A Weekend Chock-Full of New Things

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Running & Eating & Reading, Oh My!

Happy Monday, friends!

I know what you’re thinking: new things, Vanessa? running, eating, reading? That’s basically all you do. And you’re right, but this past weekend was dedicated to mixing things up when it comes to half marathon training, upping my mileage, meal prepping, and eating well.

Here’s a plethora of weekend snapshots that won’t look like my same old photo updates.

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A Dreamy Run Down Rodeo Drive

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Palm Trees, Galore

On my second morning waking up in the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, my publisher and I went for a sunrise run down the famous Rodeo Drive.

The road (and shopping mecca) was kind of deserted at that hour, making it that much more surreal and wonderful. Check out these gorgeous photos!

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Running for Beginners: Increasing Pace

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An Easy Guide

I think I’ve entered the world of at least intermediate runner status, and I want to share how I was able to (finally) run a half marathon under 2 hours (it took me 5 tries).

The key is to incorporate around 2 workouts a week that focus entirely on intervals. Here I made an easy-to-use graphic on a quick 24-minute treadmill workout that bumped my average pace from around a 12:00 mile to a 9:00 mile.

*It’s also broken down by time, because I know trying to do ANY math while running is just EVIL. You’re welcome!

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This Post is Not Sponsored by Cosmo’s Pizza!

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(SURPRISINGLY!)

This weekend was a true lesson in balance and moderation (in moderation). My equation goes a little something like this: exercise, gluttony, sloth, repeat! I like it that way and highly recommend it. And, apparently, our weekend was Cosmo’s Pizza-Themed. Duh.

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A 10-Mile Long Run…

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…MAKES YOU HUNGRY!

(I’m trying to get caught up with all the excitement this week, so expect lots of blog posts!)

This past Saturday night I flew back to Denver, where Nick and I promptly indulged in Cosmo’s pizza (he loves me!) before passing out at 9pm. Lame, you might say… except for the fuel and energy it lent to our long run Sunday morning!

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An 8-Mile Run + Deliciousness

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B(RUN)CH HARD

This Sunday, the man and I got up early to run an 8-mile long run along the Highline Canal in Englewood, through the beautiful Cherry Hills Village community.

After the strong run in chilly weather, we drove home and partook in a glorious brunch, created of course by Nick, the culinary genius. Check it out!

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Daily Diet: Monday Runday!

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What I Ate

SPOILER ALERT: All the carbs. Carbs are my friend, seriously. I will never understand those who believe gluten-free is the way to health, unless they have an actual gluten allergy. That’s just my opinion, based on my incredibly biased penchant for all things starchy (I am Italian, after all), and also the way carbs make me feel (energetic and happy).

I’m especially prone to carb-gorging on run days. Here’s a little cross-section of my Monday Runday (yesterday).

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Labor Day Weekend in Ponte Vedra

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SHORT BUT SWEET

I’ve not felt in the mood to blog lately, but I’m back with a vengeance! Here’s a post dedicated to the man’s and my trip to my hometown, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

It was the perfect getaway to see my parents, to do improv with my best friend, to walk on the beach, and to show Nick where I grew up!

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Sunday in the Park with Food!

 

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RUN + PICNIC + PIZZA

You guys. This past Sunday was heaven on Earth. I need to walk you through what made it so darn magical. But first, the short-story version: We just kept taking the next logical step in terms of what we felt inspired to do.

The end result? This marvelous day. Prepare thyselves to dream about the weekend.

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Race Recap: The Color Run Denver

A race recap of The Color Run Denver

HAPPIEST 5K?

I’ve only ever run half marathons, 15ks, and 10ks (you can see my race log here). I’ve never run a 5k, particularly because they’re over in a flash after having dished out the registration fee, gotten up early, parked and braved the crowds, etc., so when I got the opportunity to try out The Color Run Denver, I jumped at the chance!

Here’s a recap.

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