Jul 29, 2014
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I got up and out the door, but didn’t get anywhere.

It’s the second day of half marathon training, take 2. 

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by the huffing and puffing the ‘7 Minute Workout’ app put me through in two cycles.

Today didn’t go as well. Three miles, on empty with sleepy muscle? I’m not Hercules. Or Einstein. I couldn’t get over the mental struggle or the muscle tweaks with each step. I stop. I walked the last 1.5 home completely defeated. I cursed myself the whole way.

I turned to the internet for motivation and haven’t really found any. The majority of runners on tumblr and pintrest are either a) using it (mostly incorrectly) to lose weight and chisel their bodies, or b) are serious marathoners and ultra runner. It’s a bad cross between ‘Ew, gross.’ and ‘Yeah, right. Sure, let me join you.’ 

Everyone has bad runs, or so friends say. Am I the only vocal one?

I’m running for the challenge, to feel like I’m doing something, to be different, to be interesting, to have something. It’s really hard when that thing is so complicated. 

I can’t pace myself. I can’t break through the mental block. I’m paranoid of injury. I’m over thinking it all. 

Luckily, I have another shot at it tomorrow.

Jul 27, 2014
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Eating like we’re not back from vacation (or on the eve of half marathon training gun) 
#wingswingswings (at The Yarde Tavern)

Eating like we’re not back from vacation (or on the eve of half marathon training gun)
#wingswingswings (at The Yarde Tavern)

Jul 26, 2014
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Goodbye LA, it’s been real. 
#vacationover  (at LAX - Terminal One .. Southwest Airlines - Gates 3/5)

Goodbye LA, it’s been real.
#vacationover (at LAX - Terminal One .. Southwest Airlines - Gates 3/5)

Jul 25, 2014
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ICYMI: My parents moved to the California desert 
#lastday #landscape (at Lancaster, California)

ICYMI: My parents moved to the California desert
#lastday #landscape (at Lancaster, California)

Jul 25, 2014
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Traded the beach for Beverly Hills #lastday (at Rodeo Drive)

Traded the beach for Beverly Hills #lastday (at Rodeo Drive)

Jul 24, 2014
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I won’t need to eat until we get home on Sunday. 
(Huevos rancheros with chorizo) (at Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut)

I won’t need to eat until we get home on Sunday.
(Huevos rancheros with chorizo) (at Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut)

Jul 24, 2014
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Happy birthday Daddy!!
#oldman

Happy birthday Daddy!!
#oldman

Jul 23, 2014
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It’s hard to regulate breathing when the view takes your breath away.
#seenonmyrun #run #nofilter  (at Channel Islands Harbor)

It’s hard to regulate breathing when the view takes your breath away.
#seenonmyrun #run #nofilter (at Channel Islands Harbor)

Jul 21, 2014
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PANDA! (at Panda Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo)

PANDA! (at Panda Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo)

Jul 21, 2014
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San Diego Zoo, from above (at San Diego Zoo)

San Diego Zoo, from above (at San Diego Zoo)

Jul 21, 2014
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#California mini-road trip: San Diego zoo bound via the Pacific Coast Highway (at Pacific Coast Highway 1 Malibu)

#California mini-road trip: San Diego zoo bound via the Pacific Coast Highway (at Pacific Coast Highway 1 Malibu)

Jul 20, 2014
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Beach grillin’
#shrimp #scallops #grillgram

Beach grillin’
#shrimp #scallops #grillgram

Jul 18, 2014
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First meal of the trip: #tacos in Santa Monica 
#CALIFORNIA  (at Tacos Por Favor)

First meal of the trip: #tacos in Santa Monica
#CALIFORNIA (at Tacos Por Favor)

Jul 15, 2014
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Gulp. #running #baaHalf

Gulp. #running #baaHalf

Jul 15, 2014
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There’s nothing like the post-haircut blow dry. #selfie #vacationprep  (at Changes Hair Salon / Northampton MA)

There’s nothing like the post-haircut blow dry. #selfie #vacationprep (at Changes Hair Salon / Northampton MA)

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