Tuesday, September 2, 2014

San Diego Recap

Ahh, San Diego. Our home away from home. As I mentioned in my last post, we spend a solid week here every year at the end of August (along with many other weekends) and it is always completely relaxing and restorative. This year I had ambitious plans to half-marathon train while on vacation...HA. Does anyone else realize the ridiculousness of this notion? Yeah, neither did I. So I got one run in, pictured below, and then I took 6 days off and I think I got one more run in later on in the week. And the relaxing route was so totally worth it. I felt crappy about it for a day or two but then got over it and realized that I should enjoy my vacation and not worry about "training." Especially considering how obnoxious my shins have been since I started this whole training thing. 

We spent several days at the beach, ate A LOT of delicious food, went on long bike rides, saw dolphins in the ocean, had a bonfire on the beach and celebrated Chris' grandparents 55th(!) wedding anniversary. It was wonderful. I came home ready to eat clean, excited to spend time on our house and happy to sleep in my own bed for more than one night. 

And now, pictures! Of which there really aren't that many because I was doing my best to ignore my phone. So so nice. Try it some time.

4.5 very slow miles after taking several days off to ice the shins.

Sunset Cliffs, we got clouded out but it was still gorgeous
Sunset cliffs

Beach day!

Like father, like son =)

Giant bike sculpture!

Golden hour

Ruth Chris to celebrate 55 years of marriage between Chris' grandparents

View from on top of the midway

Pink lights for my road bike!
Ready for bike the bay!

View atop the Coronado bride...taken while riding my bike of course.
 How was your August?? What are your goals/plans for September??

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August and Training

The month of August is finally here! It feels like my summer has been one blur of non-stop traveling for work and for fun. I had a full week in town towards the end of July and took full advantage of it by trying a new workout class, meeting with my trainer to get my half-marathon schedule figured out and getting plenty of time at home to hang out with my handsome boyfriend. 

This month is easily one of my favorites because the summer heat starts to wane just a bit, its normally back-to-school time and we get to take a week-long vacation to San Diego. We leave for San Diego this Saturday and oh my goodness, I am excited. We've got rides planned, there are sunsets to be watched and there will be dinner at our favorite italian place. 

Up in that picture you'll notice that I have half-marathon training written down. Now, to be clear, when I finished my olympic distance tri in April I made a huge fuss about the fact that I NEVER wanted to do anything close to that distance ever again. That tri was difficult and painful and it still sucks to recall it and yet I am here to say, never say never. You will eat your words. Despite all the signs my body gives me that it doesn't like distance anything, I am attempting to run a half-marathon on October 25th. A day that is near and dear to me because it was my first tri. And that tri was wonderful. I am so excited to be training for a new distance and to be "competing" in another all-girl event. My friend Niki signed up to do it as well and she is totally rocking her training thus far. While I was rocking my first week, my shins decided to keel over on my run this past Monday and I am now nursing shin splints. BUT after a couple days of rest and icing, I think I can be back in the game tomorrow with a 4-5 mile run. And if that goes well I will plan on my long run on Sunday in sunny SD. 

Life is good these days. I am busy, I am fitting in my training and I am over the moon about a week away from work. 

How is your August faring thus far??

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tone it up!

A couple weeks ago I felt super lucky to live in Las Vegas because the gorgeous, inspiring and forever fabulous girls behind the brand Tone it up came to the Fashion Show to launch their line of Oakley sunnies! And it was AWESOME. I cannot tell you enough about the wonderfulness of the TIU community. I've only met most of these girls once and yet when we get together we can't stop talking and laughing and I feel like I've got a whole bunch of girlfriends instead of the zero I have most of the time lol. And Karena and Katrina themselves?! They're just as approachable, sweet and funny as they seem in all their pics, videos and their show.

I am continuously grateful for the community that they've built of confident, happy, healthy girls. I have made friends on IG that I genuinely think about on a day to day basis. I'm always excited to hear about Erin's next race, I love to see Niki's updates because she always looks adorable and happy and Ashley is about as friendly and inspiring as they come.

If you have been looking for inspiration to start training for a race, put more effort into what you're eating or just want to increase your fitness, look up the TIU girls. They're amazing. I am a forever fan.

P.S. If you're on IG, my personal account is @jennys_88 and my TIU account (where I post all my workouts to keep me accountable) is @jennys_tiu

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Girls Weekend 2014

 Hooray for another successful sister/mama trip to California! We haven't been on one for a few years now and it was long overdue. We drove down to Newport Beach last Friday and spent all of Saturday shopping, relaxing, eating and enjoying time with one another. The one downfall was that because Shelly lives in Colorado and doesn't have much flexibility to travel she couldn't join us =(. But we have a camping trip coming up in a few weeks and that should be a blast!

Me and the mama

Matching sisters. Stupid beach with no sun =(

Sneaky sunlight.

Tide pools!

She's too cute.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


San Diego has my heart. We got to sneak in a long weekend away in that oh-so-gorgeous town and it was 100% what I needed. The days were long, the weather was gorgeous AND I got a new bike =). We ate at our favorite places (twice at our breakfast place), biked around Coronado, played on the beach and slept in. I didn't worry about work, bills or my hair and it was awesome. Here are some pictures!

25+ miles and we didn't even notice.


golden hour + handstands

Richard Walkers. If you are ever in SD, THIS is where you should go.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stress and some happies

So I have this job that involves lots and lots of travel. I am usually gone 3 out of the 4 weeks in every month and it is starting to seriously wear on me. When I graduated in December of last year I knew that my schedule would pick up. I knew that I would be busy and gone frequently and yet I was ready for it. I thought it would be no big deal. However, now that Chris and I live together and I am gone so much all I can think about is that I'd rather be at home. I'd rather be training at home, eating healthfully with the food I make and having more than two days to relax and run errands. But as of now, I can't really think of a way to change the amount of travel I'm doing. Summer is our busiest time and my only idea is to make sure my weekends are full of fun things and that I try and find the joy and happiness in my job.
Lauren frequently makes a list of all the happy things going on in her life to help refocus on the good things instead of the things that are not so fun and I LOVE this idea. It totally helps. What are the things happening in your life that are making you happy and keeping you smiling =)? Here are a few of mine:

*a new bikini for a long weekend in San Diego

*long days where the sun is up early in the morning and it stays out for hours in the evening

*REI's anniversary sale

*finding out that one of my best friends is continuing on in school to get her PhD. I can't wait to call her a doctor!

*rocking the Bikini Series and feeling every muscle in my body getting tighter and more toned

*Bavarian cream turnovers from the Panderia in Blythe

*Expecting to fight off mosquitos all night surveying bats and not getting bit ONCE (its the little things people)

*fantastic self-tanner

*long swims in the sun

*a week at home.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


 Guys. Jolyn makes the BEST swimsuits ever for swimming laps and also for looking gorgeous laying by the pool. I have their triangle top and scoop bottoms in watermelon and highlighter yellow, respectively, and out of all the two pieces I've swam in over the years this one is my favorite. The tie straps allow for a perfect fit and the bottoms have a built-in drawstring so they don't budge while you're swimming. I've been lusting over their vent tops and misfit tops and gah, its killing me not to buy another set. But, alas, bills. Bills always win. Maybe if I actually complete Tone it Up's entire bikini series a new suit will be my reward.

Where do you get most of your suits? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a serious swimsuit addiction ;)

photo credit: Jolyn Swimwear