shirts that I MUST buy.

i only date beasts tank shirt

“I Only Date Beasts” Tank from Human

"Such Workout, Much Burn" Doge Tank from noteesshop on Etsy

“Such Workout, Much Burn” Doge Tank from noteesshop on Etsy

beast mode workout tank

“Beast Mode” Tank from Activate Apparel

check meowt tank

“Check Meowt” Tank from NobullWomanApparel on Etsy

"I'm Not Working Out, I'm Leveling Up" Tank from Human

“I’m Not Working Out, I’m Leveling Up” Tank from Human

"Workin Off My Lumps" Tank from Human

“Workin Off My Lumps” Tank from Human

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Why I Love Running

Running Race Bibs

Fact: I get really emotional at the start line of a race.

Looking around at people of all ages, sizes and backgrounds, coming together to run one unified course and do so to (usually) support a good cause is a mesmerizing display. In my opinion, it’s the utmost proactive statement of community and dedication to well-being.

For whatever reason you began running, whether it’s to get in shape for summer, prevent disease or just prove to yourself that you can, most people, myself included, began running with relatively self-centered motives.

Leave it to race day to put you back in place and remove the focus from yourself. When you’re standing in a crowd of thousands of people at a start line, all ready to run the exact same course as you, it registers that, while this whole time you’ve been acting and thinking for yourself – reaching for PRs and scheduling “you time” to train on a regular basis – every other person out there is striving to achieve the exact same goal as you: make it across the finish line.

As you’re waiting for the race to start, everyone’s adrenaline and energy intertwines and magnifies, and the energy becomes infectious. Massive speakers blast pump-up music, large groups in matching outfits cheer and whoop and onlookers congregate to cheer you on as you run down the streets, holding hand-written signs with encouraging words.

You look around and see the variation in the group. Young and old run side by side. Runners for decades prepare to race down the same course as someone running her first race ever. Couples, families, solo runners and packs of friends have all came here, ready to accomplish the same thing as you.

At this moment, you realize that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself. You’re a tiny moving cog in this massive world. You realize that while you’ve always seen your efforts, your training struggles, your victories – both in and outside of your running routine – as more important than anything else, there are countless others struggling with, reaching for and achieving the exact same things you are.

Seeing streams of people who have decided to push themselves, train for weeks, begin to transform their entire state of health or, at the very least, show up really early on a weekend morning, is a moving and powerful display of human strength and capability that I hope everyone can experience at least once during their life. Seeing so many people come together, all with varying motives, but all with the shared end goal of crossing the same finish line, is phenomenal to think about.

Yes, the actual race can be exhausting and painful, both mentally and physically. You may curse the day you decided to sign up for it and, with every atom in your body, want to stop halfway through, give up and call a cab.

But whether you dash across the finish line with a 5 minute mile or practically slither your body over it, you’ve made it, along with everyone else and participated in something larger than yourself.

Lunch at Gott’s & a Sunday Run

No weekend in my life is complete without good eats and a long run.

On Saturday, Michel, his dad and I went to the San Francisco Farmer’s Market and ate lunch at Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building.

The boys had burgers, and I tried the fish tacos.

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My first visit to Gott’s was at the original St. Helena location, back when I was in high school and the restaurant was called Taylor’s Refresher. I had just had my wisdom teeth pulled two days prior and, unfortunately, was still so much in pain that I couldn’t fit anything in my mouth wider than a straw. Why my dad brought me there, I’ll never know. I’m assuming I was in trouble, because watching everyone chomp into their massive burgers while I struggled sipping from my cup of water was more torturous than a Saturday afternoon of chores.

Lucky for me, this experience was so much better.

Marinated, grilled Mahi Mahi served in a corn tortilla with slaw, pico de gallo and jalapeno cilantro sour cream on top, paired with some of Michel’s fries with spicy chipotle dip was a lunch win.

And, naturally, Michel’s double bacon cheeseburger on a toasted egg bun was a thing of envy. I think I’m gaining weight just by thinking about it…

Of course, a meal like that had to be followed up with a good run!

SF Bay Bridge

On Sunday morning, I got some really beautiful views of the bay while running along the Embarcadero.

Training for a half marathon has really pushed me to get out and see more of Oakland and San Francisco, and I feel so blessed to live in an area that offers so many running routes with a view.

My Holiday Season Bucket List

My Holiday Season Bucket List

I’m a sucker for the warm summer sunshine, but my absolute favorite time of the year spans from Halloween to New Year’s. It’s the season of sweaters and scarves, rainy days spent indoors crafting and time spent listening to music while I perfect new recipes and cook copious amounts of comfort foods.

This year, I made a list of 25 things I’m looking forward to doing over the next two months – my “Holiday Season Bucket List.”

1. Bake a pie from scratch

2. Get better at running in the cold…and in the dark

3. Buy red lipstick…and have the courage to actually wear it!

4. Finish my winter reading list

5. Volunteer

6. Run a Turkey Trot

7. Make this stew

8. …and this soup

9. Treat myself to a mini-shopping spree

10. Spend a day in my PJs drinking mimosas

11. Try a new recipe for Thanksgiving dinner

12. Shop local on Small Business Saturday

13. Visit the Renegade and Bazaar Bizarre Craft Fairs in SF

14. Make presents for loved ones

15. Build a gingerbread house

16. Check out the SPCA puppies and kittens at Macy’s holiday Windows on Union Square

17. Convince Michel to let us take one of the animals home…

18. Get my holiday shopping done early

19. Santa Crawl in SF

20. Listen to carolers

21. Cut down and bring home my own Christmas tree (my first non-fake tree ever!)

22. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

23. Take one more mini-vacay

24. Run a leg in the California International Marathon

25. Start my resolutions early

What other activities are must-do’s this season?