So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I heart California.
A little more than a month ago, I had never been, but recently I’ve had the opportunity to visit twice – once to Northern California and now once to Southern. I love the weather and the relaxed lifestyle that I’ve felt each time.
This trip to Cali was to celebrate Darby’s wedding – her special day couldn’t have been more perfect and she definitely couldn’t have been more beautiful.
Plus any wedding that involves dancing for hours always = winning.
Because Darby is as clever as she is gorgeous, she surprised her new husband with a second cake (red velvet!) in the shape of an In N Out Burger (which I did not get to try while I was there. Tragic, I know.).
It was delicious.
And since you can’t visit SoCal without going to the beach (at least not in my book), my friend Shannon took me on a little tour of Santa Monica after the wedding festivities were over. First up was a trip to Blue Plate, an adorable little eatery on Montana Ave.
Veggie wrap with tofu and peanut sauce
We headed down to the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier. It was super crowded, but I loved it! I had been wanting to see it in person forever.
The views were gorgeous.
We dipped our feet in the cool ocean – my first time touching Pacific waters!
And almost got mowed down by a ginormous wave in the process (so worth it!).
Another first – the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. No sugar added vanilla iced blended (decaf).
Thanks to Shannon for being an excellent tour guide 🙂
Another first was the discovery of a Menchie’s near my hotel.
And obviously, I visited multiple times over the course of three days.
I managed to get some good running in in Cali, and found a route that took me up Mulholland Drive. It was gorgeous and quiet, and there were tons of pretty homes to take in (I really regret not taking my iPhone for pictures!).
Here’s how my week looked.
- Monday: XT: 40 minutes spinning, 25 minutes elliptical, lifting, core and stretching
- Tuesday: 7.55 miles easy
- Wednesday: 7.1 mile progression run
- Thursday: 12 miles easy
- Friday: rest
- Saturday: 7.65 hilly miles in Calabasas
- Sunday: 7.0 miles up Mulholland Drive
Total: 41.3 miles.
I felt pretty good, despite a little fatigue from traveling and celebrating. This week my goal is to outline some regular tempo and speed workouts and stick to them. T-minus 2 weeks until NYC Marathon training officially begins!
Question: Have you had any “firsts” recently? I’ve had a lot lately, which has reminded me of how awesome it is to experience new things and cross some “firsts” off my wish list!