Archives for February, 2015

Wanderlust 108, The World’s Kindest Triathlon – Race Preview

Posted on Feb 09, 2015 under Race | 1 Comment

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The official definition of a triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. The most common events are the swim, bike and run, but I just learned about the Wanderlust 108: a 5K run, yoga and then meditation. Obviously, the training and preparation for these events are a lot lower. Die hard athletes may not want to participate in this type of event, but you never know unless you give it a shot. The organizers of the race emphasize community above competition, inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. You may not run your fastest 5K or place in your age group, but from the sounds of it, you’ll definitely have a good time and enjoy the company of others in an event like this. In addition to the 3 events, there will be live bands and DJs on the main stage, lawn activities like hooping, slacklining and acroyoga, as well as local food and craft vendors throughout the day.

Believe it or not, this is actually an event I am really looking forward to. I’ve been running for at least 10 years, but I have rarely taken a break from it. I’ve biked and swam every now and then as well as made visits to the gym part of my routine. I’ve always been interested in yoga and know it is a very beneficial activity for a runner like me. I almost never stretch before or after a run and have constant back pain and have heard that yoga is a great way to build your core. In addition, I’ve always wanted to get into meditation as I’ve heard it’s a great way to de-stress and help you stay calm in hectic situations. Working in my industry, stress really just comes with the territory, it’s unavoidable. But dealing with that stress is something I have trouble with and feel like meditation is a potential solution. I’m hoping that participating in the Wanderlust 108 will help jump start a routine of consistent yoga and meditation sessions. Learn more about Wanderlust 108 here and consider participating in one of the upcoming events this year!

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32nd Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K Race Report

Posted on Feb 06, 2015 under Race | No Comment

san francisco 5kWhat are the odds that this is the 2nd race in a row that the sponsor is Kaiser Permanente? Even though this was technically a destination race, I really did not plan to run it until a week or 2 (max) before the event. I knew I was going to be in San Francisco for a client meeting, but it wasn’t confirmed until the very last minute on a Friday. I decided to make a weekend out of it and since I would be in the neighborhood, I thought it’d be fun to run a race in one of the hilliest cities in the country! Fortunately, most of the race was downhill and I almost ran a PR because of that. Here are the results: 19:29 5K (6:17 min/mile), 3/71 AG and 27/2,253 overall. The last time I placed in a race like this, I chalked it up to all the faster runners doing the half marathon. But the time was pretty impressive, it was actually over a minute faster from the 5K I ran just a week before. I was able to run a much slower first mile and pace myself for the rest of the race, it definitely helped that the last mile in this race was downhill while the last race was uphill the last mile!

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10 Super Cheap Ways to Decorate and Organize Your Home

Posted on Feb 06, 2015 under health | No Comment

Trying to decorate your apartment, but stuck with a slim-to-nothing budget? Don’t worry! There are plenty of simple, cheap ways to give your home a boost. Read on for tips and shop here if you’re a sports fan!

1. Gather your personal photos, magazine cutouts, and favorite prints to create a gallery wall – no frames needed! Need more images? Pull out photo pages from yearly calendars that you’re no longer using.

2. If you love fashion, hammer a thin nail into the wall and display your favorite frocks on pretty hangers. You can also display your favorite jeans by securing a towel rack to the wall and hanging jeans from their belt loops on hooks.

3. Can’t find the perfect window treatments in affordable prices? Use fabric shower curtains instead!

4. Create a makeshift bracelet holder out of old wine bottles by piling the bracelets over the neck of the bottle.

5. Browse secondhand shops for a vintage folding rack, which can be used for a host of things, from holding scarves to storing towels.

6. During the winter, your sarongs and thin scarves probably go unused. Put them to work by using them as tablecloths for end tables and colorful accents on chairs and couches.

7. Do you have a tiny bathroom with limited storage space? Throw a clear shoe holder over the door and use it to organize your toiletries, cleaning supplies, and brushes.

8. Knobs are super cheap to buy and they can be nailed to the wall to serve as hangers for bags, scarves, coats, and more.

9. Turn a small mirror into a tray and arrange books, perfume bottles, scented lotions, and candles on top of them.

10. If you’re in college or you have a home office, you probably have schedules, calendars, and other printouts that you need to glance at several times during the day. Print them out on sturdy paper and hang them from laundry clips for a shabby chic look.

If you’re not in love with your home, don’t wait until you move to be happy with your surroundings. Invest some time in making your home a place you love to be – it costs much less than you think it will.

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