March 2019 Recap

Hello friends and happy April!

I’m writing this post 7 days too late but better late than never, right?

March was full of so many good things! Day to day life can feel mundane and repetitive sometimes but doing these posts help me to look back and see the beauty that each month brought.

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We started the month of with Indian food and an ice cream date at our favorite place in town, Lighthouse. They have photos and photos and photos of their customers throughout the year on the wall, and since we moved here three years ago it’s been our goal to get on it too! We finally took a picture to submit. Lighthouse is our favorite because they 1) do a lot of good for our little beach community 2) they make amazing ice cream sandwiches on WAFFLES and 3) they carry vegan flavors! We used to come here all the time when we first moved to San Diego so it feels like our special place. I got the coconut milk cream and soy mint chip…a scoop of each with fruity pebbles on top. 🙂


I would never have predicted that Indian food and ice cream would be good long run fuel, but alas, I ran 16 miles at 8:46 pace (in rain and wind!) the next day which was a huge physical and mental breakthrough for me! I have to thank my pally Ali for running the first few miles with me and starting the big workout off on a light and positive note — the momentum made the rest of the run come together.


We enjoyed another date night (can your marriage ever have too many?!) at a new to us Italian place and we drooled over their red pepper + sweet balsamic bruschetta…so much so that we had to take a picture, of course.


Our local college (Point Loma Nazarene University) men’s basketball team made quite a run in the Division 2 March Madness tournament…they went all the way to the championship! We got to watch their Elite 8 round at a home game with our friends Jenni and Justin. I cried because 1) I cry at everything and 2) I just love watching people’s dreams come true! I thought about how all of these college guys must’ve been dreaming of playing basketball at a high level and cutting the net since they were little kids and then I got all weepy.


We went to a San Diego Seals (major league lacrosse) game versus the Philadelphia Wings with our friends from California Tap Room, our local “philly” bar.



I got to gather with two great groups of women to celebrate Jenni and Jill’s soon-to-arrive bundles of joy! I am SO READY for all of the snuggles!


I ran the San Diego Half Marathon as a Race Guard. It was a unique race experience — I got to get dressed and prepped for the race in the Padres dugout and we all finished on the field! Pretty fun day.


Ali had a huge PR – we got to see each other before the race started.

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I got to log lots of weekday miles with great views


and we wrapped up the month with an overnight family getaway to San Clemente. 🙂

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Some un-photographed moments, but also of note:

  • substitute teaching a “Strength and Balance” class
  • St. Patrick’s Day potluck at work (I made vegan Irish stew)
  • hosting a friend for girl talk and coffee

March Miles: 146.87

Verse of the Month: “I will bring health and healing to it, I will heal my people and I will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” – Jeremiah 33:6

What were your March highlights?

What are you looking forward to about April?


February 2019 Recap

And just like that, it’s March!

At the risk of sounding completely cliche and redundant…man, time flies! I can’t believe we’re 4 days into March already. I know, I know, everyone’s saying something just like that but there must be some truth to it if we all feel that way, right?

There was much to be grateful for this month! Some of my favorite un-photographed moments included:

  • celebrating Chad’s 32nd Birthday not once but twice! At Island Prime and Kairoa Brewing Company
  • watching the super bowl with friends Jenni, Justin, Summer, and Ian
  • hosting Jeremy and Jill at our place for taco night. Tacos are always a good idea!
  • enjoying a girls’ day with two of my favorite ladies from work
  • feeling a bit of progress and two quality long runs with friends – 12 and 14 miles

And of course some documented moments… 🙂

Enjoying tacos + quesadillas (SO GOOD), barside at Tacos El Franc in Tijuana, Mexico
Taking in the views in Baja’s wine country – Valle de Guadalupe
Encuentro Guadalupe — rumor has it Rihanna rented out this winery once!
Sangria for two
Lunch w/ friends at Contera – Valle de Guadalupe, MX


Loving all of the reds at Casa Frida!


Chase enjoyed a sunny day at the park with his small friend Rosemary
and he got groomed – spa day! 
Enjoyed trying out my friend Karen’s son’s new kombucha business! Yummy!
Walking at the cliffs
One of our favorite indulgences…thai takeout date night! (Tofu with fresh veggies + peanut sauce = my jam)
More adventuring at the cliffs 
lots of snuggles, always
watching two of my favorite elite runners live and up close at UCSD as they pursued the standard for the Olympic Trials in the 10k, (Steph Bruce far left and Kellyn Taylor leading on the right.)


February Miles: 109.2

Verse of the Month: “Blessed is she who believed that there would be fulfillment of what the Lord had spoken to her.” – Luke 1:45

What were your February highlights?

What are you looking forward to about March?

January 2019 Recap

Hi friends,

Long time no blog! I hope you’ve been well and enjoying 2019! It’s only been a month, but it feels like forever since I’ve checked in here. I’ll admit, there’s been times when I’ve contemplated quitting blogging but it does give me so much joy to write, look back, and practice gratitude for the life and gifts that God has given me. Yes, blogging usually only displays the highlights of life — but those are the things that are worth remembering, right? I love celebrating both the little and big things in life and this teeny blog has served as a great space for that over the years.

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Didn’t January feel like it was about 4 months long? I don’t know what it was, but it seemed that time was moving like molasses. I’ll take it though, because January was a really sweet month for us!

My brother and his girlfriend came to visit us for 10 whole days! I still miss them.


One of my oldest and dearest friends and her boyfriend visited us, too, and we got to see her run the Carlsbad Marathon! She’s my favorite person and wicked fast.



I kept running…I enjoyed a beautiful 11-miler with my running buddy at the start of the month (and got paid two sand dollars on the run!)…and then spent a few weeks off and rehabbed some achilles tendonitis and plantar fascitis that had been nagging me for a few months. All better now, though!



Chad and I are working on completing the Five Peaks Challenge together, and we crossed off our second summit, – North Fortuna, hiking 6 miles total that day!


I started a weekly running group in our beach town! The guy on the left is training for a FORTY-miler and it was the gal in the middle’s first time running 5 miles that day. It was special to be there for her big milestone!


Other simple joys from January:


  • acai bowls
  • long walk + talk with my BFF
  • eagles playoff game
  • wine tasting and mimosas
  • discovering Voxer
  • continuing our women’s small group/bible study
  • teaching my regular classes and also getting to substitute a new-to-me class: strength + balance
  • lots of rain and all of the goodness it provided for our plants and grass! Everything is SO GREEN.
  • I started studying for the ACE Personal Trainer certification exam
  • quitting Instagram once and for all 🙂
  • a chili cook-off with our church (my vegan chili didn’t win, but folks enjoyed it!)
  • taking the paddleboard out on the bay with friends
  • creating new workouts – here’s one for you to try!



January Miles: 58 ran (injured + out for 2.5 weeks!), 50 biked

What God taught me in January: that the things we fear rarely ever actually occur –  and even if they do – Jesus is greater than any storm we could face and He promises to walk with us through it. When we consider that truth, there really is nothing to fear or worry about.



What were your January highlights?

What are some of your simple joys right now?





Easy, Simple Granola Recipe

We love granola in our house!

But what we don’t love so much? All of the sugar and weird ingredients in most premade granola from the store.

I researched a few granola recipes online and came up with this delicious, easy recipe based on what we had in our pantry at the moment. The great news is that you can add in whatever flavor or mix-ins you like to make it your own!

I also feel so happy whenever I can make something myself and save on plastic/unnecessary packaging. I love storing this granola in repurposed glass jars and it also makes for a great gift for a friend or neighbor.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of sliced raw almonds or your favorite nuts)
  • 1 cup of agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Dash of cinnamon to your liking
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • Optional: dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, or your favorite mix-in



  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together (oats, almonds, flax, chia, cinnamon, mix-ins)
  3. Bake the mix-ins in a glass dish in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and stir, then bake in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. While the dry mixture is baking, mix the wet ingredients together (agave, coconut oil, vanilla extract)
  5. Remove the dry mixture from the oven and add the wet mixture. Stir and spread evenly.
  6. Turn the oven down to “warm”.
  7. Place a single layer of the granola onto a baking sheet lined with wax/parchment paper.
  8. Place the granola back in the oven for 15 minutes. Check and stir occasionally. Since the oven is on warm, it will toast and get crunchy, but it won’t bake and burn.
  9. Remove from the oven and enjoy! This granola is great in yogurt, on top of a fruit parfait, or in a smoothie bowl.

The next time you’re craving granola, give this healthier recipe a try! Chances are you already have everything you need in your pantry.

Have a great day,



Christmas HIIT Workout

Merry Christmas Eve, friends!

I made a gift for you…in the form of a workout, of course. 🙂

You can complete this fun, quick, effective HIIT workout at home or the gym! It’s a ladder style and all you’ll need is a set of dumbbells.

I had my class complete this workout earlier this week (to the sound of Christmas songs, no less) and they loved it. I hope you will too.

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If you give it a try please let me know how it went! Or consider posting a sweaty post workout selfie and tagging me so I can give you a virtual high-five. Have fun, and most of all – I wish you and your families so much love and joy this Christmas!


Training (or lack thereof), a Tree, and Gratitude

Happy Monday and HAPPY FIRST POST OF DECEMBER! The best month of the year! Christmas is upon us and it’s officially not too early to be listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat or to light all of the pine-scented candles. Woohoo!

Despite my Christmas cheer, this week has been a little bit tough! During my run on Tuesday, I noticed some odd pain in my ankle. I tried not to think much of it and thought maybe it just felt weird from the boots that I wore to work the day before. The next day, it hurt pretty badly to walk on. I tried running again on wednesday and it was even worse. So, I took Wednesday-Sunday of this past week as cross-training/rest and ran a whopping SIX MILES this week. Yep, no fun. I’ve been trying to be as positive as possible and have been praying that this is just a small tweak and not a full-blown injury. My ankle felt much better on Sunday so I’m going to try going for an easy run today. Stay tuned on that – hopefully it’s all better and I can go back to normally scheduled training…I just don’t feel myself without running consistently! But this week has been a good lesson that running is a fun part of my life but it’s just that – a part – and it should never be my whole life. I’m thankful for that reminder.

Monday: HIIT class

Tuesday: 5 mile easy run @ 9:40/mile

Wednesday: HIIT class + 1 mile run + 30 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday: 20 minutes of yoga at home + a nice long walk

Friday: 10 mile bike ride and lower body circuit (3×10 weighted squats, lunges, straight-leg deadlifts) and upper body circuit (3×10 bicep curls, overhead press, tricep extension)

Saturday: HIIT class

Sunday: TOTAL REST! According to my Garmin, I only took about 5,000 steps total. I’m counting that as a win and hoping that taking it easy did the final trick to heal my ankle.

While fighting a potential injury, I was tempted to let it make me cranky and steal my joy…but I refuse to let not being able to run get me down! When my circumstances are less than ideal, I wake myself up back to reality and what a good, good life it is by counting my blessings via a gratitude list. This week, I was grateful for…

a sapporo + sushi date with my man at our regular spot. This was the first restaurant we ate at when we moved to California and it’s been our special place ever since!


our quirky beach town’s Christmas parade and decorations on the main street


treating ourselves to vegan donuts 


and discovering these acai bites as a healthy after-dinner dessert 🙂


this week, we got our first california christmas tree!


and most of all — grateful that we have these friends who have become like family, to kick off the Christmas season with!


Verse of the Week:

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. ” John 1:9

Training + Thanksgiving Recap

Happy Wednesday friends! This is a very delayed post (this week has already been crazy busy) but I wanted to check in with last week’s training recap nonetheless. I am about 4 weeks away from starting my official training for marathon #4 and I really enjoy documenting the little daily work put in each day, knowing it will add up to something great come Spring. Thank you for reading along! I hope you find it helpful and encouraging for your own health/wellness journey.

I also have some fun questions for you at the end of this post so be sure to answer in the comments!

Monday: Taught HIIT class (I love when I teach because I get to actually do the full workout with my class…hello, getting paid to strength train!)

Tuesday: 7 miles @ 9:19 pace on the treadmill. (It cut me off after an hour and 5 minutes! I only I ran a little faster and got that perfect round mileage…womp, womp.)

Wednesday: taught HIIT class and ran 3 miles in the evening at a gym date with C ❤️

Thursday/Thanksgiving: my DIY turkey trot tradition continues! 3.1 mile run (Chad followed me on the bike) at the beach and river bike path. 8:03/mi pace which felt fairly easy effort!

I made us a cranberry electrolyte mocktail to get in the holiday spirit after the run, while we prepped food for our Thanksgiving feast.

Cranberry Mocktail: fill a glass 3/4 with water, add splash of all-natural cranberry and orange juice, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt, and squeeze of lime.

For Thanksgiving, we celebrated with a bunch of our friends that we do life with here in Ocean Beach! I am so grateful to love all of these people and to have our own big “family” here at our home away from home. We missed our families on the East Coast but had a blast with this crew…and we loved walking the pier after dinner. Full bellies, full moon, and the ocean = perfection. Thanks M & D for hosting! ⭐️

Friday: 6 mile run @ 8:46/mile in the morning. Literally “ran” into my pal Ali! Love an outdoor morning run, thanks to a day off from work!

On Friday afternoon, we went to C’s boss’ house to watch the Virginia vs. Virginia Tech basketball game. Chase especially loved playing in their beautiful backyard!

Our weekend overall was extremely restful, and included lots of naps and games together! Bananagrams is our go-to favorite.

Saturday: taught HIIT class, made a giant batch of green juice, and went on a 12 mile bike ride with Ali. We’re lucky to live somewhere so pretty to explore!

On Saturday evening (after yet another nap!) Chad suggested that we have a family sunset date. So that’s exactly what we did.

Sunday: 10 miles @ 9:01 pace. My goal marathon pace for May 2019 is 9:05. So this gave me hope that I have the building blocks to work towards that.

After my run, I helped in the nursery at church (baby snuggles!), grabbed sandwiches, and watched the Eagles finally (and just barely) pull off a WIN with C.

Total Mileage: 29

Verse of the Week: “So be truly glad, there is wonderful joy ahead, even if you have to endure trials for a little while.” – 1 Peter 1:6

(this applies to all things + many seasons in life, especially a marathon build-up!)

Questions for You:

1. What was your favorite thing about Thanksgiving this year?

2. Do you love or hate HIIT workouts?

3. Given ideal weather conditions, where is your favorite place to run?

Have a wonderful, happy week!