My internet was down for a few days so I wasn’t able to update my blog, so I’m happy to finally post again!
I went ahead and bought the domain name for my blog…I feel so official now!
Friday, I’m in love
I lucked out again and had a 3 day weekend! I tend bar at night, so having a Friday evening off is almost unheard of in my industry. Whenever I do get the day off, I want to savor every minute. I woke up early for a hair appointment, followed by sandwiches with the family at Mission Picnic:
After fueling up, I went on a 6 mile run to the Embarcadero. I had intended on running 4 miles Friday and 6 on Sunday, but I just felt so great and kept on running.
This was also a test-run for my new Nathan Quickdraw water bottle that I purchased last week. I found it at Marshall’s for $12, which is awesome because they are normally like $25.
I liked it because the strap felt secure around my hand AND it holds my phone. It’s a little bulky, but I prefer this to a fuel belt. I really needed to find something for the North Face Endurance race in December because you do have to carry your own water, and I think this works well for me.
I’m still run/walking, and all of the stoplights through the city help slow my pace. I’m still trying not to over work my legs since I just started running again. I don’t feel any pain in my shin(s) when I am running, but occasionally I feel a dull sensation in my left shin after. It isn’t severe or even painful, it’s just a tight sensation. I’m now very diligent about stretching, foam rolling and icing; I’ve also started massaging my shins with a topical muscle pain relieving cream the doctor gave me.
Before I was injured, I would half hazardly stretch after a run and that was my routine. Now, I feel so pampered when I am done 🙂
Since I wasn’t bartending for someone else on Friday night, I decided to do a little for myself as a treat that evening. My boyfriend and I watched a movie at home, and because he wasn’t drinking I decided to go with something bubbly and girly, the Kir Royale.
I don’t drink often enough to justify stocking up a liquor cabinet, so I buy mini bottles at BevMo. This mini bottle of Chambord will last for probably 4 cocktails. And I used sparkling wine instead of Champagne. Really, who cares? It was still delicious and elegant:
A perfect cocktail to kick off the weekend!
Saturday, an unexpected rest day
I went to yoga class on Saturday afternoon, but it ended up being cancelled!
I did a few stretches and decided to go home. I wore sandals so there was nothing else I could really do to workout there. My gym was recently sold to a new company and there was some sort of miscommunication. We were told that there will be a teacher next week, but it may or may not be a new instructor. I really hope not because we had such a great teacher!
Today was my first hill training session in months! I’ve mostly avoided hills as I’ve healed and returned to running, but I felt like it was time to give them a try again.
It’s not hard to find hills in San Francisco!
I ran to Bernal Heights, a mini-mountain in the city. There are both roads and trails to run on, and plenty of uphill.
View of SF from the top..so pretty!
I actually only ran 3 times this week, but I don’t feel like I’m in full training mode yet so I will take a day off if I feel any doubt in my legs. So far I’m progressing well and I’m confident I will continue to do so.
3 days off of work went by so fast! I still had the rest of the bottle of sparkling wine left over after Friday and I COULDN’T let it go to waste, right? To celebrate the end of a nice weekend, I crafted a cocktail inspired by this awesome chocolate from World Market:
What goes together better than strawberries, chocolate and champagne?
So I turned this:
In to this!
4 strawberries, muddled
1 oz St. Germain
1-2 oz soda water
squeeze of lemon
strawberry, lemon twist and chocolate garnish 🙂
Cheers to running and to a great week ahead!