A Web & Graphic Designer Inspired through Running & the Great Outdoors

It’s been a while since I have been back, I have been doing some major work on my running. I finally nursed a hip injury that I sustained back in September last year when I was marathon training for New York. With a lot of work and some physical therapy, it’s finally better. So naturally I signed up for another race. This time it’s my first half marathon, the Long Beach in October. I have a goal of making it in under 2 hours, so I have been doing a lot of strength training and speed work. So far I have hit all my time goals on every run. I have been feeling great getting back into it, as scared as I was that I lost is all after the injury and months off of the pavement. But I haven’t! I am elated!

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In honor of all the great running I have been up to and to anyone who’s nursing an injury right now, keep your head up, you’ll be back soon!

I recently read a post by Dorothy Beal about “what running has made me believe.” It was beautiful. So inspirational, that I decided to write my very own list of “what running has made ME believe.” Here’s my list:

1. I believe you never underestimate the power of a run. You will never feel worse for doing it!

2. I believe that the starting is always the hardest.

3. I believe that anyone, including myself, can get faster.

4. I believe it’s not easy but it’s more than worth it.

5. I believe that everyone can be a runner.

6. I believe that it’s the best therapy out there and free.

7. I believe that proper running shoes are a must.

8. I believe that you have to be kind to you body, slow runs are good runs too.

9. I believe that marathon training and racing will change who you are.

10. I believe that endorphins are the best high you can get and it’s free, and yes, addictive.

11. I believe that everyday deserves some good sweating.

12. I believe that it’s okay to run and cry at the same time.

13. I believe in believing in yourself.

14. I believe that nothing good comes from standing in the comfort zone.

15. I believe that the proper sports bra will make you run better.

16. I believe that running is living.

Anyone have any good races on the calendar?

Image from my instagram

 

Cleansing Day 1

I have done a few  3-day cleanses in the past. My first experience was Blue Print Cleanse. Followed a year or so later with the Rainbow cleanse from Moon Juice. And the last one was about 6 months ago, from Kreation Kafe.

The first time I did a juice cleanse, I found it extremely difficult, but so worth it. And with each subsequent cleanse, it’s gotten easier and more pleasant. So I am excited to do it once again.

This time I am hitting the reset button with a new place, Pressed Juciery. I bike past it’s Santa Monica location every day on my way to work and stop in frequently for a breakfast or lunch juice. So, far I have yet to have a drink there that I don’t like. So far my favorite has been the this seasons flavor “Kale, Spinach Romaine, Brazil Nuts, Vanilla Beans, Dates and Sea salt”. Yum!Here’s a shot from this mornings start on my Instagram.

Naturally, I saw this in my Flipboard feed this morning, from the always clever people at someecards:

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This does sounds more like my kind of cleanse. Though, I guess that explains my need to juice cleanse so often :) Ha!\

Cheers!

 

 

Happy Friday!

I have a lot of blog posts in the works right now, but none quite ready yet. So I thought I would share a timeless piece of musical inspiration today.

Lately, I have been catching up on my Community episodes. I just love Chevy Chase. Which reminded me of this fabulous video. One of my favorites growing up and still holds up. Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

I’m Back!

Well HELLOOOO there!

Let me preface this with a huge, I’m so sorry. For the small audience that I may still have. Yes, it’s been over a year, 16 months to be more exact. And all this despite a 2013 AND 2014 resolution I had to blog more (or at all).

I know. I know.

Needless to say, a LOT has happened since then. I will make this first blog post in 16 months a brief recap of what has happened and why I took a small hiatus from the blog.

First things first, and the main reason I stopped blogging, I got a dog. My first very own dog as an adult. Mine, all mine. Well, and my boyfriend’s too. I can share. But he likes me best. His name is Bodee. Nope, not after the olympic skier or Point Break, but rather, an ode to The Wire (what can I say, I was watching that at the time we got him).

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He’s such a funny dog, neurotic, just like his owner.

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Yep, he’s a pit-mix.

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We rescued him, from the wonderful people at Much Love in Santa Monica.

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When we decided to start looking at rescues, we researched so many out here him Los Angeles. He was the first dog we saw, at the first place we looked.

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We never stood a chance.

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Now, I have a small understanding of why people think their babies and kids are the cutest. Yep, I have the cutest dog out there. Don’t you?

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This won’t be the last time I post pictures of him here, or on Instagram. Sorry, if you want to unfollow me. I will be sad. But I understand. Not really, but I will try.

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Second, I got engaged. August 3rd of last year, my boyfriend Russ proposed to me on a long weekend trip to Del Mar, CA. Yes. I cried. We are getting married in November of this year, in a very small ceremony. I will try my hardest to blog about the process along the way. I tried to do it on my own for awhile then decided to have a day-of-coordinator, then after some research and many meetings with many different wedding planners, I now have an a full-time wedding coordinator, Emilia, of Sweet Emilia Jane. She is my saviour!

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Third, we took our annual “big trip” to Spain last year. It was the longest I had taken of from work. It was nerve-wracking to be gone for so long, but so wonderful to travel. Yes, I will post about this too.

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Fourth, I ran my 4th marathon and first New York Marathon in 2013! Hands down, the best marathon experience I have ever had. Also, clocked in at the largest marathon ever recorded. It was amazing, oh yeah, and it was a personal best! Unfortunately, I injured my left hip during training and made a contentious decision to continue training and run it. I have been in physical therapy for two months and just now am getting back into running. Last week was the first time I ran on it since the marathon in November of last year. It was only for 1.5 miles. But I will take what I can get! And know I will be back on the road in no time. Still worth every day of pain. If you love to run, the ING New York Marathon is a must! I love NY!

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Fifth, I most recently, went from being a graphic designer on the marketing team at TrueCar, to the newest member of our UX (User Experience) team. So I am now a UX Designer. I am super pumped for the newest design challenge. So far, so great!

Lastly, yes, I promise to finish posting about our incredible trip to Japan in Christmas of 2012…

Thanks for being so patience and hanging in there. Keep staying tuned. I’m baaaaack!

Swan-son Song

Holy Moly! Have you heard of Swanson Vineyards?!? What a cute website, with some great wine labels. I’d buy one or two or a case!

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Talk about a HAPPY FRIDAY WineDay for a long weekend. I don’t know about you, but this week has been Looooooong. I’d love to sit down with one of these puppies right about now.

After strolling around on a cold but sunny first day and going to bed quite a bit earlier than I would like to confess, we acclimated to Tokyo time a bit more as we headed out at 5am to weather the rain at the Tsukiji Fish Markets. First stop, navigating the Metro, surprisingly easier than I would have thought. Tiny tickets in hand and the emptiest I ever saw the subways the entire trip.

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Welcome to Tskukiji. To the outer markets first, as they are open to everyone all day. And since it was the holidays and a very cold rainy day, I found out that this was actually a quiet day. sheesh!

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A tradition at Tsukiji, a sushi breakfast at 7am. I got the tuna plate, nearly 7 different kinds of amazing.

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After filling out bellies with sushi, we headed into the indoor wholesale markets,that open at 9am to the public. The bottom two images that have grey blue large bodies of fish, are the giant tuna and one getting sawed in half.

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I have learned that most places have westernized toilets. But after hours of walking around, drinking hot green tea in the cold cold rain, this Japanese-style toilet was all I could find… hmmmm.

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Then it was back to the Metro to find our way to Ginza, known as one of the most upscale places to shop in the world. yipeee!

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At 2pm, this was the weather, so we ducked into a little English-type bistro for some hot lunch and a beer. Heaven. And who says the Japanese dont celebrate Christmas?

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Lastly, a shot from our room after a long and cold day. How gorgeous are all the lights.

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Stay tunned for Day 3 and our weekend adventure to Kyoto.

I wanted to put together a fun gif of the Tokyo Tower, on our bus ride from the airport to our hotel.

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Day 2 to come soon.

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